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Somewhere far away, on another Earth, devoid of humankind……
— from the Introduction
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Somewhere far away, there exists another Earth… a parallel reality to our own where man has never existed, but animals speak, think, and act like us. Anthropomorphic, but not fully human and not fully animal, they emulate the best and worst of mankind without ever being aware of it. This is the story of a group of exiles trying to survive, a noble but flawed civilization constantly teetering on the edge of chaos, and a world that will need the very outcasts it has rejected to save it from destruction. This is TASAKERU.

Tasakeru is an ongoing Web Serial Novel series written by BHS. Planned as a series of 24 short books, the series aims to use animal characters to reflect on human nature. Think "Redwall, but grown-up", or Zootopia as a young adult High / Heroic Fantasy.

A relaunch of the series is in progress as of April 2015.

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Now has a character sheet, still in progress.

The series also has a Tumblr account, "Ask the Outcasts".

BHS also writes an Intercontinuity Crossover fanfic called Stars Above, co-authored by Forzare, and additional Crossovers called Respect and Shattered Skies: The Morning Lights.

Tasakeru is currently undergoing a relaunch and major revisions. As such, the information on this page may be outdated or inaccurate. Until the revised chapters are posted, please excuse any discrepancies or contradictions.


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Tasakeru contains examples of:

  • City with No Name: The island country has no name, because its inhabitants live in a Closed Circle, with no concept of anything existing across the ocean. To them, their home is simply "the world".
  • Green Thumb: Hanami's Mage Flower can grow anything, anywhere, in any shape she wants. For the Outcasts, who have had constant troubles getting enough food, she's a blessing.
  • Insistent Terminology: The characters are referred to in-universe and out as "sentients", as distinct from "animals", which are species that aren't evolved or intelligent (all non-mammals, goats, rats, and "pigboars").
  • Intelligent Gerbil: Squirrels, actually. Along with foxes, badgers, wolves, skunks, ferrets, rabbits, and raccoons. These are the eight formally-recognized sentient species, but there are traces of others that have since died out, and one that is discriminated against due to mixed heritage. Somewhat combines this trope with Petting Zoo People, see below.
  • Interface Spoiler: The author has posted all the titles of the planned books on the website. From this we find that a war and an outlander expeditionary force is on the horizon.
  • Interfaith Smoothie: Sanshinto (or "Tritheism") is primarily based on Shinto, mixed with Greek and Roman mythology and a little bit of Japanese Buddhism. The individual species' beliefs draw liberally from just about everything else, from Hinduism to Native American mythology to the Cthulhu Mythos.
  • It's Not Porn, It's Art: In-story only. Foxes will mate publicly (and spontaneously) as a "celebration of physical beauty".
  • Lady Land: Skunk society. Most males aren't even allowed outside without wearing concealing robes. So, basically, a Gender Flipped Iraq /Iran. Also has elements of Arcadia.
  • The Lost Woods: Tasakeru forest itself, huge swathes are uncharted.
  • Love Makes You Evil: In the mythology; the Scarred One (foxes) and Aconite (skunks) are corrupted by unrequited love.
  • Magic Is Evil: Squirrels have this viewpoint, they believe that the Life-Goddess is the only one who should mess with nature. They even believe that magicians will get stricken down by her displeasure.
  • Magitek: Spellstones. Runes (or sigils?) are engraved on specially prepared flat stones and coloured in with the appropriate pigments by a skilled mage who then sells them. Also: Message Scrolls, which are something like text-messages or E-mail.
  • My Species Doth Protest Too Much: Each species has its own customs and beliefs; the main characters are Outcasts in the first place because they either rebelled against or have been rejected by their societies.
  • Not a Morning Person: Faun's way of "greeting the morning" is to curse its existence.
  • Oh My Gods!: Justified, as the Three Gods form the basis of all of the world's culture.
  • Pardon My Klingon: Easily translated; "Mange" substitutes for "shit" and "shed" or "pinch" for "fuck". Rather humorous Translation Convention, as mange is a skin disease and shedding is moulting, both rather inconvenient and embarrassing for animals.
  • Planet of Hats:Every race has their quirks, typically tied to their religion.
  • Precursors: The jackal-like Titans, who raised a mighty empire before inexplicably disappearing (except for their version of Imhotep).
  • Psychic Powers: "Readers", such as N'Ktane, can dig through your memories or hypnotize you just by looking at you. N'Ktane and her drones have venom that renders their victims more susceptible to these powers.
  • Rule of Three: Three Gods, three books to a volume, three seasons on the calendar, etc.
  • Ronin: Zero is called one by Nadeshiko, in a way that's clearly meant as an insult.
  • Samurai: Part of the squirrel culture, which is based on Feudal-era Japan. Used here as more like a modern army/combat service than the knights/noblemen of Japanese history.
  • Schizo Tech: The sentients have a Magitek version of e-mail, crossed with elements of instant messaging.
  • Smelly Skunk: Mostly averted, but the Fantastic Slur towards them is "Stinktail". By Word of God, calling a skunk "stinktail" to their face is the easiest way to get the stuffing beaten out of you.
  • Story Within a Story: The Legend of Hayaoh, a folk tale from Zero's childhood.
  • The Nicknamer: Faun gives everyone nicknames. Hanami is "Kitto", Zero is "Takky", Rowan is "Stripehead"... she hates her own full name so much that she gives everyone nicknames, including herself.
  • Through A Facefull Of Fur: Completely averted, characters never blush, they swivel their ears flat when embarrassed or angered.
  • Trick Bomb: Faun makes them as a hobby, and has an ammo belt full of them, with many different varieties. She has the expected incendiaries and flashbangs, but also tar bombs, ribbon bombs, compression bombs...
  • Urban Segregation: Unify is divided into sections for each species, walled off from one another.


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