Literature: Rise Of The Shadows

Lex and Feran Pravi

Lex Claiborne has spent her entire life in a suburban town called Eveswillow. And she hates it. Embittered and dissatisfied about the expectations others have of her, her life seems to be nothing but a slow walk to the unpleasant inevitable. Until she is given a strange crystal pendant for her seventeenth birthday, and she finds herself being followed. Fearing for her safety, she runs off into the nearby woods at night, and unknowingly passes through a doorway to an alien world, in a place called Tsierr, where she is wanted by two opposing factions for her ownership of the crystal, a rare piece of technology. When Arella, leader of the Orrisken faction strikes a bargain with her for temporary employment in exchange for the chance to return home, and the Murighar of the Underfolk sends out his best operatives to capture her, Lex finds herself caught in a bitter rivalry, and part of a story that she barely knows the half of.

Rise of the Shadows is a smattering together of all the speculative fiction genres. Although it would probably classify as fantasy, it blurs edges with sci-fi (not hard sci-fi, mind you) and horror.

Expect individual plot points to change about. The thing is still under heavy construction, as the world is rather challenging to develop, and I want to get the story right.))


Provides examples of:

  • Another Dimension
  • Anti-Hero - Lex and Feran Pravi.
  • Alternate Universe
  • Awesome Anachronistic Apparel - Though the setting is vaguely futuristic in appearance, characters wear many, many styles of clothing originating from many different time periods and cultures.
  • Backstory - Exists for pretty much everything we see.
  • Badass Longcoat - Lex has one of these...and it comes in very useful.
  • Badass Normal - Istvan. He simply fights using martial arts an gathers intelligence, while most everyone else works with their bio-interfaced technology, and he somehow remains as one of Arella's top operatives.
  • Beauty Equals Goodness - Subverted. Lex and Feran Pravi are arguably the most homely of the entire cast, yet they are the central characters. (Although whether they are truly 'good' or not is up to debate.)
  • Beneath the Earth - Murighar has set up his operations and built a citadel deep underground. Additionally, many of the larger cities on this world are built partailly underground.
  • Bittersweet Ending - In the end, nobody gets what they set out for from the start, save for maybe Misty and Istvan. They all wind up pretty hopelessly disappointed, except for the few things that give them some reason to keep on going.
  • Black Eyes of Crazy - Shadow fey.
  • The Charmer - Istvan.
  • Chekhov's Gunman - Feran Pravi.
  • Can't Stay Normal - Lex finds that, being partially shadow fey, actually returning home is hardly what she'd hoped.
  • Character Development - To Lex, Feran Pravi and Misty.
  • The Chessmaster - Feran Pravi shows elements of this. How else do you think he became Murighar's right-hand man?
  • Clarke's Third Law
  • Dark Action Girl - Lex has some fairly unsavory methods when it comes to what she does.
  • Dark Is Not Evil - Practically lives off this trope.
  • Dark World - Tsierr has elements of this.
  • Deadpan Snarker - Chiefly Misty and Lex, to one another.
  • Demi Human - The fey and the underfolk.
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty - Murighar.
  • Early-Bird Cameo - Feran Pravi. Lex does not like him one bit.
  • Enigmatic Minion - Feran Pravi.
  • Eternal English - Averted. Lex has a VERY hard time in Tsierr until she meets Istvan, who, improbably, knows English as well as Tsierran.
  • Eyes of Gold - Feran Pravi.
  • The Fair Folk - The fey are groups of a largely tribal deviation from humans. They can interbreed with humans, but also tend to be more feral, and oftentimes nomadic.
  • Fantastic Racism - Occurs chiefly between the humans and the fey.
  • Fire-Forged Friends - Lex was assigned to kill or incapacitate Feran Pravi. Feran Pravi was assigned to confiscate Lex's crystal, and take her as prisoner. They were perfectly ready to carry out their respective assignments until they each needed the other to survive Murighar's halls.
  • Fangs Are Evil - Subverted. All shadow fey have them, and while they have a bit of a nasty reputation, they can be very nice people.
  • Femme Fatale - Vira borders on this trope, though she does have some shreds of loyalty hidden behind it.
  • Femme Fatalons - The shadow fey.
  • The Fettered - Arella.
  • Fiery Redhead - Subverted. Arella has very distinctive red hair, yet is known for being very level-headed and calm.
  • Five-Man Band
  • Geek Physiques - Feran Pravi is of the skinny variety, though he does have a potbelly.
  • Grey and Gray Morality - Murighar doesn't agree with the way any of the existing societies are run, and so becomes ruler of the Underfolk, where his primary goal is to create a good world for his people, albeit in a rather militaristic and Knight Templar-ish fashion. Arella is the leader of the much larger government faction called the Orrisken, and considers the Underfolk to be a threat to the peace of humans in general, and so wants to suppress them as much as possible. Lex is not very fond of either side, due to her rebellious nature, and Feran Pravi, in his own words, simply does not take sides because any given organisation has too many faults in operation to be truly worth siding with.
  • The Grotesque - Feran Pravi, has a slight hunchback, withered right arm, and various other twisted features. Lex's first thought of him is that he looks like an inbred vulture. He turns out to be very sweet to anyone who treats him with decency.
  • Half-Human Hybrid - Lex, as it turns out, comes to look much like a shadow fey. No one except Arella is quite sure how or why, and she's not telling.
  • Heel-Face Turn - Feran Pravi gets one of these, in Lex's eyes.
  • Hellish Pupils - Shadow fey.
  • Hopeless Suitor: Feran Pravi.
  • Hot for Teacher - Lex to Istvan.
  • Human Mom, Non-Human Dad - Inverted. Here, it's human dad, nonhuman mom.
  • Insufferable Genius - Misty.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold - Despite her sarcasm, temper, and apparent harsh attitude, Lex has a soft spot for her friends, and will stand by them through nearly anything.
  • Knife Nut - Lex. Though she'd rather be a gun nut.
  • Knight Templar - Murighar wants to build a utopia for his people. He will not let a sigle person stand in his way, and any defectors from his cause will be punished most severely.
  • The Lad-ette - Lex spits, cusses, and barring the presence of a good brawl, she's not above creating one herself.
  • Lady in Red - Arella's favourite outfit consists of a slinky red dress with spaghetti straps.
  • Leeroy Jenkins - Lex has a tendency to run headfirst into a fight, and damn the consequences, whether or not that fight is a reasonable idea.
  • Ley Line - The crossing of these allow for a doorway to be opened between worlds.
  • Lovable Nerd - Feran Pravi.
  • Lovable Rogue - Istvan, when he's not directly aiding Arella.
  • Magic from Technology - Pretty much everything that keeps the human world running and surviving.
  • Master of the Mixed Message - Lex, very much this to Feran Pravi.
  • Meaningful Name - Feran Pravi, from Latin feralis for "of the dead" and pravus for "crooked".
  • Mr. Fanservice - Istvan
  • My Girl Back Home - Della, to Istvan. Unfortunately Lex doesn't know this until she confesses that she likes him.
  • Names to Run Away From Really Fast - Oddly, this occurs with the protagonists. See Meaningful Name above.
  • Oblivious to Love - Lex is very much in denial about Feran Pravi's attraction to her, to the point where she refuses to see it until Pravi himself brings it up.
  • Pointy Ears - The fey, naturally.
  • Power Crystal - Well, durr.
  • Punk Punk
  • The Rainman - Feran Pravi often speaks in oddly phrased sentences, has a hard time interacting with people, and can be rather detached and amoral, but he is VERY good at manipulating situations themselves to suit his purpose.
  • Rebellious Spirit - Lex.
  • Renaissance Man - Feran Pravi kind of needs to be this to survive at all.
  • The Resenter - Lex to Misty and Della.
  • Rich Bitch - Misty.
  • Romantic Runner-Up - Feran Pravi to Lex and Lex to Istvan.
  • Sexy Mentor - Istvan, and how!
  • Smug Snake - Lex can be this at times. This is the main reason some other characters want to smack her around, hard.
  • Shiny Midnight Black - The hair colour of the shadow fey.
  • Silly Rabbit, Romance Is for Kids! - Lex: "What, you mean Istvan? More like I'm in lust with him. I mean, he's gorgeous, but I just don't do the sappy romance thing." and "Pfft, everyone should be allowed one chance to act like a hopeless sap once in their lives without judgement later on."
  • Sliding Scale of Idealism Versus Cynicism - Swings back and forth between the two ends frequently. Mood Dissonance anyone?
  • Squishy Wizard - Feran Pravi is perhaps the cleverest of the team, but he's also completely out of shape, and has a crippled right arm.
  • Team Mom - Arella
  • Technopath - The Orrisken.
  • Tomboyish Name - Guess.
  • Translation Convention - Done for the Tsierran language, once Lex begins to pick it up.
  • Turn Coat - Feran Pravi.
  • Ugly Cute - Feran Pravi.
  • The Unfettered - Murighar.
  • Unobtanium - The crystals.
  • Unusual User Interface - Most of the Orrisken technology.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene - Istvan. Just Istvan.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist - Murighar and Arella, in completely different ways.
  • Will They or Won't They?
  • The Woobie - Feran Pravi.
  • Your Universe or Mine?