Moon was a settlement in early Sosaria which came to be known for its numerous specialists in the mystic arts. Initially located on the far shores of the Lands of Lord British, south of Grey and north of the Dungeon of Doubt, Moon's position on the continent which would become Britannia appeared to change radically following the sundering of the original Sosarian lands. By the time of Exodus' incursions, the city of mages was situated on the far western shores of the land - having either been destroyed and re-founded or moved there by extreme shifting geological forces (not an altogether uncommon occurrence in Sosaria).
Already established by the time of Mondain's actions in Ultima I, Moon was a flourishing settlement, outfitted with provisional, weapon-smiths and peddlers of magical supplies. By the time of the Stranger's adventures in Ultima III, Moon had achieved repute as a place of virtue and dedication to the battle against evil, and the Lady Margaret (commissioned by Lord British to chart the city for his "Great Work") spoke highly of it.
Many of the mystics within the city freely gave advice on occult matters to the journeying hero and companions. Here the hero and company could hear descriptions of the phenomenon of Dawn's rising, as well as meeting a survivor of the Ambrosian whirlpool, and being exhorted by a local sage to seek the Shrines of Truth. Less scrupulous members of Moon's populace gave tips on bribing the city guard.
Later, after the destruction of Exodus and the founding of Britannia, the folk of Moon began to experience a divide in ideology with the ambitious Lord British, who was attempting at that time to establish an Age of the Avatar. Believing that magic was an art that relied on illusion, many magicians became distraught with the sovereign's declaration of Honesty as the virtue of mages, feeling this association a contradiction in practice. Among these upset with the coming Age of Enlightenment was Erstam, a wizard of considerable power who rallied many of the Moon-dwelling seers to abandon Britannia in search of lands free from governmental direction of morality. These, along with similarly unhappy citizens from Old Fawn and the twin cities of Montor, emigrated to the shores of the Serpent Isle, where the mages of their company established the city of Moonshade.
It is not known what befell Moon after this exodus. It is possible that the remaining denizens of the city went on to establish the settlement of Moonglow, a town devoted to Honesty with which Moonshade shares an obvious etymological root. It is also possible that Moon, bereft of its citizenry, fell into abandonment and came to vanish from the Britannian landscape. The exact details of what befell this city of magic have been lost to history.
|“|| Offering a haven to all who fight for right, the citizens of Moon are honored by thy presence. A Holy place of healing resideth here to cure thee of thy wounds. The food and draught is also grand, the best within a week's ride. Take pleasure in the good townfolk, but 'ware ye of the daemons. If clues ye seek, then searcheth well. Thy reward will be in the revelations of truth, for there are those here who have been to lands that lie beyond, and will share with thee a word of wisdom. If thine ears are open and minds sharp, though mayst also learn some useful clue to aid thee in passing guards.|
Dawn, 'tis said, does come and go; but where, though must discover for thyself. There is a wizard who doth know, but hidden well is he. Remember, though, time spent in search of truth is time spent well, indeed. -Lady Margaret
Ultima III ( Nintendo Port)
- 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
- Adventurer's Supply Post: grocery
- Max's Armoury: armoury
- Mystic Merlinda's: magic shoppe
- The Tempered Steel: arms dealer
- Ye Old Local Pub: tavern
Ultima III ( Nintendo Port)
Things to See
- Central pond: Bonus 150% of pence dropped, chance of a random spell (Alakazot!) to HP.
- In Ultima I, the cities of Moon (in the Lands of Lord British), Linda (in the Lands of the Feudal Lords), Clear Lagoon (in the Lands of the Dark Unknown) and Dextron (in the Lands of Danger and Despair) were exactly the same. They had the same layout, stores, and people in it. Their only difference was their name and location in the map. They were basically the same city copied over in the different continents.
|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|