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by The Freehold of The Land of the Ephyral. . 15 reads.

Ephyra | Dispatch | TV Tropes | W-Z

Just a fun dispatch where I add / remove / edit as many TV tropes as I can find with some basis in Ephyra, either because they accurately apply or are substantially subverted.

Some tropes may contradict one another, as Ephyral citizens may have unique ways of interpreting the systems surrounding them, leading to potential disagreement - or a case of circumstantial application of one trope as opposed to its alternatively valid opposite.

Many of these tropes reflect cultural trends in Ephyra intended for values dissonance exercised within a consistent culture. It is almost guaranteed you will find something morally objectionable in this list. Discretion is therefore advised.

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The worship of a deity of war takes near centre-stage in the native Selian religion, a character essential to the very
existence of the Ephyral city and state, and thus rewarded with a position of prominence and even annual supplication
received by the adherents of another goddess. Whilst this deity of war is not by virtue of existence a casus belli for
conflict, when a conflict is considered just and necessary to prosecute, sacrifice and offerings to him are made so that the efforts
might be successful, victory assured, and the spoils great. He is but the greatest of a variety of gods and goddesses concerned
with the efforts of war however, focusing on fear, terror, slaughter, conquest, and battle.

This chief god of war exists in romantic and marital union with the resident goddess of love, beauty, and sex, forming one half of
an interplay of sex and violence representing masculinity and femininity, and their checking and complementing of the other.


War, though never waged for the sake of itself, is considered no horrible thing by society at large, though the personal views of those most affected may differ.
For men, to fight in the armies of the Freehold, bring the enemy to their knees, and return to his fatherland with
honour, spoils, and victory is considered perhaps the greatest duty a man can shoulder. Though conflicts have
manifested which required the Ephyral to cut their losses and pull back without any tangible gains, this is atypical
of their war attitude, which borders on the line of death or dishonour.


Though not necessarily needing to be 'won', those in the bondage of slavery in Ephyra can
when circumstances permit be freed from their servitude, often in the will of their masters, or having accumulated enough
money to purchase their freedom. The literal title of the trope accurately applies however to those whose slavery
is defined by gladiator contest, who may very well win their freedom after earning their master a lot of money,
freed in reward for services rendered. Though not the fate of all or most or even many slaves, it is sufficiently
frequent enough to be worth the trope.


When a debt owed is legally recognised as enforceable, but the debtor is unable to
pay back what is due through value of their property, they will be taken as compensation. This is not always a temporary
affair, as given the debt is monetary, the creditor turned slave-owner is usually incentivised to sell them on, although a creditor
is within his ability to free the debtor once payment through labour has been satisfied. This is usually done when the debtor is a


Simultaneous with Wouldn't Hit A Girl, this trope is active depending on the status of the female to the
(usually male) attacker. Prostitutes, slaves, and women of enemy states are all bereft in the eyes of society
from the honourable and mandated protections necessary upon other women. Reduced to mere labels of whore,
property, or enemy, violence upon them has been routine throughout history with society at large perceiving little
to no moral ill. The killing of such women remains rather taboo, although female slaves are perhaps the least
protected in this instance - but assaults upon them both physical and often sexual incur virtually no moral penalty
on the attacker.

Prostitutes, as well as actresses, dancers, and other performers of female background usually considered of equivalent
moral repute, cannot by matter of law be considered raped or even sexually assaulted. At the very worst, all an
attacker has done is rob the prostitute of the payment she would have otherwise been expected to demand for the services
taken. Despite this vulnerability to abuse however these cases are not common, as the majority of men seeking prostitutes
do so willing to pay and unwilling to force them, if for no other reason than to avoid a fine, or ostensibly because they
personally find the concept of forcing the act to be unpleasant. Slaves lack even this protection, and are sexually abused and
exploited by their masters at their leisure. For the female population of an enemy state, unless their local authorities deign it
wise to surrender without conflict to the advancing Ephyral force, a fate of beatings and repeated assaults is all but inevitable.
Though some are inevitably killed, the practice of killing enemy women is considered dishonourable and cowardly - although
taking them as slaves completely legitimate.

This trope can be considered implemented against citizen women who have committed crimes against family honour,
who may be subject to harsher physical punishment or in rare cases outright killed by their family to regain
what they have destroyed.


This trope is applicable to the moral, citizen women of the SFLE who are not prostitute, slave, nor enemy.
These women can expect not only protection from harm by virtue of their status above other free women
and especially women of bad moral repute, but retribution committed against any who do harm them courtesy
of their male relatives. Though citizen women represent over 10% of the total population, they are massively
underrepresented in cases of rape or murder of a female, especially when the act is committed by another citizen.
The promise of retaliation for harming a woman under the lawful protection and power of her family head, further
guaranteed by her husband, brothers, sons, and uncles, is of such certainty as to discourage even the attempt.

Even the mere striking of a woman, never mind her rape or murder, is an unacceptable act with few exceptions,
those being the corporal punishment of a daughter or wife, or the sufficient use of force to subdue a female
assailant. The harming of citizen women is considered the act of a varlot, a dishonourable man undeserving of
the word.

This trope is subverted when the attacker is another female, as citizen women are perfectly willing to use their
nails and other feminine weaponry on an opponent of the same sex, in a combat scenario largely considered entertaining
to the men around them. It's this perception of women as weak that as well as making female-on-female fighting
a matter of some amusement that makes unnecessary male force upon them a craven act.