History Literature / InCryptid

25th Apr '16 8:41:10 AM Greenygal
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* MoodWhiplash: Twice in ''Chaos Choreography.'' Used along with ShiftingPOV 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 ShiftingPOV 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.]]
25th Apr '16 5:09:59 AM WiddershinsDaughter
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* ActionPrologue/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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* ActionPrologue/ColdOpen: 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.
25th Apr '16 5:09:08 AM WiddershinsDaughter
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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,'' 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.

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* ColdOpen: ActionPrologue/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.
25th Apr '16 5:05:33 AM WiddershinsDaughter
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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,'' 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.
25th Apr '16 4:22:14 AM WiddershinsDaughter
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* ThePasswordIsAlwaysSwordfish: The family has code phrases for when they meet up in case of enemy traps, shapeshifting, or magic.

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* ThePasswordIsAlwaysSwordfish: The family has code phrases for when they meet up in case of enemy traps, shapeshifting, or magic. Averted in that the passwords tend to involve complex sign-countersign pairs and avoid terms of obvious meaning to the family member involved.
24th Apr '16 6:13:09 PM captainpat
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* MostCommonSuperpower: Although Verity credits Alice with taking pot shots at the Boob Fairy, Alice herself was endowed.
-->'''Alex''' ''(narrating): ... Grandpa Thomas defected to the side of good, as represented by the fantastic rack of my Grandma Alice (this was reported dutifully to each new generation of the family by our living historical record, the Aeslin mice, even when we asked them nicely to please stop).''
24th Apr '16 1:00:23 PM ScandalousWaheela
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* ParanoiaFuel: Cuckoos, aka Jhorlac, are paranoia fuel incarnate. Physically attractive, totally sociopathic mind controllers whose powers allow them to seamlessly, within seconds, write themselves into your life as though they'd always been there, and use that instant trust to destroy you completely. Bogeymen and Madhura have known about Cuckoos for a ''lot'' longer than humanity, and developed defenses against them. A mere eight cuckoos were enough to wipe out a whole generation of members of the Thirty-Six Society in Australia and took five years to eliminate. Dangerous enough that Alexander Healy broke his radio silence with the Covenant to warn them of the cuckoos' existence.
** To a lesser extent, a number of the more physically powerful Cryptids. Sure, Istas is kind and sociable, but she can also turn into a giant bear-wolf monster capable of casually ripping a human's arm off.
** Humans are this for Cryptids. A Waheela might be a danger, but a relatively straightforward one. Humans are devious and sturdy, with a worldwide range and a lot of cunning. Cryptids' best defense against humanity is to pretend not to exist.
23rd Apr '16 9:53:28 AM ScandalousWaheela
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* {{Chupacabra}}: Chupacabra are sapient therianthropes who transform into strange spiky-reptile-wolf creatures. They seem to be drawn to physical hobbies and expressions like dance and RollerDerby, though this may simply be the experience of the younger Price sisters talking.
23rd Apr '16 9:21:06 AM ScandalousWaheela
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* BadPowersGoodPeople: Sarah Zellaby and Angela Baker are polite, kind, well-adjusted people who belong to a species of sociopathic mind controllers. Gorgons can turn you to stone and have venomous snakes for hair but are gregarious neighbors with a strong sense of place and family. Most ghouls - the only obligate carnivore in family ''Primates'' - keep themselves out of other people's hair as much as they can.
23rd Apr '16 9:09:13 AM ScandalousWaheela
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* AlwaysChaoticEvil: Cuckoos. It is possible to build a Cuckoo who isn't, but it takes stripping all of the prenatal psychic imprinting out of them and starting more or less from scratch. The only known Cuckoo who isn't programmed from before birth to be this was Angela Baker, who can only project telepathically, not receive. WordOfGod says that this is because our dimension was treated as a sort of transdimensional dumping ground for sociopaths from the Jhorlac's original home dimension.

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* AlwaysChaoticEvil: Cuckoos. It is possible to build a Cuckoo who isn't, but it takes stripping all of the prenatal psychic imprinting out of them and starting more or less from scratch. The only known Cuckoo who isn't programmed from before birth to be this was Angela Baker, who can only project telepathically, not receive. WordOfGod says that this is because our dimension was treated as a sort of transdimensional dumping ground for sociopaths from the Jhorlac's original home dimension.dimension dumped their sociopaths in a dimension next to this dimension.
** They're not ''technically,'' but cryptids have to treat the Covenant of St. George this way if they want to survive. The Covenant firmly believes that anything sapient that's not human is a demon, and therefore ACE, even though they're (with the exception of the cuckoos) not. The cuckoos are so dangerous that Alexander Healy broke his radio silence with the Covenant to warn them that cuckoos existed.
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