History Literature / Discworld

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.''
11th Apr '16 8:23:39 PM Ulkomaalainen
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** A brief mention of how the "first men" all but destroyed the Disc in a fit of pique immediately after their creation suggests that the PunyHumans trope was subsequently invoked by their divine makers so that they wouldn't do it again. Among other things they were ''made considerably smaller.''

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** A brief mention of how the "first men" all but destroyed the Disc in a fit of pique immediately after their creation suggests that the PunyHumans trope was subsequently invoked by their divine makers so that they wouldn't do it again. Among other things they were ''made made considerably smaller.''
11th Apr '16 8:22:25 PM Ulkomaalainen
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* PunyHumans: If anything, this is played straighter in the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' books than in most fantasy. Most sapient races are flat out ''better'' than humans: dwarfs are tougher, stronger, and live longer (though Carrot, a human raised by dwarfs, is described as a dwarf scaled to 200%, so the strength bit is not inherent but more due to them working out by constantly mining), trolls and golems are near indestructable and incredibly strong (and trolls are incredibly intelligent when in cooler temperatures), vampires have all their standard strengths and can even learn to replace their lust for blood, werewolves are extremely capable in combat and have fantastic regenerative capabilities, pictsies are unbelivably strong and ferocious (gnomes are described as being as strong as a human despite being the size of a Barbie doll), Igors (if they count as non-human) are all brilliant surgeons and also great healers, and orcs can only be called superbeings.

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* PunyHumans: If anything, this is played straighter in the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' books than in most fantasy. Most sapient races are flat out ''better'' than humans: dwarfs are tougher, stronger, and live longer (though Carrot, a human raised by dwarfs, is described as a dwarf scaled to 200%, so the strength bit is not inherent but more due to them working out by constantly mining), trolls and golems are near indestructable indestructible and incredibly strong (and trolls are incredibly intelligent when in cooler temperatures), vampires have all their standard strengths and can even learn to replace their lust for blood, werewolves are extremely capable in combat and have fantastic regenerative capabilities, pictsies are unbelivably strong and ferocious (gnomes are described as being as strong as a human despite being the size of a Barbie doll), Igors (if they count as non-human) are all brilliant surgeons and also great healers, and orcs can only be called superbeings.
11th Apr '16 8:21:34 PM Ulkomaalainen
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* PunyHumans: If anything, this is played straighter in the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' books than in most fantasy. Most sapient races are flat out ''better'' than humans: dwarfs are tougher, stronger, and live longer (though Carrot, a human raised by dwarfs, has his described as a dwarf scaled to 200%, so the strength bit is not inherent but more due to them working out by constantly mining), trolls and golems are near indestructable and incredibly strong (and trolls are incredibly intelligent when in cooler temperatures), vampires have all their standard strengths and can even learn to replace their lust for blood, werewolves are extremely capable in combat and have fantastic regenerative capabilities, pictsies are unbelivably strong and ferocious (gnomes are described as being as strong as a human despite being the size of a Barbie doll), Igors (if they count as non-human) are all brilliant surgeons and also great healers, and orcs can only be called superbeings.

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* PunyHumans: If anything, this is played straighter in the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' books than in most fantasy. Most sapient races are flat out ''better'' than humans: dwarfs are tougher, stronger, and live longer (though Carrot, a human raised by dwarfs, has his is described as a dwarf scaled to 200%, so the strength bit is not inherent but more due to them working out by constantly mining), trolls and golems are near indestructable and incredibly strong (and trolls are incredibly intelligent when in cooler temperatures), vampires have all their standard strengths and can even learn to replace their lust for blood, werewolves are extremely capable in combat and have fantastic regenerative capabilities, pictsies are unbelivably strong and ferocious (gnomes are described as being as strong as a human despite being the size of a Barbie doll), Igors (if they count as non-human) are all brilliant surgeons and also great healers, and orcs can only be called superbeings.
10th Apr '16 8:23:58 AM Ulkomaalainen
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** Harry King, called "King of the Golden River", made a living out of the fact that everybody poops.
10th Apr '16 8:20:54 AM Ulkomaalainen
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** Omian names; which are half name, half psalm. Most go by the first word in their name, though.

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** Omian Omnian names; which are half name, half psalm. Most go by the first word in their name, though.
10th Apr '16 8:18:04 AM Ulkomaalainen
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* MonsterModesty: Trolls (except Detritus, who wears Watch uniform, and Chrysophrase, who wears a suit) mostly just wear a loincloth "to conceal whatever it was that trolls found it necessary to conceal". This is so much a part of their culture that male trolls will go to clubs to watch female trolls put on clothing. There's usually a riot by the second overcoat.

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* MonsterModesty: Trolls (except Detritus, who wears Watch a watch uniform, and Chrysophrase, who wears a suit) mostly just wear a loincloth "to conceal whatever it was that trolls found it necessary to conceal". This is so much a part of their culture that male trolls will go to clubs to watch female trolls put on clothing. There's usually a riot by the second overcoat.
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