History Literature / KrisLongknife

2nd Sep '17 7:56:38 PM StarSword
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* QuestionableConsent: In ''Rebel'', Vicky is kidnapped by assassins after the bounty placed on her head by her EvilStepmother, and escapes by seducing one of them and [[OutWithABang killing him in the act]]. She considers it rape even though she initiated the act, since it was motivated by desperation rather than desire.
* RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil:
** Several planets have their governments collapse due to various calamities, leading to victimization of local women, which is met with lethal force when Kris or Vicky become involved.
** {{Subverted}} later: while commanding Alwa Station, Kris relaxes the fraternization regs, which leads to one of her [=COs=] sexually assaulting an enlisted woman. She reassigns him to command the manure works. [[spoiler:He shows remorse for the act at later encounters, which leads her to use him as commander of several {{Suicide Mission}}s instead to earn his way back into her good graces.]]
1st Aug '17 5:45:20 PM StarSword
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* AntiMutiny: [[spoiler:At the end of ''Mutineer'', Kris realizes that her superior officers are attempting an illegal attack on an Earth battle group in hopes of starting TheWarOfEarthlyAggression. She relieves her CO and his XO on the spot with help from the Marines and enlisted, convinces junior officers on the other ships in her squadron to follow suit, then chases down the admiral responsible and forces his ship to surrender. Wardhaven declares the events top secret, but Earth awards her its highest decoration for valor, the Order of the Wounded Lion.]]
1st Aug '17 2:24:09 AM StarSword
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* InappropriatelyCloseComrades: ''Unrelenting'' features a supply officer whose views on the relaxation of fraternization rules prompt him to sabotage a shipment of contraceptive implants, resulting in a lot of unplanned pregnancies (and the supply officer getting a dishonorable discharge).

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* InappropriatelyCloseComrades: InappropriatelyCloseComrades:
** In ''Defender'', Kris and Jack initially plan and execute [[spoiler:their wedding]] in a single day [[spoiler:before orders can be received placing them into the same chain of command and make their relationship illegal]]. Later, though, crew on the all-Smart Metal frigates and battlecruisers take to adding doors to bulkheads between their quarters, a logical consequence of having lots of predominantly young and unattached people cooped up together in a tin can for weeks or months at a time. Rather than continually reassign people to separate couples, Kris decides to "treat sailors like adults" and relax but not completely eliminate the regs on fraternization, a practice that Sandy retains when she takes over. [[spoiler:Commander Sampson mouthing off to Kris about this is one of the reasons she fires her.]]
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''Unrelenting'' features a supply officer whose views on the relaxation of fraternization rules this prompt him to sabotage a shipment of contraceptive implants, resulting in a lot of unplanned pregnancies (and the supply officer getting a dishonorable discharge).
26th Jul '17 3:34:35 AM StarSword
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* LamePunReaction: Vicky gives us a real groaner in ''Rebel''.
--> '''Vicky:''' Look on the bright side, guys. If we all hang together, it will be one hell of a date.\\
'''Mannie Artamus:''' Only if you go up the scaffold stairs first. And in a short dress.\\
'''Vicky:''' No doubt, my stepmother would be only too happy to oblige you. But I live by the old saying, no noose is good noose. ''(cue CollectiveGroan)''
25th Jul '17 6:32:04 PM StarSword
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* BlingOfWar: After Hank is made a commodore and encounters Kris in ''Resolute'', she notes to herself that while he has more medals than she does, ''every'' medal she wears save one has a [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%22V%22_device "V" device]] that means it was earned in combat, whereas none of Hank's do. (Her Wardhaven Defense Medal is the only exception, and that being because it may ''only'' be awarded for fighting in defense of her home planet against direct attack.)
* BodyguardCrush: There are some very strong hints that Jack is in love with Kris and vice versa. [[spoiler: He marries her in ''Defender'']]

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* BiTheWay: Vicky frequently uses her feminine wiles to seduce men to her bidding (at least early on), but also has a sexual relationship with her female bodyguards Kit and Kat, and once has a foursome with them and Mr. Smith in ''Target''. [[spoiler:This ends when Vicky falls in love with Manuel Artamus.]]
* BlingOfWar: After Hank is made a commodore and encounters Kris in ''Resolute'', she notes to herself that while he has more medals than she does, ''every'' medal she wears save one has a [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%22V%22_device "V" device]] that means it was earned in combat, whereas none of Hank's do. (Her Wardhaven Defense Medal is the only exception, and that being because it may ''only'' be awarded for fighting in defense of her home planet against direct attack.)
* BodyguardCrush: BodyguardCrush:
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There are some very strong hints that Jack is in love with Kris and vice versa. [[spoiler: He marries her in ''Defender'']]''Defender''.]]
** Vicky manages to bed nearly every bodyguard she's ever assigned, [[BiTheWay male or female]].



* BulletproofVest: Beginning in book two, Abby starts supplying Kris and her team with bulletproof lingerie, mainly spider silk body-stockings to be worn under her clothing. This is often backed up with girdles (or a one-piece swimsuit in one case) reinforced with ceramic trauma plates. It's treated realistically, stopping bullets and spreading the force out, but you still end up with some nasty bruises.



* LadykillerInLove: [[spoiler:GenderFlipped when Kris encounters Vicky Peterwald again in ''Bold''. The rebellious imperial princess who was formerly unafraid to sleep around or use her considerable assets to her advantage is now nursing a serious crush on Mannie Artamus, the mayor of the city of Sevastopol on her headquarters planet St. Petersburg.]]

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* LadykillerInLove: [[spoiler:GenderFlipped when Kris encounters Vicky Peterwald again in ''Bold''.with Vicky. The rebellious imperial princess who was formerly unafraid to sleep around or use her considerable assets to her advantage is now nursing a serious crush on Mannie Artamus, the mayor of the city of Sevastopol on her headquarters planet St. Petersburg.]]



* LightningBruiser: The frigates and later battlecruisers built beginning in ''Furious'' for the war with the aliens. In first contact with the aliens, only a few of Kris's smaller Q-ships survived to escape, because they were so much more difficult for alien BeamSpam to hit than the MightyGlacier Greenfeld, Helvetican, and Musashi battleships. In response, Musashi builds several all-Smart Metal frigates with battleship-size lasers fitted fore and aft rather than in broadside turrets, which are gradually scaled up. They can take a few hits and return it with interest, but their primary defense is evasion, which Kris, a product of smaller corvettes and patrol boats, takes to with aplomb but has difficulties teaching to the battleship-minded officers she's often sent as reinforcements as commander of Alwa Defense Sector (and later is tasked with training in "Kris Longknife's Bad Day").

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* LightningBruiser: The frigates and later battlecruisers built beginning in ''Furious'' for the war with the aliens. In first contact with the aliens, only a few of Kris's smaller Q-ships survived to escape, the initial battle, because they were so much more difficult for alien BeamSpam to hit than the MightyGlacier Greenfeld, Helvetican, and Musashi battleships. In response, Musashi builds several all-Smart Metal frigates with battleship-size lasers fitted fore and aft rather than in broadside turrets, which are gradually scaled up. up into battlecruisers (so named because they carry battleship guns on ships with the speed of cruisers). They can take a few hits some heavy hits, especially after being supplemented with energy re-radiating crystal armor, and return it with interest, but their primary defense is evasion, which Kris, a product of smaller corvettes and patrol boats, takes to with aplomb but has difficulties teaching to the battleship-minded officers she's often sent as reinforcements as commander of Alwa Defense Sector (and later is tasked with training in "Kris Longknife's Bad Day").



* OutWithABang: [[spoiler:In ''Target'', Vicky begins her escape from kidnappers hired by her stepmother by seducing one of them, then crushing his throat while riding him.]]



* ReallyGetsAround: Vicky uses her feminine wiles to seduce men for both pleasure and profit, frequently. Captain Kratz reportedly read her the riot act after she caught in a paint closet with another ensign.



* SpaceIsCold: {{Averted}}: though it's not usually prominent, it's part of the reason Kris is able to win the Battle of Wardhaven. [[spoiler:Trying to shoot down the myriad small targets she sends after the oncoming Peterwald battleships leads to them overheating their weapons, and precision hits under those circumstances cause chain reactions that blow the battleships apart.]]

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* SpaceIsCold: {{Averted}}: though it's not usually prominent, it's {{Averted}}.
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part of the reason Kris is able to win the Battle of Wardhaven. [[spoiler:Trying to shoot down the myriad small targets she sends after the oncoming Peterwald battleships leads to them overheating their weapons, and precision hits under those circumstances cause chain reactions that blow the battleships apart.]]]]
** The crystal armor introduced when Earth joins the war against the aliens works by converting incoming laser fire to heat and then using the entire hull as a radiator to get rid of it. Unfortunately, the first few ships off the line have some problems: several Earth ships randomly explode under heavy fire, which Kris's people trace to micron-size irregularities in the length of the crystals causing the heat to spread unevenly (this is solved by improving quality control). In "Kris Longknife's Bad Day", some genius at Wardhaven Main Navy suggests adding a double layer, which Kris suspects will just make it harder to cool off the armor.
** In ''Kris Longknife's Relief'', Sandy Santiago encounters alien ships that have had additional cooling fins added so they can better perform high-''g'' burns and extended laser barrages.
23rd Jul '17 2:30:11 PM StarSword
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* CourtroomEpisode: The middle act of ''Furious''. After the events of ''Daring'', Kris is charged with war crimes by 153 planets, among them the members of the Musashi Empire. But after her attempt to break in to see her grandfather goes south, [[spoiler:she surrenders to a Musashi warship to escape from under the thumb of her family and get her story out, knowing she faces beheading if convicted. Public opinion swings in her favor over the course of her time on Musashi, and the panel judges ultimately return a verdict of NotProven.]]


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* LightningBruiser: The frigates and later battlecruisers built beginning in ''Furious'' for the war with the aliens. In first contact with the aliens, only a few of Kris's smaller Q-ships survived to escape, because they were so much more difficult for alien BeamSpam to hit than the MightyGlacier Greenfeld, Helvetican, and Musashi battleships. In response, Musashi builds several all-Smart Metal frigates with battleship-size lasers fitted fore and aft rather than in broadside turrets, which are gradually scaled up. They can take a few hits and return it with interest, but their primary defense is evasion, which Kris, a product of smaller corvettes and patrol boats, takes to with aplomb but has difficulties teaching to the battleship-minded officers she's often sent as reinforcements as commander of Alwa Defense Sector (and later is tasked with training in "Kris Longknife's Bad Day").


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* PartyScattering: At the start of ''Furious'' the survivors of the Voyage of Discovery have been scattered to the four winds under orders from Ray Longknife, lest they tell their stories to the media and he lose control of the PR situation. Kris falls OffTheWagon during her exile on Madigan's Hope as titular commander of a patrol boat squad after she tries to speak out at an open-mic night and is hustled off the stage by hired thugs, and Jack is reassigned to [=HellFrozeOver=], a refueling station in the Wardhaven system.
23rd Jul '17 2:02:44 PM StarSword
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* PlanetSpaceship: At four thousand kilometers long, the PlanetLooters' [[TheMothership base ships]] are bigger than many moons and are {{Generation Ship}}s that house tens of billions of crew. [[spoiler:By the end of ''Unrelenting'', Kris and forces under her command have destroyed nine of an estimated forty to fifty.]]

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* PlanetSpaceship: At four thousand kilometers long, the PlanetLooters' [[TheMothership base ships]] are bigger than many moons and are {{Generation Ship}}s that house tens of billions of crew. [[spoiler:By the end of ''Unrelenting'', Kris and forces under her command have destroyed nine eight of an estimated forty to fifty.fifty, plus one that was under construction.]]



* POVSequel: ''Kris Longknife's Assassin'' mostly retells the events of ''Audacious'' and ''Intrepid'' from Vicky's perspective with interstitial scenes added, with scenes including Kris more or less copy-pasted from the corresponding book (to the point where at one point Vicky is said to "seem" to be doing something as if the scene was still being told from Kris's perspective, due to an editing error).

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* POVSequel: POVSequel:
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''Kris Longknife's Assassin'' mostly retells the events of ''Audacious'' and ''Intrepid'' from Vicky's perspective with interstitial scenes added, with scenes including Kris more or less copy-pasted from the corresponding book (to the point where at one point Vicky is said to "seem" to be doing something as if the scene was still being told from Kris's perspective, due to an editing error).error).
** "Welcome Home/Go Away" is the tail end of ''Daring'' retold (mostly) from Grandpa Trouble's perspective.
** ''Kris Longknife's Bloodhound'' covers Special Agent Foile's investigation into Al Longknife while Kris is involved in her CourtroomEpisode in ''Furious''.
23rd Jul '17 8:55:32 AM StarSword
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* BattleCouple: Tom and Penny, who are both Navy officers and lovers.

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* BattleCouple: BattleCouple:
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Tom and Penny, who are both Navy officers and lovers.lovers, [[spoiler:until he's killed in action in ''Defiant'' three days after their wedding]].
** [[spoiler:Kris and Jack starting in ''Furious'' after their RelationshipUpgrade at the end of the previous book.]]
22nd Jul '17 1:45:34 PM StarSword
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** The aliens like to use barrages of nuclear missiles in addition to BeamSpam. In ''Kris Longknife's Replacement'', the Sasquans gift Sandy Santiago with twenty percent of their nuclear arsenal, including a number of Tsar Bomba-size hydrogen bombs, to do with as she likes, and when faced with an alien ambush she uses Smart Metal to make missiles for them on the fly.

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** The aliens like to use barrages of nuclear missiles in addition to BeamSpam. In ''Kris Longknife's Replacement'', the Sasquans gift Sandy Santiago with twenty percent of their nuclear arsenal, including a number of Tsar Bomba-size roughly [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/B41_nuclear_bomb B41]]-size hydrogen bombs, to do with as she likes, and when faced with an alien ambush she uses Smart Metal to make missiles for them on the fly.fly. She later takes to firing self-guided nuclear- and antimatter-tipped missiles through jump points to break alien blockades.



* NukeEm: Humanity has banned nuclear weapons, but the alien raiders and the Sasquans both have very large nuclear arsenals. The major Sasquan governments gift Sandy Santiago a fifth of their stockpile in ''Kris Longknife's Replacement'', which includes some Tsar Bomba-sized warheads that she uses against the aliens.

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* NukeEm: Humanity has banned nuclear weapons, but the alien raiders and the Sasquans both have very large nuclear arsenals. The major Sasquan governments gift Sandy Santiago a fifth of their stockpile in ''Kris Longknife's Replacement'', which includes some Tsar Bomba-sized [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/B41_nuclear_bomb B41]]-sized warheads that she uses against the aliens.


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* UnfriendlyFire: Sandy once sees an alien ship blow up its own fleet's flagship after the Enlightened One chickens out during a fight with a human force, then comes back to try and regain command. For her part, Sandy doesn't give the new commander time to turn it into a KlingonPromotion.
21st Jul '17 6:11:52 PM StarSword
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** The Sasquans parallel Earth in the 1960s or so, albeit GenderFlipped. Various blocs seem to mimic the United States, Britain, and a hybrid of the Soviet Union and North Korea. There's also a "Third World" of nations that try to stay neutral between the big three.

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** The Sasquans parallel Earth in the 1960s or so, albeit GenderFlipped. Various blocs seem to mimic the United States, Britain, and a hybrid of the Soviet Union and North Korea.Korea [[spoiler:which falls into civil war after Kris lasers the dictator from orbit for firing missiles at her ships ''twice'']]. There's also a "Third World" of nations that try to stay neutral between the big three.



** In ''Kris Longknife's Replacement'', Sandy Santiago uses a barrage of Smart Metal missiles tipped with megaton-range thermonuclear warheads gifted them by the Sasquans to destroy an alien ambush.

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** The aliens like to use barrages of nuclear missiles in addition to BeamSpam. In ''Kris Longknife's Replacement'', the Sasquans gift Sandy Santiago with twenty percent of their nuclear arsenal, including a number of Tsar Bomba-size hydrogen bombs, to do with as she likes, and when faced with an alien ambush she uses a barrage of Smart Metal to make missiles tipped with megaton-range thermonuclear warheads gifted for them by on the Sasquans to destroy an alien ambush.fly.



* NukeEm: Humanity has banned nuclear weapons, but the alien raiders and the Sasquans both have very large nuclear arsenals. The major Sasquan governments gift Sandy Santiago a fifth of their stockpile in ''Kris Longknife's Replacement'', which includes some Tsar Bomba-sized warheads that she uses against the aliens.



* TooDumbToLive: Emperor Henry I is so wrapped around the little finger of his new wife he's apparently oblivious to the fact that she's trying to kill his daughter (which everyone else in the Empire knows), that she and her family are rotting his empire into destruction (which people in the Empire are finding out), and that she's probably setting him up to be killed by a jealous husband or lover (which a great many observers have concluded is happening).

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* TooDumbToLive: TooDumbToLive:
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Emperor Henry I is so wrapped around the little finger of his new wife he's apparently oblivious to the fact that she's trying to kill his daughter (which everyone else in the Empire knows), that she and her family are rotting his empire into destruction (which people in the Empire are finding out), and that she's probably setting him up to be killed by a jealous husband or lover (which a great many observers have concluded is happening).happening).
** Kris happens upon a Nuclear Age species in ''Tenacious'', the Sasquans, and Solzen, the president-for-life of the nastiest of the three major national blocs, fires nuclear missiles at her squadron of frigates when they come into orbit. Kris blows them up at a very safe distance with laser fire, so what does Solzen do? [[MacrossMissileMassacre She fires even more missiles!]] After lasering these missiles, too, Kris doesn't give her a third chance, instead rather thoroughly ''melting'' the mountain that Solzen and most of her government are hiding inside of.
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