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"So you really don't understand and that means I have to do a total exposition. Alright, let's get this started."
—Ollie Pirenci, resident villain of the book

Burnt Empire is this troper's attempt at making something readable. She's been working on it for a few years now and it's probably not going to be published. It's about three kids, one of whom was a resistance leader but was captured and escaped. She (self-named Vallian) is travelling with the other kids for reasons unknown for most of the book. And so you're not confused later, the other kids are Hane (girl) and Morley (guy).

Now has a character sheet.

Also, available for download right here, if you wish to read. The author's on the third revision, so the download link is down.

The author's a Wordpress at this address if anyone wants to look at excerpts and things from the new one.

The tropes used are:


  “It's a choice between mundane corruption and baby-eating supervillainy. Exaggeration, but the basic principles are the same, yes.”


 Morley: Ef. Effing ef ef ef.

Of course, what he actually said shouldn't be repeated in a novel at least semi-intended for quasi-child-aged-people, but one can imagine.

  • Cold-Blooded Torture: Terra Vengen's specialty. To quote a person from the book: "Vengen enjoyed torture for torture's sake. Nothing else about it, she was just a master at making people scream."
  • Combat Pragmatist: Hane.
  • Constructed World
  • Convicted by Public Opinion: In Ollie's backstory, everyone thinks he killed his best friend. Which he did, but let's not get into that now.
  • Corrupt the Cutie: This, and Kill the Cutie, are used with Hane, however much she's not really a cutie. And she was already corrupted.
  • Curse Cut Short: There are a lot of these, coming from Hane's setting up a thing to give Morley an electric shock every time he tries to say a swear word. And Morley really likes to swear.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Quite a few of the characters. Even a villain, though it doesn't give him a good Freudian Excuse. The author likes drama, okay?
  • Deadpan Snarker: Vallian, and Morley sometimes.
  • Death Is Dramatic: Oh yes, just ask the two girls killed near or at the end. One of which gets all of the very short Chapter Eight In Which Something Not Very Important To The Whole Plot Happens.
  • Department of Redundancy Department: There are characters who love to say things like this.
  • Did Not Do the Research: This is believed of Morley when he says that skeletons can't move because there's no muscle tissue. Explained away with Vallian's comment on necromancers.
    • Also the author quite freely admits to not researching boats, her whole knowledge of them coming from Order of the Stick.
  • Does Not Understand Sarcasm: Hane somewhat.
  • Don't You Dare Pity Me!: Hane could live and breathe this trope when the situation warrants it.
  • Dramatic Irony: It's revealed (at least part of it) about Hane's history to Hane and Vallian (and the reader), but Morley stays in the dark about the whole thing, not even knowing the other two went and found the archives, because he didn't follow them because he wanted to stay back in case something bad happened. Which it did.
  • The Dragon: Subverted in that one 'fights' the Big Bad approximately a day before the other hero has the whole moral thing against The Dragon.
  • Dreaming of Things to Come: Hane.
  • Dynamic Character(s)
  • Evil Is Sexy: Most people seem to think this of Jacob even after he's shown how low he'll sink. In-universe, of course. The author has no idea what the tiny fanbase thinks of him.
  • Evil Laugh: Jacob does this quite a lot.
  • Evil Plan: Most people (himself included) believe Ollie's plan is an evil plan. And if the person who made it thinks it is, why shouldn't it be?
  • Evil Redhead: Averted because Ollie used to have red hair, but for some reason when a vampire is converted a type of dye materializes onto their scalp and gives them jet-black hair. It's not permanent, in case one is devamped or killed or something of that nature.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: The Law Of Acidic Spit Is Only Acidic If The Person Spitting Is In A Foul Mood.
  • Faking the Dead: In Ollie's backstory, he does this so people won't search for him when he's just been converted.
  • Fallen Hero: This happens to Morley gradually at first, but there's a giant increase the speed of it happening after he kills Nalia. At the end of the story.
  • Fantasy Gun Control: Subverted in that Ollie has a gun but most people in the whole world don't even know they exist in real life and not just stories. However, Jude, Jill's boyfriend in Hane's flashback, has one too.
  • Fantasy World Map: A world, the four continents in it, and a map key, all using a fancy font.
  • Fatal Flaw: Hane definitely has one, and Vallian. Morley not so much, except maybe his undying hatred for Jacob, which turns out to be justified.
  • Filler: It's a novel edited for NaNoWriMo, of course there's filler. A lot of it was cut out after November however, dropping the novel under fifty thousand words.
  • The Film of the Book: Though the script thing only seeks to provide some explanations for things, not be an actual working movie version. Also foreshadowing!
  • Flaw Exploitation: Hane does this to Morley multiple times throughout the story.
  • Footnote Fever: The author, often referred to in the third person, has this.[1]
  • For the Evulz: Jacob. He kills people just to see how much it would hurt for them, among other things.
  • Foreshadowing: Hane's dream, to name the first instance.
  • Freudian Excuse: See Dark And Troubled Past.
  • Good Flaws, Bad Flaws: Hane has Bad Flaws. Hint: Some of the last ones on the list.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Vallian and Hane.
  • Hand Wave: A few, and only one of them is justified.
  • Hannibal Lecture: Combined with a Not So Different speech by Ollie.
  • Hates Being Touched: Vallian.
  • Healing Hands: Combined with Healing Factor for Hane. Too much of a jerkass to really use it, though.
  • Heel Face Revolving Door: Hane. Good to bad to good to bad. But if you ask her, she's on the side of whoever's winning. Ask the author and she's always been bad, just manipulating people so they think the right thing.
  • The Hero: Morley, but he's not the protagonist.
  • Hero with an F In Good: Vallian. She doesn't have the... morals appropriate for a hero.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: All of them.
  • Heroic BSOD: Poor Morley.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Not heroic as such, or a sacrifice, but it qualifies. Don't ask how.
  • Heroic Vow: See Morley's moral code below. The only one he manages to keep is Rule Four.
  • Humans Are Bastards: Most of Vallian's claim for joining La Résistance.
  • I Am Who?: Subverted and played straight, Vallian is just a girl from this seaside city somewhere and Morley's a noble person. Hane's a noble and didn't know about it.
  • I Have Nothing to Say to That: Morley and Vallian when Hane makes a fat insult, just because of how unexpected it is.
  • I Just Write the Thing: My characters have their own lives, man. For instance, Hane is an amoral side-switching-at-the-drop-of-a-hat sort-of-protagonist, instead of the main character as was originally planned.
  • Improbable Age: Vallian. Twelve-year-old resistance leader, anyone? Eh, brilliant at tactics and whatnot.
  • In Which a Trope Is Described: In which there are a pre-prologue, a prologue, nine chapters, and an afterword.
  • Ironic Echo: Most people have the version without this, but it's during the scene before Morley steals Jacob's sword.

 Morley: So? Some of us are dynamic people. (during chapter three)

(for context, during chapter seven) Morley: Why the hell did you kill her! All she did was–

Jacob: Threaten to expose me as a double agent. So she was killed to uphold the masquerade. And you of all people should know some of us are dynamic people.


 He exited the room that had tested and trialed him so, going to sit on the bench or piece of architectural genius, a word which here means 'A particularly good piece of building', and its lesser known second meaning, 'Please don't sue me, Mister Snicket'.


 Rule One: Don't kill anyone, ever.

Rule Two: Never blackmail, especially not for anything disgusting.

Rule Three: Never steal, ever.

Rule Four: There is no Rule Four.

Rule Five: Don't insult anyone who doesn't deserve it.


 "You say 'yes' a lot. Maybe that's what your name should be. 'Yes Man, tm.' I like it."

    • Also Random Time Skip tm!
  • Trying to Catch Me Fighting Dirty: Hane.
  • Undying Loyalty: Morley to anyone he considers himself on friendly terms with, and most of his family.
  • Universe Chronology: Working on this.
  • Unpopular Popular Character: People in-universe really don't like the guy who sells sausages in Arlaz, but he's the author's favorite character. Although one would suppose they have good reason, as his character is expanded on so he's part of a thing that sells kids as part of a political blackmail thing.
  • Verbal Tic: Morley will add practically any swear word to practically anything he says, while Vallian adds 'hell' all the time (as in 'what the hell is this?' instead of 'what is this?', ekcetera.)
  • Vetinari Job Security: The only reason Vallian even goes to try and stop things is because no one else will. And then when someone else does, they fail miserably.
  • Villain Corner: Hane.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: Again, Nalia and Leo. They rule a whole continent, so it might not be only the heroes (in this case one of the heroes) know, it's everybody else is too scared to speak up. Seriously.
  • We Win Because You Didn't: Basically.
  • What Do You Mean It's Not Awesome?: The obscure fighting form Fanta-shi, supposedly only known by Hane.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Morley a couple times. The others can't be trusted in the first place.
  • What You Are in the Dark: Happens to both Hane and Morley, though not at the same time.
  • World of No Grandparents: Pretty much. Jacob makes a reference but you never hear of grandparents again.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Until afterwards and he finds out who the girl he hit is.
  • You Monster!: Used a few times quite a lot. An exception is when Morley says "You... you..." to Vallian, wanting to say 'monster', but he's unable to spit it out.
    • Lampshaded by Ollie: "There's a disproportionately high chance someone will say 'you monster', with varying inflections and in some cases words in this world. It's losing its meaning with all of this."
      • Like how some people abuse, for instance, bitch.

Section for Magical here. Shall be edited tomorrow.

Magical is a sort of prequel to Burnt Empire, this troper's previous novel. It focuses on Esme The Magnificent, who infiltrates the rebel base to turn in information to the queen and become (more) famous. Of course, there are some problems.


  1. At least it's not fatal.
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