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Unexpected Diversions is the title of a collection of short stories by Royce Day, following the adventures of Tez, an immortal elf, who finds himself enslaved to Maria, a Beast-Kin chimera who bought him for reasons a bit confusing even to her. As their relationship unfolds, there are frequent flashbacks to Tez's previous life, which has been extensive due to his status as The Eldest, the oldest elf in existence.
This work provides examples of
- Affably Evil : Tez's default. He's a nice enough fellow, but his breadth of experience means he's been the Evil Overlord as often as he's fought them.
- Bittersweet Ending : Maria gets what she wants most in world, a large family of free descendants with extended half-elven lifespans. But in the final story she's been dead for hundreds of years and Tez can only move on, immortal stil, after the last of his children by Maria passes away.
- Blessed with Suck : Tez can't die. Tez has been trying to die for quite some time now.
- Bound and Gagged : He spends most of the title story wearing leather handcuffs and tied down to various objects.
- Cold-Blooded Torture: Tez... is very good at this.
- Made a Slave : Happens to Tez at the beginning of the first story. He's also inflicted it on others in the past.
- Mayfly-December Romance : Every single romance Tez has ever been in. Including his current one.
- Our Elves Are Different
- Slave Race: Maria is a Beast-Kin, a magical construct created by a wizard to do his bidding. Fortunately when he passses away she's able to finangle her own freedom.
- The Magic Goes Away : Magic in Tez and Maria's world is cyclical in nature. The only one who notices is Tez however, due to his longevity.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: Tez's default clothes during the course of the stories is just a pair of pants. If he's lucky.