A lot of issues were never dealt with in Buffy the Vampire Slayer
. Quietly papered over and ignored because no one wanted to face them. It's a way to quick and easy peace. Unfortunately, that approach leaves gaps. Chinks in the armor. When the fallen angel Belial, the greatest of tempters, comes in from the Outer Dark, the Scooby Gang and especially Buffy are vulnerable to his blandishments.The Devil's Truth Series
tells the story of what happens when a Big Bad with enough knowledge and power forces the Scoobies to face their secrets - all
of their secrets - and what comes after.
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- A Form You Are Comfortable With: When he's still trying to tempt Buffy, Belial takes human form. The Metatron takes the form of Alan Rickman.
- While a twenty-foot tall giant with antlers and hooves is hardly "comfortable", at least it's within the parameters of what the Scoobies are prepared to deal with, and in any case much more comfortable than the true form of a god of life and death.
- Eldritch Abomination: Angelus in his form as a "true vampire demon". The angels probably count, too. They're just prettier.
- Gag Penis: Cernunnos is twenty feet tall, but since he's a fertility god, he has one of these even in proportion to his size.
- Let's You and Him Fight: Belial's goal.
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Buffy delivers one to Angel. They're usually better matched, but he's talking instead of fighting in the hopes of getting through to her.
- Our Angels Are Different: Belial is too metaphysically "big" to enter our universe, and requires a large natural crystal to use as a "bridgestone". Fortunately, the Hellmouth is happy to provide. When he takes angelic form, he looks like he's made of crystal and his "halo" looks like orbiting stars.
- The Metatron looks like a giant (as in, one eye takes up most of the sky when he opens it) figure made out of night sky and he speaks with a voice like a chorus of people of all ages and sexes speaking in perfect unison.
- Our Demons Are Different: Belial is a fallen angel variant, and once Angelus is pulled out of Angel and becomes a "pure vampire demon", he goes full-bore Eldritch Abomination in short order.
- You Cannot Grasp the True Form: All over the place. The Scoobies are dealing with gods, archdevils, archangels and other greater forces of the universe in this one, and their sanity is tested. Belial weaponizes it, Metatron's presence drives Cordelia to her knees before he can take a more comfortable form, and simply looking in Cernunnos's eyes burns away Spike's demon and restores his soul.