History Literature / Helm

12th Mar '13 4:17:17 PM Xtifr
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!!''Literature/{{Helm}} provides examples of:''

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!!''Literature/{{Helm}} !!This book provides examples of:''
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18th Dec '12 10:06:41 PM RobinZimm
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* BornInTheSaddle: The Rootless clans.

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* BornInTheSaddle: The culture of the Rootless clans.clans lays great importance on their horses, and they are generally judged to be well superior to Noramlanders like the Laals in fluid cavalry duels.



* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Ricard de Laal]].

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* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Ricard de Laal]].Laal]], when he is ambushed at the inn.



* UpgradeArtifact: The Helm. Unusually, it does ''not'' induce {{Instant Expert}}ise.
* WritersCannotDoMath: Two errors in the calculation of ages, and a third possible in the calculation of mass:
** Marilyn de Noram is first described, through Leland's eyes, as a young woman who "couldn't have been much older than Leland" (two years older, it is later revealed). Later, Dulan de Laal says that Dillan de Laal is "fifteen years older" than Marilyn. In the family tree at the beginning of the book, Leland is 17 and Dillan is 27.
** At another point, it is said that when Dulan was 25, Dillan was 2 and Dexter "a slight swelling in his mother's figure". Dillan is in fact listed as three years older than Dexter (27 and 24), but Dulan is listed as 52.
** The Floating Stone at Laal Station is described as "a single piece of granite carved in the shape of a half cylinder" four meters high and five meters in diameter, and is stated to weigh thirty-seven metric tons. A solid granite half-cylinder of those dimensions would have a volume of thirty-nine cubic meters and weigh over one hundred metric tons. That said, the text does not strictly specify that the cylinder is solid -- and a half-cylindrical granite shell fifty centimeters thick would have the specified mass.

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* UpgradeArtifact: The Helm. Unusually, it does ''not'' induce {{Instant Expert}}ise.
* WritersCannotDoMath: Two errors in the calculation of ages, and a third possible in the calculation of mass:
** Marilyn de Noram is first described, through Leland's eyes, as a young woman who "couldn't have been much older than Leland" (two years older, it is later revealed). Later, Dulan de Laal says that Dillan de Laal is "fifteen years older" than Marilyn. In the family tree at the beginning of the book, Leland is 17 and Dillan is 27.
** At another point, it is said that when Dulan was 25, Dillan was 2 and Dexter "a slight swelling in his mother's figure". Dillan is in fact listed as three years older than Dexter (27 and 24), but Dulan is listed as 52.
** The Floating Stone at Laal Station is described as "a single piece of granite carved in the shape of a half cylinder" four meters high and five meters in diameter, and is stated to weigh thirty-seven metric tons. A solid granite half-cylinder of those dimensions would have a volume of thirty-nine cubic meters and weigh over one hundred metric tons. That said, the text does not strictly specify that the cylinder is solid -- and a half-cylindrical granite shell fifty centimeters thick would have the specified mass.
Expert}}ise.
17th Dec '12 10:06:04 PM RobinZimm
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[[TimeSkip Generations later]], the story resumes on the now-terraformed planet with Leland de Laal, the youngest son (at just under seventeen) of the high steward of the prosperous house of Laal, defying the proclamation of his father to climb a granite pillar to reach the legendary Helm that sits atop it -- a choice which will thrust him into the midst of machinations far beyond his prior imaginings.

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[[TimeSkip Generations later]], the story resumes on the now-terraformed planet with Leland de Laal, the youngest son (at just under seventeen) of the high steward of the prosperous house of Laal, defying the proclamation of his father to climb a granite pillar to reach the legendary Glass Helm that sits atop it -- a choice which will thrust him into the midst of machinations far beyond his prior imaginings.
17th Sep '12 11:36:59 AM RobinZimm
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* PregnantHostage: The post-climactic confrontation involves the desperate son of the villain choosing a pregnant girl from among 20 hostages and holding a dagger to her throat. But she's ''very'' pregnant--so much so that her water breaks during the showdown, startling the bad guy into a human reaction that momentarily shakes up his screw-em-all villainy.

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* PregnantHostage: The post-climactic confrontation involves the desperate son of the villain [[spoiler:Sylvan Montrose]] choosing a pregnant girl from among 20 hostages and holding a dagger to her throat. But she's ''very'' pregnant--so much so that her water breaks during the showdown, startling the bad guy into a human reaction that momentarily shakes up his screw-em-all villainy.
17th Sep '12 1:28:09 AM foxley
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* PregnantHostage: The post-climactic confrontation involves the desperate son of the villain choosing a pregnant girl from among 20 hostages and holding a dagger to her throat. But she's ''very'' pregnant--so much so that her water breaks during the showdown, startling the bad guy into a human reaction that momentarily shakes up his screw-em-all villainy.
19th Jul '12 8:23:03 PM RobinZimm
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* ApocalypseHow: On a planetary scale on Earth, somewhere just shy of total extinction, due to antimatter bombs dropped during a war.

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* ApocalypseHow: On a A planetary scale Class 3: life on Earth, somewhere Earth suffers something just shy of total extinction, extinction due to antimatter bombs dropped during a war.
10th Jul '12 4:38:18 AM RobinZimm
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* EveryoneCanSeeIt: Apparently, [[spoiler:Leland and Marilyn]].
-->'''Margaret de Noram:''' Don't you see it? It's plain as rocks to anyone else. You both sit in the same room trying so hard to ignore the other's presence that it's obvious you both want -- no, ''need'' to talk to each other.
24th Jun '12 8:36:26 PM RobinZimm
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Written by Steven Gould, the author better known for writing the book ''Literature/{{Jumper}}''. Falls in the Mohs/SpeculativeScience class on the MohsScaleOfScienceFictionHardness.

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Written by Steven Gould, the author better known for writing the book ''Literature/{{Jumper}}''. Falls in the Mohs/SpeculativeScience class on the MohsScaleOfScienceFictionHardness.MohsScaleOfScienceFictionHardness -- several of the technologies used in the story are fictional, but none of them are in any way ruled out by present scientific knowledge.
13th May '12 8:44:09 AM RobinZimm
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* OutGambitted: [[spoiler:Arthur de Noram]], trying to scheme with [[spoiler:Siegfried Montrose]].

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* OutGambitted: [[spoiler:Arthur de Noram]], trying to scheme with [[spoiler:Siegfried Montrose]].Montrose]] -- and both of them versus [[spoiler:the de Laals, pater et filius.]]
11th May '12 9:02:58 PM RobinZimm
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* WritersCannotDoMath: Two errors in the calculation of ages:

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* WritersCannotDoMath: Two errors in the calculation of ages:ages, and a third possible in the calculation of mass:



** At another point, it is said that when Dulan was 25, Dillan was 2 and Dexter "a slight swelling in his mother's figure". Dillan is in fact listed as three years older than Dexter (27 and 24), but Dulan is listed as 52.

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** At another point, it is said that when Dulan was 25, Dillan was 2 and Dexter "a slight swelling in his mother's figure". Dillan is in fact listed as three years older than Dexter (27 and 24), but Dulan is listed as 52.52.
** The Floating Stone at Laal Station is described as "a single piece of granite carved in the shape of a half cylinder" four meters high and five meters in diameter, and is stated to weigh thirty-seven metric tons. A solid granite half-cylinder of those dimensions would have a volume of thirty-nine cubic meters and weigh over one hundred metric tons. That said, the text does not strictly specify that the cylinder is solid -- and a half-cylindrical granite shell fifty centimeters thick would have the specified mass.
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