History Literature / CastlePerilous

31st Mar '16 2:32:30 PM ObsidianFire
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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 be quite GenreSavvy 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'' 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 be quite GenreSavvy 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.



** The Guests wonder, twice, why it is that despite this the castle has not been invaded before or ever fallen. The conclusions are that because it is a GeniusLoci, it makes sure to open [[GenreSavvy only to unpopulated worlds or ones where civilization has collapsed]] and thus there ''is'' no imminent threat of invading armies; or that only those who are at RockBottom and thus wish to abandon their life and world can ever even ''see'' the portals. This last would seem to be undermined by the Bluefaces and the Hosts of Hell except that the latter, at least, do indeed hate their own world ([[PutThemAllOutOfMyMisery and themselves]], [[SuicidalCosmicTemperTantrum and all of creation]]) while the Bluefaces, as aggressive as they are, do seem to at least hate each other as well as what they consider [[TrashTalk lower life forms]]. And, as Dalton points out, the castle [[MindScrew doesn't have hard and fast rules]]. (I.e., wishing to leave one's world, but only for the purpose of conquering another, [[LoopholeAbuse still counts]] in making an Aspect open.)

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** The Guests wonder, twice, why it is that despite this the castle has not been invaded before or ever fallen. The conclusions are that because it is a GeniusLoci, it makes sure to open [[GenreSavvy only to unpopulated worlds or ones where civilization has collapsed]] collapsed and thus there ''is'' no imminent threat of invading armies; or that only those who are at RockBottom and thus wish to abandon their life and world can ever even ''see'' the portals. This last would seem to be undermined by the Bluefaces and the Hosts of Hell except that the latter, at least, do indeed hate their own world ([[PutThemAllOutOfMyMisery and themselves]], [[SuicidalCosmicTemperTantrum and all of creation]]) while the Bluefaces, as aggressive as they are, do seem to at least hate each other as well as what they consider [[TrashTalk lower life forms]]. And, as Dalton points out, the castle [[MindScrew doesn't have hard and fast rules]]. (I.e., wishing to leave one's world, but only for the purpose of conquering another, [[LoopholeAbuse still counts]] in making an Aspect open.)
31st Oct '15 5:40:18 PM Ingonyama
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* LiminalTime: once, when Kwip pauses half in and half out of a wall, it comments on his "paradoxical" state.

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* LiminalTime: once, Once, when Kwip pauses half in and half out of a wall, it comments on his "paradoxical" state.
24th Oct '15 3:45:55 AM Morgenthaler
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* ConversationalTroping[=/=]GenreSavvy: The Guests indulge in this a lot, whether wondering why it is that only those who are at RockBottom find their way to the castle or why it is the castle [[PlotMagnet hasnít been invaded hundreds of times by now]]. The fact Gene tried to be a fantasy writer once (and Incarnadine [[LiteraryAgentHypothesis moonlights as one]]) makes this even more natural.

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* ConversationalTroping[=/=]GenreSavvy: ConversationalTroping: The Guests indulge in this a lot, whether wondering why it is that only those who are at RockBottom find their way to the castle or why it is the castle [[PlotMagnet hasnít been invaded hundreds of times by now]]. The fact Gene tried to be a fantasy writer once (and Incarnadine [[LiteraryAgentHypothesis moonlights as one]]) makes this even more natural.
17th Jun '15 7:34:22 PM Goldfritha
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* ''The Pirates of Perilous''


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* LiminalTime: once, when Kwip pauses half in and half out of a wall, it comments on his "paradoxical" state.
14th Jun '15 4:23:18 PM nombretomado
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* ActionGirl: Vaya, since she is a warrior queen and, in the two scenes where she gets to fight, she effortlessly kills [[{{Turncoat}} Yerga]] and learns to use the Umoi weapon with surprising skill, taking out a number of Annau's robots. Appropriate, considering [[JohnCarterOfMars her source]].

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* ActionGirl: Vaya, since she is a warrior queen and, in the two scenes where she gets to fight, she effortlessly kills [[{{Turncoat}} Yerga]] and learns to use the Umoi weapon with surprising skill, taking out a number of Annau's robots. Appropriate, considering [[JohnCarterOfMars [[Literature/JohnCarterOfMars her source]].



* DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnMale: Vaya making Gene her concubine, complete with DressHitsFloor. This may be due to ValuesDissonance or as a deliberate {{Parody}}[=/=]ShoutOut to ''JohnCarterOfMars'' and other [[TwoFistedTales Pulp Fiction]], but [[AuthorAppeal then again]]...

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* DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnMale: Vaya making Gene her concubine, complete with DressHitsFloor. This may be due to ValuesDissonance or as a deliberate {{Parody}}[=/=]ShoutOut to ''JohnCarterOfMars'' ''Literature/JohnCarterOfMars'' and other [[TwoFistedTales Pulp Fiction]], but [[AuthorAppeal then again]]...



* IShouldWriteABookAboutThis: Apparently, Incarnadine does just that, in disguise as John [=DeChancie=], with assistance (maybe) from Osmirik. See LiteraryAgentHypothesis. Gene also [[JohnCarterOfMars rather tongue-in-cheekly]] claims he will do this to relate his adventures with Vaya.

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* IShouldWriteABookAboutThis: Apparently, Incarnadine does just that, in disguise as John [=DeChancie=], with assistance (maybe) from Osmirik. See LiteraryAgentHypothesis. Gene also [[JohnCarterOfMars [[Literature/JohnCarterOfMars rather tongue-in-cheekly]] claims he will do this to relate his adventures with Vaya.



* NubileSavage: Vaya, who is ''also'' a StatuesqueStunner and [[{{Matriarchy}} barbarian queen]]. Possibly an {{Expy}} of [[Literature/{{She}} Ayesha]] or [[JohnCarterOfMars Dejah Thoris]]--Linda even lampshades the latter. Then subverted when she goes to Earth and begins studying at college (although helped along by Incarnadine using magic to teach her English.)

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* NubileSavage: Vaya, who is ''also'' a StatuesqueStunner and [[{{Matriarchy}} barbarian queen]]. Possibly an {{Expy}} of [[Literature/{{She}} Ayesha]] or [[JohnCarterOfMars [[Literature/JohnCarterOfMars Dejah Thoris]]--Linda even lampshades the latter. Then subverted when she goes to Earth and begins studying at college (although helped along by Incarnadine using magic to teach her English.)
21st May '15 5:41:49 PM TheNerfGuy
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* AlasPoorVillain: Melydia, despite her sympathetic backstory, is pretty much depicted as an insane RichBitch for most of ''Castle Perilous''; however, as soon as she and Incarnadine actually face each other, she becomes a lot more sympathetic, and pitiable, and once she recovers her sanity and [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone regrets her actions]], it isn't very hard at all to feel sorry for [[YouWillBeAssimilated her fate]]--although she'll always be with Incarnadine in a sense, she also gets to remain a disembodied voice, combined with a transmogrified demon, forever. Ferne's fate is even worse, since she ends up put through horrible cruel ColdBloodedTorture by the Hosts of Hell, to the point that when Incarnadine finally finds her he can't remove her from the devices without leaving pieces of her flesh still in them; she gets a chance to make one last DyingDeclarationOfLove [[BrotherSisterIncest for her brother]] and then [[DiedInYourArmsTonight dies in his arms]]. This last is even an in-story example, since the heroes, despite having faced her as an antagonist, are all very sympathetic to Incarnadine and go to her MeaningfulFuneral.

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* AlasPoorVillain: Melydia, despite her sympathetic backstory, is pretty much depicted as an insane RichBitch for most of ''Castle Perilous''; however, as soon as she and Incarnadine actually face each other, she becomes a lot more sympathetic, and pitiable, and once she recovers her sanity and [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone regrets her actions]], it isn't very hard at all to feel sorry for [[YouWillBeAssimilated [[TheAssimilator her fate]]--although she'll always be with Incarnadine in a sense, she also gets to remain a disembodied voice, combined with a transmogrified demon, forever. Ferne's fate is even worse, since she ends up put through horrible cruel ColdBloodedTorture by the Hosts of Hell, to the point that when Incarnadine finally finds her he can't remove her from the devices without leaving pieces of her flesh still in them; she gets a chance to make one last DyingDeclarationOfLove [[BrotherSisterIncest for her brother]] and then [[DiedInYourArmsTonight dies in his arms]]. This last is even an in-story example, since the heroes, despite having faced her as an antagonist, are all very sympathetic to Incarnadine and go to her MeaningfulFuneral.



* TheAssimilator: Melydia's fate.



* YouWillBeAssimilated: Melydia's fate.
3rd May '15 6:58:22 PM nombretomado
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** Thanks to ClassicalMythology, the "good" half of Annau's SplitPersonality is this: Dis, the alternate Roman name for Pluto/Hades. Thanks to his questionable ([[EverybodyHatesHades if unfair]]) reputation, any place named after him is [[AIIsACrapshoot sure to make one wary]], though in this case it could also be a reference to the wealth Annau once possessed, and the fact the sane portion of the city was underground.

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** Thanks to ClassicalMythology, Myth/ClassicalMythology, the "good" half of Annau's SplitPersonality is this: Dis, the alternate Roman name for Pluto/Hades. Thanks to his questionable ([[EverybodyHatesHades if unfair]]) reputation, any place named after him is [[AIIsACrapshoot sure to make one wary]], though in this case it could also be a reference to the wealth Annau once possessed, and the fact the sane portion of the city was underground.
27th Dec '14 5:21:09 PM MarchVee
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5th Dec '14 1:55:15 AM Ingonyama
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* WickedCultured: Jacoby. The Hosts of Hell alternate between this and {{ClusterFBomb}}s when their plans go awry or Incarnadine blasts them with a banishment spell.

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* WickedCultured: Jacoby. The Hosts of Hell alternate between this and {{ClusterFBomb}}s [[ClusterFBomb Cluster F Bombs]] when their plans go awry or Incarnadine blasts them with a banishment spell.
5th Dec '14 1:54:10 AM Ingonyama
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* WickedCultured: Jacoby. The Hosts of Hell alternate between this and VulgarHumor when their plans go awry or Incarnadine blasts them with a banishment spell.

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* WickedCultured: Jacoby. The Hosts of Hell alternate between this and VulgarHumor {{ClusterFBomb}}s when their plans go awry or Incarnadine blasts them with a banishment spell.
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