History Literature / DeathMasks

17th Jul '16 2:30:05 AM Morgenthaler
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* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: Nicodemus is not only insulted by the idea of telling Harry his plans and vulnerabilities when he has the wizard on the ropes, he also keeps Harry in a completely inescapable position and wants to kill him by simply cutting his throat after breakfast. It takes a HeroicSacrifice by [[spoiler:Shiro, the Knight of Faith,]] to save Harry.
29th Jun '16 12:03:48 PM scionofgrace
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* CreepyChild: The Archive, or "Ivy" as Harry names her. The latest of a hereditary line of women whose daughters inherit perfect knowledge of everything that has been written down, in any form, anywhere...as well as all the accumulated memories of every other previous Archive. What makes her creepy is that all this was forced upon her prematurely; a new Archive usually takes on the position ''after'' puberty, but her mother was rendered incapable of being the Archive when Ivy was very young. Harry makes an effort to treat her like the little girl she is, and as a result she flipflops back-and-forth between being the Archive, which is creepy, and a normal child, which is ''even creepier''.

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* CreepyChild: The Archive, or "Ivy" as Harry names her. The latest of a hereditary line of women whose daughters inherit perfect knowledge of everything that has been written down, in any form, anywhere...as well as all the accumulated memories of every other previous Archive. What makes her creepy is that all this was forced upon her prematurely; a new Archive usually takes on the position ''after'' puberty, but her mother was rendered incapable of being the Archive when Ivy was very young. Harry makes an effort to treat her like the little girl she is, and as a result she flipflops back-and-forth flip-flops between being the Archive, which is creepy, and a normal child, which is ''even creepier''.



* DefiantToTheEnd[=/=]ShutUpHannibal: [[spoiler:After much deliberation about that trifecta Nicodemus put out, Harry refuses Nicodemus' offer with the quote "[l]ead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil." When Nicodemus asks if he's sure, he follows up with his usual eloquence: "Fuck off, Nick."]]

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* DefiantToTheEnd[=/=]ShutUpHannibal: [[spoiler:After much deliberation about that trifecta Nicodemus put out, [[spoiler:Wounded, exhausted, bound (physically & magically), hopeless, and then tempted beyond his wildest dreams, Harry refuses Nicodemus' offer with the quote "[l]ead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil." When Nicodemus asks if he's sure, he follows up with his usual eloquence: "Fuck off, Nick."]]



* FinalSpeech: [[spoiler:Shiro, dying from wounds received from his torture]] was able to call on enough strength to give one to his friends and give them help.

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* FinalSpeech: [[spoiler:Shiro, dying from wounds received from his torture]] was able to call on Following horrific torture, [[spoiler:Shiro]] had just enough strength to give one to his friends and give them help.one.



** Ortega does a very good job of pretending to be one, and even makes Harry think that he's responding to the crisis [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure far more reasonably]] than the [[ObstructiveBureaucrat White Council]] have been, but ultimately his problems with the war are purely pragmatic, and he's as much of a monster as any of the Red Court.

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** Ortega does a very good job of pretending to be one, and even makes Harry think that he's responding to the crisis [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure far more reasonably]] than the [[ObstructiveBureaucrat White Council]] have been, has, but ultimately his problems with the war are purely pragmatic, and he's as much of it's all a monster as any of the Red Court.front.



* ObstructiveCodeOfConduct: Bob reveals he works under one. Bob is a spirit of knowledge and logic. That is his domain. As such areas involving faith, such as the Shroud, are out side his jurisdiction because such items don't have a sound rational basis to them. To accept on faith is to accept a truth without an logic proving it. He is wary to tread into the faith domain for fear of angering angels, fallen or otherwise.

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* ObstructiveCodeOfConduct: Bob reveals he works under one. Bob is a spirit of knowledge and logic. That is his domain. As such such, areas involving faith, such faith (such as the Shroud, Shroud) are out side outside his jurisdiction because such items don't have a sound rational basis to them. To accept He's not keen on poking his nose into matters of faith is to accept a truth without an logic proving it. He is wary to tread into the faith domain for fear of angering angels, fallen or otherwise.



* ThePaladin: Besides Michael, Harry meets Shiro, who holds the Sword of Faith, and Sanya, who holds the Sword of Hope. Both are generally nice fellows but when [[spoiler:Harry was captured and Shiro rescued him, Harry was shocked by the level of lethal skill Shiro used to save him, and the timbre of his voice, not the soft, kind sound it was the night before but a cold, empowered tone, and eyes which looked upon Nicodemus without fear]].

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* ThePaladin: Besides Michael, Harry meets Shiro, who holds the Sword of Faith, and Sanya, who holds the Sword of Hope. Both are generally nice fellows but when [[spoiler:Harry was [[spoiler:Harry's captured and Shiro rescued shows up to rescue him, Harry was Harry's shocked by the level of Shiro's skill, lethal skill Shiro used to save him, efficiency, and utter fearlessness in the timbre face of his voice, not the soft, kind sound it was the night before but a cold, empowered tone, and eyes which looked upon Nicodemus without fear]].Fallen]].



* RetiredBadass: Father Forthill makes light mention of things he used to fight in his younger days.

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* RetiredBadass: Father Forthill makes light mention of casually mentions things he used to fight in his younger days.



* ThanksForTheMammary: Harry accidentally grabs hold of Anna Valmont's breast when she stumbles against him while getting out of bed. [[spoiler:The stumble was actually deliberately staged so she could pick his pocket.]]

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* ThanksForTheMammary: Harry accidentally grabs hold of Anna Valmont's breast when she stumbles against him while getting out of bed. [[spoiler:The stumble was actually done deliberately staged so she could pick his pocket.]]



** [[spoiler:Nicodemus should not have agreed to trade Harry for Shiro, despite how tempting Shiro was making himself. Nick knew if Harry got involved, it could lead to Nick's defeat. He had the message saying this waylaid. Nicodemus did and not only did Harry stop him, Harry realized the Judas Noose did not protect Nick from being strangled by it. Even the Denarians' "victory" in eliminating Shiro didn't accomplish much, as the old Knight was already dying and wouldn't have been a threat to them for long in any case]].

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** [[spoiler:Nicodemus should not have agreed to trade Harry for Shiro, despite how tempting Shiro was making himself. Nick Shiro. He knew if perfectly well that Harry got involved, it could lead to Nick's defeat. He had the message saying this waylaid. Nicodemus did and not screw up his plans. Not only did Harry stop him, Harry realized the Judas Noose did not protect Nick from being strangled by it. Even the Denarians' "victory" in eliminating Shiro didn't accomplish much, as the old Knight was already dying and wouldn't have been a threat to them for long in any case]].dying]].



* WellIntentionedExtremist: Marcone is revealed to be one [[spoiler:when Harry learns he had the Shroud stolen not for his own personal collection but to try and save the life of a woman currently in a coma]].

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* WellIntentionedExtremist: Marcone is revealed to be one [[spoiler:when Harry learns he had the Shroud stolen not for his own personal collection but to try and save the life of revive a woman currently in a coma]].



* YouSaidYouCouldntDance: Harry sweeps Susan off her feet as a means to get away from some Mooks. She quotes this trope — it turns out Harry moonlighted early in his career as a dance partner for a senior citizen organization. He told her he could not do rock-and-roll-type dancing, but ballroom is another matter.

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* YouSaidYouCouldntDance: Harry sweeps Susan off her feet as a means to get away from some Mooks. She quotes this trope — it turns out Harry moonlighted early in his career as a dance partner for a senior citizen citizens organization. He told her It's only rock that he could not do rock-and-roll-type dancing, but ballroom is another matter.can't dance to.
29th Jun '16 11:46:50 AM scionofgrace
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* ActuallyPrettyFunny: Michael and Sanya both find Harry's final gift to Cassius a funny one.

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* ActuallyPrettyFunny: Michael and Sanya both find can't help but laugh over Harry's final gift to Cassius a funny one.Cassius.



* AntiHero: Harry fully accepts this title, compared to the {{Ideal Hero}}es the Knights of the Cross represent. This is what allows him to smash both knees and ankles and come inches from killing [[spoiler:Cassius, a Denarian,]] who has "surrendered" knowing full well Michael and Sanya are obligated to not touch a hair on his head. [[spoiler:Even if they needed to get information on Nicodemus' final plan. Harry doesn't kill him in the end, and despite the injuries he gave him, Harry gives him a quarter for a phone booth to call for medical aid or possibly Nicodemus. Of course, the phone just happened to be on the other side of broken glass and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking pay phones need more than a quarter.]]]]

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* AntiHero: Harry fully accepts this title, compared to the {{Ideal Hero}}es the Knights of the Cross represent. This is what allows him to smash both knees and ankles and come inches from killing [[spoiler:Cassius, a Denarian,]] who has only "surrendered" knowing full well to prevent Michael and or Sanya are obligated to not touch from touching a single hair on his head. [[spoiler:Even if they needed just to get information on Nicodemus' final plan. Harry doesn't kill him in the end, and despite the injuries he gave him, Harry gives him a quarter for a phone booth to call for medical aid or possibly Nicodemus. Of course, the phone just happened to be on the other side of broken glass and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking pay phones need more than a quarter.]]]]



* ArtisticLicenseGeography: When Harry goes to Wrigley Field for the duel with Ortega, he describes the acres long parking lot outside it. Wrigley Field has no parking lot. This gets {{Lampshaded}} a few times in the RPG book.

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* ArtisticLicenseGeography: When Harry goes to Wrigley Field for the duel with Ortega, he describes the acres long huge parking lot outside it. Wrigley Field has no parking lot. This gets {{Lampshaded}} a few times in the RPG book.



* BerserkButton: Threatening Harry's friends and loved ones is a great way to piss him off. [[spoiler:During the duel and Ortega's AndYourLittleDogToo moment, it fills Harry with anger . . . and fortifies his will enough to start winning the duel.]]

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* BerserkButton: Threatening Harry's friends and loved ones is a great way to piss him off. [[spoiler:During the duel and Ortega's AndYourLittleDogToo moment, it fills Harry with anger . . . and fortifies his will Harry's fury is enough to start winning turn the tide of the duel.]]



** Ulsharavas, an oracle spirit, is described as such. While Ulsharavas is generally benign, it would be a bad idea to anger it. So be sure to follow the instructions on how best to summon the spirit right. [[spoiler:Harry was lucky Ulsharavas wasn't too upset about being summoned into a Cabbage Patch doll and not a fresh human corpse]].

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** Ulsharavas, an oracle spirit, is described as such. While Ulsharavas is generally benign, it would be a bad idea to anger it. So be sure to follow the instructions on how best to summon the spirit right. [[spoiler:Harry was lucky Ulsharavas wasn't too upset about being summoned into a Cabbage Patch doll and not rather than a fresh human corpse]].



* BigBadDuumvirate: Unlike all the other [[spoiler: Denarians]], Nicodemus and [[spoiler: his Fallen Angel Anduriel]] are more equal partners, [[spoiler: rather than either Nicodemus in control and the Fallen Angel acting as counsel or the Fallen Angel breaking his will and having full control over the body]].

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* BigBadDuumvirate: Unlike all the other [[spoiler: Denarians]], Nicodemus and [[spoiler: his Fallen Angel Anduriel]] are more equal partners, [[spoiler: rather than either Nicodemus in control and the Fallen Angel acting as counsel or the Fallen Angel breaking his will and having full control over the body]].



** When discussing just how bad things are going to get, Harry tells Murphy things will be worse than the Loup-garou from ''Fool Moon''.

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** When discussing just how bad things are going to get, Harry tells Murphy things will be worse than the Loup-garou loup-garou from ''Fool Moon''.



** Harry mentiones the chlorofiend's attack to Susan.
** Nicodemus mentiones almost every previous book reminding Harry's quite impressive killing record (three [[Literature/StormFront fellow]] [[Literature/GravePeril magicians]], [[Literature/GravePeril a Red Court's noble]] and [[Literature/SummerKnight a fairy queen]]).

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** Harry mentiones mentions the chlorofiend's attack to Susan.
** Nicodemus mentiones mentions almost every previous book reminding Harry's quite impressive killing record (three [[Literature/StormFront fellow]] [[Literature/GravePeril magicians]], [[Literature/GravePeril a Red Court's noble]] and [[Literature/SummerKnight a fairy queen]]).



* TheChooserOfTheOne: [[spoiler:Harry becomes said Chooser by receiving ''Fidelacchius'' from a dying Shiro, who told him to trust in his heart and he would know who Harry should give the sword to next.]]

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* TheChooserOfTheOne: [[spoiler:Harry becomes said Chooser by receiving ''Fidelacchius'' from a dying Shiro, who told charges him to trust in his heart and he would know who Harry should give with finding the sword next Knight to next.wield it.]]



* CoolOldGuy: Shiro, full stop. He's a Knight of the Cross (and the mere fact that he reached old age while fighting vampires, Denarians, dragons and likes qualifies, he also mentions having dueled to the death vampires and Denarians), who mentored at least one other knight. He also offers Harry really helpful advices and is the first seeing something through the Red Court war plans.
* CreepyChild: The Archive, or "Ivy" as Harry names her. The latest of a hereditary line of women whose daughters inherit perfect knowledge of everything that has been written down, in any form, anywhere...as well as all the accumulated memories of every other previous Archive. What makes her creepy is that all this was forced upon her prematurely; a new Archive usually takes on the position ''after'' puberty, but her mother was rendered incapable of being the Archive when Ivy was very young. Harry makes an effort to treat her like the little girl she is, and as a result she flipflops back-and-forth between being the Archive (and thus creepy) and a normal child, which even Kincaid believes is ''even creepier''.
* CurbStompBattle: Shiro holds that [[spoiler:the Red Court's initial war plan was essentially this. They wanted to break the White Council in a matter of months. To achieve that, they had been preparing for years but Harry's actions caused the war they wanted to come pass sooner than anticipated. The purpose of killing Harry in the duel is to sue for peace, and then in another twenty years launch a surprise attack once more.]]

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* CoolOldGuy: Shiro, full stop. He's a Knight of the Cross (and the mere fact that he reached who's managed to make it to old age while fighting vampires, Denarians, dragons and likes qualifies, he also mentions having dueled age, [[spoiler: is one of two knights to the death vampires and Denarians), who ever escape Nicodemus, has mentored at least one other knight. He also offers Harry really helpful advices knight, and is the first seeing something through person to suggest that the Red Court war plans.
planned the war.]]
* CreepyChild: The Archive, or "Ivy" as Harry names her. The latest of a hereditary line of women whose daughters inherit perfect knowledge of everything that has been written down, in any form, anywhere...as well as all the accumulated memories of every other previous Archive. What makes her creepy is that all this was forced upon her prematurely; a new Archive usually takes on the position ''after'' puberty, but her mother was rendered incapable of being the Archive when Ivy was very young. Harry makes an effort to treat her like the little girl she is, and as a result she flipflops back-and-forth between being the Archive (and thus creepy) Archive, which is creepy, and a normal child, which even Kincaid believes is ''even creepier''.
* CurbStompBattle: Shiro holds believes that [[spoiler:the Red Court's initial war plan was essentially this. They Court wanted to use the war to break the White Council in a matter of months. To achieve that, they had They'd been preparing planning it for years years, but Harry's actions caused the war they wanted to come pass sooner than anticipated. Harry kicked it off way too soon. The purpose of killing Harry in the duel is to sue for peace, and then in another twenty years launch a another surprise attack once more.attack.]]



* IAmNotLeftHanded: When the three Knights are fighting Ursiel, they hold back in an effort to try to get through to Rammussen and convince him to give up the coin and repent. When he refuses, Michael ends the fight immediately with a single stroke.

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* IAmNotLeftHanded: When the three Knights are fighting Ursiel, they hold back in an effort to try to get through to Rammussen Rasmussen and convince him to give up the coin and repent. When he refuses, Michael ends the fight immediately with a single stroke.



* KryptoniteFactor: Flowing water disrupts magical power. It is harder to toss a magical spell over water than dry land. Even standing in it is a deterrent to proper casting for a human mage. [[spoiler:For this reason, Nicodemus binds Harry under some dripping water so he couldn't pull out a spell and escape.]]

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* KryptoniteFactor: Flowing water disrupts magical power. It is harder to toss a magical spell over water than dry land. Even standing in it is a deterrent to proper casting for a human mage. [[spoiler:For this reason, [[spoiler:Thus Nicodemus binds ties Harry up under some dripping a stream of running water so he couldn't pull out a spell and escape.can't use magic.]]



* LetsGetDangerous: The moment this happens is unseen, but the difference between [[spoiler:the kindly grandfather-like Shiro and the cold, deadly warrior who killed two people in the blink of the eye when entering a room is staggering]].
* LittleMissBadass: The Archive, despite being a young child in body, is not one to mess with in a fight. She could easily kill Harry. [[spoiler:She used mordite, which kills at a touch, against some vampires who attack her near the end of the book.]]

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* LetsGetDangerous: The moment this happens is unseen, but the difference between [[spoiler:the kindly grandfather-like Shiro and the cold, deadly warrior who killed two people in the blink of the eye when entering a room is staggering]].
* LittleMissBadass: The Archive, despite being a young child in body, is not one to mess with in a fight. She could easily kill Harry.take Harry out. [[spoiler:She used mordite, which kills at a touch, against some vampires who attack her near the end of the book.]]
29th Jun '16 10:59:45 AM scionofgrace
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* ArtisticLicenseGeography: A rather infamous case for the series. When Harry goes to Wrigley Field for the duel with Ortega, he describes the acres long parking lot outside it. Wrigley Field has no parking lot. This gets {{Lampshaded}} a few times in the RPG book.

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* ArtisticLicenseGeography: A rather infamous case for the series. When Harry goes to Wrigley Field for the duel with Ortega, he describes the acres long parking lot outside it. Wrigley Field has no parking lot. This gets {{Lampshaded}} a few times in the RPG book.



* EstablishingCharacterMoment: The Archive, repository of human knowledge, introduces herself to Harry by means of setting off his ward candles to show she is a major power while a distance away. After discussing the terms of the duel with Harry, [[spoiler:she sees Mister, cries, "Kitty!" and goes to pet him]].

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* EstablishingCharacterMoment: The Archive, repository of human knowledge, introduces herself to Harry by means of setting off his ward candles to show she is a major power while a distance away. After discussing the terms of the duel with Harry, [[spoiler:she sees Mister, cries, cries "Kitty!" and goes to pet him]].
29th Jun '16 10:57:05 AM scionofgrace
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** Ulsharavas, an oracle spirit, is described as such. While Ulsharavas is generally a good being, it would be a bad idea to anger it. So be sure to follow the instructions on how best to summon the spirit right. [[spoiler:Harry was very lucky Ulsharavas wasn't too upset about being summoned into a Cabbage Patch doll and not a fresh human corpse]].
** Shiro is a kind, loving man. He would be the perfect babysitter and have no qualms helping Charity do the shopping. But when the Denarians are in town and he needs to draw his blade, the man becomes like his blade: sharp, cold, impassioned, dangerous, and not to be taken lightly. [[spoiler:There is a very good reason why Nicodemus would give up Harry to chance having both and saving his daughter isn't that reason]].

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** Ulsharavas, an oracle spirit, is described as such. While Ulsharavas is generally a good being, benign, it would be a bad idea to anger it. So be sure to follow the instructions on how best to summon the spirit right. [[spoiler:Harry was very lucky Ulsharavas wasn't too upset about being summoned into a Cabbage Patch doll and not a fresh human corpse]].
** Shiro is a kind, loving man. He would be the perfect babysitter and have had no qualms helping Charity do the shopping. But when the Denarians are in town and he needs to draw his blade, the man becomes like his blade: sharp, cold, impassioned, dangerous, and not to be taken lightly. [[spoiler:There is a very good reason why Nicodemus would give up Harry to chance having both and saving his daughter isn't that reason]].



* Big Bad Ensemble: Ortega comes to town to challenge Harry in a duel, in the meantime, he gets called in to recover the recently-stolen shroud of Turin, and that has many more players attached to it than Harry is comfortable with.

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* Big Bad Ensemble: Ortega comes to town to challenge Harry in a duel, in duel. In the meantime, he gets called in to recover the recently-stolen shroud of Turin, and that has many more players attached to it than Harry is comfortable with.



* DefiantToTheEnd[=/=]ShutUpHannibal: [[spoiler:After much deliberation about that trifecta Nicodemus put out, Harry refuses Nicodemus' offer with the quote "[l]ead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil." This is followed by Harry's usual eloquence for declarative statements, when Nicodemus asked if he was sure, "Fuck off, Nick."]]

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* DefiantToTheEnd[=/=]ShutUpHannibal: [[spoiler:After much deliberation about that trifecta Nicodemus put out, Harry refuses Nicodemus' offer with the quote "[l]ead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil." This is followed by Harry's usual eloquence for declarative statements, when When Nicodemus asked asks if he was he's sure, he follows up with his usual eloquence: "Fuck off, Nick."]]



* EstablishingCharacterMoment: The Archive, repository of human knowledge, introduces herself to Harry by means of setting off his ward candles to show she is a major power while a distance away. After discussing the terms of the duel with Harry, [[spoiler:she sees Mister and immediately screams, "Kitty" and goes to pet him]].

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* EstablishingCharacterMoment: The Archive, repository of human knowledge, introduces herself to Harry by means of setting off his ward candles to show she is a major power while a distance away. After discussing the terms of the duel with Harry, [[spoiler:she sees Mister and immediately screams, "Kitty" Mister, cries, "Kitty!" and goes to pet him]].



* LittleMissBadass: Harry understands quickly that the Archive, despite being a young child in body, is not one to mess with in a fight. She could kill him if it was needed. [[spoiler:She used mordite, ''Deathstone'', against some vampires who attack her near the end of the book.]]

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* LittleMissBadass: Harry understands quickly that the The Archive, despite being a young child in body, is not one to mess with in a fight. She could easily kill him if it was needed. Harry. [[spoiler:She used mordite, ''Deathstone'', which kills at a touch, against some vampires who attack her near the end of the book.]]



* NeverHeardThatOneBefore: [[spoiler: Dierdre, with her hair turning into opposable blades, notes "Madame Medusa" isn't exactly original]].

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* NeverHeardThatOneBefore: [[spoiler: Dierdre, with her whose hair turning morphs into opposable prehensile blades, notes "Madame Medusa" isn't exactly original]].



** Marcone, on the other hand, is one. And Harry knows it. Marcone may be an evil man running all crime in Chicago, but he does have a strong code of honor and feeling of responsibility. [[spoiler:Such as going out of his way to save Michael and Harry's lives when they were drowning in the river and then calling Murphy to tell her where they are, when he could have just walked away with the Shroud]].

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** Marcone, on the other hand, is one. And Harry knows it. Marcone may be an evil man running all crime in Chicago, but he does have a strong code of honor and feeling sense of responsibility. [[spoiler:Such as going out of his way to save Michael and Harry's lives when they were drowning in the river and then calling Murphy to tell her where they are, when he could have just walked away with the Shroud]].



** Ortega offers to turn Dresden into a vampire rather than kill him in a duel, claiming they are not so different. Dresden fishes until he establishes that Ortega preys on children and cites it as a difference.

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** Ortega offers to turn Dresden into a vampire rather than kill him in a duel, claiming they are not so different. Dresden fishes until he establishes that Ortega preys on children and cites it as a difference.proof that they aren't.



** Not stated, but when Harry finds out Marcone's secret he mentiones that he can't hate him anymore, since he isn't sure that, if he were him, he wouldn't make the exact same choices.

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** Not stated, but when Harry finds out Marcone's secret he mentiones mentions that he can't hate him anymore, since he isn't sure that, if he were him, he wouldn't make the exact same choices.



* ThePaladin: Besides Michael, Harry meets Shiro, who holds the Sword of Faith, and Sanya, who holds the Sword of Hope. Both are generally nice fellows but when [[spoiler:Harry was captured and Shiro rescued him, Harry was shocked by the level of lethal skill Shiro used to save him, and the timber of his voice, not the soft, kind sound it was the night before but a cold, empowered tone, and eyes which looked upon Nicodemus without fear]].

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* ThePaladin: Besides Michael, Harry meets Shiro, who holds the Sword of Faith, and Sanya, who holds the Sword of Hope. Both are generally nice fellows but when [[spoiler:Harry was captured and Shiro rescued him, Harry was shocked by the level of lethal skill Shiro used to save him, and the timber timbre of his voice, not the soft, kind sound it was the night before but a cold, empowered tone, and eyes which looked upon Nicodemus without fear]].



** One of the Denarians, Nicodemus Archleone, [[spoiler:wears the noose with which Judas hung himself,]] which makes him effectively impervious to harm [[spoiler:except from the noose itself]].

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** One of the Denarians, Nicodemus Archleone, [[spoiler:wears the noose with which Judas hung himself,]] which makes him effectively impervious impossible to harm kill [[spoiler:except from with the noose itself]].



* RetiredBadass: Father Forthill makes light mention of somethings he used to fight in his younger days.

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* RetiredBadass: Father Forthill makes light mention of somethings things he used to fight in his younger days.



** It is Shiro's honest belief that Harry [[spoiler:did not cause the war. It started because taking vengeance on the darkness that wounded her, yes, but Shiro notes the Red Court had been slowly preparing for the war for years. Harry messed with their plans kick-starting it a decade or two sooner than anticipated.]]
** Shiro also holds that Harry is [[spoiler:someone Nicodemus is scared of. To get Harry at odds with the Knights, he went to great expense to stop second half of an angelic prophecy which said "Should Harry seek the Shroud, he will die. If Harry does not seek the Shroud, the Knights will perish and so will the city." He even offers Harry a coin or die to try and stop him. In the end, Nicodemus was right to fear Harry as it was Harry, not any of the Knights, who pieced together the crucial data, knew where the Denarians would strike, call in favors with the Police to shut down plan A, and call in Marcone to help stop plan B. And in the end, Harry realized Nicodemus' noose may protect him from any harm, but it wouldn't protect Nicodemus from the noose itself being used to choke him.]]

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** It is Shiro's honest belief that Harry [[spoiler:did not cause the war. It started because taking vengeance on the darkness that wounded her, yes, Harry's rampage kicked it off, but Shiro notes the Red Court had been slowly preparing for the war for years. Harry messed with their plans kick-starting In fact, it started a decade or two sooner than anticipated.]]
** Shiro also holds that Harry is [[spoiler:someone Nicodemus is scared of. To get Harry at odds with the Knights, he went to great expense to stop second half of an angelic prophecy which said "Should Harry seek the Shroud, he will die. If Harry does not seek the Shroud, the Knights will perish and so will the city." prophecy. He even offers Harry a coin or die to try and stop him. In the end, Nicodemus was right to fear Harry as it was Harry, not any of the Knights, who pieced together the crucial data, knew where the Denarians would strike, call in favors with the Police to shut down plan A, and call in Marcone to help stop plan B. And in the end, Harry realized Nicodemus' noose may protect him from any harm, but it wouldn't protect Nicodemus from the noose itself being used to choke him.]]
26th Jun '16 9:26:36 PM nombretomado
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** Nicodemus mentiones almost every previous book reminding Harry's quite impressive killing record (three [[StormFront fellow]] [[GravePeril magicians]], [[GravePeril a Red Court's noble]] and [[SummerKnight a fairy queen]]).

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** Nicodemus mentiones almost every previous book reminding Harry's quite impressive killing record (three [[StormFront [[Literature/StormFront fellow]] [[GravePeril [[Literature/GravePeril magicians]], [[GravePeril [[Literature/GravePeril a Red Court's noble]] and [[SummerKnight [[Literature/SummerKnight a fairy queen]]).
4th May '16 9:20:44 PM Yozzy
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** Ortega promises Harry should he refuse to accept this duel, he will have his men and mortal assassins go after his friends, loved ones, and every living client.

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** Ortega [[AffablyEvil regretfully]] promises Harry Harry, should he refuse to accept this duel, he will have his men and mortal assassins go after his friends, loved ones, and every living client.client from the past five years.



* AntiHero: Harry fully accepts this title, compared to the {{Ideal Hero}}es the Knights of the Cross represent. This is what allows him to smash both knees and ankles and come inches from killing [[spoiler:Cassius, a Denarian,]] who has "surrendered" knowing full well Michael and Sanya would not touch a hair on his head. [[spoiler:Even if they needed to get information on Nicodemus' final plan. Harry doesn't kill him in the end, and despite the injuries he gave him, Harry gives him a quarter for a phone booth to call for medical aid or possibly Nicodemus. Of course, the phone just happened to be on the other side of broken glass and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking pay phones need more than a quarter.]]]]
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: Harry keeps a basket of anti-vampire and anti-fae items near his door, ready for use against anyone who comes knocking in an attempt to suck his blood, carry him off to fairyland, or sell him stale cookies.

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* AntiHero: Harry fully accepts this title, compared to the {{Ideal Hero}}es the Knights of the Cross represent. This is what allows him to smash both knees and ankles and come inches from killing [[spoiler:Cassius, a Denarian,]] who has "surrendered" knowing full well Michael and Sanya would are obligated to not touch a hair on his head. [[spoiler:Even if they needed to get information on Nicodemus' final plan. Harry doesn't kill him in the end, and despite the injuries he gave him, Harry gives him a quarter for a phone booth to call for medical aid or possibly Nicodemus. Of course, the phone just happened to be on the other side of broken glass and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking pay phones need more than a quarter.]]]]
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: Harry keeps a Harry, in narration, mentions basket next to his door he keeps full of anti-vampire and anti-fae items near his door, items, ready for use against anyone who comes knocking in an attempt to suck his blood, carry him off to fairyland, or sell him stale cookies.



* BigBadDuumvirate: [[spoiler:Unlike all the other Denarians, it is said Nicodemus and his Fallen Angel Anduriel are more equal partners rather than either Nicodemus in control and the Fallen Angel acting as counsel or the Fallen Angel breaking his will and having full control over the body.]]

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* BigBadDuumvirate: [[spoiler:Unlike Unlike all the other Denarians, it is said [[spoiler: Denarians]], Nicodemus and [[spoiler: his Fallen Angel Anduriel Anduriel]] are more equal partners partners, [[spoiler: rather than either Nicodemus in control and the Fallen Angel acting as counsel or the Fallen Angel breaking his will and having full control over the body.]]body]].
* Big Bad Ensemble: Ortega comes to town to challenge Harry in a duel, in the meantime, he gets called in to recover the recently-stolen shroud of Turin, and that has many more players attached to it than Harry is comfortable with.



* BloodMagic: The [[spoiler:plague curse]] used by the Denarians needs blood to activate it. [[spoiler:They want Harry's but Shiro's will work just fine.]]
* BodyguardingABadass: Kincaid has the look of a professional fighter and likely assassin about him. He is the bodyguard to the five year old Archive. Said Archive purposefully set off Harry's major warning systems in advanced to know to take her seriously [[spoiler:and later uses deathstone to effortlessly kill several Red Court vampires]].

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* BloodMagic: The [[spoiler:plague curse]] used by the Denarians [[spoiler: Denarians]] needs blood to activate it. [[spoiler:They want Harry's but Shiro's will work just fine.]]
* BodyguardingABadass: Kincaid has the look of a professional fighter and likely assassin about him. He is the bodyguard to the five seven year old Archive. Said Archive purposefully set off Harry's major warning systems in advanced to know advance, telling him to take her seriously [[spoiler:and later seriously. She's also an incredibly powerful wizard, and [[spoiler:later uses deathstone to effortlessly kill several Red Court vampires]].



* BreakingSpeech[=/=]YouAreBetterThanYouThinkYouAre[=/=]YouAreNotAlone: Nicodemus use these three tropes to craft terrifying trifecta attack on Harry, [[spoiler:attacking how he stays poor and alone to the point of martyrdom, how he could be so much richer and more powerful if he let go of some of his moral qualms, and how he is truly alone because in a hundred years all his mortal friends will be worm food and he will still be here. But he need not be alone as Nicodemus is offering him a chance to join, to become something more than what he could ever imagine he was capable of being. With what Nicodemus offers, he could discover what truly became of his parents and find any family he might still have in the world. All he need do is join.]]

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* BreakingSpeech[=/=]YouAreBetterThanYouThinkYouAre[=/=]YouAreNotAlone: Nicodemus use these three tropes to craft terrifying trifecta attack on Harry, [[spoiler:attacking how he stays poor and alone to the point of martyrdom, how he could be so much richer and more powerful if he let go of some of his moral qualms, and pointing out Harry's personal demons about how black magic has always held a certain appeal to the darker aspects of him. And how he is truly alone because in a hundred years all his mortal friends will be worm food and he will still be here. But he need not be alone as Nicodemus is offering him a chance to join, to become something more than what he could ever imagine he was capable of being. With what Nicodemus offers, he could discover what truly became of his parents and find any family he might still have in the world. All he need do is join.]]



** After [[spoiler:the dual was interrupted with Ortega being sniped by Martin]] Kincaid shows this trope [[spoiler:by gunning down Ortega's minions rushing the field and never missing a single shot.]]

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** After [[spoiler:the dual duel was interrupted with Ortega being sniped by Martin]] Martin]], Kincaid shows this trope [[spoiler:by gunning down Ortega's minions rushing the field and never missing a single shot.]]



* IronicEcho: "Damn, I'm good" is what Harry says when he gets hold of the stolen Shroud ... and also what the thief who gets the drop on him seconds later says, mockingly.

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* IronicEcho: "Damn, I'm good" is what Harry says thinks when he gets hold of the stolen Shroud ... and also what the thief who gets the drop on him says seconds later says, mockingly.later.



** Just as Harry is planning a HeroicSacrifice [[spoiler:to summon the demon Chauncey to gain knowledge of Nicodemus' plan, and as the demon has three fourths of Harry's True Name and would get the fourth here it is a sacrifice, Father Forthill's sleeves just happens to fall just right to reveal his old tattoo, giving Harry the inspiration and a new path that won't involve summoning the demon]].

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** Just as Harry is planning a potential HeroicSacrifice [[spoiler:to to summon the demon Chauncey to gain knowledge of Nicodemus' plan, and as the demon has three fourths of Harry's True Name and would get the fourth here it is a sacrifice, [[spoiler:Nicodemus' plan]], Father Forthill's sleeves Forthill[[spoiler:'s sleeve just happens to fall just right to reveal his old tattoo, giving tattoo]], the information attached gives Harry the inspiration and a new path that won't involve clue he needed to piece the situation together himself, rather than summoning the demon]].demon. As Chauncy has three fourths of Harry's True Name, and that would be...unhealthy for Harry if a high ranking demon or a rival practitioner ever asked Chauncy for it.



* NeverHeardThatOneBefore: Calling Dierdre, with her hair turning into opposable blades, "Madame Medusa" isn't exactly original.

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* NeverHeardThatOneBefore: Calling [[spoiler: Dierdre, with her hair turning into opposable blades, notes "Madame Medusa" isn't exactly original.original]].



** Ortega does a very good job of pretending to be one (and even makes Harry think that he's responding to the crisis [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure far more reasonably]] than the [[ObstructiveBureaucrat White Council]] have been,) but ultimately his problems with the war are purely pragmatic, and he's as much of a monster as any of the Red Court.

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** Ortega does a very good job of pretending to be one (and one, and even makes Harry think that he's responding to the crisis [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure far more reasonably]] than the [[ObstructiveBureaucrat White Council]] have been,) been, but ultimately his problems with the war are purely pragmatic, and he's as much of a monster as any of the Red Court.
8th Apr '16 7:33:15 PM jormis29
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[[TheOneWith The one with]] [[ArtifactOfDoom evil coins]].

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[[TheOneWith The one with]] [[ArtifactOfDoom evil evil]] [[ThirtyPiecesOfSilver coins]].
29th Mar '16 12:24:13 AM jormis29
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Not only does a vampire named Ortega want to duel Harry in a challenge that he says will end the war between wizards and vampires, but Harry’s semi-vampire girlfriend Susan has showed up again, and now Harry has been hired by a priest to find the stolen Shroud of Turin.

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Not only does a vampire named Ortega want to duel Harry in a challenge that he says will end the war between wizards and vampires, but Harry’s semi-vampire girlfriend Susan has showed up again, and now Harry has been hired by a priest to find the stolen Shroud of Turin.
ShroudOfTurin.
15th Feb '16 7:03:04 AM Mad_Spy
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* EstablishingCharacterMoment: The Archive, repository of human knowledge, introduces herself to Harry by means of setting off his ward candles to show she is a major power while a distance away. After discussing the terms of the dual with Harry, [[spoiler:she sees Mister and immediately screams, "Kitty" and goes to pet him]].

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* EstablishingCharacterMoment: The Archive, repository of human knowledge, introduces herself to Harry by means of setting off his ward candles to show she is a major power while a distance away. After discussing the terms of the dual duel with Harry, [[spoiler:she sees Mister and immediately screams, "Kitty" and goes to pet him]].
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