This is a brainstorm page. So... expect changes.Character Issues is the original spawn of a Mega Crossover fanfiction. The four started books currently border on six hundred pages together, and, God-willing, none will ever be published.The entire thing starts out with two aspiring writers, Samantha Mercer and Eva Devon, who have recently graduated high school, blown off college, and purchased a rather run-down house. While going through the belongings of the previous owner, Eva discovers very detailed, beautiful stories with a wide array of characters, and quickly becomes obsessed with reading through them... Until, of course, the young writers wake up in a very strange world called The Landscape of Imagination. What they can only assume to be an elf tells them that they are "the Chosen Ones" when in actuality the prophecy he is referring to was actually intended for the house's previous owner, who died of old age before it could be carried out.Unfortunately, Malachi announces that they cannot return to their world without fulfilling the ridiculously complicated/vague prophecy which they've been dropped in the middle of. They meet the characters Juin has been reading about... and discover that for a place with such a fluffy name, The Landscape of imagination is by no means a nice place. In fact, it's terrifying enough to make Mordor look like a beautiful park filled with unicorns and bunnies.
Cool Sword: Darius and Charon both have impossibly cool swords with meaningful inscriptions. Eva subverts this trope when she declines to use the sword offered to her by the Muses.
The Corruption: The Phone, which was originally played for laughs as a "The One Ring" parallel, but later became an actual plot device.
It was still pretty laughable, though.
Until the third book.
Creepy Doll: Eva finds several truly creepy dolls in the attic of her new house... and Bellorum apparently collects dolls of the same variety. He even lampshades it by saying that if they make people reluctant to go into his room, they've served their purpose.
Unfortunately for Nathaniel, Bellorum's dolls are a bit... ah... too realistic.
Devil in Plain Sight: Darius. There's a thunderclap when you say his name, he wears nothing but black, and leads the group into increasingly dangerous scenarios throughout the entire second book. And yet everyone is somehow shocked to discover that he's a bad guy...
Growing the Beard: Happens at the moment when Sam "leaves" the story. Sorry, Sam. It's not your fault, really.
Haunted Headquarters: Subverted with Sam and Eva's new house, which is set up with a completely over the top back story, but turns out to be quite normal.
Headless Horseman: A few guard roadways, but there is also a very small division of them in Charon's army. Admittedly, they're not the brightest fighters in the world, and are there mostly for aesthetics...
It Was a Gift: Subverted with Sam's necklace, which is mentioned enough that it's expected to be plot significant somehow... but turns out to be just a necklace.
Kill It with Fire: Charon's preferred, and possibly only, method... to the point that she only uses flaming arrows as well. Sometimes arrows that explode. And cause everything in a ten mile radius to catch fire.
Monster Clown: Lucien tells a story about Gigglebag the clown, who lured him into the forest, then locked him in the basement for two years, where he survived on a diet of only chicken nuggets and jam. Lucien later goes on to claim that it was the best two years of his life.
Moral Event Horizon: Charon probably crossed it sometime off-screen, but her absolute worst moment was in the beginning of the second book: killing Nicolas, ripping his heart out, and using the whole incident to taunt Eva. And yes, that was her only reason.
The Thing That Would Not Leave: According the the back story, Jake and Alec met Lucien after he'd been thrown out of his house (for killing about twenty FBI agents, a fact he neglected to mention), and decided he could stay the night at their place. He's now been there for three years.
Throwing Your Sword Always Works: Subverted and lampshaded in when Alec throws his sword at Euryale. Not only does it not hit her, but she also picks it up and mocks him for having thrown away his only weapon. He then comments, "Huh, weird. I thought that always worked."
Zombie Advocate: Charon is more of an "evil fantasy races" advocate, and claims that the entire war is being fought for "equal rights". "Claims" being the keyword there. She later confides that she doesn't really care one way or another.
Zombie Apocalypse: Sark attempts to start one of these, only to be shouted down by Charon.
Charon: "Your lack of foresight makes you a liability. Think, for a moment. The zombie virus is spread via a bite, is it not? Zombies are also lawless, unthinking creatures who do not distinguish between enemy and friend - the only concept they understand is food. Now, if one of your zombies were to bite... one of my trolls, for example... that would result in a lawless, unthinking troll. I have a an evil army to command, my co-Author to murder, and puppies to kick. I simply cannot deal with a zombie-troll right now, Mr. Sark."