History Literature / JohannesCabalTheNecromancer

27th Aug '16 5:24:44 PM ArthurEld
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27th Aug '16 5:20:14 PM ArthurEld
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* {{Foreshadowing}}: Rufus Maleficarus is mentioned to escape (by using fingerpaint to summon a Hound of Tindalos chapters before he appears. Likewise, there's a list of escaped murderers, but this is a very minor case as the only shows up is barely even described-his name is even written wrong-which is {{Justified}} because by his unique...condition.

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* {{Foreshadowing}}: Rufus Maleficarus is mentioned to escape (by using fingerpaint to summon a Hound of Tindalos chapters before he appears.
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Likewise, there's a list of escaped murderers, but this is a very minor case as the only one who shows up is barely even described-his name is even written wrong-which is {{Justified}} because by his unique...condition.



* FunctionalMagic: Played with. Magic exists, but it's not particularly functional-Cabal points out its major drawback is a lack of practicality compared to science. Once he decides to take Rufus Maleficarus seriously, Cabal's revolver is more than a match for Rufus magic, which takes a long time to cast.

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* FunctionalMagic: Played with. Magic exists, but it's not particularly functional-Cabal points out its major drawback is a lack of practicality compared to science. Once he decides to take Rufus Maleficarus seriously, Cabal's revolver is more than a match for Rufus Rufus' magic, which takes a long time to cast.



* GirlInABox: Cabal's young love is kept in a semi-magic coffin filled with preseratives in order to keep her body stable until such time as he can restore her to full life.

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* GirlInABox: Cabal's young love is kept in a semi-magic coffin filled with preseratives preservatives in order to keep her body stable until such time as he can restore her to full life.



** Likewise, Satan is given little in the way of description-he us explicitly said to look "exactly as one imagines", meaning his appearance might be mutable. What is known for certain is that he's very, very large-he sits on a massive throne, his fingernails are the size of tombstones, and a drop of his blood is the size of a medicine ball.



* SerialKiller: Many of the prison escapees-Simpkins is the only one who gets a description and he kills people because that is the only way for people to notice him-even then it doesn't really work.

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* SerialKiller: Many of the prison escapees-Simpkins is the only one who gets a detailed description and he kills people because that is the only way for people to notice him-even then it doesn't really work.



** Faust, one of the most popular examples of deals with the devil, is mentioned-Satan calls losing one's soul after a set number of time from signing a deal with him "The Faust Clause."



** Satan mentions the work of Niccolo Paganini being one of his favorites-which is a joke, since Paganini has been known as "The Devil's Violinist."



* TranquilFury-played with in Cabal. He shows normal, shouting anger several times, but can also carry out violent acts driven by rage in a perfectly normal fashion. In the timeless pocket dimension, he cheerfully bashes a man to death with a croouet mallet in a single swing-it was a science experiment.

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* TranquilFury-played TranquilFury: Played with in Cabal. He shows normal, shouting anger several times, but can also carry out violent acts driven by rage in a perfectly normal fashion. In the timeless pocket dimension, he cheerfully bashes a man to death with a croouet mallet in a single swing-it was a science experiment.
24th Aug '16 12:08:19 PM ArthurEld
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%%* AmbiguouslyEvil: Cabal
%%* BackFromTheDead

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%%* AmbiguouslyEvil: Cabal
%%* BackFromTheDead
* AlternateHistory: The story is fairly grounded in the real world, aside from the more or less public knowledge of magic and its like-Cabal's world has Satan, and God, and Cthulu, and vampires, and the Fey, and many other forms of supernatural entities.
* AnachronismStew: There are various hints as to when the story might take place, but its hard to pin down-twentieth century for sure, but any dates given are written as '19--'. There are allusions to a past war that was probably World War 1, but Satan makes pop culture references as late as 1960 (Satan may be a special case). The Inter-War period is probably the best guess.


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* NoKillLikeOverkill: There is a short digression early in the book that deals with a family called the Druins, and deatils how one of them became a vampire but the others tried to kill her (partly for family money, partly because they were all crazy), but she always came back-being a vampire. Until one day she has an accident with a steamroller and a large amount of gelignite. This is ultimately subverted, as even this fails to truly kill the vampire.
23rd Aug '16 10:59:14 AM ArthurEld
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* InvisibleToNormals: Only special people-those who tend to have impressive will (like Cabal and Barrow) can see Mr. Simpkons. He's not a mystic creature himself-but he's a man so painfully banal that people just don't notice him except when he's showing strong emotions-which is rare. This is PlayedForLaughs and used for BlackComedy as Simpkons killed roughly fifty people to get them to notice him-but they never did.


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** Played for laughs with a young boy who enters the carnival and narrates his own story-he's not scared of hardly anything they throw at him, (telling the monster under the bed that he actually sleeps in a bunkbed above his brother who is much scarier than the monster) and only gets frightened by Horst's anger towards the monsters and the thought of being yelled at.


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** Cabal takes in a bunch of escaped murderers, letting them hide from the law aboard the train-provided they sign a contract, of course and knowing their shelter will only last a year.


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** Alfred Simpkons is an unrepentant killer but he ends up saving Barrow because he really wants to[[TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou kill Barrow himself]]. After he saves him, he can't bring himself to kill him because it seems childish-he then gives up murder and says its easier than quitting smoking.


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* WouldHurtAChild: The carnival's constructs are about to get a young boy to sign his soul over (in a sequence that manages to be both very funny and tense) when Horst makes a [[ThereWasADoor wall-breaking entrance]] and promptly informs them "NO CHILDREN.".
** Johannes falls into this indirectly-he'd probably never hurt a child, but he didn't tell the various monsters not to take children's souls, either. He also tricks a woman into poisoning her baby (non-fatally, but no one knows that but him) in order to get the mother to sign away her soul.
23rd Aug '16 10:48:10 AM ArthurEld
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* BondOneLiner: In a sense-Cabal shoots Bones in the head when the carnival decides to go nuts in their last minute of existence(and given the size of the bullet, his head more or less explodes), with Bones making a pathetic and insulting attempt to tell the rest of the carnival to stop at Cabal's orders. Cabal then says to no one in particular "I will not be mocked."

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* BondOneLiner: In a sense-Cabal shoots Bones in the head when the carnival decides to go nuts in their last minute of existence(and given the size of the bullet, his head more or less explodes), with Bones making a pathetic and insulting attempt to tell the rest of the carnival to stop at Cabal's orders. Cabal then says to no one in particular "I will not ''not'' be mocked."



* {{Foreshadowing}}: Rufus Maleficarus is mentioned to escape (by using fingerpaint to summon a Hound of Tindalos chapters before he appears. Likewise, there's a list of escaped murderers, but this is a very minor case as the only shows up is barely even described-his name is even written wrong-which is {{Justified}} because by his unique...condition.



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%%* GrotesqueGallery* GrotesqueGallery: Cabal's carnival contains a freak show with a giant stone-headed man, The Dalmatian Boy, Layla the Latex Lady, and others.



%%* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold: Leonie Barrow



%%* IncorruptiblePurePureness: Leonie Barrow



* IWishedYouWereDead: Horst and Cabal alternate with this for each other.

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* IWishedYouWereDead: Horst and Cabal alternate with this for each other.other-Cabal never wanted his brother to die, but did hate him, while Horst believes his actions will lead very quickly to Cabal's death at the end of the book.



* OurVampiresAreDifferent: [[spoiler:Horst]] has both proven and debunked many of myths: sunlight kills him, but he doesn't need the coffin. Vampirism is spread via the mixing of blood and not the bite. He still has a reflection.

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* OurVampiresAreDifferent: [[spoiler:Horst]] Horst has both proven and debunked many of myths: sunlight kills him, but he doesn't need the coffin. Vampirism is spread via the mixing of blood and not the bite. He still has a reflection.reflection, along with various super-powers: strength, speed, hypnotism, toughness, and blood-fueled healing.



* PayEvilUntoEvil: Cabal does this to Trubshaw and Ratuth Slabuth.

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* PayEvilUntoEvil: Cabal does this to Trubshaw (throwing him out to his public-who hate him) and Ratuth Slabuth.Slabuth (by besmirching his good name and indirectly leading to him being demoted to Corporal).



** When discussing matters with Frank Barrow, ex-detective, Horst calls him Poirot.
** While not directly referenced, the two obvious influences for the story are ''Literature/SomethingWickedThisWayComes'' and the legend of {{Faust}}.

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** When discussing matters with Frank Barrow, ex-detective, Horst calls him Poirot.
Hercule.
** While not Something Wicked This Way Comes is directly referenced, and indrectly referenced-the carnival of Discord is similar to one run by 'Cougar and Dark' but Satan mentions that one is wound up.
** Another demonic carnival mentioned is
the two obvious influences for soon to be franchised is Dr. Diablo's Torture Garden. Satan seems especially proud of this one, which may having something to do with the story are ''Literature/SomethingWickedThisWayComes'' movie's villain claiming to be the Devil.
** There is a reference to "The Statement of Randolph Carter", a Lovecraft story, when Cabal finds a semi-open tomb with an old hand-held phone set next to it.
** At one point, Satan is reading The Satanist,
and says its doing a bad job of getting people not to worship him, making it sound fun.
** Satan name-drops The Girl from Ipanema and his secretary mentions
the legend of {{Faust}}. song Spanish Eyes, with Satan implying the first one might be his doing.


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** Satan mentions listening to opera at one point.
* WrongGenreSavvy: Bones is quick to dismiss Cabal's chances of winning his wager (most everyone does) by pointing out that only people in stories get the best of Satan. The common thought is that Cabal is to star in yet another tragic Faustian tale ending with his death and damnation but as Cabal points out just because something's never been done before doesn't mean it can't be done.
* XanatosGambit: Satan's wager is this-if Cabal wins, Satan gets 100 souls (and he'll have corrupted Cabal in the process), and if Satan wins, he gets to kill Cabal. While Cabal is able to get the best of Satan, its a very minor victim and Satan even taunts him by saying he'd give him his soul back anyway-saying its too tawdry to keep.
23rd Aug '16 9:01:55 AM ArthurEld
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%%* CameBackWrong: Dennis and Denzil

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%%* * CameBackWrong: Dennis and DenzilDenzil-this seems to be part and parcel of how necromancy works in the series-Cabal has had nothing but failed attempts to truly resurrect someone as they were before death, with mind body and soul intact. Shambling zombies and skeletons seem to be all one can hope for.



%%* DidYouJustScamCthulhu

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%%* DidYouJustScamCthulhu* DidYouJustScamCthulhu: Cabal is able to outsmart Satan in the end, granting him 97 souls but not the two he really wanted, and get his own soul back in the process.



* TheDragon: Ratuth Slabuth to Satan

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* TheDragon: Ratuth Slabuth to SatanSatan-although Satan hardly needs him due to lack of ability.



* LastNameBasis: Johannes Cabal is most often simply known as 'Cabal,' while Horst Cabal goes by his first name.

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* LastNameBasis: Johannes Cabal is most often simply known as 'Cabal,' 'Mr. Cabal,' or 'Cabal.' while Horst Cabal goes by his first name.name.
** This is averted by Satan, who calls Johannes by his first name or by his full name-never just Cabal, and certainly wouldn't grant him the meager respect even of 'Mr.'
22nd Aug '16 4:00:03 PM ArthurEld
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* AloofBigBrother: Horst Cabal, Johannes's older brother. Or at least, Johannes considers him aloof. Horst would be perfectly happy to be friends with Johannes if he were capable of acting like a normal person instead of an uptight {{Jerkass}}.

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* AloofBigBrother: Horst Cabal, Johannes's older brother. Or at least, Inverted-Horst likes Johannes considers him aloof. Horst would be perfectly happy to be friends with well enough, though they're not particularly close, while Johannes if admits that he were capable of acting like a normal person instead of an uptight {{Jerkass}}.used to hate Horst for being the favorite.
22nd Aug '16 3:58:33 PM ArthurEld
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* BadassBookworm: Cabal does not appear overly dangerous-archialy dressed, and definitely not a nice man at first glance, but not deadly and he prefers to use his brain to solve his problems. But in addition to being a scientist, he's deeply practical-when two dim-witted highwayman try to rob him he draws his enormous revolver and shoots them both dead.

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* BadassBookworm: Cabal does not appear overly dangerous-archialy dangerous-archaically dressed, and definitely not a nice man at first glance, but not deadly and he prefers to use his brain to solve his problems. But in addition to being a scientist, he's deeply practical-when two dim-witted highwayman try to rob him he draws his enormous revolver and shoots them both dead.



* WhatASenselessWasteOfHumanLife: While Cabal has no problem with committing violent acts of murder, he does not like to.

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* WhatASenselessWasteOfHumanLife: While Cabal has no problem with committing violent acts of murder, he does not like to. He makes an exception for Denzil and Dennis cause they're just so stupid.



%%* WickedCultured: Both of the Cabal brothers.

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%%* * WickedCultured: Both of the Cabal brothers.brothers-Horst has more actual culture (being a people person) than Cabal, but isn't nearly as wicked, while Cabal has no scruples but is very well-educated.
22nd Aug '16 3:54:48 PM ArthurEld
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* {{Determinator}}: Cabal is utterly obsessed with his goal of curing death and would do anything to achieve it. He withstands evil wizards, a pocket dimension that nearly drives him mad, interference from demons, cunning ex-detectives and stares down Satan in his throne room with nary a hint of fear. This is somewhat [[{{Deconstruction}} Deconstructed]] as Cabal's refusal to quit means he leaves chaos in his wake.
22nd Aug '16 3:48:30 PM ArthurEld
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* BondOneLiner: In a sense-Cabal shoots Bones in the head when the carnival decides to go nuts in their last minute of existence(and given the size of the bullet, his head more or less explodes), with Bones making a pathetic and insulting attempt to tell the rest of the carnival to stop at Cabal's orders. Cabal then says to no one in particular "I will not be mocked."



* CelestialBureaucracy: The novel's portrayal of Hell.

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* CelestialBureaucracy: The novel's portrayal of Hell.Hell-Satan has a secretary to help him with the files, and is depicted as a sort of evil executive more than anything else.



* DarkAndTroubledPast: Its never explained in any clear length, but its implied that Cabal is trying to bring his lost love back from death.

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* DarkAndTroubledPast: Its never explained in any clear length, but its implied that Cabal is trying to bring his lost love back from death. Its also mentioned that the Cabals' parents are dead.
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