History Literature / KittyNorville

5th Sep '17 1:05:13 PM Berrenta
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* HerosJourney: Kitty's journey has been very bumpy and not followed every step of the structure, although she has experienced TheCallKnowsWhereYouLive, tried [[RefusalOfTheCall refusing it]], and has eventually become [[ResignedToTheCall resigned to it]]; she's also encountered the usual MentorOccupationalHazard, her [[TheExile exile]] would probably count as Crossing the Threshold, and any number of moments could be considered her BellyOfTheWhale--nearly being sacrificed by the Band of Tiamat, the experience at the Montana cabin, even her televised Change way back in book two. But book twelve contains the most explicit references.

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* HerosJourney: TheHerosJourney: Kitty's journey has been very bumpy and not followed every step of the structure, although she has experienced TheCallKnowsWhereYouLive, tried [[RefusalOfTheCall refusing it]], and has eventually become [[ResignedToTheCall resigned to it]]; she's also encountered the usual MentorOccupationalHazard, her [[TheExile exile]] would probably count as Crossing the Threshold, and any number of moments could be considered her BellyOfTheWhale--nearly [[CantRefuseTheCallAnymore spiritual rebirth]]--nearly being sacrificed by the Band of Tiamat, the experience at the Montana cabin, even her televised Change way back in book two. But book twelve contains the most explicit references.
29th Aug '17 9:56:23 PM PaulA
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* AngelUnaware: [[spoiler:The MenInBlack from the last book.]]

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* AngelUnaware: [[spoiler:The MenInBlack [[spoiler:TheMenInBlack from the last book.]]



* OurAngelsAreDifferent: [[spoiler:Appearing as MenInBlack who apparently enjoy acting innocent and unaware of things in the world, and who [[GodsHandsAreTied cannot intervene often]] except to nudge mortals a bit and provide protection when matters have become too unbalanced and unfair.]] Kitty thinks the mythology around them, like so much else in her world, is [[SadlyMythtaken faulty, incomplete, or just plain wrong]], but considering she [[AFormYouAreComfortableWith never saw them in their true forms]] and doesn't really know how much of ''Literature/ParadiseLost'' is true, she can't really be sure of this.

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* OurAngelsAreDifferent: [[spoiler:Appearing as MenInBlack TheMenInBlack who apparently enjoy acting innocent and unaware of things in the world, and who [[GodsHandsAreTied cannot intervene often]] except to nudge mortals a bit and provide protection when matters have become too unbalanced and unfair.]] Kitty thinks the mythology around them, like so much else in her world, is [[SadlyMythtaken faulty, incomplete, or just plain wrong]], but considering she [[AFormYouAreComfortableWith never saw them in their true forms]] and doesn't really know how much of ''Literature/ParadiseLost'' is true, she can't really be sure of this.
6th Aug '17 7:01:11 PM Ingonyama
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** To recap [[spoiler:Roman]]'s curriculum vitae in specifics--not only is it fairly clear that he was behind [[spoiler:Leo]]'s attempt to usurp Alette's place in Washington, but he controlled the Philadelphia Masters who created Arturo and thus was likely a force behind keeping him and Carl in power. Through Mercedes, he incited the vampire war between Rick and Arturo; through the vampire priestess, Balthasar, and Nick he was behind the Band of Tiamat; he set up [[MonsterProtectionRacket the con with the ifrit]] to get Kitty's service or sacrifice; he sent Harold Franklin after Kitty; and [[spoiler:he manipulated Flemming, again through Mercedes, into capturing Tyler]]. The only times he didn't turn out to be this were when he had nothing to do with the events at hand (the skinwalker and the curse that summoned her, the reality TV show monster-hunters, what happened to Gordon's platoon) or when he was directly involved (his search for the Dragon's Pearl). He was also literally this through his use of figurehead Master Dominic to control Las Vegas, although he appears as one of Dominic's bodyguards to add to the ruse.

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** To recap [[spoiler:Roman]]'s curriculum vitae in specifics--not only is it fairly clear that he was behind [[spoiler:Leo]]'s attempt to usurp Alette's place in Washington, but he controlled the Philadelphia Masters who created Arturo and thus was likely a force behind keeping him and Carl in power. Through Mercedes, he incited the vampire war between Rick and Arturo; through the vampire priestess, Balthasar, and Nick he was behind the Band of Tiamat; he set up [[MonsterProtectionRacket the con with the ifrit]] to get Kitty's service or sacrifice; he sent Harold Franklin after Kitty; and [[spoiler:he manipulated Flemming, again through Mercedes, into capturing Tyler]]. The only times he didn't turn out to be this were when he had nothing to do with the events at hand (the skinwalker and the curse that summoned her, the reality TV show monster-hunters, what happened to Gordon's platoon) or when he was directly involved (his search for the Dragon's Pearl). He was also literally this through his use of figurehead Master Dominic to control Las Vegas, although [[TheManInFrontOfTheMan he appears as one of Dominic's bodyguards bodyguards]] to add to the ruse.
24th Jul '17 9:54:07 AM Ingonyama
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* UnwittingPawn: Dr. Flemming. He realized his pawn status in regards to Senator Duke and Leo, but not [[spoiler:Roman...a fatal mistake on his part]]. Arturo was also one, to Mercedes [[spoiler:and Roman]], and once he realized the truth he committed AntiVillain [[HeroicSacrifice Sacrifice]] to keep power out of their hands and ensure Rick would be there to defeat the Long Game.

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* UnwittingPawn: Dr. Flemming. He realized his pawn status in regards to Senator Duke and Leo, but not [[spoiler:Roman...a fatal mistake on his part]]. Arturo was also one, to Mercedes [[spoiler:and Roman]], and once he realized the truth he committed AntiVillain {{Anti Villain}}ous [[HeroicSacrifice Sacrifice]] to keep power out of their hands and ensure Rick would be there to defeat the Long Game.



* XanatosGambit: Both Mercedes and [[spoiler:Roman]] are good at these. One of the best would be setting up Arturo, the Master Vampire of Denver who, even in book 1, had turned out to be something of a NobleDemon or even an AntiVillain, to look like he was responsible for [[spoiler:the vampire war with Rick]] when really he was as much a victim and dupe as anything else--if Rick went up against Arturo and lost, Arturo would then have no other rivals to his authority, a very old vampire who owed allegiance to no Family would be removed from the picture, and Arturo, having been placed there by Mercedes and [[spoiler:Roman]], would either support them in the Long Game or not get in their way; if instead Rick wins, he would owe Mercedes for her help and would have to capitulate to her and [[spoiler:Roman]] to maintain his position. The plan was only ruined because of Kitty's return to deal with her mother's cancer, [[DidntSeeThatComing something they could not have foreseen]], and her usage of [[TheCommissionerGordon Detective Hardin]] as an ally. (And because of Arturo's HeroicSacrifice and Rick turning out to be stronger than they gave him credit for.) The con set up in book 6 via the ifrit to be banished is even more of an example: if Kitty capitulates to Roman, he will remove the ifrit threatening her but in exchange she will have given him her loyalty; if she stays in Denver and tries to ride it out, her pack will either all be slain or turn on her; and if she tries to face the Band of Tiamat, she will be sacrificed for their dark chaotic cult. Again, the plan is only ruined by surprises from the outside--the Paradox PI crew (specifically, [[ISeeDeadPeople Tina]]), T.J.'s brother Peter, and Odysseus Grant.

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* XanatosGambit: Both Mercedes and [[spoiler:Roman]] are good at these.
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One of the best would be setting up Arturo, the Master Vampire of Denver who, even in book 1, had turned out to be something of a NobleDemon or even an AntiVillain, to look like he was responsible for [[spoiler:the vampire war with Rick]] when really he was as much a victim and dupe as anything else--if Rick went up against Arturo and lost, Arturo would then have no other rivals to his authority, a very old vampire who owed allegiance to no Family would be removed from the picture, and Arturo, having been placed there by Mercedes and [[spoiler:Roman]], would either support them in the Long Game or not get in their way; if instead Rick wins, he would owe Mercedes for her help and would have to capitulate to her and [[spoiler:Roman]] to maintain his position. The plan was only ruined because of Kitty's return to deal with her mother's cancer, [[DidntSeeThatComing something they could not have foreseen]], and her usage of [[TheCommissionerGordon Detective Hardin]] as an ally. (And because of Arturo's HeroicSacrifice and Rick turning out to be stronger than they gave him credit for.) )
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The con set up in book 6 via the ifrit to be banished is even more of an example: if Kitty capitulates to Roman, he will remove the ifrit threatening her but in exchange she will have given him her loyalty; if she stays in Denver and tries to ride it out, her pack will either all be slain or turn on her; and if she tries to face the Band of Tiamat, she will be sacrificed for their dark chaotic cult. Again, the plan is only ruined by surprises from the outside--the Paradox PI crew (specifically, [[ISeeDeadPeople Tina]]), T.J.'s brother Peter, and Odysseus Grant.
2nd Apr '17 10:15:24 PM Ingonyama
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* HunterOfMonsters: Cormac, who has actually made this his life's work after being trained in the role by his father (a long tradition in the Bennett family), and it adds to the drama when [[ConflictingLoyalty he must choose between this and his friendship with Kitty]], resolved initially by him only continuing to hunt the truly inhuman and dangerous supernaturals but not truly dealt with until he can lay his father's spirit to rest. [[spoiler: Ben became one too, though only to help Cormac.]]
22nd Mar '17 2:43:07 AM Ingonyama
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** [[spoiler:After going the whole series being this, Mercedes finally has karma catch up with her in the last book.]]

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** [[spoiler:After going the whole series being this, Mercedes [[KarmaHoudiniWarranty finally has karma catch up with her in the last book.book]].]]
17th Feb '17 3:22:37 AM Morgenthaler
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* TheHunter: Cormac! [[spoiler: And Ben, sort of.]]
26th Nov '16 3:25:10 PM nombretomado
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** When Kitty is hidden in Grant's magic cabinet and discovers it leads to [[spoiler:the world of an EldritchAbomination]], she thinks she was "[[ChroniclesOfNarnia half expecting to see a snow-covered forest and a lamppost]]".

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** When Kitty is hidden in Grant's magic cabinet and discovers it leads to [[spoiler:the world of an EldritchAbomination]], she thinks she was "[[ChroniclesOfNarnia "[[Literature/TheLionTheWitchAndTheWardrobe half expecting to see a snow-covered forest and a lamppost]]".
4th Nov '16 11:08:52 AM dlchen145
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* CatsAreMean: Subverted with Luis, but played depressingly straight with Balthasar and Nick. Played with at first but finally subverted again with Sakhmet [[spoiler:(Samira)]], the {{Badass}} [[PantheraAwesome were-lioness warrior]]. At first she is simply part of the cult-like fanatical group that kidnaps Kitty to complete their ritual, but throughout her captivity [[LimaSyndrome she becomes increasingly solicitous of and sympathetic toward Kitty]]. By the end of the book she's unquestioningly taking battlefield orders from Kitty, and if she does show up again in the series, she'll clearly be a firm ally.

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* CatsAreMean: Subverted with Luis, but played depressingly straight with Balthasar and Nick. Played with at first but finally subverted again with Sakhmet [[spoiler:(Samira)]], the {{Badass}} badass [[PantheraAwesome were-lioness warrior]]. At first she is simply part of the cult-like fanatical group that kidnaps Kitty to complete their ritual, but throughout her captivity [[LimaSyndrome she becomes increasingly solicitous of and sympathetic toward Kitty]]. By the end of the book she's unquestioningly taking battlefield orders from Kitty, and if she does show up again in the series, she'll clearly be a firm ally.



* ExpectingSomeoneTaller: Pulled hilariously on Carl by Ben when the two finally meet in book four. [[HotBlooded Carl doesn't take it well]]. Also is starting to happen with people who meet Kitty (and to a lesser extent [[spoiler:Ben]]) and find them to be not as {{Badass}} as they expected.

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* ExpectingSomeoneTaller: Pulled hilariously on Carl by Ben when the two finally meet in book four. [[HotBlooded Carl doesn't take it well]]. Also is starting to happen with people who meet Kitty (and to a lesser extent [[spoiler:Ben]]) and find them to be not as {{Badass}} badass as they expected.



* HilaritySues: Subverted. Cormac, the resident BadassLongcoat, blows half of an evil [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent skinwalker]]'s face off to [[ShootTheDog put it out of its misery]], after it was already mortally wounded. This saves the pretty heroine, her lover, a police officer, and a couple civilians. [[TemptingFate Traditional end to a werewolf story, right?]] [[SpoiledByTheFormat We're only two-thirds through the book]]; the BadAss has just been arrested for murder because the final bullet constituted excessive force. (Not so much Hollywood Law as a combination of DirtyCop, AmoralAttorney, and FantasticRacism, plus the {{masquerade}} only recently having been broken.)

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* HilaritySues: Subverted. Cormac, the resident BadassLongcoat, blows half of an evil [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent skinwalker]]'s face off to [[ShootTheDog put it out of its misery]], after it was already mortally wounded. This saves the pretty heroine, her lover, a police officer, and a couple civilians. [[TemptingFate Traditional end to a werewolf story, right?]] [[SpoiledByTheFormat We're only two-thirds through the book]]; the BadAss badass has just been arrested for murder because the final bullet constituted excessive force. (Not so much Hollywood Law as a combination of DirtyCop, AmoralAttorney, and FantasticRacism, plus the {{masquerade}} only recently having been broken.)



* TheMole: Darren turns out to be this [[spoiler:for Nasser]], acting to determine whether Kitty is strong enough to face [[spoiler:Roman]] and then, after deciding in his mind that she isn't, undermining her authority so as to set off a coup and replace her as alpha. [[HeroAntagonist Despite this, he remains a good guy]] and may possibly still be an ally in the future, considering how she managed to impress ([[BadAss and scare]]) him.

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* TheMole: Darren turns out to be this [[spoiler:for Nasser]], acting to determine whether Kitty is strong enough to face [[spoiler:Roman]] and then, after deciding in his mind that she isn't, undermining her authority so as to set off a coup and replace her as alpha. [[HeroAntagonist Despite this, he remains a good guy]] and may possibly still be an ally in the future, considering how she managed to impress ([[BadAss and scare]]) scare him.



* OurVampiresAreDifferent: Break out in hives and die from exposure to sunlight, crosses, and holy water. Wooden stake through the chest kills. Need blood to regenerate injuries, can hypnotize anyone that looks directly into their eyes. The hypnosis can be broken (and they themselves can be paralyzed) if you pray or otherwise speak holy words in their presence, and they cannot speak such words at all. [[spoiler:Unless you have HeroicWillpower, like [[{{Badass}} Rick]].]] If you're drained dry, you come back as a vampire later. Much faster than humans, and can teleport through shadows if the way Mercedes and Ned appear and disappear out of nowhere, and how Ned finds Jan hiding in them, is any indication. [[spoiler: They can show up in mirrors and photos, or decide not to. And much older, more powerful vampires can apparently [[UpToEleven make lesser ones]] ''sweat blood''.]]

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* OurVampiresAreDifferent: Break out in hives and die from exposure to sunlight, crosses, and holy water. Wooden stake through the chest kills. Need blood to regenerate injuries, can hypnotize anyone that looks directly into their eyes. The hypnosis can be broken (and they themselves can be paralyzed) if you pray or otherwise speak holy words in their presence, and they cannot speak such words at all. [[spoiler:Unless you have HeroicWillpower, like [[{{Badass}} Rick]].Rick.]] If you're drained dry, you come back as a vampire later. Much faster than humans, and can teleport through shadows if the way Mercedes and Ned appear and disappear out of nowhere, and how Ned finds Jan hiding in them, is any indication. [[spoiler: They can show up in mirrors and photos, or decide not to. And much older, more powerful vampires can apparently [[UpToEleven make lesser ones]] ''sweat blood''.]]
17th Sep '16 2:52:11 AM Ingonyama
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* PairTheSpares: In the last book (and [[StrangledByTheRedString rather out of nowhere]]) Tina starts showing interest in Cormac when they finally meet. However this is averted in the end since she isn't really sure he's her type [[spoiler:and he's already in love with Amelia, who is possessing him. Tina is aware of this, and doesn't know if they can share]].

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* PairTheSpares: In the last book (and [[StrangledByTheRedString rather out of nowhere]]) Tina starts showing interest in Cormac when they finally meet. However this is averted in the end since she isn't really sure he's her type [[spoiler:and he's already in love with Amelia, who is possessing him. Tina is aware of this, and doesn't know if they can share]]. Also factoring into the situation is that she is still recovering from the death of Jeffrey Miles, whom she'd gotten involved with in ''House of Horrors'', and so she either might have been seeking SexForSolace or had decided [[YouHaveWaitedLongEnough she has waited long enough]] and [[RomancingTheWidow hopes he will be into romancing her]].
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