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15th Nov '17 7:38:23 AM BeerBaron
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** There series in general offers hundreds per game, dating back to ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIDaggerfall Daggerfall]]''. These documents range from full blown [[InGameNovel In-Game Novels]] like the ''2920: The Last Year of the First Era'' series, ''The Real Barenziah'', ''King Edward'', ''A Dance in the Fire'', and ''The Wolf Queen'' to religious texts such as ''For My Gods and Emperor'' and ''36 Lessons of Vivec'', to numerous historical works which help fill in the thousands of years of backstory, to simple notes handwritten by the world's inhabitants to make the world feel more alive (you can literally find the grocery lists of [=NPCs=]). Many of the histories presented within the game [[UnreliableCanon are contradictory and at odds with each other]], leaving it up to the reader to piece together the history of Tamriel for him/herself. For tropes relating to these works, see ''Literature/TheElderScrollsInUniverseBooks'' page.

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** There The series in general offers hundreds per game, dating back to ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIDaggerfall Daggerfall]]''. These documents range from full blown [[InGameNovel In-Game Novels]] like the ''2920: The Last Year of the First Era'' series, ''The Real Barenziah'', ''King Edward'', ''A Dance in the Fire'', and ''The Wolf Queen'' to religious texts such as ''For My Gods and Emperor'' and ''36 Lessons of Vivec'', to numerous historical works which help fill in the thousands of years of backstory, to simple notes handwritten by the world's inhabitants to make the world feel more alive (you can literally find the grocery lists of [=NPCs=]). Many of the histories presented within the game [[UnreliableCanon are contradictory and at odds with each other]], leaving it up to the reader to piece together the history of Tamriel for him/herself. For tropes relating to these works, see ''Literature/TheElderScrollsInUniverseBooks'' page.
15th Nov '17 7:34:13 AM BeerBaron
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* Any number of texts found within ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' games, ranging from popular histories such as ''The Real Barenziah'' and ''A Brief History of the Empire'', through religious texts such as ''For My Gods and Emperor'' and ''36 Lessons of Vivec'', to novels such as ''A Dance in Fire'' and ''The Wolf Queen''. Many of the histories presented within the game are contradictory and at odds with each other, leaving it up to the reader to piece together the history of Tamriel for him/herself.
** The best is ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'''s ''The Lusty Argonian Maid''. It's... umm... a play. A side-quest involves finding actors willing to be in it.
** And Boethiah's Pillow book is unmentionable.
** There is a good laugh in ''The Madness of Pelagius,'' after having read ''The Wolf Queen vol. 8,'' which describes an amulet given to Pelagius that robs the wearer of sanity over the course of years.
* Also from Bethesda, the Wasteland Survival Guide in ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'', the quality of which depends on how much work you put into it, including none at all!

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* Any number of texts found within ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' games, ranging ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls''
** There series in general offers hundreds per game, dating back to ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIDaggerfall Daggerfall]]''. These documents range
from popular histories such as full blown [[InGameNovel In-Game Novels]] like the ''2920: The Last Year of the First Era'' series, ''The Real Barenziah'' and Barenziah'', ''King Edward'', ''A Brief History of Dance in the Empire'', through Fire'', and ''The Wolf Queen'' to religious texts such as ''For My Gods and Emperor'' and ''36 Lessons of Vivec'', to novels such as ''A Dance numerous historical works which help fill in Fire'' and ''The Wolf Queen''. the thousands of years of backstory, to simple notes handwritten by the world's inhabitants to make the world feel more alive (you can literally find the grocery lists of [=NPCs=]). Many of the histories presented within the game [[UnreliableCanon are contradictory and at odds with each other, other]], leaving it up to the reader to piece together the history of Tamriel for him/herself.
him/herself. For tropes relating to these works, see ''Literature/TheElderScrollsInUniverseBooks'' page.
** The best is ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'''s Morrowind]]'':
*** ''Morrowind'' has the lightly pornographic play
''The Lusty Argonian Maid''. It's... umm... Maid'', written by the CampGay (though technically bisexual) Crassius Curio. It centers around a play. character named [[HerCodeNameWasMarySue Crantus Colto]] and his...interest...in his, well, [[LizardFolk Argonian]] maid. A side-quest involves finding quest in the game has you attempting to find actors willing to be in it.
** And Boethiah's Pillow book is unmentionable.
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*** There is also ''Boethiah's Pillow Book'', named after the [[OurGodsAreDifferent Daedric Prince]] Boethiah, master ManipulativeBastard. It needs to be stolen from a good laugh in respectable Dunmeri noble family so they can be blackmailed with it. This heavily implies it's obscene nature, but it can only ''imply''. When you try to read it, all you get is: "No words can describe what you see. Or what you think you see."
** Come ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'', a sequel to the ''Lusty Argonian Maid'' has been written. One of its DLC expansions adds
''The Madness of Pelagius,'' after having read ''The Wolf Queen vol. 8,'' which describes an amulet given to Pelagius that robs Sulty Argonian Bard'', a GenderFlipped version for the wearer of sanity over the course of years.
ladies.
* Also from Bethesda, {{Creator/Bethesda}}, the Wasteland Survival Guide in ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'', the quality of which depends on how much work you put into it, including none at all!
26th Sep '17 2:32:32 PM CrypticMirror
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* ''Radio/TheNavyLark'': Sub-Lieutenant Phillips, a classic CloudCuckoolander who is supposed to be TheNavigator despite him having NoSenseOfDirection, repeatedly refers to "Sinbad the Sailor's Big Book of the Sea" as his navigation manual.
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25th Aug '17 5:00:42 PM GrammarNavi
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* In ''Fanfiction/ChrysalisVisitsTheHague'', the second chapter is a life-sized but completely fictional BBC online article detailing Chrysalis' arrival in the city, fake comments and adverts included.

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* In ''Fanfiction/ChrysalisVisitsTheHague'', ''Fanfic/ChrysalisVisitsTheHague'', the second chapter is a life-sized but completely fictional BBC online article detailing Chrysalis' arrival in the city, fake comments and adverts included.
17th Aug '17 4:11:31 AM ImpudentInfidel
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* One of the many details of the final draft script of ''Film/StarWars'' that didn't make it into the finished cut of the movie [[note]]Along with the scene where Luke's friend Biggs (who was killed in the Death Star attack) was introduced and a large amount of George Lucas' legendarily awful dialogue that was script-doctored out of existence[[/note]] but preserved in Creator/AlanDeanFoster's novelization was the ''Journal of the Whills'', which seems to have been intended as a history of the Empire and its collapse.

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* One of the many details of the final draft script of ''Film/StarWars'' that didn't make it into the finished cut of the movie [[note]]Along with the scene where Luke's friend Biggs (who was killed in the Death Star attack) was introduced and a large amount of George Lucas' legendarily awful dialogue that was script-doctored out of existence[[/note]] but preserved in Creator/AlanDeanFoster's novelization was the ''Journal of the Whills'', which seems to have been intended as a history of the Empire and its collapse. This does get a few sly references in the movies, especially the prequels; it's amazing how awesome [[UnreliableNarrator R2-D2]] (who supposedly told the story to the Willis) gets when nobody's looking...
12th Jul '17 9:06:16 PM JoeMerl
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* [[OncePerEpisode Each chapter]] of ''Fanfic/InShortSupply'' begins with some kind of fictional document, usually providing background on that chapter's theme or the characters involved. Examples include [[HeroAntagonist Dib]]'s journal, information about Irken religion, or transcripts from a black market sale.
9th Jul '17 1:17:16 PM Orbiting
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* ''{{Exalted}}'' has a lot of these, some of which have been [[{{Defictionalization}} Defictionalized.]] Notable examples include ''[[TomeOfEldritchLore The Broken-Winged Crane]]'', ''[[BigBookOfWar The Thousand Correct Actions of the Upright Soldier]]'', ''The Book of Three Circles'', ''The White Treatise'', ''The Black Treatise'', ''The Book of Bone and Ebony'', and ''Oadenol's Codex''.

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* ''{{Exalted}}'' ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'' has a lot of these, some of which have been [[{{Defictionalization}} Defictionalized.]] Notable examples include ''[[TomeOfEldritchLore The Broken-Winged Crane]]'', ''[[BigBookOfWar The Thousand Correct Actions of the Upright Soldier]]'', ''The Book of Three Circles'', ''The White Treatise'', ''The Black Treatise'', ''The Book of Bone and Ebony'', and ''Oadenol's Codex''.
8th Jul '17 3:54:58 PM nombretomado
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* Lawrence Block's ''The Burglar Who Liked to Quote Kipling'' revolves around ''The Deliverance of Fort Bucklow'', the spectacularly awful result of {{Rudyard Kipling}}'s descent into FilibusterFreefall.

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* Lawrence Block's ''The Burglar Who Liked to Quote Kipling'' revolves around ''The Deliverance of Fort Bucklow'', the spectacularly awful result of {{Rudyard Kipling}}'s Creator/RudyardKipling's descent into FilibusterFreefall.
17th Jun '17 2:03:37 PM nombretomado
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** The OtherWiki has a rather extensive list of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cthulhu_Mythos_arcane_literature Cthulhu Mythos arcane literature]], most of which falls under this trope. ''The Book of Eibon'', ''Unaussprechlichen Kulten'', and ''De Vermis Mysteriis'' are mentioned nearly as often as ''The Necronomicon''.

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** The OtherWiki Wiki/TheOtherWiki has a rather extensive list of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cthulhu_Mythos_arcane_literature Cthulhu Mythos arcane literature]], most of which falls under this trope. ''The Book of Eibon'', ''Unaussprechlichen Kulten'', and ''De Vermis Mysteriis'' are mentioned nearly as often as ''The Necronomicon''.
1st Jun '17 8:02:40 PM nombretomado
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** WhiteWolf hasn't left their [[TabletopGame/OldWorldOfDarkness Worlds of]] [[TabletopGame/NewWorldOfDarkness Darkness out]] either, with examples such as ''The Book of Nod'', ''The Ericyes Fragments'', ''The Prince's Primer'', ''Revelations of the Dark Mother'', ''The Silver Record'', ''Chronicles of the Black Labyrinth'', ''Rites of the Dragon'', and ''The Testament of Longinus''.

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** WhiteWolf Creator/WhiteWolf hasn't left their [[TabletopGame/OldWorldOfDarkness Worlds of]] [[TabletopGame/NewWorldOfDarkness Darkness out]] either, with examples such as ''The Book of Nod'', ''The Ericyes Fragments'', ''The Prince's Primer'', ''Revelations of the Dark Mother'', ''The Silver Record'', ''Chronicles of the Black Labyrinth'', ''Rites of the Dragon'', and ''The Testament of Longinus''.
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