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Gertan, from Ultima VI
Species: Human
Ultima VI
Location: Cove
U6 Transcript: Gertan
The Ultima 6 Project
Gertan, from The Ultima 6 Project
Location: Cove
Description: Patient

Gertan is a fighter in Cove in Ultima VI.


The Avatar found Gertan recovering from the grievous wounds he suffered at the hands of the gargoyles, while attempting to liberate the Shrine of Compassion at the behest of Geoffrey. Along with Artegal and Golron, he was the only survivor of the failed expedition. Gertan told the Avatar that a moonstone was located upon the shrine, but there was an unbreachable forcefield that prevented him from reaching the stone. He had no idea how this barrier might be overcome.[1]

According to Kytyn of Britain, Gertan was responsible for recovering the eggshell fragments from the dragon Freitag that were housed within the Royal Museum. When asked about Freitag, Gertan still fondly remembered the adventure.

The Ultima 6 Project[edit]

This is an Ultima 6 Project-related NPC article or section. The information within may not apply to Ultima VI or other Ultima games.

In The Ultima 6 Project, Gertan added that Dr. Cat had asked him to tell the story of Freitag so many times, that he thought it would be better to give him the story in book form. The Avatar then had the option of getting the book from the Lycaeum for Dr. Cat for a reward.


  • Gertan's real life counter part is, after a fashion, the real world Dr. Cat (David Shapiro), who played Gertan as a Dungeons & Dragons character.[2]
  • Freitag was named after Dr. Cat's stuffed dragon of the same name. The dragon was featured as the main antagonist in the 1982 Apple II adventure The Caverns of Freitag by Dr. Cat.


  1. GertanUltima VI TranscriptUltima VI. "name, job, geof, capt, fier, foul, moon, cave, drag".
  2. Dr. Cat. "Ultima Dragons 25th Anniversary Bash". Ultima Dragons 25th Anniversary Bash. Retrieved 2017-02-26.