History Literature / DarkHeavens

30th Sep '16 11:24:27 PM Ramidel
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* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: [[spoiler: Near the beginning of ''Black Jade'', Judge Pao ditches his ObstructiveBureaucrat attitude, closes the Courts of Hell, and issues blanket release orders for anyone who comes up for judgment; Immortals are automatically cleared to Heaven, mortals to [[{{Reincarnation}} the Wheel]], and nobody is getting Raised to Immortality because that would just put them at risk of eternal torment.]]

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* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: [[spoiler: Near the beginning of ''Black Jade'', Judge Pao ditches his ObstructiveBureaucrat attitude, closes the Courts of Hell, and issues blanket release orders for anyone who comes up for judgment; Immortals are automatically cleared to Heaven, mortals to [[{{Reincarnation}} the Wheel]], and nobody is getting Raised to Immortality because that would just put them at risk of eternal torment. This is completely at odds with his normal approach, and shows just how fucked the Celestial is at this point.]]
30th Sep '16 11:22:13 PM Ramidel
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* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: [[spoiler: Near the beginning of ''Black Jade'', Judge Pao ditches his ObstructiveBureaucrat attitude, closes the Courts of Hell, and issues blanket release orders for anyone who comes up for judgment; Immortals are automatically cleared to Heaven, mortals to [[{{Reincarnation}} the Wheel]], and nobody is getting Raised to Immortality because that would just put them at risk of eternal torment.]]
30th Sep '16 10:33:34 PM Ramidel
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* BrilliantButLazy: A humorous {{reconstruction}} in the form of Bai Hu. The White Tiger is probably the best ''leader'' in the Heavens, having built a far finer support infrastructure than Xuan Wu's Northern Heavens and delegated everything to his lieutenants with supreme skill. Why? Because it means more time for him to eat and screw.



* BunnyEarsLawyer: Bai Hu is a BoisterousBruiser who's constantly chasing skirt and sleeping around, and is often cooling his heels in Hell because he can't keep his mouth shut, but he's Emperor of the West and Xuan Wu's chief lieutenant ''for a reason''. He's probably the second-most-capable warrior in the Celestial hierarchy, he's Heaven's weapons researcher, and his subordinates are often more capable than Xuan Wu and Emma's staff - because unlike them, he delegates everything with superb skill so that he has more time to debauch himself.

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* BunnyEarsLawyer: Bai Hu is a BoisterousBruiser who's constantly chasing skirt and sleeping around, around with his hundred wives, and is often cooling his heels in Hell because he can't keep his mouth shut, but he's Emperor of the West and Xuan Wu's chief lieutenant ''for a reason''. He's probably the second-most-capable warrior in the Celestial hierarchy, he's Heaven's weapons researcher, and his subordinates are often more capable than Xuan Wu and Emma's staff - because unlike them, he delegates everything with superb skill so that he has more time to debauch himself.
30th Sep '16 10:26:14 PM Ramidel
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* IGaveMyWord: Xuan Wu's oaths have enough power that reality bends itself around them. [[spoiler: His vow to Raise and marry Emma is a major plot point, and remains so even though Emma shouldn't have needed him to Raise her in the first place.]]
30th Sep '16 10:22:52 PM Ramidel
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* GenderBender: Just about every Celestial can assume either gender, [[spoiler: as can the Demon King]]. Xuan Wu is ''exceptionally'' flexible in this regard, normally being a male Turtle and a female Serpent - but either Turtle or Serpent can be either gender. The Phoenix is also traditionally male (as the Greater Yang), but chooses to be female. And the extremely male Bai Hu [[GirlOnGirlIsHot enjoys lesbian sex]], if [[PowerPerversionPotential his attempt to join Emma and Female!John]] is any indication.

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* GenderBender: GenderBender:
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Just about every Celestial can assume either gender, [[spoiler: as can the Demon King]]. Xuan Wu is ''exceptionally'' flexible in this regard, normally being a male Turtle and a female Serpent - but either Turtle or Serpent can be either gender.gender, and the combined being is beyond such labels entirely. The Phoenix is also traditionally male (as the Greater Yang), but chooses to be female. And the extremely male Bai Hu [[GirlOnGirlIsHot enjoys lesbian sex]], if [[PowerPerversionPotential his attempt to join Emma and Female!John]] is any indication.indication.
** In ''Black Jade'', Emma explains that it's not so much gender-bending as Shen not having inherent sex at all. Shen are spiritual beings, and the body (and thus gender) are "merely instruments." Gender ''identity'' is less flexible in most cases, however.
30th Sep '16 10:14:51 PM Ramidel
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-->'''John''': You are attempting to label something that is the essence of the Tao. I cannot be labelled, categorized, analysed or comprehended, because I just ''am''.
30th Sep '16 7:59:35 AM Ramidel
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* TurtlePower: John Chen, the Turtle half of Xuan Wu, is indeed a wise and powerful turtle. His son Martin...less wise, but still quite powerful.
21st Sep '16 1:13:20 AM Ramidel
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* EccentricMentor: The Jade Emperor is a bit of a nut sometimes, and his advice to Xuan Wu and Emma is tailored to what they need to hear rather than to the truth. His commands range from perfectly understandable, to apparently LawfulStupid edicts that were issued for a hidden purpose, to apparently ''insane'' edicts...which also tend to be tailored to advance an inexplicable purpose.


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* ThePowerOfTheVoid: Yin annihilates anything it touches with nothingness.
* PureEnergy: Wielders of yang unleash bright energy that annihilates anything it strikes.


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* WorldOfBadass: It's Martial Arts Heaven. Badassery is to be expected.
21st Sep '16 1:05:36 AM Ramidel
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* EldritchAbomination: Xuan Wu, God of Martial Arts and Dark Emperor of the Northern Heavens, is both a giant turtle and a snake at the same time, as well as being successful businessman John Chen, and a wild-haired giant warrior - often all at once. He's the defender of the Celestial realm, but still a being who thrives in chaos, and so utterly powerful that he has to restrain himself from inadvertently destroying the world.



* JerkassFacade: [[spoiler: Qing Long.]]

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* JerkassFacade: [[spoiler: Qing Long.]]Long is actually a gentle and effeminate soul, but for thousands of years he's had to conform to the expectations of society and act like a proper alpha male dick, and now he's trapped in the facade.]]
* LayeredWorld: Hell and Heaven overlap with real China, Heaven more so - there's an entire Celestial Wudang that is separate from, yet linked to, the real Wudangshan. Also, several of the gates to the Forbidden City mirror gates in the Celestial Palace. ''Above'' Heaven are the higher platforms, where the Bodhisattvas and even higher beings reside, but we aren't shown any correspondences - then again, the platforms have a great deal of YouCannotGraspTheTrueForm to them.
21st Sep '16 12:52:40 AM Ramidel
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* HeroicSacrifice: Fairly common, though not always permanent - it's often performed by Immortals, or by mortals who are Worthy of Immortality. [[spoiler: And then there's Franklin, who is in the middle of [[AscendedDemon Ascending]] as of ''Demon Child'', but stays in the Western Palace to lure the demonic army in so that Michael can yang it to bedrock. He doesn't complete his Ascension, and is permanently destroyed.]]
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