This context comes from the video game "Divinity Original Sin II" the phrase I've difficulties with comes when I speak to a statue of a God trapped in some hellish realm because he was sent there by a character called Bracus Rex.

Statue- * "Bracus Rex! Gods damn you to this hell in which I suffer. Gods damn these burning flames!"*

one of the dialogue options-"Bracus Rex? Ask what evil the mad king's wrought upon him?"

When I google the phrase "wrought upon somebody" the only result is from thefreedictionary which redirects me to a couple of phrases and on of them is:


  1. To cause or effect; bring about: working miracles.

I know that wrought is the archaic version of work. Does the sentence simply mean "Ask what evil the mad king's caused him?"*

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Yes, but it's probably a bit more than just "caused him": "caused him" wouldn't have to be intentional, but "wrought upon him" is.

Something like "inflicted upon him" would be closer. Work does not mean "inflict" but wrought is now more often used as the past of wreak, which does.


  1. To inflict (vengeance or punishment) upon a person. (source: American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition.)
  • Can you provide a definition for "work: that means inflict? I can't find it anywhere. Sep 18, 2022 at 18:01
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    Work does not mean "inflict". But wrought is now more often used as the past of wreak, which does.
    – Colin Fine
    Sep 18, 2022 at 21:51

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