See also: Stygian Abyss Dungeon

The term Abyss can refer to several things in Ultima Online.

Abyss Shard

Abyss Shard
Launched: November 1, 1998
Time Zone:  ???
Maintenance Time: 'none'

The Abyss shard was an early incarnation of what more or less later became both the Test Center and Siege Perilous shards. It featured skill gates and an early version of the Siege Ruleset.

The Abyss shard was closed July 12, 1999 and was shortly succeeded by the Siege Perilous shard three days later. The "closing event" was cataclysmic in nature and featured hoards of demons springing up and laying waste to any and everything in their path before the shard was shutdown permanently late that night.

Infernal Regions, Generally

The word "abyss" is generally associated with the religious concept of "Hell," or other hellish or infernal regions.

For example, in the Dungeons and Dragons game, and the myriad RP mythologies which have sprung up around it or referencing it, the home of Demons was The Abyss, a 666-layer plane of existence filled with unspeakable and foul tortures and other evils. The chaotic and evil Abyss stood in stark contrast to the equally frightening and harrowing, but well-ordered, realm of the Devils.

Ultima's Infernal Region: The Great Stygian Abyss

In the Ultima context, the term Abyss referred to the Great Stygian Abyss (also see Stygian Abyss Dungeon), a particularly dark, evil Dungeon, frequently featured in Ultima Prime.

Though the Abyss, both the Great Stygian Abyss of Ultima lore and the 666-layer Abyss found in Dungeons and Dragons, were often referred to by role-players, it was not seen in-game until September 2009, with the release of the Ultima Online: Stygian Abyss expansion.

Other Uses in Ultima

Abyss can also refer to the Abyss Slayer weapon slayer type that is effective against demons and demon-like monsters. There is also the Abyss Champion Spawn, found in Felucca and Ilshenar, and the Abyssal Infernal Champion Spawn, located in the Felucca rules regions of the Stygian Abyss Dungeon.

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