The First Age of Darkness

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The First Age of Darkness
The book Ultima I: The First Age of Darkness was packaged with the re-release of Ultima I and the Ultima Trilogy I II III compilation. Written by Dave Albert, within the text an unknown Sosarian is credited for his contributions. It is 39 pages long.

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.

Book Content[edit]

The book contains the following topics:

  • Introduction

Trivia[edit]

  • Trinsic and Jhelom are mentioned within the manual, while neither of these locations are actually available in-game.

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)