History Literature / NightWatch

7th Nov '16 5:40:31 PM sher1
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* AllLoveIsUnrequited: Arina's love for [[spoiler: Anton]], who is devoted to his wife.


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* StarCrossedLovers: Anton and Svetlana, in a twist on this trope. Fate [[spoiler: or rather, Gesar and Zabulon]] dictates that they fall in love so they can produce TheMessiah, which understandably makes Anton reluctant to pursue a relationship. They wind up happy regardless.
21st Oct '16 3:34:14 PM Berrenta
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* TheBackwardsR: [[BilingualBonus If you can read Russian]], look at the movie poster... [[TheyJustDidntCare yeah]].

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* TheBackwardsR: [[BilingualBonus If you can read Russian]], look at the movie poster... [[TheyJustDidntCare yeah]].poster.
8th Oct '16 6:39:56 AM ChronoLegion
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* TheOrder: The Sixth Watch in the eponymous book, a special council convened when [[spoiler:the Two-in-One returns]]. Also known as the Watch of Six, it, obviously, consists of representatives from the six key groups in the world of the Others: Light Others, Dark Others, vampires (with shapeshifters bundled with them), witches, prophets, and Mirrors. Also, for some reason, the new Sixth Watch must also be joined by blood, all tying back to Anton, resulting in the following composition: [[spoiler:Nadia (Anton's daughter) for the Light ones, Zabulon (Anton's grandfather) for the Dark ones, the resurrected Kostya (who drank some of Ariana's blood) for the vampires, Arina for the witches, Kesha (Nadya's boyfriend and blood pact brother) for the prophets, and Yegor (the boy Anton saved in the first book) for the Mirrors]].
6th Oct '16 4:51:16 PM ChronoLegion
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** In ''New Watch'', an old Jewish battle mage thinks that Anton is also Jewish based on his last name. Anton defends his family name, claiming it's an old Russian name, that he comes from a family of architects. While this may be another nod to Vladislav Gorodetsky, the real Gorodetsky was of Polish-Ukrainian descent.

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** In ''New Watch'', an old Jewish battle mage thinks that Anton is also Jewish based on his last name. Anton defends his family name, claiming it's an old Russian name, that he comes from a family of architects. While this may be another nod to Vladislav Gorodetsky, the real Gorodetsky was of Polish-Ukrainian descent. Interestingly, a revelation in ''Sixth Watch'' implies that Anton is [[spoiler:one-eighth Judean by way of Grandpa Zabulon]].
6th Oct '16 4:49:28 PM ChronoLegion
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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]].



** 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.

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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]].
6th Oct '16 4:26:52 PM ChronoLegion
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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 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]].
6th Oct '16 4:20:33 PM ChronoLegion
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* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: Nearly all Others stop aging when initiated. There are some exceptions, but they usually use some form of illusion to make up for it.
* TheReveal: Occurs multiple times in each book. The most notable example is the revelation at the end of ''Last Watch'' that [[spoiler:the Twilight only has six levels, and that the seventh level is simply the real world.]]

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* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: Nearly all Others stop aging when initiated. There are some exceptions, but they usually use some form of illusion to make up for it.
it. In ''Sixth Watch'', Anton encounters (or hears about others encountering) several of the oldest living Others: a vampire named Eve ([[spoiler:whose real name is Lilith]]), who claims to be many thousands of years old, another vampire named Pyotr ([[spoiler:a genuine Neanderthal]]), and a shapeshifting Inquisitor named Hena (who turns into a sabertooth cat).
* TheReveal: Occurs multiple times in each book. The most notable example is the revelation at the end of ''Last Watch'' that [[spoiler:the Twilight only has six levels, and that the seventh level is simply the real world.]]]] This may or may not be topped in ''Sixth Watch'', when it's revealed that [[spoiler:vampires were the original Others at the dawn of humankind, who made a pact with an ancient god to shepherd humanity. Now the conditions of the compact have been forgotten and violated, and the god has returned to destroy the world]].
6th Oct '16 4:14:49 PM ChronoLegion
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* OurVampiresAreDifferent: ''New Watch'' goes into the nature and origin of vampires. Then ''Sixth Watch'' throws out that theory of their origin and reveals that they were the first Others to appear in the world near the end of the last Ice Age. They learned to draw Power from humans via blood and transformed themselves into the creatures they are now. They also learned to shapeshift, which eventually split off some of them into shapeshifters/werewolves. Some learned to do magic without drinking blood or eating raw human flesh, who became the first true magicians, becoming the energy vampires like all modern Others.

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* OurVampiresAreDifferent: ''New Watch'' goes into the nature and origin of vampires. Then ''Sixth Watch'' throws out that theory of their origin and reveals that they were the first Others to appear in the world near the end of the last Ice Age. They learned to draw Power from humans via blood and transformed themselves into the creatures they are now. They also learned to shapeshift, which eventually split off some of them into shapeshifters/werewolves. shapeshifters/werewolves, who learned to draw Power from raw meat instead of blood. Witches appeared soon after, learning to get Power from mere drops of blood instead of liters of it and learning to imbue ordinary objects with it (it's implied that witches were the inventors of jewelry precisely for the purpose of using amulets, and human women copied them) Some learned to do magic without drinking blood or eating raw human flesh, who became the first true magicians, becoming the energy vampires like all modern Others.Others. Eventually, the true history of Others was forgotten, and vampires and werewolves became treated as worse than dirt. Only two living Others remember those early days: a vampire named Pyotr ([[spoiler:a Neanderthal]]) and a weresmilodon (i.e. sabertooth) named Hena.
6th Oct '16 4:11:14 PM ChronoLegion
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** The original Sixth Watch consisted of a Light German, a Dark Frenchman, a Russian witch ([[spoiler:Arina]]), an English prophet ([[spoiler:Erasmus Darwin]]), a Czech vampire ([[spoiler:Vitezslav]]), and an uninitiated Italian woman named [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maria_Montessori Maria Montessori]] (a potential Mirror). The new Sixth Watch is mostly Russian with only [[spoiler:Zabulon]]'s origins unclear ([[spoiler:probably English or Irish]]).

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** The original Sixth Watch consisted of a Light German, a Dark Frenchman, a Russian witch ([[spoiler:Arina]]), an English prophet ([[spoiler:Erasmus Darwin]]), a Czech vampire ([[spoiler:Vitezslav]]), and an uninitiated Italian woman named [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maria_Montessori Maria Montessori]] (a potential Mirror). The new Sixth Watch is mostly Russian with only [[spoiler:Zabulon]]'s origins unclear ([[spoiler:probably English or Irish]]).[[spoiler:Zabulon]] being ([[spoiler:Judean]]).



* OnlyOneName: A number of characters are only known by their first name or their Twilight name. This may be either because the author simply hasn't bothered to come up with a last name for a character or because said character is extremely powerful. According to ''Day Watch'', Others who classify as Mages Beyond Categorization lose their last names. In time, they acquire Twilight names. Geser is frequently called Boris Ignatyevich; however, since he is originally from Tibet, that name is definitely false. Additionally, in ''New Watch'', a number of Great Others call him by a different name, implied to be his Tibetan birth name. Olga's name is never given. Zabulon is only referred to by this name, except in ''Face of the Black Palmira'' spin-off, where a colleague and close friend of his calls him Arthur (another novel implies that Zabulon may be English or Irish).

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* OnlyOneName: A number of characters are only known by their first name or their Twilight name. This may be either because the author simply hasn't bothered to come up with a last name for a character or because said character is extremely powerful. According to ''Day Watch'', Others who classify as Mages Beyond Categorization lose their last names. In time, they acquire Twilight names. Geser is frequently called Boris Ignatyevich; however, since he is originally from Tibet, that name is definitely false. Additionally, in ''New Watch'', a number of Great Others call him by a different name, implied to be his Tibetan birth name. Olga's name is never given. Zabulon is only referred to by this name, except in ''Face of the Black Palmira'' spin-off, where a colleague and close friend of his calls him Arthur (another novel implies that Zabulon may be English or Irish).Irish, although ''Sixth Watch'' finally reveals that he was born in [[spoiler:Judea]], making it unlikely that "Arthur" is his real name).
3rd Oct '16 10:25:29 AM ChronoLegion
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** The blood pact between the ancient vampires and [[spoiler:the Two-in-One]] and later [[spoiler:the Two-in-One and the Sixth Watch]]. According to it, the Others agree to maintain a balance in the world.

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** The blood pact between the ancient vampires and [[spoiler:the Two-in-One]] and later [[spoiler:the Two-in-One and the Sixth Watch]].Watch (composed of a Light Other, a Dark Other, a witch, a vampire, a prophet, and a potential Mirror)]]. According to it, the Others agree to maintain a balance in the world.
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