From the team that once brought you Roleplay/ResonatingSpirits, both players, DM, and one newcomer, comes a new cosmic tale.

Gods. Powerful ruling beings. Where do they come from? What gives them their power? [[WhoWatchesTheWatchmen Who keeps them in line?]]

Enter the Arbiters. Drawn from every origin, mortal and divine, these new gods are tasked with the job of keeping the balance, both with power mad [[AGodAmI Deities]] and with Demons who destroy the world. The Weave must be preserved.

Our heroes are a newly graduated team of Arbiters, taught by the goddess Athena(no relation), and now ready to begin their work. Will their work maintain balance? Or shake the cosmos?

Here is a list of characters in the game and with a small description of them and some tropes they fall into.

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* Asch Sheppard: What happens when a GreatDetective decides to [[DemonSlaying fight the forces of darkness]]. Formerly of a group called the Mystery Breakers, this serious mortal prefers to fight through knowledge, learning the truths of a story and using it as a weapon. Likes to used [[UminekoNoNakuKoroNi colored words.]]

* [[SpellMyNameWithAThe The Awakener]]: A spirit of Endings, this being was at some point sealed into a suit of AnimatedArmor. Very taciturn and bad with [[WhatIsThisThingYouCallLove emotions]], but doesn't let that bother it. Manipulates the concept of the "End" in battle.

* Lumina: A MagicGirl demi-god. Good with ShockAndAwe and force powers. Has a SpiritAnimal fox as an EmpathicWeapon. Also has the power to regress things.

* Harmony: An Elemental girl with the power of MagicMusic, which she uses to attune with the environment. Also has a floating spirit called MUSE, a CanonForeigner from other games on the same forum. MUSE is big on BreakingTheFourthWall, and is a character in its own right that is tied to Harmony.

* Alexis: A [[PettingZooPeople Bat-person]] from a primitive planet. This ascended mortal is big on elemental powers [[CastingAShadow themed to the night]], and a big believer in both DarkIsNotEvil and LightIsNotGood.

* Chandi: Born of a god. Irritable sort, and don't tell her that her parentage means she was BornLucky. Missing a limb, which considering that gods normally avert ScarsAreForever, is a big deal. Has a tendency to go out of control, leading to remarkable OffTheRails moments.

* Serpico: Looks like an unassuming mortal, with EyesAlwaysShut. [[{{Troll}} Really isn't.]] Although always with a [[DissonantSerenity smile]], most people immediately don't trust him. An ArtAttacker using ColorCodedElements, and with a tendency towards [[BreakThemByTalking trying to defeat opponents just by talking]]
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!!Tropes:
* ArtificialIntelligence: MUSE. The CORE program has strong KnightTemplar tendencies when it comes to protecting Harmony, but it has also deliberately created a Personality Matrix to interface with other living beings and to understand normal 'human' values. It also helps out in cases where logic cannot be applied, preventing AIBreaker style attacks. Of course, said Personality Matrix borrows heavily from any and all media, so there is a lot of [[ShoutOut Shout Outs]] and BreakingTheFourthWall.
* ApocalypseHow: Planetary scale, level 5 (total physical annihilation) on [[spoiler: their third test mission]]. Hinted at similar cases happening in character backstories and in the background at points during the game's plot.
* [[BatmanCanBreatheInSpace Arbiters Can Breathe In Space]]
* ArtificialLimbs: Chandi gained an arm during the team's first mission, to blend in with the Cyber, a population where this trope is commonplace.
* AssimilationPlot: On the world of Utopia
* AwesomenessByAnalysis: Asch.
** Serpico has traces of this too, but focused only on psychology.
* BattleAura: Like flight, all Arbiters have access to one of these
* BeautyBrainsandBrawn: Lumina, Asch, and Chandi respectively.
* BerserkButton: Chandi has a lot of them. Harmony as well, if something triggers certain past memories.
* BizarreAlienBiology: Alexis has neither arms nor hands, and has to use his feet or tail instead.
** The Awakener is a hollow suit of armor, with no biological processes at all. This renders it immune to some dangers the flashier members of the team have to deal with (being blinded, having its blood drained), while opening it up to others (being absorbed or controlled by an [[ElementAbsorption Element Absorber]]).
** Chandi's largely humanoid, but her profile is a bit smudged when looked at, and it only grows hazier with distance.
* BizarreAlienSenses: Alexis can echolocate, 'seeing' the world through sonar. Harmony constantly hears the musica universalis at all times - she once shut down when MUSE was temporarily 'shut off', because she was completely freaked out that she couldn't hear it.
* BlowYouAway: Chandi's Wind Rune, and Serpico's Yellow Ink
* CastingAShadow: Two variants for Alexis. His Dark Rune allows him to create, and manipulate shadows and darkness, and his Shift is a literal, moving shadow, under his control.
* ColorCodedElements: Serpico's ink comes in a variety of colors, all elementally themed, though slightly different from the usual choices.
** Red is [[DishingOutDirt Earth]]
** Orange is [[PlayingWithFire Fire]]
** Yellow is [[BlowYouAway Wind]]
** Green is [[GreenThumb Life]]
** Blue is [[AnIcePerson Ice]]
** Indigo is [[WalkingWasteland Death]]
** Violet is [[ShockAndAwe Lightning]]
* CombinedEnergyAttack: An unusual example in that the powers of four characters, Serpico's device combined with the runes of Awakener, Chandi, and Alexis, were used to shatter [[TheVirus the Blight's]] hold on Harmony.
* ConvenientlyCoherentThoughts: Harmony's inner dialogues with the MUSE program.
* CosmicKeystone: The titular Leylines; each planet is sustained by a Leyline, and if the Leyline is severed, the planet collapses.
* CoolTeacher: Athena
* CruelAndUnusualDeath: The first death in the story involved Athena being blown up by one hundred and sixty three floating ice-mines. The first permanent death involved a ChromeChampion having his brain rusted to nothingness by an angry Chandi. [[spoiler: It turned out not to be permanent]]
* DeathByOriginStory: Many of the Arbiters used to be mortals, who were killed and [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence reborn as Arbiters]].
* DoesNotLikeShoes: Alexis, because he needs his feet free to grab things and sleep like a bat, and Chandi just because.
* DoomedHometown: [[spoiler: Serpico's]] entire home ''planet'' was destroyed shortly before he joined the Arbiters.
** WhereIWasBornAndRazed: Awakener personally depopulated its entire home planet, after every lifeform on it was rendered [[WhoWantsToLiveForever unable to die]] without its assistance.
* DramaticWind: A common trope caused by Chandi's Wind god nature.
* {{Empathy Pet}}: Naomi, Lumina's Spirit Fox, is this. While it has sentience all its own and is capable of operating interdependently of Lumina, Naomi is nonetheless tied inextricably to her soul and as such can also be considered one and the same with its owner.
* EnthrallingSiren: Harmony is implied to be this by MUSE when she actually sings herself, but she has yet to do so in front of others.
* Expy: Several of the team.
** Serpico has roots in characters from ''Manga/MedakaBox'' and is named after a character from ''Manga/{{Berserk}}''.
** Asch is a remix of multiple ''VisualNovel/UminekoNoNakuKoroNi'' characters, primarily Battler, Beatrice and [[ChurchMilitant Dlanor]].
** The Awakener wears [[VideoGame/{{Persona 3}} Nyx's mask]] and its [[Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann Spiral Nemesis]] [[ThisIsADrill drill sword]] is reminiscent of [[VisualNovel/FateStayNight Ea]].
** Lumina is an older, more mature version of Franchise/SailorMoon.
* FakeMemories: [[spoiler: Ryuusei]] gives a set of these to Chandi to use her to fight against the Arbiters.
* FiveManBand: Of the MagnificentSevenSamurai role distribution.
** TheHero: Lumina.
** TheLancer: Chandi
** TheBigGuy: The Awakener. Big Guy incarnate.
** TheSmartGuy: Asch.
** [[TheObiWan The Old Guy]]: Harmony(?). Her history and MUSE implies a much older personality than first expected.
** [[NaiveNewcomer The Young Guy]]: Alexis. Naive and easily spooked.
** TheFunnyGuy: Serpico. For given definitions of [[SlasherSmile funny]].
* {{Flight}}: Alexis has wings; but all Arbiters can fly nonetheless.
* FragileSpeedster: Serpico. Fastest member of the team. No physical or spiritual defenses otherwise.
* FunctionalMagic: Rune magic
* GreenLanternRing: All Runes, to some extent. Rune magic allows significant control over a wide level of concepts related Rune's domain, even on a metaphorical level.
** The Awakener and Harmony show the greatest levels of this. Both only have a single rune, [[WhenAllYouHaveIsAHammer which they use for everything.]] The Awakener has used a Rune of Endings to enchant itself and other team members, create barriers, dispel magic and heal status effects, and pick up and toss around a spaceship, while Harmony's character concept is built on using her Rune of Harmony to tie into the songs of various elements, giving her access to any Rune at the cost of extra actions and a backfire risk.
** Serpico's ArtAttacker power is similar to a GreenLanternRing as well, due to its normal function of creating various colored weapons to fight with.
* HairTriggerTemper: As mentioned before, Chandi has a LOT of [[BerserkButton Berserk Buttons]]
* HealingFactor: The Awakener is the only main character who ''doesn't'' have one of these.
* HeroicBSOD: Harmony has gone through this several times. Once when she temporarily got her memories back, and once again when MUSE was shut down.
* HeroicWillpower: Harmony demonstrates this when TheVirus took her over, using what she was able to learn via telepathic link to the Crystal to disable its defenses and eventually shut does its Golem.
* HeWhoFightsMonsters: Asch gets a bit intense when facing demons.
* HellishPupils: One of the reasons Serpico's eyes are always shut. They are [[RedEyesTakeWarning a deep blood red]] with slitted pupils like a snake.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Athena is defeated when the floating minefield she created is caused to all move inwards on her.
** Ryuseii's own attack is redirected by Chandi's PowerIncontinence to destroy his own temple.
* InstantAwesomeJustAddDragons: The Dracaii of the first mission world. [[spoiler: Very much averted in the eyes of the Arbiters by Ryuusei, the owner of the world.]]
** Chandi and Lumina, working together, later manage to create a lightning dragon to use in battle.
* {{Invisibility}}: The Stealth runes (didn't last long at all)
* JackOfAllStats: Chandi's not the fastest, strongest, toughest, or most magically inclined member of the team, but she's not lacking in any of those departments as a result.
* {{Jerkass}}: Shin, in spades. He even abandons the team to fight on their own because he felt that he wasn't treated nicely enough.
* KarmaHoudini: Shin's speciality. The only reason he's still an Arbiter.
* LaserGuidedAmnesia: Chandi's memories are spotty at best, the most notable being she doesn't know when or how she got her scars or lost her arm.
* LetsSplitUpGang: In the latest mission the team splits up between a group of four and three. [[spoiler: The group of four to save Athena from another Dark Crystal, and the group of three to stop a bomb that'll blow up the Arbiter Academy.]]
* LoyalPhlebotinum: All Arbiters have a Shift, some object or device that cannot easily be permanently seperated from them (they can recall it instantly with a thought).
* ManBehindTheMan: [[spoiler: Someone taught Ryuseii his Memory Rune and then wiped his mind once he was defeated. ]]
* MightyGlacier: The Awakener, full stop.
* MorphWeapon: Alexis' Cloak of Darkness.
** Chandi's Bracelet of Alteration
* MysteriousWaif: Harmony, for the most part.
* TheNicknamer: Chandi and Serpico both have a fondness for calling others by anything but their names.
* NoBiologicalSex: As a hollow suit of armor, the Awakener is neither male nor female. This doesn't stop people from calling it him, despite its writer's frequent admonishments to the contrary.
* OffTheRails: The DM makes several plans for how a story may go. So far, every time the story has gone in ways he never expected.
** Athena in the tutorial battle was meant to kill the party as a lesson. Instead she got HoistByHisOwnPetard.
** By dint of Chandi exploding and setting off a random Harmony effect, the entire plotline of the first planet was cut short. [[spoiler: Which led to an improvised storyline that had what he called a Super Good ending.]]
* OurDragonsAreDifferent: The Dracaii of the first mission's world are a populace largely based on Western Dragons. However, they differ in that their wings are made up of an element they have an affinity with, and not all breathe fire.
* OurZombiesAreDifferent:
** TechnicallyLivingZombie: The Utopia citizens are feral, unresponsive, unintelligent, but are in a massive linked HiveMind that also modifies them to respond to threats, they are capable of firing guns, and all indications are they can be saved if the influence is removed. The heavily emaciated condition also indicates that the state burns through their energy, possibly making them Off Screen [[BigEater Big Eaters]].
* PlayingWithFire: Ryuseii, one of the early villains.
* {{Psychopomp}}: The Awakener's new part-time job.
* RageAgainstTheHeavens: Well, sort of. The job of the Arbiters involves maintaining balance, and sometimes this comes at the price of fighting other gods.
** Played straight, however, by Xen and his Team, who have reasons to distrust gods.
* RazorWind: A common use of Chandi's Wind Rune, and Serpico's Yellow Ink.
* ResurrectiveImmortality: For all Arbiters.
* ReverseMole: [[spoiler: Kanon]] claims to be one.
* RunningGag:
** Walnut.
** WAAAAAAAAAALNUUUUUUUUUUUUUUT!
* TheSacredDarkness: Alexis' Dark rune.
* ScarsAreForever: Played with. The physical form of gods don't scar, but if the soul of the gods is damaged, the scar becomes permanent, and becomes associated with a physical scar, or change. In some cases, it's nothing worse than hair changing colors. In other cases, limbs can be entirely removed.
* ShoutOut: MUSE is full of them.
* SpellBlade: The Awakener's preferred use for its rune.
* SplitPersonality: Asch. 3 and counting so far. Her [[TheStoic normal personality]], [[{{Troll}} Aschley the Witch]], and [[IDidWhatIHadToDo Sheppard the intensely persistant]].
* StockFootage: Played straight. The text describing Lumina's transformation sequences are copied and pasted from the last time previous time she did it, with minor edits done to incorporate situational changes.
* SymbioticPossession: MUSE may be capable of this.
* TheSonsAndTheSpears: Athena uses a variant of this particular trope to help Alexis strengthen the power of his Cloak of Darkness.
* ThirdEye: Chandi has one, though it's scarred shut most of the time. When it opens up, it puts Chandi into a SuperMode.
* TokenEvilTeammate: Serpico. Constantly smiling while heaping sarcasm and cruel thoughts. Advocates breaking an opponent's mind and cheap shots. The rest of the team dislkes him so far.
* TouchOfDeath: Used on occasion by Alexis. At least once on himself.
* TransformationSequence: Lumina goes through a different one every time she transforms, usually taken from anime of all kinds.
* TransformationIsAFreeAction: Surprisingly enough, Averted by Lumina. She has to take an action to transform and fight better.
** Played straight with her ability to transform other Arbiters, which uses the free action her fox-spirit familiar gets.
* WeakenedByTheLight: Alexis' Cloak of Darkness doesn't handle light very well.
* WhatTheHellHero: [[spoiler: The group's and writer's reactions to Chandi attempting to erase Shin's memories.]]
* YourApprovalFillsMeWithShame: Asch is at one point brought back from KnightTemplar extremes by Serpico's cheerful approval. May have been intentional on his part.
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