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16th May '16 3:38:42 PM andrew147
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* BetaCouple: Played with sometimes in the City Watch books, where there are two Official Couples: Vimes/Sybil and Carrot/Angua. Exactly which is the Beta Couple depends on the book: Vimes/Sybil are pretty clearly the Betas in ''Discworld/MenAtArms'', ''Discworld/FeetOfClay'', ''Discworld/{{Jingo}}'' and ''Discworld/TheFifthElephant'', but ''Discworld/{{Thud}}'' sees a reversal of the situation that's looking pretty permanent. Even so, a number of books in the sequence (''Discworld/GuardsGuards'', ''Discworld/NightWatch'' and ''Discworld/{{Snuff}}'') avert this altogether by not having Angua appear in them.

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* BetaCouple: Played with sometimes in the City Watch books, where there are two Official Couples: Vimes/Sybil and Carrot/Angua. Exactly which is the Beta Couple depends on the book: Vimes/Sybil are pretty clearly the Betas in ''Discworld/MenAtArms'', ''Discworld/FeetOfClay'', ''Discworld/{{Jingo}}'' and ''Discworld/TheFifthElephant'', but ''Discworld/{{Thud}}'' sees a reversal of the situation that's looking pretty permanent. Even so, a number of books in the sequence (''Discworld/GuardsGuards'', ''Discworld/NightWatch'' (''Discworld/GuardsGuards'' and ''Discworld/{{Snuff}}'') ''Discworld/NightWatch'') avert this altogether by not having Angua appear in them.
14th May '16 12:50:29 PM Orbiting
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* NonHumanHead: Gods are often noted as looking like humans wearing cheap Halloween masks. Offler the Crocodile-Headed God is the one seen most often, but in ''{{Discworld/Pyramids}}'' the equivalent of the entire ancient Egyptian pantheon shows up.
14th May '16 11:46:41 AM nombretomado
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The Discworld, a flat planet carried by four elephants standing on the back of a gigantic space-turtle (sex unknown), is the venue for [[KnightFever Sir]] Creator/TerryPratchett's long running fantasy series.

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The Discworld, a flat planet carried by four elephants standing on the back of a gigantic space-turtle (sex unknown), is the venue for [[KnightFever [[UsefulNotes/KnightFever Sir]] Creator/TerryPratchett's long running fantasy series.
10th May '16 10:34:34 PM TheWanderer
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* ThePerilsOfBeingTheBest: This is a point that gets brought up in many, many, books. Having a reputation for being the best means you have to deal with all the inconveniences of that reputation. First, you have to live up to your reputation. Second, you have to deal with all the challenges it brings you, whether it's trying to carry out impossible challenges or dealing with everyone who wants to prove that they're better than you. A few specifics:
** Granny Weatherwax has to deal with every magic challenge simply because she is the best witch, even if she doesn't want to do it.
** Jason Ogg, the blacksmith of Lancre is the best blacksmith and farrier on the Disc, but the cost is he must take up every challenge; from the stupid (having to shoe an ant - he made an anvil from a pinhead) to the exceptional (forging silver shoes for a Unicorn and shoeing the beast). He simply is not allowed to refuse a commission.
** Vimes is the best policeman on the Disc, which means if there is a crime, even outside his jurisdiction, or while he's on vacations, if he hears about it he must investigate. Furthermore, he has to live up to his reputation as the most honest cop on the Disc, even when it would easier and more convenient not to do so. However, Vimes is aware that not just the Ankh-Morpork watch but cops all over the Disc consider him to be TheParagon, and he's frequently been in situations where he's had to put his own life in danger to avoid [[BrokenPedestal breaking that pedestal]].
8th May '16 5:02:31 PM ProfessorGrimm
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* DemocracyIsBad: At least the people of Ankh-Morpork think so. Sam Vimes's ancestor "Old Stoneface" assassinated the last the king, and tried to introduce democracy but the people voted against it.

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* DemocracyIsBad: At least the people of Ankh-Morpork think so. Sam Vimes's ancestor "Old Stoneface" assassinated the last the Ankh-Morpork king, and tried to introduce democracy but the people voted against it.
8th May '16 4:29:43 PM ProfessorGrimm
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* DemocracyIsBad: At least the people of Ankh-Morpork think so. Sam Vimes's ancestor "Old Stoneface" assassinated the last the king, and tried to introduce democracy but the people voted against it.
26th Apr '16 10:56:23 AM MrDeath
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** A lot of people on the Disc believe in this, which Sam Vimes of the Ankh-Morpork City Watch '''hates'''. He bitterly notes that people are willing to put up with a lot of crap just because someone royal said so. His own ancestor, Stone-Faced Vimes, killed the last king of Ankh-Morpork, a horrific [[TheCaligula Caligula]] who was known for "[[ColdBloodedTorture entertaining]]" [[WouldHurtAChild children]] in the palace dungeons. Old Stone-Face still gets made out as the villain of the tale, somehow.

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** A lot of people on the Disc believe in this, which Sam Vimes of the Ankh-Morpork City Watch '''hates'''. He bitterly notes that people are willing to put up with a lot of crap just because someone royal said so. His own ancestor, Stone-Faced Suffer-Not-Injustice "Old Stoneface" Vimes, killed the last king of Ankh-Morpork, a horrific [[TheCaligula Caligula]] who was known for "[[ColdBloodedTorture entertaining]]" [[WouldHurtAChild children]] in the palace dungeons. Old Stone-Face Stoneface still gets made out as the villain of the tale, somehow.
26th Apr '16 7:49:55 AM Discar
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* DivineRightOfKings:
** A lot of people on the Disc believe in this, which Sam Vimes of the Ankh-Morpork City Watch '''hates'''. He bitterly notes that people are willing to put up with a lot of crap just because someone royal said so. His own ancestor, Stone-Faced Vimes, killed the last king of Ankh-Morpork, a horrific [[TheCaligula Caligula]] who was known for "[[ColdBloodedTorture entertaining]]" [[WouldHurtAChild children]] in the palace dungeons. Old Stone-Face still gets made out as the villain of the tale, somehow.
** Carrot Ironfoundersson is almost certainly the rightful king of Ankh-Morpork, and is a kind and friendly soul who [[AllLovingHero loves everyone]] and [[MagneticHero is loved by everyone]]. In fact, he's such an excellent king that he refuses to take the throne (or even acknowledge his right), as Vimes and Vetinari are doing a fine job of ruling the city. Despite his affable nature, it's repeatedly made clear that the "divine right" of his ancestors revolved mostly around being really good at killing anyone who disagreed with them.
12th Apr '16 4:43:57 PM Ulkomaalainen
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* TheWeirdSisters: The "coven" of the ancre Witches (first introduced in ''Discworld/WyrdSisters''), formed by Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg and Magrat Garlick (from ''Discworld/{{Maskerade}}'' onwards replaced by Agnes Nitt).

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* TheWeirdSisters: The "coven" of the ancre Lancre Witches (first introduced in ''Discworld/WyrdSisters''), formed by Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg and Magrat Garlick (from ''Discworld/{{Maskerade}}'' onwards replaced by Agnes Nitt).
12th Apr '16 4:34:55 PM Ulkomaalainen
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* TranslationByVolume: In the Discworld GURPS sourcebook, this is a skill called "Shouting At Foreigners". It is an actual skill that can be used instead of a foreign language. Mental/Hard, defaults to Linguistics-4, IQ-6 or HT-6: ''Many people think that they can get by in any language by speaking loudly, slowly and clearly in their own, or by dredging up a few half-remembered words from old stories and books. On the Disc, this sometimes works.''

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* TranslationByVolume: In the Discworld GURPS sourcebook, this is a skill called "Shouting At Foreigners". It is an actual skill that can be used instead of a foreign language. Mental/Hard, defaults to Linguistics-4, IQ-6 or HT-6: ''Many people think that they can get by in any language by speaking loudly, slowly and clearly in their own, or by dredging up a few half-remembered words from old stories and books. On the Disc, this sometimes works.''
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