Located here. Characters are pulled into a dying universe by a mysterious child who promises to grant them one wish in exchange for their help in revitalizing the world. Of course, it's never quite that easy.
- After the End: The city of Asper experienced some kind of apocalypse, but no one is sure quite what happened.
- Continuity Reboot: Deadland is a retooling of Wasteland, a game run on Inksome several years back. None of Wasteland's canon has carried over, though.
- OR SO YOU THINK.
- Creepy Basement: On the fourth day, an entire network of pitch black, bone-filled catacombs appears underneath the city.
- Creepy Child: "The Guide", the mysterious child who speaks to all characters when they first arrive.
- Day Inside, Week Outside: On a meta level. One day in-game is played out over the course of one week in real life.
- Death Is Not Permanent: Characters who are killed awaken half a day later in the creepy abandoned hospital. However, Continuing Is Painful as revived characters are in need of liquid energy once they come back.
- Heroism Incentive: In this case, the single unlimited wish.
- Hybrid Monster: The most common monsters in Asper are the "puppycats". Yeah.
- Life Energy: The world itself drains its inhabitants of this, ostensibly to repair itself.
- Lost in Transmission: The only method of ranged communication is an unmonitored radio network. The radios are easily damaged, and invariably lead to this.
- Meaningful Name: "Asper" means "rough". Hilariously, it's also the name of a Mana Drain spell in Final Fantasy, although this was completely unintended by the mods. Unfortunately, none of the Final Fantasy characters in-game will ever notice the connection, because they come from English-language versions where the spell is called Osmose.
- Nerf: Due to the city draining the characters' life energy, supernatural abilities are weakened to at least some degree. Some characters have it worse than others.
- Nothing Is Scarier: Whilst the upper city is crawling with hybrid monsters, the catacombs are dark, silent, and totally empty.
Lelouch: "Nothing. There's nothing there."
- Trapped in Another World: A given.
- Alchemy Is Magic: Lillet Blan is stuck using Alchemy due to as-yet-unclear soul-related reasons. This confuses several more typical mages.
- Cool Big Sis: The Mercy Street faction is led by two of them: Cornelia li Britannia and Lightning Farron.
- Cute Witch: Jade Harley, Lillet, the growing Puella Magi cast... And they're some of the more obvious powerhouses, too.
- Death Is a Slap on The Wrist: Kyuubey, being a Nigh Invulnerable critter with no emotions, doesn't find its constant murders and subsequent awakenings in a horrortastic abandoned hospital particularly troubling.
- Despair Event Horizon: Mami's life was bad enough before she arrived in Asper. Then Kyuubey turned Sora into a Puella Magi. Things got worse from there.
- Dude in Distress: Lelouch celebrates the introduction of the manhole catacombs by dumping himself into them. He had to be rescued by Suzaku due to his injuries.
- Exact Words: Just like it does in canon, Kyuubey likes to leave out certain details whenever it talks to people.
Mami: "But he didn't tell you what witches are. Because if he did, you never would have agreed to this."
Sora: "He said they're monsters that cause despair."
- Actually, Kyuubey said "Witches are beings of despair."
- Friend to All Children: It's practically a running gag by now that Golbez keeps rescuing children from monsters. And since they're all Reckless Sidekicks, he has to do it over and over again.
- Horrible Judge of Character: After Oichi tried to rip Sora's eyes out of her skull, Sora forgave her and offered to be friends because Oichi started crying.
- I Cannot Self-Terminate: Suzaku's Geass command 'live on' backfires spectacularly when he and Lelouch are mortally injured and trapped in the catacombs, since it forces Suzaku to make a contract with Kyuubey to survive at the cost of his soul.
- I Work Alone: Tyki Mikk and Sollux Captor have started the game as this. Time will tell how this goes for them.
- Identical Stranger: Allen Walker and Shion look somewhat similar, something often pointed out in fanworks. And now they're friends.
- Living Shadow: Oichi's creepy shadow hand... things.
- Magic Versus Science: Sollux continues to insist that magic isn't real.
Lillet: "The denial of magic thing is getting kind of old, Sollux. I'm a witch, and I'm right here."
- Manipulative Bastard: After Suzaku becomes a Puer Magi, Lelouch Geasses Mami into using up her magic and becoming a witch so that he will be able to obtain her Grief Seed.
- Not in This For Your Revolution: Several characters are only as agreeable as they are for the sake of their promised wish.