History Literature / LiadenUniverse

18th Aug '16 1:51:20 PM OddHack
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* CompanyTown: Surebleak was a company planet, until the company left; then it became a DyingTown. Things are starting to change, though.
6th Aug '16 8:44:54 AM Generality
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* CastFromCalories: How it works for wizards. For minor everyday workings it doesn't have any obvious effect, but a working of any significant size will leave a wizard ravenously hungry, and there are at least two examples of a wizard visibly losing weight after a major working. (One is in Conflict of Honors, and is followed by Priscilla looking in the mirror and reflecting that she looks like she's the survivor of a famine.)
29th Jul '16 10:52:32 PM Ramidel
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* ThirdPersonPerson: Liadens sometimes do this, though not for the reason you'd expect. They use whatever name or title they're using to make it clear what ''melant'i'' they're operating under. When the Delm of Korval says "the Delm of Korval speaks," it means that right now, he is not your beloved brother, lover, or anything else; he's the guy who has to make decisions for the clan (in this case, this is a form of RoyalWe). In a lighter example, when talking to Theo, her father tells her that while sometimes, "Professor Kiladi" needs to be trotted out on formal occasions, he asks her not to invoke "him" too often.
26th Jul '16 11:58:52 PM PaulA
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* TheNameless: Rool Tiazan's lifemate, who is featured in ''Crystal Dragon'' with brief appearances and mentions in other novels, defected from a school of sorceresses who go their entire lives without names (being born and raised within the school so that this can be ensured). Being equipped with telepathy and other powers helps smooth over the potential social awkwardnesses. The school teaches that being nameless is a strength, rendering a person immune to IKnowYourTrueName types of magic, but it's suggested that it also somehow weakens their individuality and makes them susceptible to being dominated by the school's masters. Some of the other defectors went on to find names for themselves (Moonhawk being the most prominent), but Rool Tiazan's lady never does, and is referred to throughout the series only by description.
22nd Jul '16 1:43:17 PM OddHack
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* (four more sequel novels have been contracted, for publication in 2016-9)

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* (four Alliance of Equals
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** In ''Alliance of Equals'', Shan does this as part of an effort to allow Padi to trade without the other party being intimidated by having the Master Trader there with her.
** Also in ''Alliance of Equals'', [[spoiler:Padi does this to hide when agents come to kidnap her. Partially subverted in that the agents deduce that she might be doing exactly that, and find her by physically searching the room.]]
25th May '16 6:54:55 PM PaulA
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* {{Telepathy}}: The Dramliz and healers have this, as do lifemates. Sometimes they may have more trouble ''not'' listening to people's inner thoughts (as with Anthora and Theo in ''Ghost Ship'').

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* {{Telepathy}}: The Dramliz and healers have this, as do lifemates. Sometimes they may have more trouble ''not'' listening to people's inner thoughts (as with Anthora and Theo in ''Ghost Ship''). It's noted, though, that in most cases, this means being able to gain an impression of the other person's emotions and the shape of their thoughts, but not "hearing" their thoughts in verbal form the way telepathy is often depicted. The ability to hold mental conversations using actual words is something lifemates might develop in time; otherwise it's extremely rare.
16th May '16 9:08:48 PM PaulA
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* OurNudityIsDifferent: Liadens consider the face to be a private area; showing it in public is unavoidable, but touching it or drawing attention to it is impolite, as is looking too long at another person's. (Wearing a mask counts as drawing attention, in the same class as wearing decorative make-up.) The Liaden language has a lot of emphasis on hand gestures and other body language to convey the information that Terrans use facial expression for; showing any facial expression in public is another impoliteness. ''Touching'' another person's face is an extremely intimate act; there are several instances in the series of Liadens being surprised by how quickly Terrans escalate to kissing, which a Liaden couple wouldn't even consider before they were married (and possibly not even after).
5th May '16 7:51:14 PM PaulA
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* BlindJump: Hyperspace travel requires careful calculations to avoid navigation hazards such as stars, but there is a move colloquially called the "Smuggler's Ace", which is a blind hyperspace jump a short distance (generally from somewhere within a solar system to somewhere within the same solar system) -- just enough to shake a pursuer or avoid being pinned down in a firefight, while minimizing the risks of jumping blind.
15th Mar '16 8:21:39 PM PaulA
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* GettingHighOnTheirOwnSupply: The BigBad in ''Conflict of Honors'' is involved in a variety of shady dealings, including drug smuggling. He gets hooked on one of the drugs he's running, which affects his judgment and contributes to his downfall.
14th Mar '16 1:10:04 AM PaulA
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* RemittanceMan: Vel Ter jo'Bern, a minor character in ''Dragon in Exile'' is a BlackSheep who travels about drinking, gambling and having a good time, supported by an allowance from his family on the condition he stays away from the homeworld and anybody the family would be embarrassed for him to meet.
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