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Literature / The Ancestral Trail

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When he who is the chosen one
Shall tread upon this ancient path
And battle there to overcome
The forces of the dark
Than shall the seven be restored
And evil banished from this world

A now-out-of-print fantasy series in 52 issues (split between two separate stories) created by author Frank Graves in the early Nineties, The Ancestral Trail narrates the story of The Chosen One Richard, a young heterochromic boy who suddently finds himself whisked off to another dimension called The Ancestral World, where he learns of the task that only he can accomplish - to free that world from the oppressive yoke of the Evil One's forces and recover the seven Life Force Pods which will restore balance. Aided by the veteran warrior Orkan and the old scribe Melek, Richard sets off to a perilous adventure, meeting new allies along the way and rescuing the Guardians of the Life Force...

After the first series' 26 issues, a second series follows, set in the desolate Cyber Dimension, where Richard is forced to confront even greater threats, until a climactic showdown with the Evil One himself...


This series provides examples of:

  • Action Girl: Kika. Okay, she's a wasp-girl... but she's still the only prominent female character in the story on the side of good.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: As a kid, Richard was often made fun of because of his oddly-colored eyes. Subverted in that he never really took offense at that.
  • Brainwashed: Most of the inhabitants of the Ancestral World.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Orkan, under the influence of Dragora's amulet.
  • Clap Your Hands If You Believe:
    • Holotron is not completely real — it's his victim's mind that allows him to exist. If the victim actually manages to disbelieve, he's toast..
    • This explicitly allows Melek's rope to stretch.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Kika has some traces of this. Later on, Richard picks this up a little.
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  • Death World: The Cyber Dimension is not a nice place. Plasma storms, oceans of quicksilver, barren landscapes, you name it.
  • Duality Motif: Richard has one green eye and one grey eye. The former sees the good, the latter the evil.
  • Hive Mind: The petromites and their leader Cronid.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: Zock and the corrupted dwarves.
  • Karma Houdini: Hulkan, the evil giant mole who attacked Richard, Orkan and Melek in issue 14, never gets his comeuppance.
  • War Is Hell: The illustrations, especially in issue 26, openly show how war is a horrible thing never to be glorified.


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