History Literature / DarkHeavens

5th Apr '17 6:52:07 AM Ramidel
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* CelestialBureaucracy: The series is based on a mish-mash of Buddhism, Taoism, and Chinese folk religion.

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* CelestialBureaucracy: The series is based on a mish-mash of Buddhism, Taoism, and Chinese folk religion. At one point, it's mentioned that a kid on Hainan Island was Raised to Immortality through a clerical error.



* {{Jerkass}}: Sun Wukong may be an enlightened sage, but he's consistently an asshole to everyone he meets.



* NiceJobBreakingItHero: ''Dark Serpent'' reveals that [[spoiler: the western gods did this repeatedly, until in the end they just gave up.]]

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* NiceJobBreakingItHero: ''Dark Serpent'' reveals that [[spoiler: the western gods did this repeatedly, until in the end they just gave up. Which was yet another example, because in the absence of its gods, Europe fell under the control of demonkind.]]


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* ParentalSexualitySquick: Poor Simone. In general, she doesn't like listening to her parental figures' frank talk about sex and tends to revert to a twelve-year-old when she hears it, even when she's well older than that. Given that one of her "uncles" is [[ReallyGetsAround the White Tiger]], she tends to have to cover her poor ears a lot.
1st Apr '17 3:04:48 AM Ramidel
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* TheChessmaster: The Demon King is probably the most skilled player in the cosmos.[[note]]The Jade Emperor doesn't count, being essentially omniscient.[[/note]] [[spoiler: He builds up a reputation as a scrupulously honest and AffablyEvil NobleDemon for millenia, while using false identities and traitors against himself to set up a plan to entrap his greatest adversary, then discards it all in one masterstroke that damages the Celestial enough to ''win him the war''.]]



* EvenEvilHasStandards: Even other demons are surprised at Simon Wong's complete lack of anything resembling honour or morals.

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* EvenEvilHasStandards: EvenEvilHasStandards:
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Even other demons are surprised at Simon Wong's complete lack of anything resembling honour or morals.



* WouldNotShootACivilian: Very early on, this seems to be a rule for demons - they won't attack mortals who aren't trained in Celestial martial arts, because there's no honor to be gained by killing them. The rule protects Emma until she and Leo first show off their skills in public, but the rule, like the rest of the "rules" for the conflict between angels and demons, goes the way of the dinosaur once the demons start playing for keeps.

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* WouldNotShootACivilian: Very early on, this seems to be a rule for demons - they won't attack mortals who aren't trained in Celestial martial arts, because there's no honor to be gained by killing them. The rule protects Emma until she and Leo first show off their skills in public, but the rule, like the rest of the "rules" for the conflict between angels gods and demons, it goes the way of the dinosaur once the demons start playing for keeps.
1st Apr '17 2:54:40 AM Ramidel
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* BlueAndOrangeMorality: Kwan Yin is the Lady of Mercy. Accordingly, she often ends up protecting demons knowing full well that they're going to turn around and go right back to hurting people. It's what she is. She also can't help Heaven when the Demon King declares war, because a Buddha doesn't get involved in wars.

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* BlueAndOrangeMorality: BlueAndOrangeMorality:
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Kwan Yin is the Lady of Mercy. Accordingly, she often ends up protecting demons knowing full well that they're going to turn around and go right back to hurting people. It's what she is. She also can't help Heaven when the Demon King declares war, because a Buddha doesn't get involved in wars.wars.
** "It's [being's] nature" is a common trend among gods. Being true to the Tao means being true to yourself, even if your nature leads to pretty dickish behavior. Sun Wukong is going to harass people and destroy things because he's Sun Wukong, Bai Hu can't help screwing a harem of pretty women, reptile gods don't make good parents, and Xuan Wu is chaos incarnate.
1st Apr '17 2:50:27 AM Ramidel
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* AllPowerfulBystander: Kwan Yin. As a Bodhisattva, she's of nearly incomprehensible power, and she's actually friendly to the protagonists. Also as a Bodhisattva, she doesn't get involved in wars or kill demons - the best she can do is heal John, and even that's over once Hell declares war. If the world falls to evil, she will merely retreat to the Second Platform and mourn.
5th Feb '17 9:22:40 AM Ramidel
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* RedshirtArmy: The various Celestial forces; the Red Warriors, White Horsemen and Dark Disciples among others. They're powerful martial artists, but once the Demon King starts unleashing his heavier demons, they are ''way'' out of their league. They're more effective (and have a higher survival rate) in support functions such as {{Magitek}} research.
5th Feb '17 9:13:23 AM Ramidel
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* WouldNotShootACivilian: Very early on, this seems to be a rule for demons - they won't attack mortals who aren't trained in Celestial martial arts, because there's no honor to be gained by killing them. The rule protects Emma until she and Leo first show off their skills in public, but the rule, like the rest of the "rules" for the conflict between angels and demons, goes the way of the dinosaur once the demons start playing for keeps.
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.]]
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