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3rd Dec '17 8:07:02 PM Yozzy
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* The God-Emperor of Mankind from ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' can be considered an example. His psychic might maintains the Astronomican, the only thing keeping the armies of the Imperium capable of navigating through the Warp. If he ever dies, the Astronomican vanishes and the Imperium becomes a million worlds alone in the dark, waiting for death.

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* The God-Emperor of Mankind from ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' can be considered an example. His 40000}}:''
** The [[DarkMessiah God-Emperor of Mankind]] from serves as this in a few ways.
*** The more "mundane" and arguably the most important is that his
psychic might maintains the Astronomican, the only thing keeping the armies of the Imperium capable of navigating through the Warp. Warpspace. If he ever dies, the Astronomican vanishes vanishes, then the vast fleets with the millions of lives aboard them would be lost to the Warp, and the Imperium becomes a million worlds isolated world alone in the dark, waiting for death.death.
*** He may also be fending off the Dark Gods and supporting the Imperium the best he can in his capacity as the Imperium's deity, keeping humanity from being claimed by them. This wouldn't ''end'' humanity exactly, at least no right away, but very few people benefit from this, most would be killed, and the rest can expect a FateWorseThanDeath. It would also effectively end humanity's role as a galactic power, which opens us up wholesale to predations by hostile alien species.
*** Additionally, in a more traditional sense for this trope, he may still be keeping a [[NegativeSpaceWedgie sundered Webway terminal]] underneath the Imperial Palace closed. If true, then if it were to break open again, [[TheLegionsOfHell Daemons]] would come pouring out and would effectively destroy Earth. Ignoring the fact that the Astronomicon would be destroyed by this for a moment, Earth is still the Imperial capitol, and a major political and administrative hub. If Earth went dark due to daemonic invasion, then the Imperium could expect to become crippled as unity, logistics, and command structures throughout the Imperium would start breaking down.
3rd Dec '17 7:34:42 PM Yozzy
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* A similar, but much more mundane concept was {{discussed}} in ''[[Literature/AtlasShrugged]]'' in a conversation between [[ObfuscatingStupidity Francisco]] and [[{{Deuteragonist}} Rearden]]. With the world inexplicably falling into defective forms of Communism, America is the only country effectively producing capital and resources. Meanwhile the government continues to crackdown and tighten control over those few remaining functional industrialists and executives, who are the only thing keeping America from collapsing and ceasing its support of the rest of the globe with subsistive handouts. Francisco stated that "when [[TitleDrop Atlas]] had the world on his shoulders and it became too much to bear, [[KnowWhenToFoldEm he shrugged]]." Later in the novel, [[TheProtagonist Dagny]] is effectively the the only Barrier Maiden left, since her skill in managing her company's rail lines is the country's only effective logistics left, keeping America from collapsing as well.
24th Nov '17 8:26:23 PM Anduryen
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* [[ItWasHisSled A certain character]] in ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'' is a barrier for ''herself''; if she gets in a bad mood, or discovers her own volatile abilities, she's likely to unintentionally erase the entire Universe (while ''not even being aware'' that she'll do so). No one is sure what would happen if she died, but she seems to have [[spoiler:created the current universe three years ago and made herself its God]], so it probably wouldn't be good.

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* [[ItWasHisSled A certain character]] in ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'' is a barrier for ''herself''; if she gets in a bad mood, or discovers her own volatile abilities, she's likely to unintentionally erase the entire Universe (while ''not even being aware'' that she'll do so). No one is sure what would happen if she died, but she seems to have [[spoiler:created the current universe three years ago and made herself its God]], so it probably wouldn't be good.
20th Nov '17 8:07:01 AM harostar
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* ''FatalFrame.'' It's eventually revealed that Barrier Maidens were used to ritually seal the Hell Mouth under the house. [[spoiler: You find out that [[LateToTheTragedy all hell broke loose]] because the barrier maiden had only just caught sight of another man at some point before the ritual.]]
** ''Fatal Frame 2'': The Barrier Maidens are twin girls (or twin boys). One of them is sacrificed to hell...darkness...''abyss thing'' to prevent it from devouring the village, while the other stay in the village to act as a living goddess of some sort. The real {{Squick}} part? The girl who is to remain alive must strangle her sister as an act of sacrifice. And that's just the beginning of the circle of tragedy that engulf a lot of people, including the protagonist Mio and her handicapped twin sister Mayu.

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* ''FatalFrame.'' It's The ''Franchise/FatalFrame'' series features several of these, typically as the WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds BigBad. Each game involves rituals using a VirginSacrifice to hold back a great evil, that eventually revealed that Barrier Maidens were used failed and unleashed a terrible curse on the location. The heroine's task is to discover what went wrong, and free the Maiden from her torment.
** In the first game, the Rope Shrine Maiden is
ritually seal dismembered so that her soul can hold the Hell Mouth under Hellgate closed for a decade. The last Maiden, Kirie, was unable to focus on her task and her grief caused the house. gates to burst open. In the canon ending of the game, she makes the choice to spend eternity holding the gates closed.
** In the second game, the village ritually sacrificed Twins to prevent hell from slipping through the Abyss. One twin kills the other, with each serving to help keep the darkness at bay. When one sister escaped the village prior to the ritual, the one left behind was killed in a last-ditch effort. It failed, and the town was swallowed up in darkness. In the canon ending,
[[spoiler: You find Mio kills Mayu in order to reseal the Abyss]], freeing the village from eternal night.
** In the third game, the Kuze Family's duty is to keep the sorrows of humanity from leaking
out of the rift. Several ritual sacrifices were performed to maintain the barrier, with the Tattooed Priestess taking mankind's sorrow into herself and then being sealed into a shrine at the edge of the rift. The last Priestess was unable to hold the darkness back, after witnessing her lover's murder. In order to end the curse, Rei sends the lovers' bodies across to the other side.
** In the fifth game, the Maidens have the task of purifying the sacred waters
that [[LateToTheTragedy flow through the mountain. This is accomplished by sealing them into coffins and sending them to the bottom of the lake. These Pillars hold back the darkness, until their powers wane and they dissolve into the waters. The strongest of all hell broke loose]] because the barrier maiden had only just caught sight of another man at some point before the ritual.]]
** ''Fatal Frame 2'': The Barrier
Maidens are twin girls (or twin boys). One of them is sacrificed to hell...darkness...''abyss thing'' to prevent it from devouring called Eternal Flowers, slumbering in their coffins for eternity. The last Pillar's grief caused the village, while waters to overflow onto the other stay in mountain, though the village to act as a living goddess of some sort. The real {{Squick}} part? The girl who is to remain alive must strangle her sister as an act of sacrifice. And that's just the beginning cursed spirits of the circle of tragedy that engulf a lot of people, including shrine elders still attempt to lure women onto the protagonist Mio and mountain to become new Pillars. Each ending of the game involves comforting the Pillar, allowing her handicapped twin sister Mayu.to resume her task.
26th Aug '17 6:44:35 PM nombretomado
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* Misha, one of the three potential love interests in ''VideoGame/ArTonelico.''

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* Misha, one of the three potential love interests in ''VideoGame/ArTonelico.''''VideoGame/ArTonelicoMelodyOfElemia''.
3rd Aug '17 11:40:17 AM BeerBaron
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** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'' gives us the [[PhysicalGod Tribunal]], specifically Vivec. By the time the game takes place, he has been maintaining the Ghost Fence on his own for several centuries, without being able to replenish his divinity. It is the only thing holding [[BigBad Dagoth]] [[AGodAmI Ur]] and the Blight at bay.
*** Vivec's also pulling double-duty holding up Baar Dau, a [[ColonyDrop large asteroid hurled at Vivec City]] by [[MadGod Sheogorath]]. [[NiceJobBreakingItHero This becomes a major problem after the events of]] ''[[NiceJobBreakingItHero Morrowind]]''.

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** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'' gives us the [[PhysicalGod Tribunal]], specifically Vivec. By the time the game takes place, he has been maintaining the [[TheGreatWall Ghost Fence Fence]] on his own for several centuries, without being able to replenish his divinity. It is the only thing holding [[BigBad Dagoth]] [[AGodAmI [[PhysicalGod Ur]] and the Blight at bay.
*** Vivec's
bay. Vivec is also pulling double-duty by holding up Baar Dau, a [[ColonyDrop large asteroid hurled hurled]] at [[{{Egopolis}} Vivec City]] by [[MadGod Sheogorath]]. [[NiceJobBreakingItHero This becomes a major problem after the events of]] ''[[NiceJobBreakingItHero Morrowind]]''.



** In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'', the Thalmor have made worshiping Talos illegal. Why? [[spoiler: According to the lore, Talos is one of these, and if nobody worships him, along with the Heart of Lorkhan being gone and the Dragonfires extinguished, Tamriel itself will cease existing.]]

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** In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'', the Thalmor [[ANaziByAnyOtherName Thalmor]] have made worshiping Talos [[DeityOfHumanOrigin Talos]] illegal. Why? [[spoiler: According to the lore, Talos is one of these, and if nobody worships him, along with the Heart of Lorkhan being gone and the Dragonfires extinguished, Tamriel Mundus, the mortal plane, itself will cease existing.]]existing]]. The Thalmor would see this as a ''good'' thing, as they [[OmnicidalManiac seek to undo creation]] in order to [[FeelingOppressedByTheirExistence free their divine spirits from the mortal "prison"]].
25th Jun '17 8:15:30 PM GlitteringFlowers
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** According to one of the novels, ''[[LightNovel/BleachCannotFearYourOwnWorld Cannot Fear Your Own World]]'', [[spoiler: this is what ultimately happened to [[BigBad Yhwach]], aka the one who killed the Soul King and absorbed him.]] Also, had this not taken place, [[spoiler: '''[[TheHero Ichigo]]''' would've been seized by Soul Society and turned into the new Soul King.]]
13th Jun '17 11:23:37 PM jormis29
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* Ashling from the ''MagicTheGathering'' setting of ''Lorwyn'' was supposed to be one of these, [[spoiler:bringing the flamekin's fire through the transition to Shadowmoor. She didn't go along with the idea.]]

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* Ashling from the ''MagicTheGathering'' ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' setting of ''Lorwyn'' was supposed to be one of these, [[spoiler:bringing the flamekin's fire through the transition to Shadowmoor. She didn't go along with the idea.]]



* ''{{Exalted}}'':

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1st Jun '17 1:10:15 PM TheNerevarine
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* The five mages from Terrenos in ''{{ComicBook/Birthright}}'' are interdimensional magic users who fled their world after a HopelessWar against the EvilOverlord that ruled the place. To prevent their enemy from finding and conquering Earth, they created a magic spell that prevented travels between worlds and their lives powered the barrier, if they were to die then Earth would be doomed to conquest at the hands of this evil. The [[VillainProtagonist main protagonist]] is the dark lord's enforcer with the power to walk between dimensions and is sent on a mission to kill the mages so his master can conquer Earth just like he did Terrenos.
19th May '17 7:07:15 PM PSophus
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* In the series finale of CarBoys, Griffin and Nick are condemned to an eternity of falling through the Time Ring in order to prevent The Blob from destroying all creation.
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