History Literature / MatadorSeries

6th Jun '16 9:30:11 AM Taeraresh
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* ArmCannon: The spetsdöd, which is the primary weapon of the Matadors. It's a small pneumatic dart gun that adheres to the back of the hand, fired by touching a fingertip against the barrel. It's considered a nonlethal weapon due to the tiny size of the darts, though they can be loaded with a wide variety of chemicals for different purposes (most commonly "shock-tox", a tranquilizer, though in his one-man war on Graves Khadaji favors Spasm).

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* ArmCannon: The spetsdöd, which is the primary weapon of the Matadors. It's a small pneumatic dart gun that adheres to the back of the hand, fired by touching a fingertip against the barrel. It's considered a nonlethal weapon due to the tiny size of the darts, though they can be loaded with a wide variety of chemicals for different purposes (most commonly "shock-tox", a tranquilizer, though in his one-man war on Graves Greaves Khadaji favors Spasm).



** Until Brother Death, where we meet brother Mkono, an assassin even bigger and stronger than Bork.

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** Until Brother Death, where we meet brother Mkono, an assassin even bigger and stronger than Bork. And considering that Bork can bench press upwards of 700 pounds, that's really saying something.
29th May '16 4:03:10 PM StarSword
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* ArmCannon: The spetsdöd, which is the primary weapon of the Matadors. It's a small dart gun mounted on the back of the hand, fired by touching a fingertip against the barrel. It's considered a nonlethal weapon due to the tiny size of the darts, though they can be loaded with a wide variety of chemicals for different purposes.

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* ArmCannon: The spetsdöd, which is the primary weapon of the Matadors. It's a small pneumatic dart gun mounted on that adheres to the back of the hand, fired by touching a fingertip against the barrel. It's considered a nonlethal weapon due to the tiny size of the darts, though they can be loaded with a wide variety of chemicals for different purposes.purposes (most commonly "shock-tox", a tranquilizer, though in his one-man war on Graves Khadaji favors Spasm).



* CantBatheWithoutAWeapon: At Matador Villa the rules instruct you to be armed at all times, even in the shower (because other trainees can and will attack you there). The obvious problem with washing the backs of your hands is noted: Dirisha is instructed to do them one at a time and keep a spetsdöd on the other hand.



* HumanKnot: Khadaji's WeaponOfChoice is spetsdöd darts loaded with Spasm, a drug that causes every muscle in the body to contract at once and stay that way for about six months. This tends to make the victim look like a contortionist. Oh, and it's non-lethal ([[FridgeLogic although why it apparently doesn't affect the heart and gut muscles is unexplained]]), so [[AndIMustScream they're alive the whole time]].



* ImprobableAimingSkills: Played with. The Matadors are all very good shots, but Emile Khadaji's legend as "the Man Who Never Missed" had a little help from Khadaji himself. He kept a hidden box of spetsdöd darts from which he replenished the few misses he ''did'' make, so that when the shit eventually hit the fan he'd become a legend. (The caption on the page image is a paraphrase of something he said to a Confed officer in ''The Machiavelli Interface''.

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* ImprobableAimingSkills: Played with. The Matadors are all very good shots, but Emile Khadaji's legend as "the Man Who Never Missed" had a little help from Khadaji himself. He kept a hidden box of spetsdöd darts from which he replenished the few misses he ''did'' make, so that when the shit eventually hit the fan he'd become a legend. (The The caption on the page image is a paraphrase of something he said to a Confed officer in ''The Machiavelli Interface''.Interface'' when queried on this.
12th May '16 12:41:16 PM StarSword
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''The Man Who Never Missed'': Picks up where The 97th Step ended, following Khadaji as he learns what he needs to to know to start the fall of The Confed.

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''The Man Who Never Missed'': The debut for the series. Picks up where The 97th Step ended, following Khadaji as he learns what he needs to to know to start the fall of The Confed.


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* MultiethnicName: Pretty common in the series. For starters Emile Antoon Khadaji has French-derived first and middle names and an Arabic-sounding last name (it seems to be a corruption of "Khadijah", an Arabic feminine given name), suggesting he may be partly of Moroccan Arab descent.
11th Aug '15 5:58:47 AM reddean
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* WorldsStrongestMan: Saval Bork is presented as the strongest recorded man in the known universe.
** Until Brother Death, where we meet brother Mkono, an assassin even bigger and stronger than Bork.
9th Feb '15 6:27:14 PM Taeraresh
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* DigitizedHacker: Marcus Wall becomes this in ''The Albino Knife''. His extra power just makes him more sadistic and unhinged, wreaking havoc across the galaxy as well as drawing his enemies into a trap.

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* DigitizedHacker: [[spoiler: Marcus Wall Wall]] becomes this in ''The Albino Knife''. His extra power just makes him more sadistic and unhinged, wreaking havoc across the galaxy as well as drawing his enemies into a trap.
8th Feb '15 10:09:12 AM aurast
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* DigitizedHacker: Marcus Wall becomes this in ''The Albino Knife''. His extra power just makes him more sadistic and unhinged, wreaking havoc across the galaxy as well as drawing his enemies into a trap.
1st Jan '15 2:12:50 PM Divra
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* BilingualBonus: In Swedish "spets" means tip or point, and "död" means "death". In the series, a "spetsdöd" is a weapon that kills things by shooting them with pointy darts.
28th Dec '14 9:25:31 AM aurast
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* InVinoVeritas: Pen teaches Khadaji Pubtending alongside his Sumito lessons, both for its practicality (A good pubtender is always in demand across the galaxy) and this trope:
-->'''Pen:''' Ah, but it is a perfect job for a priest, even one so un-priestly as I. Consider: who has a better opportunity to see people with their masks lowered than a pubtender? Men will confide things to you drunk they wouldn’t tell a brother when sober; stoned women will reveal secrets they’d never speak as pillow talk while straight. More than one pubtender has come from the ranks of practicing psychologists-or gone there from some bar.
29th Sep '14 8:20:45 PM Taeraresh
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* OneManArmy: Khadaji, quite literally. He spends six months hitting Confed troops on the planet Graves with spetsdöd darts loaded with Spasm, a muscle-contorting chemical that ties them in knots for months, and claiming responsibility in the name of the Shamba Freedom Forces. Only when the first of his victims comes out of the coma does he reveal himself to the local garrison commander. And then darts ''him'' with Spasm for good measure.

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* OneManArmy: Khadaji, quite literally. He spends spent six months hitting Confed troops on the planet Graves Greaves with spetsdöd darts loaded with Spasm, a muscle-contorting chemical that ties them in knots for months, and claiming responsibility in the name of the Shamba Freedom Forces. Only when the first of his victims comes out of the coma does he reveal himself to the local garrison commander. And then darts ''him'' with Spasm for good measure.
19th Aug '14 12:50:52 PM StarSword
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-> ''"I'm the leader of the Shamba Freedom Forces. In fact, I'm the entire army."''
-->-- '''Emile Antoon Khadaji''', ''The Man Who Never Missed''


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* OneManArmy: Khadaji, quite literally. He spends six months hitting Confed troops on the planet Graves with spetsdöd darts loaded with Spasm, a muscle-contorting chemical that ties them in knots for months, and claiming responsibility in the name of the Shamba Freedom Forces. Only when the first of his victims comes out of the coma does he reveal himself to the local garrison commander. And then darts ''him'' with Spasm for good measure.
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