- "If I didn't know better, I'd think this was an actual plot." said Raven.
"Ten quid says the author just pulled this out of her arse fifteen minutes ago, then went downstairs to reward herself with a cookie." said Blue.
"That is completely irrelivant." the 'Sue cut in. "Now, you two will be executed at dawn. I'm not without my mercy, I'll allow you to write your farewells to your loved ones."
A series of (really, really short) novellas available on Fiction Press, written by by Wolflette. They tell the tale of Comedic Sociopath Blue and his reluctant companion Raven, as they travel the land of Acellevin fighting the scourge of cliches, flat characters and bad writing. Oh, and looking good doing so, of course. We can't have ugly heros.
The stories include several tropes, in many cases by name, and provide an affectionate parody of the fantasy genre.So far the series consists of: The Big Bad Book of Terrible Fantasy Writing, The Big Bad Book of Mary Sues, and Blue and Raven's Five Man Band. A year long, 100 word drabble a day project was recently started in the setting, and can be found at http://theacellevinproject.blogspot.co.uk/ .
Acellevin includes examples of:
- Affectionate Parody:
- Abusive Parents: Blue's parents, and undoubtedly some other characters as well.
- The Alcoholic: Raven's implied to be turning into this at points, as a means of coping with Blue.
- As of "The Acellevin Project", he's acknowledged to be a full-blown Alcoholic and is making attempts to stay sober.
- Anti-Hero: Raven, though Blue's more of a Villain Protagonist.
- Ass Shove: One of Blue's many favorite threats, after disembowelment.
- Berserk Button: Trivialisation of rape, torture or abuse is this for Raven. Blue doesn't like it when you bring up his past.
- Brick Joke: Also serves as a Continuity Nod. Blue's murder of Queen Mary-Sue in Terrible Fantasy Writing is brought up in The Big Bad Book of Mary-Sues.
- The Chosen One: Part of Raven's backstory. It didn't really work out for him.
- Comedic Sociopath: Blue's entire characterisation.
- Cool Horse: Lampshaded for many heroes. Raven's mare might also qualify.
- As of "The Acellevin Project" she is now a cool winged horse.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Lampshaded and mocked, also played strait with both Raven and Blue.
- Deceased Parents Are the Best: Gets an entire chapter in Terrible Fantasy Writing.
- Designated Love Interest: Discussed by name a few times in The Big Bad Book of Terrible Fantasy writing.
- Deus ex Machina
- Does Not Like Shoes: Blue
- Emotionless Girl: Well, actually a Guy, but Raven starts as this, but to what extent varies throughout the series.
- Five-Man Band: Blue forms one in Blue and Raven's Five Man Band
- Functional Magic: "It's Magick"
- The Good Guys Always Win: Lampshaded, averted, subverted, played strait and just outright fucked with depending on just who you see as the good guys
- Grammar Nazi: Blue corrects the Narrator's grammar at the end. Actual Grammar Nazi's would probably be better off not reading the story.
- Groin Attack: Blue's not above these, with Raven being the most frequent Victim.
- Guyliner: Blue wears blue guyliner and face-paint.
- Ironic Echo: "Oh, strike a nerve, did I? I'll remember that for future use. And I will use it against you at some point."
- Kick the Dog: Blue does this constantly. Like everything else, it's either played for laughs or lampshaded.
- Leaning on the Fourth Wall: When not outright Breaking the Fourth Wall, anyway.
- Mad Oracle: Blue's mother and Sister are stated to have been prophets, and they weren't much saner than Blue.
- Mary-Sue Hunter: Blue and Raven become this in 'The Big Bad Book of Mary-Sues'.
- Not So Above It All: Raven has moments of this.
- One-Word Title: The series is called "Acellevin".
- Our Dwarves Are All the Same: lampshaded, as with pretty much anything, though Blue's dwarven co-worker, Jernøks, is an accountant.
- Rage Against the Author: The 'Special' from Terrible Fantasy Writing.
- Constantly in "The Acellevin Project".
- Rape as Backstory: Brought up in Terrible Fantasy Writing, specifically the Angst? What Angst? treatment many writers seem to give it.
- Rape as Drama: Brought up in Terrible Fantasy Writing, specifically the Angst? What Angst? treatment many writers seem to give it.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Blue being the Red Oni, Raven being the blue Oni.
- Straight Man: Raven.
- Tastes Like Chicken: Raven, according to Blue.
- Total Party Kill: Referenced by name in Terrible Fantasy Writing.
- Training from Hell: Part of Raven's backstory.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: Blue, for no good reason other than Fanservice.
- White Stallion: A random hero in Terrible Fantasy Writing is riding one, which is immediately lampshaded and Played With when the stallion gets a little frisky at the sight of Raven's mare. Averted with Raven, who rides a black mare.