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  • Alternate Character Interpretation:
  • Ass Pull:
    • Parodied by Zolph in the epilogue of Episode I, when Maesterus reveals that he is a distant ancestor of his. Maesterus points out that he would have told him sooner had Zolph just cooperated with him. This is also an aversion at the same time, as this was hinted at several points throughout the story, even justifying a bit of the Foe Yay going on between him and Maesterus.
    • Parodied again in Episode II - Chapter 17, when after Gahmah Raan kills Gestroma, the former gets a last-minute reason to want to kill Masochus in the form of Masochus hiring Gestroma to kill Gahmah's hunting partner, Viola Jod, who wasn't mentioned at all until that chapter. Appropriately, Gahmah's too late to get a piece of the revenge pie, as Masochus has already been killed by Grein and Armogeist - two characters who had reasons to hate him already established in advance - when he catches up to them.
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  • Author's Saving Throw: One criticism of some early Episode I chapters was the cameos of canon or Legends characters that don't do much when the story is predominantly original character-focused. Episode I - Chapter 12 addressed this by having Luke Skywalker mention that he was helping fight against the Valkoran Empire while Zolph was recovering from losing his arm as a way of acknowledging that he actually does stuff off-screen. Episode II also went the extra mile to have Luke be present (and not just Mission Control) for some of the Archfiend-related missions and the Battle of Ockla Prime. Also, when Luke was given attention in action scenes, he was portrayed as incredibly powerful on his own compared to Zolph (to the point of triviality) and acknowledged as powerful enough to be considered a threat or an asset to the Forceless Collective. Later chapters also cut down on the number of canon/Legends character cameos.
  • Crosses the Line Twice:
    • Grein describing one of her part-time jobs on Sleheyron to Hiriss, and Zolph's reaction to it.
    • Some of Will Helms' deaths fall into this territory. On one instance, R9-C4 tore out his spinal cord and beat him to death with it, and he was still alive to experience it. Under normal circumstances, being alive after having your spine torn out would be horrifying. But since it's only heard over comlink and the description of what's happening is so over the top (never mind that an astromech droid was able to rip through body armor), it ends up being funny instead.
    • While Masochus is one of the most morally repulsive characters in the series, creating an undead army by killing Lieutenant Helms over and over again and using his corpses is hilariously over-the-top.
  • Foe Yay: Maesterus seems quite obsessed with Zolph. May have to do with the fact that he's actually Zolph's distant ancestor. Thankfully for Zolph, it doesn't go much farther than that, and even Maesterus is appalled at that idea.
    • Understandably plenty of this between Zolph and Dynn, considering they were already an item before she defected to the Valkoran.
    • There's also a bit of this between Zolph and Neur, but it's one-sided in Neur's favor. Eventually, she decides to quit after they become allies.
  • Fridge Logic: Lampshaded early on when Zolph wonders why someone would invent life sign-linked bombs, when he inadvertently puts the ship he's aboard on a collision course after cutting Admiral Gravlek's limbs off.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment:
    • Gahmah Raan asking if he could have Maesterus's wings back in Episode I Chapter 10 (which was just a case of Gahmah being Gahmah) becomes a lot darker after Emperor Valkor cuts off Maesterus's wings before killing him in the final chapters of Episode II.
    • Gahmah Raan (the character) frequently feeling that there was a larger amount of time than there actually was between his encounters with Zolph — which were intended as self-deprecating Leaning on the Fourth Wall humor over the time it takes to post chapters — can feel a bit harsher after the rate at which Gahmah (the creator) posted chapters slowed down drastically during the early chapters of Episode III, with Chapter 3 of Episode III taking over two years to complete.
  • Growing the Beard: To an extent, the early chapters were almost script-like instead of actual prose. This was eventually remedied by Chapter 7 of Episode I.
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • Traitor Among the Chiss — a flashpoint in Star Wars: The Old Republic that was added in 2017 — reveals why Force-sensitive Chiss are rare: Force-sensitivity was persecuted among the Chiss and considered a genetic impurity to the point that Chiss who exhibit it either are exiled, forced to suppress it, or executed. A few years earlier in Paranormalities, Grein — a member of a rare purple-eyed subspecies of Chiss - reveals later in the story why Chiss of her kind are a rare sight: in what would be over 300 years before the events of The Old Republic, the red-eyed Chiss orchestrated a Witch Hunt against Chiss with other eye-colors — after genetic discoveries of them being more likely to be Force-attuned than they are — leading to the purple-eyed Chiss being scattered across the galaxy and becoming an Endangered Species (other Chiss eye-colors are now extinct) in the present day. Supplementary material also reveals that some purple-eyed Chiss sided with the Republic when they learned that the Chiss Ascendancy was allied with the Sith Empire, and seeing how in that time period they still persecuted Force-sensitivity, they had every right to be worried.
    • There are quite a few instances throughout the story where it's noted that there are some injuries that the most basic applications of Force Healing cannot fix — such as Forceless hosts having their internal organs rearranged to be dependent on the symbiote to live — nor is every Jedi featured a master healer (the most basic form of Force healing is treated like first-aid). The story addressing these facets of Force healing are almost prophetic about the criticisms that would emerge following how The Rise of Skywalker made use of that power (such as asking why it wasn't used in other situations throughout the Skywalker saga).
  • Ho Yay: Gahmah Raan was initially a case of this towards Violo Jod due to the lack of information at the time of Violo first being mentioned, due to how fondly he remembers Violo and his anger towards those involved in his death (and there was also the time that Gahmah mentioned flirting with Rakan the Devourer while drunk). Eventually, Matt noticed and the side-story Odd Partnerships confirmed that Gahmah was indeed in a relationship with Violo and to avoid conflicting with him being married to Nazeen, that he was bisexual and that the Krishari are polygamists.
  • Moral Event Horizon:
  • Paranoia Fuel: Sleeper symbiotes. The ability of Forceless symbiotes to possess living creatures is already scary on its own, but sleeper symbiotes can be placed inside them without their knowledge, lay dormant inside them for a long time — being able to even mask their presence from even Force users — and then suddenly possess them on a whim. As the last chapters of Episode II show, a good number of people from the Valkoran Empire have had a sleeper symbiote placed inside them, whether they were loyal to Valkor or not.

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