History Literature / LineOfDelirium

13th Dec '16 9:30:26 AM ChronoLegion
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* FutureImperfect - During his second arrival to Grail, Kay calls himself Literature/DavidCopperfield and Tommy Literature/OliverTwist. When the customs officer gets suspicious, Kay explains that the two of them belong to a cult of anonimists. Not only do they not carry any identification, but their names are borrowed from a book by Creator/MarkTwain about the [[Literature/TheAdventuresOfTomSawyer adventures of two close friends]], clearly confusing them for two titular characters from separate novels by Creator/CharlesDickens. The customs officer seems to accept that, including their statement about [[Literature/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy hitchhiking across the galaxy]].
12th Dec '16 11:51:27 AM ChronoLegion
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* SpaceIsCold - surprisingly averted. When jumping out into space in PoweredArmor (not in a proper EVA suit), Kay's main concern isn't air, it's overheating, since armor was never meant to spend a long time in vacuum, so cooling has never been an issue.
12th Dec '16 9:46:55 AM ChronoLegion
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* CatFolk - the Mrrshan are marsupial cat-like creatures with three sexes. They are most known for their excellent wines.

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* CatFolk - the Mrrshan are marsupial cat-like creatures with three sexes.sexes (male, male-prime, and female). They are most known for their excellent wines. They normally live in trios. Humans, who live on their planets, tend to adopt Mrrshan family norms.
12th Dec '16 9:44:27 AM ChronoLegion
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* FateWorseThanDeath - it's stated that exiting hyperspace without decelerating first results in it entering normal space at a high percentage of the speed of light, sending the ship (and its crew) on a [[TimeDilation one-way trip into the future]] with no way back. As a rule, the crew is unable to adjust to the change (and the fact that their loved ones are dead), and suicides are common. [[spoiler:Admiral Lemak ends up suffering this fate thanks to Arthur]].


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* GoingDownWithTheShip - after [[spoiler:Arthur dooms Lemak's destroyer to a relativistic flight into the future, Lemak refuses to take the easy way out and shoot himself in the moments before it happens. He orders anyone with [=aTan=] to kill themselves, but very few can bring themselves to commit suicide (even if temporary). Lemak tells the ship's captain to do it, but the latter points out that he doesn't have [=aTan=] anymore]].
16th Nov '16 12:29:17 PM ChronoLegion
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* ParentalIncest - It's not uncommon for Mrrshan males to produce offspring with their own daughters. Of course, Mrrshans have 3 sexes, so the conception also requires a male-prime to participate.
16th Nov '16 5:41:30 AM ChronoLegion
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* NoBiochemicalBarriers - it's mentioned that, while considered taboo by most humans, certain people like to have sex with members of other races. Additionally, Mrrshan wines are renouned throughout the galaxy as the best.

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* NoBiochemicalBarriers - it's mentioned that, while considered taboo by most humans, certain people like to have sex with members of other races. Additionally, Mrrshan wines are renouned throughout the galaxy as the best. Also, during the Tukai Conflict, some human had the bright idea of importing fleas onto the Mrrshan homeworld of Fieras. The tiny bloodsuckers had since become the scourge of the furry Mrrshans.
1st Nov '16 11:53:11 AM ChronoLegion
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* AteHisGun:
** A common practice for discovered Darlok spies, although, strangely enough, they always shout the word "Darlok" before pulling the trigger.
** [[spoiler:Henrietta Fiscalocci, AKA Wanda Kahowski, after the plot to drive the Emperor crazy fails. She manages to pull the trigger just as Imperial soldiers are bursting into her home, having had the foresight to cancel her aTan beforehand]].
18th Oct '16 9:48:36 AM ChronoLegion
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* HighPriest - the Patriarch of the Church of the Single Will carefully maintains a SecretIdentity. No one, not even the Emperor, knows what the Patriarch looks like or if he's even male (despite the title). The Patriarch always wears black hooded robes that cover his entire body, and electronic equipment jams any nearby scanners. His vocal cords have been surgically altered to sound gender-neutral. Given the existence of aTan (and the Church's support the technology), it's entirely possible that the Church had the same Patriarch for centuries. Officially, the Patriarch has authority similar to that of the Emperor (but spiritual instead of political). Unofficially, the Church has never tried to impose its will on the Emperor.

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* HighPriest - the Patriarch of the Church of the Single Unified Will carefully maintains a SecretIdentity. No one, not even the Emperor, knows what the Patriarch looks like or if he's even male (despite the title). The Patriarch always wears black hooded robes that cover his entire body, and electronic equipment jams any nearby scanners. His vocal cords have been surgically altered to sound gender-neutral. Given the existence of aTan (and the Church's support the technology), it's entirely possible that the Church had the same Patriarch for centuries. Officially, the Patriarch has authority similar to that of the Emperor (but spiritual instead of political). Unofficially, the Church has never tried to impose its will on the Emperor.



* LowestCosmicDenominator - at some point in the Empire's history, all religions were merged into one, the Church of the Single Will, which became the official church of the Empire. No one uses the term "God" anymore. Instead, "[[OhMyGods Will]]" is the preferred address. There are still local flavors of the one religion, differing from planet to planet. The Patriarch is usually fine with that, as long as these varieties don't violate the core tenets of the Church.
* TheMafia - the Family is an extremely powerful criminal organization based on planet Gorra, masquerading as a legitimate corporation. The hierarchy is reflected in the member titles: the head is the Father or Mother, his/her second is the Eldest Son/Daughter, etc. They have access to military-grade hardware, including top-secret developments. It's implied by Kay that the Family has connections to most crime in the Empire all the way down to street thugs and biker gangs. The head of the Family converses with the Emperor once a month. In the second novel, Gray asks the head of the Family to be one of the three witnesses to his revised will, the others being Curtis van Curtis and the Patriarch of the Church of the Single Will.

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* LowestCosmicDenominator - at some point in the Empire's history, all religions were merged into one, the Church of the Single Unified Will, which became the official church of the Empire. No one uses the term "God" anymore. Instead, "[[OhMyGods Will]]" is the preferred address. There are still local flavors of the one religion, differing from planet to planet. The Patriarch is usually fine with that, as long as these varieties don't violate the core tenets of the Church.
Church. Also, the Church doesn't have as much power as the previous religions did, in part because the merging of religions pushed more people away than it attracted.
* TheMafia - the Family is an extremely powerful criminal organization based on planet Gorra, masquerading as a legitimate corporation. The hierarchy is reflected in the member titles: the head is the Father or Mother, his/her second is the Eldest Son/Daughter, etc. They have access to military-grade hardware, including top-secret developments. It's implied by Kay that the Family has connections to most crime in the Empire all the way down to street thugs and biker gangs. The head of the Family converses with the Emperor once a month. In the second novel, Gray asks the head of the Family to be one of the three witnesses to his revised will, the others being Curtis van Curtis and the Patriarch of the Church of the Single Unified Will.



* MustHaveCaffeine - when visited by the Patriarch of the Church of the Single Will, Emperor Gray personally pours coffee for him and offers to partake in the ancient coffee ceremony originating on the continent of America. The Patriarch points out that there has never actually been any coffee ceremonies in the past before inviting the Emperor to visit him for a ''tea'' ceremony and pointing out that these did exist.

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* MustHaveCaffeine - when visited by the Patriarch of the Church of the Single Unified Will, Emperor Gray personally pours coffee for him and offers to partake in the ancient coffee ceremony originating on the continent of America. The Patriarch points out that there has never actually been any coffee ceremonies in the past before inviting the Emperor to visit him for a ''tea'' ceremony and pointing out that these did exist.
17th Oct '16 5:07:31 AM ChronoLegion
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* PintsizedPowerhouse: Whenever the Emperor leaves Terra, his shuttle is always accompanied by a wing of top-of-the-line fighters. It's stated that each of those fighters has enough firepower to take down a cruiser. It's also implied that Alkari fighters are also fairly powerful, as they tend to rely more on small, nimble craft than large, unwieldy capital ships.


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* WaveMotionGun - Kay's ship in the second book is armed with a black hole generator, one of the most devastating ship-to-ship weapons in the galaxy. Highly illegal, they cannot be simply mounted on just any ship and have to have ships built around them. That's only done for a single operation, after which they are destroyed. The one Kay has purchased was sold to him by someone, who wanted to make a quick buck instead of scrapping the ship. Still, Kay has to be careful, when approaching Imperial planets, as any ship carrying a black hole generator is vaporized without warning due to the danger to the planet. Anarchy worlds are the only ones that don't care. The weapon collapses the gravity at a single point within the target until a singularity is formed, tearing the target apart from the inside. It's entirely unaffected by shields or armor but has a very short range.
17th Oct '16 5:00:05 AM ChronoLegion
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* DecliningPromotion: Early in the second book, the Emperor offers his top operative Vyacheslav Shegal a promotion to a chief of staff position. Shegal politely declines, pointing out that his place is in the field. [[spoiler:He's unable to do so at the end, when the Emperor seems to name him as his successor in his will]].
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