History Literature / JohannesCabalTheNecromancer

22nd Dec '17 4:25:33 PM TotemicHero
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Johannes Cabal, a necromancer of some little infamy, has [[VillainProtagonist never pretended to be a hero of any kind]]. There is, after all, little heroic about [[GraveRobbing robbing graves]], stealing [[TomeOfEldritchLore occult volumes]], and [[GoKartingWithBowser being on nodding terms with demons]].

His purpose, however, is [[WellIntentionedExtremist noble]]. His researches are all directed to raising the dead. Not as [[CameBackWrong monstrosities]] but as people, just as they were when they lived: physically, mentally, and spiritually. For such a prize, [[YouCantMakeAnOmelette some sacrifices are necessary]]. [[DealWithTheDevil One such sacrifice was his own soul]], but now he sees that was a mistake. He needs it for his research to have validity, you see-- the laws of science are just not properly sciency around TheSoulless. That he needs it to be himself is... Irrelevant. [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial Yes, definitely, irrelevant.]]

Unfortunately, his soul now rests within the festering bureaucracy of Hell. {{Satan}} may be cruel and capricious but, most dangerously, he is bored. It is Cabal's unhappy lot to provide him with amusement.

In short, a wager: in return for his own soul, Cabal must gather one hundred others. Placed in control of a [[CircusOfFear diabolical carnival]] - created to tempt to contentiousness, to blasphemy, argumentation and murder, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking but one may also win coconuts]] - and armed only with his intelligence, [[HandCannon a very large handgun]], and a total absence of whimsy, Cabal has one year.

''Johannes Cabal the Necromancer'' is the first in a series of novels centered around the eponymous protagonist. For the series-wide tropes, see ''Literature/JohannesCabal''.


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Johannes Cabal, a necromancer The first of some little infamy, has [[VillainProtagonist never pretended to be a hero of any kind]]. There is, after all, little heroic about [[GraveRobbing robbing graves]], stealing [[TomeOfEldritchLore occult volumes]], and [[GoKartingWithBowser being on nodding terms with demons]].

His purpose, however, is [[WellIntentionedExtremist noble]]. His researches are all directed to raising
the dead. Not as [[CameBackWrong monstrosities]] but as people, just as they were when they lived: physically, mentally, and spiritually. For such a prize, [[YouCantMakeAnOmelette some sacrifices are necessary]]. [[DealWithTheDevil One such sacrifice was his own soul]], but now he sees that was a mistake. He needs it for his research to have validity, you see-- the laws Literature/JohannesCabal series of science are just not properly sciency around TheSoulless. That he needs it to be himself is... Irrelevant. [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial Yes, definitely, irrelevant.]]

Unfortunately, his soul now rests within the festering bureaucracy of Hell. {{Satan}} may be cruel and capricious but, most dangerously, he is bored. It is Cabal's unhappy lot to provide him with amusement.

In short, a wager: in return for his own soul, Cabal must gather one hundred others. Placed in control of a [[CircusOfFear diabolical carnival]] - created to tempt to contentiousness, to blasphemy, argumentation and murder, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking but one may also win coconuts]] - and armed only with his intelligence, [[HandCannon a very large handgun]], and a total absence of whimsy, Cabal has one year.

fantasy novels, ''Johannes Cabal the Necromancer'' is the first in a series story of novels centered around the eponymous protagonist. For the series-wide tropes, see ''Literature/JohannesCabal''.

titular necromancer and his efforts to study magic. Unfortunately for Johannes, he sold his soul to Hell for power, and magic doesn't quite work as well without one.

In order to get his soul back, Johannes makes a new deal - to gather one hundred other souls within a year, aided by an evil carnival and armed only with his own wits and a big handgun. Hey, nobody said it would be easy...
21st Dec '17 10:18:24 AM Derkhan
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\n\n''Johannes Cabal the Necromancer'' is the first in a series of novels centered around the eponymous protagonist. For the series-wide tropes, see ''Literature/JohannesCabal''.

16th Sep '17 12:59:28 PM nombretomado
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* SignificantMonogram: Johannes shares his initials with [[JesusChrist another guy]] who used to resurrect people.

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* SignificantMonogram: Johannes shares his initials with [[JesusChrist [[UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}} another guy]] who used to resurrect people.
1st Sep '17 4:59:48 AM jormis29
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* EvilSorcerer: Cabal deals with Rufus Maleficarus, an example of a wizard who doesn't have stereotypical smarts: as Cabal put it, all the dark knowledge he learned took up space in his brain already used by his sanity. The result is a big man with wild hair and delusions of grandeur who, nonetheless, nearly brought about the apocalypse, was able to escape from a mental institution by using finger paint to summon a Hound of Tindalos, and transports Cabal into a pocket dimension.

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* EvilSorcerer: Cabal deals with Rufus Maleficarus, an example of a wizard who doesn't have stereotypical smarts: as Cabal put it, all the dark knowledge he learned took up space in his brain already used by his sanity. The result is a big man with wild hair and delusions of grandeur who, nonetheless, nearly brought about the apocalypse, was able to escape from a mental institution by using finger paint to summon a [[Literature/TheHoundsOfTindalos Hound of Tindalos, Tindalos]], and transports Cabal into a pocket dimension.



* {{Foreshadowing}}: Rufus Maleficarus is mentioned to escape (by using fingerpaint to summon a Hound of Tindalos) chapters before he appears.

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* {{Foreshadowing}}: Rufus Maleficarus is mentioned to escape (by using fingerpaint to summon a [[Literature/TheHoundsOfTindalos Hound of Tindalos) Tindalos]]) chapters before he appears.
13th Jun '17 3:49:18 PM dragonarya
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* HandCannon: The Webley .577 is an enormous revolver that Cabal carries and which he usually only draws when someone is about to die very soon.

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* HandCannon: The [[http://www.historicalfirearms.info/post/79594225987/webley-no1-the-webley-no1-was-one-of-a-number Webley .577 577]] is an enormous revolver that Cabal carries and which he usually only draws when someone is about to die very soon.
13th Jun '17 3:25:09 PM dragonarya
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* FreudianExcuse: Discussed and defied by Horst, who points out that Cabal can't write off all of his increasingly awful actions on the fact that Horst was the favored of the two.
19th Jan '17 4:15:53 AM Morgenthaler
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* ShoutOut: The "Loofah Lady" is a nod to Bram Stoker's "Bloofer Lady" in ''{{Literature/Dracula}}'', and The Rufus Maleficarus episode is an extended ShoutOut to the CthulhuMythos.

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The "Loofah Lady" is a nod to Bram Stoker's "Bloofer Lady" in ''{{Literature/Dracula}}'', and The Rufus Maleficarus episode is an extended ShoutOut to the CthulhuMythos.Franchise/CthulhuMythos.
4th Nov '16 7:58:21 AM dlchen145
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* {{Badass}}: Both Cabal brothers qualify, but Horst is the physical version-as a vampire he has the strength of ten men. Cabal is deadly because he's so straightforward-if he wants you dead, he'll be very sure about it.
9th Oct '16 7:28:06 PM ArthurEld
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* BadassNormal: Frank Barrow isn't afraid of Cabal in a fight (he very nearly gets Cabal to accidentally stab him when Cabal lunges at him with a switchblade) but is overmatched by the sinfully (literally) strong and powerful Layla, the Latex Lady. Cabal himself would almost count, but he's also kind of a wizard/magical scientist.

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* BadassNormal: Frank Barrow isn't afraid of Cabal in a fight (he very nearly gets Cabal to accidentally stab him himself when Cabal lunges at him with a switchblade) but is overmatched by the sinfully (literally) strong and powerful Layla, the Latex Lady. Cabal himself would almost count, but he's also kind of a wizard/magical scientist.



* BigBad: Whether it's Satan or Cabal depends on who you ask.

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* BigBad: Whether it's Satan or Cabal depends on who you ask.is the overarching villain of the novel.



* BodyHorror: Dennis and Denzil, as their bodies decay

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* BodyHorror: Dennis and Denzil, as their bodies decaydecay.



* {{Foreshadowing}}: Rufus Maleficarus is mentioned to escape (by using fingerpaint to summon a Hound of Tindalos chapters before he appears.

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* {{Foreshadowing}}: Rufus Maleficarus is mentioned to escape (by using fingerpaint to summon a Hound of Tindalos Tindalos) chapters before he appears.



* HeelRealization: Played with. Cabal knows he's not a hero and that what he does is evil, but he considers it necessary. [[spoiler: Until Horst's suicide shows him he's gone too far.]] Even this is ultimately subverted, as Cabal wriggles out of his deal anyway beating the Devil. Cabal's last words (made clear to the audience he says a name later) when he looks at his preserved love is that "It was all worthwhile." A combination of Horst's actions, Johannes', and getting his soul back softens him-very very mildly.

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* HeelRealization: Played with. Cabal knows he's not a hero and that what he does is evil, but he considers it necessary. [[spoiler: Until Horst's suicide shows him he's gone too far.]] Even this is ultimately subverted, as Cabal wriggles out of his deal anyway beating the Devil. Cabal's last words (made clear to the audience audience, he says a name later) when he looks at his preserved love is that "It was all worthwhile." A combination of Horst's actions, Johannes', and getting his soul back softens him-very very mildly.



%%* TheLegionsOfHell

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%%* TheLegionsOfHell* TheLegionsOfHell: This is explictly mentioned and used in the text to describe the vast kinds of demons in hell, from imps to demonic Generals to Satan himself.



%%* LovecraftLite

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%%* LovecraftLite* LovecraftLite: While cosmic horrors are implied to exist alongside Hell and Heaven, what is missing is the "humans are hopelessly insignificant" factor-Cabal proves that a quick mind and a brave heart can serve a human being well against all kinds of threats.



* 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.

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* NoKillLikeOverkill: There is a short digression early in the book that deals with a family called the Druins, and deatils details 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.



** Something Wicked This Way Comes is directly and indrectly referenced-the carnival of Discord is similar to one run by 'Cougar and Dark' but Satan mentions that one is wound up.

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** Something Wicked This Way Comes is directly and indrectly indirectly referenced-the carnival of Discord is similar to one run by 'Cougar and Dark' but Satan mentions that one is wound up.



* SuddenlyShouting: Cabal rarely yells, but he loses it during his last confrontation with Frank Barrow, after pleading with him about how important it is to reverse death, knowing Frank's a widower himself-his sudden rage makes the experienced detective jump a little.
-->'''Frank:''' We have to accept it.
-->'''Cabal:''' No we don't! No, I don't! Now sign damn you!"



%%* TheseAreThingsManWasNotMeantToKnow

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%%* TheseAreThingsManWasNotMeantToKnow* TheseAreThingsManWasNotMeantToKnow: The arcane magicks Rufus Maleficarus learned blew the sanity out of his mind, which Cabal treats as being somewhat common for those who delve too deep into magic.



* 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.
* TraumaCongaLine In the second to last chapter, Cabal abandons his last few morals, condemning another innocent person to hell, is then told that he will lose the wager anyway due to interference, and then [[spoiler: watches his brother kill himself simply, which is mostly his fault]], leaving him weeping and alone.

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* 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 croquet mallet in a single swing-it was a science experiment.
* TraumaCongaLine TraumaCongaLine: In the second to last chapter, Cabal abandons his last few morals, condemning another innocent person to hell, is then told that he will lose the wager anyway due to interference, and then [[spoiler: watches his brother kill himself simply, which is mostly his fault]], leaving him weeping and alone.
14th Sep '16 1:45:30 PM ArthurEld
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Johannes Cabal the Necromancer is the first novel written for JonathanLHoward's Johannes Cabal series. Before the novel, Howard has written several short stories in the Cabalverse. Johannes Cabal the Necromancer (2009) is followed by ''Literature/JohannesCabalTheDetective'' (2010), ''Literature/JohannesCabalAndTheFearInstitute'' (2011) and ''The Brothers Cabal'' (2014). A fifth installment, ''The Fall of the House of Cabal'', will be released in September 2016.

Howard has also written a character sheet for Cabal, [[http://wizards.com/DnD/Article.aspx?x=dnd/4dnd/20110311 available here]].


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Johannes Cabal the Necromancer is the first novel written for JonathanLHoward's Johannes Cabal series. Before the novel, Howard has written several short stories in the Cabalverse. Johannes Cabal the Necromancer (2009) is followed by ''Literature/JohannesCabalTheDetective'' (2010), ''Literature/JohannesCabalAndTheFearInstitute'' (2011) and ''The Brothers Cabal'' (2014). A fifth installment, ''The Fall of the House of Cabal'', will be released in September 2016.

Howard has also written a character sheet for Cabal, [[http://wizards.com/DnD/Article.aspx?x=dnd/4dnd/20110311 available here]].






* AllThereInTheManual: In addition to the novels Johnathan L. Howard has also written several short stories about Cabal. These short stories can be read as standalones, but provide readers of the novels extra insight into Cabal's character. (Good luck finding “Exeunt Demon King” and “Johannes Cabal and the Blustery Day” - they were published in a now-defunct magazine.) [[http://www.fantasy-magazine.com/new/new-fiction/the-house-of-gears/ The House of Gears,]] the latest Cabal short story is available online.
** Jonathan L. Howard also released a Dungeons and Dragons [[http://wizards.com/DnD/Article.aspx?x=dnd/4dnd/20110311 character sheet for Cabal.]] It includes a good amount of additional back-story and even includes ''floor plans'' of Cabal's house.
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