The Cultures and Civilizations of Britannia WarderDragon Below is a list of the Continents and Civilizations present in Ultima Online and Baja Fiction. Ultima is based less in the fiction of Dungeons and Dragons or Lord of the Rings - despite the vehement claims of their fans - and more in Real World Civilizations and the heroic fantasy genre of Moorcock, Howard and Burroughs. That in mind, I am attempting to divine the cultural influences and inspirations for our civilizations based on their architecture and other real world hints. Your input is welcome. The Prime Continents - The Kingdom of New Britannia and the Isles of Magincia. Based on Renaissance Europe. Nu'jelm has a much more Andalusian cast, while Magincia and its surrounding Isles are decidedly Mediterranean. - The Old World, and the Kingdoms of the North. The retreat of the Britannians - the proverbial Roman Empire of Ultima - leaves this world much more reminiscent of Dark Age and Pre-Crusade Europe. - The Dark Continent of Malas. Horus the Blind Guardian, the Acropolis, the Labyrinth, the Pyramid and Bedlam all suggest Grecian and Coptic influences. Luna might be best described as Minoan Crete or the Troas, whereas Umbra - with its Pyramids and Tombs - suggest Egypt. - The Isle of the Serpent, Ilshenar. Ilshenar is almost certain to be Serpents Isle; ranging from the clan of militant feline bipeds to the existance of Montor. There is no single influence that can be singled out - Ilshenar comes much more from the realm of fiction than the real world - but some suggest a Muslim influence to the Gypsies, whereas on Baja, Lindae has suggested the Gypsies here are also Reindeer herders, suggesting a Slavic or Scandinavian / Finnic Influence. Perhaps Parthian or Black Sea Civilization? - The Lost Continent of Ambrosia. The Lost Land has much more in common with the fictional Lost World - replete with dinosaurs and extinct civilizations - than Medieval Europe. Papua does have some basis in the Papuan Islanders of the Pacific, where as Delucia - or De Lucia - would suggest Mesoamerican or an Incan basis for the peoples here. - The Land of Feudal Lords, Tokuno. Feudal Japan, though an RPer could draw inspiration from Chinese and Mongolian Lore as well. - The Continent of Ter Mur. Remains to be seen.