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->''"After losing his memory to a mysterious battle, Trace Legacy, a former leader for an organization of mages called the Templar, finds himself in the company of [[CatGirl Flora]], a girl of strange, tiger-like qualities. As Trace gradually begins to re-learn what he once knew, he soon discovers that Flora belongs to a race of people who are enemies of his kind. As friendship conflicts with racial differences, Trace and Flora find themselves in a situation more critical than either of them can imagine."''\\
--'''[[http://2kinds.com/aboutme.htm TwoKinds Summary Page]].'''

->''"Awkward {{interspecies romance}} at its best!"''\\
--'''[=TwoKinds=] ad banner'''

''[=TwoKinds=]'' is a [[WebcomicsLongRunners long running]] {{Webcomic}} with heavy [[{{animesque}} anime]] and [[FurryFandom furry]] influences. It revolves around Trace, a human who has [[LaserGuidedAmnesia lost his memory]], and his anthropomorphic [[CatGirl Tiger-girl]] friend, Flora. It debuted on October 22, 2003.

Along their way, they discover that the world is in a state of near open war, with Flora's race, the Keidran, openly targeted for enslavement and slaughter by the humans, led by the murderous Templars. Meanwhile, they discover Keith, a member of the mostly forgotten Basitin race.

Quickly caught up in the politics of the world-and its gods-Trace and Flora travel eastward, interested in finding out more about Trace's past, as well as a place a Human with a dark (and forgotten) past, a misfit Keidran, and an outcast Basitin can call home.

While they may not show anything, there are still NSFW moments.

''[=TwoKinds=]'' can be read in its entirety at its home page, [[http://2kinds.com/ here.]] The author/artist, Tom Fischbach has a DeviantArt page [[http://twokinds.deviantart.com/ here.]] His brother, Mark, is the famous let's player LetsPlay/{{Markiplier}} and Tom has appeared in several Markiplier videos.
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!!This comic provides examples of:

* AbuseIsOkayWhenItIsFemaleOnMale: [[CatGirl Flora]] and Kathrin trying to bully Mike and Evals in finding Trace and Eric right after being freed (meaning Eric would most likely re-enslave them) is played for laughs. [[DudeNotFunny Fans were not laughing]], and [[AuthorsSavingThrow this was quickly corrected]].
* AccidentalPervert: Seen [[http://twokinds.keenspot.com/archive.php?p=540 here.]]
-->'''Medic:''' My Lord! This man is horribly disfigured! I... Oh... Oh my...
* ACupAngst: Flora. [[http://twokinds.net/?p=257 She]] [[http://twokinds.keenspot.com/archive.php?p=56 does not take it well]] [[BerserkButton when this is pointed out]].
* ADayInTheLimelight: Chapter 13 starts with the side characters from Trace's old home town, now on the run from an advancing Keidran raiding force.
* AllLoveIsUnrequited: Kathrin seems to genuinely have feelings for Eric, but though he treats her infinitely better than most humans would treat a slave, he still considers her to be his property. The only thing that indicates ''his'' feelings might be different is that he released her from the mind-control spell that forces a slave to follow any order.
** It has progressed (somewhat) from "property" to "like a sister," but the problem remains.
* AlmostDeadGuy: [[spoiler:Laura held on until she got to see Keith [[http://twokinds.keenspot.com/archive.php?p=594 one last time.]]]]
** For a humorous example, this is literally [[AuthorAvatar Tom's]] only [[http://twokinds.keenspot.com/archive.php?p=531 purpose]] [[http://twokinds.keenspot.com/archive.php?p=532 in the story.]] [[http://twokinds.keenspot.com/archive.php?p=70 No]] [[http://twokinds.keenspot.com/archive.php?p=71 really.]]
* AlphabeticalThemeNaming: of the rhyming variety; Flora, Nora, and Laura.
* AltText: Sporadic, and only on the most recent pages. Each new page seems to have alt text, but when the page is thrown into the achieve it loses the text for some reason. For instance: the alt text for page 769 was "[[http://twokinds.keenspot.com/archive.php?p=770 Save the bucket helmet.]]"
* AlwaysChaoticEvil: Played rather humorously three different ways... and sometimes ''not'' so humorously. Due to separatism and the resulting whirlwind of misconception and propaganda, ''everyone'' in ''[=TwoKinds=]'' thinks ''[[FantasticRacism everyone else]]'' is Always Chaotic Evil. The [[PettingZooPeople Keidran]] rarely meet Humans other than slavers. Humans rarely meet Keidran who aren't criminals. All it took was one WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds for the slavers to be supplemented with ''death squads.'' The only third party is a group of [[{{Overlord}} Brown Minion]] expies known as the Basitin, who don't see ''anyone'' else sympathetically due to their cultural AsskickingEqualsAuthority[=/=]MoreThanMindControl; humans are undisciplined rabble, Keidran are ''perverse'' undisciplined rabble. And the few Basitin that ''don't'' follow that doctrine are hated above all others.
* AmazonianBeauty: "King" Adelaide.
* AmbiguouslyGay: Alaric, according to the cast page.
* AmnesiacDissonance: Trace. Interesting in that the ''only'' person not aware of his past is himself, nearly everyone else is well aware of who he is/was and ''openly terrified'' of him. It's gotten to the point that Trace has decided that he's better off '''''not''''' knowing who he was.
-->'''Trace:''' The more I learn about my past, the more I've come to realize how better off I am now without it. I used to want to remember. But being told just made me realize the terrible person I'd been. I understand now that losing it all was the best thing to happen to me. So I've decided I'm not going to do anything to put us at risk anymore.
** It's even ''{{Lampshaded}}'' [[http://twokinds.keenspot.com/archive.php?p=658 here]]:
--->'''Eric:''' Templar laws have, in recent years, made it a crime for slave traders, such as me, to free our slaves voluntarily.\\
'''Trace:''' What? Why? What kind of evil person would make a law like th... It was me wasn't it?\\
'''Eric:''' Yes.
* AncestralWeapon: The armor that Keith initially wears once belonged to his father. In an interesting twist he wears it as a condition of his banishment.
* AnguishedDeclarationOfLove: Kathrin to Eric, in [[http://twokinds.keenspot.com/archive.php?p=654 this]] strip. This doubles as an in-universe WhamLine and WhatHaveIDone moment for Eric, as well.
-->'''Kathrin:''' Maybe I've been foolish. I think a part of me has always hoped one day... you'd care enough... That I wouldn't have to ask.
** Unfortunately, he remains oblivious to her true feelings, and in the end [[spoiler:agrees to release her because]] he thinks of her as a sister.
* AnimalEyeSpy
* AnimateDead: [[spoiler:Trace]] does a telekinetic variant of this in strip 514, abusing the corpses of a few soldiers to block attacks.
** [[spoiler:Trace]] tried to use this on [[spoiler:Saria after she died]], which went wrong and drove [[spoiler:Trace]] insane and genocidal or [[OmnicidalManiac omnicidal]].
* AnimeHair: Trace's [[BuffySpeak pointy hair... thing]], commonly called IdiotHair in Anime fandom. Notably, it's only present when he's in his nicer persona, but when that hair falls, it's the first sign that Templar!Trace has come out to play with people's entrails.
** Templar!Trace has his "pointy hair... thing" [[http://twokinds.keenspot.com/archive.php?p=431 here]]...
* AntiMagic: Dispel and Mana Sinks. Dispel shuts off mana flow or dissipates it, while Mana Sinks steal mana from whom or whatever is placed on its platform.
* ApologeticAttacker: Laura, when [[spoiler:she starts strangling the Intelligence General with his own [[http://twokinds.keenspot.com/archive.php?p=519 necklace.]]]]
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: Mike is informed by Evals that [[spoiler:not only has his gender changed, but also that the fur pattern on his rump was changed to a heart shape. He says that messing with his gender is one thing, but changing his fur pattern is unforgivable.]]
** [[spoiler:At Keith's court hearing, he's been charged with disobeying orders, trespassing on royal grounds, destroying royal property, committing treason, and breaking curfew]] which is still a federal crime amongst the Basitins.
* ArtEvolution: A lot.
** Compare [[http://twokinds.keenspot.com/archive.php?p=22 this]] or [[http://twokinds.keenspot.com/archive.php?p=23 this]] early page to [[http://twokinds.keenspot.com/archive.php?p=531 this]].
* YouFailYourMedicalBoardsForever: Because of a double taboo (first against nudity, second against seeking aid) the Basitin doctors blindfold themselves and navigate by ear.
* ArtShift: The Towers originally looked much like something you'd see in a far-future science fiction setting; the most recently seen one, however, looks almost exactly like a standard-issue medieval castle turret... with a crystalline superstructure and a big glowing orb floating above the top.
** Could be due to refinements in the tech, allowing them to ''disguise'' them as ordinary wall turrets.
*** Notice that this particular Tower is built on the Basitin Islands and not on the Human-controlled mainland, and is built without the knowledge of the Basitin people as to what it really does. The new look might be intentional, as - unlike the others - it doesn't look like a doom fortress.
* AsskickingEqualsAuthority: Red and Sythe take mutual roles as the leader of group B simply because they have more combat experience... and because they're being chased by an assassin. Justified as they're the only ones who can take Zen out.
* AsYouKnow: [[http://twokinds.keenspot.com/archive.php?p=462 "You are familiar, of course, with the basic fundamentals of magic and how our towers function",]] but let me explain it to you anyways.
* TheAtoner: Keith, who, ironically, has done nothing wrong... mostly.
* AuthorAppeal: A surfer viewing the artist's {{DeviantArt}} page will find tons of {{fanart}} of his own characters... but mostly Flora. If you idle in the IRC chat room long enough and at the right hours, you can sometimes catch the author chattering about why he writes the comic. He admits it was mostly personal appeal at the time.
** The author also seems to have a thing for drawing his own characters naked.
* AuthorAvatar: Tom has shown up in the comic twice one time as pizza delivery man, the other as a postman. On both occasions he was struck down by a character as soon as he appeared.
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: A high-ranked Basitin is quite capable of fighting. Even the Intelligence General was capable of [[spoiler:fatally striking an obviously younger soldier with a single attack.]]
* AwesomeMcCoolname: Trace Legacy.
* AwkwardKiss: [[http://twokinds.keenspot.com/archive.php?p=808 How Keith kisses Natani]] when they finally explore their feelings. When he starts thinking he sucked at it because, though he does feel for Natani, he considers her "one of the guys", [[BigDamnKiss she kisses him with a lot more confidence]].
-->'''Natani''' (thinking)''':''' Well it wouldn't hurt to try again!
* {{Badass}}: Most Basitins, although the Dragons are happy to call them out.
* BadBoss: The Intelligence General kills one of his solders [[spoiler:for pointing out that the inn they're going to set on fire in order to kill the main cast still has some of his solders and a group of civilians in it [[KarmaHoudini and he's the one that appears to live the longest.]]]]
** While he was a {{Jerkass}} of epic proportions, that were probably [[spoiler:magic-induced insanity, since his MyGodWhatHaveIDone moment happened right after the tower started to blow.]]
* BalanceBetweenGoodAndEvil: [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Neutral]] is the goddess of this as well as the BigBad (mostly because she's so cynical).
* BalefulPolymorph: Trace does this twice; he turns his old boss into a wolf Keidran and makes his ex-girlfriend's annoying sister grow cat ears and a thin fur coat because she was annoying him. [[CursedWithAwesome This kind of backfired in the latter case, as she likes the look, and she gets a heightened sense of smell]].
* BarbieDollAnatomy: Justified with the Keidrans, as their naughty bits are obscured by their fur. However, that doesn't explain why the human characters don't have anything going on.
* BarefootCartoonAnimals: The furry characters.
* BattleCry: The red-haired warrior uses "In the name of meaningless battle!" as a battle cry.
* BeamSpam: Arguably [[http://twokinds.net/?p=513 here]] [[http://twokinds.net/?p=518 and here]]. Could also be CombatTentacles, but since the tentacles are made of black mana, they would be non-corporeal.
* BeardOfEvil: The most recent High Templar is an absolute bastard and has a goatee. Its the same with the Intelligence General.
** We've seen the Intelligence General's son. The look appears to be genetic, fortunately, more of a BadassBeard in his case.
* BeePeople: Basitins, of a sort. They lack the hive mind aspect, but they do have a really big [[spoiler:female "King"]] leader, a very rigid class system, gender segregation, an alien culture (dialing the nudity taboo up to 11), and a biological compulsion to obey orders.
** Although recently, it has been revealed that all of this only applies to Eastern Basitins. The Western Basitins at the very least do not have a biological compulsion to obey orders, and are hinted at having an entirely different culture.
*** A [[WordOfGod character sheet]] on the author's DeviantArt page suggests that Western Basitins are much closer to Flora than Keith. BodyPaint (or at least, "patterns in their fur") covered [[InnocentFanserviceGirl hippies]].
* BerserkButton: Don't hurt or threaten Flora within earshot of Trace. Seriously, ''[[SuperpoweredEvilSide don't]]''.
** Hurting Trace's love interests is fairly unwise, period.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Post mind-wipe Trace is normally your typical NiceGuy; shy but friendly, altruistic, and a little naive. However, he used to be one of the (if not ''The'') most powerful and feared mages in the world. Pressing his BerserkButton is a very, ''very'' bad idea.
* BigDamnKiss: [[http://twokinds.keenspot.com/archive.php?p=808 Averted.]] [[spoiler:Until the next page, at least.]]
* BigNo
* BigShutUp: Trace [[http://twokinds.keenspot.com/archive.php?p=739 does this]] after Flora tells him about her pregnancy. He wasn't yelling at her however; he was telling the [[SuperpoweredEvilSide annoying smoke hallucination]] to [[ShutUpHannibal stuff-it]], leading to one of the [[http://twokinds.keenspot.com/archive.php?p=740 comic's biggest CMOH.]]
* BishieSparkle: Arms General.
* BiTheWay: Natani, who's bisexual according to the cast page. [[spoiler:The truth is significantly more complex than that; see {{Transsexual}} below.]]
** Kathrin, ''maybe'', based on the LesYay she and Flora had on the ship.
* BizarreAlienBiology: Ho boy, where to begin? Well, how about with the Basitins? They have super dense muscles, no libido (except when in heat or watching combat), gain a pleasurable response to following orders (though, judging by Keith, that probably also has something to do them usually enlisting in their military at the age of ''five''), are immune to most poisons, and they heal very quickly and with a minimum of scarring.
* BizarreAlienReproduction: Whilst not as strange as some examples... Keidran women have a fairly regular heat period, during which their libido increases markedly. However, they only ovulate in the week ''after'' their heat period ends; they use the enhanced sex drive to, basically, find a compatible mate and ''then'' make babies with him.
* BlackSpeech: Anytime [[spoiler:Templar!Trace]] wakes up, of the creepy-as-hell scrawling font variety. Bonus points for having elements of {{Zalgo}} in there.
-->[[spoiler:'''Templar!Trace:''' Kill my wife, '''[+ W'''''i'''''l''l'' ''You''? +]''']]
* BladeOnAStick: Traditional Basitin weaponry is a spear or glaive.
* BleachedUnderpants: Remember when Flora and Kathrin were {{Innocent Fanservice Girl}}s, with Kathrin having a healthy dose of InnocentInnuendo included on top of that? With the recent switch in hosting to {{Keenspot}}, this has been dropped off the main page with all the characters are wearing mostly conservative outfits, with only Eric having something that wouldn't be appropriate at a mall in the US (and even he is dressed as a ShoutOut to Hugh Hefner). Remembering that at least [[http://twokindscomic.com/images/twokindsv6_1.jpg one point]] the comic title banner had a (non-sexually) nude Flora on it...
** The Fanservice content in the comic itself has been dialed back as well with Flora and Kathrin's InnocentFanserviceGirl tendencies have dialed back immensely, although Flora has a few excuses about it [[note]]being pregnant and being around Eric[[/note]]. Kathrin does go around nude still, although in the chapter post-switchover (Chapter 14), she instead wears a NakedApron designed to minimize her fan-service content outside of a single specific scene.
* BloodKnight: The Red-Haired Swordsman, whose war-cry is "In the Name of Meaningless Battle!!!".
* BlueAndOrangeMorality: The Basitins consider nudity heinous and not following orders unthinkable, while the Keidrans literally use sex to get to know people. As one might expect, humans and Basitins think they're promiscuous, but it's supported by their biology: [[spoiler:They're only fertile the week ''after'' they're in heat.]]
* BuryYourGays: Alaric was the only male character with alter-sexual connotations (that thing with Mike and Evals was just a gag). The author [[DroppedABridgeOnHim threw him off a bridge]] [[spoiler:though it turned out to all be part of a masterful ThanatosGambit for Keith, proving his CrazyPrepared status.]]
* ButICantBePregnant: Despite a doctor confirming it, Flora refused to believe that she's pregnant until Chapter 14. The reasons for this were many: The doctor who told her was a Basitin doctor; the doctor was racist (insinuating that Flora must have found some random Keidran stranger to have sex with during their trip) and also [[WhatAnIdiot wore a blindfold]] because '''looking at her patients unclothed would be obscene.''' And as Flora herself noted, Keidrans and humans had coexisted-yes, [[InterspeciesRomance she meant that]]-for centuries and there had never been any hybrid offspring. But she's finally accepted the truth and has now begun debating when and how to tell Trace, though she still can't figure out how they're the ''one'' couple who conceived. Unbeknownst to Flora, [[JerkassGod Euphemural]] has decided to [[DeusExMachina allow the pregnancy to occur]] after a long time of actively preventing such reproductions.
** Apparently, whatever magic that Euphemural was using wasn't perfect, as one human/keidran half-breed does already exist. Apparently her father's innate magical ability to [[OurWerebeastsAreDifferent shape shift into a human form]] allowed him to "work around" that limitation.
* CallForward: In the Tenth Anniversary "flashback" to Trace and Flora's first night, in which she explains what Keidran and Basitin are.
-->I can guarantee you'll never have to worry about meeting a Basitin. They live far off on some weird island or something.
* {{Cameo}}: Hero and Dianne from RPGWorld.
** [=PenPen=] (the penguin) from {{Yosh}}.
* [[CantHoldHisLiquor Can't Hold Their Liquor]]: Keidrans get completely smashed off a mouthful or two of normal ale.
** Probably their hyper metabolism. It does what it's made for quickly.
* CanNotSpitItOut: Flora is still trying to work up the nerve to break the news of her pregnancy to Trace. Granted, in the [[WebcomicTime Comic's time]] it's only been a week or two since she learned about it (in real time, it's been a couple of years). In recent strips, it's less that she can't spit it out; rather she keeps getting interrupted before she can do so.
** As of May 16th, 2013, she's finally told him, and Trace's reaction was... well:
--->'''Flora:''' Trace, you promised not to freak out. I consider [[{{Fainting}} falling unconscious]] to be a form of freaking out.... Trace?
* CastFromHitPoints ([[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity Not To Mention]] [[SanityMeter Sanity Points]]): Dark Mana spells [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity damage the caster's mind]] (this was what led to Trace going AxCrazy), and will eventually kill you if you keep using them.
** The spell that caused Natani [[spoiler:to need Zen to get a part of his soul copied onto hers, as well as mentally-linking them]], considering the caster died using it, was most likely something similar.
* CatchPhrase: Natani. Sort of. She's constantly reminding people of her occupation by saying "as an assassin" so many times it actually gets annoying. Whether the artist does this on purpose or if he is seriously unaware of how many times he's had her say it is debatable.
* CatGirl: Flora, although with fur, ears, tail, claws, and ''muzzle'', she is [[SlidingScaleOfAnthropomorphism much further down the scale than most.]] It helps that she looks a lot like [[MarvelComics Tigra]], who has an internet paradox named after her.
-->'''The Tigra/Flora Paradox:''' If you'd hit it you're a furry; if not you're gay.
** Kathrin, too.
* CaughtWithYourPantsDown: Keith and Natani repeatedly avoid this {{trope}}. The latest instance, Keith and Natani, both naked (remember, [[spoiler:Natani is hiding her true gender]] from the group), with Keith being paralyzed, in a inn room that was just set on fire, looks like it might be harder to get away from. Mike and Evals recently played this trope [[http://twokinds.net/?p=482 straighter]]. Well, [[IncrediblyLamePun sort of straight]].
* CharlesAtlasSuperpower: The Arms General can deflect throwing knives ''with his abs''!
** Keith and Alaric damaged the (stone) ground in their fight with their bare feet.
*** King Adelaide can fight Templar!Trace (who can fight gods) to a standstill despite Templars poisoning her for some time.
* ChekhovsGun:
** That necklace Trace gave Flora early on. [[spoiler:Turns out that's the only thing that made Ephemural lose control of Flora.]]
** Madelyn's, AKA Stalker Girl's, letter that she wanted Natani to give to Keith turns out to be [[spoiler:a document showing her being a witness to Alaric and Keith's fight.]]
* TheChessmaster: Officially, [[spoiler:Alaric]], and boy howdy, is it deserved.
* ChivalrousPervert: Eric is this to a T, though sometimes he does get kind of creepy. See FridgeHorror, below.
** It's made fairly blatant that Eric is only a slave trader because it's the only socially acceptable way available to explore his Keidran (and, once he discovers them, Basitin) fetish. He's far, far more interested in flirting and painting portraits of nude Keidrans and Basitins than anything else. In addition, we haven't seen him buy or sell any of his slaves, so he may actually just be a slave ''collector.''
* ConvenientlyCommonKink: Basitins have a species-wide foot fetish, according to the author.
* TheCorruption: The author seems to be treating Dark Mana like this now.
** Magic-wielding or tower-exposed Basitins. Magic is bad for their brains.
* CosmicChessGame
* CrapsackWorld: When the nicest person in the setting happens to be a ''slave trader''-a '''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sexual_slavery sex slave]] trader''', to be more precise-you know it's this.
** Potentially [[spoiler:a cover for his Keidran fetish]], though how one could tell currently is a mystery.
* CrazyPrepared: Alaric. From the time Keith was banished, [[spoiler:Alaric had been working nonstop, becoming a general, exploiting every loophole in the law he could, and writing hundreds of documents, all so Keith would have to be acknowledged by society. Keith is now recognized as the Ambassador for Basitin society, representing their entire civilization to the world.]]
* CultureClash: Quite a few. It's no wonder why the three don't get along most of the time.
** The humans are perfectly OK with the concepts of slavery and racism, regardless of who's doing it to who.
** The Keidran have a blatantly different biology then the other two races and live a mostly tribal existence; the wolf Keidran like killing civilians.
** The Western Basitins live in a ''very'' orderly and militaristic republic.
* DCupDistress: Natani had a hard time with feeling male when she easily has the largest breasts in the series.
* DeadpanSnarker: King Adelaide has shades of this.
-->[[http://twokinds.net/?p=578 "Tragically I survived".]]
* DealWithTheDevil: The old High Templar asked Neutral to give her human form back. In exchange, Neutral possessed her for a time. Flora also got the short end of the stick when she accepted Neutral's help.
* DeathWorld: Invoked, the Bastin Isles are so toxic as to have rendered their inhabitants [[AcquiredPoisonImmunity immune to nearly all known poisons and diseases]], and given them a [[{{Downplayed}} mild]] HealingFactor.
* DefeatByModesty: An inverted example, the artist has posted a few "lost strips" on his {{DeviantArt}} page showing that Flora and Natani almost defeat the Eastern General with nudity. Not his, but ''Flora'''s; Natani notices the general reacts poorly to her not wearing socks, so she steals Flora's clothing, leaving the general a blushing, stammering mess.
* DefeatMeansFriendship: Yeah, remember when Natani (and her brother) tried to kill the group? Now Natani has a crush on Keith and is being very lax about following her orders to kill Trace...
* DepletedPhlebotinumShells: Poisoned arrows. Magic-infused arrows are also the best way to take out a tower.
* {{Determinator}}: [[spoiler:King Adelaide]] gives us this incredibly {{Badass}} quote when informed that she was expected to have died by a mortal wound at this point.
-->'''[[spoiler:King Adelaide:]]''' Yes, I'd been told that as well. [[IAintGotTimeToBleed I chose to ignore it and continue living]].
* [[DeusExMachina Deus]][=/=]DiabolusExMachina: Divine help rarely doesn't end up breaking rules or getting people injured, but [[spoiler:Trace impregnating Flora]] couldn't have happened otherwise and it's looking like a good thing currently.
** [[spoiler:Ephemerul/Neutral wiping Trace's memory saved Keidran-kind.]]
* DidISayThatOutLoud: ''[[http://twokinds.net/?p=17 "If he gives me trouble, I'll just kill him myself!!"]]'' ""
* DidntThinkThisThrough: In a non-canon strip, Mike makes a horrible in regards to [[http://twokinds.deviantart.com/art/Basitin-Black-Magic-203733192 using black magic.]]
* DisproportionateRetribution:
** Trace, stop killing everyone when your girlfriend/wife gets hurt/killed, not cool dude.
** The old Intelligence General [[spoiler:murdered Keith's mother, blinded and scarred Alaric in one eye, and got Keith banished for self-defense.]] Because he didn't like the choices his friend made and all this before the comic starts.
* DistractedByMyOwnSexy: [[http://twokinds.net/?p=380 Illusion-bent Mike]] was attracted to his/her own reflection in the mirror.
* DistractedByTheSexy: Basitins are prone to it. See HeadTiltinglyKinky.
** Laura had it planned [[http://twokinds.net/?p=416 until]]...
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Dark Mana is very similar to Defiling Magic from the DarkSun campaign setting.
** Keith keeping watch for Natani. [[http://twokinds.net/?p=345 Keith's tail.]]
* DracoInLeatherPants: Directly invoked. Remember that Eric is a ''slave trader'' who ''collects Keidrans'' because he ''doesn't consider them people,'' just objects of his own perverted lust? The fan base mostly forgot, so we're forcibly reminded when [[spoiler:he accuses Evals of attempting to sabotage the ship and flee and decides to re-enslave them.]] [invoked]
* DullEyesOfUnhappiness: [[spoiler:[[http://twokinds.keenspot.com/archive.php?p=529 Seen here.]] More like Dull Eyes of Death, though.]] Keith, and possibly all Basitins, are a strange case; they seem to have "standard eyes" (i.e. pupils and sclera) when young, but change into these as they grow older.
* EarAche: Cathleen left her mark on [[spoiler:General Alabaster]].
* EasyAmnesia: What sets the story in motion.
* EveryoneHasStandards: Although a pervert who enjoys taking advantage of Keidran females, Eric considers Madelyn Adelaide too young for his tastes.
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: [[spoiler:Flora]], who was put into an arranged marriage with a prince of another tribe. She [[RunawayBride decided not to go through with it.]] Unfortunately, [[spoiler:this means there will not be a Keidran alliance to oppose the humans,]] but then again, [[spoiler:Templar!Trace is no longer there to lead the humans]], and [[spoiler:Flora and Trace's falling in love]] has screwed ''everything'' up, plan wise. In other words, princesses [[SpannerInTheWorks screw up the plan.]]
* EvilTowerOfOminousness: The Templars seem interested in making a large number of these, basically magic batteries. Oh, and they cause brain damage to Basitins, a fact that they are unaware of, but that the Templars are. They also do ''something'' to Keidrans' instincts-probably something ''very'' bad-but this has not been explored yet.
* {{Expy}}: The Intelligence General looks a lot like [[{{Overlord}} Gnarl]].
* FallenHero: Trace was shown to be a fairly nice guy, before [[spoiler:his first wife is killed by a Keidran highwayman]], which causes him to... ''snap''. He tried to bring her back to life and failed, warping his mind with dark magic in the process, and ''then'' slaughtered the Master Templars, replaced them with his hand-picked acolytes, and became the bane of the Keidran race. The fact that he was also experimenting with dark magic ''before'' his wife was killed would likely not have helped.
* FantasticArousal: "Natani... you do realize [[http://twokinds.keenspot.com/archive.php?p=764 Basitins consider ear-rubbing to be... an intimate gesture?]]"
-->'''Natani:''' Oh... Do... do you want me to stop?\\
'''Keith:''' *sigh* No.
** It explains why Keith reacted the way he did [[http://twokinds.keenspot.com/archive.php?p=463 the first time Natani touched his ears.]]
** Raine's tail seems to be rather sensitive as well.
* FantasticRacism: Humans hate Keidrans (its mutual) and can barely recognize the difference between Keidrans and Basitins. Speaking of Basitins, they're split up between Western and Eastern Basitins; the Eastern ones are the only ones we've seen so far, who tolerate humans but consider Keidrans a slave race which are [[http://twokinds.net/?p=544 insanely promiscuous]] at all times.
* [[SciFiWritersHaveNoSenseOfScale Fantasy Writers have no Sense of Scale]]: The Keidran tribes are stated to be very fast breeders (what with their views on sex being the same as a [[Series/BabylonFive Centauri]] and their short life spans), yet the largest city of the Wolf Clan (the largest tribe) is less than six thousand; even for a faux-Medieval setting, that's rather low. Also, there is a timber forest and a rain forest rather close to each other (and on the same latitude line, no less). Possibly justified for the Keidrans in that they're nomadic-so the people living in a city are the minority-and that they've been on the losing end of a war of genocide[=/=]slavery with humanity for the past few decades. (The 6,000 population has since been {{retcon}}ned to be 36,000.)
** Let's not forget Zen's hint about the race [[spoiler:being at risk of dying out.]]
* FascistsBedTime
* FauxActionGirl: For a top class assassin, Natani sure does suck at it; the same goes for the rest of the female cast, up to the last Grand Master. For the leader of an army of magic-using knights, she was profoundly tricked. According to the Author, Natani and her brother have always "Managed to cause their targets to die by proxy" and never actually killed a target themselves. The only time we've seen Natani fight was against someone whose stomach was hard enough to shatter knives.
* FireForgedFriends: It isn't the most noticeable, but Keith at one point grudgingly says something that represents this trope:
-->'''Keith:''' Huff... If it wasn't for the fact I still need you for my mission... Well... I'd probably still save your ass. But then I wouldn't have an excuse for it.
* FlatWhat: Not yet, but [[http://twokinds.keenspot.com/archive.php?p=579 these faces]] scream it.
** Has happened as of page 648. Natani's reaction to Mike telling her and Kathrin about the time [[GenderBender he was turned into a girl]]. It's just her reaction that seals it.
--->'''Natani:''' ''[[http://twokinds.keenspot.com/archive.php?p=648 Wat]]''
* {{Foreshadowing}}: A fairly unsubtle example [[http://twokinds.net/?p=304 here]].
** There's a silhouette with yellow eyes in the background [[http://twokinds.keenspot.com/archive.php?p=782 here]] and [[http://twokinds.keenspot.com/archive.php?p=784 here]]...
* FreezeSneeze: The only thing that can get a Bastin sick is being cold and wet. It apparently clears up as their body heat stabilizes.
* FromNobodyToNightmare: As a child, Trace's master quickly realized he was BrilliantButLazy, performing his duties faithfully but never really pushing himself, but she also realized that if he ever had a reason to try, he might be capable of damn near ''anything.'' They were right; give Trace someone to love and he'll love unconditionally. Take that person away and you have a holocaust on your hands.
-->'''Grand Templar:''' ''[[http://twokinds.keenspot.com/archive.php?p=32 He is strong. There is no doubt. But he has no heart. He does as we say, he follows our orders. But I don't think we've seen what he can really do. If he were to have some real goal... Something or someone to really care about... Then we'll see real power]]''.
* FunnyBackgroundEvent: During King Adelaide's speech about her near fatal wounds, the younger Basitins are... [[http://twokinds.keenspot.com/archive.php?p=578 impressed]].
** Earlier, you can see Lady Nora shooting flame at seabirds in the second-to-last panel [[http://twokinds.keenspot.com/archive.php?p=367 here.]]
* FunSize: Basitins don't get much bigger than 5 and half feet. They're pretty much anti-hobbits.
** Except their King, good lord. She must be closer to seven or eight feet tall. And she's built like a brick house!
* [[OtakuSurrogate Furry Surrogate]]: '''Eric.''' He has a ''huge'' Keidran (and Basitin) fetish, and since the only socially acceptable way to explore this in his society is to be a slave trader, well, that's what he does. It's implied that he treats his slaves far better than the average trader, and we never see him buying or selling slaves, so that may be a cover.
** [[http://twokinds.keenspot.com/archive.php?p=615 But]]...
* GambitPileup: We know Ephemural isn't the only god who has Plans for Trace, plus Trace/The Templar's plans, plus whatever the Basitins want from Trace [[note]] Which turned out to be "hand him over to the Templar for magical goodies".[[/note]], PLUS the groups chasing Trace and Co., PLUS... it looks like all the people on the Templar Grand Council are playing XanatosSpeedChess against ''each other'', not just the governments of all the nations and the main party. To what ends is anyone's guess at this point.
* GambitRoulette: [[DeconstructedTrope Deconstructed]] by [[http://twokinds.keenspot.com/archive.php?p=583 Master General Alaric.]] [[spoiler:Instead of devising a risky plan that involved precise timing, coincidence, and the other hallmarks of a traditional roulette, he planned for 'many things' by crafting hundreds of documents that exploited every loophole in the system.]]
* GenderBender: During the Basitin Isles arc, Mike is hit with an illusion from Lady Nora that makes him ''look'' female, but is still male. The artist does a fair amount of this stuff on his [[http://twokinds.deviantart.com/ DA]] account. And a [[http://twokinds.deviantart.com/art/Gender-Bender-2-185173335?q=gallery%3Atwokinds%2F4930286&qo=5 recent incentive]] has the main characters with swapped genders.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: in [[http://twokinds.keenspot.com/archive.php?p=274 strip 274]], looking closely reveals [[spoiler:a touch of pink on Kathrin's groin]].
* GiveHimANormalLife: Discussed. Trace doesn't consider himself very good father material due to his [[LaserGuidedAmnesia Amnesia]], little world experience because of said amnesia, Dark forgotten Past, Bunch of people wanting him dead, others wanting him back to the way he was, and a SuperpoweredEvilSide that's becoming more active. All very good reasons of course, but... uh... well, the reason the subject came up was because Flora was trying to find a way to break the news of her pregnancy to him.
* TheGlomp: [[http://twokinds.net/?p=133 Flora]] and [[http://twokinds.net/?p=572 Nora]], both to Trace.
* GlowingEyesOfDoom: Angry or simply feral Keidrans and occasionally Trace.
** Basitins that are enraged can also have these.
** Human Templars as well.
* GoodAllAlong: [[spoiler:It was recently shown that Keith's father, Cornelius, cared about him and his mother Cathleen. It wasn't even him who attacked her. The statement Keith said about [[http://twokindscomic.com/archive/?p=379 'falling onto his spear']] might be [[http://twokindscomic.com/archive/?p=560 exactly]] [[http://twokindscomic.com/archive/?p=561 right.]]]]
* GoOutWithASmile: [[spoiler:[[http://twokinds.keenspot.com/archive.php?p=529 Nicholai]], then [[http://twokinds.keenspot.com/archive.php?p=594 Laura.]]]]
* {{Gorn}}: In one of the later chapters, one of the characters gets killed off in a manner befitting the bastard love child of a [[http://animal.discovery.com/fish/river-monsters/candiru-catfish/ ''Candiru asu'']] and a hand grenade. The reaction from some of the fans was mostly ''positive''.
* HalfHumanHybrid: [[spoiler:Trace and Flora's unborn child]].
** It turns out that Raine is one as well. [[spoiler:Her father was a keidran who developed a human transformation spell, she shifts from human to keidran uncontrollably.]]
* HappinessInSlavery: ''And How!'' Kathrin seems to be just happy being a type 1 slave. The fact that Eric goes easy on her doesn't hurt, either. And to a certain extent, Flora looks back on her days as a slave "with a... fondness." (No, really.) Though, to be fair, Kathrin and the rest of Eric's crew are treated like human servants/pets, and Flora was treated about the same way until she was disowned by her childhood friend.
** Mike is definitely a type 4. He was born into slavery and wouldn't survive in the wild.
* HappyEndingMassage: Kathrin's "services".
* HeadTiltinglyKinky: Deconstructed. The Basitin culture is so sexually repressed that an entire tavern drops everything to watch a disrobed Flora chase Kathrin (also naked) out of her room for calling her fat. It takes Trace shouting them down [[spoiler:with a little help from [[SuperPoweredEvilSide Templar!Trace]]]] to smooth things over.
* HeroicSacrifice: A textbook example from the local [[TheWoobie woobie]].
** [[spoiler:Shes still alive! Oh, no, wait, she's doomed by internal bleeding. Then she had passed away in the [[TearJerker end of the chapter.]]]]
* HonorBeforeReason: Eastern Basitins have such a huge LawfulStupid habit that this is often in play. They consider it more honorable to die in battle than to survive and possibly provide strategic knowledge to others.
** Trace [[http://twokinds.keenspot.com/archive.php?p=586 is pushing it]] for Laura...
* HorrorHunger: Parodied. Flora jokes that she wants to taste human flesh (to set up a ReactionShot gag from Trace).
* HumansAreBastards: The only semi non-morally ambiguous human is Trace ''after'' his LaserGuidedAmnesia. The necklace merchant ''might'' have been another exception, although it's not clear what his long term goals are. Actually, every species appears to be bastards of one sort or another. [[FantasticRacism Humans and Keidrans are at war with each other and both rather enjoy enslaving the other species. The Basitins are outright xenophobes.]] Humans just get the limelight shone on their dastardliness because the Templars are taking control of the human government and are actively trying to capture Trace and instigate war, and because most of the first half of the comic takes place in human lands.
* HumansAreCthulhu: Given the rapacious manner in which they take over and enslave Keidran villages, most Keidrans assume that [[AlwaysChaoticEvil humans are devoid of mercy or compassion]] and even that they're [[ImAHumanitarian cannibals]] (taking the D&D meaning in that they eat sapient prey). That, and they think Humans live "unnaturally long" (humans live about twice as long as Keidrans), and can use magic with surprising ease (see next). So humans, to Keidrans, are nigh-immortal magical beings who swipe the population of entire cities to become brainwashed slaves or snack food (or even clothing; at the start of the strip, the guy Trace gets Flora from states her skin will fetch a good price). Imagine their shock when they meet a pleasant human, and/or when it's explained to them that humans are really just a sort of bald ape-creature that happens to have a slow metabolism and a mean streak. So, Flora and Kathrin are pretty much iae Iae IAE HUMANITAS FHTAGN!!!
** Which explains [[http://twokinds.net/?p=431 Laura]] freaking out quite well.
** Note that the long-lived part mirrors how other civilizations saw the ancient Greeks, who tended to have unusually long life spans for that time period.
* HumansAreSpecial: Humans are the only race that can use magic without special equipment (Mana batteries for Keidrans and brain-rotting mental conditioning for Basitin). Humans can also drain mana from the surrounding area to fuel their own spells [[note]]Or at least, Trace can. It's considered a very poor idea[[/note]]. And they live substantially longer than Keidrans. So, humans are pretty much the "elves" of the setting. Remembering what Creator/TerryPratchett said [[TheFairFolk about elves]], that is...
** Actually, keidran can manipulate mana; they're just not very good at it, as shown when Natani tried to recharge her crystal "batteries" (they didn't last nearly as long the second time).
* HyperactiveMetabolism: A minor example; Keidran have a metabolism about two times that of a human. They gain less weight and age twice as fast. This is one of the subtle hints of Flora's pregnancy; she notes in one strip that she's put on a little weight.
* {{Hypocrite}}: Eric hates how slaves are bound by control spells, claiming it "kills them inside". He may treat his own slaves better than most slavers, but that doesn't stop him from using this exact same spell on them (except Kat). Note, though, that this is the law, and he's risking his own neck keeping Kat free as it is.
** [[http://twokinds.keenspot.com/archive.php?p=651 Though even in the face of being begged]], Eric showed no restraint in re-shackling Evals all because he couldn't be bothered with looking for answers the slowest way. To be fair to him, though, they were in the middle of the ocean on a ship that almost burned down. If it had done so, they would have all been stranded or died. Even if they did survive, who knows how long they would have been stuck out there and how potential rescuers would react to Trace. Still, they were out of danger at that point and they had time to do things the slow way. The whole thing turned into a verbal beaten to Eric by '''''[[OOCIsSeriousBusiness Kathrin.]]'''''
* IDidntMeanToTurnYouOn: Red starts playing with Raine's tail after she swats his face with it. He then begins to touch and rub it, with panels showing her humorous facial reactions and blushing.
* IdiotHair: Trace and Flora, however, they fit the letter of the trope, not the spirit.
* IKnowYouKnowIKnow: Done as only [[http://twokinds.keenspot.com/archive.php?p=494 Eric can do it.]]
* ImagineSpot: "Red" freaking out here do to (spoilers) [[http://twokinds.keenspot.com/archive.php?p=721 this revelation.]]
* [[ImagineTheAudienceNaked Imagine Keith Naked]]: Worked a [[http://twokinds.net/?p=415 little too well]].
* ImpossibleTask: Keith was set an impossible - nay, suicidal - task ("bring back the Grand Templar") as a condition of his banishment. Nobody dreamed that an (amnesiac) Trace would cheerfully accept an invitation.
* ImprobableWeaponUser: While fighting [[spoiler:the Ephemural-possessed Flora]], Trace magically throws a wooden crate at her, leading her to observe: "You used... a crate... I mean, really... a crate? Come on..." There's also Eric's brother, Roderick, who uses... Wait, [[http://twokindscomic.com/archive/?p=287 what the frak is that]]? I think that's a pizza cutter of some sort. That ''can't'' be useful in a fight.
* InnocentFanserviceGirl: Flora, to the point that the author has complained on the forums that he ''wants'' to clothe her, but she keeps slipping out of her clothes. Less "Innocent" and more "Not really needed since she has a built in fur coat", however. Interestingly enough, Flora was [[RaisedByOrcs Raised by Humans]], meaning she ''should'' have human modesty, and Natani (indeed, most other Keidran shown, outside of the feral and tribal ones) has no real interest in undressing. Perhaps it is a way of rebelling against her human upbringing. A better example would be Kathrin. She's a well-endowed and passively sexual cat-girl that was the result of breeding for a ''perfect Keidran sex slave''. Eric treats her more like a little sister than anything. Add this to the fact that she's poorly dressed or naked a majority of the time. [[http://twokinds.net/?p=274 These]] [[http://twokinds.net/?p=288 are]] [[http://twokinds.net/?p=296 a]] [[http://twokinds.net/?p=435 few]] [[http://twokinds.net/?p=337 examples]] [[http://twokinds.net/?p=427 of]] [[http://twokinds.net/?p=309 this]].
* InstantFanClub: [[spoiler:King Adelaide]] had men lining up from Lisbon to Vankarem to become her concubines just hours after appearing in her first strip, laws of reality be damned. [[EvenTheGirlsWantHer And not only men either]].
* InterspeciesRomance: Practically every possible pairing introduced in the comic, especially the main one, Trace and Flora.
* IntoxicationEnsues: When Flora gets drunk, she starts to speak [[LOLCats Kitteh Pigdin]].
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: Trace's first wife[[spoiler:'s ghost]], who's just happy Trace is back to his old, not-evil self.
* JerkassGods: They're attempting to manipulate events on the mortal plane, but their methods are antagonistic at best.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Keith is one and he might be also a {{Tsundere}}.
** Or a {{Kuudere}}. His [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Proud Warrior Race]] isn't supposed to show emotion.
** [[spoiler:Alaric was one, based on how quickly Keith realized he was playing a trick on him.]]
* JoinTheArmyTheySaid: page #98
* KangarooCourt: ZigZagged. Keith receives as fair a trial as expected, but anyone [[FantasticRacism not a Basitin]] doesn't even get one.
* KlingonPromotion: How Basitins determine the best people to be leaders. You know, the type that the rest of them are ''genetically programmed to obey?'' [[WhatAnIdiot Nothing could go wrong with that, nope...]] Its not merely custom, either - the law expressly states that "rank can only be earned through succession or combat."
** Leads to a bit of FridgeBrilliance in a recent chapter: [[spoiler:Keith ''did'' defeat Alaric in single combat!]]
--->'''AltText:''' ''"You can't do that! Only we can use the law to manipulate the system!"''
* KnightTemplar: The Templars, duh. A bit lighter on the initially good goal part than most, though.
* LampshadeHanging: [[http://twokindscomic.com/archive/?p=224 This comic page specifically]].
* LanguageBarrier: Natani's [[NeverLearnedToRead illiterate]] and can only speak Keidran. Thus, she's often left in the dark during conversations between species.
* LargeAndInCharge: King Adelaide is twice the size of any other Basitin.
** Actually, the King is the tallest character in the comic.
** [[WordOfGod Tom]] stated that King Adelaide's height would be ''7'5"!''
* LaserGuidedAmnesia: Trace, [[spoiler:after a particularly nasty magical duel]].
* LastNameBasis: Nicholai "Alaric" Alaric, King Adelaide.
* LawfulStupid: The entire Eastern Basitin race is LawfulStupid; they have a biological imperative to obey their natural pecking order, regardless of their own opinions. [[spoiler:Keith is so torn over disobeying his superior's command to kill Natani that he tries to kill himself rather than have to continue feeling the pain of disobeying.]]
** It hasn't been revealed if it's true for Western Basitins, but more than likely is not the case.
** Keith's [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech speech about it]] has become the page quote.
* LawyerFriendlyCameo: [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime Sheik]] shows up [[http://twokinds.net/?p=150 once in the first panel]].
* LeaveNoSurvivors: The Keidran assault.
* LethalChef: In chapter 15 trace attempts to Cook a nice breakfast for Flora:
-->'''Trace:''' Unfortunately... either my cooking skills were lost with my memories... [[http://twokinds.keenspot.com/archive.php?p=671 or I never had any to begin with.]]
** Hilariously, when he ''doesn't'' care about the quality, he's somehow able to produce [[http://twokinds.keenspot.com/archive.php?p=711 a restaurant worthy meal]].
* LetThemDieHappy: [[spoiler:Keith to Laura, as she dies in his arms.]]
-->[[spoiler:'''Keith:''' No... Laura, you're fine. You're fine! Everything's okay now... We can finally be happy... please... I'm sorry... I'm sorry I asked for more time. I shouldn't have waited... But we can still go back... to the way things were... When you wake up, we'll be together again...]]
** [[spoiler:Alaric knew his defeat would begin a chain reaction of events he planned out that would make Keith acknowledged as part of Basitin society, smiling to himself as he succumbed to his wounds and knowing his efforts wouldn't be in vain.]]
* TheLifestream: Dark Mana works by sucking the life-energy from the earth and using it to cast shadow magic. The catch is that it will never work for anything more than the occasional cantrip, because it kills the caster before they can complete the spell they're using it for.
* LongestPregnancyEver: Flora: [[{{Foreshadowing}} Hints]] started dropping around 2007-2008, confirmed in 2010, finally started to show a slight baby bump in 2013. That's in real life only, however; in-universe, the events of the strip have only taken a few months.
* LoveConfession: Unintentionally played with in recent pages. What Tom had intended was for Kathrin to express to Eric a desire to be free, but the way the dialogue is written made fans believe she was confessing her love to him.
** Then again, given Kat's reaction when Eric ''does'' set her free (and declaring their relationship LikeBrotherAndSister in the process), perhaps she really ''did'' mean it as a LoveConfession...
* LoveMakesYouEvil: Not a straight example; 99.99% of the time, Trace is the sweetest guy you've ever met. Introduce him to someone equally as sweet and it's [[SickeninglySweethearts Sickening]]. Hurt ([[spoiler:or worse, ''kill'']]) that person, and he will do horrible, horrible things. If someone doesn't calm him down ''fast'', he will drive himself to insanity trying to make things "right". [[spoiler:Point of fact, all he did when a Keidran brigand grazed his wife with an arrow was track that single thug down and ''arrest'' him. It was only when he returned home to find that that arrow had been ''poisoned'' that he shoved the whole world into the express elevator to hell; he attempted to resurrect his wife with a DangerousForbiddenTechnique, and succeeded only in driving himself completely, utterly, ''genocidally'' insane.]]
* LuminescentBlush: They are very prominent and happen with a startling regularity.
* {{Mana}}, and it's got an EvilCounterpart; Dark Mana.
* MayflyDecemberRomance: It is highly suggested in the series that Keidran life spans are extremely short. Flora is 11. The oldest Keidran mentioned is 21 and he mentions that he thinks he won't live to see 25. When Trace [[http://twokinds.keenspot.com/archive.php?p=334 is informed of this]], he is Not Happy. ''[[http://twokinds.keenspot.com/archive.php?p=336 Really]]'' Not Happy.
** It takes Nora [[http://twokinds.keenspot.com/archive.php?p=342 to remind him]] that she's alive ''now''.
* MeaningfulBackgroundEvent: A glowing pair of eyes watching the Party in #142.
* MeatgrinderSurgery: One of the voter bonuses states that [[http://twokinds.deviantart.com/art/The-Basitin-Doctor-153561165 Basitin medicine]] is essentially thus due to their medieval technology and lack of magic. In fact a common job of Basitin doctors is to grant their patients an "honorable" death.
* MomentKiller: [[http://twokinds.keenspot.com/archive.php?p=600 "Wait".]]
* MoodWhiplash: Apparently, [[spoiler:Laura getting fatally wounded takes a back seat to [[http://twokinds.keenspot.com/archive.php?p=524 comedy.]]]] Its only temporarily, of course.
** [[http://twokinds.keenspot.com/archive.php?p=531 Our author avatar is murdered]] in the space of four panels with Karen cheering about the fact that they are all about to die.
* MorningSickness: Flora's was mistaken for [[http://twokinds.keenspot.com/archive.php?p=305 seasickness]].
* MsFanservice: Flora has some elements of this, but it's more [[InnocentFanserviceGirl innocent]] than that, for the most part. [[http://twokindscomic.com/archive/?p=274 Kathrin]], however, was specifically bred to be appealing to human males, so she's basically a walking sexpot with a penchant for casually acting sexual and spewing out InnocentInnuendo comments. Amusingly, Flora has flat out questioned if ''anyone'' who says the things Kathrin says could possibly not understand the innuendo. All hints as of this time point to [[IncorruptiblePurePureness yes]], meaning that Tom has managed to write a MsFanservice who ALSO is a complete innocent. Amazing. Also, [[http://2kinds.com/images/birthday2013_opengift.jpg cake...]]
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: General Alabaster.
* MySecretPregnancy: Averted by Flora, who has been trying to find a moment to tell Trace that, somehow, she's pregnant and he's the only possible candidate for a father. She succeeds [[http://twokinds.keenspot.com/archive.php?p=738 here]].
* NakedApron: Done by Kathrin in [[http://twokinds.keenspot.com/archive.php?p=622 this]] strip. Notable due to [[InnocentFanserviceGirl Kathrin]] usually wearing even ''less.''
** [[AltText "Strange how wearing an apron can seem more revealing than nothing at all".]]
* NakedPeopleAreFunny: Both played straight and subverted; for example, when an airborne drug/spell causes the various Keidran nearby to become drunk, the first thing Flora does is replace her clothing with ribbons. Later subverted, when a naked Flora runs out in public in the Basitin inn; it requires a stern, out-of-character threat/lecture by Trace to save her from the enraged bar patrons. Essentially, any time the crew is away from civilization, Flora disrobes.
* {{Necromancy}}: Dark Manna uses life-energy as magic.
-->"Theoretically, it ''is'' possible to use Dark Manna to revive a dead person..."
* {{Necromantic}}: Trace's backstory. He uses [[BlackMagic Dark Mana]] to try and resurrect his dead wife. It backfires. No, not CameBackWrong, it instead flashes back through his brain, nearly killing him and driving him [[OmnicidalManiac mad]].
* NeverFoundTheBody: [[spoiler:[[http://twokinds.net/?p=584 Laura.]]]]
** [[spoiler:But there's a reason for that]].
* NoBiochemicalBarriers: Subverted, not only are there limitations on what they can eat, but the three races in the comic can't interbreed, [[spoiler:at least without [[DeusExMachina Deistic Intervention]]]]. Though it's implied that the [[spoiler:intervention is what '''''stops''''' it from happening, not what allows it.]]
* NoBiologicalSex[=/=]AmbiguousGender: The Masks. No gender stated, no known gender, and Ephemutal has been shown using males and females as hosts.
* NoNameGiven: [Database Error], who can't even get his name on the ''character page'', though careful analysis of the comic does reveal that his name does start with a "P", "R", or "B".
** As of [[http://twokinds.keenspot.com/archive.php?p=686 this strip]], we also know his name isn't "Red", though people have started referring to him as such in lieu of an actual name.
* NoPreggerSex: Averted -- the first thing Flora does after finally confessing her pregnancy to Trace is tempt him into the bedroom, and Trace eagerly accepts after the weeks of unintended abstinence they've had. Neither is put off by the fact she's visibly pregnant by this point.
* NoodleIncident: Minor, but apparently Trace "destroyed" the Templar Academy at least two times (before becoming evil, that is). [[http://twokinds.keenspot.com/archive.php?p=405 The second has been shown,]] but the first...?
* {{Nosebleed}}: Every main character has had at least one, even Flora.
* NotQuiteDead: [[spoiler:King Adelaide]]. "We were told you were fatally wounded!" "Yes, I'd been told that as well. [[{{Badass}} I chose to ignore it and continue living".]]
** Laura... for a while, anyway. In spite of calls for "Don't let her die!", she has since been cremated.
*** And inevitably, she's back again. Though there's lively debate whether it's her ghost, or just a really smartly crafted illusion. Given that it was magically untrained Natani who made the illusion... smartly crafted seems unlikely.
**** [[spoiler:Sadly, only a magical construct. Closure comes with a double-whammy of CMOH and TearJerker.]]
* NotSoDifferent: The Basitins pride themselves on being morally restrained. On closer inspection, their duels seem to be mate-attracting combat displays. Honestly, one almost expected to see female Lt. Madelyn Adelaide, aka Maddie, aka Madness, watching Keith's battle with the harbor guard to [[ADateWithRosiePalms head for the washroom with a jar of petrol jelly and Keith's picture.]] As it was, her report on Keith's duel with Alaric was part official document, part gushing fan-letter, and has a "disturbing number of hearts drawn on it".
** Humans enslave Keidrans. Keidrans enslave humans.
** Hell, Keidrans enslave other Keidrans, often under the pay of humans. Note: [[TruthInTelevision this is not entirely dissimilar to how the slave trade in Africa worked]]. There was an internal slave market, which foreign slavers ended up feeding off of and encouraging.
* NotWhatItLooksLike: Used when Flora saw [[spoiler:Keith and Natani]] in the tub together. [[http://twokinds.net/?p=281 Hilarity ensues.]] Also used when Flora drinks milk laced with some kind of aphrodisiac. [[http://twokinds.net/?p=69 She falls asleep with Trace on top of her, just as the entire cast of the comic bursts into the room.]] Subverted [[http://twokindscomic.com/archive/?p=189 here]], in that it rapidly becomes what it looks like.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: Flora does [[http://twokinds.net/?p=321 a]] [[http://twokinds.net/?p=325 little]] at a point.
* OhCrap: "... Oh crud... [[http://twokinds.keenspot.com/archive.php?p=483 We're screwed".]]
** His [[http://twokinds.keenspot.com/archive.php?p=582 reaction]] makes sense.
** Flora gets several in a row from comic 736 on, when she finds out that Trace's SuperPoweredEvilSide is actively ''talking to him''. Worse, it's trying to turn him against her.
* OmnicidalManiac: [[spoiler:Post-Dead Wife, Pre-Amnesia Trace.]]
* OneSteveLimit: Averted to a perplexing degree. Cathleen, Kathrin and even Karen are all variants of the name Katherine. What are Tom's reasons for his interest with the Katherine name.
* OneThingLedToAnother: [[http://twokinds.keenspot.com/archive.php?p=312 Flora tries to explain her relationship to Eric.]]
* OopsIForgotIWasMarried: Amnesia Trace. His wife, Saria, [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy did not forget]].
* OurDragonsAreDifferent: They're telepathic shape shifters, and rather friendly to certain people.
* OurNudityIsDifferent: Basitins always hide their feet, wrapping them from the ball of their toes to their ankles. One can get away with {{Sarashi}}-like bandages, but the fashion seems to be [[BuffySpeak an armored foot-sleeve dealie-o]]. WordOfGod is [[ConvenientlyCommonKink they have a species-wide foot fetish]], and thus consider bare feet nudity. Alaric's statue of Keith has ''only'' the feet covered.
* OurOrcsAreDifferent: Okay, they're beast men, but the parallel between the Basitin and Orcs/Orks/Your favorite spelling of the Phonetic rendering Or+hard "K" of other works are undeniable; immune to poison, can't use magic worth a damn, enlist in the military at a very early age, and their equivalent of a Saturday-night paintball match is a long and bloody conflict. Oh, I almost forgot, the bigger ones are in charge and they're slavishly loyal to their superiors. Their honor system pretty much follows that of the Orcs from ''{{Warcraft}}''.
** But their sense of modesty is on the completely opposite end of the spectrum. Orcs are rapists (or [[BizarreAlienReproduction asexual]]). Basitins think you're indecent if your FEET are uncovered.
** Wait... Resistant to poison, isolated society, strict rules for decency, individually bad ass, Lawful to an extreme, militant, significantly shorter than humans, and unable to use magic? [[OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame Orcs aren't the most apt fantasy comparison.]]
*** Adelaide must have caused a hell of a lot of nosebleeds on her way to the court, decency or no...
* OutOfFocus: Trace's old friends. We also know next to nothing about Nora or the "gods."
* PaintingTheMedium:
** The character biography page. Trace has two entries, one for his current persona, the other for his original/real self, openly hostile to the rest of the cast. One of the character's names is replaced with [database error] as well.
** Karen in the beginning of Chapter 12, which started in 2009: "It feels like we haven't done anything in four years!" [[DontExplainTheJoke Their last appearance was in 2005]]. It would have been LeaningOnTheFourthWall if the line hadn't sounded so forced.
* PardonMyKlingon: In one of the early chapters, Flora breaks her foot. When Trace checks it out (by squeezing gently), she lets loose with a string of (untranslatable) Keidran phrases.
* PersonOfMassDestruction: Trace was this, to the extent it took a god to bring him down. And if Flora is in danger, he becomes it again.
* PetTheDog: Templar!Trace had one such moment 5 years ago [[spoiler:Laura had been captured by a group of wolves while she had been trying to find Keith. They had been planning to sell her into slavery but were attacked by Trace en route. What happened was... not pretty to say the least, as Trace was well into his "Death to all Keidran" mentality at the time. He spared Laura, however, because she reminded him of his late wife.]]
* PettingZooPeople: Flora and Natani, as well as the rest of the Keidran race.
* PillarOfLight: The [[http://twokinds.keenspot.com/archive.php?p=525 results of]] [[http://twokinds.keenspot.com/archive.php?p=526 the destruction]] of one of the Templar's mana towers.
* PleaseWakeUp: [[spoiler:Keith to Laura.]]
* {{Power At A Price}}: Black magic. The mage, that attacked the Magi brothers, killed himself using black magic. Also Trace in the Basitin arc. "There's a reason it's forbidden."
* PowerPerversionPotential: Keidran slaves are required by law to be magically bound to follow their owner's orders. Let that sink in. The artist has also done a small number of pics showing some possibilities for magic [[http://twokinds.deviantart.com/art/Trading-Halves-102753649 mishaps]].
* ProperlyParanoid: A good trait, considering the world they're living in.
** Eric is properly paranoid of everyone around him, except for Kat, even if it might be too much regarding certain individuals. More than anything, he just wants to keep the people he cares about safe, and is willing to be ''ruthless'' if you give him reason to doubt.
** Alaric wasn't convinced one of his plans would be enough, [[CrazyPrepared coming up with]] ''[[CrazyPrepared dozens]]''.
* ProudWarriorRaceGuy: The Basitins ([[LawfulStupid in theory]]).
* PsychicLink: Natani and Zen. She's uncomfortable with it because he can poke through her memories (particularly her developing feelings for Keith), and annoyed by it because they're separated by thousands of miles and she can't hit him.
** In a voting incentive, Natani gets around this problem by making Zen feel thoughts about Keith.
*** It's recently been confirmed that Zen found himself experiencing Natani's heat the first time she went into estrus after the link was forged, something that immediately makes Kathrin wince in sympathy.
** Something of the sort is how Trace beats the Ephemural-controlled Flora.
* PublicBathHouseScene: Two, one where Trace, Flora, and Keith go to the baths in their second town, and once on the Bastin Isles. In the first instance, the bath house staff make a special announcement, telling the other patrons not to rough Flora up or Trace gets to kill them. In the second, Natani is astonished that the ultra-conservative Bastin even have bath houses. Keith explains that not everyone can afford in-home baths, so they do exist, but they're strictly gender-segregated. Patrons must also keep their foot-wraps on at all times.
* PunnyName: Trace Legacy lost his memory; with a name like that, he really should have been expecting something like that.
** It's always nice to have one [[MeaningfulName like that]].
* QuicklyDemotedWoman: The last Grand Master was ousted by Trace by using magic to make her look like a Keidran, causing the nearby solders to attack her and drag her into slavery. And for some reason, she doesn't blame Trace for this... (Granted, he was crazy at the time, but still.)
** Most likely due to her possibly being aware he [[NotHimself wasn't well]] when he did it. [[spoiler:Her daughter is also a half-Keidran hybrid. She had been hiding it for years. How that relates to her attitude (it could be she felt her punishment was justified or used the transformation to get closer to her daughter) about the situation is unknown. She DOES leave in a secreted away town of Keidran and Human refugees...]]
* RaisedByOrcs: Flora, who was more-or-less raised by humans, counts as this to her kind.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: King Adelaide and the Arms General.
* RedemptionQuest: Keith is sent on one by the Basitin leaders as punishment for his father's murder. Except that it wasn't [[ImpossibleTask meant to be possible]]; he was told he could come back when he had Trace in tow. Roughly equal to someone saying: "Hey, you can come home when you bring {{Osama bin Laden}} with you for tea."
* RedEyesTakeWarning: When Trace used dark mana, the thing he summoned and he both had red eyes, and when we meet Roderick (Eric's brother), he is first shown with them. Roderick is an active Templar and enemy of the main cast.
* RedRightHand: [[spoiler:As of the May 5, 2010 comic, Trace's left hand has turned black due to an overuse of black magic. He keeps it hidden with a glove.]]
* RemixComic: The [[http://twokinds.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=8710 "Panel Shuffles"]] on the forum.
* RevealingHug: [[http://twokinds.keenspot.com/archive.php?p=709 Eric threatened to molest a 13 year old girl!]] [[http://twokinds.keenspot.com/archive.php?p=710 Or did he?]]
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: Sythe, Flora, ''definitely'' King Adelaide.
* RunningGag: Any time it looks like the red-haired swordsman is going to give his name, something happens to prevent it. This even extends to the cast page, where he is listed as [database error].
** Whenever there's a fire around Eric, the top of his head catches fire. He never notices it.
* SadClown: There is a pic of Evals on {{DeviantArt}} by the comic author, and with WordOfGod about his past, he could be either this or a [[ThePollyanna Pollyanna]].
* SafeSaneAndConsensual[=/=]BrainsAndBondage: Apparently, Keith and Laura's sex life, if you believe the artwork on the author's DeviantArt page.
* SamusIsAGirl: [[spoiler:It is revealed that Natani is female.]] [[spoiler:The Basitin "King" Adelaide]] plays this more straight.
* {{Sarashi}}: Natani, as an assassin, wears them.
* SayMyName: "MADDDELYYYYYYN!!!"
* SceneryCensor: When [[spoiler:Keith and Natani]] fight each other while naked, it appears that [[spoiler:Natani]]'s tail has a will of its own and is determined to guard [[spoiler:Keith's]] modesty no matter what.
* ScheduleSlip: Has dropped to 1 comic a week from its original MWF schedule, with numerous long pauses, including when the author's father passed away.
* SchizoTech: As pointed out on [[http://twokinds.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=11275 a certain forum thread]], despite the author saying that this is a pre-Medieval setting, many things in the comic can only be achieved with modern technology. For example, the characters order a pizza without phones or long-term sustainable farming being available. Also: bronze and architecture in a culture that's remembered when it was non-evolved animals by a character who is only 2000 years old.
* ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight: The very ability to do this at all (even if it's incredibly difficult) is what makes Keith so dangerous in the eyes of the Basitins. In addition, [[spoiler:after his supposed UngratefulBastard moment, Eric finally decides to sell Mike and Evals to Trace (knowing they were just getting released) and free Kat himself. Note that both acts are ''explicitly'' against Templar!Trace's law, and if he was found out, Eric and anyone connected to him would be in serious trouble. He's so concerned with this that the only thing that could convince him to do these acts is Kat's KirkSummation.]]
* SdrawkcabName: Evals is slave backwards.
* SelfMadeOrphan: Keith killed his drunken father in self-defense, but got the blame because the father was a war hero and the best friend of one of the Basitin Generals.
* [[spoiler:SheIsTheKing:]] Adelaide.
* ShipperOnDeck: [[MatchmakerCrush Nora]], unwittingly or not.
* ShoutOut: The Author will sometimes reference the fan-base in alt text.
** [[http://twokinds.net/?p=483 The Arms General]] is a dead ringer for [[Manga/FullmetalAlchemist Major Armstrong.]]
*** See [[http://www.deviantart.com/art/That-Basitin-looks-like-Alex-Armstrong-466525161 here]].
** Flora dressed in a Franchise/{{Rambo}} costume for the Jan 19 2011 strip.
* SkintoneSclerae: Most notably part of Keith's design.
* SlapSlapKiss: Keith and Natani literally after he tried to kill her at the Basitin tavern.
* SomethingElseAlsoRises: Keith's example of DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything.
* SonOfAnApe
* SpotlightStealingSquad: The villagers have fallen by the wayside. The LowerDeckEpisode that was originally meant for them got snatched by the regular cast.
* StatuesqueStunner: Natani is 6'3" (an early size chart listed her at 6' even; a later chart listed her taller). She's the tallest member of the core cast by far, and at Size D has the largest breasts of the cast (when she's not binding them to keep up her ruse as a male).
* StatusQuoIsGod: Literally! Neutral's only motivation seems to be to maintain a constant stalemate between the three regional powers. Though it and the rest of the Masks aren't gods by standard definition, considering that they can be destroyed, or at least disabled.
* StayInTheKitchen: Averted with humans and Basitins. Played straight with the Keidran assassin guild; if they catch a female in their ranks, they just off her. Female wolf-Keidrans also seem to stay home and let the men fight.
* SuperPoweredEvilSide: [[spoiler:Trace,]] in spades.
* SweetPollyOliver: [[spoiler:Natani]], so very much.
* TapOnTheHead: Though this was the guy who tossed Natani hard enough to knock her out, after shattering a bunch of throwing knives with his '''abs'''.
* TemptingFate
** [[http://twokinds.keenspot.com/archive.php?p=497 "I can't believe I made that!"]]
** [[http://twokinds.keenspot.com/archive.php?p=509 "My technology is infallible".]]
* TertiarySexualCharacteristics: Eyelashes.
* ThanatosGambit: Thought it might be better titled the Thanatos Crapshoot, [[http://twokinds.keenspot.com/archive.php?p=583 it still counts.]]
* TheirFirstTime: When Trace and Flora have sex for the first time in strip #203. It's technically not Trace's first time (what with his haveing been married before), but it still counts since he doesn't remember that. Then in strip #804, Flora states that she had never been with anyone before Trace.
* ThroughAFaceFullOfFur: Every Furry who sports a LuminescentBlush.
* TimeForPlanB: A rare, non-comic example [[spoiler:Flora's pregnancy is Euphemerial's plan B when her attempt to pit them against each other fails.]]
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Flora and Natani are tomboys, Natani (on occasion), Kathrin, and Laura are girly girls. Adelaide seems to have gotten [[http://twokinds.keenspot.com/archive.php?p=605 a happy medium between the two.]]
* TranslationConvention: Keidran speech has "<" and ">" on the ends usually. Basitin has "[" and "]" on the ends. Human speech has no marking indicators thus far.
* {{Transsexual}}: [[spoiler:Natani, having had part of her soul destroyed, was only saved when magi restored her psyche by copying parts of her brother's soul and pasting them into the gaps, leaving her with a mostly male mentality. Her feelings for Keith are, understandably, causing her some mental anguish.]]
* TwentyPercentMoreAwesome: [[http://twokinds.keenspot.com/groupb/?p=1 The B Group archive]] has been determined to be 67% cooler than the main group.
* TwoLinesNoWaiting: The comic cuts back and forth between the primary protagonists and a simultaneous subplot featuring the secondary characters. The two plots intersect through the assassin siblings with Natani being a protagonist in the A story while her brother Zen is an antagonist in the BStory.
* UhOhEyes: If a character is dangerously psychotic, they have [[RedEyesTakeWarning a red glow in their pupils]]. If they OD on Mana, they get BlankWhiteEyes. Keidrans, when drawing on the Feral side of them, get GlowingEyesOfDoom. [[spoiler:Templar!Trace? All of them, AND BlackSpeech. ''Run.'']]
** Basitins can also have glowing yellow or white eyes (depending on the emotion causing the distress). Yellow for extreme anger. White for calmer pride AND anger.
* UnderTheMistletoe: Invoked [[http://twokinds.net/?p=418 here.]]
** And [[http://twokinds.keenspot.com/archive.php?p=705 here.]]
* UnexplainedRecovery: [[spoiler:General Alaric]]
* UngratefulBastard: As stated below in WhatTheHellHero, Eric refuses to let his slaves go even though they risked their own lives and sacrificed their chance at freedom to wait for him to return to the ship. And these slaves weren't even under a control spell at the time.
** [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation Then again,]] considering who [[http://twokinds.keenspot.com/archive.php?p=566 makes the decision to wait,]] and that nobody wanted Eric to let them go in the first place, only to let them be bought their freedom, it's not all that clear cut. Eric even specifically made sure Kat and the slaves were [[http://twokinds.keenspot.com/archive.php?p=476 ready to escape on their own if he and the others failed.]] Besides, even one half of the slaves aren't sure about [[http://twokinds.keenspot.com/archive.php?p=618 how good an idea it is to be that free in the first place]], and if both mind-controlled slaves were set free, that would leave the ship to be crewed by just Kat and Eric, making travel almost impossible. Eric's got a lot more reasons not to set them free besides being a jerk, even if that turns out to be his main reason.
** Later strips reveal that the notion of freeing a slave out of gratitude is simply outside of Eric's frame of reference and also carries serious, potentially even fatal, consequences. Eric eventually comes around after he's had some time to think about it and Trace figures out how to provide him with PlausibleDeniability.
* UnluckyChildhoodFriend: Possibly Kathrin. Eric likes Keidran women noticeably and Kathrin likes him. Because they're so near each other, Eric has yet to show any reciprocation for her fondness beyond treating her well. Also, maybe [[AmbiguouslyGay Alaric]] to Keith.
* UnresolvedSexualTension: Flora and Trace before they get in bed. Keith and Natani all the time. Mike being turned female temporarily has revealed something similar with him and Evals.
* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: [[http://twokinds.keenspot.com/archive.php?p=395 Dragon bathing in the harbor?]] No big.
* UnwantedHarem: It seems that Keith is quickly getting one of these. He has three girls who like him! Also, maybe [[AmbiguouslyGay Alaric.]]
* UnwittingPawn: Both Trace and Flora. [[spoiler:Ephemerul/Neutral [[AmbiguousGender she(?)]] was the one who set the plot in motion; First by wiping Trace's memories and then arranging the circumstances in which he met Flora. Originally, it seemed that the plan was to have Trace act as Flora's protector until... well, it's not really clear what Neutral was trying for (something escorting her to Kiedran lands, then having Trace killed.... Ch. 6 was kind of confusing). Anyways, now Ephemerul's plans seem to revolve around their unborn baby, which is all but stated to be a result of her(?) machinations.]]
* VagueAge: Due to the art, all humans (save Master Mage, but even he looks too young) look like teenagers but are in their mid to late 20's (Trace is 25).
* ValleyGirl: [[http://twokinds.keenspot.com/archive.php?p=581 In letter form!]]
-->"I, Lieutenant Madelyn [[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses Adelaide]], witnessed a duel between Keith Keiser and Nickolai Alaric... and it was awesome! You should have seen it! At first Keith was all like 'oh noes!'..."
* VisibleSigh
* WackyCravings: [[http://twokinds.net/?p=33 Flora]] and [[http://twokinds.net/?p=385 bugs.]]
** Though she chased bugs even before she and Trace... "did it", and has only been shown actually catching one once -- again, before she could have been pregnant.
* WarIsGlorious: Not just glorious, but ''fun''. The Bastins purposefully abandon any ground they've captured so their "enemies" can take it back and keep the war going.
* WaistcoatOfStyle: Part of [[http://twokinds.keenspot.com/archive.php?p=746 Natani's new outfit]], under a BadassCape to boot.
* WarpedAesop: [[SarcasmMode Used sarcastically in an]] AltText: "If caught in a lie, just add more lies. That always helps, right?" [[invoked]]
* WeAreAsMayflies: Inverted, humans are the longest lived humanoid species.
* WebcomicTime: The Basitin Isles story arc has gone on for almost four years. It takes place in the space of three days. This is lampshaded by Karen saying "It feels like we haven't done anything for four years..."
* WhamEpisode: Keith's trial, where we've just found out [[spoiler:Gen. Kaiser didn't kill Keith's mother like he'd thought; Gen. Alabaster did. We find this out from Alabaster's son, to boot.]]
* WhamLine
-->'''Keith:''' But I know you wouldn't like ''me'' suddenly kissing ''you'' for no reason and saying it was the "heat of the moment"!\\
'''Natani:''' '''''Well maybe I would!'''''
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: This is mentioned InUniverse. [[http://twokinds.deviantart.com/gallery/?loggedin=1#/d259ndu "It Could Have Been".]]
* WhatCouldPossiblyGoWrong: "[[http://twokindscomic.com/archive/?p=467 My technology is infallible]]".
* WhatTheHellHero: A minor example, when a telepathic character makes Trace realize [[spoiler:he's ignoring the still perfectly alive Flora in lieu of studying a way to magically extend her life while keeping her in the dark about it.]] Another would be when Keith calls Trace out for [[FridgeHorror calling Flora an animal]] ''[[FridgeHorror in the same paragraph where he's contemplating marrying her]]''. Considering just [[http://twokindscomic.com/archive/?p=323 how very much is wrong with Trace's speech]], probably everyone was reading that and cheering Keith on.
** The Keith example makes more sense when you realize [[spoiler:that "Grand Templar Trace" probably would consider Flora nothing more than a mildly dangerous animal,]] while Trace respects and cares for her. [[spoiler:[[FridgeBrilliance The cognitive dissonance was being caused by Grand Templar Trace leaking through.]] Especially as he [[http://twokinds.keenspot.com/archive.php?p=194 said the exact opposite]] earlier.]]
** Despite freedom being handed over to them on a silver platter, Eric's slaves (apart from Kat) are convinced by Flora to wait for him and Trace to return, risking going back to being slaves though making Flora promise to convince Eric to release them. [[http://twokinds.keenspot.com/archive.php?p=615 He's about as grateful as you'd expect]].
* WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity: Apparently all users of Dark Mana, especially [[spoiler:Trace]]. And ANY Magic does a number on Basitin brains.
* TheWorfEffect: The Eastern Basitin Islands Arms General does this with Natani, the professional assassin, beating her with little effort. [[spoiler:Then he gets ripped to shreds by an unknown foe off-screen (presumably the master spy).]]
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: And a very easily-provoked woobie, at that.
* XanatosSpeedChess: Ephemural's plan to unite the Keidran tribes (and when this one failed, continuing with his (her?) facilitating Flora's apparent pregnancy). There are several dozen others (Gods are fun!), most of which focus on Trace, Flora, or one of their friends.
* YouCantGoHomeAgain: Keith because he no longer fits in (not that he ever did); the B team because their village was burned.
* YouLookFamiliar: The Templar's Master Spy does this a ''lot'', even going as far to changing his race to a Basitin (or so it seems due to the uncanny resemblance).
** [[spoiler:If you look carefully at the mysterious killer of the Arms General [[http://twokinds.net/?p=492 here]], then at the [[http://twokinds.net/?p=363 innkeeper]] mentioned above and consider that the murder was done by strong magic, we can pretty much infer that Master Spy killed the Arms General.]]
*** The Master Spys "disguise" is so weak, its actually very funny nobody has called him out for that. Mid-length brown hair, blue eyes, wears a cross-pendant, and ALWAYS keeps the bandages on his right hand. So far, hes been the shop-keeper giving Trace the pendant that later decides the fight with Ephemural, an inn-keeper, hes been a guy organizing a ship for them (although without the cross necklace), hes been the Basitin inn-keeper, and he's most probably the one who [[spoiler:murders the Arms General]]. Hes has been nothing but helping Trace and the crew, which makes his goals seem kind of blurry.
* YouShouldKnowThisAlready: [[spoiler:Natani is a woman.]]
* YouWillNotEvadeMe: The little Keidran in the first HONF link wanted to run...
* [[ZigZaggingTrope Zig]] [[FluffyTheTerrible Zagging]] [[SealedEvilInATeddyBear A]] [[KillerRabbit Trope]]: [[http://twokinds.keenspot.com/archive.php?p=33 Keith vs. Flora]].
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