Editable Codex
Colour: Blue
Symbol: Open hand
Principles: Truth
Explanation: Respect of Truth
Towns: Moonglow
Mantra: Ahm
Word of Power: Fallax
Player class: Mage
Dungeon: Deceit

Honesty is one of the Eight Virtues.

Honesty, founded on the principle of Truth, is scrupulous respect for truth- the willingness never to deceive oneself or another. The pursuit of truthfulness, with respect to oneself and with respect to other beings. Honesty and the quest for truth is taught by the mages of Moonglow.

The Shrine of Honesty is situated on Dagger Isle, north of Verity Isle.

Blackthorn's law[]


During Blackthorn's tyranny, Honesty was turned into a law: "Thou shalt not lie, or thou shalt lose thy tongue."

Honesty through the Ages[]

Ultima IV[]

Meditating at the Shrine of Honesty will give these insights;

  • "Take not the gold of others found in towns and castles for yours it is not!"
  • "Cheat not the merchants and peddlers for tis an evil thing to do!"

Ultima V[]

"'Tis now thy sacred Quest to go unto the Codex and learn the failing of Dishonesty!"

"A dishonest life brings unto thee temporary gain, but forsakes the permanent."

Ultima VI[]

"Whatsoever things are true... Whatsoever things are honest... If there be any virtue and if there be any praise, think on these things."


Honesty is scrupulous respect for truth—the willingness never to deceive oneself or another.

- from The Book of Lore (Ultima V)

Honesty is the pursuit of truthfulness, with respect to oneself and with respect to other beings.

- from A Safe Passage Through Britannia (Ultima Underworld II)

To the self, be true. Honesty begins with the will to regard the Truth in one's heart. A true heart spreads its warmth to the home and across the entire world. In seeing the world in true form, one can draw upon the magic that connects all living things: the power of the ether. To the self, be true. In repetition and experience, you shall find honesty whose comeliness inflicts shame upon evil.

- from Journal (Ultima IX)


  • Lord British demanding Honesty from the mages of Moon, who relied heavily on illusions and trickery, and thus disliked an honest life, was one of the main reasons for the emigration to the Serpent Isle.

The Eight Virtues
Principles TruthLoveCourage
Virtues HonestyCompassionValorJusticeSacrificeHonorSpiritualityHumility