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Iolo FitzOwen is a bard in the Ultima computer game series. Iolo is originally from Earth. When he first came to Britannia he resided in the town of Britain, however after his great adventuring partner was deemed the Avatar, he moved into the Deep Forest outside Yew, where he keeps his talking horse, Smith (Iolo constantly scolds the horse for his sarcastic comments to the Avatar). He is married to Gwenno , a woman of very diverse skill (she has been a tinker, a bard, and a scholar).
Iolo wrote the extremely popular Britannian song Stones, in which he sings of carving of great stone monuments. He is also an excellent bowsman, and had two Iolo's Bows shops in Britannia at the height of success, around the time the Fellowship tried to help the Guardian enter Britannia.
By the time the Avatar made his final journey to Britannia, Iolo was an old man. He moved to a woodland estate east of Britain and fell under the Guardian's control in an expedition to Dungeon Despise. The Avatar freed Iolo, who eventually repaid the Avatar by teaching him an advanced bow skill, and placing the rune of compassion inside the tower at Despise -- facilitating the destruction of the Guardian's evil chokehold on the land.
Iolo's current whereabouts are uncertain.
Like many of the Avatar's companions, the Iolo character has a real-life counterpart, also a bowyer by trade-- David R. Watson of Texas.
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