The Great Cataclysm refers to the destruction inflicted upon Britannia by the Guardian prior to Ultima IX. It is one of the most devastating events in the history of Britannia and destroyed much of the world's landmass as a result, as seen on the right (red areas indicate regions affected, often lost altogether). Many settlements were also either destroyed or vastly decimated, rendering the land a shadow of its former self.

A catalog of the destruction is as follows:

  • The western part of the continent was further split into northern and southern regions, destroying the Fens of the Dead and Spiritwood.
  • The city of Trinsic was destroyed by floods.
  • A huge volcanic eruption caused great upheaval in the Valorian Isles and destroyed the city of Jhelom.
  • Paws was flooded, leaving the swamp-ridden remains practically uninhabitable.
  • Much of the eastern and western shores of Terfin were swallowed by ocean.
  • The island of Spektran sank beneath the sea.

Reconstruction Edit

As the Cataclysm subsided, Britannia was left heavily shaken and reconstruction efforts were unable to return the land to its former glory after such colossal decimation. The remaining cities became humble approximations of their former prestige and the loss of such significant portions of the mainland ensured a long and difficult road to recovery for Britannia.

Trivia Edit


The original plan

  • The concept of destruction ravaging the land had been in the game's design from the very start. However, as seen right in an early world map, the original plan had been much less radical. While the continent was split in two, the only real destruction seems to have been the loss of the Drylands, the volcano of Valoria and the disappearance of half the Isle of the Avatar. The channel newly formed in place of Lost Hope Bay and Lock Lake was also present.
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