History Literature / CaptivePrince

11th Jul '16 11:02:58 AM IniuriaTalis
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* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: The Regent. [[spoiler:Because the alternative is to call him his real name, ''Laurent''.]]

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* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: The Regent. [[spoiler:Because the alternative is to call him his real name, ''Laurent''.]]
1st Jun '16 10:50:29 PM dellyskoll
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* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: Damianos, most obviously, as the rightful King of Akielos. Too bad he spends most of the trilogy ''not'' being the King of Akielos.



* BattleCouple: Damen and Laurent.



* BrokenBird: Laurent, although he refuses to show it.



* ChekhovsGun: [[spoiler:The earring that Laurent wins from Nicaise in a petty bet comes in use again when Laurent disguises himself as a prostitute.]]



* DisguisedInDrag: [[spoiler:Laurent disguises himself as Jokaste so that he and Damen can get past a patrol of Kastor-aligned soldiers. The leader of the soldiers in question is thoroughly convinced, and even [[AttractiveBentGender comments on "Jokaste"'s beauty]].

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* DisguisedInDrag: [[spoiler:Laurent disguises himself as Jokaste so that he and Damen can get past a patrol of Kastor-aligned soldiers. The leader of the soldiers in question is thoroughly convinced, and even [[AttractiveBentGender comments on "Jokaste"'s beauty]].]]



* KingIncognito: What Damen tries to do as a slave [[spoiler:but fails. He never had a chance from the beginning.]] But there are plenty of other smaller stints where both Damen and Laurent do this.



* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: Naturally, with Damen and Laurent as protagonists, but other characters as well, as the books' plot ties very intricately with royalty and the nobility.



* SpoiledBrat: Laurent certainly comes off this way at first.

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* SomedayThisWillComeInHandy: Laurent, consistently. [[spoiler:The most obvious being his conversations in Akielon with Damen, which comes in handy very quickly when he throws his lot in with the Akielons.]]
* SpoiledBrat: Laurent certainly comes off this way at first. The pets in Vere are also cherished for acting in this manner.
1st Jun '16 10:29:41 PM dellyskoll
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* ColorCodedForYourConvenience: Red for Akielons, and blue for Veretians. [[spoiler:The lines start blurring especially as the Regent makes moves to take Akielos' throne for himself.]]



* DisguisedInDrag: [[spoiler:Laurent disguises himself as Jokaste so that he and Damen can get past a patrol of Kastor-aligned soldiers. The leader of the soldiers in question is thoroughly convinced, and even [[AttractiveBentGender comments on "Jokaste"'s beauty]].



* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: The Regent. [[spoiler:Because the alternative is to call him his real name, 'Laurent'.]]

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* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: The Regent. [[spoiler:Because the alternative is to call him his real name, 'Laurent'.''Laurent''.]]



* GreenEyedMonster: Kastor for all that Damianos had on virtue of his birth.



* HasAType: Damen prefers blonde hair and blue eyes, and he's a sucker for an IceQueen.

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* HasAType: Damen prefers blonde hair and blue eyes, and he's a sucker for an IceQueen. Nikandros call hims out on it extensively.
* [[HugeGuyTinyGirl Huge Guy, Tiny Guy]]: Damianos and Laurent. On a comment from Damianos that his borrowed armor is too small, Laurent suggests that he borrows the armor of a warhorse instead.


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* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Laurent, although it comes up very rarely and disappears just as fast. [[spoiler:Despite their temperamental relationship, he has a particular soft spot for Nicaise and all other slaves.]]


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* MasterSwordsman: It's probably easier to say who in the cast ''isn't''. Damen is of particular note, and so is [[spoiler:Laurent, although he hides this as much as he can.]]


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* ProudWarriorRaceGuy: The whole culture of Akielos can be summed up into this. Damen starts as this, but changes following his interactions with Laurent and the Veretian court.


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* ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks: Damen in one fight, which only works out of luck and because Damen is a canonical [[OneManArmy monster of a soldier]].
* VillainWithGoodPublicity: [[spoiler:The Regent, especially in comparison to his cold, difficult nephew.]]
1st Jun '16 10:04:46 PM dellyskoll
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* AristocratsAreEvil: The most obvious being the Regent.



* DumbMuscle: What Laurent frequently accuses Damen of being, and the common Veretian idea of Akielons.



* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: The Regent. [[spoiler:Because the alternative is to call him his real name, 'Laurent'.]]



* PrettyBoy: Everyone and their cousins appreciates Laurent's pretty boy looks, with varying degrees of vulgarity. Damen refuse let the readers forget how blonde Laurent is, and how nice his facial and body structure is, and how fine his skin is, and etc., long before he even ''starts'' to warm up to Laurent.

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* OneManArmy: Damianos, [[spoiler: if the battle of Charcy in the third book is any indication.]]
* OneSteveLimit: Played straight with all the different exotic Veretian and Akielon names until it is isn't. [[spoiler:The Regent's real name is Laurent as well.]]
* PrettyBoy: Everyone and their cousins appreciates appreciate Laurent's pretty boy looks, with varying degrees of vulgarity. Damen refuse refuses to let the readers forget how blonde Laurent is, and how nice his facial and body structure is, and how fine his skin is, and etc., long before he even ''starts'' to warm up to Laurent.


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* TheReveal: Plenty in the third book, and many that might have been obvious to the audience but isn't to the narrator, Damen, in line with his inability to perceive deceptions and double-meanings.
** [[spoiler:Laurent knew that Damen was Damianos as soon as he was brought to him as a slave.]]
** [[spoiler:The Regent invokes this trope by casually mentioning his rape of Laurent to goad Damen into attacking him.]]
** [[spoiler:The true extent of the Regent's plots are all revealed in what is supposed to be Laurent's trial.]]


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* [[WhenSheSmiles When He Smiles]]: Laurent, [[DefrostingIceQueen naturally]].
1st Jun '16 9:33:07 PM dellyskoll
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* BigBrotherWorship: Laurent towards Auguste, before he died.

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* BigBrotherWorship: Laurent towards Auguste, before he died. Similarly, Damen towards Kastor.
* BookEnds: [[spoiler:The first book begins in the slave baths in Akielos. The third book ends there as well.]]



* GambitRoulette: It's implied that [[spoiler: Jokaste pulls one off by convincing Kastor to send Damen to Vere as a slave instead of killing him, thereby giving Damen the chance to ally himself with Laurent and then bringing down Kastor together.]] She had no way of knowing how any of it would work out; it's possible she simply didn't want him killed.

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* GambitRoulette: It's implied that [[spoiler: Jokaste pulls one off by convincing Kastor to send Damen to Vere as a slave instead of killing him, thereby giving Damen the chance to ally himself with Laurent and then bringing down Kastor together.]] She had no way of knowing how any of it would work out; it's possible she simply didn't want him killed.]]



* MissingMom: For a plot line where succession, the royal family, and bloodlines are important, no one seems to have mothers.

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* MissingMom: For a plot line where succession, the royal family, and bloodlines are important, no one seems to have mothers. [[spoiler: Averted with Guion's wife, Loyse, who comes forward in the third book after otherwise blending into the background in revenge for Aimeric.]]
31st May '16 7:40:13 PM OMGitsSEDDIE
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* BadassGay: In a setting with tons of sword fights and intrigue, and where most characters are gay by some degree or another, you get lots of this.

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* BadassGay: In a setting with tons of sword fights and intrigue, and where most characters are gay by some degree or another, bisexual, you get lots of this.
13th May '16 5:59:36 PM eleutherios
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* GambitRoulette: It's implied that [[spoiler: Jokaste pulls one off by convincing Kastor to send Damen to Vere as a slave instead of killing him, thereby giving Damen the chance to ally himself with Laurent and then bringing down Kastor together.]] She had no way of knowing how any of it would work out; it's possible she simply didn't want him killed.



* HasAType: Damen prefers blonde hair and blue eyes.
* IceQueen: Laurent is a rare male example, and has been described as a "cast-iron bitch". Twice.

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* HasAType: Damen prefers blonde hair and blue eyes.
eyes, and he's a sucker for an IceQueen.
* IceQueen: Laurent is a rare male example, and has been described as a "cast-iron bitch". Twice. Also Jokaste, who's cool, calculating, coldly intelligent and took "three months of courtship".
13th May '16 5:52:35 PM eleutherios
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* ZeroApprovalGambit: It's implied that [[spoiler: Jokaste]] manages to pull off one of these. If Laurent's surmises are correct and she is to be believed, [[spoiler: Jokaste was genuinely in love with Damen but found out about Kastor's planned coup, and, powerless to stop it, pretended to join Kastor's faction in order to convince him to send Damen to Vere as a slave in the hope that he would join forces with Laurent and bring Kastor down. It cost her Damen's love and branded her as a traitor to her King, but it worked.]]
20th Mar '16 6:20:14 PM thleen
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* MadeASlave: Damen, within the first few pages.
11th Mar '16 4:29:21 PM IniuriaTalis
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* BetaCouple: Each book has a couple getting together in the background that serves as a foil to Damen and Laurent.
** In the first book, [[spoiler:Torveld and Erasmus]] are an "ideal" master/slave pairing.
** In the second, [[spoiler:Jord and Aimeric]] are a rough soldier and a pampered, pretty noble who have an easy, affectionate relationship [[spoiler:that leads to tragedy due to Aimeric's dark secrets]].
** In the last, [[spoiler:Pallas and Lazar]] are an Akielon and Veretian who make an uncomplicated, fun couple who get together based mainly off of physical attraction.
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