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->''"One a {{ronin}} far from home''\\
''One a maiden fair''\\
''Who wore a bloom of [[GreenThumb sacred power]]''\\
''[[HairOfGoldHeartOfGold In her sun-gold hair]]''\\
''One a thief, of charm and wit''\\
''And one [[BadassBookworm a scholar wise]]''\\
''[[BadassBookworm Whose knowledge hid a champion's heart]]''\\
''[[BadassGrandpa A warrior disguised]]''\\
''And all of them in exile lived''\\
''In wilderness uncharted''\\
''These tales are theirs, for you to hear''\\
''Their legend only started...''\\
''The days of old were filled with bold''\\
''And wondrous acts of glory''\\
''Come one and all, and gather 'round''\\
''And hearken to the story..."''
-->--'''Traditional fox ballad, [[AlternativeCalendar circa 1700]], author unknown'''

''[[http://tasakeru.com Tasakeru]]'' is an ongoing WebSerialNovel series written by [[Tropers/FringeBenefits BHS]]. Planned as a series of 24 short books, the aim is to prove that a really good story [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids for teens and young adults]] can be written with a PettingZooPeople cast. Think "{{Redwall}}, [[MatureAnimalStory but grown-up]]". The site updates about once a month, except for December.

The story takes place in an AlternateUniverse, [[InAWorld on an Earth where]] humans have never existed. With humans absent, various mammal species have evolved into intelligent, civilized creatures called [[InsistentTerminology "sentients"]]. On a small island in the middle of the ocean, eight sentient species have evolved, and have clashed with one another for thousands of years. The story takes place during a period of uneasy truce, in which the island's only city enforces order by permanently banishing any "dangerous elements" to the uncharted forest on the island's eastern side. Those that are banished call themselves Outcasts, and the story is about a multi-species group of these exiles, fighting for survival. In time, though society has rejected them, the Outcasts will become critical to the survival of their species, their homes, and everything that they know.

[[spoiler: And as if that weren't enough responsibility, things get even more complicated when they find out that one of their number has been chosen to enact the [[GodJob role of a God...]]]]

The series is currently on [[SeriesHiatus hiatus]].

Now has a [[Characters/{{Tasakeru}} character sheet, still in progress.]]

The series also has a {{Tumblr}} account, [[http://askoutcasts.tumblr.com "Ask the Outcasts"]].

[[ShamelessSelfPromotion BHS]] also writes an IntercontinuityCrossover fanfic called ''FanFic/StarsAbove'', co-authored by {{@/Forzare}}, and another CrossOver called ''FanFic/{{Respect}}''.

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!!''{{Tasakeru}}'' contains examples of:
* AccidentalMisnaming /DoNotCallMePaul /EmbarrassingFirstName:
** "[[PunctuatedForEmphasis My. Name. Is.]] ''[[PunctuatedForEmphasis Faun. NOT FAUNELLE!]]''"
** [[spoiler: WaifFu: "My name is NAOLE!"]]
* ActionGirl: Faun.
* [[spoiler: AllMythsAreTrue: Well, in-universe myths. Each sentient species sees [[AppearanceIsInTheEyeOfTheBeholder their version of the God of Time]] when Zero first becomes his [[GodInHumanForm Avatar]].]]
* AnimalStereotypes: In effect with Faun (sexually confident and tricksy), Hanami (timid and girlish), Drake (Lone Wolf) and Ashpaw (down-to-earth). It is also stated that a vacuum-headed rabbit follows an archeologist around, solely for nookie. Averted with Zero.
* AllWebbedUp: quite frequently, just this side of being overused.
* AlternateUniverse: The story takes place on "another Earth" where humans and their ancestors have simply never existed. [[WordOfGod That includes ALL primates, in case you were wondering.]]
* AmazingTechnicolorPopulation: Foxes are, of course orange. Wolfoxes are blue.
* [[spoiler:AppearanceIsInTheEyeOfTheBeholder: Zero in his God form, at first.]]
* ArmedLegs: Faun's boots.
* AttackAttackAttack: Zero's main "tactic", usually ineffective. [[spoiler: It's when he goes into TranquilFury that he's truly dangerous.]]
* AttemptedRape: Stalker breaks into Hanami's house with this in mind. [[spoiler: It doesn't go well for him.]]
* BackFromTheDead: Ares, reborn as Stalker.
** [[spoiler:FromBadToWorse: And [[GiantSpider N'Ktane]], as of the end of Book III.]]
* BadassBandolier: Faun's boom belt, [[MsFanservice worn strategically]] [[{{Stripperiffic}} over her "assets".]]
* BadassBookworm: Ashpaw. He's wise, philosophical, and even-tempered... and he carries a ''huge'' morning star.
* [[spoiler:BadassGrandpa: Drake in the first chapter of Book III.]]
* [[spoiler: BargainWithHeaven: Zero makes a contract with a god to save Hanami.]]
* BeastFable: [[WordOfGod Trying to be this]] while subverting or avoiding some of the typical direct analogues and stereotyping ([[TheThemeParkVersion ethnic]] and [[AnimalStereotype otherwise]]) of the genre.
* {{BFS}}: Lily and Nadeshiko's broadswords. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]], as it's stated that anyone else would be using them as cudgels (meaning they're at least as big as a Zweilhander or Claymore), but both mother and daughter are [[ImplausibleFencingPowers Just That Good.]]
* BlackCloak: The Death God's servants are just Sentient-sized masses of smoke wearing these.
* BloodMagic: from which Legion was born.
* [[spoiler: BrainwashedAndCrazy: result of wearing one of the Orders ''[[MindControlDevice Tama]]'' [[MindControlDevice bracelettes.]] ]]
* [[CantArgueWithElves Can't Argue With Skunk People]]: Why the rest of Shinboku hasn't told the Silver Order paladins where they can stick those greatswords is a mystery, and where do they get off policing the other race's quarters, not to mention their "crossbreed and die" policy.
** Imagine the Catholic Church with a very large peacekeeping contingent, and that's pretty much the Silver Order; the organization is large enough to influence policy even among those it doesn't directly govern. [[WordOfGod They also provide healing magic (a very rare ability) to the sick and injured, and grow enough crops to feed half the population.]]
* CatGirl: Defied, cats aren't sentient. So there.
* TheChick: Hanami. She's also TheHeart.
* ChildSoldiers: The {{Samurai}} Militia accepts male squirrels as soon as they turn 13.
** Nadeshiko's only [[TeenGenius 14]], so the Silver Order may do something similar.
* CompositeCharacter: Stalker has elements of [[Franchise/FridayThe13th Jason Voorhees]] (motivation is tied directly to his mother, undead), [[Franchise/ANightmareOnElmStreet Freddy Krueger]] ([[WolverineClaws six-inch blades on his fingertips]]), [[Franchise/{{Halloween}} Michel Myers]] (out of his mind and pure evil), and Comicbook/{{Venom}} (Malevolent symbiote grants him spider-based superpowers).
* {{Cult}}: the Demon Fangs. Their Rites are usually orgies of horrific violence.
* CuteLittleFangs: Legion's grin is described as being "fang-filled, but unmistakably friendly".
* CuteMute: Legion, a rare ''male'' version.
* [[spoiler:CurbstompBattle: Happens [[RuleofThree three]] times in Book IV. The first two times, [[BigBad N'Ktane]] curbstomps the Outcasts. [[PhysicalGod The third time, however...]]]]
* DarkAndTroubledPast: A prerequisite for becoming an Outcast.
* [[DarkSkinnedRedhead Dark Furred Redhead]]: Daphne, Archer in a PowerTrio sent to [[spoiler: assassinate Drake]].
* ADateWithRosiePalms: Faun suggests this to Renubis, saying "[[CrowningMomentOfFunny Have you tried... indulging yourself? It really doesn't make you go blind!]]"
* [[spoiler: DeflectorShield: Naole has a personal one, acquired completely by accident.]]
* DeliberateValuesDissonance: Mostly from the Squirrels (StayInTheKitchen) and Skunks (GenderFlip of radical islam).
* [[spoiler:DemonicPossession: Hanami in Book IV.]]
* DontFearTheReaper: The ferrets' worldview. Unlike the other races, their Death God isn't expressly evil, it's a [[YouCannotGraspTheTrueForm force of nature that's incomprehensible to mortal minds.]] [[NiceJobBreakingIthero And if it's killed, something even worse happens,]] because the [[BalanceBetweenGoodAndEvil "balance of nature"]] gets futz'd up.
** Wolfox godlore presents their Death God as TheSacredDarkness; an entity of pure silence and darkness, since their other two deities are personifications of light and sound as much as they are time and life. The dark and quiet modulate the other two into recognizable forms, rather than being blinding and deafening.
* EldritchAbomination: The Death God is depicted as everything from a snake, to [[HumanoidAbomination a lady wearing Indigo robes or a black-furred todd with a facial scar]], to [[TheWormThatWalks a writhing ball of snakes/bug legs]]. [[spoiler:When the late N'Ktane meets him, he appears as a massive [[IncendiaryExponent flaming]] [[FacelessEye eyeball]] embedded in the ground.]]
* EmbarrassingNickname: Nadeshiko absolutely despises being called "Little One".
** Faun calls Legion "Freakshow" behind his back.
* EmptyShell: Essentially what happens to those who have their souls taken by Stalker. They appear to be constantly awake, but completely incoherent and unresponsive.
* EverybodyHatesHades: [[InvertedTrope Inverted]], the Death God is originally portrayed as a force of pure hatred and destruction, but Naole prays to him for a favourable judgement when her life is in danger.
** It seems that his reputation is well-deserved, however.
* EvilTowerOfOminousness: Black Rose Tower. It pierces the clouds and has SpikesOfDoom, due to the massive rosebush growing on it.
* {{Expy}}: Due to InterfaithSmoothie, the mythology of the island is stuffed full of them, including but not limited to, Odin and Zalgo.
* EyeScream
* FantasyCounterpartCulture: Squirrels are [[{{Wutai}} Ancient Japanese]], with Samurai and ripping good fairy tales.
** Rabbits are [[AncientGrome Classical Greco-Roman]], with a slight emphasis placed on the intellectual facets of the period.
** [=WolFoxes=] are medieval-era [[UsefulNotes/{{Romani}} Romani]], nomadic, dreadfully maltreated, and eking out a living as street performers and charlatans.
* FantasyGunControl: Gunpowder exists, and it is even called ''gun''powder, but there are no ''guns''.
** [[WordOfGod There are cannons, though. We just haven't seen them yet.]]
* [[ScifiWritersHaveNoSenseOfScale Fantasy Writers Have No Sense Of Scale]]: The island is called "small" by the author, but it houses a dormant volcano, a mountain range, several mining operations (including gold, silver, obsidian, iron, and stone-quarrying), massive amounts of farmland, a good-sized desert (complete with Egyptian-type ruins), a city (with at least several thousand to several million inhabitants), several villages, either a tar-sand feild or a pitch bog, and a large forest. The island is roughly the size of England.
%%*: Ouch, point taken. I never was all that good with geography. Perhaps "small island country" would be more appropriate? - BHS
* FertileFeet: The Fox myth about their goddess of life. Makes sense, really.
* FieryRedhead: Again, Faun. [[PyroManiac In a literal sense as well.]]
* FighterMageThief: Zero, Hanami, and Faun.
* FirstEpisodeSpoiler: Hanami is a [[GreenThumb flower mage.]]
* FlatEarthAtheist: Drake. His reasoning is that the Gods abandoned him, so turnabout is fair play. [[spoiler: After the fight at the Black Rose Tower, he's become more of a NayTheist.]]
* ForcefulKiss: Zero has an unfortunate tendency to be on the receiving end of these.
* FourthWallMailSlot
* FurryConfusion: [[AvertedTrope Averted.]] It's explicitly stated which species are "sentient" (see InsistentTerminology), all others are "animals".
* GargleBlaster: Faun's favorite, Dead God Firewater, a blood-red drink with fumes that can cause fainting in lightweights.
** So more or less paint thinner with a pretty color then?
*** [[WordOfGod Canonically it's 90% whiskey... the other 10% is unknown, but presumably it's what gives it the color. Faun usually adds a pinch of gunpowder to hers.]]
* {{Giant Spider}}s: Lots of them in the first book. Including one very big and hostile one that's sentient.
* [[UseYourHead Glasgow Kiss]]: Faun gives one to an amourous male who's making passes at her in book 1.
* GoodIsNotNice
* {{Gotterdammerung}}: According to one psychotic cultist, at least. Note, this is the literal definition, ie, [[spoiler: death of the gods.]]
* AncientGrome: [[WordOfGod The rabbit culture.]]
* GreenThumb: Hanami's Mage Flower can grow ''anything'', anywhere, in any shape she wants. For the Outcasts, who have had constant troubles getting enough food, she's a blessing.
* HardDrinkingPartyGirl: Faun.
* HiveQueen: N'Ktane, a [[DungeonsAndDragons Lolth expy.]]
%%*: I've never actually played, but looking at her Wikipedia page, yeah, I see the resemblance! - BHS
* {{Hypocrite}}: The silver order is dedicated to protecting life. But not if that life happens to belong to a half-breed or BigCreepyCrawlies. They could care less what happens to ''them''. And they have no qualms about murdering Zero if he keeps sneaking into the city either. [[spoiler: Lily, at the beginning of book 6, asked the Magistrate's help in arresting the outcasts.]]
%%*: Completely intentional. Their creed has shifted from "Protecting life" to "protecting the ''sanctity'' of life", where sanctity can mean basically whatever the Order wants it to. - BHS
%%*:That definition is about as sturdy as wet cardboard. - TU
* [[IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming Idiosyncratic Chapter Naming]]: Each chapter opens with a haiku that describes it in some way.
* IKnowYourTrueName: Doesn't really give someone supernatural authority over them, but this is the reason Raccoons are KnownOnlyByTheirNickname.
* IllGirl: Zero's sister Naole has mild anemia. Not so much a problem on our world, but on the other Earth, where medicine is far less developed...
* ImprovisedWeapon: Naole breaks a vase over Stalker's head, to negligible effect.
* [[InnocentFlowerGirl Innocent(?) Flower Girl]]: Hanami.
* InsistentTerminology: The characters are referred to in-universe and out as "sentients", as distinct from "animals", which are species that aren't evolved or intelligent (all non-mammals, goats, rats, and "pigboars").
* [[IntelligentGerbil Intelligent Squirrels]]: Along with foxes, badgers, wolves, skunks, ferrets, rabbits, and raccoons. These are the eight formally-recognized sentient species, but there are traces of others that have since died out, and one that is discriminated against due to mixed heritage. Somewhat combines this trope with PettingZooPeople, see below.
* InterfaceSpoiler: The author has posted all the titles of the planned books on the website. From this we find that a war and an outlander expeditionary force is on the horizon. Oh, and TonightSomeoneDies.
* InterfaithSmoothie: ''Sanshinto'' (or "Tritheism") is primarily based on Shinto, mixed with Greek and Roman mythology and a little bit of Japanese Buddhism. The individual species' beliefs draw liberally from just about everything else, from Hinduism to Native American mythology to the CthulhuMythos.
* ItsNotPornItsArt: In-story only. Foxes will mate publicly (and spontaneously) as a "celebration of physical beauty".
* LadyLand: Skunk society. Most males aren't even allowed outside without wearing concealing robes. So, basically, a GenderFlipped Iraq /Iran.
* LivingRelic, LastOfHisKind, ''and'' TheFogOfAges: Renubis.
* TheLostWoods: Tasakeru forest itself, huge swathes are uncharted.
* LoveMakesYouEvil: In the mythology; the Scarred One (foxes) and Aconite (skunks) are corrupted by unrequited love.
* LowerDeckEpisode: Book 6, Chapters 1 and 3 are more about the Magistrate Council and Nadeshiko, respectively, than the Outcasts.
* MagicIsEvil: Squirrels have this viewpoint, they believe that the Life-Goddess is the only one who should mess with nature. They even believe that magicians will get [[BoltOfDivineRetribution stricken down by her displeasure]]. Obviously not, as Hanami [[spoiler: and Naole]] have yet to be struck by lightning.
* MagiTek: Spellstones. Runes (or sigils?) are engraved on specially prepared flat stones and coloured in with the appropriate pigments by a skilled mage who then sells them. Also: Message Scrolls, which are something like text-messages or E-mail.
* MalevolentArchitecture: The Black Rose Tower. Not only was it raised by ancient magic within the space of a few minutes, but it heals itself whenever anyone tries to damage it. That, and it was briefly occupied by a would-be world conqueror.
** [[spoiler:And later by a crazy, undead, superpowered rapist.]]
* MatureAnimalStory
* MeaningfulFuneral: Nadeshiko has to preside over one.
* [[spoiler: MindControlDevice: the bracelettes distributed by the Order.]]
* MindRape: A favorite technique of the "spider family". Done by N'Ktane to both Zero and Hanami, with relish.
** [[spoiler: And by Stalker to [[LadyofWar Nadeshiko]] in Book III.]]
* MixAndMatchCritter: Wolfoxes, subject to much FantasticRacism due to social taboos against crossbreeding. Also Legion, who has the ears of a fox and rabbit mixed, a huge, bushy tail from both squirrel and skunk blood, a powerful physique from badgers, huge teeth from wolves, a ferret's eyes, and a raccoon's markings.
** [[OhCrap He doesn't have a skunk's oil gland, does he?]]
* MeaningfulName: [[WordOfGod Admittedly, completely guilty of this.]] "Hanami" is the Japanese flower-viewing festival. "Zeromaru" can translate to "zero zero". A [[GreekMythology faun]] is a playful trickster. "Renubis" comes from "renew" and [[EgyptianMythology "Anubis"]], the Egyptian Judge of the Dead, and he's a jackal to boot. In fact, each of the sentient species have their own naming conventions.
* MyHeroZero: Zero Takaichi. Actually short for "Zeromaru". The name has some deeper significance that it seems at first.
* MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch: Each species has its own customs and beliefs; the main characters are Outcasts in the first place because they either rebelled against or have been rejected by their societies.
* NightmareSequence: [[spoiler:Hanami]] has several in Book IV.
* NoOneCouldSurviveThat: Drake figures he's killed Ares after their big fight in book III. No. Apparently, the Silver Order doesn't teach it's initiates to [[MakeSureHesDead make sure.]]
* NotAMorningPerson: Faun's way of "greeting the morning" is to curse its existence.
* NotUsingTheZedWord: Rabies is known as "the Frothing Blight."
* OhMyGods: Justified, as the Three Gods form the basis of all of Sankami's culture.
* {{Omake}}: ''The Star of Aurora,'' written as a tribute to [[{{Redwall}} Brian Jacques]].
* [[spoiler: OurVampiresAreDifferent: Sankami's vampires are called "sanguivores". Rather than having (or using) fangs, they have [[TooManyMouths lamprey maws on their fingers]].]]
* PardonMyKlingon: Easily translated; Mange = shit and Shed = fuck (rather humorous TranslationConvention, as mange is a skin disease and shedding is moulting, both rather inconvenient and embarassing for furries).
* PerfectPacifistPeople[=/=]ProudScholarRace: The badgers.
* [[PersonaNonGrata Personae Non Gratae]]: The Outcasts.
* PettingZooPeople: All of the sentient species.
* PornStash: Faun doesn't bother to ''hide'' hers; she keeps it strewn all over her floor.
* [[spoiler: PhysicalGod / GodJob: Zero as the ''keshin'' for the God of Time, and Hanami as the same for the goddess of life.]]
* PlanetOfHats:Every race has their quirks, tied to their religion.
* PsychicPowers: N'Ktane has these. She's shown to be able to [[HiveMind mentally command her children]], read minds, inflict MindRape, create convincing illusions, and hypnotize her victims. Some of these powers also passed to her "son", Stalker.
* ThePunishment: Aconite, the skunk Death Goddess. Her sisters cursed her to poison everything she touches, and to never feel love.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: Stalker
* ReedRichardsIsUseless: Averted, The Outcasts immediately seize on Hanami's potential for farming. [[spoiler: Hanami also used her GreenThumb powers to make it rich by undercutting the usual Market Price for fresh veggies.]]
* {{Retcon}}: The Week of Blood originally started out in the city, but was moved to the farmlands after the author realized how FridgeLogic a border dispute inside a partitioned city was.
** Large parts of the dialouge in book 1 have been revised, and the previously numbered days of the week have been named.
* RuleOfThree: Three Gods, three books to a volume, three seasons on the calendar, etc.
* RemovingTheHeadOrDestroyingTheBrain: Invoked, Nadeshiko wonders how invincible Stalker will be after she chops his head in half. [[spoiler: He doesn't let her find out.]]
* RobeAndWizardHat: LampShaded, and {{Averted}}. Naole expects Hanami to be wearing this outfit when they first meet.
* {{Ronin}}: Zero was declared one after he ran away due to [[DarkAndTroubledPast trauma.]]
* {{Samurai}}: Part of the squirrel culture, which is based on Feudal-era Japan. Used here as a militia and more like a modern army/combat service than the knights/noblemen of Japanese history.
* SanitySlippage: [[spoiler: Lily, who believes her dead mate is on vacation, and thinks her 14-year-old daughter is six.]]
* ShoutOut: To Creator/HPLovecraft's ''Literature/TheDunwichHorror'' -- Faun finds huge footprints, smells a wretched odour, and sees something terrifyingly ugly.
** To CalvinAndHobbes with "[[NoodleIncident The]] ''[[NoodleIncident Udon]]'' [[NoodleIncident Incident]]." [[note]]''Udon'' is a type of oriental pasta[[/note]]
* SchizoTech: The sentients have a MagiTek version of e-mail, crossed with elements of instant messaging.
* ScheduleSlip
* [[spoiler: ShapeShifterGuiltTrip: A demon tries this on Nadeshiko.]]
* SlidingScaleOfUndeadRegeneration: level 2 for the [[=PE=] type Stalker.
** [[spoiler: Level 4 for ''[[OurVampiresAreDifferent Sanguivores]]''.]]
* SmellySkunk: Mostly [[AvertedTrope averted]], but the FantasticSlur towards them is "Stinktail".
** WordOfGod: Calling a skunk "stinktail" to their face is the easiest way to [[BerserkButton get the stuffing beaten out of you.]]
* SpitTake
* StalkerWithATestTube and StalkerWithACrush: [[IncrediblyLamePun In a very literal sense]] in Book III.
* StoryWithinAStory: ''The Legend of Hayaoh'', a folk tale from Zero's childhood.
* SuperSoldier: Legion was supposed to be this, but he was decanted mute, hunchbacked, and covered in open sores. So Stalker named him Lesion, kicked him a few times, and sicced him on Zero's sister. He didn't count on Legion being kind-hearted.
* SurvivorsGuilt: Experienced in spades by Zero at thirteen years old. In the first month of his service as a samurai, Zero's squad of rookies was ambushed by a fanatical Death God cult. Seventeen died and more were injured, but Zero survived without a scratch. His inability to deal with the guilt led to his fleeing to Tasakeru and being declared a {{ronin}}.
* [[spoiler: TalkingToTheDead /DeadPersonConversation: Apparently, Lily's been talking to her favorite mate ever since he died a few years back.]]
* TermsOfEndangerment: [[GiantSpider N'Ktane]] is fond of using these.
* ThePunishment: Aconite, the skunk Death god.
* TheRevolutionWillNotBeVilified: Note that it was quite unsuccessful mind you, but nobody seems to begrudge the Wolfoxes their rebellion 100 years ago. Their punishment for commiting several war-crimes?[[note]]forbidden magic and targeting civilians, specifically[[/note]] They have to wear {{Black Cloak}}s (Something male skunks have had to do for centuries) and live in permanent exile ([[SarcasmMode like they didn't before]]). Basically a slap on the wrist and a "No! Bad! Go sit in the corner!"
* TheSymbiote: The baby GiantSpider fused to Stalker's left arm.
* TheNicknamer: Faun gives everyone nicknames. Hanami is "Flowers", Zero is "Takky", Ashpaw is "Stripehead"... the theory is that she hates her own full name so much that she gives everyone nicknames in order to cope.
* ThroughAFacefullOfFur: Completely averted, characters never blush, they swivel their ears flat when embarrassed or angered.
* [[spoiler: TooManyMouths: Drake has lamprey maws on his fingertips.]]
* TransportersAndTeleporters: Boltpath Stones, which allow one to [[{{Metallica}} Ride the Lightning]].
* TrickBomb: Faun makes them as a hobby, and has an ammo belt full of them, with many different varieties. She has the expected incendiaries and flashbangs, but also tar bombs, [[BoundAndGagged ribbon bombs]], [[LieToTheBeholder disguise bombs]], [[BrownNote sonic bombs]], [[{{Hammerspace}} compression bombs]]...
* TheUndead: the Outcasts encounter, in this order; a [[OurLichesAreDifferent Lich]] (Renubis), a [[OurZombiesAreDifferent Revenant]] (Stalker), a ghost ([[spoiler:N'Ktane]]) and a whole mess of {{Psychopomp}}s. [[spoiler:The first undead they ever encountered was actually Drake. He's a vampire of some sort.]]
* TheUnderworld/ AHellOfATime: The Beneath. It's apparently quite boring there, no matter how evil or good you were in life.
** Turns out, the Beneath is just the ''waiting room.'' Souls wander around until they are judged, then they either undergo MentalFusion ''a la'' HinduMythology or CessationOfExistence ''a la'' EgyptianMythology.
* UrbanSegregation: Shinboku is divided into sections for each species, walled off from one another. In addition, it's indicated that in at least one of them, the poorest citizens live on the outer edge while the wealthy live closer to the center.
* VillainSong: a "[[MadArtist Mad]] [[SpoonyBard Bard]]" writes one for Stalker.
* WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway: Averted, Hanami's GreenThumb powers are very useful, and certainly more practical than, say, {{Fireballs}} or AnimateDead.
* WhoWouldWantToWatchUs: The intro for the Tumblr page has Ashpaw wondering this.
* [[WhyDiditHaveToBeSnakes Why Did It Have To Be Spiders?]]: Faun [[spoiler:absolutely freaks when the group goes into the spider nest.]]
* WolverineClaws: Stalker's claws got mutated to insane lengths.
** Faun's gloves have switchblade fingers.
* WorldTree: The Great Tree at the center of Shinboku, which also serves as the city's namesake.
* {{Wutai}}: The squirrel culture is based on feudal Japan. [[WordOfGod They also developed the first spoken and written language,]] [[FantasyCounterpartCulture which is why Japanese names and titles are used frequently, sometimes even among other species.]]
* WhoWantsToLiveForever: Renubis. He's been awake for every second of the last 3,000 years. He may be invincible, ageless, and immortal, but he's completely unable to eat, drink, sleep, breathe, or even ''feel''; his sense of touch was taken away by the immortality potion.
* YouCanLeaveYourHatOn: Faun's favorite bar (the [[IncrediblyLamePun Fool's Rush Inn]]) has an exotic dancer.
* YouNeedToGetLaid: Perspehone suggests Nadeshiko "[[IsThatWhatTheyreCallingItNow lie with one of her florins]]" when the latter is depressed over the MeaningfulFuneral.
* YourSoulIsMine: Stalker
* XMeetsY: {{Redwall}} meets UsagiYojimbo meets PrincessMononoke [[spoiler: with a little bit of {{Exalted}}]].

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