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4th May '16 7:49:15 PM Ingonyama
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* AuthorAppeal: Piers Anthony has been vocal in the past about his belief that sex between adults and minors isn't really as bad as it's made out to be. This is showcased in ''...And Eternity'' when Vita, a fifteen-year-old prostitute, falls in love with a judge in his fifties and they end up in a sexual relationship. It also appears in the description of the tannana in ''Being A Green Mother'', with girls as young as six performing it and Orlene musing that she can understand why many Gypsy girls are sexually active before puberty even sets in.

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* AuthorAppeal: Piers Anthony has been vocal in the past about his belief that sex between adults and minors isn't really as bad as it's made out to be. This is showcased in ''...And Eternity'' when Vita, a fifteen-year-old prostitute, falls in love with a judge in his fifties and they end up in a sexual relationship. It also appears in the description of the tannana tanana in ''Being A Green Mother'', with girls as young as six performing it and Orlene musing that she can understand why many Gypsy girls are sexually active before puberty even sets in.



* HistoricalRapSheet: Satan engineered the Black Plague by tricking Gaia. He later regretted how far it went, and the experience taught him his responsibility as the [[GodJob Incarnation of Evil]]. Inverted later as he tricks Chronos into averting the Holocaust and World War II as a favor to [=JHVH=] though this costs him his friendship with subsequent Incarnations of Time who till then were the only ones friendly to him.

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* HistoricalRapSheet: Satan engineered the Black Plague by tricking Gaia.Gaea. He later regretted how far it went, and the experience taught him his responsibility as the [[GodJob Incarnation of Evil]]. Inverted later as he tricks Chronos into averting the Holocaust and World War II as a favor to [=JHVH=] though this costs him his friendship with subsequent Incarnations of Time who till then were the only ones friendly to him.



** The Incarnation Of Death, of course. The first book lampshades it with it's title being a paraphrase of the bible: Death rides ''On a Pale Horse''.

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** The Incarnation Of Death, of course. The first book lampshades it with it's its title being a paraphrase of the bible: Bible: Death rides ''On a Pale Horse''.



* MerlinSickness: Chronos. Understandbly, this gets pretty confusing for other characters. In one scene in ''For Love of Evil'', Satan goes to visit Chronos for advice and finds that the new Chronos doesn't like him. When the new Chronos rails on Satan for his various atrocities, Satan has no clue what he's talking about.

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* MerlinSickness: Chronos. Understandbly, Understandably, this gets pretty confusing for other characters. In one scene in ''For Love of Evil'', Satan goes to visit Chronos for advice and finds that the new Chronos doesn't like him. When the new Chronos rails on Satan for his various atrocities, Satan has no clue what he's talking about.



* ReroutedFromHeaven: The system for processing souls is rather messed up, due to God slacking off. Zane, the new Death, is unsatisfied with babies going to Purgatory, and manages to get the system adjusted to send them to Heaven instead. Later on, when Parry takes over running hell in ''For Love Of Evil'', he realizes a large portion of souls arriving there don't deserve it, and tries to show the AHellOfATime instead. Eventually he instigates a {{Plan}} to get God replaced.

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* ReroutedFromHeaven: The system for processing souls is rather messed up, due to God slacking off. Zane, the new Death, is unsatisfied with babies going to Purgatory, and manages to get the system adjusted to send them to Heaven instead. Later on, when Parry takes over running hell in ''For Love Of Evil'', he realizes a large portion of souls arriving there don't deserve it, and tries to show the them AHellOfATime instead. Eventually he instigates a {{Plan}} [[XanatosGambit plan]] to get God replaced.



* {{Retcon}}: Satan in the first four books appeared to be pure, irredeemable evil. In the fifth book, he gets cast more sympathetically, and after that he's a NecessarilyEvil [[PunchClockVillain Punch Clock]] AntiVillain.

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* {{Retcon}}: Satan in the first four books appeared to be pure, irredeemable evil. In the fifth book, he gets cast more sympathetically, and after that he's a NecessarilyEvil [[PunchClockVillain Punch Clock]] AntiVillain. Re-reading the series later thus has some interesting effects, particularly in how the later characterization makes scenes common to all the books look when the reader sees them again from the Incarnations' perspectives.



** On the other hand, atheists ''[[CessationOfExistence disintegrate]]''. But that's what they're expecting, they don't consider it any kind of punishment or bad thing.

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** On the other hand, atheists ''[[CessationOfExistence disintegrate]]''. But that's what they're expecting, so they don't consider it any kind of punishment or bad thing.



* StrictlyFormula: The first five books, to a lesser extent the sixth, follow rather linear path: We are introduced to the soon-to-be-incarnation, who because of some issue related to someone they are in love with, becomes an incarnation (often because they cannot be with the one they love). The new incarnation gets the run down of their office and the office's supporting cast. Meets the other incarnations and Satan. Uncovers Satan's scheme, and narrowly averts it, usually by learning the full extend of their duty as in incarnation usually using it as a bluff or threat against Satan (Death threatens to kill Satan, War threatens to start the end of days before Satan can win, Fate threatens to cut the strands of fate of all of Satan's minions).

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* StrictlyFormula: The first five books, and to a lesser extent the sixth, follow a rather linear path: We are introduced to the soon-to-be-incarnation, who because of some issue related to someone they are in love with, becomes an incarnation (often because they cannot be with the one they love). The new incarnation gets the run down of their office and the office's supporting cast. Meets the other incarnations Incarnations and Satan. Uncovers Satan's scheme, and narrowly averts it, usually by learning the full extend extent of their duty as in incarnation an Incarnation, usually using it as a bluff or threat against Satan (Death threatens to kill Satan, War threatens to start the end of days before Satan can win, Fate threatens to cut the strands of fate of all of Satan's minions).
19th Mar '16 10:16:34 PM Seanette
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* SinsOfOurFathers: It turns out the malady in Gawain's family which eventually dooms Orlene's baby came about thanks to [[KingArthur the original Gawain]] [[SexIsEvil giving in to temptation with Kerena]] and thus failing to be pure enough to obtain the Holy Grail.

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* SinsOfOurFathers: It turns out the malady in Gawain's family which eventually dooms Orlene's baby came about thanks to [[KingArthur the original Gawain]] [[SexIsEvil giving in to temptation with Kerena]] and thus failing to be pure enough to obtain the Holy Grail. Her conversion to vampirism while pregnant doesn't help their child much, either.
9th Feb '16 6:12:52 AM LupineMoon
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* IdiotBall: When Orb sings the "Song of Chaos" despite being warned not to.
18th Dec '15 9:08:32 PM NOYB
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* ArtisticLicenseReligion: In ''Wielding a Red Sword'', Mym says that the closest equivalent to Satan in Hindu terms would be Shiva. In actuality, while Shiva is "the Destroyer", he is also a beloved and heroic deity revered by all Hindus. He's the destroyer ''of evil'', the guy who kills demons, and thus could hardly be more opposite to the traditionally held image of Satan (As to Satan himself in this series...[[NecessaryEvil it's complicated]]).

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* ArtisticLicenseReligion: In ''Wielding a Red Sword'', Mym says that the closest equivalent to Satan in Hindu terms would be Shiva. In actuality, while Shiva is "the Destroyer", he is also a beloved and heroic deity revered by all Hindus. He's the destroyer ''of evil'', the guy who kills demons, and thus could hardly be more opposite to the traditionally held traditionally-held image of Satan (As to Satan himself in this series...[[NecessaryEvil it's complicated]]).
15th Dec '15 3:04:34 PM Morgenthaler
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* EscapedFromHell: When Satan tricks Mym, the Incarnation of War, into Hell to keep him out of the way while he enacts his plans, Mym successfully leads a revolt.
23rd Nov '15 6:20:10 AM DragonQuestZ
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* BreastAttack: Through electrocution.

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* BreastAttack: Through electrocution.Luna is tortured by Satan's minions giving her electric shocks right against her breasts.
11th Oct '15 5:36:54 PM nombretomado
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'''Incarnations of Immortality''' is an eight-book fantasy series by PiersAnthony. It tells the story of [[GodJob mortals who assume various immortal offices]], becoming the AnthropomorphicPersonification of varying concepts. The first five books deal with that person's life as he or she assumes the office, as well as his or her first encounter with {{Satan}}, who attempts to use their lack of experience to his own advantage. The series was originally conceived as being only five books long, but by popular demand the author wrote three more. The sixth book tells the story of Satan, and offers a PerspectiveFlip on some of the events of the previous books. The seventh book deals with a reoccurring character trying to save her baby's soul, and in turn, becoming the Incarnation of good (God). The last book deals with how Nox, aka Night, assumed her Office and became heavily involved in Satan's XanatosGambit (explaining some plot from prior books along the way). By the end of the series, all of the Incarnations are related to one another somehow.

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'''Incarnations of Immortality''' is an eight-book fantasy series by PiersAnthony.Creator/PiersAnthony. It tells the story of [[GodJob mortals who assume various immortal offices]], becoming the AnthropomorphicPersonification of varying concepts. The first five books deal with that person's life as he or she assumes the office, as well as his or her first encounter with {{Satan}}, who attempts to use their lack of experience to his own advantage. The series was originally conceived as being only five books long, but by popular demand the author wrote three more. The sixth book tells the story of Satan, and offers a PerspectiveFlip on some of the events of the previous books. The seventh book deals with a reoccurring character trying to save her baby's soul, and in turn, becoming the Incarnation of good (God). The last book deals with how Nox, aka Night, assumed her Office and became heavily involved in Satan's XanatosGambit (explaining some plot from prior books along the way). By the end of the series, all of the Incarnations are related to one another somehow.
21st Aug '15 2:32:04 PM Eagal
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* LoopholeAbuse: (Spoilers for the end of ''...And Eternity'') [[spoiler:AintNoRule that says a ghost can't hold office as an Incarnation. The rule only limits eligibility to those who remain in the mortal realm, which includes the ghosts.]]

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* LoopholeAbuse: (Spoilers for the end of ''...And Eternity'') [[spoiler:AintNoRule that says a LoopholeAbuse: A ghost is installed in the position of [[spoiler: Incarnation of Good, as there's no actual rule specifying it can't hold office as an Incarnation.be done. The rule only limits eligibility to those who remain in the mortal realm, which includes the ghosts.]]



* LoveRedeems: [[spoiler: After falling in love with Orb, Satan [[strike: tries to resign his position]] kills himself, thereby abdicating the Office of Evil. It doesn't stick, because everyone prefers Satan to his replacement and the Incarnations fish him out of his cell.]]
* LouisCypher: [[spoiler: Natasha - Ah Satan, Backwards]]
* MagicFeather: [[spoiler: All the Incarnations' implements function more or less like this. They're symbolic of the Incarnations' power, but mostly act as tools of visualization and control; Death doesn't need his cloak for invulnerability, and Gaea and Satan use their music as an easy focus for their techniques. The only apparent exceptions are the skeins of fate, and possibly the Hourglass.]]
* MagicMusic: The Llano, a song that can do strange things. Nature and Satan use it.

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* LoveRedeems: [[spoiler: After falling in love with [[spoiler: Orb, Satan [[strike: tries to resign his position]] kills himself, thereby abdicating the Office of Evil. It doesn't stick, because everyone prefers Satan to his replacement and the Incarnations fish him out of his cell.]]
* LouisCypher: Natasha - [[spoiler: Natasha - Ah Satan, Backwards]]
* MagicFeather: [[spoiler: All the Incarnations' implements function more or less like this. They're symbolic of the Incarnations' power, but mostly act as tools of visualization and control; Death doesn't need his cloak for invulnerability, and Gaea and Satan use their music as an easy focus for their techniques. The only apparent exceptions are the skeins of fate, and possibly the Hourglass.]]
Hourglass of time.
* MagicMusic: MagicMusic:
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The Llano, a song that can do strange things. Nature and Satan use it.
21st Aug '15 2:25:56 PM Eagal
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* GIFT: Possibly predicted in an older form, and alluded to, in ''Bearing an Hourglass'', when Chronos encounters a wall covered in graffiti, and muses that perhaps, in a perfectly free society, people do behave badly. He concludes that both the best and worst in society are equally necessary.

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* GIFT: {{GIFT}}: Possibly predicted in an older form, and alluded to, in ''Bearing an Hourglass'', when Chronos encounters a wall covered in graffiti, and muses that perhaps, in a perfectly free society, people do behave badly. He concludes that both the best and worst in society are equally necessary.
21st Aug '15 2:23:01 PM Eagal
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** BullyingADragon: His retaliation against Gaea turns out to be hitting Europe with ''the Black Death'' [[SinsOfOurFathers after she retires and is replaced with an inexperienced successor]], which ends up nuking most of Europe and teaching Satan a lesson in uncontrolled revenge.



* BullyingADragon: Satan's retaliation against Gaea turns out to be hitting Europe with ''the Black Death'' [[SinsOfOurFathers after she retires and is replaced with an inexperienced successor]], which ends up nuking most of Europe and teaching Satan a lesson in uncontrolled revenge.



* SequelGap: ''Under a Velvet Cloak'' was published seventeen years after the previous book.
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