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5th Jun '16 4:29:03 PM skybox
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* Pretty much the ending to ''Film/{{Serenity}}'', where Mal sends a signal across the entirety of the Alliance that lays out the events that happened on Miranda.

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* Pretty much the ending to ''Film/{{Serenity}}'', where Mal sends [[spoiler:sends a signal across the entirety of the Alliance that lays out the events that happened on Miranda.Miranda]].
15th May '16 12:40:56 AM Perey
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** The warning beacons in the White Mountains being lit as warning to Southern Gondor. Gondor requests Rohan's help through the formal delivery of the Red Arrow.
** Boromir's horn-splitting call at the end of ''The Fellowship of the Ring'', which we later learn was heard by Faramir on the other side of Gondor.
** Even more epic is the Horn-call of Buckland. The mostly peaceful hobbits, who have no military, are able to jump up and organize in the middle of the night under the guidance of the returned hobbits, to defeat an army of Saruman's men in the Battle of Bywater, which is the turning point of the occupation of the Shire.

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** The warning beacons in the White Mountains being lit as warning to Southern Gondor. Rohan[[note]]Or just northern Gondor? The book isn't really clear on this point[[/note]]. Gondor also more formally requests Rohan's help through the formal delivery of the Red Arrow.
** Boromir's horn-splitting horn call at the end of ''The Fellowship of the Ring'', which we later learn was heard ([[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane maybe]]) by Faramir on the other side of Gondor.
many miles away.
** Even more epic is the Horn-call of Buckland. The Buckland, as delivered by Meriadoc. Like Boromir's horn, Merry's horn is said to always bring aid when blown: the mostly peaceful hobbits, who have no military, are able to jump up and organize in the middle of the night under the guidance of the returned hobbits, to defeat an army of Saruman's men in the Battle of Bywater, which is the turning point of the occupation of the Shire.



** The use of the Dark Mark as an Epic Hail is actually subverted in the fourth book, ''Goblet of Fire.'' At the Quidditch World Cup, it's a thirteenth-year reunion of former Death Eaters who have put on their old masks and are out tormenting Muggles and terorrizing their neighbors ForTheEvulz. But when a Death Eater who is actually ''serious'' about the cause takes a wand and casts the Dark Mark, the masked hooligans panic and flee -- they're not brave enough to face the actual repercussions of brandishing their old Master's symbol in the sky.

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** The use of the Dark Mark as an Epic Hail is actually subverted in the fourth book, ''Goblet of Fire.'' At the Quidditch World Cup, it's a thirteenth-year reunion of former Death Eaters who have put on their old masks and are out tormenting Muggles and terorrizing terrorizing their neighbors ForTheEvulz. But when a Death Eater who is actually ''serious'' about the cause takes a wand and casts the Dark Mark, the masked hooligans panic and flee -- they're not brave enough to face the actual repercussions of brandishing their old Master's symbol in the sky.
29th Nov '15 11:12:33 AM Naoto_best_waifu
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-->-- '''from ''Tuck'' by Creator/StephenRLawhead'''

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-->-- '''from ''Tuck'' by Creator/StephenRLawhead'''
Stephen R. Lawhead'''
29th Nov '15 7:26:56 AM Naoto_best_waifu
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3rd Nov '15 12:53:22 AM AnotherEpicFail
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* Issue #11 ''VideoGame/TheSecretWorld'' kicks off with one of these: having agreed to help unseal the gates to [[EvilTowerOfOminousness Orochi Tower]], John (AKA: The Black Signal) signals the player characters via a [[SkyscraperMessages skyscraper message]] on the side of the Tower itself, using his powers to spell out the words "COME ON IN, CHUCK" in lit-up windows. Given that Orochi Tower's easily the biggest building in the entire city, this gets the attention of both the players and just about every single allied faction in Tokyo. Cue massive assault on the VeryDefinitelyFinalDungeon.
18th Sep '15 10:07:52 PM nombretomado
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* At the climax of ''EarthX'', moments before [[spoiler:Black Bolt is torn apart by the Celestials]], he uses his cosmically-powered voice to call across the universe for the one being who can fight them: [[spoiler: Galactus.]]

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* At the climax of ''EarthX'', ''ComicBook/EarthX'', moments before [[spoiler:Black Bolt is torn apart by the Celestials]], he uses his cosmically-powered voice to call across the universe for the one being who can fight them: [[spoiler: Galactus.]]
30th Jun '15 7:58:13 AM WC-83
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** One of the best examples of EpicHail is the lighting of the Beacons of Gondor to signal the Rohirrim.

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** One of the best examples of EpicHail is the [[GondorCallsForAid lighting of the Beacons of Gondor Gondor]] to signal the Rohirrim.
10th Apr '15 11:17:05 AM TVRulezAgain
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* In JamesSwallow's ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' ''Literature/BloodAngels'' novel ''Deus Encarmine'', Rafen is deeply troubled by the events and goes to [[TalkingToTheDead speak with his dead mentor, Koris]]. He finds his vox, with its command codes, not yet disabled. Using it, Rafen sends a message to their headquarters, detailing all that has happened.
* The Dark Mark of ''Literature/HarryPotter'' is a more sinister example of this. It is generally used to call the Death Eaters (who, keep in mind, are a group of murderous racists) together, and does so by causing a tattoo on their forearms to burn. An alternate version acts as a giant, floating, glowing, signpost which they use to mark the sites of their [[MoralEventHorizon atrocities]]. Also, it looks rather unpleasant (being a putrid skull with a snake for a tongue).

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* In JamesSwallow's Creator/JamesSwallow's ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' ''Literature/BloodAngels'' novel ''Deus Encarmine'', Rafen is deeply troubled by the events and goes to [[TalkingToTheDead speak with his dead mentor, Koris]]. He finds his vox, with its command codes, not yet disabled. Using it, Rafen sends a message to their headquarters, detailing all that has happened.
* The Dark Mark of ''Literature/HarryPotter'' is a more sinister example of this. It is generally used to call the Death Eaters (who, keep in mind, are a group of murderous racists) together, and does so by causing a tattoo on their forearms to burn. An alternate version acts as a giant, floating, glowing, signpost which they use to mark the sites of their [[MoralEventHorizon atrocities]].atrocities. Also, it looks rather unpleasant (being a putrid skull with a snake for a tongue).
21st Mar '15 9:53:39 PM jormis29
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** Not quite as big as the other examples, but in "Let's Kill Hitler", Amy and Rory [[spoiler:create a giant crop circle spelling out "Doctor" to get his attention. He then [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] this with a deadpan "Really?"]]

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** Not quite as big as the other examples, but in "Let's Kill Hitler", Amy and Rory [[spoiler:create a giant crop circle {{Crop Circle|s}} spelling out "Doctor" to get his attention. He then [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] this with a deadpan "Really?"]]
22nd Jan '15 8:01:12 PM Mullon
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* In ''VideoGame/Riven'', the sequel to ''VideoGame/{{Myst}}'', you signal Atrus by [[spoiler:opening a fissure into outer space]]. [[spoiler:Opening the "Star Fissure" (as it's called) causes [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt The Age of Riven to ''die'']] as the strain of the rift begins to literally bring the sky crashing down around you. This was the only way to "Signal" Atrus because the blurry gateway in the Linking Book you used to get there in the first place made it so he could only detect "large changes in the fundamental aspects of the Age". However, the Age was already dying ''before'' you got there, and (if Gehn can be believed) already in it's final hours, meaning you merely accelerated the inevitable.]]

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* In ''VideoGame/Riven'', ''VideoGame/{{Riven}}'', the sequel to ''VideoGame/{{Myst}}'', you signal Atrus by [[spoiler:opening a fissure into outer space]]. [[spoiler:Opening the "Star Fissure" (as it's called) causes [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt The Age of Riven to ''die'']] as the strain of the rift begins to literally bring the sky crashing down around you. This was the only way to "Signal" Atrus because the blurry gateway in the Linking Book you used to get there in the first place made it so he could only detect "large changes in the fundamental aspects of the Age". However, the Age was already dying ''before'' you got there, and (if Gehn can be believed) already in it's final hours, meaning you merely accelerated the inevitable.]]
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