History Literature / LordDarcy

13th Jun '17 2:40:14 PM Kakai
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* SufficientlyAnalyzedMagic: A key element to the whole series. Magic has been analized to the point it can be taught as an university topic and has clear laws that are so obvious and rigid, "regular" science (which doesn't adhere to stuff like [[LawsOfMagic Law of Similariy or Law of Relevance]]) is considered obviously false.

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* SufficientlyAnalyzedMagic: A key element to the whole series. Magic has been analized to the point it can be taught as an university topic and has clear laws that are so obvious and rigid, "regular" science (which doesn't adhere to stuff like [[LawsOfMagic [[TheLawsOfMagic Law of Similariy or Law of Relevance]]) is considered obviously false.
13th Jun '17 2:36:33 PM Kakai
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* BrilliantButLazy: The Marquis of London.

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* BrilliantButLazy: The Marquis of London.London, who Darcy believes could solve any case if he every actually bothered to get up and leave his house.



* TheEmpath: Sensitives (most of them priests) can sense the state of someone's mind, discover mental illnesses and identify a person by their mental "signature".



* FantasticCatholicism

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* FantasticCatholicismFantasticCatholicism: Most priests have magical abilities - Healing, [[TheEmpath Sensing]], or, in some cases, both.



* FunctionalMagic: More functional than science.

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* FunctionalMagic: More functional than science.science, as it basically supplants it in this universe.



* {{Geas}}: One of the characters is a psychopath with murderous tendencies, and thus had a geas put on him that makes him incapable of harming anyone unless it's in self-defense [[spoiler:or he's given a specific code word by his superior.]] It's mentioned that geas are often used to "treat" people with dangerous mental conditions.



* GlamourFailure: Spells such as illusion stop being effective when one looks into a mirror, as the spell acts on the mind of others rather than the environment, and thus an illusory object won't have a reflection.



* IstanbulNotConstantinople: Especially when it comes to the Americas.

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* IstanbulNotConstantinople: Especially when it comes to the Americas.Americas, which are called New England (North A.) and New France (South A.).



* MindOverManners

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* MindOverMannersMindOverManners: The priests, especially Sensitives, often refuse to dig thorugh someone's mind without a really good reason because of their work ethic.



* PerceptionFilter: The avoidance spell makes people subconsciouly avoid looking at or noticing anything it's cast upon, serving as a more effective version of an invisibility spell (which is discussed and then discarded as not helping with sounds or smells).



* SufficientlyAnalyzedMagic: A key element to the whole series.

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* SufficientlyAnalyzedMagic: A key element to the whole series. Magic has been analized to the point it can be taught as an university topic and has clear laws that are so obvious and rigid, "regular" science (which doesn't adhere to stuff like [[LawsOfMagic Law of Similariy or Law of Relevance]]) is considered obviously false.



* UtilityMagic

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* UtilityMagicUtilityMagic: Most spells have fairly MundaneUtility. The one Master Sean uses most commonly is a preservation spell, whose primary purpose is to keep the body from decomposing, but is also applied in this world's equivalent of fridges.
31st Jan '17 8:24:53 PM PaulA
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* {{Arrowgram}}: At the beginning of Michael Kurland's ''A Study in Sorcery'', a company of English soldiers are escorting a group of Native Americans through the lands of another tribe with whom they have a bad history. The chief of the local tribe sends a message arrow into the tent of the head soldier, warning him that they plan to attack and giving him a chance to withdraw his men. (History being somewhat different in this series, the message is written in formal English on mass-produced notepaper with a printed letterhead.)
6th Nov '16 10:21:48 AM Xtifr
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* AmericaIsStillAColony: History diverged around 1199: the Anglo-French Empire is still ruled by a descendant of UsefulNotes/RichardTheLionHeart, and controls most of western Europe as well as America.
14th Oct '16 8:27:27 AM Berrenta
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* RoyalStatesOfAmerica: The War of Independence never happened in this timeline, and the equivalent of the United States is a collection of duchies that owe fealty to the Angevin Empire.
9th Oct '16 7:55:30 PM PaulA
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* RoyalStatesOfAmerica: The War of Independence never happened in this timeline, and the equivalent of the United States is a collection of duchies that owe fealty to the Angevin Empire.
26th Apr '16 2:14:58 AM PaulA
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* ShoutOutLiterature: Various stories guest-star alternate universe versions of other famous detectives and secret agents, not to mention one or two other SF writers.
** One example is found in the novel ''Too Many Magicians''. My Lord the Marquis of London is an [[Literature/NeroWolfe enormously fat man]] who grows rare flowers and leaves all the footwork to his assistant Lord Bontriomphe ("Goodwin", as in Archie Goodwin).
*** And, of course, the novel's title is a reference to several Wolfe stories.
** Another example is a recurring character involved in cases involving counter-espionage: Sir James le Lien (lien = bond).
** "The Ipswich Phial", to ''Film/TheIpcressFile''. And Olga Polovski of the Serka, to "Olga Pulloffski, the Beautiful Spy".[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dJVeHFoNWlU]]

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* ShoutOutLiterature: Various stories guest-star alternate universe versions of other famous detectives and secret agents, not to mention one or two other SF writers.
** One example is found in the novel ''Too Many Magicians''. My Lord the Marquis of London is an [[Literature/NeroWolfe enormously fat man]] who grows rare flowers and leaves all the footwork to his assistant Lord Bontriomphe ("Goodwin", as in Archie Goodwin).
*** And, of course, the novel's title is a reference to several Wolfe stories.
** Another example is a recurring character involved in cases involving counter-espionage: Sir James le Lien (lien = bond).
** "The Ipswich Phial", to ''Film/TheIpcressFile''. And Olga Polovski of the Serka, to "Olga Pulloffski, the Beautiful Spy".[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dJVeHFoNWlU]]
%%Shout Outs now have their own page.



* WorldOfPun: Not at the pun-per-paragraph extreme, but the series definitely keeps the punometer ticking away.
** Especially when it comes to the literary shout-outs, which are often veiled behind the French equivalent of CanisLatinicus, as with master-spy James le Lien[[note]]"lien" = "[[Literature/JamesBond bond]]"[[/note]], or the sedentary Marquis of London's invaluable assistant, Lord Bontriomphe[[note]]"bon triomphe" = "[[Literature/NeroWolfe good win]]"[[/note]].
** Also, one story has the local policeman suggest that the victim was attacked by a demon or fire elemental; Master Sean soon disproves the hypothesis, and it seems to have been thrown in largely as an excuse to have somebody say "Elemental, my dear Doctor".

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* WorldOfPun: Not at the pun-per-paragraph extreme, but the series definitely keeps the punometer ticking away.
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away. Especially when it comes to the literary shout-outs, which are often veiled behind the French equivalent of CanisLatinicus, as with master-spy James le Lien[[note]]"lien" Lien.[[note]]"lien" = "[[Literature/JamesBond bond]]"[[/note]], or bond]]"[[/note]] %%Additional examples can go on the sedentary Marquis of London's invaluable assistant, Lord Bontriomphe[[note]]"bon triomphe" = "[[Literature/NeroWolfe good win]]"[[/note]].
** Also, one story has the local policeman suggest that the victim was attacked by a demon or fire elemental; Master Sean soon disproves the hypothesis, and it seems to have been thrown in largely as an excuse to have somebody say "Elemental, my dear Doctor".
Shout Out page.
26th Apr '16 12:54:10 AM BillWoods
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** "The Ipswitch Phial" has Master Sean give Lord Darcy a "tracker", a piece of wood broken and enchanted so that the holder of one piece can tell where the other is.

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** "The Ipswitch Ipswich Phial" has Master Sean give Lord Darcy a "tracker", a piece of wood broken and enchanted so that the holder of one piece can tell where the other is.



** "The Ipswich Phial", to ''Film/TheIpcressFile''. And Olga Polovski of the Serka, to "Olga Pulloffski, the Beautiful Spy".[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dJVeHFoNWlU]]



* StealthPun: The infamous subplot in ''Too Many Magicians'' involving the uncle from the Isle of Man.

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* StealthPun: The infamous subplot in ''Too Many Magicians'' involving the [[Series/TheManFromUNCLE uncle from the Isle of Man.Man]].
30th Sep '15 5:52:06 PM Vandegraff1
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* MrExposition: Master Sean, who's a teacher when he's not helping bust criminals, has a tendency to accompany every forensic test he does with an explanatory lecture. Lord Darcy encourages him, even when [[AsYouKnow he's seen this test done before]], because [[JustifiedTrope the lecture is never exactly same, so there's always a chance to learn something]]. This habit of Sean's is justified by explaining that he was formerly employed as a university professor in the subject, so he's gotten in the habit of explaining what he's doing to the audience every time he does it.

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* MrExposition: Master Sean, who's a teacher when he's not helping bust criminals, has a tendency to accompany every forensic test he does with an explanatory lecture. Lord Darcy encourages him, even when [[AsYouKnow he's seen this test done before]], because [[JustifiedTrope the lecture is never exactly same, so there's always a chance to learn something]]. This habit of Sean's is justified by explaining that he was formerly employed as a university professor in the subject, so he's gotten in the habit of explaining what he's doing to the audience every time he does it. It's also mentioned that doing so helps him maintain his focus on the task.
2nd Sep '15 9:06:46 PM PaulA
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* ThatOldTimePrescription: The superstitious folk remedies mentioned above under "It Will Never Catch On" are of this type.

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* ThatOldTimePrescription: The superstitious series occasionally shows that medical science dead-ended once magic turned out to be easier by having somebody refer to "superstitious folk remedies mentioned above under "It Will Never Catch On" are of this type.remedies" such as treating wounds with mould or using foxglove extract to treat heart trouble.
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