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20th May '16 9:22:31 AM ChronoLegion
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* WeHaveReserves: The greatest strength of the [[TheReptilians Dromi]] are their sheer numbers. Their population is estimated at several ''hundred billion'', which is several times greater than the combined population of all the other known races. They breed like rabbits (much faster, in fact) and constantly need new planets to settle. Despite the great attrition rate among the lower/younger castes, their rate of reproduction is still incredibly high. They don't value the lives of the lower castes and see nothing wrong with sacrificing hundreds of them to find out a key piece of information about an enemy. Their technology is also less advanced than that of the humans and many other star-facing races, but their numbers more than make up for that. Their inborn lack of fear also means that all battles are fought to the last. Retreat is not an option to them.

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* WeHaveReserves: The greatest strength of the [[TheReptilians Dromi]] are their sheer numbers. Their population is estimated at several ''hundred billion'', which is several times greater than the combined population of all the other known races. They breed like rabbits (much faster, in fact) and constantly need new planets to settle. Despite the great attrition rate among the lower/younger castes, their rate of reproduction is still incredibly high. They don't value the lives of the lower castes and see nothing wrong with sacrificing hundreds of them to find out a key piece of information about an enemy. Their technology is also less advanced than that of the humans and many other star-facing races, but their numbers more than make up for that. Their largest ships are called dreadnoughts by humans, but they're actually the size of human frigates and are a fraction of the size of human cruisers. Their inborn lack of fear also means that all battles are fought to the last. Retreat is not an option to them.
14th Mar '16 7:28:46 AM ChronoLegion
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* FantasticCasteSystem: The [[TheReptilians Dromi]] are divided into tribes, headed by a Patriarch (or Zong-er-zong in the Dromi language; literally "Elder-over-Elders"). All members of a tribe descend from the Patriarch. Caste stratification is done via generations. Those born of earlier generations have a higher status than those born later. The first generation, called Sidura-zong (Big-Elders), are the rulers of the tribe (after the Patriarch). The second (Zong-ap-sidura, Elders-over-Big) and third (Zong-tii, Elders-with-Spot) generations serve as supervisors, the latter named so because they feature a large violet spot on their bellies, signifying maturity. The fourth and younger generations are called Sinn-ko (Named-Ones), who function as workers and rank-and-file soldiers. The mindless younglings are called Hallaha, and most of them don't even make it to the Sinn-ko age (those that do are given names). Only the Zong-tii and Zong-ap-sidura castes produce offspring, although this has more to do with physiology than social stratification (i.e. this is the time when the hermaphroditic Dromi can produce offspring). Due to their CannonFodder status, few Sinn-ko live long enough to become Zong-tii. The casualties among the Zong-tii are less, but the numbers still grow smaller yet by the time they reach the age of Zong-ap-sidura. Most Dromi never make past this stage and die at around the age of 50. A few are chosen for the Sidura-zong caste and are given life-extension treatments. Since the Dromi continue to grow throughout their lives, even with the longevity treatments, they still, eventually, succumb to the SquareCubeLaw. Patriarchs typically only die of this, although they usually sense their coming death and pass their authority to their oldest surviving offspring, a Sidura-zong, who becomes the new Patriarch. The other Sidura-zong can remain at that stage but can also leave to form their own tribes. As all this indicates, there is definite vertical mobility (by virtue of the aging process), but attrition ensures that only a relatively small percentage reaches higher castes.

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* FantasticCasteSystem: The [[TheReptilians Dromi]] are divided into tribes, headed by a Patriarch (or Zong-er-zong in the Dromi language; literally "Elder-over-Elders"). All members of a tribe descend from the Patriarch. Caste stratification is done via generations. Those born of earlier generations have a higher status than those born later. The first generation, called Sidura-zong (Big-Elders), are the rulers of the tribe (after the Patriarch). The second (Zong-ap-sidura, Elders-over-Big) Elders-under-Big) and third (Zong-tii, Elders-with-Spot) generations serve as supervisors, the latter named so because they feature a large violet spot on their bellies, signifying maturity. The fourth and younger generations are called Sinn-ko (Named-Ones), who function as workers and rank-and-file soldiers. The mindless younglings are called Hallaha, and most of them don't even make it to the Sinn-ko age (those that do are given names). Only the Zong-tii and Zong-ap-sidura castes produce offspring, although this has more to do with physiology than social stratification (i.e. this is the time when the hermaphroditic Dromi can produce offspring). Due to their CannonFodder status, few Sinn-ko live long enough to become Zong-tii. The casualties among the Zong-tii are less, but the numbers still grow smaller yet by the time they reach the age of Zong-ap-sidura. Most Dromi never make past this stage and die at around the age of 50. A few are chosen for the Sidura-zong caste and are given life-extension treatments. Since the Dromi continue to grow throughout their lives, even with the longevity treatments, they still, eventually, succumb to the SquareCubeLaw. Patriarchs typically only die of this, although they usually sense their coming death and pass their authority to their oldest surviving offspring, a Sidura-zong, who becomes the new Patriarch. The other Sidura-zong can remain at that stage but can also leave to form their own tribes. As all this indicates, there is definite vertical mobility (by virtue of the aging process), but attrition ensures that only a relatively small percentage reaches higher castes.
21st Dec '15 9:35:24 PM Doug86
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* TheMaidenNameDebate: Komandor Olaf Peter Carlos Trevelian-Krasnogortsev reveals that the reason for his hyphenated last name dates back to the beginning of the 20th century. An ancestor of his, a Russian nobleman named Krasnogortsev, fled Russia during the RedOctober and settled in France, marrying into the aristocratic Trevelian family, changing his last name to symbolize becoming one of them. Interestingly, some of the Komandor's children have decided that the name was too long and have used only "Trevelian" since then.

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* TheMaidenNameDebate: Komandor Olaf Peter Carlos Trevelian-Krasnogortsev reveals that the reason for his hyphenated last name dates back to the beginning of the 20th century. An ancestor of his, a Russian nobleman named Krasnogortsev, fled Russia during the RedOctober UsefulNotes/RedOctober and settled in France, marrying into the aristocratic Trevelian family, changing his last name to symbolize becoming one of them. Interestingly, some of the Komandor's children have decided that the name was too long and have used only "Trevelian" since then.
19th Nov '15 6:03:51 AM StFan
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* AbusivePrecursors - The Daskins ended up as this after millennia of ruling the galaxy. After [[WhatHaveIDone realizing this]], they depart the galaxy, leaving it for someone else to fill their shoes. There are some indications of this in the first novel, when Yo first meets the Envoy. When she learns of his abilities, she immediately begins to chant something with in the ancient Faata tongue (with the word "Daskin" showing up a few times) and make gestures that appear to be meant to ward off an evil spirit. The Envoy confirms that he recognizes the gestures and the words as coming from the original (pre-spaceflight) Faata civilization.
* ActionPrologue - Sort of, the first novel begins with a man watching a recording of an action-packed battle, in which the Faata CurbStompBattle the human fleet sent to stop them. The events then roll back to several months before, as the alien starship is first arriving to the outskirts of the Solar System. Later in the book, the battle is described two more times, from the viewpoint of a captive human aboard the starship and the admiral commanding the losing fleet.
* AfterTheEnd - The Faata have experienced two global disasters called Eclipses that brought their civilization down. The First Eclipse a PostPeakOil-like situation, when most of the necessary resources of their homeworld were used up, which was only aggravated by overpopulation. After centuries of chaos, during which most of the population was killed, the Second Phase emerged as the new civilization. New technology allowed them to solve the resource shortage problem by [[AsteroidMiners mining asteroids]]. However, remembering the First Eclipse, they used PopulationControl to keep the numbers manageable. Unfortunately, they kept the numbers too low, resulting in degradation of the gene pool. It wasn't long before inbreeding ruined their second civilization. The Second Eclipse was ended when the STL ships sent out to explore other stars returned centuries later. Finding out that their brethren have become primitive savages, they used their superior technology to enslave the rest of the population and start breeding low-caste subspecies. Obsessed with never experiencing another Eclipse, their doctrine is designed for unlimited expansion, citing it as the only guarantee against the Third Eclipse.
* AIIsACrapshoot - Deliberately {{averted}}. Several characters mention a certain threshold beyond which a truly intelligent AI is no longer capable of committing a violent act. As such, all military [=AIs=] are deliberately kept at a low level.
* AlienAmongUs - True with the [[VoluntaryShapeshifting Proteids]] ([=AKA=] Metamorphs), who are capable of assuming any form. Their emissaries (called Protectors) are present in many societies. One has lived on Earth since the 13th century.

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* AbusivePrecursors - AbusivePrecursors: The Daskins ended up as this after millennia of ruling the galaxy. After [[WhatHaveIDone realizing this]], they depart the galaxy, leaving it for someone else to fill their shoes. There are some indications of this in the first novel, when Yo first meets the Envoy. When she learns of his abilities, she immediately begins to chant something with in the ancient Faata tongue (with the word "Daskin" showing up a few times) and make gestures that appear to be meant to ward off an evil spirit. The Envoy confirms that he recognizes the gestures and the words as coming from the original (pre-spaceflight) Faata civilization.
* ActionPrologue - ActionPrologue: Sort of, the first novel begins with a man watching a recording of an action-packed battle, in which the Faata CurbStompBattle the human fleet sent to stop them. The events then roll back to several months before, as the alien starship is first arriving to the outskirts of the Solar System. Later in the book, the battle is described two more times, from the viewpoint of a captive human aboard the starship and the admiral commanding the losing fleet.
* AfterTheEnd - AfterTheEnd: The Faata have experienced two global disasters called Eclipses that brought their civilization down. The First Eclipse a PostPeakOil-like situation, when most of the necessary resources of their homeworld were used up, which was only aggravated by overpopulation. After centuries of chaos, during which most of the population was killed, the Second Phase emerged as the new civilization. New technology allowed them to solve the resource shortage problem by [[AsteroidMiners mining asteroids]]. However, remembering the First Eclipse, they used PopulationControl to keep the numbers manageable. Unfortunately, they kept the numbers too low, resulting in degradation of the gene pool. It wasn't long before inbreeding ruined their second civilization. The Second Eclipse was ended when the STL ships sent out to explore other stars returned centuries later. Finding out that their brethren have become primitive savages, they used their superior technology to enslave the rest of the population and start breeding low-caste subspecies. Obsessed with never experiencing another Eclipse, their doctrine is designed for unlimited expansion, citing it as the only guarantee against the Third Eclipse.
* AIIsACrapshoot - AIIsACrapshoot: Deliberately {{averted}}. Several characters mention a certain threshold beyond which a truly intelligent AI is no longer capable of committing a violent act. As such, all military [=AIs=] are deliberately kept at a low level.
* AlienAmongUs - AlienAmongUs:
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True with the [[VoluntaryShapeshifting Proteids]] ([=AKA=] Metamorphs), who are capable of assuming any form. Their emissaries (called Protectors) are present in many societies. One has lived on Earth since the 13th century.



* AlienArtsAreAppreciated - The novel ''Good Will Mission'' deals with Eric Trevelyan being sent to the Haptor homeworld as part of a diplomatic mission. Being a "cultural envoy", his task is to find a way to relate to the [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Proud Warrior Race]] through aspects like art. Unfortunately, he finds out that art is virtually nonexistent in Haptor society. Until, that is, he encounters a drunk at a local watering hole who appears to possess artistic talent. The drunk in question is a former soldier who refused to be ritualistically tortured and executed as befits a soldier who lost a battle, was dishonorably discharged, stripped of his property, clan affiliation, and name. In fact, it wasn't cowardice that compelled him to refuse an honorable death but the constant images in his head that he felt needed to be expressed somehow. By the end of the novel, Eric and the Haptor find common ground, and Eric resolves to find more artistic Haptors.
* AlienInvasion - The theme of the appropriately-titled first novel ''Invasion''.
* {{Alien Non-Interference Clause}} - {{Averted}} for the most part, as many advanced humanoids societies consider it their duty to help the more primitive cultures advance, although any attempts to influence a post-Renaissance culture invariably lead to violence, so most work is done at Medieval stage. Usually by infiltrating the culture and subtly introducing or emphasizing certain technological advancements, scientific ideas, and discoveries. For example, hinting to an explorer that a whole other continent exists on the other side of the world.

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* AlienArtsAreAppreciated - AlienArtsAreAppreciated: The novel ''Good Will Mission'' deals with Eric Trevelyan being sent to the Haptor homeworld as part of a diplomatic mission. Being a "cultural envoy", his task is to find a way to relate to the [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Proud Warrior Race]] through aspects like art. Unfortunately, he finds out that art is virtually nonexistent in Haptor society. Until, that is, he encounters a drunk at a local watering hole who appears to possess artistic talent. The drunk in question is a former soldier who refused to be ritualistically tortured and executed as befits a soldier who lost a battle, was dishonorably discharged, stripped of his property, clan affiliation, and name. In fact, it wasn't cowardice that compelled him to refuse an honorable death but the constant images in his head that he felt needed to be expressed somehow. By the end of the novel, Eric and the Haptor find common ground, and Eric resolves to find more artistic Haptors.
* AlienInvasion - AlienInvasion: The theme of the appropriately-titled first novel ''Invasion''.
* {{Alien Non-Interference Clause}} - AlienNonInterferenceClause: {{Averted}} for the most part, as many advanced humanoids societies consider it their duty to help the more primitive cultures advance, although any attempts to influence a post-Renaissance culture invariably lead to violence, so most work is done at Medieval stage. Usually by infiltrating the culture and subtly introducing or emphasizing certain technological advancements, scientific ideas, and discoveries. For example, hinting to an explorer that a whole other continent exists on the other side of the world.



* AlienSky - Any novel describing an alien world will invariably refer to the color of the sky and any moons that are visible. Astronauts are trained to recognize a world partly by the sky, even if they have not personally visited it.
* AliensStealCable - In ''Invasion'', the Faata first find out about Earth by detecting Earth's radio transmissions (presumably, from nearby stars). After arriving to the Solar System, they spend months studying TV and radio transmissions, learning English and attempting to find out more about our culture, society, and political structure. When Litvin sees what they are looking at (a number of TV broadcasts all jumbled together), he wonders how they can make sense of it all, especially since they appear to lump fiction, documentaries, and live feeds into one (e.g. watching a historical film about a pirate ship, then immediately switching to a shot of a hydrofoil). The Faata themselves, being highly pragmatic, have no concept of fiction, but they do understand lying. Art is also foreign to them, as is religion. One video in particular baffles them, which shows a woman undressing in a club before a crowd of watching men. When prompted, Litvin explains that they are not doctors examining her, merely men who are aroused by the sight of a female stripping.
* AntiMatter - The most powerful ship-to-ship weapons are the [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin annihilators]], which emit a stream of anti-protons. There's a bit of FridgeLogic there, as they are able to destroy DeflectorShields as well, despite the fact that anti-protons are harmless if they don't interact with matter.

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* AlienSky - AlienSky: Any novel describing an alien world will invariably refer to the color of the sky and any moons that are visible. Astronauts are trained to recognize a world partly by the sky, even if they have not personally visited it.
* AliensStealCable - AliensStealCable: In ''Invasion'', the Faata first find out about Earth by detecting Earth's radio transmissions (presumably, from nearby stars). After arriving to the Solar System, they spend months studying TV and radio transmissions, learning English and attempting to find out more about our culture, society, and political structure. When Litvin sees what they are looking at (a number of TV broadcasts all jumbled together), he wonders how they can make sense of it all, especially since they appear to lump fiction, documentaries, and live feeds into one (e.g. watching a historical film about a pirate ship, then immediately switching to a shot of a hydrofoil). The Faata themselves, being highly pragmatic, have no concept of fiction, but they do understand lying. Art is also foreign to them, as is religion. One video in particular baffles them, which shows a woman undressing in a club before a crowd of watching men. When prompted, Litvin explains that they are not doctors examining her, merely men who are aroused by the sight of a female stripping.
* AntiMatter - AntiMatter:
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The most powerful ship-to-ship weapons are the [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin annihilators]], which emit a stream of anti-protons. There's a bit of FridgeLogic there, as they are able to destroy DeflectorShields as well, despite the fact that anti-protons are harmless if they don't interact with matter.



* ApesInSpace - The Paraprims are primate-like hairy beings with advanced technology and, possibly, PsychicPowers. They are encountered in ''Trevelyan's Mission'' novels. Their main problem with humans is their insistence on imposing progress on any primitive culture, while their own infiltrators stick to their version of the AlienNonInterferenceClause.
* ArmorIsUseless - Ships without DeflectorShields might as well be made out of tissue paper. It is mentioned several times that, when a ship's shields go down, a few shots is all it takes to finish it off. This is demonstrated in the Battle of the Martian Orbit, when the Faata battle modules cut swaths through human {{Space Fighter}}s with their AntiMatter weapons and obliterate human cruisers with a single strike. Justified by the nature of anti-matter, which explosively reacts with any matter.
* ArtificialGravity - Pretty much all interstellar races have that, since the technology exists alongside such concepts as [[ReactionlessDrive gravity drives]] and {{Tractor Beam}}s. Besides allowing people to walk normally, it also serves as a ReinforceField for larger ships. Gravity generators can be localized, allowing for zero-g areas such as grav-lifts (two parallel shafts with currents of air pushing people up and down, respectively). Grav-lifts can also be present on planetary surfaces. Only the [[StarfishAliens Silmarri]] don't use artificial gravity (despite likely possessing the technology), since they're, basically, sentient worms who prefer to move around by crawling around their {{Bizarrchitecture}} ships.

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* ApesInSpace - ApesInSpace: The Paraprims are primate-like hairy beings with advanced technology and, possibly, PsychicPowers. They are encountered in ''Trevelyan's Mission'' novels. Their main problem with humans is their insistence on imposing progress on any primitive culture, while their own infiltrators stick to their version of the AlienNonInterferenceClause.
* ArmorIsUseless - ArmorIsUseless: Ships without DeflectorShields might as well be made out of tissue paper. It is mentioned several times that, when a ship's shields go down, a few shots is all it takes to finish it off. This is demonstrated in the Battle of the Martian Orbit, when the Faata battle modules cut swaths through human {{Space Fighter}}s with their AntiMatter weapons and obliterate human cruisers with a single strike. Justified by the nature of anti-matter, which explosively reacts with any matter.
* ArtificialGravity - ArtificialGravity: Pretty much all interstellar races have that, since the technology exists alongside such concepts as [[ReactionlessDrive gravity drives]] and {{Tractor Beam}}s. Besides allowing people to walk normally, it also serves as a ReinforceField for larger ships. Gravity generators can be localized, allowing for zero-g areas such as grav-lifts (two parallel shafts with currents of air pushing people up and down, respectively). Grav-lifts can also be present on planetary surfaces. Only the [[StarfishAliens Silmarri]] don't use artificial gravity (despite likely possessing the technology), since they're, basically, sentient worms who prefer to move around by crawling around their {{Bizarrchitecture}} ships.



* [[TheBattlestar Battlestar, The]] - all Earth cruisers carry several SpaceFighter wings (each wing is 4 fighters), but most of the firepower comes from the ships' weapons. The Dromi dreadnoughts are this as well.
* BeethovenWasAnAlienSpy / ETGaveUsWifi - The Exile has been partly responsible for some of the great advances made during the Renaissance. He helped finance Gutenberg's printing press, suggested the idea for an aircraft to Creator/LeonardoDaVinci, and not only gave Creator/ChristopherColumbus a hand-drawn chart featuring the American continents but also accompanied him on his journey as a simple sailor. Of course, part of the reason why he chose to go to Earth was to ensure that humanity would one day serve as a counterbalance to the rapidly-expanding Faata. He just didn't expect the Faata to arrive several centuries earlier than expected.
* BenevolentPrecursors - The Daskins started as protectors of justice throughout the galaxy. However, after many millennia, they began to started to stay their hand less and less, turning into AbusivePrecursors. [[WhatHaveIDone Upon realizing this]], they left.
* BigCreepyCrawlies - Arhang is populated by large sentient spiders.

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* [[TheBattlestar Battlestar, The]] - all TheBattlestar: All Earth cruisers carry several SpaceFighter wings (each wing is 4 fighters), but most of the firepower comes from the ships' weapons. The Dromi dreadnoughts are this as well.
* BeethovenWasAnAlienSpy / ETGaveUsWifi - The Exile has been partly responsible for some of the great advances made during the Renaissance. He helped finance Gutenberg's printing press, suggested the idea for an aircraft to Creator/LeonardoDaVinci, and not only gave Creator/ChristopherColumbus a hand-drawn chart featuring the American continents but also accompanied him on his journey as a simple sailor. Of course, part of the reason why he chose to go to Earth was to ensure that humanity would one day serve as a counterbalance to the rapidly-expanding Faata. He just didn't expect the Faata to arrive several centuries earlier than expected.
* BenevolentPrecursors -
BenevolentPrecursors: The Daskins started as protectors of justice throughout the galaxy. However, after many millennia, they began to started to stay their hand less and less, turning into AbusivePrecursors. [[WhatHaveIDone Upon realizing this]], they left.
* BigCreepyCrawlies - BigCreepyCrawlies: Arhang is populated by large sentient spiders.



* BizarreAlienBiology - The Faata look remarkably like humans (a lower-caste Faata female named Yo managed to live on Earth for six years without being discovered). However, there are several factors of their biology that are utterly alien. For example, the Faata circadian rhythm (i.e. daily cycle) does not include a period of rest (i.e. sleep). This is an artificial development, as their distant ancestors are stated to require sleep. Additionally, unlike humans, who are, for the most part, always ready to conceive offspring, the Faata have a mating season called tuahha that occurs about once a month. When not in tuahha, a Faata does not concern him- or herself with sex. In fact, modern Faata do not engage in physical intimacy at all, considering it to be an act of barbarism. Any Faata reaching his or her tuahha period is placed in a stasis-like state called t'hami that accelerates his or her metabolism. This allows the Faata to let the tuahha pass quicker (while being unconscious at the time) and get back to his or her life. Procreation is achieved via artificial insemination and only of a special caste of females called ksa, who are kept perpetually in t'hami.
* BodySnatcher - Ivar Trevelyan gets to be one when his consciousness is sent to the planet Arhang populated by sentient spiders in order to find a lost colleague.

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* BizarreAlienBiology - BizarreAlienBiology: The Faata look remarkably like humans (a lower-caste Faata female named Yo managed to live on Earth for six years without being discovered). However, there are several factors of their biology that are utterly alien. For example, the Faata circadian rhythm (i.e. daily cycle) does not include a period of rest (i.e. sleep). This is an artificial development, as their distant ancestors are stated to require sleep. Additionally, unlike humans, who are, for the most part, always ready to conceive offspring, the Faata have a mating season called tuahha that occurs about once a month. When not in tuahha, a Faata does not concern him- or herself with sex. In fact, modern Faata do not engage in physical intimacy at all, considering it to be an act of barbarism. Any Faata reaching his or her tuahha period is placed in a stasis-like state called t'hami that accelerates his or her metabolism. This allows the Faata to let the tuahha pass quicker (while being unconscious at the time) and get back to his or her life. Procreation is achieved via artificial insemination and only of a special caste of females called ksa, who are kept perpetually in t'hami.
* BodySnatcher - BodySnatcher: Ivar Trevelyan gets to be one when his consciousness is sent to the planet Arhang populated by sentient spiders in order to find a lost colleague.



* BoldlyComing - Lieutenant Commander Pavel Litvin encounters a lower-caste Faata female. When encountering her next, she is in the middle of her [[Franchise/StarTrek Pon Farr]]-like state, at which point she jumps him, and he is only too happy to "help" her pass through the phase.

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* BoldlyComing - BoldlyComing: Lieutenant Commander Pavel Litvin encounters a lower-caste Faata female. When encountering her next, she is in the middle of her [[Franchise/StarTrek Pon Farr]]-like state, at which point she jumps him, and he is only too happy to "help" her pass through the phase.



* BrainUploading - 500 years after the events of the first novel, it is not uncommon for great individuals to have their minds preserved as active consciousnesses. Since they are fully conscious, they have the same rights as humans.
* CanonDiscontinuity - The author can't seem to agree on how the contour drive works, each novel offering a slightly different explanation.

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* BrainUploading - BrainUploading: 500 years after the events of the first novel, it is not uncommon for great individuals to have their minds preserved as active consciousnesses. Since they are fully conscious, they have the same rights as humans.
* CanonDiscontinuity - CanonDiscontinuity: The author can't seem to agree on how the contour drive works, each novel offering a slightly different explanation.



* CasualInterstellarTravel - Any ship equipped with a contour drive is capable of instantaneously jumping to another star system. In fact, the distance is immaterial to the drive itself. However, the extremely precise calculations necessary for a jump restrict jumping to a few parsecs. Otherwise, the ship risks missing its mark by a wide margin or ending up inside a star or a planet.

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* CasualInterstellarTravel - CasualInterstellarTravel: Any ship equipped with a contour drive is capable of instantaneously jumping to another star system. In fact, the distance is immaterial to the drive itself. However, the extremely precise calculations necessary for a jump restrict jumping to a few parsecs. Otherwise, the ship risks missing its mark by a wide margin or ending up inside a star or a planet.



* [[TheCavalry Cavalry, The]] - the fleet at the end of ''Dark Skies'' (the fourth novel).
* CelebrityParadox - In ''Fighters of Danveyt'', the characters are sitting in the VIP room of a bar and examine the paintings there. Four of them are portraits of famous writers, including Creator/WalterScott, Creator/RobertLouisStevenson, and Creator/AlexanderDumas. The fourth portrait is of a Middle Eastern man in a turban with the writing underneath naming him "Mizael bin Akhman." One character even points out that "Akhman" is not the author's real name, having read his novels as a kid. For reference, Creator/MikhailAkhmanov's real name is Mikhail Nahmanson.
* ChinaTakesOverTheWorld - Averted in the first novel. The great powers of the world have unofficially agreed to keep China down, limiting its technological development and, mostly, keeping it out of space. Naturally, China isn't happy, but there isn't anything it can do. In the sequels, it's mentioned that China is one of the first countries to settle the habitable worlds found not far from Sol, mostly due to the fact that it's overpopulated and desperately needs to offload some of its people somewhere. Most of the people in the Western nations would rather stay in their comfortable homes than to try to tame a wild planet light years away.
* ChivalrousPervert - Ivar Trevelian loves the ladies and is quite TheCharmer. He does leave them, but only because his work requires him to travel a lot and avoid putting down any roots.

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* [[TheCavalry Cavalry, The]] - The]]: the fleet at the end of ''Dark Skies'' (the fourth novel).
* CelebrityParadox - CelebrityParadox: In ''Fighters of Danveyt'', the characters are sitting in the VIP room of a bar and examine the paintings there. Four of them are portraits of famous writers, including Creator/WalterScott, Creator/RobertLouisStevenson, and Creator/AlexanderDumas. The fourth portrait is of a Middle Eastern man in a turban with the writing underneath naming him "Mizael bin Akhman." One character even points out that "Akhman" is not the author's real name, having read his novels as a kid. For reference, Creator/MikhailAkhmanov's real name is Mikhail Nahmanson.
* ChinaTakesOverTheWorld - ChinaTakesOverTheWorld: Averted in the first novel. The great powers of the world have unofficially agreed to keep China down, limiting its technological development and, mostly, keeping it out of space. Naturally, China isn't happy, but there isn't anything it can do. In the sequels, it's mentioned that China is one of the first countries to settle the habitable worlds found not far from Sol, mostly due to the fact that it's overpopulated and desperately needs to offload some of its people somewhere. Most of the people in the Western nations would rather stay in their comfortable homes than to try to tame a wild planet light years away.
* ChivalrousPervert - ChivalrousPervert: Ivar Trevelian loves the ladies and is quite TheCharmer. He does leave them, but only because his work requires him to travel a lot and avoid putting down any roots.



* CrazyPrepared - the United Space Forces in the first novel have warships armed to the teeth with MagneticWeapons (firing icicle spreads), FrickinLaserBeams, {{Plasma Cannon}}s, and nuclear missiles. Their primary combat tasks appear to be as a quick-reaction force against Earth-based missions and destroying dangerous asteroids. There does not appear to be a reason why the USF has to have so many well-armed ships, especially since a large chunk of them usually find themselves patroling the Outer Solar System, and the existence of aliens is not seen as something possible (until they show up, that is).
* CurbStompBattle - the Faata are just too advanced in the first novel to defeat them using conventional means. The Battle at Martian Orbit results in the destruction of twelve Earth cruisers with minor Faata losses. These twelve ships constitute about 1/6 of the total strength of the United Space Forces at the time.

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* CrazyPrepared - CrazyPrepared: the United Space Forces in the first novel have warships armed to the teeth with MagneticWeapons (firing icicle spreads), FrickinLaserBeams, {{Plasma Cannon}}s, and nuclear missiles. Their primary combat tasks appear to be as a quick-reaction force against Earth-based missions and destroying dangerous asteroids. There does not appear to be a reason why the USF has to have so many well-armed ships, especially since a large chunk of them usually find themselves patroling the Outer Solar System, and the existence of aliens is not seen as something possible (until they show up, that is).
* CurbStompBattle - CurbStompBattle: the Faata are just too advanced in the first novel to defeat them using conventional means. The Battle at Martian Orbit results in the destruction of twelve Earth cruisers with minor Faata losses. These twelve ships constitute about 1/6 of the total strength of the United Space Forces at the time.



* DefectorFromDecadence - A number of Dromi exiles live alongside humans on several Lo'ona Aeo worlds. Unlike the vast majority of their people, they have managed to overcome their innate need to obey their elders and have grown tired of fighting. Most live monastic lifestyles and spend their final years (Dromi rarely live to be older than 50) contemplating the universe.
* DeflectorShields - Present on most alien ships and on all human ships starting with the second novel. When introduced in the first novel, a Faata starship's shields are able to reflect a swarm of icicles fired by a [[MagneticWeapons Magnetic Weapon]] back at the firing ship at a much higher speed. Also capable of shrugging off a combined nuclear blast of nearly 140 gigatons. It's stated in several novels that shields are typically synchronized with weapons, since they must be dropped for several milliseconds in order for weapons to fire without hitting the ship's own shield. Naturally, if the enemy shot happens to land at just the right moment, the crew might not even know what hit them. Shield are dropped for longer periods is something needs to be launched, like fighters or probes.
* DrillSergeantNasty - Paul Richard Corcoran has one when he first joins the USF marines. Sergeant Brian Cox (not [[Creator/BrianCox that one]]) is a typical example (except he [[DontCallMeSir doesn't complain at being called "sir"]], which could simply be a case of ArtisticLicenseMilitary). When Corcoran proves to be a smart-ass on his first day (by clarifying if the sergeant will also turn the three girls in the squad into "real men"), Cox shows him a cigarette butt, then orders him to dig a hole three meters deep, put the cigarette butt in it, then sit on it in the lotus position until Cox comes to check. And do it all in 3 hours.
* [[TheEmpire Empire, The]] - The Faata. Also, possibly, the Dromi.

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* DefectorFromDecadence - DefectorFromDecadence: A number of Dromi exiles live alongside humans on several Lo'ona Aeo worlds. Unlike the vast majority of their people, they have managed to overcome their innate need to obey their elders and have grown tired of fighting. Most live monastic lifestyles and spend their final years (Dromi rarely live to be older than 50) contemplating the universe.
* DeflectorShields - DeflectorShields: Present on most alien ships and on all human ships starting with the second novel. When introduced in the first novel, a Faata starship's shields are able to reflect a swarm of icicles fired by a [[MagneticWeapons Magnetic Weapon]] back at the firing ship at a much higher speed. Also capable of shrugging off a combined nuclear blast of nearly 140 gigatons. It's stated in several novels that shields are typically synchronized with weapons, since they must be dropped for several milliseconds in order for weapons to fire without hitting the ship's own shield. Naturally, if the enemy shot happens to land at just the right moment, the crew might not even know what hit them. Shield are dropped for longer periods is something needs to be launched, like fighters or probes.
* DrillSergeantNasty - DrillSergeantNasty: Paul Richard Corcoran has one when he first joins the USF marines. Sergeant Brian Cox (not [[Creator/BrianCox that one]]) is a typical example (except he [[DontCallMeSir doesn't complain at being called "sir"]], which could simply be a case of ArtisticLicenseMilitary). When Corcoran proves to be a smart-ass on his first day (by clarifying if the sergeant will also turn the three girls in the squad into "real men"), Cox shows him a cigarette butt, then orders him to dig a hole three meters deep, put the cigarette butt in it, then sit on it in the lotus position until Cox comes to check. And do it all in 3 hours.
* [[TheEmpire Empire, The]] - TheEmpire: The Faata. Also, possibly, the Dromi.



* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep - A Shas-ga chieftain on the planet Ravana/Inferno takes on the name Grey Trumpeter after he unites the hearths (i.e. clans) of TheHorde. His original name is unknown. "Trumpeter" refers to his loud voice, a necessity for a great leader.
* [[BearsAreBadNews Everything's Worse With Bears]] - the Llyano look like human-sized stocky bears. They are omnivores and are even rumored to eat other sentient beings. Very little is known about them, only that they trade with the Lo'ona Aeo. This is later {{Ret Con}}ned. The Llyano turn out to be largely peaceful hunter-gatherers, who would never dream of eating another sentient being. Their primary "enemies" are deadly semi-sapient predators called shorro (or "nocturnal silent ones"), who would fit this trope, since they look similar to the Llyano (being a member of a lateral evolutionary branch), except larger and more fierce. When one appears near a village, it shows up every night and abducts and eats a Llyano until a hunting party is organized to kill it.
* ExplosionsInSpace - {{Played straight}} with ships destroyed by plasma or antimatter. Ships destroyed by an [[AntiMatter annihilator]] produce a gamma-ray burst.
* FamilyThemeNaming - Paul Richard Corcoran's wife is named Vera (literally, "faith"). His two daughters are named Nadezhda (literally, "hope") and Lyubov (literally, "love"). "Faith, hope, and love" is a phrase from "[[TheBible 1 Corinthians 13:13]]".
* FamousAncestor - All of Paul Richard Corcoran's descendants can claim this. Also, the cast of the in-universe holofilm ''Invasion'', released on the 30th anniversary of said event, includes descendants of well-known 80s action stars: Creator/ChuckNorris, Jr. (as the hero Pavel Litvin), and Peter [[JeanClaudeVanDamme Van Damme]] (as the BigBad Yata).
* FamousNamedForeigner - In the fourth novel, Olaf Peter Carlos Trevelyan-Krasnogortsev hopes to get some leave on Earth, so he can meet up with one of his old flames, most of whom appear to be named after 20th century actresses: Lucía Méndez, Creator/AngelinaJolie, Creator/GoldieHawn, Creator/MonicaBellucci, Michèle Mercier.
* FantasticCasteSystem - The [[TheReptilians Dromi]] are divided into tribes, headed by a Patriarch (or Zong-er-zong in the Dromi language; literally "Elder-over-Elders"). All members of a tribe descend from the Patriarch. Caste stratification is done via generations. Those born of earlier generations have a higher status than those born later. The first generation, called Sidura-zong (Big-Elders), are the rulers of the tribe (after the Patriarch). The second (Zong-ap-sidura, Elders-over-Big) and third (Zong-tii, Elders-with-Spot) generations serve as supervisors, the latter named so because they feature a large violet spot on their bellies, signifying maturity. The fourth and younger generations are called Sinn-ko (Named-Ones), who function as workers and rank-and-file soldiers. The mindless younglings are called Hallaha, and most of them don't even make it to the Sinn-ko age (those that do are given names). Only the Zong-tii and Zong-ap-sidura castes produce offspring, although this has more to do with physiology than social stratification (i.e. this is the time when the hermaphroditic Dromi can produce offspring). Due to their CannonFodder status, few Sinn-ko live long enough to become Zong-tii. The casualties among the Zong-tii are less, but the numbers still grow smaller yet by the time they reach the age of Zong-ap-sidura. Most Dromi never make past this stage and die at around the age of 50. A few are chosen for the Sidura-zong caste and are given life-extension treatments. Since the Dromi continue to grow throughout their lives, even with the longevity treatments, they still, eventually, succumb to the SquareCubeLaw. Patriarchs typically only die of this, although they usually sense their coming death and pass their authority to their oldest surviving offspring, a Sidura-zong, who becomes the new Patriarch. The other Sidura-zong can remain at that stage but can also leave to form their own tribes. As all this indicates, there is definite vertical mobility (by virtue of the aging process), but attrition ensures that only a relatively small percentage reaches higher castes.
* [[TheFederation Federation, The]] - The Earth Federation. The old nation-states still exist on Earth.
* FictionalCurrency - In the late 21st century, North America and Europe use a unified currency called the eular, the result of the economic struggle between the dollar and the euro. However, many other types of currency remain, such as the British pound, the Russian ruble, the Chinese yuan, the Japanese yen, and others.
* FirstContact - The official first contact with the Faata happens when they choose to reveal themselves to humans before attacking. Prior to that, they destroy an Earth ship and abduct three officers. A more proper version happens when the Servs land on Pluto and greet humans on behalf of their Lo'ona Aeo masters.
* FixedForwardFacingWeapon - [[AntiMatter Annihilators]] are, typically, mounted in this manner, since they are extremely-powerful and large weapons. The ''Pallas''-class cruisers, introduced in the fourth novel, are a marked improvement over the older cruisers and feature two independently-targeted annihilators, not only doubling their firepower, but also allowing them to target two different ships at the same time.
* FourthDateMarriage - In ''Consul Trevelian'', Ivar decides to stop sleeping around and proposes to a beautiful T'haran (human from a harsh colony) woman... after knowing her for a total of 2 days. She accepts.
* FreeLoveFuture - While this is not the case, when Ivar proposes to a woman ([[FourthDateMarriage whom he only knows for several days]]), she specifies, as one of her requirements, that their marriage will not be "open". She even apologizes for being "old-fashioned", although there's nothing to indicate that open marriages are the norm in human society (although some text in the following novel suggests that it's not unusual; it's just that Alice is from T'har, a very conservative world). Ivar agrees, even though sex is one of his means of infiltrating primitive cultures. He does amend that he won't have sex with any ''humanoids'', as BodySnatcher technology is likely to be used to infiltrate non-humanoid cultures.

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* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep - ETGaveUsWifi: The Exile has been partly responsible for some of the great advances made during the Renaissance. He helped finance Gutenberg's printing press, suggested the idea for an aircraft to Creator/LeonardoDaVinci, and not only gave Creator/ChristopherColumbus a hand-drawn chart featuring the American continents but also accompanied him on his journey as a simple sailor. Of course, part of the reason why he chose to go to Earth was to ensure that humanity would one day serve as a counterbalance to the rapidly-expanding Faata. He just didn't expect the Faata to arrive several centuries earlier than expected.
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep:
A Shas-ga chieftain on the planet Ravana/Inferno takes on the name Grey Trumpeter after he unites the hearths (i.e. clans) of TheHorde. His original name is unknown. "Trumpeter" refers to his loud voice, a necessity for a great leader.
* [[BearsAreBadNews Everything's Worse With Bears]] - Bears]]: the Llyano look like human-sized stocky bears. They are omnivores and are even rumored to eat other sentient beings. Very little is known about them, only that they trade with the Lo'ona Aeo. This is later {{Ret Con}}ned. The Llyano turn out to be largely peaceful hunter-gatherers, who would never dream of eating another sentient being. Their primary "enemies" are deadly semi-sapient predators called shorro (or "nocturnal silent ones"), who would fit this trope, since they look similar to the Llyano (being a member of a lateral evolutionary branch), except larger and more fierce. When one appears near a village, it shows up every night and abducts and eats a Llyano until a hunting party is organized to kill it.
* ExplosionsInSpace - ExplosionsInSpace: {{Played straight}} with ships destroyed by plasma or antimatter. Ships destroyed by an [[AntiMatter annihilator]] produce a gamma-ray burst.
* FamilyThemeNaming - FamilyThemeNaming: Paul Richard Corcoran's wife is named Vera (literally, "faith"). His two daughters are named Nadezhda (literally, "hope") and Lyubov (literally, "love"). "Faith, hope, and love" is a phrase from "[[TheBible 1 Corinthians 13:13]]".
* FamousAncestor - FamousAncestor: All of Paul Richard Corcoran's descendants can claim this. Also, the cast of the in-universe holofilm ''Invasion'', released on the 30th anniversary of said event, includes descendants of well-known 80s action stars: Creator/ChuckNorris, Jr. (as the hero Pavel Litvin), and Peter [[JeanClaudeVanDamme Van Damme]] (as the BigBad Yata).
* FamousNamedForeigner - FamousNamedForeigner: In the fourth novel, Olaf Peter Carlos Trevelyan-Krasnogortsev hopes to get some leave on Earth, so he can meet up with one of his old flames, most of whom appear to be named after 20th century actresses: Lucía Méndez, Creator/AngelinaJolie, Creator/GoldieHawn, Creator/MonicaBellucci, Michèle Mercier.
* FantasticCasteSystem - FantasticCasteSystem: The [[TheReptilians Dromi]] are divided into tribes, headed by a Patriarch (or Zong-er-zong in the Dromi language; literally "Elder-over-Elders"). All members of a tribe descend from the Patriarch. Caste stratification is done via generations. Those born of earlier generations have a higher status than those born later. The first generation, called Sidura-zong (Big-Elders), are the rulers of the tribe (after the Patriarch). The second (Zong-ap-sidura, Elders-over-Big) and third (Zong-tii, Elders-with-Spot) generations serve as supervisors, the latter named so because they feature a large violet spot on their bellies, signifying maturity. The fourth and younger generations are called Sinn-ko (Named-Ones), who function as workers and rank-and-file soldiers. The mindless younglings are called Hallaha, and most of them don't even make it to the Sinn-ko age (those that do are given names). Only the Zong-tii and Zong-ap-sidura castes produce offspring, although this has more to do with physiology than social stratification (i.e. this is the time when the hermaphroditic Dromi can produce offspring). Due to their CannonFodder status, few Sinn-ko live long enough to become Zong-tii. The casualties among the Zong-tii are less, but the numbers still grow smaller yet by the time they reach the age of Zong-ap-sidura. Most Dromi never make past this stage and die at around the age of 50. A few are chosen for the Sidura-zong caste and are given life-extension treatments. Since the Dromi continue to grow throughout their lives, even with the longevity treatments, they still, eventually, succumb to the SquareCubeLaw. Patriarchs typically only die of this, although they usually sense their coming death and pass their authority to their oldest surviving offspring, a Sidura-zong, who becomes the new Patriarch. The other Sidura-zong can remain at that stage but can also leave to form their own tribes. As all this indicates, there is definite vertical mobility (by virtue of the aging process), but attrition ensures that only a relatively small percentage reaches higher castes.
* [[TheFederation Federation, The]] - The]]: The Earth Federation. The old nation-states still exist on Earth.
* FictionalCurrency - FictionalCurrency: In the late 21st century, North America and Europe use a unified currency called the eular, the result of the economic struggle between the dollar and the euro. However, many other types of currency remain, such as the British pound, the Russian ruble, the Chinese yuan, the Japanese yen, and others.
* FirstContact - FirstContact: The official first contact with the Faata happens when they choose to reveal themselves to humans before attacking. Prior to that, they destroy an Earth ship and abduct three officers. A more proper version happens when the Servs land on Pluto and greet humans on behalf of their Lo'ona Aeo masters.
* FixedForwardFacingWeapon - FixedForwardFacingWeapon: [[AntiMatter Annihilators]] are, typically, mounted in this manner, since they are extremely-powerful and large weapons. The ''Pallas''-class cruisers, introduced in the fourth novel, are a marked improvement over the older cruisers and feature two independently-targeted annihilators, not only doubling their firepower, but also allowing them to target two different ships at the same time.
* FourthDateMarriage - FourthDateMarriage: In ''Consul Trevelian'', Ivar decides to stop sleeping around and proposes to a beautiful T'haran (human from a harsh colony) woman... after knowing her for a total of 2 days. She accepts.
* FreeLoveFuture - FreeLoveFuture: While this is not the case, when Ivar proposes to a woman ([[FourthDateMarriage whom he only knows for several days]]), she specifies, as one of her requirements, that their marriage will not be "open". She even apologizes for being "old-fashioned", although there's nothing to indicate that open marriages are the norm in human society (although some text in the following novel suggests that it's not unusual; it's just that Alice is from T'har, a very conservative world). Ivar agrees, even though sex is one of his means of infiltrating primitive cultures. He does amend that he won't have sex with any ''humanoids'', as BodySnatcher technology is likely to be used to infiltrate non-humanoid cultures.



* GoodColorsEvilColors - Inverted with the Kni'lina, for whom "green" is a symbol for danger while "red" means everything is fine. Obviously, this can confuse uninformed humans. The reasons for that go back to their ancient history, where the arrival of a second moon caused much calamity and upheaval in society. The second moon appears green from the surface of their homeworld, thus the negative connotation of the color.
* GRatedDrug - The sentient insectoids from Arhang get drunk from ''salt water''.
* GunboatDiplomacy - The [[TheFederation Earth Federation]]'s standard policy is to ferry diplomats in warships as a reminder of humanity's strength. The only time this was broken was during the first official contact with the [[TechnicalPacifist Paraprims]], who insisted on an unarmed ship.
* HalfHumanHybrid - Paul Richard Corcoran is the son of a Faata high-caste male named Dyte and Lieutenant Abigail [=McNeil=], who was forcibly impregnated with his seed. Named after his official father, Lieutenant Richard Corcoran, and his godfather, Lieutenant Commander Pavel Litvin. The second through fifth novels follow the lives of Corcoran and some of his descendants. Paul inherits some of the Faata [[PsychicPowers telepathic]] abilities and their longevity. Some of his descendants also manifest telepathy. All are known to have lived unnaturally long lives, unless killed. Males tend to be unable to conceive until well in their 40s.

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* GoodColorsEvilColors - GoodColorsEvilColors: Inverted with the Kni'lina, for whom "green" is a symbol for danger while "red" means everything is fine. Obviously, this can confuse uninformed humans. The reasons for that go back to their ancient history, where the arrival of a second moon caused much calamity and upheaval in society. The second moon appears green from the surface of their homeworld, thus the negative connotation of the color.
* GRatedDrug - GRatedDrug: The sentient insectoids from Arhang get drunk from ''salt water''.
* GunboatDiplomacy - GunboatDiplomacy: The [[TheFederation Earth Federation]]'s standard policy is to ferry diplomats in warships as a reminder of humanity's strength. The only time this was broken was during the first official contact with the [[TechnicalPacifist Paraprims]], who insisted on an unarmed ship.
* HalfHumanHybrid - HalfHumanHybrid: Paul Richard Corcoran is the son of a Faata high-caste male named Dyte and Lieutenant Abigail [=McNeil=], who was forcibly impregnated with his seed. Named after his official father, Lieutenant Richard Corcoran, and his godfather, Lieutenant Commander Pavel Litvin. The second through fifth novels follow the lives of Corcoran and some of his descendants. Paul inherits some of the Faata [[PsychicPowers telepathic]] abilities and their longevity. Some of his descendants also manifest telepathy. All are known to have lived unnaturally long lives, unless killed. Males tend to be unable to conceive until well in their 40s.



* HappilyMarried - Most protagonists. Komandor Olaf Peter Carlos Trevelian-Krasnogortsev is a glaring exception, having gone through several marriages (although one of them would have probably lasted had that wife not been killed in combat). Even the philandering Ivar Trevelyan eventually ends up in a happy FourthDateMarriage and readily gives up his womanizing ways.
* HiveMind - Partly true with the Faata, with the higher caste using [[PsychicPowers telepathy]] to control the lower castes.
* HollywoodTactics - An in-universe example in ''The Missing Link'' with the Chthon immortals, who have been at a stalemate for millennia, barring small border skirmishes, whose tactics have since degraded to just a few basic ones. These include [[strike:human]] robot wave attacks and basic ambushes. Ivar Trevelian's mental Companion (the [[BrainUploading uploaded]] consciousness of his distant ancestor), a former admiral, remarks that he could easily conquer this world with opponents such as these. He later proves this by defeating several opponents at the same time with inferior forces.
* HomeworldEvacuation - In ''The Defender'', while an joint human-Haptor archaeological team attempts to discover a Daskin artifact on the planet Liana 2 (the Llyano homeworld), Earth's Mobile Fleet is attempting to intercept a NegativeSpaceWedgie that threatens the planet and any other planet in its path. A massive Lo'ona Aeo ship arrives to trade with the locals, and it's noted that it's much larger than a typical trade ship and may even be capable of evacuating a significant portion of the planet's population if necessary. The humans agree that the Lo'ona Aeo must be preparing to invoke this trope in case the giant DeflectorShield set up by the Mobile Fleet to intercept the particle stream fails. They are followed by three Nil'hazi ships, who claim to be doing the same and insist that the humans shield will not hold, so the Mobile Fleet should, instead, focus on evacuating as many Llyano as possible.
* HonorBeforeReason - [[HumanAliens Teruxi]] males will try to prove themselves at any opportunity and will often thrust themselves into danger without thinking. This is mostly due to their culture retaining much of the romantic ideals of chivalry from their early history.

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* HappilyMarried - HappilyMarried: Most protagonists. Komandor Olaf Peter Carlos Trevelian-Krasnogortsev is a glaring exception, having gone through several marriages (although one of them would have probably lasted had that wife not been killed in combat). Even the philandering Ivar Trevelyan eventually ends up in a happy FourthDateMarriage and readily gives up his womanizing ways.
* HiveMind - HiveMind: Partly true with the Faata, with the higher caste using [[PsychicPowers telepathy]] to control the lower castes.
* HollywoodTactics - HollywoodTactics: An in-universe example in ''The Missing Link'' with the Chthon immortals, who have been at a stalemate for millennia, barring small border skirmishes, whose tactics have since degraded to just a few basic ones. These include [[strike:human]] robot wave attacks and basic ambushes. Ivar Trevelian's mental Companion (the [[BrainUploading uploaded]] consciousness of his distant ancestor), a former admiral, remarks that he could easily conquer this world with opponents such as these. He later proves this by defeating several opponents at the same time with inferior forces.
* HomeworldEvacuation - HomeworldEvacuation: In ''The Defender'', while an joint human-Haptor archaeological team attempts to discover a Daskin artifact on the planet Liana 2 (the Llyano homeworld), Earth's Mobile Fleet is attempting to intercept a NegativeSpaceWedgie that threatens the planet and any other planet in its path. A massive Lo'ona Aeo ship arrives to trade with the locals, and it's noted that it's much larger than a typical trade ship and may even be capable of evacuating a significant portion of the planet's population if necessary. The humans agree that the Lo'ona Aeo must be preparing to invoke this trope in case the giant DeflectorShield set up by the Mobile Fleet to intercept the particle stream fails. They are followed by three Nil'hazi ships, who claim to be doing the same and insist that the humans shield will not hold, so the Mobile Fleet should, instead, focus on evacuating as many Llyano as possible.
* HonorBeforeReason - HonorBeforeReason: [[HumanAliens Teruxi]] males will try to prove themselves at any opportunity and will often thrust themselves into danger without thinking. This is mostly due to their culture retaining much of the romantic ideals of chivalry from their early history.



* [[TheHorde Horde, The]] - The Shas-ga from planet Ravana (AKA Inferno) are a race of nomadic [[IAmAHumanitarian cannibals]] who have been united by a single ruthless leader known as Grey Trumpeter (a title and a name). While normally not a threat to the other, more civilized, inhabitants of the continent, they have somehow managed to cross mountain ridge which was thought to be impenetrable and their vast numbers (over 30,000, which is a huge number given Ravana's low population) and savagery is a major threat to everyone on the continent. True to their nomadic nature, they never stay in one place, prefering instead to use up all the resources and eat everything (and everyone) in the vicinity and move on.
* HumanAliens - The Faata (genetically and [[BoldlyComing sexually]] compatible with humans), the Haptors (completely incompatible with humans), and the Kni'lina (sexually but not genetically compatible with humans).

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* [[TheHorde Horde, The]] - The]]: The Shas-ga from planet Ravana (AKA Inferno) are a race of nomadic [[IAmAHumanitarian cannibals]] who have been united by a single ruthless leader known as Grey Trumpeter (a title and a name). While normally not a threat to the other, more civilized, inhabitants of the continent, they have somehow managed to cross mountain ridge which was thought to be impenetrable and their vast numbers (over 30,000, which is a huge number given Ravana's low population) and savagery is a major threat to everyone on the continent. True to their nomadic nature, they never stay in one place, prefering instead to use up all the resources and eat everything (and everyone) in the vicinity and move on.
* HumanAliens - HumanAliens: The Faata (genetically and [[BoldlyComing sexually]] compatible with humans), the Haptors (completely incompatible with humans), and the Kni'lina (sexually but not genetically compatible with humans).



* HumansAreMorons - the Exile expresses this opinion near the end of the first novel, frustrated at the humans' inability or unwillingness to heed his warnings or advice, preferring to fight one another to uniting against the alien threat. When Litvin asks why the Exile is unwilling to give his own life to destroy the Faata starship, the Exile angrily tells him that it's not for him to give up his (very long) life for a planet that's not his own, especially after doing so much to try to help the humans, despite their thick-headedness and stubbornness. He outright calls humans savages, who, maybe, deserve to be enslaves or wiped out by the Faata. That said, later novels show that humans do get better (it helps that the author includes almost no politics in any of the sequels), and the future human leaders are more than willing to heed his advice or use his information, since they now know about him. Given Litvin's humbled reaction after this rant, he fully agrees with the Exile.
* HumansAreSpecial - The point of the series, especially the fifth book. Humans are shown as one of the rare races that values justice and are the only ones fit to take on the role of galactic protectors, which has not been filled since the departure of the [[{{Precursors}} Daskins]] tens of thousands of years ago.

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* HumansAreMorons - HumansAreMorons: the Exile expresses this opinion near the end of the first novel, frustrated at the humans' inability or unwillingness to heed his warnings or advice, preferring to fight one another to uniting against the alien threat. When Litvin asks why the Exile is unwilling to give his own life to destroy the Faata starship, the Exile angrily tells him that it's not for him to give up his (very long) life for a planet that's not his own, especially after doing so much to try to help the humans, despite their thick-headedness and stubbornness. He outright calls humans savages, who, maybe, deserve to be enslaves or wiped out by the Faata. That said, later novels show that humans do get better (it helps that the author includes almost no politics in any of the sequels), and the future human leaders are more than willing to heed his advice or use his information, since they now know about him. Given Litvin's humbled reaction after this rant, he fully agrees with the Exile.
* HumansAreSpecial - HumansAreSpecial: The point of the series, especially the fifth book. Humans are shown as one of the rare races that values justice and are the only ones fit to take on the role of galactic protectors, which has not been filled since the departure of the [[{{Precursors}} Daskins]] tens of thousands of years ago.



* [[HumanSubspecies Human Alien Subspecies]] - Millennia ago, the Kni'lina race was being wiped out by a highly virulent plague. Most of their race on the mainland was already infected and dying. The remaining Kni'lina survived on isolated isles by genetically modifying themselves in order to resist the plague. They succeeded, in most cases, and repopulated the continent. However, due to the isolation, the genetic modifications were slightly different on each island, resulting in a clan-based system, where each clan is a subspecies. The largest two clans are the religious Poharas, ruled by an emperor, and the rational and technocratic Ni. Their genetic differences are substantial enough to preclude inter-clan breeding, for the most part. During the war with the Earth Federation, only the Ni clan was in open hostilities with the humans. Poharas and the others remained neutral.

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* [[HumanSubspecies Human Alien Subspecies]] - Subspecies]]: Millennia ago, the Kni'lina race was being wiped out by a highly virulent plague. Most of their race on the mainland was already infected and dying. The remaining Kni'lina survived on isolated isles by genetically modifying themselves in order to resist the plague. They succeeded, in most cases, and repopulated the continent. However, due to the isolation, the genetic modifications were slightly different on each island, resulting in a clan-based system, where each clan is a subspecies. The largest two clans are the religious Poharas, ruled by an emperor, and the rational and technocratic Ni. Their genetic differences are substantial enough to preclude inter-clan breeding, for the most part. During the war with the Earth Federation, only the Ni clan was in open hostilities with the humans. Poharas and the others remained neutral.



* HumansThroughAlienEyes - In ''Dark Skies'', many of the chapters are told from the viewpoint of a unique [[TheReptilians Dromi]] named Patta, who desperately tries to understand the human Hossi-moa ("Paired Creatures", as the Dromi call all humanoids with two sexes, since they're a OneGenderRace). The rigidly-hierarchical Dromi in general have trouble understanding the much more flexible human society, as well as actions that seemingly defy logic (although, at least, they admit that the actions defy ''their'' logic). Due to their need to finish a train of thought before switching to a new one, they also find it hard to keep up with humans, whose minds must seem chaotic to the frog-lizards.
* IAmAHumanitarian - Several races are known to eat their own kind.

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* HumansThroughAlienEyes - HumansThroughAlienEyes: In ''Dark Skies'', many of the chapters are told from the viewpoint of a unique [[TheReptilians Dromi]] named Patta, who desperately tries to understand the human Hossi-moa ("Paired Creatures", as the Dromi call all humanoids with two sexes, since they're a OneGenderRace). The rigidly-hierarchical Dromi in general have trouble understanding the much more flexible human society, as well as actions that seemingly defy logic (although, at least, they admit that the actions defy ''their'' logic). Due to their need to finish a train of thought before switching to a new one, they also find it hard to keep up with humans, whose minds must seem chaotic to the frog-lizards.
* IAmAHumanitarian - IAmAHumanitarian: Several races are known to eat their own kind.



* IHaveManyNames - Having been on Earth since the 13th century, the Exile, naturally, can use this trope. Whenever revealing his true self, he usually showcases a number of his previous names [[VoluntaryShapeshifting along with the faces]]. In ''Invasion'' alone, he uses four distinct personae, all of whom have verifiable credentials: Gunther Voss, a famous reporter; Liu Chang, a Chinese astronomer; Umkhonto Tlume, a Zulu diplomat; and Roy Bunch, a USF officer. By ''Retaliation'', he mostly uses the identity of Klaus Siebel, a USF Secret Service officer. He also mentions Nikolay Krivin as one of his former identities. He then fakes his death as Klaus and emerges as Cro Lightwater, taking the name and face of a recently deceased Navajo officer. He continues to use this name almost 1000 years later when he reappears in ''Consul Trevelyan'', although there are also other identities.
* ImmortalProcreationClause - long-lived races, as a rule, tend to have low populations either due to their BizarreAlienReproduction or simply because of a low birth rate. In the case of the Faata, their low birth rate is artificial, since their original civilization had population in the billions before most of them were wiped out. Among the Metamorphs, it's considered rare for an individual to bear more than one child during its millennia-long lifespan, which would seem to preclude any sort of population growth. Among those of the Corcoran line, it isn't unusual to have an individual be incapable of having children until the person is in his or her forties or fifties because of Corcoran's HalfHumanHybrid status.
* KeystoneArmy - The Dromi are highly hierarchical. The lower-ranking Dromi are hard-pressed to act without orders from above. In ''The Gates of the Galaxy'', the humans have a chance to end the long war with the Dromi by taking out the Dromi homeworld, destroying the ruling clan and causing a big SuccessionCrisis, giving humans a decisive advantage against the disarrayed Dromi forces.

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* IHaveManyNames - IHaveManyNames: Having been on Earth since the 13th century, the Exile, naturally, can use this trope. Whenever revealing his true self, he usually showcases a number of his previous names [[VoluntaryShapeshifting along with the faces]]. In ''Invasion'' alone, he uses four distinct personae, all of whom have verifiable credentials: Gunther Voss, a famous reporter; Liu Chang, a Chinese astronomer; Umkhonto Tlume, a Zulu diplomat; and Roy Bunch, a USF officer. By ''Retaliation'', he mostly uses the identity of Klaus Siebel, a USF Secret Service officer. He also mentions Nikolay Krivin as one of his former identities. He then fakes his death as Klaus and emerges as Cro Lightwater, taking the name and face of a recently deceased Navajo officer. He continues to use this name almost 1000 years later when he reappears in ''Consul Trevelyan'', although there are also other identities.
* ImmortalProcreationClause - ImmortalProcreationClause: long-lived races, as a rule, tend to have low populations either due to their BizarreAlienReproduction or simply because of a low birth rate. In the case of the Faata, their low birth rate is artificial, since their original civilization had population in the billions before most of them were wiped out. Among the Metamorphs, it's considered rare for an individual to bear more than one child during its millennia-long lifespan, which would seem to preclude any sort of population growth. Among those of the Corcoran line, it isn't unusual to have an individual be incapable of having children until the person is in his or her forties or fifties because of Corcoran's HalfHumanHybrid status.
* KeystoneArmy - KeystoneArmy: The Dromi are highly hierarchical. The lower-ranking Dromi are hard-pressed to act without orders from above. In ''The Gates of the Galaxy'', the humans have a chance to end the long war with the Dromi by taking out the Dromi homeworld, destroying the ruling clan and causing a big SuccessionCrisis, giving humans a decisive advantage against the disarrayed Dromi forces.



* KillItWithIce - One of the handheld weapons given by the Lo'ona Aeo to their Defenders is the Freezer, which fires miniature black hole generators. When these activate, they create a short-lived microsingularity, which nearly instantly sucks in all the heat from the surrounding area, effectively freezing it. Freezers can come in a semi- and full-automatic variety.
* KineticWeaponsAreJustBetter - Lo'ona Aeo, while possessing plasma weapon and [[AntiMatter annihilator]] technology, prefer arming their defenders' ships with MagneticWeapons that fire cannonball-like [[DeflectorShield shield]]-piercing rounds. Unlike the aforementioned energy weapons, these rounds are better for precision targeting.
* LaResistance - In ''Dark Skies'', after the Dromi capture the human colony world T'har, those who are not killed in the initial attack or captured by the ground troops flee into the mines to the north and form resistance cells in their ruined cities, attacking small Dromi patrols. Despite the fact that they have killed hundreds of Dromi soldiers, it's pointed out that the Dromi higher-ups couldn't care less about this loss, since the Dromi breed like rabbits (much faster, in fact; there are several times more Dromi in the galaxy than all known humanoids combined). Thanks to Mark Valdez, the T'haran resistance finds an old cache of weapons left over from the Void Wars and tries to stage an attack on the Dromi base. The goal is to kill the Patriarch of the clan, causing the rigidly-hierarchical Dromi to freeze for a while. [[spoiler:It's a failure, since the Patriarch transfers his authority to his next-in-command mere minutes before he's killed, and the resistance is nearly wiped out as a result. Only the coincidental arrival of TheCavalry in the form of the human fleet saves them]].
* LadyLand - The Nil'hazi appear to be a matriarchal society, and their female ship/fleet commanders often refuse to deal with human male commanders, habitually treating them as subordinates.
* LizardFolk - The Dromi.
* LogicBomb - The first novel mentions that the biological computers used by the Faata are actually failed [[{{Precursors}} Daskin]] experiments. Their major flaw appears to be a high susceptibility to, essentially, crashing simply by giving it competing orders. For example, the first thing Pavel Litvin does when he escapes from his cell is to tell the computer to keep his location hidden. When the Bino Faata try to ask the computer for Litvin's location, it warns them that attempts to follow their orders will result in major malfunctions of the kind that can seriously damage a ship.
* MacrossMissileMassacre - During the first battle with the Faata in ''Invasion'', twelve Earth cruisers fire a massive barrage of nuclear missiles at the single Faata starship with the combined force of 140 gigaton. They prove to be completely ineffective against DeflectorShields, however, and are no longer used after that, at least in space.
* MagneticWeapons - Swarms are weapons that fire a cone spread of metal shards (planet-based) or icicles (space-based) using a magnetic field for acceleration. A single swarm shot at (relatively) close range can result in a ship being riddled with holes. Used by the United Space Forces during the pre-[[AlienInvasion invasion]] days. Completely ineffective against DeflectorShields. Worse, the shields can reflect the buckshot back at the attacker at an even greater speed.

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* KillItWithIce - KillItWithIce: One of the handheld weapons given by the Lo'ona Aeo to their Defenders is the Freezer, which fires miniature black hole generators. When these activate, they create a short-lived microsingularity, which nearly instantly sucks in all the heat from the surrounding area, effectively freezing it. Freezers can come in a semi- and full-automatic variety.
* KineticWeaponsAreJustBetter - KineticWeaponsAreJustBetter: Lo'ona Aeo, while possessing plasma weapon and [[AntiMatter annihilator]] technology, prefer arming their defenders' ships with MagneticWeapons that fire cannonball-like [[DeflectorShield shield]]-piercing rounds. Unlike the aforementioned energy weapons, these rounds are better for precision targeting.
* LaResistance - LaResistance: In ''Dark Skies'', after the Dromi capture the human colony world T'har, those who are not killed in the initial attack or captured by the ground troops flee into the mines to the north and form resistance cells in their ruined cities, attacking small Dromi patrols. Despite the fact that they have killed hundreds of Dromi soldiers, it's pointed out that the Dromi higher-ups couldn't care less about this loss, since the Dromi breed like rabbits (much faster, in fact; there are several times more Dromi in the galaxy than all known humanoids combined). Thanks to Mark Valdez, the T'haran resistance finds an old cache of weapons left over from the Void Wars and tries to stage an attack on the Dromi base. The goal is to kill the Patriarch of the clan, causing the rigidly-hierarchical Dromi to freeze for a while. [[spoiler:It's a failure, since the Patriarch transfers his authority to his next-in-command mere minutes before he's killed, and the resistance is nearly wiped out as a result. Only the coincidental arrival of TheCavalry in the form of the human fleet saves them]].
* LadyLand - LadyLand: The Nil'hazi appear to be a matriarchal society, and their female ship/fleet commanders often refuse to deal with human male commanders, habitually treating them as subordinates.
* LizardFolk - LizardFolk: The Dromi.
* LogicBomb - LogicBomb: The first novel mentions that the biological computers used by the Faata are actually failed [[{{Precursors}} Daskin]] experiments. Their major flaw appears to be a high susceptibility to, essentially, crashing simply by giving it competing orders. For example, the first thing Pavel Litvin does when he escapes from his cell is to tell the computer to keep his location hidden. When the Bino Faata try to ask the computer for Litvin's location, it warns them that attempts to follow their orders will result in major malfunctions of the kind that can seriously damage a ship.
* MacrossMissileMassacre - MacrossMissileMassacre: During the first battle with the Faata in ''Invasion'', twelve Earth cruisers fire a massive barrage of nuclear missiles at the single Faata starship with the combined force of 140 gigaton. They prove to be completely ineffective against DeflectorShields, however, and are no longer used after that, at least in space.
* MagneticWeapons - MagneticWeapons: Swarms are weapons that fire a cone spread of metal shards (planet-based) or icicles (space-based) using a magnetic field for acceleration. A single swarm shot at (relatively) close range can result in a ship being riddled with holes. Used by the United Space Forces during the pre-[[AlienInvasion invasion]] days. Completely ineffective against DeflectorShields. Worse, the shields can reflect the buckshot back at the attacker at an even greater speed.



* TheMaidenNameDebate - Komandor Olaf Peter Carlos Trevelian-Krasnogortsev reveals that the reason for his hyphenated last name dates back to the beginning of the 20th century. An ancestor of his, a Russian nobleman named Krasnogortsev, fled Russia during the RedOctober and settled in France, marrying into the aristocratic Trevelian family, changing his last name to symbolize becoming one of them. Interestingly, some of the Komandor's children have decided that the name was too long and have used only "Trevelian" since then.
* ModeLock - Most Metamorphs are fully capable of VoluntaryShapeshifting and frequently infiltrate other races' cultures in order to both observe them and subtly push them in the right direction. A rare mutation may cause a Metamorph to get permanently stuck in a form he first takes (they normally exist as shapeless blobs on their homeworld). The Exile chooses to take the form of a human and infiltrates Earth in the 13th century. After this, he is able to make small changes to his appearance, but not the internal structure. At the end of ''Fighters of Danveyt'', he even appears as a four-fingered Lo'ona Aeo, but he assures Sergey Valdez that he still has human organs underneath.
* MultiEthnicName - Olaf (Scandinavian) Peter (pretty common across cultures) Carlos (Portuguese or Spanish) Trevelian-Krasnogortsev (French-Russian). Given that this takes place in the distant future, it's not at all surprising, although the hyphenated last name dates back to the early 20th century (a Tsarist Russian officer's daughter married into a wealthy French family and insisted on preserving her family name). His birthplace is given as Cornwall, England. In fact, according to him, he was named after his ancestors from Scandinavian, English, and Spanish sides of the family.
* MultinationalTeam - The USF has servicemen and women from all Western nations and their allies. In the sequels, this expands to pretty much all nationalities.

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* TheMaidenNameDebate - TheMaidenNameDebate: Komandor Olaf Peter Carlos Trevelian-Krasnogortsev reveals that the reason for his hyphenated last name dates back to the beginning of the 20th century. An ancestor of his, a Russian nobleman named Krasnogortsev, fled Russia during the RedOctober and settled in France, marrying into the aristocratic Trevelian family, changing his last name to symbolize becoming one of them. Interestingly, some of the Komandor's children have decided that the name was too long and have used only "Trevelian" since then.
* ModeLock - ModeLock: Most Metamorphs are fully capable of VoluntaryShapeshifting and frequently infiltrate other races' cultures in order to both observe them and subtly push them in the right direction. A rare mutation may cause a Metamorph to get permanently stuck in a form he first takes (they normally exist as shapeless blobs on their homeworld). The Exile chooses to take the form of a human and infiltrates Earth in the 13th century. After this, he is able to make small changes to his appearance, but not the internal structure. At the end of ''Fighters of Danveyt'', he even appears as a four-fingered Lo'ona Aeo, but he assures Sergey Valdez that he still has human organs underneath.
* MultiEthnicName - MultiEthnicName: Olaf (Scandinavian) Peter (pretty common across cultures) Carlos (Portuguese or Spanish) Trevelian-Krasnogortsev (French-Russian). Given that this takes place in the distant future, it's not at all surprising, although the hyphenated last name dates back to the early 20th century (a Tsarist Russian officer's daughter married into a wealthy French family and insisted on preserving her family name). His birthplace is given as Cornwall, England. In fact, according to him, he was named after his ancestors from Scandinavian, English, and Spanish sides of the family.
* MultinationalTeam - MultinationalTeam: The USF has servicemen and women from all Western nations and their allies. In the sequels, this expands to pretty much all nationalities.



* NamedAfterTheirPlanet - Largely averted. The advanced races typically come from worlds whose names have nothing to do with their racial names. For example, the Lo'ona Aeo come from Kullat (although they have since voluntarily become Space People), the Teruxi are from Dingana-P'how, the Haptors are from Harshabaim-Utartu, and the Kni'lina are from Yezdan. Many of the primitive locals, however, on planets discovered and studied by humans and other races are frequently named after their planets but only by the advanced races (e.g. Osierans from Osier, Arkhangs from Arkh). Their own names for their races aren't usually mentioned. Additionally, while the name of the Bino Faata homeworld is never stated, it can be assumed that, since their name for themselves is roughly translated as "sentients of the Third Phase", the name of their home planet is different (unless they renamed it).
* NamingYourColonyWorld - played straight with most human colonies. One of the often-mentioned colonies is named Gondwana after one of the ancient Earth supercontinents. Several early colonies are also named after ancient gods, such as Baal, Astarte, and Ajax. Two colonies in the same system are named after Greece (presumably, settled by Greeks): New Hellas ("Hellas" is the original name for Greece) and Peloponnesus (the peninsula where Southern Greece is located). The three colonies most mentioned (T'har, Ro'on, and Aezat) were originally Faata colonies and were settled by humans after the aliens were pushed out. They decided to keep the names.

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* NamedAfterTheirPlanet - NamedAfterTheirPlanet: Largely averted. The advanced races typically come from worlds whose names have nothing to do with their racial names. For example, the Lo'ona Aeo come from Kullat (although they have since voluntarily become Space People), the Teruxi are from Dingana-P'how, the Haptors are from Harshabaim-Utartu, and the Kni'lina are from Yezdan. Many of the primitive locals, however, on planets discovered and studied by humans and other races are frequently named after their planets but only by the advanced races (e.g. Osierans from Osier, Arkhangs from Arkh). Their own names for their races aren't usually mentioned. Additionally, while the name of the Bino Faata homeworld is never stated, it can be assumed that, since their name for themselves is roughly translated as "sentients of the Third Phase", the name of their home planet is different (unless they renamed it).
* NamingYourColonyWorld - NamingYourColonyWorld: played straight with most human colonies. One of the often-mentioned colonies is named Gondwana after one of the ancient Earth supercontinents. Several early colonies are also named after ancient gods, such as Baal, Astarte, and Ajax. Two colonies in the same system are named after Greece (presumably, settled by Greeks): New Hellas ("Hellas" is the original name for Greece) and Peloponnesus (the peninsula where Southern Greece is located). The three colonies most mentioned (T'har, Ro'on, and Aezat) were originally Faata colonies and were settled by humans after the aliens were pushed out. They decided to keep the names.



* NegativeSpaceWedgie - The main threat in ''The Defender'' is a particle and gas stream coming away from the galactic core, destroying everything in its path. In the novel, Earth's Mobile Fleet arrives to attempt to stop or, at least, dissipate the stream with an enormous DeflectorShield before it hits the inhabited planet Liana 2 (the Llyano homeworld). Three Nil'hazi ships appear later and advise the fleet commander that the stream also contains a number of planetoids who would not be stopped by the shield and would be too large to obliterate with [[AntiMatter annihilators]] or pushed out of the way, recommending that humans attempt to [[HomeworldEvacuation evacuate as many Llyano as possible]] instead. [[spoiler:Fortunately, the defenses system installed by the [[{{Precursors}} Daskins]] millions of years ago for just such an occurrence awakens and opens a Limbo portal right in the path of the stream, sending it elsewhere]].
* NoEndorHolocaust - Partially {{averted}} in ''Invasion'', after the destruction of the Faata [[TheMothership mothership]], where the out-of-control battle modules filled with AntiMatter crash in most major cities. The resulting matter/anti-matter explosions kill over 40,000,000 people and destroy countless landmarks and historical artifacts. Really, though, the number of casualties should have been much higher, given the amount of anti-matter in the modules and the fact that later novels mention that Earth is getting overpopulated (i.e. higher population density in cities). In fact, cities should have erased from the face of the Earth.
* NoNameGiven - In the first novel, Admiral Timokhin's first name or [[RussianNamingConvention patronymic]] are never specified, despite the fact that he's a major character. This continues in the sequel, where all mentions of him only reference his rank and last name. He is the only one of the three admirals to not have a known first name.
* NoodleIncident - dark versions in the ''Trevelyan's Mission'' books. Ivar occasionally mentions several worlds where human interference resulted in some sort of disaster for the natives. The details are never given, only the names given to the planets by humans (e.g. Icy Hell, Bitter Berry, Collapsed Hope). These were early examples, which served as lessons that were successfully employed in further attempts at imposing progress on primitive cultures (e.g. never interfere in a culture past the Medieval stage of development).
* NoSenseOfPersonalSpace - everyone compared to the Kni'lina, whose concept of "kono" defines a strict boundary of personal space (usually, 6-9 feet) that must never be crossed by another, except under special circumstances. As a result, all Kni'lina rooms tend to be spacious to accommodate this rule, and the Kni'lina themselves constantly look around to make sure they stay well away from another person. The main exceptions are those of the servant caste, who aren't required to abide by this rule with respect to other servants. They can also serve their masters when necessary. Romantic/sexual relationships, naturally, are also exempt from this rule. There is a cultural reason for this, though. Long ago, a deadly plague struck their homeworld, wiping out a good chunk of their race. Only those who developed an immunity or underwent genetic modifications survived. Thus, the concept of "kono" is a left-over from that time, when people were afraid of contracting the plague from close contact.
* NukeEm - the T-16 charges are portable fusion explosives consisting of magnetic vibrators that heat up deuterium to the temperature required to initiate nuclear fusion. Besides its use by the USF, illegal T-16 factories are also present in the Kali Kingdom, a rogue Islamic state on Borneo, which are used to supply the terrorists of the world with destructive weaponry to be used against the infidels.
* OmniscientMoralityLicense - Not quite omniscient, but the Arbiters of Justice, created centuries after humanity's FirstContact, are humans who possess a quality that allows them to look at events subjectively, not only from an anthropocentric point of view. An Arbiter of Justice also has the nigh-ultimate authority in Earth Federation, and everyone is required to obey by their decisions, since they are always perceived as ultimately just, even if they may seem detrimental to humanity. Many alien races even demand that an Arbiter of Justice be present at important negotiations to ensure fairness for both sides. Naturally, some people resent the Arbiters for their cosmopolitan views, but they are still forced to abide by their decisions. One such decision involves preventing the fleet from dealing a crushing blow to the enemy with whom humanity has been waging a long and devastating war for decades, which results in the war continuing for another century before humanity is finally able to overcome their foe.
* OneGenderRace - The Dromi are hermaphrodites. The convention is to refer to Dromi individuals as male.

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* NegativeSpaceWedgie - NegativeSpaceWedgie: The main threat in ''The Defender'' is a particle and gas stream coming away from the galactic core, destroying everything in its path. In the novel, Earth's Mobile Fleet arrives to attempt to stop or, at least, dissipate the stream with an enormous DeflectorShield before it hits the inhabited planet Liana 2 (the Llyano homeworld). Three Nil'hazi ships appear later and advise the fleet commander that the stream also contains a number of planetoids who would not be stopped by the shield and would be too large to obliterate with [[AntiMatter annihilators]] or pushed out of the way, recommending that humans attempt to [[HomeworldEvacuation evacuate as many Llyano as possible]] instead. [[spoiler:Fortunately, the defenses system installed by the [[{{Precursors}} Daskins]] millions of years ago for just such an occurrence awakens and opens a Limbo portal right in the path of the stream, sending it elsewhere]].
* NoEndorHolocaust - NoEndorHolocaust: Partially {{averted}} in ''Invasion'', after the destruction of the Faata [[TheMothership mothership]], where the out-of-control battle modules filled with AntiMatter crash in most major cities. The resulting matter/anti-matter explosions kill over 40,000,000 people and destroy countless landmarks and historical artifacts. Really, though, the number of casualties should have been much higher, given the amount of anti-matter in the modules and the fact that later novels mention that Earth is getting overpopulated (i.e. higher population density in cities). In fact, cities should have erased from the face of the Earth.
* NoNameGiven - NoNameGiven: In the first novel, Admiral Timokhin's first name or [[RussianNamingConvention patronymic]] are never specified, despite the fact that he's a major character. This continues in the sequel, where all mentions of him only reference his rank and last name. He is the only one of the three admirals to not have a known first name.
* NoodleIncident - NoodleIncident: dark versions in the ''Trevelyan's Mission'' books. Ivar occasionally mentions several worlds where human interference resulted in some sort of disaster for the natives. The details are never given, only the names given to the planets by humans (e.g. Icy Hell, Bitter Berry, Collapsed Hope). These were early examples, which served as lessons that were successfully employed in further attempts at imposing progress on primitive cultures (e.g. never interfere in a culture past the Medieval stage of development).
* NoSenseOfPersonalSpace - NoSenseOfPersonalSpace: everyone compared to the Kni'lina, whose concept of "kono" defines a strict boundary of personal space (usually, 6-9 feet) that must never be crossed by another, except under special circumstances. As a result, all Kni'lina rooms tend to be spacious to accommodate this rule, and the Kni'lina themselves constantly look around to make sure they stay well away from another person. The main exceptions are those of the servant caste, who aren't required to abide by this rule with respect to other servants. They can also serve their masters when necessary. Romantic/sexual relationships, naturally, are also exempt from this rule. There is a cultural reason for this, though. Long ago, a deadly plague struck their homeworld, wiping out a good chunk of their race. Only those who developed an immunity or underwent genetic modifications survived. Thus, the concept of "kono" is a left-over from that time, when people were afraid of contracting the plague from close contact.
* NukeEm - NukeEm: the T-16 charges are portable fusion explosives consisting of magnetic vibrators that heat up deuterium to the temperature required to initiate nuclear fusion. Besides its use by the USF, illegal T-16 factories are also present in the Kali Kingdom, a rogue Islamic state on Borneo, which are used to supply the terrorists of the world with destructive weaponry to be used against the infidels.
* OmniscientMoralityLicense - OmniscientMoralityLicense: Not quite omniscient, but the Arbiters of Justice, created centuries after humanity's FirstContact, are humans who possess a quality that allows them to look at events subjectively, not only from an anthropocentric point of view. An Arbiter of Justice also has the nigh-ultimate authority in Earth Federation, and everyone is required to obey by their decisions, since they are always perceived as ultimately just, even if they may seem detrimental to humanity. Many alien races even demand that an Arbiter of Justice be present at important negotiations to ensure fairness for both sides. Naturally, some people resent the Arbiters for their cosmopolitan views, but they are still forced to abide by their decisions. One such decision involves preventing the fleet from dealing a crushing blow to the enemy with whom humanity has been waging a long and devastating war for decades, which results in the war continuing for another century before humanity is finally able to overcome their foe.
* OneGenderRace - OneGenderRace: The Dromi are hermaphrodites. The convention is to refer to Dromi individuals as male.



* OrganicTechnology - The [[StarfishAliens Silmarri]] utilize semi-organic ships with {{Bizarrchitecture}}. The [[{{Precursors}} Daskins]] had experimented with self-aware organic computers that utilize PsychicPowers for communication. The experiment was, apparently, a failure, but the Faata stumbled on one of these computers at some point and adapted them for use on their ships and colonies.
* OurElvesAreBetter - The Lo'ona Aeo not only fit the profile, this was [[{{Lampshading}} referenced]] in the novels. They are frail humanoid-like creatures with four-fingered hands used to living in low-gravity environments of their space habitats. They are ancient with only the [[{{Precursors}} Daskins]] being older and have extremely long lives by human standards. They are highly advanced and refuse to share weapons with the less advanced races (which is everyone else), although they do trade for certain technology that is specifically designed to be impossible to weaponize. They never meet outsiders (due to extreme xenophobia) but use their ServantRace to actively trade and maintain diplomatic relations with others. They also possess PsychicPowers.

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* OrganicTechnology - OrganicTechnology: The [[StarfishAliens Silmarri]] utilize semi-organic ships with {{Bizarrchitecture}}. The [[{{Precursors}} Daskins]] had experimented with self-aware organic computers that utilize PsychicPowers for communication. The experiment was, apparently, a failure, but the Faata stumbled on one of these computers at some point and adapted them for use on their ships and colonies.
* OurElvesAreBetter - OurElvesAreBetter: The Lo'ona Aeo not only fit the profile, this was [[{{Lampshading}} referenced]] in the novels. They are frail humanoid-like creatures with four-fingered hands used to living in low-gravity environments of their space habitats. They are ancient with only the [[{{Precursors}} Daskins]] being older and have extremely long lives by human standards. They are highly advanced and refuse to share weapons with the less advanced races (which is everyone else), although they do trade for certain technology that is specifically designed to be impossible to weaponize. They never meet outsiders (due to extreme xenophobia) but use their ServantRace to actively trade and maintain diplomatic relations with others. They also possess PsychicPowers.



* PlanetOfHats - {{Averted}} with the Kni'lina, who are not a unified race in terms of a single government. They are split into many clans, although two are dominant: Ni (a secular technocracy) and Poharas (a religious empire). During the hostilities with the humans, only the Ni were involved. The Poharas and the smaller clans remained neutral.
* PlanetVille - By the time of the First Eclipse, the original Faata civilization had turned most of their homeworld into a giant city full of {{Star Scraper}}s with only the equatorial landmass being set aside to grow tall grass to be used to make [[FutureFoodIsArtificial artificial food]] to feed the enormous population. This proved to be their undoing, when an unspecified disaster caused their enormous buildings to collapse, much of the population was killed (they simply had nowhere to run). It took centuries for the Faata to recover.
* PlasmaCannon - Plasma weapons are used as primary space weapons by races who lack the technology to field [[AntiMatter annihilators]] (e.g. Dromi, Haptors). However, even humans use plasma weapons on their ships, since it seems stupid to them to build a ship with only one weapon (an annihilator is, typically, a FixedForwardFacingWeapon), and plasma turrets are useful against smaller enemies who can sneak up from behind. Prior to the arrival of the Faata, humans also have ship-mounted plasma weapons, but it can be assumed that they are more primitive than the plasma cannons used by the more advanced races.
* [[PleaseSelectNewCityName Please Select New Planet Name]] - Averted for both the Bino Faata and the humans. Early in the first novel, it's stated that the Faata always keep not only the native name of any inhabited planet they conquer, but also the native names of any other heavenly bodies in the system (if they have them, of course), even if they can't pronounce them. This even applies if the natives resistance results in their complete extinction. When humans retaliate for the attempted invasion by taking the three Faata worlds in our arm of the galaxy, they also decide to keep their Faata names.
* PortalNetwork - The Daskins built an enormous network of "tunnels" that connect various systems throughout the galaxy. It is speculated that the network reaches the Magellanic Clouds. There are many entrances to the Hub (or Abyss) via the so-called Mirrors. One such entrance is located on Jupiter, which we call the Great Red Spot. Only the Lo'ona Aeo know how to use the tunnels. Attempts by humans to send probes to the Spot resulted in failure.
* PowerPerversionPotential - During his time at the Academy, Paul Richard Corcoran occasionally uses his PsychicPowers to pull the answers to problems from the instructors' heads.
* PracticalCurrency - [[BigCreepyCrawlies Arhs]] use salt as currency. Since salt is also an integral part of their biochemistry, it's also frequently consume with meals, often in the form of salt water, which is their equivalent of [[GRatedDrug alcohol]].
* {{Precursors}} - The Daskins.
* ProudWarriorRaceGuy - The Haptors are a race of large, tough HumanAliens with two small horns and a warrior culture. Explored in-depth in the ''Good Will Mission'' from the viewpoint of a human diplomatic mission sent to their homeworld Harshabaim-Utartu not long after humans thoroughly beat them in a war that the Haptors started. Their warlike mentality is so prevalent that they attacked a peaceful human outpost on the border between human and Haptor territories and slaughtered everyone there ''after'' it had already been peacefully handed over to them, figuring that any territorial gain must be done with force.

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* PlanetOfHats - PlanetOfHats: {{Averted}} with the Kni'lina, who are not a unified race in terms of a single government. They are split into many clans, although two are dominant: Ni (a secular technocracy) and Poharas (a religious empire). During the hostilities with the humans, only the Ni were involved. The Poharas and the smaller clans remained neutral.
* PlanetVille - PlanetVille: By the time of the First Eclipse, the original Faata civilization had turned most of their homeworld into a giant city full of {{Star Scraper}}s with only the equatorial landmass being set aside to grow tall grass to be used to make [[FutureFoodIsArtificial artificial food]] to feed the enormous population. This proved to be their undoing, when an unspecified disaster caused their enormous buildings to collapse, much of the population was killed (they simply had nowhere to run). It took centuries for the Faata to recover.
* PlasmaCannon - PlasmaCannon: Plasma weapons are used as primary space weapons by races who lack the technology to field [[AntiMatter annihilators]] (e.g. Dromi, Haptors). However, even humans use plasma weapons on their ships, since it seems stupid to them to build a ship with only one weapon (an annihilator is, typically, a FixedForwardFacingWeapon), and plasma turrets are useful against smaller enemies who can sneak up from behind. Prior to the arrival of the Faata, humans also have ship-mounted plasma weapons, but it can be assumed that they are more primitive than the plasma cannons used by the more advanced races.
* [[PleaseSelectNewCityName Please Select New Planet Name]] - Name]]: Averted for both the Bino Faata and the humans. Early in the first novel, it's stated that the Faata always keep not only the native name of any inhabited planet they conquer, but also the native names of any other heavenly bodies in the system (if they have them, of course), even if they can't pronounce them. This even applies if the natives resistance results in their complete extinction. When humans retaliate for the attempted invasion by taking the three Faata worlds in our arm of the galaxy, they also decide to keep their Faata names.
* PortalNetwork - PortalNetwork: The Daskins built an enormous network of "tunnels" that connect various systems throughout the galaxy. It is speculated that the network reaches the Magellanic Clouds. There are many entrances to the Hub (or Abyss) via the so-called Mirrors. One such entrance is located on Jupiter, which we call the Great Red Spot. Only the Lo'ona Aeo know how to use the tunnels. Attempts by humans to send probes to the Spot resulted in failure.
* PowerPerversionPotential - PowerPerversionPotential: During his time at the Academy, Paul Richard Corcoran occasionally uses his PsychicPowers to pull the answers to problems from the instructors' heads.
* PracticalCurrency - PracticalCurrency: [[BigCreepyCrawlies Arhs]] use salt as currency. Since salt is also an integral part of their biochemistry, it's also frequently consume with meals, often in the form of salt water, which is their equivalent of [[GRatedDrug alcohol]].
* {{Precursors}} - {{Precursors}}: The Daskins.
* ProudWarriorRaceGuy - ProudWarriorRaceGuy: The Haptors are a race of large, tough HumanAliens with two small horns and a warrior culture. Explored in-depth in the ''Good Will Mission'' from the viewpoint of a human diplomatic mission sent to their homeworld Harshabaim-Utartu not long after humans thoroughly beat them in a war that the Haptors started. Their warlike mentality is so prevalent that they attacked a peaceful human outpost on the border between human and Haptor territories and slaughtered everyone there ''after'' it had already been peacefully handed over to them, figuring that any territorial gain must be done with force.



* PsychicPowers - The Faata high caste, the Lo'ona Aeo and the Proteids are telepaths. As are Paul Richard Corcoran and some of his descendants. The Proteids are also able to [[TeleportersAndTransporters teleport]] themselves and other objects to various distances.

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* PsychicPowers - PsychicPowers: The Faata high caste, the Lo'ona Aeo and the Proteids are telepaths. As are Paul Richard Corcoran and some of his descendants. The Proteids are also able to [[TeleportersAndTransporters teleport]] themselves and other objects to various distances.



* RagnarokProofing - The Arsenals on frontier worlds contain mothballed military equipment, enough for two marine divisions (about 14,000-16,000 men and women). This includes handheld weapons, ground vehicles, tanks, transport and combat aircraft, robots, recon drones, and supplies (e.g. ammo, food, drink). Everything is designed to be usable for centuries. Indeed, when the Arsenal on T'har is re-activated in the fourth novel, it has been waiting for 140 years. All supplies are still good (including food, and not just rations, we're talking steaks and chickens), and all equipment is in perfect working order, besides being outdated.
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld - Lo'ona Aeo live extremely long lives, measured in many centuries or even millennia. As such, it's hard for them to think in short-term. A few decades for a Lo'ona Aeo may as well have happened yesterday. Metamorphs (AKA Proteids), being [[VoluntaryShapeshifting shapeshifters]], don't really age. What is aging when one can shape one's cells exactly as one wants? The Exile (the Metamorphs' emissary to Earth) has lived among humans since the 13th century, usually swapping identities every few decades to keep up appearances.
* ReinforceField - Large starships must use these in order not to rip themselves apart during maneuvers or by their sheer mass. The massive Faata starship is crushed like a tin can by Earth's gravity in the first novel when its computer is destroyed by nanites, resulting in the structural integrity field shutting off. Probably should have invested in backup systems. The field is not explicitly mentioned in the following novels, except when referencing the the destroyed Faata starship.
* RetroRocket - Surprisingly, the pre-AlienInvasion spaceships were of this variety. They typically land and take-off vertically, like a typical example of this trope. Naturally, after ArtificialGravity becomes available, this changes. The new kilometer-long cruisers are cylinder-shaped, but the frigates keep their pointy shape despite using the same tech.
* SacredScripture - The Kni'lina (mostly the religious Poharas Clan) revere an ancient prophet named Yezdan the Grey-Eyed (it's no coincidence that their homeworld is also called Yezdan), whose text ''The Book of the Beginning and the End'' is as frequently quoted as humans do with TheBible. Ivar Trevelyan is well-versed in Kni'lina proverbs (most of them come from said book) and occasionally quotes them to the Kni'lina and others. His wife Alice becomes a big fan of the book as well, quoting Yezdan at least as much as Ivar, although she does occasionally mention that many of the sayings have a very male-oriented view.
* SelfDestructMechanism - In the third novel, Mark Valdez crash-lands on a human colony in Dromi hands. After recovering, he finds his SpaceFighter wreck, retrieves his helmet and blaster, and sets it to self-destruct. Unlike a typical one, this mechanism just turns the craft into dust in a matter of seconds to be scattered by the wind.

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* RagnarokProofing - RagnarokProofing: The Arsenals on frontier worlds contain mothballed military equipment, enough for two marine divisions (about 14,000-16,000 men and women). This includes handheld weapons, ground vehicles, tanks, transport and combat aircraft, robots, recon drones, and supplies (e.g. ammo, food, drink). Everything is designed to be usable for centuries. Indeed, when the Arsenal on T'har is re-activated in the fourth novel, it has been waiting for 140 years. All supplies are still good (including food, and not just rations, we're talking steaks and chickens), and all equipment is in perfect working order, besides being outdated.
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld - ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: Lo'ona Aeo live extremely long lives, measured in many centuries or even millennia. As such, it's hard for them to think in short-term. A few decades for a Lo'ona Aeo may as well have happened yesterday. Metamorphs (AKA Proteids), being [[VoluntaryShapeshifting shapeshifters]], don't really age. What is aging when one can shape one's cells exactly as one wants? The Exile (the Metamorphs' emissary to Earth) has lived among humans since the 13th century, usually swapping identities every few decades to keep up appearances.
* ReinforceField - ReinforceField: Large starships must use these in order not to rip themselves apart during maneuvers or by their sheer mass. The massive Faata starship is crushed like a tin can by Earth's gravity in the first novel when its computer is destroyed by nanites, resulting in the structural integrity field shutting off. Probably should have invested in backup systems. The field is not explicitly mentioned in the following novels, except when referencing the the destroyed Faata starship.
* RetroRocket - RetroRocket: Surprisingly, the pre-AlienInvasion spaceships were of this variety. They typically land and take-off vertically, like a typical example of this trope. Naturally, after ArtificialGravity becomes available, this changes. The new kilometer-long cruisers are cylinder-shaped, but the frigates keep their pointy shape despite using the same tech.
* SacredScripture - SacredScripture: The Kni'lina (mostly the religious Poharas Clan) revere an ancient prophet named Yezdan the Grey-Eyed (it's no coincidence that their homeworld is also called Yezdan), whose text ''The Book of the Beginning and the End'' is as frequently quoted as humans do with TheBible. Ivar Trevelyan is well-versed in Kni'lina proverbs (most of them come from said book) and occasionally quotes them to the Kni'lina and others. His wife Alice becomes a big fan of the book as well, quoting Yezdan at least as much as Ivar, although she does occasionally mention that many of the sayings have a very male-oriented view.
* SelfDestructMechanism - SelfDestructMechanism: In the third novel, Mark Valdez crash-lands on a human colony in Dromi hands. After recovering, he finds his SpaceFighter wreck, retrieves his helmet and blaster, and sets it to self-destruct. Unlike a typical one, this mechanism just turns the craft into dust in a matter of seconds to be scattered by the wind.



* SequelHook - A number of ''Trevelyan's Mission'' indicate a sequel. For example, at the end of ''The Defender'', Ivar resolves to travel beyond the Void to Faata-controlled space to find out more about the mysterious artifacts left behind by the Daskins.
* ServantRace - The Servs are a race of biorobots created by the Lo'ona Aeo. They are a OneGenderRace with total devotion to their masters. They are normally incapable of violence, although at least one was able to fire ship's weapons at a SpaceWhale in the fifth book.
* SexIsEvil - Completely {{averted}} with the cultures described. Most humanoids have [[OutgrownSuchSillySuperstitions outgrown silly taboos against sex]]. While sexuality is not flaunted, sexual relations between consenting adults are shown as perfectly natural and healthy. On Osier, for example, in the local MedievalStasis culture with strong religious belief, sex is also viewed in this manner. In fact, female virginity doesn't hold nearly as much weight as it did during our Middle Ages. Experience counts for much more, and is shown where an heir to the imperial throne wishes Ivar Trevelian to "school" his bratty niece in the pleasure arts, so her future husband will be satisfied.

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* SequelHook - SequelHook: A number of ''Trevelyan's Mission'' indicate a sequel. For example, at the end of ''The Defender'', Ivar resolves to travel beyond the Void to Faata-controlled space to find out more about the mysterious artifacts left behind by the Daskins.
* ServantRace - ServantRace: The Servs are a race of biorobots created by the Lo'ona Aeo. They are a OneGenderRace with total devotion to their masters. They are normally incapable of violence, although at least one was able to fire ship's weapons at a SpaceWhale in the fifth book.
* SexIsEvil - SexIsEvil: Completely {{averted}} with the cultures described. Most humanoids have [[OutgrownSuchSillySuperstitions outgrown silly taboos against sex]]. While sexuality is not flaunted, sexual relations between consenting adults are shown as perfectly natural and healthy. On Osier, for example, in the local MedievalStasis culture with strong religious belief, sex is also viewed in this manner. In fact, female virginity doesn't hold nearly as much weight as it did during our Middle Ages. Experience counts for much more, and is shown where an heir to the imperial throne wishes Ivar Trevelian to "school" his bratty niece in the pleasure arts, so her future husband will be satisfied.



* ShrinkRay - The Lo'ona Aeo have a device called a molecular scanner. It can take a small object and make it big and vice versa. This is how the Lo'ona Aeo do all their large-scale manufacturing. A skilled craftsman makes a small model of a building, a ship, or an entire space habitat, and then a molecular scanner is used to "grow" it to the desired size. The process is never explained (the energy demands must be enormous), although it's stated that the process does not work properly on electronic systems or living beings due to their complex structures. Still, that device alone makes the Lo'ona Aeo a post-scarcity society. It's also used to transport large items (including entire ''islands'') in containers a fraction of their size, since the Lo'ona Aeo love to collect rare things from across the galaxy.
* SingleLineOfDescent - {{Averted}}. The HalfHumanHybrid Paul Richard Corcoran (born at the end of the first novel and is the protagonist of the second) has two daughters, each of whom has several children. The novels usually skip several generations in-between, but most descendants usually have at least two children. It's mentioned that not all of Corcoran's descendants have his abilities or longevity. It also makes it easier for an [[spoiler:alien shapeshifter]] to pretend to be from the same line, as there are so many descendants. The ''Trevelyan's Mission'' series takes almost 1000 years later. In the fourth book of this series, the protagonist Ivar Trevelyan discovers that he is also of that line and has latent PsychicPowers (but not the longevity). This is a surprise to him, as he hasn't heard of anyone in his family possess such abilities.

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* ShrinkRay - ShrinkRay: The Lo'ona Aeo have a device called a molecular scanner. It can take a small object and make it big and vice versa. This is how the Lo'ona Aeo do all their large-scale manufacturing. A skilled craftsman makes a small model of a building, a ship, or an entire space habitat, and then a molecular scanner is used to "grow" it to the desired size. The process is never explained (the energy demands must be enormous), although it's stated that the process does not work properly on electronic systems or living beings due to their complex structures. Still, that device alone makes the Lo'ona Aeo a post-scarcity society. It's also used to transport large items (including entire ''islands'') in containers a fraction of their size, since the Lo'ona Aeo love to collect rare things from across the galaxy.
* SingleLineOfDescent - SingleLineOfDescent: {{Averted}}. The HalfHumanHybrid Paul Richard Corcoran (born at the end of the first novel and is the protagonist of the second) has two daughters, each of whom has several children. The novels usually skip several generations in-between, but most descendants usually have at least two children. It's mentioned that not all of Corcoran's descendants have his abilities or longevity. It also makes it easier for an [[spoiler:alien shapeshifter]] to pretend to be from the same line, as there are so many descendants. The ''Trevelyan's Mission'' series takes almost 1000 years later. In the fourth book of this series, the protagonist Ivar Trevelyan discovers that he is also of that line and has latent PsychicPowers (but not the longevity). This is a surprise to him, as he hasn't heard of anyone in his family possess such abilities.



* SinsOfOurFathers - In ''Good Will Mission'', Eric Trevelyan accidentally reveals to a Haptor that his ancestor Sergey Valdez once saved a Lo'ona Aeo from another Haptor wishing to take her prisoner. Unfortunately, this Haptor turns out to be a direct descendant of the one who was humiliated by Sergey Valdez, and the descendant wants revenge, especially since this cost his clan dearly.
* SpaceCadetAcademy - Several such places are mentioned in the first two novels. The Baikonur Space Academy (presumably located in Kazakhstan, based on the name) appears to be a combination of a military academy and a boot camp. Anyone who enlists in the USF (usually as a marine) spends their first six years of service there, although they are also sent to other planets in the system for flight practice. There are also officer schools in other parts of the world, such as the Navigator School in Málaga, Spain.

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* SinsOfOurFathers - SinsOfOurFathers: In ''Good Will Mission'', Eric Trevelyan accidentally reveals to a Haptor that his ancestor Sergey Valdez once saved a Lo'ona Aeo from another Haptor wishing to take her prisoner. Unfortunately, this Haptor turns out to be a direct descendant of the one who was humiliated by Sergey Valdez, and the descendant wants revenge, especially since this cost his clan dearly.
* SpaceCadetAcademy - SpaceCadetAcademy: Several such places are mentioned in the first two novels. The Baikonur Space Academy (presumably located in Kazakhstan, based on the name) appears to be a combination of a military academy and a boot camp. Anyone who enlists in the USF (usually as a marine) spends their first six years of service there, although they are also sent to other planets in the system for flight practice. There are also officer schools in other parts of the world, such as the Navigator School in Málaga, Spain.



* SpaceMarines - the United Space Forces Marine Corps is a branch of the USF. Marines typically travel aboard warships and are used for both ground-based assaults and as SpaceFighter pilots. They appear to be part of the same chain of command as the rest of the USF and have the same ranks. It can be assumed that the marines used to pilot fighters are not sent on ground missions, as the requirements for pilots are different. For one, pilots have to be small to fit into a fighter's cockpit. Additionally, a number of protagonists start out as marines and end up as fleet commanders.
* SpaceNavy - the United Space Forces is a joint service having absorbed NASA and the space forces of several leading nations. The USF continues many of the traditions carried over from wet navies and uses the Anglo-American naval ranking system as well as English as its official language. Even many of the ships are named after historical warships. The novel even provides a parallel between the historical submarine HMS ''Oberon'' (P21), an "iron tub" which could only go 17 mph and had 30 torpedoes, and the heavy cruiser ''Oberon'', made of a superstrong composite and capable of going 17 miles per ''second'' as well as obliterating the combined wet navies of the 20th century. The initial USF is controlled by a triumvirate of admirals, one from each of the key sponsoring regions (North America, Europe, Russia); each admiral is responsible for one of the three USF fleets (the First Fleet is based on Luna and is mainly responsible for operations against terrorists and other criminals on Earth; the Second Fleet, deployed at Mars, was the reserve, although its ships could also be brought in to assist the First Fleet; the Third Fleet was, by far, the largest, and had bases on Mercury and the Asteroid Belt, effectively patrolling the entire system). After the contour drive is reverse-engineered from the Faata starship, the number of fleets in the USF expands to several dozen, and the organization renames itself to Earth Space Forces after the formation of the Earth Federation (or the Federation Fleet).

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* SpaceMarines - SpaceMarines: the United Space Forces Marine Corps is a branch of the USF. Marines typically travel aboard warships and are used for both ground-based assaults and as SpaceFighter pilots. They appear to be part of the same chain of command as the rest of the USF and have the same ranks. It can be assumed that the marines used to pilot fighters are not sent on ground missions, as the requirements for pilots are different. For one, pilots have to be small to fit into a fighter's cockpit. Additionally, a number of protagonists start out as marines and end up as fleet commanders.
* SpaceNavy - SpaceNavy: the United Space Forces is a joint service having absorbed NASA and the space forces of several leading nations. The USF continues many of the traditions carried over from wet navies and uses the Anglo-American naval ranking system as well as English as its official language. Even many of the ships are named after historical warships. The novel even provides a parallel between the historical submarine HMS ''Oberon'' (P21), an "iron tub" which could only go 17 mph and had 30 torpedoes, and the heavy cruiser ''Oberon'', made of a superstrong composite and capable of going 17 miles per ''second'' as well as obliterating the combined wet navies of the 20th century. The initial USF is controlled by a triumvirate of admirals, one from each of the key sponsoring regions (North America, Europe, Russia); each admiral is responsible for one of the three USF fleets (the First Fleet is based on Luna and is mainly responsible for operations against terrorists and other criminals on Earth; the Second Fleet, deployed at Mars, was the reserve, although its ships could also be brought in to assist the First Fleet; the Third Fleet was, by far, the largest, and had bases on Mercury and the Asteroid Belt, effectively patrolling the entire system). After the contour drive is reverse-engineered from the Faata starship, the number of fleets in the USF expands to several dozen, and the organization renames itself to Earth Space Forces after the formation of the Earth Federation (or the Federation Fleet).



* StandardSciFiFleet - The United Space Forces has a number of different types of ships. The first novel provides the most descriptions and lists different types of ships, from [[SpaceFighter Universal Fighters]] and corvettes to heavy cruisers. Like most Russian sci-fi authors, Akhmanov shies away from terms like "battleship", "battlecruiser", or "carrier", since, officially, the modern Russian navy has none. Strangely, even destroyers are absent from the list, although that could be because there are no submarines in space to be hunted. The classes appear to jump from "frigate" all the way to "light cruiser". Also, for some reason, the author keeps alternating the words "cruiser" and "raider" without explanation.
* StealthInSpace - While there are no cloaking devices, it is possible to avoid enemy detection by using various tactics, such as flying directly between the target and the system's star.

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* StandardSciFiFleet - StandardSciFiFleet: The United Space Forces has a number of different types of ships. The first novel provides the most descriptions and lists different types of ships, from [[SpaceFighter Universal Fighters]] and corvettes to heavy cruisers. Like most Russian sci-fi authors, Akhmanov shies away from terms like "battleship", "battlecruiser", or "carrier", since, officially, the modern Russian navy has none. Strangely, even destroyers are absent from the list, although that could be because there are no submarines in space to be hunted. The classes appear to jump from "frigate" all the way to "light cruiser". Also, for some reason, the author keeps alternating the words "cruiser" and "raider" without explanation.
* StealthInSpace - StealthInSpace: While there are no cloaking devices, it is possible to avoid enemy detection by using various tactics, such as flying directly between the target and the system's star.



* StockFootage - An in-universe example in the second novel, which includes a critic's review of a historical film about the AlienInvasion that took place 30 years before. The critic mentions that the director opted to use the so-called Message to the Presidents, which was a recording of the CurbStompBattle that was the Battle of the Martian Orbit, for the scene of said battle.
* StunGuns - In the first novel, the olks (genetically-engineered Faata guards) carry heavy paralyzer guns aboard the starship. However, the weapon appears to be deadly at close range, as demonstrated when Litvin causes them to fire at one another at near-point-blank range. The concentrated blast stops their lungs from breathing.
* SubspaceOrHyperspace - Interstellar travel is achieved via another dimension known as the Limbo. A ship equipped with the contour drive jumps into the Limbo before re-entering our universe at different coordinates. All this takes a fraction of a second. It is extremely disconcerting to an untrained traveler, as the mind cannot comprehend where it is.

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* StockFootage - StockFootage: An in-universe example in the second novel, which includes a critic's review of a historical film about the AlienInvasion that took place 30 years before. The critic mentions that the director opted to use the so-called Message to the Presidents, which was a recording of the CurbStompBattle that was the Battle of the Martian Orbit, for the scene of said battle.
* StunGuns - StunGuns: In the first novel, the olks (genetically-engineered Faata guards) carry heavy paralyzer guns aboard the starship. However, the weapon appears to be deadly at close range, as demonstrated when Litvin causes them to fire at one another at near-point-blank range. The concentrated blast stops their lungs from breathing.
* SubspaceOrHyperspace - SubspaceOrHyperspace: Interstellar travel is achieved via another dimension known as the Limbo. A ship equipped with the contour drive jumps into the Limbo before re-entering our universe at different coordinates. All this takes a fraction of a second. It is extremely disconcerting to an untrained traveler, as the mind cannot comprehend where it is.



* SuperweaponSurprise - After the Dromi conquer the human colonies of T'har, Ro'on, and Aezat, Lieutenant Mark Valdez helps the T'har [[LaResistance resistance]] fighters by showing them the Arsenal, a cache of weapons and battle robots hidden during the wars with the Faata. Subverted in that the Dromi are too numerous to defeat without help from the outside.
* SwordAndGun - The military adviser to the diplomatic mission on the Haptor homeworld wears a dagger and a blaster on his belt. The Haptors initially protest any sort of weapons, but the advisor counters that the weapons are ceremonial in nature, and that human Foundations (Foundations are great laws and customs among the Haptors) require that he wear them. The Haptors immediately allow it provided the blaster is discharged.
* TechnicalPacifist - The Lo'ona Aeo are the most advanced race in the known space, but they are completely non-violent (and physically frail). Their Servs also cannot fight. So the Lo'ona Aeo hire members of another race to serve as their Defenders. They are given ships and weapons and a regular pay in whatever currency they prefer (could be money, technology, or something else). Currently, the Lo'ona Aeo only hire humans for the job. Prior to that, it was the Dromi and the Haptors before them.

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* SuperweaponSurprise - SuperweaponSurprise: After the Dromi conquer the human colonies of T'har, Ro'on, and Aezat, Lieutenant Mark Valdez helps the T'har [[LaResistance resistance]] fighters by showing them the Arsenal, a cache of weapons and battle robots hidden during the wars with the Faata. Subverted in that the Dromi are too numerous to defeat without help from the outside.
* SwordAndGun - SwordAndGun: The military adviser to the diplomatic mission on the Haptor homeworld wears a dagger and a blaster on his belt. The Haptors initially protest any sort of weapons, but the advisor counters that the weapons are ceremonial in nature, and that human Foundations (Foundations are great laws and customs among the Haptors) require that he wear them. The Haptors immediately allow it provided the blaster is discharged.
* TechnicalPacifist - TechnicalPacifist: The Lo'ona Aeo are the most advanced race in the known space, but they are completely non-violent (and physically frail). Their Servs also cannot fight. So the Lo'ona Aeo hire members of another race to serve as their Defenders. They are given ships and weapons and a regular pay in whatever currency they prefer (could be money, technology, or something else). Currently, the Lo'ona Aeo only hire humans for the job. Prior to that, it was the Dromi and the Haptors before them.



* [[invoked]] TechnologyMarchesOn - In the fourth novel, it's mentioned that, after the Void Wars finally ended, everyone in TheFederation breathed a sigh of relief. The SpaceNavy was reduced to a token force, returning to a peacetime economy, most of the ships were mothballed, and most of the veterans retired. All new warship construction was scrapped and developments frozen indefinitely, as the Federation Parliament believed that what they had (both active and in reserve) was enough to handle any threat for decades. Forty years later, the war with the Dromi, who outnumber all other known races ''combined'', starts, and, suddenly, they realize that the Fleet simply can't protect all Federation worlds from the less advanced but numerous enemy. The admiral in command of the Fleet muses that the ships he has on hand are only able to hold the line against the enemy onslaught at a few key systems at most. But there are hundreds of new ships in the process of being constructed in the Asteroid Belt, including powerful new heavy cruisers with double the firepower and improved defenses, compared to what he has.
* TelepathicSpacemen - The Faata high caste, all Lo'ona Aeo, the Proteids.

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* [[invoked]] TechnologyMarchesOn - TechnologyMarchesOn: In the fourth novel, it's mentioned that, after the Void Wars finally ended, everyone in TheFederation breathed a sigh of relief. The SpaceNavy was reduced to a token force, returning to a peacetime economy, most of the ships were mothballed, and most of the veterans retired. All new warship construction was scrapped and developments frozen indefinitely, as the Federation Parliament believed that what they had (both active and in reserve) was enough to handle any threat for decades. Forty years later, the war with the Dromi, who outnumber all other known races ''combined'', starts, and, suddenly, they realize that the Fleet simply can't protect all Federation worlds from the less advanced but numerous enemy. The admiral in command of the Fleet muses that the ships he has on hand are only able to hold the line against the enemy onslaught at a few key systems at most. But there are hundreds of new ships in the process of being constructed in the Asteroid Belt, including powerful new heavy cruisers with double the firepower and improved defenses, compared to what he has.
* TelepathicSpacemen - TelepathicSpacemen: The Faata high caste, all Lo'ona Aeo, the Proteids.



* {{Terraforming}} - One of the first extrasolar planets settled by humans is Gondwana, which appears to be a paradise that, in later centuries, becomes a PleasurePlanet. Scientists have since determined that the world was likely terraformed by an advanced race who then failed to settle it, for some reason. The truth is revealed in ''Consul Trevelyan''. [[spoiler:A race of advanced HumanAliens called Nil'hazi found the planet in the middle of an Ice Age millennia ago. Believing it to be their lost homeworld, they have terraformed it and placed hidden devices to maintain the biological balance. Since the planet was as a shrine to them, they did not see fit to live on it. Then they find out that humans have turned their planet into a resort and demand that humanity vacates Gondwana. An Arbiter of Justice is about to decide in the favor of the Nil'hazi, when Ivar Trevelyan discovers the actual Nil'hazi homeworld, still covered in ice. The Nil'hazi are willing to let humans keep Gondwana, in return for helping to terraform the icy planet]].
* ThemeNaming - Also see NamingYourColonyWorld.
** AnimalThemeNaming - Human fighter craft classes tend to be named after birds of prey. Examples include Vultures, Kites, Peregrines, and Harpies (it can be assumed that the latter refers to the harpy eagle, not the mythical beast).
** LocationThemeNaming - The six cruisers of Task Force 37 in ''Retaliation'' are named after Earth's continents: ''Europe'' (the lead and flag ship), ''Africa'', ''America'', ''Antarctica'', ''Asia'', and ''Australia''. ThemeInitials also fits all ships but the ''Europe''.

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* {{Terraforming}} - {{Terraforming}}: One of the first extrasolar planets settled by humans is Gondwana, which appears to be a paradise that, in later centuries, becomes a PleasurePlanet. Scientists have since determined that the world was likely terraformed by an advanced race who then failed to settle it, for some reason. The truth is revealed in ''Consul Trevelyan''. [[spoiler:A race of advanced HumanAliens called Nil'hazi found the planet in the middle of an Ice Age millennia ago. Believing it to be their lost homeworld, they have terraformed it and placed hidden devices to maintain the biological balance. Since the planet was as a shrine to them, they did not see fit to live on it. Then they find out that humans have turned their planet into a resort and demand that humanity vacates Gondwana. An Arbiter of Justice is about to decide in the favor of the Nil'hazi, when Ivar Trevelyan discovers the actual Nil'hazi homeworld, still covered in ice. The Nil'hazi are willing to let humans keep Gondwana, in return for helping to terraform the icy planet]].
* ThemeNaming - ThemeNaming: Also see NamingYourColonyWorld.
** AnimalThemeNaming - AnimalThemeNaming: Human fighter craft classes tend to be named after birds of prey. Examples include Vultures, Kites, Peregrines, and Harpies (it can be assumed that the latter refers to the harpy eagle, not the mythical beast).
** LocationThemeNaming - LocationThemeNaming: The six cruisers of Task Force 37 in ''Retaliation'' are named after Earth's continents: ''Europe'' (the lead and flag ship), ''Africa'', ''America'', ''Antarctica'', ''Asia'', and ''Australia''. ThemeInitials also fits all ships but the ''Europe''.



* UnitedNationsIsASuperpower - In the first novel, the UN (more specifically, the UN Security Council) is in control of the SpaceNavy, the United Space Forces, which is the power outside the planet. The smaller nations (as well as China and India) are excluded from this "space club". One of the tasks of the USF is to be a rapid reaction force, striking from orbit and landing troops within hours of a crisis starting. By ''Retaliation'', UN's power seems to have grown to the point where it's reorganized into the [[OneWorldOrder World Parliament]] headed by the First Speaker. The UN Security Council becomes the Solar System Security Committee, presided over by the Second Speaker. In later novels, humanity is united into the Earth Federation with the Federation Parliament being its main legislative body and the Federation Fleet its military arm.
* VoiceWithAnInternetConnection - After ''The Faraway Saikat'', Ivar gets a second companion in the form of a Kni'lina AI who usually travels with him in the form of a trafor (a robot capable of VoluntaryShapeshifting). Being programmed by the extremely-proper Kni'lina, the AI is very respectful of Ivar and the uploaded personality of his ancestor.
* VoluntaryShapeshifting - The Proteids ([=AKA=] Metamorphs) are able to adopt any shape flawlessly. Some are born with a rare genetic defect that allows them to completely shapeshift only once, at which point they're stuck in this form for good. These usually choose to live among other races as secret envoys. They still possess limited shapeshifting abilities, such as altering one's external appearance, but one cannot, for example, switch sexes or some other major change like that.

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* UnitedNationsIsASuperpower - UnitedNationsIsASuperpower: In the first novel, the UN (more specifically, the UN Security Council) is in control of the SpaceNavy, the United Space Forces, which is the power outside the planet. The smaller nations (as well as China and India) are excluded from this "space club". One of the tasks of the USF is to be a rapid reaction force, striking from orbit and landing troops within hours of a crisis starting. By ''Retaliation'', UN's power seems to have grown to the point where it's reorganized into the [[OneWorldOrder World Parliament]] headed by the First Speaker. The UN Security Council becomes the Solar System Security Committee, presided over by the Second Speaker. In later novels, humanity is united into the Earth Federation with the Federation Parliament being its main legislative body and the Federation Fleet its military arm.
* VoiceWithAnInternetConnection - VoiceWithAnInternetConnection: After ''The Faraway Saikat'', Ivar gets a second companion in the form of a Kni'lina AI who usually travels with him in the form of a trafor (a robot capable of VoluntaryShapeshifting). Being programmed by the extremely-proper Kni'lina, the AI is very respectful of Ivar and the uploaded personality of his ancestor.
* VoluntaryShapeshifting - VoluntaryShapeshifting: The Proteids ([=AKA=] Metamorphs) are able to adopt any shape flawlessly. Some are born with a rare genetic defect that allows them to completely shapeshift only once, at which point they're stuck in this form for good. These usually choose to live among other races as secret envoys. They still possess limited shapeshifting abilities, such as altering one's external appearance, but one cannot, for example, switch sexes or some other major change like that.



* WarIsHell - Millions die in the wars between humanity and other races.
* WaveMotionGun - The [[AntiMatter annihilators]] are portrayed as this in the first novel. They are more commonplace in the other novels, although they are capable of turning a planet into a charred rock in a matter of hours.
* WeAreAsMayflies - The Lo'ona Aeo live for nearly a millennium, which reflects in their perception of time. To them, something that happened a few decades ago may have as well happened yesterday. Humans and most other races appear to them ridiculously short-lived.

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* WarIsHell - WarIsHell: Millions die in the wars between humanity and other races.
* WaveMotionGun - WaveMotionGun: The [[AntiMatter annihilators]] are portrayed as this in the first novel. They are more commonplace in the other novels, although they are capable of turning a planet into a charred rock in a matter of hours.
* WeAreAsMayflies - WeAreAsMayflies: The Lo'ona Aeo live for nearly a millennium, which reflects in their perception of time. To them, something that happened a few decades ago may have as well happened yesterday. Humans and most other races appear to them ridiculously short-lived.



* WeHaveReserves - The greatest strength of the [[TheReptilians Dromi]] are their sheer numbers. Their population is estimated at several ''hundred billion'', which is several times greater than the combined population of all the other known races. They breed like rabbits (much faster, in fact) and constantly need new planets to settle. Despite the great attrition rate among the lower/younger castes, their rate of reproduction is still incredibly high. They don't value the lives of the lower castes and see nothing wrong with sacrificing hundreds of them to find out a key piece of information about an enemy. Their technology is also less advanced than that of the humans and many other star-facing races, but their numbers more than make up for that. Their inborn lack of fear also means that all battles are fought to the last. Retreat is not an option to them.
* YouAlreadyChangedThePast - The Paraprims view the universe in this manner. Being able to predict the future with great accuracy, they may know a thing or two about how time works. In ''Consul Trevelyan'', [[spoiler:they are proven right when Ivar fails to save a civilization of ancient HumanAliens from destroying itself. However, he gives a small group of them in the past plans for the FTL drive and a galactic map, showing them a location of a remote system, so the race may still live]].

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* WeHaveReserves - WeHaveReserves: The greatest strength of the [[TheReptilians Dromi]] are their sheer numbers. Their population is estimated at several ''hundred billion'', which is several times greater than the combined population of all the other known races. They breed like rabbits (much faster, in fact) and constantly need new planets to settle. Despite the great attrition rate among the lower/younger castes, their rate of reproduction is still incredibly high. They don't value the lives of the lower castes and see nothing wrong with sacrificing hundreds of them to find out a key piece of information about an enemy. Their technology is also less advanced than that of the humans and many other star-facing races, but their numbers more than make up for that. Their inborn lack of fear also means that all battles are fought to the last. Retreat is not an option to them.
* YouAlreadyChangedThePast - YouAlreadyChangedThePast:
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The Paraprims view the universe in this manner. Being able to predict the future with great accuracy, they may know a thing or two about how time works. In ''Consul Trevelyan'', [[spoiler:they are proven right when Ivar fails to save a civilization of ancient HumanAliens from destroying itself. However, he gives a small group of them in the past plans for the FTL drive and a galactic map, showing them a location of a remote system, so the race may still live]].



* ZeroGSpot - Many races use anti-gravity fields to sleep. Naturally, this trope comes up. The difficulties of doing this are never brought up.

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* ZeroGSpot - ZeroGSpot: Many races use anti-gravity fields to sleep. Naturally, this trope comes up. The difficulties of doing this are never brought up.
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** There is plenty of this between the main series and the spin-off, usually with the uploaded personality of Commodore Olaf Peter Trevelyan-Krasnogortsev and the wars he fought when he was alive.

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** There is plenty of this between the main series and the spin-off, usually with the uploaded personality of Commodore Komandor Olaf Peter Trevelyan-Krasnogortsev and the wars he fought when he was alive.



* HappilyMarried - Most protagonists. Commodore Olaf Peter Carlos Trevelian-Krasnogortsev is a glaring exception, having gone through several marriages (although one of them would have probably lasted had that wife not been killed in combat). Even the philandering Ivar Trevelyan eventually ends up in a happy FourthDateMarriage and readily gives up his womanizing ways.

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* HappilyMarried - Most protagonists. Commodore Komandor Olaf Peter Carlos Trevelian-Krasnogortsev is a glaring exception, having gone through several marriages (although one of them would have probably lasted had that wife not been killed in combat). Even the philandering Ivar Trevelyan eventually ends up in a happy FourthDateMarriage and readily gives up his womanizing ways.



* TheMaidenNameDebate - Commodore Olaf Peter Carlos Trevelian-Krasnogortsev reveals that the reason for his hyphenated last name dates back to the beginning of the 20th century. An ancestor of his, a Russian nobleman named Krasnogortsev, fled Russia during the RedOctober and settled in France, marrying into the aristocratic Trevelian family, changing his last name to symbolize becoming one of them. Interestingly, some of the Commodore's children have decided that the name was too long and have used only "Trevelian" since then.

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* TheMaidenNameDebate - Commodore Komandor Olaf Peter Carlos Trevelian-Krasnogortsev reveals that the reason for his hyphenated last name dates back to the beginning of the 20th century. An ancestor of his, a Russian nobleman named Krasnogortsev, fled Russia during the RedOctober and settled in France, marrying into the aristocratic Trevelian family, changing his last name to symbolize becoming one of them. Interestingly, some of the Commodore's Komandor's children have decided that the name was too long and have used only "Trevelian" since then.
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* FamousNamedForeigner - In the fourth novel, Olaf Peter Carlos Trevelyan-Krasnogortsev hopes to get some leave on Earth, so he can meet up with one of his old flames, most of whom appear to be named after 20th century actresses: Lucía Méndez, Creator/AngelinaJolie, Creator/GoldieHawn, Creator/MonicaBellucci, Michèle Mercier.
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* [[invoked]] TechnologyMarchesOn - In the fourth novel, it's mentioned that, after the Void Wars finally ended, everyone in TheFederation breathed a sigh of relief. The SpaceNavy was reduced to a token force, returning to a peacetime economy, most of the ships were mothballed, and most of the veterans retired. All new warship construction was scrapped and developments frozen indefinitely, as the Federation Parliament believed that what they had (both active and in reserve) was enough to handle any threat for decades. Forty years later, the war with the Dromi, who outnumber all other known races ''combined'', starts, and, suddenly, they realize that the Fleet simply can't protect all Federation worlds from the less advanced but numerous enemy. The admiral in command of the Fleet muses that the ships he has on hand are only able to hold the line against the enemy onslaught at a few key systems at most. But there are hundreds of new ships in the process of being constructed in the Asteroid Belt, including powerful new heavy cruisers with double the firepower and improved defenses, compared to what he has.
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* RagnarokProofing - The Arsenals on frontier worlds contain mothballed military equipment, enough for two marine divisions (about 14,000-16,000 men and women). This includes handheld weapons, ground vehicles, tanks, transport and combat aircraft, robots, recon drones, and supplies (e.g. ammo, food, drink). Everything is designed to be usable for centuries. Indeed, when the Arsenal on T'har is re-activated in the fourth novel, it has been waiting for 140 years. All supplies are still good (including food, and not just rations, we're talking steaks and chickens), and all equipment is in perfect working order, besides being outdated.
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* SpaceNavy - the United Space Forces is a joint service having absorbed NASA and the space forces of several leading nations. The USF continues many of the traditions carried over from wet navies and uses the Anglo-American naval ranking system as well as English as its official language. Even many of the ships are named after historical warships. The novel even provides a parallel between the historical submarine HMS ''Oberon'' (P21), an "iron tub" which could only go 17 mph and had 30 torpedoes, and the heavy cruiser ''Oberon'', made of a superstrong composite and capable of going 17 miles per ''second'' as well as obliterating the combined wet navies of the 20th century. The initial USF is controlled by a triumvirate of admirals, one from each of the key sponsoring regions (North America, Europe, Russia); each admiral is responsible for one of the three USF fleets (the First Fleet is based on Luna and is mainly responsible for operations against terrorists and other criminals on Earth; the Second Fleet, deployed at Mars, was the reserve, although its ships could also be brought in to assist the First Fleet; the Third Fleet was, by far, the largest, and had bases on Mercury and the Asteroid Belt, effectively patrolling the entire system). After the contour drive is reverse-engineered from the Faata starship, the number of fleets in the USF expands to several dozen, and the organization renames itself to Earth Space Forces after the formation of the Earth Federation.

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* SpaceNavy - the United Space Forces is a joint service having absorbed NASA and the space forces of several leading nations. The USF continues many of the traditions carried over from wet navies and uses the Anglo-American naval ranking system as well as English as its official language. Even many of the ships are named after historical warships. The novel even provides a parallel between the historical submarine HMS ''Oberon'' (P21), an "iron tub" which could only go 17 mph and had 30 torpedoes, and the heavy cruiser ''Oberon'', made of a superstrong composite and capable of going 17 miles per ''second'' as well as obliterating the combined wet navies of the 20th century. The initial USF is controlled by a triumvirate of admirals, one from each of the key sponsoring regions (North America, Europe, Russia); each admiral is responsible for one of the three USF fleets (the First Fleet is based on Luna and is mainly responsible for operations against terrorists and other criminals on Earth; the Second Fleet, deployed at Mars, was the reserve, although its ships could also be brought in to assist the First Fleet; the Third Fleet was, by far, the largest, and had bases on Mercury and the Asteroid Belt, effectively patrolling the entire system). After the contour drive is reverse-engineered from the Faata starship, the number of fleets in the USF expands to several dozen, and the organization renames itself to Earth Space Forces after the formation of the Earth Federation.Federation (or the Federation Fleet).
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* UnitedNationsIsASuperpower - In the first novel, the UN (more specifically, the UN Security Council) is in control of the SpaceNavy, the United Space Forces, which is the power outside the planet. The smaller nations (as well as China and India) are excluded from this "space club". One of the tasks of the USF is to be a rapid reaction force, striking from orbit and landing troops within hours of a crisis starting. By ''Retaliation'', UN's power seems to have grown to the point where it's reorganized into the [[OneWorldOrder World Parliament]] headed by the First Speaker. The UN Security Council becomes the Solar System Security Committee, presided over by the Second Speaker.

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* UnitedNationsIsASuperpower - In the first novel, the UN (more specifically, the UN Security Council) is in control of the SpaceNavy, the United Space Forces, which is the power outside the planet. The smaller nations (as well as China and India) are excluded from this "space club". One of the tasks of the USF is to be a rapid reaction force, striking from orbit and landing troops within hours of a crisis starting. By ''Retaliation'', UN's power seems to have grown to the point where it's reorganized into the [[OneWorldOrder World Parliament]] headed by the First Speaker. The UN Security Council becomes the Solar System Security Committee, presided over by the Second Speaker. In later novels, humanity is united into the Earth Federation with the Federation Parliament being its main legislative body and the Federation Fleet its military arm.
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