Malas consists of two continental landmasses that were introduced with the Age of Shadows expansion. Home to thousands and host to the largest shopping mall in Sosaria, Malas is a popular land.
- Floating within a dark sea of stars, Malas is a broken land, wracked by great tremors that constantly threaten the stability of its continents. Its origin is a mystery, and its future inscrutable, but what is known is that this facet is unlike any other. Three great sections of land — one of which is already in the process of crumbling into smaller islands — are connected by bridges, and in between them lays a vast abyss of nothingness. And yet, despite this unstable environment, life has flourished in the Dark Facet; creatures of all types call Malas home, and even humans have forged lives there.
Two Cities, Two Dungeons
- Luna, the “City of Paladins” is also a shoppers paradise. *cough*
- Umbra, known as the “City of Necromancers.”
- Dungeon Doom – Welcome to your doom! Malas isn’t all about Paladins and Necromancers, oh no! While the surface of the shrouded facet might be a good place for you to build a nice little cottage and flower garden, the area under the Dark Facet is truly foul and cursed. Dungeon Doom introduced new puzzles, quests, and epic battles to Ultima Online: Age of Shadows.
- Labyrinth Dungeon – “Floating” between the two landmasses is the Isle of the Divide that contains the Labyrinth. Home of the Minotaurs, seven named monsters, and the Peerless champion Meraktus the Tormented, one is well served by stepping quickly once inside. Unlike most of the rest of Malas, the Labyrinth was added by the Mondain’s Legacy expansion.
Places of Interest
- Grimswind Ruins – One of the many curiosities of Malas are the Grimswind Ruins. While they’re not incredibly striking in their assembly, there is a good deal of mystery surrounding their existence. Were they the beginnings of a third city, or was their construction based on ritualistic needs instead? One can only speculate for now, but perhaps more will be revealed as adventurers explore this new land.
- Crystal Fens – Located in various sections around Malas, there are forested areas where crystalline structures grow in bunches like jagged shrubs, the largest of which is on the northern continent. These radiant peculiarities of the Dark Facet are a striking contrast to the surrounding lushness of greenery, and further differentiate Malas from the other facets.
- Hanse’s Hostel – The trek between the two cities of Malas is a long and lonely one, but travelers making this journey can find respite at a quaint little inn along the way.
- Desert Orc Outpost – The orcs, too, have claimed a bit of Malas for themselves in the form of small forts. Though, curious enough, their largest fort on the southern continent has been abandoned. Instead, several small ones dot the land.
- Forgotten Pyramid – Within the southern desert of Malas, buried beneath many years of accumulated sand, a great pyramid rises high into the sky. Time has been harsh to this majestic monument, as rubble now decorates its steps, and cracks mottle its surface where grave robbers, no doubt, have attempted to gain entry. But what lies within this ancient tomb? Could there be treasure within, or are its caverns merely filled with the stench of death and the moans of the cursed undead?
- Gravewater Lake – Snuggled within the golden sands of Malas’ desert is an immense lake that takes up a good portion of the southern continent. And while it may look passable, no boats will be able to travel across its misty waters.
- Malas has several secret areas that are accessed only by rune. Find them by exloring the 9 Secrets of Malas.
- The Labyrinth can be reached via a green Moongate that is located to the northwest of Umbra.