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.
WAR GOD | TBA
WAR IS GLORIOUS | TBA
WIN YOUR FREEDOM | TBA
WORK OFF THE DEBT | TBA
WOULD HIT A GIRL | TBA
WOULDN'T HIT A GIRL | TBA
TROPE | TBA
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
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
This trope can be considered implemented against citizen women who have committed crimes against family honour,
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,
This trope is subverted when the attacker is another female, as citizen women are perfectly willing to use their