History Literature / CodexAlera

26th Jul '16 12:25:03 PM JoieDeCombat
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*** Hashat, Kitai's aunt by her mother, is headwoman of the Horse Clan and was at First Calderon, Second Calderon [[spoiler:and the final battle against the Vord]]. She personally took on some of Princeps Septimus' singulares and defeated them.

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*** Hashat, Kitai's aunt by on her mother, mother's side, is headwoman of the Horse Clan and was at First Calderon, Second Calderon [[spoiler:and the final battle against the Vord]]. She personally took on some of Princeps Septimus' singulares and defeated them.
26th Jul '16 11:58:25 AM roxana
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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 Septimus]], but it would have resolved the most public crisis of a disputed 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 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.]]
6th Jul '16 7:17:16 AM Ciara25
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* IJustWantToBeSpecial: Tavi, initially.

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* IJustWantToBeSpecial: Tavi, initially.initially although strictly speaking [[IJustWantToBeNormal he just wants to be normal]] - every ''other'' Aleran has the power to control the elements, after all.



* WhatTheHellHero: The First Lord's decision to [[spoiler:contain the threat of Kalarus unleashing Kalus by ''setting off the volcano'' and killing the majority of Kalare's population did not go over well with Amara.]]

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* WhatTheHellHero: WhatTheHellHero:
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The First Lord's decision to [[spoiler:contain the threat of Kalarus unleashing Kalus by ''setting off the volcano'' and killing the majority of Kalare's population did not go over well with Amara.]]
** [[spoiler: Tavi is ''not'' pleased when he learns a) that Isana's been lying to him all his life about being his aunt when she's actually his mother, and b) she's the reason he didn't come into his furies until well into adulthood, causing him a load of pain and heartbreak.]]
** [[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.
]]



** When Bernard asks Amara why she did not kill Invidia when she had the chance, since she could easily have blamed it on the enemy or even natural causes, Amara explains that she refuses to live in Invidia's world, where actions are determined by power and practicality. Her world has laws and justice, and she would rather live there and suffer than win Invidia's way.

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** When Bernard asks Amara why she did not kill Invidia when she had the chance, since she could easily have blamed it on the enemy or even natural causes, Amara explains that she refuses to live in Invidia's world, where actions are determined by power and practicality. Her world has laws and justice, and she would rather live there and suffer than win by using Invidia's way.methods.



* WhoNamesTheirKidDude: It is not immediately obvious if you don't know Latin, but High Lady Invidia Aquitainus' parents essentially named her 'envy'.

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* WhoNamesTheirKidDude: It is not isn't immediately obvious if you don't know Latin, but High Lady Invidia Aquitainus' parents essentially named her 'envy'.
3rd Jul '16 4:38:46 PM Discar
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* OutsideContextVillain: The Vord, 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.

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* OutsideContextVillain: OutsideContextProblem: The Vord, 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.
29th Jun '16 1:55:33 AM Ciara25
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** If Tavi hadn't stolen High Lady Antillus's purse [[spoiler: and found the bloodstone Sarl gave her, the First Aleran would have been destroyed and the realm plunged into utter warfare and entirely unprepared for when the Vord struck.]]
21st Jun '16 2:02:02 PM HeraldAlberich
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-->-- '''Antillar "Max" Maximus''', '''''Princeps' Fury'''''

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-->-- '''Antillar "Max" Maximus''', '''''Princeps' Fury'''''
''Princeps' Fury''



-->"In the course of my life, I have more than once been too ignorant to know that something was impossible before I did it anyway."

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-->"In --->'''Maximus:''' In the course of my life, I have more than once been too ignorant to know that something was impossible before I did it anyway."



---> "If you go and kill the ugly little girl right now, won't the steadholder object? And then you'd have to kill him as well. And anyone else upstairs. And all these people here... Why shouldn't we do this again?"

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---> "If --->'''Odiana:''' If you go and kill the ugly little girl right now, won't the steadholder Steadholder object? And then you'd have to kill him as well. And anyone else upstairs. And all these people here... Why shouldn't we do this again?"again?



** Later, when Aldrick has struck down Bernard, Amara, and Tavi in turn, and is getting ready to kill Tavi and take back the MacGuffin, [[spoiler:Fade finally drops his ObfuscatingStupidity pretense and reveals himself as Araris Valerian, facing and defeating Aldrick in a metalcrafting blade duel]].



*** Later, Max and Crassus save Tavi's ass by sending two water lions against the Canim trying to kill him.

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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 the past five hundred years, not one Grey Guardsman has taken a bribe, and only a handful of idiots have attempted to give them one."

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-->"In --> In the past five hundred years, not one Grey Guardsman has taken a bribe, and only a handful of idiots have attempted to give them one."



--->"They're trying to kill you!"\\
"I can't tell you how glad I am that you're here to tell me that."

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--->"They're ** Frederic can't believe that Tavi is a particular target in the battle raging through Garrison, until a mercenary Knight swoops out of the sky and wounds Tavi's arm.
--->'''Fred:''' They're
trying to kill you!"\\
"I
you!\\
'''Tavi:''' I
can't tell you how glad I am that you're here to tell me that."



--->(signal flare appears)\\

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--->(signal --->''[signal flare appears)\\appears]''\\



-->'''Max''': They cannot possibly be serious.

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-->'''Max''': --->'''Max:''' They cannot possibly be serious.



-->'''Fidelias:''' Yes, I do [=[plan to help the prisoner]=]. No, I donít. The sky is green. I am seventeen years old. My real name is Gundred.

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-->'''Fidelias:''' Yes, I do [=[plan [plan to help the prisoner]=].prisoner]. No, I donít. The sky is green. I am seventeen years old. My real name is Gundred.



-->'''Ehren:''' The plan is insane. ''You'' are insane. ''(realizes he is naked in a healing tub)'' I'll need some pants.

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-->'''Ehren:''' The plan is insane. ''You'' are insane. ''(realizes ''[realizes he is naked in a healing tub)'' tub]'' I'll need some pants.



--> '''Random ''legionaire'':''' "Kick their furry-"\\
'''Tavi:''' "Assault formation!"

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--> '''Random ''legionaire'':''' "Kick ''legionare'':''' Kick their furry-"\\
furry--\\
'''Tavi:''' "Assault formation!"Assault formation!



* CycleOfRevenge

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* CycleOfRevengeCycleOfRevenge:



-->'''Antillus Raucus''': When we get back, you and I are going to have a talk in which you lose your teeth. Because I'm going to knock them out of your head. With my fists.
-->'''Phrygius''': I think we all understood what you meant at the end of your first sentence, dolt.

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-->'''Antillus Raucus''': Raucus:''' When we get back, you and I are going to have a talk in which you lose your teeth. Because I'm going to knock them out of your head. With my fists.
-->'''Phrygius''':
fists.\\
'''Phrygius:'''
I think we all understood what you meant at the end of your first sentence, dolt.



-->"a low but steady 'noise', like being constantly accompanied by half a dozen nightmarishly persistent crickets. It was never horribly loud, but it didn't ''stop'', and the intrusive sensations could make it maddeningly difficult to sleep or concentrate."

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-->"a --->"a low but steady 'noise', like being constantly accompanied by half a dozen nightmarishly persistent crickets. It was never horribly loud, but it didn't ''stop'', and the intrusive sensations could make it maddeningly difficult to sleep or concentrate."



-->'''Araris:''': [Aldrick had] more than a hundred duels to his credit. He used to hire out as a champion, before he took up service with [Septimus]. That one got a lot of attention. We went for about ten hours, all the way around Garden Lane and Craft Lane both. Must have been fifty or sixty thousand people that came down to see it.

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-->'''Araris:''': --->'''Araris:''' [Aldrick had] more than a hundred duels to his credit. He used to hire out as a champion, before he took up service with [Septimus]. That one got a lot of attention. We went for about ten hours, all the way around Garden Lane and Craft Lane both. Must have been fifty or sixty thousand people that came down to see it.



'''Durias''': <''blink''>\\

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'''Durias''': <''blink''>\\''[Durias blinks]''\\



--> '''Crassus:''' "Apparently, they never realized how bad a bunch of fish could hurt them."

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--> '''Crassus:''' "Apparently, -->'''Crassus:''' Apparently, they never realized how bad a bunch of fish could hurt them."



--> '''Tavi:''' The best part about this plan is that I don't have to explain anything to anybody.

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--> '''Tavi:''' -->'''Tavi:''' The best part about this plan is that I don't have to explain anything to anybody.



--->'''Gram:''' [[WeNamedTheMonkeyJack Named her after my first wife]].

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--->'''Gram:''' [[WeNamedTheMonkeyJack Named her after my first wife]].wife.]]



** Hashat, clanhead of the Horse Clan, is a powerful fighter on and off her ''chala.'' She fights in First Calderon, where Princeps Septimus died, and personally took on his singulares. After the battle, she took one of their swords, baldric, and cloak pin as trophies. She also, in the traditions of her kind, ate their hearts to honor them.

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** Hashat, clanhead of the Horse Clan, is a powerful fighter on and off her ''chala.'' She fights fought in First Calderon, where Princeps Septimus died, and personally took on his singulares. After the battle, she took one of their swords, baldric, and cloak pin as trophies. She also, in the traditions of her kind, ate their hearts to honor them.



-->'''Max:''' Actually, the room they had me in was quite a bit nicer than any I've ever had to myself. \\

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-->'''Max:''' Actually, the room they had me in was quite a bit nicer than any I've ever had to myself. \\



--> '''Kitai:''' "You will no longer lie with me. You will treat me in exactly the fashion that you would any proper young lady of the Citizenry. You will court me, and do it ''well'', or so help me I will strangle the ''life'' from you. And you will court me properly after the ways of ''my'' people. You will do so with legendary skill and taste. And only when ''that'' is done will we share a bed once more."

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--> '''Kitai:''' "You -->'''Kitai:''' You will no longer lie with me. You will treat me in exactly the fashion that you would any proper young lady of the Citizenry. You will court me, and do it ''well'', or so help me I will strangle the ''life'' from you. And you will court me properly after the ways of ''my'' people. You will do so with legendary skill and taste. And only when ''that'' is done will we share a bed once more."



* ParryingBullets: Both metal- and windcrafters are fast enough to slap arrows out of the air with their swords, though windcrafters usually prefer to deflect arrows with gusts of air instead.



--> ''"It would seem," Ehren said, "that someone doesn't want you making this trip."''\\
''"Then someone," Tavi replied, "is going to be very disappointed."''

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--> ''"It -->"It would seem," Ehren said, "that someone doesn't want you making this trip."''\\
''"Then
"\\
"Then
someone," Tavi replied, "is going to be very disappointed."''"



** Aldrick ex Gladius. "ex Gladius" means "of the sword," and when he is introduced Fidelias explicitly states that he is known throughout Alera as "the sword."

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** Aldrick ex Gladius. "ex "Ex Gladius" means "of the sword," and when he is introduced Fidelias explicitly states that he is known throughout Alera as "the sword.Sword."
21st Jun '16 3:12:54 AM Doug86
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** The series was originally written on one. Jim Butcher was in a debate over whether [[FictionIdentityPostulate a good story required a good idea, or a good story could be written with a bad idea]]. The other member of the argument, whose name has now been lost to time, bet that Butcher could not write a good story based on a terrible idea he came up with. Butcher responded that he would take [[UpToEleven two]]. The ideas were the LostRomanLegion... and ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}''.

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** The series was originally written on one. Jim Butcher was in a debate over whether [[FictionIdentityPostulate [[SugarWiki/FictionIdentityPostulate a good story required a good idea, or a good story could be written with a bad idea]]. The other member of the argument, whose name has now been lost to time, bet that Butcher could not write a good story based on a terrible idea he came up with. Butcher responded that he would take [[UpToEleven two]]. The ideas were the LostRomanLegion... and ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}''.
7th Jun '16 11:39:45 PM Milarqui
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** The first book has the appearance of the slaver collars, where there is a mention of them not working on someone if they have been already collared. [[spoiler:Saves Amara when she infiltrates Kalare's hideaway in ''Princeps' Fury'', since Bernard collars her with her permission to make Brencis think that she is under his control after collaring her.]]
1st Jun '16 7:05:49 AM Milarqui
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* ActuallyPrettyFunny: Gaius Sextus seems more amused than anything when he reveals to Tavi the unintended consequences of [[spoiler:Max masquerading as him, namely his seduction of Gaius' wife and her then coming back for "seconds" after Gaius recovers.]]
27th May '16 2:25:40 AM fractal-dawn
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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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