The Book of Lore
The Book of Lore comes with Ultima V. It is 54 pages long. In-game, many sources are provided as authors, and the book is mentioned throughout the heroe's adventures in Britannia. In real-life, Richard Garriott, Mark Hamner, Paul Isaac, Stuart Marks, Steve Meuse, John Miles, Toshi Morita, Chris Roberts and Dallas Snell are credited for the book.
The Book of Lore, it presented as an in-character guide to the land of Britannia. It touches upon many topics that were not discussed in previous or subsequent game manuals. The last page holds the Ethics of Blackthorn, which were enacted during Blackthorn's reign just days before the book would go into printing, and thus are a late addition.
For the port to the PC-9801 in Japan, the entire book was translated - including the title itself. 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 significantly. The section headers - in the original drawn words - were replaced by simple text, a big number of illustrations were removed, others shoved together (especially the shop signs).
The following topics are part of the book:
- History of Britannia
- Travelling guide
- The classes
- Weapons and armour
- The Eight Virtues
- Magic and all its topics
- Ethics of Blackthorn
- The Book of Lore (PDF)
|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)|