History Literature / ElementalMasters

13th Sep '17 8:50:17 AM Ramidel
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** or not so much quietly forgotten as much as a result of character development on both their parts? Peter isn't interested in Susanne until after she takes several levels in psychological badassery from battlefield nursing; given Elemental Masters and Mages' propensity for LoveAtFirstSight (see below) and FourthDateMarriage (see above), couldn't it be that Peter simply never met a woman suitable to keep his interest long term until now? And his previous attitudes towards love and marriage because he wasn't willing to settle for anything less than what he needed, but his natural lasses-faire meaning he'd make the best of his options otherwise?
2nd Sep '17 11:45:58 PM Sandangel89
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* UnclePennybags: Lord Peter Almsley, who [[EstablishingCharacterMoment casually hands Dr. Maya Witherspoon enough money to fund the Fleet charity clinic for a month without a care.]] Apparently this is one of his hobbies.
30th Aug '17 5:18:12 PM Sandangel89
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* BlowYouAway: Air Masters/mages such as Nigel Barrett (''Reserved for the Cat''), Reginald Fenyx (''Phoenix and Ashes''), Rosalind Hawkins (''The Fire Rose''), Lionel Hawkins (''Steadfast''), and Giselle Schnittel (''From a High Tower''). Wind mages, unless they are ''very'' powerful, aren't much good in combat, but they can feed energy to fire mages, who are ''excellent'' at it.

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* BlowYouAway: Air Masters/mages such as Nigel Barrett (''Reserved for the Cat''), Reginald Fenyx (''Phoenix and Ashes''), Rosalind Hawkins (''The Fire Rose''), Lionel Hawkins (''Steadfast''), and Giselle Schnittel (''From a High Tower''). Wind mages, unless they are ''very'' powerful, aren't much good in combat, but they can feed energy to fire mages, who are ''excellent'' at it. They are, however, excellent for spying and surveillance.
23rd Aug '17 3:34:05 AM PaulA
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* LostWillAndTestement: ''The Gates of Sleep'' has a variation -- Madame Arachne doesn't destroy the will to keep Marina from inheriting from her parents, she destroys it because it assigned Marina's guardianship to her godparents. She then claims Marina's guardianship as the newly-orphaned girl's sole remaining relative.

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* LostWillAndTestement: LostWillAndTestament: ''The Gates of Sleep'' has a variation -- Madame Arachne doesn't destroy the will to keep Marina from inheriting from her parents, she destroys it because it assigned Marina's guardianship to her godparents. She then claims Marina's guardianship as the newly-orphaned girl's sole remaining relative.
23rd Aug '17 3:29:28 AM PaulA
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* ChessmasterSidekick: Thomas the cat in the "Puss in Boots" retelling ''Reserved for the Cat]]''.

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* ChessmasterSidekick: Thomas the cat in the "Puss in Boots" retelling ''Reserved for the Cat]]''.Cat''.
23rd Aug '17 3:28:27 AM PaulA
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** Defied and Invoked in ''The Gates of Sleep]]''. Physician and Earth Master Andrew Pike tries to help the both the charity cases and the upper-class paying patients[[note]]mainly women burned out on social obligations, but he keeps a close eye out for worse issues[[/note]] he milks for operating funds to the best of his knowledge and [[PostModernMagik power]] at the sanitarium he set up, but when summoned to the bedside of half-trained Water Mage Marina Rosewood in a [[Literature/SleepingBeauty magical coma]] by her [[EvilUncle suspiciously unconcerned aunt]] he pretends he never met her[[note]]she had been helping him with a breakthrough in treating lead poisoning[[/note]] and plays a vaguely sociopathic experimenter stereotype to the hilt in order to get her out of there without arousing suspicion.

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** Defied and Invoked in ''The Gates of Sleep]]''.Sleep''. Physician and Earth Master Andrew Pike tries to help the both the charity cases and the upper-class paying patients[[note]]mainly women burned out on social obligations, but he keeps a close eye out for worse issues[[/note]] he milks for operating funds to the best of his knowledge and [[PostModernMagik power]] at the sanitarium he set up, but when summoned to the bedside of half-trained Water Mage Marina Rosewood in a [[Literature/SleepingBeauty magical coma]] by her [[EvilUncle suspiciously unconcerned aunt]] he pretends he never met her[[note]]she had been helping him with a breakthrough in treating lead poisoning[[/note]] and plays a vaguely sociopathic experimenter stereotype to the hilt in order to get her out of there without arousing suspicion.
23rd Aug '17 3:27:11 AM PaulA
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* HalfBreedDiscrimination: Maya Witherspoon's mother ran away from her wealthy Brahmin family to wed an English doctor and army officer, so she gets it from both sides.

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* HalfBreedDiscrimination: HalfBreedDiscrimination:
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Maya Witherspoon's mother ran away from her wealthy Brahmin family to wed an English doctor and army officer, so she gets it from both sides.sides.
** Katie is half [[UsefulNotes/IrishTravellers Traveller]], her mother being a Traveller that was cast out from her clan when she fell in love and eloped with Katie's father, a non-Traveller acrobat that she met at a fair.



* UsefulNotes/IrishTravellers: Katie is half Traveller, her mother being a Traveller that was cast out from her clan when she fell in love and eloped with Katie's father, a non-Traveller acrobat that she met at a fair. She also early on takes some shelter with them after first running from her abusive husband.



* UsefulNotes/SanFrancisco: Primary setting of ''The Fire Rose''.



* UsefulNotes/WorldWarI: Setting/period for ''Phoenix and Ashes'' [[spoiler: and ''Unnatural Issue'']].
23rd Aug '17 3:25:55 AM PaulA
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* [[ABoyAndHisX A Girl and Her X]]: Nan and Sarah from ''The Wizard of London'',''Home from the Sea'',''Study in Sable'' and ''Scandal in Battersea'' have familiars, Neville the raven and Grey the parrot, respectively. ''Reserved For The Cat'''s Ninette has Thomas, though that's a bit more complex since [[spoiler: he's not an elemental creature but her own father under BalefulPolymorph.]]

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* [[ABoyAndHisX A Girl and Her X]]: ABoyAndHisX:
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Nan and Sarah from ''The Wizard of London'',''Home from the Sea'',''Study in Sable'' and ''Scandal in Battersea'' have familiars, Neville the raven and Grey the parrot, respectively. respectively.
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''Reserved For The Cat'''s Ninette has Thomas, though that's a bit more complex since [[spoiler: he's [[spoiler:he's not an elemental creature but her own father under BalefulPolymorph.]]



* 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.

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* AlcoholicParent: AlcoholicParent:
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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). drugs).
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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.



* ArrangedMarriage: The pact between the Protheros and the Selch.

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* ArrangedMarriage: ArrangedMarriage:
** Arranged marriages are common in the series among upper-class mages.
The reasoning is that it's best to marry someone you won't have to hide your Elemental magic from, and if you get along well with him/her that's a bonus.
** The generations-long
pact between the Protheros and the Selch.Selch in ''Home from the Sea'' makes each Prothero part of an arranged marriage.



* BeastAndBeauty: ''The Fire Rose'' is based on "Literature/BeautyAndTheBeast"

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* BeastAndBeauty: ''The Fire Rose'' is based on "Literature/BeautyAndTheBeast""Literature/BeautyAndTheBeast", and features a pretty female scholar hired by a magician who has been shifted into a half-wolf form.
* BedlamHouse:
** In ''Phoenix and Ashes'', [[WickedStepmother Allison]] intends to have her orphaned step-daughter [[Literature/{{Cinderella}} Eleanor]] locked up in an asylum like this in order to [[GoldDigger get control of her fortune]].
** Defied and Invoked in ''The Gates of Sleep]]''. Physician and Earth Master Andrew Pike tries to help the both the charity cases and the upper-class paying patients[[note]]mainly women burned out on social obligations, but he keeps a close eye out for worse issues[[/note]] he milks for operating funds to the best of his knowledge and [[PostModernMagik power]] at the sanitarium he set up, but when summoned to the bedside of half-trained Water Mage Marina Rosewood in a [[Literature/SleepingBeauty magical coma]] by her [[EvilUncle suspiciously unconcerned aunt]] he pretends he never met her[[note]]she had been helping him with a breakthrough in treating lead poisoning[[/note]] and plays a vaguely sociopathic experimenter stereotype to the hilt in order to get her out of there without arousing suspicion.



* BlindWithoutEm: Rosalind.

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* BlindWithoutEm: Rosalind.Rosalind Hawkins from ''The Fire Rose'' has to wear glasses. She isn't shown as ever losing them. However, she is required to take them off for a ritual to Summon (or rather cajole) a {{Unicorn}} (an Elemental of Spirit), and is annoyed that she can't see much of anything. (The Unicorn looks like a white, blurry shape when it appears.)
* BlowYouAway: Air Masters/mages such as Nigel Barrett (''Reserved for the Cat''), Reginald Fenyx (''Phoenix and Ashes''), Rosalind Hawkins (''The Fire Rose''), Lionel Hawkins (''Steadfast''), and Giselle Schnittel (''From a High Tower''). Wind mages, unless they are ''very'' powerful, aren't much good in combat, but they can feed energy to fire mages, who are ''excellent'' at it.



* BookOnTheHead: In ''The Gates of Sleep'', Arachne's maid was told to make Marina walk with a book on her head. She doesn't, because Marina already has excellent posture.



* CannibalismSuperPower: The Troll in ''Reserved for the Cat''.

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* CannibalismSuperPower: The Troll in ''Reserved for the Cat''.Cat'' can and has eaten many people, which then allows her to take on the form of the person and access their knowledge. She can also take on the forms of animals, though it isn't stated if she had to eat them as well.



* CatsAreSnarkers: Thomas.

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* CatsAreSnarkers: Thomas.Thomas the cat in ''Reserved for the Cat''. He's a victim of an InvoluntaryTransformation, not a native feline, but there seems to be a certain psychological MorphicResonance.



* CinderellaCircumstances: Eleanor in ''Phoenix and Ashes''.

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* ChessmasterSidekick: Thomas the cat in the "Puss in Boots" retelling ''Reserved for the Cat]]''.
* ChildProdigy: A minor character in ''The Gates of Sleep'' is a child chess prodigy who was driven into a mental breakdown by his father (who was [[FinancialAbuse living off the fees he charged for the kid's exhibition games]]).
* CinderellaCircumstances: Eleanor in ''Phoenix and Ashes''.Ashes'' is magically bound to the house so her stepmother can treat her as a slave and use her family fortune.



* CombatParkour: Nina from ''Reserved for the Cat''; she's a trained ballerina, and knows that jumps, spins, and kicks can be useful both in dancing and fighting.



* ConvenientSlowDance: In ''Phoenix and Ashes'', when Reggie and Eleanor step onto the dance floor, the band not only switches to a slow waltz, but wraps up the music as soon as Reggie needs to take a break from dancing. Probably justified; Reggie is still recovering from a leg injury, and ''can't'' dance fast dances or for very long. If he didn't warn the band ahead of time, his godmother (who hired them) most likely would have.



* CrazyPrepared: Ninette's maid Ailse. Originally hired as someone who wouldn't freak out at elementals running around, it turns out she carries a revolver loaded with Cold Iron, Silver, and Blessed Lead bullets. At all times.

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* CrazyPrepared: CrazyPrepared:
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Ninette's maid Ailse. Originally hired as someone who wouldn't freak out at elementals running around, it turns out she carries a revolver loaded with Cold Iron, Silver, and Blessed Lead bullets. At all times.



* CreepyGood: Spirit Mages and mediums, whose powers specialize in dealing with ghosts, but who focus on constructive activities like dealing with haunts and helping restless spirits find closure.
* CropCircles: In one of the books in the series, it's mentioned that while a non-mage can't see any of the Elementals, they can see the effects, among which are crop circles.



* CulturedBadass: Lord Peter Almsley, a young gentleman and scholar, proves that he's this when he comes up against the (much larger) town bully in ''Unnatural Issue''. The bully gets pulped, Peter's only injury is sore knuckles from hitting the bully so many times.

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* CulturedBadass: CulturedBadass:
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Lord Peter Almsley, a young gentleman and scholar, proves that he's this when he comes up against the (much larger) town bully in ''Unnatural Issue''. The bully gets pulped, Peter's only injury is sore knuckles from hitting the bully so many times.times.
** Nan likes Kipling's work and is a voracious reader. She's also an ex StreetUrchin who is, despite her age, capable of (temporarily) assuming her Warrior of Light aspect. And that's when she's a [[LittleMissBadass kid]]. Heaven help you if you anger her when she's an adult...



* DanceBattler: In ''Reserved for the Cat'', the heroine, a trained ballerina, is being given some lessons in basic self-defense. Her strength and flexibility make her better than her teachers think she'd be, and in addition she is able to all on her own develop a self-defense application to at least one of her dance moves.
* DealWithTheDevil: In ''The Gates of Sleep'', Reginald Chamberten made a formal pact with His Infernal Majesty sometime in his backstory.



* DepletedPhlebotinumShells: Ailse's aforementioned special bullets.
* DevourTheDragon: In the climax to ''Phoenix and Ashes''. KarmicDeath? Oh yeah.
* DomesticAbuser: Katie Langford's husband, Dick, in ''Steadfast''.

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* DepletedPhlebotinumShells: DepletedPhlebotinumShells:
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Ailse's aforementioned special bullets.
** In ''Reserved for the Cat'', the heroine carries a revolver loaded with two ColdIron bullets, two {{Silver Bullet}}s, and two Blessed Lead bullets, plus extra ammo of all three types. It's anyone's guess which type offed the mystical BigBad at the end of the novel.
** In ''Unnatural Issue'', the Kerridge family have similar bullets for their shotguns, and they along with their friend Peter and his valet Garrick also have shotgun shells filled with [[SaltSolution blessed salt to take down the undead]].
* DevourTheDragon: In the climax to ''Phoenix and Ashes''. KarmicDeath? Oh yeah.
Ashes'', [[spoiler:the wicked stepmother drains her lawyer/sidekick/future son-in-law completely of life, and drains her two daughters until they are aged, withered, senile husks of their former selves]].
* DomesticAbuser: DidTheEarthMoveForYouToo: The back-cover blurb for ''The Fire Rose'' ends with the statement that the female lead comes to love the male lead, "And -- the earth moves..." Of course, this ''is'' 1906 in California, so along with any pleasure the two may take in one another, the earth is moving because of the big San Francisco quake.
* DishingOutDirt: Earth Masters, though a few use their powers more for healing than for combat.
* DomesticAbuse: In ''Steadfast'',
Katie Langford's husband, Langford runs away from the circus she works at to escape her abusive and brutish husband Dick, in ''Steadfast''.the circus strongman.



* [[EvilUncle Evil Aunt]]: Maya's aunt Shivani.

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* [[EvilUncle Evil Aunt]]: EvilUncle:
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Maya's aunt Shivani.Shivani.
** Marina's aunt Arachne in ''The Gates of Sleep''.



* FinancialAbuse: [[spoiler:When Katie's husband Dick finally catches up to her, he lives off of the good salary she gets from her job at the music hall and keeps close track of the money she spends so that she can't hide any away.]]

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* FinancialAbuse: FinancialAbuse:
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[[spoiler:When Katie's husband Dick finally catches up to her, he lives off of the good salary she gets from her job at the music hall and keeps close track of the money she spends so that she can't hide any away.]]



* FlorenceNightingaleEffect: Doctor Pike has enough female patients falling for him during psychotherapy that he routinely uses his magic to make them fall out of love (or infatuation, at least).

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** A minor character in ''The Gates of Sleep'' was a child chess prodigy whose father forced him to play exhibition games for money until the kid had a nervous breakdown. (After Dr. Pike brings the boy out of it, he teaches the boy how to pretend his breakdown removed his chess skills -- meaning the boy won't be abused this way again.)
* FlorenceNightingaleEffect: FireKeepsItDead: In ''Unnatural Issue'', when a Hunting Party finds that Richard Whitestone has killed and reanimated all his servants, the Fire mages in the group chase everyone else outside and summon salamanders to cremate the bodies.
* FlorenceNightingaleEffect:
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Doctor Pike has enough female patients falling for him during psychotherapy that he routinely uses his magic to make them fall out of love (or infatuation, at least).



* ForceFeeding: Learning that this was being done to the suffragettes is what prompted Maya to publicly join their cause in ''The Serpent's Shadow''.



* GodWasMyCopilot: In ''The Serpent's Shadow'', Maya's Indian pets are all avatars of Hindu gods and goddesses. They manifest powers in the finale; most notably, Charam the monkey turns into Hanuman himself, complete with spear.



* GrandTheftMe: Lady Cordelia's plan for David Alderscroft.

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* GrandTheftMe: GrandTheftMe:
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Lady Cordelia's plan for David Alderscroft.Alderscroft. Her primary aim is to gain the political power she can't claim in a female body, but it's indicated that she will also use this technique to become immortal (by moving into new bodies on a regular basis).



* HermitGuru: In ''Phoenix and Ashes'', Eleanor's teacher is an Elemental spirit who takes the form of a hermit (specifically, The Hermit from the Rider-Waite Tarot) for purposes of dream-instruction.



* HistoricalDomainCharacter: Aleister Crowley is a disgraced Magician turned con man. The Elemental Masters positively loathe him, but consider him to be a useful idiot for keeping up TheMasquerade; as long as people associate Magick with him and his crowd of drug addicts, they'll be less likely to see it as real.

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* HistoricalDomainCharacter: Aleister Crowley HistoricalDomainCharacter:
** UsefulNotes/AleisterCrowley
is a disgraced Magician turned con man. The Elemental Masters positively loathe him, but consider him to be a useful idiot for keeping up TheMasquerade; as long as people associate Magick with him and his crowd of drug addicts, they'll be less likely to see it as real.



* AnIcePerson: In ''The Wizard of London'', after her pact with the Ice Dragon, Lady Cordelia is basically a mage version of this. David is well on his way to becoming one as well.



* InterspeciesRomance: ''The Fire Rose'' deals with the romance between a human and an [[spoiler:involuntarily transformed sorcerer]] anthro [[WolfMan wolf]].



* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: ''The Fire Rose'' features a double-barreled example in the same chapter when Jason Cameron and Rosalind Hawkins both realize that they have fallen for each other, decide that the other at best regards them as a respected friend, conclude that once Jason is restored to humanity they will be a millstone interfering with the lives that the other has earned and honestly enjoys (Railroad Tycoon and Scholar, respectively), and thus resolve to put on a brave face when they go their separate ways.
* JabbaTableManners: One of the side effects of Jason's transformation in ''The Fire Rose''. Rosalind eventually gets him to use a knife and fork.
* KickChick: Ninette from ''Reserved for the Cat'' borders on this when she kicks an attacker into a wall. Justifiable because ballet requires both strong legs and precise movements with them.



* LostWillAndTestement: ''The Gates of Sleep'' has a variation -- Madame Arachne doesn't destroy the will to keep Marina from inheriting from her parents, she destroys it because it assigned Marina's guardianship to her godparents. She then claims Marina's guardianship as the newly-orphaned girl's sole remaining relative.



* 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.

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



* MagiciansAreWizards: Jonathon Hightower, an Elemental Master of Fire, is also a skilled stage magician. Most of his stagework is sleight of hand, but he enjoys using "real magic" at least once in each show. Also Lionel Hawkins in ''Steadfast'', who is an Air Magician and has sylphs that help him with his magic acts.

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* MagiciansAreWizards: MagicalNativeAmerican: Downplayed in ''From a High Tower''. Medicine Chief (and former U. S. Army Scout) Leading Fox being an Air Master is totally justified by magicians occurring in just about every nationality; however the only other members of Captain Cody's Wild West Show aside from Cody himself (a low-level Fire Mage and longtime friend of Leading Fox) and their current announcer[=/=]manager (an Austrian who has relatives in the Brotherhood of the Black Forest) who knows anything about magic are the other Pawnee with the show.
* MagiciansAreWizards:
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Jonathon Hightower, an Elemental Master of Fire, is also a skilled stage magician. Most of his stagework is sleight of hand, but he enjoys using "real magic" at least once in each show. Also show.
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Lionel Hawkins in ''Steadfast'', who is an Air Magician and has sylphs that help him with his magic acts.



* MagicMirror: In ''The Serpent's Shadow'', the villainess has a magic mirror called a dark mirror (understandable, since this is an adaptation of the Snow White tale). Said mirror is horror of the AndIMustScream variety -- she uses it to imprison the ghost of a man she sacrifices and tortures him constantly to insanity then slavish devotion so he can be useful to her. And she planned to do this to the heroine...



* MakingASplash: Water Masters/mages, the main ones being Peter Scott (''The Serpent's Shadow''), Lord Peter Almsley (''Unnatural Issue'' and ''The Serpent's Shadow''), Marina Roeswood (''The Gates of Sleep'') and Mari Prothero (''Home from the Sea'').



* MalignedMixedMarriage: Maya's parents. Maya and her mother were looked down as inferior by the British ex-Pats in India and barred from pretty much all of the social institutions. And for all that, the British were still more accepting of the marriage than Surya's family was...

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* MalignedMixedMarriage: MalignedMixedMarriage:
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Maya's parents. Maya and her mother were looked down as inferior by the British ex-Pats in India and barred from pretty much all of the social institutions. And for all that, the British were still more accepting of the marriage than Surya's family was...was...
** Bias against mixed-class marriages is brought up in ''Phoenix and Ashes'' -- when Reggie tells his godmother that he loves Eleanor, her first reaction is that Reggie's mother won't approve because Eleanor is "common".
* MasqueradeBall: There is a masquerade ball towards the end of ''Phoenix and Ashes''. Eleanor attends costumed as a fairy princess. Her stepsisters are dressed up as historical personages Empress Josephine and Madame de Pompadour, while her stepmother is the Queen of the Night from ''Theatre/TheMagicFlute''.



* MentorMascot: Thomas the cat in ''Reserved for the Cat''.



* TheMourningAfter: Richard Whitestone is this in the worst way.

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* TheMourningAfter: Richard Whitestone is this in the worst way.does not take his wife's DeathByChildbirth well, refuses to set eyes on his daughter, and turns to necromancy.
* MuggleBornOfMages: In ''The Gates of Sleep'', Arachne Chamberten was born without Elemental magic, to parents who were both Elemental mages (and implied to be from long lines of mages). Unfortunately for her parents and mage-born brother, she found out that you don't ''need'' inborn mage-talents to use BlackMagic.



* NobleBigot: Lord David Alderscroft can never quite override his biases against those of lower social classes. He gets manipulated like a puppet by a commoner (and Dark Magician) who did the [[Theatre/MyFairLady Henry Higgins]] thing and took elocution lessons to speak like an upper-class lady.
** He also tends to treat "women with brains" as rare creatures, as noted in ''Home From The Sea'' by Nan. Most of the time he dismisses them and it took a lot to shake him up in that regard to allow ladies into the Lodge.

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* NobleBigot: Lord David Alderscroft can never quite override his biases against those of lower social classes. He gets manipulated like a puppet by a commoner (and Dark Magician) who did the [[Theatre/MyFairLady Henry Higgins]] thing and took elocution lessons to speak like an upper-class lady.
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lady. He also tends to treat "women with brains" as rare creatures, as noted in ''Home From The Sea'' by Nan. Most of the time he dismisses them and it took a lot to shake him up in that regard to allow ladies into the Lodge.Lodge.
* NoGuyWantsAnAmazon: The heroine of ''Reserved for the Cat'' is a ballerina who wins two fights, one with WaifFu and another with magical firearms. In both cases she downplays her involvement for fear of scaring off potential suitors.



* OpiumDen: Opium dens are depicted in all their squalor in ''The Fire Rose''.



* OurWerewolvesAreDifferent: ''Blood Red'' has two different types of werewolf show up, and refers to two others. All of them are apparently vulnerable to silver and wolfsbane.
** Sorcerers can use BloodMagic and a wolfskin belt to become werewolves. They have superhuman strength and a hybrid man-wolf form, plus enhanced healing. They have to cast the shifter spell each time they take wolf form, but apparently can return to human form without another HumanSacrifice.
** Members of the werewolf bloodlines gain the ability to turn into wolves after they're weaned. They retain the same body mass whether wolf or human (youngsters turn into wolf cubs), their human intellect, and normal strength. If they spend too long in wolf form, they can lose themselves in the wolf's instincts. Their change is completely voluntary, and can take place at any time as long as the werewolf isn't in sunlight. They have supernatural healing (which includes healing diseases), but only when in wolf form. Their bite does ''not'' create other werewolves.
** It's possible for someone to be either infected or cursed with lycanthropy. We don't see an example of either on-page, but it's implied that they almost always "go bad" as the human mind loses itself in the wolf instincts as the shift occurs.



* ParentalAbandonment: All over the place. But then, it's also common in the source material.
** Subverted with [[spoiler:Thomas, who is actually Ninette’s missing father.]]

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* ParentalAbandonment: All over ParentalAbandonment:
** In ''The Serpent's Shadow'',
the place. But then, it's also death of the protagonist's magician mother quickly led to the death of her father (since she had concealed him from a common enemy who objected to their marriage). The story opens after the protagonist has relocated to VictorianLondon in the source material.
hopes of escaping her family's enemy.
** Subverted ''The Gates of Sleep'' starts with [[spoiler:Thomas, Marina's parents agreeing to let Marina be raised by three of her godparents in secret.
** ''Phoenix and Ashes'' opens when the now-orphaned protagonist learns of the death of her father,
who was set up by her stepmother.
** In ''The Wizard of London'', Nan doesn't know who her father is, and her neglectful mother eventually tries to sell her for drugs or alcohol. Luckily, Nan gets rescued by the boarding school that
is actually Ninette’s missing father.giving her their leftover food.
** In ''Reserved for the Cat'', Ninette's father disappeared when she was a baby, and her mother dies shortly before the novel starts. (Subverted when we learn [[spoiler:Thomas the cat is Ninette's father, transformed when he lost a magic duel. He did what he could for his wife and child, but there just isn't that much a cat can do]].)
** In ''Steadfast'', Katie's parents die when their caravan somehow catches fire. In the ensuing grief, Katie is easily convinced by the owner of the circus her family worked for to marry the circus strongman, who turns out to be abusive.
** In ''From a High Tower'', Giselle's father trades her to the Earth Master next door for a garden of vegetables to feed his large family. Later on, Giselle's kindly adoptive mother dies, and she has to go out into the world in order to earn money to live on.
* ParentalIncest: ''Unnatural Issue'' is based on the fairy tale "The King Who Wished To Marry His Daughter", and had a more disturbing version. [[spoiler:He wishes to use his daughter's body as a vessel for her dead mother's spirit, and marry her all over again, even making plans to dismiss all the servants who knew about the girl and return with his new 'young bride'. In a particularly creepy scene, the heroine overhears her father ruminating on the things he's going to do to her (well, her body anyway) and is as horrified as you might expect.
]]



* PervertDad: In ''Unnatural Issue'', the father, a necromancer, intends to call back the spirit of his dead wife, place it in the body of his grown-up daughter, and... he gets his comeuppance at the end, though.
* PhonyPsychic: In ''The Wizard of London'', one appears in it as a medium, pretending to help wealthy people connect with their dead loved ones. The main characters unmask her as the fraud she is when one of her clients tells her friend that she is seeing a medium for her lost son and the friend is suspicious.



* PostModernMagik: Dr Witherspoon's arcane talents and senses are invaluable in determining what new[[note]]for Edwardian values thereof[[/note]] medical theories actually ''work'', while her knowledge of anatomy and the process of the disease enables her application of HealingHands to properly cure a case of Tuberculosis.

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* PostModernMagik: PostModernMagik:
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Dr Witherspoon's arcane talents and senses are invaluable in determining what new[[note]]for Edwardian values thereof[[/note]] medical theories actually ''work'', while her knowledge of anatomy and the process of the disease enables her application of HealingHands to properly cure a case of Tuberculosis.



* PublicDomainCharacter: Susanne Whitestone gets magic lessons from no less than [[Theatre/AMidsummerNightsDream Robin Goodfellow]]. Robin also makes appearances in ''The Wizard of London'', ''Home from the Sea'' and ''A Study in Sable''.
** Nan and Sarah work with John Watson and others members of the SherlockHolmes cast in ''A Study in Sable'', and presumably ''Scandal in Battersea'' (Grey and Neville appear on the covers of both).

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* PublicDomainCharacter: PublicDomainCharacter:
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Susanne Whitestone gets magic lessons from no less than [[Theatre/AMidsummerNightsDream Robin Goodfellow]]. Robin also makes appearances in ''The Wizard of London'', ''Home from the Sea'' and ''A Study in Sable''.
** Nan and Sarah work with John Watson and others members of the SherlockHolmes Franchise/SherlockHolmes cast in ''A Study in Sable'', and presumably ''Scandal in Battersea'' (Grey and Neville appear on the covers of both).



* RagsToRoyalty: Rose Hawkins of ''The Fire Rose'', Eleanor Robinson of ''Phoenix and Ashes'', and Ninette Dupond of ''Reserved for the Cat'' are commoners who marry into royalty; Marina of ''The Gates of Sleep'' has a noble heritage she's raised in ignorance of; and Maya Witherspoon of ''The Serpent's Shadow'' and ''Phoenix and Ashes'' has a noble heritage that she has to give up and go into hiding.



* RealEventFictionalCause:
** In ''Phoenix and Ashes'', an evil Earth Master engineers and sends out the flu strain of 1918 in order to prolong the War.
** Then there was backlash after that earthquake when the Fire Master was killed in California in ''The Fire Rose''...



* RedOniBlueOni: Though they're both [[MakingASplash Water Masters]], Peter Almsey and Peter Scott from ''The Serpent's Shadow'' definitely count.



* RevenantZombie: ''Phoenix and Ashes'' offers incorporeal revenants, distinct from true ghosts in that they are so obsessed with revenge that they cannot think rationally.
* RoguishPoacher: Several of the minor characters in ''Phoenix and Ashes'' poach the Fenix woods with the tacit permission of Reggie Fenix -- it's a source of protein that isn't affected by rationing.



* {{Selkies and Wereseals}}: In ''Home from the Sea''. [[spoiler:The main character has to marry a Selkie to fulfill a bargain her family made centuries ago.]]

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* {{Selkies and Wereseals}}: Wereseals}}:
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In ''Home from the Sea''. [[spoiler:The main character has to marry a Selkie to fulfill a bargain her family made centuries ago.]]



* SeriesContinuityError:
** ''The Serpent's Shadow'' cannot make up its mind about the name of Maya's father. He is mentioned by name twice. The first time his name is Nigel, the second time his name is Roger.
** In ''Reserved for the Cat'', Ninette's mother is named Marie or Maria almost interchangeably.
** In ''Unnatural Issue'', Susanna makes a charm bundle and uses it to create a doppleganger of herself so she can sneak off to practice magic. When she runs away from home she's specifically described as burning the bundle and scattering the ashes, as it could be used against her if it got into her evil father's hands. Yet towards the end of the novel it's said that the bundle could ''not'' be destroyed by mere burning as it was a magical object and Susanna still had it with her--conveniently, as the good guys could then use it in their plan to draw out dear old dad.



* ShellShockedVeteran: Reggie Fenyx and his fellows in ''Phoenix and Ashes''.

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* ShellShockedVeteran: ShellShockedVeteran:
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Reggie Fenyx and his fellows in ''Phoenix and Ashes''.



* ShoutOut: Lord Peter Almsley is what Literature/LordPeterWimsey would be like if Dorothy Sayers had given him magical powers.

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* ShoutOut: ShoutOut:
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Lord Peter Almsley is what Literature/LordPeterWimsey would be like if Dorothy Sayers had given him magical powers.



* SilverBullet: Ninette's maid Ailse carries with her at all times a revolver loaded with Cold Iron, silver, and Blessed Lead bullets. Ninette later gets a revolver of her own with those bullets and learns how to shoot it.

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* SilverBullet: ShrineToTheFallen: Alluded to in ''Phoenix and Ashes''. When Reggie Fenyx comes home on medical leave, he finds that his mother preserved his room as it was when he left for World War I (though at least it got cleaned regularly). He muses that had he died in France, the room would have become his memorial.
* TheShutIn: In the backstory of ''Unnatural Issue'', Richard Whitestone spends the bulk of his widowerhood in his chambers and library on the second floor of his country manor.
* SilverBullet:
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Ninette's maid Ailse carries with her at all times a revolver loaded with Cold Iron, silver, and Blessed Lead bullets. Ninette later gets a revolver of her own with those bullets and learns how to shoot it.



* SkinnyDipping: In ''The Gates of Sleep'', Marina goes skinny-dipping with undines once that we see, but it's clearly a common occurrence whenever the weather's warm enough.



* StageMom: A minor character in ''The Gates of Sleep'' is a child chess prodigy whose father drove him into a breakdown by pushing the kid into more and more public exhibition games.



* StigmaticPregnancyEuphemism: Alluded to in ''The Gates of Sleep''. Doctor Pike does not treat cases of "nerves" that result in childbirth a few months later.
* {{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.

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* StigmaticPregnancyEuphemism: StigmaticPregnancyEuphemism:
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Alluded to in ''The Gates of Sleep''. Doctor Pike does not treat cases of "nerves" that result in childbirth a few months later.
** Played with in ''Reserved for the Cat''. The BigBad cannot become pregnant [[spoiler:since it's not human]], but intends to let people ''think'' she was off giving birth during the time she was trying to kill Ninette.
* {{Streetwalker}}: StraightToThePointe: Alluded to in ''Reserved for the Cat'' -- after ballet lessons for little girls becomes the latest fad in Blackpool, the local ballet master specifically does not teach the children pointe dancing, but demi-pointe.
* StrangerInAFamiliarLand: Reggie goes through this when he returns to the family manor in ''Phoenix and Ashes'' after being in the front lines of World War I.
* StreetUrchin: Nan in ''The Wizard of London''.
* {{Streetwalker}}:
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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. happening.
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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.



* SuicideNotAccident: He doesn't go through with it, but Reggie Fenyx strongly considers an "accidental" high speed car crash as a way of dealing with his shellshock in ''Phoenix and Ashes''.



* TarotMotifs: Eleanor's magical instruction in ''Phoenix and Ashes''.

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* TarotMotifs: Eleanor's magical instruction in ''Phoenix and Ashes''.Ashes'' occurs in a dream world where she encounters special beings that masquerade as the tarot cards.



* TitleDrop: The last four words of ''Reserved for the Cat''. ''Home from the Sea'' does the same thing.

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* TitleDrop: TitleDrop:
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The last four words of ''Reserved for the Cat''. Cat''.
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''Home from the Sea'' does the same thing.



** Katie's teachers impress this rule on her to keep her from solving the problem of her [[DomesticAbuser abusive husband]] by [[KillItWithFire just burning him down]], because it would destroy the innocence of her Elementals and possibly [[MurderMakesYouCrazy lead her down the dark path]].

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** Katie's teachers impress this rule on her to keep her from solving the problem of her [[DomesticAbuser [[DomesticAbuse abusive husband]] by [[KillItWithFire just burning him down]], because it would destroy the innocence of her Elementals and possibly [[MurderMakesYouCrazy lead her down the dark path]].



* TrickingTheShapeshifter: In ''Reserved for the Cat'', Thomas attempts to trick the shapeshifting villain into becoming something small and harmless, like the ogre in "Puss in Boots". The villain is more on the ball than that ogre, however, and shifts again to catch the cat by the throat when he pounces.



* {{Unicorn}}: In ''The Fire Rose'', Unicorns are Elementals of Spirit, and the physical embodiment of Knowledge, Purity, and Wisdom. When they choose to answer a summons (which requires a virgin to carry out the request), they can take on various forms, such as how medieval artists depicted them, as a young boy or girl in white robes, as a burning bush, or as a white bird. The heroine has to summon one, and unfortunately all she sees is a white, blurry shape, since she can't wear her glasses during the ritual and she's BlindWithoutEm. The voice is described as "bell-clear, sweet, silvery, and sexless".



* VirginSacrifice: The rarity of male virgin sacrifices is mentioned in ''The Fire Rose''. The villain needs a virgin sacrifice, and remarks that while the gender doesn't matter, it's so much easier to verify a woman's virginity than a man's.
* VomitingCop: In ''Unnatural Issue'', a squad from the White Lodge in London is sent to investigate the Yorkshire Manor of a reclusive former member that has [[FaceHeelTurn gone around the bend]]. When they find that he had killed all the household servants a couple of days ago (in high summer) Dr. Maya Scott (physician and Earth Master) bolts outside to become violently ill; which is understandable given that the victims were still [[OurZombiesAreDifferent going about their jobs]], she could tell that their souls were [[AndIMustScream locked into their rotting bodies]], and the perversion of Earth Magic the [[{{Necromancer}} renegade Whitestone]] had gone in for would sicken even a (sane) Earth Master inured to the filth and pain of London's slums. The Air Master in the squad follows her a minute later to do the same.



* WartimeWedding: There's a villainous twist to this in ''Phoenix and Ashes''. Alison intends to bespell Reggie into a Wartime Wedding to one of her daughters, magically ensure that an heir is conceived, then [[UriahGambit get Reggie back to the front to be killed]], leaving Alison controlling the Fenyx estate and its wealth through her daughter.
* WeirdHistoricalWar: ''Phoenix and Ashes'' and ''Unnatural Issue'' both refer to magic being used by spies on both sides of World War I. The latter also has a necromantic summoning in No Man's Land, which goes as well as you'd expect with all that raw material around.



* WhyDontYouJustShootHim: In ''Steadfast'', this becomes an issue for the heroes, because Kate could ''easily'' kill her DomesticAbuser husband by just asking her Fire Elementals. Fortunately for the story, and unfortunately for Kate, the local mages believe in ThouShaltNotKill because it might damage the innocence of Kate's Elementals.

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* WhyDontYouJustShootHim: In ''Steadfast'', this becomes an issue for the heroes, because Kate could ''easily'' kill her DomesticAbuser husband [[DomesticAbuse abusive husband]] by just asking her Fire Elementals. Fortunately for the story, and unfortunately for Kate, the local mages believe in ThouShaltNotKill because it might damage the innocence of Kate's Elementals.



* WidowsWeeds: Maya is introduced wearing mourning for her recently deceased parents, and plans to prolong the year of mourning as long as possible, since even a brute would hesitate to insult a woman of mixed race if she's in mourning. Marina is provided with an all-black wardrobe by her aunt, Madam Arachne, and thinks to herself that she would end up looking like Queen Victoria or a would-be Gothic poetess by the time her period of mourning ends. Technically, as a young unmarried woman, she could wear mauve, lavender, or violet during mourning without offending anyone, but her aunt obviously thinks otherwise.

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* WidowsWeeds: WidowsWeeds:
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Maya is introduced wearing mourning for her recently deceased parents, and plans to prolong the year of mourning as long as possible, since even a brute would hesitate to insult a woman of mixed race if she's in mourning. mourning.
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Marina is provided with an all-black wardrobe by her aunt, Madam Arachne, and thinks to herself that she would end up looking like Queen Victoria or a would-be Gothic poetess by the time her period of mourning ends. Technically, as a young unmarried woman, she could wear mauve, lavender, or violet during mourning without offending anyone, but her aunt obviously thinks otherwise.
31st Jul '17 12:59:40 PM mathememician
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Added DiffLines:

** In fact, Peter Almsley is a clear pastiche of [[LordPeterWimsey Lord Peter Wimsey]]. He looks the same, has the same mannerisms, is a Duke's son who has a stupid brother, and the like. In fact, the final letters in ''Serpent's Shadow'' are almost exact duplicates of the letters which begin ''Busman's Honeymoon''.
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.
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