This is the complete scanned documentation that came with Ultima VIII: Pagan
from Origin. It was OCRed by Analog Kid of RiSC. Enjoy.
FIRST EPOCH: AGE OF THE ANCIENT ONES
Ages ago, in the First Epoch of our lands, mankind was able to walk across
the plains and traverse the seas which are today so hazardous. Our forebears,
known as Zealans, worshipped the false words of the Ancient Ones, the
rulers of emotions. The beautiful goddess Amoras, say the ancient texts,
controlled the aspects of love and joy, appearing when those feelings were
prevalent in Zealan communities. However, when their primitive emotions
changed to hate or grief, fierce Odion was there to display his might. Ever
holding the links between those two, so the legend goes, is proud Apathas,
ruler of cool impartiality. Under the questionable comfort of these three lay
the entire world. within which lived and toiled our ancestors.
Our forebears were a simple lot, savagely ignoring rational thought in
deference to the false tenets of emotion. They had little sense of society,
often quarreling among themselves, and even less knowledge of economy.
To their credit, they were skilled warriors and hunters, and many of their
martial forms are taught to this day. Centuries passed before a Zealan war
chieftain, called Khumash-Gor, conquered most of his competing tribes.
He unified them into a single community of considerable size and
influence, and ruled for decades before falling to an assassin's poisoned
blade. Several of his successors attempted to recapture the qualities of
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