History Literature / TalesOfMU

13th Nov '16 1:08:50 PM Alas_Poor_Donny
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** Nymphs are the incarnations of small bits of agricultural land, so they essentially are walking 'empty places to put/grow stuff' and it's just inherent to their nature to have a place to put things. Other characters use spells or enchanted containers to accomplish the same effect in a way that Mack considers more 'normal'.
25th Oct '16 5:12:30 PM dlchen145
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* TheFairFolk: Elves historically fall into this trope, and some wild adolescent elves still live there. Faeries exist, too, and are the only thing that the {{Badass}} elven hunter is afraid of (apart from {{bears|AreBadNews}}).

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* TheFairFolk: Elves historically fall into this trope, and some wild adolescent elves still live there. Faeries exist, too, and are the only thing that the {{Badass}} badass elven hunter is afraid of (apart from {{bears|AreBadNews}}).



** Coach Jillian "Jilly" Callahan has retired from being a mercenary and a successful dragon-slayer to teaching in the combat-athletics department of MU, but has not in any way retired from being {{Badass}}. This gets even more ridiculous when more of her past is revealed. She is also known as [[spoiler:Gillian Gottmörder]] and she received an imperial pardon for [[spoiler:three counts of attempted deicide (one of which succeeded, but they don't have a law to cover that), two counts of genocide, five counts of high treason against the Imperial Republic (which normally merits summary execution), and her various "petty" murders and property destructions. She also apparently stopped at least two attempts by the giants to retake the world]]. She has also killed seven [[spoiler:greater dragons]]. Possibly eight. One loses track.

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** Coach Jillian "Jilly" Callahan has retired from being a mercenary and a successful dragon-slayer to teaching in the combat-athletics department of MU, but has not in any way retired from being {{Badass}}.badass. This gets even more ridiculous when more of her past is revealed. She is also known as [[spoiler:Gillian Gottmörder]] and she received an imperial pardon for [[spoiler:three counts of attempted deicide (one of which succeeded, but they don't have a law to cover that), two counts of genocide, five counts of high treason against the Imperial Republic (which normally merits summary execution), and her various "petty" murders and property destructions. She also apparently stopped at least two attempts by the giants to retake the world]]. She has also killed seven [[spoiler:greater dragons]]. Possibly eight. One loses track.
12th Oct '16 4:16:51 AM Willbyr
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* ArtifactOfDoom: [[spoiler:The pitchfork]], which induces rage in its bearer.

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* ArtifactOfDoom: [[spoiler:The pitchfork]], which induces rage in its bearer. It's infernal in origin, and Mack is addicted to it although it's far enough away that this isn't a pressing concern.



* MakeAWish: [[spoiler:The entity in Hazel's necklace]] asks Mack if [[spoiler:getting her pitchfork back]] is what she wishes for. Mack thinks about this and then does wish...for [[spoiler:the entity to start spilling the beans about what it really wants]], using a carefully-worded wish.

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* MakeAWish: [[spoiler:The entity in Hazel's necklace]] claims to not be a genie, but has the power to grant wishes. When it asks Mack if [[spoiler:getting her pitchfork back]] is what she wishes for. Mack thinks about this and then does wish...for, she responds with a carefully-worded wish for [[spoiler:the entity to start spilling the beans about what it really wants]], using a carefully-worded wish.wants]]. Later on, she makes an even more carefully worded wish to [[spoiler:keep the entity from (hopefully) causing any more problems in the future]].


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* RepeatingSoTheAudienceCanHear: An in-story version in Y2-336. As Mack is communicating with [[spoiler:the entity in Hazel's necklace]], her responses work as a sort of Cliffs Notes version of the conversation for Hazel and Amaranth.
8th Oct '16 9:37:05 PM Willbyr
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* MakeAWish: [[spoiler:The entity in Hazel's necklace]] asks Mack if [[spoiler:getting her pitchfork back]] is what she wishes for. Mack thinks about this and then does wish...for [[spoiler:the entity to start spilling the beans about what it really wants]], using a carefully-worded wish.



** In Y1-121, 122, Rocky and Hissy confront Mack over the way Belinda's been acting since their fight, but at this point Mack is blood-hungry and rather demonic, and it goes very badly. Hissy is nearly driven insane when she tries to read Mack's mind, and Rocky gets a finger bitten off.

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** In Y1-121, Y1-121 and 122, Rocky and Hissy confront Mack over the way Belinda's been acting since their fight, but at this point Mack is blood-hungry and rather demonic, and it goes very badly. Hissy is nearly driven insane when she tries to read Mack's mind, and Rocky gets a finger bitten off.



* {{Squick}}: Elves have a deep-seated cultural aversion to genital contact. Glory even says it's [[InvokedTrope squicky]] in Y2-214 when talking about the reasons why elves avoid hetero relationships, and Steff notes in the previous chapter that any sexual hijinks that she, Mack, and Amaranth could get up to with Glory would, for the other elves present, pale in comparison to the kinkiness of eavesdropping on a human (Nicki) actually going down on Grace (an elf, and Glory's sister to boot).

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* {{Squick}}: Elves have a deep-seated cultural aversion to genital contact. Glory even says it's [[InvokedTrope squicky]] in Y2-214 when talking about the reasons why elves avoid hetero relationships, and Steff notes in the previous chapter that any sexual hijinks that she, Mack, and Amaranth could get up to with Glory would, for the other elves present, pale in comparison to the kinkiness of eavesdropping using their enhanced hearing to eavesdrop on a human (Nicki) actually Nicki (a human) going down on Grace (an elf, and Glory's sister to boot).


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* ThoughtAversionFailure: Referenced by Mack in Y2-335 in regards to [[spoiler:the...whatever it is...in the necklace]] trying to get her to act naturally while it's talking in her head.
-->It’s like telling someone not to think of an elephant, with the added complication that you’re sneaking up behind someone and whispering directly into their ear not to think about an elephant and, oh, keep calm and act naturally while they’re not doing so.
12th Sep '16 1:56:22 PM Willbyr
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* ScrewYourself: [[spoiler:Acantha]] makes out with [[spoiler:her mockboxed replica of herself]] in Y2-166.

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* ScrewYourself: [[spoiler:Acantha]] makes out with [[spoiler:her her mockboxed replica of herself]] herself in Y2-166.
4th Sep '16 9:11:36 PM Tre
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* AprilFoolsDay: An [[http://www.talesofmu.com/story/uncategorized/big-news update]] was posted in 2009, announcing production plans for a SyFy channel spin-off TV show, of which the author claimed pride but apparently had little creative control, resulting in significant deviations from the core themes of the novel. It linked to the writer's Livejournal crossposting, where comments revealed the prank. A few commenters disbelieved the announcement because it referenced "the newly branded SyFy channel" at the end, and were double-pranked to discover SciFi's renaming on April 1st, though it was widely known earlier.

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* AprilFoolsDay: An [[http://www.talesofmu.com/story/uncategorized/big-news update]] was posted in 2009, announcing production plans for a SyFy Creator/{{Syfy}} channel spin-off TV show, of which the author claimed pride but apparently had little creative control, resulting in significant deviations from the core themes of the novel. It linked to the writer's Livejournal crossposting, where comments revealed the prank. A few commenters disbelieved the announcement because it referenced "the newly branded SyFy Syfy channel" at the end, and were double-pranked to discover SciFi's Sci Fi Channel's renaming on April 1st, though it was widely known earlier.
3rd Aug '16 4:15:21 AM Willbyr
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* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: This begins setting in in different ways as [[spoiler:the...whatever it is...that seems to have come up around Hazel's ring]] begins causing shenanigans. Shiel gets uncharacteristically angry and punches Mack in the knee, leaving her bed-ridden for a day to deal with the pain. Later on, Amaranth doesn't remember Mack complimenting her on being smart, normally something she'd latch onto and cherish. Putting these pieces together leads Mack and Amaranth to the suspicion that [[spoiler:the thing is manipulating people to keep Mack away from it]].
10th Jul '16 4:53:04 AM Willbyr
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Chapter 496, plus a number of side stories, concluded Mack's first year at MU. The second year has reset the chapter numbering; so far, 315 chapters of the second year have been released, along with more side stories. Specific chapters will be referred to with the Y__-__ format; first blank is the year, second is the chapter number.

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Chapter 496, plus a number of side stories, concluded Mack's first year at MU. The second year has reset the chapter numbering; so far, 315 322 chapters of the second year have been released, along with more side stories. Specific chapters will be referred to with the Y__-__ format; first blank is the year, second is the chapter number.
17th Jun '16 9:53:37 AM Willbyr
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* PhenotypeStereotype: MUniverse elves as a general rule have long, ultra-fine and wispy hair that rarely varies far from platinum blonde, and as a result is hard to do anything with other than let it hang. Part of Glory's wanting to change her hairstyle is being tired of this.

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* PhenotypeStereotype: MUniverse MU-niverse elves as a general rule have long, ultra-fine and wispy hair that rarely varies far from platinum blonde, and as a result is hard to do anything with other than let it hang. Part of Glory's wanting to change her hairstyle is being tired of this.
17th Jun '16 9:49:44 AM Willbyr
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** The lack of parity is the point of "mixed" melee, and a reference to Dungeons and Dragons mechanics, where weapons all kind of work the same way despite obvious mismatches. Since the setting is explicitly an RPG mechanics universe, those are the rules that apply.

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** The lack of parity is the point of "mixed" melee, and a reference to Dungeons ''Dungeons and Dragons Dragons'' mechanics, where weapons all kind of work the same way despite obvious mismatches. Since the setting is explicitly an RPG mechanics universe, those are the rules that apply.



* WebcomicTime: ''Tales of MU'' has been going since June of 2007. The story is now at some point in the early part of the second year of Mackenzie's college term.
** To emphasize how strongly this trope is in play, 10 months of that time is a time-skip in a single update. Roughly three to four months of time has actually passed on-screen. It's even somewhat invoked, with some chapters focusing on things that no sane person would consider 'part of the story' just to maintain the glacial pace, like the characters walking from one doorway to another across the street complaining about lunch being sub-par.

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* WebcomicTime: ''Tales of MU'' has been going since June of 2007. The story is now at some about the halfway point in the early part of the second year of Mackenzie's college term.
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term. To emphasize how strongly this trope is in play, 10 months of that time is a time-skip in a single update. Roughly three to four months of time has actually passed on-screen. It's even somewhat invoked, with some chapters focusing on things that no sane person would consider 'part of the story' just to maintain the glacial pace, like the characters walking from one doorway to another across the street complaining about lunch being sub-par.
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