A [[http://www.metamorcity.com fiction series]] produced as a {{podcast}} since September 2007. A {{spinoff}} from the shared story universe MetamorKeep, Metamor City takes the {{high fantasy}} setting of the original and projects the timeline forward 1300 years. The result is part UrbanFantasy, part {{Cyber Punk}}, part {{City Noir}}, and part {{Shining City}}. Yes, all in one place.

Metamor City is the capital of the Empire of Metamor, a mostly-benevolent superpower ruled by the {{Genius Loci}} of the valley where the city is built. The constraints of geography and the power of {{magitek}} resulted in a {{Mega City}} where "moving up in the world" is a literal reality: the wealthy inhabit the highest levels of the massive skyscraper towers, while the ground level is a haven for criminals, feral monsters and those too poor to escape further up. Laying over the entire city is The Curse, an ancient enchantment that will randomly transform the body of anyone who stays around more than a few days, unless appropriate protective magic is used.

The series falls somewhere in the middle of the SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: GreyAndGrayMorality is a common theme, and while there are plenty of {{Reasonable Authority Figure}}s, they're unable to solve many of the city's systemic problems.

The series so far consists of one novel and about a dozen shorter stories ranging in length from flash fiction to novellas. The stories do not focus on a single ongoing plot, but characters from one story often pop up later in others as their interests coincide or run into conflict with each other. The head author states that there is an over-arching {{metaplot}} that will reveal itself as the series continues.

There is a [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Characters/MetamorCity Character Page]], but it needs lots of fleshing out.

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!!Provides examples of:

* AffablyEvil: Malcolm ard'Valos, the vampire prince who rules {{The Syndicate}} in Metamor City.
* AlwaysChaoticEvil: Averted with most creatures, including [[OurVampiresAreDifferent vampires]] and [[HornyDevils succubae]]. Not that the ''characters'' always realize this...
* TheArchmage: Artax.
* AttractiveBentGender: Danni in ''Making the Cut'' is the most prominent on-screen example, though thanks to the original intention of the Curse, ''all'' androgynes tend to make for this (and have the increased libido to match).
* AWizardDidIt: Artax keeps a sign in his shop that reads: "Because I'm a wizard, that's how" and often simply points to it when people wonder how he knows so much.
* BadassFamily: The Sommers Cell. At the start of ''Making the Cut,'' this polyamorous family includes three retired {{Super Soldiers}} and a [[{{Seers}} seer]]. By the end they've added a [[HealingHands psychic healer]] who is also a {{Lightning Bruiser}} in hand-to-hand combat, and a {{Badass Adorable}} teenage girl who is, possibly, the most powerful {{telepath}} on the planet. So, yeah ... don't mess with their kids.
* BeautyEqualsGoodness: Inverted by the Leanan Sidhe in ''Whispers in the Wood''. Melodia is impossibly beautiful, and so glorious to look upon that she makes Abbey fall to her knees and weep ... ''and'' she is an amoral monster who feels no compunctions about killing and torturing mortals for the sake of "art".
* BiggerOnTheInside: Kyia's Citadel, which houses more than a million people. Given that the ''outside'' is a mile high, the mind boggles at how impossibly huge the ''inside'' is...
* BornLucky: Callie Linder, whose supernatural heritage warps the laws of probability in her favor.
* BrokenBird: Fiona in ''Making the Cut,'' though even she isn't aware of how she got "broken". (She finds out near the end of the story.)
* CanonDiscontinuity: Due to some discrepancies between the writing staff of Metamor Keep and Metamor City, the latter is not canon to the former. Most of it has been resolved and series creator Chris Lester never really intended for Metamor City to be canon, though a new series based on the future of Metamor Keep is now in the works and can be found [[http://mkworld.wikidot.com/mkfuture here]].
* TheChessmaster: Malcolm ard'Valos.
* ChivalrousPervert: Artax has traces of (and certainly a reputation for) this; he seems overly fond of turning men into pretty women either as a joke or a lesson, but he never actually tries anything with them, and is reliable when push comes to shove.
* TheCityNarrows: The Street, which takes up virtually all the space at ground level.
* CoincidenceMagnet: Callie Linder -- the result of her unconscious, probability-altering powers bleeding over to affect the people around her.
* CoolAndUnusualPunishment:
** In ''Make Believe'' Artax (temporarily) transfigures giant pink bunny ears, to match the newly pink uniform, onto an MCPD officer who tried to force Artax away from a police operation.
** Artax has also threatened to turn people into [[OurOrcsAreDifferent Lutins]] a time or two, but it's never been seen to happen in a story.
* {{Curse}}: It was intended as a BalefulPolymorph by the [[EvilSorcerer Evil Wizard]], in three different forms. Metamor's defenders were able to modify it but could not remove it once it took hold of a person. It has become a [[{{Mutants}} Genetic Curse]] that affects people over a long range, and is centered on the Citadel of Metamor City.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: In ''Make Believe'' it is implied that Artax has one of these.
* DarkIsNotEvil: Jenna in ''Troubled Minds''. Despite her obviously demonic heritage [[spoiler: and her supernatural hunger for sexual energy]], she tries to be as good and moral of a person as she can be. Ms. Fallon as well.
* DrivenToSuicide: Subverted with the newly-[[spoiler:vampirised Miriam]], who plans it both as the only way to escape their situation and because they know that they'll be used against [[spoiler: the Psi Collective]] otherwise. However, this is subverted when their new superior promptly [[ICannotSelfTerminate forbids]] them from carrying it out. But ''then'' it's subverted again at the end of the story when they try it again, this time [[spoiler:''triple'' subverting it by being put in stasis until Braddock eventually dies and she can't be given orders]].
* EarnYourHappyEnding: Most of the protagonists in the series. Daniel has to take this to almost ludicrous extremes in ''Making the Cut''.
* EvilPlan: 'Making the Cut' is the most famous, conducted by The vampire prince Malcolm ard'Valos. [[spoiler: Malcolm has his underling turn an Elder of the Psi Collective into a mole for his crime syndicate. He uses her for months to feed disinformation to the Collective.]] At this point it becomes a XanatosGambit. [[spoiler: Malcolm sends her to capture the telepaths who were responsible for leading a successful attack on his organization earlier in the story. No matter what happens, Malcolm wins: either Miriam succeeds and he gets two more powerful telepaths under his control, or she fails and the Collective loses one of its most powerful Elders.]]
* TheFairFolk:
** The Leanan Sidhe in ''Whispers in the Wood''.
** There have been references to "Sidhe partisans" conducting terrorist attacks in various parts of the Empire.
** Janus Starson has ... ''issues'' with the Sidhe Lord who embodies the concept of SantaClaus (who has also been referred to as the Holly King and St. Nicholas).
* FriendlyNeighborhoodVampire: Morgan Drauling.
* GenderBender: One of three versions of the Curse of Metamor, highlighted in ''Making the Cut'' and ''Anniversary''.
* GeniusLoci: Majestrix Kyia, the chief of state for the Empire, is actually the spirit of the Citadel that stands at the heart of the city.
* GoodIsNotNice: Janus Starson and the Lothanasi.
* HalfHumanHybrid: Examples seen so far include half-celestials, half-fiends, half-Elves, and half-lutins (called Breed).
* HaveYouSeenMyGod: Maybe the Creator is still around, but [[InMysteriousWays more subtle than He used to be]]. Maybe he's [[PiecesOfGod broken into pieces]]. Maybe the God the theists worship is real and still around, but is more of a {{Dimension Lord}} and not the actual creator of all things. ''Something'' is powering the Ecclesiasts' [[ReligionIsMagic divine magic]], but maybe it's just [[ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve the power of faith]] being fueled by TheForce.
* HealingHands: Daniel in ''Making the Cut'' has this ability as a [[PsychicPowers psychic power]].
* HiveMind: The members of the Psi Collective form psychic "gestalts" for group decision-making.
* HilariousOuttakes
* IKnowYourTrueName:
** ''Whispers in the Wood:'' The Leanan Sidhe (a powerful faery) tries to get Abbey Preston to trade her name for information. Another character made a similar bargain with the faery, and it didn't end well for them.
* ISeeDeadPeople: Abbey Preston, after the events of ''Making the Cut''.
* InfinityPlusOneSword: Elemacil, the holy sword used by Janus.
* {{Kuudere}}: Fiona in ''Making the Cut.''
* LaserGuidedAmnesia: Fiona in ''Making the Cut,'' who has no idea where her extreme fear of being helpless comes from. It turns out that's because [[spoiler: someone erased her memory to cover up their involvement in her mother's death]].
* LayeredMetropolis: The City is "built like a wedding cake" with four skyways above the streets.
* LightIsNotGood: In ''Broken Angel'' we learn about the devas -- beautiful celestial beings that are basically soulless killing machines. While they were bred for DemonSlaying, there are plenty of folks with demonic blood in Metamor who [[DarkIsNotEvil are not actually evil]] ... and the devas don't worry much about the distinction.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: Oh yeah.
* MasterOfYourDomain: Egoist-type psis.
* MenAreTheExpendableGender: The Psi Collective, with their huge focus on breeding, have a version of this as an official policy: Child-bearing women are the most important members and are to be protected and treasured. Since one man can impregnate many women, men are expendable -- powerful male psis are highly desirable in order to spread their genes, but men who have some form of genetic defect or just aren't exceptionally powerful are seen as having lesser worth and are usually ostracized and shoved aside. The trope isn't played ''completely'' straight, as women who either can't or won't bear children for the Collective tend to be similarly ignored or ostracized.
* MyEyesAreUpHere: In "Welcome to the City" Kate reminds Michael of this with a couple illusions of her eyes.
* NoBisexuals: The Psi Collective enforces aversions for female members of breeding cells to foster good relationships.
* NotGrowingUpSucks: One of three versions of the Curse of Metamor.
* OccultDetective: Abbey [[strike: Normal]] Preston.
* OurDragonsAreDifferent:
** ''Patrol:'' The dragon known as Guerra takes a perverse delight in hunting the aeromancers who patrol the border between Metamor Valley and the Dragon Mountains. Fortunately, he seems to be satisfied with disabling their aerofighters and then lowering them to earth, rather than killing them outright.
** ''The Case of the Golden Egg:'' A dragon is living in Metamor City in human form, posing as a member of the nobility. She is vain (of course), arrogant (of course), uses mortals as her pawns (of course), and is driven into a homicidal rage when someone dares to steal what belongs to her.
* OurElvesAreBetter
* {{Our Gods are Greater}}: First, there's the Creator God of the the Earth (aka Eli/Ilúvatar), [[HaveYouSeenMyGod who may or may not still be around]]. Then there's the group of {{Sufficiently Advanced Alien}}s who had set themselves up as {{Physical God}}s (aka the old pantheon, Fallen Gods). Then there's the Elders, who were the {{Dimension Lord}}s who ''made'' the {{Sufficiently Advanced Alien}}s in the first place -- gods to the gods themselves.
* {{Our Orcs Are Different}}: The lutins are a short, hardy, green-skinned race with a deep animistic spiritual tradition. They're also superstitious and greedy and tend to end up at the bottom rungs of Metamor society.
* OurSoulsAreDifferent: It is often said within the series that the "mortal soul" is what makes humans (and other mortal creatures) capable of exercising free will.
* OurVampiresAreDifferent:
** The vampires run {{The Syndicate}}, are bound to each other in unbreakable ties of dominance and submission, and form psychic links with the people they feed on (which can lead to insanity in those who feed too recklessly).
** They do cast reflections but hate mirrors, due to a nasty feedback loop caused by looking into their own {{Hypnotic Eyes}}.
** Vampires were created by one of the Fallen Gods, Lilith, from the Elves, to be the ultimate predator to challenge Humans and Elves.
* PettingZooPeople: One of three versions of the Curse of Metamor.
* PhysicalGod: Lots of them, thanks to a {{Screw Destiny}} maneuver by {{The Chosen One}}. The gods of the old pantheon (aka the Fallen Gods) were left in physical bodies with only a fraction of their former power. They gain power from the energy of mortal souls (in a GodsNeedPrayerBadly way), and there are some who are stronger than others even after their fall.
* PiecesOfGod: This is the Universalists' explanation for why there are so many uber-powerful-but-not-actually-omnipotent beings running around the cosmos. (Mortals are PiecesOfGod, too, in this view -- just smaller ones.)
* {{Polyamory}}: The Psi Collective is built around "breeding cells", which usually have one man and three to five women, all of whom have romantic relationships with each other. The Sommers Cell in ''Making the Cut'' shows both the advantages and disadvantages of this arrangement.
* ProphecyTwist: In ''Make Believe'' Artax looks into the future of Jon Tunstall, an angry and powerful young mage, and sees the young man trying to rally a group of young wizards with criminal histories, sees Tunstall standing in a room full of terrified people with power flowing from his hands as the walls crumble down around them, and lastly he sees Tunstall standing over his, Artax's, very still and prone body. Later in the story Artax gets independent confirmation of Tunstall attempting to rally the other students and realizes that his vision is already coming to pass. Turns out that [[spoiler: Tunstall was attempting to rally the students to join him in helping Artax to face the current threat; the power that Artax saw coming from Tunstall's hands was holding the walls and ceiling up long enough for the people in the collapsing room to get out; and when Artax can't redirect all of the energy that the BigBad hurls against him and collapses, it's Tunstall who takes care of the rest, and then sees to Artax after the confrontation]].
* [[ProudScholarRaceGuy Proud Scholar Race]]: The Elves, of course.
* PsychicPowers: Many types of psychic characters have appeared, including teeps (telepathy), teeks (telekinesis), espers (clairvoyance/precognition), pyros (pyrokinesis), sparkies (fulgurkinesis), and egoists (biopsychokinesis). Most psis have no more than two of these abilities.
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: Ms Fallon, the succubus who runs the Serenity Arms Apartment Complex. Many other immortals fall into this category, as well.
* RobeAndWizardHat: Mostly averted, but Artax plays up this stereotype to the hilt . . . that is unless he has to go into battle, at which point [[LetsGetDangerous his wardrobe is pure practicality]].
* SecondLawOfGenderBending: Danni in ''Making the Cut''. Subverted when it turns out that [[spoiler: she was {{Brainwashed}} into feeling that way by Jared]].
* SexShifter: Androgynes, unlike in the original Metamor Keep where they were stuck in the opposite gender of their birth and could just control the size of their "endowments".
* ShoutOut:
** The SPELLS 4 U magic shop, an homage to the SpellsRUs shared story universe.
** Early in ''Making the Cut'' the characters pull a heist at [[Film/ANewHope Docking Bay 94]]
** "Runners" are probably a reference to ''{{Shadowrun}}''.
* ShutUpKirk: No actual battle ensues, at least not a physical one, but Janus gets one from Ms Fallon ''and'' Kate in ''The Sentinel''.
* TheSociopath: Victor in ''Making the Cut''.
* TheSoulsaver: Abbey Preston in ''Whispers in the Wood''.
* SplitPersonality: Many androgynes have this, including Evan/Eva and Daniel/Danni in ''Making the Cut''.
* SplitPersonalityMerge: [[spoiler: Sasha and Abbey]] at the end of ''Making the Cut''.
* SufficientlyAnalyzedMagic: People can earn degrees in "manology" to understand the theoretical underpinnings of magic, regardless of whether they have any magical aptitude themselves.
* ThanatosGambit: [[spoiler: Miriam]] pulls one of these on Malcolm and Braddock at the end of ''Making the Cut:'' not only does she deny them the [[TheMole mole]] that they went to such trouble to obtain, but she arranges things so that her thralls will get their freedom and take a large chunk of money with them when they go.
* TouchTelepathy: When telepaths make skin contact with another person they start to involuntarily form a gestalt. When they have sex it goes so deep that the gestalt becomes permanent unless both are telepaths who can piece themselves together afterwards.
* UnEqualRites: Wizards (highly skilled, book-smart magic users) and sorcerers (highly talented and powerful, intuitive magic users) tend to look down on each other. Wizards outnumber sorcerers by at least twenty to one, so the overall magical community tends to be biased against sorcery.
* UnfazedEveryman: Will Kerenson in ''The Muse''.
* WarriorMonk: The Lothanasi Order.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: Janus and Ms Fallon both come close to this in ''The Sentinel,'' but in opposite directions -- Janus for the cause of order, Ms Fallon for the cause of freedom.
* WizardsLiveLonger: Artax is at least a couple of centuries old, and doesn't show signs of kicking it anytime soon.
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