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"Inevitably, there are those who have a morbid fascination with such evils. Just as the human race has spawned "Satan-worshippers", at least one group exists which has dedicated itself to the study of Paradox, turning its back on traditional Time Lord values and instead embracing a form of dark shamanic spiritualism. Indeed, this group is not unlike one of the voodoo cults of Mutter's Spiral, with its own pantheon of spirits and demons, and its own occult rituals. The group is known as Faction Paradox, and it's hard to describe the dread this name conjures up in the minds of the Time Lord archons..."

Faction Paradox is a splinter of the Doctor Who Expanded Universe continuities, and was originated by author Lawrence Miles. First seen as particularly dreaded enemies of the Eighth Doctor, the Faction eventually grew in number and power until they acquired their own continuities to play with.

The Faction was once one of the Homeworld's ruling Houses, until illustrious leader Grandfather Paradox became disenchanted with their diseased pretensions to immortality and separated from them, turning his House into a time-travelling, time-active, ritualistic death cult. The Faction is based in the beliefs of voodoo, picking up new members from all possible species and seeding necro-fetishism and atavistic horror across time and space — rejecting both the immortality that the Houses sought and ridiculing the Laws of Time that they had laid down.


The Faction delights in creating temporal paradoxes, all the while seeking to tighten their hold over the universe and drown it into anarchic chaos, by pitting the main players in the Second War In Heaven against each other while remaining ambiguously neutral. On one side of this Time War are those pompous asses, the Great Houses of the Faction's twin sun Homeworld. The Great Houses are essentially an aristocratic race who spent their time sleeping in their laurels until a certain bearded renegade returned home, bringing news of a great danger. Opposing them are the enemy, a force so intricate and vast, it is pointless to even name. It's not a specific army, or even a person... it's something far, war worse. The battlefield is all of history. And the battle prizes are the two most valuable territories: cause and effect.


As you can imagine, the Faction stands to gain much.

Where we and our friends have been, and where our lore has been established, in case you're curious...


Virgin Publishing

BBC: The Eighth Doctor Adventures as a whole, particularly the following books in the series:

Mad Norwegian Publishing

  • Dead Romance (Updated Re-release with additional stories)
  • The Book of the War
  • This Town Will Never Let Us Go
  • Of the City of the Saved...
  • Warlords of Utopia
  • Warring States
  • Erasing Sherlock

Random Static

  • Newtons Sleep (The publisher has, very kindly, put the ebook up for free)

Obverse Books: Faction Paradox

  • A Romance In Twelve Parts
  • Burning with Optimism's Flames
  • Wallowing In Pessimism's Mire note 
  • Against Nature
  • The Brakespeare Voyage
  • Liberating Earth
  • Head Of State
  • Weapons Grade Snake Oil
  • Spinning Jenny
  • The Book of the Enemy
  • The Book of the Peace
  • Hyponormalisation: A Faction Hollywood Production

Obverse Books: Iris Wildthyme

  • The Panda Book of Horror

Obverse Books: The City of the Saved

  • Tales of the City
  • More Tales of the City
  • Tales of the Great Detectives
  • Furthest Tales of the City
  • Tales of the Civil War
  • Stranger Tales of the City
  • Vanishing Tales of the City


Big Finish Productions

  • The Adventure of the Diogenes Damsel

BBV Productions: The Faction Paradox Protocols

  • The Eleven-Day Empire
  • The Shadow Play
  • Sabbath Dei
  • In the Year of the Cat
  • Movers
  • A Labyrinth of Histories

Magic Bullet Productions (The True History Of Faction Paradox)

  • Coming To Dust
  • The Ship of a Billion Years
  • Body Politic
  • Words from Nine Divinities
  • Ozymandias
  • The Judgment of Sutekh


Image Comics

  • Political Animals
  • Bêtes Noires & Dark Horses

Additionally, short stories, prologues, epilogues and dissertations have been published in charity anthologies and across the web. Happy hunting...


  • Action Survivor: From the audios, Cousins Justine and Eliza after the destruction of the Eleven-Day Empire.
  • Ambiguous Gender:
    • Many posthumans in the City of the Saved belong to intersex categories, either by choice or by evolution; it is often impossible to tell their gender just by looking at them.
    • In the Faction Paradox Protocols audios, the French spy Charles-Geneviève-Louis-Auguste-André-Timothée d'Éon de Beaumont is treated as male by her peers for simplicity's sake. There is some debate over how her life actually unfolded and where she would have fallen on the gender spectrum, but as history would prove, she preferred life as a woman — which Cousin Justine is quick to take offense to.
  • Ancient Astronauts: Discussed at multiple points; there are several comparisons between the Great Houses and the various pantheons of gods in human religions, as well as the "anakim", or "watchers", a type of biblical angel. These similarities, among other salient facts, inevitably draw (in-universe) speculation regarding the nature of influence the Houses have had on humanity through history.
  • Anti-Hero: The Faction being the sort of organization it is, if you happen across a Faction protagonist that's at all likeable according to current Earth standards, odds are good that you're somewhere in this trope.
  • Another Dimension: The Yssgaroths' home Universe. It's also postulated that the Yssgaroth are in fact the result of the two universes interacting, or maybe even just a mental reaction to the interaction of matter and hostile anti-matter. As no-one's ever been near one and come back in one piece, no-one really knows.
  • Apathetic Citizens: The Broken Remote. They were a branch of our Remote colonists until they were brainwashed by the Homeworld into accepting a steady diet of reality TV, docudramas and the like. As a result, any potential worth in them was complete and utterly spoiled.
  • Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: The Celestis erased themselves from history in such a precise way that they ended up becoming concepts and memes as opposed to physical beings. Now they're a bunch of petty gods, watching the universe from above.
  • Asian Speekee Engrish: Snake in "Sabbath Dei" and "In the Year of the Cat", an automaton created as an exaggerated version of ancient East-Asian warriors. The accent and mannerisms serve to flatter King George III and pull the wool over his eyes, so to speak.
  • Author Tract: This Town Will Never Let Us Go is all about the way its author sees the world, with such topics as The War on Terror, the nature of magick, pop music, New Media, and the ever-present theme of "the evil of banality". Read at your own peril.
  • Ax-Crazy: The delightful Cousin Kresta Ve Coglana Shuncucker. (In the words of Lawrence Miles, "In effect she's like a psychotic, heavily-armed version of Bernard Black".) And when a Living Shadow that functions as a Hyperspace Arsenal gets welded to an unstable whackjob, she has a lot of Axes to be Crazy with...
    • Also, Cousin Antipathy.
  • Backdoor Pilot: Both Alien Bodies and The Adventuress Of Henrietta Street were, in some ways, this, for us. Of the City of the Saved... was also this for the City of the Saved series of short story collections. (Yes, we do actually have a spin-off of our own.)
  • Back from the Dead: This is what Anubis tried to do to Osiris. It... didn't quite work, instead re-creating Horus through fusion of Osiris' timeline with Faction Paradox member Cousin Eliza.
  • Beethoven Was an Alien Spy: At various times, Lord Byron, Percy Bysshe Shelley, King George III, and Johann Sebastian Bach have gotten caught up in a Gambit Pileup involving the Time Lords Homeworld and our own schemes. Sherlock Holmes... well, for starters, was a real but otherwise perfectly normal human, but Jimmy Moriarty was a scientist from the 21st century using stolen Faction technology given to him by the Celestis. Vlad Tepes (aka the man known as Dracula) fought Mal'akh and almost got snared into a deal with the Celestis. We don't talk about Rasputin. Oh, and Queen Charlotte is secretly a timeship.
  • Big Bad: For the audios: House Lolita, who single-handedly consumes the Eleven-Day Empire, hunts Cousins Justine and Eliza throughout time and space, and, by the end, is considered to be an even greater threat to the universe than Sutekh. Yes, that Sutekh.
  • Biting-the-Hand Humor: It's suspected that Cousin Suppression was once one of the Homeworld's "tame authors": writers who were used as propaganda machines by the Great Houses. The Cousin has a habit of carrying around copies of The Homeworld Chronicles and yelling "lies!" and "hacks!" at the pages.
  • Blood Knight: Cousin Justine, who keeps getting distracted from rebuilding the Faction, by whatever fight comes her way.
  • Blood Magic: Biodata magic, which can be drawn from blood or, in being lacking said substance, any other body part. Typically, the persons performing the rituals add some of their own blood to the ceremony as well.
  • Body Horror: The Great Houses modified their regeneration protocols for the War so their soldiers would become increasingly protected with each death. After a couple of regenerations, they lose all humanoid shape and basically become walking blocks of weapons and armor with TARDIS characteristics.
  • Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: Attaining the rank of Godfather - or Godmother - in the Faction requires you to earn three Ph.Ds - bastardry, scathing remarks, and reality bending.
  • Brother–Sister Incest: Sutekh and his sister Nephthys have a very ancient Egyptian view on love.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: The "Evil Renegade" chose that name for himself. According to Chris Cwej, anyway. And to be fair, this is after the Great Houses got his hands on him, and he doesn't quite remember it all. In fact, many of the Cwejen have started a cult around their Pale God of the number 7...
  • Cassandra Truth: The man who would become the War King reported the existence of the Enemy to the ruling council of the Homeworld. Unwilling to accept his warnings, the Council journeyed to the point in time and space where the Renegade had told them the capital of the Enemy was in the Presidential timeship, intending to found a Homeworld colony there to silence the rumors. Following a rather tense moment, only the head of the President materialized back, having apparently travelled the entire timespan of the known universe from beginning to end, with a note jammed into the mouth - "We are not amused."
  • Casual Danger Dialogue: Morlock in the opening scene.
  • City of Adventure: Both the Eleven-Day Empire and the City of the Saved.
  • Clarke's Third Law: The main issue between the Homeworld and the Faction is that they cannot agree on exactly what in the name of the Grandfather Faction Paradox uses: tech or magic. We believe that the barriers protecting the Faction's home dimension are loa, voodoo spirits, while the Homeworld thinks they are merely manifestations of the laws of the Universe at work. Quite honestly, many doubt there's a truth to it all. Including us.
  • Clap Your Hands If You Believe: The Weaksauce Weakness of the Celestis. They are pretty clever with this knowledge, appearing as gods or demons when proposing their special deals, so the incumbent will be less likely to doubt them.
  • Cloning Blues:
    • As mentioned below, Little Brother Edward is a clone of Johnny Depp, originally designed to be a boytoy for a rich old lady. Between that, the various Depp characters that keep clashing in his head, and the general Mind Screwiness of Faction training, his state of mind is, shall we say, a little fragmented?
    • The various iterations of Compassion that end up in the City of the Saved. And that's not even including the one who BECAME the City.
    • The Remote get to have their own special reverse version of the ol' cloning blues. Because their method of reproduction invariably results in a slightly more stereotypical version of themselves walking around afterwards, any Remote member that meets his future iterations invariably ends up wondering if he's really that damn unpleasant.
  • Conspiracy Kitchen Sink: Xenomorphs killed President Kennedy, forcing the Faction to intervene and save his life. (Only to kill him later on their own terms in 1967.)
  • Cool Gate: Our brand of these can be used to fold time and space in ways you would never guess...
  • Cool Mask: The Faction uses bone masks. From animals that never existed. And by animals, we may or may not mean the corrupted corpses of our Homeworld brethren from a timeline in which the Yssgaroth warped them into hybrid monsters. Add the full gorgets and headdresses. Beat that. We dare you.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Michael Brookhaven, head of Faction Hollywood, is an executive who basically personifies all the corruption in Hollywood.
  • Cosmic Retcon: The Biodata Virus is this trope weaponized and turned into The Virus.
  • Crapsack World: Best described as the Whoniverse with no Doctor around (or at least unable to magically fix everything). In which the people who most want to join the War powers are the ones least able to, those who do play a part in the War find themselves irrevocably altered into living weapons, time travel is best done by opening up a sacrifice in a room of screaming skulls — and the human afterlife is filled to bursting with racists, bureaucrats and slaves.
  • Creative Sterility: The Remote, in a certain sense (see Flanderization) and the combined culture of Earth in This Town Will Never Let Us Go. Sort of.
  • Crossover: Obverse books had been doing Iris Wildthyme short story collections for a while, so she popped up at a few points in A Romance In Twelve Parts. Probably to give us a little publicity boost. She's always so nice like that.
    • The Adventure Of The Diogenes Damsel is a Big Finish Audio starring Bernice Summerfield, part of her line of audios, which features the Cwejen, time-duplicates of Cwej who were introduced and given that name in The Book of the War. There are references throughout the audio to "The War" and one of the Time Lord characters wonders whether Bernice is associated with "The Faction". And this was the Bernice audio released immediately after one written by our creator, Lawrence Miles.
  • Cult: One fearsome and powerful enough to make Gallifrey itself kneel in fear.
  • Cult Colony: The Remote. You can't deny the idea of a follower cult based on TV programs might be Crazy Enough to Work!
  • Dark Action Girl: Any female Faction operative. Notable individuals include Cousins Octavia, Shuncucker, Justine, and Eliza. Also, from the Homeworld, Lolita.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Plenty to go around, the worst offenders being Lady Lolita and Godfathers Avatar and Morlock. The War King occasionally delves into this, to the point that it's extremely hard to imagine him without an eyebrow raised.
    • Lawrence Miles' narrative voice tends to end up like this, too.
  • Deal with the Devil: Standard operating procedure for the Celestis. Don't fall for it. Just... don't.
  • Depending on the Writer:
    • We of the Faction have been characterized as monsters, Affably Evil, or even downright Anti Heroic protagonists, depending on which book you're reading. The Ancestor Cell, for instance, was our infamous appearance, changing us hugely from what Master Miles intended us to be in the first place, making us mutilate Gallifrey's history For the Evulz rather than gaining control of the Universe. On the other hand, it seems like a fun idea altogether.
    • The Great Houses too, of all people. The (logically extremely rare) pariahs of their society who secretly want to nurture the lesser races and rebel against the cold logical approach tend to show up with alarming regularity in the non-Miles books.
  • Domestic Abuse: In The True History of the Faction Paradox, Sutekh abuses his sister and wife, Nephthys, by using his mental powers on her, physically intimidating her and forcing her to remain loyal to him; which she does but mostly out of fear instead of respect. It's also quite clear that she's reluctant to be on his side but feels she doesn't have any other choice.
  • Downer Ending: This Town Will Never Let Us Go ends with the total cultural stasis of humanity until the Earth's destruction.
  • Discard and Draw: When Cousin Shuncucker gets bored of her current shadow weapon, she drops it and grows a new one.
  • Dramatization: Brookhaven's film Mujun: The Ghost Kingdom has the plot and characters of the Faction Paradox Protocols audios, transplanted into shogun-era Japan. The book in which the film is described was released after the Protocols started, and several years before said audios were completed, naturally.
  • The Dreaded: Anything to do with the Yssgaroth, the Homeworld or the Enemy.
  • Eldritch Abomination:
    • The Enemy (possibly; even we aren't sure). Most certain for the Unkindnesses. Depends upon what you think the Enemy is, of course.
    • The loa spirits that protect the Eleven-Day Empire. Much like a certain gentleman, Azathoth, for the curious, they have been implied to be physical embodiments of the laws of the Universe.
    • And of course, our less fortunate neighbors: the Yssgaroth.
    • Given various characters' reactions to her true face, Lolita, who might just also be the Enemy, given that she is described as 'a new kind of history'.
  • Eldritch Location:
    • The Eleven-Day Empire. Depending on your views, the City of the Saved.
    • Antipathy invaded the City of the Saved, assimilating parts of it into him; these infected sectors changed from peaceful sections of City populated by happy invulnerable / immortals, to nightmare industrial wastelands full of terrified, highly killable people.
    • The Yssgaroth Universe. Timeline's begun devouring itself there...
  • Evil Counterpart: The Faction and the Homeworld, or, as some may know them, the Time Lords.
  • False Utopia: The City of the Saved. Everyone with Homo genus DNA in them, upon death, wakes up copied in a city the size of a galaxy located at the end of time that's as close to Heaven as the setting gets. Everyone's immortal and immune to harm (at least until Antipathy shows up); every human, posthuman, Neanderthal, etc. culture exists and interacts peacefully, if not voluntarily. And you can live in whichever culture suits you best; if you can track them down you can meet any human/posthuman/part-human who ever lived... but no one else. Only Homo genus DNA gets you in. Even aliens and A.I.s raised in human cultures don't get in, and it's mentioned that people have been tragically disappointed when they find out that their non-human friends and lovers aren't going to be there. As for part-humans, the whole human-centric aspect of the City creates a rather jingoistic atmosphere and there's a general opinion that hybrids are lucky to have made it in at all. They're forbidden from becoming City Councillors and most districts treat them as second-class citizens (if that). And if that wasn't enough, all the human agents of the War powers were resurrected there, so even paradise isn't free of the War. There is a pressure group trying to improve things for part-humans, at least, but they haven't gotten very far.
  • Fiery Redhead: Justine. Laura Tobin is also red-haired, and prone to acts of violence and extra helpings of sarcasm and insults as the situation requires.
  • First-Person Smartass: Narrator Christine Summerfield snarks her way through Dead Romance. As Cousin Eliza, she also does some cliffhanger narration in the Faction Paradox Protocols.
  • Flanderization: In-universe example. The Remote are, by design, sterile. This requires special equipment named Remembrance Tanks, in which a certain amount of biomass (a recently deceased person) is inserted, and the people who were closest in life to them linked to a device which scans them for memories and impressions of that person, cloning the remains and downloading the accrued data into them as their new personality. This, of course, means no Remote colonist will be exactly the same after dying, often losing huge chunks of their more private selves.
  • Foregone Conclusion: The fate of Sutekh; given that he's based on that other story kinda has to end up stuck in that pyramid sooner or later.
  • Freudian Excuse: The one known as Antipathy has... issues... with that Compassion woman. Issues that he likes to express in, shall we say, creative ways.
  • Future Me Scares Me: Grandfather Paradox is everyone's evil future self. Possibly. Like the Enemy, the what of the Grandfather is never as important to the series as the how and the why.
  • Gambit Pileup: You'd better believe it, sweetheart. A multitude of sufficiently advanced scheming cutthroat organizations, plus timey wimey tech and zero scruples about using it? This trope, if you're lucky.
  • Gender Bender:
    • Father-Mother Olympia uses dual gender titles. (He-she started life as a woman, and hopes to become one once more, but there was a bit of a cock-up involving Godfather Morlock.)
    • Cousin Cá Bảy Màu, a regular 21st century human, is sometimes he and sometimes she.
    • The Manfolk. Oh god, the Manfolk. They're this trope taken to its limit with horrifyingly sadistic precision, in order to express the universe's largest Oedipus complex. And some Manfolk get stuck halfway through the process — which, for Keth Marrane at least, is the preferable option.
  • Genius Loci: The City of the Saved, a galaxy-wide citadel containing every single human to ever exist and billions of fictional characters to boot, actually is the incarnation of Compassion that became a TARDIS during the Eighth Doctor Adventures.
  • Go Mad from the Revelation: Homeworld operative Devonire spent much of his career hunting down the Grandfather's severed arm, to use as a bargaining tool against us. Finally given the knowledge that the arm has no ritual significance to the Faction, and that we were in fact in possession of it all along, he nevertheless sought to obtain it and present it to us out of sheer monomania. The fact that the arm was later tested for veracity and revealed to be his own left him rather... unstable, and with his reputation (in tatters) and his arm (cut off later, by himself, in a wild fit of paradox anxiety) gone forever.
  • A God Am I:
    • The Great Houses in general, but it's the Celestis that really buy into their own hype.
    • The Osirians. It helps that countless civilisations worship them as gods.
    • Compassion gets a nice helping of this trope, too.
  • Godwin's Law of Time Travel: Warlords of Utopia is about every single Earth where Hitler won versus every Earth where the Romans won. And it's awesome.
  • Gorgeous Period Dress: Aside from the Cool Mask, standard Faction wear usually involves something magnificent in black velvet.
  • Grandfather Paradox: The leader of our Faction was once a perfectly normal Homeworld agent who once decided to kill his grandfather. The results were not pretty, leading him to become a living paradox and the Anthropomorphic Personification of all the potential evil and despair in the Universe.
  • Hermaphrodite: Marrane in Of The City of the Saved... is both intersex and genderqueer.
  • Hidden Villain: Cousin Antipathy in Of The City of the Saved...
  • Hollywood Voodoo: Quite literally, in the case of Michael Brookhaven and his Faction Hollywood cabal.
  • Humanoid Abomination:
    • Grandfather Paradox is implied to be one, though it's difficult to tell as he hasn't actually ever existed for at least 200 years.
    • The newer-style timeships like those of Lolita's ilk are a more straightforward, if relatively reasonable, example of this trope. It's also implied that the Great Houses, especially the ones who are less than sympathetic to humanity's problems, are moving in this direction, being described more as "forces of history" than actual people.
  • I Call It "Vera": The Remote are prone to becoming very... attached to their weapons. Sometimes literally.
  • Impossibly Cool Clothes: If you can't destroy timelines in style, perhaps you ought not to do it at all.
  • Invocation: How at least Cousin Justine controls her Sombra Que Corta.
    Bloodline to bloodline, in constant transition.
    Our pattern, our flesh, and our one restoration.
    Conception, completion, the will of the city.
    Grandfather watch me, Spirits maintain me.
  • Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: Compare the Faction Paradox of the earlier Eighth Doctor and stand-alone novels to the Gallifrey's history-rapists in The Ancestor Cell. They barely seem like the same organisation. Our creator, Lawrence Miles, openly chewed out The Ancestor Cell for derailing his plans on the War in Heaven. Instead of accepting another author destroying his image of Faction Paradox, he wound up creating his own standalone universe. And thus we were born...
  • Large Ham:
    • We fight freaking Sutekh, the lord and master of this trope. With the original actor from "Pyramids of Mars", no less. Accept no imitations!
    • Not to mention the delightful Godfather Morlock and Shuncucker from the audio play.
  • Let's You and Him Fight: The Homeworld and the Enemy's war is rather boring. We prefer to sit in the backbenches and carefully scavenge what we want.
  • Living Shadow:
    • The Cousins of the Faction turn their shadows, or "sombras que cortan" into living beings by grafting weapons on them, making them capable of slicing through rooms of Mooks while the Cousin themself remains calmly sitting. The single two exceptions to this are Cousins Shuncucker and Justine, who independently acquired Grandfather Paradox's shadow, which is an infinite Hammerspace containing an endless arsenal. Give that kinda weaponry to a couple of Reality Warpers. Watch hilarity ensue.
    • On the other hand, we do not show it, and often appear to possess no shadow at all, as seen when a certain Doctor once was infected by the Faction's biodata virus, causing his shadow to fade.
  • Living Ship: All timeships are alive, nearly all are bred on the Homeworld. The older models do not communicate on the same level of reality as the War powers, but newer variations such as Marie, Antipathy, Lolita and the Remote hybrid Compassion walk and talk among us.
  • A Load of Bull: Justine meets a Minotaur on the prison planet. However, he points out that only the mythical beast from Crete is the Minotaur. All similar creatures are just men with bull's heads.
  • Mad Scientist:
    • Godfather Morlock. His inventions include the Tracking Knife (used to read the future from a corpse's entrails) and the Biodata Virus.
    • Anubis. Also an example of why you don't want a bored Mad Scientist.
  • Magic from Technology: Even we don't know whether our tech is true magic, or whether it's just very advanced.
  • Magitek: The Homeworld loathes the Faction for the creation of technology that ignores physical laws and works alongside voodoo principles. Screw 'em.
  • Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: The entirety of This Town Will Never Let Us Go.
  • Memetics in Fiction: The Celestis found a way to weaponize this and ascend to a sort of pseudo-godhood.
  • Mind Screw:
    • Doctor Who was bad enough. Now imagine a group of time travelers who worship paradoxes.
    • This Town Will Never Let Us Go is one colossal Mind Screw in novel form.
    • The Judgment of Sutekh is a battle in time. Different characters experience the events in completely different orders, so that it is nigh impossible to work out their correct sequence until the very end.
    • Why does the plot of Michael Brookhaven's last film resemble so much the fall of the Eleven-Day Empire?
  • Mythpunk: Faction Paradox breathes this trope.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast:
    • Anyone who dubs themselves "Antipathy" as a Take That! to their mother (Compassion) is clearly not a good person. Add to that the fact that he's an Ax-Crazy, Omnicidal Maniac timeship... yeah.
    • The "War in Heaven".
    • Sutekh the Destroyer and Leveler of Worlds.
  • Nightmare Fetishist: Many of our members qualify. Incidentally, if you aren't one... may I ask what are you doing here?
  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: Warlords of Utopia starts with the blurb "Rome Never Fell. Hitler Won. Now They Are At War." Said war involves 21st century Roman Legions going toe-to-toe, and, eventually, bitchslapping Nazi soldiers.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed:
    • Little Brother Edward from Of The City of the Saved is a clone of Johnny Depp whose personality keeps wobbling between different characters the original has played. Also a Woobie.
    • Tiffany Korta from This Town Will Never Let Us Go is an amalgam of Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, and assorted other pop icons.
  • No Periods, Period: Eliza says she's been biologically modified to stop these.
  • Not as You Know Them: Chris Cwej. Former companion of the Doctor. In our little corner of the Cosmos, the Great Houses used him to serve as the template for their shocktroopers at various points in his life. This had very interesting effects on his personality and morality.
  • Older Than They Look: Godfather Morlock looks sixty-ish. He's actually much older.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: Sutekh, who, after spending millenia guarding the Osirian Court, has become so paranoid that he will never feel safe until he destroys everything in existence. A feat of which he is more than capable.
  • One-Winged Angel: The more the Great Houses regenerate, the less humanoid and more "War-ready" their bodies become. The hardened veterans are basically massive blocks of weapons, armor, and defense mechanisms, like Khiste in Dead Romance.
  • Our Vampires Are Different/Our Genies Are Different: The Mal'akh. They're described as "bloodthirsty" and "the undead" as well as the inspiration for stories about the Djinn.
  • Our Angels Are Different/Fallen Angel/Our Demons Are Different: Based on the references to The Book Of Enoch (and the fact that "Mal'akh" is actually a Hebrew word for "angel"), the Mal'akh, again. (Based on a reference to the "s'Tanim", a Hebrew word for "accuser" or "adversary" this may also be true of the Enemy.)
  • Paradox Person: Many Faction Godparents undergo a ritual where they hunt and eliminate their ancestors, starting with their opposite sex parent, then that parent's opposite sex parent, then that parent's opposite sex parent. This is meant to reduce the Godparent in question's vulnerability to time-based attacks, but it's very risky, and doing it wrong can wipe the Godparent in question from existence entirely. Oops.
  • Parody Sue: Mesh Cos in Of The City of the Saved... is ridiculously beautiful, intelligent, accomplished, talented, musical, elfin, politically savvy, charismatic, advanced, scientific, motherly, sexy and well-published, in addition to having created an AI that encompasses all of human technology. She has casual nudist days.
  • Playing with Syringes: Godfather Morlock is extremely adept at this.
  • Properly Paranoid: There's a reason the Great Houses won't name their Enemy... see, the Enemy isn't a person, or a group, or a race. It's a whole new hostile history that threatens to destroy their version of History and replace it from the foundations. To name the Enemy would be diminishing the scope of its powers and reach. Something only a complete and utter moron would do.
  • Powers as Programs: This is how rituals work, by reprogramming the universe through a "backdoor" in the "operating system" the Grandfather left behind. Makes as much sense as chanting a bunch of numbers anyway.
  • Psycho Prototype: Imagine the power a sentient timeship has. Add some horrific issues and a lot of very detailed and uncomfortable backstory, name it Antipathy and realize what kind of situation it is.
  • Racial Face Blindness: Played with. An Asian-accented automaton says King George III thinks they all look alike.
  • Rasputinian Death: Rasputin's infamously convoluted death is actually the result of an unfortunate Gambit Pileup involving the Faction, the Celestis, the Great Houses, a dash of timey-wimeyness and about a half-dozen genetic copies.
  • Recursive Reality: The Universe-in-a-bottle from Dead Romance. Mind screwing at its finest.
    We are all in the bottle and one day the bottle will break. Then all worlds will be one world. The inside will meet the outside...
  • Red Sky, Take Warning: The Eleven-Day Empire is a shadow copy of London under a blood-red sky, as if something was endlessly burning just past the horizon. Enjoy your stay...
  • Redshirt Army: The Cwejen. We were trying to remold the Remote into our version of this, but, umm, something went amiss in the road. Hopefully, we can still make it work...
  • Ret-Gone: Continuity Needles do this to whoever they are stuck into, allowing Time to fill in the cracks (for example, reducing the target to an alias used by someone else). However, it's not recommended to use them on important historical figures. We're still cleaning up from when one managed to hit a certain Isaac Newton.
  • Sapient Ship: Timeships, lovely ships capable of time travel. Except when they happen to rebel. Or if they happen to be psychotic. Or just sort of really into tentacle sex.
  • Scrapbook Story: Dead Romance, a first-person account of the end of the world by the only person to have survived, with snarky commentary.
  • Self-Made Orphan: Several Faction Paradox members. Including possibly Grandfather Paradox himself. It's in the name.
  • Shout-Out: The titles of the City of the Saved subseries refer to the titles of books in the Tales of the City series by Armistead Maupin.
  • Skeletons in the Coat Closet: Aside from the masks, we often wear full bone battle armour. From Yssgaroth-tainted Homeworld agents' skeletons.
  • Suddenly Significant Rule: "The shadow is more important than the flesh."
  • Sufficiently Advanced Alien:
    • Abso-freaking-lutely EVERYONE. If you aren't capable of violating the basic structure of reality with a few muttered words of power and a raised eyebrow, then the War in Heaven might just be a teensy bit out of your league. We're looking at you, Sontarans.
    • We laugh at people who try to have a go at them with "mere" matter-based technology. The Book of the War lumps everything like this — from the mightiest starships to the most exotically vicious nanoprobe infection — under the heading of "Burlesque Devices". After all, why bother replicating a fortification when you can just tweak the substrata of the universe to ensure that a base was always there to begin with? Or why fight an enemy when you can just alter his biodata so that he has always lost this fight? Aren't Time-Active wars fun?
  • Summon Bigger Fish: Accelerating the evolutionary cycle of the Fendahl had some... unforeseen consequences. Like creating an evolutionary niche for the thing that eats the Fendahl.
  • Temporal Paradox: Our goal is to burn the entire structure of time. Wanna join in?
  • That Man Is Dead: Entering the Faction means kissing all of your past goodbye. You simply will have never existed to start with. In fact, the special membership ceremony in which you see your totem animal, an entity representing your life up to that point, and to join the Faction, you kill it and feed it to snakes, ritualistically casting all of your life away and embracing the name and title the Faction grants you.
  • Timey-Wimey Ball: We want it to shatter, and the causality chain to snap.
  • Twin Threesome Fantasy: Again, Warlords of Utopia. The twins, or rather, the two different versions of the same woman are the ones to suggest it.
  • Universe Compendium: The Book of the War. It exists in-universe, with all the possible biases that implies.
  • Unperson: A classic sport for initiates of the Faction. They like to amp it further by killing their own ancestors before they're born, making their very existences more of a paradox than it is already.
  • Up the Real Rabbit Hole: At the end of Dead Romance this is the final goal of Christine Summerfield.
  • The Virus:
    • The Faction's Biodata Virus. For starters, a person's biodata is the sum of their temporal and physical self. An analyzable summary of everything you are throughout any point in your history. The Faction Virus corrupts that biodata and brainwashes you. Not so that you'll be working for the Faction. That'd be too easy. It makes it so you always have been and always will. It takes your new loyalties and makes them into immutable, unchangeable fact. There is no cure because, in his new reality, the corrupted individual has always been a Faction operative, with no way to change him back without changing the patient's biodata, which the Virus doesn't make easy to say the least.
    • Ghost clusters, which eradicate a person's presence in the timeline — not necessarily in chronological order.
    • The Broken Remote suffer from a memetic version: since their newborns are bred in tanks linked directly to their collective culture, a simple cultural shift can cripple their entire society on a creative level. The cultural sterility and statis of the Homeworld has, in this context, been successfully weaponised against them. Many would agree that the Broken Remote as they currently are would have been better off dead.
    • The Yssgaroth taint. Interesting things, vampires. Didja know pure Yssgaroth taint can infest anything? I mean, up to and including timeships? Like Lolita?
  • Weird Sun: There is something inside the Homeworld's sun. The Great Houses really should have a look.
  • Wham Episode:
    • Words From Nine Divinities, which ends with the assassination of the War King (The Master) by Lolita and a full-scale invasion of the Homeworld by the Mal'akh forces of Cousin Justine.
      • Before that, in Shadow Play, Lolita devoured the Eleven Day Empire.
    • Interference, Books 1 and 2, where we really go to town on the Doctor's timeline by getting his Third self killed before his appointment on Metebelis 3.
    • Then there's our last appearance in the Eighth Doctor Adventures, The Ancestor Cell, where Gallifrey falls, giving Eight a bad case of Trauma-Induced Amnesia and causing him to walk the earth for the next several books while his TARDIS regrows itself. Unfortunately, all this resulted from Eight blowing up said TARDIS, which also undid the previous Wham Episode and cleansed himself of our Paradox virus.
  • What Would X Do?: The tendency for 21st century humans to think this (where "X" can be any given celebrity or fictional or religious personage) is the reason the Faction first became interested in humanity, and started the Remote colonies.
  • Writing Around Trademarks: Almost every single one of the major players in the War. The Great Houses are most definitely not the race you call the Time Lords, the Imperator is not Morbius, the Evil Renegade / Grandfather Halfling is definitely not the man you call the Doctor, the War King is certainly not the madman you know as The Master, the prison planet is not Shada and the Great Houses' timeships are certainly not TARDISes. Given that the Eighth Doctor Adventures novels do name things exactly as they are, and frequently touch on the exact same themes and events, the key is there for those willing to look.
    • You may also recognise Cousin Ceol / Sojourner Hooper-Agogô from her one brief television appearance.
    • The Quell in the Big Finish Doctor Who story "The Warren Legacy" are of course most decidedly not a Faction Paradox cabal. Just a very unrelated group of time travelling people who wear bone armour and skull masks, try to kill people by erasing their ancestors, and get called "paradoxical" in the process.
  • You Cannot Kill An Idea: The Celestis thought this gave them a way out of the War in Heaven. And then somebody released the Fendahl Predator...
  • You Fight Like a Cow: A Chinese automaton that fights Eliza combines this with Affably Evil, Casual Danger Dialogue, and Major Injury Underreaction.


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