History Literature / TheSalvationWar

5th May '18 3:03:03 AM krimzonflygon2
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* AncientAstronauts: The true nature of the angels and demons: there's nothing metaphysical whatsoever about them. They're basically aliens from other dimensions, and they were [[SufficiantlyAdvancedAliens so advanced compared to humanity when they first visited Earth]] that humans made myths and religions based on them. Even Yahweh, God Almighty Himself, is simply an extremely powerful angel.

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* AncientAstronauts: The true nature of the angels and demons: there's nothing metaphysical whatsoever about them. They're basically aliens from other dimensions, and they were [[SufficiantlyAdvancedAliens [[SufficientlyAdvancedAliens so advanced compared to humanity when they first visited Earth]] that humans made myths and religions based on them. Even Yahweh, God Almighty Himself, is simply an extremely powerful angel.
5th May '18 3:02:28 AM krimzonflygon2
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* AncientAstronauts: The true nature of the angels and demons: there's nothing metaphysical whatsoever about them. They're basically aliens from other dimensions, and they were [[SufficiantlyAdvancedAlien so advanced compared to humanity when they first visited Earth]] that humans made myths and religions based on them. Even Yahweh, God Almighty Himself, is simply an extremely powerful angel.

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* AncientAstronauts: The true nature of the angels and demons: there's nothing metaphysical whatsoever about them. They're basically aliens from other dimensions, and they were [[SufficiantlyAdvancedAlien [[SufficiantlyAdvancedAliens so advanced compared to humanity when they first visited Earth]] that humans made myths and religions based on them. Even Yahweh, God Almighty Himself, is simply an extremely powerful angel.
5th May '18 3:02:04 AM krimzonflygon2
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* AncientAstronauts: The true nature of the angels and demons: there's nothing metaphysical whatsoever about them. They're basically aliens from other dimensions, and they were so advanced compared to humanity when they first visited Earth that humans made myths and religions based on them. Even Yahweh, God Almighty Himself, is simply an extremely powerful angel.

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* AncientAstronauts: The true nature of the angels and demons: there's nothing metaphysical whatsoever about them. They're basically aliens from other dimensions, and they were [[SufficiantlyAdvancedAlien so advanced compared to humanity when they first visited Earth Earth]] that humans made myths and religions based on them. Even Yahweh, God Almighty Himself, is simply an extremely powerful angel.
30th Apr '18 4:52:55 AM krimzonflygon2
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* AlienInvasion: Turns out there's nothing supernatural about demons or angels: they're flesh-and-blood organisms from parallel dimensions to ours, ultimately making what would be a story about the biblical apocalypse this instead, and an [[EasilyThwartedAlienInvasion easily dealt-with one at that]].


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* AncientAstronauts: The true nature of the angels and demons: there's nothing metaphysical whatsoever about them. They're basically aliens from other dimensions, and they were so advanced compared to humanity when they first visited Earth that humans made myths and religions based on them. Even Yahweh, God Almighty Himself, is simply an extremely powerful angel.
29th Apr '18 11:30:24 AM krimzonflygon2
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* AlienBlood: The Demons, of any subspecies, can have blood that is anywhere on the color wheel (usually yellow, green, or purple), or black. Harpies also have acidic, flammable blood. The coloration is likely a result of secondary pigments in the blood, since judging by their genetics they are almost certainly an evolutionary offshoot of the hominid family from Earth; they should have hemoglobin in their blood. Angels' blood isn't immune to the trope either. Sometimes it's red, more often it's white or silver. It seems that daemon and angelic blood pigment is also a type of blood group.

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* AlienBlood: The Demons, demons, of any subspecies, can have blood that is anywhere on the color wheel (usually yellow, green, or purple), or black. Harpies also have acidic, flammable blood. The coloration is likely a result of secondary pigments in the blood, since judging by their genetics they are almost certainly an evolutionary offshoot of the hominid family from Earth; they should have hemoglobin in their blood. Angels' blood isn't immune to the trope either. Sometimes it's red, more often it's white or silver. It seems that daemon and angelic blood pigment is also a type of blood group.



* AlwaysChaoticEvil: [[spoiler: Subverted with the Demons: their actions are the result of eons of Satan's propaganda and mistreatment. By the time Pantheocide rolls around, it's clear their moral compasses are as complex as Humanity's; from the noble [[TheGoodKing Abigor]] to the self-serving but still somewhat decent Luga, to the truly sadistic and cruel Belial]].

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* AlwaysChaoticEvil: [[spoiler: Subverted with the Demons: demons: their actions are the result of eons of Satan's propaganda and mistreatment. By the time Pantheocide rolls around, it's clear their moral compasses are as complex as Humanity's; from the noble [[TheGoodKing Abigor]] to the self-serving but still somewhat decent Luga, to the truly sadistic and cruel Belial]].



* AttackOfThe50FootWhatever: The Beasts of the Apocalypse each measure somewhere around '''two''' '''''hundred''''' ''feet''. The Demons can also weigh in at not-insubstantial sizes and they have Greater Heralds, Behemoths, Leviathans, Belial's breed of Wyverns, and other such fun supersized creatures.

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* AttackOfThe50FootWhatever: The Beasts of the Apocalypse each measure somewhere around '''two''' '''''hundred''''' ''feet''. The Demons demons can also weigh in at not-insubstantial sizes and they have Greater Heralds, Behemoths, Leviathans, Belial's breed of Wyverns, and other such fun supersized creatures.



** During the first Demon berserker attack, a hunter shoots the Demon with a Weatherby Mark V Deluxe rifle chambered for .416 Weatherby Magnum. Which finally delivers the killing blow.

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** During the first Demon demon berserker attack, a hunter shoots the Demon demon with a Weatherby Mark V Deluxe rifle chambered for .416 Weatherby Magnum. Which finally delivers the killing blow.



** A Scientist who had examined Demon corpses confirmed that chemical weapons should work on them due to their metabolic pathways are almost identical to ours. Much later during the invasion of Hell, the Russians use Sarin gas on a Harpy formation to devastating effect.

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** A Scientist who had examined Demon demon corpses confirmed that chemical weapons should work on them due to their metabolic pathways are almost identical to ours. Much later during the invasion of Hell, the Russians use Sarin gas on a Harpy formation to devastating effect.



* DarkIsNotEvil: A few of the Demons after Satan's fall, Memnon in ''Pantheocide'' being an example. Of course, after being conquered by human beings, being evil would certainly cost you your life, so...

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* DarkIsNotEvil: A few of the Demons demons after Satan's fall, Memnon in ''Pantheocide'' being an example. Of course, after being conquered by human beings, being evil would certainly cost you your life, so...



* DepletedPhlebotinumShells: High-Explosive Anti-Demon rounds, developed with iron payloads to take advantage of the demons' aversion to that element (whether natural or psychosomatic is unclear).

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* DepletedPhlebotinumShells: High-Explosive Anti-Demon HEAD (High-Explosive Anti-Demon) rounds, developed with iron payloads to take advantage of the demons' aversion to that element (whether natural or psychosomatic is unclear).element.



** The Demonic Army keep on marching through even when they are dominated by artillery, landmines, barbed wire, tanks, [=APC=]s, and aircraft.

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** The Demonic demonic Army keep keeps on marching through even when they are dominated by artillery, landmines, barbed wire, tanks, [=APC=]s, and aircraft. All it does is get them slaughtered.



** Iraqi insurgents and even ''Al-Qaeda'' help American troops fight the Demons in the Iraqi desert.

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** Iraqi insurgents and even ''Al-Qaeda'' help American troops fight the Demons demons in the Iraqi desert.



** The IRA and the Belfast police have also teamed together to fight off Demon attacks on home soil.

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** The IRA and the Belfast police have also teamed together to fight off Demon demon attacks on home soil.



** The Demons' main weapons are tridents which can launch ball lightning from the tip.
** The Angels' primary weapons are swords charged with electrical energy, which can do a ''lot'' of damage if they hit--they're able to rip apart even a Demon soldier in a single blow.

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** The Demons' demons' main weapons are tridents which can launch ball lightning from the tip.
** The Angels' primary weapons are swords charged with electrical energy, which can do a ''lot'' of damage if they hit--they're able to rip apart even a Demon demon soldier in a single blow.



** Julius Caesar, who personally leads an army of Demons into melee combat with one of Hell's armies. Much to his dismay, he later has to sit back in the rear lines and do nothing because he is terribly out of date with modern combat tactics. Also, his armor is gaudy and makes him an easy target.

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** Julius Caesar, who personally leads an army of Demons demons into melee combat with one of Hell's armies. Much to his dismay, he later has to sit back in the rear lines and do nothing because he is terribly out of date with modern combat tactics. Also, his armor is gaudy and makes him an easy target.



** The first Demon KIA of the Salvation War is killed this way by taking AIM-120 missiles to the nuts. Damn, talk about overkill.

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** The first Demon demon KIA of the Salvation War is killed this way by taking AIM-120 missiles to the nuts. Damn, talk about overkill.



** President George W Bush has been going through one since The Message, which had completely tore apart the faith that had kept him going for most of his political career. This changes when a squad of F/A-18E fighter jets shoots down a pack of Demons.

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** President George W Bush has been going through one since The Message, which had completely tore apart the faith that had kept him going for most of his political career. This changes when a squad of F/A-18E fighter jets shoots down a pack of Demons.demons.



** Philip Phelan, a security guard at the New Market Mall holds back a Demon to give some high school kids a chance to escape.
** One of the most awesome ones is [[spoiler:Al Bundy]] tackling a Demon.

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** Philip Phelan, a security guard at the New Market Mall holds back a Demon demon to give some high school kids a chance to escape.
** One of the most awesome ones is [[spoiler:Al Bundy]] tackling a Demon.demon.



* HumanityIsSuperior: The war against Hell is pretty close to being a [[CurbStompBattle Curb Stomp War]], thanks to the human advantages of science (as an acknowledged, non-proscribed concept), engineering (ditto), critical thinking ("thirded"?), and military firepower (thanks to the former) available to the humans. Add to that how they treat their prisoners and the defeated with such incomprehensible kindness by Demonic standards that to them, they rival Yahweh himself.

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* HumanityIsSuperior: The war against Hell is pretty close to being a [[CurbStompBattle Curb Stomp War]], thanks to the human advantages of science (as an acknowledged, non-proscribed concept), engineering (ditto), critical thinking ("thirded"?), and military firepower (thanks to the former) available to the humans. Add to that how they treat their prisoners and the defeated with such incomprehensible kindness by Demonic demonic standards that to them, they rival Yahweh himself.



* HumansAreTheRealMonsters: Subverted. On the battlefield, according to the demons, human are ruthless killing machines. They just won't stop until the opposing army is ''annihilated''. Still, they're also incredibly nice with their prisoners of war, by demonic standards of course. However, Micheal fears that humanity will not be so forgiving to Heaven, since Yahweh basically betrayed them. He figures that the humans didn't really like the Demons, but they ''hate'' the angels. The author's said that Michael, aware of lower angelic fertility, fears that angelic casualties on the level the demons suffered during the Curbstomp War would be an extinction event.

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* HumansAreTheRealMonsters: Subverted. On the battlefield, according to the demons, human are ruthless killing machines. They just won't stop until the opposing army is ''annihilated''. Still, they're also incredibly nice with their prisoners of war, by demonic standards of course. However, Micheal fears that humanity will not be so forgiving to Heaven, since Yahweh basically betrayed them. He figures that the humans didn't really like the Demons, demons, but they ''hate'' the angels. The author's said that Michael, aware of lower angelic fertility, fears that angelic casualties on the level the demons suffered during the Curbstomp War would be an extinction event.



* HumansThroughAlienEyes: Throughout the story, we get first person views of Demons and Angels interacting with humans, whether one the battlefield or not.

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* HumansThroughAlienEyes: Throughout the story, we get first person views of Demons demons and Angels angels interacting with humans, whether one the battlefield or not.



* IncestIsRelative: The reason why kitten's Demon ancestry is so pronounced.

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* IncestIsRelative: The reason why kitten's Demon demon ancestry is so pronounced.



** The Demons ability to control minds across dimensions can be completely blocked by a thin sheet of aluminum. This is explained in-universe by pointing out that to have avoided detection to date, the emissions would have to be very weak and in unfamiliar parts of the spectrum. Against such signals, aluminum shielding is effective and really is used in warships and military aircraft making this TruthInTelevision. This kind of shielding is the first option any design team looks at when dealing with signals interference. The discovery that tinfoil hats actually work is also RuleOfFunny.
* MagicAIsMagicA: In the effort to scientifically justify them, Demon/Angelic abilities follow specific rules, particularly portals. For example, portals can only be opened ''between'' dimensions (i.e. from Hell to Earth, or Earth to Heaven, but not from Earth to another point on Earth) and require a "beacon" to focus the portal on (either a human Nephilim, an angel, or a Demon).

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** The Demons demons ability to control minds across dimensions can be completely blocked by a thin sheet of aluminum. This is explained in-universe by pointing out that to have avoided detection to date, the emissions would have to be very weak and in unfamiliar parts of the spectrum. Against such signals, aluminum shielding is effective and really is used in warships and military aircraft making this TruthInTelevision. This kind of shielding is the first option any design team looks at when dealing with signals interference. The discovery that tinfoil hats actually work is also RuleOfFunny.
* MagicAIsMagicA: In the effort to scientifically justify them, Demon/Angelic demon/angelic abilities follow specific rules, particularly portals. For example, portals can only be opened ''between'' dimensions (i.e. from Hell to Earth, or Earth to Heaven, but not from Earth to another point on Earth) and require a "beacon" to focus the portal on (either a human Nephilim, an angel, or a Demon).demon).



** After ''literally'' thousands of years of horribly torturing and mutilating human souls, the Demons of Hell are seen doing their best in ''Pantheocide'' to try to make up for it. It's the position of much of humanity that they never will make up for it, but as Memnon puts it, at least trying to be better and honestly working at it is better than giving up.

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** After ''literally'' thousands of years of horribly torturing and mutilating human souls, the Demons demons of Hell are seen doing their best in ''Pantheocide'' to try to make up for it. It's the position of much of humanity that they never will make up for it, but as Memnon puts it, at least trying to be better and honestly working at it is better than giving up.



** One of the more subtle advantages Humanity has is that the typical management style of minions in Hell is to bully and degrade them, even punishing them for acts of excellent performance as proof of laziness. For turncoat Demons, the typical Human style of reasonable performance goals with effusive praise and rewards when they are exceeded makes them a joy to work for in comparison.

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** One of the more subtle advantages Humanity has is that the typical management style of minions in Hell is to bully and degrade them, even punishing them for acts of excellent performance as proof of laziness. For turncoat Demons, demons, the typical Human style of reasonable performance goals with effusive praise and rewards when they are exceeded makes them a joy to work for in comparison.



* NormalFishInATinyPond: Humanity, definitely. While the tactics and tech we use are fairly recent, they're still fairly normal for humanity. The ability to communicate instantly over long distances, use guns, and travel faster than the speed of sound are ''major'' advantages over the Angels and Demons, though.

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* NormalFishInATinyPond: Humanity, definitely. While the tactics and tech we use are fairly recent, they're still fairly normal for humanity. The ability to communicate instantly over long distances, use guns, and travel faster than the speed of sound are ''major'' advantages over the Angels angels and Demons, demons, though.



** The Demonic army finally lose their shit when the humans bring out the [[TankGoodness "Iron Chariots"]] during the Battle in the Iraqi desert.

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** The Demonic demonic army finally lose their shit when the humans bring out the [[TankGoodness "Iron Chariots"]] during the Battle in the Iraqi desert.



** Luga gets one in turn when she hears that the Demonic army was defeated in Iraq.

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** Luga gets one in turn when she hears that the Demonic demonic army was defeated in Iraq.



** In ''Armageddon???'', [[spoiler:a woman who has just pumped seven .32 caliber rounds into a raging Demon without causing it any discomfort]] replies with "I need a bigger fucking gun" when asked by a journalist how she feels.

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** In ''Armageddon???'', [[spoiler:a woman who has just pumped seven .32 caliber rounds into a raging Demon demon without causing it any discomfort]] replies with "I need a bigger fucking gun" when asked by a journalist how she feels.



* PunyHumans: The Demons all tower above most humans, but they learn the hard way that modern weapons tech ''more'' that makes up for it.

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* PunyHumans: The Demons demons all tower above most humans, but they learn the hard way that modern weapons tech ''more'' that makes up for it.



** Some of the humans trapped in the Slocum Mines of Tartarus try to give a true answer to the Demon's question of where the human's weapons of war are made. Most likely to get better treatment in the hell pits.

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** Some of the humans trapped in the Slocum Mines of Tartarus try to give a true answer to the Demon's demon's question of where the human's weapons of war are made. Most likely to get better treatment in the hell pits.



** The flying Demons have internal bladders filled with some gas light enough to allow them fly and flammable enough to allow them to breathe fire. Unfortunately, the same gas circulates in their blood, making it both acidic and hypergolic; such Demons, when badly injured, tend to catch fire or explode.

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** The flying Demons demons have internal bladders filled with some gas light enough to allow them fly and flammable enough to allow them to breathe fire. Unfortunately, the same gas circulates in their blood, making it both acidic and hypergolic; such Demons, demons, when badly injured, tend to catch fire or explode.



* TankGoodness: The awesomeness of tanks and the deadly efficiency and effectiveness of mechanized warfare are repeatedly brought to notice, and tank tactics are detailed realistically. That effectiveness is magnified by the fact their enemies have no clue as to what they are and how to fight them. The tanks appearing in the story are all RealLife machines of course; they're already good enough for fighting the Demons, without needing to adapt as much as infantry (who needed new, heavier weapons) or air power (which had some problems being deployed to hell, since jets couldn't take the dust & grime).

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* TankGoodness: The awesomeness of tanks and the deadly efficiency and effectiveness of mechanized warfare are repeatedly brought to notice, and tank tactics are detailed realistically. That effectiveness is magnified by the fact their enemies have no clue as to what they are and how to fight them. The tanks appearing in the story are all RealLife machines of course; they're already good enough for fighting the Demons, demons, without needing to adapt as much as infantry (who needed new, heavier weapons) or air power (which had some problems being deployed to hell, since jets couldn't take the dust & grime).
29th Apr '18 11:23:49 AM krimzonflygon2
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* AlienBlood: The Baldricks, of any subspecies, can have blood that is anywhere on the color wheel (usually yellow, green, or purple), or black. Harpies also have acidic, flammable blood. The coloration is likely a result of secondary pigments in the blood, since judging by their genetics they are almost certainly an evolutionary offshoot of the hominid family from Earth; they should have hemoglobin in their blood. Angels' blood isn't immune to the trope either. Sometimes it's red, more often it's white or silver. It seems that daemon and angelic blood pigment is also a type of blood group.

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* AlienBlood: The Baldricks, Demons, of any subspecies, can have blood that is anywhere on the color wheel (usually yellow, green, or purple), or black. Harpies also have acidic, flammable blood. The coloration is likely a result of secondary pigments in the blood, since judging by their genetics they are almost certainly an evolutionary offshoot of the hominid family from Earth; they should have hemoglobin in their blood. Angels' blood isn't immune to the trope either. Sometimes it's red, more often it's white or silver. It seems that daemon and angelic blood pigment is also a type of blood group.



* AlwaysChaoticEvil: [[spoiler: Subverted with the Baldricks: their actions are the result of eons of Satan's propaganda and mistreatment. By the time Pantheocide rolls around, it's clear their moral compasses are as complex as Humanity's; from the noble [[TheGoodKing Abigor]] to the self-serving but still somewhat decent Luga, to the truly sadistic and cruel Belial]].

to:

* AlwaysChaoticEvil: [[spoiler: Subverted with the Baldricks: Demons: their actions are the result of eons of Satan's propaganda and mistreatment. By the time Pantheocide rolls around, it's clear their moral compasses are as complex as Humanity's; from the noble [[TheGoodKing Abigor]] to the self-serving but still somewhat decent Luga, to the truly sadistic and cruel Belial]].



* AttackOfThe50FootWhatever: The Beasts of the Apocalypse each measure somewhere around '''two''' '''''hundred''''' ''feet''. The Baldricks can also weigh in at not-insubstantial sizes and they have Greater Heralds, Behemoths, Leviathans, Belial's breed of Wyverns, and other such fun supersized creatures.

to:

* AttackOfThe50FootWhatever: The Beasts of the Apocalypse each measure somewhere around '''two''' '''''hundred''''' ''feet''. The Baldricks Demons can also weigh in at not-insubstantial sizes and they have Greater Heralds, Behemoths, Leviathans, Belial's breed of Wyverns, and other such fun supersized creatures.



** During the first Baldrick berserker attack, a hunter shoot the Baldrick with a Weatherby Mark V Deluxe rifle chambered for .416 Weatherby Magnum. Which finally delivers the killing blow.

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** During the first Baldrick Demon berserker attack, a hunter shoot shoots the Baldrick Demon with a Weatherby Mark V Deluxe rifle chambered for .416 Weatherby Magnum. Which finally delivers the killing blow.



** A Scientist who had examined Baldrick corpses confirmed that chemical weapons should work on them due to their metabolic pathways are almost identical to ours. Much later during the invasion of Hell, the Russians use Sarin gas on a Harpy formation to devastating effect.

to:

** A Scientist who had examined Baldrick Demon corpses confirmed that chemical weapons should work on them due to their metabolic pathways are almost identical to ours. Much later during the invasion of Hell, the Russians use Sarin gas on a Harpy formation to devastating effect.



* DarkIsNotEvil: A few of the Baldricks after Satan's fall, Memnon in ''Pantheocide'' being an example. Of course, after being conquered by human beings, being evil would certainly cost you your life, so...

to:

* DarkIsNotEvil: A few of the Baldricks Demons after Satan's fall, Memnon in ''Pantheocide'' being an example. Of course, after being conquered by human beings, being evil would certainly cost you your life, so...



** Iraqi insurgents and even ''Al-Qaeda'' help American troops fight the Baldricks in the Iraqi desert.

to:

** Iraqi insurgents and even ''Al-Qaeda'' help American troops fight the Baldricks Demons in the Iraqi desert.



** The IRA and the Belfast police have also teamed together to fight off Baldrick attacks on home soil.

to:

** The IRA and the Belfast police have also teamed together to fight off Baldrick Demon attacks on home soil.



** The Baldricks' main weapons are tridents which can launch ball lightning from the tip.
** The Angels' primary weapons are swords charged with electrical energy, which can do a ''lot'' of damage if they hit--they're able to rip apart even a Baldrick soldier in a single blow.

to:

** The Baldricks' Demons' main weapons are tridents which can launch ball lightning from the tip.
** The Angels' primary weapons are swords charged with electrical energy, which can do a ''lot'' of damage if they hit--they're able to rip apart even a Baldrick Demon soldier in a single blow.



** Julius Caesar, who personally leads an army of Baldricks into melee combat with one of Hell's armies. Much to his dismay, he later has to sit back in the rear lines and do nothing because he is terribly out of date with modern combat tactics. Also, his armor is gaudy and makes him an easy target.

to:

** Julius Caesar, who personally leads an army of Baldricks Demons into melee combat with one of Hell's armies. Much to his dismay, he later has to sit back in the rear lines and do nothing because he is terribly out of date with modern combat tactics. Also, his armor is gaudy and makes him an easy target.



** President George W Bush has been going through one since The Message, which had completely tore apart the faith that had kept him going for most of his political career. This changes when a squad of F/A-18E fighter jets shoots down a pack of Baldricks.

to:

** President George W Bush has been going through one since The Message, which had completely tore apart the faith that had kept him going for most of his political career. This changes when a squad of F/A-18E fighter jets shoots down a pack of Baldricks.Demons.



** Philip Phelan, a security guard at the New Market Mall holds back a Baldrick to give some high school kids a chance to escape.
** One of the most awesome ones is [[spoiler:Al Bundy]] tackling a Baldrick.

to:

** Philip Phelan, a security guard at the New Market Mall holds back a Baldrick Demon to give some high school kids a chance to escape.
** One of the most awesome ones is [[spoiler:Al Bundy]] tackling a Baldrick.Demon.



* HumansAreTheRealMonsters: Subverted. On the battlefield, according to the demons, human are ruthless killing machines. They just won't stop until the opposing army is ''annihilated''. Still, they're also incredibly nice with their prisoners of war, by demonic standards of course. However, Micheal fears that humanity will not be so forgiving to Heaven, since Yahweh basically betrayed them. He figures that the humans didn't really like the Baldricks, but they ''hate'' the angels. The author's said that Michael, aware of lower angelic fertility, fears that angelic casualties on the level the demons suffered during the Curbstomp War would be an extinction event.

to:

* HumansAreTheRealMonsters: Subverted. On the battlefield, according to the demons, human are ruthless killing machines. They just won't stop until the opposing army is ''annihilated''. Still, they're also incredibly nice with their prisoners of war, by demonic standards of course. However, Micheal fears that humanity will not be so forgiving to Heaven, since Yahweh basically betrayed them. He figures that the humans didn't really like the Baldricks, Demons, but they ''hate'' the angels. The author's said that Michael, aware of lower angelic fertility, fears that angelic casualties on the level the demons suffered during the Curbstomp War would be an extinction event.



* IncestIsRelative: The reason why kitten's Baldrick ancestry is so pronounced.

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* IncestIsRelative: The reason why kitten's Baldrick Demon ancestry is so pronounced.



* MagicAIsMagicA: In the effort to scientifically justify them, Baldrick/Angelic abilities follow specific rules, particularly portals. For example, portals can only be opened ''between'' dimensions (i.e. from Hell to Earth, or Earth to Heaven, but not from Earth to another point on Earth) and require a "beacon" to focus the portal on (either a human Nephilim, an angel, or a Baldrick).

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* MagicAIsMagicA: In the effort to scientifically justify them, Baldrick/Angelic Demon/Angelic abilities follow specific rules, particularly portals. For example, portals can only be opened ''between'' dimensions (i.e. from Hell to Earth, or Earth to Heaven, but not from Earth to another point on Earth) and require a "beacon" to focus the portal on (either a human Nephilim, an angel, or a Baldrick).Demon).



* NotUsingTheZWord: In ''Armageddon???'', the denizens of Hell are almost universally called Baldricks rather than demons or devils. They get called demons more often in ''Pantheocide'', but it turns out "devils" are a whole other type of creature that the demons fought in the past.

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* NotUsingTheZWord: In ''Armageddon???'', the denizens of Hell are almost universally called Baldricks [[FantasticSlur Baldricks]] rather than demons or devils. They get called demons more often in ''Pantheocide'', but it turns out "devils" are a whole other type of creature that the demons fought in the past.



* OvershadowedByAwesome: This happens to a British special forces Colonel sent to reinforce and take over Free Hell during the invasion of Hell. He [[InvokedTrope invokes]] this after ''Julius Caesar'' uses his own argument of "command should go to the highest ranking officer" to take over his troops. Later Caesar did it again with ''the professional part of the Baldrick army that was about to attack Free Hell'' with overwhelming force, leaving the enemy general (that had been shown to be quite smart) with his less capable troops and under fire from artillery.

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* OvershadowedByAwesome: This happens to a British special forces Colonel sent to reinforce and take over Free Hell during the invasion of Hell. He [[InvokedTrope invokes]] this after ''Julius Caesar'' uses his own argument of "command should go to the highest ranking officer" to take over his troops. Later Caesar did it again with ''the professional part of the Baldrick Demon army that was about to attack Free Hell'' with overwhelming force, leaving the enemy general (that had been shown to be quite smart) with his less capable troops and under fire from artillery.



** In ''Armageddon???'', [[spoiler:a woman who has just pumped seven .32 caliber rounds into a raging Baldrick without causing it any discomfort]] replies with "I need a bigger fucking gun" when asked by a journalist how she feels.

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** In ''Armageddon???'', [[spoiler:a woman who has just pumped seven .32 caliber rounds into a raging Baldrick Demon without causing it any discomfort]] replies with "I need a bigger fucking gun" when asked by a journalist how she feels.



* PunyHumans: The Baldricks all tower above most humans, but they learn the hard way that modern weapons tech ''more'' that makes up for it.

to:

* PunyHumans: The Baldricks Demons all tower above most humans, but they learn the hard way that modern weapons tech ''more'' that makes up for it.



** The flying baldricks have internal bladders filled with some gas light enough to allow them fly and flammable enough to allow them to breathe fire. Unfortunately, the same gas circulates in their blood, making it both acidic and hypergolic; such baldricks, when badly injured, tend to catch fire or explode.

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** The flying baldricks Demons have internal bladders filled with some gas light enough to allow them fly and flammable enough to allow them to breathe fire. Unfortunately, the same gas circulates in their blood, making it both acidic and hypergolic; such baldricks, Demons, when badly injured, tend to catch fire or explode.



* TankGoodness: The awesomeness of tanks and the deadly efficiency and effectiveness of mechanized warfare are repeatedly brought to notice, and tank tactics are detailed realistically. That effectiveness is magnified by the fact their enemies have no clue as to what they are and how to fight them. The tanks appearing in the story are all RealLife machines of course; they're already good enough for fighting the Baldricks, without needing to adapt as much as infantry (who needed new, heavier weapons) or air power (which had some problems being deployed to hell, since jets couldn't take the dust & grime).

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* TankGoodness: The awesomeness of tanks and the deadly efficiency and effectiveness of mechanized warfare are repeatedly brought to notice, and tank tactics are detailed realistically. That effectiveness is magnified by the fact their enemies have no clue as to what they are and how to fight them. The tanks appearing in the story are all RealLife machines of course; they're already good enough for fighting the Baldricks, Demons, without needing to adapt as much as infantry (who needed new, heavier weapons) or air power (which had some problems being deployed to hell, since jets couldn't take the dust & grime).
21st Apr '18 5:11:04 AM krimzonflygon2
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* TheChessmaster: Loads of them, 90% on the human side, with their king being General Dave ''Badass'' Petraeus (seriously, just look at ''any'' of his scenes), one with an indefinite side (Michael-Lan), and a few on the demon side who were all out-chessed by humanity and end up being {{Unwitting Pawn}}s. Abigor ''thought'' he was one, what with his thinning of his ranks to extend his line to allow envelopment, unprecedented for ''demonic'' warfare...\\\

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* TheChessmaster: Loads of them, 90% on the human side, with their king being General Dave ''Badass'' Petraeus (seriously, just look at ''any'' of his scenes), one with an indefinite side (Michael-Lan), and a few on the demon side who were all out-chessed by humanity and end up being {{Unwitting Pawn}}s. Abigor ''thought'' he was one, too, what with his thinning of his ranks to extend his line to allow envelopment, unprecedented for ''demonic'' warfare...warfare: unfortunately, [[TooCleverByHalf he was still several centuries behind the times]].\\\
10th Apr '18 12:16:39 PM Bisected8
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** Another was Corporal (deceased) Tucker [=McElroy=] having to mentally fight down the instinctive prejudice he was raised with when he found out kitten was a {{transsexual}}--he succeeds.

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** Another was Corporal (deceased) Tucker [=McElroy=] having to mentally fight down the instinctive prejudice he was raised with when he found out kitten was a {{transsexual}}--he {{transgender}}--he succeeds.



** The [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot masochistic transsexual Nephilim]] tapped to open portals in and out of Hell is called kitten. Note the lack of capitalization.

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** The [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot masochistic transsexual transgender Nephilim]] tapped to open portals in and out of Hell is called kitten. Note the lack of capitalization.
6th Apr '18 5:39:31 PM krimzonflygon2
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* KnightOfCerebus: The first angel shown in Armageddon???, Apollyon, is set up to be this, [[{{Subverted}} but he's unceremoniously killed off a paragraph later.]] We later get a straight and ''very'' effective one in [[TheDreaded Uriel]].
17th Feb '18 1:09:56 AM nombretomado
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* PlaneSpotting: The author (and collaborators) knows his military aircraft.
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