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* BecomingTheMask: [[spoiler: Kasiya was ordered as part of his compact with Istvan to grow close to both Yani and Galen, which can potentially lead to him beginning a romance with the latter. He comes clean towards the end of the game, citing this trope as the truth of his feelings.]]



** Jewel of the North - [[spoiler: Both the city and the springs are saved.]]
** Lifeless Technology - [[spoiler: The city is saved at the cost of the springs.]]
** Clear Waters - [[spoiler: The springs are saved at the cost of the city itself.]]
** True Winter - [[spoiler: Neither the city nor the springs are saved, [[KillEmAll and everyone subsequently dies.]]]]



* RedHerring:
** [[spoiler: Istvan]] is undoubtedly a horrible person responsible for much misery in the city, [[spoiler: but he isn't Lev's killer (Galen is) and he isn't the saboteur trying to destroy the city (Constance is).]]
** Carries into the game's climax: when the player is presented with the game's final choice - [[spoiler: confronting Istvan during his massive experiment that seems to be tearing the city apart, or going looking for Constance after she wandered off after falling ill - many would naturally choose to confront Istvan. While this will affect Istvan's character ending, the subsequent confrontation with Constance (the ''real'' saboteur) has bearing on which of the game's MultipleEndings the player receives.]]
* RomanceSidequest: Both player characters have a single love interest - Kasiya for Galen, and Sem for Yani - but the option to initiate a romance with either one of them is just that.



* ViciousCycle: [[spoiler: The "Clear Waters" ending. Also present in some ending variations with Kasiya and Yani.]]


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* ViciousCycle: [[spoiler: The "Clear Waters" ending. Also present in some ending variations with Kasiya and Yani.]]


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* WasItAllALie: [[spoiler: Galen is understandably heartbroken to discover that Kasiya only grew intimate with him as part of his compact with Istvan, although Kasiya insists that [[BecomingTheMask he really did grow to care for him]].]]

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* AccidentalMurder: [[spoiler: Depending on player choice, Galen's poisoning of Lev can be this; he intended to give Lev an antidote, but wasn't able to find him in time.]]


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** [[spoiler: Constance has been one likely since childhood, and this fuels her desire to see the city destroyed.]]


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* DeadAllAlong: [[spoiler: Lev's body is found three weeks after his disappearance, but his death was on the same night he went missing.]]


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* TheKillerInMe: [[spoiler: The "Secretive Killer" variant of this trope plays out with Galen, who is revealed to be Lev's murderer. Whether Lev's death was an [[AccidentalMurder accident Galen regrets]] or a [[IDidWhatIHadToDo deliberate decision made out of pragmatism]] depends on player input.]]


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* MorallyAmbiguousDoctorate: [[spoiler: Galen, who murders Lev and, depending on player choice, can be responsible for even more terrible deeds.]]


* JustTheFirstCitizen: Istvan is ''officially'' retired. But only officially.


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* JustTheFirstCitizen: Istvan is ''officially'' retired. But only officially.


* TheBechdelTest: Passes with the brief conversation between Yani and Slava at the inn.


* ShelteredAristocrat: Laura used to be that way. Than the City bought her.

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* ShelteredAristocrat: Laura used to be that way. Than Then the City bought her.


* CultureEqualsCostume: Slava is Slavonic (most probably Russian), and her outfit reflects that.

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* CultureEqualsCostume: Slava is Slavonic (most probably Russian), and her outfit reflects that. The Inuit Yakone still dresses after her tribes' fashion, despite being a citizen now. Arguably, subverted in case of Constance.


* AmbiguouslyBrown: Constance has tan skin and wears Middle Eastern clothing, with Indian jewelry, but her name is Latin and her features appear to be Caucasian. [[spoiler: Her ''real'' name, Inge, is Germanic, and she says that she's from the North.]]

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* AmbiguouslyBrown: Constance has tan skin and wears Middle Eastern Arabian clothing, with Indian jewelry, but her name is Latin and her features appear to be Caucasian. [[spoiler: Her ''real'' name, Inge, is Germanic, and she says that she's from the North.]]


* MotherNatureFatherScience: GenderInverted with the two player characters. Galen is a doctor and Yani is a technician.

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* MotherNatureFatherScience: GenderInverted with the two player characters. Galen is a doctor and Yani is a technician.mechanic.


* BlackWidow[=/=]TheBluebeard: Kasiya says he's seen ''a lot'' of husbands and wives murder their spouses.

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* BlackWidow[=/=]TheBluebeard: Kasiya says he's seen ''a lot'' of husbands and wives murder their spouses.cases of spousal murder.



* DeadpanSnarker: [[WorldOfSnark Everyone gets their moments]] but Yani and Yakone are the most pronounced examples.

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* DeadpanSnarker: [[WorldOfSnark Everyone gets their moments]] really]] but Yani and Yakone are the most pronounced examples.is a standout example.


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* FieryRedhead:: ZigZagged with Kasiya. He can be harsh and was a proud BloodKnight in his backstory. However, characters like Istvan are even more temperamental and he's fairly calm and congenial in his introductory scene. He also shows more vulnerability and insecurity if you take his romance path.

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* MotherNatureFatherScience: GenderInverted with the two player characters. Galen is a doctor and Yani is a technician.

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* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: Slava and Istvan, also Yani and Sem, if she takes his route. Both women even lampshade this.


* AmbiguouslyBrown: Constance has tan skin and wears Middle Eastern clothing, with Indian jewelry, but her name is Latin and her features appear to be Caucasian.

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* AmbiguouslyBrown: Constance has tan skin and wears Middle Eastern clothing, with Indian jewelry, but her name is Latin and her features appear to be Caucasian. [[spoiler: Her ''real'' name, Inge, is Germanic, and she says that she's from the North.]]

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* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: ''Very'' cynical, much more so than ''{{Cinders}}'' -- which had the possibility for some fairly happy endings. [[spoiler: Every ending in ''Solstice'' is fairly cynical, and leaves the player with mixed feelings. Yes, including "True Winter" -- especially after you play through the other three endings, see how they all continue the corrupt system in some way or another, and begin to wonder if Constance was right after all.]]

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* GoldenEnding: {{Deconstructed}}, as [[spoiler: the "Jewel of the North" ending also changes the least (as in, ''nothing'') about the city's corrupt power structure]]. Those who played ''{{Cinders}}'', where [[spoiler: being the "Fair" or "Machiavellic" Queen was better than being the "Good" Queen]], might find this familiar, but ''Solstice'' takes it even further, making you wonder if the BadEnding is the real GoldenEnding and vice versa.

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