History Literature / VillainsByNecessity

17th Jan '17 10:33:27 AM AdamC
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* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: The reason why the druids are all but extinct. Once Good overpowered Evil, the druids were obligated as [[BalanceBetweenGoodAndEvil keepers of the balance]] to join with the forces of Evil. Unfortunately, they're [[LawfulStupidChaoticStupid Stereotypical Evil, and both sides killed the Druids]]...

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* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: Almost deconstructed.
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The reason why the druids are all but extinct. Once Good overpowered Evil, the druids were obligated as [[BalanceBetweenGoodAndEvil keepers of the balance]] to join with the forces of Evil. Unfortunately, they're [[LawfulStupidChaoticStupid Stereotypical Evil, and both sides killed the Druids]]...Druids]]...
** In the present, the group remark on the stupidity of this trope as a stereotypically villainous act, since adhering to it is what led to evil being mostly wiped out. The villains note how backwards it is to be at the throats of your own allies, even when in a position where you can trust no one. They themselves manage TeethClenchedTeamwork to get through the adventure, eventually growing into actual trust.



** Sam also notes that assassins take this to the logical extreme of wearing black undergarments, the better not to give away one's position if one's outer garments tear on an assignment and, as he puts it, "show a white bunny tail."

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** Sam also notes that assassins take this to the logical extreme of wearing black undergarments, the better not to give away one's position if one's outer garments tear on an assignment and, as he puts it, "show a white bunny tail." At the start of the book, Sam also dyes his naturally-blond hair black for the same reason.


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* PetTheDog: The group all have moments and relationships that keep them from being entirely evil people. The most obvious and present is Blackmail's sincere and touching love for his horse, [[spoiler: to the point of nearly hitting a DespairEventHorizon when it dies.]]
15th Jan '17 11:23:20 AM Fireblood
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* {{Familiar}}: Valerie's raven Nightshade is hers, doing things such as spy or perform small tasks she orders. She also has genuine affection for him-he's more than just a tool. Good mages also often have them. The downside however is having a familiar requires a kind of {{psychic link}}, so any harm is shared. Sam and Arcie quickly [[ExploitedTrope exploit]] the fact when Valerie takes over the group by holding Nightshade hostage until she gives up her amulet. Later, Nightshade fights some familiars of Good mages, and kills two in one go this way.

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* {{Familiar}}: Valerie's raven Nightshade is hers, doing things such as spy or perform small tasks she orders. She also has genuine affection for him-he's more than just a tool. Good mages also often have them. The downside however is that having a familiar requires a kind of {{psychic link}}, so any harm is shared. Sam and Arcie quickly [[ExploitedTrope exploit]] the fact when Valerie takes over the group by holding Nightshade hostage until she gives up her amulet. Later, Nightshade fights some familiars of Good mages, and kills two in one go this way.
15th Jan '17 11:22:13 AM Fireblood
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* {{Familiar}}: Valerie's raven Nightshade is hers, doing things such as spy or perform small tasks she orders. She also has genuine affection for him-he's more than just a tool. Good mages also often have them. The downside however is having a familiar requires a kind of {{psychic link}} so any harm is shared. Sam and Arcie quickly [[ExplotiedTrope exploit]] the fact when Valerie takes over the group by holding Nightshade hostage until she gives up her amulet. Later, Nightshade fights some familiars of Good mages, and kills two in one go.

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* {{Familiar}}: Valerie's raven Nightshade is hers, doing things such as spy or perform small tasks she orders. She also has genuine affection for him-he's more than just a tool. Good mages also often have them. The downside however is having a familiar requires a kind of {{psychic link}} link}}, so any harm is shared. Sam and Arcie quickly [[ExplotiedTrope [[ExploitedTrope exploit]] the fact when Valerie takes over the group by holding Nightshade hostage until she gives up her amulet. Later, Nightshade fights some familiars of Good mages, and kills two in one go.go this way.
15th Jan '17 11:14:39 AM Fireblood
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* CompellingVoice: Kaylana is able to use this power in a limited manner. She has to look in the subject's eyes, and it works better on animals than people. In the latter case it hurts her.


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* {{Familiar}}: Valerie's raven Nightshade is hers, doing things such as spy or perform small tasks she orders. She also has genuine affection for him-he's more than just a tool. Good mages also often have them. The downside however is having a familiar requires a kind of {{psychic link}} so any harm is shared. Sam and Arcie quickly [[ExplotiedTrope exploit]] the fact when Valerie takes over the group by holding Nightshade hostage until she gives up her amulet. Later, Nightshade fights some familiars of Good mages, and kills two in one go.
15th Jan '17 11:00:40 AM Fireblood
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* LivingLieDetector: Kaylana has this talent, presumably due to being a druid. It does have drawbacks, such as lies of omission.
14th Jan '17 10:59:35 PM AdamC
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* SugarApocalypse:
** Turns out that wickedness and evil are needed in the world, otherwise a cosmos of nothing but virtue and innocence will be wiped out in a great blinding light, essentially this trope.
** On a smaller scale, the protagonists at one point find a village of Gnifty Gnomes; tiny, disgustingly cute little critters who only want to play games and sing songs. After our villains narrowly escape their proposed party, Blackmail gallantly chops down a tree that crushes their village, wiping them out.
* 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.
14th Jan '17 4:23:54 PM AdamC
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* ColorCodedForYourConvenience: {{Played straight}} and subverted. Sam wears black, Mizzamir wears white. [[spoiler: The subversion lies in that Mizzamir is a ''deluded'' wizard who only cares about Light and Dark, not right or wrong. Sam is an assassin, but other than that quite a decent fellow.

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* ColorCodedForYourConvenience: {{Played straight}} and subverted. Sam wears black, Mizzamir wears white. [[spoiler: The subversion lies in that Mizzamir is a ''deluded'' wizard who only cares about Light and Dark, not right or wrong. Sam is an assassin, but other than that quite a decent fellow. ]]



* TheQuietOne: Blackmail never talks, choosing to communicate with the group through gestures, if that.



* TheMole / TheInfiltration: Robin.

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* TheMole / TheInfiltration: Robin.Robin, who's been sent to join the heroes as a spy for Mizzamir.
14th Jan '17 3:44:53 PM AdamC
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* WarriorPrince: Fenwick, one of the HeroAntagonists, is a proud knightly prince and a champion for the forces of light.

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* WarriorPrince: Fenwick, one of the HeroAntagonists, [[HeroAntagonist heroes,]] is a proud knightly prince and a champion for the forces of light.
14th Jan '17 3:44:10 PM AdamC
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* WarriorPrince: Fenwick, one of the HeroAntagonists, is a proud knightly prince and a champion for the forces of light.
14th Jan '17 3:04:41 PM Fireblood
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* LivingLieDetector: Kaylana has this talent, presumably due to being a druid. It does have drawbacks, such as lies of omission.



* WhiteHairBlackHeart: Mizzamir. Though on the surface he is a kindly elven mage, he's got no problem with brainwashing villains into becoming good. [[spoiler: Also it's eventually revealed he once committed rape and confused the victim's mind so she couldn't tell anyone to protect his good name and reputation.]]

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* WhiteHairBlackHeart: Mizzamir. Though on the surface he is a kindly elven mage, he's also got no problem with brainwashing villains into becoming good. [[spoiler: Also it's eventually revealed he once committed rape and confused the victim's mind so she couldn't tell anyone anyone, to protect his good name and reputation.]]
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