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CONTENT NOTICES

Readers deserve to know if the content of any story may trigger or upset them before they make a decision to read it.

To better support readers with specific content concerns and sensitivities, the following lists provide extensive details regarding potentially upsetting or triggering content in the "Trials of Ildarwood" novels. They are maintained on a best-effort basis by S. C. Selvyn, and may not include all current known categories of potentially upsetting content.

NOTE: The following list contains multiple plot spoilers.

RED = Potentially very upsetting.

ORANGE = Plot spoiler.

Fall of the Forsaken  |  Cinders in the Snow  |  Spectres of the Fall

The Trials of Ildarwood: Fall of the Forsaken

  • Ableism: Some characters use offensive terms such as "crazy," "stupid," etc.

  • Abusive relationship:  Some scenes could be interpreted as bordering on physical abuse at home.

  • Alcohol Alcoholism: There are few references to "amberberry ale," and characters enjoying "vino viola" (wine).

  • Antisemitism: The is no Antisemitism in this book. Astyrians, though having an eight-point star emblem, are an extreme fantasy version of white supremacists + religious extremists.

  • Anxiety: Several characters in this book could be viewed as anxious, but depictions of such are not graphic.

  • Assault / Physical abuse: There are limited references to or depictions of physical assault in this book.

  • Attempted murder: This book references this act but does not go into detail.

  • Blood: There are references to "Silverblood," which is equivalent to a soul bleeding. References to actual blood are minimal and not graphic.

  • Bullying: This book extensively features bullying, portrayed in the form of using non-physical elements to deliberately and cruelly damage an innocent person's soul to the point where their soul is shattered.

  • Child abuse: Some scenes depict adult villains attempting to harm (mostly emotionally) children of all ages.

  • Conversion therapy: There are veiled references in this book to conversion therapy.

  • Death: Some minor characters die in this book.

  • Depression: Characters in this book are depressed. The depictions are not graphic.

  • Drugs: Flowers and substances in this book could be considered drugs, but depictions are not overt or graphic.

  • Emotional abuse: Characters in this book are sometimes subjected to emotional abuse by parents, adults, or other children. These scenes may be uncomfortable for some readers.

  • Fire: There are multiple references to fatal / catastrophic house fires in this book.

  • Ghosts / Spirits: There are multiple references to and depictions of ghosts in this book. They may be scary to younger readers.

  • Homophobia / Homomisia / Lesbiphobia / Acephobia / Queerphobia: There are veiled references to these things in this book.

  • Hospitalisation: Some characters are hospitalized in this book, though depictions are not graphic.

  • Kidnapping: Some scenes in this book may be interpreted as brief kidnapping, though such depictions are not graphic.

  • Mental health hospitalization: The concept of "Caelum's Keep" is based loosely on a mental health hospital, but parallels are limited and depictions are neither intentionally disturbing nor graphic.

  • Poisoning: There are fantasy-themed references to poison in this book, but no graphic depictions.

  • Pregnancy: A character is pregnant in this book, though it is only mentioned, and she is only shown after the birth.

  • Religion: There are multiple references to religion and religious extremism in this book. The Asytrians (villains) are extremists.

  • Self-harm: There are some references to self-harm in this book, though the act is mentioned and not graphic.

  • Slavery: There may be references to Slavery in this book. The concept of "Broken" laborers could be interpreted as slavery, but these characters are both paid for their work and protected by extensive human-rights laws in-universe.

  • Suicide: There are veiled references to suicide in this book.

  • Torture: Some scenes involving attacks with spectral elements on innocent people could be interpreted as torture. Such scenes may be difficult for some readers.

  • Violence: There are multiple acts of violence in this book, maintained within the context of a fantasy setting. Depictions are not needlessly graphic.

  • War: There are multiple references to war in this book, though no material depictions.

The Trials of Ildarwood: Cinders in the Snow

  • Ableism: Some characters use offensive terms such as "crazy," "stupid," etc.

  • Alcohol Alcoholism: There are few references to "amberberry ale," and characters enjoying "vino viola" (wine).

  • Antisemitism: There is one veiled reference where a villainous character accuses a heroic character of being a heretic, which may be construed as anti-semitism. (Legend of Sahar); Astyrians, though having an eight-point star emblem, are an extreme fantasy version of white supremacists + religious extremists.

  • Anxiety: Several characters in this book could be viewed as anxious, but depictions of such are not graphic.

  • Assault / Physical abuse: There are limited references to or depictions of physical assault in this book.

  • Blood: There are references to "Silverblood," which is equivalent to a soul bleeding. References to actual blood are minimal and not graphic.

  • Bullying: This book extensively features bullying, portrayed in the form of using non-physical elements to deliberately and cruelly damage an innocent person's soul to the point where their soul is shattered.

  • Child abuse: Some scenes depict adult villains attempting to harm (mostly emotionally) children of all ages.

  • Child death: This book includes two child characters who die. The scenes describe a house fire and a drowning, though not in graphic detail.

  • Conversion therapy: There are references in this book to conversion therapy.

  • Death: Characters die in this book.

  • Depression: Characters in this book are depressed. The depictions are not graphic.

  • Emotional abuse: Characters in this book are sometimes subjected to emotional abuse by parents, adults, or other children. These scenes may be uncomfortable for some readers.

  • Famine: There are references to famine in one chapter of lore. (The Legend of Silvis)

  • Fire: There are multiple references to fatal / catastrophic house fires in this book.

  • Genocide: There are extensive references to genocide in one chapter of lore. (The Legend of Silvis)

  • Ghosts / Spirits: There are multiple references to and depictions of ghosts in this book. They may be scary to younger readers.

  • Homophobia / Homomisia / Lesbiphobia / Acephobia / Queerphobia: There are references to these things in this book.

  • Hospitalisation: Some characters are hospitalized in this book, though depictions are not graphic.

  • Infertility: A character references being infertile in this book.

  • Kidnapping: Some scenes in this book may be interpreted as brief kidnapping, though such depictions are not graphic.

  • Murder: There are limited references to this in this book.

  • Poisoning: There are fantasy-themed references to poison in this book, but no graphic depictions.

  • Religion: There are multiple references to religion and religious extremism in this book. The Asytrians (villains) are extremists.

  • Self-harm: There are some references to self-harm in this book, though the act is mentioned and not graphic.

  • Slavery: There may be references to Slavery in this book. The concept of "Broken" laborers could be interpreted as slavery, but these characters are both paid for their work and protected by extensive human-rights laws in-universe.

  • Suicide: There are veiled references to suicide in this book.

  • Torture: Some scenes involving attacks with spectral elements on innocent people could be interpreted as torture. Such scenes may be difficult for some readers.

  • Transphobia / Transmisia / Misgendering: This happens frequently in this book and may severely trigger some readers.

  • Violence: There are multiple acts of violence in this book, maintained within the context of a fantasy setting. Depictions are not needlessly graphic.

  • War: There are multiple references to war in this book, though no material depictions.

The Trials of Ildarwood: Spectres of the Fall

  • Ableism: Some characters use offensive terms such as "crazy," "stupid," etc. There is also a burn-victim character (Miss Selvegast) who is mocked in character dialogue. This is part of an important sub-plot which will be expanded upon in Book Two.

  • Abusive relationship:  Some scenes could be interpreted as bordering on physical abuse at home.

  • Alcohol Alcoholism: There are few references to "amberberry ale," and characters enjoying "vino viola" (wine).

  • Antisemitism: The is no Antisemitism in this book. Astyrians, though having an eight-point star emblem, are an extreme fantasy version of white supremacists + religious extremists.

  • Anxiety: Several characters in this book could be viewed as anxious, but depictions of such are not graphic.

  • Assault / Physical abuse: There are limited references to or depictions of physical assault in this book.

  • Attempted murder: This book references this act but does not go into detail.

  • Blood: There are references to "Silverblood," which is equivalent to a soul bleeding. References to actual blood are minimal and not graphic.

  • Bullying: This book extensively features bullying, portrayed in the form of using non-physical elements to deliberately and cruelly damage an innocent person's soul to the point where their soul is shattered.

  • Child abuse: Some scenes depict adult villains attempting to harm (mostly emotionally) children of all ages.

  • Child death: This book includes scene in which a character's soul in broken during a battle. The character is alive afterwards, but the scene may still be upsetting to some readers.

  • Death: Characters die in this book.

  • Depression: Characters in this book are depressed. The depictions are not graphic.

  • Divorce: Characters in this book are divorced. It is only referenced.

  • Drugs: Flowers and substances in this book could be considered drugs, but depictions are not overt or graphic.

  • Eating disorder: A character in this book is depicted as being in the early stages of an eating disorder, but it is minimally referenced.

  • Emotional abuse: Characters in this book are sometimes subjected to emotional abuse by parents, adults, or other children. These scenes may be uncomfortable for some readers.

  • Fatphobia: There are some character dialogues that include commentary on another character's weight. There references are deliberate parts of character development and will play into larger plot points later.

  • Fire: There are multiple references to fatal / catastrophic house fires in this book.

  • Ghosts / Spirits: There are multiple references to and depictions of ghosts in this book. They may be scary to younger readers.

  • Homophobia / Homomisia / Lesbiphobia / Acephobia / Queerphobia: There are limited references to these things in this book.

  • Hospitalisation: Some characters are hospitalized in this book, though depictions are not graphic.

  • Kidnapping: Some scenes in this book may be interpreted as brief kidnapping, though such depictions are not graphic.

  • Murder: There are limited references to this in this book. ("Massacre at Dead End")

  • Poisoning: There are fantasy-themed references to poison in this book, but no graphic depictions.

  • Profanity: There are two curses in this book. One is crude word for butt (alternative for donkey), and one is what you call a child born out of wedlock.

  • Religion: There are multiple references to religion and religious extremism in this book. The Asytrians (villains) are extremists.

  • Self-harm: There are some references to self-harm in this book, though the act is mentioned and not graphic.

  • Sexual abuse: There is a veiled reference in one chapter which may be interpreted by some readers as a potential sigh of sexual or emotional abuse. (Zavanna Tisarro)

  • Slavery: There may be references to Slavery in this book. The concept of "Broken" laborers could be interpreted as slavery, but these characters are both paid for their work and protected by extensive human-rights laws in-universe.

  • Suicide: There are veiled references to suicide in this book.

  • Torture: Some scenes involving attacks with spectral elements on innocent people could be interpreted as torture. Such scenes may be difficult for some readers.

  • Transphobia / Transmisia / Misgendering: This are minor references to this in this book.

  • Violence: There are multiple acts of violence in this book, maintained within the context of a fantasy setting. Depictions are not needlessly graphic.

  • War: There are multiple references to war in this book, though no material depictions.

If you see any inaccuracies or omissions, or you would like to see adjustments of any kind, please contact S. C. Selvyn directly to respectfully request an immediate update to this page.

Fall of the Forsaken
Cinders in the Snow
Spectres of the Fall
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