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->''I am not the Hero of this story. There are no Heroes or Villains in this story. There are just people, and the choices they make.''
-->-- '''Sandra Janssens'''

-> ''“Yes, Sandra. Yes. I would kill you. Without Hesitation, or regret.” She stood up, grabbing some chain netting, hanging on it so she could look down at me. “Bet your life on it.”''

''Literature/TheChroniclesOfTaras'' is a CreepyPasta [[HorrorWebOriginals Horror]] [[ActionAdventureTropes Action]] [[ScienceFictionWebOriginals Science-Fiction]] DieselPunk WebSerialNovel by [[PunnyName N. Somniack]] revolving around the exploits of Taras Jacobs, a 17-year-old girl with a mysterious past and a tendency to murder or permanently disfigure/disable anyone and anything in her way.

The story's narrator is Sandra Janssens, a girl who keeps the journals labelled ''The Chronicles of Taras'', which have fallen into possession of N. Somniack, who provides the series with [[ScrapbookStory background research into Taras' demented exploits]] with [[LemonyNarrator often sarcastic and irreverent commentary]].

The first story in the serial is ''Red Dementia''. It features Sandra being shipped off to a bizarre summer camp named 'Camp Moric' in the middle of a black desert, featuring seven other [[ActionGirl tough-as-nails girls]] who are forced to work in [[WrenchWench mines all day]], digging for scrap metal to further build on Camp Moric's grounds.

Soon Sandra becomes one with the group, who have all given each other nicknames (Sandra is christened "Jumpy" for her raw nerves and excessive fear), and they make a plan for escape. But Sandra's mind begins to fall into insanity through a kind of [[MindRape mind-damaging effect of Camp Moric's Grounds]] called the "Red Dementia" that only Taras Jacobs is immune to, and soon strange creatures called [[http://creepypasta.wikia.com/wiki/The_Rake "Rakes"]] begin to skulk around camp at night, leaving Sandra and her cabin-mates with either escape or certain death on their hands.

The episodes (journal entries) of the story go up every Tuesday and Saturday at 9 a.m. server time, often with updates on Taras/Moric's/other characters' backgrounds in between.

On December 28, 2012, N. Somniack announced he would re-tool the story and try to sell it to Kindle. The new story, he said, would have a different setting and new different elements, as well as less of a [[UnreliableNarrator rambling, incoherent tone]] that is common with the red dementia parts of the story.

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!! This creepypasta provides examples of:

* [[spoiler: AbandonedArea: The Mall buried under the black sands that the girls take Shelter in starting in Episode #12]].
* AbandonedMine: The Mines of Camp Moric's Black Desert are too extensive to have just been made by Teenage girls. In fact, because of the bizarre clawmarks and petroglyphs it's implied the mine's creatures [[NightmareFuel weren't human beings...]]
* ActionFilmQuietDramaScene: Pretty common, actually, particularly Episodes [[http://thechroniclesoftaras.tumblr.com/post/27518221000/the-chronicles-of-taras-red-dementia Three]], [[http://thechroniclesoftaras.tumblr.com/post/27518253632/the-chronicles-of-taras-red-dementia Four]], [[http://thechroniclesoftaras.tumblr.com/post/27905336427/the-chronicles-of-taras-red-dementia Six]], [[http://thechroniclesoftaras.tumblr.com/post/28204499592/the-chronicles-of-taras-red-dementia Seven]], and [[http://thechroniclesoftaras.tumblr.com/post/28684924529/the-chronicles-of-taras-red-dementia Eight]].
* ActionGirl: Taras and Yuma, definitely. Ghost and Cutter might also count.
* {{Adorkable}}: Sandra.
* TheAlcatraz: Camp Moric.
* AllAsiansKnowMartialArts: Subverted. Stone, the Chinese girl named for her emotionless appearance, [[spoiler:can't do anything to fight against anyone, let alone the Rakes]].
* AlphaBitch: Ghost, The Albino Girl [[spoiler: at first]]. Strange since, next to Sandra, she's the shortest, least physically imposing character there.
* [[spoiler: AlternateHistory: Possibly, though WordOfGod won't take a stance on it.]]
* AnyoneCanDie: Alas, poor [[spoiler: Stone, Starscar and Jaws.....]]
* [[spoiler: TheAtoner: Taras Alex Jacobs.]]
* AwesomeMcCoolname: All the nicknames. Ghost, Cutter, Yuma...
* AxCrazy: Lara "Yuma" Carroca, Taras' rival, is arguably less sane than Taras is: Lara hears voices, spreads false rumors about Taras, and has tried to kill her more than once before to make herself seem more threatening.
* AustralianAccent: Tawna "Cutter" Jones has one, being from Halls Creek Australia and all.
* BadAss: Taras Jacobs.
* BareYourMidriff: Taras, after she [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome slaughters a venomous, Doberman-sized reptilian animal (pictured) with a hunting knife, skins it and makes a shirt/dress-like garment out of its hide.]] To find out what she does with its blood, see TribalFacePaint.
* BasedOnADream: The Dingo-Snakes.
* [[spoiler: BigBad: Najis Rakkasiak, doubles as EvilGenius.]]
* BlackCloak: Ghost, the Albino.
* BreatherEpisode: Episode 17: "Serenity".
* BritishAccents: Taras has a Cockney Accent, probably in reference to [[UnfortunateImplications Her history as a vicious criminal]].
* BrokenBird: [[spoiler: Taras. Possibly Yuma.]]
* CatchPhrase:
** Taras: "Tap-Tap"/"Tap-Tap?" Also "Bloody Bowels of Hell."
** Sandra: "Epic. Win."
** Ghost: "Why me? Why me? I don't deserve this."
** Cutter: "Ace!"
** Yuma: "Taras, if we get out of this alive, I'm gonna make you wish you died here."
*** Taras: "Over your Dead Body."
* CrapsackWorld: Although Mr. Taylor tries to make it a CrapsaccharineWorld.
* CoolPlane: The [[http://thechroniclesoftaras.tumblr.com/post/31121493868/the-chronicles-of-taras-red-dementia Collins RB-434 Hunter-Scavenger]].
* CoveredWithScars: [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Cutter]].
* CulturedBadass: Taras Jacobs, contrasting Yuma's PopCulturedBadass.
* [[EvilAlbino Creepy Albino]][=/=]HeroicAlbino: Lyla "Ghost" Marten, leading all the girls in the cabin where Sandra ends up, qualifies as both.
* DieselPunk: All technology in the C.O.T. [[TheVerse Verse]] is this. For a good example see the [[http://thechroniclesoftaras.tumblr.com/post/31121493868/the-chronicles-of-taras-red-dementia "Collins RB-434 Hunter-Scavenger"]], the "Airship" That the Guards use to hunt down rogue Campers.
* DisneyDeath: [[spoiler: Tawna "Cutter" Jones]].
* EverythingTryingToKillYou: The Rakes, Red Dementia, The Guards, The two-faced 'Counselors', the Camp Warden, Dingo-Snakes...
* EvilRedhead: Well, not ''Evil'', per se, but Taras sure is brutal, ruthless and taunting to anything that stands against her.
* TheFearMythos: WebOriginal/TheRake is a type of creature prowling Camp Moric during its sub-freezing nights, apparently with ill intent, as [[spoiler:a girl has been slaughtered after trying to run away, evidently by the Rake's metal claws]].
* FieryRedhead: Averted. Taras might have killed and maimed countless people who crossed her, but [[TheStoic she's always calm, always quiet and always composed]].
* FourTemperamentEnsemble: The four main girls:
** '''[[color:gold:Choleric (yellow bile)]]:''' Lyla "Ghost" Marten.
** '''[[color:black:Melancholic (black bile)]]:''' Taras.
** '''[[color:blue:Leuquine (white blood cells)]]:''' Sandra.
** '''[[color:red:Sanguine (red blood)]]:''' Tawna "Cutter" Jones.
* FreakOut: Jaws has a tendency to do this. [[spoiler: It gets her killed]].
* FreudianTrio: Taras is a more sociopathic version of TheSpock, putting Logic, reason and her own survival above everything else, while Sandra is TheMcCoy, emotionally devastated by deaths and the Rakes. TheKirk is passed between Ghost and Cutter, depending on the Episode.
* GenreThrowback: To old prison escape movies, by WordOfGod.
* [[spoiler:GreatEscape]]: All of the Red Dementia serial.
* GreyAndGrayMorality: By WordOfGod, a staple of the series. Our protagonists are all convicted criminals with the possible exception of Sandra (And Taras is a confirmed Murderer and mutilator of people), but a little investigation into the background of WebOriginal/TheRake brings up whether or not [[spoiler: these girls were simply attractors for The Rakes and brought to the Camp Moric to protect them]].
** Sandra sees Taras and Yuma as this, respectively. Taras Jacobs is a violent, sarcastic sadist who lives only to kill, takes no responsibility for anyone other than herself, and doesn't feel any compassion for anyone who dies over the course of the "Red Dementia" serial [[spoiler: with one exception]]. Yuma, on the other hand, tortures for the fun of it, wants to skin and disembowel and bisect Taras for the fun of it and goes into this detail in front of her, brings up Taras' [[spoiler: only real love, whom ''she'' murdered in cold blood, and turns in Cutter, Sandra and Ghost in exchange for money and freedom from Najis Rakkasiak, who's of course not planning to pay up on the deal as he despises her as much as Taras does]].
* HellholePrison: Camp Moric, Again.
* [[spoiler: HeterosexualLifePartners: The Four main girls, Taras, Sandra, Cutter and Ghost. Also, the Two Guards of Camp Moric]].
* HollywoodAtheist: Sandra.
* ICallItVera: Taras names her weapon, a [[ImprovisedWeapon three-foot long flame-thrower with a Weedwacker on the end for tearing flesh and spreading flames]], powered by [[BoozeFlamethrower Mike's Hard Lemonade]], "[[GettingCrapPastTheRadar Big Lennie]]".
* {{Improvised Weapon}}ry: All the girls use it, since it's a staple of all N. Somniack's works.
* InTheHood: Ghost.
* JerkAss: Yuma. Being a Schizophrenic and a (possible) Sociopath probably has a lot to do with it.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: [[spoiler: Ghost, and maybe Taras]].
* JigsawPuzzlePlot: What exactly are the Rakes, the Dingo-Snakes? Furthermore, what causes the Red Dementia? And where exactly are they?
* TheLancer: Taras Jacobs to Sandra Janssens.
* LaserGuidedKarma: [[spoiler: After Taras gets tricked by a Negotiator (She [[DisproportionateRetribution blew out all of East London's Power because of a malfunctioning Slurpee Machine]]), she kills his entire SWAT Team and carves the word 'Liar' into his chest, leaving him permanently disabled and horrified of the dark]].
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: For a WebSerialNovel with relatively few episodes anyhow.
* LoveableRogue: Taras Jacobs, again. The Cockney Accent helps.
* MeaningfulName:
** Ghost - Lyla Marten is an Albino with a creepy, raspy voice "like a mouthful of razors" who wears an ethereal black cloak.
** Star-Scar - Serena has a Star-shaped mark on her back.
** Yuma - Though Portuguese, Yuma was apprehended in Yuma, Arizona.
** Cutter - Because her parents wouldn't let her get tattoos, Tawna [[BodyHorror carved patterns and symbols into her arms and back]].
** Stone - has no expressions, [[spoiler: even before death]].
** Jaws - because of the lack of medical care - or [[AdultsAreUseless just care in general]] - Julie has had her braces start ripping into her gums and cracking her teeth.
* {{Mordor}}: The "Black Desert" that Camp Moric is situated in is ''forever below zero'' and is home to, outside TheAlcatraz HellholePrison Camp Moric, [[WebOriginal/TheRake The Rakes]], [[spoiler: An Underground mall full of velvet-skinned, 3-foot high dog-like creatures (pictured) with poison that kills you over a few days and causes you to vomit blood and hallucinate, as well as a lake of fire, as well as high-tech machines the Counselors use to hunt down the girls]].
* MsFanservice: Averted by all characters. Intentionally, By WordOfGod.
* NobleDemon: Taras Jacobs.
* NoodleIncident: Taras and Yuma's escape from "Shadows". It left Yuma with a curved spine and a distinct terror of Chains that [[JerkAss Taras often plays on]], and it may have exacerbated Yuma's Schizophrenia and hatred of Taras. Taras herself ended up with even LESS trust of anyone, a more bloodthirsty disregard for life than before, and serious [[BadassAngster Angst]] over the [[CynicismCatalyst loss of someone named 'Xavier']].
* OddNameOut: Ghost, Star-Scar, Yuma, Cutter, Stone, Jaws, Jumpy, and......Taras. The one who kept her real name.
* OneParagraphChapter: [[http://thechroniclesoftaras.tumblr.com/post/28965868290/the-chronicles-of-taras-red-dementia-episode-ten Episode Ten.]]
* OnceKilledAManWithANoodleImplement: Taras once killed a man with a Bowl of Old Nachos and a Golden Retriever Puppy.
** '''Sandra''': "How?"
** '''Taras''': "[[AchievementsInIgnorance Huh? Oh, Uh, I don't know. I wasn't really paying attention at the time]]."
* [[spoiler: PenalColony]]: Camp Moric, possibly.
* PerkyGoth: Taras loves Disturbed, Nine Inch Nails, Slipknot and Korn, though she's often Snarky and often Jovial about killing people.
* ThePlan: [[spoiler: Taras' has one to escape, hijack the armored truck and wound a Guard and Counselor of Camp Moric]].
* PopCulturedBadass: Lara "Yuma" Carroca, contrasting Taras Jacobs' CulturedBadass.
* PrecisionFStrike: [[spoiler: '''Yuma''': "[[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Literature/Dune?from=Main.Dune Poison. From the Dingo-Snakes. I'll sever your spine, you'll be stiff as a board, and then? You'll die here. Helpless]]."]] [[spoiler: '''Taras''': [[PrecisionFStrike FUCK YOU!!!]]"]]
* PyroManiac: [[spoiler: Taras Jacobs]].
* RedHeadedHero: Well, Red-Headed ''Anti''-Hero in Taras Jacobs.
* SarcasmBlind: Yuma.
* {{Scenery Porn}}/{{Scenery Gorn}}: [[Main/{{Mordor}} Black, Sub-freezing Desert]], Mines painted blood-red and blue-green by the floodlights the Guards of the HellholePrison Moric use, The [[AbandonedArea Underground Shopping Mall]], The [[NothingIsScarier forest of dead, leafless trees and the dirt road that runs through it]], the glowing hills and the HellholePrison itself, [[BambooTechnology made entirely from Scrap-Metal]]......let's just say This [[TheVerse Verse]] is very fleshed-out.
* SchoolBullyingIsHarmless: Averted. Sandra is implied to be as quiet, frightened and lacking in Self-Esteem because of being physically and verbally tortured by the popular girls and their boyfriends in her Connecticut Hometown. It can be argued she's attached to Taras because Taras doesn't take anything from anyone, and behaves the way Sandra would like to.
* SeekerArchetype: N. Somniack himself, as he plays a paranormal investigator searching for the truth in all his fictional works.
* ShoutOut:
** [[Film/{{Holes}} A Camp for Juvenile Delinquents known only by nicknames that describe them]]...?
** [[Film/TheDescent an entirely female group of travelers trapped in brutal, unforgiving terrain with humanoid monsters, anyone?]]
** [[Film/PitchBlack Character Development triggered by science-fictional monsters?]]
** [[Film/SuckerPunch A Diesel Punk story based around a group of girls with REALLY trippy, bizarre creatures and technology (minus the exploitative dress and behavior)]]?
** Taras' CelebCrush is Creator/AlanRickman.
** [[Film/TheDeerHunter The Dingo Hunter]]?
** WebOriginal/TheRake?
** [[VideoGame/GearsOfWar The girls call themselves "The Berserkers"]].
** [[Literature/{{Dune}} Yuma's little]] TheReasonYouSuckSpeech [[Literature/{{Dune}} seems somewhat familiar....]]
* SomethingCompletelyDifferent: Episode Ten, which diverges from the story as Sandra's mind experiences a brutal flash of the Red Dementia.
* StatusQuoIsGod: Yuma's tried to kill Taras multiple times because she wants to take Taras' place as the baddest, most terrifying girl in History.
* SuperWeight: Sandra: -1 [[spoiler: Though she becomes a BadassNormal by the story's mid-point]], Cutter and Ghost: 1 [[spoiler: Though Ghost leans more towards BadassNormal from UnfazedEveryman at the story's beginning and Cutter is an ActionSurvivor]], Taras Jacobs/Lara "Yuma" Carroca: 2 ({{Badass Normal}}/{{Action Hero}}) [[spoiler: If it weren't for the lack of supernatural elements, Taras Jacobs could be {{Transhuman}}]].
* TeamMom: Tawna "Cutter" Jones. In fact she's the first of the girls to reach out to Sandra, the night after she arrives at Camp Moric.
* TheStoic: Stone. Also Taras, to a point.
* ThoseTwoBadGuys: Johnson and Brown, the Guards of Camp Moric.
* TokenEvilTeammate: Yuma fits the trope perfectly.
* TribalFacePaint: Taras uses [[spoiler: blood from the Dingo-Snake she eviscerated]] to paint her face with vertical lines on her cheeks under horizontal ones under her eyes. [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/Squick She also applies it as Raccoon-esque Mascara/Eyeliner]].
* TruthInTelevision: There [[http://www.orange-papers.org/orange-gulags.html really are 'Children's Gulags' just as bad as Camp Moric is]], minus the {{Diesel Punk}}, Red Dementia, and Rakes/Dingo-Snakes.
* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: Taras wears torn NineInchNails, Slipknot and Disturbed T-Shirts, plays Electric Guitar flawlessly, is addicted to Monster and Red Bull, and uses words like 'Epic' and 'Fire'.
* UrbanSciFi: Sandra Janssens is a normal girl from Connecticut, Ghost is [[spoiler: A nasty hoodlum from Trenton, New Jersey]], Cutter is a normal Australian Girl and only Taras and Yuma have truly bizarre, mysterious pasts. Normal people...in a world of Rakes, Dingo-Snakes, Airships, Bounty Hunters and Volcanic, sub-freezing desert. Nice little diversity of tone.........
* WaifFu: In Episode Fifteen, [[http://thechroniclesoftaras.tumblr.com/post/30326846833/the-chronicles-of-taras-red-dementia A Quintet of Teenage Girls take down a swarm of Rakes and Dingo-Snakes]]. Five Teenage Girls with weapons against Monsters? Really? Really?
** Really.
* WrenchWench: All characters except Sandra. [[spoiler:At first. She becomes one eventually.]]
* XMeetsY: ''Film/{{Holes}}'' meets ''Film/TheShawshankRedemption'' meets ''Literature/TheCatcherInTheRye'' meets ''Film/PitchBlack'' meets ''WebOriginal/TheRake'' meets ''Film/SuckerPunch'' meets ''VideoGame/GearsOfWar''.
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