For the port to the PC-9801, the Compendium was fully translated into Japanese, including the title. Content-wise however, it stayed the same.
The book was later re-printed in the Age of Virtue manual. While the text is the same, the book otherwise was altered in many ways. The illustrated page borders were removed, as were numerous illustrations (although far less than in the Book of Lore).
- History of Britannia
- Travelling guide
- Runic Alphabet
- Adventuring as a party
- Weapons and armour
- Translated, the runic script framing the cover reads, "Contained within these pages lies the accumulated wisdom of the great scribes of Britannia ·· being recorded by the hand of Moebius at my command ·· Lord British."
- While Moebius does not appear as a character in Ultima VI, his name is a reference to Origin's 1985 action-RPG, Moebius: The Orb of Celestial Harmony, designed by the real-world author of Compendium, Greg Malone.
- Compendium reuses numerous illustrations from previous Ultima manuals.
- In The Ultima 6 Project, Compendium forms part of the user interface, and its scribe, Moebius, can be found at the Lycaeum. Furthermore, the Compendium was turned into a PDF-version, which is available in English and German and tries to imitate the style of Ultima manuals as close as possible. In the links below are the places where to find both language versions.
- Compendium (PDF)
- The PDF Compendium fpr The Ultima 6 Project can be found at The Ultima Codex, Sylore's Compendium and SirJohn's Page.
|Ultima Game Manuals|
|Age of Darkness||Akalabeth (Manual) ☥ Ultima I (Playbook, Manual) ☥ Ultima II (Manual) ☥ Ultima III (Play Guide, Cleric Guide, Wizard Guide)|
|Age of Enlightenment||Ultima IV (History of Britannia, Mystic Wisdom) ☥ Ultima V ( Book of Lore, Journal) ☥ Ultima VI (Compendium)|
|Age of Armageddon||Ultima VII (Fellowship) ☥ Ultima VII Part Two (Serpent Pillars) ☥ Ultima VIII (Chronicle) ☥ Ultima IX (Spellbook, Journal)|
|Underworld||Underworld I (Memoirs) ☥ Underworld II (Safe Passage)|
|Worlds of Ultima||Savage Empire (Ultimate Adventures) ☥ Martian Dreams (Red Planet, Time Travel)|
|Compilations||Ultima Trilogy I (Trilogy Manual) ☥ Ultima Trilogy II (Age of Virtue)|