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->''Somewhere far away, on another Earth, devoid of humankind……''
-->-- from the Introduction

''[[http://tasakeru.com Tasakeru]]'' is an ongoing WebSerialNovel series written by [[Tropers/FringeBenefits BHS]]. Planned as a series of 24 short books, the series aims to use [[PettingZooPeople animal characters]] to reflect on [[HumansAreFlawed human nature]]. Think "{{Redwall}}, [[MatureAnimalStory but grown-up]]", or ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'' as a young adult [[HighFantasy High]] [=/=] HeroicFantasy.

The story takes place in an AlternateUniverse, [[InAWorld on an Earth where]] humans have never existed. With humans absent, various mammal species have evolved into intelligent, civilized creatures called [[InsistentTerminology "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 [[Characters/{{Tasakeru}} character sheet, still in progress.]]

The series also has a {{Tumblr}} account, [[http://askoutcasts.tumblr.com "Ask the Outcasts"]].

[[ShamelessSelfPromotion BHS]] also writes an IntercontinuityCrossover fanfic called ''FanFic/StarsAbove'', co-authored by {{@/Forzare}}, and additional [[CrossOver Crossovers]] called ''FanFic/{{Respect}}'' and ''FanFic/ShatteredSkies''.

'''''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 As such, the information on this page may be outdated or inaccurate.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.'''

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!!''{{Tasakeru}}'' contains examples of:
* AccidentalMisnaming / DoNotCallMePaul / EmbarrassingFirstName: "My name is ''Faun''. NOT Faunelle!"
* ActionGirl: Faun.

* AnimalStereotypes: In effect with Faun (sexually confident and tricksy), Hanami (timid and girlish), Drake (Lone Wolf) and Rowan (down-to-earth).
* AlternateUniverse: The story takes place on "another Earth" where humans and their ancestors have simply never existed. [[WordOfGod That includes ALL primates, in case you were wondering.]]
* BadassBandolier: Faun's boom belt, [[MsFanservice worn strategically]] [[{{Stripperiffic}} over her "assets".]]
* BadassBookworm: Rowan. He's wise, philosophical, and even-tempered... and he carries a ''huge'' morning star.
* BeastFable: [[WordOfGod Trying to be this]] while subverting or avoiding some of the typical direct analogues and stereotyping ([[TheThemeParkVersion ethnic]] and [[AnimalStereotype otherwise]]) of the genre.
* {{BFS}}: The Silver Order knights' broadswords.
%%* BlackCloak: The Death God's servants are just Sentient-sized masses of smoke wearing these.
* TheChick: Hanami. She's also TheHeart.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: A prerequisite for becoming an Outcast.
* DeliberateValuesDissonance: Mostly from the Squirrels (StayInTheKitchen) and Skunks (GenderFlip of radical islam).
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: The story of Minerva (a fox lady who whipped off her dress and spun it over her head like a drunk fratboy during a multi-species church service) brings to mind the Bible story of King David going streaking whilst caught up in a fit of religeous ardor.
* DontFearTheReaper: The ferrets' worldview. Unlike the other races, their Death God isn't expressly evil, it's a [[YouCannotGraspTheTrueForm force of nature that's incomprehensible to mortal minds.]] [[NiceJobBreakingIthero And if it's killed, something even worse happens,]] because the [[BalanceBetweenGoodAndEvil "balance of nature"]] gets futz'd up.
** Wolfox godlore presents their Death God as TheSacredDarkness; an entity of pure silence and darkness, since their other two deities are personifications of light and sound as much as they are time and life. The dark and quiet modulate the other two into recognizable forms, rather than being blinding and deafening.
* EldritchAbomination: The Death God is depicted as everything from a snake, to [[HumanoidAbomination a lady wearing Indigo robes or a black-furred todd with a facial scar]], to [[TheWormThatWalks a writhing ball of snakes/bug legs]].
* {{Expy}}: Due to InterfaithSmoothie, the mythology of the island is stuffed full of them, including but not limited to, Odin and Zalgo.
* FamedInStory: The "Song of Tasakeru" postdates the Outcasts by 400 years.
* FantasyCounterpartCulture: Squirrels are [[{{Wutai}} Ancient Japanese]], with Samurai and ripping good fairy tales.
** Rabbits are [[AncientGrome Classical Greco-Roman]], with a slight emphasis placed on the intellectual facets of the period.
** Wolfoxes are medieval-era [[UsefulNotes/{{Romani}} Romani]], nomadic, dreadfully maltreated, and eking out a living as street performers and charlatans.
* FantasyGunControl: Gunpowder exists, and it is even called ''gun''powder, but there are no ''guns''. There are cannons, though.
* FertileFeet: The Fox myth about their goddess of life. Makes sense, really.
* FieryRedhead: Again, Faun. [[PyroManiac In a literal sense as well.]]
* FighterMageThief: [[spoiler:Zero, Hanami, and Faun.]]
* FirstEpisodeSpoiler: [[spoiler:Hanami is a [[GreenThumb flower mage.]]]]
* FourthWallMailSlot: The {{Tumblr}} account.
* FurryConfusion: [[AvertedTrope Averted.]] It's explicitly stated which species are "sentient" (see InsistentTerminology), all others are "animals".
* GargleBlaster: Faun's favorite, Dead God Firewater, a blood-red drink with fumes that can cause fainting in lightweights.
* {{Giant Spider}}s: Lots of them in the first book. [[spoiler:Including one [[SpiderPeople sentient one]], their mother.]]
* [[UseYourHead Glasgow Kiss]]: Faun gives one to an amourous male who's making passes at her in book 1.
* GoodIsNotNice: Describes Nadeshiko Argenteus pretty much to a tee.
* AncientGrome: The rabbit culture.
* GreenThumb: [[spoiler:Hanami's Mage Flower can grow ''anything'', anywhere, in any shape she wants. For the Outcasts, who have had constant troubles getting enough food, she's a blessing.]]
* HardDrinkingPartyGirl: Faun.
* HeartIsAnAwesomePower: [[spoiler:Hanami's GreenThumb isn't limited to growing just flowers... it can grow ''anything'' that she's touched before, making her a potentially unlimited source of food.]]
* HiveQueen: [[spoiler: N'Ktane, a sentient female spider who uses her smaller, feral children as drones.]]
* [[IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming Idiosyncratic Chapter Naming]]: Each chapter opens with a haiku rather than a chapter title.
* IKnowYourTrueName: Doesn't really give someone supernatural authority over them, but this is the reason Raccoons are KnownOnlyByTheirNickname.
* [[InnocentFlowerGirl Innocent Flower Girl]]: Hanami.
* InsistentTerminology: 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").
* [[IntelligentGerbil 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 PettingZooPeople, see below.
* InterfaceSpoiler: 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.
* InterfaithSmoothie: ''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 CthulhuMythos.
* ItsNotPornItsArt: In-story only. Foxes will mate publicly (and spontaneously) as a "celebration of physical beauty".
* LadyLand: Skunk society. Most males aren't even allowed outside without wearing concealing robes. So, basically, a GenderFlipped Iraq /Iran.
* LastOfHisKind [=/=] LivingRelic: [[spoiler:Seker, the Last.]]
* TheLostWoods: Tasakeru forest itself, huge swathes are uncharted.
* LoveMakesYouEvil: In the mythology; the Scarred One (foxes) and Aconite (skunks) are corrupted by unrequited love.
* TheMarvelousDeer: [[spoiler:The Pale Deer that the Outcasts encounter deep in the forest.]]
* MagicIsEvil: 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 [[BoltOfDivineRetribution 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.
* MatureAnimalStory
* MixAndMatchCritter: Wolfoxes, subject to much FantasticRacism due to social taboos against crossbreeding.
* MeaningfulName: [[WordOfGod Admittedly, completely guilty of this.]] "Hanami" is the Japanese flower-viewing festival. "Reimaru" can translate to "zero zero". A [[Myth/ClassicalMythology faun]] is a playful trickster. In fact, each of the sentient species have their own naming conventions.
* MyHeroZero: Zero Takaishi. Actually a nickname for "Reimaru".
* MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch: 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.
* NotAMorningPerson: Faun's way of "greeting the morning" is to curse its existence.
* OhMyGods: Justified, as the Three Gods form the basis of all of the world's culture.
* PardonMyKlingon: Easily translated; "Mange" substitutes for "shit" and "shed" or "pinch" for "fuck". Rather humorous TranslationConvention, as mange is a skin disease and shedding is moulting, both rather inconvenient and embarrassing for animals.
* PerfectPacifistPeople[=/=]ProudScholarRace: The badgers.
* [[PersonaNonGrata Personae Non Gratae]]: The Outcasts.
* PettingZooPeople: All of the sentient species.
* PornStash: Faun doesn't bother to ''hide'' hers; she keeps it strewn all over her floor.
* PlanetOfHats:Every race has their quirks, typically tied to their religion.
* PsychicPowers: [[spoiler:"Readers", such as N'Ktane, can dig through your memories or hypnotize you just by looking at you. N'Ktane and her drones have venom that renders their victims more susceptible to these powers.]]
* ThePunishment: Aconite, the skunk Death Goddess. Her sisters cursed her to poison everything she touches, and to never feel love.
* RagtagBunchOfMisfits: The Outcasts, naturally.
* RedEyesTakeWarning: [[spoiler:N'Ktane... eight of them!]]
* ReedRichardsIsUseless: [[spoiler:Averted, The Outcasts immediately seize on Hanami's potential for growing food.]]
* RuleOfThree: Three Gods, three books to a volume, three seasons on the calendar, etc.
* {{Ronin}}: Zero is called one by Nadeshiko, in a way that's clearly meant as an insult.
* {{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.
* SchizoTech: The sentients have a MagiTek version of e-mail, crossed with elements of instant messaging.
* SmellySkunk: Mostly [[AvertedTrope averted]], but the FantasticSlur towards them is "Stinktail". By WordOfGod, calling a skunk "stinktail" to their face is the easiest way to [[BerserkButton get the stuffing beaten out of you.]]
* StoryWithinAStory: ''The Legend of Hayaoh'', a folk tale from Zero's childhood.
* ThePunishment: Aconite, the skunk Death god.
* TheNicknamer: Faun gives everyone nicknames. Hanami is "Kitto", Zero is "Takky", Rowan is "Stripehead"... she hates her own full name so much that she gives everyone nicknames, including herself.
* {{Teleportation}}: Boltpath Stones, which allow one to RideTheLightning.
* ThroughAFacefullOfFur: Completely averted, characters never blush, they swivel their ears flat when embarrassed or angered.
* TrickBomb: Faun makes them as a hobby, and has an ammo belt full of them, with many different varieties. She has the expected incendiaries and flashbangs, but also tar bombs, [[BoundAndGagged ribbon bombs]], [[{{Hammerspace}} compression bombs]]...
* UrbanSegregation: Unify is divided into sections for each species, walled off from one another.
* WhoWouldWantToWatchUs: The intro for the Tumblr page has Rowan wondering this.
* WolverineClaws: Faun's gloves have switchblade fingers.
* WorldOfFunnyAnimals: A [[DarkerAndEdgier darker]] and [[MatureAnimalStory edgier]] example.
* WorldTree: The Shinju at the center of Unify.
* {{Wutai}}: The squirrel culture is based on feudal Japan. [[WordOfGod They also developed the first spoken and written language,]] [[FantasyCounterpartCulture which is why Japanese names and titles are used frequently, sometimes even among other species.]]
* WhoWantsToLiveForever: [[spoiler:Seker. He's been awake for every second of the last 3,500 years. He may be invincible, ageless, and immortal, but he's completely unable to eat, drink, breathe, or sleep.]]
* YouCanLeaveYourHatOn: Faun's favorite bar (the [[IncrediblyLamePun Fool's Rush Inn]]) has an exotic dancer.
* XMeetsY: {{Redwall}} meets UsagiYojimbo meets Anime/PrincessMononoke.

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