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''[[http://keychain.patternspider.net/archive/koc0001.html Keychain of Creation]]'' was (see PaintingTheMedium, below) a StickFigureComic set in Creation, the world of the ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'' roleplaying game. It follows the adventures of a quartet of Exalted as they quest to retrieve five magical keys that hold the evil Primordials sealed away: Misho, a Twilight Caste Solar, who has all of his Exaltation's memories dating back to the First Age, but no memory of his current mortal life, which can't ''possibly'' be suspicious; Marena, a Changing Moon Caste Lunar with a fox totem, a flirtatious, fun-loving, confident woman... who's quite possibly the most terrifying of the group; Secret, a renegade Day Caste Abyssal with some major self-esteem problems; and Ten Winds, an elderly Air Aspect Terrestrial, formerly a monk in the Immaculate Order, who left because he [[DefectorFromDecadence grew disillusioned with the Order]], and because he enjoyed the pleasures of the world a bit too much.

GenreSavvy and awareness of game mechanics is universal, and a source of much of the humor. The art style and premise were inspired by the ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', but ''Keychain'' spends less time [[LampshadeHanging lampshading]] the conventions of the [=RPGs=] and fantasy stories and more time on the over-the-top action that's made ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'' famous.

Unfortunately, the webcomic is on hiatus as the author is recovering from tendonitis. Even so, he has been devoting the time he would have otherwise spent on the comic to writing homebrew material for the ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'' setting, which is worth a look at. It is currently not known when (or unfortunately "if") it will begin updating again, as tendonitis can take a long time to heal (and also has the possibility of turning chronic, hence the "if").

Has a [[Characters/KeychainOfCreation character sheet]].

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!!This comic provides examples of:

* OneHundredAndEight: [[http://keychain.patternspider.net/archive/koc0108.html Turns out to be quite the lucky number]]. [[spoiler: Luck had nothing to do with it.]]
* AboveTheInfluence: Misho. [[spoiler:Marena is furious about it.]]
* AbusiveParents: Marena reveals that Aria was one hell of a lot nastier to her than had been previously let on.
* AcquiredPoisonImmunity:
** It might be possible to find a drug or toxin that will incapacitate Ten Winds. You'll have to look for a ''long'' time (and commandeer the help of a few gods and/or demons) before you find it.
** Marena's mother fed her tiny doses of poison during her childhood to protect her from assassinations... which never happened anyway.
* ActionGirl: Pretty much every female in this comic worth mentioning can kick ass with all of the boys, and then some. Sort of comes with the Exalted territory, but even by Exalted standards some of the ladies (especially Nova and Nemen Yi) are incredibly skilled.
* ActualPacifist: Blossom of Harmonious Aethers. And she works for [[MadScientist Nova]], the poor thing.
* AIIsACrapshoot: Subverted, played straight and lampshaded. The Automaton Guard doesn't recognize Marena's caste mark (Misho hypothesises that it's because its sensors are faulty). On the other hand, though tainted with abyssal essence and abandoned for thousands of years, Mew Cai remains true to her original purpose.
* AllAmazonsWantHercules: Karen starts carrying a torch for Ten Winds after practicing martial arts with him. {{Squee}}!
* {{Animorphism}}: Marena, as one of the Lunar Exalted, loves this trope.
* ArrowCatch: [[http://keychain.patternspider.net/archive/koc0366.html Here]], by Ten Winds.
* ArtEvolution:
** Lampshaded in strip [[http://keychain.patternspider.net/archive/koc0319.html 319]], where the stick figure art became... [[BuffySpeak less... stickfigurey.]] (ARMS!!!) Explained in-story as a result of Marena and Secret's first step into learning sorcery, and "[[LeaningOnTheFourthWall changing how they perceived reality]]."
** Done again in [[http://keychain.patternspider.net/archive/koc0379.html 379]], this time explained as the result of the heroes entering the realm of a PhysicalGod. Out of story, it's because the author wanted to move away from sprite-based art and into drawn art.
* ArtShift: Creatures of the Wyld, Primordials, ghosts, and gods (''especially'' [[http://keychain.patternspider.net/archive/koc0191.html gods]]) are each drawn in a significantly different style from the main cast. TheFairFolk are a very subtle example -- they don't have internal lines, just colors.
* AsideGlance: Several, but one of the best examples is when TheDragon tells the local FourthWallObserver / [[TheChessmaster Chessmaster]] (who has just been OutGambitted) to "[[EvilGloating indulge a little]]," since no one's around. TheChessmaster [[http://keychain.patternspider.net/archive/koc0269.html looks right at the audience, smiles, and says]] "[[AllAccordingToPlan Just as planned]]." Just as the chapter ends.
* AskAStupidQuestion: [[http://keychain.patternspider.net/archive/koc0334.html Here's your sign, Secret.]]
* AwesomenessByAnalysis: In one corner we have a [[CurbStompBattle rampaging]] [[CrazyAwesome Sidereal Exalt]] that's [[TheWorfEffect just walked all over two death knights]]. In the other, we have [[LoveableSexManiac Marena]] [[TheChick Of The Red Crescent]]. Marena '''isn't''' able to stop the Sidereal, but she does take her down a peg in a very cool fashion.
* BareYourMidriff: Practically every female character of significance. Blossom of Harmonious Aethers being the sole exception.
* BeatPanel: It's easier to list all the strips that have a joke but don't have a beat panel, really.
* BeachEpisode: For some reason or another, the party ended up in the Sanctum (pocket dimension) of Costora, god of the beach.
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: "...I beseech you to guide events that [[ExactWords my sister]] will not reveal our nature to our enemies." [[spoiler: At that point the artifact armband that hid her Lunar nature snapped.]]
* BewareTheSuperman: Marena's justification for being a shamelessly flirty homewrecker is, well...[[http://keychain.patternspider.net/archive/koc0092.html take a look for yourself.]] In the [[TabletopGame/{{Exalted}} source material]], this is an EnforcedTrope, as most Exalted are afflicted by the [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity Great Curse]], and those that aren't have [[WalkingWasteland other]] [[ContractualGenreBlindness problems]].
* BigBad: The First and Forsaken Lion. As a nine-foot tall man wearing armour forged from souls and hellbent on [[OmnicidalManiac killing everything ever]][[note]]Technically, he 'only' wants to kill the Neverborn. Everyone else is just collateral damage...[[/note]], he's one of the more literal examples of this trope. It's worth noting that this is rather pointedly spot-on to his portrayal in the game's canon.
* {{BFS}}: Ragara Karen's Daiklave, which is about [[SmallGirlBigGun twice her height]]. When not in combat she can actually fold it up into a slightly more compact form.
* BiggerOnTheInside: Because Misho knows [[http://keychain.patternspider.net/archive/koc0109.html Magic science!]]
* BilingualBonus: Those hieroglyphs are not made up on the spot. It's correct Old Realm, and you can transliterate everything... into roughly phonetic English. Two out of three ain't bad.
* BishieSparkle: [[http://keychain.patternspider.net/archive/koc0273.html Words fail.]]
* BreadEggsMilkSquick: [[http://keychain.patternspider.net/archive/koc0317.html Marena's list of things her mother did to her]], also counting as a LongList gag.
* BreakTheCutie: The backstory for Secret's transition from adorable little tyke to [[WalkingWasteland bane of]] [[ApocalypseMaiden existence]].
* BreastAttack: Nova gets nailed with one when pouncing an "unarmed" Misho. [[http://keychain.patternspider.net/archive/koc0172.html Cue winces from most of the female cast]].
* BrickJoke: All the way back in Marena's backstory, when Luna showed up, he was in fully-drawn art. Cut to the godrealm they enter hundreds of strips later...
* ByThePowerOfGrayskull: Costora. [[http://keychain.patternspider.net/archive/koc0381.html "In the name of Sol Invictus, and the laws of heaven...!"]]
* CallingYourAttacks: Misho calls his spells and Combos -- which can provide a BilingualBonus for those people that can transliterate the Old Realm script it's in if the effect of the spell isn't shown until a page or two later.
* CanonImmigrant:
** Open up [=MoEP=]: Alchemicals, flip to page 81. Look at the last name on the list of prominent Alchemicals.[[note]]For those without the book, Elegant Nova of Progression is now the name of a canonical Alchemical Exalt.[[/note]]
** One of Nova's powers is now an official Alchemical Charm, Light-Etched Interceptor Barrier.
* [[CaramelldansenVid Caramelldansen]]: [[http://keychain.patternspider.net/archive/koc0124.html Occurs in-story]].
* CatchPhrase: Ten Winds has "JUSTICE!"
* CelibateHero: Misho. Even Marena's charms don't work on him, [[spoiler: not that she hasn't been trying.]] Her [[LoveIsInTheAir pheromones]], [[http://keychain.patternspider.net/archive/koc0121.html on the other hand]]...
* ChainsawGood: [[http://keychain.patternspider.net/archive/koc0046.html This strip]]
* ChekhovsArmoury: Drawing on its source materials, just about every major detail is shown or foreshadowed.
* ChekhovsGun: [[spoiler: Secret's necklace, and her habit of rubbing it when worried and distressed]]. Set up in Strip #1 actually.
* ChekhovsGunman: [[spoiler: Ten Wind's Sidereal student]], also set up in Strip #1.
* ClusterFBomb: [[http://keychain.patternspider.net/archive/koc0374.html Karen]], despite being ''mute'':
-->'''Ten Winds:''' "Astounding. I can actually '''feel''' you swearing."
* CollapsedMidSpeech: On the very first page, Secret collapses out of breath in the process of saying her OverlyLongName.
* ConfusionFu: Nemen Yi is able to judo throw people across time and space. [[RuleOfCool And it is awesome]].
* CoolSword: The Keys, of course, but also Misho's other sword, the Blade of Vitality. It makes its wielder immortal, even compared to the Exalted.
* CureForCancer: Misho can apparently do this at will ("It's so easy when you know how to do it!") but it kinda breaks their cover.
* CuteLittleFangs: Marena and Secret, occasionally. Marena because she's a Lunar, and sometimes takes on animal features, especially when she's angry or agitated; and Secret because she's an Abyssal, with the added ability to grow full not-so-cute vampire fangs, because she regains Essence through consuming blood. ([[ImAHumanitarian Among other things]], if the author's staying close to the source.)
* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: The Fae deliberately attack the party, knowing they'll be defeated, because:
-->"If we hadn't come to fight you, there'd be no reason to have us in this comic. And then we wouldn't exist."
** It needs to be noted that this perfectly fits the portrayal of the Fair Folk in ''Exalted''. They live stories, and the more powerful ones '''are''' stories.
* DarkIsNotEvil: Secret. She's an Abyssal who's manipulated the system enough to ensure she only has to kill evil people.
* DarkSkinnedRedhead: Marena, Karen, Four the fire aspect lady.
* DealWithTheDevil: Canonically, most Abyssals get their StartOfDarkness this way. [[http://keychain.patternspider.net/archive/koc0300.html Like Secret, for example.]]
* DidYouJustFlipOffCthulhu: [[TemptingFate Don't ever tell a god that what is going on isn't their concern.]] Otherwise, even if it isn't, they'll MAKE IT their concern, just to spite you. (Although, considering the relative positions of the Exalted and lesser gods, it's as much C'thulhu flipping YOU off.)
* DisabilitySuperpower:
** Subverted with Resonance Ben, who is blind and uses inhumanly acute hearing to 'see' because he thinks it's cool, but who constantly has it turned against him in various ways.
** Ben also has an Exalt-specific Disability Superpower that's the reason for his name (on multiple levels): he intentionally cultivates Resonance, the Abyssal form of Limit that stems from his EldritchAbomination patrons getting pissy with him, to channel it into devastating necrotic attacks. This is pretty much a complete GameBreaker though -- the entire ''point'' of Resonance is that you don't want it (you don't want [[EldritchAbomination Eldritch Abominations]] mad at you).
* DualWielding: Nemen Yi, the Sidereal of Mars. Bonus points for ''dual wielding {{BFS}}es''.
* DynamicEntry:
** Done by Ten Winds early on. ''JUSTICE!''
** Karen later pulls off the same thing, complete with the same cry as an UnsoundEffect.
* EldritchAbomination: The primordials, as per ''Exalted'' canon.
-->'''Secret:''' What are these, Misho?
-->'''Misho:''' Mostly, they're images of the primordials, as they were before the war. The gods felt it important we be reminded who we were fighting... thought we would feel a bit more confidence if we knew the nature of our foes.
-->'''Secret:''' Who's that?
-->'''Misho:''' That would be Adrián, the River of All Torments. The gods weren't... used to humans, at that point.
* ExactTimeToFailure: Subverted. Mew Cai announces that the Soaring Manse will self destruct in 47 seconds, [[spoiler:but waits until the evil Abyssals attacking the party have left before she mentions how to stop it]]. Later [[spoiler: DoubleSubverted, as something else caused the catastrophic chain reaction that killed her a few minutes later.]]
* ExactWords: The Terrestrial bandits have no objection to someone driving on to the bridge. [[spoiler:Getting off of it, however...]]
* ExposedToTheElements: Marena, [[http://keychain.patternspider.net/archive/koc0156.html here]].
* ExtremeOmnisexual: Marena.
--> [[http://keychain.patternspider.net/archive/koc0185.html Let me see, how many... How many people... ...Define "people."]]
* EyelessFace: Ghosts have these, along with a black-and-white color palette, to distinguish them from mortals.
* TheFairFolk: The Fae. While everyone in the comic knows the mechanics on which the universe runs and is GenreSavvy, only the Fae realize they are in a comic strip. This is done in order to portray an alternate worldview that, to everyone else, seems like insanity.
* FanNickname: Notably, Secret's OverlyLongName was initially going to be shortened as 'Sorrowful Herald'. 'Secret' was coined by a fan before a practical-sized name was established, however, and the author liked it, so it was taken up in the comic as well.
* FantasticArousal: Marena has ''[[http://keychain.patternspider.net/archive/koc0270.html very]]'' sensitive ears...
* FastballSpecial: Much to her surprise, Ten Winds [[http://keychain.patternspider.net/archive/koc0062.html throws Secret at the door to break it down]] when flying out of the manse.
* FearlessFool: Fury has Valor 5. [[http://keychain.patternspider.net/archive/koc0279.html It shows.]] Also [[http://keychain.patternspider.net/archive/koc0280.html here]]; compare her reaction with that of the others.
* FingerPokeOfDoom: [[http://keychain.patternspider.net/archive/koc0336.html Secret vs. pig.]]
* FollowTheLeader: Shamelessly admitted on the links page: "Here's the Order of the Stick, the comic that inspired me to write Keychain of Creation. And by 'inspired,' I mean 'the same, but with Exalted.'"
* ForTheLulz: Nova attacks, kidnaps, and harasses members of the party, largely because she's bored.
* FourthWallMailSlot: As explained by the author, it sorta makes some sense, since the Fair Folk characters who do it know they're in a comic anyway.
* FreeSamplePlotCoupon: Misho already possesses Eternal Dawn, the Key of the Sun.
* FreudianExcuse: Marena has a lot of issues regarding her mother. After we find out what Aria's idea of "parenting" seems to be, it's suddenly a lot less surprising. [[http://keychain.patternspider.net/archive/koc0317.html Take a look]], and pay close attention to Misho. You can actually watch his faith in humanity slowly dying.
* FunbagAirbag: Take note of the [[http://keychain.patternspider.net/archive/koc0374.html first and last panel]]. Also counts as FunnyBackgroundEvent.
* FunWithAcronyms: Mew Cai = '''M'''anse of the '''E'''ver '''W'''atchful '''C'''ustodian '''A'''rtificial '''I'''ntelligence.
* GenderBender: Marena's "Twin-Faced Hero" Knack.
* GenreSavvy:
** All of them to an extent, but Ten especially. [[http://keychain.patternspider.net/archive/koc0073.html Watch]] as he shoots down the potential for at least one standard MacGuffin plot.
** Nova is too. She seems to have read the EvilOverlord's list, despite not actually being an ''Evil'' Overlord. [[spoiler: When Misho saves her life, she promptly stops fighting him, returns Secret, and states that it's just good sense to not attack someone who has helped you.]] Very, very smart. And keeps her likable.
** TheFairFolk are actually aware they're in a comic strip, which makes them seem insane to everybody else.
* TheGloriousWarOfSisterlyRivalry: Secret and Marena seem like this at times, with Secret being more the Smart Sister and Marena being the Popular Sister.
* GlowingEyesOfDoom
* GoYeHeroesGoAndDie: Misho suggests the Primordial War-era murals in the tunnels had this effect.
* GogglesDoSomethingUnusual: Misho uses his glasses for triage purposes, while Nemen Yi has glasses that are some sort of artifact.
* GonnaNeedMoreX:
-->[[http://keychain.patternspider.net/archive/koc0365.html "We're going to need more coconuts."]]
-->[[NoodleIncident "No, he doesn't do that any more."]]
* HeroAntagonist:
** Elegant Nova of Progression. Sure, she's a MadScientist, but it's clear from the point where we actually meet her that she's a charitable and kind person who just happens to be ''really'' stubborn about test subjects. [[spoiler:The fact that she happily surrenders when Misho saves her from being badly injured helps too.]]
** Nemen Yi is a staunch defender of Creation, but she seriously questions the party's qualifications to defend the Keys. [[spoiler: There's probably more to it than that.]]
* HeroicBastard: Secret. As far as the character archetype goes, she had a pretty sweet deal (she was fortunate enough to have both parents in her life), but given that she lived in the [[HeManWomanHater Coral]] [[PlanetOfHats Archipelago... ]]
* HeroicBSOD: Misho in #220, [[spoiler:when faced with giving Ben the key and saving countless innocent lives (while simultaneously dooming all of Creation), or keeping it and effectively condemning them to death at the hands of countless undead troops.]] This is an actual rule in ''Exalted'' -- what you see is the [[spoiler:Heart of Tears]] Limit Break, where a Compassionate Solar becomes literally [[spoiler:[[AngstComa catatonic]] with indecision and guilt over every decision he's made.]]
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Mew Cai]] *Sniff*
* HumongousMecha: Misho's God-Forged Champion of War.
* ImprobableWeaponUser:
** Misho fights with a keyblade. And is in denial about it.
** First And Forsaken Lion seems to be going the keyblade route as well, as opposed to the soul-sucking {{BFS}} he wields in canon. Misho mentioned [[http://keychain.patternspider.net/archive/koc0005.html early on]] that the First And Forsaken Lion had forged the Key of Soulsteel. And when considering what the Keys are capable of, it's not surprising that he'd trade his old sword in for the Key of Soulsteel. It would be hilarious, though, if he only wants to escape his armor instead of taking over/destroying the world.
* IncorruptiblePurePureness: Misho seems this way.
* IncrediblyLamePun: [[http://keychain.patternspider.net/archive/koc0145.html ...he just sort of...]] ''[[BondOneLiner fell to pieces]]''. [[LampshadeHanging Even the dismantled clawstrider, who can't hear the pun, is disgusted.]]
* InstrumentOfMurder: Resonance Ben's soulsteel guitar. His FiveBadBand also has similar instruments, except for Flame who considers the whole thing silly.
-->'''Flame:''' I'm really not affiliated with this...
* ITakeOffenseToThatLastOne: In an early strip, Secret calls Marena a "bossy overweight oversexed shapeshifting cow" and gets pushed down a long fall for it. The title of the comic is "I am not a cow!"
* {{Jossed}}: The author has a neat way about handling this: He insists, constantly, that every single EpilepticTree is completely true, as sincerely as possible. No matter what context, IM, forum, in actual discussion, he insists they are always correct, so that in the end, everyone, including him, is proven wrong. It's absolutely [[http://www.patternspider.net/forums/viewtopic.php?p=119647#p119647 hilarious.]] Jukashi has gone so far as to create a ForcedMeme out of this. [[http://www.patternspider.net/forums/viewtopic.php?f=37&t=6922&p=125265&hilit=+nooooo+my+scheme#p125265 "nooooo my scheme"]]
* JustAsPlanned: While every Sidereal, everywhere, can be presumed to be running at least one {{plan}} if not more, Nemen Yi [[http://keychain.patternspider.net/archive/koc0269.html goes out of her way to remind us of the fact]].
* {{Kawaiiko}}: Secret is so adorable she [[{{Omochikaeri}} inspired Marena to take her along with the party]]. As a child she was even ''more'' adorable, probably because she hadn't yet undergone the horrible experience that would eventually kill her and drive her to become an Abyssal.
* KickTheDog: Nemen Yi launches an unprovoked attack on [[TheWoobie Secret]] just to get what she wants. Admittedly, she's apparently under a mandate to rescue the Orichalcum Key from Abyssals, but given Secret's history this is a bit of a stretch.
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: Apparently, everyone but a sorcerer-initiate sees stick figure characters. This "fact" is used to hang a lampshade on the ArtEvolution in comic #319. Earlier, some characters lampshade it by commenting that they can't tell when somebody is wearing pants.
* LookBehindYou: Marena distracts a group of guards by shouting that the Kukla -- a legendary Earth Dragon larger than a mountain range -- is behind them. The ensuing conversation between the guards reveals they've fallen for this one before (you don't want to take chances with the Kukla). Of course, Marena was probably using a Charm on them. ([[http://keychain.patternspider.net/fanart/petemansarge.png One fan comic]] showed the one time when they finally didn't fall for it. Guess what was sneaking up on them?)
* LostTechnology: Subverted. Most remnants of the First Age are broken or malfunctioning. Anything still working is hard to maintain.
* LovingAShadow: [[spoiler: Marena won't entertain the notion of getting serious with Misho]] until she's sure he's seeing her as she is now, not as she was [[spoiler:in the First Age.]]
* LudicrousGibs: see FingerPokeOfDoom
* MagikarpPower: Implied with Secret. As a Deathknight, her power is potentially equal to Misho's or Karen's, but she has too much of a conscience and too little self-confidence to wield it. It remains to be seen if this changes or if [[spoiler: successfully becoming a Solar]] will unlock her full power.
* {{Magitek}}: The Nova arc features tons of it: Alchemical Exalted, magitek cybernetics, and more.
* MeaningfulName: Resonance Ben (Resonance being a side effect of an Abyssal not following the path set for them by the Neverborn). Of course, most Exalted get names like that, but only with some of them is it obvious why they're named so.
* MediumAwareness:
** The Fae and the Sidereals. Nemen Yi uses this to her advantage in combat: [[PanelBreak leaping from one panel to another, abusing perspective to hit multiple targets with a single slash]], ''[[PanelBreak breaking off one of the comic's gutters and throwing it at Ben]]'', reaching across panels to smack the heads of two enemies together, and throwing one of them across panel lines into another. As you can expect, this is a CrowningMomentOfAwesome. [[note]]Such Sidereal Shenanigans are not exaggerations. Their martial arts allow, among other things, [[RetCon retconning]] your position on the battlefield...[[/note]]
** Interestingly enough, [[http://keychain.patternspider.net/archive/koc0108.html Ten Winds has it too]] -- the only "lucky number" here is the comic number. Fertiliser for [[invoked]] EpilepticTrees right there...
* MilesToGoBeforeISleep: [[http://keychain.patternspider.net/archive/koc0063.html Mew has felt like this, it seems.]]
* {{Munchkin}}: Encouraged in the ''Exalted'' universe and exemplified by several characters.
** Resonance Ben is a wonderful character with lots of depth and some truly amazing moments. However, anyone who attempts to create a character in an actual ''Exalted'' game who does ''anything'' like what Ben does with Resonance should be shot, as the whole point of Resonance is to penalize the Abyssal for defying the rules of their masters.
** Misho took a lot of flaws to pay for his badass abilities. Atypically, these flaws cause him a great deal of trouble.
** Secret appears to have optimized herself for Dodge charms. Because they solve '''everything'''.
* MundaneUtility:
** Misho uses his divine power to create items from nothingness to make... a desk. A Glorious Solar Desk. Later, a hammer. A bit of MemeticMutation there too. GLORIOUS SOLAR is fairly common in the rulebooks. For fun, replace with anything. Desk. Chair. Pen. Hammer. [[NoodleImplements Pig]]. You get the idea.
** Ten Winds using his anima flux as a cold shower for Marena.
** Marena using (indeed, abusing) a shapeshifting knack to change clothes, complete with a naked transformation scene. In public.
* NameThatUnfoldsLikeLotusBlossom: But of course. The Conductor of the Cacophonic Steel Chorus, Fifth Man Born In Readiness, Elegant Nova of Progression... you get the idea. Secret's full name parodies the trend.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Exalted tend to have these sorts of names as a general rule. Specific mentions include the King of Uncloaked Steel, the First and Forsaken Lion, and Misho Thrice-Radiant. Secret's would be one, if she could say it all in one breath.
--> '''Misho''': "When you find someone's name, it's often a good idea to find out why they were named so."
* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: In the inimitable ''Exalted'' tradition.
* NinjaProp: Nemen Yi breaks the panel dividers (gutters) and uses the pieces as throwing weapons.
* NoFourthWall: While the main characters have occasionally spoken of being in a comic, the Fae take this trope all the way. This complies with the source material, as it's actually a power of the Fae to do so according to their rulebook, ''Graceful Wicked Masques''.
* NoGuyWantsToBeChased: Misho, of all people, seems to have this attitude about Marena's advances. He refuses a relationship with her because he thinks she won't treat it seriously.
* NoodleIncident: Involving a beach god
-->'''Misho:''' ...We're going to need more coconuts.
--> '''Ten Winds:''' No, he doesn't do that anymore.
* NoOSHACompliance: From the annotation to [[http://keychain.patternspider.net/archive/koc0052.html comic 52:]] "You know, it strikes me that the health and safety people in the First Age must have had somewhat different standards from what we would expect."
* NoSenseOfPersonalSpace: [[http://keychain.patternspider.net/archive/koc0277.html Five Waves Fury]] frequently glomps StraightMan Flame.
* NWordPrivileges: Parodied with the derogatory "'nathema."
* OddJobGods: comes with the territory of being set in the ''Exalted'' 'verse. Examples so far include Kuka-Rem, god of political manipulation, and Costora, god of the beach.
* OhCrap: [[http://keychain.patternspider.net/archive/koc0339.html It is, in fact, not beyond the old man's business.]]
* OneWayVisor: "Sarge," one of Nova's cyborgs.
* OneWingedAngel: Would you settle for a nearly-defeated [[spoiler:Elegant Nova]] turning into a [[spoiler:thirty-foot-tall robotic sphinx?]]
* OrphanedPunchline: [[http://keychain.patternspider.net/archive/koc0206.html "...into a banana! I was amazed."]]
* OverlyLongName: Poor Secret nearly passes out just from trying to say her full title, in a parody of the overly long and poetic titles that tend to get used by Abyssal Exalted. It's actually over seventy words.
* PaintingTheMedium:
** SpeechBubbles change color and border depending on the type of character talking and sometimes the Charms they are using, similar to [[Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick OOTS]], as well as the Fae (and Gods) being drawn differently.
** Even languages reflect this, when the characters are using magic. [[http://keychain.patternspider.net/archive/koc0291.html Necromancy]], [[http://keychain.patternspider.net/archive/koc0245.html the one used by Ten Winds]] and [[http://keychain.patternspider.net/archive/koc0282.html Old Realm, used for Sorcery.]].
** [[http://keychain.patternspider.net/archive/koc0180.html That's how]] this comic shows that a phrase is said by one person in two connected bodies.
** When Marena and Secret are initiated to sorcery in [[http://keychain.patternspider.net/archive/koc0319.html #319]] (an event they have been told will "change how [they] perceive reality itself"), the strip suddenly stops being a StickFigureComic.
* PassThePopcorn: The leader of the GenreSavvy Fae that attack the group does this [[http://keychain.patternspider.net/archive/koc0101.html in the middle of battle]].
* PerkyFemaleMinion: Five Waves Fury, a Full Moon-caste Lunar in the service of the First and Forsaken Lion. ''Ridiculously'' [[GenkiGirl Genki]], constantly trying to snuggle Flame, and yes, ''that'' kind of perky.
* PurelyAestheticGender: Averted when Marena attempts to [[SmellsSexy use a pheromonal Charm]] against a robot who happens to be gay (or possibly asexual). [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption And currently in a sexless form anyway]].
* ReallyGetsAround: [[http://keychain.patternspider.net/archive/koc0185.html Marena]].
* ReplacementGoldfish: [[spoiler:Marena won't enter into a serious relationship with Misho because she is afraid of being this. ReincarnationRomance is funny like that.]]
* ReverseThePolarity: Subverted and lampshaded in [[http://keychain.patternspider.net/archive/koc0148.html a fight between Nova and Misho]]:
--> '''Nova:''' You are a worthy adversary, Misho! But even you could not anticipate that I would invert the photon charge of the deflector array... AGAIN.
--> '''Misho:''' [[OhMyGods SOL DAMNIT]] THAT SHOULDN'T DO ANYTHING EVEN IF IT IS POSSIBLE!
--> '''Nova:''' Ha! You just don't think the same way I do!
* RidiculouslyHumanRobot: Elegant Nova of Progression and her fellow Alchemical Exalted are all examples. To be fair, the Alchemicals have human souls, like their fellow Exalted, and are closer to being cyborgs than true robots due to their artificial flesh. At higher Essence levels, they're the foundation and central part of entire ''cities''.\\
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Further, the Alchemicals here are "houseruled," and seem much more machine-like than normal Alchemical Exalted (being broken to pieces without any lasting harm, for example)... although interestingly, once the 2nd Edition Alchemicals book came out, much of those "houseruled" effects became canon -- and Nova herself [[CanonImmigrant became a canon character, if only through a name drop]]!
* RightBehindMe: [[http://keychain.patternspider.net/archive/koc0357.html #357]]. Unusual in that the person in question is not ''overheard''.
* RPGMechanicsVerse: With ''Exalted'' being the RPG.
* RuleOfCool: As with ''Exalted'', a lot of things are handwaved with "We're Exalted! We're just that awesome!"
-->'''Alchemical:''' You're blocking my scent with yours!? [[HowIsThatEvenPossible Th- that doesn't even make sense!]]
-->'''Marena:''' I'm Exalted! I just smell '''that good'''.
* RuleOfThree: Subverted and lampshaded. Three goblins attack the party. The first two are flipped into a tree, but Secret stabs the last to death, remarking "Oh, was I supposed to flip it into the tree? Sorry."
* RuleThirtyFour:
** The author has an adult fanart gallery, separate from the main one. Granted, it only has one picture so far, but that's not bad for a StickFigureComic. There is written porn as well, and Jukashi himself has gotten in on the act.
** [[http://keychain.patternspider.net/archive/koc0204.html A very short (and clean) excerpt of another story appears in the comic]], presented as if Marena is writing it herself. [[ShowWithinAShow Self-insert fiction]] or memoirs? With [[LoveableSexManiac Marena]], who knows...
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* SaveTheVillain: Misho does this to [[spoiler: Elegant Nova]] and ''it worked'', despite [[spoiler:Nova not being in much actual danger.]]
* SayItWithHearts: [[http://keychain.patternspider.net/archive/koc0170.html Nova]], amongst others.
* ScheduleSlip: Since the author got tendonitis, the comic has gone on an indefinite hiatus.
* SealedEvilInACan: The Yozis, and the five Keys are the can openers.
* SemanticSuperpower: Per WordOfGod the five Keys, when used together, grant the wielder omnipotence as long as they can phrase the desired action as "unlocking." Want to kill an immortal? One might call that "locked" to life, so the Keys can help with that.
* SerialEscalation: What incredibly strange things can a stick figure do? How strange can the weapons get? How ''cute'' and '''adorable''' can Secret be? Or Misho? How much can this comic outclass ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' in fight scenes? And what new bizarre-yet-awesome [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot character type combinations]] [[note]]Mexican mummy/sorcerer wielding soul-encrusted chainsaw katars, A blind MusicalAssassin rockstar, A pheromone-emitting hippy android, a cyborg bandito/raptor transformer, a five-armed patchwork giant drummer, a shape-shifting cowboy martial artist...[[/note]] can Jukashi think up?
* SerratedBladeOfPain: Elegant Nova Of Progression has a huge combat form with micro-serrated claws.
* SherlockScan: Marena is able to undermine two [[TheFairFolk Fae]] and a [[CrazyAwesome Sidereal]] just by making deductions about their motivations.
* ShipTease: [[spoiler:"Ears."]]
* ShirtlessScene: Misho twice, Ten (Lampshaded by the page title), Marena ([[GenderBender In both sexes]]), Ben.
* ShootTheDog: Misho [[spoiler:going full SternTeacher mode]]. Even he thinks he was too harsh.
* ShoutOut:
** [[Series/RedDwarf But where do all the Toasters go?]]
** The comic also features cameos of characters from a spiritual predecessor comic, ''The Freedom Stone'', located on the ''Exalted'' forum.
** Also, the elevator muzak is [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Cruel Angel's Thesis]]. Which considering the questions raised by Misho's backstory could be Foreshadowing. Or not.
** The above is possibly also a shout-out to ''{{Megatokyo}}'', [[http://megatokyo.com/strip/377 which used a similar gag]].
** [[http://keychain.patternspider.net/archive/koc0256.html This]] Christmas-filler comic contains a [[{{Snowlems}} snowlem]] who is pretty much identical to a certain disturbing snowman created by [[CalvinAndHobbes Calvin]].
** Three Words: [[Manga/DeathNote Just As Planned.]]
** "'''''[[http://keychain.patternspider.net/archive/koc0103.html Stop right there,]] [[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion criminal scum!]]''''' I mean, Fae."
** [[http://keychain.patternspider.net/archive/koc0323.html This comic]]. Don't get the reference? Here's your hint: [[Literature/TheHobbit It's written in Moon Runes on Thrór's map]]. Also counts as a TakeThat against a common fantasy trope.
** The God of Locks has a hairstyle that looks remarkably like Sora's from ''{{Kingdom Hearts}}''.
** [[http://keychain.patternspider.net/archive/koc0343.html This strip:]]
--> ''Mysterious cigarette-smoking figure:'' [[VideoGame/TeamFortress2 "Gentlemen."]]
** [[SweetBroAndHellaJeff and there she goes the dawn caste.... HASS the initiative.]]
** That Nova looks so much like [[MyLifeAsATeenageRobot Jenny XJ-9]] ''can't'' be coincidence.
* ShrugOfGod: Someone notes in the forum that the word "monstrosity" was misspelled as "monstrocity" [[http://keychain.patternspider.net/archive/koc0212.html when Misho was fighting the Band]]. Another poster comments that Monstrocity would be a good name for a band... The creator's response: ''':D'''
* SingleStrokeBattle: The final showdown between [[spoiler:Ten Winds and Nemen Yi]] turned out to be one. [[spoiler:As with Karen, Ten Winds demonstrated his superior skill by messing up his opponent's hair.]]
* SkirtsAndLadders: Marena discovers that [[http://keychain.patternspider.net/archive/koc0014.html Secret's wearing black panties]] when they're climbing.
* SmallGirlBigGun: Parodied. One of the Exalted who shows up for the TerribleIntervieweesMontage is one of these, and manages to put someone's eye out with her massively oversized Essence cannon.
* SortingAlgorithmOfEvil: Ben and Flame are at the bottom of The First And Forsaken Lion's chain of command: Ben's department is Morale, since he's a musician, and Flame's is Recruitment, since he summons the undead. Neither of these ''requires'' any actual combat skills, implying that they weren't recruited for their combat prowess, but rather for their abilities in those areas instead.\\
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Which may give you an idea of just how powerful the guys at the top of the chain are (since Ben and Flame, two of their "weakest" members, are incredibly powerful). Especially the heads of "Equipment" and "Guerilla," who were sent off to go and do some serious ass-kicking to The First And Forsaken Lion's enemies. Remember, equipment includes weaponry... like giant essence cannons.
* SpinOff: [[http://lafreeze.deviantart.com/gallery/28821507 Tales of the Mastah]].
* SternTeacher: Misho. Misho. Dear Sol Invictus '''Misho'''.
* [[StoneSoup Rockodile Soup]]: [[IncrediblyLamePun Used as a]] {{brick joke}}.
* SuperEmpowering
* SurferDude: Costora, god of the beach. Now imagine him with Music/WeirdAlYankovic's voice.
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: Marena and Racer are [[http://keychain.patternspider.net/archive/koc0251.html most definitely not members of a secret society]]. That doesn't exist. It doesn't have any political influence or {{ninja}}s.\\
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Which is a running gag in the [[http://www.patternspider.net/forums/index.php Exalted Compendium Redux Forums]], as shown [[http://www.patternspider.net/forums/viewtopic.php?p=114111#p114111 here,]] as well as a running gag in the game itself. The section of the rulebook that [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial doesn't present the White Veil Society]] also makes no assumptions about how it might be organized if it did exist, which it doesn't, and presents no Charms that describe the martial arts style that might suit their needs, if they existed. [[OverlyLongGag Which they don't,]] so don't worry about the ninjas that aren't right behind you.
* TakeAThirdOption: The situation Secret has finally found herself in. Does she embrace her new existence as a Deathknight, and work towards the death of all Creation? Does she run from her responsibilities forever? Or [[spoiler:does she seek redemption and attempt to become a Solar]]?
* TalkingWeapon: Unlike most soulsteel, Secret's shapeshifting sword/bow/belt Cluivnarihe can speak coherently, shows no sign whatsoever of suffering from having been soulforged, and is a bully who mocks Secret when nobody else is around.
* TalkLikeAPirate: [[http://keychain.patternspider.net/archive/koc0035.html Seatongue.]]
-->'''Mew Cai''': Aharr yarr, harr yarr?\\
'''Secret''': Avast! Yo ho yaharr harr yarr, matey!\\
'''Mew Cai''': Aharr yarr ho ho, scurvy dog bilges.\\
'''Marena''': Are you sure you're sane?
* TerribleIntervieweesMontage: The webcomic starts off with one of these, as Misho and Marena try to find two more adventurers to go along with them.
* ThoseTwoBadGuys: Ben and Flame. Recently upgraded to a full QuirkyMinibossSquad by the addition of several more Exalts.
* TimePassesMontage: Parodied. What looks like a seasons changing sequence is really just Misho playing around with a weather machine.
* TrainingFromHell:
** Ten Winds and Marena decide to "help" Secret out when they find out how abysmal her Stamina and Manipulation abilities are.
--->"You can run or we'll go through the bee training again!"
*** Later, Karen got in on the act. How does she let Secret know what to do?
--->'''Karen's [[{{BFS}} grand daiklaive]]:''' ''WH-THUNK!''\\
'''Secret:''' [[AmusingInjuries EEYAAH!!]]
*** One bit of fanart has Ten Winds chasing Secret while ordering her to [[OverlyLongName say her full name]].
** Different subject, same trope: Misho's Sorcery 101 class.
** Marena's mother inflicted TrainingFromHell on her at an early age, though this training was for ''[[DeadlyDecadentCourt social]]'', rather than physical combat.
* TryingToCatchMeFightingDirty: Misho, of all people.
* TwinSwitch: Secret suggests this to help Karen get with Ten Winds. Marena and Karen promptly [[DopeSlap shoot this idea down]], [[GenreSavvy because it never works]].
* TheUnreveal: We never get to see Marena's underwear. Subverted, because the Fae commentary tells you what you need to know anyway.
* UnsoundEffect:
** [[http://keychain.patternspider.net/archive/koc0012.html anima!]]
** [[http://keychain.patternspider.net/archive/koc0033.html Infuse! Manifestation!]]
** [[http://keychain.patternspider.net/archive/koc0043.html applicable defense!]]
** [[http://keychain.patternspider.net/archive/koc0093.html ninja vanish! ninja run! ninja leap! ninja climb!]] [[OverlyLongGag ninja brood!]]
** [[http://keychain.patternspider.net/archive/koc0355.html JUSTICE!]] when used by Karen.
* UnstoppableRage: Subverted with [[http://keychain.patternspider.net/archive/koc0220.html comic #220]]. An Abyssal is blackmailing Misho, hammering on every last one of his emotional stress points until he goes into Limit Break -- but as it turns out, his Limit Break is [[spoiler:Heart of Tears...]]
* TheWatson: Secret occupies this role frequently; as the least experienced Exalt present, her ignorance of the mechanics of the universe provides lots of opportunities for the other characters to be MrExposition, mostly Misho.
* WhatTheHellHero:
** Ironically it's [[DarkIsNotEvil Secret]] who calls Marena out on it.
** Marena later calls Misho out when he [[spoiler:uses Necromancy to summon Secret's father from the Underworld, as a trial she must overcome prior to learning sorcery]]. He doesn't seem to disagree. (Ironically, Summon Ghost has now been printed as a Sorcery spell, so he didn't even need Necromancy to do that.)
* WillTheyOrWontThey:
** Misho and Marena are just friends. [[http://keychain.patternspider.net/archive/koc0153.html That's what they agreed on.]] [[UnresolvedSexualTension The agreement]] [[http://keychain.patternspider.net/archive/koc0077.html is not]] [[http://keychain.patternspider.net/archive/koc0302.html ironcloud...]]
** Alternatively, Marena and Secret.
** Or Karen and Ten Winds.
* TheWorfEffect: Misho is notionally the strongest protagonist in the story, but he has yet to fight a non-trivial opponent who doesn't have him at some kind of metaphysical or tactical disadvantage.
* XanatosGambit: The [[http://keychain.patternspider.net/archive/koc0005.html God of Locks pulls a pretty classic example]] -- the heroes killing him fulfils his plan just as much as if they'd left him to his own devices.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Lampshaded.
--> '''Marena:''' I keep forgetting some people just have green hair.
* YourAnswerToEverything: [[http://keychain.patternspider.net/archive/koc0029.html Dodge Charms.]]
* YouWannaGetSued: It's not a "Keyblade," get it?

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