Trope-conscious DarkFantasy parody written by Creator/JessGulbranson, concerning the adventures of an unwitting [[BlackKnight antipaladin]] in a [[DarkerAndEdgier dangerous]] world clearly founded on some common tabletop RPG tropes. Is first in a trilogy, followed by ArchlichHotel and JohnnyDevilComesToTown. No longer in DevelopmentHell... [[http://www.amazon.com/Antipaladin-Blues-Jess-Gulbranson/dp/0987466534/ buy it here!]]
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!!The series provides examples of:

* AntiMagic: The ‘thaumoethereal’ explosion wipes out an entire city’s magic.
* ArtifactOfDoom: [[{{BFS}} Elvist]], the Needle of Flame.
* BadassNormal: Derrick.
* BadPowersGoodPeople: Frank Burley, who is an ancient undead sorcerer, but still wants to save the world.
** Explored with Kannon’s character, who has an evil day job, does mostly heroic things, but is still basically a murderous thug.
* BenevolentBoss: Chamberlin, despite being a mage who is a corrupt government fixer, is clearly trying to be Kannon’s friend.
* BlackAndGreyMorality: Like somebody threw up charcoal on the manuscript.
* BloodMagic: Kannon’s enchanted armor runs on this.
* CombatPragmatist: It helps when your armor is covered in [[SpikesOfDoom blades and spikes]]… any movement can be an attack. At one point Kannon uses a barrel of molasses to fight a shaman who may have an enchantment protecting him from edged weapons.
* TheEmpire: Galak’s Empire, and its counterpart to the east, Pluton.
* TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt: Either ‘clean and nice’ or ‘fiery reverse Ikea run by [[Franchise/{{Hellraiser}} Cenobites]]’, depending on whether the Angels and Demons take over.
* EvilOverlord: Eboral, only mentioned until book three.
* FiveRaces: Averted, in that nonhumans have been all but exterminated by the start of the books.
* FunctionalMagic: The almost Steampunk setting runs on this, with the [[{{Magitek}} industrial complex]] running on Alchemy in particular.
* HubLevel: Eboral’s ‘Hall of Gates’.
* HumansAreFlawed: The fundamental reason the Gods, Angels, and Demons are involved on this world at all.
* InfinityPlusOneSword: Elvist.
* MagicKnight: Kannon, Viscount Hathoway.
* {{Magitek}}
* NeverASelfMadeWoman: Averted by Avery, who is out to break the magical glass ceiling.
* OurAngelsAreDifferent: Androgynous, white-robed humanoids who at best are {{WellIntentionedExtremist}}s but are actually an alien race fascinated with the human superego.
* OurDemonsAreDifferent: Likewise, an alien race who like humanity for their perversity, much the way people like geese for their livers.
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: Kannon resigns himself to this at the end of the first book. [[PlotImmunity It doesn’t take.]]
* [[SamusIsAGirl Avery Is A Girl]]: Clumsily revealed in her first chapter, but played straight with Frank’s inability to comprehend ‘butch’.
* SealedEvilInACan: While a protagonist and somewhat more benign, Frank Burley is something of a Sleeping Evil In A Can… he later mentions some of his fellow Eldritch Abominations who fit this trope to a T.
* ShoutOut: To Creator/AlejandroJodorowsky, Creator/MontyPython, {{Wolverine}}, the various settings of TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons -really too many list, as this is an integral part of the book's style.
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: Definitely more cynical.
* SomethingBlues
* SquishyWizard: Lampshaded. “After all, no matter how powerful you were, there was always a chance of someone getting in a lucky swing.”
* TookALevelInBadass: Avery, after she starts keeping some more dangerous company.
* TurnUndead: Avery, who was raised by exorcist monks, tries this on Frank Burley, [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Last of the Red-hot Archliches]].
* WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity: Frank was a man once…
* WizardBeard: Chamberlin’s lack of one is lampshaded by Kannon.
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