History Literature / BelisariusSeries

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. ]]
22nd Sep '17 8:53:23 PM Malady
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* {{Cyborg}}: Link. The actual machinery, it's pointed out, is elsewhere, while Link itself lives in specially prepared dynastic females when their predecessors die. Noted by several characters are the hosts' empty eyes. [[spoiler:Of course, without the machines, it's stuck in the body until it dies or it manages to build new machines.]]

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* {{Cyborg}}: Link. The actual machinery, it's pointed out, is elsewhere, buried deep in the palace, while Link itself lives in specially prepared dynastic females when their predecessors die. Noted by several characters are the hosts' empty eyes. [[spoiler:Of course, without the machines, it's stuck in the body until it dies or it manages to build new machines.]]



** Subverted. Holkar's daughters are afraid this will happen to them because they have been made [[SexSlave Sex Slaves]]. Instead Valentinian and Anastasius marry them, they are welcomed back by their father, supported by Shakuntala, their past is covered up by Adjutasutra's machinations and no one who knows about it says anything for obvious reasons.

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** Subverted. Holkar's daughters are afraid this will happen to them because they have been made [[SexSlave Sex Slaves]].{{Sex Slave}}s. Instead Valentinian and Anastasius marry them, they are welcomed back by their father, supported by Shakuntala, their past is covered up by Adjutasutra's machinations and no one who knows about it says anything for obvious reasons.



** 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

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** 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 VestigialEmpireVestigialEmpire.



* SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong: Aide's purpose to time travel. Later subverted into not just fixing history, but making it better. A stable Roman Empire in the 6th century with extensive trading networks across the middle east to India and Ethiopia. Link and the New Gods believe they're doing this as well. It's just that their idea of "right" is a cruel, violent eugenics program designed to weed out huge masses of people they view as undesirable.

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* SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong: Aide's purpose to time travel. Later subverted into not just fixing history, but making it better. A stable Roman Empire in the 6th century with extensive trading networks across the middle east Middle East to India and Ethiopia. Link and the New Gods believe they're doing this as well. It's just that their idea of "right" is a cruel, violent eugenics program designed to weed out huge masses of people they view as undesirable.
14th Sep '17 7:49:17 AM CosmicFerret
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* {{Cyborg}}: Link. The actual machinery, it's pointed out, is elsewhere, while Link itself lives in specially prepared dynastic females when their predecessors die. Noted by several characters are the hosts' empty eyes. [[spoiler:Of course, without the machines, it's stuck in the body until it dies or it manages to build new machines.]]



* HollywoodCyborg: Link. The actual machinery, it's pointed out, is elsewhere, while Link itself lives in specially prepared dynastic females when their predecessors die. Noted by several characters are the hosts' empty eyes. [[spoiler:Of course, without the machines, it's stuck in the body until it dies or it manages to build new machines.]]
25th Aug '17 2:25:28 AM Divra
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* SmartPeopleKnowLatin: Not in this setting. Latin is the language of fallen West hick-dom, and even speaking Latin-accented Greek marks you as a slack-jawed yokel.
9th Aug '17 1:24:51 PM xcountryguy
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** 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.

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** No one actually believes [[spoiler: Damodara's [[spoiler:Damodara's claim to be rightful emperor, including Damodara]], but everyone on his side is happy to go with it.



* WifeHusbandry: [[spoiler: Irene, Rome's spymaster has to bully Empress Shakuntala into marrying Raghunath Rao, the great warrior assassin who raised her and trained her, even though they both want it.]] Made somewhat less troubling by the facts that [[spoiler:Shakuntala was twenty years old at her wedding, at least one of her other possible royal suitors were also Rao's age, and Rao at least was the man she wanted to marry instead of one of her many impending possible arranged marriages.]]

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* WifeHusbandry: [[spoiler: Irene, [[spoiler:Irene, Rome's spymaster has to bully Empress Shakuntala into marrying Raghunath Rao, the great warrior assassin who raised her and trained her, even though they both want it.]] Made somewhat less troubling by the facts that [[spoiler:Shakuntala was twenty years old at her wedding, at least one of her other possible royal suitors were also Rao's age, and Rao at least was the man she wanted to marry instead of one of her many impending possible arranged marriages.]]
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