Shadowhunter Peril is an RPG story set in The Mortal Instruments universe, although it only features three canon characters from the books, and even then their roles, personalities, and ideals have been largely changed. The rest of the characters are all original.
The plot centers around an Alternate Universe. Valentine Morgenstern has taken control over the planet, forcing downworlders and humans into near-extinction, imprisoned the remaining Nephilim children in concentration camps located in his capital city Alicante, and continues to ally himself with demons.
Shadowhunter Peril begins After the End with a group of downworlders who plant the seeds of La Résistance by planning to stick together and survive off one another in the post-apocalyptic New York City. Eventually, as more characters appear and they begin to all band together, the idea of a resistance is formed.
This idea is not without complications, however. Romances begin to develop or break down, friends and family members are lost, or found damaged or dead. There is also betrayal. Through it all, however, the Resistance begins to become a thorn in Valentine's side, whose size continues to vastly increase.
After finishing the first story arc, and then a Beach Episode epilogue, a sequel story was planned before the series went into an indefinite hiatus. As of September 2015, two and a half years after the epilogue ended, the sequel is back up and running.
Due to the large amount of characters that appear, this page has a Character Sheet, although it is currently under construction.
Shadowhunter Peril contains the following tropes:
- Aerith and Bob: There are characters with names such as Veronica, Kyle, Ethan, Theo...and then you have Umbra, Naoutha, Bezaliel, and Ignis. Then there's Dieter, whose name cannot be properly pronounced by anyone.
- Big-Bad Ensemble: Shadowhunter Peril has multiple prominent villains, despite Valentine being the main target. He's already completed his Evil Plan and just wants to mop up any pesky rebellion. Lilith, his most prominent Dragon, wants to kill Umbra and Ignis. Oblivion just wants to fight and kill anything he can, so this automatically puts him at odds with the Resistance. Abbadon is more or less a mixture of Oblivion and Lilith's goals, although this has yet to be seen because he is a new character. Nix may or may not become a Big Bad, and his intentions are so far unclear.
- Cast Full of Gay
- Cast Full of Pretty Boys: Arguably, especially with the inclusion of the angels.
- Crossover: There is an unnofficial, non-canon crossover between Veronica Carter and Geier and Pan of Orderly Chaos. Hilarity will most certainly ensue.
- Half-Human Hybrid: Multiple examples. Warlocks are the products of a human and a demon mating, and Kyle is a phoenix-human hybrid. Faeries are the product of a demon and an angel mating. Nephilim do not count in this story because, even though they are half human, half angel, in the Bible, Shadowhunter Peril's Nephilim are humans augmented by angel blood. Yet they still have human parents.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Since the setting is post-apocalyptic, everyone has one of these.
- Five-Man Band: Given the Loads and Loads of Characters, there can be several different varieties but the most common groups include:
- The Leader: Umbra
- The Lancer: Puriel
- The Smart Guy: Dieter
- The Big Guy: Veronica
- The Chick: Etzel (ironically he's the closest to this example)
- The Sixth Ranger: Osiris
- The Leader: Nicholas
- The Lancer: Puriel
- The Smart Guy: Etzel
- The Big Guy: Umbra
- The Chick: Veronica
- The Sixth Ranger: The Architect
- Loads and Loads of Characters: The entire cast is huge, easily with about 30 members, not including the villains.
- Made of Iron: Oblivion should not be able to shrug off some of the things that happen to him whenever he fights Puriel. Veronica is practically the definition of this trope, although she manages to avoid criticism by using it for comedy.
- Especially whenever she whips out her physics-defying purse
- No Biological Sex: The angels in their natural forms, although when they take a physical form they may choose to become male or female. All the angels introduced to date identify as male, though no one has gotten close enough to verify their claims (despite Veronica's insistences.)
- Our Angels Are Different: These angels aren't the fluffy, white-winged, halo-sporting heavenly advisors one often thinks of. Instead, angels are violent. And they have issues. Lots of them. But, they're considered to be the most powerful species out there, so if anything their surprisingly human emotions and flaws make them all the more dangerous.
- Our Demons Are Different: These demons have human forms, and then there are their nightmarish forms they were born with. The Greater Demons command a certain element, physical or emotional, of any kind, found on Earth. Their universal mother is Lilith, first wife of Adam.
- Satan: Averted, for now , since Lucifer never actually appears in the RPG (although mentioning him will drive Puriel into a rage), but another Satan-like figure, Asmodeus, appears briefly in a flashback.
- Sliding Scale of Silliness vs. Seriousness: All over the place, especially when Veronica decides to liven up the place a little.
- Twofer Token Minority: Dave, being a werewolf and having a diagnosed mental disorder (MPD).
- Token Minority: Theo, being a warlock/Shadowhunter hybrid.
- Kyle as well. He's the only one who's part phoenix.
- May, a faerie.
- The Architect was a Token Human.
- Absurdly Spacious Sewer: The sewers under Manhattan. They're large enough to fit Etzel's mansion, and also have room for a Leviathon.
- Ancient Artifact: The Soul Chalice, which can literally give someone wings and turn them into angels. This is not specifically for the good guys, however, as the Resistance is soon to find out...
- Anyone Can Die: Made horribly clear in the final battle, when multiple characters who had existed on the RP for a while are fatally wounded or in some cases, killed, just seconds after the final battle starts.
- Badass Army: Ra and his phoenix army. Just take a moment to consider it: MASSIVE, 7-9 foot tall birds of all colors, wearing identical sets of golden armor. Each phoenix breathes fire, and there are hundreds of them.
- Badass Normal: The Architect, who is the only human to appear in the RPG. While surviving the supernatural apocalypse as a human is commendable in itself, he also goes on to explain how he was stalked and hunted by a werewolf pack, then turns the tables on them and kills them all, with a pistol.
- Bedmate Reveal: Etzel and Kyle after Kyle got hammered.
- Big Damn Heroes: The Resistance as a whole. At first they were just a ragtag group of downworlders and Nephilim trying to survive, but since then they've added Greater Demons, angels, phoenixes, and humans to their rank, and they are now widely recognized as a fighting force to be reckoned with within Valentine's city.
- Darker and Edgier: The entire story is much more violent and adult than the book series it is based on. Such examples include multiple death scenes through flashbacks, and onscreen. Ethan's entire backstory could qualify the RPG for this trope alone.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Umbra does one of these almost immediately after being introduced to the story. He gets killed by his own mother. However, it turns out that his physical form can be destroyed and reformed endlessly, so he didn't really die (even though his spirit went to Hell).
- Marijuana Is LSD: More like a case of Marijuana Is PCP. One time before the final battle, Veronica eats pot brownies—the amount is never specified, but it's safe to say it was at least a few. Considering the fact that this is Veronica, her using a substance is REALLY bad."I FOUND POT BROWNIES. I MIGHT HAVE EATEN ONE. OR FIVE." (The entire tray is empty)
- Mythology Gag: Lilith once mentioned the Mark of Cain very briefly, which was the mark responsible for her death in City of Fallen Angels.
- Never Got to Say Goodbye: Horrifically done in the final battle. The Architect gets a pile of rubble dropped on him. his death is made even worse because it was so sudden, and he was laughing just before he got crushed. His last words were "I haven't had this much fun in--". It was seen by Etzel, the Architect's longest friend, who immediately had a MASSIVE Heroic BSoD and attempted to dig him out of the rubble while screaming that he couldn't leave him. Osiris attempted to stop him but Etzel slapped him aside and continued digging, even when his hands began to bleed. It was one of the most heartbreaking events of the series."No. No. No. No, this isn't— no—I won't let this, you've got to, no—Can you hear me, come on, please, dear, just yell, honey— darling—Jason—!!""
- Nobody Thinks It Will Work: Umbra and Nicholas's relationship, at first. To be fair, the liklihood of the two getting together was rather slim at first, but once their Forbidden Friendship was real, the two quickly transcended into romance—and Nicholas's father flipped out. Still, the odds. Nicholas was Lawful Good angel who—like his character sheet says—is the most stereotypically angelic member of the cast. He also had a very bad phobia of demons due to being tortured and imprisoned by them for 50 years. Umbra was a Type III Anti-Hero had a bad rep because his brothers and sister actively embraced their demonic nature by killing everything in sight--especially angels. Before they were even friends, Nicholas was apprehensive about being in the same room with Umbra, even if it was crowded. By the end of the first arc, they're happily together. They even became a Battle Couple.
- One-Winged Angel: Valentine actually gains SIX wings when he becomes an evil angel.
- Roaring Rampage of Rescue: Complete with a tank. Courtesy of Veronica.
- Running Gag: Two of them come from Veronica. Or, more specifically, her living pies and her bazooka.
- Shining City: Ka'a.
- Wacky Racing: By Etzel's standards, at least. Kyle got him to participate in an aerial obstacle course challenge against other phoenixes during their time in Ka'a.
- A Boy and His X: Theo and Edom, the baby phoenix.
- Beach Episode: The main focus of the entire arc.
- Breather Episode: The entire point of it was to bridge the gap between the first two story arcs, and offer some lighthearted moments between the characters so Shadowhunter Peril wouldn't seem completely depressing all the time.
- Dead Person Conversation: Puriel and Nuriel.
- Underwater Kiss: Umbra and Nicholas.
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Veronica's creatures now freely roam the world, constantly looking for new victims to capture or eat—and they've gotten bigger.
- Crapsack World: While the world under Valerntine's rule was just as devoid of life, Veronica's world has degenerated it even further—her variety of monsters have forced all hiding survivors to flee from whatever rock they were under, and out into the open world.
- Darker and Edgier: Hoo boy. Shadowhunter Peril itself was dark in comparison to the books, but this alternate universe leaves it in the dust. Compared to the original arc, which was peppered with humor and had an overall light tone for most of the time, Veronica's world has absolutely no humor. There are scavengers, monsters, demons, and feral downworlders given completely free reign. It really emphasizes the Apocalypse espect and how far the world has gone.
- Disaster Scavengers
- Divided We Fall: After Veronica betrayed the Resistance, she used her power to capture several of their members and holds them prisoner in her castle. Anyone who is still free, is roaming the continent trying to stay alive, no longer focused on her.
- Haunted Castle: Veronica's home, her massive black marble castle, also houses several hundred demons within its walls.
- Scavenger World