A Web OriginalShared UniverseFurry setting, based on a Web Serial Novel, "Forest Tales", by Bernard Doove, (available here (NSFW), Mirror, Mirror 2). You might need to check all three as the site occasionally goes down for one reason or another.) that started as a Star TrekFan Fic and became its own series. "Forest Tales" was the first series in the setting, but others have been written, by Doove and an army of Chakat fans. Some of these fans are better writers than others.Many of the stories are accompanied by artwork, which is done by a variety of artists of varying levels of artistic talent. Many of the cast bio pages are similarly accompanied by artwork, also frequently NSFW.The central characters of most of the stories are Chakats, a genetically-engineered hermaphroditic feline centaur race who were created at the height of mankind's genetic engineering ability and are thus, arguably, an entire race of Mary Sues.The protagonist of the "Forest Tales" stories is a Chakat named Forestwalker who works as a Forest Ranger in Australia in the 24th century.
WARNING!! Much of the artwork, as well as much of the writing in this series is NSFW. Follow links with due care.
The series provides examples of:
Abusive Parents: Cindy Grayson's father, Charles, has managed to make his daughter fear father figures.
Charles was also skimming from accounts left to her by her grandmother to pay his own gambling debts.
Pandora was an amply bosomed vixen from a foxtaur tribe where small breasts were the norm and got teased mercilessly for it, called a "cow" often. Of course this made her quite attractive to those outside her village, including her human mate.
Skunktaur Darkwave was embarrassed by the large breasts hy got when in female phase, mostly because hys first change was on the day of a big soccer game and hy was thrown off balance.
Adults Are Useless: The Faleshkarti. (This gets its own story justifying it in an unusual way.) When they mature a hormone makes them stupid and only want to have sex and breed. Due to the overpopulation problems this encourages the comparatively genius-level children to accept Federation help in counteracting that particular aspect of their biology.
Aerith and Bob: Skunktaurs prefer to make use of Aerith type names for whatever reason.
Due to their language being nigh impossible for most humans to use, many Caitians will take the Terranglo translation of the meaning of their name and use that.
Air-Vent Passageway: Tales of the Folly chapter 4 features 6 Chakat cubs surviving having their station being taken over by pirates by hiding in an air duct.
One of Doove's "Flight of the Phoenix" chapters features a ferret morph crawling through access passages with replacement commo wires, then using said passages as a hiding place to help retake the ship from pirates.
A.I. Is a Crapshoot: Tess has developed a habit of only informing her captain and crew of things she deems important. Otherwise, she's fine.
Aliens Are Bastards: The Rakshani started off this way, but upon formally meeting Captain Neal Foster, they were willing to sit down at the treaty table.
There are also multiple different groups of pirates who just happen to be aliens. The two most prominent groups are Voxxan.
Almighty Janitor: Neal Foster of the Folly, an engineering genius with enormous influence and resources including three colonies, who pretends to be a simple freighter captain, arguably the Lazarus Long (crossed with a bit of The Doctor) of the setting.
Alternative Calendar: Since genuinely alien worlds are involved, this comes up occasionally. Both Raksha and Chakona each have a different length of year and day, therefore, unique calendars compared to Earth.
Chakona is mentioned as using a different clock due to the differing length of day.
Alternate Number System: Some of the stories mention that Caitians use a base 8 system. This gives some of them troubles with the base 10 system everybody else is using.
Artificial Gravity: Seems that all starships in this setting are mentioned as being equipped with this.
Author Avatar: Chakat Goldfur, child of Longstripe and Desertsand, is literally this.
Canon Discontinuity: During the early years when it was mostly just Doove writing in the universe, a great deal of things were said, or allowed, that Doove has said a number of times that, if he could go back and redo it, wouldn't be in the universe. It's probably a good idea not to put too much stock in what characters said and it may be best if you avoid talking about parts of the universe that are overly Star Trek-ish, or those guys who sound an awful lot like the Empire.
Cat Folk: : Chakats are hermaphroditic feline centaurs. Additionally, you've got Caitans, Rakshani, and other cat-morphs.
Containment Field: Little page time is given to them, but they are there, especially when an author starts discussing antimatter.
Cool Starship: Neal Foster's Folly exemplifies this trope. The FSS Pegasus definitely counts as well.
Cruel Mercy: Allen Fesler loves this trope. His character Neal Foster pulls this off often enough for it to be one of his Hats.
Deflector Shields: Both ship-mounted and personal shields have been mentioned in different stories.
Et Tu, Brute?: In chapter 7 of Tales of the Folly, Neal has been injured in some spaceport drama. Not only are his mates, companions and children trying to tie him down in a sickbay bed, so is his ship. He then proceeds to quote Julius Caesar.
Exact Words: In one story, Neal Foster uses the Exact Words of some badly misbehaving cubs against them, using Tess' transporters to shower them with the nuts they had been throwing at his cubs only minutes earlier, using the phrases "It’s just a little harmless fun, and it’s not like anyone is getting hurt" against his cubs' tormentors.
Inverted by Karl Whitepaw, who is being pursued by his vengeful, spiteful ex-wife. She has an arrest warrant drawn up that is so rigid that it cannot be applied to Karl due to his new surname.
If you are not careful with wishes in the presence of Rakshani Deities, they will throw this trope at you with a mischievous laugh that you will never hear.
Exotic Extended Marriage: Chakats are polyamorous, with a saying that "love doesn't divide, it multiplies". In addition Foxtaurs and Caitians are polygynous due to skewed gender ratios (3-1 and 8-1 females to males respectively). The former two species are Terran, but uncommon enough on earth that mates of different species have to get used to their idea of monogamy as a foreign concept.
Explosive Breeder: The Faleshkarti suffer from this. When they reach maturity they become obsessed with sex, sex triggers a hormone that decreases their intelligence, and the only way to slow the hormone's progression is to get pregnant. Also, they're Hermaphrodites so every single one of them can give birth. When the Federation makes contact with them every inch of land on their homeworld is covered with arcologies and the oceans had been converted into massive algae farms. Federation geneticists eventually discover a way to prevent the neural degradation and lower their sex drives, which was rather fortunate as they were breeding more quickly than they could colonize new planets.
Fan of the Past: Various characters come off as this to some extent. Neal Foster lives this, mostly owing to being 200+ years old.
Fantastic Racism: some stories revolve around specist, anti-furry sentiment. One story features an anti-human wolf.
Flat Character: Given the loads of characters in the story, and the large number of contributors, not all the characters are well developed.
Flanderization: Humans First started out as just being some sort of crackpot political movement as Earth for Humanity. Then one day they got cranked up to 11, and had several riots worldwide. This seems to happen quite a bit within the Chakona Space setting, especially with guest authors.
Food Fight: The Folly features "Alternate Thursdays" which involve pies and replicators. And needing to take baths afterwards.
Gender Bender: Skunktaurs. They are described as being hermaphrodites, but they are only one sex at a time, so... Also at least one other herm character.
There are also herms who are biased to prefer one gender but look like what they prefer. It causes some level of trouble for such characters.
Gender Rarity Value: Because of their skewed gender ratio foxtaurs practice polygyny but they also discourage if not outright forbid Todds from "dangerous" professions such as hunting or Starfleet.
Genetic Engineering Is the New Nuke: The Gene Wars occurred because people did not see anything wrong with the creation and treatment as slaves versions of humans based on other lineages than primates. Also, the Pro-Morph side created "War Beasts", and Chakats are arguably Peacekeeping Beasts.
God in Feline Form: In two of Allen Fesler's 'Tales of the Folly' installments, we get Rakshani Deities appearing in the associated artwork. Instead of tiger stripes, they get wings, leopard style spots, and heads more like a lynx or bobcat. Though some of the design of an individual Deity may well depend on the imagination of the character viewing the Deity in question.
Chakats, Skunktaurs, Stellar Foxtaurs, many hyenas, some individuals of other morph types. And one genderqueer human who got genetic surgery.
Non-Terran example: Faleshkarti
Human Aliens: Subverted in the Chakat Universe. Voxxans are aliens who are almost indistinguishable from genetically engineered plantigrade foxmorphs from Earth. Their cultures even share similarities with Terran Western culture, allowing them to adjust and blend in easily.
Incest Is Relative: And not exactly taboo among some species, Chakats are fine with it as long as there's no breeding and Foxtaurs allow one generation of inbreeding.
Informed Flaw: Chakats in general are suppose to suffer from a number of flaws (like requiring more room, more food) that receive little page time. Outside of that, Goldfur (the character) is supposedly less trusting of strangers after one cub was kidnapped and nearly killed, and another IS killed in a riot. Little has been seen of this as yet.
I Never Said It Was Poison: Chapter 3 of Doove's Flight of the Phoenix series features a pair of "Ambassadors" who kill their servant and dump hir body at the base of a stairwell. Captain Yote announces the death of said servant (without including details) and one of them snarks about making sure the stairwells are properly safe, instantly implicating "him"self in said death.
Interspecies Romance: Too many to list. It's generally accepted that taurs can only procreate with other taurs and bipedal morphs with other morphs and sometimes with humans, though there are many exceptions due to genetic tinkering and above mentioned mischievous fertility Deities.
Innocent Fanservice Girl: Chakats, and pretty much every other character has no compunction about walking around nude. Of course, because these are prose stories, we'd never get to see such... if it weren't for the illustrations.
Instant A.I., Just Add Water: Neither Tess (the original) nor Tina (the copy) know how Tina came about, but all involved are happy with the results.
Intelligent Gerbil: Most Morphs are bipedal tetrapods, but some, such as the Chakats, are quadrupedal hexapods known as taurs.
ISO Standard Human Spaceship: Prior to becoming a Cool Starship, The Folly fits this category perfectly. Without the two detachable forward spheres, it's just a cargo pod carrier that kinda looks like a cross between a corncob and a pogo stick.
Best example: Forestwalker's foxmorph mates, Katrina Snowfox and Kris Fletcher. Though they are still different species (arctic and red, respectively).
When Leanna (herm fennec morph, originally believed sterile thanks to a lying, bastardowner) joins their mating group shi quickly conceives kits with both Trina and Kris.
Thanks to a mischievous Rakshani fertility deity, Admiral Kline gets a supposedly incompatible Caitan, Rakshani, and finally a Chakat pregnant before people catch on that there's something unusual about his sperm.
In the "Next Generations" stories Kline's granddaughter Stargazer was conceived in a similar manner to three of hir oldest aunts and uncles. Hir mother was one of his Chakat daughters and shi discovered that his ability to breed with anything was hereditary after sleeping with a bipedal cougar.
Another Rakshani gets some of this due to a different Deity or two.
But overall the majority of cubs and kits are conceived intentionally.
Living Lie Detector: Chakats and Redpaw Skunktaurs are all about this. Also, possibly, anyone living with Neal Foster long enough.
Living Ship: The Stariionae are inorganic beings capable of faster than light travel, whose native habitat is the vacuum of space. Though one of them DID have a passenger compartment strapped on for one story.
Loads and Loads of Characters: There are a lot of characters, so much so that there's a whole cast page for them. Thankfully, not all of them are used by all authors, so expect a majority of them not to show up in most stories.
Longevity Treatment: Neal Foster was accidentally subjected to experimental gene therapies during the Gene Wars. Later he is subjected to a form of rejuvenation via transporters that have been Touched by Vorlons.
Loophole Abuse: Captain Foster has told his latest young crew that they are only allowed off the ship and onto the station in groups of 3 or more. Shadowcrest (11 years old) takes Holly and Quickdash (7 years each) with hir and explores the station.
Lost Colony: In "Little Cub Lost" Goldfur and Garrek's cub Eudora stumbles upon a technologically regressed tribe of miniature foxtaurs created by a pre-Starfleet colony.
Also Holme in Cassandra Foxx's "Coming Home Again" series.
Machine Empathy: Goldfur is just made of this trope. Shi even lampshades it at one point. Swiftwalk points it out again, later.
Marshmallow Hell: Appears in one of the associated illustrations. If you read carefully, there are others scattered around.
Many Chakats fall into this but the Goldfur / Forestwalker household is heading into overdose with this one.
Goldfur fathered 2 (Malena, Lupu), Garrek x Goldfur 2x, Garrek x Malena (Triplets!), Midnight x Forest (Twins), Forest x Midnight, Boyce x Midnight, Boyce x Forest, Kris x Katrina, Kris x Leanna, Leanna x Katrina. Since Goldendale is still living with Goldfur and Forest: Dale x Lupu. (Dale x Swiftwalk on the way.)
For the math impaired: 16 various cubs with another on the way.
Not related to Goldfur / Forestwalker but worth mentioning: The 2 different sets of cubs adopted by Neil Foster. Also, 5 of his many mates and companions are pregnant with 6 more cubs, all due at about the same time.
He treats all of them as though he was in fact a biological parent. He plans to treat the 6 yet to come exactly the same.
All of them are Playing with a Trope as only small groups share even a single parent, and some don't share any.
Penelope Windsor: "I didn’t have to stay hidden for the entire trip,"..."Only for as long as it took for it to be too late to turn back."
Noodle Incident: Played with during chapter 9 of Tales of the Folly. Neal's fist set of adopted cubs managed to get into some kind of trouble that they don't want Tess disclosing. Turns out, it involved bringing home a mistreated sex slave...
The Nose Knows: Most of the furry characters in this universe have very keen noses. It is mentioned the supplemental materials that Chakats have a sniffer on par with other felines, but with their high intelligence, they would make trackers equal to the best bloodhounds.
Our Centaurs Are Different: Chakats have the upper torso of a female humanoid cat sprouting from what should be the neck of a massive pantherid cat with both male and female sexual organs. The other "tauric" races change the animal involved around as appropriate — skunks, foxes, horses, etc — but keep the same arrangement. Although most varieties are single sex versions.
Paint the Town Red: In a recent story set in Neal Foster's more distant past, Allen Fesler's character plays with the artificial gravity plating, then points out some stains on the ceiling to a recalcitrant new crew member.
Same goes for a number of other races, for example Stellar Foxtaurs are highly protective of not only their own cubs but those of their entire clan (since they practice population control and only a few are allowed to breed).
Parental Incest: In the Life's Dream side-story. Also during Karl and Pandora's series their oldest daughter claimed him for Obligation (to Karl's dismay).
Person as Verb: Neal Foster has been known to work anywhere from 12 to 36 hours straight, often skipping meals or otherwise working through meals. In chapter 6 of "Tales of the Folly", Neal's apprentice engineers try to "pull a Foster" and do the same thing.
Planet of Hats: Both averted and played straight, depending on the author. Pretty much every species is defined as acting in such and such a manner.
Of special note: The Non-Aligned World of Celeste. Each human is given a psychologically matched furry companion at the age of 10.
Poke in the Third Eye: In chapter 7 of Tales of the Folly, Neal Foster manages to poke Windsong's third eye by scorching hir tail, much to hir chagrin.
Quickdash later threatens to do worse to the same Chakat.
Polyamory: Most Chakats have multiple mates, they rate the level of seriousness by "companion", "denmate", and "lifemate"; denmate being the level where they're typically willing to have kids if compatible. And they have casual sex with many more people. In addition Foxtaurs and Caitians practice polygyny due to shortages of males. Monogamous characters are kind of in the minority.
The Pornomancer: It would be an exaggeration to accuse every chakat or foxtaur in every "Forest Tales" story ever of possessing this trait. However, it would not be a huge exaggeration.
Portmanteau Couple Name: A canon example in the form of Charles and Katherine Turner, the creators of Chakats. invoked
Strange example would be Quickwind and Shortdash and their cub Quickdash.
Telepathy, Telekinesis and Astral Projection also exist, mostly in other genetically engineered races.
The skunktaurs are the best known examples, being divided into three "houses" that each possess a different ability.
One Skunktaur / Chakat hybrid develops a talent for Teleportation and masters its uses.
Psychic Radar: Some Chakats are written to be masters of this, while others merely pull it off.
Psychic Static: Chakat Swiftwalk finds hirself on the wrong end of an electronic box called a 'Jangler'. It was intended to overload her empathic talents enough to nearly incapacitate hir. The antagonists in that chapter failed to remember hir Astral Projection talent or hir connections.
Puppy-Dog Eyes: Penny tries this trick but it kinda falls on its face when she... "gave (Captain) Yote her best wide-eyed helpless waif look, which might have worked a lot better if she wasn’t so well fed and sexy."
Readings Are Off the Scale: During chapter 7 of Tales of the Folly, a few Chakats have some fun. When they finish, they are subjected to being rated by the rest of the crew and passengers of the Folly. Most give average scores, but one of the scorecards is marked "HOLY #%#^^$$!!". Later, in chapter 9, a pair who didn't realize they were quite so noisy get busy after work and affect all on board. Afterward, they are greeted by everyone holding the "HOLY #%#^^$$!!" card. Neal lampshades this when he comments: "We sometimes find the scale we’re using isn’t quite large enough for what we’re trying to measure."
Earlier in the same series, a small fleet of Starfleet's finest encounter the Folly. The sensor tech on one of the ships is having trouble believing the readings being sent to his systems.
Sensor Tech Carson: "Well, for one thing, your passive scans are ‘showing’ non-powered objects at five times the range my sensors could, and the couple of times your people went active my display wouldn’t scale far enough out to see what they were looking at!"
Really 700 Years Old: Neal Foster is well over 200 during most of the stories that feature him. Some of his colonists are well over 100.
A recent story from another author hints that Neal might be something more like 300+.
Refuge in Audacity: How Neal Foster tells some of his "lies". It's the "third method of lying" according to him, the first being Blatant Lies, the second being lies by omission.
Road Trip Episode: Lots and lots of them. All three varieties. With several interstellar type 2 trips due to both Goldfur and Midnight being in the Stellar Services. More interstellar trips occur in other stories.
Due to Alan Fesler's "Tales of the Folly" being set on a starship, All of their road trips end up as type 3s.
Neal Foster has played both sides of this one and has blurred the line on Tranquil Fury as well.
One rampage left some of his adopted cubs with such a bitter taste that it still causes tensions decades later.
Rouge Angles of Satin: Crops up now and than. Moor so in the older stores and form the less talented writers.
Sci-Fi Writers Have No Sense of Scale: One of the stories mentioned that the Gene Wars, which happened during the late 21st century, killed off over 20 billion. Keep in mind that as of 2010, the population of Planet Earth is estimated at only 6 billion.
Keep in mind that figure isn't just humans, morphs were artificially produced and in many cases were designed to breed quickly.
Same trope, different category: One of Allen Fesler's Tales of the Folly stories mentions cargo pods attached to the Folly as being 60 meter cubes. While the Folly's 2km overall length would certainly support these, the shuttles Capt. Foster uses to ferry them to the surface are either: a) truly monstrous in size, or b) carrying smaller pods, or c)the pods aren't as symmetrical as mentioned. (60m equals nearly 200 feet)
The carriers are later shown to contain several decks filled with smaller cargo carriers, which are in turn comparable to contemporary shipping containers so it's a).
Secret Test of Character: Neal tests any adult passengers or crew by having them cub-sit. If the cubs break them, they fail. So far all have passed.
What the Foxtaurs were originally designed for, but the Gene Wars ended before they could be deployed so they made up a story about being designed as park rangers, and made sure that their kits never knew the truth.
Also what the Chakamils were designed to be, before their project was cancelled and most of the type were liquidated. Though at least one survived long enough to mate with a normal Chakat and produce an overly-aggressive cub (Darkstar, whose daughter and granddaughter inherited the same predispositions).
Saurons were designed to look like normal humans but produced deadly plagues, after the Gene Wars most of them were dropped off on a planet appropriately named Mordor, which Starfleet was eventually forced to sterilize from orbit.
Stew: "The first two would be nice, but they are not what I’m after. I’m not sure what you mean by the third. The fourth option please."
Technology Marches On: Brilliantly semi-lampshaded by Doove himself in one story in which a character is handed a memory chip containing several hundred gigabytes of data. Said data then being fed to a hand-held device.
John R. Plunkett's "Star Dancer" series does this to one character.
The same contributing author gives us "Star Dancer Reunions" in which the main focus character performs a variation of this to the entire crew of the star ship she is on.
"Tales of the Foxtaur Clans: Briar Patch" has space pirates "disposing of" an entire clan of Starwalker foxtaurs this way. Big mistake, if you couldn't figure that out from the title already.
Touch Telepathy: Physical contact creates an unfilterable, unblockable link between the mind reader and pretty much anybody else. Especially another telepath. Not that the touch is required in the first place.
Rosepetal: He’s been out for weeks, and there’s been no living with him!
Transplanted Humans Turned Into Chakats: "The Colony" spin-off series has 500 21st century humans transformed into Chakats and dumped in the middle of the wilderness on some distant planet, somehow.
Traveling at the Speed of Plot: This will happen to be in any of the stories set in space. Word of God suggests it only takes about three weeks or so to go from Earth to Chakona; expect this never to happen in the stories though.
Allen Fesler's character, Shadowcrest, is injured badly enough that an Emergency Transformationprocess is the only lifesaving measure likely to save hir.
Hir natural empathic abilities go over 9000 thanks to some overenthusiastic Deities.
Boyce Kline is interfertile with any mammalian morph, taur, or alien species thanks again to at least one Deity.
Twin Telepathy: While Quickdash and Holly aren't technically twins, they are collectively called the Terror Twins. And due to Quickdash's developing talents, there's lots of telepathic communication, so...
Weaver (responding to an understated comment from Neil): "This coming from the man who calls the ocean damp and the surface of the sun warm."
Unobtainium: Contributing author Allen Fesler gives us Boronike which is apparently used in teleporter tech due to its inability to be teleported.
Unproblematic Prostitution: Several different stories in this 'verse mention licensed brothels. Some page time is devoted to the fact that some of the "Employees" at these establishments are former SexSlaves. Page time is also given to speculation on the happiness of said former sex slaves.
Unresolved Sexual Tension: Between Martin Yote and Bethany in "Flight of the Phoenix", largely because her last relationship with a superior officer got her blacklisted by Starfleet. They keep it up for five years, until the final chapter.
Weaponized Exhaust: An old fusion drive (Called a 'Torch Drive') is used to slice and dice one pirate vessel and seriously damage another. The incident is later discussed by Captain Foster in 2 different stories.
What Happened to the Mouse?: What ever happened to Captain Foster's cockatiels? they were introduced in chapter 2, mentioned again in chapter 3, again in chapter 7 then... Nothing.
Word of God: Pretty much all the background information.
Younger Than They Look: Shadowcrest comes out of Neil Foster's "Processing" looking like shi's about 20. Shi is in fact more like 12 or 13.
Also Leanna and pretty much any other similar slave morph.
You're Drinking Breast Milk: Played with in some stories, subverted or played straight in others. Chakats, particularly pregnant Chakats, drink their own or other Chakats' breast milk. A hormone in it leads Chakats who drink it to lactate themselves. Played the straightest in a story in which the college roommate of a chakat wet nurse drinks the milk she leaves in the fridge without inquiring after its source.