Ede Valley is your average, everyday suburb just outside of the City. It's got everything, neighborhoods, parks, libraries that double as dragon hoards, private schools run by megalomaniac scientists. Wait a second...
In truth, Ede Valley is home to almost every strange person you can think of. Witches cast spells to ace math tests, mafia heirs build their empires on illicit supernatural substances, and daemons run pubs and make deals with mortals behind the scenes. It's a town of strange rituals and unearthly beings, and no one... really seems to notice all that much.
Instead of a chapter system of storytelling, Ede Valley is rather a series of short stories divided into "arcs," much in the same way as manga and anime. So far, there are two completed major arcs and several minor arcs. The major arcs are:
The Ede Valley Arc: (Including the stories): "Ancient History", "The Apocalypse Club", "Fortunes Inside", "The Personal History of Mr. Lucius Marcell Pts. 1 and 2", "Pancakes, and the Art of Badassery", "To Judge a Book", "Without Fortune", "The Major Arcana", 'Cindy Miller's Daemons", "The Smiling Goat is an Apt Name for a Drinking Establishment Run by a Daemon", "How to Conduct Shady Deals in your Average Suburban Home", "An October Picnic", "The Fool", "The Magician", "The Priestess, the Emperor, the Empress", "The Hierophant and the Lovers", and "Strength".
The St. Adelaide's Arc: (Including the stories): "Ordinary Mike Miller's Unordinary First Day", "Doug Bailey's Romance Lesson for the Day", "Mike Miller's Second Day", "In Which a Mysterious Force is Given a Character, but not yet a Face", "The Products of Stardust", "A Late Night at St. Adelaide's", "To Glorify My Platinum Soul", "Good, Old-Fashioned Snooping", "A Long Time Ago, in a Far Away Place", "Everything According to Plan, For Someone at Least", "God is Dog Spelled Backwards", "The Product of Sacrifice", "A Clear Night Before the Storm", "Time to Form the Scooby Gang", "The Part Where Shit Hits the Fan", "Valkyrie", "To-Do List", "Yggdrasill", "This Time it's for Real", "Nothing to See Here, Just a Never-ending Pile of Shit Right on my Head", "Holy Shit the Climax is so Long I had to Split it into Multiple Parts Parts 1-3", "Shattered Pieces".
Created by Writer/Voice Actress/Youtuber: An Extremely Agitated Hedgehog
Begin here with Episode 1: Ancient History
- Abusive Parents: Tommy's Dad He choked his son by his neck with his belt, leaving permanent scars. Later that night, Tommy ran away from home.
- Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: Almost said word for word in the charges the police want to arrest Lilith for. Instead it's arson, destruction of government property, and jaywalking. She took offense to that last one.She never jaywalked in her entire life. Only idiots pulled shit like that!
- Atlantis: The legendary Lost City and the continent it used to be on become a major turning point in the series. It was lost to the sea thousands of years ago. Along with it, a terrible force was sealed away also. But maybe not for too long...
- Author Appeal: Nearly all of the male cast, apparently.
- The B Grade: The grade that The Perfectionist straight A student Cindy Miller gets in her science class. Her perfectionist obsessions hit a boiling point when the grade can't be changed. In a fit of anger, she smashes a bottle of acid on her teacher's head, melting his face off, killing him.
- Badass Biker: The Talons (Lilith, Yumi, and Magdelina), an all-female gang of teenage delinquent hooligans. Their actions have made them the stuff of legends and playground rumors for local children that want to be like them.
- Biker Babe: The Talons are described as "The hottest, most amazing chicks that the town had ever seen".
- Boarding School of Horrors: St. Adelaide's school in a nutshell. Described as "Juvie for rich kids", being isolated from the rest of the town. Most of the kids here come from troubled backgrounds and have strange quirks. The architecture looms ominously like it's watching your every move, The "Director" of the facility only speaks through an intercom with a creepy distorted voice, the faculty members are dressed in lab coats and seem to always be observing students, and when students are called in for "treatments", they disappear and wind up on a bench in the hallway not wanting to talk about the ordeal.
- Chuunibyou: St. Adelaide's student Gil Trenton believes he has magical powers and that he is a reincarnated magical warlock. Everyone around him just humors his delusional fantasies. He plays up the delusion bit so that no will believe that he really is a reincarnated warlock. He made people think he was crazy so he could go to St. Adelaide's
- Closet Geek: Mike Miller really likes PC games and Mecha anime, not that he'll be open about it. His time at St. Adelaide's make his nerdy traits more visible, notable his awkwardness and extensive research.
- Cosmic Horror: The Truth, an Eldritch Abomination that possesses dreadful knowledge of the universe that can Mind Rape those who encounter it and Drive people to madness
- Cosmic Horror Reveal: Just a small town with strange inhabitants and weird phenomena? well on the outskirts of town at the boarding school someone is researching a otherworldly horror that can break people with cosmic knowledge.
- Cut-and-Paste Suburb: All of the houses in the suburbs are described as looking exactly the same.
- Deal with the Devil: Cindy makes a deal with Cowell after she accidentally kills her science teacher with a bottle of acid when she freaked out of a B grade he gave her. In exchange for her, "subjectivity" he made it so that her teacher never existed so no one will ever know.
- Extraordinary World, Ordinary Problems: Most characters are still human and deal with everyday problems even with the more fantastic elements of the town.
- For Science!: This is the motivation for both Victor and his experiments and Abby's research. Neither of which care about ethics or moral constraints. This is even uttered by both of them when the latter reveals who she really is to former
- Friendly Neighborhood Vampire: Mr. Lucius Marcell, history teacher at Ede Valley High School. He's cranky, but overall pretty nice when you get to know him.
- Hell-Bent for Leather: The Talons are described as leather-wearing, boot-stomping badasses that "Don't take shit from The Man (AKA Moral Guardians and parents)
- "Holy Shit!" Quotient: The ending to "The Part Where Shit Hits the Fan". The climax of the "St. Adelaide's" arc is broken into a mini-trilogy titled "Holy Shit the Climax is so Long I had to Split it into Multiple Parts" (Parts I II and III respectively)
- Idol Singer: Jilli Nakajima, a former one. She used to be part of a J-Pop group, and insists she's "only on hiatus..."
- Immortality Begins at 20: Marcell looks 20 even after centuries due him being a vampire
- It Amused Me: the sole reason why Abigail, the Director, torments Doug Bailey. She doesn't get the results she wants from her experiments. To vent out her frustrations, she takes sadistic pleasure in torturing Doug just for shits and giggles. She likens him to a stress toy
- Katanas Are Just Better: Despite living in the Modern age, teenage bodyguard Lila carries one around to protect Niko.
- Kid Samurai: Lila, more accurately teenage samurai (age 17).
- The Mafiya: Niko Borozov is heir to the Borozov crime family.
- Mundane Fantastic: None of the oddities within Ede Valley are particularly hidden per se. While there are surprised reactions to the out-there elements of the town, most people approach the strangeness with an unfazed, indifferent attitude.
- Mundane Utility: Apparently, there is a magic spell that can help you pass a biology exam.
- Mystical White Hair: Doug Bailey. Stark white staticky hair. His hair turned white after being subject to science experiments at St. Adelaide's. When he first saw himself with hair he laughed hysterically
- The Napoleon: Jilli is rather short yet she has a temper that can range from Tranquil Fury to Hair-Trigger Temper, especially if you mention her former idol career. She also carries an air of authority around her.
- Myth Arc: The series is split into "Arcs", modeled after an Anime format.
- Our Demons Are Different: Cowell, he's a daemon. Not from Heaven nor Hell but from outside our realm of existence. He's an Emotion Eater as well as an Abstract Eater who can take abstract concepts from people (ex. subjectivity, loyalty, etc.) While not pure evil, he is still mischievous, cunning, and enigmatic as you'd expect from a daemon.
- Ordinary High-School Student: Mike Miller. Average kid with a normal upbringing. The only reason he goes to St. Adelaide's Academy is because he was randomly selected in a lottery of other local town kids. When compared to his more remarkable peers, who are basically a Child Prodigy Dysfunction Junction, him being The Team Normal makes him stand out
- Pop-Cultured Badass: Lila, a skilled swords-woman, is a proud fan of old, samurai action movies.
- Product Placement: Red Bull, Wendy's, Netflix, and Starbucks have all been name dropped a few times. There are so many Starbucks' in Ede Valley it's been joked that they are all arranged in a pentagram.
- Also in-universe, Aunt Marma's Totally Genuine Maple Syrup(TM) and related products are frequently mentioned.
- The Runaway: Tommy.
- Ridiculously Average Guy: Mike Miller is about as ordinary as you can get. Though ever since he dormed at St. Adelaide's, a school of full quirky students, his averageness actually makes him stand out.
- Shout-Out: Doug Bailey's favorite song is Reliant K's "The Scene and Herd". He can be heard reciting lyrics to the song in his first introduction and then later throughout the series.
- Small Towns: According to Word of God, Ede Valley is said to be vaguely located somewhere in the Midwest United States. And it's got all the trimmings of small-town suburban Americana. But the locals are anything but ordinary.
- Small Town Boredom: A town where nothing ever happens...or so it appears that way...
- Scholarship Student: Mike Miller won a scholarship to St. Adelaide's Academy after being randomly selected in a a lottery...one that he didn't sign up for. He decided to go when he saw how happy his Mom was.
- Sdrawkcab Speech: the blue ghost light that follows Sonia around attempts to speak with her while she is half asleep.
- Sitcom Homage Episode: Every episode of "Meet the Jamesons", complete with a Laugh Track, a Fourth Wall Mail Segment, Ad Bumpers, and Parody Commercials.
- Stepford Suburbia: The seemingly-ordinary idyllic All-American suburb-look is entirely surface level
- Suburbia: The titular Ede Valley. Crosses over into Stepford Suburbia territory.
- Town with a Dark Secret: The town of Ede Valley is full of strange inhabitants, (Russian gangsters, a teenage witch, a a boarding school of weird kids, a vampire history teacher, etc.) but there's a great unknown menace underneath the surface...
- Trademark Favorite Food: For Niko, it's pancakes. It's one of the few foods he knows how to cook.
- Unwitting Test Subject: Students at St. Adelaide's get experimented on, usually involving exploiting trauma in some way Doug Bailey frequently get tested on. He endures electro-shock therapy and has a bracelet on his arm that shocks him if he ever leaves the school. Jilli Nakajima gets isolated in a padded room and is forced to listen to her own idol music on repeat, which reminds of all the abuse and an awful bandmate she had to endure working in the J-pop idol industry. Buttercup was part of an experiment in the 50s to create a perfect human being when it was an insane asylum. It gave her vast near-omniscient perspective that could see the world down to its atoms but ate away at her humanity. But definitely one of the worst was Mike Miller. After being drugged and dragged underground, he was slowly corrupted by an experiment similar to Buttercup's that gave him a perspective all of existence as meaningless and surrendered his humanity and human memories. He was renamed Nihil and became a superpowered enforcer for the Director.
- Warm Bloodbags Are Everywhere: Marcell has to restrain his vampire nature to prevent himself from drinking the blood of those near him.
- Weirdness Magnet: Strange occurrences and residents that scale from science fiction to fantasy inhabit Ede Valley.
- Vampires Sleep in Coffins: Double Subversion Marcell sleeps in a normal bed. He reveals however that vampires he knew from back in the day did sleep in coffins, because they believed it would "Bring them closer to the death they had lost"...He acknowledges how melodramatic this sounds.
- The 'Verse: All of the short stories take place in a collective shared universe
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Jilli Nakajima has huge, multi-colored pigtails that look bigger than her head. Doug Bailey has white, staticky hair.