History Literature / Daemon

22nd Feb '17 9:11:57 AM Kalaong
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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 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, [[DevelopersForesight developer]], had been technically running Gambit Roulettes for a living for ''his entire adult life''.
28th Nov '16 7:24:32 AM Kalaong
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* MalevolentArchitecture: Take the dangerous features of your average MMORPG or First Person Shooter and put them in the hands of a crazy-smart game designer. Apply the result to a real building. You have Sobol's [[strike: death trap]] Mansion, where EverythingTryingToKillYou gets serious.

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* MalevolentArchitecture: Take the dangerous features of your average MMORPG or First Person Shooter and put them in the hands of a crazy-smart game designer. Apply the result to a real building. You have Sobol's [[strike: death [[strike:death trap]] Mansion, where EverythingTryingToKillYou gets serious.



* {{Muggles}}: "{{NPC}}s." Everyone who doesn't - or perhaps ''refuses'' to - admit that the Daemon exists.
-->'''Price''': Well, the public doesn’t really decide anything now—they just select from the options they’re given. Factions have a slang term for the general public. They call them [=NPCs=]—as in ‘non-player-characters’—scripted bots with limited responses.\\

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* {{Muggles}}: "{{NPC}}s." Everyone who doesn't - or perhaps ''refuses'' to - admit that the Daemon exists.
-->'''Price''': Well, the public doesn’t really decide anything now—they just select from the options they’re given. Factions have a slang term for the general public. They call them [=NPCs=]—as in ‘non-player-characters’—scripted ‘[[NonPlayerCharacter Non-Player Characters]]’—scripted bots with limited responses.\\
1st Nov '16 6:30:20 PM nombretomado
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[[IThoughtItMeant Not to be confused]] with [[Anime/DigimonAdventure02 Dae]][[Manga/DigimonVTamer01 mon]], [[HisDarkMaterials Daemons]] or the MailerDaemon trope.

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[[IThoughtItMeant Not to be confused]] with [[Anime/DigimonAdventure02 Dae]][[Manga/DigimonVTamer01 mon]], [[HisDarkMaterials [[Literature/HisDarkMaterials Daemons]] or the MailerDaemon trope.
7th Oct '16 2:19:45 PM MrUnderhill
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* PropRecycling: Used [[ExploitedTrope as an encryption strategy]] by the Daemon. See HiddenInPlainSight above.

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* PropRecycling: Used InUniverse as [[ExploitedTrope as an encryption strategy]] by the Daemon. See HiddenInPlainSight above.
7th Oct '16 2:19:02 PM MrUnderhill
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* HiddenInPlainSight: One of Sobol's (and thus, the Daemon's) favorite tricks is encoding messages into video game scenes. Individually, the assets in a scene [[PropRecycling could be loaded thousands of times in numerous different contexts,]] making them nearly impossible to trace and meaningless if you only look at them one at a time. Only by being in the right place and seeing the whole scene in context, as a player, does the information reveal itself.


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* PropRecycling: Used [[ExploitedTrope as an encryption strategy]] by the Daemon. See HiddenInPlainSight above.
12th Sep '16 4:20:00 AM Kalaong
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* {{Muggles}}: "{{NPC}}s." Everyone who doesn't - or perhaps ''refuses'' to - admit that the Daemon exists.
-->'''Price''': Well, the public doesn’t really decide anything now—they just select from the options they’re given. Factions have a slang term for the general public. They call them [=NPCs=]—as in ‘non-player-characters’—scripted bots with limited responses.\\
'''Sebeck''': That’s just obnoxious.\\
'''Price''': Is it? These people have only limited decision-making ability.
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.
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