History Literature / Cerberon

8th Jan '16 3:01:03 PM Discar
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* OurGodsAreGreater: Gods exist in this world who have specific areas of interest, such as Edu, the godess of death, Elohda, a god of luck/fate, and Lada and Danae, who are mentioned in relation to betrothal/marriage ceremonies. Even fake gods are worshipped, such as Avander, who is the human-invented god of the north star. Edu makes an appearance in the novel when she's called on to exorcise a powerful spirit.
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* OurGodsAreGreater: OurGodsAreDifferent: Gods exist in this world who have specific areas of interest, such as Edu, the godess of death, Elohda, a god of luck/fate, and Lada and Danae, who are mentioned in relation to betrothal/marriage ceremonies. Even fake gods are worshipped, such as Avander, who is the human-invented god of the north star. Edu makes an appearance in the novel when she's called on to exorcise a powerful spirit.
11th Oct '15 11:30:24 AM SetsunasaNiWa
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cleaning Captain Obvious trope sinkhole use, project thread here
** Inverted when George, Margaret, et al. finally arrive in antebellum Virginia. The black slaves are most certainly [[CaptainObvious not happy with their condition]].
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** Inverted when George, Margaret, et al. finally arrive in antebellum Virginia. The black slaves are most certainly [[CaptainObvious not happy with their condition]].condition.
25th Aug '14 2:27:09 PM ChaoticNovelist
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renamed and redefined to Noble Birdof Prey
* BigBadassBirdOfPrey: The skraad are basically huge carrion birds and PerfectPacifistPeople. But when Aladavan severely pisses off Lama, she demonstrates their natural weapons are just as effective at rending living flesh as dead.

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* BigBadassBirdOfPrey: NobleBirdOfPrey: The skraad are basically huge carrion birds and PerfectPacifistPeople. But when Aladavan severely pisses off Lama, she demonstrates their natural weapons are just as effective at rending living flesh as dead.
16th Apr '13 7:42:41 PM JIKTV
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* EvilOverlord: The Dragon Queen. Most of the people understandably think of her and describe her as an EvilOverlord: Solitary ruler of the world? Check. Lives in a [[SupervillainLair fortress of doom atop an active volcano]]? Check. Employs [[TheDragon an enforcer]] with a [[NamesToRunAwayFromVeryFast Name to Run Away From Very Fast]]? Check. Personally responsible for the [[AMillionIsAStatistic deaths of thousands if not millions]]? Check. [[IAmAHumanitarian Eats people as a standard part of her diet]]? Check. Except that she's actually a subversion. It turns out that she's really a ReasonableAuthorityFigure who has to ShootTheDog. Unfortunately the dog in this case happens to be a [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters human nation]] ruled by KnightsTemplar who want to [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman exterminate the dragons and a few other races they don't like]], and we only see things from their point of view for most of the book.
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* EvilOverlord: The Dragon Queen. Most of the people understandably think of her and describe her as an EvilOverlord: Solitary ruler of the world? Check. Lives in a [[SupervillainLair fortress of doom atop an active volcano]]? Check. Employs [[TheDragon an enforcer]] with a [[NamesToRunAwayFromVeryFast [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Name to Run Away From Very Fast]]? Check. Personally responsible for the [[AMillionIsAStatistic deaths of thousands if not millions]]? Check. [[IAmAHumanitarian Eats people as a standard part of her diet]]? Check. Except that she's actually a subversion. It turns out that she's really a ReasonableAuthorityFigure who has to ShootTheDog. Unfortunately the dog in this case happens to be a [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters human nation]] ruled by KnightsTemplar who want to [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman exterminate the dragons and a few other races they don't like]], and we only see things from their point of view for most of the book.

** To be fair though, King Norrith was quite willing and eager to personally lead his forces in battle against the Dragon Queen, and probably would have if she hadn't attacked first. Considering the overwhelming scale of destruction and death she brought down on him, the only sensible thing for him to do was to get [[RunOrDie right the hell out of town]]. He even steps up and faces [[TheDragon Oethelzeiren]] [[NamesToRunAwayFromVeryFast the Slayer]] when he's found hiding among refugees, despite knowing he was hopelessly doomed at that point.
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** To be fair though, King Norrith was quite willing and eager to personally lead his forces in battle against the Dragon Queen, and probably would have if she hadn't attacked first. Considering the overwhelming scale of destruction and death she brought down on him, the only sensible thing for him to do was to get [[RunOrDie right the hell out of town]]. He even steps up and faces [[TheDragon Oethelzeiren]] [[NamesToRunAwayFromVeryFast [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast the Slayer]] when he's found hiding among refugees, despite knowing he was hopelessly doomed at that point.
9th Jan '13 1:52:38 PM TVRulezAgain
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* AlwaysChaoticEvil: Averted with hackals, which can vary from CompleteMonster to civilized BeastMan, depending on their tribe, clan, and individual disposition. This doesn't stop most people from considering all of them AlwaysChaoticEvil maneating monsters anyway.
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* AlwaysChaoticEvil: Averted with hackals, which can vary from CompleteMonster evil to civilized BeastMan, depending on their tribe, clan, and individual disposition. This doesn't stop most people from considering all of them AlwaysChaoticEvil maneating monsters anyway.
10th Dec '12 5:54:17 PM RevBonestripper
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* {{Unobtainium}}: Alicorn, produced by unicorns in their horns and hooves, which they are understandably reluctant to give up, has many valuable properties. It's a powerful healing agent, a magic collector/amplifier, pwerful aphrodesiac, poison neutralizer, and an extremely hard material that is great for an AbsurdlySharpBlade.
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* {{Unobtainium}}: Alicorn, produced by unicorns in their horns and hooves, which they are understandably reluctant to give up, has many valuable properties. It's a powerful healing agent, a magic collector/amplifier, pwerful powerful aphrodesiac, poison neutralizer, and an extremely hard material that is great for an AbsurdlySharpBlade.
10th Dec '12 5:42:27 PM RevBonestripper
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* SheIsTheKing: The Dragon Queen rules in her own right. The title of queen only indicating she is a female ultimate ruler of the dragons, not that her power is derived from a king. From what little is shown of dragon culture, they don't seem to place the same value on marital relationships as humans do.
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* SheIsTheKing: The Dragon Queen rules in her own right. The title of queen only indicating indicates she is a female ultimate ruler of the dragons, not that her power is derived from a king. From what little is shown of dragon culture, they don't seem to place the same value on marital relationships as humans do.
10th Dec '12 5:40:51 PM RevBonestripper
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* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: The human nobles in Loethess seem to be mostly busy with their on schemes and social activities, leaving their bloated bureaucracy to do most of the actual work. In contrast, the dragon nobility are shown to be actively involved with their duties: the Queen personally leads her forces in the attack on Loethess, and afterwards is demonstrated as being quite busy with the process of installing new nobles to replace the ones that had been killed. The Marquis of Wenthoerl was tasked with setting up the underground explosives to take down the city of Loethess, and to secure a safe vantage point from which to help direct the battle. Prince Aeronweyir is a close advisor to the Queen, and one of his responsibilities is to ensure her visitors are properly vetted so as to not waste her time or present a threat to her. This is in addition to his job managing a great stonegate which is a major axis of travel, communication and commerce, and also directly connected to the Queen's palace. In fact the royal titles among the dragons seem to be more like job titles indicating social rank and including significant privileges, and not inherited, so it is expected of them to actually do something.
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* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: The human nobles in Loethess seem to be mostly busy with their on own schemes and social activities, leaving their bloated bureaucracy to do most of the actual work. In contrast, the dragon nobility are shown to be actively involved with their duties: the Queen personally leads her forces in the attack on Loethess, and afterwards is demonstrated as being quite busy with the process of installing new nobles to replace the ones that had been killed. The Marquis of Wenthoerl was tasked with setting up the underground explosives to take down the city of Loethess, and to secure a safe vantage point from which to help direct the battle. Prince Aeronweyir is a close advisor to the Queen, and one of his responsibilities is to ensure her visitors are properly vetted so as to not waste her time or present a threat to her. This is in addition to his job managing a great stonegate which is a major axis of travel, communication and commerce, and also directly connected to the Queen's palace. In fact the royal titles among the dragons seem to be more like job titles indicating social rank and including significant privileges, and not inherited, so it is expected of them to actually do something.
10th Dec '12 5:14:48 PM RevBonestripper
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* MadLove: Sascia for Aladavan after his More Than Mind Control treatment of her. * MagicAIsMagicA: It's clear that the practice of magic follows certain rules, and to work a certain spell correctly and consistently, one must learn the appropriate procedure. Those with access to sufficiently powerul magic, such as unicorns, cna shape magic wiith their will to create just about any effect they can imagine within the bounds of physics and biology, but without following a practiced procedure, the results are unpredictable.
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* MadLove: Sascia for Aladavan after his More Than Mind Control MoreThanMindControl treatment of her. * MagicAIsMagicA: It's clear that the practice of magic follows certain rules, and to work a certain spell correctly and consistently, one must learn the appropriate procedure. Those with access to sufficiently powerul magic, such as unicorns, cna can shape magic wiith their will to create just about any effect they can imagine within the bounds of physics and biology, but without following a practiced procedure, the results are unpredictable.
10th Dec '12 4:24:38 PM RevBonestripper
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Removed: Amazon Chaser doesn't qualify, since George is closer to Anything That Moves
* AmazonChaser: George towards Junapur.
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