History Discworld / SmallGods

29th Oct '17 9:05:30 AM Aquila89
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** The Messenger of the Gods in Ephebe is called Fedecks, a reference to the famous delivery company [=FedEx=].
29th Oct '17 9:03:24 AM Aquila89
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** Played with, when the philosophers in a pub. They declare the gods are outmoded, until the rumbling starts, listing each god and how they like them, until they get to the god of earthquakes. Noting they're a long way from any snow, they start dissing him... until Brutha has the sudden urge to ask if it just got colder.

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** Played with, when the philosophers in a pub. They declare the gods are outmoded, until the rumbling starts, listing each god and how they like them, until they get to the god of earthquakes.avalanches. Noting they're a long way from any snow, they start dissing him... until Brutha has the sudden urge to ask if it just got colder.
29th Oct '17 4:23:48 AM Scorntex
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** Played with, when the philosophers in a pub. They declare the gods are outmoded, until the rumbling starts, listing each god and how they like them, until they get to the god of earthquakes. Noting they're a long way from any snow, they start dissing him... until Brutha has the sudden urge to ask if it just got colder.



** Didactylos remembers old "Charcoal" Abraxas, who just seemed naturally immune to being fried. Hit over a dozen times, to no apparent ill-effect. The last anyone saw of him was a pair of charred sandals, so Didactylos figures he's probably not coming back.



* CulturePolice: One of the many duties of the Inquisition, because so many things are outlawed in Omnia. Books, for example.



* DeathGlare: Brutha's first impression of Simony. The man shoots him an expression of pure and unfiltered hatred.



* ExactWords: Vorbis swears up and down that the Ephebians killed the preacher Omnia sent. When Brutha starts questioning this story, Vorbis tries using these to say that while they didn't kill him exactly, their not listening to him did. Brutha actually points out this means he was killed by the Inquisition on his return.



* FalseReassurance: On seeing a large bronze statue of Himself as a bull, Om is told the church burns things in it. Brutha tells him they don't burn people in there, just paperwork and such. Then he mentions where they ''do'' put people...



* IronLady: Brutha's grandmother, a stern woman who quite literally beat religion into him (on the grounds he would have done ''something'' during the day to deserve it). Not unlike an evil version of Mrs. Cake, she would run pretty much every minor duty in her village's temple. The narration notes that if she'd been born a man, Omnia would've had a new prophet several decades early.



* NothingIsScarier: Om, wandering around the Citadel, gets a brief glimpse into one of the torture pits. Mercifully, we don't get a description, but it's enough to terrify him.



* PunchClockVillain[=/=]JustDoingMyJob - [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]], when describing the torturers of the Exquisition.

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* PunchClockVillain[=/=]JustDoingMyJob - [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]], when describing the torturers of the Exquisition. In among all the horrific torture implements are holiday mementoes, family photos, mugs saying "world's best dad", and letters from retired colleagues thanking everyone for the money at their leaving do.



* SayingTooMuch: Initially, Om keeps reining himself in during conversation with Brutha, since he doesn't want to give away some of the major details about his chenolialism.



* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Used for drama, when Om starts thinking about his past, and remembers his old arch-enemy, Ur-Gilash, and realises he has no idea what happened to the guy.

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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Used for drama, when Om starts thinking about his past, and remembers his old arch-enemy, Ur-Gilash, and realises he has no idea what happened to the guy. He can barely remember what he did, some sort of spider-like god if he remembers correctly. Then, later on, Om and Brutha take refuge in a temple with a very ''spidery'' look to its artwork...
26th Oct '17 7:09:24 AM Scorntex
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* MadnessMantra: The small god Om meets keeps repeating "I", "as you may dream of", and "greater glory", even as Om asks if it can recall its own name.


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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Used for drama, when Om starts thinking about his past, and remembers his old arch-enemy, Ur-Gilash, and realises he has no idea what happened to the guy.
16th Oct '17 11:18:12 PM NanoMoose
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* AllLovingHero: Brutha. Especially notable in the climax, when [[spoiler:his last words to his soon-to-be-dead nemesis 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 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]].



** Several characters throughout the book, when they're killed and find themselves in the spectral desert of the afterlife which they must journey through, ask Death "what awaits at the end of the desert?", to which Death replies [[AC:Judgement]]. At the end, there's a twist when Brutha does the same, considers for a moment, then asks: [[spoiler:"''[[MindScrew Which]]'' [[MindScrew end?]]"]]

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** Several characters throughout the book, when they're killed and find themselves in the spectral desert of the afterlife which they must journey through, ask Death "what awaits at the end of the desert?", to which Death replies [[AC:Judgement]]. At the end, there's a twist when Brutha does the same, considers for a moment, then asks: [[spoiler:"''[[MindScrew Which]]'' [[spoiler:"Which [[MindScrew end?]]"]]



* {{Bowdlerize}} - PlayedWith: The footnoted translation of the phrase mentioned in AltumVidetur is given as "When their ''full attention'' is in your grip, their hearts and minds will follow." ''Testiculos'' doesn't ''quite'' translate to "full attention"...

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* {{Bowdlerize}} - PlayedWith: The footnoted translation of the phrase mentioned in AltumVidetur is given as "When their ''full attention'' is in your grip, their hearts and minds will follow." ''Testiculos'' doesn't ''quite'' translate to "full attention"...
7th Oct '17 1:32:19 PM Odacon_Spy
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* BroughtDownToNormal: Once a mighty and feared deity who ruled many civilizations, lack of belief turned [[spoiler: Om]] into a tortoise.

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* BroughtDownToNormal: Once a mighty and feared deity who ruled many civilizations, lack of belief turned [[spoiler: Om]] Om into a tortoise.



* ChurchMilitant: Vorbis. Ultimately he cares more about his personal power and the power of the church than the god it was supposed to be dedicated to. Part of what makes him frightening is how ''completely unaware'' he is of this; he believes he's following the commands of his god [[spoiler:all the way to end, until he passes to the desert and ''finally'' learns that he's only been hearing himself. And now that's all the company he'll ever have...]]

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* ChurchMilitant: Vorbis. Ultimately he cares more about his personal power and the power of the church than the god it was supposed to be dedicated to. Part of what makes him frightening is how ''completely unaware'' [[BelievingTheirOwnLies how]] ''[[BelievingTheirOwnLies completely unaware]]'' [[BelievingTheirOwnLies he is of this; this]]; he believes he's following the commands of his god [[spoiler:all the way to end, until he passes to the desert and ''finally'' learns that he's only been hearing himself. And now that's all the company he'll ever have...]]
5th Sep '17 1:36:57 AM NanoMoose
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* AnimalMotifs: Pretty explicitly Brutha with tortoises (harmless, slow, thoughtful) and Vorbis with eagles (predatory, focused, elevated); the eagle will lift the tortoise off the ground and broaden its horizons, only to drop it to its death, just as Vorbis promotes Brutha with every intention of having him killed eventually. The problem for Vorbis comes in when the tortoise, as described in the opening tale, learns how to fly...

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* AnimalMotifs: Pretty explicitly Brutha with tortoises (harmless, slow, thoughtful) and Vorbis with eagles (predatory, focused, elevated); the eagle will lift the tortoise off the ground and broaden its horizons, horizons only to drop it to its death, just as Vorbis promotes Brutha with every intention of having him killed eventually. The problem for Vorbis comes in when the tortoise, as described in the opening tale, learns how to fly...
5th Sep '17 1:36:27 AM NanoMoose
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* AnimalMotifs: Pretty explicitly Brutha with tortoises (harmless, slow, thoughtful) and Vorbis with eagles (predatory, focused, elevated); the eagle will lift the tortoise off the ground and broaden its horizons, only to drop it to its death, just as Vorbis promotes Brutha with every intention of having him killed eventually. The problem for Vorbis comes in when the tortoise, as described in the opening tale, learns how to fly...
22nd Aug '17 9:55:24 AM Aquila89
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** The Ephebean philosophers dismiss the gods as "relics of an outmoded belief system". Then they have to take it back when various gods send them warning signs.
27th Jul '17 5:43:03 PM PaulA
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* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler:Brutha dies of old age at the end, one of the few Discworld protagonists not to make to the end of a novel]].
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