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20th Aug '16 11:48:26 AM Angeldeb82
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* In ''[[VideoGame/{{Zork}} Zork III: The Dungeon Master]]'', if you touch the table while its indicator shows "IV" in the Scenic Vista, you'll end up in a temple of some courtyard where the hairy bums perform some Human Sacrifice ritual on you by plunging a knife into your heart.
** This later becomes a plot point in ''VideoGame/{{Enchanter}}'': the same hairy ogres make a sacrificial ritual in the castle's temple, and you are chosen as soon as you enter. And for good reason, too: it is necessary to get the sacrificial knife in order to cut the ropes that bind the jeweled box shut that contains the MELBOR spell... [[DeathIsCheap provided that you survive getting sacrificed with help from the OZMOO spell]].

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* In ''[[VideoGame/{{Zork}} Zork III: The Dungeon Master]]'', if you touch the table while its indicator shows "IV" in the Scenic Vista, you'll end up in a temple of some courtyard where the hairy bums perform some Human Sacrifice ritual on you by plunging a knife into your heart.
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This later becomes a plot point in ''VideoGame/{{Enchanter}}'': the same hairy ogres make a sacrificial ritual in the castle's temple, and you are chosen as soon as you enter. And for good reason, too: it is necessary to get the sacrificial knife in order to cut the ropes that bind the jeweled box shut that contains the MELBOR spell... [[DeathIsCheap provided that you survive getting sacrificed with help from the OZMOO spell]].
19th Aug '16 4:24:27 PM Angeldeb82
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** At-your-face in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII'': This is the plan [[spoiler:fal'Cie]] have for the entirety of humanity. A [[DeusExMachina last-minute]] DivineIntervention prevent the plan from succeeding, [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII2 though at an unbelievably steep price.]]

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** At-your-face in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII'': This is the plan [[spoiler:fal'Cie]] have for the entirety of humanity. A [[DeusExMachina last-minute]] DivineIntervention prevent prevents the plan from succeeding, [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII2 though at an unbelievably steep price.]]price]].


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* In ''[[VideoGame/{{Zork}} Zork III: The Dungeon Master]]'', if you touch the table while its indicator shows "IV" in the Scenic Vista, you'll end up in a temple of some courtyard where the hairy bums perform some Human Sacrifice ritual on you by plunging a knife into your heart.
** This later becomes a plot point in ''VideoGame/{{Enchanter}}'': the same hairy ogres make a sacrificial ritual in the castle's temple, and you are chosen as soon as you enter. And for good reason, too: it is necessary to get the sacrificial knife in order to cut the ropes that bind the jeweled box shut that contains the MELBOR spell... [[DeathIsCheap provided that you survive getting sacrificed with help from the OZMOO spell]].
9th Aug '16 11:37:19 AM Angeldeb82
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* A big point in ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'' is dealing with this. Partly due to a not-so-evil-evil-being that's redealt with in the sequel at first, then it [[ItsPersonal hits really]] [[LoveInterest close to home for]] TheHero.
* ''VideoGame/{{Spelunky}}'' allows players to sacrifice to Kali humanoid enemies such as cavemen, [[spoiler:{{Man Eating Plant}}s, yetis, Cultists]], and [[DamselInDistress damsels]] that you [[VideogameCrueltyPotential could have rescued instead]]. Granted, sacrificing a live maiden gets you a ''lot'' of favor from Kali.

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* A big point in ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'' is dealing with this. Partly due to a not-so-evil-evil-being that's redealt with in the sequel at first, then it [[ItsPersonal hits really]] [[LoveInterest [[LoveInterests close to home for]] TheHero.
* ''VideoGame/{{Spelunky}}'' allows players to sacrifice to Kali humanoid enemies such as cavemen, [[spoiler:{{Man Eating Plant}}s, yetis, Cultists]], and [[DamselInDistress damsels]] {{damsel|InDistress}}s that you [[VideogameCrueltyPotential could have rescued instead]]. Granted, sacrificing a live maiden gets you a ''lot'' of favor from Kali.



* Has shown up in both VideoGame/TeamIcoSeries games so far: {{Ico}} himself is bound and left to die in a haunted castle, and Mono was apparently sacrificed due to a cursed fate shortly before ''VideoGame/ShadowOfTheColossus'' starts.

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* Has shown up in both VideoGame/TeamIcoSeries games so far: {{Ico}} VideoGame/{{Ico}} himself is bound and left to die in a haunted castle, and Mono was apparently sacrificed due to a cursed fate shortly before ''VideoGame/ShadowOfTheColossus'' starts.



* This is the purpose the Bhaalspawn in the ''Franchise/BaldursGate'' series are meant to fulfill. Sired by the dead god of murder Bhaal who had foreseen his own death, the countless Bhaalspawn each possess a sliver of divine essence. Their only purpose was to die -- something made easier by all of them struggling with murderous instincts and being [[DoomMagnet Doom Magnets]] -- and thus release their essence. Then Bhaal's former high priestess Amelissan could harness the essence and revive Bhaal with it. Even the player character helps the plan along since he is forced to kill some of the last and strongest Bhaalspawn (other than himself/herself of course) near the end of the series. Ultimately [[spoiler:the plan fails, because Amelissan harbored ambitions of godhood for herself.]]

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* This is the purpose the Bhaalspawn in the ''Franchise/BaldursGate'' series are meant to fulfill. Sired by the dead god of murder Bhaal who had foreseen his own death, the countless Bhaalspawn each possess a sliver of divine essence. Their only purpose was to die -- something made easier by all of them struggling with murderous instincts and being [[DoomMagnet Doom Magnets]] {{Doom Magnet}}s -- and thus release their essence. Then Bhaal's former high priestess Amelissan could harness the essence and revive Bhaal with it. Even the player character helps the plan along since he is forced to kill some of the last and strongest Bhaalspawn (other than himself/herself of course) near the end of the series. Ultimately [[spoiler:the plan fails, because Amelissan harbored ambitions of godhood for herself.]]herself]].



** Not so subtle in ''FinalFantasyTactics'', [[spoiler:The Lion War]] is a massive human sacrifice to awaken Ultima the Bloody Angel. And it works, though not before Adrammelech tosses his own life force into the proverbial altar.

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** Not so subtle in ''FinalFantasyTactics'', ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTactics'', [[spoiler:The Lion War]] is a massive human sacrifice to awaken Ultima the Bloody Angel. And it works, though not before Adrammelech tosses his own life force into the proverbial altar.



* In ''VideoGame/KingsQuestVI'', a sect of Druids that Alexander stumbles across capture him and attempt to burn him to death over a bonfire as part of their Rain Festival. It actually works, in an odd way, as Alexander [[spoiler:only survives because beforehand he had prepared magic water that needed to be boiled to produce rain, thus fulfilling the festival's need, putting out the fire, and convincing the Druids he's a powerful nature wizard]].

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* In ''VideoGame/KingsQuestVI'', ''VideoGame/KingsQuestVIHeirTodayGoneTomorrow'', a sect of Druids that Alexander stumbles across capture him and attempt to burn him to death over a bonfire as part of their Rain Festival. It actually works, in an odd way, as Alexander [[spoiler:only survives because beforehand he had prepared magic water that needed to be boiled to produce rain, thus fulfilling the festival's need, putting out the fire, and convincing the Druids he's a powerful nature wizard]].
6th Aug '16 3:56:06 AM NozzDogg
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* In Cubicle 7's ''TabletopGame/RocketAge'' the Venusian Cult of the Fanged Mother kidnap and murder both other Venusians and various aliens (including humans).

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* In Cubicle 7's ''TabletopGame/RocketAge'' the Venusian Cult of the Fanged Mother kidnap and murder sacrifice both other Venusians and various aliens (including humans).
6th Aug '16 3:55:30 AM NozzDogg
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* In Cubicle 7's ''TabletopGame/RocketAge'' the Venusian Cult of the Fanged Mother kidnap and murder both other Venusians and various aliens (including humans).
5th Aug '16 6:37:17 AM isoycrazy
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* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles:
** In general, there is the Death Curse a Wizard can produce. This is a sacrifice of self wherein the Wizard uses the last bits of life and magic they have inside to unleash a powerful, and usually fatal, attack on their enemies.
** ''Summer Knight'': It isn't that the person is special, but rather the BigBad infused the would-be sacrifice with [[spoiler:the mantle of the Summer Knight. If she kills the sacrifice on the Alter of the Stone Table after the Summer Solstice, the power will be given to Winter rather than returning to Summer as it should]].

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* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles:
''Literature/TheDresdenFiles:''
** In general, there is the Death Curse a Wizard can produce. This is a sacrifice of self wherein the Wizard uses the last bits of life and magic they have inside to unleash a powerful, and usually fatal, attack on their his or her enemies.
** ''Summer Knight'': It isn't that the person is special, but rather the BigBad infused the would-be sacrifice with [[spoiler:the mantle of the Summer Knight. If she kills the sacrifice on the Alter of the Stone Table after the Summer Solstice, the power will be given to Winter rather than returning to Summer as it should]].should. The imbalance will give Winter an edge and decisive victory over Summer, resulting in the next ice age]].
5th Aug '16 6:32:36 AM isoycrazy
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* Appears in the fifth book of ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles, Death Masks.'' The Big Bad utilizes a human sacrifice as part of a plague's power source. It's also referred to in the backstory of a character in ''Proven Guilty.''
** And it appears again in ''Changes''.
** Not exactly a ''human'' sacrifice, but this was part of the BigBad's plan in ''Summer Knight'', and [[spoiler:Thomas]] almost had his heart cut out at the climax of ''Blood Rites''.

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* Appears in ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles:
** In general, there is
the fifth book of ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles, Death Curse a Wizard can produce. This is a sacrifice of self wherein the Wizard uses the last bits of life and magic they have inside to unleash a powerful, and usually fatal, attack on their enemies.
** ''Summer Knight'': It isn't that the person is special, but rather the BigBad infused the would-be sacrifice with [[spoiler:the mantle of the Summer Knight. If she kills the sacrifice on the Alter of the Stone Table after the Summer Solstice, the power will be given to Winter rather than returning to Summer as it should]].
** ''Death
Masks.'' The Big Bad Nicodemus utilizes a human sacrifice as part of a plague's power source.source. He originally wants Harry, being a wizard, but when [[spoiler:his nemesis Shiro, a modern-day paladin]] offers himself in Harry's place, the Nicodemus makes the swap. It's also referred to in the backstory of a character in ''Proven Guilty.''
** And it appears again in ''Changes''.
** Not exactly a ''human'' sacrifice, but this was part of the BigBad's plan in ''Summer Knight'', and [[spoiler:Thomas]] almost had his heart cut out at the climax of
** ''Blood Rites''.Rites'':
*** The evil coven sacrifice [[spoiler:one of their own coven of ex-wives to unleash a powerful Bad Luck curse on a woman who was suspected of going to marry their ex-husband and risk ruining their alimony. They chose her because she thought a girl named Inari was also a potential wife to their ex and tried killing Inari, not realizing Inari is the daughter of the coven's magical benefactor Lord Raith. Her father wasn't amused at all by that]].
*** The coven plan involves using [[spoiler:Thomas Raith, a friendly vampire (and also son of the aforementioned Lord Raith), to empower the curse to kill Harry Dresden because Harry and Thomas are the last known bloodline of Thomas and Harry's mom, who cursed Lord Raith years ago with her Death Curse to not be able to feed on people, castrating him and his goals]].
**''Changes'':
*** Queen Mab requires [[spoiler:Harry to kill the tortured, broken, and traitorous Winter Knight he seeks to replace]] in exchange for her power and help. The sacrifice [[spoiler:had his tongue removed, eyes gone, body now tiny and frail from only getting enough nutrition to survive, and on his body were tattoos of the word "traitor" in many languages]].
*** When Harry arrives at the home of the Red King, a priestess is offered to Harry as a would-be sacrifice. He refuses, to the irritation of his fairy godmother because she hasn't made a virgin sacrifice in ages.
*** The Red Court Vampires have built up a powerful magical curse to destroy Harry by sacrificing hundreds of people to prepare the curse, and at the right moment, the key sacrifice would unleash it. [[spoiler:They plan to sacrifice Harry's daughter, who he didn't even know existed 96 hours before hand. Harry is able to turn this against them by sacrificing Susan, mother of Harry's child, and just-turned full vampire. She resists her inner demon and lets Harry kill her on the alter, so she, now the youngest of the Red Court, will spread the curse to every single elder member of the court]].
** ''Skin Game'': The Gate of Blood, the final gate into one of Hades' personal vaults requires not just a human sacrifice, [[spoiler:but one who will die willingly so their ghost may pull the lever to open the gate. Nicodemus sacrifices his own daughter because he is the only one he is certain will actually help him]].
26th Jul '16 10:01:15 PM PaulA
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* In Creator/UrsulaKLeGuin's ''[[Literature/EarthseaTrilogy The Tombs of Atuan]]'', the God-Emperor sends prisoners to the tombs as a sacrifice to the Nameless Ones. Arha must decree how they are to be sacrificed. (She has BadDreams after.) Her own dedication was set up as a feigned this -- a man wielded an axe as if to cut her head off, and was stopped.

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* In Creator/UrsulaKLeGuin's ''[[Literature/EarthseaTrilogy The Tombs of Atuan]]'', ''Literature/TheTombsOfAtuan'', the God-Emperor sends prisoners to the tombs as a sacrifice to the Nameless Ones. Arha must decree how they are to be sacrificed. (She has BadDreams after.) Her own dedication was set up as a feigned this -- a man wielded an axe as if to cut her head off, and was stopped.
17th Jul '16 7:34:05 PM PaulA
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* ''Film/ClashOfTheTitans''. The Greek city of Joppa tries to sacrifice Andromeda to the Kraken, but Perseus saves her.

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* ''Film/ClashOfTheTitans''. ''Film/{{Clash of the Titans|1981}}''. The Greek city of Joppa tries to sacrifice Andromeda to the Kraken, Kraken to placate a vengeful goddess, but Perseus saves her.
5th Jul '16 8:15:06 PM KillerClowns
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The nastier forms of MarriageToAGod overlap with this, as do a number of devices PoweredByAForsakenChild. It's also the only funeral practice that can mark characters as evil even if carried out as part of the respect DueToTheDead. {{Mayincatec}} is replete with this.

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The nastier forms of MarriageToAGod overlap with this, as do a number of devices PoweredByAForsakenChild. It's also the only funeral practice that can mark characters as evil even if carried out as part of the respect DueToTheDead. {{Martyrdom Culture}}s tend to regard this as a noble way to die, and {{Mayincatec}} is replete with this.
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