-->''Hear me, mortals, and heed me well. Whispers of forgotten lore have found my ears, the currents of time flows through my veins with every beat of my heart and bear visions of death and despair... ...As the wickedness of man takes hold of him, darkness will start to engulf his world. At first he will see nothing, only a few of the most gifted will even sense the change. The world will go on as it has, for a time, but the seed of its downfall has been sown...''

A DarkFantasy [[GameMod mod]] for ''[[VideoGame/{{Civilization}} Civilization IV]]'', arising from the [=CivFanatics=] Civ boards, and one of the game's most famous mods. It is vaguely based on the originator (Derek "Kael" Paxton)'s long-running ''DungeonsAndDragons'' game.

After the Age of Ice, the various tribes of the world of Erebus are forming into civilizations once again, seeking to reclaim the glories of a previous age, leave their own mark upon Erebus, conquer everything in sight, [[OmnicidalManiac or just blow it all to Hell]]. But untamed Erebus is [[DeathWorld not a nice place]], and many of the civilizations (possibly including your own) will quite happily make it [[CrapsackWorld even worse]].

A prequel to the mod, ''FallFromHeavenAgeOfIce'' was included with the ''Beyond the Sword'' expansion for VideoGame/{{Civilization}} IV.

You can get it [[http://kael.civfanatics.net/ here]]. A standalone sequel was in the works, but has now been cancelled. (see [[http://forums.civfanatics.com/showthread.php?t=361727 here]] )
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This mod provides examples of:
* AbnormalAmmo: The Balseraph Catapult launches ''[[EverythingsBetterWithCows live]]'' ''[[DropTheCow cows]]'', complete with sound effects and the relevant ''Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail'' quote.
* AddedAlliterativeAppeal: Alazkan the Assassin, Gibbon Goetia, Kithra Kyriel, the Octopus Overlords...
* AgeOfTitles: The Age of Ice scenario.
* AlienNonInterferenceClause: The Compact forbids the gods from directly intervening on Erebus. By default (unless the game is set up otherwise), it's essentially an unenforceable joke; the Infernals and Mercurians will burst onto Erebus the moment that someone opens a hole for them to enter through.
** The reason it's an unenforceable joke is that the gods are free to empower their human followers to act in their stead, as well as be summoned into Erebus via human-controlled magic. The aforementioned Infernals and Mercurians (as well as the Illians) take these loopholes to their logical conclusion.
* AllThereInTheManual: Sort of. The in-game Civilopedia is less then trustworthy, but there is a PDF manual to help out newbies. And if it's a {{backstory}} question, go to the forums and ask away.
* AltumVidetur
* AngelsDevilsAndSquid: [[JustifiedTrope Justified]]. See Eldritch Abomination.
** The thing is, in this case, the classical angels and devils are the ''source'' of those {{Eldritch Abomination}}s, and therefore are most likely ''stronger'' than them. [[FridgeHorror Think about that for a moment.]]
* AnIcePerson: Auric, the reincarnation of the slain God of Winter. And The Illian civilization in general.
** EvilIsDeathlyCold: Though they don't tend to be [[IncrediblyLamePun nice people]].
* APupilOfMineUntilHeTurnedToEvil:
** Basically, Kylorin had [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters twenty-one]] like this during the [[BackStory Age of Magic]], including [[MonsterClown Perpentach]], [[WhoWantsToLiveForever Os-Gabella]] and [[GoodPowersBadPeople Laroth]]. [[InvertedTrope Inverted]], however, as they were all corrupted during this time, including Kylorin himself. He was just the only one to repent.
** [[GrandTheftMe Gibbon Goetia]] toward [[ScaryBlackMan Chalid Astrakein]]. [[EldritchAbomination Not that he wasn't creepy before that...]]
* ArcNumber: The numbers [[RuleOfThree three]] and [[LuckySeven seven]] (and their multiple, 21) appear all over the place. There are three factions of gods (Good, Neutral, and Evil), and each faction originally had seven gods each until Bhall's fall shifted the balance towards evil.
* ArtificialStupidity: The AI doesn't understand many of the mod's new mechanics.
* AwesomeButImpractical: Gibbon Goetia has the ability to allow you to control another faction for a while. However, your actions are limited,and since there is no way to control two civs at the same time, the AI makes a mess of your empire while you're away.
** For that matter, Auric Ascended, who comes very late in the game. The real strength of the Illians are their [[QuirkyMinibossSquad three Priest of Winter]] and their BoringButPractical ability to cover the map with only-produces-food-for-you snow tiles, with cottages, gaining a fairly good Research rate.
** Drifa the White Dragon also falls under this. Unlike Abashi and Eurabatres, Drifa can't be built directly, instead requiring a ritual to be completed that itself requires that you destroy at least one other civ by then. The thing is, if you're already powerful enough to destroy another civ, then you probably don't need Drifa anyway.
* AxCrazy: Let's see... the [[BarbarianTribe Doviello]]. The [[OurOrcsAreDifferent barbarians and Clan of Embers]]. The [[CircusOfFear Balseraphs]]. The [[LegionsOfHell Infernals]]. And [[LightIsNotGood just to top it off]], the [[OurAngelsAreDifferent Mercurians]].
* {{Badass}}: Barnaxus, the sentient Golem [[OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame Luchuirp]] hero.
* BadassNormal: Grigori Adventurers upgrade to the normal unit types (swordsmen, archers, mages, et cetera) but also passively gain experience until they reach 100, making them incredibly dangerous.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Ethne the White, secular leader of the [[SaintlyChurch Elohim]], is a Female {{Expy}} of Buddha and bastion of IncorruptiblePurePureness. In the official scenarios released with the mod, she [[spoiler: summons [[KnightTemplar Basium]] to defend her people against the evil factions.]] Yes, ''him''. [[spoiler: She ends up asssasinated for this by the Sidar, who were trying to mantain BalanceBetweenGoodAndEvil (sort of)]].
* BigBad: Overall, Agares. In-game, ''any'' evil leader that becomes particularly powerful will probably qualify. Likely examples include [[AGodAmI Auric Ulvin]], [[EvilSorcerer Tebryn Arbandi]], and [[TheLegionsOfHell Hyborem]].
** [[TheManBehindTheMan The Woman Behind The Man]]: ''Possibly'' Ceridwen, the evil Goddess of Magic and patroness of [[OmnicidalManiac the Sheaim]]. [[EpilepticTrees It is supposed]] that all the efforts spent by the villains to destroy the world are really her EvilPlan to take the place of [[{{God}} the One]].
* BlackAndGreyMorality: There are a few genuinely virtuous leaders (The Elohim leaders, for example) but this is the overall feeling. Good and Neutral characters are frequently AntiHero flavoured, while evil characters, with the possible exceptions of [[OnlySaneMan Mahala]] and Sheelba leave [[KickTheDog little doubt they live up to the title]].
* BlackMagic: Is your mage playing with Death and/or Entropic magic? They'll be joining the [[LegionsOfHell Infernals]] as a manes if they get killed.
* BloodKnight: The Eidola, the [[TheLegionsOfHell demon]] version of the ProudWarriorRaceGuy
* BlueAndOrangeMorality: Most angels tend to fall in this category. Specifically, Basium and his Mercurians are only 'good' in the sense that they fight demons, so that they will ally with any non-Ashen Veil civilization regardless of alignment.
* BonusLevelOfHell: The Lord of the Balors scenario.
* CelticMythology: The names of the majority of characters come from here.
* CharacterAlignment: Civilizations start out as good, neutral or evil, which plays a large role in diplomacy. It's very hard for good and evil civilizations to get along, but not impossible. Adopting state religions can change alignment; for example, switching to Order turns a civilization Good, while the Ashen Veil turns you Evil. There are other gameplay effects of alignment; most importantly, only good or neutral factions can go for the Altar of the Luonnotar victory.
* ChivalrousPervert: Falamar. A less-than-chivalrous imposter of his attacks a woman in the opening text of one of the scenarios, only for the real Falamar to show up, kick his ass, and escort the poor girl home.
** The real Falamar is more a ChickMagnet with an [[BlessedWithSuck annoying]] [[MemeticSexGod reputation]].
* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: In terms of story there are a couple of people who qualify, and this being VideoGame/{{Civilization}} it runs rampant in the game.
** And the Council of Esus religion has a synergy with this attitude.
* CircusOfFear: The Balseraph civilization's [[PlanetOfHats hat]]. Occasionally mixed with RuleOfFunny.
* CirclesOfHell: [[SwampsAreEvil There]] [[TownWithADarkSecret are]] [[HellIsWar six]] [[AllGhoulsSchool Vaults]] [[TheNothingAfterDeath filling]] [[LotusEaterMachine this role]], plus Ceridwen's PortalNetwork that connects them.
* ConservationOfNinjitsu: The standard military units are represented by a group, but most of the more powerful units depict a single fighter.
* CrapsackWorld: The default state of Erebus. Most ([[AWorldHalfFull but not all]]) civilizations, if not actively evil, [[EmpireWithADarkSecret have some skeletons in their closets]](often animated with black magic). In case that's not enough, there's [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt Armageddon]].
* CreepyChild: Keelyn, who was raised by [[RaisedByWolves summoned demons]]. Cardith Lorda, though [[AChildShallLeadThem basically decent]], is a small child sharing a body with an ancient gold dragon.
* CrystalDragonJesus: The Order definitely has some shades of this.
* DealWithTheDevil: The Ashen Veil religion's theme.
* DeathWorld: In the early stages of VideoGame/{{Civilization}}, barbarians represent a minor but incessant nuisance. In VideoGame/FallFromHeaven, they are far more dangerous.
* DefectorFromDecadence: Cassiel, who fell because he could no longer accept the Gods meddling in Creation.
* DidWeJustHaveTeaWithCthulhu: Charadon is a scary [[BackFromTheDead resurrected]] AxCrazy who [[ScienceIsUseless forbids his people to craft even their own axes]] and [[AnimalMotifs teaches them to act like wolves]] but [[CrowningMomentOfFunny he will always enjoy]] [[SugarWiki/HaveANiceCupOfTeaAndSitDown a nice cup of tea]].
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: The safest way to kill [[PhysicalGod Auric Ascendant]] is with the [[InfinityPlusOneSword Godslayer]], but [[ZergRush sending soldiers en masse]] will suffice.
* DiskOneNuke: In earlier games, civs with an archmage hero coming reasonably early could [[MindRape Dominate]] [[{{Cult}} Sons of the Inferno]], who have good strength and [[GameBreaker can summon Fire Elementals]]. It is now significantly harder to do this, but still possible.
* DoesNotLikeMen: You play a male leader? You will have a little diplomatic malus with [[{{Lilith}} Os-Gabella]], who [[DoubleStandardRapeDivineOnMortal has]] [[AvertedTrope her]] [[AttemptedRape reasons]].
* DoomMagnet: Chaos and destruction follow in Hemah's wake, since the mage's nightmares turn into reality.
* EarnYourHappyEnding: While the Fall From Heaven universe is, as the name suggests, [[WorldHalfEmpty usually unpleasant]], some of the civilizations are genuinely decent people... and there's the [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence the Altar of the Luonnotar victory]].
* EldritchAbomination: The Octopus Overlords religion is based around worshipping these.
** To be exact, the Octopus Overlords are "Incomprehensible Lovecraftian entities created by nightmares of a mad man, empowered by the dreams of the sleeping god of water, who has the Lord of Nightmares and Madness whispering in his ear." Yeah.
*** [[CaptainObvious To be even more exact,]] [[{{Expy}} they're]] [[CthulhuMythos Cthulhu]].
* ElementalPowers: A whopping 21 of them are available to the mage classes: [[AnotherDimension Dimensionnal]] versus Enchantment, Law versus [[EntropyAndChaosMagic Chaos]], [[PsychicPowers Mind]] versus Metamagic, Creation versus [[EntropyAndChaosMagic Entropy]], [[GreenThumb Nature]] versus [[AnIcePerson Ice]], [[HealingHands Life]] versus [[AnimateDead Death]], [[LightEmUp Sun]] versus [[CastingAShadow Shadow]], [[PlayingWithFire Fire]] versus [[MakingASplash Water]], [[SoulPower Spirit]] versus [[SuperStrength Body]], [[BlowYouAway Air]] versus [[DishingOutDirt Earth]], and [[AntiMagic Force]].
* EncyclopediaExposita
* EnemyMime: The Balseraphs have a sword-wielding mime unit called a Mimic.
* EntropyAndChaosMagic: both entropy and chaos are names of spell schools. Entropy magic is associated with slower decay, with spells such as wither and rust. Chaos magic is associated with randomness and energy, with spells like Dance of Blades and mutate, providing random bonuses.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Even some of the evil civilizations will fight against the [[DemonicInvaders Ashen Veil]].
** EvilVersusOblivion: The Infernals and Sheaim want the world to burn, while most of the other evil factions want to ''rule'' it (or else just run around plundering everything, like barbarians do).
** Even DarkFantasy Has Standards: As a meta-example, the lore and scenarios pack a lot of dark material into the game, but at least one story ended up on the cutting room floor. Originally, the "Cavern of Trials" scenario was going to be played out by a teenage Amurite girl named Tya Kiri. [[spoiler: She goes through the trials guided by the spirit of a young boy, who she learns later is actually the soul of her unborn child who she didn't know she was pregnant with. Unfortunately, the trials put so much stress on her body that she miscarries, [[TearJerker after having gotten to know and love her child]].]] According to [[WordOfGod Kael]], the original story was so sad that the team re-wrote it so that another Amurite leader would take Tya's place.
* EverythingsBetterWithPenguins: Chaos Magic can randomly summon penguins. If you let them stay, you get a happiness bonus.
* EvilIsNotAToy: [[EnfantTerrible Keelyn]] attempts to summon and control [[BigBad Hyborem, Lord of the Balors]], who is second only to [[{{Satan}} Agares]] in the hierarchy of Hell. [[spoiler:Subverted: [[LittleMissBadass she manages to summon and even temporarily contain him]], and when Hyobrem escapes she hunts him down with an army, [[MultipleEndings possibly]] ending in her replacing him as master of the LegionsOfHell.]]
** In-game, any faction can study the Infernal Pact technology, which gives some great benefits...and summons Hyborem into the world. Hyborem and his Infernals want to see evil people die and become productive citizens of his empire.
* EvilTowerOfOminousness: Quite a few: The Black Tower from one of the scenarios, and the Tower of Eyes and Tower of Complacency wonders.
* FallenAngel: Let's see... [[{{Satan}} Agares]], God of Hope, and the six others angels who rebelled against [[{{God}} the One]]. Bhall, Goddess of Fire, who lately joined them (with collateral damage). All the good angels who did the same.
** And, for non evil equivalents, [[NayTheist Cassiel]], who wanted the gods to end completely their war and deliberately falls, and Basium and the Mercurians, who pursue [[GoodIsNotNice the]] [[AxCrazy exact]] [[PayEvilUntoEvil opposite]] [[KnightTemplar goal]].
* FantasyCounterpartCulture: Largely averted, but some examples stand out: the Malakim (Bedouins), and the modmod [[http://forums.civfanatics.com/forumdisplay.php?f=313 Fall Further]] has the Chislev (Native Americans). Less obvious examples include:
** The disappeared empire of Patria has some [[AncientRome Roman]] aspects.
** The Order and the Bannor, both the protegees of Junil, the God of Order, have some aspects of the Catholic Church with their Crusaders.
** The Grigori are [[EagleLand a nation unable to adopt a state religion and noted for an independent, self-reliant people]].
* FantasyKitchenSink: And the [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot combinations]] between civilizations and religions increase even more this fact.
* FantasyPantheon: Technically "angels" (through far more powerful than the others), they were created by [[{{God}} the One]] and their opposition form the main part of Fall From Heaven's backstory.
** The Good Gods (who stayed true to the One and choosed to protect humanity from the Evil Gods):
*** Amatheon, Angel of Fertility, youth, creation and emergence. His mana is [[ThePowerOfCreation Creation]], and his civilization [[TheAlliance the Kuriotates]] (governed by his [[OurDragonsAreDifferent Dragon]], Eurabatres).
*** [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure Junil]], Angel of Justice, [[ForGreatJustice transcendant law]] and [[UndyingLoyalty submission to authority]]. His associated mana is Law and he is the patron god of [[LikeABadassOutOfHell the Bannor]] (their leader Sabathiel being his Archangel). Worshipped by [[CrystalDragonJesus The Order]], though in a gradually [[KnightTemplar more]] [[CorruptChurch corrupted]] [[LawfulStupid way]].
*** Lugus, Angel of Light, [[EnlightenmentSuperpowers Revelation]] and [[WillNotTellALie honesty]]. His mana is [[LightEmUp Light]], and his civilization [[ShiftingSandLand the Malakim]]. Worshipped by the Empyrean.
*** Nantosuelta, Angel of Faith, and direct self-improvement. Her mana his Enchantment, and her civilization [[OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame the Luchuirp]].
*** [[TheChick Sirona]], Angel of Wisdom, [[AFriendInNeed charity]] and [[TheHeart goodness]]. Her mana is [[SoulPower Spirit]] and she is the patron god of [[TechnicalPacifist the Elohim]].
*** [[SixthRanger Sucellus]], formerly Angel of [[GreenThumb Growth]], [[BackFromTheDead resurrected]] as Angel of Life at the End of FallfromHeavenAgeOfIce. Associated with [[TheDeterminator resilience]] and [[HeroicSacrifice self-sacrifice]], [[HealingHands Life mana]], [[{{Druid}} the druids]] and theorically [[OurAngelsAreDifferent the Mercurians]], though their leader [[KnightTemplar Basium]] has only contempt for this God.
** The Neutrals (Loyals to the One, but less involved than the Good Gods):
*** [[TheGodsMustBeLazy Arawn]], Angel of Death, [[BystanderSyndrome passivity]] and retirement. Associated with [[AnimateDead Death mana]] (even if he disapproves its use), and [[OurGhostsAreDifferent the Sidar]] (even if he doesn't care about them).
*** Cernunnos, former Archangel of Sucellus and now Angel of Growth and progressive change. Associated with [[GreenThumb Nature mana]] and [[OurElvesAreBetter the Ljosalfar]]. [[InHarmonyWithNature The Fellowhship of Leaves]] worships nature as a whole, so he has a prominent place in this religion, among various gods.
*** Dagda, Angel of [[BalanceBetweenGoodAndEvil Balance]], contracts, and democracy. Associated with [[AntiMagic Force mana]], and [[BadassNormal the Grigori]] (due to their leader [[DefectorFromDecadence Cassiel]] being his former Archangel, even if the Grigori themselves [[NayTheist don't worship any God]].
*** [[CoolOldGuy Danalin]], Angel of Water and serenity. He is associated with [[MakingASplash Water mana]] and [[{{Pirates}} the Lanun]]. [[HeroicBSOD Now sleeping]] after the [[DespairEventHorizon disparition]] of his race, [[FishPeople the Aifons]], [[YourMindMakesItReal his nightmares created]] [[EldritchAbomination the Octopus Overlords]].
*** Kilmorph, Angel of Earth and hard work. She is associated with [[DishingOutDirt Earth mana]] and [[OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame the Khazad]]. Worshipped by the Runes of Kilmorph religion.
*** Oghma, Angel of Knowledge, memory and curiosity. His mana is Metamagic, his civilization [[TheMagocracy the Amurites]].
*** [[CloudCuckoolander Tali]], Angel of Air, [[TheLoonie fun and irresponsability]]. He is associated with [[BlowYouAway Air mana]] and [[CoolHorse the Hippus]].
** The Evil Gods, who rebelled against the One for various reasons:
*** [[GeniusBruiser Aeron]], former [[TheBigGuy Angel of Strength]], now Angel of Rage, [[LawfulEvil domination of the strongs]] and [[{{Lust}} physical pleasure]]. Associated with [[SuperStrength Body mana]] and [[OurVampiresAreDifferent the Calabim]].
*** [[{{Satan}} Agares]], former Angel of [[HopeSpringsEternal Hope]], now Angel of [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds Despair]]. Associated with [[EntropyAndChaosMagic Entropy mana]] and [[TheLegionsOfHell the Infernals]] (with his Archangel Hyborem leading them). The BiggerBad of the setting, worshipped along with the demons and the various evil gods by [[DealWithTheDevil the Ashen Veil]].
*** [[FallenHero Bhall]], former Angel of Fire and [[HeroicResolve righteous indignation]] up until the [[FallFromHeavenAgeOfIce Age Of Ice]], now Angel of Passion and [[UnstoppableRage fury]]. Her associated mana is [[PlayingWithFire Fire]], and her civilization is [[OurOrcsAreDifferent the Clan Of Embers]].
*** Camulos, former [[TheHeart Angel of Peace]], now [[AxCrazy Angel of War]] and strife. Associated with [[WildMagic Chaos mana]], [[BarbarianTribe the Doviello]] and [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent Werewolves]].
*** Ceridwen, former Angel of the Stars, now Angel of Magic and unhealthy relationships. She is associated with [[AnotherDimension Dimensional mana]] and [[OmnicidalManiac the Sheaim]]. Possibly [[TheManBehindTheMan the woman behind Agares]], and on of the most active of the gods in [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt the destruction of Erebus]].
*** Esus, former Angel of [[ThePowerOfTrust Trust]], now Angel of [[ConsummateLiar Deception]], relativism, and incertainty. Associated with [[CastingAShadow Shadow Mana]] and [[TheFairFolk the Svartalfar]]. Worshipped by [[SecretCircleOfSecrets the Council of Esus]].
*** Mammon, former [[{{Seers}} Angel of Foresight]], now Angel of {{Greed}}. Associated with [[PsychicPowers Mind mana]] and [[CircusOfFear the Balseraphs]]. His Archangel [[CthuhlhuMythos Hastur]], [[NamesToRunAwayToReallyFast Lord of the Nightmares]], is responsible for twisting the [[YourMindMakesItReal nightmares]] of [[MakingASplash the god Danalin]], making him partially responsible for the creation of the [[EldritchAbomination Octopus Overlords]].
*** Mulcarn, former Angel of Ice, now Angel of Winter and [[NostalgiaFilter reactionnarism]]. Associated with [[AnIcePerson Ice mana]], [[HaveYouSeenMyGod the Illians]] and [[ReligionOfEvil the White Hand]]. [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu Killed]] at the end of FallFromHeavenAgeOfIce, he is in the way of being replaced by [[AGodAmI Auric Ulvin]].
* FauxAffablyEvil: The Balseraphs. Think of them as entire nation of [[SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker Jokers]].
* FinalBoss: Any number of particularly powerful units can wind up being essentially this, but ''especially'' Auric Ascended.
* FiveRaces:
** The good civilizations:
*** Stout: [[ChewToy The]] [[MechaMooks Luchuirp]], [[OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame dwarven]] {{Golem}} [[ClockPunk crafters]].
*** Fairy: [[LightIsNotGood The]] [[SoulSavingCrusader Mercurians]], [[OurAngelsAreDifferent angels]] [[LikeABadassOutOfHell come]] [[WellIntentionedExtremist to]] [[BackFromTheDead battle]] [[HeWhoFightsMonsters the]] [[TheLegionsOfHell Infernal]].
*** Mundane: [[GoodIsImpotent The]] [[ActualPacifist Elohim]], [[YouShallNotPass defenders]] [[ButtMonkey of]] [[WarriorMonk Holy]] [[BarrierWarrior places]], and [[FantasyCounterpartCulture the]] [[Literature/ArabianNights Malakim]], [[ShiftingSandLand desert]] [[CannotTellALie nomads]] [[LightEmUp and]] [[BadassPreacher priests]].
*** High Men: [[YearInsideHourOutside The]] [[LikeABadassOutOfHell Bannor]], [[KnightTemplar holy]] [[GoodIsNotNice crusaders]].
*** Cute: [[LandOfOneCity The]] [[CityOfAdventure Kuriotates]], [[PalsWithJesus "children"]] [[{{Utopia}} of]] [[HalfHumanHybrid the]] [[SquareRaceRoundClass Gold]] [[OurDragonsAreDifferent Dragon]].
** The neutral civilizations:
*** Stout: [[ElaborateUndergroundBase The]] [[ShoutOut Khazad]], [[OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame dwarven]] [[TheEmpire empire]] [[NaiveNewcomer ruled]] [[DishingOutDirt by]] [[{{Greed}} gold]].
*** Fairy: [[LivingForeverIsAwesome The]] [[TheSoulless Sidar]], [[LooksLikeCesare the]] [[ImmortalitySeeker undying]] [[OurGhostsAreDifferent ghosts]] [[UnwittingPawn of]] [[CrapsackWorld Erebus]].
*** Mundane: [[DefectorFromDecadence The]] [[GodAndSatanAreBothJerks Grigori]], [[NayTheist godless]] [[BadassNormal heroes]], [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder the]] [[AnimalMotifs Hippus]], [[HiredGuns mercenary]] [[CoolHorse horsemen]], and [[TrueNeutral the]] [[ChivalrousPervert Lanun]], [[{{Pirate}} pirates]] [[LovableRogue and]] [[BoardingParty rulers]] [[{{Privateer}} of]] [[NotSoSafeHarbor the]] [[ReligionOfEvil sea]].
*** High Men: the [[ProudScholarRaceGuy Amurites]], [[TheMagocracy masters]] [[InTheBlood of]] [[MagicalSociety sorcery]].
*** Cute: [[HiddenElfVillage The]] [[NorseMythology Ljosalfar]], [[OurElvesAreBetter elven]] [[YouShallNotPass defenders]] [[InHarmonyWithNature of]] [[GhibliHills the]] [[TheLostWoods forest]].
** [[FantasyAxisOfEvil The evil civilizations]]:
*** Savage: [[JungleJapes The]] [[BarbarianTribe Clan]] [[HotBlooded of]] [[PlayingWithFire Embers]], [[FantasyAxisOfEvil united]] [[OurGoblinsAreDifferent tribes]] [[LizardFolk of]] [[OurOrcsAreDifferent bestial]] [[OurOgresAreHungrier races]], and the [[BarbarianTribe Doviello]], [[TheHorde raiders]] [[BloodKnight and]] [[AnimalMotif the wolves]] [[RapePillageAndBurn of]] [[GrimUpNorth winter]].
*** Eldritch: [[AnotherDimension The]] [[DemonicInvaders Infernal]], [[OurDemonsAreDifferent demonic]] [[TheLegionsOfHell harbingers]] [[CirclesOfHell of]] [[PhysicalHell Hell]].
*** Humanoid: [[PsychopathicManchild The]] [[MonsterClown Balseraphs]], [[CrazyAwesome the]] [[FauxAffablyEvil twisted]] [[CircusofFear carnival]].
*** Fallen: [[ToServeMan The]] [[{{Dystopia}} Calabim]], [[OurVampiresAreDifferent vampiric]] [[AristocratsAreEvil aristocracy]], and [[EvilCounterpart the]] [[TheFairFolk Svartalfar]], [[OurElvesAreDifferent elven]] [[ChronicBackStabbingDisorder assassins]] [[CastingAShadow and]] [[MasterOfIllusion illusionists]].
*** Crafty: [[AGodAmI The]] [[AnIcePerson Illians]], [[HaveYouSeenMyGod legacy]] [[NostalgiaFilter of]] [[PhysicalGod the]] [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu fallen]] [[OurGodsAreGreater god]] [[GrimUpNorth of]] [[EvilIsDeathlyCold winter]], and [[BlackMagic the]] [[EvilSorcerer Sheaim]], [[OmnicidalManiac Seekers]] [[SummoningRitual of]] [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt Armaggedon]].
* FantasyGunControl: Averted, though gunpowder is a very late-game tech.
** Played literaly with the Callabim who are barred from gunpowder units. While not explicitly stated perhaps because said technology is too dangerous for their cattle to have.
* FluffyTheTerrible: Keelyn's balor, Giggles.
* FollowTheLeader: Several civilization 5 fantasy mods are planned, including a few by Fall from Heaven team members and modmodders, that will likely use similar mechanics and settings.
* FriendlyEnemy: Sabathiel and Cassiel. They have completely different views on the humanity's role on Erebus, yet are still personal friends.
* GameMod: Not only is it a mod for VideoGame/{{Civilization}}, it has its own [=ModMods=].
** And modmodmods, and [[SerialEscalation modmodmodmods...]]
* AGodAmI: Auric, leader of the [[AnIcePerson Illians]], believes himself the reincarnation of the slain God of Winter, Mulcarn. [[PhysicalGod He is]].
** Also, [[MyDeathIsJustTheBeginning Laroth]].
* GoodIsNotNice: A common trait amongst the good guys. The [[KnightTemplar Order]] and [[OurAngelsAreDifferent Mercurians]] come to mind.
** The Bannor are also like this, [[LawfulStupid or worse]], though there are numerous exceptions.
* GoodPowersBadPeople: Spirit Magic is usually used to bring peace, inspire courage, and generally do good things. The dead archmage Laroth is using it to [[RageAgainstTheHeavens conquer the underworld and overthrow the]] [[BystanderSyndrome non-interventionist God of Death]].
* GrandTheftMe: Gibbon Goetia's modus operandi. Also what [[MonsterClown Perpentach]] does when his old body grows, well, old.
* GrievousHarmWithABody: The Doviello berserkers' preferred method of combat.
* HeelFaceTurn: [[BarrierWarrior The]] [[WarriorMonk Elohim]] can construct buildings and units from the original civilization of captured cities.
* HeelFaithTurn: Also FaithHeelTurn. The only way to change alignment in the original game is to change religions.
* HiredGuns: The Hippus civilization, mercenary horsemen.
* HorsemenOfTheApocalypse: Sthephanos (Conquest), Buboes (War), Yersinia (Pestilence) and Ars Moriendi (Death).
* IfICantHaveYou: [[LoveMakesYouEvil "Love most tragic, love most fair...]] [[YouDoNotWantToKnow you don't want to know the rest]].
* InfinityPlusOneSword: The Godslayer, which [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin slays gods]]. [[MundaneUtility Also works nicely on mortals]].
* KillEmAll: The Sheaim worldspell [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Worldbreak]] will, if the Armageddon counter is 100 or more, kill every unit in every non-Sheaim city, except those that are fire resistant.
* KnightTemplar: The Order religion. [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation Maybe]].
** Then we have Basium, the leader of the Mercurians. He likes killing demons. And people who associate with demons. And people who use magic of a vaguely demonic nature. And anyone who's been in the same room as a demon at some point in time. And good people, but that's for a different reason: he wants them to return as angels to fight on his side.
*** And he [[SubvertedTrope subverts]] it too, as he knows that the Underworld is far better for the innocents than any evil god's [[CirclesOfHell Vault]].
** The entire Bannor civilization is based on this trope. They are dedicated to destroying evil wherever they find it, and they tend to favor the Order religion.
* LikeABadassOutOfHell: The entire Bannor civilization was (undeservedly) hurled into Hell itself when their goddess [[TitleDrop fell from heaven]]. They carved their way out with divine aid, but it's left them [[KnightTemplar a bit intolerant]].
** Such a problem, in fact, that [[{{Satan}} Agares]] commissioned Esus, God of Deception to build a Hell for would-be escapees who didn't quite make it. In it, his MasterOfIllusion minions create a LotusEaterMachine version of Erebus, and try to fool the trapped into thinking Erebus is even more of a WorldHalfEmpty then it actually is, so that they end up going back to the more honest Hells on their own. What happens to people who figure out the ruse is not explained, though [[{{Leliel}} This Troper]] suspects they become {{Badass Bookworm}}s [[LikeABadassOutOfHell Out Of Hell]].
** The Mercurians Angels are also like this: they were hunting daemons in hell for aeons, before you or another player summon them on Erebus.
* MonsterClown: Perpentach, king of the [[CircusOfFear Balseraphs]], a telepath who doesn't believe in MindOverManners. Every time he [[MindRape invades another's mind]], however, [[TalkingToThemself he gets a copy of that person permanently placed in his]]. Suffice it to say, [[TheCaligula he is quite nuts]], though [[TheMadHatter he's learned to enjoy it.]]
** The Balseraph hero Loki is also a good example.
* TheHeartless: The Avatar of Wrath. Born of people's hatred, fury, and despair. Since he's created on [[WorldHalfEmpty Erebus]] during the grand finale of TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt, it usually takes [[ZergRush a very large army to kill him]].
* HeroKiller: Anyone with the Nether Blade (initially the Sidar hero Rathus Denmora) gains a whopping +80% strength bonus against other heroes. [[spoiler: In-story, it also works nicely against Auric Ulvin, though not without side-effects...]]
* HeroUnit: Not usually a representation of the [[NonEntityGeneral player]], but very useful and capable of turning the tide of battle.
* MindRape: The game includes a [[DeconstructedTrope very dark portrayal]] of the usually-innocuous CharmPerson spell; essentially, it warps the genuine emotions of love and protection that the target feels for, say, their friends or family, and then maps it to the caster instead. The victim still hates the person who's doing this to them, but the mental manipulation is so great that it leaves the victim [[AndIMustScream completely unable to fight back or even defend themselves while the caster's allies cut them to ribbons]].
** The domination spell is a better example, gameplay-wise, since it takes the unit over, instead of just stopping it for a turn.
* NayTheist: The Grigori won't generally argue the gods don't exist, they just refuse to worship them. Their leader is an archangel who quit heaven because he refused to accept Gods having a right to meddle in human affairs.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: [[spoiler: The campaign ends with Auric Ulvin killed. Too bad, it was with a sword who brings is soul right to Laroth, who can now have the informations he needs to become the new God of Death.]]
* NorseMythology: The Ljósálfar (light elves) and the Svartálfar (black elves), although their backstory reveals that they used to be one race before their civil war.
* NumerologicalMotif: Twenty-one gods, twenty-one civilizations, twenty-one Magic Spheres. As you can guess, they are related in some way or another.
* OmnicidalManiac: The Sheaim civilization's [[PlanetOfHats hat]].
* OmniscientMoralityLicense: Sabathiel: "His mind appeared to work on an entirely different plane. While humans had to stumble through their choices, hoping the one they made was the best possible, the angel simply knew. He was capable of total mercilessness, of deceit and exquisite cruelty, but the results of an action commanded by Sabathiel would always be better than any alternative course of action could have brought. The angel, however heartless and wrong he seemed at the time, was always right."
* OneHitKill: The [[InfinityPlusOneSword Godslayer]] does this to, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin well, gods]]. It was created when the gods formed The Compact, where all 21 of them agreed that the sword would be allowed to do this if they ever broke it, which didn't work out well for Mulcarn. In-game, it's the easiest way to deal with [[TrueFinalBoss Auric]] [[AGodAmI Ascended]].
* OrcusOnHisThrone: Acheron the Red Dragon cannot leave the city he is created in.
* [[OurAngelsAreDifferent Our Angels Are]] AxCrazy: The Mercurians, rogue angels who fell for the sole purpose of hunting demons. They don't much care about humans who happen to be in the way.
* OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame: The Khazad are isolationists who love their gold, have a slight taste for SteamPunk, build the best siege engines in the game, and are completely useless with magic. The Luchuirp have never actually lived underground, also love SteamPunk, and use golems for everything, including and especially war.
* OurElvesAreBetter: The Ljosalfar are the local wood elves. As usual, they're [[RainOfArrows masters of archery]]. But they exchange [[HiddenElfVillage the usual isolationism]] for [[TheEmpire a more proactive approach]]. The Svartalfar are the resident dark elves. They don't live in caves: [[DependingOnTheWriter depending on the player]] can become backstabbing city-dwellers or dark versions of their tree-hugging cousins. They're [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder even more aggressive]].
* OurOrcsAreDifferent: The orcs of Fall From Heaven are physically like Blizzard orcs ([[SpikesOfVillainy WITH SPIKES!]]), and culturally straddle the line between Blizzard and Tolkien variants; the Clan of Embers is slightly more the former, the barbarians more the latter. Jonas Endain of the Clan is almost a counterpart to [[VideoGame/{{Warcraft}} Thrall]], except evil.
* OurVampiresAreDifferent: The Calabim, a vampiric aristocracy who [[{{Dystopia}} treat their human subjects]] [[ToServeMan like cattle]] (or worse). They aren't undead, and the blood-drinking isn't necessary; they [[DeaderThanDead devour souls]] for [[ImmortalityImmorality immortality]].
** It's a bit of a FlipFlopofGod in that regard, as in some pages of the civilopedia they are stated to eat souls, whereas in some others they are able to subsist on "lesser blood" when in need.
* PalsWithJesus: The original Bannor [[LikeABadassOutOfHell who escaped from Hell]] with the aid of the archangel of the god of law.
* PersonalityPowers: Each Magic Sphere has such influence on the mage (or the god).
* PhysicalGod: Auric Ascendant.
* PhysicalHell: Hell terrain.
* ThePlan: [[PowersThatBe The One]] might have let [[{{Satan}} Agares]] fall and become evil for the sake of preserving free will through out the universe. Or some other greater purpose. This is [[EpilepticTrees debated]].
* {{Pirate}}: The Lanun civilization, although they still live on land.
* ProudWarriorRaceGuy: The Hippus. The Doviello and Bannor have hints of this too, though the Bannor are more KnightTemplar and the Doviello more AxCrazy.
* RaisedByWolves: While the [[BarbarianTribe Doviello]] were inspired by wolves, Keelyn of the Balseraphs was actually [[RaisedByWolves Raised By]] [[LegionsOfHell Demons]]. This made her [[CreepyChild what]] [[LittleMissBadass she]] [[RoyalBrat is]].
* RealityWarper: Hemah and Danalin's dreams.
* RealityWarpingIsNotAToy
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: Cardith Lorda, who is basically possessed by the soul of a dragon and doesn't physically age beyond ten.
* ReforgedBlade: The Godslayer; indeed, the main point of the 'Age of Ice' scenario is to seek out the scattered fragments of the Godslayer, since only that weapon can bring down Mulcarn, the God of Winter. The actual reforging is passed over lightly, and was apparently performed by Kylorin the Archwizard himself — so presumably, it was magical in nature, rather than involving hammers and anvils. Of course, considering the intense magic held in those shards, it may have just spontaneously reassembled itself when all the pieces were gathered in one place.
* ReligionOfEvil: The Ashen Veil. Octopus Overlords and the Council of Esus also qualify quite often.
* {{Room101}}: The Octopus Overlords Asylum.
* ScaryBlackMan: Chalid Astrakein, a BadassBookworm who has his own spell, [[KillItWithFire Pillar of Fire]], and was incidently the teacher of [[APupilOfMineUntilHeTurnedToEvil Gibbon Goetia]].
** That said, he's a [[SubvertedTrope pretty nice guy]]. The Empyrean code he lives by is one of the more tolerant religions in the game universe (as opposed to [[KnightTemplar the Order]]), so as long as you're not a demon worshiper or other enemy of Good, you're safe with him around.
* SculptedPhysique: The angels, including [[NayTheist Cassiel]], Sabathiel and others.
* SealedEvilInACan: Exploring a dungeon can unleash some nasty monsters. Sometimes they are strong enough to wipe out your whole civilization early in the game.
* SealedGoodInACan: Brigit the Shining, ancient archangel of Bhall.
* ShadowDictator: Sabathiel is this for the Bannor. [[spoiler:He's quit them a long time before the time of the official scenarios.]]
* ShoutOut: ''Many''. The Grigori cities are named after locations from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII''. The Lanun cities include [[Creator/HPLovecraft Innsmouth and Dunwich]]. You can summon a trio of giants named [[Film/TheThreeStooges Larry, Curly, and Moe]]. One of the [[{{Pirate}} Lanun]] heroes is [[VideoGame/MonkeyIsland Guybrush Threepwood]]. The Tower of Mastery victory is a homage to MasterOfMagic. The original score list of historical leaders is replaced by a list of fantasy characters, from Cthulhu to Tweedledee. Many references to Creator/MontyPython. Hyborem's model is [[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}} a Bloodthirster]].
** And, according to WordOfGod, a large part of the Great People names are [[SignificantAnagram anagrams]] of [[TheMuppets Muppets names]].
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: Its exact location depends on what civilizations are involved in any given game, and how well they do. It can go anywhere from [[LighterAndSofter a peaceful world ruled by fundamentally good people]] to [[DarkerAndEdgier a twisted hellscape where evil lunatics fight slightly less evil dictators to determine whether the world will be brutally enslaved or annihilated outright]]. The canonical position, though, is pretty far on the Cynical end.
* SoulsavingCrusader: Basium is a deconstruction of this. After they die, good people go to Heaven and evil people go to Hell. Therefore, killing good people gets them to their eternal reward, while killing evil people puts them where they belong anyway. So, why not kill everyone off as quickly as possible?
* SoulJar: Tebryn Arbandi makes one out of Abashi the Black Dragon.
* StoryAndGameplaySegregation: The two are kept in separate corners and forbidden to speak to each other on pain of death. Nothing prevents you from playing lore-wise pacifistic nations as greedy conquerors, and vice versa.
** They do manage to whisper to each other, on occasion. For example, in the civilopedia, Ethne The White has a dream in which she [[AChatWithSatan discusses morality with Hyborem]]. He asks her if she would be willing to push one man into the path of a werewolf to save five others. It happens that a random event can ask the player to make the same choice.
** Also, the scenarios included with the main mod are more scripted.
* SummonBiggerFish: The [[TheLegionsOfHell Infernals]] cannot come to Erebus until summoned by an existing faction, but Hyborem owes no loyalty to his summoner, and may in fact decide that his summoner's people will serve better as Manes.
** His GoodIsNotNice counterpart, Basium, also fits. Unlike Hyborem, he ''is'' bound to not attack his summoner by way of Permanent Alliance, but [[NotSoDifferent can freely go after any]] ''[[NotSoDifferent other]]'' [[NotSoDifferent Good civ in order to build up his army of angels.]] And the aforementioned Permanent Alliance has the side-effect of dragging Basium's summoner into any wars he starts.
* TarotMotifs - actually more of a ThemedTarotDeck minigame. Rather than the four suits of ten cards of the minor arcana and regular cards, there are tens suits of four (numbered three to seven). The suits are Angels, Demons and Dragons, and the remaining seven use a Tarot image and are paired with one of the game's religions. There are four specials cards, Death and three [[strike:Jokers]] Fools.
* TechnicalPacifist: Corlindale will quickly become this if the player knows what he is doing.
* TechTree: It's a VideoGame/{{Civilization}} mod, what do you expect? Differs from the original game's by having a greater variety of shorter, more specialised 'branches'.
* TheAlliance: The mechanics encourage this when the [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Armageddon]] [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt Counter]] gets too high.
* TheAtoner: [[TechnicalPacifist Corlindale]], the [[WarriorMonk Elohim]] Hero, and [[BadassGrandpa Kylorin]], [[RetiredBadass at least]] in the [[FallFromHeavenAgeOfIce Age Of Ice]] scenario.
** The player is also free to do this with any of the evil civilizations by adopting a good-aligned religion to alter their alignment. Some civs, like the Clan of Embers, actually fare pretty well with this strategy, since the [[OurDwarvesAreDifferent Runes of Kilmorph]] and [[KnightTemplar the Order]] [[ZergRush play to the Clan's strengths]] far more than any of the evil religions.
* TheDragon: For a literal example, Drifa the White Dragon is [[OurDragonsAreDifferent a dragon]] who is TheDragon to Auric.
** Hyborem is this to Agares.
* TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt: Courtesy of the Armageddon Counter. If enough evil happens on Erebus, plagues are released on the land, the HorsemenOfTheApocalypse are let loose... and they aren't even the worst. That honor goes to the [[TheHeartless Avatar of Wrath]]. Finally, if the Counter hits 100, AllHellBreaksLoose. Well, moreso than usual. Oh, and the [[OmnicidalManiac Sheaim]] and [[LegionsOfHell Infernals]] actively seek to cause this.
* TooAwesomeToUse: A few faction-specific heroes can end up being this, usually by being at the end of the tech tree, hilariously expensive or [[OvershadowedByAwesome not awesome ''enough'']] to use compared to more conventional units you could be pumping out. The debate could be out on [[PhysicalGod Auric Ascended]], who requires no less than two high-tech projects to create (one of which halves your population and makes ''every other civ'' declare war on you), but can easily have almost [[CurbStompBattle triple]] the strength of any unit in the game. Needless to say, you should stop caring about the effects of The Draw at that point.
* TokenEvilTeammate: In the scenario ''[[BonusLevelOfHell Lord of the Balors]]'', Keelyn. In normal gameplay, this is rare but possible.
* UltimateEvil: [[{{Satan}} Agares]] only appear in the backstory.
* UnwittingPawn: The Sidar civilization has [[OurGhostsAreDifferent Shades]], men who give up part of their souls to become quite immortal. These souls are used by [[MyDeathIsJustTheBeginning Laroth]] as soldiers and weapons in TheUnderworld.
* VoiceOfTheLegion: Sabathiel.
* WhoWantsToLiveForever: Os-Gabella, the only true immortal (can't die even a violent death) in the cast of characters, wants to [[SuicidalCosmicTemperTantrum end her existence]] and leads the Sheaim in their quest to [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt destroy the world]].
** Not the only character - she has captured her also-immortal husband and experiments on him, using him as a guinea pig to find a way to end her life.
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: Os-Gabella. She [[WhoWantsToLiveForever just wants to find a way for her cursed existence to end]], and her current plan is to [[SuicidalCosmicTemperTantrum destroy everything, including herself]].
* WorldWreckingWave
* ZergRush: The Clan of Embers specializes in this. The AI however are more keen to do this with the Sheaim and their [[GoddamnedBats Pyre zombies]]
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