Les Chimères de Mirinar (Chimaeras of Mirinar) is a French serial of dark fantasy, deconstructing most of fantasy figures into an action adventure packaged with violent psychology and political reflection.The story focuses on the vain and parallel evolution of two childhood friends, Elsy the mercenary and Elodianne the magician. These two women have great ambition and divergent philosophies.The first novel, Teliam Vore, also recalls the recent past of the country, with a mutant epidemic restricted by three brave officers, Orcreste Damnis, Corbes Salven and Teliam Vore. The first became ruler of the country, the second a provincial governor, and the third a crazy guy. The sad destiny of Teliam Vore is primordial to the main plot, as he will come back with inhuman and sinister features and lead a magical terrorist squad against the government. Elsy and her mercenary agency are led to a suicide mission against these renegades.The second novel, Les reflets du temps (Reflections of time), focus on the mirror-worlds (magical Mind Screw pocket universes) and the distant past and future. Chapters are more independent and there is not recurrent bad guys (or Big Bad) at the time being.
Les Chimères de Mirinar provides examples of:
Alien Sky: In some of Elodianne's visions. Also in the religious paintings.
Battle Discretion Shot: Only one in the first novel: the great battle with hundreds of magicians, warrior monks and soldiers against a lot of Blasphemies led by Teliam Vore himself. The novel only shows us the aftermath. May be part of the Deconstruction approach.
Beginner's Luck: Elsy is a young woman with practically only street fighting experience. You may think someone could know better than send her against powerful magicians and Eldritch Abominations.
Betty and Veronica: Subverted. The Vorians' "love triangle" is merely a delusion born of boring times and hermit's life. But vaguely, Laudane is Betty and Amaranthe is Veronica.
Character Development: Elsy begins the first novel as an ambitious (occasionally) murdering mercenary and becomes a cold-hearted assassin with no consideration for most of human lives before the end of the story. Elodianne seems to be adult and responsible but progressively becomes irritated and pessimistic. Noelien seems to be a smiling nerd in the first place, but becomes more and more hateful and bashing with the time. Eldee has a lot of trust and dreams, forgetting the horror of his own actions, but he realizes this is not a game... the hard way.
Character Focus: Chapter 7 of the first novel is mainly Ohya-centered. Also, the Aurterre arc gives us generous amounts of Salven's viewpoint.
Clarke's Third Law: In some ways. Mirinar magic seems to be the precise utilization of scientific laws of the Verse, follows rigid laws, and has a lot of research teams and public application.
Deadly Fireworks Display: The two most-talented Vorians, Amaranthe and Laudane, have especially flashy deaths. The first explodes in a thousand shades of glasses due to an extrapolation of some mirror magic laws, and the second uses dark Applied Phlebotinum for a kamikaze attack. Doesn't end well.
Final Boss Preview: Apparently played straight: Teliam Vore shows up in Central Palace and kills lots of soldiers. Definitely subverted when one of the Vorians reveals he was gravely hurt and nearly broken, but with all witnesses of his state killed.
Floating Advice Reminder: Played... strange. Elsy has black clouds in her head in one chapter and a Blasphemy tentacle hits it. Figuratively.
Hidden Depths: Ohya. He seems to be able to speak Ark State language correctly, and beside, is revealed to be more introspective than most characters. Also the Vorians.
Holding Back the Phlebotinum: Literally. Basilien, a strictly non-magician kind of guy, finds a greatly magical artifact... and hides it For the Lulz. Also, black amber is an unknown thing for almost all magicians in the Ark State.
Magic A Is Magic A: We don't know all of the laws regarding Mirinar magic, but already a lot, clearly in an attempt to make it at least look logical.
Magic from Technology: Maybe. A popular theory is that Mirinar Arks are part of an ancient and futuristic structure carrying some psionic energy. Hell, Jesus himself could be in the Arks — we already saw divine Light, an exploding giant cyborg creature and The Virus going out of these things. Maybe the Arks are totally made of Narrativium?
Power Gives You Wings: Subverted. Teliam Vore's unique wing doesn't give him any special ability. Also, the wing is spectacularly bulky and almost useless.
Power Dyes Your Hair: Subverted. Teliam Vore's hair is black, but he dyes it blue and green with dye. Later, after an unholy metamorphosis turning him into some kind of powerful golem/zombie/alien creature, his hair is of natural color again.
Power Echoes: Literally, with the twin sisters and aquilonian magicians.
Trouble Follows You Home: TWO TIMES. After the Aurterrian mission, Elsy and Basilien go home, only to see Eldritch Horrors everywhere. Later, after the messy and traumatizing final battle against the Teliam Vore golem and all of the Vorians, Elsy & Co. go home, only to see that there are important riots in West Mirinèce.From Bad to Worse.
Unobtainium: Blue crystal and black amber. Both seem to be magic incredibly concentrated, and can make some strange things work. Like using magic in a mirror-world.
Upgrade Artifact: Played straight. Elsy, Basilien, Elodianne, Noelien, Eldee, Laudane all get one of them. Respectively [[spoiler:a good and precious blade, a black amber knife, a black amber belt, a Blasphemy-decoy artifact, and murderous lightning black amber sharpened blade. Maybe inverted with Basilien's knife, which is in no way useful to him.
Victory Is Boring: Damnis de Mirinece really doesn't like his current work as leader of the country. In his solitary chapter, he is tempted to screw responsibilities and to go to adventure. Also, Salven, seeing all the ridiculous propaganda, now understands how foolish he was to wish for glory.
Weapon of Choice: Elsy, who was some kind of gangster and street fighter before the first novel, fights with a knuckle duster. Basilien, same kind of past, mainly uses knives. Teliam Vore, when he comes back, has the Vore Helix, a baroque and giant weapon with two blades and a lot of pikes. The list just goes on.
We Have Forgotten the Phlebotinum: Elsy realizes, way too late during her suicide mission, how much matierist magicians could have been useful against opponents who spectacularly alter the environment all the time.
Obliquely Obfuscated Occupation: Maître Serpolet. He works for the government, that’s for sure. He isn’t some political figure, that’s something too. He isn’t from intelligence either. So… why does he always give Elsy and Elodianne their special missions, why is he called "Maître" ("Master", an official title in France for certain judicial jobs, for a high rank in the military, and for university degrees), and why is he so mysterious and sometimes sarcastic?
What the Hell, Hero? – Very quickly in the first chapter of the first novel. Elsy commits murder. Also, in the novel final, Pasquin wants her to stop her bloody rampage of terrified antagonists.
With Friends Like These...: Most of the Vorians. Especially, Noelien doesn’t seem to be so appreciated by his friends, and he doesn’t like them a lot, either.
With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: Teliam Vore grows as one of the most powerful magicians in history, distinguishes himself in a war without comparison against an epidemic of abominable creatures... and finally turns batshit insane. Also, Noelien and Laudane during their final battles.
The Worf Effect: Ohya and Manoha, mainly. The Atepehian people are so strong and resistant, they make excellent Worfs.
Wrong Genre Savvy: Sort of. The Vorians are all huge fanboys of pulp fiction, so they could have guessed their precise role in the main story – the bad guys who get a tragic fate.
Wrong Turn at Albuquerque: In the third chapter of the first novel, Elsy and Basilien get horribly lost in a Scum forest. Traumatic chase ensues.
Younger than They Look: Teliam Vore when he comes back. Cause unknown. Maybe the Olgueron process or some Vorian experiment.
Zero Approval Gambit: Eldee tries to think he is doing this. That’s delusional, and by the end of the first novel, following his capitulation, he has a violent epiphany: he’s nothing more than a mass murderer.