History Literature / BelisariusSeries

2nd Mar '18 12:02:59 PM Carnildo
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* ChekhovsGun, being carried by [[ChekhovsGunman Chekhov's Gunmen]]: ''The Dance of Time'' features brief passages involving a small (but heavy) bombard being hauled halfway across Eurasia and back as a Malwa assassination team chases their target and then gives up to return to headquarters. It's looking like it's shaping up to be a ShaggyDogStory featuring a cast of [[ButtMonkey Butt Monkeys]], but they wind up in just the right place at just the right time for the bombard to bring the series to a conclusion.
19th Feb '18 12:13:39 AM Carnildo
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** Calopodius got excellent marks in grammar and rhetoric. Apparently, a useful skill for such things as running messages to uppity Persian grandees or fending off the advances of overly-amorous aunts. Turns into ChekhovsSkill later in the series.
15th Feb '18 12:31:31 AM Carnildo
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* HandCannon: Antonina gets a hold of a double barreled pistol about half-way through the series.

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* HandCannon: Antonina gets a hold of a double barreled pistol about half-way through the series. Any time it comes up, expect it to be described as "monstrous"; any time it's fired, expect Antonia to be [[SmallGirlBigGun spun around or knocked on her ass by the recoil]].
28th Jan '18 12:29:11 AM Carnildo
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* EnemyCivilWar: [[spoiler:Damodara's coup]]

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* EnemyCivilWar: [[spoiler:Damodara's [[spoiler:Belisarius's grand scheme is to instigate one of these. He realizes the Romans can't possibly defeat the Malwa empire toe-to-toe, so instead he focuses on the faultlines in the empire, splitting various subordinate peoples away from their control, culminating in Damodara's coup]]
7th Nov '17 11:02:30 AM OddHack
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** Belisarius, Antonina, Justinian, Theodora, Sittas, Narses, Bouzes and Coutzes, John of Cappadocia, Hypatius and Pompeius, Kaleb of Axum, Khusrau, and Baresmanas were all real people.
** There were also real people named Rana Sanga and Raghunathrao (one word). Although, in their case, there's much more ArtisticLicense than the above (such as being lifted from different time periods, for one).

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** Belisarius, Antonina, Justinian, Theodora, Sittas, Narses, Bouzes and Coutzes, John of Cappadocia, Procopius, Hypatius and Pompeius, Kaleb of Axum, Khusrau, and Baresmanas were all real people.
** There were also real people named Rana Sanga and Sanga, Raghunathrao (one word).word), and Skandagupta. Although, in their case, there's much more ArtisticLicense than the above (such as being lifted from different time periods, for one). Other character names may have been taken from historical figures, but without any known similarity to that person.
29th Oct '17 10:29:54 AM Kalaong
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*** Not Included; Sittas -- a strongman twice his weight ''before'' counting his armor -- repeatedly screaming '''''"YOU CHEATED!"''''' after Belisarus smacks him right off his horse in a joust.

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*** Not Included; Sittas -- a strongman an experienced cavalryman twice his Belisarius' weight ''before'' counting his armor -- repeatedly screaming '''''"YOU CHEATED!"''''' after Belisarus smacks him right off his horse in a joust.
25th Oct '17 11:29:52 AM Kalaong
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** Throughout the series, Belisarius himself reins other characters in (including Aide) when he feels they are aiming too high with the advanced technology: he wants equipment the Romans and their allies can produce and field ''now'' instead of better weapons that would take too long to manufacture. Though he also admits it's a balancing act; the Malwans -- having started earlier ''and'' an actual power-behind-the-throne capable of demonstrating the manufacturing techniques -- begin the series with a significant technological advantage. Belisarius ''has'' to focus on Boring, but Practical stuff he can implement quickly, and make up the difference with cunning battle strategies.

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** Throughout the series, Belisarius himself reins other characters in (including Aide) when he feels they are aiming too high with the advanced technology: he wants equipment the Romans and their allies can produce and field ''now'' instead of better weapons that would take too long to manufacture. Though he also admits it's a balancing act; the Malwans -- having started earlier ''and'' an actual power-behind-the-throne capable of demonstrating the manufacturing techniques -- begin the series with a significant technological advantage. Belisarius ''has'' to focus on Boring, but Practical stuff he can implement quickly, and make quickly -- making up the difference with cunning battle strategies.strategies -- but he also has to develop the advanced stuff as quickly as possible or he'll lose the whole game once the Malwans develop it first.
25th Oct '17 9:58:36 AM Kalaong
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* BoringButPractical: While Aide does help the Romans make gunpowder weapons, he also gives them boring but practical advances with things like stirrups: easy to make, simple to use, and instantly makes your cavalry far more effective. Belisarius himself reins other characters in (including Aide) when he feels they are aiming too high with the advanced technology: he wants equipment the Romans and their allies can produce and field ''now'' instead of better weapons that would take too long to manufacture.

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* BoringButPractical: While Aide does help the Romans make gunpowder weapons, he also gives them boring but practical advances with things like stirrups: easy to make, simple to use, and instantly makes your cavalry far more effective.
**OTOH, the ramifications of the introduction of stirrups is ridiculous enough that all but the most esoteric military historians have to have the advance spelled out for them; it's akin to the "shoot the swordsman" scene in ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk''.
--->"Marvelous, aren't they? Improves visibility, too. See, Sittas! You can look all around, without ever having to worry about your balance. You can even draw your bow and shoot straight over your back as you're withdrawing. And, of course, you already saw how much more effectively you can wield a lance. No more of that clumsy overhand business! No, no. With stirrups you can use a lance properly, with all your own weight and the weight of your mount behind the thrust, instead of being a spear-chucker sitting awkwardly on a horse."
*** Not Included; Sittas -- a strongman twice his weight ''before'' counting his armor -- repeatedly screaming '''''"YOU CHEATED!"''''' after Belisarus smacks him right off his horse in a joust.
**Throughout the series,
Belisarius himself reins other characters in (including Aide) when he feels they are aiming too high with the advanced technology: he wants equipment the Romans and their allies can produce and field ''now'' instead of better weapons that would take too long to manufacture.manufacture. Though he also admits it's a balancing act; the Malwans -- having started earlier ''and'' an actual power-behind-the-throne capable of demonstrating the manufacturing techniques -- begin the series with a significant technological advantage. Belisarius ''has'' to focus on Boring, but Practical stuff he can implement quickly, and make up the difference with cunning battle strategies.
20th Oct '17 9:19:06 AM Synchronicity
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* DowryDilemma: Tahmina's dowry could have been an extortionate sum that bankrupted the Persian Empire, but instead was simply a horse and a horse-bow, in reference to a saying that a Persian should teach his son to "ride a horse, to shoot a bow and to despise all lies."
3rd Oct '17 10:55:10 AM ChaoticNovelist
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* RenownedSelectiveMentor: An emperor hires one of the greatest warriors in India to train his daughter as a BadassPrincess. Later [[spoiler:she and her mentor get married and they become a BattleCouple. ]]

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* RenownedSelectiveMentor: An emperor hires one of the greatest warriors in India to train his daughter as a BadassPrincess.daughter. Later [[spoiler:she and her mentor get married and they become a BattleCouple. ]]
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