History Discworld / TheLastHero

3rd Aug '17 4:45:09 PM TargetOnMyBack
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* {{Expy}}: Vena the Raven-Haired is ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'' or ''Comicbook/RedSonja'' grown elderly.

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* {{Expy}}: Vena the Raven-Haired is ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'' or ''Comicbook/RedSonja'' grown elderly. In the audiobook, Stephen Briggs reads Vena with an antipodean accent to emphasise the Xena connection.
27th Jul '17 5:46:31 PM PaulA
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* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler:Cohen and the Silver Horde all die at the end, although it doesn't seem to cramp their style much]].
24th Jul '17 3:42:04 AM mangamanic
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* RageAgainstTheHeavens: What motivates Cohen and his Horde. Averted by Carrot, who's obviously appalled by the deities' attitudes but restricts himself to a StealthInsult.

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* RageAgainstTheHeavens: What motivates Cohen and his Horde.Horde, for making them so good at that they do that they could live to grow old, weak and see a world that doesn't need them anymore. Averted by Carrot, who's obviously appalled by the deities' attitudes but restricts himself to a StealthInsult.
22nd Jun '17 7:44:02 PM PaulA
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* SocietyOnEdgeEpisode: Averted. The Disc endangered once again, thanks to Cohen the Barbarian's RageAgainstTheHeavens. Unlike the previous examples, Ankh-Morpork's powers-that-be manage to keep the peace and work together to confront the problem.
8th May '17 12:30:34 PM nighttrainfm
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** The Silver Horde discusses finding maps, keys and first aid kits just sort of lying around in the dungeons, and never speculating who'd put them there or why up until that moment. Inexplicably helpful item placement will sound very familiar to anybody who's ever played an old first-person shooter. (Sir Pterry is, of course, an avowed fan of ''VideoGame/{{Doom}}''. And of course, older adventure games that developed the trope.)

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** The Silver Horde discusses finding [[BlatantItemPlacement maps, keys and first aid kits kits]] just sort of lying around in the dungeons, and never speculating who'd put them there or why up until that moment. Inexplicably helpful item placement will sound very familiar to anybody who's ever played an old first-person shooter. (Sir Pterry is, of course, an avowed fan of ''VideoGame/{{Doom}}''. And of course, older adventure games that developed the trope.)
28th Mar '17 6:47:51 PM nombretomado
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*** Also a ''OnlyFoolsAndHorses'' joke of sorts, or possibly a ''CMOT Dibbler'' one, with various references to the "Shed of Doom" and so on.

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*** Also a ''OnlyFoolsAndHorses'' ''Series/OnlyFoolsAndHorses'' joke of sorts, or possibly a ''CMOT Dibbler'' one, with various references to the "Shed of Doom" and so on.
11th Mar '17 2:20:35 AM Spindriver
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--> "-- no, that's not it. No, sir, I know that's not it. Because it's a parrot, that's why. You've taught it to bark and you've painted "[=DoG=]" on the side of it but it's still a parrot --"

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--> ---> "-- no, that's not it. No, sir, I know that's not it. Because it's a parrot, that's why. You've taught it to bark and you've painted "[=DoG=]" on the side of it but it's still a parrot --"



* PalsWithJesus



* ReliableTraitor: Evil Harry, it's part of the Code and everyone expected it.



* RobbingTheDead: The Horde would like to have a word with those who practice this. That word is "die!"

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* RobbingTheDead: The Horde would like to have a word with those who practice this. That word is "die!""Die!"



--> '''Carrot:''' Well, perhaps this time we'll see something more interesting.

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--> ---> '''Carrot:''' Well, perhaps this time we'll see something more interesting.
14th Feb '17 12:41:27 AM Chabal2
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However, there is a problem. An explosion as big as they are planning to make on the top of Cori Celesti will collapse the Disc's magic field for several years. Of course, the Disc [[AWizardDidIt runs on magic]], and without it the seas would dry up, the sun would crash and burn, and the turtle and the elephants would probably just stop existing altogether.

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However, there is a problem. An explosion as big as they are planning to make on the top of Cori Celesti will collapse the Disc's magic field for several years. Of course, the Disc [[AWizardDidIt runs on magic]], and without it the seas would dry up, the sun would crash and burn, and the turtle and the elephants would probably just stop existing altogether.
altogether. In the first ten minutes.



* BrickJoke: At one point Leonard designs a frying pan that sticks to any surface in case the crew of the mission want to cook at zero gravity. Later on during said mission, Rincewind asks that a frying pan be removed from his back. Near the end, in an illustration showing Leonard painting the ceiling of the Temple, Rincewind is a member of the gathered crowd - and that frying pan is ''still there!''

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* BrickJoke: At one point Leonard designs a frying pan that sticks to any surface in case the crew of the mission want to cook at in zero gravity. Later on during said mission, Rincewind asks that a frying pan be removed from his back. Near the end, in an illustration showing Leonard painting the ceiling of the Temple, Rincewind is a member of the gathered crowd - and that frying pan is ''still there!''



* FangThpeak: Offler the crocodile god

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* FangThpeak: Offler the crocodile godgod.



* IWasQuiteALooker: Vena the Raven-Haired, now a great-grandmother and no longer exactly raven-haired, as such.
* JerkassGods: Toyed with. The gods are, as has been established long before this story, as a whole selfish, short-sighted and literally play games with people's lives. On the other hand, Nuggan is regarded by even his fellow gods as being an unpleasant, odious little oik for banning his followers from eating chocolate, garlic and mushrooms. It's mentioned that some gods toy with averting this in order to get more worshipers -- specifically, forbidding the eating of certain unpleasant foods like broccoli or brussels sprouts. Sweevo, God of Cut Timber, is noted as banning the practice of panupunitoplasty. He has no idea what it is, or even if it's real, but is amused by how it makes his worshipers panic. Nuggan's got this fussy little moustache too. A footnote makes mention that outside of Borogravia he's a minor deity in charge of paperclips, correct things in the right place in small stationery sets, and unnecessary paperwork - on the whole a god who garners approval the way Cohen saves money.

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* IWasQuiteALooker: Vena the Raven-Haired, now a great-grandmother and no longer exactly raven-haired, as such.
such (though she still dresses as such).
* JerkassGods: JerkassGods:
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Toyed with. The gods are, as has been established long before this story, as a whole selfish, short-sighted and literally play games with people's lives. On the other hand, Nuggan is regarded by even his fellow gods as being an unpleasant, odious little oik for banning his followers from eating chocolate, garlic and mushrooms. Nuggan's got this fussy little moustache too. A footnote makes mention that outside of Borogravia he's a minor deity in charge of paperclips, correct things in the right place in small stationery sets, and unnecessary paperwork - on the whole a god who garners approval the way Cohen saves money.
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It's mentioned that some gods toy with averting this in order to get more worshipers -- specifically, forbidding the eating of certain unpleasant foods like broccoli or brussels sprouts. Sweevo, God of Cut Timber, is noted as banning the practice of panupunitoplasty. He has no idea what it is, or even if it's real, but is amused by how it makes his worshipers panic. Nuggan's got this fussy little moustache too. A footnote makes mention that outside of Borogravia he's a minor deity in charge of paperclips, correct things in the right place in small stationery sets, and unnecessary paperwork - on the whole a god who garners approval the way Cohen saves money.



* JetPack: Leonard builds a contraption that straps a dragon, upside down, to Rincewind's back, with mirrors that can be put in front of the dragon to make it flame. Why? ''Because he's Leonard of Quirm, dammit''.

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* JetPack: JetPack:
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Leonard builds a contraption that straps a dragon, upside down, to Rincewind's back, with mirrors that can be put in front of the dragon to make it flame. Why? ''Because he's Leonard of Quirm, dammit''.



* SeenItAll: Rincewind just ''knows'' he'll end up being drafted into the mission, and if he runs away and hides it'll be in a crate that gets loaded onto the ship, or something, so he just volunteers (or "not volunteers") at the start.
** Part of the reason for the hordes mission. They have been everywhere, done everything, conquered nations and now they simply have nothing left to do.

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* SeenItAll: SeenItAll:
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Rincewind just ''knows'' he'll end up being drafted into the mission, and if he runs away and hides it'll be in a crate that gets loaded onto the ship, or something, so he just volunteers (or "not volunteers") at the start.
** Part of the reason for the hordes Horde's mission. They have been everywhere, done everything, conquered nations and now they simply have nothing left to do.



** One illustration of Rincewind screaming in abject terror with his hands on his face is a ShoutOut to Edvard Munch's "The Scream".

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** One illustration of Rincewind screaming in abject terror with his hands on his face is a ShoutOut to Edvard Munch's "The Scream"."TheScream".



*** Leonard's illustration of the Imaginary Hull Borer ("if such a creature invades the ship, vital crew split up in order to search for it") includes the Latatian "Nucleus situm ex orbita, unus certis maximus". In other words, "nuke the entire site from orbit. ItsTheOnlyWayToBeSure."

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*** Leonard's illustration of the Imaginary Hull Borer ("if such a creature invades the ship, vital crew split up in order to search for it") includes the Latatian "Nucleus situm ex orbita, unus certis maximus". In other words, "nuke "Nuke the entire site from orbit. orbit, ItsTheOnlyWayToBeSure."



* StealthInsult: Asked by the gods if he fears them as mortals should, Carrot truthfully replies that what he's seen of them frightens the life out of him ... a statement which, true to form, ''could'' be interpreted very differently from the compliment Io takes it for.

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* StealthInsult: StealthInsult:
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Asked by the gods if he fears them as mortals should, Carrot truthfully replies that what he's seen of them frightens the life out of him ... a statement which, true to form, ''could'' be interpreted very differently from the compliment Io takes it for.



* TrainingFromHell: Ridcully decides that the crew of Leonard's space craft need to be trained for the mission. Ponder Stibbons points out that they're going into the unexpected, but Ridcully insists they be given some unexpected training. Rincewind states that they're going into certain death, which needs no training for whatsoever- He later decides that Leonard's device (Designed to test if a human body can handle the stress of leaving the Disc) would do. After five minutes on it, death would seem like a release.

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* TrainingFromHell: Ridcully decides that the crew of Leonard's space craft need to be trained for the mission. Ponder Stibbons points out that they're going into the unexpected, but Ridcully insists they be given some unexpected training. Rincewind states that they're going into certain death, which needs no training for whatsoever- whatsoever. He later decides that Leonard's device (Designed to test if a human body can handle the stress of leaving the Disc) would do. After five minutes on it, death would seem like a release.
14th Nov '16 8:00:03 AM Lullabee
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* Catch22Dilemma: Rincewind tries to get taken off the mission by claiming to be insane, but Vetinari's got him coming and going: you'd have to be insane to go on the mission, but being sane makes you well-qualified to take part. It's even name-dropped as a "catch" ("the best catch there is").
19th Oct '16 7:41:34 PM cybertoy0
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* DidNotThinkThisThrough: While going over their plans to launch ''The Kite'' off of the Disc, Rincewind learns (And points out) that the take-off site is near the island of Krull, which means running into the Circumfence, a giant net designed to keep things from falling off of the Disc. The narration notes that at that point, everyone else began thinking of excuses of why they couldn't have remembered that tidbit, and why everyone else should have.
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