"In a universe where humans, elves, dwarves, gods and demons once existed peacefully, everything is slowly but surely unraveling. The Grand Alliance has risen once more as a candle in the darkness, but traitors lie in wait even in these noble ranks. The Crimson Coalition appears to counter the Alliance with its own goals and motives. Both sides feel their causes are just, both sides are ready to battle to oblivion if necessary. And yet, divided, they don't stand a chance against the massive demon hordes. Can they come together to defeat this threat? Or will darkness triumph over all?"
The Gamer's Alliance, or tGA, is a diceless Play By PostRole-Playing Game set in an original Medieval fantasy world which emphasizes writing and character development over combat. The rules are lax for the most part and allow a free playing environment although they're strict enough to prevent god-moding.The world of tGA has seen many grand events unfold, most recently a worldwide catastrophe caused by a mysterious beast, the Godslayer. It single-handedly ended a drawn-out war by devouring the two gods responsible for the conflict, and the resulting shift in power rearranged the continents and killed countless people. The beast formed a cult around it and fell asleep shortly after its rampage, and the six nations of the world ended up living in isolation and rebuilding their war-torn kingdoms while dreading what future had in store for them. At the same time the demons, whose god the Godslayer had devoured, got used to their newfound freedom and began massing their forces to take over the world while they quickly conquered the most ravaged nation which became their base of operations. It didn't take long for ambitions to grow even in these dreadful times, however, and various factions rose among the races of the world as more and more people began bidding for power.After over 10 years of relative peace, sinister forces stirred, forcing old and new heroes to form the Grand Alliance to oppose this rising threat. However, a few of the Alliance's enemies reacted by doing the unthinkable: they put their differences aside and formed the Crimson Coalition to counter the Alliance. The goals of these rival armies escalated into a new war while the demons, the Godslayer's cult and a few neutral factions observed the conflict. Despite their different ideals, the Alliance and the Coalition have their equal share of heroes and villains, thus blurring the line of good and evil.It remains to be seen whether the armies, bickering races and long-time rivals can eventually put aside their differences and combine their strength to face the looming threats of the Godslayer's cult, demons, rogue gods, the undead and even ambitious individuals, all of whom have plansoftheirown. The world of tGA is not a happy place to live in, but heroes on all sides are willing to fight against the odds in order to reach for a better tomorrow.Even though the world of tGA has its share of fantasy elements such as elves, dwarves, dragons, magic and such, there are also other elements such as the occasional airship, pirates, samurai, communists, fundies, the Soap, a gruesome elven plague, zombies and, last and least, Scuns. The stories have their share of dramatic elements, but humour is present as well. The world currently consists of six nations, each of which has various factions with different motives. Although the story has the occasional battle and can get serious, humour is present as well, and the focus tends to be more on character development and interaction than combat.The game started out as a small ezboard in early 2000 and later moved to its current server. In its earliest years the plots were mainly individual quests with derivative characters and settings but these storylines were later woven together into a coherent, original Myth Arc which is still ongoing. The history of the RP has been compiled into a comprehensive wiki, but no prior knowledge of the plot is required to join and participate in the story.
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Above Good and Evil: The Godslayer considers itself above other creatures, sees gods as relics of the past which must be wiped out, feels good and evil are needless concepts, uses its acolytes to spread prosperity and a new world order, and wishes to increase its knowledge by any means necessary. In its views the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few, even if that means sacrificing many innocents along the way.
Adventure Duo: Kaizoku and Shuu are a villainous version of this trope, the former being relatively straight and the other being quite quirky.
Affably Evil: Hannibal Losstarot is a teenager who flirts with girls, loves and respects his mother, takes his studies seriously, speaks politely, constantly trains with his elite guard, treats his servants and enemies well, often even preferring to not be called by his hereditary title. However, he is also the son of one of the BigBads and just as determined as she is to conquer the world under the Losstarot family's banner and will stop at nothing to make his mother's dream become a reality.
Vaetris also counts when she's acting as the heroes' ally.
After the End: All tGA ages began after a catastrophe that ended the previous age. The current plot is set 11 years after the latest disaster known as the Cataclysm.
All Your Base Are Belong to Us: The Yamato Empire and the Clergy of MardŁk lead a surprise attack on the Aisonian capital of Myridia during the Yamatian Invasion arc.
The Alliance: The Grand Alliance. The Crimson Coalition is the Alliance's seemingly villainous counterpart. Then again, most of the story has only been seen through the eyes of the Alliance so far...
Always Chaotic Evil: Initially played straight with demons until it is revealed that not all of them are bloodthirsty monsters.
Amazon Brigade: The army of the Eastern Horde consists of demonesses who specialize in fast and agile combat as well as deceiving and seducing males from their own race and other races to to make them their willing slaves.
Amnesiac Dissonance: Happens to Ronove after the siege of Vanna when he recovers his memories and remembers that he used to be a Dreadlord of one of the demon hordes. He leaves his human friends behind and rejoins the demons, acting like a seemingly cruel Manipulative Bastard as most demons do, but he also still seems to harbor some feelings for his former companions in the Alliance who he is now forced to oppose.
Ancient Conspiracy: The Order of the Black Rose has existed since the First Age and has plotted behind the scenes to subtly take over the kingdoms one by one by infiltrating the top levels of government.
Anguished Declaration of Love: Refan and Khalid end up confessing their feelings to Ax. In Khalid's case it's particularly heartbreaking because he does it while also releasing Ax from their fake marriage, which will have grave repercussions for himself and the Sarquil tribes.
Khalid: I'd want nothing more right now than kiss you and take you in my arms, make you bloom like the beautiful and strong desert rose you are and cultivate you, but I don't want to force my feelings on you. You deserve better than that as a fellow, independent warrior. I may damn myself by doing this, but so be it. We've had the cleaning ritual, and we've washed away the past. I set you free, Axikasha Keiran. You're no longer my wife or a Sultana of the Sarquil tribes. You can go find the happiness you deserve. I don't want to be a man in your life who holds you down. I admire and love you too much for letting that happen.
Another Dimension: There are quite a few such as the High Plane, the Demon Realm and the Land of the Dead to name a few. However, the majority of the story takes place in the ordinary world known as the Land of the Living.
Antagonistic Offspring: Seven Sisters, the eldest daughters of the higher demoness Jahi Gallu, are very much antagonistic towards their mother. Each of them represents a different sin from her youth and actually use nicknames based on those sins such as Lust etc. They've ended up working for archdemon Vaetris, Jahi's Evil Former Friend, because they believe Jahi has gone soft and cares too much for the other races. The sisters' personalities range all the way from Ax-Crazy to Manipulative Bastard to Noble Demon with Wrath being the craziest and Sloth being the most sympathetic of the bunch.
Anti Anti Christ: After some soul-searching, Jemuel chooses to openly defy the lich warlock Drishnek even though Drishnek wants him to fulfill his destiny as the champion of the Underworld.
Drishnek: I brought you back to be Death's champion! MY champion! Remember the hate that you had for this world last time you left it!
Jemuel: No...you DESTROYED that man when you tortured his soul into becoming your servant, don't you understand!? I am Jemuel, born in Remon...I am Jemuel the Wise, Lord of Alent! I am Jemuel, and I will be your demise!
Anti-Hero: Although Belial works for the Grand Alliance, he is ruthless and does whatever is necessary to make his Order grow more powerful.
Belial: Yes, I've been using you for my own gain, but it's been out of necessity. Things are hardly ever black and white in this Age of Emptiness. We all must do what we can to survive even if it means we need to act in...less pleasant ways.
Anti-Villain: Kagetsu I deeply cares for his subordinates and loves his wife Marya above anything else. He knows that his plan of destroying the world is an unfortunate but necessary step to create an everlasting utopia but he hesitates when he has to choose whether to sacrifice Marya to make his dream come true.
Apocalypse Maiden: Leon becomes this when he almost manages to regain his Andain powers during the First Battle of Remonton. He realizes at that moment that as long as he exists as a revenant, his existence will eventually make magic disappear and cause the end of the world. He gets better when he is revived as a full mortal for his services to the forces of Light. However, fate has a nasty way of making things worse when the Godslayer appears and causes the Cataclysm anyway.
Apocalyptic Log: The elven sages' diaries about the Blood Fever. The first entries show some curious, out of the ordinary events in the sages' lives, but as the entries progress, the effects of the Blood Fever start showing up in more gruesome ways and the writings become increasingly desperate and terrified, eventually culminating in the respective final entries where the writers perform a Heroic Sacrifice to end the plague... which doesn't work because the plague shows up deadlier than ever in the present day.
The Archmage: Jemuel is given the title of archmage because he is a very powerful de facto leader of the Council of Mages which rules over the Magicracy of Alent during the Third Age.
Archnemesis Dad: Archdemon Malakhia and his son Omaroch view each other with hostility. At first Malakhia tried to sway Omaroch to side with him against his mother Nhrakate, but ultimately Omaroch refused because he saw Malakhia as a being that was as evil as Nhrakate and began openly opposing his plans for world domination.
Aristocrats Are Evil: Played straight with Martin Struan and Koschei Dravaris and averted with various Maar Sulais nobles.
Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: Geraud Aurelac and Grady Silverbranch use the Silver Branch, a magical scepter, to fuse with the dying Yggdrasil World Tree in order to create a new, healthy world tree, the Silverbranch Tree, in order to cleanse the world from the taint which has plagued it for centuries. After the fusion, Geraud and Grady's spirits retain their individuality but promote the tree's agenda from that moment onward, becoming its spokesmen to anyone visiting the tree. There are also rumours of a way for a mortal, if they are in possession of certain artifacts, to ascend and attain godhood, which is the goal of the leaders of two separate factions.
The Atoner: Omaroch becomes this after the Cataclysm. Marcus is also headed for this direction now that he has broken free of Shyralis's control and wants to set things right again.
Attempted Rape: Ax almost ends up raped twice by her friend Refan when his demonic side takes over. The first time she deals with Refan herself by using a Groin Attack, and the second time Shyralis saves her. She gets assaulted a third time, this time by her comrade, Sultan Khalid, who is influenced by the demoness Lust, but manages to stop Khalid in time.
Authority Equals Asskicking: The archdemons are immensely more powerful than their subordinates. Various monarchs and military officers of tGA world also fit this trope.
Avenging the Villain: When a minor villain named Dorecia is killed, her lover Ferron promises to hunt down her killer who turns out to be Refan. Belial wants to avenge the death of his brother Antigonus who opposed various heroes in the past, and this later gets reversed when Antigonus comes back to life and finds out Belial has been assassinated.
Back for the Dead: Marya and Mori'sul in the Godslayer Era. One ends up setting the stage for a power-hungry prince's return to the political stage of Maar Sul before committing suicide, the other is crushed by a collapsing temple while saving the heroes from certain death.
Ballroom Blitz: The Nightstalker gang crashes the ball in the Maar Sulais citadel, causes general havoc and kidnaps the elven mage Tiyana before the heroes can stop them.
Ban on Magic: Alent is remarkably tolerant of practitioners of many kinds of magic, including The Dark Arts, and can be rather liberal even on experiments which many other societies would consider unethical. However, they have a ban on using Blood Magic due to how destructive it can be in the wrong hands. After the necromancer RazravkarDominus is framed for murdering an officer of the Anti Mage Police, Councillor DurinHalfstaff ends up using it as an excuse to begin a manhunt for any active necromancers who are arrested in the city, which leads to a ban on necromancy until the killer of the officer can be brought to justice.
Barbarian Tribe: The Khitans (horse riders of the grass plains) and the Sarquil (warriors of the desert) were this trope until the Cataclysm when they had to adapt their way of life to survive. The Khitans still keep their nomadic life and raise horses on the plains although their Khan has built the large camp Kara Khitai where more and more Khitans are settling into so that they can better protect themselves from outer threats if an invasion takes place in their homeland. The various squabbling Sarquil tribes, however, have been forcibly united by the Sultana of Vanna over the years into what has become known as the Sultanate of Karaganda.
The Baroness: Shyralis and Vaetris after she reveals herself as the Duchess of the Eastern Horde.
Beast and Beauty: Omaroch is a demon warrior and Delora ia a human cleric. Despite their opposite alignments, they bond and learn valuable lessons from one another, and eventually get married.
Beast Man: The Beastmaster (aka Maiyr Korath) has the ability to mutate and command various beasts of the forest. He puts his skill to good use when he sends his beastly minions to openly attack the elven capital Sanae.
Bed Trick: The goddess Hivena turns into Rhylian in order to fool Nesa into sleeping with her.
Being Tortured Makes You Evil: Tanya and Kaizoku were originally decent fellows but the Clergy of MardŁk catches them and brainwashes them into obedient servants. Kaizoku breaks out of it, but Tanya on the other hand...
Berserk Button: Do not insult Razia in front of Belial if you want to keep your head attached to your shoulders.
The Berserker: Razoul and the warriors of the Black Guard in general. They tend to devour Drakeroot before battle in order to become more ferocious and powerful, but the root also has the side effect of turning them into nearly mindless brutes as a result.
Beta Test Baddie: Rune is a clone of Jemuel and wants to show his superiority by becoming more powerful than him.
Bi the Way: Ax, Leon and Ronove like both boys and girls.
Big Badass Battle Sequence: Several big battles have taken place during the war, most notably the Battle of Folsworth Woods and the Battle of Vanna.
Bigger Bad: The Unnamed Evil, who took over the god Dreamweaver's body and became Death, has turned out to have influenced all the previous BigBads in a gamble of cosmic proportions.
Big Damn Heroes: Several of these. In one instance the treacherous advisor Firion and his minions are about to assassinate the elven king Amandil but the heroes arrive at the palace just in time to save the king.
Big Eater: Ronove can devour a lot of food, and he'll get hungry not long after he's finished eating.
Black Best Friend: Ismail is Belial's best friend. They met each other for the first time when Belial began spending time with SultanaRazia whom Ismail served as the captain of the guard in Vanna. The two men instantly got along and actually began teaching each other about their respective cultures, gaining mutual respect over the years which turned into a lasting friendship. When Razia's twin sister Adela usurped the throne, Ismail was sent into exile. Belial immediately offered him and the other exiled people a sanctuary in his Maar Sulais home, and Ismail returned the favour by becoming Belial's bodyguard as well as the mentor of Belial's son.
Blood Magic: Blood magic is one of the magic schools which is rare and has a stigma on it when it was abused in the past. Because of this, very few mages are skilled in it, some notable exceptions being the Alentian councillor Harrad U'niviel and the wandering sage Dieter von Waldheim.
Body Surf: Drishnek likes to do this. Every time he swaps bodies, the body he leaves behind dies.
Bodyguard Betrayal: Hannibal is betrayed by his new bodyguard Caliban who turns out to be working for the Totenkopfs.
Born in the Saddle: The Khitans from the Khitan Khanate in Maar Sul are expert riders who are skilled in the use of both the bow and the sword. They bond with their horses at an early age and see them as their brothers and sisters.
Break the Cutie: Marya is a kind character but after her husband Kagetsu I's sealing she is forced to live her life as a wandering prostitute. Things get better for her for a while when she is reunited with Kagetsu but then Arawn kidnaps and rapes her. Marya is saved but only gets to spend a little while with Kagetsu who is later killed in battle. Marya is an immortal but her beloved Kagetsu is now dead so she realizes that she has to live her life without him for all eternity. This finally makes her snap, and she turns into a cold, ruthless individual who later kidnaps and corrupts Prince Geraden Aurelac of Maar Sul, going even so far as to boink him in order to control him. Once she's made sure Geraden can take over Maar Sul, she suffers from guilt of all the nasty things she's done and commits suicide with poison in order to be reunited with Kagetsu.
Break the Haughty: Amano and various other Yamatians suffer this fate when the rebels they thought of as "weak" end up beating their asses.
Bring News Back: When the Battle of the Rivers turns out badly for Alent's Western Army thanks to the Coalition's surprise attack, the commander orders one of his soldiers to flee to Alent to warn the Council of Mages about an impending Coalition invasion while the rest of the soldiers try to hold back the overwhelming Coalition army.
Brother-Sister Incest: Desdemona and Mordecai are siblings and very much in love although they have to hide their relationship from everyone else. She eventually gets pregnant with his child and intends to give birth to the child, using it as a means to install herself on the Remonian throne by claiming that the child belongs to KingMarcus who is smitten by her.
The Cartel: AraŮa de la Noche is an influential drug cartel which operates in the city of Paraiso in Aison.
Cavalry Betrayal: During the Second Battle of Victoire a regiment of Proninists disguised as Scun Loyalists manage to fool the Maar Sulais army into letting them get closer until it's too late and force the Maar Sulais to flee.
Chained to a Rock: The Sirithai do this to a few heroes, prompting the other heroes to challenge the monster in the Sirithai arena to save their friends.
Changing of the Guard: Khalid, who is revealed to be Belial's son at Belial's funeral, decides to continue the mission which Belial began. Razoul continued his father Ismail's mission as the captain of the Black Guard
Chess with Death: The rebel leader Mae Torazo ends up playing chess with the Grim Reaper after her death. She wins the game and is allowed to possess her corpse for a limited period of time to have her revenge on the people who murdered her.
A Child Shall Lead Them: Gerard becomes the King of Maar Sul in his early teens and comes up with a plan to capture Pronin whose forces are besieging Maar Sul City.
Child by Rape: Unithien and her half-brother Ildor were both conceived this way when two powerful men raped their mother Varalia.
The Chooser of The One: During the Stirrings of Chaos plot, the elven cleric Schuldich Cedheros is the sole survivor of the massacre of his order and is sent by the Gods of Order to find wielders for two special weapons, Dusk and Dawn, which the chosen ones will be destined to use to fight the forces of Chaos. Schuldich manages to deliver Dusk to its intended bearer but narrowly fails with Dawn (he did find two candidates for Dawn's intended bearer but before he could figure out which of the two women were meant to have the sword, an evil goddess appeared, killed him and stole the sword right in front of the women's noses).
Leon also ends up in this role when he is tasked with finding the bearer of the Silver Branch whose destiny is to stop the Landpoison of Yamato and heal the wound on the earth caused by the dark god MardŁk's tainted magic.
The Chosen One: Marcus is destined to become the King of Remon and the wielder of Dusk. Ax is said to be the chosen wielder of Dawn but after Nergal's emotional taunting she begins wondering if she's not actually the intended wielder but only meant to deliver the sword to the true chosen one.
Cincinnatus: When Gerard comes of age, Leon willingly abdicates the throne of Maar Sul to him. However, some people, most notably Geraden, see him as an usurper who only abdicated the throne in order to control the throne from behind the scenes.
Citadel City: Several cities in the Land of the Living are fortified to withstand assaults. The most notable ones are Vanna, Maar Sul City and Myridia.
The City Narrows: Threshold, Alent's northeastern district, has an ominous reputation and has driven many people who have ventured there insane. The very air, ground, buildings and narrow, labyrinthine and twisting alleys seem to be alive and hostile to any non-native, and the shadows play with trespassers' minds with sometimes fatal consequences. It later turns out that the people living in Threshold are in fact disguised demons whose chaotic powers have warped the district to suit their needs. The horrible experiences which trespassers had turned out to be manifestations of their own inner darkness and emotions which were triggered by the demonic auras in the area.
Javan: The truth is that the only real darkness in this place is the darkness you bring in it yourself. Every sin, every repressed memory, every stray fear and blind rage. Everything people want to ignore about themselves. What's in here was always there, it's just a bit more... insistent in its existence in Threshold.
Civil War: Grandbell, Libaterra and Remon have it rough.
The Clan: Maar Sul and Scundia are full of these, for example the House of Aurelac and Clan Mallorein. Demons have clans too.
Clear My Name: Marcus has to do this during the Great War when Yamatians frame him for slaughtering defenseless villagers in Remon.
Cloak & Dagger: There are several groups spying on other groups in the Third Age. SAVAGE, Maar Sul's elite military corps, has the Covert Operations Department, the Grand Alliance has the Blades of Vigilance who are heavily involved in spying on the factions which oppose the Alliance, the Crimson Coalition has the Mullencamp spy network which monitors the Coalition territory and any non-Coalition faction it can gain access to, the Magicracy of Alent has Shadowstrike which keeps tabs on Alentian criminals but is also involved in internal affairs within the Anti Mage Police. Then there are also underworld organizations which use cloak and dagger methods, most notably the Union Workers, the Order of the Black Rose and the Dwarven Triad.
Cloning Blues: Shamshir, Venom and Rune are clones of Jemuel who are active during the Great War.
Cloud Cuckoo Lander: The amnesiac wanderer Ronove really doesn't understand what's going on most of the time. For example, when demons are about to invade the Sarquil capital during the Vanna arc, he decides to go on a picnic outside the city walls and convince the demon horde to surrender by offering them cake. When he is forced to impersonate King Marcus, his rousing speech to the Grand Alliance's army goes well at first until he decides to put his own spin on it (which involves his favourite dessert):
Ronove: There's something important that I must share with you before we begin our march. Something terrible happened last night, something that truly, should I say, PISSED ME OFF! Here's what happened. There's an inn in this city that has this amazing strawberry cake, but the last FIVE FREAKING TIMES I've tried to order it, they don't have it! This is clearly unacceptable! If the king can't eat his daily strawberry cake... man, if that isn't god-moding, I don't know what is! I also have another announcement to make: henceforth this day of the week shall be officially known as Cake Day! Strawberry cake will become our national food, and we'll build bakeries and stuff everywhere so that you, my dear subjects, can have your daily dose of this excellent dessert!
Code of Honour: Some thieves follow specific rules of honour known as the Code of Thieves. The Code specifies what thieves can and can't do. Over the years many thieves have abandoned the Code as they see it as antiquated, but others have successfully integrated it into their guilds and their way of life.
Combat Pragmatist: A few such as Ax, Briss and Refan. They fight dirty whenevery they can, using their enemies' weaknesses to their advantage.
Combat Sadomasochist: Vaetris and her succubi minions of the Eastern Horde get turned on by causing pain to others and receiving pain in combat and sex. They're really turned on by seeing and smelling blood.
Combat Tentacles: The Shadow loves morphing his hands into shadowy tentacles to dispose of his enemies.
Cool Old Guy: Josiah and Harrad are cool, old and eccentric wizards.
Corrupt Church: Clergy of MardŁk originally promoted freedom of choice but became twisted when its deity MardŁk was consumed by madness. The Church of the Memory of Cardia has also been acting not-so-nobly lately.
Cosmic Plaything: The Guy Who The Gods Like To Pick On has it pretty rough because for some weird reason the gods really do like to pick on him all the time. He ends up from one miserable situation into another and can't even kill himself because the gods like to keep him alive to humiliate him.
Cosmopolitan Council: The council of the Crimson Coalition consists of leaders of different factions from all around the world who have banded together in order to not only to advance their different causes more effectively but also to stand against the Grand Alliance on equal ground. The members include:
The Coup: Several coups have taken place in the story. One of the more notable ones is when CountessNina, who has been posing as DukeHepnaz's lieutenant, takes over the SouthernHorde by stabbing Hepnaz in the back just as Hepnaz is about to triumph over the Northern Horde and is too busy to notice treachery from within his own ranks.
Cradling Your Kill: Refan does this after he has killed Awar in the aftermath of the siege of Vanna.
Cryptic Conversation: Taliesin talks to Leon about the Laws of the Andain by using riddles because he feels every Andain must figure out the laws and their meanings themselves with no outside help.
Cult: The Mullencamp are entirely devoted to serving the Losstarot line. The Totenkopfs are worshipping the Master as the avatar of death.
Daddy Had a Good Reason for Abandoning You: When Omaroch is reunited with his son Refan, he explains to him why he has been absent for so many years and wasn't around to save Refan's mother from death. He had in fact been kidnapped by demons and was thus unable to help his family when they needed him the most. Although he claims that he managed to flee from demons, the truth ends up being much more horrific: he was actually tortured and brainwashed to become a servant of the dark god MardŁk and was ordered to return to the world of mortals to make sure his sons would fulfill an ancient prophecy which would result in MardŁk's resurrection. He eventually breaks free from the god's taint but at that point it's too late because his actions end up causing the Cataclysm as well as turning his son into a bitter, fallen hero. He does his best trying to set things straight and regain his sons' trust, but so far it's been futile.
Dances and Balls: The Maar Sulais ball starts out alright but then things start to get weirder and weirder as it progresses, or how else would you describe it when the herald suddenly introduces a freaking lion which promptly devours four nearby Scuns?
Dark Is Not Evil: Some of the demons such as Omaroch and Ronove are not as bad as one might think. The Forgotten are not as villainous as the Clergy of MardŁk even though both worship the dark god MardŁk.
Dark Messiah: Glaurung is a very charismatic leader with great oratory skills. However, her plans of creating an utopia are... quiteunorthodox.
Dead Person Impersonation: Geraden takes the identity of Oswald Flynn. He discards the false identity after he has gathered enough followers to take over Port Dunross from the Proninist Party.
Death by Childbirth: Viirsa gives birth to Kaisa and dies in her lover Hector's arms in the aftermath of the infiltration of Myridia during the Great War.
Death Is Dramatic: Played straight with Belial, Hiroshi Hayabusa, Ismail and Leon among others. Averted with Koryaksky who dies an undignified death in a back alley.
Decoy Damsel: Mordecai is a male variant. He is seemingly kidnapped by the Totenkopfs for some nefarious ends. It later turns out it was all a ruse and he has in fact been working for them all along and put up the act of being kidnapped so that he can operate more freely without worrying about tipping off the heroes.
Defector from Decadence: Omaroch wants do something else with his life than just randomly kill people like other demons do. This leads him to enter the Land of the Living and he eventually falls in love with a human cleric, leaving his old life behind and siding with humans against his kin.
Determinator: Leopold and Orestes stop at nothing to get the job done.
Determined Widow: Marya becomes a dark version of this after her husband Kagetsu bites the dust. She doesn't take his death well, and after a long period of mourning she becomes fixated on making his dream become real, going so far as kidnapping and corrupting a prince to do her bidding while acting as his Evil Mentor, setting the stage for a brutal civil war in Maar Sul, and subtly opposing the Grand Alliance which she had once called friends. Once she has done all this and made sure that the prince will carry out her mission, she is overcome by guilt of all the horrible things she has done to achieve her husband's dream, and she commits suicide to be reunited with Kagetsu in the afterlife.
Diabolical Mastermind: Vesuvius Matheson is the wealthy head of the far-reaching Matheson Crime Family which owns the city of Matheson and has his minions infiltrating or bribing many government officials in Maar Sul. He hatches elaborate schemes to strengthen his power base, even going so far as to fund the Proninist invasion of Maar Sul.
Doomed Hometown: This happens to Skye when the Clergy of MardŁk and Yamatians raze her hometown because it helped the Grand Alliance on its quest to liberate Remon from the Yamatian yoke.
Double Entendre: Ronove's ramblings are often taken the wrong way. On one occasion he asks if he can taste Ax's cherry pie. He actually wants to trade pie recipes with her and isn't thinking of anything sexual but everyone around them misunderstands the conversation. Hilarity Ensues.
Duel to the Death: There have been plenty of these, the most brutal ones being Arawn vs. Leon, Amano vs. Ax and Leraje vs. Ismail.
Eaten Alive: Brak, a ruthless demon warrior who has manipulated and abused adolescent demons in a bid to force them to join the Northern Horde, ends up being eaten by the very same hungry adolescent demons in Alent's Threshold district after they turn on him.
Eldritch Abomination: The Unnamed Evil is a force beyond comprehension except that it is evil. Its true form is enough to drive the god Dreamweaver mad, and its whispers can corrupt even the purest and most powerful individuals if given enough time. Its reasons (if any) for doing the things it does remain a mystery.
Elemental Embodiment: Elementals are rare but powerful creatures whose power is rivalled only by the gods and the dragons. A fire elemental burned down the military school Graves Hall and most of the students and masters, an ice elemental froze one quarter of Remonton and over half of its citizens, and an earth elemental killed off hundreds of demons.
Elite Mooks: The Blessed are the Master's most fearsome Totenkopf minions. The Coalition's S-Class Mullencamp are deadly efficient warriors and mages who are only surpassed by the Vulfsatz in effectiveness. Demons of Hoch class, particularly the Black Death squad, are surpassed only by the Dreadlords and the archdemons in raw power and cunning.
Emergency Impersonation: When KingMarcus is kidnapped on the eve of the Grand Alliance's march to Maar Sul, the heroes who know about the king's disappearance quickly come up with a plan to make one person impersonate Marcus and thus keep the budding Alliance together until the real Marcus has been located. The candidate for "fake" Marcus ends up being Ronove who quickly goes drunk on power as soon as he gets the crown on his head, and Hilarity Ensues.
The Empire: Yamato before it was taken over by demons.
Enemy Civil War: Although the four demon hordes want to take over the world and enslave "lesser beings", they also fight brutally against one another for power. Duchess Vaetris intends to change all that, however, by uniting the bickering hordes under one banner in order to take over the world.
Enemy Mine: Kagetsu I begins working with the Grand Alliance against Arawn when the Alliance saves his wife Marya from Arawn's stronghold. Likewise a group of clerics of MardŁk and Samachi work with the Alliance during the battle of Vanna despite their animosity which stems all the way from the Great War.
Energy Beings: The Dwellers are manifestations of the Essence although they often take spider-like forms before attacking their prey.
Enslaved Elves: The Sarquil use dark-skinned desert elves, whom they have conquered in various wars, as slaves. Some of the Alliance members don't like it, but some others are perfectly fine with it.
Ephebophile: Galeras likes to have sex with teenager boys. Marya ends up boinking the 16-year-old Geraden in order to control him.
Et Tu, Brute?: Belial is betrayed and killed by his niece Desdemona.
Evil All Along: Cain, Desdemona, Mordecai and Vaetris during the Godslayer era.
Evil Chancellor: Drishnek to Jemuel and Iblis to Adela. On the one hand Iblis was behind the equally villainous Sultana Adela's rise to power and did his best to aid her over the years, a job in which he succeeded admirably. However, in the end he betrayed Adela during the battle against the Grand Alliance and revealed that he had ultimately been working for the demonic Southern Horde with the sole intention of weakening Vanna from within for his true masters' upcoming invasion. He had thus been playing both Adela and the Alliance against each other while furthering his own goals.
Evil Overlord: There have been plenty of these, for example MardŁk, Masamori Hyuga and Sydney Losstarot.
Evil Power Vacuum: When King Renu dies in the First Age, his kingdom becomes a battleground for rival factions until the Mullencamp cult led by Sydney Losstarot defeats the other factions and takes over. Demons begin fighting against each other when their master MardŁk kicks the bucket in the Cataclysm during the Third Age.
The Evil Prince: Prince Geraden, the cousin of the current King GerardAurelacde Maar Sul, was kidnapped as a baby and ended up corrupted into an amoral, power-hungry warrior. He sees his younger cousin as a weak, easily manipulative fool who has in his view robbed him of his rightful throne and that it is his destiny to turn Maar Sul into a powerful, feared kingdom which it once was. EmiraAdelaal-Saif ends up killing her twin sister Razia in order to become the Sultana of Vanna.
Face-Heel Turn: Abel makes this very clear by adapting the name Cain once he's turned to the dark side. The heroes are oblivious to his new, treacherous nature and think he's only acting emo because of his embarrassing encounter with a lustful mage earlier in the story.
Also happens to Refan and Ronove after the siege of Vanna.
The Fair Folk: The Faerfolc are mysterious and powerful beings who can turn out to be friendly (provide a blessing) or hostile (kill or torture anyone who trespasses on their lands) depending on the circumstances... and what mood they happen to be in when you meet them. When they were released from captivity, they offered cryptic advice to the heroes but later on rampaged in Libaterra, killing hundreds of people in their lust for revenge before retreating back to the forests to live their life in peace. Currently the fey have two factions: the neutral, tradition-bound ones led by Morrigan who wish to live away from the corruption of mortal civilizations, and the fanatic destroyers led by Curdardh who wish to purge the world from "impure" races.
Fake Defector: Briss betrays the heroes and escorts one of the heroes' enemies to Trinity Gask where he hopes to meet with the Big Bad.
Fake King: Marcus is kidnapped and the Shadow impersonates him to lure Ax into a trap. It also happens to Ax, who has become a Sultana, later on when Vaetris ambushes her and sends her into the Void Between the Worlds to her apparent demise, after which she shapeshifts into Ax and assumes her identity in order to manipulate the Alliance and Sultan Khalid.
Fallen Hero: Kagetsu I was originally a revered hero until his dream of a better world drove him to attempt to destroy the world and create it anew as an utopia.
Familiar: Some mages have familiars, for example Antigonus has Bifrons the rat, Belial has Valefor the raven, and Josiah has Artagel the cat.
Fantastic Racism: The anti-elven movement in Remon gets so bad that humans pretty much hunt down any elves they can find and vice versa until the dark elf Mori'sul finally manages to calm things down. The Sarquil tribes of Libaterra use dark-skinned desert elves as slaves and kill any lizardmen they can find. Demons see all non-demon races as inferior which in their view justifies that they can use these "lesser races" as slaves and food.
Fantasy Pantheon: Various gods live in the High Plane and are basically divided into factions supporting Chaos, Order or Neutrality. Each god and goddess is a jerkass to a degree.
The Fellowship Has Ended: The Union tries to assemble the special task force called the Dresdens once more from a ragtag group of heroes and send them on a new mission to thwart the Union's enemies only for it to fall apart when several members choose not to associate themselves with the group anymore or have left on missions of their own as their priorities have changed.
Fetch Quest: Quite a few such as the quest for the Cricket Ball of Magic.
Feuding Families: The Jardines and the Mathesons are two powerful Maar Sulais noble families, each of which controls one big city named after itself. They hate each other's guts and are often literally at each other's throats if given time. This animosity goes so far that if one of them joins a large faction like the Grand Alliance, the other will automatically oppose the Alliance even if it means siding with a faction they would normally consider their enemy.
Fusion Dance: A dragon, an archdemon and a mage join together into one entity known as the Godslayer.
Gayngster: Galeras Matheson oh so very much. He prefers young boys but doesn't turn down any handsome man if he happens to see one.
Gang Bangers: The Nightstalkers are a gang of thugs with big plans for rising up in the Maar Sulais criminal hierarchy.
Geas: The archdemon Malphas ends up under a geas when he kisses fellow archdemon Nina Heeate's enchanted ring, and the geas forces him to serve Nina's every whim. It turns out that Nina was using magic and her female physique to mess with Malphas's mind, which confused Malphas enough to make the geas take effect. Nina doesn't keep Malphas on a tight leash, however, and instead lets him do what he wishes as long as he doesn't stand in her horde's way. The geas also requires Malphas to keep his mouth shut about the whole endeavour, further ensuring that Nina's part in the whole mess stays out of the limelight.
Genius Bruiser: Ismail. He's strong but also knows how to use his wits in battle.
Gentle Giant: Daven and Ismail, despite their size, are actually quite gentle outside combat, Daven even more so because of his experience.
Ghost City: Dar'Cenrath aka the Ruined Kingdom. It used to be a big city until its population was sacrificed to bind an evil dragon within a magical diamond.
Giant Mook: The demon colossus during the siege of Vanna.
Gladiator Games: The heroes have to fight in an underground arena against the monstrous Plushiebunny for the amusement of the Sirithai.
Glorious Leader: Dylas and Pronin pretend to be saviours of their people but are actually power-hungry tyrants who use people for their own purposes and aren't afraid to break a few eggs to make an omelette.
Glory Days: When Agarwaen becomes the King of Manster, he starts yearning for the days when he was still a free adventurer.
Glowing Eyes of Doom: The eyes of demons and half-demons start glowing when they're about to kick some major ass.
Go Back to the Source: Khasra III enters the cursed city of Xar Daeon to purify it from the taint of darkness, which helps him weaken demons' regenerative powers. The heroes of the Grand Alliance are given the task of locating the source of the Blood Fever in order to put an end to it.
A God Am I: Zarnagon sees himself as a god and makes people worship him as such when he becomes the Witch-king of Myridia. He and two others later fuse together and transcend into a godly being known as the Godslayer.
Arawn also aspired to become a godly sorcerer and he would've succeeded unless those pesky Andain hadn't sacrificed themselves to stop him.
God Save Us from the Queen!: Played straight with Adevia of Alenia and Adela of Vanna. Averted with Shyla of Lutherin and Razia of Vanna.
Good All Along: The Sirithai lizardfolk are introduced as violent human-eating monsters but are later revealed to be misunderstood victims of persecution from the Clergy of Artemicia. They still won't hesitate to brutally slaughter and eat captives but they're also willing to listen to reason once their opponents have proven their worth to them.
Half-Breed Discrimination: Many halfbreeds end up being frowned upon or worse. Suffering from her half-elf heritage at the hands of elven bullies eventually drives Shyralis into villainy, and Refan's half-demon bloodline comes back to haunt him and causes all sorts of trouble.
Handsome Lech: The blind swordsman Jono keeps flirting with girls and tends to be quite successful with bedding them although he often gets in trouble with it. However, when he finds a challenge from Vaetris who doesn't fall for him quite so easily, he's intrigued and smitten by her. They eventually grow close until Jono discovers to his horror that Vaetris is in fact one of the four dreaded archdemons who has been deliberately manipulating his feelings for her to achieve her sinister goals.
Haunted Castle: The palace of Daisuke Hyuga in Yamato is covered by a dark forest and becomes haunted after Lord Daisuke, in despair after having lost his wife Matami in a raider attack, makes a blood pact with the demon Yurius.
He Who Fights Monsters: Refan is diving deeper and deeper into the darkness within in order to fight against his foes, and it is slowly corrupting him.
Healing Hands: People gifted with white magic can heal themselves and others. Some examples are Nesa and Unithien.
Hearing Voices: Ax and Refan. The former because her tribe has a close connection with the dead, and the latter because his sword (which houses a malevolent spirit) is influencing him and triggering his demonic side.
Heel Face Mole: Ferron during the Great War. Xerathas, Varalia and the Shadow pull an elaborate one during the battle in Vanna.
Heel-Face Turn: A bunch of antagonists eventually switch sides and become more heroic. Some examples include Dalthas, Jemuel, Kagetsu I (he joins the Alliance because they saved his wife, but he still more or less pursues his agenda albeit with different means while being bound by his oath to the Alliance), Omaroch, Titaniel and Viirsa.
Hellish Pupils: Shyralis has these and it serves as a reason why many call her Snake Bitch.
Hemo Erotic: Quite a few of the succubi from the Eastern Horde, such as Lust, are more than happy to bite the partner they're having sex with and suck their blood, thus mixing extreme pain and extreme pleasure together to create the ultimate sensation.
The Hero: Various, for example Ax, Marcus and Leon.
The Hero Dies: Quite a few such as Belial, Ismail and Hiroshi Hayabusa.
Heroes R Us: SAVAGE is Maar Sul's elite military corps which has several branches such as Covert Operations, Enforcement Division, Strategic Response Team, and Bureau of Bullshit.
Heroic Bastard: Rastus turns out to be the illegitimate son of King Byron.
Refan freaks out when he finds out that his nemesis Zarnagon is in fact his long-lost older brother Kareth and that both of them are heirs of the Demon Realm who are fated to help MardŁk plunge the world into darkness.
He's Back: Ronove after he regains his memories during the Battle of Vanna. As soon as he's back in the game, he shows everyone why he was once called the Walking Death by defeating the seemingly invincible Dreadlord with ease.
Hidden Villain: The Master. The only things the heroes know about him is that he is the leader of the Totenkopfs, uses the alias Kamen Grimgaze, is connected to the spread of Blood Fever and is possibly male.
Ax's longtime friend and ally Vaetris turns out to be one of the four archdemons.
Hidden Agenda Villain: The Master. The heroes know that he is connected to the Blood Fever epidemic somehow, but his overall goals remain a mystery.
Hidden Elf Village: Illunii, Sanae and Tel'Elee are the three great elven cities in the world, all of which are hidden in ancient forests.
His Name Is...: After defeating DreadlordLeraje, Ismail momentarily glances at the wall where the sultan's posse is observing the duel and suddenly realizes who Leraje reminds him of and who thus fits perfectly into Nergal's prophecy of a traitor being in the Grand Alliance. This distracts him momentarily, which allows Leraje to regenerate and skewer him. Ismail, realizing he's done for, uses the last of his strength to try to tell the Alliance the identity of the traitor, but is decapitated just before he can finish saying the name.
Hitman with a Heart: Sylus defects from the Order of the Black Rose when he can't bring himself to kill people anymore.
Hive Mind: The Dwellers have a hivemind which calls itself the Essence. Essentially every Dweller is just an extension of the Essence's will, and thus killing one Dweller (even a powerful, evolved one) doesn't harm the Essence itself.
Honey Trap: Anya is sent by the Matheson Crime Family to seduce Nivek Cheavin, the boss of the Nightstalkers, in order to spy on the gang's activities. HarukoMizushima, posing as a young woman, infiltrated Castle Barjassil in the past by seducing King Anshar who wanted to marry her, and this is how she got closer to the king's treasure chamber to steal a valuable artifact. She later ends up becoming a target of many people who wish to protect her from harm, only for her to reveal later how she'd been using them all for her own ends.
The Horde: Four demon hordes led by archdemons settle into Yamato after the Cataclysm. These include:
Human Shield: Quite a few characters—heroic, villainous and anything in between—have no problem using people (whether humans or other races) as shields to get out of sticky situations. Sometimes it works, sometimes it...doesn't.
Hypnotic Eyes: Dante hypnotizes Leon to do his bidding for a time during the Great War. His eye can control a person and put a geas on his victim which forces the victim to subconsciously obey his orders. Leon learned this the hard way when he found out that all his actions during the Yamatian Invasion arc had in fact been Dante's all along.
I Have No Son: Sumrah, Belial's older son, begins to rebel against his father's methods and refuses to follow the path he has set him on. Their arguments escalate over the years until both become so frustrated with one another that Sumrah leaves his home and enlists in the Maar Sulais military and Belial disowns him.
I Have You Now, My Pretty: Galeras Matheson forces Amarawyn Jardine to marry him and uses the marriage as a means to take over her business in Jardine.
I Have Your Wife: Ferron forces Refan to work for him by threatening to kill Refan's son Gabriel if Refan refuses. Arawn kidnaps Kagetsu's wife Marya, forcing Kagetsu to work for him and preventing him from joining the Alliance.
Kagetsu I: Release her.
Arawn: Oh, I think not, my dear friend Kagetsu. I'm afraid I'll have to have some assurance of our friendship from here on in. I cannot have you joining yourself to the elf-lover and the wizard. Know that from this day onward, I own your precious wife.
Unlike the other two examples, when Glaurung finds out that some shady people want to use her kidnapped son Hannibal as a means to control her, she doesn't submit as easily. Instead, she responds by placing a ransom on the heads of the kidnappers.
I Will Find You: Natsumi is looking for her brother who was kidnapped by demons. Skye seeks Refan from whom she got separated in a battle. The lovers Katsutoshi and Haruko also swear to find each other when they're forcibly separated, and a more villainous variant occurs when Gilgamesh swears to stop at nothing to find Haruko whom he sees as his property.
Immortals Fear Death: When the gods witness the goddess Gaea's death at the hands of Kagetsu I, they realize that they can be killed by mortals if they manifest in the Land of the Living in their corporeal form and become scared. This fear of death forces the gods to adapt and from that moment on they possess willing people through whom they act and speak when they want to influence mortals. The possession comes with the added benefit that if the mortal host of a god dies, the god can simply return to the High Plane unharmed.
In the Back: Zarnagon betrays Omaroch at a crucial moment by stabbing him in the back.
In the Blood: Every demon is essentially faced with this choice because their very nature compels them to act in destructive and manipulative ways. Half-demons suffer from this even more so as their demonic side often tries to goad them to act on impulse and self-gratification. The descendants of the infamous warlord Sydney Losstarot also have to live under the shadow of their ancestor, and every Losstarot is feared more or less.
Indy Escape: The heroes of the Grand Alliance have to run from a giant boulder which does its best to smash them inside an ancient temple in the Ruined Kingdom. It turns out that the boulder and the descending ceiling traps are actually activated simultaneously and thus they end up cancelling each other.
Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: Fred Nacht aka Nightstalker Fred who tries to do his job of being a menacing villain but always ends up bumping into Nesa who foils his plans and humiliates him (often without Fred even knowing who his mysterious tormenter is).
Inept Mage: Leon when he first gains his powers. At first he can only turn into a kestrel because of a goddess's poison that affects him, and he sucks at most spells.
Initiation Ceremony: Happens every now and then when people deemed worthy to join a faction are initiated into it. A horrific example includes the Master of the Totenkopfs turning a promising initiate into a Blessed after the initiate's mind has been driven past Despair Event Horizon by careful and cruel manipulation so that joining the Totenkopfs and carrying out atrocities in the Master's name seems like the only sensible option.
A more benevolent and awe-inspiring initiation ceremony occurs when Hephaestus, the God of Smithing, initiates Axikasha Keiran into his clergy.
Axikhasa Keiran: Pawn or not, I won't sit by and let the world drown in darkness. I accept my responsibilities as your cleric, Hephaestus. I pledge myself to you and the people.
Hephaestus: Go forth with all the strength of the Forge behind you, my High Cleric, and do not forget who you are. You are a worthy champion of the Light, a protector of those in need, a beacon of hope amidst the darkness of War and Chaos.
Internal Affairs: When a bunch of thieves from the Union manage to sneak the captive necromancer RazravkarDominus out of the cells in the Anti Mage Police Headquarters, Captain SchtolteheimReinbach III orders Lieutenant IrinthielMaurath to assemble a small group of trustworthy and cunning operatives from within the Anti Mage Police to not only locate the renegade necromancer but also to investigate the possibility of the Anti Mage Police having corrupt cops within it. This group becomes known as Shadowstrike and remains literally unknown to the rest of the AMP as Irinthiel reports only to Captain Reinbach and has full authority to arrest and investigate any AMP officer to discover whether they're moles or genuine servants of the Magicracy of Alent.
Interspecies Romance: Omaroch and Delora are a demon and a human who fall in love although such union is seen by many as blasphemy. The Land of the Living witnesses several intermarriages between different races, including elves, humans and dwarves among others, which result in children with mixed ancestry such as half-elves. Interspecies romance becomes a major plot point with nymphs who need males from other races to breed because a magical curse makes them only give birth to female nymphs; this causes them to have no males of their own to keep their population going so they need to seduce men from other races in order to become pregnant and stop the nymph race from becoming extinct.
It Gets Easier: The thief Refan gradually stops worrying about the people he's killed as he turns more and more into He Who Fights Monsters who succumbs more and more to his demonic side in order to have revenge on those who have wronged him. At one point he comes to realize how far he's fallen but tries to justify it as being the only course of action to take in order to make sure the people who have hurt his loved ones won't hurt anyone ever again...even if it means abandoning his human side and siding with the demon hordes against humans to get the job done properly.
It's Personal: Refan goes after Zarnagon because Zarnagon has harmed Refan's loved ones. This also happens when Refan confronts Awar who has slain Refan's dear friend and adoptive little sister Nalaen, and it eventually leads to Refan brutally disarming and murdering Awar in cold blood, signalling Refan embracing his demonic side.
I Will Find You: Natsumi is looking for her brother who was kidnapped by demons. Skye seeks her husband Refan from whom she got separated in a battle. The kitsune lovers Katsutoshi and Haruko also swear to find each other when they're forcibly separated, and a more villainous variant occurs when Gilgamesh swears to stop at nothing to find Haruko whom he sees as his property.
Jerk Ass: Bashkar and most Scuns are annoying jerks.
Jerkass FaÁade: An interesting and complex example with Ronove after his memories return. He acts like a generic cruel overlord in front of his peers and enemies, but also occasionally shows a quirky side which most accept as remnants of his former goofy personality (most notably him munching on cake and sand gnome legs). He has shown a less evil persona recently but quite subtly. He let his caught friends flee the occupied city alive while weaving a convincing enough tale to his superiors for the seemingly "evil" reasons he let the escape happen. He takes over the torturing of his former, captured master seemingly because he enjoys the cruel act, but in fact it's because letting others torture said person would be far more severe than what he ends up doing to him. He openly manipulates Refan but does it for the man's own good because he sees Refan's demonic side useful and allowing the man to grow into a warrior who doesn't have to fear for his life anymore. However, Ronove harbors more complex plans than most people think, and even the one person who realizes that things don't quite add up is still being manipulated by him into believing one thing while the truth is actually quite different. It's thus clear that he has some sense of honour, but he's also capable of acts of Cruel Mercy by twisting seemingly benevolent acts into something far more sinister for reasons that still remain unclear.
Jerk Ass Gods: All gods (even the "good" ones) are this to a lesser or greater extent depending on the god. One thing they all have in common is that they use mortals as their pawns, partly because they don't want to risk getting killed by appearing in the world of mortals in godflesh. However, despite the things listed below, each god (even the "bad" ones) does have at least one redeeming feature which has aided their followers.
Artemicia, the Goddess of Healing, doesn't like her half-god son, going so far as to threaten to kill him if he ever interferes with her plans again.
Cardia, the God of Order, made his followers believe that other gods didn't exist and that he was the only thing they could truly rely on.
Gaea, the Goddess of the Earth, ate her unpopular child Phil, the God of Arseholes, because he annoyed her.
Hephaestus, the God of Smithing, only gives cryptic advice to the heroes even when explaining things clearly would work far better for the heroes' favour. He also doesn't bother to stop the massacre of his clerics and only acts when other gods are taking action personally.
Hivena, The Goddess of Love and Fertility, manipulates, blackmails and eventually rapes an unlucky paladin to get pregnant and use her half-god child's power to attempt a coup in the heavenly court.
MardŁk, the God of Chaos, corrupted and twisted his servants, the once noble demons, into horrific monstrosities.
Nergal, the God of War, seals any beings he doesn't like into ethereal prisons and helps spread conflict anywhere he can just so he can see people kill each others, which strengthens him.
PaedŁn, the God of Knowledge, created technology and spread it to his followers, hoping to get them addicted to it and thus turn them into his obedient servants.
Shakkan, the God of Beasts, began a campaign of genocide against humans because he sees them as responsible for the suffering of his followers, the lizardfolk Sirithai. He is also more than willing to pit a bunch of heroes against his deadliest monsters in an arena for his amusement.
Just Between You and Me: Nergal, the God of War, confronts the heroes in the Ruined Kingdom and taunts them about how they've been playing right into his hands all along. The Master does the same to Belial.
Just Like Us: Some of the members of the Grand Alliance have realized that the Crimson Coalition, the army they've been fighting against, might not be quite as bad as they originally thought. Many others in the Alliance refuse to see it that way, however, and point out the atrocities committed by the Coalition. However, it's eventually the Alliance member Jono Renfield who realizes that the Alliance's methods can be just as cruel and he points out that the two armies might not be so different.
Jono Renfield: And I thought I was surrounded by black-hearted demons in the heart of Yamato. But here I find myself in Vanna, among ye honored personages of the Alliance and the Sultanate, shoulder to shoulder with simpering monsters willing to compromise morality for any edge in their damn war. The Vulfsatz, they're a death squad, soldiers. This sort of thing comes with the job. But in spite of his heritage, and your pants-wetting frights over him turning into the next Syndey or Arawn one day, Hannibal is a child. Separated from his mother. And you're willing to hand him to her enemy, have his life threatened in some cowardly attempt to cow her assault...and then what when she doesn't give in? Slit his throat? Move on to Plan B? If this is what the Grand Alliance has turned itself into in these many years...I'd rather go deal with the demons again. At least they don't fancy themselves heroes while bathing in the entrails of their enemies.
Katanas Are Just Better: Dokubaraken is a special katana which has been used by Kagetsu I, various Distreyd Thanadars and most recently Geraden Aurelac. Yamatians and the Akai Tora also prefer katanas as their main weapons.
Kill the God: What made Kagetsu the Dark Andain notorious was not only his open rebellion against the gods but also the fact that he was the first person in the Land of the Living to ever slay a god, which demonstrated that gods can in fact be killed even by mortals and half-gods if the gods are fatally wounded while they're in their corporeal form.
Killed Off for Real: A bunch of people, most recently Awar, Belial, Ismail, Marya, Nalaen and Pronin.
Killer Rabbit: Plushiebunny's first form looks like a cute and harmless black rabbit. It couldn't be further from the truth...
King Incognito: The dirty bum Howdy later turns out to be King Byron Kagawest of Aison in disguise. Oswald Flynn turns out to be Prince Geraden of Maar Sul.
The Kingdom: Aison, Libaterra, Maar Sul, Remon and Scundia in the Third Age.
Knife Nut: Several assassins and thieves like using knives and daggers in their line of work. Sinlarine shamans have ceremonial daggers which are mostly for show but with which they can focus their innate powers to travel between the Void and the Land of the Living by shifting from one plane of reality to another.
Knight in Shining Armor: Marcus is a virtuous, and gullible, paladin who is always eager to save damsels in distress and set things right. Osmond and Swenson are other notable examples.
Knight Templar: The Clergy of Cardia and later the Church of the Memory of Cardia show signs of this in their quest to hunt down anyone worshipping MardŁk or collaborating with demons.
Kukris Are Kool: Assassins from the Order of the Black Rose tend to use enchanted kukris when they want to leave a messy message to the Order's rivals or when they want to hack a tough opponent into pieces.
The Lad-ette: Ax is a spunky warrior who likes to fight dirty, drink, and curse.
Lady of Black Magic: Desdemona and Shyralis are quite frail-looking but wise women who possess tremendous magical powers.
Legacy Character: Distreyd Thanadar is a hereditary name given to the high cleric of MardŁk who comes from the Thanadar bloodline since the end of the Second Age. The only thing differentiating the Distreyds is adding a number after the name (e.g. Distreyd Thanadar XIII). The child of the previous Distreyd kills him and then takes over the title, becoming the next Distreyd Thanadar until their child kills them. Every Distreyd actively encourages their child to kill him and if said child fails in the task, the child as well as his or her mother is executed for being too weak.
Legion of Doom: The Crimson Coalition is the Alliance's villainous counterpart... although lately many heroes have found out that the Coalition might not be as bad as it originally seemed to be.
Life Energy: Drishnek and the Master can suck lifeforce out of people.
Light Is Not Good: Many clerics of Cardia are more than willing to torture and enslave half-demons who they see as abominations. Artemicia, despite being the Goddess of Healing, has tried to kill her son Leon on several occasions, and her clergy has also committed atrocities.
Lima Syndrome: The Grand Alliance imprisons GlaurungLosstarot's son Hannibal during the Vanna arc and tries to figure out what's the best way of using his hostage status against his mother and the Crimson Coalition as a whole even when Hannibal calmly reminds them that using him against Glaurung will only enrage her and sign a death warrant for the Alliance. One of the heroes, Jono, ends up befriending Hannibal and starts seeing him as a woobie and an unfortunate, innocent victim of the Alliance's power play, and this eventually makes him confront the other heroes about the issue and when his arguments fail, he breaks Hannibal out of the dungeon and flees with him to Glaurung's headquarters.
Humans. The most populous race in the world, they have many cultures ranging from nomadic horse lords to sophisticated mage societies.
Elves. Graceful people who often live in forests but can just as easily be seen in cities as well. They have great knowledge of nature and its remedies.
Dwarves. Short and passionate people best known for their prodigious skills with the forge, many of them live under mountains although some have settled into human cities.
Gods. The immortals who live in the High Plane, they follow their own agendas and scheme against one another while using the mortal races for their own ends.
Faerfolc. Mysterious protectors of the forests, they and elves have a connection. They possess fey magick which can be beneficial or dangerous to anyone who comes across them depending on circumstances.
Dragons. Massive creatures who can fly and breathe fire and decimate armies. They've chosen not to interfere in mortal affairs, however, and merely observe events from their home mountains nicknamed the Roost.
Demons. Winged beings who originate from the Demon Realm and who have recently begun settling into the Land of the Living. They can shapeshift into many forms and are rather chaotic, seeing other races than themselves as lesser beings.
Lefein. Look deceptively like humans yet live for thousands of years. They're collectors of wisdom and are at home with various machines which they keep inventing.
Nymphs. A curious all-female race which lives deep in the forests. They often end up having sexual encounters with travellers which is why rangers call a nymph their fondest conquest. Under their gentle and curious exterior is something far more troubled, however.
Itica. Humanoid cat people who live a wandering lifestyle althouh other races rarely see them due to their preference to stay out of people's businesses. They have sharp senses.
Kitsune. Shapeshifting magical foxes who are often confused for demons. Guardians of lost knowledge and bardic songs, they're a musical and mischievious race who can just as easily be benevolent or malevolent depending on the circumstances.
Sirithai. Desert-dwelling lizardfolk who are ruthless but
Trolls. Hairy and seemingly dumb creatures although they are good at operating machinery of various kinds. They have invented a pastime referred to as trolling which includes having jokes on other people's expense.
Pixies. Tiny winged humanoids who can channel magic more easily than other races.
Undead. Unnatural beings whose souls haven't settled into the Land of the Dead for various reasons and who thus exist between life and death. Several variants exist such as zombies, ghosts, liches, revenants.
Lotus-Eater Machine: Nesa finally seems to achieve happiness by getting married to his sweetheart Rhylian in a world which is no longer plagued by wars... until he realizes that the goddess Hivena has trapped him inside a dream world.
Love Ruins the Realm: Sultana Razia al-Saif ends up having an affair with Count Belial de Ardyn, and they genuinely fall in love but have to keep their affair a secret because the Sarquil tribes and the court, who follow the rigid religious teachings of the Old Ways, would never accept their Sultana marrying a foreigner. However, the affair doesn't escape the eyes of the Sultana's twin sister, EmiraAdela, who has also set her eyes on Belial, but Belial rejects her in favour of Razia. Adela doesn't take rejection well and, coupled with other things related to her sister's political moves, eventually challenges Razia to a duel which ends in Razia's death and Adela ascending the throne. This begins a chain of events which leads to the exile of Razia's son Khalid and his supporters, the Clergy of Artemicia rising to power thanks to Adela backing them up and forcing the Sarquil to convert to the new faith, and Adela's sorcerous accomplice Iblis al-Djinn becomes Grand Vizier. It leads to both the rise of the Sultanate of Karaganda but turns the Sarquil nation corrupt and decadent until Khalid returns with the Grand Alliance to dethrone Adela in a daring coup. The resulting battle weakens the sultanate enough so that the demons invade the divided land by surprise and eventually take over the sultanate, forcing the Sarquil into exile. All of this took place because both Razia and Adela simply fell in love with the same man.
Lured Into a Trap: The Alliance often ends up lured into traps such as when Shyralis and Izael lure Ax's team to a library where they betray the team, locking them inside the room and leaving them to face the Shadow.
Mad God: Shakkan isn't exactly a sane god and only cares about his children, the lizard folk. He might just as easily oppose as help the heroes depending on his mood. Dionysus is even madder than Shakkan as he's always been like that whereas Shakkan was driven nuts by his lengthy imprisonment.
Mad Scientist: Dante clones and experiments on people to resurrect a powerful black mage from an earlier era.
Maligned Mixed Marriage: Omaroch (demon) and Delora (human) fall in love, get married and have two half-demon sons. Their respective clergies support rival gods and thus see the marriage as well as the offspring as utterly irredeemable. It escalates into a full-blown conflict as both factions actively hunt the family, which eventually results in Omaroch's capture and subsequent torture and brainwashing by demons, Delora's death at the hands of human clerics and one of the children being sold into slavery.
The tragic chain of events later repeats itself when the aforementioned couple's half-demon son Refan marries the human warrior Skye. The human clergy sets its eyes on the newly wed not only because they once again see such union as taboo but also because they want to capture and use Refan and his son for a more sinister purpose.
The Man Behind the Curtain: Distreyd XII used to be a powerful sorcerer but became weak and aged rapidly after his constant leeching of the Krystallopyr shard drained most of his lifeforce. By the time Jemuel confronts him in Vulpengaard Keep, Distreyd has become a mere shell of his former self.
The Mind Is a Plaything of the Body: Whenever shapeshifters like Gerard, Leon and Pronin take an animal form, there's always a risk that animal instincts take over and they'll be stuck in their animal form permanently.
Mode Lock: Happens to Pronin when his wolfish form duels with Gerard. Also happens to Leon in his kestrel form until he learns to use the First Law of the Andain to turn back into his true form.
The Mole: Cain, Desdemona, Dylas, Megumi, Rune, Shyralis, Vaetris, Viirsa and Gwydion/Koskenkorva among others. The heroes have it rough.
Mondegreen: The Rimnerian Songs are twisted versions of the songs they are based on and which tend to have naughty or downright incomprehensible lyrics based on the lyrics of the original songs.
Mook Promotion: Zenobia is a mere Totenkopf mook in her first appearance but she slowly climbs up the hierarchy and is now getting closer to achieving the status of the Master's Blessed.
Mystical Plague: The Blood Fever is a disease that is fatal to elves as it eats their blood cells from within and makes blood erupt from their bodies in the later stages. At first it seems like a natural plague, but over time and some investigations later it becomes apparent that the plague may in fact have a magical origin and has been created for a special purpose in which elven demise plays a part.
Mythology Gag: Quite a few such as "the fire was either accidental or one done on purpose", "monotonous carriage rides", "something warm and (definitely not) floppy".
N-Word Privileges: Quite a few characters (both good and bad) aren't afraid of calling people outside of their comfort group as niggers (blacks), faggots (gays), mudbloods (half-elves etc.), lesser beings (humans compared to demons) and such depending on who they're addressing. When a character uses such terms when referring to others, it's a sure sign that such character is a certified Jerk Ass at the very least.
Named Weapons: Plenty of these, the most famous ones being Dawn, Dokubaraken, Dusk, Inferno, Krystallopyr, Morninglight, Smaragdos, and Twilight.
Nature Spirit: Nymphs are agile female creatures with ebony skin and cat-like eyes who are in tune with nature, live in Libaterran forests and have intimate encounters with travellers, which makes books of lore refer to a nymph as the "ranger's fondest conquest". It serves as a plot point once it's revealed that the nymphs are seducing travellers because they need them to become pregnant; a magical curse makes nymphs only give birth to females of their kind and thus they need males from other races to keep their bloodline going. The Faerfolc are the forefathers of the elves who also reside in Libaterran forests, and they act as protectors of the earth and see themselves superior to elves and thus fit to rule elvenkind.
Necromancer: The elf Razravkar can summon shades when he's gathered enough life energy from slain foes. Although he's opportunistic and can do job for the occasional villain, he's not really that bad once you get to know him and doesn't mind working with the heroes either.
Necromantic: The elven necromancer Thanatos Barca ends up using questionable methods to bring his dead wife back to life.
Leon is brought back to life so that he can find the destined bearer of the Silver Branch and fulfill an ancient prophecy. However, his passage into the world of the living opens up a rift that allows some of the spirits of the dead to escape and be resurrected. One such spirit belongs to the long-dead black mage Jemuel who becomes a major threat later on.
The heroes travel to the crystal catacombs of Tes Pellaria to find out who is the descendant of the long-dead King of Remon and happen to set the Faerfolc free. The Faerfolc are pissed off because they have been trapped in the caves for millennia, and they travel to a neighbouring kingdom and kill everyone in sight in their bloodlust.
The heroes charge up a magical artifact in an ancient reactor core underneath the city of Lutherin in order to use the artifact's power to weaken Big Bad Distreyd XII's black magic. The resulting energy burst succeeds in doing that but it also causes the reactor to explode, destroying Lutherin and killing thousands of civilians in the process. It also gives the black mage Jemuel an excuse to turn the locals against the heroes and take over the kingdom in the chaotic aftermath of the explosion. Whoops.
Ax and Marcus use their magic swords, Dawn and Dusk, in tandem to defeat an ice elemental which is attacking the city of Remonton. However, the released energy from the blades disrupts magic which opens the Gate of Light on the other side of the world and lets the ravenous Dwellers out.
Nigh-Invulnerability: Averted with the gods. If they manifest in the world in their own godflesh, they can be killed just like any other mortal. Hence the reason why gods prefer using hosts when visiting the world of mortals; if the host dies, the god's essence can simply leave the body and return to the High Plane safely.
No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Zarnagon single-handedly slaughters almost all of the heroes who come to arrest him during the Second Battle of Myridia.
Nosebleed: NesaMikoto's nose starts to bleed whenever he thinks of naughty things or sees women in skimpy clothing.
Not in This for Your Revolution: Belial only helps the Grand Alliance because it profits him. Ferron only helps the fellowship because he wants to regain his position in the government.
Not-So-Safe Harbor: Shipwreck Cove in Yamato is the base of the Blue Dragon pirates and also a hive of scum and villainy.
Not Worth Killing: This happens after the siege of Vanna when Ronove, the new Dreadlord of the Northern Horde, decides to spare the surviving defenders and allow them to flee while the horde takes over the city. His superior and peers later question the merciful act as well as the fact that the survivors will inevitably spread news of the horde's activities and strategies to other cities which will be prepared for the upcoming war. He quickly justifies his actions by explaining his reasons for letting the heroes flee: their worthy opponent status, the promise of a later even bloodier battle worthy of higher demons' time, as well as the heroes' tales of the siege which will weaken other cities' morale when they find out about the horde's unstoppable might. However, Ronove is playing a much more complicated game because he also wanted to pay the heroes back for helping him when he was helpless by letting them flee to fight another day.
Occupiers Out of Our Country: The Grand Alliance fights against Yamatian invaders during the Great War arc. The Akai Tora want to drive invading demons out of Yamato during the Godslayer arc.
An Offer You Can't Refuse: Arawn kidnaps Kagetsu I's wife Marya and uses her as a bargaining tool to blackmail Kagetsu to work for him.
Offing the Offspring: Every Distreyd Thanadar tries to kill his children when they're about to come of age; if he doesn't, said children will kill him to take his place as the high cleric of MardŁk. This is also a twisted way for Distreyd to ensure that only the strongest of his children survive and kill him off to carry on his legacy as the next Distreyd Thanadar.
Older than They Look: Daven, Despard, Leon, Marya, gods, elves, kitsune and demons in general. Some of them may look like they're in their 20s or 30s but can in fact be hundreds of years old.
Order Versus Chaos: The story's about this in the beginning because of the complex plots of Cardia and MardŁk to use others as pawns for their own ends.
Our Demons Are Different: The average demons are dark, horned, glowy-eyed, winged beings with tails who are stronger than an average human. Many of them can shapeshift into a human/elven/dwarven form. There are various different breeds, ranging from imps to colossal demons.
Our Dragons Are Different: Dragons are very intelligent and powerful beings who possess high-level magic and who can decimate entire armies if they feel like it. Luckily they seem to show little interest in mortal affairs and prefer to live away from cities.
Our Gnomes Are Weirder: The sand gnomes of Tronin Desert are savage, bestial beings who try to kill and eat the heroes. However, the heroes end up killing and eating them.
Berandas: Don't you understand? We are the gods' unwanted children. We are the castoffs, the forgotten. And instead of following some doomsday cult, believing ourselves lost and hopeless like the Grey Cult, or clinging to some decayed bloodline like the Crimson Coalition, we will stand and fight for humanity! The gods don't like our choice of allies, our rising technology? They can burn for all I care, they have never helped us.
Outlaw Town: Hidefall, the Union Workers' main base of operations, is a hidden city full of thieves and cutthroats who support the Union's agenda.
Overlord Jr.: Hannibal and Xerathas are this to Glaurung and Zarnagon, respectively.
Parental Substitute: Ax ends up being a hybrid of a mother and a big sister to Kaisa who lost her parents in the Great War.
Parents in Distress: When Glaurung is kidnapped by demons, her son Hannibal wastes no time organizing a squad to bring her back and make the kidnappers pay with their life.
Path of Inspiration: The Clergy of Artemicia seems benevolent at first but it later turns out that the goddess they worship is an amoral bitch who stops at nothing to make others bow under her will and is even willing to create a doomsday weapon to show her power to the other gods. Most people, including many of the clerics, are blissfully unaware of the corruption within the highest ranks of the clergy.
The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: The Wanderers are pirates but they don't burn or pillage. They just wander around the seas aimlessly, trying to run away from conflicts that have enveloped the world around them.
The Plague: The Blood Fever (which only affects those with elven blood) and its mutated variant known as the Plague of Undeath (which affects everyone).
Plot Coupon: The Cricket Ball of Magic, Dokubaraken, Krystallopyr and the Silver Branch.
Plot-Relevant Age-Up: The half-god Nyanna Mikoto's body, despite actually being only a few months old, has rapidly grown to resemble a 7-year-old's thanks to divine magic and her unique powers which she can't quite control yet. She has also learned to communicate thanks to the magic of her mother although she has problems grasping basic concepts such as what a 'father' is.
Plot Triggering Death: The story of the Third Age begins during Aison's grand festival when a sniper targets King Byron Kagawest. The king survives only when his admiral sacrifices himself to protect him, and from that moment on Aisonians become aware that dark forces are plotting against their kingdom.
Power Degeneration: Distreyd XII ages considerably in a matter of three years when he starts using the full powers of the Krystallopyr shard to amplify his already considerable black magic.
Power Glows: All gods glow when they manifest in their corporeal form.
Power Limiter: During the Battle of Vulpengaard Keep, Khasra III manages to severely weaken all demons' innate link to the magics of the celestial city of Xar Daeon. From that moment on demons can no longer regenerate themselves quickly, which gives other races of the world a fighting chance against the previously nigh unstoppable hordes.
Powered Armor: Daven wears a Lefeinish power armor which is the last of its kind.
Psycho for Hire: Curdardh and Leraje enjoy all the killing. Oh so very much.
A Pupil of Mine Until He Turned to Evil: Harrad's student Warley turns out to be the one behind the mage murders in Alent. He desired power to surpass his mentor, and that eventually corrupted him into leeching power from other mages, which resulted in a killing spree.
Putting the Band Back Together: 11 years after the end of the Great War, Marcus Sarillius returns to Remon and gathers many of his old comrades together so they can form the Grand Alliance of old once more to fight against new enemies. The same almost happens to the special task force called the Dresdens when the Union starts gathering them up for a new mission only for it to fall apart when several members choose not to associate themselves with the group anymore or have left on missions of their own.
The Quisling: Martin Struan betrays his homeland Maar Sul to the Yamatians and causes the deaths of King Remy and Princess Rťin in order to become the lord of Maar Sul City. He manages to stay as a puppet ruler of the kingdom for a while until Prince Kagetsu II comes to settle the score.
Race Against the Clock: The heroes have one week to find the lizardmen in the desert and bring back the head of the lizardmen leader or their friends will drown in sand in a giant hourglass.
Rage Against the Heavens: Kagetsu I's modus operandi is to slay the gods and distribute their powers to mortals in order to create a more equal world. Zarnagon decides to fight against the gods when he finds out that they have been responsible for all the suffering he and his family have been through and that they have used his family as pawns in the war between Order and Chaos.
Rage Against the Mentor: Leon does this to Taliesin when he finds out that Taliesin has been using him as a pawn in a complex game of politics and sorcerous intrigue.
Rape as Drama: Varalia is raped twice, and Ax is almost raped on a few occasions.
Rebel Relaxation: Several people tend to fold their arms and lean against a wall while chatting, one of the more recent examples being the sometimes ruthless half-elven thief Raul.
Rebellious Rebel: Damian thought that the Akai Tora were no more the virtuous group it had once been. When the Maar Sulais heroes were captured and were sentenced to be executed, he was disgusted that the heroes weren't given proper trial. When the heroes managed to escape from Vulpengaard Keep, he made sure that the rest of the Akai Tora would be too busy elsewhere to stop them.
Recurring Boss: Kaizoku, the Three, the Vulfsatz, Xerathas and the Shadow (aka Taliesin).
Redemption Equals Death: Mori'sul realizes the error of his ways and decides to sacrifice himself to help the heroes escape from a collapsing temple.
Regent for Life: Jemuel takes over the Kingdom of Cardia after Unne's death.
The Reveal: Plenty. Some examples: Refan and Zarnagon turn out to be brothers as well as sons of a powerful demon lord, the Shadow is Leon's old mentor Taliesin, Steve is the reborn Despard Silverbranch, Khalid turns out to be Belial's son and the exiled emir of Vanna, and Vaetris is actually one of the four archdemons.
Right Through the Wall: At one point, the sorceress Shyralis tortures King Marcus with her magic in order to keep him under her power. When the knights guarding the door hear the loud noises coming from the king's bedroom, one of them ponders if everything is alright but his commanding officer Signan jokingly implies that the sorceress and the king are having sex which would explain the loud grunts.
Guard: D-Do you think everything's okay in there?
Signan: Seems our boy Marcus likes it a little rough, that's all.
Rightful King Returns: Agarwaen, Khalid and Marcus turn out to be of royal blood and come to claim their rightful throne from usurpers. Averted with Byron who never manages to reclaim his throne despite his efforts.
River of Insanity: Alent's infamous Threshold district is an urban version of this trope. Its demonic influence (which manifests any trespaseer's doubts, fears and inner darkness) drive most unlucky trespassers either mad or turn them suicidal in the end, and the effect is greater the deeper trespassers venture into Threshold.
Ronin: Kazuya Redeemer is a master-less warrior who fights his own battle against the Clergy of MardŁk in order to cleanse and thus redeem his tainted family's name.
Royal Blood: There are many royal families. True heirs of the House of Aurelac in Maar Sul have the ability to shapeshift into a wolf.
Royal Harem: The court of Vanna in the Sultanateof Karaganda had a harem full of men serving the needs of the reigning Sultanas. When Emir Khalid al-Saif usurped the throne from his aunt Sultana Adela and became the first reigning male ruler, Sultan, since the time of the sultanate's founding, he was asked by his advisors whether he was going to have a harem to carry on the tradition of his predecessors.
Another example is the "court" of Pirate King Kuro Tori in Shipwreck Cove. He has several women whom he has hand-picked to be his concubines. They are essentially there to stimulate his body and mind with their beauty and wit, and some of them have risen to respectable positions among the pirates thanks to their cunning.
Running Gag: Plenty of these. Some examples include variations of the "something warm and floppy" scenes (referring to male genitalia in awkward situations), Nesa bumping into and tormenting the hapless Nightstalker Fred in various amusing ways much to the latter's horror, and Ronove's craving for sand gnome legs and cake during the weirdest scenes.
Samurai: The Akai Tora, many of the Yamatian and Ryuugumi warriors are this.
Sarcastic Clapping: Vaetris, posing as Ax in Alent, starts clapping in this manner as she steps into the light while she witnesses the captive Refan nearly succeed in seducing Irinthiel with his demonic powers. However, part of it is also her being genuinely impressed by how quickly Refan has learned the demonic trick although she knows he's still no match for her.
Vaetris: "That was quite impressive, Refan. You learn quickly! And now, you see the secret to true power...the power that the North only wishes they could harness. Chaos without order is nothing. Power without control is nothing."
Savage Piercings: The Simoe tribes who live by the Great River of Libaterra tend to intentionally pierce and scar their faces and bodies in elaborate ways as they worship the water spirits.
Scars Are Forever: Ax has a nasty scar in her face. Although she could go to the white mages to heal it, she chooses to keep it as a reminder of her past mistakes.
Screw Destiny: Despite being told by the gods that one can't fight against fate, the heroes decide to find a way to change the world for the better.
Sealed Evil in a Can: Yurius has been banished twice to another plane of existence. MardŁk ends up like this after the Chaos War but is released during the final battle of the Great War.
Sealed Good in a Can: PaedŁn and the majority of the Lefein were sealed by Nergal who wasn't happy about their advanced technology which would've hindered his plans for world domination.
Secret Relationship: The mage Belial and Sultana Razia have a secret affair. They can't make it public due to the political ramifications of a Sarquil ruler being intimate with a foreigner, which would be frowned upon in the court. They're eventually discovered, however, which leads to a coup in which Razia's twin sister Adela kills her and takes over the throne while Belial and his bastard children Khalid and Sumrah are sent into exile to Belial's homeland.
Self-Fulfilling Prophecy: Before his banishment, Yurius tells the heroes that one day Sydney's descendant will appear and plunge the world into a war. The heroes begin searching for Sydney's descendants in order to prevent the prophecy, and their hunt eventually alerts the evil Mullencamp cult to the location of one such descendant, Arawn, whom they take under their wing. This ends up fulfilling Yurius's prophecy years later when Arawn has grown into a powerful warlock.
Self-Made Orphan: All the Distreyds except Distreyd I and Distreyd XIII have killed their fathers. Ax is forced to duel and kill her father when they find themselves on opposite sides of the Libaterran civil war.
Seven Deadly Sins: The seven elite demon infiltrators of the Eastern Horde have nicknames linked to the seven sins, and each one's dominant trait is based on the sin in question, e.g. Lust is rather promiscuous and tends to unleash uncontrollable passions in other people.
Sharing a Body: The spirit of Despard Silverbranch with Kagetsu Aurelac II, and the spirit of Grady Silverbranch with Geraud Aurelac.
Shock Collar: The Grey Cult uses magical shock collars donated by the Totenkopfs to force captured demons to work in the cult's army as foot soldiers against the cult's enemies...but once a spell ends up disabling the collars, the once enslaved demons lash out horribly and turn against their "masters". It later turns out that the Totenkopfs only used the cult for their own ends to help further test the collars' effectiveness. Once they make some adjustments, they force a few captured higher demons to wear the new, modified collars which will force the demons to work as their more or less loyal minions and use these new lackeys to infiltrate demon hordes so that the Totenkopfs can learn the demons' weaknesses.
Show Within a Show: The Midnight Circus ends up performing William Veer's play The Merchant of Scundia to an Alentian and Sarquil audience. The majority of the actors are actually diguised demons who plan to use the play as a means to subtly affect the audience with their dark magic and turn them more violent in order to make Alent descend into chaos. Meanwhile the Sarquil merchant Javan al-Kassis who has become the demons' captive and has ended up directing the play because the demon infiltrators don't know how to do so, is trying to subvert the demons' plans in a subtle manner by trying to make a statement about the dangers of prejudice and talk about tolerance between different rances while he's playing the part of the demonic moneylender Cravenbolt.
Sibling Team: Alain, Despard and Grady Silverbranch; Desdemona and Mordecai de Ardyn; Antigonus and Belial de Ardyn; Distreyd Thanadar XIII and Tarna; Vaetris and Nina Heeate L'andariel; Corwin, Deidra, Kendra and Irvin Finian; Thrax and Illyria; the Seven Sisters (each of whom represents one of the seven sins). Leraje and Ronove Thanadar were this until Leraje betrayed Ronove.
Siblings in Crime: The leaders of the Matheson Crime Family are all siblings or half-siblings. Crime runs in the family.
Suicidal Cosmic Temper Tantrum: Yurius goes berserk when he witnesses the death of his father figure Sydney. He wants to make the whole world pay for Sydney's death by destroying everything in sight.
Summoning Ritual: Happens during the Day of the Damned festival in the city of Reign when the Clergy of Artemicia summons a magic crystal from the earth and release the being inside it which they hope to enslave and use in the war against the Grand Alliance. The plan doesn't exactly worked out as intended because instead of releasing the Destroyer as the clergy had hoped, an amnesiac Yamatian girl appears instead although it quickly becomes apparent that the girl in fact has Laverna, the Goddess of Thieves, trapped within her body. The clergy then decides to go for Plan B and just take the girl by force and sway the goddess to side with them, but the sudden arrival of several thieves guilds and Shakkan, the God of Beasts, ends up complicating matters as they all have different plans in mind for Laverna. Ironically the Destroyer does end up being summoned after all but in a different city. It turns out that the Dwarven Triad, one of the thieves guilds, deliberately manipulated events with their moles to make the clergy believe that they were summoning the Destroyer instead of the goddess, the Triad's objective, who they ended up with.
Super Smoke: Many Faerfolc can shapeshift and often turn into smoke or mist to disappear and appear in different locations.
T-Word Euphemism: A group of Scuns unknowingly make fun of the political correct speech of the Maar Sulais court at the grand ball which was set up to welcome the Grand Alliance's army into the kingdom's capital during the Godslayer era. The Scuns address King Gerard's black girlfriend Elena as a n*** (pronouncing the row of asterisks effortlessly) repeatedly and in honest astonishment. The use of the uncensored n*** word is prohibited in the kingdom, but the version with asterisks is more tolerable although still frowned upon for being insensitive against the kingdom's racial minority. Being the Jerk Ass racists they are, the Scuns simply don't know when to quit and can't fathom seeing a white king ever dating a woman of another colour. This understandably upsets quite a few reasonable people in the court who react by trying to teach the brutish Scuns some manners but end up using the n*** word repeatedly themselves to make a point in the argument. Hilarity Ensues as the debate escalates into epic levels which leads to one person actually dying of brain aneurysm (rather, his head actually graphically explodes from all the blood pressure) when he hears too many "naughty words" in rapid succession which his politically correct brain simply can't process on such short notice.
Take Over the World: The goal of various villains such as the Yamato Empire which led a campaign to conquer the other nations.
Take Up My Sword: Khalid continues Belial's mission after Belial has been assassinated.
Taking the Bullet: Kage pushes Ax away and ends up being fatally stabbed by the Shadow during the Battle of Remonton in the Great War.
Taking You with Me: Kagetsu I does this to Arawn Losstarot, and Hiroshi Hayabusa to Taro Ofuchi.
Tarot Motifs: The necromancer Razravkar encounters the witch Befana who reads his fortune from her tarot cards.
Tattooed Crook: Leraje and Shakkan have elaborate tattoos and aren't exactly friendly.
Team Pet: Kaisa's pet dire wolf Liulfr has become this to the Alliance after they warmed up to him.
Telepathy: Several mages are capable of telepathy although the recipient can always resist a mage accessing his or her mind with enough willpower.
Temple of Doom: The gigantic temple in the middle of the Ruined Kingdom is filled with all sorts of traps.
Terms of Endangerment: Taro Ofuchi calls Hiroshi Hayabusa "Prentice" whenever they talk. This always disturbs Hiroshi because it makes him remember his time as Ofuchi's student and by using the term Ofuchi states that he is still superior to Hiroshi in every way.
Thanatos Gambit: When Kagetsu I realizes that the only way to kill Arawn is to sacrifice himself, he decides to modify his original plan and uses his death as a catalyst to kill off Arawn and all the half-gods and distribute their powers to mortals. This results in the birth of Innate Abilities but also has a nasty side-effect known as the Explosion which kills a lot of people and rearranges the continents.
Grand Duchess Nhrakate actually has set a complex plan in motion that will result in her death and the unification of all the rival hordes into one massive demon army which will then launch a full-scale assault on the world and begin a new, glorious era for demonkind.
The Theocracy: The Godslayer takes over the kingdom of Aison after the Cataclysm and gathers a group of followers, the Grey Cult, which begin ruling the country in the Godslayer's name with the High Prophet as the Godslayer's spokesman.
Throw the Dog a Bone: After suffering a lot of hardships, Leon finally finds happiness by getting married, becoming a father and getting the position of a respected councillor in the Maar Sulais court.
Thwarted Coup de Gr‚ce: Happens during the Battle of Vanna to Dreadlord Leraje twice: first when he's about to kill Marcus and Refan swoops in to blocks the hit, and later Ronove saves Refan from the same fate.
Token Evil Teammate: Ferron who most people in the party know to have a shady past but who they allow to tag along anyway because he is useful thanks to his magic and political connections. Too bad that decision comes to bite the heroes in the ass when Ferron tries to assassinate Jemuel while the heroes are busy elsewhere.
Tongue Tied: Gerard experiences this when his wolf form is magically forced to serve Xerathas for a while during the Vanna arc.
Took a Level in Kindness: Raistlin II in the Second age is at first a cold, calculating individual but the time he spends with his new allies slowly changes him for the better. Also happens to Nymgrock in the Third Age who learns to see people as friends instead of disposable pawns.
Transhuman Treachery: When Arbriel's plan fails and he turns into a zombie who manages to retain his sentience, he decides to turn everyone into his undead servants so that they can share his pain.
Trash Talk: Ax and Leraje are fond of this. An example from a duel between Ax and Varalia:
Ax: Come on, let's fuck that pretty face up a bit more!
Treacherous Advisor: Firion is this to the elven king Amandil in Folsworth Woods during the Great War. Iblis also ends up being one in the Godslayer era because the only reason he aided Sultana Adela as her vizier was to subtly weaken Vanna from within and let his true masters, the demons of the Southern Horde, to invade Adela's realm.
Truce Zone: Bella and Fehr's Crafty Crow inn in Reign is a neutral zone for every faction where no harrassing or bloodshed is allowed. The inn side acts more like a Good Guy Bar whereas the tavern underneath the inn is a more typical Bad-Guy Bar.
Tsundere: Unithien is usually a kind and compassionate white mage but she reacts violently to any man who is unlucky enough to provoke her. A hilarious example takes place in Vanna when she tries to seduce a guard in order to gain access to a cell where her mother is. Let's just say it doesn't end well for the lecherous guard.
Haruko is another example and is downright unpleasant to anyone who attempts flirting with her or touching her.
Turn Coat: Dylas and Gordius turn on their respective commanders at crucial moments as their ambitions grow.
Turn Out Like His Father: The premise of the Descendants of Losstarot storyline. The heroes fear that the descendants of Sydney Losstarot will become as dangerous as he was and thus they actively try to find the descendants, turn them into decent people and kill those who have stepped over the line. The strategy works for the most part, but the heroes fail to find all the descendants, and thus one line eventually breeds Arawn who follows his forefather's footsteps by becoming a Big Bad.
Ultimate Evil: The Unnamed Evil which corrupted and merged with the god Dreamweaver and became the Lord of Death. After that Death has had a hand in corrupting noble heroes and gods into BigBads as well as fueling other villains' ambitions.
The Un Favourite: Omaroch, the demon son of the Grand Duchess, and Phil, the God of Arseholes and Bastards.
The Undead: There are ghosts, liches, revenants and zombies running loose in the world.
The Underworld: The Land of the Dead is where all the spirits of the dead go regardless of their alignment. It used to be a neutral realm ruled by Dis Pater until Death took over and turned the land into the verse's equivalent of Hell with his corrupting influence.
Nesa and Unithien also have this, not the least of which is due to him being in a relationship with Rhylian and complicated by a Child by Rape Nyanna courtesy of a Bed Trick by Hivena.
Utopia Justifies the Means: Kagetsu I wants to create a world where everyone can be equal and and live in peace. However, to make this happen, he has to destroy the world and slaughter everyone, including the gods.
The Vamp: Desdemona does everything in her power to seduce King Marcus in order to become his queen and thus the most powerful person in the kingdom.
Vestigial Empire: Yamato Empire becomes a mere shadow of its former self after the demons conquer it and enslave its populace in the aftermath of the Cataclysm. Four demon duchies now rule the lands of the former empire, but some Yamatian rebels still fight a guerrilla war against their new demon overlords in hopes of driving them away and restoring their homeland to its former glory.
Villain with Good Publicity: Ferron, who worked for the dark clergy in the past, has become the beloved high cleric of the Church of the Memory of Cardia in the Godslayer arc.
Void Between the Worlds: The Void, or the ghost paths, is a dimension located between other planes of reality which is populated by proto-elementals, revenants, some stray ghosts and other eldritch creatures. The Sinlarine ghost whisperers and shamans have a native ability to access it and travel unhindered, but non-Sinlarine often have to use mind-altering substances like magic mushrooms to travel through the Void without going insane. While in the Void, the traveller can see spiritual, glowing representations of people and cities whose physical forms are located in the Land of the Living.
We Used to Be Friends: Vaetris and Jahi were once prostitutes in the Demon Realm and close friends, but things changed when they were abused too much and Vaetris's ambition to change their living conditions turned her to the path of conquest, bloodshed and manipulation whereas Jahi chose to nurture her young instead, which set the two on different paths. Ronove and Nesa became friends while the former was amnesiac but once Ronove regained his memories of being a demon lord, he took back his position in the demon hierarchy and ultimately betrayed his friends, Nesa included. However, both cases are more complex and grey than that and have shades of Friendly Enemy because neither Vaetris nor Ronove act in a truly villainous way and they do seem to care for their former friends somewhat whenever they're dealing with them although in both cases manipulation is also involved.
Well-Intentioned Extremist: Glaurung wishes to create a world with no borders and make everyone equal. Jemuel wishes to unite Libaterra under his rule and make others see the threat posed by the demon hordes. Kagetsu I wishes to destroy the world and kill the gods in order to spread their powers among mortals and create an everlasting paradise. Taliesin is willing to kill a lot of people in order to maintain the balance in the world. Xerathas manipulates people in order to keep Aison safe and to prevent a bigger catastrophe which he has seen in visions.
Wham Line: Several, some examples listed below. Here there be spoilers!
Janus (to Thorn): "Things taken should be returned once their usefulness has come to an end as the Triad's golden rule says. And as masters have their place, so do their apprentices. Isn't that right, master? Or should we skip the pleasantries and just call you...Fox?"
Leraje: "You, the oh-so-serious Count Ronove Thanadar, rise from the dead after all this time and then dare to insult me? How very unlike you, brother."
What the Hell, Hero?: Marcus chops off the head of an unarmed Yamatian officer in anger even though the officer was a prisoner of war who was to be interrogated the following morning. Ax leaves a group of injured Totenkopfs, who plead for their lives, to die in a collapsing temple out of anger for them hurting her friends. The heroes' friends are shocked by the aforementined duo's actions and call them out. When Marcus rejoins the Alliance and explains his reason for siding with the antagonist Xerathas during the Vanna arc, the heroes call him out and blame him for acting selfishly and endangering everyone's lives in the process by keeping the truth from them.
White Hair, Black Heart: The half-elven cleric Izael has white hair and looks so pretty in fact that he's often mistaken for a girl. He used to be brainwashed to do evil things until he finally began a path towards redemption...or so it seems at any rate. Janus, the cunning and deceitful dwarven necromancer, is willing to lie in every other sentence and also has white hair despite being young by dwarven standards.
Willing Channeler: Any god who wishes to possess a mortal body must be granted access by the host him/herself. If the host isn't willing, the god can't enter the body (if they try anyway, the control will be temporary, and they will get kicked out not long after).
Wise Beyond Their Years: Gerard and Hannibal are teenagers and yet they're already in high positions of their respective armies. They're also well-cultured and very intelligent, beating overwhelming enemy forces with their cunning plans. And the icing on the cake is that these boys are on the opposite sides of the war.
With Friends Like These...: Khasra III and Steve insult and pull brutal pranks on each other (e.g. Khasra sleeps with Steve's wife and gets syphilis from her because Steve predicted his actions). Their prank war escalates until Steve is revealed to be the reborn Despard Silverbranch, after which they make a truce.
A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing: Gwydion, an agent of the Coalition, infiltrates the Fellowship of Maar Sul by posing as their comrade Koskenkorva.
Woman Scorned: Let's just say that Adela does not take the news of Belial loving her twin sister well...
World Tree: Yggdrasil's existence keeps the Land of the Living in a harmonious balance. However, when the Landpoison corrupts it and makes it wither, the existence of the world is threatened. Yggdrasil eventually dies from the poison but Geraud Aurelac/Grady Silverbranch uses the Silver Branch and sacrifices himself to become a new world tree known as the Silverbranch Tree.
Wouldn't Hit a Girl: Averted. Not only will men hit women, they also rape and kill them (and sometimes even eat them if you're Leraje).
Wrecked Weapon: An ice elemental shatters Ax's sword Dawn during a climactic battle in Remonton. Another example is the shattering of Krystallopyr which kicks off a storyline where various factions try to restore it to its former shape.
Wutai: The Yamato Empire (and later Grand Duchy of Yamato) is based on Feudal Japan with all the geisha, ninja, samurai, monks, kitsune and shoguns among other things.
Xanatos Gambit: Kamen Grimgaze, the Master of the Totenkopfs, ends up putting quite a few gambits in motion which benefit him no matter how they turn out and which take into account even most of the unforseeable variables which would otherwise ruin a plan of any lesser man (and even if something happens which even he didn't somehow think of, he can simply adapt and use that new event and outcome to further his goals). Whether his Crimson Coalition succeeds or not is trivial: either way his opponents in the Grand Alliance will still have to spend considerable time fighting the Coalition which is seen as the greater enemy, and that gives him enough time to manipulate events in relative peace. Although remaining undiscovered while acting as a mole within the Alliance is preferable to him (he gains the Alliance's trust and can use his authority to misdirect them), he has prepared for the possibility of being revealed as the mastermind. If the heroes discover his true identity, he can simply drop the fake kindness act (thus being able to operate more freely without needing to be cautious anymore) and use the revelation of his betrayal to shatter the Alliance's morale by showing that even the seemingly incorruptible Alliance has hidden evils within it and that those evils are in fact people the Alliance trusts the most (which in turn creates even more paranoia among the Alliance members who can't be sure how many of the Master's minions are still within it, which hinders the Alliance even more). His acts of corrupting various heroes follow a similar pattern: if successful, he'll gain valuable new acolytes, but if he doesn't succeed, he'll just kill the person then and there with his superior magic in order to get rid of the liability which he or she presents to him. Even if the heroes who refused to follow him survived somehow, he'll still know their weaknesses because he has spent considerable time with them in the past and has heard their confessions. He even actively encourages backstabbing within his ranks (whether the minion is a former, corrupted hero or a full bona fide villain) because the thrill of a possible betrayal keeps him on edge. If/when the betrayal takes place, he has secretly placed a magical killswitch on every one of his acolytes and can simply trigger it get rid of the problem right then and there if he so chooses.
Grand Vizier Iblis also pulls a gambit off during the Vanna arc. He intends to reforge the godblade Krystallopyr which will grant its wielder enough power to threaten even the gods, and the only way to stop the process is to destroy the Black Stone while the magical forging is taking place within the stone. He doesn't care whether the heroes of the Alliance thwart Krystallopyr's reforging or not, because either outcome will benefit him. If Krystallopyr is forged, he and his masters will possess an unbeatable weapon which will advance their goals immensely and incinerate any members of the Alliance who try to oppose them. If the Black Stone (and Krystallopyr within it) is destroyed, however, it will make the ancient magical shield around the city of Vanna disappear and allow Iblis's masters to finally invade Vanna en masse with a demon horde without worrying about the city's former magical defenses.
Xanatos Speed Chess: Xerathas often resorts to these when he's captured by the heroes. His plans keep constantly getting derailed because someone acts more idiotically than he had expected, so he has to adapt his strategies so that the outcome of these new actions still end up benefiting him.
You All Meet in an Inn: Happens during the story preceding the Yamatian invasion of Remon in the Third Age. People who will later be known as the Fellowship of Tes Pellaria actually meet in an inn and later become core members and founders of the Grand Alliance.
A villainous variant happens to a few prominent clerics of MardŁk and Yamatians who meet in a shady inn and start working together as a group to stop MarcusSarillius's rebellion against the Yamatian overlords in Remon.
You Are Not Alone: Marcus is about to face the ice elemental alone but is quickly joined by Ax and various other heroes who tell him that he's not alone and that they'll fight the elemental together.
You Have Failed Me: The Master and Zarnagon prefer to kill their subordinates if they fail one time too many.
You Kill It, You Bought It: Whoever kills a higher level demon takes said demon's place and title. The Alliance uses this fact as part of their strategy during the Battle of Vanna when they try to first weaken the Northern Horde's Dreadlord Leraje and then make the half-demon Refan deliver the killing blow, thus transferring authority over the horde to Refan who will then use said authority to end the battle then and there.
The son of Distreyd Thanadar must kill his father to become the next Distreyd while also dealing with siblings who are after the same title. However, this is subverted with Distreyd XIII who takes the title without having to kill Distreyd XII because Distreyd XII had already fallen by the time he gets to him.
You Killed My Father: Refan finds and kills his mother's murderer Derak. Belial tries to kill Refan when he mistakes him for Omaroch who killed Belial's brother Antigonus.
You Monster!: Uttered by Khalid during the Battle of Vanna when he saw how coldly Razoul acted even though Razoul's father Ismail had been slain only a moment ago before their very eyes.
Khalid: You're a monster.
Razoul: I am what I am. Someone has to be.
You Will Be Assimilated: TheDwellers do this to their victims. Anyone (whether the victim is alive or dead) whose body they invade in their glowingspidery forms becomes part of the Essence, the Hive Mind which guides the Dwellers' actions, and the victim's memories become part of the collective consciousness with traces of the original personality left.