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->''"[[AC:[[ArcWords THROUGH YOU I GAIN POWER; SO THROUGH ME SHALL YOU GAIN POWER.]]]]"''

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->''"[[AC:[[ArcWords ->''[[AC:[[ArcWords THROUGH YOU I GAIN POWER; SO THROUGH ME SHALL YOU GAIN POWER.]]]]"''
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Most of the story takes place in or around [=MacPhee=] University, a small, remote, private Liberal Arts college in New Brunswick. The main characters are a group of four students (Alain, Clady, Sam, and Val) some of whom have a long history, some of whom have only just been introduced to each other. One day, a couple of local construction workers dig up a strange stone totem and bring it into the anthropological office at [=MacPhee=]. Being that the head of the department is on vacation and Sam is working in the office, he's the one who receives it.

When Sam heads to the school library for a little after hours research, (thanks to Val, who works the front desk part-time) he sees something nobody had noticed before: there's a spot near the front with a recess exactly in the shape of the totem. When Sam tries fitting it in, suddenly there's an explosion, the four are gifted with ElementalPowers, and find themselves using those powers to defend themselves from {{Blob Monster}}s, TheUndead, [[{{Snowlems}} Living Snowmen]], sentient plants from another dimension looking to take over our plane of existence, [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent French werewolves]], and more. And all the while, a strange presence called Mesmerus, (speaker of the ArcWords quote at the top of the page) is speaking in their heads, encouraging the violence a little too much for comfort.

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Most of the story takes place in or around [=MacPhee=] University, a (fictional) small, remote, private private, and remote Liberal Arts college in New Brunswick. The main characters are a group of four students (Alain, Clady, Sam, and Val) some of whom have a long history, some of whom have only just been introduced to each other. One day, a couple of local construction workers dig up a strange stone totem and bring it into the anthropological office at [=MacPhee=]. Being that the head of the department is on vacation and Sam is working in the office, he's the one who receives it.

When Sam heads to the school library for a little after hours research, (thanks to Val, who works the front desk part-time) he sees something nobody had noticed before: there's a spot near the front with a recess exactly in the shape of the totem. When Sam tries fitting it in, suddenly there's an explosion, the four are gifted with ElementalPowers, and find themselves using those powers to defend themselves from {{Blob Monster}}s, TheUndead, [[{{Snowlems}} Living Snowmen]], sentient plants from another dimension looking to take over conquer our plane of existence, dimension, [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent French werewolves]], and more. And all the while, a strange presence called Mesmerus, (speaker of the ArcWords quote at the top of the page) is speaking in their heads, encouraging the violence a little too much for comfort.comfort.

All four suspect that Mesmerus has a hidden agenda, but they'll be fighting for their lives and those of everyone else at the school while they try to figure it out.



* BalefulPolymorph: Both [[spoiler:Gordon, (one of the construction workers who first brought the totem to Sam) and Clady suffer this thanks to Mesmerus]].

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* BalefulPolymorph: BalefulPolymorph:
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Both [[spoiler:Gordon, (one of the construction workers who first brought the totem to Sam) and Clady suffer this are turned into werewolves thanks to Mesmerus]].Mesmerus, until they can be defeated]].



* BlowYouAway: Clady's power.

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* BlowYouAway: Clady's power.This is the elemental power that Clady receives. It has a side effect of creating AntiMagic zones.



* DeathSeeker: [[spoiler:Deveneur.]]

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* DeathSeeker: [[spoiler:Deveneur.[[spoiler:Deveneur]] reveals himself to be one just before the final battle, ''after'' [[spoiler:he's already baited the heroes into beating him half to death with spells.]]



* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: Damn right they did!
* DishingOutDirt: Alain's power.

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* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: The last battle involves [[spoiler:the heroes taking on Mesmerus, a magical EldritchAbomination. So do the four college students with borrowed magical powers beat up the immortal creature from another dimension? Damn right they did!
do!]]
* DishingOutDirt: Alain's power. It also creates earthen barriers that can stand up to a hit or two, allowing on to entrap a creature inside, to cut off routes of getting around the battle maps, etc.



* EldritchLocation: [=MacPhee=] is built on a place where our dimension can interact with others. It was originally intended as a line of defense against these other dimensions, but over time almost all of the supernatural courses and influences have been forgotten.

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* EldritchLocation: [=MacPhee=] is built on a place where the barrier between our dimension can interact with others. and others is thin, allowing them to potentially interact. It was originally intended founded by an occultist as a line of defense against these other dimensions, but over time almost all of the supernatural courses and influences have been forgotten.forgotten and it's become a mostly normal school.



* ElementalRockPaperScissors: To a degree. The elements will interact in various different ways, Doucette created a cheat sheet to help players keep it straight.

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* ElementalRockPaperScissors: To a degree. The elements will interact in various different ways, and Doucette created a cheat sheet to help players keep it straight.



* EvilCounterpart: Deveneur.
* {{Fanfare}}: Every time you win a fight (barring the tutorial), Canadian anthem will play, with Canadian flag. Sam, Alain and even [[ForeignExchangeStudent Clady]] salute. Val on other hand [[EagleLand seems to wave]] ''[[EagleLand American]]'' [[EagleLand flags]], resulting in a glare from Clady. [[spoiler:[[GameplayAndStoryIntegration When some of the characters has to be fought, the poses change appropiately.]]]]

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* EvilCounterpart: Deveneur.
Deveneur is also a mage who was empowered by Mesmerus. His goals, however, are in direct conflict with the heroes.
* {{Fanfare}}: Every time you win a fight (barring the tutorial), the Canadian national anthem will play, with Canadian flag. Sam, Alain and even [[ForeignExchangeStudent Clady]] salute. Val on other hand [[EagleLand seems to wave]] ''[[EagleLand American]]'' [[EagleLand flags]], resulting in a glare from Clady. [[spoiler:[[GameplayAndStoryIntegration When some of the characters has to be fought, the poses change appropiately.appropriately.]]]]



* ForeignExchangeStudent: Both Val and Clady, Val is American and Clady is Danish, attending a Canadian school.

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* ForeignExchangeStudent: Both Val and Clady, Clady. Val is American and Clady is Danish, and they are attending a Canadian school.



* HotBlooded: Val. In spades.
* HumansThroughAlienEyes: Remember those [[spoiler:EldritchAbomination enemies whose appearance Mesmerus censored so the group wouldn't mentally shut down as soon as they look at them? Well, those "abominations" are terrified of these strange creatures called humans and see themselves as frantically fighting for their lives when a group of humans start killing them off in ones and twos, SlasherMovie style. The group is horrified to realize this, and refuses to continue slaughtering them for the amusement of Mesmerus. Mesmerus is not pleased at this revolt, and stops even pretending to be on their side]].

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* HotBlooded: Val. Val is hot blooded and then some. Most prominently, the first time the group encounters the snow golem enemies, Sam tries reasoning with them... until Val suddenly interrupts with an ultimatum of killing them if they don't get out of the group's way. In spades.
a few other instances Val shows much more willingness to fight and a quicker temper than the rest of the team.
* HumansThroughAlienEyes: Remember those [[spoiler:EldritchAbomination enemies whose appearance Mesmerus censored so the group wouldn't mentally shut down as soon as they look at them? Well, those "abominations" are terrified of these strange creatures called humans and see themselves as frantically fighting for their lives when a group of humans start killing them off in ones and twos, SlasherMovie style. The group is horrified to realize this, and refuses to continue slaughtering them for the amusement of Mesmerus. Mesmerus is not pleased at this revolt, and stops even pretending to be on their side]].side as a result.]]



* IJustWantToBeNormal: Val tries to take this approach at first, but the situation doesn't exactly accommodate her.

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* IJustWantToBeNormal: Val tries to take this approach at first, for awhile after first getting her powers, but the situation doesn't exactly accommodate her.



* InTheBack: If one of the player characters can attack a monster from directly behind it with a physical attack, it'll do double the normal damage. This also goes for monsters attacking the player characters.



* KillItWithIce: Sam's power.

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* KillItWithIce: Sam's power.power is ice attacks. It also creates icy areas that both the students and the monsters can skate across, allowing much faster travel. Although since you cant stop once you start moving on the ice until you get to a patch of normal ground, it also means you may go sliding right by the person or place you were headed for.



* MassOhCrap The reaction to the WhamLine.
* TheMedic: Everyone can use healing magic, but Sam is easily the most efficient at it.

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* MassOhCrap The reaction to This is how all of the WhamLine.
main characters react [[spoiler:Deveneur's]] WhamLine. Everyone instantly realizes exactly how badly they've been played/manipulated.
* TheMedic: Everyone can use healing magic, but Sam is easily the most efficient at it.it, needing only two spell points to do so. Val is the worst, requiring ''five''.



* OnlyOneName: Mesmerus, of course. Also, the last names of the main characters are only mentioned in one scene. Going by likely order of elimination, their full names are probably Valerie Sun, (which makes her talking about how she should have gone to Arizona State University instead a bit of a pun/reference) Clady Vestergaard, Sam Guinness, and Alain Durand.
* PairTheSmartOnes: The story of how Alain and Clady wound up dating. Summed up by Val thusly:

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* OnlyOneName: Mesmerus, of course. Also, the last names of the main characters are only mentioned in one scene. Going by likely order of elimination, their full names are probably Valerie Sun, (which makes her talking about how she should have gone to Arizona State University instead a bit of a pun/reference) pun/reference[[note]]Arizona State's teams are known as the Sun Devils[[/note]]) Clady Vestergaard, Sam Guinness, and Alain Durand.
* PairTheSmartOnes: The story of how Alain and Clady wound up dating. Summed up by Val thusly:thusly when Clady recounts it:



* PlayingWithFire: Val's power.

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* PlayingWithFire: Val's power. It's particularly useful against the snow men enemies, and since the fire continues burning the same spaces where it was cast, it's guaranteed to cause at least some extra damage to enemies.



-->It's not that I don't believe you, if you can make fire appear out of nowhere I'll take the rest on faith, but I can't file a police report with the story you're giving me and be taken seriously. We can't press charges against a werewolf for starting a magical fire that caused no property damage... the justice system isn't set up to deal with your kind of problems.

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-->It's not that I don't believe you, if you can [[PlayingWithFire make fire appear out of nowhere nowhere]] [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure I'll take the rest on faith, faith]], but I can't file a police report with the story you're giving me and be taken seriously. We can't press charges against a werewolf for starting a magical fire that caused no property damage... the justice system isn't set up to deal with your kind of problems.



* PostVictoryCollapse: In a way. After the final battle [[spoiler:everyone breaks down crying in relief and letting out all the stress they've been under. As the narration puts it: "And so 5 months of psychological trauma were suddenly released".]]
* PublicDomainSoundtrack

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* PostVictoryCollapse: In a way. After the final battle [[spoiler:everyone breaks down crying collapses in relief and letting out break down into tears of joy because all the stress they've been under. under has just been lifted all at once]]. As the narration puts it: "And it:
-->And
so 5 months of psychological trauma were suddenly released".]]
released.
* PublicDomainSoundtrackPublicDomainSoundtrack: All the background music was chosen to make sure there wouldn't be anyone trying to make copyright claims.



* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Both Professor Sheffield and Detective Rogers. The school's president, Fields, is noticeably less pleasant.

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* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Both Professor Sheffield and Detective Rogers. The school's president, Fields, while clued in to what is happening, is noticeably less pleasant.pleasant, helpful, and accommodating than the other two are.



* RedOniBlueOni: Val and Clady, roommates and friends with very different styles. Val is impulsive, abrasive, and HotBlooded, Clady is a level-headed, snarky intellectual with a tendency for nitpicking statements to death, which is pointed out more than once.

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* RedOniBlueOni: Val and Clady, roommates and friends with very different styles. Val is impulsive, abrasive, and HotBlooded, Clady is a level-headed, snarky intellectual with a tendency for nitpicking to nitpick statements to death, which is pointed out more than once.once.
* TheReveal: [[spoiler:Using the magic powers granted by Mesmerus weakens the barriers that separate his dimension and ours. After the totem allowed Mesmerus to effect the world, he both granted the powers to the students and either created or summoned the other enemies solely to force them to use spells and weaken the barriers enough for Mesmerus to fully cross into our world.]]



* WhamLine: [[spoiler:"And every spell weakens the barrier between his world and ours."]]
* WorldOfPun: It does this ''constantly'' when in game mode, as virtually any action you have the characters take is accompanied by a pun or reference. For example, give Clady the spear and let her attack with it, and the attack is called "Clad the Impaler". Give Val, the sole American, the axe, and it's called "Series/AmericanChopper" when she uses it. If Alain, a French-Canadian, goes into a defensive mode to take less damage, it's [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bloc_Qu%C3%A9b%C3%A9cois Block Quebecois]], and so on and so forth.

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* WhamLine: [[spoiler:"And [[spoiler:After the penultimate battle, Deveneur finally clues the party in when he says "And every spell weakens the barrier between his world and ours."]]
" With that, the group finally understands what Mesmerus' true goal was, and how he's been using them since the very beginning.]]
* WorldOfPun: It does this Puns are made ''constantly'' when in game mode, as virtually any action you have the characters take is accompanied by a pun or reference. For example, give Clady the spear and let her attack with it, and the attack is called "Clad "[[UsefulNotes/VladTheImpaler Clad the Impaler".Impaler]]". Give Val, the sole American, the axe, and it's called "Series/AmericanChopper" when she uses it. If Alain, a French-Canadian, goes into a defensive mode to take less damage, it's [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bloc_Qu%C3%A9b%C3%A9cois Block Quebecois]], and so on and so forth.


-->'''Alain:''' C'mon, you've read ''Literature/LordOfTheRings''. You thought it'd be that easy?

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-->'''Alain:''' C'mon, you've read ''Literature/LordOfTheRings''.''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings''. You thought it'd be that easy?


''Demon Thesis'' (or, An Anthropological Study of [[EldritchAbomination Eldritch Horrors]] Native to the [[CanadaEh Canadian Maritimes]]) is a creative project from Chris Doucette, creator of the webcomic ''TheLastDaysOfFOXHOUND'' and programmer for [[http://lootdrop.com Loot Drop]]. It is hosted at Doucette's website, and [[http://www.doctorshrugs.com/demonthesis/index.php here]] is a direct link to the game.

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''Demon Thesis'' (or, An Anthropological Study of [[EldritchAbomination Eldritch Horrors]] Native to the [[CanadaEh Canadian Maritimes]]) is a creative project from Chris Doucette, creator of the webcomic ''TheLastDaysOfFOXHOUND'' ''Webcomic/TheLastDaysOfFOXHOUND'' and programmer for [[http://lootdrop.com Loot Drop]]. It is hosted at Doucette's website, and [[http://www.doctorshrugs.com/demonthesis/index.php here]] is a direct link to the game.


* GivingUpOnLogic: The following conversation happens after Clady notices that the foil she gave Sam before a battle has [[MorphWeapon morphed into an easier to wield broadsword]]:
-->'''Clady:''' Sam, where'd you get that sword?\\

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* GivingUpOnLogic: Several examples.
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The following conversation happens after Clady notices that the foil she gave Sam before a battle has [[MorphWeapon morphed into an easier to wield broadsword]]:
-->'''Clady:''' --->'''Clady:''' Sam, where'd you get that sword?\\


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** When Mesmerus tells the group that he's giving them time off for Spring Break, and then proves that he is in fact knowledgable about the concept, this trope is the only possible way to describe their reaction.


In Doucette's own words, ''Demon Thesis'' is "the bastard child of ''FinalFantasyTactics'' and ''MSPaintAdventures''", which results in a creation that is half webcomic, half browser game. The game sections are done in [=HTML5=] and Javascript, while flash is used for loading sound files for systems that have trouble using [=HTML5=] audio.

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In Doucette's own words, ''Demon Thesis'' is "the bastard child of ''FinalFantasyTactics'' ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTactics'' and ''MSPaintAdventures''", ''Webcomic/MSPaintAdventures''", which results in a creation that is half webcomic, half browser game. The game sections are done in [=HTML5=] and Javascript, while flash is used for loading sound files for systems that have trouble using [=HTML5=] audio.


* FishOutOfTemporalWater: [[spoiler:Deveneur was an adult during the [[SevenYearsWar French & Indian War]] who went into a kind of magical stasis after it.]] [[VillainsBlendInBetter Naturally, that doesn't seem to affect him getting around in the 21st century in the slightest]].

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* FishOutOfTemporalWater: [[spoiler:Deveneur was an adult during the [[SevenYearsWar French & Indian War]] UsefulNotes/FrenchAndIndianWar who went into a kind of magical stasis after it.]] [[VillainsBlendInBetter Naturally, that doesn't seem to affect him getting around in the 21st century in the slightest]].


-->'''Alain:''' C'mon, you've read ''LordOfTheRings''. You thought it'd be that easy?

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-->'''Alain:''' C'mon, you've read ''LordOfTheRings''.''Literature/LordOfTheRings''. You thought it'd be that easy?


* {{Fanfare}}: Every time you win a fight (barring the tutorial), Canadian anthem will play, with Canadian flag. Sam, Alain and even [[ForeignExchangeStudent Clady]] salute. Val on other hand [[EagleLand seems to wave]] ''[[EagleLand American]]'' [[EagleLand flags]], resulting in a glare from Clady.

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* {{Fanfare}}: Every time you win a fight (barring the tutorial), Canadian anthem will play, with Canadian flag. Sam, Alain and even [[ForeignExchangeStudent Clady]] salute. Val on other hand [[EagleLand seems to wave]] ''[[EagleLand American]]'' [[EagleLand flags]], resulting in a glare from Clady. [[spoiler:[[GameplayAndStoryIntegration When some of the characters has to be fought, the poses change appropiately.]]]]

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* {{Fanfare}}: Every time you win a fight (barring the tutorial), Canadian anthem will play, with Canadian flag. Sam, Alain and even [[ForeignExchangeStudent Clady]] salute. Val on other hand [[EagleLand seems to wave]] ''[[EagleLand American]]'' [[EagleLand flags]], resulting in a glare from Clady.


* MotorMouth: Billy from Newfie. When he starts talking at a normal speed, [[OOCIsSeriousBuisness something is very wrong]].

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* MotorMouth: Billy from Newfie. When he starts talking at a normal speed, [[OOCIsSeriousBuisness [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness something is very wrong]].


''Demon Thesis'' (or, An Anthropological Study of [[EldritchAbomination Eldritch Horrors]] Native to the [[CanadaEh Canadian Maritimes]]) is a creative project from Chris Doucette, creator of the webcomic ''TheLastDaysOfFOXHOUND'' and programmer for [[http://lootdrop.com Loot Drop]]. It is hosted at Doucette's website [[http://gigaville.com gigaville.com]].

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''Demon Thesis'' (or, An Anthropological Study of [[EldritchAbomination Eldritch Horrors]] Native to the [[CanadaEh Canadian Maritimes]]) is a creative project from Chris Doucette, creator of the webcomic ''TheLastDaysOfFOXHOUND'' and programmer for [[http://lootdrop.com Loot Drop]]. It is hosted at Doucette's website [[http://gigaville.com gigaville.com]].
website, and [[http://www.doctorshrugs.com/demonthesis/index.php here]] is a direct link to the game.

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* MotorMouth: Billy from Newfie. When he starts talking at a normal speed, [[OOCIsSeriousBuisness something is very wrong]].


When Sam heads to the school library for a little after hours research, (thanks to Val, who works the front desk part-time) he sees something nobody had noticed before: there's a spot near the front with a recess exactly in the shape of the totem. When Sam tries fitting it in, suddenly there's an explosion, the four are gifted with ElementalPowers, and find themselves using those powers to defend themselves from {{Blob Monster}}s, TheUndead, living snowmen, sentient plants from another dimension looking to take over our plane of existence, [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent French werewolves]], and more. And all the while, a strange presence called Mesmerus, (speaker of the ArcWords quote at the top of the page) is speaking in their heads, encouraging the violence a little too much for comfort.

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When Sam heads to the school library for a little after hours research, (thanks to Val, who works the front desk part-time) he sees something nobody had noticed before: there's a spot near the front with a recess exactly in the shape of the totem. When Sam tries fitting it in, suddenly there's an explosion, the four are gifted with ElementalPowers, and find themselves using those powers to defend themselves from {{Blob Monster}}s, TheUndead, living snowmen, [[{{Snowlems}} Living Snowmen]], sentient plants from another dimension looking to take over our plane of existence, [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent French werewolves]], and more. And all the while, a strange presence called Mesmerus, (speaker of the ArcWords quote at the top of the page) is speaking in their heads, encouraging the violence a little too much for comfort.

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