History Literature / InCryptid

6th Dec '17 10:50:30 PM NOYB
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The youngest generation of the Price family consists of Alex, zookeeper; Verity, who wanted to forgo the family business and be a ballroom dancer; Antimony, still studying; Arthur, reclusive part-incubus geek boy and researcher; Sarah, babysitting Verity; and Elsie, who isn't really a crypto zoologist but is still held to the family code of conduct. Their parents, aunts, uncles, and assorted cousins, both biological and adopted, human and not, operate as support and information network.

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The youngest generation of the Price family consists of Alex, zookeeper; Verity, who wanted to forgo the family business and be a ballroom dancer; Antimony, still studying; Arthur, reclusive part-incubus geek boy and researcher; Sarah, babysitting Verity; and Elsie, who isn't really a crypto zoologist cryptozoologist but is still held to the family code of conduct. Their parents, aunts, uncles, and assorted cousins, both biological and adopted, human and not, operate as support and information network.



** The Tanner family, who Alex meets in Australia are also familiar with the guns and weapons, and hunt cryptids their way.

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** The Tanner family, who whom Alex meets in Australia Australia, are also familiar with the guns and weapons, and hunt cryptids their way.



* BittersweetEnding: "Magic for Nothing". The Spencer carnival is safe for the moment. [[spoiler:But Antimony's cover has been blown to the Covenant. She can't use any of Artie's false documentation because she's in hiding to protect the family from the Covenant. She and Sam were falling in love but had to separate because staying with him and thereby the carnival, would endanger everyone. So she's now walking alone on the road with a new identity and no one but Aunt Mary from the family she can see or talk to.]]

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* BittersweetEnding: "Magic ''Magic for Nothing".Nothing''. The Spencer carnival is safe for the moment. [[spoiler:But Antimony's cover has been blown to the Covenant. She can't use any of Artie's false documentation because she's in hiding to protect the family from the Covenant. She and Sam were falling in love but had to separate because staying with him and thereby the carnival, would endanger everyone. So she's now walking alone on the road with a new identity and no one but Aunt Mary from the family she can see or talk to.]]



** A routewitch is a major supporting character in ''Chaos Choreography,'' and comes with considerable explication of how their powers work.

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** A routewitch is a major supporting character in ''Chaos Choreography,'' Choreography'', and comes with considerable explication of how their powers work.



* ClarkKenting: Alex Price does this by working as a mundane herpetologist. Antimony declares the trope by name in "Magic for Nothing" to describe him doing so.

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* ClarkKenting: Alex Price does this by working as a mundane herpetologist. Antimony declares the trope by name in "Magic ''Magic for Nothing" Nothing'' to describe him doing so.



* ColdOpen: Each of the novels begins with a short adventure that has little-to-nothing to do with the rest of the book, but sets the tone for the piece. The exception being ''Midnight Blue-Light Special,'' in which the doctor who contracted Verity to take care of the cause of his dead-baby problem reappears at the end to treat Verity's gunshot wound. ''Discount Armageddon'' actually has ''two'' such chapters, one set in the mid-1990s showing the beginning of Verity's passion for dance and the second, set in mid-2012, being more typical of the series' opening chapters.

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* ColdOpen: Each of the novels begins with a short adventure that has little-to-nothing to do with the rest of the book, but sets the tone for the piece. The exception being ''Midnight Blue-Light Special,'' Special'', in which the doctor who contracted Verity to take care of the cause of his dead-baby problem reappears at the end to treat Verity's gunshot wound. ''Discount Armageddon'' actually has ''two'' such chapters, one set in the mid-1990s showing the beginning of Verity's passion for dance and the second, set in mid-2012, being more typical of the series' opening chapters.



* CuteMonsterGirl: Starting with the Gorgons, and going on to the female Bogeyman, the Wadjet...

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* CuteMonsterGirl: Starting with the Gorgons, and going on to the female Bogeyman, Bogeymen, the Wadjet...



* DeadAllAlong: In ''Bury Me In Satin'', the Healys learn that their daughter's babysitter had been killed in a hit-and-run accident... three years ago.

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* DeadAllAlong: In ''Bury "Bury Me In Satin'', Satin", the Healys learn that their daughter's babysitter had been killed in a hit-and-run accident... three years ago.



** Aunt Mary explains in exquisitely horrifying detail in "The Pilgrimage" why she is perfectly ok with it being her job to talk people out of making these.

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** Aunt Mary explains in exquisitely horrifying detail in "The Pilgrimage" why she is perfectly ok okay with it being her job to talk people out of making these.



*** Carlotta is a human who knows a lot about the cryptid world and is an active security risk. She is the reason Elsie ended up on the wrong end of some teen boys in ''Sleepover''.
*** Sam has stories of human girls refusing to kiss, let alone get intimate with him in his nonhuman form because they consider it next best thing to bestiality.

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*** Carlotta is a human who knows a lot about the cryptid world and is an active security risk. She is the reason Elsie ended up on the wrong end of some teen boys in ''Sleepover''.
"Sleepover".
*** Sam has stories of human girls refusing to kiss, let alone get intimate with with, him in his nonhuman form because they consider it next best thing to bestiality.



* FeudingFamilies: The European branch of the Healy family considers the American branch to be traitors and heretics (For leaving the Covenant). The American branch considers the European branch to be genocidal terrorists (For not leaving the Covenant).

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* FeudingFamilies: The European branch of the Healy family considers the American branch to be traitors and heretics (For (for leaving the Covenant). The American branch considers the European branch to be genocidal terrorists (For (for not leaving the Covenant).



** The Bakers are also this, a revenant and a cuckoo.

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** The Bakers are also this, a revenant Revenant and a cuckoo.



* MindControl: All Cuckoos are capable of it at a nearly unconscious level.

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* MindControl: All Cuckoos cuckoos are capable of it at a nearly unconscious level.



* MistreatmentInducedBetrayal: Played with. Adrienne, an old cryptid roller derby acquaintance [[spoiler:outs Timpani to Sam as Antimony Price]] because she feels that she was "just trying to eat" and unfairly exposed and kicked out. The truth is that said cryptid was not so innocent in her feeding and was hurting people doing so. She was kicked out because her method of feeding could have drawn unwanted attention and endangered the other cryptids who really were being circumspect and careful in their behaviour. She pretty much took the shot at "warning" Sam for spite because she had to find another feeding ground with people who wouldn't recognize her for what she was and lacked the know how to do anything about it if they did find out.

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* MistreatmentInducedBetrayal: Played with. Adrienne, an old cryptid roller derby acquaintance [[spoiler:outs Timpani to Sam as Antimony Price]] because she feels that she was "just trying to eat" and unfairly exposed and kicked out. The truth is that said cryptid was not so innocent in her feeding and was hurting people doing so. She was kicked out because her method of feeding could have drawn unwanted attention and endangered the other cryptids who really were being circumspect and careful in their behaviour. She pretty much took the shot at "warning" Sam for spite because she had to find another feeding ground with people who wouldn't recognize her for what she was and lacked the know how know-how to do anything about it if they did find out.



** Gryphon (Raven/Maine Coon cat)

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** Church Gryphon (Raven/Maine Coon cat)



** Subverted in a different way: Sam and Timpani. Timpani learned why Sam had good reasons to lie, and after he thought about it Sam realized Timpani had good reasons to lie as well. They suggested that their mutual grudges about being lied to cancelled each other out, and got on with the make up sex.

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** Subverted in a different way: Sam and Timpani. Timpani learned why Sam had good reasons to lie, and after he thought about it Sam realized Timpani had good reasons to lie as well. They suggested that their mutual grudges about being lied to cancelled each other out, and got on with the make up make-up sex.



** Played with in "Magic for Nothing". One of the fire dancers believed herself human until her cryptid form manifested in her teen years. With none of her own kind around to teach her alternatives or discretion, and human food not sufficiently nourishing her, she turned in desperation to an alternate food source [[spoiler:[[HorrorHunger webbing up people until they liquefy and sucking up the resulting gunk]]]]. By the time Timpani meets her, she's no longer entirely without malice.

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** Played with in "Magic ''Magic for Nothing".Nothin''. One of the fire dancers believed herself human until her cryptid form manifested in her teen years. With none of her own kind around to teach her alternatives or discretion, and human food not sufficiently nourishing her, she turned in desperation to an alternate food source [[spoiler:[[HorrorHunger webbing up people until they liquefy and sucking up the resulting gunk]]]]. By the time Timpani meets her, she's no longer entirely without malice.



** ''Midnight Blue Light Special'': What's the best way to get out of a bloody cult chamber when you have neither clothes nor shoes? Get your buff LoveInterest to toss you over his shoulder.

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** ''Midnight Blue Light Blue-Light Special'': What's the best way to get out of a bloody cult chamber when you have neither clothes nor shoes? Get your buff LoveInterest to toss you over his shoulder.



** ''Waking Up in Vegas'': Verity and Dominic get drunk at their co-batchelor(ette) party. When Very is too drunk to walk, Dominic carries her back to the hotel room.

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** ''Waking '"Waking Up in Vegas'': Vegas": Verity and Dominic get drunk at their co-batchelor(ette) party. When Very is too drunk to walk, Dominic carries her back to the hotel room.



* PhotographicMemory[=/=]GeneticMemory[=/=]EideticMemory: The Aeslin Mice have this as a species trait. It is also enforced and reinforced since they worship the Price family as religious figures, and have litanies, celebrations, songs, feasts, festivals, proverbs, and holy writ based on the family's milestones and exploits. They also, when traveling with the family, serve as living black boxes to let the family know the how any family member died should they fail to return.
* PimpedOutDress: Verity has several, due to having ballroom danced semi-professionally for some years. She uses one as her wedding gown in "Waking Up In Vegas".

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* PhotographicMemory[=/=]GeneticMemory[=/=]EideticMemory: The Aeslin Mice have this as a species trait. It is also enforced and reinforced since they worship the Price family as religious figures, and have litanies, celebrations, songs, feasts, festivals, proverbs, and holy writ based on the family's milestones and exploits. They also, when traveling with the family, serve as living black boxes to let the family know the how any family member died should they fail to return.
* PimpedOutDress: Verity has several, due to having ballroom danced semi-professionally for some years. She uses one as her wedding gown in "Waking Up In in Vegas".



** Artie Price is an extremely solemn and serious hacker. He has to be. He is the one who does all the fake identification documentation from birth certificates to driver's licenses to passports for many members of the family [[spoiler:up until "Magic for Nothing", which results in Antimony having to sort out her own because she can't lead anything back to the family]].

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** Artie Price Harrington is an extremely solemn and serious hacker. He has to be. He is the one who does all the fake identification documentation from birth certificates to driver's licenses to passports for many members of the family [[spoiler:up until "Magic ''Magic for Nothing", Nothing'', which results in Antimony having to sort out her own because she can't lead anything back to the family]].



* PlayingWithFire: Antimony started developing signs of uncontrolled pyrokinesis some weeks or months before the events of "Magic for Nothing". Once she gets her mission from the family, it also becomes a CoverBlowingSuperpower.

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* PlayingWithFire: Antimony started developing signs of uncontrolled pyrokinesis some weeks or months before the events of "Magic ''Magic for Nothing".Nothing''. Once she gets her mission from the family, it also becomes a CoverBlowingSuperpower.



** Justified: The Aeslin mice.

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** Justified: The For the Aeslin mice. Reptiles tend to prey on mice.



** Verity is thankful that her grandmother took shots at The Boob Fairy[[note]]a song by Deirdre Flint[[/note]] resulting in the girls of the family being modestly endowed.

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** Verity is thankful that her grandmother took shots at The Boob Fairy[[note]]a song by Deirdre Flint[[/note]] Flint[[/note]], resulting in the girls of the family being modestly endowed.



** In "Magic for Nothing", Sam uses "Hey, rube!" ironically. Its normal usage among carnie folk is as a rallying cry or call for help. But at the time he was using it, he was actually referring to Timpani as a rube -- someone who is "not one of us" and equivalent to a townie, and intended at least a little derogatorily.

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** In "Magic ''Magic for Nothing", Nothing'', Sam uses "Hey, rube!" ironically. Its normal usage among carnie folk is as a rallying cry or call for help. But at the time he was using it, he was actually referring to Timpani as a rube -- someone who is "not one of us" and equivalent to a townie, and intended at least a little derogatorily.
6th Dec '17 10:25:46 PM NOYB
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** Midnight Blue Light Special: What's the best way to get out of a bloody cult chamber when you have neither clothes nor shoes? Get your buff LoveInterest to toss you over his shoulder.
** Pocket Apocalypse: Alex carries the much larger and complete dead weight Cooper over his shoulder after they're attacked by infected lycanthropes.
** Waking Up In Vegas: Verity and Dominic get drunk at their co-batchelor(ette) party. When Very is too drunk to walk, Dominic carries her back to the hotel room.

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** Midnight ''Midnight Blue Light Special: Special'': What's the best way to get out of a bloody cult chamber when you have neither clothes nor shoes? Get your buff LoveInterest to toss you over his shoulder.
** Pocket Apocalypse: ''Pocket Apocalypse'': Alex carries the much larger and complete dead weight Cooper over his shoulder after they're attacked by infected lycanthropes.
** Waking ''Waking Up In Vegas: in Vegas'': Verity and Dominic get drunk at their co-batchelor(ette) party. When Very is too drunk to walk, Dominic carries her back to the hotel room.
5th Dec '17 10:21:33 PM NOYB
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** The two cuckoos in the family are Angela Baker and Sarah Zellaby, referencing Angela Zellaby from ''Literature/TheMidwichCuckoos''. This, like their psi-etiquette, chosen from Series/BabylonFive, is an in-universe character choice.

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** The two cuckoos in the family are Angela Baker and Sarah Zellaby, referencing Angela Zellaby from ''Literature/TheMidwichCuckoos''. This, like their psi-etiquette, chosen from Series/BabylonFive, ''Series/BabylonFive'', is an in-universe character choice.
30th Sep '17 2:43:30 PM Xtifr
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* BasiliskAndCockatrice: Basilisks and cockatrices are closely related species of cryptids (real creatures unknown to science). Scientists who know of TheMasquerade (intended to keep intelligent cryptid species safe) classify them as sibling species in the same genus, ''Procompsognathus''. The primary difference between the two is that basilisks are feathered, while cockatrices are largely featherless. Both are about the size of chickens, and both have petrification powers which science has not yet been able to explain.
25th Aug '17 6:57:29 AM XFllo
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* DeadLittleSister: Inverted, if we are to take the trope title literally. [[spoiler:The Tanner family's oldest son Jack]] was killed in the Johrlac infiltration of the society.
26th Jul '17 1:56:56 PM xcountryguy
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* AuthorAppeal: Both of the Price girls' signature athletic activities (Ballroom Dance for Verity and UsefulNotes/RollerDerby and Acrobatics/Trapeze for Antimony) are described in lavish detail by their author. By contrast, Alex's SCA is left largely in the background...[[JustifiedTrope justified]] because Alex's pastime cannot be parlayed as easily into a viable combat skill.

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* AuthorAppeal: Both of the Price girls' signature athletic activities (Ballroom Dance for Verity and UsefulNotes/RollerDerby and Acrobatics/Trapeze for Antimony) are described in lavish detail by their author. By contrast, Alex's SCA is left largely in the background... [[JustifiedTrope justified]] because Alex's pastime cannot be parlayed as easily into a viable combat skill.



* {{Beat}}: It takes a minute for people to realize that [[spoiler: the dragon is not only awake but just smushed a person like a bug]].

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* {{Beat}}: It takes a minute for people to realize that [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the dragon is not only awake but just smushed a person like a bug]].



** [[spoiler: With Verity on the other end of the coin in "Swamp Bromeliad" and ''Chaos Choreography'']]
* BittersweetEnding: "Magic for Nothing". The Spencer carnival is safe for the moment. [[spoiler: But Antimony's cover has been blown to the Covenant. She can't use any of Artie's false documentation because she's in hiding to protect the family from the Covenant. She and Sam were falling in love but had to separate because staying with him and thereby the carnival, would endanger everyone. So she's now walking alone on the road with a new identity and no one but Aunt Mary from the family she can see or talk to.]]
* BizarreSexualDimorphism: [[spoiler: Dragons and wadjets have a really extreme case of this.]]

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** [[spoiler: With [[spoiler:With Verity on the other end of the coin in "Swamp Bromeliad" and ''Chaos Choreography'']]
* BittersweetEnding: "Magic for Nothing". The Spencer carnival is safe for the moment. [[spoiler: But [[spoiler:But Antimony's cover has been blown to the Covenant. She can't use any of Artie's false documentation because she's in hiding to protect the family from the Covenant. She and Sam were falling in love but had to separate because staying with him and thereby the carnival, would endanger everyone. So she's now walking alone on the road with a new identity and no one but Aunt Mary from the family she can see or talk to.]]
* BizarreSexualDimorphism: [[spoiler: Dragons [[spoiler:Dragons and wadjets have a really extreme case of this.]]



* BlindWithoutEm: Alex's eyesight is bad enough that the world is a fuzzy unfocused blur when he's not wearing his glasses, and [[spoiler: Cooper tells him that lycanthropy will fix that for him as a selling point]].

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* BlindWithoutEm: Alex's eyesight is bad enough that the world is a fuzzy unfocused blur when he's not wearing his glasses, and [[spoiler: Cooper [[spoiler:Cooper tells him that lycanthropy will fix that for him as a selling point]].



* CoverIdentityAnomaly: In the carnival Timpani is truly comfortable and at home among the carnies; so much so in fact that she forgets she's [[spoiler: supposed to have only rudimentary knowledge of cryptids as Timpani. She slips and mentions her family in the present tense, and starts letting Antimony's knowledge leak out]] especially once she's taken a shine to Sam.

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* CoverIdentityAnomaly: In the carnival Timpani is truly comfortable and at home among the carnies; so much so in fact that she forgets she's [[spoiler: supposed [[spoiler:supposed to have only rudimentary knowledge of cryptids as Timpani. She slips and mentions her family in the present tense, and starts letting Antimony's knowledge leak out]] especially once she's taken a shine to Sam.



* CreepyTwins: The Spencer carnival has a pair running the Haunted House. It's a subversion because they're most likely a bonded couple [[spoiler: of Bogeymen]] rather than actual siblings.

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* CreepyTwins: The Spencer carnival has a pair running the Haunted House. It's a subversion because they're most likely a bonded couple [[spoiler: of [[spoiler:of Bogeymen]] rather than actual siblings.



* DanceBattler[=/=]KickChick: Verity Price.

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* %%* DanceBattler[=/=]KickChick: Verity Price.



* DeadLittleSister: Inverted, if we are to take the trope title literally. [[spoiler: The Tanner family's oldest son Jack]] was killed in the Johrlac infiltration of the society.

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* DeadLittleSister: Inverted, if we are to take the trope title literally. [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The Tanner family's oldest son Jack]] was killed in the Johrlac infiltration of the society.



* DealWithTheDevil: Played with. As a crossroads ghost, Aunt Mary has rules she can bend, and rules she can't. Asking her questions or for favors will involve The Crossroads, and will require payback or other compensation. [[spoiler: Antimony has skirted the edge of these rules enough that Mary warns her the Crossroads know who she is and have taken notice.]]

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* DealWithTheDevil: Played with. As a crossroads ghost, Aunt Mary has rules she can bend, and rules she can't. Asking her questions or for favors will involve The Crossroads, and will require payback or other compensation. [[spoiler: Antimony [[spoiler:Antimony has skirted the edge of these rules enough that Mary warns her the Crossroads know who she is and have taken notice.]]



* DidWeJustHaveTeaWithCthulhu: Verity, Dominic, and Sarah all have a rather pleasant conversation with [[spoiler: the ancient dragon beneath Manhattan]].
* DiesWideOpen: The way [[spoiler: Frances Healy]] was when found by Jonathan and Enid.

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* DidWeJustHaveTeaWithCthulhu: Verity, Dominic, and Sarah all have a rather pleasant conversation with [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the ancient dragon beneath Manhattan]].
* DiesWideOpen: The way [[spoiler: Frances [[spoiler:Frances Healy]] was when found by Jonathan and Enid.



* DoubleReverseQuadrupleAgent: Antimony Price. See also Secret Identity. [[spoiler: She infiltrates the Covenant as TheMole for the Price family to learn their plans for North America. The Covenant, once deciding she's not a threat, train her as one of their own, and send her to infiltrate the Spencer carnival to determine whether they're knowingly harboring cryptids.]]

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* DoubleReverseQuadrupleAgent: Antimony Price. See also Secret Identity. [[spoiler: She [[spoiler:She infiltrates the Covenant as TheMole for the Price family to learn their plans for North America. The Covenant, once deciding she's not a threat, train her as one of their own, and send her to infiltrate the Spencer carnival to determine whether they're knowingly harboring cryptids.]]



* EnemyMine: Verity is freelance, hated by the Covenant. Dominic ''is'' Covenant. But they grudgingly decide to work together [[spoiler: out of mutually agreeable goals and mutual attraction until they fall in love and Dominic defects]].

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* EnemyMine: Verity is freelance, hated by the Covenant. Dominic ''is'' Covenant. But they grudgingly decide to work together [[spoiler: out [[spoiler:out of mutually agreeable goals and mutual attraction until they fall in love and Dominic defects]].



** Averted. Jett the dog does not detect any of the mean werewolves [[spoiler: although she is sensibly afraid of werewolves, she detects nothing amiss in any of the infected; one of whom is her master]].

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** Averted. Jett the dog does not detect any of the mean werewolves [[spoiler: although [[spoiler:although she is sensibly afraid of werewolves, she detects nothing amiss in any of the infected; one of whom is her master]].



** One member of the Covenant to Timpani, [[spoiler: upon revealing that he knew all along she was a Price, and considered it a feather in his cap to bring her back to the family fold.]]

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** One member of the Covenant to Timpani, [[spoiler: upon [[spoiler:upon revealing that he knew all along she was a Price, and considered it a feather in his cap to bring her back to the family fold.]]



** Played straight: Timpani [[spoiler: once revealed as Antimony]] offers to use her pyrokinesis to burn down the carnival so Grandma Spencer and her people can rebuild on the insurance [[spoiler: as a way of making it look to the Covenant like they were purged]].

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** Played straight: Timpani [[spoiler: once [[spoiler:once revealed as Antimony]] offers to use her pyrokinesis to burn down the carnival so Grandma Spencer and her people can rebuild on the insurance [[spoiler: as [[spoiler:as a way of making it look to the Covenant like they were purged]].



*** planned to blow up and burn down the carnival [[spoiler: using bombs and accelerants which means insurance would not pay out to any survivors even if it was done in malice by an outside party]].

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*** planned to blow up and burn down the carnival [[spoiler: using [[spoiler:using bombs and accelerants which means insurance would not pay out to any survivors even if it was done in malice by an outside party]].



** [[spoiler: Fran's death]] in "Broken Paper Hearts" was heavily foreshadowed.
** Timpani reflects on the danger of a Mara in a carnival. A Mara with whom she is acquainted [[spoiler: as Annie Thompson aka Final Girl]] shows up when Timpani and Sam go to the roller derby for a date.

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** [[spoiler: Fran's [[spoiler:Fran's death]] in "Broken Paper Hearts" was heavily foreshadowed.
** Timpani reflects on the danger of a Mara in a carnival. A Mara with whom she is acquainted [[spoiler: as [[spoiler:as Annie Thompson aka Final Girl]] shows up when Timpani and Sam go to the roller derby for a date.



** In "The Pilgrimage" [[spoiler: Mindy and Mork, however, take a moment to]] cement their bond after a life threatening experience.

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** In "The Pilgrimage" [[spoiler: Mindy [[spoiler:Mindy and Mork, however, take a moment to]] cement their bond after a life threatening experience.



** [[spoiler: Cousin Sarah]] after stopping the bad guys in ''Midnight Blue Light Special'' in a way that would keep those endangered safe.

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** [[spoiler: Cousin [[spoiler:Cousin Sarah]] after stopping the bad guys in ''Midnight Blue Light Special'' in a way that would keep those endangered safe.



** [[spoiler: Sam Spencer]] is the result of a human/cryptid romance.

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** [[spoiler: Sam [[spoiler:Sam Spencer]] is the result of a human/cryptid romance.



* LongLostRelative: While in England, Antimony encounters an Aeslin Mouse [[spoiler: who stayed behind with the Covenant branch of the family and rescues him. He becomes the mate to the mouse who accompanied Antimony on her mission.]]

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* LongLostRelative: While in England, Antimony encounters an Aeslin Mouse [[spoiler: who [[spoiler:who stayed behind with the Covenant branch of the family and rescues him. He becomes the mate to the mouse who accompanied Antimony on her mission.]]



** Missing mothers (and occasionally fathers) are a commonplace happening in a town full of [[spoiler: human-appearing merfolk. Once they reach the age of reproducing, exposure to water brings out their seabound nature, and slowly erodes their memory of life on land]] that Fran and Jonathan must visit.
** As of "Broken Paper Hearts" [[spoiler: Alice Healy loses her mother to an as-yet-undertermined cryptid attack on Valentine's eve]].

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** Missing mothers (and occasionally fathers) are a commonplace happening in a town full of [[spoiler: human-appearing [[spoiler:human-appearing merfolk. Once they reach the age of reproducing, exposure to water brings out their seabound nature, and slowly erodes their memory of life on land]] that Fran and Jonathan must visit.
** As of "Broken Paper Hearts" [[spoiler: Alice [[spoiler:Alice Healy loses her mother to an as-yet-undertermined cryptid attack on Valentine's eve]].



* MistreatmentInducedBetrayal: Played with. Adrienne, an old cryptid roller derby acquaintance [[spoiler: outs Timpani to Sam as Antimony Price]] because she feels that she was "just trying to eat" and unfairly exposed and kicked out. The truth is that said cryptid was not so innocent in her feeding and was hurting people doing so. She was kicked out because her method of feeding could have drawn unwanted attention and endangered the other cryptids who really were being circumspect and careful in their behaviour. She pretty much took the shot at "warning" Sam for spite because she had to find another feeding ground with people who wouldn't recognize her for what she was and lacked the know how to do anything about it if they did find out.

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* MistreatmentInducedBetrayal: Played with. Adrienne, an old cryptid roller derby acquaintance [[spoiler: outs [[spoiler:outs Timpani to Sam as Antimony Price]] because she feels that she was "just trying to eat" and unfairly exposed and kicked out. The truth is that said cryptid was not so innocent in her feeding and was hurting people doing so. She was kicked out because her method of feeding could have drawn unwanted attention and endangered the other cryptids who really were being circumspect and careful in their behaviour. She pretty much took the shot at "warning" Sam for spite because she had to find another feeding ground with people who wouldn't recognize her for what she was and lacked the know how to do anything about it if they did find out.



* MoodWhiplash: Twice in ''Chaos Choreography.'' Used along with SwitchingPOV in ''Midnight Blue Light Special'' to create uncertainty as to whether [[spoiler: Verity had survived being hit in the head by her third cousin, Margaret Healy.]]

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* MoodWhiplash: Twice in ''Chaos Choreography.'' Used along with SwitchingPOV in ''Midnight Blue Light Special'' to create uncertainty as to whether [[spoiler: Verity [[spoiler:Verity had survived being hit in the head by her third cousin, Margaret Healy.]]



* MyGreatestFailure: Alex considers it this, but there's more to the story: [[spoiler: Charlotte Tanner blocked his view of the Aeslin mice so he couldn't see when a member of the Thirty Six society crushed one of them to death in his hand. It was explained as the FantasticRacism of the Aussie cryptid conservationists combined with a misunderstanding of how seriously the mice take their religion. The truth is that the one who did it would've done it anyway because he was infected, didn't want the mouse to sniff him out, and was under orders to do "whatever it takes" to remain unrevealed.]]

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* MyGreatestFailure: Alex considers it this, but there's more to the story: [[spoiler: Charlotte [[spoiler:Charlotte Tanner blocked his view of the Aeslin mice so he couldn't see when a member of the Thirty Six society crushed one of them to death in his hand. It was explained as the FantasticRacism of the Aussie cryptid conservationists combined with a misunderstanding of how seriously the mice take their religion. The truth is that the one who did it would've done it anyway because he was infected, didn't want the mouse to sniff him out, and was under orders to do "whatever it takes" to remain unrevealed.]]



** Played with in "Magic for Nothing". One of the fire dancers believed herself human until her cryptid form manifested in her teen years. With none of her own kind around to teach her alternatives or discretion, and human food not sufficiently nourishing her, she turned in desperation to an alternate food source [[spoiler: [[HorrorHunger webbing up people until they liquefy and sucking up the resulting gunk]]]]. By the time Timpani meets her, she's no longer entirely without malice.

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** Played with in "Magic for Nothing". One of the fire dancers believed herself human until her cryptid form manifested in her teen years. With none of her own kind around to teach her alternatives or discretion, and human food not sufficiently nourishing her, she turned in desperation to an alternate food source [[spoiler: [[HorrorHunger [[spoiler:[[HorrorHunger webbing up people until they liquefy and sucking up the resulting gunk]]]]. By the time Timpani meets her, she's no longer entirely without malice.



* OurWerewolvesAreDifferent: Lycanthropy is not a species of cryptid. It is a cryptid mutation of rabies that can affect ''any'' mammal (Though mammals weighing less than 90 pounds or so invariably die from it before they can infect anything else). It has nothing to do with the full moon, and does not work like in the movies. It is a deadly disease and treated as deadly serious [[spoiler: even when it is discovered that those infected, after the first couple changes, return to human intelligence]]. Humans thus afflicted do not become "evil" as such, but do develop short tempers and more aggressive traits as a result of their [=DNA=] and body being rewritten to wolf. [[spoiler: Even if the humans afflicted can make provisions not to infect anyone else in their uncontrollable phase, the disease is still ''always fatal'': mammal bodies were simply not made to be shapeshifted repeatedly, and the resultant strain on the heart and nervous system will eventually result in the victim's death.]]

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* OurWerewolvesAreDifferent: Lycanthropy is not a species of cryptid. It is a cryptid mutation of rabies that can affect ''any'' mammal (Though mammals weighing less than 90 pounds or so invariably die from it before they can infect anything else). It has nothing to do with the full moon, and does not work like in the movies. It is a deadly disease and treated as deadly serious [[spoiler: even [[spoiler:even when it is discovered that those infected, after the first couple changes, return to human intelligence]]. Humans thus afflicted do not become "evil" as such, but do develop short tempers and more aggressive traits as a result of their [=DNA=] and body being rewritten to wolf. [[spoiler: Even [[spoiler:Even if the humans afflicted can make provisions not to infect anyone else in their uncontrollable phase, the disease is still ''always fatal'': mammal bodies were simply not made to be shapeshifted repeatedly, and the resultant strain on the heart and nervous system will eventually result in the victim's death.]]



** Artie Price is an extremely solemn and serious hacker. He has to be. He is the one who does all the fake identification documentation from birth certificates to driver's licenses to passports for many members of the family [[spoiler: up until "Magic for Nothing", which results in Antimony having to sort out her own because she can't lead anything back to the family]].

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** Artie Price is an extremely solemn and serious hacker. He has to be. He is the one who does all the fake identification documentation from birth certificates to driver's licenses to passports for many members of the family [[spoiler: up [[spoiler:up until "Magic for Nothing", which results in Antimony having to sort out her own because she can't lead anything back to the family]].



** Subverted: [[spoiler: William the Dragon]] and the Wadjet in Verity's time period, and Professor Naga in Fran & Jonathan's.

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** Subverted: [[spoiler: William [[spoiler:William the Dragon]] and the Wadjet in Verity's time period, and Professor Naga in Fran & Jonathan's.



* {{Revenge}}: An ongoing concern of the family regarding both cryptids and the Covenant. [[spoiler: Betty Smith]] in particular wants it, and is prepared to turn Verity into a fall guy to get it.

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* {{Revenge}}: An ongoing concern of the family regarding both cryptids and the Covenant. [[spoiler: Betty [[spoiler:Betty Smith]] in particular wants it, and is prepared to turn Verity into a fall guy to get it.



*** [[spoiler: Timpani Brown, sole survivor of the massacre of the Brown Carnival is her cover story for infiltrating the Covenant on behalf of her family.]].
*** [[spoiler: Timpani Brown, sole survivor of the massacre of the Brown Carnival is her cover story for infiltrating the Spencer Carnival on behalf of the Covenant, but also that she's only infiltrating the carnival because she's infiltrating the Covenant on behalf of her family.]]

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*** [[spoiler: Timpani [[spoiler:Timpani Brown, sole survivor of the massacre of the Brown Carnival is her cover story for infiltrating the Covenant on behalf of her family.]].
*** [[spoiler: Timpani [[spoiler:Timpani Brown, sole survivor of the massacre of the Brown Carnival is her cover story for infiltrating the Spencer Carnival on behalf of the Covenant, but also that she's only infiltrating the carnival because she's infiltrating the Covenant on behalf of her family.]]



*** [[spoiler: Timpani mentions]] the Stalk from ''ComicBooks/{{Saga}}'' after meeting a cryptid who looks an awful lot like the character.

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*** [[spoiler: Timpani [[spoiler:Timpani mentions]] the Stalk from ''ComicBooks/{{Saga}}'' after meeting a cryptid who looks an awful lot like the character.



** Antimony takes after the Carew side of the family: tall and brunette with sharp cheekbones. [[spoiler: The family thinks this will be enough to protect her when she goes undercover with the Covenant ... but it's not. They keep portraits of all the previous illustrious members and Antimony looks just like an ancestor]]
* SurvivorGuilt: Raina suffers this over something she really couldn't have foreseen or controlled. [[spoiler: the Johrlac invasion that ended up killing her older brother Jack]]. It gets worse when Gabby takes off, upset after developments in the case.
* SwitchingPOV: Sarah takes over narration duties in ''Midnight Blue-Light Special'' for a few chapters after [[spoiler: Verity is knocked unconscious and taken prisoner by the Covenant]].

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** Antimony takes after the Carew side of the family: tall and brunette with sharp cheekbones. [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The family thinks this will be enough to protect her when she goes undercover with the Covenant ... but it's not. They keep portraits of all the previous illustrious members and Antimony looks just like an ancestor]]
* SurvivorGuilt: Raina suffers this over something she really couldn't have foreseen or controlled. [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the Johrlac invasion that ended up killing her older brother Jack]]. It gets worse when Gabby takes off, upset after developments in the case.
* SwitchingPOV: Sarah takes over narration duties in ''Midnight Blue-Light Special'' for a few chapters after [[spoiler: Verity [[spoiler:Verity is knocked unconscious and taken prisoner by the Covenant]].



* TarotTroubles: Inverted. Fran asks Juniper to read her fortunes and [[spoiler: to tell her that her dead child's soul is resting easy]].

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* TarotTroubles: Inverted. Fran asks Juniper to read her fortunes and [[spoiler: to [[spoiler:to tell her that her dead child's soul is resting easy]].
30th Apr '17 1:05:51 PM SlackerSpice
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* ValentinesDayEpisodes: "Broken Paper Hearts" tells the story of Alice's first school-age Valentine's day.

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* ValentinesDayEpisodes: "Broken Paper Hearts" tells the story of Alice's first school-age Valentine's day.day, [[spoiler:which unfortunately also happens to be the day when her mother Fran is killed by parties unknown.]]
13th Apr '17 7:36:06 AM Skylite
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* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: Mary explains that the crossroads can and do grant wishes, but they tend toward exreme LiteralGenie and JerkassGenie methods of doing so.
8th Apr '17 1:07:44 PM Skylite
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* FullNameUltimatum: Emery Spenser refers to his grandson by his full name when she is angry: Samuel Coleridge Spencer. We discover this in the Aeslin novella.

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* FullNameUltimatum: Emery Spenser refers to his her grandson by his full name when she is angry: Samuel Coleridge Spencer. We discover this in the Aeslin novella.
8th Apr '17 12:55:07 PM Skylite
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** Naga males look exactly like Cobras, but are as intelligent as humans. Give them an iPad et voila: on the internet no one knows you're a Cobra with human intelligence.

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** Naga Wadjet males look exactly like Cobras, but are as intelligent as humans. Give them an iPad et voila: on the internet no one knows you're a Cobra with human intelligence.
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