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12th May '17 1:14:38 AM Stevebob
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* BettyAndVeronica : Jondalar and Ranec

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* BettyAndVeronica : BettyAndVeronica: Jondalar and RanecRanec, respectively, for Ayla in the third book.



%%* EarthquakesCauseFissures: Everything starts with this.

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%%* * EarthquakesCauseFissures: Everything starts At the start of the first book, with this.Ayla's biological family apparently [[CruelAndUnusualDeath falling into one]], leaving her orphaned and [[PlotTriggeringDeath kickstarting the entire series]].



* HalfHumanHybrid: Any of the half-Clan/half-Other characters who have cropped up in the past, such as Durc, Rydag, and Echozar; there's even a three-fourths-human character, Brukeval (or at least it's hypothesized he is). Of course, the whole point of the race-relations depicted in the series is that Neanderthals ''are'' human, so the trope name doesn't reall fit. ([[http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/07/science/07neanderthal.html?pagewanted=1&src=mv Auel seems to have gotten their existence at least partially right.]]) The Clan all think they're deformed, and most Others consider them despicable inhuman "abominations."

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* HalfHumanHybrid: Any of the half-Clan/half-Other characters who have cropped up in the past, such as Durc, Rydag, and Echozar; there's even a three-fourths-human character, Brukeval (or at least it's hypothesized he is). Of course, the whole point of the race-relations depicted in the series is that Neanderthals ''are'' human, so the trope name doesn't reall really fit. ([[http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/07/science/07neanderthal.html?pagewanted=1&src=mv Auel seems to have gotten their existence at least partially right.]]) The Clan all think they're deformed, and most Others consider them despicable inhuman "abominations."
11th May '17 9:45:01 PM Stevebob
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* WeddingEnhancedFertility: Inverted for [[spoiler: Ayla and Jondalar]] and [[spoiler: Joplaya and Echozar]], who both discover they're pregnant before getting hitched. [[spoiler: Ayla]] is visibly pregnant during her Matrimonial. In their culture, this is actually seen as a blessing and pregnant brides are viewed as even more attractive.
11th May '17 9:35:24 PM Stevebob
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* PowersThatBe: The spirits the Clan and the Others believe in. Some have names, others are more mysterious. [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane It's never made entirely clear if they actually exist, though certain occurrences leave the reader to wonder]]...
11th May '17 9:23:04 PM Stevebob
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* MotherNature: The Great Earth Mother, worshipped by most Cro-Magnon. [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane It's unclear if She's a real deity or not]].
9th May '17 2:39:54 PM Stevebob
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** They somehow manage to fall into ''again'' due to poor communication in ''The Mammoth Hunters''.

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** They somehow actually manage to fall into this ''again'' due to poor communication in ''The Mammoth Hunters''.
9th May '17 2:39:08 PM Stevebob
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* UnresolvedSexualTension: Between Ayla and Jondalar in ''The Valley of Horses''. They eventually [[CoitusEnsues resolve it]]. [[GoodPeopleHaveGoodSex A lot]].
** They somehow manage to fall into ''again'' due to poor communication in ''The Mammoth Hunters''.
7th May '17 5:56:40 PM Stevebob
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%%* GoodPeopleHaveGoodSex

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%%* GoodPeopleHaveGoodSex* GoodPeopleHaveGoodSex: Played straight with Ayla and Jondalar (and [[EveryoneHasLotsOfSex almost every other protagonist]]).



** However, the series also contains a few aversions. Rydag, for example, is around six or seven years old when he dies from his congenital heart defect.
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** However, the series also contains a few aversions. Rydag, for example, is around six or seven years old when he [[spoiler: dies from his congenital heart defect.
defect]].
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* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: Justified, in that Ayla and Jondalar travel around a lot and meet lots of people, but the sheer amount of characters comes close to rivaling Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire.
7th May '17 5:52:27 PM Stevebob
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%%** Frebec of the Mamutoi Lion Camp is not a nice person, but it's implied that a lot of his stems from feelings of inferiority, and he turns into a NiceGuy by the end of the book.

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%%** ** Frebec of the Mamutoi Lion Camp is not a nice person, person - he's neglectful to his mate, bickers constantly with his mother-in-law, riles up everyone else and is very judgmental of Ayla and Rydag, but it's implied that a lot of his stems from feelings of inferiority, he genuinely loves Fralie and he turns into a NiceGuy by the end of the book.



%%* LittlestCancerPatient: Rydag, the half-Clan Mamutoi kid from ''The Mammoth Hunters''.
%%* LookingForLoveInAllTheWrongPlaces: Jondalar, before he meets Ayla.

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%%* * LittlestCancerPatient: Rydag, the half-Clan Mamutoi kid from ''The Mammoth Hunters''.
%%* * LookingForLoveInAllTheWrongPlaces: Jondalar, before he meets Ayla.
3rd May '17 3:53:35 PM ErikModi
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* ClashOfEvolutionaryLevels: {{Downplayed}}, Ayla's evolutionary superiority to her adoptive Neanderthal Clan causes some tension.
27th Apr '17 9:16:47 PM Golondrina
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* MaritalRapeLicense: When men of the Clan make "the Signal," women are expected to drop everything and present for a sexual encounter. The Signal is generally done only with one's mate, but it can be given to any female if [[ImAManICantHelpIt the male's need is that pressing]] and the female in question is not his sister. Broud does it to Ayla only to [[WalkyVerse pound her viciously]] (he's a [[InterplayOfSexAndViolence sadistic bully]]), and Ayla is shocked to learn later that other women ''like'' sex and are not above flirting with their men. Even Clan women employ certain seductive postures and motions to give men ideas.

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* MaritalRapeLicense: When men of the Clan make "the Signal," women are expected to drop everything and present for a sexual encounter. The Signal is generally done only with one's mate, but it can be given to any female if [[ImAManICantHelpIt the male's need is that pressing]] and the female in question is not his sister. Broud does it to Ayla only to [[WalkyVerse [[Webcomic/WalkyVerse pound her viciously]] (he's a [[InterplayOfSexAndViolence sadistic bully]]), and Ayla is shocked to learn later that other women ''like'' sex and are not above flirting with their men. Even Clan women employ certain seductive postures and motions to give men ideas.
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