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  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • Tygren Voltaris, is he really an evil being wanting to finish what his predecessor (the Deathsinger) started? Or is he a Well-Intentioned Extremist wanting to save his clan from extinction? His dialogue with Thalleous in the first episode also hints that his rage against the other clans is also a bid for Revenge, since he knows how much Thalleous hunting his kind has affected them, showing hints of Then Let Me Be Evil.
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    • Jalkar Bowmani, is he really an evil criminal who deserved to die? Or is he merely a mercenary who was after money and wealth? He did spare Mr. Finch and Abbigail after they fought, making a decision to knock them out instead of killing them. Some fans argue that after this, Abbigail relentlessly pursued him and Grim for the egg they stole that wasn't hers, shooting them with her bow repeatedly while they just ran and avoided her. Eventually, he gets tired of it and goes after Abbigail. After Jalkar defeats her, her dog Sam proceeds to drag Jalkar off the cliff, essentially sacrificing himself to save Abbigail. Abbigail then proceeds to kill Jalkar mercilessly, because her dog died because of Jalkar. However, fans argue that Jalkar didn't kill Sam and that Sam died from the fall.
  • Angst? What Angst?: Thalleous doesn't mention anything about Hawken's death onscreen after it happens in the first episode. Episode 9 however, shows that he did mention Hawken to Zulius Kaltaris, in the Time Skip between Episode 1 and 2.
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  • Author's Saving Throw: After biweekly releases of the episodes with views decreasing sharply with every video coming out until Episode 5, the series went on a brief hiatus in order to drum up support. In addition to this, the episodes are going to be released weekly in order to get more people interested in the series and not lose focus of what's happening in the story.
  • Awesome Ego: Jalkar is a cocky mercenary who loves playing with his knife, but that's because he's a skilled one with very quick thinking.
  • Awesome Music: All of the music created for the series is original, and made by AfterInfinity Music.
  • Better on DVD: It's much better seeing the series in one marathon, rather than waiting several days (and previously weeks) for the next episodes. Watching them all via the Compilation Movie is also much better.
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  • Broken Base: How much did Jalkar deserve to die? Was it completely uncalled for, or did he 100% deserve it for everything he's done so far? Or did he deserve to die, but not in the way that he ended up dying?
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Jalkar. Some fans ignore all of his villainous actions and paint him as a victim who didn't deserve what happened to him and kept being targeted by Abbigail for no reason. Even both moments where he arguably crossed the Moral Event Horizon(abandoning Grim and killing Sam)were excused by them.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Grim, who almost immediately became a fan favourite for his cute-looking appearance and personality, providing some humor to any scene that he's in, and being surprisingly competent despite his clumsiness.
  • Evil Is Cool: All of the villains are done in an incredibly cool way, with the Voltaris clan and Jalkar being incredibly popular with those on Discord.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: In one of the bloopers, Ria throws the spear she got from Senn towards him and it impales him. Fast forward to Episode 6, which ends with Tygren Voltaris killing Thalleous Sendaris in the exact same way, just from behind.
  • Foe Yay: Ever since their first interaction in Episode 4, Abbigail/Jalkar has gained a following for some reason, despite their aforementioned first interaction was them fighting. The two have had an antagonistic relationship with each other for the entire series, so it's a wonder why the Abbigail/Jalkar ship even exists.
  • Growing the Beard: The writers for the series have promised several times that seasons 2 and 3 are much better written than the first season, which they justify through Taught by Experience. This also goes for the graphics and animations being updated whenever a new technique was created for the series.
  • HSQ: Tygren killed Thalleous!!!
  • Jerkass Woobie:
    • The Voltaris clan, and the leaders in particular could be considered this, since the Voltaris are currently on the verge of extinction and the leaders (Ingressus and later Tygren) were trying to keep them alive as best they could.
    • Jalkar could be considered this, since he stole the Etherean Dragon Egg for money yet it proved to be much more than he could handle. At first, he was a likable character and a possible Anti-Hero who was after money. After stealing the egg, he had to deal with being relentlessly pursued by Abbigail, the Voltaris that he made a deal with for the egg, and an enderman. He slowly got worse and worse instead of doing a Heel–Face Turn. He regretted the job, claiming that it was far more trouble than it was worth. The job proved to be his undoing when he was killed off by Abbigail.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • Thalleous' Peas Explanation 
      • Several lines from the above meme, like "come to the countryside!", "we've got fields of peas, all around!", and "fuck this place!", have also become popular.
      • Rest in peas Explanation 
    • "And some even say...He was there." Explanation 
    • "Don't touch my cake." Explanation 
    • How could she forget the sugar canes? Explanation 
    • "No." Explanation 
    • Comparing Abbigail to John Wick, since both killed the man who was responsible for the death of their beloved dog.
      • Relating to the above, comparing Thalleous to Ned Stark, as both were the main protagonist in an Ensemble Cast who were killed off early in their respective series.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Ingressus crossed this when he willing allied himself and the Voltaris with the Nether King Chronos, which triggered The Great War, and nearly brought the Ardoni species to extinction.
    • His successor Tygren crosses this when he burns down Sendaria and gleefully revels in causing so much destruction. And then he kills Thalleous, the main protagonist and a fan favorite.
    • Jalkar crosses this when he abandons Grim in Episode 7.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Hawken and Eddy. Two characters, from two different episodes (1 and 3, respectively) who act as Sacrificial Lambs to some of the main antagonists of the series (the Voltaris and Necromancers, respectively), but their personalities as Plucky Comic Reliefs have endeared them to the hundreds of thousands who have watched the series.
    • The goat-man briefly seen in Oakendale during Episode 4, who's gained Memetic Mutation thanks to the fans.
    • Similarly to the goat-man, there's the "Green Thing", who has his own character panel in the Behind-the-Scenes for Episode 8. It is supposedly from a species called the "Scail" situated in Hydraphel.
  • Rooting for the Empire:
    • The Voltaris have this effect on the fans. This may be due to the fact that the Voltaris are few in numbers, and have had one hell of an entrance thanks to Tygren.
    • Jalkar has this effect on the fans. This may be due to the fact that he had an interesting dynamic with his partner Grim (a fan favourite) and the way he fights, being very skilled and showy with his knife and having awesome fights because of his competence with it.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Jalkar. Despite being a villain, he was a genuinely likable character at the beginning of Season 1, and was also a very competent fighter. While most were expecting him to do a Heel–Face Turn or receive some Character Development, his arc went in the exact opposite direction. He sunk lower and lower and became irredeemable to the point where he was killed off. While he is a Base-Breaking Character, it can be agreed that he was ultimately a waste of potential.
  • Tear Jerker: The deaths of both Hawken and Eddy, who were genuinely good people who did nothing wrong and were just in the wrong place at the wrong time. Hawken especially, as he died trying to defend his friend Thalleous.
    • Episode 5's ending of Sendaria being up in flames. Especially since the scene before had been light and happy, so this was a huge Mood Whiplash.
    • Thalleous' death. Dear god, Thalleous' death. He goes up against multiple Voltaris, all by himself, and just as he looks like he's about to succeed, he gets stabbed through the stomach. Seeing him fall to the ground as the lights leave his body and his Songs return to solid form near him was heartbreaking.
  • Unintentionally Sympathetic:
    • The Voltaris clan are made out to be evil exiles of the Ardoni clans (and they sort of are), but the fact that they are nearing extinction and attempting to prevent it causes them to be sympathetic.
    • Jalkar is made out to be a ruthless criminal with few morals (and he sort of is). However, the fact that he wasn't downright evil and just wanted money from stealing the Etherean Dragon Egg but was relentlessly pursued or threatened by others who wanted the egg (causing him to regret the job) places him in a sympathetic light.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: Mr Finch was supposed to come off as a protective, grandfatherly figure to Abbigail, not the lying douchebag he's shown as in his debut episode. He does show his intended purpose in Episode 4 however.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: The entire series is one of the best Minecraft animations on YouTube as of today, with the fight scenes at the forefront of these incredible visuals.
  • Woobie: Senn. He was orphaned at a very young age, and no one was willing to adopt a clanless child besides Osivian. At the end of Episode 5, his home, Sendaria, is burned down, with no sign of his family or his adopted sister Ria, who he was close to. In Episode 6, his friend and mentor, Thalleous, dies, and Senn is forced to escape Sendaria to avoid getting killed by the Voltaris, and he is now alone in the world, distraught and grieving. Though he thankfully makes a friend in Igneous in the next episode, this is after the prejudice and apathy from the people of Hogtown, who refuse to help look for survivors from Sendaria. Someone give this guy a hug.

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