Literature: Of Fear and Faith
"To have faith is to have wings."Of Fear and Faith
is a Web Serial Novel
hosted on FurAffinity
and written by Silver Wolf
that focuses on the themes of, well, fear and faith
, using characters borrowed from various users on FA
The plot starts off with August
being approached by mysterious talking animals (Vatra and Noble) that offer the two a chance to accompany them on a journey. They won't say where they're going or how they'll get there, only that the two men will find their destinies on the path, an offer which neither of them can refuse despite all logic and reason warning them against it.
Other characters join the group along the way (usually at Vatra's
insistence) including North
, a religious man who is one of very few to still believe in God, Elin
, a bubbly Cat Girl
with deep-seated emotional scars, Aiden
, a self-centered Ladykiller in Love
, a shy submissive girl who's in love with Aiden, Tel
, a brave young idealist, and Kavik
, a cool and confident Blood Knight
The story focuses primarily on the eight main characters and their Character Development
as they fight against the Nichts
, demonic creatures that have reduced most of the world to a wasteland, the Voices
, powerful demons that can manipulate the minds and senses of people, and the Disciples, the military organization that keeps what's left of the world in order, through whatever means necessary
The story can be read on the author's blog here
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- Ambiguously Bi: Aiden flirts with literally every woman he meets, although he mentions he's used his charms on men as well and seemingly flirts with Tel on a couple of occasions.
- Bi the Way: August and Lilac, on the other hand, are much less ambiguous.
- Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: Elin is easily distracted by noises, insects and pickles and her narration will sometimes drift off topic to notice minute details and trivial things that are unrelated to the scene as a whole.
- Badass Boast: North gets one of these when fighting against Fear.
"Donít try to intimidate me, monster! I am North Avalon, beloved son and steadfast soldier of the Most High God! And I will not back down!"
- Beware the Nice Ones: Phenix is a very well-mannered individual and a bit of a push over, but donít threaten his friends. He wonít kill you, but he will make you wish he did.
- Blood Knight:
- Cannot Spit It Out: Played with. Lilac and Aiden admit they're attracted to and flirt with one another, but both refuse to admit (even to themselves) that they're in love with each other.
- The Casanova: Aiden, who seems to be able to successfully flirt with any and every woman he meets.
- The Cavalry: Luthian arrives just in time to save August from being killed by Fear.
- Chivalrous Pervert: Double Subverted with Aiden. He comes off as this, but itís mostly an act. Except with Lilac.
- The Chooser of The One: Vatra, who picked out her recruits personally with her instincts, as opposed to Noble who was given specific directions on who to find.
- Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: Phenix and August before Vatra and Noble come along. The rest of the crew seem to be this as well, but those two are the most explicit.
- Doomed Hometown: Elinís home town was destroyed by Nichts three months before the story began. Bringing this up seems to be the only thing capable of dampening her spirits.
- The Dreaded:
- Even though August had never seen it before, Fear's presence sent shivers down his spine. Fittingly enough.
- The group (especially Elin) is terrified by the prospect of running into Ferro, the leader of the Disciples of Strength. As it turns out, they have good reason to be.
- Even the Guys Want Him: According to Aiden, it's not just the ladies who fall for his charms (something which he occasionally exploits).
- Extreme Doormat: Phenix has absolutely zero backbone when dealing with women.
- First-Person Smartass: Pretty much every character has shades of this.
- The Gadfly: Kavik says and does things specifically to push people's buttons, but he sincerely cares about his friends and knows where to draw the line.
- Genki Girl: Elin has no shortage of energy and enthusiasm, sometimes to other characters' misfortune.
- Handsome Lech: Aiden is more this than a Chivalrous Pervert, not really giving any thought to the feelings of the women he's pursuing (the main reason he's upset about his girlfriend cheating is only because she cheated on him first). This however, does not apply around Lilac.
- Hates Being Touched: August, except by Scarlet and North.
- The Heartless: The Voices are powerful Nichts created from humankindís negative emotions that instill that emotion in people by their mere presence.
- Heroic Self-Deprecation:
- Lilac's narration is riddled with self-deprecating comments, especially when talking to or about Aiden.
- August and Phenix often have bad things to say about themselves as well, but not nearly to the extent that Lilac does.
- Human Sacrifice: Elin is almost sacrificed by a cult trying to summon Nichts to do their bidding.
- I'm Having Soul Pains: August says it feels like Fear is choking his soul when it's around.
- I Need a Freaking Drink: August, after trying to talk to people.
- Incest Subtext:
- Augustís narration where Scarlet is concerned comes off like this at first but it becomes clear that he is indeed attracted to her, although he's not happy about that at all.
- With Scarlet it's much more ambiguous, as she does seem to flirt with him but she may just be teasing him to make him uncomfortable (according to August she even flirted with him when they were kids, so make of that what you will).
- Innocent Prodigy: Tel, who, while not a child, is very sweet and innocent but also incredibly perceptive and good at understanding how people think and how to talk to them.
- Jumped at the Call:
- Elin eagerly jumps at the chance to join Phenix's party when asked. After all, it's way better than being stuck alone in the woods forever.
- North and Tel both seem to require little if any convincing by Vatra in order to join her mysterious quest (although both of their conversations with her are offscreen).
- Ladykiller in Love: Aiden flirts and lays with pretty much every woman who crosses his path, and then he meets Lilac. He doesn't understand why he's suddenly head over heels for her or how to handle it.
- The Leader: North is a type II, being calm, rational and helping keep the team centered and focused.
- Love at First Sight: Deconstructed.
- Aiden and Lilac fall in love with each other upon meeting but both refuse to believe it because Aiden doesn't want to get attached to anyone and Lilac doesn't want to get hurt.
- August falls in love with a woman after seeing her picture in a locket and then thinks he's lost his mind.
- Martial Pacifist:
- Phenix, who doesn't like to fight and refuses to kill but is a badass fighter and can use magic to set people on fire without killing them.
- North is an odd mix of this and a Blood Knight. He prefers not to resort to violence if he can avoid it, but he really enjoys fighting people he deems evil.
- Mind Rape: A fairly minor example as far as this trope goes, but Fearís presence drives August into a panic almost immediately, messing with all six of his senses.
- Must Have Nicotine: August, who is almost always seen holding, lighting or smoking a cigarette.
- Named Weapons: The Testaments are all Cool Swords personifying a positive emotion or trait, and are named after the thing they embody.
- Nay-Theist: Phenix reveals that he is rather adamant about his disbelief in God when he and North get into a heated discussion about it. Apparently they've had this argument several times before.
- No Sense of Personal Space: Kavik, Elin, Tel and Aiden are all this to varying degrees, but Scarlet outdoes them all, especially around her little brother.
- No Social Skills: Augustís attempts at fraternizing with the other members of the group upon first meeting them are painfully awkward and he doesn't talk at all to anyone outside the group.
- The Obi-Wan: Noble and Vatra found and recruited most of the crew's members and continue to help out as guides to the group.
- Pay Evil unto Evil: North is a firm believer in this, which causes friction between him and Phenix.
- Petting Zoo People: Almost all of the characters are this.
- The Pollyanna: Even immediately after almost being sacrificed by a Nichts-worshipping cult, Elin is still all smiles and giggles.
- Refusal of the Call: Aiden, for about five minutes before meeting Lilac. Kavik and Scarlet also both refuse the call, but with Kavik the call knew where to find him.
- Religion of Evil: The cult underneath Caldera was definitely this, sacrificing people to summon Nichts under their control. Itís unknown what they were planning on doing with them once they were summoned, but it most certainly wasnít anything that would contribute to society.
- The Snark Knight: August considers average people to be weak in either will or mind, but he has very few kind words to say about himself and admits that he only barely managed to rise above those same "weak" people.
- Stepford Smiler: Elin has shades of this, although how much of her bubbly persona is just an act is currently unclear.
- Survivors Guilt: August has this after the second battle with Fear, feeling responsible for the high death toll of said battle since he believes it was his plan that got so many people killed.
- Switching P.O.V.: The story is in first person and all eight of the main characters (and Scarlet) get to narrate at one point or another (occasionally all in the same chapter).
- Talking Animal: Noble and Vatra are this, unlike the rest of the characters who are Petting Zoo People.
- Team Mom: Lilac does her best to take care of her teammates, even at her own expense.
- The Call Knows Where You Live: After Kavik refused Noble and Augustís attempts to recruit him, he was found by another feral Fionbri named Garu who decided to convince Kavik to join August, and refused to take no for an answer.
- The Tease: Scarlet seems to be like this in general, but it's most pronounced with August, as she enjoys flirting with him and wearing revealing outfits around him to make him uncomfortable (although she may have other reasons for doing this).
- Warrior Monk: North, who prays before and after killing people in battle.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Phenix calls out North a couple times for jumping to extremes, but North is adamant about his positions (although he does listen and try to see Phenixís side of things).
- What Kind of Lame Weapon is Love, Anyway?: Phenix's Testament Love is made fun of by some of the others, and even he doesnít understand the logistics of having a weapon that supposedly embodies love.