The original Ultima II manual came packaged with the original releases of Ultima II. It is 18 pages long, and was written by Mary Taylor Rollo. The Ultima II manual includes backstory from Ultima I, and attempts to bridge the gaps between the early Ultima games where little backstory existed.
The manual was later released as The Second Age of Darkness, and came packaged with the Ultima Trilogy I II III and later releases of Ultima II. It is 31 pages long. In-game, Lord British is the author of the book. The manual has been partially rewritten to remove slang, and goes out of character less often.
The following topics are part of the book: