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Mediochre Q Seth Series
Mediochre Q Seth
series, otherwise "The Mediochreverse" or just "The Mediochre Series" - although that last
– is an in-progress five-part
series by Calum P Cameron. He started writing it while in high school, primarily out of boredom, but also out of a desire to see if he could write a story about a
unique and powerful Doctor-like
individual while having them
remain realistically human and fallible
really likes dragons
Charlotte Johnson is an
Ordinary High School Student
whose parents have forced her to move to Edinburgh, Scotland – with predictably resentful results on her part. So far, so normal. Then, one day, she is almost run over by a lorry.
The driver of this lorry is one
Professor Doctor Laird Sir Mediochre Quirinius Seth, PhD MusD MSc CBE OBE MIMC VC-Bar
– although he prefers just 'Mediochre' or 'Dr Seth' – an eccentric 'dracologist' from the parallel society that has existed for generations hidden from Charlotte’s own world by a government-enforced
. A society very much like her own, but with a few important differences – most obviously: magic.
The world turns out to be a lot more dangerous and interesting than Charlotte had initially assumed, full of giant dragons, emotionless half-vampires, powerful magic-users (or 'mancers', to use
the correct term
) and, of course, Mediochre himself, who's never been the same since
an accident in his past
trapped in a fifteen-year-old body
able to calculate probabilities exactly at the drop of a hat
. And those are the people on
side. Or at least, she's pretty sure they are. It's hard to tell, sometimes...
For more information, visit the series's
When complete, the series will consist of:
The Good, the Bad and the Mediochre ( available now) – in which Charlotte pretty-much forces her way into Mediochre’s ongoing adventure in returning a rare dragon egg to its mother and thwarting the dragon-slaying attempts of an international smuggling ring. But things are never that simple around Mediochre, and it starts to look like there may be a grander conspiracy at work here... Black, White and Shades of Mediochre ( Ditto) - in which a mancy-related murder practically on Charlotte's doorstep gives her a way back into the Mantically Aware world and Mediochre's life, just in time for them to get uncomfortably caught up in the increasingly-murky issue of Undead-human relations. Naturally, it soon turns out that something even worse than murder is going down here, and if someone doesn't stop it then the consequences will be world-changing... Caught Mediochre-Handed - Coming Summer 2014 Sent into Mediochre-drive Mediochrity
For Christmas 2012, the author also wrote a
short story featuring
which functions as a sort of prequel to the main series. It was initially posted to his
, but eventually uploaded to the website
For those wondering, the name 'Mediochre' is an intentional pun on '
' – although in-universe, Mediochre insists it’s a shade of red between
pale ochre and dark ochre
The author is
literally One of Us
, so expect
a lot of tropes
This series provides examples of:
Series as a Whole
The Good, the Bad and the Mediochre
Absent-Minded Professor: Dean Kiwi Mashuga. Subverted Added Alliterative Appeal: The Sapphire Smuggling Syndicate. And Your Little Dog Too: The SSS thugs threatening Charlotte. Arch-Enemy: Mediochre and Maelstrom go way back... Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: The list of charges against Mediochre ends on 'disturbing the peace'. Badass Grandpa: Forthan Forth. Badass in a Nice Suit: Antler, until he suffers Clothing Damage. Barbarian Hero: Maelstrom is a deconstruction. BFG: Missile-Bee Launchers. : Sapphire. Big Bad Friend Big Damn Heroes: Joseph vs Isobel; Mediochre vs Maelstrom. Bill... Bill... Junk... Bill...: Charlotte looking into classrooms.
Empty, empty, empty, empty except for a teacher who clearly didn't get enough of her classroom when she was actually teaching or something...
Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Kiwi Mashuga. Blond Guys Are Evil: Antler. The Cavalry: Subverted. The timely arrival of the MIPF at the end wasn't . quite timely enough to help much Clothing Damage: "Dhampinella’s biggest injury seemed to have been to her coat." Antler's suit also gets ruined by the explosion. The Coats Are Off: Dhampinella, before taking on the entire SSS army at once. CPR (Clean, Pretty, Reliable): Averted. Joseph: " I can’t do CPR on someone who doesn't " have a chest! Cutting the Knot: Mediochre once brought down a whole load of criminals in a single blow by punching the fire alarm. Joseph gets into an SSS store room by breaking the lock. Da Chief: The St Merlin's Security Chief. Damsel in Distress: Hélène. Diabolical Mastermind: Sapphire. Domino Revelation: Charlotte struggles to cope with the fact the world won't stop defying what she believes it to be like. Doomed Hometown: Maelstrom's Freudian Excuse. Dragon with an Agenda: Maelstrom and the tempomancer. Dramatic Pause: Mediochre. Mediochre: "I have... a plan." Egg Mcguffin: Glint. Empathic Environment: "Charlotte would have sworn that the temperature in the room had just dropped." Et Tu, Brute?: Mediochre is really displeased when Kiwi turns out to be evil. Everything's Better with Princesses: Hélène. Evil Counterpart: Maelstrom to Mediochre. Evil Inc.: The Sapphire Storage Facility, a front for the Sapphire Smuggling Syndicate. Evil Matriarch: Kiwi puts her own daughter in danger to further her scheme. Evil Teacher: Dean Kiwi Mashuga (OK, technically a Dean is not a teacher). Exact Words: How Isobel beats the lie detector. Exit Villain Stage Left: Danny and the tempomancer. Exposition of Immortality: Melinda's paintings show that Mediochre is even older than he had previously implied. Eye Scream: Deep Ocean gets a stun dart in the eye. Family-Unfriendly Death: Both the dragon in the painting and Maelstrom. Femme Fatale: Beth Diamond is an arguable inversion. Five-Bad Band: Freudian Excuse: Maelstrom's hatred of dragons stems from the destruction of his home village. Friendly Enemy: Mediochre and Queen MAB. Lampshaded via Sam and Ralph reference. Friend or Idol Decision: Given to Mediochre and Joseph by the tempomancer. Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!: Combined with Megaton Punch by Joseph to snap Mediochre out of it when he goes psycho. Guns Akimbo: One of the SSS thugs. Heel-Face Turn: Oscar and Stephanie. Heroic Sacrifice: Subverted by Danny. I Have Your Wife: We have your many-times-great aunt. I Know You Know I Know: Alluded to a couple of times. Impossibly Tacky Clothes: Kiwi Mashuga, for lulz. Infinity+1 Sword: Maelstrom's Blood Iron sword. Ironic Echo: "You have something of mine", and later, " It ". is all in the wrist! I Take Offense to That Last One: Charlotte is less affronted by Mediochre's leaving than by his inability to use a door like a normal person. It Is Pronounced Tro PAY: Dhampinella's name is pronounced "Vamp-in-ella". Joseph: "Spelt with a D-H, pronounced with a V. Don't ask me why; her parents were weird." Kansas City Shuffle: How they get both in and out of the Sapphire Storage Facility. Let's Split Up, Gang: Complete with Scooby-Doo reference. Made of Explodium: Fire glands. Mauve Shirt: Oscar, Stephanie and Kurt. Metaphorgotten: Mediochre: "This whole scene could have stepped out of a cheesy fantasy adventure were it not for the fact that scenes are incapable of stepping anywhere due to severe deficiency in the foot department." Milkman Conspiracy: Sapphire is actually Kiwi Mashuga. The Mole: Danny is TOWIR's mole, and Kiwi is the SSS's... sort of. Mook-Face Turn: Oscar and Stephanie. Motive Rant: Maelstrom gives one to Charlotte. My Friends... and Zoidberg: In the acknowledgements. My Kung-Fu Is Stronger Than Yours: Mediochre: "When it comes to freaky powers, I do beat you." Name's the Same: "Not that Queen" and "Different Merlin." Never Bring a Knife to a Fist Fight: Sort-of inverted. Danny brings one to a gunfight and, naturally, wins. Never Mess with Granny: Melinda takes out several thugs from her wheelchair. Nobody Touches the Hair: Mediochre. No, Except Yes: Charlotte's "I wasn’t drooling; I was admiring" and Joseph's "It’s not hypocrisy; it's Mediochrisy." Noodle Implements: Prometheus Modern has seemingly done surgery with a kitchen knife, some slightly rusted tweezers, a bottle of Schnapps and a length of wool. Noodle Incident: Several, most notably Mediochre fighting off a horde of Undead with his teeth. Only One Name: Maelstrom. Ordinary High School Student: Charlotte. Out-Gambitted: The SSS and then Maelstrom, both by Mediochre. Out of the Inferno: Justified by Isobel, who’s a pyromancer. Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: " I... liked... that... hair." Red Shirt Army: The MIPF and the SSS. Refuge in Audacity: Sapphire uses it to hide herself and her syndicate. The Reveal: Mediochre's 'accident'; Sapphire's identity. Right-Hand Attack Dog: Beowulf. Self Stitching: Joseph doesn't actually stitch himself, but he does cut a bullet out of his own hand and bind it up. Shaped Like Itself: "Unexpected unexpectedness." She Is Not My Girlfriend: An SSS thug describes Charlotte as Mediochre's girlfriend when they've only just met. Mediochre gets sarcastic at him. Sherlock Scan: Mediochre does it at the dragon's cave. Smug Snake: Antler. So You Want to Live Forever: Maelstrom. The Starscream: The tempomancer, sort of. Stealth Pun: . Kitty Pride is a real person – the character was named after a living artist : Mediochre suffers from this Stupid Sexy Friend in regards to Charlotte. : Subverted – Mediochre is determined not to let it get that far. Teacher/Student Romance This Means War!: Mediochre has his own equivalent phrase. The End... Or Is It?: The last line in the book:
." Almost certainly Those Two Bad Guys: The Bomb Brothers. Treasure Room: Deep Ocean has several. Unfazed Everyman: Charlotte. Universal Driver's Licence: Double-subverted – Mediochre can't fly the helicopter initially, but he learns pretty quickly. The Unreveal: Rowan almost reveals Mediochre's backstory to Charlotte. Mediochre: "If she does, she's not permitted to tell you." Unwitting Pawn: Maelstrom. To several people. The Vamp: Danny seduces Charlotte as part of TOWIR's plan. Virgin Power: Both unicorns and dragons are apparently drawn to virgins. Visual Pun: The cover is a shade of red almost slap in the middle of the ochre spectrum. It is literally medi-ochre. The Voice: Most of the members of TOWIR. We Can Rule Together: The tempomancer offers Joseph the chance to switch sides. Well, Excuse Me, Princess!: Joseph to Hélène. What the Hell, Hero?: Bizarrely inverted – Joseph reassures Mediochre that what he did was justifiable. Joseph seems to be more loyal to Mediochre than he is to morality. Who Names Their Kid "Dude"?: Charlotte asks Mediochre something similar concerning his own name. With My Hands Tied: Mediochre reputedly once fought off a horde of Undead with his hands full ( apparently of Joseph's unconscious form) and one foot stuck. You Killed My Father: Mentioned as how Dhampinella met Joseph. You Shall Not Pass: Dhampinella against the SSS. Also Danny, but his was part of the tempomancer's scheme.
Black, White and Shades of Mediochre
Absurdly-Spacious Sewer: Partially justified. The older parts of Edinburgh's sewage system pretty absurdly spacious. And it's mentioned that they've been widened in secret. are Action Mom: Ms Du Barry. To ridiculous extremes. All Your Base Are Belong to Us: The attack on the Dusk, symbolic home of the Undead. Arrow Catch: Almost comically done with a paper aeroplane. Badass Boast: The necromancer gives a couple. Badass in Distress: Mediochre, if you count him as a Badass. Bad Powers, Bad People: You don’t appear to get good necromancers. Ever. Better Than a Bare Bulb: This book has even more lampshades being hung than the first one - mostly from Gambit and Joseph. Beware the Nice Ones: Irena – naturally, her being a Pontianak. BFG: Joseph’s flame-charm launcher. Big Bad: The necromancer... ostensibly... Big Damn Gunship: A fantasy-specific variant with Leeroy. Big Damn Heroes: Archie and the religious leaders. Twice. Big "WHAT?!": Noteworthy, because one of them came from . Also done in Dhampinella three-part harmony at one point. Blondes Are Evil: Guinevere Spencer certainly qualifies. Blood Magic: It can rejuvenate you if you’re a Vampire. Born in the Wrong Century: Millacra, fortunately for Rowan. Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: "Stake, Bowie knife, splintered end of your own arm..." Call Back: Several, notably to Dhampinella’s family history. Captain Ersatz: Subverted – it’s implied Millacra is Le Fanu’s Carmilla. Card-Carrying Villain: The necromancer. Catch and Return: Irena does it with a firebomb. The Champion: Quicksilver is a villainous example, with her devotion to Guinevere Spencer. Chess Motifs: All over the place, though some of it is Faux Symbolism. Clasp Your Hands If You Deceive: Fervour. He thinks it looks wise. Clothing Damage: So many instances that it becomes noteworthy when Quila Russet fails to suffer any. The Coats Are Off: Inverted – Joseph very deliberately dons his coat before he gets dangerous. The Cobbler's Children Have No Shoes: Sort of – the ambulance driver failed to get his friend to a medic. Cold-Blooded Torture: Scourge Worms. Creepy Child: The necromancer, although not exactly a child. Critical Existence Failure: The necromancer literally explodes all over his own island. Cutting the Knot: Joseph gets into the Humanist Movement HQ with threats. Cut Your Heart Out With A Spoon: Subverted. Joseph threatens to shove a gun down Gambit’s throat so far that it gives him constipation. He then does so. And fires the gun. Deader than Dead: The necromancer must be killed in body, soul and mind. Demonic Possession: The necromancer used this to survive. Determinator: Sable rivals Mediochre himself in this regard. Deus ex Machina: Lampshaded by Rowan. Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu??: No. I shot him. Distressed Dude: Mediochre. Does This Remind You of Anything??: Abrahams and Fervour are a little bit fascist, bordering on BNP. Millacra's obsession with Rowan, meanwhile, plays out like a stalking and attempted rape. Double Entendre: "Until they could sterilise her" wasn't meant to be one... : Leeroy. Dracolich The Dragon: Gambit to the necromancer. Tiffany Quicksilver to Guinevere Spencer. Dramatic Wind: Because the only thing cooler than Joseph Carrion is Joseph Carrion with air conditioning. Elaborate Underground Base: Lampshaded severely. Enemy Mine: Joseph and Charlotte have to team up with Sable. Enfant Terrible: The necromancer... sort of... Everything's Deader with Zombies: One of the few types of Undead that aren't important in-book at all – the author just put them in because, in a book about The Undead, you can't not. Evil Is Hammy: The necromancer and Guinevere Spencer have their moments, but Gambit blows them out of the park. Evil Redhead: Gambit. It's a Strigoi thing. Face-Heel Turn: Dr Modern. Fantastic Nuke: The Reaper. Fantastic Racism: The Humanist Movement are a Human Supremacy group. Five Rounds Rapid: Referenced by name by Joseph. Fluffy the Terrible: Leeroy? LEEROY? Foe-Tossing Charge: Millacra against the Humanists. Foetus Terrible: The necromancer possessed his current body when it was an embryo. Forced to Watch: Obsidian threatens Joseph with this regarding Dhampinella to keep him in line. For the Evulz: Spencer has no interest in the cause beyond it's ability to serve as an excuse to kill things. From a Certain Point of View: Mediochre is the oldest man alive, "depending on what you count as a man". Gallows Humour: Mediochre remembers Pigeon for this. Genocide Dilemma: Oddly, barely brought up. A Glass of Chianti: Subverted. Archie the Vampire is drinking wine when Charlotte first meets him, but he turns out to be perhaps the only unambiguously-good Vampire in the series. Good Scars, Evil Scars: Jack Abrahams has an evil one running from his mouth to his eye. Goshdang It To Heck: Tanner, until Fervour breaks him. Guns Akimbo: Joseph does this when escaping some Vampires. Half-Breed Discrimination: The Humanist Movement towards Dhampir. Hannibal Lecture: Dante on Joseph; Mediochre on Gambit. Heat Wave: And it’s a plot point. Heel-Face Revolving Door: Millacra and Melinoe have both seemingly spent decades doing this. Heel-Face Turn: Leeroy. Sable sort-of did one before the story began. Heroic Sacrifice: Leeroy. Millacra. He's Back: Mediochre, naturally. Hoist by His Own Petard: The necromancer, by binding himself to a body, ensures his eventual death. Humans Are Bastards: Joseph thinks so.
Humanist (after getting punched): "Resorting to the Neanderthal now, are we?"
Joseph: "No. That was pure Homo Sapiens." Hyperactive Metabolism: Vampires can regenerate their bodies after drinking enough blood. Drinking Mediochre's blood makes it happen all the faster. I Did What I Had to Do: Joseph's "World of necessity". I Have Many Names: Sable and Millacra. Implacable Man: Gambit's description of Mediochre. Infant Immortality: Averted. Poor little Noddy. Ironic Echo Cut: "I daresay he can get them out alive" cuts to "What d’ya mean we can’t let them out alive?" Karmic Death: The necromancer. Killed Mid-Sentence: Pigeon. Kiss of the Vampire: Subverted by Millacra, who literally kisses Rowan – and then goes to bite her throat out. Large Ham: Gambit. Lampshaded. Lesbian Vampire: Millacra and possibly Guinevere. Lex Luthor Security: Mediochre gets in and out of Fervour’s office undetected... somehow. Mad Doctor: Prometheus Modern. Mad Scientist: Prometheus Modern. The Man Behind the Man: Jasper is behind the necromancer, with The Organisation Which I Represent behind him. Mathematician's Answer: Mediochre, Tanner, Obsidian and Melinoe all give them at different points while being uncooperative. Medium Awareness: Maybe?
Mediochre: "You’ve got me speaking in italics woman!" Monster Mash: The Dusk. Motive Misidentification: Sable hasn't been paid to take out Melinoe – she’s investigating a world domination plan which Melinoe is part of. My Rule-Fu Is Stronger Than Yours: Mediochre to Chrome. Name's the Same: Causes some confusion, since Jacqueline Sable is given the media nickname ' Jack Black'.
Joseph: "Jack Black is back... Yep. That one." Night of the Living Mooks: The various Undead under the necromancer’s control. Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: Undead germs, and later an undead dragon. Noodle Incident: Who's Samantha Travis? Not Hyperbole: Joseph to Gambit.
Joseph: "Don’t say I didn't warn you." Not So Stoic: Dhampinella finally shows some human emotions - when her sister gets involved. : Fervour's proposed solution to the Nuke 'Em Big Bad. Or rather, Reaper 'Em. Obi-Wan Moment: Leeroy gets a very dignified death scene. Oh Crap: Everyone gives one when Dhampinella produces the following result for nearby Undead:
Dhampinella: "I lose count after seventeen trillion." Oh, No... Not Again!: Only One Name: Dante. OOC Is Serious Business: loses her cool and even Dhampinella . swears mildly Our Liches Are Different: Some of them, anyway. It's even noted that the word is pronounced differently here. Painting the Fourth Wall: The necromancer’s thoughts are in a separate font in an attempt to simulate Voice of the Legion. Plot Coupon: The phylacteries. Precision F-Strike: Dhampinella gives a Precision D Strike. It works because it's literally the only time she has ever been anything but tersely polite. Previously On: The plot of Book I is summarised at the start. Prophetic Name: The fate of Prometheus Modern. Psycho Lesbian: Guinevere, probably. She could equally be a Depraved Bisexual or just a Camp Straight Sissy Villain with a love of Gay Bravado. Punctuated! For! Emphasis!:
Joseph:"Where. Is. She?" Parenthetical Swearing: Tanner very carefully measures the way he says "sir" to Fervour. Puppet King: Mediochre believes Fervour may be this. Pursued Protagonist: Quill in the opening. He doesn't get very far. Red Eyes, Take Warning: Because a Vampire is about to eat you. (Also lampshaded with Leeroy.) The Reveal: Two big ones – the identity of Purity/Hyde and the true nature of the necromancer. Room Full of Crazy: In a variation, Dante has a Room Full Of Impatient. Rule of Cool: The main reason given for Joseph's Guns Akimbo moment. Also mentioned in the zontanecrological note. Sarcasm Failure: Charlotte, in the Edinburgh Kiss's hideout. Save the Villain: Mediochre saves Doctor Modern. Shades of Conflict: Referenced by the title. For the most part, the denizens of the Dusk are White, while the Humanist Movement and the Edinburgh Kiss are two opposing types of Black. Maccabeus Fervour is Grey bordering on Black, with Queen MAB and the main party as A Lighter Shade of Grey. The necromancer is a whole new level of Black, but we still don't really know what shade The Organisation Which I Represent is. Shirtless Scene: Mediochre, Melinoe and Joseph each get one. Mediochre's is completely non-Fanservicey because he's physically fifteen and being eaten by a worm at the time; Melinoe's would be Fanservicey if she wasn't covered in her own blood at the time (mind you, some people like that...); and Joseph's... well, [[Fanservice the fans deserved something]]... Shmuck Bait: The 'Call MIPF' button. Shoot the Dog: As Joseph explains, that's what he's for. Slouch of Villainy: Dante – although he might just be tired. Smug Snake: Gambit and Fervour both. Somebody Set Up Us the Bomb: Fittingly takes place just after All Your Base Are Belong to Us. Soul Jar: The necromancer has both his phylacteries. Stealth Pun: Jacqueline Sable is Purity Hyde. Jacqueline/Hyde. Jekyll & Hyde. Stuffed into the Fridge: Shelly. : Danny. Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome Take a Third Option: It’s mentioned that both Joseph and Mediochre found third options to an old teacher’s personality test. Talking to Themself: Played for laughs with Joseph's internal dialogue. Thanatos Gambit: Possibly from Obsidian. Thicker Than Water: Dhampinella and Melinoe (and, implicitly, their papa.) Thou Shalt Not Kill: Subverted – Joseph prevents Mediochre killing the necromancer, but only so he can do it. Throwaway Guns: Joseph when fighting the Vampires – he has no time to re-holster them. Title Drop: Almost. Joseph talks about black, white and shades of grey. To the Pain: Gambit tries it. Touch of Death: The necromancer can do this. Transformation Is a Free Action: Averted. Millacra's jaw is dislocated because it isn't. Try Not to Die: Joseph says this to Mediochre. Tyrant Takes the Helm: Maccabeus Fervour overthrows the MABGov. Unusual Euphemism: Mediochre uses "Mother-of-pearl!" as a curse at one point. Unstoppable Rage: Being nailed to a wall can't stop an angry Mediochre. Up to Eleven: The freezing charm. Vampire Bites Suck: Sure do. Van Helsing Hate Crimes: Rather appropriately committed by Zac Abrahams. Waking The Sleeping Giant: Millacra did so want to remain neutral... Whatever Happened To The Mouse: Chrome just kinda disappears part-way through. What Measure Is a Non-Human?: Charlotte struggles to decide whether Skeletons are people. What the Hell, Hero?: Melz calls Joseph "a damn fool". What You Are in the Dark: If you're Joseph Carrion, the answer is " kinda scary"... With All Due Respect: Tanner to Fervour. Xanatos Gambit: An impressive one from Zac Abrahams. You Have Failed Me: The necromancer to Gambit; Obsidian to Danny. You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Obsidian to Gambit. Your Vampires Suck: Several lines could function as a Take That to Twilight. You Shall Not Pass: Millacra holds off Tiffany for Joseph and Charlotte.
Born to Raise the Sons of Earth (Short Story)
Abnormal Ammo: Up to Eleven. The Depleted Phlebotinum Shells in Joseph's pistol are said to be abnormal even for him. Ascended Extra: Mad Lex Gunpowder was mentioned exactly once in The Good, the Bad and the Mediochre. Here, he's much more prominent. An Ass Kicking Christmas: Joseph and Mad Lex Gunpowder spend Christmas Eve and the start of Christmas Day fighting Undead. What's not to love? Awesome Aussie: Mad Lex Gunpowder, Joseph's Mentor, turns out to have been Australian. Bash Brothers: Joseph and Lex. Chekhov's Gun: Literally, with Joseph's pistol. Zig-zagged, however, in that it's not the gun that finally kills Stormhold. Also, of the six bullets, only three are useful and one doesn't even get fired. Christmas Episode Eccentric Mentor: Holy crap, LEX. Elite Mooks: Draugar. Jiang-Shi are more rank-and-file. Eye Scream: Bullets don't kill Draugar. But they can blind them... Future Shadowing: Lex advises Joseph to wear more black. When we first meet him in the series, he's wearing black from head to toe. Mad Scientist: Mad Lex Gunpowder. The Magnificent: Stormhold Elect, Dreadlord Servant of the Thousand Voices. Nice Hat: Mad Lex wears a Tyrolean. Prequel: It's set when Joseph is eighteen. He's late 20s in the first book. Pre-Mortem One-Liner: "Ho ho ho, ya third-grade wombat." Saved by the Awesome: It's stated that Mad Lex's genius is the only reason he hasn't been physically incarcerated. Squishy Wizard: Stormhold Elect is a pretty good necromancer, but he goes down immediately when Joseph throws a piece of coal at him. Seldom Seen Species: The fantasy equivalent. How many other stories contain Draugar and Jiang-Shi? Talkative Loon: Stormhold Elect. Teen Genius: Joseph turns out to have been one, which makes sense since he is a Professor by the time of the main series. Also, Mad Lex Gunpowder earned a doctorate at seventeen. Yeah. Titled After the Song: The title is a line from 'Hark, the Herald Angels Sing'. In the song, it refers to Jesus bringing eternal life to human souls. Here, it refers to necromancy. Trigger Happy: Mad Lex Gunpowder, although we knew that already. It implies he struggles to think clearly unless he's shooting at something. Wooden Katanas Are Even Better: Justified here in that it's peachwood, which Jiang-Shi are said to be repulsed by.