''[[http://cyantian.net/ The Cyantian Chronicles]]'' is a ScienceFiction SoapOpera written and drawn by Tiffany Ross. It features [[FurryComic furries]] as Technologically Advanced Aliens, mostly being TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture. The Chronicles are composed of a handful of different webcomic series at different times and places in the continuity, resulting in bits and large chunks of CanonDisContinuity. It was also available in dead-tree format via [[http://www.indyplanet.com/catalog/index.php?&manufacturers_id=32 Indyplanet]], but went offline.

The basic history is that there were some scientifically advanced aliens that were dying from a degenerate disease and decided to make some helpers. First they brought humans from earth, next they created plantigrade then digitigrade beings to help them, taking DNA from Earth animals and splicing it with Human DNA (or is it the other way around?). Next, this group of aliens, called Cyantians, were enslaved by the Moulin Phedra ([[UnusualEuphemism squid]]), who genetically engineered some of them to be [[BloodSport fighters in a ring]], editing them to have strange characteristics, such as [[HealingFactor regeneration]] and [[TechnoWizard manipulating energy]]. After driving the squid off the planet, they set up a [[CosmopolitanCouncil patriarchal government]]. And that about takes it up to the current storylines.

The following are currently on the main site:
* '''[[http://cyantian.net/akaelae/ Akaelae]]''': Involves the main furry characters of ''Campus Safari'' in high school. Akaelae was recently split to follow the side characters of the story, while the main story will be covered in Darius. Akaelae is still recommended as the first story to read though.
* '''[[http://www.cyantian.net/ Darius]]''': This is the true "Akaelae" comic. It was recently split and re-focused on Darius, who is the main character in Akaelae.
* '''[[http://cyantian.net/gchall/ Gralen Cragg Hall]]''': This follows the adventures of princesses raised by giant anthropomorphic cats.
* '''[[http://cyantian.net/tales/ Genoworks Saga]]''': A [[NewFirstComics retelling]] of the events that lead to the creation and adoption of genetically engineered skunks who smell fruity.
* '''[[http://cyantian.net/csafari/ Campus Safari]]''': The comic that started it all. This deals with using an experimental transporter with someone who shouldn't touch such things. Currently being [[http://cyantian.net/campus/ rebooted]].
* '''[[http://cyantian.net/sos/ Sink or Swim]]''': This follows the adventures of kangaroos in space.
* '''[[http://cyantian.net/noangel/ No Angel]]:''' This seems to suffer a bit of CanonDiscontinuity, mainly because the artist has said that later parts of ''No Angel'' is in its own continuity, [[FanDumb and even threatened to move it to another domain to drive the point home]]. This story centers on the humans in Mars Academy.
* '''[[http://cyantian.net/diary/ Cesilee's Diary & Academy Diaries]]''' began as a short filler arc for Campus Safari, but was so popular that Tiffany decided to continue it as it's own comic and later folded it into Campus Safari.

The following are no longer available online, but can be bought through IndyPlanet:
* '''Puppet Strings''': Happens just before ''Akaelae''. The kids go on a camping trip, only to meet an old friend long thought dead. They also run into Marion, another Sirac, who seems to want something from the past.

* '''Akaelae 0''': Prequel to ''Akaelae'' and ''Puppet Strings'': The skunks are left to their own devices in an abandoned building and have to find help in a perceived enemy. No longer in print and is being re-written as ''Genoworks Saga''.

Also, the author writes other comics besides the Cyantian Chronicles comics. Other Titles include: AlienDice, Pure, Shivae-Cler, Shivae-Vas, Shivae-Caiden and Koel, Sivine Blades and more! All of these comics and the Cyantian comics can be found at the Artists [[http://shivae.net main studio site, Shivae Studios.]]

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!!'''Tropes Associated with these web comics:'''

* ActionGirl: Silver and Celina best embody this trope. Quinn will, once she does more than spar with family and friends. Chatin, Cilke and a few others cover this trope to a (very slightly) lesser degree.
** It helps that the majority of Cyantians have some kind of combat training. Especially the members of the Akaelae family and the Mounty royal family. Which makes sense given the need to protect themselves.
* AlienNonInterferenceClause: The former TropeNamer is mocked in ''Campus Safari'', although Cyantians won't give a growing race weapons or let said race adapt other technologies into weapons.
* AlienLunch: Jules during ''Campus Safari''. Twinky, also in ''Campus Safari''. Darius, during a barbecue, mentioned in ''Campus Safari''. Darrik during ''Akaelae''.
* AliensSpeakingEnglish: Averted and played straight, depending on the situation. Most of the Cyantian characters speak Cyantian (derived from Latin) but they are required to speak English at the Mars Academy.
* AlliterativeName: Alpha Akaelae. Although, Alpha Akaelae IS a leader in a culture of anthropomorphic wolves. Not to mention that "Alpha" becomes a title after the original Alpha Akaelae dies.
* AllPeriodsArePMS: Sheana, and potentially ''any'' Cyantian female, can get very moody at "That time of the year."
* AllThereInTheManual: There is the [[http://shivae.org/wiki/index.php?title=Main_Page Shivaewiki]] that has information about the characters, species and world of TheCyantianChronicles, AlienDice, and Shivae.
** Though since it's a [[TheWikiRule wiki]] there are some inconsistencies and outright errors (Darius's relationship to Alpha for example, most pages say Alpha's his paternal grandfather while others say he's his maternal grandpa).
* AlphabeticalThemeNaming: The C-Group Skunks have names that begin with "C". They are: Cisco, Cilke, Chrome, Chatin, Calle, Cam, Carrde and possibly others.
* AnimalStereotypes: They're subverted more often than they are played straight. Syke's characters tend to be characters first and species second.
** Notable examples are: Phoenix, a red mouse who can intimidate cats. (Her roommates, in a subversion) and Velour, a Were Ferret who is as duplicitous as her species reputation.
* AppliedPhlebotinum: Cyantium, it's an antigravity metal and possibly for other for other applications.
* ArmCannon: Cere's artificial arm contains a technomage chip, which can function as an arm cannon of sorts. Although, it IS unreliable.
* AnnoyingYoungerSibling: During ''Akaelae'', Darius and little brother Ravon. During ''Campus Safari'', Darius and little sisters Tae and Kea. Inversion: Quinn is older than Collin, but still manages to be an annoying little sister to his levelheaded "older" brother act.
* ArrangedMarriage: Tira and Caite.
* ArtEvolution: See the first comic in ''Campus Safari''. Then see the current ''Akaelae'' strip. Very different [[ArtShift art style]], definitely better art quality.
* ArtShift: All comics written/drawn in TheCyantianChronicles have at least some changes in the art style over the years. Although ArtShift is especially apparent in ''Cesilee's Diary'' and in Genoworks Saga.
* AscendedExtra: ''Cesilee's Diary'' was meant as filler and was once only about 10 comic strips long. It is now scheduled for a rewrite and the original was merged into ''Campus Safari'' because it was that popular.
** Chrome is another example.
* AsideGlance: Darius does [[http://cyantian.net/blog/2011/09/23/09232011/ one]] while [[LampshadeHanging lampshading]] his tendency to be somewhat self-centered.
* AttentionDeficitCreatorDisorder: Maaaybe...
** Two active, around a dozen inactive and in the works. Plus three others unrelated to the core Cyantia storyline (as of May 2010)
* AuthorAvatar: Averted. The closest Tiffany has gotten are the recent appearances of her pet Corgi, Vash.
* {{Badass}}: Rama and Syrus qualify.
* BerserkButton: Jasmine on being called a white fox, Celina on Darius.
* BenevolentAlienInvasion: Attempted Aversion; the Cyantians on Mars are trying to find a way to contact Earth ''without'' this occurring.
* BigDamnHeroes: Darius gets one, but doesn't realize it.
** Mercial too, though her arrival causes other problems.
* {{Bishonen}}: Jules reacts this way to Sean. Although that might just be because of his wings.
* BlessedWithSuck: Cil are a dimension traveling explorer species that has transformational and energy/matter conversion abilities that could put a Technomage to shame. If only they lived more than 30 years. The Cil lifespan is so short that much of the entire species have permanently altered themselves into other species so they can live longer.
** Sean has pretty wings which attract girls. They also throw off his balance and sometimes itch. Some of the people they attract want to exploit his for movies, others want to worship him as an angel. They're also a result of Sean and his brother being altered in the womb by the American Men In Black, so the AMIB wants to recapture him and his brother. Even though his brother doesn't have wings.
* BlindWithoutEm: Twinky in Human Form.
* BoundAndGagged: It happens more than once.
* BountyHunter: Genoworks Exotica wants it's creations back. This is their preferred method.
** Mercial, though she doesn't work for Genoworks Exotica.
* {{Brainwashed}}: Prince Kiet Al'Rashon (AKA: Caite Medici).
** Rama has had his own children brainwashed to be more "manageable".
* BreakTheCutie: Jules gets the wrong end of this in ''No Angel''. Although she really isn't the cutest of cuties, she still qualifies.
** Darrik and Vin are rare male versions, though they both luck out after encountering Darius, Syris and Alpha.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: Mostly averted in the canon comics. Only NOT averted when [[CensorBox "We Have a Shivae-13 Rating To Maintain"]], which only happened once so far.
** Played for laughs in a fan scripted bonus comic contained in the print version of ''Akaelae#5''.
* CallARabbitASmeerp: Acid Whip = Dragon. Equid = Horse. Just don't call the sapient Cyantians "animals"; they consider it a major insult. And just look up "Mounty" in the Shivaewiki to find the alternate names for the various terran felines in their anthropomorphic cyantian forms.
** Digni = Subterranean Armadillo People.
* TheCameo: Various fan made characters have gotten cameos as part of a donation drive.
* CanNotSpitItOut: In ''Campus Safari''
** Rayne to Silver, though Silver [[RuleOfFunny isn't so shy]].
** Twinky and Collin to Chatin. Chatin's other suitor, Cisco, is on the other end of the spectrum.
** Darius to Sheana.
** Subversion: Marcus hasn't been able to tell Cesilee that he's NOT interested.
** Celina to Kel in ''Akaelae''.
* CarnivoreConfusion: ALL cyantians are omnivores, regardless of the diet of their non-sapient counterparts.
** Inverted by Rama. He wants ribs for dinner, and if a certain sentient rabbit doesn't perform to his satisfaction, she will become that rib dinner.
* CatsAreMean: Marcus' view of cats. Poor Cesilee.
** It's subverted too. Cyantian felines have one of the kindest cultures on Cyantzium. Many of the foxes persecuted by Shour Rashon's tyrannic dynasty flee to mounty territories for safe haven.
* CatsHateWater: Played straight for most cats, including the subversion that Tigers love water.
* CatSmile: Tira uses this during ''Akaelae'' [[http://cyantian.net/akaelae/2008/06/13/06132008/ here, in the last panel.]] Which is odd, because she's a fox, not a cat!
* CensorBox: In Cesilee's Diary, a male fox's naughty bits are covered by a black censor bar saying "We Have A Shivae-13 Rating To Maintain!"
** And we get a [[IncrediblyLamePun literal censor box]] [[http://cyantian.net/tales/2010/02/02/02022010/ during Genoworks Saga.]]
** And a carfully placed word bubble, [[http://cyantian.net/tales/2013/03/27/genoworks-saga-chapter-10-page-11png/ here]].
* ChekhovsGun and ChekhovsGunman are used at various points and in various forms. ChekhovsSkill is also present.
* ChewToy: Khaelis and Marcus. Though Marcus does more to deserve it. Darrik gets gnawed on a little in ''Akaelae''.
** Correction, Darrik ''is'' the ChewToy of the Akaelae cast. Poor guy!
* CheerfulChild: Quinn Akaelae. It lasts well past childhood too!
* {{Chibi}}: Chibified characters have been seen in both ''Akaelae'' and ''Campus Safari''. (And possibly others comics.) They're mainly seen during comedic moments and are absent during serious segments.
** Tiffany has done Chibi commissions as part of a donation drive. One Chibi of Darrik ended up crossing the hill into the UncannyValley.
* ClingyJealousGirl: Celina in ''Akaelae''. But only a little.
** Cesilee to Marcus, PlayedForLaughs as she often hits him with TheGlomp, is a bit {{Yandere}} towards him (Poor Khaelis), she has a [[StalkerWithACrush bad habit of following Marcus around without being noticed]] but doesn't want to be [[LampshadeHanging mistaken for a stalker]] and on top of it all, [[CatsAreMean Marcus doesn't like cats.]] [[PlayedForLaughs Of course, Cesilee's attraction to Marcus isn't taken very seriously.]]
* CloudCuckooLander: Subverted and generally bent into a pretzel by Quinn Akaelae. She can actually teleport into another dimension and often speaks with two residents of said dimension, who can only be seen by her.
* ColonyDrop: Cargo Shuttles are dropped from orbit on Centralis to start the Centralis Teraplex war. They're not colonies, but they still work as a shock tactic.
* ContestWinnerCameo: There's several instances, but the most notable is the [[CaptionContest fan scripted bonus comic]] at the end of ''Akaelae #5''. Although, The Scripting Game only let Hariman cameo as the writer. It didn't get a character included.
** There is a contest for a "rotating roomie" slot in the upcoming rewrite of ''Cesilee's Diary''.
* CrashIntoHello: [[spoiler: Collin and Autumn Cisaan http://cyantian.net/csafari/2003/02/10/02102003/]]
** Cilke and [[spoiler: Chrome too.]]
* CreepyChild: Quinn and Collin.
** Collin is a telepath who can walk through walls. He's experienced fear from some people due to this fact.
** Quinn is also a telepath. She can also walk through walls, teleport through another dimension that only she can reach. Quinn also has "Oulies" as friends, who are beings who are trapped between life and death in a realm that only Quinn can see. IE: Quinn's invisible friends are real. And to top it all off, Quinn has been known to surprise/creep out Collin and the other members of her family.
* CursedWithAwesome: Twinky and the other Cil Hybrids. They gained energy manipulation and transformation abilities which could put technomages to shame. However, there are only six left after the original Cil started killing the Hybrids off as mistakes and accidents.
** [[{{Irony}} Ironically]], the Cil Hybrids ''are'' accidents, as most pregnant women who were possessed by Cil simply miscarried. The few that didn't gave birth to what are essentially [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent weres with extra energy manipulation abilities.]]
*** Also, Cil Hybrids and other people who can manipulate energy can become technomages to further refine their energy manipulation abilities.
** [[spoiler: Black foxes who do not learn how to control their energy manipulation abilities properly ''will'' give themselves a heart attack or an aneurism.]]
* CuteBruiser: See Action Girl above, except Celina, who is more intimidating than cute.
** Phoenix qualifies as CuteBruiser too. Although Phoenix has yet to show signs of ActionGirl.
** Again, the high percentage of self defense training mentioned in ActionGirl contributes heavily here as well.
* CutenessProximity: Occurs in comic around some of the [[RidiculouslyCuteCritter Ridiculously Cute Critters.]]
** Tae and Kea actively use CutenessProximity to get away with making all sorts of trouble. Unfortunately, Darius has developed cuteness immunity over the years.
* DarkerAndEdgier: ''No Angel'' is significantly darker than Campus Safari. So much so that ''No Angel'' was declared [[CanonDiscontinuity a separate universe/storyline.]]
* DataPad: "Plates" are ubiquitous Cyantian tech used for everything from indexing [[HyperspaceArsenal subspace inventories]] to games.
* {{Deconstruction}}: Reality shows get deconstructed when [[spoiler: various characters get kidnapped at put on "Survivor Ship". With Chatin and Cilke as the prize at the end.]]
* DefusingTheTykebomb: Syris gets the job for his adopted litter, though they really didn't get much indoctrination.
** Cere could use a little more defusing, though Zax Akaelae seems to be working on it.
* DirtyOldMan: Shean Tibal was in his 700s (and just starting to get old) when his 23rd wife caught him cheating on her and killed him. His son Rama raped and impregnated several female wolves when he was over 600, hits on some of his vixen subordinates, and tried to get two girls to seduce his 15-year old son.
* DistractedByTheSexy: Marcus. Repeatedly. HilarityEnsues.
* DistressedDamsel(s): Chatin and Cilke during ''Campus Safari'', [[ActionGirl though they're not the type to be held long]].
** Jules during No ''Angel'', bordering on TheLoad.
* DoorstopBaby: Silver and other black, white and silver fox cubs. Justified because the parents are protecting them from a killer ruler who ordered the death of all of the black, silver and white foxes in his kingdom to eliminate the previous ruling caste.
** Thankfully, the fox ruling cast gets better. See "The Virus" below.
* DramaticDrop: Darius during Campus Safari.
* EmpathicEnvironment: It always rains when Vin is sad, [[spoiler: because of his [[PowerOfTheStorm powers]]]]
* EvenEvilHasStandards: [[http://cyantian.net/blog/2011/10/17/10172011/#comments Filaire]] to Rama. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in the ShoutBox. Except, it's a subversion, Filaire will compromise those standards to get revenge on Shour Rashon.
** Played straight in the fact that [[http://cyantian.net/blog/2011/10/19/10192011/ Filaire will not sleep with Rama.]]
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: ''Gralen Cragg Hall''. Complete with RoyalBrat and SpoiledBrat.
* EyesAlwaysShut: Tira, during ''Campus Safari''. [[spoiler: Because she was blinded by a gas that was designed to induce temporary blindness in humans that causes permanent blindness in cyantians. Tira actually sees through her technofamiliar and has very good hearing.]]
* EvilMinions: Niram and Filaire to Rama.
* FaceHugger: Chrome's miniwhip, Aurla.
* FanDisservice: [[http://cyantian.net/akaelae/2009/09/18/09182009/ This]] is as close to a PantyShot as we're going to get in TheCyantianChronicles. Quinn, the raccoon in the linked image, is underage. Plus, the perspective is that of someone at least 50 feet away.
* FanService: Occasionally seen in comic, but mostly reserved for holiday or donation drive wallpapers.
** [[http://cyantian.net/csafari/2002/10/01/10012002/]], that's the same raccoon mentioned above, just 9 years older. (Drawn in 2002, See: ArtEvolution)
*** [[http://cyantian.net/akaelae/2009/02/25/02252009/ Wet fur and clingy clothes seem to be fair game.]]
* FantasticCasteSystem: The Fox, based on fur color.
** Pre-revolution: Whites = rulers, Silvers = nobles, Blacks = elite guards or artisans (depending on how they use their powers), Golds = guards, Blues = scientists, Reds = commoners.
** Post-revolution: Whites, Silvers and Blacks were exterminated, the new king was a self-proclaimed "Royal Red" but all other castes were the same as before.
* FantasticRacism: ''Humans'' are actually discriminated against by certain Cyantians.
** There's also a certain amount of speciesism between the different species of Cyantia. Given that each "main" species (Wolf, Fox, Rabbit, Ram, Mounty (feline), and Coyoti) all have different nations, societies and customs.
*** The prejudice against the Foxes and the Vulpine Nation is both played straight and subverted. In the past, the hatred was justified due to having a homicidal madman as the ruler. (He tried to exterminate certain colors of foxes, as they were the previous ruling class.) However, by the time of Campus Safari, said madman is dead and the fox nation has taken a turn for the better. The hard part is hatred is formed faster than it dissipates.
* FillerStrips: With the mentioned below ScheduleSlip, Tiffany will use both sketches and guest art to fill the gap.
** Guest art always comes with a ShoutOut to the creator and often links to the guest artist's comic and/or art page.
* FingerPokeOfDoom: Occurs during one of ''Akaelae's'' more recent (September 2008) storylines.
* ForScience: (And For Art!) Why else would Genoworks Exotica genetically engineer people like winged kangaroos, Potpourri skunk people and psychic raccoons.
** For Profit?
* FourFingeredHands: Foxes, but most other species have five fingers.
* FreakinessShame: Subverted: Sean knows his wings are beautiful. He calls Jules on being attracted to him only because of his wings and not because she actually knows him.
* FreudianExcuse: More than one character has one, though the main villain that has one is Rama Tibal.
** It arguably only makes Rama sympathetic, not excusable.
*** Subverted too. More than a few characters have had nasty childhoods and ended up good people.
* FromTheMouthsOfBabes: Tae, during a conversation with Kea. Tae and Kea together, at points. Kibi, who is smarter than many adults. Collin and Quinn, during Akaelae.
* FryingPanOfDoom: A young bat with the [[MeaningfulName appropriate name]] of Skitter uses one of these to take down an attacking scythetail [[http://cyantian.net/blog/comic/genoworks-saga-chapter-1-10/#comments here]].
* FunPersonified: Quinn, who (almost) never ceases smiling and trying to cheer everyone else up. Recently, Quinn stated that she wants to have "Fun! Fun!" when asked what kind of fun she wanted to have.
** Darius shows some of the requisite traits, though he's more prone to the not-happy side of emotions.
** [[DanAndMabsFurryAdventures Azlan]] is specifically requested by King Laish to cheer up Quinn, Sheana, Vin and Cilke because he is FunPersonified. Not that Quinn needs any help.
* FunetikAksent: Darrik is occasionally written with a Southern accent, seeing as he grew up in Louisiana.
* FurryComic: And Marcus loves it that way.
* FurryConfusion: Averted yet still Lampshaded too. Although we haven't seen it "on screen", the Cyantians will one day meet up with their non-sapient counterparts.
* FurryFandom: Marcus is a furry fan. Thus, he loves Mars Academy.
** Inverted with Cesilee, who seems to have a thing for humans. Now if only Marcus liked cats.
* GargleBlaster: ''Any'' strong terran alcoholic beverage will get a Cyantian smashed. Cyantians are far more sensitive to alcohol and medicines than humans. This actually results in Tira getting permanently blinded by a gas that only temporarily blinds humans.
* GeneticMemory: Neefla have genetic memories. Mostly. Sometimes a bloodline's memories won't get passed on to the next generation. Children born without the genetic memories are considered both a tragedy and a boone. While they lack years of knowledge, they have no preconceptions and are the greatest inventors and innovators of Neefla society.
** This is actually a subversion, as the knowledge is imparted during the birthing process.
** The Rumuah had this as well, [[spoiler: Ada suspects the Akaelaes do too, they certainly have EideticMemory]]
* GenreSavvy: Quinn demonstrates a little of this in ''Akaelae''. Collin does too.
** Quinn demonstrates a certain amount of this in ''Darius'' too. Unfortunately, this is Quinn, so she also demonstrates a some GenreBlindness too. Fortunately, Brody has enough sense to protect Quinn from herself and some of the dangers she wouldn't normally heed.
* GetAHoldOfYourselfMan: Delivered [[http://cyantian.net/csafari/2003/01/06/01062003/ twice]] by a [[http://cyantian.net/csafari/2003/01/29/01292003/ small jewelry box.]]
* TheGlomp: Cesilee frequently pounces Marcus in ''Campus Safari'', much to Marcus' chagrin.
* TheGreys: Cil in their natural form, and the Rumuah.
* HammerSpace: More than one character have "subspace" storage devices. They are often used to keep Dataplates (Cyantian Tablet Computers), suits of armor, and various other items, including weapons, conveniently stored. This also results in more than one HyperspaceArsenal.
* HatesBaths: King Laish's son Sar, to the point of throwing a screaming fit and calling for his mother, Queen Mirand.
* HeartSymbol: Seen in ''Campus Safari'' when Cilke first met [[spoiler: Chrome]]. They were immediately dubbed "Floaty Love Hearts."
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: The Vulpine King, Shour Rashon (a tyrannical traitor to the prior regime), [[spoiler:commissioned a biological weapon that could be used against the Guttouve, AKA: Gutter Fox. (The lowest social class in fox society.) The biological weapon ended up killing off the majority of the cyantian fox species and all of the fox royalty, save the eldest son Kiet Al;'Rashon. Kiet Al'Rashon was, in fact, the son of the prior King (Parin Medici) who was taken as a "special project" and brainwashed into believing that he was Rashon's son.]]
** [[spoiler: Rezna killed Alexandera's parents and almost killed Alexandera in a fire while she was a baby. It is implied in ''No Angel'' that Rezna is burned to death when he tries to finish what he started and ends up within reach of Alexandera's Acid Whip; AKA Alexandera's 40 foot dragon.]]
* HorseOfADifferentColor: Mounties (felines) ride "Acid Whips" (Dragons in all but name.). Various cultures use Shivae (fuzzy extra large velociraptors) as mounts.
* HotWitch: Certain amounts of fan reaction to Mercial (a technomage) point to this trope.
** Ditto for Phoenix.
* HugeGuyTinyGirl: The parents in the Cisaan family are a Male Tiger, (over 6 or 7 feet tall) and a Female Rabbit, who is potentially under 5 feet. Though only their daughter, Autumn, who had to be specially genetically engineered by Genoworks Exotica due to genetic incompatibility is seen. She looks like a 6 foot cross between a lop eared rabbit and a tiger.
* HumansAreBastards: The AMIB (American Men In Black) use brutal capture methods on various characters and are generally hated/feared/loathed/disliked. Other humans are mostly not as bad.
** Tiffany is a fair author. Certain Cyantians are bastards, too.
* HumanPopsicle: Syrys was frozen for about 400 years after being captured by the Fox, eventually a sympathetic Exotica Genoworks scientist let him out so he could break Chatin, Cilke, and Colin out before they were terminated.
* HumansAreSpecial: Quoting Darius: "They never give up."
* HumongousMecha: Darius Pilots a "Master Grade Lift" (Potentially a ShoutOut to the grade system of Gundam models.) which is basically a 40 foot tall mecha.
** Heavy Lifts are implied to be MiniMecha.
* ICantBelieveAGuyLikeYouWouldNoticeMe: Not specifically said, but implied in a partial Inversion. Twinky is a "regular guy" while Chatin is rich, famous and considered above his reach romantically.
* IdiotBall: Alpha and/or The Council, who decided to exile Rama on Earth during the dark ages. Is it really a smart (or moral) move to exile a violent, superpowered sociopath with advanced technological knowledge on an underdeveloped planet full of vastly weaker beings which just happens to be ripe with portals connecting it to Cyantia?
* IfYouEverDoAnythingToHurtHer: given by Collin and Cisco to Twinky, concerning Chatin, at the same time Collin gives Twinky a "MySisterIsOffLimits" speech. Which makes me glad that Collin and Chatin are [[NotBloodSiblings adoptive siblings]].
* IJustWantToBeNormal: Twinky. Chatin and Cilke wish they were ordinary skunks, instead of Strawberry and Peach scented skunks, respectively.
** Sean wishes he didn't have wings. If he didn't, he could be back on earth without memories of bad times with the AMIB.
* IJustWantToBeSpecial: Jules, who leaves earth to make a name for herself as a journalist. Alien first contact would be one hell of a scoop!
* ImAHumanitarian: [[spoiler: Rama Tibal]]
* ImmortalityBeginsAtTwenty: Elites, though their age catches up to them towards the end of their lifespan and foxes don't live any longer then normal Cyantians (~120)
* ImmortalProcreationClause: Very much averted by Elites, especially Shean Tibal.
* ImportedAlienPhlebotinum: Technomage Chips, as the oldest technomages were created by the long dead Rumuah.
* ImprobableWeaponUser: Chatin, Cilke, Cisco and the other C-Group skunks have oddly scented skunk sprays. They were all designed as living art/living air fresheners. It may seem like a joke, but that skunk spray has been a lifesaver for certain characters!
** This also qualifies as ''{{Fartillery}}''.
* InstantArmor: Lifts are often stored in a HyperspaceArsenal and can be summoned at a moments notice. If they're not the size of a small house.
* IntangibleMan: Most siracs, at will. Though Quinn abuses it the most.
* InterspeciesRomance: Contrary to what this article may make TheCyantianChronicles seem like, the requisite majority of couples are same species. Interspecies romance isn't commented on much (in universe) [[http://cyantian.net/akaelae/2005/08/03/08032005/ save for pairings that result in deformed offspring.]] Said pairings are frowned upon because of the suffering the children go through. [[http://shivae.org/wiki/index.php?title=Category:Immigrants For more thorough details read this page from the Shivaewiki]].
** Chatin and Collin are a Skunk and a Raccoon. (Both genetically engineered from the setting's felines.)
** Cesilee and Marcus are an ocelot/puma hybrid and a human, though the relationship is more of Cesilee's obsession with Marcus than anything else. (PlayedForLaughs) Not to mention Marcus doesn't like felines.
** The parents of the Cisaan Family are a Tiger and a Rabbit. (Offspring are genetically engineered, which was a first and a massive controversy in universe.) They have nine children, all of whom are the same age.
** Rama's Parents were a wolf and a Liger (Double hit there. Also pertinent to his and Vin's backstory.)
** Chatin and Twinky are technically a Wereskunk (Human Cil Hybrid with Skunk Characteristics) and a genetically engineered strawberry scented skunk.
** Alexandera, adopted human mounty (Mounty = Feline) princess has a mounty (feline) boyfriend. (Alexandera has a few issues.)
** In years past Syrys, a wolf, was in love with Danie, a fox. (Impossible to breed with each other.)
** Vincent's Father is Rama, a wolf/feline hybrid and his mother was a wolf. So Yeah.
** If you're wondering about Chatin: Yes, she does have a LoveDodecahedron worth of suitors. Her third suitor is another skunk, which is a subversion for this trope.
** And it's actual romance that is taken seriously.
* InTheBlood: It's one of Vin's greatest fears.
* IronicEcho: Alpha Akaelae has fun with this trope during Akaelae.
** Cisco uses this against Collin in ''Campus Safari''.
* {{It Is Pronounced Tro-PAY}} Various Cyantian characters use Latin pronunciations for their names. IE:
** Chatin = Sha-Teen not Satin.
*** Collin calls Twinky on calling Chatin "Satin" at one point. Although, to be fair, Twinky first heard Chatin's name through a translator, which translated it into "Satin".
** Cilke = Sil-Kay not Silk.
*** Cilke doesn't mind getting called Silk, because it's such a pretty fabric.
** Chrome = K-Ro-May not Chrome, though he doesn't mind the alternate pronunciation.
** Cardde = Kar-Day not Card.
** Calle = Kal-ay not Cal.
** Cisco is a subversion, as he's still Cisco.
** Syrys = Sigh-russ not Sir-iss.
* IWasJustJoking: Darius got [[http://cyantian.net/csafari/2003/01/14/01142003/ slapped]] for the "joke".
* KarmicDeath: There's a well deserved example during ''No Angel''.
** There's also a less deserved pair of karmic deaths during Akaelae. Actually, only one of the two deaths in question was actually deserved.
* KidWithTheLeash: [[spoiler: Kamila to Cyclone]]
* KillAllHumans: [[spoiler: Rezna]]
* KlingonsLoveShakespeare: Silver, Lucian, and Rad are shown to be total Avengers fans in Campus Safari 2.0
* LampshadeHanging: Khaelis lampshades his own status as a [[ChewToy luckless wonder]] at one point in ''Campus Safari''. Darius lampshades the Khaelis' luckless wonder status during Campus Safari as well.
* [[LastOfHisKind Last Of Her Kind]]: Tira and Silver are the last (known) White and Silver foxes. Though the genetics of fox colors aren't clearly hereditary, Silver's biological parents were Gold and in Campus Safari a couple of Blacks gave birth to one of each Elite color (black, white, silver, and gold).
* LetUsNeverSpeakOfThisAgain: Invoked here: [[http://cyantian.net/akaelae/2010/01/20/01202010/#comments By a tigress.]] [[http://cyantian.net/akaelae/2010/01/20/01202010/#comments Start here]] for this to make sense. (It's only a few pages.)
** Khaelis' bad day while assigned to guard Jules is probably something he never wants to speak of again.
* LighterAndSofter: ''Campus Safari'' to ''No Angel''. To the point of CanonDiscontinuity to each other.
** TheCyantianChronicles is LighterAndSofter compared to Tiffany Ross' other works. Other works get progressively more graphically violent and serious, including:
*** AlienDice: A brutal {{Deconstruction}} of "GottaCatchEmAll" series.
*** Pure: A Sci-Fi Western, which also deconstructs perfection based societies before it travels out to be a western.
*** Shivae, in all three of it's incarnations. (All 3 are part of TheCyantianChronicles, just placed significantly far off in the past.) Shivae includes a Subversion of InfantImmortality in its first Arc. Which makes sense as it's about fuzzy sentient alien raptors living in the wild on another planet.
*** [[http://blackrose.shivae.net/ Black Rose]]: Tiff's werewolf (and other mythical creatures) fantasy story. It gets files under OurWerewolvesAreDifferent and OurVampiresAreDifferent, for reasons only available [[AllThereInTheManual in a podcast and possibly on the Shivaewiki.]]
**** It must be noted that TheCyantianChronicles does have a serious storyline and violence. The violence is typically handled with a VillainyDiscretionShot.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: Including technomage familiars and pets, [[http://shivae.org/wiki/index.php?title=Category:Cyantian_Chronicles_Characters the current count is well over 200]]. There might be a few more than that if the current crop of cameos hasn't been added in yet.
* LoveMakesYouCrazy: Sheana in Campus Safari and Celina in Akaelae.
* LoveMakesYouEvil: [[spoiler: Rama, the reasons for which are explained in Akaelae's WhamEpisode]]
* LoveTriangle: Chatin, Collin and Cisco, before Twinky arrived. Post Twinky it's a LoveDodecahedron.
** Almost like a [[UnwantedHarem reverse harem]].
** Cilke is actually jealous of this because she has had trouble getting men to take her seriously.
* LuminescentBlush: [[http://cyantian.net/akaelae/2006/10/04/10042006/ Both Celina and Kel]].
* MagicFromTechnology: Technomages.
* {{Masquerade}}: There is one thing almost everyone agrees: average Joe is not ready to learn of life in the universe. Well, aside from the few hundreds/thousands who were already kidnapped/welcomed aboard on alien ships, and those who actively engage in trying to shoot down said things.
* MarsNeedsWomen: OK, so no women are kidnapped. (Well, Jules was, but that's for her own good.) But there is a startling lack of human women at Mars Academy during ''Campus Safari''. In fact, there's less than a half a dozen.
* MeaningfulName: [[ChewToy Khaelis]] translates to "Chaotic Good Intentions" and Tiffany herself has pointed that out. Make of that what you will.
** A recent character addition to ''Akaelae'', Brynn, has me wondering if her name is only a coincidence or if it's deliberately similar to [[spoiler: Brunhilde / Brynhild]]. This is both spoilerriffic if I'm right and an IKnewIt moment. Or just another [[WildMassGuessing wild mass guess]].
* MechanicalLifeforms: Xaibars. Familiars are technological creatures created by transferring a specially trained pet's consciousness to a robotic shell when it dies. The familiar creation process should be noted as driving sapient people insane, so it's only used on non-sapient pets who gain a certain amount of sapience from the process.
* TheMenInBlack: American Men In Black (AMIB), to be exact.
* MindControlDevice: Certain technomages and some Siracs.
* MindProbe: Also certain Siracs and technomages.
* TheMole: [[spoiler: Zimae.]] Others have been hinted at as well.
* MoodWhiplash: TheCyantianChronicles does consist of romantic Sci-Fi dramatic comedies. Or is that comedic dramas?
** Akaelae is bearing the brunt of this trope. Even with PlotArmor, trepidation abounds.
* MorphWeapon: Darius's [[http://cyantian.net/blog/2010/06/18/06182010/ birthday present]]
* MuggedForDisguise: Used twice so far.
* MulticulturalAlienPlanet: Cyantzium itself.
* MyBiologicalClockIsTicking: Sheana brings this up with Darius at one point. Although Darius does note that they have a long time before her biological clock runs out.
** It was that time of the year for her, and from cues from Darius and others, she always acts that way when it comes.
* NakedPeopleAreFunny: Twinky, but that's in character. Marcus, though he's only half naked. Khaelis too.
* NeglectfulPrecursors: The Rumuah, who created all of the different types of Cyantian, [[JustifiedTrope have a good excuse]]: They died off due to a lack of genetic variety and disease.
** Genoworks Exotica also tends to let failed creations run wild in the nearby wilderness. Not to mention the number of sentient creations of theirs running around in wolf and mounty territories.
* NerdsAreSexy: Chatin and Twinky.
* NewsPost: There's one below the comics for that comic. There's a main news post to the side of the comics. And there's the rarely updated news on Shivae.net.
* NinjaPirateRobotZombie: It's part of the charm. Let's start a list:
** A Technomage Vixen riding a Shivae. With a rabbit who wields a giant axe as a partner in mercenary work.
** Anthropomorphic sabertooth cat people riding dragons. With bows that shoot energy arrows.
** Wolves and cats riding horses. Hunting a Demon Horse.
** A Koyoti (Coyote) Princess Riding a MechanicalHorse.
*** This troper feels she is a Fennec.
** A Female Cyborg Kangaroo Escaped Science Experiment Spaceship Captain Working for LaResistance.
** A Wolf piloting an 40 foot Mecha fighting a sentient robot. On Mars. Fighting a seeker of knowledge sentient robot who has gone berserk. With the help of another Seeker of Knowledge robot.
** Powered Armor Wearing Mice! Or any species for that matter. Anybody who qualifies can go to school to become a lift pilot.
** The Cil Hybrids. Who are Lycanthropes of various animals (Skunk, Weasel, Wolf, Cat and ? and ?) who have energy manipulation abilities too.
** A Blind Vixen (Techno)Mage Owner of a 40+ foot Dragon/Princess of a Feline Kingdom, whose sister princess is a Vixen Special Forces agent who is capable of breaking the arms of people twice her size.
** Beautiful Anthropomorphic Living Art Potpourri Skunk Women! And Potpourri Skunk Hunks for the ladies as well.
** Vixen Princesses of a Feline kingdom pretending to be Explorer Princesses.
* NonIdleRich: The Akaelaes are implied to ''own'' most of the Akaelae lands and significant portions of the industry there as well. Not to mention the whole fighting wars and protecting the populace from certain past mistakes.
* NonMammalMammaries: Averted for the various avian and reptilian species. (Thankfully.)
** Subverted for the Crais, who are anthropomorphic sharks. The female Crais' gills are on their chest, which makes sense as they don't get squeezed by a growing child during pregnancy. However, this give the appearance of, well, mammaries. This fact causes the [[http://cyantian.net/csafari/2001/05/28/05282001/ expected reaction]] of HelloNurse from Marcus.
--->'''Ciphyr''': I will never understand how [[LampshadeHanging two curved masses can render some males into slobbering animals]]! They are '''gills!'''
* TheNoseKnows: Cyantians, especially the canines, have very sensitive noses. They have used it on occasion.
* NotBloodSiblings: Two of Chatin's suitors are her "brothers."
* NothingIsScarier: Used directly in Akaelae.
** See VillainyDiscretionShot below.
* NoWaterproofingInTheFuture: Chatin's personal teleporter. HilarityEnsues!
* OffWithHisHead: Mercial to Strom, regarding a captured "Demon Horse":
-->'''Mercial''': Make it a clean cut.
** WordOfGod says "Every script I have so far with Mercial involves them chopping off heads."
* OhCrap: The look on Syrys' and [[spoiler: Mercial's]] faces when they realize that [[spoiler: Darrik's entire family is at risk of accidentally killing themselves because they don't know how to control their elite black fox abilities.]]
** Darius has one in his self named comic. He really should learn not to antagonize Celina.
** The fandom's reaction to the firing of a ChekhovsGun from the villains of the piece.
* OldShame: The earlier works. They're getting redrawn because the script is getting refined and the art is getting upgraded to Tiffany's current standards.
* OnlyAFleshWound: Averted in Campus Safari, as Cilke's "shallow" wound isn't so shallow and gets (almost) immediately bandaged.
** Subverted by genetic elites, whose regeneration allows them to ignore minor wounds. In fact, genetic elites can handle multiple normal combatants at the same time because the normal soldiers have trouble inflicting enough damage to overwhelm the regeneration. '''But''' Elites have to move to regenerate. The regeneration was designed as part of a pit fighter modification, so it shuts off when the elites aren't moving. (IE: not in battle.) If an elite isn't moving, wounds affect them just as much as a normal person.
* OnlySaneMan: Darrik feels like this before he meets the rest of the cast in Akaelae. (he still feels this way sometimes.)
** Twinky feels like this during Campus Safari after he arrives on Mars.
* OurCentaursAreDifferent: The Rifiers [[http://cyantian.net/akaelae/2005/05/04/d-61/ Chai and Quio]] are definately felitaurs.
* OurDragonsAreDifferent: They spit hypergolic acid after exhaling steam to prevent the resultant fire from burning their own faces. All three sizes of Acid Whip (Miniature cat sized, medium very large dog sized and full blown legendary dragon sized) are all available as pets. Though I'd hate to see the food bill for [[BigEater one of the largest ones]].
** Wait, doesn't that make them [[HorseOfADifferentColor Dragons in all but name?]]
*** Well, they do have the poisonous stingers on their tails. But yeah, the main difference is that they're explained by science rather than magic.
* OurSoulsAreDifferent: Quinn knows the most about this. Although it applies mostly to her Ouly friends, all souls pass through limbo for an instant when a person dies. Some just get stuck there.
* OurWerewolvesAreDifferent: VoluntaryShapeshifting caused by your mother getting possessed by a body hopping shapeshifting alien while she was pregnant with you.
** Specifically: Twinky, Saige, Velour and the other Cil Hybrids, arguably, they also cover {{Animorphism}}, although it's restricted to their specific animal: Skunk for Twinky; Cougar for Saige; Ferret (or perhaps Weasel) for Velour; Wolf for Braedon. And several other as of yet unknown cil hybrids.
* PaperThinDisguise: It doesn't fit, and he's not acting the part as well as he could, but it's a serious use of the trope.
* ParentalAbandonment: Vincent, during ''Akaelae''. His mom left him so her abusive boyfriend couldn't hurt him anymore [[spoiler: and then the real father comes up (Rama) and slaughters both his mom and her boyfriend. Vin was, luckily, unconscious at the time.]] The story presents itself better than this weak summary.
* PeoplePuppets: Marion, one of the Siracs, controls people's bodies, but not their minds.
* PickOnSomeoneYourOwnSize: Inverted in ''Akaelae'', as Darius picks on wolves who are larger than he is, though not to a villainous extent.
** Was played straight until the larger wolves realized he was stronger than them.
* PlotArmor: Any major character who has shown up in ''Campus Safari'' (Syris, Darius, Sheana, Ravon, Cilke, Chatin, Silver, Tira and a significant number of others.) is guaranteed to live through the prequel, ''Akaelae''. This Troper strongly suspects (IE: I'm Reasonably Sure.) that the PlotArmor will vanish and Invert this trope during the later stages of ''Campus Safari''. The author has stated that when she kills characters, she kills them well enough that they don't come back.
* PoweredArmor: Cilke and other characters wear "Lifts", which are the cyantian version of Powered Armor. Lifts range from Light Lifts, which are basically unpowered armor to heavy lifts, which are the cyantian equivalent of tanks to Master Lifts, which cross over to HumongousMecha. Medium Lifts are person sized power assisted battle armor.
* PowerStrainBlackout: The first time Darrik's energy manipulation abilities activate, he tosses a horse. It uses so much of his energy that he is left nearly unconscious.
* PromotionToParent: [[spoiler: Darius.]] Syris, by lack of actual parents for his newfound charges.
* PsychicPowers: Quinn and Collin: the Siracs, or Psychic Raccoons. Marion too. Technomages have demonstrated techniques that mimic psychic powers.
* PuppyDogEyes: Used effectively by Tae and Kea, the Akaelae Twins.
** Used ineffectively by [[spoiler: Khaelis]].
** Ironically, that's both literal and figurative PuppyDogEyes in both examples. Tae and Kea are wolves and [[spoiler: Khaelis is a fox.]]
*** Quinn and Silver have also used puppy eyes. So that's a raccoon and another fox to the list.
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: Alpha Akaelae has hidden his age at times due to the stigma attached to being an elite.
** If you take his date of birth and the current date into account, Syrys qualifies. Otherwise, it's iffy.
** Rama qualifies.
* RetCon: ''Campus Safari'' will have a large section rewritten. According to WordOfGod, this will only correct a few errors and will actually '''add''' a lot to the story.
** Also, ''Akaelae 0'' is being re-written as ''Genoworks Saga''.
* RidiculouslyCuteCritter: Miniwhips (Miniature Dragons), Minigriffons, Nalokets (Fuzzy puffsballs of fur with tails.) and Keterlin (Similar to Nalokets), and the Akaelae Twins, Tae and Kea.
** The recently seen [[spoiler: water shivae]] has induced CutenessProximity effects on the audience.
*** The greatest single example of this is Aurla, Chrome's miniwhip. Even her [[http://cyantian.net/csafari/2007/02/06/02062007/ Facehugger Impression]] is cute!
* RockBeatsLaser: Actually, rock beats psychics/telepaths.
** Swords and other melee weapons also beat long range weapons in Cyantian wars. The Cyantians do happen to be PettingZooPeople who can avoid gunfire far better than a human could. So staying at range is harder than having a melee weapon ready.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: Princess Tira will end up as Queen of the fox territory.
** Princess Silver is the head of the Mars Academy Special Ops Division.
* RuleOfCool: 40 foot tall combat robots? Check. More than one HyperspaceArsenal? Check. Quinn? Check. Technomage chips which allow a trained user to use technological FunctionalMagic? Check. Skunks designed as living art, including fruit and flower based air freshener scents. Check. Mature handling of romantic and interpersonal plot elements? Check. Quinn? Double Check.
* RuleOfFunny: This rule pokes it's nose in now and then. Most notably striking ChewToy characters. Although, really, nobody is safe from Tiffany's sense of humor.
** Not even the villains. Sheana is very good at throwing stones.
* RunningGag: [[ChewToy Khaelis' unlucky nature.]]
** The floor was recently layered, so it's slick.
* SavageWolves:
** Syris is often depicted as a god of war on a blood red horse in Fox art. Primarily anti-Wolf propaganda but there is some truth to it, especially [[PapaWolf when cubs are threatened]].
** Rama qualifies as well. Rama was exiled to another planet for four centuries after starting one war. When he returned, he ended up starting another war not long after.
* ScheduleSlip: Motherhood, conventions, the occasional tornado warning (or actual tornado) and motherhood cause some slips in the schedule. But most of the time we get at least two updated comics every week day.
* SchizoTech: Even with mecha Cyantians still use swords and other melee weapons as primary weapons of war. Not to mention that even out in the boonies in a stone house a child is likely to be educated through interactive TV.
* {{Seinen}}: Considering the serious, realistic take on romance and the 60/40 male to female audience split, I'd say Seinen is a (mostly) accurate description. Although, I don't think it was the author's intent to create a Seinen comic. Not to mention there's probably a larger audience than the seinen crowd.
** Coincidentally, ''AlienDice'', the other "main" comic of Tiffany Ross', has a 40/60 male to female audience split. Odd how that works out.
* ServantRace: The immigrant Cyantians were originally intended as this for the Rumuah (after humans were found "unsuitable") and according to the Fox all Genoworks creations are as well.
** Cyantians were also briefly a SlaveRace during the Squid occupation a century after the Rumuah went extinct.
* SexyBacklessOutfit: [[http://http://cyantian.net/csafari/2003/02/02/02022003/ Sheana's backless swimsuit]] has had a lasting effect on Darius.
* ShapeshiftingLover: Any Cil Hybrid that hooks up with someone. An odd dual case for Twinky and Velour, (Wereskunk and Wereferret) who have since broken up. (Part of Twinky and Velour's backstory, in the Shivaewiki.)
* ShockAndAwe: [[spoiler: Vin steps out of a cave and displays [[http://cyantian.net/blog/2012/04/13/04132012/ a new way to deal with his father.]]]]
* ShoutBox: ''all'' Shivae Studios Comics, which includes all Cyantian Chronicles comics, have a ShoutBox below the comic.
* ShoutOut: The author has given {{Shout Out}}s to her colorist Spike and various other people who have contributed to the print versions of the various comics in the comics that they have contributed to.
** There's a possibility that the Master Grade lifts (See HumongousMecha) are a ShoutOut to Master Grade Gundam Model Kits. But this troper doubts it.
** Quinn makes me wonder if she has a [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration "Q"]] based name.
* ShownTheirWork: The Shivaewiki shows a lot of work in making the comic's world believable, down to Cyantia having a listed mass in the "World" entry.
* ShutUpKiss: Delivered to Vincent, complete with PostKissCatatonia.
* SingleMindedTwins: Kika and Anka Krioka. Due to Neefla genetic memory, Neefla must be taught how to access and use the genetic memory. Usually, this means twins are separated. One pair of parents is usually only enough to teach one Neefla child how to use said genetic memory. Kika and Anka's parents kept both of their twins. As a side effect, they both are codependent on each other and enjoy the same pursuits.
** In a partial subversion, while they are currently codependent on each other, they are also PolarOppositeTwins.
* SkunkStripe: They're on the skunks!
* SmellySkunk: Subverted three times.
* SortingAlgorithmOfDeadness: WordOfGod States that characters who are killed are KilledOffForReal and will stay DeaderThanDisco.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Chatin and Cilke are referred to as Satin and Silk in parts of Campus Safari because their {{Translator Collar}}s mangled their names when they first arrived on earth.
* SpotlightStealingSquad: Akaelae was originally meant to be focused mainly on Darius Akaelae. However, by popular demand, and author desire to expand on other backstories, Darrik, Vincent, Kel, Sheana, Cilke, Chatin, Quinn, Collin and a number of others have stolen the spotlight for the time being.
* SpottingTheThread: The clues are there and some have been spotted. We're just not sure if they'll be headed.
* {{Squee}}: The sound heard when Cilke and [[spoiler: Chrome]] hooked up.
* StartOfDarkness: Rama in Akaelae: Chapter 14 "Malevolent Designs".
* TheStoic: Celina Asara. WordOfGod says "Nothing ever phases Celina." She's so much TheStoic that she would qualify for TheComicallySerious were it not for her sense of humor and certain comical actions.
* SuperpowerfulGenetics: Elites, though sometimes it skips a generation.
* TakeThat: Darius takes a potshot at Franchise/StarTrek during Campus Safari. It's a well deserved potshot too.
* {{Technobabble}}: Cesilee is capable of spouting this to answer a difficult question at school despite being mostly asleep.
* TechnoWizard: Twinky, who designed some really impressive gadgets on his own.
** Chatin, who has invented a personal teleporter, written video games and is one of the smartest characters in Campus Safari.
** Kibi, who is a Child Genius.
** Chrome's greatest ''seen'' invention is an [[http://cyantian.net/sos/2001/10/07/10072001/ alarmed wallet]] which beeps very loudly when it gets too far away from it's owner.
* TeleportersAndTransporters: [[MagicFromTechnology Technomages]] are often able to teleport, and the Siracs are able to do this as well using their PsychicPowers. In addition, ''Campus Safari'' started with Chatin making a personal transporter and Cilke accidentally using it to send them to Earth.
* TemptingFate: Done several times minimum. The most notable is Biely during Akaelae.
* ThemeTwinNaming: Taema and Keama Akaelae. What? They rhyme!
** Arguably Rayne during ''Campus Safari'' as well.
** Cere fits this bill for the ''Sink or Swim'' cast.
* ThrowItIn: [[http://cyantian.net/akaelae/2010/01/20/01202010/#comments This page of the comic ''Akaelae'']] The author posted this comment after speculation on who the involved characters were.
-->[[WordOfGod Actually, these two are the last two cameos. :D It was never mentioned that they were involved as characters .. it was just too fitting to pass up with the dialogue that came to mind.]]
** Also, Cesilee's Diary was originally supposed to be only 6 strips long. It ended up far longer and was eventually combined with the former primary comic, Campus Safari.
* TooDumbToLive: Occurs three times total for No Angel and Campus Safari. (They are parallel storylines until they begin.) Two incidences are lethal, one is not.
** Also occurs in ''Akaelae''. Fatality is avoided due to a want to capture the character in question.
** And once more between webcomics. See the entry for TheVirus.
* TranslatorCollar: Rather undignified for Cyantians to wear, but it works.
* TykeBomb: Cere and the other Roos of Sink Or Swim are taken by the Fox Military for this purpose. It doesn't work out.
** Quinn, Collin and the other Siracs are also another attempt at TykeBomb creation. With Quinn and Collin, it might have worked too well. Especially since genoworks couldn't keep hold of them.
*** Ditto for Quill and Needles, who also escape.
* {{Unobtainium}}: Cyantium is a rare metal with antigravity properties that makes the bones of Cyzantium's fauna stronger and lighter than normal. Off-worlders will often invade and slaughter whole herds and clear cut entire forests and occasionally dig open mines to get the stuff.
* UnsoundEffect: [[http://cyantian.net/akaelae/2008/11/19/11192008/ "Pounce,"]] "* Pity Me* ," and "Glomp" have all been used as sound effects.
* UnusualEuphemism: "Squid!" for the F-bomb and a number of other swear words.
** In the Sink or Swim story line we have Nil, who uses machine terms for almost everything because she was a biocomputer that the main cast of that story line found in a derelict ship and as result her responses to otherwise normal things can be a little funny.
** "Dratsad" fills in the role of "Bastard".
** "Squid on a Stick!" is this troper's favorite variation.
* VillainyDiscretionShot: Used to good effect in all of TheCyantianChronicles, which is the least graphically violent of all of Tiffany Ross' webcomics.
* TheVirus: [[spoiler:Designed by the fox ruling class, it was meant to use against the "guttouve" (lower caste) foxes. It backfired and nearly wiped out the whole of the fox population by turning them into [[WordOfGod "very fast ]] [[ZombieApocalypse zombies"]] before killing them horribly.]]
* WackyCollege: Mars Academy needs its own Special Ops team and freaks out more than one earth native.
** Jules and Marcus apparently went to one, before getting taken to Mars Academy.
* WalkItOff: Elite Regeneration only functions while said Elite is moving.
* WebcomicTime: And how!
** So much so that in the Campus Safari Relaunch several characters are getting their outfits updated "out of The 80s".
* WeHaveBecomeComplacent: More or less said by Alpha [[spoiler:after Celina is taken by aliens, after said aliens gloated about their inability to intervene to get her back]]. See also SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped.
* WeirdnessCensor: Jules and Marcus' college is so heavily populated by wierdos that nobody notices that Chatin and Cilke aren't in costume. Or if they do notice, they don't care.
** Also in effect at Mars Academy, as Twinky notes that most people are used to Technomage antics when Dallas teleports him for the umpteenth time.
* WhamEpisode: Akaelae Chapter 14: "Malevolent Designs".
* WhamLine: There are a few here and there.
* WhenSheSmiles: Celina is typically scowling or straight faced, but she has one of the warmest smiles of all the cast.
* WhoWantsToLiveForever: Alpha Akaelae (The original from Akaelae) views his thousand year lifespan as a burden. One can understand why when he's had more than one child get killed or die of old age. Not all of his children got his lifespan and old age hits extra hard when it finally catches up with him. Look up "Elites" in the Shivaewiki for more information on this.
* WildMassGuessing: Not only present in the aforementioned Shoutboxes, it is actively encouraged by the author and even given an alternate name: The Update Game.
** It's hilariously fun because Tiffany always keeps her fans guessing and/or in suspense.
* WriterRevolt: Don't point out a mistake in Tiffany's art if someone has already pointed it out. It's rude and Tiffany doesn't like it when people repeat what other people just said.
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: [[spoiler: Rama Tibal applies this to Vin's Mother, Noira, after he decides that he's going to reclaim Vin.]]
** Also applied by Rama at later point in the "Darius" comic. However, the second time [[spoiler: it's conditional on the servant in question failing at her appointed task.]]
* YoungerThanTheyLook: All of the Exotica Genoworks creations are designed to mature to something like 12 to 15 in only about 4 or 5 years.
* ZombieApocalypse: [[spoiler: Vixinte, the capital city of the Fox Territories, suffers a Zombie Apocalypse. While it is localized due to [[TheVirus the biological weapon]] being designed to be used against Guttouve (Gutter Fox, AKA: The lower classes), it still nearly wipes out the Cyantian foxes as a species and it ends up changing fox society forever.]]
** [[spoiler:Statistically, the "zombie plague" killed 99.94% of all foxes in Vixinte. There are only about 100,000 fox left alive. And not all of them are happy with the new regime.]]
*** [[spoiler: It's worth noting that the "Zombies" created are actually living infected who will die after the biological weapon that turned them into zombies runs it's course.]]
* ZombieGait: Averted. [[spoiler:Infected Foxes become some of the fastest zombies ever imagined, as cyantian foxes are digitigrade and run faster than a human could.]]

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