History Literature / DeathMasks

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]].
5th Jan '16 9:35:41 PM Zaptech
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* QuestionableConsent: Harry [[spoiler:has sex with a bound Susan while she is mad with vampiric hunger and desire and beyond any possible threshold for being able to give informed consent]].

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* QuestionableConsent: Zigzagged. Harry [[spoiler:has sex with a bound Susan while she is mad with vampiric hunger and desire and beyond any possible threshold for being able to give informed consent]].consent]]. At the same time, [[spoiler: Susan is extremely hungry for blood and Harry is trapped in the same room with her behind magical wards. She's extremely close to just outright killing him and drinking his blood, which will turn her into a full Red Court vampire, which she considers AFateWorseThanDeath. Harry resorts to using sex to wear out and calm Susan so she can regain control of herself]].
5th Jan '16 8:09:40 PM GeorgeT-SLC
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Not only does a vampire named Ortega wants 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 wants 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.
30th Dec '15 6:26:13 PM jormis29
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** They're after the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shroud_of_Turin Shroud of Turin]].

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** They're after the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shroud_of_Turin Shroud of Turin]].ShroudOfTurin.
24th Oct '15 12:38:32 PM Morgenthaler
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* GenreSavvy: This book reveals that after the events of ''Storm Front'' and ''Fool Moon'' when magical and supernatural forces threatened to destroy him and his business, Marcone has hired help from [=MonOc=] Securities to help guard his home and institutions.
19th Oct '15 1:11:20 AM Zefram
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* QuestionableConsent: Harry [[spoiler:has sex with Susan while she is mad with hunger and beyond any possible threshold for being able to give informed consent]].

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* QuestionableConsent: Harry [[spoiler:has sex with a bound Susan while she is mad with vampiric hunger and desire and beyond any possible threshold for being able to give informed consent]].
19th Oct '15 1:08:14 AM Zefram
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* QuestionableConsent: Harry has sex with Susan while she is mad with hunger and beyond any possible threshold for being able to give informed consent.

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* QuestionableConsent: Harry has [[spoiler:has sex with Susan while she is mad with hunger and beyond any possible threshold for being able to give informed consent.consent]].
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