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Literature / The Path to War

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Tanya: I did what they asked of me! I destroyed those who wished to cause our race harm!

A fantasy book, following the adventures of Tanya, Zan, Gwen, Lune and the resident Sapient Steed Muzok.

The story starts with Zan and his score of mooks attacking the human town Tanya is currently resting in because they are neutral and serve any who pass through their town. Considering the current war going on, Zan's higher ups don't take kindly to this and order Zan to go and slaughter the lot of them for such an offence. Tanya and Muzok stave off the attack, and a beautiful relationship is born.

It follows from there as more is revealed about Tanya, her species and the prophetic role Tanya plays being the Chosen One of her people meant to bring down the humans in the ongoing war. But trouble is hot on her heels in the form of whispers in her mind and shadows in the corners of her eyes. Something lurks beneath the bones of the world, waiting to be set free...


Originally released in physical format during mid-2011 called "The Path to War", it has since seen an drastic overhaul and conversion as a kindle book.

Prophecy of the Dogoro contains the following tropes:

  • Blind Seer: Etlassi.
  • Broken Bird: Tanya shows degrees of this thanks to her upbringing, largely her sister's resentment and the expectations placed on her as a 'prophetic hero.'
  • Chained Heat: In a sense, see the Our Souls Are Different entry.
  • Crapsack World: Fighting, fighting everywhere!
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Tanya. Zan is also hinted at having this.
  • Despair Event Horizon: It's heavily implied Tanya briefly crossed one after one of her early trials lead her to doing something she regrets to this day.
  • Enemy Mine: Tanya and Zan, they cannot stand each other but by circumstance - and magic - are forced to work together.
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  • Fantastic Racism: Between Humans and Anshuba.
  • Five-Man Band:
    • Tahniya: The Hero of the driven, serious and questionably moral variety.
    • Zan: The Lancer with a snarky and gruff attitude.
    • Lune: The Chick of the most certainly not useless variety.
    • Gwen: The Smart Guy being the tricky rogue that she is.
    • Muzok: The Big Guy mixed with Team Pet since he's a talking wolf-horse.
  • Headbutting Heroes: Tanya and Zan; they seem to get slightly better after a year of getting used to the other’s existence but not by much.
  • Icy Blue Eyes: Zan.
  • Les Yay: Tanya and Etlassi are heavily implied to have had a relationship prior to the events of the book.
  • Magic Pants: Apparently Anshuba have special magic charms on their clothing to avoid said clothes ripping apart when they shift.
  • Moral Event Horizon: The reason Tahniya is now the Atoner is also the same moment her Despair Event Horizon occurred. Though one could argue she didn’t know any better being trained since birth to be a brutal killing machine towards those filthy worthless Humans.
  • No One Could Survive That!: Tanya fully expected Zan to die and is borderline indignant when it's revealed he's just fine.
  • Our Souls Are Different: The Anshuban ruling caste know magic that will bind the souls of two people, forcing them to be within a set distance of each other, experience increasing pain if they exceed that distance and to die if one of them is killed.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Mardune is easily the friendliest of the ruling caste towards Tanya, given their history as Mentor and Student.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: Tanya shows hints of this, as in her younger years she had to do many things that she is most certainly not proud of and has nightmares about.
  • Sibling Rivalry: Tanya and her sister do not get along at all.
  • Supernatural Gold Eyes: Tanya.
  • Swiss Army Hero: Tanya has four different forms, Deshgaara (default land fighter), Hiendao (swimmer), Mieysharoa (a flying serpent) and Xenkasha (forbidden last defence.)
  • Tall, Dark, and Snarky: Zan and Muzok.
  • Technicolor Eyes: The Anshuba.
  • The Atoner: Tahniya to a degree, she feels no small measure of guilt over slaughtering an entire town of villagers.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: The Anshuba race, all of them have a specific soul form that they can change into; joining a clan locks them into that clan’s signature form.


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