History Literature / DestructiveHarmonics

23rd Apr '16 11:04:02 PM aye_amber
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** One of Val's exes was named Robert {{Candlemass}}.

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** One of Val's exes was named Robert {{Candlemass}}.Music/{{Candlemass}}.
17th Apr '16 2:54:47 PM aye_amber
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** Martha Jane Vikernes (the reporter from the [[http://bishoujoklok.livejournal.com/4450.html#cutid1 holiday]] and [[http://bishoujoklok.livejournal.com/1403.html Hekatefest]] interviews) is named after [[{{Burzum}} Varg]] (and Calamity Jane), although she has little in common with either of them.

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** Martha Jane Vikernes (the reporter from the [[http://bishoujoklok.livejournal.com/4450.html#cutid1 holiday]] and [[http://bishoujoklok.livejournal.com/1403.html Hekatefest]] interviews) is named after [[{{Burzum}} [[Music/{{Burzum}} Varg]] (and Calamity Jane), although she has little in common with either of them.
5th Mar '16 10:13:47 AM Morgenthaler
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** Three of Lilja's former bands were called [[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} Storm Bolter, Sororitas]], and {{Necromunda}}.

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** Three of Lilja's former bands were called [[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} Storm Bolter, Sororitas]], and {{Necromunda}}.TabletopGame/{{Necromunda}}.
1st Jan '16 10:02:02 PM nombretomado
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** And [[SnowCrash Raven]], Yanang's favorite glass knife.

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** And [[SnowCrash [[Literature/SnowCrash Raven]], Yanang's favorite glass knife.
26th Dec '15 11:27:40 PM Floria
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* AlienGeometries: the living room of Maenad's BigFancyHouse has four walls, but the sum of its angles adds up to a little more than 360 degrees.

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* AlienGeometries: the The living room of Maenad's BigFancyHouse has four walls, but the sum of its angles adds up to a little more than 360 degrees.



* AluminumChristmasTrees: a running gag involves Yanang (a city girl with no interest in plants that you can't eat, smoke, or ferment) not believing that certain plants (including wintergreen, mistletoe, and wolfsbane) are real-world life forms.
* AssholeVictim: fairly common as victims of the more serious negative effects of Maenad's Aura of Weirdness.
* AuthorAppeal: music, exotic pets, lesbians...
* BeautyIsNeverTarnished: no matter what's just happened to her, Lilja never looks worse than a bit pale and mildly disheveled. Does not apply to the other female characters.

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* AluminumChristmasTrees: a A running gag involves Yanang (a city girl with no interest in plants that you can't eat, smoke, or ferment) not believing that certain plants (including wintergreen, mistletoe, and wolfsbane) are real-world life forms.
* AssholeVictim: fairly Fairly common as victims of the more serious negative effects of Maenad's Aura of Weirdness.
* AuthorAppeal: music, Music, exotic pets, lesbians...
* BeautyIsNeverTarnished: no No matter what's just happened to her, Lilja never looks worse than a bit pale and mildly disheveled. Does not apply to the other female characters.



* BoardingSchoolOfHorrors: the Brocklehurst Center For Troubled Youth. In Valerian's grandmother's defense, she didn't know this when she sent Val there.

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* BoardingSchoolOfHorrors: the The Brocklehurst Center For Troubled Youth. In Valerian's grandmother's defense, she didn't know this when she sent Val there.



* BunnyEarsLawyer: most creative types.

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* BunnyEarsLawyer: most Most creative types.



* CoolPet: a whole menagerie of them, ranging from tarantulas to peafowl to small sturgeon, but restricted to small-to-medium creatures who don't need extremely specialized living arrangements.

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* CoolPet: a A whole menagerie of them, ranging from tarantulas to peafowl to small sturgeon, but restricted to small-to-medium creatures who don't need extremely specialized living arrangements.



* CreativeDifferences: one of the reasons Valerian left [[DeathMetal Imploded Aneurysm]] (the other was strained vocal cords). Val wanted to explore more [[HeavyMithril fantastic]] and introspective themes and was beginning to cultivate her interest in weird religious imagery at the point that the other band members wanted to go DarkerAndEdgier.

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* CreativeDifferences: In-universe, one of the reasons Valerian left [[DeathMetal Imploded Aneurysm]] (the other was strained vocal cords). Val wanted to explore more [[HeavyMithril fantastic]] and introspective themes and was beginning to cultivate her interest in weird religious imagery at the point that the other band members wanted to go DarkerAndEdgier.



* CulturalPosturing: regarding [[http://bishoujoklok.livejournal.com/5030.html#cutid1 bizarre Scandinavian fish dishes]], of all things.
* CutHisHeartOutWithASpoon: any time Violet tries to be intimidating generally comes out like this.

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* CulturalPosturing: regarding Regarding [[http://bishoujoklok.livejournal.com/5030.html#cutid1 bizarre Scandinavian fish dishes]], of all things.
* CutHisHeartOutWithASpoon: any Any time Violet tries to be intimidating generally comes out like this.



* DeathbringerTheAdorable: most of Maenad's pets. After all, they are a metal band and have certain standards to maintain.

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* DeathbringerTheAdorable: most Most of Maenad's pets. After all, they are a metal band and have certain standards to maintain.



* DumbAndDrummer: averted. Musa is the only member of Maenad with a university education.
* EveryoneIsBi: or at least most of the women who have a canonical sexual orientation.
* EveryoneIsChristianAtChristmas: more like "Everyone is pagan on the Solstice."

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* DumbAndDrummer: averted.Averted. Musa is the only member of Maenad with a university education.
* EveryoneIsBi: or Or at least most of the women who have a canonical sexual orientation.
* EveryoneIsChristianAtChristmas: more More like "Everyone is pagan on the Solstice."



* ExtranormalInstitute: the boarding school Artemisia attended, which catered to the daughters of supervillains and people in similarly exotic occupations. They had classes in [[StuffBlowingUp applied chemistry]] and "interrogation techniques" along with fencing and home ec.
* FakeBand: loads of them.
* FictionalMedia: quite a bit of it.

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* ExtranormalInstitute: the The boarding school Artemisia attended, which catered to the daughters of supervillains and people in similarly exotic occupations. They had classes in [[StuffBlowingUp applied chemistry]] and "interrogation techniques" along with fencing and home ec.
* FakeBand: loads Loads of them.
* FictionalMedia: quite Quite a bit of it.



* FreudianExcuse: fairly common, although not particularly severe.

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* FreudianExcuse: fairly Fairly common, although not particularly severe.



* GargleBlaster: most of the cocktails Musa invents. For example, "Suicider," a little hard cider, apple brandy, Everclear, and cinnamon schnapps based concoction that tastes deceptively smooth for how strong it is, especially when it's served hot.
* GeniusDitz: the girls in Maenad, although they don't all manifest it the same way, and the level of ditziness often depends on RuleOfFunny.

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* GargleBlaster: most Most of the cocktails Musa invents. For example, "Suicider," a little hard cider, apple brandy, Everclear, and cinnamon schnapps based concoction that tastes deceptively smooth for how strong it is, especially when it's served hot.
* GeniusDitz: the The girls in Maenad, although they don't all manifest it the same way, and the level of ditziness often depends on RuleOfFunny.



* GermanicEfficiency: the Hekatefest interview mentions an actual German efficiency consultant who was, true to the trope, very good at her job. Unfortunately she was also a serial embezzler.

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* GermanicEfficiency: the The Hekatefest interview mentions an actual German efficiency consultant who was, true to the trope, very good at her job. Unfortunately she was also a serial embezzler.



* GothicMetal: one possible way to classify Maenad's music, although the question is complicated by the fact that nobody seems able to precisely define what gothic metal is, exactly.
* HeavyMithril: shows up in their lyrics on occasion.

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* GothicMetal: one One possible way to classify Maenad's music, although the question is complicated by the fact that nobody seems able to precisely define what gothic metal is, exactly.
* HeavyMithril: shows Shows up in their lyrics on occasion.



* HollywoodHomely: explored in-universe, since the characters are female celebrities.

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* HollywoodHomely: explored Explored in-universe, since the characters are female celebrities.



* InTheBlood: normally, Artemisia is a calm, and dignified with a SugarAndIcePersonality, but she occasionally has the strong desire to let her hair down and indulge in a bit of [[EvilIsHammy villainous ham.]] She tries not to publicly express this.
* InformedAbility / TakeOurWordForIt: side effect of being a musician in a non-auditory medium.
* IronButtMonkey: several minor characters. The Harmonicsverse can be a dangerous place, and Maenad does not help.
* KillerRabbit: averted with Maenad's peacocks, much to Yanang's disappointment.

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* InTheBlood: normally, Normally, Artemisia is a calm, and dignified with a SugarAndIcePersonality, but she occasionally has the strong desire to let her hair down and indulge in a bit of [[EvilIsHammy villainous ham.]] She tries not to publicly express this.
* InformedAbility / TakeOurWordForIt: side Side effect of being a musician in a non-auditory medium.
* IronButtMonkey: several Several minor characters. The Harmonicsverse can be a dangerous place, and Maenad does not help.
* KillerRabbit: averted Averted with Maenad's peacocks, much to Yanang's disappointment.



* KnockingOnHeathensDoor: discussed in the "Holidays" interview.

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* KnockingOnHeathensDoor: discussed Discussed in the "Holidays" interview.



* MalevolentArchitecture: while the living quarters of Maenad's house are safe enough, the basements range from "difficult to navigate" to "how is that geometrically possible?" to "actively hostile to human life." The band [[NightmareFetishist thinks this is pretty metal.]]

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* MalevolentArchitecture: while While the living quarters of Maenad's house are safe enough, the basements range from "difficult to navigate" to "how is that geometrically possible?" to "actively hostile to human life." The band [[NightmareFetishist thinks this is pretty metal.]]



* [[MistakenForRacist Mistaken For Antisemite]]: for some reason, Violet's grandmother has developed the idea that all Scandinavian metal musicians (including Lilja) are Neo-Nazis. This makes things awkward when the band meet each other's families.

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* [[MistakenForRacist Mistaken For Antisemite]]: for For some reason, Violet's grandmother has developed the idea that all Scandinavian metal musicians (including Lilja) are Neo-Nazis. This makes things awkward when the band meet each other's families.



* NoGuyWantsAnAmazon: finding potential romantic partners who weren't scared of her has been a problem for Valerian on occasion.

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* NoGuyWantsAnAmazon: finding Finding potential romantic partners who weren't scared of her has been a problem for Valerian on occasion.



* PassThePopcorn: [[DiscussedTrope discussed]] during Lilja and Yanang's seltzer-and-pillow fight.

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* PassThePopcorn: [[DiscussedTrope discussed]] Discussed]] during Lilja and Yanang's seltzer-and-pillow fight.



* PeripheryDemographic: in-universe example: [[{{Moe}} Violet's]] biggest fan bases are among [[{{Shoujo}} young girls]] and [[{{Seinen}} college-age men.]]

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* PeripheryDemographic: in-universe In-universe example: [[{{Moe}} Violet's]] biggest fan bases are among [[{{Shoujo}} young girls]] and [[{{Seinen}} college-age men.]]



* RapunzelHair: the Assassin (doubles as GodivaHair on occasion), Lilja, and Artemisia, although it isn't as obvious since she normally wears it in an up-do.

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* RapunzelHair: the The Assassin (doubles as GodivaHair on occasion), Lilja, and Artemisia, although it isn't as obvious since she normally wears it in an up-do.



* RealPersonFic: in-universe, Maenad gets some written about them. Valerian doesn't mind this, but she does wish that she didn't get slotted into the "abusive seme" and "fundamentalist homophobe" slots so often.

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* RealPersonFic: in-universe, In-universe, Maenad gets some written about them. Valerian doesn't mind this, but she does wish that she didn't get slotted into the "abusive seme" and "fundamentalist homophobe" slots so often.



* SeinfeldianConversation: the conversation between Violet and Musa about what cleaning products from different countries would, theoretically, taste like.
* SeriousBusiness: anything that Maenad's involved in, between the "metal is SeriousBusiness" crowd and the people who believe that the band have supernatural powers.

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* SeinfeldianConversation: the The conversation between Violet and Musa about what cleaning products from different countries would, theoretically, taste like.
* SeriousBusiness: anything Anything that Maenad's involved in, between the "metal is SeriousBusiness" crowd and the people who believe that the band have supernatural powers.



* ShoutOut: lots of them, including:

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* ShoutOut: lots Lots of them, including:



* SickEpisode: one vignette in which Artemisia gets a cold and the girls [[NurseWithGoodIntentions try to help her get better]] with dubious homemade herbal remedies.

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* SickEpisode: one One vignette in which Artemisia gets a cold and the girls [[NurseWithGoodIntentions try to help her get better]] with dubious homemade herbal remedies.



* SoBadItsGood: in-universe example: most of Maenad's non-musical creative endeavors. They wound up making a movie that was the cinematic equivalent of high-budget AuthorAppeal but turned out reasonably watchable due to a competent director and successful application of the RuleOfCool.
* SpringtimeForHitler: any effort Maenad makes to troll its fanbase winds up becoming strangely popular.
* SuperWeight: Maenad as a whole is a two when ThePowerOfRock is active, although some suspect them of being a potential three or four.
** Artemisia and the Assassin are at about one and a half.
** Pi would count as a one when just how hard he is to kill is taken into account.

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* SoBadItsGood: in-universe In-universe example: most of Maenad's non-musical creative endeavors. They wound up making a movie that was the cinematic equivalent of high-budget AuthorAppeal but turned out reasonably watchable due to a competent director and successful application of the RuleOfCool.
* SpringtimeForHitler: any Any effort Maenad makes to troll its fanbase winds up becoming strangely popular.
* SuperWeight: Maenad as a whole is a two Abnormal Weight when ThePowerOfRock is active, although some suspect them of being a potential three or four.
potentially higher.
** Artemisia and the Assassin are at about one and a half.
the higher end of Iron Weight.
** Pi would count as a one Iron Weight when just how hard he is to kill is taken into account.



* ThereAreNoTherapists: averted, although plenty of characters who probably need help still aren't getting it, and the one therapist to get much characterization has plenty of issues of her own.

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* ThereAreNoTherapists: averted, Averted, although plenty of characters who probably need help still aren't getting it, and the one therapist to get much characterization has plenty of issues of her own.


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* UnusualPetsForUnusualPeople: Maenad and their associates have quite a menagerie.
29th Aug '15 9:38:53 PM Adept
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** [[{{Ihsahn}} Thou Shalt Suffer]], the pro domme house where Valerian worked for a while in her pre-Maenad days.

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** [[{{Ihsahn}} [[Music/{{Ihsahn}} Thou Shalt Suffer]], the pro domme house where Valerian worked for a while in her pre-Maenad days.
17th Aug '15 9:39:52 PM phoenix
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* FreudianExcuse: fairly common, although not particularly severe.
** Valerian: didn't meet her mother until she was in her twenties, had a stormy relationship with her paternal grandmother, due to the whole "irresistible force versus immovable object" problem.
** Violet: her mother died when Violet was a preschooler, the aunt who raised her is a loving but rather intimidating [[MyBelovedSmother Beloved Smother]]/JewishMother hybrid.
** Lilja: was both parents' [[TheUnfavorite Unfavorite]], Linnea Hammerfall was sort of a surrogate parental figure before she joined the band.
** Musa: was both parents' [[TheUnfavorite Unfavorite]] (although her sister sees the dynamic differently), and is closer to the hippie neighbor lady who babysat her than she is to either of them.
** Yanang: is [[AvertedTrope actually]] on amiable, if a bit distant, terms with her family.



* MommyIssues: fairly common, although not particularly severe.
** Valerian: didn't meet her mother until she was in her twenties, had a stormy relationship with her paternal grandmother, due to the whole "irresistible force versus immovable object" problem.
** Violet: her mother died when Violet was a preschooler, the aunt who raised her is a loving but rather intimidating [[MyBelovedSmother Beloved Smother]]/JewishMother hybrid.
** Lilja: was both parents' [[TheUnfavorite Unfavorite]], Linnea Hammerfall was sort of a surrogate parental figure before she joined the band.
** Musa: was both parents' [[TheUnfavorite Unfavorite]] (although her sister sees the dynamic differently), and is closer to the hippie neighbor lady who babysat her than she is to either of them.
** Yanang: is [[AvertedTrope actually]] on amiable, if a bit distant, terms with her family.
24th Jul '15 6:47:28 PM nombretomado
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''Destructive Harmonics'' is a currently mostly unpublished writing project by Tropers/{{Floria}}. It takes place in DarthWiki/TheHarmonicsverse, a sort of MundaneFantastic-meets-WorldOfWeirdness version of early twenty-first century Earth, and can be described as "''{{Metalocalypse}}'' [[XMeetsY meets]] one of those [[{{Moe}} cutesy]] SliceOfLife anime series about [[ImprobablyFemaleCast a bunch of quirky high school girls]]," [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/KOn]][[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/LuckyStar]][[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Manga/AzumangaDaioh]] although in this case the "girls" are five rock stars in their twenties and thirties. The project is mostly concerned with Maenad, a popular all-female heavy metal band that's difficult to precisely classify by subgenre, and whose members are, to a woman, WeirdnessMagnet {{Bunny Ears Lawyer}}s, the band members' daily lives, their odder adventures, and the many ways they drive their [[OnlySaneEmployee long-suffering]] [[TeamMom manager]] to distraction.

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''Destructive Harmonics'' is a currently mostly unpublished writing project by Tropers/{{Floria}}. It takes place in DarthWiki/TheHarmonicsverse, a sort of MundaneFantastic-meets-WorldOfWeirdness version of early twenty-first century Earth, and can be described as "''{{Metalocalypse}}'' "''{{WesternAnimation/Metalocalypse}}'' [[XMeetsY meets]] one of those [[{{Moe}} cutesy]] SliceOfLife anime series about [[ImprobablyFemaleCast a bunch of quirky high school girls]]," [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/KOn]][[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/LuckyStar]][[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Manga/AzumangaDaioh]] although in this case the "girls" are five rock stars in their twenties and thirties. The project is mostly concerned with Maenad, a popular all-female heavy metal band that's difficult to precisely classify by subgenre, and whose members are, to a woman, WeirdnessMagnet {{Bunny Ears Lawyer}}s, the band members' daily lives, their odder adventures, and the many ways they drive their [[OnlySaneEmployee long-suffering]] [[TeamMom manager]] to distraction.
3rd May '15 9:47:25 PM nombretomado
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* ClassicalMythology: Valerian's a fan, and Maenad's name is a reference to it.

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* ClassicalMythology: Myth/ClassicalMythology: Valerian's a fan, and Maenad's name is a reference to it.



* NorseMythology: Lilja's a fan.

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* NorseMythology: Myth/NorseMythology: Lilja's a fan.
27th Feb '15 11:29:40 AM SeptimusHeap
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* DungeonsAndDragons: they play it. Artemisia gets stuck being the DM.
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