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23rd Jan '18 5:51:21 PM Ninamarie124
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5th Jan '18 6:44:38 AM nombretomado
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The Tomes of Prophecy and Fate need not mean that YouCantFightFate; a lot of the time they're designed to work without compromising free will, though they do exert (or reflect) a great deal of power over existence. As a carry-on size DeusExMachina, the Tome of Fate [[HowToStopTheDeusExMachina may be safeguarded]] with a number of features, especially when it doubles as a CosmicKeystone. It may be a ClingyMacGuffin that can't be destroyed except under specific circumstances, paired with a magic quill, ink, or eraser to make rewriting it more difficult, or out and out made "read only" to avoid Administrivia/{{Edit War}}s.

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The Tomes of Prophecy and Fate need not mean that YouCantFightFate; a lot of the time they're designed to work without compromising free will, though they do exert (or reflect) a great deal of power over existence. As a carry-on size DeusExMachina, the Tome of Fate [[HowToStopTheDeusExMachina [[JustForFun/HowToStopTheDeusExMachina may be safeguarded]] with a number of features, especially when it doubles as a CosmicKeystone. It may be a ClingyMacGuffin that can't be destroyed except under specific circumstances, paired with a magic quill, ink, or eraser to make rewriting it more difficult, or out and out made "read only" to avoid Administrivia/{{Edit War}}s.
12th Oct '17 11:24:46 AM BeerBaron
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* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series has the eponymous scrolls that supposedly contain a record of everything that ever has and ever will happen (and according to some sources everything that ''could'' happen -- there isn't necessarily always just one possible outcome). Some of them are kept in the Imperial Palace and studied by an order of monks who gradually go blind from reading them. In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'', the Thieves' Guild final quest is to steal one. It looks like a large sheet of parchment covered in [[YouCannotGraspTheTrueForm bizarre runes, lines and geometric shapes]] (it then turns out to be powerful enough to break Daedric curses, at least if said curse involves obscuring a fact). In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'', you find one in an ancient Dwemer ruin, and reading it in the right place gives you a vision of the dragon Alduin's first defeat. Reading it anywhere else temporarily blinds you.
** There also supposedly exists a Book of Fate, which appears blank when you try to read it, implying the Dragonborn is ImmuneToFate. On the other hand, it might be a con, considering that you later discover that [[spoiler: Calixo, the guy telling you about the book, is actually a deranged serial killer with a penchant for necromancy.]]

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* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' series has the ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls''
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eponymous scrolls that supposedly contain a Elder Scrolls themselves:
*** The Scrolls combine this with being [[TomeOfEldritchLore Tomes Of Eldritch Lore]]. Referred to as "Fragments of Creation," the Scrolls are of unknown origin and number which simultaneously
record of everything that ever has past, present, and ever will happen (and according to some sources everything that ''could'' happen -- there isn't necessarily always just one possible outcome). Some of future events irrefutably; what did happen, what could have happened, what might yet happen. [[MindScrew Even the falsehoods in them are kept true]]. (''Especially'' the falsehoods, as is pointed out several times in the Imperial Palace series.) To the untrained eye, the Scrolls will yield an odd chart that looks like it has constellations on it with odd glyphs printed over or under it. A knowledgeable reader will be able to interpret the Scrolls to a degree, but incompletely, and studied by an order will be irrevocably struck blind. A well-trained reader, such as a member of monks who gradually go blind the Cult of the Ancestor Moth, will glean much more from the Scroll and will even recover their eyesight... for a finite number of times before their sight is permanently lost. In all of these cases, reading them. In the Scrolls tends to lead to madness for the user. Even those who merely ''study'' the Scrolls, never actually using or even handling them, are [[GoMadFromTheRevelation driven to complete madness]] with alarming regularity.
*** The power of the Elder Scrolls is so great, their truths so irrefutable, that not even the machinations of a [[OurGodsAreDifferent Daedric Prince]] can overcome them; that's how [[spoiler: the curse on the Gray Cowl of Nocturnal is broken]] in the
''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'', the Thieves' Guild final quest is to steal one. It looks like a large sheet of parchment covered in [[YouCannotGraspTheTrueForm bizarre runes, lines and geometric shapes]] (it then turns out to be powerful enough to break Daedric curses, at least if said curse involves obscuring a fact). Oblivion]]'' ThievesGuild questline. In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'', you find get to read one in an ancient Dwemer ruin, and reading yourself to [[spoiler:gain knowledge of a [[MakeMeWannaShout Thu'um shout]] lost to time; it in turns out you don't read the right place gives scroll, you see events happen as if the scroll was a vision window to another (possibly alternate) time]]. Trying to read the scroll outside of the dragon Alduin's first defeat. Reading it anywhere else [[RealityIsOutToLunch Time-Wound]] temporarily blinds you.
** There also supposedly
robs you of vision and the reason you only suffer that much is because you have the soul of a being that exists a Book partially outside of Fate, time, not unlike the Elder Scroll itself. Even the [[DragonsAreDivine dragons]] like Paarthurnax and [[BigBad Alduin]] himself fear the Elder Scrolls' power. Turns out that they don't just reveal events, they can [[RealityWarper alter reality]] as well; with no recourse left, the ancient Nordic heroes who faced Alduin invoked the power of an Elder Scroll to "cast Alduin out of time", postponing his reckoning until the age where ''Skyrim'' (the game, not the province) takes place. The residue from that event created the Time-Wound, mentioned above.
*** As seen in ''Skyrim'', the glyphs on the Elder Scrolls match closely to those seen on the Eye of Magnus, an [[ArtifactOfDoom artifact of great and mysterious power]] connected to Magnus, the god of magic and "architect" of Mundus. This has led to the theory that the scrolls are related to that event (and their alternative name, "Fragments of Creation", further lends credence).
*** In ''Skyrim'''s ''Dawnguard'' DLC [[spoiler: you undergo the same ritual Moth Priests go through to be able to read an Elder Scroll after the Moth Priest you rescued goes blind after reading one without the necessary precautions. After reading the Scroll you are none the worse for wear, likely because as the Dragonborn, your [[OurDragonsAreDifferent Aedric]] [[OurSoulsAreDifferent soul]] protected you from the normal side-effects]].
** ''Skyrim'' also has the "Book of Fate",
which appears blank when you try to read it, implying the Dragonborn is ImmuneToFate. On the other hand, it might be a con, considering that you later discover that [[spoiler: Calixo, the guy telling you about the book, is actually a deranged serial killer with a penchant for necromancy.]]necromancy]].
16th Sep '17 1:43:23 PM nombretomado
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** Literature/TheBible also contains a lot of ''explicit'' books of prophecy, ie, books recording the words and actions of people identified as "prophets" in the text. The ''Literature/BookOfIsaiah'' and the ''Literature/BookOfJeremiah'' are probably the most famous, but there are a whole load of shorter ones as well. At first glance, these are actually subversions of the trope, in a way, because usually the prophets are making claims only about what will happen ''if'' people do not [[ScareEmStraight change their ways]], rather than what will happen ''[[YouCantFightFate regardless]]'', and as such most of the "prophecies" are never technically proven true. However, the writers of Literature/TheFourGospels argue that a lot of the things written in these books were ''also'' accurately predicting the life and nature of JesusChrist.

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** Literature/TheBible also contains a lot of ''explicit'' books of prophecy, ie, books recording the words and actions of people identified as "prophets" in the text. The ''Literature/BookOfIsaiah'' and the ''Literature/BookOfJeremiah'' are probably the most famous, but there are a whole load of shorter ones as well. At first glance, these are actually subversions of the trope, in a way, because usually the prophets are making claims only about what will happen ''if'' people do not [[ScareEmStraight change their ways]], rather than what will happen ''[[YouCantFightFate regardless]]'', and as such most of the "prophecies" are never technically proven true. However, the writers of Literature/TheFourGospels argue that a lot of the things written in these books were ''also'' accurately predicting the life and nature of JesusChrist.UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}}.
10th Aug '17 10:06:33 AM ixfd64
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* The Omega Book in ''Indiana Jones and the Secret of the Sphinx''.
4th Aug '17 3:13:20 AM SeptimusHeap
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* Histoire in ''{{Neptunia}}'' is implied to be this.

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* Histoire in ''{{Neptunia}}'' ''Franchise/{{Neptunia}}'' is implied to be this.
8th Jun '17 5:37:24 PM nighttrainfm
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* Within the ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' franchise, the Book of Prophesies, introduced within VideoGame/KingdomHeartsX, serve as this for the entire universe. It has information about things that was, things that is, and things that will be and, according to Maleficent via a [[{{Retcon}} retroactivelly]] added scene within ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsCoded'', one can, among other things, create new worlds simply by adding onto it.

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* Within the ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' franchise, the Book of Prophesies, introduced within VideoGame/KingdomHeartsX, serve as this for the entire universe. It has information about things that was, were, things that is, are, and things that will be and, be. And, according to Maleficent via a [[{{Retcon}} retroactivelly]] added scene within ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsCoded'', one can, among other things, create new worlds simply by adding onto it.
31st May '17 6:04:43 PM nombretomado
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* In the first book of the ''YoungWizards'' series, the protagonists use a Tome of Fate to [[spoiler:alter the nature of the BigBad, from irredeemable to redeemable]].

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* In the first book of the ''YoungWizards'' ''Literature/YoungWizards'' series, the protagonists use a Tome of Fate to [[spoiler:alter the nature of the BigBad, from irredeemable to redeemable]].



* ThePowerOfFive series has a dream world where the five main characters can talk to each other. It has a library that holds the book of every person who has ever lived (and possibly who will live). Each book tells the entire life story of that person from birth to death, [[spoiler: Matt reads his in order to find out how to defeat the Old Ones]].

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* ThePowerOfFive ''Literature/ThePowerOfFive'' series has a dream world where the five main characters can talk to each other. It has a library that holds the book of every person who has ever lived (and possibly who will live). Each book tells the entire life story of that person from birth to death, [[spoiler: Matt reads his in order to find out how to defeat the Old Ones]].
30th Apr '17 10:19:20 AM nombretomado
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No, not THAT [[{{TOME}} Tome of Fate]]. [[VideoGame/TalesOfMajEyal Or that one.]]

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No, not THAT [[{{TOME}} [[{{WebAnimation/TOME}} Tome of Fate]]. [[VideoGame/TalesOfMajEyal Or that one.]]
8th Apr '17 4:56:28 PM cybertoy0
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* ''Manga/{{Kinnikuman}}'''s Scramble for the Throne arc gives us the Muscle Book of Prophecies, which goes one step further- if a Choujin's personal page in the book is destroyed, that Choujin fades from existence.
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