Janus Island

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In Ultima IV, V, VI, VII, and IX, a small outcroppping is located off the eastern coast of Britannia's Dagger Isle. This satellite island is unnamed throughout the series, save only for the anomalous Super Nintendo port of Ultima VII, in which it is identified as Janus Island.


The island in Ultima IX
Janus Island labeled on the map screen of Ultima VII (SNES), the only time it is named

Barren and rocky, the secluded islet has historically been separated from the larger Dagger Isle only by a strait, with Verity Isle neighboring a somewhat greater distance to the south. While it otherwise bears little of interest on its surface, traditionally carved out of the southern face of its mountainous center is the entrance to Deceit, one of the eight major dungeons of Britannia.


Throughout most of history the island's only apparent purpose was to host Deceit's entryway, rarely holding any other significance for the realm. By the time of the Black Gate affair in 361, this entrance was instead found on Dagger Isle, in its place a short tunnel containing the modest graves of six deceased (their origins and causes of death unspecified). Furthermore, the lesser island's location had shifted such that it was now also directly adjacent to Verity's northwestern peninsula.

Unlike much of Britannia, the Great Cataclysm unleashed by the Guardian in the late Age of Armageddon did not have a significant geographical effect on the diminutive islet, other than to marginally expand the distance between it and Dagger Isle. By the the time of Ultima IX, Deceit could once again be accessed here as in earlier ages, and it was during this period that the Avatar, having escaped imprisonment in the dungeon, could for the first time meet another traveler to the island's surface: the warrior Duncan of nearby Moonglow.


Ultima IX[edit]

Places of interest[edit]

Cities YewMinocSkara BraeBritainNew MaginciaMoonglowJhelomTrinsicMagincia
Castles Castle BritanniaEmpath AbbeyLycaeumSerpent's Hold
Towns BritannysBuccaneer's DenCoveDawnPawsTerfinVesper
Shrines CompassionHonestyHonorHumilityJusticeSacrificeValorSpiritualityShrine of the Codex
Dungeons The AbyssCovetousDeceitDespiseDestardDoomHythlothShameWrong
Lighthouses FogsbaneGreyhavenStormcrowWaveguide
Caves Ant MoundBee CaveBuccaneer's CaveCyclops CaveDesert DungeonHeftimus CaveHeroes' HoleMoonglow CatacombsSpirit TunnelsSpider CaveSwamp CaveVesper Mines
Islands AmbrosiaIsle of the AvatarDagger IsleDeadman's IslandIsle of Deeds
Isle of FireJanus IslandMarsor's IsleSpektranValarian IslandsValorian IslesVerity Isle
Lakes Lake GenerosityLock LakeLost Lake
Major Areas Bloody PlainsBog of DesolationBritanny BayCape of HeroesDeep ForestDrylandsFens of the DeadHigh SteppesLost Hope BayRealm of the GargoylesSerpent's SpineSpiritwoodUnderworld
Serpent Isle
Cities FawnMonitorMoonshade
Settlements Inn of the Sleeping BullIsles of the Mad MageMonk Isle
Dungeons SkullcrusherSpinebreakerFurnaceKnight's TestMountains of Freedom
Ruins Shamino's CastleCastle of the White DragonShrine of BalanceTemple of DisciplineTemple of EmotionTemple of EnthusiasmTemple of EthicalityTemple of LogicTemple of Tolerance
Islands ClawIsle of CryptsGwani Death TempleIce Dragon's Lair
Isles of the Mad MageMonk IslePenguin IslandSunrise Isle
Interesting Areas Gorlab SwampGreat Northern ForestIce PlainsKnight's ForestSerpent Isle Guard TowersWestern Forest
Settlements Argentrock IsleDaemon's CragTenebrae
Other Carthax LakeCatacombsCemeteryFishermen's ReefHall of the Mountain KingHerdsman's ValleyPlateauShrine of the Ancient OnesStone CoveTreasure CoveVengeance Bay