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* {{Polyamory}}: Each Ina keeps a small collection of humans as a family (and a food source) along with a mate so they can produce Ina offspring.

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* {{Bookends}}: After waking from serious injury, Shori very nearly eats someone [[spoiler: just like she did in the beginning.]]

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* {{Bookends}}: After waking from serious injury, Shori very nearly eats someone [[spoiler: just like she did does in the beginning.]]
* {{Dhampyr}}: Of a sort. Shori is genetically engineered with Black human DNA. The melanin allows her to withstand the sun, and [[spoiler: it's probably why someone's trying to kill her and all her family.
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* FriendlyNeighborhoodVampire: Deconstructed. Ina in general are not the murderers humans in general assume vampires to be, but they're every bit as diverse as humans, so there are ManipulativeBastard world champs mixed in with the generally decent majority. Their physical and emotional codependency with their human symbionts also gets a hard look: several people acknowledge how scary it is that they know they can't ''not'' want to care for the Ina, obey them, and devote their lives to them.
* HealingFactor: Such that losing limbs is a humiliating, painful, and short-term punishment.
* HemoErotic: To the extent that most if not all Ina, like Shori, can't be sexually satisfied without it.
* IfItsYouItsOkay: After a few bites, orientation stops being a factor.



* KissOfTheVampire: ''Damn'', it feels good, and the bites heal within a day with the Ina's attention. After a few bites, humans become irreversibly addicted. Withdrawal is a terrifying ordeal and ends in death if other Ina cannot claim them in time.



* Really700YearsOld: 52-year old Shori looks like an adolescent, further confusing since she lost all her memories and is unsure how to act like an Ina adult. Ina in general age very slowly, not reaching sexual maturity until around their 60's, and living for around 500 years. Symbiont humans can live up to 200.
* TheSymbiote: The human symbionts.
* VampireTropes: Oh boy, here we go...
** {{Dhampyr}}: Of a sort. Shori is genetically engineered with Black human DNA. The melanin allows her to withstand the sun, and [[spoiler: it's probably why someone's trying to kill her and all her family.]]
** FriendlyNeighborhoodVampire: Ina in general are not the murderers humans in general assume they are. But they're every bit as diverse as humans, so while many of them are decent people, some of them are ManipulativeBastard world champs.
** HemoErotic: To the extent that most if not all Ina, like Shori, can't be sexually satisfied without it.
** KissOfTheVampire: ''Damn'', it feels good. After a few bites, humans become irreversibly addicted. Withdrawal is a terrifying ordeal and ends in death if other Ina cannot claim them in time.
** OurVampiresAreDifferent: They carry a venom that is addicting to humans and each other, prefer a symbiotic relationship with humans as opposed to just killing them wholesale, and make their symbionts tougher, more resilient, and longer-lived. They're still incredibly fast and strong, and must eat flesh if badly injured, to the point they may go literally mad with hunger and fail to distinguish friend from food. Also, they are an entirely different species and thus cannot turn or mate with humans. But they can certainly make the sexy-time.
** VampiresAreRich: The Ina have used their long lives, connections to ancient royalty, and symbionts to amass fortunes, though none of them seem to be particularly ambitious.
** VampiresAreSexGods: Even the little ones.
** WeakenedByTheLight: The point of Shori's birth is to soften this in future generations.

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* Really700YearsOld: 52-year old Shori looks like an adolescent, further confusing since she lost all her memories and is unsure how to act like an OlderThanTheyLook: Ina adult. Ina in general age very slowly, not reaching sexual maturity until around in their 60's, and living for around 500 years. Symbiont 60s, so 52-year-old Shori looks like a preteen. It's even more confusing to her since she has to relearn how to act like an Ina adult. Meanwhile, symbiont humans can live up to 200.
* TheSymbiote: The human symbionts.
* VampireTropes: Oh boy, here we go...
** {{Dhampyr}}: Of a sort. Shori is genetically engineered with Black human DNA. The melanin allows her to withstand the sun, and [[spoiler: it's probably why someone's trying to kill her and all her family.]]
** FriendlyNeighborhoodVampire: Ina in general are not the murderers humans in general assume they are. But they're every bit as diverse as humans, so while many of them are decent people, some of them are ManipulativeBastard world champs.
** HemoErotic: To the extent that most if not all Ina, like Shori, can't be sexually satisfied without it.
** KissOfTheVampire: ''Damn'', it feels good. After a few bites, humans become irreversibly addicted. Withdrawal is a terrifying ordeal and ends in death if other Ina cannot claim them in time.
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OurVampiresAreDifferent: They carry a venom that is addicting to humans and each other, prefer a symbiotic relationship with humans as opposed to just killing them wholesale, and make their symbionts tougher, more resilient, and longer-lived. They're still incredibly fast and strong, and must eat flesh if badly injured, to the point they may go literally mad with hunger and fail to distinguish friend from food. Also, they are an entirely different species and thus cannot turn or mate with humans. But they can certainly make the sexy-time.
** * Really700YearsOld: The Ina elderfathers and eldermothers can be over 500.
* SuperSenses: Ina senses are much more acute than humans', especially their noses. Shori sniffs someone and identifies nineteen different people they'd contacted previously.
* SuperSupremacist: Some Ina have a more entitled attitude to their symbionts than others, and their biology requires them to keep a household of humans who become utterly devoted to them. [[spoiler:One Ina family has an elderfather who sees the symbionts fundamentally as livestock and younger members who enslave dozens of humans to use as weapons.]]
* TheSymbiote: The human symbionts and Ina can have a mutualistic symbiosis -- humans get longer lives and perfect health, and Ina sicken and die without the company of symbionts, so both groups usually sincerely care about each other, and the rest consider it worth GettingSmiliesPaintedOnYourSoul about.
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VampiresAreRich: The Ina have used their long lives, connections to ancient royalty, and symbionts to amass fortunes, though none of them seem to be particularly ambitious.
** * VampiresAreSexGods: Even the little ones.
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ones. Centuries of youth, good health, pheromones, and a HemoErotic bite certainly help matters.
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WeakenedByTheLight: The point of Shori's birth is to soften this in future generations.generations. It's a huge breakthrough that she can function during the day and only blister after prolonged exposure to sunlight.


Fledgling is a 2005 science fiction vampire novel by OctaviaButler, lauded at the time as a fresh take on the genre. As per her signature style, Butler takes a close look at the little UnfortunateImplications of the relationship between [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Ina]], humans, and the little living revolution named Shori.

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Fledgling is a 2005 science fiction vampire novel by OctaviaButler, Creator/OctaviaButler, lauded at the time as a fresh take on the genre. As per her signature style, Butler takes a close look at the little UnfortunateImplications of the relationship between [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Ina]], humans, and the little living revolution named Shori.
Shori.


** {{Dhampyr}}: Of a sort. Shori is genetically engineered with Black human DNA. The melanin allows her to withstand the sun, and [[spoiler: it's probably someone's trying to kill her and all her family.]]

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** {{Dhampyr}}: Of a sort. Shori is genetically engineered with Black human DNA. The melanin allows her to withstand the sun, and [[spoiler: it's probably why someone's trying to kill her and all her family.]]

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Note that the title ''Fledgling'' was also used for a 2009 Literature/LiadenUniverse novel by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller.

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A little brown girl wakes up in a cave - hurt, confused, literally starving out of her mind. She devours any living thing unlucky enough to be near her until she heals, and then she meets Wright. Neither of them understand what draws them so inescapably to each other, but they give in to it, realizing together that the girl, Renee until further notice, is some kind of vampire. Together they fall into all that entails, searching for her lost family, trying to figure out just exactly what Renee's needs and abilities are, and how Wright fits in that. Then her father shows up, and...it gets interesting from there...

Fledgling is a 2005 science fiction vampire novel by OctaviaButler, lauded at the time as a fresh take on the genre. As per her signature style, Butler takes a close look at the little UnfortunateImplications of the relationship between [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Ina]], humans, and the little living revolution named Shori.

!!Tropes contained in this novel include:
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* AncientAstronauts: Some younger Ina believe this about their race, the end game being rediscovering interstellar travel and returning home.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Shori prefers to avoid unnecessary harm, but mess with her family and see what happens.
* BlatantLies: These get tossed around the Council like hot potatoes. The guilty expect their friends to protect them from judgement.
* {{Bookends}}: After waking from serious injury, Shori very nearly eats someone [[spoiler: just like she did in the beginning.]]
* FantasticRacism: Many Ina consider humans lesser beings. The fact that Shori's human DNA not only doesn't dampen her Ina strength and agility, but her melanin makes her more resistant to the sun than any other Ina. One Ina even points out that among humans in America, Blacks get the short stick from Whites.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Even the meanest, most bigoted Ina will instinctively protect their human symbionts. The staggering pain from loss of a symbiont is universal; some Ina even resent it. It would take an extreme act of will for an Ina to harm their own symbiont.
* LittleMissBadass: Shori isn't as strong as an adult Ina, but she's a hell of a lot stronger than ''you''.
* LivingLieDetector: Ina, instinctively, especially the older ones.
* ManipulativeBastard: One Ina is infamous for teaching his symbionts to sow dissent among other humans wherever they go, even when he visits other Ina. He apparently gets off on it. Some Ina in general do not treat humans like people at all.
* Really700YearsOld: 52-year old Shori looks like an adolescent, further confusing since she lost all her memories and is unsure how to act like an Ina adult. Ina in general age very slowly, not reaching sexual maturity until around their 60's, and living for around 500 years. Symbiont humans can live up to 200.
* TheSymbiote: The human symbionts.
* VampireTropes: Oh boy, here we go...
** {{Dhampyr}}: Of a sort. Shori is genetically engineered with Black human DNA. The melanin allows her to withstand the sun, and [[spoiler: it's probably someone's trying to kill her and all her family.]]
** FriendlyNeighborhoodVampire: Ina in general are not the murderers humans in general assume they are. But they're every bit as diverse as humans, so while many of them are decent people, some of them are ManipulativeBastard world champs.
** HemoErotic: To the extent that most if not all Ina, like Shori, can't be sexually satisfied without it.
** KissOfTheVampire: ''Damn'', it feels good. After a few bites, humans become irreversibly addicted. Withdrawal is a terrifying ordeal and ends in death if other Ina cannot claim them in time.
** OurVampiresAreDifferent: They carry a venom that is addicting to humans and each other, prefer a symbiotic relationship with humans as opposed to just killing them wholesale, and make their symbionts tougher, more resilient, and longer-lived. They're still incredibly fast and strong, and must eat flesh if badly injured, to the point they may go literally mad with hunger and fail to distinguish friend from food. Also, they are an entirely different species and thus cannot turn or mate with humans. But they can certainly make the sexy-time.
** VampiresAreRich: The Ina have used their long lives, connections to ancient royalty, and symbionts to amass fortunes, though none of them seem to be particularly ambitious.
** VampiresAreSexGods: Even the little ones.
** WeakenedByTheLight: The point of Shori's birth is to soften this in future generations.
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