History Literature / Emberverse

8th Jul '17 7:37:58 AM Theriocephalus
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* ''Dies the Fire'' (2004) - After the Nantucket Event, Michael Havel and the Larsson family make their way from Montana to the Larsson estate in the Willamette Valley of Oregon, picking up survivors on the way, and eventually forming the mercenary outfit "The Bearkillers". Meanwhile, in Corvallis, the Oregon State University "faculty senate" rallies the city survivors to their banner, while Juniper Mackenzie and her neo-pagan "Georgian Wiccan" coven form the "Clan Mackenzie" in the hills south of Lebanon, Oregon. Finally, history professor Norman Arminger rallies the members of his local branch of the Society for Creative Anachronism and the criminal element of Portland to his "Portland Protective Association", based on a feudalistic monarchy with some minor Mordorian influences. All this is accomplished amid the backdrop of billions dying as most of the world's mass food production capabilities and rapid transport fail, leaving everyone to fend for himself.
* ''The Protector's War'' (2005) - With the various factions of the Willamette Valley relatively settled, Lord Protector Arminger sets his sights on conquering the rest of the valley, something the Bearkillers, Mackenzies and Corvallans want no part of. This marks the start of the Protector's War
* ''A Meeting at Corvallis'' (2006) - The Protector's War ends, and peace finally comes to the Willamette Valley...for a time.

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* ''Dies the Fire'' (2004) - (2004): After the Nantucket Event, Michael Havel and the Larsson family make their way from Montana to the Larsson estate in the Willamette Valley of Oregon, picking up survivors on the way, and eventually forming the mercenary outfit "The Bearkillers". Meanwhile, in Corvallis, the Oregon State University "faculty senate" rallies the city survivors to their banner, while Juniper Mackenzie and her neo-pagan "Georgian Wiccan" coven form the "Clan Mackenzie" in the hills south of Lebanon, Oregon. Finally, history professor Norman Arminger rallies the members of his local branch of the Society for Creative Anachronism and the criminal element of Portland to his "Portland Protective Association", based on a feudalistic monarchy with some minor Mordorian influences. All this is accomplished amid the backdrop of billions dying as most of the world's mass food production capabilities and rapid transport fail, leaving everyone to fend for himself.
* ''The Protector's War'' (2005) - (2005): With the various factions of the Willamette Valley relatively settled, Lord Protector Arminger sets his sights on conquering the rest of the valley, something the Bearkillers, Mackenzies and Corvallans want no part of. This marks the start of the Protector's War
* ''A Meeting at Corvallis'' (2006) - (2006): The Protector's War ends, and peace finally comes to the Willamette Valley...for a time.



* ''The Sunrise Lands'' (2007) - Ingolf Vogeler, a traveler from Readstown, Wisconsin, arrives at Dun Juniper, the capital of the Clan Mackenzie, searching for a man known as "The Son of the Bear Who Rules," so the Wisconsinite can take him to obtain "The Sword of the Lady," after a vision he received while visiting the island of Nantucket. He is pursued by assassins from the Church Universal and Triumphant (CUT), a religious cult who view the Change as punishment from God. Rudi Mackenzie, son of Juniper Mackenzie and Mike Havel, long ago prophesied as "The Lady's Sword" at his naming ceremony, leads Ingolf, Mathilda Arminger (his childhood friend and heiress to the PPA throne), her vassal Odard Liu, Rudi's sisters Mary and Ritva (both Dúnedain Rangers), and Father Ignatius (a warrior-monk of the Benedictine order of Mount Angel). Together they embark on a cross-country quest to recover "The Sword of the Lady," which waits for Rudi back at Nantucket.
* ''The Scourge of God'' (2008) - The CUT gains in power, land and influence, apparently aided by otherworldly forces, threatening the entirety of the Willamette Valley and all of what used to be the United States. Meanwhile, Rudi and company make their way across the Midwest, and arrive at the Provisional Republic Of Iowa.
* ''The Sword of the Lady'' (2009) - Rudi and his companions finally arrive at Nantucket, and obtain the titular sword, as the war between the CUT and the Willamette forces takes a turn for the worse.

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* ''The Sunrise Lands'' (2007) - (2007): Ingolf Vogeler, a traveler from Readstown, Wisconsin, arrives at Dun Juniper, the capital of the Clan Mackenzie, searching for a man known as "The Son of the Bear Who Rules," so the Wisconsinite can take him to obtain "The Sword of the Lady," after a vision he received while visiting the island of Nantucket. He is pursued by assassins from the Church Universal and Triumphant (CUT), a religious cult who view the Change as punishment from God. Rudi Mackenzie, son of Juniper Mackenzie and Mike Havel, long ago prophesied as "The Lady's Sword" at his naming ceremony, leads Ingolf, Mathilda Arminger (his childhood friend and heiress to the PPA throne), her vassal Odard Liu, Rudi's sisters Mary and Ritva (both Dúnedain Rangers), and Father Ignatius (a warrior-monk of the Benedictine order of Mount Angel). Together they embark on a cross-country quest to recover "The Sword of the Lady," which waits for Rudi back at Nantucket.
* ''The Scourge of God'' (2008) - (2008): The CUT gains in power, land and influence, apparently aided by otherworldly forces, threatening the entirety of the Willamette Valley and all of what used to be the United States. Meanwhile, Rudi and company make their way across the Midwest, and arrive at the Provisional Republic Of Iowa.
* ''The Sword of the Lady'' (2009) - (2009): Rudi and his companions finally arrive at Nantucket, and obtain the titular sword, as the war between the CUT and the Willamette forces takes a turn for the worse.



* ''The High King of Montival'' (2010) - Now in possession of the Sword, Rudi - Artos - must journey back to the western lands he'd left behind, and muster from them an army to rescue his homeland. Both he and his people back home work to consolidate the newborn kingdom, should they prevail against the Cutters.
* ''The Tears of the Sun'' (2011) - The kingdom of Montival takes firmer shape under Artos's leadership, the disparate groups within drawing together to meet the CUT threat. Allies from the eastern lands, as well as from the former Canada, provide vital support. Part of the war effort includes sowing dissension in the enemy ranks, with the goal of taking the CUT's ally [[spoiler: Boise]] out of the war.
* ''Lord of Mountains'' (September 2012) - The combined armies of Montival and its allies, led by Rudi with the Sword, take on the CUT invasion, and do their best to reduce the CUT influence in [[spoiler: Boise]]. (The death of [[spoiler: Martin Thurston]] is a significant step toward that end, but more remains to be done.) After a climactic battle in the Horse Heaven Hills, the leaders of Montival decide on a further course of action and formally unify under Rudi's leadership.
* ''The Given Sacrifice'' (September 2013)- The war against the CUT concludes and a new generation comes of age. Rudi's final fate is shown when he intervenes in a conflict between Haida raiders and a party from Japan.

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* ''The High King of Montival'' (2010) - (2010): Now in possession of the Sword, Rudi - Artos - must journey back to the western lands he'd left behind, and muster from them an army to rescue his homeland. Both he and his people back home work to consolidate the newborn kingdom, should they prevail against the Cutters.
* ''The Tears of the Sun'' (2011) - (2011): The kingdom of Montival takes firmer shape under Artos's leadership, the disparate groups within drawing together to meet the CUT threat. Allies from the eastern lands, as well as from the former Canada, provide vital support. Part of the war effort includes sowing dissension in the enemy ranks, with the goal of taking the CUT's ally [[spoiler: Boise]] out of the war.
* ''Lord of Mountains'' (September 2012) - 2012): The combined armies of Montival and its allies, led by Rudi with the Sword, take on the CUT invasion, and do their best to reduce the CUT influence in [[spoiler: Boise]]. (The death of [[spoiler: Martin Thurston]] is a significant step toward that end, but more remains to be done.) After a climactic battle in the Horse Heaven Hills, the leaders of Montival decide on a further course of action and formally unify under Rudi's leadership.
* ''The Given Sacrifice'' (September 2013)- 2013): The war against the CUT concludes and a new generation comes of age. Rudi's final fate is shown when he intervenes in a conflict between Haida raiders and a party from Japan.



* ''The Golden Princess'' (2014)- Rudi's Mackenzie's heir, Orlaith, meets up with Nipponese princess Reiko and her band, who are fleeing the evil CUT-like force which has taken over much of Asia. As Rudi did a generation before, Reiko seeks a sacred sword which may give her and her people a chance of victory over their life-hating enemy. Orlaith, her faithful knight Heuradys d'Ath, and other children of the last tetrology's heroes join Reiko in her quest.

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* ''The Golden Princess'' (2014)- (2014): Rudi's Mackenzie's heir, Orlaith, meets up with Nipponese princess Reiko and her band, who are fleeing the evil CUT-like force which has taken over much of Asia. As Rudi did a generation before, Reiko seeks a sacred sword which may give her and her people a chance of victory over their life-hating enemy. Orlaith, her faithful knight Heuradys d'Ath, and other children of the last tetrology's heroes join Reiko in her quest.



* ''Prince of Outcasts'' (2016) A mystically-generated storm sweeps John's ship across the Pacific, to the island chains of the Ceram Sea. With new allies at his side, he finds himself fighting against new and unexpected foes both from Earthly realms, and others. Meanwhile, in Montival, a new alliance prepares to take on the enemies of the Nipponese.

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* ''Prince of Outcasts'' (2016) (2016): A mystically-generated storm sweeps John's ship across the Pacific, to the island chains of the Ceram Sea. With new allies at his side, he finds himself fighting against new and unexpected foes both from Earthly realms, and others. Meanwhile, in Montival, a new alliance prepares to take on the enemies of the Nipponese.
27th May '17 12:31:07 PM BuccoBabe
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** Later in the series we encounter the "Participatory Democracy of Topanga," a small city-state that practices direct democracy: every citizen may debate and vote on issues of importance. Originated by Harry Turtledove in his short story in ''The Change'' anthology, "Topanga and the Chatsworth Lancers"; integrated into the "main" Emberverse by Stirling in ''The Desert and the Blade''.
20th Apr '17 3:21:49 PM Alas_Poor_Donny
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* MedievalStasis: zig-zagged. This is the in-universe goal of [[spoiler: the Mind]], more or less, but pretty much every character in the series is working to avert it... with varying degrees of success, of course.
31st Jan '17 2:52:11 PM PhoenixBlade
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***However, a character who may be Creator/{{HarrisonFord}} is seen running Ford's Kyentse Cowboy Bar & Grill (The Scourge of God).
2nd Jan '17 10:08:27 AM C89337186
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* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: Boy howdy! Especially in books 4-10, which feature members of three generations in the chronology of the story. A partial list of '''point of view''' characters (please note that this is not a comprehensive list of ''significant'' characters) includes Rudi Mackenzie, Mathilda Arminger, Ingolf Vogeler, Mary and Ritva Havel, Edain Aylward Mackenzie, Odard Lui, Father Ignatius, Fred Thurston, Tiphaine d'Ath, Juniper Mackenzie, Sandra Arminger, Chuck Barstow, Astrid Larsson, Ian Kovalevsky, Asgerd Karlsdottir, Lioncel de Stafford, Huon and Yseult Lui, and Orlaith Arminger Mackenzie. Sometimes results in FourLinesAllWaiting. The roster is pared down sharply in the current tetrology, which focuses almost entirely on members of the youngest generation of characters.

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* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: Boy howdy! Especially in books 4-10, which feature members of three generations in the chronology of the story. A partial list of '''point of view''' characters (please note that this is not a comprehensive list of ''significant'' characters) includes Rudi Mackenzie, Mathilda Arminger, Ingolf Vogeler, Mary and Ritva Havel, Edain Aylward Mackenzie, Odard Lui, Liu, Father Ignatius, Fred Thurston, Tiphaine d'Ath, Juniper Mackenzie, Sandra Arminger, Chuck Barstow, Astrid Larsson, Ian Kovalevsky, Asgerd Karlsdottir, Lioncel de Stafford, Huon and Yseult Lui, Liu, and Orlaith Arminger Mackenzie. Sometimes results in FourLinesAllWaiting. The roster is pared down sharply in the current tetrology, which focuses almost entirely on members of the youngest generation of characters.
16th Dec '16 12:43:00 PM BuccoBabe
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* DramaticIrony: In ''Prince of Outcasts'', Orlaith attaches no significance to the yellow-and-black symbol her love interest, Alan Thurston, wears on his gear. Readers, however, have seen it elsewhere in the novel. [[spoiler: It's the symbol used by the evil forces her brother John is encountering in the Ceram Sea -- and, by the description, is or at least resembles a symbol right out of TheCthulhuMythos.]]

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* DramaticIrony: In ''Prince of Outcasts'', Orlaith attaches no significance to the yellow-and-black symbol her love interest, Alan Thurston, wears on his gear. Readers, however, have seen it elsewhere in the novel. [[spoiler: It's the symbol used by the evil forces her brother John is encountering in the Ceram Sea -- and, by the description, is or at least resembles a symbol right out of TheCthulhuMythos.the Franchise/CthulhuMythos.]]
10th Dec '16 12:06:41 PM BuccoBabe
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** Reiko's foster daughter Kiwako, previously severely neglected and close to feral, blossoms in Reiko's care.
10th Dec '16 11:58:18 AM BuccoBabe
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* CanonImmigrant: Arguably, any of the characters originating in the non-Stirling stories of ''The Change'' anthology who later make an appearance in the main storyline. Deor Godulfson and Thora Garwood, who originally appear in Diana Paxson's "Deor," are the most prominent; but Jared and Connor Tillman and Kwame Curtis (Harry Turtledove's "Topanga and the Chatsworth Lancers") and Cap'n Pete and Fifi Lamont Holder (John Birmingham's "Fortune and Glory") also play minor roles. Prince John becomes romantically involved with Philippa "Pip" Balwyn-Abercombie, daughter of another Birmingham character, the late Lady Julianne Balwyn.
* CannibalLarder: ''Dies the Fire'' has several of these. Most of the cannibal bands that arose after the end of the world keep live prisoners in them as well (best way to keep the meat fresh).

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* CannibalLarder: ''Dies the Fire'' has several of these. Most of the cannibal bands that arose after the end of the world keep live prisoners in them as well (best way to keep the meat fresh).
* CanonImmigrant: Arguably, any of the characters originating in the non-Stirling stories of ''The Change'' anthology who later make an appearance in the main storyline. Deor Godulfson and Thora Garwood, who originally appear in Diana Paxson's "Deor," are the most prominent; but Jared and Connor Tillman and Kwame Curtis (Harry Turtledove's "Topanga and the Chatsworth Lancers") and Cap'n Pete and Fifi Lamont Holder (John Birmingham's "Fortune and Glory") also play minor roles. Prince John becomes romantically involved with Philippa "Pip" Balwyn-Abercombie, daughter of another Birmingham character, the late Lady Julianne Balwyn.
* CannibalLarder: ''Dies the Fire'' has several of these. Most of the cannibal bands that arose after the end of the world keep live prisoners in them as well (best way to keep the meat fresh).
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* FlatEarthAtheist: Ultimately averted. Though Sandra Arminger and Tiphaine d'Ath are presented as atheists for much of the series, both eventually realize that it's an insupportable position in a world where there is objective evidence for the existence, and influence, of deities. In ''Tears of the Sun'', Sandra actually rejects this trope ''by name''.

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* FlatEarthAtheist: Ultimately averted. averted, at least among the main characters. Though Sandra Arminger and Tiphaine d'Ath are presented as atheists for much of their portion of the series, both eventually realize that it's an insupportable position in a world where there is objective evidence for the existence, and influence, of deities. In ''Tears of the Sun'', Sandra actually rejects this trope ''by name''.


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** Minor characters King John of Darwin and Cap'n Pete Holder seem to fit the trope, though. King John describes himself as "an old-fashioned atheist," and Pete takes issue with the term "accursed" being used to describe an outsized, and unnaturally determined and aggressive, saltwater crocodile.
10th Dec '16 11:47:29 AM BuccoBabe
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* CanonImmigrant: Arguably, any of the characters originating in the non-Stirling stories of ''The Change'' anthology who later make an appearance in the main storyline. Deor Godulfson and Thora Garwood, who originally appear in Diana Paxson's "Deor," are the most prominent; but Jared and Connor Tillman and Kwame Curtis (Harry Turtledove's "Topanga and the Chatsworth Lancers") and Cap'n Pete and Fifi Lamont Holder (John Birmingham's "Fortune and Glory") also play minor roles. Prince John becomes romantically involved with Philippa "Pip" Balwyn-Abercombie, daughter of another Birmingham character, the late Lady Julianne Balwyn.
4th Dec '16 10:30:09 AM captainpat
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* WomanInBlack: Tiphaine d'Ath.
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