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The Finite is a fantasy/romance web novel written by the author of Kubera. It takes place some 150 years before the events of the webcomic, and details the meeting and subsequent relationship between Kasak's parents, human Quarter Ian Rajof and Taksaka the Destruction Dragon.
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The original version was posted on the author's blog. It was rebooted and serialized on Naver's Best Challenge site before being moved back to the blog. Translations can be found here (1-33) and here (34 and after).


The Finite contains examples of:

  • Adorkable: Tak, when he's wearing Visnu's earrings. He has no idea how to deal with his newfound feelings, so his attempts at courting Ian are incredibly clumsy.
  • Actually, I Am Him: Tak is Taksaka, the dragon who supposedly destroyed Ian's village. It wasn't actually him though, it was Utpala impersonating him. Except it wasn't her, either. It was Vritra.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Utpala, for Tak. Subverted - when she realized she'd sired a Half, she gave up her feelings of jealousy and felt proud instead. When she heard that Ian, her descendant, would marry Tak she felt very happy.
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  • Doomed Hometown: Ian's village was destroyed when a dragon claiming to be Taksaka demanded her as a sacrifice and they refused to give her up.
  • Emotionless Girl: Genderflipped with the entire Vritra clan of sura. Near the beginning of the universe they were forced to take male form and lose their emotions. They didn't lose all of their emotions, however; their most prominent emotion from before the change ended up becoming more prominent. Tak's anger is an example of this, as is Utpala's jealousy.
  • Flashback Nightmare: Ian has one of when her mother hid her in the basement during the destruction of her village.
  • Gender-Blender Name: Ian is a traditionally male name, but is given to a female character.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: When the Vritra clan lost their emotions, the only emotion Tak had left was anger. He has killed people for interrupting his sleep.
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  • Half-Human Hybrid: Kasak, and Nard and Hanuman's daughter.
  • Hurl It into the Sun: This is how Tak kills Utpala.
  • Last-Minute Baby Naming: Tak and Ian don't name Kasak until a while after he's born.
  • Love Redeems: Tak learns to control his rage much better and stops fighting because of Ian.
    • It's revealed in Kubera that Kasak firmly believes in this because of the above.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: Utpala is actually Ian's ancestor.
  • Mars Needs Women: As a One-Gender Race, Vritra clan sura can only mate with human women. However, since they lost their emotions along with their ability to take female form, most Vritra clan sura have no interest in procreating.
  • Morality Chain: Played with. Vasuki chose to live in Taksaka's nest to prevent him from going on deadly rampages, but their friendship was only a part of it; part of the reason was that Vasuki was the only one powerful enough to stop him.
  • Morality Pet: Invoked by Visnu, who sets up Taksaka with Ian to calm his rage.
  • Older Than They Look: Ian is a Quarter, so despite being 30 she looks 15.
    • Tak is a nastika and can appear any age he wants to be, but generally takes the form of a 15-year-old boy. After he and Ian start living together, he adjusts his age to appear as if he is aging with her.
  • One-Gender Race: The Vritra clan of sura are all male.
  • Power Nullifier: The earrings that Visnu makes for Taksaka suppress sura traits, including his emotionless personality.
  • Taking the Heat: Utpala allows Taksaka to believe that she was responsible for destroying Ian's village, and lets him kill her so she can die with the knowledge of who is actually responsible, because if she found out who really did it he would seek revenge on them and she believes he'd get killed in the process.
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