History Literature / ElementalMasters

12th Feb '17 1:13:05 PM morenohijazo
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* TheWickedStage: In the series, particularly ''The Serpent's Shadow'' and ''Reserved for the Cat'', ballet dancing (and to a lesser extent other forms of acting) are seen as essentially vehicles for prostitution or stripping. Ballerinas are paid like crap but have opportunities to acquire male patrons, who pay very well indeed for their services; meanwhile, a can-can dancer lives off of tips from showing her legs. In an aversion, the viewpoint characters ''don't'' see this as dishonorable, but society as a whole finds the business rather skeevy (as well as the BackAlleyDoctor helping these women).
13th Jan '17 11:09:27 AM Ramidel
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* GoodGirlsAvoidAbortion: In ''The Serpent's Shadow'', this becomes an issue when Maya has to operate on a pregnant Irishwoman with an inflamed appendix. It's mentioned that most doctors would just remove the uterus and fetus to get them out of the way, but Maya respects her patient's Catholic beliefs enough to work around them, to the disdain of the watching students.
13th Jan '17 10:58:03 AM Ramidel
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* ThouShaltNotKill: Good magicians and masters especially avoid using their Elementals to do harm; evil ones practically revel in it, and make generous use of Dark Elementals that enjoy causing pain and death.

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* ThouShaltNotKill: Good magicians and masters especially normally avoid using their Elementals to do harm; evil harm, though this appears to be either a personal choice or dictated by their teachers' tradition. Evil ones practically revel in it, and make generous use of Dark Elementals that enjoy causing pain and death.


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** Rosamund doesn't obey this rule, and freely asks Elementals' aid in battle and even for assassination. It helps that, given the nature of her duties, she has a couple of pagan gods of war and the hunt on speed-dial.
11th Jan '17 6:15:29 PM nombretomado
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* {{Expy}}: Lord Peter Almsley for LordPeterWimsey. Early fan speculation was swiftly confirmed by WordOfGod.

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* {{Expy}}: Lord Peter Almsley for LordPeterWimsey.Literature/LordPeterWimsey. Early fan speculation was swiftly confirmed by WordOfGod.



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

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* ShoutOut: Lord Peter Almsley is what LordPeterWimsey Literature/LordPeterWimsey would be like if Dorothy Sayers had given him magical powers.
30th Dec '16 10:14:33 AM Antigone3
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* IntoxicationEnsues: The fake medium in ''The Wizard of London'' uses hashish-laced incense during her seances. The unknowingly-drugged clients are much easier for her to fool.
29th Dec '16 4:43:52 AM Ramidel
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* OurGodsAreGreater: The pagan gods of Europe are essentially very powerful and humanlike Greater Elementals. Thunderbird, from America, is also a Great Air Elemental. Meanwhile, the Hindu deities seen in ''The Serpent's Shadow'' are ''not'' elementals, and appear to be linked to the Spirit element, and share more characteristics with the Christian {{God}}. God Himself hasn't personally shown up yet, though beings implied to be angels have, and holy Christian objects are [[HolyHandGrenade extremely lethal against evil beings]].
29th Dec '16 4:32:58 AM Ramidel
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* OneHeroHoldTheWeaksauce: Rosamund breaks the usual ElementalRockPaperScissors setup in that, while she's an Earth Master, she is able to communicate with Air elementals. In ''Blood Red'', this is because she's being aided by a god to right a terrible imbalance; in ''From a High Tower'', the Great Air Elementals choose to commune with her while she's teaching Giselle.
22nd Dec '16 1:52:56 PM Ramidel
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* HadToBeSharp: "Gunther von Weber's" cover story. A young man who travels Germany's shooting competitions, "he" explains his phenomenal skill as coming from taking care of his mother, protect their animals and put game in the pot; "don't hit, don't eat." Actually, Gisette is...embroidering the truth a bit; her skill is largely from being a MageMarksman.

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* HadToBeSharp: "Gunther von Weber's" cover story. A young man who travels Germany's shooting competitions, "he" explains his phenomenal skill as coming from taking care of his mother, having to protect their animals and put game in the pot; "don't hit, don't eat." Actually, Gisette is...embroidering the truth a bit; her skill is largely from being a MageMarksman.
22nd Dec '16 1:50:01 PM Ramidel
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* CountryMouse: Rosamund comes across as this early in ''Blood Red'', being a forester from the Schwarzvald. The Graf enjoys this about her, but makes sure to give her a bit of an education in being a classy lady too, because her skills have earned her a continent-spanning reputation and she needs to be able to deal with White Lodges from Paris to Belgrade.

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* CountryMouse: Rosamund comes across as this early in ''Blood Red'', being a forester from the Schwarzvald. The Her patron the Graf enjoys this about her, but makes sure to give her a bit of an education in being a classy lady too, because her skills have earned her a continent-spanning reputation and she needs to be able to deal with White Lodges from Paris to Belgrade.


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* ElementalRockPaperScissors: It's more complicated than a simple rock-paper-scissors arrangement, but present. In particular, Earth and Air, and Fire and Water, are opposed - normally, a magician of one Element can't do anything with the opposing Element, but can work with the ones to the side to a limited degree. Rosamund von Schwarzvald is an exceptional case; she's an Earth Master, but Air elementals (even greater elementals) talk to her and work with her freely, and she can and does teach a fledgling Air Master.


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* HadToBeSharp: "Gunther von Weber's" cover story. A young man who travels Germany's shooting competitions, "he" explains his phenomenal skill as coming from taking care of his mother, protect their animals and put game in the pot; "don't hit, don't eat." Actually, Gisette is...embroidering the truth a bit; her skill is largely from being a MageMarksman.


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* OneRiotOneRanger: The Brüderschaft employ the realistic version. Their usual methodology is to send a single Hunt Master to a region to handle a developing situation, and then that Hunt Master organizes the local help into a Hunting Party if they need backup. At one point, this gets Rosamund and her two local allies in ''way'' over their head, because the arse end of Transylvania is without any magicians stronger than a kitchen-witch.
22nd Dec '16 1:27:39 PM Ramidel
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* CountryMouse: Rosamund comes across as this early in ''Blood Red'', being a forester from the Schwarzvald. The Graf enjoys this about her, but makes sure to give her a bit of an education in being a classy lady too, because her skills have earned her a continent-spanning reputation and she needs to be able to deal with White Lodges from Paris to Belgrade.


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* FightsLikeANormal: This is Rosamund's favored tactic against evil wizards. As she explains, they're expecting to defend against magic, and a flying tackle followed by a dagger stab is not something they'll have a ward against.


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* LittleRedFightingHood: Rosamund "[[RedBaron Red Cloak]]" von Schwarzvald. A [[WhoYouGonnaCall Hunt Master]], ActionGirl, MagicKnight and [[CrazyPrepared walking armory]], she's practically TheDreaded to the werewolves (and other monsters) of the German forests, and the hooded cloak she once wore to her grandma's house has since become her trademark.
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