History Literature / CastlePerilous

16th Oct '17 10:48:57 PM Ingonyama
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* FantasyCounterpartReligion: Dorcas's education and religious beliefs seem to stem from UsefulNotes/{{Hinduism}}. (Samra, soul-substance; bramhara, a contemplative and sleeping position; the Internal Eye.)


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* ReallyGetsAround: [[AManIsAlwaysEager Gene]] gets a great deal of sex, with every one of his [[GirlOfTheWeek Girls of the Week]] and, eventually, with Linda. At least one time, however, is actually important and plot-relevant--his ability to have sex with Alice proves he is no longer under the control of [=InnerVoice=].
16th Oct '17 9:48:44 PM Ingonyama
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* [[TwinSwitch Clone Switch]]: Incarnadine pulls this magically in ''Bride of the Castle'' in order to escape the stresses and responsibilities of ruling. Unfortunately said clone is not his exact duplicate after all--while there is no degeneration, EmptyShell, [[TheSoulless soullessness]], or [[TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot any other negative repercussion of cloning]], his personality and decision-making are different enough to allow his retainers and nobles to manipulate him for their own ends a little...[[spoiler:and leads to him declaring his love for Linda, offering her the chance to be his official mistress, and sleeping with her]].

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* [[TwinSwitch Clone Switch]]: Incarnadine pulls this magically in ''Bride of the Castle'' in order to escape [[TheChainsOfCommanding the stresses and responsibilities of ruling.ruling]]. Unfortunately said clone is not his exact duplicate after all--while there is no degeneration, EmptyShell, [[TheSoulless soullessness]], or [[TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot any other negative repercussion of cloning]], his personality and decision-making are different enough to allow his retainers and nobles to manipulate him for their own ends a little...[[spoiler:and leads to him declaring his love for Linda, offering her the chance to be his official mistress, and sleeping with her]].
16th Oct '17 9:41:05 PM Ingonyama
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* MoreDeadlyThanTheMale: Melydia, [[WomanScorned scorned by Incarnadine]] and wanting {{Revenge}}, wishes to prove she is worthy of the power she'd been denied ([[LineageComesFromTheFather for being a woman]]). She does this by...manipulating an empress, [[TheVamp seducing]] and enchanting her warlord son into besieging Perilous...so that she can undo the spell on it and release a demon that will bring about TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt. Because she's crazy, and apparently always has been. To some degree this also applies to Ferne, since she is played up as much more of a threat than Trent, Jamin, and Tragg and is in fact the centerpiece of the only real major arc in the series, the Hosts of Hell.

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* MoreDeadlyThanTheMale: Melydia, [[WomanScorned scorned by Incarnadine]] and wanting {{Revenge}}, wishes to prove she is worthy of the power she'd been denied ([[LineageComesFromTheFather for being a woman]]). She does this by...manipulating an empress, [[TheVamp seducing]] and enchanting her warlord son into besieging Perilous...so that she can undo the spell on it and release a demon that will bring about TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt. Because she's crazy, and apparently always has been. To some degree this also applies to Ferne, since she is played up as much more of a threat than Trent, Jamin, and Tragg and is in fact the centerpiece of the only real major arc StoryArc in the series, the Hosts of Hell.
16th Oct '17 9:39:13 PM Ingonyama
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* MoreDeadlyThanTheMale: Melydia, [[WomanScorned scorned by Incarnadine]] and wanting {{Revenge}}, wishes to prove she is worthy of the power she'd been denied ([[LineageComesFromTheFather for being a woman]]). She does this by...manipulating an empress, [[TheVamp seducing]] and enchanting her warlord son into besieging Perilous...so that she can undo the spell on it and release a demon that will bring about TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt. Because she's crazy, and apparently always has been. To some degree this also applies to Ferne, since she is played up as much more of a threat than Trent, Jamin, and Tragg and is in fact the centerpiece of the only real major arc in the series, the Hosts of Hell.



* StoryBreakerPower: Sheila. She can conjure portals. Granted, there is a great deal of HowDoIShotWeb at first, but once she figures it out, there is no more danger of characters being trapped anywhere, the wandering portal to Earth can be easily located and tied down, and characters can travel wherever and whenever they want. Luckily the author manages to consistently have her get [[PlotInducedStupidity cut off from the others]], [[DramaPreservingHandicap her magic is blocked]], or she's simply [[DeusExitMachina not available]].

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* StoryBreakerPower: StoryBreakerPower:
** Linda. The only thing that keeps her powers from taking over the story is that sometimes they do fail, or bring the wrong thing, and that quite often the solution to the current issue facing the castle is something she can't conjure. But she usually is a very big part of saving the day nevertheless. Unless it's because she's overshadowed by...
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Sheila. She can conjure portals. Granted, there is a great deal of HowDoIShotWeb at first, but once she figures it out, there is no more danger of characters being trapped anywhere, the wandering portal to Earth can be easily located and tied down, and characters can travel wherever and whenever they want. Luckily the author manages to consistently have her get [[PlotInducedStupidity cut off from the others]], [[DramaPreservingHandicap her magic is blocked]], or she's simply [[DeusExitMachina not available]].available]].
** [[SerialEscalation Incarnadine]]. At various times he is actually accused of godhood, or responds to the question by tongue-in-cheekly claiming to be a demiurge, and he certainly is, to use Osmirik's in-story {{Understatement}}, "something of a magician". In fact not only is he capable of things no one else is (creating and building [[{{Magitek}} computers by magic]], creating technology with magic that lasts longer than anyone else's, understanding and applying numerous arcane systems, making three-dimensional spell components (and drawing complex two-dimensional ones by hand with perfectly accurate lines and angles without aid of draftsman's tools), memorizing complex spells after only reading them once, and so on), but he is usually the only one who fully understands what is going on and can save TheMultiverse. The end result is that whenever a crisis ensues, he must inevitably be [[DeusExitMachina absent]], [[DramaPreservingHandicap trapped]], or [[PlotInducedStupidity deliberately removed from the castle]] so that there can be any kind of narrative tension. Sometimes there is more than one issue at stake, so that he can handle the one on TheMultiverse level while the other characters deal with the more "mundane" problems.
17th Sep '17 5:30:43 PM nombretomado
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* TakeThat: A number of these appear throughout the series, usually at other authors (''[[Creator/IsaacAsimov Foundation's Robots]]'', ''[[ArthurCClarke I Remember Rama]]''), genres ("What's 'cyberpunk'?"), or the literary world in general (see Incarnadine's meeting with the book editor in ''Castle for Rent''), but a particularly epic (and mean-spirited) one occurs in ''Castle Dreams'', complete with explanatory footnote:

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* TakeThat: A number of these appear throughout the series, usually at other authors (''[[Creator/IsaacAsimov Foundation's Robots]]'', ''[[ArthurCClarke ''[[Creator/ArthurCClarke I Remember Rama]]''), genres ("What's 'cyberpunk'?"), or the literary world in general (see Incarnadine's meeting with the book editor in ''Castle for Rent''), but a particularly epic (and mean-spirited) one occurs in ''Castle Dreams'', complete with explanatory footnote:
17th Sep '17 1:53:58 PM nombretomado
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* OurWerewolvesAreDifferent: The werewolf encountered in Golfhell is apparently more on the vampiric side, since he's interested in Thaxton's blood. When Thaxton claims "EverybodyKnowsThat werewolves donít drink blood", the creature quips, "Everyoneís wrong, Iím AC/DC."

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* OurWerewolvesAreDifferent: The werewolf encountered in Golfhell is apparently more on the vampiric side, since he's interested in Thaxton's blood. When Thaxton claims "EverybodyKnowsThat "[[CommonKnowledge Everybody knows that werewolves donít drink blood", blood]]", the creature quips, "Everyoneís wrong, Iím AC/DC."
12th Apr '17 9:58:18 AM erforce
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** ''Bride of the Castle'' contains a {{Parody}} of the MysteryArc in which Thaxton, believing he can solve the murders because of his experiences three books previously, valiantly tries to gather facts and formulate theories. Not only do the bodies keep piling up while the numerous suspects, alibis, motives, and lies make it next to impossible to figure out anything, while it all takes place in a microcosm of upper-crust England perfectly mimicking ChristieTime (complete with [[ValuesDissonance class warfare and racism]]), but in the end it all dissolves into utter nonsense with the SummationGathering turning into a convoluted mess of accusations and confessions worthy of ''MurderByDeath'' followed by a literal bloodbath while [[PoliceAreUseless the inspector merely stands around]] and lets it happen to 'sort itself out'. About the only mystery trope it doesn't mock or play with is TheButlerDidIt, although the butler in question actually seems to have caught on to the whole business as being a regular occurrence in this insane Aspect; whether people are just murdered constantly, or if they actually come back to life and play it out again the next day, is unknown.

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** ''Bride of the Castle'' contains a {{Parody}} of the MysteryArc in which Thaxton, believing he can solve the murders because of his experiences three books previously, valiantly tries to gather facts and formulate theories. Not only do the bodies keep piling up while the numerous suspects, alibis, motives, and lies make it next to impossible to figure out anything, while it all takes place in a microcosm of upper-crust England perfectly mimicking ChristieTime (complete with [[ValuesDissonance class warfare and racism]]), but in the end it all dissolves into utter nonsense with the SummationGathering turning into a convoluted mess of accusations and confessions worthy of ''MurderByDeath'' ''Film/MurderByDeath'' followed by a literal bloodbath while [[PoliceAreUseless the inspector merely stands around]] and lets it happen to 'sort itself out'. About the only mystery trope it doesn't mock or play with is TheButlerDidIt, although the butler in question actually seems to have caught on to the whole business as being a regular occurrence in this insane Aspect; whether people are just murdered constantly, or if they actually come back to life and play it out again the next day, is unknown.
11th Jan '17 6:09:56 PM nombretomado
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** In ''Castle Murders'', one of ThoseTwoGuys, Thaxton (whose first name happens to be Peter), solves a magical murder mystery among the castle nobles. In appreciation, Incarnadine grants him a title...which entitles him to be known as [[LordPeterWimsey Lord Peter]].

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** In ''Castle Murders'', one of ThoseTwoGuys, Thaxton (whose first name happens to be Peter), solves a magical murder mystery among the castle nobles. In appreciation, Incarnadine grants him a title...which entitles him to be known as [[LordPeterWimsey [[Literature/LordPeterWimsey Lord Peter]].
13th Dec '16 5:16:09 PM Doug86
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** In ''Castle Dreams'', the cry of the albatross in the "Afterlife" is [[CthulhuMythos "Tekeli-li!"]] [[Literature/TheRimeOfTheAncientMariner Said albatross gets shot by Incarnadine, prompting his second-in-command to say, "I fear thee, Ancient Mariner!"]] [[PostModernism These are only two of many allusions in that book]].

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** In ''Castle Dreams'', the cry of the albatross in the "Afterlife" is [[CthulhuMythos [[Franchise/CthulhuMythos "Tekeli-li!"]] [[Literature/TheRimeOfTheAncientMariner Said albatross gets shot by Incarnadine, prompting his second-in-command to say, "I fear thee, Ancient Mariner!"]] [[PostModernism These are only two of many allusions in that book]].
16th Nov '16 1:34:45 PM Discar
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* AManIsNotAVirgin: Gene gets a great deal of sex, with every one of his [[GirlOfTheWeek Girls of the Week]] and, eventually, with Linda. At least one time, however, is actually important and plot-relevant--his ability to have sex with Alice proves he is no longer under the control of [=InnerVoice=].
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