It doesn't matter what races are in the first three Ultimas. They don't matter because they aren't
part of Ultima lore as others have stated previously.
Richard Garriott himself stated all this in regards to Ultimas 1-3. He stated that they were generic:"The first few Ultimas were all pretty generic when it comes to storyline and the world in which the games were set."
He even confessed to ripping ideas straight out of whatever fantasy fiction was popular at the time:"In fact, if you look at those early games, most of the elements in them are pretty much stolen from whatever was popular at the time."
He even says that the whole plot of Ultima II is just ripped directly out of a movie:the entire plot of Ultima II, in which the player has to travel to five different time zones through Time Gates -- building to a final confrontation with Minax in the "Time of Legends" -- is a shameless crib from the Terry Gilliam film.
He also said that he didn't actually start building the true
Ultima universe until Ultima IV
:"The true development of Britannia was actually a process of taking stuff out, not putting stuff in - making sure that the world hung together as a cohesive whole."
He has also mentioned that the first few ultimas were really just him learning programming, design, etc:Other elements in early Ultimas included things like laser swords, spaceships, evil sentient computers, landspeeders and sci-fi elements that made the games something of a hodgepodge creatively. Nonetheless, Garriott credits those things to the process of learning the basic of his craft before he settled down into doing what he does best - world building. "I haven't programmed in a lot of years." He said, "Once I started to do real world-building, I started leaving the technical details to people like Starr
In closing, it should also be pretty obvious by now that this has been made clear too:Garriott's adventures in world-building began with the development of Ultima IV. Satisfied that he had mastered the basics of what made computer RPGs work, he now found himself unsatisfied with what he had created in the first three Ultima games.
So with all this in mind, knowing that Garriott himself
doesn't consider the first few Ultimas to be a part of the actual Ultima universe, we know that the first three Ultimas are not
If you want to for some reason start saying the first three are canon, then we might as well have all the other elements as well: landspeeders, evil computers, lightsabers, and spaceships and the whole sci-fi shebang.
We'll call it UO: Age of Science. :laugh: :laugh: References made from an interview conducted with Richard Garriott by Gamespy, http://pc.gamespy.co...a/512497p1.html[/i]