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23rd Nov '16 1:44:57 PM Underachiever
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* In the "grimsical world of fantasy" of ''War of Ashes: Fate of Agaptus'', a fair few things can draw the gods' attention, including any use of ritual magic (which invokes their power), spectacular success or failure at some task, or even the sheer whim of the dice (an all-'-' or all-'+' result on the four Fate dice rolled to resolve basically any action in the game that needs rolling at all will do it). Most inhabitants of the world actually try to avoid this, however, since the gods can be fickle and [[DoesNotKnowHisOwnStrength tend to cause their share of inadvertant collateral damage]] even when actually ''trying'' to grant a boon.
12th Nov '16 3:34:42 PM Koveras
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* At the end of the penultimate level of ''VideoGame/{{Journey}}'', you and your companion are caught in a fierce storm and freeze to death after losing track of the mountaintop that has been your guiding beacon throughout the game. Then, after a FadeToWhite, you are greeted not with a GameOver, but with six giant white-robed figures, who have appeared to you in visions earlier, and who now raise you BackFromTheDead and even max out your scarf, so you can fly all the way to the mountaintop in one go and finally complete your journey.
12th Nov '16 3:28:32 PM Koveras
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* At the end of ''LightNovel/ScrappedPrincess'', Pacifica is stabbed in the back and bleeds out to death. In that moment, however, she is summoned before [[{{God}} Lord Mauser]], who asks her whether [[spoiler:''she'', Lord Mauser, was wrong to collaborate with the invading aliens and to corral the remaining humans in fake reality that Pacifica's continued survival would destroy]]. When Pacifica is successful at ReasoningWithGod, Lord Mauser heals her wound (something even her sister Raquel, the mightiest magician in the land, [[HealingMagicIsTheHardest couldn't do]]) and lets her complete her quest.
7th Nov '16 12:40:08 PM BeerBaron
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* In ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'', the Greybeards state that the appearance of a Dragonborn is due to direct interference by Akatosh, as their arrival always [[HarbingerOfImpendingDoom heralds great change]] in the world. The reappearance of [[BigBad Alduin]] the [[NamesToRunAwayFromVeryFast World Eater]] in the Fourth Era coincides with the protagonist learning that they are the Last Dragonborn and the one prophesied to defeat him.
** On a broader note, it's speculated that ''all'' of the protagonists from ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' may be literal divine interventions called Shezzarines (avatars of the god Shezzar/Shor/Lorkhan/[[IHaveManyNames a whole bunch of other things]]).

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* In ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'', many of the universe's various divine beings have done this at one point or another. Though most would prefer to do subtly, or indirectly through mortal agents, a few have intervened directly in the affairs of mortals. A few prominent examples of intervention include:
** The various "Shezzarines" throughout history. They are theorized to be the soul of [[GodIsDead the dead creator god]] Shezzar/Lorkhan/Shor/[[IHaveManyNames many others]] manifesting in mortal form, usually as one of the races of men when they are threatened, and then advancing their cause, usually by killing lots and lots of Elves. ([[TheEmperor Tiber Septim]] was rumored to be one such manifestation, before he himself [[DeityOfHumanOrigin ascended to godhood]] as the Ninth Divine, Talos, possibly by "[[BecomingTheMask mantling]]" Shezzar.
** Azura has acted much more subtly in her instances of intervention, but not without leaving a major impact on the mortal world. She, along with Boethia and Mephala, convinced the prophet Veloth to lead the Chimer people to Morrowind from the Summerset Isles. When their leaders, the Tribunal, later betrayed her by [[TheRashomon being involved in the death]] of her faithful servant Nerevar and then using the power of the Heart of Lorkhan to [[PhysicalGod ascend to godhood]], she cursed them and left a prophecy foretelling their downfall. Thousands of years later, in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'', she aided the [[PlayerCharacter Nerevarine]] in fulfilling that prophecy and bringing down the Tribunal once and for all.
** Mehrunes Dagon is a villainous version of the trope whenever he manifests. His doing so led to the destruction of Old Mournhold and the Imperial Battlespire, and very nearly the destruction of Mundus entirely in ''[[TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'' had he not been stopped by Akatosh pulling a direct intervention of his own to end the Oblivion Crisis.
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In ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'', the Greybeards state that the appearance of a Dragonborn is due to direct interference by Akatosh, as their arrival always [[HarbingerOfImpendingDoom heralds great change]] in the world. The reappearance of [[BigBad Alduin]] the [[NamesToRunAwayFromVeryFast World Eater]] in the Fourth Era coincides with the protagonist learning that they are the Last Dragonborn and the one prophesied to defeat him.
** On a broader note, it's speculated that ''all'' of the protagonists from ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' may be literal divine interventions called Shezzarines (avatars of the god Shezzar/Shor/Lorkhan/[[IHaveManyNames a whole bunch of other things]]).
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18th Oct '16 5:28:44 AM foxley
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* ''Film/{{Purgatory}}'': Shockingly, God isn't too pleased with Blackjack & Co. messing around with His town.
2nd Oct '16 12:55:38 AM wusch
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* TheDarkEye has the second Demon Battle, in which The Horas Empire fought the outnumbered Rebels. When the battle, through the use of smart tactics and reinforcements from the tulamids (basicly arabs), changed in favour of the rebels, The Emporer, Fran-Horas, conjured a whole army of demons. When this happend, the Gods Praios (Sun, Law, just rulership), Rondra (honorable fighting, Lightining), Efferd (Sea, Weather) and Ingerimm (Fire, Craftsmenship)appeared ''directly on the battlefield'' and excorcised the demons, thus causing Fran-Horas to loose the battle, let the Horas Empire be dissolved and the New Empire be announced. This should be noted es remarkable, as usually any direct intervention of the Gods beyond prophecies is already straining the rules of the universe which are limiting them. They do usually work through their priests and other people.
25th Aug '16 6:03:10 PM LadyJaneGrey
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Sometimes, one or more of the characters get caught in a tight spot. They might be heavily outnumbered, hanging on to ledge by one hand, or falling into a volcano. For them to survive, someone will have to help them, and this time, one (or more) of the gods interfere in person. The function is that of a DeusExMachina, but in this trope we are left with little to no doubt about the nature of the helping hand.

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Sometimes, one or more of the characters get caught in a tight spot. They might be heavily outnumbered, hanging on to ledge by one hand, or falling into a volcano. For them to survive, someone will have to "God help them, them," a witness may say, sadly.

Thing is, sometimes that's exactly what happens.

For a peril so deadly survival depends on aid from others,
and this time, one (or more) of the gods interfere in person. The function is that of a DeusExMachina, but in this trope we are left with little to no doubt about the nature of the helping hand.
hand. It may actually be part of the plot.
20th Aug '16 9:53:42 AM nombretomado
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** {{Dragonlance}}, both in "recent" development and background includes a lot of this, including several all-out wars between gods. The Cataclysm happened when "good" guys won, but became so proud and self-righteous that even their own gods gave up and agreed it's best to [[DroppedABridgeOnHim drop a huge meteor]] on their arch-priest's capitol and let mortals blunder on their own for a while, maybe they'll learn to appreciate divine guidance (and divine magic) after that.

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** {{Dragonlance}}, ''Literature/{{Dragonlance}}'', both in "recent" development and background includes a lot of this, including several all-out wars between gods. The Cataclysm happened when "good" guys won, but became so proud and self-righteous that even their own gods gave up and agreed it's best to [[DroppedABridgeOnHim drop a huge meteor]] on their arch-priest's capitol and let mortals blunder on their own for a while, maybe they'll learn to appreciate divine guidance (and divine magic) after that.
12th Jun '16 3:42:04 PM RaustBD
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* In ''Manga/OnePiece'', Luffy is about to have his head chopped off by Buggy in Logue Town, on the very same platform that Gold Roger was executed on. Just before the blade Buggy's using can connect, the entire platform gets struck by lightning. Sanji wonders aloud if there was anything divine about what happened. It's heavily implied that it was either this trope, considering how afterwards everything was in favor for the crew's escape or pure coincidence. It is also implied that it wasn't natural lightning that saved Luffy in the first place. What occurred at Logue Town is still very vague, even though it was over 700 chapters ago.

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* In ''Manga/OnePiece'', Luffy is about to have his head chopped off by Buggy in Logue Town, on the very same platform that Gold Roger was executed on. Just before the blade Buggy's using can connect, the entire platform gets struck by lightning. Sanji wonders aloud if there was anything divine about what happened. It's heavily implied that it was either this trope, considering how afterwards everything was in favor for the crew's escape escape, or pure coincidence. It is also implied that it wasn't natural lightning that saved Luffy in the first place. What occurred at Logue Town is still very vague, even though it was over 700 chapters ago.
12th Jun '16 5:05:04 AM Sir
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'''Vincent''': Yeah, I think so. That means God came down from Heaven and stopped the bullets?\\
'''jules''': Yeah! God came down from Heaven and stopped these [[PrecisionFStrike motherfuckin']] bullets!

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'''Vincent''': Yeah, I think so. That means God came down from Heaven and stopped the bullets?\\
'''jules''': Yeah! God came down from Heaven and stopped these [[PrecisionFStrike motherfuckin']] bullets!
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