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  • Arc Fatigue:
    • Getting better with the move from 2 updates a week to 3, but the initial story-arc has taken over a year.
    • The second arc is considered worse, starting in March 2011 and set to end in January 2014 and burdened with heavy amounts of exposition. Even the author got sick of doing it.
  • Ass Pull: The initial appearance of the fantasy elements is regarded as this, since it showed up so suddenly. It did get a proper explanation after the spanking contest scene had concluded.
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  • Author's Saving Throw: Two months of dialogue as the characters realized that their behavior had been unacceptable. It turns out the unacceptable behavior by Sixx (giving Laura an aphrodisiac without permission or warning, forcing Ginger into an uncomfortable situation, etc.) was partly an attempt to test Laura's superhuman abilities and partly letting her emotions override her normal sense of judgement.
  • Broken Base: Not rabidly so, but there are some people in the forums venting their dislike of certain developments. Common grumblings are when the BDSM parts fade out for a long while or the general pacing.
  • Dear Negative Reader, You're Absolutely Right.
    • Interestingly, he's now changed his mind about that, feeling that he betrayed his original vision by conceding this point, and how now said that he's going back to just making the world pure fantasy. This in turn has led to him gathering a rather bad reputation on how he handles criticism.
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    • It doesn't help that he gets a bit snippy on his forums at times when people start critiquing how he handles things.
  • Dork Age: The first major arc, which the majority of people and the author were getting sick of by the end. It was basically trying to move from BDSM-themed comedy to a action movie style, only to be crippled by excessive narration, lackluster action scenes and going on far too long.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Epic Moustache & Hat Man, who has made only a single appearance. Mr. Black is heading in this direction too.
  • Evil Is Sexy: Sixx appears to be smart enough to expect this. When searching for Micheal Kappel, a name that Butterfly randomly dropped before making her exit at the spank-off she concluded that no unattractive person of that name could possibly be who they were looking for.
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  • Fan Nickname: Epic Moustache & Hat Man.
  • Growing the Beard:
    • The first time was when Sixx, Laura and Trina sat down to discuss their actions and the later half of the spank-off, which set the groundwork for developing them into deeper characters.
    • The second time is the pony ranch events after the Dork Age, providing a much stronger balance of exposition, bondage play and character interaction.
  • Heartwarming Moments:
    • Laura insisting that Ginger be accepted by Sixx as Laura's fellow personal slave.
    • Also, the two instances when Laura's belief in Sixx's love wavers and is promptly reaffirmed by her.
    • Strip 100, with the moment of collaring, is also rather sweet.
  • Misaimed Fandom: Some fans in the forums jokingly suggested that they'd like to find out if their local airport has regular flights to Sybion...
  • Nightmare Fuel: The Judiciatrix.
  • One True Threesome: To a degree this was a possibility from the beginning, as Laura and Sixx were in a polyamorous relationship, but it became true when Laura insisted that Ginger share the position of personal slave. However, Sixx makes it clear she does not share Ginger's romantic interest.
  • The Woobie: At least half the cast make a case for Woobie-dom.
    • Anya and Alice, who were handed over by their own loved ones to be tortured into the people they were "supposed" to be.
    • Gunther, a Sympathetic Sentient Weapon who was abandoned to bleed to death in the snow when he couldn't suppress his conscience.
    • The priest Vertos, who endured both sides of the Order of Denial — as a 'customer' and as an acolyte forced to torture others.
    • Fiona, a former Phantom whose own government gave her up to be tortured because she knew too much.
    • Trina, who lost everything she held dear in a misguided attempt to have just a little of Sixx's love.
    • Quite possibly even Michael and Evita Kappel, who didn't ask to have a revolution land on their shoulders or get caught in a global arms race but persisted because they couldn't ignore the suffering all around them. Michael has shades of Iron Woobie; Evita borders on Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds not in herself, but in the evil spirit of vengeance she inadvertently hosted.


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