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Down to Agincourt

Taken from Bratfarrar's poem Harry Takes the Field and ties to the central theme of not giving up even when all hope seems lost:

[...] The outcome's known. Why try?
Return your rusty sword to battered sheath,
bow your head and bend your stubborn knee. Why
take the field when you cannot win the war?
But Harry—he went down to Agincourt.

— Harry Takes the Field, Bratfarrar


The series title was originally supposed to be The Final Age of Man[1], and the working title was Apocalypse Not Now.[2]

Map of the World

An introduction to this world for both Dean and the reader. The title is taken from the song From Yesterday by 30 Seconds to Mars.[3] The first draft was called Not Until You're Finished Bleeding.[4]

It's the Stars That Lie

The title is inspired by Romeo exclaiming "Then I defy you, stars!" in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet.[5]

Humanity contains multitudes, and our choices follow that. Cas implicitly makes this decision when he tells Dean in that scene that he believes Dean can save the world and they can win the war. Also, I'll be honest, the title itself just saying it the first time clicked for me. There's also this--it's not that there isn't prophecy and destiny, as SPN canon shows us, but much like Cas's ability to always tell the truth, that doesn't make them any less lies.

— Comment by seperis on It's the Stars That Lie, ch. 12


Ve's thoughts:

The title is also reminiscent of another Shakespeare quote about defying fate (as represented by the stars):

Men at some time are masters of their fates:
The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars,
But in ourselves, that we are underlings.

— Julius Caesar by Shakespeare


Thematically, it also resembles "The outcome's known. Why try?"[1] from Bratfarrar's poem.


A Thousand Lights in Space

Between the moment of your birth and the moment of your death, you will be a thousand people.

— Castiel, It's the Stars That Lie, ch. 5


"There's a dot," she says, screwing up her face. "Just off-center or so. Tiny, but it's bright." [...]
[H]e watches, breathless, as she shows him: a vastness that reaches the length of Creation, the darkness shattering at each flare of light, supernovas bursting into being before his eyes. [...]
"There are--Christ, they're everywhere. How many….?" He fights back a laugh when more appear, flooding her mind with light. "There are more?"
"All who were, are, and will be," he answers, feeling his own smile at the awe in her voice. "We can watch it all, if you wish, but that might take a while."

— Alison and Castiel, It's the Stars That Lie, ch. 5


Almost titled: "Book Three" (in Demotic Egyptian though! so I, too, could match the pretension of Greek teenagers. Woe, that I did not.)

— Comment by seperis on A Thousand Lights in Space, ch. 1


Rejected title ideas:[6]

  • Up Against Space and variations (Go Up Against Space, It's Up Against Space, You Go Up Against Space, You'd Go Up Against Space, You Would Go Up Against Space)
  • There Are Stories to Be Told
  • No Story Worth Telling
  • Like You've Never Seen the Ocean

The Game of God

Do you know what they used to call craps? [...] 'Game of God'.

— Castiel, It's the Stars That Lie, ch. 11


References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Harry Takes the Field by Bratfarrar (poem and comments)
  2. https://seperis.dreamwidth.org/959827.html
  3. It's the Stars That Lie, ch. 12, comment by seperis: "Map of the World came to me in a song-literally, From Yesterday, 30 Seconds to Mars--which has been part of my Agincourt playlist possibly since it was released, but I never really thought about it until I needed a title for the first book and I was like--"wait, that has literal and symbolic meaning, I even have cartography in here, this is it!""
  4. Map of the World, ch. 6, comment by seperis
  5. https://seperis.livejournal.com/1002460.html, comment by seperis. See also another comment of hers on that page: "Cas rebelling was pretty much the equivalent of snarling that line at the Host (replacing stars). Cas Falling was 'fuck the stars' and drinking himself into ignoring them. By the beginning of Maps, he's at 'we're fucked by the stars'."
  6. Comment by seperis on A Thousand Lights in Space, ch. 1