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[[caption-width-right:350:Sette leads Duane around by a more literal leash than normal.]]
->'''Duane:''' Consider it, Sette: If a tree could think thoughts, what might it value?\\
'''Sette:''' Your ''face''.\\
'''Duane:''' ''Peace''. Peace in which to thrive and grow. Acutely empathic, the beast will with ''hostility'' react to your hostility. Entreat it ''peacefully'', however, and it will in like fashion answer.\\
'''Sette:''' Ugh, walky roots are STOOPID critters.
-->-- '''''Chapter 1'''''
''[[http://www.unsoundedcomic.com Unsounded]]'' is a {{Fantasy Webcomic|s}} by Ashley Cope set in a world quite unlike our own, containing multi-faceted cultures with deep and dark histories, strangely different laws of physics, and [[FunctionalMagic magic so commonplace]] it's [[MagicByAnyOtherName called by a different name]].

The main story revolves around rude, loud-mouthed [[LoveableRogue Sette Frummagem]], daughter of the Lord of Thieves. Sette is on a mission from her Da', and she'll lie, cheat, and steal to make sure it's a success (she'll lie, cheat, and steal anyway). Condemned to aid her in her rotten endeavours is a rotten corpse by the name of Duane Adelier, who seems [[MagicKnight oddly talented with the supernatural]], and [[OurZombiesAreDifferent oddly not laying motionless in the dirt]].

Events are quickly complicated by the appearance of the "Red Berry Boys", a gang of criminals who at first appear to be simple slavers, but are soon discovered to have a stranger and much more disturbing agenda. That agenda appears to have an uncanny number of connections to Sette's mission, and as such Sette inadvertently finds herself wrapped up in their schemes. It's not long before she and Duane are in over their heads and under fire from all sides. Priorities change from just carrying out her appointed task to living to see the next sunrise.

The road is long and no one is what they seem. Never trust a thief, and never trust anyone who won't let you look into their eyes.

The author has also written supplemental prose stories in the same universe, which can be found [[http://www.casualvillain.com/Unsounded/miscellany here.]]

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!!Provides Examples Of:

* AbominationAccusationAttack: Duane tells [[SpoiledBrat Sette]] he wants nothing more than to [[DontMakeMeTakeMyBeltOff put her over his knee.]] She calls him a "child-lover"; to which he responds that she'd cure anyone of such a perversion.
* ABirthdayNotABreak: [[spoiler:Mikaila and her father are brutally mugged and murdered on her birthday.]]
* AchillesHeel / AntiMagic: For some reason, pymary doesn't work over large expanses of water, such as the ocean.
** "First Materials", leftovers from when the gods created the world (or so the religions claim), are separate from [[BackgroundMagicField the khert]], and are therefore immune to magical manipulation.
*** This immunity also allows them to disrupt pymary if they pass through the [[LeyLine khert lines]] a wright is using.
* AlasPoorVillain: [[spoiler:Ephsephin]], who, after being poisoned, begs his boss, Starfish, for a doctor. Starfish instead decides his mook has [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness outlived his usefulness]] and [[NightmareFuel bashes his brains in with a whiskey bottle]].
* AllThereInTheManual: Sort of. There's a ''ton'' of miscellaneous information about the setting and characters on [[http://www.formspring.me/GlassShard Ashley's Formspring]] and [[http://www.casualvillain.com/Unsounded/world/index.php/Main_Page her wiki.]]
* AnimalsHateHim: As noted by Duane about himself. Possibly because he's dead.
* AnthropomorphicFood: If the khert is broken, strange things happen. Like your cup of coffee freezing and suddenly wanting to be your friend.
* AppearanceIsInTheEyeOfTheBeholder: Perceptive glamours work this way; they make people perceive something in a certain way, but the specifics of that perception varies by individual. Duane looks different to everyone he meets, for instance.
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: [[http://www.casualvillain.com/Unsounded/comic/ch08/ch08_13.html Here (spoilery).]]
-->'''Toma:''' We can conclude dismemberment is ''habitual'' for him. He eats people too.
-->'''Elka:''' Plus he didn't make his bed. Tch, what an asshole.
* ArtificialLimbs: Lost an arm? No problem. There's a whole range of simulacra. Including cigar-lighting and [[ADateWithRosiePalms self-lubricating]].
* ArtShift:
** [[http://www.casualvillain.com/Unsounded/comic/ch01/ch01_16.html Duane's flashback.]]
** [[http://www.casualvillain.com/Unsounded/comic/ch02/ch02_32.html Oh God, Duane]], put your hood back up.
** [[http://www.casualvillain.com/Unsounded/comic/ch03/ch03_02.html Jivi]] gets one too.
** On [[http://www.casualvillain.com/Unsounded/comic/ch07/ch07_34.html this page,]] [[spoiler:Lady Ilganyag]] is drawn in a much more realistic style than its bright, surreal surroundings. [[PaintingTheMedium It also appears to be drawn on top of the panel borders.]]
* AuthorCatchPhrase: Kind of. Ashley's typical response to people asking spoiler-y or story-related questions on her Formspring is simply "I wonder."
* AutoCannibalism: [[http://www.casualvillain.com/Unsounded/comic/ch09/ch09_57.html Murkoph does this to feed himself in the absence of other food sources.]] Due to his HealingFactor he can do this indefinitely.
* AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther: Duane and Sette may spend the majority of their time together loudly complaining about each others unpleasant personalities and how much they wish to be rid of each others company, but a strong parental bond lies underneath it. Evidence for this pops up frequently.
* BackgroundMagicField: The khert.
* BaconAddiction: Yum, [[http://www.casualvillain.com/Unsounded/comic/ch07/ch07_08.html turtle bacon]].
* BarbieDollAnatomy: Coupled with BellyButtonless, and apparently in-story:
-->'''From author comment:''' "Legality"? I would never let issues of legality effect what I draw. Sette looks the way she looks because that's how she's supposed to look.
* BigBad: Thus far, Starfish seems to fit the bill, though it is fairly clear that he's small fry in the grand scheme of things.
** BiggerBad: Stockyard, until chapter 9 when Sette confronts him directly. [[spoiler:However, this comes with the reveal that he is, himself, small fry, and that there are even {{Bigger Bad}}s afoot.]] There are also hints that someone named "Delicieu", a member of the [[MadScientist Black Tongues]], is heading the Red Berry Boys operation.
* BigDamnHeroes: A couple... but most recently, [[spoiler:[[http://www.casualvillain.com/Unsounded/comic/ch06/ch06_69.html Jivi and Uaid's entrance]] during an incredibly hopeless situation for Mathis Quigley and his son]] [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome takes the cake.]]
* BrattyHalfPint: Sette.
* BreadEggsBreadedEggs: Murkoph [[http://www.casualvillain.com/Unsounded/comic/ch09/ch09_56.html trying to talk his way out of the khert]]:
-->'''Murkoph''': "I g-gotta get out... and do ch-charitable, philanthropic works, y'know. Soup kitchens. O-orphans. Orphan soup..."
* BreakingInOldHabits: See ArtificialLimbs above.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: ...Possibly. In [[http://www.casualvillain.com/Unsounded/comic/ch07/is_someone_there.html this page,]] Sette stares at the camera while thinking "Is someone there?", which could be interpreted as her detecting the presence of the reader. Such a thing certainly isn't unprecedented [[MindScrew at that point]].
** WordOfGod [[http://www.formspring.me/GlassShard/q/417097222530815649 says]] that the scene is intentionally left vague, and that it's up to the reader to decide whether or not Sette's truly breaking the fourth wall.
* BrickJoke: "[[http://www.casualvillain.com/Unsounded/comic/ch06/ch06_37.html We have Gentle-Giant summon pymarics on clearance for 17 sem!]]" Now, go ''way'' back to [[http://www.casualvillain.com/Unsounded/comic/ch02/ch02_30.html chapter 2]] -- ''how'' much did Bett say that summon beast cost again?
* ButtMonkey: [[http://www.casualvillain.com/Unsounded/comic/ch04/ch04_62.html Ephsephin.]]
* TheBrute: Ephsephin.
** This has been handed off to Knock-Me-Down [[spoiler:after Ephsephin's death.]]
* CallBack:
** [[http://www.casualvillain.com/Unsounded/comic/ch01/ch01_10.html Stoopendously]] [[http://www.casualvillain.com/Unsounded/comic/ch05/ch05_48.html stoopendous.]]
** Murkoph makes ''two'' callbacks in his introduction. First [[http://www.casualvillain.com/Unsounded/comic/ch07/ch07_40.html he sings]] a DarkReprise of "[[http://www.casualvillain.com/Unsounded/comic/ch04/ch04_40.html Isabel Ne'er-do-well]]", then he [[http://www.casualvillain.com/Unsounded/comic/ch07/ch07_40.html jokingly claims]] that his name is [[http://www.casualvillain.com/Unsounded/comic/ch02/ch02_14.html Elizabeth.]]
** Duane swears that, though Sette is uncaring and callous, one day he'll get her to weep for someone other than herself. Come chapter 5 and chapter 7, Sette does just that.
** In chapter 9, Duane [[http://www.casualvillain.com/Unsounded/comic/ch09/ch09_40.html makes a callback]] to Sette's line from the [[http://www.casualvillain.com/Unsounded/comic/ch01/ch01_02.html very first page]]:
-->'''Duane''': Shall we dub it Settetania?
* CanisMajor: [[http://samsykes.com/2011/02/unsounded-characters-pacing-and-building-with-ashley-cope/ "The giant dogs represent the defeat of leisure and fealty by the capitalist demands of poorly compensated labourĖ haha, no, thatís a lie. Who doesnít like giant dogs?"]]
* CatapultNightmare: Averted [[http://www.casualvillain.com/Unsounded/comic/ch08/ch08_30.html here.]]
* TheChainOfHarm: Mathis Quigley gets [[http://www.casualvillain.com/Unsounded/comic/ch06/ch06_31.html insulted by Starfish]], and [[http://www.casualvillain.com/Unsounded/comic/ch06/ch06_32.html later takes it out on his son]]. To be fair, he's under a lot of pressure, since Starfish may "forget" to pay him.
* ChekhovsGun:
** The exploding mechanical mousetraps Jivi uses in his first appearance are later [[spoiler:slipped into Ephsephin's whiskey, which blow apart when they're inside him, giving Jivi a chance to escape captivity]].
** A woman trying to [[http://www.casualvillain.com/Unsounded/comic/ch04/ch04_58.html get her dog magically reddened]] is warned that any more enchantment could "damage the khert," but what this means is not explained, and it seems unimportant to the main plot. Until several strips later, that is, when Sette [[http://www.casualvillain.com/Unsounded/comic/ch04/ch04_69.html does just that.]]
* ChekhovsGag: [[http://www.casualvillain.com/Unsounded/comic/ch06/ch06_36.html They need a soundproof room.]] [[http://www.casualvillain.com/Unsounded/comic/ch06/ch06_84.html He's gonna be loud.]]
* [[ClusterFBomb Cluster S Bomb]]: Ephsephin.
-->'''Ephsephin:''' YOU SHIT! YOU SHIT! I'LL- I'LL S-SHITTING SHIT YOUR ''SHIT'' TIL YOU... CAN'T '''SHIT!'''
* ColorCodedForYourConvenience: The major-character wrights have a particular color attached to most of their spells: Duane's are green, Quigley's are blue, and Anadyne's are purple. When they steal each other's spells, though, the colors can get [[http://www.casualvillain.com/Unsounded/comic/ch05/ch05_19-20.html mixed or rearranged.]] And Duane's spells seem to turn red when [[LetsGetDangerous things get serious.]]
* CulturedBadass: Duane. Also Quigley.
* CurseCutShort: Subverted [[http://www.casualvillain.com/Unsounded/comic/ch02/ch02_29.html here.]]
** A couple chapters later, it's [[http://www.casualvillain.com/Unsounded/comic/ch04/ch04_07.html played straight.]]
* DarkIsNotEvil: Duane is one of the walking dead. He is also arguably one of the most decent people in the comic.
* DarkSkinnedBlond: The Silver or Renghul caste of Alderode all have dark skin and silver hair in addition to blue eyes.
* TheDeadHaveEyes: Duane's eyes may be artificial pymarics, but they look realistic enough for the trope to apply to his un-glamoured face.
* DeathGlare: Sette aims a pretty vicious one at Duane [[http://www.casualvillain.com/Unsounded/comic/ch02/ch02_40.html here]].
* DeliberateValuesDissonance: Bigotry abounds in the world of Unsounded, even in the majority of the 'good' characters.
* DissonantSerenity: Starfish, [[http://www.casualvillain.com/Unsounded/comic/ch06/ch06_53.html here]] (spoilers).
* DisposableWoman: Quigley's wife Vienne, a PosthumousCharacter who exists primarily to be his CynicismCatalyst.
** Also, [[spoiler:Duane's daughter Mikaila]], whose death is used largely to evoke sympathy for [[spoiler:Duane]].
* DistressedDamsel: Sette rants at a sister-brother pair (even calling them "stupid damsels in distress") who were being menaced by some ruffians because [[NeutralFemale they didn't do anything]]. In their defense, the sister did actually try to fend them off with a sharp "rat-poker" immediately before Duane and Sette arrive at the scene.
* DroppingTheBombshell: During a OneSceneTwoMonologues moment, Sette gets Duane's attention by screaming "[[spoiler:I saw the Crescians kill you and Mikaila]]!"
* EarlyBirdCameo: Characters from Ashley's Deviantart Gallery have a habit of showing up in the comic, like Timofey Gafkovich in chapter 6.
* EasterEgg: Some pages have additional bits "hidden" on them, usually in the form of a text bonus ([[FictionalDocument in-universe newspapers, letters, journal entries, etc.]])
* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: Ephsephin worries about being caught because they'll hang him in the town square where his mother will see.
* EvenEvilHasStandards:
--> '''Sette''': [[SleazyPolitician Politicks]] is a branch've roguery even Da don't abide.
* ExactWords: [[http://www.casualvillain.com/Unsounded/comic/ch02/ch02_31.html "Kill me? A perplexing command."]]
* EyeScream: Duane's assassins stab his eyes out with a dagger.
* TheFaceless[=/=]InTheHood: Duane seems to have some kind of face underneath that hood, but 99 percent of the time the upper half of his head is blacked out by his hood. According to WordOfGod, the glamour that makes his face look normal is broken by eye contact, so naturally, he needs something to cover his eyes. This is the reason why we only see what he really looks like when we can also see his eyes.
** [[http://www.casualvillain.com/Unsounded/comic/ch08/ch08_75.html At least until a certain point.]]
* FamilyUnfriendlyDeath: If you thought [[spoiler:Ephsephin getting his brains smashed out]] was bad, just wait until [[spoiler:Zombie-Duane shreds Turas apart and messily devours half of him]]. Both of these get a GoryDiscretionShot; but in the latter case, Sette walks in on the aftermath, which is shown in gruesome detail.
* FantasticRacism: Aldish society is divided into PeopleOfHairColor.
--> "Caste diversity equals Aldish strength. Caste purity equals Aldish power."
* FantasticSlur: "Pissmop" is one for Souds, an Aldish caste identified by their blonde hair.
** "Insect" is one for the short-lived Hethllot. Quigley rebels against this by giving his custom spells insect themes.
* {{Fantasy}}: Quite. Beyond that, however, [[GenreBusting it doesn't readily fit into any of the subgenres]]. It could probably be best described as "LowFantasy, high magic".
* FatBastard: Starfish.
* FateWorseThanDeath: Duane could ''feel himself rotting'' after he became a galit. This is on top of all the other horrific things he has to deal with as part of being a zombie. In addition to that, zombies are a blasphemous abomination in his religion, so it's the rough equivalent of a devout Christian being turned into a slavering Satanic demon.
* FictionalDocument: The author [[http://www.casualvillain.com/Unsounded/world cheekily claims]] that she has lots of information on the setting, but much of isn't in English and she hasn't [[{{Scanlation}} scanlated]] it all.
* {{Fingore}}: [[http://www.casualvillain.com/Unsounded/comic/ch09/ch09_15.html Sette does not appreciate condescension.]]
* FlashbackCut: Used to show Duane's NoHoldsBarredBeatdown in chapter 7, [[http://www.casualvillain.com/Unsounded/comic/ch07/ch07_94.html here.]] Technically counts as a FlashbackWithinAFlashback, too, as chapter 7 is a WholeEpisodeFlashback.
** Also used to show what happened after Duane's reanimation, [[http://www.casualvillain.com/Unsounded/comic/ch08/ch08_39.html here.]]
* FlatWhat: Duane's reaction to his daughter Mikaila asking him if he thinks "[[http://www.casualvillain.com/Unsounded/comic/ch07/ch07_94.html Will is cute]]".
** This is also Quigley's reaction to Starfish calling him useless in chapter 6.
* ForcedToWatch: Chitz, Matty's sight aid, can't be turned off. So, just ForTheEvulz, [[spoiler:Starfish holds it in such a way that Matty is forced to watch Anadyne attempt to kill his father.]]
* ForScience: The [[PlanetOfHats hat]] of the Black Tongues, spellwrights who want the freedom to practice pymary however they want. Some work for the betterment of mankind; some dismantle infants.
* FourLinesAllWaiting: Sette and Duane are ostensibly the "main" viewpoint characters and do get most of the screentime, but the Crescian Peaceguard, the Red Berry Boys, and Jivi also have their own plot threads, and the story often alternates between them as well.
* FrameBreak: Particularly momentous events spill over the sides of the comic.
* FromACertainPointOfView: Subverted. Though she sees it as this, Sette [[spoiler:outright lied and misled Duane to get him closer to Cresce than he would normally have agreed to.]]
* FunctionalMagic: Sorcerers are called "wrights" (short for "spellwright"). Seems accessible enough that one of the mooks could use it while reading an instruction manual. Specifically, pymary is Rule Magic -- it's controlled by speaking a LanguageOfMagic with lots of rules and limitations that must be strictly adhered to.
* FunetikAksent: Sette's occasionally incomprehensible accent is a source of reader rage.
* FunnyBackgroundEvent:
** [[http://www.casualvillain.com/Unsounded/comic/ch02/ch02_35.html Sette knows an opportunity for thievery when she sees one.]]
** Then again, who needs to carry money around when you can pay for stuff by [[http://www.casualvillain.com/Unsounded/comic/ch03/ch03_20.html stealing from the tip jar?]]
* GenreSavvy:
** Duane demonstrates this before a pair of slavers, predicting their fates due to their role in the story.
** [[http://www.casualvillain.com/Unsounded/comic/ch06/ch06_66.html Knock-Me-Down]]:
--> "I got a policy of kids not [[YouKilledMyFather watchin' me crash their parents]]. In ten years a [[{{Franchise/Batman}} masked avenger]]'ll show up to ruin me day."
* GentleGiant: Uaid, the giant hollowed-out hill ogre of the Quigleys.
* GhostShipping: Fans are quick to point out the potential of a [[BoyMeetsGhoul romantic relationship]] between Sette and Duane, or at least a [[ParentalSubstitute father]]/[[BrattyTeenageDaughter daughter]] one.
* {{Gorn}}: Cope really loves her gore. The gore does tend to be more for dramatic or horrifying purposes than pure excitement, but it does dip into this occasionally.
-->'''[[http://spring.me/GlassShard/q/526492586752373849 From Author Comment:]]''' Viscera are beautiful. I think we're lucky to have such pretty insides [[CatSmile :3]]
* GoryDiscretionShot: Sneaking into Duane's room to kidnap Sette is a bad idea. Would have been a SoundOnlyDeath if not for the [[http://www.casualvillain.com/Unsounded/comic/ch06/ch06_84.html soundproofing]].
* GreenRocks: "First" versions of various materials, supposedly from when the gods created the world. They're required to craft [[MagiTech pymarics]], as they're the only objects that can hold a permanent enchantment.
* GrievousBottleyHarm: Starfish beats a wounded [[spoiler:Ephsephin]] to death with a wine bottle.
* GrumpyBear: Rahm Pipa, self-described "meanest man in town".
* GuiltByCoincidence: Duane and Sette are mistaken for members of the Red Berry Boys while investigating an RBB hideout.
* HairAntennae: Sette seems to have somewhat {{downplayed}} ones.
* HalfTheManHeUsedToBe: A {{Mook}} chasing Duane is [[http://www.casualvillain.com/Unsounded/comic/ch07/ch07_99.html killed in this manner.]]
* HealingMagicIsTheHardest: Due to pymary's limitations, healing with it is difficult and it can't accomplish much more than mundane medical techniques.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: While witnessing [[spoiler:her father]] being beaten to death by thugs, [[spoiler:Mikaila]] attempts to stun them with a flashbang spell. This does work as intended...but as the thugs flail around blindly, they stab her by mistake.
* HorrorHunger: Duane and his metaphorical snake. Luckily he has it (mostly) under control.
* HorseOfADifferentColor: Giant dogs are put to work as draft animals in Kasslyne, as well as transport.
* HypocriticalHumor:
** A LoveHotel receptionist is grossed out by Turas participating in a (fake) [[http://www.casualvillain.com/Unsounded/comic/ch06/ch06_81.html sexual roleplay.]] It's also a bit of hypocritical humor on the author's part, since she roleplayed the Unsounded universe for a long time. The same receptionist can be seen reading an InterspeciesRomance novel while {{squick}}ing over Sette pretending to be Duane's lover.
--->'''Vera (love hotel receptionist):''' The deviants are ''always'' roleplayers. Now, did you want Octopus Alley or the Squid Suite?
** And there's [[http://www.casualvillain.com/Unsounded/comic/ch07/ch07_09.html this.]]
--->'''Iori:''' If I ever meet the two-toe that did that to you I'll knock its teeth out!\\
'''Jivi:''' I hit him with a stool.\\
'''Iori:''' Well, violence is never the answer.
** Duane espousing the virtues of peaceful diplomacy and level-headed negotiation shortly after punching a politician in the face. [[LampshadeHanging Lemuel calls him out on this.]]
* IneptMage: One of the Red Berry Boys, Bette, casts spells by reading them directly out of a book with no understanding of the underlying principles, and Duane finds it trivial to seize control of his pymary. [[spoiler: Duane's daughter Mikaila]] also makes a number of dangerous mistakes, although the fact that she's doing it at all at [[ChildMage her age]] shows she has an aptitude for it.
* InfantImmortality: Averted. Kids have no special protection in Unsounded. Besides the numerous off-screen deaths caused by the Red Berry Boys, we have to witness the deaths of [[spoiler:Cara]] and [[spoiler:Duane's daughter Mikaila]].
* InfiniteCanvas: Makes liberal use of this, sometimes altering aspects of the website's background as well; see PaintingTheMedium, below. A notable example is a point where Sette ''[[http://www.casualvillain.com/Unsounded/comic/ch07/ch07_28.html falls through the page.]]''
* InMediasRes: Chapter 1 starts with Sette and Duane already in the middle of their journey.
* IntendedAudienceReaction: WordOfGod [[http://www.formspring.me/GlassShard/q/474976436193608704 explicitly says]] that Murkoph is designed to be as [[CompleteMonster vile]] and [[HateSink hateable]] as possible, so the readers who despise him are perfectly justified in doing so.
** HateSink
* InterruptedSuicide: [[spoiler:Quigley]] in ''Orphans'', twice.
* InWhichATropeIsDescribed: The subtitle of every chapter takes this format. For example,
** Chapter 01: The Reluctant Escort - In Which There Are Strange Beasts & Stranger Stirrings
** Chapter 05: Darkening Sky - [[PunBasedTitle In Which Two Wrights Make A Wrong]]
* ItIsPronouncedTroPay: The correct Aldish pronunciation of Duane's name is ''doo-AHN'' (rhyming with ''you-GONE''), but Sette makes a point of saying ''DWAYNE'' (rhyming with "rain"), mostly just to get his goat.
* ItIsDehumanizing: Plods are usually referred to as "it" and intentionally given as few identifying features as possible to avoid the UncannyValley effect. And [[spoiler:Stockyard]] reveals his true colors when he refers to Duane as "it" in conversation.
-->And [[spoiler:your Da]] earning a ''queen's ransom'' getting '''it''' back where '''it''' goes.
* JerkAssWoobie: [[http://www.casualvillain.com/Unsounded/comic/ch05/ch05_54.html Ephsephin]]. After getting thrashed by Duane and Sette multiple times... and then Captain Toma... you can't help but feel bad for him. Especially since he's made it clear that he's more or less a PunchClockVillain that's JustFollowingOrders.
-->'''Ephsephin:''' I hate today.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Quigley's with the Red Berry Boys [[PunchClockVillain for the money]], but he is completely against their brutal treatment of children and still cares for his son.
* KickTheDog:
** Literally, on [[http://www.casualvillain.com/Unsounded/comic/ch02/ch02_21.html this page.]]
** Starfish [[spoiler:[[ForcedToWatch forcing Matty to watch his father drown]]]], simply because he can.
*** In fact, this is so blatantly and horribly evil that Anadyne [[PetTheDog calls him out on it]] shortly after.
* KillTheCutie: Both [[spoiler:Cara]] and even more heartrendingly [[spoiler:Mikaila, right in front of her father no less]] suffer this.
* {{Ladette}}: Elka. Sette also counts as a pre-pubescent version.
* LameComeback: Sette is a master at these. "Your face" seems to be her favorite.
* LanguageOfMagic: Old Tainish, which is what wrights speak their incantations in. It's said that it was the language the gods used to shape the world, so by speaking it yourself, you can tap into that same power. Naturally, though, you have to be careful and ''very'' specific with your language, otherwise the spell may just blow up your organs.
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: Murkoph to Sette in [[spoiler:the khert]], after an in-universe flashback to Duane's life.
-->'''Sette''': Wh-what's going on?!
-->'''Murkoph''': Flashback. Dream sequence. Hallucinatory rrrrrevelation. Who put the little girl in the lead? Where's the plot-hole you came in through, darlin'?
* LiteraryAgentHypothesis: Letters written by a researcher who's found Duane's journal are inserted here and there, implying that the comic is (possibly) pieced together from his and other accounts.
* LittleBitBeastly: Sette's tail, extremely sharp teeth and ability to smell magic suggest she's not entirely human, and in her dad's gang this leads people to speculate that she's not really his.
* LizardFolk: Called "two-toes" here, named after the fact that they have, well, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin two toes]]. They're pretty small compared to humans though. They used to be subterranean, so they have poor sight and hearing but excellent senses of smell, making them useful as trackers.
* LoveHotels: Sette takes Duane to [[http://www.casualvillain.com/Unsounded/comic/ch06/ch06_35.html a Crescian equivalent]], and manages to {{squick}} the attendant enough that she just slides the key across the counter.
* LuminescentBlush: ''Duane'' does this [[http://www.casualvillain.com/Unsounded/comic/ch07/ch07_74.html here]] (especially in the lower-left panel), looking ridiculously cute in the process.
* MadeFromRealGirlScouts: [[http://www.formspring.me/GlassShard/q/374587102068759457 Cannibal pie!]]
* MadnessMantra: [[http://4ms.me/W9Xy5L A question on his Formspring]] resulted in Duane giving an answer that ended in [[TearJerker a particularly heart-wrenching]] one of these. Could also count as a SurvivalMantra.
* MadScientist: The Black Tongues (or "Ilganyag") are a group of lawless pymary researchers limited only by their imaginations and their own morals. Some are sane, kind individuals who [[JustThinkOfThePotential honestly want to aid humanity in their pursuits]], but others are... less scrupulous.
-->'''Rahm (a Black Tongue himself):''' The Black Tongues are ''one'' brotherhood but each of us act independently. Some seek to better the world through pymary; dismantle the woes of humanity! Others dismantle infants.
* MagicByAnyOtherName: Pymary. Justified, though; see SufficientlyAnalyzedMagic, below.
* MagicIsMental: Using it requires fluency in an archaic language and precise mathematical calculations.
* MagicKnight: Duane is not only an exceptionally skilled wright but skilled with a SimpleStaff as well. According to [[http://www.formspring.me/DuaneAndSette his Formspring account,]] when he was a military commander, he trained all the wrights under his command in weapon skills as well in order to [[DefiedTrope defy]] SquishyWizard.
* {{Magitech}}: Pymarics. Usually of the bionic (replicating living creatures) variety. Due to how the magic system works, they can only be made out of special materials. WordOfGod explains in a colourful metaphor [[http://www.formspring.me/GlassShard/q/183236643807847293 here.]]
* MamasBabyPapasMaybe: The reader might notice from the very first flashback images of Sette's "Da" Nary-A-Care that he lacks a tail and mouthful of sharp teeth. While we don't know what her mother looked like, it's been said that Sette is unique among the Frummagems, let alone the rest of the world, raising questions regarding her paternity. Sette comments briefly on a rumor about this, and seems inwardly concerned that she isn't Nary's daughter by blood. She is, however, determined to prove herself by merit.
* TheManBehindTheMan: [[spoiler:Stockyard is secretly helping Starfish and the Red Berry Boys]].
* MasterOfIllusion: Sort of. [[http://www.formspring.me/DuaneAndSette/q/252881031265270953 The illusory arts are Duane's favourite type of pymary]], not necessarily because of practical application, but because of the artistic possibilities. He's still better at combat spells, though.
* MeaningfulEcho: [[http://www.casualvillain.com/Unsounded/comic/ch06/ch06_69.html Jivi's spectacular entrance]] echoes words from much [[http://www.casualvillain.com/Unsounded/comic/ch03/ch03_05.html earlier]] in the comic.
* MindScrew: In chapter 7. It starts when Sette [[http://www.casualvillain.com/Unsounded/comic/ch07/ch07_28.html falls through the page,]] and [[http://www.casualvillain.com/Unsounded/comic/ch07/ch07_30.html only gets weirder from there.]]
* MistressAndServantBoy: Sette and Duane, with the twist that the mistress is prepubescent.
* MoodDissonance: Duane's idealistic speech about waging war with honor and decency is [[http://www.casualvillain.com/Unsounded/comic/ch07/ch07_94.html contrasted with]] pictures of his NoHoldsBarredBeatdown. "Only in Alderode are we free", indeed.
* MotifOfHarmfulSensation: The weeping plague is spread by eye contact.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Sette frees [[spoiler:Murkoph]] from a supernatural prison after he promises to help her escape. Turns out that was a bad idea, because he's enough of a psychopath to put Starfish to shame.
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: Duane suffered one in the past as punishment for striking a politician. Parts of it are shown via FlashbackCut [[http://www.casualvillain.com/Unsounded/comic/ch07/ch07_94.html here.]]
* NoPronunciationGuide: A commonly-asked question on Ashley's Formspring is the pronunciation of the characters' names. A guide to the two protagonists' names can be found [[http://www.formspring.me/DuaneAndSette/q/262675824199604599 here]] however.
* TheNoseKnows: Sette.
* ObliviousAdoption: Sette mightn't be as oblivious as some, but she ''wants'' to believe she's her father's daughter. Despite the tail.
* OddCouple: He's an elegant lich sorcerer. She's the foul-mouthed child of a thief king. Together, they... walk across a continent.
* OhCrap: [[http://www.casualvillain.com/Unsounded/comic/ch05/ch05_10.html Couldn't have said better myself, Ephsephin.]]
** Turas gets one when he finds himself [[spoiler:locked in a room with Duane, who reveals his true appearance by taking off his hood]].
* OhMyGods: Averted in the case of one religion, played straight in another. Ssaelit are monotheist, and so use "God" in the same way Judeo-Christians do for the most part. The Gefendur, being polytheists, have more unique religious exclamations.
* OneSceneTwoMonologues: In chapter 8, after Duane [[spoiler:realizes he is in Cresce]], he goes on a self-righteous tirade while at the same time Sette rambles about [[spoiler:her time in the khert]]. This is represented by [[http://www.casualvillain.com/Unsounded/comic/ch08/ch08_33.html the speech bubbles overlapping each other.]]
* OlderThanTheyLook: Plats in general, but their lifespans are incredibly short.
* OriginsIssue: Chapter 7, composed primarily of a WholeEpisodeFlashback detailing Duane's life when he was alive, including the events that led to his death and reanimation.
** The supplemental story ''Orphans'' is this for Quigley, detailing his time with the Black Tongues and establishing some of his motivations.
* OurDragonsAreDifferent: Called ''vliegeng''.
* OurLichesAreDifferent: Duane fits this better than any other typical undead creature (though even then it's not a perfect fit, as he does not seem to have a SoulJar); he has retained complete sentience despite being identical to an ordinary plod in most other respects. This appears to be a quite rare (if not unique) condition; Duane somehow maintaining his intelligence after his death and reanimation is evidently quite strange.
* OurZombiesAreDifferent: Actually something of a return to the original voodoo-zombie tradition. The "plods" of the East are corpses that were deliberately reanimated with pymary, and are widely used as a cheap source of slave labor. They are considered quite ordinary in the countries that "employ" them; making a mindless magical meat-puppet do punishing work for days at a time is said to be a more humane practice than enslaving living, feeling humans.
* PaintingTheMedium: Characters lean across the comic borders, and some explosions leave debris across the page. The pages are made to look like a torn up notebook.
* PeopleOfHairColor: The people of Alderode have demonyms derived from their hair colors, such as Coppers, Silvers and Plats.
* PetTheDog:
** Quigley: "[[http://www.casualvillain.com/Unsounded/comic/ch05/ch05_59.html I don't do executions, Starfish.]]"
** While drowning [[spoiler:Quigley]], Anadyne calls Starfish out for [[spoiler:[[ForcedToWatch forcing Matty to watch]]]], as well as his "[[WouldHurtAChild smaller bodies]] = more money" plan.
** Sette stopping Duane from killing a Crescian peaceguard JustFollowingOrders, also [[spoiler:saving Jivi from being killed by Knock-Me-Down despite having no reason to do so.]]
* PleaseKeepYourHatOn: There's [[http://www.casualvillain.com/Unsounded/comic/ch02/ch02_32.html a reason]] Duane always has his hood up.
* ThePollyanna: Young Matty Quigley. According to his bio on the cast page, "Three years ago Matty was struck blind but he still manages to see most silver linings."
* PowersAsPrograms: Manipulation of the khert is (according to WordOfGod, intentionally) ''very'' similar to manipulation of a programming language, to the point where a sufficiently interested hobbyist, amateur, and/or child can get pretty far with the right simple commands. (For example, a lot of glamours basically amount to swapping the textures or sound files for two different objects.) Twins save you if you botch up a command, though...
* PunchClockVillain: Most of Starfish's employees, since [[EvenEvilHasStandards none of them can measure up to his horrible bastardness]]. Except maybe [[BackAlleyDoctor Cutter]].
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: Implied for the Shadwe, who says Duane is "the finest wright I have seen in centuries."
** All Jets and Coppers are potentially like this, due to their incredibly long lifespans.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Quigley reportedly went on one of these [[spoiler:after the government killed his wife Vienne, blinded Matty and confiscated Uaid the construct. He strapped Matty to his back and attacked the municipal office in a suicide run...which he managed to survive.]]
* RoyalBrat: Sette, by virtue of being a crime-king's daughter.
* ScheduleSlip: Actually ''inverted'' on some occasions, where multiple pages will be posted in one day.
* SealedEvilInACan: [[spoiler:Murkoph]], who is trapped in the khert, imprisoned by his own memories. [[NiceJobBreakingItHero Sette frees him.]]
* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness: All the Aldish characters that have appeared so far seem prone to using vastly more complicated sentences and words than most of the other characters, though Duane is ''especially'' heavy on the long-winded Shakespearian dialogue, even compared to his fellow Aldishmen.
** Murkoph shares this trait, although in a much more crude manner.
* ShapingYourAttacks: Gruftgrammer Quigley enjoys manifesting his pymary in the form of swarms of insects (appropriately named Swarm), due to [[WeAreAsMayflies 'insect']] being a very common insult to the short-lived Plats.
** Most wrights do this to a certain extent -- their pymary can be tinted any colour they choose (for example, Duane likes to use green and gold).
* SheCleansUpNicely: [[http://www.casualvillain.com/Unsounded/comic/ch06/ch06_17.html Sette]] can pull off the polished look if she puts in the effort, which she rarely does.
* ShootTheShaggyDog: The flashback to Duane's life as a non-undead man with a wife and children is both this and ForegoneConclusion, especially for [[spoiler:Mikaila, who gets quite a bit of character development before her sudden ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice death at the hands of thugs who weren't even trying to kill her]].
* SimplifiedSpellcasting: Tacit casting, i.e. casting without the verbal component. Duane is unusually adept at this.
* SirSwearsalot: Sette is as vulgar as you'd expect for a child raised by thieves, but never goes beyond a PG-13 rating (unlike the villains, who drop F-bombs).
-->'''Duane:''' Betimes the words that pour out your young mouth send ''chills'' through me.
* SmallAnnoyingCreature: Sette.
* StandardFemaleGrabArea: Beautifully subverted [[http://www.casualvillain.com/Unsounded/comic/ch04/ch04_53.html here.]]
* StarcrossedLovers: [[spoiler: Duane and a fellow student at the academy, Sarthos, as detailed in the side story [[http://www.casualvillain.com/Unsounded/Stories/emanations.html Interior Emanations.]] Firstly because a relationship with anyone outside your caste is an ''extreme'' social taboo -- and secondly because Sarthos, as a Third Option (see below), is legally a man.]]
* StickyFingers: Sette.
* StripBuffer: In [[http://glassshard.tumblr.com/post/84469476811/what-size-is-your-buffer-right-now a tumblr post]], it's revealed that Ms Cope keeps a buffer of at least ''fifty pages''.
* {{Stripperiffic}}: If [[http://www.casualvillain.com/Unsounded/comic/ch08/ch08_06.html this image]] is anything to go by, the clothing of the Crescian nobility (male and female) is elaborate, colorful and ''very'' revealing.
* SufficientlyAnalyzedMagic: According to WordOfGod, the reason magic is called "pymary" and not "magic" is because "magic" implies something unknown or mystical. This is not the case with pymary; it is a common fact of life and essential part of society. It's even taught in schools!
* SuicideByCop: [[spoiler:Quigley]] attempts this ([[InterruptedSuicide and fails]]) at the end of ''Orphans''.
* SupernaturalSensitivity: Sette's olfactory talents extend to being able to smell magic.
* TakeAThirdOption: What happens if you're a woman in Alderode who isn't content with being a housewife, and wants to partake in a role normally only filled by men? Become a literal Third Option! Specifically, agree to be sterilized, bind your breasts and dress and act like a man in every way. If you do well, you'll be allowed to stay in your role, and eventually even marry (another woman) and adopt children! Just be prepared for more than a little discrimination along the way...and if you don't manage to prove yourself, you'll be exiled by your society.
* TalkingIsAFreeAction: Averted [[http://www.casualvillain.com/Unsounded/comic/ch05/ch05_12.html hilariously]] by Duane and Ephsephin's second brawl when the former gives his eloquent LetsGetDangerous speech. Cue facepalm from Sette.
* TapOnTheHead: Subverted. When [[spoiler:Starfish]] subdues [[spoiler:Quigley]] through this method, he is only knocked unconscious for half a minute at most.
* ThereWasADoor: Jivi [[http://www.casualvillain.com/Unsounded/comic/ch06/ch06_69.html piloting Uaid]].
* TitleDrop:
** Not the name of the comic itself, but a chapter, [[http://www.casualvillain.com/Unsounded/comic/ch06/ch06_60.html here.]]
** The comic's title ''is'' dropped in the ''[[http://www.casualvillain.com/Unsounded/Stories/emanations.html Interior Emanations]]'' side story -- Duane expresses a desire to "sound the unsounded."
*** The title of that side story is ''also'' dropped, as the name of the paper Duane and his new friend Sarthos are writing. In universe, it is a reference to their theories on the inner workings of pymary and, out of universe (though Duane manages to make some connections himself in story), a reference to the side story's themes of personal character and skill being more than what appears on the surface.
* {{Tomboy}}: Take a wild guess.
* TonightSomeoneDies: The chapter preview for chapter 6 claims that "not everyone will live to see the sunrise." [[spoiler:Subverted in that ''two'' people die -- Ephsephin midway through, and Turas at the very end.]]
* TranslationPunctuation: The comic uses angle brackets when translating Tainish to [[CommonTongue Continental]]. However, lines spoken in Tainish are occasionally left untranslated. [[BilingualBonus Translations of these lines]] can be found in the [[TheWikiRule series]] [[http://www.casualvillain.com/Unsounded/world/index.php/Tainish wiki]].
* TrollingCreator: Ashley loves to claim that she's going to kill off [[CheerfulChild Matty]] (and, more recently, Quigley) next update/chapter/etc. However, he's still alive and well...thus far.
-->"Iíve long planned on gruesomely killing off Matty but maybe I should move his date of execution up. PULL YOUR WEIGHT, BOY."
* TroubledBackstoryFlashback:
** Glimpses of Sette's life at home are occasionally shown in dark, damaged, and obscured panels, suggesting that her dear ol' Da [[AbusiveParents is not a great guy]], contrary to [[UnreliableNarrator what she claims him to be]].
** Quigley gets one in chapter 6.
** Duane's tragic backstory is revealed in chapter 7.
* UrineTrouble: [[http://www.casualvillain.com/Unsounded/comic/ch09/ch09_63.html Sette startles Matty]] while he's using the bucket in his prison cell. Startled, his aim slips upwards to the barred window Sette is talking though.
* VillainousBreakdown: Ephsephin does not take the events of chapter 5 well.
* WeAreAsMayflies:
** Inverted with the Plats. They're fairly supernatural, having an increased affinity towards [[TheForce the khert]] (or something), which gives them heightened magical abilities. However, this also causes them to age very rapidly, so they can only live up to about 30.
** Inverted in a different way with the Coppers, who are notoriously awful wrights, but very long-lived.
* WhamEpisode: [[http://www.casualvillain.com/Unsounded/comic/ch02/ch02_01.html Chapter 2: The Red Berry Boys]] -- "[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin In Which Bad Guys Ruin Everyone's Good Time]]"
** [[http://www.casualvillain.com/Unsounded/comic/ch07/ch07_102.html Chapter 7 has a rather big one.]]
* WhamLine:
-->'''Stockyard:''' [[spoiler:'Course [I know what Duane is]! A fancy new plod got away from its master, eh? And your Da earning a ''queen's ransom'' getting it back where it goes.]]
* WhenTreesAttack: The Mamalen Entak (Wandering Root) was the antagonist of the first chapter. Bittersweet portrayal.
* WholeEpisodeFlashback: The majority of chapter 7 is a flashback to Duane's life before he became a zombie. The beginning of the chapter has a few unrelated scenes that advance the present-day plotline, however.
* WholesomeCrossdresser: Played with. Aldish women who TakeAThirdOption and live and dress as men in order to become wrights are not wholly unheard of but rarely spoken of, and there's a certain amount of prejudice towards them. [[spoiler: It turns out Duane had an affair with one at the academy, which was strictly against the rules.]]
* WizardDuel: Duane and Quigley in chapter 5. By the end, though, it turns into an all-out brawl as Quigley starts breaking rules with abandon, culminating in him calling a powerful summon beast.
* WouldHurtAChild:
** The Red Berry Boys. And not just ''a'' child but ''children'', plural. And they seem to delight in it, except for Quigley, who leaves the Red Berry Boys' service for this exact reason, and rejoins only due to a heftier reward.
** Starfish especially has been confirmed by WordofGod to be a pedophile.
** Murkoph has [[ImAHumanitarian taken a bite out of Sette]].
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: A critically wounded [[spoiler:Ephsephin]] begs [[spoiler:Starfish]] for a doctor. Instead, he decided to put him out of his misery...''[[NightmareFace gleefully]]''.
** Starfish attempts this on [[spoiler:Quigley]] only moments later, with extra back-up in the form of [[spoiler:Anadyne and "Knock" Frummagem]]... [[spoiler:but Quigley [[CrowningMomentofAwesome holds his own while his son's clinging to his back for dear life and looks like he can win]] before Starfish sneaks up on him and knocks him unconscious]].
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