History Literature / VillainsByNecessity

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).
19th Feb '17 9:06:58 AM AdamC
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* Cruel Mercy: Mizzamir's punishments on his enemies are ultimately this. He does everything ''but'' kill people who defy his rule but he'll do just about anything else. His dealings with criminals include [[BrainwashingForTheGreaterGood Whitewashing,]] [[TakenForGranite turning them to stone,]] and [[spoiler: [[BalefulPolymorph turning evil-doers into horses.]]]] As pointed out by the villains multiple times, many would prefer ''anything'' to what Mizzamir would do to them.

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* Cruel Mercy: CruelMercy: Mizzamir's punishments on his enemies are ultimately this. He does everything ''but'' kill people who defy his rule but he'll do just about anything else. His dealings with criminals include [[BrainwashingForTheGreaterGood Whitewashing,]] [[TakenForGranite turning them to stone,]] and [[spoiler: [[BalefulPolymorph turning evil-doers into horses.]]]] As pointed out by the villains multiple times, many would prefer ''anything'' to what Mizzamir would do to them.
16th Feb '17 6:38:22 AM Fireblood
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* TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt: This is the threat the protagonists are trying to stop. Assuming the forces of Good aren't thwarted, the entire world will be "sublimated"-vaporized in a flash of light.



* HeroesPreferSwords: Played straight in a weird way. Sam has a shortsword that he carries with him, but prefers daggers, as he's a villain. None of the other members of the party use swords save Blackmail [[spoiler: who, as it turns out, is actually a fallen hero.]] [[HeroAntagonist Prince Finwick, the hero pursuing our villains,]] uses a holy sword of truth.

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* HeroesPreferSwords: Played straight in a weird way. Sam has a shortsword short sword that he carries with him, but prefers daggers, as he's a villain. None of the other members of the party use swords save Blackmail [[spoiler: who, (who, as it turns out, is actually a fallen hero.hero).]] [[HeroAntagonist Prince Finwick, the hero pursuing our villains,]] uses a holy sword of truth.



* TheMole / TheInfiltration: Robin, who's been sent to join the heroes as a spy for Mizzamir.



* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: Kaylana, who was a child during the last war between Good and Evil... over a hundred and fifty years ago. [[spoiler: Blackmail tops her by being one of the heroes who FOUGHT in the war 150 years ago. In the present all he has is a bit of grey hair.]]

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* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: Kaylana, who was a child during the last war between Good and Evil... over a hundred and fifty years ago. [[spoiler: Blackmail tops her by being one of the heroes who FOUGHT in the war 150 years ago. In the present all he has is a bit of grey hair. He says his armor is enchanted, implying its magic kept him alive.]]



* TheReveal: Blackmail [[spoiler: is Sir Pryse, one of the Six Heroes.]]



* TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt: This is the threat the protagonists are trying to stop. Assuming the forces of Good aren't thwarted, the entire world will be "sublimated"-vaporized in a flash of light.
* TheMole / TheInfiltration: Robin, who's been sent to join the heroes as a spy for Mizzamir.
* TheReveal: Blackmail [[spoiler: is Sir Pryse, one of the Six Heroes.]]
15th Feb '17 3:42:07 PM AdamC
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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 VillainProtagonists 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: 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 VillainProtagonists [[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."
15th Feb '17 2:46:46 PM AdamC
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* AlwaysNight: {{Inverted}}. As the forces of Light proceed to spread unchecked throughout the world, night is getting shorter and shorter, moving closer to becoming Always Day.



* TheArchmage: Mizzamir, who even has this as his title. He is the most powerful wizard in the world left, and the only surviving Hero left from the Victory of Good against Evil [[spoiler: (at least before Sir Pryse is revealed as still alive)]].



* BigGood - EvilOverlord: The book being what it is, Mizzamir blurs the line between these two tropes. He's working for the forces of good and attempting to purge all evil from the world, and will never take the life of an opponent. On the other hand, Mizzamir plays straight a lot of EvilOverlord tropes, constantly spying on foes from a spire of a castle, increasing his powerbase as the world changes, and manipulating his allies for his own ends.
* 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 VillainProtagonists 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."



* BroughtDownToNormal: [[spoiler: In order to acquire the final key, Sam is forced to give up his self-identity as an assassin. Blackmail helps him restore it just in time to have a final confrontation with Mizzamir.]]



* Cruel Mercy: Mizzamir's punishments on his enemies are ultimately this. He does everything ''but'' kill people who defy his rule but he'll do just about anything else. His dealings with criminals include [[BrainwashingForTheGreaterGood Whitewashing,]] [[TakenForGranite turning them to stone,]] and [[spoiler: [[BalefulPolymorph turning evil-doers into horses.]]]] As pointed out by the villains multiple times, many would prefer ''anything'' to what Mizzamir would do to them.



* EvilWeapon: Inverted; Finwick weilds a holy blade called Truelight that exists to cut down evil. [[spoiler: Sam actually uses this weapon to cut off Mizzamir's head, reasoning that however truthful or holy you make a sword, it's always going to be a weapon made to kill.]]



* HeroesPreferSwords: Played straight in a weird way. Sam has a shortsword that he carries with him, but prefers daggers, as he's a villain. None of the other members of the party use swords save Blackmail [[spoiler: who, as it turns out, is actually a fallen hero.]] [[HeroAntagonist Prince Finwick, the hero pursuing our villains,]] uses a holy sword of truth.



* ImprobableAimingSkills: Sam has an innate magical ability that manifests in how he throws his daggers. No matter when or where he throws, he always hits ''someone'' (even if it's not who he was aiming for). At one point he tosses Blackmail his enormously heavy broadsword in the midst of a battle and it manages to clear the distance to him despite physically being too heavy for him to throw that far.



* TheNightThatNeverEnds: Inverted. As the forces of light continue to spread unchecked through the world, it moves closer and closer to endless ''day.'' [[spoiler: By the end of the book, the world is sunny and bright in spite of it being eleven at night.]]



* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: Kaylana, who was a child during the last war between Good and Evil... over a hundred and fifty years ago.

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* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: Kaylana, who was a child during the last war between Good and Evil... over a hundred and fifty years ago. [[spoiler: Blackmail tops her by being one of the heroes who FOUGHT in the war 150 years ago. In the present all he has is a bit of grey hair.]]
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: [[spoiler: After Blackmail reveals his true identity as Sir Pryse, he launches into one at Mizzamir, pointing out that his self-righteous attempt to change the world to fit his image has only endangered it, and that light and virtue are meaningless if one doesn't have the ability to choose it for themselves.]]



* SugarBowl: The world is slowly turning into this, with the brainless whitewashed populace only growing, the sun staying out for longer, and the night becoming brighter. The villains notice several times on their travels how sickeningly wholesome and sweet many of the landscapes they traverse are.

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* SugarBowl: The world is slowly turning into this, with the brainless whitewashed populace only growing, the sun staying out for longer, and the night becoming brighter. The villains notice several times on their travels how sickeningly wholesome and sweet many of the landscapes they traverse are. [[spoiler: It's taken UpToEleven toward the end of the book as the world inches closer and closer to the end. The world has literally no shadows, even inside of people's mouths, and even the black clothing of our protagonists become bright, cheery colors. Nightshade, a raven, turns a bright blue.]]



* TheArchmage: Mizzamir, who even has this as his title. He is the most powerful wizard in the world left, and the only surviving Hero left from the Victory of Good against Evil [[spoiler: (at least before Sir Pryse is revealed as still alive)]].



* ThievesCant: Arcie and Sam speak in rogues' cant when planning to attack Valerie.

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* ThievesCant: Arcie and Sam speak in rogues' cant when planning to attack Valerie. multiple times throughout the book.
14th Feb '17 11:15:46 PM AdamC
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* MirrorMatch: The final Test the group has this as an obstacle, forcing Sam to battle against a copy of himself in order to claim the final keystone.
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