History Literature / ElementalMasters

19th Jul '17 3:03:42 PM Ramidel
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* TalkingAnimal: Wolfgang, Maya’s seven "pets" [[spoiler:when possessed by the Hindu gods they’re associated with]]. Thomas doesn’t qualify, as he can only speak [[{{Telepathy}} mind-to-mind]], and only to those with some degree of magical ability.

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* TalkingAnimal: Wolfgang, Maya’s seven "pets" [[spoiler:when possessed by the Hindu gods they’re associated with]].with]], Neville and Grey. Thomas doesn’t qualify, as he can only speak [[{{Telepathy}} mind-to-mind]], and only to those with some degree of magical ability.
1st Jul '17 7:09:02 PM Ramidel
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* ReligionIsMagic: The Hindu gods are very active in ''The Serpent's Shadow''. Furthermore, Christian holy relics (such as lead from a church roof) are effective against dark magic. The pagan gods of England are also quite active, but they're seen as another variety of [[TheFairFolk Fair Folk]] or Elemental spirit, rather than something truly different.

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The Hindu gods are very active in ''The Serpent's Shadow''. Furthermore, Christian holy relics (such as lead from a church roof) are effective against dark magic. The pagan gods of England and elsewhere are also quite active, but they're seen as another variety of [[TheFairFolk Fair Folk]] or Elemental spirit, rather than something truly different.different.
** Subverted in one instance in ''Blood Red''. When Rosamund teaches a village elder to use a seeking spell, she instructs him to use blessed salt. The blessing is unnecessary, but it doesn't ''hurt'' anything and makes the magic seem more benign to her superstitious student.
1st Jul '17 6:59:51 PM Ramidel
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* AnimalJingoism: Thomas may have been human-born, but he takes pride in being a cat and, at one point, is disgusted when the media portrays his saving Ninette as a TimmyInAWell situation.
1st Jul '17 6:53:40 PM Ramidel
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* ArbitrarySkepticism: After having the existence of PsychicPowers proven to him, Sherlock Holmes very deliberately avoids finding evidence of ElementalMagic, and wants nothing to do with it. This is doubly funny because, while both kinds of magic run on MagicAIsMagicA and can be scientifically verified and studied, Holmes still sees one as scientific and the other...not so much.
17th Jun '17 8:55:54 AM intastiel
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* CandlelitRitual: In ''Phoenix and Ashes'', Alison uses modern (for 1918) flashlights to set up a ritual and to clean up afterwards, but during the ritual itself the only light comes from candles.
21st May '17 9:01:11 PM Ramidel
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** also the only book to mention the Asian/Eastern magicks; instead of the four elements, magicians are referred to as 'Master of Eagles' (air) and 'Master of Dragons' (earth). Rosalind also gives Jason a statuette of a Phoenix, implying that Eastern firemasters are 'Masters of Phoenixes' - which would mean that the four sacred animals associated with each element in Chinese mythology are used.
12th May '17 4:59:38 AM Joyce13
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* DamnedByFaintPraise: In ''Reserved for the Cat'', other than the review from ''La Figaro'', the matinee reports focus on the star ballerina's injury and Ninette's performance rated only, "''Sujet'' Ninette Dupond was called upon to replace the ''etoile'' and managed a creditable, if sometimes naïve, interpretation." One of the other ''sujets'' (soloists) laughs at this and says, "You are damned with faint praise, Ninette."

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* DamnedByFaintPraise: In ''Reserved for the Cat'', other than the review from ''La Figaro'', the matinee reports focus on the star ballerina's injury and Ninette's performance rated only, "''Sujet'' Ninette Dupond was called upon to replace the ''etoile'' and managed a creditable, if sometimes naïve, interpretation." One of the other ''sujets'' (soloists) laughs at this and says, "You are damned with faint praise, Ninette."



* SpookySeance: One is featured in ''The Wizard of London'', with Nan, Sarah, and Mem'sahib revealing the medium conducting the seance as the fraud she is.

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* SpookySeance: One is featured in ''The Wizard of London'', with Nan, Sarah, and Mem'sahib revealing the medium conducting the seance as the fraud she is.PhonyPsychic. The actual ghost (a young boy) that they were looking to contact appears at the end of it all and using Sarah as the vehicle, assures his mother that it's all right and to please stop crying as it's scaring his younger sister before having to leave for good.
12th May '17 4:53:23 AM Joyce13
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* DamnedByFaintPraise: In ''Reserved for the Cat'', other than the review from ''La Figaro'', the matinee reports focus on the star ballerina's injury and Ninette's performance rated only, "''Sujet'' Ninette Dupond was called upon to replace the ''etoile'' and managed a creditable, if sometimes naïve, interpretation." One of the other ''sujets'' (soloists) laughs at this and says, "You are damned with faint praise, Ninette."

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* DamnedByFaintPraise: In ''Reserved for the Cat'', other than the review from ''La Figaro'', the matinee reports focus on the star ballerina's injury and Ninette's performance rated only, "''Sujet'' Ninette Dupond was called upon to replace the ''etoile'' and managed a creditable, if sometimes naïve, interpretation." One of the other ''sujets'' (soloists) laughs at this and says, "You are damned with faint praise, Ninette."


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* SaltSolution: Salt and shotgun shells filled with salt are used to deal with Richard Whitestone's necromantic servants and revenants.


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* SpookySeance: One is featured in ''The Wizard of London'', with Nan, Sarah, and Mem'sahib revealing the medium conducting the seance as the fraud she is.


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* {{Streetwalker}}: When Ninette is fired from the Paris Opera Ballet and unable to find employment, she is faced with the prospect that she will have to become one to pay the bills. Luckily Thomas steps in and prevents that from happening. In ''The Wizard of London'', the last that Nan has heard of her mother is that she has hit the bottom rung of a woman in Whitechapel by becoming this, roaming the streets with nothing but the clothes on her back and soliciting men to further her alcoholism and addiction to drugs.
12th May '17 4:38:03 AM Joyce13
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* AlcoholicParent: Nan's mother spends what money she manages to earn as a street walker or Nan can get by begging on gin (and sometimes other drugs). In ''The Fire Rose'', Jason Cameron's father became an alcoholic as a result of losing his wife and home to the Great Chicago Fire. He eventually abandons his son when Jason falls ill with typhoid, tying him to a house gate to keep him from following.



* DamnedByFaintPraise: In ''Reserved for the Cat'', other than the review from ''La Figaro'', the matinee reports focus on the star ballerina's injury and Ninette's performance rated only, "''Sujet'' Ninette Dupond was called upon to replace the ''etoile'' and managed a creditable, if sometimes naive, interpretation." One of the other ''sujets'' (soloists) laughs at this and says, "You are damned with faint praise, Ninette."

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* DamnedByFaintPraise: In ''Reserved for the Cat'', other than the review from ''La Figaro'', the matinee reports focus on the star ballerina's injury and Ninette's performance rated only, "''Sujet'' Ninette Dupond was called upon to replace the ''etoile'' and managed a creditable, if sometimes naive, naïve, interpretation." One of the other ''sujets'' (soloists) laughs at this and says, "You are damned with faint praise, Ninette."


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* QuittingToGetMarried: This is the reason why Lionel had difficulty keeping a permanent LovelyAssistant for his magic act. All of them, with the exception of an Elemental Mage that got called away by Lord Alderscroft, end up marrying men not in the theatre/entertainment business and leaving to be housewives. Suzie is the latest in a line of them, which leads to Katie being hired.
12th May '17 12:33:08 AM Joyce13
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* DamnedByFaintPraise: In ''Reserved for the Cat'', other than the review from ''La Figaro'', the matinee reports focus on the star ballerina's injury and Ninette's performance rated only, "''Sujet'' Ninette Dupond was called upon to replace the ''etoile'' and managed a creditable, if sometimes naïve, interpretation." One of the other ''sujets'' (soloists) laughs at this and says, "You are damned with faint praise, Ninette."

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* DamnedByFaintPraise: In ''Reserved for the Cat'', other than the review from ''La Figaro'', the matinee reports focus on the star ballerina's injury and Ninette's performance rated only, "''Sujet'' Ninette Dupond was called upon to replace the ''etoile'' and managed a creditable, if sometimes naïve, naive, interpretation." One of the other ''sujets'' (soloists) laughs at this and says, "You are damned with faint praise, Ninette."



* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: ''The Fire Rose'' is the only book set in America, includes a Unicorn as a spirit elemental (and includes spirit as an element, for that matter, instead of having psychics), mentions only satyrs, undines, salamanders, and sylphs instead of the multiple kinds of elementals for all four elements, and doesn't distinguish between Light and Dark elementals. The magic system is slightly different--the main character must pass a "test" by summoning and making a pact with an elemental to begin her magical training, and during this the sylph she summons tries to trick her into madness, when in later books no one begins by calling an elemental and sylphs are wholly benevolent unless provoked. It also spells magic as magik, which never happens again. Which brings into question whether it truly counts as part of the series, or is more like a prototype.
** also the only book to mention the Aisan/Eastern magiks; instead of the four elements, magicians are referred to as 'Master of Eagles' (air) and 'Master of Dragons' (earth). Rosalind also gives Jason a statuette of a Phoenix, implying that Eastern firemasters are 'Masters of Phoenixes' - which would mean that the four sacred animals associated with each element in Chinese mythology are used.

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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: ''The Fire Rose'' is the only book set in America, includes a Unicorn as a spirit elemental (and includes spirit as an element, for that matter, instead of having psychics), mentions only satyrs, undines, salamanders, and sylphs instead of the multiple kinds of elementals for all four elements, and doesn't distinguish between Light and Dark elementals. The magic system is slightly different--the main character must pass a "test" by summoning and making a pact with an elemental to begin her magical training, and during this the sylph she summons tries to trick her into madness, when in later books no one begins by calling an elemental and sylphs are wholly benevolent unless provoked. It also spells magic as magik, magick, which never happens again. Which brings into question whether it truly counts as part of the series, or is more like a prototype.
** also the only book to mention the Aisan/Eastern magiks; Asian/Eastern magicks; instead of the four elements, magicians are referred to as 'Master of Eagles' (air) and 'Master of Dragons' (earth). Rosalind also gives Jason a statuette of a Phoenix, implying that Eastern firemasters are 'Masters of Phoenixes' - which would mean that the four sacred animals associated with each element in Chinese mythology are used.



* GirlsWithMoustaches: Katie lives at a theatrical boarding house for ladies that is run by a bearded lady named Mrs. Baird, who was a former performer.



* LovelyAssistant: In ''Reserved for the Cat'', Ninette acts as assistant in some of Jonathan's magic act. In ''Steadfast'', Katie gets a job as the assistant in Lionel's magic act, replacing his previous assistant Suzie, who was QuittingToGetMarried.



* MeaningfulName: Marina in ''The Gates of Sleep'' and Mari in ''Home from the Sea'', both Water Masters. Also Maya's name means 'illusion' and she is very adept with spells to avert notice. Peter means stone and Peter Scott [[spoiler: marries Maya, an Earth Master]]. The other Peter [[spoiler: follows him in ''Unnatural Issue'', with his love interest being also an Earth Master]].

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* MeaningfulName: Marina in ''The Gates of Sleep'' and Mari in ''Home from the Sea'', both is a Water Masters.Master. Mari is the Welsh form of Mary, which can mean 'beloved' and 'rebellious'. Mari Prothero certainly rebelled against the pact of ArrangedMarriage between her family and the Selch and only agreed to it with conditions, and is beloved to her father and husband. Also Maya's name means 'illusion' and she is very adept with spells to avert notice. Peter means stone and Peter Scott [[spoiler: marries Maya, an Earth Master]]. The other Peter [[spoiler: follows him in ''Unnatural Issue'', with his love interest being also an Earth Master]].



** The Troll in ''Reserved for the Cat'' sets up magical distractions powered by the misery of opium dens and orphanages, and toys with the idea of opening a few orphanages itself to exploit later.

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** The Troll in ''Reserved for the Cat'' sets up magical distractions powered by the misery of opium dens and orphanages, and toys with the idea of opening (or sponsoring) a few orphanages itself to exploit later.
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