History Webcomic / TheWaterPhoenixKing

22nd Apr '18 9:20:54 PM nombretomado
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* KnightInShiningArmor: Mostly subverted, but played straight in Book 2 with Sir Commito Ai-Chalse, who fills the [[ThePrisonerOfZenda Sapt role of older Mentor]] to Princess Ismene.

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* KnightInShiningArmor: Mostly subverted, but played straight in Book 2 with Sir Commito Ai-Chalse, who fills the [[ThePrisonerOfZenda [[Literature/ThePrisonerOfZenda Sapt role of older Mentor]] to Princess Ismene.
9th Sep '17 12:54:36 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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** Lord Ezheis describes himself and his companions as "villains," even as he demonstrates that EvenEvilhasSTandards.
** Gilgam's threat to Anthem during the first exploration of the Library is pretty genre savvy as well.

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** Lord Ezheis describes himself and his companions as "villains," even as he demonstrates that EvenEvilhasSTandards.
** Gilgam's threat to Anthem during the first exploration of the Library is pretty genre savvy as well.
EvenEvilhasStandards.
19th Jan '17 1:43:08 PM JulianLapostat
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* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Very likely, Chancellor Jarjuna off in the distant capital; locally, Arduna, though unfortunately his authority is limited to the Inn of Silver Leaves. (Well, legally, anyways. Mission creep has begun to set in.)

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* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Very likely, Chancellor Jarjuna off in the distant capital; locally, Arduna, though unfortunately his authority is limited to the Inn of Silver Leaves. (Well, legally, anyways. Mission creep MissionCreep has begun to set in.)
24th Oct '16 9:00:38 PM dlchen145
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* GlassCannon: Gilgam, with or without his gun -- though his fighting skills improved drastically between the time he first took up his gun again and the arrival of the lunar Embassy a few weeks later, he's very frank about the fact that "run away very fast" is still his preferred strategy when outnumbered without tactical advantage, because he's just too thin and wiry ''not'' to be flattened in melee if he gets cornered. Paradoxically, this just serves to make him even more insanely {{BadAss}}, because he keeps determinedly tanking all the same, when there's no one else to do it.

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* GlassCannon: Gilgam, with or without his gun -- though his fighting skills improved drastically between the time he first took up his gun again and the arrival of the lunar Embassy a few weeks later, he's very frank about the fact that "run away very fast" is still his preferred strategy when outnumbered without tactical advantage, because he's just too thin and wiry ''not'' to be flattened in melee if he gets cornered. Paradoxically, this just serves to make him even more insanely {{BadAss}}, badass, because he keeps determinedly tanking all the same, when there's no one else to do it.



* {{Mentors}}: Vish fulfills the [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Giles role]], for the most part, though he's not as BadAss as "Ripper" by any means (better at bluffing, though) and has only recently accepted the need to help Anthem with weapons practice in addition to magical and mystical disciplines, since Gilgam has absolutely refused to train her in swordplay. (This is ''not'' because he objects to women in combat or thinks that she ought to stay "innocent," but may be related to his PTSD and fears of responsibility, or because he feels that whacking on her with beater swords would cause problems for their friendship. Gilgam also mentors Anthem, socially, but ... his mentoring comes off as a little ''skewed'' even at the best of times: "Cheer up, we still have enemies to kill!" would not be an acceptable pep talk to an anxious teenager, by most standards.)

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* {{Mentors}}: Vish fulfills the [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Giles role]], for the most part, though he's not as BadAss badass as "Ripper" by any means (better at bluffing, though) and has only recently accepted the need to help Anthem with weapons practice in addition to magical and mystical disciplines, since Gilgam has absolutely refused to train her in swordplay. (This is ''not'' because he objects to women in combat or thinks that she ought to stay "innocent," but may be related to his PTSD and fears of responsibility, or because he feels that whacking on her with beater swords would cause problems for their friendship. Gilgam also mentors Anthem, socially, but ... his mentoring comes off as a little ''skewed'' even at the best of times: "Cheer up, we still have enemies to kill!" would not be an acceptable pep talk to an anxious teenager, by most standards.)
5th Sep '16 2:54:04 PM kome360
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* AesopCollateralDamage: The main plot point of the series; what if God punished every single sin that mankind performed with natural disasters and monsters? End result is one big CrapsackWorld, GodIsDead, and the protagonists have to sabotage the LaserGuidedKarma system before it destroys the world for instigating a revolution against a FallenAngel.
23rd Jul '16 9:14:18 PM kome360
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* BlackAndWhiteInsanity: The reason why Gurahl ruined everything. First he killed the mass murderers and cultists. Then he killed the rapists and thieves, then he killed the average joe because humans were evil like 50% of the time, and then he decided that nobody was a saint every waking moment of their lives and that was the reason why everybody left had to die. The gods killed him before he could complete his genocide, but he was planning to do so by making a static karma system, Tamantha, which he completed and implemented. Tamantha made hell appear to the innocent when they didn't bow and obey their superiors so that the upper crust could practice "virtuous" ''slaughter''.

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* BlackAndWhiteInsanity: The reason why Gurahl ruined everything. First he killed the mass murderers and cultists. Then he killed the rapists and thieves, then he killed the average joe because humans mortals were evil like 50% of the time, and then he decided that nobody was a saint every waking moment of their lives and that was the reason why everybody left had to die. The gods killed him before he could complete his genocide, but he was planning to do so by making a static karma system, Tamantha, which he completed and implemented. Tamantha made hell appear to the innocent when they didn't bow and obey their superiors so that the upper crust could practice "virtuous" ''slaughter''.
23rd Jul '16 9:13:51 PM kome360
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* BlackAndWhiteInsanity: The reason why Gurahl ruined everything. First he killed the mass murderers and cultists. Then he killed the rapists and thieves, then he killed the average joe because humans were evil like 50% of the time, and then he decided that nobody was a saint every waking moment of their lives and that was the reason why everybody left had to die. The gods killed him before he could complete his genocide, but he was planning to do so by making a static karma system, which he completed and implemented. Tamantha made hell appear to the innocent when they didn't bow and obey their superiors so that the upper crust could practice "virtuous" 'slaughter'.

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* BlackAndWhiteInsanity: The reason why Gurahl ruined everything. First he killed the mass murderers and cultists. Then he killed the rapists and thieves, then he killed the average joe because humans were evil like 50% of the time, and then he decided that nobody was a saint every waking moment of their lives and that was the reason why everybody left had to die. The gods killed him before he could complete his genocide, but he was planning to do so by making a static karma system, Tamantha, which he completed and implemented. Tamantha made hell appear to the innocent when they didn't bow and obey their superiors so that the upper crust could practice "virtuous" 'slaughter'.''slaughter''.
23rd Jul '16 9:13:00 PM kome360
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* LaserGuidedKarma: DECONSTRUCTED. The karma system (known as Tamantha) has a glitchy targeting beam at best and is outright malfunctioning at worst, spawning monsters and natural disasters for oblivious slights made by average people and ultimately causing massive AesopCollateralDamage, which leads more people to commit more crimes out of desperation or suffering, causing the karma punishments to escalate in a vicious cycle leading to the death of an immortal king who was protected by Tamantha, which sets up the grim background of the world-ending plot. Tamantha is also elitist, racist, and sexist because that's how it was programmed by the top god Gurahl, and then ironically HE was killed by the fire goddess Ailari because he murdered her sister Okeshida to finish it. Maresh, who would normally be the hero of a low fantasy story, becomes the villain due to repeated torture for his failings, while Anthem, who is a childish sociopath and KarmaHoudini, ends up becoming a heroine and a revolutionary scholar because she's taught about her failings and how to overcome them by her friends instead of being punished immediately.
11th Jul '16 12:49:15 AM kome360
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* MistakenForServant: Anthem is frequently profiled as her secretary, because of her Vice President Secretary behavior and lack of regal appearance.
19th Feb '16 10:26:12 AM PaulA
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* TreasureMap: In classic ''TreasureIsland'' mode, this doesn't quite work out the way it's supposed to. (It gets hung over the bar -- bloodstains and all -- as a souvenir, afterward.)

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* TreasureMap: In classic ''TreasureIsland'' ''Literature/TreasureIsland'' mode, this doesn't quite work out the way it's supposed to. (It gets hung over the bar -- bloodstains and all -- as a souvenir, afterward.)
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