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4th Oct '14 7:07:28 PM WillBGood
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''Comrade Death'' is a 1944 short story by British author Creator/GeraldKersh.

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''Comrade Death'' "Comrade Death" is a 1944 short story by British author Creator/GeraldKersh.
29th Sep '14 9:51:18 AM Rotpar
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* ItWillNeverCatchOn: Sarek is laughed at by a revolutionary early in the story, who finds the idea of being a professional arms dealer absurd.

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* ItWillNeverCatchOn: Early in the story, Sarek is laughed at by a revolutionary early in the story, who finds the idea of being a professional arms dealer absurd.



* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Sarek is based on real life arms dealer [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Basil_Zaharoff Basil Zaharoff]], known for shady practices and being depicted in fiction. Feuerbauch is Hitler. Or perhaps what Hitler wanted to be; an intimidating blond-haired, blue-eyed giant.

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* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Sarek is based on real life arms dealer [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Basil_Zaharoff Basil Zaharoff]], known for shady practices and being depicted in fiction. Feuerbauch is Hitler. Or Hitler--or perhaps what Hitler wanted to be; be: an intimidating blond-haired, blue-eyed giant.



* WarForFunAndProfit: While Sarek doesn't personally start any wars for profit, they pop up naturally on their own, his trade certainly fosters the paranoid militarization that come with the threat of war.

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* WarForFunAndProfit: While Sarek doesn't personally start any wars for profit, they pop up naturally on their own, he exploits them to his trade certainly advantage. In the end Kreiger has the monopoly on all weapons manufacturing, so all wars benefit Sarek and his business practices only fosters the paranoid militarization that come with the threat of war.leads to further wars.
29th Sep '14 9:42:09 AM Rotpar
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'''"Comrade Death"''' is a 1944 short story by British author Creator/GeraldKersh.

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'''"Comrade Death"''' ''Comrade Death'' is a 1944 short story by British author Creator/GeraldKersh.



* ArmsDealer: Sarek.
* BodyHorror: Dr.Krok in the Under World. He accidentally came into contact with a single trivially small drop of the new poison he was working on. His body was bloated and dis-formed until he resembled a hippopotamus in the shape of a man, with bulging red eyes, his nose having been swallowed by his monstrous face, and no teeth. Had the drop been larger his body would have dissolved into liquid.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Sarek, obviously.
* DontYouDarePityMe: [[spoiler: After Cosima rejects the truth that Sarek helped murder her husband.]]

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* ArmsDealer: Sarek.
Sarek once sold farming equipment and when his company changed focus to weapons he became a professional arms dealer. He rises to the top and Kreiger develops a monopoly on the arms market.
* BodyHorror: Dr. Krok in the Under World. He accidentally came into contact with a single trivially small drop of the new poison he was working on. His body was bloated and dis-formed until he resembled a hippopotamus in the shape of a man, with bulging red eyes, his nose having been swallowed by his monstrous face, and no teeth. Had the drop been larger his body would have dissolved into liquid.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Sarek, obviously.
Sarek by the end. He worked his way up through the ranks in Kreiger and became the head of the company. Wars are now fought entirely for his benefit as Kreiger makes all the weapons in the world.
* DeathByIrony: Sarek is killed by the masterpiece chemical weapon bearing his name, so perfect that it can't even be contained and stored.
* DontYouDarePityMe: [[spoiler: After Cosima rejects the truth that Sarek helped murder her husband.]]husband. She truly believes that Sarek is a good man and feels guilty over being unable to help Janos. Sarek expected Cosima to hate him after letting her husband die, but not her delusional pity that he's trying to "punish himself" over a man he hated.



* LoveTriangle: Between Sarek and Janos over Cosima.

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* LoveTriangle: Between Sarek and Janos over Cosima.Cosima early in the story.



* MadScientistLaboratory: The Under World.

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* MadScientistLaboratory: The Under World.World, Kreiger's massive subterranean chemical weapons research facility.



* MeaningfulName: "Feuerbauch" means "fire belly" in German, [[spoiler: he drinks the Disintegrol and his insides explode]].

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* MeaningfulName: "Feuerbauch" means "fire belly" in German, [[spoiler: at the end he drinks the Disintegrol and his insides explode]].explode.



* MurderTheHypotenuse: [[spoiler: Sarek refuses to help his rival Janos when he is arrested as a spy and pending execution.]]

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* MurderTheHypotenuse: [[spoiler: Sarek refuses to help his rival Janos when he is arrested as a spy and pending execution.]]



* StalkerWithACrush: Sarek's obsession for Cosima.
* WarForFunAndProfit: While Sarek doesn't really start any wars for profit, they pop up naturally on their own, his trade certainly fosters the paranoid militarization that come with the threat of war.
* WideEyedIdealist: Cosima. She flat out refuses to see Sarek for what he really is. [[spoiler: He confesses to abandoning her husband to die, and later refuses to save her grandson from going to war, and both times she dismisses his spite as being concealed guilt and claims he would have helped if it had been in his power to do so.]]

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* StalkerWithACrush: Sarek's obsession for Cosima.
Cosima. After Janos is executed in South America, Sarek tries to convince Cosima to marry him. All he wants is his trophy wife and he even argues that she should marry him for his money to raise her children. Her rejection and delusional pity is what pushes Sarek over the edge from an arms dealer to the evil warmongering businessman he becomes.
* WarForFunAndProfit: While Sarek doesn't really personally start any wars for profit, they pop up naturally on their own, his trade certainly fosters the paranoid militarization that come with the threat of war.
* WideEyedIdealist: Cosima. She flat out refuses to see Sarek for what he really is. [[spoiler: He confesses to abandoning her husband to die, and later refuses to save her grandson from going to war, and both times she dismisses his spite as being concealed guilt and claims he would have helped if it had been in his power to do so.]]
6th Mar '14 2:40:24 PM Rotpar
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'''"Comrade Death"''' is a 1944 short story by British author Gerald Kersh.

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'''"Comrade Death"''' is a 1944 short story by British author Gerald Kersh.
Creator/GeraldKersh.



Forty years later, Sarek is a bitter, old, and very evil man with far too much power, wealth, and worse yet, ''respect''. The most horrific aspect of World War 1, chemical weapons, have been embraced by Sarek and Krieger sinks its monumental wealth into research and development. The story reaches its horrifying conclusion as Sarek meets to discuss business with the Dictator, Herr Feuerbauch...

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Forty years later, Sarek is a bitter, old, and very evil man with far too much power, wealth, and worse yet, ''respect''. The most horrific terrible aspect of World War 1, chemical weapons, have been embraced by Sarek and Krieger sinks its monumental wealth into research and development. The story reaches its horrifying conclusion as Sarek meets to discuss business with the Dictator, Herr Feuerbauch...
30th Oct '13 9:52:44 PM Vasha
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Comrade Death is a 1944 short story by British author Gerald Kersh.

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Comrade Death '''"Comrade Death"''' is a 1944 short story by British author Gerald Kersh.
27th Sep '13 12:39:51 PM SantosLHalper
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* {{Fatherland}}: Sarek lives and operates primarily in a region of vaguely Germanic/Eastern European culture.



* LoveTriangle: Between Sarek and Janos over Cosima.

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* LoveTriangle: {{Kaiserreich}}: Sarek lives and operates primarily in a region of vaguely Germanic/Eastern European culture.
*LoveTriangle:
Between Sarek and Janos over Cosima.
31st May '12 6:49:57 PM Rotpar
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* MeaningfulName: "Feuerbauch" means "fire belly" in German, [[spoiler: he drinks the Disintegrol and his insides explode]].
31st May '12 6:32:05 PM Rotpar
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Hector Sarek is an early 20th century professional salesman who once sold tractors and plows. His company bought by the Kreiger weapons firm, he starts a new career as a professional arms dealer. Despite ridicule from his first customer and his "friends", Cosima and Janos, he makes a critically important sale of the newly developed machine gun by stealing the demonstration from a competitor. His career builds and he makes quite a name for himself , eventually becoming the head of Krieger, now the world's ''only'' weapons company.

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Hector Sarek is an early 20th century professional salesman who once sold tractors and plows. His company bought by the Kreiger weapons firm, he starts a new career as a professional arms dealer. Despite ridicule from his first customer and his "friends", Cosima and Janos, he makes a critically important sale of the newly developed machine gun by stealing the demonstration from a competitor. His career builds and he makes quite a name for himself , himself, eventually becoming the head of Krieger, now the world's ''only'' weapons company.
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