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Tapestry of Horror is an Original Character Tournament that took place on the art website Deviantart. The theme and setting is basically a Circus of Fear with animals. The basic guidelines for entry were that all characters had to be non-human, although there was never clear definition of what was too human, considering the vast number of anthromorphs strutting around. The characters are fighting for a chance to become apprentice to the Ringmaster, Elly, and in the process risk life and limb (but mostly life).Although most Original Character Tournaments operate on either a 16, 32, or 64 competitor bracket system, Tapestry of Horror managed to fit in 36 competitors by adding a Danger Zone. The Danger Zone competitors fought an extra Lightning Round before Round 2 started.The Tapestry of Horror ended on November 3rd, 2011. It was won by Larkpaw and her character, Hoatzin.
"My father... was a bastard." Burn in Hell, you son of a bitch...
This has been proven for Quincy with the conclusion of his Round Two entry. Father/son bonding with pointy objects!
Maybe not so much for Cad. It has recently been implied that his father genuinely cared about him and was just too absorbed in his hypnotism research to see what he was doing to the kid until it was too late.
True, but he was pretty harsh to Beta. Cad's second personality actually referred to himself as Henry's son, a notion the man callously dismissed.
Ascended Extra: Somewhat literally when referring to the current Judge TwelvePM who was the former assistant but upranked after the other judge was dropped. Also applies to Carlotta who went from being a random spectator to Assistant after TwelvePM was upranked. The character Carlotta may count as well.
Anyone Can Die: Tapestry of Horror has a fairly high death rate for competitors (at least so far) Death seems to becoming more common in tournaments but even still, rule of thumb here is if you lose your character is probably going to end up dead. Often in a horrible way. And may have their soul stolen.
As of round one's end, canonically Ancient, Silver, Byn, Presto, Ryan, Mali, Donny, Danyl, Kane, and Draya have all died. Silvia was killed as well, but since she's a demon ghost anyway she just goes to Hell for a while before popping up again.
The lightening round brought us the death of Keigori.
At the end of round two there was much mourning for Bane, Syas, and Ach'M.
Because Destiny Says So: A lot of the matches really sound like they've been rigged but the host continually assures everyone that it's just luck of the draw. The term 'the Universe demands it' has become somewhat common to rationalize why these keep happening. However, one theory is that the competitors seem to put a lot of forethought or preparation into future matches. A lot of them will cameo other characters, interweave idea, or have their characters interacting with one another. Because of this, it opens up the possibilities for future rounds.
Hoatzin VS Uniquex, Marci VS Chordata, Quincy VS Yomi, Quincy VS Ach'M
Word of God says the earlier matches were literally drawn out of a hat, while later matches were drawn from a coffee pot due to the hat being left behind when the host moved.
Beneath the Mask: Kane, literally. Actually it turned out to be the theme for the Round 1 match with Kane vs Keigori.
Blatant Lies: "Employee safety is very important at the Tapestry of Horror."
Blinding Bangs: Uniquex and Donny. Also Willis until he went insane and chopped most of his hair off after round one.
Bonus Material: The competitors, and even non-members, are pretty big on spectator entries. Along with crack stories. It can get somewhat overwhelming if you're not interested in all of the side stories.
Break the Cutie: Willis, very much so. After the death of his best friend and his partial blinding in his left eye, he goes from a cheerful prankster to a temperamental cynic who is slowly losing both his mental and emotional stability
The Cameo: In many Round/Audition entries. Not unusual of tournaments as this.
Classical Mythology: Heavily referenced by both Quincy (who has a soul-contract with Cerberus) and Void (who is possessed by the spirit of a warrior from Ancient Sparta). The have begun to insert nods to each other's canons as a sort of running joke.
Fan Nickname: Several. Lorksuot has been called "Lork" and "Lorkie," Syas is "Skulltiger," Yerdua is referred to as "Yerdy," Carlotta is "Carl," Void is "Voidy-poo" and "Who the heck is this," Revenant is "Rev" or "Revvy," and Keigori is often called "Kei."
Ho Yay : Yomi and Carlotta due to a one-short Spectator Entry.
I Am Not Weasel: Aiden insists he is a European Polecat, not a weasel. However, the European Polecat is a part of the genus Mustela, ie: weasels. So Aiden is actually a weasel. Whether this is a translation error or poor research is unknown, but let's leave it at that.
Kill Us Both: Void uses this tactic to finally take down Revenant, with help from Quincy.
Kick the Dog: Chordata to anything and everything smaller than her.
Lions and Tigers and Humans... Oh, My!: Despite the OCT only allowing competitors to be animals, there is no rule saying that humans cannot appear as cameos in the crowd or character backstories. As such, the artists more comfortable with drawing humans have been known to feature them in their entries, implying that the Tapestry of Horror universe is populated by humans, anthros, intelligent quadrupeds, and garden variety animals.
Our Ghosts Are Different: The contract that binds your soul to Elly also pins your soul with creepy red chains to the circus. Some of these ghosts have been stuffed into zombies, but as for the ones whose bodies were too badly damaged to reanimate... why Elly is keeping them around has yet to be established. One thing's for sure, they aren't happy about it.
Our Liches Are Different: As result of Quincy having to kill Void in order to also kill Revenant, Crooked convinces Elly to restore Void to life and he becomes one of these.
There Are No Therapists: Some of the issues these characters had coming INTO the tournament were bad enough. Now that they are forced to fight for their lives, watch their friends dying around them, and confront the fact that there is no escape not even in death who can blame the competitors if a few of them think Elly should hire a shrink?
Given the quality of her medical doctor's treatments, that might make things worse instead of better.
The Voice: Revenant with Void, Darkness with Marciannah, and Cerberus with Quincy.
Use Your Head: Am I the only one who thought Yomi getting smacked with Chordata's horns looked really painful?
What Measure Is a Non-Human?: An interesting dilemma that comes up for a number of the competitors. For example, when the DINGO, Quincy, refers to Byn as "just an animal."
Of particular significance for the robot characters. The competitors have gotten into some interesting philosophical debates about whether killing them actually constitutes committing murder since they have no souls.
A problem further complicated by the fact that Mortie was GIVEN A SOUL at the end of Round Two. Mind screw anyone?
Why We Can't Have Nice Things: Not entirely surprisingly, the contestants have a habit of leaving a swath of destruction wherever they go. In particular, the big top seems to be on fire more or less constantly.
Which sets up the theme for Round 3, where the tent has been destroyed again and Elly makes the competitors fight in the woods while the tent is being repaired.