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  • Story Arc: The Pack, Xanato's Quest for Immortality
  • Characters: Goliath, Elisa, Angela, Bronx
  • Enemy(ies) : The Pack (Minus Dingo), Coyote

Avalon takes the travelers to Egypt, where they stumble across the Pack, lead by Coyote and under the orders of Xanatos, dealing with the oft-mentioned Emir. Now meeting him in person, they find out he intends to raise and control the God of Death, Anubis himself, to do his bidding. With his power, Xanatos will finally be an immortal. Yet the Emir has his own plans for the Death God. And then there's Jackal and his own wicked designs...

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Jackal and Hyena would be seen again in the Green, and Coyote (a brand new model) would appear again during Cloud Fathers.


This Episode contains the following Tropes:
  • Adult Fear: The plot is built on the idea of a parent outliving their child. Goliath also fears that his daughter will suffer as a result of this story.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: The Emir is motivated towards extreme action that could have dreadful consequences on the world by the death of his son.
  • All Are Equal in Death: One of Anubis' arguments is that death has to be True Neutral.
    Anubis: "I grant but one boon, mortal, and it will be given to you as it is given to everyone... when your time has come."
    Anubis: "Death is the ultimate fairness. Rich and poor, young and old, all are equal in death. You would not like to see the Jackal God play favorites."
  • All Deaths Final: Those dead remain so, even Anubis cannot (or will not) bring them back. Thankfully, however, any stolen life force can be restored, saving those on the brink of death (or worse).
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  • Armor-Piercing Question: "Must I lose my daughter to prove that this is evil?"
  • Ascended Extra: The Emir, after having been mentioned in previously in "The Edge" (intended only as a throw away line for Owen Burnett), now appears in person.
  • Avatar: The word itself crops up, and Goliath explains to Elisa what it means. Becoming such a vessel is part of the Emir's plan when diplomacy fails.
  • Big Guy Fatality Syndrome: For the villains side, at least; Coyote, now in one of his biggest and easily strongest robotic bodies, is the first Jackal "kills" with his newfound powers as an Anubis Avatar.
  • Continuity Nod: Upon seeing Coyote for the first time since "Upgrade" (in which its head was destroyed), Goliath questions how it could still exist (of which the head of Coyote 3.0 is actually a video projection of the earlier one with only the A.I. being the only surviving remnant of the earlier iteration).
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  • Death Equals Redemption: The Emir, finally able to understand the truth of life and death, restores the lost life energy Jackal stole then seemingly perishes. He also destroys the Temple to prevent the power of Anubis from ever being misused again. Goliath expresses the belief that, if there is any justice in this world or the next, that he is with his son in the afterlife.
  • Death of a Child: What motivates the Emir is he lost his son in a tragic car accident.
  • Death Takes a Holiday: Once captured by the scrolls, Anubis is unable to perform his duty, and people around the world are not dying. The Emir threatens to leave things that way to get what he wants, but Anubis refuses still, prompting... stronger measures.
  • Dying Moment of Awesome: The Emir takes Anubis from Jackal, revives everyone he killed, and then presumably perishes in the destruction of the temple.
  • Don't Fear the Reaper: The jackal god does not play favorites. He grants peace to everyone, no matter who they are, when it is their time.
  • Foreshadowing: Hyena briefly notes how Dingo has left the Pack.
  • God in Human Form: The Avatar is all the power of (in this case) Anubis poured into a single vessel. First Jackal and later the Emir.
  • Laughing Mad: Jackal's sanity, already tenuous, seems to be completely lost once he becomes Anubis' Avatar.
  • Long-Lived: With the power of Anubis, Jackal causes the heroes to become old. Elisa can barely move, but Goliath, Angela, and Bronx are still able to keep fighting because turning to stone every day means they only age at half the rate of humans. This means that Jackal didn't make the gargoyles quite as old as he thought he did.
  • Kill 'Em All: Jackal's plan, if it could even be called that, is omnicide. Drunk on the power of death, he seemed ready to inflict it upon the entire world, if he hadn't been stopped.
  • Motive Rant:
    Emir: Death stole my only child before I had a chance to say goodbye. To hold him again, I will move Heaven and Earth with my bare hands!
  • My Sister Is Off-Limits!: After Coyote is rusted to dust, Hyena implies that this is not the first time her brother has killed a guy she's interested in.
  • No Man Should Have This Power: The Emir's final act is to destroy the temple to prevent anyone else from acquiring Anubis' power. After seeing what Jackal did, one can understand where he's coming from.
  • Not So Different: Goliath appeals to the Emir, saying that they've both suffered losses.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: With the power of Anubis, Jackal revels in the chance to cause all life on Earth to whither and die.
  • Peaceful in Death: It is implied by Anubis that death means peace, and Goliath hopes as much for the Emir and his son in the final moments of the episode.
  • Shout-Out: The Tanna leaves that are used for the ritual to summon Anubis are originally derived from the 1940 film The Mummy's Hand.
  • These Are Things Man Was Not Meant to Know: Anubis and later Goliath warn the Emir not to meddle with a primal force like death. He doesn't listen, which leads to death temporarily being halted across the planet and an insane villain claiming the power of Anubis. It's only after joining with Anubis himself that the Emir truly understands. He also destroys the site to ensure no one can ever access this power again.
  • Tragic Villain: The Emir's grief driving him to such extremes is so tragic that Goliath hopes he and his son are reunited in the afterlife.
  • You Are What You Hate: The Emir despises Anubis for the loss of his son, but the Armor-Piercing Question helps him realize that his actions threaten to cause Goliath and other parents to lose their children.

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