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The Journal comes with Ultima IX. It is 60 pages long. In-game, Hawkwind is the author of the book. In real-life, Tonda Mueller has written the book. There is also an in-game version as well, doubling as the in-game menu, but with simplified content. Of note is, that the book contains only little original illustrations, most are from previous books.

The cover of the Journal and Spellbook in the Dragon Edition was made of synthetic leather. Also, the Ankh on the cover is different between the US and European versions of the book.

Book Content[edit]

The following topics are part of the book:

  • Foreword
  • The Virtues
  • History of Britannia
  • Travelling guide
  • The fighting arts
  • Weapons and armour
  • Bestiary
  • Cosmology
  • Music
  • Runescript
  • Sea travel

Alternate Covers[edit]


  • As the in-game Journal is found inside the Avatar's home, it is indicated that the Avatar not Hawkwind wrote it.
  • The Journal contains a number of inaccuracies, misstatements and a few mistakes with most located in the History section. The worst inaccuracy is in the virtue section where Justice is stated as being combination of Truth and Courage. Go to the link below for a detailed list.

External Links[edit]

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)