How Ultima presents the Virtue of Honor (e.g. in the Gypsy questions) often fails to align with how Honor is defined in Ultima lore.
This week's reflection was inspired, most directly, by a comment from Linguistic Dragon, regarding my commitment to one (in particular) of my chosen Lenten penances: not playing video games. It's something I chose to take on in part to be in solidarity with my daughter, who similarly gave up gaming until Easter. You see, last week — on the UDIC Discord server (which you are encouraged to join) — a few people were lightheartedly trying to find loopholes for me which would allow me to play the recently-released Mass Effect: Andromeda ahead of Eastertide, but I wasn't having any of it...which in turn prompted Linguistic to quip that I had gained Honor points.
Which got me thinking.
Honor, as presented in Ultima lore, is supposed to be the union of Truth and Courage. It's supposed to be having the courage to stand up for what is true regardless of the personal cost one might incur for doing so. So why do so many of the Honor-related gypsy questions present an example of “honor” that not only does not align with this definition of the Virtue, but often actually contradicts it entirely?
Trinsic (Positive) from the Ultima 9 Soundtrack