Literature: Mysterious Ways A Divine Comedy
"Okay, so… less talking, more lighting teachers on fire. Got it."Mysterious Ways: A Divine Comedy
, completely out of context.
is a fantasy + science fiction web serial set in the fictional world of Alicrow. It centers around a group of gods in mortal form and their attempts to find their place in the world, discover The Truth of the universe, defeat injustice, and help Linux take over the world.
Oh, and their actions may
lead to The End of the World as We Know It
WHAT! No. I am not
going to cause the Apocalypse. That's just crazy!Alex:
Eh. Who knows? We might. Guess we'll have to wait and see. Ooh, have you seen the article about Breaking the Fourth Wall
? It's pretty cool.
Anyway. As I was saying... there's a lot more going on than it appears. The chain of events seems to be part of some divine will... or perhaps just a mortal man with omniscience and a twisted sense of humor...
Official site is here
- Breaking the Fourth Wall:
Damn, you theWriter!! You heartless, sadistic freak! How could you?
theWriter: It’s not me! It was… um… well, there’s this guy who’s totally evil, and… uh… he did it. He’s responsible for it all. Everything bad. All him. Not my fault. His name? Uh… Scape. Scape the Goat.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Alex explains dark and light magic:
In light magic, the power is siphoned off someone else, either a spirit/deity, or a group of other magicians. The benefit is that the individual magician doesn’t need to be powerful, because the power comes from elsewhere. It also tends to be easier, because the magical energy comes pre-packaged for whatever spell you need.
Dark magic, on the other hand, is self-contained. The magician uses their own power, so they’re free to use it as they wish. Harder, but you don’t have to worry about some deity saying “nah, I don’t really care about your issues. You’re (insert disadvantaged minority here).” Seriously, it happens. Deities can be highly judgmental.
- Disproportionate Retribution: Every angel is given a choice between training to be a "divine servant", or having their wings cut off and their magic stripped away. This is rationalized by the belief that angels are created specifically to act as divine servants, and if they're not going to do that, they don't really need wings or magic.
- Fantastic Racism: Angels have a strong hatred of 'cubi (succubi/incubi).
- Holier Than Thou: The angels as a whole. Despite being an entirely mortal genus of birds, they claim to be of divine origin, descended directly from the Judeo-Christian God, and insist that they are literally holier than anyone of any other species could possibly be.
- Angels have their own branch of Christianity, characterized by a refusal to allow any non-angels to serve as priests, because they "don't want to hear about God from one of His rejects." To be fair, several of the regular Christian churches have banned angels from even attending mass. (To be fair again, they're thrown out because of all the incidents of angels accusing the priest of not having proper authority to speak for God.)
- To be fair, they are better at divine magic than other creatures like humans, and they make an effort to lend a hand to those in need. Well, except for non-Christians. Or 'cubi. Or homosexuals. Or anyone that has had recreational sex. Or people in an inter-species relationship. Or anyone supportive of any of the aforementioned categories.
- They also insist that angels should only have sex while possessed by the Holy Spirit, so that they can claim God is the father, and they are thus the only true (literal) "Children of God".
- Magic Versus Science: The general belief is that magic and science can't work together.
- Our Angels Are Different: In MW:ADC, angels are a species of bird that evolved to mimic humans in order to better coexist. As such, their anatomy is entirely avian, complete with beaks.
- Religion Is Magic: You need a religion (or at least a strong philosophy) in order to use magic.
- Wizarding School: the Angel Academy.
Lilly: Oh, God. They were going to eat you?!
Alex: Once they figured out how best to prepare me, yeah. I mean, they figured it would be their last meal, so they wanted to make sure it would be a really good one. Naturally, without the proper ingredients, they couldn’t cook me as a deviled egg or anything real fancy–not even a proper omelette. And they didn’t have a big enough pot to boil me or–
- My Species Doth Protest Too Much: Angels are well-known for proudly proclaiming themselves "God's Chosen People", complaining about technology being a distraction from God, and protesting any new technology/magic (e.g. genetic engineering) that allows people to "play God". Alex is a Pagan angel working in a scientific research center responsible for strong AI, artificial meat, body enhancements, and other such technologies.
- Mad Oracle
- Creepy Monotone: This is how you're supposed to read his lines.
- The Chess Master: He knows the future, and the future states quite clearly that he will manipulate everyone into following the path he has forseen.
- Because Destiny Says So: This is the closest thing he has to a code of ethics. Whatever is supposed to happen, he will ensure that it does. Whether it's the Holocaust or the cure for cancer, he'll play his part.
- A good example: After Lilly is severely injured by Ms. Slaphappy, Lucifer convinces Alex to put himself in danger by unleashing his powers so he can save her life. Then Luce reveals that he had medical supplies and the surgical knowledge to have saved Lilly without making Alex put himself in danger. Alex asks him why he didn't just use the medical supplies, and he reveals that the incident had to happen this way in order to set events in motion. And then...
Alex: You’re saying this was planned out? Just to manipulate me?
Lucifer: Not just to manipulate you. It was also… [Smiles] Fun. So much fun. Laughing as you were assaulted by your insane teacher. So much fun. And there is always more fun around the corner.
Specific to chapter/arc:
- Sadist Teacher: Ms. Slaphappy. She hits students with a ruler for any number of reasons, including sleeping, talking back, not paying attention, or just not succeeding in class. This would be bad in a math class. In a class for meditation and magic, it's downright unfair, since meditation looks just like sleeping, and magic is hard to do while the teacher attacks you.