History Literature / Deathstalker

28th Oct '16 3:35:09 PM dlchen145
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* TheChick: Evangeline Shreck, though she gets her {{Badass}} ActionGirl moment.

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* TheChick: Evangeline Shreck, though she gets her {{Badass}} badass ActionGirl moment.
1st Oct '16 8:49:17 AM ErikModi
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In short, the ''Deathstalker'' series is a FantasyKitchenSink SpaceOpera, soft as warm butter on the [[MohsScaleOfScienceFictionHardness Mohs scale]], and is [[SerialNovel sliced up into hundred- or two-hundred-page sections]] which could generally stand as stories on their own right. One can expect quite a lot of {{HSQ}} and similar moments when explaining any given segment, particularly as one reads further on. Finally, outside of the series itself, there are a handful of other stories written by Creator/SimonRGreen in the same universe, including the compilation ''Twilight of the Empire''.

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In short, the ''Deathstalker'' series is a FantasyKitchenSink SpaceOpera, soft as warm butter on the [[MohsScaleOfScienceFictionHardness Mohs scale]], and is [[SerialNovel sliced up into hundred- or two-hundred-page sections]] which could generally stand as stories on their own right. The recipe is simple: one part StarWars, two parts French Revolution, and a dash of AffectionateParody, satire, and Lovecraftian horror, liberally sprinkled with CrowningMomentOfFunny. One can expect quite a lot of {{HSQ}} and similar moments when explaining any given segment, particularly as one reads further on. Finally, outside of the series itself, there are a handful of other stories written by Creator/SimonRGreen in the same universe, including the compilation ''Twilight of the Empire''.
1st Oct '16 8:43:49 AM ErikModi
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** [[spoiler: Alicia VomAcht Deathstalker, the super-esper, tries to hijack Joy, the Ecstatic, to advance her plan of human domination. [[AndIMustScream Instead she ends up trapped in a mind that makes no sense with no way out.]]

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** [[spoiler: Alicia VomAcht [=VomAcht=] Deathstalker, the super-esper, tries to hijack Joy, the Ecstatic, to advance her plan of human domination. [[AndIMustScream Instead she ends up trapped in a mind that makes no sense with no way out.]]]]]]



* TrueCompanions: Much as Lewis, Jesamine, Brett, and Rose snipe at each other, in ''Deathstalker Coda'' when the Mistport council rather bluntly questions why they should waste time on this RagtagBunchOfMistfits, everyone leaps to each other's defense, justifying why they've survived everything the series has thrown at them this far.

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* TrueCompanions: Much as Lewis, Jesamine, Brett, and Rose snipe at each other, in ''Deathstalker Coda'' when the Mistport council rather bluntly questions why they should waste time on this RagtagBunchOfMistfits, RagtagBunchOfMisfits, everyone leaps to each other's defense, justifying why they've survived everything the series has thrown at them this far.
1st Oct '16 8:39:34 AM ErikModi
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* ShootTheMessenger: It takes quite some time for [[spoiler: Finn]] to be informed not just of [[spoiler: the fleet he sent to engage Lewis' fleet defecting]], but the incipient invasion by the combined fleet, mostly because no one wanted to be the one actually tell him. They finally found a fanatic with "as strong sense of duty and no real sense of self-preservation." One [[spoiler: Finn]] is sure he's heard every detail, he beats the messenger to death with his bare hands.

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* ShootTheMessenger: It takes quite some time for [[spoiler: Finn]] to be informed not just of [[spoiler: the fleet he sent to engage Lewis' fleet defecting]], but the incipient invasion by the combined fleet, mostly because no one wanted to be the one actually tell him. They finally found a fanatic with "as "a strong sense of duty and no real sense of self-preservation." One Once [[spoiler: Finn]] is sure he's heard every detail, he beats the messenger to death with his bare hands.
1st Oct '16 8:31:12 AM ErikModi
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* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler: John Silence, a survivor of the Madness Maze (though not as powerful as Owen and Hazel) kills himself rather than let Alicia VomAcht Deathstalker take over his body in ''Deathstalker Coda''.]]

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* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler: John Silence, a survivor of the Madness Maze (though not as powerful as Owen and Hazel) kills himself rather than let Alicia VomAcht [=VomAcht=] Deathstalker take over his body in ''Deathstalker Coda''.]]



** Being the Empire's foremost opera singer and diva, Jeasmine Flowers has the "mundane" version of this. At one point, Douglas lets her let rip with an ear-splitting note to silence an unproductive Parliament debate. [[spoiler: The Madness Maze naturally grants her the super-powered version, which is PlayedForDrama (Jes is used to her singing bring people joy, not YourHeadAsplode).]]

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** Being the Empire's foremost opera singer and diva, Jeasmine Flowers has the "mundane" version of this. At one point, Douglas lets her let rip with an ear-splitting note to silence an unproductive Parliament debate. [[spoiler: The Madness Maze naturally grants her the super-powered version, which is PlayedForDrama (Jes is used to her singing bring bringing people joy, not YourHeadAsplode).]]
1st Oct '16 8:27:35 AM ErikModi
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* ItsWhatIDo: After [[spoiler: Owen is revived, he communicates with the Admiral of the orbiting Imperial fleet, a handpicked [[FantasticRacism Pure Humanity fanatic.]] After insulting and antagonizing her, Lewis ends the call, and, realizing their last slim chance of talking their way out from under the guns of the largest Imperial fleet assembled since the Rebellion, asks Owen what the point was of antagonizing the Admiral. "It's what I do best."]]

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* ItsWhatIDo: After [[spoiler: Owen is revived, he communicates with the Admiral of the orbiting Imperial fleet, a handpicked [[FantasticRacism Pure Humanity fanatic.]] After insulting Owen insults and antagonizing antagonizes her, Lewis ends the call, and, realizing their last slim chance of talking their way out from under the guns of the largest Imperial fleet assembled since the Rebellion, Rebellion has evaporated, asks Owen what the point was of antagonizing the Admiral. "It's what I do best."]]
1st Oct '16 8:13:35 AM ErikModi
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* ChekhovsGunman: Alicia [=VomAcht=] Deathstalker, Joy. [[spoiler: Alicia is mentioned earlier in the second book to have gone through the Madness Maze with the people who eventually created the Hadenmen, but instead became a super-esper. She eventually became a LiteralSplitPersonality, turning into the Mater Mundi and the uber-espers. [[NiceJobBreakingItHero Diana Vertue's attempt to destroy the uber-espers results in recombining her into a single entity.]] Joy is an Ecstatic (a person who's undergone surgical modification to exist in a state of perpetual orgasm) who seems to know things no one else should know, and is secreted away to New Hope in the first book. [[spoiler: His bizzare mind is the perfect place to trap Alicia when she tries to possess him.]]

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* ChekhovsGunman: Alicia [=VomAcht=] Deathstalker, Joy. [[spoiler: Alicia is mentioned earlier in the second book to have gone through the Madness Maze with the people who eventually created the Hadenmen, but instead became a super-esper. She eventually became a LiteralSplitPersonality, turning into the Mater Mundi and the uber-espers. [[NiceJobBreakingItHero Diana Vertue's attempt to destroy the uber-espers results in recombining her into a single entity.]] ]]]] Joy is an Ecstatic (a person who's undergone surgical modification to exist in a state of perpetual orgasm) who seems to know things no one else should know, and is secreted away to New Hope in the first book. [[spoiler: His bizzare bizarre mind is the perfect place to trap Alicia when she tries to possess him.]]
1st Oct '16 8:10:31 AM ErikModi
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* ChekhovsGunman: Alicia VomAcht Deathstalker, Joy. [[spoiler: Alicia is mentioned earlier in the second book to have gone through the Madness Maze with the people who eventually created the Hadenmen, but instead became a super-esper. She eventually became a LiteralSplitPersonality, turning into the Mater Mundi and the uber-espers. [[NiceJobBreakingItHero Diana Vertue's attempt to destroy the uber-espers results in recombining her into a single entity.]] Joy is an Ecstatic (a person who's undergone surgical modification to exist in a state of perpetual orgasm) who seems to know things no one else should know, and is secreted away to New Hope in the first book. [[spoiler: His bizzare mind is the perfect place to trap Alicia when she tries to possess him.]]

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* ChekhovsGunman: Alicia VomAcht [=VomAcht=] Deathstalker, Joy. [[spoiler: Alicia is mentioned earlier in the second book to have gone through the Madness Maze with the people who eventually created the Hadenmen, but instead became a super-esper. She eventually became a LiteralSplitPersonality, turning into the Mater Mundi and the uber-espers. [[NiceJobBreakingItHero Diana Vertue's attempt to destroy the uber-espers results in recombining her into a single entity.]] Joy is an Ecstatic (a person who's undergone surgical modification to exist in a state of perpetual orgasm) who seems to know things no one else should know, and is secreted away to New Hope in the first book. [[spoiler: His bizzare mind is the perfect place to trap Alicia when she tries to possess him.]]
1st Oct '16 8:02:33 AM ErikModi
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* CrowningMomentOfFunny: As much of a CrapsackWorld the Empire under Lionstone is, the author (and thus, his characters) at least have a sense of humor about it.
** In ''Deathstalker Rebellion,'' a Prologue catches us up to the start of the book, explaining not only the general galactic situation but the events of the first book, leading up to the opening action scene.
--->'''Prologue''': Owen Deathstalker, that reluctant hero, headed for Golgotha in the company of Hazel d'Ark, on a strange golden ship run by augmented men once known as the Enemies of Humanity; and though posterity has no access to his thoughts, they were probably "Why me?"\\
'''[[GilliganCut Chapter One: Golgotha, Opening Gambit]]'''\\
'''Narration''': ''Why me?'' thought Owen Deathstalker as he headed to the toilet yet again.
** Also in ''Deathstalker Rebellion,'' [[spoiler: Finlay Campbell's]] ''epic'' rant to the esper Underground leaders, when they ask him to go out on another mission literally immediately after returning from another.
--->'''[[spoiler: Finlay]]''': You want ''[[BigWhat what?]]'' I've only just got back, damn it! I've been cut at, shot at, chased halfway to hell and back while dodging in and out of the pastel towers on a glorified gravity sled, and only just got away in one piece, and you want me to go out again? Does the phrase ''Stick it where the sun don't shine'' sound at all familiar? Have you all gone crazy, or are you just harboring a death wish? On the grounds that if you don't change your minds about this new mission in one hell of a hurry, I am going to find what's behind these over-rehearsed mirages of yours and [[ChunkySalsaRule slice and dice all three of you into pie filling!]] I am tired, hurt, and completely lacking in the sense of humor department. [[SelfDeprecatingHumor And no I don't have any sense of loyalty or honor. I'm an aristocrat, remember?]] I'm not going anywhere till I've had a good long soak in a hot tub, three or four good meals on the same plate, and an extremely long and uninterrupted nap. I am like a disrupter. I need to recharge my batteries between jobs. Right now my batteries are sitting in a corner crying their eyes out, and my get-up-and-go has got up and gone without leaving a forwarding address. In other words, no, I'm not bloody going!
** In ''Deathstalker Honor'', Jack reflects on what Ruby has been doing since the end of the Rebellion, noting that she's never really happy unless she's in a fight. She tried fighting in the Arena, but no one else would challenge her, and several aliens mysteriously got sick rather than face her, including several species not previously identified as intelligent.
** Also in ''Deathstalker Honor'', Owen, Hazel, and Co. arriving at the leper colony they're set to defend:
--->'''Leper 1''': That's ''Hazel d'Ark''? Oh, bloody hell. Isn't it bad enough being a leper without having her here too?\\
'''Owen''': Your reputation is spreading.\\
'''Hazel''': [[InsultBackfire Good.]] Now tell them to get a move on, or I'll kick their gate in and make them eat the hinges.\\
'''Leper 2''': I heard that. Please leave our gate alone. It's the only one we've got. Give us a minute to draw back the bolts, and we'll let you in. The Mother Superior will be here soon, and there'll be hot food and dry clothes for all of you.\\
'''Leper 1''': And a leash for Hazel d'Ark.\\
'''Hazel''': I heard that!\\
({{Beat}})\\
'''Leper 1''': Do you know who I am?\\
'''Hazel''': No.\\
'''Leper 1''': I think I'll keep it that way.
** In ''Deathstalker Destiny'', Diana Vertue (formerly known as Jenny Psycho) reaches out to the only two non-espers she can trust and has linked minds with before.
--->'''Diana''': ''Finlay! Can you hear me?''\\
'''Finlay''': ''Bloody hell! I've started hearing voices. Didn't think I was that far gone. You're not going to tell me you're the Devil, are you, and I have to go running through the streets with my underpants on my head?''\\
'''Diana''': ''This is Diana.''\\
'''Finlay''': ''Bloody silly name for the Devil.''\\
'''Diana''': ''Shut up and listen! This is Diana Vertue, once known as Jenny Psycho.''\\
'''Finlay''': ''I think I'd have been better off with the devil.''\\
'''Evangeline''': ''Shut up, dear, and let her talk''.
** In ''Deathsatlker Legacy'', Lewis isn't prepared for how [[AllCrimesAreEqual seriously]] Emma Steel takes her Paragon duties. She goes charging off less than a minute after he first meets her at the starport, he runs after her, thinking something horrible is happening, only to find she's busting up a luggage theft ring.
--->'''Lewis''': And that's it? All this for a couple of con men? Jesus, I nearly had a coronary. I haven't run that fast since that bomb disposal guy said ''oh shit'' and threw himself out the window.
** In ''Deathstalker Coda'', as [[spoiler: Finn]] gets one item of bad news after another, he decides he really needs some good news.
--->'''[[spoiler: Finn]]''': Joseph, tell me something I want to hear, or I'll have your testicles stitched together.
1st Oct '16 7:59:32 AM ErikModi
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* CrowningMomentOfAwesome: In ''Deathstalker Honor,'' Evangeline Shreck finally going back to Tower Shreck to confront her father, and give him some long-overdue justice.
** Later in the same book, when Finlay Campbell [[spoiler: goes back to finish the job. Tower Shreck ''ceases to exist'' by the time he's done.]]
** In ''Deathstalker Destiny'', [[spoiler: Diana Vertue and friends vs. the Mater Mundi. A BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind, where Diana literally dives into the collective unconscious of all humanity, and summons up the people closest to her to help defeat the malevolent collective subconscious of all espers, including Investigator Topaz as AnIcePerson and her father, John Silence, as a KnightInSourArmor, and [=ELF=] gestalt manifesting in the form of Stevie Blue.]]
** And inspired by that, [[spoiler: Diana Vertue recruits Jack Random and Ruby Journey to help her connect to the [=AIs=] of Shub through the undermind, ending the long war between Shub and Humanity.]]
** Robert Campbell's RousingSpeech [[spoiler: shortly after being crowned King, hearing of the victory over Shub, and then that the Recreated are almost at Golgotha]]:
--->'''Robert''': You heard the man. We're all needed. [[RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething I'm reinstating myself as Captain, and taking my old ship out to face the Recreated.]] [[DareToBeBadass Let every man and woman here for whom duty and honor are more than just words, follow me.]] We must fight, or fall, together. And if we must fall, let whoever or whatever remains to write the history books declare, ''This was Humanity's finest hour.''"
** Also in ''Destiny'', [[spoiler: Hazel, Carrion, and Silence using their newfound Maze powers to hold off the Recreated.]]
** In ''Deathstalker Return'', Jesamine Flowers singing with the Ashrai. First to honor them (she's geeking out about meeting "Owen's Dragons"), and later to tell them to get their asses the hell down here and help out against the Imperial troops.
** Also in ''Deathstalker Return'', the "Icarus Working." [[spoiler: Finn has been steadily raising anti-esper sentiment throughout the Empire, causing all espers to gather at New Hope, their giant floating city sanctuary. Finn finally leads an attack to break the espers, so they won't interfere with his plans. The oversoul combines all its esp powers and raises the city into orbit, beyond the attack range of Finn's air force. A starcruiser tries to intercept the floating, glowing city, and his crippled (and possibly destroyed) by esper energies emanating from it (possibly completely ''by accident''.) "It had flown to close to the new sun in the heavens, and its wings had burned."]]
** In ''Deathstalker Coda'', [[spoiler: Former King Douglas, Paragon Stuart Lennox, and Nina Malapert have fled to The Rookery to avoid Finn's forces. Stuart and Douglas are working as thugs to keep the inn they're staying in safe in exchange for free room and board. When the run off a gang of protection racket thugs, the boss comes back with an even bigger gang to bring them to heel. Not only do Douglas and Stuart wipe the floor with them, it provides Douglas the motivation to end his protracted sulk over everything that's gone wrong and finally stand up to Finn. He declares "The Rebellion starts here," and boy howdy, does it ever!]]
** Also in ''Coda'', when [[spoiler: Lewis and Jesamine go to Virimonde, after the entire remainder of the Deathstalker Clan has been wiped out, they find that ''every single citizen of Virimonde'' has sworn to avenge them, considering them ''all'' to be Deathstalkers now. Lewis is so touched it crosses over into TearJerker.]]
** Again in ''Coda'', as the thralls surge against the heroes, [[spoiler: Jesamine Flowers uses her [[MakeMeWannaShout Maze-enhanced singing powers]], backed up by the Ashrai, to drive the [=ELFs=] out of all their thralls all at once.]]
** Finally in ''Coda'', Brett Random desperately reaching into his mental link with Rose Constantine, empowered by the Madness Maze, and the two of them [[MentalFusion forming one mind in two bodies, becoming unstoppable fighters.]]
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