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"We would appreciate it if time travelers, inter-dimensional invaders, and all the fairies would kindly get stuffed."

Alecia is smart, driven, and above all else, bored. She is one of the best at what she does, and this is not a good thing given the sheer capacity for chaos she is capable of inciting. Jessica is a dangerous fighter, with a troubled past, voted most likely to shoot up the school.

War is brewing, and the heroes fear the world will be caught in the crossfire. Everyone has secrets, everyone is hoping to keep them, Jessica is entangled in the web of lies, and Alecia knows an unfortunate number of truths.

Defection is a Web Serial Novel by Taulsn.


This work includes examples of:

  • Aliens Are Bastards: Alecia once foiled an alien invasion by seducing the alien scout and promising to become his consort. It later turns out that the scout was really their emperor, and that he really, really would like her to marry.
  • Alternate Self: Fey, Bluebird and Rose are this to Alecia, while Owl and Firebird are this to Uriel, and Blackbird and Nightindale to Keanan.
  • Chronic Villainy: Keanan's mother tells him that she isn't a villain because she wants to be, but because she is insane.
  • Code Name: As per conventions, every superhero and supervillain has one. Notably, Alecia's is Prysim, her mother Sophia's is Uriel, her father Bernard's is Ares, and Jessica's is Koi.
  • Creepy Child: Fey. A being in the shape of a little girl, often seen outside school gates handing out lollipops to passing children. Her pasttimes include hunting down villains, dragging them into her pocket dimension, and then going Wild Hunt on their behinds.
  • Evil Counterpart: When travel between dimensions is relatively common, albeit only truly available to those on the larger end of the power pool, thus resulting in a lot of alternate versions of the same person.
  • Faking the Dead: Prysim and Alecia's death are both faked in short succession.
  • Form-Fitting Wardrobe: Several of Prysim's power armours are stated to be very form-fitting.
  • How Do I Shot Web?: Cinder can seemingly produce any kind of gaseous element, but is stated to know little to nothing of chemistry, he most makes things explode.
    • Likewise Keanan's mother told him that he can use magic, but didn't actually bother teaching him any.
  • I'm Taking Her Home with Me!: Alecia's reaction upon meeting Bluebird.
  • Mad Scientist: Prysim most definitely qualifies, along with Alecia's mother, and Alecia herself. Owl, too.
  • Multiversal Conqueror: This seems to be what the evil counterpart of Ares is.
  • One Person, One Power: This setting seems to work this way.
  • Our Fairies Are Different: Fairies are any sentient being not currently residing in their dimension of origin, I.E. A dimensional traveler. Strange things happen when you aren't where you are supposed to be.
  • Pocket Dimension: Alecia mentions at one point that she has one.
  • Powered Armour: Prysim has never been known to show herself in anything less than something capable of keeping up with the A-listers.
  • Reality Warper: Jack, who rewrites the world so he can always escape, and Gaslight, who can turn any place into a Genius Loci given a few hours, are referred to as this.
  • Screw Yourself: Alecia claimed to have had sex with an Alternate Universe version of herself.
  • Secret Identity: As per conventions, most superheros and supervillains successfully hide their civilian identities. This is particularly important for Prysim, since she's the supervillain daughter of two superheros.
  • Superhero/Supervillain: It is this kind of story.
  • Teen Genius: Teenagers with intelligence boosting powers are seen attending special classes in a special school for gifted or connected people.
  • Wanton Cruelty to the Common Comma: Meta example. Defection started as a plot bunny to waste time on in between working on Raising Angels, this means that the first fifteen chapters or so should be bad enough to give a grammar nazi an aneurysm.
  • With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: The greater effect your power has on your mind, the greater the chance is that you are bug-out nuts.