History Characters / TheSecretWorldOtherFactions

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* BeethovenWasAnAlienSpy: "The Christmas Conspiracy" reveals that the legendary poisoner Giulia Tofana was a Phoenician operative. [[spoiler: For good measure, the poison for which she was famous remained a key export of the Phoenicians even after her execution; in fact, Aqua Tofana was the very poison used when the Phoenicians were tasked with assassinating [[Creator/WolfgangAmadeusMozart Mozart]].]]

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* BeethovenWasAnAlienSpy: "The Christmas Conspiracy" reveals that the legendary poisoner Giulia Tofana was a Phoenician operative. [[spoiler: For good measure, the poison for which she was famous remained a key export of the Phoenicians even after her execution; in fact, Aqua Tofana was the very poison used when the Phoenicians were tasked with assassinating [[Creator/WolfgangAmadeusMozart [[Music/WolfgangAmadeusMozart Mozart]].]]



* PoisonIsEvil: While they don't use it often, the Phoenicians are in possession of the infamous Aqua Tofana, [[spoiler: which in itself turns out to be a corrupted form of the healing manna their half of St Nicholas' corpse produces - making it essentially a mystical poison made from evil.]] For good measure, their most prominent usage of Tofana only worsens the Phoenicians' already-loathsome reputations: [[spoiler: more specifically, poisoning Creator/WolfgangAmadeusMozart on behalf of Lilith.]]

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* PoisonIsEvil: While they don't use it often, the Phoenicians are in possession of the infamous Aqua Tofana, [[spoiler: which in itself turns out to be a corrupted form of the healing manna their half of St Nicholas' corpse produces - making it essentially a mystical poison made from evil.]] For good measure, their most prominent usage of Tofana only worsens the Phoenicians' already-loathsome reputations: [[spoiler: more specifically, poisoning Creator/WolfgangAmadeusMozart Music/WolfgangAmadeusMozart on behalf of Lilith.]]
9th May '17 7:01:04 PM NanoMoose
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* ApocalypseCult: [[spoiler:Lilith created the Morninglight as a heavily-neutered version of Deus Sol Invictus, intending that they believe in the power of the Dreamers while remaining her unquestioning servants. Unfortunately, the Dreamers effectively de-neutered them by converting Phillip Marquard to their cause; as a result, the Morninglight is now entirely dedicated to releasing the Dreamers from captivity and joining them as fellow {{Eldritch Abomination}}s - the former goal guaranteed to kickstart an apocalypse.]]
* ArcWords[=/=]{{Catchphrase}}: "We are all made of stars," often bandied around by Morninglight self-help pamphlets... though it takes a rather dark turn in the lore entry when one member repeats it [[spoiler: to new recruits as she slowly eviscerates them.]] However, the phrase has often been used outside the organization, usually as a good indicator that something very bad is going on behind the scenes: lore for the Facility in Transylvania mentions that many of the Red Hand's phantom cosmonauts died screaming "we are all made of stars!" Meanwhile, in Tokyo, the Fear Nothing Foundation also makes use of the phrase, a good indication that they're an offshoot of the Morninglight. And during Issue #7, the phrase receives its most disturbing usage yet [[spoiler: when a number of Filth entities are heard saying it in the finale, with a little twist.]]

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* ApocalypseCult: [[spoiler:Lilith created the Morninglight as a heavily-neutered version of Deus Sol Invictus, intending that they believe in the power of the Dreamers while remaining her unquestioning servants. Unfortunately, the Dreamers effectively de-neutered them by converting Phillip Marquard to their cause; as cause. As a result, the Morninglight is now entirely dedicated to releasing the Dreamers from captivity and joining them as fellow {{Eldritch Abomination}}s - Abomination}}s, the former goal guaranteed to kickstart an apocalypse.]]
* ArcWords[=/=]{{Catchphrase}}: "We are all made of stars," often bandied around by Morninglight self-help pamphlets... though it takes a rather dark turn in the lore entry when one member repeats it [[spoiler: to new recruits as [[spoiler:as she slowly eviscerates them.]] them]]. However, the phrase has often been used outside the organization, usually as a good indicator that something very bad is going on behind the scenes: lore for the Facility in Transylvania mentions that many of the Red Hand's phantom cosmonauts died screaming "we are all made of stars!" Meanwhile, in Tokyo, the Fear Nothing Foundation also makes use of the phrase, a good indication that they're an offshoot of the Morninglight. And during Issue #7, the phrase receives its most disturbing usage yet [[spoiler: when a number of Filth entities are heard saying it in the finale, with a little twist.]]



* {{Brainwashing}}: It's heavily implied that Morninglight recruits are subjected to a very rigorous indoctrination upon being fully initiated into the cult; the full details of this process are currently unknown, but judging by Alina's testimony, it's not very pleasant. [[spoiler: As a front for the Morninglight, the Fear Nothing Foundation also makes use of a very extensive brainwashing process designed to destroy any sense of individuality in its membership and remake them into loyal servants and avid imitators of the Dreamers.]]

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* {{Brainwashing}}: It's heavily implied that Morninglight recruits are subjected to a very rigorous indoctrination upon being fully initiated into the cult; the cult. The full details of this process are currently unknown, but judging by Alina's testimony, it's not very pleasant. [[spoiler: As a front for the Morninglight, the Fear Nothing Foundation also makes use of a very extensive brainwashing process designed to destroy any sense of individuality in its membership and remake them into loyal servants and avid imitators of the Dreamers.]]



* {{Foil}}: To the Dragon. Both are cult-like organizations made-up of mostly splinter cells who only work together due to sharing the same philosophy and who see their agents purely as a means to an end. One of the differences are that while the Dragon adapt to free-will to remain in control, the Morninglight actively break down individuality.
** Also while the Dragon frequently work with anima, the Morninglight [[spoiler: are heavy Filth users]]. Both groups address themselves as "agents of change" because of these.
** To top this all off, while The Dragon are highly in-touch with the planet,[[HeroWithBadPublicity they are seen as terrorists]] and the Morninglight are working to cast aside the planet,[[VillainWithGoodPublicity but are a cultural pop phenomenon]].

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* {{Foil}}: To the Dragon. Both are cult-like organizations made-up of mostly splinter cells who only work together due to sharing because they share the same philosophy philosophies and who see their agents purely as a means to an end. One Both groups address themselves as "agents of the differences are that while change". While the Dragon adapt to free-will free will to remain in control, the Morninglight actively break breaks down individuality.
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individuality. The Dragon frequently work works with anima, the Morninglight [[spoiler: are heavy Filth users]]. Both groups address themselves as "agents of change" because of these.
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To top this all off, while The Dragon are highly in-touch with the planet,[[HeroWithBadPublicity they are agents of Gaia [[HeroWithBadPublicity seen as terrorists]] terrorists]], and the Morninglight are working attempting to cast aside the planet,[[VillainWithGoodPublicity destroy it [[VillainWithGoodPublicity but are a cultural pop phenomenon]].



** The members encountered in the field are quite different, often coming across as deeply unpleasant or deeply disturbed - most of them not even bothering to disguise it.
* UnwittingPawn: [[spoiler: Initially, they served as this to Lilith, having been formed specifically in order to serve as her minions. However, the Dreamers put an end to this by corrupting Phillip Marquard. Now, they're all willing servants of the Dreamers.]]
* VillainWithGoodPublicity: Because they're so adept at preventing their secrets from being revealed to those outside the cult, Morninglight is still perceived as a legitimate self-help group responsible for improving the lives of thousands of people; even denizens of the Secret World can be heard vocally supporting them, a sharp contrast to the open suspicion shown towards the Orochi Group. Their regional branches around the world enjoy similar reputations, with the Fear Nothing Foundation in Tokyo being seen as a perfectly safe place for parents to send their kids for counselling; [[spoiler: even the Jingu Clan didn't sense anything suspicious about the Foundation.]]

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** The members encountered in the field are quite different, often coming across as deeply unpleasant or deeply disturbed - most disturbed. Most of them not don't even bothering bother to disguise it.
* UnwittingPawn: [[spoiler: Initially, Initially they served as this to Lilith, having been formed specifically in order to serve as her minions. However, the Dreamers put an end to this by corrupting Phillip Marquard. Now, Now they're all willing servants of the Dreamers.]]
* VillainWithGoodPublicity: Because they're so adept at preventing their secrets from being revealed to those outside the cult, Morninglight is still perceived as a legitimate self-help group responsible for improving the lives of thousands of people; even denizens of the Secret World can be heard vocally supporting them, a sharp contrast to the open suspicion shown towards the Orochi Group. Their regional branches around the world enjoy similar reputations, with the Fear Nothing Foundation in Tokyo being seen as a perfectly safe place for parents to send their kids for counselling; [[spoiler: even counselling. [[spoiler:Even the Jingu Clan didn't sense anything suspicious about the Foundation.]]
9th May '17 3:15:09 AM NanoMoose
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* BigGood: Originally, the Council was this to the Secret World, governing the factions for the sake of stability in the world at large, and keeping the mundane world safe from harm via the {{Masquerade}}. As has been mentioned, those days are long past, but the Council's still trying its best to keep to its original mission; the results are mixed, at best.

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* BigGood: Originally, the Council was this to the Secret World, governing the factions for the sake of stability in the world at large, and keeping the mundane world safe from harm via the {{Masquerade}}. As has been mentioned, those days are long past, but the Council's still trying its best to keep to its original mission; the mission. The results are mixed, at best.



* FictionalUnitedNations: Having originally been formed through an alliance of the top five most powerful factions of its era, the Council brings in delegates from just about every secret society willing to negotiate. In keeping with the UN influence, it was established in order to prevent supernatural wars, namely via reducing the conflicts to a "gentleman's war, ensuring that the factions didn't unearth [[EldritchAbomination anything nasty]], and preventing {{Muggles}} from getting caught up in the conflict. Unfortunately, also in keeping with the UN influence, the Council is frequently hamstrung by corruption, political infighting, and its own over complicated bureaucracy.

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* FictionalUnitedNations: Having originally been formed through an alliance of the top five most powerful factions of its era, the Council brings in delegates from just about every secret society willing to negotiate. In keeping with the UN influence, it was established in order to prevent supernatural wars, namely via reducing the conflicts to a "gentleman's war, war", ensuring that the factions didn't unearth [[EldritchAbomination anything nasty]], and preventing {{Muggles}} from getting caught up in the conflict. Unfortunately, also in keeping with the UN influence, the Council is frequently hamstrung by corruption, political infighting, and its own over complicated overcomplicated bureaucracy.



* ManInWhite / WomanInWhite: Their soldiers all wear crisp white uniforms, and most of the Council's special operatives and officials wear white clothes of varying formality.

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* ManInWhite / WomanInWhite: ManInWhite[=/=]WomanInWhite: Their soldiers all wear crisp white uniforms, and most of the Council's special operatives and officials wear white clothes of varying formality.



->''I believe with all my heart that the Council is needed and that it is possibly the only hope for the future - for ''a'' future. That's why it's so frustrating when we get mired down in pointless rhetoric and conflict again, and ''again'' and '''''again.'''''

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->''I believe with all my heart that the Council is needed and that it is possibly the only hope for the future - for ''a'' future. That's why it's so frustrating when we get mired down in pointless rhetoric and conflict again, and ''again'' and '''''again.'''''
'''''''
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* PoisonIsEvil: While they don't use it often, the Phoenicians are in possession of the infamous Aqua Tofana, [[spoiler: which in itself turns out to be a corrupted form of the healing manna their half of St Nicholas' corpse produces - making it essentially an evil poison.]] For good measure, their most prominent usage of Tofana only worsens the Phoenicians' already-loathsome reputations: [[spoiler: more specifically, poisoning Creator/WolfgangAmadeusMozart on behalf of Lilith.]]

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* PoisonIsEvil: While they don't use it often, the Phoenicians are in possession of the infamous Aqua Tofana, [[spoiler: which in itself turns out to be a corrupted form of the healing manna their half of St Nicholas' corpse produces - making it essentially an evil poison.a mystical poison made from evil.]] For good measure, their most prominent usage of Tofana only worsens the Phoenicians' already-loathsome reputations: [[spoiler: more specifically, poisoning Creator/WolfgangAmadeusMozart on behalf of Lilith.]]



** Worse still, they're also becoming increasingly blunt: where other secret societies might prefer to rely on more subtle methods in getting rid of troublemakers, the Phoenicians are starting to prefer throwing as many soldiers at them as possible - even when it might cause more problems in the process. In "The Christmas Conspiracy," they decide to eliminate an opera star who might have become privy to information on the Phoenicians' latest find; all well and good, up until they decide to conduct the assassination ''' ''on-stage'' ''' during a performance of ''Theatre/TheMagicFlute'' - in front of dozens of witnesses, and in a theatre sitting well within Templar jurisdiction.

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** Worse still, they're also becoming increasingly blunt: where other secret societies might prefer to rely on more subtle methods in getting rid of troublemakers, the Phoenicians are starting to prefer throwing as many soldiers at them as possible - even when it might cause more problems in the process. In "The Christmas Conspiracy," they decide to eliminate an opera star who might have become privy to information on the Phoenicians' latest find; all well and good, up until they decide to conduct the assassination ''' ''on-stage'' ''' during a performance of ''Theatre/TheMagicFlute'' - in front of dozens of witnesses, and in a theatre sitting well within Templar jurisdiction.



* SmugSnake: Jokes about her favourite animal aside, Tanis' effectiveness as an agent is undermined time and again by her arrogance and overconfidence in her abilities. As her missions demonstrate, it's led her to make serious errors in judgement, and gotten her into serious trouble with her superiors in the process.

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* SmugSnake: Jokes about her favourite animal aside, Tanis' effectiveness as an agent is undermined time and again by her arrogance and overconfidence in her abilities. As her missions demonstrate, it's led her to make serious errors in judgement, judgement and gotten her into serious trouble with her superiors in the process.



An ex-KGB agent turned Phoenician field operative, first encountered at work Carpathian Fangs, collecting magical artefacts from the abandoned Soviet bases in the region. Encountered only on a hostile basis, she serves as an opponent to the player character through several different zones across the game. Other than once being loyal to the KGB, her past is largely a mystery, though it's clearly that she was in a relationship with Dragan Dzaovitch prior to joining the Phoenicians.

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An ex-KGB agent turned Phoenician field operative, first encountered at work Carpathian Fangs, collecting magical artefacts from the abandoned Soviet bases in the region. Encountered only on a hostile basis, she serves as an opponent to the player character through several different zones across the game. Other than once being loyal to the KGB, her past is largely a mystery, though it's clearly clear that she was in a relationship with Dragan Dzaovitch prior to joining the Phoenicians.



* BadassNormal: No magical powers, no supernatural heritage, and no exotic technology with exception of her anti-Anima device, a gun and a handful of grenades. This doesn't stop her from being a very capable boss, duelling you almost to a standstill twice in a row, beating Dragan to the punch in a quickdraw, and surviving an helicopter explosion unharmed.

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* BadassNormal: No magical powers, no supernatural heritage, and no exotic technology with exception of her anti-Anima device, a gun and a handful of grenades. This That doesn't stop her from being a very capable boss, duelling you almost to a standstill twice in a row, beating Dragan to the punch in a quickdraw, and surviving an helicopter explosion unharmed.



->''I believe with all my heart that the Council is needed and that it is possibly the only hope for the future - for ''a'' future. That's why it's so frustrating when we get mired down in pointless rhetoric and conflict again, and ''again'' and ''' ''again.'' '''

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->''I believe with all my heart that the Council is needed and that it is possibly the only hope for the future - for ''a'' future. That's why it's so frustrating when we get mired down in pointless rhetoric and conflict again, and ''again'' and ''' ''again.'' '''
'''''again.'''''



* BeleagueredBureaucrat: Underprepared, outmanned, outgunned, and essentially ignored by her superiors despite all the reports she's filed, Amparo's doing her best to maintain control of the mission, but it's quickly slipping through her fingers. To add to the ridiculousness of the situation, in "A Lion In The Streets," the Council eventually responds by assigning additional personnel to the mission... and by "additional," they meant '' '''one.''' '' After all the reports Amparo sent on how dangerous the area's become, they reply by sending in one single, solitary official - ''who promptly gets kidnapped.''

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* BeleagueredBureaucrat: Underprepared, outmanned, outgunned, and essentially ignored by her superiors despite all the reports she's filed, Amparo's doing her best to maintain control of the mission, but it's quickly slipping through her fingers. To add to the ridiculousness of the situation, in "A Lion In The Streets," the Council eventually responds by assigning additional personnel to the mission... and by "additional," they meant '' '''one.''' ''one.'' After all the reports Amparo sent on how dangerous the area's become, they reply by sending in one single, solitary official - ''who promptly gets kidnapped.''



* NoNameGiven: Though she does promise to tell you when all of this is over. [[spoiler:She does keep her promise at the end, unfortunately, it's Lilith.]]

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* NoNameGiven: Though she does promise to tell you when all of this is over. [[spoiler:She does keep her promise at the end, unfortunately, end. Unfortunately, it's Lilith.]]



* DespairSpeech: A good deal of his dialogue options are really some variation of this. For example, when asked about himself, he instead provides a longwinded speech about aging that not-so-subtly hints that he has come to despise himself; when asked about Tokyo, he notes how it currently stands as a monument to his failure to act when he had the chance; when asked about one of the factions, he'll talk about how they ''could'' save the world, but won't.

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* DespairSpeech: A good deal of his dialogue options are really some variation of this. For example, when asked about himself, he instead provides a longwinded long-winded speech about aging ageing that not-so-subtly hints that he has come to despise himself; when asked about Tokyo, he notes how it currently stands as a monument to his failure to act when he had the chance; when asked about one of the factions, he'll talk about how they ''could'' save the world, but won't.



--> No. I will hold them back no longer. They are coming for you. They are ready: the time you imposed has sharpened the knives that will be at your throat. ''You have no more power over me.'' In vinculis etiam audax. (hangs up)
* ObstructiveBureaucrat: Invoked; fully aware of the Council's reputation for gratuitous red tape, he goes out of his way to assure you that the certification to enter Tokyo is ''not'' bureaucracy, but an essential part of your training. [[spoiler: And later played straight when it's revealed that he really is doing his best to obstruct you on behalf of the Phoenicians. Your training and certification were all part of his efforts to delay you up until his blacmailers finished their business in Tokyo, though he secretly hoped that you'd be improved by the Room.]]

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--> No. I will hold them back no longer. They are coming for you. They are ready: the time you imposed has sharpened the knives that will be at your throat. ''You have no more power over me.'' In vinculis etiam audax. (hangs up)
''(hangs up)''
* ObstructiveBureaucrat: Invoked; fully aware of the Council's reputation for gratuitous red tape, he goes out of his way to assure you that the certification to enter Tokyo is ''not'' bureaucracy, but an essential part of your training. [[spoiler: And later played straight when it's revealed that he really is doing his best to obstruct you on behalf of the Phoenicians. Your training and certification were all part of his efforts to delay you up until his blacmailers blackmailers finished their business in Tokyo, though he secretly hoped that you'd be improved by the Room.]]



* RantInducingSlight: When you first meet him in Issue #8, Arturo has had to deal with a growing workload, the Tokyo Crisis, and a good deal of political hellraising. [[spoiler: Of course, he's under even more stress than he lets on: later issues reveal that he's under pressure from the Phoenicians to keep you out of Tokyo, with blackmail on the line if he fails.]] He's also grieving for Sarah - who's presumed dead at this point. But in spite of all this, he appears to be taking things in stride, shouldering the burden with professional efficiency and well-refined etiquette... right up until he receives a rather unfortunate phone call, in which one of his contacts innocently suggests resorting to a compromise. Cue temper explosion.

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* RantInducingSlight: When you first meet him in Issue #8, Arturo has had to deal with a growing workload, the Tokyo Crisis, and a good deal of political hellraising.hell-raising. [[spoiler: Of course, he's under even more stress than he lets on: later issues reveal that he's under pressure from the Phoenicians to keep you out of Tokyo, with blackmail on the line if he fails.]] He's also grieving for Sarah - who's presumed dead at this point. But in spite of all this, he appears to be taking things in stride, shouldering the burden with professional efficiency and well-refined etiquette... right up until he receives a rather unfortunate phone call, in which one of his contacts innocently suggests resorting to a compromise. Cue temper explosion.



* WorkHardPlayHard: The Bees note that, despite his apparently unshakeable air of seriousness, Arturo is something of a party animal and a womanizer in his spare time.

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* WorkHardPlayHard: The Bees note that, despite his apparently unshakeable air of seriousness, Arturo is something of a party animal and a womanizer womaniser in his spare time.



* [[spoiler: ApocalypseCult: Initially subverted, then played straight. Lilith created the Morninglight as a heavily-neutered version of Deus Sol Invictus, intending that they believe in the power of the Dreamers while remaining her unquestioning servants. Unfortunately, the Dreamers effectively de-neutered them by converting Phillip Marquard to their cause; as a result, the Morninglight is now entirely dedicated to releasing the Dreamers from captivity and joining them as fellow {{Eldritch Abomination}}s - the former goal guaranteed to kickstart an apocalypse.]]
* ArcWords / {{Catchphrase}}: "We are all made of stars," often bandied around by Morninglight self-help pamphlets... though it takes a rather dark turn in the lore entry when one member repeats it [[spoiler: to new recruits as she slowly eviscerates them.]] However, the phrase has often been used outside the organization, usually as a good indicator that something very bad is going on behind the scenes: lore for the Facility in Transylvania mentions that many of the Red Hand's phantom cosmonauts died screaming "we are all made of stars!" Meanwhile, in Tokyo, the Fear Nothing Foundation also makes use of the phrase, a good indication that they're an offshoot of the Morninglight. And during Issue #7, the phrase receives its most disturbing usage yet [[spoiler: when a number of Filth entities are heard saying it in the finale, with a little twist.]]

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* [[spoiler: * ApocalypseCult: Initially subverted, then played straight. Lilith [[spoiler:Lilith created the Morninglight as a heavily-neutered version of Deus Sol Invictus, intending that they believe in the power of the Dreamers while remaining her unquestioning servants. Unfortunately, the Dreamers effectively de-neutered them by converting Phillip Marquard to their cause; as a result, the Morninglight is now entirely dedicated to releasing the Dreamers from captivity and joining them as fellow {{Eldritch Abomination}}s - the former goal guaranteed to kickstart an apocalypse.]]
* ArcWords / {{Catchphrase}}: ArcWords[=/=]{{Catchphrase}}: "We are all made of stars," often bandied around by Morninglight self-help pamphlets... though it takes a rather dark turn in the lore entry when one member repeats it [[spoiler: to new recruits as she slowly eviscerates them.]] However, the phrase has often been used outside the organization, usually as a good indicator that something very bad is going on behind the scenes: lore for the Facility in Transylvania mentions that many of the Red Hand's phantom cosmonauts died screaming "we are all made of stars!" Meanwhile, in Tokyo, the Fear Nothing Foundation also makes use of the phrase, a good indication that they're an offshoot of the Morninglight. And during Issue #7, the phrase receives its most disturbing usage yet [[spoiler: when a number of Filth entities are heard saying it in the finale, with a little twist.]]



* {{Brainwashing}}: It's heavily implied that Morninglight recruits are subjected to a very rigorous indoctrination upon being fully initiated into the cult; the full details of this process are currently unknown, but judging by Alina's testimony, it's not very pleasant. [[spoiler: As a front for the Morninglight, the Fear Nothing Foundation also makes use of a very extensive brainwashing process designed to destroy any sense of individuality in it's membership and remake them into loyal servants and avid imitators of the Dreamers.]]

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* {{Brainwashing}}: It's heavily implied that Morninglight recruits are subjected to a very rigorous indoctrination upon being fully initiated into the cult; the full details of this process are currently unknown, but judging by Alina's testimony, it's not very pleasant. [[spoiler: As a front for the Morninglight, the Fear Nothing Foundation also makes use of a very extensive brainwashing process designed to destroy any sense of individuality in it's its membership and remake them into loyal servants and avid imitators of the Dreamers.]]



* {{Cult}}: Though they'd object to being derided as such, the Morninglight is clearly one of these. Among other things, its inner tenets require total loyalty to the group's inner circle, it allows its members no rights and no personal freedoms [[spoiler: and no individuality in some cases]], and forbids any release of the secrets to the outside world. [[spoiler: And at least one branch of the group has committed mass-suicide after having the Tokyo subway bombed.]]

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* {{Cult}}: Though they'd object to being derided as such, the Morninglight is clearly one of these.such. Among other things, its inner tenets require total loyalty to the group's inner circle, it allows its members no rights and no personal freedoms [[spoiler: and no individuality in some cases]], and forbids any release of the secrets to the outside world. [[spoiler: And at least one branch of the group has committed mass-suicide after having the Tokyo subway bombed.]]



* LightIsNotGood: On top of being a self-help group renowned worldwide for its benevolence, the Morninglight's rhetoric places a great deal of emphasis on the sun and it's power, often remarking on how their paths will be illuminated by "the shining sun" and how their sacrifices will bring them closer to "the rising sun and the new dawn." And of course, their catchphrase portrays them as living suns in the making. However, for all their apparent altruism, the Morninglight are still an abusive cult with no regard for individual freedoms. And that devotion to light? [[spoiler: It's because they're the latest in a long line of sun cults that have taken to worshipping the Dreamers; they venerate light because the Dreamers want to ''consume it,'' stars and all. Worse still, higher members of the cult like to emulate their masters by visualizing the process of eating the light at the end of the universe.]] This horrifying belief is taken to its ultimate conclusion in Kaidan, [[spoiler: where the Morninglight have set up a massive underground temple of immaculate white marble and dazzling overhead lights... and a floor soaked with Filth. Complete with a preacher screaming about the "Bright Darkness."]]
* MeaningfulName: Long before the slogans of "walk with us into the sunrise" and "we are all made of stars" emerge, Morninglight associates itself with the sun from it's title onwards. [[spoiler: And in much the same way that the Cult of the Aten and Deus Sol Invictus did in the past, they worship the Filth and the Dreamers.]] Further expanded upon in Issue #11, when [[spoiler: the lore on Lilith reveals that the name isn't an accident: she created the Morninglight by reviving the long-extinct doctrine of Deus Sol Invictus and giving it a modern spin.]]

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* LightIsNotGood: On top of being a self-help group renowned worldwide for its benevolence, the Morninglight's rhetoric places a great deal of emphasis on the sun and it's its power, often remarking on how their paths will be illuminated by "the shining sun" and how their sacrifices will bring them closer to "the rising sun and the new dawn." And of course, their catchphrase portrays them as living suns in the making. However, for all their apparent altruism, the Morninglight are still an abusive cult with no regard for individual freedoms. And that devotion to light? [[spoiler: It's because they're the latest in a long line of sun cults that have taken to worshipping the Dreamers; they venerate light because the Dreamers want to ''consume it,'' stars and all. Worse still, higher members of the cult like to emulate their masters by visualizing the process of eating the light at the end of the universe.]] This horrifying belief is taken to its ultimate conclusion in Kaidan, [[spoiler: where the Morninglight have set up a massive underground temple of immaculate white marble and dazzling overhead lights... and a floor soaked with Filth. Complete with a preacher screaming about the "Bright Darkness."]]
* MeaningfulName: Long before the slogans of "walk with us into the sunrise" and "we are all made of stars" emerge, Morninglight associates itself with the sun from it's title its name onwards. [[spoiler: And in much the same way that the Cult of the Aten and Deus Sol Invictus did in the past, they worship the Filth and the Dreamers.]] Further expanded upon in Issue #11, when [[spoiler: the lore on Lilith reveals that the name isn't an accident: she created the Morninglight by reviving the long-extinct doctrine of Deus Sol Invictus and giving it a modern spin.]]



* CoolSword: In possession of one very cool magical sword [[spoiler: which is actually the artifact that brought the Fog to Solomon Island after Joe Slater took it from the Draug island. Further investigation reveals that it's actually none other than the sword Excalibur, taken from Britain by the Vikings to [[ItsALongStory defeat Mayan cultists on Solomon Island]]; it's also implied to be technology recovered from the Third Age, which might explain it's curiously futuristic appearance.]] Beaumont spends most of "Dawning of an Endless Night" trying to unlock its true power, and it's not until his second appearance that he succeeds. [[spoiler: However, he doesn't just want it for use in combat; he wants to use it to get control of the Gaia Engine under the Blue Ridge Mine.]]

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* CoolSword: In possession of one very cool magical sword [[spoiler: which is actually the artifact that brought the Fog to Solomon Island after Joe Slater took it from the Draug island. Further investigation reveals that it's actually none other than the sword Excalibur, taken from Britain by the Vikings to [[ItsALongStory defeat Mayan cultists on Solomon Island]]; it's also implied to be technology recovered from the Third Age, which might explain it's its curiously futuristic appearance.]] Beaumont spends most of "Dawning of an Endless Night" trying to unlock its true power, and it's not until his second appearance that he succeeds. [[spoiler: However, he doesn't just want it for use in combat; he wants to use it to get control of the Gaia Engine under the Blue Ridge Mine.]]



* {{Immortality}}: Lore entries indicate that he was in Kingsmouth in 1712, and Kirsten Geary suggests that he's cropped up even earlier than that. [[spoiler:His own comments imply that he was once a Norse God, and in "Strangers In A Strange Land," Huginn and Muninn pretty much confirm this.]]
** [[spoiler: PhysicalGod: Seems pretty likely.]]
* LastOfHisKind: Claims that his people are long-extinct, making him one of these. [[spoiler: Said people being the Norse Gods. He's not all that broken up about it, given that they exiled him in the first place.]]

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* {{Immortality}}: Lore entries indicate that he was in Kingsmouth in 1712, and Kirsten Geary suggests that he's cropped up even earlier than that. [[spoiler:His own comments imply that he was once a Norse God, PhysicalGod, and in "Strangers In A Strange Land," Huginn and Muninn pretty much confirm this.it.]]
** [[spoiler: PhysicalGod: Seems pretty likely.]]
* LastOfHisKind: Claims that his people are long-extinct, making him one of these.long-extinct. [[spoiler: Said people being the Norse Gods. He's not all that broken up about it, given that they exiled him in the first place.]]



* PutOnABus: [[spoiler: After being kicked unconscious by Cassie, he's reportedly arrested by the Illuminati and committed to a secure ward of Arkham State Hospital; at present, it's not known if the players will ever encounter him again.]]

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* PutOnABus: [[spoiler: After being kicked unconscious by Cassie, he's reportedly arrested by the Illuminati and committed to a secure ward of Arkham State Hospital; at present, it's not known unclear if the players will ever encounter him again.]]



* WakeupCallBoss:; The entire final confrontation with him is one big test to see if you've fully grasped the game's mechanics and know how to survive a real boss fight. Haven't gotten the hang of ranged combat? [[spoiler: His doppelgangers and their expanding AOE blasts will wreck you]]. Haven't gotten good at melee combat and tanking? [[spoiler: The Beasts of Corruption he summons will educate you.]] Haven't learned the importance of self-healing? [[spoiler: His health pool is big enough that you won't outlast him without plenty of self-healing.]] Haven't learned when to just lay down massive damage? [[spoiler: At roughly his final 10% of health, he'll throw ''everything'' he can at you, forcing you to race to see if you can kill him before he kills you. On top of that he'll also self-heal.]]

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* WakeupCallBoss:; WakeupCallBoss: The entire final confrontation with him is one big test to see if you've fully grasped the game's mechanics and know how to survive a real boss fight. Haven't gotten the hang of ranged combat? [[spoiler: His doppelgangers and their expanding AOE blasts will wreck you]]. Haven't gotten good at melee combat and tanking? [[spoiler: The Beasts of Corruption he summons will educate you.]] Haven't learned the importance of self-healing? [[spoiler: His health pool is big enough that you won't outlast him without plenty of self-healing.]] Haven't learned when to just lay down massive damage? [[spoiler: At roughly his final 10% of health, he'll throw ''everything'' he can at you, forcing you to race to see if you can kill him before he kills you. On top of that that, he'll also self-heal.]]



* VillainousBreakdown: [[spoiler:Suffers one after his defeat when Cassie gets her hands on the Sword. It's not a very dignified one, either, consisting mainly of breathless panic, petulant whimpering, and a lot of desperate bravado - silenced with a single kick to the face.]]

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* VillainousBreakdown: [[spoiler:Suffers one [[spoiler:Suffered after his defeat when Cassie gets her hands on the Sword. It's not a very dignified one, either, dignified, consisting mainly of breathless panic, petulant whimpering, and a lot of desperate bravado - silenced with by a single kick to the face.]]



* FantasticDrug: On top of all the mundane drugs he indulges in, Che will occasionally make use of a rather unique designer drug - but only on very specific occasions. [[spoiler: The "drug" is actually ''a live spider,'' and according to John, it's used as an alternative to viagra - presumably because the venom induces a RagingStiffie on top of all the other unpleasant symptoms. It worked well enough at the Dream Palace, though Che apparently looked dangerously close to suffering a heart attack.]]

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* FantasticDrug: On top of all the mundane drugs he indulges in, Che will occasionally make use of a rather unique designer drug - but only on very specific occasions. [[spoiler: The "drug" is actually ''a live spider,'' and according to John, it's used as an alternative to viagra - viagra, presumably because the venom induces a RagingStiffie on top of all the other unpleasant symptoms. It worked well enough at the Dream Palace, though Che apparently looked dangerously close to suffering a heart attack.]]



* TheHedonist: Despite claiming to be reformed from his life of crime and addiction, it's pretty obvious that Che has something of an attraction to vice; he certainly doesn't seem to have any qualms about getting stoned while his underlings risk life and limb outside the protective wards of the camp. [[spoiler: He's even more of a party animal when in urban zones, as John discovered during their night on the town: according to Issue #10, Che spent most of the time between brawls getting progressively shitfaced, calumniating in a visit to the Dream Palace in the company of two prostitutes. Because John was too entranced by his visions of the Dreamers to concentrate on sex, Che gleefully bonked both girls at once.]]

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* TheHedonist: Despite claiming to be reformed from his life of crime and addiction, it's pretty obvious that Che has something of an attraction to vice; he certainly doesn't seem to have any qualms about getting stoned while his underlings risk life and limb outside the protective wards of the camp. [[spoiler: He's even more of a party animal when in urban zones, as John discovered during their night on the town: according to Issue #10, Che spent most of the time between brawls getting progressively shitfaced, calumniating culminating in a visit to the Dream Palace in the company of two prostitutes. Because John was too entranced by his visions of the Dreamers to concentrate on sex, Che gleefully bonked both girls at once.]]



* JerkAss: An unrepentant dickhead from beginning and end, Che is abusive, foul-tempered, coarse, thoroughly unpleasant and borderline sociopathic; in fact, the only situation where he's likely to be vaguely friendly is if he's required to for the sake of his job - or if he's talking to one of his superiors. [[spoiler: Issue #10 reveals that while staying in Tokyo, Che's attitude got him in trouble wherever he went: on top of getting kicked out of half the bars in Kaidan, he also went on to pick fights with Akashi of the Jingu Clan, the Oni bouncers at Inbeda's bathhouse, gun-toting members of the Korinto-Kai, and last but not least, with Ricky Pagan. For good measure, he also spent most of his time between beatdowns screaming abuse at passers-by.]]

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* JerkAss: An unrepentant dickhead from beginning and end, Che is abusive, foul-tempered, coarse, thoroughly unpleasant and borderline sociopathic; in fact, the only situation where he's likely to be vaguely friendly is if he's required to for the sake of his job - or if he's talking to one of his superiors. [[spoiler: Issue #10 reveals that while staying in Tokyo, Che's attitude got him in trouble wherever he went: on top of getting kicked out of half the bars in Kaidan, he also went on to pick fights with Akashi of the Jingu Clan, the Oni bouncers at Inbeda's bathhouse, gun-toting members of the Korinto-Kai, and last but not least, with Ricky Pagan. For good measure, he also spent most of his time between beatdowns screaming abuse at passers-by.]]



* OmnicidalManiac: A very mild case; because of her fascination with the dead and aversion to the living, the Morninglight were able to gain her allegiance by offering to help her make "the whole world a morgue." Thanks to her disillusionment with the Morninglight, she doesn't appear to have much interest in this particular goal anymore.

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* OmnicidalManiac: A very mild case; because of her fascination with the dead and aversion to the living, the Morninglight were able to gain her allegiance by offering to help her make "the whole world a morgue." Thanks to her disillusionment with the Morninglight, she doesn't appear to have much interest in this particular goal anymore.any more.
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** Also while the Dragon frequently work with anima while the Morninglight [[spoiler: are heavy Filth users]].

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** Also while the Dragon frequently work with anima while anima, the Morninglight [[spoiler: are heavy Filth users]].users]]. Both groups address themselves as "agents of change" because of these.
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** To top this all off while The Dragon are highly in-touch with the planet,[[HeroWithBadPublicity they are seen as terrorists]] and the Morninglight are working to cast aside the planet,[[VillainWithGoodPublicity but are a cultural pop phenomenon]].

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** To top this all off off, while The Dragon are highly in-touch with the planet,[[HeroWithBadPublicity planet,[[HeroWithBadPublicity they are seen as terrorists]] and the Morninglight are working to cast aside the planet,[[VillainWithGoodPublicity planet,[[VillainWithGoodPublicity but are a cultural pop phenomenon]].
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** To top this all off while The Dragon are highly in-touch with the planet[[HeroWithBadPublicity , they are seen as terrorists]] and the Morninglight are working cast aside the planet[[VillainWithGoodPublicity , but are a cultural pop phenomenon]].

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** To top this all off while The Dragon are highly in-touch with the planet[[HeroWithBadPublicity , planet,[[HeroWithBadPublicity they are seen as terrorists]] and the Morninglight are working to cast aside the planet[[VillainWithGoodPublicity , planet,[[VillainWithGoodPublicity but are a cultural pop phenomenon]].
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** Also while the Dragon frequently work with aninma while the Morninglight [[spoiler: are heavy Filth users]].

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** Also while the Dragon frequently work with aninma anima while the Morninglight [[spoiler: are heavy Filth users]].users]].
** To top this all off while The Dragon are highly in-touch with the planet[[HeroWithBadPublicity , they are seen as terrorists]] and the Morninglight are working cast aside the planet[[VillainWithGoodPublicity , but are a cultural pop phenomenon]].
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* {{Foil}}: To the Templars. In addition to their origins as once part of the same society, force is the go-to method of both societies rather than subterfuge, they are big on hoarding magical artifacts and both are fans of old-world ThemeNaming. The difference is the Phoenicians have no cause, they are OnlyInItForTheMoney. It irks the Templars on a fundamental level to see a society so like themselves but who will whore out everything they are and have for a Swiss Bank transfer.



* StupidEvil: As the lore entries observe, while factions like the Big Three are putting their age-old conflicts on hold so they can prevent the Filth from destroying the world, the Phoenicians are still carrying on with hoarding artefacts and trying to backstab the other - even when it's possible that they might just have something potentially world-saving to offer the others. Worse still, they're not only assisting [[spoiler: Lilith and the vampires]] but according to "From Carthage To Cairo," [[spoiler: they're still allied with the Atenists even while the equally mercenary Kingdom have taken steps to distance themselves from the cult]]. And perhaps worst of all, the events of Issue #9 reveal that [[spoiler: they helped track down and deliver the Filth-device used to kick-start the Tokyo Incident.]]

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* StupidEvil: As the lore entries observe, while factions like the Big Three are putting their age-old conflicts on hold so they can prevent the Filth from destroying the world, the Phoenicians are still carrying on with hoarding artefacts artifacts and trying to backstab the other - even when it's possible that they might just have something potentially world-saving to offer the others. Worse still, they're not only assisting [[spoiler: Lilith and the vampires]] but according to "From Carthage To Cairo," [[spoiler: they're still allied with the Atenists even while the equally mercenary Kingdom have taken steps to distance themselves from the cult]]. And perhaps worst of all, the events of Issue #9 reveal that [[spoiler: they helped track down and deliver the Filth-device used to kick-start the Tokyo Incident.]]


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* {{Foil}}: To the Dragon. Both are cult-like organizations made-up of mostly splinter cells who only work together due to sharing the same philosophy and who see their agents purely as a means to an end. One of the differences are that while the Dragon adapt to free-will to remain in control, the Morninglight actively break down individuality.
**Also while the Dragon frequently work with aninma while the Morninglight [[spoiler: are heavy Filth users]].
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* NoNameGiven: Though she does promise to tell you when all of this is over. [[spoiler:She does keep her promise at the end, unfortunately, it's Lilith.]]
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