History Literature / DeadBeat

22nd Sep '16 3:04:30 PM Andrzej
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He's just been [[{{Blackmail}} hired]] to find The Word of Kemmler, the personal spellbook of a powerful necromancer, which is also being hunted by any number of Kemmler’s apprentices and, really, anyone who would want to unlock the secrets of powerful necromancy--including a spell that would allow the caster to become a demi-god by devouring the spirits of the dead.

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He's just been [[{{Blackmail}} hired]] to find The Word of Kemmler, the personal spellbook of a powerful necromancer, which is also being hunted by any number of Kemmler’s Kemmler's apprentices and, really, anyone who would want to unlock the secrets of powerful necromancy--including a spell that would allow the caster to become a demi-god by devouring the spirits of the dead.



*** To clarify, Harry uses several different wards on his apartment to achieve the "shocked to paste" effect. [[spoiler: The Merlin uses a ''single'' ward to stop an army of vampires, an army which included ''Outsiders, beings that are normally immune to magic''.]]

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*** To clarify, Harry uses several different wards on his apartment to achieve the "shocked to paste" effect. [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The Merlin uses a ''single'' ward to stop an army of vampires, an army which included ''Outsiders, beings that are normally immune to magic''.]]



** The GPS system in Georgia's SUV. It does not actually show up itself, but the GPS itself gives Harry his EurekaMoment when he realizes that [[spoiler: the numbers on Bony Tony's flash drive are GPS coordinates]].
** Butters's one-man Polka suit (and ability to play it) become a combination of ChekhovsGun and ChekhovsSkill later in the book, as they're used to keep a [[spoiler: zombie T-Rex]] under control.

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** The GPS system in Georgia's SUV. It does not actually show up itself, but the GPS itself gives Harry his EurekaMoment when he realizes that [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the numbers on Bony Tony's flash drive are GPS coordinates]].
** Butters's one-man Polka suit (and ability to play it) become a combination of ChekhovsGun and ChekhovsSkill later in the book, as they're used to keep a [[spoiler: zombie [[spoiler:zombie T-Rex]] under control.



* ColdBloodedTorture: The museum scene, [[spoiler: where Cassius tortures Harry for no reason other than personal enjoyment. Of course, this is the guy that Harry himself [[CallItKarma tortured not two books earlier for information]].]]
* CommicallyMissingThePoint: After Harry gives a complete rundown of his day and assorted dire happenings to Thomas the latter's immediate response is "You got a ''date''?"
* {{Conscription}}: Because [[spoiler:the Wardens lost many in the recent attack by the Reds, Harry is drafted into the Wardens]].

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* ColdBloodedTorture: The museum scene, [[spoiler: where [[spoiler:where Cassius tortures Harry for no reason other than personal enjoyment. Of course, this is the guy that Harry himself [[CallItKarma tortured not two books earlier for information]].]]
* CommicallyMissingThePoint: After Harry gives a complete rundown of his day and assorted dire happenings to Thomas the latter's immediate response is "You got have a ''date''?"
* {{Conscription}}: Because [[spoiler:the Wardens lost many in the recent attack by the Reds, Harry is drafted into the Wardens]].
''date''?"



--> "Now entering Helsinki."
* CoolSword: Part of the defenses in the Warden's anti-magic blade is that only the Wizard it was crafted for could draw out its power. [[spoiler:For this reason, when Morgan sees Anastasia Luccio in the body of a 20-something woman wielding her blade and drawing on its power, he knows she is truly his Captain]].

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--> "Now -->"Now entering Helsinki."
* CoolSword: Part of the defenses in the Warden's anti-magic blade is that only the Wizard it was crafted for could draw out its power. [[spoiler:For this reason, when Morgan sees Anastasia Luccio in the body of a 20-something woman wielding her blade and drawing on its power, he knows she is truly his Captain]].



* ExecutiveMeddling: Butcher'd originally planned ''Dead Beat'' to be the ''eighth'' Dresden novel, but his publishers urged him to make his seventh book an especially spectacular one to mark the first hardcover release of the series, so he swapped this one and ''Proven Guilty''. Cue the [[spoiler: zombie dinosaur]].

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* ExecutiveMeddling: Butcher'd originally planned ''Dead Beat'' to be the ''eighth'' Dresden novel, but his publishers urged him to make his seventh book an especially spectacular one to mark the first hardcover release of the series, so he swapped this one and ''Proven Guilty''. Cue the [[spoiler: zombie [[spoiler:zombie dinosaur]].



* HijackingCthulhu: Harry successfully summons [[spoiler:the Erlking, a king of TheFairFolk and]] one of the most powerful beings in the series, and traps it in the summoning circle. Although he by no means has control of it, he is able to keep it from attacking him or leaving. [[spoiler: Until someone bonks him on the head, that is]].

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* HijackingCthulhu: Harry successfully summons [[spoiler:the Erlking, a king of TheFairFolk and]] one of the most powerful beings in the series, and traps it in the summoning circle. Although he by no means has control of it, he is able to keep it from attacking him or leaving. [[spoiler: Until [[spoiler:Until someone bonks him on the head, that is]].



* HopeSpot: After realizing the scope of the problem he is dealing with, Harry calls in the Wardens, who respond promptly and provide him with much needed back-up. [[spoiler: All five of them--who reveal that of the 200 or so Wardens the council had, a little more than 40 survived a recent, massive Red Court attack. They even go as far as to draft Harry into their ranks on the spot]].
* HumansAreSpecial: In a dark way. Mortal magic has one thing no other magic can do: [[spoiler:Mortal magic can summon the worst of {{Eldritch Abomination}}s, the Outsiders. The fact that some showed up to aid the Red Court attack on the Senior Council means there has to be a Council-level mage helping the Red Court]].

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* HopeSpot: After realizing the scope of the problem he is dealing with, Harry calls in the Wardens, who respond promptly and provide him with much needed back-up. [[spoiler: All [[spoiler:All five of them--who reveal that of the 200 or so Wardens the council had, a little more than 40 survived a recent, massive Red Court attack. They even go as far as to draft Harry into their ranks on the spot]].
* HumansAreSpecial: In a dark way. Mortal magic has one thing no other magic can do: [[spoiler:Mortal magic can summon the worst of {{Eldritch Abomination}}s, the Outsiders. The fact that some showed up to aid the Red Court attack on the Senior Council means there has to be a Council-level mage helping the Red Court]].



** Harry himself gets to take a turn with this. The Laws of Magic are very clear that turning people into undead is a big no-no. It's a bit fuzzier about [[spoiler: turning a Tyrannosaurus Rex into a zombie.]]

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** Harry himself gets to take a turn with this. The Laws of Magic are very clear that turning people into undead is a big no-no. It's a bit fuzzier about [[spoiler: turning [[spoiler:turning a Tyrannosaurus Rex into a zombie.]]



* LoweredRecruitingStandards: Because the Wardens lost many in the recent attack by the Reds, [[spoiler:Harry Dresden himself]] is [[{{Conscription}} drafted]] into the Wardens. [[spoiler:The very first thing Bob does when he sees Harry wearing a Warden's grey cloak is asking him whether he stole it or took it off a corpse, which tells you right there how desperate the White Council has to be to consider ''him'' Warden material.]]



* NonHumanUndead: Also something of a plot point, as Harry exploits a loophole in the White Council's Necromancy prohibition by animating an animal as a zombie. Specifically, [[spoiler: a freaking ''Tyrannosaurus Rex''.]]

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* NonHumanUndead: Also something of a plot point, as Harry exploits a loophole in the White Council's Necromancy prohibition by animating an animal as a zombie. Specifically, [[spoiler: a [[spoiler:a freaking ''Tyrannosaurus Rex''.]]



--> "Polka will never die!"

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--> "Polka -->"Polka will never die!"



* RaisingTheSteaks: A loophole in the Laws of Magic. Necromancy cannot be used on a dead person. Animals aren't included. So Harry raises [[spoiler: a T-Rex]] in a [[CrowningMomentofAwesome Crowning Moment of Awesome]].
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: When Harry told Luccio [[spoiler:about Morgan hounding him and trying to push Harry into trying to kill him and then kill Harry in "self-defense" Luccio makes it clear not only didn't she know, but she is furious about this and believes Harry despite the little evidence he has]].

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* RaisingTheSteaks: A loophole in the Laws of Magic. Necromancy cannot be used on a dead person. Animals aren't included. So Harry raises [[spoiler: a [[spoiler:a T-Rex]] in a [[CrowningMomentofAwesome Crowning Moment of Awesome]].
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: When Harry told Luccio [[spoiler:about Morgan hounding him and trying to push Harry into trying to kill him and then kill Harry in "self-defense" Luccio makes it clear not only didn't she know, but she is furious about this and believes Harry despite the little evidence he has]].



--> '''Cowl:''' "Again I will ask it. Give me your copy of the book."\\
'''Harry:''' "And again do I answer thee. Bite me."

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--> '''Cowl:''' -->'''Cowl:''' "Again I will ask it. Give me your copy of the book."\\
'''Harry:''' "And again do I answer thee. Bite me." "



* UnwittingPawn: A few times near the end. [[spoiler: In particular, Harry inadvertently does Cowl's work for him by calling up the Erlking (and, because Harry was trying to keep him trapped, all Cowl had to do was whack Harry in the back of the head to set the Erlking loose), then ends up leading Grevane to the ''Word of Kemmler'', something Grevane could not have done on his own. He gets better, though]].
* VillainBall:

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* UnwittingPawn: A few times near the end. [[spoiler: In [[spoiler:In particular, Harry inadvertently does Cowl's work for him by calling up the Erlking (and, because Harry was trying to keep him trapped, all Cowl had to do was whack Harry in the back of the head to set the Erlking loose), then ends up leading Grevane to the ''Word of Kemmler'', something Grevane could not have done on his own. He gets better, though]].
* VillainBall: VillainBall:



* WeaponsOfMassDestruction: The Red Court use [[spoiler: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sarin sarin gas]], which legally ''is'' a weapon of mass destruction, to attack the White council hospital in the Congo]]. Also shows exactly ''why'' this is classed as a WMD. [[spoiler: The Red Court attack didn't just kill off the wounded Wardens, it also wiped out most of the city in which the hospital was located.]]

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* WeaponsOfMassDestruction: The Red Court use [[spoiler: [[http://en.[[spoiler:[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sarin sarin gas]], which legally ''is'' a weapon of mass destruction, to attack the White council hospital in the Congo]]. Also shows exactly ''why'' this is classed as a WMD. [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The Red Court attack didn't just kill off the wounded Wardens, it also wiped out most of the city in which the hospital was located.]]



%%* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Butcher'd initially penciled this story in for book eight (see ExecutiveMeddling), to follow after ''Proven Guilty''. As originally planned, [[spoiler: apprentice Molly]] would have filled Butters's role as a recipient of Harry's info-dumps about necromancy and the Wild Hunt.

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%%* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Butcher'd initially penciled this story in for book eight (see ExecutiveMeddling), to follow after ''Proven Guilty''. As originally planned, [[spoiler: apprentice [[spoiler:apprentice Molly]] would have filled Butters's role as a recipient of Harry's info-dumps about necromancy and the Wild Hunt.
22nd Sep '16 12:36:53 PM roxana
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* CommicallyMissingThePoint: After Harry gives a complete rundown of his day and assorted dire happenings to Thomas the latter's immediate response is "You got a ''date''?"
1st Sep '16 1:51:08 PM roxana
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* DeathStare: Harry hits Cowl and Kumori with one that actually has them swaying backwards - or maybe it was the wind.

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* DeathStare: DeathGlare: Harry hits Cowl and Kumori with one that actually has them swaying backwards - or maybe it was the wind.
1st Sep '16 1:49:54 PM roxana
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* DeathStare: Harry hits Cowl and Kumori with one that actually has them swaying backwards - or maybe it was the wind.
3rd Jun '16 11:26:01 PM Doug86
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He’s just been [[{{Blackmail}} hired]] to find The Word of Kemmler, the personal spellbook of a powerful necromancer, which is also being hunted by any number of Kemmler’s apprentices and, really, anyone who would want to unlock the secrets of powerful necromancy--including a spell that would allow the caster to become a demi-god by devouring the spirits of the dead.

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He’s He's just been [[{{Blackmail}} hired]] to find The Word of Kemmler, the personal spellbook of a powerful necromancer, which is also being hunted by any number of Kemmler’s apprentices and, really, anyone who would want to unlock the secrets of powerful necromancy--including a spell that would allow the caster to become a demi-god by devouring the spirits of the dead.



* UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne: It was Kemmler's fault, apparently. He spent over a hundred years preparing the foundations of it.
* UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo: Kemmler sided with ThoseWackyNazis to turn the war into his own personal undead playground. The White Council sided with the Allies, and were finally able to [[DeaderThanDead punch his ticket]].

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* UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne: UsefulNotes/WorldWarI: It was Kemmler's fault, apparently. He spent over a hundred years preparing the foundations of it.
* UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo: UsefulNotes/WorldWarII: Kemmler sided with ThoseWackyNazis to turn the war into his own personal undead playground. The White Council sided with the Allies, and were finally able to [[DeaderThanDead punch his ticket]].
29th May '16 3:28:48 AM Yozzy
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* ChekhovsMisfire: After he gets it removed, Harry keeps the shuriken Li Xian put into his leg. While this was a potential set-up for later, the shuriken disappears and isn't mentioned again.
26th May '16 2:30:47 PM doornik1142
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** Knights of the Cross have a tendency to miraculously show up exactly when and where they are needed, usually attributed to God manipulating coincidence to make things happen just right. While he is being tortured by Liverspots Harry muses that this is exactly the sort of situation where his friend Michael or another Knight of the Cross would come out of nowhere to save him. Michael does not suddenly appear to save the day [[spoiler:but unexpectedly, Butters does. Hmm...]]
1st May '16 6:38:14 AM Ciara25
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* {{Deconstruction}} : It's made clear that having supernatural sexual appeal ''that you can't turn off'' isn't nearly so great when you can't live off the family fortune and are trying to hold down a minimum wage job. Thomas keeps getting sexually assaulted by his female co-workers and/or fired.

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* {{Deconstruction}} : It's made clear that having supernatural sexual appeal ''that you can't turn off'' isn't nearly so great when you can't live off the family fortune and are trying to hold down a minimum wage job. Thomas keeps getting sexually assaulted by his female co-workers and customers and/or fired.
1st May '16 6:36:09 AM Ciara25
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* {{Deconstruction}} : It's made clear that having supernatural sexual appeal ''that you can't turn off'' isn't nearly so great when you can't live off the family fortune and are trying to hold down a minimum wage job. Thomas keeps getting sexually assaulted by his female co-workers and/or fired.
20th Feb '16 12:02:45 AM GrammarNavi
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** Also a possible motivation for Kumori saving the fatally-wounded outfit hitter, who begs the EMTs on the scene to help him because he's got a little girl at home.

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** Also a possible motivation for Kumori saving the fatally-wounded outfit hitter, who begs the EMTs [=EMTs=] on the scene to help him because he's got a little girl at home.
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