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8th Feb '16 3:37:28 PM ChronoLegion
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* LongevityTreatment: Some of the original colony ship's officers and colonists ended up receiving geriatric treatments that increased their lifespan by many decades, although nearly all of them are dead by the time the novel takes place. Kareem Sondheim was born aboard the ship and has lived in space all his life, using both the treatment and the lower gravity to keep himself alive. [[spoiler:Franz Dokken, one of the three original captains, is still alive partly to the treatment and partly thanks to him periodically using a private [[HumanPopsicle cryopod]] to "skip ahead" weeks at a time]].
8th Feb '16 3:32:56 PM ChronoLegion
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* ContrivedCoincidence: [[spoiler:Troy and Kaliana escape from [=OrbLab=] 2 and make it to the surface, after being betrayed. They manage to get away and sneak aboard a maglev cargo train without knowing its destination. Along the way, they jump off and start walking without knowing where they are or which direction they're going. Just as they're ready to give up, they encounter a {{Prospector}} rover (and there are very few of them left) and hitch a ride to the nearest holding (the driver offers them a choice of Koman or Toth holding, and they go with the latter, as Troy knows he can't go home to Koman). After a weak of working in the quarries, landholder Emilio Toth arrives to the village with his new magistrate, Kaliana's childhood friend. They recognize one another, and Toth takes them to his estate, where Kaliana explains everything. To their surprise, Toth already knows much of that, having been working in secret against Franz Dokken for many years]].

** Some time after that, [[spoiler:Tharion helps Eli Strone escape [=OrbLab=] 2, killing Kareem Sondheim's protégé in the process. Strone uses his training as an elite guard to kill the overseer and two guards and the codes supplied by Tharion to flee the station and get down to the surface. Tharion then offers Strone to Franz Dokken as a new manservant, hoping that Strone eventually kills the corrupt landholder]].

* MassiveNumberedSiblings: It's implied that this trope is not uncommon on Atlas. In fact, after only three weeks in First Landing, Troy is told by his mother that he quickly needs to find himself a wife and start cranking out kids, just like everyone else.
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* MassiveNumberedSiblings: It's implied that this trope is not uncommon on Atlas. In fact, after only three weeks in First Landing, Troy is told by his mother that he quickly needs to find himself a wife and start cranking out kids, just like everyone else. This even applies to some landholders. For example, Emilio Toth and his wife have six children, ranging from 4 years old to 20.
8th Feb '16 3:23:05 PM ChronoLegion
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8th Feb '16 3:22:45 PM ChronoLegion
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** What he doesn't realize is that [[spoiler:other landholders like Emilio Toth are well aware of his plans and are working on removing him from power, sickened at his attempts to unravel the delicate Atlas society. Toth is even monitoring Dokken's transmissions with the ''Earth Dawn'' and has managed to turn Dokken's long-time ally Kareem Sondheim against him. According to Toth, Dokken's biggest weakness is his pride in the complexity of his own plans, making him think that none of the other landholders could possibly be aware of them]].

* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: Sardili frequently goes on yacht trips with his two sons without any servants or guards to visit his distant villages and address their issues. They are master sailors who have no problems sleeping on the hard deck of their yacht or catching fish for their meals. Even Franz Dokken will visit his fish farms and other production facilities to address issues.
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* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: Joachim Sardili frequently goes on yacht trips with his two sons without any servants or guards to visit his distant villages and address their issues. They are master sailors who have no problems sleeping on the hard deck of their yacht or catching fish for their meals. Emilio Toth has a private garden next to his estate. Each year, after harvesting it, he divides the fruit in two and gives the larger portion out to his people, personally driving around on a tractor full of them. Even Franz Dokken will visit his fish farms and other production facilities to address issues.
8th Feb '16 8:48:23 AM ChronoLegion
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* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: Sardili frequently goes on yacht trips with his two sons without any servants or guards to visit his distant villages and address their issues. They are master sailors who have no problems sleeping on the hard deck of their yacht or catching fish for their meals. Even Franz Dokken will visit his fish farms and other production facilities to address issues.
8th Feb '16 8:44:14 AM ChronoLegion
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** [[spoiler:Franz Dokken has his manservant [[TheDragon Maximilian]] rile up the Pilgrims in the Sardili Holding to destabilize it.
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** [[spoiler:Franz Dokken has his manservant [[TheDragon Maximilian]] rile up the Pilgrims in the Sardili Holding to destabilize it.it]].
8th Feb '16 8:44:02 AM ChronoLegion
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** [[spoiler:Franz Dokken has his manservant [[TheDragon Maximilian]] rile up the Pilgrims in the Sardili Holding to destabilize it.
8th Feb '16 8:42:34 AM ChronoLegion
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The novel takes place on a planet called Atlas, which has been settled by humans roughly two centuries prior. It's not a very habitable planet with infertile soil and virtually no native lifeforms (meaning all they have to work with is what they brought with them from Earth). Every inch has to be painstakingly reclaimed from the planet. With Earth being roughly 50 years of travel away, the people of Atlas are on their own, although four ships have arrived since the original landing and a fifth one is on the way. Colony life is centered in First Landing, the original arrival site and the location of the SpaceElevator to the orbital platform, as well as the hub of the maglev network. The rest of the colony is split into a number of landholdings, [[FeudalFuture ruled over by hereditary families]], all of them connected to First Landing via maglev lines. A unique local form of bacterium has been used to cultivate a drug known as [[MeaningfulName Veritas]]. When ingested, it temporarily allows a person to read other people's minds. The drug is restricted to a special caste of genetically-engineered people called [[LivingLieDetector Truthsayers]], who are trained from birth to use Veritas in a responsible manner to give instant and final judgment on a suspect's guilt or innocence. The Truthsayer Guild is the pillar of Atlas community, the belief in the infallibility of Truthsayers keeping the colony from descending into anarchy. But what if one of them made a mistake?..
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The novel takes place on a planet called Atlas, which has been settled by humans roughly two centuries prior. It's not a very habitable planet with infertile soil and virtually no native lifeforms (meaning all they have to work with is what they brought with them from Earth). Every inch has to be painstakingly reclaimed from the planet. With Earth being roughly 50 years of travel away, the people of Atlas are on their own, although four ships have arrived since the original landing and a fifth one is on the way. Colony life is centered in First Landing, the original arrival site and the location of the SpaceElevator to the orbital platform, as well as the hub of the maglev network. The rest of the colony is split into a number of landholdings, [[FeudalFuture ruled over by hereditary families]], all of them connected to First Landing via maglev lines. A unique local form of bacterium has been used to cultivate a drug known as [[MeaningfulName Veritas]]. When ingested, it temporarily allows a person to read other people's minds. The drug is restricted to a special caste of genetically-engineered people called [[LivingLieDetector Truthsayers]], who are trained from birth to use Veritas in a responsible manner to give instant and final judgment on a suspect's guilt or innocence. The Truthsayer Guild is the pillar of Atlas community, the belief in the infallibility of Truthsayers keeping the colony from descending into anarchy. But what if one of them made a mistake?..

* DesignerBabies: The Truthsayers are a group of genetically-engineered people trained from birth with the use of the Veritas drug. While it is possible for a normal person to use the drug, the results are unpredictable. However, not all trainees become Truthsayers, meaning the genetically-engineered process is not perfect. ** The secondary purpose of the genetic engineering is to keep Truthsayers separate from any familiar relationship with any of the rulers.
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* DesignerBabies: The Truthsayers are a group of genetically-engineered people trained from birth with the use of the Veritas drug (literally from birth, as the embryos receive daily doses of Veritas to accustom the organism to the drug. While it is possible for a normal person to use the drug, the results are unpredictable. unpredictable and short-lived. However, not all trainees become Truthsayers, meaning the genetically-engineered process is not perfect. ** The secondary purpose of the genetic engineering doing this is to keep Truthsayers separate from any familiar relationship with any of the rulers.rulers. No Truthsayer knows his or her parentage.
8th Feb '16 8:11:48 AM ChronoLegion
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* {{Prospector}}: A number of prospecting families travel throughout the landholdings and into the untamed territories on old rover vehicles, left over from the original colony ship (the few that are still running), looking for resources to be exploited by the landholders. The rovers are large enough to house at least half a dozen people, although they tend to return to civilization by dark. The roving families are described as "gypsy-like". The one encountered by Troy and Kaliana are run by a matriarch, who serves as the vehicle's driver. She helpfully gives them a ride to the nearest village and doesn't have any problems with them keeping their secrets.
8th Feb '16 8:07:37 AM ChronoLegion
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* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: The setting is vaguely reminiscent of ''Literature/{{Dune}}'' (justified, since Anderson wrote the novel as a sample to convince Brian Herbert to allow him to continue Creator/FrankHerbert's work in that 'verse): a harsh world, a unique substance from that world that grants people PsychicPowers, a FeudalFuture setting with scheming aristocrats.
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* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: The setting is vaguely reminiscent of ''Literature/{{Dune}}'' (justified, since Anderson wrote the novel as a sample to convince Brian Herbert to allow him to continue Creator/FrankHerbert's work in that 'verse): a harsh world, a unique substance from that world that grants people PsychicPowers, a FeudalFuture setting with scheming aristocrats. There are even hints of large creatures that exist (or used to exist) on Atlas, one of which looks like a giant sea serpent.
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