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Literature / The Rogue King

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The Rogue King is the first of a Science Fantasy series by Aldrea Alien. It concerns the struggle of Koral's attempts to survive and keep his old ideals in the dangerous desert land where men are routinely sacrificed to the lustful Serpent God, Lorric, and are turned into Rogues.

The Rogue King contains examples of:

  • And I Must Scream: As if being possessed by an insane god isn't enough. Being forced into unspeakable acts when you're a child just might.
  • After-Action Patch-Up: When Veng is attacked and injured whilst trying to save Lasil, she's one the who tends to the wound and then attempts to seduce him. It doesn't work as planned.
  • Anti-Hero: Koral... or Veng as he's known through most of the novel.
  • Anthropomorphic Personification: Several kicking about. Lorric is the God of Lust, Meka is the God of Miracles, Evalka is the Star(Goddess) of Night, Latesha is their Devil, and the All Mother is the Top God.
  • Big Bad: Lorric, hands down... seeing that he possesses Koral and forces him to rape and kill.
  • Cat Folk: The katess.
  • Chaotic Neutral: Dude is the king of a bad bunch, yet he's not above rescuing people from them.
  • Covered with Scars: It's mentioned a number of times that Veng has numerous scars thanks to having to constant fight for his life.
  • Deal with the Devil: Pretty mild in that he trades his shadow for wings. Of course, this promises to cause ramifications later as his shadow can basically harbour a demon.
  • Demonic Possession: How Lorric turns Koral into a Rogue.
  • Draconic Humanoid: The raptereons. Some fly, others can even breathe fire.
  • Fantasy Contraception: It's not revealed what's in them, but there are potions.
  • Fantasy Pantheon: There are nineteen deities in this world. Whilst the All Mother and the Devil are the highest, the majority are divided into two hierarchies:
    • The Serpent Gods. Eight in total, though only a few are named so far. They are: Lorric, the God of Lust; Meka, the God of Miracles; Dek is another. Not much is known beyond them being related to each other and Lorric being the most powerful amongst them.
    • The Stars. These are the daughters of destiny and granddaughters to the All Mother. There are six in total, but only Evalka is named.
  • Functional Magic: Healers for the most part have Healing Hands. And Voluntary Shapeshifting.
  • Great Offscreen War: The whole continent was under the rule of one empire, which fell 2000 years ago and still left some treaties intact.
  • High Priest: Shirain. As the High Priestess of the God of Lust, she's pretty much responsible for the Koral's current state.
  • Healing Hands: What with being healers, Jayien and Hianin have this power.
  • Hellish Horse: Vampire horse, anyone?
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Koral and Lasil.
  • Humanoid Aliens: Everyone who isn't an actual human appears to have a human resemblance.
  • Interspecies Romance:
    • Cesei and Koral, given that she's a raptereon and he's, at the very least, a hybrid.
    • Seems to be rife in the desert communities.