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20th Jun '16 5:56:07 PM zarpaulus
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* HardLight: Solidigraphs.



* HolographicDisguise: "Dominoes" are just holograms and popular at parties. "Roquelaures" are restricted to Fleet Intelligence and feature a full solidigraph that can even change the user's apparent mass and voice.



* LaserBlade: Holoswords, which project a HardLight blade of variable length, width, and sharpness. They're primarily used for fencing, with an entire fighting style based around changing the blade settings in the middle of combat, but in ''Laisrathera'' Hirianthial uses one to great effectiveness in a series of [[DuelToTheDeath duels]].

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* LaserBlade: Holoswords, which project a HardLight blade of variable length, width, and sharpness. They're primarily used for sport fencing, with an entire fighting style based around changing the blade settings in the middle of combat, but in ''Laisrathera'' Hirianthial uses one to great effectiveness in a series of [[DuelToTheDeath duels]].


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* SapientFurTrade: The possibility of a black market in Pelted skins is suggested in ''Earthrise'' and confirmed in ''Only the Open''.
13th Jun '16 7:25:59 PM zarpaulus
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** In ''Only the Open'' an early-generation [[ArtificialIntelligence D-per]] says that she was indentured to Fleet for thirty years to pay off the cost of her programming.
16th May '16 2:12:44 AM Morgenthaler
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* RapeOfTheLock: [[spoiler: Baniel cuts off Hirianthial's long hair.]]
15th Apr '16 7:13:51 PM zarpaulus
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* DominantSpeciesGenes:
** The shapeshifting abilities of male Chatcaava enable them to impregnate females of other species, producing more Chatcaava.
** [[spoiler: Eldritch traits are dominant to the baseline human phenotype.]]
28th Sep '15 9:13:37 PM Tallens
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* FantasticShipPrefix: United Alliance Fleet's ships are designated UAV, and Terran merchant vessels are TMS. I.e. the UAV ''Stardancer'' and TMS ''Earthrise''.
12th Aug '15 7:21:32 PM zarpaulus
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* DepravedBisexual: High-ranking Chatcaavan males are expected to rape their subordinates into submission.



* SpaceAmish: A large proportion of the Ciracaana population live in stone age villages, despite being genetically engineered by an engineered race who originated on a distant planet. Still there are several "civilized" city-dwellers who have some degree of interaction with off-worlders.

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* SpaceAmish: A large proportion The majority of the Ciracaana population live in stone age villages, despite being genetically engineered by an engineered race who originated on a distant planet. Still there as nomadic hunter-gatherers, while two cities are several "civilized" city-dwellers who have some degree full members of interaction the Alliance. The odd thing is that they were created by the Alliance as "friendly aliens" with off-worlders.a fabricated culture and memories and when they discovered the ruse they were offered a chance to go off-world but most of them decided they preferred the tribal lifestyle.



* SpaceFighters: The Chatcaava, with their obsession with personal glory and power, base their naval doctrine on fighters and boarding parties, their larger warships are essentially carriers. While the Alliance hasn't shown any indication they use fighters at all [[spoiler: which might explain how an Alliance Scout (as opposed to the small courier that barely managed to fight off an earlier ship) curbstomped a Chatcaava warship in the end of ''Some Things Transcend''.]]

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* SpaceFighters: SpaceFighter: The Chatcaava, with their obsession with personal glory and power, base their naval doctrine on fighters and boarding parties, their larger warships are essentially carriers. While the Alliance hasn't shown any indication they use fighters at all [[spoiler: which might explain how an Alliance Scout (as opposed to the small courier that barely managed to fight off an earlier ship) curbstomped a Chatcaava warship in the end of ''Some Things Transcend''.]]
31st Dec '14 11:42:55 AM Greenygal
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* HeterosexualLifePartners: Jahir and Vasiht'h are near inseparable, they even have a dedicated [[MindlinkMates mindline]], but no kind of sexual attraction to one another. The author has referred to the upcoming story about how they first met in college as an "asexual romance".

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* HeterosexualLifePartners: Jahir and Vasiht'h are near inseparable, they even have a dedicated [[MindlinkMates mindline]], but no kind of sexual attraction to one another. The author has referred to ''Mindtouch'', the upcoming story about how they first met in college college, as an "asexual romance".
23rd Sep '14 1:34:05 PM zarpaulus
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* HeroicSacrifice: In ''Some Things Transcend'' [[spoiler: Captain Raynor stays behind on the ''Quicklance'' to scuttle it and take the Chatcaava BoardingParty with him while his crew and passengers escape.]] Behavior the dragons don't understand and weren't expecting.
23rd Sep '14 12:16:08 PM zarpaulus
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* EarthThatUsedToBeBetter: The Solar system is a backwater, after the Pelted left in their Generation Ships Earth and Mars had a bloody war and both worlds became isolationist while the Pelted were inventing Well drive and expanding.


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* HumansAreWarriors: Humanity has a lot more experience with war than their Pelted children. Many high-ranking officers in the Alliance Fleet originally transferred from the Terran Navy.


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* SpaceFighters: The Chatcaava, with their obsession with personal glory and power, base their naval doctrine on fighters and boarding parties, their larger warships are essentially carriers. While the Alliance hasn't shown any indication they use fighters at all [[spoiler: which might explain how an Alliance Scout (as opposed to the small courier that barely managed to fight off an earlier ship) curbstomped a Chatcaava warship in the end of ''Some Things Transcend''.]]
1st Jul '14 1:02:13 PM zarpaulus
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* SexSlave: What all Chatcaavan slaves appear to be. In ''Earthrise'' Irine states that heavy labor is done by machines so slaves are either used as personal servants or used for pleasure, and that she wouldn't mind being MadeASlave too much. Reese suggests that the pirates after them might prefer to make her into a rug instead to motivate her to fight.


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* SpacePirates: Most of the antagonists in the ''Her Instruments'' trilogy, though they might be more accurately described as slavers working for the Chatcaava.
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