History Literature / IncarnationsOfImmortality

3rd Jul '16 9:16:39 PM Doug86
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** Also, some historical events are changed in-series, up to and including [[spoiler: Satan manipulating Chronos into preventing WorldWarII and the Holocaust]].

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** Also, some historical events are changed in-series, up to and including [[spoiler: Satan manipulating Chronos into preventing WorldWarII UsefulNotes/WorldWarII and the Holocaust]].



* BecauseYouWereNiceToMe: The reason Satan helps out JHVH [[spoiler: by taking down Adolf Hitler, in order to end the persecution of Jews in WorldWarII.]]

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* BecauseYouWereNiceToMe: The reason Satan helps out JHVH [[spoiler: by taking down Adolf Hitler, in order to end the persecution of Jews in WorldWarII.UsefulNotes/WorldWarII.]]
8th Jun '16 9:23:41 PM Ramidel
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* DeliberateValuesDissonance: The moral axis of the universe is dominated by a form of Christian morality laid down in the first century. [[SexIsEvil Sex Is Largely Evil]], bastards are born halfway-damned already by Original Sin, and suicide is seen as grave sin instead of a psychological problem. [[spoiler: The crux of Satan's plan is to get a new God who is as evil as possible by the old standards and has suffered terribly from them while being, in fact, of unimpeachably good character, because that's exactly the kind of woman who can help ''fix'' the world's moral mess.]]
8th Jun '16 9:10:29 PM Ramidel
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* GoodIsNotNice: Thanatos develops a bit of this by ''And Eternity''. It's the nature of his job as Death; he starts referring to children's deaths in callous, technical terminology, like a surgeon who's been in the business for a while.

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* GoodIsNotNice: GoodIsNotNice:
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Thanatos develops a bit of this by ''And Eternity''. It's the nature of his job as Death; he starts referring to children's deaths in callous, technical terminology, like a surgeon who's been in the business for a while.while.
** Lachesis is one of the premier [[TheChessmaster Chessmasters]] on the side of Good. She's responsible for wrecking Zane's life to the point where he contemplates suicide, because she needs him on the front line against Satan.



* 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 them AHellOfATime instead. Eventually he instigates a [[XanatosGambit 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.instead...only to [[{{Retcon}} learn that he's acting way outside of his authority]]. 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 them AHellOfATime instead. Eventually he instigates a [[XanatosGambit plan]] to get God replaced.


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** Also, at the end of the original book, Death changes the rules for infant souls born in bad situations to send them to Heaven. Later books establish that that is ''not'' within his competence.
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.
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