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Raise Some Hell is a Web Serial Novel by Soranotsky, started in September 2018, with a scheduled update every Monday. The story follows college student Oliver Arcus as he falls down a literal rabbit hole, landing himself in a school dedicated to summoning demons. He's joined by a new group of friends he meets along the way, and they explore the new school life that they now have. They work with getting along with their demons and Oliver works to understand why he appeared there, but their school life is interrupted by goings-on that aren't part of the usual curriculum, and hints at a deeper conspiracy within the school.


Raise Some Hell contains examples of:

  • The Strategist: Celeste takes on this position during the fight against Baal, breaking the entire student body into teams so that they can all take achievable goals instead of a mass rush with no planning.
  • Putting the Band Back Together: Oliver does this after the Battle of the Morgue, where everyone has split up due to the deep emotional strain that the use of his power put on them.
  • Smoking Is Cool: Oz smokes incessantly, and uses the powers bestowed to him by Hell itself to light them.
  • Mundane Utility: Oz uses Xaphan's ability to manifest fire to light his cigarettes.
  • Eyepatch of Power: Ramona gets one after her eye gets a piece of burning wood in it during a fire.
  • Hollywood Fire: Subverted when Ramona gets caught under a wooden beam in the middle of a fire and loses her eye because a flaming wood chip flies into it.
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  • Adult Fear: Your child randomly disappearing, or dying at school when the defenses don't quite hold up. Hell is real and your child sells their soul to the Devil without a second thought.
  • Axes at School: Justified, as it's a school for defending the world against demons. Even though this ends up being a lie perpetrated by Lucifer/Satan to get people to send their souls to Hell
  • Batman Gambit: Solomon does this almost a thousand years before the plot. He knows that humans will contract their souls for demons, willing or otherwise, so he makes the only ritual have a built in limiter, to give away as little of the human soul as possible
  • Berserk Button: Literally Oliver's power is to push everyone's berserk button, although later he learns to control how hard he's pressing it.
  • Big Bad: Literally with regards to Baal
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  • Deal with the Devil: The point of the story is making a deal with the Devil.
  • Devil in Disguise: Literally, in the case of Dean Montgomery
  • Kill the God: Or more aptly, the Devil
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: This is an effect of summoning and contracting a demon. You lose something that makes up your identity.
  • The Reveal: Finding out that Dean Montgomery is actually Satan in disguise
  • Soul Jar: Quite literally when the group goes to Hell and finds that their souls are being kept in tiny glass balls.
  • To Hell and Back: Quite literally.
  • Back from the Dead: One of the subset of powers you can receive does this.
  • Mix-and-Match Critter: Many of the demons appear like this, an example being Dr. Lovelady's demon Andromalius, who has the appearance of being "half-man and half-snake".


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