History Literature / Paradox

7th Jun '17 12:16:51 PM zarpaulus
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* ''Prince's Game'': ''Even the Wingless,'' ''Some Things Transcend,'' ''Amulet Rampant'', ''Only the Open'', ''In Extremis.''

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* ''Prince's Game'': ''Even the Wingless,'' ''Some Things Transcend,'' ''Amulet Rampant'', ''Only the Open'', ''In Extremis.'''' The Alliance and the Chatcaavan Empire are on the verge of war, can an ambassador and a Slave Queen reform the Empire before its' too late?
* ''Stardancer'': ''Alysha's Fall,'' ''Second,'' ''Who is Willing,'' ''Either Side of the Strand''. Following the career of the young but determined Fleet officer Alysha Forrest.



* DeathByChildbirth: Hirianthial's wife died this way, taking their child with her. It's said to be a disturbingly common cause of death for Eldritch women given their literally medieval medical technology. One of the Chatcaavan Emperor's concubines almost dies in childbirth as well, as they consider females not worth medical attention, but Lisinthir convinces the royal Surgeon to help her and the Emperor is somewhat grateful that his newest son survives.

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* DeathByChildbirth: Hirianthial's first wife died this way, taking their child with her. It's said to be a disturbingly common cause of death for Eldritch women given their literally medieval medical technology.technology, and why he became a doctor after leaving the homeworld. One of the Chatcaavan Emperor's concubines almost dies in childbirth as well, as they consider females not worth medical attention, but Lisinthir convinces the royal Surgeon to help her and the Emperor is somewhat grateful that his newest son survives.


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* GenericanEmpire: The Alliance is usually just called that, the Alliance. In contrast to the Chatcaavan Empire.


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* KingOfThieves: Admiral Kamaney is a pirate queen with the intent of carving out a nation of thieves and slavers from the remains of the Alliance and Empire once they destroy each other.
7th Jun '17 9:31:07 AM zarpaulus
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Series within the universe include:

* ''Her Instruments'': ''Earthrise,'' ''Rose Point'', and ''Laisrathera''. An ornery merchant finds herself entangled in the politics of the mysterious Eldritch when she rescues a nobleman from pirates.
* ''Mindhealers'': ''Mindtouch,'' ''Mindline'', ''Family''. An "asexual romance" story with two telepathic psychology students who come up with the idea of using their powers to treat people, and find themselves developing a psychic bond of their own.
* ''Prince's Game'': ''Even the Wingless,'' ''Some Things Transcend,'' ''Amulet Rampant'', ''Only the Open'', ''In Extremis.''
5th Nov '16 3:42:26 PM Xtifr
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* HeavyWorlder: Glaseah were engineered for a planet with slightly heavier gravity than Alliance standard, as such they tend to be about five feet tall and stocky, the four legs probably help too. In contrast Eldritch are adapted to a low gravity world and often grow over six and a half feet tall, though they sometimes experience difficulty on other Alliance planets until they've acclimated to the gravity, as Jahir's fainting spell early in ''Mindtouch'' demonstrates.
** The rarely seen alien Faulfenza are also heavyworlders, but they're nearly as tall as the Eldritch.

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Glaseah were engineered for a planet with slightly heavier gravity than Alliance standard, as such they tend to be about five feet tall and stocky, the four legs probably help too. In contrast Eldritch are adapted to a low gravity world and often grow over six and a half feet tall, though they sometimes experience difficulty on other Alliance planets until they've acclimated to the gravity, as Jahir's fainting spell early in ''Mindtouch'' demonstrates.
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** The rarely seen alien Faulfenza are also heavyworlders, but they're nearly as tall as the {{lightworlder}} Eldritch.


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* {{Lightworlder}}: Eldritch are adapted to a low gravity world and often grow over six and a half feet tall, though they sometimes experience difficulty on other Alliance planets until they've acclimated to the gravity, as Jahir's fainting spell early in ''Mindtouch'' demonstrates.
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".
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