HistoryBritannia. However, it has not always been that way.
Pre-History to Akalabeth
In the far history of Sosaria also known as "Akalabeth", arms dealers did not yet exist, but there were some shops selling a very primitive and small assortment of armoury. For instance, axes, bows and arrows, rapier, Shields, besides food and the mystical Amulet were its primary wares.
Age of Darkness
It wasn't until the second attack on the Realm by the wizard Mondain with his hordes of evil and foul magic, when things clearly started to change. Instead of one single primitive assortment, a more advanced establishment of different merchandise started to blossom. Now, individuals could actually buy weapons or armour in two separate shops.
Due to Mondain's alliances with starwalking monsters of unparalleled savagery, strange and alien technology were brought into the Realm. One of them, the highly advanced weapons became truly sought-after by the customers in the weapon shop.
With the defeat of the Evil One, nothing of this alien technology remained on Sosaria. However, weapons that are more sophisticated came in its place. This became the norm in the following ages of these dark times.
During the altered time line of Terran history, created by the sorceress Minax, strange devices such as vehicles, highly advanced armour, highly advanced weapons started to appear throughout all four major time zones as trade goods in the towns and cities on this strangely altered world. Most of the same technology as weaponry that were brought by the Mondain's alliances with starwalking monsters existed once more. Only to disappear again, as the Stranger slew the consort and apprentice of the Evil One and therefore history righted itself.
Age of Enlightenment
After the unification of Britannia and during the Quest of the Avatar, the economy flourished even more. People still could buy their arms at these weapon shops. All these weapon shops became profitable armouries during the reign of the tyrannical Lord Blackthorn.
|“|| Sosarian metalsmiths know no peer. From a simple carved mace, reinforced with good iron, to the most exquisite greatswords of tempered steel, the weapons of the Realm are truly works of art. 'Tis rumored that some of the arms one may find in the distant reaches of our land surpass all belief.|
|“|| Buy and sell superbly handcrafted weapons. Each weapon is guaranteed not to break for 1,000 fights, or thy next of kin gets double thy purchase price back.|
|“|| Here one may purchase the finest in weaponry that blacksmiths can forge.[...] The weapon shops also offer liberal trade-ins on used equipment, although if thy axe is greatly notched from battle, do not expect much for it.|
- Although, the merchandise may vary in each town, there was only one and the same weapon shop (Naughty Nomaan's Weapons Unlimited) in the original version of Ultima I.
- The Adventure Shop: One of the first shops on Sosaria.
- Naughty Nomaan's Weapons Unlimited: a weapon shop in the original version of Ultima I who was at that time, the only arms dealer in different towns.
- The Weapon Shop of Lord Eldric D'Charbonneux: a weapon shop in Ultima I in Britain.
|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|