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The '''''Black Moon Chronicles''''' is an epic DarkFantasy [[ComicBooks comic series]] by French author FrancoisMarcelaFroideval and illustrated by Olivier Ledroit, who is better known by English speakers for his work on PatMills' ''{{Sha}}'' and ''RequiemChevalierVampire'' . (Original French title: '''''Chroniques de la Lune Noire'''''.)

It deals with the VillainProtagonist / AntiHero Wismerhill, a [[HalfHumanHybrid half-elf]] [[ParentalAbandonment from an unknown father]] allying with EvilSorcerer Haazheel Thorn in order to overthrow the Christian-esque empire of Lhynn.

Sounds simple enough, no?

Guess again.

Turns out that Wismerhill is the lynchpin of a GambitPileup involving prophecies, gods, demons, elemental forces, and immortal archmages and that his choices will ultimately decide the fate of his entire world. And with so many different clashing agendas, few things are as they seem, and fewer people can be trusted...

!!Volumes

#1 ''Le Signe des Ténèbres'' (''Sign of Darkness'', 1989)
#2 ''Le Vent des Dragons'' (''Dragon's Wind'', 1990)
#3 ''La Marque des Démons'' (''Mark of the Demons'', 1991)
#4 ''Quand Sifflent les Serpents'' (''When Snakes Hiss'', 1992)
#5 ''La Danse Écarlate'' (''The Blood Dance'', 1994)
#6 ''La Couronne des Ombres'' (''Crown of Shadows'', 1995)
#7 ''De Vents, de Jade et de Jais'' (''Of Winds, Jade and Jet'', 1997)
#8 ''Le Glaive de Justice'' (''Sword of Justice'', 1999)
#9 ''Les Chants de la Négation'' (''Songs of Negation'', 2000)
#10 ''L'Aigle Foudroyé'' (''Struck Down Eagle'', 2002)
#11 ''Ave Tenebrae'' (''Ave Tenebrae'', 2003)
#12 ''La Porte des Enfers'' (''The Gate of Hell'', 2005)
#13 ''La Prophétie'' (''Prophecy'', 2006)
#14 ''La Fin des Temps'' (''End of Times'', 2008)
#0 ''En un jeu cruel'' (''A cruel game'', 2011)

Volume 14 is the final album of the series. The French version was released on 21st of November 2008.

Two spinoff prequel series were made: ''Methraton'', which reveals more of the titular character's past and goals against a backdrop of the setting's distant past, and ''Les Arcanes de la Lune Noire'', recounts the origin story of Wismerhill's companions and what their lives were before the main series' events; so far, one-shots covering Ghorghor Bey, Pile-ou-Face and Parsifal have been released. A prequel detailing Wismerhill's origins has also been released. Finally, the comic has been adapted into a strategy video game.

!Tropes

* AbusiveParents: The man who Wis' mother was betrothed to never forgave her for bearing a child that wasn't his, and took it out on Wis once she died.
* ActionGirl: Feydriva (before her [[StuffedIntoTheFridge fridging]]) and Hellaynnea.
* TheAntichrist: Hints are dropped early in the series that Wismerhill's DisappearedDad might be TheDevil himself. [[spoiler:It's a RedHerring; Lucifer's son is actually Haazheel Thorn.]]
** Wis' dad is actually [[spoiler: Pazuzu, a demon prince disguised as an elf]].
* AntiHero / AntiVillain: Wismerhill, and by extension pretty much every member of his TrueCompanions (even the [[HornyDevils succubus]]), dance constantly back and forth over the line between both. While some like Shamballeau the mage or Murata the samurai aren't as morally questionnable in their own actions, the fact that they have no problem hanging around the others speaks for itself.
* AristocratsAreEvil: Played with. Some nobles are little more than bandits with a fort; others are sadistic assholes (most prominent in Ghorghor Bey's BackStory); the Baron of Moork is the BigBad's {{Dragon}}. But then you have [[IncorruptiblePurePureness Lord Parsifal]] and [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure Emperor Haghendorf]]. Most imperial nobles seem to be of average morality.
* ArsonMurderAndAdmiration: When captured by Ghorgor in the first book, Pilou plays a trick on him, teleporting his swords back to himself whenever Ghorgor tries to look at them. Ghorgor is so enraged by this that he... takes them into his warband.
* {{Badass}}: Almost any named character who survives more than one or two scenes counts. The biggest one though is Greldinard, Baron of Moork; everytime he appears he does something awesome, even if that something is sitting in a chair.
* BigBad: Haazheel Thorn, [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast the Master of the Black Moon]], über-powerful EvilSorcerer capable of commanding vast hordes of TheUndead and TheLegionsOfHell, [[PhysicalGod demigod]] and spiritual leader of a powerful ReligionOfEvil, lord of a massive BadassArmy of humans and monsters, [[spoiler: Son of Lucifer...]]
** BiggerBad: [[{{Satan}} The Prince of Darkness himself]], [[spoiler:who decides to send [[TheLegionsOfHell his legions]] to conquer/destroy the world after his EvilPlan to get {{God}} to leave it in disgust with his followers goes JustAsPlanned.]]
* BigEater: Ghorgor, naturally.
* [[spoiler:BittersweetEnding]]
* BlackAndGreyMorality
* BoisterousBruiser: Ghorghor Bey, all the way.
* ButtMonkey: Ian the inept ranger.
* ChurchMilitant: The two religious knightly orders of the empire, [[CorruptChurch the Knights of the Light]] (patterned after TheKnightsTemplar) and [[SaintlyChurch the Knights of Justice]] (patterned after TheKnightsHospitallers).
* CoolChair: Gredinald's throne (later Wis'). Turns out to be a potent magical artifact too.
* CoolHelmet: Everyone who wears armor. One recurring mook looks like [[Franchise/FridayThe13th Jason]], while Parsifal's looks like the good-guy version of a [[Warhammer40K Khornate Berserker's]].
* CrapsackWorld
* CrystalDragonJesus: The Church is built on an alliance with God, represented by [[Literature/TheBible two stone tablets]] that are later destroyed. It's far from the only religion in the empire, though.
* DeathIsASlapOnTheWrist: Justified in that Haazheel Thorn is a stupidly-high level mage in an RPGVerse. To quote the man himself just before he ressurects [[spoiler:Wismerhill]]: "Dead again? It's starting to become a habit...". In fact, the only time he gets angry about this is because Wis goes on a dungeon crawl through an undead prince's palace ''without'' having him along.
** Zigzagged after [[spoiler:Parsifal and Gredinald have their climactic duel. Gredinald later reappears as if getting a sword buried in your helmet is no big deal, but Parsifal's decapitated head being replaced on his body and brought back to life by a massive prayer is treated like a miracle.]]
* DisappearedDad: Wismerhill's. [[spoiler:He pulls an appearance in the end, though, to congradulate his son and to see his grandkids (among other things).]]
* TheDragon: Greldinard, Baron of Moork, to Haazheel Thorn. Wis himself becomes this for a while when both the former [[TheManBehindTheMan decide to lay low for a while]]. [[spoiler:And Haazheel Thorn himself is this to [[TheManBehindTheMan his]] [[BiggerBad father]], [[{{Satan}} Lucifer]].]]
* DroppedABridgeOnHim: [[spoiler: Fratus Sinister]]
* EldritchAbomination: A few: The Oracle as it appears in its true form to emperor Haaghendorf ([[spoiler:subverted epically in the last volume]]), the Dzorak/Dvorak (huge swamp-dwelling cycloptic [[EverythingsSquishierWithCephalopods octopus-things]] only second in power to dragons among monsters, considered embodiments of foulness, and their name is a very common insult), and arguably infernal hekatonkheires (gigantic living weapons of mass-destruction of TheLegionsOfHell).
* TheEmpire / TheEmperor: Wismerhill thinking that Lhynn and its ruler are examples of these tropes is a key component of the bad guys' plan. In fact, emperor Haghendorf is more of a LawfulNeutral ReasonableAuthorityFigure who tries his best to properly run a massive feudal Holy Roman Empire {{expy}} despite living in a CrapsackWorld and trying to avert the prophecied violent end of his reign and his empire.
* TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt: Without spoiling anything else, let's just say that the last volume's title [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin is perfectly justified]].
* EvilSorcerer / SorcerousOverlord: Haazheel Thorn, in case you weren't paying attention.
* FaceDeathWithDignity: [[spoiler:The decision of both the dwarves and the elves/faerie folk as a whole when TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt comes knocking, instead of trying to save their skins by attempting to go through the same portal to another as the humans do.]]
* TheFaceless: Greldinard never removes his helmet (or his armor) on-panel once through the whole series.
** The closest we get is showing his hands going up, then going back down with the helmet, while contemplating swearing loyalty to [[spoiler: Wis or Haazeel]].
* FiveManBand:
** TheHero: Wismerhill
** TheBigGuy: Ghorghor
** TheLancer: Pilou
** TheSmartGuy: Murata and Shamballeau
** TheChick: Fey (quickly replaced by Hellaynnea)
* ForTheEvulz: While nobody has motivations that are this simple, most characters indulge in villainy for their amusement from time to time, or have way too much fun doing their morally dubious job.
* FullFrontalAssault: Hellaynnea does this a few times. What else would you expect from a [[HornyDevils succubus]]?
* GambitPileup
* {{God}}: There's evidence enough he exists (Paladins of the Order of Justice are preternaturally good demonslayers, and high-ranking priests can perform resurrections) but we never see him, and he [[TheGodsMustBeLazy doesn't really do much]]; his one act [[spoiler:is gathering up all his followers (who seem to be mostly imperial citizens) in the same place, then removing that chunk of land from the planet just before things literally go to hell for everyone left behind]].
* GlowingEyesOfDoom: Wismerhill and Haazheel Thorn's are red and green respectively.
* HalfHumanHybrids: Wismerhill is a half-elf, Ghorghor is a half-ogre (his father was a very young ogre, his mother an unwilling villager). Others are seen occasionally.
* HealingFactor: Ghorgor Bey has a ring of regeneration in his nose.
* HeelFaceTurn: Hellaynnea. [[spoiler:Wis and Greldinard towards the end, after a fashion.]]
* HornyDevils: Hellaynnea the succubus. She also doesn't mind sharing Wis one bit (she even organises and executes the recruitment of his harem, which was her idea in the first place anyway).
** Though it was more a HeirClubForMen situation, she wanted to make sure he'd have descendants.
*** This is borne out in that she probably had something to do with the fact that only one of his dozen kids (each from different, improbably beautiful and competent/powerful women) is male (neatly avoiding any complications come succession time), but she obviously took far too much pleasure from the whole situation for her decision to be purely pragmatic.
* HumanoidAbomination: Haazheel Thorn [[spoiler:and his father Lucifer.]]
* IncorruptiblePurePureness: Parsifal and his Knights of Justice.
* ItAmusedMe: The prequel shows that the entire plot was set off by a bet between [[spoiler: Lucifer and Pazuzu]], because the former wanted a game that wouldn't be lost by his opponent [[BadBoss for fear]] [[EvilIsPetty of retribution]].
* TheLegionsOfHell: Summoned in battle by Haazheel Thorn [[spoiler:and sent by Lucifer to TakeOverTheWorld after {{God}} is out of the picture]]
* LetTheBossWin: In a sense, the impetus of the plot.
* LightIsGood: The Order of Justice, whose grandmaster Parsifal is an exemplar of the pious, LawfulGood {{Paladin}} and KnightInShiningArmor.
* LightIsNotGood: The leadership of the Knightly Order of Light is held by grandmaster Fratus [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Sinister]], [[TheStarscream who has designs on the imperial throne]], and his cronies, all of them power-hungry, morally bankrupt assholes.
* LoveableRogue: Pile-ou-Face.
* TheManBehindTheMan: [[spoiler:Haazheel Thorn is actually under orders from Lucifer to create a favorable enough situation that he can just stroll in and TakeOverTheWorld to make it a new Hell (with every inhabitant's soul as a bonus)]]
* MoonBase: The headquarters of the Black Moon are, astonishingly enough, on the Moon.
* [[ColonyDrop Moon Drop]]: The BigBad doesn't take defeat well. NOT. AT. ALL.
* MsFanservice: The protagonist's main squeeze is a [[HornyDevils succubus]]. 'nuff said.
* NightOfTheLivingMooks: Haazheel Thorn raises a gigantic legion of undead, lead by mighty wyrm-riding undead lords... merely as a way to soften up the imperial armies before battle. [[spoiler:He still loses said battle... [[XanatosGambit which is what he wanted]].]]
* ObviouslyEvil: Haazheel Thorn. Even [[StarWars emperor Palpatine]] post-lightning bolt to the face looks more thrustworthy.
* OurMonstersAreDifferent: And many variations thereof:
** AllTrollsAreDifferent: In this case, [[HealingFactor similar in abilities]] [[KillItWithFire and weaknesses]] to both D&D and TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}} trolls, but 20+ feet tall, with a more-or-less caucasian skin tone, giant noses, and they look a bit like they came out of JimHenson's creature shop.
** OurDragonsAreDifferent: Many sizes and colors, but mostly cosmetic differences as they're pretty much all big (human to {{kaiju}} size) reptilian flyers with fire breath (except for undead ones and negation wyrms, who breathe unlife and oblivion respectively). Most are (or at least seem) sentient, though several look like they have the intelligence of a cat or chimp more than a human one.
** OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame: Stout, short and bearded? Check. Live inside mountains (and active volcanoes)? Check. Master engineers, miners and smiths? Check. Greedy? Check. Love alcohol? Check. Hate orcs? Check. Fight equipped with massive war machines, heavy armor, axes and hammers? Check, check and check.
** OurElvesAreBetter: No, [[HufflepuffHouse they really aren't]] (except Pilou).
** OurGiantsAreBigger: They grow ''really'' big here, often easily [[AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever over 50 feet tall]].
** OurOgresAreHungrier: They look more like brown-furred, club-wielding yeti. Half-ogres look more human but are just as big. How big? Ghorgor Bey uses a beer barrel ''as a drinking goblet''.
** OurOrcsAreDifferent: Similar to Warhammer orcs, [[AttackAttackAttack with the same sense of tactics]], only usually with more humanlike skintones.
* PhysicalGod: Haazheel Thorn approaches this level of power. Methraton, the Ultimate Mage, ''definitely'' has this much power. The Oracle, while being the real deal (i.e. a god), is actually less powerful than this due to being depowered and shackled by the other gods for some transgression.
* ReligionOfEvil: The Black Moon faith, which worships Haazheel Thorn.
* RoleplayingGameVerse: It helps to explain a lot of what happens when you know that the series was inspired by one of Froideval's old TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons campaigns, and that he worked on AD&D for TSR in TheEighties.
* {{Samurai}}: Murata, obviously.
* SamusIsAGirl: [[spoiler:The Oracle is actually a god''dess''... and when freed after eons of imprisonment, she's quite keen on... intimate contact. [[CoitusEnsues Cue threesome with Wis and Hellaynnea]].]]
* {{Satan}}: Lucifer is shown early on to be the true master of all demons, and it's hinted that he's more powerful than the gods (except maybe for {{God}} himself, who's unfortunately [[TheGodsMustBeLazy a lot less proactive]]). [[spoiler:Old Nick is also TheManBehindTheMan for much of the series' plot.]]
* ScaryImpracticalArmor: And how! Wismerhill's "leader of the Lords of Negation" getup is [[http://www.wallmanga.com/bd/image/486-wallmanga-wallpapers-chroniques-lune-noire-0013 this]], while Parsifal the paladin wears [[http://www.dol-celeb.com/images/bd/chroniques_noires.jpg this]].
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: Happens a few times, but the most notable ones happen towards the series' end: [[spoiler: First, {{God}}, when it's obvious that with Lhynn in the hands of a puppet of Haazheel Thorn, the latter has a free hand in bringing about HellOnEarth, calls out for all his true faithful to go to Lord Parsifal's realm, and when the last of them passes through the gate, takes the land away to AnotherDimension of prosperity and security; then in the very last volume, when TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt is about to happen by way of [[ColonyDrop Moon Drop]], Methraton organises the evacuation to another world of the population of humanity's greatest, most organised nations from all continents. [[ElementalEmbodiment The Winds]] go through with minimal fuss; [[OurDragonsAreDifferent The dragons]] are let through by Methatron out of pragmatism, as it's not certain the human forces would be able to stop them or survive trying (a few dozen dragons? Messy, but doable. The ''entire species''? Good luck); everybody else who tries (orcs and other savage humanoids, barbarians, what-have-you) is screwed unless they're among the small minority allied to the protagonists. The elves/fairy folk and the dwarves [[FaceDeathWithDignity choose another path]].]]
* ShoutOut: In Pilou's origin story, we get a crowd scene in which [[LordOfTheRings a tall bearded man in gray with two shorter guys]] can be seen.
* SicklyGreenGlow: Color of choice and standard side-effect of the magic of Haazheel Thorn and his Black Moon cronies.
* SmokingIsCool: Pilou
* SociopathicHero: While several of the protagonists show signs of this, Pile-ou-Face is probably the best example; one gets the impression he'd get along famously with [[Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick Belkar Bitterleaf]].
** In his first appearance his personality depended on which of his swords he drew, he blue-glowing peaceful one and and hellish-red psychotic one. Or so he claimed, he's maintained a standard LoveableRogue personality over the entire series.
* SpannerInTheWorks: After Wismerhill [[spoiler: attacks, and closes, a portal to Hell, Haazheel is ''very'' angry indeed, as this marks the end of Wis being his puppet.]]
* TheStarscream: Fratus Sinister, [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder to pretty much anyone else who's in power]].
* StuffedIntoTheFridge: Feydriva, Wismerhill's first LoveInterest, meets a FateWorseThanDeath thanks to two demons, for no real reason save giving him a fight scene and a bout of angst. [[SatelliteLoveInterest Wis gets over it pretty quickly though, and she is never mentioned again.]]
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: Back in his ThisLoserIsYou days, Wis hunted rabbits with a jousting lance and a charger.
--> Wismerhill: Victory! The beast has perished!
* ThisLoserIsYou: Wismerhill at the beginning, before [[TookALevelInBadass taking many, many, MANY levels in badass]].
* TookALevelInBadass: Wismerhill, who grows from loser to dark general [[spoiler:to emperor]].
* UnexplainedRecovery: Ghorghor Bey says this in volume 3 when meeting Wis again, about his [[NoOneCouldSurviveThat apparent demise]] in volume 1 (his [[HealingFactor ring of regeneration]] helped).
* VanishingVillage: The party stays in one unwittingly for a night near the beginning of the series. Used to facilitate the aforementionned [[StuffedIntoTheFridge fridging]].
* VestigialEmpire: The Tharque empire, an AncientGrome FantasyCounterpartCulture that still has some impressive vestiges of its glory days, including [[CoolShip a ridiculously enormous, monster-shaped admiral ship]] for its navy, supposedly still the mightiest in the world.
* VillainProtagonist
* YinYangBomb: During Wismerhill and the Emperor's final battle, each remote-pilots a differently colored magic sphere that annihilates the other's troops. Wis crashes his into the Emperor's so normal battle can resume.
* YouCantFightFate: Much to emperor Haghendorf's chagrin.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Parsifal. He and his children are pretty much the only ones with an unusual hair color.
* YouHaveFailedMe: [[spoiler:Lucifer makes his displeasure at Haazheel Thorn's failure to give him the world on a platter known quite emphatically: [[JustEatHim he eats his soul like it was a piece of candy]].]]
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: [[spoiler:When TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt comes knocking, the dragons get rid of all their dragon knight servants/partners/protectors [[KillItWithFire rather spectacularly]] before [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere getting the hell out of Dodge]] through the same portal as humans.]]

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The '''''Black Moon Chronicles''''' is an epic DarkFantasy [[ComicBooks comic series]] by French author FrancoisMarcelaFroideval and illustrated by Olivier Ledroit, who is better known by English speakers for his work on PatMills' ''{{Sha}}'' and ''RequiemChevalierVampire'' . (Original French title: '''''Chroniques de la Lune Noire'''''.)

It deals with the VillainProtagonist / AntiHero Wismerhill, a [[HalfHumanHybrid half-elf]] [[ParentalAbandonment from an unknown father]] allying with EvilSorcerer Haazheel Thorn in order to overthrow the Christian-esque empire of Lhynn.

Sounds simple enough, no?

Guess again.

Turns out that Wismerhill is the lynchpin of a GambitPileup involving prophecies, gods, demons, elemental forces, and immortal archmages and that his choices will ultimately decide the fate of his entire world. And with so many different clashing agendas, few things are as they seem, and fewer people can be trusted...

!!Volumes

#1 ''Le Signe des Ténèbres'' (''Sign of Darkness'', 1989)
#2 ''Le Vent des Dragons'' (''Dragon's Wind'', 1990)
#3 ''La Marque des Démons'' (''Mark of the Demons'', 1991)
#4 ''Quand Sifflent les Serpents'' (''When Snakes Hiss'', 1992)
#5 ''La Danse Écarlate'' (''The Blood Dance'', 1994)
#6 ''La Couronne des Ombres'' (''Crown of Shadows'', 1995)
#7 ''De Vents, de Jade et de Jais'' (''Of Winds, Jade and Jet'', 1997)
#8 ''Le Glaive de Justice'' (''Sword of Justice'', 1999)
#9 ''Les Chants de la Négation'' (''Songs of Negation'', 2000)
#10 ''L'Aigle Foudroyé'' (''Struck Down Eagle'', 2002)
#11 ''Ave Tenebrae'' (''Ave Tenebrae'', 2003)
#12 ''La Porte des Enfers'' (''The Gate of Hell'', 2005)
#13 ''La Prophétie'' (''Prophecy'', 2006)
#14 ''La Fin des Temps'' (''End of Times'', 2008)
#0 ''En un jeu cruel'' (''A cruel game'', 2011)

Volume 14 is the final album of the series. The French version was released on 21st of November 2008.

Two spinoff prequel series were made: ''Methraton'', which reveals more of the titular character's past and goals against a backdrop of the setting's distant past, and ''Les Arcanes de la Lune Noire'', recounts the origin story of Wismerhill's companions and what their lives were before the main series' events; so far, one-shots covering Ghorghor Bey, Pile-ou-Face and Parsifal have been released. A prequel detailing Wismerhill's origins has also been released. Finally, the comic has been adapted into a strategy video game.

!Tropes

* AbusiveParents: The man who Wis' mother was betrothed to never forgave her for bearing a child that wasn't his, and took it out on Wis once she died.
* ActionGirl: Feydriva (before her [[StuffedIntoTheFridge fridging]]) and Hellaynnea.
* TheAntichrist: Hints are dropped early in the series that Wismerhill's DisappearedDad might be TheDevil himself. [[spoiler:It's a RedHerring; Lucifer's son is actually Haazheel Thorn.]]
** Wis' dad is actually [[spoiler: Pazuzu, a demon prince disguised as an elf]].
* AntiHero / AntiVillain: Wismerhill, and by extension pretty much every member of his TrueCompanions (even the [[HornyDevils succubus]]), dance constantly back and forth over the line between both. While some like Shamballeau the mage or Murata the samurai aren't as morally questionnable in their own actions, the fact that they have no problem hanging around the others speaks for itself.
* AristocratsAreEvil: Played with. Some nobles are little more than bandits with a fort; others are sadistic assholes (most prominent in Ghorghor Bey's BackStory); the Baron of Moork is the BigBad's {{Dragon}}. But then you have [[IncorruptiblePurePureness Lord Parsifal]] and [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure Emperor Haghendorf]]. Most imperial nobles seem to be of average morality.
* ArsonMurderAndAdmiration: When captured by Ghorgor in the first book, Pilou plays a trick on him, teleporting his swords back to himself whenever Ghorgor tries to look at them. Ghorgor is so enraged by this that he... takes them into his warband.
* {{Badass}}: Almost any named character who survives more than one or two scenes counts. The biggest one though is Greldinard, Baron of Moork; everytime he appears he does something awesome, even if that something is sitting in a chair.
* BigBad: Haazheel Thorn, [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast the Master of the Black Moon]], über-powerful EvilSorcerer capable of commanding vast hordes of TheUndead and TheLegionsOfHell, [[PhysicalGod demigod]] and spiritual leader of a powerful ReligionOfEvil, lord of a massive BadassArmy of humans and monsters, [[spoiler: Son of Lucifer...]]
** BiggerBad: [[{{Satan}} The Prince of Darkness himself]], [[spoiler:who decides to send [[TheLegionsOfHell his legions]] to conquer/destroy the world after his EvilPlan to get {{God}} to leave it in disgust with his followers goes JustAsPlanned.]]
* BigEater: Ghorgor, naturally.
* [[spoiler:BittersweetEnding]]
* BlackAndGreyMorality
* BoisterousBruiser: Ghorghor Bey, all the way.
* ButtMonkey: Ian the inept ranger.
* ChurchMilitant: The two religious knightly orders of the empire, [[CorruptChurch the Knights of the Light]] (patterned after TheKnightsTemplar) and [[SaintlyChurch the Knights of Justice]] (patterned after TheKnightsHospitallers).
* CoolChair: Gredinald's throne (later Wis'). Turns out to be a potent magical artifact too.
* CoolHelmet: Everyone who wears armor. One recurring mook looks like [[Franchise/FridayThe13th Jason]], while Parsifal's looks like the good-guy version of a [[Warhammer40K Khornate Berserker's]].
* CrapsackWorld
* CrystalDragonJesus: The Church is built on an alliance with God, represented by [[Literature/TheBible two stone tablets]] that are later destroyed. It's far from the only religion in the empire, though.
* DeathIsASlapOnTheWrist: Justified in that Haazheel Thorn is a stupidly-high level mage in an RPGVerse. To quote the man himself just before he ressurects [[spoiler:Wismerhill]]: "Dead again? It's starting to become a habit...". In fact, the only time he gets angry about this is because Wis goes on a dungeon crawl through an undead prince's palace ''without'' having him along.
** Zigzagged after [[spoiler:Parsifal and Gredinald have their climactic duel. Gredinald later reappears as if getting a sword buried in your helmet is no big deal, but Parsifal's decapitated head being replaced on his body and brought back to life by a massive prayer is treated like a miracle.]]
* DisappearedDad: Wismerhill's. [[spoiler:He pulls an appearance in the end, though, to congradulate his son and to see his grandkids (among other things).]]
* TheDragon: Greldinard, Baron of Moork, to Haazheel Thorn. Wis himself becomes this for a while when both the former [[TheManBehindTheMan decide to lay low for a while]]. [[spoiler:And Haazheel Thorn himself is this to [[TheManBehindTheMan his]] [[BiggerBad father]], [[{{Satan}} Lucifer]].]]
* DroppedABridgeOnHim: [[spoiler: Fratus Sinister]]
* EldritchAbomination: A few: The Oracle as it appears in its true form to emperor Haaghendorf ([[spoiler:subverted epically in the last volume]]), the Dzorak/Dvorak (huge swamp-dwelling cycloptic [[EverythingsSquishierWithCephalopods octopus-things]] only second in power to dragons among monsters, considered embodiments of foulness, and their name is a very common insult), and arguably infernal hekatonkheires (gigantic living weapons of mass-destruction of TheLegionsOfHell).
* TheEmpire / TheEmperor: Wismerhill thinking that Lhynn and its ruler are examples of these tropes is a key component of the bad guys' plan. In fact, emperor Haghendorf is more of a LawfulNeutral ReasonableAuthorityFigure who tries his best to properly run a massive feudal Holy Roman Empire {{expy}} despite living in a CrapsackWorld and trying to avert the prophecied violent end of his reign and his empire.
* TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt: Without spoiling anything else, let's just say that the last volume's title [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin is perfectly justified]].
* EvilSorcerer / SorcerousOverlord: Haazheel Thorn, in case you weren't paying attention.
* FaceDeathWithDignity: [[spoiler:The decision of both the dwarves and the elves/faerie folk as a whole when TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt comes knocking, instead of trying to save their skins by attempting to go through the same portal to another as the humans do.]]
* TheFaceless: Greldinard never removes his helmet (or his armor) on-panel once through the whole series.
** The closest we get is showing his hands going up, then going back down with the helmet, while contemplating swearing loyalty to [[spoiler: Wis or Haazeel]].
* FiveManBand:
** TheHero: Wismerhill
** TheBigGuy: Ghorghor
** TheLancer: Pilou
** TheSmartGuy: Murata and Shamballeau
** TheChick: Fey (quickly replaced by Hellaynnea)
* ForTheEvulz: While nobody has motivations that are this simple, most characters indulge in villainy for their amusement from time to time, or have way too much fun doing their morally dubious job.
* FullFrontalAssault: Hellaynnea does this a few times. What else would you expect from a [[HornyDevils succubus]]?
* GambitPileup
* {{God}}: There's evidence enough he exists (Paladins of the Order of Justice are preternaturally good demonslayers, and high-ranking priests can perform resurrections) but we never see him, and he [[TheGodsMustBeLazy doesn't really do much]]; his one act [[spoiler:is gathering up all his followers (who seem to be mostly imperial citizens) in the same place, then removing that chunk of land from the planet just before things literally go to hell for everyone left behind]].
* GlowingEyesOfDoom: Wismerhill and Haazheel Thorn's are red and green respectively.
* HalfHumanHybrids: Wismerhill is a half-elf, Ghorghor is a half-ogre (his father was a very young ogre, his mother an unwilling villager). Others are seen occasionally.
* HealingFactor: Ghorgor Bey has a ring of regeneration in his nose.
* HeelFaceTurn: Hellaynnea. [[spoiler:Wis and Greldinard towards the end, after a fashion.]]
* HornyDevils: Hellaynnea the succubus. She also doesn't mind sharing Wis one bit (she even organises and executes the recruitment of his harem, which was her idea in the first place anyway).
** Though it was more a HeirClubForMen situation, she wanted to make sure he'd have descendants.
*** This is borne out in that she probably had something to do with the fact that only one of his dozen kids (each from different, improbably beautiful and competent/powerful women) is male (neatly avoiding any complications come succession time), but she obviously took far too much pleasure from the whole situation for her decision to be purely pragmatic.
* HumanoidAbomination: Haazheel Thorn [[spoiler:and his father Lucifer.]]
* IncorruptiblePurePureness: Parsifal and his Knights of Justice.
* ItAmusedMe: The prequel shows that the entire plot was set off by a bet between [[spoiler: Lucifer and Pazuzu]], because the former wanted a game that wouldn't be lost by his opponent [[BadBoss for fear]] [[EvilIsPetty of retribution]].
* TheLegionsOfHell: Summoned in battle by Haazheel Thorn [[spoiler:and sent by Lucifer to TakeOverTheWorld after {{God}} is out of the picture]]
* LetTheBossWin: In a sense, the impetus of the plot.
* LightIsGood: The Order of Justice, whose grandmaster Parsifal is an exemplar of the pious, LawfulGood {{Paladin}} and KnightInShiningArmor.
* LightIsNotGood: The leadership of the Knightly Order of Light is held by grandmaster Fratus [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Sinister]], [[TheStarscream who has designs on the imperial throne]], and his cronies, all of them power-hungry, morally bankrupt assholes.
* LoveableRogue: Pile-ou-Face.
* TheManBehindTheMan: [[spoiler:Haazheel Thorn is actually under orders from Lucifer to create a favorable enough situation that he can just stroll in and TakeOverTheWorld to make it a new Hell (with every inhabitant's soul as a bonus)]]
* MoonBase: The headquarters of the Black Moon are, astonishingly enough, on the Moon.
* [[ColonyDrop Moon Drop]]: The BigBad doesn't take defeat well. NOT. AT. ALL.
* MsFanservice: The protagonist's main squeeze is a [[HornyDevils succubus]]. 'nuff said.
* NightOfTheLivingMooks: Haazheel Thorn raises a gigantic legion of undead, lead by mighty wyrm-riding undead lords... merely as a way to soften up the imperial armies before battle. [[spoiler:He still loses said battle... [[XanatosGambit which is what he wanted]].]]
* ObviouslyEvil: Haazheel Thorn. Even [[StarWars emperor Palpatine]] post-lightning bolt to the face looks more thrustworthy.
* OurMonstersAreDifferent: And many variations thereof:
** AllTrollsAreDifferent: In this case, [[HealingFactor similar in abilities]] [[KillItWithFire and weaknesses]] to both D&D and TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}} trolls, but 20+ feet tall, with a more-or-less caucasian skin tone, giant noses, and they look a bit like they came out of JimHenson's creature shop.
** OurDragonsAreDifferent: Many sizes and colors, but mostly cosmetic differences as they're pretty much all big (human to {{kaiju}} size) reptilian flyers with fire breath (except for undead ones and negation wyrms, who breathe unlife and oblivion respectively). Most are (or at least seem) sentient, though several look like they have the intelligence of a cat or chimp more than a human one.
** OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame: Stout, short and bearded? Check. Live inside mountains (and active volcanoes)? Check. Master engineers, miners and smiths? Check. Greedy? Check. Love alcohol? Check. Hate orcs? Check. Fight equipped with massive war machines, heavy armor, axes and hammers? Check, check and check.
** OurElvesAreBetter: No, [[HufflepuffHouse they really aren't]] (except Pilou).
** OurGiantsAreBigger: They grow ''really'' big here, often easily [[AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever over 50 feet tall]].
** OurOgresAreHungrier: They look more like brown-furred, club-wielding yeti. Half-ogres look more human but are just as big. How big? Ghorgor Bey uses a beer barrel ''as a drinking goblet''.
** OurOrcsAreDifferent: Similar to Warhammer orcs, [[AttackAttackAttack with the same sense of tactics]], only usually with more humanlike skintones.
* PhysicalGod: Haazheel Thorn approaches this level of power. Methraton, the Ultimate Mage, ''definitely'' has this much power. The Oracle, while being the real deal (i.e. a god), is actually less powerful than this due to being depowered and shackled by the other gods for some transgression.
* ReligionOfEvil: The Black Moon faith, which worships Haazheel Thorn.
* RoleplayingGameVerse: It helps to explain a lot of what happens when you know that the series was inspired by one of Froideval's old TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons campaigns, and that he worked on AD&D for TSR in TheEighties.
* {{Samurai}}: Murata, obviously.
* SamusIsAGirl: [[spoiler:The Oracle is actually a god''dess''... and when freed after eons of imprisonment, she's quite keen on... intimate contact. [[CoitusEnsues Cue threesome with Wis and Hellaynnea]].]]
* {{Satan}}: Lucifer is shown early on to be the true master of all demons, and it's hinted that he's more powerful than the gods (except maybe for {{God}} himself, who's unfortunately [[TheGodsMustBeLazy a lot less proactive]]). [[spoiler:Old Nick is also TheManBehindTheMan for much of the series' plot.]]
* ScaryImpracticalArmor: And how! Wismerhill's "leader of the Lords of Negation" getup is [[http://www.wallmanga.com/bd/image/486-wallmanga-wallpapers-chroniques-lune-noire-0013 this]], while Parsifal the paladin wears [[http://www.dol-celeb.com/images/bd/chroniques_noires.jpg this]].
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: Happens a few times, but the most notable ones happen towards the series' end: [[spoiler: First, {{God}}, when it's obvious that with Lhynn in the hands of a puppet of Haazheel Thorn, the latter has a free hand in bringing about HellOnEarth, calls out for all his true faithful to go to Lord Parsifal's realm, and when the last of them passes through the gate, takes the land away to AnotherDimension of prosperity and security; then in the very last volume, when TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt is about to happen by way of [[ColonyDrop Moon Drop]], Methraton organises the evacuation to another world of the population of humanity's greatest, most organised nations from all continents. [[ElementalEmbodiment The Winds]] go through with minimal fuss; [[OurDragonsAreDifferent The dragons]] are let through by Methatron out of pragmatism, as it's not certain the human forces would be able to stop them or survive trying (a few dozen dragons? Messy, but doable. The ''entire species''? Good luck); everybody else who tries (orcs and other savage humanoids, barbarians, what-have-you) is screwed unless they're among the small minority allied to the protagonists. The elves/fairy folk and the dwarves [[FaceDeathWithDignity choose another path]].]]
* ShoutOut: In Pilou's origin story, we get a crowd scene in which [[LordOfTheRings a tall bearded man in gray with two shorter guys]] can be seen.
* SicklyGreenGlow: Color of choice and standard side-effect of the magic of Haazheel Thorn and his Black Moon cronies.
* SmokingIsCool: Pilou
* SociopathicHero: While several of the protagonists show signs of this, Pile-ou-Face is probably the best example; one gets the impression he'd get along famously with [[Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick Belkar Bitterleaf]].
** In his first appearance his personality depended on which of his swords he drew, he blue-glowing peaceful one and and hellish-red psychotic one. Or so he claimed, he's maintained a standard LoveableRogue personality over the entire series.
* SpannerInTheWorks: After Wismerhill [[spoiler: attacks, and closes, a portal to Hell, Haazheel is ''very'' angry indeed, as this marks the end of Wis being his puppet.]]
* TheStarscream: Fratus Sinister, [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder to pretty much anyone else who's in power]].
* StuffedIntoTheFridge: Feydriva, Wismerhill's first LoveInterest, meets a FateWorseThanDeath thanks to two demons, for no real reason save giving him a fight scene and a bout of angst. [[SatelliteLoveInterest Wis gets over it pretty quickly though, and she is never mentioned again.]]
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: Back in his ThisLoserIsYou days, Wis hunted rabbits with a jousting lance and a charger.
--> Wismerhill: Victory! The beast has perished!
* ThisLoserIsYou: Wismerhill at the beginning, before [[TookALevelInBadass taking many, many, MANY levels in badass]].
* TookALevelInBadass: Wismerhill, who grows from loser to dark general [[spoiler:to emperor]].
* UnexplainedRecovery: Ghorghor Bey says this in volume 3 when meeting Wis again, about his [[NoOneCouldSurviveThat apparent demise]] in volume 1 (his [[HealingFactor ring of regeneration]] helped).
* VanishingVillage: The party stays in one unwittingly for a night near the beginning of the series. Used to facilitate the aforementionned [[StuffedIntoTheFridge fridging]].
* VestigialEmpire: The Tharque empire, an AncientGrome FantasyCounterpartCulture that still has some impressive vestiges of its glory days, including [[CoolShip a ridiculously enormous, monster-shaped admiral ship]] for its navy, supposedly still the mightiest in the world.
* VillainProtagonist
* YinYangBomb: During Wismerhill and the Emperor's final battle, each remote-pilots a differently colored magic sphere that annihilates the other's troops. Wis crashes his into the Emperor's so normal battle can resume.
* YouCantFightFate: Much to emperor Haghendorf's chagrin.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Parsifal. He and his children are pretty much the only ones with an unusual hair color.
* YouHaveFailedMe: [[spoiler:Lucifer makes his displeasure at Haazheel Thorn's failure to give him the world on a platter known quite emphatically: [[JustEatHim he eats his soul like it was a piece of candy]].]]
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: [[spoiler:When TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt comes knocking, the dragons get rid of all their dragon knight servants/partners/protectors [[KillItWithFire rather spectacularly]] before [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere getting the hell out of Dodge]] through the same portal as humans.]]
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* HumanoidAbomination: Haazheel Thorn [[spoiler:and his father Lucifer.]]
20th Mar '13 6:48:24 PM Paireon
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# ''Le Signe des Tènebres'' (''Sign of Darkness'', 1989)
# ''Le Vent des Dragons'' (''Dragon's Wind'', 1990)
# ''La marque des démons'' (''Mark of the Demons'', 1991)
# ''Quand sifflent les Serpents'' (''When Snakes Hiss'', 1992)
# ''La danse Ecarlate'' (''The Blood Dance'', 1994)
# ''La Couronne des Ombres'' (''Crown of Shadows'', 1995)
# ''De Vents, de Jade et de Jais'' (''Of Wind, Jade and Jet'', 1997)
# ''Le Glaive de justice'' (''Sword of Justice'', 1999)
# ''Les Chants de la négation'' (''Songs of Negation'', 2000)
# ''L'Aigle foudroyé'' (''Struck Down Eagle'', 2002)
# ''Ave Tenebrae'' (''Ave Tenebrae'', 2003)
# ''La Porte des Enfers'' (''The Gate of Hell'', 2005)
# ''La Prophétie'' (''Prophecy'', 2006)
# ''La Fin des Temps'' (''End of Times'', 2008)
0. ''En un jeu cruel'' (''A cruel game'', 2011)

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# #1 ''Le Signe des Tènebres'' Ténèbres'' (''Sign of Darkness'', 1989)
# #2 ''Le Vent des Dragons'' (''Dragon's Wind'', 1990)
# #3 ''La marque Marque des démons'' Démons'' (''Mark of the Demons'', 1991)
# #4 ''Quand sifflent Sifflent les Serpents'' (''When Snakes Hiss'', 1992)
# #5 ''La danse Ecarlate'' Danse Écarlate'' (''The Blood Dance'', 1994)
# #6 ''La Couronne des Ombres'' (''Crown of Shadows'', 1995)
# #7 ''De Vents, de Jade et de Jais'' (''Of Wind, Winds, Jade and Jet'', 1997)
# #8 ''Le Glaive de justice'' Justice'' (''Sword of Justice'', 1999)
# #9 ''Les Chants de la négation'' Négation'' (''Songs of Negation'', 2000)
# #10 ''L'Aigle foudroyé'' Foudroyé'' (''Struck Down Eagle'', 2002)
# #11 ''Ave Tenebrae'' (''Ave Tenebrae'', 2003)
# #12 ''La Porte des Enfers'' (''The Gate of Hell'', 2005)
# #13 ''La Prophétie'' (''Prophecy'', 2006)
# #14 ''La Fin des Temps'' (''End of Times'', 2008)
0.
2008)
#0
''En un jeu cruel'' (''A cruel game'', 2011)



* AristocratsAreEvil: Played with. Some nobles are little more than bandits with a fort; others are sadistic assholes (most prominent in Ghorghor Bey's BackStory); the Baron of Moork is the BigBad's {{Dragon}}. But then you have [[IncorruptiblePurePureness Lord Parsifal]] and [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure Emperor Haghendorf]]. Most imperial nobles seem to be of average morality.



** The closest we get is showing his hands going up, then going back down with the helmet, while contemplating swearing loyalty to [[spoiler: Wis or Haazeel]]

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** The closest we get is showing his hands going up, then going back down with the helmet, while contemplating swearing loyalty to [[spoiler: Wis or Haazeel]]Haazeel]].



* ForTheEvulz: While nobody has motivations that are this simple, most characters indulge in villainy for their amusement from time to time, or have way too much fun doing their morally dubious job.



* GlowingEyesOfDoom: Wismerhill, Haazheel Thorn are red and green respectively.

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* GlowingEyesOfDoom: Wismerhill, Wismerhill and Haazheel Thorn Thorn's are red and green respectively.



* HeelFaceTurn:

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* HeelFaceTurn:HeelFaceTurn: Hellaynnea. [[spoiler:Wis and Greldinard towards the end, after a fashion.]]



*** This is borne out in that she probably had something to do with the fact that only one of his dozen kids (each from different, improbably beautiful and competent/powerful woman) is male (neatly avoiding any complications come succession time), but she obviously took far too much pleasure from the whole situation for her decision to be purely pragmatic.

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*** This is borne out in that she probably had something to do with the fact that only one of his dozen kids (each from different, improbably beautiful and competent/powerful woman) women) is male (neatly avoiding any complications come succession time), but she obviously took far too much pleasure from the whole situation for her decision to be purely pragmatic.



* LightIsGood: The Order of Justice, whose grandmaster Parsifal is an exemplar of the LawfulGood {{Paladin}} and KnightInShiningArmor.

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* LightIsGood: The Order of Justice, whose grandmaster Parsifal is an exemplar of the pious, LawfulGood {{Paladin}} and KnightInShiningArmor.



* ObviouslyEvil: Haazheel Thorn. Even [[StarWars emperor Palpatine]] post-lightning bolt looks more thrustworthy.

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* ObviouslyEvil: Haazheel Thorn. Even [[StarWars emperor Palpatine]] post-lightning bolt to the face looks more thrustworthy.



** AllTrollsAreDifferent: In this case, [[HealingFactor similar in abilities]] to both D&D and TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}} trolls, but 20 feet tall, with a more-or-less caucasian skin tone, giant noses, and they look a bit like they came out of JimHenson's creature shop.

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** AllTrollsAreDifferent: In this case, [[HealingFactor similar in abilities]] [[KillItWithFire and weaknesses]] to both D&D and TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}} trolls, but 20 20+ feet tall, with a more-or-less caucasian skin tone, giant noses, and they look a bit like they came out of JimHenson's creature shop.shop.
** OurDragonsAreDifferent: Many sizes and colors, but mostly cosmetic differences as they're pretty much all big (human to {{kaiju}} size) reptilian flyers with fire breath (except for undead ones and negation wyrms, who breathe unlife and oblivion respectively). Most are (or at least seem) sentient, though several look like they have the intelligence of a cat or chimp more than a human one.



* SamusIsAGirl: [[spoiler:The Oracle is actually a god''dess''... and when freed after eons of imprisonment, she's quite keen on... intimate contact.]]

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* SamusIsAGirl: [[spoiler:The Oracle is actually a god''dess''... and when freed after eons of imprisonment, she's quite keen on... intimate contact. [[CoitusEnsues Cue threesome with Wis and Hellaynnea]].]]


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* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: Happens a few times, but the most notable ones happen towards the series' end: [[spoiler: First, {{God}}, when it's obvious that with Lhynn in the hands of a puppet of Haazheel Thorn, the latter has a free hand in bringing about HellOnEarth, calls out for all his true faithful to go to Lord Parsifal's realm, and when the last of them passes through the gate, takes the land away to AnotherDimension of prosperity and security; then in the very last volume, when TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt is about to happen by way of [[ColonyDrop Moon Drop]], Methraton organises the evacuation to another world of the population of humanity's greatest, most organised nations from all continents. [[ElementalEmbodiment The Winds]] go through with minimal fuss; [[OurDragonsAreDifferent The dragons]] are let through by Methatron out of pragmatism, as it's not certain the human forces would be able to stop them or survive trying (a few dozen dragons? Messy, but doable. The ''entire species''? Good luck); everybody else who tries (orcs and other savage humanoids, barbarians, what-have-you) is screwed unless they're among the small minority allied to the protagonists. The elves/fairy folk and the dwarves [[FaceDeathWithDignity choose another path]].]]
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* RoleplayingGameVerse: It helps to explain a lot of what happens when you know that the series was inspired by one of Froideval's old DungeonsAndDragons campaigns, and that he worked on AD&D for TSR in TheEighties.

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* RoleplayingGameVerse: It helps to explain a lot of what happens when you know that the series was inspired by one of Froideval's old DungeonsAndDragons TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons campaigns, and that he worked on AD&D for TSR in TheEighties.
5th Jan '13 6:23:19 AM SeptimusHeap
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* StuffedIntoTheFridge: Feydriva, Wismerhill's first LoveInterest, meets a FateWorseThanDeath thanks to two demons, for no real reason save giving him a fight scene and a bout of angst. [[ShallowLoveInterest Wis gets over it pretty quickly though, and she is never mentioned again.]]

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* StuffedIntoTheFridge: Feydriva, Wismerhill's first LoveInterest, meets a FateWorseThanDeath thanks to two demons, for no real reason save giving him a fight scene and a bout of angst. [[ShallowLoveInterest [[SatelliteLoveInterest Wis gets over it pretty quickly though, and she is never mentioned again.]]
26th Dec '12 11:00:37 AM lordGacek
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Two spinoff prequel series were made: ''Methraton'', which reveals more of the titular character's past and goals against a backdrop of the setting's distant past, and ''Les Arcanes de la Lune Noire'', recounts the origin story of Wismerhill's companions and what their lives were before the main series' events; so far, one-shots covering Ghorghor Bey, Pile-ou-Face and Parsifal have been released. A prequel detailing Wismerhill's origins has also been released.

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Two spinoff prequel series were made: ''Methraton'', which reveals more of the titular character's past and goals against a backdrop of the setting's distant past, and ''Les Arcanes de la Lune Noire'', recounts the origin story of Wismerhill's companions and what their lives were before the main series' events; so far, one-shots covering Ghorghor Bey, Pile-ou-Face and Parsifal have been released. A prequel detailing Wismerhill's origins has also been released.
released. Finally, the comic has been adapted into a strategy video game.
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* CrystalDragonJesus: The Church is built on an alliance with God, represented by [[TheBible two stone tablets]] that are later destroyed. It's far from the only religion in the empire, though.

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* CrystalDragonJesus: The Church is built on an alliance with God, represented by [[TheBible [[Literature/TheBible two stone tablets]] that are later destroyed. It's far from the only religion in the empire, though.
14th Oct '12 11:10:14 AM erforce
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* CoolHelmet: Everyone who wears armor. One recurring mook looks like [[FridayTheThirteenth Jason]], while Parsifal's looks like the good-guy version of a [[Warhammer40K Khornate Berserker's]].

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* CoolHelmet: Everyone who wears armor. One recurring mook looks like [[FridayTheThirteenth [[Franchise/FridayThe13th Jason]], while Parsifal's looks like the good-guy version of a [[Warhammer40K Khornate Berserker's]].
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* AbusiveParents: The man who Wis' mother was betrothed to never forgave her for bearing a child that wasn't his, and took it out on Wis once she died.



* ArsonMurderAndAdmiration: When captured by Ghorgor in the first book, Pilou plays a trick on him, teleporting his swords back to himself whenever Ghorgor tries to look at them. Ghorgor is so enraged by this that he... takes them into his warband.



* BiggerBad: [[{{Satan}} The Prince of Darkness himself]], [[spoiler:who decides to send [[TheLegionsOfHell his legions]] to conquer/destroy the world after his EvilPlan to get {{God}} to leave it in disgust with his followers goes Just As Planned]]

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* ** BiggerBad: [[{{Satan}} The Prince of Darkness himself]], [[spoiler:who decides to send [[TheLegionsOfHell his legions]] to conquer/destroy the world after his EvilPlan to get {{God}} to leave it in disgust with his followers goes Just As Planned]]JustAsPlanned.]]
* BigEater: Ghorgor, naturally.



* ButtMonkey: Ian the inept ranger.



* CoolChair: Gredinald's throne (later Wis'). Turns out to be a potent magical artifact too.
* CoolHelmet: Everyone who wears armor. One recurring mook looks like [[FridayTheThirteenth Jason]], while Parsifal's looks like the good-guy version of a [[Warhammer40K Khornate Berserker's]].



* CrystalDragonJesus: The Church is built on an alliance with God, represented by two stone tablets that are later destroyed. It's far from the only religion in the empire, though.

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* CrystalDragonJesus: The Church is built on an alliance with God, represented by [[TheBible two stone tablets tablets]] that are later destroyed. It's far from the only religion in the empire, though.



** Zigzagged after [[spoiler:Parsifal and Gredinald have their climactic duel. Gredinald later reappears as if getting a sword buried in your helmet is no big deal, but Parsifal's decapitated head being replaced on his body and brought back to life by a massive prayer is treated like a miracle.]]
* DisappearedDad: Wismerhill's. [[spoiler:He pulls an appearance in the end, though, to congradulate his son and to see his grandkids (among other things).]]



* GlowingEyesOfDoom: Wismerhill, Haazheel Thorn are red and green respectively.



* HealingFactor: Ghorgor Bey has a ring of regeneration in his nose.



* ItAmusedMe: The prequel shows that the entire plot was set off by a bet between [[spoiler: Lucifer and Pazuzu]], because the former wanted a game that wouldn't be lost by his opponent for fear of retribution.

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* ItAmusedMe: The prequel shows that the entire plot was set off by a bet between [[spoiler: Lucifer and Pazuzu]], because the former wanted a game that wouldn't be lost by his opponent [[BadBoss for fear fear]] [[EvilIsPetty of retribution.retribution]].



* MissingDad: Wismerhill's. [[spoiler:He pulls an appearance in the end, though, to congradulate his son and to see his grandkids (among other things).]]



** OurOrcsAreDifferent: Similar to Warhammer orcs, only usually with more humanlike skintones.

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** OurOrcsAreDifferent: Similar to Warhammer orcs, [[AttackAttackAttack with the same sense of tactics]], only usually with more humanlike skintones.


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* {{Samurai}}: Murata, obviously.


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* ScaryImpracticalArmor: And how! Wismerhill's "leader of the Lords of Negation" getup is [[http://www.wallmanga.com/bd/image/486-wallmanga-wallpapers-chroniques-lune-noire-0013 this]], while Parsifal the paladin wears [[http://www.dol-celeb.com/images/bd/chroniques_noires.jpg this]].
* ShoutOut: In Pilou's origin story, we get a crowd scene in which [[LordOfTheRings a tall bearded man in gray with two shorter guys]] can be seen.


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* SmokingIsCool: Pilou


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** In his first appearance his personality depended on which of his swords he drew, he blue-glowing peaceful one and and hellish-red psychotic one. Or so he claimed, he's maintained a standard LoveableRogue personality over the entire series.
* SpannerInTheWorks: After Wismerhill [[spoiler: attacks, and closes, a portal to Hell, Haazheel is ''very'' angry indeed, as this marks the end of Wis being his puppet.]]


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* YinYangBomb: During Wismerhill and the Emperor's final battle, each remote-pilots a differently colored magic sphere that annihilates the other's troops. Wis crashes his into the Emperor's so normal battle can resume.
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* DeathIsASlapOnTheWrist: Justified in that Haazheel Thorn is a stupidly-high level mage in an RPGVerse. To quote the man himself just before he ressurects [[spoiler:Wismerhill]]: "Dead again? It's starting to become a habit...". In fact, the only time he gets angry about this is because Wis goes on a dungeon crawl through an undead prince's palace ''without'' having him along.



* GrowingTheBeard: This was the first published comic for both Froideval and Ledroit, and it really shows in the first three volumes. Then it gets better by orders of magnitude.
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