History Literature / Nightwatch

19th Dec '15 6:03:45 PM Discar
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Mac Guffin Girl is no longer a trope.
* MacGuffinGirl: [[spoiler:Nadya, Anton and Svetlana's daughter and also a prospect Messiah of Light.]]
2nd Dec '15 12:22:18 PM Ilya_Rysenkov
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* BeingEvilSucks
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*** And Light bosses tend to be more manipulative than their not-so-evil counterparts... * BeingEvilSucksBeingEvilSucks: While the Dark Ones in use every opportunity to brag about all that freedom, independence and strength The Darkness had given them and to make some lenient remarks on the poor deluded Light Ones who are so very constricted by their rules and who fuss over humans so much... It turns out that vampires are haunted by persistent insatiable HorrorHunger, werewolves have to deal with feats of feral uncontrollable rage once in a while and all the Dark Ones in general live in a world of constant paranoia and distrust towards their own brethren and superiors; ''Especially'' superiors who wouldn't even bother notifying that YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness before they set up and sacrifice you as a part of their EvilPlan. The one ''non-Watch'' dark magician we see is shown enjoying himself in a restaurant with his [[HappilyMarried lovely wife and happy children.]]

* CombatPragmatist: Semyon is one of the few Others who has studied martial arts in order to use them in combat. Most Others rely on their magic or supernatural abilities (such as vampires, werewolves, and shapeshifters). Anton notably takes out a rogue Light mage (who has surrounded himself with an impenetrable magical shield) by knocking him out with a telescopic stick (he mentions that it's a rookie mistake to use a magical shield that doesn't protect against physical attacks as well). The BigBad of the ''Face of the Dark Palmira'' spin-off novel is taken out in a similar manner (hitting him on the head with a lamp), but only because he was using the technique of partial submerging.
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* CombatPragmatist: Semyon is one of the few Others who has studied martial arts in order to use them in combat. Most Others rely on their magic or supernatural abilities (such as vampires, werewolves, and shapeshifters). Anton notably takes out a rogue Light mage (who has surrounded himself with an impenetrable magical shield) by knocking him out with a telescopic stick (he mentions that it's a rookie mistake to use a magical shield that doesn't protect against physical attacks as well). The BigBad of the ''Face of the Dark Palmira'' spin-off novel is taken out in a similar manner (hitting him on the head with a lamp), lamp)by the Dark Other, but only because he was using the technique of partial submerging.
1st Nov '15 10:41:04 AM nombretomado
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** Additionally, Arina claims that she has managed to avert one prophecy even after a human heard it. Said prophecy predicted doom for the Russian nation following the death of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicholas_II Nicholas II]]'s son [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexei_Nikolaevich,_Tsesarevich_of_Russia Alexei]] from haemophilia (passed down from his great-grandmother QueenVicky). The prophecy claimed that, after the death of his sole heir, Nicholas would grow bitter and angry, more decisive. He would brutally crush the [[RomanovsAndRevolutions revolution]], but then, several decades down the line, Russia would end being carved up by Germany, Japan, and other Western powers. Arina secretly prolonged Alexei's life, preferring a Communist future to the one described in the prophecy.
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** Additionally, Arina claims that she has managed to avert one prophecy even after a human heard it. Said prophecy predicted doom for the Russian nation following the death of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicholas_II Nicholas II]]'s son [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexei_Nikolaevich,_Tsesarevich_of_Russia Alexei]] from haemophilia (passed down from his great-grandmother QueenVicky).[[UsefulNotes/QueenVictoria Queen Vicky]]). The prophecy claimed that, after the death of his sole heir, Nicholas would grow bitter and angry, more decisive. He would brutally crush the [[RomanovsAndRevolutions revolution]], but then, several decades down the line, Russia would end being carved up by Germany, Japan, and other Western powers. Arina secretly prolonged Alexei's life, preferring a Communist future to the one described in the prophecy.
16th Sep '15 1:59:22 PM KentAllard
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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 Dark Palmira'', being once again set in Ukraine and having some characters from that book return.
16th Sep '15 10:15:30 AM Morgenthaler
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Vampire Invitation was renamed per TRS decision.
* EnthrallingSiren: Vampires can use the Call to get a human to come to them. Usually used to get around the VampireInvitation rule. Once hooked, a human remains "summonable" by the vampire wherever he or she is.
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* EnthrallingSiren: Vampires can use the Call to get a human to come to them. Usually used to get around the VampireInvitation MustBeInvited rule. Once hooked, a human remains "summonable" by the vampire wherever he or she is.

* EnthrallingSiren: Vampires can MustBeInvited: One of the few items of vampiric lore that are true in this 'verse. Usually not a problem for vampires, as they are able to use the Call [[EnthrallingSiren Call]] to get a human to come outside. It's not clear exactly how this rule is applied. For example, Witezslav and Kostya are able to them. Usually used to get around enter Arina's hut after she flees. However, this is part of an investigation, so it's possible that the VampireInvitation rule. Once hooked, a human remains "summonable" by rule is magically suspended for the vampire wherever he or she is.duration.

* VampireInvitation: One of the few items of vampiric lore that are true in this 'verse. Usually not a problem for vampires, as they are able to use the [[EnthrallingSiren Call]] to get a human to come outside. It's not clear exactly how this rule is applied. For example, Witezslav and Kostya are able to enter Arina's hut after she flees. However, this is part of an investigation, so it's possible that the rule is magically suspended for the duration.
17th Aug '15 12:39:05 AM JoeKickass
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* {{Tagline}}: The Rusian tagline of ''Day Watch'' is "First movie of the year" (which, from Russian, can also be translated as "Movie number one of the year", as in the BEST movie). While it can seem pretentious, it is in fact to be taken literally: the movie's Russian premiere was on the 1st of January, 2006, at 3 a.m.
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* {{Tagline}}: The Rusian tagline of ''Day Watch'' is "First movie of the year" (which, from Russian, can also be translated as "Movie number one "#1 movie of the year", as in the BEST movie). While it can seem pretentious, it is in fact to be taken literally: the movie's Russian premiere was on the 1st of January, 2006, at 3 a.m.
21st Jun '15 6:56:31 AM Irresistable
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* CulturalTranslation: In the Russian version, Yegor is watching a Russian cartoon that dealt with vampires (Not with vampires, exactly. It is old and kind Soviet cartoon, depicting creatures from Russian folclore. It is called ''Domovyonok Kuzya'',where ''Domovyonok'' is diminutive form of ''Domovoi''). In the international version, the cartoon is replaced by an episode of ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''.
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* CulturalTranslation: In the Russian version, Yegor is watching a Russian cartoon that dealt with vampires (Not with vampires, exactly. It is old and kind Soviet cartoon, depicting creatures from Russian folclore. folklore. It is called ''Domovyonok Kuzya'',where ''Domovyonok'' "domovyonok" is diminutive form of ''Domovoi'')."domovoi"). In the international version, the cartoon is replaced by an episode of ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''.
21st Jun '15 6:54:40 AM Irresistable
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* CulturalTranslation: In the Russian version, Yegor is watching a Russian cartoon that dealt with vampires. In the international version, the cartoon is replaced by an episode of ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''.
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* CulturalTranslation: In the Russian version, Yegor is watching a Russian cartoon that dealt with vampires.vampires (Not with vampires, exactly. It is old and kind Soviet cartoon, depicting creatures from Russian folclore. It is called ''Domovyonok Kuzya'',where ''Domovyonok'' is diminutive form of ''Domovoi''). In the international version, the cartoon is replaced by an episode of ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''.
12th Jun '15 6:28:46 AM ChronoLegion
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** The blood pact between the ancient vampires and [[spoiler:the Two-Pronged]] and later [[spoiler:the Two Pronged 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-Pronged]] and later [[spoiler:the Two Pronged Two-Pronged and the Sixth Watch]]. According to it, the Others agree to maintain a balance in the world.

* VampireMonarch: The Master of Masters is the supreme vampire in the world. He or she is typically one of the stronger vampires, since becoming one requires [[KlingonPromotion killing the current one]] in a duel. Should the Master or Masters die in any other manner, a new candidate can only be granted the title by killing twelve other vampires vying for the position. Since the post is pretty ceremonial (vampires tend to care more about blood ties), and vampires are no more suicidal than a regular person, this tends to leave the post open for quite a while. It's worth noting that the Master of Masters is not necessarily the oldest and most powerful vampire, as those also tend to be smart enough not to bother. For example, Lilith was several times older than the previous Master of Masters, while [[spoiler:Peter is a bona fide ''Neanderthal'']], making him about as old as Hena, a weresmilodon.
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* VampireMonarch: The Master of Masters is the supreme vampire in the world. He or she is typically one of the stronger vampires, since becoming one requires [[KlingonPromotion killing the current one]] in a duel. Should the Master or Masters die in any other manner, a new candidate can only be granted the title by killing twelve other vampires vying for the position. Since the post is pretty ceremonial (vampires tend to care more about blood ties), and vampires are no more suicidal than a regular person, this tends to leave the post open for quite a while. It's worth noting that the Master of Masters is not necessarily the oldest and most powerful vampire, as those also tend to be smart enough not to bother. For example, Lilith was several times older than the previous Master of Masters, while [[spoiler:Peter is a bona fide ''Neanderthal'']], making him about as old as Hena, a weresmilodon. In ''Sixth Watch'', [[spoiler:Kostya, who has been brought back by the Twilight, instigates a fight at the vampire gathering and becomes the new Master of Masters]].
25th May '15 4:23:06 PM SaniOKh
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* ThemeNaming: Most novels (at least in the original Russian) of the same book have titles with a recurring word or its synonyms, each pertaining to belonging : "(One's) own" in ''Night Watch'', "Others'" in ''Day Watch'', "Noone's" in ''Twilight Watch'' and "Everyone's" in ''Final Watch''. ''New Watch'' breaks the overall theme of belonging, but its novels also have a recurring word: "Troublous".
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* ThemeNaming: Most novels (at least in the original Russian) of the same book have titles with a recurring word or its synonyms, each pertaining to belonging : "(One's) own" in ''Night Watch'', "Others'" in ''Day Watch'', "Noone's" in ''Twilight Watch'' and "Everyone's" in ''Final Watch''. ''New Watch'' breaks and ''Sixth Watch'' break the overall theme of belonging, but its their novels also have a recurring word: "Troublous"."Troublous" in the former and "Forced" in the latter.
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