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* GoodPeopleHaveGoodSex: The series's main couples (Tavi and Kitai, Amara and Bernard) get it on explicitly, frequently, and enthusiastically. That is, if they aren't interrupted moments before they can actually do it. The morally-ambiguous Gaius has trouble "rising to the occasion," and the Kalares generally have to resort to drugs and mind-control. And that's assuming Lady Placida's little quip about the elder Kalare being impotent isn't just idle banter.

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* GoodPeopleHaveGoodSex: The series's main couples (Tavi and Kitai, Amara and Bernard) get it on explicitly, frequently, and enthusiastically. That is, if they aren't interrupted moments before they can actually do it. The morally-ambiguous Gaius has trouble "rising Not to say the occasion," antagonists and evil types don't have good sex: Invidia [[spoiler:with many people, including Fidelias]], High Lord Aquitainus Attis, Caria [[spoiler:with Attis, at least]], and Aldrick and Odiana all have good sex. On the Kalares generally other hand, the Kalarans--the slavers--generally have to resort to drugs and mind-control. And that's assuming Lady Placida's little quip about the elder Kalare being impotent isn't just idle banter. But the protagonist couples are guaranteed satisfying endings--assuming they get the time.
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** When the gates to Garrison are breached by the Marat horde, Pirellus of the Black Blade orders Amara to have the remaining ''legionare''s regroup on the top of the walls to prevent more Marat from scaling the fortificaions. When Amara asks him who will hold the gate, he responds that ''he'' will, and proceeds to do so. Singlehandedly. Against ''[[TheHorde the entire horde.]]''

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** When the gates to Garrison are breached by the Marat horde, Pirellus of the Black Blade orders Amara to have the remaining ''legionare''s ''legionare'''s regroup on the top of the walls to prevent more Marat from scaling the fortificaions. When Amara asks him who will hold the gate, he responds that ''he'' will, and proceeds to do so. Singlehandedly. Against ''[[TheHorde the entire horde.]]''



* OurOrcsAreDifferent: Like the Marat's correlation with Wood Elves, the Canim bear all the hallmarks of a Blizzard-style orc--except for green skin. Prior to ''Princeps' Fury,'' the Icemen are essentially arctic-flavored Tolkien Orcs (for what little exposure they get).
* OutsideContextVillain: The Vord, especially to Canea.

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* OurOrcsAreDifferent: Like the Marat's correlation with Wood Elves, the Canim bear all the hallmarks of a Blizzard-style orc--except for green skin. Prior to ''Princeps' Fury,'' the Icemen are essentially arctic-flavored Tolkien Orcs (for what little exposure they get).
* OutsideContextVillain: The Vord, especially to Canea. which do not behave like any of the other species which inhabit the world of Carna and have been encountered only in vague legends of the Marat.



** In ''Cursor's Fury'', Amara and Lady Aquitaine (With their respective associates) work together for their later half of the novel, with everybody aware that an inevitable betrayal is coming. [[spoiler: Lady Aquitaine switches identities with Odiana for the betrayal, but is then surprised when Amara's associates ''also'' switch identities, giving her the final advantage.]]

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** In ''Cursor's Fury'', Amara and Lady Aquitaine (With their respective associates) work together for their later the latter half of the novel, with everybody aware that an inevitable betrayal is coming. [[spoiler: Lady Aquitaine switches identities with Odiana for the betrayal, but is then surprised when Amara's associates ''also'' switch identities, giving her the final advantage.]]



* OutgrownSuchSillySuperstitions: The Alerans speak with scorn of the ancient Roman traditions of praying to "gods" and trying to tell the future by scattering animal entrails. Some doubt that these practices ever occurred at all. Considering the fact that the Great Furies like Kalare and Garados are at least as powerful as the Olympean gods, and have a '''far''' more palpable influence on the world, it's not really that surprising that religion as we know it fell by the wayside.

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* OutgrownSuchSillySuperstitions: The Alerans speak with scorn of the ancient Roman traditions of praying to "gods" and trying to tell the future by scattering animal entrails. Some doubt that these practices ever occurred at all. Considering the fact that the Great Furies like Kalare and Garados are at least as powerful as the Olympean Olympian gods, and have a '''far''' more palpable influence on the world, it's it is not really that surprising that religion as we know it fell by the wayside.



* PsychoForHire: Phrygiar Navaris.
* PunchClockVillain: Though some of Senator Arnos' ''singulares'' are the among most notorious murderers and thugs in Alera, others are instead famed for their past heroic rescues of kidnapped women and protection of Citizens from assassination. They currently have no agenda or stake in the senator's schemes, they are simply here because they have been hired for a job.

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* PsychoForHire: Phrygiar Navaris.
Navaris is a cutter (assassin) whose insanity is felt by every watercrafter who comes near her.
* PunchClockVillain: Though some of Senator Arnos' ''singulares'' are the among the most notorious murderers and thugs in Alera, others are instead famed for their past heroic rescues of kidnapped women and protection of Citizens from assassination. They currently have no agenda or stake in the senator's schemes, they are simply here because they have been hired for a job.



* RedShirt: Tons of people without names die, from legionaries to civilians. Even the palace's own Royal Guard can be rendered to this [[spoiler:as they desperately try to hold off a surprise attack by Taken Canim within ''Academ's Fury'']].
* RefugeInAudacity:
** In ''Academ's Fury''
*** When Tavi meets Varg for the first time, the wolfman ambassador is demanding to see Gaius, who cannot see anyone at the moment. How does the Aleran with no furycrafting stop a 9ft tall beast? He gets Varg to lean in close and pulls a knife on the Cane, threatening a mutual kill if Varg doesn't back off and go away. Varg is impressed.
*** Tavi needs to get Kitai to [[spoiler:the citadel to help protect Gaius from some Taken Cane. When the second set of guards see Kitai, Tavi stops them from killing her by claiming she is the Ambassador of the Marat. It works and they get in]].
** In ''Captain's Fury'' to help those fighting in a slave rebellion, Tavi suggests a plea deal that would grant amnesty if they provide crucial help to the country and Crown. The wording [[spoiler:also covers his own actions as he broke many laws to protect his family]].
* RememberThatYouTrustMe: Inverted when [[spoiler:Gaius meets with Fidelias, Gaius gives him back the Cursor coin and turns his back to the man who betrayed him, signifying he does trust the traitor at least this much]].

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* RedShirt: Tons of people without names die, from legionaries to civilians. Even the palace's own Royal Guard can be rendered to this [[spoiler:as they desperately try to hold off a surprise attack by Taken Canim within ''Academ's Fury'']].
civilians, as situations spiral out of control.
* RefugeInAudacity:
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RefugeInAudacity: In ''Academ's Fury''
***
Fury'':
**
When Tavi meets Varg for the first time, the wolfman ambassador is demanding to see Gaius, who cannot see anyone at the moment. How does the Aleran with no furycrafting stop a 9ft tall beast? He gets Varg to lean in close and pulls a knife on the Cane, threatening a mutual kill if Varg doesn't back off and go away. Varg is impressed.
*** ** Tavi needs to get Kitai to [[spoiler:the citadel to help protect Gaius from some Taken Cane. When the second set of guards see Kitai, Tavi stops them from killing her by claiming she is the Ambassador of the Marat. It works and they get in]].
** In ''Captain's Fury'' to help those fighting in a slave rebellion, Tavi suggests a plea deal that would grant amnesty if they provide crucial help to the country and Crown. The wording [[spoiler:also covers his own actions as he broke many laws to protect his family]].
* RememberThatYouTrustMe: Inverted when [[spoiler:Gaius meets with Fidelias, Gaius gives him back the Cursor coin and turns his back to the man who betrayed him, signifying he does trust the traitor at least this much]].
in]].



** Nedus from ''Academ's Fury'', a retired Knight Captain trying to help Isana get in contact with the First Lord while protecting her from her political enemies. He is the sword master who trained most of the expert swordsmen of the current generation, including Araris Valerian and Sir Miles. [[spoiler:He proves his {{BadAss}}ness as he defends Isana from assassins. There are three armed with swords, and he manages to kill two of them, but killing the second opens him up for the third to stab him fatally. [[TakingYouWithMe He proceeds to grab his killer and take him out by stabbing him through the mouth before expiring]].]]

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** Nedus from ''Academ's Fury'', a retired Knight Captain trying to help Isana get in contact with the First Lord while protecting her from her political enemies. He is the sword master who trained most of the expert swordsmen of the current generation, including Araris Valerian and Sir Miles. [[spoiler:He proves his {{BadAss}}ness as he defends Isana from assassins. There are three cutters armed with swords, and he manages to kill two of them, but killing the second opens him up for the third to stab him fatally. [[TakingYouWithMe He proceeds to grab his killer and take him out by stabbing him through the mouth before expiring]].]]



* RiddleForTheAges: When Aldrick ex Galdius explains to Fidelias why it is that he hates Gaius Sextus, Fidelias claims that there is something more that Aldrick is not telling him. Aldrick admits that there ''is'' something more, but refuses to say what. Though later books do delve into Aldrick's history, including how he and Odiana became a couple and [[spoiler:his relationship with Princeps Septimus]], the series never does explain just what it is that makes Aldrick ''really'' hate Gaius.
** Aldrick does say that Gaius is responsible for the deaths of his family but doesn't explain the how or why.

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* RiddleForTheAges: When Aldrick ex Galdius explains to Fidelias why it is that he hates Gaius Sextus, Fidelias claims that there is something more that Aldrick is not telling him. Aldrick admits that there ''is'' something more, but refuses to say what. Though later books do delve into Aldrick's history, including how he and Odiana became a couple and [[spoiler:his his relationship with Princeps Septimus]], Septimus, the series never does explain just what it is that makes Aldrick ''really'' hate Gaius.
** Aldrick does say that Gaius is responsible for the deaths of his family but doesn't explain the how or why.
Gaius.



* SanityHasAdvantages: [[spoiler:Navaris may be a swordsman on par with Araris, but her AxCrazy nature ultimately leads to her death at Tavi's hands.]]
* SchizoTech: Thanks to Tavi's findings, Bernard combines a simple but magical tool with [[spoiler:Roman-designed catapults. The tools are small glass spheres with a weak fire fury inside. Not a lot of bang alone, but load two to three hundred into the catapult's bucket and one had a powerful blast on par with a High Lord. Combine with their easy production, one person of decent firecrafting skill can make one sphere in a half hour, results in Bernard and Tavi forever changing Aleran warfare by giving the commoner a true chance against even a High Lord's power]].

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* SanityHasAdvantages: [[spoiler:Navaris Phrygiar Navaris may be a swordsman on par with Araris, but her AxCrazy nature ultimately leads to her [[spoiler:her death at Tavi's hands.]]
* SchizoTech: Thanks to Tavi's findings, Bernard combines a simple but magical tool with [[spoiler:Roman-designed catapults. The tools are small glass spheres with a weak fire fury inside. Not a lot of bang alone, but load two to three hundred into the catapult's bucket and one had a powerful blast on par with a High Lord. Combine with their easy production, one person of decent firecrafting skill can make one sphere in a half hour, results in Bernard and Tavi forever changing Aleran warfare by giving the commoner a true chance against even a High Lord's power]].
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** Centurion Giraldi was stationed at Garrison since before the the first novel; he remains there for several years and serves as Bernards primary subordinate for numerous battles. He was offered a promotion to officer after Second Calderon, but turned it down; as he explained, he had spent so much of his life making fun of the officers of the Legion that he could not very well join them ''now.''

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** Centurion Giraldi was stationed at Garrison since before the the first novel; he remains there for several years and serves as Bernards Bernard's primary subordinate for numerous battles. He was offered a promotion to officer after Second Calderon, but turned it down; as he explained, he had spent so much of his life making fun of the officers of the Legion that he could not very well join them ''now.''



* ShadesOfConflict: The characters have to make some interesting ethical decisions over the course of the series. The Vord border on BlueAndOrangeMorality: [[spoiler:the queen in ''Academ's Fury'' cannot comprehend the idea of TakingYouWithMe. She has an intellectual understanding, but is entirely incapable of wrapping her mind around the idea.]]



* ShootTheDog: See LoadBearingBoss, above.

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* ShootTheDog: See LoadBearingBoss, above.In the climax of ''Captain's Fury'', [[spoiler:Gaius Sextus releases the Great Fury within Mount Kalus, erupting the volcano. This destroys the entire city and much of the surrounding countryside, killing hundreds of thousands, but Gaius explained that if Kalare was allowed to unleash Kalus on his own whim at the end of the campaign, the city would have been filled with even more refugees and soldiers, doubling or tripling the death count.]]



** Placidus Aria and her husband Sandos are based on Aral and Cordelia from the ''Literature/VorkosiganSaga'' in both their appearance and personality.

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** Placidus Aria and her husband Sandos are based on Aral and Cordelia Vorkosigan from the ''Literature/VorkosiganSaga'' in both their appearance and personality.



** [[spoiler: Ultimately, the Vord War is decided by a single lunge between Tavi and the Vord Queen.]]

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** In the climax of ''First Lord's Fury'', [[spoiler: Ultimately, ultimately, the Vord War is decided by a single lunge between Tavi and the Vord Queen.]]



** [[spoiler:The Canim Occupying force frees the slaves in the territories they claimed and offered them a choice, stay in the occupied lands, learn to fight and defend themselves, or leave and likely be put back into slavery]].
** [[spoiler:First Lord Octavian signs into law the end of slavery in his first six months or so on the throne]].
* SlaveMooks: The Immortals are a group of people who were raised since childhood [[spoiler:wearing discipline collars and driven to be loyal to Kalarus. They tend to ignore any injury and continue on their orders]].

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** [[spoiler:The In ''Captain's Fury'' it is revealed that [[spoiler:the Canim Occupying occupying force frees has freed the Aleran slaves in the territories they claimed their territory and offered armed them a choice, stay in to form the occupied lands, learn to fight and defend themselves, or leave and likely be put back into slavery]].
Free Aleran Legion.]]
** In the epilogue at the end of ''First Lord's Fury'', [[spoiler:First Lord Octavian signs into law the end of slavery in his first six months or so on the throne]].
throughout Alera]].
* SlaveMooks: The Immortals are a group of people who were raised since childhood [[spoiler:wearing wearing discipline collars and driven to be loyal to Kalarus. They tend to ignore any injury and continue on their orders]].orders.



* SmugSnake: Senator Arnos (who was actually in the pay of genuine MagnificentBastard Lord Aquitaine) and Sarl. Also Kalarus Brencis Minoris.
* SolarPoweredMagnifyingGlass: The large, weaponized variety is used by Tavi in ''Cursor's Fury''.

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* SmugSnake: SmugSnake:
** High Lord Kalarus, though regarded by all his foes as competent and dangerous, is nonetheless held in contempt by the same foes, who see him only as a stepping stone before they kill each other in the ''real'' contest. His own arrogance blinds him to his own status and nature.
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Senator Arnos (who was actually in the pay of genuine MagnificentBastard Lord Aquitaine) and Sarl. Also Kalarus Brencis Minoris.
spends most of ''Cursor's Fury'' getting in the way of the Legions in their war with the Canim.
* SolarPoweredMagnifyingGlass: The large, weaponized variety is used by Tavi in In ''Cursor's Fury''.Fury'', in order to prove that he can firecraft (As part of an undercover identity) Tavi uses a small section of glass to light a fire. Later in the same book he uses the same concept writ large as a weapon.



* SpannerInTheWorks: Throughout ''Furies of Calderon'' Fade repeatedly saves Isana's life by tripping over people and spilling hot soup right at the critical moment. [[spoiler: [[ObfuscatingStupidity All on purpose]].]]

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* SpannerInTheWorks: SpannerInTheWorks:
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Throughout ''Furies of Calderon'' Fade repeatedly saves Isana's life by tripping over people and spilling hot soup right at the critical moment. [[spoiler: [[ObfuscatingStupidity All on purpose]].]]



* 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:
**
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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* MundaneMadeAwesome: In ''Cursor's Fury'', turning a lamp on and off.
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* SpreadingDisasterMapGraphic: Commanders use green-colored sand on their maps to represent the spread of the Vord.


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* MundaneMadeAwesome: In ''Cursor's Fury'', turning a lamp on and off.


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* SpreadingDisasterMapGraphic: Commanders use green-colored sand on their maps to represent the spread of the Vord.
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* MundaneMadeAwesome: At the end of ''Cursor's Fury'', you'll believe turning a lamp on and off can be awesome.



** [[spoiler: After most of ''Furies of Calderon'' 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.]]
** [[spoiler:SubvertedTrope, by the events of the second book, ''Academ's Fury''. The two have married and Aric now owns Kord's steadholt which has become prosperous under his watch. DoubleSubverted and ''extra''-star-crossed as the Vord arrived and made Taken out of almost everyone there, leaving the children of the steadholt and Heddy as the only survivors. Life brings the pair together, only to then split them apart with extreme prejudice.]]

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** [[spoiler: After most Towards the end of ''Furies of Calderon'' 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.]]
** [[spoiler:SubvertedTrope, by the events of the second book, ''Academ's Fury''. The two have married and Aric now owns Kord's steadholt which has become prosperous under his watch. DoubleSubverted and ''extra''-star-crossed as the Vord arrived and made Taken out of almost everyone there, leaving the children of the steadholt and Heddy as the only survivors. Life brings the pair together, only to then split them apart with extreme prejudice.
]]



** See one of the {{Meaningful Name}}s above. A character named Rook [[spoiler:switches places with a royal figure for the sake of maneuverability for her and protection for the royal. In other words, [[ChessMotifs Rook castles]].]]
** A metalcrafter subsumes pain and emotion by drawing the matrix of the metal into their mind. In other words, they steel themselves against it.

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** See one As part of the a {{Meaningful Name}}s above.Name}}. A character named Rook [[spoiler:switches places with a royal figure for the sake of maneuverability for her and protection for the royal. In other words, [[ChessMotifs Rook castles]].]]
** A metalcrafter subsumes Metalcrafters subsume pain and emotion by drawing the matrix of the metal into their mind. In other words, they steel themselves against it.



** When she is listening to Senator Valerius drone on at length in senate politics, Amara indulges in a fantasy of using her windcrafting to strangle him from where she is sitting in the auditorium. Just as she manages to break herself out of the temptation, Bernard leans over and asks her if she would be willing to strangle Valerius for him.



* StuffBlowingUp: Whenever firecrafters get involved.

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* StuffBlowingUp: Whenever firecrafters get involved.StuffBlowingUp:
** Firecrafters are the cannons of Aleran legions, and Knights Ignus and High Lords can make explosions ranging from personal to artillery sized detonations.
** In ''Cursor's Fury'', [[spoiler: Tavi arranges to detonate ''a town'' to stop a Canim assault through the liberal application of alcohol, lamp oil and distributed sawdust]].



* SuperReflexes / SuperSpeed: A primary combat ability for windcrafters. This also allows them to increase their own speed in a Flash-like manner. Later [[DeconstructedTrope deconstructed]] in that if the windcrafter tries to take it UpToEleven, their bodies can not keep up and/or they end up with torn muscles and broken bones.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: Khral is another Sarl, and Valerius from the sixth novel resembles Arnos in more than one way.

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* SuperReflexes / SuperReflexes: A primary combat ability for wind crafters, as drawing their wind fury within them extends their perceptions to allow them to react at heightened speeds.
*
SuperSpeed: A primary combat ability for windcrafters. This also wind crafters, as drawing their wind fury within them allows them to increase their own speed in a Flash-like manner.beyond human norms. Later [[DeconstructedTrope deconstructed]] in that if the windcrafter tries to take it UpToEleven, their bodies can not keep up and/or they end up with torn muscles and broken bones.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute:
** Sarl is an adversary for the second and third novels, and is replaced by
Khral is another Sarl, and in the sixth.
**
Valerius from the sixth novel resembles Arnos in more than one way.



** In ''Princep's Fury'' prisons for other crafters are seen. Firecrafters are put under running water. Earthcrafters and metalcraters are in wooden cages away from the earth and metal. Windcrafters are in stone boxes with a single air hole the size of a human thumb. Woodcrafters are in metal cages. They are also kept far from the wooden cages. Citizens require more complex combinations of these cages.

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** In ''Princep's Fury'' prisons for other crafters are seen. Firecrafters are put under running water. Earthcrafters and metalcraters are in wooden cages away from the earth and metal. Windcrafters are in stone boxes with a single air hole the size of a human thumb. Woodcrafters are in metal cages. They are also kept cages, far from the wooden cages. Citizens require more complex combinations of these cages.cages in order to counteract multiple aspects of furycrafting at once.



*** Tavi [[spoiler:planned to invoke this when he got his one-on-one meeting with the Vord Queen. He anticipated she would refuse his offer of peace and alliance and planned on killing her even at the cost of his own life. Thankfully Kitai knew him well-enough to plan in this action and act accordingly]].

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*** Tavi [[spoiler:planned to invoke [[spoiler:expected this as a final result when he got his one-on-one meeting with the Vord Queen. He anticipated she would refuse his offer of peace and alliance alliance, and planned on killing her even at the cost of his own life. Thankfully Kitai knew him well-enough to plan in predict this course of action and act accordingly]].



** [[spoiler: High Lady [[WickedStepmother Antillus Dorotea]]]] is fitted with a discipline collar and commanded to serve as a healer. [[spoiler: She]] asks people to simply call [[spoiler: her Dorotea]], as [[spoiler: her]] previous life is pretty much over, what with being considered a traitor to the Realm.

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** [[spoiler: High Lady [[WickedStepmother Antillus Dorotea]]]] is fitted with a discipline collar and commanded to serve as a healer. [[spoiler: She]] She asks people to simply call her [[spoiler: her Dorotea]], as [[spoiler: her]] her previous life is pretty much over, what with being considered a traitor to the Realm.over.



* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill:
** Fidelias chose [[spoiler:two of the most lethal poisons, one that quickens the heart rate and the other which is more lethal the quicker it spreads]] to coat his arrow when he [[spoiler:takes out Invidia. If not for the intervention of the Vord Queen, she would have died]].
** Ambassador Varg [[spoiler:beheads and then dismembers the body of one of the Vord Queens in Canea. Considering her kind destroyed his homeland, turned a once great people into refugees, and the vord are very versatile creatures]] it is a combination of vengeance and being sure the target is really dead.

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* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill:
** Fidelias chose [[spoiler:two of the most lethal poisons, one that quickens the heart rate and the other which is more lethal the quicker it spreads]] to coat his arrow when he [[spoiler:takes out Invidia. If not for the intervention of the Vord Queen, she would have died]].
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ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: Ambassador Varg [[spoiler:beheads and then dismembers the body of one of the Vord Queens in Canea. Considering her kind destroyed his homeland, turned a once great people into refugees, and the vord are very versatile creatures]] Canea, commenting to Tavi that it is a combination of vengeance and being sure the target is really dead. better to be sure.]]



** In the first book, Garrison's resident ObstructiveBureaucrat uses his official ledger as a bludgeon to fight off a Herdbane and protect a group of children (after all, this is [[WorldOfBadass Alera]], where [[RunningGag even the accountants will kick your ass]]).

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** In the first book, Garrison's resident ObstructiveBureaucrat uses his official ledger as a bludgeon to fight off a Herdbane and protect a group of children (after all, this is [[WorldOfBadass Alera]], where [[RunningGag even the accountants will kick your ass]]).children.



* TimeSkip: A two year one between the first two books, and another (technically two and a half, but the first chapter or two starts about half a year before the rest of the book) two and three. There are about two years between three and four, and about six months between books four and five and another six months between five and six.

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* TimeSkip: A two year one between the first two books, and another (technically two and a half, but the first chapter or two starts about half a year before the rest of the book) between two and three. There are about two years between three and four, and about six months between books four and five and another six months between five and six.



** Tavi takes one in every time skip between books, but perhaps the most noticeable is Ehren, who goes from being a wimpy kid obsessed with his studies in the second book to a {{Badass}} AntiHero (of sorts) in the third to all that and a brilliant {{Chessmaster}} in the fifth.

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** As the series literally follows Tavi takes one in every time skip between books, but perhaps the most noticeable is Ehren, who goes as he grows from being a wimpy kid obsessed with his studies boyhood to adulthood, each TimeSkip in the second book to a {{Badass}} AntiHero (of sorts) series follows him growing larger, stronger, more experienced, and constantly receiving training in the third to all arts of politics and war.
** Ehren is introduced as a Cursor-in-training who is more adept at the economic analysis and information interpretation area of spycraft, [[UnderestimatingBadassery although Tavi realizes
that Ehren must have been hiding some of his skills from the rest of the group even during this time]]. After he begins active duty as a Cursor after graduating from the Academy, he grows into a [[KnifeNut knife-wielding]] assassin, covert agent and a brilliant {{Chessmaster}} in the fifth.spymaster.



* TookALevelInKindness:
** [[spoiler:High Lord Riva]] to Amara and Bernard. In his first few mentions and appearances, the man is seen as an arrogant old noble who dislikes Gaius for [[spoiler:usurping his right to name a replacement to Count Gram as in Calderon Valley. Later when the Vord attack, he doesn't believe Gaius' claims, thinking this is some political scheme on Gaius' part]]. Then in ''First Lord's Fury'' [[spoiler:he is humbled by seeing the devastation of his city, and much of the continent, and offers his apologies to Amara and Bernard for his years of dislike towards him and offers his aide as an engineering master to Bernard's plans]].
** Subtribune Pluvus is an annoying ObstructiveBureaucrat in the first book who makes trouble for Bernard and Amara...but during the siege of Garrison he finds half a dozen children hiding in the barracks and leads them to (relative) safety - and then beats a herdbane to death with his ledger to protect them.

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* TookALevelInKindness:
** [[spoiler:High Lord Riva]] to
TookALevelInKindness: HighLord Riva toward Amara and Bernard. In his first few mentions and appearances, the man is seen as an arrogant old noble who dislikes Gaius for [[spoiler:usurping usurping his right to name a replacement to as Count Gram as in the Calderon Valley. Valley. Later when the Vord attack, he doesn't believe Gaius' claims, thinking this is some political scheme on Gaius' part]]. part. Then in ''First Lord's Fury'' [[spoiler:he is humbled by seeing the devastation of his city, and much of the continent, and offers his apologies to Amara and Bernard for his years of dislike towards him and offers his aide as an engineering master to Bernard's plans]].
** Subtribune Pluvus is an annoying ObstructiveBureaucrat in the first book who makes trouble for Bernard and Amara...but during the siege of Garrison he finds half a dozen children hiding in the barracks and leads them to (relative) safety - and then beats a herdbane to death with his ledger to protect them.
plans]].



* TrainingAccident: Amara's test at the beginning of the series was not really to see whether she could get information; it was to see if she would stay loyal and be able to escape after Fidelias's betrayal, which Gaius saw coming.

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* TrainingAccident: Amara's test at the beginning of the series was not really to see whether she could get information; it was to see if she would stay loyal and be able to escape after Fidelias's betrayal, which Gaius saw coming.predicted.



** The Marat language has no word for "lying," the closest concept they have is to say that someone is "mistaken." When one Marat accuses another of being mistaken, they fight each other to the death in order to see who is correct, with the rationale that The One has shown favor for the winning side.
** The ''Juris Macto'' is the Aleran version. It can be used to resolve legal disputes, matters of honor or to allow one to gain Aleran citizenship by defeating a Citizen. Occasionally, the rich and powerful will employ professional duelists as proxies. Not all ''juris macto'' fights are [[DuelToTheDeath to the death]], but most of them are. This practice is also accepted because it provides a means of keeping control on the more powerful Citizens, who may boarder on Archmage-tier power. If the Citizen doesn't fear the law, they might fear another Citizen or even a High Lord taking umbrage with their actions and call this out. If a Citizen abuses this for petty reasons, a more powerful fighter may agree to be the proxy of the weaker and fight the challenger, who cannot call in a proxy.
* TropeOverdosed: And how!

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** The Marat language has no word for "lying," the closest concept they have is to say that someone is "mistaken." When one Marat accuses another of being mistaken, they fight each other to the death in order to see who is correct, with the rationale being that The One has shown favor for the winning side.
** The ''Juris Macto'' is the Aleran version. It can be used to resolve legal disputes, matters of honor or to allow one to gain Aleran citizenship by defeating a Citizen. Occasionally, The challenged participant can have a Champion stand in their stead, but the rich and powerful will employ professional duelists as proxies. challenger must fight personally. Not all ''juris macto'' fights are [[DuelToTheDeath to the death]], but most of them are. This practice are, and if a ''juris macto'' challenge is also accepted because it provides a means of keeping control on withdrawn by the more powerful Citizens, who may boarder on Archmage-tier power. If the Citizen doesn't fear the law, they might fear another Citizen or even challenger it is recognized as a High Lord taking umbrage with their actions and call this out. If a Citizen abuses this for petty reasons, a more powerful fighter may agree to be the proxy formal withdrawal of the weaker and fight the challenger, who cannot call in a proxy.
* TropeOverdosed: And how!
accusation.



** Tavi and Max become friends by being roommates [[spoiler:at Gaius' manipulations]] and soon after they become close friends with Ehren, Kitai, and [[spoiler:Max' half-brother Crassus]].
** Princeps Septimus has true companions in Araris, Miles, Aldrick and five others. Aldrick fell out of favor because of an incident which led to the juris macto between Araris and he, but despite losing Araris couldn't kill his close friend. The rest, save Miles, die with Septimus that tragic night.

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** Tavi and Max become friends by being roommates [[spoiler:at Gaius' manipulations]] and soon after they become became close friends after rooming together at the Academy, which Gaius had arranged with the hopes of this result, and they were joined by Ehren, Kitai, a fellow Cursor-in-training. Crassus, Max's half-brother, had a very rocky relationship with Max going back to their childhood, and [[spoiler:Max' half-brother Crassus]].
got off on the wrong foot with Tavi as well, but eventually they grew past their differences.
** As is slowly revealed through the series, Princeps Septimus has had a cadre of true companions in Araris, Araris Valerian, Miles, Aldrick Antillus Raucus, other (Unnamed) swordsmen who formed his ''singulares'' and five others. Aldrick fell out of favor because of an incident which led to the juris macto between Araris [[spoiler:Aldrick ex Gladius and he, but despite losing Araris couldn't kill Aquitainus Attis]]. Those who survived his close friend. The rest, save Miles, die with Septimus that tragic night.death at First Calderon were forever changed by it.



* UnderestimatingBadassery: He is just a [[BadassNormal furyless]] [[TheCallPutMeOnHold freak]]. [[CrazyAwesome What]] [[CrazyEnoughToWork could]] [[{{Badass}} he]] [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome possibly]] [[TemptingFate do]]?
* TheUnfairSex: When Kitai learns of the complicated rituals of courtship and marriage among the Citizenry of Alera, and that the relationship she has with Tavi is (by those standards) that of a concubine or whore, she becomes infuriated with how Tavi has treated her. Tavi, however, points out that ''she'' was the one who initiated their relationship, and that by her own Marat customs he has behaved perfectly honorably. [[spoiler:Alera]] [[LampshadeHanging points out that that really is not relevant at all]], and when Tavi accuses her of supporting Kitai simply because she is a woman, [[spoiler:Alera]] agrees.

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* UnderestimatingBadassery: He UnderestimatingBadassery:
** In ''Academ's Fury'', Tavi
is just bullied at the Academy by Kalarus Brencis Minoris and his gang of cronies, who pick on him because of his lack of furycrafting. When they finally push too far, in a [[BadassNormal furyless]] [[TheCallPutMeOnHold freak]]. [[CrazyAwesome What]] [[CrazyEnoughToWork could]] [[{{Badass}} he]] [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome possibly]] [[TemptingFate do]]?
situation that they do not know is life-or-death and which Tavi does not have the time to politely disengage, Tavi brutally beats both cronies into unconsciousness in moments using the Cursor training that they did not know he was receiving.
** In ''Captain's Fury'', almost everybody (Including Tavi himself) regards his chances of standing up to Phyrgiar Navaris in a duel to be essentially nil. The very fact that he survives an initial crossing of blades is a surprise to everybody.
* TheUnfairSex: When Kitai learns of the complicated rituals of courtship and marriage among the Citizenry of Alera, and that the relationship she has with Tavi is (by those standards) that of a concubine or whore, she becomes infuriated with how Tavi has treated her. Tavi, however, points out that ''she'' was the one who initiated their relationship, and that by her own Marat customs he has behaved perfectly honorably. [[spoiler:Alera]] [[LampshadeHanging points out that that really is not relevant at all]], and when Tavi accuses her of supporting Kitai simply because she is a woman, [[spoiler:Alera]] she agrees.



* UnwantedSpouse: According to Max the norm among High Lords. Certainly true of Gaius and Caria and Antillus and Dorotea.

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* UnwantedSpouse: According to Max Max, the tradition of arranged marriages in Alera mean that this is the norm among High Lords. Certainly true of Lords.
** Gais Sextus and
Gaius Caria wed after the death of Sextus's first wife, when Sextus was already well into middle-age and Caria was barely an adult. She and thought she would be living out a romantic fairy tale, but (As Sextus himself admits) she was stuck with a scheming old man who had manipulated her from the beginning. [[spoiler:She is eventually driven to an affair with Aquitaine and poisons Sextus.]]
** Antillus Raucus
and Antillus Dorotea were married after their parents arranged the pairing in an attempt to unite the southern and Dorotea.northern cities, as Raucus was heir to Antillus and Dorotea was the daughter of the High Lord of Kalare. Raucus was in love (Or at least affectionate lust) with a dancing slave girl, and he and Dorotea bitterly despised each other, but they both continued to play their roles.



* VillainousRescue: Used frequently. In addition to EnemyMine situations that are key to the plots of the first three books, TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou is a fundemental part of Canim culture. Many times from the third book on, if certain situations were taking place entirely between humans or even if the roles of humans and Canim were reversed, one character would call another a friend or ally who needs their help. But since they are Canim or talking to Canim, though, one goes to great lengths to make it clear that they do not like helping the other, but neither another rival nor the BigBad can be allowed to kill them, so they are working together just this once...

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* VillainousRescue: Used frequently. In addition order to EnemyMine situations that are key prevent Kalarus from seizing the throne himself, the Aquitaines need to help save Gaius Sextus's life in ''Academ's Fury'', which they both recognize for the irony. Invidia herself is the one to personally go to the plots of the first three books, TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou is a fundemental part of Canim culture. Many times from the third book on, if certain situations were taking place entirely between humans or even if the roles of humans Citadel and Canim were reversed, one character would call another a friend or ally who needs their help. But since they are Canim or talking to Canim, though, one goes to great lengths to make it clear that they do not like helping the other, but neither another rival nor the BigBad can be allowed to kill them, so they are working together just this once...battle foes on Gaius's behalf.



* VitriolicBestBuds: High Lords Phrygius and Antillus.
* VoluntaryShapeshifting: Watercrafters are healers and, if they are sufficiently skilled, they can alter their features to make themselves look younger and, if they are ''really'' skilled, look like someone else. It is really uncomfortable, though, to imitate someone larger or smaller.

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* VitriolicBestBuds: High Lords Phrygius and Antillus.
Antillus, who command the two cities of the Shieldwall and stand together against the Icemen of the north.
* VoluntaryShapeshifting: Watercrafters are healers and, if they are sufficiently skilled, they healers, and almost all of them can alter their features to make themselves look younger and, if younger. If they are ''really'' skilled, skilled they can make themselves look like someone else.else, including changing their voice as well. It is really uncomfortable, though, to imitate someone larger or smaller.



* WarriorTherapist:
** See SanityHasAdvantages.
** Isana also does this against [[spoiler:Antillus Raucus, in an attempt to get him to see sense regarding the negotiations with the Icemen]].

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* WarriorTherapist:
WarriorTherapist: Through watercrafting, characters can literally feel their opponents emotions during battle.
** See SanityHasAdvantages.
When Tavi is fighting [[spoiler:Phrygiar Navaris]], he makes deductions about her history based on her name and what he knows about her, and uses them to drive her to a panicked, desperate attack.
** Isana also does this against [[spoiler:Antillus Raucus, in challenges Antillus Raucus to a duel [[spoiler:in an attempt to get him to see sense regarding the negotiations with the Icemen]].



** Amara is not one of the most powerful furycrafters in the series, only having one fury, but she has plenty of skill and a quick mind. She also [[spoiler:kills former High Lady Invidia]].

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** Amara is not one of the most powerful furycrafters in the series, only having one fury, but she has plenty of skill and a quick mind. She also [[spoiler:kills former High In ''First Lord's Fury'', while talking to Lady Invidia]].Veradis she points out that other people need to divide their studies and practice amongst many different subjects, while she can focus on flying and other applications of windcrafting specifically.



** For Metalcrafters, who have the ability to sense metal at some distance, must be wary of stone weaponry, like the ones used by Marat, because with a wooden shaft and stone arrowhead they cannot sense the oncoming danger.
** For Firecrafters, water and enclosed spaces are their banes as water mutes their crafting and enclosed spaces limit fire's capabilities without killing the user as well.
** For Earthcrafters, they must maintain contact with the earth to use their super strength. They, however, do not gain additional density, so one could lift the crafter off the ground and strip them of their strength.

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** For Metalcrafters, who have the ability to sense metal at some distance, must be wary of stone weaponry, like the ones used by Marat, because with a wooden shaft and stone arrowhead they cannot sense the oncoming danger.
** For Firecrafters, water and enclosed spaces are their banes as water mutes their crafting and enclosed spaces limit fire's capabilities without killing the user as well.
** For Earthcrafters, they must maintain contact with the earth to use their super strength. They, however, do not gain additional density, so one could strength One can lift the crafter off the ground and strip them of their strength.



** When Max tells Tavi that [[YouNeedToGetLaid he should buy a woman for the night]] in ''Cursor's Fury'', pointing out that nobody would know, Tavi gives the standard response that ''he'' would know.

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** When Max tells Tavi that [[YouNeedToGetLaid he should buy a woman for the night]] in ''Cursor's Fury'', pointing out that nobody would know, know. Tavi gives the standard response that ''he'' would know.



* WhoNamesTheirKidDude: It's not immediately obvious if you don't know Latin, but High Lady Invidia Aquitainus' parents essentially named her 'envy'.
* WickedStepmother: Max's stepmother, Lady Antillus, wants the best for her son, the heir of Antillus. It just so happens that her husband's bastard child has the support of the legions and good connections, and could probably take the position of heir if he wanted it. Which he does not. [[spoiler:This has not stopped her from killing Max's mother and arranging "accidents" that have very nearly killed him several times.]] She also [[spoiler:betrays the Alerans to the Canim.]]

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* WhoNamesTheirKidDude: It's It is not immediately obvious if you don't know Latin, but High Lady Invidia Aquitainus' parents essentially named her 'envy'.
* WickedStepmother: Max's stepmother, Lady Dorotea Antillus, wants the best for her son, the official heir of Antillus. It just so happens Antillus, and fears that her husband's bastard child has Max will make his own attempt to seize the support of the legions and good connections, and could probably take the position of heir if he wanted it. Which he does not. [[spoiler:This has not stopped her from killing High Lord title. She killed Max's mother mother, and has been arranging "accidents" that have very nearly killed him several times.]] "[[MakeItLookLikeAnAccident accidents]]" for Max since he was a child. She also [[spoiler:betrays the Alerans to the Canim.]]



* WithUsOrAgainstUs: During the Vord War [[spoiler:Princeps Octavian]] makes a declaration regarding this idea.
** First, those who are commoners, [[spoiler:those who have little Furycrafting power and are trapped and in danger of starvation or worse, are permitted to accept the Vord Queen's amnesty and offer living on her lands to stave off death. No punishment will be levied against them when Octavian wins]].
** Second, the nobles and Citizens [[spoiler:are hit with this trope. If any of them do not give their full support in the war, if any refuse to fight, they will be considered a collaborator and a traitor to Alera]].
* WomanScorned: It turns out Invidia [[spoiler:arranged Septimus's death]] because he rejected her [[spoiler:for a peasant- Isana]].
* WomenPreferStrongMen: Bernard's strength is one of his prime physical attractions for Amara. In ''Academ's Fury'', Serai realizes that Amara and Bernard are in a relationship given the way Amara's voice changes when she talks about him, and she deduces that he must have been doing something strong and manly in Amara's eye line to get that kind of reaction. Amara feels the most feminine when she is experiencing his prodigious strength.
* WorfBarrage: The battle for Ceres in ''Princeps' Fury'' gets quite a few of these. [[spoiler: The Alerans let the Vord come all the way into the city before Gaius opens it up with an enormous eagle-shaped thunderbolt that vaporizes every living Vord inside the city, followed by complimentary and almost-as-devastating attacks by the High Lords in their respective colors and symbols.]] Unfortunately the [[spoiler: Vord Queen and her 100,000-strong army of Knights Aeris-inspired fliers turns it into a NegatedMomentOfAwesome.]]
* WorldHalfFull: [[spoiler: By the end of ''First Lord's Fury'', only a few thousand Canim refugees escaped the destruction of their homeland and a very small number of Aleran redoubts have survived out of an empire that once spanned a continent. But the new First Lord Gaius Octavian forms a new [[TheAlliance Alliance]] where slavery is banned, freemen are not treated like dirt, illegitimate children are embraced, humans live in peace with the Marat, Canim (Varg becomes the first nonhuman High Lord!) and Icemen, all of whom get their own states in Alera. Tavi even changed the way magic works, so furycrafting ability will be based on effort instead of blood. The Vord are still out there, but the new alliance will have over 150 years to prepare for them.]] Tavi comments that he will not go after the Canea Queen yet because she is so darn useful in getting everyone to work together.
* WorldOfBadass: Remember that description at the top of the page?
* WorthyOpponent: The fifth novel explains that the [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Canim]] as a culture prefer having a WorthyOpponent over having a friend: a friend can disappoint you, but a WorthyOpponent can always be trusted to try and kill you. The Canim even have a specific word (gadara) that means WorthyOpponent. When Nasaug addresses Varg, he does so as ''gadara-sar'' (WorthyOpponent-Father), which shows what relationship the Canim culture prioritises.

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* WithUsOrAgainstUs: During the Vord War [[spoiler:Princeps Octavian]] War, Tavi makes a declaration regarding this idea.concept.
** First, those who are commoners, [[spoiler:those who have little Furycrafting power The freemen and are trapped and in danger slaves of starvation or worse, are Alera [[spoiler:are permitted to accept the Vord Queen's offer of amnesty and offer living on her lands to stave off death. mercy. No punishment will be levied against them when Octavian wins]].
Alera wins, as their legal status recognizes that they are not under obligation]].
** Second, the nobles and The Citizens and Lords [[spoiler:are hit with this trope.obligated under their oaths and privileges to support and protect the Realm. If any of them do not give their full support in the war, if any refuse to fight, they will be considered a collaborator and a traitor to Alera]].
* WomanScorned: It turns out Invidia [[spoiler:arranged Septimus's death]] death because he rejected her [[spoiler:for for a peasant- peasant - Isana]].
* WomenPreferStrongMen: Bernard's strength is one of his prime physical attractions for Amara. In ''Academ's Fury'', Serai realizes that Amara and Bernard are in a relationship given the way Amara's voice changes when she talks about him, and she deduces that he must have been doing something strong and manly in Amara's eye line to get that kind of reaction.reaction (he had been lifting very large and heavy objects). Amara feels the most feminine when she is experiencing his prodigious strength.
* WorfBarrage: The battle for Ceres in ''Princeps' Fury'' gets quite a few of these. [[spoiler: The Alerans let the Vord come all the way into the city before Gaius opens it up with an enormous eagle-shaped thunderbolt that vaporizes every living Vord inside the city, followed by complimentary and almost-as-devastating attacks by the High Lords in their respective colors and symbols.]] Unfortunately the [[spoiler: Vord Queen and her 100,000-strong army of Knights Aeris-inspired fliers turns it into a NegatedMomentOfAwesome.]]
* WorldHalfFull: [[spoiler: By the end of ''First Lord's Fury'', only a few thousand Canim refugees escaped the destruction of their homeland and a very small number of Aleran redoubts have survived out of an empire that once spanned a continent. But the new First Lord Gaius Octavian forms a new [[TheAlliance Alliance]] where slavery is banned, freemen are not treated like dirt, illegitimate children are embraced, humans live in peace with the Marat, Canim (Varg becomes the first nonhuman High Lord!) and Icemen, all of whom get their own states in Alera. Tavi even changed the way magic works, so furycrafting ability will be based on effort instead of blood. The Vord are still out there, but the new alliance will have over 150 years to prepare for them.]] Tavi comments that he will not go after the Canea Queen yet because she is so darn useful in getting everyone to work together.
* WorldOfBadass: Remember that description at the top Because of the page?
nature of the series, every single character encountered either has a magical ability of some sort, or has developed the intelligence and skill to survive when faced with such.
* WorthyOpponent: The fifth novel explains that the [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Canim]] as a culture prefer having a WorthyOpponent over having a friend: a friend can disappoint you, but a WorthyOpponent can always be trusted to try and kill you. The Canim even have a specific word (gadara) that means WorthyOpponent. When Nasaug addresses Varg, he does so as ''gadara-sar'' (WorthyOpponent-Father), which shows what relationship the Canim culture prioritises.prioritizes.



** The relationship between the Canim and Alerans is largely based on that of [[PunicWars Rome and Carthage]]. Towards the end, the story essentially asks, "What if Hannibal and Scipio teamed up against the Zerg from ''VideoGame/{{StarCraft|I}}''?"



* YouAreInCommandNow: For ''Cursor's Fury'', Tavi is inserted into the First Aleran Legion as the Third Subtribune Logistica, a non-critical post that serves as an excuse for him to be present and spy on the legion. [[spoiler: He winds up in command as Captain of the whole Legion when the Canim kill or incapacitate every other officer by calling down a bolt of lightning upon the Captain's tent during an officers' meeting, which Tavi escapes by being late for it. There are other ''far'' more experienced men under Tavi's command, but none of them are officers]].
* YouAreNotAlone: Tavi to Kitai, [[spoiler:when he figures out that he has been bound to her as her ''chala'', her totem. Marat tribes are based on having the same totem, and since no other Marat has an Aleran as a ''chala'', Kitai has no tribe]].
* YouCouldHaveUsedYourPowersForGood: [[spoiler:Fidelias comments to Lady Aquitaine, while she is disguised as a simple washerwoman in a legion surrounded by an enemy force that out numbers the Aleran legion five to one, she could remove her disguise and take charge, use her power and strength to lead the doomed men to victory and gain all the political power and respect from her "Big Damn Heroine" moment. She simply states there is no guarantee she could win and would rather simply let the men die and escape herself]].

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* YouAreInCommandNow: For ''Cursor's Fury'', Tavi is inserted into the First Aleran Legion as the Third Subtribune Logistica, a non-critical post that serves as an excuse for him to be present and spy on the legion. [[spoiler: He winds up in command as Captain of the whole Legion when the Canim kill or incapacitate every other officer by calling down a bolt of lightning upon the Captain's tent during an officers' meeting, which Tavi escapes by being late for it.while running messages. There are other ''far'' more experienced men under Tavi's command, but none of them are officers]].
* YouAreNotAlone: Tavi Tavi's reassurance to Kitai, [[spoiler:when he figures out that he has been bound to her as her ''chala'', her totem. Marat tribes are based on having the same totem, and since no other Marat has an Aleran as a ''chala'', Kitai has no tribe]].
tribe]]. She takes this to heart, as when Isana later tries to comfort her for being alone, Kitai retorts that she is not.
* YouCouldHaveUsedYourPowersForGood: While undercover amongst the First Aleran in ''Captain's Fury'', [[spoiler:Fidelias comments to Lady Aquitaine, while she is disguised as a simple washerwoman in a legion surrounded by an enemy force Aquitaine that out numbers the Aleran legion five to one, she could remove her disguise and take charge, use using her power and strength to lead the doomed men to victory and gain all the political power and respect from her "Big Damn Heroine" moment. She simply states there is no guarantee she could win and would rather simply let the men die and escape herself]].



** Lady Aquitaine orders Fidelais to asassinate Antillus Crassus after he has helped the Senatorial Guard defeat the Canim, since he will no longer be necessary to help command the First Aleran.

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** At the climax of ''Furies of Calderon'', [[spoiler:Fidelias cuts Atsurak's throat in the midst of the Second Battle of Calderon in order to remove any connection between the invasion and Aquitaine]].
** During the campaign against the Canim in ''Captain's Fury'',
Lady Aquitaine orders Fidelais to asassinate assassinate Antillus Crassus after he has helped the Senatorial Guard defeat the Canim, since Canim and he will no longer be necessary to help command the First Aleran.Aleran



* YouJustToldMe: [[spoiler:Magnus had been suspicious of Valiar Marcus for a long time, and several times tried to catch him out. None of them work until, during a fight with some Vord, he yells, "Fidelias! Behind you!" and "Marcus" whirls around.]]

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* YouJustToldMe: [[spoiler:Magnus had been suspicious In ''First Lord's Fury'', at the culmination of Valiar Marcus for a long time, and several times tried to catch him out. None of them work until, during Magnus's suspicions over Marcus's history, [[spoiler:during a fight with some Vord, he yells, "Fidelias! Behind you!" and "Marcus" whirls around.]]



** In ''Furies of Calderon'', Count Gram heartily approves of seeing Bernard and Amara together, as he felt that Bernard's life would be "fixed" by a woman. Later, Bernard gets this from his own earth Fury, Brutus, when he and Amara are locked in a cell together, and the fury starts earthcrafting both of them into arousal before they realize it.

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** In ''Furies of Calderon'', Count Gram heartily approves of seeing Bernard and Amara together, as he felt that Bernard's life would be "fixed" by a woman. Later, Bernard gets this from his own earth Fury, fury, Brutus, when he and Amara are locked in a cell together, and the fury starts earthcrafting both of them into arousal before they realize it.



** Max to Tavi during much of ''Cursor's Fury'' and at the beginning of ''First Lord's Fury''.
* YouRemindMeOfX: When Phrygius Cyricus threatens to kill Varg if he or his allies harm any of the citizens of Phrygia, Varg asks Tavi in Canish if Cyricus reminds him of anybody. Tavi, understanding what Varg is referring to, comments that he was holding a knife to Varg's throat at the time.

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** Max to Tavi during much of ''Cursor's Fury'' and Fury'', as Tavi has spent the months since leaving the capital constantly moaning about missing Kitai. It comes up again at the beginning of ''First Lord's Fury''.
Fury'', when Tavi and Kitai are still together, but are not...''together''...in the evenings anymore.
* YouRemindMeOfX: When Phrygius Cyricus threatens to kill Varg if he or his allies harm any of the citizens of Phrygia, Varg asks Tavi in Canish if Cyricus reminds him of anybody. Tavi, [[CallBack understanding what Varg is referring to, to]], comments that he was holding a knife to Varg's throat at the time.



** What makes the Vord so scary is that they use ZergRush and WeHaveReserves tactics intelligently, to devastating effect.
** This is how the Canim get fleets across the ocean without Watercrafters. They cannot calm the leviathans, so they just charge a huge number of ships at full speed across the ocean, knowing that the leviathans will only destroy a ''few'' ships.
*** To clarify, this is what a Ritualist proposes doing in First Lord's Fury, but Varg slaps him down. As explained in Princeps' Fury, the Canim prefer to map out the leviathans' ranges and avoid intruding on their territory.

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** What makes The Voard are capable of clever strategies when guided by the Vord so scary intelligence of a Queen, but their most common tactic is that simply to rush forward at the enemy. As [[WeHaveReserves they use ZergRush and WeHaveReserves tactics intelligently, to devastating effect.
have reserves]], they quickly overwhelm all opposition.
** This is how When the Canim get fleets across the ocean without Watercrafters. They cannot calm the leviathans, so they just charge a huge number of ships at full speed across the ocean, knowing that the leviathans will only destroy a ''few'' ships.
*** To clarify, this is what a Ritualist proposes doing in First Lord's Fury, but Varg slaps him down. As explained in Princeps' Fury, the Canim prefer to map out the leviathans' ranges and avoid intruding
first land on Alera, their territory.Raiders are described as moving almost like the tide of the ocean: Rolling, vast and overwhelming. However, as this means they are also disorganized and unguided, [[DeconstructedTrope proper Aleran defenses are able to halt their offenses and beat them back with severe casualties]].
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* MundaneMadeAwesome: At the end of ''Cursor's Fury'', you'll believe turning a lamp on and off can be awesome.
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** At the beginning of ''Cursor's Fury'', Tavi uses a lens to light a fire and trick Max's WickedStepmother into thinking he has furycrafting ability (he is known as the one person in Alera without furies of his own). In the climax, he does a similar trick... with a ''quarter-mile wide lens'' made by his Knights Aeris to [[DeathRay concentrate the sun rays]] on the attacking Canim.
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* CardboardPrison: 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]]
** Laharl neglected [[TailorMadePrison to account for Aleran furycrafting]], so he inadvertently did this. 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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* CardboardPrison: CardboardPrison:
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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, Tavi did not deliberately leave a weakness in the defenses in case he ever needed to stage another jailbreak.[[/note]]
** Laharl neglected neglects [[TailorMadePrison to account for Aleran furycrafting]], furycrafting]] because his range has had so little contact with Alerans, he thinks they are myths and exaggerations purported by Varg's range. Laharl firmly believes Alerans can do no more than what Ritualists can do. As a result, he inadvertently did does this. 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:
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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.



** The longest delay was [[spoiler:the fact that the Calderon Valley contains the great furies Garados and Thana, introduced in the beginning of the first book and are of great importance in the climax of the final book.]]

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** The longest delay was [[spoiler:the fact that the Calderon Valley contains the great furies Garados and Thana, introduced in the beginning of the first book book, mentioned briefly in the second, and are of great importance in the climax of the final book.]]


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-->"What Aria means to tell you ... is that the backstabbing bitch filleted me. The lower half of my body has been sliced open from groin to ribs. My guts are an unholy mess and will doubtless begin to stink in short order. My heart is laboring too hard because now apparently being dissected does terrible things to one's blood pressure. These injuries are too severe and extensive to be healed.\\
"I can't eat anything. Without all the proper tubes in my belly, the food would simply rot in any case. I can drink a little, which simply means that I will die of starvation a few weeks from now instead of from thirst a few days from now. Unless, of course, an infection takes me first, which seems likely."
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** A variant in ''Cursor's Fury''. [[spoiler:Araris is hit with a poison that will rot him from the inside, but can be healed. However, he has hit the DespairEventhorizon and wants to die. So, Isana ties her life to his and tells him he can either die and take her with him, or will himself to live and continue his duty to protect her.]]
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** In First Lord's Fury'' Tavi [[spoiler:arrives with a full legion and Canim troops on the vord's aft, drawing attention and being in a key spot to finally kill the Queen]].

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*** Later, Max and Crassus save Tavi's ass by sending two water lions against the Canim trying to kill him.
** In First ''First Lord's Fury'' Tavi [[spoiler:arrives with a full legion and Canim troops on the vord's aft, drawing attention and being in a key spot to finally kill the Queen]].
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