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The Great Houses' War-time enemy was an enigmatic presence, which the Houses themselves never referred to by name.

The article on the enemy in The Book of the War claimed that the Houses' reluctance to refer to their enemy by name was not because of superstition, or because the enemy had removed its name from history. On the contrary, the enemy did have a name, but the Houses worried that using that name would encourage them to reduce the enemy to its physical characteristics. The Book referenced several of its entries that didn't, in fact, exist, from which it might be inferred that the enemy had tampered with the text. (PROSE: The Enemy)

The Book of the War also said that the Great Houses' increasing paranoia immediately before the War may have been the cause of the War instead of a result, and that the idea "makes a certain sense, given the nature of the enemy." (PROSE: War Predictions)

The enemy was not, as Chatelaine Thessalia assumed in The Little Book of Absolute Power, mainly motivated by survival or keeping its history intact. (PROSE: War Predictions: Chatelaine Thessalia)

The enemy was seemingly bound by the same Protocols of Linearity as the Houses: it encountered the Houses in the same order that it was encountered by the Houses, instead of (for instance) attacking points earlier in their history when they were more vulnerable. This was supported by the initial battle on Dronid, in which the enemy's forces were as ill-prepared as the Houses' First Wave. (PROSE: Waves of the House Military)

When describing the filming of Mujun: The Ghost Kingdom, the Book recounted an encounter between Cwej and a representative of the enemy (or the enemy itself?) in which it summarised its own mystique:

The Scourge. Harvey. Hermes. The coolest character is the one whose face we never get to see
"THE VOICE" during the Mount Usu Duel[src]


Marcus Americanus Scriptor, an alternative Roman Empire-resident and dimension hopper, wrote about an encounter with a shapeshifting creature apparently allied with the enemy. (PROSE: Warlords of Utopia)

House Military soldiers used the colloquialism "Rep" to refer to the enemy's agents — an abbreviation of "representative." (PROSE: The Taking of Planet 5)

Tonton Macoute once cooked with the corpse of an enemy soldier. (PROSE: Tonton Macoute)

According to Carmen Yeh's heavily-fictionalised Fantastical Travels in an Infinite Universe, Compassion believed that the enemy was a meaningless distraction, while the real threat would come from "family", specifically "House Lucia". (PROSE: Carmen Yeh's "Fantastical Travels in an Infinite Universe") The Egyptian god Horus described Lolita as a process and "a new kind of history," (AUDIO: The Judgment of Sutekh) which resonated with The Book of the War's description of the enemy as a process (PROSE: The Enemy) and the War as "a struggle between one kind of history and another." (PROSE: The Beginning of the War)

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