History Literature / BestServedCold

29th Aug '17 6:23:10 AM Rand86
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** Or at any rate [[spoiler: her brother did, with Monza just kind of being collateral damage.]]
24th Aug '17 10:01:31 AM Erivale
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* ImprobableWeaponUser: Deconstructed, naturally. Many of the CarnivalOfKillers Cosca hires use improbable weapons, most notably a firebreather (the mundane, circus variant) who likes to weaponize his talents. None of these weapons really work well, from simply being impractical to actively suicidal; the firebreather caught himself on fire and burned to death.
6th Feb '17 12:50:23 AM GhostLad
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** Also zigzags with Faithful Carpi. On one hand, he previously betrayed Cosca, but on the other, his betrayal was in staying faithful to Monza when she betrayed their leader. He later proceeds to backstab Monza, but as he points out, doing so stayed faithful ''to her example'', as Carpi's betrays her in the same manner that she betrayed Cosca, and for the same motivation.
** Played straight with Lucky Nim, a minor character who dies quickly due to bad luck.



* ItsPersonal: Duke Orzo killed Monza's beloved brother Benna (as well as almost killing and permanently maiming Monza herself.

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* ItsPersonal: Duke Orzo killed Monza's beloved brother Benna (as well as almost killing and permanently maiming Monza herself.herself).
26th Jan '17 4:18:59 PM Erivale
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**Ganmark's fighting ability is referenced early on in a couple of throw-away lines, where Benna says he can't be as good as his reputation says, and Monza replies that he is. It's completely forgotten about until Monza faces him in single combat, when she reveals that he's one of the best swordsmen in the ''world''.



* SuddenlyAlwaysKnewThat: There's no hint that the soft-faced, watery-eyed and effete Ganmark is in any way a physical presence until Monza faces him in single combat, when she reveals that he's one of the best swordsmen in the ''world''.
30th Aug '16 8:15:55 AM Baeraad555
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* VillainHasAPoint: Simultaneously played straight and inverted when [[spoiler: Shivers]] turns on Monza. They both throw a [[ReasonYouSuckSpeech flurry of accusations]] at the other, and both acknowledge (quietly, to themselves) that here is a lot of truth to what the other says. It doesn't stop them from going through with trying to kill each other, though.
18th Jul '16 5:36:10 PM Orbiting
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->''Mercy and cowardice are the same.''

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->''Mercy ->''"Mercy and cowardice are the same.''"''
18th Jul '16 5:35:21 PM Orbiting
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-->--Monzcarro Murcatto

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-->--Monzcarro Murcatto
-->-- '''Monzcarro Murcatto'''
15th Jun '16 2:54:59 PM shadowblack
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* StraightGay: Ganmark is an experienced general and one of the finest swordsmen in the world. He was expelled from the Union army for a sexual indiscretion with another officer. He rules out a BiTheWay scenario when he tells Monza that her brother was more his type. He misses out on being a ManlyGay with his "soft" face, watery eyes and general effeteness.

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* StraightGay: StraightGay:
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Ganmark is an experienced general and one of the finest swordsmen in the world. He was expelled from the Union army for a sexual indiscretion with another officer. He rules out a BiTheWay scenario when he tells Monza that her brother was more his type. He misses out on being a ManlyGay with his "soft" face, watery eyes and general effeteness.
14th Jun '16 11:39:37 PM ThraggLootrippa
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* CynicismCatalyst: Everyone in Styria had one at some point, but Monza and Benna got theirs fairly early. After their father died, Monza worked her hands to the bone to singlehandedly manage their tiny farm and support Benna. She barely got any money for her work, and was setting up for the second harvest when looters from a war across the border pillaged their home. An ex-soldier who lived in the village got a group together to raid the looters in return, which Monza and Benna joined up with. Both killed and stole from three of the looters, and that got the siblings more money than a considerable number of good harvests would. Monza and Benna joined up with the Thousand Swords after this lesson. Monza getting thrown off a cliff after raising Duke Orso to power sent her even farther down into cynicism.


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* {{Deconstruction}}: The plot revolves entirely on the premise that revenge, while a glorified pursuit in stories, is self-destructive and only causes people to come after you in kind. After her surgery, Monza has a clear choice of leaving Styria with her fortune, or pursuing the most powerful man in the land in order to kill him and his associates. She chooses the latter, and her vendetta ends up with a lot more people killed than what she set out for, good men injured, and escalating the war that Monza gets tangled up in.
** Everyone in Styria also has a low opinion of honor, and characters take turns savaging the idea that killing people in an honorable way is any different than stabbing them in the back.


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* NoOneShouldSurviveThat: The first chapter of the book ends with Monza being nearly garroted by a wire that digs into her hand, stabbed by a sword, throat cut, and then thrown off of a steep cliff. The only reason she survives the landing is that she landed on her brother's corpse on the way down, and that there was a reclusive surgeon nearby. This was solely due to the fact that he's occasionally found dead bodies where she landed, showing that Duke Orso used this method in the past quite well.


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* SillyRabbitIdealismIsForKids: Used brutally by Monza. When Caul Shivers arrived in Styria, he was a idealistic man who wanted to stop killing and become a better person. After coming into Monza's employ, she systematically criticizes his hopes and dreams, and does it well enough that he eventually starts coming to her line of thought. Then he gets his eye burned out during a torture session, and Shivers becomes a full-blown killer who doesn't care about much of anything anymore. She actually finds herself sickened by what she's done to the former idealist, but by then it is far too late.


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** The Queen of the Union, formerly Princess Terez, was married to King Luthar for political reasons. She and her husband make a show of their matrimony, but as Monza recounts, Queen Terez was far more interested in her than in her brother when they met.
2nd Jun '16 5:59:45 AM WalkingTheShades
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To do this, she assembles a team of oddballs; a warrior Northman failing at becoming a better man, a numbers-obsessed ex-convict, a pompous poisoner and his gluttonous assistant, an ex-torturer, and the alcoholic old mercenary captain that Monza replaced. The task begins easily enough, but Monza soon discovers that going after the powerful has consequences  to her, to her companions, and to the fate of Styria as a whole.


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To do this, she assembles a [[RagtagBunchOfMisfits team of oddballs; oddballs]]; a warrior Northman [[ReformedButRejected failing at becoming a better man, man]], a [[PsychopathicManchild numbers-obsessed ex-convict, ex-convict]], a pompous poisoner [[LargeHam pompous]] [[ProfessionalKiller poisoner]] and his gluttonous assistant, [[DeceptiveDisciple assistant]], an ex-torturer, [[TortureTechnician ex-torturer]], and the alcoholic {{the alcoholic}} old [[PrivateMilitaryContractors mercenary captain captain]] that Monza replaced. The task begins easily enough, but Monza soon discovers that going after the powerful has consequences  to her, to her companions, and to the fate of Styria as a whole.

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