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I, the marked first-chosen, wrote this log as true to her words as possible. Mark yourselves with red and join the war.
— The Scarlet-Marked sign-off in the first City of Sinopia post.

City of Sinopia is a blog that, within the story, is compiled and put online by a scattered group called the Scarlet-Marked. The protagonist, Red, logs her experiences wrestling with the Eldritch Abomination within, known as 'The Red Cap'.

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While the blog primarily focuses on Red's story, the highlights are the Ironic Nursery Tunes that crop up in posts from time to time; each one focuses on one of the Fears and can be found on the tumblr page.


Tropes displayed in City of Sinopia:

  • Anachronic Order: Due to the story's framing device, there are times when logs are out-of-order; in some cases, Red's logs are put online by the Scarlet-Marked after Red, herself, gets her hands on a computer...or, later on, Red's logs will reveal insight as to what Robin posts days earlier.
  • Anti-Hero: Red starts out this way, due to questionable morals and being less-than-pure. As time goes on and the Red Cap awakens more, she crosses right over into Villain Protagonist territory.
  • All Women Are Lustful: A great deal of the Scarlet-Marked referred to are women.
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  • Casual Kink: Not surprising - one of the requirements to be Marked is being viewed as a sexual deviant.
  • Creepy Child: Jack.
  • Dominatrix: Red (in Eldritch mode) shows shades of being this.
  • Evil-Detecting Dog: Razzie. Although, since there are hints that he might be the Black Dog, he might not be so innocent, himself.
  • Good Adultery, Bad Adultery: Given the pseudo-relationship between Red and Robin, there are shades of this trope.
  • Imaginary Love Triangle: It's implied that Russ seems to think he's a competitor for Robin's affections. That's not so much the case.
  • Just for Pun: Several pop up - Blood Vessels, for example.
    • The title itself is a play on 'City of Sin': 'Sinopia' is a shade of red, akin to the color of dried blood.
  • Living Aphrodisiac: The Red Cap, obviously.
  • My Girl Is a Slut: Red seems to push for this, with Robin, since the more sex people have, the more power-high she feels.
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  • Rape as Backstory: It's revealed that, pre-puberty, Red was raped by a Blood Vessel. This was what primed her to become the Red Cap, later on.
  • The Resenter: Russ is plainly this, to Red.
  • Resurrective Immortality: Sometimes, Razzie gets killed. Not to worry, though, he typically comes back in a few days or so.
  • Sex Is Evil, and I Am Horny: Given the Red Cap's nature, this one seems like a given.
  • Sleeps with Everyone but You: Due to Robin being an unused Blood Vessel, Red refuses to sleep with Robin.


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