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Literature: Ephemeral Prince
Ephemeral Prince is a Web Serial Novel sequel to the freeware RPG Maker game Star Stealing Prince. According to creator Ronove, both endings from the game are canon. There are two parts to the sequel, Fleeting and Permanence. There is also a group of short stories set between Fleeting and Permanence, which are collectively called Intermission.

Warning: It is not recommended to read this page if you intend on playing Star Stealing Prince, as this page contains major, major spoilers for that game by its very nature.

Fleeting follows the game's bad ending. Snowe washes up on the shore of another land, with terrible scars and barely alive. While the people who find him are able to bring him back to health, he has no memory of what happened. Snowe tries to piece his life back together and remember what happened, but his new home isn't safe.

Permanence follows the game's good ending. Snowe and his people arrive in Aldcoast and settle into their new lives...however there's a feeling of dread Snowe can't shake, and he still has that demon trapped within him...

Ephemeral Prince can be read here

Ephemeral Prince: Fleeting provides examples of:

  • Adult Fear:
    • Poor Soria. First her little brother, who she was pretty much having to look after, wanders off because he got curious, ends up getting into all sorts of trouble, and can't come back home. He's gone for around ten years and during this time only tries to contact her once. Then he dies. Then the person who killed him comes to her home. Small wonder she's so hostile.
    • Hiante as well. You pretty much adopt two children and watch over them for ten years, they both seem to be growing into fine young adults and have their whole lives ahead of them...and then you have to see them killed. By a friend.
  • Aerith and Bob: Continuing the grand tradition from the game. We have Rhea and Esmeralda, both of them sensible, everyday names...and then there's Snowe, Xiri...
  • Amnesiac Hero: Snowe.
  • The Atoner: Once Hiante shows up, Snowe realizes that he can't keep trying to ignore what happened on the ship and has to try to fix things somehow.
  • Bad Dreams: Snowe has a rather dreadful one at the start of Chapter 11, which combines what happened on the ship with the time he got tortured with lightning into one mess of a scary dream, and for good measure throws in Astra without a face.
  • Berserk Button: Iain finds out the hard way that lightning is a bit of a touchy subject for Snowe.
  • Breather Episode: Chapter 9. Sandwiched between an attack by phantoms who used to be people Snowe knew on one side and a horrible Nightmare Sequence followed by the reappearance of a very, very angry Hiante on the other is a chapter that chiefly concerns Rhea coercing Snowe into making pancakes for Canan.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: In Fleeting's epilogue. Poor Beliaz.
  • Cynicism Catalyst: Hiante is far less amiable here than in Star Stealing Prince. Seeing the two you raised murdered right in front of you by someone who was their friend will do that to you.
  • Dark and Troubled Past:
    • Snowe. His parents were awful and he was once tortured by his own father, he was in more fights with phantoms than anyone really cares to count, he was killed and didn't even realize it until Xiri told him, and he tried to protect his people only to have them all die. By his own hand.
    • Hiante, who lost his family. Twice. First he was killed, leaving his wife and daughter to an uncertain, potentially bloody fate. Then he was revived years later and given charge of two children. Then his more or less adoptive son and daughter were murdered in front of him.
  • Dramatic Irony: Those who are reading this after having gotten the bad ending of the game know that Snowe killed everyone on that ship.
  • Energy Being: All lords and demons are actually a ball of Instant Runes surrounded by a humanoid shell. Some of these runes can split off to form new lords and demons.
  • Et Tu, Brute?: Xiri more or less welcomed Snowe with open arms and acted as friendly to him as he had back in the short story "A Spell of Fire & a Scarecrow." Snowe proceeded to devour him.
  • Eye Scream: Among various other wounds he's suffered, Snowe got a gash across his right eye. While it did heal up to an extent, he is now practically blind in that eye.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Rhea and Canan.
  • Innocently Insensitive: Iain tends to be this; Canan thinks that he'll probably insist on making omelets for Rhea without realizing that Rhea really wanted to make the omelets for him, he makes a rude comment about lords right where it can be heard, and in one very unfortunate instance he brings out lightning magic during a sparring match with Snowe, not realizing that Snowe was tortured with lightning once. Snowe makes his feelings about this very clear.
  • Jerkass: Zuan. He's the sort of person who will freeze your legs in place so you can't try to avoid talking to him.
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler:
    • Ain't no way around the fact that the very summary of the plot of "Fleeting" completely gives away the fact that everyone on the ship except Snowe dies in one of Star Stealing Prince's endings. Well, almost everyone at any rate.
    • When Hiante made an appearance in the story, he got added to the cast page. Heaven help you if you look at the cast page before reading Chapter 12.
  • Meaningful Echo: In Star Stealing Prince, Hiante's warning that he wouldn't hesitate to cut Snowe down if anything happened to Astra? He meant it.
  • Nightmare Sequence: The beginning of Chapter 11.
  • Not So Different: Beliaz tells Snowe that once demons and lords were more or less the same. This seems to be borne out by how they behave towards each other too; the lords threaten to kill all the demons if Xiri goes home and Xiri is planning to wipe all the lords out so that he can go home without that happening.
  • Playing Possum: Hiante does this for quite a while, and only reveals he's actually alive when Snowe gets close enough.
  • Preemptive Apology: Snowe to Xiri, before devouring his core.
  • Redheaded Hero: Rhea.
    • Fiery Redhead: She tends to be very blunt and speak her mind about things.
  • Ripple-Effect-Proof Memory: Beliaz remembers the spell he did that turned back time.
    • Xiri remembers what had happened as well.
  • Set Right What Once Went Wrong: Ends up being Snowe's goal in Fleeting.
  • Scary Scarecrows: Apparently the new king is fond of scarecrows and scarecrows have been cropping up all over the place and freaking people out.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: Iain is a bit more impulsive than his sister Canan.
  • Sole Survivor: Snowe is apparently the only one who survived whatever disaster befell the ship. Subverted. Hiante survived too.
  • Stealth Hi/Bye: Hiante is good at this. At one point he catches Canan off guard with it.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Snowe can tell just with a glance that Soria is Erio's sister because they look so similar and even have similar mannerisms.
  • Supernatural Gold Eyes: Pretty much all lords have these.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Hiante ends up joining the group, after they manage to convince him to not kill Snowe. The relationship is...tense.
  • Third Option Adaptation: Both endings of Star Stealing Prince are canon to this story, despite being apparently irreconcilable (as the game's bad ending was a Kill 'em All and the game's good ending wasn't.) It's going to be complicated.
  • Tomboyish Ponytail: Rhea wears one.
  • Tranquil Fury: Soria does this. She clearly blames Snowe for the death of her little brother, but while she makes her feelings of hostility towards Snowe quite clear she never attacks him and hardly even raises her voice.
  • Trauma-Induced Amnesia: Snowe suffers from this at the start, only able to remember his own name. Gradually various events combined with his own nightmares cause him to remember.
  • Wham Episode: From chapter 12 onward there's quite a few of these. Particularly chapter 19.
  • Wham Line:
    • In Chapter 15:
    Beliaz:I'm sorry...I mean about Esmeralda. She was executed.
    • In Chapter 17:
    Xiri: Forgot about that, huh? When that bird killed you on that snowy island?
  • You Killed My Father: Inverted. Hiante comes after Snowe because Snowe killed Erio and Astra, whom Hiante pretty much raised as his own children.
  • You Should Have Died Instead: Soria, noticing the scar on Snowe's face, tells him that maybe her brother could be home by now if he'd cut Snowe just a bit deeper than that.

Ephemeral Prince: Intermission provides examples of:

  • Dead All Along: Both Dorsey and Warren in "Phantoms Spread So Far".
  • Oh, Crap: Erio when he and Snowe have a very close encounter with lords.
  • Uncanny Valley: In-Universe. While Erio can pass for a human better than he could in Star Stealing Prince, he still looks "off" enough that it earns him a lot of funny glances.

Ephemeral Prince: Permanence provides examples of:

  • First Episode Spoiler: Hiante gets a body in the first chapter, and Xiri seems to have gotten control over Snowe's dreams again.
  • Kissing Under the Influence: A one-sided case occurs in Chapter 18. While inebriated, Snowe gives Erio a kiss after briefly discussing how things are going on between the latter and Astra. Snowe falls asleep quickly after, leaving Erio to wonder whether or not the alcohol was solely to blame.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: Edgar wasn't Snowe's real father. The Original King was.
  • Sanity Slippage: What with Xiri's shenanigans in Snowe's subconscious, Dream Astra isn't doing too well. She tries to kill the real Astra when she and Erio are trying to investigate.
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