History Literature / NightWatch

31st Oct '17 7:34:52 AM RedScharlach
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* In 2014 the author declared that the upcoming ''Sixths Watch'' was very definitely going to be the last book about the mage Anton Gorodetskiy. According to Lukyanenko, he will instead focus on the new series, exploring the evil within us. The ''Watch'' series is going to become a SharedUniverse (under his supervision) to introduce fresh perspective into the 'verse. ''The Sixths Watch'' was released in December 2014, after as many as 3 co-authored spin-offs (see below) .

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* In 2014 the author declared that the upcoming ''Sixths ''Sixth Watch'' was very definitely going to be the last book about the mage Anton Gorodetskiy. According to Lukyanenko, he will instead focus on the new series, exploring the evil within us. The ''Watch'' series is going to become a SharedUniverse (under his supervision) to introduce fresh perspective into the 'verse. ''The Sixths Sixth Watch'' was released in December 2014, after as many as 3 co-authored spin-offs (see below) .below).



* ''Face of the Dark Palmira'' follows the livings and doings of members of the Kievan Day Watch visiting St. Petersburg. The book was written by Creator/VladimirVasilyev with Creator/SergeyLukyanenko's blessings. ''Twilight Watch'' and ''Face of the Dark Palmira'' take place in the same time period, and events of one book refer to those in the other (and vice versa) - though the plots never truly connect.

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* ''Face of the Dark Palmira'' follows the livings and doings of members of the Kievan Day Watch visiting St. Petersburg. The book was written by Creator/VladimirVasilyev with Creator/SergeyLukyanenko's blessings.blessing. ''Twilight Watch'' and ''Face of the Dark Palmira'' take place in the same time period, and events of one book refer to those in the other (and vice versa) - though the plots never truly connect.



* And yet another spin-off was released in 2014 called ''The Time of Inversions'', once again penned by Creator/VladimirVasilyev and serving as a sequel of sorts to ''The Face of Dark Palmira'', being once again set in Ukraine and having some characters from that book return.

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* And yet another spin-off was released in 2014 called ''The Time of Inversions'', once again penned by Creator/VladimirVasilyev and serving as a sequel of sorts to ''The Face of the Dark Palmira'', being once again set in Ukraine and having some characters from that book return.



** ''New Watch'' also reveals that Zabulon cares about those he initiated, like the prophet Erasmus Darwin, whom he genuinly tried to defend against the Tiger. Then again, when Anton witnesses him begging the Tiger for his life, he realizes that, should Zabulon find out that Anton knows, Anton's life is forfeit.

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** ''New Watch'' also reveals that Zabulon cares about those he initiated, like the prophet Erasmus Darwin, whom he genuinly genuinely tried to defend against the Tiger. Then again, when Anton witnesses him begging the Tiger for his life, he realizes that, should Zabulon find out that Anton knows, Anton's life is forfeit.



* BroughtDownToNormal: A common non-capital punishment by the Inquisition is to put a magical RestrainingBolt on the offender, which prevents him or her from drawing on Power and using magic. This, effectively, turns the Other into a normal human. He or she even resumes the normal aging process. The ban on magic is typically for life but is considered to be a better option than dematerialization. In ''School Supervision'', [[spoiler:a jinn Other manifests a version of the Fuaran text she calls the Anti-Fuaran, which is able to turn an Other into a normal person. It's then possible to use the normal Fuaran to make the person into a Higher Other. It can also be used to turn vampires and werewolves into magicians]]. At the end of ''Sixths Watch'', [[spoiler:the Two-in-One removes Anton's magic permanently, making him a regular human without a possibility of re-Initiation. It's no wonder it's the last book with him as a protagonist]].
* ByTheBookCop: Staff Sergeant Dima Pastukhov of the Moscow Police considers himself an honest cop, by Russian standards. Granted, he'll occasionally accept a small bribe from a cafe owner when stopping by for lunch or rough up a drunk or two when they get roudy and refuse to go to a sobering-up station (special center for the intoxicated). However, he will also chase down any perp without a second thought, won't harass store owners, and will let those who are only a little drunk go home (provided they don't drive). However, he avoids the Others like the plague, having been accidentally granted the ability to see them by Anton's carelessness.

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* BroughtDownToNormal: A common non-capital punishment by the Inquisition is to put a magical RestrainingBolt on the offender, which prevents him or her from drawing on Power and using magic. This, effectively, turns the Other into a normal human. He or she even resumes the normal aging process. The ban on magic is typically for life but is considered to be a better option than dematerialization. In ''School Supervision'', [[spoiler:a jinn Other manifests a version of the Fuaran text she calls the Anti-Fuaran, which is able to turn an Other into a normal person. It's then possible to use the normal Fuaran to make the person into a Higher Other. It can also be used to turn vampires and werewolves into magicians]]. At the end of ''Sixths ''Sixth Watch'', [[spoiler:the Two-in-One removes Anton's magic permanently, making him a regular human without a possibility of re-Initiation. It's no wonder it's the last book with him as a protagonist]].
* ByTheBookCop: Staff Sergeant Dima Pastukhov of the Moscow Police considers himself an honest cop, by Russian standards. Granted, he'll occasionally accept a small bribe from a cafe owner when stopping by for lunch or rough up a drunk or two when they get roudy rowdy and refuse to go to a sobering-up station (special center for the intoxicated). However, he will also chase down any perp without a second thought, won't harass store owners, and will let those who are only a little drunk go home (provided they don't drive). However, he avoids the Others like the plague, having been accidentally granted the ability to see them by Anton's carelessness.



** [[spoiler:The Two-in-One in ''Sixths Watch'']].

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** [[spoiler:The Two-in-One in ''Sixths ''Sixth Watch'']].



* GoodAdulteryBadAdultery: A group of Night Watch employees go to Tiger Cub's cabin for a weekend retreat. Anton, like most, ends up getting drunk and passing out. In the morning, he finds Svetlana and another female Light Other in the arms of Ignat (an incubus). Instead of raising hell, he simply walks out, has a smoke, talk to Semyon (who instantly deduces what happened), and waits for Svetlana to wake up. When she does, she quickly realizes that he knows and tries to justify her actions (including the fact that it's been years since the last time she's had sex). She feels guilty at first, but gets madder and madder as Anton keeps telling her it's ok, seemingly not caring about her infidelity. This ends up being a BigLippedAlligatorMoment, and the two end up HappilyMarried. There could have been some [[UnresolvedSexualTension UST]] between Svetlana and Ignat, since he was previously sent to seduce her and try to get rid of the vortex over her head. Just as she was ready to do him, the vortex got bigger, and Geser forced Ignat to [[IncrediblyLamePun pull out before it blew]].

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* GoodAdulteryBadAdultery: A group of Night Watch employees go to Tiger Cub's cabin for a weekend retreat. Anton, like most, ends up getting drunk and passing out. In the morning, he finds Svetlana and another female Light Other in the arms of Ignat (an incubus). Instead of raising hell, he simply walks out, has a smoke, talk to Semyon (who instantly deduces what happened), and waits for Svetlana to wake up. When she does, she quickly realizes that he knows and tries to justify her actions (including the fact that it's been years since the last time she's she had sex). She feels guilty at first, but gets madder and madder as Anton keeps telling her it's ok, okay, seemingly not caring about her infidelity. This ends up being a BigLippedAlligatorMoment, and the two end up HappilyMarried. There could have been some [[UnresolvedSexualTension UST]] between Svetlana and Ignat, since he was previously sent to seduce her and try to get rid of the vortex over her head. Just as she was ready to do him, the vortex got bigger, and Geser forced Ignat to [[IncrediblyLamePun pull out before it blew]].



** The Night Watch is considered good but Light Others can be as ruthless as any secret police (or more, given their powers). They also control population of vampires and regularly authorize transformation and feeding on mundane people (they do prefer criminals that evade authorities when possible) without any consent of the latter. This causes [[spoiler: Egor and Anton to become disillusioned with the Night Watch]].

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** The Night Watch is considered good but Light Others can be as ruthless as any secret police (or more, given their powers). They also control population of vampires and regularly authorize transformation and feeding on mundane people (they do prefer criminals that evade the authorities when possible) without any consent of from the latter. This causes [[spoiler: Egor [[spoiler:Egor and Anton to become disillusioned with the Night Watch]].



** There's one scene in ''Day Watch'' that mentions how the historical figure Gilles de Rais (a friend to Joan of Arc and a child murderer) as well as some fictional SerialKiller were both Light Others. Essentially, both fell into a combination of PureIsNotGood and UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans -- since they didn't see their actions as wrong, their crimes had no effect on their alignment.

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** There's one scene in ''Day Watch'' that mentions how the historical figure Gilles de Rais (a friend to Joan of Arc and a child murderer) as well as some a fictional SerialKiller were both Light Others. Essentially, both fell into a combination of PureIsNotGood and UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans -- since they didn't see their actions as wrong, their crimes had no effect on their alignment.



** An intentional one in ''New Watch''. After Nadya compares Geser to [[Series/{{House}} Dr. House]] (i.e. the way he proposes a bunch of crazy theories to his underlings and then picks the right one himself), Geser appears dumbfounded, and Anton notes to himself that Geser only watches news and figure skating on TV. Later, though, after Anton catches Geser in a lie, Geser replies "everybody lies," showing that he ''has'' seen the show.

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** An intentional one in ''New Watch''. After Nadya compares Geser to [[Series/{{House}} Dr. House]] (i.e. the way he proposes suggests a bunch of crazy theories to his underlings and then picks the right one himself), Geser appears dumbfounded, and Anton notes to himself that Geser only watches news and figure skating on TV. Later, though, after Anton catches Geser in a lie, Geser replies "everybody lies," showing that he ''has'' seen the show.



* SideBet: In ''Sixths Watch'', Geser and Zabulon tell Anton and his family about a new prophecy involving them and the entire world. After the Gorodetskys' calm acceptance, Zabulon reluctantly pulls out an object he calls Merlin's smoking pipe and hands it to Geser. Geser explains that Zabulon bet that Anton and the others would panic. Geser is doubtful that the object really did belong to Merlin, as tobacco had not yet been imported to England at the time. Zabulon tells Geser he doesn't want to know what Merlin did smoke. After Anton's daughter opens a portal to his safe house and pulls her parents into it, they last thing they hear is Geser demanding Merlin's smoking bag from Zabulon, implying another bet. Averted in the third attempt, where Geser extends his hand to Zabulon later, only for the latter to look at him in confusion. It turns out Geser simply wants matches to light up.

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* SideBet: In ''Sixths ''Sixth Watch'', Geser and Zabulon tell Anton and his family about a new prophecy involving them and the entire world. After the Gorodetskys' calm acceptance, Zabulon reluctantly pulls out an object he calls Merlin's smoking pipe and hands it to Geser. Geser explains that Zabulon bet that Anton and the others would panic. Geser is doubtful that the object really did belong to Merlin, as tobacco had not yet been imported to England at the time. Zabulon tells Geser he doesn't want to know what Merlin did smoke. After Anton's daughter opens a portal to his safe house and pulls her parents into it, they last thing they hear is Geser demanding Merlin's smoking bag from Zabulon, implying another bet. Averted in the third attempt, where Geser extends his hand to Zabulon later, only for the latter to look at him in confusion. It turns out Geser simply wants matches to light up.
16th Sep '17 3:52:39 PM nombretomado
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** In ''New Watch'', Anton reveals that TheRenaissance was the result of an intervention by the Dark Others. To balance things out, the Light Others attempted their own project a few centuries later - the [[RomanovsAndRevolutions Russian Revolution]], which didn't work out [[{{Understatement}} quite as well]].

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** In ''New Watch'', Anton reveals that TheRenaissance UsefulNotes/TheRenaissance was the result of an intervention by the Dark Others. To balance things out, the Light Others attempted their own project a few centuries later - the [[RomanovsAndRevolutions Russian Revolution]], which didn't work out [[{{Understatement}} quite as well]].



** Ironically, TheRenaissance was caused by the Dark Others. This major intervention is what allowed the Light Others to try their hand in Soviet Communism.

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** Ironically, TheRenaissance UsefulNotes/TheRenaissance was caused by the Dark Others. This major intervention is what allowed the Light Others to try their hand in Soviet Communism.
25th Aug '17 6:34:05 PM nombretomado
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* TheNewRussia: It isn't the most negative depiction, but there are a lot of references to the shady new money (with possible connections to TheMafiya) associated with this setting.
** In ''New Watch'', Anton notes with disgust how the rich and the powerful blatantly ignore traffic laws and never even get pulled over due to "special" license plates or even no license plates at all. Then again, the Others never get pulled over either thanks to their magic. When Anton asks a cop why he won't pull over an expensive car with no license plates, the cop replies that a friend of his did that once and ended up losing his job over it.
8th Jul '17 10:47:43 AM nombretomado
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* BalefulPolymorph: Olga is punished for an unspecified transgression by being forced to remain as a stuffed snowy owl for decades at a time. She's only allowed to assume human form for half-an-hour each day during wartime (the last time was during WorldWarTwo). Thanks to Geser's manipulations, the curse is lifted at the end of ''Night Watch''. She is still able to speak in this form, but Anton notes that it takes great effort.

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* BalefulPolymorph: Olga is punished for an unspecified transgression by being forced to remain as a stuffed snowy owl for decades at a time. She's only allowed to assume human form for half-an-hour each day during wartime (the last time was during WorldWarTwo).UsefulNotes/WorldWarII). Thanks to Geser's manipulations, the curse is lifted at the end of ''Night Watch''. She is still able to speak in this form, but Anton notes that it takes great effort.



** One of the school doctors in ''School Supervision'' is a 300-year-old Dark Other from Germany named Karl Frieling. During WorldWarTwo, he aided the [[LaResistance German Resistance]] and even testified at the Nuremberg Trials.

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** One of the school doctors in ''School Supervision'' is a 300-year-old Dark Other from Germany named Karl Frieling. During WorldWarTwo, UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, he aided the [[LaResistance German Resistance]] and even testified at the Nuremberg Trials.



** In ''Twilight Watch'', one character has a shirt showing a Russian soldier killing an American with a message about who really won WorldWarTwo; Anton finds it somewhat amusing.

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** In ''Twilight Watch'', one character has a shirt showing a Russian soldier killing an American with a message about who really won WorldWarTwo; UsefulNotes/WorldWarII; Anton finds it somewhat amusing.



* {{Ghostapo}}: The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thule_Society Thule Society]] was composed of Nazi Others who were attempting to use magical means to help Germany win WorldWarTwo. After the end of the war, they were tried and sentenced to death in Other Nuremberg Trials. A number of their amulets can still be found in and around St. Petersburg.

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* {{Ghostapo}}: The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thule_Society Thule Society]] was composed of Nazi Others who were attempting to use magical means to help Germany win WorldWarTwo.UsefulNotes/WorldWarII. After the end of the war, they were tried and sentenced to death in Other Nuremberg Trials. A number of their amulets can still be found in and around St. Petersburg.
9th Jun '17 11:26:54 PM deathhappens
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** Light bosses tend to be more manipulative than their dark counterparts.

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** Light bosses tend to be just as, if not more manipulative than their dark counterparts.counterparts. Justified, as Light Others serving in the Watches often need help to justify their actions as Light, or risk dematerialising themselves.
27th May '17 5:37:11 PM SaniOKh
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Main series:



* ''Face of the Dark Palmira'' follows the livings and doings of members of the Kievan Day Watch visiting St. Petersburg. The book was written by Creator/VladimirVasilyev with Creator/SergeyLukyanenko's blessings. ''Twilight Watch'' and ''Face of the Dark Palmira'' take place in the same time period, and events of one book refer to those in the other (and vice versa) - though the plots never truly connect.



* In 2014 the author declared that the upcoming ''Sixths Watch'' was very definitely going to be the last book about the mage Anton Gorodetskiy. According to Lukyanenko, he will instead focus on the new series, exploring the evil within us. The ''Watch'' series is going to become a SharedUniverse (under his supervision) to introduce fresh perspective into the 'verse. ''The Sixths Watch'' was released in December 2014, after as many as 3 co-authored spin-offs.
* And, in 2014, a spin-off was released, co-authored by Arkadiy Shushpanov, titled ''School Supervision'' (or ''School Watch'', if you prefer). The book deals with a group of unaffiliated teenage Others being taught at a WizardingSchool of sorts.

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* In 2014 the author declared that the upcoming ''Sixths Watch'' was very definitely going to be the last book about the mage Anton Gorodetskiy. According to Lukyanenko, he will instead focus on the new series, exploring the evil within us. The ''Watch'' series is going to become a SharedUniverse (under his supervision) to introduce fresh perspective into the 'verse. ''The Sixths Watch'' was released in December 2014, after as many as 3 co-authored spin-offs.
spin-offs (see below) .
Spin-offs:
* And, ''Face of the Dark Palmira'' follows the livings and doings of members of the Kievan Day Watch visiting St. Petersburg. The book was written by Creator/VladimirVasilyev with Creator/SergeyLukyanenko's blessings. ''Twilight Watch'' and ''Face of the Dark Palmira'' take place in the same time period, and events of one book refer to those in the other (and vice versa) - though the plots never truly connect.
* In
2014, a spin-off was released, co-authored by Arkadiy Shushpanov, titled ''School Supervision'' (or ''School Watch'', if you prefer). The book deals with a group of unaffiliated teenage Others being taught at a WizardingSchool of sorts.
27th May '17 2:24:04 PM SaniOKh
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* [[spoiler:ResetButton]]: The ending of the second movie.

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* [[spoiler:ResetButton]]: [[spoiler:ResetButtonEnding]]: The ending of the second movie.
22nd May '17 1:25:09 PM Stranrep
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** The Night Watch is considered good but Light Others can be as ruthless as any secret police (or more, given their powers). They also control population of vampires and regularly authorize transformation and feeding on mundane people (they do prefer criminals that evade authorities when possible) without any consent of the latter. This causes [[spoiler: Egor to become disillusioned with the Night Watch]].

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** The Night Watch is considered good but Light Others can be as ruthless as any secret police (or more, given their powers). They also control population of vampires and regularly authorize transformation and feeding on mundane people (they do prefer criminals that evade authorities when possible) without any consent of the latter. This causes [[spoiler: Egor and Anton to become disillusioned with the Night Watch]].



** The Night Watch is also not above brainwashing humans in their social experiments, see TheEvilsOfFreeWill above.

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** The Night Watch is also not above brainwashing humans in their social experiments, see TheEvilsOfFreeWill above. They never end well.



** [[HumanoidAbomination Tiger]] is a clearer example. After having to deal with the fact that main heroes know the phrophesy about Twilight's destruction, and choosing to accept this, he stays in human world, goes on socializing to the point that he [[spoiler: gives his life in ''Sixth Watch'' to buy more time to heroes's escape and stop Two-in-One.]]



** Arina became ''worse'' after becoming a Light Other. She was AntiVillain at worst at her introduction, she's become darker now.

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** Arina became ''worse'' after becoming a Light Other. She was AntiVillain at worst at her introduction, she's become darker now. Overall, zig-zags, as she's AntiVillain at worst.



* LongGame: Many of the complex plans of the Great Others, Gesar and Zabulon in particular, who frequently plan things out years (if not decades or centuries) ahead of time. One of their biggest plans was [[spoiler:Nadya's birth as an Absolute Other. For this purpose, they have analyzed many bloodlines and found those likely to produce extremely powerful Others. They also needed a Light and a Dark bloodline. Some of Svetlana's ancestors were powerful Light Others, while Anton had a powerful Dark grandfather - Zabulon himself. In fact, Anton is the only one of Zabulon's many grandkids with a potential to become an Other. He was originally supposed to be a Dark one, but Gesar believed that a relationship between a Light and a Dark Other wouldn't last long enough to produce an Absolute Other, so he secretly Initiated Anton, when he was in a good mood]].

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* LongGame: Many of the complex plans of the Great Others, Gesar and Zabulon in particular, who frequently plan things out years (if not decades or centuries) ahead of time. One of their biggest plans was [[spoiler:Nadya's birth as an Absolute Other. For this purpose, they have analyzed many bloodlines and found those likely to produce extremely powerful Others. They also needed a Light and a Dark bloodline. Some of Svetlana's ancestors were powerful Light Others, while Anton had a powerful Dark grandfather - Zabulon himself. In fact, Anton is the only one of Zabulon's many grandkids with a potential to become an Other. He was originally supposed to be a Dark one, but Gesar believed that a relationship between a Light and a Dark Other wouldn't last long enough to produce an Absolute Other, so he secretly Initiated Anton, when he was in a good mood]].mood. Zavulon is very unhappy about this fact, though he's still quite cordial to Anton]].



** In ''Sixth Watch'', it's revealed that [[spoiler:Anton is Zabulon's grandson]]. The plan was for him to be a Dark one, but [[spoiler:Gesar]] beat him to the punch and initiated him as a Light Other. [[spoiler:One of the reasons for Zabulon's dislike for Anton was this fact]].

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** In ''Sixth Watch'', it's revealed that [[spoiler:Anton is Zabulon's grandson]]. The plan was for him to be a Dark one, but [[spoiler:Gesar]] beat him to the punch and initiated him as a Light Other. [[spoiler:One of the reasons for Zabulon's dislike for Anton was this fact]].fact, though he admits that his dislike is petty]].



* ObfuscatingStupidity: Afandi, an elderly but weak magician from ''The Last Watch'', "Part 2 - A Common Enemy"

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* ObfuscatingStupidity: Afandi, an elderly but weak magician from ''The Last Watch'', "Part 2 - A Common Enemy"Enemy".



* PowerLevels: All Others are assigned "Categories", ranging from the seventh (the weakest) to first (the most powerful). Categories are not fixed, as an Other can advance or fall down a rank depending on how often they practice magic. There is also the so-called "peak condition" when a mage jumps up two or three levels during a time of great emotional stress, like it happens to Anton Gorodetsky in the end of the first book. Lastly, there is the 2 OverNineThousand categories called "Beyond Categorization" and Great.[[note]]Beyond Categorization is a broad term for everyone vastly stronger than rank 1, Great is one step higher. Svetlana, Geser and Zavulon are Great magicians. Olga, post Twilight Watch Anton, Yuri and Nikolai(from Day Watch) are Beyond Categorization, but aren't Great.[[/note]]\\\

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* PowerLevels: All Others are assigned "Categories", ranging from the seventh (the weakest) to first (the most powerful). Categories are not fixed, as an Other can advance or fall down a rank depending on how often they practice magic. There is also the so-called "peak condition" when a mage jumps up two or three levels during a time of great emotional stress, like it happens to Anton Gorodetsky in the end of the first book. Lastly, there is the 2 OverNineThousand categories called "Beyond Categorization" and Great.[[note]]Beyond Categorization is a broad term for everyone vastly stronger than rank 1, Great is one step higher. higher, though the difference is slim. Svetlana, Geser and Zavulon are Great magicians. Olga, post Twilight Watch Anton, Yuri and Nikolai(from Day Watch) are Beyond Categorization, but aren't Great.[[/note]]\\\
22nd May '17 1:00:18 PM Stranrep
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** Even more arguably [[spoiler:Tiger/the Twilight]] in ''The New Watch''. Just as arguable [[spoiler: Two-in-One.]]

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** Even more arguably [[spoiler:Tiger/the Twilight]] in ''The New Watch''.Watch'', though he gets better at the end. Just as arguable [[spoiler: Two-in-One.]]


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* BothSidesHaveAPoint: Anton and Olga in ''New Watch''. Anton is angry that Watches [[spoiler: organized Nadya's birth to make her a potential weapon against [[GeniusLoci Twilight.]] However, Olga replies that Twilight's intentions are incomprehensible to Others, and as Tiger doesn't spoke too much about them, despite clearly being able to communicate, it's better to create an Other who is able to oppose Twilight's might. It's hard to disagree with both sides.]]
14th May '17 6:56:57 AM Stranrep
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* DidntSeeItComing: [[spoiler: Sixth Watch, the Inquisition and all Great Others delete all records about the Two-in-One when the exprement upon then-Russian Empire took place, so it won't spoil their view. Unfortunately, when the latter comes, they found themselves without information, and only Arina managed to fill the gaps. Oops.]]

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* DidntSeeItComing: DidntSeeThatComing: [[spoiler: Sixth Watch, the Inquisition and all Great Others delete all records about the Two-in-One when the exprement upon then-Russian Empire took place, so it won't spoil their view. Unfortunately, when the latter comes, they found themselves without information, and only Arina managed to fill the gaps. Oops.]]
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