Cantra

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Cantra
Cantra.png
Cantra, from Ultima VII Part Two
Species: Human
Appearances
Ultima VII Part Two
Location: Monitor

Cantra is a young woman of Monitor, a city on the Serpent Isle, who was drawn into apocalyptic events started by Batlin. She appears in Ultima VII Part Two.

Description[edit]

Cantra was the daughter of one of Monitor's pikemen and Harnna, a member of the Leopard Command who served as the city's healer.[1][2][3] At the time of the Avatar's arrival on Serpent Isle, Cantra was just shy of fifteen years of age, with her birthday coming within the span of a month or so.[4] A gregarious girl, Cantra was fond of pestering newcomers to the city and would approach the hero even as an armed escort led the stranger to Lord Marsten. Should the Avatar speak to her, she would talk freely about the Knight's Test, a rite of Monitorian citizenship she was to take when she turned fifteen, and she could prove helpful in describing to the hero the various perils of the ordeal. She had been training for some time with Caladin, the leader of the city's Bear Command,[5] and was eager ascend to the rank of Knight and join in Monitor's perpetual war with the Goblin horde.

If pressed, Cantra would reveal that part of her zeal for knighthood came from her father's recent death, as he had gone missing on a recent patrol and was presumed to have fallen victim to a Goblin raid. Although she claimed that her grieving mother still held out hope for his return, Cantra claimed that she had accepted his loss and that she was eager to slay Goblins in revenge of him.[6]

Even as the Avatar took the Test, Cantra became possessed by one of the Banes of Chaos. Thus possessed, Cantra fled far north, past the Gorlab Swamp. While trying to escape from the realm of dreams, the Avatar encountered Cantra, still trying to defend herself against the influences of one of Banes of Chaos. The sage Batlin, desiring to possess the three Banes as part of a plot to open the Wall of Lights, tracked Cantra down at the ruins of Shamino's Castle. The Bane was sufficiently weakened to allow Batlin to fight it. Eventually, he managed to kill Cantra and capture the Bane. Even as he did so, the Avatar stormed the castle, having tracked them down with the aid of the Hound of Doskar. Batlin escaped, although not for long.

Cantra's body was taken by the Monks of Monk Isle. Although she was restored to life, she was left insane from the ordeal of Bane possession. She remained with the Monks during the cataclysmic events that followed Batlin's successful opening of the Wall.

Trivia[edit]

  • When the Avatar first enters Monitor, Harnna may be found near a grave marked "Edmund, Archer par Excellence," and she will mention to the hero that she is in mourning for her husband and too grief-stricken to talk.[7] It is probable that this Edmund is Cantra's father, and the fact that no urn graces his burial site coincides with the fact that the people of Monitor never recovered his body.
  • Should the Avatar be female, Brendann will imply he is Cantra's real father by suggesting the girl bears a resemblance to himself.[8]
  • Presumably, Cantra was restored to sanity in a method similar to how the Avatar's companions were restored. The original script for the game apparently planned for this to be accomplished as a side-quest, but was eventually cut from the final game, though this plot piece remains in the usecode. For more details, see Cut Material in Serpent Isle. A fan patch was made for Exult that always allows Cantra to be cured.

References[edit]

  1. CaladinPaul Carr's Ultima TranscriptsUltima VII Part Two. "Test of Knighthood, ordeal, secrets".
  2. HarnnaPaul Carr's Ultima TranscriptsUltima VII Part Two. "information, people, Leopards".
  3. HarnnaPaul Carr's Ultima TranscriptsUltima VII Part Two. "found scroll".
  4. SpektorPaul Carr's Ultima TranscriptsUltima VII Part Two. "Test of Knighthood".
  5. CantraPaul Carr's Ultima TranscriptsUltima VII Part Two. "Knight, secrets, training, Test of Knighthood".
  6. CantraPaul Carr's Ultima TranscriptsUltima VII Part Two. "Knight, father".
  7. HarnnaPaul Carr's Ultima TranscriptsUltima VII Part Two.
  8. BrendannUltima VII Part Two UsecodeUltima VII Part Two. "ladies".

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