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--> '''Death''': Your challenge is this: For thousands of years I have sat on this throne. I have heard every sad tale that can be told by human lips. I have seen tragedies that ended empires, injustices that defy reason, love that would light the very stars turn cold and hard. I have seen torments that simply cannot possibly be borne and yet must be. For ''centuries''. This I have never done: I have never shed a tear. '''Make me cry''', man of flesh. ''That'' is my challenge.

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--> '''Death''': Your challenge is this: For thousands of years I have sat on this throne. I have heard every sad tale that can be told by human lips. I have seen tragedies that ended empires, injustices that defy reason, love that would light the very stars turn cold and hard. I have seen torments that simply cannot possibly be borne and yet must be. For ''centuries''. This ''centuries'', this I have never done: I have never shed a tear. '''Make me cry''', man of flesh. ''That'' is my challenge.


* Challenging Death. First, Alexander literally throws down the gauntlet. Death accepts the challenge, laying out that he has heard every tale that could come from mortal lips, and finishing with "''Make me cry.''" Then, Alexander pulls out [[spoiler: The Mirror of Truth and declares "If your existence has been all that you say it has, then truth alone shall be my sword!" The ''Lord of the Dead'' is forced to watch the only story that could possibly make him cry: ''his own''. He gets to see how he went from mortal man to immortal and essentially soulless monster and all the sadness that he was consciously ignoring. When he can't take anymore, the Mirror of Truth ''shatters'', and he lets out a single tear. It's the narrator's description of the whole scene, and the delivery of this one line, that truly sell it.]]

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* Challenging Death. First, Alexander literally throws down the gauntlet. Death accepts the challenge, laying out that he has actually gets ''pissed'' ("'''Who are you to challenge DEATH?!'''"), but then comes up with an appropriate task:
--> '''Death''': Your challenge is this: For thousands of years I have sat on this throne. I have
heard every sad tale that could come from mortal lips, can be told by human lips. I have seen tragedies that ended empires, injustices that defy reason, love that would light the very stars turn cold and finishing with "''Make hard. I have seen torments that simply cannot possibly be borne and yet must be. For ''centuries''. This I have never done: I have never shed a tear. '''Make me cry.''" cry''', man of flesh. ''That'' is my challenge.
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Then, Alexander pulls out [[spoiler: The Mirror of Truth and declares "If your existence has been all that you say it has, then truth alone shall be my sword!" The ''Lord of the Dead'' is forced to watch the only story that could possibly make him cry: ''his own''. He gets to see how he went from mortal man to immortal and essentially soulless monster and all how he became a soulless monster out of ''necessity'', to protect himself from the sadness horrors that he was consciously ignoring. When he can't take anymore, witnessed, and worst of all, how his existence ''has no possibility of ending'': he's the Mirror Lord of Truth ''shatters'', the Dead until time itself ends. The best part is that everyone else watching the mirror ''recoils in horror and he lets out pain'', but the Lord of the Dead ''can't'' (Alexander, thankfully, is not looking). It's clear that this is doing ''terrible damage'' to the Lord of the Dead, but in the end, ''Truth Itself'' breaks first: the mirror shatters from the unbearable weight of the truth, and Death sheds a single single, gray tear. It's the narrator's description of the whole scene, and the delivery of this one line, that truly sell it.]]


* During the final battle, Alexander ''almost'' loses until [[spoiler: Cassima comes in and ''stabs Al-hazred right in the shoulder'']]

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* During the final battle, Alexander ''almost'' loses until [[spoiler: Cassima comes in and ''stabs Al-hazred right in the shoulder'']] shoulder!'']]


* Challenging Death. First, Alexander literally [[spoiler: throws down the gauntlet]]. Death accepts the challenge, laying out that he has heard every tale that could come from mortal lips, and finishing with "''Make me cry.''" Then, Alexander takes out [[spoiler: the Beast's mirror]] and...
** Okay, this one does need some more exposition. Alexander pulls out [[spoiler: The Mirror of Truth and declares "If your existence has been all that you say it has, then truth alone shall be my sword!" The ''Lord of the freaking Dead'' is forced to watch the only story that could possibly make him cry: ''his own''. He gets to see how he went from mortal man to immortal and essentially soulless monster and all the sadness that he was consciously ignoring. When he can't take anymore, the Mirror of Truth ''shatters'', and he lets out a single tear. It's the narrator's description of the whole scene, and the delivery of this one line, that truly sell it.]]

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* Challenging Death. First, Alexander literally [[spoiler: throws down the gauntlet]].gauntlet. Death accepts the challenge, laying out that he has heard every tale that could come from mortal lips, and finishing with "''Make me cry.''" Then, Alexander takes out [[spoiler: the Beast's mirror]] and...
** Okay, this one does need some more exposition.
Alexander pulls out [[spoiler: The Mirror of Truth and declares "If your existence has been all that you say it has, then truth alone shall be my sword!" The ''Lord of the freaking Dead'' is forced to watch the only story that could possibly make him cry: ''his own''. He gets to see how he went from mortal man to immortal and essentially soulless monster and all the sadness that he was consciously ignoring. When he can't take anymore, the Mirror of Truth ''shatters'', and he lets out a single tear. It's the narrator's description of the whole scene, and the delivery of this one line, that truly sell it.]]

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* During the final battle, Alexander ''almost'' loses until [[spoiler: Cassima comes in and ''stabs Al-hazred right in the shoulder'']]


** Okay, this one does need some more exposition. Alexander pulls out [[spoiler: The Mirror of Truth and declares "If your existence has been all that you say it has, then truth alone shall be my sword!" The ''Lord of the freaking Dead'' is forced to watch the only story that could possibly make him cry: ''his own''. He gets to see how he went from mortal man to immortal and essentially soulless monster and all the sadness that he was consciously ignoring. When he can't take anymore, the Mirror of Truth ''shatters'', and he lets out a single tear. It's the narrator's description all of this is what sells it.]]

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** Okay, this one does need some more exposition. Alexander pulls out [[spoiler: The Mirror of Truth and declares "If your existence has been all that you say it has, then truth alone shall be my sword!" The ''Lord of the freaking Dead'' is forced to watch the only story that could possibly make him cry: ''his own''. He gets to see how he went from mortal man to immortal and essentially soulless monster and all the sadness that he was consciously ignoring. When he can't take anymore, the Mirror of Truth ''shatters'', and he lets out a single tear. It's the narrator's description all of the whole scene, and the delivery of this is what sells one line, that truly sell it.]]


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--> [[spoiler: '''Lord of the Dead''': You shall take the souls and leave, as I agreed. You have been granted a stay from this inevitable reality. I almost...envy you.]]


** Also from the GoldenEnding, when Alexander tries to stop the wedding and [[spoiler:the false Cassima]] orders his execution, only to be interrupted by [[spoiler:Cassima's resurrected parents bursting into the hall.]]

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** Also from the GoldenEnding, when Alexander tries to stop the wedding and [[spoiler:the false Cassima]] orders his execution, only to be interrupted by [[spoiler:Cassima's [[RightfulKingReturns resurrected parents parents]] bursting into the hall.]]


* Challenging Death. First, Alex literally [[spoiler: throws down the gauntlet]]. Death accepts the challenge, laying out that he has heard every tale that could come from mortal lips, and finishing with "''Make me cry.''" Then, Alexander takes out [[spoiler: the Beast's mirror]] and...
** Okay, this one does need some more exposition. Alexander pulls out [[spoiler: The Mirror of Truth and declares "If your existence has been all that you say it has, then truth alone shall be my sword!" The ''Lord of the freaking Dead'' is forced to watch the only story that could possibly make him cry: ''his own''. He gets to see how he went from mortal man to immortal and essentially soulless monster and all the sadness that he was consciously ignoring. When he can't take anymore, the Mirror of Truth ''shatters'', and he lets out a single tear.]]

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* Challenging Death. First, Alex Alexander literally [[spoiler: throws down the gauntlet]]. Death accepts the challenge, laying out that he has heard every tale that could come from mortal lips, and finishing with "''Make me cry.''" Then, Alexander takes out [[spoiler: the Beast's mirror]] and...
** Okay, this one does need some more exposition. Alexander pulls out [[spoiler: The Mirror of Truth and declares "If your existence has been all that you say it has, then truth alone shall be my sword!" The ''Lord of the freaking Dead'' is forced to watch the only story that could possibly make him cry: ''his own''. He gets to see how he went from mortal man to immortal and essentially soulless monster and all the sadness that he was consciously ignoring. When he can't take anymore, the Mirror of Truth ''shatters'', and he lets out a single tear. It's the narrator's description all of this is what sells it.]]



** My favorite moment is in this installment as well. Alexander has completely trashed Alhazred's plans, breaking up his sham wedding, exposing him for the corrupt, amoral asshole he is, and chasing him up to the tower where he has Cassima bound. Alex disposes of the genie (either by killing him or taking control of him). Alhazred, finally out of mooks, draws his sword, at which point Alexander grabs a ''heavy ceremonial sword'', and, despite the fact that it's absolutely not a fighting weapon and he's outmatched, he managed to hold off Alhazred for quite a while. Then, when Alexander is just about out of strength, [[ActionGirl Cassima]] escapes her bonds and distracts Alhazred by ''stabbing him in the shoulder'', at which point Alexander takes advantage of the distraction to ''clock Alhazred with the '''flat''' of the heavy sword''. Even in victory, he spares the life of his enemy. The whole scene is epic awesome as far as I'm concerned.

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** My favorite moment is in this installment as well. Alexander has completely trashed Alhazred's plans, breaking up his sham wedding, exposing him for the corrupt, amoral asshole he is, and chasing him up to the tower where he has Cassima bound. Alex Alexander disposes of the genie (either by killing him or taking control of him). Alhazred, finally out of mooks, draws his sword, at which point Alexander grabs a ''heavy ceremonial sword'', and, despite the fact that it's absolutely not a fighting weapon and he's outmatched, he managed to hold off Alhazred for quite a while. Then, when Alexander is just about out of strength, [[ActionGirl Cassima]] escapes her bonds and distracts Alhazred by ''stabbing him in the shoulder'', at which point Alexander takes advantage of the distraction to ''clock Alhazred with the '''flat''' of the heavy sword''. Even in victory, he spares the life of his enemy. The whole scene is epic awesome as far as I'm concerned.

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** Also from the GoldenEnding, when Alexander tries to stop the wedding and [[spoiler:the false Cassima]] orders his execution, only to be interrupted by [[spoiler:Cassima's resurrected parents bursting into the hall.]]
--> [[spoiler: '''King Caliphim''': Hold, in the name of the true King!]]

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** Okay, this one does need some more exposition. Alexander pulls out [[spoiler: The Mirror of Truth and declares "If your existence has been all that you say it has, then truth alone shall be my sword!" The ''Lord of the freaking Dead'' is forced to watch the only story that could possibly make him cry: ''his own''. He gets to see how he went from mortal man to immortal and essentially soulless monster and all the sadness that he was consciously ignoring. When he can't take anymore, the Mirror of Truth ''shatters'', and he lets out a single tear.]]
--> [[spoiler: '''Lord of the Dead''': Truth is indeed a terrible thing. I have worn this mantle for so long, I had forgotten its dreadful weight.]]

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* Challenging Death. First, Alex literally [[spoiler: throws down the gauntlet]]. Death accepts the challenge, laying out that he has heard every tale that could come from mortal lips, and finishing with "''Make me cry.''" Then, Alexander takes out [[spoiler: the Beast's mirror]] and...
* The GoldenEnding - AwesomeMomentOfCrowning, ''everyone'' shows up to the wedding, the music is just as cheerful and celebratory as it ''should be,'' and it ends with Jollo dancing and performing tricks for an appreciative crowd. It's hard ''not'' to cheer.
** My favorite moment is in this installment as well. Alexander has completely trashed Alhazred's plans, breaking up his sham wedding, exposing him for the corrupt, amoral asshole he is, and chasing him up to the tower where he has Cassima bound. Alex disposes of the genie (either by killing him or taking control of him). Alhazred, finally out of mooks, draws his sword, at which point Alexander grabs a ''heavy ceremonial sword'', and, despite the fact that it's absolutely not a fighting weapon and he's outmatched, he managed to hold off Alhazred for quite a while. Then, when Alexander is just about out of strength, [[ActionGirl Cassima]] escapes her bonds and distracts Alhazred by ''stabbing him in the shoulder'', at which point Alexander takes advantage of the distraction to ''clock Alhazred with the '''flat''' of the heavy sword''. Even in victory, he spares the life of his enemy. The whole scene is epic awesome as far as I'm concerned.
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