History Literature / CodexAlera

11th Feb '18 5:28:57 AM kbissett
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** The second book says that Bernard served his tour of duty in the Fourth Rivan Legion. The following book has Kalare launching a surprise attack after revealing that he has more legions than a High Lord is legally permitted to raise. The limit? Three.


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* WeHaveBecomeComplacent: The Aleran legions were so successful in crushing all their enemies early in their history that in the story's present day it was possible for someone to serve an entire three-year tour of duty in a legion and not fight a single battle unless they were from an area near the Shieldwall (the only remaining border that sees combat on a regular basis). As a result, most of the legions are green and unprepared for a Canim invasion, a civil war, and the Vord attack happening in rapid succession. Isana's arc in the fifth book is to negotiate a ceasefire on the Shieldwall so that all the northern legions, which contain the bulk of the country's elite legionnaires, can be freed up to fight the Vord.
4th Feb '18 4:33:01 AM isoycrazy
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*** And of course [[spoiler:there's Gaius Sextus]].

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*** And of course [[spoiler:there's Gaius Sextus]].Sextus, Tavi's paternal grandfather]].



* MarkOfShame: Fade's brand. [[spoiler:It is self-inflicted.]]

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* MarkOfShame: Fade's brand. [[spoiler:It It is self-inflicted.done to any who desert the Legion. While [[spoiler:it is self-inflicted, he feels it is more than justified for his failing to protect Septimus in the final battle, having allowed his love for Isana convince him that following Sept's orders and protecting Isana was best.]]
4th Feb '18 4:26:53 AM isoycrazy
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* FeelNoPain: An aspect of metalcrafting.

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* FeelNoPain: An aspect of metalcrafting. However, this doesn't mean the injuries being ignored are any less dangerous. If someone ignores the pain of a legitimate injury, it will cost him his life.


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* LostInTranslation: In ''Princeps' Fury'' Marcus is teaching a young but energetic Cane how to speak in Aleran. He encounters the syntax issue when the cane states, "Alerans smell badly." His intent is to claim, "Alerans have a poor sense of smell" not that "Alerans stink." Marcus is very careful in his critique as the 8-ft tall wolfman wouldn't like an overly harsh critique. [[spoiler:When the cane lunges at him in anger, Marcus evades and slams the cane's head into the ground, continuing his conversation as though it didn't happen]].
18th Jan '18 7:42:35 AM DarkPhoenix94
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* BedTrick: When using watercrafting to disguise himself as Gaius Sextus, Max has to deal with the First Lord's suspicious wife. He does so by hitting her with enough sexual earthcraft to scramble her brains. Gaius was less than amused when he learned what had happened.

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* BedTrick: Played with. When using watercrafting to disguise himself as Gaius Sextus, Max has to deal with the First Lord's suspicious wife. He does so by hitting her with enough sexual earthcraft to scramble her brains. brains, setting this trope up, but doesn't actually sleep with her. Gaius was less than not entirely amused when he learned what had happened.happened after he recovered - specifically, when Caria unexpectedly joined him in the bath. While, as he puts it, [[UnusualEuphemism 'he rose to the demands of his station']], he remarks to Tavi that he would prefer in future if a similar situation arose that Max ''didn't'' resort to seducing his wife.



** Tavi was ''supposed'' to be BeneathNotice in ''Cursor's Fury'' when he goes undercover in the First Aleran Legion as the Third Subtribune Logistica (essentially assistant to the assistant of the assistant quartermaster), a position without significant power or authority in the Legion's command structure. Gaius wanted him attached to the Legion so he could monitor its activities without arousing suspicion himself. Unfortunately, the events of the novel soon thrust him into the (Very public) spotlight.
** Ehren spends much of his time beneath notice. His weak furycrafting helps people underestimate him and not think of his actions. [[spoiler:Attis Aquitaine ends up going on a suicidal action on his subtle advice and ends up dying from wounds received]].
** "Captain's Fury" reveals that [[spoiler:Araris Valerian branded his own face with a coward's mark and sold himself into slavery so that he could watch over Tavi without anybody noticing]].
* BestHerToBedHer: The Marat, as a culture, have this in terms of their courting rituals. The man must win over the woman he wants in some competition ''of her choosing''. So, if a male of the Wolf tribe seeks to court a lady of the Horse tribe, she can challenge him to a horse race, knowing full well she has the clear advantage and will likely easily win, then end his pursuit of her. In the end, [[spoiler:Kitai challenges Tavi to slay the Vord Queen first]].

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** Tavi was ''supposed'' to be BeneathNotice in ''Cursor's Fury'' when he goes undercover in the First Aleran Legion as the Third Subtribune Logistica (essentially assistant to the assistant of the assistant quartermaster), a position without significant power or authority in the Legion's command structure. Gaius wanted him attached to the Legion so he could monitor its activities without arousing suspicion himself. Unfortunately, the events of the novel soon thrust him into the (Very (very public) spotlight.
** Ehren spends much of his time beneath notice. His weak furycrafting helps people underestimate him and not think of his actions. [[spoiler:Attis [[spoiler: Attis Aquitaine ends up going on a suicidal action mission on his subtle advice and ends up dying from wounds received]].
received, dazedly remarking on his deathbed that, "I think that little man assassinated me"]].
** "Captain's Fury" reveals that [[spoiler:Araris [[spoiler: Araris Valerian branded his own face with a coward's mark and sold himself into slavery so that he could watch over Tavi without anybody noticing]].
* BestHerToBedHer: The Marat, as a culture, have this in terms of their courting rituals. The man must win over the woman he wants in some competition ''of her choosing''. So, if a male of the Wolf tribe seeks to court a lady of the Horse tribe, she can challenge him to a horse race, knowing full well she has the clear advantage and will likely easily win, then end his pursuit of her. In the end, [[spoiler:Kitai [[spoiler: Kitai challenges Tavi to slay the Vord Queen first]].



** First Lord Gaius Sextus is a patient man and [[spoiler:waits twenty-five years to enact the full length of his revenge against the High Lords who conspired to kill his son. The first he kills personally by blowing up a volcano near his castle. The second one he [[UriahGambit convinces to lead an attack]] against the oncoming Vord menace, alone. He is overcome and devoured by the monsters (not unlike the Marat doing Septimus so much harm no body could be reasonably recovered)]].
** Fearing this, [[spoiler:the Vord Queen does not kill Isana when she captures her, as Tavi might share his grandfather's pragmatism and put off their encounter. Live bait will motivate him to move faster and hopefully make more errors]].

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** First Lord Gaius Sextus is a an extremely patient man and [[spoiler:waits waits twenty-five years to enact the full length extent of his revenge against [[spoiler: the High Lords who conspired to kill his son. The first he kills personally by blowing up a volcano near his castle. The second one he [[UriahGambit convinces to lead an attack]] against the oncoming Vord menace, alone. He is overcome and devoured by the monsters (not unlike the Marat doing Septimus so much harm no body could be reasonably recovered)]].
** Fearing this, [[spoiler:the [[spoiler: the Vord Queen does not kill Isana when she captures her, as Tavi might share his grandfather's pragmatism and put off their encounter.encounter, remarking that that bloodline 'does not do things in hot blood'. Live bait will motivate him to move faster and hopefully make more errors]].



** By ''Princeps Fury'' the Cursors have a pool on who will be the victor when Lord Aquitaine and Lady Aquitaine inevitably turn on each other. [[spoiler:Araris gets in on it and notes he bet on Lady Aquitaine]].

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** By ''Princeps Fury'' the Cursors have a pool on who will be the victor when Lord Aquitaine and Lady Aquitaine inevitably turn on each other. [[spoiler:Araris [[spoiler: Araris gets in on it and notes he bet on Lady Aquitaine]].



* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: Alera is saved from the Vord and has crafted a new Alliance with all of its former enemies. Tavi takes the throne with his newly wedded wife Kitai and their son Desiderius and already has set plans into motion regarding the reconstruction of Alera, to make it stronger than ever before. However, nearly half of the Aleran people were killed in the war. Weather patterns are thrown into flux by the eruptions of Mount Kalus and the volcano Gaius created beneath Alera Imperia, along with the icy weather Tavi brought down from the north for his ship-sleds. The great fury Alera's death will cause more chaos: furycrafting may become unpredictable, wild furies will become more prevalent, random surges of plant growth and death will occur, and the weather will become even more turbulent. Also, the Vord still control Canea, having killed most of the population - Tavi and crew were only in time to save about sixty thousand Canim - and will spend the next few centuries fortifying and consolidating the continent. They will be ready to attack Alera again within two hundred years, and Alera ''needs'' to be ready to meet them.]]

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* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: Alera is saved from the Vord and has crafted a new Alliance with all of its former enemies. Tavi takes the throne with his newly wedded wife Kitai and their son Desiderius and already has set plans into motion regarding the reconstruction of Alera, to make it stronger than ever before. However, nearly half of the Aleran people were killed in the war. Weather patterns are thrown into flux by the eruptions of Mount Kalus and the volcano Gaius created beneath Alera Imperia, along with the icy weather Tavi brought down from the north for his ship-sleds. The great fury Alera's death will cause more chaos: furycrafting may become unpredictable, wild furies will become more prevalent, random surges of plant growth and death will occur, and the weather will become even more turbulent. Also, the Vord still control Canea, having killed most of the population - Tavi and crew were only in time to save about sixty thousand Canim - and will spend the next few centuries fortifying and consolidating the continent. They will be ready to attack Alera again within two hundred years, and Alera ''needs'' to be ready to meet them. On the other hand, the Vord controlling Canea does provide sufficient motive for the peoples of Carna to maintain their EnemyMine situation, which Tavi fully intends to leverage as much as possible.]]



* BlackSwordsAreBetter: Pirellus, known as Pirellus of the Black Blade, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin wields a sword with a black blade]]. He is a reknowned swordsman and is the first person to match Aldrick ex Gladius with a blade since the latter's famous duel with Araris Valerian. [[spoiler:Unfortunately, despite Pirellus' skill, [[SubvertedTrope he is defeated and killed by Aldrick]].]]
* BlatantLies: After deliberately breaking his own leg, Tavi calmly explains that the cart horse spooked and ran him over, while a large forge hammer is lying next to him. With the horse asleep, right there, and snoring.

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* BlackSwordsAreBetter: Pirellus, known as Pirellus of the Black Blade, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin wields a sword with a black blade]]. He is a reknowned renowned swordsman and is the first person to match Aldrick ex Gladius with a blade since the latter's famous duel with Araris Valerian. [[spoiler:Unfortunately, despite Pirellus' skill, [[SubvertedTrope he is defeated and killed by Aldrick]].]]
* BlatantLies: After deliberately breaking his own leg, Tavi calmly explains that the cart horse spooked and ran him over, while a large forge hammer is lying next to him. With the horse asleep, right there, and there. And snoring.



* BokeAndTsukkomiRoutine: This is what scenes involving High Lords Antillus and Phrygius turn into. [[BoisterousBruiser Antillus]] says something dim-witted or [[CaptainObvious obvious]], [[DeadpanSnarker Phrygius]] makes fun of him for being an idiot. [[VitriolicBestBuds They are best friends]]. The whole setup is only made funnier by the fact that both lords are in their late fifties, members of the absolutely highest social and political echelon of Aleran society and powerful enough furycrafters to level cities on their lonesome.

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* BokeAndTsukkomiRoutine: This is what scenes involving High Lords Antillus and Phrygius turn into. [[BoisterousBruiser Antillus]] says something dim-witted or [[CaptainObvious obvious]], [[DeadpanSnarker Phrygius]] makes fun of him for being an idiot. [[VitriolicBestBuds They are best friends]]. The whole setup is only made funnier by the fact that both lords are in their late forties/early fifties, members of the absolutely highest social and political echelon of Aleran society and powerful enough furycrafters to level cities on their lonesome.



* BreakingSpeech: The Vord Queen [[spoiler:uses watercrafting to send a message to all of Alera, telling them the futility of this war, of how unconquerable the Vord are, and that they need not die fighting this war. She will give any who wish it amnesty if they come to her lands. The only condition is they cannot have any more children]]. It nearly works and even gets to Tavi's men.

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* BreakingSpeech: The Vord Queen [[spoiler:uses watercrafting to send a message to all of Alera, telling them the futility of this war, of how unconquerable the Vord are, and that they need not die fighting this war. She will give any who wish it amnesty if they come to her lands. The only condition is they cannot have any more children]]. It nearly works and even gets to Tavi's men. Then Varg [[LargeHam responds.]] And not many moments later, Tavi ripostes.



* ButForMeItWasTuesday: Princeps Septimus was known among the Citizenry as going against the flow and would get involved personally to deal with squabbles. Invidia mentions that these scuffles were not really remembered by Septimus himself, but those he did insult and whose ire he got, remembered and hated him all the more.

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* ButForMeItWasTuesday: Princeps Septimus was known among the Citizenry as for going against the flow and would get involved personally to deal with squabbles. Invidia mentions that these scuffles were not really remembered by Septimus himself, but those he did insult and whose ire he got, aroused, remembered and hated him all the more.



* CanisLatinicus: All the Aleran names are this, bearing next to no resemblance to actual Roman naming practices. Gaius Primus, Secundus, etc look ridiculous in a Roman context, and married women apparently take their husband's family name (Romans didn't) without changing it to a feminine form (for example, Aquitaina Invidia would be more correct). Yes, there's been linguistic divergence, but to someone who knows Latin it just looks ''wrong''.

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* CanisLatinicus: All the Aleran names are this, bearing next to no resemblance to actual Roman naming practices. Gaius Primus, Secundus, etc look ridiculous in a Roman context, and married women apparently take their husband's family name (Romans didn't) without changing it to a feminine form (for example, Aquitaina Invidia would be more correct). Yes, okay, there's been a millennium or two of linguistic divergence, but to someone who knows Latin it just looks ''wrong''.



* CantKillYouStillNeedYou: Fidelias is aware of this, [[InvokedTrope which is why he feels safe reporting failure to Lord Aquitaine]]. He is too valuable a tool to be thrown away carelessly, so he knows that he will not be killed until his failures outnumber his sucesses. [[spoiler:This is keeps him alive when Tavi discovers that Valiar Marcus is really the traitor Fidelias.]]

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* CantKillYouStillNeedYou: Fidelias is aware of this, [[InvokedTrope which is why he feels safe reporting failure to Lord Aquitaine]]. He is too valuable a tool to be thrown away carelessly, so he knows that he will not be killed until his failures outnumber his sucesses. [[spoiler:This is also keeps him alive when Tavi discovers that Valiar Marcus is really the traitor Fidelias.Fidelias, though Tavi needs to be convinced that he does still need him.]]



'''Tavi:''' I can't tell you how glad I am that you're here to tell me that.

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'''Tavi:''' [[DeadpanSnarker I can't tell you how glad I am that you're here to tell me that.]]



** The Grey Tower is supposedly impregnable. Tavi breaks two characters out of it, the first with only a couple hours' preparation, the second after the prison's defenses had been redesigned ''by Tavi himself''. [[note]]No, Tavi did not deliberately leave a weakness in the defenses in case he ever needed to stage another jailbreak.[[/note]]
** Any non-TailorMadePrison usually turns out to be this to crafters. This nearly bites the Canim leader Laharl in the tail because his range has had little contact with Alerans, and he believes that the stories of what they can do are myths and exaggerations purported by Varg's range (Narash), and doesn't believe that they can do anything Canim magic can't. Canish magic can't make a person fly, so his prison for Tavi and his crew, which includes one flight-capable windcrafter? Being stuck on an open roof with no way down.

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** The Grey Tower is supposedly impregnable. Tavi breaks two characters out of it, the first with only a couple hours' preparation, the second after the prison's defenses had been redesigned ''by Tavi himself''. [[note]]No, [[note]] And no, Tavi did not deliberately leave a weakness in the defenses in case he ever needed to stage another jailbreak.[[/note]]
** Any non-TailorMadePrison usually turns out to be this to crafters. This nearly bites the Canim leader Laharl Lararl in the tail because his range has had little contact with Alerans, and he believes that the stories of what they can do are myths and exaggerations purported set out by Varg's range (Narash), and doesn't believe that they can do anything Canim magic can't. Canish magic can't make a person fly, so his prison for Tavi and his crew, which includes one flight-capable windcrafter? Being stuck on an open roof with no way down.



* CharacterizationMarchesOn: When Isana and Fade first interacted, she was unsure if he could truly understand her simple instructons due to his mental disability. [[spoiler: Later scenes in the same book would reveal that she was privy to [[ObfuscatingStupidity his true identity]] the entire time]]. Possibly justified by Fade acting his role so long and so well that Isana suspects he's really lost it.

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* CharacterizationMarchesOn: When Isana and Fade first interacted, she was unsure if he could truly understand her simple instructons instructions due to his mental disability. [[spoiler: Later scenes in the same book would reveal that she was privy to [[ObfuscatingStupidity his true identity]] the entire time]]. Possibly justified by Fade acting playing his role so long and so well that Isana suspects he's really lost it.it, or due to Butcher simply trying to hide TheReveal.



** In ''First Lord's Fury'' Fidelias remembers as part of his Cursor training developing the skill to sneak up behind a person in absolute silence and be able to stab them in the neck at the top of the spine, a guarantee one-hit kill even on a powerful Citizen. [[spoiler:Amara does this exact technique to finally kill Invidia using a stone weapon, as her Metalcrafting would have noticed anything metal]].

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** In ''First Lord's Fury'' Fidelias remembers as part of his Cursor training developing the skill to sneak up behind a person in absolute silence and be able to stab them in the neck at the top of the spine, a guarantee one-hit kill even on a powerful Citizen. [[spoiler:Amara does uses this exact technique to finally kill Invidia using a stone weapon, as her Metalcrafting would have noticed anything metal]].



* TheChessmaster: Both Aquitaines, Doroga, and the Vord Queen. Kalarus attempts to be, but [[spoiler: Gaius is better at it]].

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* TheChessmaster: Both Aquitaines, Doroga, and the Vord Queen. Kalarus attempts to be, be this, but [[spoiler: Gaius is better at it]].it.



* CouldHaveAvoidedThisPlot: As time goes on, multiple characters (even those loyal to the First Lord) point out that Gaius could have prevented a lot of the scheming amongst the High Lords by fathering another child after the death of Septimus, or at least designating an heir from one of the nobility. It would not have solved ''everything'', [[spoiler: especially once the reader learns that some of the High Lords ''created'' the problem in the first place by assasinating Septimus]], but it would have resolved the most public crisis of a disputed succession. [[spoiler: It later becomes obvious that Sextus has known about his grandson all along and deliberately avoided begetting a son who might challenge Tavi's right to succession.]]

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* CouldHaveAvoidedThisPlot: As time goes on, multiple characters (even those loyal to the First Lord) point out that Gaius could have prevented a lot of the scheming amongst the High Lords by fathering another child after the death of Septimus, or at least designating an heir from one of the nobility. It would not have solved ''everything'', [[spoiler: especially once the reader learns that some of the High Lords ''created'' the problem in the first place by assasinating assassinating Septimus]], but it would have resolved the most public crisis of a disputed succession. [[spoiler: It later becomes obvious that Sextus has known about his grandson all along and deliberately avoided begetting a son who might challenge Tavi's right to succession.]]



* DefiantToTheEnd: When [[spoiler: Invidia]] has Amara and Bernard at swordpoint, but seems willing to talk for at least a little while, Amara [[GetItOverWith tells her to quit stalling]] and explains that she is just pitiful and pathetic, whose actions have no justification or excuse. When [[spoiler:Invidia]] increduously asks Amara who she thinks she is to talk like that, Amara points out that she is somebody who is willing to give her own life in the service to others, while [[spoiler:Invidia]] is nothing but a traitor and coward who will get neither sympathy nor last-minute forgiveness from her.

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* DefiantToTheEnd: When [[spoiler: Invidia]] has Amara and Bernard at swordpoint, but seems willing to talk for at least a little while, Amara [[GetItOverWith tells her to quit stalling]] and explains that she is just pitiful and pathetic, whose actions have no justification or excuse. When [[spoiler:Invidia]] increduously incredulously asks Amara who she thinks she is to talk like that, Amara points out that she is somebody who is willing to give her own life in the service to others, while [[spoiler:Invidia]] is nothing but a traitor and coward who will get neither sympathy nor last-minute forgiveness from her.



* DeliberateValuesDissonance: Slavery, torture, and genocide of nonhuman species are all accepted in Aleran society, remnants of their Roman ancestry. Women are also stuck in a second-class status, but the patriarchy has weakened slightly due to their ability to gain Citizenship by proving their martial abilities.

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* DeliberateValuesDissonance: Slavery, torture, and genocide of nonhuman species are all accepted in Aleran society, remnants of their Roman ancestry.ancestry, though there is an increasingly influential abolitionist lobby in the form of the Dianic League. Women are also stuck in a second-class status, but the patriarchy has weakened slightly due to their ability to gain Citizenship by proving their martial abilities.



* DiagnosisFromDrBadass: [[spoiler:Attis']] calm and exact description of exactly what [[spoiler:getting filleted by Invidia]] did to his insides.

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* DiagnosisFromDrBadass: [[spoiler:Attis']] calm and exact description of exactly what [[spoiler:getting filleted by Invidia]] [[BodyHorror did to his insides.]]



** The first novel has some [[DownplayedTrope slightly different worldbuilding]] than the following books. Steadholders are apparently not "full" citizens, with limited rights and authority off of their Steadholts, whereas the following books treat the office of Steadholder as full citizenship. Furies are also universally accepted as independent creatures, whereas the second novel introduces opposing theories regarding their true nature.
** The first book says that most people only have one fury, though some can summon two. The rest of the series has no such restriction and [[spoiler: eventually Tavi gets power to use all elements, though not in great strength.]]

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** The first novel has some [[DownplayedTrope slightly different worldbuilding]] than the following books. Steadholders are apparently not "full" citizens, with limited rights and authority off of their Steadholts, whereas the following books treat the office of Steadholder as full citizenship. Furies are also universally accepted as independent creatures, whereas the second novel introduces opposing theories regarding their true nature.
nature - though [[JustifiedTrope since the 'independent creature' theory is generally held out on the frontiers, of which Calderon is one, this is perhaps unsurprising.]]
** The first book says that most people only have one fury, though some can summon two. The rest of the series has no such restriction and [[spoiler: eventually Tavi gets power to use all elements, though not in great strength.]]strength]] - though, again, summoning multiple furies is generally rare and a sign of an aristocratic background, and aristocrats are (aside from the Aquitaines) only really seen from the end of the first book onwards.



** [[ExtraOreDinary Metalcrafting]] (Knights Ferrous): ImplausibleFencingPowers and the ability to sense nearby metal; additionally, it can be used to artificially repress emotion and pain to turn the user into an ImplacableMan. The most powerful and skilled metalcrafters can [[ChromeChampion incorporate metal into their skin]] to protect themselves. Finally, [[BoringButPractical their sense of metal and ability to manipulate it's hardness make them amazing blacksmiths]].

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** [[ExtraOreDinary Metalcrafting]] (Knights Ferrous): Ferrus): ImplausibleFencingPowers and the ability to sense nearby metal; additionally, it can be used to artificially repress emotion and pain to turn the user into an ImplacableMan. The most powerful and skilled metalcrafters can [[ChromeChampion incorporate metal into their skin]] to protect themselves. Finally, [[BoringButPractical their sense of metal and ability to manipulate it's hardness make them amazing blacksmiths]].



** Earthcrafting can inspire feelings of calmness or excitement, including lust. It is used to either entice a person to sexual levels, like ladies in a brothel will use on soldiers, or calm wild animals to tame them. It can also be used when one is not in direct line-of-sight to the target.

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** Earthcrafting can inspire feelings of calmness or excitement, including lust. It is used to either entice a person to sexual levels, seduce someone, like ladies in a brothel will use on soldiers, or calm wild animals to tame them. It can also be used when one is not in direct line-of-sight to the target.



** Alerans, the Marat, and the Canim join forces to stop the Vord, with an armistice with the Icemen at the same time.

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** Alerans, the Marat, and the Canim join forces to stop the Vord, with an armistice with the Icemen at the same time. The epilogue has Tavi note that he fully intends to leverage the continued existence of a Vord Queen in Canea to maintain this alliance.



** Aquitainus Attis' first scene has him emphasize that AdHominem "is a notoriously weak logical argument. And is usually used to distract the focus of a discussion--to move it from an indefensible point and to attack the opponent." Though he is drunk and watching a slave girl dance seductively, and is being subtly manipulated by those around him, it shows that he is level-headed enough to not ignore credible evidence, or to act without considering all the implications.

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** Aquitainus Attis' first scene has him emphasize that AdHominem "is a notoriously weak logical argument. And is usually used to distract the focus of a discussion--to move it from an indefensible point and to attack the opponent." Though he is drunk and watching a slave girl dance seductively, and is being subtly manipulated by those around him, it shows that he is level-headed enough to not ignore credible evidence, or to act without considering all the implications.implications, and [[ObfuscatingStupidity he's a lot smarter than he pretends to be.]]



* ExpectingSomeoneTaller: Amara uses the standard line to subtly insult Pirellus of the Black Blade, Knight Commander of Garrison. When she first encounters Pirellus he is completely naked, having just been roused from a bath, and she mentions that she thought he would be taller after looking him up and down, during which she lets her gaze linger "significantly".

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* ExpectingSomeoneTaller: Amara uses the standard line to subtly insult Pirellus of the Black Blade, Knight Commander of Garrison. When she first encounters Pirellus he is completely naked, having just been roused from a bath, and she mentions that she thought he would be taller be... ''taller'' after looking him up and down, during which she lets her gaze linger "significantly".



** Aldrick ex Gladius often serves as TheDragon for whichever character is currently in control, and not as a clear antagonist on his own, but he is legendary throughout Alera for his famed skill with the sword. His duel with Araris Valerian, ''also'' legendary because of his skill, is still being talked about ''fifteen years later''. To hear Araris tell it:

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** Aldrick ex Gladius often serves as TheDragon for whichever character is currently in control, and not as a clear antagonist on his own, but he is legendary throughout Alera for his famed skill with the a sword. His duel with Araris Valerian, ''also'' legendary because of his skill, is still being talked about ''fifteen years later''. To hear Araris tell it:



** The social classes of Alera are: Slaves, freemen, Citizens, and Lords/Ladies, with several different ranks of nobility somewhere at the level of Citizens and higher. There is a strong but not perfect correlation between strength in furycrafting and social rank, and strength in furycrafting is at least partially heritable, so while many characters have moved their way up in rank over their lives, the caste one is born into is still very determinative.

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** The social classes of Alera are: Slaves, freemen, Freemen, Citizens, and Lords/Ladies, with several different ranks of nobility somewhere at the level of Citizens and higher. There is a strong but not perfect correlation between strength in furycrafting and social rank, and strength in furycrafting is at least partially heritable, heritable ([[spoiler: until Tavi is implied to alter it at the end so it can be earned]]), so while many characters have moved their way up in rank over their lives, the caste one is born into is still very determinative.



* FunnyBackgroundEvent: At one point in Princeps Fury Tavi needs to have a private conversation, and Max starts berating his Taurga as a distraction. When the conversation finishes, he's still going at it. [[MoodWhiplash "And not even SHE would do that with YOU, no matter how much gold or how many burlap sacks were involved."]]

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* FunnyBackgroundEvent: At one point in Princeps Fury ''Princeps Fury'' Tavi needs to have a private conversation, and Max starts berating his Taurga as a distraction. When the conversation finishes, he's still going at it. [[MoodWhiplash "And not even SHE would do that with YOU, no matter how much gold or how many burlap sacks were involved."]]
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* StarCrossedLovers: Towards the end of ''Furies of Calderon'', [[spoiler: after most of the story had established that Heddy had been raped by Bittan, it is revealed that Heddy had actually been having ''consensual'' sex with Aric, Bittan's brother. Aric's father, Kord, was an abusive, violent, lecherous bully, and Heddy's father, Warner, knew all too well what Kord was like, so both partners had to keep their relationship secret from their families.]]

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* StarCrossedLovers: Towards the end of ''Furies of Calderon'', [[spoiler: after most of the story had established that Heddy had been raped by Bittan, it is revealed that Heddy had actually been having ''consensual'' sex with Aric, Bittan's brother. Aric's father, Kord, was an abusive, violent, lecherous bully, and Heddy's father, Warner, knew all too well what Kord was like, so both partners had to keep their relationship secret from their families. Aric and Bittan are married by ''Academ's Fury''...[[BackForTheDead but then Aric is Taken by the Vord]].]]
28th Oct '17 2:34:47 PM Malady
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* SadisticChoice: When the Vord Queen studies people [[EvilCannotComprehendGood to try and understand their thoughts and motivations]], she orders a mother to hand over her infant son. The mother looks to [[spoiler: Invidia]] and asks for help, but she tells her that she has another child that she can protect by handing over the baby as ordered.

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* SadisticChoice: When the Vord Queen studies people [[EvilCannotComprehendGood to try and understand their thoughts and motivations]], she orders a mother to hand over her infant son. The mother looks to [[spoiler: Invidia]] [[spoiler:Invidia]] and asks for help, but she tells her that she has another child that she can protect by handing over the baby as ordered.ordered.
* SaltSolution: Wind furies, and by extension, windcrafters, are adversely affected by salt, as it's a type of earth.



** For Windcrafting, earth, mud, dust, and salt are common things which can be the bane of their wind streams that give them flight. [[spoiler:At Tavi's suggestion, Bernard weaponizes the salt by making a salt-tipped arrowhead, which will disperse the salt and damage any windcrafting]].

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** For Windcrafting, earth, mud, dust, and salt {{salt|Solution}} are common things which can be the bane of their wind streams that give them flight. [[spoiler:At Tavi's suggestion, Bernard weaponizes the salt by making a salt-tipped arrowhead, which will disperse the salt and damage any windcrafting]].



** [[spoiler: Crassus is furious when he learns that Tavi know his mother, High Lady Dorotea, was alive, but kept it a secret from him. Even during the epilogue there's still a lot of bad blood between them, and Crassus refuses to attend Tavi and Kitai's wedding.]]

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** [[spoiler: Crassus [[spoiler:Crassus is furious when he learns that Tavi know knew his mother, High Lady Dorotea, was alive, but kept it a secret from him. Even during the epilogue there's still a lot of bad blood between them, and Crassus refuses to attend Tavi and Kitai's wedding.]]
25th Oct '17 1:13:57 PM Ramidel
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* BedTrick: When using watercrafting to disguise himself as Gaius Sextus, Max has to deal with the First Lord's suspicious wife. He does so by hitting her with enough sexual earthcraft to scramble her brains. Gaius was less than amused when he learned what had happened.
25th Oct '17 12:52:37 PM Ramidel
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** Aldrick repeatedly dismisses his opponents by saying, "...but you aren't Araris." [[spoiler: No prizes for guessing who he ends up meeting again in battle.]]
15th Oct '17 5:00:06 AM Ea4g
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** Tavi and Kitai [[spoiler: brought the new Vord Queen into the world, so naturally they were responsible for taking her out.]]
10th Oct '17 5:57:49 PM nombretomado
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A high fantasy/intrigue series written by JimButcher (of ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' fame), the Codex Alera is set in a world that is populated by the descendants of the [[LostRomanLegion IX Roman Legion]] (according to the WordOfGod). They have carved out a massive empire led by the "First Lord" and they all have magic--specifically, they all bond with one or more "furies", elementals of air, water, fire, earth, wood or metal. Those who control enough furies can become Citizens, with increased privileges and obligations above the common freeman, but everyone has at least one fury. Well, everyone save [[UnSorcerer one]].

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A high fantasy/intrigue series written by JimButcher Creator/JimButcher (of ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' fame), the Codex Alera is set in a world that is populated by the descendants of the [[LostRomanLegion IX Roman Legion]] (according to the WordOfGod). They have carved out a massive empire led by the "First Lord" and they all have magic--specifically, they all bond with one or more "furies", elementals of air, water, fire, earth, wood or metal. Those who control enough furies can become Citizens, with increased privileges and obligations above the common freeman, but everyone has at least one fury. Well, everyone save [[UnSorcerer one]].
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