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The fields of Paws

Paws is a small coastal village south of Britain and west of the Fens of the Dead.

There is nothing out of the ordinary in the town. Paws is a farming town, as it has always been. The town now is very poor, with the seven-year drought having ruined most of the farmers. The Homeless Shelter is a bitter reminder of this. The only other thing that stands out is the Flour Mill at the river that runs through the town.

Not much is found economically in the town. Farmers that sell various products, a slaughterhouse, a mill and the Salty Dog tavern. Every other business had broken down when Paws went down.


Paws is a town that already existed in the time of Ultima I in the Lands of Lord British. Though it wasn't seen in Ultima II or Ultima III, it survived the cataclysm that formed Britannia, and became a farming center in Ultima IV. A wall was later erected around the town, and Paws was still a farming center by the time of Ultima V.

The walls were eventually razed, and the town expanded a bit. Besides farming, Paws also became famous for their weavers, their fame great at the time of Ultima VI.

Roughly 180 years later, a seven-year drought ruined most of the farmers of Paws. Poverty spread in the town, leaving it a broken shell. The poverty was still present in Ultima VII, with Paws only slowly recovering, while fearing to be swallowed by Britain.

By the time of Ultima IX, Paws was slowly being engulfed by the swamps and became a place of misery once more. The mayor or Britain, Aidon also carted all the sick and poor to Paws - arguing that this would help them to recover, and in turn to help the citizens of Paws. He eventually changed his policy after seeing his own daughter being carted to Paws and the situation slowly began to improve.


A village nestled on a cove near the southern edge of the Fens of the Dead, midway between Britain and Trinsic, Paws provides food and shelter for the traveler, as well as a change of horses.

- from Book of Lore (Ultima V)

This quaint coastal village lies halfway between the towns of Britain and Trinsic, where the weary traveler can obtain food, shelter and a change of horse. The mysterious islands known as the Fens of the Dead can barely be seen offshore near Paws. In these Fens, mages ofttimes seek the rare mandrake root and nightshade so necessary to their potent concoctions.

- from Compendium (Ultima VI)

Paws is a small coastal village that, because of the continuous expansion of the capital city, has essentially merged with Britain. While there was a time when this village held a quaint rustic charm, in more recent years the village of Paws has languished in poverty. A terrible, seven-year drought has forced the closure of many of the local farms. The industry of Paws consists primarily of milling flour, dairy farming and meat curing. Paws is where The Fellowship runs its shelter for the poor.

- from The Book of Fellowship (Ultima VII)

In the small farming community of Paws, the fall of The Fellowship had one regrettable consequence: the closing of Feridwyn's shelter for the poor. Though embittered by the loss, Feridwyn and his wife are hard at work raising the money necessary to reopen the establishment, this time without the policy of exclusion to non-Fellowship members.

- from A Safe Passage Through Britannia (Ultima Underworld II)

Never was there a sadder tale than that of the village of Paws. Once a steady farming community, Paws was washed away in the Great Cataclysm. All that remains are a few unsteady huts clutching at the fringe of the muck. To this fetid place, the mayor of Britain has sent the sick, the tired, and the poor wherein he claims they might live in peace and dignity. It is a cruel joke. While the citizens of Britain enjoy their freedom from sickness and poverty, the people of Paws call for their king whose attentions have been occupied by other matters. Promises of food and tools from Britain have yet to be fulfilled.

- from Journal (Ultima IX)


Ultima IV[]

Map of Paws in Ultima IV

Ultima V[]

Map of Paws in Ultima V.

Ultima VI[]

Map of Paws in Ultima VI

Ultima VII[]

Map of Paws in Ultima VII

Ultima IX[]

Map of Paws in Ultima IX


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