History Characters / TheOrderOfTheStickAzureCity

15th May '18 10:09:20 PM RoninMacbeth
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** Last but not least, a nameless cleric's reaction to the rumor that Hinjo killed Shjo to ascend to the throne is "Politics as usual."

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** Last but not least, a nameless cleric's reaction to the rumor that Hinjo killed Shjo Shojo to ascend to the throne is "Politics as usual."


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* LonersAreFreaks: She's not exactly the most social character, she's a massive {{Jerkass}}, and she's suffering from a severe case of BlackAndWhiteInsanity. [[spoiler:And that was ''before'' she [[FallenHero Fell]].]]
15th May '18 5:25:14 PM RoninMacbeth
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* DeadlyDecadentCourt: The ''daimyo'' of Azure City are known for their rather Byzantine games of courtly intrigue.
** For starters, it's heavily implied that Miko's parents were nobles who were on the action end of an assassin's blade, leaving her an orphan.
** Shojo has to [[ObfuscatingStupidity fake his own senility]] in order to avoid assassination by other nobles.
** Last but not least, a nameless cleric's reaction to the rumor that Hinjo killed Shjo to ascend to the throne is "Politics as usual."
5th May '18 8:16:25 PM papyru30
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* SadisticChoice: Invoked twice. [[spoiler: First he has Therkla choose between helping Elan and serving him, then he has Elan choose between saving Therkla and stopping him.]]
2nd May '18 9:10:56 PM nombretomado
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* IThoughtItMeant: She thinks that "bump uglies" is an euphemism for SmiteEvil.
24th Apr '18 10:47:05 AM StFan
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[[folder: In General]]
* HiddenInPlainSight: Soon's rift was small, and capable of being contained in a single sapphire. The Azure City palace was built around this sapphire, with it mounted in the Lord of the City's throne. This allowed the Guard to hide the Gate while also surrounding it with defenses that no one would think to question, assuming them to protect the Lord.

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* HiddenInPlainSight: Soon's rift was small, and capable of being contained in a single sapphire. The Azure City palace was built around this sapphire, with it mounted in the Lord of the City's throne. This allowed the Guard to hide the Gate while also surrounding it with defenses that no one no-one would think to question, assuming them to protect the Lord.



* SinsOfOurFathers: In the past, the Guard launched purges of those deemed threats to the Gate. One such purge targeted the bearer of the Crimson Mantle and wiped out the Goblin village he was living in. With his dying words, the bearer passed the Mantle to his acolyte, who would go on to be known as Redcloak. The same Redcloak that leads a huge hobgoblin army to stomp all over Azure City and who's sorcerer lich ally nearly wipes the Guard out.

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* SinsOfOurFathers: In the past, the Guard launched purges of those deemed threats to the Gate. One such purge targeted the bearer of the Crimson Mantle and wiped out the Goblin village he was living in. With his dying words, the bearer passed the Mantle to his acolyte, who would go on to be known as Redcloak. The same Redcloak that leads a huge hobgoblin army to stomp all over Azure City and who's whose sorcerer lich ally nearly wipes the Guard out.



* TheChainsOfCommanding: A more subtle example, but it's clear he had to do alot of deception and tricks to rule Azure City properly despite the DeadlyDecadentCourt while keeping the Gates safe. It's implied it wore him down and presumably why he refused [[spoiler: to come back to life when Miko killed him. Belkar figures he's happy in the ChaoticGood heaven.]]

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* TheChainsOfCommanding: A more subtle example, but it's clear he had to do alot a lot of deception and tricks to rule Azure City properly despite the DeadlyDecadentCourt while keeping the Gates safe. It's implied it wore him down and presumably why he refused [[spoiler: to [[spoiler:to come back to life when Miko killed him. Belkar figures he's happy in the ChaoticGood heaven.]]



* HalfTheManHeUsedToBe: [[spoiler:How Miko kills him.]]

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* HalfTheManHeUsedToBe: [[spoiler:How Miko [[spoiler:Miko kills him.him by bisecting his torso almost all the way.]]



* BreakoutCharacter: He started as just a high ranking paladin, but the increased exposure he got over the Occupied Azure City arc and the popularity he gained in that time earned him his own prequel book.

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* BreakoutCharacter: He started as just a high ranking high-ranking paladin, but the increased exposure he got over the Occupied Azure City arc and the popularity he gained in that time earned him his own prequel book.



* ExactWords: When questioned about the destruction of Soon's Gate, he says he made the decision to destroy the gate and it was his blade that did the deed. Both are true, but O-Chul made that decision prior to Soon's ghost leading a counter attack that neutralized Xykon as a threat and the gate was needlessly destroyed by Miko after taking O-Chul's sword.
* ExposedToTheElements: Discussed with Lien while they are in a blizzard at the North Pole. As they are both wearing their modest, but normal outfits. As it turns out, O-Chul purchased a magic cloak that, among other things, confers immunity to frigid environmental temperatures.

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* ExactWords: When questioned about the destruction of Soon's Gate, he says he made the decision to destroy the gate and it was his blade that did the deed. Both are true, but O-Chul made that decision prior to Soon's ghost leading a counter attack counterattack that neutralized Xykon as a threat threat, and the gate was needlessly destroyed by Miko after taking O-Chul's sword.
* ExposedToTheElements: Discussed with Lien while they are in a blizzard at the North Pole. As Pole, since they are both wearing their modest, modest but normal outfits. As it turns out, O-Chul purchased a magic cloak that, among other things, confers immunity to frigid environmental temperatures.



* HonorBeforeReason: When he learns that the Sapphire Guard has summoned a Celestial to help them attack the hobgoblin fort, his plan is reduced to "fight alongside the hobgoblins because the paladins are in the wrong." Zhou Bo calls him on how this won't accomplish anything beyond O-Chul getting himself killed avoid a guilty conscience.

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* HonorBeforeReason: When he learns that the Sapphire Guard has summoned a Celestial to help them attack the hobgoblin fort, his plan is reduced to "fight alongside the hobgoblins because the paladins are in the wrong." Zhou Bo calls him on how this won't accomplish anything beyond O-Chul getting himself killed to avoid a guilty conscience.
24th Apr '18 9:45:23 AM tdwally
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* ThePaladin: The Sapphire Guard notably features the archetypical LawfulStupid paladin juxtaposed with several much more positive examples of Paladins. They work for the Southern Gods to smite evil.




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[[folder: In General]]
* HiddenInPlainSight: Soon's rift was small, and capable of being contained in a single sapphire. The Azure City palace was built around this sapphire, with it mounted in the Lord of the City's throne. This allowed the Guard to hide the Gate while also surrounding it with defenses that no one would think to question, assuming them to protect the Lord.
* MeaningfulName: With the rift contained in a single gemstone, the Sapphire Guard literally guards a sapphire.
* ThePaladin: The Sapphire Guard notably features the archetypical LawfulStupid paladin juxtaposed with several much more positive examples of Paladins. They work for the Southern Gods to smite evil.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: The Sapphire Guard used to be exclusively nobility which had upsides, in that it put the city's aristocracy to work defending it from threats, and downsides, in that the Guard was insular and arrogant. O-Chul was the first commoner inducted into the Guard, a move that had a dozen members resign in protest.
* SecretPolice: Of a sort. As the Gate is top secret, the order of paladins whose primary duty is to protect that Gate is also a secret. They don't do much actual policing though, at least not in the present day.
* SinsOfOurFathers: In the past, the Guard launched purges of those deemed threats to the Gate. One such purge targeted the bearer of the Crimson Mantle and wiped out the Goblin village he was living in. With his dying words, the bearer passed the Mantle to his acolyte, who would go on to be known as Redcloak. The same Redcloak that leads a huge hobgoblin army to stomp all over Azure City and who's sorcerer lich ally nearly wipes the Guard out.
* TookALevelInKindness: The Sapphire Guard of the present is a far different beast than the one that was around a few decades ago. Back then, paladins like Miko were the norm and a big reason she turned out the way she did is because she was mentored by the then-commander who was one of the worst. Now, the Guard has mellowed significantly, opened their ranks to commoners, and that same overbearing zeal has made Miko decidedly unpopular.
* VetinariJobSecurity: Even after the Guard had nearly provoked a war through their unsanctioned strikes at hobgoblin villages, Shojo immediately rejects the idea that they should be disbanded as their role in protecting the Gate is too important.
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* BreakoutCharacter: He started as just a high ranking paladin, but the increased exposure he got over the Occupied Azure City arc and the popularity he gained in that time earned him his own prequel book.


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* ExactWords: When questioned about the destruction of Soon's Gate, he says he made the decision to destroy the gate and it was his blade that did the deed. Both are true, but O-Chul made that decision prior to Soon's ghost leading a counter attack that neutralized Xykon as a threat and the gate was needlessly destroyed by Miko after taking O-Chul's sword.


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* HonorBeforeReason: When he learns that the Sapphire Guard has summoned a Celestial to help them attack the hobgoblin fort, his plan is reduced to "fight alongside the hobgoblins because the paladins are in the wrong." Zhou Bo calls him on how this won't accomplish anything beyond O-Chul getting himself killed avoid a guilty conscience.


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* OneManArmy: ''How the Paladin Got His Scar'' starts with a hobgoblin force retreating from a battle with Azurite troops. A battle that O-Chul was the only Azurite to walk away from. Being O-Chul, he doesn't really understand why a civilian is flabbergasted to learn that a small army retreated rather than fight him.


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* PragmaticHero: Unusually for a character with such a strong moral compass, O-Chul tends to keep pragmatic concerns in mind regarding his actions. This doesn't cause him to compromise, but does give him justifications for some of his actions. When he unties Pangtok and Tingtox after they nearly drowned member of his party in an escape attempt, he explains that it was both wrong of him to tie them up and that if they want to escape it's better that they just run off rather than think they have to fight their way to freedom.
22nd Apr '18 4:15:13 AM Tyoria
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* HeroicWillpower: He is able to withstand months of torture at the hands of Redcloak without betraying anything of value. It is only when Redcloak threatens to sacrifice his fellow countrymen dozens at a time that he relents -- but even then he is unwilling to lie for the sake of saving their lives. After Redcloak gives up in disgust, O-Chul's reputation for this trope becomes a local legend among the rest of the Azure City prisoners.

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* HeroicWillpower: He is able to withstand months of torture at the hands of Redcloak Team Evil without ever betraying anything of value. It is only when Redcloak threatens to sacrifice his fellow countrymen dozens at a time that he relents -- but even then he is unwilling to lie for the sake of saving their lives. After Redcloak gives up in disgust, principles or breaking. O-Chul's reputation for this trope becomes a local legend among the rest of the Azure City prisoners.
21st Apr '18 7:17:14 PM DrPsyche
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* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: [[spoiler:Courtesy of the Death Knight.]]

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* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: [[spoiler:Courtesy of the Death Knight.Knight who runs him through with his sword so hard half of his arm punches through the General.]]
13th Feb '18 1:46:31 AM StFan
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* OnlySaneMan: When dealing with his uncle's fake-senility, Kurbota's scheming, the zealousness of Miko and the antics of the Order, he has an aura of I'm-Not-Going-To-Tolerate-This-Nonsense.

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* OnlySaneMan: When dealing with his uncle's fake-senility, Kurbota's fake senility, Kubota's scheming, the zealousness of Miko and the antics of the Order, he has an aura of I'm-Not-Going-To-Tolerate-This-Nonsense.I'm-Not-Going-to-Tolerate-This-Nonsense.



* ShelteredAristocrat: In his younger days, he didn't see much of the city or its troubles. Unsheltering himself was the main reason he became a paladin in the first place.

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* ShelteredAristocrat: In his younger days, he didn't see much of the city or its troubles. Unsheltering Un-sheltering himself was the main reason he became a paladin in the first place.



* TookALevelInBadass: In his earliest chronological appearance during O-Chul's prequel comic, he has training in how to fight but he's so inexperienced that O-Chul explains that Hinjo would actually be a liability in combat and require another member of the extremely small group to protect him. By the time of the main comic Hinjo is a capable warrior and leader.

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* TookALevelInBadass: In his earliest chronological appearance during O-Chul's prequel comic, he has training in how to fight but he's so inexperienced that O-Chul explains that Hinjo would actually be a liability in combat combat, and thus require another member of the extremely small group to protect him. By the time of the main comic comic, Hinjo is a capable warrior and leader.



* DumpStat: Charisma - he started as a fighter. This comes back to bite him when he tries to [[spoiler:dupe Redcloak.]]

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* DumpStat: Charisma - -- he started as a fighter. This comes back to bite him when he tries to [[spoiler:dupe Redcloak.]]



* HeroicWillpower: He is able to withstand months of torture at the hands of Redcloak without betraying anything of value. It is only when Redcloak threatens to sacrifice his fellow countrymen dozens at a time that he relents - but even then he is unwilling to lie for the sake of saving their lives. After Redcloak gives up in disgust, O-Chul's reputation for this trope becomes a local legend among the rest of the Azure City prisoners.

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* HeroicWillpower: He is able to withstand months of torture at the hands of Redcloak without betraying anything of value. It is only when Redcloak threatens to sacrifice his fellow countrymen dozens at a time that he relents - -- but even then he is unwilling to lie for the sake of saving their lives. After Redcloak gives up in disgust, O-Chul's reputation for this trope becomes a local legend among the rest of the Azure City prisoners.



* BetaCouple: Unusually, they have been a couple for ''less'' time than the alpha. Less unusually, their relationship is much smoother than - they're already happily married without any plot complications.

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* BetaCouple: Unusually, they have been a couple for ''less'' time than the alpha. Less unusually, their relationship is much smoother than - -- they're already happily married without any plot complications.
12th Feb '18 2:46:10 PM ChaoticNovelist
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* OnlySaneMan: Early on, to compare to Miko.

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* OnlySaneMan: Early on, to compare to Miko. When dealing with his uncle's fake-senility, Kurbota's scheming, the zealousness of Miko and the antics of the Order, he has an aura of I'm-Not-Going-To-Tolerate-This-Nonsense.



* ShelteredAristocrat: In his younger days. It was the main reason he became a paladin in the first place.

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* ShelteredAristocrat: In his younger days. It days, he didn't see much of the city or its troubles. Unsheltering himself was the main reason he became a paladin in the first place.
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