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Literature: The Zombie Knight
A young man dies and is offered to be revived by a grim reaper in exchange for servitude. Responsibilities typically include the fight against abominable horrors, human or otherwise. However, this young man already has a few problems of his own... such as crippling shyness.The Zombie Knight
is a Dark Fantasy Web Serial Novel
written by George M. Frost.
After meeting his untimely death, Hector is restored back to (un)life by his reaper Garovel as a servant. Armed with supernatural strength, newfound abilities and crippling social anxiety, they set out to save those in danger of dying violent deaths and fight crime. Of course, no good deed goes unpunished, and they soon find themselves in the middle of a supernatual war.
The story is still very much in progress and is being updated at least once daily by about 350 words. Read it here
This story provides examples of:
- Action Girl: Lynnette. To a lesser extent, Helen.
- A Form You Are Comfortable With: Reapers are basically imaginary. They don't have a "true" form and those who can see them perceive them exactly as they expect a reaper to look. (Hector sees them as skeletons, Roman as crows, Geoffrey as basically human, Helen as ghosts)
- Asleep for Days: After the major fights, Hector usually sleeps through several days. After he had to regenerate his whole body from his head, he slept for two weeks straight.
- Geoffrey likes killing. A lot. Made worse by the fact that he keeps "souvenirs" of his victims. And that he turns their dead bodies into soulless puppets For the Evulz.
- Desmond is very similar to Geoffrey in his utter disregard for life. There is a very disturbingly hilarious page where they casually chat about murder and destruction.
- Nora Pauls also seems sort of unstable and violent. Then again, it probably applies to most Abolish servants.
- Badass Normal: Lynnette again. Colt, too though he gets un-normal soon enough.
- Belief Makes You Stupid: Abolish is founded on such a bizarrely illogical premise that the kinds of adherents it attracts either weren't all there in the first place, or are Ax Crazies looking for a home.
I almost canít believe that
worked. Voreese: Itís Abolish. Odds are about fifty-fifty that any given member is one of the stupidest ***ers on the planet.
- Blatant Lies: During a phone call with Gina, Roman tells several of these, probably so she doesn't get worried. However, it's not very successful.
- About his phone:
Gina: Master Roman! Where are you? You haven't contacted me for weeks.
Roman: Yeah, my phone kind of blew up. It's no big deal. I've got a new one now.
Gina: How did your phone get destroyed?
Roman: Oh, um. I dropped it.
Gina: You dropped your phone, and it exploded.
Roman: Yeah. That's a thing that can happen. I don't see what's weird about it.
Gina: Master Roman, why are you lying to me? And moreover, why are you sucking at it?
- About the jet:
Gina: Wait. What happened to your private jet?
Roman: Oh, um. Yeah, don't worry about the private jet. It's fine.
Gina: It's not fine at all, is it?
Roman: It's at the bottom of a swamp.
- ... which may both be related to this:
Gina: They attacked you?
Gina: Master Roman...
Roman: Okay, maybe a little.
- Bloody Hilarious: See the example under Major Injury Underreaction. Also, from the same fight:
"Your attacks hurt," said Geoffrey, "but they do not wound. Not like this." He speared Hector through the chest with a red-coated hand. Blood flew everywhere. Geoffreyís hand stuck out of Hectorís back, clutching an extracted heart.
Bleeding from the mouth, Hector did not move. "...You were saying?" He headbutted him, reared back, and kicked Geoffrey through the wall.
- Broken Tears: See Heroic BSOD.
- Cannot Talk to Women: While Hector's always shy and tends to stammer a lot, it's especially bad around females.
- Cerebus Syndrome: The story started out a lot more lighthearted (as far as possible for a story about death), but with the end of the Third Oath, the humorous elements have mostly disappeared.
- Comically Invincible Hero: Hector's invincibility is played this way in the first few chapters. See examples under Bloody Hilarious. However, later in the story, there are servants around who are a lot more powerful than Hector, so he isn't invincible anymore.
- Constructed World: The story is set in a fictional world called Eleg. From the description:
The setting of the story is a modern fantasy world called Eleg, which is culturally and technologically similar to present day Earth in many ways, yet also divergent in many others. It's not an alternate timeline, as Eleg has its own geography and political systems, but there are still some historical parallels.
- Crapsack World: Stoker's flashback of his life in Vaeland reveals all the horrors of a country torn apart by years of war. Atreya is downright pleasant in comparison, although Abolish is trying to spread the war as much as possible.
- Chronically Crashed Car: Any bike Hector lays hands on ends up getting destroyed. To be fair, he doesn't have a license and the only training he ever received was from Garovel. Which doesn't stop Garovel from making fun of Hector:
Garovel: Hector, look. A Revenant cruiser. And look! A wall you can crash it into!
Hector: Hey, I didn't wreck the last bike. Um. Much.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: The goons in the first few chapters are really no match for Hector. Though he makes sure not to kill them.
- Dark and Troubled Past: About every character has one. Really, if they appear in the story, it's probably safe to assume a troubled past. Notable examples include:
- Hector. Driven to Suicide by his loneliness and uncaring parents.
- Colt. Grew up in a foster family, never exactly bullied, but still beat up by the other kids. Later lived with a woman who was abusive towards him and their children, nearly got thrown in jail for the attempted murder of their children that she commited, only to be "rescued" by Joseph Rofal and subsequently forced to work for the Rofal family because his children were being held hostage by Rofal.
- Stoker. Grew up in a poor country, though his family was rich. That is, until the wars started. His family had to flee and lost everything, only for everyone but him to be killed. For years, he and a bunch of other kids lived as bandits in the woods, until they tried robbing the wrong guy who turned out to be the co-leader of Abolish. More or less ended up as a servant for Abolish without conviction. Also implied to have been raped by the captain of a slaver ship.
- Roman. Orphaned at a young age, homeless for many years. Ended up as a thief, though apparently a pretty good one considering the wealth he accumulated.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Garovel is a Grim Reaper, but a case of Don't Fear The Reaper is soon established. Also, Hector himself may qualify, as he uses gruesome powers of zombification to help people in serious danger.
- Dead to Begin With: The story opens right after Hector's death.
- Death Is Cheap:
- Servants are basically immortal. Sure, they may get killed, but they're usually alive and kicking a little while later.
- Averted with the reapers: They can die, and permanently so. They also take a lot longer to recover from injury.
- Played straight with Colt. After Geoffrey kills him, he stays dead for about one chapter until the reaper conveniently nearby revives him. Not that anyone was particularly surprised by this.
- Averted, so far, with Geoffrey. He is still dead, but we'll see how this plays out.
- Lampshaded here by Colt after killing Zombie Stoker. Though the trope is actually (probably?) averted with Stoker since he's dead and staying dead according to Garovel.
Colt: Heís really dead, right? I never can tell anymore.
- Demonic Possession: Geoffrey's control over his fetchers might be this, of the Empty Shell variety. He removes their souls and consumes them. What's left of them is basically a mindless zombie waiting to be controlled by him.
- Dirty Cop: Colt is one. His kids where kidnapped by local Mob Boss Joseph Rofal.
- Don't Fear The Reaper: Garovel is really nice and gentle towards wandering souls. Though you probably wouldn't want anyone from Abolish to ferry your soul.
- Driven to Suicide: The reasons for Hector's suicide only gradually become clear since Hector is reluctant to talk about it. It's a mixture of loneliness and depression after being rejected by those he thought of as friends.
- Elemental Powers:
- Transmutation and materialization users. Unusually, these powers use actual elements like iron, sulfur and sodium.
- Some alteration abilities fit here too. For instance, Roman can use fire and shockwaves
- Elemental Rock-Paper-Scissors: An odd example with Hector and Karkash. Hector's iron can largely neutralize Karkash's lightning (with lightning rods and such), but in turn Karkash's magnetism can wreck or manipulate the iron.
- The Evil Prince: Several of them, actually. They didn't take well to their younger sister Helen being made Queen and subsequently try to murder her. They actually succeed, but Helen gets recruited by her own reaper.
- Explosion Propulsion: Stoker learns to use his ability this way.
- Extra Ore Dinary: Hector's servant ability. The metal power is categorized under "materialization," which is described in-story as "the ability to create something from nothing." The power gradually develops in a variety of ways as the story progresses.
- Desmond's sodium transfiguration technically counts, but it plays out as Having a Blast.
- Fake Static: Roman to Gina here.
- Fantasy World Map: The map of Atreya can be found here.
- Feel No Pain: The reapers can make their servants temporarily immune to pain, though this boost doesn't come for free. It hurts that much more the next day.
- Friendless Background: Hector, because of his shyness.
- From Bad to Worse: The Third Oath is this for Hector.
- Get Out: Hector's mom to Hector after his father's death.
- Glad He's On Our Side: Joseph Rofal in regards to Geoffrey:
Rofal downed the rest of his whiskey and rested the glass in front of him. "There are very few people in this world who frighten me," he said. "I am all too glad to have that monsterís favor."
- Gorn: With a cast full of undead servants with kickass abilities, that is to be expected.
- Grand Theft Me: Geoffrey learns to use his body-switching ability and switches into Hector's father's body, almost certainly consuming his soul in the process.
- The Grim Reaper: Well, duh.
- Healing Factor: The servants regenerate so quickly that a lost limb or three barely slows them down.
- Heel-Face Turn: Colt. He used to be a dirty cop working for the crime boss Joseph Rofal, but after meeting Hector and rescuing his children from Rofal, he switches sides and works with Hector.
- It's even possible to say that he went through a Face-Heel Turn before that. As a young man, he was fairly idealistic and became a cop in order to do good. Due to Colt's personal problems, Rofal gained leverage over Colt and forced him into working for the Rofal family. Colt lost his idealistic outlook on life and stopped caring for anyone but his children.
- Heroic BSOD: After the ordeal at the end of the Third Oath where Hector had to kill Geoffrey who had taken over Hector's father's body and killed most of Hector's friends, only to be rejected and wanted for murder by the general public:
And it was finally quiet. He finally had space to breathe. To think. He got off the bike. He pulled off the helm and let it drop from his fingers while he looked out, Brighton in the distance.
He collapsed. Unconsciousness embraced him then and there.
When he awoke, his face was in the dirt. Blue sky and white clouds greeted him. The sun had only just begun to wane.
Hector shut his eyes. "...Garovel?"
"Hector! Where are you?! What the fuck happened?!"'
He started sobbing.
- The trauma also seems to have a lasting effect on his temper. Later, when chased by the police, he is so frustrated that he deliberately breaks a cop's arm. He's pretty horrified when he realizes what he's done.
- Hero with Bad Publicity: The final fight against Geoffrey results in Hector being accused of murdering all the people Geoffrey had turned into puppets. Hector still tries his best to save people, but everyone is so terrified of him now that they immediately call the police when he shows up.
- Humanoid Abomination: Geoffrey. Things like him are called Aberrations. Even those not involved with the supernatural can't help but notice that something about Geoffrey just isn't right.
- I Have Your Wife: Rofal had Colt's children kidnapped in order to make him do his bidding.
- I Just Want to Have Friends: Basically the story of Hector's life. It's really heartwarming when he starts to bond with Garovel, and finally with some of his fellow students.
- I Shall Taunt You: Voreese does this to Hanjir and his reaper, who are dumb enough that the fall for it.
Roman hadnít realized how obnoxiously loud she could make her supposedly soundless voice. He knew she could be annoying, but this—he was just flat out impressed.
- I Should Have Been Better: Not being able to save someone causes Hector a lot of grief and guilt.
- Just Like Robin Hood: If Voreese is to be believed, this applies to Roman.
Voreese: Roman only steals from the super wealthy! And nobody knows it, but he takes care of the poor, too! He's a great guy!
- Kill All Humans: Apparently, this is Abolish's goal. They try to create as much destruction as possible, killing every last human being in the process. Their preferred method seems to be to start wars, but they are definitely not opposed to killing humans directly. Their reasons for this aren't particularly clear, but Garovel thinks it's because the reapers want to move on to the afterlife, too. As long as there are humans, the reapers have to fulfull their duty of ferrying their souls. So for the reapers to be able to pass on, all human life has to be destroyed. Yes, this logic is as bad (in both senses of the word) as it sounds
- Killed Off for Real: Seeing as reapers can revive anyone as their servant, all deaths have the possibility of not being permanent. However, some characters do stay dead.
- Samuel Goffe, Hector's father.
- Most of Hector's friends from school.
- Geoffrey. Being trapped in an iron box and impaled with dozens of soul-empowered iron pillars should kill anything. Probably.
- Stoker. His reaper Nize was killed and he became an insane soulless husk, forcing Hector and Colt to kill him.
- The Kingdom: Atreya is a monarchy, currently ruled by Queen Helen. It's a rather small country and hasn't been all that important up to this point. It stays out of the waging wars and doesn't allow practices like slavery that are still common in other parts of the world. However, Abolish try to draw Atreya into the war by forcing (or replacing) the King and Queen. At the end of the second arc, Helen is on the run and Abolish try to torture her husband into obedience.
- Major Injury Underreaction: Hector and the other servants can shrug of incredible amounts of damage. Jutified because they don't feel pain and they regenerate anyway, but it's still hilarious. See this example:
In an instant, something red flashed across Hectorís vision, and suddenly, his forearm was gone, flesh and bone cut so cleanly off that it took a moment to start bleeding. Geoffrey held the severed limb by the wrist.
Hector remained unfazed.
Geoffrey tossed the meat over his shoulder and stared. "Did that not hurt?" he asked.
Hector clocked him in the mouth, and Geoffrey flew back, toppling over the sofa. "Did that?"
- My Life Flashed Before My Eyes: In his dying moments, Stoker reflects on his life.
- Nebulous Evil Organisation: Several.
- The Rofal family. Under Joseph Rofal the family business was basically The Syndicate, controlling all of the criminal underworld of Brighton. Geoffrey only wanted to cause harm and destruction and nearly killed the organization. Damian Rofal's goals are as of yet unknown, but he is definitely more dangerous than he seems. Even Abolish seem to fear him.
- The Pancake House Five seem to be this at first. Their true goals are still unknown, but Roman at least is willing to do anything to protect his country and teams up with Hector.
- Abolish. Waging and starting wars in order to obliterate the human race is pretty evil. The Vanguard are portrayed in a more positive light, but they are just as dangerous.
- The servants. See Healing Factor.
- Geoffrey. When Hector first meets him, he is completely unable to harm him in any way because he is protected by his shadow. Geoffrey is actually surprised (and delighted) when someone finally does manage to harm him.
- Noodle Incident: Whatever Hector did while hiding out in Klein that had him return home with tons of bullets.
- But in a bigger way whatever it was that caused Hector to fall off a twenty floor building more than once and have three helicopters and an army of cops chasing him, while he's on foot.
- No Sell: Hector (and the other servants as well) can shrug of ridiculous amounts of damage without even batting an eye. See Bloody Hilarious and Major Injury Underreaction on this page for examples.
- Obliviously Evil: This might apply to Geoffrey. He never shows any remorse for killing or even acknowledges that most people consider murder wrong. Moreover, he's usually so utterly cheerful and nice in a crazy kind of way that he might actually be a nice guy if not for the whole killing people thing. Considering that his grandfather is apparently mentally ill, Geoffrey might have some mental problems of his own.
- Our Souls Are Different: The exact properties of a soul aren't clear yet, but it's definitely complex.
- Aside from developing their ability, a servant can grow stronger by something called "Soul-strengthening." It's explained here
Garovel: It's basically just enhancing physical qualities through the application of mental force. It's something you can only do when your imaginary power grows stronger.
Hector: I'm guessing it's not as easy as that first step was.
Garovel: It's not easy or hard, actually. And unlike your iron ability, it can't grow in sudden bursts through mental stress. Imaginary power is based upon the manipulation of your soul. [...] After the first step is taken, the only way to increase your imaginary power is time. [...] See, I have control of your soul. In order for you to manipulate it, too, you and I have to spend more time together. Gradually, your soul and mine will become more synchronized.
- Our Zombies Are Different: All servants are technically undead. They died, and the only thing keeping their soul attached to their bodies is their reaper. They don't exhibit any of the usual signs of zombieism, though: No craving human flesh or mindlessness.
- Though it is hinted at that should a reaper be seriously injured, the servant's mind might take damage.
- Also, the Abolish reapers seem to prefer their servants mentally disturbed to the point of mindlessness.
- In chapter 42, we get to see what happens to a servant after their reaper is killed. What remains of them seems to act like very fast, very strong zombies.
[Hector] tried to coat it in metal, but the creature was much too fast. And just like that, there it was, right in Hectorís face. It lunged for his neck, biting and drooling. Its teeth hit metal and chewed ineffectually. He pulled back, and Stoker grabbed him by the gauntlet, trying to bite through that, too.
- Papa Wolf: Probably the driving force behind Colt's every action. He would do anything to protect his children.
- Parental Neglect: It's hinted at early on that Hector's parents aren't very interested in his life.
- Starting with the fact that he had been lying dead in the bathroom for a few hours and they didn't even notice his absence. Or the fact that his clothes were bloody when he did show up again.
- It only gets worse from here on out: When the school called his mother about his absence from school, she offers him a stack of pre-written excuses and doctor's notes with this comment:
Hector's mom: You'll be eighteen in a couple years, and then you'll be on your own. It's best you learn to start being responsible for yourself now. Goddess knows you've been a burden on your father and I long enough, already.
- When he was ten years old, the familiy moved towns and they sort of forgot to take Hector with them. He stayed behind and his parents called the police only after a week of his absence.
- After Geoffrey takes Hector's father's body, he taunts Hector by telling him that his father never loved him anyway. It's unclear whether Geoffrey just wanted to get a reaction out of Hector though.
Geoffrey: I may not be human, but even I know what love feels like. And your father never felt it. Well, not for you, at least. Your mother, sure. He was fiercely in love with her. But you. You were always just. Sort of. There.
- Please Don't Leave Me: Shortly after becoming Garovel's servant, Hector is terrified of the thought of him leaving. This dialogue unfolds:
Hector: Um... please... um...
Hector: Please... don't leave me alone...
- Plot Triggering Death: Hector's death sets the whole story in motion.
- Power of Friendship: Defied. Garovel says that a servant's imaginary power increases based on the reaper and servant's souls coming in sync. Hector asks if it's like the power of friendship.
Hector: You mean, like... through the power of friendship or some shit?
Garovel: No. Friendship doesnít really factor in, unfortunately. Itís just a kind of natural osmosis that happens over time.
- Power of the Void: Aberrations like Geoffrey are created in the name of the Void and wield its power. It allows them to withstand any kind of attack that wasn't soul-empowered. It's also very harmful for reapers.
- Psychopomp: The reapers serve as guides for the dead between this world and the next, though not even the reapers know if there is an afterlife at all.
- The Quiet One: Hector, though because of shyness, not stoicism.
- Removing the Head or Destroying the Brain: In super-powered mode, nothing can stop a servant — except destroying their brain. They can regenerate any injury on the fly, but destroying their brain actually kills them temporarily and their reapers have to revive them, costing them several crucial moments in battle.
- Interestingly enough, to actually get rid of a servant, you have to avert this trope. No matter how badly you kill them, as long as their reaper is alive, a servant can always regenerate. Aside from taking out the reaper, the only way to disable a servant permanently is to put the servant's Brain in a Jar so the reaper can't regrow their body or respawn them someplace else.
- Resurrective Immortality: The servants can heal nearly any injury thanks to their reapers. If they do happen to be killed, their reaper can just revive them again.
- Shrinking Violet: Hector. He can't even speak a single sentence in the presence of strangers. Worse still in the presence of girls.
- Sliding Scale of Undead Regeneration: The servants are all Type IV, thanks to their reaper companions. Having their brains destroyed will only prove a temporary setback as long their reapers are still kicking.
- Socially-Awkward Hero: Hector. Save someone from a serial killer; destroy a crime empire? No problem. Sit with a few people in the school cafeteria? Big problem.
- Sorting Algorithm of Deadness: On a scale of 1 to 4, how likely is it that Geoffrey stays dead?
- Cause: Killed in battle. 2
- Expectation: Death is cheap. 1
- Body: At The Morgue. 3
- Reaction: Probably It's Personal. Geoffrey took Samuel Goffe's body, after all. 2
- Last words: Basically begging for his life. This isn't even in the table, so zero.
- Characterization: Let's go with Archvillain. 1
- When did they die?: It's not quite the same arc anymore. Let's go with 1.5
- Came back before: Not really. 4
- Result: Makes 14.5/7 = 2.07. Probably not the last we've seen of him.
- Starts with a Suicide: Hector actually tried and succeded to kill himself. Made even more tragic when Garovel later observes that Hector never wanted to die in the first place but wanted someone to notice his pain.
- Take Care of the Kids: Colt asks Hector to do this when he knows that he's about to be killed.
- Took a Level in Badass: The servants gain special abilities that can grow over time, either through meditation or danger. It's explained here:
Garovel: By the way, in the interest of full disclosure, there are actually two ways that your metal power can grow.
Garovel: The first is meditative training, just like youíve already been doing. It takes a while, but it's the more reliable of the two.
Hector: The other way is faster?
Garovel: Very much so, yeah. The second method is to throw yourself into an incredibly dangerous situation, almost get us both killed, and hope that the desperation and rush of adrenaline are enough to force a breakthrough.
Hector: What the fuck? That sounds...
Garovel: Reckless and stupid? Yeah. We wonít be attempting that one. The almost-getting-killed part is a dealbreaker for me.
- Unsurprisingly, they end up in the second situation a lot. The most prominent example to date is during the final fight with Geoffrey where the danger forces Hector to take several levels.
- A couple of pages in chapter 34 go into more detail about the process, starting here.
- Trapped In Villainy: Colt, sort of. He has very compelling reasons to obey Joseph Rofal, but he wasn't exactly a good guy to begin with. After teaming up with Hector, Colt's lack of obvious remorse for killing innocent people still serves as a point of conflict between them.
- Unexpected Successor: Nobody expected Princess Helen, the youngest child of the royal familiy and a girl to boot, to succeed her father to the crown. Her older brothers are not amused and try to have her killed.
- Vigilante Man: Hector really doesn't like criminals. The media call him the Darksteel Soldier.
- Vitriolic Best Buds:
- Roman and Voreese. Voreese is perhaps the more vocal of the two, but Roman has no trouble returning the favor, even in the midst of battle. See here:
Roman: I'm Roman. And you fuckers aren't welcome in my country.
Voreese: And I'm Voreese. This is our land, you shitheads.
Roman: Oh, shut up. No one cares what you have to say.
Voreese: Fucking brat! I'm the important one here! You're just my servant!
Roman: You'd be dead if it wasn't for me!
Voreese: No, you would! I'd have found a different servant! One who didn't give me so much lip, you four-eyed fuckwit!
Roman: Imaginary bitch!
- Hector and Garovel are perhaps a more mild example. While they don't generally try to conceal their true feelings behind insults, they do end up throwing friendly insults around quite often.
- Void Between the Worlds: The featureless nothingness between life and afterlife is called the Void in-story. It is the reapers' duty to safely ferry the souls over to whichever afterlife awaits them.
- Abolish seems to have a certain reverence for the Void. In a flashback we see Stoker thinking about the Void shortly after being initiated into Abolish.
And this "Void" is also puzzling. It is supposedly a realm of nothingness, yet everyone speaks of its "will" or of its "consciousness." He does not understand how nothingness could "be" anything, let alone sentient. But they take it very seriously.
- Wham Episode: Every Oath (major plot arc) ends with one, though the whamiest episode by far was definitely the end of the third Oath. Hector's wanted for murder, his father is dead, his mother never wants to see him again, most of his friends were killed and the rest are terrified of him, and he has to leave his hometown for good. The fact that the story's major Big Bad so far is dead is relatively minor in comparison.
- What the Hell Are You?: The Mobs' reaction when Hector keeps going after sustaining lethal injuries.
- World Building: The story takes place in a Constructed World called Eleg. The author has created a Fantasy World Map for Atreya (where the story has taken place so far) and worked plenty of details about its political system into the story. Except for Atreya, not much is known about this world yet, but Word of God says that the story will eventually move to other parts of the world.
- You Are Not Alone: Said by Garovel to Hector. See above under Please Don't Leave Me.
- You Can See Me?: The reapers, usually invisible to anyone but servants, react this way when Geoffrey is able to see them.
"Hmm." Geoffrey's eyes moved, and Hector wasn't sure where the young man was looking. "If you will not tell me your name, then what about these two here?"
Hector blinked. "What?"
'He can see us!' said Bohwanox.
"Why, yes, I can." Geoffrey grinned. "Am I not supposed to?"
- You Did Everything You Could: Hector often blames himself when he can't save someone. Garovel tries to comfort him.
Garovel: Do you remember what I said before? Sometimes there wonít be a good option left to choose.
Hector: ...Is that supposed to be comforting?
Garovel: No. Itís not. Because weíre not supposed to be comfortable. Being comfortable makes us complacent. Sloppy.
Hector: Then... what are you saying?
Garovel: Iím saying we did our best. And we donít respond to failure with depression. We respond by becoming better. Until our best is good enough.
- Your Soul Is Mine: Geoffrey would very much like to eat your soul. He fantasizes about eating an entire city and the strength he would gain by it. His victims are more or less Killed Too — their body is definitely dead, but Geoffrey can take over and use them as puppets.