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The common sword

Considered by many to be analogous to knighthood and chivalry, the one-handed sword has been in common use since before the first Age of Darkness. A formidable weapon, especially when used in conjunction with a shield, the sword is the workhorse of warriors across the lands. It has given rise to variants, such as the cutlass, the broadsword, the two-handed sword (sometimes called a "great sword"), and even rare magic swords of widely-ranging properties can be found.

According to Vetron's Guide to Weapons and Armour, a one-handed sword has a "6" effectiveness rating.


The one-handed sword first appeared in Ultima I, and has been in the series ever since. In Ultima VI it was called a "short sword."

It has resulted in numerous special swords, which include:

This listing is incomplete, as the number of special swords is simply too big to be listed here in its entirety.


Ah, a true fighter's weapon. Four feet of wicked, blue steel will strike fear into the heart of any opponent. The sword is an automatic favorite among Fighters.

- from The History of Britannia (Ultima IV)

Despite their name, short swords are formidable weapons -- a good thing, for only the strongest adventurers can wield the hefty two-handed swords. Always examine a sword closely before buying it, paying particular attention to its weight and the force with which it will deliver a blow.

- from Compendium (Ultima VI)

The first weapon of an acolyte of war, a lively broadsword can afford protection and respect without landing a single blow. The weapon of choice in Britannia, a broadsword can be found as an ornament dangling from the belt of many an untrained dandy. As such, a trained warrior can gird himself with it and surprise the fool who would test him.

- from Journal (Ultima IX)

The preferred weapon of marauding seamen, the cutlass possesses a lightness of a rapier and the power of a sword. Slightly curved at its tip, a good cutlass is balanced for slicing strokes in close quarters. A man skilled with the cutlass can use its hard guard to parry blows and counter with a sharp lunge.

- from Journal (Ultima IX)