History Literature / MatadorSeries

18th Mar '17 7:50:42 AM Madrugada
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* 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]].

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* HumanKnot: Khadaji's WeaponOfChoice is spetsdöd darts loaded with Spasm, a drug that causes every muscle the skkeletal (striated) muscles 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]]), non-lethal, so [[AndIMustScream they're alive the whole time]].
18th Mar '17 7:44:41 AM Madrugada
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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 Greaves Khadaji favors Spasm).
* 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.

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* ArmCannon: The spetsdöd, ("''point-death''") which is the primary weapon of the Matadors. It's a small pneumatic dart gun that adheres to the back of the hand, the barrel extending along and in line with the index finger. It's fired by touching a fingertip against the barrel.fingernail of the index finger to the barrel. Because there's no safety, people who use them develop a habit of keeping their index finger slightly curled. 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 Greaves Khadaji favors Spasm).
* 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 shoots tiny pointy darts. You aim by pointing your index finger at what you want to hit.
18th Mar '17 7:38:40 AM Madrugada
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* ArcWords: Every novel opens with 'Death came for <character name> from <somewhere>'.

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* ArcWords: Every novel opens with 'Death came for <character name> from <somewhere>'. The named character is the focal character of the book.
6th Nov '16 7:51:45 PM dlchen145
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* HiddenDepths: [[BadAss Bad-ass revolutionary]] [[OnlyOneName Sleel]] is caught browsing the philosophy section of a bookstore, quotes poetry, and spots a deception that nobody else had ever seen through. Later he's revealed to have a doctorate in poetry, has written several award-winning and best-selling novels, and funded the creation of an orphanage.

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* HiddenDepths: [[BadAss Bad-ass revolutionary]] revolutionary [[OnlyOneName Sleel]] is caught browsing the philosophy section of a bookstore, quotes poetry, and spots a deception that nobody else had ever seen through. Later he's revealed to have a doctorate in poetry, has written several award-winning and best-selling novels, and funded the creation of an orphanage.
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.
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