YMMV / Elemental Masters

  • Les Yay: Between Nan and Sarah as of Home From The Sea. By A Study In Sable they are even raising a child together, and the main conflict of that one is of the Evil Diva breaking them up. Nan's jealousy and anger towards said Evil Diva certainly is eyebrow raising for a mere "friend" to have.
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • Eleanor's stepmother may have crossed it at the beginning of Phoenix and Ashes, but she is definitely over the line when you realize she would be happy to subject her stepdaughter to magical and psychological torture for days in order to drive her insane and retain control of the estate.
      • If torturing her stepdaughter into madness isn't enough of a swan-dive over the event horizon, Eleanor's stepmother unleashes a plague—implied to be the 1918 Spanish influenza pandemic—just to prolong World War One so she can reap more corrupted power from all of the death and conflict. She also drains the life almost entirely out of her own two daughters during the final confrontation. It becomes difficult to think of anything this woman does that isn't an affront to human decency.
    • Aunt Arachne in Gates of Sleep marries an industrialist, gets pregnant by him, and kills him to inherit his wealth. If she hadn't crossed it when she uses Dark Magic to curse the infant Marina in front of her parents, using magic that could have killed the child right on the spot if it weren't for a magical christening gift Marina had received just moments before, she does when her exploits after she turns herself to industrial baroness are brought to light. She sets up pottery factories with pretty lower class girls to paint ceramics, ensures they get pretty clothing and nice surroundings, and prostitutes them out to moneyed patrons, which corrupts the girls' souls and morality. All the while, the glazes and paints slowly poison the girls with lead. She then harvests dark magic from the girls' physical, emotional, and spiritual poisoning and pain. The clincher is when she uses Marina's own cradle to reawaken the curse which puts Marina into a coma. This being Edwardian England, this would consign Marina to a slow death by starvation/dehydration. Her satisfaction at this fate is utterly disturbing.
    • Richard Whitestone, in Unnatural Issue, turns to necromancy to get his dead wife back, and is willing to destroy his daughter's soul in order to put Rebecca's soul into her body. That's sick and twisted to begin with. Then he uses an army of zombies to savagely attack the household that shelters Susanne when she runs away, and follows it up by poisoning his faithful old house servants—the people who raised his daughter, as well as stood by him for twenty years while he turned into a complete shut-in—and turning them into zombie slaves. It's hard not to start cheering when he finally gets what's coming to him.
    • Lady Cordelia in The Wizard of London gains power, influence, and wealth... by murdering small children, binding their souls to a dream world, and sending the ghosts to whisper suggestions into people's dreams. Then she starts experimenting on them to transfer her soul to another body.
  • Recycled Script: Both Steadfast and Reserved For The Cat focus on turn of the century show business (specifically mid-level music hall), feature Elemental Mages who work as stage magicians, and include subplots where the heroines, who are professional dancers, pretend to be Russian prima ballerinas. Despite that, the stories ultimately diverge, keeping the story from getting too stale.
  • Voodoo Shark: Katie can't use her Elementals to kill, because it might corrupt their innocence. Fair enough, though this is a unique restriction. But it's established that an Elemental Mage can use her Element without an Elemental, and Katie should be strong enough to intentionally ash her husband instead of waiting for the plot to do it.