History TabletopGame / DemonTheFallen

19th Oct '17 12:45:17 AM Baeraad555
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* GeniusLoci: Some Earthbound are incarnate in a location rather than an object. This makes them even less mobile and flexible than others of their kind, but also harder to get rid of permanently. Smashing an idol is one thing, but how do you destroy a whole mountain?


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* VillainousUnderdog: The books stress that most modern-day excorcists are perfectly ordinary people who have learned that demons walk the Earth and decided to do something about it, lacking supernatural abilities, training or even much of an idea of what they're fighting. They can still be dangerous through sheer determination and because the demons are unlikely to see them coming, but they don't have much hope of making a dent in demon kind as a whole.
26th Sep '17 4:28:49 AM Baeraad555
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* TimeAbyss: Technically every demon is this, being older than the universe itself. However, the fallen tend to be this in theory only, since they've been gone from the world for its entire recorded history and having only very spotty memories of the dawn of time. The Earthbound, on the other hand, are very much this, immortal entities that have shaped human civilisation pretty much since the start and having missed only a few centuries at the tail end of it to hibernation. Likewise Lucifer, and presumably any other surviving angels (wherever they are).
19th Sep '17 11:05:12 PM Baeraad555
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* BadBoss: The Earthbound, unsurprisingly.
-->'''Blaysiel:''' Imagine working for a boss who's got [[PointyHairedBoss no idea what year it is or how you do your job,]] but he wants you to take your job seriously. He wants that so much he's willing to [[YouHaveFailedMe kill you if you fail,]] just to make a point.
7th Sep '17 1:49:10 AM Baeraad555
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* EvilMakesYouUgly: A demon's Torment affects its true, apocalyptic form. At low levels of Torment, demons may look strange or frightening, but they will at the very least come across as majestic and awe-inspiring. High-Torment demons, on the other hand, are hideous, deformed monstrosities, usually with a generous helping of BodyHorror. For example, a Devil specialising in the Lore of Flames will be a radiant figure WreathedInFlames at low Torment, and a [[FlamingSkulls scorched, burning skeleton]] at high Torment.
7th Sep '17 1:37:11 AM Baeraad555
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* WordsDoNotMakeTheMagic: It's explicitly noted that even though evocations are performed by speaking special words of power encoded in the Lores, just repeating those words by rote isn't enough to perform an evocation - you need to have a deep spiritual understanding of what they mean, to the point where the knowledge shapes your very nature. Humans also can't perform evocations at all, though they can be given similar abilities by making a [[DealWithTheDevil pact with a demon]].
7th Sep '17 1:30:58 AM Baeraad555
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* BlowYouAway: The Lore of Winds, used by the Scourges. The Defilers' Lore of Storms is a mix between this and MakingASplash.



* DeTerminator: The Luciferans consider being imprisoned in Hell for eons to have been ''a minor setback,'' and now that they're free again they're planning to pick up right where they left off. Whether that makes them magnificently stalwart heroes or just a bunch of stubborn jackasses who don't KnowWhenToFoldThem is a matter of some contention, mind you.

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* DeTerminator: The Luciferans consider being imprisoned in Hell for eons to have been ''a minor setback,'' and now that they're free again they're planning to pick up right where they left off. Whether that makes them magnificently stalwart heroes or just a bunch of stubborn jackasses who don't KnowWhenToFoldThem is a matter of some contention, mind you.


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* DishingOutDirt: The Lore of the Earth, used by the Malefactors.
5th Sep '17 11:36:31 PM Baeraad555
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* SatanIsGood: While there are options offered for making Lucifer a deceitful SmugSnake who led the Fallen to damnation to serve his own petty ambition, the default is that he is and was idealistic, heroic and determined to save humanity. Since he never suffered in Hell, he has a Torment rating of 1, making him ''almost'' an angel. Of course, GoodIsNotNice - he's got his eyes firmly fixed on the fate of all of humankind, making him decidedly cavalier with the lives of individual humans and demons.
12th Aug '17 10:21:59 AM Baeraad555
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* BrilliantButLazy: The human race, from the perspective of demons (who, conversely, are driven and passionate in their actions but rigid and unimaginative in their thinking).
-->'''Lucifer:''' Humans have the potential for so much but the drive to do so little!
* ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve: Human Faith can potentially reshape the very laws of the universe. In the modern day, few people can marshal enough Faith to accomplish much, but back during the war there were examples of human communities being attacked by monsters that had been brought into being by their own fear.


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* CruelMercy: God declared an individual punishment for each House of fallen angels. Her punishment of the Devils was... not deigning to punish them at all. That sounds underwhelming, but the Devils, whose defining characteristic is {{Pride}}, could have endured [[AnythingButThat anything]] other than being [[NotWorthKilling beneath God's notice.]] The same principle may have been the reason for why Lucifer was not sent to Hell - what better way to punish the proudest and noblest Devil of them all than by letting him off scott free while his followers suffered eternal torment?


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* NotInThisForYourRevolution: The Ebon Legion consisted of those demons who were committed to the war against Heaven but who were in it solely to further their own interests. In the modern day, the more cynical Faustians are this compared to their more idealistic peers - they want humans to be healthy and plentiful, yes, but only because they want more worshipers feeding them Faith and doing their bidding.


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* PhysicalGod: What the demons used to be, before God stripped them of much of their power and threw them into Hell. Lucifer is still this trope.
* PlayingWithFire: The Lore of Flames lets you do this.
* ThePowersThatBe: The Earthbound, lacking physical bodies, have to act through agents or by performing wide-ranging feats of Lore. On a much larger scale, God never took direct part in either the creation of the world or the war, instead empowering Her loyal angels to work and fight in Her name.
11th Aug '17 9:31:58 AM Baeraad555
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* DeTerminator: The Luciferans consider being imprisoned in Hell for eons to have been ''a minor setback,'' and now that they're free again they're planning to pick up right where they left off. Whether that makes them magnificently stalwart heroes or just a bunch of stubborn jackasses who don't KnowWhenToFoldThem is a matter of some contention, mind you.
11th Aug '17 9:26:58 AM Baeraad555
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* HowTheMightyHaveFallen: It's right there in the title. The demons used to be capable of creating life, moving mountains, engineering entire parallel dimensions and similar feats of literally divine might. In their current state, they are reduced to using a handful of limited parlour tricks to wheedle a mere trickle of the Faith they need out of humans who are, quite frankly, also just a pale shadow of [[OriginalMan what they were.]] Subverted with the Earthbound, who are described as being in some ways ''more'' powerful than they were as angels - though [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity at the cost of even what little sanity regular demons have managed to hold on to.]]
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