Dream is the story of, well, everything. The plot is at times left rather vaguely defined, allowing for some freedom on the writer's part. It covers a lot of genres, being somewhat of a romantic comedy fantasy adventure...thingamajig. The name Dream is a working title, and refers to the source of the idea. The story of the characters in those initial dreams has more or less been completed; however, the real story starts fifteen years later.Inspirations are wide, ranging from Fire Emblem to House (for an arc) to Point Pleasant, also Heroes, Fullmetal Alchemist, InuYasha, Shaman King (arguably), and of course, plenty of Dungeons & Dragons mechanics. Oh, yeah, Golden Sun has a part, too, as one of the towns in the second game directly inspired the name of the main character. And Zelda, for the Citadel of Pain (specifically, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time).The Book of Izumo has begun! Now updating every Tuesdayoccasionallynever on rare occasions.Tropes featured in this work (spoiler Tags over those that don't appear until chapters that are still far off, as well as over material that is particularly spoileriffic):
Action Girl: Alania, although exactly to what degree is sometimes questionable. Marina's Action Girl status, however, is not in question, nor is Kurolanime's in the prequel.
Ascended Extra: Deirya and Souya were the first to get this treatment, then Lina, followed by Quajei, then Senna, and after that, Pinser Forkun, followed up in the Book of Izumo by Liliya and then Rrorry and Tarosu. And that's just the ones that were originally not ever meant to be part of the main cast. There are also a couple of temporary main cast members that became permanent—Zargon and Oroko. Actually, make that four—if memory serves me correctly, Armi and Pallo were originally supposed to leave at the end of the Labyrinth of Hoshimaru, but didn't. Not that being separate from the rest of the group necessarily keeps you out of the main cast. Don't forget a revived, powered-up version of Kryftig appearing in the Citadel of Pain. That was truly something that the author did not see coming until it happened.
Author Avatar: CC and CCX. Starts to get really confusing when characters from the Chaos Chronicles start arriving, since CC existed in that continuity and is, well, kind of related to some of those characters.
Awesome McCoolname: Used most frequently with the opponents during the Polaria Tower arc, such as Amaz Baltech Yehuda III˝ and Parissa Gembolt Kukumunga.
Back from the Dead: In all fairness, Izumo's return from "the dead" was planned all along; that's why he "died" the way he did. More conventionally, Rievan makes a cameo from the other side in the No Fourth Wall chapter. The plot of the prequel was also reviving legendary heroes from a thousand years ago.
Badass Normal: Many in the early going, where S'sessek starts out with no Sight at all and Izumo has so little as to be behind almost everyone. Much later, we have the essentially normal (compared to the other ridiculously powerful characters) Carlos Drzekrzykiewicz, and the completely normal Tarosu Mushusiri.
The first time this happens, the fourth wall breaks down entirely, creating a chapter of gratuitous weirdness. Later happens with characters receiving nothing more than a scolding from the Author Avatars.
In fact, a rule was created: The younger a character is, the more likely they are to break the fourth wall.
And Rrorry's status as Creator's Pet has been pretty much confirmed by the fact that she doesn't even get scolded by the author when she breaks the fourth wall, although the others don't always know what she's talking about.
Spirit sort of has the ability to break the fourth wall without consequences, because he's traveled to multiple worlds and can therefore make references to our world that the other characters don't understand.
Brother-Sister Incest: Implied between minor characters. Also, Rrorry's "moment" with Kisalia in the Temple of Calcin.
Canon Discontinuity: Why the hell do you think the first, ahem, "seventy-eight" chapters are continually referred to here as "the prequel"? Because they suck.
Can't Catch Up: Julio, Marina, even Alania to some degree. Back in the prequel, Enrique probably got this the worst, being the only first-season main character to never get a legendary weapon. Inverted increasingly often, as characters who start off weak often become the strongest.
Cast Herd: Becomes necessary eventually, as more characters get added on—especially throughout the early parts of the Book of Izumo. Including the groups for recurring characters not considered part of the main cast (some of whom get more exposure due to being in the same group as Rrorry and Tarosu, who are considered part of the main cast as of Chapter 237.
Cat Girl: And Cat Boy, too, thanks to the fraternal twin nekojin Pallo and Armi.
Celibate Hero: Of the "powers depend on it" variant, still one of the most hated parts of the writing in the Book of Kurolanime.
Chekhov's Gun: A few still latent. Also, if an entire chapter appears to be apparent fluff, something important will probably happen. Examples: the first generation's night in Mettttt; the first baseball game.
Often attacks will recur, and upgraded versions of formerly appearing spells can often be found. In fact, late in the Book Of Alania, Rin'ku uses an upgraded version of Kalcifore, a spell which took practically all of his energy to use in the beginning of the Book of Alania. Also, after the Citadel of Pain battle ends with Izumo being taken to another dimension again, Astra comments that he "certainly has a knack for doing that".
Another example appears in Chapter 210, after Elemin and Ramunteko (wind dragons) combine with Renduko (water dragon) on a wind/water paraelemental attack called Tsunami Cyclone. Spirit asks if they'd practiced that move before, and when Renduko says she "just kind of got the insight", the wind dragon twins say that they gave that to her, having seen Erebus and Quahar use it before. Spirit's response, "I've seen it, too...but not as a combo..." is a reference to a character from the Chaos Chronicles with both wind- and water-based powers.
Cool Gate: Many times, starting with the gate to Moonshine Valley, continuing to the door between Risu and the Training Ground of Raruk, and now some yet-unexplained "gates" that the heroes have to unlock, presumably for more power.
Crossover: With "The Chaos Chronicles", basically a representation of many online roleplaying arcs that the author engaged in with a different set of characters. Apparently, Dream is set considerably later.
Dead Fic: Officially after a computer crash took out a lot of finished-but-unpublished work, probably too much to replace given how many main party members had yet to even debut at the last update.
Demoted to Extra: With the Cast Herd assembled here, it was bound to happen. The spirits are subject to this most often, but after Piru debuts, there are about ninety pages before any of the dragons have another line other than Balakar translating the new addition's speech. Some of the more mundane characters also get forgotten, especially in battle scenes.
Door Stopper: As of May 19, 2009, it stands at 658 pages. And there's still plenty more to write. The Book of Kurolanime only accounts for the first 145, so the story proper (that is, the Books of Alania and Izumo only) is also already long enough to qualify, at 513 pages. Pity the poor artist tasked with turning this into a manga. (Okay, okay, this is just a rough draft, and it will get pared down before being submitted for illustration...)
Ensemble Dark Horse: At least, that's what I'm hopingRrorry will become; otherwise, we'll end up with a Creator's Pet. I, the author, have absolutely fallen in love with this character that was originally meant to be minor, and that could have some interesting implications. From the prequel, Souya might qualify. Lina, too.
Fantasy Counterpart Culture: A few places in Kudiai the main world in which Dream takes place have real-life equivalents. The Ankes Mountains are, of course, an extremely thinly veiled fictionalization of South America's Andes Mountains, and the culture seems like it might be Native American (or not.) Not as much so as the ursapis culture, however, which seems to work in animal totems (makes sense, as they are animals), and just fits in as a generic Arctic Circle location. Western Mashishai, on the other hand, is a pastiche of the western part of the United States (KitarisLas Vegas, while Sanlos is, like its name says, a kind of mash-up of San Francisco and Los Angeles). America as a whole, however, is parodied with Happisault, right down to the number of states in the union. The "small independent states" that sit somewhere west of southern Terofan are, in fact, the Middle East (don't worry, aside from a brief mention of the fact that Kabal and Kabar were at war recently, there's really very little said about them). The third continent, Hakachicayokiyoki, is Africa, although all this really amounts to is a lot of desert and whites being a minority there.
Faux Death: When Izumo is taken into another dimension, everyone assumes he's dead, fueling Kurolanime'sBerserk Button moment, but he turns out not to be. Richu subverts this somewhat in the climactic battle atop the Citadel of Pain, responding to taking a wound that he knows will be fatal by turning a petrification spell on himself, preserving his body to be healed after the battle. This apparent Heroic Sacrifice also finally wins over Daniela's heart, although it turned out she was just playing hard to get all along.
Foreshadowing: Remember, no matter how seemingly irrelevant a chapter is, it shouldn't be skipped. The best example was in the Poorly DisguisedBlatantly Admitted Pilot, when the DM tells Billy that he'll "get his chance". Sure enough, a few chapters later, one of the characters that Billy was playing gets to play Love Martyr without actually dying.
For Your Own Good: The reason Alania has to wear the Lunar Leather Armor at the beginning, and Rrorry's justification for servicing Kisalia against her will.
From the Mouths of Babes: Tillli reminds Rrorry that the truth is often something people don't want to hear. Of course, this is nothing compared to some of the things that come out of Rrorry's mouth once Tarosu is introduced...
Gender-Blender Name: A minor character in the prequel is named Alisan. He prefers to go by "Al". Interestingly enough, Rin'ku often applies this same diminutive to Alania.
Gender Flip: As mentioned below, traditional gender roles seem to be reversed in Alania and Rin'ku's relationship. In a variation, traditional age roles are reversed in the Rrorry/Tarosu pairing.
The Glomp: Common in the Book of Kurolanime, with both Lani and Shurilii, but turns up again eventually with Chisara.
Go-Go Enslavement: Subverted: not actually a villain forcing the captured hero into an embarrassing outfit, but the heroes' home village telling our young hero that she needs to wear the Lunar Leather Armor for her own protection. Ceases to be an issue after they go to Hakar. Later, however, she doesn't mind so much.
Gratuitous Foreign Language: Japanese honorifics seem to come and go at random, and Tarosu sweet-talks his underage lover Aurrorra in every language possible. Also, draconic naming conventions are based on Jewish naming conventions (yes, the author is Jewish), and there are a few characters whose names have a Spanish "ll" or "rr" even though the author states that he cannot actually pronounce the latter.
Gravity Screw: The Training Ground of Raruk has two chambers that are like this—one that's a reference to Escher's "Relativity", and one that just does the more traditional shifting gravity.
Heel-Face Turn: Rakuchaku, and to a lesser extent, Rastafar Heteri. Also, Rose, although the Immortals used to be good and something changed them.
Hyperspace Mallet: One of this story's favorite tropes. Occasionally when no one is around to wield the hammer, something else will be substituted. Often lampshaded. Only appears when something offensive is said, but usually isn't wielded by the offended one, and can even be wielded against a female. In an even bigger subversion, which is of course lampshaded, Rin'ku eventually gets to be on the handle end of the hammer.
Idiot Hero: Izumo, although this sometimes appears to be Obfuscating Stupidity. Dehar serves as a sort of comic relief in later chapters as a complete moron who is often insulted by other characters without realizing it.
I Do Not Own: Parodied at the start of chapter 1, because it's not a fanfiction. Used straight a few times later on—the first one that comes to mind is the introduction of the HPBL.
Innocuously Important Episode: The first chapter of the Book of Izumo. What seems to be a throwaway line about searching the castle for treasure ends up getting the party involved in the Seven Immortals arc, which pretty much forms the basis of most of the ensuing book. Then it turns out that they also acquired Piru while they were there, a very useful creature or is he?.
It Is Pronounced Tro-PAY: As the names get more and more bizarre, dictionary-style pronunciation guides begin to appear where the author deems necessary. One notable enough to be mentioned right here, though, is Tillli. As stated above, the "ll" and "rr" sounds do appear in this story, and that name was constructed to play with that. The first l is an normal l, the second and third are a "ll". Til-yee. (Yes, that's correct; it uses a Spanish "ll", but the first i is pronounced like an English short i. Just go with it.)
Lawyer-Friendly Cameo: Each HPBL team corresponds directly to an MLB team, and the entire Book of Izumo manages to skirt around the fact that the original members of the Crystallius and Phoenicis lines in the Chaos Chronicles were Chao. And then there's the Mantle of Calu...
Lolicon: Inverted, subverted, and every type of "-verted" imaginable, as Tarosu is a gentleman and has the self-control not to act on his forbidden desires, while Rrorry is crudely lustful and has him pretty much whipped.
Loveable Sex Maniac: Rrorry. Hoo boy, Rrorry. A lot of other characters, such as Misra (and in the prequel, Lina) seem to fit the bill, but really aren't. Then there are the ones that are only this in another character's mind (Marina thinks of her brother like this, but he's more of a Chivalrous Pervert, and Alania initially sees Rin'ku this way, but while he does end up unintentionally charming a few of the other female characters when he first meets them, he only has eyes for Alania.) Shurilii may have qualified in life, but she's been a spirit for the entire story so we'll never quite know.
Happens often early on, back when a lot of characters were exhibiting Mary Sue traits. Still happening notably with the Kisalia/Arden/Sekiya triangle. Feel free to make all of the guesses you want as to which girl Arden ends up with, because even I don't know the answer just yet, and I'm the author.
A different type of Love Triangle exists with Alania, Rin'ku, and Lexi. Different because the odd gender isn't the one being competed for, and because it was set up after the One True Pairing finally got together, and also because it's a brother and sister competing for a childhood friend's affections. Not two brothers, not two sisters—a brother and sister.
MacGuffin: The Regalia of Izumo in the prequel, the Trident of Juri, Mantle of Calu, and Shield of Karashti in the Book of Alania, and, well, not even spoiler tags would get me to reveal the Mac Guffins of the Book of Izumo.
Magikarp Power: Kisalia, Aurrora. Lani and Zargon both did this in the Book of Kurolanime.
Magitek: While much modern technology has joined the world (it's a little unclear as to whether or not the Internet exists, but the level of technology of the cell phones suggests that it's likely), airplanes do not yet exist; all air travel is done using dragons and other magical creatures.
Master of the Mixed Message: Alania, for well over 100 chapters. Granted, everyone seemed to think that Alania was just lying to herself about not returning Rin'ku's feelings, but she did give off mixed signals.
Microts: An hour in the story is the same length as an hour in the real world, and a month is still more or less the same length as one of our months, but there are 32 hours in a day (and thus, most months have just 23 days with two of them having only 22), and there is no such thing as a week.
Modesty Towel: Played straight with Alania, but inevitably gets knocked off whenever Sekiya is wearing one. Which, considering her love of taking long relaxing baths, happens often. (Well, actually, the trope only comes up twice, but the baths come up a lot.)
Mondegreen: The Bumpalope got its name from one. note Specifically, in the chorus of Nelly Furtado's "Maneater".
Ms. Fanservice: Sekiya actually seems to be the subject of more Fanservice than anyone else, which may be because she's got the most morals of any of the girls. Aurrorra seems to be taking on this role, though her fanservice is more based on suggestive dialogue and actions that seem completely ridiculous coming from such a cute kid.
Obfuscating Stupidity: A lot of characters think Izumo is a case of this, but he's never really all that stupid, just a bit rash. Don Gillante, on the other hand, uses this trope frequently.
Official Couple: Any couple from the prequel, Alania and Rin'ku, Liliya and Marmoni, Kosuke and Shunuiko, Rrorry and Tarosu.
Old Shame: See above where Canon Discontinuity is listed. Remember that the author was fourteen when he first started writing this. So, yeah, it's still better than the fanfictions that have never been published, but compared to the more recent material?it sucks. It will get rewritten eventually, though...maybe...
Older than They Look: All ta'agarat, because they age slower. Izumo, because he barely aged at all during the fifteen years he was trapped in the other dimension. Kisalia Karin, too, because she's descended from elves, or maybe just because it was convenient to the author.
Onee-sama: Rin'ku's sister Lexi sees Alania in this light.
One Head Taller: Massively inverted. Spirit even refers to Rrorry as being the "seme" in her relationship with Tarosu, leading Collerius to ask if that term was even applicable to a het relationship.
Only Child Syndrome: Almost always either invoked (Alania falls into the "only child of two only children" sub-category, and Enrique and Lina in the prequel and Julio, Tillli, Misra, Spirit and Collerius in the story proper are also only children) or averted (Sekiya is the eighth of twelve—with her two oldest sisters being major characters in the prequel, around the same age as her traveling companions' parents—and Rin'ku is the oldest of...well, the exact number has never been stated, but it's implied that Lina and S'sessek have been reproducing even more prolifically than Sekiya's parents did, so figure it's at least eight.) Later, some middle ground is reached (three Farestorrs; two Karins.)
Our Dragons Are Different: Eastern-style dragons are very human in their modes of thinking. Supposedly, they're better at humans at keeping their emotions under control, but this isn't exactly the case. It's actually noted as a supposed exception when Erebus's brothers Ramunteko and Elemin show up and are discovered to be real goofballs, but they're actually nothing compared to Oroko.
Overly Long Name: A few times, especially in the Polaria Tower arc. Played with at one point where the heroes pretend to forget the name of one of these villainous characters to make him reintroduce himself, creating an opening to attack.
Patchwork Map: Mashishai's four lands are each determined by a feature: Desert in the east, forest to the south, mountains to the north, and...well, the water temple is in the west, which is a mostly open area. That this resembles a certain video game world is pure coincidence...I think...
Patronymic: Dragons don't really have traditional surnames, but they do have patronymics. In a further example of how old-world they are, females change to a spousal name after mating, although Quahar refuses to do this.
Pool Scene: Meta Meeting had actually been looking for a way to shoehorn one of these in without it screwing up the plot when it actually happened.
Poorly DisguisedBlatantlyAdmitted Pilot: Chapter 189. Due to delay between writing and posting, plans for this Spin-Off had been abandoned (also, the author thought better of the original plan), but now it appears that it may get picked up after the Book of Izumo is finished. Or perhaps after the Book of Kurolanime is cured of its suckiness, if that ends up being the next project.
Power Trio: Any of a number of groups of characters can be put into this mold. Ironically, Collerius serves as both a superego (to ego Izumo and id Spirit) and as an id (to superego Chisara and ego Zychra.) Other specific groups that fit, listed in id/ego/superego order:
The original three main characters: Izumo/Lani/Masa
The three most prominent spirits: Shurilii/Ricco/Masa
The Jumovi siblings: Reala/Tomai/Richu
The Book of Izumo's Oichi trio: Lexi/Alania/Rin'ku
Most other potential power trios end up breaking down due to having four characters. The Book of Alania's original three of Alania, Sekiya and Rin'ku don't fit due to none of them really fitting the role of "id".
Punctuation Shaker: Everything in Moonshine Valley. Apostrophes appear every third letter. When a name has one letter less than a multiple of three, there will be one grouping of two letters; when it's one more than a multiple of three, it will sometimes have two groupings of two and sometimes have one grouping of four. Well, usually...there are exceptions. But no completely apostrophe-free names.
Alania's unwillingness to confess her love for Rin'ku even though everyone knows about it.
Satan: Yes, he's in here. The whole "Forces of Hell" arc is yet another reason why the Book of Kurolanime needs to be struck from the canon. I'm pretty sure that the Book of Alania can be seen as a stand-alone, or rather, part one of a duology with the Book of Izumo.
Schedule Slip: Mandated by real-world technical difficulties. Namely, the author's laptop having to go in for repairs. Four Tuesdays were missed, although with new ideas already forming, this might actually give some extra time for carrying on before the backlog runs out. And now other technical difficulties (and a bit of spaciness, and illness) have caused it again.
Ship Tease: See the entry on "Love Triangle". One of those two is Arden's OTP, but trying to figure out which one it is...well, that may or may not have even been decided. It has. Kisa is victorious in the end.
The slurring of S'sessek's name in one of the drunken scenes in the prequel was specifically constructed to evoke a certain Fan Nickname, although that's not the lone justification for its presence on the above list of inspirations.
One of the legendary magical weapons is called "Octaris".
Sibling Triangle Poor Lexi, didn't get her feelings for Lani-neesan out there until after Alania hooked up with Lexi's older brother Rin'ku.
Single-Target Sexuality: Rin'ku for Alania. Seriously, he had plenty of chances to get with one of the other girls (and, okay, did get with Misra at one point), but he continued to remain ridiculously devoted to Alania.
Slap-Slap-Kiss: Alania and Rin'ku. In a more familial sense (probably), Kisalia and Aurrorra.
Speech Impediment: Supposedly the founder of a village in eastern Mashishai had one of these, because otherwise there's no good reason for the village to be called Mettttt (you have to stutter it to pronounce it correctly.)
Spell My Name with an S: Colcami/Corcami. Not a deliberate invocation as you might think considering the attempts to be Mangaesque, but this is the reason it was lampshaded rather than corrected when the inconsistency was spotted.
Squishy Wizard: While many of the magic-users are also fighters of some sort, Rin'ku, Sekiya, Tillli, and all three of the Jumovi siblings fit this trope. Zargon, Senna, Lina, and S'sessek served this purpose in the prequel.
Stepford Smiler: Misra's outwardly flirty personality is really just a cover for a past relationship that went bad.
Red Eyes, Take Warning: Sort of. Jumango Heteri has flame-orange eyes, and turns out to have been the villain all along. His older brother also has these eyes, and makes for a sinister reveal cliffhanger when he removes his Sinister Shades, but then subverts this by actually taking the time to ask questions before attacking and isn't really such a bad guy after all.
Technology Levels: The prequel and the beginning of the main story are set in a typical fantasy setting reminiscent of classic Dungeons & Dragons. However, the other continent in the world Kudiai, Hakar, is considerably more technologically advanced. Contact between the two continents is only just beginning when they leave; however, globalization is all but complete when they return a few months later.
Theme Naming: The Urokai family has twelve children, all female and all with names ending in "-ya". Also, surnames for characters from the Ankes Mountains region all take the form of one of the six elements (earth, fire, wind, water, light, dark) followed by an animal, and names in Moonshine Valley will have an apostrophe every three letters or so.
The Metric System Is Here to Stay: Both sets of units were initially used, until this was noticed; at this point, it was standardized: lengths/distances would be measured in meters; everything else would be in American. Pallo and Armi come from a different world, however, where the units are different.
Tomboy and Girly Girl: Alania and Sekiya. Later, the focus of the female buddy relationship shifts to Kisalia and Sekiya. Or maybe Misra and Sekiya, although Misra's a bit girlier than the other tomboys mention here. (Misra and Reala works, too.) Are you seeing a pattern here?
Tomorrowland: Polaria Tower is mostly filled with robotic enemies, although remnants of an ancient civilization are found on higher floors.
Too Fast to Stop: Collerius, after he gains flight capabilities. Chisara and Zychra seem to have adapted more quickly and know when to start decelerating.
Translator Microbes: Dragons can only speak in Draconic due to the construction of their vocal cords, but can easily communicate with others through telepathic speech, which apparently is in a universal language. However, Balakar is the only one that can understand Piru.
Alania. Very much so. Not quite so much in recent chapters, though. (read: since she and Rin'ku officially became a couple in-story.)
And now Sekiya seems to be picking up this mantle. It appears that initially, Sekiya and Alania were very similar in personality, with Alania seemingly leaning towards being the TsundereAction Girl and Sekiya the properChick, and they actually ended up going in the opposite directions.
Twelve Episode Anime: The perception by this author was that it was thirteen, not twelve, that was the number, and so it is broken up into thirteen-episode "seasons", usually ending with some sort of cliffhanger.
Two Lines, No Waiting: On and off. First occurs when the party splits up to search for the legendary artifacts, then again when Izumo gets sent to Chaotica, and then a third time when a B Plot occurs back at spring training (later to be at wherever the Red Rockers are playing). Although that last one isn't typical to this trope because it's more like a C-plot in level of importance, except the plot isn't split so it's a B.
The Unintelligible: Not only can Piru not say anything other than his own name, he's immune to the Translator Microbes. However, being a sound-based creature, Balakar the sonic dragon can understand him and translates for the others when necessary.