History Literature / CouncilWars

16th Dec '15 10:52:31 AM Hertzyscowicz
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* ButLiquorIsQuicker - Inverted; Bast uses this approach to rape counseling.
24th Oct '15 8:58:31 AM Morgenthaler
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* MasterComputer - Mother. Who, due to a bit of [[GenreSavvy savviness]] by her initial programmers, is specifically set up to not care about the fate of humanity, only to run and maintain the Net. It's implied she cares, but is limited in what she's allowed to do. Ringo has let slip that eventually she has to take a much larger role as both humanity and Mother are dependent on each other. Unfortunately the only way to let her get around the restrictions will be to get 13 council votes AND a Kernel Programmer, all of whom have been dead except one, named Arthur King, who mysteriously disappeared...

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* MasterComputer - Mother. Who, due to a bit of [[GenreSavvy savviness]] cleverness by her initial programmers, is specifically set up to not care about the fate of humanity, only to run and maintain the Net. It's implied she cares, but is limited in what she's allowed to do. Ringo has let slip that eventually she has to take a much larger role as both humanity and Mother are dependent on each other. Unfortunately the only way to let her get around the restrictions will be to get 13 council votes AND a Kernel Programmer, all of whom have been dead except one, named Arthur King, who mysteriously disappeared...
31st Dec '14 9:39:14 AM Nohbody
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* DragonRider: In ''The Emerald Sea'', there's one sapient dragon that reluctantly allows herself to be ridden by the main protagonist, who leads a squadron of nonsapient wyverns carrying human riders that are used along the lines of real life horses, with the obvious addition of being able to fly. The beasts fly from a specially designed sailing ship, in an obvious fantasy analog to modern aircraft carriers.

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* DragonRider: DragonRider - In ''The Emerald Sea'', there's one sapient dragon that reluctantly allows herself to be ridden by the main protagonist, who leads a squadron of nonsapient wyverns carrying human riders that are used along the lines of real life horses, with the obvious addition of being able to fly. The beasts fly from a specially designed sailing ship, in an obvious fantasy analog to modern aircraft carriers.



* TheMindIsAPlaythingOfTheBody: Subverted by Barb, a Changed unicorn who chooses to herd with the horses because being captured and "used" by [[TheDragon Dionys McCannock]] gave her a distaste for humans, not because of any biological imperatives. Inverted by the orcas who assumed their forms as outward expressions of their inner savagery.
* NightmareFetishist: Celine, again. Her whole reason for joining New Destiny
* OffScreenVillainDarkMatter: No matter how many times they lose the New Destiny forces never seen to be lacking for power or resources.

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* TheMindIsAPlaythingOfTheBody: TheMindIsAPlaythingOfTheBody - Subverted by Barb, a Changed unicorn who chooses to herd with the horses because being captured and "used" by [[TheDragon Dionys McCannock]] gave her a distaste for humans, not because of any biological imperatives. Inverted by the orcas who assumed their forms as outward expressions of their inner savagery.
* NightmareFetishist: NightmareFetishist - Celine, again. Her whole reason for joining New Destiny
* OffScreenVillainDarkMatter: OffScreenVillainDarkMatter - No matter how many times they lose the New Destiny forces never seen to be lacking for power or resources.



* RescueRomance: Diablo and Barb. Rachel is squicked but Barb is even willing to be his mare (with all that implies) as long as he protects her.

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* RescueRomance: RescueRomance - Diablo and Barb. Rachel is squicked but Barb is even willing to be his mare (with all that implies) as long as he protects her.



* SapientCetaceans: This series has "Delphinos"; humans who have used advanced genetic engineering to turn themselves into dolphins and have lost all sense of their own humanity as a result.
* ScaryScorpions: In ''East Of The Sun, West Of The Moon''. Giant ones. At first, we don't even see them, only the results of their work. One character, based on evidence left behind initially confuses them for [[https://secure.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/wiki/Solifugae Solifugae]], better known to 21st century audiences as Camel Spiders. They turn up later when sent to try and kill the protagonists, and again in the book's climax.

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* SapientCetaceans: SapientCetaceans - This series has "Delphinos"; humans who have used advanced genetic engineering to turn themselves into dolphins and have lost all sense of their own humanity as a result.
* ScaryScorpions: ScaryScorpions - In ''East Of The Sun, West Of The Moon''. Giant ones. At first, we don't even see them, only the results of their work. One character, based on evidence left behind initially confuses them for [[https://secure.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/wiki/Solifugae Solifugae]], better known to 21st century audiences as Camel Spiders. They turn up later when sent to try and kill the protagonists, and again in the book's climax.



* SelfDeprecation: At one point in "Emerald Sea", a character picks up a book that is, effectively, the first book in the series. He even notes how much time it spent on the Blood Lords' training, notes it's habit of introducing characters for no reason [[AnyoneCanDie just to kill them off]], yet finds it curiously engrossing. It's selected by picking the one with [[ContemptibleCover the most]] [[http://www.baenebooks.com/p-412-there-will-be-dragons.aspx lurid cover]].

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* SelfDeprecation: SelfDeprecation - At one point in "Emerald Sea", a character picks up a book that is, effectively, the first book in the series. He even notes how much time it spent on the Blood Lords' training, notes it's habit of introducing characters for no reason [[AnyoneCanDie just to kill them off]], yet finds it curiously engrossing. It's selected by picking the one with [[ContemptibleCover the most]] [[http://www.baenebooks.com/p-412-there-will-be-dragons.aspx lurid cover]].



* SelkiesAndWereseals: In ''Against the Tide'', selkies are used with tongue-in-cheek humor, as the fantasy counterpart of Real Life U.S. Navy [=SEALs=].
* ShapeShifterModeLock: People Changed when the war began are pretty much stuck for the duration, which really sucks if their Changed form wasn't intended to be permanent or isn't particularly practical. For instance, many people who'd Changed their metabolisms to prevent excess fat storage ended up starving to death.
* ShoutOut - several, most notably Bun-bun from ''SluggyFreelance''.

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* SelkiesAndWereseals: SelkiesAndWereseals - In ''Against the Tide'', selkies are used with tongue-in-cheek humor, as the fantasy counterpart of Real Life U.S. Navy [=SEALs=].
* ShapeShifterModeLock: ShapeShifterModeLock - People Changed when the war began are pretty much stuck for the duration, which really sucks if their Changed form wasn't intended to be permanent or isn't particularly practical. For instance, many people who'd Changed their metabolisms to prevent excess fat storage ended up starving to death.
* ShoutOut - several, most notably Bun-bun from ''SluggyFreelance''.''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance''.
31st Dec '14 5:32:14 AM Eban
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* CosyCatastrophe - To a jarring degree. Not only is humanity by and large fine (less a world war), but the fall only killed 13% of the population.
18th Jul '14 12:15:50 PM Eban
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* UnitConfusion - Either several characters are incredibly short or Ringo didn't look up how big a meter is. Paul clocks in at 5ft nothing, as does Mike, Bast is 4 feet tall Herzer is the better part of 7ft and apparently babies weigh between 11 and 22 lbs.

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* UnitConfusion - Either several characters are incredibly short or Ringo didn't look up how big a meter is. Paul clocks in at 5ft nothing, as does Mike, Bast is 4 feet tall Herzer is the better part of 7ft 6ft 10.6in tall and apparently babies weigh between 11 and 22 lbs.only weighs 264lbs which is skeletally thin.
16th Jul '14 7:45:19 AM Eban
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* UnitConfusion - Either several characters are incredibly short or Ringo didn't look up how big a meter is. Paul clocks in at 5ft nothing, as does Mike, Bast is 4 feet tall Herzer is the better part of seven feet tall and apparently babies weigh 22 lbs.

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* UnitConfusion - Either several characters are incredibly short or Ringo didn't look up how big a meter is. Paul clocks in at 5ft nothing, as does Mike, Bast is 4 feet tall Herzer is the better part of seven feet tall 7ft and apparently babies weigh between 11 and 22 lbs.



* WriterOnBoard - Aside from the examples of AuthorAppeal and AuthorFilibuster mentioned above, the reader ''will'' learn John Ringo's views on gun control, welfare, sexual equality, the US invasion of Iraq...

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* WriterOnBoard - Aside from the examples of AuthorAppeal and AuthorFilibuster mentioned above, the reader ''will'' learn John Ringo's views on gun control, welfare, sexual equality, the US invasion of Iraq...Iraq, Global Warming...
16th Jul '14 7:43:37 AM Eban
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* UnitConfusion - Either several characters are incredibly short or Ringo didn't look up how big a meter is. Paul clocks in at 5ft nothing, as does Mike, Bast is 4 feet tall Herzer is the better part of seven feet tall.

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* UnitConfusion - Either several characters are incredibly short or Ringo didn't look up how big a meter is. Paul clocks in at 5ft nothing, as does Mike, Bast is 4 feet tall Herzer is the better part of seven feet tall.tall and apparently babies weigh 22 lbs.
16th Jul '14 6:19:38 AM Eban
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* UnitConfusion - Either several characters are incredibly short or Ringo didn't look up how big a meter is. Paul clocks in at 5ft nothing, as does Mike, Bast is 4 feet tall Herzer is the better part of seven feet tall.
30th Apr '14 8:17:58 PM Nohbody
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** This fad was not restricted to women, and it shades into HoistByHisOwnPetard when the genetic modifications allowing people to maintain single-digit body fat result in many of them dying of starvation after the fall.



* WriteWhoYouKnow - The merpeople in ''The Emerald Sea'' were based on the crew of a Caribbean cruise ship, as well as some Ringo fans given a fictional counterpart in the series.
30th Mar '14 5:07:40 AM JustKnown
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** This fad was not restricted to women, and it shades into HoistByHisPetard when the genetic modifications allowing people to maintain single-digit body fat result in many of them dying of starvation after the fall.

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** This fad was not restricted to women, and it shades into HoistByHisPetard HoistByHisOwnPetard when the genetic modifications allowing people to maintain single-digit body fat result in many of them dying of starvation after the fall.
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