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Reasoning is an ongoing horror web novel written by Tyk 5919.

While uncovering information behind a recent hitman's incarceration, Beverly Nokken finds herself being hunted by an associate of a mafia organization. It isn't until after she confronts her pursuer that she realizes the hunter isn't exactly human. Shortly afterwards, Beverly finds herself encountering otherworldly creations and struggling to comprehend if the creatures she's seeing are real, or if she's simply losing her mind.


Reasoning provides examples of:

  • Action Survivor: Beverly is just a normal reporter who knows how to use a gun, not someone with special powers or some kind of former soldier. But she's very Genre Savvy, and smart enough to know when to run, hide, or fight depending on the circumstances.
  • All Just a Dream: Implied. It's yet to be proven whether or not Beverly is stuck inside of a nightmare; even she keeps thinking she's dreaming. It doesn't help that she starts seeing the strange creatures she stumbles upon after being deprived of sleep for thirty-six hours and passing out late at night.
  • Ambiguously Evil:
    • The Architect. It's implied that he's behind the strange happenings going on, but he's nowhere near as bad as the Venator, and he shows no malicious intent towards Beverly when he first meets her. Chapter 7 muddles things even further, as it's revealed that the Architect manipulated Beverly into getting herself and her companions trapped in Aevum for unknown reasons.
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    • EYE is a similar case, as it appears in Beverly's dream claiming that the Architect is evil and that it can help Beverly, but it refuses to explain what is happening, why it's happening, or how it can help Bev. Whether or not it was being genuine or trying to manipulate Beverly into a trap is uncertain.
  • An Arm and a Leg: The Venator bites off Leon's arm towards the end of chapter 5.
  • Ass Shove: Subverted. Leon tries to kill the Venator by shoving an arrow up his ass. Beverly convinces him not to after suspecting the Venator was trying to fart or defecate in his face.
  • Badass Bystander: Leon Grimewall is a Crazy-Prepared stranger living deep in the woods. He happens to be just as Genre Savvy as Beverly, and is a highly-skilled archer who subdues the Venator in seconds in chapter 4.
  • Belly Mouth: Chapter 5 reveals that the Venator secretly has one.
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  • Cosmic Horror Reveal: Chapter 7 reveals that the monsters all come from a realm known as Aevum and were being transported to Earth for some unknown reason. This is all revealed after Beverly and her allies get stuck in said realm with no idea how to get back, and with strong implication that they're going to encounter more monsters and deities like the Architect.
  • Despair Event Horizon: All the protagonists reach this point in chapter 7, after getting trapped in Aevum and failing to save anyone from being killed during a monster invasion in a local town.
  • Evil Smells Bad: The Venator can be smelled before he's seen. It's noted that he always smells like carrion, or that he's been sleeping in a landfill.
  • Expressive Skull: The Architect is capable of shifting his brows and grinning, despite his head being nothing but a skull.
  • Extra Eyes:
    • The Venator has six eyes in his head instead of two.
    • Exaggerated with EYE, who is essentially a man-sized humanoid entity composed of thousands of eyeballs.
  • Eye Scream: In chapter 4, the Venator gets shot in two of his eyes with Leon's bow and arrows.
  • Eyeless Face: The Larrxox is a massive lamprey-like beast that only has a mouth on its face.
  • First-Episode Spoiler: The end of the first chapter reveals that the "man" chasing after Beverly isn't even human. And he's seemingly indestructible.
  • Foreshadowing: There are some hints leading to the revelation that Beverly was on Earth all along.
    • The motel Bev fell asleep in did not change in the slightest. The only change in her scenery was the Venator's presence—which makes sense once it's revealed that he was sent to Earth from Aevum.
    • None of the scenery has changed. The woods look the same, the sky, the plants, everything. Beverly even comes across some animals that look like perfectly normal squirrels and rabbits.
    • When Beverly runs into Leon, he tells her that he's lived in his cabin for over two years and nothing about it changed overnight. He even tells Beverly that transporting an entire forest into another dimension where everything conveniently looks exactly the same makes no sense whatsoever.
    • In chapter 6, the Architect says he comes from the realm of Aevum. He never said he comes from here, because at the time, he was still on Earth.
  • Genre Shift: The story starts off as your typical slasher story, albeit with some Lovecraftian elements splashed in here and there. In chapter 7, however, the story turns into full-on cosmic horror, with the heroes witnessing several Eldritch Abominations sack a town moments before they're trapped in a dark, unknown world with little hope of returning home.
  • Heroic BSoD: At the end of chapter 7, Beverly and her companions just sit or lie on the ground in silence after freaking out the moment they realized they were no longer on Earth, and that the Architect tricked them all into getting trapped in Aevum.
  • Hope Spot:
    • Chapter 1 ends with Beverly running over the mysterious assailant, and shooting him multiple times, seemingly ending right then and there. Then she finds out he has Regenerating Health...
    • Chapter 4 ends with Beverly meeting a Badass Bystander who subdues the Venator in seconds, and they take proper precautions to ensure the Venator will be killed. Then the Venator manages to subdue Beverly and bites off Leon's arm with a hidden Belly Mouth, and escapes shortly afterwards.
    • Chapter 7 ends with Beverly and her companions finally escaping the monster by going through a portal back to Earth. Then it's revealed that they were on Earth the whole time, and they went into a whole new dimension and are stuck there indefinitely.
  • Killed Offscreen: Chapter 7 confirms that the Venator killed Leon and took his machete as a trophy.
  • Made of Iron: The Venator. He's been shot in the head, run over by a car, got struck with arrows, set on fire, and impaled in the head with a machete repeatedly. He's still alive and well.
  • Mass "Oh, Crap!": In chapter 7, all the protagonists have a justified Freak Out! once they realize they inadvertently left planet Earth and were warped to Aevum, the realm where all the monsters are coming from.
  • Meaningful Name: "Venator" is Latin for "hunter." The Venator spends most of his time hunting human beings for sport.
  • More Teeth than the Osmond Family: The Larrxox has several rings of teeth in its mouth in a similar manner to a lamprey.
  • No Biological Sex: Some of the deities from Aevum, like the Architect and EYE, are agender. In the former's case, he prefers to be identified as male.
  • Never My Fault: The Venator wants to kill Beverly because she ran him over with her car and shot him multiple times. He refuses to acknowledge that she only did this in self-defense.
  • Reality Ensues: It is not possible for four regular human beings with a couple shotguns and pistols to stop a monster invasion in a local town, especially when many of the monsters are impervious to bullets and/or have Regenerating Health.
  • Regenerating Health: Chapter 4 reveals that the Venator's body can naturally heal its wounds in a matter of seconds.
  • Sacrificial Lamb: Leon Grimewall. He is by far one of the most Genre Savvy characters in the story and is more than prepared to defend himself from the monster invasion. His death makes it clear that being genre savvy does not matter in the slightest and that the monsters can still kill the characters using unconventional means.
  • Skull for a Head: The Architect has a seemingly-human body, but his head is just a skull with two horns on it.
  • Toilet Humour: Defied. When Leon tries to shove an arrow up the Venator's rectum, Beverly tells him not to do it, because she suspects the Venator will use the opportunity to fart or shit in Leon's face.
  • Up Close with the Monster: Beverly is caught by the Venator in chapter 3, but he doesn't kill her. Instead, he takes the time to sniff her and lick her face.
  • Wham Episode: Chapter 7 shift the story into a whole new direction. Beverly and her allies Mason, Macy, and Grant all escape the Gorge and the Venator, only to come across more monsters massacring the entire town. After failing to save anyone, they all head for the portal and successfully get through...only to find out that the Architect tricked them into entering the realm of Aevum, the monsters' origin world. The chapter ends with everyone trapped in Aevum with no idea how to return back home.
  • Wham Line: This line towards the end of Chapter 7 makes it very clear that the protagonists are not on Earth anymore, and their journey has only just begun.
    Macy: "Why are there three moons?"
  • Where the Hell Is Springfield?: It's yet to be determined what state the story takes place in.
  • Would Hurt a Child: The Venator isn't above killing children. Bev is horrified when she finds two children's corpses in a tent, and the Venator doesn't even try to deny that he killed them when she confronts him about it.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy:
    • Beverly does everything you'd expect a smart protagonist from a slasher film to do. She calls the cops the first sign of trouble, carries a handgun, tries to subdue or kill her attackers, and flees when she knows she can't kill her attackers. None of this helps her in the slightest, because all the creatures trying to kill her don't abide to conventional horror tropes at all.
    • Sheriff Mason is no different. When he sees people in trouble, he instinctively tries to save them all without putting other people's lives in danger. This kind of logic means nothing in chapter 7 when he tries to stop a monster invasion using nothing but a few mundane weapons.
  • You Dirty Rat!: The Venator is a humanoid, six-eyed rat creature. He's also a recurring antagonist who enjoys hunting humans to satisfy his hunger and senseless sadism.
  • You Need a Breath Mint: When Leon and Beverly try to kill the Venator by poisoning him with bleach, they both recoil the second they open his mouth, and Leon mentions that a crocodile has fresher breath than him.
  • You Taste Delicious: The Venator licks Beverly's face very slowly in chapter 3 after he corners her in the woods.


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