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A snarky redhead who wields dark powers and an exquisitely polite, surprisingly badass proponent of light and goodness are drawn to each other despite being on opposite sides of a world-spanning war - stop us if you've heard this one before. Hearthstone by Doublematch and Miles Hibernus is currently about 165,000 words long, and appears to be reaching its end.

  • Action Mom: Droxi has several children and is also Crowley's guildmate who regularly goes into combat. At one point she thinks someone is threatening her kids and doesn't take it well.
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  • Adaptational Badass: Crowley in the TV series (and novel) is specifically noted as being a pretty low-power demon; he generally tries to talk himself out of trouble and if that fails would much rather run than fight. Illidari Crowley is a very competent fighter, in addition to his fel-granted powers. This is relative to other characters with whom they share their respective universes, not to each other; demon!Crowley is of course much more powerful than Illidari!Crowley on an absolute level.
  • Aesop: At one point while thinking about the fact that some people can recover from death, Ezra wonders if the Horde and the Alliance would be so eager to fight if they "couldn't just stand the pawns back up." It's a bit of a Take That! to Real Life, in that we have plenty of wars without any resurrection at all.
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  • Affectionate Nickname: Crowley usually addresses and refers to Ezra as 'priest'. Ezra, meanwhile, often calls people "my dear" or the like, but only Crowley gets "my sun".
  • Afterlife Antechamber: Talking to the spirit healer is this.
  • All Animals Are Dogs: Rhion the windrider tackles Ezra - in order to enthusiastically lick his hair.
  • Am I Just a Toy to You?: Ezra's shadows spend some time convincing him that Crowley isn't serious and is just in it for the lulz.
  • Angel/Devil Shipping: Not exactly a surprise, given one of the sources.
  • Arbitrarily Large Bank Account: Ezra is the only heir to a large, successful shipping company and has as much money as he could ever possibly need.
  • Artistic License - Canon: You can still trivially get to Draenor, where Makavi's garrison is located, in the game qua game, but in lore it's sealed off again and indeed the PC has to move heaven and earth to get there in the mag'har orc recruitment quest chain.
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  • Asshole Victim: Ligur, in every possible way.
  • Balancing Death's Books: Crowley offers to die in Ezra's place at one point.
  • Beautiful Dreamer: Both of them do this to the other.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Ezra is a very polite, rather fussy middle-aged man who generally devotes his time to healing and academic study. Piss him off, though, and you'll wish you hadn't.
  • Bisexual: When she's told about his relationship with Ezra, Celebiriel comments that she didn't know Crowley liked men too. Ezra is gay.
  • Blindfolded Vision: The Illidari have all had their eyes and normal sight destroyed by the process of becoming demon hunters, and generally wear blindfolds or veils to hide the result. They can still see, but are colorblind and have trouble with nuance, including reading. On the other hand they can see through walls if they concentrate.
  • Casual Kink: There's a joke about using a gag to keep the noise down that turns out to not be such a joke, and in general Ezra's the extremely subtle dom in the relationship.
  • Chekhov's Gun: There are numerous references to Crowley losing his hair ties. Eventually this leads to him being imprisoned for treason.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: Ligur enjoys this, and Hastur is happy to enable him.
  • Cool Car(pet): Crowley rents, and Ezra later purchases, a flying carpet. Ezra finds it terrifying but Crowley loves it.
  • Cry into Chest: Ezra is reminded of a traumatic experience and ends up crying on Crowley as a result.
  • Death Amnesia: People don't generally remember what happened while they were talking to the spirit healer, and often lose memory of the events immediately proceeding their death as well.
  • Death Is Not Permanent: For some people, under some circumstances. Some people can choose to return to life when violently killed, but even they will die of old age eventually and sometimes the spirit healers send them on regardless of what they want.
  • Declaration of Protection: Part of the blood elf marriage vows, apparently.
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight: Crowley holding Ezra on Darkmoon Island.
  • Dismissing a Compliment: Both of them do it, but Crowley especially is bad at taking a compliment.
  • Dying Declaration of Love: Crowley does it in Dazar'alor, despite knowing that he's probably going to have to deal with the consequences.
  • Eating the Eye Candy: Both of them have moments of contemplating the other's physical charms.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Not even the authors expected Mhorduna to be as interesting or well-liked as he is.
  • Everyone Can See It: Everyone. Everyone.
  • Eye Beams: What it says on the tin, a stock power of the Illidari.
  • Fantastic Measurement System: Crowley's narration includes length measurements of 'finger', 'cubit', and 'span', the rough equivalents of inch, foot, and yard.
  • Fantastic Slurs: At one point Hastur describes night elves as "blueskins".
  • Fell Asleep Crying: Ezra does in the wake of making his deal because Crowley is angry about it and Ezra, having just woken up from being dead, is exhausted. Ezra cries pretty easily in general.
  • Fictional Currency: Kul Tiran gold coins are called 'marks'; Dalaran apparently produces a coin named or nicknamed the 'eye'.
  • Flashback Nightmare: Both of them have these.
  • Friendly Target: Hastur puts Ezra in a death-trap in order to provoke Crowley into acting in a prosecutable way. It works.
  • Fun with Foreign Languages: In-universe, Ezra repeatedly surprises people by speaking to them in a relevant language unexpectedly. On an authorial level, the writers have clearly had enough of Blizzard's terrible conlanging and are working to combat it.
  • Game Face: The use of the aforementioned Eye Beams causes Illidari to temporarily take on a more demonic form. They can also do it deliberately, as it makes them stronger and tougher. Both uses are kind of draining once they revert to normal form.
  • The Glomp: Happens repeatedly and in both directions.
  • Hates Being Touched: Ezra thinks that Crowley is shy or believes himself unworthy of physical affection, but in fact Crowley thinks that touching him is bad for Ezra.
  • Heartbroken Badass: It's all but stated outright that this is why Mhorduna became Illidari.
  • Her Boyfriend's Jacket: Crowley wears one of Ezra's shirts in an attempt at self-soothing.
  • Heroic BSoD: Crowley hits this when he thinks Ezra is permanently dead.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Ezra's deal with the spirit healer doesn't kill him immediately, but the next time he dies, it'll be for good.
  • Hold Your Hippogriffs: People, especially non-humans, frequently use more-or-less mangled figures of speech.
  • How Do You Say: Even after achieving conversational fluency in Common, Crowley asks Ezra for a word a few times.
  • I Can't Believe a Guy Like You Would Notice Me: Both of them.
  • Inconvenient Attraction: Being in love with someone from the other faction isn't great in either direction, and it's especially iffy for Crowley.
  • Internalized Categorism: People dislike and distrust Illidari, and Crowley believes he deserves it.
  • Interspecies Romance: Ezra is a human, Crowley is a blood elf.
  • In the Back: Ligur pulls this on Crowley once. He's a rogue, what do you expect?
  • Invented Linguistic Distinction: Humans from Stormwind talk like Americans; humans from Kul Tiras sound British. More subtly, narration and dialogue from people who are meant to sound British use British spellings, vocabulary, and conventions such as placement of speech tags, and folks meant to sound like Yanks use the American standards. ("It's in the centre of the lift," said Alice versus "It's in the center of the elevator," Bob said)
  • It Is Not Your Time: What the spirit healers generally say to immortal souls when they show up in the Afterlife Antechamber. If the healer doesn't say that, it's time for an Oh, Crap!.
  • Lampshade Hanging: 'Crowley' is not a particularly elven-sounding name, which Ezra comments upon when he's told it.
  • Lap Pillow: Frequent, usually Crowley's head and Ezra's lap.
  • Little Miss Badass: Crowley's goblin friend Droxi is less than half his height, and also a warlock who can and will melt your face if required.
  • Locked in the Dungeon: The Orgrimmar prison is in a cave complex below the city.
  • Love Across Battlelines: Crowley and Ezra are on opposite sides of a war. They don't care.
  • Love Epiphany: Crowley's exact thought is, "I am in so much trouble."
  • Mercy Kill: At one point Ezra asks Crowley to kill him, because the alternative is letting Hastur and Ligur do it.
  • Mirroring Factions: The Horde and the Alliance are both full of people doing the best they can in a terrible situation.
  • Mocking the Mourner: Hastur to Crowley, repeatedly.
  • Narrative Profanity Filter: Generally people swear out loud, but there are a few instances of someone swearing in a language the POV character doesn't speak.
  • Oblivious to Love: Both of the boys spend a fair bit of time convinced that the other just sees them as a friend.
  • Oh, Crap!: Several, including Crowley upon finding out what Ezra traded to ensure Ligur's permanent death and Mhorduna's reaction to Ezra not showing up after his meeting in Boralus.
  • Omniglot: Ezra speaks an absurd number of languages, and mentions that the only one that has completely defeated him is Nerglish, i.e. the mostly-consonontal babble of murlocs.
  • One True Love: Elves sometimes have these.
  • Only One Name: Crowley, having abandoned his original name, and by implication a number of other Illidari. Most of the cast are No Full Name Given, however, and we do get some surnames over time.
  • Out of Continues: Every time a person dies, there's a chance the spirit healer will tell them this is the last time.
  • Paralyzing Fear of Sexuality: Crowley has a hard time with this because of internalized self-hatred over his status as Illidari.
  • Poirot Speak: Crowley does this occasionally while in the process of learning Common.
  • The Power of Love: Crowley breaks Ezra out of shadow-induced madness on several occasions pretty much by being visibly in love with him.
  • Public Execution: Crowley expects this to be the result if his relationship with Ezra is ever discovered by Horde leadership.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: A few times, most notably when Crowley is yelling at Mhorduna for enabling a prank.
    Crowley:" and I are going to have a conversation you will. not. like."
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Mhorduna, guildmaster of Ezra's guild the Them. In part he tolerates Ezra and Crowley's relationship because he trusts Crowley as a fellow demon hunter, but he's also willing to listen to arguments about why his decisions might not be the best ones.
  • Rescued from the Underworld: Crowley follows Ezra to the spirit healer to keep him from final death.
  • Resurrection Sickness: Returning from the dead is draining, and it gets worse the more often you've died recently.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Why the Illidari became Illidari, and the things they did during it are part of the reason for Crowley's lack of self-esteem.
  • Secret Relationship: Crowley and Ezra attempt to have one, though at first they do a fairly bad job of it. Meanwhile Michael and Ligur are being a bit more competent.
  • Shout-Out: On Azeroth, apparently both Pride and Prejudice and Much Ado About Nothing were written by blood elves, and "as you wish" is a component of blood elf wedding vows. At one point Ezra tells a prison guard that "we're all fine here, now, thank you ... how are you?" Ezra's guild is called the Them.
    Ezra, reading: As everyone knows, a young person in possession of wealth is in want of only one thing: a partner with whom to share it...
  • Shovel Talk: Early in their relationship, before they've confessed their feelings, Crowley and Ezra have a fight and essentially break up. Neither takes it well, and they both spend the next three months in increasingly reckless attempts to get themselves killed. Once they iron things out, Droxi tells Ezra that if he ever hurts Crowley again she'll kill him.
  • Starts Stealthily, Ends Loudly: Getting into the prision went well, and quietly. Getting out, however...
  • Stoic Woobie: Crowley, oh so much.
  • Survivor's Guilt: Crowley would probably be okay with his brother having sacrificed himself so that Crowley could escape the Legion with the brother's children; the problem is that the kids didn't make it either.
  • Teleportation Rescue: The rescue from Orgrimmar involves this, once the rescue party is out of range of the Teleport Interdiction.
  • Translation Convention: Crowley and Ezra usually use Thalassian between them, but it's translated as vaguely-British English; similarly conversations between Illidari are usually in Eredun (Demonic).
  • Unable to Cry: When Crowley thinks Ezra is permanently dead, he doesn't cry - because he thinks that if he starts he won't ever be able to stop. Illidari are also physically incapable of crying in the sense of producing tears; their tear ducts were destroyed along with the rest of their physical eyes.
  • Woolseyism: Aziraphale in the novel uses the alias 'Ezra Fell'. But 'fel' in the Warcraft universe is the power that demons use, leading to his human analogue being named Ezra Fallwater.

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