Those of you who have been vexed by the Ultima Codex’s user registration process — and hopefully those of you who haven’t, as well — should be well-enough aware that Richard Garriott actually has two alter-egos in the world of Britannia. One, of course, is Lord British…and the other is that good Companion of the Avatar, Shamino.
What you may not know is the origin of the character. Shamino, you see, was the name of the character that Richard Garriott played Dungeons & Dragons with (and, if memory serves, it was also his nom de plume in the Society for Creative Anachronism). And in December of 2015, Garriott revealed (on Twitter) what might be the first ever Dungeons & Dragons character sheet on which the character of Shamino was described:
It’s also interesting to note that Garriott’s player name on this sheet is British.
As always, the Ultima Codex is grateful to Richard Garriott for showcasing this bit of (distant!) Ultima history; from this character sheet (and likely more that came after it) sprung one of the most memorable characters in Ultima lore.