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* UnfamiliarCeiling: Has happened a few times over the course of the campaign.
** In Natalie's tutorial, after being pulled out of the mandrake ensnarement roots by Bo, Nat fell unconscious before waking up in her assigned room in the Cardians house.
** There are off-screen examples too, for both Hawthorn Henderson and [[spoiler:Jason Colt]], after both awoke from unconsciousness induced by their injuries.


* BathroomSearchExcuse: Used by Natalie in Season 1 on the team's first case, when they visit the house of the missing child, in order to snoop around a little.



* CantKillYouStillNeedYou: Done by both Cardian and villainous N.P.C.s alike. First, [[spoiler:Aisha sparing Sal after he admits to almost killing Matthew.]] Then, [[spoiler:both played straight and invoked by Finnegan; the former with Arthur because of his bloodsoil knowledge; the latter when he is cornered and threatened with death by the P.C.s and Lallo.]]

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* CantKillYouStillNeedYou: Done by both Cardian and villainous N.P.C.s alike. First, [[spoiler:Aisha sparing Sal after he admits to almost killing Matthew.]] Then, [[spoiler:both played straight and invoked by Finnegan; Finnegan on two separate occasions; the former with Arthur because of his bloodsoil knowledge; the latter when he is cornered and threatened with death by the P.C.s and Lallo.]]

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* {{Foil}}: There are quite a few throughout the campaign, but the main ones concern the [[BigBad Big Bads]]:
** Lemons and River to Finnegan.
** Natalie and the Lafleur twins to Vayne.
** Theo to [[spoiler:Fustrarime]].


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* IKnewIt: Natalie's player (and by eventual extension, Natalie herself) put together the theory that [[spoiler:the Matriarch was Jessica Hauler]], which was confirmed by Chaney in Part 1 of the Season 1 Finale. You can hear him celebrating in the background audio, and the scene is put on pause while the others congratulate him.

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* BetterAsFriends: In Season 3, Danny reveals this to be the case between [[spoiler:her and Lallo: they previously hooked up and tried dating, but it didn't work.]]


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* HeterosexualLifePartners: The friendship between Sal and Dragoon is equal parts close and wholesome.


-->'''Natalie:''' This is for [[spoiler:Liz, you [[PrecisionFStrikefucking asshole.]]]]

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-->'''Natalie:''' This is for [[spoiler:Liz, you [[PrecisionFStrikefucking [[PrecisionFStrike fucking asshole.]]]]



* CrapsackWorld: This is hardly surprising, give the nature of the [[{{Roleplay/NewWorldOfDarkness}} sett]][[Roleplay/HunterTheVigil ing,]] but the supernatural threats extend beyond Carlsville. Part of what was so threatening and frightening about the predicaments of the Player Characters is that whatever happened to them did so in their hometowns, or in places that would traditionally be considered "safe".
* CreepyChangingPainting: In the Diamonds solo suit mission, Theo and Natalie found one very old painting [[spoiler:of Vayne Lafleur, and Omega and Infinity Brittle]] which altered the faces of the subjects when viewed through the camera of Theo's phone.

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* CrapsackWorld: This is hardly surprising, give given the nature of the [[{{Roleplay/NewWorldOfDarkness}} sett]][[Roleplay/HunterTheVigil ing,]] but the supernatural threats extend beyond Carlsville. Part of what was so threatening and frightening about the predicaments of the Player Characters is that whatever happened to them did so in their hometowns, or in places that would traditionally be considered "safe".
* CreepyChangingPainting: In the Diamonds Diamonds' solo suit mission, Theo and Natalie found one very old painting [[spoiler:of Vayne Lafleur, and Omega and Infinity Brittle]] which altered the faces of the subjects when viewed through the camera of Theo's phone.



* DarkIsEvil: Played utterly straight. The monsters and evil in Carlsville only come out at night and can be diverted by simple porch-lights or well aimed flashlights.

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* DarkIsEvil: Played utterly straight. The monsters and evil in Carlsville only come out at night and can be diverted by simple porch-lights or well aimed well-aimed flashlights.



*** [[spoiler:As of the end of Season 2 and the start of Season 3, this has been deconstructed, to where multiple people both within and outside of the division acknowledge the lack of therapy or general mental health care and the general worsening of everyone's mental health.]] [[spoiler:Aisha takes it for the problem that it is and calls in an ex-Ace of Hearts and a licensed therapist and psychologist to help the division, which finally causes the trope to be subverted.]]

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*** [[spoiler:As of the end of Season 2 and the start of Season 3, this has been deconstructed, to where multiple people both within and outside of the division acknowledge the lack of therapy or general mental health care and the general worsening of everyone's mental health.]] [[spoiler:Aisha takes it for the problem that it is and calls in an ex-Ace of Hearts and who is a licensed therapist and psychologist to help the division, which finally causes the trope to be subverted.]]



** The rising threat of bloodsoil, and how its being met by [[spoiler:both Cardians and Finnegan.]]

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** The rising threat of bloodsoil, and how its it's being met by [[spoiler:both Cardians and Finnegan.]]



* ScarsAreForever: Every major injury received by the Player Characters leaves scars. [[spoiler: As of the most recent group mission, this now includes burns.]]

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* ScarsAreForever: Every major injury received by the Player Characters leaves scars. [[spoiler: As of the most recent group mission, certain missions, this now includes burns.burns, in the cases of Tomoe and Sal.]]



* StaringDownCthulhu: In Season 2, Natalie [[spoiler:stalls Finnegan, in the process of taking Lemons away, with weapons drawn and an intimidating stance & glare.]] [[spoiler:It worked for a time, until Finnegan tried to break away and Lemons assisted him with a counter-intimidation on Natalie, succeeding only after one of his Feats forced a reroll.]] Nonetheless, because of Natalie's efforts, River was able to join the fray and [[spoiler:shoot Finnegan in the eye, allowing them to briefly track the wendigo's movements.]]

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* StaringDownCthulhu: In Season 2, Natalie [[spoiler:stalls Finnegan, Finnegan in the process of taking Lemons away, with weapons drawn and an intimidating stance & glare.]] [[spoiler:It worked for a time, until Finnegan tried to break away and Lemons assisted him with a counter-intimidation on Natalie, succeeding only after one of his Feats forced a reroll.]] Nonetheless, because of Natalie's efforts, River was able to join the fray and [[spoiler:shoot Finnegan in the eye, allowing them to briefly track the wendigo's movements.]]


* AndThisIsFor: A particularly tragic one in Season 3, when Natalie [[spoiler:shoots and kills Finnegan.]]

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* AndThisIsFor: A particularly tragic one in Season 3, when Natalie [[spoiler:shoots and kills Finnegan.]]Finnegan for his own murder of Liz.]]
-->'''Natalie:''' This is for [[spoiler:Liz, you [[PrecisionFStrikefucking asshole.]]]]

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* JustFriends: For a long time, this is the case between Nat and Liz, even as Nat tries her best to either woo Liz or find out if they have compatible sexualities; we still don't know if Liz is either into women or into Nat in that way. [[spoiler:Nat eventually comes to terms with the fact that, despite her feelings for Liz, after the "longest night", she has left Liz down too often, and needs to work on herself first.]] [[spoiler:Once Danny comes into the picture, Nat finds herself flirting with her new superior, who in turn propositions her. Nat decides to use this to start a romantic relationship, coming to the conclusion that such a thing wouldn't be possible with Liz due to the difficulties of Cardian life.]]
* LoveDodecahedron: The sheer mix of attractions and feelings between many of the characters results in this, particularly when a character has feelings for multiple others.


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* UnreplacedDeparted: [[spoiler:In the wake of Sal moving from the main group of Player Characters, [[RealLifeWritesThePlot due to Sal's player stepping down.]]]]



** BlackAndGreyMorality: The nature of the setting does still fall under this, however, as while the threats the Carlsville division face can be malicious towards humans in intent, the division is still ultimately part of a criminal organization.



** BlackAndGreyMorality: The nature of the setting does still fall under this, however, as while the threats the Carlsville division face can be malicious towards humans in intent, the division is still ultimately part of a criminal organization.



* ColdIron: The weakness of the Hedge Beasts, the gargoyles, and all fae within and beyond the Hedge. A major plot point of Season 2 is the Player Characters lacking any kind of cold iron equipment, trying to find implements made of the metal in order to use them against the hostile Hedge creatures.



* GreaterScopeVillain: Bloodsoil [[spoiler:and by extension, Infinity]]. Throughout everything that happens, it is always there in the background as a very real potential threat. The possibility of encountering it is fairly contextual, as it's limited to a certain location [[spoiler:until it's discovered that Arthur is its central host]], but its influence can be felt many phenomena and increasing information about the mysteries behind the supernatural goings-on in Carlsville.



* MagicalLand: The Hedge: a partially sentient mish-mash of forest, wood, and plant-based landscapes and environments that stretch in both directions in an infinite loop. And are also stacked on top of each other.
* MeaningfulFuneral: At the end of Season 1, and before Season 2, for [[spoiler:Aubry Lafleur]].



* MeaningfulFuneral: At the end of Season 1, and before Season 2, for [[spoiler:Aubry Lafleur]].


*** [[FridgeLogic But when you think about it,]] they couldn't really tell anyone, [[FridgeBrilliance considering the supernatural and/or criminal/illegal nature of their trauma. It would either seriously put doctor-patient confidentiality to the test, or dismissed as hallucination.]]
*** [[spoiler:As of the end of Season 2 and the start of Season 3, this has been deconstructed, to where multiple people both within and outside of the division acknowledge the lack of therapy or general mental health care and the general worsening of everyone's mental health.]] [[Aisha takes it for the problem that it is and calls in an ex-Ace of Hearts and a licensed therapist and psychologist to help the division, which finally causes the trope to be subverted.]]

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*** [[FridgeLogic But when you think about it,]] it, they couldn't really tell anyone, [[FridgeBrilliance considering the supernatural and/or criminal/illegal nature of their trauma. It would either seriously put doctor-patient confidentiality to the test, or dismissed as hallucination.]]
*** [[spoiler:As of the end of Season 2 and the start of Season 3, this has been deconstructed, to where multiple people both within and outside of the division acknowledge the lack of therapy or general mental health care and the general worsening of everyone's mental health.]] [[Aisha [[spoiler:Aisha takes it for the problem that it is and calls in an ex-Ace of Hearts and a licensed therapist and psychologist to help the division, which finally causes the trope to be subverted.]]



* HoYay: Between Sal and Dragoon, [[spoiler:particularly after the latter wakes up from their whisp-induced coma.]]

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* DirtyBusiness: One of the more common instances, given both the nature of Cardians life and duties and the naturally good dispositions of characters such as Henderson, Natalie and Theo. Not even N.P.C.s are immune to it though, with Carly being the most notable: [[spoiler:she shot Henderson and threatened to shoot and kill both him and Sal if they didn't stop attacking Hellings in the Season 1 Finale, but was clearly upset and guilt-ridden about it]].

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* MythArc: Three, one for each season, revolving around the central mysteries of the town that rise and fall in relevancy depending on the mission and the immediacy of the danger they present:
** [[spoiler:The mysteries behind the Player Characters' entrances into Carlsville and the unnatural night time and the whisps that come with it are linked. The latter is due to the influence of the spirit of Vayne Lafleur, a powerful mage with shadow magic and the ancestor of Aubry and Chaney. The former was part of Aubry's plan to take down Vayne without inflicting trauma upon those close to her]].
** The incursion of the gargoyles and the return of their master: [[spoiler:the Fae Fustrarime, aka Bo, who was Fustrarime with altered memories and trapped in a human form]].
** The rising threat of bloodsoil, and how its being met by [[spoiler:both Cardians and Finnegan.]]


* WakingUpElsewhere: After Nat was fully ensnared and encased by mandrake roots, she initially woke up to Bo freeing her from the roots in the middle of the town cornfield.

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* VillainRespect: Natalie earns this from both Finnegan and Vayne:
** The first she earns due to her [[spoiler:figuring out that not only was Finnegan was lying to her in the second dream and was actually the real wendigo communicating with her, as well as repeatedly demonstrating her smarts in that talk when figuring out who the wendigo wasm but for being utterly unafraid of him and outright antagonising him whenever they meet.]] At one point, she [[spoiler:successfully intimidates him into staying put after he abducts Lemons. It doesn't last, as Lemons helps break free and they both escape, but for a moment, a human armed with only two knives frightens a full-grown centuries-old wendigo into doing what she wants]].
** The second she earns because [[spoiler:of her having figured out the most about how Infinity works as well as her origins, alongside the fact that Natalie makes it clear that she wants Infinity laid to rest for the sake of the innocent girl she once was, even promising Vayne to give her daughter her favourite flowers before the end.]]
* WakingUpElsewhere: After Nat was fully ensnared and encased by mandrake roots, she initially woke up to Bo freeing her from the roots in the middle of the town cornfield. Later, a different example happens to Henderson and Lemons. See YouWakeUpInARoom below.

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** In Part Two of the Finale, from Inksword, Henderson's Player: [[spoiler:"Hellings' Defence is 3, right? [...] You're fuckin' on the ground with Henderson, Hellings!"]]


* BrokeYourArmPunchingOutCthulhu: In Season 3, in the climactic showdown between the team and [[spoiler:Finnegan, Henderson successfully counter-grapples the wendigo to hold him in place as he burns, to not only anchor him to the spot, but also to ensure that he cannot foil the others' efforts to retrieve an injured Julia. As a result, [[IncendiaryExponent Henderson catches fire too,]] [[RealityEnsues and has to recover from second and third-degree burns.]]]]



* FateWorseThanDeath: What actually happened to [[spoiler:the women that the mandrakes abducted: they got their biology rewritten and become living trees that forcibly give birth to new mandrakes, unable to move or break out of their new prison/existence because their bodies have been broken down and merged with the trees that encase them. It is unclear how conscious or cognisant they remained, especially over time, but any possible answer is awful.]] It is this reason that once the truth was realised, [[spoiler:River euthanized them, but not without it taking a toll on her.]]

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* FateWorseThanDeath: What actually happened to [[spoiler:the women that the mandrakes abducted: they got embedded into Hedge trees, their biology being rewritten and become becoming living trees that incubate and forcibly give birth to new mandrakes, mandrakes after the initial stage of their life cycle, unable to move or break out of their new prison/existence because their bodies have been broken down and merged with the trees that encase them. It is unclear how conscious or cognisant they remained, especially over time, but any possible answer is awful. They are nonetheless very much alive, and because they have been changed by their time in the Hedge so much, it is likely that they will be unable to die of natural causes.]] It is this reason that once the truth was realised, [[spoiler:River euthanized them, but them (but not without it taking a toll on her.]]her) and, combined with her escape and Carly's rescue from this fate, Natalie [[KillItWithFire burned down the grove.]]]]


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* MeaningfulFuneral: At the end of Season 1, and before Season 2, for [[spoiler:Aubry Lafleur]].


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* StaringDownCthulhu: In Season 2, Natalie [[spoiler:stalls Finnegan, in the process of taking Lemons away, with weapons drawn and an intimidating stance & glare.]] [[spoiler:It worked for a time, until Finnegan tried to break away and Lemons assisted him with a counter-intimidation on Natalie, succeeding only after one of his Feats forced a reroll.]] Nonetheless, because of Natalie's efforts, River was able to join the fray and [[spoiler:shoot Finnegan in the eye, allowing them to briefly track the wendigo's movements.]]


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* ToAbsentFriends: Chaney and Natalie have an interaction akin to this in the wake of the death of [[spoiler:Chaney's twin sister Aubry]], where they reflect on [[spoiler:her]] true feelings about the Player Characters that [[spoiler:she]] by and large took with [[spoiler:her]] to the grave.


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** The Season 2 Finale, in which [[spoiler:Theo sacrifices himself to ensure the return of the Player Characters, Omega, and Fustrarime's abductees to Carlsville, done without a fight and further bloodshed]].


* FourIsDeath: There are four significant threats to the town of Carlsville: the unnatural darkness, the Hedge portal and the beasts that came through it, the bloodsoil disease, and the machinations of Finnegan the wendigo. Correspondingly, there are four [[BigBad significant threats]] behind them: [[spoiler:Vayne Lafleur]], [[spoiler:Fustrarime aka Bo]], [[spoiler:Infinity Brittle (to an extent)]], and Finnegan.



* ItsPersonal: The death of [[spoiler:Elizibeth St. Bellings]] caused this in Lemons, Natalie, and Arthur. A still openly weeping Natalie even vowed to kill Finnegan for it. [[spoiler:And she does.]]



* NothingExcitingEverHappensHere: The small town of Carlsville seems fairly ordinary to its citizens, aside from the curfew. This is despite the fact that several supernatural monsters, beings and happenings center around the place.

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* NothingExcitingEverHappensHere: The small town of Carlsville seems fairly ordinary to its citizens, aside from the curfew. This is despite the fact that several supernatural monsters, beings and happenings center centre around the place.



* PetTheDog: The Aces perform this whenever the Player Characters do well, be it in the form of increased freedom, information, or promotion in Rank.

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* PetTheDog: The Aces perform this whenever the Player Characters do well, be it in the form of increased freedom, information, or promotion in Rank.rank.



* RuleOfThree: There are three seasons to Cardians Rural, and each one deals with generally the same story:

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* RuleOfThree: There are three seasons to Cardians Rural, and each one deals with generally the same base story:

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