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Unsorted Tropes of the World/Story
Ambiguous Gender – On a racial scale, with the elanu. While they do have distinct sexes, they're challenging to tell apart.
After The End – And some time to rebuild.
Alien Among Us – The poor Vendrolings.
Alien Invasion – The Vendroll.
Aliens Are Bastards – The Vendroll pretty much just show up to fuck everything up.
All Trolls Are Different – The Troggon'esh are pretty much trolls. However, they certainly aren't conventional trolls.
Blackmail is Such an Ugly Word – The Aneriel's treatment of Anix. They don't spend much time actually acknowledging how badly they abuse him.
Elfeminate – Elves, obviously. Dialed up to eleven by the elanu.
Elves vs. Dwarves – Not pronounced, but present.
Eye Scream – All Silent have to remove their own eyes.
Dark Fantasy – The whole thing.
Decadent Court – The Aneriel.
Disability Superpower – The Silent take their own eyes so that they may rely, instead, on a sort of magical extrasensory “mapping” that grants them far greater awareness than someone with functioning eyes.
Fantasy Kitchen Sink – Elves, dwarves, aliens, sorcery, the apocalypse, super-mutants, psychotic cults, semi-divine entities....
Fantastic Racism – Oh, lots.
First Contact – Forty years ago, anyway.
Geometric Magic – One of the only types of magic that can be practiced without natural aptitude.
Human are Average – Kind of. While they don't stand out that much, they do have their place as pioneers of technology.
Inept Mage – Almost everyone who isn't an elf, as magical practice requires some sort of innate connection to magical energy.
Insectoid Aliens – The Vendroll, and by extension to Vendrolings.
Our Elves Are Better – Elves more or less took over the world.
Place of Power – the Fringepoints, places where magical currents intersect.
Post-Modern Magik – A large factor.
Power Trio – Anix, Ayaaru, and Day.
Proud Scholar Race Guy – the elves. To a lesser extent, the elanu, who are generally seen as a lite flavor of elf.
Rubber Forehead Aliens – The Vendrolings aren't exactly human, but nor are they far off.
Science Fantasy – The setting.
Soft Science Fiction – So very soft.
Space Elves – Except that they're, well, actual elves.
Sufficiently Analyzed Magic – Having been consistently used for thousands of years in Savrodel, there are few aspects of magic that have yet to be extensively cataloged, researched, and studied.
Starfish Aliens – The Vendroll.
Supernatural Martial Arts – The internalized physical magic of The Silent.
Tertiary Sexual Characteristics – The two sexes of the elanu are very challenging to tell apart. The easiest way to distinguish them is actually by their tattoos.
Twenty Minutes Into The Future – It's been forty years since the Invasion War.
Urban Fantasy – Sometimes.
Professor Anix Cavanough
- Gender: Male
- Species: Troggon'esh (human poser)
- Occupation: Archaeologist
- Height: 6'3"
- Weight: 210lbs.
- Hair: Black
- Eyes: Gray
- Skin: Pallid, but dusky
Badass Normal – He has no powers and extremely limited knowledge of magic. That doesn't keep him from holding his own.
Bold Explorer – His curiosity about the outside world got him in a big heap of trouble.
Brilliant, but Lazy
Deadpan Snarker - Holds the middle-ground of snarkiness between Ayaaru and Day.
First Person Smartass - When he's narrating.
Genius Bruiser - A mild example.
He Knows Too Much – Anix. Solo field research led to him recreating a Vendroll artifact – he was immediately arrested for premeditated terrorism and has being blackmailed by the Aneriel ever since.
The Hero - When he's narrating.
Jack of all Stats - Strong, smart, can shoot, can fight, even knows a little magic... but doesn't really excel in any specific area.
The Leader - The most qualified for the position, despite being blackmailed into it.
Long-Range Fighter – While he can hold his own in a fight, his only really useful at long range.
Occult Detective – Anix isn't exactly one of these, but he plays parallel to it – trenchcoat and all. More of an Occult Archaeologist, anyway.
Photographic Memory – Has an eidetic memory, and is quite proud of it.
The Professor – Subverted. Anix is an actual professor, and while he's smart he's not inventing time-travel any time soon.
Smarter Than You Look – Anix, according to Day and pretty much everyone else.
True Neutral - He means well, but is mostly just doing his own thing and trying to get along in the world.
- Gender: Female
- Species: Elf
- Occupation: Silent
- Height: 5'6"
- Weight: 115lbs.
- Hair: Red
- Eyes: None
- Skin: Pale
Badass Abnormal - Full stop.
The Big Guy - Plays this role.
Blindfolded Vision – Ayaaru removed her own eyes as part of her Silent training. She gets around juuust fine.
Dark Action Girl
Deadpan Snarker - The absolute worst. Part of her training dictates that she cannot cause harm with words. Rather than following the spirit of this rule, she relies instead on sarcasm.
Hyper Awareness - Her magical mapping lets her see everything, including through and around solid objects.
Lady of War - Ayaaru, by far the most physically deadly character.
The Lancer - to Anix
Lawful Neutral - Behaves axiomatically according to her discipline.
Sacrificed Basic Skill for Awesome Training – Ayaaru's been trained by the Silent from a very young age. She lacks the vast majority of basic day-to-day life skills, but she can punch tanks in half.
Shockwave Clap - Can do these when she's in a non-lethal mood.
- Gender: Male
- Species: Elanu
- Occupation: Computer Technician
- Height: 5'3"
- Weight: 100lbs.
- Hair: White
- Eyes: Cybernetic
- Skin: Light Blue
Bishonen - Cannot be told apart from a girl, at a glance. Not his fault -- it's racial
Bunny Ears Lawyer - Is amazing at what he does. Also sometimes forgets what it is he's supposed to be doing.
Cloudcuckoolander - A mild example.
The Chick - The gentlest and sweetest of the main characters.
Electronic Eyes - Day, allowing him to jack directly into online information sources.
Hot Librarian - Sort of.
Hyper Awareness - The reason he was hired by the Aneriel is because he is because he can get the most information in the shortest amount of time, making him perfect for ground control on highly-dangerous field missions.
The Lab Rat - Day, who never leaves the comfort of the Embassy if he doesn't have to.
Mr. Exposition – Averted. While his general position would suggest that he play this role, he doesn't actually know any more about what's going on than the away team – he's there to research new information at a moment's notice, not explain the plot from the get-go.
Playful Hacker – While he doesn't play to this 100%, Day is fairly light-hearted and level-headed. He takes his job seriously, but that doesn't mean he can't crack a joke now and then.
Sherlock Scan – Day can do mild versions of these, which makes sense because that's his job. He was able to tell right away that Anix was not human by very subtle physical indicators, such as the width of his shoulders and slope of his jaw.
The Smart Guy
Some Call Me Tim – A mild version with Day, whose real name is Daelorexi.
Voice with an Internet Connection
- Gender: N/A
- Species: Robot
- Occupation: Aneriel-appointed companion
Robot Buddy – Subverted with Helis-9, who is far more annoying than he is useful. His only real functions are nagging Anix and pushing Aneriel ultimatums on him.
Small Annoying Creature - Played with, since he isn't supposed to be cute or funny and is, in fact, supposed to be annoying, in-universe as well as out.