The Book of Mystic Wisdom
The Book of Mystic Wisdom contains numerous full-page illustrations, including one to accompany each spell. Metallic gold runic text is inscribed into the faux-leather cover, however some editions of the manual lack this embellishment. Detailed casting instructions for each spell and the required reagents are covered are provided.
There do exist different versions of this book. The release by the publisher U.S. Gold was printed on smooth, yellowish paper and the cover was just black on the same paper. The release for the Japanese MSX-computers was translated (it stayed content-wise the same) but the cover had the correct colors. For the Sega-Port of Ultima IV, the book was somewhat shrunk down in size, but stayed content-wise the same. Each of the three languages sported a different cover color (blue=English, red=French, yellow=German).
The book was later re-printed in the Age of Virtue manual. The book was compressed onto less pages, the full-page illustrations for each spell were shrinked down to fit beside the text and the illustrated page borders were removed.
Within, the following topics are described:
- The reagents of magic
- The 26 magic spells
- Translated, the runic script framing the cover reads, "Being a compendium of the processes and effects of combining human will and natural forces as discovered and recorded by the greatest sorcerors since the beginning of time."
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