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Trammel and Felucca in Ultima IX

The Planet Britannia is circled by the twin moons of Trammel and Felucca. Trammel needs 9 days for one complete orbit and Felucca 14 days. While barren and lifeless, they play a big part in the working of the blue Moongates -- the destinations of which are entirely dependent on the moons' phases.

Trammel is the bigger of the two moons. In the gate systems of Ultima III and Ultima IV, it is the phase of this moon that determines the gate that is currently open. In later Ultima installments, Trammel is the moon whose phase is the destination gate for the first half of the night.

Trammel and Felucca in Ultima VI

Felucca is the smaller of the two moons. In the gate systems of Ultima III and IV, it is the phase of this moon that determines the gate that is the destination. In later installments, Felucca is the moon whose phase is the destination gate for the second half of the night.

The moons played a part in the story of Ultima IX.

It is interesting to note that the phases of Trammel and Felucca are the exact opposite of Earth's moon; while our moon's orbit is counter-clockwise, Trammel and Felucca both orbit Britannia in a clockwise orbit (also seen on the Orrery).

Appearance in the games[]

Ultima IX in-game graphics

Considering that these two moons play a big role in the games, their graphic representation was once strangely lacking. In Ultima III, they were only represented with numbers, and in Ultima IV and Ultima V with small moon phase icons. The first "real" look at them was in the intro of Ultima VI, in the sacrifice scene. However, their phases were totally off, with both moons appearing as if rotated 90 degrees. In-game, the moon phase icons were again used. In Ultima VII, the only hint of them was the moon models on the Orrery in Moonglow.

In Ultima IX, the moons were shown in-game and in a cutscene; however, they didn't look alike. While in the cutscene, Trammel and Felucca where both white, in-game Trammel had a reddish hue.

Cycles during the Month[]

The cycles of the moon during the month are as follows:

Day of Month Time Range Trammel Felucca
1 12:30 AM - 5:00 AM
8:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Image001.gif Moonglow Image001.gif Moonglow
2 12:30 AM - 5:00 AM
8:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Image001.gif Moonglow Image002.gif Britain
3 12:30 AM - 5:00 AM
8:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Image002.gif Britain Image002.gif Britain
4 12:30 AM - 5:00 AM
8:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Image003.gif Jhelom Image003.gif Jhelom
5 12:30 AM - 5:00 AM
8:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Image004.gif Yew Image003.gif Jhelom
6 12:30 AM - 5:00 AM
8:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Image005.gif Minoc Image004.gif Yew
7 12:30 AM - 5:00 AM
8:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Image006.gif Trinsic Image004.gif Yew
8 12:30 AM - 5:00 AM
8:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Image007.gif Skara Brae Image005.gif Minoc
9 12:30 AM - 5:00 AM
8:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Image008.gif New Magincia Image006.gif Trinsic
10 12:30 AM - 5:00 AM
8:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Image001.gif Moonglow Image006.gif Trinsic
11 12:30 AM - 5:00 AM
8:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Image001.gif Moonglow Image007.gif Skara Brae
12 12:30 AM - 5:00 AM
8:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Image002.gif Britain Image007.gif Skara Brae
13 12:30 AM - 5:00 AM
8:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Image003.gif Jhelom Image008.gif New Magincia
14 12:30 AM - 5:00 AM
8:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Image004.gif Yew Image008.gif New Magincia
15 12:30 AM - 5:00 AM
8:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Image005.gif Minoc Image001.gif Moonglow
16 12:30 AM - 5:00 AM
8:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Image006.gif Trinsic Image002.gif Britain
17 12:30 AM - 5:00 AM
8:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Image007.gif Skara Brae Image002.gif Britain
18 12:30 AM - 5:00 AM
8:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Image008.gif New Magincia Image003.gif Jhelom
19 12:30 AM - 5:00 AM
8:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Image001.gif Moonglow Image003.gif Jhelom
20 12:30 AM - 5:00 AM
8:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Image001.gif Moonglow Image004.gif Yew
21 12:30 AM - 5:00 AM
8:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Image002.gif Britain Image004.gif Yew
22 12:30 AM - 5:00 AM
8:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Image003.gif Jhelom Image005.gif Minoc
23 12:30 AM - 5:00 AM
8:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Image004.gif Yew Image006.gif Trinsic
24 12:30 AM - 5:00 AM
8:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Image005.gif Minoc Image006.gif Trinsic
25 12:30 AM - 5:00 AM
8:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Image006.gif Trinsic Image007.gif Skara Brae
26 12:30 AM - 5:00 AM
8:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Image007.gif Skara Brae Image007.gif Skara Brae
27 12:30 AM - 5:00 AM
8:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Image008.gif New Magincia Image008.gif New Magincia
28 12:30 AM - 5:00 AM
8:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Image001.gif Moonglow Image008.gif New Magincia



Lore[]

Under the auspices of Lord British, studies of the properties of the Moon gates are beginning to yield a clearer understanding of the Gates' mystical workings. People forecast that future citizens will use these gates as a normal means of distant travel. The destinations of the gates appear to be rigidly bound to the phases of the twin moons Trammel and Felucca. The appearance and disappearance of the gates are represented on most maps of the realm as phases of the moons. The gate active is indicated by the phase of the moon Trammel. Once a gate is entered, thy destination is indicated by the phase of the moon Felucca.

- from The History of Britannia (Ultima IV)

In the heaven beyond our skies, dwell stars whose numbers are beyond our reckoning. Within our heaven, circling our world, sweeps our bright sun. Ten other orbs trace tight paths around our world. The twin moons Trammel and Felucca are desolate, their light only a reflection of the sun's brilliance.

- from The Book of Lore (Ultima V)

There exists an extraordinary cosmic association between the gravity of the moons and the delicate fabric of time and space. As though pulling the strings of some cosmic marionette, the moons cause radiant moongates to appear on the land below.

- from Compendium (Ultima VI)

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