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22nd Feb '17 12:55:18 AM dvorak
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* ''Literature/TheIronTeeth'': A dark fantasy web serial set in a world full of dangers and monsters. Human civilization hangs by a thread and yet people still war and fight among themselves. Magic is neutral but limited and hoarded by guilds that use it for personal power.

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* ''Literature/TheIronTeeth'': A dark fantasy web serial set in a world full of dangers and monsters. Human civilization hangs by a thread and yet people still war and fight among themselves. Magic is neutral but limited and hoarded by guilds that use it for personal power. And of course, everything wants to kill goblins...
30th Jan '17 9:02:08 PM Willbyr
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27th Jan '17 6:35:50 AM TheNerevarine
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* The original ''ComicBook/LadyDeath'' comics qualified as ReligiousHorror, however they turned into straight-up dark fantasy under Creator/AvatarPress: they story was rebooted, most biblical elements were ditched and it took place in a afterlife realm that wasn't necessarily {{Hell}} in the strictest sense, but it was it was populated by monstrous demons that lived alongside native humans, with no shortage of {{omnicidal maniac}}s trying to purge it of all life.
25th Jan '17 12:08:02 PM Willbyr
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25th Jan '17 9:44:05 AM Willbyr
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* ''Manga/{{Ayashi no Ceres}}'': Certainly one of Creator/YuuWatase's more [[SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism cynical creations]], the story follows the Japanese tradition of [[ShapeshiftingLover the swan maidens]], but full of vengeful celestial maidens, jealous husbands, ancient family curses, {{Eldritch Abomination}}s, evil corporations, incest, rape, insanity, and with that shojo twist, doomed romances.

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* ''Manga/{{Ayashi no Ceres}}'': ''Manga/AyashiNoCeres'': Certainly one of Creator/YuuWatase's more [[SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism cynical creations]], the story follows the Japanese tradition of [[ShapeshiftingLover the swan maidens]], but full of vengeful celestial maidens, jealous husbands, ancient family curses, {{Eldritch Abomination}}s, evil corporations, incest, rape, insanity, and with that shojo twist, doomed romances.
21st Jan '17 8:42:51 PM gunslingerofgilead
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** ''VideoGame/{{Bloodborne}}'' pretends to be this for the first half of the game, being set in a Victorian setting, with the plague of lycanthropy, silver bullets, the works. [[spoiler: However, it is later revealed to be a [[CosmicHorrorStory science fiction story]] along the lines of [[Creator/HPLovecraft H. P. Lovecraft's]] novels.]]

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** ''VideoGame/{{Bloodborne}}'' pretends to be is a mix of this and GaslampFantasy for the first half of the game, being set in a Victorian Victorian-Gothic setting, with the plague of lycanthropy, silver a lycanthropy plague, quicksilver bullets, witches, magic and other elements of the works.subgenres. [[spoiler: However, it is later revealed to be a [[CosmicHorrorStory science fiction story]] along the lines of [[Creator/HPLovecraft H. P. Lovecraft's]] novels.]]
11th Jan '17 10:51:27 PM Servbot
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* ''VideoGame/NightsOfAzure'' is set in a world had been showered by a demon king's blood, leading to [[WasOnceAMan transformed fiends]] plaguing the night. The only thing protecting humanity is an untrustworthy, BurnTheWitch-happy church who [[HumanSacrifice sacrifices a designated Saint]] every ten years to prevent the demon king from returning and [[WeHaveReserves who employs agents that get transformed into fiends if they're exposed to too much demon blood]], unless if they themselves are one of the rare half-demons that retained their humanity. Don't feel too bad for humanity though, as a common theme of the game is [[HumansAreBastards how humans could be comparable, if not worse, than demons]].
4th Dec '16 10:58:03 PM dvorak
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** In ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'', Where to begin? The game takes place primarily in the Kingdom of Lordran, which has been completely run into the ground. The only thing that remains are the decaying buildings, it's inhabitants have all either died, or become hollowed, crazed and undead. In addition to it being host to dozens of different types of horrific forms of demons, twisted animals and grotesque monsters. Lordran is also just the worst of the Kingdoms and nations in the souls universe. Many other states are implied to be decaying and faltering. That's just the setting. The world is actually ending to the Plague of Undeath. The morally ambiguous protagonist, along with most of the world's population have been cursed by the Darksign. A curse which grants its bearer technical immortality, but at the cost of eventual complete loss of sanity. (death is also not any less painful when you're immortal in the souls universe). The gods have either all left or are too bothered to do anything about the situation. Many of the [=NPCs=] you meet along the way eventually lose themselves to the curse and you are forced to slay them in self defense. The "hero" is tasked with relighting the First Flame, which even then, would only temporarily cure the curse, as it is forced to resurface every couple of centuries. Or, the hero can choose to let the flame die ushering the world into the ambiguous "Age of Dark". An age of freedom? or simply another word for the dark and nothingness consuming the world? Even the quest givers who task the hero with the final goals of the game are not entirely trustworthy and may be manipulating the player character as an unwitting pawn for further ends.Then there's Manus and the Abyss, if there's anything the Souls series needed to make it the crappiest of crapsack worlds, was an eldtrich abomination trying mindlessly to obliterate all known existence. There isn't much hope in the Dark Souls universe, indeed.

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** In ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'', Where to begin? The games are classed as SurvivalHorror by way of fantasy ActionRPG by a good amount of people. The game takes place primarily in the Kingdom of Lordran, which has been completely run into the ground. The only thing that remains are the decaying buildings, it's inhabitants have all either died, or become hollowed, crazed and undead. In addition to it being host to dozens of different types of horrific forms of demons, twisted animals and grotesque monsters. Lordran is also just the worst of the Kingdoms and nations in the souls universe. Many other states are implied to be decaying and faltering. That's just the setting. The world is actually ending to the Plague of Undeath. The morally ambiguous protagonist, along with most of the world's population have been cursed by the Darksign. A curse which grants its bearer technical immortality, but at the cost of eventual complete loss of sanity. (death is also not any less painful when you're immortal in the souls universe). The gods have either all left or are too bothered to do anything about the situation. Many of the [=NPCs=] you meet along the way eventually lose themselves to the curse and you are forced to slay them in self defense. The "hero" is tasked with relighting the First Flame, which even then, would only temporarily cure the curse, as it is forced to resurface every couple of centuries. Or, the hero can choose to let the flame die ushering the world into the ambiguous "Age of Dark". An age of freedom? or simply another word for the dark and nothingness consuming the world? Even the quest givers who task the hero with the final goals of the game are not entirely trustworthy and may be manipulating the player character as an unwitting pawn for further ends.Then there's Manus and the Abyss, if there's anything the Souls series needed to make it the crappiest of crapsack worlds, was an eldtrich abomination trying mindlessly to obliterate all known existence. There isn't much hope in the Dark Souls universe, indeed.
27th Nov '16 12:21:40 PM valar55
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* The gods [[JerkassGods are all assholes]] who pass the time [[PassThePopcorn eating prayer chips and drinking soul-booze while placing bets and trolling the helpless morals]], and {{The Legions Of|Hell}} {{Eldritch Abomination}}s are mere days away from breaking into the Mortal Realm, if they aren't there already. A GodOfEvil is probably [[VillainsActHeroesReact the only active one]], unless the point of the story is that he doesn't need to, because people will jump at any opportunity to do harm anyway. DemonicPossession is quite common. May even have DevilButNoGod, or an outright [[GodIsEvil evil supreme god]] running the show. If there are no "gods" per se, the CelestialBureaucracy[=/=]CouncilOfAngels have more red tape than a ribbon factory. Alternatively, the [[AngelsDevilsAndSquid eldritch abominations might be destroying both sides]]. In the most absolute worst, the universe is a CosmicHorrorStory.

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* The gods [[JerkassGods are all assholes]] who pass the time [[PassThePopcorn eating prayer chips and drinking soul-booze while placing bets and trolling the helpless morals]], mortals]], and {{The Legions Of|Hell}} {{Eldritch Abomination}}s are mere days away from breaking into the Mortal Realm, if they aren't there already. A GodOfEvil is probably [[VillainsActHeroesReact the only active one]], unless the point of the story is that he doesn't need to, because people will jump at any opportunity to do harm anyway. DemonicPossession is quite common. May even have DevilButNoGod, or an outright [[GodIsEvil evil supreme god]] running the show. If there are no "gods" per se, the CelestialBureaucracy[=/=]CouncilOfAngels have more red tape than a ribbon factory. Alternatively, the [[AngelsDevilsAndSquid eldritch abominations might be destroying both sides]]. In the most absolute worst, the universe is a CosmicHorrorStory.
25th Nov '16 1:54:33 PM Galacton
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* Despite the sometimes terrifying enemies and morbid nature of the setting most of the ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'' series is too idealistic to be this trope see [[GothicHorror Gothic Horror]]. The AlternateContinuity [[ContinuityReboot Reboot]] ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaLordsOfShadow'' and its sequels however, dive right into this.

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* Despite the sometimes terrifying enemies and morbid nature of the setting most of the ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'' series is too idealistic to be this trope see [[GothicHorror Gothic Horror]]. The AlternateContinuity [[ContinuityReboot Reboot]] ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaLordsOfShadow'' and its sequels however, dive right into this.
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