Literature of Combat Dome

Now we’re getting really confusing. The following is a comprehensive catalogue of works which appear in the Combat Dome multiverse… including some works of fiction penned by characters who are themselves, so far as we can tell, also works of fiction…

The Aerobatics Guide

Games: First Game
Author: Unknown
Written as: Guidebook
Genre: Non-fiction Instructive
Notes: Looted from a bandit killed by Springheel and Lazarus on the Game World, and subsequently carried around by Springheel until his return to his own world, when it was thrown into the Thames. Nothing is known about its origins, why a bandit would own a copy, or its contents, although Springheel mentions that he probably already knows everything in it.

The Complete Works of Tolstoy

Games: First Game
Author: Presumably Leo Tolstoy
Written as: Anthology of works.
Genre: Presumably Various
Notes: A copy was owned by Springheel Jack, and he was witnessed reading it during his period of boredom in the Game World. He found parts of it a bit slow but was otherwise not overly critical. Upon returning to his own world, he threw the book into the Thames along with ‘Springtime for Springheel’ (see below) and ‘The Aerobatics Guide’ (see above), implying that it did not make enough of an impression that he wished to keep it. If it is indeed the complete works of the same Tolstoy as you and I are familiar with, then one wonders how he even managed to carry it on his person – ‘War and Peace’ alone is a notoriously long story.

Him Shiny

Games: FFVII Game
Author: Professor Von "Loki" Insanity IV/Azumi Ericho
Written as: Poem
Genre: Celebratory Poetry
Notes: A parody of the poem 'Him Diamond' from the Discworld novel Thud. Originally written by Loki as a celebration of his bike, Mr Shiny. Later adapted into a similar poem about himself to reassure Joanna. The original version was expanded and translated into an unidentified ancient language (similar to Dog Latin) by Azumi, now as a celebration of Loki himself. This version can be seen engraved on the titular Mr Shiny.

The Hojo Files

Games: FFVII Game
Other Media: For Want of a Nail
Author: Professor Hojo
Written as: Scientific Essay
Genre: Non-fiction Research
Notes: While not named as such in the Game, the Hojo Files were seen as a series of private files on Professor Hojo’s computer in the FFVII Universe, detailing his research into Project Multiverse amongst other scientific records and a personal message to Loki. In the manipulated timeline of For Want of a Nail, the same files are lost and viewed as an urban legend by many.

Loveless

Games: FFVII Game
Author: Unknown
Written as: Poem
Genre: Epic Poetry
Notes: Hojo gives Loki a copy which he got from Genesis. Several of the security questions on Hojo's computer are actually incomplete Loveless quotes. When Brall is given Genesis's DNA, he begins compulsively quoting it.

Springtime For Springheel

Games: First Game, FFVII Game
Author: Springheel Jack
Written as: Musical
Genre: Autobiography
Notes: ‘Springtime For Springheel’ is an autobiographical musical penned by Springheel Jack during a period of boredom while stranded on the Game World. He later performed it for travellers on the road with himself in the starring roll and Lazarus doing the chorus line, which of course implies that it requires no more than two people to perform. Upon returning to his own world, he dismissed his entire adventure as a dream and the script was tossed into the River Thames. Three songs from the musical are known: ‘To Leap the Impossible Leap’ is the opening number and a Jackified parody of ‘To Dream the Impossible Dream’ from Man of La Mancha. ‘New Heights’ is the second song, a solo number sung in the baritone range by Springheel. These two contrast not only in style but in content – ‘The Impossible Leap’ is a list of what Springheel aims to do with his life, while ‘New Heights’ lists those achievements he has already made. The finale is a big chorus number called ‘Rape Arson and GBH’. In at least one universe, the musical has become a big hit and the Sourceworlder carries around a copy of the script complete with photographs from the opening night as a keepsake. It is as yet unclear where he got it or why he is so attached to it; possibly he was himself part of the production team. The mysterious disembodied theatre critic who marks the players of SS&S on their style is apparently bound to a mirror in a cluttered dressing room beyond the Fourth Wall, which also contains a copy of Springtime for Springheel. Possibly this is the musical being performed by whoever's dressing room it actually is.

Strand Theory

Games: Touched on in the FFVII Game
Other Media: Alluded to in For Want of a Nail, posted on the original Info Dome webpage.
Author: The Info Dome version was written by Calum, other versions unknown.
Written as: Scientific Essay
Genre: Non-fiction Research
Notes: The Article on Strand Theory was written by Calum using evidence from various Combat Dome games, along with extrapolation of his own and the odd bit of outright fantasy. However, comments made by Rebecca in For Want of a Nail imply that a similar essay exists in her universe, presumably as a write-up of Shin-Ra research.

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