History Characters / TheQueensThief

30th Aug '17 3:23:56 PM flambeau
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* SirSwearsALot: Although, thanks to the NarrativeProfanityFilter, not much of it ends up on the actual page outside of the occasional [[OhMyGods gods damn]]. Costis' narration in ''King of Attolia'' mentions that he's usually very creative.


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* {{Fingore}}: Suffers this at the hands of Attolia's torturer after he unwittingly betrays her. Both of his hands were broken and it's noted in ''Thick as Thieves'' that he's missing a few fingers.


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* SirSwearsALot: In multiple languages, in fact, as Kamet notes in ''Thick as Thieves''.
1st Jul '17 9:30:08 PM eowynjedi
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'''Ambassador Ornon'''

* GoneHorriblyRight: Thinks this in ''King of Attolia''. Ornon had always wanted to see Eugenides humiliated, but seeing him swallow ever insult and humiliation hurled at him by the Attolians soon makes him seriously worried. (It's all according to plan.)
* NoodleIncident: How he lost his sheep, and much of his wealth with them. Gen was certainly responsible, given that Ornon told him to stop baa-ing like a lamb whenever Ornon walks into a room. (Gen barks like a sheepdog instead.)
* ShootTheDog: When Eugenides is caught by Attolia, Ornon deliberately does everything he can to inflame Attolia into an execution on the spot so that she won't torture Gen for information--and nearly succeeds, but for Nahuseresh giving her the idea of the traditional punishment for thieves. Gen considers this to have been just what Ornon ''should'' have done, because he would have been "safely dead."
* SitcomArchNemesis: He is always mentioned to severely dislike Eugenides, but the specific reasons are left mostly unstated and never does anything substantial--he just takes any opportunity he can to annoy him. It's also possible that the extent of Ornon's antipathy is somewhat played up for the benefit of others.
* WorthyOpponent: Describes his relationship with Eugenides as "a great deal of hard-won respect for each other."
8th Jun '17 6:34:36 PM eowynjedi
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* ActuallyPrettyFunny: When Costis makes his "which is more unlikely, your deaths or an heir?" comment, Eugenides finds it ''hilarious.''

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* ActuallyPrettyFunny: ActuallyPrettyFunny:
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When Costis makes his "which is more unlikely, your deaths or an heir?" comment, Eugenides finds it ''hilarious.''''
** He also laughs quite a bit when he looks at his empty wineglass and Attolia says "take mine." She killed her first husband by poisoning her own wine.



* UptightLovesWild: Evidently, given that he married Eugenides' thiefly mother.



* DeathGlare: Her gaze can cut down her courtiers like a scythe.



* UndyingLoyalty: To Attolia. [[spoiler:Even after she imprisons and tortures him.]]

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* UndyingLoyalty: To Attolia. [[spoiler:Even after she imprisons and tortures him.]]
]] Later he becomes just as loyal to Eugenides.



* HonorBeforeReason: Seems to be a theme with members of the Guard, but even ''they'' think Costis takes it too far.

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* HonorBeforeReason: Seems to be a theme with members of the Guard, but even ''they'' think Costis takes it too far. [[spoiler:He retains this despite becoming a bit of a GuileHero in ''Thick as Thieves'', when he reveals that he would have let Kamet leave at anytime if he'd known that Nahuseresh was dead[[note]]which would have been bad because the false information was planted by Eugenides to make Kamet leave, but he also knew Kamet would be too scared to reveal it[[/note]] and would have taken all the blame for it to save Kamet, had Kamet not interrupted loudly.]]
* ItGetsEasier: When Kamet asks how he can make himself kill people, Costis says that it's not hard once you think of it as part of the job, but that there's also a reason [[INeedAFreakingDrink soldiers get drunk after every battle]].
6th Jun '17 6:08:13 PM eowynjedi
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* FirstPersonSmartass: In the first book only.

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* FirstPersonSmartass: In the first book only. After that he's just a smartass.



* 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).

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* 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). He also has scars from Sounis' shackles.



* StepfordSmiler: Inverted. After being wounded in ''King of Attolia'', he makes ''such'' a whining, hammy ruckus about how much pain he's in all the way across the palace that everyone is just exasperated or amused. It's only when the extent of the injury is revealed that Costis realizes that his childish complaining was a far more effective smokescreen than stoically gritting his teeth would have been. (A point further made when Eugenides is convinced to stoically grit his teeth, and only then does Irene faint.)




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* WithFriendsLikeThese: He greatly respects the magus, loves Irene Attolia, and likes Costis Ormentiedes. And he quite thoroughly upends their lives over the course of three books.



* ShootTheDog: When he and Eugenides are taken prisoner, he uses his bonds 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 to strangle his son until Attolia stops it--not because he hates Eugenides, but because it would be better for Eddis.Eddis and because he's afraid Eugenides will suffer even more than he did the first time.



* DontCallMeSir: He tells Kamet several times to stop calling him "Master" when they're not pretending in front of others, until he finally says it in such a way that Kamet is too afraid to slip up again. [[spoiler:As far as Costis is concerned, Kamet stopped being a slave from the moment Costis met him.]]



* TooDumbToFool: Downplayed. Costis isn't stupid and he's both capable and quickwitted enough to get through Medea, but [[spoiler:Eugenides sent him to fetch Kamet because he knew Kamet would be able to escape a more cunning man]].
* TookALevelInBadass: In ''Thick as Thieves'' he's become quite adept at manipulating people.
* TranquilFury: In ''Thick as Thieves,'' [[spoiler:he silently snaps the neck of several slavers while escaping from them, and the look in his eyes terrifies Kamet. After this episode, Costis admits he wasn't doing the work of a soldier]].



* BadLiar
* BigDamnHeroes

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* %%* BadLiar
* BigDamnHeroesBigDamnHeroes: He acts on an anonymous tip to rescue Attolia from the Eddisians, not realizing the tip was from one of the goddesses. (It doesn't take, all he's really doing is giving Attolia the freedom to ''choose'' Gen as her husband rather than being forced into it.)



* HateSink: Oh so very much. He first appears in ''The Queen of Attolia'', the book where Attolia is revealed to be much more human than originally expected but not until ''after'' she cuts off the beloved main character's hand, so he mainly seems to exist so that the readers have someone to hate more than her. It works, as he's easily the most hated character in the entire series and as a smug, rude, sexist, KarmaHoudini who stirred up more trouble than just about any other single character, he deserves every bit of it.
** He's canonically this InUniverse as well, as Gen makes it clear that he blames and hates Nahuseresh for the loss of his hand, not Attolia.
* KarmaHoudini: So far he hasn't been truly punished for his misdeeds, apart from being disgraced for a time after the second book.

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* HateSink: Oh so very much. He first appears in ''The Queen of Attolia'', the book where Attolia is revealed to be much more human than originally expected but not until ''after'' she cuts off the beloved main character's hand, so he mainly seems to exist so that the readers have someone to hate more than her. It works, as he's easily the most hated character in the entire series and as a smug, rude, sexist, KarmaHoudini who stirred up more trouble than just about any other single character, he deserves every bit of it.
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it. He's canonically this InUniverse as well, as Gen makes it clear that he blames and hates Nahuseresh for the loss of his hand, not Attolia.
* KarmaHoudini: So far he hasn't been truly punished for his misdeeds, apart from being disgraced for a time after HenpeckedHusband: After the events in the second book.book he had to hide out his disgrace on his home estate, where his wife was ''spectcularly'' unimpressed with his attempt to marry Attolia. Can't blame her, really.


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* LaserGuidedKarma: Gen finally gets him back by stealing Kamet, his enslaved secretary, three books after Nahuseresh contrived Gen's amputation and humiliation. Losing his own "right hand," who knew enough about the inner workings of the Empire to have the PraetorianGuard sent after him, destroyed Nahuseresh's chances of ever leaving his disgrace.


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'''Kamet'''

* AscendedExtra: He's Nahuseresh's personal secretary, only appearing in ''Queen of Attolia'' and his own opinions are only seen in a brief mention that he has some sympathy and admiration for the queen's impossible position. The fifth book, ''Thick as Thieves,'' is told entirely from his point of view.
* CultureClash: Frequently with Costis--as a slave he would never presume to sit before a free man, and as an Attolian Costis waits for his guest to sit first.
* FantasticRacism: He shares the Mede contempt for Attolians, and believes wholeheartedly that most of the nobility can't even read. Narrating after the fact, he expresses embarrassment over this.
* FireForgedFriends: Eventually with Costis as they journey across the Mede empire, facing many perils and saving each other's lives. Though he doesn't realize it, [[spoiler:even after he thinks Costis is ''dead'', until a stranger--who is strongly implied to be Ennikar--suggests that he's as wrong as that as he is about whether Costis is truly dead]].
* FriendshipMoment: Near the end of the book. Though believing the friendship shattered by his own actions, when he sees what kind of ruler Eugenides is, [[spoiler:Kamet yells out before Costis can try to lie for Kamet's sake and begs Eugenides not to punish him for not realizing Kamet's deception. Fortunately, the whole situation was a set-up by Eugenides himself.]]
* HappinessInSlavery: When Costis offers him freedom in Attolia, Kamet has to stop himself from laughing because he is the right hand to a member of the imperial family, which includes authority over all the other slaves and even some free men, and he'd be likely to have a great deal of influence as the personal secretary for the emperor's brother.
* OhCrap: To be honest, the entirety of ''Thick as Thieves'' is Kamet having one heart attack after another. [[spoiler:But he has an especially climactic one when he finally sees Eugenides and realizes this is not a vain, petty lordling, but a genuine ruler, and therefore not likely to forgive Costis' "failure."]]
* PalsWithJesus: He kind of cottons on to the fact that [[spoiler:Immakuk and Ennikar gave him a little help on his journey]].
* UnderestimatingBadassery: He initially thinks that Costis is a stupid guardsman from a nation of illiterates.
24th May '17 9:25:43 PM flambeau
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* HateSink: Oh so very much. He first appears in ''The Queen of Attolia'', the book where Attolia is revealed to be much more human than originally expected but not until ''after'' she cuts off the beloved main character's hand, so he mainly seems to exist so that the readers have someone to hate more than her. It works, as he's easily the most hated character in the entire series and as a smug, rude, sexist, KarmaHoudini who stirred up more trouble than just about any other single character, he deserves every bit of it.
** He's canonically this InUniverse as well, as Gen makes it clear that he blames and hates Nahuseresh for the loss of his hand, not Attolia.
28th Oct '16 9:37:03 AM dlchen145
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* {{Badass}}: In many ways. He's an excellent fighter, but his greatest strength is how much of a clever, conniving bastard he is.



* {{Badass}}



* {{Badass}}: Well, he's a soldier and squad leader for a reason.



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* {{Badass}}
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.
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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.
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