History Recap / StartofDarkness

7th Jan '16 11:39:46 AM TheWanderer
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* BreakingSpeech: Xykon gives a truly nasty one to Redcloak, as listed [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech here]]. * BroughtDownToNormal: Lirian's virus is an ingenious method of doing this to any spellcaster who tries to take the Gate. Unfortunately for her, Redcloak was unaffected thanks to the Crimson Mantle and had the resource to turn Xykon into a lich, making him immune.
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* BreakingSpeech: Xykon gives a truly nasty one to Redcloak, as listed [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech/WebComics here]]. * BroughtDownToNormal: Lirian's virus is an ingenious method of doing this to any spellcaster who tries to take the Gate. Gate, which is ultimately only useful to spellcasters. Unfortunately for her, Redcloak was unaffected thanks to the Crimson Mantle and had the resource resources in his prison cell to turn Xykon into a lich, making him immune.Xykon immune as well.

* CoDragons: A young Xykon was this for awhile under The Unholy Master, but a PassedOverPromotion made him angry enough to leave and become an EvilOverlord in his own right.
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* CoDragons: A young Xykon was this for awhile under The Unholy Master, but a PassedOverPromotion made him angry enough to [[StartMyOwn leave and become attempt to become]] an EvilOverlord in his own right.

* DarkerAndEdgier: The main comic certainly has dark moments, but there is no doubt that this prequel goes to much darker places than the main comic does. Genocide and the murder of one's own family are just the ''start'' of what happens during the course of the story.
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* DarkerAndEdgier: The main comic certainly has dark moments, but there is no doubt that this prequel goes to much darker places than the main comic does. Genocide and [[SelfMadeOrphan the murder of one's own family family]] are just the ''start'' of what happens during the course of the story.

* DoomedHometown: Redcloak's village is wiped out by overeager Paladins from the Sapphire Guard at the very beginning. * DragonInChief: Thoroughly deconstructed. Xykon is essentially hired on to be Redclaok's dragon, but is far more powerful, and Redcloak soon loses any ability to control Xykon and watches Xykon usurp the title of BigBad.
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* DoomedHometown: Redcloak's village is wiped out by overeager Paladins from the Sapphire Guard at early in the very beginning. story. * DragonInChief: Thoroughly deconstructed. Xykon is essentially hired on to be Redclaok's dragon, but because Xykon is far so much more powerful, and powerful than Redcloak, Redcloak soon has no means of preventing Xykon from making foolish decisions or mistakes that kill off other goblins, and later loses any ability to control Xykon at all and watches can only watch as Xykon usurp usurps the title of BigBad.

* DumbassNoMore: Alive, Xykon was powerful and ruthless, but also foolish and easy to manipulate. Undead, he is much smarter and starts seeing through some of Redcloak's plots and bluffs, and that was very bad news indeed for Redcloak and Right-Eye.
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* DumbassNoMore: Alive, Xykon was powerful and ruthless, but also foolish and easy to manipulate. Undead, After being turned into a lich he is becomes much smarter and starts seeing through some of Redcloak's plots and bluffs, and that was very bad news indeed for Redcloak and Right-Eye.

* EvilerThanThou: Xykon provides the page quote.
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* EvilerThanThou: Xykon Part of Xykon's speech to Redcloak provides the page quote.quote. * GutPunch: We get introduced to Right-Eye's intelligent, snarky teenage son and gentle, loving wife. We see them bond with Redclaok and the rest of the family... and then they're ignominiously killed off during a TimeSkip by a group of adventures that Xykon invited into the goblin camp and then made no move to stop when they began killing off his goblin followers. He was entertained by it, in fact.

* PlayerPunch: We get introduced to Right-Eye's intelligent, snarky teenage son and gentle, loving wife. We see them bond with Redclaok and the rest of the family... and then they're ignominiously killed off during a TimeSkip by a group of adventures that Xykon invited into the goblin camp and then made no move to stop when they began killing off his goblin followers. He was entertained by it, in fact. * PragmaticVillainy: Xykon declines to have anything to do with a scheme that involves kidnapping virgins. He'd rather his women had some experience and knew what they were doing.
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* PlayerPunch: We get introduced to Right-Eye's intelligent, snarky teenage son and gentle, loving wife. We see them bond with Redclaok and the rest of the family... and then they're ignominiously killed off during a TimeSkip by a group of adventures that Xykon invited into the goblin camp and then made no move to stop when they began killing off his goblin followers. He was entertained by it, in fact. * PragmaticVillainy: As a mortal, Xykon declines to have anything to do with a scheme that involves kidnapping virgins. He'd rather his women had Not because he has moral qualms about it, but if he going to turn a woman in a SexSlave, he'd he'd prefer that they have some experience and knew know what they were they're doing.

* StartOfDarkness: For Redcloak, anyway. Xykon, as we see, was pretty horrible from early childhood.
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* StartOfDarkness: For Redcloak, anyway.anyway, as we see the traumas that made him a WellIntentionedExtremist and the rationale behind his actions. Xykon, as we see, was pretty horrible from early childhood.

* TookALevelInBadass: As the book covers more than 100 years, we see this happen repeatedly to both Xykon and Redcloak, but mostly Xykon. With time Xykon goes from a kid who doesn't know what he's doing with his powers, to a small-time villain helpless to do anything more than stand there and take it as the authorities who've arrested him crack cheesy jokes at his expense, to a major threat, and finally, to one of the most dangerous beings in the world.
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* TookALevelInBadass: As the book covers more than 100 years, we see this happen repeatedly to both Xykon and Redcloak, but mostly more noticeably with Xykon. With time Xykon goes from a kid who doesn't know what he's doing with his powers, to a small-time villain helpless to do anything more than stand there and take it as the authorities who've arrested him crack cheesy jokes at his expense, to a major threat, and finally, to one of the most dangerous beings in the world.world who has singlehandedly killed off at least two different epic level spell casters, and Fryon, who had to be high level at least.

* TrappedInVillainy: Right-Eye and the rest of the goblins of his village are once Xykon forcibly recruits them.
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* TrappedInVillainy: Right-Eye and the rest of the goblins of his village are once Xykon forcibly recruits them. Played with in Redcloak's case, as halfway through the novel and again at the end, he essentially chooses to be TrappedInVillainy.

* WizardDuel: Two are seen, first between Xykon and Eugene's master Fyron. Fyron beats Xykon with magic after a prolonged duel, but is then beaten to death by Xykon. Later we see the lich version of Xykon take on Dorukan and Xykon wins because of BoringButPractical tactics and the advantages granted by being undead.
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* WizardDuel: Two Several are seen, seen: ** The first is between Xykon and Eugene's master Fyron. Fyron beats Xykon with magic after a prolonged duel, but is then beaten to death by Xykon. Xykon. ** A mortal Xykon and Lirian start to have such a duel, but it has barely begun when Lirian's virus erases Xykon's spell casting abilities. Xykon pays her back later when he catches her by surprise and [[CurbStompBattle curb stomps Lirian]]. ** Later we see the lich version of Xykon take on Dorukan and Xykon wins because of BoringButPractical tactics and the advantages granted by being undead.undead. ([[LeaningOnTheFourthWall And black and white artwork negating Dorukan's attempt to use the Prismatic Spray spell]].)
7th Jan '16 9:51:07 AM cybertoy0
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* TranquilFury: When Xykon finds out that being a lich means not being able to taste coffee (Since his tongue dissolved with the rest of his body save the skeleton), he doesn't raise his voice. He doesn't throw a tantrum. He just starts killing whoever gets within arms reach, and after Redcloak narrowly avoids death with a SunkCostFallacy, he very coldly names himself leader of Team Evil without another word.
25th Dec '15 8:30:28 PM TheWanderer
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* BerserkButton: ** Xykon has a slightly downplayed one about how wizards view sorcerers, starting after his encounter with Xavion. ** The comic shows us why Redcloak showed a special dislike for paladins and Azure City in the main comic.

* CaptainErsatz: Xavion is clearly one for Charles Xavier, aka Professor X, and his students are the X-Men.

* CondescendingCompassion: Xavion helps and teaches young sorcerers, but also freely admits to seeing them as [[UnequalRites inherently less than wizards]].

* NoNameGiven: The real names of Xykon, Redcloak, and Right-Eye are never revealed. Xykon is a made up "cool name" that his teenage self came up with, while Redcloak and Right-Eye are {{Line Of Sight Name}}s, and they spend the entire comic calling each other brother... until Right-Eye's final words.

* TragicMonster: The main focus of the story is seeing how Redcloak became one.

* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Where is Right-Eye's daughter? Was the Soul Gem with the souls of Dorukan and Lirian destroyed when Dungeon of Dorukan was destroyed at the end of the first arc?
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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Where is Right-Eye's daughter? Was the Soul Gem with the souls of Dorukan and Lirian destroyed when Dungeon of Dorukan was destroyed at the end of the first arc?arc? What happened at the Helldeathdoomfire Volcano with the Unholy Master and Yydranna after Xykon left?
23rd Nov '15 8:20:39 AM TheWanderer
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* PassedOverPromotion: Xykon was actually ok with getting passed over in favor of the evil mage Yydranna, as he admits she's good at what she does and he genuinely respects her. Being passed over in favor of Yydranna ''and'' [[TheCameo Keith Baker]], however, pissed him off to no end and he angrily decided that it was time to the services of the Unholy Master and go StartMyOwn.
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* PassedOverPromotion: Xykon was actually ok with getting passed over in favor of the evil mage Yydranna, as he admits she's good at what she does and he genuinely respects her. Being passed over in favor of Yydranna ''and'' [[TheCameo Keith Baker]], however, pissed him off to no end and he angrily decided that it was time to the services of end his service to the Unholy Master and go StartMyOwn.
11th Nov '15 9:06:18 PM TheWanderer
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* DrawAggro[=/=]HeroicSacrifice: The former bearer of the Crimson Mantle does this when the Sapphire Guard attacks the village, hoping that in giving his life he'll give a young Redcloak and the other villagers a chance to escape.
7th Nov '15 7:22:52 AM TheWanderer
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* RegretfulTraitor: Redcloak is extremely regretful of betraying his killing his brother and continues to be haunted by the deed (as shown by the 5th and 6th panels [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0701.html here]]) but rationalizes that he had to do so [[TheNeedsOfTheMany for the sake of his entire race]]. (In truth, Right-Eye is correct and Redcloak simply can't face the responsibility of admitting that he is responsible for the deaths of all the goblins who died due to Redcloak's refusal to KnowWhenToFoldEm with regards to his bad deal with Xykon.)

* TogetherInDeath: Xykon unwittingly causes this by binding the souls of Lirian and Dorukan to the same Soul Gem. Due to EvilCannotComprehendGood, he thinks the two will be angry with each other for their failures and bad decisions, but it works to reunite the two lovers and give them comfort they otherwise wouldn't have.
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* TogetherInDeath: Xykon unwittingly causes this by binding the souls of Lirian and Dorukan to the same Soul Gem. Due to EvilCannotComprehendGood, he thinks the two will be angry with each other for their failures and bad decisions, he's inflicting AndIMustScream on them, but it works to reunite the two lovers and give them comfort they otherwise wouldn't have.
9th Oct '15 7:37:55 AM TheWanderer
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Redcloak, however, comes up with an idea to escape: turn Xykon into a Lich, so that he will be powerful enough to break through the prison's wards and be immune to Lirian's plague. Xykon gleefully accepts the chance to gain more power, but Right-Eye is hesitant, believing that this will only make Xykon harder to control. Redcloak dismisses his brother's fears, reasoning that they can goad him into cooperating by threatening hard to his phylactery. The transition is a success, and Xykon goes to fight Lirian while Redcloak and Right-Eye capture the Gate. Thing go wrong when Redcloak sets the forest on fire defending himself from some Trents, causing the Gate to collapse. But all is not lost for our villains, for Lirian lets slip that there are ''four'' other Gates just before Xykon snaps her neck. Xykon zombifies Lirian, seals her soul inside a gem, and recovers Redcloak and Right-Eye, the three regrouping before beginning to plot their next move. Unfortunately for the goblins, Xykon has lost the only other joy in his life besides killing people (drinking coffee), and usurps Redcloak before declaring himself the leader of the team. Many years later, Right-Eye has grown disillusioned with the quest, and after trying and failing to convince Eugene Greenhilt to go out and kill Xykon he decides to leave and start a new life elsewhere. He eventually found a secluded valley where goblins are able to live in peace with surrounding human nations, settling down as a carpenter and raising a small family. After a trip to the local circus to see their favorite attraction ("It", AKA The Monster in the Darkness), they encounter Redcloak again. Redcloak explains that Xykon vanished a few years ago, and he is in between schemes at the moment and needs a place to rest. He too sees the MitD and decides to free/kidnap it, recruiting his oldest nephew for the task. Things go wrong and they are almost caught by the circus guards before Right-Eye bails them out, the goblins retreating with their prize in tow. However, the whole experience set a change in Redcloak, and he decides to rework the plan and try to build up the goblins from what they have already instead of ripping other societies down. [[YankTheDogsChain Too bad Xykon returns and press-gangs the village into his new army to attack Dorukan's Gate.]] Xykon lays siege to Dorukan's fortress, but the wizard is content to hide behind his massive amounts of defensive wards and traps. He only comes out when Xykon reveals he has Lirian's body and soul, and intends to torture the latter by having an ogre chop up and devour the former. As the two spellcasters fight, Redcloak orders Right-Eye to attack the castle, but Right-Eye refuses and reveals he has a better plan: kill Xykon with a magically enhanced dagger to avenge all the goblins that have died at his hands/negligence (including Right-Eye's entire family save his daughter). Redcloak again refuses to cut the Lich loose, saying that they've come too far to back off now, while Right-Eye accuses his brother of short-shortsightedness and never knowing when to let go. As Right-Eye goes to attack Xykon during a moment of weakness, Redcloak hits his brother with a disintegration spell, mortally wounding him. As Xykon finishes up killing Dorukan, Redcloak and Right-Eye have one last conversation during which Right-Eye disowns his brother and dies.
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Redcloak, however, comes up with an idea to escape: turn Xykon into a Lich, so that he will be powerful enough to break through the prison's wards and be immune to Lirian's plague. Xykon gleefully accepts the chance to gain more power, but Right-Eye is hesitant, believing that this will only make Xykon harder to control. Redcloak dismisses his brother's fears, reasoning that they can goad him into cooperating by threatening hard to his phylactery. The transition is a success, and Xykon goes to fight Lirian while Redcloak and Right-Eye capture the Gate. Thing go wrong when Redcloak sets the forest on fire defending himself from some Trents, causing the Gate to collapse. But all is not lost for our villains, for Lirian lets slip that there are ''four'' other Gates just before Xykon snaps her neck. Xykon zombifies Lirian, seals her soul inside a gem, and recovers Redcloak and Right-Eye, the three regrouping before beginning to plot their next move. Unfortunately for the goblins, transforming Xykon into a lich mean Xyon has lost all the only other joy earthly joys in his life besides killing people (drinking coffee), people, (most notably his deep seated love for coffee) and an enraged Xykon not only comes dangerously close to killing both brothers but also calls Redcloak's bluff about harming the phylactery, which Xykon correctly realizes is a meaningless threat unless his body is destroyed and his soul inside the phylactery. Redcloak barely manages to talk Xykon out of killing them, (by convincing Xykon that if he doesn't go through with The Plan then Xykon will have done all this for nothing, and he needs Redcloak to continue The Plan) but Xykon usurps Redcloak before declaring and declares himself the leader of the team. Many years Years later, Right-Eye has grown disillusioned with the quest, and after trying and failing to convince Eugene Greenhilt to go out and kill Xykon, (Eugene has given up revenge by that point and doesn't want to take any chances that Xykon might harm his family as payback should an attempt on Xykon's life fail) he decides to leave and start a new life elsewhere. He eventually found a secluded valley where goblins are able to live living in peace with surrounding human nations, settling villages, and sttled down there, working as a carpenter and raising a small family. After a trip to the local circus to see their favorite attraction ("It", AKA The Monster in the Darkness), they encounter Redcloak again. Redcloak explains that Xykon vanished a few years ago, and he Redcloak is in between schemes at the moment and needs a place to rest. He too sees the MitD [=MitD=] and knowing both what it is and how powerful it is, Redcloak decides to free/kidnap it, recruiting his oldest nephew for the task. Things go wrong and they are almost caught by the circus guards before Right-Eye bails them out, the goblins retreating with their prize in tow. However, the whole experience set a change in Redcloak, and he decides to rework the plan and try to build up the goblins from what they have already instead of ripping other societies down. [[YankTheDogsChain Too bad Xykon returns and press-gangs the village into his new army to attack Dorukan's Gate.]] ]] During his time away, Xykon lays found the journal of Serini from the Order of the Scribble, and with it determined the location of Dorukan's gate. Xykon encounters the [=MitD=] and is immediately impressed by it, and thinks that it could be valuable insurance. He charms the monster to kill Redcloak but leave the phylactery unharmed if Redcloak should ever betray Xykon. Xykon nd company lay siege to Dorukan's fortress, but the wizard is content to hide behind his massive amounts of defensive wards and traps. He only comes out when Xykon reveals he has Lirian's body and soul, and intends to torture the latter by having an ogre chop up and devour the former. As the two spellcasters fight, Redcloak orders Right-Eye to attack the castle, but Right-Eye refuses and reveals he has a better plan: kill Xykon with a magically enhanced dagger to avenge all the goblins that have died at his hands/negligence (including Right-Eye's entire family save his daughter). Redcloak again refuses to cut the Lich loose, saying that they've come too far to back off now, while Right-Eye accuses his brother of short-shortsightedness and never knowing when to let go. As Right-Eye goes to attack Xykon during a moment of weakness, Redcloak hits his brother with a disintegration spell, mortally wounding him. As Xykon finishes up killing Dorukan, Redcloak and Right-Eye have one last conversation during which Right-Eye disowns his brother and dies.

* BullyingADragon: Eugene Greenhilt points out both that Right-Eye is doing this at one point, and the inherent foolishness of it. Right-Eye, disgruntled in his final days under Xykon's employ, covertly contacts Eugene and attempt to get Euegene to take out Xykon. Eugene refuses, and Right-Eye gets angry about it, and makes like he's going to attack Eugene. Eugene points out that if Right-Eye is trying to recruit him, then Right-Eye has clearly come to the conclusion that Eugene is considerably stronger and has a better chance at taking down Xykon, so attempting to threaten Eugene is a really bad idea, complete with a [[IntimidationDemonstration demonstration of Eugene's magical power]]. Right-Eye quickly backs down.
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* BullyingADragon: Eugene Greenhilt points out both that Right-Eye is doing this at one point, and the inherent foolishness of it. Right-Eye, disgruntled in his final days under Xykon's employ, covertly contacts Eugene and attempt attempts to get Euegene to take out Xykon. Eugene refuses, and Right-Eye gets angry about it, and makes like he's going to attack Eugene. Eugene points out that if Right-Eye is trying to recruit him, then Right-Eye has clearly come to the conclusion that Eugene is considerably stronger and has a better chance at taking down Xykon, so attempting to threaten Eugene is a really bad idea, complete with a [[IntimidationDemonstration demonstration of Eugene's magical power]]. Right-Eye quickly backs down.

* DyingDeclarationOfHate: Right-Eye does a rather more subtle one than usual. As he lays dying, redcloak tells him "Goodbye, brother" and Right-Eye responds with "Goodbye... Redcloak." Right-Eye had refused to call Redcloak that title all throughout the story, instead insisting on calling him brother. He in fact, considers "Redcloak" to be something like a demeaning slave name put on for Xykon, so the fact that he calls his brothe rthat with his dying breath is quite a rebuke and insult... and Redcloak doesn't even appear to notice it.
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* DyingDeclarationOfHate: Right-Eye does a rather more subtle one than usual. As he lays dying, redcloak Redcloak tells him "Goodbye, brother" and Right-Eye responds with "Goodbye... Redcloak." Right-Eye had refused to call Redcloak that title all throughout the story, instead insisting on calling him brother. He in fact, considers "Redcloak" to be something like a demeaning slave name put on for Xykon, so the fact that he calls his brothe rthat brother that with his dying breath is quite a rebuke and insult... and Redcloak doesn't even appear to notice it.

** Xykon has an endless stream of them in the book, between cruelty to animals, making an innocent plead for his life on the basis of IHaveAFamily and then killing the guy after Xykon had said he wouldn't, murdering people like Xavion or the waitress on a whim, forcibly recruiting Right-Eye's village into his army and then getting them killed when he could have easily saved them, etc. Burlew wrote that one of the great challenges of writing the book was to make sure Xykon wasn't sympathetic once readers saw his whole story and experienced life through his eyes. "I mean, he's wholly and unapologetically evil, but more to the point, he's kind of a dick" is how Burlew sums up the matter.
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** Xykon has an endless stream of them in the book, between cruelty to animals, making an innocent plead for his life on the basis of IHaveAFamily and then killing the guy after Xykon had said he wouldn't, murdering people like Xavion or the waitress on a whim, forcibly recruiting Right-Eye's village into his army and then getting them most of Right-Eye's family killed when he could have easily saved them, etc. Burlew wrote that one of the great challenges of writing the book was to make sure Xykon wasn't sympathetic once readers saw his whole story and experienced life through his eyes. "I mean, he's wholly and unapologetically evil, but more to the point, he's kind of a dick" is how Burlew sums up the matter.

* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Nobody on Team evil, not Redcloak, Xykon, or even The Dark One, knew there was more than one Gate until Lirian knowing her Gate had been destroyed, told Xykon that her he'd never be able to get control of one of the other Gates.
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* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Nobody on Team evil, Evil, not Redcloak, Xykon, or even The Dark One, knew there was more than one Gate until Lirian Lirian, knowing her Gate had been destroyed, told Xykon that her he'd never be able to get control of one of the other Gates.

* PassedOverPromotion: Xykon was actually ok with getting passed over in favor of the evil mage Yydranna, as he admits she's good at what she does and he genuinely respects her. Being passed over in favor of Yydranna ''and'' [[TheCameo Keith Baker]], however, pissed him off to no end and he angrily decided that it was time to the services of the Unholy Master and StartMyOwn.
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* PassedOverPromotion: Xykon was actually ok with getting passed over in favor of the evil mage Yydranna, as he admits she's good at what she does and he genuinely respects her. Being passed over in favor of Yydranna ''and'' [[TheCameo Keith Baker]], however, pissed him off to no end and he angrily decided that it was time to the services of the Unholy Master and go StartMyOwn.

* TrappedInVillainy: Right-Eye and the rest of the goblins of his village are this once Xykon forcibly recruits them. * VillainousFriendship: A number of examples, but the story goes to great lengths to show that Xykon and Redcloak are not friends at all. Readers who read itback when it looked like Xykon and Redcloak might have a case of this got a nasty shock at the end of the book.
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* TrappedInVillainy: Right-Eye and the rest of the goblins of his village are this once Xykon forcibly recruits them. * VillainousFriendship: A number of examples, but the story goes to great lengths to show that Xykon and Redcloak are not friends at all. Readers who read itback it back when it looked like Xykon and Redcloak might ''might'' have a case of this got a nasty shock at the end of the book.
2nd Oct '15 3:04:48 PM TheWanderer
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* BroughtDownToNormal: Lirian's virus is an ingenious method of doing this to any spellcaster who tries to take the Gate. Unfortunately for her, Redcloak was unaffected thanks to the Crimson MAntle and had the resource to turn Xykon into a lich, making him immune.
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* BroughtDownToNormal: Lirian's virus is an ingenious method of doing this to any spellcaster who tries to take the Gate. Unfortunately for her, Redcloak was unaffected thanks to the Crimson MAntle Mantle and had the resource to turn Xykon into a lich, making him immune.
2nd Oct '15 3:04:01 PM TheWanderer
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Xykon returns from the fight and orders Redcloak to zombify his brother's corpse. When Redcloak refuses, Xykon reveals that he knew that Right-Eye was plotting against him, and let it get as far as it did so Redcloak would kill him and ensure his loyalty to Xykon. One TheReasonYouSuckSpeech later, and Redcloak complies, Xykon's army marching into the Dungeon of Dorukan and setting the scene for the main adventure.
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Xykon returns from the fight and orders Redcloak to zombify his brother's corpse. When Redcloak refuses, Xykon reveals that he knew that Right-Eye was plotting against him, had taken measures to protect himself so Right-Eye's attempt to harm him never had a chance of success, and Xykon let it get as far as it did so as a SecretTestOfCharacter for Redcloak, in order to see how loyal and dedicated Redcloak would kill him was to Xykon and ensure his loyalty to Xykon. the Plan. One TheReasonYouSuckSpeech ''massive'' [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech the Reason You Suck]][=/=][[BreakThemByTalking Breaking]][=/=][[EvilerThanThou Eviler Than Thou speech]] later, and a very damaged and broken Redcloak complies, complies. The book then ends with Xykon's army marching into the Dungeon of Dorukan and Dorukan, setting the scene for the start of the main adventure. comic.

* TheBadGuyWins / ForegoneConclusion
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* TheBadGuyWins / ForegoneConclusionAggressiveNegotiations: According to The Dark One, his mortal life was ended in this manner. Considering that it led to his followers attempting to overrun human and elven lands and murder any humans and elves they could get their hands on, The Dark One rising as a vengeance obsessed god, and an even crueler repression of the goblinoids than what had come before, it doesn't seem to have worked out for anyone. * ApologeticAttacker: Redcloak is this when he mortally wounds his brother. * TheBadGuyWins[=/=]ForegoneConclusion

* TheBadGuyWins / ForegoneConclusionBroughtDownToNormal: Lirian's virus is an ingenious method of doing this to any spellcaster who tries to take the Gate. Unfortunately for her, Redcloak was unaffected thanks to the Crimson MAntle and had the resource to turn Xykon into a lich, making him immune. * BullyingADragon: Eugene Greenhilt points out both that Right-Eye is doing this at one point, and the inherent foolishness of it. Right-Eye, disgruntled in his final days under Xykon's employ, covertly contacts Eugene and attempt to get Euegene to take out Xykon. Eugene refuses, and Right-Eye gets angry about it, and makes like he's going to attack Eugene. Eugene points out that if Right-Eye is trying to recruit him, then Right-Eye has clearly come to the conclusion that Eugene is considerably stronger and has a better chance at taking down Xykon, so attempting to threaten Eugene is a really bad idea, complete with a [[IntimidationDemonstration demonstration of Eugene's magical power]]. Right-Eye quickly backs down. * TheCameo Keith Baker, the FriendlyRival of OOTS auther Rich Burlew, has one in the book, as a candidate vying with Xykon and Yydranna to be chosen as the NumberTwo of The Unholy Master. * CerebusRetcon: There's a ton of it going on in this book. Just for starters we have the CharacterDevelopment given to Redcloak, the fact that the goblins the Order killed left, right, and center in the Dungeon of Dorukan were ordinary goblin villagers [[TrappedInVillainy literally forced to work for Xykon]], etc. * ChekhovsGun: There are several that may or may not have still have a role to play in the comic. For exampyle: ** When Xykon first encounters the Monster in the Darkness, he puts an enchantment on it that will make it kill Redcloak if Redcloak ever betrays Xykon. ** Right-Eye's daughter is mentioned as having been smuggled to safety during TheSiege of the Dungeon of Dorukan, and thus is presumably still alive and at large somewhere in the world. * CoDragons: A young Xykon was this for awhile under The Unholy Master, but a PassedOverPromotion made him angry enough to leave and become an EvilOverlord in his own right.

* TheBadGuyWins / ForegoneConclusionDarkerAndEdgier: The main comic certainly has dark moments, but there is no doubt that this prequel goes to much darker places than the main comic does. Genocide and the murder of one's own family are just the ''start'' of what happens during the course of the story.

* EvilerThanThou: Xykon provides the page quote.

* DragonInChief: Thoroughly deconstructed. Xykon is essentially hired on to be Redclaok's dragon, but is far more powerful, and Redcloak soon loses any ability to control Xykon and watches Xykon usurp the title of BigBad. * DumbassNoMore: Alive, Xykon was powerful and ruthless, but also foolish and easy to manipulate. Undead, he is much smarter and starts seeing through some of Redcloak's plots and bluffs, and that was very bad news indeed for Redcloak and Right-Eye. * DyingDeclarationOfHate: Right-Eye does a rather more subtle one than usual. As he lays dying, redcloak tells him "Goodbye, brother" and Right-Eye responds with "Goodbye... Redcloak." Right-Eye had refused to call Redcloak that title all throughout the story, instead insisting on calling him brother. He in fact, considers "Redcloak" to be something like a demeaning slave name put on for Xykon, so the fact that he calls his brothe rthat with his dying breath is quite a rebuke and insult... and Redcloak doesn't even appear to notice it. * EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: Shown again and again. Tragically so, in many cases. * EvilerThanThou: Xykon provides the page quote.quote. * HeelFaceTurn: Right-Eye does one, and was close to making Redcloak do one as well, but then Xykon showed up and forcibly re-recruited all of them into Xykon's service. * HopeSpot: Right-Eye had given up being a minion, and happily settled down and raised a family. He's on the edge of persuading his brother Redcloak to do so as well... and then Xykon shows up. * IDontLikeTheSoundOfThatPlace: The Helldeathdoomfire Volcano, home of [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast The Unholy Master]]. * IgnoredEpiphany: Redcloak is ready to give up the Plan and try to do some good by building up the local goblin communities... then never thinks of it again after getting started on The Plan again. * ImDyingPleaseTakeMyMacGuffin: How the previous bearer of the Crimson Mantle passes it on to Redcloak, with the slight variant that he's already dead, and it's his spirit manifesting to urge Redcloak to take it. * KickTheDog: ** Xykon has an endless stream of them in the book, between cruelty to animals, making an innocent plead for his life on the basis of IHaveAFamily and then killing the guy after Xykon had said he wouldn't, murdering people like Xavion or the waitress on a whim, forcibly recruiting Right-Eye's village into his army and then getting them killed when he could have easily saved them, etc. Burlew wrote that one of the great challenges of writing the book was to make sure Xykon wasn't sympathetic once readers saw his whole story and experienced life through his eyes. "I mean, he's wholly and unapologetically evil, but more to the point, he's kind of a dick" is how Burlew sums up the matter. ** The paladins wiping out the goblin village come across as doing this, since we see the goblins have no idea why the attack is happening and are trying to protect their loved ones. WordOfGod is that even the Twelve Gods weren't happy and several of the paladins fell for their actions, although that isn't seen on screen. ** Redcloak at the very least is doing this when he fatally wounds Right-Eye, and some readers considered it an outright MoralEventHorizon. * LineOfSightName: Redcloak and Right-Eye, in order to avoid being blasted by an impatient Xykon. * MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Redcloak's reaction to killing his brother, once Xykon reveals it was for nothing. * NiceJobBreakingItHero: Nobody on Team evil, not Redcloak, Xykon, or even The Dark One, knew there was more than one Gate until Lirian knowing her Gate had been destroyed, told Xykon that her he'd never be able to get control of one of the other Gates. -->'''Lirian:''' Even if you locate them, my friends will stop you from conquering the other four Gates.\\ (beat panel)\\ (beat panel)\\ '''Xykon:''' Did you— Did you just say, "the other four Gates"?\\ (beat panel)\\ '''Lirian:''' Crap. [Gets a NeckSnap from Xykon]

* EvilerThanThou: PassedOverPromotion: Xykon provides was actually ok with getting passed over in favor of the page quote.evil mage Yydranna, as he admits she's good at what she does and he genuinely respects her. Being passed over in favor of Yydranna ''and'' [[TheCameo Keith Baker]], however, pissed him off to no end and he angrily decided that it was time to the services of the Unholy Master and StartMyOwn. * PlayerPunch: We get introduced to Right-Eye's intelligent, snarky teenage son and gentle, loving wife. We see them bond with Redclaok and the rest of the family... and then they're ignominiously killed off during a TimeSkip by a group of adventures that Xykon invited into the goblin camp and then made no move to stop when they began killing off his goblin followers. He was entertained by it, in fact. * PragmaticVillainy: Xykon declines to have anything to do with a scheme that involves kidnapping virgins. He'd rather his women had some experience and knew what they were doing.

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* TogetherInDeath: Xykon unwittingly causes this by binding the souls of Lirian and Dorukan to the same Soul Gem. Due to EvilCannotComprehendGood, he thinks the two will be angry with each other for their failures and bad decisions, but it works to reunite the two lovers and give them comfort they otherwise wouldn't have. -->'''Lirian:''' Dory? Dory, is that you?\\ '''Dorukan:''' Yes, my love. I've failed. It looks as if I am to share your prison forever now...\\ '''Lirian:''' No, no... not a prison anymore. (they embrace) * TookALevelInBadass: As the book covers more than 100 years, we see this happen repeatedly to both Xykon and Redcloak, but mostly Xykon. With time Xykon goes from a kid who doesn't know what he's doing with his powers, to a small-time villain helpless to do anything more than stand there and take it as the authorities who've arrested him crack cheesy jokes at his expense, to a major threat, and finally, to one of the most dangerous beings in the world. * TrappedInVillainy: Right-Eye and the rest of the goblins of his village are this once Xykon forcibly recruits them. * VillainousFriendship: A number of examples, but the story goes to great lengths to show that Xykon and Redcloak are not friends at all. Readers who read itback when it looked like Xykon and Redcloak might have a case of this got a nasty shock at the end of the book. * WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Where is Right-Eye's daughter? Was the Soul Gem with the souls of Dorukan and Lirian destroyed when Dungeon of Dorukan was destroyed at the end of the first arc? * WizardDuel: Two are seen, first between Xykon and Eugene's master Fyron. Fyron beats Xykon with magic after a prolonged duel, but is then beaten to death by Xykon. Later we see the lich version of Xykon take on Dorukan and Xykon wins because of BoringButPractical tactics and the advantages granted by being undead.
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We then cut to a battle between a small army of goblins, led by Redcloak, Right Eye, and Xykon, attacking the base of the elven druid Lirian, the guardian of the Gate that the Dark One discovered year earlier. The battle is hanging in the balance, (somewhat due to Xykon's careless use of his spells, which is resulting in nearly as many goblins dying as the defenders of the Gate) when Lirian's secret weapon kicks: a magical virus which stops wipes out the abilities of spellcasters. Only Redcloak (thanks to the Crimson Mantle) and the Gate's defenders are unaffected, and with Xykon and the other goblin spellcasters out of the fight, the goblins are quickly defeated, and most are killed before Lirian gets the more aggressive of her followers to spare the rest and take them prisoner. Redcloak, Right Eye, Xykon, and a few other goblins are left in an underground cell supplied with natural foods such as mushrooms that will let them live for years there.
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We then cut to a battle between a small army of goblins, led by Redcloak, Right Eye, and Xykon, attacking the base of the elven druid Lirian, the guardian of the Gate that the Dark One discovered year earlier. The battle is hanging in the balance, (somewhat due to Xykon's careless use of his spells, which is resulting in nearly as many goblins dying as the defenders of the Gate) when Lirian's secret weapon kicks: a magical virus which stops wipes out the abilities of spellcasters. Only Redcloak (thanks to the Crimson Mantle) and the Gate's defenders are unaffected, and with Xykon and the other goblin spellcasters out of the fight, the goblins are quickly defeated, and most are killed before Lirian gets the more aggressive of her followers to spare the rest and take them prisoner. Redcloak, Right Eye, Xykon, and a few other goblins are left in an underground cell supplied with natural foods such as mushrooms that will let them live for years there. there. Redcloak, however, comes up with an idea to escape: turn Xykon into a Lich, so that he will be powerful enough to break through the prison's wards and be immune to Lirian's plague. Xykon gleefully accepts the chance to gain more power, but Right-Eye is hesitant, believing that this will only make Xykon harder to control. Redcloak dismisses his brother's fears, reasoning that they can goad him into cooperating by threatening hard to his phylactery. The transition is a success, and Xykon goes to fight Lirian while Redcloak and Right-Eye capture the Gate. Thing go wrong when Redcloak sets the forest on fire defending himself from some Trents, causing the Gate to collapse. But all is not lost for our villains, for Lirian lets slip that there are ''four'' other Gates just before Xykon snaps her neck. Xykon zombifies Lirian, seals her soul inside a gem, and recovers Redcloak and Right-Eye, the three regrouping before beginning to plot their next move. Unfortunately for the goblins, Xykon has lost the only other joy in his life besides killing people (drinking coffee), and usurps Redcloak before declaring himself the leader of the team. Many years later, Right-Eye has grown disillusioned with the quest, and after trying and failing to convince Eugene Greenhilt to go out and kill Xykon he decides to leave and start a new life elsewhere. He eventually found a secluded valley where goblins are able to live in peace with surrounding human nations, settling down as a carpenter and raising a small family. After a trip to the local circus to see their favorite attraction ("It", AKA The Monster in the Darkness), they encounter Redcloak again. Redcloak explains that Xykon vanished a few years ago, and he is in between schemes at the moment and needs a place to rest. He too sees the MitD and decides to free/kidnap it, recruiting his oldest nephew for the task. Things go wrong and they are almost caught by the circus guards before Right-Eye bails them out, the goblins retreating with their prize in tow. However, the whole experience set a change in Redcloak, and he decides to rework the plan and try to build up the goblins from what they have already instead of ripping other societies down. [[YankTheDogsChain Too bad Xykon returns and press-gangs the village into his new army to attack Dorukan's Gate.]] Xykon lays siege to Dorukan's fortress, but the wizard is content to hide behind his massive amounts of defensive wards and traps. He only comes out when Xykon reveals he has Lirian's body and soul, and intends to torture the latter by having an ogre chop up and devour the former. As the two spellcasters fight, Redcloak orders Right-Eye to attack the castle, but Right-Eye refuses and reveals he has a better plan: kill Xykon with a magically enhanced dagger to avenge all the goblins that have died at his hands/negligence (including Right-Eye's entire family save his daughter). Redcloak again refuses to cut the Lich loose, saying that they've come too far to back off now, while Right-Eye accuses his brother of short-shortsightedness and never knowing when to let go. As Right-Eye goes to attack Xykon during a moment of weakness, Redcloak hits his brother with a disintegration spell, mortally wounding him. As Xykon finishes up killing Dorukan, Redcloak and Right-Eye have one last conversation during which Right-Eye disowns his brother and dies. Xykon returns from the fight and orders Redcloak to zombify his brother's corpse. When Redcloak refuses, Xykon reveals that he knew that Right-Eye was plotting against him, and let it get as far as it did so Redcloak would kill him and ensure his loyalty to Xykon. One TheReasonYouSuckSpeech later, and Redcloak complies, Xykon's army marching into the Dungeon of Dorukan and setting the scene for the main adventure.
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