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* SiblingYinYang: Tacenda and Willia each got half the Bog's power, giving them complementary gifts and curses: Willia is inhumanly strong and powerful while the sun is up, but becomes completely blind while it's down, while Tacenda can see clearly in the dark and perform MagicMusic, but is blind while the sun is up.

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* SiblingYinYang: Tacenda and Willia each got half the Bog's power, giving them complementary gifts and curses: Willia is inhumanly strong and powerful while the sun is up, but becomes completely blind while it's down, while Tacenda can see clearly in the dark and perform MagicMusic, but is blind while the sun is up.up.
* WordOfSaintPaul: Sanderson mentions on his website that it was his intention for holding the Entities to grant Planeswalking abilities, and that neither Davriel nor Tacenda were supposed to be natural Planeswalkers. However, this would involve more lore implications than Wizards was comfortable with canonizing, so he was deliberately ambiguous in the actual story.


* PowerParasite: Davriel's only innate power (without tapping the Entity, at least), is the ability to steal magical tricks from other people. It's not permanent: He can hold a power for anywhere from a few weeks to a few months without using it, if he does it will be gone in a few days (or after a couple of uses).

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* PowerParasite: Davriel's only innate power (without tapping the Entity, at least), is the ability to steal magical tricks from other people. It's not permanent: He can hold a power for anywhere from a few weeks to a few months without using it, it; if he does does, it will be gone in a few days (or after a couple of uses).


** Before the start of the story, the angels who most humans worshiped all went violently insane, dealing hefty damage to faith and religion. The Nameless Angel is the exception, and her religion is still gaining followers. [[spoiler:But she wasn't actually an exception--her followers chained her up in the basement when she went insane, and eventually forced an old demon hunter to execute her. Part of what caused Willia's StartOfDarkness was finding out that her religion had murdered her god]]. On the other hand, [[spoiler:Tacenda seemingly speaks to the angel's soul (even though angels aren't supposed to have souls), which is calm and kind and gives her the advice she needs to save everyone]].

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** Before the start of the story, the angels who whom most humans worshiped all went violently insane, dealing hefty damage to faith and religion. The Nameless Angel is the exception, and her religion is still gaining followers. [[spoiler:But she wasn't actually an exception--her followers chained her up in the basement when she went insane, and eventually forced an old demon hunter to execute her. Part of what caused Willia's StartOfDarkness was finding out that her religion had murdered her god]]. On the other hand, [[spoiler:Tacenda seemingly speaks to the angel's soul (even though angels aren't supposed to have souls), which is calm and kind and gives her the advice she needs to save everyone]].


''Children of the Nameless'' is a ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' novella, written by ''Creator/BrandonSanderson'', and available for free download on the ''Magic'' website.

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''Children of the Nameless'' is a ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' novella, novella set on Innistrad, written by ''Creator/BrandonSanderson'', and available for free download on the ''Magic'' website.

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** According to [[WordOfGod Brandon Sanderson's reddit]], the main villains are Green-aligned as to show the more negative side of that colour for a long welcome change. This includes [[spoiler:the aforementioned Willia, who is Green/White/Black]], the Bog Entity (who strictly doesn't care about which of the sisters survives, only that it is fed) and the mindless, assimilatory geists (which are helpfully described as glowing with a green light in the text).


* DarkIsNotEvil: The Bog is... strange. It raises the local villagers like cattle and takes their souls when they die, but [[spoiler:the souls live on as part of it, which is as good an afterlife as they can hope for]]. The person who killed the town, [[spoiler:Willia, was seemingly corrupted by the power of the Bog in her head, but the power of the Bog in Tacenda's head is calm and gives Tacenda everything she needs in the end]].

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* DarkIsNotEvil: The Bog is... strange. It raises the local villagers like cattle and takes their souls when they die, but [[spoiler:the souls live on as part of it, which is as good an afterlife as they can hope for]]. The person who killed the town, [[spoiler:Willia, was seemingly corrupted by the power of the Bog in her head, but the power of the Bog in Tacenda's head is calm and gives Tacenda everything she needs in the end]]. Davriel Cane and most of his demons as well, though they're not particularly altruistic either.



* LightIsNotGood: Before the start of the story, the angels who most humans worshiped all went violently insane, dealing hefty damage to faith and religion. The Nameless Angel is the exception, and her religion is still gaining followers. [[spoiler:But she wasn't actually an exception--her followers chained her up in the basement when she went insane, and eventually forced an old demon hunter to execute her. Part of what caused Willia's StartOfDarkness was finding out that her religion had murdered her god]]. On the other hand, [[spoiler:Tacenda seemingly speaks to the angel's soul (even though angels aren't supposed to have souls), which is calm and kind and gives her the advice she needs to save everyone]].

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* LightIsNotGood: LightIsNotGood:
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Before the start of the story, the angels who most humans worshiped all went violently insane, dealing hefty damage to faith and religion. The Nameless Angel is the exception, and her religion is still gaining followers. [[spoiler:But she wasn't actually an exception--her followers chained her up in the basement when she went insane, and eventually forced an old demon hunter to execute her. Part of what caused Willia's StartOfDarkness was finding out that her religion had murdered her god]]. On the other hand, [[spoiler:Tacenda seemingly speaks to the angel's soul (even though angels aren't supposed to have souls), which is calm and kind and gives her the advice she needs to save everyone]].everyone]].
** [[spoiler:Willia Verlassen]] is stronger during the day and even throws around "bolts of light", [[spoiler:but she is the evil twin]].

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** This extends to his demonic minions; in a setting where demons are AlwaysChaoticEvil, Davriel's demons are given some sympathetic qualities. Brerig isn't actively malicious and is loyal to Davriel, and Miss Highwater appreciates that Davriel recognizes her for her skill in writing contracts rather than being HotAsHell.


* AmbiguouslyGay: Davriel completely ignores all of Miss Highwater's attempts to seduce him. In fact, their contract is that she gets his soul if she can successfully seduce him, and he never makes a contract that has any chance of coming back to bite him.



* EmbarrassingFirstName: Miss Highwater's True Name is "Voluptia." Davriel says it sounds like something a twelve year-old boy would come up with. She retorts that she was only a few days old when she came up with it.

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* EmbarrassingFirstName: Miss Highwater's True Name is "Voluptia."Voluptara." Davriel says it sounds like something a twelve year-old boy would come up with. She retorts that she was [[OurDemonsAreDifferent only a few days old old]] when she came up with it.


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* NotDistractedByTheSexy: Davriel completely ignores all of Miss Highwater's attempts to seduce him. In fact, their contract is that she gets his soul if she can successfully seduce him, and he never makes a contract that has any chance of coming back to bite him.


* ChekhovsGun: [[spoiler: Early in the book, Davriel uses a minor spell that lets him coat surfaces in ink. Every time his arsenal of stolen spells is enumerated thereafter, the inkspell is mentioned and dismissed as useless to the problem at hand. Until at the climax of the book, he remembers that Willa is ''terrified'' of the dark, and uses the spell to coat her eyes in ink, blinding her.]]

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* ChekhovsGun: [[spoiler: Early in the book, Davriel uses a minor spell that lets him coat surfaces in ink. Every time his arsenal of stolen spells is enumerated thereafter, the inkspell is mentioned and dismissed as useless to the problem at hand. Until at the climax of the book, he remembers that Willa Willia is ''terrified'' of the dark, and uses the spell to coat her eyes in ink, blinding her.]]

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* AffablyEvil: Davriel is almost completely selfish and thinks nothing of feeding pesky intruders to his demonic servants, but he isn't actively malicious and mostly just wants to be left alone.


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* BrilliantButLazy: Davriel is clever enough to make multiple [[DealWithTheDevil Deals With The Devil]] and come out the better for each one through blatant LoopholeAbuse. He has no desire to use that cleverness for anything more than setting himself up in a comfy mansion with a bunch of demonic servants who can handle all worldly concerns for him while he faffs about and takes long naps all day.


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* EveryoneHasStandards: Davriel isn't particularly compassionate, but he remains horrified of the carnage that resulted the last time he tried to have ambitions, and never wants to cause anything like it again.


* DealWithTheDevil: Davriel has an entire ''mansion'' of demon's who all have contracts for his soul. It goes to whichever one manages to fulfill their contracts stipends first (Brerig has to solve a riddle, Crunchgnar has to make sure Davriel lives to sixty-five without dying, ect.). Luckily for Davriel, he's ''very'' good at [[ExactWords wording the contracts]] in such a way to make that impossible.

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* DealWithTheDevil: Davriel has an entire ''mansion'' of demon's demons who all have contracts for his soul. It goes to whichever one manages to fulfill their contracts stipends first (Brerig has to solve a riddle, Crunchgnar has to make sure Davriel lives to sixty-five without dying, ect.). Luckily for Davriel, he's ''very'' good at [[ExactWords wording the contracts]] in such a way to make that impossible.


* ChekovsGun: [[spoiler: Early in the book, Davriel uses a minor spell that lets him coat surfaces in ink. Every time his arsenal of stolen spells is enumerated thereafter, the inkspell is mentioned and dismissed as useless to the problem at hand. Until at the climax of the book, he remembers that Willa is ''terrified'' of the dark, and uses the spell to coat her eyes in ink, blinding her.]]

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* ChekovsGun: ChekhovsGun: [[spoiler: Early in the book, Davriel uses a minor spell that lets him coat surfaces in ink. Every time his arsenal of stolen spells is enumerated thereafter, the inkspell is mentioned and dismissed as useless to the problem at hand. Until at the climax of the book, he remembers that Willa is ''terrified'' of the dark, and uses the spell to coat her eyes in ink, blinding her.]]


* ChekovsGun: [[spoiler: Early in the book, Davriel uses a minor spell that lets him coat surfaces in ink. Every time his arsenal of stolen spells is enumerated thereafter, the inkspell is mentioned and dismissed as useless to the problem at hand. Until at the climax of the book, he remembers that Willa is ''terrified'' of the dark, and uses the spell to coat her eyes in ink, blinding her.]]



* HolyBurnsEvil: Apparently, if Davriel tries to steal a power from a genuinely good person, it is excruciatingly painful for the both of them, and the power fades much more quickly. Unfortunately for Davriel, the genuinely good head of a local monastery happens to have a ghost-binding spell that Davriel regularly needs to use.



* SelfMadeOrphan: [[spoiler: Willia was responsible for the death of her and Tacenda's parents, though she claims it was accidental. Everyone after that, however, wasn't]].

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* PowerParasite: Davriel's only innate power (without tapping the Entity, at least), is the ability to steal magical tricks from other people. It's not permanent: He can hold a power for anywhere from a few weeks to a few months without using it, if he does it will be gone in a few days (or after a couple of uses).
* SelfMadeOrphan: [[spoiler: Willia was responsible for the death of her and Tacenda's parents, though she claims it was accidental. Everyone after that, however, wasn't]].wasn't]].
* SiblingYinYang: Tacenda and Willia each got half the Bog's power, giving them complementary gifts and curses: Willia is inhumanly strong and powerful while the sun is up, but becomes completely blind while it's down, while Tacenda can see clearly in the dark and perform MagicMusic, but is blind while the sun is up.

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* EmbarrassingFirstName: Miss Highwater's True Name is "Voluptia." Davriel says it sounds like something a twelve year-old boy would come up with. She retorts that she was only a few days old when she came up with it.

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