History Discworld / Nightwatch

2nd May '17 11:27:38 AM Exxolon
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Should not be confused with the ''Literature/NightWatch'' books by Sergei Lukyanenko, or the film adaptation, or [[ASongOfIceAndFire that one.]] The front cover art by Paul Kidby is an {{homage}} to Rembrandt's famous 1642 painting The Shooting Company of Frans Banning Cocq which also commonly referred as [[ThereAreNoCoincidences Nightwatch]][[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Night_Watch]]. (A reproduction of which adorns the back cover in the Hardcover edition).


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Should not be confused with the ''Literature/NightWatch'' books by Sergei Lukyanenko, or the film adaptation, or [[ASongOfIceAndFire that one.]] The front cover art by Paul Kidby is an {{homage}} to Rembrandt's famous 1642 painting The Shooting Company of Frans Banning Cocq which also commonly referred as [[ThereAreNoCoincidences Nightwatch]][[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Night_Watch]]. (A org/wiki/The_Night_Watch]], a reproduction of which adorns the back cover in the Hardcover edition).

edition. This is the first cover by Kidby who took over the role of cover artist after the death of Josh Kirby.
17th Apr '17 10:39:08 PM Gregzilla
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* AssShove: Vimes does this... to a couple of oxen. With ginger. [[Awesome/NightWatch The ensuing carnage alters the course of history.]]
5th Mar '17 7:44:40 PM tbh
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* TortureCellar: What the Cable Street Particulars have. The TortureTechnician that Captain Swing employs, however, is not a sadistic self-declared "artist" but merely a big bruiser who -- as Vimes suspects -- thinks nothing of hitting people long after they're unconscious and beating (or raping) them to death. It's all just a job to him.

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* TortureCellar: What the Cable Street Particulars have. The TortureTechnician that Captain Swing employs, however, is not a sadistic self-declared "artist" but merely a big bruiser who -- as Vimes suspects -- thinks nothing of hitting people long after they're unconscious and beating (or raping) them to death. It's all just a job to him.
26th Feb '17 5:34:36 AM nighttrainfm
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* YouDidntAsk: Played with. Vetinari has been openly wearing the Lilac for ''decades'', has no reason to hide his involvement, and is actually quite curious why nobody ever asked him about it since the survivors deal with him every day.



* YouNeverAsked: Played with. Vetinari has been openly wearing the Lilac for ''decades'', has no reason to hide his involvement, and is actually quite curious why nobody ever asked him about it since the survivors deal with him every day.
26th Feb '17 5:31:37 AM nighttrainfm
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* EstablishingCharacterMoment: Vimes is introduced dealing with an Assassin in a polite but very definite way, which demonstrates for a new reader his attitude and ability to rig defensive traps and generally be devious, a skill which he puts to great use during the Glorious Revolution.

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* EstablishingCharacterMoment: EstablishingCharacterMoment:
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Vimes is introduced dealing with an Assassin in a polite but very definite way, which demonstrates for a new reader his attitude and ability to rig defensive traps and generally be devious, a skill which he puts to great use during the Glorious Revolution.



* {{Foreshadowing}}: Lots of it. Both the lilac blooming and, as the story starts, with Sam Vimes and other Night Watch survivors of the Glorious People's Republic of Treacle Mine Road solemnly commemorating the anniversary of the deaths of their comrades, among them Sergeant Keel's.

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Lots of it. Both the lilac blooming and, as the story starts, with Sam Vimes and other Night Watch survivors of the Glorious People's Republic of Treacle Mine Road solemnly commemorating the anniversary of the deaths of their comrades, among them Sergeant Keel's.
26th Feb '17 5:28:17 AM nighttrainfm
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* FrightDeathtrap

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* FrightDeathtrapFrightDeathtrap: [[spoiler: Winder's ultimate fate is a terror-induced heart attack at the mere sight of Vetinari.]]



* GetBackToTheFuture

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* GetBackToTheFutureGetBackToTheFuture: Vimes, although only once he's done the job in front of him.



* HighlyVisibleNinja: Vetinari when he kills [[spoiler:Winder.]] He walks right up to him as the crowded hall ignores his presence, and [[spoiler:Winder]] thinks that this isn't how assassins really operate: this is what happens in dreams. The Assassin's Guild in ''Discworld'' always wears the stereotypical ninja black clothes on the job. Vetinari shows the readers how much smarter he is when he reads a book on animal camouflage and goes for more appropriate clothes when they are called for. Downey shows how he isn't a match for Vetinari by burning the book instead of reading it and Vetinari shows what a MagnificentBastard he is by [[spoiler:having destroyed nearly every other copy of the book so no-one else can learn from it]].

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* HighlyVisibleNinja: HighlyVisibleNinja:
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Vetinari when he kills [[spoiler:Winder.]] He walks right up to him as the crowded hall ignores his presence, and [[spoiler:Winder]] thinks that this isn't how assassins really operate: this is what happens in dreams. The Assassin's Guild in ''Discworld'' always wears the stereotypical ninja black clothes on the job. Vetinari shows the readers how much smarter he is when he reads a book on animal camouflage and goes for more appropriate clothes when they are called for. Downey shows how he isn't a match for Vetinari by burning the book instead of reading it and Vetinari shows what a MagnificentBastard he is by [[spoiler:having destroyed nearly every other copy of the book so no-one else can learn from it]].



* ImprovisedWeapon: When [[GeneralFailure Lord Venturi]] expresses annoyance that his troops are being beaten by unarmed civilians and old veterans with garden forks, his lieutenant has trouble explaining that garden forks can do a lot of damage when hurled down from twenty feet, and that "unarmed civilian" is stretching the term quite a bit when the civilian in question is a 200-pound slaughterhouse worker with a flensing knife in one hand and a meathook in the other.

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* ImprovisedWeapon: ImprovisedWeapon:
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When [[GeneralFailure Lord Venturi]] expresses annoyance that his troops are being beaten by unarmed civilians and old veterans with garden forks, his lieutenant has trouble explaining that garden forks can do a lot of damage when hurled down from twenty feet, and that "unarmed civilian" is stretching the term quite a bit when the civilian in question is a 200-pound slaughterhouse worker with a flensing knife in one hand and a meathook in the other.



* KillItWithFire: The Cable Street House.
* KnifeNut: Carcer

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* KillItWithFire: The Cable Street House.
House is burned to the ground.
* KnifeNut: CarcerCarcer, who always carries a minimum of three knives.



* MauveShirt: Sergeant Abba Stronginthearm, who previously appeared in ''Discworld/MenAtArms'', ''Discworld/{{Jingo}}'' and ''Discworld/TheFifthElephant'', moving up the ranks but never becoming a main character. He's still well enough known for his death at Carcer's hands to be a shock.

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* MauveShirt: MauveShirt:
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Sergeant Abba Stronginthearm, who previously appeared in ''Discworld/MenAtArms'', ''Discworld/{{Jingo}}'' and ''Discworld/TheFifthElephant'', moving up the ranks but never becoming a main character. He's still well enough known for his death at Carcer's hands to be a shock.



* MeaningfulName: Captain Swing was the name used on a number of threatening letters sent by participants in the Swing Riots in Britain in 1830. In a typical Pratchett twist, Swing is now working for the other side.
** Carcer is Latin for "prison", where he's certainly bound.
*** And it's only one letter away from 'cancer', which is an accurate description of his effect on Ankh-Morpork, especially if Vimes leaves him in the past.
* MeetTheNewBoss: Said by Mr Slant and Dr Follett after [[spoiler:Winder dies and Snapcase becomes the new Patrician]]. In Latin, no less. Then again in CanisLatinicus just for fun.

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* MeaningfulName: MeaningfulName:
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Captain Swing was the name used on a number of threatening letters sent by participants in the Swing Riots in Britain in 1830. In a typical Pratchett twist, Swing is now working for the other side.
** Carcer is Latin for "prison", where he's certainly bound.
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bound. And it's only one letter away from 'cancer', which is an accurate description of his effect on Ankh-Morpork, especially if Vimes leaves him in the past.
* MeetTheNewBoss: Said by Mr Slant and Dr Follett after [[spoiler:Winder [[spoiler: Winder dies and Snapcase becomes the new Patrician]]. Patrician.]] In Latin, no less. Then again in CanisLatinicus just for fun.
26th Feb '17 5:19:36 AM nighttrainfm
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* RhetoricalQuestionBlunder: Vimes basically does this to himself early on. He's busy brooding about how much paperwork and politicking he has to do, rather than getting his own hands dirty, and wonders what he traded it all in for. The obvious answer, he realises, is comfort, power and a wonderful wife. "Er...which was ''good'', obviously, but..."
22nd Jan '17 9:59:03 AM LentilSandEater
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** That said, Discworld ''does'' have an established practice called "breaking and redecorating"...
22nd Jan '17 9:57:25 AM LentilSandEater
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* HookerWithAHeartOfGold: Rosie Palm
** Well, more like [[GoodIsNotNice Heart of Bronze]]; it is Ankh-Morpork, after all.

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* HookerWithAHeartOfGold: Rosie Palm
** Well, more like [[GoodIsNotNice Heart of Bronze]]; it is Ankh-Morpork, after all.
Palm, in a GoodIsNotNice way.
22nd Jan '17 9:52:18 AM LentilSandEater
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* EvenEvilHasStandards: Lady Meserole was clearly as power-hungry a schemer as anyone else, whose nephew suggested that she let him kill Keel for expediency (though she only gave him empty threats). But when she sees [[spoiler:Snapcase turn around and order his death despite the amnesty]] she's so disgusted she [[spoiler:orders Vetinari to protect Keel, and he happily obliges]].

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* EvenEvilHasStandards: EvenEvilHasStandards:
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Lady Meserole was clearly as power-hungry a schemer as anyone else, whose nephew suggested that she let him kill Keel for expediency (though she only gave him empty threats). But when she sees [[spoiler:Snapcase turn around and order his death despite the amnesty]] she's so disgusted she [[spoiler:orders Vetinari to protect Keel, and he happily obliges]].



*** And you ''do not drop your mates in the cacky.''

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*** And ** Similarly The Watch don't have many standards even amongst themselves but you ''do not drop your mates in the cacky.''
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