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* DidYouJustRomanceCthulhu: Erynis, a monstrous primordial monster of revenge and darkness, falls in love with a human girl named Naomi Bradford. [[spoiler:Once Naomi learns what Ryn is, she's awestruck that something so ancient and inhuman would fall in love with her.]]

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* DidYouJustRomanceCthulhu: Erynis, a monstrous primordial monster of revenge and darkness, falls in love with a human girl named Naomi Bradford. [[spoiler:Once Naomi learns what Ryn is, she's awestruck that something so ancient and inhuman would fall in love with her.]]


* AttentionDeficitOohShiny: During the full moon, Ryn has difficulty focusing, and often makes rash decisions she later finds foolish.



* BlackEyesOfCrazy: Ryn has matte black sclerae and glowing blue irises that terrify whoever looks into her eyes, befitting a predatory primordial goddess. Her aggressive behaviour leads to several characters speculating that she has a developmental disorder at best and is flat-out insane at worst.

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* BlackEyesOfCrazy: Ryn has matte black sclerae and glowing blue irises that terrify whoever looks into her eyes, befitting a predatory primordial goddess.monster. Her aggressive behaviour leads to several characters speculating that she has a developmental disorder at best and is flat-out insane at worst.



* DidYouJustRomanceCthulhu: Erynis, a monstrous primordial goddess of revenge and darkness, falls in love with a human girl named Naomi Bradford. [[spoiler:Once Naomi learns what Ryn is, she's awestruck that something so ancient and inhuman would fall in love with her.]]

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* DidYouJustRomanceCthulhu: Erynis, a monstrous primordial goddess monster of revenge and darkness, falls in love with a human girl named Naomi Bradford. [[spoiler:Once Naomi learns what Ryn is, she's awestruck that something so ancient and inhuman would fall in love with her.]]



* MeaningfulName: All of Ryn's names have a basis in mythology, though it's unclear if she just shares their names or actually was those figures of myth.



* PhysicalGod: Ryn is powerful and old beyond human comprehension. She's also a goddess of vengeance, having been known as Nemesis and Adrasteia to the Greeks. Only the Fates are more powerful than she is, and have cursed her to be unable to set foot in civilization.

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* PhysicalGod: Ryn is powerful and old beyond human comprehension. She's also a goddess of vengeance, vengeance (though she is categorically a monster, not a goddess in the books internal mythology), having been known as Nemesis and Adrasteia to the Greeks. Only the Fates are more powerful than she is, and have cursed her to be unable to set foot in civilization.



* PredatorTurnedProtector: Ryn is an ancient goddess who thinks nothing of eating people and spirits who get on her bad side -- with a preference for those who do evil. She quickly takes a liking to Naomi Bradford, and swears an unbreakable oath to protect her.

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* PredatorTurnedProtector: Ryn is an ancient goddess monster who thinks nothing exists to consume the evil of eating people and spirits who get on her bad side -- with a preference for those who do evil.the world. She quickly takes a liking to Naomi Bradford, and swears an unbreakable oath to protect her.



* RedBaron: Ryn has quite a few names, each more badass than the last. There's Erynis ("The Implacable One"), Adrasteia ("The one from whom there is no escape"), the Great Spirit, Nemesis and Adrasteia (the Greek goddess of vengeance), and Lailah ("Night" in Hebrew).

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* RedBaron: Ryn has quite a few names, each more badass than the last. There's Erynis ("The Implacable One"), Adrasteia ("The one from whom there is no escape"), the Great Spirit, Nemesis and Adrasteia (the Greek goddess of vengeance), and Lailah ("Night" in Hebrew).


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* TimeMaster: Deva and Asura have the ability to control their perception of time, thus able to stretch a second into infinity, or speed through boredom.


* CompleteImmortality: While not immune to harm, Ryn cannot truly die. Even if her body were completely destroyed, she would just regenerate.



* HappilyAdopted: At the end of the book, Ryn is adopted by Kessler and Ms. Cross -- both of whom are aware she's something other than human and who care for her.

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* HappilyAdopted: At the end of the book, Ryn is adopted by Kessler and Ms. Cross -- both of whom are aware she's something other than human and who but nevertheless care for her.



* {{Necromancer}}: It's extremely taxing, but Ryn can pull the souls of the recently deceased back from the other side.

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* {{Necromancer}}: It's extremely taxing, but Ryn can pull the souls of the recently deceased back from the other side. In the prologue, she uses this power to resurrect Aina, and is relieved she doesn't have to do it to Naomi after Casper Owens attacks the Bradford house.



* NotHelpingYourCase: One of the cabal's human mooks is a religious nut that thinks Naomi's dad is the anti-Christ, and that killing her will kill him. Naomi being protected by a literal supernatural being doesn't exactly dissuade his beliefs.

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* NotHelpingYourCase: One of the cabal's human mooks is Caspar Owens, a religious nut that thinks Naomi's dad is the anti-Christ, Anti-Christ and that killing her will kill him. Naomi being protected by a literal supernatural being doesn't exactly dissuade his beliefs.beliefs, and he takes Ryn catching his bullets as evidence that his delusions are correct.



* PapaWolf: After Splat's attempt on Naomi's life, Senator Bradford goes to extreme lengths to keep his daughter safe -- even proposing a bill to allow teenagers to carry firearms. After learning that Naomi's new friend Ryn was the one who coaxed her into leaving the safety of her home to go to the Nine Lives nightclub, where she and her friend Denise were almost raped by some drug dealers, he furiously forbids Ryn from ever seeing his daughter again... only to immediately rescind this after being shown a video of Ryn curb-stomping the drug dealers to protect Naomi, and personally asks Ryn to keep his daughter safe.

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* PapaWolf: After Splat's attempt on Naomi's life, Senator Bradford goes to extreme lengths to keep his daughter safe -- hiring a soldier to patrol his property and even proposing a bill to allow teenagers to carry firearms. After learning that Naomi's new friend Ryn was the one who coaxed her into leaving the safety of her home to go to the Nine Lives nightclub, where she and her friend Denise were almost raped by some drug dealers, he furiously forbids Ryn from ever seeing his daughter again... only to immediately rescind this after being shown a video of Ryn curb-stomping the drug dealers to protect Naomi, and personally asks Ryn to keep his daughter safe.



** The novel's prologue is told from the perspective of Aina, a teenage girl who went to look for Erynis, so that she could offer her life in exchange for her brother being cured of his illness. She ends up gang-raped and murdered by a group of terrorists smuggling nuclear material. Erynis resurrects and heals her, then gives some of her essence to heal Aina's brother.
** Ryn hunts and devours all kinds of evil, but she seems to hate rapists most of all. In the prologue it's mentioned that Aina's uncle was taken by the Great Spirit (The locals name for Ryn) for molesting his daughter. [[spoiler:It's revealed later in the book that she herself was raped by the smugglers at the start of the novel, and was intent on [[RapeAndRevenge slaughtering them for violating her]] as soon as she regained her strength.]]

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** The novel's prologue is told from the perspective of Aina, a teenage girl who went to look for Erynis, Erynis so that she could offer her life in exchange for her brother being cured of his terminal illness. She ends up gang-raped and murdered by a group of terrorists smuggling nuclear material. Erynis resurrects and heals her, then gives Aina some of her essence to heal Aina's her brother.
** Ryn hunts and devours all kinds of evil, but she seems to hate rapists most of all. In the prologue it's mentioned that Aina's uncle was taken by the Great Spirit (The locals (the locals' name for Ryn) for molesting his daughter. [[spoiler:It's revealed later in the book that she herself was raped by the smugglers at the start of the novel, and was intent on [[RapeAndRevenge slaughtering them for violating her]] as soon as she regained her strength.]]



* ResurrectiveImmortality: While not immune to harm, Ryn [[CompleteImmortality cannot truly die]]. Even if her body were completely destroyed, she would just regenerate or manifest a new one.



* ShapeShifting: It's not observed in the events of the novel, but it's implied that Ryn's physical form is entirely up to her.

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* ShapeShifting: It's not observed in the events of the novel, but it's implied that Ryn's physical form is entirely up to her. She can also freely control the color, shape, and texture of her kanaf.



* SpockSpeak: When she's not communicating by hissing or snarling, Ryn speaks in very formal, slightly antiquated way with limited use of contractions. She has almost no understanding of idioms or metaphors.

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* SpockSpeak: When she's not communicating by hissing or snarling, Ryn speaks in a very formal, slightly antiquated way with limited use of contractions. She has almost no understanding of idioms or metaphors.



** Naomi manages to talk down one of the Cabal's human agents by appealing to his better nature.

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** Naomi manages to talk down Caspar Owens, one of the Cabal's human agents agents, by appealing to his better nature.nature. [[spoiler:She later tries this with Patrick, but he's too twisted with hatred for her for it to have any affect.]]


** At the Nine Lives nightclub, Denise is drugged into a stupor by John Laek and his thugs and almost winds up their sex-slave -- and is indicated to have at least given him a blowjob. When Naomi intervenes to save her friend, Ryn delivers a thorough CurbStompBattle provoked by one of the thugs declaring his intent to rape them too, stopping just short of killing them.

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** At the Nine Lives nightclub, Denise is drugged into a stupor by John Laek and his thugs and almost winds up their sex-slave -- and is indicated to have at least given him a blowjob. When Naomi intervenes to save her friend, Ryn delivers a thorough CurbStompBattle provoked by one of the thugs declaring his intent to rape them too, stopping just short of killing them.them... [[spoiler:this time]]



* CurbStompBattle: Most fights Ryn gets into are ridiculously one-sided in her favor, but special mention goes to her trouncing the drug dealers at the Nine Lives nightclub. Seeing a recording of it gets Senator Bradford to personally request Ryn's service as Naomi's unofficial bodyguard; and Mark, a trained soldier, expresses jealousy and awe at Ryn's superhuman combat skills.

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* CurbStompBattle: Most fights Ryn gets into are ridiculously one-sided in her favor, favour, but special mention goes to her trouncing the drug dealers at the Nine Lives nightclub. Seeing a recording of it gets Senator Bradford to personally request Ryn's service as Naomi's unofficial bodyguard; and Mark, a trained soldier, expresses jealousy and awe at Ryn's superhuman combat skills.



* InstantExpert: So long as she can witness them beforehand, Ryn is capable of easily performing complex tasks that usually require years of training and practise -- justified by her being milennia old and having superhuman perceptive and motor-control skills. School is so easy for her that within a few days of her arriving she has to invoke DoWellButNotPerfect to avoid drawing undue attention to herself; while institutionalized she learns to play complex piano pieces with the grace of a master after watching another inmate do it once; and she easily beats Muse -- a seasoned gambler -- in a game of pool despite never having played before in her life.

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* InstantExpert: So long as she can witness them beforehand, Ryn is capable of easily performing complex tasks that usually require years of training and practise -- justified by her being milennia millennia old and having superhuman perceptive and motor-control skills. School is so easy for her that within a few days of her arriving she has to invoke DoWellButNotPerfect to avoid drawing undue attention to herself; while institutionalized she learns to play complex piano pieces with the grace of a master after watching another inmate do it once; and she easily beats Muse -- a seasoned gambler -- in a game of pool despite never having played before in her life.



* OccultDetective: O'Rourke tries to be one despite the Veil acting to erase all mortal knowledge of the supernatural. It's revealed that his "black binder" cases are literal -- he files away unexplainable pieces of evidence in black binders made of sheep skin -- which preseves the contents from the Veil's corrosion.

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* OccultDetective: O'Rourke tries to be one despite the Veil acting to erase all mortal knowledge of the supernatural. It's revealed that his "black binder" cases are literal -- he files away unexplainable pieces of evidence in black binders made of sheep skin -- which preseves preserves the contents from the Veil's corrosion.



** The novel's prologue is told from the perspective of Aina, a teenaged girl who went to pray at a sacred site to Erynis, offering her life in exchange for her brother to be cured of his illness, only to be gang-raped and murdered by a group of terrorists smuggling nuclear material. Erynis resurrects and heals her, then gives some of her essence to heal Aina's brother.
** Ryn hunts and devours all kinds of evil, but she seems to hate rapists most of all. In the prologue it's mentioned that Aina's uncle was taken by the Great Spirit for molesting his daughter. [[spoiler:It's revealed later in the book that she herself was raped by the smugglers at the start of the novel, and was intent on [[RapeAndRevenge slaughtering them for violating her]] as soon as she regained her strength.]]

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** The novel's prologue is told from the perspective of Aina, a teenaged teenage girl who went to pray at a sacred site to look for Erynis, offering so that she could offer her life in exchange for her brother to be being cured of his illness, only to be illness. She ends up gang-raped and murdered by a group of terrorists smuggling nuclear material. Erynis resurrects and heals her, then gives some of her essence to heal Aina's brother.
** Ryn hunts and devours all kinds of evil, but she seems to hate rapists most of all. In the prologue it's mentioned that Aina's uncle was taken by the Great Spirit (The locals name for Ryn) for molesting his daughter. [[spoiler:It's revealed later in the book that she herself was raped by the smugglers at the start of the novel, and was intent on [[RapeAndRevenge slaughtering them for violating her]] as soon as she regained her strength.]]



* TerrifyingRescuer: When Naomi accidentally spots Ryn as she flees from Splat, she is understandably shaken by the eldritch living shadow with glowing eyes. [[spoiler:It gives her nightmares for months, much to Ryn's horror; but after learning the shadow was Ryn she starts having erotic dreams about it as well.]]

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* TerrifyingRescuer: When Naomi accidentally spots Ryn as she flees from Splat, she is understandably shaken by the eldritch living shadow with glowing eyes. [[spoiler:It gives her nightmares for months, much to Ryn's horror; but though after learning the shadow was Ryn she starts having erotic dreams about it as well.]]



* WeatherManipulation: When in nature, away from human artifice, Ryn can control the weather. During the summer camp arc she uses this to foil Patrick's attempt to kiss Naomi by making it rain, [[spoiler:smites Saxby with a miniature hurricane's worth of lightning, and when she's afraid Naomi's been killed by Patrick her despair causes it to snow]].

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* WeatherManipulation: When Out in nature, the wild, away from human artifice, Ryn the weather reacts to Ryn's mood and she can control the weather. it directly. During the summer camp arc arc, her sadness causes it to rain when she uses this to foil Patrick's attempt to kiss sees Patrick and Naomi by making it rain, [[spoiler:smites almost kiss, [[spoiler:she smites Saxby with a miniature hurricane's worth of lightning, and when she's afraid Naomi's been killed by Patrick Patrick, her despair causes it to snow]].


* DirtyOldMan: Albert Birch is an ephebophile who molests several of the boys and girls in his care, and who pressured Sara's old roommate into having sex with him until she eventually committed suicide. When he walks in on Ryn having a shower and openly ogles her she intimidates him into leaving her alone, but in her absence from the group home he resumes his perversions. [[spoiler:Until she returns and throws him through a wall, whereupon an investigation uncovers his depravity and he's thrown in jail.]]

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* DirtyOldMan: Albert Birch is an ephebophile who molests several of the boys and girls in his care, and who pressured Sara's Susan's old roommate into having sex with him until she eventually committed suicide. When he walks in on Ryn having a shower and openly ogles her she intimidates him into leaving her alone, but in her absence from the group home he resumes his perversions. [[spoiler:Until she returns and throws him through a wall, whereupon an investigation uncovers his depravity and he's thrown in jail.]]


* DirtyOldMan: Albert Birch is an ephebophile who molests several of the boys and girls in his care, and who pressured Sara's old roommate into having sex with him until she eventually committed suicide. When he walks in on Ryn having a shower and openly ogles her she intimidates him into leaving her alone, but in her absence from the group home he resumes his perversions. [[spoiler:Until she returns and throws him through a wall, whereupon an investigation uncovers his depravity and he's thrown in jail.]]



* PredatorTurnedProtector: Ryn is an ancient goddess who thinks nothing of eating people and spirits who get on her bad side -- with a preference for those who do evil. She quickly takes a liking to Naomi Bradford, and swears an unbreakable oath to protect her.



* RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil: Ryn hunts and devours all kinds of evil, but she seems to hate rapists most of all. [[spoiler:It's revealed later in the book that she herself was raped by the smugglers at the start of the novel, possibly making this RapeAndRevenge.]]
* RedBaron: Ryn has quite a few names, each more badass than the last. There's Erynis ("The Implacable One"), Adrasteia ("The one from whom there is no escape"), Nemesis (the Greek goddess of vengeance), and Lailah ("Night" in Hebrew).

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* RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil: RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil:
** The novel's prologue is told from the perspective of Aina, a teenaged girl who went to pray at a sacred site to Erynis, offering her life in exchange for her brother to be cured of his illness, only to be gang-raped and murdered by a group of terrorists smuggling nuclear material. Erynis resurrects and heals her, then gives some of her essence to heal Aina's brother.
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Ryn hunts and devours all kinds of evil, but she seems to hate rapists most of all. In the prologue it's mentioned that Aina's uncle was taken by the Great Spirit for molesting his daughter. [[spoiler:It's revealed later in the book that she herself was raped by the smugglers at the start of the novel, possibly making this RapeAndRevenge.and was intent on [[RapeAndRevenge slaughtering them for violating her]] as soon as she regained her strength.]]
* RedBaron: Ryn has quite a few names, each more badass than the last. There's Erynis ("The Implacable One"), Adrasteia ("The one from whom there is no escape"), the Great Spirit, Nemesis and Adrasteia (the Greek goddess of vengeance), and Lailah ("Night" in Hebrew).


** Naomi finds the dark and mysterious parts of Ryn quite alluring. She also goes straight for the brooding boy Patrick Dailey during the summer camp arc.

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** Eli and Naomi finds both find the dark and mysterious parts of Ryn quite alluring. She alluring, the former even lamenting that Ryn's a girl. Naomi also goes straight for the brooding boy Patrick Dailey during the summer camp arc.



* BadassNormal: Applies to Naomi and her friends, but special mention goes to Senator Bradford's assistant, Carol, who is kidnapped, wakes up stripped to her underwear, in a cold trailer surrounded by torture implements, with a tv playing horror movies, and she *still* stands up to her captor and spits on him.

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* BadassNormal: Applies to Naomi and her friends, but special mention goes to Senator Bradford's assistant, Carol, who is kidnapped, wakes up stripped to her underwear, in a cold trailer surrounded by torture implements, with a tv playing horror movies, and she *still* ''still'' stands up to her captor and spits on him.



* BulletCatch: Employed by Ryn when Caspar Owens, a religious zealot sniper, targets Naomi. The Cabal get a special god-killing gun to deal with her... and she still catches the bullet. The only difference is that the force knocks her back a step every time.

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* BulletCatch: Employed by Ryn when Caspar Owens, a religious zealot sniper, targets Naomi. The Cabal get gets a special god-killing gun alien weapon to deal with her... and she still catches the bullet.bullets. The only difference is that the force knocks her back a step every time.



* ClosetKey: Ryn serves as one for Naomi, derailing the carefully-made plan she'd concocted for how she was going to live her life.

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* ClosetKey: Ryn serves as one for Naomi, derailing the carefully-made heterosexual plan she'd concocted for how she was going to live her life.



* CompulsorySchoolAge: Ryn is forced to attend school for a time to due her apparent age. She skips on a constant basis, is eventually expelled for [[NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished saving a bully's life]], and at that point she is past the compulsory age so she doesn't bother finding a new school.

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* CompulsorySchoolAge: Ryn is forced to attend school for a time to due her apparent age. She skips on a constant basis, is eventually expelled for [[NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished saving a bully's life]], and at that point she is past the compulsory age so she doesn't bother finding a new school. [[spoiler:After adopting her, Kessler and Ms. Cross bribe Ryn into going to school by enrolling her in the same school as Naomi.]]
* CurbStompBattle: Most fights Ryn gets into are ridiculously one-sided in her favor, but special mention goes to her trouncing the drug dealers at the Nine Lives nightclub. Seeing a recording of it gets Senator Bradford to personally request Ryn's service as Naomi's unofficial bodyguard; and Mark, a trained soldier, expresses jealousy and awe at Ryn's superhuman combat skills.



* GoingCommando: Naomi is mortified to learn that Ryn doesn't wear panties or a bra, just a chest-wrap made from her kanaf.

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* GoingCommando: Naomi is mortified to learn that Ryn doesn't wear panties or a bra, just a chest-wrap made from her kanaf. This becomes an in-joke between the two of them, and a point of flirtation when they become a couple.



* InsaneTrollLogic: Asura who can manipulate minds cause this in their victims. The mortals are twisted until they believe whatever wildly contradictory things are needed by the asura. An eco-terrorist, a racist rapist, and a religious soldier all work together despite knowing they have been told wildly different stories and would rather kill each other, and they just never question it.

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* InsaneTrollLogic: Asura who can manipulate minds cause this in their victims. The mortals As a result of Ghorm's machinations, the Asura Cabal's mortal agents are twisted until they believe whatever wildly contradictory things are needed by the asura.asura to sic them on Senator Bradford and Naomi. An eco-terrorist, a racist rapist, and a religious soldier all work together despite knowing they have been told wildly different stories and would rather kill each other, and they just never question it.



* OccultDetective: O'Rourke tries to be one despite the Veil acting to erase all mortal knowledge of the supernatural. It's revealed that his "black binder" cases are literal -- he files away unexplainable pieces of evidence in black binders made of sheep skin -- which preseves the contents from the Veil's corrosion.



* TerrifyingRescuer: When Naomi accidentally spots Ryn as she flees from Splat, she is understandably shaken by the eldritch living shadow with glowing eyes. [[spoiler:It gives her nightmares for months, much to Ryn's horror; but after learning the shadow was Ryn she also starts having erotic dreams about it.]]

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* TerrifyingRescuer: When Naomi accidentally spots Ryn as she flees from Splat, she is understandably shaken by the eldritch living shadow with glowing eyes. [[spoiler:It gives her nightmares for months, much to Ryn's horror; but after learning the shadow was Ryn she also starts having erotic dreams about it.it as well.]]



** Most of the humans the Asura Cabal uses are this, twisted by Ghorm's mental manipulation powers.
** At the end of the novel, it's revealed that [[spoiler:Ryn herself has been one for the Deva known as Set the Pretender, who used Dust as a proxy to manipulate her into going after his rival Glycon's minions. Ryn is livid when she finds out and declares her intent to kill both of them -- Set for manipulating her and Glycon for daring to target Naomi.]]

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** Most of the humans the Asura Cabal uses are this, twisted by Ghorm's mental manipulation powers.powers into going after Senator Bradford through his daughter.
** At the end of the novel, it's revealed that [[spoiler:Ryn herself has been one for the Deva known as Set the Pretender, who used Dust as a proxy to manipulate her into going after his rival Glycon's minions. Ryn is livid when she finds out and declares her intent to kill both of them -- Set for manipulating her and Glycon for daring to target Naomi.Naomi and Set the Pretender for daring to manipulate her.]]



* WeatherManipulation: When in nature, away from human artifice, Ryn can control the weather.

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* WeatherManipulation: When in nature, away from human artifice, Ryn can control the weather. During the summer camp arc she uses this to foil Patrick's attempt to kiss Naomi by making it rain, [[spoiler:smites Saxby with a miniature hurricane's worth of lightning, and when she's afraid Naomi's been killed by Patrick her despair causes it to snow]].



** After Ryn reveals she is the shadowy entity that Naomi glimpsed hunting Splat; Denise berates her for breaking Naomi's heart by suddenly vanishing without so much as a goodbye. In the final arc of the novel, [[spoiler:Naomi -- frustrated over Ryn jealously intervening in her romance with Patrick -- learns that Ryn has feelings for her and has been stalking her]].

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** After Ryn reveals attempts to destroy her friendship with Naomi by revealing she is the shadowy entity that Naomi glimpsed hunting Splat; Splat and has been having nightmares about, Denise berates her for breaking Naomi's heart by suddenly vanishing without so much as a goodbye. goodbye.
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In the final arc of the novel, [[spoiler:Naomi -- frustrated over Ryn jealously intervening in her romance with Patrick -- learns that Ryn has feelings for her and has been stalking her]].her, and furiously berates her before telling her to leave her alone forever]].

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* PunyEarthlings: Ryn has a pretty dim view of humans and generally sees herself as above them, but she does begrudgingly stoop to our level when it comes to Naomi.


* BadassNormal: Applies to Naomi and her friends, but special mention goes to Senator Bradford's assistant, Carol, who is kidnapped, wakes up stripped to her underwear, in a cold trailer surrounded by torture implements, with a tv playing horror movies, and she *still* stands up to her captor and spits on him.



* TheEmpath: One of the powers that Deva and Asura can have, with Muse and Tooloo both being one. According to Muse, it's more of a SherlockScan than out and out mind reading.

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* TheEmpath: One of the powers that Deva and Asura can have, with Muse and Tooloo both being one. According to Muse, it's more of a SherlockScan than out and out mind reading.



* IKnowYourTrueName: Asura use nicknames because using true names is "dangerous" for them



* InsaneTrollLogic: Asura who can manipulate minds cause this in their victims. The mortals are twisted until they believe whatever wildly contradictory things are needed by the asura. An eco-terrorrist, a racist rapist, and a religious soldier all work together despite knowing they have been told wildly different stories and would rather kill each other, and they just never question it.

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* InsaneTrollLogic: Asura who can manipulate minds cause this in their victims. The mortals are twisted until they believe whatever wildly contradictory things are needed by the asura. An eco-terrorrist, eco-terrorist, a racist rapist, and a religious soldier all work together despite knowing they have been told wildly different stories and would rather kill each other, and they just never question it.



* LivingWeapon: In order to dispose of Ryn, Caspar Owens -- a Bible-thumping sniper hired by the Cabal to kill Naomi under the delusion that her father is the Antichrist -- is given a shapeshifting eldritch weapon built by the Deep Ones/Klíthunians to kill gods. The weapon takes the form of a black rifle with red markings... but Ryn {{No Sell}}s its bullets and slices it apart with her claws.

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* LivingWeapon: In order to dispose of Ryn, Caspar Owens -- a Bible-thumping sniper hired by the Cabal to kill Naomi under the delusion that her father is the Antichrist -- is given a shapeshifting shape-shifting eldritch weapon built by the Deep Ones/Klíthunians to kill gods. The weapon takes the form of a black rifle with red markings... but Ryn {{No Sell}}s its bullets and slices it apart with her claws.



* NoSocialSkills: Ryn is terrible with word, can't read faces, or intuit other people's emotions. Naomi is the only one whose face she understands.

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* TheNoseKnows: Ryn has quite the sense of smell, able to follow scents across cities, sense changes in body chemistry and hormones, and even tell the quality of a soul
* NoSocialSkills: Ryn is terrible with word, words, can't read faces, or intuit other people's emotions. Naomi is the only one whose face she understands.



* OpenMindedParent: Senator Bradford is remarkably openminded for a Republican, likely owing to his libertarian leanings. He supports the legalization of marijuana, and is seemingly okay with his daughter being in a romantic relationship with another girl.
* OurDragonsAreDifferent: In order to fight Ryn evenly, Mr. Saxby transforms into a shapeshifting dragon and starts developing poisons to permanently kill her.

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* OpenMindedParent: Senator Bradford is remarkably openminded open-minded for a Republican, likely owing to his libertarian leanings. He supports the legalization of marijuana, and is seemingly okay with his daughter being in a romantic relationship with another girl.
* OurDragonsAreDifferent: In order to fight Ryn evenly, Mr. Saxby transforms into a shapeshifting shape-shifting dragon and starts developing poisons to permanently kill her.



* PersonOfMassDestruction: Some asura used to try and hunt Ryn for sport, seeing her as the last wild thing. These battles destroyed entire nations and left immutable scars in the earth.

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* PersonOfMassDestruction: Some asura deva used to try and hunt Ryn for sport, seeing her as the last wild thing. These battles destroyed entire nations and left immutable scars in the earth.



** After Ryn reveals she is the shadowy entity that Naomi glimpsed hunting Splat; Denise berates her for breaking Naomi's heart by suddenly vanishing without so much as a goodbye. In the final arc of the novel, [[spoiler:Naomi -- frustrated over Ryn jealously interveneing in her romance with Patrick -- learns that Ryn has feelings for her and has been stalking her]].

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** After Ryn reveals she is the shadowy entity that Naomi glimpsed hunting Splat; Denise berates her for breaking Naomi's heart by suddenly vanishing without so much as a goodbye. In the final arc of the novel, [[spoiler:Naomi -- frustrated over Ryn jealously interveneing intervening in her romance with Patrick -- learns that Ryn has feelings for her and has been stalking her]].

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* ExactWords: After [[spoiler:Patrick]] tries to stab Naomi, she begs Ryn not to kill him, which Ryn thinks gives her some room to work.


* AllLovingHero: Naomi is very empathetic and kind. The reason she even became friends with Ryn is that she thought Ryn seemed like she could use one.

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* AllLovingHero: Naomi is very empathetic and kind. The reason she even became friends with Ryn is that she thought Ryn seemed like she could use one.one, and was intrigued rather than intimidated by Ryn's outlandish and feral mannerisms.



* DemonicPossession: Most flesh-riding Asura turn their hosts into broken shells via MindRape, physical rape, and torture -- part of the reason why Ryn is so disgusted by them.

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* DemonicPossession: Most flesh-riding Asura turn their hosts into almost-soulless broken shells via a combination of MindRape, physical rape, and torture -- part of the reason why Ryn is so disgusted by them.



* FangsAreEvil: Inverted. Ryn has teeth that are compared to those of a wolf. [[spoiler: Naomi thinks they are CuteLittleFangs.]]

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* EroticDream: After learning that Ryn was the shadowy entity that rescued her from Splat, Naomi starts alternating between dreams of Ryn alternately attacking her and making love to her, confusing her because she firmly believes herself to be heterosexual.
* FangsAreEvil: Inverted. Ryn has teeth that are compared to those of a wolf. [[spoiler: Naomi [[spoiler:Naomi thinks they are CuteLittleFangs.]]


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* WhatTheHellHero:
** After Ryn reveals she is the shadowy entity that Naomi glimpsed hunting Splat; Denise berates her for breaking Naomi's heart by suddenly vanishing without so much as a goodbye. In the final arc of the novel, [[spoiler:Naomi -- frustrated over Ryn jealously interveneing in her romance with Patrick -- learns that Ryn has feelings for her and has been stalking her]].


* BiTheWay: While Denise is mostly into men, she flirts with Ryn at the Nine Lives nightclub and indicates she'd be okay with hooking up with Naomi.



** Splat mutilates his first Hollow, Walter Banich, into a mess of wounds, with his face stitched up with metal wire.

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** Splat mutilates his first Hollow, Walter Banich, into a mess of wounds, wounds with his face stitched up with metal wire. Naomi rips the metal wire out when he attacks her, and Ryn pummels him into a full-body cast.



* ClosetKey: Ryn serves as one for Naomi, derailing the carefully-made plan she'd concocted for how she was going to live her life.



* DeathGlare: For some one who always wears sunglasses, Ryn is remarkably adept at glaring people down.

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* DeathGlare: For some one someone who always wears sunglasses, Ryn is remarkably adept at glaring people down.down. Her BlackEyesOfCrazy make her a natural at this, as they induce instinctual terror in anyone who looks into them.



* DemonicPossession: Most flesh-riding Asura turn their hosts into broken shells via MindRape, physical rape, and torture -- part of the reason why Ryn is so disgusted by them.



* DoYouWantToCopulate: Muse, a hedonistic Asura, repeatedly expresses interest in taking Ryn's virginity and wagers that in a game of pool, but Ryn vehemently rejects her propositions.

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* DoYouWantToCopulate: Muse, a hedonistic Asura, repeatedly expresses interest in taking Ryn's virginity and wagers that in a game of pool, but hits on her several times despite Ryn vehemently rejects rejecting her propositions.advances.



* EmptyQuiver: The reason that Kessler's unit is sent after the smuggling ring is that they've stolen what's implied to be a nuke or at least weapons grade nuclear material.

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* EmptyQuiver: The reason that Kessler's unit is sent after the smuggling ring is that they've stolen what's implied to be a nuke or at least weapons grade weapons-grade nuclear material.



* {{Geas}}: Ryn -- and the other Deva to monstrous to pass themselves off as humans -- were placed under one by the Fates, forbidding them from setting foot in human civilizations ruled by kings or gods. A loophole lets her live in the United States, but she's still bound by human laws and cannot set foot inside religious buildings like churches.



* ImplacableMan: Nothing stops Ryn from getting her prey. One of the villains tries to bargain with her, despite knowing she is called "The Implacable One".

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* ImplacableMan: Nothing stops Ryn from getting her prey. One of the villains tries to bargain with her, despite knowing she is called "The Implacable One".One", only to have her inform him that she doesn't take plea deals and rip him to shreds.



* InstantExpert: So long as she can witness them beforehand, Ryn is capable of easily performing complex tasks that usually require years of training and practise -- justified by her being milennia old and having superhuman perceptive and motor-control skills. School is so easy for her that within a few days of her arriving she has to invoke DoWellButNotPerfect to avoid drawing undue attention to herself; while institutionalized she learns to play complex piano pieces with the grace of a master after watching another inmate do it once; and she easily beats Muse -- a seasoned gambler -- in a game of pool despite never having played before in her life.



* MagicMushroom: The spirit forms of asura are invisible even to deva, unless one first consumes psilocybin mushrooms.

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* MadeOfEvil: Splat, Ghorm, and Mr. Saxby are a trio of Asura spawned by the darkness of humanity. Splat is a misogynistic sadist born from the collective depravity of a snuff-porn ring, and delights in rape and torture; Ghorm was spawned from a cult and is capable of reshaping the minds and perceptions of those he targets; and Mr. Saxby was spawned from a Josef Mengele's brutal experiments on twins, and can reshape the bodies of his targets at will. Tooloo -- while still evil -- is an exception, as she was spawned from the apathy generated by the digital era and is completely emotionless.
* MagicMushroom: The spirit forms of asura are invisible even to deva, unless one they first consumes consume psilocybin mushrooms.



* PhysicalGod: Ryn is powerful and old beyond human comprehension. She's also a goddess of vengeance, having been known as Nemesis and Adrasteia to the Greeks. Only the Fates are more powerful than she is.
* PickyEater: Ryn despises the taste of processed foods, animals raised in slaughterhouses, and plantation-grown fruits and vegetables. She prefers food she's hunted herself, and during the summer camp section cannot understand why the humans stick to canned food when there is perfectly good fresh game nearby.

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* PhysicalGod: Ryn is powerful and old beyond human comprehension. She's also a goddess of vengeance, having been known as Nemesis and Adrasteia to the Greeks. Only the Fates are more powerful than she is.
is, and have cursed her to be unable to set foot in civilization.
* PickyEater: Ryn despises the taste of processed foods, animals raised in slaughterhouses, and plantation-grown fruits and vegetables. She prefers food fresh fruits and meat she's hunted herself, and during the summer camp section cannot understand why the humans stick to canned food when there is perfectly good fresh game nearby.



* TimeCrash: The new gods "shattered time" somehow, making it difficult for Ryn to pin down her own age.

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* TimeCrash: The new gods "shattered time" somehow, making it difficult for Ryn to pin down her own age. She notes that other gods remember the past differently than she does due to coming from different timelines.



* UnwittingPawn:
** Most of the humans the Asura Cabal uses are this, twisted by Ghorm's mental manipulation powers.
** At the end of the novel, it's revealed that [[spoiler:Ryn herself has been one for the Deva known as Set the Pretender, who used Dust as a proxy to manipulate her into going after his rival Glycon's minions. Ryn is livid when she finds out and declares her intent to kill both of them -- Set for manipulating her and Glycon for daring to target Naomi.]]



* WorfHadTheFlu: Ryn is overpowered by terrorists at the start of the novel. This only happened because she had just resurrected someone (which exhausts her), given the girl some of her power to heal her (which exhausts her), given the girl some more power to heal her brother (which exhausts her), it was a new moon (which means her powers were at their weakest to start), ''and'' the terrorists managed to ambush her due to bad luck. Even so, she killed half of them before they stapled her to a post, and later events in the novel make it clear that she was going to kill them the second she had recovered enough to break free from the pole.

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* WorfHadTheFlu: Ryn is overpowered overpowered, brutally tortured, and raped by terrorists at the start of the novel. This only happened because she had just resurrected someone (which exhausts her), given the girl some of her power to heal her (which exhausts her), given the girl some more power to heal her brother (which further exhausts her), it was a new moon (which means her powers were at their weakest to start), start with), ''and'' the terrorists managed to ambush her due to bad luck. Even so, she killed half of them before they stapled her to a post, and later events in the novel make it clear that she was going to kill the rest of them the second she had recovered enough to break free from the pole.


* BlackEyesOfCrazy: Ryn has matte black sclerae and glowing blue irises that terrify whoever looks into her eyes, befitting a predatory primordial goddess. Her aggressive behavior leads to several characters speculating that she has a developmental disorder at best and is flat-out insane at worst.

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* BlackEyesOfCrazy: Ryn has matte black sclerae and glowing blue irises that terrify whoever looks into her eyes, befitting a predatory primordial goddess. Her aggressive behavior behaviour leads to several characters speculating that she has a developmental disorder at best and is flat-out insane at worst.



* CompleteImmortality: While not immune to harm, Ryn cannot truely die. Even if her body were completely destroyed, she would just regenerate.

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* CompleteImmortality: While not immune to harm, Ryn cannot truely truly die. Even if her body were completely destroyed, she would just regenerate.



* CrapsackWorld: This world seems a bit worse off than ours. It's implied the Cold War heated up, The US military maintains a fleet of "floating cities" throughout the globe, New Petersburg itself seems to be pretty seedy, though that could be due to Ryn living in the bad part of town.



* GoSeduceMyArchnemesis: In the summer camp arc of the book, the Asura Cabal's final human agent attempts to do this to Naomi. [[spoiler:Patrick Dailey explots the AllGirlsWantBadBoys trope to seduce Naomi, who's in denial about her subconscious feelings for Ryn and looking to reaffirm to herself that she's heterosexual. Ryn foils his attempts to get her alone out of jealousy and saves Naomi from drowning when Patrick pushes her into the river, whereupon Patrick snaps and goes berserk.]]

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* GoSeduceMyArchnemesis: In the summer camp arc of the book, the Asura Cabal's final human agent attempts to do this to Naomi. [[spoiler:Patrick Dailey explots exploits the AllGirlsWantBadBoys trope to seduce Naomi, who's in denial about her subconscious feelings for Ryn and looking to reaffirm to herself that she's heterosexual. Ryn foils his attempts to get her alone out of jealousy and saves Naomi from drowning when Patrick pushes her into the river, whereupon Patrick snaps and goes berserk.]]



* PapaWolf: After Splat's attempt on Naomi's life, Senator Bradford goes to extreme lengths to keep his daughter safe -- even proposing a bill to allow teenagers to carry firearms. After learning that Naomi's new friend Ryn was the one who coaxed her into leaving the safety of her home to go to the Nine Lives nightclub, where she and her friend Denise were almost raped by some drug dealers, he furiously forbids Ryn from ever seeing his daughter again... only to immediately recind this after being shown a video of Ryn curb-stomping the drug dealers to protect Naomi, and personally asks Ryn to keep his daughter safe.

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* PapaWolf: After Splat's attempt on Naomi's life, Senator Bradford goes to extreme lengths to keep his daughter safe -- even proposing a bill to allow teenagers to carry firearms. After learning that Naomi's new friend Ryn was the one who coaxed her into leaving the safety of her home to go to the Nine Lives nightclub, where she and her friend Denise were almost raped by some drug dealers, he furiously forbids Ryn from ever seeing his daughter again... only to immediately recind rescind this after being shown a video of Ryn curb-stomping the drug dealers to protect Naomi, and personally asks Ryn to keep his daughter safe.

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* EmptyQuiver: The reason that Kessler's unit is sent after the smuggling ring is that they've stolen what's implied to be a nuke or at least weapons grade nuclear material.


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* PersonOfMassDestruction: Some asura used to try and hunt Ryn for sport, seeing her as the last wild thing. These battles destroyed entire nations and left immutable scars in the earth.

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* OpenMindedParent: Senator Bradford is remarkably openminded for a Republican, likely owing to his libertarian leanings. He supports the legalization of marijuana, and is seemingly okay with his daughter being in a romantic relationship with another girl.

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