Web Animation: Homestead Ghosts
The main characters, Asiago and Iota
Homestead Ghosts is an imaginary animated TV show made by Strontium-Chloride on deviantART. The first episode can be read here
It's about the adventures of Asiago, a Hellmouth who looks oddly like a canary despite his intimidating title, and Iota, who was a hound damned to Hell by his brothers, at a summer camp called Camp Thunderbird. The camp is a normal camp for girls on the surface, but beneath that it's also a camp for ghosts made by the Thunderbird, a being of great power who decided he wanted to be a Lawn Chair. Why is a mystery. The other ghosts at the camp are Pater (a green horse-looking thing with claws), Radish (a pretty generic looking orange and white ghost), C (a ghost wearing what appears to be a gray sweater with incredibly over-sized hands), Atenta (an orange ghost that sort of resembles Velma
), Mayfile (is a spirit/ghost that resembles an anthropomorphic bug), Kisher (a heavy weight ghost who claims to be the ghost of a bear), Coal (a shifty looking poltergeist), and DuWu (a mysterious bird-like ghost who adds duwu
to the end of everything he says).
The story has recently begun its second season. Most of the story focuses on various activities and unusual events that happen at the camp. Ranging from passing a swimming test to exploring a land of ice and snow in the camp's freezer (aptly named Freezer Land). It has some darker elements as well, including finding out how all of the other ghosts died and Iota's past.This page is still under construction in terms of Tropes listed.
This "show" provides examples of:
- All There in the Manual: Iota and Asiago's backstories, as well as the appearances of the characters, can be found in Strontium-Chloride's deviantART gallery.
- Angst? What Angst?: After hearing his own ghost story, Iota plays this trope straight. Averted in "Adventure Day", where Iota is noticeably more upset by his death.
- A Storm Is Coming: The first season finale.
- Author Avatar: C
- Bedsheet Ghost: Some of the ghosts have aspects of this.
- Berserk Button: Don't scare Iota.
- Don't bother Mayfile on Dead Mayfly Day
- Bizarro Episode: "The Great Psychics"
- Breather Episode: "Un-Birthday" after "Lord of the Mayflies"; "Soda Pop Culture" after "Canoe Trip".
- Second Season is more regular with these.
- Breath Weapon: Asiago's fire powers are mostly limited to him breathing fire.
- Cameo: The Lamppost Hydra, one of series creator's characters, makes a small one in "Midnight Pizza": "...a monster face on the lamppost by Carolsí house. "
- Chekhov's Gun: Mayfile's interest in Child Watcher Union books.
- Classical Mythology: Iota and his brothers were protectors of this, long after people stopped believing in it.
- They were also part of it
- Continuity Nod: One in "Soda Pop Culture" to the bet made between Kisher and C (which C won) in "Sink or Swim".
- Deadpan Snarker: Mayfile
- Dead to Begin With: All the ghosts, obviously.
- Disproportionate Retribution: Iota's brothers kill him and damn him to Hell/the Underworld for being their master's favorite.
- Edible Theme Naming: Radish, Asiago and Huevos Rancheros. Note that none of the characters are related in any way.
- Fearless Fool: Iota
- First Episode Resurrection: Iota is made a ghost in the first episode.
- Foreshadowing: Mayfile in "Adventure Day", to his own ghost story.
Mayfile: ďAt least you only have to die once."
- Iota's moon gazing is also revealed to foreshadow his connection to the moon goddess Artemis
- Ghost Amnesia: Iota begins to lose his memories to the point where he can't even tell his own ghost story. Most ghosts only remember how they died.
- Gratuitous Russian: In "Bastille Day", the perestroika joke.
- Heat Wave: "Freezer Land". Subverted in that Asiago and Iota spend most of the episode in the cold, escaping the heat wave.
- Heel-Face Turn: Omega
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: Iota and Asiago, as confirmed by Word of God. C and Atenta is the gender-flipped version.
- Ho Yay: Between Asiago and Iota, especially the first season finale. See the entry for Heterosexual Life Partners above.
- Lampshade Hanging: C and Kisher both do it at the same time, commenting on how they are usually seen with Atenta and Coal respectively, with the line, "Hey where's your buddy?"
- Lovable Coward: Asiago
- MacGuffin: Culture Soda, for the episode "Soda Pop Culture".
- Mood Whiplash: Episodes that start out calm and sweet can turn sour or dark. "Adventure Day" and "Canoe Trip" for example.
- Mundane Utility: Culture Soda
- Myth Arc: Iota and Asiago having the best summer possible, but also finding out the other ghosts' origins, is what the show is primarily about.
- NaÔve Newcomer: Iota
- Nature Spirit: DuWu. He hoards souls of dead animals.
- Noodle Incident: Asiago has one. It is what got him stripped from his former rank and turned into a Hellmouth.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: DuWu
- One-Letter Name: C
- Only Sane Man: Mayfile among the ghosts, Omega as well
- Our Demons Are Different: They are actually Earth Elementals called Kins living in a realm beneath the Earth's surface.
- Our Ghosts Are Different: And how! In general, ghosts are invisible to the campers and can only cary a small amount of weight. The ghosts are friendly: non intent on haunting the campers but instead enjoying camp with them.
- Physical God: Subverted with the Thunderbird. His physical form is a lawn chair, albeit one he chose himself.
- Playing with Fire: Asiago is partially a Fire Elemental and can breathe fire.
- "Rashomon"-Style: "Snake in the Grove"
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Pater, who considers himself the leader and father of the group, is involved in schemes and pranks regularly. In "Contraband Heroes", he's the one who suggests that they return the items to the campers.
- Really 700 Years Old: Asiago. He was born sometime in the 12th Century, so he really might be 700 years old.
- Running Gag: Asiago bumping his head into a wall or a door.
- Shout-Out: A hidden shout out to an episode of The Office (specifically "Conflict Resolution") in "Adventure Day"
- Shrouded in Myth: The Thunderbird. Is he a benevolent deity, or one that seeks ultimate power? Or is he a little off his rocker?
- Slice of Life: Many of the episodes that deal with regular camp activities.
- Snakes Are Evil: The snakes in "Snake in the Grove." Asiago, who can transform into a snake but is not evil (or scary), makes an exception.
- Story Arc: A small one about Mayfile in episodes 5, 6 (being his ghost story episode) and 7. There's also a two-episode story about a camping trip (15 and 16).
- Second season gives us a four episode story arc about Omega getting used to camp.
- Superpowered Evil Side: Iota's Cursed Form
- Team Mom: Radish, to Pater's Team Dad.
- Theme Naming: Iota and all of his brothers are named after letters in the Greek alphabet.
- Those Two Guys: Coal and Kisher.
- Throw It In: The show's creator often ends up including bits of story she hadn't expected to in the episodes.
Strontium-Chloride (in the artist's comments): "Do you remember when Iota and Asiago washed up on that campsite? It's the same campsite. I wasn't sure if it would be revisited or not but hey, it was!"
- Unhappy Medium: Mayfile
- Vacation Episode: Albeit a vacation from vacation: The ghosts visit Itasca State Park in "Adventure Day" and go on a camping trip in "Roughing It" and "The Time I Went to Io-Wa".
- In the second season they take a trip to Walker Beach
- Verbal Tic: duwu~
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: Asiago. So far he's been seen as a Hellmouth, a snake and his usual form, a bird creature.
- He also used to be able to shapeshift into a human, but lost that ability
- Welcome Episode: The first episode, even called "Welcome"
- Wham Episode: Most of the episodes dealing with one of the ghosts' secrets.
- And the first season finale.
- "What Do They Fear?" Episode: "Midnight Pizza" is about a prank test of fear that Iota and Asiago have to pass in order to go to the pizza party. Iota's fear seems to be dying, but he realizes that he already did; Asiago's is getting married.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Quoted by Iota in "Snake in the Grove"