History Literature / CodexAlera

15th Apr '16 11:56:57 AM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* CouldHaveAvoidedThisPlot:
** The biggest recurring obstacle impeding Amara, Tavi and Bernard from warning Garrison of the Marat threat in ''Furies of Calderon'' was Kord and his two sons (Aric and Bittan), who kept interfering at crucial junctures in the hopes of derailing the trial of Bittan for rape. [[spoiler: It turns out Bittan ''really was innocent''; simply letting the trial go through would have made the story easier not only for the "good guys", but would have saved [[AssholeVictim Kord and Bittan's lives]] as well.]]
** 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:
** The biggest recurring obstacle impeding Amara, Tavi and Bernard from warning Garrison of the Marat threat in ''Furies of Calderon'' was Kord and his two sons (Aric and Bittan), who kept interfering at crucial junctures in the hopes of derailing the trial of Bittan for rape. [[spoiler: It turns out Bittan ''really was innocent''; simply letting the trial go through would have made the story easier not only for the "good guys", but would have saved [[AssholeVictim Kord and Bittan's lives]] as well.]]
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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.
11th Apr '16 9:07:15 PM isoycrazy
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** In ''Academ's Fury'' [[spoiler:the second guard room to the First Lord's meditation chambers sealed the entrance, knowing they would likely die against the taken-Cane, but did it to buy the First Lord and company some time to prepare a counter]].
** [[spoiler:Lord Cereus, in full PapaWolf mode, flies himself into the last vordbulk's mouth and blows himself up, killing the mammoth monster all to save his surviving daughter and his dead sons' children]].

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** In ''Academ's Fury'' Fury''
*** Sir Nedus [[spoiler:dies protecting Isana from some assassins]].
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[[spoiler:the second guard room to the First Lord's meditation chambers sealed the entrance, knowing they would likely die against the taken-Cane, but did it to buy the First Lord and company some time to prepare a counter]].
** ''Princeps Fury''
** Tavi [[spoiler:plans on taking down a Vord Queen in Carna by getting close, trying to reach some peace but if that fails, use all his powers to kill her. He would have died if not for Kitai, Varg, and Hunters realize his plan and plan accordingly]].
** [[spoiler:First Lord Gaius sacrifices himself drawing the Vord on to attack him with all their might. While they live, they aren't a tithe of their forces after blew up Alera Impera]].
** ''First Lord's Fury''
*** Tribune [[spoiler:Foss pushes Dorotea out of the way from the Vord Queen's attack, saving her life]].
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[[spoiler:Lord Cereus, in full PapaWolf mode, flies himself into the last vordbulk's mouth and blows himself up, killing the mammoth monster all to save his surviving daughter and his dead sons' children]].



** 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]].

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** *** 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]].
11th Apr '16 7:34:00 AM isoycrazy
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* 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]].
11th Apr '16 7:20:16 AM isoycrazy
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* BadassBookworm: Ehren, and to a degree Tavi.
* BadassFamily: Not one of the people in Tavi's family fails to impress.

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* BadassBookworm: Ehren, BadassBookworm:
** Ehren works basically as a scribe, but as a Cursor to the Crown, he is adept at taking down plenty of people with his many, ''many'', knives. His skills
and deductions are at a level [[spoiler:Attis Aquitaine keeps him on his staff when he becomes Princeps]].
** Tavi. The boy had no fury craft, so he had
to use his mind. He adapts new strategies and fighting tactics, some based on ancient Roman history and fully embraces all the lessons he has been taught.
** Gaius Sextus' private study is described like
a degree Tavi.
hunting lodge where one puts their kills on the walls. In his study, there are no corpses of animals but walls of books. It wouldn't be out of character if he had devoured each book many times to see what new things he could take from them.
* BadassFamily: BadassFamily:
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Not one of the people in Tavi's family fails to impress.impress.
*** Tavi, despite no furycrafting, has a sharp mind and grows to be an impressive fighter.
*** Bernard, former military, is a skilled archer and woodsman, able to lead a small group through rough ground and swamps, even when one is critically injured.
*** Isana floods a river to take care of some mercenaries when Tavi is in danger.
*** And of course [[spoiler:there's Gaius Sextus]].
** Kitai's family is also fairly badass.
*** Kitai is a barbarian and master thief, able to hide out in the capital of Alera without anyone catching her, despite her Marat traits would make anyone realize what she is.
*** Doroga is clanhead of the Gargant trbe. He rides into battle on his ''chala'' Walker, carrying a club so heavy a High Lady had to visibly show herself earthcrafting to move it. He swings it with ease and has no crafting whatsoever.
*** 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.
9th Apr '16 5:29:31 AM isoycrazy
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* RedemptionQuest: Tavi sets [[spoiler:Fidelias up on one at the end. Fidelias is dead. He is now Marcus and he will train the next generation of Cursors, receive all the glory, goodness, and other rewards Fidelias should have received had he never betrayed the Crown]].



** Valiar Marcus was in retirement for many years after his time at the Shieldwall. As far as anyone knew, he was living quietly on a steadholt. He was still a dangerous and capable fighter who lost little step when he came back into service of the First Aleran.

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** Valiar Marcus was in retirement for many years after his time at the Shieldwall. As far as anyone knew, he was living quietly on a steadholt. He was is still a dangerous and capable fighter who lost little step when he came back into service of the First Aleran.



* ShockAndAwe: A very limited form. Windcrafters, working together, can capture a storm's electrical energy and keep it bouncing around between themselves until they find something they want to throw it at.

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* ShockAndAwe: ShockAndAwe:
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A very limited form. Windcrafters, working together, can capture a storm's electrical energy and keep it bouncing around between themselves until they find something they want to throw it at.



* SlaveryIsASpecialKindOfEvil: Kirai's people are established in the first novel to literally cook Alerans alive before eating them, and even ''she'' finds their institution of slavery to be the worst, most [[HumansThroughAlienEyes inexplicable]] thing about them.

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* SlaveryIsASpecialKindOfEvil: Kirai's Kitai's people are established in the first novel to literally cook Alerans alive before eating them, and even ''she'' finds their institution of slavery to be the worst, most [[HumansThroughAlienEyes inexplicable]] thing about them.



* SmartPeoplePlayChess: Or the local eqivalent, ''ludus''. It has two boards, one on top of the other, so you can fight on both the earth and in the sky.
** This is probably based on the Ancient Roman game ''ludus latrunculorum'', which is said to be similar to chess or draughts.

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* SmartPeoplePlayChess: Or the local eqivalent, ''ludus''. It has two boards, one on top of the other, so you can fight on both the earth and in the sky.
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sky. This is probably based on the Ancient Roman game ''ludus latrunculorum'', which is said to be similar to chess or draughts.



* SpiritAdvisor: [[spoiler: Alera]]

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* SpiritAdvisor: [[spoiler: Alera]]Alera, the ancient fury]] has been helping House Gaius from the background.


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* SpotTheThread: Or, as Magnus calls it an "accretion of evidence", as he puts together [[spoiler:a list of possible cursors with the skills, abilities, and age to match the traits Valiar Marcus shows. It leads him to realize Marcus is Fidelias]].
1st Apr '16 9:00:59 AM Audobonible
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*SpreadingDisasterMapGraphic: Commanders use green-colored sand on their maps to represent the spread of the Vord.
29th Mar '16 1:21:16 PM JBK405
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* IntimateArtistry: First Lord Gaius Sextus has a half-finished portrait of his son, Gaius Septimus, [[PosthumousCharacter who had been killed fifteen years before the start of the series proper.]] Sextus explains that his wife had been painting the portrait when she got word of her son's death, and had stopped at the news (Sextus points to a mark that indicates the exact point). Afterwards, she had the painting hung in her room and wasted away in despair looking at her dead son's image.
10th Mar '16 6:18:21 AM isoycrazy
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* EmotionControl: Earthcrafting and Firecrafting allow the crafters to manipulate creatures around them. Earthcrafting can inspire feelings of calmness or excitement, including lust. Firecrafting can be used to inspire fear or courage, even to the point of ''death'' if the crafting is strong enough. Firecrafting seems to require line-of-sight to be effective, but Earthcrafting can be used on those still hidden.

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* EmotionControl: Earthcrafting and Firecrafting allow the crafters to manipulate creatures around them.
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Earthcrafting can inspire feelings of calmness or excitement, including lust. 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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Firecrafting can be used to inspire fear or courage, even to the point of ''death'' if the crafting is strong enough. Firecrafting seems to require line-of-sight to be effective, but Earthcrafting can be used on those still hidden.effective.



** Later, Fidelias realizes for all his hatred of Gaius, Aldrick and his men are still Alerans [[spoiler:and so helps protect the stronghold they have against the vord rather than just leaving]].

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** Later, Fidelias realizes for all his hatred of Gaius, Aldrick and his men are still Alerans [[spoiler:and so helps these mercenaries help protect the stronghold they have against the vord rather than just leaving]].


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* FluffyTheTerrible:
** Maximus rides a Canim cavalry mount called a taurga. It tries to kill him regularly. If it is only tries twice between breakfast and lunch, it is behaving well. He calls it Steak and New Boots.
** While no names are given, many holders will use paint to [[spoiler:identify their personal vord from the wild ones still roaming about after the Queen's death. They remained loyal and protective of their humans because the Queen made them that way]].


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* NoOntologicalInertia: Played with. When [[spoiler:the Vord Queen dies, her hordes become wild monsters]]. However, [[spoiler:the vord she made to protect the humans who accept her amnesty are made to protect them from any force that means the humans harm. As she knew she could be killed by either Tavi or the other Vord Queen, she did this so the humans would be continued to be protected even after her death]].
4th Mar '16 12:37:30 PM Foldo
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** The Camin have simple but effective crossbow-like weapons which can be used to effect almost as deadly as a Knight Flora, and use simple slings to hurl boulders further than a Knight Terra could. Worse, most any of their kind can learn to use either technique.

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** The Camin Canim have simple but effective crossbow-like weapons which can be used to effect almost as deadly as a Knight Flora, and use simple slings to hurl boulders further than a Knight Terra could. Worse, most any of their kind can learn to use either technique.
28th Feb '16 3:37:35 PM isoycrazy
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* BotheringByTheBook: In ''Captain's Fury'' Ehren mentions dealing with Senator Arnos earlier in the book had him studying of Aleran law and procedure to help outgambit the man. In the end, [[spoiler:Ehren is writing documents to not only validate Tavi's title of Octavian, Prince of the Realm, but for Tavi to give himself the authority to free himself from prison on his own reconnaissance to defend the honor of the Realm]]. It all stands up to Arnos' legal expert.



* ItsAllMyFault: In ''First Lord's Fury'' [[spoiler:Attis openly admits to and accepts full blame for his part in Second Calderon]]. It shocks all present who heard this because while everyone "knew" he was behind it, there was no evidence until this admittance.



** In ''Captain's Fury'', Ehren briefly believes that Isana is First Lady Gaius Caria in disguise after he overhears a few brief comments between Tavi and Isana. Tavi quickly disbauses him of the notion and explains that she really is Isana.

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** In ''Captain's Fury'', Ehren briefly believes that Isana is First [[spoiler:First Lady Gaius Caria in disguise after he overhears a few brief comments between Tavi and Isana.Isana]]. Tavi quickly disbauses him of the notion and explains that she really is Isana.
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