Tropes used include:
- Anthropomorphic Personification - The Elementals embody abstract or physical ideas; Cal is death, Fern is fire, etc.
- Constructed World - Faida was a detailed word created by the author long before Grayling started, with its own flora, fauna, and language.
- Farmboy - Fern technically starts out as this, originally known as "Buck".
- Only One Name - Most of the cast
- Physical Gods - The Elementals
- The Stoic - SmokeCal: Did you see that? He smiled.Fern: Where is your god now.
- Theme Naming - In Faidan, "ner" means "master," and "-ial" is a suffix equivalent to the honorific "Mr." The Elementals' full titles reflect language conventions: Cal is Callanerial, May is Mayaner, and so on.