History Webcomic / WhatBirdsKnow

2nd Oct '16 2:21:53 AM Kotomikun
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* WhamEpisode: [[spoiler: Elia's eggs hatch, and the creatures inside eat her alive.]] When the same later happens to [[spoiler:Dores]], it's almost predictable by comparison.

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* TheWeirdSisters: The three Oracles, in contrast to [[TheHecateSisters the protagonists]]. They're also literally sisters, and triplets.
* WhamEpisode: [[spoiler: Elia's eggs hatch, and the creatures inside eat her alive.]] When the same later happens to [[spoiler:Dores]], it's almost predictable by comparison.comparison.
* WildMagic: The Oracles don't have a whole lot of control over, or understanding of, their magic. [[spoiler:Sacrificing a soul for a spell seems to make literal living magic, and doing a powerful spell poorly can have very surreal side effects, like creating a warped mini-universe where humans lay eggs containing carnivorous acid blobs...]]
2nd Oct '16 2:06:34 AM Kotomikun
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* FromNobodyToNightmare: One of the more extreme examples. [[spoiler:The BigBad was just an ordinary pet bird until his owners used his soul for a botched parallel-universe spell. He became a gigantic invincible dragon-like creature, something on the level of an evil deity. He manages to escape his pocket universe prison--twice--by shapeshifting himself into a bunch of golden eggs and letting greedy humans carry them/him out to the real world.]]



* WhamEpisode: [[spoiler: Elia's eggs hatch, and the creatures inside eat her alive.]] When the same later happens to [[spoiler:Dores]], it's almost predictable by comparison.

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* WhamEpisode: [[spoiler: Elia's eggs hatch, and the creatures inside eat her alive.]] When the same later happens to [[spoiler:Dores]], it's almost predictable by comparison.
9th Jan '16 3:07:06 PM LeeM
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* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler:Elia and Dores. Probably.]]

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* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler:Elia and Dores. Probably.Until they get better. The events of page 970 suggest that Vandi has exchanged her life for theirs.]]



* MindScrew: Everything since they went to the other side of the tower. Made even worse by the fact that we don't know if it's real or just a MushroomSamba. [[spoiler:Although Elia and Dores are definitely dead.]]

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* MindScrew: Everything since they went to the other side of the tower. Made even worse by the fact that we don't know if it's real or just a MushroomSamba. [[spoiler:Although Elia and Dores are definitely dead.dead... until page 963, that is.]]
6th Dec '15 7:17:04 AM LeeM
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* NoAnimalsWereHarmed: The 2015 redesign of the comic's website includes the brief disclaimer: "No birds were harmed during the production of this comic."
17th Nov '15 7:07:00 PM SabineScr1pter
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* TeamMom: Vandi. Dores even points out (rather maliciously) that everyone who realises this can take advantage of it.

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* TeamMom: Vandi. Dores even points out (rather maliciously) that everyone who realises realizes this can take advantage of it.


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*TheHecateSisters: The girls fit the archetype to a T. Vandi is reliable mother, Elia is the cheerful maiden and Dores is the cynical crone.
17th Nov '15 7:01:20 PM SabineScr1pter
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[[caption-width-right:268:"Birds alone have seen it all..."]]



Vandi is the serious and reliable one, forced at an early age to take responsibility for her twin brothers due to her mother's near-death from childbirth. Dores is the artist and dreamer, disillusioned by the greater popularity of her brother, Ian. Elia is the kind, carefree girl, who has a crush on Ian and whose single mother is secretly a prostitute.

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Vandi is the serious and reliable one, forced at an early age to take responsibility for her twin brothers due to her mother's near-death from childbirth. Dores is the artist and dreamer, disillusioned by the greater popularity of her brother, Ian. Elia is the kind, carefree girl, who has a crush on Ian and whose [[spoiler:whose single mother is secretly a prostitute.
prostitute.]]



* AristocratsAreEvil: The original Nin was a prosperous, happy town...then an insane king came to the throne and stripped it of all its riches, handing them out to his rich friends and slaughtering any peasants who dared to protest.

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* AristocratsAreEvil: The original Nin was a prosperous, happy town...then [[spoiler:then an insane king came to the throne and stripped it of all its riches, handing them out to his rich friends and slaughtering any peasants who dared to protest.]]
14th Oct '15 4:08:05 PM FantiSci
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* MysticalPregnancy: The egg-laying is a twisted form of this, and Elia clearly thinks of the resulting goo-creatures as her "babies.". Many of the comic's main themes centre around the same anxiety over the "uncomfortable" aspects of being female that the Mystical Pregnancy is a result of: pregnancy, childbirth, childcare, menstruation, puberty, and sex all cause serious problems for the women who experience them.
14th Oct '15 3:56:11 PM FantiSci
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* AllForNothing: The many compromises and sacrifices the oracles make to placate their vicious and greedy king [[spoiler:up to and including murdering their pet for a spell]] were always futile: they knew that he would always demand more. The problem was that he could easily have had them executed if they refused.



* BlackMagic: Massive magical undertakings require a life to be sacrificed. [[spoiler:When said life isn't happy about being sacrificed, you get malevolent mirror dimensions.]]



* EldritchLocation: The alternate world. Not only is it unsettling, it's actively hostile.



* GeniusLoci: According to the Oracles, [[spoiler:the mirror dimension ''is'' Ermes, the pet bird they sacrificed to make it...which is why it's so ''angry.'']]
* GenkiGirl: Elia transforms into this on the other side of the tower.



* GenkiGirl: Elia transforms into this on the other side of the tower.



* MovingTheGoalposts: The many compromises and sacrifices the oracles make to placate their vicious and greedy king [[spoiler:up to and including murdering their pet for a spell]] were always futile: they knew that he would always demand more. The problem was that he could easily have had them executed if they refused.



* SeriesHiatus: A number, the most recent lasting for most of June and July 2013.


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* ViciousCycle:
** The Mirror World apparently operates like this. The second time it is opened, events similar to the first tragedy begin to play out. The Oracles indicate that this will happen again and again until somebody can put an end to it.
** The Oracles' existence is one on a smaller scale. Their lives are a cycle of being abused for not being able to give the king what he wants, coming up with a solution that will ''get'' him what he wants, being lauded / left alone for a while, then promptly being dragged over the coals again when the kings decides he wants something else (usually because he has squandered whatever they worked so hard to get for him the last time).
14th Oct '15 3:37:21 PM FantiSci
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* AllForNothing: The many compromises and sacrifices the oracles make to placate their vicious and greedy king [[spoiler:up to and including murdering their pet for a spell]] were always futile: they knew that he would always demand more. The problem was that he could easily have had them executed if they refused.



* TheDogWasTheMastermind: Pay attention to the details in important scenes and you'll realise [[spoiler:the birds were, effectively, benevolent spies]].



* [[EvilDetectingDog Evil Detecting Birds]]: Thanks to [[spoiler:their connection to the avian monster that used to be Ermes]], the birds in this world know when Bad Things are going to happen. In the past, three captured songbirds were the first to realise that something was terribly wrong with [[spoiler:the mirror-world gold]].
* FateWorseThanDeath: [[spoiler:The two remaining oracles]] exist in a state of gruesome and helpless immortality.



* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler: Vandi]] is called on to make one.
* HoistByTheirOwnPetard: The evil king, Razitan, [[spoiler:is destroyed by the magic he was specifically warned about. The gold he was prepared to murder for turns into his - and Nin's - destruction when it comes alive and creates a monster]].



* LesYay: Vandi and Dores have all the hallmarks of a RomanticTwoGirlFriendship and have been seen [[spoiler: comforting each other naked. No, not [[IThoughtYouMeant that kind of comfort]], actual emotional support for one another...while naked. Circumstances make it much less sexual than it sounds,]] but pretty much the only thing keeping this thing still under the "Yay" label is that the audience has yet to see an onscreen kiss or declaration of love.


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* TitleDrop: 939 pages in, the mystery of the title is solved, and the real significance of the ever-present birds in the comic is revealed. [[spoiler:How can the eerie priestesses talk at length about Vandi and her friends' most painful and intimate secrets? "We know what birds know...The little one on your windowsill that you never noticed? It noticed you."]]
11th Mar '15 7:31:04 PM SabineScr1pter
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