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25th Mar '17 7:46:44 PM Velensk
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* Several characters in ''Literature/TheRoseOfTheProphet'' are this at various times for various reasons. The books depict a battle for control of the cosmos fought on three levels (mortals, immortals, and the deities themselves) and when the deities wish work done on the mortal or immortal plane they will entrust it to those of that plane.

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* Several characters in ''Literature/TheRoseOfTheProphet'' ''Literature/RoseOfTheProphet'' are this at various times for various reasons. The books depict a battle for control of the cosmos fought on three levels (mortals, immortals, and the deities themselves) and when the deities wish work done on the mortal or immortal plane they will entrust it to those of that plane.


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** Mathew in general gets a lot of assignments from deities, though he's most often unaware of them until the end. He's Prometheus's arm on another continent loaned to Akran to give his people another perspective and be a SpannerInTheWorks against Quar, he smuggles a very significant fishbowl for Zhakrin, is intended to be an arm for Astafas and ends up instrumental in rescuing another deity.
25th Mar '17 7:39:27 PM Velensk
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*Several characters in ''Literature/TheRoseOfTheProphet'' are this at various times for various reasons. The books depict a battle for control of the cosmos fought on three levels (mortals, immortals, and the deities themselves) and when the deities wish work done on the mortal or immortal plane they will entrust it to those of that plane.
** Quar sends Kaug on missions so consistently that it seems unlikely that the Efreet has time for much else. In addition to surprising the immortals of other deities, he actively supports and transports the mortal armies, waylays unwanted missionaries, collects information, and waits on some of Quars favored mortals.
** Shortly after the book starts Ahkran assigns two of his Djinn to unify the clans they are serving in marriage and to remain in the wilderness until the Rose of the Prophet blooms there.
** Auda is on a mission from his deity [[spoiler: to save him]] from the moment we first see him.
** Ariel ends up specifically assigned to keep Mathew alive.
** Sond, Pukah, and Ariel are sent on a mission to find the Lost Immortals
** Although Ahkran never explicitly states it, he definitely has an assignment for Khardan, Zorah, and Mathew for the final book and they understand it.


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7th Mar '17 11:29:11 AM CheeseDogX
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* Hong Xiuquan, a leader of the Taiping Rebellion in 19th Century China. He apparently suffered a nervous breakdown after failing the notoriously difficult Civil Service exams twice, and had a series of dreams/visions that convinced him that he was the brother of Jesus and was tasked with making China a Christian nation. He managed to take over a decent portion of southern China before his rebellion was quelled.
1st Feb '17 10:34:28 AM MiddleEighth
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*Played straight in a minor way, and massively subverted and played with in ''Fanfic/WithStringsAttached'':
**It's played straight with the Hunter, who is instructed by his god to escort the four to the Twisted Temple. The practical effect of this is to force him to travel with people he can't stand (and the feeling is mutual) in the hope that they'll fight one another.
**The subversion comes with the main plot of the book. The four find themselves empowered and approached by three formidable figures who give them the Vasyn quest. The reader already knows that the three figures are actually alien students (one is a gamer) who found themselves empowering the four more or less by accident, and they don't present themselves as gods. However, the students were instructed to give the Vasyn quest to the four by the actual gods of C'hou, though they can't tell the four this. The subversion is that [[spoiler: the gamer actually set the whole thing up, playing the gods himself via messages, because he wanted to see the four in action. Oh, and he was also playing the Hunter's god too. And in a twist, the other two students, who were ''not'' in on this scheme, contacted the ''real'' gods to let them know what was going on... and they approved of it all, and made it possible for the students to send the four home at the end.]]
14th Dec '16 1:25:58 AM Az_Tech341
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Whether or not one believes in a god or gods, there is no denying that religion can be one hell of a powerful motivator.

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Whether or not one believes in a god or gods, there is no denying that religion can be one hell heck of a powerful motivator.
5th Dec '16 2:17:13 PM Kakai
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* In ''Literature/TheTraitorSonCycle'', Jean de Vrailly is convinced that he's communing with an angel who sends him on a mission to become the greatest knight in the world - and nab the throne of Alba in the process. [[spoiler:Little does he know that his "angel" is actually a dragon who's this world's Satan equivalent.]]
27th Oct '16 2:56:09 AM Jake
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** Apparently, Bendis wasn't as pretty as Mal. He dies.

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** Apparently, Bendis wasn't as pretty as Mal. He dies. [[RageAgainstTheHeavens Mal's faith failed to survive the battle either.]]
7th Sep '16 1:06:42 AM Morgenthaler
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* The titular [[AmericanLawEnforcement FBI]] group of Creator/JohnRingo's ''Literature/SpecialCircumstances'' series is this, more or less, kicking supernatural ass in support of Good (all varieties, not just the Judeo-Christian God).

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* The titular [[AmericanLawEnforcement [[UsefulNotes/AmericanLawEnforcement FBI]] group of Creator/JohnRingo's ''Literature/SpecialCircumstances'' series is this, more or less, kicking supernatural ass in support of Good (all varieties, not just the Judeo-Christian God).
22nd Aug '16 4:18:46 PM nombretomado
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* Sparhawk and his friends are on a Mission From Goddess in the ''{{Elenium}}'' trilogy of books. Done with a twist, because the goddess in question is not the deity they worship (the knights are members of the story world's equivalent of the Catholic Church, and worship a god), and they don't realize for a long time who's pulling the strings. It's actually something of a concert effort...[[ItMakesSenseInContext sort of]].
* Parodied in ''Discworld/SoulMusic'' by Creator/TerryPratchett, where the characters are "on a mission from Glod" (a dwarf).
** Which is presented as a reference to the page quote from ''TheBluesBrothers''. It happens again later on, when they order "four whole fried rats and some coke". (And a previous book, ''Discworld/MovingPictures'', had a parody of the "108 miles to Chicago" line.)
*** It should also be clarified that the aforementioned coke was neither drugs nor soda, but an actual chunk of coal. Hey, a [[AllTrollsAreDifferent troll]] has to eat ''something''.

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* Sparhawk and his friends are on a Mission From Goddess in the ''{{Elenium}}'' ''Literature/TheElenium'' trilogy of books. Done with a twist, because the goddess in question is not the deity they worship (the knights are members of the story world's equivalent of the Catholic Church, and worship a god), and they don't realize for a long time who's pulling the strings. It's actually something of a concert effort...[[ItMakesSenseInContext sort of]].
* Parodied ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' by Creator/TerryPratchett:
** ''Film/TheBluesBrothers'' is repeatedly parodied
in ''Discworld/SoulMusic'' by Creator/TerryPratchett, ''Discworld/SoulMusic'', where the characters are "on a mission from Glod" (a dwarf).
** Which is presented as a reference to the page quote from ''TheBluesBrothers''. It happens again later on, when
dwarf), and they order "four whole fried rats and some coke". (And a previous book, ''Discworld/MovingPictures'', had a parody of the "108 miles to Chicago" line.)
*** It should also be clarified that the aforementioned coke was neither drugs nor soda, but an
coke"[[note]]an actual chunk of coal. Hey, a [[AllTrollsAreDifferent troll]] has to eat ''something''.[[/note]]



** Also used in the Discworld novel ''Discworld/MonstrousRegiment'', in which [[spoiler: Wazzer is given a mission by the country's Duchess (who is not technically a goddess but might as well be) to lead the nation's armies, much like Joan of Arc.]]

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** Also used Used in the Discworld novel ''Discworld/MonstrousRegiment'', in which [[spoiler: Wazzer is given a mission by the country's Duchess (who is not technically a goddess but might as well be) to lead the nation's armies, much like Joan of Arc.]]
21st May '16 5:10:08 AM MAI742
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* The crusades, of course. The Pope declared war on the non-believers and expected everyone to go fighting them. Suddenly nearly all of Europe preparred to invade the Middle East. '''Seven''' times.

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* The crusades, UsefulNotes/TheCrusades of course. The Pope declared tried to get the Normans off his doorstep and keep the Byzantine Empire ('the Shield of Christendom') from being torn apart by its Sassanid + other enemies by declaring war on the non-believers non-believers. It worked...ish... for a while. Of course, the third Crusade ended inconclusively and expected everyone to go fighting them. Suddenly nearly then the Fourth Crusade got diverted into ''sacking Constantinople and toppling the Byzantine Empire'' (at the Venetians' behest). After that it was all of Europe preparred to invade the Middle East. '''Seven''' times.downhill, though there were a further three Crusades after that.
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