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14th Mar '18 11:53:11 AM JustTroper
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* WorldOfWeirdness: In the novel's realm, fairy tales are true, and it is seen as nothing out of the ordinary.
11th Feb '18 7:44:37 PM nombretomado
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* PhysicalGod: The institute has a legit one on staff, albeit a deconstructed variation: Sabaoth Bhaal[[{{Patronymic}} ovich]] Odin (not a MeaningfulName at all) is the only human in history to have ever solved the Omnipotence Formula and achieved just that. However, one of the constraints applied by the formula is that by using it, the wizard may not harm any living being, and after Odin couldn't think of any such application, he has forsworn magic altogether and filed for transfer into the tech and hardware department. He is still carrier an enormous magical power, however, and Privalov observes that clocks actually go ''faster'' in his presence.

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* PhysicalGod: The institute has a legit one on staff, albeit a deconstructed variation: Sabaoth Bhaal[[{{Patronymic}} Bhaal[[{{UsefulNotes/Patronymic}} ovich]] Odin (not a MeaningfulName at all) is the only human in history to have ever solved the Omnipotence Formula and achieved just that. However, one of the constraints applied by the formula is that by using it, the wizard may not harm any living being, and after Odin couldn't think of any such application, he has forsworn magic altogether and filed for transfer into the tech and hardware department. He is still carrier an enormous magical power, however, and Privalov observes that clocks actually go ''faster'' in his presence.
23rd Dec '17 12:48:34 PM JustTroper
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* SpeechImpediment: Kivrin has a slight stutter, which doesn't bother him at all.
17th Oct '17 3:06:16 AM WolfMattGrey
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* MagnusMeansMage: A minor character, Magnus Red'kin, is a bumbling enchanter and inventor of invisible pants.
19th Apr '17 6:58:10 AM Koveras
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* DashingHispanic: Cristobal Junta is an older variation of this trope. He was born in Spain centuries ago, and is nowadays mostly a level-headed DeadpanSnarker... unless someone (usually Fyodor Simeonovich) really ticks him off with disrespectful comments, in which case he challenges the offender to a duel. His duels are rumored to involved a lot of acrobatics and {{Flynning}}, but usually end with both parties enjoying a rare beverage from Junta's personal collection.

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* DashingHispanic: Cristobal Junta is an older variation of this trope. He was born in Spain centuries ago, and is nowadays mostly a level-headed DeadpanSnarker... unless someone (usually Fyodor Simeonovich) really ticks him off with disrespectful comments, in which case he challenges the offender to a duel. His duels are rumored to involved involve a lot of acrobatics and {{Flynning}}, but usually end with both parties enjoying a rare beverage from Junta's personal collection.
19th Apr '17 6:57:21 AM Koveras
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%%* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: director Nevstruev.
%%* RedOniBlueOni: Cristobal Junta and Fyodor Simeonovich Kivrin

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%%* * ReasonableAuthorityFigure: director Nevstruev.
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Director Nevstruev and Fyodor Simeonovich are particularly well-meaning and supportive of younger scientists' crazier endeavors among their superiors.
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RedOniBlueOni: Cristobal Junta and Fyodor Simeonovich KivrinKivrin. Kivrin is the Red Oni: a [[BigFun large, loud, and enthusiastic man]] always surrounded by the scent of fresh apples and good mood; Junta, meanwhile, is the Blue: TallDarkAndSnarky, with an aura of cool efficiency the scent of expensive cologne around him.



* UnfazedEveryman: Sasha Privalov is a regular programmer who had no idea that magic even existed until coming to Solovets, but adjusts relatively quickly, and is able to cope with the weirdness well enough to be entrusted with night shifts at the institute in part two of the book.

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* UnfazedEveryman: Sasha Privalov is a regular programmer who had no idea that magic even existed until coming to Solovets, but adjusts relatively quickly, and is able to cope with the weirdness well enough to be entrusted with night shifts duty at the institute in part two of the book.
18th Apr '17 7:40:54 AM Koveras
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* MemeticBadass: Cristobal Junta has a ''lot'' of improbably cool rumors surrounding his persona InUniverse, such as that he had actually been the ''head'' of the Spanish Inquisition at one time, or that he has a stuffed dummy at his office made from the corpse of his fellow taxidermist rival (who was [[AcceptablePoliticalTargets a Nazi, so it's okay]]). He is also FamedInUniverse for his sharp wit, style, and efficiency.

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* MemeticBadass: Cristobal Junta has a ''lot'' of improbably cool rumors surrounding his persona InUniverse, such as that he had actually been the ''head'' of the Spanish Inquisition at one time, or that he has a stuffed dummy at his office made from the corpse of his fellow taxidermist rival (who was [[AcceptablePoliticalTargets a Nazi, so it's okay]]). He is also FamedInUniverse FamedInStory for his sharp wit, style, and efficiency.
18th Apr '17 7:39:43 AM Koveras
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%%* OurVampiresAreDifferent: Alfred
%%* OurDemonsAreDifferent: "Maxwell's macrodemons" Enter and Exit
%%* OurHomunculiAreDifferent: Vybegallo's "cadavers"

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%%* OurVampiresAreDifferent: Alfred
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* OurDemonsAreDifferent: A pair of "Maxwell's macrodemons" named Enter and Exit
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Exit stand guard over the door to the director's office during the off-hours. A [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maxwell%27s_demon Maxwell's demon]] is a thought experiment in theoretical physics, an entity that would break the second law of thermodynamics by letting fast particle cross a certain threshold while bumping back the slow ones. [=NIIChaVo=] seems to have re-purposed human-sized versions of this demon into bouncers.
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OurHomunculiAreDifferent: Vybegallo's "cadavers"creates artificial humanoids, dubbed "cadavers" by everyone but him, to test the effects of consumerism on a human happiness. The first one is utterly incapable of satisfying its needs and quite naturally dies within minutes of being activated; the second is capable of satisfying only its bodily needs and suffers from HorrorHunger until [[spoiler:it literally bursts into pieces from overeating]]; and the third one [[spoiler:turns out to be a PhysicalGod that grabs everything of value it can reach, then attempts to break reality, but is killed by Oyra-Oyra]].



%%* UnfazedEveryman: Sasha Privalov.

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%%* * UnfazedEveryman: Sasha Privalov.Privalov is a regular programmer who had no idea that magic even existed until coming to Solovets, but adjusts relatively quickly, and is able to cope with the weirdness well enough to be entrusted with night shifts at the institute in part two of the book.
18th Apr '17 7:23:52 AM Koveras
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* LawyerFriendlyCameo[=/=]TakeThat: Vybegallo is modeled after Trofim Lysenko, the infamous Soviet politico and quack agriculturist/geneticist.

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* LawyerFriendlyCameo[=/=]TakeThat: LawyerFriendlyCameo:
** Mixed with TakeThat:
Vybegallo is modeled after Trofim Lysenko, the infamous Soviet politico and quack agriculturist/geneticist.agriculturist/geneticist.
** Janus Nevstruev was based on [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aleksandr_Aleksandrovich_Mikhailov Alexander Mikhailov]], then-director of Pulkovo Observatory, where Arkady Strugatsky used to work; Fyodor Kivrin, on Creator/IvanYefremov; and Roman Oyra-Oyra, on the Soviet mathematician [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sergei_Novikov_(mathematician) Sergei Novikov]].
18th Apr '17 7:10:53 AM Koveras
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* ClingyMacGuffin: A "non-changeable dime" that returns to its owner every time it's spent. Until it's confiscated by policemen as an instrument of petty fraud. Or not so petty: one policeman mentions that there were crooks who collected sums to buy a car (a big deal in the USSR) by repeatedly spending the magical coin and collecting spare change.
** This item is based on Myth/RussianMythologyAndTales, except in the fairy tales it was usually a silver ruble, not a small copper piece.

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* ClingyMacGuffin: A "non-changeable dime" that returns to its owner every time it's spent. Until it's confiscated by policemen as an instrument of petty fraud. Or not so petty: one policeman mentions that there were crooks who collected sums to buy a car (a big deal in the USSR) by repeatedly spending the magical coin and collecting spare change.
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change. This item is based on Myth/RussianMythologyAndTales, except in the fairy tales it was usually a silver ruble, not a small copper piece.



* MemeticBadass: Cristobal Junta has a ''lot'' of improbably cool rumors surrounding his persona InUniverse, such as that he had actually been the ''head'' of the Spanish Inquisition at one time, or that he has a stuffed dummy at his office made from the corpse of his fellow taxidermist rival (who was [[AcceptablePoliticalTargets a Nazi, so it's okay]]). He is also FameInUniverse for his sharp wit, style, and efficiency.

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* MemeticBadass: Cristobal Junta has a ''lot'' of improbably cool rumors surrounding his persona InUniverse, such as that he had actually been the ''head'' of the Spanish Inquisition at one time, or that he has a stuffed dummy at his office made from the corpse of his fellow taxidermist rival (who was [[AcceptablePoliticalTargets a Nazi, so it's okay]]). He is also FameInUniverse FamedInUniverse for his sharp wit, style, and efficiency.



* PublicDomainCharacter: Merlin. Strangely, he's not the one with the MerlinSickness.
** It's worth mentioning that Merlin's personality is based on Merlin from ''Literature/AConnecticutYankeeInKingArthursCourt'', not on [[KingArthur Arthurian Legends]] Merlin.

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* PublicDomainCharacter: Merlin. Strangely, he's not the one with the MerlinSickness.
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MerlinSickness. It's worth mentioning that Merlin's personality is based on Merlin from ''Literature/AConnecticutYankeeInKingArthursCourt'', not on [[KingArthur Arthurian Legends]] Merlin.



%%* ThoseTwoGuys: A.Pronitsatelniy and B.Pitomnik.
%%* TokenGirl: Stella

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%%* * ThoseTwoGuys: A.A. Pronitsatelniy and B.Pitomnik.
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B. Pitomnik are Vybegallo's pet {{Tagalong Reporter}}s who appear several times through the book but don't do much except writing down and publishing his pseudo-scientific lingo. A fan theory suggests the two of them to be {{Author Avatar}}s (based on their initials).
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TokenGirl: StellaStella is pretty much the only notable female scientist in the book (although not the only female character, there is also the [=IzNaKurNozh=] groundskeeper Naina Kievna).
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