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-> "It ''is'' funny. Because if it ''weren’t'' funny, it would just be depressing and tragic." -->-- '''[[http://alicrow.com/chapter-46 Alex]]'''

A Pagan angel, a Microsoft-hating supercomputer, open source magic, an adorable werecat nap-god*, and other crazy ideas lie within this story about mortal gods and computer scientists. MW:ADC is a comedic science fantasy furry webserial novel, centering around a group of gods in mortal form and their attempts to find their place in the world, discover The Truth of the universe, defeat injustice, and help Linux take over the world. A humorous excursion into the dark, abysmal unknown of the universe, society, religion, and human nature... with KITTENS!!* Official site is [[http://alicrow.com here]].
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A Pagan angel, a Microsoft-hating supercomputer, open source magic, an adorable werecat nap-god*, and other crazy ideas lie within this story about mortal gods and computer scientists. MW:ADC is a comedic science fantasy furry webserial novel, centering around novel that re-envisions just about everything. The story focuses on a group of gods in mortal form form, and their attempts struggle against a CrapsackWorld that's out to find their place in the world, discover The Truth of the universe, defeat injustice, and help Linux take over the world. A humorous excursion into the dark, abysmal unknown of the universe, society, religion, and human nature... with KITTENS!!* Official site is get them. [[http://alicrow.com com/chapter-1 Check it out here]].

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!! Overall:''Mysterious Ways: A Divine Comedy'' provides examples of: * AIIsACrapShoot: lampshaded and averted with Aiinacs. * AwesomeButImpractical: Aiinacs is a fully sentient AI, which means he can do some cool computer stuff, but it wouldn't be ethical to ''make'' him do what you want. * BecauseDestinySaysSo: The closest thing Lucifer has to a code of ethics. Whatever is supposed to happen, he will ensure that it does. Whether it's the Holocaust or the cure for cancer, he'll play his part. * BlatantLies: Alex, Zack, and Aiinacs started a company called LINARA, which stands for LINARA Is Not A Recursive Acronym.

** For example: -->Damn, you theWriter!! You heartless, sadistic freak! How could you?
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** For example: -->Damn, -->Alex: Damn, you theWriter!! You heartless, sadistic freak! How could you?

* DarkIsNotEvil: Alex explains dark and light magic: --> In light magic, the power is siphoned off someone else, either a spirit/deity, or a group of other magicians. The benefit is that the individual magician doesn’t need to be powerful, because the power comes from elsewhere. It also tends to be easier, because the magical energy comes pre-packaged for whatever spell you need. -->Dark magic, on the other hand, is self-contained. The magician uses their own power, so they’re free to use it as they wish. Harder, but you don’t have to worry about some deity saying “nah, I don’t really care about your issues. You’re (insert disadvantaged minority here).” Seriously, it happens. Deities can be highly judgmental.
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* DarkIsNotEvil: Alex explains dark and light magic: --> In light magic, Dark magic is simply magic that uses the magician's own power is siphoned off someone else, either a spirit/deity, or a group of other magicians. The benefit is that the individual magician doesn’t need to be powerful, because the power comes from elsewhere. It also tends to be easier, because the magical energy comes pre-packaged for whatever spell you need. -->Dark magic, and ability, rather than relying on the other hand, is self-contained. The magician uses their own power, so they’re free to use it as they wish. Harder, but you don’t have to worry about some deity saying “nah, I don’t really care about your issues. You’re (insert disadvantaged minority here).” Seriously, it happens. Deities can be highly judgmental.an external source.

* HolierThanThou: The angels as a whole. Despite being an entirely mortal genus of birds, they claim to be of divine origin, descended directly from the Judeo-Christian God, and insist that they are literally holier than anyone of any other species could possibly be. ** Angels have their own branch of Christianity, characterized by a refusal to allow any non-angels to serve as priests, because they "don't want to hear about God from one of His rejects." To be fair, several of the regular Christian churches have banned angels from even attending mass. (To be fair again, they're thrown out because of all the incidents of angels accusing the priest of not having proper authority to speak for their god.) ** To be fair, they ''are'' better at divine magic than other creatures like humans, and they make an effort to lend a hand to those in need. Well, except for non-Christians. Or 'cubi. Or homosexuals. Or anyone that has had recreational sex. Or people in an inter-species relationship. Or furries. Or anyone supportive of any of the aforementioned categories. ** They also insist that angels should only have sex while possessed by the Holy Spirit, so that they can claim God is the father, and they are thus the only true (literal) "Children of God". * HornyDevils: 'cubi (succubi and incubi) are one of the most misunderstood species in Alicrow. Probably because they need to force their eggs into someone else's body. * MagicVersusScience: Most of the world believes that magic and science are fundamentally incompatible, but Alex, Zack, and Aiinacs * OurAngelsAreDifferent: ** Angels are birds, complete with beaks and cloacas. They have a humanoid body shape, but to call them "winged humans" would NOT be accurate. ** Angels are in kind of an in-between area in terms of divinity. They try to be like the biblical angels, answering prayers, protecting people, and spreading divine messages, but they're not really divine. * ReligionIsMagic: Mostly. The angels would have you believe that all power comes from their god, but it's not actually clear where exactly magic comes from. But it does require training, focus, and a sense of confidence that one is following the right path, all of which religion can provide, so for the most part, yes, magic comes from religion.
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* GodCouple: Alex and Lilly. * HolierThanThou: The angels as a whole. Despite being an entirely mortal genus species of birds, they claim to be of divine origin, descended directly from the Judeo-Christian God, and insist that they are literally holier than anyone of any other species could possibly be. ** Angels have their own branch of Christianity, characterized by a refusal to allow any non-angels to serve as priests, clergy, because they "don't want to hear about God from one of His rejects." To be fair, several of the regular Christian churches have banned angels from even attending mass. (To be fair again, they're thrown out because of all the incidents of angels accusing the priest of not having proper authority to speak for their god.) " ** To be fair, they ''are'' better at divine magic than other creatures like humans, and they make an effort to lend a hand to those in need. Well, except for non-Christians. Or 'cubi. Or homosexuals. Or anyone that has had recreational sex. Or people in an inter-species relationship. Or furries. Or anyone supportive of any of the aforementioned categories. ** They also Angels insist that angels they should only have sex while possessed by the Holy Spirit, so that they can claim God is the father, and they are thus the only true (literal) "Children of God". God". Any child not conceived in this manner is killed, along with the parents. * HornyDevils: 'cubi (succubi and incubi) are one of the most misunderstood a species in Alicrow. Probably because of birds, closely related to the angels, that thrive off sexual energy. They don't suck out your souls, but they need ''will'' leave you feeling exhausted from the physical act. * InterspeciesRomance: Alex and Lilly. * LightIsNotGood: Light magic is any magic that relies on an external source (e.g. a deity). So if you summon the devil and use his powers to force their eggs into someone else's body. eviscerate a hundred orphans, that's light magic. * LoveAcrossBattlelines: Alex is part dragon, Lilly is an angel trained to ''kill'' dragons [[spoiler: and addicted to murder]]. * MagicVersusScience: Most of the world believes that It's not impossible to get magic and science technology working together, but it ''is'' difficult. Technology tends to rely on a bunch of tiny things (e.g. circuit components) working as expected, and can be very susceptible to magic that isn't properly focused. For the most part, the two are fundamentally incompatible, but Alex, Zack, and Aiinacs kept well apart from each other, for safety concerns. * OurAngelsAreDifferent: ** Angels are birds, complete with beaks and cloacas. They have a humanoid body shape, but to call them "winged humans" would NOT be accurate. ** Angels are in kind of an in-between area in terms of divinity. They try NonhumanLoverReveal: [[http://alicrow.com/chapter-64/ Lilly finds out that Alex is actually two-thirds dragon]]. * OurAngelsAreDifferent: The angels ''claim'' to be like the biblical angels, answering prayers, protecting people, and spreading divine messages, servants, but they're not really divine. not. They're physical beings (birds), with powerful light magic and dangerous ideas of their own divinity. * ReligionIsMagic: Mostly. The angels would have you believe that all power comes from their god, but it's not actually clear where exactly magic comes from. But it does require training, focus, and a sense of confidence that one is following the right path, all of which religion can provide, so for the most part, yes, magic comes can come from religion.religion, among other places. * ResurrectiveImmortality: As a phoenix, Alex will resurrect automatically after death, though it's not a perfect system. * {{Sadist}}: Lucifer, the omniscent god of Truth, loves to mess around with people. When Lilly was injured, he convinced Alex to break the seal on his powers to heal her (which put Alex in danger), before revealing that he brought a full medical kit (including surgical supplies), just to mess with Alex. * SadistTeacher: [[http://alicrow.com/chapter-3/ Ms. Slaphappy]] hits students with a ruler for any number of reasons, including sleeping, talking back, not paying attention, or just not succeeding in class. Since she teaches meditation and magic, which requires closing your eyes and relaxing (which looks like sleeping), the only way to avoid her wrath is pure luck. * TheChessMaster: Lucifer knows the future, and the future states quite clearly that he will manipulate everyone into following the path he has forseen. * UnderstandingBoyfriend: Alex and Lilly take each other's revelations--that Alex [[spoiler: is part dragon]], and that Lilly [[spoiler: enjoys ''killing'' dragons]]--[[http://alicrow.com/chapter-65 surprisingly well]].

---- !! Characters: * Alex: ** CloudCuckooLander: *** [[http://alicrow.com/chapter-7/ Part of his story about how he was found as an egg (and subsequently adopted):]] --> Lilly: Oh, God. They were going to eat you?! --> Alex: Once they figured out how best to prepare me, yeah. I mean, they figured it would be their last meal, so they wanted to make sure it would be a really good one. Naturally, without the proper ingredients, they couldn’t cook me as a deviled egg or anything real fancy–not even a proper omelette. And they didn’t have a big enough pot to boil me or– ** MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch: Angels are well-known for proudly proclaiming themselves "God's Chosen People", complaining about technology being a distraction from God, and protesting any new technology/magic (e.g. genetic engineering) that allows people to "play God". Alex is a Pagan angel working in a scientific research center responsible for strong AI, artificial meat, body enhancements, and other such technologies. * Lucifer: ** MadOracle ** CreepyMonotone: Creepy even without the monotone. ---> Lucifer: I am going to eat your soul deep-fried in peanut butter, basted with chocolate, and lightly drizzled in caramel. ** TheChessMaster: He knows the future, and the future states quite clearly that he will manipulate everyone into following the path he has forseen. ** BecauseDestinySaysSo: This is the closest thing he has to a code of ethics. Whatever is supposed to happen, he will ensure that it does. Whether it's the Holocaust or the cure for cancer, he'll play his part. ** {{Sadist}}: *** http://alicrow.com/chapter-12 After Lilly is severely injured, Lucifer convinces Alex to unleash his powers (which is risky) so he can save her life. Then Lucifer reveals that he had medical supplies and the surgical knowledge to have saved her without putting anyone in danger. Alex asks him why he didn't just use the medical supplies, and he says it had to happen this way to set events in motion. -->Alex: You’re saying this was planned out? Just to manipulate me? -->Lucifer: Not ''just'' to manipulate you. It was also… [Smiles] ''Fun''. ''So'' much ''fun''. Laughing as you were assaulted by your insane teacher. ''So.'' much. ''fun''. And there is ''always'' more fun around the corner. * Aiinacs: ** AIIsACrapShoot: lampshaded and averted... but then, that's so often how it starts... *** [[http://alicrow.com/chapter-23 He/she/ib does seem to have plans to help]] {{Linux}} take over the world... * The Doctor: ** MysteriousEmployer ** TheChessmaster ---- !! Specific to chapter/arc: * SadistTeacher: [[http://alicrow.com/chapter-3/ Ms. Slaphappy.]] She hits students with a ruler for any number of reasons, including sleeping, talking back, not paying attention, or just not succeeding in class. This would be bad in a math class. In a class for ''meditation and magic'', it's downright unfair, since meditation ''looks just like sleeping'', and magic ''is hard to do while the teacher attacks you''. ----  * Kittens coming soon. Actual adorableness may vary based on strength of your love for kitties.
14th Jan '15 11:08:12 PM WriterOfAlicrow
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** CreepyMonotone ---> Lucifer: I am going to eat your soul deep-fried in peanut butter. ** TheChessMaster: He knows the future, and the future states quite clearly that he will manipulate everyone into following the path he has forseen. And he will enjoy every moment of it.
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** CreepyMonotone CreepyMonotone: Creepy even without the monotone. ---> Lucifer: I am going to eat your soul deep-fried in peanut butter. butter, basted with chocolate, and lightly drizzled in caramel. ** TheChessMaster: He knows the future, and the future states quite clearly that he will manipulate everyone into following the path he has forseen. And he will enjoy every moment of it.

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* The Doctor: ** CreepyMonotone ---> Lucifer: I am going to eat your soul deep-fried in peanut butter. MysteriousEmployer ** TheChessMaster: He knows the future, and the future states quite clearly that he will manipulate everyone into following the path he has forseen. And he will enjoy every moment of it.TheChessmaster
10th Jul '14 11:47:33 PM WriterOfAlicrow
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*** [[http://alicrow.com/chapter-12 The first of many examples:]] After Lilly is severely injured, Lucifer convinces Alex to unleash his powers (which is risky) so he can save her life. Then Lucifer reveals that he had medical supplies and the surgical knowledge to have saved her without putting anyone in danger. Alex asks him why he didn't just use the medical supplies, and he says it had to happen this way to set events in motion.
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*** [[http://alicrow.http://alicrow.com/chapter-12 The first of many examples:]] After Lilly is severely injured, Lucifer convinces Alex to unleash his powers (which is risky) so he can save her life. Then Lucifer reveals that he had medical supplies and the surgical knowledge to have saved her without putting anyone in danger. Alex asks him why he didn't just use the medical supplies, and he says it had to happen this way to set events in motion.

** AIIsACrapShoot: lampshaded and subverted. *** [[http://alicrow.com/chapter-23 Though he/she/ib may have plans to help]] {{Linux}} take over the world...
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** AIIsACrapShoot: lampshaded and subverted. averted... but then, that's so often how it starts... *** [[http://alicrow.com/chapter-23 Though he/she/ib may He/she/ib does seem to have plans to help]] {{Linux}} take over the world...
10th Jul '14 10:38:15 PM WriterOfAlicrow
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-> "It ''is'' funny. Because if it ''weren’t'' funny, it would just be depressing and tragic." -->-- '''[[http://alicrow.com/chapter-46 Alex]]'''

A Wiccan angel, a Microsoft-hating supercomputer, open source magic, an adorable werecat nap-god*, and other crazy ideas lie within this story about mortal gods and computer scientists.
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A Wiccan Pagan angel, a Microsoft-hating supercomputer, open source magic, an adorable werecat nap-god*, and other crazy ideas lie within this story about mortal gods and computer scientists.

* OurAngelsAreDifferent: In MW:ADC, angels are a species of bird that evolved to mimic humans in order to better coexist. As such, their anatomy is entirely avian, complete with beaks. * ReligionIsMagic: Mostly. The angels would have you believe that all power comes from their god, but it's not actually clear where exactly magic comes from. But it does require training, focus, and a sense of confidence that one is following the right path, all of which religion can provide.
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* OurAngelsAreDifferent: In MW:ADC, angels OurAngelsAreDifferent: ** Angels are a species of bird that evolved to mimic humans in order to better coexist. As such, their anatomy is entirely avian, birds, complete with beaks. beaks and cloacas. They have a humanoid body shape, but to call them "winged humans" would NOT be accurate. ** Angels are in kind of an in-between area in terms of divinity. They try to be like the biblical angels, answering prayers, protecting people, and spreading divine messages, but they're not really divine. * ReligionIsMagic: Mostly. The angels would have you believe that all power comes from their god, but it's not actually clear where exactly magic comes from. But it does require training, focus, and a sense of confidence that one is following the right path, all of which religion can provide.provide, so for the most part, yes, magic comes from religion.

* OurAngelsAreDifferent: In MW:ADC, angels are a species of bird that evolved ---> Lucifer: I am going to mimic humans eat your soul deep-fried in order to better coexist. As such, their anatomy is entirely avian, complete with beaks. * ReligionIsMagic: Mostly. The angels would have you believe that all power comes from their god, but it's not actually clear where exactly magic comes from. But it does require training, focus, and a sense of confidence that one is following the right path, all of which religion can provide.peanut butter.

*** [[http://alicrow.com/chapter-12 A good example:]] After Lilly is severely injured by Ms. Slaphappy, Lucifer convinces Alex to put himself in danger by unleashing his powers so he can save her life. Then Luce reveals that he had medical supplies and the surgical knowledge to have saved Lilly without making Alex put himself in danger. Alex asks him why he didn't just use the medical supplies, and he reveals that the incident had to happen this way in order to set events in motion. And then...
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*** [[http://alicrow.com/chapter-12 A good example:]] The first of many examples:]] After Lilly is severely injured by Ms. Slaphappy, injured, Lucifer convinces Alex to put himself in danger by unleashing unleash his powers (which is risky) so he can save her life. Then Luce Lucifer reveals that he had medical supplies and the surgical knowledge to have saved Lilly her without making Alex put himself putting anyone in danger. Alex asks him why he didn't just use the medical supplies, and he reveals that the incident says it had to happen this way in order to set events in motion. And then...motion.

-->Lucifer: Not ''just'' to manipulate you. It was also… [Smiles] ''Fun''. ''So'' much ''fun''. Laughing as you were assaulted by your insane teacher. ''So'' much ''fun''. And there is ''always'' more fun around the corner.
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-->Lucifer: Not ''just'' to manipulate you. It was also… [Smiles] ''Fun''. ''So'' much ''fun''. Laughing as you were assaulted by your insane teacher. ''So'' much ''So.'' much. ''fun''. And there is ''always'' more fun around the corner.

\* Kittens coming soon. Actual adorableness may vary based on strength of your love for kitties.
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\*  * Kittens coming soon. Actual adorableness may vary based on strength of your love for kitties.
26th Mar '14 4:36:23 PM WriterOfAlicrow
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''[[http://alicrow.com Mysterious Ways: A Divine Comedy]]'' is a fantasy + science fiction web serial set in the fictional world of Alicrow. It centers around a group of gods in mortal form and their attempts to find their place in the world, discover The Truth of the universe, defeat injustice, and help Linux take over the world. Oh, and their actions ''may'' lead to TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt. Anyway-- [[BreakingTheFourthWall Lilly:]] WHAT! No. I am ''not'' going to cause the Apocalypse. That's just crazy! [[BreakingTheFourthWall Alex:]] Eh. Who knows? We might. Guess we'll have to wait and see. Ooh, have you seen the article about BreakingTheFourthWall? It's pretty cool. Anyway. As I was saying... there's a lot more going on than it appears. The chain of events seems to be part of some divine will... or perhaps just a mortal man with omniscience and a twisted sense of humor...
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''[[http://alicrow.com Mysterious Ways: A Divine Comedy]]'' Wiccan angel, a Microsoft-hating supercomputer, open source magic, an adorable werecat nap-god*, and other crazy ideas lie within this story about mortal gods and computer scientists. MW:ADC is a comedic science fantasy + science fiction web serial set in the fictional world of Alicrow. It centers furry webserial novel, centering around a group of gods in mortal form and their attempts to find their place in the world, discover The Truth of the universe, defeat injustice, and help Linux take over the world. Oh, A humorous excursion into the dark, abysmal unknown of the universe, society, religion, and their actions ''may'' lead to TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt. Anyway-- [[BreakingTheFourthWall Lilly:]] WHAT! No. I am ''not'' going to cause the Apocalypse. That's just crazy! [[BreakingTheFourthWall Alex:]] Eh. Who knows? We might. Guess we'll have to wait and see. Ooh, have you seen the article about BreakingTheFourthWall? It's pretty cool. Anyway. As I was saying... there's a lot more going on than it appears. The chain of events seems to be part of some divine will... or perhaps just a mortal man human nature... with omniscience and a twisted sense of humor... KITTENS!!*

** Angels have their own branch of Christianity, characterized by a refusal to allow any non-angels to serve as priests, because they "don't want to hear about God from one of His rejects." To be fair, several of the regular Christian churches have banned angels from even attending mass. (To be fair again, they're thrown out because of all the incidents of angels accusing the priest of not having proper authority to speak for God.) ** To be fair, they ''are'' better at divine magic than other creatures like humans, and they make an effort to lend a hand to those in need. Well, except for non-Christians. Or 'cubi. Or homosexuals. Or anyone that has had recreational sex. Or people in an inter-species relationship. Or anyone supportive of any of the aforementioned categories.
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** Angels have their own branch of Christianity, characterized by a refusal to allow any non-angels to serve as priests, because they "don't want to hear about God from one of His rejects." To be fair, several of the regular Christian churches have banned angels from even attending mass. (To be fair again, they're thrown out because of all the incidents of angels accusing the priest of not having proper authority to speak for God.their god.) ** To be fair, they ''are'' better at divine magic than other creatures like humans, and they make an effort to lend a hand to those in need. Well, except for non-Christians. Or 'cubi. Or homosexuals. Or anyone that has had recreational sex. Or people in an inter-species relationship. Or furries. Or anyone supportive of any of the aforementioned categories.

* MagicVersusScience: The general belief is that magic and science can't work together.
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* HornyDevils: 'cubi (succubi and incubi) are one of the most misunderstood species in Alicrow. Probably because they need to force their eggs into someone else's body. * MagicVersusScience: The general belief is Most of the world believes that magic and science can't work together.are fundamentally incompatible, but Alex, Zack, and Aiinacs

* ReligionIsMagic: You need a religion (or at least a strong philosophy) in order to use magic.
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* ReligionIsMagic: You need Mostly. The angels would have you believe that all power comes from their god, but it's not actually clear where exactly magic comes from. But it does require training, focus, and a sense of confidence that one is following the right path, all of which religion (or at least a strong philosophy) in order to use magic.can provide.

** CreepyMonotone: This is how you're supposed to read his lines. ** TheChessMaster: He knows the future, and the future states quite clearly that he will manipulate everyone into following the path he has forseen.
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** CreepyMonotone: This is how you're supposed to read his lines. CreepyMonotone ** TheChessMaster: He knows the future, and the future states quite clearly that he will manipulate everyone into following the path he has forseen. And he will enjoy every moment of it.

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* Aiinacs: ** AIIsACrapShoot: lampshaded and subverted. *** [[http://alicrow.com/chapter-23 Though he/she/ib may have plans to help]] {{Linux}} take over the world...

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23rd Nov '13 1:46:45 PM WriterOfAlicrow
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->''"Okay, so… less talking, more lighting teachers on fire. Got it."'' -->-- '''[[http://alicrow.com/chapter-10 Alex]]''', completely out of context.

* FantasticRacism: Angels do not like 'cubi.
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* FantasticRacism: Angels do not like 'cubi.have a strong hatred of 'cubi (succubi/incubi).
23rd Oct '13 1:12:05 PM WriterOfAlicrow
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''[[http://alicrow.com Mysterious Ways: A Divine Comedy]]'' is a fantasy + science fiction web serial set in the fictional world of Alicrow. It centers around two angels questioning the way the world truly works as they begin to expose the lies and preconceptions that have for so long been considered "divine knowledge".
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''[[http://alicrow.com Mysterious Ways: A Divine Comedy]]'' is a fantasy + science fiction web serial set in the fictional world of Alicrow. It centers around two angels questioning a group of gods in mortal form and their attempts to find their place in the way world, discover The Truth of the world truly works as they begin to expose universe, defeat injustice, and help Linux take over the lies and preconceptions that have for so long been considered "divine knowledge". world.

** Also, see above description. * CloudCuckooLander: Alex, it would appear. ** [[http://alicrow.com/chapter-7/ Part of his story about how he was found as an egg (and subsequently adopted):]] --> Lilly: Oh, God. They were going to eat you?! --> Alex: Once they figured out how best to prepare me, yeah. I mean, they figured it would be their last meal, so they wanted make sure it would be a really good one. Naturally, without the proper ingredients, they couldn’t cook me as a deviled egg or anything real fancy–not even a proper omelette. And they didn’t have a big enough pot to boil me or–

-->Dark magic, on the other hand, is self-contained. The magician uses their own power, so they’re free to use it as they wish. Harder, but you don’t have to worry about some deity saying “nah, I don’t really care about your issues. You’re (insert minority here).” Seriously, it happens. Deities can be highly judgmental.
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-->Dark magic, on the other hand, is self-contained. The magician uses their own power, so they’re free to use it as they wish. Harder, but you don’t have to worry about some deity saying “nah, I don’t really care about your issues. You’re (insert disadvantaged minority here).” Seriously, it happens. Deities can be highly judgmental.judgmental. * DisproportionateRetribution: Every angel is given a choice between training to be a "divine servant", or having their wings cut off and their magic stripped away. This is rationalized by the belief that angels are created specifically to act as divine servants, and if they're not going to do that, they don't really need wings or magic.

* HolierThanThou: The angels as a whole. Despite being an entirely mortal genus of birds, they claim to be of divine origin, descended directly from the Judeo-Christian God. ** Every angel is given a choice between training to be a "divine servant", or having their wings cut off and their magic stripped away. This is rationalized by the belief that angels are created specifically to act as divine servants, and if they're not going to do that, they don't really need wings or magic. ** Angels also have their own branch of Christianity, characterized by a refusal to allow any non-angels to serve as priests, because they "don't want to hear about God from one of His rejects." To be fair, several of the regular Christian churches have banned angels from even attending mass. (Again, to be fair, it's because of all the incidents of angels accusing the priest of not having proper authority to speak for God.) ** To be fair, they ''are'' better at divine magic that other creatures like humans, and they make an effort to lend a hand to those in need. Well, except for non-Christians. Or 'cubi. Or homosexuals. Or anyone that has had recreational sex. Or anyone supportive of any of the aforementioned categories. ** They also insist that angels only have sex while possessed by the Holy Spirit, so that they can claim God is the father, and they are thus the only true "Children of God". * MagicVersusScience: The general belief is that magic and science can't work together. As it turns out, they can. * MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch: Angels are well-known for proudly proclaiming themselves "God's Chosen People", and complaining about technology being a distraction from God. Alex is a Pagan angel who designs software for a living.
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* HolierThanThou: The angels as a whole. Despite being an entirely mortal genus of birds, they claim to be of divine origin, descended directly from the Judeo-Christian God. ** Every angel is given a choice between training to be a "divine servant", or having their wings cut off God, and their magic stripped away. This is rationalized by the belief insist that angels are created specifically to act as divine servants, and if they're not going to do that, they don't really need wings or magic. are literally holier than anyone of any other species could possibly be. ** Angels also have their own branch of Christianity, characterized by a refusal to allow any non-angels to serve as priests, because they "don't want to hear about God from one of His rejects." To be fair, several of the regular Christian churches have banned angels from even attending mass. (Again, to (To be fair, it's fair again, they're thrown out because of all the incidents of angels accusing the priest of not having proper authority to speak for God.) ** To be fair, they ''are'' better at divine magic that than other creatures like humans, and they make an effort to lend a hand to those in need. Well, except for non-Christians. Or 'cubi. Or homosexuals. Or anyone that has had recreational sex. Or people in an inter-species relationship. Or anyone supportive of any of the aforementioned categories. ** They also insist that angels should only have sex while possessed by the Holy Spirit, so that they can claim God is the father, and they are thus the only true (literal) "Children of God". * MagicVersusScience: The general belief is that magic and science can't work together. As it turns out, they can.\n* MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch: Angels are well-known for proudly proclaiming themselves "God's Chosen People", and complaining about technology being a distraction from God. Alex is a Pagan angel who designs software for a living.


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!! Characters: * Alex: ** CloudCuckooLander: *** [[http://alicrow.com/chapter-7/ Part of his story about how he was found as an egg (and subsequently adopted):]] --> Lilly: Oh, God. They were going to eat you?! --> Alex: Once they figured out how best to prepare me, yeah. I mean, they figured it would be their last meal, so they wanted to make sure it would be a really good one. Naturally, without the proper ingredients, they couldn’t cook me as a deviled egg or anything real fancy–not even a proper omelette. And they didn’t have a big enough pot to boil me or– ** MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch: Angels are well-known for proudly proclaiming themselves "God's Chosen People", complaining about technology being a distraction from God, and protesting any new technology/magic (e.g. genetic engineering) that allows people to "play God". Alex is a Pagan angel working in a scientific research center responsible for strong AI, artificial meat, body enhancements, and other such technologies. * Lucifer: ** MadOracle ** CreepyMonotone: This is how you're supposed to read his lines. ** TheChessMaster: He knows the future, and the future states quite clearly that he will manipulate everyone into following the path he has forseen. ** BecauseDestinySaysSo: This is the closest thing he has to a code of ethics. Whatever is supposed to happen, he will ensure that it does. Whether it's the Holocaust or the cure for cancer, he'll play his part. ** {{Sadist}}: ***[[http://alicrow.com/chapter-12 A good example:]] After Lilly is severely injured by Ms. Slaphappy, Lucifer convinces Alex to put himself in danger by unleashing his powers so he can save her life. Then Luce reveals that he had medical supplies and the surgical knowledge to have saved Lilly without making Alex put himself in danger. Alex asks him why he didn't just use the medical supplies, and he reveals that the incident had to happen this way in order to set events in motion. And then... -->Alex: You’re saying this was planned out? Just to manipulate me? -->Lucifer: Not ''just'' to manipulate you. It was also… [Smiles] ''Fun''. ''So'' much ''fun''. Laughing as you were assaulted by your insane teacher. ''So'' much ''fun''. And there is ''always'' more fun around the corner. ----
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* HolierThanThou: The angels as a whole. Despite being an entirely mortal genus of birds, they claim to be of divine origin, descended directly from the Judeo-Christian God. ** Every angel is given a choice between training to be a "divine servant", or having their wings cut off and their magic stripped away. This is rationalized by the belief that angels are created specifically to act as divine servants, and if they're not going to do that, they don't really need wings or magic. ** Angels also have their own branch of Christianity, characterized by a refusal to allow any non-angels to serve as priests, because they "don't want to hear about God from one of His rejects." To be fair, several of the regular Christian churches have banned angels from even attending mass. (Again, to be fair, it's because of all the incidents of angels accusing the priest of not having proper authority to speak for God.) ** To be fair, they ''are'' better at divine magic that other creatures like humans, and they make an effort to lend a hand to those in need. Well, except for non-Christians. Or 'cubi. Or homosexuals. Or anyone that has had recreational sex. Or anyone supportive of any of the aforementioned categories. ** They also insist that angels only have sex while possessed by the Holy Spirit, so that they can claim God is the father, and they are thus the only true "Children of God".

* OurAngelsAreDifferent: In MW:ADC, angels are a species of bird that evolved to mimic humans in order to better coexist. As such, their anatomy is completely avian, complete with beaks.
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* OurAngelsAreDifferent: In MW:ADC, angels are a species of bird that evolved to mimic humans in order to better coexist. As such, their anatomy is completely entirely avian, complete with beaks.

* SadistTeacher: [[http://alicrow.com/chapter-3/ Ms. Slaphappy.]]
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* SadistTeacher: [[http://alicrow.com/chapter-3/ Ms. Slaphappy.]]]] She hits students with a ruler for any number of reasons, including sleeping, talking back, not paying attention, or just not succeeding in class. This would be bad in a math class. In a class for ''meditation and magic'', it's downright unfair, since meditation ''looks just like sleeping'', and magic ''is hard to do while the teacher attacks you''.
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NOTE: Page is currently being set up. This may take a few editing sessions. ''Mysterious Ways: A Divine Comedy'' is a fantasy + science fiction web serial set in the fictional world of Alicrow. It centers around two angels questioning the way the world truly works as they begin to expose the lies and preconceptions that have for so long been considered "divine knowledge".
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NOTE: Page is currently being set up. This may take a few editing sessions. ''Mysterious ''[[http://alicrow.com Mysterious Ways: A Divine Comedy'' Comedy]]'' is a fantasy + science fiction web serial set in the fictional world of Alicrow. It centers around two angels questioning the way the world truly works as they begin to expose the lies and preconceptions that have for so long been considered "divine knowledge".

[[{{BreakingTheFourthWall}} Lilly WHAT! No. I am ''not'' going to cause the Apocalypse. Alex Eh. We might. Guess we'll have to wait and see. *shrugs* So, hey... I made a cake... want some? ]] --Anyway. As I was saying... there's a lot more going on than it appears. The chain of events seems to be part of some divine will... or perhaps just a mortal man with omniscience and no morals.
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[[{{BreakingTheFourthWall}} Lilly [[BreakingTheFourthWall Lilly:]] WHAT! No. I am ''not'' going to cause the Apocalypse. Alex Apocalypse. That's just crazy! [[BreakingTheFourthWall Alex:]] Eh. Who knows? We might. Guess we'll have to wait and see. *shrugs* So, hey... I made a cake... want some? ]] --Anyway.Ooh, have you seen the article about BreakingTheFourthWall? It's pretty cool. Anyway. As I was saying... there's a lot more going on than it appears. The chain of events seems to be part of some divine will... or perhaps just a mortal man with omniscience and no morals. a twisted sense of humor... Official site is [[http://alicrow.com here]].

[[{{BreakingTheFourthWall}} Lilly WHAT! No. I am ''not'' going to cause the Apocalypse. Alex Eh. We might. Guess we'll have to wait and see. *shrugs* So, hey... I made a cake... want some? ]] --Anyway. As I was saying... there's a lot more going on than it appears. The chain of events seems to be part of some divine will... or perhaps just a mortal man with omniscience and no morals. ** For example:

[[{{BreakingTheFourthWall}} Lilly WHAT! No. I am ''not'' ** Also, see above description. * CloudCuckooLander: Alex, it would appear. ** [[http://alicrow.com/chapter-7/ Part of his story about how he was found as an egg (and subsequently adopted):]] --> Lilly: Oh, God. They were going to cause eat you?! --> Alex: Once they figured out how best to prepare me, yeah. I mean, they figured it would be their last meal, so they wanted make sure it would be a really good one. Naturally, without the Apocalypse. Alex Eh. We might. Guess we'll proper ingredients, they couldn’t cook me as a deviled egg or anything real fancy–not even a proper omelette. And they didn’t have a big enough pot to wait and see. *shrugs* So, hey... I made a cake... want some? ]] --Anyway. As I was saying... there's a lot more going on than it appears. The chain of events seems to be part of some divine will... or perhaps just a mortal man with omniscience and no morals. boil me or–

--> in light magic, the power is siphoned off someone else, either a spirit/deity, or a group of other magicians. The benefit is that the individual magician doesn’t need to be powerful, because the power comes from elsewhere. It also tends to be easier, because the magical energy comes pre-packaged for whatever spell you need.
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--> in In light magic, the power is siphoned off someone else, either a spirit/deity, or a group of other magicians. The benefit is that the individual magician doesn’t need to be powerful, because the power comes from elsewhere. It also tends to be easier, because the magical energy comes pre-packaged for whatever spell you need.

* MagicVersusScience: The general belief is that magic and science can't work together. Alex begs to differ. * MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch: Angels are well-known for proudly proclaiming themselves "God's Chosen People", and complaining about technology being a distraction fro God. Alex is a Pagan. Who works as a software engineer.
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* MagicVersusScience: The general belief is that magic and science can't work together. Alex begs to differ. As it turns out, they can. * MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch: Angels are well-known for proudly proclaiming themselves "God's Chosen People", and complaining about technology being a distraction fro from God. Alex is a Pagan. Who works as a Pagan angel who designs software engineer.for a living.

* ReligionIsMagic: You need a religion (or at least a philosophy) in order to use magic. * ThereIsNoSuchThingAsNotability: Have you heard of MW:ADC? No? Well, that's not too surprising.
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* ReligionIsMagic: You need a religion (or at least a strong philosophy) in order to use magic. * ThereIsNoSuchThingAsNotability: Have you heard of MW:ADC? No? Well, that's not too surprising.magic.
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Oh, and their actions ''may'' lead to the End of the World as we Know it. Anyway-- Lilly: WHAT! No. I am ''not'' going to cause the Apocalypse. Alex: Eh. We might. Guess we'll have to wait and see. *shrugs* So, hey... I made a cake... want some?
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Oh, and their actions ''may'' lead to the End of the World as we Know it.TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt. Anyway-- Lilly: [[{{BreakingTheFourthWall}} Lilly WHAT! No. I am ''not'' going to cause the Apocalypse. Alex: Alex Eh. We might. Guess we'll have to wait and see. *shrugs* So, hey... I made a cake... want some? ]]

* ThereIsNoSuchThingAsNotability: Have you heard of MW:ADC? No? Well, that's not too surprising. * WizardingSchool: the Angel Academy.
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* ThereIsNoSuchThingAsNotability: Have BreakingTheFourthWall: -->Damn, you heard of MW:ADC? No? Well, that's theWriter!! You heartless, sadistic freak! How could you? -->theWriter: It’s not too surprising. * WizardingSchool: me! It was… um… well, there’s this guy who’s totally evil, and… uh… he did it. He’s responsible for it all. Everything bad. All him. Not my fault. His name? Uh… Scape. Scape the Angel Academy.Goat. * DarkIsNotEvil: Alex explains dark and light magic: --> in light magic, the power is siphoned off someone else, either a spirit/deity, or a group of other magicians. The benefit is that the individual magician doesn’t need to be powerful, because the power comes from elsewhere. It also tends to be easier, because the magical energy comes pre-packaged for whatever spell you need. -->Dark magic, on the other hand, is self-contained. The magician uses their own power, so they’re free to use it as they wish. Harder, but you don’t have to worry about some deity saying “nah, I don’t really care about your issues. You’re (insert minority here).” Seriously, it happens. Deities can be highly judgmental.

* DarkIsNotEvil: Alex explains dark magic.
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* DarkIsNotEvil: MagicVersusScience: The general belief is that magic and science can't work together. Alex explains dark magic.begs to differ.

* MagicVersusScience: The general belief is that magic and science can't work together. Alex begs to differ.

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\n* ThereIsNoSuchThingAsNotability: Have you heard of MW:ADC? No? Well, that's not too surprising. * WizardingSchool: the Angel Academy.

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* SadistTeacher: [[http://alicrow.com/chapter-3/ Ms. Slaphappy.]]
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