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24th Jul '16 12:02:31 PM Nohbody
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-->-- '''TheArtOfWar'''

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-->-- '''TheArtOfWar'''
'''Literature/TheArtOfWar'''
3rd Jul '16 2:03:09 PM Discar
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-->"All warfare is based on deception."
-->--'''TheArtOfWar'''

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-->"All ->"All warfare is based on deception."
-->--'''TheArtOfWar'''
-->-- '''TheArtOfWar'''



* OutsideContextVillain: Link, especially in the timeline without Aide.

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* OutsideContextVillain: OutsideContextProblem: Link, especially in the timeline without Aide.
1st Jul '16 7:57:58 AM Morgenthaler
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** Ousanas is kind of a combination of this and BattleButler for Eon. As well as being TheObiWan.

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** Ousanas is kind of a combination of this and BattleButler for Eon. As well as being TheObiWan.
6th May '16 2:15:18 AM ACW
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* ForTheEvulz: Malwa is so evil that they seem to be trying for this at times. [[CompleteMonster Venandakatra]] especially.

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* ForTheEvulz: Malwa is so evil that they seem to be trying for this at times. [[CompleteMonster Venandakatra]] Venandakatra especially.
30th Apr '16 10:25:07 PM Worffan101
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* TheButcher: Deconstructed. It is commented that if Venandektra had been called "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 had been called [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast "The Cruel" 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".



* AChildShallLeadThem: Photius

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* AChildShallLeadThem: PhotiusPhotius, for the Roman Empire. Necessary because Justinian has no heir and has been disqualified from holding the throne.



** Antonina does this in book 4 when she [[spoiler:unloads her pistol into the Link's face]].
** DidYouJustScamCthulhu: Narses [[spoiler:lying to the Link, and getting away with it.]] Also qualifies as a CrowningMomentOfAwesome for him.



* ForTheEvulz: Malwa is so evil that they seem to be trying for this at times. [[CompleteMonster Venandakatra]] especially.



* [[ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy Malwa Mook Hand-To-Hand Combat Academy]]: Malwa's armies are mostly made up of half-starved, poorly-trained peasant levies with little discipline and morale. They are used in ZergRush tactics and suffer ''horrific'' casualties.



** {{Subverted}} with the Malwa in general and [[UpToEleven Venandakatra the Vile in particular]]. Malwa command pavilions and palaces are described as ostentatious and vulgar displays of gratuitous greed.



* MarriageBeforeRomance: Calopodius leaves for war shortly after his ArrangedMarriage with Anna, so they don't have to think about their marriage. It doesn't work that way.
* TheMedic: Anna. While going through Belisarius's supply lines she visits field hospitals plagued by lazy surgeons and gives them a full-out DrillSergeantNasty treatment.

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* MarriageBeforeRomance: Calopodius leaves for war shortly after his ArrangedMarriage with Anna, so they don't have to think about their marriage. [[PerfectlyArrangedMarriage It doesn't work that way.
way]].
* TheMedic: Anna. While going through Belisarius's supply lines she visits field hospitals plagued by lazy surgeons and gives them a full-out DrillSergeantNasty treatment. She even ends up founding a proto-Red Cross.



* MyDadCanBeatUpYourDad: Rajiv is ''very'' proud of how great a warrior 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.



** Rana Sanga in particular is noted to be extremely devoted to his wife and their children.



** By our standards, Venandakatra takes this UpToEleven.



* ProperLady: Lady Sanga

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* ProperLady: [[SilkHidingSteel Lady SangaSanga]]



** Rana Sanga is pretty much the incarnation of this trope.



** As part of a ruse, Eon pretends to be a {{Jerkass}} prince in front of the Malwa. He almost blows his cover as a RoyalBrat by refusing to touch a SexSlave who showed [[ShellShockedVeteran the signs]] of having been in a [[RapePillageAndBurn sacked city]]. As it turns out she was Shakuntala's maid.

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** As part of a ruse, Eon pretends to be a {{Jerkass}} prince in front of the Malwa. [[EveryoneHasStandards He almost blows his cover cover]] as a RoyalBrat by refusing to touch a SexSlave who showed [[ShellShockedVeteran the signs]] of having been in a [[RapePillageAndBurn sacked city]]. As it turns out she was Shakuntala's maid.



** This actually makes sense given that they're a fascist state led by a psychopathic robot from the future. Fascist states tend to quietly eliminate anybody who gets smart enough to question the system without being trustworthy enough to be part of the ruling class. Malwa's just going through some growing pains as the Link takes it from feudalism to fascism.



* YouHaveFailedMe: Malwa are ''very'' fond of this. Particularly The Vile One.

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* YouHaveFailedMe: Malwa are ''very'' fond of this. Particularly The Vile One.[[UpToEleven The]] [[{{Sadist}} Vile]] [[StupidEvil One]].
30th Apr '16 9:19:14 PM Worffan101
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* AliensSpeakingEnglish: Some of the jokes - like Anastasius' constant puns about Valentinian's murmuring - are language games and therefore inexplicable outside the assumption that the characters are speaking English.



* BadBoss: Almost none of the Malway leadership care the least bit about their troops, whether it's from egotistical arrogance, like with Skandagupta and Venandektra, or out of ignorance, like with Link and its nearly complete lack of understanding about human nature.

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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 Venandektra, [[UpToEleven Venandakatra the Vile]], or out of ignorance, like with Link and its nearly complete lack of understanding about human nature.nature. Venandakatra in particular comes [[PoesLaw dangerously close]] to becoming a parody of this trope with his over-the-top sadism.



* ButtMonkey: If a pimp is mentioned (who is still alive), expect some BadAss character to shortly ensure they are no longer living...or at least beat them so badly they wish they were dead.
* AliensSpeakingEnglish: Some of the jokes - like Anastasius' constant puns about Valentinian's murmuring - are language games and therefore inexplicable outside the assumption that the characters are speaking English.

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* ButtMonkey: If a pimp is mentioned (who is still alive), expect some BadAss character to [[RunningGag shortly ensure ensure]] they are no longer living...or at least beat them so badly they wish they were dead.
* AliensSpeakingEnglish: Some of the jokes - like Anastasius' constant puns about Valentinian's murmuring - are language games and therefore inexplicable outside the assumption that the characters are speaking English.
dead.



* JeanneDArchetype: Shakuntala

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* JeanneDArchetype: ShakuntalaShakuntala, a young female leader and warrior who leads a powerful rebellion with charisma and cunning.
17th Apr '16 9:39:25 PM Flocculencio
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Added DiffLines:

**Arguably the Malwa fulfil the VestigialEmpire trope too- they're one of the successor states to the Gupta Empire, and are simply rising because Link's machinations enabled them to dominate the Ye-Tai and other polities instead of slowly falling apart. So they're a RisingEmpire coming out of the ashes of a VestigialEmpire
24th Feb '16 11:24:39 AM OddHack
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** John [[spoiler:of Cappadocia]], who blinded [[spoiler:Justininan]], has it even worse. The cataphracts arrive in time to see Theodora pissing in his empty eye sockets after she blinds him in revenge.

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** John [[spoiler:of Cappadocia]], who blinded [[spoiler:Justininan]], has it even worse. The cataphracts arrive in time to see Theodora [[ExcrementStatement pissing in his empty eye sockets sockets]] after she blinds him in revenge.
30th Jan '16 2:17:20 AM Nohbody
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* [[OfficerAndAGentleman Prince and a Gentleman]]: Rana Sanga. He is an awesome WarriorPrince but he is courteous and chivalrous, AFatherToHisMen, and [[BruiserWithASoftCenter tender]] with his family. He is a [[SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan sensitive guy and a manly man]] at once.

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* [[OfficerAndAGentleman Prince and a Gentleman]]: OfficerAndAGentleman: Rana Sanga. He Sanga is an awesome WarriorPrince WarriorPrince, but he is courteous and chivalrous, AFatherToHisMen, and [[BruiserWithASoftCenter tender]] with his family. He is a [[SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan sensitive guy and a manly man]] at once.



* PuppeteerParasite: Link

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* PuppeteerParasite: LinkLink commands through females of the royal Malwa family, with Link's hardware buried deep within the royal palace.



* ReligionOfEvil: The Mahaveda cult.

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* ReligionOfEvil: The Mahaveda cult.cult preaches blind obedience to the Malwa leadership, and among its various rites is skinning the bodies of its victims, crafting them so that the wind will inflate them to look more like the original people.



* RousingSpeech: Shakuntala is good at this.

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* RousingSpeech: Shakuntala is good at this.this, rousing the people of the Indian subcontinent to rise up against an evil empire that was thought to be unstoppable.
30th Jan '16 2:10:03 AM Nohbody
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* AnimalMetaphor: Almost every character: mongoose, weasel, hawk, owl, panther, tiger...
** 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: Almost every character: mongoose, weasel, hawk, owl, panther, tiger...
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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.



* BadassPreacher: Michael of Macedon.
* BadBoss: Skandagupta, in spades. Link somewhat less so. Venandektra [[UpToEleven would be a parody]] were it not for his subordinates suffering in earnest.

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* BadassPreacher: Michael of Macedon.
Macedon is well respected by pretty much everyone outside of the church higher-ups, and has at his command a religious-based BadassArmy, the Knights Hospitaler, who help thwart the Malwa-supported rebellion in Constantinople.
* BadBoss: Skandagupta, in spades. Almost none of the Malway leadership care the least bit about their troops, whether it's from egotistical arrogance, like with Skandagupta and Venandektra, or out of ignorance, like with Link somewhat less so. Venandektra [[UpToEleven would be a parody]] were it not for his subordinates suffering in earnest.and its nearly complete lack of understanding about human nature.



* BigBad: Link

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* BigBad: LinkLink is ultimately behind the Malwa threat, not only being in ultimate command of its [[ZergRush uncountable hordes]], but being the source of the technology the Malwa empire uses to overwhelm other empires.



* BlatantLies: No one actually believes [[spoiler: Damodara's claim to be rightful emperor, including Damodara]], but everyone on his side is happy to go with it.
** In the final books, Irene establishes an all-female bodyguard for herself as queen of the new Kushan kingdom Kungas is building called the "Sarmatian Guard", even though the last Sarmatians died out centuries ago, because Kungas' kingdom is in the region they used to occupy, and it helps give him legitimency. Later on, a group of Ye-tai defect to the new Kushan kingdom by explaining they're all half-Sarmatian, on their mothers' side, a claim everyone knows to be patently untrue but is accepted anyway. Later deserters also end up using this excuse as well.

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* BlatantLies: BlatantLies:
**
No one actually believes [[spoiler: Damodara's claim to be rightful emperor, including Damodara]], but everyone on his side is happy to go with it.
** In the final books, Irene establishes an all-female bodyguard for herself as queen of the new Kushan kingdom Kungas is building called the "Sarmatian Guard", even though the last Sarmatians died out centuries ago, because Kungas' kingdom is in the region they used to occupy, and it helps give him legitimency.legitimacy. Later on, a group of Ye-tai defect to the new Kushan kingdom by explaining they're all half-Sarmatian, on their mothers' side, a claim everyone knows to be patently untrue but is accepted anyway. Later deserters also end up using this excuse as well.



* BrokenBird: Theodora.

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* BrokenBird: Theodora.Theodora had a tough life growing up, but what happened to her husband during the Malwa-supported revolt drove her hatred of most men and general mistrust to even greater heights..



* BruiserWithASoftCenter: Valentinian and Rana Sanga in a more genteel way. Others too.

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* BruiserWithASoftCenter: Valentinian and Rana Sanga are remorseless in a more genteel way. Others too.their military goals, but love their respective children, and most of the badasses have their particular issues in which they reveal their softer side.



* [[AliensSpeakingEnglish Byzantines Speaking English]]: Some of the jokes-like Anastasius' constant puns about Valentinian's murmering-are language games and therefore inexplicable outside the assumption that the characters are speaking English.

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* [[AliensSpeakingEnglish Byzantines Speaking English]]: AliensSpeakingEnglish: Some of the jokes-like jokes - like Anastasius' constant puns about Valentinian's murmering-are murmuring - are language games and therefore inexplicable outside the assumption that the characters are speaking English.



* ChildSoldiers: Under Valentinian's tutelage, Rajiv turns out to be an appallingly competent example.
** KidSamurai more specifically.
* CadreOfForeignBodyguards: the Kushans to Shakuntala, the Khmer eunechs and assassins to Link.

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* ChildSoldiers: Under Valentinian's tutelage, Rajiv turns out to be an appallingly competent example.
example, specifically a KidSamurai.
* CadreOfForeignBodyguards:
** KidSamurai more specifically.
* CadreOfForeignBodyguards: the
The Kushans to Shakuntala, serve as Shakuntala's bodyguards once they break with the Malwa empire, due to the fact that her own empire's troops were mostly slaughtered during the Malwa onslaught.
** The
Khmer eunechs and assassins to Link.that serve Link are chosen for the sake of having a truly competent and utterly trustworthy personal guard.



** John [[spoiler:of Cappadocia]], who blinded [[spoiler:Justininan]], has it even worse. The cataphracts arrive in time to see Theodora pissing in his empty eye sockets after blinding him in revenge.

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** John [[spoiler:of Cappadocia]], who blinded [[spoiler:Justininan]], has it even worse. The cataphracts arrive in time to see Theodora pissing in his empty eye sockets after blinding she blinds him in revenge.



** Belisarius
** Antonia is a [[AFatherToHisMen Mother to Belisarius' Men]]. In a vision of the future in ''Oblique Approach'', Belisarius sees himself leading a charge and everyone shouting the BattleCry "For the whore!"

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** Belisarius
Belisarius makes sure that his troops are well equipped, and won't needlessly spend them.
** Antonia is a [[AFatherToHisMen Mother to Belisarius' Men]].Men. In a vision of the future in ''Oblique Approach'', Belisarius sees himself leading a charge and everyone shouting the BattleCry "For the whore!"



* GeekyTurnOn: When Irene tells how many books she owns, John of Rhodes says "Marry me!"

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* GeekyTurnOn: GeekyTurnOn:
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When Irene tells how many books she owns, John of Rhodes says "Marry me!"



* LensmanArmsRace

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* LensmanArmsRaceLensmanArmsRace: There's a nearly constant battle to upgrade the advanced technology to the armies of both sides, in order to defeat their respective opponents.



* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters

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* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharactersLoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: The cast of just the major characters of all the plot lines would take several pages to list.



* ManVersusMachine

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* ManVersusMachineManVersusMachine: The core conflict is the cyborg Link, commanding the Malwa, fighting against the entirely human Belisarius.



** Muttered comments by Valentinian, to which a third party says "I think he said <obscene commentary about second party>, but maybe it was <irrelevant, semi-nonsensical statement that sounds similar>"
*** Subverted at one point in ''Destiny's Shield'', when Belisarius instructs Anastasius and Valentinian to behave as though they think he's an idiot. Anastasius translates Valentinian's muttered response as "He said: '''That'' won't be hard,'" and leaves it at that.

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** Muttered comments by Valentinian, to which a third party says "I think he said <obscene commentary about second party>, but maybe it was <irrelevant, semi-nonsensical statement that sounds similar>"
*** Subverted
similar>" The gag is subverted at one point in ''Destiny's Shield'', when Belisarius instructs Anastasius and Valentinian to behave as though they think he's an idiot. Anastasius translates Valentinian's muttered response as "He said: '''That'' won't be hard,'" and leaves it at that.



* [[ScaryBlackMan Scary Black Men]]: The Axumites are widely known for being a ProudWarriorRace, especially on the high seas.

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* [[ScaryBlackMan Scary Black Men]]: ScaryBlackMan: The Axumites are widely known for being a ProudWarriorRace, especially on the high seas.
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