Realm of the Gargoyles

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The Realm of the Gargoyles in Ultima VI


The Realm of the Gargoyles[1] was the original homeworld of the gargoyles, located on the other side of the world from Britannia. Travel to the Realm of the Gargoyles was only possible through a dungeon or with the Orb of the Moons.


The Avatar unknowingly visited the Realm of the Gargoyles by the way of the Great Stygian Abyss in Ultima IV, entering the Shrine of Singularity to read the Codex of Ultimate Wisdom. After Ultima V, the collapse of the Underworld caused the Realm of the Gargoyles to begin tearing apart and falling into the Ethereal Void. These two events fulfilled the first and second prophecies written in the Book of Prophecies, directly precipitating the Gargoyle War.

The Avatar visited these lands again in Ultima VI by the way of dungeon Hythloth. At this time only a small part of the lands remained: the City of Investigation, the gargoyles' island place of learning and government.[2] Several "pools" of void were also visible on the surface where pieces of the remaining land had broken away.

It is believed that the Realm of the Gargoyles vanished completely after the evacuation of the populace.


The Ultima 6 Project[edit]


In Ultima Online[edit]

The Realm of the Gargoyles also exists in the 2009 Ultima Online expansion Stygian Abyss, which introduces gargoyles as a playable race in Ultima Online. The land is called Ter Mur, which is Gargl for "world". As the Realm of the Gargoyles never collapsed into the Ethereal Void in Ultima Online lore, the world is much larger and include several gargoyle settlements.

For more information, see Ter Mur.

The Ultima 6 Project[edit]

This is an Ultima 6 Project-related article or section. The information within may not apply to Ultima VI or other Ultima games.

In The Ultima 6 Project, the Realm of the Gargoyles is divided into several lands, the main being Vas Ter Prilem, their seat of government and learning, and Manide Don, their place of agriculture. Access to Hythloth, the Shrine of Control, the Shrine of Diligence, and the Shrine of Passion is through a series of teleport devices.


  • There is a common and widespread misconception that the Realm of the Gargoyles and the Underworld are one and the same, likely originating from the line in the Ultima VI Compendium which states that the gargoyles had only been seen in the Underworld prior to their appearance in Britannia. However, the Compendium is written from the perspective of Lord British at a time when no human was aware of the existence of the Realm of the Gargoyles. Every subsequent manual contains the true origin of the gargoyles.
  • In the Book of the Underworld, located within the gargoyles' Hall of Knowledge, it is clear that the gargoyles view the human lands as part of their Underworld. This reinforces the view that the Realm of the Gargoyles / Underworld misconception is race-centric.
  • There is an exact replica of the Ultima VI map in Savage Empire; although, it can't be reached by normal means.


  1. Dr. Cat. "The Realm of the Gargoyles". Ultima VI Clue Book: The Book of Prophecy. Origin: 1990. Pages 60-61.
  2. Captain JohneU6EditUltima VI. "city".

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