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** Carol does her best to help when she finds him, but has to deal with the fact that she can barely help the person she loves so much, and also with how Harry flinches every time she gets too close (due to her superficial resemblance to Belova).

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** Carol does her best to help when she finds him, but has to deal with the fact that she can barely help the person she loves so much, and also with how Harry flinches every time she gets too close (due to her superficial resemblance to Belova). Multiple reviewers noted that both the PTSD itself, and the sensation of not being able to help someone through it due to their own triggers, are incredibly accurate and cut very close to home.


** Carol does her best to help when she finds him, but has to deal with the fact that she can barely help the person she loves so much, and also with how Harry flinches every time she gets too close.

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** Carol does her best to help when she finds him, but has to deal with the fact that she can barely help the person she loves so much, and also with how Harry flinches every time she gets too close.close (due to her superficial resemblance to Belova).

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* Harry has the PTSD event Strange warned about, and it is as terrifying and tearjerking as warned. Harry ends up bleeding because he rubs his skin raw.
** Carol does her best to help when she finds him, but has to deal with the fact that she can barely help the person she loves so much, and also with how Harry flinches every time she gets too close.


* Strange bluntly tells Clark to not waste time hoping for another Kryptonian having escaped the planet's destruction. He's advicing this because ''he'' desperately tried to find a hint of his birth clan having safely fled Uther Pendragon's relentless persecution against druids... only to be confronted to the cold truth that he well and truly was the SoleSurvivor.

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* Strange bluntly tells Clark to not waste time hoping for another Kryptonian having escaped the planet's destruction. destruction, even though he concedes that it's possible. He's advicing advising this because ''he'' desperately tried to find a hint of his birth clan having safely fled Uther Pendragon's relentless persecution against druids...druids, chasing rumours, getting his hopes... only to be confronted to the cold truth that he well and truly was the SoleSurvivor.

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* Strange bluntly tells Clark to not waste time hoping for another Kryptonian having escaped the planet's destruction. He's advicing this because ''he'' desperately tried to find a hint of his birth clan having safely fled Uther Pendragon's relentless persecution against druids... only to be confronted to the cold truth that he well and truly was the SoleSurvivor.


* In the aftermath of the fight against Reynolds, Strange asks Tony to help Harry, because he's going to go through a '''bad''' case of PTSD, courtesy of his memories from the Red Room, combined with how he found Clark close to being vivisected. When Tony (naturally) asks him if he can't help Harry, Strange bitterly says that he has tried ''everything'' in his hand to help Harry get through it, but has been unable to. Even angry as he realizes part of this is because of Strange's manipulative nature, Tony empathizes with Strange and can tell that he is an incredibly tired and frustrated man that has found a problem he cannot solve.
* Harry giving Clark another dose of BrutalHonesty regarding his crush on Lana, specifically how if he was really as in love with her as he claims, he'd know more than some basic character traits about her. Clark gets understandably upset to have this shoved in his face, even if he understands Harry's point.

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* In the aftermath of the fight against Reynolds, Strange asks Tony to help Harry, because he's going to go through a '''bad''' case of PTSD, courtesy of his memories from the Red Room, combined with how he found Clark close to being vivisected. When Tony (naturally) asks him if he can't help Harry, Strange bitterly says that he has tried ''everything'' in his hand power to help Harry get through it, but has been unable to. Even angry as he realizes part of this is because of Strange's manipulative nature, Tony empathizes with Strange and can tell that he is an incredibly tired and frustrated man that has found a problem he cannot solve.
* Harry Harry, a little reluctantly giving Clark another dose of BrutalHonesty regarding his crush on Lana, specifically after Clark brings it up. Specifically, he points out how if he Clark was really as in love with her as he claims, he'd know more than some basic character traits about her.her. While he adds that a) [[MindLinkMates his relationship with Carol]] (and the related mutual insight) is not anyone's standard of normal, b) he's not actually met Lana or seen/sensed how the two interact and feel about each other, c) Clark definitely cares about her and Lana probably cares about him... going by what Clark himself has said, it probably isn't True Love. Clark gets understandably upset to have this shoved in his face, even if he understands Harry's point.

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* Harry giving Clark another dose of BrutalHonesty regarding his crush on Lana, specifically how if he was really as in love with her as he claims, he'd know more than some basic character traits about her. Clark gets understandably upset to have this shoved in his face, even if he understands Harry's point.


* Harry and Carol discuss the problems that Jean's been going through: Playing big sister to Harry and Maddie, two incredibly traumatized family members; acting as the unofficial Head Girl at the Xavier Institute, meaning that she's also taking care of Bobby and the Red Room prisoners, all of whom have had plenty of traumatic experiences of their own, on top of all the angst that being a teenager ''and'' a mutant brings (plus, as Harry's demonstrated, being a telepath in a building full of teenagers is difficult enough at the best of times); struggling to deal with the fact that, at 17/18 years old, she's got PhysicalGod levels of PsychicPowers; captaining her soccer team; and dealing with academic pressure, as well as the pressure [[StepfordSmiler to keep up a happy face on top of all of that.]] And then [[{{Jerkass}} her boyfriend started cheating on her.]] Because "[[ItsAllAboutMe she wasn't spending enough time with him.]]" As Carol observes, it's mainly surprising that she didn't crack sooner.

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* Harry and Carol discuss the problems that Jean's been going through: Playing big sister to Harry and Maddie, two incredibly traumatized family members; acting as the unofficial Head Girl at the Xavier Institute, meaning that she's also taking care of Bobby and the Red Room prisoners, all of whom have had plenty of traumatic experiences of their own, on top of all the angst that being a teenager ''and'' a mutant brings (plus, as Harry's demonstrated, being a telepath in a building full of teenagers is difficult enough at the best of times); struggling to deal with the fact that, at 17/18 years old, she's got PhysicalGod levels of PsychicPowers; captaining her soccer team; and dealing with academic pressure, as well as the pressure [[StepfordSmiler to keep up a happy face on top of all of that.]] And then [[{{Jerkass}} her boyfriend started cheating on her.]] Because "[[ItsAllAboutMe she wasn't spending enough time with him.]]" him]]". As Carol observes, it's mainly surprising that she didn't crack sooner.


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* In the aftermath of the fight against Reynolds, Strange asks Tony to help Harry, because he's going to go through a '''bad''' case of PTSD, courtesy of his memories from the Red Room, combined with how he found Clark close to being vivisected. When Tony (naturally) asks him if he can't help Harry, Strange bitterly says that he has tried ''everything'' in his hand to help Harry get through it, but has been unable to. Even angry as he realizes part of this is because of Strange's manipulative nature, Tony empathizes with Strange and can tell that he is an incredibly tired and frustrated man that has found a problem he cannot solve.


* Pretty much everything about Ruth - at around 12 years old, her psychic powers were just starting to develop when she got hit by the side-effects of Harry and Maddie's psychic brawl. Her powers went out of control, [[GoMadFromTheRevelation the sheer amount of possibilities she could see drove her mad]], and she was reduced to begging on the streets, which implies that, for whatever reason, her parents either aren't around, or didn't care for her. It's a toss-up as to which possibility is more of a tearjerker.

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* Pretty much everything about Ruth - at around 12 years old, her psychic powers were just starting to develop when she got hit by the side-effects of Harry and Maddie's psychic brawl. Her powers went out of control, [[GoMadFromTheRevelation the sheer amount of possibilities she could see drove her mad]], and she was reduced to begging on the streets, which implies that, for whatever reason, her parents either aren't around, or didn't care for her. It's a toss-up as to which possibility is more of a tearjerker.tearjerker, with a hefty dose of FridgeHorror.



* Harry reveals that he unblocked his Red Son memories. All of those terrible things mentioned above? Now he can remember them.

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* Harry reveals that he unblocked his Red Son memories. All of those terrible things mentioned above? Now he can remember doing them.


* Harry reveals that he unblocked his ed Son memories. All of those terrible things mentioned above? Now he can remember them.

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* Harry reveals that he unblocked his ed Red Son memories. All of those terrible things mentioned above? Now he can remember them.


* Alison Carter remembering Piotr Rasputin: all he ever wanted was to peacefully live as a farmer, but the Red Room coveted his mutant power too much to take "no" for an answer, killed his parents to teach him a lesson about refusing then, then kidnapped his baby sister Illyana to make him comply to their wishes. When young Alison was abducted too and people came to rescue her, he was reminded of his little snowflake and turned against them, then with the help of Peggy and a few others tried to find his sister... only to learn she had been spirited away into Faerie and thanks to the [[YearInsideHourOutside time differential of the Nevernever]] was now a grown-up woman with a bad case of BlueAndOrangeMorality. As summed up, life conspired to make of Piotr a very lonely man.

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* Alison Carter remembering Piotr Rasputin: all he ever wanted was to peacefully live as a farmer, but the Red Room coveted his mutant power too much to take "no" for an answer, killed his parents to teach him a lesson about refusing then, them, then kidnapped his baby sister Illyana to make him comply to their wishes. When young Alison was abducted too and people came to rescue her, he was reminded of his little snowflake and turned against them, then with the help of Peggy and a few others tried to find his sister... only to learn she had been spirited away into Faerie and thanks to the [[YearInsideHourOutside time differential of the Nevernever]] was now a grown-up woman with a bad case of BlueAndOrangeMorality. As summed up, life conspired to make of Piotr a very lonely man.


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* Harry's HeroicBSOD after he's forced to [[spoiler: MindRape six Death Eaters]] in order to save his friends. He's left vomiting to the point of dry heaving, having completely drained himself emotionally.

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* Harry's HeroicBSOD after he's forced to [[spoiler: MindRape six Death Eaters]] Eaters in order to save his friends. He's left vomiting to the point of dry heaving, having completely drained himself emotionally.



* Harry [[spoiler: being brainwashed into becoming a Red Room agent and murdering dozens of people in cold blood, performing MindRape and loads of other horrible things as well.]] Just when you think he hasn't suffered enough... And all that after Maddie tried to protect him, too.
* Understandably, he [[BreakTheCutie completely breaks]] and starts [[spoiler: channelling the Dark Phoenix]], which manifests with what Dresden describes as a chilling, agonised scream. It's brief, but heartbreaking nonetheless.

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* Harry [[spoiler: being brainwashed into becoming a Red Room agent and murdering dozens of people in cold blood, performing MindRape and loads of other horrible things as well.]] well. Just when you think he hasn't suffered enough... And all that after Maddie tried to protect him, too.
* Understandably, he [[BreakTheCutie completely breaks]] and starts [[spoiler: channelling the Dark Phoenix]], Phoenix, which manifests with what Dresden describes as a chilling, agonised scream. It's brief, but heartbreaking nonetheless.



* [[spoiler: Surtur's]] backstory establishes he was a kind, gentle, and brilliant mage-scientist from an extremely advanced world. However, it was dying and he was so desperate for a way to save his people that he managed to summon and beg the Phoenix for help. As soon as he summoned her, [[HumbleHero he broke the circle, stating that he only wanted a chance to speak, not to bind Her.]] The Phoenix took pity on him and made him one of Her hosts to let him fulfil his aims. And it worked - [[spoiler: Surtur]] repaired and improved the planet, even kickstarting his people's evolution. But. He then thought, "Why stop there?" and started altering his people on a grand scale without their consent, making them 'better'. They rose up against him and the Phoenix came to reclaim Her power - he begged to keep it, to be allowed to finish what he had started. She refused, rebuking him for misusing it, and [[spoiler: Surtur]]... snapped. He'd spent decades studying the power he'd been given, so managed to separate it from the main Phoenix, which fled in agony and confusion, then obliterated and enslaved the spirits of his people, transforming them into Fire-Giants, becoming the first Dark Phoenix. He then resolved that he was the OnlySaneMan in an insane, flawed universe, and that it was up to him to burn it all down and rebuild it better. It ends up with him locked away for a million years. TragicVillain indeed.
* Stephen Strange grew up in [[spoiler: Camelot]] after being orphaned as a baby. Yes, ''that'' [[spoiler: Camelot.]] And even now, after [[spoiler: ''500,000'']] years, he still refuses to forgive himself for too late in arriving at [[spoiler: Camlann,]] thinking he could have struck [[spoiler: Mordred]] down and saved [[spoiler: King Arthur.]] It still haunts him. After all that time. And it's hinted that the reason he refuses to forgive himself is because he's terrified of JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope and starting to dismiss such things as 'the cost of doing business.' No wonder he's so messed up.
** He still regards as another regret the circumstances leading to [[spoiler: Surtur's]] binding, since one of his friends, Frey, had to sacrifice himself. Frey was young, and kind, and he was about to become a father, and Strange couldn't find a way to spare him which spared the universe too. Frey knew it and thanked Strange for trying, only asking Strange to walk with him while he left for his last battle.

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* [[spoiler: Surtur's]] Surtur's backstory establishes he was a kind, gentle, and brilliant mage-scientist from an extremely advanced world. However, it was dying and he was so desperate for a way to save his people that he managed to summon and beg the Phoenix for help. As soon as he summoned her, [[HumbleHero he broke the circle, stating that he only wanted a chance to speak, not to bind Her.]] The Phoenix took pity on him and made him one of Her hosts to let him fulfil his aims. And it worked - [[spoiler: Surtur]] Surtur repaired and improved the planet, even kickstarting his people's evolution. But. He then thought, "Why stop there?" and started altering his people on a grand scale without their consent, making them 'better'. They rose up against him and the Phoenix came to reclaim Her power - he begged to keep it, to be allowed to finish what he had started. She refused, rebuking him for misusing it, and [[spoiler: Surtur]]...Surtur... snapped. He'd spent decades studying the power he'd been given, so managed to separate it from the main Phoenix, which fled in agony and confusion, then obliterated and enslaved the spirits of his people, transforming them into Fire-Giants, becoming the first Dark Phoenix. He then resolved that he was the OnlySaneMan in an insane, flawed universe, and that it was up to him to burn it all down and rebuild it better. It ends up with him locked away for a million years. TragicVillain indeed.
* Stephen Strange grew up in [[spoiler: Camelot]] Camelot after being orphaned as a baby. Yes, ''that'' [[spoiler: Camelot.]] Camelot, and he became Court Physician and Court Bard, as well as a secondary CourtMage after Merlin. And even now, after [[spoiler: ''500,000'']] ''500,000'' years, he still refuses to forgive himself for too late in arriving at [[spoiler: Camlann,]] Camlann, thinking he could have struck [[spoiler: Mordred]] Mordred down and saved [[spoiler: King Arthur.]] Arthur. It still haunts him. After all that time. And it's hinted that the reason he refuses to forgive himself is because he's terrified of JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope and starting to dismiss such things as 'the cost of doing business.' No wonder he's so messed up.
** He still regards as another regret the circumstances leading to [[spoiler: Surtur's]] Surtur's binding, since one of his friends, Frey, had to sacrifice himself. Frey was young, and kind, and he was about to become a father, and Strange couldn't find a way to spare him which spared the universe too. Frey knew it and thanked Strange for trying, only asking Strange to walk with him while he left for his last battle.



** Additionally, what happened with [[spoiler: Arthur and Mordred]] and his being too late to stop the tragedy explains why he drove himself mad trying to do everything he could to save [[spoiler: Maddie/Rachel]] - he failed her the exact same way as he failed [[spoiler: Arthur]], by being too late, something he vowed after [[spoiler: Camlann]] to never, ''ever'' be.

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** Additionally, what happened with [[spoiler: Arthur and Mordred]] Mordred and his being too late to stop the tragedy explains why he drove himself mad trying to do everything he could to save [[spoiler: Maddie/Rachel]] Maddie/Rachel - he failed her the exact same way as he failed [[spoiler: Arthur]], Arthur, by being too late, something he vowed after [[spoiler: Camlann]] Camlann to never, ''ever'' be.



* Pretty much everything about Ruth - at around 12 years old, her psychic powers were just starting to develop when she got hit by the side-effects of Harry and [[spoiler: Maddie's]] psychic brawl. Her powers went out of control, [[GoMadFromTheRevelation the sheer amount of possibilities she could see drove her mad]], and she was reduced to begging on the streets, which implies that, for whatever reason, her parents either aren't around, or didn't care for her. It's a toss-up as to which possibility is more of a tearjerker.

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* Pretty much everything about Ruth - at around 12 years old, her psychic powers were just starting to develop when she got hit by the side-effects of Harry and [[spoiler: Maddie's]] Maddie's psychic brawl. Her powers went out of control, [[GoMadFromTheRevelation the sheer amount of possibilities she could see drove her mad]], and she was reduced to begging on the streets, which implies that, for whatever reason, her parents either aren't around, or didn't care for her. It's a toss-up as to which possibility is more of a tearjerker.



* In chapter 29, Steven 'Stevie' Danvers, Carol's younger brother, lays out what he's noticed about what's been going on (a lot, considering that he's LockedOutOfTheLoop), including that there was something fishy about their father suddenly getting a job that keeps him far away from his family (because [[spoiler: he tried to get Harry to alter Carol's mind]]). He then notes that their youngest brother, Joe junior, who's 9, doesn't understand what's going on, just that ''something'' is off and that his daddy is gone - he doesn't know why, much less understand (that there's a good reason for it), and therefore tends to cry himself to sleep whenever he thinks his older siblings aren't around (and Carol, to his line of thinking, seldom paid attention anyway, a remark she, a little ashamed, doesn't rebut). In general, it serves as a little reminder that what's good for the main cast has ramifications for other characters.
** Later on, Stevie being absolutely terrified of [[spoiler: Dracula's]] strike team - he is, after all, surrounded by monsters that are pretty open about how they have no use for him other than possibly as a snack, and his only protection is his superpowered big sister, who the monsters are clearly more powerful than, and the fact that they're only sparing him as long as he can serve as a hostage for Carol's good behaviour. While Carol's not especially fazed by [[spoiler: vampires]] etcetera, having had practise fighting monsters, Stevie is completely out of his depth and understandably terrified, and thus clinging to her as tightly as he can, with later chapters establishing that he's got PTSD. Another little set of ramifications.

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* In chapter 29, Steven 'Stevie' Danvers, Carol's younger brother, lays out what he's noticed about what's been going on (a lot, considering that he's LockedOutOfTheLoop), including that there was something fishy about their father suddenly getting a job that keeps him far away from his family (because [[spoiler: he tried to get Harry to alter Carol's mind]]). mind). He then notes that their youngest brother, Joe junior, who's 9, doesn't understand what's going on, just that ''something'' is off and that his daddy is gone - he doesn't know why, much less understand (that there's a good reason for it), and therefore tends to cry himself to sleep whenever he thinks his older siblings aren't around (and Carol, to his line of thinking, around. Furthermore, he believes that Carol seldom paid attention anyway, a remark she, a little ashamed, doesn't rebut).rebut. In general, it serves as a little reminder that what's good for the main cast has ramifications for other characters.
** Later on, Stevie being absolutely terrified of [[spoiler: Dracula's]] Dracula's strike team - he is, after all, surrounded by monsters that are pretty open about how they have no use for him other than possibly as a snack, and his only protection is his superpowered big sister, who the monsters are clearly more powerful than, and the fact that they're only sparing him as long as he can serve as a hostage for Carol's good behaviour. While Carol's not especially fazed by [[spoiler: vampires]] vampires etcetera, having had practise fighting monsters, Stevie is completely out of his depth and understandably terrified, and thus clinging to her as tightly as he can, with later chapters establishing that he's got PTSD. Another little set of ramifications.



* Gambit's reaction when he's informed [[spoiler: he's nothing but a clone grown by Sinister who only escaped by a freak accident]]? He runs away. When everyone finds him, [[StepfordSmiler he tries to play it cool, but he's obviously shaken]].
* When Jor-El realized Krypton was about to be destroyed, he immediately went to the Science Council to warn them... only for them to dismiss him. So he begged his friend Dru-Zod for help... and Zod ended up declaring war on Krypton's government. Oh, and don't forget this apocalyptic cult who started to worship Jor-El as a prophet of the coming doom, the 'Herald of the Eradicator'. Poor guy was reduced to hiding himself and his family to continue living in something approximating safety.

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* Gambit's reaction when he's informed [[spoiler: he's nothing but a clone grown by Sinister who only escaped by a freak accident]]? accident? He runs away. When everyone finds him, [[StepfordSmiler he tries to play it cool, but he's obviously shaken]].
* When Jor-El realized Krypton was about to be destroyed, he immediately went to the Science Council to warn them... only for them to dismiss him. So he begged his friend Dru-Zod for help... and Zod ended up declaring war on Krypton's government. Oh, and don't forget this apocalyptic cult who started to worship Jor-El as a prophet of the coming doom, the 'Herald of the Eradicator'. Poor Being a committed pacifist, he was utterly horrified at this, and the poor guy was reduced to hiding himself and his family to continue living in something approximating safety.



* Harry reveals that he unblocked his [[spoiler: Red Son]] memories. All of those terrible things mentioned above? Now he can remember them.
* It turns out that shortly before Harry killed it, the [[spoiler: Elder Wyrm]] touched Ron's mind and stirred some of his suspicions, and implied that the Winter Soldier is still alive. Harry is forced to do some quick thinking and usage of ExactWords, and though he smooths it over somewhat with a YouAreBetterThanYouThinkYouAre speech, he also admits that he would (and is) lying to him about some things. When Ron finds out the truth, it's going to be nasty...

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* Harry reveals that he unblocked his [[spoiler: Red Son]] ed Son memories. All of those terrible things mentioned above? Now he can remember them.
* It turns out that shortly before Harry killed it, the [[spoiler: Elder Wyrm]] Wyrm touched Ron's mind and stirred some of his suspicions, and implied that the Winter Soldier is still alive. Harry is forced to do some quick thinking and usage of ExactWords, and though he smooths it over somewhat with a YouAreBetterThanYouThinkYouAre speech, he also admits that he would (and is) lying to him about some things. When Ron finds out the truth, it's going to be nasty...



* At the Yule Ball, for the Last Dance, Doctor Strange dresses up in the formal bardic gear he wore back when he was known as Taliesin and was part-time Court Bard to [[spoiler: Arthur Pendragon]], and plays an ancient antique crwth (a Welsh semi-lyre/proto-violin), indicated to be his original instrument. What song is he playing? One that only one other living person has ever heard, because he's only ever played it once before, when he was a mortal young man: the First Dance for [[spoiler: Arthur and Guinevere's]] wedding. Who is he playing it for? [[spoiler: Harry and Carol]], of course, the last couple on the dance-floor. On one level, it's a sweet ShipperOnDeck moment. On another, though, it's a reminder of how utterly ancient and incredibly lonely Strange is, how much he's lost, and that this is part of his way of saying goodbye, because he's dying.

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* At the Yule Ball, for the Last Dance, Doctor Strange dresses up in the formal bardic gear he wore back when he was known as Taliesin and was part-time Court Bard to [[spoiler: Arthur Pendragon]], Pendragon, and plays an ancient antique crwth (a Welsh semi-lyre/proto-violin), indicated to be his original instrument. What song is he playing? One that only one other living person has ever heard, because he's only ever played it once before, when he was a mortal young man: the First Dance for [[spoiler: Arthur and Guinevere's]] Guinevere's wedding. Who is he playing it for? [[spoiler: Harry and Carol]], Carol, of course, the last couple on the dance-floor. On one level, it's a sweet ShipperOnDeck moment. On another, though, it's a reminder of how utterly ancient and incredibly lonely Strange is, how much he's lost, and that this is part of his way of saying goodbye, because he's dying.



* Harry actually ''isn't'' Thor's first demigod child. As Frigga put it, young Thor was reckless, not feckless, and took precautions after Loki's Hela fiasco. However, one time, he unfortunately failed to get those precautions updated. As a result, when he had a night with a mortal woman, it (against all odds, what with Asgardians having a low fertility rate) resulted in a pregnancy. Thor didn't know, because he assumed the precautions were still in place, immediately returned to Asgard, and was dispatched to Nidavaellir to help out in a minor war against the trolls, basically just as way of showing Asgard's support and his abilities. This took a few decades, and when he returned to Earth, he heard about [[spoiler: a shieldmaiden named Torunn who claimed she had been sired by the God of Thunder himself. While such claims were common enough, he remembered the village she was born in, noticed mention of superhuman attributes in stories about her, realised she probably was his and immediately went looking for her, following the stories... only to arrive several years after her burial. Oh, he still got to know her as she became a Valkyrie (an undead badass warrior woman protecting the Norse afterlife, slaughtering the monsters that still infest it, and even Outsiders that try and use it as a way into the Nine Realms), and she seemed to be enjoying herself (as Harry notes, it's what most of the family does for fun).]] He's not so bothered by the being dead part - as Frigga notes, death is seen differently in Asgard, since they know pretty much how it works. But what he ''is'' bitter about is the fact he missed a lifetime with his [[spoiler: daughter]]. This in turn is, according to Frigga, why he reacted so badly when he got his memories of Harry back, and is so bitter about having missed out on a good chunk of Harry's childhood.

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* Harry actually ''isn't'' Thor's first demigod child. As Frigga put it, young Thor was reckless, not feckless, and took precautions after Loki's Hela fiasco. However, one time, he unfortunately failed to get those precautions updated. As a result, when he had a night with a mortal woman, it (against all odds, what with Asgardians having a low fertility rate) resulted in a pregnancy. Thor didn't know, because he assumed the precautions were still in place, immediately returned to Asgard, and was dispatched to Nidavaellir to help out in a minor war against the trolls, basically just as way of showing Asgard's support and his abilities. This took a few decades, and when he returned to Earth, he heard about [[spoiler: a shieldmaiden named Torunn who claimed she had been sired by the God of Thunder himself. While such claims were common enough, he remembered the village she was born in, noticed mention of superhuman attributes in stories about her, realised she probably was his and immediately went looking for her, following the stories... only to arrive several years after her burial. Oh, he still got to know her as she became a Valkyrie (an undead badass warrior woman protecting the Norse afterlife, slaughtering the monsters that still infest it, and even Outsiders that try and use it as a way into the Nine Realms), and she seemed to be enjoying herself (as Harry notes, it's what most of the family does for fun).]] He's not so bothered by the being dead part - as Frigga notes, death is seen differently in Asgard, since they know pretty much how it works. But what he ''is'' bitter about is the fact he missed a lifetime with his [[spoiler: daughter]].daughter. This in turn is, according to Frigga, why he reacted so badly when he got his memories of Harry back, and is so bitter about having missed out on a good chunk of Harry's childhood.



* Wanda's reaction when Dresden meets his infant daughter: she's genuinely happy, she ''is'', but the bitterness and wistfulness are still there. [[spoiler:Once upon a time, she was the one apprentice with this tiny person she helped to come into the world, but she had to let Hermione go. And Harry, come to that.]]

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* Wanda's reaction when Dresden meets his infant daughter: she's genuinely happy, she ''is'', but the bitterness and wistfulness are still there. [[spoiler:Once Once upon a time, she was the one apprentice with this tiny person she helped to come into the world, but she had to let Hermione go. And Harry, come to that.]]


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* [[spoiler: Surtur's]] backstory establishes he was a brilliant mage-scientist from an extremely advanced world. However, it was dying and he was so desperate for a way to save his people that he managed to summon and beg the Phoenix for help. The Phoenix took pity on him and made him one of Her hosts to let him fulfil his aims. And it worked - [[spoiler: Surtur]] repaired and improved the planet, even kickstarting his people's evolution. But. He then thought, "Why stop there?" and started altering his people on a grand scale without their consent, making them 'better'. They rose up against him and the Phoenix came to reclaim Her power - he begged to keep it, to be allowed to finish what he had started. She refused, rebuking him for misusing it, and [[spoiler: Surtur]]... snapped. He'd spent decades studying the power he'd been given, so managed to separate it from the main Phoenix, which fled in agony and confusion, then obliterated and enslaved the spirits of his people, transforming them into Fire-Giants, becoming the first Dark Phoenix. He then resolved that he was the OnlySaneMan in an insane, flawed universe, and that it was up to him to burn it all down and rebuild it better. It ends up with him locked away for a million years. TragicVillain indeed.

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* [[spoiler: Surtur's]] backstory establishes he was a kind, gentle, and brilliant mage-scientist from an extremely advanced world. However, it was dying and he was so desperate for a way to save his people that he managed to summon and beg the Phoenix for help. As soon as he summoned her, [[HumbleHero he broke the circle, stating that he only wanted a chance to speak, not to bind Her.]] The Phoenix took pity on him and made him one of Her hosts to let him fulfil his aims. And it worked - [[spoiler: Surtur]] repaired and improved the planet, even kickstarting his people's evolution. But. He then thought, "Why stop there?" and started altering his people on a grand scale without their consent, making them 'better'. They rose up against him and the Phoenix came to reclaim Her power - he begged to keep it, to be allowed to finish what he had started. She refused, rebuking him for misusing it, and [[spoiler: Surtur]]... snapped. He'd spent decades studying the power he'd been given, so managed to separate it from the main Phoenix, which fled in agony and confusion, then obliterated and enslaved the spirits of his people, transforming them into Fire-Giants, becoming the first Dark Phoenix. He then resolved that he was the OnlySaneMan in an insane, flawed universe, and that it was up to him to burn it all down and rebuild it better. It ends up with him locked away for a million years. TragicVillain indeed.



* Dresden unloading to Murphy how Strange manipulated his mother to ensure he and Thomas were born, all as part of his larger agenda. He admits that he logically understands Strange's reasoning for doing so, but is still clearly torn up over the fact that he was a pawn before he was even born, and that his mother had to suffer for it.

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* Dresden unloading to Murphy how Strange manipulated his mother to ensure he and Thomas were born, all as part of his larger agenda. He admits that he logically understands Strange's reasoning for doing so, but is still clearly torn up over the fact that he was a pawn before he was even born, and that his mother had to suffer and die for it.

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* Dresden unloading to Murphy how Strange manipulated his mother to ensure he and Thomas were born, all as part of his larger agenda. He admits that he logically understands Strange's reasoning for doing so, but is still clearly torn up over the fact that he was a pawn before he was even born, and that his mother had to suffer for it.

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