History Literature / BlackDogs

23rd Sep '15 11:34:21 PM Fireblood
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* MagicalAbortion: [[spoiler:Lyra]] isn't putting up with MandatoryMotherhood, no sir.

* MagicalAbortion: [[spoiler:Lyra]] isn't putting up with MandatoryMotherhood, no sir.
4th Jun '15 7:21:06 PM NOYB
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* [[ABoyAndHisX A Girl and Her Dog Soldier]]: Or quite possibly [[ABoyAndHisX A Dog Soldier and His Girl]].
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* [[ABoyAndHisX A Girl and Her Dog Soldier]]: Or quite possibly [[ABoyAndHisX A Dog Soldier and His Girl]].Girl.
27th Apr '15 3:54:45 PM DarkStarling
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* BrainwashedAndCrazy: [[spoiler: Trent is this, one way or another, through the whole story. Before the story begins he was made into a good version of himself by his father to put others off their guard. Then, once his father recaptures him, he turns him into a pure evil version as a fit successor. In the end Lyra restores his true personality, but in the process realized that she never actually knew him.]]
27th Apr '15 3:49:16 PM DarkStarling
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* OfficialCouple: The narrative makes no secret that Lyra and Trent are going to get together. [[spoiler: Except that this gets subverted in the second book. It turns out that the Trent they knew had actually had his personality altered by his father to put them off his guard, and then he has him ReforgedIntoAMinion. By the end of the novel he's raped Lyra and, though she restores his true personality, she never actually knew him. She actually winds up with Kuroinu.]]
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* OfficialCouple: The narrative makes no secret that Lyra and Trent are going to get together. [[spoiler: Except that this gets subverted in the second book. It turns out that the Trent they knew had actually had his personality altered by his father to put them off his guard, and then he has him Trent ReforgedIntoAMinion. By the end of the novel he's Trent has raped Lyra and, though she restores his true personality, she never actually knew him. She actually winds up with Kuroinu.]]
27th Apr '15 3:48:26 PM DarkStarling
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* OfficialCouple: The narrative makes no secret that Lyra and Trent are going to get together. [[spoiler: Except that this gets subverted in the second book. It turns out that the Trent they knew had actually had his personality altered by his father to put them off his guard, and then he has him ReforgedIntoAMinion. By the end of the novel he's raped Lyra and, though she restores his true personality, she never actually knew him. She actually winds up with Kuroinu.]]
27th Apr '15 3:39:01 PM DarkStarling
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* ChekhovsSkill: Learning [[spoiler: Kuroinu's]] true name saves Lyra's life in her battle against [[spoiler:Trent]], when Lyra summons her to defeat his demon. ** Also lock-picking in ''House of Diamonds'', but that's not saying very much as the entire reason that Sadrao makes Lyra practice it is because it will be of use later. It turns out to be when she is kidnapped by slavers and escapes via lock-picking.
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* ChekhovsSkill: Learning [[spoiler: Kuroinu's]] true name and the revelation that the Kytha is actually SummonMagic saves Lyra's life in her battle against [[spoiler:Trent]], when Lyra summons her to defeat his demon. ** Also lock-picking demon. Lock-picking in ''House of Diamonds'', Diamonds'' is this too, but that's not saying very much as then the entire reason that Sadrao makes Lyra practice it is because it will be of use later. It turns out to be when When she is kidnapped by slavers and slavers, she escapes via lock-picking.
27th Apr '15 3:34:01 PM DarkStarling
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* InstantExpert: Learning the [[FullContactMagic Kytha]] allows this with regards to martial arts and certain kinds of magic. Justified in that it's actually revealed to be a type of SummonMagic, empowering the user with spirits who have those skills and abilities.

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* {{Reconstruction}}: The story parodies traditional heroic antics with a heavy dose of Reality Ensues. But then the characters go do the same things, noting the complications and succeeding with planning and preparation.
20th Jan '15 9:29:52 PM Vandegraff1
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* BiTheWay: Koruinu, and [[spoiler: Lyra herself.]]
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* BiTheWay: Koruinu, Kuroinu, and [[spoiler: Lyra herself.]]
20th Jan '15 9:27:06 PM Vandegraff1
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* AbusiveParents (Oh boy... Well, while Trent wasn't subject to much physical abuse, he was put through some of the most horrible emotional and psychological abuse imaginable) * [[ABoyAndHisX A Girl and Her Dog Soldier]] (Or quite possibly [[ABoyAndHisX A Dog Soldier and His Girl]]) * ActionGirl (This series becomes jam packed with them as it goes on. First it starts with Sinai and Jacyl and as Lyra develops her fighting skills, becomes one herself, then Spite comes along, and then there's the whole race of hyenas...) * AirVentPassageway (Deconstructed. It is portrayed as tough, claustrophobic going in the dark, with Lyra suffering several minor injuries, and a high chance of Lyra falling and breaking her neck. Or breaking something else that renders her unable to escape, and dying slowly over several days.) * AmazonBrigade (The hyena people.) * AnimalStereotypes (Sadrao the dog soldier is loyal and trustworthy, Spite the weasel/ferret is a cunning, bloodthirsty thief (albeit on the hero's side), Gunnar the giant sloth is slow and patient, and a brief encounter with a wolverine guard... well, you just don't want to mess with wolverines) * BadassBookworm (Lyra starts out as a bookworm and then [[TakeALevelInBadass becomes one of these]]) * BadassNormal (Sadrao, although a seven foot tall anthropomorphic dog, does not possess any magic, supernatural powers or demonic blood. He is however, extremely badass.) * BadPowersBadPeople (Justified in the sense that standard magical power is most easily gained by unscrupulous and distasteful means such as human sacrifice and ritual bloodletting. It's not hard to believe that the people who are willing to do this to get power are generally not nice people) * BatmanGambit ([[spoiler: Trent's]] tragic backstory and demure personality are all real, but are only parts of his TrueSelf. The repression of his darker and crueler nature are engineered by the BigBad in an attempt to lure his enemies into a sense of false security.) * BerserkButton ([[BewareTheNiceOnes Sadrao, calm and polite, loyal to a fault]]. Then you decide to harass his charge.) * BewareTheNiceOnes (Sadrao) * TheBigGuy (Sinai) * BiTheWay (Koruinu, and [[spoiler: Lyra herself.]]) * BondOneLiner (Averted. After their first fight, Sadrao says "well, that was invigorating!". Lyra, instead of some witty remark, just throws up.) * BrokenBird (Sinai) * ChekhovsSkill (Learning [[spoiler: Kuroinu's]] true name saves Lyra's life in her battle against [[spoiler:Trent]], when Lyra summons her to defeat his demon.)
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* AbusiveParents (Oh AbusiveParents: Oh boy... Well, well, while Trent wasn't subject to much physical abuse, he was put through some of the most horrible emotional and psychological abuse imaginable) imaginable. * [[ABoyAndHisX A Girl and Her Dog Soldier]] (Or Soldier]]: Or quite possibly [[ABoyAndHisX A Dog Soldier and His Girl]]) Girl]]. * ActionGirl (This ActionGirl: This series becomes jam packed jam-packed with them as it goes on. First it starts with Sinai and Jacyl and as Lyra develops her fighting skills, becomes one herself, then Spite comes along, and then there's the whole race of hyenas...) hyenas... * AirVentPassageway (Deconstructed.AirVentPassageway: Deconstructed. It is portrayed as tough, claustrophobic going in the dark, with Lyra suffering several minor injuries, and a high chance of Lyra falling and breaking her neck. Or breaking something else that renders her unable to escape, and dying slowly over several days.) days. * AmazonBrigade (The AmazonBrigade: The hyena people.) people. * AnimalStereotypes (Sadrao AnimalStereotypes: Sadrao the dog soldier is loyal and trustworthy, Spite the weasel/ferret is a cunning, bloodthirsty thief (albeit on the hero's side), Gunnar the giant sloth is slow and patient, and a brief encounter with a wolverine guard... well, you just don't want to mess with wolverines) wolverines. * BadassBookworm (Lyra BadassBookworm: Lyra starts out as a bookworm and then [[TakeALevelInBadass becomes one of these]]) these]]. * BadassNormal (Sadrao, BadassNormal: Sadrao, although a seven foot tall seven-foot-tall anthropomorphic dog, does not possess any magic, supernatural powers or demonic blood. He is however, extremely badass.) badass. * BadPowersBadPeople (Justified BadPowersBadPeople: Justified in the sense that standard magical power is most easily gained by unscrupulous and distasteful means such as human sacrifice and ritual bloodletting. It's not hard to believe that the people who are willing to do this to get power are generally not nice people) people. * BatmanGambit ([[spoiler: BatmanGambit: [[spoiler: Trent's]] tragic backstory and demure personality are all real, but are only parts of his TrueSelf. The repression of his darker and crueler nature are engineered by the BigBad in an attempt to lure his enemies into a sense of false security.) security. * BerserkButton ([[BewareTheNiceOnes BerserkButton: [[BewareTheNiceOnes Sadrao, calm and polite, loyal to a fault]]. Then you decide to harass his charge.) charge... * BewareTheNiceOnes (Sadrao) BewareTheNiceOnes: Sadrao. * TheBigGuy (Sinai) TheBigGuy: Sinai. * BiTheWay (Koruinu, BiTheWay: Koruinu, and [[spoiler: Lyra herself.]]) ]] * BondOneLiner (Averted.BondOneLiner: Averted. After their first fight, Sadrao says "well, that was invigorating!". Lyra, instead of some witty remark, just throws up.) up. * BrokenBird (Sinai) BrokenBird: Sinai. * ChekhovsSkill (Learning ChekhovsSkill: Learning [[spoiler: Kuroinu's]] true name saves Lyra's life in her battle against [[spoiler:Trent]], when Lyra summons her to defeat his demon.)

* TheChick (Jacyl, and the forgettable girl rescued from the evil magician.) * CombatPragmatist (Vernon comes up with something most people forget about furry combatants, specifically, [[spoiler:their teeth]].) * ComingOfAgeStory (TheHero's [[CharacterDevelopment personal growth]] from the start of the series to the finish is one of the main focuses. She starts off naive and helpless and gradually grows into a competent adult that can more than take care of herself in the real world.) * ConvenientlyUnverifiableCoverStory ([[spoiler:Trent's backstory]]) * CoolBigSis (Jacyl to Lyra) * CoolSword (Sadrao's Mohenja and the sword Kuroinu started a huge marketplace disturbance to steal.) * CorruptChurch (There's a theocratic town with at least ''three'' of these) * CultureClash (The girl they rescue unwittingly flaunts all FunnyAnimal forms of politeness, by cringing away from their touch, showing her teeth when she smiles and laughs and trying to intervene in a battle for dominance.) * DeathSeeker (Sinai) * DidntSeeThatComing (Lyra summons [[spoiler: Kuroinu in her demon form while chained and at Vade's mercy]] and her captor is throttled) * DragonAscendant ([[spoiler: Trent]])
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* TheChick (Jacyl, TheChick: Jacyl, and the forgettable girl rescued from the evil magician.) magician. * CombatPragmatist (Vernon CombatPragmatist. Vernon comes up with something most people forget about furry combatants, specifically, [[spoiler:their teeth]].) teeth]]. * ComingOfAgeStory (TheHero's ComingOfAgeStory: TheHero's [[CharacterDevelopment personal growth]] from the start of the series to the finish is one of the main focuses. She starts off naive and helpless and gradually grows into a competent adult that can more than take care of herself in the real world.) world. * ConvenientlyUnverifiableCoverStory ([[spoiler:Trent's backstory]]) ConvenientlyUnverifiableCoverStory: [[spoiler:Trent's backstory]]. * CoolBigSis (Jacyl CoolBigSis: Jacyl to Lyra) Lyra. * CoolSword (Sadrao's CoolSword: Sadrao's Mohenja and the sword Kuroinu started a huge marketplace disturbance to steal.) steal. * CorruptChurch (There's CorruptChurch: There's a theocratic town with at least ''three'' of these) these. * CultureClash (The CultureClash: The girl they rescue unwittingly flaunts all FunnyAnimal forms of politeness, by cringing away from their touch, showing her teeth when she smiles and laughs laughs, and trying to intervene in a battle for dominance.) dominance. * DeathSeeker (Sinai) DeathSeeker: Sinai. * DidntSeeThatComing (Lyra DidntSeeThatComing: Lyra summons [[spoiler: Kuroinu in her demon form while chained and at Vade's mercy]] mercy]], and her captor is throttled) throttled. * DragonAscendant ([[spoiler: Trent]])DragonAscendant: [[spoiler: Trent]].

* OurElvesAreBetter (To the point of other races considering them snooty and xenophobic. We don't get to see much of them, though.) * EternalSexualFreedom (Averted. Two of the main cast are in a lesbian relationship, and Lyra, who was bought up conservative, is somewhat uncomfortable. Also, one of the partners actually thinks to ask Lyra if she's okay with it.) * FaceHeelTurn ([[spoiler: Trent, towards the end.]] * FantasticRacism (Many people distrust non-humans, and at some locales, they're outright persecuted. The first real inn that Lyra and Sadrao stay at is a crappy one where the bartender gives them a room for a much higher price than what might have been asked of a human.) * FiveManBand (Lyra is TheHero, Sadrao is TheLancer, Trent is TheSmartGuy, Sinai is TheBigGuy and Jacyl is TheChick) * FunnyAnimal (Anthropomorphic animals are commonplace, and even humans are implied to be anthropomorphic monkeys) * GambitPileup (The BigBad's EvilPlan to manipulate [[spoiler: Trent's]] personality into becoming crueler and more evil (by repressing all his good and gentle qualities) backfires on him when the newer, eviller [[spoiler: Trent]] creates a {{plan}} of his own to usurp the BigBad and cause him to be killed by his own demon.) * GoodGirlsAvoidAbortion (Averted thoroughly. After Trent [[spoiler:rapes Lyra, she uses her Kytha to not only abort the baby, but sterilize herself to keep it from happening again.]]) * TheHero (Lyra) * HalfHumanHybrid (While most of the characters are more FunnyAnimal than HalfHumanHybrid, Trent is half-elf and [[spoiler: Kuroinu]] is explicitly stated to be a demon-hybrid. The half part is debatable, though, given how diluted the demon blood must be after so many generations.)
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* OurElvesAreBetter (To OurElvesAreBetter: To the point of other races considering them snooty and xenophobic. We don't get to see much of them, though.) though. * EternalSexualFreedom (Averted.EternalSexualFreedom: Averted. Two of the main cast are in a lesbian relationship, and Lyra, who was bought up conservative, is somewhat uncomfortable. Also, one of the partners actually thinks to ask Lyra if she's okay with it.) it. * FaceHeelTurn ([[spoiler: FaceHeelTurn: [[spoiler: Trent, towards the end.]] * FantasticRacism (Many FantasticRacism: Many people distrust non-humans, and at some locales, they're outright persecuted. The first real inn that Lyra and Sadrao stay at is a crappy one where the bartender gives them a room for a much higher price than what might have been asked of a human.) human. * FiveManBand (Lyra is TheHero, Sadrao is TheLancer, Trent is TheSmartGuy, Sinai is TheBigGuy and Jacyl is TheChick) FiveManBand ** TheHero: Lyra. ** TheLancer: Sadrao. ** TheBigGuy: Sinai. ** TheSmartGuy: Trent. ** TheChick: Jacyl. * FunnyAnimal (Anthropomorphic FunnyAnimal: Anthropomorphic animals are commonplace, and even humans are implied to be anthropomorphic monkeys) monkeys. * GambitPileup (The GambitPileup: The BigBad's EvilPlan to manipulate [[spoiler: Trent's]] personality into becoming crueler and more evil (by repressing all his good and gentle qualities) backfires on him when the newer, eviller [[spoiler: Trent]] creates a {{plan}} of his own to usurp the BigBad and cause him to be killed by his own demon.) demon. * GoodGirlsAvoidAbortion (Averted GoodGirlsAvoidAbortion: Averted thoroughly. After Trent [[spoiler:rapes Lyra, she uses her Kytha to not only abort the baby, but sterilize herself to keep it from ''ever'' happening again.]]) again]]. * TheHero (Lyra) TheHero: Lyra. * HalfHumanHybrid (While HalfHumanHybrid: While most of the characters are more FunnyAnimal than HalfHumanHybrid, Trent is half-elf and [[spoiler: Kuroinu]] is explicitly stated to be a demon-hybrid. The half part is debatable, though, given how diluted the demon blood must be after so many generations.)

* HoistByHisOwnPetard ([[spoiler:Vade]]) * HugeGuyTinyGirl: Gunnar and Spite * IfYouEverDoAnythingToHurtHer (Sadrao to Trent, about Lyra. This is more serious than most versions, since Trent is the son of Vade, and Sadrao doesn't trust him and is justifiably worried that the whole thing might be some dark scheme.) * KickTheDog (While a lot of metaphorical dog-kicking goes on, kicking the dog without a reason is seen as something that only the weak and incompetent do. The really bad people will only kick the dog if it serves a purpose.) * TheLancer (Sadrao) * LaughablyEvil (Many "evil" mages are stated to be so ostentatious and overly concerned with appearance that the main threat they pose is inflicting their poor taste upon their victim's fashion sense.) * MandatoryMotherhood: (Averted by [[spoiler: Lyra Volfrieds]] when she is impregnated by [[spoiler: Trent]]. [[spoiler: Vade's plan was to have a great legacy and a powerful bloodline, and impregnating Lyra was just part of his plan.]] Her response to this when she found out was to [[spoiler: use the Kytha to]] abort the unborn child and then to sterilize herself to prevent him from just trying again.) * MookChivalry (Averted; even a skilled soldier like Sadrao has trouble taking on three bandits, who even attack at once.) * MagicalAbortion
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* HoistByHisOwnPetard ([[spoiler:Vade]]) HoistByHisOwnPetard: [[spoiler:Vade]]. * HugeGuyTinyGirl: Gunnar and Spite Spite. * IfYouEverDoAnythingToHurtHer (Sadrao IfYouEverDoAnythingToHurtHer: Sadrao to Trent, about Lyra. This is more serious than most versions, since Trent is the son of Vade, and Sadrao doesn't trust him and is justifiably worried that the whole thing might be some dark scheme.) scheme. * KickTheDog (While KickTheDog: While a lot of metaphorical dog-kicking goes on, kicking the dog without a reason is seen as something that only the weak and incompetent do. The really bad people will only kick the dog if it serves a purpose.) purpose. * TheLancer (Sadrao) TheLancer: Sadrao. * LaughablyEvil (Many LaughablyEvil: Many "evil" mages are stated to be so ostentatious and overly concerned with appearance that the main threat they pose is inflicting their poor taste upon their victim's fashion sense.) sense. * MandatoryMotherhood: (Averted Averted by [[spoiler: Lyra Volfrieds]] when she is impregnated by [[spoiler: Trent]]. [[spoiler: Vade's plan was to have a great legacy and a powerful bloodline, and impregnating Lyra was just part of his plan.]] Her response to this when she found out was to [[spoiler: use the Kytha to]] abort the unborn child and then to sterilize herself to prevent him from just trying again.) again. * MookChivalry (Averted; MookChivalry: Averted; even a skilled soldier like Sadrao has trouble taking on three bandits, who even attack at once.) once. * MagicalAbortionMagicalAbortion: [[spoiler:Lyra]] isn't putting up with MandatoryMotherhood, no sir.

* OurDemonsAreDifferent (They are Lovecraftian horrors, stretching into dimensions unknown, possessing bizarre body parts, with no two being exactly the same. And somehow they can breed with humans.) * OurDragonsAreDifferent (For one, they're extinct. Their closest living relatives are a race of HalfHumanHybrid that have a friendly relationship with the standard Asian people) * [[PapaWolf Papa Dog-Soldier]] (While Sadrao isn't Lyra's father, he certainly cares about her like he was.) * ThePhoenix (The heroes encounter the last one in a swamp) * ReligionOfEvil (There are quite a few of these) * ScheduleSlip (The second part of Black Dogs, having been written for over a decade, was projected to be published in 2008. Three years later... Woohoo!) * ScienceMarchesOn (See MandatoryMotherhood above. [[spoiler: Ovarian stem cells - which can allow a woman to produce new eggs later in life - were only discovered in adult humans in February 2012.]]) * TheSmartGuy (Trent) * TapOnTheHead (Lyra whacks a bandit over the head, and succeeds in pissing him off.) * TakeALevelInBadass (After learning how to harness the Kytha, Lyra becomes much more dangerous.) * UnfazedEveryman (Lyra) * VirginPower (Subverted with virgins being susceptible to the illusions of unicorns, which in this story are filthy, scavenging mongrels that would rather eat a virgin than lie its head in a virgin's lap) * YouAllMeetInAnInn (Lyra and Sadrao meet up with future party members in inns on two occasions. The first time, Sadrao was actually looking for them.)
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* OurDemonsAreDifferent (They OurDemonsAreDifferent: They are Lovecraftian horrors, stretching into dimensions unknown, possessing bizarre body parts, with no two being exactly the same. And somehow they can breed with humans.) humans. * OurDragonsAreDifferent (For OurDragonsAreDifferent: For one, they're extinct. Their closest living relatives are a race of HalfHumanHybrid types that have a friendly relationship with the standard Asian people) people. * [[PapaWolf Papa Dog-Soldier]] (While Dog-Soldier]]: While Sadrao isn't Lyra's father, he certainly cares about her like he was.) was. * ThePhoenix (The ThePhoenix: The heroes encounter the last one (but with phoenixes, how can one ''really'' be sure?) in a swamp) swamp. * ReligionOfEvil (There ReligionOfEvil: There are quite a few of these) these. * ScheduleSlip (The second part of Black Dogs, having been written for over a decade, was projected to be published in 2008. Three years later... Woohoo!) TheSmartGuy: Trent. * ScienceMarchesOn (See MandatoryMotherhood above. [[spoiler: Ovarian stem cells - which can allow a woman to produce new eggs later in life - were only discovered in adult humans in February 2012.]]) * TheSmartGuy (Trent) * TapOnTheHead (Lyra TapOnTheHead: Lyra whacks a bandit over the head, and succeeds in in... pissing him off.) off. * TakeALevelInBadass (After TakeALevelInBadass: After learning how to harness the Kytha, Lyra becomes much more dangerous.) dangerous. * UnfazedEveryman (Lyra) UnfazedEveryman: Lyra. * VirginPower (Subverted VirginPower: Subverted with virgins being susceptible to the illusions of unicorns, which in this story are filthy, scavenging mongrels that would rather eat ''eat'' a virgin than lie rest its head in a said virgin's lap) lap. * YouAllMeetInAnInn (Lyra YouAllMeetInAnInn: Lyra and Sadrao meet up with future party members in inns on two occasions. The first time, Sadrao was actually looking for them.)
18th Oct '13 6:30:24 PM Vasha
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* [[ABoyAndHisX A Girl And Her Dog Soldier]] (Or quite possibly [[ABoyAndHisX A Dog Soldier And His Girl]])
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* [[ABoyAndHisX A Girl And and Her Dog Soldier]] (Or quite possibly [[ABoyAndHisX A Dog Soldier And and His Girl]])
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