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A Game of Gods: A Multiversal Challenge was the first chapter in the Chronicles of the Gods series. In addition to introducing many of the basic concepts- such as Nomads and challenges- it also provided a framework for future games and remains the most popular and well-known installment.

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A Game Of Gods contains examples of:

  • Adaptation Expansion: The Prison Break challenge faithfully adapts an entire level from the Autobot campaign of Transformers: War for Cybertron, but it also adds a confrontation with the Stunticons that never happened in the game.
  • Added Alliterative Appeal: Ravage's superhero identity in the Silver Sentinels challenge is "Rav, the Ruthless Rocketeer Ravager from Rigel", and when he speaks, he tries to cram in as many words that start with the letter R as possible.
    "Ridiculous wretches," Rav roared, taking aim at the walruses with his ray gun. "Were these really the roughest roughnecks you could rouse to rattle your regulators, Doctor? Rav the Ruthless Rocketeer Ravager of Rigel relates his righteous and reserved ridicule!"
  • Alien Sky: The planet Thor from the Crossover challenge has two moons and an orange sun.
  • Aliens Speaking English: Both complete aliens, like Dis Baba, and humans like Blink and Galen Marek speak English, in both OOC and IC senses. Which means there are Translator Microbes at play.
  • Anti-Climax: The ending to Endless Blue. The heroes bring Ecco to the Big Blue, and that's it.
  • Anticlimax Boss:
  • Assassin Outclassin': Near the start of the Crossover challenge, the Champions and Overlords have to fight off a pair of deadly alien assassins.
  • Battle in the Center of the Mind: During the Crossover challenge, Dr. Langley is attacked by an invisible entity that only she can see. Those Champions who leap to her defense find themselves pulled out of their bodies and into a surreal mindscape where they must protect the doctor from manifestations of her inner demons.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: In the Crossover challenge, Megatron arrogantly demands that Yaldabaoth look at him when he is addressing (and attacking) it. The entity obliges him, nearly unmaking him with the full force of its Deadly Gaze before the other Challengers distract it.
  • Big Bad Ensemble: In order of appearance, Lambda, Digamma, and Omega. All three wish to stop the games and commit genocide on their race, but only Lambda wants to save the Challengers.
  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: Dis Baba has used the Common Room to summon giant alien arthropods on several occasions. A few times he just summoned car-sized "palanquinbeetles" for himself to lounge upon, but when Subaru's training robot went haywire he summoned a giant, plasma-shooting scorpion monster to take it out.
  • Bittersweet Ending: The worst Nomads have been vanquished and the Champions have earned their freedom at last, but it isn't all sunshine and rainbows. Starkiller, Icarax, Kisame, the Black Stig and Phi are all killed during the endgame, Link returns to his world with clear trauma and Craft outright dies upon his return, and Rey Mysterio chooses not to return because he's convinced that his powers and experiences would make it impossible to fit back into normal society. But on the flipside, Gordon Freeman gets to kill the G-Man and return to a world that will never know the Combine's oppression; Blink gets to put her Nomad past behind her for good and goes to live with Naoto, who is implied to return her feelings; Narumi gets to avoid his canonical death, get closure with his family, and live a new life in Mason's world; the Doctor basically adopts Eta and Chi and gives these traumatized god-children a healthier life; Saren and Lux elect to stay with Rey in the interdimensional mansion, both to give him some company and to try and do some good in the multiverse; and everyone else gets to go back to their own lives, enriched by their experiences in the game of gods.
  • Blinded by the Light: Mason throws a flashbang when the Common Room went dark. Some of the people inside got blinded temporarily.
  • Call a Rabbit a "Smeerp": Mal-Keshar insists that guns are 'thundersticks' and rifles are 'dragonsticks'.
  • Call-Back: During the Halo: Reach Challenge, Lambda asks Phi to come to him, and when he does, Lambda hurts him. A couple of challenges later, Lambda does it again, but Phi doesn't fall for it. It helps that Lambda is grief stricken with Echidna's death and everyone knows he's gonna snap at them for it.
  • Casual Danger Dialogue: Kimimaro explaining the mechanics behind his powers to Dr. Langley while slaughtering Morlocks.
  • Cerebus Syndrome: At first, it was all just fun and random, but then, as the challenges got Darker and Edgier, so did the tone of the entire RPG.
  • Cosmic Retcon: In the Silver Sentinels challenge, the Champions' interactions with the incredibly racist and sexist superhero Steel Sentry are abruptly written out of existence by the challenge's narrator, leaving the Champions with no memory of the events that had taken place over the last dozen or so pages.
  • Covered in Gunge: During a lull in the Halo Reach challenge, a bored Sigma decides to entertain himself by spraying raw sewage all over Spriggan.
  • Cryo Sickness: Discussed in the Crossover challenge. The challengers start out in a cryogenics bay, and the medics who come to wake them up rationalize their complete lack of knowledge about the challenge's setting as memory loss brought on by an emergency "flash freeze". A news broadcast later shows that there's a whole host of possible disturbing side effects that can arise from a flash freeze in this universe.
  • Curb Stomp Cushion: The "wrestling" match between Rey Mysterio and Ravage. Rey is outmatched from the get-go and knows it, but through sheer grit and wrestling talent he manages to draw out the fight and land a couple of hits that actually hurt Ravage before getting pinned.
  • Darker and Edgier: The Halo: Reach challenge. Not a few minutes in, and already both Covenant and UNSC troops are brutally killing each other. Also crosses over with Mood Whiplash, as it takes place right after the Magical Girl challenge, which itself had darkness that predates Puella Magi Madoka Magica by a few months.
  • Death Is Cheap: Dying in the challenges simply boots A Champion back to the Common Room, leaving them no worse for the wear; at the very worst, it is a mild inconvenience. Some players occasionally take advantage of this fact to get out of challenges they don't like by having their characters die easily or commit suicide. Outside of the challenges, however, death is very much permanent.
  • Deliberate Values Dissonance: Given that it's based on the Sixties, the world of the Silver Sentinels challenge is full of people who casually spout racist and/or sexist comments. The Champions, who tend to be from more progressive societies, are put off by these attitudes.
  • Disappointed by the Motive: At the climax of the Magical Girl challenge, the Collector reveals its backstory and motives: it's an old man who decided to become immortal by slaughtering enough people to bathe in their blood, and he needs to repeat the process every five years to sustain his immortality. These revelations earn it nothing but contempt and disgust from the Champions and Ms. Nakamura.
  • Eldritch Abomination: Several mind-bending monstrosities show up or are referenced throughout the game.
    • ECHIDNA is a vast mass of tentacles and eyes and mouths that swells in a realm of perpetual darkness below the Common Room. She has formidable psychic powers that she uses to torment the Champions from time to time and can spawn humanoid aspects of herself that do funny things to the minds of anyone who looks at them.
    • Yiaxatar was a grotesque biomechanical Living Statue many miles tall that was buried on the planet Ku'Tharkazz. Kin colonists unearthed the statue, and within months of them doing so, its malevolent influence had warped the formerly paradisiacal planet into a fractured hellscape and reduced the colonists to crazed, cannibalistic religious zealots. Dis Baba, recognizing this thing as an existential threat to both his people and the entire universe, ultimately blew half the planet up to kill it, and he isn't sure whether that did the trick.
  • Elephant in the Living Room: The characters are often dropped into situations where they really should stand out, but don't. Justified in that the characters are there to complete a challenge, which would be impossible to complete if everyone noticed them and flipped out from the start, and people eventually do start to notice that there's something a bit off about these strangers once they start drawing attention to themselves (such as when they blow up all of southwest Verona).
    • In the Blood Feud challenge, the characters are dropped into Romeo and Juliet, and none of the world's inhabitants are bothered by their presence.
    • Zigzagged in the Halo Reach challenge. The challengers are pretty much treated as normal... until they do stuff that is not normal. Luckily Subaru makes a Saving Throw and convinces the troops that all the Challengers are special forces. Until they see that Subaru is a cyborg. And than Mal-Keshar slithers out of the shadows. The troops freak out.
  • Elevator Action Sequence: In the Crossover challenge, the Champions and Overlords are riding an elevator up to their hotel suite when a bomb planted by alien assassins suddenly goes off, blowing the shaft wide open. The challengers then have to fight off these assassins and try to get out of the compromised death trap.
  • Elite Mooks: Late in the Crossover challenge, the Challengers run into a squad of three of Washington's best soldiers: warriors wearing Powered Armor that let them move fast enough to dodge bullets and Flash Step, and carrying guns that shoot high-explosive rocket-propelled grenades which pack enough force to knock even a Kryptonian like Zod out of the air. They give the Challengers a short but nasty fight before going down.
  • Emotion Control: The Champions encounter two SCPs that instill specific powerful emotions in whatever they interact with. One is a gelatinous blob that makes anyone it touches unreasonably happy, while the other is a depressed-looking frog with a human face that makes anyone it stares at unconsolably sad. The two creatures are immune to each other's powers.
  • Enemy Mine: Characters from all over the alignment scale forced to work together... when they manage to stop fighting each other.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Saren does not take kindly to anyone mocking Subaru's ability to fight. Just ask Jack Noir.
  • Face Your Fears: The Persona 4 challenge sees several Champions confronted by Shadows which personify their deepest fears and insecurities. Ravage faces a Shadow that personifies his secret doubts about Megatron's leadership of the Decepticons and buried belief that he could do a better job; Blink faces a Shadow which personifies her desire to be loved and her fear of ending up alone; and Rey faces a Shadow which personifies his fear that people only value him for his wrestling persona and don't care about the man beneath the mask.
  • Famous, Famous, Fictional: In the Crossover challenge, Dr. Langley tells everyone that because of the war crimes he committed against them, the karkarlikarrh view Zod the same way humans view monsters like Hitler, Stalin, and "Shung Tao".
  • Fauxshadowing: The End of Evangelion being a Nomad challenge when a representative of Lambda named the Inevitable smashes computer equipment used related to Tokyo-3 work, including broadcast of the said movie. Earlier, Spriggan used PHANTOM to see if he can recreate 3D maps of other places. His first choice: Tokyo-3 based from End of Evangelion as a test. Narumi swears to defeat the JSSDF if the Nomads send them there after he learned of what they did to Tokyo-3. Nothing of this happens.
  • Fisher Kingdom: Halloweentown and the Silverrealm turn the characters into more appropriately-dressed versions of themselves.
  • Forced to Watch: During the Persona 4 challenge, Digamma uses his powers to telekinetically restrain the Common Room Champions and force them to watch as he tortures Raz. They're not allowed to close their eyes or avert their gaze as Digamma dismembers Raz and reduces him to a shattered but still living sack of meat.
  • Gender Bender: The Magical Girl challenge turns every (male) character into teenage girls.
  • Genre Shift: The Magical Girl challenge changed from a comedy bordering on Fanservice Hentai to a Darker and Edgier genre with a villain that constructed itself out of dead bodies.
  • Giant Flyer: The over-sized shadow dragonfly which serves as a boss in the Paved With Good Intentions challenge; the thing is stated to be roughly as large as a bus, although considering the force responsible for it becoming so large, this may be justified.
  • Gone Horribly Right: After the Half-Life challenge, Subaru decides to create an adaptive robotic sparring partner for herself using the Common Room. She gets more than she bargained for: the robot immediately goes rogue and begins attacking everyone present, imitating current and former Champions in a lengthy battle.
  • Gratuitous Foreign Language: Spriggan speaks Portugese due to his early Timorese upbringing with FALINTIL.
  • Head Desk: Dr. Langley brings her head down on the steering wheel of the spinner bus due to a combination of yet another pointless argument breaking out amongst the Champions and Washington once more getting them in his sights.
  • Humongous Mecha: Ravage has a habit of conjuring up his fellow Decepticons whenever the Champions get into a fight between challenges. He has brought in Devastator, Frenzy, Starscream, Skywarp and Thundercracker, and the towering Scorponok. And now, Megatron!
  • Hypocritical Humor: Kirby calls out Narumi for shooting at him (see Let's You and Him Fight) and Narumi points out that he does not blend in with his monsters, despite using the same device as the monsters he fights.
  • It's All My Fault: Spriggan during the crossover challenge, after a civilian was killed in front of him while conducting basic first aid. He swears vengeance on whoever was trying to kill him and the team. He wasn't exact to enact his revenge.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: Rey cowers, cries, and freaks out constantly from the instant he shows up in the challenges...until getting snapped out of it by the first monster attack in the Magical Girl challenge. Double points for Rey for kicking an Elite in the gonads, even though it doesn't do much.
  • Let's You and Him Fight:
    • Narumi in the "Blood Feud" challenge picked a fight with both Saren and Ravage on two separate occasions, mistaking them for Dopants.
    • In the Endless Blue challenge, Narumi attacked Kirby, mistaking him to be one of the hammerhead sharks.
    • It would have happened again in Halloween Town, but Gordon stopped him from picking some fights.
  • Luring in Prey: In the Magical Girl challenge, Hahli wanders off alone and encounters a weird bum who tries to tempt her into entering his alleyway. He turns out to be the lure of a man-eating anglerfish monster.
  • Magical Profanity Filter: In the Silver Sentinels challenge, the Champions quickly discover that some force is preventing them from swearing. Whenever they try, all that comes out is Gosh Darn It to Heck! equivalents.
    Ravage: I dislike this place, I really do...and I dislike the gosh-darned fact that my own speech is being sliding censored before it can even leave my slippery mouth!
  • Make an Example of Them: Several of the more villainous Nomads decide to make an example out of Raz after he commits suicide to get himself out of a challenge. They torture him to the point that he is reduced to a decapitated (but still living) head resting on top of a broken sack of meat, then nail a post-it note explaining why this was done to him to his forehead and put up an impenetrable forcefield around him so no one can come to his aid.
  • Mexican Standoff: During the lull between the Magical Girl and Halo Reach challenges, Craft and Ravage end up holding each other at gunpoint after the latter starts waving a gun around in frustration and the former orders him to stand down. Tron tries to butt in on Craft's side and gets a few warning shots fired at him for his trouble, but ultimately the situation defuses itself.
  • The Mind Is a Plaything of the Body: In the Magical Girl challenge, the Champions find themselves struggling to deal with various intrusive thoughts brought on by being transformed into hormonal teenage girls.
  • Mood Whiplash: Happens often. Especially this one. To clarify, Mason makes a heroic speech... Then promptly strips down to his underwear.
  • My Sensors Indicate You Want to Tap That: Phi asks Rey if he wants to tap Gordan.
  • Our Dragons Are Different: In Dis Baba's universe, wyrms are naturally occuring sixty-foot-long reptilian cyborgs with eight eyes, spiky thagomizers, and the ability to fly through space unaided and breathe plasma. They lack intelligence and are little more than incredibly destructive and dangerous animals which can devastate whole worlds if left unchecked. Dis Baba summons one to pit against the Champions as a training exercise, though it disappears after going out of bounds and is later shown to have been eaten by Eta.
  • No One Gets Left Behind:
    • Spriggan does this to Luxanna when she's knocked out cold during the SCP challenge.
    • Quoted per verbatim by Mason during the Half-Life challenge, while giving cover to everyone who wasn't in the reactor building. Saren violently pulled him in.
  • Orbital Bombardment:
    • The Champions get to witness the Covenant fleet glassing Reach during The Way The World Ends.
    • In the Crossover challenge, Administrator Washington turns the guns of his starship on the challengers after the monsters fail to kill them. The result is a barrage of half-kilometer-wide beams raining down from the sky, obliterating the surrounding forest and kicking up massive firestorms.
  • Parrot Exposition: In the Futurama side challenge, Professor Farnsworth cheerfully informs the Champions that they'll be delivering Christmas letters to Santa's Death Fortress on Neptune. Ravage and Gordon can only repeat the words "Death Fortress on Neptune" in disbelief.
  • Pass the Popcorn: Chi shows up with a bucket of Popcorn at one point, while some of the other Nomads are arguing. No-one is sure why or where he got it.
  • Planet Destroyer: While relating his backstory, Dis Baba described how his people had designed a superweapon capable of destroying planets by, essentially, causing its atoms to all undergo nuclear fission at once. They used one in an attempt to destroy the Enigma of Ku'Tharkazz, which may or may not have worked.
  • Rage Against the Heavens: Sub-Zero calls out the Nomads for making Asuka and thinking they can get away with it.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: Due to problems with one of the participants, Kisame was killed off in the final battle.
  • Religious and Mythological Theme Naming: Every place on planet Thor takes its name from Norse mythology. The planet itself is named after the god, the capital city is called Valhalla, the hotel everyone was supposed to be staying at is the Einherjar Lodge, the continents are named after Thor's hammer Mjolnir, the two moons are named after the goats that pull Thor's chariot, the local apex predator is colloquially known as a Sleipnir...
  • Reverse Cerebus Syndrome: The wedding in the Magical Girl challenge early on was Played for Drama. When the wedding actually took place, it was Played for Laughs with a clever priest and everyone, including the bride, pointing out how Sick and Wrong it is, both in and out of character.
  • Ripple-Effect-Proof Memory: Enforced and exaggerated in the Half-Life challenge. After the Champions change history by destroying the Combine overworld before the aliens can launch their invasion of Earth, Xi ensures that the inhabitants of the newly created timeline remember what came before, and how Gordon Freeman saved them all from being enslaved.
  • Running Gag: Saren keeps getting dragged away (involuntarily) from the group.
  • Sailor Earth: The Nomads seem to fall under this trope: just pick a Greek Letter, a color, and bam, you have a Nomad.
  • Screw Yourself: The dating challenge pits the Doctor with... The Doctor.
  • Shoot the Hostage: In the Crossover challenge, the last survivor of Washington's Elite Mooks takes Spriggan hostage and warns the other Challengers to drop their weapons if they don't want him to blow the boy's brains out. Flandre just hoses them both with danmaku, killing Spriggan and the soldier.
  • Shout-Out: As expected...
  • The Stars Are Going Out: In the Crossover challenge, the twin moons of Thor vanish from the night sky as the double eclipse reaches its peak, and an inky blackness takes their place. This blackness quickly spreads across the sky, blotting out all the stars and plunging the planet into unnatural darkness.
  • Summon Bigger Fish: Apparently, a Nomad wanted to kill the other Nomads, so he brought in UNICRON.
  • Super Multi-Purpose Room: The Common Room is pretty much a larger version of The Room Of Requirement. Anything the Champions need, bam, they have it.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Oh yes. A combination of cultural differences, ideologies, and moral extremes make working together less likely than simply turning on one another.
  • Tentacled Terror: In the Magical Girl challenge, a random squid monster attacks Gordon/Gardenia when she tries to walk home alone.
  • Theme Naming: The Narumis in the Magical Girl challenge are named after the Japanese words for the seasons, Natsuki (the mother), Tsuharu (Narumi), Taki (the father), and Fuyuko (the daughter).
  • Total Eclipse of the Plot: In the Crossover challenge, the Champions and Overlords quickly learn that the planet they're on will experience an extremely rare double lunar eclipse at midnight. They deduce, correctly, that this eclipse will be important. They just don't expect the horrors that it will unleash...
  • Wham Episode: Although the War For Cybertron challenge was the first challenge to include the Nomads, The Magical Girl challenge was the one that really sunk in the wham. How? How about multiple Nomads.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?:
    • Roxas, Mewtwo, and Cirno inexplicably vanished early in, and Mecha-Sonic disappeared a little later on, and the Reach challenge seems to have had Roach, Kirby, and Deidara suffer the same fate. It was eventually answered later that they're drained of their life-force to power a multiverse-destroying warhead.
    • Samus Aran appeared briefly in the Magical Girl challenge, and that's all.
  • What the Hell, Hero?:
    • Kirby and Narumi call out Optimus for killing Saren by comparing him to Megatron, and when the group has to split up, they join Jorge's team simply because of that. However, Optimus isn't stung by this and remains faithful towards his justifications.
    • Rey rips into Jorge for throwing Tron out of the back of a plane when they disagree on what to do next on Reach. Even though Tron was being a jerk, it was uncalled for.
    • Later, Harry and Jorge return the favor to Rey when he accepts an infusion of black magic from Mal-Keshar.
    • Just about half the team whenever Mason whips out the explosives, most of the time for good reason.
  • Wife Husbandry: Narumi finds herself in one with a guy named Taki. What's more weird is that she proposed instead of the other way around.
  • World of Ham:
    • The Blood Feud challenge. Saren and Ravage are definitely the hammiest.
      Saren: Useless prattle. Thou hearest report of a great beast who wouldst devour thine kin and end the line of Capulet for the grudge, and what doest thou? Prolong the ordeal and order the service of questionable men in arms, kick away the option of the diplomat! What a Soveraigne be thou, what fine orders thou givst!
      Ravage: I shall tell thee but once; end this feud 'twixt thee and Capulet, Montague, or on the head of thine son, Romeo it shalt be! Thou shalt not have time enough to mourn his passing 'ere my wroth and vengeance be upon thee, and Verona shall run red with the blood of Capulet and Montague entire in resitution for the violence and bloodshed thou hast wrought!
      • The Silver Sentinels challenge takes place in a world based on The Silver Age of Comic Books, so naturally everyone and everything talks with the utmost BOMBAST!
  • You All Meet in a Cell: All of the characters are taken from their home universes and start out trapped in a hotel, which is located in what looks like Tokyo.
  • You Have GOT to Be Kidding Me!: Roach says this phrase when the Champions encounter the Anglerfish Monster in the Magical Girl challenge. The monster's own reaction implies that all his past victims have said it, too.
  • Your Princess Is in Another Castle!: Hurray! Omega is defeated and the Champions have won! Wait, what's that? They forgot about freeing Echidna? Ah well, back to the planet for one final battle.
  • You Wouldn't Shoot Me: A variation occurs in the Halo Reach challenge. Jorge, fed up with Tron for constantly arguing against any attempt to save the civilians of Reach, grabs Tron by the throat and threatens to drop him from the Pelican they're riding. Tron retorts that he doesn't believe Jorge will do this, even in his current emotionally compromised state. Jorge simply retorts "You're wrong" and lets Tron plummet hundreds of feet to his death.