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''Zodiac Axis'' is a visual novel that blends suspense, romance, and Asian-inspired fantasy elements using charming characters and a lush worldlore. Alison has to balance her job at the tabloid (and, indeed, writing good articles is part of the game), her growing relationships with the people she is investigating, and [[BreadEggsMilkSquick a slew of attempts on her life as part of a tangled web of lies and mysteries surrounding the Zodiacs and Lunar City as a whole.]] A demo version is currently available for free, with beta access to the common route also available for purchase. Hero routes are to start being released for beta testing in September 2018, with a view of the whole game being released commercially in 2020 due to its [[{{Doorstopper}} planned 50-hour scope.]]


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''Zodiac Axis'' is a visual novel that blends suspense, romance, and Asian-inspired fantasy elements using charming characters and a lush worldlore. Alison has to balance her job at the tabloid (and, indeed, writing good articles is part of the game), her growing relationships with the people she is investigating, and [[BreadEggsMilkSquick a slew of attempts on her life as part of a tangled web of lies and mysteries surrounding the Zodiacs and Lunar City as a whole.]] A demo version is currently available for free, with beta access to free.

Unfortunately, [[https://studiotheophilus.com/blog/no-longer-under-active-development active development on
the common route also available for purchase. Hero routes are to start being released for beta testing in September 2018, with a view of the whole game being released commercially was halted]] in January 2020 due to its [[{{Doorstopper}} planned 50-hour scope.]]

a combination of technical issues setting progress back by 6 months to a year and creative burnout from the dev team. As of 2021, the game is in development "in the background," with no official release date.



* DeadlyDecadentCourt: Canton Archis is the height of genteel society, where a single polite phrase out of place or a dance with the wrong person can lead to reputations ruined, at best, and people disgraced or killed, at worst.

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* DeadlyDecadentCourt: DecadentCourt: Canton Archis is the height of genteel society, where a single polite phrase out of place or a dance with the wrong person can lead to reputations ruined, at best, and people disgraced or killed, at worst.


* MayDecemberRomance and MayflyDecemberRomance, potentially: Alison is a young woman in her early 20s. The potential Zodiacs all look to be in their early to mid twenties. [[spoiler: This is because Zodiacs stop aging at their physical prime and always look to be the same age.]]



* OlderThanTheyLook: Related to the May-December trope above. [[spoiler: Out of the known Zodiacs, only July is confirmed to be 23. Zax might be mid-twenties due to the fact that his grandmother died 17 years ago when he was a child. Out of the others: Leaf is clearly stated to be 30, Beckett mentions being 30 and his younger brother has primary-school aged children, Marin is 79, having gained her powers at age 24, and Halt is at least 60 given that he was part of gang life in The Lower 30 years ago. Records also exist of someone with his surname being an explorer of other continents at least 100 years ago and the portrait of the original Tiger used in the Founder's Day play looks suspiciously like him, which could mean he's potentially thousands of years old.]]

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* OlderThanTheyLook: Related to the May-December trope above. [[spoiler: Out of the known Zodiacs, only July is confirmed to be 23. Zax might be mid-twenties due to the fact that his grandmother died 17 years ago when he was a child. Out of the others: Leaf is clearly stated to be 30, Beckett mentions being 30 and his younger brother has primary-school aged children, Marin is 79, having gained her powers at age 24, and Halt is at least 60 given that he was part of gang life in The Lower 30 years ago. Records also exist of someone with his surname being an explorer of other continents at least 100 years ago and the portrait of the original Tiger used in the Founder's Day play looks suspiciously like him, which could mean he's potentially thousands of years old.]]


* ObfuscatingInsanity: Alison can try this at the beginning to escape an awkward situation when Beckett finds her hidden among a pile of boxes at his diner.

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* ObfuscatingInsanity: Alison can try this at the beginning to escape an awkward situation when Beckett finds her hidden among a pile of boxes at his diner. [[spoiler: She can do this again as a means to keep the Zodiacs a secret shortly after finding that out about them. This time, it leads to a BadEnding.]]


* {{Bishonen}} and {{Bishoujo}}: All the potential Zodiacs, and for very good reason.


* SueDonym: Leaf Lewis used to go by Lee Wryn, which sounds like li'Wryn, the Astrali word for the Rabbit. [[spoiler: Ironically, this was before he became the Rabbit.]]



* SueDonym: Leaf Lewis used to go by Lee Wryn, which sounds like li'Wryn, the Astrali word for the Rabbit. [[spoiler: Ironically, this was before he became the Rabbit.]]


Alison accepts the nonsensical job - after all, there is no way something this far-fetched could be real. All of the subjects appear to be perfectly ordinary people leading average lives: mild-mannered diner owner [[TeamDad Beckett Armistice]], gruff delivery man [[SugarAndIcePersonality Halten Augustine]], bubbly singer-songwriter [[ThePollyanna July Regale]], paranoid sound engineer [[TheParanoiac Leaf Lewis]], pragmatic businesswoman [[{{Kuudere}} Marin Teller]], and laid-back primary school teacher [[CoolTeacher Zaxary Harvenfest]]. And, huge ad revenues and her mysterious, voice-changer using boss aside, Supernature is nothing but a bunch of hokey conspiracy theories... right?

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Alison accepts the nonsensical job - after all, there is no way something this far-fetched could be real. All of the subjects appear to be perfectly ordinary people leading average lives: mild-mannered diner owner [[TeamDad Beckett Armistice]], gruff delivery man [[SugarAndIcePersonality Halten Augustine]], bubbly singer-songwriter [[ThePollyanna July Regale]], paranoid sound engineer [[TheParanoiac Leaf Lewis]], pragmatic businesswoman [[{{Kuudere}} [[SugarAndIcePersonality Marin Teller]], and laid-back primary school teacher [[CoolTeacher Zaxary Harvenfest]]. And, huge ad revenues and her mysterious, voice-changer using boss aside, Supernature is nothing but a bunch of hokey conspiracy theories... right?



* {{Kuudere}}: Marin Teller is very direct, keeps people at arm's length, and values logic above feeling in everything. She also develops into a good friend for Alison [[spoiler: especially after she earns Marin's trust after Marin learns her secrets via mind-reading. Marin also despairs at being unable to keep the Zodiacs together when the revelation of Alison's profession triggers Rhys.]]
** In Leaf's route, Alison gets much more insight into Marin's personality. [[spoiler: The Teller family valued achievement above all else and treated their children more like assets than people. As a result, Marin learned that family, friends, and love were all lies, and became the highest achiever of her siblings, capable of manipulation, ruthlessness under a mask of perfect politeness, and advancing her cause at any cost. Her youngest brother, Maxton, couldn't do the same due to being a sensitive child and continued psychological abuse by the family led him to commit suicide on his 16th birthday. Marin blames herself for this, as she never reached out to him to support him until said 16th birthday, which she had almost forgotten. In light of this, she treats Leaf as her surrogate brother, from creading Audias Music just so that he can have a fulfilling career to supporting him in Canton Archis.]]



* SugarAndIcePersonality: Marin. Halt as well.

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* SugarAndIcePersonality: Marin. Halt Marin Teller is very direct, keeps people at arm's length, and values logic above feeling in everything. She also develops into a good friend for Alison [[spoiler: especially after she earns Marin's trust after Marin learns her secrets via mind-reading. Marin also despairs at being unable to keep the Zodiacs together when the revelation of Alison's profession triggers Rhys.]] In Leaf's route, Alison gets much more insight into Marin's personality. [[spoiler: The Teller family valued achievement above all else and treated their children more like assets than people. As a result, Marin learned that family, friends, and love were all lies, and became the highest achiever of her siblings, capable of manipulation, ruthlessness under a mask of perfect politeness, and advancing her cause at any cost. Her youngest brother, Maxton, couldn't do the same due to being a sensitive child and continued psychological abuse by the family led him to commit suicide on his 16th birthday. Marin blames herself for this, as well.she never reached out to him to support him until said 16th birthday, which she had almost forgotten. In light of this, she treats Leaf as her surrogate brother, from creating Audias Music just so that he can have a fulfilling career to supporting him in Canton Archis.]]

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* MaybeEverAfter: [[spoiler: On Leaf's route, while it becomes clear that Alison and Leaf care for each other greatly, there's no grand romantic finale or even a kiss... just the implication that a RelationshipUpgrade may well be on its way very soon.]]


* AllLoveIsUnrequited: Implied to be the case with July for Leaf. The latter is aware of it, but neither of them want to ruin the friendship they have, so the former stays silent. The ship is potentially sunk if Alison chooses Leaf's route.



* TheLostLenore: [[spoiler: Marin's youngest brother Maxton for her.]]


* SheCleansUpNicely: Alison is generally described by people as "moderately attractive" (though their sincerity is doubtful on that. When she dresses up in traditional Lunar City clothes in Canton Westex, [[LuminescentBlush Beckett is stunned speechless.]]

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* SheCleansUpNicely: Alison is generally described by people as "moderately attractive" (though their sincerity is doubtful on that.that). When she dresses up in traditional Lunar City clothes in Canton Westex, [[LuminescentBlush Beckett is stunned speechless.]]

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* EmbarrassingMiddleName: Though perhaps more unusual than embarrassing, as no one comments on this at all. As seems to be tradition, Beckett's family members have middle names that are the various breeds of dogs: Beckett's own is "Labrador", symbolising his steadfast, protective nature, and his nephew Jeffrey's is "Corgi", symbolising that he's a small, excitable boy.


Alison accepts the nonsensical job - after all, there is no way something this far-fetched could be real. All of the subjects appear to be perfectly ordinary people leading average lives: mild-mannered diner owner [[TeamDad Beckett Armistice]], gruff delivery man [[SugarAndIcePersonality Halten Augustine]], bubbly singer-songwriter [[ThePolyanna July Regale]], paranoid sound engineer [[TheParanoiac Leaf Lewis]], pragmatic businesswoman [[{{Kuudere}} Marin Teller]], and laid-back primary school teacher [[CoolTeacher Zaxary Harvenfest]]. And, huge ad revenues and her mysterious, voice-changer using boss aside, Supernature is nothing but a bunch of hokey conspiracy theories... right?

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Alison accepts the nonsensical job - after all, there is no way something this far-fetched could be real. All of the subjects appear to be perfectly ordinary people leading average lives: mild-mannered diner owner [[TeamDad Beckett Armistice]], gruff delivery man [[SugarAndIcePersonality Halten Augustine]], bubbly singer-songwriter [[ThePolyanna [[ThePollyanna July Regale]], paranoid sound engineer [[TheParanoiac Leaf Lewis]], pragmatic businesswoman [[{{Kuudere}} Marin Teller]], and laid-back primary school teacher [[CoolTeacher Zaxary Harvenfest]]. And, huge ad revenues and her mysterious, voice-changer using boss aside, Supernature is nothing but a bunch of hokey conspiracy theories... right?


* Really700YearsOld: [[spoiler: Hansen Irvine,]] the previous Rabbit, died at age 400.



* SupersoldierBreedingProgram: [[spoiler: The secret police branch monitoring the Zodiacs exists to prevent another Zodiac War and its destructive effects. After the first Zodiac sighting, the police decided that the best way to deal with the threat was to give every person Zodiac powers. To this effect, they managed to get their hands on two Zodiacs - the Ram and the Snake - and attempted to understand their powers. However, somehow, the testing made the Zodiacs go insane and destroy the entire facility. The idea was quickly given up and hushed up.]]

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* SupersoldierBreedingProgram: SuperSoldier: [[spoiler: The secret police branch monitoring the Zodiacs exists to prevent another Zodiac War and its destructive effects. After the first Zodiac sighting, the police decided that the best way to deal with the threat was to give every person Zodiac powers. To this effect, they managed to get their hands on two Zodiacs - the Ram and the Snake - and attempted to understand their powers. However, somehow, the testing made the Zodiacs go insane and destroy the entire facility. The idea was quickly given up and hushed up.]]


** AmeliaRenegade counts too.

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** AmeliaRenegade Amelia Renegade counts too.

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* AloofDarkhairedGirl: Marin.


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** Really, all the Zodiacs started out as innocent children who were gradually hardened by circumstances and then broken by either their upbringing or their sudden powers.


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* ContraltoOfDanger: Marin has a much deeper voice than July, showing her as the more mature and older woman.
** AmeliaRenegade counts too.


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* PrisonersDilemma: Used in Leaf's story.


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* RageBreakingPoint: [[spoiler: Leaf has two: his childhood friend pretending to be friendly to his face despite Leaf having heard him complain at how boring he finds him, and Alison getting abused by Pemberly and his goons. Both result in major physical violence.]]


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* SueDonym: Leaf Lewis used to go by Lee Wryn, which sounds like li'Wryn, the Astrali word for the Rabbit. [[spoiler: Ironically, this was before he became the Rabbit.]]


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* SupersoldierBreedingProgram: [[spoiler: The secret police branch monitoring the Zodiacs exists to prevent another Zodiac War and its destructive effects. After the first Zodiac sighting, the police decided that the best way to deal with the threat was to give every person Zodiac powers. To this effect, they managed to get their hands on two Zodiacs - the Ram and the Snake - and attempted to understand their powers. However, somehow, the testing made the Zodiacs go insane and destroy the entire facility. The idea was quickly given up and hushed up.]]


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* TranquilFury: [[spoiler: Leaf is absolutely terrifying when beating down Pemberly and his goons for abusing Alison.]]


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* WasItAllALie: [[spoiler: Hansen Irvine, the former Rabbit, befriends Leaf Lewis at the point when he's trying to die. He eventually figures out that the young man is his way out of his existence as a Zodiac and, just before Leaf leaves for university, asks him to kill him. As a way of convincing him to do so, he claims their whole friendship was a lie leading to this point.]]
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: The Cat in Beckett and Leaf's stories. References are made to him, but we don't find out his ultimate fate, as this is saved for the True Route.
**[[spoiler: So... where are the Ram and the Snake now, after having gone insane due to the government's testing? Are they alive? Did they escape? Will we see them?]]

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