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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.
10th Sep '16 10:21:14 PM WillBGood
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* GodAndSatanAreBothJerks: Cabal concludes that this must be the case, since Hell consists of eternal torment run by a bored sadist, and those who go to Heaven [[{{Instrumentality}} lose their individuality and become a sort of loving/worshipful mass of light]].

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* GodAndSatanAreBothJerks: Cabal concludes that this must be the case, since Hell consists of eternal torment run by a bored sadist, and those who go to Heaven [[{{Instrumentality}} [[AssimilationPlot lose their individuality and become a sort of loving/worshipful mass of light]].
1st Sep '16 1:15:55 PM ArthurEld
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31st Aug '16 4:56:10 PM foxley
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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.
29th Aug '16 11:17:54 AM ArthurEld
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%%* DyingMomentOfAwesome: [[spoiler: Horst, again]]

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%%* * DyingMomentOfAwesome: [[spoiler: Horst, again]]Horst-he reveals that he'd sabotaged Cabal's wager ''months'' ago and then, confident Cabal will die and be damned for ever, Horst calmly walks into the sunlight for the first time in nearly a decade and turns to dust-with complete and utter dignity.]]



* ExactWords: Cabal uses this in a layered to trick Satan, with the first attempt being obvious-in order to conceal the second. He offers Satan the box of soul contracts in return for his own-but Satan sees through that and wants the contents. He doesn't insist on a full count, and Cabal has already removed the two contracts Satan really wanted.

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* ExactWords: Cabal uses this in a layered attempt to trick Satan, with the first attempt being obvious-in order to conceal the second. He offers Satan the box of soul contracts in return for his own-but Satan sees through that and wants the contents. He doesn't insist on a full count, and Cabal has already removed the two contracts Satan really wanted.



* FantasticallyIndifferent: Several, Cabal and Horst chief among them.

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* FantasticallyIndifferent: Several, Cabal and Horst chief among them.them-being a vampire Horst is hard to impress and being ''Cabal'' Cabal finds hearing a tirade from Satan himself as a bit boring.


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** At the end, Horst [[spoiler: mentions this is sort of what is going to happen to Cabal-Horst sabotaged the wager and Cabal will die. He tells Cabal that he's killed him, just like Johannes 'killed' him. Horst then inflicts this on himself by committing suicide.]]
29th Aug '16 9:52:42 AM ArthurEld
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* 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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* 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.guess, though Al Capone is in hell, which puts the book in (in our world) at most 1947 at the latest.



* MundaneMadeAwesome: Mundane made evilly awesome, but Arthur Trubshaw a bank clerk in Hell, is ''so'' penny-ante, '''so''' devoted to detail that he creates another layer of Hell-now to get in you have to fill out forms. Thousands and thousands of forms made to be incredibly hard, with some of them having thousands of questions. The "pre-damned" as the poor souls on Limbo are known, all want to go to Hell because it ''has' to be better than the forms.



* WeaponOfChoice: A Webley .577 handgun.

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* WeaponOfChoice: A Webley .577 handgun.handgun, though Cabal is smart enough to carry back-up weapons.
29th Aug '16 8:24:44 AM ArthurEld
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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.]]

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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 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.



* HeWhoFightsMonsters: Cabal goes further and further into coldness and darkness to win his soul back-in the beginning he only cons people who were going to hell anyway. But by the end, needing just a few more souls and desperately short on time, he is willing to force good people to sign.
* HiddenDepths: Cabal proves this by the end-his actions stem from a deep, obsessive love.

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* HeWhoFightsMonsters: Cabal goes further and further into coldness and darkness to win his soul back-in the beginning he only cons people who were going to hell anyway. But by the end, needing just a few more souls and desperately short on time, he is willing to force good people to sign.
sign. Horst tries to point this out to him but Cabal ignores it.
* HiddenDepths: Cabal proves this by the end-his actions stem from a deep, obsessive love.love something he seems uncapable of.



* 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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* InvisibleToNormals: Only special people-those who tend to have impressive will (like Cabal and Barrow) can see Mr. Simpkons.Simpkons (Cabal isn't quite normal though and even he only notices Simpkins because his eyes glide over where he is standing). 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.



* TheLostLenore: Cabal's love died when he was young (probably 19 or 20) and ever since he abandonded his dream to be a doctor and decided to connquer death itself. This is a somewhat downplayed example of the trope, because Cabal never speaks about his lost love.

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* TheLostLenore: Cabal's love died when he was young (probably 19 or 20) and ever since he abandonded abandoned his dream to be a doctor and decided to connquer death itself. This is a somewhat downplayed example of the trope, because Cabal never speaks about his lost love.



* MadScientist: Played with with Cabal-he's not insane, but he's very low on ethics and morals. He's not 'mad' so much as a giant jerk.

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* MadScientist: Played with with Cabal-he's not insane, but he's very low on ethics and morals. He's not 'mad' so much as a giant jerk. He's got the utter obsession and strange lab parts, though.



%%* {{Necromantic}}

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%%* {{Necromantic}}* {{Necromantic}} Cabal is driven to uncover the secrets of returning life from death to save his love.
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