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Roleplay / Gutskia

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"No need to get those wings wet, Your Majesty."

Main Verse Tropes:

  • Action Duo
  • Battle Couple
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: This is one of the prime reasons Guts began falling for Kia.
  • Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl:
  • Claimed by the Supernatural: Kia seals their union with a magical love bite that leaves a shimmer red mark on the opposite side of Guts' Brand of Sacrifice. This created a one-sided magical link that allows Guts to sense when Kia is in significant distress.
  • Death of a Child: With the Lost Child, Kia harshly learns that Guts would not withhold his blade against a child. This brings her most horrific of memories.
  • Eating the Eye Candy:
  • Famous Last Words: "Watch your neck, swordsman."
  • Fantastic Racism: Originally, Guts sees dragons as just another breed of monster to kill, but Kia's clan of dragons are intelligent and cultured, though they also tend to look down on humans as weak and impulsive. Guts gets over it when seeing how protective and caring Kia is.
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  • Fantastic Romance: From entirely different worlds, they could have only met through an earth-shattering event. The World Transformation needed to main itself with a massive supply of magic, and the roots of the World Spiral Tree reached far beyond for that supply. It binds to Kia's realms as it leeches off her land's Great Mana Tree from its roots, ultimately causing their worlds to intertwine.
  • Fate Drives Us Together:
  • Flirting Under Fire:
  • Florence Nightingale Effect: Healing magic is not within Kia's element, so she has to patch Guts up numerous times. To make up for her magical lack, she is quite proficient at it. It becomes an intimate act as she uses this chance to touch his scarred body.
  • Fool for Love: Kia has been hurt and betrayed by the men she loved numerous times, but she still believes in its healing qualities.
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  • Goddamned Bats: An in-universe example. Each night as a result of Guts' Brand, the pair are haunted by relentless assaults of ghosts, demons and ghouls. Unless they are able to find a safe place, their fight for survival won't end until sunrise.
  • Grow Old with Me: Happens in their one Good Ending.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: In all verses but the modern verse, Sonia is this.
  • Happily Married: Though perhaps not in the traditional sense as dragons take a 'mate'. They still refer to each other as husband and wife.
  • Heartbroken Badass:
  • Held Gaze: Guts is deeply attracted to the expressive soulfulness of Kia's ruby red eyes. Kia's drawn to the thoughtful, quiet pain that his one eye reflects. They tend to communicate more through how they look at each other than words.
  • Her Boyfriend's Jacket: In this case, Her Boyfriend's Cloak.
  • Her Heart Will Go On: A major reason why dragons and humans avoid romance is the tragic lifespan inevitability. Kia's lifespan still has another thousand years burning.
  • Holding Hands
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Though most are tiny compared to the 6'8" giant, Kia is only 5'3".
  • In Love with Your Carnage: Though Kia would rather not consider herself the sadistic type, her years on the battlefield have numbed any disgust of wartime carnage. A warrior like Guts who can create such devastation with one swing 'excites' her. Not helped that he looks practically resplendent covered head to toe in blood and panting from the adrenaline rush.
  • Inconvenient Attraction:
  • Interspecies Romance: A red dragon queen and a humble human mercenary.
  • Intertwined Fingers
  • It's Not You, It's My Enemies: One major reason why Guts didn't want to open up to Kia in the first place is his fear of either the apostles or Griffith himself harming her. The true threat, however, is his Enemy Within.
  • Lady and Knight: Of the darker and somewhat morally grey variety. Guts swears his fealty to Kia and whatever cause Kia may champion. His loyalty is absolutely undying to her.
  • Law of Inverse Fertility: Kia wants a family with Guts, especially with his short life ticking away, but after her miscarriage she does not become pregnant again until nearly 20 years later while Guts endures his final days.
  • Leitmotif: Collide by Aeralie Brighton: "My heart is raw and torn / but my mind understands / You're worth fighting for."
  • Like an Old Married Couple:
  • Living Emotional Crutch: Guts for Kia, Kia for Guts.
  • Lonely Together: Guts is isolated by his curse threatening the ones he cares about him. Kia is lonely at the top as queen, keeping her assistants at arms length, always wary of the next betrayal. Kia's strength allows her to fight alongside Guts while he has no ulterior motives for her status.
  • LongDistance Relationship: Literally two different worlds apart. Magic is the only reason they met in the first place. This causes some strife between them.
  • Love at First Punch: A few times. They meet each other by nearly engaging in combat, having seen the other as an enemy. When Kia realizes she has feelings for him, she kicks him in the back of the head. When Guts acts like an ass towards the death of an innocent child, Kia punches him hard enough for him to see stars. After being humbled by her, his admiration to someone he once considered a monster grew stronger.
  • Love Confession: After being utterly exhausted by her fight with the out of control Berserker armor, Kia weakly murmurs a tear-stained confession before losing consciousness. He felt the same, but couldn't sum up the words to reciprocate it. It is only after being trapped in a blizzard that he does.
  • Love Epiphany: Happens to Kia soon after they meet which bothers to Kia to no end. She felt an indescribable draw to his hardened veneer yet the little cracks of genuine caring that lay beneath. She knew that if she let him walk away without seeing him ever again, she would regret it for the rest of her life. She wanted to be by his side even though she barely knew why.
  • Love Hurts: Guts takes being impaled and severely burned by an apostle without hesitation in order to keep Kia safe.
  • Love Martyr: A strong example in the earlier stages of their relationship and before their Relationship Upgrade.
  • Love Redeems: Having abandoned his companions on Elfhelm, Guts was slowly beginning to slip back into his darkness, feeling his urge for brutality and revenge become his number one priority. It is with Kia's earnest and passionate conviction as well as her genuine care for him that begins to soften him and his bleak outlook on life.
  • Love Transcends Spacetime:
  • Love Will Lead You Back: Guts leaving after the assassination attempt seems to confirm the dragons' prejudice that humans and dragons are not meant to be. Kia stays in her castle and waits for his guided return.
  • Loving Details:
  • Male Gaze: Guts makes use of this a few times even before they're officially an item. Likewise, in that Kia did too. Neither were aware of this at the time.
  • Marry for Love:
  • MayflyDecember Romance:
  • Memes: "I love your mercenary cock!"
  • Mindlink Mates: The magical "Mate Mark" Guts was given by Kia leaves him an empath to her emotions. Whether in times of extreme turmoil or intense love, it is able to transmit her emotions to him no matter how far apart they are.
  • Mood Whiplash: After their Relationship Upgrade, Guts and Kia are happily strolling toward the pub for a few drinks... until Kia's Evil Counterpart appears from a Bad Future.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: In his world, Guts has already earned an infamous reputation among human and demonkind as The Black Swordsman, and it isn't long before rumours of The Red Queen join his side.
  • Now or Never Kiss: Kia kisses Guts after the beast within the Berserker armor is quelled because she realized that their journey could have easily ended on that day.
  • Oblivious to Love:
  • Older Than They Look: To Kia who appears in her 30s. Applies to Guts during the Good Ending when Kia gives him a 500 year lifespan extension at the cost of her own. Like a dragon his aging becomes greatly slowed.
  • Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: Kia comes from a part of the country that is considered rural and has a distinct accent that is seen as less civilized, so Kia was taught to speak eloquently ("like someone from the capital") and without a country accent. Being around Guts' rougher manner of speech eventually causes some casual dialect to slip out, and she begins to adapt some of his verbal mannerisms like saying 'yo'.
  • Papa Wolf / Mama Bear
  • Please Don't Leave Me: One of Kia's greatest fear is abandonment. Often said by Kia as his life dangled by a thread when consumed by the Berserker armor and as she cradled him during the aftermath of the apostle fight. He yelled at her to leave him behind for good, but she refused to allow him to die in a puddle of his own blood. Said again as Guts leaves Kia after the assassination attempt. He comes back.
  • Race for Your Love: Guts realizes he has made a terrible mistake leaving Kia behind on her homeworld after an assassin attempts to take her life. He encounters the spirit of her father and realizes that he needs to be by her side and races to her across both their worlds without stopping.
  • Reincarnation Romance: Their modern selves several hundred years into the future find each other yet again in suspiciously similar circumstances.
  • Relationship Upgrade:
  • Roll in the Hay:
  • Romance-Inducing Smudge: Wiping the blood off Guts' face and being so physically close to the features she considered so handsome brought up a lot of feelings in Kia that she tamped down. Guts enjoyed the tenderness but kept his reaction muted.
  • Romantic Rain:
  • Second Love: A significant reason for Guts' angst and reluctance to admit his growing feelings.
  • SeductionProof Marriage: “As if beggars and whores could ever make me feel this way"
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man:
  • Sleep Cute:
  • So Happy Together: More than one example because life hates them. Kia and Guts walk hand-in-hand after consummating their relationship both romantically and physically. They're eager to get a good rest and a warm meal until an apostle version of Kia from another failed timeline nearly kills Guts. Then as Guts recovers from those same injuries, he begins to appreciate the gentle lifestyle Kia lives and begins to consider staying with her and finally giving up his vengeance for good. That is...until an assassin from a group that opposes human and dragon relationships tries to kill Kia in broad daylight.
  • Someone to Remember Him By:
  • Sugar and Ice Personality:
  • Superpowered Date: A date on the back of a dragon to see the landscape.
  • Talented Princess, Regular Guy:
  • There Is Only One Bed: Guts is too humble to take it. Not wanting to be coddled, Kia is too stubborn to take it. Guts places her from the floor to the bed while she's sleeping.
  • They Do:
  • Through His Stomach:
  • True Love Is Exceptional: A supposed dragonslayer loving a dragon is pretty exceptional.
  • Tsundere: Both of them are. Guts resorts to scowling instead of admitting he is flustered while Kia falls back on Suspiciously Specific Denial.
  • Twice Shy:
  • Unbroken Vigil:
  • Understanding Boyfriend:
  • Uptown Girl: Kia has a queen's budget and a dragon's hoard of wealth. Guts isn't used to it. He soon finds that Kia is more humble and generous with her wealth than most nobles.
  • What Measure Is a Humanoid:
  • Women Prefer Strong Men: Though Kia has dated lankier men, the warrior type is a powerful turn-on for her.
  • You Are Worth Hell: Inverted.
  • Your Universe or Mine: In their Good Ending, Guts chooses hers. Even though he is a human in a dragon world, it's a place he can finally call home.

Modern AU Tropes

  • Auto Erotica:
  • Friend Versus Lover: Rosie is extremely possessive of Kia, and when she realizes Kia's relationship with the part-time criminal isn't just a brief fling or a temporary rebound, Rosie begins taking matters into her own hands to break them apart.
  • Must Have Caffeine: Guts and Kia are not morning people.

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