History Literature / DeathLands

30th Mar '16 6:26:26 PM JackG
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LongRunningBookSeries of action-adventure novels set in an AfterTheEnd North America, now called [[MeaningfulName Deathlands]]. A detailed prologue in the first novel explains how a [[RenegadeRussian hardline communist faction]] tried to decapitate the entire US political and military command structure by detonating three briefcase nukes during the Presidential inauguration, as a preliminary to a surprise nuclear attack. Things [[GoneHorriblyWrong Go Horribly Wrong]] and the resulting nuclear, chemical and biological conflagration turns Earth into the equivalent of a DeathWorld.

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LongRunningBookSeries of action-adventure novels set in an AfterTheEnd North America, now called [[MeaningfulName Deathlands]]. A detailed prologue in the first novel explains how a [[RenegadeRussian hardline communist faction]] tried to [[DecapitatedArmy decapitate the entire US political and military command structure structure]] by detonating three briefcase nukes during the Presidential inauguration, as a preliminary to a surprise nuclear attack. Things [[GoneHorriblyWrong Go Horribly Wrong]] and the resulting nuclear, chemical and biological conflagration turns Earth into the equivalent of a DeathWorld.
22nd Sep '15 2:08:30 AM Morgenthaler
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26th Aug '15 2:58:21 AM Odon
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** [[spoiler: Subverted Outside the very first redoubt one of the party fleeing into the darks is critically wounded by arrows. They are forced to leave them behind because the arrow wound is so bad.]]
** In FilmOfTheBook, where Krysty Wroth yanks a crossbow bolt out of her shoulder).

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** [[spoiler: Subverted Outside outside the very first redoubt one of the party fleeing into the darks is critically wounded by arrows. They are forced to leave them behind because the arrow wound is so bad.]]
bad.
** In Played straight in the FilmOfTheBook, where Krysty Wroth yanks a crossbow bolt out of her shoulder).shoulder.



* ChekhovsVolcano: [[spoiler:The Wizard Island Research Base. It is stated that when they blow the dooms day weapons intended to finish off the world that it would very likely set off the dormant volcano. Sure enough when they blow the facility the volcano erupts.]]

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* ChekhovsVolcano: [[spoiler:The The Wizard Island Research Base. It is stated that when they blow the dooms day weapons intended to finish off the world that it would very likely set off the dormant volcano. Sure enough when they blow the facility the volcano erupts.]]



* CoolGate: [[spoiler: The portal booths that the characters frequently used often taking them to a new location every time they are used.

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* CoolGate: [[spoiler: The portal booths that the characters frequently used often taking them to a new location every time they are used.



** When the Trader finds a stash of nerve gas, he buries it and destroys the evidence that lead him there in the hope no-one will ever use such weapons again. [[spoiler:Unfortunately it doesn't work; half his convoy gets gassed with nerve agents]]

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** When the Trader finds a stash of nerve gas, he buries it and destroys the evidence that lead him there in the hope no-one will ever use such weapons again. [[spoiler:Unfortunately it doesn't work; half his convoy gets gassed with nerve agents]]agents.]]



** The description of what happened to Ryan and how he lost his eye, as well as his ocasional nightmares about it when his remaining eyes is threatened.

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** The description of what happened to Ryan and how he lost his eye, as well as his ocasional occasional nightmares about it when his remaining eyes is threatened.



* PortalNetwork: The MAT-TRANS devices. [[spoiler: They create a network of teleporter devices that not link many locations inside and outside of the Deathlands and even to a limited extent different points in time.]]

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* PortalNetwork: The MAT-TRANS devices. [[spoiler: They create a network of teleporter devices that not link many locations inside and outside of the Deathlands and even to a limited extent different points in time.]]



* TeleportersAndTransporters:[[spoiler:What they find in the hidden redoubt beyond the Cerberus fog defense. It's later revealed they provide the ability to TimeTravel as well.]]

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* TeleportersAndTransporters:[[spoiler:What TeleportersAndTransporters: What they find in the hidden redoubt beyond the Cerberus fog defense. It's later revealed they provide the ability to TimeTravel as well.]]
27th Feb '15 5:13:00 PM TuefelHundenIV
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* AntiMatter: Implosion bombs use Anti-Matter in some fashion.

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* AntiMatter: Implosion A rare variety of explosive ordinance called implosion bombs use Anti-Matter in some fashion.an anti-matter charge to set them off.



* {{BFG}}: M-60s, .50 caliber machine guns, auto-cannons, and grenade launchers to name a few.

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* {{BFG}}: {{BFG}}:A variety of popular weapon options for use in the Deathlands. Examples are M-60s, .50 caliber machine guns, auto-cannons, and grenade launchers to name a few.



* BlackAndGreyMorality: The nature of the Deathlands makes this a fact of life. People are flawed but there are some really bad people out there who just need killing. Expect to see a shoot first and ask later attitude due to the often justified belief that others will do the same to you.
* BoomHeadShot: Done with often gory details about eyeballs, teeth, and fragments of bullets and bone doing nasty things.

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* BlackAndGreyMorality: The nature of the Deathlands makes this a fact of life. People are flawed but there are some really bad people out there who just need killing. Expect to see a shoot first and ask later attitude due to the often justified belief that others will do the same to you.
or worse.
* BoomHeadShot: Done with often gory details about eyeballs, teeth, and fragments of bullets and bone doing nasty things.things and often portrayed as one of the few sure ways to kill even tough enemies such as mutants.



* CoolGate [=/=] PortalNetwork: The MAT-TRANS.
* CoolGun: The various personal fire arms of the characters get this treatment in the novels.
* CrapsackWorld: Among the weather, landscape, mutants and other humans, the world is not a nice place to live.
* {{Cult}}: There are plenty of various and sundry cults through out the death lands.

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* CoolGate [=/=] PortalNetwork: CoolGate: [[spoiler: The MAT-TRANS.
* CoolGun: The various personal fire arms of
portal booths that the characters get this treatment in the novels.frequently used often taking them to a new location every time they are used.
* CoolGun: The various personal fire arms of the characters get this treatment in the novels with a fair bit of description given over to the details of the weapons and what makes them unique, useful, and/or effective.
* CrapsackWorld: Among the weather, landscape, mutants and other humans, the world is not a nice place to live.
live. The constantly hostile world often means miserable and short lives frequently ending badly by violence or diseases.
* {{Cult}}: There are plenty of various and sundry cults through out the death lands. Cannibalism and human sacrifice of one sort or another are common themes among the cults.



** Easily Concealed small weapons like derringers and knives also are used in this role.

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** Easily Concealed small weapons like derringers and knives also are used in this role.role with various characters including villains using them to get out of a tight spot.



** One of the nicer things that can possibly happen to your eyes is getting them put out

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** One of the nicer things that can possibly happen to your eyes is getting them put outout. Gory depictions of eyeball destruction are frequent when it comes to eyes being injured or ripped out.



* ForbiddenZone: The United States of America, also known as The Death Lands.

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* ForbiddenZone: The United States of America, also known as The Death Lands. Heavily populated by mutants and frequently scoured by deadly weather and hazardous terrain.



* FutureSlang: [[{{mutant}} Muties]], [[ImAHumanitarian cannies]], [[{{mooks}} sec men]], [[WeaponizedCar war wag]], [[HiredGuns blasters]], [[DeadlyEuphemism chilled]], and [[UnusualEuphemism fireblast]].

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* FutureSlang: [[{{mutant}} Muties]], [[ImAHumanitarian cannies]], [[{{mooks}} sec men]], [[WeaponizedCar war wag]], [[HiredGuns blasters]], [[DeadlyEuphemism chilled]], and [[UnusualEuphemism fireblast]].fireblast]] are the common future slang found in the books.



* GunStripping: Characters will frequently clean and maintain their weapons.
* HandGuns: Everyone seems to carry them for one reason or another.

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* GunStripping: Characters will frequently clean and maintain their weapons.
weapons when at rest or in a quiet moment.
* HandGuns: Everyone seems to carry them for one reason or another.another and they are depicted in every size and shape from pocket pistol Derringers up to massive hand cannon like revolvers.



** [[spoiler:Baron Zeal, who previously burned one of Trader's men alive with his special torture chamber of doom, eventually tries escaping imminent explosion and being the victim of [[{{Gorn}} a violent and goretastic explosion]], jumps in same torture pit; however, the torture pit eventually winds up in a crater, burning alive as the door was wedged shut, giving Zeal the irony treatment of burning alive for weeks.]]

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** [[spoiler:Baron Zeal, who previously burned one of Trader's men alive with his special torture chamber of doom, eventually tries escaping an imminent explosion and being the victim of [[{{Gorn}} a violent and goretastic explosion]], jumps in same torture pit; however, the torture pit eventually winds up in a crater, burning alive as the door was wedged shut, giving Zeal the irony treatment of burning alive for weeks.]]



* KickTheDog: The various villains and miscreants do this to one degree or another simply because they can.

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* KickTheDog: The various villains and miscreants do this to one degree or another simply because they can.can and quickly point out the bad guys in the book.



* NoRangeLikePointBlankRange: Sometimes making sure it is nearly impossible to miss is the best option.

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* NoRangeLikePointBlankRange: Sometimes making sure it is nearly impossible to miss is the best option.option and frequently used with weapons like shotguns with gory effect.



* PortalNetwork: The MAT-TRANS devices. [[spoiler: They create a network of teleporter devices that not link many locations inside and outside of the Deathlands and even to a limited extent different points in time.]]



* PuttingOnTheReich: The Sec forces of Mocsin. They were the patently {{obviously evil}} black uniform-wearing bad guys.

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* PuttingOnTheReich: PuttingOnTheReich:
** Varous armed thugs or vicious soldiers are depicted as wearing obviously evil clothing of some sort another.
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The Sec forces of Mocsin. They were the patently {{obviously evil}} black uniform-wearing bad guys.



* PsychicPowers: Some mutes have these. [[SpiderSense Sensors]], [[{{seer}} precogs]], Doomies who vaguely sense bad events before the happen, and Krysty has powerful [[MindOverMatter telekinetic abilities as well as potent precognitive powers]].

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* PsychicPowers: Some mutes mutants have these. [[SpiderSense Sensors]], [[{{seer}} precogs]], Doomies who vaguely sense bad events before the happen, and Krysty has powerful [[MindOverMatter telekinetic abilities as well as potent precognitive powers]].



* RuleOfCool: The book contains plenty instances of this to help keep the story interesting.

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* RuleOfCool: The book contains plenty instances of this to help keep the story interesting. Expect characters to do incredibly implausible things or beat impossible odds. Sometimes it is even used to set the theme or mood for where they are currently.



* WeaponizedCar: The War Wagons, War Wags for short, and the assault buggies.
* WretchedHive: Mocsin, and many other towns on the eastern seaboard.

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* WeaponizedCar: The War Wagons, War Wags for short, and the assault buggies.
buggies. Feature numerous machine guns and even mortars in some cases.
* WretchedHive: Mocsin, and many other towns on the eastern seaboard. Many towns and villages frequently fall under this description as the towns are at the whim of the rulers and law often comes from the barrel of a gun or point of a blade.
27th Feb '15 4:47:15 PM TuefelHundenIV
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In the year 2104 life in Deathlands is nasty, brutish and short (not to mention frequently mutated) but the HiredGuns of the Trader have things better than most. Travelling from one [[WretchedHive feudal barony and fortified town]] to another in their heavily-armed wagon train, they've become adept at locating the [[ScavengerWorld hidden stockpiles of weapons and equipment]] left by the now-defunct US government.

After an attack on their convoy the Trader's war captain, Ryan Cawdor, saves and is saved by a stunningly beautiful female captive called Krysty Wroth. She is convinced that a [[ThePromisedLand gateway to a better world]] lies in the Darks (formerly the Glacier National Park in Montana). This is an old UrbanLegend and Ryan is naturally skeptical, but events force him and several companions to seek it out. What they discover there leas them to a series of adventures across the Deathlands and beyond. Their wanderings lead them to battle an endless array of [[EvilOverlord power-hungry warlords]], kill-crazy marauders, mutant monsters, {{Mad Scientist}}s and various other villains. Expect loads of {{Gorn}} and GunPorn, over-the-top characters, cool events and some crazy landscape. To date the series has reached over 100 books with multiple authors, making for some interesting adventures for the characters.

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In the year 2104 life in Deathlands is nasty, brutish brutish, short, and short (not to mention frequently mutated) but mutated. However the HiredGuns of the Trader have things better than most. Travelling from one [[WretchedHive feudal barony and fortified town]] to another in their heavily-armed wagon train, they've become adept at locating the [[ScavengerWorld hidden stockpiles of weapons and equipment]] left by the now-defunct US government.

After an attack on their convoy the Trader's war captain, Ryan Cawdor, saves and is saved by a stunningly beautiful female captive called Krysty Wroth. She is convinced that a [[ThePromisedLand gateway to a better world]] lies in the Darks (formerly formerly known as the Glacier National Park in Montana).Montana. This is an old UrbanLegend and Ryan is naturally skeptical, but events force him and several companions to seek it out. What they discover there leas leads them to a series of adventures across the Deathlands and beyond. Their wanderings lead them to battle an endless array of [[EvilOverlord power-hungry warlords]], kill-crazy marauders, mutant monsters, {{Mad Scientist}}s and various other villains. Expect loads of {{Gorn}} and GunPorn, over-the-top characters, cool events and some crazy landscape. To date the series has reached over 100 books with multiple authors, making for some interesting adventures for the characters.



* AKA47: Plenty of weapons get this treatment, as in the HK G-12 (a fictional variant of the Heckler & Koch G11 caseless rifle) wielded by Ryan in the early novels.

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* AKA47: Plenty of weapons get this treatment, as in the HK G-12 (a [[note]]A fictional variant of the Heckler & Koch G11 caseless rifle) rifle[[/note]] wielded by Ryan in the early novels.



** The group find some [[CrateExpectations sealed crates]] and J.B. starts going into [[GunPorn excessive detail]] over what exotic weapons might be in them. Everyone (except J.B.) bursts out laughing when the crates turn out to be full of thousands of plastic zippers.

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** The group find some [[CrateExpectations sealed crates]] and J.B. starts going into [[GunPorn excessive detail]] over what exotic weapons might be in them. Everyone (except Everyone, except J.B.) , bursts out laughing when the crates turn out to be full of thousands of plastic zippers.



** [[spoiler: All of the Traders' vehicles have these placed into them to keep the wagons and their contents from falling into the wrong hands. When the switch is not activated after a certain period of time (because everyone's been nerve-gassed) the convoy blows up in front of the BigBad who'd hoped to seize it.]]

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** [[spoiler: ** All of the Traders' vehicles have these placed into them to keep the wagons and their contents from falling into the wrong hands. hands.[[spoiler: When the switch is not activated after a certain period of time (because everyone's been nerve-gassed) the convoy blows up in front of the BigBad who'd hoped to seize it.it after killing everyone that was in the convoy.]]
27th Feb '15 4:41:04 PM TuefelHundenIV
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After an attack on their convoy the Trader's war captain, Ryan Cawdor, saves (and is saved by) a stunningly beautiful female captive called Krysty Wroth. She is convinced that a [[ThePromisedLand gateway to a better world]] lies in the Darks (formerly the Glacier National Park in Montana). This is an old UrbanLegend and Ryan is naturally skeptical, but events force him and several companions (most notably 'Doc' Tanner, a traumatised former captive who appears to have unusual knowledge of pre-war America) to seek it out. [[spoiler:It turns out the gateway is actually a Redoubt; a hidden underground complex containing teleportation technology called MAT-TRANS. The series follows their adventures as the group use the MAT-TRANS PortalNetwork to travel at random from one part of Deathlands to another.]] In doing so they battle an endless array of [[EvilOverlord power-hungry warlords]], kill-crazy marauders, mutant monsters, {{Mad Scientist}}s and various other villains. Expect loads of {{Gorn}} and GunPorn, over-the-top characters, cool events and some crazy landscape. To date the series has reached 100 books with multiple authors, making for some interesting adventures for the characters.

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After an attack on their convoy the Trader's war captain, Ryan Cawdor, saves (and and is saved by) by a stunningly beautiful female captive called Krysty Wroth. She is convinced that a [[ThePromisedLand gateway to a better world]] lies in the Darks (formerly the Glacier National Park in Montana). This is an old UrbanLegend and Ryan is naturally skeptical, but events force him and several companions (most notably 'Doc' Tanner, a traumatised former captive who appears to have unusual knowledge of pre-war America) to seek it out. [[spoiler:It turns out the gateway is actually What they discover there leas them to a Redoubt; a hidden underground complex containing teleportation technology called MAT-TRANS. The series follows their of adventures as across the group use the MAT-TRANS PortalNetwork to travel at random from one part of Deathlands and beyond. Their wanderings lead them to another.]] In doing so they battle an endless array of [[EvilOverlord power-hungry warlords]], kill-crazy marauders, mutant monsters, {{Mad Scientist}}s and various other villains. Expect loads of {{Gorn}} and GunPorn, over-the-top characters, cool events and some crazy landscape. To date the series has reached over 100 books with multiple authors, making for some interesting adventures for the characters.
4th Dec '14 10:25:12 AM shadowdancer21b
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** The group find some [[CrateExpectations sealed crates]] and J.D. starts going into [[GunPorn excessive detail]] over what exotic weapons might be in them. Everyone (except J.D.) bursts out laughing when the crates turn out to be full of thousands of plastic zippers.

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** The group find some [[CrateExpectations sealed crates]] and J.D.B. starts going into [[GunPorn excessive detail]] over what exotic weapons might be in them. Everyone (except J.D.B.) bursts out laughing when the crates turn out to be full of thousands of plastic zippers.
28th Aug '14 10:28:51 AM marcoasalazarm
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* SapientTank: The "Ranger" robot tank of the book ''Pandora's Redoubt''.

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* SapientTank: The [[SuperPersistentPredator absurdly persistent]] "Ranger" robot tank of the book ''Pandora's Redoubt''.
28th Aug '14 10:28:03 AM marcoasalazarm
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* SapientTank: The "Ranger" robot tank of the book ''Pandora's Redoubt''.
23rd Apr '14 8:07:51 PM Odon
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-->"He took up with a band of mutie marauders who had a rather more liberal attitude to norms than most -- that is, they accepted him, instead of slow-roasting him over a slow fire and eating him..."

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-->"He took up with a band of mutie marauders who had a rather more liberal attitude to norms than most -- that is, they accepted him, instead of slow-roasting him over a slow fire and eating him..."
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