As magic had only been rediscovered in Sosaria shortly before the time of Ultima I, the magical community was still in its infancy and the magically skilled adventurer could not learn magic from experienced mages - as these didn't exist yet - nor was a purchase from specialized shops such as an apothecary possible, as these didn't yet exist, either. In order to fill this gap, these crude magic shops were established to sell magic scrolls that at least allowed tapping into the vast powers of magic, but offered little other services.
Pre-History to Akalabeth
Age of Darkness
While the practice of magic had once died out in Sosaria, the arcane arts started to reawaken as the second attack on the Realm by the wizard Mondain began its vile influences in the earliest days of the Age of Darkness. In Ultima I, two different chains of these shops existed in Sosaria, with each chain having a different collection of spells available for purchase. In no town were both shops available. By the time of Exodus, magic had become a part of Sosaria again and these crude shops vanished consequently.
Magic on Minax's Earth
Due to disturbances in the timeline of Terran history, the arcane arts began it existence on Earth in Ultima II. However, at this time the magic shops started to separate their scrolls into wizard and clerical spells and selling them in bunches of five.
|“|| A once-forgotten discipline, the study of magic has enjoyed a renaissance since the coming of the evil Mondain. Many hold the belief that sorcery is indeed needed to combat sorcery. The practitioner of the arcane arts can purchase the needed tools of the trade in various magic shoppes scattered throughout the Realm.|
|“|| Acquiring spells is simple: you purchase them in the appropriate shoppes. Their cost rises with increasing power. Casting a spell uses it up even if it fails, so be sure to have plenty of the spells you like.|
|Shops|| Apothecary ☥ Armoury ☥ Bakery ☥ Clothier ☥ Fletchers and Bowyers ☥ Grocery |
Healer ☥ Inn ☥ Jeweler ☥ Provisioner ☥ Shipwright ☥ Stables ☥ Tavern ☥ Trainer
|Shops of Old||Armour Shop ☥ Magic Shop ☥ Oracle ☥ Weapon Shop|