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''This is for Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick prequel volume. Go [[StartOfDarkness here]] for the trope.''


* TheBadGuyWins / ForegoneConclusion
* BreakingSpeech: Xykon gives a truly nasty one to Redcloak, as listed [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech here]].
* CoversAlwaysLie: The cover shows Xykon as a lich killing a paladin before his first encounter with Redcloak -- while in the story proper, he wasn't yet undead when this happened. This is lampshaded on the last page of the book:
-->'''[=MitD=]:''' Wait -- the scene on the cover didn't happen that way.\\
'''Demon-roach:''' Welcome to show business, kid.
* DealWithTheDevil: Redcloak, at the end, describes his alliance with Xykon as such.
* EvilerThanThou: Xykon provides the page quote.
* DoomedHometown: Redcloak's village is wiped out by overeager Paladins from the Sapphire Guard at the very beginning.
* StartOfDarkness: For Redcloak, anyway. Xykon, as we see, was pretty horrible from early childhood.