History Literature / SecondApocalypse

21st Sep '17 8:32:51 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* AGodAmI:
** Kellhus comes to believe that [[spoiler:he is the direct agent of God, and he manages to convince the Three Seas that he is their messiah]].
** This is the recurring fantasy of Ikurei Conphas (and his uncle).



* CoveredInScars:
** The Scylvendi scar their arms for each kill in battle, called ''swazond''. Cnaiur takes great pride in possessing more ''swazond'' than any other warrior. [[spoiler:By the Aspect Emperor series, he's literally covered in scars, having slaughtered thousands of people. He boasts that he doesn't have the skin to fully count his atrocities]].
** The Survivor is a horrible mass of scars from battling the Consult.
** The Mutilated live up to their name.



* AGodAmI: [[spoiler:Kellhus becomes inhabited by Ajokli, the god of deceit, and announces that he will reign over humanity. Cnaiur is also inhabited by gods at different points]].

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* AGodAmI: AGodAmI:
** Conphas and his uncle both describe themselves as terrestrial gods at certain points.
** Kellhus represents himself as an incarnation of the God.
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[[spoiler:Kellhus becomes inhabited by Ajokli, the god of deceit, and announces that he will reign over humanity. Cnaiur is also inhabited by gods at different points]].



** Cnaiür is often described as having intensely blue eyes. At one point they're even described as turquoise. They make his insanity all the more apparent.

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** Cnaiür is often described as having intensely blue eyes. At one point some points they're even described as turquoise. They make his insanity all the more apparent.
21st Sep '17 3:55:30 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* {{Precursors}}:
** Nonmen essentially fill this role in Earwa. They are an ancient, dying race that inhabited the continent before Men. Because they are now all male, they are doomed to go extinct and relinquish the world to Men.
** [[spoiler:The Mutilated imply that the Inchoroi are the creation of another race, or the Ark itself, leaving the builders of the Ark a mystery]].
* ProphecyTwist: The Celmomian Prophecy is an object of tremendous import in the Mandate. In his dying moments, Anasûrimbor Celmomas prophesied that "an Anasûrimbor will return at the end of the world," so they seek out that bloodline to be their savior. [[spoiler:It turns out that only an Anasûrimbor can become the No-God, so that bloodline is the Mandate's greatest enemy rather than their salvation]].
* ProudWarriorRaceGuy: Cnaiür and basically the whole Scylvendi civilization.



* ProphecyTwist: The Celmomian Prophecy is an object of tremendous import in the Mandate. In his dying moments, Anasûrimbor Celmomas prophesied that "an Anasûrimbor will return at the end of the world." [[spoiler: In ''The Great Ordeal'', Achamian experiences the death of Celmomas from the High-King's perspective and sees Gilgaöl—the God of war and conflict—holding ''Kellhus'' in his outstretched hand, bidding Celmomas to "Behold the end of the world." An Anasûrimbor ''is'' the end of the world.]]
* ProudWarriorRaceGuy: Cnaiür and basically the whole Scylvendi civilization.
21st Sep '17 3:41:48 PM CaptainCrawdad
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** It's stated that the Inchoroi think of themselves as the "orphans" of the Ark. [[spoiler:The Mutilated reveal that the Ark was their original ruler before they crashed into Earwa. It may even have created them itself, becoming their mother]].
21st Sep '17 3:39:57 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* BigGuyRodeo: A heroic Ordealman scales the titanic body of a Tall Nonman and stabs him in the head with his magic sword.



* ForTheEvulz: The reason why the Inchoroi are so depraved. They take their pursuit of evil pleasure so seriously that it drives all their other actions.

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* ForTheEvulz: The reason why the Inchoroi are so depraved. They take their pursuit of evil pleasure so seriously that it drives all their other actions. [[spoiler:The Mutilated imply that the Inchoroi are themselves a Weapon Race made specifically to be depraved, genocidal maniacs. Their horrible acts are their version of the Absolute]].



* AGodAmI: [[spoiler:Kellhus becomes inhabited by Ajokli, the god of deceit, and announces that he will reign over humanity. Cnai is also inhabited by gods at different points]].

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* AGodAmI: [[spoiler:Kellhus becomes inhabited by Ajokli, the god of deceit, and announces that he will reign over humanity. Cnai Cnaiur is also inhabited by gods at different points]].



** The Mutilated are [[spoiler:five Dunyain captives the Consult took after destroying Ishual. The captives quickly seized control of the Consult]].



** Strategic usage of PunctuatedForEmphasis for {{Wham Line}}s.

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** Strategic usage of PunctuatedForEmphasis for in {{Wham Line}}s.Line}}s.
** Bakker loves certain words, such as "marmoreal" and "hooked."
** Bakker very frequently uses the word "for" to indicate causation, such as saying someone is "blinded for anger."



* SufficientlyAdvancedAlien: The Inchoroi and [[spoiler:the No-God (possibly)]].

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* SufficientlyAdvancedAlien: The Inchoroi and [[spoiler:the No-God (possibly)]].are alien beings with technology that is so advanced it's treated on the same level as magic.



* SummonMagic: Iyokus is the foremost authority on summoning demons. It's the one thing that the Scarlet Spires does that no one else has really looked into, even the Mandate.

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* SummonMagic: Iyokus is the foremost authority on summoning demons. It's the one thing that the Scarlet Spires does that no one else has really looked into, even the Mandate. [[spoiler:Kellhus studies the art in the second series, linking him more and more closely with Ajokli]].
18th Sep '17 4:16:16 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* ArtificialIntelligence: [[spoiler:The Mutilated Dunyain reveal that the Inchoroi were originally ruled by their Ark before it crashed into Earwa. It may have even created them]].



* CurbStompBattle:

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* CurbStompBattle: Kellhus is prone to completely overmatching even his most dangerous opponents.
** Kellhus versus [[spoiler:Cnaiur]] is a mundane but utter beatdown of superior strength and martial skill.



** Kellhus versus [[spoiler:the leaders of the Unholy Consult. He skills Aurax and Cet'ingira with ease, doesn't even need to fight Aurang, and slays one of the five Mutilated with a single gesture]].



* FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler:In as much as he was ever a hero, Kellhus turns into a demon god at the end of ''The Unholy Consult'', possessed by Ajokli, the god of deceit, and announces that he will unfurl a brutal reign of torment on the world]].



* HenchmenRace: The Sranc and the other weapon races who were bred by the Inchoroi to serve as an army.

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* HenchmenRace: The Sranc and the other weapon races who were bred by the Inchoroi to serve as an army. [[spoiler:It's implied that the Inchoroi themselves began as a weapon race of the builders of the Ark (or perhaps the Ark itself)]].



* {{Irony}}: Moënghus did everything Kellhus did, [[spoiler:setting himself up as the prophet to the Fanim instead of the Inrithi,]] only to discover too late that [[spoiler:the Psûkhe is powered by the passion and emotions of the sorcerer, things which the Dûnyain almost completely lack due to their conditioning. As a result, Moënghus is practically rejected from the Cishaurim, blind and able to cast only the simplest spells.]]

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* {{Irony}}: {{Irony}}:
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Moënghus did everything Kellhus did, [[spoiler:setting himself up as the prophet to the Fanim instead of the Inrithi,]] only to discover too late that [[spoiler:the Psûkhe is powered by the passion and emotions of the sorcerer, things which the Dûnyain almost completely lack due to their conditioning. As a result, Moënghus is practically rejected from the Cishaurim, blind and able to cast only the simplest spells.]]]]
** Fearful of Kellhus's Dunyain abilities, the Consult [[spoiler:send an invasion to annihilate Ishual, the stronghold of the Dunyain. However, in the process they take five Dunyain prisoners, who quickly overthrow the Consult's leaders]].



* MutuallyExclusiveMagic: Knowledge of sorcery is jealously guarded by the Schools, which are divided up in categories based on the type of magic they use (primarily Gnostic and Anagogic sorcery). There's also the [[{{Magitek}} Tekne]] of the Consult and the [[EmotionalPowers Psûkhe]] of the Cishaurim (who [[YouKeepUsingThatWord technically aren't a School]] according to the characters, but whatever). At the beginning of the series, there's no known example of a person capable of using more than a single type of sorcery, even though hypothetically there's nothing about the magic itself stopping them, simply because a) you have to join a School before they'll teach you anything, and b) no School would ever give away its sorcerous secrets to someone who has already joined another School. [[spoiler:Kellhus dispels the idea that you can't learn sorcery without joining a School when he convinces Achamian to teach him the Gnosis, and being the master manipulator that he is, he could certainly convince another School to give up its secrets to him--but the Gnosis is ''insanely'' powerful compared to all other forms of sorcery, so there wouldn't be much point]].

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* MutuallyExclusiveMagic: Knowledge of sorcery is jealously guarded by the Schools, which are divided up in categories based on the type of magic they use (primarily Gnostic and Anagogic sorcery). There's also the [[{{Magitek}} Tekne]] of the Consult and the [[EmotionalPowers Psûkhe]] of the Cishaurim (who [[YouKeepUsingThatWord technically aren't a School]] according to the characters, but whatever). At the beginning of the series, there's no known example of a person capable of using more than a single type of sorcery, even though hypothetically there's nothing about the magic itself stopping them, simply because a) you have to join a School before they'll teach you anything, and b) no School would ever give away its sorcerous secrets to someone who has already joined another School. [[spoiler:Kellhus dispels the idea that you can't learn sorcery without joining a School when he convinces Achamian to teach him the Gnosis, and being the master manipulator that he is, he could certainly convince another School to give up its secrets to him--but the Gnosis is ''insanely'' powerful compared to all other forms the purest form of sorcery, so there wouldn't be much point]].



* NoIndoorVoice: [[spoiler: Wutteät, the father of dragons]], whom Achamian encounters [[spoiler: in the ruins of the library of Sauglish]], spits out his entire dialogue VERY LOUDLY. The fandom even jokingly calls him [[spoiler: ALL-CAPS DRAGON]].

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* NoIndoorVoice: [[spoiler: Wutteät, the father of dragons]], whom Achamian encounters [[spoiler: in the ruins of the library of Sauglish]], spits out his entire dialogue VERY LOUDLY. The fandom even jokingly calls him [[spoiler: ALL-CAPS DRAGON]].



* OurDemonsAreDifferent: The Ciphrang are demons from "the Outside" that can be summoned and enslaved by powerful sorcerers. AlienGeometries are implied, as being in the physical world is excruciatingly unpleasant for them and they are described as warping and wavering.
* OurDragonsAreDifferent: Of all the bioweapon creatures created by the Inchoroi, the Wracu are the oldest and most powerful.

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* OurDemonsAreDifferent: The Ciphrang are demons from "the Outside" that can be summoned and enslaved by powerful sorcerers. AlienGeometries are implied, as being in Their world has AlienGeometries, and they find the physical world is excruciatingly unpleasant for them to be painful and they infuriating. Even when corporeal, their physical bodies are described as warping and wavering.
* OurDragonsAreDifferent: Of all the bioweapon creatures created by the Inchoroi, the Wracu are the oldest and most powerful. A single dragon is a match for any group of a sorcerers.


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* SpannerInTheWorks: [[spoiler:Kelmomas spends all of his time in the series screwing up other people's (and gods') plans. He's eventually revealed to be the No-God, so the gods cannot see him or prepare for him. He even sabotages Ajokli's possession of Kellhus, allowing the Mutilated to have Kellhus killed in a moment of confusion]].
18th Sep '17 3:29:53 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* {{Foreshadowing}}: Conphas is surprised that the aged Skeaös has "the endurance of a monkey" when climbing the vast staircase of the Andiamine Heights. This foreshadows [[spoiler:the revelation that Skeaös is a skin-spy]].

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* {{Foreshadowing}}: {{Foreshadowing}}:
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Conphas is surprised that the aged Skeaös has "the endurance of a monkey" when climbing the vast staircase of the Andiamine Heights. This foreshadows [[spoiler:the revelation that Skeaös is a skin-spy]].skin-spy]].
** The concept of benjuka being a game of the spirit rather than the mind provides groundwork for the revelation that [[spoiler:the Psukhe is controlled by emotion rather than logic]].


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* AGodAmI: [[spoiler:Kellhus becomes inhabited by Ajokli, the god of deceit, and announces that he will reign over humanity. Cnai is also inhabited by gods at different points]].
28th Aug '17 12:24:18 PM mindbound
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* UnwillingSuspension: [[spoiler: Kellhus]] is lashed to a large ring (visually, think of the Vitruvian Man, minus the extra limbs) and suspended from a tree. [[spoiler: The incident is later referred to as the Circumfixion, and is clearly meant to parallel the biblical Crucifixion as Kellhus continues to build his role as a Messianic Archetype]].

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* UnwillingSuspension: [[spoiler: Kellhus]] is lashed to a large ring (visually, think of the Vitruvian Man, but upside down and minus the extra limbs) and suspended from a tree. [[spoiler: The incident is later referred to as the Circumfixion, and is clearly meant to parallel the biblical Crucifixion as Kellhus continues to build his role as a Messianic Archetype]].
16th Aug '17 2:36:50 PM Derkhan
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* AndIMustScream: The Nonmen, who are immortal but suffer from madness and amnesia as their memory decays with age. [[spoiler:Malowebi, who ends up disembodied, trapped inside a severed head hanging from the hip of a statue of salt.]]

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* AndIMustScream: AndIMustScream:
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The Nonmen, who are immortal but suffer from madness and amnesia as their memory decays with age. [[spoiler:Malowebi, age.
** Malowebi,
who ends up disembodied, [[spoiler:disembodied and trapped inside a severed head hanging from the hip of a statue of salt.]]



* {{Precursors}}: Averted, actually. There are still Nonmen around, but [[{{HumansAreBastards}} thanks to humans]] and the Inchoroi, all but one of their Mansions are destroyed and empty. The one Mansion that's inhabited, Ishterebinth, is in the far northwest, and cut off from the human world. In the Three Seas, Nonmen are effectively thought of as extinct because they tend to avoid humans, especially after Cil-Aujas (one of only two Mansions to survive the first invasions of Men) was destroyed in the aftermath of the Apocalypse.



* PoweredByAForsakenChild: [[spoiler:Kelmomas becoming the No-God.]]

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* PoweredByAForsakenChild: [[spoiler:Kelmomas becoming It turns out that all that was needed to awaken the No-God.]]No-God was [[spoiler:the soul -- technically the DNA -- of an Anasûrimbor]]. When Kellhus is unwilling to cooperate, [[spoiler:the Mutilated use his eight-year-old son Kelmomas to defeat him, then promptly turn around and stuff Kelmomas into the No-God's sarcophagus to awaken him]].
* {{Precursors}}: Averted, actually. There are still Nonmen around, but [[{{HumansAreBastards}} thanks to humans]] and the Inchoroi, all but one of their Mansions are destroyed and empty. The one Mansion that's inhabited, Ishterebinth, is in the far northwest, and cut off from the human world. In the Three Seas, Nonmen are effectively thought of as extinct because they tend to avoid humans, especially after Cil-Aujas (one of only two Mansions to survive the first invasions of Men) was destroyed in the aftermath of the Apocalypse.
14th Aug '17 11:55:28 PM itsfoob
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* AndIMustScream: The Nonmen, who are immortal but suffer from madness and amnesia as their memory decays with age.

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* AndIMustScream: The Nonmen, who are immortal but suffer from madness and amnesia as their memory decays with age. [[spoiler:Malowebi, who ends up disembodied, trapped inside a severed head hanging from the hip of a statue of salt.]]
14th Aug '17 9:24:06 PM itsfoob
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* PoweredByAForsakenChild: [[spoiler:Kelmomas becoming the No-God.]]
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