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Literature / The Krockman

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The Krockman is a web serial novel by Conner Hancock. The story is about a young woman named Emily, who wakes up one morning to find herself transformed into a creature known as a drok by the eponymous Krockman (an omnipotent being referred to as a lost soul). After he transforms Emily's roommates into a troll and a fairy, Krockman offers her a job as a member of his entourage in exchange for changing them back to normal. However, as the story progresses, it becomes evident that Krockman and his friends have much more sinister designs for the world than he appears. Features a lot of transformation and philosophy. The stories and supplemental info can be found here


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  • Animate Inanimate Object: The scraps, creatures formed from broken souls fusing with inanimate objects (or in some cases an old ideal), bringing them to life as child-like creatures.
  • Ax-Crazy: The lost souls seem to be this to varying degrees (most notably Misfit and Lolita).
    • Also Sweeney, the mad chef of Fort Hancock.
  • Baleful Polymorph: Pretty much what happens to anyone Krockman encounters.
  • Cute Monster Girl: Emily and her friends get turned into this by Krockman.
  • Eldritch Location: The afterlife in general is far stranger than the mortal realm.
  • Gender Bender: Some of Krockman's clients get subjected to this.
    • Krockman does this to himself whenever the mood strikes him, dubbing himself Lady K.
  • Jackass Genie: Pretty much how Krockman works, giving people what they ask for and leaving them to their own devices without any warning of the consequences.
  • Kappa: Krockman's monster form is based on this mixed with features from beetles.
  • Mix And Match Creature: Lost souls seem to be able to turn into hybrids of mythological creatures and invertebrates.
    • Krockman turns into a hybrid of a kappa and a beetle.
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    • Roquella turns into a hybrid of a succubus and a blue angel sea slug.
    • Lolita transforms into a cross between a mosquito and a vampire (with hints of the Indonesian aswang based on the tongue).
    • Emily is an unusual example, seeing as she's a drok (basically a mix between a cat girl and lizard folk).
  • Our Ghosts Are Different: While not explicitly referred to as ghosts, lost souls are the result of the souls of the dead ending up in Limbo, gaining strange powers along the way.
    • Angels and demons count as well, having been souls that ended up in Heaven and Hell respectively.
    • Most souls don't survive the transition to the afterlife and end up becoming broken souls, fragments of souls that are too weak to even take on a corporeal form.

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