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Ultima VII
Words of Power: BET LOR
Reagents: none
Circle: Linear
The Forge of Virtue
Name: handfire
Words of Power: none
Reagents: charcoal ash
Circle: Linear
The Temper of Wisdom
Name: handfire
Words of Power: none
Reagents: charcoal ash
Circle: Linear

Glimmer is the most basic light spell. Using it, a faint light will surround the caster for a short time, allowing improved vision in dark areas. It has the same effect as drinking a white potion. It only lasts a short time, and is best used if reagents or mana are not available.

The Light or even Great Light spells provide more light for a greater length of time.


This spell creates a small light source that lasts for a short period of time.

Ultima Saga[edit]

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Similar to In Lor, the linear magic of handfire produces a small amount of light. Unlike the brilliant, torch-like light of In Lor, the small glow of handfire is barely more than that of a candle.[1]


There was a dish of charcoal near the door. Althea dipped her fingers in the powder, then snapped them. Cold light coated her hand and winked harmlessly as she shuffled out of her borrowed gown.
Handfire didn't last very long. The nimbus was already fading when she heard boot heels in the corridor.

- from The Temper of Wisdom (Ultima Saga)


  1. Abbey, Lynn. The Forge of Virtue. Questar Fantasy: 1992. Page 90.
Ultima VII Spells
Linear AwakenDouseFireworksGlimmerHelpIgniteThunderWeather
1st Circle Awaken AllCreate FoodCureDetect TrapGreat DouseGreat IgniteLightLocate
2nd Circle Destroy TrapEnchantFire BlastGreat LightMass CureProtectionTelekinesisWizard Eye
3rd Circle CurseHealParalyzePeerPoisonProtect AllSleepSwarm
4th Circle ConjureLightningMarkMass CurseRecallRevealSeanceUnlock Magic
5th Circle CharmDanceDispel FieldExplosionFire FieldGreat HealInvisibilityMass Sleep
6th Circle Cause FearCloneFire RingFlame StrikeMagic StormPoison FieldSleep FieldTremor
7th Circle Create GoldDeath BoltDelayed BlastEnergy FieldEnergy MistMass CharmMass MightRestoration
8th Circle ArmageddonDeath VortexInvisibility AllMass DeathResurrectSummonSwordstrikeTime Stop
Spells of the Ultima Saga
Linear dust-be-gonehandfirehearthfiremother's-voicerust-proofsoothing handsstir-the-pot
1st Circle An NoxAn ZuIn LorMani
2nd Circle Rel Hur
3rd Circle Kal Wis Por ManiVas FlamVas Lor
4th Circle Des PorIn Sanct
5th Circle Rel TymVas Tym Sanct Grav
6th Circle An Xen ExDes Por VasIn Vas Sanct
7th Circle Sanct LorXen Corp
8th Circle An TymIn Mani CorpVas CorpVas Rel Por
Spellweaving Arcane StairwayTime Wall
Dark Magic EnthrallScryNightmareSummon GazerCreate MiasmaCall Shadowlord