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The Book of the War was an encyclopedia-style primer for the War in Heaven, published 50 years into the conflict. Its authors and audience are never made explicit, but there are hints that it was written by brainwashed agents of the Great Houses (PROSE: The Book of the War) as a briefing (PROSE: Pre-narrative Briefings) for a human or posthuman audience. (PROSE: The Book of the War)

Reliability Edit

The enemy apparently retro-erased several entries that contained compromising information. These were Churchill Index, Immaculata Formosii, the Gods of the Ainu, "Miss Hiroshima", Mohandassa, Sixth Wave Defections, S'tanim, and Violent Unknown Events. (PROSE: The Book of the War)

The Book of the War, (PROSE: The Book of the War) like the orientation material that the Uptime Guard handed to visitors to the City of the Saved, (PROSE: Of the City of the Saved...) incorrectly referred to the City's population as numbering in the septillions. (PROSE: The Book of the War, Of the City of the Saved...) In reality, the census of AF 291 reported a population more than a hundred billion times that number, though the census results were not made available to outside researchers, and all data exports from the City were frozen later that year. (PROSE: Of the City of the Saved...) Several more of The Book of the War's statements about the City of the Saved, including the dating of the Timebeast Assault and the non-resurrection of culturally-human artificial intelligences, were inaccurate. (PROSE: The Book of the War, Of the City of the Saved...)

Several of The Book of the War's statements concerning biodata and the Yssgaroth were old-fashioned and unjustified by the evidence. (PROSE: The Cosmology of the Spiral Politic)

The Shift rewrote the reader's perception of the book multiple times to explain its own life story, and the entry on "You" Diversions arguably housed an example of its subject. (PROSE: The Book of the War) Michael Simpson referred to The Book of the War as a briefing document created by the Great Houses. (PROSE: The Book of the Enemy)

Behind the scenes Edit

The Book of the War was the fictional book-within-a-book contained in the Faction Paradox novel of the same name.