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10th Sep '17 2:07:26 PM DustSnitch
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* IronicName: Nicodemus is also the name of a character from Literature/TheBible; a Pharisee who became one of {{Jesus}}' followers. He helped prepare Jesus for burial after his death. Considering what ''this'' Nicodemus is like, and how in his first appearance he's after the ShroudOfTurin, it's a somewhat unusual name to choose. See MeaningfulName, below, for justification. And of course, for all we know, that's his actual name...

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* IronicName: Nicodemus is also the name of a character from Literature/TheBible; Literature/TheFourGospels; a Pharisee who became one of {{Jesus}}' UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}}' followers. He helped prepare Jesus for burial after his death. Considering what ''this'' Nicodemus is like, and how in his first appearance he's after the ShroudOfTurin, it's a somewhat unusual name to choose. See MeaningfulName, below, for justification. And of course, for all we know, that's his actual name...
14th Aug '17 1:35:51 AM Ezaxcks
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* {{No Nonsense Nemesis}}: Lampshaded when Nicky captures him in Death Masks, noting that Nicodemus is the kind of person who, when he says "join me or die", will do the "or die" part quickly, cleanly, with no gloating and a minimum of fuss.
12th Jul '17 11:15:19 AM Sonofstranger
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* DirtyCoward: Surrenders to the Knights and Harry, fully expecting mercy and fully intending to go back to Nicodemus afterward. The Knights can't touch him, but Harry ''can'', and does so with a baseball bat to the knees and arms.



* ISurrenderSuckers: Surrenders to the Knights and Harry, fully expecting mercy and fully intending to go back to Nicodemus afterward. The Knights can't touch him, but Harry ''can'', and does so with a baseball bat to the knees and arms.

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* ISurrenderSuckers: Surrenders See DirtyCoward.
* NightmareFuel: His death curse, "Die Alone", is this
to the Knights and Harry, fully expecting mercy and fully intending to go back to Nicodemus afterward. The Knights can't touch him, but Harry ''can'', and does so with a baseball bat to the knees and arms.InUniverse.
1st Jul '17 5:11:35 PM Andrzej
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[[folder: In General]]

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[[folder: Nicodemus Archleone (aka "Nicky")]]

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[[folder: Nicodemus [[folder:Nicodemus Archleone (aka "Nicky")]]



** A subversion occurs in ''Small Favor'' when Harry hints at the Black Council, and Nick finds out that he isn't the BigBad of the series. The thought that a force he doesn't understand is working against him, using his own people against him, and is entirely orthogonal to the axis between God and Satan troubles him deeply. This in turn influences his actions in ''Skin Game'', where his [[spoiler: sacrifice of Deirdre seems to be designed, in part, to keep her safe from Nemesis.]]

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** A subversion occurs in ''Small Favor'' when Harry hints at the Black Council, and Nick finds out that he isn't the BigBad of the series. The thought that a force he doesn't understand is working against him, using his own people against him, and is entirely orthogonal to the axis between God and Satan troubles him deeply. This in turn influences his actions in ''Skin Game'', where his [[spoiler: sacrifice [[spoiler:sacrifice of Deirdre seems to be designed, in part, to keep her safe from Nemesis.]]



** Possible subversion. [[spoiler: Michael believes that Anduriel is just that good at manipulating Nicodemus, Nicodemus doesn't know he's been had.]] Nicodemus himself, of course, doesn't believe a word of that. See {{Pride}} below.

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** Possible subversion. [[spoiler: Michael [[spoiler:Michael believes that Anduriel is just that good at manipulating Nicodemus, Nicodemus doesn't know he's been had.]] Nicodemus himself, of course, doesn't believe a word of that. See {{Pride}} below.



* ImmortalsFearDeath: He's almost impossible to kill, thanks to the Noose, and he is a deadly dangerous fighter, treating Michael as a light challenge in ''Death Masks'' and as he demonstrates in ''Skin Game'', [[spoiler: [[BroughtDownToBadass even without it and his Coin,]] he can go hand to hand with [[ActionGirl Murphy]] and win while she's armed and he's not, first disarming her, then crippling her.]] But there are a very few people who really scare him: Shiro and, after figuring out the secret of the Noose, Harry. And the reason they scare him is that unlike almost anyone else, they can actually kill him, something Harry needles him about.

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* ImmortalsFearDeath: He's almost impossible to kill, thanks to the Noose, and he is a deadly dangerous fighter, treating Michael as a light challenge in ''Death Masks'' and as he demonstrates in ''Skin Game'', [[spoiler: [[BroughtDownToBadass [[spoiler:[[BroughtDownToBadass even without it and his Coin,]] he can go hand to hand with [[ActionGirl Murphy]] and win while she's armed and he's not, first disarming her, then crippling her.]] But there are a very few people who really scare him: Shiro and, after figuring out the secret of the Noose, Harry. And the reason they scare him is that unlike almost anyone else, they can actually kill him, something Harry needles him about.



* IRegretNothing: When Harry got winged by the light of Uriel's halo in ''Skin Game'', he saw every bad thing he'd ever done in his entire life and how incredibly, unbelievably easy it would've been for him to have made another choice and done the right thing. It crippled him with guilt. Nicodemus, who got the full blast head-on and has ''two thousand years'' of unspeakable depravity behind him, ''laughed in the archangel's face'' and mocked him for "judging" a mortal. [[spoiler: Averted at the very end of the book though: some part of him ''does'' regret what he does to his daughter, and Harry repeatedly pressing that chink in the man's otherwise-impenetrable mental armor is enough to make Nic flip out, break the deal, and try killing everyone, something that more-or-less directly leads to him losing virtually everything he has left.]]

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* IRegretNothing: When Harry got winged by the light of Uriel's halo in ''Skin Game'', he saw every bad thing he'd ever done in his entire life and how incredibly, unbelievably easy it would've been for him to have made another choice and done the right thing. It crippled him with guilt. Nicodemus, who got the full blast head-on and has ''two thousand years'' of unspeakable depravity behind him, ''laughed in the archangel's face'' and mocked him for "judging" a mortal. [[spoiler: Averted [[spoiler:Averted at the very end of the book though: some part of him ''does'' regret what he does to his daughter, and Harry repeatedly pressing that chink in the man's otherwise-impenetrable mental armor is enough to make Nic flip out, break the deal, and try killing everyone, something that more-or-less directly leads to him losing virtually everything he has left.]]



** ''Skin Game'' reveals that he's not completely infallible. When Murphy beats him, he's baiting her so [[spoiler: he can destroy ''Fidelacchius''. It doesn't stick]], but when Michael goes all out, he beats Nicodemus, forcing him to cut and run. Michael notes, slightly dazed, that he's never done that. It does help that Anduriel was occupied fighting Harry and a well aimed ice-cannonball by Harry caves in part of his torso, so he's not quite fighting at full speed throughout.

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** ''Skin Game'' reveals that he's not completely infallible. When Murphy beats him, he's baiting her so [[spoiler: he [[spoiler:he can destroy ''Fidelacchius''. It doesn't stick]], but when Michael goes all out, he beats Nicodemus, forcing him to cut and run. Michael notes, slightly dazed, that he's never done that. It does help that Anduriel was occupied fighting Harry and a well aimed ice-cannonball by Harry caves in part of his torso, so he's not quite fighting at full speed throughout.



* RageBreakingPoint: [[spoiler: Harry induces this in him in ''Skin Game'' in order to break his word and tarnish his name in the supernatural community. Of course this cuts both ways, since he goes into TranquilFury and stages an attack to try and kill Harry and Michael's loved ones.]]
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: Rumoured to have been around when Jesus was a local.

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* RageBreakingPoint: [[spoiler: Harry [[spoiler:Harry induces this in him in ''Skin Game'' in order to break his word and tarnish his name in the supernatural community. Of course this cuts both ways, since he goes into TranquilFury and stages an attack to try and kill Harry and Michael's loved ones.]]
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: Rumoured to have been around when Jesus was a local.



[[folder: Deirdre]]

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[[folder: Deirdre]][[folder:Deirdre]]



* IronicHell: [[spoiler: Being killed in the underworld of Greek mythology meant no Biblical heaven or hell, and Nicodemus comforted her about being safe from the Enemy - which could be taken to mean either God or Nemesis. But as Dresden reminds Nicodemus, unlike in Hell, her afterlife would be specifically tailored to torment her in the way most appropriate to her sins.]]

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* IronicHell: [[spoiler: Being [[spoiler:Being killed in the underworld of Greek mythology meant no Biblical heaven or hell, and Nicodemus comforted her about being safe from the Enemy - which could be taken to mean either God or Nemesis. But as Dresden reminds Nicodemus, unlike in Hell, her afterlife would be specifically tailored to torment her in the way most appropriate to her sins.]]



* UndyingLoyalty: To her father, Nicodemus. [[spoiler: Quite literally. She was the only one that Nick was absolutely sure would serve him and activate the Gate of Blood even after he killed her.]]

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* UndyingLoyalty: To her father, Nicodemus. [[spoiler: Quite [[spoiler:Quite literally. She was the only one that Nick was absolutely sure would serve him and activate the Gate of Blood even after he killed her.]]



[[folder: Polonius "Tessa" Lartessa (aka "Mantis Girl")]]

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[[folder: Polonius [[folder:Polonius "Tessa" Lartessa (aka "Mantis Girl")]]



* BatmanGambit: It’s implied that she is running one of this, managing to play both Harry and Nicodemus like a fiddle. Her capture of the Archive was a rather beautiful one itself.

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* BatmanGambit: It’s It's implied that she is running one of this, managing to play both Harry and Nicodemus like a fiddle. Her capture of the Archive was a rather beautiful one itself.



* EvenEvilHasStandards: Not that it's hard in comparison to Nicodemus, but even ''she'' considers Nicodemus' plan to [[spoiler: sacrifice their daughter to the Greek Underworld]] beyond the pale.

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* EvenEvilHasStandards: Not that it's hard in comparison to Nicodemus, but even ''she'' considers Nicodemus' plan to [[spoiler: sacrifice [[spoiler:sacrifice their daughter to the Greek Underworld]] beyond the pale.



* FreudianExcuse: It's mentioned that her own father sold her into slavery in order to save his business.

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* FreudianExcuse: It's mentioned that her own father [[MadeASlave sold her into slavery her]] to work at the temple of Isis in order Thessalonica to save his business.failing business. And by "work" we mean [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sacred_prostitution "sacred" prostitution.]]



* GreenEyes: Harry takes a moment to take notice of her "huge and gorgeous green eyes" in her human form.



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* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: She looks between 14 and 16 years old... and was a slave in ancient Greece before she met Nicodemus.

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* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: She looks between 14 and 16 years old...about fifteen except for her short, gray hair... and was a slave in ancient Greece before she met Nicodemus.



[[folder: Rosanna]]

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[[folder: Rosanna]][[folder:Rosanna]]



[[folder: Quintus Cassius aka "Snakeboy" and "Liver Spots"]]

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[[folder: Quintus [[folder:Quintus Cassius aka "Snakeboy" and "Liver Spots"]]



--> "I'll go on a treasure hunt . . ."

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--> "I'll -->"I'll go on a treasure hunt . . ."



[[folder: Rasmussen]]

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[[folder: Rasmussen]][[folder:Rasmussen]]



[[folder: Lasciel's Shadow aka 'Lash']]

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[[folder: Lasciel's [[folder:Lasciel's Shadow aka 'Lash']]



* {{Expy}}: With the emphasis on sexuality, seduction and personal freedom, as well her increasingly ambiguous morality and [[spoiler: having a child with Dresden]], she heavily resembles certain depictions of {{UsefulNotes/Lilith}}.

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* {{Expy}}: With the emphasis on sexuality, seduction and personal freedom, as well her increasingly ambiguous morality and [[spoiler: having [[spoiler:having a child with Dresden]], she heavily resembles certain depictions of {{UsefulNotes/Lilith}}.UsefulNotes/{{Lilith}}.



* HeroicSacrifice[=/=]RedemptionEqualsDeath: Sacrifices herself to save Harry at the climax of ''White Night'' from a powerful mental attack. [[spoiler: The act was actually such a moment of selfless love that, in effect, the act became a moment of pure creation that gave birth to a living entity of intellect carried in Harry's mind.]]

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* HeroicSacrifice[=/=]RedemptionEqualsDeath: Sacrifices herself to save Harry at the climax of ''White Night'' from a powerful mental attack. [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The act was actually such a moment of selfless love that, in effect, the act became a moment of pure creation that gave birth to a living entity of intellect carried in Harry's mind.]]



* SomeoneToRememberHimBy: Her final act was a moment of pure, selfless love for Harry. Love is a fundamental force of creation, and the result of mutual love [[spoiler: created a spirit in intellect within Harry who was effectively their "child."]]

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* SomeoneToRememberHimBy: Her final act was a moment of pure, selfless love for Harry. Love is a fundamental force of creation, and the result of mutual love [[spoiler: created [[spoiler:created a spirit in intellect within Harry who was effectively their "child."]]



[[folder: Lasciel, the Seducer]]

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[[folder: Lasciel, [[folder:Lasciel, the Seducer]]



* LightFeminineDarkFeminine: Lasciel goes both ways. When she appeared in Harry's mind she was sexy but in a dignified, somewhat enigmatic way. In the Sheila Starr persona she had more of an adorable nerd girl vibe. [[spoiler: When she's possessing Hannah she's much more blatant, though it's tough to judge how much of this was coming from her host rather than the Fallen.]]

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* LightFeminineDarkFeminine: Lasciel goes both ways. When she appeared in Harry's mind she was sexy but in a dignified, somewhat enigmatic way. In the Sheila Starr persona she had more of an adorable nerd girl vibe. [[spoiler: When [[spoiler:When she's possessing Hannah she's much more blatant, though it's tough to judge how much of this was coming from her host rather than the Fallen.]]



* MeaningfulName: She has monikers like Seducer, Temptress, and Webweaver. Each one details a skilled manipulator preying on emotions or other vulnerabilities. If Lash’s actions are her typical operation, such as KissMeImVirtual, these are apt names.

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* MeaningfulName: She has monikers like Seducer, Temptress, and Webweaver. Each one details a skilled manipulator preying on emotions or other vulnerabilities. If Lash’s Lash's actions are her typical operation, such as KissMeImVirtual, these are apt names.



* TheVamp: Acts this way towards Harry [[spoiler: through Hannah]].

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* TheVamp: Acts this way towards Harry [[spoiler: through [[spoiler:through Hannah]].



[[folder: Anduriel]]

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[[folder: Anduriel]][[folder:Anduriel]]



[[folder: Imariel]]

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[[folder: Imariel]][[folder:Imariel]]



[[folder: Magog (aka "Magilla")]]

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[[folder: Magog [[folder:Magog (aka "Magilla")]]



[[folder: Ursiel]]

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[[folder: Ursiel]][[folder:Ursiel]]



* AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever: [[spoiler: When he's possessing the Genoskwa, he transforms into a bear the size of a battle tank.]]

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* AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever: [[spoiler: When [[spoiler:When he's possessing the Genoskwa, he transforms into a bear the size of a battle tank.]]



* TheJuggernaut: It takes three Knights plus Harry to put him down and [[spoiler: when possessing the Genoskwa, he bulldozes through absolutely everything in his way.]]

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* TheJuggernaut: It takes three Knights plus Harry to put him down and [[spoiler: when [[spoiler:when possessing the Genoskwa, he bulldozes through absolutely everything in his way.]]



* TragicMonster: The vessel encountered in ''Death Masks'' was once a man named Rasmussen, who was a gold prospector heading for California in 1849 when he came across Ursiel's coin. By the time Harry encounters him, Rasmussen is a broken and insane man whose mind has been shattered by Ursiel. [[spoiler: Subverted when he is possessing the Genoskwa.]]

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* TragicMonster: The vessel encountered in ''Death Masks'' was once a man named Rasmussen, who was a gold prospector heading for California in 1849 when he came across Ursiel's coin. By the time Harry encounters him, Rasmussen is a broken and insane man whose mind has been shattered by Ursiel. [[spoiler: Subverted [[spoiler:Subverted when he is possessing the Genoskwa.]]



[[folder: Saluriel]]

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[[folder: Saluriel]][[folder:Saluriel]]



[[folder: Thorned Namshiel (aka "Spinyboy")]]

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[[folder: Thorned [[folder:Thorned Namshiel (aka "Spinyboy")]]



[[folder: Minor Fallen]]

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[[folder: Minor [[folder:Minor Fallen]]



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[[folder: Jordan]]

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[[folder: Jordan]][[folder:Jordan]]
1st Jul '17 1:34:08 PM randomtroper89
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* DeathBySex: Harry Dresden actually ''bursts out laughing'' after she tries to trade sex for prisoners, pointing out that everyone with half a brain knows what female mantises do to their male counterparts after mating, and that assuming he ''wouldn't'' is a tacit insult.


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* OutWithABang: Harry Dresden actually ''bursts out laughing'' after she tries to trade sex for prisoners, pointing out that everyone with half a brain knows what female mantises do to their male counterparts after mating, and that assuming he ''wouldn't'' is a tacit insult.
2nd Jun '17 6:08:16 PM AnonFangeekGirl
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* SmugSnake: A rather understated version and he ''is'' genuinely competent and dangerous, but he has an unfortunate tendency to forget that he isn't perfect.
25th Apr '17 6:31:01 AM isoycrazy
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* ClassicVillain: Pride is his bed and butter and contrasts greatly with Harry. As seen in {{Pride}}'s and IRegretNothing's bullets below, the man is so enveloped in his own greatness and brilliance, he sees no flaws within himself. Harry, by contrast, holds himself to the ideal that "With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility" that his failings in never coming out perfect, that there has always been some collateral damage, someone he failed to save, sees little else but his flaws and failings. By ''Skin Game'' Harry has an emotional breakdown at the most recent failure.



*** Realizing Nicodemus' show on the island is meant to push Harry's anger so much he would break his word, and thus depowering ''Fidelacchius.'' Harry knew this would happen with his experience with Lea and Amoracchius in ''Ghost Story''.

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*** Realizing Nicodemus' show on the island is meant to push Harry's anger so much he would break his word, and thus depowering ''Fidelacchius.'' Harry knew this would happen with his experience with Lea and Amoracchius in ''Ghost Story''.''Grave Peril''.



* EvenEvilHasStandards: In ''Small Favor'' as part of his speech to recruit Harry, he considers the Red Court a parasite on the world that will need to be purged eventually.



* OffingTheOffspring: [[spoiler:To bypass Hades' Gate of Blood in ''Skin Game'', Nicodemus murders his daughter Deirdre, as no one else's ghost would remain loyal enough to activate the Gate's lever for him.]]

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* OffingTheOffspring: [[spoiler:To bypass Hades' Gate of Blood in ''Skin Game'', Nicodemus murders his daughter Deirdre, as he was sure no one else's ghost would remain loyal enough to activate the Gate's lever for him.]]



* ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks: Nicodemus showed this skill in ''Skin Game''. Harry muses the man probably spends a lazy afternoon every decade or so practicing the skill. After being around for over a thousand years, he knows what he's doing to hit his target with ease.

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* ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks: Nicodemus showed shows this skill in ''Skin Game''. Harry muses the man probably spends a lazy afternoon every decade or so practicing the skill. After being around for over a thousand years, he knows what he's doing to hit his target with ease.
12th Apr '17 10:28:31 PM baschapp
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* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: Rumoured to have been around when Jesus was a local. At the very least, he is older than Mab, who herself is over a thousand years old.

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* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: Rumoured to have been around when Jesus was a local. At the very least, he is older than Mab, who herself is over a thousand years old.
31st Mar '17 12:35:17 AM DarkPhoenix94
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* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Harry postulates to Michael that the reason the Fallen Angels avoid churches isn't because GoodHurtsEvil and just standing there is uncomfortable because of the holy environment hurting them (as Michael suspects), but because it makes them ''feel'' and remember what they have lost. They question their choices, and after a million years or more of steadfast belief you were right, regret is not fun.

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* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Going off the evidence of how Lash reacts when he walks into a church, Harry postulates to Michael that the reason the Fallen Angels avoid churches isn't because GoodHurtsEvil and just standing there is uncomfortable because of the holy environment hurting them (as Michael suspects), but because it makes them ''feel'' and remember what they have lost. They question their choices, and after a million years or more of steadfast belief you were right, regret is not fun.



** Word of Jim is that Lucifer selected these thirty because he feared they would try a coup on him one day, so best put them in a place of use and far from him.

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** Word of Jim is that Lucifer selected these thirty because he feared they would try a coup on against him one day, so best put them in a place of use and far from him.



* AffablyEvil: He tries, and usually puts on a good show. But when pushed, he flips straight to FauxAffablyEvil.



** A subversion occurs in ''Small Favor'' when Harry hints at the Black Council, and Nick finds out that he isn't the BigBad of the series. The thought that a force he doesn't understand is working against him, using his own people against him, and is entirely orthogonal to the axis between God and Satan troubles him deeply.

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** A subversion occurs in ''Small Favor'' when Harry hints at the Black Council, and Nick finds out that he isn't the BigBad of the series. The thought that a force he doesn't understand is working against him, using his own people against him, and is entirely orthogonal to the axis between God and Satan troubles him deeply. This in turn influences his actions in ''Skin Game'', where his [[spoiler: sacrifice of Deirdre seems to be designed, in part, to keep her safe from Nemesis.]]



* IRegretNothing: When Harry got winged by the light of Uriel's halo in ''Skin Game'', he saw every bad thing he'd ever done in his entire life and how incredibly, unbelievably easy it would've been for him to have made another choice and done the right thing. It crippled him with guilt. Nicodemus, who got the full blast head-on, ''laughed in the archangel's face'' and mocked him for "judging" a mortal. [[spoiler: Averted at the very end of the book though: some part of him ''does'' regret what he does to his daughter, and pressing that chink in the man's otherwise-impenetrable mental armor is enough to make Nic flip out, break the deal, and try killing everyone, something that more-or-less directly leads to him losing virtually everything he has left.]]
* IronicName: Nicodemus is also the name of a character from Literature/TheBible; a Pharisee who became one of {{Jesus}}' followers. He helped prepare Jesus for burial after his death. Considering what ''this'' Nicodemus is like, and how in his first appearance he's after the ShroudOfTurin, it's a somewhat unusual name to choose. See MeaningfulName, below, for justification.

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* IRegretNothing: When Harry got winged by the light of Uriel's halo in ''Skin Game'', he saw every bad thing he'd ever done in his entire life and how incredibly, unbelievably easy it would've been for him to have made another choice and done the right thing. It crippled him with guilt. Nicodemus, who got the full blast head-on, head-on and has ''two thousand years'' of unspeakable depravity behind him, ''laughed in the archangel's face'' and mocked him for "judging" a mortal. [[spoiler: Averted at the very end of the book though: some part of him ''does'' regret what he does to his daughter, and Harry repeatedly pressing that chink in the man's otherwise-impenetrable mental armor is enough to make Nic flip out, break the deal, and try killing everyone, something that more-or-less directly leads to him losing virtually everything he has left.]]
* IronicName: Nicodemus is also the name of a character from Literature/TheBible; a Pharisee who became one of {{Jesus}}' followers. He helped prepare Jesus for burial after his death. Considering what ''this'' Nicodemus is like, and how in his first appearance he's after the ShroudOfTurin, it's a somewhat unusual name to choose. See MeaningfulName, below, for justification. And of course, for all we know, that's his actual name...



** ''Skin Game'' reveals that he's not completely infallible. When Murphy beats him, he's baiting her so [[spoiler: he can destroy ''Fidelacchius''. It doesn't stick]], but when Michael goes all out, he beats Nicodemus, forcing him to cut and run. Michael notes, slightly dazed, that he's never done that.

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** ''Skin Game'' reveals that he's not completely infallible. When Murphy beats him, he's baiting her so [[spoiler: he can destroy ''Fidelacchius''. It doesn't stick]], but when Michael goes all out, he beats Nicodemus, forcing him to cut and run. Michael notes, slightly dazed, that he's never done that. It does help that Anduriel was occupied fighting Harry and a well aimed ice-cannonball by Harry caves in part of his torso, so he's not quite fighting at full speed throughout.



* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: Rumored to have been around when Jesus was a local. At the very least, he is older than Mab, who herself is over a thousand years old.
* RevengeBeforeReason: Has a really bad habit of giving up on sure-to-succeed plans for revenge against someone (or something) that has wronged him. He let Harry go in ''Death Masks'' when Shiro gave himself up for Harry, resulting in Harry [[SpannerInTheWorks buggering up Nicodemus's plan]], gives Dresden and company a chance to rescue the Archive when faced with an opportunity to get rid of Fidelacchius, and then lets Murphy and Harry go on the promise of revenge against Michael in ''Skin Game''.

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* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: Rumored Rumoured to have been around when Jesus was a local. At the very least, he is older than Mab, who herself is over a thousand years old.
* RevengeBeforeReason: Has a really bad habit of giving up on sure-to-succeed plans for revenge against someone (or something) that has wronged him. He let Harry go in ''Death Masks'' when Shiro gave himself up for Harry, resulting in Harry [[SpannerInTheWorks buggering up Nicodemus's plan]], gives Dresden and company a chance to rescue the Archive when faced with an opportunity to get rid of Fidelacchius, Fidelacchius (though that one had a degree of logic, since while Harry was manipulating him, he was entirely correct when he said that the swords wouldn't just lie around doing nothing once Nicodemus unleashed his apocalypse, and they'd go straight for ''him''), and then lets Murphy and Harry go on the promise of revenge against Michael in ''Skin Game''.



* DayInTheLimelight: ''Skin Game'', to an extent, in that for the first time we actually see her when she isn't murdering, trying to murder, or about to try and murder someone, for more than five seconds and get an idea of what she's like and what drives her.



* WeakButSkilled: In magical terms. Being alive for two thousand years with a Fallen giving one lessons lets even someone with a very modest talent for magic develop it into something very, very powerful.

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* WeakButSkilled: In magical terms. Being alive for two thousand years with a Fallen giving one lessons lets even someone with a very modest talent for magic develop it into something very, very powerful.powerful, with Dresden reckoning that she's got at least Council level game.



Tessa's second, Rosanna is able to assume the form of a classic demon: batwinged, leathery skin, red eyes, and so on. She was the one who corrupted Sanya into taking Magog's coin when he was a younger man. Older and more dangerous than she seems, Rosanna is an ''expert'' at tempation and manipulation.

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Tessa's second, Rosanna is able to assume the form of a classic demon: batwinged, leathery skin, red eyes, and so on. She was the one who corrupted Sanya into taking Magog's coin when he was a younger man. Older and more dangerous than she seems, Rosanna is an ''expert'' at tempation temptation and manipulation.



* MagicKnight: She's equally comfortable mixing it up in physical combat and hurling spells.



* PunchClockVillain: Tries to act like this, but Harry sees through the facade.

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* PunchClockVillain: Tries to act like this, but Harry sees through the facade.facade, pointing out that she wouldn't have survived as long as she has if she were really that conflicted.



* {{Expy}}: With the emphasis on sexuality, seduction and personal freedom, as well her increasingly ambiguous morality and [[spoiler: having a child with Dresden]], she heavily resembles certain depictions of {{UsefulNotes/Lilith}}.



* RebelAgainstTheDevil: After a deep debate with Harry, what he convinces her to do, "the Devil" being True Lasciel.

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* RebelAgainstTheDevil: After a deep debate with Harry, Harry (and several years of his influence, including what is suggested to be his subconscious talking to her), what he convinces her to do, "the Devil" being True Lasciel.



* MuggingTheMonster: In ''Small Favor'''s climax, Magog picks a fight with the eldest Billy Goat Gruff -- Champion of Summer, the Leanansidhe's opposite, and slayer of three Senior Council members. Despite the Gruff's repeated insistence he's got no quarrel with Magog. It goes . . . [[OneHitKill poorly.]]

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* MuggingTheMonster: In ''Small Favor'''s climax, Magog picks a fight with the eldest Billy Goat Gruff -- Champion of Summer, the Leanansidhe's equal and opposite, and slayer of three Senior Council members.members in duels. Despite the Gruff's repeated insistence he's got no quarrel with Magog. It goes . . . [[OneHitKill poorly.]]



* SquishyWizard: Has the magical nous, but not much in the way of physical power going by the way Sanya takes him out with a single blow with a block of 2 by 4.



* RazorWire: Has a strangulation spell that he uses to get around Harry's shield, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysonTheTin strangle him]] and pickpocket the remaining coins.

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* RazorWire: Has a strangulation spell that he uses to get around Harry's shield, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysonTheTin strangle him]] and pickpocket the remaining coins. According to Nicodemus, it isn't the first time he's done it.
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!The Order of the Blackened Denarius



The Order of the Blackened Denarius is an ancient order of humans who have taken up one of [[ThirtyPiecesOfSilver thirty silver coins, believed to be the ones paid to Judas]], and each of which contains one of [[FallenAngel the Fallen]]. In exchange for unnaturally extended lives and superhuman power, the Denarians either work with or serve as vessels for each Fallen - and each Fallen invariably corrupts its bearer. The Denarians themselves are not a unified force; generally, one group works with Nicodemus, one works with Tessa, and the rest do their own thing, but they are all devoted to spreading misery, pain, and despair, thanks to the Fallen controlling or working with them.

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The Order of the Blackened Denarius is They are an ancient order of humans who have taken up one of [[ThirtyPiecesOfSilver thirty silver coins, believed to be the ones paid to Judas]], and each of which contains one of [[FallenAngel the Fallen]]. In exchange for unnaturally extended lives and superhuman power, the Denarians either work with or serve as vessels for each Fallen - and each Fallen invariably corrupts its bearer. The Denarians themselves are not a unified force; generally, one group works with Nicodemus, one works with Tessa, and the rest do their own thing, but they are all devoted to spreading misery, pain, and despair, thanks to the Fallen controlling or working with them.



[[WMG:Mortal Hosts]]

For Sanya, see his entry under [[Characters/TheDresdenFilesTheChurch The Church]].

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[[WMG:Mortal [[header:Mortal Hosts]]

For Sanya, see his entry under [[Characters/TheDresdenFilesTheChurch The the Church]].




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!!Nicodemus Archleone



* MasterSwordsman: He's had two thousand years to refine his swordfighting. Michael is a highly-skilled swordsman, but he's little more than a speedbump for Nicodemus. Shiro is apparently the only one who could stand against him.

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* MasterSwordsman: MasterSwordsman:
**
He's had two thousand years to refine his swordfighting. Michael is a highly-skilled swordsman, but he's little more than a speedbump for Nicodemus. Shiro is apparently the only one who could stand against him.



** Nicodemus means "Conqueror."

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** Nicodemus means "Conqueror.""Conqueror".



---> '''Nicodemus''': I do not dance to the Fallen's tune, Knight. We may move together, but I play the music. I set the beat. For nearly two thousand years I followed my path, through every treacherous bend and twist, through every temptation to turn aside, and after centuries of effort and study and planning and victory, they follow ''my'' leadership. Not the other way around. Turn aside from my path? I have ''blazed'' it through ages of humanity, through centuries of war and plague and madness and havoc and devotion. I ''am'' my path and it is me. There is no turning aside.

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---> '''Nicodemus''': --->'''Nicodemus:''' I do not dance to the Fallen's tune, Knight. We may move together, but I play the music. I set the beat. For nearly two thousand years I followed my path, through every treacherous bend and twist, through every temptation to turn aside, and after centuries of effort and study and planning and victory, they follow ''my'' leadership. Not the other way around. Turn aside from my path? I have ''blazed'' it through ages of humanity, through centuries of war and plague and madness and havoc and devotion. I ''am'' my path and it is me. There is no turning aside.



---> '''Harry''': The shadow at his feet seemed to darken as he spoke, to throb in time with his voice, and I shuddered at the sight, at the pride in his bearing, the clarity in his eyes, and the absolute, serene certainty in his voice. Lucifer must have looked ''exactly'' like that, right before things went to Hell.
* PunctuatedForEmphasis: Not as [[LargeHam hammy]] as most examples, but very effective nonetheless. After Harry has just mentioned that Arctis Tor was attacked by someone wielding {{Hellfire}}...

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---> '''Harry''': --->'''Harry:''' The shadow at his feet seemed to darken as he spoke, to throb in time with his voice, and I shuddered at the sight, at the pride in his bearing, the clarity in his eyes, and the absolute, serene certainty in his voice. Lucifer must have looked ''exactly'' like that, right before things went to Hell.
* PunctuatedForEmphasis: Not as [[LargeHam hammy]] as most examples, but very effective nonetheless. After Harry has just mentioned that Arctis Tor was attacked by someone wielding {{Hellfire}}...{{Hellfire}} . . .




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!!Deirdre




More commonly referred to as "Tessa", she is also a leader for the Denarians. As Nicodemus' wife, she and her Fallen, Imariel, are stated as the second-eldest of the Denarians. Generally, she is a rival to her husband, though they do work together to accomplish a similar goal- the last time they were said to have worked together, the Black Plague spread across Europe. She chooses bearers for coins based upon willingness to take a coin, not talent; Fallen who serve Imariel (and Tessa) go through bearers quickly. Tessa is concerned with short-term views, while Nicodemus is focused with the bigger picture and long-term issues. Tessa is also shown to be an exceedingly capable sorceress. Harry notes that she is a "big-leaguer" and "White Council material."

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\n!!Polonius "Tessa" Lartessa

More commonly referred to as "Tessa", she is also a leader for the Denarians. As Nicodemus' wife, she and her Fallen, Imariel, are stated as the second-eldest of the Denarians. Generally, she is a rival to her husband, though they do work together to accomplish a similar goal- the last time they were said to have worked together, the Black Plague spread across Europe. She chooses bearers for coins based upon willingness to take a coin, not talent; Fallen who serve Imariel (and Tessa) go through bearers quickly. Tessa is concerned with short-term views, while Nicodemus is focused with the bigger picture and long-term issues. Tessa is also shown to be an exceedingly capable sorceress. Harry notes that she is a "big-leaguer" and "White Council material."material".



* AxCrazy: She loves bloodshed, without a doubt.

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* AxCrazy: AxeCrazy: She loves bloodshed, without a doubt.



!!Rosanna




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!!Quintus Cassius



--> "I'll go on a treasure hunt..."

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--> "I'll go on a treasure hunt..."
hunt . . ."




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!!Rasmussen






[[WMG: Fallen and their Shadows]]

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[[WMG: [[header: Fallen and their Shadows]]




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!!Lash, shadow of Lasciel



-->'''Lasciel''': If I wished to kill you, my host, your blood would be seeping from your broken corpse and mixing with the rain on the sidewalk.

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-->'''Lasciel''': -->'''Lasciel:''' If I wished to kill you, my host, your blood would be seeping from your broken corpse and mixing with the rain on the sidewalk.




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!!Lasciel, the Seducer



* PlayingBothSides: At [[https://youtu.be/_N-5X2wf8JM?t=43m10s a 2016 convention]], Jim Butcher reveals Lasciel was banished from Heaven not for siding with Lucifer in the War of Angels, but rather she tried playing both sides. When things settled, He wasn't amused and kicked her out. One of the reasons for her anger is all her machinations fell through.
* TermsOfEndangerment: Calls Harry "Lover" whenever addressing him.

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* PlayingBothSides: At [[https://youtu.be/_N-5X2wf8JM?t=43m10s a 2016 convention]], Jim Butcher reveals Lasciel was banished from Heaven not for siding with Lucifer in the War of Angels, but rather because she tried playing both sides. When things settled, He God wasn't amused and kicked her out. One of the reasons for her anger is all her machinations fell through.
* TermsOfEndangerment: Calls Harry "Lover" whenever when addressing him.




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!!Anduriel




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!!Imariel







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!!Magog



* LightningBruiser: Harry notes that he moves ''fast'', and his reaction time is "almost nothing."
* MuggingTheMonster: In ''Small Favor'''s climax, Magog picks a fight with the eldest Billy Goat Gruff - Champion of Summer, the Leanansidhe's opposite, and slayer of three Senior Council members. Despite the Gruff's repeated insistence he's got no quarrel with Magog. It goes... [[OneHitKill poorly.]]

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* LightningBruiser: Harry notes that he moves ''fast'', and his reaction time is "almost nothing."
nothing".
* MuggingTheMonster: In ''Small Favor'''s climax, Magog picks a fight with the eldest Billy Goat Gruff - -- Champion of Summer, the Leanansidhe's opposite, and slayer of three Senior Council members. Despite the Gruff's repeated insistence he's got no quarrel with Magog. It goes...goes . . . [[OneHitKill poorly.]]



!!Ursiel



* HoistByHisOwnPetard: When he transforms his hosts, they become a giant multi-limbed bear-beast. [[spoiler:Grey first blinds the Genoskwa's eyes which requires their using Ursiel's form, and as a result that larger, bulkier body doesn't move with the grace and swiftness the Genoskwa's body does. And the larger form makes it that much easier to be crushed by the grinders in the Gate of Ice]].

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* HoistByHisOwnPetard: When he transforms his hosts, they become a giant multi-limbed bear-beast. [[spoiler:Grey first blinds the Genoskwa's eyes eyes, which requires their using Ursiel's form, and as a result that larger, bulkier body doesn't move with the grace and swiftness the Genoskwa's body does. And the larger form makes it that much easier to be crushed by the grinders in the Gate of Ice]].




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!!Saluriel







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!!Thorned Namshiel




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!!Minor Fallen



* Urumviel. Described as having 'a lot of muscle and a ridge of leathery plates running down his spine.' His host is killed by Dresden during the abduction of Ivy at the Shedd Aquarium.

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* Urumviel. Described as having 'a "a lot of muscle and a ridge of leathery plates running down his spine.' spine". His host is killed by Dresden during the abduction of Ivy at the Shedd Aquarium.



* A Denarian described as 'several hundred pounds of scales and fangs.' His host is incinerated by Ivy during the Shedd Aquarium battle.
* A Denarian described as 'an androgynous, naked, bald statue of obsidian' whom Dresden nicknames "Obsidian Statue". His host is shot to death by Kincaid during the Shedd Aquarium battle.
* A Denarian described as having 'a shaggy coat of grey, dusty-looking feathers' and a face consisting of 'a grey mass of fleshy, hanging tendrils' whom Dresden nicknames "Shaggy Feathers." His host is shot to death by Kincaid during the Shedd Aquarium battle.
* A Denarian described as a 'wizened little thing' who looks like she's been carved from a tree root and whom Dresden nicknames "Tree Woman." Her host is killed during the Shedd Aquarium battle.

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* A Denarian described as 'several "several hundred pounds of scales and fangs.' fangs". His host is incinerated by Ivy during the Shedd Aquarium battle.
* A Denarian described as 'an "an androgynous, naked, bald statue of obsidian' obsidian" whom Dresden nicknames "Obsidian Statue". His host is shot to death by Kincaid during the Shedd Aquarium battle.
* A Denarian described as having 'a "a shaggy coat of grey, dusty-looking feathers' feathers" and a face consisting of 'a "a grey mass of fleshy, hanging tendrils' tendrils" whom Dresden nicknames "Shaggy Feathers." Feathers". His host is shot to death by Kincaid during the Shedd Aquarium battle.
* A Denarian described as a 'wizened "wizened little thing' thing" who looks like she's been carved from a tree root and whom Dresden nicknames "Tree Woman." Woman". Her host is killed during the Shedd Aquarium battle.






[[WMG:Nicodemus's Squires]]

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[[WMG:Nicodemus's [[header:Nicodemus's Squires]]










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!!Squire Jordan



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