Literature: Tasakeru

Somewhere far away, on another Earth, devoid of humankind……
— from the Introduction

Tasakeru is an ongoing Web Serial Novel series written by BHS. Planned as a series of 24 short books, the series aims to use animal characters to reflect on human nature. Think "Redwall, but grown-up".

The story takes place in an Alternate Universe, on an Earth where humans have never existed. With humans absent, various mammal species have evolved into intelligent, civilized creatures called "sentients". On a small island in the middle of the ocean, eight sentient species have evolved, and have clashed with one another for thousands of years. The story takes place during a period of uneasy truce, in which the island's only city enforces order by permanently banishing any "dangerous elements" to the uncharted forest on the island's eastern side. Those that are banished call themselves Outcasts, and the story is about a multi-species group of these exiles, fighting for survival. In time, though society has rejected them, the Outcasts will become critical to the survival of their species, their homes, and everything that they know.

A relaunch of the series is in progress as of April 2015.

Now has a character sheet, still in progress.

The series also has a Tumblr account, "Ask the Outcasts".

BHS also writes an Intercontinuity Crossover fanfic called Stars Above, co-authored by Forzare, and additional Crossovers called Respect and Shattered Skies.

Tasakeru is currently undergoing a relaunch and major revisions. As such, the information on this page may be outdated or inaccurate. Until the revised chapters are posted, please excuse any discrepancies or contradictions.

Tasakeru contains examples of:

  • Animal Stereotypes: In effect with Faun (sexually confident and tricksy), Hanami (timid and girlish), Drake (Lone Wolf) and Rowan (down-to-earth).
  • Expy: Due to Interfaith Smoothie, the mythology of the island is stuffed full of them, including but not limited to, Odin and Zalgo.
  • Insistent Terminology: The characters are referred to in-universe and out as "sentients", as distinct from "animals", which are species that aren't evolved or intelligent (all non-mammals, goats, rats, and "pigboars").
  • Intelligent Squirrels: Along with foxes, badgers, wolves, skunks, ferrets, rabbits, and raccoons. These are the eight formally-recognized sentient species, but there are traces of others that have since died out, and one that is discriminated against due to mixed heritage. Somewhat combines this trope with Petting Zoo People, see below.
  • Interface Spoiler: The author has posted all the titles of the planned books on the website. From this we find that a war and an outlander expeditionary force is on the horizon.
  • Interfaith Smoothie: Sanshinto (or "Tritheism") is primarily based on Shinto, mixed with Greek and Roman mythology and a little bit of Japanese Buddhism. The individual species' beliefs draw liberally from just about everything else, from Hinduism to Native American mythology to the Cthulhu Mythos.
  • It's Not Porn, It's Art: In-story only. Foxes will mate publicly (and spontaneously) as a "celebration of physical beauty".
  • Lady Land: Skunk society. Most males aren't even allowed outside without wearing concealing robes. So, basically, a Gender Flipped Iraq /Iran.
  • The Lost Woods: Tasakeru forest itself, huge swathes are uncharted.
  • Love Makes You Evil: In the mythology; the Scarred One (foxes) and Aconite (skunks) are corrupted by unrequited love.
  • Magic Is Evil: Squirrels have this viewpoint, they believe that the Life-Goddess is the only one who should mess with nature. They even believe that magicians will get stricken down by her displeasure.
  • Magitek: Spellstones. Runes (or sigils?) are engraved on specially prepared flat stones and coloured in with the appropriate pigments by a skilled mage who then sells them. Also: Message Scrolls, which are something like text-messages or E-mail.
  • My Hero Zero: Zero Takaishi. Actually a nickname for "Reimaru".
  • My Species Doth Protest Too Much: Each species has its own customs and beliefs; the main characters are Outcasts in the first place because they either rebelled against or have been rejected by their societies.
  • Oh My Gods!: Justified, as the Three Gods form the basis of all of the world's culture.
  • The Punishment: Aconite, the skunk Death Goddess. Her sisters cursed her to poison everything she touches, and to never feel love.
  • Rule of Three: Three Gods, three books to a volume, three seasons on the calendar, etc.
  • Samurai: Part of the squirrel culture, which is based on Feudal-era Japan. Used here as more like a modern army/combat service than the knights/noblemen of Japanese history.
  • Schizo Tech: The sentients have a Magitek version of e-mail, crossed with elements of instant messaging.
  • The Nicknamer: Faun gives everyone nicknames. Hanami is "Flowers", Zero is "Takky", Rowan is "Stripehead"... she hates her own full name so much that she gives everyone nicknames, including herself.
  • Through A Facefull Of Fur: Completely averted, characters never blush, they swivel their ears flat when embarrassed or angered.
  • Urban Segregation: Unify is divided into sections for each species, walled off from one another.