Ultima VII: The Black Gate

Ultima VII: The Black Gate

It has been two centuries since the Avatar last appeared in our good kingdom. Some have written that it is finally possible to interpret the stories of the Avatar as they should be, with the proper historical perspective. Others argue that the truth about what actually happened is fading with time, and that we have a responsibility to preserve the legends as we now know them. Most agree, however, when it comes to a number of basic theories. While some claim that the stories of the Avatar are only myths, virtually all credible scholars say that at least some elements of the Avatar's stories are historical fact. In fact, one need look no further than the Island of the Avatar to find very convincing evidence that the Avatar actually existed - at least as a person, if not as a spiritual being! It is very likely that there was more than one Avatar. All scriptures insist that the Avatar who negotiated the peace between Britannia and the Gargoyles is one and the same person who appeared many years ago to defeat the wizard Mondain. Although it is very unlikely, historians do not deny the possibility that there was only one Avatar. After all, our sovereign monarch, the wise Lord British, has displayed amazing longevity himself! Whatever interpretation of history may prove correct, it seems undeniable that the Avatar will not return to our fair kingdom. To all appearances, the age of magic is coming to an end. As mages become increasingly unreliable and the kingdom turns away from the magical arts, it is doubtful that extreme dangers - which can only be defeated with the help of an Avatar - will ever return to Britannia. And that's just as well. We live in the age of community, where you don't just wait for a heroic savior when a crisis hits. In this less spectacular but more practical age, we depend on solving our problems with our own wits and our own will.

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