"Congratulations Tiara Belknight, you are the new ‘Time’."
When the destruction of her village, the death of her parents, and the kidnapping of a sibling, Israel Belknight, leads Tiara Belknight on a journey, she discovers that her destiny is more then what she thought. Almost dying in the desert which her destroyed village had been on the outskirts of, Tiara is saved by a half-demon named Chrono Chardove and a Ghato (Wolf Demon) named Kivah. Then, despite going their separate ways Tiara ends up reuniting with them within the Ruins of Arazoir. There she encounters the demon named Vane Tarmikos who had destroyed her village and had taken Israel. After Vane destroys Tiara's heart, Tiara, in her last seconds of life, grabs a hold of the Sword of Time which was in the middle of the ruins and accidentally pulls it out as she fell and died. The Sword of Time, which then recognized Tiara as its new master making her 'Time', activated and performed 'Synchronization', an ancient magic that binds a broken body to a healthy one in order to survive, to bind Tiara to Chrono in order to save its Master's life. Because of this incident Chrono, reluctantly, and Kivah, happily, begins to travel with Tiara and ends up doing many adventures with her as she tries to find her brother and also balance the duties of being Time. And, along their journey, they meet up with a member of the lost race; the Hachi Clan, a Female Assassin, and an old acquaintance of Tiara's.Now has a Sequel: Chasing Time: Renewal.Currently Unpublished.
This story contains examples of:
Acceptable Feminine Goals: The reason Nira left Kai was because he wanted her to give up being an assassin and her thirst for revenge and just settle to becoming a wife and mother for him after he proposed to her and Nira accepted.
All Genes Are Co Dominant: The half demons have the powers and durability of their demon parents but also all of the weaknesses of the species. They do not have an extended lifespan and instead ages like a human.
All Myths Are True: Tiara mentions in passing early on that children born of the gods is a myth. She then proceeds to meet five different half gods throughout the story including Sin's younger half brother and also Kivah being revealed as one, as well as her siblings.
Almost Kiss: Happens with Tiara and Chrono at the end of Tani's Gate. After having saved Chrono from the worse point in his life, Tiara and Chrono, transfixed with each other, move in to brush their lips together when Chrono turns his head at the last second because he is distracted by the appearance of Tani.
Always Save the Girl: A non-romantic, gender-switched version is that of Kivah stating that, if she would ever have to choose between Chrono or anyone else of her True Companions/doing the right thing, she would always choose Chrono. And she wouldn't hesitate to do it. Of course, considering what Kivah is, this is unsurprising.
Badass Normal: Nira. She is the only one in the Time Group who doesn't have any powers and yet she is usually the one to defeat the most enemies. Not bad for someone who only has knives... and a temper...
Berserk Button: Under any circumstances do not hurt anyone Kivah thinks of as important enough to care about. This goes especially for her little brother Sol, her mates Santorym and Daith, and Chrono. If you see her red eyes you are definitely fucked.
Half-Gods may have the powers of their Godly parents, but, due to the fact that their existence is unstable because they are of two different planes of existence, the Half Gods much give up the thing they would have cherished most to stabilize their lives on Mizet. This is what happened to Kivah and her siblings.
Half-demons are Blessed With Suck for even though they get the powers of their demon parent and have a lot more durability than humans; half-demons are considered bad luck and tend to be ridiculed throughout Mizet.
Tiara and Israel, though in that instance, it is not voluntary. Israel, being Brainwashed and Crazy, will do anything Vane commands him to do, including hurting, killing, or even raping Tiara. Being in his normal state, Israel would never even consider hurting Tiara.
Ray and his half brother Dwale. Ray actually does kill him in the end.
Came Back Wrong: At one point Ray gets his soul eaten by a monster and Tiara, reacting in a momentarily lapse of judgment, kills the monster before Ray's soul is returned. Ray's soul is actually returned (By Kivah's request to her uncle, the God of Death) but it was tainted (Type II) and eventually it does have a negative effect on his psyche.
Chrono and Ray both cannot seem to come up with enough courage to tell the clueless Tiara that they love her. They eventually do but are both rejected until the end when Tiara chooses Chrono.
Nira cannot spit it out for Ralph. Ralph eventually does it for her.
Kivah has this as a chronic disease, an example being her unwillingness to inform Chrono about how much he means to her. Chrono naturally has issues because of this. To be fair to Kivah though, she actually does have a good reason for her aloofness. Due to her Wandering Jew status, the only way Kivah can continue staying with Chrono is to keep a wedge of discomfort in their relationship so that she can't set down proper attachments, which she had given up in a Equivalent Exchange to stay on Mizet due to being a Half God.
The Chosen One: Tiara who is chosen to be Time. Ultimately subverted considering Tiara was not supposed to be 'Time', her younger sister Sierra was. She was however made Time in a Gambit by Kivah to make her a readily available Love Interest for Chrono.
Claustrophobia: Ray. After accidentally killing his Step Father in self defense of himself and his mother, Ray is thrown into a literal, small hole in the ground for a week while awaiting his trail, leaving him traumatized every time he is in an enclosed space.
Close-Call Haircut: Tiara receives one while fighting a bandit. Afterwards Ray shows his ability to properly cut hair by evening it out for her.
Color-Coded for Your Convenience: In universe example: In the Kingdom of Ranisa, the way the Lady Land women keep track of the relationship status of the men is by having all of them wear different color armbands when they become of age. White means 'single', silver means 'engaged', and gold means 'married'.
Kivah, who is separated from the rest of the Time group and stuck in the company of a bound Vane, takes advantage of the one-sided Synchronization between him and Israel to crave instructions into Vane's arm for Israel and whoever is with him (Ray) to come meet her.
Ray reluctantly suggests this later to communicate with Kivah through Tiara that he and Chrono are stranded on Exile Island. Chrono refuses.
Cry into Chest: Tiara does this to Chrono after he rescues her from an attack. Due to them being mere acquaintances at the time, it being close to the beginning of the story, Chrono (who Hates Being Touched) is not at all happy about it but was unable to bring himself to push her away until the innkeeper came in.
Distracted by the Sexy: Santorym and Daith attempt this on Kivah. It actually does work for a while but Kivah wises up.
Don't Make Me Destroy You: Kivah at one point says this to Santorym during their time in Dr. Lumbar's lab though it was more 'Don't make Lumbar order me to kill you.' Of course, when it actually came to killing him, Kivah couldn't do it.
Don't Tell Mama: Despite knowing that telling her mother would be a good kick in the teeth for Kivah, which, considering her belligerent relationship with her mother, would give Kivah the upper hand, she actually keeps Asante in the dark about her being Half God out of the concern that Asante would not take it well. Asante finds out eventually, anyway.
Downer Ending: Tiara, Chrono, and Israel are dead, Sin, who now possesses Vane's body, is not killed but only temporarily sealed away, The Ruins of Arazoir has collapsed on Tiara and Chrono's bodies as well as on Kivah, and Nira and Ralph are ultimately separated from Ray who collapses in the desert, crying.
Dysfunction Junction: Every member of the Time group. Tiara found her parents dead and her village burned and had to watch Israel get kidnapped by one of the bad guys. Chrono was rejected by his birth mother due to being the child of the demon who raped her and even though he has a replacement Mother in Kivah, Kivah is very avoidant of informing him about her fondness for him (though she does have a reason for it) which causes him to have a "Well Done, Son!" Guy complex. He also has issues about being a half-demon and being hated by demons and humans both for something only skin deep. Ray got exiled from his home world for preventing the rape of his mother and even before that he was ridiculed by his year mates for having superior skill and power. Ralph, after going through a lot of trials to get the Glaive of Rai, comes home to find his village destroyed and having to bury all of his people as well as his father. Nira watched her parents get slaughtered by a Ghato (who she believes might be Kivah though Kivah vehemently denies it) and grew up to become an assassin, emotionally distant to other human beings and having a deep-seated hatred for Ghatos. Kivah meanwhile is a Half God and was given up as a puppy by her mother to a Mad Scientist. She also had to give up her attachments to anyone or anything to stabilize her existence on Mizet and must forever be a Wandering Jew.
Early-Bird Cameo: Santorym, Daith, and Sol made an appearance in a nightmare of Kivah's in which it shows everyone she cares about slaughtered in front of her. They are not referenced to besides their physical appearances and they are not properly introduced for chapters later.
Played straight with the water (Aliuri), fire (Firlys), air (Mata'i), and shadow (Magus) demons. Subverted with the earth (Hachi) demons who have Supernatural Gold Eyes and the light (Soarei) demons who have Gray Eyes.
Ralph, who has dark blue eyes, matches his element, lightning, as a human example.
Emotions vs. Stoicism: Kivah has this issue all by herself with her human form (Emotion) and her Demon form (Stoicism). Kivah is quite disturbed about how her emotions tend to run beyond her control while in her human form, and it is one of the things that she has to overcome.
Tiara insistently taking the cutting knife away from her pregnant mother to do the vegetable chopping herself despite her Mother's protest. This shows her major and even stubborn concern for her family members, which is later shown to be one of her main characteristics.
Kivah drugging an unsuspecting Tiara in order to get her to sleep. This shows that while Kivah does kind things, the way she goes about them are not necessarily moral. Lampshaded by her when she tells Chrono 'that (he) might not approve of what (she) is about to do next' as she is mixing the sleeping draft into some water right in front of him.
Chrono's ECM was when he gave Tiara his poncho that would protect her from the sun without any prompting from Kivah, showing his Jerk with a Heart of Gold status.
Equivalent Exchange: All half-Gods have to give up the thing they would value most in order to stabilize their existences on the mortal plane. This is due to the fact that they are born of two different planes of existence and thus are born unstable which would eventually lead to their destruction. Kivah and her siblings, Maroon and Sol, are of no exception. Kivah gave up her attachment or 'roots' while her older sister Maroon gave up her love and her younger brother Sol gave up his ability to grow up, mentally and physically.
Half-Demons are ridiculed by both Humans and Demons.
The Ghato (Wolf demon) and the Kissa (Cat demon) are considered less and weaker than the other demons species because neither of them have their own kingdom.
Fantasy Contraception: All half demons, including Chrono and Kivah are sterile. For anyone else there are 'pregnancy charms' that secretes sterility herbs into the skin and when removed, the herbs will eventually be washed out of the system so the woman can get pregnant if she wants to.
Fantasy Pantheon: Mizet, the world this story is held on, has its own Gods and Goddesses. There are The Seven Old Ones: Arazoir (Creation), Kalani (Sky and Storm), Theyis (Death and Judgment), Heriana (Love and Passion), Titano (Sun and Fire), Rante (Sea), Isides (Forest and Moon) who are all siblings. And then there are the younger generation: Mirva (Fate and Prophecy) who is the daughter of Heriana and Kalani as well as Kalani's wife, Thai (Travel, Trade, and Gold) who is the son of Heriana and Rante, Har (Games, Luck, and Victory) who is the oldest son of Mirva and Kalani, Karamai (Seasons) who is oldest daughter of Titano and Isides (who are married), Era (Earth, agriculture, and hard labor) who is daughter of Heriana and Theyis, The twins Victorei (Battle, bloodshed, men, and strength) and Phili (Women, Marriage, Childbirth, and Children) by Mirva and Kalani (They eventually marry), Suola (Domestic Animals and Civilization) who is second daughter of Titano and Isides, Zeles (Wisdom) who is only son of Victorei and Phili, and finally Kinkos and Kenkos (Light and Darkness, respectively) who are the twin sons of Suola and Theyis. There are also a lot of minor Gods and Goddesses with Lyna (Fear), Motros (Terror), Tani (Knowledge), Arte (Magic), Tallis (Music), and Hyatt (Gates) as examples.
Fight Off the Kryptonite: Chrono was able to do this once through sheer anger, pushing through his weakness to water/rain in order to attack Dwale, Ray's older half brother, with his flames after witnessing Dwale impaling Ray. He goes through excruciating pain though and would have died had Kivah not forced some of her energy into him.
Fingerless Gloves: Ray has a black pair of these that he wears at all times because it was the last gift his mother gave to him before his exile.
First Guy Wins: Even though Ralph is first mentioned it is Chrono who the reader first meets.
Subverted. Several times Tiara brings up the name of her friend, Mika, who had died during Vane's attack on her village (Though it turns out Mika is alive but Ralph never tells Tiara this at Mika's request). She also remembers her parents and has Flashbacks of them a few times throughout the story.
Ralph also brings up his dead father a couple of times.
There is a holiday that exists in the sixth human kingdom, Crio (The small kingdom known for pleasures), called Loving Day where everyone celebrating the holiday buys color coded bracelets to give to the people they love. Each different love; Romantic, Pure, Friendship, and Family, have their own colors: Gold for Romantic, White for Pure, Purple for Friendship, and Blue for Family. The Time Group gets mixed up in this holiday on their visit to the kingdom and Hilarity Ensues as the members try to figure out what color to give to each of their True Companions.
The love, Storge (Family), also plays a very important part in the plot and is Tiara's main motivation for taking her journey.
Also Tiara (Superego), Chrono (Ego), and Ray (Id).
Friendship Moment: Ray and Chrono tends to do this a lot in the rare moments when they are not bickering. Probably the best example for Ray was when he claimed that he wouldn't jump into the ocean to save Chrono from drowning but does so in practically the next scene without hesitating despite risk to his life through hypothermia. The best example for Chrono is probably when he comforts Ray after Israel's death by giving him a one-armed hug which, for Chrono, is a big deal. Also during that scene Ray states "We could have been great friends," (referring to Israel) and Chrono, mistaking Ray's statement as a reference to him, automatically says "We are friends, idiot."
Gender Is No Object: Amongst all of the demon species as well as three out of five of the human kingdoms. The only two kingdoms where Gender roles come into play are the kingdoms Ranisa and Haidic which is a Lady Land and a No Woman's Land, respectively.
Ghost Town: The Time Group see many of these on the borders of the kingdoms.
Girl on Girl Is Hot: Kivah, in human form, does this at one point by making out with Tiara to get the attention of a crowd of men.
Grand Theft Me: Sin's ultimate goal is to possess Tiara's body in order to have control over Time. He actually does succeed in his plan using Tiara's brother as leverage but it doesn't last because a sibling'slove is powerful indeed.
Green Eyes: Nira has these which go along with her Red Hair. Also Santorym though he was born with blue eyes like every other Ghato and his green eyes were a side effect of one of the chemicals injected into his body to see what a Ghato's body could take.
Grudging Thank You: Chrono does this to Ray after Ray saves him from drowning. It is even lampshaded by Ray.
Chrono: Ray… thank you.
Ray: (amused) How did that taste coming out of your mouth?
Chrono (Half Fire Demon) and also Kyo (Half Cat Demon) and Rynn (Half Water Demon) from the Sequel who are the most important though the Time group runs into these from time to time. It is noted that half demons are infertile and has about the same lifespan as a human. They are also neglected by both humans and demons and their violet eyes are considered bad luck. They however do inherit the powers of their demon parent and are a lot more resilient than humans.
It is also revealed that Kivah is a Hybrid though instead of being Half human and Half demon she is Half demon and Half ''God''
Hammer Space: One of Kivah's powers. Is called her 'Dimension Pocket' and holds virtually anything; it is even said to be able to sustain food and drinks such as milk. It however cannot sustain life and any living thing that falls into it would die automatically so Kivah could potentially use this as a weapon.
Happily Married: Kivah and her two mates Santorym and Daith. They do have their issues though.
Hey You: How Chrono addresses Tiara when they first meet. He starts calling her by her proper name after he rescues her however.
Hikaru Genji Plan: Arazoir suggests that this is what Kivah is raising Chrono for. Kivah automatically denies it but Arazoir stays mockingly convinced, even dubbing Chrono 'Concubine' much to Kivah's annoyance.
History Repeats: Ray sabotages his growing relationship with Tiara similarly to how he sabotaged his relationship with Celia out of insecurity and believing that his loves should be with different men, Chrono and Gabriel, respectively.
Ray stating that if he would go with a guy it would be Ralph. However Ray was only trying to irritate Nira by saying this and promptly got a punch to his face for his troubles.
Hufflepuff House: Thyili and Rthic, kingdoms of the Aliuri and the Magus, respectively. Even though they are essential to the setting to keep the number of kingdoms balanced between the Humans and the Demons (Crio, notwithstanding), they are irreverent to the plot since the Time Group never visits them.
Humanity Ensues: Due to a sword that changes demons into humans with one slice, Kivah (who is a wolf demon) is changed into a human for several chapters. After she gets changed back, she gets to actually keep the human form. Also the sword in question was actually created by her Father.
Human Mom Non Human Dad: Chrono and most half-demons. It's very rare for demon women to associate intimately with human men but it does happen.
Kivah thinks of herself as this because she is Half God. It didn't help that her Mother became so horrified when she found out that she couldn't look at her daughter and basically went through a minor Go Mad from the Revelation before she snapped out of it.
This is what Ray thinks after he kills his older half-brother. It results in his eyes becoming Kaleidoscope Eyes, alternating between brown and black depending on his mood.
I Have Many Names: Kivah, who has gone under the names Kay, Karis, Kallan, Kaiya, Kris, and Kayless. The name 'Kivah' is also an alias. Kivah actually has two true names; Kylila and Kaindri, with the latter being her God's name.
I Never Told You My Name: A little girl Ray meets in a dungeon says Ray's name before he introduces himself. Ray doesn't notice this however because he is distracted at the time. The girl is later revealed to be Era, Ray's Goddess.
Infant Immortality: Subverted, and then played straight. In the beginning of the story Tiara's Mother Annice was pregnant and about ready to give birth right when Vane came and slaughtered the whole village. It is not mentioned what happens to the unborn child but it is assumed to be dead. However later on in the story Tiara has a dream of her baby sister being alive and Tani, Goddess of Knowledge confirms it with Tiara's one question. For Phili, Goddess of Women and Childbirth, Marriage and Children, took the baby from her Mother's womb seconds before she was killed and then puts the baby with a childless couple. She did this as a favor to Arazoir who wanted the baby alive since the baby is Time, Arazoir's pawn. Tiara goes to visit her sister but leaves the child with the couple to raise her while Tiara tries to go after Israel.)
Ray is especially known for this, mainly going after human girls. He also had a one night stand with Raine, Chrono's older half sister. She is Firlys and a different demon species from him.
Intimate Haircut: Ray gives one to Tiara, though it was a one-sided intimacy. Ray was definitely happy to be having a chance to play with Tiara's hair while Tiara did trust him to do it. However she thinks they are just friends and felt nothing romantic about it.
Intimate Healing: Lots of it; Chrono being the most famous for giving Tiara a healing potion mouth to mouth in their first scene together. And she was unconscious. To be fair to Chrono though it was Kivah's idea.
It Amused Me: Let's just say that it's not a good idea to be around Kivah when she's bored.
It Gets Easier: What Chrono believes due to Kivah's upbringing. It is the reason for his Thou Shalt Not Kill vow. It is however Subverted with Ray, who, despite having killed at least four people, still mourns his fallen enemies like they were his best friends.
I Want Grand Kids: Asante is very blunt about her desire for Kivah to give her grandchildren but Kivah who is actually infertile due to being half God completely refuses all of Asante's attempts to convince her into conceiving much to Asante's and even Santorym's despair. However, Kivah does eventually adopt a female Ghato pup who was abandoned by her biological mother who stays with Kivah's Mother's pack and is mainly raised by Santorym and Daith due to Kivah's Wandering Jew status.
Loving a Shadow: Tiara realizes pretty quick that her affections for Ralph had more to do with his looks than with him. She is ashamed by it but eventually does grow to love Ralph for him but it ends up being a familial love.
Ray was involved in one between himself, a girl named Celia, and their best friend, Gabriel. Ray actually won that one but when he realized that Gabriel liked Celia too Ray, feeling guilty, left the dojo and when he returns Celia and Gabriel are married with a fifteen year old son. (Though it is revealed to the audiance that the child is actually Ray's).
Love Redeems: Kivah's love for Santorym and Daith saved her from becoming a Complete Monster in her past though she does still retain some sociopathic-like tendencies.
Mad Scientist Laboratory: Where Kivah, her older sister, and her mates grew up. Dr. Lumbar uses it to do multiple experiments on Ghatos in order to create the ultimate weapon for his God, Kalani, to use against Arazoir. He found his weapon in Kivah but he made the mistake of attempting to execute Santorym to teach Kivah a lesson. It didn't end well.
The Magic Goes Away: It is stated a few times that humans used to have magic but after the Battle of The Gods, when Sin tried to become Top God, Arazoir locked Arte, God of Magic, into a cell for all eternity because he was on the side of Sin. Arazoir also stripped him of his godly powers and actually put them into the Sword of Time, making Time (Tiara) the only human in the world who has magic.
Also played straight with Kivah and her mates Santorym and Daith. Since Kivah is immortal due to being a half god she will eventually outlive her mates.
Meaningful Nickname: Kivah's nickname for Chrono is "Little Crow." The logic behind this nickname is this: since Chrono is a half demon he is judged as bad luck because of a physical characteristic (his Purple Eyes) much like a crow is also judged as bad luck because of another physical characteristic (it's black body).
No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Kivah does this to the demon who kidnapped her brother and planned to use him as a main ingredient in his plot to become a God. It backfires majorly on her however due to the fact that Kivah was so busy being consumed with blood-lust and stabbing the demon turned human to death that Sol bled out and subsequently Ascends To A Higher Plane Of Existence. (Then again, practically anytimeKivah decides to fight, this happens. Just ask Dwale.)
No Ontological Inertia: The reason Kivah doesn't erase Dr. Lumbar from reality despite a strong desire to do so. If she did, she would have been erasing everything Lumbar did in his life, including creating her. Kivah allows the Ghatos who Lumbar experimented on for years devour him instead.
No Periods, Period: Subverted. They are called Monthlies and Chrono learns early on that menstruation cramps are not fun. Tiara also later uses this as an excuse as to why she doesn't want one of her 'Fiancées' (Ralph, Chrono, and Ray are pretending to be engaged to Tiara while they are in Lady Land to avoid getting hounded by other women) to 'service her'.
Not Staying for Breakfast: Gender Flipped as it is Ray who wakes up alone after he spent the night with Raine, Chrono's older half sister. Ray is, however, not upset by this considering they both agreed before hand that this would be a one night stand.
When Chrono initiates physical contact with anyone but Kivah or Tiara, you know something is wrong with him.
When Tiara decides to go after and kill Sin after Israel's death, you know that she has been broken for good. Of course, when it came down to actually killing Sin, Tiara didn't have the will or the strength to actually do it and instead seals him away. It led to her death.
Also when Ray doesn't want to eat, it just got serious.
Our Demons Are Different: There are eight types of demons, each created by a God or Goddess trying to surpass Arazoir by making a superior species to the humans. Kalani created the Mata'i (Air demons), Isides created the Ghato (Wolf demons), Rante created the Aliuri (Water demons), Titano created the Firlys (Fire demons), Era created the Hachi Clan (Earth demons), Kinkos created the Soarei (Light demons), Kenkos created the Magus/Dark ones (Shadow demons), and Suola created the Kissa (Cat demons).
Parental Abandonment: The whole Time group. Tiara, Israel, and Ralph's parents were killed in the beginning of the story, Nira's were killed by a Ghato, Ray's Dad is dead and his Mother (though she didn't abandon him) is out of reach since she is still on Ray's home world, Chrono's Mother hates him because he is a result of her rape and is a half demon and his demon father is dead, and finally Kivah's mom gave her and her sister up to a Mad Scientist and because of this Kivah hates her and refuses to rekindle their relationship.
Parent with New Paramour: An odd case as Kivah was already mated to Santorym and Daith before meeting Chrono but she didn't tell Chrono about them. So when Chrono does find out about Santorym and Daith he does not take it well and becomes hostile towards them. Santorym and Daith also does not know how to interact with Chrono though they did know about him through Kivah. It turns out to be especially difficult for Santorym and is of course lampshaded by him and Kivah.
Kivah: (Playfully) "That’s why you should be nicer to him Daddy."
Santorym: "I hadn’t realized I was the Father of a teenager."
Passthe Popcorn: Kivah practically anytime her companions get into a fight, annoying her companions in the process.
Pet the Dog: Despite her morally ambiguous traits, Kivah does truly care about Chrono and only wants him to lead a happy life. She also does love the other members of the Time Group despite some of the things she has done against them. Probably the most cementing example however was her role in saving Nira's life despite no true gain for her.
Pintsized Powerhouse: Ray who is the smallest of the Time Group but is also the physically strongest.
Kivah due to the fact that her Father is the God of Creation and Reality. Kivah however does not use this power often due to the fact that she can hardly control it and usually when she does alter reality the consequences tend to be quite cruel. One example being that due to the fact that she altered reality to make Tiara 'Time' it eventually resulted in Tiara and Chrono's deaths. This of course is a Nice Job Breaking It, Hero moment for Kivah though she does fix it in the Sequel by manipulating Sierra into going back in time and preventing Tiara and Chrono's deaths for her.
Tiara, being Time, is a Reality Warper but only to an extent and she can hardly control it.
Red Light District: Multiple ones in Crio, kingdom of pleasures. The Time Group skirts around them and Ralph is the only one to go into one though only because he recognized one of the prostitutes as a survivor of the massacre of his village, Tiara's best friend Mika.
Rescue Romance: Though Chrono did the actual rescuing for selfish reasons (i.e. due to the Synchronization, if Tiara dies he dies), afterwards Chrono becomes much kinder to Tiara and begin developing feelings for her especially after she thanks him, not for rescuing her, but for using her name.
River of Insanity: Ethylio, quite literally. The legend behind Ethylio is this; Rante, God of the Sea and waters, wanted to please his sister Heriana, Goddess of Love and Passion, so he created Ethylio for Heriana to throw in any man that displeases her. The results would be that, upon contact with the water, the unfortunate soul would immediately lose their minds. Kivah actually takes a dip into Ethylio but is saved by Har, her cousin and the God of Games, on her Father's orders.
Royal Blood: Chrono has royal blood on both sides of his family, being the son of the King of the Firlys and the son of the Queen of the human kingdom; Caaslm. However, he is illegitimate due to his father raping his mother and he has no claim to either thrones.
Sadistic Choice: Arazoir asks Kivah who she would choose to save if put in the situation: Tiara or Chrono? Kind of subverted when Kivah immediately says that she would pick Chrono.
Samaritan Relationship Starter: Tiara and Chrono's relationship, which is at best strained, begins to improve after Chrono saves Tiara from a rabid dog which Vane Tarmikos sent after her.
Self Harm: Tiara, in a moment of epiphany, realizes that despite the fact that Vane wants to rape her, he is consciously not striking her because he doesn't want to alert Chrono through the Synchronization until it is too late. Upon realizing this Tiara immediately begins to try and incite Vane into striking her and when that doesn't work, she bites down on her own tongue and even manages to cut her leg on a sharp rock.
Selfless Wish: After braving the trials of Tani's Gate, Tiara, Kivah, and Chrono are each allowed one question that Tani would answer. While Kivah and Tiara ask questions pertaining to themselves, Chrono asks if Tiara would reunite with the real Israel again instead of asking a question for himself such as if Tiara would love him.
Shipper on Deck: Kivah is the Queen of this Trope considering she went as far as altering reality in order to make Tiara 'Time' just so she has an excuse to keep Chrono and Tiara together. Of course the Synchronization didn't hurt either.
Sinking Ship Scenario: Subverted. Kivah and Ralph didn't bother to save the passenger ship they were on. They just hijacked the pirates' ship that had been attacking them.
Six Man Band: Doesn't work because of the huge pile up, but let's try anyway.
Token Evil Teammate: Kivah (Though she is not necessarily evil, despite her more morallyambiguous traits, most of the problems the Time Group gets into is either directly or indirectly connected to Kivah.)
Sickly Green Glow: When the Time group comes upon the River of Insanity, Ethylio, Tiara immediately asks "What is that Green Glow?" Of course only she and Kivah can see the green glow, Tiara because she is Time, pawn of the Gods, and Kivah because she is Half God.
Skewed Priorities: A concussed Chrono is more interested that a Soarei demon thinks that he and Ray are exiles rather than the fact that said Soarei demon keeps implying that he wants to rape them and that he thinks Ray and him are incestuousgay lovers. It is of course lampshaded by an incredulous Ray.
Snow Means Love: In one chapter the Time Group enters a village where red snows falls during the winter and if you stand in it the red snow will make the person you hold first in your heart appear before you in translucent form. The only ones the reader actually sees though is Nira's, Ralph, and Tiara's, Israel. Neither Ralph or Kivah goes into the snow, Ralph because he already knows who is first in his heart and Kivah because apparently the snow won't show anything if you have more than one most important person. This is what happens to Chrono and Ray who both enter the snow but neither of them are shown who they love most hinting that they each have more than one in their hearts.
Stunned Silence: The Time group's normal reaction to surreal events, though the most notable was when Kivah reveals that she has a mate. And then later when she reveals that she has two mates.
Suck Out the Poison: Ray at one point suggests Kivah do this when Ralph was poisoned. Kivah just gives him a look and goes on to make the antidote.
Super Drowning Skills: Chrono, though justified, since he is half fire demon and water not only stops his power but also drains his strength if he goes more than waist deep into it.
Supernatural Gold Eyes: Ray and all of the Hachi Clan (except for a select few whose eyes turn black when their hearts become tainted). It's proof that Lady Era, the Goddess of Earth, was the one that created them.
Survival Mantra: In the beginning of the story as Tiara is walking aimlessly in the desert of Arazoir the only thing keeping her from going insane is saying her name over and over again in her mind.
Tiara has this for surviving the massacre of her village. It didn't help that it was essentially her fault since Vane was after her (though Vane mainly just destroyed the village for the hell of it.)
Kivah has this as well after her brother, Sol, ascends to a higher place of existence after Kivah fails to save him from dying to the point that she actually agrees with her Mother's You Should Have Died Instead statement.
Synchronization: An old magic that was lost to humankind due to Arte's (God of Magic) imprisonment, though Arazoir put Arte's power into the Sword of Time which used Synchronization to save Tiara in the beginning of the story by binding her to Chrono. Basically what Synchronization does is bind a broken body to a healthy body in order to save the fatally wounded person. However by doing this the two bodies are now essentially one body while still being separated so anything that happens to one, be it pain, pleasure, or disease, happens to the other. And of course it goes without saying that if one dies so does the other.
Technicolor Fire: Chrono's flame, which is usually colored normally, is at one point colored in rainbows when he breaks the necklace Arazoir gave him to resurrect Kivah after she was killed by an arrow.
Thou Shalt Not Kill: Tiara is very firm about not killing anybody. Chrono also has stated that he would never kill anyone, though not being as vocal about it as Tiara, due to his belief that It Gets Easier.
Three Plus Three: Tiara, Chrono, and Kivah being the main three with Ray, Ralph and Nira acting as secondary even though they get a lot of character development as well.
Threshold Guardians: Three of them that Tiara, Chrono, and Kivah had to face in the Trial of Tani's Gate. First the Riddle Caster who Kivah had to face. His trial was for her, as Wisdom, to answer five riddles. Second was the Beast Tamer that Chrono had to face. His trial for him, as Strength, was for Chrono to defeat five beasts. And the last was the Heart Master who Tiara had to face. His trial for her, as Heart, was for her to try to save at least one of her friends from the lowest point in their lives.
Through His Stomach: A non romantic example. Chrono, in a way of apology, tries to give Ray a piece of hard candy from his pocket only to discover that it had completely melted from his dip in the ocean the day before. It does work however in cheering Ray up because the discovery that it had melted and Chrono's embarrassment makes him burst out laughing, completely dissolving the tension.
Two Lines, No Waiting: Tiara trying to get her brother back and also doing her job as 'Time' are interwoven with each other.
Unbalanced by Rival's Kid: Ray is definitely unbalanced after meeting the child of Celia, his former lover, and Gabriel, his former rival. However, he then subverts/inverts this trope once he gets over his shock and acts quite nice to the boy, Erin.
Unrequited Love Switcheroo: After witnessing Ray get kissed by Chrono's older sister, Raine Tiara becomes jealous and realizes that she might have feelings for Ray after all. Too bad she already rejected him and he has given up on his feelings for her. Tiara then dies before it can be resolved.
Very Special Episode: In one chapter the Time group has to deal with Homosexuality when they come across a village where it is treated as inappropriate. While there a gay man asks Tiara to 'bless' him and his relationship and the rest of the chapter deals with the different views among the Time group and whether or not Tiara should do it. Tiara believes that it doesn't matter because everyone is equal. Ray is also for it because in the Hachi clan it is accepted. Kivah too is for it. Nira and Chrono on the other hand both speak against it, with Nira being quite bias about it due to her upbringing. Ralph, meanwhile, is predictably neutral.
Victim Falls For Rapist: Chrono's demon Father Visil, who was in love with Chrono's human Mother Chie, raped her as she rejected him in order to try and convey his feelings towards her. Averted in Chie definitely did not fall for him.
Waking Up Elsewhere: Happens to Chrono and Ray after both of them faint, Ray because of hypothermia and Chrono because of a head injury. They wake up in a cell, chained to each other, and about ready to get raped by a Soarei (light) demon.
Weak Sauce Weakness: Each demon species have two weaknesses, one that is on their body and another that is a common substance from nature. The Mata'i (wind) is weak against earth, the Firlys (fire) is weak against water/rain, the Aliuri (water) is weak against extreme heat, the Hachi (earth) is weak against the cold, the Soarei (light) is weak against complete darkness, the Magus (shadow) is weak against the sun, the Ghato (wolf) is weak against lightning, and the Kissa (cat) is weak against gold.
We Are as Mayflies: All demons are really older than they look and tends to live at least five hundred years. The half demons on the other hand actually don't have an extended life span but age like humans.
What Measure Is a Non-Human?: An argument Kivah invokes when trying to convince Chrono early on to break the synchronization with Tiara. After all, if Tiara is already dead what harm would it be to kill her again? Chrono talks her down however.
What You Are in the Dark: Actually invoked and lampshaded by Kivah upon finding out that Vane half synchronized himself to Israel so if he dies, Israel would die as well. Rather than be upset by this Kivah considers just killing Vane, and subsequently Israel, with no one being the wiser to her role in it so that she could eliminate Tiara's reason to go into a potentially lethal situation looking for Israel. Vane's immediate response to this conclusion is to ask Kivah if they could rule together. It is however ultimately subverted when Kivah doesn't go through with it.
Where It All Began: The final fight with Sin is in the Ruins of Arazoir. Also Tiara and the Time Group rest in the cave that was Tiara and Israel's hangout after Israel's death.
Wild Card: Played With in the case of Kivah. Nira believes she is this and though Kivah does care for her True Companions on some level she has also been shown to exhibit some disturbing thoughts towards her companions such as on occasion sincerely considering sacrificing some of them if doing so would further her goal of protectingChrono.
Word of God: This entire page has been written by the creator of the story, me.
Would Hurta Child: Kivah has killed children of her kind before (during her time in Dr. Lumbar's lab) and she does kill a little girl though that instance was a Shoot the Dog / Mercy Kill moment because the little girl had swallowed a slow-acting and painful poison that couldn't be cured.
Kivah: (ruefully) "I have killed children before, T. That was nothing."
Yaoi Fangirl: Kivah, despite her Shipper on Deck status (For Tiara and Chrono), loves to place Chrono and Ray into awkward situations. She is also mated to two males who are in love with each other as much as they are with her. Nira on the other hand subverts this trope with her bias against Homosexuality. (She gets better though.)
You Can Say That Again: Chrono says this in a conversation with Ralph. Ralph responds by saying his statement again.
You Monster!: Nira calls Kivah a monster after she sees a head wound Kivah received that Nira believes no one else could have survived. Kivah then mentions that Nira wasn't the first person to call her that.