History Literature / BlackDogs

6th Mar '16 3:59:33 PM Fireblood
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The first book, "The House of Diamond", starts out with a 17-year-old girl named Lyra Volfrieds stumbling into the massacre of her entire house, which was orchestrated by her illegitimate brother. She barely manages to escape into the woods with her life and with her lack of survival skills and street smarts, would likely not escape the forest either. Fortunately for Lyra, an unlikely encounter with the [[FunnyAnimal anthropormorphic dog soldier]], Sadrao Majid earns her a new friend and a better chance at survival. Unfortunately, however, the assassination of her house turns into small fries in the face of the newer, bigger threat she has to deal with.

Along the way the duo meet up with half-elf [[LoveInterests love interest]] named Trent, a pair of full-elf lesbian lovers, [[LipstickLesbian Jacyl]] and [[ButchLesbian Sinai]] and they travel together for a while. Sadrao and Sinai teach Lyra fighting skills and the latter imparts a kind of magical combat knowledge, called the Kytha, upon her before they part ways. Sadrao and Lyra are left to deliver Trent to the House of Diamond to get him magically scanned while Sinai and Jacyl set out to the elf capital to deliver a message. They encounter a couple of Sadrao's old acquaintances, the FunnyAnimal Spite, an anthropomorphic ermine/ferret and Gunnar, an anthropomorphic giant ground sloth. Trent gets captured and the remainder of the novel follows the rescue attempt.

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The first book, "The House of Diamond", starts out with a 17-year-old girl named Lyra Volfrieds stumbling into the massacre of her entire house, which was orchestrated by her illegitimate brother. She barely manages to escape into the woods with her life life, and with her lack of survival skills and street smarts, smarts would likely not escape the forest either. Fortunately for Lyra, an unlikely encounter with the [[FunnyAnimal anthropormorphic dog soldier]], soldier]] Sadrao Majid earns her a new friend and a better chance at survival. Unfortunately, however, the assassination of her house turns into small fries in the face of the newer, bigger threat she has to deal with.

Along the way the duo meet up with a half-elf [[LoveInterests love interest]] named Trent, a pair of full-elf lesbian lovers, lovers named [[LipstickLesbian Jacyl]] and [[ButchLesbian Sinai]] Sinai]], and they travel together for a while. Sadrao and Sinai teach Lyra fighting skills and the latter imparts a kind of magical combat knowledge, called the Kytha, upon her before they part ways. Sadrao and Lyra are left to deliver Trent to the House of Diamond to get him magically scanned while Sinai and Jacyl set out to the elf capital to deliver a message. They encounter a couple of Sadrao's old acquaintances, the FunnyAnimal Spite, an anthropomorphic ermine/ferret ermine/ferret, and Gunnar, an anthropomorphic giant ground sloth. Trent gets captured and the remainder of the novel follows the rescue attempt.



* 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.

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* 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.



* 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.

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* AirVentPassageway: Deconstructed.{{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.



* 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.

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* BadPowersBadPeople: Justified {{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.



* BondOneLiner: Averted. After their first fight, Sadrao says "well, that was invigorating!". Lyra, instead of some witty remark, just throws up.

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* BondOneLiner: Averted. {{Averted}}. After their first fight, Sadrao says "well, "Well, that was invigorating!". Lyra, instead of some witty remark, just throws up.



* 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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* HalfHumanHybrid: While most of the characters are more FunnyAnimal than HalfHumanHybrid, Trent is a half-elf and [[spoiler: Kuroinu]] is explicitly stated to be a demon-hybrid.demon hybrid. The half part is debatable, though, given how diluted the demon blood must be after so many generations.



* 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.

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* 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 it again.
* MookChivalry: Averted; even a skilled soldier like Sadrao has trouble taking on three bandits, who even especially when they attack at once.



* {{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.

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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.
6th Mar '16 3:49:58 PM Fireblood
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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.]]
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