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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.
10th Feb '16 9:01:00 AM ChronoLegion
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* PrisonShip: The first ship to arrive to Atlas after the original colony ship was full of prisoners exiled from Earth. They assimilated into the Atlas society fairly well, and many people can trace their ancestry to a prisoner or two.

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* PrisonShip: The first second ship to arrive to Atlas after the original colony ship was full of prisoners exiled from Earth. They assimilated into the Atlas society fairly well, and many people can trace their ancestry to a prisoner or two. In fact, many of their descendants are hard workers, hoping to prove their worth to the colony.



* ReplacementGoldfish: Presumably, [[spoiler:the ''Earth Dawn'' will serve as a new SpaceStation instead of the destroyed Platform, hopefully setting up a new SpaceElevator after she arrives in 5 years]].

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* ReplacementGoldfish: Presumably, [[spoiler:the ''Earth Dawn'' will serve as a new SpaceStation instead of the destroyed Platform, hopefully setting up a new SpaceElevator after she arrives in 5 2 years]].
10th Feb '16 8:59:27 AM ChronoLegion
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* KineticWeaponsAreJustBetter: Justified, since the Atlas society has regressed technologically since the original landing 231 years ago. Most of the advanced machinery has become useless without the infrastructure to maintain them. Regular guns are still used by the solpols to maintain order, while those aboard the Platform and [=OrbLab=] 2 use special ceramic cartridges that break apart when striking metal to avoid ExplosiveDecompression but can still harm living beings. The ''[=SkySword=]'', a warship that arrived a century ago in an attempt to place Atlas under military rule, had more advanced weaponry, including missiles and {{Plasma Cannon}}s, but those were destroyed ([[spoiler:most of them, at least]]) after the crew's surrender. Laser cutters are used for mining and tree cutting but not as weapons, as they are bulky and require external power sources.


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* PraetorianGuard: The Elite Guards are the best of the solpols (soldier-police), assigned to protect the Truthsayers. They are the only ones allowed to wear the original military uniforms of the ''[=SkySword=]'' soldiers. All other solpols wear replicas.
10th Feb '16 8:52:41 AM ChronoLegion
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* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:Troy is vindicated and becomes a solpol. Franz Dokken is forced to flee and is likely going to be murdered by Eli Strone for his sins. The illegal Veritas trade is over. However, Guild Master Tharion is dead, the truth about Kaliana's MiscarriageOfJustice is known, and the Platform is destroyed along with the SpaceElevator, stranding the people aboard [=OrbLab=] 2 in space (until their supplies run out), ending the Truthsayers' supply of Veritas, and ruining the economy of Atlas, not to mention the loss of all those seeds and animal embryos aboard the station. Fortunately, the ''Earth Dawn'' is on the way and will arrive within 5 years with fresh settlers and new machinery to revitalize the colony, presumably serving as the ReplacementGoldfish for the Platform]].

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* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:Troy is vindicated and becomes a solpol.key member of the restructured Guild. Franz Dokken is forced to flee and is likely going to be murdered by Eli Strone for his sins. The illegal Veritas trade is over. However, Guild Master Tharion is dead, the truth about Kaliana's MiscarriageOfJustice is known, and the Platform is destroyed along with the SpaceElevator, stranding the people aboard [=OrbLab=] 2 in space (until their supplies run out), ending the Truthsayers' supply of Veritas, and ruining the economy of Atlas, not to mention the loss of all those seeds and animal embryos aboard the station. Fortunately, the ''Earth Dawn'' is on the way and will arrive within 5 2 years with fresh settlers and new machinery to revitalize the colony, presumably serving as the ReplacementGoldfish for the Platform]].
10th Feb '16 6:52:43 AM ChronoLegion
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* PlasmaCannon: A number of these were aboard the ''[=SkySword=]'', the warship sent by the totalitarian Earth government to conquer Atlas. After the ship's surrender, all of them were, supposedly, destroyed, along with all the advanced weaponry. [[spoiler:At least one was kept by Kareem Sondheim, the "landholder" of the [[SpaceStation Platform]]. He uses it to try to kill Troy and Kaliana during their GreatEscape. Fortunately, the guards he has fire the weapon turn out to have attended the ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy]].

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* PlasmaCannon: A number of these were aboard the ''[=SkySword=]'', the warship sent by the totalitarian Earth government to conquer Atlas. After the ship's surrender, all of them were, supposedly, destroyed, along with all the advanced weaponry. [[spoiler:At least one was kept by Kareem Sondheim, the "landholder" of the [[SpaceStation Platform]]. He uses it to try to kill Troy and Kaliana during their GreatEscape. Fortunately, the guards he has fire the weapon turn out to have attended the ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy]].ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy. Franz Dokken also has two of these, which his people use to defend the holding against a combined Toth/Koman invasion. The cannons manage to blow up three rover vehicles and vaporize several soldiers. Just then, Michel Van Petersen's team manages to cut power to Dokken Holding, and the cannons become useless]].
10th Feb '16 6:50:57 AM ChronoLegion
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* StatingTheSimpleSolution: [[spoiler:After Michel Van Petersen and his people capture Franz Dokken's hydroelectric plant, which powers all of Atlas, he asks his engineers as to the best way of cutting power off for the entire Dokken Holding. The engineers start proposing destructive solutions that threaten to cut of all power to the entire planet for days or even weeks. Then Troy looks at a control panel and points out that it's easy enough to cut power to a specific holding with a single button. The engineers glare at him, as if he just stole their thunder]].
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