History Literature / DespoilersOfTheGoldenEmpire

29th Jun '16 12:14:41 AM TitaniumDragon
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29th Nov '15 4:49:08 PM LordInsane
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* ScienceFiction: Subverted. The story is written in the style of your typical science fiction novella, but is actually a work of historical fiction.

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* ScienceFiction: Subverted. The story is written in the style of your typical science fiction novella, but is actually a work of historical fiction. The one actual lie (as in, not subject to exact words or the unusual translation convention) admitted to in the apologia is a meta one about this -- of course a reader would have every right to expect a science fiction story, since it is in a magazine ''of'' science fiction... but that's not an untruth in the story itself or by the author.
7th Jul '15 8:01:24 PM bwburke94
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''Despoilers of the Golden Empire'' is a novella written by Creator/RandallGarrett in 1959; it was originally published in ''AstoundingScienceFiction'' under the pen name of David Gordon. It tells the story of the expedition of Commander Frank into an alien world, far away from his home, in search of the gold his civilization needs in order to keep operating, and the victory of his army over the alien natives. The story can be found [[http://www.gutenberg.org/files/24091/24091-h/24091-h.htm here]].

'''Due to the nature of this story, even the names of many of the tropes involved in the story constitute major spoilers. Proceed at your own risk.'''

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''Despoilers of the Golden Empire'' is a novella written by Creator/RandallGarrett in 1959; it was originally published in ''AstoundingScienceFiction'' ''[[Magazine/{{Analog}} Astounding Science Fiction]]'' under the pen name of David Gordon. It tells the story of the expedition of Commander Frank into an alien world, far away from his home, in search of the gold his civilization needs in order to keep operating, and the victory of his army over the alien natives. natives.

The story can be found [[http://www.gutenberg.org/files/24091/24091-h/24091-h.htm here]].

'''Due to the nature of this story, even the names of many of the tropes involved in the story constitute major spoilers. Proceed at your own risk.'''



!!This work provides examples of:

* CallARabbitASmeerp: Invoked heavily throughout the story. [[spoiler: Horses are called carriers, guns are referred to as a "power weapons", and various people and institutions are given names which the reader is unlikely to recognize.]]
* CrystalDragonJesus: [[spoiler: Subverted; the religion in question IS Christianity, and Jesus is invoked by name at the end.]]
* {{Deconstruction}}: [[spoiler: Of science fiction's use of unusual terminology to invoke a sense of wonder.]]
* DoingInTheWizard: [[spoiler: The entire point of the story, but especially the ending, revealing that all the poetic language was used to mislead the reader into thinking they're reading a work of science fiction. They're not.]]
* EarthAllAlong: [[spoiler: The entire story is set on Earth. The character knows this, but the reader doesn't.]]
* TheEndingChangesEverything: [[spoiler: The final line reveals that it is neither science fiction nor set in the future.]]
-->[[spoiler: ''And thus died Francisco Pizarro, the Conqueror of Peru.'']]

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!!This !!Tropes

Due to the nature of this story, even the names of many of the tropes involved in the story constitute major spoilers. The trope immediately below is the ''only'' trope that can be mentioned without whiting out a large portion of the text. '''As a result, do not open the below folder until you have read the entire story.'''

* TheEndingChangesEverything: The final sentence of the story significantly changes its scope, turning a normal piece of science fiction into a brilliant work.
-->[[spoiler:''And thus died Francisco Pizarro, the Conqueror of Peru.'']]

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work provides examples of:

of:]]
* CallARabbitASmeerp: Invoked heavily throughout the story. [[spoiler: Horses are called carriers, guns are referred to as a "power weapons", and various people and institutions are given names which the reader is unlikely to recognize.]]
recognize.
* CrystalDragonJesus: [[spoiler: Subverted; the religion in question IS ''is'' Christianity, and Jesus is invoked by name at the end.]]
end.
* {{Deconstruction}}: [[spoiler: Of science fiction's use of unusual terminology to invoke a sense of wonder.]]
wonder.
* DoingInTheWizard: [[spoiler: The entire point of the story, but especially the ending, revealing that all the poetic language was used to mislead the reader into thinking they're reading a work of science fiction. They're not.]]
fiction.
* EarthAllAlong: [[spoiler: The entire story is set on Earth. The character knows this, but the reader doesn't.]]
* TheEndingChangesEverything: [[spoiler: The final line reveals that it is neither science fiction nor set in the future.]]
-->[[spoiler: ''And thus died Francisco Pizarro, the Conqueror of Peru.'']]



** [[spoiler: Impractical and worse than useless because it was the 1500s.]]

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** [[spoiler: Impractical and worse than useless because it was the 1500s.]]



** [[spoiler: A reference to alchemy.]]

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** [[spoiler: A reference to alchemy.]]



** [[spoiler: These sciences barely even existed in the 1500s.]]

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** [[spoiler: These sciences barely even existed in the 1500s.]]



** [[spoiler: They had no geneticists or indeed knowledge of genetics because it was several centuries before genetics was even discovered.]]

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** [[spoiler: They had no geneticists or indeed knowledge of genetics genetics, because it was several centuries before genetics was even discovered.]]



** [[spoiler: All absolutely true, because they are still on Earth.]]

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** [[spoiler: All absolutely true, because they are still on Earth.]]



** [[spoiler: Why would a spaceship end up landing on the coast? The answer is, of course, that it isn't a spaceship.]]

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** [[spoiler: Why would a spaceship end up landing on the coast? The answer is, of course, that it isn't a spaceship.]]



** [[spoiler: The commander's first shot is also his only shot, his weapon being a single shot weapon from the 1500s.]]

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** [[spoiler: The commander's first shot is also his only shot, his weapon being a single shot single-shot weapon from the 1500s.]]



* TheHeroDies: [[spoiler: Commander Frank is assassinated at the end of the story, just as he was in real life.]]
* HistoricalFiction: [[spoiler: The story of Francisco Pizarro's conquest of Peru.]]
* HistoricalInJoke: [[spoiler: All the references to science that they didn't have in the 1500s are examples of this. More subtly, the story only references civilizations which existed prior to the 1500s when it invokes ancient civilizations for the purposes of comparisons.]]
* PsychicPowers: [[spoiler: All powers attributed to various Catholic saints.]]

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* TheHeroDies: [[spoiler: Commander Frank is assassinated at the end of the story, just as he was in real life.]]
life.
* HistoricalFiction: [[spoiler: The story of Francisco Pizarro's conquest of Peru.]]
Peru.
* HistoricalInJoke: [[spoiler: All the references to science that they didn't have in the 1500s are examples of this. More subtly, the story only references civilizations which existed prior to the 1500s when it invokes ancient civilizations for the purposes of comparisons.]]
comparisons.
* PsychicPowers: [[spoiler: All powers attributed to various Catholic saints.]]



** Commander Frank himself was a low-level initiate, just enough to occasionally use the Power to strengthen his resolve and help himself carry on. [[spoiler:It was not altogether unexpected for a Spaniard living in the 1500s to exhibit religious zeal.]]
* PurpleProse: [[spoiler: Used to trick the reader into thinking they're reading a science fiction story.]]

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** Commander Frank himself was a low-level initiate, just enough to occasionally use the Power to strengthen his resolve and help himself carry on. [[spoiler:It It was not altogether unexpected for a Spaniard living in the 1500s to exhibit religious zeal.]]
zeal.
* PurpleProse: [[spoiler: Used to trick the reader into thinking they're reading a science fiction story.]]



* RedHerring: [[spoiler: The wording of the prose of the entire story. The references to scientific knowledge which didn't exist in the 1500s. The translation convention of all the names.]]
* RedHerringTwist: [[spoiler: The references to science distributed throughout the story are there in order to mislead the reader.]]
* ReligionIsMagic: First-class adepts of the teachings of the Universal Assembly (referred to as the Truth in the story) are noted as having various magical or psionic powers. [[spoiler: Naming aside, the results are exactly the kind of miracles attributed to Christian saints -- "first-class adepts" of the teachings of the Bible. Levitation to begin with...]]
* TheReveal: [[spoiler: The end of the story, giving us Commander Frank's full name.]]
* ScienceFiction: [[spoiler: Subverted. The story is written as a work of science fiction might be, but is actually a work of historical fiction.]]

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* RedHerring: [[spoiler: RedHerringTwist: The wording of the prose of the entire story. The story and the references to scientific knowledge which didn't exist in the 1500s. The translation convention of all 1500s are specifically meant to trick the names.]]
* RedHerringTwist: [[spoiler: The references to science distributed throughout the story are there in order to mislead the reader.]]
reader.
* ReligionIsMagic: First-class adepts of the teachings of the Universal Assembly (referred to as the Truth in the story) are noted as having various magical or psionic powers. [[spoiler: Naming aside, the results are exactly the kind of miracles attributed to Christian saints -- "first-class adepts" of the teachings of the Bible. Levitation to begin with...]]
with...
* TheReveal: [[spoiler: The end of the story, giving us Commander Frank's full name.]]
name.
* ScienceFiction: [[spoiler: Subverted. The story is written as a work in the style of your typical science fiction might be, novella, but is actually a work of historical fiction.]]



* SubvertedTrope: [[spoiler: The entire story uses subverted tropes in order to mislead the reader as to what sort of story they're reading.]]
* TechnoBabble: Played with and deconstructed. Very fancy, scientifically advanced language is used throughout the story, and the characters' ignorance of many scientific facts are noted throughout. [[spoiler: This is because the story was set in the 1500s, and no one possessed said knowledge at the time.]]
* TranslationConvention: All of the charaters' names, and the names of various institutions and organizations in the story, are translated into their English equivalents. [[spoiler: Unusually, this is done in order to deceive the reader; Frank is a lot less recognizable as a unique name than Francisco, and referring to the priesthood, politicians, and their religion in various translated terms helps hide who and what is being referred to throughout the story.]]

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* SubvertedTrope: [[spoiler: The entire story uses subverted tropes in order to mislead the reader as to what sort of story they're reading.]]
reading.
* TechnoBabble: Played with and deconstructed. Very fancy, scientifically advanced language is used throughout the story, and the characters' ignorance of many scientific facts are noted throughout. [[spoiler: This is because the story was set in the 1500s, and no one possessed said knowledge at the time.]]
time.
* TranslationConvention: All of the charaters' characters' names, and the names of various institutions and organizations in the story, are translated into their English equivalents. [[spoiler: Unusually, this is done in order equivalents to deceive the reader; Frank is a lot less recognizable as a unique name than Francisco, and referring reader. Referring to the priesthood, politicians, and their religion in various translated terms helps hide who and what is being referred to throughout the story.]]story.
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17th Nov '14 1:55:02 PM lordGacek
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* PsychicPowers: [[spoiler: All powers exhibited by Jesus in the Bible.]]

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* PsychicPowers: [[spoiler: All powers exhibited by Jesus in the Bible.attributed to various Catholic saints.]]


Added DiffLines:

** Commander Frank himself was a low-level initiate, just enough to occasionally use the Power to strengthen his resolve and help himself carry on. [[spoiler:It was not altogether unexpected for a Spaniard living in the 1500s to exhibit religious zeal.]]
22nd Sep '14 2:47:11 AM PaulA
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''Due to the nature of this story, even the names of many of the tropes involved in the story constitute major spoilers. Proceed at your own risk.''

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''Due '''Due to the nature of this story, even the names of many of the tropes involved in the story constitute major spoilers. Proceed at your own risk.''
'''



* TheEndingChangesEverything: [[spoiler: The final line reveals that it is neither science fiction nor set in the future.]]
-->[[spoiler: ''And thus died Francisco Pizarro, the Conqueror of Peru.'']]



* TheHeroDies: [[spoiler: Commander Frank is assassinated at the end of the story, just as he was in real life.]]



* TheEndingChangesEverything: [[spoiler: The final line reveals that it is neither science fiction nor set in the future.]]
-->[[spoiler: ''And thus died Francisco Pizarro, the Conqueror of Peru.'']]
* TheHeroDies: [[spoiler: Commander Frank is assassinated at the end of the story, just as he was in real life.]]
22nd Sep '14 2:41:52 AM PaulA
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''Despoilers of the Golden Empire'' is a novella written by Randall Garrett in 1959; it was originally published in ''Astounding Science Fiction'' under the pen name of David Gordon. It tells the story of the expedition of Commander Frank into an alien world, far away from his home, in search of the gold his civilization needs in order to keep operating, and the victory of his army over the alien natives. The story can be found [[http://www.gutenberg.org/files/24091/24091-h/24091-h.htm here]].

Due to the nature of this story, even the names of many of the tropes involved in the story constitute major spoilers. Proceed at your own risk.

to:

''Despoilers of the Golden Empire'' is a novella written by Randall Garrett Creator/RandallGarrett in 1959; it was originally published in ''Astounding Science Fiction'' ''AstoundingScienceFiction'' under the pen name of David Gordon. It tells the story of the expedition of Commander Frank into an alien world, far away from his home, in search of the gold his civilization needs in order to keep operating, and the victory of his army over the alien natives. The story can be found [[http://www.gutenberg.org/files/24091/24091-h/24091-h.htm here]].

Due ''Due to the nature of this story, even the names of many of the tropes involved in the story constitute major spoilers. Proceed at your own risk.
risk.''



* [[spoiler: DoingInTheWizard: The entire point of the story, but especially the ending, revealing that all the poetic language was used to mislead the reader into thinking they're reading a work of science fiction. They're not.]]
* [[spoiler: EarthAllAlong]]

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* [[spoiler: DoingInTheWizard: [[spoiler: The entire point of the story, but especially the ending, revealing that all the poetic language was used to mislead the reader into thinking they're reading a work of science fiction. They're not.]]
* EarthAllAlong: [[spoiler: EarthAllAlong]]The entire story is set on Earth. The character knows this, but the reader doesn't.]]



* ForegoneConclusion: [[spoiler: Being a work of historical fiction, that Francisco Pizarro would defeat the Incas, take over their empire, and eventually be assassinated are all foregone conclusions.]]



* [[spoiler: GenreShift: More of a genre TWIST, as the story appears to be science fiction set in the future, but is actually a work of historical fiction set in the 1500s.]]
* [[spoiler: HistoricalFiction: The story of Francisco Pizarro's conquest of Peru.]]
* [[spoiler: HistoricalInJoke: All the references to science that they didn't have in the 1500s are examples of this. More subtly, the story only references civilizations which existed prior to the 1500s when it invokes ancient civilizations for the purposes of comparisons.]]

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* HistoricalFiction: [[spoiler: GenreShift: More of a genre TWIST, as the The story appears to be science fiction set in the future, but is actually a work of historical fiction set in the 1500s.Francisco Pizarro's conquest of Peru.]]
* [[spoiler: HistoricalFiction: The story of Francisco Pizarro's conquest of Peru.]]
* [[spoiler:
HistoricalInJoke: [[spoiler: All the references to science that they didn't have in the 1500s are examples of this. More subtly, the story only references civilizations which existed prior to the 1500s when it invokes ancient civilizations for the purposes of comparisons.]]



* [[spoiler: RedHerringTwist: The references to science distributed throughout the story are there in order to mislead the reader.]]

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* [[spoiler: RedHerringTwist: [[spoiler: The references to science distributed throughout the story are there in order to mislead the reader.]]



* [[spoiler: TheReveal: The end of the story, giving us Commander Frank's full name.]]

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* TheReveal: [[spoiler: TheReveal: The end of the story, giving us Commander Frank's full name.]]



* [[spoiler: SubvertedTrope: The entire story uses subverted tropes in order to mislead the reader as to what sort of story they're reading.]]

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* [[spoiler: SubvertedTrope: [[spoiler: The entire story uses subverted tropes in order to mislead the reader as to what sort of story they're reading.]]



* [[spoiler: TheEndingChangesEverything: The final line reveals that it is neither science fiction nor set in the future.]]

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* [[spoiler: TheEndingChangesEverything: [[spoiler: The final line reveals that it is neither science fiction nor set in the future.]]



* [[spoiler: TheHeroDies: Commander Frank is assassinated at the end of the story, just as he was in real life.]]

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* [[spoiler: TheHeroDies: [[spoiler: Commander Frank is assassinated at the end of the story, just as he was in real life.]]
10th Jul '14 4:00:29 PM lordGacek
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* ReligionIsMagic: First-class adepts of the teachings of the Universal Assembly (referred to as the Truth in the story) are noted as having various magical or psionic powers. [[spoiler: Or so the Bible teaches, at any rate; there's no indication that these powers are actually real.]]

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* ReligionIsMagic: First-class adepts of the teachings of the Universal Assembly (referred to as the Truth in the story) are noted as having various magical or psionic powers. [[spoiler: Or so Naming aside, the Bible teaches, at any rate; there's no indication that these powers results are actually real.exactly the kind of miracles attributed to Christian saints -- "first-class adepts" of the teachings of the Bible. Levitation to begin with...]]
7th Jul '14 2:22:47 PM erraticegomania
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* Deconstruction: [[spoiler: Of science fiction's use of unusual terminology to invoke a sense of wonder.]]

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* Deconstruction: {{Deconstruction}}: [[spoiler: Of science fiction's use of unusual terminology to invoke a sense of wonder.]]
7th Jul '14 2:21:45 PM erraticegomania
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* Foreshadowing: The entire story foreshadows the ending, but gets increasingly more obvious as the story progresses towards its conclusion.

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* Foreshadowing: {{Foreshadowing}}: The entire story foreshadows the ending, but gets increasingly more obvious as the story progresses towards its conclusion.
10th Jun '14 12:35:45 AM TitaniumDragon
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Added DiffLines:

* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness: The entire story is full of very scientific prose.
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