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* TheAtoner: Lucifer has become this long, long after the war that caused him to fall to Hell; as beloved as he is by his subjects, Lucifer is still ''haunted'' by all the deaths of his servitors in the war.

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* TheAtoner: Lucifer has become this long, long after the war that caused him to fall to Hell; as beloved as he is by his subjects, Lucifer is still ''haunted'' haunted by all the deaths of his servitors in the war.



* HeroicWillpower: Satannus's is so strong she ''wills her soul back into her body'' when Apophis mortally wounds her, leading to Apophis's utter shock in "nobody has a will that strong. Nobody."

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* HeroicWillpower: Satannus's is so strong she ''wills wills her soul back into her body'' body when Apophis mortally wounds her, leading to Apophis's utter shock in "nobody has a will that strong. Nobody."



* OhCrap: [[spoiler:Apophis realizes ''just'' who he's taking on when Satannus fights him directly in her [[TheLastDance swan song]]: ''Neverkind''.]]

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* OhCrap: [[spoiler:Apophis realizes ''just'' just who he's taking on when Satannus fights him directly in her [[TheLastDance swan song]]: ''Neverkind''.Neverkind.]]



** The King of Serpents seeks to consume all of existence. [[spoiler:Or that's the farce he presents--his goal is actually an ''inversion''.]]

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** The King of Serpents seeks to consume all of existence. [[spoiler:Or that's the farce he presents--his goal is actually an ''inversion''.]]inversion as he is trying to preserve the universe within his coils]].



* SingleStrokeBattle: Aleviel versus Apophis's true body, a black snake the size of a planet? [[spoiler: The two pass one another and Apophis simply splits apart.]]

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* SingleStrokeBattle: Aleviel versus Apophis's true body, a black snake the size of a planet? planet. [[spoiler: The two pass one another and Apophis simply splits apart.]]



* SoulEating: The King of Serpents' forte. When he devours someone's soul, it's ''[[CessationOfExistence gone]]''.

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* SoulEating: The King of Serpents' forte. When he devours someone's soul, it's ''[[CessationOfExistence gone]]''.[[CessationOfExistence gone]].



* YouAreNotAlone: [[spoiler:Nephera lends a hand to Aleviel in a crucial moment with a spot of BrutalHonesty telling her she's tortured herself ''enough'' for her mistakes and the others are in the fight against Apophis with her ''together'' now, no matter the divides of the past]].

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* YouAreNotAlone: [[spoiler:Nephera lends a hand to Aleviel in a crucial moment with a spot of BrutalHonesty telling her she's tortured herself ''enough'' enough for her mistakes and the others are in the fight against Apophis with her ''together'' together now, no matter the divides of the past]].


* CharacterDevelopment: Apophis starts the story off as a rather generic bad guy who just wants to devour the entire Teraverse for nothing but pleasure, but as the story goes on, [[spoiler:he begins questioning his actions, his relationship with Ra, and even dies feeling sadness for his actions.]]



* KarmicDeath: [[spoiler:Yamada is killed by Yig via having all of the power within him completely drained, this being after Yamada did the exact same thing to Yig.]]



* TheLastDance: [[spoiler:Satannus knows she's a goner when she finally takes on Apophis directly, but that doesn't stop her from putting in everything she has into the subsequent fight and nearly killing Apophis before her strength gives away]].
* MadScientist: Yamada, who created the drug Cobra, and plans to have the entire Teraverse converted into his own personal laboratory where he will experiment on countless people.



* OffWithHisHead: How Yamata no Orochi was taken care of in the past, though that tactic has been shown multiple times to only weaken the beast, not kill him.



* OmnicidalManiac: The King of Serpents seeks to consume all of existence. [[spoiler:Or that's the farce he presents--his goal is actually an ''inversion''.]]

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* OmnicidalManiac: OmnicidalManiac:
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The King of Serpents seeks to consume all of existence. [[spoiler:Or that's the farce he presents--his goal is actually an ''inversion''.]]
** Yamada is a straight example, as with the power of [[spoiler:Yig, he plans to not only slaughter all of earth, but also enact the complete destruction of Heaven and Hell.
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* ProphecyTwist: [[spoiler: Only Susanoo or one with the heart of Amaterasu can wield the Kusanagi blade. Kasumi states Grete has her heart and as the incarnation of Amaterasu, this allows Grete to wield the sword.]]
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: [[spoiler: Jormungandr turns on Yamada at the end at cost of his life.]]

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* ProphecyTwist: [[spoiler: Only [[spoiler:Only Susanoo or one with the heart of Amaterasu can wield the Kusanagi blade. Kasumi states Grete has her heart and as the incarnation of Amaterasu, this allows Grete to wield the sword.]]
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: [[spoiler: Jormungandr [[spoiler:Jormungandr turns on Yamada at the end at cost of his life.]]



* {{Sadist}}: Yamada gets a sense of joy from annihilating planets and feeding their souls to Apophis. He also enjoys carving people up for thrills and satisfaction.



* TakingYouWithMe: [[spoiler: Kaliya tries to throw himself and Yamada off the branches of Yggdrasil so Nidhoggr can devour both of them. It doesn't work, but props for the effort.]]

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* TakingYouWithMe: [[spoiler: Kaliya [[spoiler:Kaliya tries to throw himself and Yamada off the branches of Yggdrasil so Nidhoggr can devour both of them. It doesn't work, but props for the effort.]]



* TheLastDance: [[spoiler:Satannus knows she's a goner when she finally takes on Apophis directly, but that doesn't stop her from putting in everything she has into the subsequent fight and nearly killing Apophis before her strength gives away]].



* TragicVillain: [[spoiler:Apophis is revealed to be one in his final moments, as he starts to understand his ruined friendship with Ra, and for the first time starts to feel sorrow for his actions.]]



* WhyWontYouDie: Apophis becomes quite frustrated that [[spoiler: Satannus and Hardestadt both refuse to just give up and die.]]
* WorfHadTheFlu: [[spoiler: Apophis is torn to ribbons by Satannus in their fight and faces Hardestadt considerably weakened.]]

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* WhyWontYouDie: Apophis becomes quite frustrated that [[spoiler: Satannus [[spoiler:Satannus and Hardestadt both refuse to just give up and die.]]
* WorfHadTheFlu: [[spoiler: Apophis [[spoiler:Apophis is torn to ribbons by Satannus in their fight and faces Hardestadt considerably weakened.]]



* YourDaysAreNumbered: [[spoiler: Apophis poisons Hardestadt in their first clash and he realizes that this means he's gotten a sudden dose of mortality if Apophis isn't stopped.]]

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* YourDaysAreNumbered: [[spoiler: Apophis [[spoiler:Apophis poisons Hardestadt in their first clash and he realizes that this means he's gotten a sudden dose of mortality if Apophis isn't stopped.]]

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* MyFriendsAndZoidberg: Yamada has to remind himself about the Basilisk when discussing the members of the serpent conspiracy.

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* ThatsNoMoon: [[spoiler:The 'Black Moon' that serves as Apophis's base of operations is in truth his true body: a black snake the size of a planet wrapped into a tight ball.]]


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* ScaledUp: All the members of the serpent conspiracy assume the forms of gigantic snakes when they go OneWingedAngel.
* SnakesAreSinister: The villains are all serpent monsters and deities from myth, and quite sinister.

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* YouHaveFailedMe: [[spoiler:Whoever "Mr. Z" is, he's quite unimpressed with Gregory Haines, and leaves him to the mercy of his TortureTechnician Kasarian]].

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* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:The conspiracy is dismantled, Heaven and Hell are closer than they have been for eons, Grete and Kasumi are an item, and Apophis is thwarted and slain, but he and his forces have still wreaked colossal damage and many sacrifice their lives for victory--most notably Satannus, Hardestadt's old mentor and Soul-Bond. Regardless, Hardestadt honors her memory and continues to push onward with his family, as always]].


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* HiddenAgendaVillain:
** Apophis' scheme is, ostensibly, to devour the Teraverse. [[spoiler:He keeps up this front for a while before revealing it's shifted; he instead wants to preserve it, and devour the souls of all those who die in a spiritually broken world forevermore]].
** [[spoiler:Whoever the mysterious "Mr. Z" is, he's clearly running some sort of scheme behind the lines, something involving the mysterious "Black Sun"]].


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* KickTheSonOfABitch: [[spoiler:Gregory Haines, a willing asset to Siegfried's Pine Creek scheme in the [[Literature/UnderTheColdMoon previous story]], is visited by the mysterious "Mr. Z" and left to the whims of his sadistic partner Kasarian, [[CruelAndUnusualDeath for ten minutes]]...]]


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* LegendFadesToMyth: [[spoiler:Satannus' name is passed on to the end of eternity as the epilogue posits, with everyone saying the same thing when the legendary warrior's name is spoken and one asks what happened to her: "she stood alone against the serpent."]]

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* AintTooProudToBeg: When hell is their only refuge and facing with demons who are not keen on sparing their lives, the archangel Jibrill resorts to begging Karai in order to save the lives of the angels under her care on her hands and knees to the shock of angel and demon alike.


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* AttackOfThe50FootWhatever: The Battle of Japan is a borderline Kaiju fight, with Kukulcan, Jormungandr and the Yamata no Orochi assuming their true forms: gigantic, massive serpents, only to be opposed by the other serpent gods and Oyuki and Fenrir transforming into a giant fox and wolf respectively.


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* GoOutWithASmile: Both [[spoiler: Uriel and Satannus die with peaceful, happy smiles on their faces.]]


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* HeroicWillpower: Satannus's is so strong she ''wills her soul back into her body'' when Apophis mortally wounds her, leading to Apophis's utter shock in "nobody has a will that strong. Nobody."
* IDontWantToDie: Satannus [[spoiler:has a moment where she's genuinely terrified before facing Apophis, realizing her final fate will be oblivion and that she doesn't want to die, before she steels herself and lets her wrath take over.]]


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* MentorOccupationalHazard: [[spoiler: It took a long time, but Satannus finally dies in the arms of her beloved student.]]
* MercyKill: [[spoiler: To prevent Apophis from eating Satannus's soul, Hardestadt himself gives her the deathblow at her request.]]


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* RedemptionEqualsDeath: [[spoiler: Jormungandr turns on Yamada at the end at cost of his life.]]


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* RevengeBeforeReason: Jormungandr is working for the Serpent Conspiracy to see the soul of Odin devoured by Apophis in retribution for all he's done to Jormungandr's family. Further moral concerns have ceased to matter to him.


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* SingleStrokeBattle: Aleviel versus Apophis's true body, a black snake the size of a planet? [[spoiler: The two pass one another and Apophis simply splits apart.]]
* SoProudOfYou: Satannus isn't shy about telling Hardestadt of her pride in him as a student.


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* WhyWontYouDie: Apophis becomes quite frustrated that [[spoiler: Satannus and Hardestadt both refuse to just give up and die.]]
* WorfHadTheFlu: [[spoiler: Apophis is torn to ribbons by Satannus in their fight and faces Hardestadt considerably weakened.]]


* AnyoneCanDie: After several stories of relatively few if any major heroes biting the dust in previous stories, ''Serpents'' ratchets up the mortality rate something fierce: of the most major characters to die, [[spoiler:Kaliya, Susanoo, Uriel, and Satannus end up carking it for good]].

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* AnyoneCanDie: After several stories of relatively few if any major heroes biting the dust in previous stories, ''Serpents'' ratchets up the mortality rate something fierce: of the most major characters to die, [[spoiler:Kaliya, Susanoo, Uriel, and Satannus and Ra end up carking it for good]].


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* DraggedOffToHell: [[spoiler:Yamada's final fate is to be dragged off shrieking by none other than Yig, who is very displeased with Yamada for having callously slaughtered those it considers its children]].


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* FaceDeathWithDignity: [[spoiler:Apophis peacefully, if sorrowfully, accepts his final fate when he's finally undone by Hardestadt and Ra]].


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* TogetherInDeath: [[spoiler:Apophis and Ra take the walk into oblivion together at the end of the very final battle]].


* AnyoneCanDie: After several stories of relatively few if any major heroes biting the dust in previous stories, ''Serpents'' ratchets up the mortality rate something fierce: of the most major characters to die, [[spoiler:Kaliya, Susanoo, Uriel, and Satannus end up carking it for good]].



* AnyoneCanDie: After several stories of relatively few if any major heroes biting the dust in previous stories, ''Serpents'' ratchets up the mortality rate something fierce: of the most major characters to die, [[spoiler:Kaliya, Susanoo, Uriel, and Satannus end up carking it for good]].


* KIllTheOnesYouLove: [[spoiler:She's already mortally wounded, but Hardestadt has to kill Satannus, his mentor and aunt, to prevent her soul from being devoured by Apophis]].

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* KIllTheOnesYouLove: KillTheOnesYouLove: [[spoiler:She's already mortally wounded, but Hardestadt has to kill Satannus, his mentor and aunt, to prevent her soul from being devoured by Apophis]].

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* KIllTheOnesYouLove: [[spoiler:She's already mortally wounded, but Hardestadt has to kill Satannus, his mentor and aunt, to prevent her soul from being devoured by Apophis]].


* AnyoneCanDie: After several stories of relatively few if any major heroes biting the dust in previous stories, ''Serpents'' ratchets up the mortality rate something fierce: of the most major characters to die, [[spoiler:Kaliya, Susanoo, Uriel, and Satannus end up carking it for good]].



** [[spoiler:Satannus and Hardestadt's final exchange hearkens back to the vow they made in ''Literature/TheKissOfWrath'' that made them Soul-Bonded; "blood of my blood, soul of my soul."]]



* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Uriel gives his own life for the sake of both Heaven and Hell, stalling Apophis and preventing him from devouring his soul]].



* OmnicidalManiac: The King of Serpents seeks to consume all of existence.

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* OhCrap: [[spoiler:Apophis realizes ''just'' who he's taking on when Satannus fights him directly in her [[TheLastDance swan song]]: ''Neverkind''.]]
* OmnicidalManiac: The King of Serpents seeks to consume all of existence. [[spoiler:Or that's the farce he presents--his goal is actually an ''inversion''.]]


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* TheLastDance: [[spoiler:Satannus knows she's a goner when she finally takes on Apophis directly, but that doesn't stop her from putting in everything she has into the subsequent fight and nearly killing Apophis before her strength gives away]].


* HeroKiller: The King of Serpents is a threat to even Heaven and Hell, [[EstablishingCharacterMoment establishing himself]] by ensnaring two devils and slaughtering them--an event that hasn't happened in eons.

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* HeroKiller: HeroKiller:
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The King of Serpents is a threat to even Heaven and Hell, [[EstablishingCharacterMoment establishing himself]] by ensnaring two devils and slaughtering them--an event that hasn't happened in eons.eons.
** His second-in-command, Yamada, is no less proficient, posing a very genuine, real threat to the heroes whenever he's on-stage. [[spoiler:Kaliya and Susanoo both end up slain when they try and pick a fight with him directly]].



* TakingYouWithMe: [[spoiler: Kaliya tries to throw himself and Yamada off the branches of Yggdrasil so Nidhoggr can devour both of them. It doesn't work, but props for the effort.]]

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* SurprisinglySuddenDeath: [[spoiler:Susanoo's ill-considered direct attack on Yamada results in him being cut to ribbons in a few seconds]].
* TakingYouWithMe: [[spoiler: Kaliya tries to throw himself and Yamada off the branches of Yggdrasil so Nidhoggr can devour both of them. It doesn't work, but props for the effort.]] ]]
* ToughLove: Nephera continues to show that she's a master practitioner; she gets Aleviel out of a funk by bluntly calling her [[BrutalHonesty a coward running from her mistakes]], and telling her that Aleviel's threats in response are completely empty.


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* YouAreNotAlone: [[spoiler:Nephera lends a hand to Aleviel in a crucial moment with a spot of BrutalHonesty telling her she's tortured herself ''enough'' for her mistakes and the others are in the fight against Apophis with her ''together'' now, no matter the divides of the past]].

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* RescueRomance: Grete and Kasumi's feelings for one another begin when Grete saves her from the serpent conspiracy.

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* ProphecyTwist: [[spoiler: Only Susanoo or one with the heart of Amaterasu can wield the Kusanagi blade. Kasumi states Grete has her heart and as the incarnation of Amaterasu, this allows Grete to wield the sword.]]

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