List of the characters in Tasakeru
and their associated tropes. Contains spoilers.This page is under construction. Please add to it if you think of tropes that should be here!
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"My name is Hanami, and I'm not who you think I am."
An 18-year-old female squirrel with no last name. As the story begins, she's the newest Outcast. She wears an unusual flower in her hair. This flower has the magical ability to grow almost any plant instantly
, in any shape she wants. Hanami was exiled because magic is forbidden by her species' religious views. In Book VI, she received her powers as the keshin of the Goddess of Life when she prevented a mind-controlled Zero from killing himself.
Tropes associated with Hanami include:
- And I Must Scream: Hanami was aware of everything N'Ktane was doing with her body while she was possessed.
- Apologizes a Lot: As befits her Shrinking Violet nature.
- Berserk Button: Any mention of her true name.
- Beware the Nice Ones: She slammed Stalker through the wall of her house using vines, throwing him a half-mile. And later she pinned a Shroud to a tree with enormous thorns.
- Country Mouse: Of sorts.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Hanami was disowned by her parents upon finding and using her Mage Flower for the first time, losing her first and last name. Following this, she was homeless for about three years. She started to put her life back together by growing crops for money, but panicked when she was investigated by the Militia and fled into exile.
- Fertile Feet: In her Goddess form.
- Flower in Her Hair: She wears the Mage Flower behind her left ear, or sometimes on her wrist.
- Fragile Flower: Oh, lordy.
- Friendless Background: She grew up alone on a farm, which explains why she's more comfortable around plants than people.
- God Job: Like Zero, she is now a keshin.
- Green Thumb: Hanami's signature ability. Interestingly, she likes conventional, non-magical gardening too.
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: A classical version, complete with Innocent Blue Eyes.
- The Heart: She's this to a fault.
- The Ingenue: Though she sometimes shows hints of being less naive than she lets on...
- Innocent Blue Eyes: Combined with Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold.
- Innocent Flower Girl: A Deconstruction of this trope.
- Meaningful Name: Named after the Japanese flower-viewing festival. If this seems like a rather obvious choice, it's because "Hanami" is not her real name at all...
- Reed Richards Is Useless: Totally averted. She's a critical source of food for the Outcasts.
- Romance Genre Heroines: The Nurturer/The Waif
- Running Gag: Never letting Faun forget the Big Lie.
- Sacred First Kiss: Hers with Zero was stolen in probably the worst and most traumatic way possible... by N'Ktane.
- White Magician Girl: In her Goddess form.
Zeromaru "Zero" Takaichi
A male squirrel, 22 years old. He was once a samurai
and is now a ronin
, due to abandoning his service at age thirteen. He always wears black and carries a battered old family sword. He's the only Outcast with family back in the city, a younger sister with some health issues
. He later becomes the keshin of the God of Time in order to save Hanami's life, with all the duties that that entails...
Tropes associated with Zero include:
- Attack! Attack! Attack!: Zero's usual battle plan. It tends to be rather ineffective.
- Big Brother Instinct: To the point of obsession
- Brainwashed and Crazy: In the end of Book VI.
- Child Samurai: Trained by his father to wield a sword ever since he could walk.
- Dark and Troubled Past: The Week of Blood incident.
- Deadly Upgrade: if he draws to heavily on the time-god's power, he could very well kill himself. He's ended up unconscious every time he's used it so far.
- Eyes of Gold: In his God Form.
- God Job: He chose to become the keshin of the God of Time in order to save Hanami's life
- The Hero: Overlaps with Big Brother Instinct.
- Katanas Are Just Better: Averted. Zero does carry a katana, but it's old and weatherbeaten until it gets rebuilt.
- Meaningful Name: "Zeromaru" means "zero zero".
- Noodle Incident: The fact that Hanami knows about his fills him with panic.
- Psychic-Assisted Suicide / Seppuku: Barely averted in Book VI, thanks to Hanami.
- Romance Genre Heroes: A combination of the Lost Soul, the Swashbuckler, and the Warrior.
- Ronin: His current status.
- Samurai: Was in training as one, until Survivors Guilt drove him to run away.
- Tranquil Fury: When Attack! Attack! Attack! fails, he'll sometimes switch into this state.
- Troubled, but Cute: At least, Hanami thinks so. So does Faun.
- Survivors Guilt: The Week of Blood incident. Seventeen people died and many more were injured, including every one of Zero's brothers-in-arms. He was the only one to be completely unharmed.
- Worst Aid: He believes it a good idea to take a pulse by way of pressing his thumb against the jugular. One's thumb has a pulse, therefore he'd be feeling his own, and taking the pulse by the jugular has a chance of triggering a Vasovagal Episode.
"I don't like to think of it as 'stealing'... more like 'borrowing by surprise.'"A vixen in both senses of the word
nineteen years old. She's clever, she's beautiful, and she knows it. Faun is an expert thief, she doesn't steal so much for survival as for pleasure ... anymore, at least
. One of her hobbies is making her own trick grenades. In Book V she met her lost half-sister, Aria, and learned the true story of her family, which upset her a great deal.
Tropes associated with Faun include:
[to Faun] "The pursuit of knowledge is never a joke... except, perhaps, in your case."
A badger, twenty-eight years old. The oldest of the group, having been in exile for twelve years. Ashpaw is a Gentle Giant
, an avid reader whose den houses a small library on all kinds of subjects. He doesn't much like to fight
, but when it's necessary he has a very large morning star
to do the job.
Tropes associated with Ashpaw include:
Drake Who Walks Alone / Drake of the NightwalkerPack
Ares: "What are you?!"
A really, really
old white wolf who has lived in Tasakeru for longer than anyone can remember. He helps out the Outcasts from time to time, when he feels like it. Drake was formerly part of the Silver Order, but the circumstances surrounding his exile are extremely murky. He is actually a 136-year-old sanguivore, who served in the Order's Squad 13, a small team formed under the rule of Lily's great-grandmother to bend the law and get things done where the Order at large can't.
Tropes associated with Drake include:
Naole: "You don't have to look after me all the time..."
Zero: "I know. That doesn't mean I'll stop."
Zero's little sister who still lives in Shinboku. Sixteen years old. She has mild anemia, but refuses to be treated differently because of it, and often gets seriously annoyed with Zero's overprotectiveness. She works as an apprentice healer for the Silver Order. Recently she was revealed as a mage.
Tropes associated with Naole include:
A hybrid of all eight sentient species, created by Stalker using Blood Magic
. Legion was intended to be the first of a breed of SuperSoldiers
, but he emerged mute, hunchbacked, and covered in open sores. Stalker promptly rejected him
, and intended to have him kill Naole... but Legion also lacked any sort of predatory instinct. Naole befriended him almost immediately, and the two escaped the Black Rose Tower
Tropes associated with Legion include:
- Cute Little Fangs: inverted, he's got a huge set of chompers, but he's still more endearing than threatening.
- Cute Mute: Legion can't speak, but Naole is teaching him a combination of sign language and lip-reading so he can communicate.
- Embarrassing Nickname: "Freakshow", courtesy of Faun.
- Foe-Tossing Charge
- Heinz Hybrid: Blood from each of the eight sentient species was used in his creation. He has a ferret's eyes, the musculature of a badger, the body shape of a wolf, an enormous tail from skunks and squirrels combined, the ears of a rabbit and a fox mixed, and a raccoon's markings.
- Is It Something You Eat?: [What 'lost?' Food?]
- The Speechless
Aria Reinaka TrailPack
"What I see are the pathways, the many outcomes that are possible at any given moment. I see them stretching out before me in infinite lines like the roots of trees, ever-growing, ever-shifting as time decides its course..."
A half-wolf, half-fox seer whom Naole and Legion met in Tasakeru. Wolfoxes are treated as second-class citizens at ''best'' in Sankami
, due to social taboos against crossbreeding, so Aria is used to being shunned by most people. Aria has a strange precognitive ability that allows her to see possibilities the future may hold; the key word there is may
. Her visions are both a blessing and a curse
, as she seldom is able to predict which of those possibilities will come to pass. She is revealed as Faun's half-sister in Book V, the result of a tragic, doomed love affair between Morgan Reinaka and a wolf named Ara of the Trailpack. Morgan was completely blacklisted by fox society once this was revealed. Needless to say, Faun didn't take this revelation well.
Tropes associated with Aria include:
"Oh Hollis, I grow tired... When you return, may I find comfort in your arms..."
The current leader of the Silver Order, a religious sect and peacekeeping force that is the largest organized group in Sankami. Her family has run the Order since its inception, with the position being passed down from mother to daughter. Currently going insane from losing her favorite mate, and very nearly losing her daughter. Throughout Book VI, she was possessed by N'Ktane, who used her power and influence to pursue her vendetta against the Outcasts on a grand scale. N'Ktane's spirit was driven out of her by Hanami in her Goddess form.
Tropes associated with Lily include:
"Don't call me 'Little One!'"
A 14-year-old skunk female who is next in line for the leadership of the Silver Order. She is the tough-as-nails field commander of the Order's knights, and possesses a brilliant mind
. Nadeshiko can come off as cold and aloof, but she is slowly opening up due to her friendship with Persephone. Her preferred weapon is a massive broadsword.
Tropes associated with Nadeshiko include:
"Please, if you ever need to talk about anything..."
A female rabbit, the first victim of Stalker. After Stalker's death she joined the Silver Order as a Healer, and is now Nadeshiko's closest friend.
Tropes associated with Persephone include:
Benson and VirgilThose Two Guys
who are frequently seen at Faun's favorite tavern, the Fool's Rush Inn
. Benson is a raccoon, and Virgil is a fox. Both are drunkards and perverts, but Faun always gets the better of them.
A muscular Florin (male skunk) who hangs out at the Fool's Rush Inn tavern. He has anger issues, and usually ends up having his boozing cut short by Faun's customary Bar Brawl
with Benson and Virgil.
Yuudai YamanoThe Captain
of the Samurai Militia's Squad 042. He has a distinctive scar
from one cheek to another across the bridge of his nose, and wears armor with a dragon motif
as a mark of his rank. Yuudai is an old friend of the Takaichi family, and a fellow survivor of the Week of Blood, who credits Zero with saving his life.
Tropes associated with Yuudai include:
"Now then, Iíve broken your mate, Iíve broken your heart, and Iíve broken your sword. What else shall I breakÖ?"
The Big Bad
of Book I IV, and VI
, N'Ktane was a sentient Giant Spider
, implied to be the last one. She lived in an ancient cavern in Tasakeru and ruled over a Hive Mind
of animalistic drone spiders, her children. The Outcasts first battled her when investigating her children's attacks on both the forest and Shinboku, and she and her childrennote
were killed when the cavern collapsed. In the end of Book III, Stalker's "soul beacon" pulled her spirit out of the Beneath, but could only take on solid form inside the Black Rose Tower; everywhere else she was merely a ghost. She went on to manipulate Hanami and possess her body, eventually leading to Zero's first transformation as the keshin. Upon returning to the Beneath, she was given an assignment by the Death God itself: "make the sentients suffer". To do this, she was allowed to return to the surface and possess Lady Lily, using her power and influence to hunt the Outcasts on a grand scale. Her plan almost succeeded, but Hanami's transformation into Lady Terra proved her downfall. As punishment for her failure, the Death God permanently locked her into her ghostly state, and made her unable to interact with anyone or anything, living or dead.
Tropes associated with N'Ktane include:
- And I Must Scream
- Back from the Dead: As of the end of Book III.
- Barred from the Afterlife
- Demonic Possession: She does this to Hanami, and later to Lady Lily.
- Giant Spider: With a more humanoid body than those of her children, see Spider People below.
- Hive Queen
- Mama Bear: Gets VERY angry when her children are harmed.
- Mind Rape: She has inflicted mental torture on Zero, Hanami, and Faun.
- Psychic Powers: Used primarily to control her hive, but she can also read the thoughts of others, inflict Mind Rape, cast convincing illusions, use telekenisis, and perform limited hypnosis.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning
- Spider Person
"I do not feel! I do not eat, or drink, or bleed! I never sleep, never tire, never breathe! What hope do any of you have against me? What hope does this world have?!"
An immortal jackal sorceror, Last of His Kind
. Three thousand years ago, he worked in the court of the jackal's ruler, the Farao, and was assigned to create an immortality potion. After slaving away for a year, he completed the potion and took it for himself, seizing control of all of Sankami. His rule was short-lived, as a team of mages collapsed his throne room around him and buried him in a crypt, with only an enchanted mirror as a window to the outside world. Renubis was trapped there for the next three thousand years, while his entire race died out and was forgotten. It was Faun who broke into the crypt and broke the seal keeping him imprisoned, after which he tried to resume power again, with Faun as his mate. It didn't go so well, and he ended up making peace with the Outcasts and leaving for parts unknown. He has returned to Sankami as of the end of Book VI.
Tropes associated with Renubis include:
Stalker: "A week ago... Something strange happened."
Persephone: "What was that?"
Stalker: "I died."
Once a wolf named Ares of the Bladetail Pack. Exiled and stripped of his markings as a punishment for raping the females of his pack, he was sent to Tasakeru, where he set his sights on Hanami... Ares was savagely beaten and killed by Drake, but was brought Back from the Dead
by the last of N'Ktane's children, which fused to him as a symbiote
and revived them both. As something not quite alive and not quite dead, he renamed himself Stalker and began a plan to bring N'Ktane, his "mother", back to life.
Tropes associated with Stalker include:
"I apologize, but the two of you know nothing. Therefore, you are of no use to me."
A Mysterious, vicious sword-squirrel out of legend. He seeks to duel Zero.
tropes associated with Gen Tsurugi include: