History Literature / Daemon

5th Mar '16 10:59:22 PM FinalFan
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* HiddenElfVillage: [[spoiler:Sebeck visits a modern version as a part of his quest. This one is located in the desert of New Mexico on tribal lands, where they are building a massive complex out of an impact crater to generate energy and water perpetually. The project is so efficient, it is actually carbon-negative!]]


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*RagnarokProofing: [[spoiler:Ultimately what Sobol and his Daemon are trying to do for the entire PLANET. By distributing civilization into darknet nodes that are self-sustaining and self-sufficient, instead of having a global civilization completely dependent on imports and exports with very little wiggle room, the potential for human civilization to completely collapse decreases significantly. These communities are even establishing archives across the globe to help get humanity back on its feet within a couple generations after a collapse.]]
5th Mar '16 10:44:48 PM FinalFan
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* NotSoOmniscientCouncilOfBickering: Played with. Both books regularly cut back to secret meetings of the directors of the major intelligence agencies as they discuss reports of what is going on with the Daemon and how to effectively combat it, with each branch having very different opinions on what to do. Near the end of the first book, corporate interests are included on the talks[[spoiler: at which point things take a turn for the worse over the course of the second book as the corporations begin to exert more and more control over the meetings, resulting in the death of the head of the NSA]].

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* NotSoOmniscientCouncilOfBickering: Played with. Both books regularly cut back to secret meetings of the directors of the major intelligence agencies as they discuss reports of what is going on with the Daemon and how to effectively combat it, with each branch having very different opinions on what to do. Near the end of the first book, corporate interests are included on the talks[[spoiler: at which point things take a turn for the worse over the course of the second book as the corporations begin to exert more and more control over the meetings, resulting in the death imprisonment of the head of the NSA]].



* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: The head of the NSA during the secret meetings with the other heads of the American intelligence services. He seems the most level-headed and calm of them all, and the most committed to combating the Daemon while also minimizing the casualties.[[spoiler: Good lot it does for him when he is murdered by the very corporations he is trying to protect.]]

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* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: The head of the NSA during the secret meetings with the other heads of the American intelligence services. He seems the most level-headed and calm of them all, and the most committed to combating the Daemon while also minimizing the casualties.[[spoiler: Good lot it does for him when he is murdered arrested by the very corporations he is trying to protect.]]
5th Mar '16 10:40:56 PM FinalFan
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** The second book reveals that The Major screwed up the anti-Daemon task force even more by secretly planting bugs all over the base to spy on his own colleagues, bugs that Loki subsequently hacked to gain access.


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* NotSoOmniscientCouncilOfBickering: Played with. Both books regularly cut back to secret meetings of the directors of the major intelligence agencies as they discuss reports of what is going on with the Daemon and how to effectively combat it, with each branch having very different opinions on what to do. Near the end of the first book, corporate interests are included on the talks[[spoiler: at which point things take a turn for the worse over the course of the second book as the corporations begin to exert more and more control over the meetings, resulting in the death of the head of the NSA]].


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* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: The head of the NSA during the secret meetings with the other heads of the American intelligence services. He seems the most level-headed and calm of them all, and the most committed to combating the Daemon while also minimizing the casualties.[[spoiler: Good lot it does for him when he is murdered by the very corporations he is trying to protect.]]
** By extension, Natalie Phillips[[spoiler:, who by the start of the second book is the only named government authority figure alive,]] also serves this role. As a premiere analyst for the NSA, she is pretty much the only person in the government who even has a hope of fighting Sobol's Daemon.
27th Feb '16 11:58:26 AM FinalFan
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* IdiotBall: Despite having the resources of an entire planet to work with, the governments and corporations constantly drag their heels and use narrowminded, outdated thinking to try and tackle the Daemon, which culminates in the climax of the first book, where the headquarters of a top-secret joint task force is infiltrated by a high-ranking Daemon operative, because the people running it OUTSOURCED THE SECURITY BACKGROUND CHECKS TO A DIFFERENT COMPANY.
19th Jan '16 8:04:11 PM Kalaong
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* LudicrousGibs: What happens to anyone hunted by a Razorback.
11th Jan '16 3:17:53 PM Kalaong
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* FormerRegimePersonnel: One small part of ''Freedom'' gives us the viewpoint of a mercenary who used to serve in the regime of Romanian Communist leader Nicolae Ceaușescu.

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* FormerRegimePersonnel: One small part of ''Freedom'' ''Freedom™'' gives us the viewpoint of a mercenary who used to serve in the regime of Romanian Communist leader Nicolae Ceaușescu.



* SequelHook: ''Daemon'' ends with [[spoiler:Sebeck and companion setting off on a road trip across America, leading into their part of ''Freedom''.]]

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* SequelHook: ''Daemon'' ends with [[spoiler:Sebeck and companion setting off on a road trip across America, leading into their part of ''Freedom''.''Freedom™''.]]



* TheSiege: Late in ''Freedom'' anti-Daemon mercenaries carry out one against a Daemon community.

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* TheSiege: Late in ''Freedom'' ''Freedom™'' anti-Daemon mercenaries carry out one against a Daemon community.



* StormingTheCastle: BookEnds. The FBI "attempts" one against Sobol's mansion early in ''Daemon'', which [[TotalPartyKill doesn't go well]]. Near the end of ''Daemon'', [[spoiler:[[SociopathicHero Loki]]]] returns the favor against the headquarters of an anti-Daemon task force [[spoiler:'''[[OneManArmy singlehandedly]]''']]. [[spoiler:Near the end of ''Freedom'', he '''''[[CurbStompBattle annihilates]]''''' the anti-Daemon forces.]]

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* StormingTheCastle: BookEnds. The FBI "attempts" one against Sobol's mansion early in ''Daemon'', which [[TotalPartyKill doesn't go well]]. Near the end of ''Daemon'', [[spoiler:[[SociopathicHero Loki]]]] returns the favor against the headquarters of an anti-Daemon task force [[spoiler:'''[[OneManArmy singlehandedly]]''']]. [[spoiler:Near the end of ''Freedom'', ''Freedom™'', he '''''[[CurbStompBattle annihilates]]''''' the anti-Daemon forces.]]
11th Jan '16 3:14:27 PM Kalaong
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* LudicrousGibs: What happens to anyone hunted by a Razorback.

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* LudicrousGibs: What happens to anyone hunted by LookOnMyWorksYeMightyAndDespair: How Sobol sees the modern world;
-->When the survival strategy of
a Razorback.civilization is invalidated, in all of human history none have ever turned back from the brink. When presented with disruptive change, without exception they perish. I expect our own civilization will do likewise. The people behind the modern global economy will prevent any meaningful change until it’s too late.
26th Dec '15 4:40:50 AM Kalaong
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* DevelopersForesight: Above all else, the Daemon is just an ''[[MassivelyMultiplayerOnlineRolePlayingGame online video game]]'' - just one with [[TheGameComeToLife real-life]] [[AbsurdlyHighStakesGame consequences]] - and Sobol is just the developer. As it doesn't begin until [[MyDeathIsJustTheBeginning after he dies]], there's no way to make him turn it off, and he had to anticipate every action his enemy could possibly take without patching it. Thus, the entire plot is the establishment trying to [[GameBreaker break the game]] before it breaks '''them.''' [[spoiler:They fail]].
28th Nov '15 7:12:48 PM Josef5678
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* TheGameComeToLife: [[spoiler:The entire plot.]] Early on, the autonomous Hummer is believed to have been programed with videogame-style logic and [=CyberStorm's=] games are used to recruit talent for Sobol's cause. Once recruited, operatives use AugmentedReality glasses to carry out "quests" in the style of a {{MMORPG}}; agents gain levels and earn "network credits" for completing tasks such as building tools and weapons, infiltrating and suborning governments and corporations, recruiting and training new operatives. As the Daemon network becomes more sophisticated and populated by warm bodies, [[spoiler:the combat and infiltration operations become less important(which annoys Loki to no end) and focus shifts to building a new ''civilization'' based on sustainable communities and acceptance of technological and social change. This was Sobol's plan all along; comparing the shortcomings of modern society to the strong, stable {{Player Generated Econom|y}}ies of [=CyberStorm's=] virtual worlds inspired him to use his [[TheDevTeamThinksOfEverything decades of development experience]] to create a Player Generated ''Civilization''.]]

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* TheGameComeToLife: [[spoiler:The entire plot.]] Early on, the autonomous Hummer is believed to have been programed with videogame-style logic and [=CyberStorm's=] games are used to recruit talent for Sobol's cause. Once recruited, operatives use AugmentedReality glasses to carry out "quests" in the style of a {{MMORPG}}; agents gain levels and earn "network credits" for completing tasks such as building tools and weapons, infiltrating and suborning governments and corporations, recruiting and training new operatives. As the Daemon network becomes more sophisticated and populated by warm bodies, [[spoiler:the combat and infiltration operations become less important(which annoys Loki to no end) and focus shifts to building a new ''civilization'' based on sustainable communities and acceptance of technological and social change. This was Sobol's plan all along; comparing the shortcomings of modern society to the strong, stable {{Player Generated Econom|y}}ies of [=CyberStorm's=] virtual worlds inspired him to use his [[TheDevTeamThinksOfEverything decades of development experience]] experience to create a Player Generated ''Civilization''.]]



* [[TheDevTeamThinksOfEverything Sobol Thought of Everything]]: He had to, since Daemon is not self-aware. Then again, he's been the Dev Team for a multi-billion-dollar game company for ''decades'', so he has ''lots'' of experience in doing this.
28th Nov '15 7:10:44 PM Josef5678
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* BatmanGambit [[GambitRoulette Roulette]]: Matthew Sobol programmed the Daemon to anticipate every circumstance he could think of and take advantage of it. However you can only anticipate so much before you have to guess. Of course, the [[JustifiedTrope essential component]] of a Batman Gambit is [[HumansAreBastards Bastard Humans]] [[ShapedLikeItself acting like Bastards]] = people who ''don't'' act like Bastards trigger positive Daemon events instead of negative ones. And Sobol, as a game programmer, had been [[TheDevTeamThinksOfEverything technically running Gambit Roulettes for a living]] for ''his entire adult life''.

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* BatmanGambit [[GambitRoulette Roulette]]: Matthew Sobol programmed the Daemon to anticipate every circumstance he could think of and take advantage of it. However you can only anticipate so much before you have to guess. Of course, the [[JustifiedTrope essential component]] of a Batman Gambit is [[HumansAreBastards Bastard Humans]] [[ShapedLikeItself acting like Bastards]] = people who ''don't'' act like Bastards trigger positive Daemon events instead of negative ones. And Sobol, as a game programmer, had been [[TheDevTeamThinksOfEverything technically running Gambit Roulettes for a living]] living for ''his entire adult life''.
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