History Creator / DaveDuncan

24th Dec '16 9:01:56 AM Gosicrystal
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* SpaceOpera: ''Strings'', although most events take place on Earth and planets are visited briefly and are LostForever after the contact is broken.

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* SpaceOpera: ''Strings'', although most events take place on Earth and planets are visited briefly and are LostForever lost forever after the contact is broken.
8th Nov '16 4:43:35 PM dlchen145
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** If ''A Rose-Red City'' didn't quickly heal its inhabitants (who come from all over the world history as well as the future) they'd all be crippled because of constant misunderstandings and conflicts. At least they can let off steam with little consequences. For one, Killer's constant come-ons are among the tamest things. (He's a {{Badass}} with four centuries of combat experience who [[HoYay swings both ways]].)

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** If ''A Rose-Red City'' didn't quickly heal its inhabitants (who come from all over the world history as well as the future) they'd all be crippled because of constant misunderstandings and conflicts. At least they can let off steam with little consequences. For one, Killer's constant come-ons are among the tamest things. (He's a {{Badass}} badass with four centuries of combat experience who [[HoYay swings both ways]].)
24th Aug '16 6:24:51 AM Morgenthaler
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* '''Pandemia'''. A setting reminiscent of the RomanEmpire with the Romans equivalent and other peoples being standard fantasy races (as well as less common, like jotunns). Except that they differ no more than human races, if you ignore racial traits like frost resistance or FriendToAllLivingThings. And a magic system based on [[MagicEnhancement words of power]].

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* '''Pandemia'''. A setting reminiscent of the RomanEmpire UsefulNotes/RomanEmpire with the Romans equivalent and other peoples being standard fantasy races (as well as less common, like jotunns). Except that they differ no more than human races, if you ignore racial traits like frost resistance or FriendToAllLivingThings. And a magic system based on [[MagicEnhancement words of power]].
22nd Jun '16 11:42:09 PM Doug86
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* '''The Great Game''' trilogy. A college student is falsely accused of a murder and then nicked from pre-[[UsefulNotes/WorldWar1 WW1]] Britain to another world where gods are empowered by people's faith. There's a prophecy that [[ChosenOne states his name]], but what he is predicted to do [[ProphecyTwist isn't quite clear]]. Contains a lot of reminiscences of the [[VictorianBritain 19th century]] international and colonial politics.

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* '''The Great Game''' trilogy. A college student is falsely accused of a murder and then nicked from pre-[[UsefulNotes/WorldWar1 WW1]] pre-[[UsefulNotes/WorldWarI WWI]] Britain to another world where gods are empowered by people's faith. There's a prophecy that [[ChosenOne states his name]], but what he is predicted to do [[ProphecyTwist isn't quite clear]]. Contains a lot of reminiscences of the [[VictorianBritain 19th century]] international and colonial politics.
28th May '16 6:58:20 PM Doug86
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* '''The Seventh Sword''' series. A petroleum chemist dies from encephalitis and wakes up in SwordAndSandals world reminding of India in a body of a warrior on a mission from local gods. He knows nothing of the world other than the language and warrior's reflexes and sutras, he doesn't even believe the gods exist.

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* '''The Seventh Sword''' series. A petroleum chemist dies from encephalitis and wakes up in SwordAndSandals a SwordAndSandal world reminding of similar to India in a the body of a warrior on a mission from the local gods. He knows nothing of the world other than the language and warrior's reflexes and sutras, he doesn't even believe the gods exist.



* '''Pandemia'''. A setting reminiscent of {{Roman Empire}} with the Romans equivalent and other peoples being standard fantasy races (as well as less common, like jotunns). Except that they differ no more than human races, if you ignore racial traits like frost resistance or FriendToAllLivingThings. And a magic system based on [[MagicEnhancement words of power]].

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* '''Pandemia'''. A setting reminiscent of {{Roman Empire}} the RomanEmpire with the Romans equivalent and other peoples being standard fantasy races (as well as less common, like jotunns). Except that they differ no more than human races, if you ignore racial traits like frost resistance or FriendToAllLivingThings. And a magic system based on [[MagicEnhancement words of power]].



* TrappedInAnotherWorld: In ''The Great Game'' anybody can accidentally fall into another world from some of his world's holy place (just drumming a correct rhythm is sometimes enough). Anyone who's in a different dimension than the one they were born in can absorb {{Mana}} from human emotions. Thanks to that characters in this situation tend to become heroes. At low levels, this just makes them [[CharmPerson really, really charismatic]], and higher levels allow miracles up to becoming a {{Physical God}}.

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* TrappedInAnotherWorld: In ''The Great Game'' anybody can accidentally fall into another world from some of his world's holy place (just drumming a correct rhythm is sometimes enough). Anyone who's in a different dimension than the one they were born in can absorb {{Mana}} from human emotions. Thanks to that characters in this situation tend to become heroes. At low levels, this just makes them [[CharmPerson really, really charismatic]], and higher levels allow miracles up to becoming a {{Physical God}}.
31st Dec '14 8:13:14 PM tkzv
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* AFormYouAreComfortableWith: In ''The Seventh Sword'' the demigod of volcanoes always appears as a five-year old street urchin. Early in ''The Reluctant Swordsman'' Wally asks him to show his true form and "sees" an immensely powerful and wise being making him feel incredibly inferior. [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness Wally cowers and incoherently begs for mercy]] and the demigod in his boy form has to calm him down.


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* LostColony: The world of ''Shadow''. Not necessarily lost, but has no contacts with other planets, reverted to feudalism and a bicycle is the most complex device they can make.


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* SequelGap: Original ''The Seventh Sword'' trilogy was written in 1984 and published in 1988. ''The Death of Nnanji'' was published in 2012, 24 years later.
11th May '14 6:10:43 AM LongLiveHumour
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* ''A Rose-Red City'' (1987). Mera is a paradisal [[PlaceBeyondTime town outside time]] where people from various epochs live. Now and then they venture to various places and times on Earth to fight forces of hell. The novel starts with a WW2 bomber pilot and an Ancient Greek warrior going on a mission with rather hazy orders.

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* ''A Rose-Red City'' (1987). Mera is a paradisal [[PlaceBeyondTime town outside time]] where people from various epochs live. Now and then they venture to various places and times on Earth to fight forces of hell. The novel starts with a WW2 UsefulNotes/WW2 bomber pilot and an Ancient Greek warrior going on a mission with rather hazy orders.
4th May '14 9:09:23 PM EvilMidnightLurker
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* DeusExMachina: At the end of ''A Handful of Men'' tetralogy, with a literal god and even justified. The heroes are in a totally hopeless situation. Thanks to his army of sorcerers with [[MindManipulation loyalty spells]] on them, the BigBad has become the most powerful sorcerer ''ever'', even stronger than demigods. Having been on the run from the BigBad throughout the whole series, the heroes have finally been captured and are about to be killed. They end up being saved when [[spoiler: two of the heroes achieve the PowerLevel above "sorcerer" without having a SuperpowerMeltdown by becoming a complete god instead of a demigod, and proceed to free everyone from the BigBad's [[MindManipulation Mind Control]] sorcery.]] Normally gods AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence and simply stop caring about what happens to mere mortals, so nobody seriously expected a god to help.

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* DeusExMachina: At the end of ''A Handful of Men'' tetralogy, with a literal god and even justified. The heroes are in a totally hopeless situation. Thanks to his army of sorcerers with [[MindManipulation loyalty spells]] on them, the BigBad has become the most powerful sorcerer ''ever'', even stronger than demigods. Having been on the run from the BigBad throughout the whole series, the heroes have finally been captured and are about to be killed. They end up being saved when [[spoiler: two of the heroes achieve the PowerLevel above "sorcerer" without having a SuperpowerMeltdown by becoming a complete god instead of a demigod, and proceed to free everyone from the BigBad's [[MindManipulation Mind Control]] sorcery.]] Normally gods AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence and simply stop caring about what happens to mere mortals, so nobody seriously expected a god to help.help; however, [[spoiler: a freshly created god is expected and practically ''required'' to perform a major public miracle to announce its existence]].
4th May '14 3:14:20 PM tkzv
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* TheAtoner: In ''A Rose Red City''. Everybody in Mera turns out to have some reason to stay there.



* NiceJobBreakingItHero:
** In ''Shadow''. He won the civil war. He destroyed the oppressive state. He [[spoiler:liberated the nice aliens]]. Now, without [[spoiler:eagle mounts]] the colony is going to suffer. As his enemies pointed out, in the rebels' lands people eat meat very infrequently.
** In ''A Man of His Word'' Rap saved Fairies from being [[spoiler:harvested for words of power]] by sending them into an inaccessible parallel world. As a result in ''A Handful of Men'' the Impire no longer has means to oppose the BigBad when he resurfaces.



** Any worshipping of "gods" in ''TheGreatGame'' is this to a degree, since it's based on fraud. Though Zath with his Reapers who commit mass {{Human Sacrifice}}s every night is unquestionably evil.
** Wally gets the impression the cult of the river Goddess is a fake and it's all just about sacrificing people to an odd-looking rock and hoarding treasures. Fortunately, he is wrong: the dying did receive a fair trial (how fair the laws are is a different story) and gods do act in human interests.

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** Any worshipping of "gods" in ''TheGreatGame'' ''The Great Game'' is this to a degree, since it's based on fraud. Though Zath with his Reapers who commit mass {{Human Sacrifice}}s every night is unquestionably evil.
** In ''The Seventh Sword'' Wally gets the impression the cult of the river Goddess is a fake and it's all just about sacrificing people to an odd-looking rock and hoarding treasures. Fortunately, he is wrong: the dying did receive a fair trial (how fair the laws are is a different story) and gods do act in human interests.interests.
* ReplacementGoldfish: In ''Strings''. Subversion interweaved with straight example hidden in plain view. John wasn't on best terms with his parents, didn't want to follow their footsteps and then died in a tragic accident. At first his son Cedric seems to be [[RaiseHimRightThisTime being prepared to continue his grandmother's work]]. Then it's revealed that [[spoiler:Cedric may actually be John's clone, and truly a second attempt, or he may be his grandfather's clone kept for spare parts [[GrandTheftMe or worse]]]] and he keeps finding evidence for all 3 versions. In the end he finds that [[spoiler:he really is the grandson and nobody's clone, but Abel and several younger guys are John's clones, and Agnes did raise Abel avoiding her previous mistakes. Anyway, Cedric and all clones leave Earth and Agnes stays with the transmensor.]]
* RippedFromTheHeadlines: As the author admits in the postscript, he unsuccessfully tried to work a superstring theory into ''Strings'', making it almost an ArtifactTitle.


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* StockWeaponNames: Durandal in ''King's Blades''. He'a a human and "Blade" is his occupation. Blades pick the names when they graduate. There were many Blades named Durandal before him and there will be other Durandals after he dies. To make that a MeaningfulName, he is absolutely loyal to the king, but he is prophecised to kill the king. [[spoiler: And he does, when the king starts killing people to prolong his life. And Durandal is also partly responsible for the king getting that recipe.]]
20th Apr '14 9:38:57 PM tkzv
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* AbsenceMakesTheHeartGoYonder: In ''A Handful of Men'', the wife of the Imperor thinks her husband has died while they were all on the run from the Bad Guys. She ends up falling for (and marrying) [[his signifer and secretary Ylo]]. When Imperor shows up again, things are a bit awkward. Furthermore, the Imperor earlier told that man, that it's OK to love a married woman, and since her marriage is unhappy and she would rather be with him than her husband, the Imperor would ask her husband to give her a divorce. He keeps his promise. [[spoiler:Ylo doesn't live long after that, thus the rest of the world never knows that her only child and Imperor's heir is actually Ylo's.]]

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* AbsenceMakesTheHeartGoYonder: In ''A Handful of Men'', the wife of the Imperor thinks her husband has died while they were all on the run from the Bad Guys. She ends up falling for (and marrying) [[his [[spoiler:his signifer and secretary Ylo]]. When Imperor shows up again, things are a bit awkward. Furthermore, the Imperor earlier told that man, that it's OK to love a married woman, and since her marriage is unhappy and she would rather be with him than her husband, the Imperor would ask her husband to give her a divorce. He keeps his promise. [[spoiler:Ylo doesn't live long after that, thus the rest of the world never knows that her only child and Imperor's heir is actually Ylo's.]]
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