History Literature / Nightwatch

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.]]
1st May '17 9:30:49 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.]]



* {{Narrator}}: Anton in ''Night Watch'', ''Twilight Watch'', ''The Last Watch'', and ''New Watch''. For the two first parts of the second book, see ADayInTheLimelight above, the third part averted this trope as it had no narrator.

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* {{Narrator}}: Anton in ''Night Watch'', ''Twilight Watch'', ''The Last Watch'', and ''New Watch'', and in ''Sixth Watch''. For the two first parts of the second book, see ADayInTheLimelight above, the third part averted this trope as it had no narrator.
25th Apr '17 2:06:13 PM Ilya_Rysenkov
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** Arguably [[spoiler:Edgar and Genady]] in ''The Last Watch''.
** Even more arguably [[spoiler:Tiger/the Twilight]] in ''The New Watch''.

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** Arguably [[spoiler:Edgar and Genady]] in ''The Last Watch''.
Watch''. And Arina.
** Even more arguably [[spoiler:Tiger/the Twilight]] in ''The New Watch''. Just as arguable [[spoiler: Two-in-One.]]



* BittersweetEnding: The end of ''Sixth Watch''. [[spoiler: The Two-in-One is killed, everybody lives (except Tiger and two poor mages that has become Two-in-One)... however Anton is permanently BroughtDownToNormal, and will quite likely die before all his friends now.)]].

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* BittersweetEnding: The end of ''Sixth Watch''. [[spoiler: The Two-in-One is killed, everybody lives (except Tiger and two poor mages that has become Two-in-One)... however Anton is permanently BroughtDownToNormal, and will quite likely die before all his friends now.friends.)]].



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

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



* HappilyMarried: [[spoiler:Anton and Svetlana in books 3-5.]]

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* HappilyMarried: [[spoiler:Anton and Svetlana in books 3-5.3 onward.]]



* THELeader: Yuri in ''The Imprint of the Twilight'' is described as a born leader. Unlike the heads of the Watches (he used to be one too), Yuri inspires loyalty and can even have Light Others like him (despite being a Dark one). Only people who utterly hate him can avoid being charmed by the guy.

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* THELeader: TheLeader: Yuri in ''The Imprint of the Twilight'' is described as a born leader. Unlike the heads of the Watches (he used to be one too), Yuri inspires loyalty and can even have Light Others like him (despite being a Dark one). Only people who utterly hate him can avoid being charmed by the guy.



* MamaBear: [[spoiler:Svetlana]]

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* MamaBear: [[spoiler:Svetlana]][[spoiler:Svetlana, when Nadya is in danger. Just ask Arina.]]



* NoSuchThingAsWizardJesus: Averted. Jesus ''was'' somehow connected to the Light, but it's unknown whether he was just an overpowered Light Other or [[PhysicalGod Light itself]].

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* NoSuchThingAsWizardJesus: Averted. Jesus ''was'' somehow connected to the Light, but it's unknown whether he was just an overpowered Light Other or [[PhysicalGod [[GodInHumanForm Light itself]].



* 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]].

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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 Arina'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]].



Depending on the power level, an Other can dive to the deeper levels of the Twilight. [[spoiler:There are six Twilight levels (most named characters never get past the third), and the seventh is our normal world, so the Twilight is basically a cycle. However, the full cycle can only be traversed by an ultimate mage, such as a Light Messiah like Nadya Gorodetskaya. Or Merlin, who becomes a permanent fixture as the story progresses.]] It is mentioned that the Others actually took the word "level" from video games, replacing the previously-used "rank".

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** Depending on the power level, an Other can dive to the deeper levels of the Twilight. [[spoiler:There are six Twilight levels (most named characters never get past the third), and the seventh is our normal world, so the Twilight is basically a cycle. However, the full cycle can only be traversed by an ultimate mage, such as a Light Messiah like Nadya Gorodetskaya. Or Merlin, who becomes a permanent fixture as the story progresses.]] It is mentioned that the Others actually took the word "level" from video games, replacing the previously-used "rank"."rank".
** There is even more powerful rank of Beyond Classification: Absolute, who can use all Twilight's power; they are ''extremely'' rare. Nadya, Konstantin Saushkin and Merlin (maybe more) are this.



* TookALevelInBadass
** Anton does this many times through the series.

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* TookALevelInBadass
TookALevelInBadass:
** Anton does this many times through the series. From fifth level to Beyond Classification to [[spoiler: being turned into human.]]



* TookALevelInJerkass: also, Las, after his baptism in ''New Watch'' becomes quite a patronising jerk, full of disdain towards both regular people for "ignoring the revelation" and living in vice and Higher Others for dissociating themselves from mundane problems and growing aloof.

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* TookALevelInJerkass: also, Las, after his baptism in ''New Watch'' becomes quite a patronising jerk, full of disdain towards both regular people for "ignoring the revelation" and living in vice and Higher Others for dissociating themselves from mundane problems and growing aloof.



* TheChessmaster: Both Geser and Zavulon.

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* TheChessmaster: Both Geser and Zavulon. They are masterful planners and manipulators... [[DeconstructedTrope however, their pawns (mainly Anton, Svetlana, Edgar), are ''very much unhappy'' about being used like this, and in case of Svetlana and Edgar, even leaves Watches to human life and Inquisition respectively.]]



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* VillainProtagonist: Alissa in ''Day Watch'' and to a somewhat lesser extent the other Dark Other protagonists of the novel.

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* VillainProtagonist: Alissa Alisa in ''Day Watch'' and to a somewhat lesser extent the other Dark Other protagonists of the novel.


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** [[spoiler: Arina, Edgar and Gennadii Saushkin (Kostya's father)]] become this in ''New Watch'', when they try to find Crown of All in order to resurrect their Other loved ones, and freely use humans as pawns.
25th Apr '17 10:33:17 AM ChronoLegion
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* NoChallengeEqualsNoSatisfaction: In ''School Supervision'', the protagonist's friends help him jump from level 7 (bottom rung) to level 4 (his cap) with a single ritual. An experienced Inquisitor then sardonically asks him what he plans to do with the rest of his (very long) life, since he will no longer be able to grow as an Other.
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