Literature / Fallocaust

Fallocaust is a post-apocalyptic science fiction series by Quil Carter.

231 years after a nuclear catastrophe known as the Fallocaust, humanity has been all but wiped out, with the survivors centered in and around Skyfall, the last remaining city. Reaver Merrick is a young man and self-described sociopath who lives with his adoptive parents in Aras, a small town in the greywastes. Reaver's life changes forever when he falls in love with Killian, an innocent newcomer, and soon the two are drawn into a battle for control of what little remains of the world.

Although the main series takes place in chronological order, each book in the series is accompanied by a companion novel set during a different time period and focusing on a specific character instead of an ensemble cast. However, since these books often introduce characters and plot concepts that will later become essential to the series, they're considered essential reading within the fandom.

In order:

  • Fallocaust, the first book in the series.
    • Breaking Jade, The first companion novel. It focuses on Jade, a character introduced towards the end of Fallocaust.
  • The Ghost and the Darkness, The second novel in the series.
    • Severing Sanguine,, The second companion novel, focusing on Sanguine.
  • The Suicide King, the third book in the main series.
    • Garden of Spiders, the third companion novel, which follows Elish.
  • A God Among Insects, the upcoming fourth novel in the main series.


Fallocaust contains examples of:

  • Accidental Murder: Convinced that Kerres is returning, Reno smothers Trig moments before rescue comes.
  • The Ace: Jade quickly develops into one. in Breaking Jade he kills Ares and Siris- two chimeras so tough they're function in the family is akin to gladiators- in two on one combat. By the end of The Suicide King his mental powers rival Silas's, and the preview chapter of A God Among Insects has him cure Jiro of his Alzheimers with no negative consequences- healing being a power so taxing that even Silas frequently dies after using it. At this point, the only character who rivals his powers is Gage.
  • Achilles' Heel: Proxy Worms can only live in heavily radiated areas. Although they can use a born immortals abilities to radiate an area, it's also possible for a born immortal to absorb enough radiation from the environment to kill them off.
  • Adorkable: Reaver might be a self-confessed sociopath, but he has his moments.
  • Aerith and Bob: Meet Cepherus, Sanguine, Sidonius, Tom, Jade, and Ellis. Generally, the more unusual a character’s name is, the more likely they are to be a chimera.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Silas gives these to his chimeras, with a healthy dose of Gratuitous Latin. Only chimeras who severely disappoint him for one reason or another don't get them.
    • Nero also does this, but his names are far more casual.
    • Reaver calls Killian Killicat or Killer Bee fairly frequently. Once he befriends Nero they take to calling each other Duck and Goose.
    • Elish and Jade call each other Magnus and Maritus, respectively after they get married.
  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: Elish, where Jade is involved.
    • Silas, where Sky is involved.
  • All There in the Manual: The author maintains a glossary of the chimeras on the official website. Although it isn't complete (see Loads and Loads of Characters; Since it only covers chimeras major characters such as Reno, Killian and even Silas are omitted, and some of the younger chimeras such as Jade or Adler aren't covered) it does help flesh out some of the more minor characters, and reveals information about major characters that, in some cases, has barely been hinted at in the series.
  • Alternate History: Downplayed. The Second World War stretched into the fifties, and Silas, Sky, and Perish caused the Fallocaust to end a world war in the early twenty-first century.
  • All the Other Reindeer: Played with with Ellis. She's the only female chimera, and because of this she's something of an outsider in the family. However, she's also the only one that Silas allows to treat him like their father, an she's shown to be relatively well-adjusted.
  • Alone with the Psycho: Done twice with Killian and Perish. In Fallocaust Perish holds Reaver and Killian captive at his lab and Killian is forced to pretend to be Perish's boyfriend to secure their freedom. In The Ghost and the Darkness Perish uses a Slave Collar to drag Killian and a Dwindling Party of slaves to a lab in the Plaguelands until it ends up as this.
    • Roughly the first half of Severing Sanguine has Sanguine chained up in the basement of a pedophile.
  • Amnesiac Hero: Jade in The Ghost and the Darkness.
  • Anachronic Order: The main series all take place chronologically, so far starting within moments of the previous one. However, each main entry is accompanied by a companion novel following a different character.
    • Breaking Jade follows Jade, a couple of years before the main series.
    • Severing Sanguine follows Sanguine's early life, between roughly fifty and thirty years before the main series.
    • Garden Of Spiders follows the first thirty-three years of Elish's life, between ninety and fifty years before the main series.
  • Anchored Ship: Sanguine and Jack are in love, but Sanguine left Jack to become Silas's sengil/bodyguard.
    • Silas and Reno spend the entirety of The Suicide King falling for each other, only for Silas to end up with Sky.
  • And I Must Scream: The punishment King Silas saves for immortals: They're encased alive in concrete with an air tube, continuously resurrecting and dying over and over again. Some chimeras have been in this state for years, and at least one has been in it for over a century.
  • Animal Motifs: Sanguine is often compared to crows.
    • Drake is often compared to a dog or fox.
    • Jade, to a lesser extent, has cats as his.
  • Anguished Declaration of Love: Reno gives one to Silas in The Suicide King.
  • Arbitrarily Large Bank Account: One of the advantages of being a Dekker.
  • Armor-Piercing Question: After the events of The Ghost and the Darkness leave everyone believing Reaver and Killian are dead, Reno repeatedly shoots one at Elish. It isn't until Jade is presumed dead when Olympus explodes that he gets an answer.
Reno: Was it worth it?
Elish: It wasn't worth it.
  • Asshole Victim: Fallocaust is a very morally ambiguous series, so it speaks volumes that nobody mourns Jasper's death.
  • Aura Vision: Jade's specialty. Although it's usually reserved for matchmaking (see Mundane Utility) it does have various negative effects. He's absolutely terrified by Silas and Reaver's auras at first, and Killian's is so pure that when it becomes tainted by his relationship with Reaver and his ordeals throughout Fallocaust he suffers a Heroic B.S.O.D. and tries to murder him while in a trance.
  • Awesome, but Impractical: Born immortals can channel sestic radiation which, among other uses, lets them heal others even if they're on the brink of death. However, this can easily kill them if the patients injuries are too severe, which leaves them vulnerable.
    • Born immortals can also explode due to Power Incontinence, in which case it takes months for their bodies to regenerate to the point where they can resurrect.
  • Awesome Mccoolname: All over the place, but Reno Nevada stand out.
  • Back from the Dead: Asher and Perish, being immortal, don’t stay down for long after Killian dispatches them in Fallocaust.
    • Silas finally gets Sky back in the finale of ‘’The Suicide King
  • Badass Normal: Killian has shades of this. Despite being untrained in combat, he's smart enough to manipulate and kill both Perish and Asher, and eventually uses an entire angry mob formed by The Crimstones to meet his goals.
    • Reno stands out. By the end of The Suicide King he's the only mortal among the viewpoint characters. That doesn't hold him back at all.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Silas's ultimate goal is to get Sky back, despite acknowledging that Sky was a horrendously abusive lover. Elish implants Adler with Sky's OLS and presents him to Silas both to earn his and Jade's place back in Skyfall and hoping that this will come into play.
  • The Beautiful Elite: The chimeras are genetically engineered to be absolutely beautiful as well as having certain skills or qualities exaggerated. Taken a step further in that those that please King Silas can be made immortal, appearing anywhere from their late teens to early thirties.
    • Skylanders- those that live in the elite Skyland district- have to apply for breeding rights, so as to ensure that their children are beautiful.
  • Best Served Cold: After Silas turns down his marriage proposal, Elish starts planning his revenge. Thirty years later, he finally starts to put it into action. Justified, since he has to wait until he has a born immortal.
  • Beta Couple: Jade and Elish.
  • Berserk Button: Chimera's generally react badly to their lovers being hurt.
    • As low as it may be, the age of consent is fifteen for a reason, and Silas will kill you- or, in some cases, your partner- if he finds out you violated it.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: One of Sanguine's reasons for becoming Silas's sengil is to keep Ceph in a medically induced coma when he's entombed in concrete.
    • Caligua spearheads Reaver's rescue from Nero and Kiki after he tells him where the crimstones are keeping Reno and Nico captive.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Nice guys don't last long in the Greywastes without developing an edge fast.
    • Reno is lovable, goofy and generally has a good heart. He's also a trained killer who routinely rapes any legionaires that threaten Aras in Fallocaust. By The Suicide King he routinely joins immortal chimeras in the field and emerges without a scratch. he's later adopted into the Dekker family, and is one of only a handful to survive the book unscathed.
    • Killian first attracts Reaver's attention purely because he's innocent. He also manages to take down two born immortals with his quick thinking and detonate a radscorpion, all before he took so much as a single level in badass.
  • Big Eater: Drake. Being The Cutie he's offered food by just about anyone who sees him, and it's gotten so bad that feeding him is not only a punishable offense, it's one of the few times anyone can legally disobey a chimera.
  • Big, Screwed-Up Family: The Dekker's.
  • Blessed with Suck: Technically applies to all empaths, but particularly Jade. On the plus side they get retrocognition, mind control, aura reading, and the ability to emulate the powers of chimeras they spend enough time with. On the other hand actually using these powers puts an enormous amount of strain on their brains, leading to seizures and severely limiting their lifespans- no mortal empath has ever lived past 24. In Jade's case he develops into one of, if not the most powerful empath of all time, but the amount of damage this does to his brain almost kills him more than once.
  • Blood Lust: All chimeras, especially the Brute and Stealth, love to shed and drink blood, to the extent that Bloodwine is a favorite beverage among the Dekker’s.
  • Blue and Orange Morality: The chimeras. Sure, they're bloodthirsty and murderous, but they were genetically engineered to be so.
  • Body of Bodies: When a proxy worm infects a corpse they instinctively try to form one of these.
  • Boom, Headshot: Lycos, Doc and Finneus’ deaths were by a single long distant shot to their skull.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: A favorite technique of the Crimstones is to capture a sengil or cicaro and turn them against their masters.
    • In an attempt to get Reaver to fall in love with him, Asher brainwashes Reaver to rape Killian.
  • Bread and Circuses: King Silas and his chimeras distract the populace of Skyfall with the coliseum; a stadium where convicts are executed alongside acrobatic acts and lotteries.
  • Break the Cutie: It'd be easier to list the characters this doesn't apply to, but Killian, Sanguine and Reno stand out.
  • Break His Heart to Save Him: After they fall in love, Elish released Jade from his contract and sends him back to Moros to protect him from Silas while he puts his plan into action before they can be together. Too bad he didn't count on Jade going completely off the rails.
  • Broken Bird: Silas. He was manipulated by his boyfriend, Sky, into helping him cause the Fallocaust, and did his best to save as many people as he could. The two of them did their best to rebuild society, with Sky becoming increasingly abusive and then killing himself, leaving Silas alone and depressed. Still, Silas tries his best to create a clone of Sky and implant him with his OLS, hoping that he can get it right if he had another chance, and when he thinks his last chance to get Sky back is gone and Reaver is trapped in the ruins of Sky's lab he verges into Death Seeker territory.
  • Call-Back: After Jade leaves his tribe of intelligent ravers they're occasionally mentioned in passing.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: Elish has a bad habit of realizing how much he loves someone too late.
  • Cast Full of Pretty Boys: Seriously, they are all beautiful.
  • Cast From Life Points: An empath's mental abilities. Downplayed in the case of immortals, since they'll regenerate shortly after their deaths.
  • Cast Full of Gay: The vast majority of characters- and all the viewpoint ones- are gay men. Justified with the chimeras- since Silas designed them to be so- and the born immortals themselves, since the nazis designed them with this trait so as to keep them from reproducing.
  • Chainsaw Good: One scene has Sanguine cutting Tyan in half with a chainsaw, ostensibly as part of a magic trick.
  • Chekhov's Gun: All over the place.
    • In Breaking Jade we have Jade's MP3 player.
    • In The Ghost and the Darkness we have The OLS's
    • Sky's OLS and the spider wire are examples in The Suicide King.
  • The Chess Master: Elish.
  • Children Are Innocent: Averted with Chaser and Hunter. In ‘’The Ghost and the Darkness’’ little five years old Chaser and Hunter were taken to Stadium to execute a convict by ‘’biting him to death’’.
    • Zigzagged with Sanguine. Although some of his actions such as setting his bullies on fire would normally avert this, it’s made clear that he doesn’t understand the consequences of his actions when he does so.
  • Cozy Catastrophe: Zigagged. The chimeras and elite live in luxury, Skyfall has universities and plenty of amenities, and even those in the slums or greywastes can live in relative comfort.
  • Crapsack World: Crops are nearly impossible to grow, mutated monsters roam the wasteland, human meat is a delicacy and there's a good chance you could be raped, murdered, eaten or sold as meat by the very people meant to protect you.
  • Crazy Homeless Person: Jade's mother.
  • Cultured Badass: Zigzagged with the Dekker's. Those raised within the family are near-universally cultured, whereas those raised in other environments can be anywhere on the scale.
  • The Cutie: Drake. He might be a chimera but he's universally adored both by his family and Skyfall at large. Part of this is because he's mentally stunted and, while he's intelligent and can talk, he has the mannerisms of a dog and a near-constant sense of childlike wonder.
  • Dangerous Forbidden Technique: Empath powers put an enormous strain on the brain of those using them, eventually leading to death, and using more complex abilities such as mind control or retrocognition are enough to trigger grand mal seziures. Valen died a couple of years after his powers first developed, and Jade ends up comatose for months after using them to incapacitate Kessler.
  • Death Faked for You: In The Suicide King Kerres' latest attempt to kidnap Jade from Olympus just happens to coincide with Gage accidentally destroying the place. Although Kerres is able to get him out, Jade is presumed dead in the explosion and Kerres uses the opportunity to hold him captive.
  • Defector from Decadence: Leo
  • Didn't Think This Through: Reaver and Jade's murder of Tim. Although they could easily have blamed a defector from the legionaires they decide to go a step further and put his mutilated body on display. This lets Kessler and the legionnaires know that Reaver is in the area. Bad idea when you're on the run.
  • Died in Your Arms Tonight: Averted with Reaver and Killian. Although Killian does die, neither know that he's been made immortal by Perish until his skin gets hot.
    • Played straight with Elish and Finn.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Silas is a fan of this. After Garrett falls for his cicaro in Severing Sanguine, he decides to test his maturity by dropping him, unarmed, at the far end of the Greywastes to find his way back.
  • Distant Finale: The epilogue of Garden Of Spiders has Jade completing the aforementioned book, which is Elish's autobiography, fifty years or so after the rest of the novel takes place. It's kept intentionally vague exactly when the epilogue takes place but Olympus has been rebuilt, it's a safe bet that it's at least a couple of months after the events of The Suicide King, which is when Elish started writing it. Elish hints that Jade is, physically, 27, which would place the scene at least seven years or so after the events of The Suicide King, but there's a good chance he was joking.
  • The Dreaded: Gage is this to Silas, and with good reason.
  • Driven to Suicide: Attempted by several characters, but so far only Sky (In the backstory) and Perish have pulled it off permanently.
  • Dumb Muscle: Ares and Siris are easily some of the dumbest chimeras, but they more than make up for it in terms of sheer brawn.
  • Dwindling Party: Killian's plotline during the latter half of The Ghost and the Darkness consists of this.
  • Easy Amnesia: Justified. Jade loses his memory in The Ghost and the Darkness after Perish hits him in the head, but it's a result of his brain implant malfunctioning due to the impact as opposed to the impact itself.
  • Eating the Enemy: One step in permanently killing an immortal involves eating their brain.
  • Enemy Mine: Silas might be enemies with Reaver, Killian, Elish and Jade, but that doesn't mean they won't work together to take down a greater threat.
  • Evil All Along: Julian.
  • Everyone Knows Morse: Subverted. When he's held captive by the Crimstones, Reno manages to figure out their location and, when they use him to make a ransom video, he blinks the location in morse code expecting this trope to come into play. Reality Ensues, and he's there for weeks before Reaver sees the video, decodes the message, and manages to get a message to Caligua with their location.
  • Eye Scream: Gage has heterochromia, with one black eye and one blue. This is a symptom of advanced proxy worm infection. The black eye isn't an eye at all; it's a proxy worm.
  • Face Death with Dignity: Silas, during his attempted Heroic Sacrifice.
  • Failed a Spot Check: Justified. Leo doesn't recognize Silas when he's disguised as Asher. However, Asher has auburn hair, wears greywaster clothing, is absolutely filthy when they first meet, and intentionally keeps his distance from Leo to keep up the masquerade.
  • Faking the Dead: After Silas explodes in The Ghost and the Darkness, Reaver and Killian are presumed to be caught in the wreckage. Not knowing that Killian has been made immortal everyone assumes that he's dead and that Reaver will be trapped for decades, continuously dying and resurrecting, driven mad by the pain and isolation and cradling Killian's corpse. Unknown to them, Reaver managed to escape with his resurrecting boyfriend in tow and leaves to start a new life in the Plaguelands.
  • Fan of the Past: Justified. People generally have more important things on their minds than creating new media, but people still need entertainment. Jack's career as a novelist is mentioned, and it's mentioned that Skyfall TV is planning on creating original programming, but for the most part media hasn't evolved since the early 21st century. Taken Up to Eleven with chimeras, who get individual TV channels based on their individual tastes.
  • Fate Worse Than Death: After he inadvertently releases Gage, Silas chains Sanguine up in the basement where he was held captive by a pedophile for years.
  • Also applies to the concrete prisons.
  • Foregone Conclusion: Since the companion novels all act as prequels it's a given that certain events will come into play.
  • Framing Device: Garden Of Spiders is presented as a memoir written by Elish. the Distant Finale reveals that it was being read by Jade.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: Kerres goes from being Jade's supportive boyfriend to the leader of The Crimstones.
    • After Elish releases him from his contract, Jade channels his pain by becoming a serial killer.
  • Future Shadowing: Since the companion novels take place before the main series, they tend to be full of this.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Downplayed with Reaver. Although he's by no means an inventor he certainly knows how things work, and his basement in Aras is filled with gadgets from the old world in various stages of repair.
  • Gender-Blender Name: Although they're technically unisex, the names Jade and Sky are both much more common among women than men.
  • Ghost Memory: When Adler is implanted with Sky’s OLS, Sky still retains Adler’s memories to the extent that he turns Nero against Reaver over the course of a single conversation.
  • Going Native: Jade in The Ghost and The Darkness. After losing his memories, he finds his way to a ravers nest and promptly becomes their king.
  • Gone Horribly Right: Grayson and Leo leave Reaver in charge of Aras for a few days while they go check out Perish's lab, hoping it'll instill him with a sense of responsibility. Within a couple of days he not only executes a handful of prisoners, he purposefully infects them with trideath and gets the entire town actively calling for their deaths.
  • Good Thing You Can Heal: Chimeras in general often get into scrapes, but brute chimeras tend to die frequently due to their adventurous nature. Luckily their Ressurective Immortality means they're rarely out of action for more than a few weeks at a time.
  • Grand Theft Me: A particularly cruel example with Adler. Although he's in love with Silas's alter ego, Asher, Elish forcibly implants him with Sky's OLS and presents him to Silas. In essence he's trapped in his own body by the love of his life's abusive boyfriend, powerless to do anything, with every chance that the abuse will continue.
  • Gratuitous Latin: Silas's nicknames for the chimeras.
  • Grey and Gray Morality: Elish and Silas's conflict falls into this. Elish's reasons for hating Silas may be valid, but he's been manipulating things behind the scenes to keep him unstable for decades to try and garner allies for his cause. When push comes to shove, Silas proves time and time again that he can be a fair and effective ruler on occasion. Because of this it's pointed out that Elish is more concerned with ruling the world than he is with saving it. On the other hand Silas is dangerously unstable, prone to fits of rage, and has tortured and even killed both humans and chimera on a whim, and while few chimeras want to see him dead some of them- including Silas' bodyguard Sanguine- feel like he can't deal with the amount of pressure he's put under. Even Jade acknowledges that the conflict isn't as black and white as he'd assumed.
  • Groin Attack: When a crimstone attempts to rape Reno, he responds by biting his dick off.
  • Happily Married: Elish and Jade, by the end of Breaking Jade.
  • Happiness in Slavery: Sengils and cicaros are generally treated well, given plenty of gifts by those trying to court favor with their masters, and have their every need taken care of.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Although they're by no means above violence and manipulation to get their way, Killian and Luca are two of the most consistently good and honest characters in the series. Since they're both clones of Silas, it's implied that he used to be this.
  • Happily Adopted: They may have their issues, but it's clear that this was the case with Reaver, Leo and Grayson. See Hilariously Abusive Childhood.
  • Hates Being Touched: Both Reaver and Sanguine display hints of this, but get better.
  • Healing Hands: One of a born immortals abilities.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: Kerres. Although he never gives up his ultimate goal of getting Jade back, he works with the chimeras several times to save his life when the occasion calls for it.
    • Perish has shades of this. Although his first meeting with Reaver and Killian involves keeping them captive and falling in love with Killian, the two come to genuinely like and trust him. Although this leads to a second round of Alone with the Psycho for Killian, it's more a result of having Sky's OLS implanted in him and the resulting mental instability than any maliciousness.
  • Heel Realization: Silas has one in The Suicide King
    • Nero has one when he realizes the effect raping Reaver had on him.
  • Hemo Erotic: The chimeras are hardwired to get turned on by the mere sight of blood.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Reaver pulls a non-lethal one in The Ghost and the Darkness, when he allows himself to be captured by the legion to keep Killian safe.
    • Silas attempts this in The Suicide King, hoping that he can pull a Taking You with Me on Gage. Luckily Reaver, Jade, Killian and Elish intervene.
  • Heroic B.S.O.D.: Jade has one when he sees that Killian's aura has been corrupted.
  • Heroic R.R.O.D.: The consequences of an empath pushing their powers too far. See Dangerous Forbidden Technique, Blessed with Suck.
  • Hilariously Abusive Childhood: Reaver might be Happily Adopted, but Leo and Grayson did once chain him up in the backyard when he was out of control. As a born immortal there's also nothing stopping them from killing him if he gets out of hand.
  • Homeless Hero: Briefly happens to Jade in Breaking Jade.
  • Honey Pot: One of Luca's roles in Elish's plan is to pull this on the sengils and cicaros of other chimeras.
  • Hot for Teacher: Elish has a crush on Ryan, his English teacher, in Garden of Spiders.
  • Ho Yay: Literally all over the place.
  • If I Can't Have You...: After Reno breaks off his engagement to Garrett, the latter stalks him and intimidates his prospective romantic partners.
  • Ill Boy: Jade and Valen. Jade gets better. Valen doesn't.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: The entire main cast, and most of the survivors of the Fallocaust besides. A subspecies of humans known as rats are the primary food source for most people in the Greywastes, and Arian meat (from unmutated humans) is considered a delicacy.
  • Immortality: A combination of The Ageless and Resurrective Immortality.
  • Immortality Begins At 20: Born immortals naturally stop ageing at 24, and the majority of immortal chimeras are, physically, in their early to mid-twenties. The first generation subvert this, since the method wasn’t discovered until they were 33.
  • Immortality Immorality: Played with. The Dekker's- including the immortals- are highly immoral, with some distinct Axe-Crazy tendencies, but these traits are present regardless of their age.
  • Incest Is Relative: The chimeras think of each-other as brothers but that doesn't stop them from having sex, falling in love or even getting married to one another.
  • In Love with the Mark: Elish falls for Silas in Garden of Spiders, while actively working to manipulate him and userp control.
  • In Love with Your Carnage: Played with. Asher is immediately interested in Reaver after watching him lead the execution of three people. It turns out that since he's really Silas, it was as much about recognizing him as a chimera as the violence.
  • The Insominac: Reaver rarely sleeps for more than a few hours a night. At one point in Fallocaust he stays awake for four straight days.
  • In Spite of a Nail: Despite the events of the third world war, pop culture evolved in much the same way, along the same timeline: characters reference Harry Potter, Pokemon, Jeapordy, Nintendo, and even My Chemical Romance, among others.
  • Interplay of Sex and Violence: Chimeras are all Hemo Erotic, so it's not uncommon at all for their sex lives to get... interesting. Jade and Elish's relationship in particular reeks of this.
  • Irony: Adler hates Silas but is in love with Asher, not knowing that they're the same person.
  • It's Not You, It's Me: Although he's grown increasingly close to Reno, Silas refuses to enter a relationship with him due to his own depression and lingering feelings for Sky.
    • He pulls this again in Garden of Spiders, telling Elish that although the two would make a perfect couple, Elish deserves to be with a man who can love him with all of his heart. Instead, he asks Elish to propose to him in thirteen years. He turns him down, again.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Perish's motive for making Killian immortal.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Many characters have their jerkass moments, but Valen stands out.
  • Klingon Promotion: Chimeras exist on a hierarchical scale, with Silas on the top, Elish taking control if he's killed, and so on and so forth. In Breaking Jade Elish kills Silas to assume temporary control of the chimeras.
  • Living Forever Is Awesome: The good thing about immortality in this universe is that it's easy to pass it on to those you care about- ergo an immortal can spend an eternity with their lovers and friends. The only people who ever show misgiving over their immortality are Elish, who kills himself not knowing that Perish had already made him immortal, and Jade.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: There are around a dozen viewpoint characters, with more being added with every new book in the main series.
  • Love Makes You Crazy: As different as they all are, one thing that all chimeras have in common is that they love hard. Losing a partner is enough to send them completely off the rails in a bad way.
    • Jade's reaction when he was left in Moros by Elish was to become a serial killer.
    • When Elish thinks that Jade has died he ends up killing an entire caravan that he'd befriended.
    • After Killian leaves him briefly, Reaver decapitates Kiki, who he'd befriended, to prove his loyalty.
    • The first time Silas lost Sky, he became the mad king. When he believes he's lost his final chance, Power Incontinence kicks in and he explodes.
  • Love Makes You Evil: Julian.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Both Elish and Sky.
    • Elish is The Chessmaster, who effortlessly manipulates others into furthering his plans even while they know his agenda. After he and Jade are exiled from Skyfall he manages to regain his position almost immediately, above more loyal chimeras, despite the fact that Silas knows that he’s spent thirty years plotting his downfall.
    • Sky takes this up to eleven. Over the course of one evening he manages to manipulate everyone to the point that he has Silas all to himself and turn enough people against Reaver that when he and Killian are killed, even the reader has no way of knowing who ordered it.
    • Reaver has shades of this, albeit without being as calculating as most examples. When he's acting as interim mayor of Aras he deals with a mini crime spree by publicly executing the criminals, and he plays the entire block so effectively that they're actively calling for their deaths.
  • Manly Tears: People make fun of Killian crying all the time, but no one think of Nero as less manly even though he may well cry more.
  • May–December Romance: Jade and Elish, after the former is made immortal. Although, physically, they appear to be fifteen and thirty three when they first meet, there are around seventy years between them.
  • Mayfly–December Romance: Jade and Elish, initially. The Suicide King also has a romance develop between Reno and Silas; although in this case they appear to be twenty-two and twenty-four, Silas is around three-hundred years old.
  • Misaimed Retribution: Silas is fond of this.
  • Mix-and-Match Critter: Plenty, developed by Skytech. These include:
    • Carracats, a cougar/scorpion creature.
    • Kriegers, human/komodo dragon combinations.
    • Whipwolves, human/deacon hybrids which resemble werewolves.
  • Meat Puppet: The victims of the proxy worms.
  • Mercy Kill: Sanguine pulls one in Severing Sanguine when Jasper brings home his replacement.
    • It's common for immortals to pull this on themselves if they're badly hurt, incapacitated, captured, sick, or even just hungover.
  • Miles to Go Before I Sleep: In 'The Ghost and the Darkness'' Perish refuses to kill himself until he's made Killian immortal. Played with to an extent since he needs someone with him to make his death permanent, and he can only kill himself once they reach their destination.
  • Morality Chain: Killian quickly becomes this for Reaver.
  • Munchausen Syndrome: Jade's mother has Munchausens by proxy, and while they were on the streets often poisoned him for attention before she lost custody. She continues to attempt it it whenever he visits her afterwards.
  • Mundane Utility: Jade's aura reading comes in handy when it comes to matching chimeras up with their ideal partners. too bad it only measures compatibility, not emotions.
    • It's a very common ability among immortals to heat up, cool down or channel an electric current through their skin. Apart from the obvious combat applications, they can also use it to keep themselves warm in the cold.
  • Nepotism: Although there are high ranking humans in every area of Skyfall, leadership positions are almost solely reserved for the Dekkers.
  • Nurture over Nature: Zigzagged. Silas intentionally places chimeras in environments that will mold them into the perfect person for whatever he has planned for them, or else he did, before Sanguine was captured by a pedophile. After that he downplays this trope- while he still places chimeras in orphanages or with adoptive parents, he makes sure that wherever they are he can keep an eye on them. On the other hand, certain traits (such as homosexuality and bloodlust) are always present in chimeras, regardless of upbringing.
    • Turns out to be the case with the Sky and Silas clones. Both Reaver and Adler (the Sky clones) are raised in the Greywastes to exacerbate their more violent tendencies, whereas the Silas clones (Killian, Luca, and an unknown third) are raised, respectively, in a factory town, Autumnhome, and in the Greywastes. Elish, ever the Chessmaster, raised the Silas clones in a variety of environments until one developed to be best suited for his plans.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: In The Ghost and the Darkness, Reaver accidentally breaks a piece off of his remote phone when trying to call Elish and tell him where Reno is being kept hostage. It was actually a signal blocker and, without it, the chimeras can hone in on their location.
    • Leo, one of Elish's most loyal supporters, decides to abandon the cause and implant Perish with Sky's OLS, hoping that Silas would leave Reaver alone. Too bad that the resulting mental instability almost gets Killian, Reaver and Jade killed.
    • Sanguine's attempts to save Nero and Ceph from the concrete prisons leads to Gage being released, and as a result all of Skyfall is almost destroyed.
  • Odd Couple: Done with several of the main pairings, particularly Reaver and Killian. One's a sociopathic loner with mild Adorkable tendencies. The other is cuddly and affectionate.
    • Justified with Jade and Elish. Elish is cold, calculating and manipulative. Jade is hot-tempered, impulsive and impetuous. Despite their occasional problems they're a more-or-less stable couple who would do anything for each other. Turns out this is a Justified Trope: Jade was created by Garrett and Silas specifically to annoy Elish.
    • Reno and Silas have shades of this. After they both believe Reaver and Killian to be dead they grow closer and, despite Reno having every reason to hate him and the fact that he's engaged to Garrett, he finds himself falling in love. Although Silas' returns his affections, Sky's return brings their relationship grinding to a halt.
  • Odd Friendship: Reaver and Reno. It's made clear that the only reason they're so close is that Reno is the only person who could stand Reaver when they were growing up, and in return Reno is the only guy Reaver tolerates.
    • Reaver develops this with Nero and Kiki in The Suicide King. Although Reaver initially hates them for raping him repeatedly in The Ghost and the Darkness, they slowly become close after Kiki rescues him and Killian from the proxy worms and Nero has a Heel Realization.
  • Once More, with Clarity!: In the climax of The Suicide King we see Silas's point of view of the climactic battle with Gage, until Reaver's group pulls a Big Damn Heroes moment. We then see the same events from Reaver's point of view before we see the climax.
  • Orifice Invasion: When trying to extract information about Killian's whereabouts, Reaver pulls this on a legionaire with a machete.
  • Perfectly Arranged Marriage: Not marriage, exactly, but Jade's Aura Reading lets him instantly and instinctively match people with their ideal partners before they even meet, and giving his brothers someone they'll want to protect above everything else is vital to Elish's plans. subverted later on: although Jade's powers let him sense two people's compatibility, emotions are a different matter entirely. Reno and Garrett are initially crazy for each other, and become engaged within months, Reno's growing feelings for Silas leaves their future relationship uncertain.
    • Jade and Elish's relationship plays with this trope. Although they're undoubtedly in love with each other, and Jade is elated at being able to call Elish his husband, the two are not ready for marriage and are more or less forced to go through with it. Although they consider themselves married they only refer to each other as such in private, although Jade does use their marriage to back up his point when arguing with Perish. After they reunite in The Suicide King, Elish proposes more formally.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: Born immortals can explode if they lose control of their emotions.
  • Posthumous Character: Sky died decades before the series began, but his influence is still felt, and Silas is desperate to bring him back. Subverted as of The Suicide King, when he finally gets him back in the form of Adler, implanted with Sky's OLS.
  • Power Incontinence: Apart from their natural immortality, born immortals can channel sestic radiation. However, particularly strong emotions can cause them to explode, in which case their recovery can take months.
  • Power Limiter: Jade is implanted with one at the end of ''Breaking Jade.
  • Redemption Earns Life: Played with with Kerres. In Breaking Jade he guides Elish, Silas and Jade out of the flaming Crimstones base to save Jade's life, but he makes it clear that he's still in love with Jade and won't stop until he gets him back. Eventually leads to Redemption Equals Death.
  • Puppeteer Parasite: The proxy worms.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Apart from Reaver and Adler, the born immortals were all created during World War Two. Physically, they're all in their twenties.
    • Double subverted when Sky's OLS is implanted into Adler's body. Although he has Sky's memories, physically he appears to be his real age.
  • Redemption Equals Death: Kerres's final fate in The Suicide King.
  • Religion of Evil: The only known religious group, the Blood Crows, has several nightmare fuel rituals like sewing the eyes and lips of females to keep them pure during pregnancy and burying slaves alive to use as fertilizer.
  • Rescue Romance: Reaver and Killian barely know each other before Reaver rescues him from the Foie Ras factory.
  • Resurrective Immortality: Although they can be killed, immortals resurrect anywhere from a few hours to six months afterwards, depending on their injuries. It's common for immortal characters to kill themselves to take advantage of this if they're injured, diseased, or even just hungover. It is possible to kill an immortal permanently, and much of The Ghost and The Darkness and The Suicide King is devoted to finding out how. All we know so far is that involves A strong pulse of sestic radiation and then eating their brain.
  • Royally Screwed Up: The Dekkers.
  • Royalty Super Power: Since they're all based on Silas's genome, the Dekker's exhibit his powers to various degrees. While some, such as increased strength or thermal touch, are relatively common, others such as Mind Control and Retrocognition are much rarer, and those dealing with sestic radiation only occur in born immortals.
  • Schmuck Bait: Sure, Jade, use the stolen keycard to rob Ares and Siris.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: Subverted with Jade. When he first becomes a Serial Killer he’s verging into Death Seeker territory, and honestly doesn’t care if he’s caught since, due to how the justice system works in Skyfall, he can earn his freedom by defeating Ares and Siris at Stadium- something he already managed once. In short either he dies in combat or he gets released to continue killing people. When he is caught, however, Ellis basically gives him free reign to kill as many people as he wants, as long as he restrains his rampage to Moros.
  • Screw the Rules, I Make Them!: One of the advantages of being a chimera, or being adopted into the family, is being above the law, at least where it applies to normal people.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: Jade is completely devoted to Elish, but even he has his limits. When Mantis offers Elish a spider wire in exchange for handing Reaver over to Silas as opposed to Adler, he responds both by warning Reaver and Killian, giving them time to escape, and using his powers to incapacitate Elish long enough to buy them some time.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Reaver pulls one of these with a resurrecting Killian in The Ghost and the Darkness, having had enough of chimeras.
    • They attempt it again in The Suicide King. It doesn't work nearly as well.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: Gage's concrete tomb.
  • Secret Secret-Keeper: Due to assisting with Perish's suicide, Killian is one of the only people alive who knows how to kill a born immortal.
  • Secret Test of Character: After reuniting with Jade after rescuing him from a drug den, Elish initially refuses to give him his collar and officially take him as his cicaro until he's proven that his time in Moros hasn't broken him and he genuinely wants to resume their relationship.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Reaver is a sociopathic Jerk with a Heart of Gold who never leaves the house without a small arsenal and loves to come up with brutal murder techniques. Killian is a gentle Guile Hero who responds to most problems with empathy and kindness. By the end of the first book, they're completely inseperable. Later revealed to be a Justified Trope, with the revelation that they're clones of Sky and Silas, respectively; Elish intentionally created Killian as someone that Reaver would fall head-over-heels in love for, and would do anything to protect, so he could better manipulate him into joining his rebellion.
  • Sex As Solace: A particularly bizarre example in The Suicide King. Due to him being raped repeatedly by Nero, Reaver has trouble with sex; he can barely get it up, and the one time he does he kills Killian. After he and Nero slowly develop a friendship he convinces Nero to fuck him, consensually, so he can move past it.
  • Slave Collar: Introduced in The Ghost and The Darkness. They shoot spikes into your throat if you get too far away.
    • Although collars are part of a cicaro's default uniform, electro-shock collars are often used on the more rebellious ones to keep them under control.
  • Split Personality: Sanguine has one, Crow, but he's kept under check with a brain implant which can be shut down at the click of a switch.
  • Stalker With a Crush: Subverted with with Reaver and Killian. Reaver initially follows Killian to protect him, and even sneaks into his house at one point when he sees him having a nightmare, but doesn't realize that he's got a crush on him until shortly before Killian is abducted by the legion. Killian, on the other hand, does have a crush on Reaver, and knows that he's following him.
    • Played straight with Kerres and Jade.
  • Sterility Plague: A variation. It's not that humanity can't reproduce, but a side effect of the Fallocaust is that less and less women are being born in each successive generation.
  • Stockholm Syndrome: Averted with Jade and Elish. Although Jade is coerced into becoming Elish's cicaro, it isn't until Elish starts to treat him with kindness that he falls in love. By the end of Breaking Jade they're forcibly married by Silas and, although Jade is overjoyed, the two enjoy their master/slave dynamic so much they only refer to each other as married in their most private moments.
    • Played straight with Killian and Perish.
  • Super Empowering: Born immortals have the ability to pass their immortality on to others by transplanting their brain matter. Certain powers can also be given, too.
  • Takes One to Kill One: Zig-zagged. A born immortal can only be killed by taking a massive dose of sestic radiation and then having their brain eaten. The first step can only be done by a born immortal, either by suicide or murder, the second step can be done by anyone.
  • Take That!: Silas is willing to pay anyone who brings him a copy of any Disney sequel they find, purely so he can destroy them.
    • When Elish gets a little too uppity in his English levels in Garden of Spiders, his teacher, Ryan, has him read the Twilight books and write essays on them after Elish derides them.
  • Teacher/Student Romance: Elish wants one with Ryan and, although Ryan is interested, he also knows the consequences of their relationship and has to be coerced into it.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Whenever Reaver is forced to work with Silas.
  • Tailor-Made Prison: Instead of encasing him in concrete as is the usual punishment for an immortal, Silas chains Sanguine in the basement where he was kept captive by a pedophile for over a decade.
  • The Power of Love: Even the most ruthless of character can be changed when they fall in love. Elish and Reaver are examples of this. In Reaver’s case it’s particularly glaring, since his aura is initially described as being close to a void, and Jade is ‘’terrified’’, but Killian’s influence on him is so strong that it starts to change before the two even get together.
  • Then Let Me Be Evil: To be fair, Reaver was always a violent child, disliked by pretty much everyone in Aras. The fact that he was so disliked just drove him to give them a reason to hate him.
  • Those Wacky Nazis: The born immortals were initially created by the nazis during world war two.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: After Valen defects from the family and rejoins the family, he's initially delegated to a position as Sanguine's sengil. As his health fails, Sanguine leaves Jack to become Valen's boyfriend, making his last few years the happiest of his life.
    • After Ceph is encased in concrete, Sanguine willingly becomes Silas's sengil so he can secretly keep him in a medically induced coma to make things easier on him.
  • Tomato in the Mirror: Reaver is a born-immortal clone of Sky- Silas's deceased boyfriend. In "The Suicide King" Adler, another clone, is introduced.
    • Killian and Luca are both clones of Silas.
    • Due to the fact that some chimeras, such as Jade and Sanguine, are raised outside of the family until a certain age, some of them are unaware of their true nature until they're brought into the fold. So far this only applies to companion novels, since these characters are all fully aware of their heritage by the time of the main novels.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Despite being very intelligent, Killian falls into this by leaving Aras alone and unarmed to try and buy a guitar from a caravan. He gets better.
    • Jade learns quickly why it's never a good idea to fuck with chimeras.
  • Too Good for This Sinful Earth: Poor Finn.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Jade, Sanguine and Elish all take several during their companion novels, and Killian takes his own in the main series.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Reaver becomes kinder and more altruistic as Killian starts to have a positive effect on him. Sure, he'll still throw you under the bus with no qualms if he needs to, but he also goes out of his way to help people more and more frequently as the series progresses.
  • Too Kinky to Torture: Many chimeras- particularly stealth chimeras- play this to various levels. In Jade's case, part of the reason he loves his sex life with Elish is because it's so Head-Tiltingly Kinky.
  • Tragic Keepsake: Jade's collar is this when Elish believes him to be dead.
    • Luca's cat ears belonged to Elish's first sengil.
    • Silas keeps a stuffed leopard he got from Sky in the basement of Alegria.
  • Traumatic Haircut: Subverted. Silas forcibly cuts Elish's hair as a punishment, but Elish doesn't care; one of the reasons he keeps it long in the first place is so Silas will think cutting it will hurt him.
  • Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: Most of the chimeras had shades of this in the past but Reaver, Sanguine and Nero stand out.
  • Undying Loyalty: Jade quickly develops this for Elish and, later, Reaver and Killian. That's not to say that he won't stand up to them if he needs to.
  • Weapon of Choice: Jade's metal fangs and clawed rings.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Elish gets called out hard on occasion. The most glaring example is by Jade, of all people, in The Suicide King,'' when Elish tries to betray Reaver and Killian to secure a spider wire.
  • Who Wants to Live Forever?: Downplayed and subverted. Elish can technically make Jade immortal at any time, but chooses not to, both to give his brain time to fully mature and out of fear that it'll leave him a victim of constant seizures and, later, stuck in a coma. Jade later shows his own misgivings about it for the same reasons.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Ceph suffers from extreme claustrophobia. After Silas finds out that he's been made immortal using Sky's brain matter, he puts him in a concrete tomb and leaves him there for decades.
    • Nero is afraid of being alone.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Silas.
  • World of Badass: Almost every character can kick your ass.
  • You Can't Go Home Again: Zig-zagged after Aras is occupied by legion forces at the end of Fallocaust. While it's played completely straight for Reaver and Killian, Reno spends some time there in The Ghost and the Darkness
  • Your Cheating Heart: Averted with the chimeras. Chimeras are generally more flexible when it comes to sex, so even while they're with someone else it's not uncommon for them to sleep with someone apart from their partner. The males are actually encouraged to have sex with each other, and it's not uncommon for them to have a cicaro in addition to their romantic partner. However, falling in love is a different matter. Depending on his mood, Silas will come down hard on any chimera that dares to do it, often punishing the boyfriend as opposed to the chimera with punishments ranging from death sentences to sending them, unarmed, to the far edge of the greywastes to fight their way back.
    • Played straight when Reaver sleeps with Nero. Although Reaver has (in his mind) legitimate reasons for sleeping with Nero, Killian promptly breaks up with him.
    • Garrett seems to play this straight to a degree. In The Suicide King he doesn't take it well when he finds out Reno is in love with Silas and in Garden of Spiders he gives permission to Elish to kill his boyfriend if he's being cheated on.
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