History Literature / ElementalMasters

24th Sep '16 12:28:34 PM Ramidel
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* HolierThanThou: Characters in ''The Serpent's Shadow'' have a few sharp words for churchmen who think that charity should only be given to "the deserving poor" who adhere to middle-class values despite being unable to afford them.


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* LoveAtFirstSight: Completely unremarkable in this series; it's repeatedly stated that magicians often recognize their True Love on sight and are married shortly after without so much as posting banns.
24th Sep '16 12:03:51 PM Ramidel
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* WainscotSociety: Magical society in London and America is generally hidden from the {{muggles}}, mostly because most supposed magicians are fakes like Aleister Crowley. There's no {{Masquerade}} in place, but magicians generally don't advertise themselves as magical to avoid standing out. Out in rural areas (and in India, according to Shivani), however, there's not so much separation between magical and nonmagical; most of the locals in Yorkshire practice the May Day rites and leave milk out for the brownies, and Charles Kerridge's manor openly uses Earth Magic in their cottage industry. Also, during World War I, there's secret collaboration between the mundane government and the White Lodge.
24th Sep '16 11:43:37 AM Ramidel
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** Fire Masters have some ability to sense the movement of energy, which means they can do well in the commodity market. They can burn off foreign substances, as Eleanor did to overcome a dose of opiates. They also tend towards entertainers (possibly from an inborn flamboyance??) in ''From a High Tower'', Captain Cody Lee, who owns and is a star act in a Wild West Show, turns out to also be a Fire Magician, and in ''Reserved for the Cat'' the star performer at Nigel's music hall is a stage magician who is also a Fire Master. The heroine of ''Steadfast'' is an acrobat and dancer, who finds out she is a Fire Master. And of course, they never have to eat burned food.

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** Fire Masters have some ability to sense the movement of energy, which means they can do well in the commodity market. They can burn off foreign substances, as Eleanor did to overcome a dose of opiates. They also tend towards entertainers (possibly from an inborn flamboyance??) in ''From a High Tower'', Captain Cody Lee, who owns and is a star act in a Wild West Show, turns out to also be a Fire Magician, and in ''Reserved for the Cat'' the star performer at Nigel's music hall is a stage magician who is also a Fire Master.Mage. The heroine of ''Steadfast'' is an acrobat and dancer, who finds out she is a Fire Master. And of course, they never have to eat burned food.
24th Sep '16 11:41:45 AM Ramidel
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* LadykillerInLove: In his debut in ''The Serpent's Shadow'', Peter Almsley is shown to be quite contented with hired courtesans and not at all interested in love or marriage. Cue ''Unnatural Issue'', and this is quietly forgotten, because Susanne Whitestone needs a husband and Charles is a RomanticFalseLead.
11th Aug '16 9:04:10 PM Floria
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* HateSink: Simon Parkening in ''The Serpent's Shadow'' is [[PoliticallyIncorrectVillain racist, misogynistic]], an [[BadBoss abusive employer]], and [[EvilIsPetty spiteful to an extreme]]. While he has the rank and privilege to make life difficult for the good guys, he's also a TooDumbToLive SmugSnake who insults his (female, Indian) occult adviser when he ''knows'' that magic is real and that she's better at it than he is.

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Simon Parkening in ''The Serpent's Shadow'' is [[PoliticallyIncorrectVillain racist, misogynistic]], an [[BadBoss abusive employer]], and [[EvilIsPetty spiteful to an extreme]]. While he has the rank and privilege to make life difficult for the good guys, he's also a TooDumbToLive SmugSnake who insults his (female, Indian) occult adviser when he ''knows'' that magic is real and that she's better at it than he is.is.
** Reggie's grandfather in ''Phoenix And Ashes'', due to his extremely abrasive personality (with no HiddenHeartOfGold in evidence) and complete lack of sympathy for Reggie's PTSD.
** The bullying constable Ewynnog in ''Home From The Sea'', who seems to function as this in-universe as well. Nobody respects him but he has too much authority for people to be able to dismiss him entirely.
9th Aug '16 10:08:13 PM Floria
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* HeterosexualLifePartners: Nan and Sarah, who are practically inseparable both personally and professionally. In ''A Study In Sable'' they're even [[HasTwoMommies raising their orphan protege together]].
7th Aug '16 5:43:37 PM Floria
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* RecycledScript: Both ''Steadfast'' and ''Reserved For The Cat'' feature subplots where the heroines pretend to be Russian prima ballerinas.
7th Aug '16 5:43:00 PM Floria
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* RecycledScript: Both ''Steadfast'' and ''Reserved For The Cat'' feature subplots where the heroines pretend to be Russian prima ballerinas.
2nd Aug '16 9:09:06 PM Floria
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* EvilDiva: Magdelena in ''A Study In Sable''.
26th Jul '16 2:48:24 PM Floria
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* HateSink: Simon Parkening in ''The Serpent's Shadow'' is [[PoliticallyIncorrectVillain racist, misogynistic]], an [[BadBoss abusive employer]], and [[EvilIsPetty spiteful to an extreme]]. While he has the rank and privilege to make life difficult for the good guys, he's also a TooDumbToLive SmugSnake who insults his (female, Indian) occult adviser when he ''knows'' that magic is real and that she's better at it than he is.
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