is a Slice of Live story about aliens called Ehiri or "Ethereals" who take over Earth
in the course of four years told from the point of view of "Deedee Alisher", a teenager of Russian descent who has a crazy father
and goes to live with her grandparents after her father commits suicide
. The story really starts when Deedee is chosen at a parade to be the ruler's bride
and her real name, Dahlia revealed.
Provides examples of:
- Ambiguous Gender: The Ehiri/Ethereals, who are born this way and choose gender around puberty.
- And I Must Scream: A punishment for errant Ethereals.
- Antihero: Deedee/Dahlia and Ellek both qualify.
- Anything That Moves: Ellek after the war.
- Arranged Marriage: Dahlia and Ellek; they get along quite well inspite of that.
- Ax-Crazy: Thalia, who grins through it all-until her punishment.
- Big Bad: Ellek and Dahlia.
- But Not Too Foreign: Dahlia's children are part-Russian, part-"American" and half-Ethereal.
- The Casanova: Ellek, who in different forms can-and will seduce Anything That Moves.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Ben, who completely lost it after his wife died.
- Crapsack World: Oooh yeah.
- Creepy Child: Kell, who appears as sociopathic as Ellek.
- Cool and Unusual Punishment: The worst punishment involves trapping an Ehiri into a body they can't control and remaining aware.
- Dark Is Not Evil: The civilian Ethereals, Mori especially.
- Disappeared Dad: Lannon; it still counts. Also Deedee/Dahlia.
- Driven to Suicide: Ben. He was already crazy, but the attack drove him over the edge.
- Eldritch Abomination: Quite possibly the Ehiri. Some certainly look the part.
- Everyone Is Bisexual: Among the Ehiri, anyway, as apparent gender doesn't mean a thing.
- Evil Overlord: Ellek
- The Fair Folk: Possibly the Ehiri.
- Fantastic Racism: "Nothing ever changes about fear and loathing." Also, Thalia's motivation.
- For the Evulz: Ellek decided to take over because it amuses him.
- Harem: Ellek has one.
- Humans Are Bastards: Played with mercilessly.
- Light Is Not Good: Ellek, from his name (El=God) to his true, angelic appearance.
- Lolita: Dahlia in the beginning.
- Meaningful Name: Ellek and Mori. (Mori is Japanese for "protect")
- Mind Rape: Happens a lot; any outside of Ellek's inner circle are supposed to get punished for it, but that doesn't always happen.
- Mr. Seahorse: To Dahlia's amusement.
- Moral Dissonance: Ethereals have no concept or understanding of marriage at first.
- My Nayme Is: Deedee/Dahlia
- Near-Rape Experience: Dahlia at age 14. Her dad was not so lucky.
- Nigh-Invulnerability: The Ethereals, some more than others, Ellek particularly.
- Noble Demon: Mori, who is scary-looking but is actually a shy, kind Ehiri woman.
- Non-Indicative First Episode: Second chapter, actually. The angst lightens up considerably after that.
- Phantom Zone: The Ehiri plane, which has Earth-like places called 'Causality Zones'.
- Rape as Drama: It's strongly implied (but short of being stated outright) that Ben was raped repeatedly.
- Really Gets Around: Ellek.
- La Résistance: A few, actually; none are actually organized or large enough to really do anything.
- Sadly Mythtaken: Played for laughs.
- Shape Shifter: A number of Ehiri. Ellek can change his physical age, something no other Ethereal can do. Later, Mori, who is only able to shift to a human shell.
- Take That: Some rather political ones.
- Villain Protagonist: Nominally Dahlia and definitely Ellek.
- What Do You Mean, It's Not Symbolic?: Played with.
- What Measure Is a Non-Human?: In conjunction with Humans Are Bastards.
- What the Hell, Townspeople?: Made of it. Dahlia's town "...sold out humanity" to Ellek and held a secret bridal lottery at a parade.
- White Hair, Black Heart: Ellek in both forms, his preferred one especially.
- Ye Olde Butcherede Englishe: Averted in the title, which is actual Old/middle English.