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29th Jul '17 2:31:05 AM Derkhan
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* The ''Literature/SecondApocalypse'' series is unrelenting in its darkness. The world is in a constant struggle involving religious zealots, insane immortals, ruthless sorcerers and [[ItMakesSenseInContext intergalactic sex-demons]]. WarIsHell, and is described in horrific detail. Plagues, infighting, slavery so wide-spread that casual cruelty and rape are so commonly described that they might as well be the background scenery. As the title indicates, the setting's been brutalized so hard that a world-ending apocalypse that came dangerously close to driving humans to extinction has already come and gone, and all the warning signs for the second are already hear. Humanity's best chance of survival might rest in the hands of a manipulative, pitiless sociopath who reads the emotions and minds of people with disturbing ease, all because he's the only one who has the single-minded focus to break the population out of their own self-interest to prepare for the return of [[EldritchAbomination Mog-Pharau, the No-God]]. The sorcerers that are aware of its existence that could potentially do something about this are derided and mocked by society as madmen that have damned their souls and have splintered into many factions. The Mandate, the only one that still holds to their mission are too small to be of much help, and subject themselves to literal NightmareFuel every night of the first apocalypse in all its horrific glory so they never stray from their path. [[FromBadToWorse And if all that still weren't enough]], later books state outright [[spoiler:that the whole damnation thing is completely true, and thousands of men and women (both sorcerers and normal) are doomed to suffering in a literal interpretation of the Christian afterlife]], and those that remain are in for a full-scale CosmicHorrorStory. This series rivals Manga/{{Berserk}} in sheer cynicism, capped off by one of the first epigraphs that precede the chapters. "Nonmen, Sranc, and Men. [[WhoWantsToLiveForever The first forgets]], [[HumansAreBastards the third regrets]], and [[DepravedBisexual the second have all the fun]]."

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* The ''Literature/SecondApocalypse'' series is unrelenting in its darkness. The world is in a constant struggle involving religious zealots, insane immortals, ruthless sorcerers and [[ItMakesSenseInContext intergalactic sex-demons]]. WarIsHell, and is described in horrific detail. Plagues, infighting, slavery so wide-spread that slavery, casual cruelty and rape are so commonly described that common they might as well be the become background scenery. As the title indicates, the The setting's already been brutalized so hard that in the past by a world-ending apocalypse that came dangerously close to driving humans to extinction has already come and gone, extinction, and all the warning signs for the second are already hear. here.\\
Humanity's best chance of survival might rest rests in the hands of a manipulative, pitiless sociopath Übermensch who reads the emotions and minds of people with disturbing ease, all because he's ease. He's the only one who has the single-minded focus to break manipulate the self-interest and infighting of the population out of their own self-interest to into one common goal and prepare for the return of [[EldritchAbomination Mog-Pharau, the No-God]]. The sorcerers that of the School of Mandate, who are aware of its the Unholy Consult's existence that could potentially do something about this by way of dreaming of the First Apocalypse every night, are derided and mocked by society as madmen that who have damned their souls and have splintered into many factions. The Mandate, the only one that still holds to their mission are too small to be of much help, and subject themselves to literal NightmareFuel every night of the first apocalypse in all its horrific glory so they never stray from their path. souls. [[FromBadToWorse And if all that still weren't enough]], Additionally]], later books state outright [[spoiler:that the whole threat of damnation thing is completely true, and thousands of men and women (both sorcerers and normal) are doomed to suffering in a literal interpretation of the Christian afterlife]], hell]], and those that remain are in for a full-scale CosmicHorrorStory. This series rivals Manga/{{Berserk}} in sheer cynicism, capped off by one of the first epigraphs that precede the chapters. "Nonmen, Sranc, and Men. [[WhoWantsToLiveForever The first forgets]], [[HumansAreBastards the third regrets]], and [[DepravedBisexual the second have all the fun]]."CosmicHorrorStory.
28th Jul '17 3:38:25 PM JadeEyes1
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23rd Jul '17 5:28:10 PM nombretomado
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Dark Fantasy is, generally speaking, a DarkerAndEdgier [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin subgenre of fantasy]]. These kind of stories can be pretty much described as StandardFantasySetting [[XMeetsY meets]] CrapsackWorld, as opposed to the usually-lighthearted regular fantasy setting. Oftentimes common fantasy elements are [[DeconstructedTrope deconstructed]] or played in the darkest way possible, and the best you can hope for is GreyAndGrayMorality. Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} goes a step farther, saying it's {{Horror}} [[XMeetsY meets Fantasy]]. It may have been originally, but now, with some linguistic drift, any remarkably dark fantasy story (it's sometimes enough if it's set in a CrapsackWorld) is often listed as a Dark Fantasy. While it's often a matter of marketing or abuse of terms, this entry assumes the latter, currently more common, definition.

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Dark Fantasy is, generally speaking, a DarkerAndEdgier [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin subgenre of fantasy]]. These kind of stories can be pretty much described as StandardFantasySetting [[XMeetsY [[JustForFun/XMeetsY meets]] CrapsackWorld, as opposed to the usually-lighthearted regular fantasy setting. Oftentimes common fantasy elements are [[DeconstructedTrope deconstructed]] or played in the darkest way possible, and the best you can hope for is GreyAndGrayMorality. Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} goes a step farther, saying it's {{Horror}} [[XMeetsY [[JustForFun/XMeetsY meets Fantasy]]. It may have been originally, but now, with some linguistic drift, any remarkably dark fantasy story (it's sometimes enough if it's set in a CrapsackWorld) is often listed as a Dark Fantasy. While it's often a matter of marketing or abuse of terms, this entry assumes the latter, currently more common, definition.
1st Jul '17 12:36:53 PM Dravencour
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* ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'': Part TheEpic, part {{Tragedy}}, part SurvivalHorror. A KnightInSourArmor AntiHero searches for revenge and/or redemption in a CrapsackWorld and fights sickeningly frightening demons along the way. Constant instances of human cruelty lend to the tone of the work. HumansAreBastards, AllMenAreRapists, and AristocratsAreEvil are in full effect. The church is either a CorruptChurch or PathOfInspiration (details of its founding are unclear) but regardless, watch out for the KnightTemplar [[ChurchPolice Inquisition]]. TheMagicComesBack is portrayed as almost certainly a bad thing, as the only deity shown to be active in the world is a GodOfEvil. (More benevolent godlike beings are mentioned, but haven't shown up to help out.) The MessianicArchetype is a mass murderer and a rapist. And so on. [[spoiler:The kicker? According to a now partially decanonized chapter that was removed for spoiling too much, said GodOfEvil and its demons are merely the answer to humanity's desire for something to be responsible for their suffering (as opposed to it being random and meaningless). The Idea of Evil only exists because, in a truly warped way, people ''need'' it to exist.]]

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* ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'': Part TheEpic, part {{Tragedy}}, part SurvivalHorror. A KnightInSourArmor AntiHero searches for revenge and/or redemption in a CrapsackWorld and fights sickeningly frightening demons along the way. Constant instances of human cruelty lend to the tone of the work. HumansAreBastards, AllMenAreRapists, and AristocratsAreEvil are in full effect. The church is either a CorruptChurch or PathOfInspiration (details of its founding are unclear) but regardless, watch out for the KnightTemplar [[ChurchPolice Inquisition]]. Magic and good witches definitely exist, but are treated with suspicion and hostility by the above church. TheMagicComesBack is portrayed as almost certainly a bad thing, as the only deity shown to be active in the world is a GodOfEvil. (More benevolent godlike beings are mentioned, but haven't shown up to help out.) The MessianicArchetype is a mass murderer and a rapist. And so on. [[spoiler:The kicker? According to a now partially decanonized chapter that was removed for spoiling too much, said GodOfEvil and its demons are merely the answer to humanity's desire for something to be responsible for their suffering (as opposed to it being random and meaningless). The Idea of Evil only exists because, in a truly warped way, people ''need'' it to exist.]]
21st Jun '17 4:29:39 AM Onomateopoetic
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** The off-spring game Mordheim is set in the world of Warhammer Fantasy and fits the bill even better than its progenitor. In the ruined city of Mordheim, the pious become zealous, the tough becomes weak and the good become corpses hung above the streets. It says something that the only irrevocally "good" faction is a small group of fanatic warrior monks who *everyone else* think are evil.
5th Jun '17 2:30:02 PM LuckyCharms
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* The ''Literature/SecondApocalypse'' series is unrelenting in its darkness. The world is in a constant struggle involving religious zealots, insane immortals, ruthless sorcerers and [[ItMakesSenseInContext intergalactic sex-demons]]. WarIsHell, and is described in horrific detail. Plagues, infighting, slavery so wide-spread that casual cruelty and rape are so commonly described that they might as well be the background scenery. As the title indicates, the setting's been brutalized so hard that a world-ending apocalypse that came dangerously close to driving humans to extinction has already come and gone, and all the warning signs for the second are already hear. Humanity's best chance of survival might rest in the hands of a manipulative, pitiless sociopath who reads the emotions and minds of people with disturbing ease, all because he's the only one who has the single-minded focus to break the population out of their own self-interest to prepare for the return of [[EldritchAbomination Mog-Pharau, the No-God]]. The sorcerers that are aware of its existence that could potentially do something about this are derided and mocked by society as madmen that have damned their souls and have splintered into many factions. The Mandate, the only one that still holds to their mission are too small to be of much help, and subject themselves to literal NightmareFuel every night of the first apocalypse in all its horrific glory so they never stray from their path. [[FromBadToWorse And if all that still weren't enough]], later books state outright [[spoiler:that the whole damnation thing is completely true, and thousands of men and women (both sorcerers and normal) are doomed to suffering in a literal interpretation of the Christian afterlife]], and those that remain are in for a full-scale CosmicHorrorStory. This series rivals Manga/{{Berserk}} in sheer cynicism, capped off by one the first epigraphs that precede the chapters. "Nonmen, Sranc, and Men. [[WhoWantsToLiveForever The first forgets]], [[HumansAreBastards the third regrets]], and [[DepravedBisexual the second have all the fun]]."

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* The ''Literature/SecondApocalypse'' series is unrelenting in its darkness. The world is in a constant struggle involving religious zealots, insane immortals, ruthless sorcerers and [[ItMakesSenseInContext intergalactic sex-demons]]. WarIsHell, and is described in horrific detail. Plagues, infighting, slavery so wide-spread that casual cruelty and rape are so commonly described that they might as well be the background scenery. As the title indicates, the setting's been brutalized so hard that a world-ending apocalypse that came dangerously close to driving humans to extinction has already come and gone, and all the warning signs for the second are already hear. Humanity's best chance of survival might rest in the hands of a manipulative, pitiless sociopath who reads the emotions and minds of people with disturbing ease, all because he's the only one who has the single-minded focus to break the population out of their own self-interest to prepare for the return of [[EldritchAbomination Mog-Pharau, the No-God]]. The sorcerers that are aware of its existence that could potentially do something about this are derided and mocked by society as madmen that have damned their souls and have splintered into many factions. The Mandate, the only one that still holds to their mission are too small to be of much help, and subject themselves to literal NightmareFuel every night of the first apocalypse in all its horrific glory so they never stray from their path. [[FromBadToWorse And if all that still weren't enough]], later books state outright [[spoiler:that the whole damnation thing is completely true, and thousands of men and women (both sorcerers and normal) are doomed to suffering in a literal interpretation of the Christian afterlife]], and those that remain are in for a full-scale CosmicHorrorStory. This series rivals Manga/{{Berserk}} in sheer cynicism, capped off by one of the first epigraphs that precede the chapters. "Nonmen, Sranc, and Men. [[WhoWantsToLiveForever The first forgets]], [[HumansAreBastards the third regrets]], and [[DepravedBisexual the second have all the fun]]."
5th Jun '17 2:41:18 AM LuckyCharms
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* The ''Literature/SecondApocalypse'' series is unrelenting in its darkness. The world is in a constant struggle involving religious zealots, insane immortals, ruthless sorcerers and [[ItMakesSenseInContext intergalactic sex-demons]]. WarIsHell, and is described in horrific detail. Plagues, infighting, slavery so wide-spread that casual cruelty and rape are so commonly described that they might as well be the background scenery. As the title indicates, the setting's been brutalized so hard that a world-ending apocalypse that came dangerously close to driving humans to extinction has already come and gone, and all the warning signs for the second are already hear. Humanity's best chance of survival might rest in the hands of a manipulative, pitiless sociopath who reads the emotions and minds of people with disturbing ease, all because he's the only one who has the single-minded focus to break the population out of their own self-interest to prepare for the return of [[EldritchAbomination Mog-Pharau, the No-God]]. The sorcerers that are aware of its existence that could potentially do something about this are derided and mocked by society as madmen that have damned their souls and have splintered into many factions. The Mandate, the only one that still holds to their mission are too small to be of much help, and subject themselves to literal NightmareFuel every night of the first apocalypse in all its horrific glory so they never stray from their path. [[FromBadToWorse And if all that still weren't enough]], later books state outright [[spoiler:that the whole damnation thing is completely true, and thousands of men and women (both sorcerers and normal) are doomed to suffering in a literal interpretation of the Christian afterlife]], and those that remain are in for a full-scale CosmicHorrorStory. This series rivals Manga/{{Berserk}} in sheer cynicism, capped off by the first line of the series. "No-Men, Sranc, and men. [[WhoWantsToLiveForever The first forgets]], [[HumansAreBastards the third regrets]], and [[DepravedBisexual the second have all the fun]]."

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* The ''Literature/SecondApocalypse'' series is unrelenting in its darkness. The world is in a constant struggle involving religious zealots, insane immortals, ruthless sorcerers and [[ItMakesSenseInContext intergalactic sex-demons]]. WarIsHell, and is described in horrific detail. Plagues, infighting, slavery so wide-spread that casual cruelty and rape are so commonly described that they might as well be the background scenery. As the title indicates, the setting's been brutalized so hard that a world-ending apocalypse that came dangerously close to driving humans to extinction has already come and gone, and all the warning signs for the second are already hear. Humanity's best chance of survival might rest in the hands of a manipulative, pitiless sociopath who reads the emotions and minds of people with disturbing ease, all because he's the only one who has the single-minded focus to break the population out of their own self-interest to prepare for the return of [[EldritchAbomination Mog-Pharau, the No-God]]. The sorcerers that are aware of its existence that could potentially do something about this are derided and mocked by society as madmen that have damned their souls and have splintered into many factions. The Mandate, the only one that still holds to their mission are too small to be of much help, and subject themselves to literal NightmareFuel every night of the first apocalypse in all its horrific glory so they never stray from their path. [[FromBadToWorse And if all that still weren't enough]], later books state outright [[spoiler:that the whole damnation thing is completely true, and thousands of men and women (both sorcerers and normal) are doomed to suffering in a literal interpretation of the Christian afterlife]], and those that remain are in for a full-scale CosmicHorrorStory. This series rivals Manga/{{Berserk}} in sheer cynicism, capped off by one the first line of epigraphs that precede the series. "No-Men, chapters. "Nonmen, Sranc, and men.Men. [[WhoWantsToLiveForever The first forgets]], [[HumansAreBastards the third regrets]], and [[DepravedBisexual the second have all the fun]]."
1st Jun '17 11:19:10 PM wedekit
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* Caitlyn R. Kiernan is known for writing short stories and novels in this genre. ''Literature/TheRedTree'' either falls into horror or dark fantasy, depending on your interpretation of what happens. If you choose the latter, it is a subversion of the story of a girl that finds a magical tree less than 100 yards from her house that grants wishes. Instead, according to the manuscript Sara finds in the cellar, the tree has a history of sinister urban legends, tales, and local folklore that becomes fascinating to the protagonist, an author named Sara. Needless to say, the massive red oak starts to take an interest in her too. Some events are not entirely explained by the suggestion that she was [[spoiler: slowly going insane and losing touch with reality.
28th May '17 3:03:23 PM nombretomado
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* ''VideoGame/DwarfFortress'' moved from LowFantasy into this genre in its 2010 edition. The gods are at best silent, and at worst curse mortals into monsters or help demons take over civilizations, the angels are terrifying creatures that are brought into the world to help the former demons, the vampires and werewolves are bloodthirsty/savage monsters, the Night Creatures take a page from TheFairFolk and abduct and/or eat people, or try to kill anyone who's out alone at night... And strictly all of the giant monsters raid settlements to steal, kill or plunder. Oh, and the only magic users are necromancers, who reanimate beings anathema to all life (which secrets are revealed by death gods) except them because they are scared of death. Most human "deities" and goblin leaders are demons, and the elves are man-eating ecoterrorists. In short, not unlike {{Warhammer}}, life as a peasant must be short and brutal.

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* ''VideoGame/DwarfFortress'' moved from LowFantasy into this genre in its 2010 edition. The gods are at best silent, and at worst curse mortals into monsters or help demons take over civilizations, the angels are terrifying creatures that are brought into the world to help the former demons, the vampires and werewolves are bloodthirsty/savage monsters, the Night Creatures take a page from TheFairFolk and abduct and/or eat people, or try to kill anyone who's out alone at night... And strictly all of the giant monsters raid settlements to steal, kill or plunder. Oh, and the only magic users are necromancers, who reanimate beings anathema to all life (which secrets are revealed by death gods) except them because they are scared of death. Most human "deities" and goblin leaders are demons, and the elves are man-eating ecoterrorists. In short, not unlike {{Warhammer}}, ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'', life as a peasant must be short and brutal.
25th May '17 9:13:16 AM crazysamaritan
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* Joe Abercrombie's ''Literature/TheFirstLaw'' series definitely qualifies as well. [[{{TheKingdom}} A feudal society]] in which the upper classes [[{{AristocratsAreEvil}} scheme and intrigue while caring nothing about the common man]] and [[{{SecretPolice}} the Inquisition]] is a very powerful, feared and merciless force...bordered by a vast and totalitarian [[{{TheEmpire}} slave-keeping empire]] to the South and a barbarian kingdom of savage killers from GrimUpNorth on the other side. Said Southern empire being controlled behind the scenes by a cabal of crazed cannibal mages...and non-cannibal mages being little better [[spoiler: (if not worse...)]]. Oh, the little matter of any form of magic being, at its source, a demonic power in this setting. Lots of violence, grittiness, grime and death. It's saying something that one of the (comparatively) ''more sympathetic'' characters is a cynical, crippled TortureTechnician for the aforementioned Inquisition.

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* Joe Abercrombie's ''Literature/TheFirstLaw'' series definitely qualifies as well. has [[{{TheKingdom}} A a feudal society]] in which the upper classes [[{{AristocratsAreEvil}} scheme and intrigue while caring nothing about the common man]] and [[{{SecretPolice}} the Inquisition]] is a very powerful, feared and merciless force...bordered by a vast and totalitarian [[{{TheEmpire}} slave-keeping empire]] to the South and a barbarian kingdom of savage killers from GrimUpNorth on the other side. Said Southern empire being controlled behind the scenes by a cabal of crazed cannibal mages...and non-cannibal mages being little better [[spoiler: (if not worse...)]]. Oh, the little matter of any form of magic being, at its source, a demonic power in this setting. Lots of violence, grittiness, grime and death. It's saying something that one of the (comparatively) ''more sympathetic'' characters is a cynical, crippled TortureTechnician for the aforementioned Inquisition.
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