This article is about the city in Ultima I and Ultima III. For an NPC in Ultima IX, see Grey (U9).
Grey was a Sosarian coastal city in what appeared to be the domains of the Castle of the Lost King in the greater Lands of Lord British. In its earliest incarnation, Grey was situated on the far northeastern shores of the continent, near Mount Drash. It later came to be situated on the far western coast, implying either that multiple Greys were founded or that significant seismic activity displaced the original town (an occurrence not altogether uncommon in the lands which would become Britannia).
Little is known of this settlement's history, as it appear to have been abandoned or destroyed not long after the destruction of Exodus. Whatever the cause of its eventual decline, the culture of the city reflected one of merriment, dealing widely in drink, song and entertainers. Michael the Magnificent, an adventurer who charted Grey on behalf of Lord British's "Great Work", mentioned the city as housing purveyors of unique items, and it appears that the earliest iteration of the Britannian Guild of Thieves had a foothold in Grey.
During the events of Ultima III the citizenry of Grey offered up knowledge of the Exotic arms and armour, cautioning the Stranger that they were necessary to withstand a "great evil". Careful searching revealed an individual who knew the location of these artifacts: within the mystical vanishing city of Dawn.
Grey in Ultima V: Lazarus
In Ultima V: Lazarus, a book called The Fabled City of Grey can be found in the Lycaeum. This book deals with legends surrounding Grey, which it reports has sunk beneath the sea (possibly after the defeat of Exodus). Some of these tales speak of technology centuries ahead of that at the time of Ultima V, most likely referring to the shuttle which could be purchased from Sly Sam's Transportation Specialists during Ultima I.
|“|| The townsfolk of Grey are hospitable to the wayfarer, with amusing jesters and free-flowing rum. But if special items though dost seek, the Taproom may yield them unto thee. There are those who say that gold here is free for the taking, but let not easy riches tempt thee. Rare and exotic clues, I'm told, are here to be found, threefold plus. To find them, though, is not a task for timid souls who fear the dark. -Sir Michael the Magnificent|
Ultima III (Nintendo Port)
- Catherine: a young woman with a poor grasp of English
- Chad the Mad's Magic Shoppe: magic shoppe
- Little Karelia's Finnish Grocery: food shoppes
- Naughty Nomaan's Weapons Unlimited: weapons
- Super Duper New and Used Transport, Inc. transportation
- The Armour Shop of Lord Eldric D'Charbonneux: armoury
- Ye Local Pub: tavern
- Cold Steel Creations: arms dealer
- Custom Armour Works: armoury
- Dav's House-o-Suds: pub
- Exploration Provisioners: food shoppe
- Sly Sam's Transportation Specialists: transports
- The Unleashed Spell: magic shoppe
Ultima III (Nintendo Port)
- Casino: casino
Things to See
- Either pond: drop any amount of pence, and the Stranger will magically gain HP equal to 150% of that amount ("Alakazot!").
- In Ultima I, the cities of Grey (in the Lands of Lord British), The Snake (in the Lands of the Feudal Lords), Poor (in the Lands of the Dark Unknown) and Lost Friends (in the Lands of Danger and Despair) were exactly the same. They had the same layout, stores, and people in it. They were basically the same city copied over in the different continents (and the four continents were just the same continent rotated in four directions).
- The sprites of the majority of Grey inhabitants are those of thieves, and the guards talk like shady bouncers. Although Grey disappeared after Ultima III, a "town of thieves" appeared from Ultima IV onwards: Buccaneer's Den.
|Lands of Lord British (just Sosaria in Ultima III)|
|Cities|| Britain ☥ Dawn ☥ Death Gulch ☥ Devil Guard ☥ Grey ☥ Montor |
Moon ☥ Fawn ☥ Paws ☥ Tune ☥ Yew
|Castles||Castle of Lord British ☥ Castle of the Lost King|
|Landmarks||The Pillars of Protection ☥ The Tower of Knowledge|
|Dungeons (Ultima I)||Death's Awakening ☥ The Dungeon of Doubt ☥ The Dungeon of Montor ☥ The Dungeon of Perinia ☥ The Lost Caverns ☥ The Mines of Mt. Drash ☥ The Mines of Mt. Drash II ☥ Mondain's Gate to Hell ☥ The Unholy Hole|
|Dungeons (Ultima III)||Dardin's Pit ☥ Dungeon of Doom ☥ Dungeon of Fire ☥ Dungeon of the Snake ☥ Dungeon of Time ☥ Mines of Morinia ☥ Perinian Depths|
|Islands and Other Sites||Ambrosia ☥ Isle of Fire ☥ Mt. Drash|
|Lands of Danger and Despair|
|Cities||The Brother ☥ Bulldozer ☥ Dextron ☥ Gorlab ☥ Lost Friends ☥ Magic ☥ Turtle ☥ Wheeler|
|Castles||Castle of the White Dragon ☥ Shamino's Castle|
|Landmarks||Grave of the Lost Soul ☥ The Eastern Sign Post|
|Dungeons||The Dead Cat's Life ☥ The Dead Cat's Life II ☥ Dead Man's Walk ☥ The Dungeon of Doom ☥ Free Death Hole ☥ The Hole to Hades ☥ The Morbid Adventure ☥ The Skull Smasher ☥ The Spine Breaker|
|Lands of the Feudal Lords|
|Cities||Arnold ☥ Gerry ☥ Helen ☥ John ☥ Linda ☥ Owen ☥ The Snake ☥ Wolf|
|Castles||Castle Rondorin ☥ Castle Barataria|
|Landmarks||The Pillars of the Argonauts ☥ The Pillar of Ozymandias|
|Dungeons||Advari's Hole ☥ The Dead Warrior's Fight ☥ The Gorgon's Hole ☥ The Horror of the Harpies ☥ The Horror of the Harpies II ☥ The Labyrinth ☥ The Savage Place ☥ Scorpion Hole ☥ Where Hercules Died|
|Lands of the Dark Unknown|
|Cities||Clear Lagoon ☥ Gauntlet☥ Imagination ☥ Nassau ☥ Ponder ☥ Poor ☥ Stout ☥ Wealth|
|Castles||Black Dragon's Castle ☥ Castle of Olympus|
|Landmarks||The Sign Post ☥ The Southern Sign Post|
|Dungeons||The End ☥ The Guild of Death ☥ The Long Death ☥ The Metal Twister ☥ The Slow Death ☥ The Tramp of Doom ☥ The Troll's Hole ☥ The Viper's Pit ☥ The Viper's Pit II|