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8th Mar '16 6:50:59 PM hamza678
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First off: Our maiden? Princess Katerina of Taina, a 9th-century Slavic kingdom growing in the shadow of proto-UsefulNotes/KievanRus and unremembered by history, which tells you [[KillEmAll what its long-term fate will be]]. Ivan has promised to marry Katerina, and that marriage promise is all that is keeping the evil witch Literature/BabaYaga from using LoopholeAbuse to claim rulership of Taina. She's already enslaved Bear—''The'' Bear, the god of winter—to be her [[TheDragon Dragon]] and do her bidding, so keeping her at bay is not an idle concern for the citizens of Taina. Especially since their most-loved deity, Mikola Mozhaiski (a version of [[SantaClaus Saint Nikolaus]]), hasn't been seen in years. Second: Ivan? Not a KnightInShiningArmor. A man of good heart, yes, and a decathlete, fit by the standards of TheNineties... But this is TheLowMiddleAges, Russia in 890 AD, and manhood involves being able to sling around five pounds of sword for hours at a stretch. Oh, and he's engaged to a girl named Ruth, back home in 20th-century America—''and'' he's a Jew. And Taina? An outpost of [[{{UsefulNotes/Christianity}} Christianity]], many years before (20th-century) scholars believed it had gotten that far east. Even better, the local priest was an apprentice to Kirill—''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saints_Cyril_and_Methodius Saint]]'' [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saints_Cyril_and_Methodius Cyril]], after whom the CyrillicAlphabet is named—and has some of Kirill's manuscripts. Ivan, a linguist, came to (modern-day) Russia in part to answer how the Russian tongue evolved from [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Church_Slavonic_language Old Church Slavonic]]. In 9th-century Taina, he literally holds the answers in his hand.

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First off: Our maiden? Princess Katerina of Taina, a 9th-century Slavic kingdom growing in the shadow of proto-UsefulNotes/KievanRus and unremembered by history, which tells you [[KillEmAll what its long-term fate will be]]. Ivan has promised to marry Katerina, and that marriage promise is all that is keeping the evil witch Literature/BabaYaga from using LoopholeAbuse to claim rulership of Taina. She's already enslaved Bear—''The'' Bear, the god of winter—to be her [[TheDragon Dragon]] and do her bidding, so keeping her at bay is not an idle concern for the citizens of Taina. Especially since their most-loved deity, Mikola Mozhaiski (a version of [[SantaClaus Saint Nikolaus]]), hasn't been seen in years. Second: Ivan? Not a KnightInShiningArmor. A man of good heart, yes, and a decathlete, fit by the standards of TheNineties... But this is TheLowMiddleAges, Russia in 890 AD, and manhood involves being able to sling around five pounds of sword for hours at a stretch. Oh, and he's engaged to a girl named Ruth, back home in 20th-century America—''and'' he's a Jew. And Taina? An outpost of [[{{UsefulNotes/Christianity}} Christianity]], many years before (20th-century) scholars believed it had gotten that far east. Even better, the local priest was an apprentice to Kirill—''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saints_Cyril_and_Methodius Saint]]'' [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saints_Cyril_and_Methodius Cyril]], after whom the CyrillicAlphabet UsefulNotes/CyrillicAlphabet is named—and has some of Kirill's manuscripts. Ivan, a linguist, came to (modern-day) Russia in part to answer how the Russian tongue evolved from [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Church_Slavonic_language Old Church Slavonic]]. In 9th-century Taina, he literally holds the answers in his hand.
21st Nov '15 12:21:23 PM nombretomado
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Ivan Smetski is a Russian Jew who isn't going to be Russian anymore: as soon as possible, his parents are emigrating to America, specifically a suburb in New York State, where Ivan will eventually grow up. Before they leave, though, his family sojourns at Cousin Marek's house, where Ivan, exploring in the woods, comes across an incredible tableau: a beautiful woman, sleeping on a bier, amidst a lake of leaves in which lives a giant bear. He doesn't get a chance to explore this until 1991, more than a decade later, when he returns to what was [[PleaseSelectNewCityName once the USSR but is now Ukraine]] to do a dissertation on RussianMythologyAndTales and whether they conform to ProppsFunctionsOfFolktales. While there, he visits Cousin Marek's farm and re-discovers the beautiful woman, who—after the bear has been subdued—needs to be awoken with a kiss...

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Ivan Smetski is a Russian Jew who isn't going to be Russian anymore: as soon as possible, his parents are emigrating to America, specifically a suburb in New York State, where Ivan will eventually grow up. Before they leave, though, his family sojourns at Cousin Marek's house, where Ivan, exploring in the woods, comes across an incredible tableau: a beautiful woman, sleeping on a bier, amidst a lake of leaves in which lives a giant bear. He doesn't get a chance to explore this until 1991, more than a decade later, when he returns to what was [[PleaseSelectNewCityName once the USSR but is now Ukraine]] to do a dissertation on RussianMythologyAndTales Myth/RussianMythologyAndTales and whether they conform to ProppsFunctionsOfFolktales. While there, he visits Cousin Marek's farm and re-discovers the beautiful woman, who—after the bear has been subdued—needs to be awoken with a kiss...
21st Oct '15 4:40:44 PM nombretomado
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Not to be confused with the {{Disney}} film ''{{Enchanted}}'', though both are affectionate {{Deconstruction}}s in which fairy tales collide head-first with modern-day New York citizens. OSC's novel, however, lacks {{Crowd Song}}s.

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Not to be confused with the {{Disney}} Creator/{{Disney}} film ''{{Enchanted}}'', ''Film/{{Enchanted}}'', though both are affectionate {{Deconstruction}}s in which fairy tales collide head-first with modern-day New York citizens. OSC's novel, however, lacks {{Crowd Song}}s.
27th Oct '14 2:11:29 PM LongLiveHumour
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First off: Our maiden? Princess Katerina of Taina, a 9th-century Slavic kingdom growing in the shadow of proto-UsefulNotes/KievanRus and unremembered by history, which tells you [[KillEmAll what its long-term fate will be]]. Ivan has promised to marry Katerina, and that marriage promise is all that is keeping the evil witch BabaYaga from using LoopholeAbuse to claim rulership of Taina. She's already enslaved Bear—''The'' Bear, the god of winter—to be her [[TheDragon Dragon]] and do her bidding, so keeping her at bay is not an idle concern for the citizens of Taina. Especially since their most-loved deity, Mikola Mozhaiski (a version of [[SantaClaus Saint Nikolaus]]), hasn't been seen in years. Second: Ivan? Not a KnightInShiningArmor. A man of good heart, yes, and a decathlete, fit by the standards of TheNineties... But this is TheLowMiddleAges, Russia in 890 AD, and manhood involves being able to sling around five pounds of sword for hours at a stretch. Oh, and he's engaged to a girl named Ruth, back home in 20th-century America—''and'' he's a Jew. And Taina? An outpost of [[{{UsefulNotes/Christianity}} Christianity]], many years before (20th-century) scholars believed it had gotten that far east. Even better, the local priest was an apprentice to Kirill—''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saints_Cyril_and_Methodius Saint]]'' [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saints_Cyril_and_Methodius Cyril]], after whom the CyrillicAlphabet is named—and has some of Kirill's manuscripts. Ivan, a linguist, came to (modern-day) Russia in part to answer how the Russian tongue evolved from [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Church_Slavonic_language Old Church Slavonic]]. In 9th-century Taina, he literally holds the answers in his hand.

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First off: Our maiden? Princess Katerina of Taina, a 9th-century Slavic kingdom growing in the shadow of proto-UsefulNotes/KievanRus and unremembered by history, which tells you [[KillEmAll what its long-term fate will be]]. Ivan has promised to marry Katerina, and that marriage promise is all that is keeping the evil witch BabaYaga Literature/BabaYaga from using LoopholeAbuse to claim rulership of Taina. She's already enslaved Bear—''The'' Bear, the god of winter—to be her [[TheDragon Dragon]] and do her bidding, so keeping her at bay is not an idle concern for the citizens of Taina. Especially since their most-loved deity, Mikola Mozhaiski (a version of [[SantaClaus Saint Nikolaus]]), hasn't been seen in years. Second: Ivan? Not a KnightInShiningArmor. A man of good heart, yes, and a decathlete, fit by the standards of TheNineties... But this is TheLowMiddleAges, Russia in 890 AD, and manhood involves being able to sling around five pounds of sword for hours at a stretch. Oh, and he's engaged to a girl named Ruth, back home in 20th-century America—''and'' he's a Jew. And Taina? An outpost of [[{{UsefulNotes/Christianity}} Christianity]], many years before (20th-century) scholars believed it had gotten that far east. Even better, the local priest was an apprentice to Kirill—''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saints_Cyril_and_Methodius Saint]]'' [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saints_Cyril_and_Methodius Cyril]], after whom the CyrillicAlphabet is named—and has some of Kirill's manuscripts. Ivan, a linguist, came to (modern-day) Russia in part to answer how the Russian tongue evolved from [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Church_Slavonic_language Old Church Slavonic]]. In 9th-century Taina, he literally holds the answers in his hand.



* BabaYaga: The BigBad.

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* BabaYaga: Literature/BabaYaga: The BigBad.



* BigBad: BabaYaga

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* BigBad: BabaYagaLiterature/BabaYaga
23rd Jun '14 11:37:43 PM Brontesaurus
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First off: Our maiden? Princess Katerina of Taina, a 9th-century Slavic kingdom growing in the shadow of proto-KievanRus and unremembered by history, which tells you [[KillEmAll what its long-term fate will be]]. Ivan has promised to marry Katerina, and that marriage promise is all that is keeping the evil witch BabaYaga from using LoopholeAbuse to claim rulership of Taina. She's already enslaved Bear—''The'' Bear, the god of winter—to be her [[TheDragon Dragon]] and do her bidding, so keeping her at bay is not an idle concern for the citizens of Taina. Especially since their most-loved deity, Mikola Mozhaiski (a version of [[SantaClaus Saint Nikolaus]]), hasn't been seen in years. Second: Ivan? Not a KnightInShiningArmor. A man of good heart, yes, and a decathlete, fit by the standards of TheNineties... But this is TheLowMiddleAges, Russia in 890 AD, and manhood involves being able to sling around five pounds of sword for hours at a stretch. Oh, and he's engaged to a girl named Ruth, back home in 20th-century America—''and'' he's a Jew. And Taina? An outpost of [[{{UsefulNotes/Christianity}} Christianity]], many years before (20th-century) scholars believed it had gotten that far east. Even better, the local priest was an apprentice to Kirill—''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saints_Cyril_and_Methodius Saint]]'' [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saints_Cyril_and_Methodius Cyril]], after whom the CyrillicAlphabet is named—and has some of Kirill's manuscripts. Ivan, a linguist, came to (modern-day) Russia in part to answer how the Russian tongue evolved from [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Church_Slavonic_language Old Church Slavonic]]. In 9th-century Taina, he literally holds the answers in his hand.

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First off: Our maiden? Princess Katerina of Taina, a 9th-century Slavic kingdom growing in the shadow of proto-KievanRus proto-UsefulNotes/KievanRus and unremembered by history, which tells you [[KillEmAll what its long-term fate will be]]. Ivan has promised to marry Katerina, and that marriage promise is all that is keeping the evil witch BabaYaga from using LoopholeAbuse to claim rulership of Taina. She's already enslaved Bear—''The'' Bear, the god of winter—to be her [[TheDragon Dragon]] and do her bidding, so keeping her at bay is not an idle concern for the citizens of Taina. Especially since their most-loved deity, Mikola Mozhaiski (a version of [[SantaClaus Saint Nikolaus]]), hasn't been seen in years. Second: Ivan? Not a KnightInShiningArmor. A man of good heart, yes, and a decathlete, fit by the standards of TheNineties... But this is TheLowMiddleAges, Russia in 890 AD, and manhood involves being able to sling around five pounds of sword for hours at a stretch. Oh, and he's engaged to a girl named Ruth, back home in 20th-century America—''and'' he's a Jew. And Taina? An outpost of [[{{UsefulNotes/Christianity}} Christianity]], many years before (20th-century) scholars believed it had gotten that far east. Even better, the local priest was an apprentice to Kirill—''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saints_Cyril_and_Methodius Saint]]'' [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saints_Cyril_and_Methodius Cyril]], after whom the CyrillicAlphabet is named—and has some of Kirill's manuscripts. Ivan, a linguist, came to (modern-day) Russia in part to answer how the Russian tongue evolved from [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Church_Slavonic_language Old Church Slavonic]]. In 9th-century Taina, he literally holds the answers in his hand.
23rd Jun '14 11:02:34 PM Brontesaurus
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* ChekhovsGun: The message on Baba Tila's windowsill.
23rd Jun '14 4:53:11 PM Brontesaurus
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* BeautyIsNeverTarnished: Lying in the woods for either several months or a thousand years doesn't so much as leave Katerina a little rumpled.


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* CrossoverCosmology: There is mention of Greek and Norse deities in this world as well, as Mikola Mozhaiski remembers squaring off with Zeus and that Loki ran off with one of his wives.


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* MeaningfulName: Ivan has the name of the everyman of Russian folklore. [[spoiler: Turns out, he might BE that everyman.]]


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* PlaceOfPower: The clearing where Katerina lay enchanted is so powerful that even gods can't see what happens there.
23rd Jun '14 4:26:21 PM Brontesaurus
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* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Katerina gets a well-meaning one from Sophia regarding her views and her treatment of Ivan, because while Ivan has history and a multicultural background to help him sort out their relationship, Katerina has only what she learned in the one very small community where she has lived her whole life.
23rd Jun '14 12:18:37 PM Brontesaurus
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* BigGood: Implied only, but the suggestion remains that Esther's teacher Baba Tila was one of Katerina's aunts, and that she set everything in motion.
23rd Jun '14 11:53:42 AM Brontesaurus
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* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: Everyone is happy, all the main characters are alive, but Ivan and Katerina are still the only people who can use the bridges, so one day their children will have to decide which world they want to stay in, or have that decision made for them when one of their parents dies.]]

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* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: Everyone is happy, all the main characters are alive, but Ivan and Katerina are still the only people who can use the bridges, so one day their children will have to decide which world they want to stay in, or have that decision made for them when one of their parents dies. Also magic is fading from the world.]]
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