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Literature / The Return of Mephistopheles: World War III

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The Return of Mephistopheles: World War III is the second volume in the series The Spectral Chronicles.

From the back cover: It is the year 2093. As of late, the ghost Demetrios has been troubled by strange dreams. Shortly thereafter, the cult leader William, also known as the demon Mephistopheles, returns, and with him he brings the nightmare that was hoped would never happen: World War III. With the help of his friends and new allies, Demetrios sets out to keep their home planet from being conquered and brought into Satan's unholy empire.



  • Excited Episode Title!: Chapter 12 combines this with a Questioning Title: "More Demonic Possession?!"
  • Expecting Someone Taller: One of the Stone Cutter courtiers in the castle is surprised by Demetrios's youthful appearance (being a ghost, he's eternally 18) and was expecting him to be older.
  • Fire and Brimstone Hell: Only it's actually a planet instead of inside the Earth.
  • Growing Up Sucks: This time it's the adults who have problems with it. Marissa breaks up with Demetrios because she doesn't want to face the awkwardness and discomfort that will arise when she gets older and he doesn't.
  • Harmless Freezing: Inverted. When Demetrios and company encounter the frozen animals in the jungle, Anne-Marie thaws them with her fire magic, and Lily and Frederick immediately heal them.
  • Haunted Castle: Atrocitas's lair looks like "just about every haunted castle ever described in the fairy tales." Upon seeing it, Ruby even says "Man, these avatars' bases are getting weirder and weirder."
  • No Ontological Inertia: When Mephistopheles's avatars are defeated, the evil effects they had on the surrounding landscape are cured.
  • Noisy Nature: Used in two cases. In the first, Demetrios and company welcome the sounds of the nearby Louisiana wildlife as a nice change from the fighting of demons. In the second, they consider the lack of it in the Kalahari Desert as a sign of something being wrong.
  • Produce Pelting: The Stone Cutters throw vegetables at Theodore before his duel with Demetrios.
  • Quirky Miniboss Squad: Mephistopheles has quite a few; first his assassins, then his avatars, and then the guardians before his throne room.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: King Zasedis and Queen Sastiana, along with their fellow Stone Cutters, join in the final battle against Mephistopheles's army.
  • Rule of Cool:
    • This trope might explain why even though Jenna is a werehyena, she turns into the unrelated Hyaenodon instead of a regular hyena. Of course, she's also an assassin, so she needs a powerful form to do the job.