History Literature / BloodRites

2nd Aug '16 10:24:28 AM Kurush
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*TheAllegedCar: The first thing Murphy asks when she sees Ebenezer's car, which seems to have been manufactured sometime during the 1930s, potentially older, is if it ran on coal.
12th May '16 4:57:16 AM Yozzy
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* ConvectionSchmonvection: Defied. Harry attempts to block a flamethrower blast with his shield, causing his hand to get so badly burnt that it's taking ''years'' to get better, and that's only because wizards have superior healing ability and Ebenezer manages to restore some blood flow soon after.

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* ConvectionSchmonvection: Defied. Harry attempts to block a flamethrower blast with his shield, causing his the hand attached to his shield bracelet to get so badly burnt that it's taking ''years'' to get better, and that's only because wizards have superior healing ability and Ebenezer manages to restore some blood flow soon after.



** [[spoiler: The three women Raith's working the entropy curse with are all Arturo's ex-wives who want to kill the woman Arturo wants to marry so they can keep their full shares of his alimony checks and Will. However, on closer inspection it's even more petty than that, because their killing of women around Arturo is pretty much guaranteed to drive him into bankruptcy when the production fails, rendering their checks and his Will virtually worthless. It may have ''started'' being about money for the ex-es, but it's pretty clear they're '''really''' out to get back at him, his new girlfriend, and/or one another. They also can't be bothered to make certain of their target before they start killing, resulting in the deaths of several women who have nothing to do with their dispute.]]

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** [[spoiler: The three women Raith's working the entropy curse with are all Arturo's ex-wives who want to kill the woman Arturo wants to marry so they can keep their full shares of his alimony checks and Will. However, on closer inspection it's even more petty than that, because their killing of women around Arturo is pretty much guaranteed to drive him into bankruptcy when the production fails, rendering their checks and his Will virtually worthless. It may have ''started'' being about money for the ex-es, but it's pretty clear they're '''really''' out to get back at him, his new girlfriend, and/or one another. They also can't be bothered to make certain of their target before they start killing, resulting in the deaths of several women who have nothing to do with their dispute.dispute, almost including Inari, which would have been the end of those ladies.]]



** Kincaid even notes that a raid on a Black Court lair is nearly suicidal. Despite that, he comes up with enough military-grade hardware and a plan worthy of a spec-ops team that could take them out with relative ease, even if he's rather blasé about hostage casualties.



** [[spoiler:Ebenezer "Blackstaff" [=McCoy=] is the personal hitman of the White Council, with the power and full authority to break any of the seven laws of magic. He usually only did it when inaction and adherence to the strict laws would end up making the worlds a worse place]].

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** [[spoiler:Ebenezer "Blackstaff" [=McCoy=] is the personal hitman of the White Council, with the power and full authority to break any of the seven laws of magic. He usually only did it when inaction and adherence to the strict laws would end up making the worlds world a worse place]].



* MindRape: Thomas mentions to Harry that this, mixed in with [[RapeAsDrama the regular kind]] to establish dominance and solve family disputes. ''Yes, [[VillainousIncest family disputes]],'' though Lord Raith sticks to females. [[spoiler: It's also how Lara deposes her father, and turns him into her slave]].



* TheNeedsOfTheMany: The White Council lives by the Seven Laws of Magic that help govern and control the wizards from doing black magic. But there are times when an enemy will use the rules against them [[spoiler:so at times like this, when following the law is the worst option, the Council calls on Ebenezer [=McCoy=], the assassin of the Council, who has the full authority to break the sacred laws]].

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* TheNeedsOfTheMany: The White Council lives by the Seven Laws of Magic that help govern and control the wizards from doing black magic. But there are times when an enemy will use the rules against them [[spoiler:so at times like this, when following the law is the worst option, the Council calls on the Blackstaff (the current one being Ebenezer [=McCoy=], [=McCoy=]), the assassin of the Council, who has the full authority to break the sacred laws]].



* RealityWarper: Of a ''very'' limited version. When someone invokes the entropy curse, they shift the laws of probability toward a person's death. However, while they have no control over the particulars of the death, the caster's mindset will change how the death comes about, from a car striking a woman while she's water skiing near a pier when the caster is a scatter-brain to a stray bullet striking the victim when the caster has a serious, focused mind. As a result, some of the effects displayed were quite... ''unique.'' And of course when [[spoiler:Harry momentarily channels the curse to save a victim it plays out like [[DidntSeeThatComing a Looney Tunes gag]]]].
* ReluctantFanserviceGirl: During the fight with the black court vampires Dresden, Kincaid, and Murphy find hostages, unfortunately there's a trip mine, and Kincaid and Dresden are too big to fit under and disable it. Murphy ends up having to ditch her pants to fit under, she is not amused. Even better, since she's already under the lasers and can't move around much ''Kincaid'' has to take them off for her. AND she has to stay like that the rest of the fight because her pants get destroyed.

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* RealityWarper: Of a ''very'' limited version. When someone invokes the entropy curse, they shift the laws of probability toward a person's death. However, while they have no control over the particulars of the death, the caster's mindset will change how the death comes about, from a car striking a woman while she's water skiing near a pier under an overpass when the caster is a scatter-brain to a stray bullet bullets striking the victim in the perfectly in the heart and forehead when the caster has a serious, focused mind. As a result, some of the effects displayed were quite... ''unique.'' And of course when [[spoiler:Harry momentarily channels the curse to save a victim it plays out like [[DidntSeeThatComing a Looney Tunes gag]]]].
* ReluctantFanserviceGirl: During the fight with the black court vampires Dresden, Kincaid, and Murphy find hostages, unfortunately there's a trip mine, mine with a laser tripwire, and Kincaid and Dresden are too big to fit under and disable it. Kincaid even tells her to unclench her butt to get underneath, and Murphy says she has, prompting Kincaid to remark "great ass, then." Murphy ends up having to ditch her pants to fit under, she is not amused. Even better, since she's already under the lasers and can't move around much ''Kincaid'' has to take them off for her. AND she has to stay like that the rest of the fight because her pants get destroyed.



* SecretTestOfCharacter: When Harry introduces Murphy to Kincaid, Kincaid first dismisses her and tells her to leave the talk to the grown-ups, getting more and more insulting the longer she stays in place. Finally, she slams him down on a table and threatens to break his arm. Kincaid is highly impressed and explains he merely said all that to see what she would do.

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* SecretTestOfCharacter: When Harry introduces Murphy to Kincaid, Kincaid first dismisses her and tells her to leave the talk to the grown-ups, getting more and more insulting the longer she stays in place. Finally, she slams him down on a table and threatens to break his arm. Kincaid is highly impressed and explains he merely said all that insulted her to see what if she would do.lived up to her reputation.



* TomeOfEldritchLore: Subverted in forbidding it. When discussing the mechanics of ritual magic, Harry explains that the White Council pushes to have dark ritual books published and distributed to as many people as possible. When Murphy asks (understandably) why the ''good guys'' would want to do that, he tells her that summoning dark powers through rituals is like water coming out of a pipe. If you have thousands drawing from the same line, it loses all effectiveness because there is not enough power to go around. Hence, the only rituals in the Dresdenverse with overwhelming power are the ones that are kept secret.

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* TomeOfEldritchLore: Subverted in forbidding it. Played with. When discussing the mechanics of ritual magic, Harry explains that the White Council pushes had, at times, pushed to have dark ritual books published and distributed to as many people as possible. When Murphy asks (understandably) asks why the ''good guys'' would want to do that, he tells her that summoning dark powers through rituals is like water coming out of a pipe. If you have thousands drawing from the same line, it loses all effectiveness because there is not enough power to go around. Hence, the only rituals in the Dresdenverse with overwhelming power are the ones that are kept secret.



* VegetarianVampire: Inari is both a straight and literal example, as she hasn't yet fed on anyone and eats no meat.

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* VegetarianVampire: Inari is both a straight and literal example, as she hasn't yet fed on anyone ([[spoiler: thus not having turned from human to succubus]]) and eats no meat.



* TheWeirdSisters: The villains are a trio of evil ex-wives attempting to use an EvilEye ritual curse to murder their ex-husband's possible suitors, to protect their alimonies. A magical ritual requires at least three participants to work properly, and Dresden notes that this is where the Weird Sisters "three witches cackling around a cauldron" stereotype comes from.

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* TheWeirdSisters: The villains are villain for Arturo's case is [[spoiler: actually a trio trio, all three of evil his ex-wives attempting to use an EvilEye ritual curse to murder their ex-husband's possible suitors, suitors to protect their alimonies. alimonies]]. A magical ritual traditionally requires at least three participants to work properly, and Dresden notes that this is where the Weird Sisters "three "[[Theatre/{{Macbeth}} three witches cackling around a cauldron" cauldron]]" stereotype comes from.from.
* XanatosGambit: The White Court does these as a standard operating procedure. Naturally, [[GambitPileup several of them drive the plot]]. [[spoiler: Thomas brings in Harry to protect Arturo and his business, and to throw a monkey wrench into his father's plans. Lara ''thinks'' Thomas is being more clever, possibly even planning to stage a coup, though she's loyal to her father out of self-interest. Arturo's ex wives are using magic to keep him from getting married, which could deny them alimony. And ''their motivation'' was manipulated, and are being sponsored by Lord Raith, who is trying to keep Arturo under his thumb, and quickly adapts his plans to kill Harry to keep him from interfering, and later Thomas when he learns they're siblings, which would free him from their mother's curse]].
** Good thing for Harry that he's really good at being the [[DidntSeeThatComing monkey wrench in people's plans]], and that he pretty good at XanatosSpeedChess when the situation calls for it. [[spoiler: He upsets Raith's plans, saves Arturo's new wife (if not his business), and succeeds in a BatmanGambit by manipulating Raith into confessing that he's been weakened and that he sees even Lara as disposable. Too bad for him Lara was there to hear all of it]].



* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: [[spoiler: As soon as Trixie isn't needed anymore, Lord Raith throws her into an abyss in the Deeps.]]

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* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: [[spoiler: As soon as Trixie isn't needed anymore, Lord Raith throws her into an abyss in the Deeps. Psrticularly because she wasn't terribly useful to start with.]]
19th Mar '16 1:43:42 PM LordGro
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* TheWeirdSisters: The villains are a trio of evil ex-wives attempting to use an EvilEye ritual curse to murder their ex-husband's possible suitors, to protect their alimonies. A magical ritual requires at least three participants to work properly, and Dresden notes that this is where the Weird Sisters "three witches cackling around a cauldron" stereotype comes from.
16th Feb '16 1:28:46 AM Mad_Spy
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* TomeOfEldritchLore: Subverted in forbidding it. When discussing the mechanics of ritual magic, Harry explains that the White Council pushess to have dark ritual books published and distributed to as many people as possible. When Murphy asks (understandably) why the ''good guys'' would want to do that, he tells her that summoning dark powers through rituals is like water coming out of a pipe. If you have thousands drawing from the same line, it loses all effectiveness because there is not enough power to go around. Hence, the only rituals in the Dresdenverse with overwhelming power are the ones that are kept secret.

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* TomeOfEldritchLore: Subverted in forbidding it. When discussing the mechanics of ritual magic, Harry explains that the White Council pushess pushes to have dark ritual books published and distributed to as many people as possible. When Murphy asks (understandably) why the ''good guys'' would want to do that, he tells her that summoning dark powers through rituals is like water coming out of a pipe. If you have thousands drawing from the same line, it loses all effectiveness because there is not enough power to go around. Hence, the only rituals in the Dresdenverse with overwhelming power are the ones that are kept secret.
16th Feb '16 12:37:40 AM Mad_Spy
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* ArtisticLicenseBiology: Mouse, though a puppy, is moving around, barking, growling, playing with toys, and generally aware of his surroundings, indicating he's at least a few weeks old and weened off his mother. He also spends a chunk of the book riding around in Harry's coat pocket. However, dogs the size Mouse becomes are already [[http://www.dogspot.in/puppies/images/1329917304.jpg much larger at that age]]. Mouse would only have fit in Harry's pocket if he was hours or days old. Possibly a JustifiedTrope considering the mystical nature of Mouse's heritage.

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* ArtisticLicenseBiology: Mouse, though a puppy, is moving around, barking, growling, playing with toys, and generally aware of his surroundings, indicating he's at least a few weeks old and weened weaned off his mother. He also spends a chunk of the book riding around in Harry's coat pocket. However, dogs the size Mouse becomes are already [[http://www.dogspot.in/puppies/images/1329917304.jpg much larger at that age]]. Mouse would only have fit in Harry's pocket if he was hours or days old. Possibly a JustifiedTrope considering the mystical nature of Mouse's heritage.
7th Feb '16 5:10:14 PM LovePsychothefirst
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* ArtisticLicenseBiology: Mouse, though a puppy, is moving around, barking, growling, playing with toys, and generally aware of his surroundings, indicating he's at least a few weeks old and weened off his mother. He also spends a chunk of the book riding around in Harry's coat pocket. However, dogs the size Mouse becomes are already [[http://www.dogspot.in/puppies/images/1329917304.jpg much larger at that age]]. Mouse would only have fit in Harry's pocket if he was hours or days old.

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* ArtisticLicenseBiology: Mouse, though a puppy, is moving around, barking, growling, playing with toys, and generally aware of his surroundings, indicating he's at least a few weeks old and weened off his mother. He also spends a chunk of the book riding around in Harry's coat pocket. However, dogs the size Mouse becomes are already [[http://www.dogspot.in/puppies/images/1329917304.jpg much larger at that age]]. Mouse would only have fit in Harry's pocket if he was hours or days old. Possibly a JustifiedTrope considering the mystical nature of Mouse's heritage.
27th Jan '16 12:56:16 PM MrDeath
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* ThreatBackfire: The [[DyingCurse Death Curse]] Harry could lay out if he was killed is something most in the supernatural community seriously. Kincaid, who tells Harry if he fails to pay for a the job he will be killed, is unimpressed and tells Harry [[spoiler:to kill him, he would snipe him with a supersonic bullet from over 1000 yards away. Too fast and too quick for Harry to conjure the curse]]. Harry realizes this could work.

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* ThreatBackfire: The [[DyingCurse Death Curse]] Harry could lay out if he was killed is something most in the supernatural community seriously. Kincaid, who tells Harry if he fails to pay for a the job he will be killed, is unimpressed and tells Harry [[spoiler:to to kill him, he would snipe him with a supersonic bullet from over 1000 yards away. Too fast and too quick for Harry to conjure the curse]].curse. Harry realizes this could work.
27th Jan '16 12:55:41 PM MrDeath
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* SecretTestOfCharacter: When Harry introduces Murphy to Kincaid, Kincaid first dismisses her and tells her to leave the talk to the grown-ups, getting more and more insulting the longer she stays in place. Finally, she slams him down on a table and threatens to break his arm. Kincaid was highly impressed and explains he merely said all that to see what she would do.
* SheIsNotMyGirlfriend: Harry continuously asserts this about the pup that wandered off from his littermates. No one really buys it.
* SupremeChef: Mother Murphy, Karrin's mother and matriarch of the family. When Harry bites just a simple burger she cooked, he nearly melts and [[spoiler:considers wedding Murphy just to eat this level of cooking on Thanksgiving.]]

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* SecretTestOfCharacter: When Harry introduces Murphy to Kincaid, Kincaid first dismisses her and tells her to leave the talk to the grown-ups, getting more and more insulting the longer she stays in place. Finally, she slams him down on a table and threatens to break his arm. Kincaid was is highly impressed and explains he merely said all that to see what she would do.
* SheIsNotMyGirlfriend: Harry continuously asserts this about that the pup that wandered off from his littermates.littermates is not his dog. No one really buys it.
* SupremeChef: Mother Murphy, Karrin's mother and matriarch of the family. When Harry bites just a simple burger she cooked, he nearly melts and [[spoiler:considers considers wedding Murphy just to eat this level of cooking on Thanksgiving.]]
27th Jan '16 12:47:28 PM MrDeath
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* GreatBigBookOfEverything: If someone wishes to know anything about the Black Court vampires, all one needs do is pick up a copy of Stoker's ''{{Literature/Dracula}}''. [[spoiler:Commissioned by the White Court]] it provides a "How To" source on identifying and eliminating Black Court Vampires.
27th Jan '16 12:46:09 PM MrDeath
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* FateWorseThanDeath: Invoked by [[spoiler:Harry's mother Margaret when she was faced against Lord Raith after giving birth to Harry. She was too weak to fight him and would be killed by the powerful vampire, so with her final act, her Death Curse, she doesn't kill him but steals his ability to feed anymore, leaving the man crippled and if he were to ever reveal the truth he would be turned on by his own "loyal" family]]. Further noted by Butcher [[spoiler:had she just killed him, another would have taken his place but this single act turned his expansionist agenda back to total defense and fear of infighting. None of the Court could advance far because the King wouldn't permit it]].

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* FateWorseThanDeath: Invoked by [[spoiler:Harry's mother Margaret when she was faced against Lord Raith after giving birth to Harry. She was too weak to fight him and would be killed by the powerful vampire, so with her final act, her Death Curse, she doesn't Curse. She couldn't kill Lord Raith, so she prevented him but steals his ability to feed anymore, from feeding, leaving the man crippled and crippled. And if he were to ever reveal the truth he would be turned on by his own "loyal" family]]. Further noted by Butcher [[spoiler:had she just killed him, another would have taken his place but this single act turned his expansionist agenda back to total defense and fear of infighting. None of the Court could advance far because the King wouldn't permit it]].
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