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-> ''I was born in the year 14,100 BCE... About ninety of us were born before Christ...''
-->'''G'Len''', oldest of the Eternals

-> ''16,000 years ago, a man called G'Len was born on a peninsula that would one day become Ireland. Since then, other immortal men and women have been born, sometimes parent and child, sometimes siblings, sometimes great-to-fiftieth grandchildren. They are the Eternals. They vary in age, from just decades to many millennia old. This site is dedicated to these people. For they have watched civilization be born, grow up, and mature into the globalized world we live in today. Here, they can tell their stories.''
--> '''OpeningNarration''' of the series

''AH.com Eternals'' is a long-running blend of a roleplaying PlayByPostGame and action-espionage dramatic webseries created over at the AlternateHistoryDotCom discussion board. Though originally intended as a one-off idea, it soon grew and expanded and now carries the distinction of being one of the few roleplaying games on AH.com to be still running after nearly 5 years. Obviously {{inspired by}} the ''Franchise/{{Highlander}}'' series during its starting phase, it has firmly grown into its own original mythos and canon over the years, [[SerialNumbersFiledOff only sharing a few basic ideas]] with its source of inspiration.

One of the main elements of the canon is the existence of The Trust, a secret global organization of Eternals that was founded in the 16th century. Its goals are to help Eternals cope with their unique fates, shelter them, record their life stories, allow them to contact and help each other and work to protect [[{{Muggles}} regular humans]] and world peace from various threats. Naturally, many Eternals never warmed up to the idea of the Trust or never liked other Eternals and regular humans all that much to begin with. These are Rogue Eternals, the primary antagonists of the series.

An important milestone in the game's MythArc was the Reveal. It occured in early 2011, and from then on, the game has stopped being a purely secret history populated by the Eternals, and has become a kind of AlternateHistory of our present. In addition to this narrative ReTool, the pace of the main storyline has sped up a bit and is now set [[TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture about five or so years into our own future]]. This was done as a move to chronicle the gradual influence of Eternals and their declassified knowledge on modern human society and science.

The series is nominated regularly for "Best Roleplaying Game" in AH.com's annual Turtledove Awards (the AH.com Oscars). It has already won once in this category, [[http://www.alternatehistory.com/discussion/showpost.php?p=2456243&postcount=14 in 2009]].

The discussion thread in which the series is played can be found [[http://www.alternatehistory.com/discussion/showthread.php?t=85097 here]]. The series page on the AH.com Wiki can be accessed [[http://wiki.alternatehistory.com/doku.php/shared_worlds/ah.com_eternals here]].

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!!This series/roleplaying game provides the following tropes:
* ActingForTwo: Several players have played more than one character throughout the years. Their older characters are not retconned away, but added to the list of characters and portrayed whenever they're needed again on-screen (which is not all that often, really). Off-screen dialogues and actions of characters can occassionally occur, particularly if the player/creator of a character is not available at the moment and his character is crucial for at least a few moments in the storyline. To date, the latter type of situation has been very rare, so few of the existing non-NPC characters make appearances in the absence of their creator.
* TheAgeless: Eternals. The story is told from their point of view.
* AlienSpaceBats: Given the basic premise and its fantasy nature, the game is housed in the eponymous forum of AH.com, which deals with fantasy-themed alternate histories. Unfortunately, since that forum is off limits to non-members, you'll have to join the board before you can read the discussion thread itself. However, the always-accessible wiki page of the series regularly summarizes the main developments in the story.
* AlternateHistory: At first, the premise of the game was more of a standard secret history with a dash of {{historical fantasy}}. After the 2011 reveal of the Eternals to the world public, [[TheUnmasquedWorld the game's universe]] became an explicit AlternateHistory version of ours. While the storyline has yet to leave the 2010s, the ramifications of the Reveal have already been felt. And even while the game was in its {{Masquerade}} phase, the meddling of many Eternals in the course of world history [[SubvertedTrope implies that the baseline history itself]] [[MindScrew could have been quite different without their intrusion]]...
* AlternateUniverse: Exactly the same as ours until 2011, with a single exception: A certain portion of humanity are immortal humans who live among us, keeping their superpowers in secrecy.
* AnachronicOrder: Most of the storyline in general. Sometimes, a chapter will focus on the latest events in the storyline, sometimes it will be an examination of the known history of the Eternals, sometimes it will be a retrospective of an Eternal about one particular period or event in his life, etc.
* AncientConspiracy: Played with. Eternals trying to cover up their own existence definitely qualifies as ancient, but the Trust as an organization was only formed in the 16th century. And, for once, the conspiracy itself is actually ''benevolent'' and serves to protect both Eternals and [[{{Muggles}} Ephemerals]]. Rogue Eternals, on the other hand... They play the typical "malevolent" connotations of the trope fairly straight.
* AntiHero: A lot of the characters have or had traits like this, even the really noble ones. The antihero subtypes in the Eternals community run the whole gamut, except for the rather rare ByronicHero (Type V).
* BeenThereShapedHistory: While some Eternals tried to keep to themselves for their entire long existence, most Eternals helped shape history in one way or another, to various degrees and because of various motivations.
** BeethovenWasAnAlienSpy: While most Eternals have posed as common folk throughout the centuries and millennia, some of them did eventually become notable historical characters and personalities. The trope is subverted a bit by most of these historical personalities being the less famous ones, not exactly common-knowledge household names. For instance, one of the secret identities of the character Gregorios was the early American settler [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Alden_%28Pilgrim%29 John Alden]].
** InThePastEveryoneWillBeFamous: Subverted. While many of the longer-lived and more [[WalkingTheEarth globetrotting]]-oriented Eternals have certainly met a lot of famous historical figures, no character has bumped into every single famous figure of any given era and any given country.
* BloodKnight: ''Literally !'' [[OnlyKnownByHisNickname The Blood Knight]] is the [[BigBad most dangerous and sociopathic Eternal all around]]. Though only born relatively recently (during the Middle Ages), he has fought for centuries against the Trust, murdered many Eternals and worked on creating a network of allies and minions among likewise minded rogue Eternals. Thankfully, by the time the Eternals community reveals itself to the rest of the world, [[{{Anticlimax}} he is caught one last time, interrogated and imprisoned by the Trust for good]].
* CallToAdventure: Many Eternals fell for its lure. They had various reasons for doing so.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}} / CrazyAwesome: The character of Valkert. Despite being on the side of the Trust and the good guy Eternals, he's a highly eccentric and sometimes downright nutty person.
* ConspiracyThriller: At times.
* CoolAndUnusualPunishment: Several of the worst [[{{Villains}} Rogue Eternals]] had to be punished by extreme confinement in order to protect both mortal humans and good guy Eternals from their endless rampaging. How extreme ? Like ''being burried alive in a mine'' or ''being burried in the ocean crust extreme !''
* CursedWithAwesome: All Eternals. Some [[LivingForeverIsAwesome revel in their unnatural gift]] ([[SlidingDownTheSlipperySlope often going overboard]]), some [[WhoWantsToLiveForever utterly hate it]] (emphasis on the "cursed" part of the trope), most TakeAThirdOption and adopt a relatively neutral stance.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: Even the luckiest, most cheerful and most idealistic characters have gone through their fair share of unpleasant experiences.
* DocumentaryEpisode: Quite a lot of the chapters.
* DoingInTheWizard: [[ZigZaggingTrope Zig-zagged.]] While the trigger of immortality that some people receive at birth seems supernatural, it is eventually discovered to be a rare glitch in the human genome. (To the surprise of Eternal characters, the number of people with "Immortality Genes" has only grown throughout human history, not dimished as was once thought.) However, despite the discovered scientific evidence for natural immortality genes, the actual cause of their existence still isn't well understood.
* DrunkWithPower / WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity: Why and how a lot of Eternals turned to [[ImmortalityImmorality evil, treachery and anti-social behaviour]].
* EncyclopediaExposita: Most of the wiki pages covering this roleplaying project (apart from the introductory one) are written in-universe in order to better immerse readers in the narrative and [[{{backstory}} backstories]].
* ExpansionPackPast: Some characters tell their [[{{backstory}} autobiographies]] chronologically, some do it in a more AnachronicOrder. It adds to the charm and unpredictability of the series.
* ExpositionOfImmortality: On a personal scale, when a new eternal reveals himself/herself to The Trust or when [[http://wiki.alternatehistory.com/doku.php/shared_worlds/the_trust The Trust]] contacts a confirmed Eternal and explains to him/her his/her immortality. On a global scale, the 2011 Reveal that finished TheMasquerade MythArc and remade the timeline into an outright AlternateHistory.
* FunWithAcronyms: One of the service branches of The Trust is TETRA - "'''T'''he '''E'''ternals' '''T'''rust '''R'''epository and '''A'''rchives".
* GenreShift: While ''Franchise/{{Highlander}}'' is primarily an action adventure story, this series has more of a [[SpyFiction spy thriller]] tone, with lots of DeconstructorFleet elements. It's less about the fancy swordfighting with ancient adversaries, and more about Eternals reminescenting about their past adventures and experiences in the form of [[http://wiki.alternatehistory.com/doku.php/shared_worlds/autobiographies_of_eternals oral history interviews]], or taking part in working for the Trust and for the Eternals' cause. Helping {{Muggles}} from behind the scenes or protecting them from villainous Eternals is one of the Trust members' main missions.
* GreyAndGreyMorality: Eternals and regular humans in general, though most are (or aspire to be) ALighterShadeOfGrey. Turns to BlackAndGreyMorality when the saner Eternals are dealing with the most villainous ones, particularly The Blood Knight and his posse.
* GuileHero: Several Eternals, but Bosch in particular.
* HistoricalFantasy: Though the only fantastical element are the Eternals themselves. It's still enough to create room for some really compelling stories.
* HistoricalInJoke / HistoricalHilarity: Given the nature of the series, it shows up frequently.
* {{Homage}}: Immortal humans, born in various eras and places, walk among us. Some good, some evil, some of dubious alignment. They cannot die of natural causes. They can only be killed by decapitation or vaporization of the head. This is all that this series and ''Franchise/{{Highlander}}'' have in common.
* IHaveManyNames / SecretIdentity: Every Eternal has a whole list of pseudonyms and made-up personas, and the list only grows as they get older and older. The character of Gregorios alone (born around 300 AD) has an infamously large collection of pseudonyms. The trope is also [[InvertedTrope inverted]] in some cases, like with The Blood Knight, the Bloodsinger, and other terrifying rogue Eternals [[TheDreaded who are deliberately]] [[OnlyKnownByHisNickname only known by their nicknames]].
* ImmortalProcreationClause: Averted. Eternals can have offspring just fine with regular humans and other Eternals alike (unless they're impotent).
* ImmortalityBeginsAtTwenty: Unless you actually become an Eternal during your 20s, this trope is averted.
* InJoke: On the wiki pages of the roleplay, at least. In the database of biographical interviews with Eternals, each Eternal is assigned a seemingly random large number by the Trust Archives. This code is actually derived from the secondary code of a post made in the roleplay's thread on the AH.com discussion board.
* IntergenerationalFriendship: Several examples, but Macarius (old medieval hermit) and Nicolet (young 19th century Franco-American woman) as two lonely explorers on Mars takes the cake.
* KilledToUpholdTheMasquerade: Usualy averted and frowned upon by the Eternals. If a rogue Eternal tries to reveal the Trust or hurt regular people or Eternals, at the very worst, he's hunted down and gets imprisoned. If a regular person reveals Eternals, he is made a life-long confidant or employee of the Trust.
* LargeHam: The villainous Rogue Eternals, natch. Some of them are fond of a BreakingSpeech from time to time.
* LawyerFriendlyCameo: While the canon is self-admittedly InspiredBy the rules of the ''Franchise/{{Highlander}}'' series, they weren't copied wholesale. This was due to a desire to create an original take on the "immortal humans among us" theme. The AH.commers that have taken part in the game have gradually fleshed out the backstory with a host of new and different ideas. The second reason was, of course, to avoid obvious copyright issues - one of its telltale signs is that [[InsistentTerminology the characters are properly referred to as "Eternals"]], [[NotUsingTheZWord not "Immortals"]] as in ''Highlander''. However, this trope is also [[PlayingWithATrope played with]] [[MythologyGag in a jocular fashion]] - see the ShoutOut entries below.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: [[http://wiki.alternatehistory.com/doku.php/shared_worlds/ah.com_eternals#eternals See for yourself.]]
* LongRunners: As already mentioned, it's one of the longest-lived continuous roleplaying games on Alternatehistory.com. Late february 2013 will be its ''5th'' anniversary.
* LovableRogue: Many of the characters, especially those who had the career of a conman or thief at least once in their lives.
* {{Masquerade}}: The Eternals try to uphold it as much as they can ([[WhamEpisode until if finally fails in early 2011]]). To ease this process, they created the Trust in the 16th century. The trope is also namedropped and [[GenreSavvy hilariously]] [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] in this in-character discussion:
---> '''G'Len''':"I have heard many terms for our kind, and for how we tend to keep to the shadows in the civilizations that rise and fall around us. However, I think the recent trend to have terms that are entertwined with those popular in 'Vampire' fiction [[TakeThat may be some of the sillier innovations]]."
---> '''Bosch''':"The Trust had nothing to do with this - what we do was to promote [[{{Creator/RobertAHeinlein}} Heinlein]]'s use of the word "Masquerade" in his story ''Literature/MethuselahsChildren'' in 1958. One of our non-trustee employees might have been involved with White Wolf and somehow suggested ''TabletopGame/VampireTheMasquerade'' to them, or they may simply have gotten the idea from Heinlein."
* MayflyDecemberRomance: Played straight with most Eternals, since they mostly marry mortal humans. Subverted with a few others though - a couple might eventually learn that they ''are both'' Eternals, thus averting this trope. The characters of [[HappilyMarried Timothy and Jesci]] are good examples of this.
* {{Muggles}}: Mortals, commonly referred to as Ephemerals. Most Eternals want to assist them, the rogue ones [[FantasticRacism would like to see them enslaved]] in one way or another.
* MultinationalTeam: As one would expect, the Eternals come from all over the world and from many different eras of human history. Many (if not most) come from nations that have long since disappeared.
* MythArc: The storyline has slowly and organically moved through several over the years. The early history and fundamentals of Eternals, the quiet war between altruistic and avaricious Eternals, the establishment and history of the Trust, the bringing of malevolent Eternals to justice, the coping of Eternals with the modern and globalized world, with the failure of their long-held masquerade, the [[DawnOfAnEra start of a new era]] of Eternal and Ephemeral human coexistence and relations, etc.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: The [[BigBad top dogs]] of the Rogue Eternals all have EvilGloating-style TheAdjectivalMan [[OnlyKnownByHisNickname nicknames, while their real names remain unknown]]. The three most infamous of these - the leaders - have [[ThemeNaming nicknames that openly refer]] [[ThePowerOfBlood to their bloodlust]]: "[[ArchEnemy The Blood Knight]]", "[[TheDragon The Bloodsinger]]" and "[[SociopathicSoldier The Blood God" (aka "The Hashasheen")]].
* NewPowersAsThePlotDemands: Averted. Eternals can regenerate after being killed or wounded, can live without life support in alien atmospheres [[BatmanCanBreatheInSpace or even in vacuum]], and cannot die unless you separate their heads from their bodies. But they have no other superpowers beyond those three.
* NonActionGuy: While lots of Eternals have a past that includes military careers, various daring-do or just being BadassNormal by nature, many Eternals follow this trope instead, often being skilled artists, traders, con-men, or even {{Science Hero}}es or {{Ambadassador}}s. The trope also gets subverted numerous times: Many Eternals turn out to be {{Badass Bookworm}}s and {{Genius Bruiser}}s, or at least {{Cultured Warrior}}s. Or were [[TheEveryman unremarkable]] {{Non Action Guy}}s at first, but eventually TookALevelInBadass.
* TheObiWan: Lots. Many Eternals had Obi Wans of their own or had even become Obi Wans to other Eternals or {{Muggles}} over time.
* OldSoldier: Many Eternals, especially male ones that were born in earlier eras and were forced to travel and fight a lot. At least one or two characters even mention the name of the trope verbatim when describing themselves and their tribulations.
* OlderThanTheyLook: Often subverted, since an Eternal will look the same age they had when they died for the first time, before regenerating. Thus, you can have 20-something Eternals who are 2000 years old, and septuagenarians who became Eternals "only" some 50 or 100 years ago.
* {{Omniglot}}: Gregorios is specifically stated to be this, being able to fluently speak 37 languages at last count. Other elder Eternals would also fit this trope.
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: That's why players always use the acronym "OOC:" in posts where they're not talking as their character.
* PsychoForHire: The commonest SecretIdentity of [[SociopathicSoldier The Blood God]]. The trope also applies to a number of other Rogue Eternals, mooks and leaders alike.
* RashomonStyle: Given the amount of characters, their differing ages and motivations, [[PerspectiveFlip this is to be expected from time to time]]. In the case of Rogue Eternals, you just have to roll with this trope full-time, since the Rogues are more often than not {{Unreliable Narrator}}s - either [[SelfServingMemory deliberately]] or [[BelievingTheirOwnLies just because of their own insanity]].
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: And not only 700, but anywhere from 40 to ''[[TimeAbyss 16 000]]'' years old.
* RippedFromTheHeadlines: One of the early post-Reveal side storylines was about the Eternals helping the Japanese government in containing and cleaning up the reactor chamber of the ill-fated Fukushima Daichi nuclear powerplant. Some of the stories that followed this one were related to the Arab Spring of 2011, including the Libyan Civil War.
* RunningGag: Kind of an unintentional one. Despite the oft-repeated notion that the Trust has contacted virtually every Eternal on the planet by the 18th century, new Eternal characters keep popping up from time to time, shocked by the notion that they aren't the only immortal humans alive.
* ShoutOut:
** Numerous references to actual historical events and facts, [[TheGreatestHistoryNeverTold including many obscure ones]] (hey, [[ShownTheirWork it's an AH.com creation !]]).
** There are some {{Mythology Gag}}s and jabs towards ''Franchise/{{Highlander}}'', of course :
*** The whole ''Highlander'' franchise [[http://wiki.alternatehistory.com/doku.php/shared_worlds/highlander_propaganda was]] [[LiteraryAgentHypothesis actually created and produced with secret input from the Trust]], in order to prepare the global public for a potential reveal of the Eternals, whether intentional or not. Yeah, even the crappier cinematic movies ([[CrazyEnoughToWork it's all part of a clever ruse to keep the public from]] [[OhCrapThereAreFanficsOfUs searching too hard for actual Eternals]]).
*** In-universe, the film characters of [[UsefulNotes/{{Scotland}} Connor MacLeod]], [[TheObiWan Ramirez]], [[LargeHam The Kurgan]] and [[TheUnseen Ramirez's Japanese mentor]] are revealed to be all [[BroadStrokes broadly based]] on existing Eternals, though with most of their backstories changed. The Kurgan himself is supposed to be an adaptation of this series' [[MemeticBadass memetic]] BigBad, The Blood Knight (over-the-top EvilGloating included). In one of the in-universe casual discussions between Eternals, one of them claimed to have written the lyrics to {{Music/Queen}}'s ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Jtpf8N5IDE Who Wants To Live Forever]]'' during a depression in the 80s and later had it covered up when the film studio and band picked up the lyrics for use in the movie.
*** When an Eternal dies by decapitation or head vaporization, his/her head ''[[TakeThat does not]]'' [[TakeThat actually create an effect as grandiose as "the Quickening"]]. Also, most Eternals have actually known their parents, averting the "Immortals are mysterious foundlings" rule that seemed to be common in most installments of the ''Franchise/{{Highlander}}'' series. Another dissimilarity in the Eternals mythos is the absence of "The Prize" or anything analogous to it.
** Open or veiled references of Eternals to other films and TV shows dealing with the theme of immortal characters (''TheManFromEarth'', ''Series/NewAmsterdam'', etc.).
** One member of the main trio of bad guys, "The Hashasheen" (aka "The Blood God"), uses the phrase "[[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} Blood for the Blood God !]]" as his favourite BattleCry and MadnessMantra.
** Though this is more coincidental and unintentional than not, the flatly descriptive one-word pseudonyms of many Eternals (especially the villainous ones) are similar to the naming conventions of the Time Lord characters from ''Series/DoctorWho''.
* ShowWithinAShow: The autobiographies and personal memoirs of specific Eternals, gradually gleaned through many interviews.
* TheSmurfettePrinciple: Averted. A lot of the Eternal characters are female, including the regularly active ones, courtesy of AH.com's rising number of female members.
* TangledFamilyTree: Eternals and their offspring that had inherited the immortality genes, often only after several generations (i.e. a lot of Eternals don't even know some of their ancestors were Eternals as well and only reveal this after extensive genealogical research or debates with other Eternals). [[RuleOfDrama Some longer-lived Eternals are unfortunate in this regard]]: Some of their offspring turned outright evil or sociopathic over time, and they as their ancestors now have to live with it. This kind of situation occurs with the fairly normal Eternal character known by the moniker "Edward", who turns out to be one of the direct ancestors of The Blood Knight.
* TeamDad: There've been arguably two or three characters like this so far. In the pre-Trust era, the role was filled by G'Len, the oldest known Eternal. He is now retired and rarely visits the Trust. The post-Trust bearer of this trope is Bosch, the founder and head of the Trust. While Bosch, born in medieval France in the late 15th century, is chronologically younger than many of his clients, he is still the undisputed leader, [[{{Ambadassador}} spokesperson]] and peacemaker of the Eternals. Also a GentlemanSnarker and TheStoic. A villainous version of TeamDad would be The Blood Knight, with his many allies and [[{{mooks}} minions]].
* TimeAbyss: The oldest Eternals (including the much-revered "Forefather G'Len") are often so old and have gone through so many experiences in their lives, that [[TheFogOfAges they themselves aren't always sure how long they've been alive]].
* TimeDissonance: Naturally, Eternals experience the flow of time and the course of history a bit differently than [[{{Muggles}} Ephemerals]]. Said experiencing also varies from Eternal to Eternal and often has a lot to do with how long they've been alive.
* TokenEvilTeammate: Valkert is not explicitly evil, but he's morally ambiguous and crazy enough to pull off some weird stunts that are often embarassing to the Trust.
* UndeadTaxExemption: Averted. Eternals have to eventually move to another place and adopt a new identity in order to not become too suspicious to [[{{Muggles}} Ephemerals]].
* UnfazedEveryman: The mortal employees of the Trust, sometimes dubbed "Trustees".
* WalkingTheEarth: The older and more adventurous the Eternal, the higher the possibility that he/she is an experienced globetrotter.
* WastelandElder: The character of Macarius, [[TheQuietOne a silent]] and [[TheStoic stoic]] old man, who was originally an early Christian hermit monk. After living through the entirety of the Byzantine Empire and harassment by Napoleon's troops in Egypt, he was contacted by the Trust and became an important protegé of it. Eventually, he got bored out of his skull and disillusioned by Earth, so he volunteered for the Eternal's first secret mission to Mars in the 1970s. He's been living there ever since and later Eternal missions have come to make him company.
* TechnologyMarchesOn: Despite a certain amount of traditionalism, the use of ever-developing technology by The Trust and Eternals is [[{{Deconstruction}} one of the main points of the series]]. One of the reasons why The Blood Knight [[{{Anticlimax}} is caught so fast after his 2011 escape]] is because [[AwesomeYetPractical he had no idea of modern satellite tracking technology]]. And while the MugglesDoItBetter trope occurs, it also gets subverted a bit, in an ETGaveUsWifi sort of way: The Eternals have financed the development of some groundbreaking or state-of-the-art technologies, particularly during the 19th and 20th centuries. However, [[TheWorldIsNotReady some of these have been kept in secret storage until well after the Reveal]] (like ''[[CoolStarship The Runaway]]'').
* TheWatcher: One of the functions of The Eternals' Trust.
* TheWorldIsNotReady: Why the Eternals tried to keep their existence secret until 2011, when the {{Masquerade}} became no longer feasible. Subverted by the fact that even after the 2011 Reveal, [[GenreSavvy they only gradually release information]] about Eternals, their activities and The Trust to the rest of humanity, due to diplomatic and security reasons.
* TheUnmasquedWorld: The world since early 2011, when the Eternals decided to finally reveal their existence to the rest of humanity. This has led to the post-Reveal world veering into an increasingly AlternateHistory version of our present day world.
* TragicVillain: Out of all the Rogue Eternals (especially the highest-ranking leaders), The Bloodsinger comes off as more of an AntiVillain, rather than the usual power-hungry OmnicidalManiac. This is because he became an Eternal [[FreudianExcuse after he was murdered in a particularly vicious and gruesome manner]]. [[spoiler:He was lynched to death, then burned alive.]] The traumatic death experience and unexpected ressurrection messed up his sanity for the rest of his life. Unlike The Blood Knight and The Blood God, [[TheStoic he doesn't particularly revel in his evil acts]], [[EvenEvilHasStandards considers unarmed civilians and Muggles not worth killing]] and [[BlueAndOrangeMorality follows a morally twisted]] [[VigilanteMan vigilantist doctrine]] in which he indescriminately "punishes" (i.e. slaughters) people [[MoralMyopia he decides are "irredeemable"]] [[ArmiesAreEvil purely because they participated in armed conflicts]] [[SerialKillerKiller or crime]] in one way or another. One of the clear signs that he's been off his rocker for centuries are [[MadnessMantra his constant references to spillt blood "singing to him"]], calling him to murder more supposed adversaries or wrongdoers. Hence his odd [[OnlyKnownByHisNickname nickname]]. To quote the character's creator and player:
---> '''Cambyses the Mad''': The Bloodsinger's crazy, but with the notable exception of the family of the guy that [[spoiler:burned]] him, [[NeverHurtAnInnocent he doesn't bother with 'innocents']], preferring to fight and kill soldiers on the battlefield. It is only in war and battle that he finds satisfaction, hacking up some defenceless chump wouldn't really appeal to him.
* WhatMeasureIsANonSuper: [[BewareTheSuperman The modus operandi]] of some of the more deranged [[SmugSuper Rogue Eternals]].
* WhoWantsToLiveForever / LivingForeverIsAwesome: Rarely discussed aloud, but from what was indicated so far, the characters' thoughts on this run the whole gamut. However, many of the good-natured Eternals seem to believe the second trope applies, in particular if they can use their powers for the benefit of mankind and for helping people in need.
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-> ''I was born in the year 14,100 BCE... About ninety of us were born before Christ...''
-->'''G'Len''', oldest of the Eternals

-> ''16,000 years ago, a man called G'Len was born on a peninsula that would one day become Ireland. Since then, other immortal men and women have been born, sometimes parent and child, sometimes siblings, sometimes great-to-fiftieth grandchildren. They are the Eternals. They vary in age, from just decades to many millennia old. This site is dedicated to these people. For they have watched civilization be born, grow up, and mature into the globalized world we live in today. Here, they can tell their stories.''
--> '''OpeningNarration''' of the series

''AH.com Eternals'' is a long-running blend of a roleplaying PlayByPostGame and action-espionage dramatic webseries created over at the AlternateHistoryDotCom discussion board. Though originally intended as a one-off idea, it soon grew and expanded and now carries the distinction of being one of the few roleplaying games on AH.com to be still running after nearly 5 years. Obviously {{inspired by}} the ''Franchise/{{Highlander}}'' series during its starting phase, it has firmly grown into its own original mythos and canon over the years, [[SerialNumbersFiledOff only sharing a few basic ideas]] with its source of inspiration.

One of the main elements of the canon is the existence of The Trust, a secret global organization of Eternals that was founded in the 16th century. Its goals are to help Eternals cope with their unique fates, shelter them, record their life stories, allow them to contact and help each other and work to protect [[{{Muggles}} regular humans]] and world peace from various threats. Naturally, many Eternals never warmed up to the idea of the Trust or never liked other Eternals and regular humans all that much to begin with. These are Rogue Eternals, the primary antagonists of the series.

An important milestone in the game's MythArc was the Reveal. It occured in early 2011, and from then on, the game has stopped being a purely secret history populated by the Eternals, and has become a kind of AlternateHistory of our present. In addition to this narrative ReTool, the pace of the main storyline has sped up a bit and is now set [[TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture about five or so years into our own future]]. This was done as a move to chronicle the gradual influence of Eternals and their declassified knowledge on modern human society and science.

The series is nominated regularly for "Best Roleplaying Game" in AH.com's annual Turtledove Awards (the AH.com Oscars). It has already won once in this category, [[http://www.alternatehistory.com/discussion/showpost.php?p=2456243&postcount=14 in 2009]].

The discussion thread in which the series is played can be found [[http://www.alternatehistory.com/discussion/showthread.php?t=85097 here]]. The series page on the AH.com Wiki can be accessed [[http://wiki.alternatehistory.com/doku.php/shared_worlds/ah.com_eternals here]].

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!!This series/roleplaying game provides the following tropes:
* ActingForTwo: Several players have played more than one character throughout the years. Their older characters are not retconned away, but added to the list of characters and portrayed whenever they're needed again on-screen (which is not all that often, really). Off-screen dialogues and actions of characters can occassionally occur, particularly if the player/creator of a character is not available at the moment and his character is crucial for at least a few moments in the storyline. To date, the latter type of situation has been very rare, so few of the existing non-NPC characters make appearances in the absence of their creator.
* TheAgeless: Eternals. The story is told from their point of view.
* AlienSpaceBats: Given the basic premise and its fantasy nature, the game is housed in the eponymous forum of AH.com, which deals with fantasy-themed alternate histories. Unfortunately, since that forum is off limits to non-members, you'll have to join the board before you can read the discussion thread itself. However, the always-accessible wiki page of the series regularly summarizes the main developments in the story.
* AlternateHistory: At first, the premise of the game was more of a standard secret history with a dash of {{historical fantasy}}. After the 2011 reveal of the Eternals to the world public, [[TheUnmasquedWorld the game's universe]] became an explicit AlternateHistory version of ours. While the storyline has yet to leave the 2010s, the ramifications of the Reveal have already been felt. And even while the game was in its {{Masquerade}} phase, the meddling of many Eternals in the course of world history [[SubvertedTrope implies that the baseline history itself]] [[MindScrew could have been quite different without their intrusion]]...
* AlternateUniverse: Exactly the same as ours until 2011, with a single exception: A certain portion of humanity are immortal humans who live among us, keeping their superpowers in secrecy.
* AnachronicOrder: Most of the storyline in general. Sometimes, a chapter will focus on the latest events in the storyline, sometimes it will be an examination of the known history of the Eternals, sometimes it will be a retrospective of an Eternal about one particular period or event in his life, etc.
* AncientConspiracy: Played with. Eternals trying to cover up their own existence definitely qualifies as ancient, but the Trust as an organization was only formed in the 16th century. And, for once, the conspiracy itself is actually ''benevolent'' and serves to protect both Eternals and [[{{Muggles}} Ephemerals]]. Rogue Eternals, on the other hand... They play the typical "malevolent" connotations of the trope fairly straight.
* AntiHero: A lot of the characters have or had traits like this, even the really noble ones. The antihero subtypes in the Eternals community run the whole gamut, except for the rather rare ByronicHero (Type V).
* BeenThereShapedHistory: While some Eternals tried to keep to themselves for their entire long existence, most Eternals helped shape history in one way or another, to various degrees and because of various motivations.
** BeethovenWasAnAlienSpy: While most Eternals have posed as common folk throughout the centuries and millennia, some of them did eventually become notable historical characters and personalities. The trope is subverted a bit by most of these historical personalities being the less famous ones, not exactly common-knowledge household names. For instance, one of the secret identities of the character Gregorios was the early American settler [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Alden_%28Pilgrim%29 John Alden]].
** InThePastEveryoneWillBeFamous: Subverted. While many of the longer-lived and more [[WalkingTheEarth globetrotting]]-oriented Eternals have certainly met a lot of famous historical figures, no character has bumped into every single famous figure of any given era and any given country.
* BloodKnight: ''Literally !'' [[OnlyKnownByHisNickname The Blood Knight]] is the [[BigBad most dangerous and sociopathic Eternal all around]]. Though only born relatively recently (during the Middle Ages), he has fought for centuries against the Trust, murdered many Eternals and worked on creating a network of allies and minions among likewise minded rogue Eternals. Thankfully, by the time the Eternals community reveals itself to the rest of the world, [[{{Anticlimax}} he is caught one last time, interrogated and imprisoned by the Trust for good]].
* CallToAdventure: Many Eternals fell for its lure. They had various reasons for doing so.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}} / CrazyAwesome: The character of Valkert. Despite being on the side of the Trust and the good guy Eternals, he's a highly eccentric and sometimes downright nutty person.
* ConspiracyThriller: At times.
* CoolAndUnusualPunishment: Several of the worst [[{{Villains}} Rogue Eternals]] had to be punished by extreme confinement in order to protect both mortal humans and good guy Eternals from their endless rampaging. How extreme ? Like ''being burried alive in a mine'' or ''being burried in the ocean crust extreme !''
* CursedWithAwesome: All Eternals. Some [[LivingForeverIsAwesome revel in their unnatural gift]] ([[SlidingDownTheSlipperySlope often going overboard]]), some [[WhoWantsToLiveForever utterly hate it]] (emphasis on the "cursed" part of the trope), most TakeAThirdOption and adopt a relatively neutral stance.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: Even the luckiest, most cheerful and most idealistic characters have gone through their fair share of unpleasant experiences.
* DocumentaryEpisode: Quite a lot of the chapters.
* DoingInTheWizard: [[ZigZaggingTrope Zig-zagged.]] While the trigger of immortality that some people receive at birth seems supernatural, it is eventually discovered to be a rare glitch in the human genome. (To the surprise of Eternal characters, the number of people with "Immortality Genes" has only grown throughout human history, not dimished as was once thought.) However, despite the discovered scientific evidence for natural immortality genes, the actual cause of their existence still isn't well understood.
* DrunkWithPower / WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity: Why and how a lot of Eternals turned to [[ImmortalityImmorality evil, treachery and anti-social behaviour]].
* EncyclopediaExposita: Most of the wiki pages covering this roleplaying project (apart from the introductory one) are written in-universe in order to better immerse readers in the narrative and [[{{backstory}} backstories]].
* ExpansionPackPast: Some characters tell their [[{{backstory}} autobiographies]] chronologically, some do it in a more AnachronicOrder. It adds to the charm and unpredictability of the series.
* ExpositionOfImmortality: On a personal scale, when a new eternal reveals himself/herself to The Trust or when [[http://wiki.alternatehistory.com/doku.php/shared_worlds/the_trust The Trust]] contacts a confirmed Eternal and explains to him/her his/her immortality. On a global scale, the 2011 Reveal that finished TheMasquerade MythArc and remade the timeline into an outright AlternateHistory.
* FunWithAcronyms: One of the service branches of The Trust is TETRA - "'''T'''he '''E'''ternals' '''T'''rust '''R'''epository and '''A'''rchives".
* GenreShift: While ''Franchise/{{Highlander}}'' is primarily an action adventure story, this series has more of a [[SpyFiction spy thriller]] tone, with lots of DeconstructorFleet elements. It's less about the fancy swordfighting with ancient adversaries, and more about Eternals reminescenting about their past adventures and experiences in the form of [[http://wiki.alternatehistory.com/doku.php/shared_worlds/autobiographies_of_eternals oral history interviews]], or taking part in working for the Trust and for the Eternals' cause. Helping {{Muggles}} from behind the scenes or protecting them from villainous Eternals is one of the Trust members' main missions.
* GreyAndGreyMorality: Eternals and regular humans in general, though most are (or aspire to be) ALighterShadeOfGrey. Turns to BlackAndGreyMorality when the saner Eternals are dealing with the most villainous ones, particularly The Blood Knight and his posse.
* GuileHero: Several Eternals, but Bosch in particular.
* HistoricalFantasy: Though the only fantastical element are the Eternals themselves. It's still enough to create room for some really compelling stories.
* HistoricalInJoke / HistoricalHilarity: Given the nature of the series, it shows up frequently.
* {{Homage}}: Immortal humans, born in various eras and places, walk among us. Some good, some evil, some of dubious alignment. They cannot die of natural causes. They can only be killed by decapitation or vaporization of the head. This is all that this series and ''Franchise/{{Highlander}}'' have in common.
* IHaveManyNames / SecretIdentity: Every Eternal has a whole list of pseudonyms and made-up personas, and the list only grows as they get older and older. The character of Gregorios alone (born around 300 AD) has an infamously large collection of pseudonyms. The trope is also [[InvertedTrope inverted]] in some cases, like with The Blood Knight, the Bloodsinger, and other terrifying rogue Eternals [[TheDreaded who are deliberately]] [[OnlyKnownByHisNickname only known by their nicknames]].
* ImmortalProcreationClause: Averted. Eternals can have offspring just fine with regular humans and other Eternals alike (unless they're impotent).
* ImmortalityBeginsAtTwenty: Unless you actually become an Eternal during your 20s, this trope is averted.
* InJoke: On the wiki pages of the roleplay, at least. In the database of biographical interviews with Eternals, each Eternal is assigned a seemingly random large number by the Trust Archives. This code is actually derived from the secondary code of a post made in the roleplay's thread on the AH.com discussion board.
* IntergenerationalFriendship: Several examples, but Macarius (old medieval hermit) and Nicolet (young 19th century Franco-American woman) as two lonely explorers on Mars takes the cake.
* KilledToUpholdTheMasquerade: Usualy averted and frowned upon by the Eternals. If a rogue Eternal tries to reveal the Trust or hurt regular people or Eternals, at the very worst, he's hunted down and gets imprisoned. If a regular person reveals Eternals, he is made a life-long confidant or employee of the Trust.
* LargeHam: The villainous Rogue Eternals, natch. Some of them are fond of a BreakingSpeech from time to time.
* LawyerFriendlyCameo: While the canon is self-admittedly InspiredBy the rules of the ''Franchise/{{Highlander}}'' series, they weren't copied wholesale. This was due to a desire to create an original take on the "immortal humans among us" theme. The AH.commers that have taken part in the game have gradually fleshed out the backstory with a host of new and different ideas. The second reason was, of course, to avoid obvious copyright issues - one of its telltale signs is that [[InsistentTerminology the characters are properly referred to as "Eternals"]], [[NotUsingTheZWord not "Immortals"]] as in ''Highlander''. However, this trope is also [[PlayingWithATrope played with]] [[MythologyGag in a jocular fashion]] - see the ShoutOut entries below.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: [[http://wiki.alternatehistory.com/doku.php/shared_worlds/ah.com_eternals#eternals See for yourself.]]
* LongRunners: As already mentioned, it's one of the longest-lived continuous roleplaying games on Alternatehistory.com. Late february 2013 will be its ''5th'' anniversary.
* LovableRogue: Many of the characters, especially those who had the career of a conman or thief at least once in their lives.
* {{Masquerade}}: The Eternals try to uphold it as much as they can ([[WhamEpisode until if finally fails in early 2011]]). To ease this process, they created the Trust in the 16th century. The trope is also namedropped and [[GenreSavvy hilariously]] [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] in this in-character discussion:
---> '''G'Len''':"I have heard many terms for our kind, and for how we tend to keep to the shadows in the civilizations that rise and fall around us. However, I think the recent trend to have terms that are entertwined with those popular in 'Vampire' fiction [[TakeThat may be some of the sillier innovations]]."
---> '''Bosch''':"The Trust had nothing to do with this - what we do was to promote [[{{Creator/RobertAHeinlein}} Heinlein]]'s use of the word "Masquerade" in his story ''Literature/MethuselahsChildren'' in 1958. One of our non-trustee employees might have been involved with White Wolf and somehow suggested ''TabletopGame/VampireTheMasquerade'' to them, or they may simply have gotten the idea from Heinlein."
* MayflyDecemberRomance: Played straight with most Eternals, since they mostly marry mortal humans. Subverted with a few others though - a couple might eventually learn that they ''are both'' Eternals, thus averting this trope. The characters of [[HappilyMarried Timothy and Jesci]] are good examples of this.
* {{Muggles}}: Mortals, commonly referred to as Ephemerals. Most Eternals want to assist them, the rogue ones [[FantasticRacism would like to see them enslaved]] in one way or another.
* MultinationalTeam: As one would expect, the Eternals come from all over the world and from many different eras of human history. Many (if not most) come from nations that have long since disappeared.
* MythArc: The storyline has slowly and organically moved through several over the years. The early history and fundamentals of Eternals, the quiet war between altruistic and avaricious Eternals, the establishment and history of the Trust, the bringing of malevolent Eternals to justice, the coping of Eternals with the modern and globalized world, with the failure of their long-held masquerade, the [[DawnOfAnEra start of a new era]] of Eternal and Ephemeral human coexistence and relations, etc.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: The [[BigBad top dogs]] of the Rogue Eternals all have EvilGloating-style TheAdjectivalMan [[OnlyKnownByHisNickname nicknames, while their real names remain unknown]]. The three most infamous of these - the leaders - have [[ThemeNaming nicknames that openly refer]] [[ThePowerOfBlood to their bloodlust]]: "[[ArchEnemy The Blood Knight]]", "[[TheDragon The Bloodsinger]]" and "[[SociopathicSoldier The Blood God" (aka "The Hashasheen")]].
* NewPowersAsThePlotDemands: Averted. Eternals can regenerate after being killed or wounded, can live without life support in alien atmospheres [[BatmanCanBreatheInSpace or even in vacuum]], and cannot die unless you separate their heads from their bodies. But they have no other superpowers beyond those three.
* NonActionGuy: While lots of Eternals have a past that includes military careers, various daring-do or just being BadassNormal by nature, many Eternals follow this trope instead, often being skilled artists, traders, con-men, or even {{Science Hero}}es or {{Ambadassador}}s. The trope also gets subverted numerous times: Many Eternals turn out to be {{Badass Bookworm}}s and {{Genius Bruiser}}s, or at least {{Cultured Warrior}}s. Or were [[TheEveryman unremarkable]] {{Non Action Guy}}s at first, but eventually TookALevelInBadass.
* TheObiWan: Lots. Many Eternals had Obi Wans of their own or had even become Obi Wans to other Eternals or {{Muggles}} over time.
* OldSoldier: Many Eternals, especially male ones that were born in earlier eras and were forced to travel and fight a lot. At least one or two characters even mention the name of the trope verbatim when describing themselves and their tribulations.
* OlderThanTheyLook: Often subverted, since an Eternal will look the same age they had when they died for the first time, before regenerating. Thus, you can have 20-something Eternals who are 2000 years old, and septuagenarians who became Eternals "only" some 50 or 100 years ago.
* {{Omniglot}}: Gregorios is specifically stated to be this, being able to fluently speak 37 languages at last count. Other elder Eternals would also fit this trope.
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: That's why players always use the acronym "OOC:" in posts where they're not talking as their character.
* PsychoForHire: The commonest SecretIdentity of [[SociopathicSoldier The Blood God]]. The trope also applies to a number of other Rogue Eternals, mooks and leaders alike.
* RashomonStyle: Given the amount of characters, their differing ages and motivations, [[PerspectiveFlip this is to be expected from time to time]]. In the case of Rogue Eternals, you just have to roll with this trope full-time, since the Rogues are more often than not {{Unreliable Narrator}}s - either [[SelfServingMemory deliberately]] or [[BelievingTheirOwnLies just because of their own insanity]].
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: And not only 700, but anywhere from 40 to ''[[TimeAbyss 16 000]]'' years old.
* RippedFromTheHeadlines: One of the early post-Reveal side storylines was about the Eternals helping the Japanese government in containing and cleaning up the reactor chamber of the ill-fated Fukushima Daichi nuclear powerplant. Some of the stories that followed this one were related to the Arab Spring of 2011, including the Libyan Civil War.
* RunningGag: Kind of an unintentional one. Despite the oft-repeated notion that the Trust has contacted virtually every Eternal on the planet by the 18th century, new Eternal characters keep popping up from time to time, shocked by the notion that they aren't the only immortal humans alive.
* ShoutOut:
** Numerous references to actual historical events and facts, [[TheGreatestHistoryNeverTold including many obscure ones]] (hey, [[ShownTheirWork it's an AH.com creation !]]).
** There are some {{Mythology Gag}}s and jabs towards ''Franchise/{{Highlander}}'', of course :
*** The whole ''Highlander'' franchise [[http://wiki.alternatehistory.com/doku.php/shared_worlds/highlander_propaganda was]] [[LiteraryAgentHypothesis actually created and produced with secret input from the Trust]], in order to prepare the global public for a potential reveal of the Eternals, whether intentional or not. Yeah, even the crappier cinematic movies ([[CrazyEnoughToWork it's all part of a clever ruse to keep the public from]] [[OhCrapThereAreFanficsOfUs searching too hard for actual Eternals]]).
*** In-universe, the film characters of [[UsefulNotes/{{Scotland}} Connor MacLeod]], [[TheObiWan Ramirez]], [[LargeHam The Kurgan]] and [[TheUnseen Ramirez's Japanese mentor]] are revealed to be all [[BroadStrokes broadly based]] on existing Eternals, though with most of their backstories changed. The Kurgan himself is supposed to be an adaptation of this series' [[MemeticBadass memetic]] BigBad, The Blood Knight (over-the-top EvilGloating included). In one of the in-universe casual discussions between Eternals, one of them claimed to have written the lyrics to {{Music/Queen}}'s ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Jtpf8N5IDE Who Wants To Live Forever]]'' during a depression in the 80s and later had it covered up when the film studio and band picked up the lyrics for use in the movie.
*** When an Eternal dies by decapitation or head vaporization, his/her head ''[[TakeThat does not]]'' [[TakeThat actually create an effect as grandiose as "the Quickening"]]. Also, most Eternals have actually known their parents, averting the "Immortals are mysterious foundlings" rule that seemed to be common in most installments of the ''Franchise/{{Highlander}}'' series. Another dissimilarity in the Eternals mythos is the absence of "The Prize" or anything analogous to it.
** Open or veiled references of Eternals to other films and TV shows dealing with the theme of immortal characters (''TheManFromEarth'', ''Series/NewAmsterdam'', etc.).
** One member of the main trio of bad guys, "The Hashasheen" (aka "The Blood God"), uses the phrase "[[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} Blood for the Blood God !]]" as his favourite BattleCry and MadnessMantra.
** Though this is more coincidental and unintentional than not, the flatly descriptive one-word pseudonyms of many Eternals (especially the villainous ones) are similar to the naming conventions of the Time Lord characters from ''Series/DoctorWho''.
* ShowWithinAShow: The autobiographies and personal memoirs of specific Eternals, gradually gleaned through many interviews.
* TheSmurfettePrinciple: Averted. A lot of the Eternal characters are female, including the regularly active ones, courtesy of AH.com's rising number of female members.
* TangledFamilyTree: Eternals and their offspring that had inherited the immortality genes, often only after several generations (i.e. a lot of Eternals don't even know some of their ancestors were Eternals as well and only reveal this after extensive genealogical research or debates with other Eternals). [[RuleOfDrama Some longer-lived Eternals are unfortunate in this regard]]: Some of their offspring turned outright evil or sociopathic over time, and they as their ancestors now have to live with it. This kind of situation occurs with the fairly normal Eternal character known by the moniker "Edward", who turns out to be one of the direct ancestors of The Blood Knight.
* TeamDad: There've been arguably two or three characters like this so far. In the pre-Trust era, the role was filled by G'Len, the oldest known Eternal. He is now retired and rarely visits the Trust. The post-Trust bearer of this trope is Bosch, the founder and head of the Trust. While Bosch, born in medieval France in the late 15th century, is chronologically younger than many of his clients, he is still the undisputed leader, [[{{Ambadassador}} spokesperson]] and peacemaker of the Eternals. Also a GentlemanSnarker and TheStoic. A villainous version of TeamDad would be The Blood Knight, with his many allies and [[{{mooks}} minions]].
* TimeAbyss: The oldest Eternals (including the much-revered "Forefather G'Len") are often so old and have gone through so many experiences in their lives, that [[TheFogOfAges they themselves aren't always sure how long they've been alive]].
* TimeDissonance: Naturally, Eternals experience the flow of time and the course of history a bit differently than [[{{Muggles}} Ephemerals]]. Said experiencing also varies from Eternal to Eternal and often has a lot to do with how long they've been alive.
* TokenEvilTeammate: Valkert is not explicitly evil, but he's morally ambiguous and crazy enough to pull off some weird stunts that are often embarassing to the Trust.
* UndeadTaxExemption: Averted. Eternals have to eventually move to another place and adopt a new identity in order to not become too suspicious to [[{{Muggles}} Ephemerals]].
* UnfazedEveryman: The mortal employees of the Trust, sometimes dubbed "Trustees".
* WalkingTheEarth: The older and more adventurous the Eternal, the higher the possibility that he/she is an experienced globetrotter.
* WastelandElder: The character of Macarius, [[TheQuietOne a silent]] and [[TheStoic stoic]] old man, who was originally an early Christian hermit monk. After living through the entirety of the Byzantine Empire and harassment by Napoleon's troops in Egypt, he was contacted by the Trust and became an important protegé of it. Eventually, he got bored out of his skull and disillusioned by Earth, so he volunteered for the Eternal's first secret mission to Mars in the 1970s. He's been living there ever since and later Eternal missions have come to make him company.
* TechnologyMarchesOn: Despite a certain amount of traditionalism, the use of ever-developing technology by The Trust and Eternals is [[{{Deconstruction}} one of the main points of the series]]. One of the reasons why The Blood Knight [[{{Anticlimax}} is caught so fast after his 2011 escape]] is because [[AwesomeYetPractical he had no idea of modern satellite tracking technology]]. And while the MugglesDoItBetter trope occurs, it also gets subverted a bit, in an ETGaveUsWifi sort of way: The Eternals have financed the development of some groundbreaking or state-of-the-art technologies, particularly during the 19th and 20th centuries. However, [[TheWorldIsNotReady some of these have been kept in secret storage until well after the Reveal]] (like ''[[CoolStarship The Runaway]]'').
* TheWatcher: One of the functions of The Eternals' Trust.
* TheWorldIsNotReady: Why the Eternals tried to keep their existence secret until 2011, when the {{Masquerade}} became no longer feasible. Subverted by the fact that even after the 2011 Reveal, [[GenreSavvy they only gradually release information]] about Eternals, their activities and The Trust to the rest of humanity, due to diplomatic and security reasons.
* TheUnmasquedWorld: The world since early 2011, when the Eternals decided to finally reveal their existence to the rest of humanity. This has led to the post-Reveal world veering into an increasingly AlternateHistory version of our present day world.
* TragicVillain: Out of all the Rogue Eternals (especially the highest-ranking leaders), The Bloodsinger comes off as more of an AntiVillain, rather than the usual power-hungry OmnicidalManiac. This is because he became an Eternal [[FreudianExcuse after he was murdered in a particularly vicious and gruesome manner]]. [[spoiler:He was lynched to death, then burned alive.]] The traumatic death experience and unexpected ressurrection messed up his sanity for the rest of his life. Unlike The Blood Knight and The Blood God, [[TheStoic he doesn't particularly revel in his evil acts]], [[EvenEvilHasStandards considers unarmed civilians and Muggles not worth killing]] and [[BlueAndOrangeMorality follows a morally twisted]] [[VigilanteMan vigilantist doctrine]] in which he indescriminately "punishes" (i.e. slaughters) people [[MoralMyopia he decides are "irredeemable"]] [[ArmiesAreEvil purely because they participated in armed conflicts]] [[SerialKillerKiller or crime]] in one way or another. One of the clear signs that he's been off his rocker for centuries are [[MadnessMantra his constant references to spillt blood "singing to him"]], calling him to murder more supposed adversaries or wrongdoers. Hence his odd [[OnlyKnownByHisNickname nickname]]. To quote the character's creator and player:
---> '''Cambyses the Mad''': The Bloodsinger's crazy, but with the notable exception of the family of the guy that [[spoiler:burned]] him, [[NeverHurtAnInnocent he doesn't bother with 'innocents']], preferring to fight and kill soldiers on the battlefield. It is only in war and battle that he finds satisfaction, hacking up some defenceless chump wouldn't really appeal to him.
* WhatMeasureIsANonSuper: [[BewareTheSuperman The modus operandi]] of some of the more deranged [[SmugSuper Rogue Eternals]].
* WhoWantsToLiveForever / LivingForeverIsAwesome: Rarely discussed aloud, but from what was indicated so far, the characters' thoughts on this run the whole gamut. However, many of the good-natured Eternals seem to believe the second trope applies, in particular if they can use their powers for the benefit of mankind and for helping people in need.
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7th Mar '14 8:48:34 PM Willbyr
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** One member of the main trio of bad guys, "The Hashasheen" (aka "The Blood God"), uses the phrase "[[{{Warhammer40000}} Blood for the Blood God !]]" as his favourite BattleCry and MadnessMantra.
** Though this is more coincidential and unintentional than not, the flatly descriptive one-word pseudonyms of many Eternals (especially the villainous ones) are similar to the naming conventions of the Time Lord characters from ''{{Series/Doctor Who}}''.

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** One member of the main trio of bad guys, "The Hashasheen" (aka "The Blood God"), uses the phrase "[[{{Warhammer40000}} "[[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} Blood for the Blood God !]]" as his favourite BattleCry and MadnessMantra.
** Though this is more coincidential coincidental and unintentional than not, the flatly descriptive one-word pseudonyms of many Eternals (especially the villainous ones) are similar to the naming conventions of the Time Lord characters from ''{{Series/Doctor Who}}''.''Series/DoctorWho''.
27th Jan '14 9:07:32 AM EarlOfSandvich
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''AH.com Eternals'' is a long-running blend of a roleplaying PlayByPostGame and action-espionage dramatic webseries created over at the AlternateHistoryDotCom discussion board. Though originally intended as a one-off idea, it soon grew and expanded and now carries the distinction of being one of the few roleplaying games on AH.com to be still running after nearly 5 years. Obviously {{inspired by}} the ''{{Highlander}}'' series during its starting phase, it has firmly grown into its own original mythos and canon over the years, [[SerialNumbersFiledOff only sharing a few basic ideas]] with its source of inspiration.

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''AH.com Eternals'' is a long-running blend of a roleplaying PlayByPostGame and action-espionage dramatic webseries created over at the AlternateHistoryDotCom discussion board. Though originally intended as a one-off idea, it soon grew and expanded and now carries the distinction of being one of the few roleplaying games on AH.com to be still running after nearly 5 years. Obviously {{inspired by}} the ''{{Highlander}}'' ''Franchise/{{Highlander}}'' series during its starting phase, it has firmly grown into its own original mythos and canon over the years, [[SerialNumbersFiledOff only sharing a few basic ideas]] with its source of inspiration.



* GenreShift: While ''{{Highlander}}'' is primarily an action adventure story, this series has more of a [[SpyFiction spy thriller]] tone, with lots of DeconstructorFleet elements. It's less about the fancy swordfighting with ancient adversaries, and more about Eternals reminescenting about their past adventures and experiences in the form of [[http://wiki.alternatehistory.com/doku.php/shared_worlds/autobiographies_of_eternals oral history interviews]], or taking part in working for the Trust and for the Eternals' cause. Helping {{Muggles}} from behind the scenes or protecting them from villainous Eternals is one of the Trust members' main missions.

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* GenreShift: While ''{{Highlander}}'' ''Franchise/{{Highlander}}'' is primarily an action adventure story, this series has more of a [[SpyFiction spy thriller]] tone, with lots of DeconstructorFleet elements. It's less about the fancy swordfighting with ancient adversaries, and more about Eternals reminescenting about their past adventures and experiences in the form of [[http://wiki.alternatehistory.com/doku.php/shared_worlds/autobiographies_of_eternals oral history interviews]], or taking part in working for the Trust and for the Eternals' cause. Helping {{Muggles}} from behind the scenes or protecting them from villainous Eternals is one of the Trust members' main missions.



* {{Homage}}: Immortal humans, born in various eras and places, walk among us. Some good, some evil, some of dubious alignment. They cannot die of natural causes. They can only be killed by decapitation or vaporization of the head. This is all that this series and ''{{Highlander}}'' have in common.

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* {{Homage}}: Immortal humans, born in various eras and places, walk among us. Some good, some evil, some of dubious alignment. They cannot die of natural causes. They can only be killed by decapitation or vaporization of the head. This is all that this series and ''{{Highlander}}'' ''Franchise/{{Highlander}}'' have in common.



* LawyerFriendlyCameo: While the canon is self-admittedly InspiredBy the rules of the ''{{Highlander}}'' series, they weren't copied wholesale. This was due to a desire to create an original take on the "immortal humans among us" theme. The AH.commers that have taken part in the game have gradually fleshed out the backstory with a host of new and different ideas. The second reason was, of course, to avoid obvious copyright issues - one of its telltale signs is that [[InsistentTerminology the characters are properly referred to as "Eternals"]], [[NotUsingTheZWord not "Immortals"]] as in ''{{Highlander}}''. However, this trope is also [[PlayingWithATrope played with]] [[MythologyGag in a jocular fashion]] - see the ShoutOut entries below.

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* LawyerFriendlyCameo: While the canon is self-admittedly InspiredBy the rules of the ''{{Highlander}}'' ''Franchise/{{Highlander}}'' series, they weren't copied wholesale. This was due to a desire to create an original take on the "immortal humans among us" theme. The AH.commers that have taken part in the game have gradually fleshed out the backstory with a host of new and different ideas. The second reason was, of course, to avoid obvious copyright issues - one of its telltale signs is that [[InsistentTerminology the characters are properly referred to as "Eternals"]], [[NotUsingTheZWord not "Immortals"]] as in ''{{Highlander}}''.''Highlander''. However, this trope is also [[PlayingWithATrope played with]] [[MythologyGag in a jocular fashion]] - see the ShoutOut entries below.



** There are some {{Mythology Gag}}s and jabs towards ''{{Highlander}}'', of course :

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** There are some {{Mythology Gag}}s and jabs towards ''{{Highlander}}'', ''Franchise/{{Highlander}}'', of course :



*** When an Eternal dies by decapitation or head vaporization, his/her head ''[[TakeThat does not]]'' [[TakeThat actually create an effect as grandiose as "the Quickening"]]. Also, most Eternals have actually known their parents, averting the "Immortals are mysterious foundlings" rule that seemed to be common in most installments of the ''{{Highlander}}'' series. Another dissimilarity in the Eternals mythos is the absence of "The Prize" or anything analogous to it.

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*** When an Eternal dies by decapitation or head vaporization, his/her head ''[[TakeThat does not]]'' [[TakeThat actually create an effect as grandiose as "the Quickening"]]. Also, most Eternals have actually known their parents, averting the "Immortals are mysterious foundlings" rule that seemed to be common in most installments of the ''{{Highlander}}'' ''Franchise/{{Highlander}}'' series. Another dissimilarity in the Eternals mythos is the absence of "The Prize" or anything analogous to it.
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* ImmortalityBeginsAtTwenty: Unless you actually become an Eternal during your 20s, this trope is averted.
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* ActingForTwo: Several players have played more than one character throughout the years. Their older characters are not retconned away, but added to the list of characters and portrayed whenever they're needed again on-screen (which is not all that often, really). Off-screen dialogues and actions of characters can occassionally occur, particularly if the player/creator of a character is not available at the moment and his character is crucial for at least a few moments in the storyline.

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* ActingForTwo: Several players have played more than one character throughout the years. Their older characters are not retconned away, but added to the list of characters and portrayed whenever they're needed again on-screen (which is not all that often, really). Off-screen dialogues and actions of characters can occassionally occur, particularly if the player/creator of a character is not available at the moment and his character is crucial for at least a few moments in the storyline. To date, the latter type of situation has been very rare, so few of the existing non-NPC characters make appearances in the absence of their creator.
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* ActingForTwo: Several players have played more than one character throughout the years. Their older characters are not retconned away, but added to the list of characters they portray whenever they're needed on-screen. Off-screen dialogues and actions of character can occassionally occur if the player is not available at the moment and his character is crucial for at least a few moments in the storyline.

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* ActingForTwo: Several players have played more than one character throughout the years. Their older characters are not retconned away, but added to the list of characters they portray and portrayed whenever they're needed on-screen. again on-screen (which is not all that often, really). Off-screen dialogues and actions of character characters can occassionally occur occur, particularly if the player player/creator of a character is not available at the moment and his character is crucial for at least a few moments in the storyline.
10th Dec '13 6:16:34 AM ZemplinTemplar
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* ActingForTwo: Several players have played more than one character throughout the years. Their older characters are not retconned away, but added to the list of characters they portray whenever they're needed on-screen. Off-screen dialogues and actions of character can occassionally occur if the player is not available at the moment and his character is crucial for at least a few moments in the storyline.
28th Nov '13 2:55:12 AM ZemplinTemplar
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*** In-universe, the film characters of [[UsefulNotes/Scotland Connor MacLeod]], [[TheObiWan Ramirez]], [[LargeHam The Kurgan]] and [[TheUnseen Ramirez's Japanese mentor]] are revealed to be all [[BroadStrokes broadly based]] on existing Eternals, though with most of their backstories changed. The Kurgan himself is supposed to be an adaptation of this series' [[MemeticBadass memetic]] BigBad, The Blood Knight (over-the-top EvilGloating included). In one of the in-universe casual discussions between Eternals, one of them claimed to have written the lyrics to {{Music/Queen}}'s ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Jtpf8N5IDE Who Wants To Live Forever]]'' during a depression in the 80s and later had it covered up when the film studio and band picked up the lyrics for use in the movie.

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*** In-universe, the film characters of [[UsefulNotes/Scotland [[UsefulNotes/{{Scotland}} Connor MacLeod]], [[TheObiWan Ramirez]], [[LargeHam The Kurgan]] and [[TheUnseen Ramirez's Japanese mentor]] are revealed to be all [[BroadStrokes broadly based]] on existing Eternals, though with most of their backstories changed. The Kurgan himself is supposed to be an adaptation of this series' [[MemeticBadass memetic]] BigBad, The Blood Knight (over-the-top EvilGloating included). In one of the in-universe casual discussions between Eternals, one of them claimed to have written the lyrics to {{Music/Queen}}'s ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Jtpf8N5IDE Who Wants To Live Forever]]'' during a depression in the 80s and later had it covered up when the film studio and band picked up the lyrics for use in the movie.
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* InJoke: On the wiki pages of the roleplay, at least. In the database of biographical interviews with Eternals, each Eternal is assigned a seemingly random large number by the Trust Archives. This code is actually derived from the secondary code of a post made in the roleplay's thread on the AH.com discussion board.
20th Sep '13 11:36:20 AM Viira
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* XMeetsY: ''{{Highlander}}'' meets ''TheManFromEarth'' meets SpyFiction meets AnachronicOrder ScrapbookStory.
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