Jester, from Ultima IV manual
First appearance: Ultima I
Last appearance: Ultima VII Part Two

Jesters normally exist purely as a joyful source of color and entertainment for the everyday citizen. However, their fun-filled facade can sometimes mask great maliciousness. A warped jester can quickly turn from harmless fool to deadly joker -- beware of these dangerous individuals!

Sometimes known as "larks" in earlier Ages, jesters can primarily be found in and around castles.



Bouncing around in eternal jumping jacks, jesters are usually the buffoons you'd expect but sometimes the buffoonery masks great wisdom.

- from The Second Age of Darkness (Ultima II)

They entertain Lord British with their antics. Occasionally they even harass visitors.

- from The Book of Play (Ultima III)

Notable ExamplesEdit

  • Chuckles is one of the good jesters. While he is a prankster by nature, he knows the line and never crosses it.
  • Jesters in Ultima I are less nice, and have to be killed to get the key to the cell of the princess.
  • The odd village New Jester in Ultima II is full of almost nothing but clingy jesters.
  • The Banes of Chaos truly have a sick sense of humor. When the Avatar comes near the Castle of the White Dragon in Ultima VII Part Two to confront them, the hero is confronted with a horde of killer jesters that throw around deadly fireballs.
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