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Web Original / Blood and the Stars

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Cover of Volume One of the physical release.
"Legacy is a complicated thing. What seems insignificant to you now will be the stuff of legends of future generations."
Thomas Dage

Blood and the Stars is an original web series that is also collected into physical volumes. The story centers around the war between two planets, Coror and Tow Voor, and the stories of the Dage family and Zanack Trenchbolt.

It's written by 10,000 Dawns writer Aidan Mason, with the art done by his brother, Keegan Mason.

The story can be read here.

Blood and the Stars contains examples of:

  • Anyone Can Die: The series is particularly brutal, with multiple named characters dying as early as Part Four.
    • Temporarily subverted towards the end of the series, where it's revealed that characters who died between Part Forty and Part Forty-Seven are transported to an alternate universe due to Thomas' bargain with Death. This is played straight once again when the Overseers invade
    • By the end of the series, almost all of the Dage family are dead, except for Thea and Ferris Dage.
  • Asian and Nerdy: Played straight with one character, and subverted with another.
    • Orelius Zhang is a scientist, and a pretty smart one at that, to the point where he has to say that Pootus was not his creation; rather, it was Star Twister energy
    • On the other hand, Galius Cho is not the brains of the operation, failing to pass off a fake diamond, and even having his intelligence insulted by Orelius. He's also a boxer, further subverting the trope.
  • Badass Family: The entire Dage family, excluding Thea Dage, are Star Twisters.
  • Central Theme: Legacy is the most prominent theme throughout the series, with it only getting more prominent as things go on.
    • Striker grapples with questions about what his legacy will be after learning that he's a Star Twister.
    • Zanack Trenchbolt acts the way he does because of what happened in his youth due to his father creating the Steel Protectors. The event inspired him to take over the galaxy so he could protect everyone
  • Harmless Electrocution: Pootus survives getting shocked after being dumb enough to stick a fork into an outlet.
    • This may, however, be due to him being a literal reincarnated stuffed animal
  • Humans Are Special: Only humans can become Star Twisters.
  • Oblivious to Love: Striker Dage does not seem to get that Angelika Reichburgh is in love with him.
  • Polyamory: Arthur Dage has two wives, Pearl and Violeta.
  • Time Travel: "The Apprentice" is the past self of the current Big Bad.
  • Wham Episode: Striker is revealed in Part Six to be not the son of Violeta, as previously thought, but the son of his father's third wife, Marie Dage.
    • Not only that, he's also a Briste Star Twister, which means that while he's fated to be more powerful than the average Star Twister, he'll also die much earlier