First appearance: Ultima (Origin, PC, 1980)
Favored tactics: Usurpation; The dark arts; Assumption of immortality
Weaknesses: Power-leveling
Nature of Demise: Self-righteous heroes

Profile by Jeremy Parish? | April 5, 2011

Ambition can shape a life or even a nation. Rarely, though, has the multiverse seen ambition so potent as that of the sorcerer Mondain, whose lust for power resonated through time, space, generations, and even the very planes of reality.

Spurned by his father, Wolfgang of Akalabeth, Mondain used his dark arts to slay Wolfgang and infuse his magick-infused gem with the power of immortality. Thus enchanted, Mondain could be defeated but never destroyed; not even the champion of his rival Lord British could fully thwart Mondainís schemes. The wizardís initial defeat merely renewed his resolve for power, and it was only a desperate act of time travel to an age before Mondain had achieved immortality that made possible his true destruction.

Yet even this wasnít sufficient to end Mondainís legacy; soon his apprentice and lover, Minax, took up her slain masterís mantle and attempted to destroy his killerís homeworld. She, too, found herself defeated, lacking the support of the Gem of Immortality. In desperation, she unleashed upon the world her ultimate creation with Mondainóthe demonic homunculus Exodusóbut even this creature was unable to best Lord Britishís champion.

Years later, the shattered fragments of the Gem later resurfaced to cause further troubles within the land. In time, Mondain himself returned. In fact, one could argue that he had the last laugh, as his resurrection was told in Ultima IX, the game that brought the long-running series to its disappointing end.

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