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Trope-conscious Dark Fantasy parody written by Jess Gulbranson, concerning the adventures of an unwitting antipaladin in a dangerous world clearly founded on some common tabletop RPG tropes. Is first in a trilogy, followed by Archlich Hotel and Johnny Devil Comes To Town. No longer in Development Hell... buy it here!


Antipaladin Blues provides examples of:

  • Anti-Magic: The thaumoethereal explosion wipes out an entire city's magic.
  • Bad Powers, Good People:
    • Frank Burley, who is an ancient undead sorcerer, but still wants to save the world.
    • Explored with Kannon's character, who has an evil day job, does mostly heroic things, but is still basically a murderous thug.
  • Benevolent Boss: Chamberlin, despite being a mage who is a corrupt government fixer, is clearly trying to be Kannon's friend.
  • Black-and-Grey Morality: Like somebody threw up charcoal on the manuscript.
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  • Blood Magic: Kannon's enchanted armor runs on this.
  • Combat Pragmatist: It helps when your armor is covered in blades and spikes… any movement can be an attack. At one point Kannon uses a barrel of molasses to fight a shaman who may have an enchantment protecting him from edged weapons.
  • The Empire: Galak's Empire, and its counterpart to the east, Pluton.
  • The End of the World as We Know It: Either "clean and nice" or "fiery reverse Ikea run by Cenobites", depending on whether the Angels or Demons take over.
  • Humans Are Flawed: The fundamental reason the Gods, Angels, and Demons are involved on this world at all.

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