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This sounds like a segment from the 4th book of James Clemmens' The Banned and The Banished series. The series was published between 1999 and 2003. The series is a five book epic centred around the journey of the Wit'ch from childhood innocent to fantasy epic hero with her surrounding band of support heroes freeing the land from the Tyranny of the big bad. ...


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This sounds like Clive Barker's "The Yattering and Jack", a short story from his 1984 anthology "Books of Blood". Summary from Wikipedia follows: Jack's catchphrase (and, if I recall, the last line in the story) is "Que será, será" - or "what happens, happens". This was also made into an episode of Tales from the Darkside in 1987


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As noted by Lorendiac, this does match with "Pact", by Poul Anderson (under the pen name of Winston P. Sanders), available here. This was the answer to Short story fantasy elections in Hell, where they note that Ashmadai is trying to win an election in Hell, and makes a deal with Professor Clipp to have him retrieve the Seal of Solomon in exchange for one ...


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The book I was looking for is Wind in the Stone by Andre Norton. Once the Wind united the Valley with the Forest, enveloping them in the strongest of magics which protected the land and banished the threatening Darkness. And there was peace for many centuries...Until the Dark returned.A mage, seeking to enslave the Valley and destroy the Forest, has ...


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Sounds like On the Edge - features Alice Little working in law enforcement, and her demon roommate Mr Negative (Negs). On The Edge is many things; An Alice in Wonderland inspired tale where Alice has grown up in a Wonderland populated by Cats, Demons, and Elves, among other strange creatures. And it is also about our inner Demons, personified through Mr. ...


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I found it. It was called Mara's Shadow by Darci Stone in the Writers of the Future Volume 34 anthology. The science behind the story forms around a group of scientists working on solving an unknown disease. The facts don’t seem to add correctly with everything they know. As more and more people contract symptoms, it becomes evident that the disease is ...


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Turning someone else's comment into an answer. Uprooted is a 2015 novel by Naomi Novik Agnieszka loves her valley home, her quiet village, the forests and the bright shining river. But the corrupted Wood stands on the border, full of malevolent power, and its shadow lies over her life. Her people rely on the cold, driven wizard known only as the ...


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This is addressed in the Castlevania episode Monument. Apparently it's sufficient to simply rub your blade with salt, enough of it adhering to make it an effective weapon against a demon. I want salt over here! As much as you can find! Everyone with a sword wipes their blades in the salt.


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Ah! Found it. The manga in question is Lucu Lucu (TV Tropes link) Lucu Lucu is a gag manga revolving around the daily life of Rokumon (first name) Suzuki (family name), Princess Lucuha and her demon pals (who are all squatters in Rokumon's home) including Bubu, a sort of Deadpan Snarker and comedic foil to Rokumon and Lucu. But wait, there's more! We also ...


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