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* TalkingToThemselves: If you have Ulyaoth be the main antagonist, Richard Doyle (who also voices Pious) will be speaking to himself, as he also voices Ulyaoth.

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* TalkingToThemselves: TalkingToHimself: If you have Ulyaoth be the main antagonist, Richard Doyle (who also voices Pious) will be speaking to himself, as he also voices Ulyaoth.

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* TalkingToThemselves: If you have Ulyaoth be the main antagonist, Richard Doyle (who also voices Pious) will be speaking to himself, as he also voices Ulyaoth.


* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: Played with.[[spoiler:It is the efforts of Alex and the others who foil the Ancients, but they never could have done it without Mantorok’s help. It’s basically “Did you and Nylarhotep punch out Cthulhu together?”]]

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* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: Played with.[[spoiler:It is the efforts of Alex and the others who foil the Ancients, but they never could have done it without Mantorok’s help. It’s basically “Did you and Nylarhotep Nyarlathotep punch out Cthulhu together?”]]


* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: [[spoiler:[[AvertedTrope No.]] Mantorok did.]]

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* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: [[spoiler:[[AvertedTrope No.]] Mantorok did.]]Played with.[[spoiler:It is the efforts of Alex and the others who foil the Ancients, but they never could have done it without Mantorok’s help. It’s basically “Did you and Nylarhotep punch out Cthulhu together?”]]


* TomeOfEldritchLore: The semi-eponymous Tome of Eternal Darkness, an ancient text made from human skin and bones. Inside is the knowledge of millennia which includes eldritch spells and the fates of all who have ever come to possess it. Also, it seems to be able to hope across time and spontaneously appear to prospective recipients while at the same time having a physical form. You spend most of the game reading it and most of the time not reading it trying to find more pages.

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* TomeOfEldritchLore: The semi-eponymous Tome of Eternal Darkness, an ancient text made from human skin and bones. Inside is the knowledge of millennia which includes eldritch spells and the fates of all who have ever come to possess it. Also, it seems to be able to hope hop across time and spontaneously appear to prospective recipients while at the same time having a physical form. You spend most of the game reading it and most of the time not reading it trying to find more pages.


** Pious is a LightningBruiser immune to sanity effects. He's a trained soldier of a powerful so of course he doesn't bat an eye at monsters. Furthermore, being the first person recorded in the Tome means he never added to its arcane knowledge so he has no magic meter.
** Ellia is fast but has a tiny health bar and no magic. She's just a normal girl so she doesn't fight, she runs.

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** Pious is a LightningBruiser immune to sanity effects. He's a trained career soldier of a powerful empire so of course he doesn't bat an eye at monsters. Furthermore, being the first person recorded in the Tome means he never added to its arcane knowledge so he has no magic meter.
** Ellia is fast but has a tiny health bar and no magic. She's just a normal girl so she doesn't fight, she runs. She never learns any spells either [[spoiler:which is partially why she's mortally wounded by magic.]]



* TomeOfEldritchLore: You spend most of the game reading it and most of the time not reading it trying to find more pages.

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* TomeOfEldritchLore: The semi-eponymous Tome of Eternal Darkness, an ancient text made from human skin and bones. Inside is the knowledge of millennia which includes eldritch spells and the fates of all who have ever come to possess it. Also, it seems to be able to hope across time and spontaneously appear to prospective recipients while at the same time having a physical form. You spend most of the game reading it and most of the time not reading it trying to find more pages.


** In general the Horrors and Guardians, as said by Maximilian, make no sense from an anatomical standpoint but somehow still work. The Xel'lotath Guardians in particular now only lack organs but don't even have ''heads.''

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** In general the Horrors and Guardians, as said by Maximilian, make no sense from an anatomical standpoint but somehow still work. The Xel'lotath Guardians in particular now not only lack organs but don't even have ''heads.''


%%* BlackComedy: The game ''does'' have a sense of humor. (ZCE)

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%%* ** In general the Horrors and Guardians, as said by Maximilian, make no sense from an anatomical standpoint but somehow still work. The Xel'lotath Guardians in particular now only lack organs but don't even have ''heads.''
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BlackComedy: The game ''does'' have a sense of humor. (ZCE)humor, mostly regarding some of the particular over-the-top sanity effects like the player character's head falling off and reciting Hamlet.


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* SecretLegacy: The Roivas family, as said by Edward, has a long history of strange members such as Maximilian's mental illness and even being persecuted in witch hunts. Considering the Roivas mansion being built on top of the ruins of Ehn'gha as well as Maximilian's father Aaron knowing about the Ancients,[[WildMassGuessing it's possible their connection to the Tome of Eternal Darkness goes back even further.]]


** Edward is a SquishyWizard with terrible stamina, low health, but extremely high sanity and magic bars. He's a scholar, not a warrior, but his study of psychology means he's hardened to madness.

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** Edward is a SquishyWizard with terrible stamina, low health, but extremely high sanity and magic bars. He's a scholar, not a warrior, but his study of psychology means he's hardened to madness.madness to the point where he was actually ''excited'' to start studying his family's odd history of mental illness.



** Lindsay has the highest sanity bar in the game, likely a result of his travels.

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** Lindsay has the highest sanity bar in the game, likely a result of his travels.travels and fits with his CrazyPrepared nature to the point where he's well-armed in addition to having tools to look for clues.



** Bianchi is sturdy, but his magic is extremely low. After all, he's an architect during the Renaissance when science began overtaking mysticism.
** Peter has high magic but extremely low health and the smallest sanity meter in the game. He's just a war correspondent, not a soldier, and the horrors of the war has left him shell-shocked.
** Michael is sturdy but has low magic and sanity. His job of course requires fortitude, but the combination of the Gulf War, stressful occupation, and then being thrust into an abandoned, underground city full of eldritch horrors would make anyone edgy.

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** Bianchi is sturdy, but his magic is extremely low. After all, he's He's an architect during the Renaissance when science began overtaking mysticism.
** Peter has high magic but extremely low health and the smallest sanity meter in the game. He's just a war correspondent, not a soldier, and the horrors of the war has have left him shell-shocked.
** Michael is sturdy but has low magic and sanity. His job of course requires fortitude, but the combination of the Gulf War, stressful occupation, and then being thrust into an abandoned, underground city full of eldritch horrors would make anyone edgy.edgy and he's living in a time where superstition has plummeted.


** Pious is a LightningBruiser immune to sanity effects but has no magic. He's a trained soldier of a powerful so of course he doesn't bat an eye at monsters. Furthermore, being the first person recorded in the Tome means he never added to its arcane knowledge.

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** Pious is a LightningBruiser immune to sanity effects but has no magic.effects. He's a trained soldier of a powerful so of course he doesn't bat an eye at monsters. Furthermore, being the first person recorded in the Tome means he never added to its arcane knowledge.knowledge so he has no magic meter.



** Peter has high magic but extremely low health and the smallest sanity meter in the game. He's just a war correspondent, not a soldier, and the war has left him shell-shocked.

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** Peter has high magic but extremely low health and the smallest sanity meter in the game. He's just a war correspondent, not a soldier, and the horrors of the war has left him shell-shocked.shell-shocked.
** Michael is sturdy but has low magic and sanity. His job of course requires fortitude, but the combination of the Gulf War, stressful occupation, and then being thrust into an abandoned, underground city full of eldritch horrors would make anyone edgy.

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* GameplayAndStoryIntegration: A lot of the characters' stats actually reflect their personalities and dispositions quite well.
** Alex is a JackOfAllStats with very high magic regeneration and pretty good stamina. This is mostly because she's the final recipient of the Tome of Eternal Darkness and thus has all its power at her disposal as well as being in her physical prime.
** Edward is a SquishyWizard with terrible stamina, low health, but extremely high sanity and magic bars. He's a scholar, not a warrior, but his study of psychology means he's hardened to madness.
** Pious is a LightningBruiser immune to sanity effects but has no magic. He's a trained soldier of a powerful so of course he doesn't bat an eye at monsters. Furthermore, being the first person recorded in the Tome means he never added to its arcane knowledge.
** Ellia is fast but has a tiny health bar and no magic. She's just a normal girl so she doesn't fight, she runs.
** Anthony can dish out and take damage with the best of them due to being a trained swordsman as well as a cursed undead.
** Karim has the largest health bar in the game. After all, he would have to be resilient to search for an entire year in the Persian desert.
** Maximilian, being a middle-aged, overweight man, is not fast, but he can still pack a punch.
** Lindsay has the highest sanity bar in the game, likely a result of his travels.
** Paul is a SquishyWizard with high magic and sanity, but low health and stamina. The latter are likely due to his strong faith, even carrying a staff that can help him regain sanity.
** Bianchi is sturdy, but his magic is extremely low. After all, he's an architect during the Renaissance when science began overtaking mysticism.
** Peter has high magic but extremely low health and the smallest sanity meter in the game. He's just a war correspondent, not a soldier, and the war has left him shell-shocked.

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* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: Humanity is saved, Alex is able to bid her grandfather a proper goodbye, and all the restless souls the Ancients killed can now pass on in peace. However, while she puts up a strong front, Alex herself is clearly traumatized by everything that has happened and is currently all alone.]]
** [[spoiler: Another sour note is the fact that there are still [[KarmaHoudini two ancients at large]], though this one [[KarmaHoudiniWarranty can be changed by the player]] by [[NewGamePlus completing the game two more times.]]]]


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* LovecraftLite: An interesting example. On one hand multiple heroes are driven insane and/or killed, the Ancient's plans go unstopped for ages, and overall the tone is dark and almost hopeless. [[spoiler: But then suddenly several characters successfully start ruining the Ancient's plans, reveal that older characters were able to hinder them in some way as well, and then in the finale [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu you KILL one of the Ancients!]] Furthermore playing through the game twice more allows you to destroy the other two ancients, leaving one left [[MysteriousBacker who has in fact been helping you the entire time]]. All in all, a pretty darn optimistic eldritch horror story.]]


Her search of the mansion leads to a hidden book called the ''[[TomeOfEldritchLore Tome of Eternal Darkness,]]'' which contains the stories of people throughout history who were involved in both unlocking and fighting against several [[EldritchAbomination otherworldly gods.]] As Alex reads the book, she is imparted with the knowledge these long dead people achieved -- as well as arcane magic unleashed by their explorations. Continuing to read the book loosens her grip on both reality and sanity, but Alex is determined to be the last link in the story -- and stop the evil forces once and for all.

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Her search of the mansion leads to a hidden book called the ''[[TomeOfEldritchLore [[TomeOfEldritchLore Tome of Eternal Darkness,]]'' which Darkness]], a book that contains the stories of people throughout history who were involved in both unlocking and fighting against several [[EldritchAbomination otherworldly gods.]] As Alex reads the book, she is imparted with the knowledge these long dead people achieved -- as well as arcane magic unleashed by their explorations. Continuing to read the book loosens her grip on both reality and sanity, but Alex is determined to be the last link in the story -- and stop the evil forces once and for all.


* AnotherMansTerror: Given the survival rate of the ''Tome'' readers, the player experiences a lot of this.

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* AnotherMansTerror: Given the survival rate of the ''Tome'' Tome's readers, the player experiences a lot of this.



* BagOfHolding: The description for the ''Tome of Eternal Darkness'' states it has such properties and easily explains how the characters carry around all the crap they find. This doesn't explain how Edward can carry around a saber and two books the size of his head ''before'' he gets it. Only Michael Edwards finds anywhere near as much before the ''Tome'' itself, and he finds it in a way he likely got the stuff to carry it as well.

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* BagOfHolding: The description for the ''Tome Tome of Eternal Darkness'' Darkness states it has such properties and easily explains how the characters carry around all the crap they find. This doesn't explain how Edward can carry around a saber and two books the size of his head ''before'' he gets it. Only Michael Edwards finds anywhere near as much before the ''Tome'' Tome itself, and he finds it in a way he likely got the stuff to carry it as well.



** Michael's OICW absolutely counts too. It's a modern day assault rifle, complete with a flashlight as an underbarrel mount.

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** Michael's OICW absolutely counts too. It's is a modern day assault rifle, complete with a flashlight the gun's GrenadeLauncher as an underbarrel mount.mount. Compared to the limited capabilities of the other characters' weapons, that is a ''lot'' of firepower.



* BilingualBonus: "Oublié" is French for "Forgotten."

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* BilingualBonus: "Oublié" is French for "Forgotten.""Forgotten".



* BlackComedy: The game ''does'' have a sense of humor.
* {{Blipvert}}: Happens every time a character, from Chapter 3 on, picks up the ''Tome of Eternal Darkness.''

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* %%* BlackComedy: The game ''does'' have a sense of humor.
humor. (ZCE)
* {{Blipvert}}: Happens every time a character, from Chapter 3 on, picks up the ''Tome Tome of Eternal Darkness.''



** Played generally straight with the enchanted Gladius, which only the Guardian of Light can wield. Although all of the ''Tome'' bearing characters are chosen to defend humanity, [[spoiler:Alex]] is the only one with an official heroic title.

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** Played generally straight with the enchanted Gladius, which only the Guardian of Light can wield. Although all of the ''Tome'' bearing Tome-bearing characters are chosen to defend humanity, [[spoiler:Alex]] is the only one with an official heroic title.



* CollectorOfTheStrange: The Roivases. A hidden chamber inside their mansion houses the ''Tome,'' as well as portraits and artifacts taken from each location significant to the Ancients and Pious.

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* CollectorOfTheStrange: The Roivases. A hidden chamber inside their mansion houses the ''Tome,'' Tome, as well as portraits and artifacts taken from each location significant to the Ancients and Pious.



* CombinedEnergyAttack / GondorCallsForAid: It's kind of a combination of the two. In the final battle, [[spoiler:the ghosts of everyone who died[[labelnote:*]]or in Maximillian's case, met an ignoble end[[/labelnote]] while possessing the ''Tome of Eternal Darkness'' appears. Each one gets to strike a blow against Pious' artifact.]]

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* CombinedEnergyAttack / GondorCallsForAid: It's kind of a combination of the two. In the final battle, [[spoiler:the ghosts of everyone who died[[labelnote:*]]or in Maximillian's case, met an ignoble end[[/labelnote]] while possessing the ''Tome Tome of Eternal Darkness'' Darkness appears. Each one gets to strike a blow against Pious' artifact.]]



* DashedPlotLine: The game consists of various people, recorded in the ''Tome of Eternal Darkness'' who've fought against the Ancients at different points in history with varying success.

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* DashedPlotLine: The game consists of various people, recorded in the ''Tome Tome of Eternal Darkness'' Darkness who've fought against the Ancients at different points in history with varying success.



* FlashbackCut: Anybody who claims the ''Tome of Eternal Darkness'' spontaneously experiences quick moments in the histories of previous and future owners; it may be a quick representation of their reading the ''Tome.''

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* FlashbackCut: Anybody who claims the ''Tome Tome of Eternal Darkness'' Darkness spontaneously experiences quick moments in the histories of previous and future owners; it may be a quick representation of their them reading the ''Tome.''Tome.



* FlavorText: Seen throughout the game. One of the best examples is the titular ''Tome of Eternal Darkness'':

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* FlavorText: Seen throughout the game. One of the best examples is the titular ''Tome Tome of Eternal Darkness'': Darkness:



* {{Letterbox}}: When played with widescreen support switched on, every cutscene is windowboxed (briefly pillarboxed when the ''Tome of Eternal Darkness'' is shown). Understandable for the full motion video which is already very grainy from the high compression, a bit less so with scenes using the game engine.

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* {{Letterbox}}: When played with widescreen support switched on, every cutscene is windowboxed (briefly pillarboxed when the ''Tome Tome of Eternal Darkness'' Darkness is shown). Understandable for the full motion video which is already very grainy from the high compression, a bit less so with scenes using the game engine.



* NestedStory: Every time we follow a chapter that focuses on a character that isn't Alex. If you remember, the game starts with the ''Tome of Eternal Darkness'' opening to her chapter: "Death in the Family," so every chapter she reads is part of her own personal chapter.

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* NestedStory: Every time we follow a chapter that focuses on a character that isn't Alex. If you remember, the game starts with the ''Tome Tome of Eternal Darkness'' Darkness opening to her chapter: "Death in the Family," so every chapter she reads is part of her own personal chapter.



* TookALevelInBadass: All of the characters once they find good weaponry and the ''Tome of Eternal Darkness.''

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* TookALevelInBadass: All of the characters once they find good weaponry and the ''Tome Tome of Eternal Darkness.''

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