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A Continuity Reboot of the RP of the same name, Unholy Crusade Reboot is set in the Digital World of Saga, which has in recent times made contact with humans from the human world of Analog. These humans, partnering with Digimon, became Digimon Tamers and crossed the boundaries between worlds. For some time there was peace between Saga's inhabitants and the new arrivals, but now the Royal Knights, led by Sir Galahad, have turned against the Tamers and are attempting to drive them from Saga by force. To prevent this, the High Council which rules over Saga has assembled a group of Guardians to stop the Royal Knights.

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The RP is now ongoing after a hiatus as of March 2017 and can be found here.

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  • Adventurer Archaeologist: Hoshiko both is one and ran a guild of them until the Royal Knights came down and said otherwise.
  • The Cameo: Aside from Bedivere, Caradoc and Guinier in the Royal Knights, Kheprius, a PC in the original, made a brief cameo helping to start a bar brawl.
  • Darker and Edgier: In comparison to the original, which had its darker moments but didn't tend to show the human perspective on the conflict. With that perspective added via human player characters, it's made clear just how brutal the Knights' crusade is, even with them trying to avoid killing. In addition, multiple characters are shown to be scarred and broken by the impact of the conflict.
  • Dark Is Not Evil:
    • Denys. Tsukaimon is meant to be the evil counterpart to Patamon, but Denys is just as friendly as a Patamon usually is.
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    • Theo is a BlackWarGreymon, a Digimon usually depicted as an Anti-Hero, but he is gentle, noble and chooses to defy the Royal Knights despite having been a soldier in their service.
  • Decomposite Character: Bedivere from the original RP gets split in half: his Slayerdramon form, surname and opposing the Royal Knights goes to Drakn Stormheart, while his Examon form and given name go to Sir Bedivere of the Royal Knights. The same happens with Caradoc and Guinier, split between the Knights bearing their forenames and the Peacemakers bearing their surnames.
  • Deconstruction:
    • The emotional bond between humans and their Digimon partners has often been shown as a source of strength to both parties in official Digimon media. Here, Theo's partner died, resulting in Theo being heavily traumatized as a backlash from that emotional bond being severed.
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    • It's made brutally clear just how fragile humans are in comparison to Digimon. Even with the Royal Knights holding back out of a Noble Demon wish to avoid killing, multiple Tamers end up killed regardless, a stark contrast to most official Digimon media. Even those who are spared are often left scarred by the experiences they go through.
  • Fusion Dance: Digimon and Tamers can perform the method from Digimon Tamers, Biomerge Digivolution, creating a Mega-level Digimon that is also stronger than normal.
  • Hot-Blooded: James seems like this but beneath it, he's a Stepford Smiler.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: Denys is this before meeting Fiona, having Digivolved into a Tsukaimon rather than a Patamon like everyone else in his village.
  • In the Back: Samael stabs Okatsu this way during the battle for Glen Elendra.
  • King Arthur: What the Royal Knight Theme Naming is drawn from.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • While the setting and cast has completely changed from Unholy Crusade's original incarnation, several nods to the original are given, primary among them being that the roster of Royal Knights now includes Sir Bedivere the Examon, Sir Caradoc the Dynasmon and Sir Guinier the UlforceVeedramon. These three were player characters in the original version of Unholy Crusade and one idea floated by their player was to have them take over as Royal Knights at the end of the story (a nod to their names coming from the same King Arthur source as the Royal Knights).
    • Shortly after the naming of the Guardians, Hoshiko muses on other names they might have been given and thinks of Peacemakers as a fitting one. This was, of course, the group's name in the original version.
    • After Svarog questions why the humans don't leave the fight against the Knights to those with power, Thor muses that in another universe, they might have. In the original RP, humans weren't available as playable characters.
    • Among those who join the initial assault against the Knights are a pair of NPCs, a Slayerdramon with the surname Stormheart and a VictoryGreymon with the surname Koenig, references to Bedivere and Tyr from the original version. Trowa, Duo and Lucia turn up alongside Rhys, the aforementioned VictoryGreymon later, furthering the reference.
    • Rhys reveals that he and his comrades are part of a group called the Peacemakers formed by the Council to oppose the Royal Knights. Not only is this word-for-word the premise of the original team, but each member is an Expy of or flat-out is one of the Peacemakers: Rhys for Tyr, Trowa, Duo and Lucia for their namesakes, and Radha for Vritra.
  • Noble Demon: Despite their efforts to remove the Tamers from Saga, the Knights try to avoid killing as much as possible.
  • Parental Neglect:
    • Fiona's parents after they sent her off to boarding school. Their absence is unintentional, but it was still enough to make Fiona feel like her parents weren't actually a part of her life anymore.
    • Hoshiko's uncle was extremely distant and resentful of having to look after her due to her parents' deaths.
  • Promoted to Playable: Human Tamers are playable characters in this incarnation of Unholy Crusade.
  • Proud Warrior Race Guy: Artanis and Okatsu are this, but in different ways.
  • Reality Ensues: In a minor example, James notes that he's always behind on the latest trends and his friends on Analog often ask where he's been because he spends so much time on Saga. It's played more seriously with Shula, who hasn't gone back for years. In another James example, part of his backstory has him attempting the same punching Digimon antics as Marcus and accomplishing nothing besides hurting his hand.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: James and Hoshiko, and Artanis and Okatsu respectively. The former pair are more Hot-Blooded and extroverted, while the latter are more quiet, reserved and introverted.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Stepford Smiler: James' character in a nutshell: the reason he's always smiling is to cover up his grief and pain and to inspire others.

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