The First Age of Darkness
The original release of Ultima I contained a completely different manual: Playbook, which held little lore and was more an instruction booklet. With The First Age of Darkness, the re-released Ultima I builds a neater bridge between the original game and its sequels by greatly expanding the story from an in-game perspective. The lore of the world was vastly expanded with this new book (changing the before only rudimentary existing story to a more deeper plot) and it contains numerous completely original illustrations, most of which are never seen in other books.
The book was later re-printed in the Trilogy Manual with no changes, apart from removing the ornamental page borders.
The book contains the following topics:
- Shops and facilities
- Inside the Dungeons
- Trinsic and Jhelom are mentioned within the manual, while neither of these locations are actually available in-game.
- The First Age of Darkness(PDF) (alt.)
|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)|