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22nd Jan '17 11:27:37 AM StarSword
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** Alba is a Britain where the Celts were never replaced by the Anglo-Saxons and Normans as the dominant culture (the name is Scots Gaelic for Scotland). The Dalriada in the first book are borrowed in name from a Celtic kingdom that ruled in the Hebrides in the mid-first millennium A.D. (in real life it was later conquered by the Norse).

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** Alba is a Britain where the Celts were never replaced by the Anglo-Saxons and Normans as the dominant culture cultural group (the name is Scots Gaelic for Scotland).Scotland, and the "mab" in Drustan mab Necthana is a patronymic used in Welsh, Breton, and Cornish). The Dalriada in the first book are borrowed in name from a Celtic kingdom that ruled in the Hebrides in the mid-first millennium A.D. (in real life it was later conquered by the Norse).



* FantasyGunControl: Eventually averted in ''Naamah's Kiss'', where an alchemist invents the first gunpowder weapons. This is later {{enforced}} through [[LaserGuidedAmnesia wiping the memory]] of everyone who knew how they worked to stop them being used again.

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* FantasyGunControl: Eventually averted DoubleSubverted in ''Naamah's Kiss'', where an alchemist invents the first gunpowder weapons. This is later {{enforced}} restored through [[LaserGuidedAmnesia wiping the memory]] of everyone who knew how they worked to stop them being used again.



* {{Geas}}: The Master of the Straits controls the ocean between Alba and Terra d'Ange with ancient magic, and is bound under geas to prevent anyone from crossing for all eternity. [[spoiler: He will resist this command for those who sing new songs for him, and for a time this is the only way to cross the Straits without sinking. The geas is later eased by the union of Ysandre and Drustan, a love that dares the Straits much like in the story of his curse, although this also allows the Master to pass his curse to another.]]

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* {{Geas}}: The Master of the Straits controls the ocean between Alba and Terra d'Ange with ancient magic, and is bound under geas to prevent anyone from crossing for all eternity. [[spoiler: He will resist this command for those who sing new songs for him, and for a time this is the only way to cross the Straits without sinking. The geas is later eased by the union of Ysandre and Drustan, a love that dares the Straits much like in the story of his curse, although this also allows the Master to pass his curse to another. At the end of the first trilogy, Phedre uses the Name of God to force the angel who set the geas to lift it completely.]]



* GoodPeopleHaveGoodSex: But S&M is subsumed under this umbrella and Imriel needs to accept and explore his sadistic side in order to accept his sexuality. Basically, especially in Terre d'Ange, the only "bad sex" is rape. If it's consensual and nobody dies and everyone has fun, it's good for D'Angelines!

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* GoodPeopleHaveGoodSex: But S&M is subsumed under this umbrella and Imriel needs to accept and explore his sadistic side in order to accept his sexuality. Basically, especially in Terre d'Ange, the only "bad sex" is rape. If it's consensual and nobody dies (or is seriously injured: Phedre is once yelled at by Anafiel for letting a client burn her with a hot fireplace poker and ordered to use her safeword next time) and everyone has fun, it's good for D'Angelines!
17th Jan '17 7:10:16 PM Fireblood
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* TheFundamentalist: In ''Naamah's Curse'' Moirin is abducted and taken to Vralia (read: Russia) by a Yeshuite patriarch (read: Orthodox Christian bishop). There he offers her the choice of conversion or being put to death as a witch, with a long argument where he calls her sexual practices filthy and disgusting. He's also fighting hard against a more liberal, forgiving interpretation of his religion's doctrine.
15th Jan '17 10:28:31 AM Game_Fan
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* AlternateHistory: The details are somewhat murky but, other than the definite existence of magic, the course of history in Europe seems to have been about the same up until the death of [[{{Jesus}} Yeshua]]. No resurrection occurs and Christianity is never founded. Instead the Magdelene's tears fall on Yeshua's blood and create Elua. This miracle causes Judaism to develop into the messianic faith of Yeshuism which rejects Elua as an illegitimate son of the One God. Elua [[WalkingTheEarth wanders the Earth]] for some time and eventually founds Terre d'Ange, the land of angels, with his angelic followers. With Terre d'Ange as a buffer against the [[AllTheLittleGermanies Skaldi]] the [[AncientRome Tiberien Empire]] is not obliterated when it collapses, leaving almost all of its works intact.
29th Dec '16 6:46:37 PM Shahrizai
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* PimpedOutDress[=/=]CostumePorn: Phèdre spends a while waxing lyrical about her dress before every fete, ball, masque or other special occasion. The red and black dress for her first assignation comes to mind. When she anounces that her return to being a servant of Naamah she wears a gown with a low back that shows her tattoo, to show she means business. [[spoiler:Phèdre gets really dressed up on the night she plans to kill the Mahrkagir with her hair-pin.]]

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* PimpedOutDress[=/=]CostumePorn: Phèdre spends a while waxing lyrical about her dress before every fete, ball, masque or other special occasion. The red and black dress and velvet cloak for her first assignation comes to mind. When she anounces that her return to being a servant of Naamah she wears a gown with a low back that shows her tattoo, to show she means business. [[spoiler:Phèdre gets really dressed up on the night she plans to kill the Mahrkagir with her hair-pin.]]



* SemiDivine: The D'Angeline people are like this; descended from God's son and his angelic companions.

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* SemiDivine: The D'Angeline people are like this; descended from God's son grandson and his angelic companions.



* WellIntentionedExtremist: Melisande is arguably simply following the precept of "Love as thou wilt" as concerns her passion for intrigue and backstabbery.

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* WellIntentionedExtremist: Melisande is arguably simply following the precept of "Love as thou wilt" as concerns her passion for intrigue and backstabbery. Even Phèdre says that Melisande would doubtless be a very good Queen, as she makes a habit of doing everything to which she sets her mind, excellently.
29th Dec '16 6:28:18 PM Shahrizai
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** This actually becomes a major plot point when one of the characters makes such a prayer while under the influence of a mind control spell. Fortunately for her, it may affect her but it does not affect her Goddess, who utterly refuses to grant it.
29th Dec '16 5:46:26 PM Shahrizai
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* BrotherSisterIncest: Before her training begins, Anafiel Delunay arranges for Phedre to attend a "Showing", a sexual act for an audience that in this case stars a brother and sister.

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* BrotherSisterIncest: Before her training begins, Anafiel Delunay arranges for Phedre to attend In ''Chosen'', one of Phèdre's assignations is a "Showing", a sexual act for an audience pair of twins, although it's pretty heavily suggested that in this case stars a brother the siblings don't actually interact and sister.just enjoy being in the same ... situation. (Phèdre's Showing at Camellia House in ''Dart'' does not feature a pair of siblings; it features the Dowayne's sister, whom Phèdre and Alcuin met when they arrived, and another adept.)
20th Dec '16 1:14:11 PM Radhil
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* MundaneMadeAwesome: Just [[spoiler:learning the Name of God]] causes the room to rumble and make you feel like your head's going to explode. Phèdre fainted when [[spoiler:first hearing it.]] [[spoiler: Calling on the power of the Maghuin Dhonn to drive out a fallen angel from a room almost causes earthquakes.]]

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* %%* MundaneMadeAwesome: Just [[spoiler:learning the Name of God]] causes the room to rumble and make you feel like your head's going to explode. Phèdre fainted when [[spoiler:first hearing it.]] [[spoiler: Calling on the power of the Maghuin Dhonn to drive out a fallen angel from a room almost causes earthquakes.]]
20th Dec '16 11:48:12 AM Radhil
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* WarriorMonk: Joscelin and the other Cassiline brothers--complete with vow of chastity. Which one do you think Joscelin breaks first?

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* WarriorMonk: Joscelin and the other Cassiline brothers--complete with vow of chastity. Which one Deconstructed somewhat; the discipline is very demanding, starting at age 10, but we get several flawed examples, and the many restrictions and traditions of the order do you think not hold up under the strain of the extreme situations Joscelin breaks first?finds himself in.
20th Dec '16 11:38:25 AM Radhil
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**Elua's commandment - ''love as thou wilt'' - serves as a theme for the series as a whole. It has to be pointed out in-universe that this is not the soft philosophy that some mistake it for, it is a ''command''. It still takes courage and faith to follow your heart when life gets very complicated, and the consequences for ignoring it are not just emotional.
**Phedre's arc words - ''that which yields is not always weak'' - come from Hyacinthe, and while most repeated in ''Dart'', define her character in all three of her novels.
20th Dec '16 11:13:40 AM Radhil
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-->'''Hyacinthe to Melisande''': That which yields is not always weak.



** Even the third trilogy continues the trend

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** Even Ysandre, ever Melisande's target, has to acknowledge them in ''Mercy'', as she publicly confronts Imriel's and Sidonie's relationship
-->'''Ysandre''': Blessed Elua cared naught for crowns and thrones. Those words, I am told, were spoken by Melisande Shahrizai.
** And
the third trilogy continues the trend
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