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* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: They managed to seal away the Snarl, a planet destroying EldritchAbomination [[spoiler:which had destroyed the world countless previous times.]]. Notably, this feat becomes more and more impressive the more we learn about it.

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* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: They managed to seal away the Snarl, a planet destroying planet-destroying EldritchAbomination [[spoiler:which had destroyed the world countless previous times.]].times]]. Notably, this feat becomes more and more impressive the more we learn about it.


* PetTheDog: After [[spoiler:Miko destroyed the Gate]] and stopped Soon from killing Xykon, Soon doesn't have a single unkind word for her. In fact, he even reassures her moments before he vanishes [[spoiler:and she succumbs to her injuries.]]


** Serini decided to make her gate a tomb for Kraagor, rather than guard it herself; since he believed in physical might, her gate is guarded by high-level monsters out the wazoo that regenerate after a few days. In theory, a death trap that can't have its secrets plumbed. In practice, it means that it's a gold mine of experience points for sufficiently powerful characters (it's one of the few places that Xykon, an epic-level lich, can get XP to become stronger) and grants provisions to anyone trying to get in, thus increasing the strength of those trying to get to the gate.

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** Serini decided to make her gate a tomb for Kraagor, rather than guard it herself; since he believed in physical might, her gate is guarded by high-level monsters out the wazoo that regenerate after a few days. In theory, a death trap that can't have its secrets plumbed. In practice, it means that it's a gold mine of experience points for sufficiently powerful characters (it's one of the few places that Xykon, an epic-level lich, can get XP to become stronger) and grants provisions to anyone trying to get in, thus increasing the strength of those trying to get to the gate. Below a certain threshold, it's admittedly impossible, but above that threshold, finding the gate is ''utterly inevitable''.


* HopeSpot: [[spoiler:Soon nearly kills both Xykon ''and'' Redcloak, and is quite ready to tell someone to destroy the phylactery Redcloak is wearing to keep Xykon down for good. Sadly, Miko decides to destroy the gate of Azure City, [[WillainExitStageLeft which gives the two the chance to escape]] since the Sapphire Guard's ghosts can no longer manifest to defend a gate that no longer exists.]]

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* HopeSpot: [[spoiler:Soon Soon nearly kills both Xykon ''and'' Redcloak, and is quite ready to tell someone to destroy the phylactery Redcloak is wearing to keep Xykon down for good. Sadly, [[spoiler:Sadly, Miko decides to destroy the gate of Azure City, [[WillainExitStageLeft [[VillainExitStageLeft which gives the two the chance to escape]] since the Sapphire Guard's ghosts can no longer manifest to defend a gate that no longer exists.]]


* BenevolentBoss: You'd expect a [[TheStoic highly-stoic]] man who created an order of paladins to swear an oath to defend the Snarl-Gate on their lands [[DutyThatTranscendsDeath even unto death]] be a lot less forgiving of one of their order that falls from grace - especially one [[spoiler:ruins his attempts to kill off the BigBad. Instead, Soon is honest but not unkind as he tells Miko that she was overly hasty and has not redeemed herself due to failing to fully realize that she was wrong while stating redemption is a rare thing to achieve anyway, and reassures her that she will be able to see her Celestial mount Windstriker again in the afterlife.]]

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* BenevolentBoss: You'd expect a [[TheStoic highly-stoic]] highly stoic]] man who created an order of paladins to swear an oath to defend the Snarl-Gate on their lands [[DutyThatTranscendsDeath even unto death]] be a lot less forgiving of one of their order that falls from grace - -- especially one [[spoiler:ruins [[spoiler:who ruins his attempts to kill off the BigBad. Instead, Soon is honest but not unkind as he tells Miko that she was overly hasty and has not redeemed herself due to failing to fully realize that she was wrong while stating redemption is a rare thing to achieve anyway, and reassures her that she will be able to see her Celestial mount Windstriker again in the afterlife.]]



* HonorBeforeReason: What his insistence on making "do not interfere with the other Gates" part of the official credo of the Sapphire Guard has ultimately turned out to be. Whilst well-meaning, the practical effects of it have included the Guard being unaware when two of the Gates were captured by evil forces (and being forbidden to offer assistance even if they had known), and the Guard not knowing that the coordinates for Girard's Gate in their possession are fake, both of which seriously screwed things up. On the other hand, the Oaths were created because of the irreconcilable differences between the Order that lasted beyond several of their deaths, meaning the Oaths weren't as much the problem as the people who made them.



* HonorBeforeReason: What his insistence on making "do not interfere with the other Gates" part of the official credo of the Sapphire Guard has ultimately turned out to be. Whilst well-meaning, the practical effects of it have included the Guard being unaware when two of the Gates were captured by evil forces (and being forbidden to offer assistance even if they had known), and the Guard not knowing that the coordinates for Girard's Gate in their possession are fake, both of which seriously screwed things up. On the other hand, the Oaths were created because of the irreconcilable differences between the Order that lasted beyond several of their deaths, meaning the Oaths weren't as much the problem as the people who made them.
* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: His insistence that only the Honor of a Paladin is unbreakable suffers from the fact that he lives in a universe that frequently criticizes such character archetypes, and many paladins, including and especially from his own order, are arrogant, barely-contained zealots who look down on others.

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* HonorBeforeReason: What his insistence on making "do not interfere with the other Gates" part of the official credo of the Sapphire Guard has ultimately turned out to be. Whilst well-meaning, the practical effects of it have included the Guard being unaware when two of the Gates were captured by evil forces (and being forbidden to offer assistance even if they had known), and the Guard not knowing that the coordinates for Girard's Gate in their possession are fake, both of which seriously screwed things up. On the other hand, the Oaths were created because of the irreconcilable differences between the Order that lasted beyond several of their deaths, meaning the Oaths weren't as much the problem as the people who made them.
* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: His insistence that only the Honor of a Paladin is unbreakable suffers from the fact that he lives in a universe that frequently criticizes such character archetypes, and many paladins, including and especially from his own order, are arrogant, barely-contained barely contained zealots who look down on others.



* {{Unperson}}: Soon is presumed to have tried his hardest to purge anything relating the Gates that he's seen from the books. At the very least,

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* {{Unperson}}: Soon is presumed to have tried his hardest to purge anything relating the Gates that he's seen from the books. At the very least,


%%%%* BadassMustache: He's got a rather big one.

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%%%%* * BadassMustache: He's got a rather big one.one, falling past even his chin. A fittingly big one for a BigGood man who was key to fighting the existential threat that is the Snarl and will honor his oath to defend the gate [[DutyThatTranscendsDeath even after his death]].
* BenevolentBoss: You'd expect a [[TheStoic highly-stoic]] man who created an order of paladins to swear an oath to defend the Snarl-Gate on their lands [[DutyThatTranscendsDeath even unto death]] be a lot less forgiving of one of their order that falls from grace - especially one [[spoiler:ruins his attempts to kill off the BigBad. Instead, Soon is honest but not unkind as he tells Miko that she was overly hasty and has not redeemed herself due to failing to fully realize that she was wrong while stating redemption is a rare thing to achieve anyway, and reassures her that she will be able to see her Celestial mount Windstriker again in the afterlife.]]



* BrutalHonesty: Soon tells Miko [[spoiler:in her final moments]] honestly that she cannot be a paladin again, as she has as of yet failed to acknowledge the wrongness of her past actions that could allow her to redeem herself. [[PetTheDog He's not the least bit mean about it]], however.



* CrusadingWidower: There are hints which suggest that, had his wife not been killed by the Snarl, Soon would not have gone on to become the eminent hero who founded an entire order of paladins to safeguard the world from destruction.

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* CrusadingWidower: There are hints which suggest that, had his wife not been killed by the Snarl, Soon would not have gone on to become the eminent hero who founded an entire order of paladins to safeguard the world from destruction. Before the Order of the Scribble broke up, Dorukan angrily accused him of his need of vengeance being more important to him than the lives of his allies.
* DutyThatTranscendsDeath: As seen for his entry of TheCavalry trope above, [[spoiler:the Sapphire Guard paladins' oath to protect the Snarl-Gate in the Azure's City throne room can allow them to manifest as ghosts to defend it once again, with Soon himself leading them. Sadly, their oath to defend the ''gate'' specifically prevents them from persisting on after Miko destroys it.]]



* HopeSpot: [[spoiler:Soon nearly kills both Xykon ''and'' Redcloak, and is quite ready to tell someone to destroy the phylactery Redcloak is wearing to keep Xykon down for good. Sadly, Miko decides to destroy the gate of Azure City, [[WillainExitStageLeft which gives the two the chance to escape]] since the Sapphire Guard's ghosts can no longer manifest to defend a gate that no longer exists.]]



* RevengeBeforeReason: Girard clearly believes that Soon is driven more by his desire to avenge his wife's death at the Snarl's hands than anything else.

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* RevengeBeforeReason: Girard clearly believes that Soon is driven more by his desire to avenge his wife's death at the Snarl's hands than anything else.else, and Dorukan similarly accuses him of regards his revenge on Snarl to be more important to him than the lives of his allies.


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* {{Unperson}}: Soon is presumed to have tried his hardest to purge anything relating the Gates that he's seen from the books. At the very least,


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* ForScience: Well, the uh, magical equivalent. Soon accuses him of not caring whether the gates fall and instead being more interested in researching new spells that he would use to protect them. Dorukan shot back by saying [[RevengeBeforeReason he cared more about avenging his wife than even the lives of his allies]].


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* HeroicSacrifice: He was lost sealing the final rift of Snarl, being too close it as Dorukan cast the spell for sealing it.


* PowerPerversionPotential: A BrickJoke from the webcomic cleared up by ''Start of Darkness'' -- in [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0532.html comic #532]], it's implied that Dorukan left a loophole in the Cloister spell to still be able to summon females for "booty calls". ''Start of Darkness'' confirms that this is the case, and specifically it was his way of getting around his long-distance relationship with Lirian.

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* PowerPerversionPotential: A BrickJoke from the webcomic cleared up by ''Start of Darkness'' -- in In [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0532.html comic #532]], it's implied shown that Dorukan left a loophole in the Cloister spell to still be able to summon females Lirian for "booty calls". This confirms in the online strip what had already been established by ''Start of Darkness'' confirms Darkness'', that this is the case, Dorukan and specifically it was his way of getting around his long-distance relationship Lirian were still in regular communication with Lirian.each other in violation of their oath.


* LockingMacGyverInTheStoreCupboard: [[spoiler:Inadvertently did this to Redcloak and Xykon in ''Start of Darkness''.]] In fairness to her, it's unlikely that a Good-aligned Druid would realize that the fungi and other plants provided to sustain her prisoners could be used to perform the ritual for turning a caster into a lich.

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* LockingMacGyverInTheStoreCupboard: [[spoiler:Inadvertently did this to Redcloak and Xykon in ''Start of Darkness''.]] In fairness to her, it's unlikely that a Good-aligned Druid would realize that the fungi and other plants and fungi provided to sustain her prisoners could be used to perform the ritual for turning a caster into a lich.


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* BlackDudeDiesFirst: Okay, he's not human ''or'' "black," but he still clearly has the darkest skintone of the Order of the Scribble and he was the only one of them to die [[DeathIsCheap (permanently, at least)]] during their quest.

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* BlackDudeDiesFirst: Okay, he's not human ''or'' "black," "black", but he still clearly has the darkest skintone skin tone of the Order of the Scribble and he was the only one of them to die [[DeathIsCheap (permanently, at least)]] during their quest.


[[caption-width-right:350:From left to right; [[ThePaladin Soon Kim]], [[ForestRanger Lirian]], [[TheHeart Serini Toormuck]], [[BlackDudeDiesFirst Kragoor]], [[DraconicHumanoid Girard Draketooth]], [[TheArchmage Dorukan]]]]

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** Kraagor's tomb is guarded by high-level monsters out the wazoo that regenerate after a few days. In theory, a death trap that can't have its secrets plumbed. In practice, it means that it's a gold mine of experience points for sufficiently powerful characters (it's one of the few places that Xykon, an epic-level lich, can get XP to become stronger) and grants provisions to anyone trying to get in, thus increasing the strength of those trying to get to the gate.

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** Kraagor's Serini decided to make her gate a tomb for Kraagor, rather than guard it herself; since he believed in physical might, her gate is guarded by high-level monsters out the wazoo that regenerate after a few days. In theory, a death trap that can't have its secrets plumbed. In practice, it means that it's a gold mine of experience points for sufficiently powerful characters (it's one of the few places that Xykon, an epic-level lich, can get XP to become stronger) and grants provisions to anyone trying to get in, thus increasing the strength of those trying to get to the gate.

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[[Characters/TheOrderOfTheStickTheOrderOfTheStick The Order of the Stick]] | [[Characters/TheOrderOfTheStickTeamEvil Team Evil]] | [[Characters/TheOrderOfTheStickTheLinearGuild The Linear Guild]] | '''The Order of the Scribble''' | [[Characters/TheOrderOfTheStickAzureCity Azure City]] | [[Characters/TheOrderOfTheStickGreyskyCity Greysky City]] | [[Characters/TheOrderOfTheStickTheEmpireOfBlood The Empire of Blood]] | [[Characters/TheOrderOfTheStickNorthernLands Northern Lands]] | [[Characters/TheOrderOfTheStickAnimalCompanions Animal Companions]] | [[Characters/TheOrderOfTheStickDivineBeings Divine Beings]] | [[Characters/TheOrderOfTheStickOthers Others]]

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[[Characters/TheOrderOfTheStick Main Character Index]] | [[Characters/TheOrderOfTheStickTheOrderOfTheStick The Order of the Stick]] | [[Characters/TheOrderOfTheStickTeamEvil Team Evil]] | [[Characters/TheOrderOfTheStickTheLinearGuild The Linear Guild]] | '''The Order of the Scribble''' | [[Characters/TheOrderOfTheStickAzureCity Azure City]] | [[Characters/TheOrderOfTheStickGreyskyCity Greysky City]] | [[Characters/TheOrderOfTheStickTheEmpireOfBlood The Empire of Blood]] | [[Characters/TheOrderOfTheStickNorthernLands Northern Lands]] | [[Characters/TheOrderOfTheStickAnimalCompanions Animal Companions]] | [[Characters/TheOrderOfTheStickDivineBeings Divine Beings]] | [[Characters/TheOrderOfTheStickOthers Others]]


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* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: They managed to seal away the Snarl, a planet destroying EldritchAbomination [[spoiler:which had destroyed the world countless previous times.]]. Notably, this feat becomes more and more impressive the more we learn about it.


** Dorukan believed in the wisdom and intelligence, specifically of arcane magic, and was beaten in a duel by Xykon brute-force spamming Energy Drains. And the gate itself was destroyed by [[TheDitz Elan]] activating the SelfDestructMechanism.

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** Dorukan believed in the power of wisdom and intelligence, specifically of as manifested through arcane magic, and was beaten in a duel by Xykon brute-force spamming Energy Drains. And the gate itself was destroyed by [[TheDitz Elan]] activating the SelfDestructMechanism.



* BackupFromOtherworld: He becomes this to the Sapphire Guard after his death of old age.

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* BackupFromOtherworld: He becomes this to the Sapphire Guard after his death of old age. [[spoiler:If a threat endangers the throne room where the Snarl-Gate is held, he and the spirits of every Sapphire Guard member who ever died can manifest there as an army of incorporeal Deathless.]]



* OurGhostsAreDifferent: Even after his death, his spirit is bound to the Gate and he will protect it in an hour of need. As Redcloak pointed out, he and the ghost-martyrs are not traditional ghosts or even undead, but some kind of positive-energy spirits. In all likelihood, they're Deathless, positive energy undead from the ''TabletopGame/{{Eberron}}'' setting.

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* OurGhostsAreDifferent: Even [[spoiler:Even after his death, his spirit is bound to the Gate and he will protect it in an hour of need. As Redcloak pointed out, he and the ghost-martyrs are not traditional ghosts or even undead, but some kind of positive-energy spirits. In all likelihood, they're Deathless, positive energy undead from the ''TabletopGame/{{Eberron}}'' setting.]]



* TheArchmage: With Lirian's help, he developed epic-level magic to seal the Rifts and create the Gates.

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* TheArchmage: With Lirian's help, he developed epic-level magic to seal the Rifts and create the Gates. His most iconic home-created spell is Cloister, an Epic level Abjuration that was designed specifically to guard his Gate.



* InterspeciesRomance: With Lirian, an elf.

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* InterspeciesRomance: With Dorukan carried on a decades-long relationship with Lirian, an elf.a female elf druid who was his ally in the Order of the Scribble. They even defied the pact that the Order would not contact each other after deciding to guard their gates to carry on their affair, and he built a special exception into his uber-defensive spell, Cloister, so he could summon her from her Gate to his and back for romantic meetings and "booty calls".



* PowerPerversionPotential: A BrickJoke from the webcomic cleared up by ''Start of Darkness'' -- Dorukan left a loophole in the Cloister spell to still be able to summon his elf lover from her place to his for "booty calls"...
* SealedGoodInACan: [[spoiler:Together with Lirian. Whether they'll be able to do anything if they're released is debatable, but it still fits.]]

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* PowerPerversionPotential: A BrickJoke from the webcomic cleared up by ''Start of Darkness'' -- in [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0532.html comic #532]], it's implied that Dorukan left a loophole in the Cloister spell to still be able to summon his elf lover from her place to his females for "booty calls"...
calls". ''Start of Darkness'' confirms that this is the case, and specifically it was his way of getting around his long-distance relationship with Lirian.
* PsychicBlockDefense: A variant; Dorukan's custom-built Cloister spell completely blocks non-Epic scrying spells from looking in on any area it's been cast over. It also "clings" to any creatures inside the initial area of casting, so once they leave that area, they're still protected until the spell wears off.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: [[spoiler:Xykon mocks Dorukan as being just like all the other wizards he's killed for mistaking potential versatility for concrete power, as Xykon's spontaneous casting style enables him to spam [[LevelDrain Energy Drain]] spells that render Dorukan weaker and weaker, until he finally dies.]]
* SealedGoodInACan: [[spoiler:Together [[spoiler:His soul wound up trapped together with Lirian.Lirian's in a gemstone after Xykon kills them both. Whether they'll be able to do anything if they're released is debatable, but it still fits.]]



* TeleportInterdiction: The Cloister spell he invented prevents teleportation to better protect his gate.
* WizardBeard: It's tradition! It's long and bushy.

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* TeleportInterdiction: The Cloister spell he invented prevents is basically designed to prevent DungeonBypass and the "scry and fry" tactic, so in addition to blocking off scrying spells, it completely negates almost every form of teleportation to better protect magic. There is one loophole, however, which he [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0532.html invented for personal reasons]].
* UnequalRites: Like many wizards who faced off against Xykon, he looked down on the lich for
his gate.
origins as a sorcerer. [[spoiler:This proved a fatal mistake.]]
* WizardBeard: It's tradition! It's long and bushy. bushy, and makes up for the fact he goes completely bald in his old age.



* AndIMustScream: Played straight when Xykon seals her soul inside a gem he carries with him. {{Defied|Trope}} when Xykon seals her lover, Dorukan's soul in there with her.

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* AndIMustScream: Played [[spoiler:Played straight when Xykon seals her soul inside a gem he carries with him. {{Defied|Trope}} when Xykon seals her lover, Dorukan's soul in there with her.her, and the take comfort that at least they are trapped together.]]



* InterspeciesRomance: With Dorukan, a human.

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* InterspeciesRomance: With Dorukan, It's implied in the web comic, with the prequel story ''Start of Darkness'' clarifying that she and the male human mage Dorukan carried on a human.long-distance relationship (circumvented with teleportation magic) for decades, even though they weren't supposed to see each other again as a result of the dissolution of the Order of the Scribble.



* PosthumousCharacter: Her ''soul'' is still around, but she was cut down in the prime of her life. (Being an elf, she might have lived for ''centuries'' more if Xykon hadn't ripped it out.)

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* PosthumousCharacter: Her [[spoiler:Her ''soul'' is still around, but she was cut down in the prime of her life. (Being Being an elf, she might have lived for ''centuries'' more if Xykon hadn't ripped it out.)]]



* SealedGoodInACan: Much like Dorukan, she is trapped in a gem.

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* SealedGoodInACan: Much [[spoiler:Much like Dorukan, she is trapped in a gem.]]

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