History Literature / VillainsByNecessity

19th Jul '16 6:56:14 PM JoieDeCombat
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* BalefulPolymorph: It's {{implied}} that [[spoiler:Blackmail's horse used to be his brother.]]

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* BalefulPolymorph: It's {{implied}} that [[spoiler:Blackmail's horse used to be is actually his brother.brother, transformed into a horse by Mizzamir.]]
19th Jul '16 6:54:33 PM Fireblood
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* MeaningfulName: Mizzamir names the novel's world "{{Chiaroscuro}}", which is Italian for "light-dark", referring to artwork that features this contrast, and of course the conflict centers on the struggle between the forces of Light and Dark.
2nd Jul '16 6:55:29 PM Bissek
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* PoisonRing: Sam owns one, which he uses to store allergy medication in.
13th Jun '16 6:30:59 PM Fireblood
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* ArtifactOfDoom: Valeriana's medallion is one of the last surviving {{Hellgate}}s (called Darkgates in the book). A very small one, yes, but a {{Hellgate}} nonetheless; [[spoiler: given that, you'd think Sam would know better than to put the damn thing on, but that's part of its evil, tempting power...]]

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* ArtifactOfDoom: Valeriana's medallion is one of the last surviving {{Hellgate}}s (called Darkgates in the book). A very small one, yes, but a {{Hellgate}} nonetheless; nonetheless. [[spoiler: given Given that, you'd think Sam would know better than to put the damn thing on, but that's part of its evil, tempting power...]]



* BalefulPolymorph: It's implied that [[spoiler:Blackmail's horse used to be his brother.]]

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* BalefulPolymorph: It's implied {{implied}} that [[spoiler:Blackmail's horse used to be his brother.]]



* ColorCodedForYourConvenience: 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 ordinary bastard, in [[IncrediblyLamePun both senses]] of the word]].
** 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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* ColorCodedForYourConvenience: Straight {{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 ordinary bastard, in [[IncrediblyLamePun both senses]] of the word]].
** 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 it, "show a white bunny tail."



* DarkIsNotEvil: Kaylana (and Robin after his HeelFaceTurn) are nominally part of the dark side, despite lacking evil traits. Sam and Arcie aren't particularly bad sorts either, their professions notwithstanding, and Blackmail, for all his BlackKnight trappings, proves to be downright noble. The only one of the "villains" who can really be described as "evil" in any way is Valeriana, and even she had children and a husband she loved [[spoiler: which also lends her a [[MonsterSobStory sympathetic backstory]] since they were slaughtered by "heroes."]]
* {{Deconstruction}}: The book's goal.

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* DarkIsNotEvil: Kaylana (and Robin after his HeelFaceTurn) are nominally part of the dark side, despite lacking evil traits. Sam and Arcie aren't particularly bad sorts either, their professions notwithstanding, and Blackmail, for all his BlackKnight trappings, proves to be downright noble. The only one of the "villains" who can really be described as "evil" in any way is Valeriana, and even she had children and a husband she loved [[spoiler: which also lends her a [[MonsterSobStory sympathetic backstory]] since they were slaughtered by "heroes."]]
"heroes".]]
* {{Deconstruction}}: The book's goal.goal in regards to fantasy fiction.



* EvilVersusOblivion

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* EvilVersusOblivionEvilVersusOblivion: The options facing the world. Ironically, it's the "good" side obliviously pushing the world toward destruction.



* {{Foreshadowing}}: There are several hints about Blackmail [[spoiler: being Sir Pryce]] and Sam [[spoiler: being Mizzamir's son]]. Blackmail is from Kwartz, [[spoiler: Sir Pryce's country]], and defeated when a paladin whom he's fighting prays [[spoiler: to Sir Pryce]] for aid. Robin, while looking at a painting depicting the youthful Mizzamir and thinks his features then looks oddly familiar. [[spoiler: Because he resembles Sam.]]

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* {{Foreshadowing}}: There are several hints about Blackmail [[spoiler: being Sir Pryce]] and Sam [[spoiler: being Mizzamir's son]]. Blackmail is from Kwartz, [[spoiler: Sir Pryce's country]], follows the paladin code, and is apparently defeated when a paladin whom he's fighting prays to [[spoiler: to Sir Pryce]] for aid. Robin, while looking at a painting depicting the youthful Mizzamir and thinks his features then looks oddly familiar. [[spoiler: Because he resembles Sam.]]
2nd Jun '16 10:23:22 AM Morgenthaler
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* BlondGuysAreEvil: Sam. Though he usually has it [[ColorCodedForYourConvenience dyed black]] to be less conspicuous... and he's more of an AntiHero than actually evil.
1st Apr '16 10:51:05 PM Fireblood
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* ChestMonster: Called an "Aydaptor", one nearly devours Arcie. Later it's domesticated with a spell into a pet by the adventuring party following them, to its horror.



* EvilGloating: Subverted, [[spoiler: when Blackmail finally gets around to talking; he keeps fighting all the way through his monologue.]]

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* EvilGloating: Subverted, {{Subverted}} [[spoiler: when Blackmail finally gets around to talking; he keeps fighting all the way through his monologue.]]



* {{Foreshadowing}}: There are several hints about Blackmail [[spoiler: being Sir Pryce]] and Sam [[spoiler: being Mizzamir's son]]. Blackmail is from Kwartz, [[spoiler: Sir Pryce's country]], and defeated when a paladin whom he's fighting prays [[spoiler: to Sir Pryce]] for aid. Robin, while looking at a painting depicting the youthful Mizzamir and thinks his features then looks oddly familiar. [[spoiler: Because he resembles Sam.]]



* GoodIsNotNice: There's Mizzamir, [[spoiler: who let's face it, is pretending to be a hero, even if he won't admit it to himself.]] There's several other "good" characters who indulge in less savory practices. Among the members of a "good" adventuring party were a woman who quite clearly wouldn't have taken "no" for an answer from Sam, while Fenwick tried to date-rape Kaylana, having dosed her drink with aphrodisiacs.

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* GoodIsNotNice: There's Mizzamir, [[spoiler: who let's face it, is pretending to be a hero, even if he won't admit it to himself.]] himself]]. There's several other "good" characters who indulge in less savory practices. Among the members of a "good" adventuring party were a woman who quite clearly wouldn't have taken "no" for an answer from Sam, while Fenwick tried to date-rape Kaylana, having dosed her drink with aphrodisiacs.


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* RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil: Sam believes this, after walking in on his mother after she'd been raped by a drunk. He killed the man, and has killed other rapists since "off the books".
13th Jan '16 9:27:09 PM Fireblood
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* InvoluntaryShapeshifting: Sir Pryce's brother was turned by Mizzamir into a warhorse. This was "merciful" compared with being brainwashed.



* VoluntaryShapeshifting: Kaylana turns into a horse at one point as a disguise. Fenwick, thinking she's a real horse, tries to ride off on her. She bucks him off.



12th Sep '15 2:52:51 PM Fireblood
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* StupidNeutral: The druids. First in the backstory they switched sides once the [[BalanceBetweenGoodAndEvil balance tipped in favor of the Light]]. Naturally the forces of Light killed them as traitors. The Dark meanwhile viewed them as spies for having so recently fought on the side of Light, and killed them as well. Kaylana, the last druid, learned nothing after this, telling her "dark" comrades that she'd turn on them in an instance if they started winning. What a way to inspire trust...

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* StupidNeutral: The druids. First in the backstory they switched sides once the [[BalanceBetweenGoodAndEvil balance tipped in favor of the Light]]. Naturally the forces of Light killed them as traitors. The Dark meanwhile viewed them as spies for having so recently fought on the side of Light, and killed them as well. Kaylana, the last druid, learned nothing after this, telling her "dark" comrades that she'd turn on them in an instance if they the Dark ever started winning. What a way to inspire trust...
22nd Aug '15 11:39:46 AM Gregzilla
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* MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch: {{Averted}}.
18th Jul '15 3:20:21 PM Fireblood
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* ThievesCant: Arcie and Sam speak in rogue's cant when planning to attack Valerie.
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