Shamino's Castle

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Shamino's Castle is one of eight keeps which house the rulers of the feuding states of old Sosaria during the events of Ultima I, and was home to King Shamino Salle' Dacil, a famed ranger who would later become one of the companions of the Avatar. The castle is located within the Lands of Danger and Despair, later renamed the Serpent Isle. It is visited again in Ultima VII Part Two.


Age of Darkness[edit]

Overview of Shamino's Castle in Ultima I
It is not known precisely how Shamino ascended to the throne of his kingdom, as he was allegedly but a simple woodsman in the days when he first met the future Lord British.[1] It is likely that he was granted co-rulership of the lands in conjunction with his engagement to Beatrix, the daughter of the King of the White Dragon, as records exist of his co-ruler assisting him in the erection of his castle. The princess was even permitted to move into the keep in the days preceding her marriage. [2]

During the Stranger's quest to defeat Mondain, the hero had need consult Shamino, requiring a white gem in his possession in order to activate the time-traveling device necessary to reach the wizard's stronghold. Shamino granted this to the Stranger, but only after they had proven their mettle by slaying a balron.[3] Also at this time, Shamino had imprisoned a princess, known as Dianne within his keep. While the hero was able to free hero doing so earned the displeasure of Shamino and his guards.

Eventually, Shamino left his lands to go and seek council with his Terran friend, British, now king of the Lands of Lord British. Due most likely to the eventual parting of the lands following Mondain's death, Shamino never returned to Beatrix, who died of a broken heart as she awaited him, thinking herself betrayed.

With Beatrix's death, the King of the White Dragon descended into madness, eventually taking the lives of his subjects as he fell into insanity and despair over his daughters death and the encroaching goblin tribes. Shamino's castle did, in fact, fall prey to goblin siege, and Beatrix's coffin was ransacked as the invaders stormed the fortress.

Age of Armageddon[edit]

Centuries later, Shamino at last returned to his lands. The ranger, now in the company of Britannia's vaunted Avatar, came upon the castle once more as the hero and companions tracked the sage, Batlin who had trapped and murdered the bane-possessed girl Cantra within the grounds of the keep. Recognizing his former home, Shamino was able to pen a map of the grounds, revealing that a secret entrance existed deep within the mountains.

Upon entering the ruined castle, Shamino was beset by Beatrix' angry spirit, enraged over her abandonment. The Avatar and companions, in the meantime, eventually found Cantra's remains, within one of the fortress' bedchambers. The girl's lifeless body was entrusted to the Xenkan Monks who eventually were able to restore her to life, albeit with a shattered mind.



Each castle is held by a noble, the King of his particular region. Kings maintain absolutely power in their realm and are excellent sources of information. Visit these local rulers; they have much to offer the serious adventurer.

Things to See[edit]

  • West half of water: Bonus 10% of pence dropped (round down) to Random Stat
  • East half of water: Bonus 300% of pence dropped to Food


  • The Castle of the Lost King, The Castle Rondorin, The Black Dragon's Castle are similar to Shamino's Castle.
  • A number of ankhs are visible within the structure, implying that the symbol was in use long before Lord British appointed it as a sign of the virtues.
  • A haunted stove exists within the keeps' kitchen in later years, spouting jets of flame at any who approach it.


  1. Garriott, Richard et al. "Folklore". The Book of Lore (Ultima V: Warriors of Destiny). Origin Systems, Inc.: 1988. Pages 1-2.
  2. King of the White Dragon. Journal of the King of the White Dragon (Ultima VII Part Two: Serpent Isle - in-game).
  3. King. Quill Dragon's Ultima I TranscriptUltima I.

Lands of Lord British (just Sosaria in Ultima III)
Cities BritainDawnDeath GulchDevil GuardGreyMontor
Castles Castle of Lord BritishCastle 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 AmbrosiaIsle of FireMt. Drash
Lands of Danger and Despair
Cities The Brother ☥ Bulldozer ☥ Dextron ☥ Gorlab ☥ Lost Friends ☥ Magic ☥ Turtle ☥ Wheeler
Castles Castle of the White DragonShamino'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 SmasherThe 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 CastleCastle 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

Cities YewMinocSkara BraeBritainNew MaginciaMoonglowJhelomTrinsicMagincia
Castles Castle BritanniaEmpath AbbeyLycaeumSerpent's Hold
Towns BritannysBuccaneer's DenCoveDawnPawsTerfinVesper
Shrines CompassionHonestyHonorHumilityJusticeSacrificeValorSpiritualityShrine of the Codex
Dungeons The AbyssCovetousDeceitDespiseDestardDoomHythlothShameWrong
Lighthouses FogsbaneGreyhavenStormcrowWaveguide
Caves Ant MoundBee CaveBuccaneer's CaveCyclops CaveDesert DungeonHeftimus CaveHeroes' HoleMoonglow CatacombsSpirit TunnelsSpider CaveSwamp CaveVesper Mines
Islands AmbrosiaIsle of the AvatarDagger IsleDeadman's IslandIsle of Deeds
Isle of FireJanus IslandMarsor's IsleSpektranValarian IslandsValorian IslesVerity Isle
Lakes Lake GenerosityLock LakeLost Lake
Major Areas Bloody PlainsBog of DesolationBritanny BayCape of HeroesDeep ForestDrylandsFens of the DeadHigh SteppesLost Hope BayRealm of the GargoylesSerpent's SpineSpiritwoodUnderworld
Serpent Isle
Cities FawnMonitorMoonshade
Settlements Inn of the Sleeping BullIsles of the Mad MageMonk Isle
Dungeons SkullcrusherSpinebreakerFurnaceKnight's TestMountains of Freedom
Ruins Shamino's CastleCastle of the White DragonShrine of BalanceTemple of DisciplineTemple of EmotionTemple of EnthusiasmTemple of EthicalityTemple of LogicTemple of Tolerance
Islands ClawIsle of CryptsGwani Death TempleIce Dragon's Lair
Isles of the Mad MageMonk IslePenguin IslandSunrise Isle
Interesting Areas Gorlab SwampGreat Northern ForestIce PlainsKnight's ForestSerpent Isle Guard TowersWestern Forest
Settlements Argentrock IsleDaemon's CragTenebrae
Other Carthax LakeCatacombsCemeteryFishermen's ReefHall of the Mountain KingHerdsman's ValleyPlateauShrine of the Ancient OnesStone CoveTreasure CoveVengeance Bay