History Characters / TheQueensThief

25th Jul '16 7:24:12 AM eowynjedi
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* QuitWhining: When he spends a little too long lamenting [[spoiler:his lost hand and the resulting war]] and visits the temple, the ''gods themselves'' tell him to get over it.

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* QuitWhining: QuitYourWhining: When he spends a little too long lamenting [[spoiler:his lost hand and the resulting war]] and visits the temple, the ''gods themselves'' tell him to get over it.



* SherlockScan

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* SherlockScanSherlockScan: Particularly prominent in the first book (which is from his point of view), where he notices all sorts of small details about the magus and his party.



* [[spoiler:StalkerWithACrush: To Attolia.]]

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* [[spoiler:StalkerWithACrush: To Attolia.ScarsAreForever: In escaping from the Attolians in ''The Thief'', a flying stone chip leaves a feather-shaped cut on his cheek. The magus sympathetically hopes it'll heal cleanly, but Eugenides recognizes it as a mark of approval from his patron god (albeit a bloody one).
* StalkerWithACrush: [[spoiler:To Attolia. He fell in love with her while spying on her for Eddis and soon began spying on her in the times when she had the mask off.
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* TricksterMentor: Towards Sophos, and towards some degree towards Costis.

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* TricksterMentor: Towards Sophos, and towards some degree towards Costis. He makes liberal use of the BatmanGambit and ReversePsychology, setting them up to do things by pissing them off.



* AltarDiplomacy: Much of her problems come from whether or not she's going to marry Sounis. Sounis and the magus plot to force her hand in the first book, but even in the second and fourth she admits she may ''have'' to in order to strengthen the coast against Mede invasion, even though he's an unpleasant man. [[spoiler:When Sophos becomes Sounis the question becomes less odious, but still not easy.]]



* ModestRoyalty: She prefers soldiers' clothing and only wears finery when she's forced to by her attendants.

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* ModestRoyalty: She prefers soldiers' clothing and only wears finery when she's forced to by her attendants.look opulent for publicity purposes.



* ActuallyIAmHim: When the minister makes a dismissive comment and the magus defends Eugenides as a son any father would be proud of, all of the Eddisans in the room are highly amused.



* DidISayThatOutLoud: Costis' response to [[spoiler: Eugneides]] saying the way he can get out of serving him is if both he and Attolia were killed and he instead served their heir, an option [[spoiler: Eugenides]] says is unlikely. To which Costis asks if he means both of them dying or them making a heir. It's only after the words leave his mouth that he realizes what a huge mistake he made in saying them...

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* DidISayThatOutLoud: Costis' response to [[spoiler: Eugneides]] the king saying the way he can get out of serving him is if both he and Attolia were killed and he instead served their heir, an option [[spoiler: Eugenides]] the king says is unlikely. To which Costis asks if he means both of them dying or them making a heir. It's only after the words leave his mouth that he realizes what a huge mistake he made in saying them...



* SmugSnake: He thinks himself very clever, smiling even as he's accused of treason. Unfortunately for him, his

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* SmugSnake: He thinks himself very clever, smiling even as he's accused of treason. Unfortunately for him, his inability to disguise his hatred of the king means that he totally failed to enact the "make myself indispensable" part of the Baron's plan to manipulate the throne.



* ImpoverishedPatrician: His family was disgraced a generation ago.

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* ImpoverishedPatrician: His family was disgraced a generation ago.ago and then his father gambled away what remained of the family's money.
21st Jun '16 2:42:38 PM eowynjedi
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* ComesGreatResponsibility: As he tells Phresine, he has to keep his distaste for killing people a secret because he'll have to do it whether he wants to or not, [[spoiler:being the King]].

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* ComesGreatResponsibility: As he tells Phresine, he has to keep his distaste for killing people a secret because he'll have to do it whether he wants to or not, [[spoiler:being the [[spoiler:since it comes with being King]].



* CowardlyLion[=/=]TheSoCalledCoward: He doesn't like fighting which makes people tend to assume that he's a coward who isn't good at it. [[UnderestimatingBadassery They are very wrong]].



* {{Determinator}}: As Attolia points out in the fourth book, Gen will whine, he'll complain, he'll wriggle and procrastinate, but in spite of all that he will ''never quit''.



* [[spoiler:ReluctantRuler]]: [[spoiler: He married his wife because he loved her, not because he wanted her throne.]]

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* [[spoiler:ReluctantRuler]]: QuitWhining: When he spends a little too long lamenting [[spoiler:his lost hand and the resulting war]] and visits the temple, the ''gods themselves'' tell him to get over it.
* ReluctantRuler:
[[spoiler: He married his wife because he loved her, not because he wanted her throne.]]



* [[ScrewThisIndexIHaveTropes Screw The Rules, I'm Eugenides!]]



* TheSoCalledCoward: He doesn't like fighting, which makes people tend to assume that he's a coward who isn't good at it. [[UnderestimatingBadassery They are very wrong]].



* TookALevelInBadass



* ShootTheDog: When he and Eugenides are taken prisoner, he uses his bonds in an attempt to strangle his son until Attolia stops it--not because he hates Eugenides, but because it would be better for Eddis.

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* ShootTheDog: When he and Eugenides are taken prisoner, he uses his bonds in an attempt to strangle his son until Attolia stops it--not because he hates Eugenides, but because it would be better for Eddis.



* BewareTheNiceOnes: He tries to win over the barons with an idealistic speech about how they need to ally with Eddis and Attolia. It doesn't work. [[spoiler:So he shoots the chief conspirator against him very dead and asks for a new vote. They confirm him as King unanimously.]]

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* BewareTheNiceOnes: He tries to win over the barons with an idealistic speech about how they need to ally with Eddis and Attolia.Attolia to prevent a Mede conquest. It doesn't work. [[spoiler:So he shoots the chief conspirator against him very dead and asks for a new vote. They confirm him as King unanimously.]]



* ComesGreatResponsibility: During the fourth book, he realizes that he's done his family, servants, and country a huge disservice by not putting any effort into being a plausible, intimidating heir to his uncle.




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* UnfitForGreatness: Initially. He's keenly aware of how disappointment he is to his father and uncle, being a soft, shy, scholarly boy instead of shaping himself into a cunning fighter like Sounis. The realization that he's failed his family and his country hits him hard in the fourth book, and he launches himself out of this trope as hard as he can.
17th Jun '16 12:56:12 PM eowynjedi
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* BadassArmy: She has one.

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* BadassArmy: She has one. She also leads it.



* TheHighQueen

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* TheHighQueenDreamingOfThingsToCome: The fourth book reveals that the gods have been sending her dreams [[spoiler:of an eruption of the Sacred Mountain that will kill everyone if she doesn't empty the country to the lowlands]]. It's not going to happen for another century, but given the event she has to start fixing it ''now''.



* MeaningfulName: Of the ironic variety.

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* MeaningfulName: Of the ironic variety. It's made quite clear that her beauty is all on the inside.



* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething

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* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomethingRoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: Eddis is a very active monarch and probably the most pleasant in personality, though she admits her circumstances are much more fortunate than the rulers of Attolia and Sounis.



* [[TookALevelInBadass Took Another Level in Badass]]



* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking
* {{Badass}}

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* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking
* {{Badass}}
AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: He is every bit as capable of fighting as the soldiers under his command.



* ShootTheDog: When he and Eugenides are taken prisoner, he uses his bonds in an attempt to strangle his son until Attolia stops it--not because he hates Eugenides, but because it would be better for Eddis.



* AfraidOfBlood: [[spoiler:Eugenides]]'s blood, at least.
* ArrangedMarriage: In her backstory.
* {{Badass}}

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* AfraidOfBlood: [[spoiler:Eugenides]]'s blood, at least.
Not notably. But she does faint when she sees [[spoiler:her husband's blood and realizes how severe his injury is]].
* ArrangedMarriage: In her backstory.
* {{Badass}}
backstory. Her dad fobbed her off on another house as she was only a minor princess.



* DefrostingIceQueen: A major plot point in "The Queen of Attolia".

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* DefrostingIceQueen: A major plot point in "The Queen of Attolia".Attolia" is how much of her emotion she's locked away for the good of her country. In "The King of Attolia", her husband tells her mentor that a heartless queen would end up hurting the country in the end.



* GallowsHumor: When [[spoiler:Eugenides]] is outraged at an ambassador, she defuses it by offering him her goblet--which was how she killed her first husband. [[spoiler:Eugenides]] finds this hilarious.

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* GallowsHumor: When [[spoiler:Eugenides]] is outraged at an ambassador, she defuses it by offering him her goblet--which was how she killed her first husband. [[spoiler:Eugenides]] He finds this absolutely hilarious.



* KickTheDog

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* KickTheDogKickTheDog: Most of her cruelties were committed in the name of stabilizing her rule and her country. Cutting off [[spoiler:Eugenides' hand]] was an act of pure spite.



* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking
* {{Badass}}

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* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking
* {{Badass}}
AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: The head of the Queen's Guard is the best fighter in it.



* HonorBeforeReason
* PleaseSpareHimMyLiege

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* HonorBeforeReason
HonorBeforeReason: He initially refuses to plead for his own life after the assassination attempt in the garden, feeling that it's his just punishment for his failures.
* PleaseSpareHimMyLiegePleaseSpareHimMyLiege: Though reluctantly, he pleads for his life and the lives of the squad who failed to secure the King's safety from would-be assassins.


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* BrokenAce: After he is [[spoiler:imprisoned and tortured for his failures]]. Though he remains the Queen's confidant, it's noted that he's not up to being her full-time spymaster again.


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* RagsToRiches: Started as an underservant who was dragged out for spying on the new Queen until he offered to teach her how to navigate the cutthroat world of Attolian politics.
16th Jun '16 8:33:05 PM eowynjedi
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* BadLiar

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* BadLiarBadLiar: Everything he feels shows on his face, but he and Eugenides figure out how to turn this to their advantage.



* SlasherSmile: A scar he got from the identity-concealing beating of his capture turns his normal smile into this. Once he sees it, he realizes it's an asset--it makes him look like his uncle.



* DiplomaticImpunity: He can get away with a lot because a wise ruler is reluctant to insult a Mede ambassador and give them even a flimsy pretext for invasion.

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* DiplomaticImpunity: He can get away with a lot because a wise ruler is reluctant to insult knows that insulting a Mede ambassador and too flagrantly will give them even a flimsy pretext for invasion.
16th Jun '16 4:27:02 AM eowynjedi
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* ActuallyPrettyFunny: When Costis makes his "which is more unlikely, your deaths or an heir?" comment, Eugenides finds it ''hilarious.''



* BreakTheCutie: Broken horribly and tragically in the second book.

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* BreakTheCutie: Broken horribly and tragically in the second book. He comes back, but it's still noted afterwards that his health isn't what it was.



* ComesGreatResponsibility

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* ComesGreatResponsibilityComesGreatResponsibility: As he tells Phresine, he has to keep his distaste for killing people a secret because he'll have to do it whether he wants to or not, [[spoiler:being the King]].



* NotCheatingUnlessYouGetCaught

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* NotCheatingUnlessYouGetCaughtNotCheatingUnlessYouGetCaught: This is how he conducts his affairs. He routinely lies and breaks his promises to take it easy if he thinks he can get away with it.



* ActionGirl: She's first seen wearing the same kind of things that her soldiers do.
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking

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* ActionGirl: AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: She's first seen wearing the same kind of things that her soldiers do.
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking
do, and she's got a broken nose from her life among them.



* BoyishShortHair
* TheChessmaster

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* BoyishShortHair
BoyishShortHair: As part of her practical, unfeminine appearance.
* TheChessmasterTheChessmaster: Works with Eugenides to manipulate and spy on the Peninsula in order to keep herself and her country strong and independent. One Attolian soldier in the third book remarks that she has to be every bit as cunning and ruthless as Attolia to achieve that.



* DeadpanSnarker

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* DeadpanSnarkerDeadpanSnarker: Most people are too scared of her to perceive her sense of humor, but it's very dry and often verges into BlackComedy.



* [[spoiler:HappilyMarried]]

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* [[spoiler:HappilyMarried]]HappilyMarried: [[spoiler:To Eugenides, in spite of the hand amputation. He's one of the few who sees her as a person.]]



* TheHighQueen

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* TheHighQueen TheHighQueen: Attolia is beautiful, serene, ''terrifying'', and inspires both great loyalty and great fear in her close allies. She ruefully describes herself as a magnificent war chariot, scything down friend and foe alike.



* JerkassHasAPoint: See TheExtremistWasRight.



* SugarAndIcePersonality

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* SugarAndIcePersonalitySugarAndIcePersonality: Mostly ice; even when she's angry, it's cold. However, she does still have human emotions, which she's able to show around [[spoiler:her husband Eugenides]].



* TheSpymaster

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* TheSpymaster TheSpymaster: His official position is "Secretary of the Archives," but he spies on everything and everyone inside Attolia and as much as he can outside of it.




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* UnwittingPawn: He delivers a message (which tells an ill-intentioned prankster to let the hunting dogs loose in the king's path) and is later promoted to a squad leader specifically so that he'll be he NewMeat unable to stop an assassination attempt on the King.



* BawdySong / EarWorm: He wrote one called "The King's Wedding Night". Itís even a plot point.

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* BawdySong / EarWorm: AllLoveIsUnrequited: He is madly, desperately in love with Attolia (one reason his father tolerates him was the off-chance that Dite might woo her). Unfortunately for him, she has absolutely no idea.
* BawdySong:
He wrote one called "The King's Wedding Night". Itís even It proves to be an EarWorm around court and becomes a plot point.point later.



* SmugSnake

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* SmugSnakeSmugSnake: He thinks himself very clever, smiling even as he's accused of treason. Unfortunately for him, his



* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: Although he's the most unpleasant ruler on the Peninsula, Sounis is a legitimate warrior.
* JerkAss: Sounis is a ruthless, unpleasant man who quite happily mistreats Gen. Gen is later able to use his penchant for temper against him.



* {{Badass}}



* TheChessmaster

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* TheChessmasterTheChessmaster: He's the architect of the plan to steal Hamiathes' Gift, which would force Eddis to marry Sounis. He's also mentioned later as having fought spy-to-spy with Relius.



* [[spoiler:AwesomeMomentOfCrowning]]
* [[spoiler:{{Badass}}]]

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* [[spoiler:AwesomeMomentOfCrowning]]
* [[spoiler:{{Badass}}]]
AwesomeMomentOfCrowning: [[spoiler:After he uses two well-placed bullets as his ''second'' argument, the council of barons unanimously confirms him as king]].



* [[spoiler:RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething]]
* TookALevelInBadass: During ''A Conspiracy of Kings''.

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* [[spoiler:RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething]]
RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: He's put on the dangerous trip to steal Hamiathes' Gift in ''The Thief''. [[spoiler:He racks up more considerable achievements in the fourth book, starting when he saves his father from assassination and escapes enslavement at the same time.]]
* TookALevelInBadass: During ''A Conspiracy of Kings''.
Kings''. Not only does he start using his brains for practical and political ends, his time digging and building walls makes him much tougher physically.



* [[spoiler:FaceHeelTurn]]



* TheMole: [[spoiler:He was secretly working for Attolia as they offered to pay him and his family quite handsomely.]]



* AssInAmbassador

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* AssInAmbassadorAssInAmbassador: Like all the Mede ambassadors that follow, Nahuseresh is smug, imperious, and there only to bring about a Mede conquest of the peninsula.



* DiplomaticImpunity

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* DiplomaticImpunityDiplomaticImpunity: He can get away with a lot because a wise ruler is reluctant to insult a Mede ambassador and give them even a flimsy pretext for invasion.



* [[spoiler:KarmaHoudini]]: So far.
* KickTheDog
* PlayingBothSides
* StupidEvil

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* [[spoiler:KarmaHoudini]]: KarmaHoudini: So far.
far he hasn't been truly punished for his misdeeds, apart from being disgraced for a time after the second book.
* KickTheDog
KickTheDog: He's the one who convinces Attolia to [[spoiler:cut off Gen's hand]].
* PlayingBothSides
PlayingBothSides: He's happy to pit Attolia against Sounis in an effort to weaken both.
* StupidEvilStupidEvil: Even knowing that Attolia is considered a ruthless tyrant by her enemies and simply ruthless by her allies, he persists in thinking of her as a naive little woman.
2nd Oct '15 12:52:32 AM LadyArin
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* TheDogBitesBack: In ''Queen of Attolia''. He [[spoiler:is in love with Attolia, granted,]] but the way he humiliates her after she cuts of his hand is definitely karmic.

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* TheDogBitesBack: In ''Queen of Attolia''. He [[spoiler:is in love with Attolia, granted,]] but the way he humiliates her after she cuts of off his hand is definitely karmic.



* TheMasochismTango: With [[spoiler: Attolia]]. First he fell in love with her from afar. He spent a lot of time [[StalkerWithACrush sneaking around and watching her]]. Then she [[spoiler: cut of his hand]], causing him to go into [[HeroicBSOD a deep depression]]. Eventually he recovers, only to [[spoiler: kidnap her]] and propose marriage.

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* TheMasochismTango: With [[spoiler: Attolia]]. First he fell in love with her from afar. He spent a lot of time [[StalkerWithACrush sneaking around and watching her]]. Then she [[spoiler: cut of off his hand]], causing him to go into [[HeroicBSOD a deep depression]]. Eventually he recovers, only to [[spoiler: kidnap her]] and propose marriage.
2nd Oct '15 12:49:05 AM LadyArin
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* BigBrotherInstict: [[spoiler:Though he's the younger brother, he's favored by their father and treated as the would-be heir, so he tries to look out for Dite. He hates Eugenides and tries to have him killed mainly because Dite is so in love with the queen, and confessed to a crime he didn't commit to save Dite.]]

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* BigBrotherInstict: BigBrotherInstinct: [[spoiler:Though he's the younger brother, he's favored by their father and treated as the would-be heir, so he tries to look out for Dite. He hates Eugenides and tries to have him killed mainly because Dite is so in love with the queen, and confessed to a crime he didn't commit to save Dite.]]



* MuggingTheMonster: Really, Sejanus, did you honestly think it was a good idea to try and bait [[spoiler: the former thief of Eddis]]? Where have you been for the past two books?
* SmugSnake: Comes across as one in that he ''thinks'' that he's a ConsummateLiar and brilliant schemer, but the reader (and some of the people around him) know he's not.

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* MuggingTheMonster: Really, Sejanus, did you honestly think it was a good idea to try and bait [[spoiler: the former thief of Eddis]]? Where have you been for the past two books?
* SmugSnake: Comes across as one in that he ''thinks'' that he's a ConsummateLiar and brilliant schemer, but the reader (and some
Like many of the people around him) know he's not.Attolians, he underestimates Eugenides as a pawn of the queen of Eddis, and falls for his ObfuscatingStupidity.
* SmugSnake
2nd Oct '15 12:46:50 AM LadyArin
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* BadLiar: He's trying to position himself as the king's only ally among his unruly attendants, but does a terrible job hiding that he's the ringleader of all their pranks.


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* TheHyena: Whether the joke ends up on him or someone else, Sejanus always laughs.
23rd Sep '15 4:23:13 PM LadyArin
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* SheIsTheKing: The female variant is actually "Eddisia", but she deliberately took Eddis.

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* SheIsTheKing: The female variant is actually "Eddisia", "Eddia", but she deliberately took Eddis.


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* PapaWolf: Downplayed example, since he is also TheStoic, and given his position and the political elements of the series, he cannot actually strike out at the woman who [[spoiler:cut off his son's hand]]. He does make it as clear to her as he can that he is very angry with her for it.
* TheStoic: According to Eddis, he, like his son, will not admit when he is in pain.
4th Jul '15 11:01:27 AM amaXdear
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* UndyingLoyalty: To Attolia at first, then eventually [[spoiler: Eugenides]] as well. It causes him no amount of conflicting emotions.

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* UndyingLoyalty: To Attolia at first, then eventually [[spoiler: Eugenides]] as well. It causes him no amount of conflicting emotions.
emotions, partly because he doesn't realize that [[spoiler: Eugenides and Attolia actually do love each other]] for another hundred pages or so, and is worried he might be forced to choose between them.
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