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Ultima 1: The First Age of Darkness manual

Ultima I--The First Age of Darkness
Note: Please see page 1 for instructions on installing and running this game on your CD drive.

User's Information
After starting ULTIMA I, press any key to view the ULTIMA I MAIN MENU.

1. Follow the screenprompts for distributing your 30 attribute points among the five available attributes. The attributes affect the following:

Strength  		Determines the severity of your blows during battle.
Agility    		Determines the probability of  successfully striking a foe and the probability of avoiding attacks. Also affects your ability as a thief.
Stamina    	 	Determines your ability to survive  wounds in battle and your ability to stay on your feet at the tavern.
Charisma    	Affects the selling price of your possessions in shops.
Wisdom      	Determines the reliability of spellcasting and the purchase price of spells in magic shops.
Intelligence   	Affects the potency of offensive spells and the purchase price of goods in shops.

2. Select a race. Note that each has specific advantages, based on the following point values automatically assigned to your character's attributes.
	HUMAN	+5 Intelligence
	ELF		+5 Agility
	DWARF	+5 Strength
	HOBBIT 	 +5 Strength points; +10 Wisdom

3. Specify Male or Female for your character.

4. Select the class of your character. The following points are automatically added 	to your character's attributes :
	FIGHTER 	+10 Strength; 	+10 Agility
	CLERIC		+10 Wisdom
	WIZARD		+10 Intelligence
	THIEF		+10 Agility

5. Name your character (a maximum of I4 letters).

6. Type Y when asked whether to save your character. Your character will be saved on your player disk.

1. Once you have saved your character, the following is displayed:
	A Create a Character
	B Continue with a Saved Game

2. Type B to start the game. A Iist of saved characters is displayed.

3. Type the number corresponding to the player you wish to start the game. Only one character can adventure at a time.

When traveling in the countryside, the arrow keys correspond to the directions of a compass:
	Direction	Key on your keyboard
	North		(upward arrow key) 
	South		(downward arrow key)
	East		(rightward arrow key)
	West		(leftward arrow key)
When moving in towers and dungeons, the arrow keys correspond to:
	Direction	Key on your keyboard
	Forward		(upward arrow key)
	Backward 	(downward arrow key)
	Right		(rightward arrow key)
	Left		(leftward arrow key)

As you travel the lands of Sosaria, you will run into many situations that force you to ready your weapons, armor or magic spells.
1.  After typing R (ready)the screen will display: Weapons, Armor or Spell?
2. Type the first Ietter of the category you wish to access. A list is displayed.
3. Type the letter corresponding to your selection.

On an IBM keyboard, you can attack in two ways:
1. Press the A (Attack) key and a directional key.
2. Press Num Lock and a directional key.


Key	Command	Function
A	Attack		Attempt to harm your opponent with the weapon you currently hold. Unless fighting in a dungeon, you must indicate an attack direction.
B	Board		Mount a horse or board a raft, frigate, or other form of transportation. You must be standing on the object before boarding.
C	Cast		Cast a spell. You must first commit the intended spell to memory, using the Ready command.
D	Drop		Dispose of unwanted items while in a town or castle. Dropped items cannot be retrieved.
E	Enter		Enter a town, castle, dungeon, or other landmark. You must be standing on the entrance before entering.
F	Fire		Discharge a weapon at a foe from a ship or other armed vehicle.
G	Get			Pick up adjacent items.
H   Hyper Jump 	Enables you to travel to other stellar sectors at a speed faster than light. Available only in certain vehicles.
I   Inform & Search 	 Reveals the names of places  and things that may be entered. Also permits detection of secret doors and passages in dungeons and may grant a view of your surroundings in future transport crafts.
K	Klimb    	Climb up or down ladders in dungeons. This command can lead to doom as easily as to fortune.
N	Noise		Toggles sound on and off.
0	Open		Reveals the contents of a  coffin in a dungeon.
Q    Quit (and save to disk)	Use this command to stop  playing (from the outside world only) and save your progress to disk. You can resume the game  from this point.
R	Ready		Equip yourself with a specific weapon, wear a selected suit of armor, or learn a magic spell. Must be performed prior to using an item.
S	Steal		Used to take items from the unwatched counters of shops and the dark caches in castles. Beware, for the guards frown on this behavior.
T   Transact   	Conduct business with merchants or kings.
U	Unlock		Open cells in castles or chests in dungeons. Danger may  follow.
V   View Change   	Switches the view in future transport crafts between front and top perspectives.
X	X-it		Leave behind or dismount your current transport and travel on foot.
Z	Ztats		Displays your vital statistics, possessions, and spells. Also used to temporarily stop the passage of time in the game.
Spacebar  Pass		Time passed and food is consumed.

Protection from danger in the dungeons, towers, and countryside is largely dependent on your selection of weapons and armor. These items can be purchased in the town shops throughout Sosaria. The craftsworkers of the realm are known for their expertise, and you should endeavor to acquire the finest examples of their work.

a	Hands			i	Amulet
b	Dagger			j	Wand
c	Mace			k	Staff
d	Axe			1	Triangle
e	Rope & Spikes		m	Pistol
f	Sword			n	Lightsword
g	Greatsword		o	Phaser
h	Bow & Arrow		p	Blaster

a	Skin			d	Plate Mail
b	Leather			e	Vacuum Suit
c	Chain Mail		f	Reflect Suit