Name: Cameron Artis
Character Name: Jarlaxle
Having spent his introductory time in Ultima Online mining ore, smelting it into ingots, and hammering the metal into usable armor, Cameron Artis found himself wanting more. That “more” came once he embraced the personality of the charismatic rogues from his favorite movies. Soon enough, Artis had fallen in with one of Sonoma’s most notorious guilds, the Liberators of Loot, and having fun—often at the expense of others—became his entire M.O.
Artis, however, was an early adopter, joining the game alongside The Second Age expansion in 1998. Having watched over the shoulder of a friend while he explored Britannia, Artis knew it was a game he had to play.
“I was enthralled by the open, ‘anything goes’ playstyle,” Artis recalled. “At the time, online RPGs consisted of Diablo, and that was really it. Here was a fantasy RPG where the players made the story.”
Playing alongside a real life friend of his own, Artis set up shop in Minoc, becoming a miner and blacksmith. He spent his days crafting tools, weapons, and armor, with no long term goals in mind.
When forging ore, ingots, and metal became too routine, Artis created a new character, “Jarlaxle.” Styled after the charismatic and opportunistic drow mercenary of the same name created by author R. A. Salvatore.
“Jarlaxle was a rogue-type character from the Forgotten Realms novels,” Artis said. “I wore a feathered hat and everything. It seemed to be the right fit for what I wanted my character to be: flashy, swashbuckling, robbing the rich and careless, and doing it all with a smile or a laugh. I just always enjoyed that character in books and movies.”
Read more of Cameron Artis’ story in Braving Britannia: Tales of Melancholy, Malice, and Peril in Ultima Online!