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23rd Jul '16 2:48:55 PM DaibhidC
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** As far as lycanthropy being hereditary goes, well, so is vampirism, as illustrated by the Magpyrs. The fact Countess Magpyr wasn't ''born'' a vampire is actually seen as noteworthy.
23rd Jul '16 2:44:17 PM DaibhidC
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** Why is a Guild of Gamblers less likely than Beggars or Thieves? If the argument is that gambling is something people only do as a hobby rather than as a career, I direct you to the trope ProfessionalGambler.
7th Jul '16 5:39:07 AM Morgenthaler
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** Yeah. The Patrician gets away with it, I think, because he's ''not'' the main character; he doesn't take over books he's in, but quietly works in the background before revealing the whole thing is his GambitRoulette. I don't agree he takes credit for what Vimes and Moist do, though, most of the time he seems quite happy to let them have the spotlight (which, for different reasons, neither of them want). I agree about Granny to some extent, and I suspect this is why she's now shown as Tiffany's mentor (two-thirds Main/TheObiWan to one-third Main/SinkOrSwimMentor), rather than a main character (although what she does has always been portrayed as bloody hard work, and ''Carpe Jugulum'' (the last "standard" witches novel, and the one most people refer to as the one where she becomes superhuman) definitely shows her on the point of failure.

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** Yeah. The Patrician gets away with it, I think, because he's ''not'' the main character; he doesn't take over books he's in, but quietly works in the background before revealing the whole thing is his GambitRoulette. I don't agree he takes credit for what Vimes and Moist do, though, most of the time he seems quite happy to let them have the spotlight (which, for different reasons, neither of them want). I agree about Granny to some extent, and I suspect this is why she's now shown as Tiffany's mentor (two-thirds Main/TheObiWan Main/TheMentor to one-third Main/SinkOrSwimMentor), rather than a main character (although what she does has always been portrayed as bloody hard work, and ''Carpe Jugulum'' (the last "standard" witches novel, and the one most people refer to as the one where she becomes superhuman) definitely shows her on the point of failure.
22nd Jun '16 8:52:14 PM loracarol
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** By extension, how does [=[ZakZak's=] Magical Emporium stay in business in a place like Lancre - most witches can't afford the shop's goods and/or consider them ridiculous. Many of the young witches buy a lot of trinkets, but it doesn't seem that they can afford any but the cheapest articles available, and it's explicitly stated that for non-witches or wizards it's incredibly bad idea to pretend to be one.

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** By extension, how does [=[ZakZak's=] [=ZakZak's=] Magical Emporium stay in business in a place like Lancre - most witches can't afford the shop's goods and/or consider them ridiculous. Many of the young witches buy a lot of trinkets, but it doesn't seem that they can afford any but the cheapest articles available, and it's explicitly stated that for non-witches or wizards it's incredibly bad idea to pretend to be one.
22nd Jun '16 8:21:24 PM loracarol
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** Not need to refer to a fanmade Timeline, just open the novel ''Guards!Guards!'', it mentions Carrot is 16 when he arrives in Ankh-Morpork. In fact, on page 26 of the Paperback edition, in the scene when Carrot's adoptive father is sending him away, it says, ''"It's a terrible thing to be nearly sixteen and the wrong species."''

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** Not need to refer to a fanmade Timeline, just open the novel ''Guards!Guards!'', ''GuardsGuards'', it mentions Carrot is 16 when he arrives in Ankh-Morpork. In fact, on page 26 of the Paperback edition, in the scene when Carrot's adoptive father is sending him away, it says, ''"It's a terrible thing to be nearly sixteen and the wrong species."''



** Yes. All dwarves wear beards, male and female. Even the ''baby'' dwarves have beards. That's part of the reason ''why'' nobody can tel the males from the females, including other dwarves.

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** Yes. All dwarves wear beards, male and female. Even the ''baby'' dwarves have beards. That's part of the reason ''why'' nobody can tel tell the males from the females, including other dwarves.
29th May '16 9:28:06 PM MitchellTF
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** EarlyInstallmentWeirdness. After the first book...those kinds of heroes became less and less useful. They're still AROUND in Guards! Guards!, but afterwards it's pointed out that the traditional hero of that type is dying out. They don't have anything left to do. I mean, even GOBLINS have rights now. In fact, the books THEMSELVES are about this dying out. It happens as the books progress.

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** EarlyInstallmentWeirdness. After the first book...those kinds of heroes became less and less useful. They're still AROUND in Guards! Guards!, but afterwards it's pointed out that the traditional hero of that type is dying out. They don't have anything left to do. I mean, even GOBLINS have rights now. In fact, the books THEMSELVES are about this dying out. It happens as the books progress.
29th May '16 9:24:23 PM MitchellTF
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** EarlyInstallmentWeirdness. After the first book...those kinds of heroes became less and less useful. They're still AROUND in Guards! Guards!, but afterwards it's pointed out that the traditional hero of that type is dying out. They don't have anything left to do. I mean, even GOBLINS have rights now. In fact, the books THEMSELVES are about this dying out. It happens as the books progress.
18th May '16 4:09:30 AM Morgenthaler
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** He killed Cruces in defence of Vimes, really, and because he thought Cruces was too powerful to beat peacefully. He believes "personal isn't the same as important" and that sometimes means he makes very cold-blooded decisions: there's no suggestion that he feels good about doing so. Ankh-Morpork is a rough place - Vimes has also killed people in the execution of what he considers to be his duty, remember. I thought it was a case of KnightsTemplar more than anything.

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** He killed Cruces in defence of Vimes, really, and because he thought Cruces was too powerful to beat peacefully. He believes "personal isn't the same as important" and that sometimes means he makes very cold-blooded decisions: there's no suggestion that he feels good about doing so. Ankh-Morpork is a rough place - Vimes has also killed people in the execution of what he considers to be his duty, remember. I thought it was a case of KnightsTemplar KnightTemplar more than anything.
3rd Feb '16 11:20:44 AM Skebaba
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** Good luck trying to put a dagger into the back of someone who's good at hunting and shooting with crossbows and probably other hunting methods, and is also one of the rare wizards who is actually in a pretty good shape.
1st Feb '16 4:26:06 PM Lymantria
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--->What'll happen next? Vetinari won't mind. Vimes will throw out half of the charges at least, and the rest will become TICs and probably will not hugely affect the sentencing. The thieves will be glad to get out of it alive. Other thieves will be warned. By the rough and ready local standards, justice will have been served."

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--->What'll happen next? Vetinari won't mind. Vimes will throw out half of the charges at least, and the rest will become TICs UsefulNotes/TICs and probably will not hugely affect the sentencing. The thieves will be glad to get out of it alive. Other thieves will be warned. By the rough and ready local standards, justice will have been served."
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