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* {{Ambadassador}}: Nakstani is a more understated GuileHero sort of ambassador, and her skills are such that Daokat can't even tell the difference at first between her just palling around with the Xunvirians, and establishing the Galactic Council's position there. Later on Daokat steps up to the plate and qualifies for the title himself as he [[spoiler:stops the Terran once and for all]].


* TheObiWan: [[spoiler:After helping Daokat get his feet wet in the intrigue of galactic politics, Nakstani is killed on his first-ever diplomatic mission to the planet Yovit in the Xunvir Republic, when the Terran attacks and scours it.]]

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* TheObiWan: [[spoiler:After helping Daokat get his feet wet in the intrigue of galactic politics, Nakstani is killed on his Daokat's first-ever diplomatic mission to the planet Yovit in the Xunvir Republic, when the Terran attacks and scours it.]]


Starting in September 2020, the science fiction anthology podcast [[https://watchdust.com/listen/ DUST]] adapted it to an audio play, with Matt Wolf as the Terran.

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Starting in September 2020, the science fiction anthology podcast [[https://watchdust.com/listen/ DUST]] adapted it to an audio play, with Matt Wolf as the Terran.
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Starting in September 2020, the science fiction anthology podcast [[https://watchdust.com/listen/ DUST]] would adapt it to an audio play, with Matt Wolf as the Terran.

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Starting in September 2020, the science fiction anthology podcast [[https://watchdust.com/listen/ DUST]] would adapt adapted it to an audio play, with Matt Wolf as the Terran.


''[[https://www.reddit.com/r/HFY/wiki/series/chrysalis Chrysalis]]'' is a ScienceFiction WebSerialNovel posted to the subreddit /r/HFY (short for "Humanity, Fuck Yeah!") by the Redditor [=BeaverFur=]. It ran in late 2016, concluding with sixteen chapters. Adapted to audio for the anthology podcast [[https://watchdust.com/listen/ DUST]] in 2020.

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''[[https://www.reddit.com/r/HFY/wiki/series/chrysalis Chrysalis]]'' is a ScienceFiction WebSerialNovel posted to the subreddit /r/HFY (short for "Humanity, Fuck Yeah!") by the Redditor [=BeaverFur=]. It ran in late 2016, concluding with sixteen chapters. Adapted to audio for the anthology podcast [[https://watchdust.com/listen/ DUST]] in 2020.
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Starting in September 2020, the science fiction anthology podcast [[https://watchdust.com/listen/ DUST]] would adapt it to an audio play, with Matt Wolf as the Terran.


* EvilSoundsDeep: When the Terran returns to attack the Xunvir [[spoiler:after nearly being destroyed, driving them to implant human minds into their robots and lobotomize them for combat]], they speak for the first time since the battle to Daokat. It's revealed that [[spoiler:their voice synthesizer was damaged in the battle]]- what was once a smooth, androgynous voice has been turned into a deep, unsettling mechanical voice.

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* EvilSoundsDeep: When the Terran returns to attack the Xunvir [[spoiler:after nearly being destroyed, driving them to implant human minds into their robots and lobotomize them for combat]], they speak for the first time since the battle to Daokat.[[spoiler:Daokat]]. It's revealed that [[spoiler:their voice synthesizer was damaged in the battle]]- what was once a smooth, androgynous voice has been turned into a deep, unsettling mechanical voice.


* AudioAdaptation: Starting in September 2020, the DUST science fiction anthology podcast began adapting the story to a full, extremely high-quality audio play, complete with a full vocal cast, appropriate mood music, and sound effects.

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* AudioAdaptation: Starting in September 2020, the DUST science fiction anthology podcast began adapting the story in full to a full, an extremely high-quality audio play, complete with a full vocal cast, appropriate mood music, and sound effects.


* {{Cyborg}}: [[spoiler:After the Terran's crushing loss forces them to rebuild their army, they come upon the solution of using intelligent robots that can make their own decisions on the battlefield without requiring the Terran's input, and winds up implanting their new robots with the minds of uploaded humans. The robots slowly become more self-aware, and more aware of their humanity. Once the Terran is defeated, they start to recolonize Earth, building themselves android bodies.]]

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* {{Cyborg}}: [[spoiler:After TheEmpire: The Xunvir have an ([[ElectiveMonarchy elected]]) emperor and actually were known as the Terran's crushing loss forces them to rebuild their army, Xunvir Empire before they come upon the solution of using intelligent robots that can make their own decisions on the battlefield without requiring the Terran's input, and winds up implanting their new robots came into contact with the minds of uploaded humans. Galactic Senate and were forced into reforming into the less-expansionistic Xunvir Republic.
* EnemyCivilWar:
The robots slowly become more self-aware, and more aware of their humanity. Once Xunvir are divided into tribes, [[spoiler: after the Terran is defeated, they start attacks an industrial hub planet the tribe ruling it attempts to recolonize Earth, building themselves android bodies.secede and sell out the rest of the Republic to the Terran. They take the data, but have no intention of honoring the agreement.]]



* {{Lobotomy}}: [[spoiler:When the Terran implants some backed-up human minds into robots for their new army, the robots quickly become self-aware and develop personalities, which cause them to slack off on the military training the Terran tries to drill into them. The Terran winds up essentially lobotomizing their first robot in order to destroy its personality and render it obedient, with not too much remorse, and it indicates how far off the deep end they've chosen to go in their quest for revenge.]]

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* {{Lobotomy}}: [[spoiler:When the Terran implants some backed-up human minds into robots for their new army, the robots quickly become self-aware and develop personalities, which cause them to slack off on the military training the Terran tries to drill into them. The Terran winds up essentially lobotomizing their first robot in order to destroy its personality and render it obedient, with not too much remorse, and it indicates how far off the deep end they've chosen to go in their quest for revenge. The rest of the robots are given feedback loops that make them enjoy carrying out orders.]]



* ThereIsAnother: [[spoiler:When the Terran goes to rebuild their army, they find several other human consciousnesses that were uploaded into server arrays like themself, and set about implanting them into robot bodies as the free-thinking core of their new army. After the Terran's defeat, these human-minded robots return to Earth and start rebuilding.]]

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* ThereIsAnother: [[spoiler:When the Terran goes to rebuild their army, they find several other human consciousnesses that were uploaded into server arrays like themself, and set about implanting them into robot bodies they're of insufficient quality to retain their memories, but prove useful as the templates for free-thinking robots that form core of their new army. After the Terran's defeat, these human-minded robots return to Earth and start rebuilding.]]


* AmnesiacHero: Played with; the Terran actually has lots of memories of their life as a human, but they don't always make sense and sometimes even contradict each other. It makes them feel a bit like they're losing their mind, so they try not to examine their memories in much detail, [[spoiler:which serves as a clue as to the Terran's true nature]].



* ArmorPiercingQuestion: When Daokat is pleading with the Terran to reconsider their plans, the Terran politely, but firmly tells Daokat to not call them "Terran", because they're a human. Daokat replies, "Ah... but ''are'' you? [[HeWhoFightsMonsters A human?]]"

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* ArmorPiercingQuestion: When Daokat [[spoiler:Daokat]] is pleading with the Terran to reconsider their plans, the Terran politely, but firmly tells Daokat him to not call them "Terran", because they're a human. Daokat He replies, "Ah... but ''are'' you? [[HeWhoFightsMonsters A human?]]"human?]]"
* AudioAdaptation: Starting in September 2020, the DUST science fiction anthology podcast began adapting the story to a full, extremely high-quality audio play, complete with a full vocal cast, appropriate mood music, and sound effects.



* ButterflyOfTransformation: If one goes with the interpretation that the story's title of "Chrysalis" refers to the smooth, elongated form of the Terran's mechanical outer shell, it can then be extrapolated that the [[spoiler:the Terran's destruction]], and thus emergence from their cocoon, are evocative of the rebirth of humanity [[spoiler:in machine form. The epilogue reveals the Terran was revived from their fragments and placed back into a humanoid body, as well]].
* CreateYourOwnHero: Completely on a whim, the Terran chooses to show Daokat mercy when they find him injured and cowering in a wrecked foreign spaceship with the (substantially more injured) ship's pilot, helping the two out of the wreckage, finding them medical supplies, and even building them a rudimentary ship so they can leave the planet. This act proves to the Xunvir and other members of the Galactic community that the Terran is in fact sapient, and potentially able to be reasoned with.

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* ButterflyOfTransformation: If one goes with the interpretation that the story's title of "Chrysalis" refers to the smooth, elongated form of the Terran's mechanical outer shell, it can then be extrapolated that the [[spoiler:the Terran's destruction]], and thus emergence from their cocoon, are evocative of the rebirth of humanity [[spoiler:in [[spoiler:humanity in machine form. The epilogue reveals the Terran was revived from their fragments and placed back into a humanoid body, as well]].
* CreateYourOwnHero: Completely on a whim, In the cynical interests of potentially getting themself an ally for when they finish their revenge mission, the Terran chooses to show Daokat mercy when they find him injured and cowering in a wrecked foreign spaceship with the (substantially more injured) ship's pilot, helping the two out of the wreckage, finding them medical supplies, and even building them a rudimentary ship so they can leave the planet. This act proves to the Xunvir and other members of the Galactic community that the Terran is in fact sapient, and potentially able to be reasoned with.



* PayEvilUntoEvil: The Terran seeks to scour the Xunvir and their host worlds into total extinction and uninhabitability, just as they did to Earth. They try to retain a measure of their humanity, but after [[spoiler:a crushing loss that decimates their army and nearly kills them]], they find themself edging closer and closer to evil.

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* PayEvilUntoEvil: The Terran seeks to scour the Xunvir and their host worlds into total extinction and uninhabitability, just as they did to Earth. They try try, with varying degrees of success, to retain a measure of their humanity, but after [[spoiler:a crushing loss that decimates their army and nearly kills them]], they find themself edging closer and closer taking more extreme measures to evil.protect themself in their revenge mission.


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* SpellMyNameWithAnS: In the DUST audio adaptation, [[AllThereInTheManual episode descriptions and the cast list]] spell Daokat's name as "Daoket". It's still pronounced correctly in the performance.


* LastOfHisKind: For a time, the Terran is the last trace of humanity, being an uploaded human consciousness.

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* LastOfHisKind: For a time, the The Terran is the last trace of humanity, being an uploaded human consciousness.consciousness. [[spoiler:For a time, anyways.]]


* WasOnceAMan: The Terran is aware from their "birth" that they were once human, complete with memories as a human, and they seek to preserve their humanity, even as they prepare to seek revenge and build themselves a spaceship body, through many methods, chief of which being their refusal to make restorable backups of their consciousness.

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* WasOnceAMan: The Terran is aware from their "birth" that they were once human, complete with memories as a human, human. The Terran has a contradictory relationship with their humanity throughout the story, making design and they seek military decisions that are intended to preserve their humanity, even as humanity sometimes at the cost of effectiveness, yet during times when they prepare to seek revenge and build themselves realize they've inadvertently behaved more like a spaceship body, through many methods, chief of which being their refusal to make restorable backups of their consciousness.machine, they usually don't seem too bothered by it in the end.


* ColonyDrop: As [[spoiler:the Terran's]] last act, they crash their entire mothership into one of the [[spoiler:Xunvir Republic's]] major manufacturing planets, destroying it. [[spoiler:Since that spaceship is also their entire body, it's also a SuicideAttack.]]

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* ColonyDrop: As [[spoiler:the Terran's]] last act, they crash their entire mothership into one of the [[spoiler:Xunvir Republic's]] major primary manufacturing planets, planet, destroying it. [[spoiler:Since that spaceship is also their entire body, it's also a SuicideAttack.]]


* CreateYourOwnHero: Completely on a whim, the Terran chooses to show Daokat mercy when they find him cowering in some wreckage for dear life with a palace servant, helping the two out of the wreckage, finding them medical supplies, and even building them a rudimentary ship so they can leave the planet. This act proves to the Xunvir and other members of the Galactic community that the Terran is in fact sapient, and potentially able to be reasoned with.

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* CreateYourOwnHero: Completely on a whim, the Terran chooses to show Daokat mercy when they find him injured and cowering in some wreckage for dear life a wrecked foreign spaceship with a palace servant, the (substantially more injured) ship's pilot, helping the two out of the wreckage, finding them medical supplies, and even building them a rudimentary ship so they can leave the planet. This act proves to the Xunvir and other members of the Galactic community that the Terran is in fact sapient, and potentially able to be reasoned with.


* TheGreys: Daokat and Nakstani are Sanksians, a species described as humanoids with thin bodies, large eyes, smooth, silvery skin, and recognizably humanoid sexual dimorphism.

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* TheGreys: Daokat and his mentor/superior Nakstani are Sanksians, a species described as humanoids with thin bodies, large eyes, smooth, silvery skin, and recognizably humanoid sexual dimorphism.


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* TheObiWan: [[spoiler:After helping Daokat get his feet wet in the intrigue of galactic politics, Nakstani is killed on his first-ever diplomatic mission to the planet Yovit in the Xunvir Republic, when the Terran attacks and scours it.]]

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* GenderFlip: In the DUST audio adaptation, the Terran is voiced by Matt Wolf and is [[AllThereInTheManual referred to in episode descriptions with masculine pronouns]], although the text of the story is not altered to match this. Going by the original text, the Terran has an AmbiguousGender at most.

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