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10/26/2015

Spoony Plays Ultima Bonus: The Many Deaths of Lord British

Among Ultima fans, killing Lord British has become something of a game in itself.  Simply attacking him is usually fruitless as he is extremely powerful and usually flagged as invincible to boot.  However, whether by design or mishap, he can be slain in several games, usually through unconventional means.  So in the true tradition of Ultima, here are all the ways to kill Lord British throughout the series that I could find or create proof of.

If you have proof of any others, let me know!

Ultima III: Exodus

Lord British is immune to all weapons; however in some versions of the game, it is possible to kill him via ship cannon.



(Thanks to grazzt519 for the video!)

Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar

In most versions, Lord British is invincible.  However, he can be killed in the NES port through combat.


The Skull of Mondain will also kill him in the NES port.

(Thanks to grazzt519 for the video!)

Ultima VI: The False Prophet

Easy enough.  Just enter his room while he's asleep and use a Glass Sword to kill him instantly.


Ultima VII: The Black Gate

The first option is to simply ask the Black Sword to kill him.  This results in a bit of humorous dialog and everyone present becoming quite upset at your actions.

The second method is even sillier.  At roughly noon every day Lord British stands in the doorway to the courtyard, beneath a plaque.  Double-click the plaque and it will fall and embed itself in his head, killing him on the spot.



This is actually a reference to a real-life event where Richard Garriott was injured by a metal bar that fell from the Origin building.  The line "Yancey-Hausman will pay!" refers to the company that owned the building at the time and was responsible for its maintenance, making the incident partially their fault!  Talking to Owings and Malloy in the Minoc mines will reveal that they sent a helmet to Lord British, another reference to the story.

Ultima VII Part 2: The Serpent Isle

Again, this one is played as a bit of a joke, as the player can simply attack Lord British while in the Dream Realm.  This causes him to lament the Avatar's fall from grace and vanish.



Ultima IX: Ascension

The player can kill Lord British by creating a poisoned loaf of bread in the Avatar's kitchen at the beginning of the game.  Then you just set the poisoned bread on the plate in the kitchen and this happens:



Other Notable Events

Lord British was once killed in Ultima Online when the server administrators forgot to turn his invincibility flag back on after a reboot and a player named "Rainz" cast a firewall spell on him just for a laugh.  Needless to say, everyone present was quite surprised:


Lord British died again in Shroud of the Avatar, albeit intentionally this time.  A large mob of players attacked and eventually brought him down during a PVP event.