History Literature / LiadenUniverse

21st Jan '17 11:49:26 PM Orbiting
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* CrystalWeapon: Val Con has a crystal knife made on an alien world by the Knife Clan of Middle River, which is nearly indestructible and has an AbsurdlySharpBlade. The Knife Clan is said to grow the blades in caves over a period of decades, with considerable care and attention required for them to come out with the required characteristics.
8th Jan '17 1:41:57 PM WrathfulElephantine
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** For example: what are the odds that a half-brainwashed Agent of Change disengaging from a mission would meet, become companions with, and eventually [[spoiler:lifemate]] a woman who happens to be [[spoiler:the granddaughter of a missing member of a long-lost clan with whom his is allied—a woman who grew up on the planet that his cousin is shortly going to civilize so Clan Korval can move to? And that this woman's own clan's world is about to be invaded by Yxtrangi, bringing with them the very member of that race he had encountered ten years before]]? The entire Agent of Change sequence is one long chain of increasingly unlikely coincidences. (It drives the Department of the Interior, and more than a few people who are actually ''in the know'' about Clan Korval's history with the Luck, right up the wall.)

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** For example: what are the odds that a half-brainwashed Agent of Change disengaging from a mission would meet, become companions with, and eventually [[spoiler:lifemate]] a woman who happens to be [[spoiler:the granddaughter of a missing member of a long-lost clan with whom his is allied—a woman who grew up on the planet that his cousin is shortly going to civilize so Clan Korval can move to? And that this woman's own clan's world is about to be invaded by Yxtrangi, Yxtrang, bringing with them the very member of that race he had encountered ten years before]]? The entire Agent of Change sequence is one long chain of increasingly unlikely coincidences. (It drives the Department of the Interior, and more than a few people who are actually ''in the know'' about Clan Korval's history with the Luck, right up the wall.)
30th Sep '16 10:28:26 AM Ramidel
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* TwoDSpace: Humorously, Liadens on space stations tend to think that way. In ''Balance of Trade'', however, space-born Jethri doesn't - so when he leaps off the edge of a space station deck into a zero-gravity zone, the Liaden toughs chasing him are thunderstruck and Jeth becomes an in-universe MemeticBadass overnight. The Scout who finds him isn't quite so amazed, but compliments him on a well-executed escape.


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* RememberWhenYouBlewUpASun: Jethri Gobelyn develops a legend among Liadens for having jumped off the edge of a space station, and is repeatedly asked to tell the tale. He doesn't think it's so amazing; he was just a veteran space brat who knew where the zero-gee zones were.
15th Sep '16 12:32:50 PM Robotech_Master
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** In ''Dragon in Exile,'' [[spoiler:Kamele learns to shoot, and ends up taking down a mobster who has the poor sense to attack the shooting range where she is competing in a match.]]

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** In ''Dragon in Exile,'' [[spoiler:Kamele learns to shoot, and ends up taking down a mobster who has the poor sense to attack the shooting range where she is competing in a match.]] Will Theo even recognize her when and if she finally returns to Surebleak?]]
15th Sep '16 12:32:02 PM Robotech_Master
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** In ''Dragon in Exile,'' [[spoiler:Kamele learns to shoot, and ends up taking down a mobster who has the poor sense to attack the shooting range where she is competing in a match.]]
15th Sep '16 12:28:00 PM Robotech_Master
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** In ''Dragon Ship'', a clan or guild of psychically-empowered merchants [[spoiler:not only declines a Korval business offer but ''has Theo Waitley and her ship all but thrown off the planet'' because they are aware of Korval's chancy history with the Luck and don't want to risk any of it rubbing off on them. ''Bechimo'''s builders strongly warned him against having anything to do with Clan Korval for effectively the same reason.]]
15th Sep '16 12:17:41 PM Robotech_Master
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*** [[spoiler:In a subplot woven through ''Dragon Ship,'' ''Dragon in Exile,'' and ''Alliance of Equals,'' the Tree even forces the Uncle to take part in its design, by the simple expedient of giving Daav a pair of unripe seed pods before he undertakes a dangerous mission. Much as it rankles, the Uncle knows he dares not bet against "Korval's meddling Tree" insofar as it can foretell the future.]]

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*** [[spoiler:In In a subplot woven through ''Dragon Ship,'' ''Dragon in Exile,'' and ''Alliance of Equals,'' the [[spoiler:the Tree even forces the Uncle to take part in its design, by the simple expedient of giving Daav a pair of unripe seed pods before he undertakes a dangerous mission. Much as it rankles, the Uncle knows he dares not bet against "Korval's meddling Tree" insofar as it can foretell the future.]]
15th Sep '16 12:16:41 PM Robotech_Master
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** Jelaza Kazone may be the greatest chessmaster of them all. Certainly, it has played the longest game (or, at least, ''second'' longest--the Uncle is one of few beings in the Liaden Universe who can claim to have been an adult when the Tree was only a seedling), can foretell the future, and has a knack for getting its way.
*** [[spoiler:In a subplot woven through ''Dragon Ship,'' ''Dragon in Exile,'' and ''Alliance of Equals,'' the Tree even forces the Uncle to take part in its design, by the simple expedient of giving Daav a pair of unripe seed pods before he undertakes a dangerous mission. Much as it rankles, the Uncle knows he dares not bet against "Korval's meddling Tree" insofar as it can foretell the future.]]
15th Sep '16 12:09:08 PM Robotech_Master
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** In ''Dragon in Exile,'' the Tree takes an active hand (or branch) in [[spoiler:dissuading a group of tourists who mistakenly believe they had bought the right to tour Korval's inner gardens]].
15th Sep '16 12:06:17 PM Robotech_Master
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* ThereAreNoCoincidences: The Department of the Interior and its agents have a tendency to see conspiracy and collusion in everything Korval does, when actually it's just coincidence (or "the Luck") 99 times out of 100. (To be fair, though, Clan Korval is a huge ConspiracyMagnet that the things that happen to them by coincidence would stretch the credulity of even someone who wasn't as incorrigibly paranoid as the Department.)

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* ThereAreNoCoincidences: The Department of the Interior and its agents have a tendency to see conspiracy and collusion in everything Korval does, when actually it's just coincidence (or "the Luck") 99 times out of 100. (To be fair, though, Clan Korval is such a huge ConspiracyMagnet CoincidenceMagnet that the things that happen to them by coincidence would stretch the credulity of even of someone who wasn't as incorrigibly paranoid as the Department.)
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