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** As context: nothing new is happening in Sothoryos (that anybody knows about) -- mainly because it starts the series in a state best described as "good luck even ''finding'' a way to get this messed up, urbanisation-resistent biome any worse to live in for standard humanoids than it already is". Everybody else has yet to get as close to rock bottom as this continent has managed, but it just ''sitting'' there on the map makes for mute testimony of what depths of horror it is entirely possible to reach if you drop the ball once too often in this world. Because... people did live there. Once. A very long time ago.

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** As context: nothing new is happening in Sothoryos (that anybody knows about) -- mainly because it starts the series in a state best described as "good luck even ''finding'' a way to get this messed up, [[DeathWorld messed-up, highly active, urbanisation-resistent biome biome]] any [[EverythingTryingToKillYou worse to live in for standard bog-standard humanoids than it already is". is]]". Everybody else has yet to get as close to rock bottom for sustainable civilization as this continent has managed, but it just ''sitting'' there on the map makes for mute testimony of what depths of biological horror it is entirely possible to reach if you drop the ball once too often in this world. Because... people did live there. Once. Once. In many cities. A very long time ago.


** As context: nothing new is happening in Sothoryos (that anybody knows about) -- mainly because it starts the series in a state best described as "good luck even finding a way to get this messed up, urbanisation-resistent biome any worse to live in for standard humanoids than it already is". Everybody else has yet to get as close to rock bottom as this continent is, but it just ''sitting'' there at the bottom of the map makes for a fine example of what depths of horror it is possible to reach if you drop the ball too often in this world. Because... people did live there. Once. A very long time ago.

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** As context: nothing new is happening in Sothoryos (that anybody knows about) -- mainly because it starts the series in a state best described as "good luck even finding ''finding'' a way to get this messed up, urbanisation-resistent biome any worse to live in for standard humanoids than it already is". Everybody else has yet to get as close to rock bottom as this continent is, has managed, but it just ''sitting'' there at the bottom of on the map makes for a fine example mute testimony of what depths of horror it is entirely possible to reach if you drop the ball once too often in this world. Because... people did live there. Once. A very long time ago.


** As context: nothing new is happening in Sothoryos (that anybody knows about) -- mainly because it starts the series in a state best described as "good luck finding a way to get this messed up, highly civilisation-resistent biome worse". Everybody else has yet to get that close to rock bottom, but that continent just sitting there makes for a fine example of what state of horror it is possible to reach.

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** As context: nothing new is happening in Sothoryos (that anybody knows about) -- mainly because it starts the series in a state best described as "good luck even finding a way to get this messed up, highly civilisation-resistent urbanisation-resistent biome worse". any worse to live in for standard humanoids than it already is". Everybody else has yet to get that as close to rock bottom, but that bottom as this continent is, but it just sitting ''sitting'' there at the bottom of the map makes for a fine example of what state depths of horror it is possible to reach.reach if you drop the ball too often in this world. Because... people did live there. Once. A very long time ago.


** Westeros and Essos get in on this, both, as a whole. One has sustained dynastic turmoil that leads to repeated cycles of civil war and outright uncertainty (particularly recently) in its one major, single political entity. That's... pretty bad. But, it's [[ZombieApocalypse nothing compared to what is building up on that country's northern border]] while almost nobody is paying attention thanks to the latest internal spat. And, Essos is always a roiling political game between many different City States and would-be Empires all playing for high-stakes in a slavery-based economy. With the [[TheMagicComesBack advent of baby dragons]] and outside, Westerosi and [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Shadow Lands]] influences now thrown into the volatile mix, just to stir everything up even more. "Hell" and "hand-baskets" spring to mind.

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** Westeros and Essos get in on this, both, as a whole. One has sustained dynastic turmoil that leads to repeated cycles of civil war and outright uncertainty (particularly recently) in its one major, single political entity. That's... pretty bad. But, it's [[ZombieApocalypse nothing compared to what is building up on that country's northern border]] while almost nobody is paying attention thanks to the latest internal spat. And, Essos is always a roiling political game between many different City States and would-be Empires all playing for high-stakes in a slavery-based economy. With the [[TheMagicComesBack advent of baby dragons]] and outside, other [[OutsideContextProblem Outside Context Problems]], as well as Westerosi and [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Shadow Lands]] influences now thrown into the volatile mix, just to stir everything up even more. "Hell" and "hand-baskets" spring to mind.mind.
** As context: nothing new is happening in Sothoryos (that anybody knows about) -- mainly because it starts the series in a state best described as "good luck finding a way to get this messed up, highly civilisation-resistent biome worse". Everybody else has yet to get that close to rock bottom, but that continent just sitting there makes for a fine example of what state of horror it is possible to reach.


* The Literature/BookOfJob in Jewish and Christian literature, illustrates the compounding tragic woes of a honest God fearing farmer who loses everything: his health, his family, his reputation, his farm. Satan wagers with God that the only reason why Job is so humble is because God has granted him so much in his youth, and thus a wager was set forth that Satan can get Job to curse God.

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* The Literature/BookOfJob in Jewish and Christian literature, illustrates the compounding tragic woes of a honest God fearing farmer who loses everything: his health, his family, his reputation, his farm. Satan wagers with God that the only reason why Job is so humble is because God has granted him so much in his youth, and thus a wager was set forth that Satan can get Job to curse God. As it turns out, Job ends up cursing himself and wishing he was never born, but continues to uphold the fact that he has never denied God, even when his friends accuse him of doing so. After a rebuke from God that puts Job back into his proper place and perspective, Job repents, and God restores to him all that he lost.


* Poor Literature/{{Precious}}, her life is [[TraumaCongaLine a long series of things getting worse and worse]] until they're a tiny bit better at the end. And then comes the sequel, which opens with [[spoiler: Precious dying of AIDS]] and gets worse [[spoiler: for her son Abdul, who goes into foster care where he's raped and beaten until he becomes an abusive rapist himself]].

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* ''Literature/{{Push}}'': Poor Literature/{{Precious}}, Precious, her life is [[TraumaCongaLine a long series of things getting worse and worse]] until they're a tiny bit better at the end. And then comes the sequel, which opens with [[spoiler: Precious [[spoiler:Precious dying of AIDS]] and gets worse [[spoiler: for her son Abdul, who goes into foster care where he's raped and beaten until he becomes an abusive rapist himself]].

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* ''Literature/TheFallingKingdomsSeries'':
** One day, Cleo and a few of her friends go shopping at a small town in Paelsia. An escalation breaks out, ending with a local dead. Paelsia and Limeros seize this as a reason to go to war with Auranos, and everything goes downhill from there. [[spoiler:[[EarnYourHappyEnding Itís not until the end of the sixth book that things lift up.]]]]
** PlayedForLaughs in ''Frozen Tides''. Magnus, [[spoiler:on a rush to search for Cleo]], is bucked off his horse and left to trudge through a blizzard at night. He starts to pray for the goddess to let him live so he can [[spoiler:make things right]]...and then hears a wolf howling, much to [[DeadpanSnarker his]] [[ThisIsGonnaSuck ire]].


* The first half of ''Literature/RedStormRising'' by Creator/TomClancy is a laundry list of bad news for NATO. First, the Soviets launch a MacrossMissileMassacre against the outpost on Iceland, resulting in a FiveManBand situation for the Americans. Two chapters later, a NATO carrier strike force falls victim to BombersOnTheScreen. To top it off, by Chapter 28, the DirtyCommunists make a strategic breakthrough in the town of Alfeld, West Germany. Fortunately, that book ends happily when General Colonel Alekseyev refuses to help unleash MnogoNukes after the Red Army fails to make progress.

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* The first half of ''Literature/RedStormRising'' by Creator/TomClancy is a laundry list of bad news for NATO. First, the Soviets launch a MacrossMissileMassacre against the outpost on Iceland, resulting in a FiveManBand situation for the Americans. Two chapters later, a NATO carrier strike force falls victim to BombersOnTheScreen. To top it off, by Chapter 28, the DirtyCommunists make a strategic breakthrough in the town of Alfeld, West Germany. Fortunately, that book ends happily when General Colonel Alekseyev refuses to help unleash MnogoNukes UsefulNotes/MnogoNukes after the Red Army fails to make progress.



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* As Virgil says in ''Literature/TheDivineComedy'', as awful as the punishments of the sinners in hell already are, they will ''worsen'' after the Last Judgement.

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* David Gerrold's ''Literature/TheWarAgainstTheChtorr'' series depicts a decimated and squabbling humanity fighting a pretty hopeless war against a voracious invading alien ecosystem.


** Things go worse for the first time when people start to vanish, and the colonists think that a murderer is in their midst. They blame the IgnoredExpert, and leave him drugged and strapped to a table when the local wildlife comes calling: a deadly predator with SuperSpeed which is dubbed a grendel. Jor-El is understandably pissed, but a colonist woman tracks him down and plies him with sex to come back and kill it.

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** Things go worse for the first time when people start to vanish, and the colonists think that a murderer is in their midst. They blame the IgnoredExpert, and leave him drugged and strapped to a table when the local wildlife comes calling: a deadly predator with SuperSpeed which is dubbed a grendel. Jor-El The expert is understandably pissed, but a colonist woman tracks him down and plies him with sex to come back and kill it.


* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'': Harry Dresden will usually start the story with a major, but not intractable, problem. Then he'll find out that some sort of absurdly dangerous magical group involved. Okay, that's going to make things tougher, but- wait, there's ''another'' one? And they don't want him reaching his goal either? And now they're holding one of his friends hostage? And the whole city and probably eventually the rest of the world will be annihilated if he doesn't do something blatantly impossible? Ah, there we go, ''now'' it's a JimButcher novel. Taken UpToEleven in ''[[WhamEpisode Changes]]'', where the entire universe and everything in it seems determined to [[TraumaCongaLine eviscerate his soul]].

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* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'': Harry Dresden will usually start the story with a major, but not intractable, problem. Then he'll find out that some sort of absurdly dangerous magical group involved. Okay, that's going to make things tougher, but- wait, there's ''another'' one? And they don't want him reaching his goal either? And now they're holding one of his friends hostage? And the whole city and probably eventually the rest of the world will be annihilated if he doesn't do something blatantly impossible? Ah, there we go, ''now'' it's a JimButcher Creator/JimButcher novel. Taken UpToEleven in ''[[WhamEpisode Changes]]'', where the entire universe and everything in it seems determined to [[TraumaCongaLine eviscerate his soul]].

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* In the novel The Mark Of The Beast, the main character is an immortal werewolf who's lived for so long he's forgotten who he was and cannot escape from the curse of turning into a fierce werewolf during each full moon. Becoming a werewolf is heavily implied to be due to divine punishment, and as we learn the man's backstory it's apparent he deserved every single year of the punishment he received. Living so long that he's alive when man develops interstellar travel, he decided he's sneak aboard a spaceship going to another planet. No more moon, no more curse. Right? The day after he arrives he wakes up and is being interrogated by the police because he was found at the scene of a very brutal murder. It never occurred to him that the ship could be bound for a planet with multiple moons, ''and at least one of them is full every night.''


* [[Literature/TheDresdenFiles Harry Dresden]] will usually start the story with a major, but not intractable, problem. Then he'll find out that some sort of absurdly dangerous magical group involved. Okay, that's going to make things tougher, but- wait, there's ''another'' one? And they don't want him reaching his goal either? And now they're holding one of his friends hostage? And the whole city and probably eventually the rest of the world will be annihilated if he doesn't do something blatantly impossible? Ah, there we go, ''now'' it's a JimButcher novel. Taken UpToEleven in ''[[WhamEpisode Changes]]'', where the entire universe and everything in it seems determined to [[TraumaCongaLine eviscerate his soul]].

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* [[Literature/TheDresdenFiles ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'': Harry Dresden]] Dresden will usually start the story with a major, but not intractable, problem. Then he'll find out that some sort of absurdly dangerous magical group involved. Okay, that's going to make things tougher, but- wait, there's ''another'' one? And they don't want him reaching his goal either? And now they're holding one of his friends hostage? And the whole city and probably eventually the rest of the world will be annihilated if he doesn't do something blatantly impossible? Ah, there we go, ''now'' it's a JimButcher novel. Taken UpToEleven in ''[[WhamEpisode Changes]]'', where the entire universe and everything in it seems determined to [[TraumaCongaLine eviscerate his soul]].


* Voltaire's ''{{Candide}}'' is long stretches of this, with occasional respites of getting better so things can get worse again.

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* Voltaire's ''{{Candide}}'' ''Literature/{{Candide}}'' is long stretches of this, with occasional respites of getting better so things can get worse again.

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