History Literature / Blindfold

8th Sep '17 5:20:49 AM 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]].

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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 week 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]].



* OrbitalBombardment: The ''[=SkySword=]'', a warship sent by Earth's totalitarian government to take control over Atlas, had missing tubes for bombarding colony from orbit, should the colonists prove to be uncooperative. After being scuttled and turned into the Truthsayer Guild temple, the tubes have been converted into troughs to water plants, while the missiles were destroyed. [[spoiler:The leader of the Platform turns out to have kept a few of the missiles and uses them at the end to destroy Dokken's estate from orbit. Unfortunately for him, he warns Dokken before the missiles hit, allowing the BigBad to enact his own plan and destroy the Platform with the rigged SpaceElevator]].

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* OrbitalBombardment: The ''[=SkySword=]'', a warship sent by Earth's totalitarian government to take control over Atlas, had missing missile tubes for bombarding colony from orbit, should the colonists prove to be uncooperative. After being scuttled and turned into the Truthsayer Guild temple, the tubes have been converted into troughs to water plants, while the missiles were destroyed. [[spoiler:The leader of the Platform turns out to have kept a few of the missiles and uses them at the end to destroy Dokken's estate from orbit. Unfortunately for him, he warns Dokken before the missiles hit, allowing the BigBad to enact his own plan and destroy the Platform with the rigged SpaceElevator]].
8th Sep '17 5:06:03 AM ChronoLegion
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* HumanPopsicle: All starships are equipped with cryotubes to allow people to spend most of the journey (50 years) asleep. [[spoiler:Dokken keeps one of them in a secret location, using it periodically to "skip forward" to see his plans unfold without taking TheSlowPath. He also feels tired, if he waits too long before entering the tube, as it appears to be "recharging" him. This is also what has allowed him to survive for over two centuries and has given him a broad perspective on life in the colony]].

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* HumanPopsicle: All starships are equipped with cryotubes to allow people to spend most of the journey (50 years) asleep. [[spoiler:Dokken keeps one of them in a secret location, using it periodically to "skip forward" to see his plans unfold without taking TheSlowPath. He also feels tired, if he waits too long before entering the tube, as it appears to be "recharging" him. This is also what has allowed him to survive for over two centuries and has given him a broad perspective on life in the colony]].colony. The unfortunate side effect is that Dokken is now sterile]].
8th Sep '17 4:27:22 AM ChronoLegion
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* CrystalSpiresAndTogas: The Truthsayers wear white robes (blue for Guild Master Tharion) and spend their days training their mental abilities, not worrying about things like food, which are provided to them. They live in a temple with hydroponic gardens. Averted for everyone else, though. Most people live in squalor and resign themselves to backbreaking labor just to survive.

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* CrystalSpiresAndTogas: The Truthsayers wear white robes (blue for Guild Master Tharion) with colorful sashes, denoting their rank, and ornate golden collars and spend their days training their mental abilities, not worrying about things like food, which are provided to them. They live in a temple with hydroponic gardens. Averted for everyone else, though. Most people live in squalor and resign themselves to backbreaking labor just to survive.
8th Sep '17 4:21:32 AM ChronoLegion
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3rd Mar '17 12:43:00 AM Xtifr
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''Blindfold'' is a science fiction novel by Creator/KevinJAnderson. Anderson sent the novel to BrianHerbert as a sample of his work in order to let him collaborate on the post-FrankHerbert ''Franchise/{{Dune}}'' novels.

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''Blindfold'' is a science fiction novel by Creator/KevinJAnderson. Anderson sent the novel to BrianHerbert Creator/BrianHerbert as a sample of his work in order to let him collaborate on the post-FrankHerbert post-Creator/FrankHerbert ''Franchise/{{Dune}}'' novels.
10th Feb '16 9:15:37 AM ChronoLegion
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** It's never explained how this is possible, as the stated explanation of how Veritas functions (it heightens a person's ability to detect neural impulses) seems to preclude it being used in this manner.
10th Feb '16 9:12:56 AM ChronoLegion
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* TheyDo: It's heavily implied that [[spoiler:Troy and Kaliana will end up together despite their vastly different backgrounds. In the epilogue, it's mentioned that Troy's mother has finally resigned herself to stop expecting grandchildren from Troy (Kaliana, like all Truthsayers, is sterile)]].
10th Feb '16 9:10:45 AM ChronoLegion
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* MyCountryRightOrWrong: Most solpols assigned to holdings tend to be more loyal to their landholders than the Truthsayer Guild, which they have sworn an oath to. [[spoiler:Emilio Toth and Victoria Koman's attack on the Dokken Holding is spearheaded by their loyal solpols, and most of the resistance comes in the form of the solpols loyal to Dokken]].
10th Feb '16 9:07:10 AM ChronoLegion
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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.

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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. [[spoiler:Emilio Toth and Victoria Koman, as well as her adopted son Michel Van Petersen, personally lead a combined attack on the Dokken Holding, Toth ending up with a bullet in his shoulder]].
10th Feb '16 9:05:30 AM ChronoLegion
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* SchmuckBait: [[spoiler:After being confronted by Tharion, Dokken offers him a Veritas capsule to read his mind. Tharion takes it and reads all of Dokken's secrets, the last of which is the fact that the capsule is poisoned. Whoops. Should have remembered that Dokken had the previous Guild Master poisoned]].



** There are two other small stations, [=OrbLab=] 1 and [=OrbLab=] 2, where Veritas is manufactured for the Truthsayers. [=OrbLab=] 1 has been abandoned since the outbreak of the deadly Mindfire plague (one of the results of Veritas manufacture), and no one has bothered to try to clear out the infection and get rid of the bodies. Instead, the second station was built with better safeguards. If a Mindfire mutation is triggered in a particular section, it's immediately sealed off and vented into space, including anyone who is in it at the time. For that reason, most of the people working at [=OrbLab=] 2 are convicts with life sentences. The only way to and from [=OrbLab=] 2 is via ballistic pods that are launched from and to the Platform (the pods themselves have no means of adjusting their trajectory, which can result in them missing and burning up in the atmosphere).

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** There are two other small stations, [=OrbLab=] 1 and [=OrbLab=] 2, where Veritas is manufactured for the Truthsayers. [=OrbLab=] 1 has been abandoned since the outbreak of the deadly Mindfire plague (one of the results of Veritas manufacture), and no one has bothered to try to clear out the infection and get rid of the bodies. Instead, the second station was built with better safeguards. If a Mindfire mutation is triggered in a particular section, it's immediately sealed off and vented into space, including anyone who is in it at the time. For that reason, most of the people working at [=OrbLab=] 2 are convicts with life sentences. The only way to and from [=OrbLab=] 2 is via ballistic pods sleds that are launched from and to the Platform (the pods themselves have no means of adjusting their trajectory, which can result in them missing and burning up in the atmosphere).with limited maneuvering capabilities.
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