History Literature / BelisariusSeries

13th Apr '17 4:08:21 PM OddHack
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** The Khmer eunechs and assassins that serve Link are chosen for the sake of having a truly competent and utterly trustworthy personal guard.

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** The Khmer eunechs eunuchs and assassins that serve Link are chosen for the sake of having a truly competent and utterly trustworthy personal guard.
25th Jan '17 2:38:11 AM MadSpy
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* TheWomenAreSafeWithUs: Partly. All the good guys and {{Worthy Opponent}}s agree that RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil, though some {{Old Soldier}}s take it as an unfortunate inevitability that soldiers will get out of control. Belisarius occasionally has to use [[OffWithHisHead extreme measures]] to prevent atrocities by Romans and once threatens to turn his men on a Hunnish mercenary unit (thus saving the daughter of a Persian Prince). Rajputs, being [[HonorBeforeReason honorable folk]], never touch a captive woman. Malwans are different of course. They [[ForTheEvulz love]] RapePillageAndBurn. In the BadFuture vision of Belisarius, Rao muses that it was this quality that the Malwa systematically broke out of the Rajputs. Thus shorn of their preciously held honor, there was nothing left for them but to be the Malwa's dogs.

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* TheWomenAreSafeWithUs: Partly. All the good guys and {{Worthy Opponent}}s agree that RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil, though some {{Old Soldier}}s take it as an unfortunate inevitability that soldiers will get out of control. Belisarius occasionally has to use [[OffWithHisHead extreme measures]] to prevent atrocities by Romans and once threatens to turn his men on a Hunnish mercenary unit (thus saving the daughter of a Persian Prince). Rajputs, being [[HonorBeforeReason honorable folk]], never touch a captive woman. Malwans are different of course. They [[ForTheEvulz love]] love to]] RapePillageAndBurn. In the BadFuture vision of Belisarius, Rao muses that it was this quality that the Malwa systematically broke out of the Rajputs. Thus shorn of their preciously held honor, there was nothing left for them but to be the Malwa's dogs.
25th Jan '17 2:33:31 AM MadSpy
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* TechnoWizard: Rome. The Malwans have a head start, but once the Romans understand what's going on they actually make better versions of future weapons, not being as hampered by a restrictive social heirarchy that concentrates power in a relatively small handful of people.

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* TechnoWizard: Rome. The Malwans have a head start, but once the Romans understand what's going on they actually make better versions of future weapons, not being as hampered by a restrictive social heirarchy hierarchy that concentrates power in a relatively small handful of people.
25th Jan '17 1:27:43 AM MadSpy
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* ThePlan: First rescuing Shakuntala, then stopping the Malwan invasion by trapping Link's army in Mesopatamia without supplies, and checking Damadora's army (but leaving it intact), then [[spoiler:collaborating in Damadora's defection and Narses' re-defection,]] the whole series is one of these, almost reaching GambitRoulette territory. Indeed Narses seems to have believed Belisarius plotted the whole thing even if some of it happened by good luck.

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* ThePlan: First rescuing Shakuntala, then stopping the Malwan invasion by trapping Link's army in Mesopatamia Mesopotamia without supplies, and checking Damadora's army (but leaving it intact), then [[spoiler:collaborating in Damadora's defection and Narses' re-defection,]] the whole series is one of these, almost reaching GambitRoulette territory. Indeed Narses seems to have believed Belisarius plotted the whole thing even if some of it happened by good luck.
25th Jan '17 1:23:47 AM MadSpy
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* HonorableMarriageProposal: One of Antonina's old [[UnusualEuphemism collegues]] is taken as maid. When she becomes pregnant a soldier gallantly offers to marry her thinking after all he might really be the father.

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* HonorableMarriageProposal: One of Antonina's old [[UnusualEuphemism collegues]] colleagues]] is taken as a maid. When she becomes pregnant pregnant, a soldier gallantly offers to marry her thinking thinking, after all all, that he might really be the father.
25th Jan '17 1:16:09 AM MadSpy
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* TheButcher: Deconstructed. It is commented that if Venandektra had been called [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast "The Cruel"]] or something similar it might imply that people think him a MagnificentBastard even if they hate him. But no one respects someone called "The Vile".

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* TheButcher: Deconstructed. It is commented that if Venandektra Venandakatra had been called [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast "The Cruel"]] or something similar it might imply that people think him a MagnificentBastard even if they hate him. But no one respects someone called "The Vile".



** In Belisarius' dream, Rao actually hopes Shakuntala won't resist Venandekatra because he doesn't care about all that but cares about her life. Shakuntala however turns out to be [[HonorBeforeReason of different mind]], rather to Venandekatra's regret.

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** In Belisarius' dream, Rao actually hopes Shakuntala won't resist Venandekatra Venandakatra because he doesn't care about all that but cares about her life. Shakuntala however turns out to be [[HonorBeforeReason of different mind]], rather to Venandekatra's Venandakatra's regret.



* UnsportsmanlikeGloating: Venandekatra has a great procession across the territory of the Marathas (who had supported the Andran empire and been conquered in the process) to his palace where he is supposedly getting the Andran princess Shakuntala as a concubine just to remind everyone of Malwa's victory over Andra, celebrating like it was Venandekatra who won the war for Malwa.

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* UnsportsmanlikeGloating: Venandekatra Venandakatra has a great procession across the territory of the Marathas (who had supported the Andran empire and been conquered in the process) to his palace where he is supposedly getting the Andran princess Shakuntala as a concubine just to remind everyone of Malwa's victory over Andra, celebrating like it was Venandekatra Venandakatra who won the war for Malwa.
25th Jan '17 12:51:59 AM MadSpy
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* BadBoss: Almost none of the Malway leadership care the least bit about their troops, whether it's from egotistical arrogance, like with Skandagupta and [[UpToEleven Venandakatra the Vile]], or out of ignorance, like with Link and its nearly complete lack of understanding about human nature. Venandakatra in particular comes [[PoesLaw dangerously close]] to becoming a parody of this trope with his over-the-top sadism.

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* BadBoss: Almost none of the Malway Malwa leadership care the least bit about their troops, whether it's from egotistical arrogance, like with Skandagupta and [[UpToEleven Venandakatra the Vile]], or out of ignorance, like with Link and its nearly complete lack of understanding about human nature. Venandakatra in particular comes [[PoesLaw dangerously close]] to becoming a parody of this trope with his over-the-top sadism.
25th Jan '17 12:51:30 AM MadSpy
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* AnimalMetaphor: Valentinian is compared with both a mongoose and weasal, Belisarius a couple times with a mongoose, Michael of Macedonia with a hawk, his friend Bishop Cassian with an owl, both Oesanus and Rao with panthers, Sanga with a tiger, Sittas with a wild boar. Antonina is compared with a shark once.

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* AnimalMetaphor: Valentinian is compared with both a mongoose and weasal, Belisarius a couple times with a mongoose, Michael of Macedonia with a hawk, his friend Bishop Cassian with an owl, both Oesanus Ousanus and Rao with panthers, Sanga with a tiger, Sittas with a wild boar. Antonina is compared with a shark once.
28th Oct '16 9:18:48 AM dlchen145
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* {{Badass}}: Tons. Beginning with Belisarius, but later in the series, there's also the Malwa general [[TheDragon Rana Sanga]], Belisarius' bodyguard Valentinian, Sanga's rival and Belisarius' ally Raghunath Rao, Ajatasutra the assassin--let's just say the series is full of Badasses and leave it at that.



* ButtMonkey: If a pimp is mentioned (who is still alive), expect some BadAss character to [[RunningGag shortly ensure]] they are no longer living...or at least beat them so badly they wish they were dead.

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* ButtMonkey: If a pimp is mentioned (who is still alive), expect some BadAss badass character to [[RunningGag shortly ensure]] they are no longer living...or at least beat them so badly they wish they were dead.



* MyDadCanBeatUpYourDad: Rajiv is ''very'' proud of how great a warrior [[BadAss Rana Sanga]] is.

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* MyDadCanBeatUpYourDad: Rajiv is ''very'' proud of how great a warrior [[BadAss Rana Sanga]] Sanga is.



** [[SilkHidingSteel Lady]] [[BadAss Damodara]] is the only sane female Malwa shown.

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** [[SilkHidingSteel Lady]] [[BadAss Damodara]] Damodara is the only sane female Malwa shown.
19th Oct '16 5:50:06 PM KeithM
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** While Link itself is probably as good a general as any in the series and reacts pretty well when surprises do come, the entire Malwa leadership structure is handicapped by their over-reliance on the supercomputer cyborg and a tendency to punish independent thinking and capability. This leads to the situation where the Malwa government is riddled with incompetents aside from a few, and since Link can't be everywhere at once, it allows Belisarius' side to pick away at the Malwa empire.

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** While Link itself is probably as good a general as any in the series and reacts pretty well when surprises do come, the entire Malwa leadership structure is handicapped by their over-reliance on the supercomputer cyborg and a tendency to punish independent thinking and capability. This leads to the situation where the Malwa government is riddled with incompetents aside from a few, and since Link can't be everywhere at once, it allows Belisarius' side to pick away at the Malwa empire. Belisarius's final strategy is to isolate Link so that his allies can deal with the incompetent Malwa leadership.
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