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Compendium is the manual for Ultima VI, written by Greg Malone. It is 48 pages long and called upon to pass the game's three copy protection sequences, in which questions regarding the bestiary, reagents, and magic syllables of the realm are respectively posed by Lord British, Selganor, and Mariah. Penned from an in-game perspective, British is the fictional originator of the book's content, having dictated it to the scribe Moebius of the Lycaeum. At the time of writing, Britannia was embroiled in the Gargish invasion that begat the events of Ultima VI; as such, the race is subjectively portrayed in a negative light.

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).

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  • 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."
  • 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.

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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)