History Literature / OfFearAndFaith

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* {{Atheist}}: Phenix reveals that he is rather adamant about his disbelief in God when he and North get into a heated discussion about it. Apparently, they've had this argument several times before.


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* HollywoodAtheist: Phenix reveals that he is rather adamant about his disbelief in God when he and North get into a heated discussion about it. Apparently, they've had this argument several times before.
25th Jan '16 6:38:21 AM Fireblood
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* {{Atheist}}: Phenix reveals that he is rather adamant about his disbelief in God when he and North get into a heated discussion about it. Apparently, they've had this argument several times before.



* NayTheist: Phenix reveals that he is rather adamant about his disbelief in God when he and North get into a heated discussion about it. Apparently, they've had this argument several times before.
28th Apr '15 2:30:31 AM 102372
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->''"To have faith is to have wings."''

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->''"To ->''To have faith is to have wings."''
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The plot starts off with [[TheSnarkKnight August]] and [[ExtremeDoormat Phenix]] being approached by mysterious talking animals (Vatra and Noble) that offer the two a chance to accompany them on a journey. They won't say where they're going or how they'll get there, only that the two men will find their destinies on the path, an offer which neither of them can refuse despite all logic and reason warning them against it.

Other characters join the group along the way (usually at [[TheChooserOfTheOne Vatra's]] insistence) including [[TeamDad North]], a religious man who is one of very few to still believe in God, [[PluckyGirl Elin]], a bubbly CatGirl with deep-seated emotional scars, [[TheCharmer Aiden]], a self-centered LadykillerInLove, [[ProperLady Lilac]], a shy submissive girl who's in love with Aiden, [[GenkiBoy Tel]], a brave young idealist, and [[TheGadfly Kavik]], a cool and confident BloodKnight.

The story focuses primarily on the eight main characters and their CharacterDevelopment as they fight against the [[TheLegionsOfHell Nichts]], demonic creatures that have reduced most of the world to a wasteland, the [[TheHeartless Voices]], powerful demons that can manipulate the minds and senses of people, and the Disciples, the military organization that keeps what's left of the world in order, through [[KnightTemplar whatever means necessary]].

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The plot starts off with [[TheSnarkKnight August]] and [[ExtremeDoormat Phenix]] being approached by mysterious talking animals (Vatra and Noble) that offer the two a chance to accompany them on a journey. They won't say where they're going or how they'll get there, only that the two men will find their destinies on the path, an offer which neither of them can refuse refuse, despite all logic and reason warning them against it.

Other characters join the group along the way (usually at [[TheChooserOfTheOne Vatra's]] insistence) Vatra]]'s insistence), including [[TeamDad North]], a religious man who is one of very few to still believe in God, God; [[PluckyGirl Elin]], a bubbly CatGirl with deep-seated emotional scars, scars; [[TheCharmer Aiden]], a self-centered LadykillerInLove, LadykillerInLove; [[ProperLady Lilac]], a shy shy, submissive girl who's in love with Aiden, [[GenkiBoy Aiden; [[GenkiGirl Tel]], a brave young idealist, idealist; and [[TheGadfly Kavik]], a cool and confident BloodKnight.

The story focuses primarily on the eight main characters and their CharacterDevelopment as they fight against the [[TheLegionsOfHell Nichts]], demonic creatures that have reduced most of the world to a wasteland, wasteland; the [[TheHeartless Voices]], powerful demons that can manipulate the minds and senses of people, people; and the Disciples, the military organization that keeps what's left of the world in order, order through [[KnightTemplar whatever means necessary]].



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* AbusiveParents: Lilac's mother is verbally and emotionally abusive, to an almost hilariously disturbing degree. She's an utter narcissist who insults Lilac with almost every sentence that leaves her mouth without even noticing.
** August and Scarlet's (step)parents were both abusive. Their father hit Scarlet (and it's implied August as well), and their mother [[spoiler: sexually abused August.]]

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* AbusiveParents: AbusiveParents:
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Lilac's mother is verbally and emotionally abusive, abusive to an almost hilariously disturbing degree. She's an utter narcissist who insults Lilac with almost every sentence that leaves her mouth without even noticing.
** August and Scarlet's (step)parents were both abusive. Their father hit Scarlet (and (and, it's implied implied, August as well), and their mother [[spoiler: sexually [[spoiler:sexually abused August.]]August]].



* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: Phenix feels that North is this to him. North doesn't see it that way, but Phenix feels some resentment over it. This comes to a head after [[spoiler: North convinces the Disciples in the Fortress of the Damned to follow him after a single RousingSpeech, after Phenix had tried for three straight chapters to accomplish the same feat with fairly dismal results, at the end of]] ''Falling In the Black''.

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* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: Phenix feels that North is this to him. North doesn't see it that way, but Phenix feels some resentment over it. This comes to a head after [[spoiler: North [[spoiler:North convinces the Disciples in the Fortress of the Damned to follow him after a single RousingSpeech, RousingSpeech after Phenix had tried for three straight chapters to accomplish the same feat with fairly dismal results, results]] at the end of]] of ''Falling In the Black''.



* AttentionDeficitOohShiny: Elin is easily distracted by noises, insects and pickles and her narration will sometimes drift off topic to notice minute details and trivial things that are unrelated to the scene as a whole.

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* AttentionDeficitOohShiny: Elin is easily distracted by noises, insects insects, and pickles and her narration will sometimes drift off topic to notice minute details and trivial things that are unrelated to the scene as a whole.



---> "Donít try to intimidate ''me'', monster! I am North Avalon, beloved son and steadfast soldier of the Most High God! And I will '''not back down'''!"
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Phenix is a very well-mannered individual and a bit of a push over, but ''donít'' threaten his friends. [[ThouShaltNotKill He wonít kill you]], but he will [[ManOnFire make you wish he did]].
* BigDamnHeroes: North, August and Elin swoop in and save the day [[spoiler: during the fight with Sorrow at the end of ''Veil of Sorrow'']], saving Phenix from one of the [[TheDreaded Voices]].

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---> "Donít --->"Don't try to intimidate ''me'', monster! I am North Avalon, beloved son and steadfast soldier of the Most High God! And I will '''not back down'''!"
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Phenix is a very well-mannered individual and a bit of a push over, but ''donít'' ''don't'' threaten his friends. [[ThouShaltNotKill He wonít won't kill you]], but he will [[ManOnFire make you wish he did]].
* BigDamnHeroes: North, August and Elin swoop in and save the day [[spoiler: during [[spoiler:during the fight with Sorrow at the end of ''Veil of Sorrow'']], saving Phenix from one of the [[TheDreaded Voices]].



* TheCallKnowsWhereYouLive: After Kavik refused Noble and Augustís attempts to recruit him, he was found by another [[TalkingAnimal feral]] [[TheChooserOfTheOne Fionbri]] named [[{{Jerkass}} Garu]] who decided to convince Kavik to join August, and refused to take no for an answer.

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* TheCallKnowsWhereYouLive: After Kavik refused Noble and Augustís August's attempts to recruit him, he was found by another [[TalkingAnimal feral]] [[TheChooserOfTheOne Fionbri]] named [[{{Jerkass}} Garu]] who decided to convince Kavik to join August, and refused to take no for an answer.



* ChivalrousPervert: DoubleSubverted with Aiden. He comes off as this, but itís [[HandsomeLech mostly an act]]. [[LadykillerInLove Except with Lilac]].

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* ChivalrousPervert: DoubleSubverted with Aiden. He comes off as this, but itís it's [[HandsomeLech mostly an act]]. [[LadykillerInLove Except with Lilac]].



* DarkAndTroubledPast: As of ''Falling In the Black'', it's clear that every one of the main characters have histories along these lines, and it's hard to tell who has it the worst.

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* DarkAndTroubledPast: As of ''Falling In the Black'', it's clear that every one of the main characters have histories along these lines, and it's lines. It's hard to tell who has it the worst.



* DespairEventHorizon: The Disciples inside the eponymous fortress in ''Fortress of the Damned'' have crossed this except for Grazia (albeit just barely). Later, [[spoiler:Sorrow tries to push most of the Stray Dogs past this.]]
** HopeIsScary: Embodied by the aforementioned Disciples, especially Giovanna who initially refuses any help that the Stray Dogs offer.

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* DespairEventHorizon: The Disciples inside the eponymous fortress in ''Fortress of the Damned'' have crossed this except for Grazia (albeit just barely). Later, [[spoiler:Sorrow tries to push most of the Stray Dogs past this.]]
this]].
** HopeIsScary: Embodied by the aforementioned Disciples, especially Giovanna Giovanna, who initially refuses any help that the Stray Dogs offer.



* [[{{Determinator}} Determinator]]: All of the Stray Dogs have shades of this. A standout example of this would be when North's legs cave from under him so he decides to ''crawl'' back to the battle with Fear, refusing to let August go it alone.
* DoomedHometown: Elinís home town was destroyed by Nichts three months before the story began. Bringing this up seems to be the only thing capable of dampening her spirits.

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* [[{{Determinator}} Determinator]]: {{Determinator}}: All of the Stray Dogs have shades of this. A standout example of this would be when North's legs cave from under him so he decides to ''crawl'' back to the battle with Fear, refusing to let August go it alone.
* DoomedHometown: Elinís Elin's home town was destroyed by Nichts three months before the story began. Bringing this up seems to be the only thing capable of dampening her spirits.



* [[{{Flashback}} Flashback]]: Invoked [[spoiler:and ''weaponized'' by Sorrow.]] A good deal of the Fortress of the Damned arc[[labelnote:*]]''Fortress of the Damned'' to ''Resolution'', i.e. chapters 11-14[[/labelnote]] is dedicated to the main characters' [[DarkAndTroubledPast unpleasant flashbacks]].

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* [[{{Flashback}} Flashback]]: {{Flashback}}: Invoked [[spoiler:and ''weaponized'' by Sorrow.]] Sorrow]]. A good deal of the Fortress of the Damned arc[[labelnote:*]]''Fortress of the Damned'' to ''Resolution'', i.e. chapters 11-14[[/labelnote]] is dedicated to the main characters' [[DarkAndTroubledPast unpleasant flashbacks]].



* HandsomeLech: Aiden is more this than a ChivalrousPervert, not really giving any thought to the feelings of the women he's pursuing (the main reason he's upset about his girlfriend cheating is only because she cheated on him ''first''). This however, [[LadykillerInLove does not apply around Lilac]].

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* HandsomeLech: Aiden is more this than a ChivalrousPervert, not really giving any thought to the feelings of the women he's pursuing (the main reason he's upset about his girlfriend cheating is only because that she cheated on him ''first''). This This, however, [[LadykillerInLove does not apply around Lilac]].



* TheHeartless: The Voices are powerful Nichts created from humankindís negative emotions that instill that emotion in people by their mere presence.

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* TheHeartless: The Voices are powerful Nichts created from humankindís humankind's negative emotions that instill that emotion in people by their mere presence.



* HonorBeforeReason: This is a trait ingrained in the minds of all Disciples, to be loyal to their order above anything else, even their own needs and desires. Giovanna embodies this trait, electing to stay in the hellhole of a fortress she and her soldiers were sentenced to because it was their duty to do as they were told. [[spoiler: The very first thing she does after finally escaping is to turn herself in to be arrested for abandoning her post.]]

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* HonorBeforeReason: This is a trait ingrained in the minds of all Disciples, to be loyal to their order above anything else, even their own needs and desires. Giovanna embodies this trait, electing to stay in the hellhole of a fortress she and her soldiers were sentenced to because it was their duty to do as they were told. [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The very first thing she does after finally escaping is to turn herself in to be arrested for abandoning her post.]]post]].



* INeedAFreakingDrink: August, after [[NoSocialSkills trying to talk to people]].

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* INeedAFreakingDrink: August, August after [[NoSocialSkills trying to talk to people]].



** Augustís narration where [[NotBloodSiblings Scarlet]] is concerned comes off like this at first but it becomes clear that he is indeed attracted to her, although he's not happy about that at all.
** With Scarlet it's much more ambiguous, as she does seem to flirt with him but she may just be teasing him to make him uncomfortable (according to August she even flirted with him when they were ''kids'', so make of that what you will).

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** Augustís August's narration where [[NotBloodSiblings Scarlet]] is concerned comes off like this at first first, but it becomes clear that he is indeed attracted to her, although he's not happy about that at all.
** With Scarlet Scarlet, it's much more ambiguous, as she does seem to flirt with him but she may just be teasing him to make him uncomfortable (according to August August, she even flirted with him when they were ''kids'', so make of that what you will).



** North and Tel both seem to require little if any convincing by Vatra in order to join her mysterious quest (although both of their conversations with her are offscreen).

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** North and Tel both seem seemed to require little if any convincing by Vatra in order to join her mysterious quest (although both of their conversations with her are offscreen).



* MindRape: A fairly minor example as far as this trope goes, but Fearís presence drives August into a panic almost immediately, messing with all [[ImHavingSoulPains six]] of his senses.
** [[spoiler:Sorrow]] employs a much straighter example of this trope via [[spoiler:weaponized flashbacks.]]

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* MindRape: A fairly minor example as far as this trope goes, but Fearís Fear's presence drives August into a panic almost immediately, messing with all [[ImHavingSoulPains six]] of his senses.
** [[spoiler:Sorrow]] employs a much straighter example of this trope via [[spoiler:weaponized flashbacks.]]flashbacks]].



* MyGreatestFailure: Implied. August asks North if the latter has any regrets and North says that he has just one, but doesn't elaborate any further than that. [[spoiler:We get to see firsthand what this regret is in ''Falling In the Black'', and it is [[{{Understatement}} somewhat unpleasant]].]]
* NamedWeapons: The Testaments are all [[CoolSword Cool Swords]] personifying a positive emotion or trait, and are named after the thing they embody.
* NayTheist: Phenix reveals that he is rather adamant about his disbelief in God when he and North get into a heated discussion about it. Apparently they've had this argument several times before.
* NearDeathExperience: [[spoiler:Aiden and Lilac]] share one in ''Fear the Reaper'' when [[spoiler:the tunnels they're both in collapse on them.]] ''Echoing Scars'' begins with the former trying to come to terms with the resulting trauma.

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* MyGreatestFailure: Implied. August asks North if the latter has any regrets and North says that he has just one, but doesn't elaborate any further than that. [[spoiler:We get to see firsthand what this regret is in ''Falling In the Black'', and it is [[{{Understatement}} somewhat unpleasant]].]]
unpleasant]]]].
* NamedWeapons: The Testaments are all [[CoolSword Cool Swords]] {{Cool Sword}}s personifying a positive emotion or trait, trait and are named after the thing they embody.
* NayTheist: Phenix reveals that he is rather adamant about his disbelief in God when he and North get into a heated discussion about it. Apparently Apparently, they've had this argument several times before.
* NearDeathExperience: [[spoiler:Aiden and Lilac]] share one in ''Fear the Reaper'' when [[spoiler:the tunnels they're both in collapse on them.]] them]]. ''Echoing Scars'' begins with the former trying to come to terms with the resulting trauma.



* NoSocialSkills: Augustís attempts at fraternizing with the other members of the group upon first meeting them are painfully awkward and he doesn't talk at all to anyone outside the group.

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* NoSocialSkills: Augustís August's attempts at fraternizing with the other members of the group upon first meeting them are painfully awkward and he doesn't talk at all to anyone outside the group.group at all.



* ThePollyanna: Even immediately after almost being sacrificed by a [[TheLegionsOfHell Nichts]]-worshipping cult, Elin is still all smiles and giggles.

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* ThePollyanna: Even immediately after almost being sacrificed by a [[TheLegionsOfHell Nichts]]-worshipping Nichts]]-worshiping cult, Elin is still all smiles and giggles.



* [[spoiler: RapeAsBackstory: August's stepmother sexually abused him, but this is somewhat glossed over during August's deluge of flashbacks in ''Falling In the Black''. Although it certainly helps to explain his self-loathing nature.]]

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* [[spoiler: RapeAsBackstory: [[spoiler:RapeAsBackstory: August's stepmother sexually abused him, but this is somewhat glossed over during August's deluge of flashbacks in ''Falling In the Black''. Although it certainly helps to explain his self-loathing nature.]]



* ReligionOfEvil: The cult underneath Caldera was definitely this, sacrificing people to summon Nichts under their control. Itís unknown what they were planning on doing with them once they were summoned, but [[CaptainObvious it most certainly wasnít anything that would contribute to society]].

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* ReligionOfEvil: The cult underneath Caldera was definitely this, sacrificing people to summon Nichts under their control. Itís unknown what they were planning on doing with them once they were summoned, but [[CaptainObvious it most certainly wasnít wasn't anything that would contribute to society]].



* [[SwitchingPOV Switching P.O.V.]]: The story is in first person and all eight of the main characters ([[MyFriendsAndZoidberg and Scarlet]]) get to narrate at one point or another (occasionally [[UpToEleven all in the same chapter]]).

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* [[SwitchingPOV Switching P.O.V.]]: SwitchingPOV: The story is in first person and all eight of the main characters ([[MyFriendsAndZoidberg and Scarlet]]) get to narrate at one point or another (occasionally [[UpToEleven all in the same chapter]]).



* ThisIsGonnaSuck: Kavik basically has this to say [[spoiler:about the huge horde of Nichts approaching the fortress]] near the end of ''Fortress of the Damned''. Aiden has a similar moment in the next chapter after the red rain starts to fall. Aiden in particular seems [[LampshadeHanging more annoyed by how cliched it is]] than by the dangerous implications of it.
* UndyingLoyalty: Giovanna inspires this in her soldiers, especially Grazia. [[spoiler: When the first crop of soldiers escape from the Veil thanks to Tel and Noble, they decide to stay put just outside the edge and wait for Giovanna.]]

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* ThisIsGonnaSuck: Kavik basically has this to say [[spoiler:about the huge horde of Nichts approaching the fortress]] near the end of ''Fortress of the Damned''. Aiden has a similar moment in the next chapter after the red rain starts to fall. Aiden in particular seems [[LampshadeHanging more annoyed by how cliched clichéd it is]] than by the dangerous implications of it.
* UndyingLoyalty: Giovanna inspires this in her soldiers, especially Grazia. [[spoiler: When [[spoiler:When the first crop of soldiers escape from the Veil thanks to Tel and Noble, they decide to stay put just outside the edge and wait for Giovanna.]]Giovanna]].



* [[WhatTheHellHero What the Hell, Hero?]]: Phenix calls out North a couple times for jumping to extremes, but North is adamant about his positions (although he does listen and try to see Phenixís side of things).
* [[WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway What Kind of Lame Weapon is Love, Anyway?]]: Phenix's [[CoolSword Testament]] Love is made fun of by some of the others, and even he doesnít understand the logistics of having a weapon that supposedly embodies love.
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* [[WhatTheHellHero What the Hell, Hero?]]: WhatTheHellHero: Phenix calls out North a couple times for jumping to extremes, but North is adamant about his positions (although he does listen and try to see Phenixís side of things).
* [[WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway What Kind of Lame Weapon is Love, Anyway?]]: Phenix's [[CoolSword Testament]] Love Testament]], Love, is made fun of by some of the others, and even he doesnít doesn't understand the logistics of having a weapon that supposedly embodies love.
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* TeamDad: North is the leader of the team, the oldest member, and the first one most of the others come to for comforting advice about their emotional problems. He definitely qualifies as this, and even has some shades of being the TeamMom.

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* TeamDad: North is the leader of the team, the oldest member, and the first one most of the others come to for comforting advice about their emotional problems. problems and he calmly mediates arguments within the group. He is definitely qualifies as this, and even has some shades of being the TeamMom.
15th Jul '14 11:43:05 PM ZenShiva
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** Tel's home was also destroyed by the Nichts and we see his recollection of this event in a flashback, including the last time he ever saw his father.
13th Jul '14 1:06:47 AM ZenShiva
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* HonorBeforeReason: This is a trait ingrained in the minds of all Disciples, to be loyal to their order above anything else, even their own needs and desires. Giovanna embodies this trait, electing to stay in the hellhole of a fortress she and her soldiers were sentenced to because it was their duty to do as they were told. [[spoiler: The very first thing she does after finally escaping is to turn herself in to be arrested for abandoning her post.]]


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* UndyingLoyalty: Giovanna inspires this in her soldiers, especially Grazia. [[spoiler: When the first crop of soldiers escape from the Veil thanks to Tel and Noble, they decide to stay put just outside the edge and wait for Giovanna.]]
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* BigDamnHeroes: North, August and Elin swoop in and save the day [[spoiler: during the fight with Sorrow at the end of ''Veil of Sorrow'']], saving Phenix from one of the [[TheDreaded Voices]].
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* AbusiveParents: Lilac's mother is verbally and emotionally abusive, to an almost hilariously disturbing degree. She's an utter narcissist who insults Lilac with almost every sentence that leaves her mouth without even noticing.
** August and Scarlet's (step)parents were both abusive. Their father hit Scarlet (and it's implied August as well), and their mother [[spoiler: sexually abused August.]]


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* [[spoiler: RapeAsBackstory: August's stepmother sexually abused him, but this is somewhat glossed over during August's deluge of flashbacks in ''Falling In the Black''. Although it certainly helps to explain his self-loathing nature.]]
13th Jul '14 12:32:50 AM ZenShiva
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* RousingSpeech: North delivers one to the Disciples at the end of ''Falling In the Black''. [[spoiler: It works out well for him and the Disciples, as they finally agree to cross to the other side of the veil alongside North and co. It doesn't go as well for Phenix, who feels like a complete failure after three straight chapters of trying and failing to convince the Disciples to follow him, then North comes in and gets them all on his side in a second.]]
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* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: Phenix feels that North is this to him. North doesn't see it that way, but Phenix feels some resentment over it. This comes to a head after [[spoiler: North convinces the Disciples in the Fortress of the Damned to follow him after a single RousingSpeech, after Phenix had tried for three straight chapters to accomplish the same feat with fairly dismal results, at the end of]] ''Falling In the Black''.
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