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Warning: This is an Old Shame so old that this page was originally in the Troper Works namespace and is no longer maintained. Here be monsters.

Fantasy Ghetto series by Snow Fox Of Death. It may soon have to be recycled in an Urban Fantasy for marketing reasons. The current genre is somewhere between a medieval version of Wuxia and Low Fantasy.

A long time ago, thirty gods and goddesses got bored and created the world. They named it Ruenia and filled it with animals, plants, and intelligent beings. Then, five of their own betrayed them. They were banished to hell, but to ensure that they would never rise again, the gods sealed themselves into the spirit world. Forever. And they meant it. But they didn't leave Ruenia completely defenseless against chaos. They handpicked members of the mortal races, clerics, to channel the powers of the gods and take care of things.

Arane and her adopted younger brother Lartol are servants for the lord of her village, trying to act as normal as possible. Her friend Lini and a stranger named Wylfing persuade them to leave home because some serious issues have arisen: Arane is a cleric, she is half-Hyra, and the Resistance needs them to help battle a demon accidentally summoned by the king fifty years ago in a desperate attempt to resurrect his wife who died in childbirth. This demon, called the Soul Thief, kills people and steals their souls before they can enter the spirit world. It is known that while he is forced to consume some of them in order to remain in the mortal world, he also stores some away for some sinister purpose.

With the help of Arane's necklace containing the consciousness of the goddess Kitsune, the group meets up with Wylfing's brother Phoebus and Lini's twin sister Lumi and then recover one of the two scrolls that will help banish the Soul Thief to hell.

Once they return to the Resistance, which has taken refuge in the elven forest, Arane meets Wylfing's elder sister and leader of the Resistance, Evangeline. She also finds Damie, a pure-blood Hyra who is her half-brother. He reveals that she really owes her loyalty to the Order of the Spirit Keepers, founded by her mother when information she found for the Resistance was condemned as lies.

Arane's struggle to keep both the Order and the Resistance happy, the True Companions being sent around Ruenia for various reasons, her progression as a competent magic user and fighter, and Wylfing's obsession with lifting his curse while trying to figure out why he is attached to Arane so much as her surprising amount of sympathy and naive affection for him turn his entire mindset upside down are main plot points. Later, it is revealed that Arane's human blood significantly weakens her ability to control her magic, so she must be kept stable so she doesn't get destructive. The Soul Thief finds out and responds by Mindraping Lartol into suicide to set off Arane's insanity, and she's never quite the same again.

Snow Fox Of Death indulges in several Take Thats, Shout Outs, and Affectionate Parodies of works she is well acquainted with along the way (regardless of hate or love). These include The Inheritance Cycle, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (as well as The Legend of Zelda Majoras Mask, and The Legend of Zelda Twilight Princess), Twilight, Harry Potter, Percy Jackson and The Olympians, Higurashi no Naku Koro ni, Graceling, Code Geass, The Picture of Dorian Gray, His Dark Materials, The Catcher in The Rye, Peanuts, Death Note, Wolf's Rain, Princess Tutu, The Hunger Games, and Neon Genesis Evangelion. Most of these works influenced Ice Heart in some way, shape, or form.

The first chapter is scheduled to be posted on fictionpress.com sometime in January or February when the first book is edited after the NaNoWriMo frenzy, but most of the books are already planned out. The Character Sheet is under construction.

The order of the books will be:

  • Harvest Moon
  • Ice Flower
  • Not yet named
  • Not yet named
Snow Fox Of Death is planning a sequel series. Duck and cover.

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