-->When he who is {{the chosen one}}\\
Shall tread upon this ancient path\\
And battle there to overcome\\
The forces of the dark\\
Than shall the seven be restored\\
And evil banished from this world

A now-out-of-print fantasy series in 52 issues (split between two separate stories) created by author Frank Graves in the early Nineties, ''The Ancestral Trail'' narrates the story of TheChosenOne Richard, a young heterochromic boy who suddently finds himself whisked off to another dimension called The Ancestral World, where he learns of the task that only he can accomplish - to free that world from the oppressive yoke of the Evil One's forces and recover the seven Life Force Pods which will restore balance. Aided by the veteran warrior Orkan and the old scribe Melek, Richard sets off to a perilous adventure, meeting new allies along the way and rescuing the Guardians of the Life Force...

After the first series' 26 issues, a second series follows, set in the desolate Cyber Dimension, where Richard is forced to confront even greater threats, until a climactic showdown with the Evil One himself...
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This series provides examples of:

* ActionGirl: Kika. Okay, she's a wasp-girl... but she's still the only prominent female character in the story on the side of good.
* AllOfTheOtherReindeer: As a kid, Richard was often made fun of because of his oddly-colored eyes. Subverted in that he never really took offense at that.
* AnAxeToGrind: Zard
* AvengingTheVillain: [[spoiler:Continuuma did not take her cousin Holotron's defeat well...]]
* {{Badass}}: Orkan, Merkat, Juroot, Zard... yeah, quite a few of them.
* BeamSpam: Zenon
* BearsAreBadNews: Most slaves in Enlil's Volcano were bear-men.
* BigBad: The Evil One
* BigCreepyCrawlies: Kika, Narkum, Cronid, and Dragora's scorpions.
* BoringInvincibleHero: Averted, believe it or not. Being TheChosenOne does ''not'' make things easier for Richard, and he's often forced to retreat in the face of superior enemies like Sumar or Hulkan.
* {{Brainwashed}}: Most of the inhabitants of the Ancestral World.
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: [[spoiler:Orkan, under the influence of Dragora's amulet.]]
* ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve:
** [[spoiler:Holotron is not completely real -- it's his victim's mind that allows him to exist. If the victim actually manages to disbelieve, he's toast.]].
** This explicitly allows Melek's rope to stretch.
* {{Cliffhanger}}: Every issue.
* CloningBlues: Identico
* CoolMask: The Evil One
* DeadpanSnarker: Kika has some traces of this. Later on, Richard picks this up a little.
* DeathWorld: The Cyber Dimension is ''not'' a nice place. Plasma storms, oceans of quicksilver, barren landscapes, you name it.
* DemBones: Klaw
* DualityMotif: Richard has one green eye and one grey eye. The former sees the good, the latter the evil.
* DumbMuscle: Cragmar, Stridor. Spector, however, does manage to avert this.
* EasterEgg: All over the place. The back of each issue challenged the reader to find them all.
* EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs: Robot dinosaurs show up in issue 42.
* [[ThreateningShark Everything Is Even Worse With Sharks]]: Time Queen Continuuma morphs into a shark when attempting to finish off Richard.
* EverythingTryingToKillYou: The Cyber Dimension in general, probably because anything that doesn't is dead already.
* ExoticWeaponSupremacy: Kika sure likes her blowgun, doesn't she?
* GenreShift: The series goes from fantasy to science fiction exactly halfway through.
* GhostShip: There's on in the service of Nemis.
* GiantSpider: Baal. And a pretty damn ''smart'' one at that, too!
* GladiatorGames: Malachit runs some.
* GravitySucks: Tengam
* HiveMind: The petromites and their leader Cronid.
* ImAHumanitarian: Zock and the corrupted dwarves.
* KarmaHoudini: Hulkan, the evil giant mole who attacked Richard, Orkan and Melek in issue 14, never gets his comeuppance.
* LightIsNotGood: Zenon
* LogicBomb: In the Cyber Dimension saga, Richard defeats the Keeper in issue 33 by forcing it into one of these.
* MechanicalLifeform: Plenty of these in the Cyber Dimension.
* MixAndMatchCritters: Kronis, and a fair chunk of the Mythical Beasts.
* TheMole: [[spoiler:Robo]]
* {{Mooks}}: Cozards, Dark Robots
* MookMaker: Klaw, Hulkan
* MouthfulOfPi: Richard uses this to defeat Mandelbiot.
* NonActionGuy: Melek
* OurMermaidsAreDifferent: Nemis is pretty hideous.
* OurOrcsAreDifferent: Cozards are rather more intelligent and disciplined than most orcs.
* PettingZooPeople: Humans are very rare in the Ancestral World, while anthropomorphic animals are very common.
* ThePowerOFFrienship" Allows [[spoiler:Robo]] to rewrite his own evil programming in issue 50.
* PlotCoupon: Pods and Guardians in the first half, Omni Pieces in the second.
* RidiculouslyCuteCritter: Shoomi & Shoobi, Teeza and the Wigmat in the Cyber Dimension.
* RobotBuddy: Robo in the Cyber Dimension saga.
* SacrificialLamb: Merkat
* SdrawkcabName: Tengam and Elitper
* ShesAManInJapan: The Italian translation has Kika as a male.
* SiliconBasedLife: Wigmats, probably. They can touch Omni pieces without dying
* TurnedToStone: Mirra's speciality.
* UnholyMatrimony: Enlil and Erna
* VoluntaryShapeshifting: Fenrar
* WarIsHell: The illustrations, especially in issue 26, openly show how war is a horrible thing never to be glorified.
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