History Literature / VillainsByNecessity

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.
13th Feb '17 4:54:46 PM Fireblood
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** BigBad: Sam, professional assassin and HitmanWithAHeart, who keeps the band together and decides on the next course of action, thereby leading a team of villains to unleash unspeakable evil into the world. He's also personally devoted to murdering the warlock Mizzamir, striking from the shadows while he lives in the light.

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** BigBad: Sam, professional assassin and HitmanWithAHeart, who keeps the band together and decides on the next course of action, thereby leading a team of villains to unleash unspeakable evil into the world. He's also personally devoted to murdering the warlock archmage Mizzamir, striking from the shadows while he lives in the light.



* ProudWarriorRace: The desert plainsmen of Ki'kartha. They've become more understanding and less hostile in recent years, in the sense that they trespassers are now arrested and handed over to opposing forces rather than casually being killed as soon as they're found.

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* ProudWarriorRace: The desert plainsmen of Ki'kartha. They've become more understanding and less hostile in recent years, in the sense that they now arrest trespassers are now arrested in their land and handed hand them over to opposing forces nearby civilized authorities rather than casually being killed kill them as soon as they're found.


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* 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)]].
13th Feb '17 2:55:06 AM AdamC
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* ApocalypseHow: Of the ''Planetary'' scale; if the forces of light continue to overrun the world, the planet will be consumed by light, wiping out everything on it. While having a spiritual vision, Kaylana sees that such an action would inevitably upset the balance of neighboring worlds and possibly lead to a cascade effect, meaning that it could potentially be on a ''Multiversal'' scale as well.



* DamselInDistress: Zig-zagged. Finwick believes that Kaylana is being manipulated and misguided by the villains, possibly being held against her will, and resolves to rescue her. By sending a Dragon to abduct her and hold her hostage, requiring the villains to storm the Dragon's keep and save the damsel from the heroes.



* FiveBadBand: With Robin as the SixthRanger.

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* FiveBadBand: With Robin as Our protagonists, who coincidentally form a VillainousCounterpart with the SixthRanger.legendary Heroes that saved the world in the great war. Due to the book being what it is, the line between a typical FiveBadBand and the heroic FiveManBand winds up rather blurry.
** BigBad: Sam, professional assassin and HitmanWithAHeart, who keeps the band together and decides on the next course of action, thereby leading a team of villains to unleash unspeakable evil into the world. He's also personally devoted to murdering the warlock Mizzamir, striking from the shadows while he lives in the light.
** TheDragon: Arcie, a thief who robs everything he can find. Closer to TheLancer than a typical Dragon, being a voice of reason and largely acting as Sam's backup through the adventure.
** TheEvilGenius: Valerie, the sorceress who seeks the death of those who wiped out her people, bringing magical knowledge and ingenuity.
** TheBrute: Blackmail, a perpetually-mute BlackKnight who's by far the most physical presence of the group and the best at direct combat.
** TheDarkChick: Kaylana, who's really only villainous by association and seeks to restore balance to the world rather than cause the world any real harm.
** SixthRangerTraitor: Robin, the NonActionGuy who's sent to the group by Mizzamir to act as a spy. [[spoiler: He eventually has a HeelFaceTurn (depending on your viewpoint) after realizing the villains are right and the world is going to end, on the motivation of not wanting to die.]]
** TeamPet: Nightshade, Valerie's familiar. Also for a time Blackmail's horse.


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* NonActionGuy: Robin is really pretty useless in most combat scenarios, and tends to react to trouble by either running away or panicking.


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* PragmaticVillainy: Robin spends most of the adventure confused why the group doesn't act like a stereotypical cutthroat band, and expecting them to backstab one another at any moment. The group realize talking to him that good and evil aren't black and white, and that being evil hardly means you need to kill your friends for no reason. Kaylana points out that had they behaved that way, the party wouldn't've lasted five minutes.
31st Jan '17 7:27:01 PM AdamC
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* GilliganCut: Quite often. One particular note is when sneaking into Mizzamir's tower, Valerie remarking how odd it is that such a powerful mage has no defense against prowlers. The narrative then cuts to Mizzamir's office, where a proximity alarm is going off, explaining that he would hear it if he weren't attending a magical symposium.
30th Jan '17 3:49:06 PM AdamC
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* AlwaysChaoticEvil: Deconstructed with Valerie, whose entire race was wiped out for being "evil." While she at no point denies this, she also had loved ones and a family that were destroyed as a result, and is quick to point out that willingness to believe this trope meant it was okay for the heroes to commit what was essentially ''genocide.''


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* EqualOpportunityEvil: A running theme throughout the book is that the villains don't really hold personal points against you for any reason as long as you can get results, while the heroes tend to be (at best) patronizing to anything that doesn't quite fall inside their worldview. Our heroes are a RagTagBunchOfMisfits of varying races and backgrounds that manage to get along and form friendships. The world's heroes, whoever, have been [[AlwaysChaoticEvil wiping out evil races]], [[BrainwashingForTheGreaterGood slowly eliminating all dissenting and "disruptive" opinions,]] and hunting down creatures [[NonMaliciousMonster who they've labeled as evil.]] Kaylana especially is regularly mocked by the heroes for being a Druid and following a "backward" religion that insists on balance as opposed to good destroying evil.


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* ProudWarriorRace: The desert plainsmen of Ki'kartha. They've become more understanding and less hostile in recent years, in the sense that they trespassers are now arrested and handed over to opposing forces rather than casually being killed as soon as they're found.
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