On the twenty-fifth of May charming serial killer Carcer Dun was apprehended by Commander Samuel Vimes of the Ankh-Morpork City Watch. On the twenty-sixth, he was tried before the Patrician and hanged in front of half the city. On the twenty-seventh, he woke up among the specimens at the Surgeons Guild with his veins full of formaldehyde and a suspicious lack of pain in his neck.
At the same time, another dead man came to unlife in a basement of the Assassins Guild. Jonathan Teatime, missing since last Hogswatch and presumed dead, had remained at the Guild as a ghost. Possessing the body of a freshly deceased student, he walked out into the cityand straight into Carcer.
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Contains examples of:
- Author Appeal Road movie tropes and references medical and funeral history are surprisingly common considering that neither really shows up in Canon. TMOH, however, is quite fond of both.
- Bank Robbery The entire point of Chapter 3 and the reason the Sto Lat watch is after them in the first place.
- Beard of Evil Theres a brief mention of Carcer having one.
- Body Surf Teatime is periodically forced to do this due to injury and/or decomposition.
- Determinator Conans orders: track down Dun and wait for backup. Thus begins a Stern Chase across an entire continent.
- Different for Girls Its not too much of an issue, given that the first and only thing most people notice about him is mortally terrifying, but Teatime still runs into some of this when hes possessing a female body, especially when he has to interact with a real woman. Being a Proper Young Gentleman helps, too.
- Dudley Do-Right Stops to Help Part of the reason the Stern Chase is such a long one: as dedicated as Conan is to catching Carcer, shes just as determined to clean up the messes he leaves behind. Dahl, whos not afflicted with Chronic Hero Syndrome, doesnt appreciate it.
- Evil Duo With Teatime as the Superego and Carcer as the Id.
- Evil Is Cool Why this fic exists.
- Fantasy Gun Control For a fic about a couple of Knife Nuts, theres quite a lot of crossbows about.
- Fan Verse Resurrection Men is set in the same universe as TMOHs earlier drabbles, with appearances from several members of Carcers fanonical Dysfunctional Family.
- Faux Affably Evil Carcer and Teatime have their moments.
- Fix Fic In the "Alternate Universe Fic used to Retcon deaths" sense.
- Gender Bender When theres no other alternative, Teatime possesses female corpses, too. Surprisingly, it's played Rule of Funny and plot convenience.
- First Law of Gender-Bending Somewhat complicated. It's male-to-female and he's stuck like that for a while, but theres never any suggestion that its permanent. On the other hand, he does stay like that for a while, but it's of his own accord and more out of convenience than anything else.
- Second Law of Gender Bending Averted. He'll stay in a female body as long as it's convenient without much concern, but when shes no longer useful he'd prefer to go back to his original gender.
- Third Law of Gender Bending Averted. Every new female body gets a haircut and trousers at the first possible opportunity.
- Man, I Feel Like a Woman Averted; when Teatime acknowledges the sex of the body he's inhabiting, it's only to complain about the impracticality of long hair and skirts.
- Homage Several:
- Important Haircut Teatimes attempts to Body Surf into female corpses almost invariably results in haircuts which, though not necessarily character-developing, at least facilitate plot-furthering conversation.
- I Work Alone Carcers not exactly a team player.
- Knife Nut Both protagonists, though that hardly stops them using crossbows, swords, candlesticks and whatever else comes to hand when the plot or Rule of Cool demands it.
- Last-Name Basis Every major character so far but Carcer, Neil, and Dave.
- Line-of-Sight Name Thanks to a female cadaver and a floral nightgown, Teatime spends several chapters answering to Rose.
- Murder Is the Best Solution Its Carcer and Teatime. Murder is always the best solution.
- Named After Somebody Famous Nearly all of the Original Character watchmen are named after authors picked randomly off TMOHs bookshelf.
- Original Character Several, largely because the setting tends to go outside the places, and consequently the people, who've been explored in the books. Those Two Guys, the Sto Lat watchmen, Lizzie, and a few of Carcers relatives are the most fleshed-out and plot-relevant.
- Our Ghosts Are Different lack of specific goals, intangibility (mostly), and the ability to possess inanimate objects up to and including corpses are all featured, but all that might be more a case of Our Ghost Is Jonathan Teatime.
- Our Zombies Are Different Carcers a typical Discworld zombie: sentient, inhumanly strong, and smells of formaldehyde.
- Outlaw Couple Neil and Dave, though theyre even less dangerous than the usual version of the trope.
- People Puppets How ghostly!Teatime acquires a physical form.
- Psychopathic Manchild Teatime, though not quite as much as he is in the Canon.
- The Remake Of We Rob Banks, the poorly-planned Drabble series Slash Fic-turned-Buddy Comedy TMOH wrote, grew ashamed of and abandoned in 2007.
- Road Trip Plot
- Run for the Border — More or less a Type A, though the main characters hope to be safe in Genua because Carcer has a brother there, not because it's out of anyone's jurisdiction.
- Shout-Out To anything and everything, because this is, after all, a Discworld Fan Fic written by a Troper. Noteworthy instances include:
- Stern Chase The reason for all the Road Trip Plot tropes.
- Those Two Guys Neil and Dave, at first; they get more involved in the plot later on.
- Villain Protagonist Carcer and Teatime, in a slightly more literal sense than most given that both were standard villain antagonists in their respective canon appearances.
- Vitriolic Best Buds Teatime and Carcer become this around the end of Chapter Six. It starts as something of a Type I, with Teatime as the genuine friend (for a given value of genuine, anyway) and gradually edges into Type II.
- Waking Up at the Morgue Carcer at the Surgeons Guild, Teatime at the Assassins;
- Web Serial Novel posted in installments on Fan Fiction Dot Net and DeviantArt.
- Wicked Cultured Teatime
lives and breathesis this trope.
- Wunza Plot Ones a newly-risen zombie with a sadistic sense of humor. The others a Crazy Awesome ghostly Assassin. They commit crimes.