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7th Jun '15 5:26:44 AM Morgenthaler
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23rd Sep '14 8:24:58 PM BuccoBabe
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* StartingNewLife: Swindapa leaves Alba behind when it is taken over by the Iraiina, and heads to Nantucket, where she becomes Marian Alston's assistant (and later, her lover.) She's later able to return to her people, but she's changed quite a bit by that point.

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* StartingNewLife: StartingANewLife: Swindapa leaves Alba behind when it is taken over by the Iraiina, and heads to Nantucket, where she becomes Marian Alston's assistant (and later, her lover.) She's later able to return to her people, but she's changed quite a bit by that point.
13th Sep '14 10:18:40 AM StarSword
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* SeductionProofMarriage: Played with in ''Against the Tide of Years''. Marian Alston and Swindapa, a married lesbian couple, visit a war chief and are offered a woman as part of the SacredHospitality. Alston, who takes marriage very seriously, has absolutely no interest in the girl, but Swindapa, who comes from a culture in which polygamy is the norm, is intrigued, even though she doesn't take advantage. This is somewhat par for the course in their relationship; throughout the book, Swindapa is rather shameless about her wandering eye, even though she never does anything more than look and occasionally enthuse.
-->"I promised to be monogamous, not blind."
11th Jun '14 12:15:25 PM Westrim
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* ChekhovsSkill: Quite a few, but among the prominent ones, Doreen Rosenthal being an astronomer comes in very handy when [[spoiler:convincing the elders of Swindapa's tribe, who are basically the caretakers of [[LandmarkOfLore Stonehenge]], that the Nantucketers are friendly.]]
* DaddysLittleVillain: Walker's daughter Althea, with aspirations to become a [[spoiler:[[NinjaBrat Claw of Hekate]]]] as well.

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* ChekhovsSkill: Quite a few, but among the prominent ones, Doreen Rosenthal being an astronomer comes in very handy when [[spoiler:convincing convincing the elders of Swindapa's tribe, who are basically the caretakers of [[LandmarkOfLore Stonehenge]], that the Nantucketers are friendly.]]
friendly.
* CriticalStaffingShortage: The island of Nantucket suddenly finds itself short-staffed in every single aspect of infrastructure after the island is thrown back in time to the Bronze Age.
* DaddysLittleVillain: Walker's daughter Althea, with aspirations to become a [[spoiler:[[NinjaBrat [[NinjaBrat Claw of Hekate]]]] Hekate]] as well.
22nd Apr '14 9:30:32 AM PistolsAtDawn
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* StartingNewLife: Swindapa leaves Alba behind when it is taken over by the Iraiina, and heads to Nantucket, where she becomes Marian Alston's assistant (and later, her lover.) She's later able to return to her people, but she's changed quite a bit by that point.
27th Mar '14 2:14:56 PM hbi2k
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* SlaveryIsASpecialKindOfEvil: The Republic of Nantucket takes a very dim view of slavery, as shown by the fact that almost all of its major warships are named after Civil War heroes or abolitionists. Given that one of its most prominent citizens is a former slave, this probably shouldn't be surprising. Naturally, the BigBad, of the series, William Walker, heavily employs slavery in his empire.
10th Mar '14 4:17:13 PM StrixObscuro
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* AerithAndBob: As Nantucket grows more racially integrated, with lots of Iraiina and Fiernan immigrants, as well as the odd Native American, names like "Llandaurth Witharaxsson" become increasingly common.



* AmbiguouslyBi: Sin-ina-mati ''really'' appreciates Kathryn Hollard's friendship...



* BreakTheCutie: Swindapa

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* BreakTheCutie: SwindapaSwindapa.



* ChekhovsSkill: Quite a few, but among the prominent ones, Doreen Rosenthal being an astronomer comes in very handy when [[spoiler: convincing the elders of Swindapa's tribe, who are basically the caretakers of [[LandmarkOfLore Stonehenge]], that the Nantucketers are friendly.]]

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* ChekhovsSkill: Quite a few, but among the prominent ones, Doreen Rosenthal being an astronomer comes in very handy when [[spoiler: convincing [[spoiler:convincing the elders of Swindapa's tribe, who are basically the caretakers of [[LandmarkOfLore Stonehenge]], that the Nantucketers are friendly.]]



* EyepatchOfPower:[[spoiler: William Walker, after the Battle of the Downs.]]

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* EyepatchOfPower:[[spoiler: William ExoticExtendedMarriage: Most of the civilizations that the Nantucketers encounter practice polygamy.
* EyepatchOfPower:[[spoiler:William
Walker, after the Battle of the Downs.]]



* HistoricalDomainCharacter: A few--the king of Babylon, the Pharaoh, and maybe some of the Achaean and Trojan characters, depending on what you think of Homer's accuracy...

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* HeteronormativeCrusader: In the first book, Marian Alston and Swindapa have to contend with a bitchy local woman who objects to homosexuality. Since Alston is the head of Nantucket's military, the woman's complaints are pretty much ignored by everyone else.
* HistoricalDomainCharacter: A few--the few - the king of Babylon, the Pharaoh, and maybe some of the Achaean and Trojan characters, depending on what you think of Homer's accuracy...



* HumanSacrifice: [[spoiler: The followers of the Jaguar God have this in mind for their captives.]]
* ImAHumanitarian: [[spoiler: Some of the Lisketter group meet their ends this way at the hands of the Mesoamericans, one almost immediately after capture since the Jaguar God followers apparently have a thing for [[BloodLust freshly-drained blood]].]]
** And at one point Alice Hong mentions that she enjoys the taste of "long pig" [[spoiler: and "long veal steak" - the implication being that she has killed and eaten]] ''[[spoiler: children.]]''

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* HumanSacrifice: [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The followers of the Jaguar God have this in mind for their captives.]]
* ImAHumanitarian: [[spoiler: Some [[spoiler:Some of the Lisketter group meet their ends this way at the hands of the Mesoamericans, one almost immediately after capture since the Jaguar God followers apparently have a thing for [[BloodLust freshly-drained blood]].]]
** And at one point Alice Hong mentions that she enjoys the taste of "long pig" [[spoiler: and [[spoiler:and "long veal steak" - the implication being that she has killed and eaten]] ''[[spoiler: children.''[[spoiler:children.]]''



* MalcolmXerox: Sam [=McAndrews=]. He betrays Nantucket in the hopes that Walker will let him prop up the nearest African civilization. [[spoiler:This turns out to be Ancient Egypt, whose people are more closely related to the Arabs than anyone that might be called "black". [=McAndrews=] isn't exactly thrilled.]]



* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Pamela Lisketter's group aren't heroes except in their own minds, but [[spoiler: their attempt to prepare the Mesoamericans against Nantucket/European encroachment winds up infecting the Mesoamericans with mumps and wiping out their civilization.]]

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* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Pamela Lisketter's group aren't heroes except in their own minds, but [[spoiler: their [[spoiler:their attempt to prepare the Mesoamericans against Nantucket/European Nantucket[=/=]European encroachment winds up infecting the Mesoamericans with mumps and wiping out their civilization.]]



* ShoutOut: Involving William Walker and Ian Arnstein in particular. Prior to [[spoiler:the Siege of Troy]] they exchange some lines from Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail.

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* ShoutOut: Involving William Walker and Ian Arnstein in particular. Prior to [[spoiler:the Siege of Troy]] they exchange some lines from Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail.''Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail''.



* StrawmanPolitical: Pamela Lisketter and her group. Also TooDumbToLive--it turns out the Followers of the Jaguar God are not interested in your help.

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* StrangeSyntaxSpeaker: The second book features a scene where Swindapa and her Fiernan peers converse in their own language. Their conversation is presented in English, but even ''that'' requires a further translation, because the Fiernan language is loaded with metaphors and figurative language.
* StrawmanPolitical: Pamela Lisketter and her group. Also TooDumbToLive--it TooDumbToLive -- it turns out the Followers of the Jaguar God are were not interested in your their help.
22nd Jan '14 10:56:15 PM Meshakhad
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* BreakTheHaughty: Pamela Lisketter.
2nd Jan '14 8:18:43 PM Eegah
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* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: The first sign that Walker's going to be a bad guy is seeing his fondness of the word "wog" when we get inside his head.
13th Dec '13 11:29:53 AM Snarf
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** The king of Bablyon undergoes a milder one, assuaged by assurances that Nantucket's advances were only possible with more ''time'' than Babylon had had to work with, and the foundation that Babylon itself helped to build. [[spoiler: It's these assurances, diplomatically wielded, that establish Babylon as the first really powerful ancient civilization with which Nantucket is able to forge an alliance.]]

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** The king of Bablyon undergoes a milder one, assuaged by assurances that Nantucket's advances were only possible with thousands of years more ''time'' time than Babylon the Babylonians had had to work with, and the foundation that Babylon itself helped to build. [[spoiler: It's these assurances, diplomatically wielded, that establish Babylon as the first really powerful ancient civilization with which Nantucket is able to forge an alliance.]]
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