History Characters / VorkosiganSaga

19th Jun '16 8:55:16 AM AnotherGuy
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* HyperCompetentSidekick: The brief glimpses the reader sees of Ivan as an aide-de-camp to Galeni and Admiral Desplains show him as this. However, this is in part to his bring BrilliantButLazy; he does all of his tasks fast and efficient, giving himself more free time (see Reassigned To Antarctica below.) Naturally, Miles sees this in him, as does Aunt Alys, much to his annoyance, since they constantly recruit him against his will.

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* HyperCompetentSidekick: The brief glimpses the reader sees of Ivan as an aide-de-camp to Galeni and Admiral Desplains show him as this. However, this is in part to his bring BrilliantButLazy; he does all of his tasks fast and efficient, giving himself more free time (see Reassigned To Antarctica Riviera below.) Naturally, Miles sees this in him, as does Aunt Alys, much to his annoyance, since they constantly recruit him against his will.
19th Jun '16 8:51:21 AM AnotherGuy
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* HyperCompetentSidekick: The brief glimpses the reader sees of Ivan as an aide-de-camp to Galeni and Admiral Desplains show him as this. However, this is in part to his bring BrilliantButLazy; he does all of his tasks fast and efficient, giving himself more free time (see Reassigned To Antarctica below.) Naturally, Miles sees this in him, as does Aunt Alys, much to his annoyance, since they constantly recruit him against his will.
17th Jun '16 2:05:55 AM PaulA
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* {{Expy}}: considering ''A Civil Campaign'' is partially ''AnIdealHusband'' InSpace, Byerly comes off very much as one to OscarWilde (or at least one of Wilde's stock characters)
10th Jun '16 9:24:44 PM JustKnown
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%%* AbsentMindedProfessor: So very.

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%%* * AbsentMindedProfessor: So very.very. Selling more than 100% of his projects to venture capitalists is probably the best example



* WhiteSheep: Tej and Amiri. Tej has no interest in her family's scheming and is perfectly happy with a comfortable life as Lady Vorpatril. Amiri has just as little interest and wishes to be a doctor on Escobar. Incidently Amiri is Tej's [[BigBrotherWorship favorite sibling.]]

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* WhiteSheep: Tej and Amiri. Tej has no interest in her family's scheming and is perfectly happy with a comfortable life as Lady Vorpatril. Amiri has just as little interest and wishes to be a doctor on Escobar. Incidently Not surprisingly Amiri is Tej's [[BigBrotherWorship favorite sibling.]]
sibling]], though she's actually closest to Rish who has been her KnightTemplarBigSister since birth.



%%* CitizenshipMarriage

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%%* CitizenshipMarriage* CitizenshipMarriage: With Ivan, in order to get diplomatic immunity on Komarr



%%* InSeriesNickname

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%%* InSeriesNickname* InSeriesNickname: "Tej" turns out to be short for her OverlyLongName



%%* {{Omniglot}}

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%%* {{Omniglot}}* {{Omniglot}}: She can learn new languages in weeks. She picks up all four of Barrayar's languages in less than a month.



%%* DeadpanSnarker

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%%* DeadpanSnarker* DeadpanSnarker: a match for Byerly in this regard



%%* InSeriesNickname

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%%* InSeriesNickname* InSeriesNickname: "Lapis Lazuli" is her stage name, "Rish" is her family nickname. If she has a formal name it's never revealed.



* [[KnightTemplarBigBrother Knight Templar Big Sister]]: In fact the Barrayarans at first think she is a genetically engineered slave-bodyguard. She ''is'' genetically engineered, but her loyalty is perfectly normal sibling loyalty.

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* [[KnightTemplarBigBrother Knight Templar Big Sister]]: In fact the Barrayarans at first think she is a genetically engineered slave-bodyguard. She ''is'' genetically engineered, but her loyalty is perfectly normal sibling loyalty. Her parents tasked her with keeping an eye on her baby sister--which probably makes her more dangerous than any artificial loyalty programming ever could--and it's implied that she's been doing so for Tej's entire life.



* StageName: She claims Lapis Lazuli is her stage name, "Rish" is a family nickname like Tej, Pidge, and Star. The only other Jewel we meet (Onyx) also has a family nickname, "Jet" If any of the jewels have any other names it's not mentioned.
* SarcasticDevotee: Originally designed to be a loyal retainer ("jeeves"), but her mother discontinued loyalty treatments on the Jewels after a while. She's loyal on her own recognizance (and good old-fashioned filial piety).

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* StageName: She claims Lapis Lazuli is her stage name, "Rish" is a family nickname like Tej, Pidge, and Star. The only other Jewel we meet (Onyx) also has a family nickname, "Jet" "Jet". If any of the jewels have any other names it's not mentioned.
* SarcasticDevotee: Originally designed to be a loyal retainer ("jeeves"), but her mother discontinued loyalty treatments on the Jewels after a while. She's loyal on her own recognizance (and good old-fashioned filial piety). She loves her mom, dad, and baby sister in that order.
10th Jun '16 7:34:50 PM JustKnown
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* TheDragon: Dorca's most feared liegeman
%%* TheDreaded

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* TheDragon: Dorca's favorite hatchet man and most feared liegeman
%%* TheDreaded* TheDreaded: You don't earn the sobriquet "Le Sanguinere" for hosting tea parties.



%%* LongDeadBadass

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%%* LongDeadBadass* LongDeadBadass: Not quite so long, the History of Barayar from collapse to rediscovery was actually fairly short.



* TheDreaded: Miles notes that he's known as "Dorca the Just" primarily because he was absolutely ruthless in crushing rebellious Vor in his drive to unify the Empire.
* TheEmperor: Historically, he's kind of a mix of the Tokugawa shogunate and Emperor Meiji of Japan.

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* TheDreaded: Miles notes that he's known as "Dorca the Just" primarily because he was absolutely ruthless in crushing rebellious Vor in his drive to unify the Empire.
dispensing rough justice.
* TheEmperor: Historically, Historically he's kind of a mix of the like Tokugawa shogunate Ieyasu and Emperor Meiji of Japan.Japan rolled into one: He brought the warrior caste to heel like Tokugawa and transformed the role of the emperor from figurehead to absolute monarch like Meiji.



%%* FounderOfTheKingdom

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%%* FounderOfTheKingdom* FounderOfTheKingdom: Dorca turned Barrayar from a gaggle of constantly warring feudal states into a stable absolute monarchy.



%%* GunboatDiplomacy
%%* LongDeadBadass

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%%* GunboatDiplomacy
%%* LongDeadBadass
* GunboatDiplomacy: How Dorca unified the empire though AsskickingEqualsAuthority
* LongDeadBadass: You'd think so but this trope is actually subverted since Barrayar's local history isn't all that long.
10th Jun '16 5:45:40 PM JustKnown
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* WarriorPrince: Well, sort of. At least he does warlike things once in awhile.

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* WarriorPrince: Well, sort of. At least he does warlike things once in awhile.He graduated from the Imperial Service Academy and ordered himself aboard Aral's flagship for the battle of Hegen's Hub using the argument that a reputation for leading from the front would reap both military and diplomatic benefits for Barrayar.



%%* TheChessmaster

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%%* TheChessmaster* TheChessmaster: the one man Aral acknowleges as his master in politics and war, which on Barrayar are often the same thing.



* OffingTheOffspring: [[spoiler:Considering what a psycho his son Serg was, it's hard to blame him...until one considers he got thousands of Escobarans, Betans, and his own Barrayarans killed to cover the act. But he was convinced it wasn't enough to kill Serg, he had to eliminate his entire political party.]]

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* OffingTheOffspring: [[spoiler:Considering what a psycho his son Serg was, it's hard to blame him...until one considers he got thousands of Escobarans, Betans, and his own Barrayarans killed to cover the act. But he He was convinced it wasn't enough to kill Serg, he had to eliminate his entire political party.]]



* TheWrongfulHeirToTheThrone: He was a general that removed Yuri when he became more than even Barrayar could tolerate.

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* TheWrongfulHeirToTheThrone: He was a general that from a cadet branch of the imperial family who removed Yuri when he became more than even Barrayar could tolerate.



%%* SilkHidingSteel

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%%* SilkHidingSteel* SilkHidingSteel: Vordarian thought she was compliant: turns out she was just biding her time.



* AmbiguouslyBi: Kareen notes that she could have met a nice ''girl'' in Beta Colony. She'd already had experience with Betan herms, so it's possible she experimented further.

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* AmbiguouslyBi: Kareen notes that she could have met a nice ''girl'' in Beta Colony. She'd already had experience with Betan herms, so it's possible she experimented further.further, though she could just be jerking her parent's chains by reminding them that there are worse romantic options (by Barayaran standards, anyway) than Lord Mark



%%* CoolOldLady
%%* [[GentlemanAndAScholar Lady and a Scholar]]:
%%* HappilyMarried

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%%* CoolOldLady
%%*
* CoolOldLady: She's fairly progressive in her views, even moreso than Ekaterin in some ways
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[[GentlemanAndAScholar Lady and a Scholar]]:
%%* HappilyMarried
Scholar]]: Emperor Gregor values her advice on historical precedents
* HappilyMarried: Ekaterin is wistfully jealous of her aunt and uncle's relationship



%%* TragicBigot

'''Lord/[[spoiler:Count]] Dono Vorrutyer'''

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%%* TragicBigot

'''Lord/[[spoiler:Count]]
* TragicBigot: Olivia notes that Rene hated the Cetagandans for killing his father, and is thoroughly spooked to learn he's part Cetagandan himself.

'''Lord [[spoiler:later Count]]
Dono Vorrutyer'''



%%* TheCharmer
%%* GenderBender
%%** FirstLawOfGenderBending: Averted.

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%%* TheCharmer
%%* GenderBender
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* TheCharmer: several other characters--and not all of them women--note how dashing he is
* GenderBender: Only men can inherit a District Countship, so needs must when the devil drives.
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FirstLawOfGenderBending: Averted.Averted. Dono tells Gregor he will remain a man even if he loses his suit for the countship



* NamesTheSame: In-universe, Lord Dono Vorrutyer was an insane architect during Dorca's time.

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* NamesTheSame: In-universe, a prior Lord Dono Vorrutyer was an insane architect during Dorca's time.



%%* ReasonableAuthorityFigure


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%%* ReasonableAuthorityFigure

* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: values Ivan for the skills he uses to maintain his relatively low profile, as they make Ivan a competent adjutant.




%%* TheDragon

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%%* TheDragon* TheDragon: Dorca's most feared liegeman



%%* TheDreaded
%%* TheEmperor

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%%* TheDreaded
%%* TheEmperor
* TheDreaded: Miles notes that he's known as "Dorca the Just" primarily because he was absolutely ruthless in crushing rebellious Vor in his drive to unify the Empire.
* TheEmperor: Historically, he's kind of a mix of the Tokugawa shogunate and Emperor Meiji of Japan.



%%* TheCaligula

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%%* TheCaligula* TheCaligula: went crazy, tried to massacre everyone who had a claim on the throne.



Brother of Yuri and ambassador for the resistance. Usually spoken of in a positive light even from the point of view of modern Barrayar.

%%* {{Ambadassador}}

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Brother of Yuri and ambassador for the resistance. Usually spoken of in a positive light even from the point of view of modern Barrayar.

%%* {{Ambadassador}}
Barrayar. Miles great grandfather through his daughter Princess Olivia and the source of Miles' (and Aral's) arguable claim to the throne.

* {{Ambadassador}}: He was Barayar's ambassador to Beta when the Cetagandans invaded, which is why he was off-world and may explain his relatively cosmopolitan attitudes for a man of his generation.



%%* ActionGirl

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%%* ActionGirl* ActionGirl: of the "act before you think" variety, at least at first, though she's actually more cunning than she lets on.
3rd Jun '16 8:47:24 PM AnotherGuy
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* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: Has very little free time, since he actually ''runs'' his empire and makes a point to keep abreast of everything that is going on. The Imperial Auditors exist mostly to address the fact that he cannot be everywhere at once and needs proxies who are directly accountable to him making sure that his authority is applied when and where it is needed. Early in his career, he ''insisted'' he lead the Vorkosigan force dispatched to prevent a Cetagandan invasion of the Hegen Hub. Aral was both horrified and proud of Gregor's initiative.

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* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: Has very little free time, since he actually ''runs'' his empire and makes a point to keep abreast of everything that is going on. The Imperial Auditors exist mostly to address the fact that he cannot be everywhere at once and needs proxies who are directly accountable to him making sure that his authority is applied when and where it is needed. Early in his career, he ''insisted'' he lead the Vorkosigan Barrayaran force dispatched to prevent a Cetagandan invasion of the Hegen Hub. Aral was both horrified and proud of Gregor's initiative.
3rd Jun '16 8:45:26 PM AnotherGuy
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* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: Has very little free time, since he actually ''runs'' his empire and makes a point to keep abreast of everything that is going on. The Imperial Auditors exist mostly to address the fact that he cannot be everywhere at once and needs proxies who are directly accountable to him making sure that his authority is applied when and where it is needed.

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* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: Has very little free time, since he actually ''runs'' his empire and makes a point to keep abreast of everything that is going on. The Imperial Auditors exist mostly to address the fact that he cannot be everywhere at once and needs proxies who are directly accountable to him making sure that his authority is applied when and where it is needed. Early in his career, he ''insisted'' he lead the Vorkosigan force dispatched to prevent a Cetagandan invasion of the Hegen Hub. Aral was both horrified and proud of Gregor's initiative.
3rd Jun '16 8:42:08 PM AnotherGuy
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* LadykillerInLove: In Captain Vorpatril's Alliance

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* LadykillerInLove: In Captain ''Captain Vorpatril's AllianceAlliance''.
* LikesOlderWomen: Ivan has a preference for older women, such as 40-something Lady Donna. He says with body mods, Tej could be anywhere between 10 and 60 - and Ivan states he wouldn't mind being with a 60 year old woman ''at all''.
1st Jun '16 2:10:08 AM NanoMoose
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* CoolOldLady: Moira, who is 130 years old and still is breaking into a hidden bunker.

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* CoolOldLady: Moira, who is 130 years old and but still is breaking into a hidden bunker.bunker and one hundred percent capable of {{Neck Lift}}ing people she takes a dislike to.



** Having never really driven before landing on Barrayar, Ivan signs Tej up for driving lessons. Within a few hours she gets her learner's permit, has one moment of hitting a pillar on her first day, and then manages to get her license to drive in a ''week.'' In Vorbarr Sultana traffic.

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** Having never really driven before landing on Barrayar, Ivan signs Tej up for driving lessons. Within a few hours she gets her learner's permit, has one moment of hitting a pillar on her first day, and then manages to get her license to drive in a ''week.'' In Vorbarr ''Vorbarr Sultana traffic.''
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