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Is your Story
strong enough to save all others?
"Will you be a Champion of Order, prepared to set the world to right? Will you be an Emissary of Reason, to give the madness meaning? Or are you a Agent of Chance, swept up into the Book of Stories by luck alone?"The Book of Stories
(TBoS) is an Original Character Tournament
hosted by RobinRone
along with a group of four judges. The story is about the Twins, ancient guardians of an object called The Book of Stories
, which contains every story of every world ever written and is said to whisk anyone who reads its words inside its pages. Said guardians, Lady Ink
, maintained the Book for a long time with their respective powers of structure and purpose and as they developed more character and personality, the differences between them pushed them apart and eventually lead to the gradual downfall and eventually the Unwriting of the Book.
Said downfall is now threatening the fate of every World and the two guardians have reunited to fix the problem. Though they can no longer enter the Book to find the root of the problem, they opt to recruit individuals to enter the Book on their behalfs, since only mortals can safely enter inside. In addition, the Unwriting has made the Book teleport to every World, pulling in its share of unwitting mortals with its magic pages.
TBoS has a few things setting it apart from other OCTs, aside from allowing any media to be used, from comics to flash to prose or any mix in between. It puts very little emphasis on the characters fighting each other as the bigger focus is the mystery of the Book itself and the characters' influences on said book, allowing a great deal of flexibility for the contestants when it comes to writing their entries. Instead, each round is themed on a genre, where contestants aspire to write as little or as much of the genre as they want in their entry. The last round has no genre involved, fittingly enough.
The tournament opened auditions on March 1, 2011 and Round 1 began on June 12, 2011 with 64 competitors, chosen out of the 113 auditioners by a group of five judges. Round 1 ended on July 12th and Round 2 began on August 2nd with 32 competitors. Then Round 2 ended on September 5th and Round 3 began on September 26th with 16 competitors. Round 3 ended on November 4th and Round 4 started on November 24th with 8 competitors (where coincidentally, single OCs
were pitted against couple OCs
In addition, a mini-OCT called "The Lost Stories" was hosted on November 18th for the competitors who lost in previous rounds but wished to participate again. The deadline for them is offset by one week from the official rounds' deadline.
- Apocalypse How / Ret Gone - The worst outcome of the Book's Unwriting could be classified as Class X-5 or even Z, though it's not as much destroying as it is making everything nonexistent.
- Archetypal Character - The fictional characters in the Book are these.
- Got Volunteered / Refusal of the Call - Lady Ink and Mudd pretty much do this to their recruits if they're unwilling.
- Genre Roulette - Pretty much the defining gimmick of this OCT.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero - Lady Ink, unable to handle the Book by herself, tries to write her way out of responsibility, which results in the Book Unwriting itself and every World in danger.
- One Steve Limit - Averted. Among the 64 who made the final cut, we have Anna Smith, Annabelle Roads, and Annabelle Greyson. Among the original 113 auditioners, we have two Anna's and three Annabelle's.
- This Is My Story - A lot of auditions start out as this.
- The Call Has Bad Reception - The Book indiscriminately chooses anyone who so much as gazes into it, leaving them more ill-equipped about the overall situation than anyone who has been chosen by the Twins.
- The Call Left A Message - Some auditions had the Book leaving its pages to those who would coincidentally come across it.
- We Used to Be Friends - Lady Ink and Mudd had a falling out over their methods of taking care of the Book.
The 64 Contestants
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander - Hazel has shades of this, due to having her mind being systematically screwed in the past.
- Light 'em Up - Hazel is all about manipulating light, though she needs a light source.
- Chaotic Neutral - The Musician is played up as this in-universe.
- De-power - Being a musician, he can normally use his power of music to great, nearly godlike extents, but being inside the Book has neutered his abilities to just creating small objects, hovering and disrupting others' magical abilities.
- Living Shadow - Somehow the Musician has complete control over his shadow, though its uses are rather situational.
- Magic Music
- No Name Given
- Mind Hive - Alice has two other souls inside her called Grace and Verity.
- Talking to Plants - This more or less underlines how socially awkward she is, not as much as how boring she is.
- Badass Normal - At first anyway.
- He Who Fights Monsters - Played with, as James starts to exhibit some superhuman abilities due to having hunted nonhumans for so long. Inverted in that he's slowly sympathizing for the monsters he's hunting down, though he won't admit it.
- Knight Templar - James believes that all nonhumans should be exterminated because they're beyond redemption.
- Alchemy - Moira specializes in it to compensate for being one of the Muggles, particularly potion-making.
- Muggle Born of Mages - Moira tries to offset this by dabbling in Alchemy, which is somewhat frowned upon in her society.
- Character: Alan Audition
- Gift: Construct
- Opponent(s): Jaya Ferox
- Encyclopaedic Knowledge - He's a librarian after all.
- All of the Other Reindeer - Alan was ostracized for his mixed bloodline early on. What makes it worse that they keep him around instead of letting him go for fear of him causing trouble if he wasn't under supervision.
- Absolute Cleavage - Ricco as a rare male example.
- Accidental Misnaming - Played with in Round 2 with Ygsthrall, whose name is a bit of a mouthful. Ricco repeatedly gets his name wrong - even in writing - Bobu nicknames him Iggy for convenience, and Qwerty calls him Yogi. Only Anna gets his name right, which isn't surprising, considering the possibility of Interspecies Romance.
- Action Girl - Bobu.
- Alternate Timeline - Unknowingly, Bobu enters into one of these into Round 2, where she briefly encounters Sian in SaffyLailo's Round 1 entry.
- Exaggerated in Round 3 when Bobu and company go through several of these throughout Round 3 via the ARVs.
- Arbitrary Headcount Limit - Bobu lampshades this in Round 2 when Sian and Ricco are replaced by Ygsthrall and Anna Claw early on.
- Ash Face / Non-Fatal Explosions - Justified when one of the NPCs in Round 2 holds a pair of bombs at point-blank range by accident, as it was implied he was the strongest of the villain's mooks.
- Bag of Holding / Hammerspace - Bobu and Ricco supposedly have this in the form of inventory tablets, which are inexplicably stored in their digital bodies, at least when they were in the video game Box Bug.
- Bag of Spilling - In an non-video game example, this happens to both Bobu and Ricco when they leave the video game Box Bug and enter the Book, finding themselves stripped of their video game inventories in a crucial situation not too long afterwards.
- Bar Brawl - Expected for Round 2's Western Genre.
- Better than a Bare Bulb - Much of the humor derives from this.
- Bifauxnen - It doesn't help that Bobu sometimes gets mistaken as a guy due to the androgynous voice and the lack of female features. This becomes an unexpected plot point in Round 2.
- Big Creepy-Crawlies - Bobu's a cartoony version of this.
- Bubble Gun - Bobu's water spell in her RPG mode is this.
- Bumbling Sidekick - Ricco. Apparently being a Spoony Bard involves a lot of this.
- Camp Straight - Despite enjoying a fair deal of feminine activities and wearing females' clothing, Ricco hits on girls and once stated that he's "totally straight".
- Chekhov's Skill - Played with in Round 2, as the pivotal knowledge in question is retroactively introduced in a mid-battle flashback, though the flashback itself was justified by Bobu's earlier comment about how Ricco just "babbles inane details about [Box Bug]".
- Chivalrous Pervert - Ricco's a bit less perverted than other examples, usually going for flowery, romantic language.
- Dare to Be Badass / "World of Cardboard" Speech - When Qwerty questions Bobu on why they have to go out of their way to save complete strangers in the Book, Bobu goes all contemplative and gives this speech:
Bobu: "...because true heroes never want to live with regrets, mistakes they could have avoided if they had been more vigilant. That's what the Book of Stories wants out of us, I think. And I can bet it has a good reason for making us go through all this insanity and that it would be totally worth it that we gave our all to tell the best story we possibly can."
- Deadpan Snarker - Bobu.
- Defrosting the Ice Queen - Ricco hopes to do this with Bobu. It works, but not the way Ricco wanted.
- Distress Ball - Somewhat justified early in Round 2, when Ricco left the party early to seek some help as Bobu insisted she didn't care if he slowed them down, even if it did end up with him being captured.
- Distressed Dude - Ricco plays this hard in Round 2.
- Does This Remind You of Anything? - The Big Bad of Round 2 reprimands one of his minions in this manner:
"Wish I could've taught you not to hold small, round objects so tight; otherwise you'd be a perfect match for her."
- Dramatic Gun Cock - This happens to Ricco during the prison breakout.
- Dream Spying - Played with in Round 2, where Bobu ends up watching scenes of other people when she's not pushing the plot forward, particularly Qwerty, and Anna and Ygsthrall in the climax.
- Dream Within a Dream - Bobu ended up Dream Spying from Qwerty's perspective in the first dream, then woke up and ended up having a surprise encounter with a person from Box Bug. Then she woke up from that, as that turned out to be a dream as well.
- Drives Like Crazy - Ricco is this all the way in Round 1.
- Drunk on Milk - Subverted in Round 2, where it's heavily implied Ricco was tricked into drinking some alcoholic beverage when it was presented as milk.
- Drunken Master - Subverted and lampshaded in Round 2, where Ricco's sudden increase in skill isn't due to alcohol, but rather due to the Big Bad of Round 2 pulling some strings.
- Every Car Is a Pinto - Subverted and lampshaded in Round 1, where Bobu mentions the lack of this during the car chase sequence.
- Evil Counterpart / Identical Stranger / Sue Donym - Inverted and played for drama when Qwerty encounters an archetype who resembled his unlikable master with a suspiciously similar-sounding name, but is otherwise the polar opposite in personality.
- Expy - Played with when an archetype from Round 1 reappears in Round 2 as a younger version of herself. Also, a few archetypes bear resemblance to some of the author's original characters.
- First-Person Smartass - Bobu's story is narrated from her perspective, snarkiness and all.
- Flashback Nightmare - A variation occurs in Round 2: Bobu's first dream was of a scene prior to the start of Round 2, before it devolved into a nightmare where she was hounded by one of her enemies from Box Bug while the world around her faded away to oblivion, thus dooming her to fall in an everlasting void.
- Fragile Speedster - Bobu's Platformer Mode turns her into this.
- Gay Cowboy - Played straight with one character in Round 2, as well as discussed by Ricco in his defense of his heterosexuality.
- Giant Poofy Sleeves - Ricco as a rare male example.
- Gratuitous Spanish / Just a Stupid Accent - Ricco, especially in the audition.
- Guest Star Party Member
- Round 1 - Sian and Tom.
- Round 2 - Ygsthrall, Anna Claw and Qwerty Finklewater.
- Round 3 - Kali and Lyric.
- Round 4 - Arguably Jaya Ferox and Broken.
- Hair-Trigger Temper - Bobu has spades of this, though it's somewhat justified since her Berserk Button is usually any illogical, nonsensical situation and she's had no shortage of that.
- Harmless Electrocution - Played with when this is used to conclude the second fight of Round 2, where it's implied the doctor suffered a lot.
- Heroic Second Wind - Bobu gets this in Round 2 during the climax after receiving a helpful flashback.
- Hollywood Tone-Deaf - Played straight with Ricco, if Bobu's remarks are of any indication. Subverted where he manages a lullaby good enough to lull children to sleep, in which Bobu calls him out on his singing quality and competence.
- Hot Pursuit - Justified during Round 1, as Bobu and Ricco snuck a zombie illegally inside a city that's prejudiced against zombies.
- Hypercompetent Sidekick - Ricco displays shades of this during the climax of Round 3.
- Hyperspace Arsenal - In Round 1, Bobu orders Ricco to use one of their 99 "Strength Deodorants".
- Hypocritical Humor - After Bobu risks her life trying to prevent the van they're on from tipping over by using her weight as a counterbalance, the van uprights itself without warning. Bobu nearly falls off the van before Ricco grabs her and pulls her in, scolding her for doing a crazy stunt. Thing is, it was Ricco's crazy driving that caused the van to tilt absurdly in the first place.
- Instant Armor - Exaggerated in Round 1, where a villain pulls this off with some highly advanced technology disguised as a walker, tennis balls and all.
- Interspecies Romance - Lampshaded by Bobu in Round 1:
: "Maybe I should have been more bothered by the fact that this enormous anthropomorphic fish was striking up a romance with a medieval woman with possibly a real sword, but at this point, I've seen Ricco flirt with weirder (and presumably female)
things in Box Bug. I mean, who could forget the budding love story of him and a 50-foot, snow-breathing llama?"
- Further lampshaded when Ricco brings up the llama incident as his excuse for helping Ygsthrall in his first appearance rather than running away, and when Bobu notices Ygsthrall and Anna Claw seem to have bonded behind the scenes.
- It May Help You on Your Quest - Played with in Round 1, where Ricco borrowed some of Tom's needles and thread to help stitch Tom's arm together after it was torn off. Doubly subverted, where Ricco threw said needles at one of the antagonists in a pointless attempt at distraction, and later on, Bobu found one of the needles stuck on her person, which helped her and Sian get past a fairly major obstacle.
- Subverted in Round 2. Ricco brings a backpack full of papers and pens, thinking it would somehow help them figure out how to get out of the Book, but it ultimately serves to worsen Bobu and Ricco's situation than either could have anticipated.
- I Shall Return - Ricco asks Bobu to promise to come back for him, after throwing her to safety.
- I Will Only Slow You Down - Near the start of Round 2, the duo are stranded in the middle of a desert wasteland. Ricco tells Bobu to go ahead, since she can find civilization much faster in her Platformer Mode, but she won't have any of it since they had just lost Sian somehow. He does it again when she rescues him from prison and he gets disabled in the process.
- Just a Machine - Bobu views Ricco as this, since he's just a video game character.
- Ladykiller in Love - It's rather obvious Ricco has a thing for Bobu. He only hits on other girls because that's what SpoonyBards are supposed to do, at least in Box Bug.
- More Hero Than Thou - Bobu and Ricco during the prison scenes.
- Multiform Balance - Bobu's Alternate Modes, which manifests in the forms of various video game genres.
- Never Split the Party - Bobu tries to invoke this sentiment in Round 2, when she and Ricco had been unknowingly separated from Sian.
- Non-Action Guy - Ricco.
- No One Gets Left Behind - Bobu is fiercely determined not to lose Ricco again during the prison breakout, going so far as to stay with him when he gets disabled. Ricco had other ideas, though...
- Not Even Bothering with the Accent / Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping / Shocking Voice Identity Reveal - Ricco's gradual disuse of his heavy Mexican accent foreshadows his status as an actual human being like Bobu, which is fully revealed at the end of Round 1.
- Organic Technology - Featured a bit in Round 2, where the guns are more like hybrids of animals and actual guns and are generally treated like pets and partners.
- Ow, My Body Part! - Ricco tends to say this early on when Bobu hurts him.
Ricco: "Ow! My large obtuse chark face! Again!"
- Pantsless Males, Fully-Dressed Females - Painfully inverted with Bobu wearing only boxing gloves, while Ricco is fully dressed in women's clothing.
- Pensieve Flashback - Notably Bobu gets one in Round 2 amidst her Dream Spying, from the perspective of the Book of Stories.
- The Plan- The antagonists Bobu and Ricco face so far seem rather fond of doing this.
- Poor Communication Kills - Bobu's reluctance to confess to her eavesdropping of Ricco's secret from Round 1 eventually leads to the intense, emotional climax of Round 2.
- Powers as Programs - Bobu's Alternate Modes are literally this, since they were into programmed into her status as a video game protagonist.
- Prisoner Exchange - The Big Bad of Round 2 asks Bobu to come alone for "negotiations", implying this.
- Punctuated! For! Emphasis! - Played straight with Waffledorp out of all people: "I! AM! WAFFLEDORP!"
- Rant Inducing Slight - Bobu loses her patience when she's refused alcohol in a western story. Also played for laughs when the one starting a Bar Brawl isn't the one Bobu was actively provoking, but rather the one whose hat was rudely taken during said provoking.
- Red Boxing Gloves - Played straight with Bobu.
- Relationship Upgrade - After some rather harrow circumstances derived from Poor Communication Kills, Bobu and Ricco finally level up in their relationship.
- The Rest Shall Pass - Sian does this in the second doctor fight in Round 1, giving Bobu time to run away and get help. Subverted when the villain has accounted for that and rigged the only exit to keep Sian and Bobu trapped inside.
- Ridiculously Human Robots - Ricco is quite deeply flawed and sympathetic for an AI. Turns out he's not an AI.
- Turns out Bobu is one. Or maybe not.
- Schizo Tech - Played straight during Round 1, particularly the second doctor fight and the climax.
- Shapeshifter Mode Lock - Bobu is randomly shuffled and stuck in one of her Alternate Modes, due to escaping her video game too early.
- Shark Man - Ricco is a positive example of this. Bonus points for being part whale shark, which is rather tame for a shark due to being a filter feeder.
- She Is Not My Girlfriend - Both Bobu and Sian say something along the lines when the subject in question is Ricco.
- Sherlock Scan - In Round 2, Bobu pulls this off twice. The first time she did it, she was trying to speed up the Infodump using what she was told so far and any other details she gained from Dream Spying on Qwerty (and thus annoying the local Mr. Exposition with her seemingly omniscient knowledge). The second time was done to persuade one of the Mooks to appeal to the Big Bad's code of Thou Shalt Not Kill for a high-stakes boxing match.
- Shirtless Scene - Ricco gets this in Round 2's climax for obvious reasons.
- Slippery Skid - Inverted in Round 1, where a villain does this to Bobu to prevent her from escaping.
- Smash Cut - Justified in Round 1, where they're in a fairy tale and details are usually sparse and concise, necessitating this trope. Exaggerated, as even Bobu and Ricco are completely clueless like the reader as to what happened during the Smash Cut, forcing them to ask their fictional companion, who happens to be the protagonist of the fairy tale, to help fill them in the details. Defied when Bobu attempts to stall the upcoming Smash Cut with immediately pertinent questions before making progress with the narrative of the fairy tale.
- Sneaky Departure - Ricco does this early in Round 2 in the middle of the night to find civilization ahead of the others.
- Ricco's sudden departure is surprisingly explained in Round 3.
- Spoony Bard - Ricco. Lampshaded a little by Bobu.
- Tertiary Sexual Characteristics - Averted with Bobu as she wears only red boxing gloves and her carapace is colored in various shades of blue.
- The Coats Are Off - Bobu tries to pull this off with a scarf in Round 2. It's played for laughs when the scarf gets blown back into her face, ruining any semblance of coolness she would have gotten from shedding her scarf.
- The Snark Knight - Bobu. This is most apparent whenever she talks to Ricco, who's a bit lacking in smarts and thus is always a source of her frustration in general.
- Transformation Sequence - Whenever Bobu switches from one Mode to another.
- Un Entendre - Ricco blushes when the Big Bad of Round 2 asks him to join his posse. In a Western-themed setting.
- Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist - Bobu, whenever she gets annoyed by Ricco.
- Unusual Euphemism - Bobu is stuck with this as a side effect of leaving Box Bug unexpectedly, later on cursing in terms of food.
- Wandering Minstrel - Ricco.
- We Need a Distraction - Played straight in Round 1. Played even further when Bobu failed the first distraction and Ricco ended up as a second impromptu distraction, which gave Bobu enough time for her Transformation Sequence to kick in.
- Wham Line: From Round 1: "...I'm not fictional."
- What Would X Do? - Played straight in Round 2, where Bobu based her reasons for striving to get a Happy Ending on what Ricco would want.
- Wholesome Crossdresser - Ricco's a straight example, as he's wearing the clothes out of comfort and possibly for style.
- Willfully Weak - In Round 2, Bobu pondered if Ricco was this during the climax, given that he exhibits raw power greater than what he normally has under duress. Then again, he was drunk out of his mind.
- World-Healing Wave - Played with in Round 1, where a slow-acting version of this occured in the climax.
- You Just Had to Say It - Bobu says a variant of this when she unexpectedly inspired Qwerty to tag along when she wanted to keep him out of harm's way.
- You Monster! - Bobu says this in her narration upon seeing Qwerty try to strangle Ricco.
- Anti-Magic / Blessed with Suck - Inverted with Aldech, who can't use magic at all, and is still vulnerable to the likes of fire and lightning.
- Our Vampires Are Different - Nadia is a Dhampir, which is basically a lesser version of a vampire: no weaknesses to sunlight and garlic, but lacking the super-strength or speed most associated with vampires. However, Dhampirs have greater potential to cast magic in comparison.
- Ambition Is Evil - Valentine kills his mentor and takes over.
- Broken Bird - Sparrow is experimented on and tested by scientists, and tormented for years by Valentine.
- Cliché Storm - In-universe, Round 1. Lampshaded by Regis.
- Foil - Sparrow's despising her powers against Valentine's embracing his.
- Information Wants to Be Free - Played with. Sparrow just wants to be free, but Valentine thinks she would expose government secrets associated with her powers if left alone.
- Moral Event Horizon - In-universe, Valentine crossed the line when he made Dr. Allen, the man responsible for his psychic powers, "disappear" after hearing one too many lectures from him.
- Squishy Wizard - Sparrow due to malnutrition. Subverted with Valentine, who practices swordplay.
- The Voice - The Book.
- Death Seeker - zigzagged. Terri has a terminal illness kept under control by highly advanced medicine, so she lives her life to the fullest...by doing death-defying stunts. It's not so much as her seeking death as she is more keen on overcoming her fears of death by facing them head-on.
- Manic Pixie Dream Girl
- Cast from Hit Points - In Hyde's world, Spark is the power of one's soul and using Spark enables the user to give life to inanimate objects. But using the Spark too much or to perform strenous tasks could put said user into a coma.
- Deceased Parents Are the Best / Missing Mom - Hyde's mom instilled the good value of reading in him and was quite supportive of him before passing away from a weak heart.
- Characters: Reinald Todorov and Anna Smith Audition
- Gift: Construct/Function
- Opponent(s): Dmitri Ellisand, Hazel Maddon, Jerek and Garner, James Englehart, Flume and Smarmadine, Campren "Charley Campbell" Mc Millin
- Arc Words: "Find the Library." "Words have power."
- Becoming the Mask - Staying in the Book for an extended period of time appears to be slowly turning Reinald and Anna into Archetypes themselves.
- Belligerent Sexual Tension - In spades.
- Black Dude Dies First - Subverted in Round 4 and played straight in Round 5.
- Brains and Brawn - Consummate businessman Reinald finds himself having to play diplomat for Anna more often than not.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive - Reinald, back in his homeworld.
- The Cynic - Both Anna and Reinald.
- Dark Action Girl - Anna, inasmuch as a woman of thirty-six is considered a "girl."
- Deadpan Snarker - Anna. Reinald has shades of this, but might be better classified as...
- Gentleman Snarker - Reinald.
- Grand Theft Me - Anna and Reinald are having some problems with the Archetypes along these lines.
- Final Battle - With Chaos.
- Hammerspace - Anna and Reinald each have a personalized, realistic version of this called "whitezone". It's mainly used to avert Magic Pants, as it's where their clothes and other items go when they transform into animals. Apparently time also passes by within the whitezone as well and the amount they store is no more than what a handbag or a backpack can handle.
- I Choose to Stay - Reinald, after finding out that Anna will be trapped in the Book forever.
- Jane Austen - Parodied in Round 3.
- Klingon Promotion - How Reinald got to be CEO of a Mega Corp. in the first place.
- Light 'em Up - Anna's Function uses light to illuminate the answers to puzzles. Subverted somewhat in that Anna is anything but heroic.
- Maybe Ever After - Anna and Reinald haven't worked everything out by the finale, but...
- Never Gets Drunk - Reinald. Not even Anna can out-drink him.
- Not in This for Your Revolution - Both Anna and Reinald. They just want to get home, and if fixing the Book is the only way to achieve that, then so be it.
- Professional Killer - Anna.
- Refusal of the Call - Both Anna and Reinald. Predictably, it doesn't work.
- Shapeshifting - Anna and Reinald, though the latter's rather terrible at it.
- Sharp-Dressed Man - Reinald.
- Sir Swearsalot - Anna.
- The Social Darwinist - Anna's mindset, more often than not.
- Talker and Doer - Reinald and Anna, respectively.
- Trapped in Another World - Anna, as a result of fixing the Book.
- Will They or Won't They? - Oh boy.
- World-Healing Wave - The effect of Anna's Function on the Book and the Library.
- Animate Inanimate Object - Craven's jacket, which was accidentally brought to life by Craven's unwitting use of the Function given to him.
- The Fashionista - Played with, as Craven's more interested in designing clothes than wearing them.
- Muse Abuse - The last guy Hazel dated imprisoned her for 3 years when she told him the truth, partly so he couldn't get art block when she was close.
- The Muse - Hazel is one of these, though in her world, muses are also errand boys and girls for the gods.
- Characters: Nair and Pura Audition
- Gift: Page
- Opponent(s): Antagonist, James Engelhart, Jackal and Hyde, Campren.
- Berserk Button - Although Nair isn't really a fighter, seeing other people harmed because of her, or seeing Pura threatened sends her into a rage, although she lacks the strength to use it to any effect.
- Shy Blue-Haired Girl - Pura.
- Break the Cutie - Kidnapped and almost sacrificed, trying to save worlds only to see them wholly destroyed, almost killed, attacked by a dragon and hunted down by a increasingly powerful villain. It couldn't get worse, could it? Sure can.
- Designated Hero - Inverted, Nair likes to make it known that she and Pura are the heroes of the story, whether she believes anyone is watching her or not. '"We're the heroes." She told herself out loud. "We're going to face whatever we must. Even if one of us is asleep right now..."'
- Dramatic Stutter - Something that Pura suffers heavily from, most often when talking to strangers, or when she is without Nair.
- Elemental Embodiment - Nair and Pura as embodiments of clouds and streams respectively.
- Eyes of Gold - Nair. Common among her kind, uncommon on the rest of her world.
- Fragile Speedster - As much as you'd expect from an Air elemental in a child's body, she is very quick, but very weak. The same can be said for Pura, to a small extent.
- Holding Hands - Nair and Pura do this quite often.
- Ho Yay - See end of round 3, and round 4.
- Making a Splash - Pura's varied albeit limited abilities as a Stream Elemental.
- Nature Hero - They're Elementals.
- No Biological Sex - Water and Air based Elementals take female forms, but do not reproduce, as they are incarnations tied to the planet, not separate life forms. This results in a lack of cultural taboo in otherwise homosexual relationships, and also more emphasis on emotions and feelings over desires and procreation.
- True Companions - This is emphasized throughout the story for the pair.
- Unusual Ears - A trait of their kind, Nair's ears are clustered with feathers, whereas Pura's ears are completely replaced with webbed growths.
- Does Not Like Shoes - Alex never wears shoes whenever that's unnecessary. Otherwise, her pick would be sandals.
- That Was Not A Dream - Alex's reaction when she realizes she's in the Book for real.
- Writer's Block - Alex was hit hard with this during the audition and assumed the appearance of the Book was just a hallucination of her inner-self journey.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair - Alex has lime green hair, though it's noted that she dyes her hair with different colors frequently.
- Jumping Off the Slippery Slope - Regis once started as a hero, but gradually after living several lifetimes of failures where his story is repeated in some cycle, he pretty much went into full villain mode.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist - Somewhat justified in Regis' case, where all he ever got for his heroism was pain and suffering and a continuous cycle at that.
- Character: Paige Audition
- Gift: Function
- Opponent(s): Alexandra Hutton
- Genre Savvy
- Heroic Build
- Jack-of-All-Stats - Knives has been known to handle a variety of jobs from cooking to music, though subverted when she specializes in fighting for the most part.
- Lady in Red - Subverted in that she's not really sexualized or into sex, for that matter.
- Lotus-Eater Machine - She gets temporarily trapped in one of these during Round 1.
- Chronic Hero Syndrome - Mirasis has a really strong sense of justice.
- Light is Good - Lightbenders like Mirasis are essentially powered up by sunlight, enhancing their abilities.
- Weakened by the Light - Inverted for Mirasis, as she's weakened by lack of sunlight if she doesn't get exposed enough to it.
- Character: The Guard Audition
- Gift: Function
- Opponent(s): Princess Antigone, Swiftsure, and Aella Hunter
- Character: Sian Audition
- Gift: Page
- Opponent(s): Bobu and Ricco
- Action Girl
- Cool Sword - Her sword Water can generate icicles out of its blade during times of great duress and only after she's stabbed someone with it.
- Ranger - Her specialty is dealing with realized fairy tales and legends.
- Badass Normal - Adante and Vin live in a world where magick is normal, and everyone is capable of using it to some degree. They are both considered below average in its use. This does not hinder them very much.
- Beneath the Mask - Adante keeps himself pretty well together, but in times of stress he's Not So Stoic. Has bouts of Heroic BSOD when pushed too far.
- Berserk Button- For Adante, any intrusion into his mind by magic. It will cause him to enter Heroic Safe Mode of the Tranquil Fury kind, and he will not stop until the threat stops moving. He regards mind-readers as the ultimate threat if they do so without consent, and will feel nothing but rage and the will to annihilate said threat if he is the target.
- Blue Blood - Adante's father was a first generation noble, being given the rank for valor in war. Adante is the first born noble of his family.
- Boisterous Bruiser - Vin, to the point of sometimes being The Berserker. Obviously, his main strategy is to Attack! Attack! Attack! Nevermind his own injuries.
- Dark and Troubled Past - This is partly the result of growing up in a world that does not recognize Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and being forced through something that is essentially Mind Rape. Also, his parents died and he's left with the taint of dark magick that causes him a lot of problems. He has recurring FlashbackNightmares.
- Deceased Parents Are the Best - Both of Adante's parents were assassinated.
- Defrosting The Ice King - Assuming the woman could get that far. He’s a pretty straight-played male Broken Bird who doesn't trust easily and avoids love like the plague. (He could be considered Troubled, but Cute, but he’s not really a bad boy, so it’s not an exact fit.)
- Designated Parents - If put in charge of a younger group, though Adante and Vin would probably frown on being such. Vin especially is a Friend to All Children.
- Fascinating Eyebrow- Adante has a habit of lifting an eyebrow, especially towards Vin.
- Gentleman Snarker - Adante has an exceedingly dry wit.
- Handsome Lech - Vin's considered this by many women in his hometown, but he's really a Chivalrous Pervert.
- Internalized Categorism - Vin has internalized many of the stigmas placed on him, seeing himself as fundamentally inferior. He deals with this by putting up a front of indifference and striving to prove himself despite his stigmas as being the best of the best.
- It's All My Fault - Adante has a borderline Guilt Complex, borderline only in that he only blames himself if he was actually involved.
- Knight in Sour Armor - Adante’s more logical and intellectual than Vin, but he also more cynical.
- Ladykiller in Love- Vin is truly in love with Merai. So, despite his flirtatiousness, he would never seriously consider another woman. This has not stopped her from dumping him for his flirtatiousness with other women.
- Military Academy - Adante and Vin entered together and graduated in the same year, even though Vin is a year older.
- Nice Guy - for all his flaws, Vin's a pretty nice guy. But don't think you can treat him any way you want to.
- Obfuscating Stupidity - Vin's not book-smart, and he and pretty much everyone else knows that. He doesn't care too much about learning the facts. But Vin is actually nowhere near as dumb as he sometimes acts.
- Officer and a Gentleman - Played mostly straight, though Adante subverts this in some ways. He cusses, not heavily but on occasion. He will be Combat Pragmatist when the situation calls for it. Of course, if his opponent will fight fair, then he’d be all too willing to fight like a gentleman as he has a distaste for fighting dirty, but he knows when not allow honor to overshadow something more important.
- Plucky Comic Relief - In reality, Vin’s more of a Sad Clown who puts on a brave face to cope with his insecurities.
- Poisonous Friend - Adante can become this (although it's not worshipful.) He'd do the Dirty Business to spare his friends from having to. If he's called out on it he'll tell them and himself I Did What I Had to Do, though he may internally ask himself My God, What Have I Done?.
- Raised by Natives - As Vin is obviously of foreign ancestry in a country where some consider his particular ethnicity, Satevidan, to be bad, it is possible his parents left him because they believed that it would spare him from living as a foreigner. If so, it was ill thought-out plan, perhaps due to Culture Clash, as in Isbetean culture, being a Whitecrest (a person with no family history and therfore no family crest) is almost as bad as being a foreigner. Even as an adult, he still has people who look down on him for his ancestry.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni - Vin being red and Adante being blue.
- Scarf of Asskicking - Vin has one of these, befitting of his berserker-like tactics. It was given to him by his on-and-off girlfriend, Merai.
- Shell-Shocked Veteran - Adante's father, and Adante to a lesser extent. Adante always wanted to be like his dad and it seems to be happening.
- Sugar and Ice Personality - He’s not quite shy, but tends not to talk too much unless he feels it’s necessary, because he feels he comes across as socially awkward.
- Team Dad - Adante, when placed as a protector of a younger group, becomes this with strong Papa Wolf tendencies.
- Team Mom - Vin is a male version, though it's more of a Big Brother Instinct than a Papa Wolf one.
- The Quiet One - is more what Adante is. Ocassionally, though, Beware the Quiet Ones.
- The Spock- Logic and reason are paramount ideals for Adante. He's a great believer in The Needs of the Many and What Is One Man's Life In Comparison?, even (especially) if it’s his own life.
- The Stoic - Stoicism is Adante's ideal of what he wants to be. He would be happiest feeling no emotion at all. Overlaps with being the Stoic Woobie for those who know what's really going on in his head.
- The Strategist - Adante specializes in military logistics and strategy.
- Vitriolic Best Buds - Type 2 a la Heterosexual Life-Partners.
- What You Are in the Dark - Adante is afraid of himself and what he could become.
- White Hair, Black Heart - Adante. "White" hair, in his world, is a symbol of someone who has been Cursed by a lingering taint of dark magic, making them either an Evil Sorcerer or a Doom Magnet. Vin ignores this fact and treats him no differently than he would anyone else, which is one reason Adante considers him his best friend.)
- Wouldn't Hit a Girl - As a Knight and a man, it is Vin's personal creed never to harm a lady. Not to say he wouldn’t subdue or defend himself against a woman, but he’d try to do it by other, non-harmful methods, in a rare aversion of his method fighting by relentless attacking.
- You Are a Credit to Your Race - This kind of thinking makes Vin very angry as he considers himself a Self-Made Man.
- Character: LIA Audition
- Gift: None
- Opponent(s): Hyde and Jackal
- Meaningful Name - Justified with Errant and Damzel, since they were personifications of the Book's archetypes to begin with.
- Green-Eyed Monster - Antagonist is jealous because he's not exactly real like the mortals who entered the Book of Stories and very much bound to it.
- Dangerously Genre Savvy - Not surprising, since he was born from the Book of Stories after all.
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- Gift: Function
- Opponent(s): Dahnnae Marfinn and Bechen K’vette
- Living Shadow - Lautz is forced to become this in order to stay alive.
- Rebel Prince - Lautz has shades of this, visiting the lower classes despite his status or perhaps because of it.
- Sheltered Aristocrat- Lautz is the snobby type.
- Consummate Liar
- Obfuscating Stupidity - Fred does this to avoid getting too much into trouble, as people in his society don't take kindly to intelligent zombies.
- Our Zombies Are Different - Type M. In Fred's case, zombies start out as a mild version of Type V, mindless, harmless and easy to please. But upon intake of salt, they temporarily turn into Type R, minus the memories of their previous lives.
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- Gift: Function
- Opponent(s): Sir Garner Kelheim and Lord Jerek Serevi
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- Gift: Construct
- Opponent(s): Qwerty Finklewater
- Good Samaritan - Eulalia shows shades of this when she finds an injured enemy soldier who's only a teenager and removes his identification tags so she could get him medical attention without rousing suspicion.
- Wise Beyond Their Years
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- Cast from Hit Points - Jack's powers can exhaust him if used too much.
- Casting a Shadow - Jennifer's powers.
- Dark Is Not Evil - Despite the darkness-based powers, Jennifer's an overall good, if not heroic person.
- Jumped at the Call - Jennifer was initially excited to be like the superheroes she always admired from comic books.
- Mr. Fixit - Jack is excellent with vehicles and, to an extent, other machines.
- Noodle Incident - According to Word of God, something happened on May 19th that the two of them agreed to forget and never speak of. All that is known is that a large amount of alcohol was involved, and Jennifer's husband eventually got back together with her after he found out.
- Super Hero - Jack and Jennifer.
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- The Ditz - Jack is a bit of this, being a bit gullible now and then.
- Word of Gay - Jack is bisexual, but in a long-term relationship (although whether the relationship is with a man or a woman is unknown, even to his creator).
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- Gift: Function
- Opponent(s): Errant and Damzel
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- Gift: Page
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