History Literature / VillainsByNecessity

3rd Dec '17 2:14:40 AM Fireblood
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* DeaderThanDead: In order to insure that someone ''stays'' dead (given that powerful healers are able to resurrect them), assassins will burn the body or cut out their heart. Sam's done about a dozen "permanent" assassinations.
3rd Dec '17 1:38:57 AM Fireblood
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* OffstageVillainy: Not one of the villain protagonists does anything ''really'' evil in the story, thus allowing us to sympathize with them. Anything like that is only mentioned as part of their past (for instance Sam's apparently assassinated ''dozens'' of people).

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* OffstageVillainy: Not one of the villain protagonists does anything ''really'' evil in the story, thus allowing us to sympathize with them. Anything like that is only mentioned as part of their past (for instance instance, Sam's apparently assassinated ''dozens'' of people).



* VillainProtagonist: Sam, Arcie and Valeriana, though the former two aren't as villainous.

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* VillainProtagonist: Sam, Arcie and Valeriana, Valeriana (an assassin, thief and dark sorceress), though the former two aren't as villainous.
3rd Dec '17 1:28:29 AM Fireblood
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* BlackAndWhiteMorality: The heroes suffer from this, and their attempt to only push for the forces of light endangers the world, kicking off the book's plot. Our own group of [[VillainProtagonist Villain Protagonists]] reason that the world is more complex than that, and attempting to categorize things leads to the heroes performing morally dubious actions simply because they're "on the right side."

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* BlackAndWhiteMorality: BlackAndWhiteInsanity: The heroes suffer from this, and their attempt to only push for the forces of light endangers the world, kicking off the book's plot. Our own group of [[VillainProtagonist Villain Protagonists]] reason that the world is more complex than that, and attempting to categorize things leads to the heroes performing morally dubious actions simply because they're "on the right side."
3rd Dec '17 1:21:31 AM Fireblood
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* BadassMustache: The legendary hero Sir Pryse was a paladin who sported one of these; apparently he set a trend since every other paladin who shows up in the story is described as boasting a thick, neatly-trimmed mustache. [[spoiler: When Blackmail removes his armor and reveals his identity, he's still got the same mustache he had as Sir Pryse, now just slightly greying from age.]]

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* BadassMustache: The legendary hero Sir Pryse was a paladin who sported one of these; apparently he set a trend since every other paladin who shows up in the story is described as boasting a thick, neatly-trimmed mustache. [[spoiler: When Blackmail removes his armor and reveals his identity, he's still got the same mustache he had as Sir Pryse, now just slightly greying graying from age.]]



* {{Parody}}: The book is one of the standard "Heroes have to save the world" plot, with some "bad guys" having to save the ''universe'' from the "good guys" after they won. It also generally parodies many fantasy cliches, with the ''{{Literature/Dragonlance}}'' characters being more specifically parodied through one band of heroes who try to stop the protagonists, along with borrowing the idea that if good wins, it must turn evil itself in the end.



* VillainProtagonist: Sam, Arcie and Valeriana, though the latter two aren't as villainous.

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* VillainProtagonist: Sam, Arcie and Valeriana, though the latter former two aren't as villainous.
1st Dec '17 7:22:13 PM AdamC
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* BadassMustache: The legendary hero Sir Pryse was a paladin who sported one of these; apparently he set a trend since every other paladin who shows up in the story is described as boasting a thick, neatly-trimmed mustache. [[spoiler: When Blackmail removes his armor and reveals his identity, he's still got the same mustache he had as Sir Pryse, now just slightly greying from age.]]
15th May '17 7:24:40 AM Fireblood
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* GoodCannotComprehendEvil: One of the book's main themes; the heroes who've overrun the world don't seem to ever consider that their actions ever unjustified or go too far. The forces of light in the book can't (or simply won't bring themselves to) understand that the actions of the villains could save the world. Much less accept that the world ''needs'' evil in order to function.

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* GoodCannotComprehendEvil: One of Almost deconstructed. After the book's main themes; the forces of darkness have been all but entirely wiped out, heroes who've overrun swarm the world don't seem brainwashing evil-doers and driving monsters to ever consider that their actions ever unjustified or go too far. extinction. The forces of light in the book can't (or simply won't bring themselves to) understand that the actions of the villains could save the world. Much less accept fact that the world ''needs'' evil in order to function.exist (and will literally cease to be without it) is something none of them can understand, and the book's group of villain protagonists are forced to fight against them until the end.
15th May '17 7:19:04 AM Fireblood
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* GoodCannotComprehendEvil: One of the book's main themes; the heroes who've overrun the world don't seem to ever consider that their actions ever unjustified or go too far. The forces of light in the book can't (or won't bring themselves to) understand that the actions of the villains could save the world. Much less accept that the world ''needs'' evil in order to function.

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* GoodCannotComprehendEvil: One of the book's main themes; the heroes who've overrun the world don't seem to ever consider that their actions ever unjustified or go too far. The forces of light in the book can't (or simply won't bring themselves to) understand that the actions of the villains could save the world. Much less accept that the world ''needs'' evil in order to function.
14th May '17 7:38:02 PM AdamC
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* GoodCannotComprehendEvil: One of the book's main themes; the heroes who've overrun the world don't seem to ever consider that their actions ever unjustified or go too far. The forces of light in the book can't (or won't bring themselves to) understand that the actions of the villains could save the world. Much less accept that the world ''needs'' evil in order to function.
2nd Apr '17 4:06:57 PM Bissek
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* ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks: Zig-zagged. Fenwick tries to kill Sam by throwing his sword at him, and misses - the sword wasn't balanced for use as a projectile, and Fenwick wasn't trained in throwing weapons. Then Sam takes the sword and throws it back at the 'heroes', hitting his target - Sam ''has'' trained in throwing unbalanced swords, and has magically enhanced throwing skills on top of that.
19th Feb '17 11:07:52 PM Fireblood
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* {{Druid}}: Kaylana, who's the [[LastOfHisKind last one left]]. There used to be thousands more, but they were all killed. Most of their traits are typical, though the book adds that they also believe in keeping the {{balance between good and evil}} (to the point of pure stupidity-this is what killed the others).
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