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Ultima IX
Words of Power: IN LOR
Reagents: SA
Circle: 1st
Ultima VII Part Two
Words of Power: IN LOR
Reagents: SA
Circle: 1st
Ultima VII (SNES)
Name: Illumination
Circle: 2nd
Mana: 2
Ultima VII
Words of Power: IN LOR
Reagents: SA
Circle: 1st
Ultima VI
Words of Power: IN LOR
Reagents: SA
Circle: 1st
Ultima V
Name: Create Light
Words of Power: IN LOR
Reagents: SA
Circle: 1st
Ultima IV
Reagents: SA
Mana: 5
The Forge of Virtue
Words of Power: IN LOR
Reagents: SA
Circle: 1st
The Temper of Wisdom
Words of Power: IN LOR
Reagents: SA
Circle: 1st

Darkness is truly the enemy of the adventurer. If it is night, or the party is deep inside a dungeon, creatures of evil will use the darkness to attack clandestinely. With Light, things are literally brightened up, and a light source will show what is normally hidden by darkness. This is lasts longer than the Glimmer spell but less than the Great Light spell.

In Ultima IX, a small, orange-glowing sphere will hover above the caster, shedding light into the surroundings. The sphere will continue to leech on the mage's mana until either it is all used up, or the sphere is dismissed with another casting of the spell.

White potions fulfill the same purpose as the spell, but less effectively, acting more like the Glimmer spell.

Daylight is a stronger version of this spell, illuminating a greater area.


The enchantment of Light is a trivial one, often the very first spell acquired by the budding sorcerer. It requires but a pinch of Sulphurous Ash, which is applied to the end of a staff and gently blown upon until it begins to glow with a soft yellow light. The spellcaster must concentrate briefly on the image of a candle and expend a slight amount of energy to start the magical glow. From then on it will burn softly until the reagent is consumed, lighting the underground passages where the thaumaturge treads. There are two principal advantages to the use of Light spells in place of ordinary torches. They are unaffected by all but magical winds or breezes; and they do not smoke and cause one's eyes to smart. Many a warrior has suffered grievously because his eyes were shut by the sting of a wealth of tears.
This simple spell creates a pool of light. Although a short duration, In Lor creates a brighter light than the best of torches. Note, however, that In Lor cannot be used in place of real flame to enhance the mixing of reagents for spells, for its properties are quite different.

In Lor's sole ingredient is sulphurous ash powder. Place the powder upon the object intended as the light source; rub it rhythmically while chanting "In Lor." Almost instantly, the object will blaze with white light.

Illuminates a darkened area.
This spell is a more potent version of the Linear spell Glimmer. It creates a source of light that will illuminate a darkened area. This light source can travel with the party and lasts for a significant amount of time.
This spell brings into being a mobile source of light that lasts for half an hour.
Should Grimwar ever find the means to cast Light, many a sleepy night of mine would henceforth be disturbed. The Light spell summons an orb of light that follows a mage's movements. Its range is limited, yet it can be of great use in darkened catacombs. Some toothy nuisances prefer the dark and may choose to avoid the caster until the spell is dispelled or mana has run dry.


A light-sphere
  • In Lynn Abbey's Ultima Saga, In Lor can be used to create magical glyphs which float in the air near the mage. The casting of these glyphs requires additional gestures on the part of the magician, and seems to shorten the duration of the Light spell. Annon and Balthan use these glyphs to try to counter Jordan's magical blindness.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. Abbey, Lynn. The Temper of Wisdom. Questar Fantasy: 1992. Pages 1-4,39-41,43,45.
Ultima IV Spells
AwakenBlinkCureDispelEnergy FieldFireballGate TravelHealIceballJinxKillLightMagic MissileNegateOpenProtectionQuicknessResurrectSleepTremorUndeadViewWind ChangeXitYZ
Ultima V Spells
1st Circle An NoxAn YlemAn ZuGrav PorIn LorMani
2nd Circle An SanctAn Xen CorpIn WisIn Xen ManiKal XenRel Hur
3rd Circle In Flam GravIn Nox GravIn PorIn Zu GravVas FlamVas Lor
4th Circle An GravDes PorIn SanctIn Sanct GravUus PorWis Quas
5th Circle An Ex PorIn Bet XenIn Ex PorIn ZuRel TymVas Mani
6th Circle An Xen ExIn AnIn Vas Por YlemQuas An WisRel Xen BetWis An Ylem
7th Circle In Nox HurIn Quas CorpIn Quas WisIn Quas XenSanct LorXen Corp
8th Circle An TymIn Flam HurIn Mani CorpIn Vas Grav CorpKal Xen CorpVas Rel Por
Ultima VI Spells
1st Circle Create FoodDetect MagicDetect TrapDispel MagicDouseHarmHealHelpIgniteLight
2nd Circle InfravisionMagic ArrowPoisonReappearSleepTelekinesisTrapUnlock MagicUntrapVanish
3rd Circle CurseDispel FieldFireballGreat LightMagic LockMass AwakenMass SleepPeerProtectionRepel Undead
4th Circle AnimateConjureDisableFire FieldGreat HealLocateMass DispelPoison FieldSleep FieldWind Change
5th Circle Energy FieldExplosionInsect SwarmInvisibilityLightningParalyzePickpocketRevealSeanceX-Ray
6th Circle CharmCloneConfuseFlame WindHail StormMass ProtectNegate MagicPoison WindReplicateWeb
7th Circle Chain BoltEnchantEnergy WindFearGate TravelKillMass CurseMass InvisibilityWing StrikeWizard Eye
8th Circle ArmageddonDeath WindEclipseMass CharmMass KillResurrectSlimeSummonTime StopTremor
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
Ultima VII (SNES) Spells
1st Level Spells Locating Kal Lor
2nd Level Spells Illumination Healing
3rd Level Spells Ring of FireUnlock Door
4th Level Spells LiftingExplosion
5th Level Spells LevitationUnlock Magic
6th Level Spells Great HealWater Walk
7th Level Spells InvisibilityTeleportation
8th Level Spells Invincibility Tremors
Ultima VII Part Two Spells
1st Circle Create FoodCureDetect TrapGreat DouseGreat IgniteLightLocateTelekinesis
2nd Circle AwakenDestroy TrapFalse CoinCold BlastGreat LightHealMass CureProtection
3rd Circle ChillColumna's IntuitionCurseEnchant MissilesParalyzeProtect AllSleepTranslation
4th Circle BlinkCreate Soul PrismDeterFlashMass CurseRevealTranscribeUnlock Magic
5th Circle ConjureDispel FieldExplosionGreat HealInvisibilityMass SleepSummon ShadeSurprise
6th Circle BetrayCause FearCold StrikeCreate AmmoCreate AutomatonDispell IllusionFire FieldFire Ring
7th Circle Energy FieldEnergy MistLightningMass AwakenMass MightPoison MistRestorationVibrate
8th Circle Create IceDelayed BlastFetchFiresnakeInvoke Snow SerpentMind BlastSerpent BondSwordstrike
9th Circle Death VortexImbalanceInvisibility AllMass DeathSpiral MissileStop StormSummonTime Stop
Ultima IX Spells
Linear StoneGustIgniteDouse
1st Circle Create ReagentsLightning BoltLightLight Heal
2nd Circle Crystal BarrierEthereal SightInfernal ArmorCure
3rd Circle CharmTelekinesisFireballFog
4th Circle Time StopWizard EyeDayFreeze
5th Circle Summon UndeadLevitateBolt of FlameFull Heal
6th Circle MeteoriteInvisibilityRing of FireMana Breath
7th Circle DeathTeleportSummon DemonFrost Storm
8th Circle EarthquakeLightning StormInfernoSearing Rain
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