History Discworld / SmallGods

17th May '18 10:35:32 PM ImpudentInfidel
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** At least two characters observe that [[spoiler:Vorbis has a tendency to make good people more like him]]. Brutha spends a lot of time in Vorbis's company but avoids this fate, and is in fact one of the first to realize this.

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** At least two characters observe that [[spoiler:Vorbis has a tendency to make good people more like him]]. Brutha spends a lot of time in Vorbis's company but avoids this fate, being corrupted, and is in fact one of the first to realize this.this. He ''does'' pick up a nice set of EvilVirtues from the experience, though.
25th Apr '18 10:58:16 PM ImperialStormTroper
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* BilingualBonus: In the Italian translation when [[spoiler:Didactylos abiurates]], he declares that he will write "more balls than you could imagine"; in Italian, it means "more '''lies''' than you could imagine". In English it's a sort of [[DoubleEntendre Triple Entendre]] - there's the obvious meaning, the slyly insulting meaning (balls, as well as bollocks, is British slang similar in connotation to "bullshit") and naturally, knowing the guy saying it, the crude meaning - balls (and bollocks) is slang for testicles.

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In the Italian translation when [[spoiler:Didactylos abiurates]], he declares that he will write "more balls than you could imagine"; in Italian, it means "more '''lies''' than you could imagine". In English it's a sort of [[DoubleEntendre Triple Entendre]] - there's the obvious meaning, the slyly insulting meaning (balls, as well as bollocks, is British slang similar in connotation to "bullshit") and naturally, knowing the guy saying it, the crude meaning - balls (and bollocks) is slang for testicles.
25th Apr '18 10:57:45 PM ImperialStormTroper
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** Combines with GeniusBonus when you realise that ''omnia'' is Latin for "all". What's another word meaning "all"? ''Catholic''.
16th Apr '18 5:21:57 AM Aquila89
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* ApologeticAttacker: Simony apologises to a soldier just as he shoots the man dead.

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* ApologeticAttacker: Simony apologises to a soldier just as he shoots the man dead.dead (to prevent him from killing Didactylos).
15th Apr '18 3:06:39 PM Scorntex
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* ArmorPiercingSlap: Subverted, when Brutha shuts down on coming face-to-face with newly appointed Cenobiarch Vorbis, and starts winding up for an APS... only to stop, which actually angers Vorbis ''more''.



* CallBack: During Vorbis and the Tyrant's discussion, Vorbis' remark about Omnians having no slaves gets a remark that fish have no word for water. Later on, the narration notes Ephebe's uprising against the Omnian occupation notes that who exactly is the slave in the slave versus soldier fighting depends on your point of view.



* TheCommandments: Which the Exquisition enforce. Part of the anticipation of the new Prophet is wondering what commandments he will give unto Omniasm this time. They're all made up, and in the end Om destroys the massive carving when he gets his power back.



* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Urn and Diadactylos' discussion re: armored turtles. Compare to discussions of doomsday weapons. Urn figures that if someone else builds armored turtles, he'll just build ''bigger'' ones.



* EvenEvilHasStandards: Deacon Cusp of the Exquisition joined mainly because he really wanted to hurt people. Vorbis terrifies the spit out of him, because hurting folk is all Cusp wanted. Vorbis, meanwhile, thinks people ''should'' be hurt, but doesn't even afford people the dignity of ''hating'' them for it.



** Brutha discovers that the Ephebean slaves have much better working conditions than the (nominally) free Omnians, and slavery offers the chance to earn their freedom and own slaves themselves.

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** Brutha discovers that the Ephebean slaves have much better working conditions than the (nominally) free Omnians, and slavery offers the chance to earn their freedom and own slaves themselves. When the Omnians free the slaves during their stay, the slave go spare (which ends up being the deciding factor in Ephebe's revolt).


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* UnwantedFalseFaith: Diadactylos hadn't intended to start a cultural revolution. He'd just published a philosophical piece, and is embarrassed when he comes face to face with Simony's resistance movement.


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* WontTakeYesForAnAnswer: Vorbis, when demanding Diadactylos recant the word of the turtle, has to be told by Brutha that he's agreed.


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* YouNoTakeCandle: Lu-Tze, during his brief conversation with Brutha. Knowing him, he's probably more fluent than he lets on. The advice he gives is still clear enough.
15th Apr '18 8:26:47 AM Scorntex
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* ApologeticAttacker: Simony apologises to a soldier just as he shoots the man dead.


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* TheCameo: The Death of Rats briefly appears when the Sea Goddess drowns an entire ship. He fills the ship's rat population in on what happened.


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* TheChosenMany: The Prophets of Om (holy horns), of which there have been several, Brutha just being the latest. Explored, and subverted, since Om didn't actually chose ''any'' of them. Half the time he never even met or talked to them, and in one case the lengthy amount of things he said was actually no more than "hey, look what I can do". And then Brutha manages to single-handedly institute a cultural and religious revolution, managing to actually play the idea relatively straight.


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** A dead character once again laments that there's "no justice", and gets the response [[AC:Just me.]]


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* CurbStompBattle: The actual fight between Vorbis' hidden army and the Ephebians is entirely skipped over, save the narration stating that the Omnian troops win decisively.


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* DefiantToTheEnd: Double subverted. Vorbis has Diadactylos summoned up to him, assuming the philosopher will do this and allow Vorbis to make An Example of him... and then Diadactylos says that maybe Vorbis has the right idea, maybe the Disc is round after all. Vorbis is utterly baffled by the idea of a philosopher suggesting that his ideas aren't the singular truth... and just as Diadactylos walks off, he hurls his lantern at Vorbis' head.
-->''And yet... the turtle moves!''


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* JerkassGods: Again, all of them. Things like mercy, fairness and justice are too ''human'' for most of them to get their heads around, and that's the smarter ones. Ones like the Sea Goddess will kill anyone who's nearby, just because they're in a bad mood.
* JustThinkOfThePotential: Urn's thoughts on his experimental steam-powered boat. Simony as well, but in a different way, involving lots of fire, payback and screaming.


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* LaserGuidedKarma: Subverted, when the Sea Goddess sinks a vessel Vorbis is on. She doesn't actually know (and wouldn't care anyway) that Vorbis is the one who pissed her off in the first place, she just liked the bigger target his ship offered. And Vorbis survives anyway.
1st Apr '18 8:39:50 AM Aquila89
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** Om tries a few, but it doesn't really work. The Ephebians are quick to compliment their gods immediately after saying anything disrespectful about them, unless the Library's copper roof is above them to ground out this trope.

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** Om tries a few, but it doesn't really work.work; the most he can produce is a pathetic little spark. The Ephebians are quick to compliment their gods immediately after saying anything disrespectful about them, unless the Library's copper roof is above them to ground out this trope.
24th Mar '18 5:37:54 PM Scorntex
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* BewareTheSillyOnes: Why Ephebe keeps so many philosophers around. Sure, one minute they're wibbling on about beauty and truth, the next they're saying "incidentally, putting this mirror up on that tower would make for an interesting demonstration of scientific principles", giving Ephebe their own death ray.


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* MakeAnExampleOfThem: In one incident, the Inquisition displayed a man trying to talk about the world being round to every town in Omnia. There are a ''lot'' of towns in Omnia, so they had to cut him up into some ''very'' small pieces to do that.
5th Feb '18 5:56:49 AM Ereiam
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* IronicHell: For [[spoiler:Vorbis]], the desert every Omnian has to cross in the afterlife to reach judgement turns into this, [[spoiler:as he's spent his whole life believing that he was following the voice of his god and realizes that it was his own all along. The realization that he's now alone without anyone to guide him leaves him prostrated in terror, until Brutha finds him a hundred years later (a literal eternity from his perspective, according to Death) and takes mercy on him]].
21st Jan '18 2:50:55 AM Aquila89
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* AllLovingHero: Brutha. Especially notable in the climax, when [[spoiler:his last words to his soon-to-be-dead nemesis, who is in the process of torturing Brutha to death, are "You are about to die. I'm sorry."]] Also in the epilogue, where [[spoiler:he decides to help said nemesis' soul to cross the desert]].

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* AllLovingHero: Brutha. Especially notable in the climax, when [[spoiler:his last words to his soon-to-be-dead nemesis, who is in the process of torturing Brutha to death, are "You are about going to die. I'm sorry."]] Also in the epilogue, where [[spoiler:he decides to help said nemesis' soul to cross the desert]].
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