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Also featured in the story so far is an extremely insular cult known as the Salva Family - a man who found out about an ancient prophecy decided his young daughter was a major player in it and built a new following around her. Whether or not there is any truth to his beliefs remains to be seen.

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Also featured in the story so far is an extremely insular cult known as the Salva Family - a man who found out about an ancient prophecy decided his young daughter was a major player in it and built a new following around her. Whether or not there is any truth to his beliefs remains to be seen.seen.

It can be read here: http://acmegdavid.wix.com/animasconquest

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Anima's Conquest is a fairly new web serial. The version of it that went up in May of 2013 was removed for editing and restarted anew in January 2014.

The plot summary (taken from the author's blog) is as follows:

"Kate Allegheny and Kelly Norris are college students. While they are both talented individuals, they prefer to pursue their hobbies over their studies. One day, Kate and Kelly get a hold of a rare designer drug called Proteus, and share it among their friends. Things are never quite the same after that - they and their friends begin experiencing a bizarre array of symptoms and after-effects. These symptoms are declared an epidemic on campus. An investigation into the origins of the drug turn up some shocking results."

Also featured in the story so far is an extremely insular cult known as the Salva Family - a man who found out about an ancient prophecy decided his young daughter was a major player in it and built a new following around her. Whether or not there is any truth to his beliefs remains to be seen.


A WebSerialNovel by M.A. David.

This serial novel began in May of 2013, and it updates at least once weekly. The style is more dialogue-driven than narration-driven, allowing it to read almost like a TV series in prose format.

The story begins at a school called Salva Academy. The year is 2042 and society has been set back by a mysterious series of nuclear meltdowns in the Eastern United States. Salva Academy claims to be an establishment for gifted youth to learn the skills they will need in order to forge a new path for the world, but the post-graduation "Continuity Project" (in which students who graduate with high marks are paired off to procreate with one another) and the presence of a bizarre pharmaceutical testing facility lead some students to believe there is something a bit more sinister going on behind the scenes.

It can be read here:
http://acmegdav.wix.com/animasconquest

The main characters also have pictorial blogs on tumblr.com that showcase imagery meant to be associated with their characters.


!!Anima's Conquest provides examples of the following tropes:
* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture: Despite taking place in 2042, the atmosphere as far as trends and slang is extremely late-2000s. Either that or the protagonists belong to some unspoken future subculture that purposely mimics late-2000s drug culture.
* AffablyEvil: Alina Galenko is, if not outright evil, then definitely insane. She is polite and sweet regardless, and it is genuine.
* AmbiguousDisorder: Meredith Salva is a blunt, belligerent, and generally odd child - she's even stated to have "behavioral issues" but it's never stated exactly what they are.
* AppliedPhlebotinum: "Substance #8", heavily hinted to be Meredith Salva's spinal fluid has, at the very least, some kind of DNA-altering quality. It is also an active ingredient in one of Kelly Norris' designer drugs (though it's clear that Kelly didn't fully realize this when she used it in synthesis).
* BechdelTest: Passes pretty early on, as one may hope considering the primarily female cast.
* CreepyChild: The Headmaster's daughter, Meredith Salva, alleged to be the result of a genetic experiment involving an EldritchAbomination and who appears to have some sort of prophecy surrounding her existence.
* CuteAndPsycho: Alina Galenko, a sort of companion to the Headmaster's daughter, is portrayed as beautiful, upbeat, and polite, though she has no regard for the effect her actions have on anyone but Meredith.
* EruditeStoner: Kelly Norris is a prodigious young pharmacy student who spends a good deal of her time making recreational drugs for personal use and coming up with conspiracy theories while under the influence.
* FantasticDrug: The mysterious psychedelic that Kelly synthesizes and names "Proteus" (after a shape-shifting god), capable of causing a spectrum of effects that vary from individual to individual.
* FourLinesAllWaiting: When a chapter ends, don't expect the next one to focus on the same characters that one did. You'll be sorely disappointed.
* HealingFactor: Alina would appear to have this by some means or another.
* KillerRabbit: Alina, once again. She's described as looking like a hippie and generally comes off as a huge flake, but she is dangerously sociopathic and has harnessed some form of sorcery.
* LesYay: By the truckload.
* MeaningfulName: A character named Lucy cooperating with a character whose last name is Morgenstern (German for Morning Star) certainly LOOKS meaningful.
* PalsWithJesus: Alina Galenko certainly believes she is.
* SchoolForScheming: Salva Academy.
* SociallyAwkwardHero: Kate Allegheny.
* StringyHairedGhostGirl: Meredith Salva is very much alive, but her appearance fits this trope to a T.
* ThemeNaming: The last names of the students the story focuses on (Allegheny, Berks, Norris) are streets in Philadelphia. The faculty also play an important role, and many of their surnames have Biblical/Christian undertones.

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* AffablyEvil: Alina Galenko is, if not outright evil, then definitely insane. She is polite and sweet regardless, and it is genuine.


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* KillerRabbit: Alina, once again. She's described as looking like a hippie and generally comes off as a huge flake, but she is dangerously sociopathic and has harnessed some form of sorcery.


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* StringyHairedGhostGirl: Meredith Salva is very much alive, but her appearance fits this trope to a T.


* MeaningfulName: A character named Lucy cooperating with a character whose last name is Morgenstern certainly LOOKS meaningful.

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* MeaningfulName: A character named Lucy cooperating with a character whose last name is Morgenstern (German for Morning Star) certainly LOOKS meaningful.

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* MeaningfulName: A character named Lucy cooperating with a character whose last name is Morgenstern certainly LOOKS meaningful.


* PalsWithJesus: Alina Galenko certainly believes she is, and so far, it's heavily hinted that she's right.

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* PalsWithJesus: Alina Galenko certainly believes she is, and so far, it's heavily hinted that she's right.is.


* AmbiguousDisorder: Meredith Salva is a blunt, belligerent, and generally odd child - she's even stated to have "behavioral issues" but it's never stated exactly what they are.



* JerkassWoobie: Marcelle Bishop tends to be short-tempered and bossy, but no amount of attitude justifies the sort of things that are befalling her (if anything, that justifies the attitude...)

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* JerkassWoobie: Marcelle Bishop tends to be short-tempered and bossy, but no amount of attitude justifies LesYay: By the sort of things that are befalling her (if anything, that justifies the attitude...)truckload.


* ThreeLinesSomeWaiting: When a chapter ends, don't expect the next one to focus on the same characters that one did. You'll be sorely disappointed.

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* ThreeLinesSomeWaiting: FourLinesAllWaiting: When a chapter ends, don't expect the next one to focus on the same characters that one did. You'll be sorely disappointed.


* FourLinesAllWaiting: When a chapter ends, don't expect the next one to focus on the same characters that one did. You'll be sorely disappointed.

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* FourLinesAllWaiting: ThreeLinesSomeWaiting: When a chapter ends, don't expect the next one to focus on the same characters that one did. You'll be sorely disappointed.


* AppliedPhlebotinum: "Substance #8", heavily hinted to be Meredith Salva's spinal fluid that has, at the very least, some kind of DNA-altering quality. It is also an active ingredient in one of Kelly Norris' designer drugs (though it's clear that Kelly didn't fully realize this when she used it in synthesis).

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* AppliedPhlebotinum: "Substance #8", heavily hinted to be Meredith Salva's spinal fluid that has, at the very least, some kind of DNA-altering quality. It is also an active ingredient in one of Kelly Norris' designer drugs (though it's clear that Kelly didn't fully realize this when she used it in synthesis).


* AppliedPhlebotinum: "Substance #8", heavily hinted to be Meredith Salva's spinal fluid as well as an active ingredient in one of Kelly Norris' designer drugs.

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* AppliedPhlebotinum: "Substance #8", heavily hinted to be Meredith Salva's spinal fluid as well as that has, at the very least, some kind of DNA-altering quality. It is also an active ingredient in one of Kelly Norris' designer drugs.drugs (though it's clear that Kelly didn't fully realize this when she used it in synthesis).


A WebSerialNovel by "M.A. David."

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A WebSerialNovel by "M.M.A. David."
David.



* FourLinesAllWaiting: When a chapter ends, don't expect the next one to focus on the same characters that one did. You'll be sorely disappointed.



* PalsWithJesus: Alina Galenko certainly believes she is, and so far, it's being heavily hinted that she's right.

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* PalsWithJesus: Alina Galenko certainly believes she is, and so far, it's being heavily hinted that she's right.


* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture: Despite taking place in 2042, the atmosphere as far as trends and slang is extremely late-2000s.

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* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture: Despite taking place in 2042, the atmosphere as far as trends and slang is extremely late-2000s. Either that or the protagonists belong to some unspoken future subculture that purposely mimics late-2000s drug culture.


* AppliedPhlebotinum: "Substance #8", heavily hinted to be Meredith Salva's spinal fluid.

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* AppliedPhlebotinum: "Substance #8", heavily hinted to be Meredith Salva's spinal fluid.fluid as well as an active ingredient in one of Kelly Norris' designer drugs.

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