History Literature / AsianSaga

17th Jan '18 2:17:24 AM Galvatron29
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* AntagonisticOffspring: Invoked by Hakim and Azadeh Khan's half-sister to get Hakim exiled by his father Abdollah Khan in the backstory of ''Whirlwind'', although it's groundless and merely a way for her to increase her own power. [[spoiler: Played straight when it's revealed Hakim really had been trying to have the Khan murdered before that point, including sending the assassins Erikki kills.]]

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* AntagonisticOffspring: AntagonisticOffspring:
** Dirk manufactures a falling out between him and Culum in ''Tai-Pan'' in order to give the impression Culum is this to his enemies so he can catch them off guard. Unfortunately, as Culum finds out more and more what his dad's really like it becomes increasingly real.
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Invoked by Hakim and Azadeh Khan's half-sister to get Hakim exiled by his father Abdollah Khan in the backstory of ''Whirlwind'', although it's groundless and merely a way for her to increase her own power. [[spoiler: Played straight when it's revealed Hakim really had been trying to have the Khan murdered before that point, including sending the assassins Erikki kills.]]
17th Jan '18 2:11:34 AM Galvatron29
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* PosthumousCharacter:
** Intelligence expert Alan Medford Grant is killed at the start of ''Noble House'', with everyone's desire to get his files driving much of the plot. [[spoiler:Except it turns out he's FakingTheDead in ''Whirlwind''.]]
17th Jan '18 2:01:56 AM Galvatron29
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* AdaptationDistillation: Despite being six hours, the 1988 Noble House miniseries has a lot of things missing compared to the book, most notably the Sevrin plot and everything to do with it (including Jacques' status as TheMole, Cross' double agent status and Suslev's character). Other excised elements include the visit of a delegation of British MPs, the role of AuthorAvatar Peter Marlowe, Dunross' dealings with the Japanese Toda family and anything to do with Dunross' own family.

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* AdaptationDistillation: Despite AdaptationDistillation:
** ''Noble House'' itself condenses many real-life events from the 60s and early 70s - the 1965 bank run caused by the Canton Trust bankruptcy, the Jumbo floating restaurant fre of 1971, the Kotewall Road landslide of 1972 - into a time period of about a week.
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being six hours, the 1988 Noble House miniseries has a lot of things missing compared to the book, most notably the Sevrin plot and everything to do with it (including Jacques' status as TheMole, Cross' double agent status and Suslev's character). Other excised elements include the visit of a delegation of British MPs, the role of AuthorAvatar Peter Marlowe, Dunross' dealings with the Japanese Toda family and anything to do with Dunross' own family.
7th Nov '17 1:42:22 AM Galvatron29
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* PlotCoupon: The four broken coins given to Dirk Struan by Jin-Qua. Each half coin allows the bearer to ask one favor of any size of the Noble House. One of them was used to protect Sun Yat-Sen during his exile, then support him in his drive to unify China.Another becomes the MacGuffin of ''Noble House''.

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* PlotCoupon: The four broken coins given to Dirk Struan by Jin-Qua. Each half coin allows the bearer to ask one favor of any size of the Noble House. One of them was used to protect Sun Yat-Sen during his exile, then support him in his drive to unify China. Another becomes the MacGuffin of ''Noble House''.



** Also played straight by [[spoiler:Yabu, who has his treachery revealed at a time when he has also ceased to be useful, and is ordered to do this by Toranaga. For all his many faults, everyone who attended the suicide said his was the most dignified and graceful they had ever seen. By the time of Whirlwind, over 400 years later, he is still remembered among his family for the quality of his suicide and the gracefulness of his death Haiku]].

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** Also played straight by [[spoiler:Yabu, who has his treachery revealed at a time when he has also ceased to be useful, and is ordered to do this by Toranaga. For all his many faults, everyone who attended the suicide said his was the most dignified and graceful they had ever seen. By the time of Whirlwind, ''Whirlwind'', over 400 years later, he is still remembered among his family for the quality of his suicide and the gracefulness of his death Haiku]].
20th Oct '17 8:11:12 AM Basara-kun
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* WesternSamurai: From ''Shogun'', there's John Blackthorne, an English pilot that survived the shipwreck of his ship on Japanese coasts and eventually captured, but eventually he became close to the Shogun Toranaga, gaining the title of samurai.
5th Oct '17 8:46:36 AM Galvatron29
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* DespairEventHorizon: Tyler Brock hits it when he [[spoiler: casts Tess out of the family after she elopes with Culum (due to Struan's machinations]].
2nd Oct '17 2:44:35 AM Galvatron29
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** Shows Dirk Struan's savvy as backstory in ''Noble House''. In ''Tai-Pan'' one of the pirate Wu Fang Choi's conditions when presenting the half-coin is for a Clipper ship as in Struan's fleet - one which will be the terror of merchant shipping in the area. However, while Fang Choi specifies the build, crewing and delivery time involved, he doesn't specify what's to happen after the ship is delivered, which Struan realises in the novel and we later find out in ''Noble House'' his successor Culum acted on and sank the ship after delivery. Notably, in an odd case of GracefulLoser, Wu's descendant Four Finger Wu considers it his fault for not making his deal with the coin absolutely perfect and forseeing such an eventuality.


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** Can also apply to Scragger in the novel, as he's appalled Wu Kwok made him give his word of honor in a situation where neither Struan nor Wu Kwok ever expected Wu to keep it, and sells out his boss in revenge by giving Struan his base's location. As Scragger was the only Westerner to have contact with Struan in their dealings, it leads to Scragger being horrifically tortured to death when Wu Kwok survives.
28th Sep '17 10:20:25 AM isolato
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* MarriedAtSea: In ''Gai-Jin'' Malcolm Struan and Angelique Richaud are married by Captain Marlowe of HMS ''Pearl''. They are still minors (20 and 18, respectively) and Tess Struan [[ParentalMarriageVeto forbade the marriage]] suspecting that Angelique was a GoldDigger, so church wedding was not an option. On the other hand, Naval Regulations [[LoopholeAbuse does not mention limit of age or parental consent]] in its section on shipboard weddings...

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* MarriedAtSea: In ''Gai-Jin'' Malcolm Struan and Angelique Richaud are married by Captain Marlowe of HMS ''Pearl''. They are still minors (20 and 18, respectively) and Tess Struan [[ParentalMarriageVeto forbade the marriage]] suspecting that Angelique was a GoldDigger, so church wedding was not an option. On the other hand, Naval Regulations [[LoopholeAbuse does do not mention limit of age or parental consent]] in its section on shipboard weddings...
28th Sep '17 8:13:12 AM isolato
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* MarriedAtSea: In ''Gai-Jin'' Malcolm Struan and Angelique Richaud are married by Captain Marlowe of HMS ''Pearl''. They are still minors (20 and 18, respectively) and Tess Struan [[ParentalMarriageVeto forbade the marriage]] suspecting that Angelique was a GoldDigger, so church wedding was not an option. On the other hand, Naval Regulations [[LoopholeAbuse does not mention limit of age or parental consent]] in its section on shipboard weddings...
27th Sep '17 9:52:46 AM isolato
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* AntiHero: Clavell's heroes tend to zigzag this trope: Blackthorne and Ian Dunross are the closest to traditional heroes, but Dirk Struan is ''very'' much this: ruthless, manipulative of his family, utterly merciless to his enemies - he actually shows '''less''' standards than the NominalVillain of ''Tai-Pan'' Tyler Brock when he uses Tyler's own daughter against him to kill his mad son. In ''Shogun'' Toranaga is so far into this trope he's practically an AntiVillain.

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* AntiHero: Clavell's heroes tend to zigzag this trope: Blackthorne and Ian Dunross are the closest to traditional heroes, but Dirk Struan is ''very'' much this: ruthless, manipulative of his family, utterly merciless to his enemies - he actually shows '''less''' standards than the NominalVillain DesignatedVillain of ''Tai-Pan'' Tyler Brock when he uses Tyler's own daughter against him to kill his mad son. In ''Shogun'' Toranaga is so far into this trope he's practically an AntiVillain.



** Robert Armstrong's subplot in ''Whirlwind'' involves hunting down information on Soviet moles in the UK government - which are confirmed to include Robin Grey and Julian Broadchurch, Labour MPs who appeared in ''Noble House''.

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** Robert Armstrong's subplot in ''Whirlwind'' involves hunting down information on Soviet moles in the UK government - which are confirmed to include Robin Grey and Julian Broadchurch, Labour MPs [=MPs=] who appeared in ''Noble House''.
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