History Characters / VorkosiganSaga

19th Aug '16 2:21:08 PM AnotherGuy
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* HeroOfAnotherStory: While not involved in Miles' exploits Ivan has had a fairly successful military career, usually getting promotions ahead of Miles (whose achievements are all highly classified and can't be publicly acknowledged without blowing his cover; he's also lost years of seniority in active service due to infirmary/hospital time, wounded [[spoiler:(and occasionally killed)]] in the line of duty). In ''Captain Vorpatril's Alliance'' we find out that Ivan is in fact a brilliant staff officer, largely because he insists on organizing everything to the point where it maximizes his comfort and minimize his effort.

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* HeroOfAnotherStory: While not involved in Miles' exploits Ivan has had a fairly successful military career, usually getting promotions ahead of Miles (whose achievements are all highly classified and can't be publicly acknowledged without blowing his cover; he's also lost years of seniority in active service due to infirmary/hospital time, wounded [[spoiler:(and occasionally killed)]] in the line of duty). (In addition, Ivan reminds Miles that Ivan tends to ''follow orders''.) In ''Captain Vorpatril's Alliance'' we find out that Ivan is in fact a brilliant staff officer, largely because he insists on organizing everything to the point where it maximizes his comfort and minimize his effort.
9th Aug '16 5:59:00 AM AnotherGuy
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* WeCouldHaveAvoidedAllThis: Had Cavilo just retured Gregor to Barrayar, she would have been rewarded better than her convoluted plans would have. It's hinted that Gregor was attracted to her as well, sighing that he wished she were "real".

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* WeCouldHaveAvoidedAllThis: Had Cavilo just retured returned Gregor to Barrayar, she would have been rewarded better than her convoluted plans would have. It's hinted that Gregor was attracted to her as well, sighing that he wished she were "real".
9th Aug '16 5:56:16 AM AnotherGuy
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* DeathOfAThousandCuts: Quite literally, as his capital punishment, he was to be cut with a blade by just about every Vor who sided against him. It was later called "Yuri's Dismemberment." [[LaserGuidedKarma Aral got the first cut.]] A child at the time, however, [[VengeanceFeelsEmpty Aral found he didn't want it as much as he'd thought]].

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* DeathOfAThousandCuts: Quite literally, literally as his capital punishment, he was to be cut with a blade by just about every Vor who sided against him. It was later called "Yuri's Dismemberment." [[LaserGuidedKarma Aral got the first cut.]] A child at the time, however, [[VengeanceFeelsEmpty Aral found he didn't want it as much as he'd thought]].
9th Aug '16 5:53:51 AM AnotherGuy
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* DeathOfAThousandCuts: From just about every Vor who sided against him. [[LaserGuidedKarma Aral got the first cut.]] A child at the time, however, [[VengeanceFeelsEmpty Aral found he didn't want it as much as he'd thought]].

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* DeathOfAThousandCuts: From Quite literally, as his capital punishment, he was to be cut with a blade by just about every Vor who sided against him. It was later called "Yuri's Dismemberment." [[LaserGuidedKarma Aral got the first cut.]] A child at the time, however, [[VengeanceFeelsEmpty Aral found he didn't want it as much as he'd thought]].thought]].
* DefiantToTheEnd: Mocked Aral just before he took his aforementioned cut.
-->'''Aral:''' He leered at me. "Strike, little boy. If you dare while you wear my uniform. My uniform on a child."
8th Aug '16 5:47:08 AM longWriter
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* StopHelpingMe! Toward Miles [[spoiler: after said Miles, having accidentally sabotages his chances with Laisa Toscane by introducing her to Gregor, offers to assist Duv in his courtship of Delia Koudelka.]]

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* StopHelpingMe! UnwantedAssistance: Toward Miles [[spoiler: after said Miles, having accidentally sabotages his chances with Laisa Toscane by introducing her to Gregor, offers to assist Duv in his courtship of Delia Koudelka.]]
1st Aug '16 7:48:05 AM AnotherGuy
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* [[spoiler: BroughtDownToNormal]]: Even Jacksonians heard of "the Barrayaran with the cyborg brain". Haroche's sabotage of the eidetic chip removed Illyan's instant recall - but not his cunning.

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* [[spoiler: BroughtDownToNormal]]: BroughtDownToNormal: Even Jacksonians heard of "the Barrayaran with the cyborg brain". Haroche's sabotage of the eidetic chip removed Illyan's instant recall - but not his cunning.



%%* TheDreaded

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%%* TheDreaded * TheDreaded: Aside from leading what was originally the SecretPolice, the eidetic chip made him ''very'' intimidating. Miles insists that it wasn't just the chip that made Simon unnerving, however.



%%* [[NoteToSelf Note To Emperor Ezar]]

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%%* [[NoteToSelf Note To Emperor Ezar]]* NoteToSelf: With his eidetic chip, Simon could repeat anything anyone said ''to the letter'' decades ago.



%%* PhotographicMemory
%%* TheSpymaster

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%%* PhotographicMemory
%%* TheSpymaster
* PhotographicMemory: Again, thanks to a recording chip that made nine of 10 implantees go into schizophrenic madness, since basically it gave the user two sets of realities to deal with.
* TheSpymaster: A given, as chief of [=ImpSec=].
1st Aug '16 7:43:48 AM AnotherGuy
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%%* [[spoiler: BroughtDownToNormal]]

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%%* * [[spoiler: BroughtDownToNormal]]BroughtDownToNormal]]: Even Jacksonians heard of "the Barrayaran with the cyborg brain". Haroche's sabotage of the eidetic chip removed Illyan's instant recall - but not his cunning.
* BullyingTheDragon: It's Illyan's job to take on powerful Vor and military bigwigs. When an [=ImpSec=] agent tangles with Admiral Desplains - Chief of Ops for the entirety of Barrayar's military - Simon approves, stating it was nice to see a Galactic Affairs agent take on someone so high ranking without fearing reprisal.
1st Aug '16 7:39:37 AM AnotherGuy
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* {{Nepotism}}: He's sensitive about it and does everything he can to earn rank and respect on his own merits... but isn't above throwing his weight around as a Vor scion if it helps cut through [[ObstructiveBureaucrat obnoxious Barrayaran red tape]] or, more frequently, help somebody else out.

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* {{Nepotism}}: He's sensitive about it and does everything he can to earn rank and respect on his own merits... but isn't above throwing his weight around as a Vor scion if it helps cut through [[ObstructiveBureaucrat obnoxious Barrayaran red tape]] or, more frequently, help somebody else out. In ''Memory'', Illyan is GenreSavvy enough to have discussed cashiering Miles from [=ImpSec=] with Gregor, cutting off the only person Miles could have possibly have appealed to to save him.[[note]]Miles knew better than to ask his father, who would have cut him down faster than Illyan would have.[[/note]]
1st Aug '16 7:29:46 AM AnotherGuy
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* ADayInTheLimelight: ''Captain Vorpatril's Alliance''. Miles only appears in two scenes: first to inform Ivan that Gregor wants to meet Tej and Rish, and second to be present at that meeting. He miraculously plays no part in the story's resolution.
1st Aug '16 7:27:33 AM AnotherGuy
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* PhraseCatcher: "Ivan, you idiot!" One time, ''Miles'' is about to say it, but Ivan cuts him off, savoring having information Miles doesn't have, an ''extremely'' rare pleasure for him.

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* PhraseCatcher: "Ivan, you idiot!" One time, ''Miles'' is about to say it, but Ivan cuts him off, savoring having information Miles doesn't have, an ''extremely'' rare pleasure for him. Tej calls him an idiot when he's bound to a chair in ''Captain Vorpatril's Alliance'' and is confused as to why that makes him smile wider.
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