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* AndTheAdventureContinues: The crew ends up having to take another job to pay for the damage caused by this one.
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* SheIsTheKing: The leader of a Free Trade [[RoyalMess Barony]] is always referred to as "Baron", regardless of their gender. Similarly, the [[TheEmpire Radiant Throne]] currently has a female Emperor. The title of the leader of the [[TheFederation Alliance]] hasn't been revealed, but based on the other titles, it's probably "President" or some such.

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* SheIsTheKing: The leader of a Free Trade [[RoyalMess Barony]] is always referred to as "Baron", regardless of their gender. Similarly, the [[TheEmpire Radiant Throne]] currently has a female Emperor. The title of the leader of the [[TheFederation Alliance]] Alliance]]'s leader's title hasn't been revealed, but based on the other titles, it's probably "President" or some such.
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* SheIsTheKing: The leader of a Free Trade [[RoyalMess Barony]] is always referred to as "Baron", regardless of their gender. Similarly, the [[TheEmpire Radiant Throne]] currently has a female Emperor. The title of the leader of the [[TheFederation Alliance]] hasn't been revealed, but based on the other titles, it's probably "President" or some such.
5th Nov '17 8:50:06 AM HiddenWindshield
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* IfIHadANickel: If [[https://www.eviscerati.org/fiction/Pay-Me-Bug/novel/Pay-Me-Bug-Chapter-12 Grif had a nickel]] for every time someone explained a coincidence by saying "[[{{Precursors}} Promethians]] did it"...

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* IfIHadANickel: If [[https://www.eviscerati.org/fiction/Pay-Me-Bug/novel/Pay-Me-Bug-Chapter-12 Grif had a nickel]] one standard]] for every time someone explained a coincidence by saying "[[{{Precursors}} Promethians]] did it"...
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* IfIHadANickel: If [[https://www.eviscerati.org/fiction/Pay-Me-Bug/novel/Pay-Me-Bug-Chapter-12 Grif had a nickel]] for every time someone explained a coincidence by saying "[[{{Precursors}} Promethians]] did it"...


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* IfIHadANickel: If [[https://www.eviscerati.org/fiction/Pay-Me-Bug/novel/Pay-Me-Bug-Chapter-12 Grif had a nickel]] for every time someone explained a coincidence by saying "[[{{Precursors}} Promethians]] did it"...
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* IfIHadANickel: If [[https://www.eviscerati.org/fiction/Pay-Me-Bug/novel/Pay-Me-Bug-Chapter-12 Grif had a nickel]] for every time someone explained a coincidence by saying "[[{{Precursors}} Promethians]] did it"...


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* {{Precursors}}: The Prometheans were a species that predated every known civilization, only known by some ruins they left on Mars. Some people believe that they were just ordinary people who's civilization happened to die out. Others (especially "Terrans", people from Earth's solar system) believe they're ancient all-powerful god-like beings that created some modern races and engineered entire solar systems. The fact that [[spoiler:the [[MacGuffin mysterious and ancient artifact]] they're trying to steal has the same markings as the Martian ruins]] suggests that the latter explanation is more likely.
20th Oct '17 9:07:42 PM HiddenWindshield
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* WordSaladTitle: If there's any deep meaning behind the phrase "A Rake by Starlight," it has yet to be revealed.
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* TheWrongfulHeirToTheThrone: Rolis is lazy and borderline incompetent ([[spoiler:although not to the degree he appears]]), not to mention that he [[spoiler:murdered his father]]. In an interesting twist, the rebels plan to [[spoiler:create someone]] who actually has a better claim to the throne.

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* TheWrongfulHeirToTheThrone: Rolis is lazy and borderline incompetent ([[spoiler:although (although he is [[ObfuscatingStupidity smarter than he appears]], that's not to the degree he appears]]), saying much), not to mention that he [[spoiler:murdered his father]]. In an interesting twist, the rebels plan to [[spoiler:create someone]] who actually has a better claim to the throne.
20th Oct '17 5:17:20 PM HiddenWindshield
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->"Civility requires that I say '[[BlatantLies I hope, when all is said and done, that I won't be forced to execute you on the spot]].'"

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->"Civility requires that I say say, '[[BlatantLies I hope, when all is said and done, that I won't be forced to execute you on the spot]].'"



Grif Vindh has just managed to pull off the crime of the millennium. He's stolen a shipment of anagathics[[labelnote:*]]Drugs that greatly slow the aging process[[/labelnote]] from Ur Voys -- [[TheEmpire The Empire of the Radiant Throne]]'s most secure facility -- and smuggled it out under the very noses of The Radiant Throne's [[{{Telepathy}} Swords]]. This one job has has earned him more than enough money to retire. Not that he wants to retire, mind you. He'd rather put that money into getting the very latest equipment for his ship.

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''Pay Me, Bug!'' is a series of {{science fiction}} {{web serial novel}}s by Christopher Wright, set in a {{shared universe}} informally known as "[[SharedUniverse The Foldspace Universe]]." It follows Grif Vindh has Vindh, captain of the ''Fool's Errand'', and his crew as they get into trouble, get into more trouble, and maybe occasionally get paid for their trouble.

The first novel (now complete), also titled ''[[https://www.eviscerati.org/fiction/pay-me-bug/novel Pay Me, Bug!]]'', starts off
just after Grif managed to pull off the crime of the millennium. He's stolen a shipment of anagathics[[labelnote:*]]Drugs anagathics[[note]]Drugs that greatly slow the aging process[[/labelnote]] process[[/note]] from Ur Voys -- [[TheEmpire The Empire of the Radiant Throne]]'s most secure facility -- and smuggled it out under the very noses of The Radiant Throne's [[{{Telepathy}} Swords]]. This one job has has earned him more than enough money to retire. Not that he wants to retire, mind you. He'd rather put that money into getting the very latest equipment for his ship.



[[https://www.eviscerati.org/fiction/pay-me-bug/novel Read it here]].

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[[https://www.The second novel (in progress), ''[[https://www.eviscerati.org/fiction/pay-me-bug/novel Read it here]].org/fiction/Rake-Starlight/novel A Rake by Starlight]]'', begins a year later. It's a typical day for the crew, illegally siphoning hydrogen from a gas giant to use as fuel, when they notice two Tylaris ships doing their level best to destroy each other. Grif's curiosity gets the better of him, and their investigation leads them into the middle of a massive plot to usurp power from the new Baron Tylaris. As if that wasn't enough, the closest thing to an ally they have, Baron Tyrelos, is facing a coup of her own.



!!Provides examples of:

* AffablyEvil: Commodore Mavis.

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!!Provides !!The series as a whole provides examples of:

of the following tropes:

* AffablyEvil: Commodore Mavis. Grif once bemoaned the fact that they were on opposite sides, when they could have been friends.



* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: "Of course, all that comfort comes at a pretty hefty price. Ruled by [[{{Telepathy}} telepathic]] [[ChurchMilitant religious]] [[KnightTemplar zealots]], immediate execution for daring to say anything that might be construed as treasonous... church on Sundays...."



* BadGuyBar: Dyorbid's. Which leads to...
* BarBrawl: Some time in the past, some [[{{Cyborg}} cyborg]] [[WeWillUseManualLaborInTheFuture slavers]] tried to [[MadeASlave kidnap Grif's nephew]]. Grif objected, rather strenuously, causing some damage to their ship. They catch up to Grif in the above BadGuyBar, and, well...

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* BadGuyBar: Dyorbid's. Which leads to...\n* BarBrawl: Some time in the past, some [[{{Cyborg}} cyborg]] [[WeWillUseManualLaborInTheFuture slavers]] tried to [[MadeASlave kidnap Grif's nephew]]. Grif objected, rather strenuously, causing some damage to their ship. They catch up to Grif in the above BadGuyBar, and, well...



* TheCaper: The main plot of the story.
* CasualDangerDialog: Shows up every now and then.

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* TheCaper: The main plot of the story.
* CasualDangerDialog: Shows up every now and then.A routine part of any plan to avoid being killed.



* CurbStompBattle: TheMutiny mentioned below is an example. Final score: [[spoiler:Grif and crew]] eleven, [[spoiler:Velis and squad]] zero.
* {{Cyborg}}: The above-mentioned slavers.

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* CurbStompBattle: TheMutiny {{The mutiny}} mentioned below is an example. Final score: [[spoiler:Grif and crew]] eleven, [[spoiler:Velis and squad]] zero.
* {{Cyborg}}: The above-mentioned slavers.
zero.



* EmbarrassingOldPhoto: Grif finds some of Doma doing [[NoodleIncident something]] on Grenaris.
* TheEmpire: The Empire of the Radiant Throne.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: When The Viceroy wants to destroy every Maximilian class ship on Varkav, because they believe one of them is the ''Fool's Errand'', Mavis talks him out of it.
* TheFederation: Despite its name, The Alliance of Free Worlds is closer to being TheFederation than being TheAlliance.
* FellOffTheBackOfATruck: [[spoiler:The anagathics Grif "stole" from Ur Voys]] ''literally'' fell off the back of a truck. Of course, this truck was in the process of crashing and bursting into flames, so it makes sense that stuff would be falling off of it.

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* EmbarrassingOldPhoto: Grif finds some of Doma doing [[NoodleIncident something]] on Grenaris.
* TheEmpire: The Empire of the Radiant Throne.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: When The Viceroy wants to destroy every Maximilian class ship on Varkav, because they believe one of them is
Throne. [[TitleDrop It's right there in the ''Fool's Errand'', Mavis talks him out of it.
name]].
* TheFederation: [[NonindicativeName Despite its name, name]], The Alliance of Free Worlds is closer to being TheFederation than being TheAlliance.
* FellOffTheBackOfATruck: [[spoiler:The anagathics Grif "stole" from Ur Voys]] ''literally'' fell off the back of a truck. Of course, this truck was in the process of crashing and bursting into flames, so it makes sense that stuff would be falling off of it.
TheAlliance.



* GrievousBottleyHarm: A more realistic example than most. The bottle doesn't break, despite being swung with a human's full strength. It also does some serious damage to the target.



* HeroOfAnotherStory: There's some kind of coup in progress against Baron Minerva Tyrelos. Whoever is responsible gets nervous about the fact that Grif has figured out about [[spoiler:Baron Tylaris' assassination]], so they try to have Grif handed over to The Throne. We never find out who's behind it, what their ultimate plan is, or whether the Baron's plan to [[spoiler:have her brother publicly take the blame]] ever worked.
* IKnowYoureWatchingMe: The Viceroy manages to pull this on the heroes, who are using [[EverythingIsOnline his own security cameras]] to spy on him.
* INeedAFreakingDrink: Grif, routinely.
* InfractionDistraction: Grif sacrifices their cargo of fine Varkavian whiskey to keep Mavis from looking closer, and maybe finding the anagathics. Of course, since none of the crew know about the anagathics, they all think he's gone crazy for doing this, until the big reveal.

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* HeroOfAnotherStory: There's some kind of coup in progress against Baron Minerva Tyrelos. Whoever is responsible gets nervous about the fact that Grif has figured out about [[spoiler:Baron Tylaris' assassination]], so they try to have Grif handed over to The Throne. We never find out who's behind it, what their ultimate plan is, or whether the Baron's plan to [[spoiler:have her brother publicly take the blame]] ever worked.
* IKnowYoureWatchingMe: The Viceroy manages to pull this on the heroes, who are using [[EverythingIsOnline his own security cameras]] to spy on him.
* INeedAFreakingDrink: Grif, routinely.
* InfractionDistraction:
Routinely, with Grif sacrifices their cargo of fine Varkavian whiskey to keep Mavis from looking closer, and maybe finding being the anagathics. Of course, since none of the crew know about the anagathics, they all think he's gone crazy for doing this, until the big reveal.most common offender.



* IsThisThingStillOn: Doma, the communications technician ([[{{Nepotism}} and Grif's nephew]]), manages to accidentally broadcast the crew's impromptu strategy session to the ship they were running from at the time.



* JustLikeUs: The Alliance covert infiltration team gets a dose of this during the mission. It's also heavily implied that they've infiltrated the Radiant Throne before, so [[FridgeLogic they really should have already known]].
* MacGuffin: The artifact.



* MarsNeedsWomen: [[DiscussedTrope Discussed]] in [[https://www.eviscerati.org/fiction/pay-me-bug/novel/pay-me-bug-chapter-15 Chapter 15]].
-->"It's about time [[BadGuyBar Dyorbid]] actually hired an attractive waitress," Morgan said. Grif laughed.\\
"Well, hold on," Grif said, "let's be fair. The Murdec who worked here a few months back was very attractive... to other Murdecs."
* MilesGloriosus: Grif may have exaggerated the story of his break-in to Ur Voys a little bit.
* TheMutiny: [[spoiler:Velis Enge]] organizes one against Grif. [[spoiler:It... doesn't go so well for her and her team.]]



* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: The Viceroy. That's not a title, that's his [[SpellMyNameWithAThe legal name]], which he chose himself upon becoming a Sword.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: A little one, during the escape from [[spoiler:the hospital on Tyrelos Station]].
-->"Well I can't hold these guys off much longer." Grif tried to peer over the lip of the stairwell without exposing himself. "Sooner or later they'll realize it's just one pistol..."\\
From below someone shouted "It's just one pistol!"\\
"[[ClusterFBomb Damn it all to]] ''[[ClusterFBomb hell]]''," Grif muttered.\\
Amys rolled her eyes. "Nice work."
* TheNicknamer: Ggrlsha have a tradition of nicknaming everyone they know. It's supposed to be an attempt to know the essence of another's soul.
* NoBiochemicalBarriers: It's specifically mentioned that, while every known race can get drunk, the intoxicating substance varies from species to species. So, when you're getting drunk with other species, you need to be careful not to grab a bottle of something lethal to you. Carumjack is specifically mentioned as a popular beverage that's toxic to humans, but Morgan can't get enough of the stuff, so they're either drastically overselling its lethality or Morgan's [[AcquiredPoisonImmunity built up a tolerance]].

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* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: The Viceroy. That's not a title, that's his [[SpellMyNameWithAThe legal name]], which he chose himself upon becoming a Sword.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: A little one, during the escape from [[spoiler:the hospital on Tyrelos Station]].
-->"Well I can't hold these guys off much longer." Grif tried to peer over the lip of the stairwell without exposing himself. "Sooner or later they'll realize it's just one pistol..."\\
From below someone shouted "It's just one pistol!"\\
"[[ClusterFBomb Damn it all to]] ''[[ClusterFBomb hell]]''," Grif muttered.\\
Amys rolled her eyes. "Nice work."
* TheNicknamer: Ggrlsha have a tradition of nicknaming everyone they know. It's supposed to be an attempt to know "know the essence of another's soul.
soul."
* NoBiochemicalBarriers: Averted. It's specifically mentioned that, while every known race can get drunk, the intoxicating substance varies from species to species. So, when you're getting drunk with other species, you need to be careful not to grab a bottle of something lethal to you. Carumjack is specifically mentioned as a popular beverage that's toxic to humans, but Morgan can't get enough of the stuff, so they're either drastically overselling its lethality or Morgan's [[AcquiredPoisonImmunity built up a tolerance]].



* NoodleIncident: Just what happened between Grif and Velis on Kinnar?
* OhCrap: "[[https://www.eviscerati.org/fiction/pay-me-bug/novel/pay-me-bug-chapter-01 Holy hell, that's a Battlecarrier]]!"



* OvertRendezvous: Getting [[spoiler:Meaghan Sythe]] out of [[spoiler:Ur Voys]] requires a meeting in a bar. Unfortunately, someone remembers seeing her there, which allows Mavis' agents to connect [[TheHeist the break in]] with the ''Fool's Errand'', and sets up the [[StandardStarshipScuffle climactic battle]].
* PantsPositiveSafety: As Grif is breaking out of the aforementioned [[spoiler:hospital]], he has to steal some clothes and a pistol. He doesn't have the chance to steal a holster.



* PsychicNosebleed: One of the dangers of having your mind read by a Sword.



* SciFiWritersHaveNoSenseOfScale: [[StandardStarshipScuffle Space combat]] occurs at basically point-blank range. At one point, one of the characters laments that their ship is too large to fit underneath the larger ship's shields, since that would have given them a free shot at her [[TractorBeam gravlock]].

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* SciFiWritersHaveNoSenseOfScale: Zig-zagged. Most of the time, the author writes space very realistically. However, that all gets thrown out the window during combat, as [[StandardStarshipScuffle Space combat]] occurs ships fight each other]] at basically point-blank range. At one point, one of the characters laments that their ship is a range that's too large close to fit underneath the larger ship's shields, since that would have given them a free shot at her [[TractorBeam gravlock]].even be considered "spitting distance."



* SiblingYinYang: Grif Vindh is a smuggler, thief, and general ne'er do well. His sister, Velis Enge, is a high ranking officer in an Alliance black ops division (and is, not incidentally, the leader of the team that's blackmailing Grif).
* SideBet: [[TitleDrop The title of the work]] is a reference to Cyrus and Ktk's [[RunningGag continual bets with each other]] about the outcome of the mission, how long it will be until they wind up in trouble in this particular port[[note]]Neither one of them being brave enough to put money on "never".[[/note]], whether they will [[BreadEggsMilkSquick survive their current screwup]], etc. Every other member of the crew will bet with each other at the drop of a hat, but Cyrus and Ktk are the most frequent offenders.

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* SiblingYinYang: Grif Vindh is a smuggler, thief, and general ne'er do well. His sister, Velis Enge, is a high ranking officer in an Alliance black ops division (and is, not incidentally, the leader of the team that's blackmailing Grif).
division.
* SideBet: [[TitleDrop The title of the work]] series]] is a reference to Cyrus and Ktk's [[RunningGag continual bets with each other]] about the outcome of the mission, how long it will be until they wind up in trouble in this particular port[[note]]Neither one of them being brave enough to put money on "never".[[/note]], whether they will [[BreadEggsMilkSquick survive their current screwup]], etc. Every other member of the crew will bet with each other at the drop of a hat, but Cyrus and Ktk are the most frequent offenders.



* {{Technopath}}: An (extremely rare) ability of certain very strong telepaths.



* TimeForPlanB: [[DiscussedTrope Discussed]] in [[https://www.eviscerati.org/fiction/pay-me-bug/novel/pay-me-bug-chapter-35 Chapter 35]], where it is mentioned that they hope Plan A works, because Grif's Plan B's tend to suck.

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* TimeForPlanB: [[DiscussedTrope Discussed]] in [[https://www.eviscerati.org/fiction/pay-me-bug/novel/pay-me-bug-chapter-35 Chapter 35]], where it A running gag throughout the series is mentioned that they hope Plan A works, because Grif's Plan B's tend to suck.suck, so the phrase "time for plan B" is just another way of saying "start updating your will."



* TwoShotsFromBehindTheBar: It should come as no surprise that Dyorbid, as the proprietor of a BadGuyBar, keeps a plasma rifle handy. It's just as useful for {{bar brawl}}s as it is for [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking people who ask to run a tab]].
* {{Vibroweapon}}: Amys' weapon of choice.



* WhatDidIDoLastNight: Grif and crew have a huge celebration with several of the other crews in port. They all get so smashed, the next morning, they can't remember what happened[[note]]except for [[BizarreAlienBiology Ktk]], but it won't say anything, since it's too embarrassed[[/note]]. This isn't the first such party, either: They've had to institute [[CapitalLettersAreMagic The List]], a [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin computer record]] of everyone's possessions that they had entered the party with, bets that were made, and the winners and losers of those bets.



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!!Tropes specific to ''Pay Me, Bug!'':

* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: "Of course, all that comfort comes at a pretty hefty price. Ruled by [[{{Telepathy}} telepathic]] [[ChurchMilitant religious]] [[KnightTemplar zealots]], immediate execution for daring to say anything that might be construed as treasonous... church on Sundays...."
* BarBrawl: Some time in the past, some [[{{Cyborg}} cyborg]] [[WeWillUseManualLaborInTheFuture slavers]] tried to [[MadeASlave kidnap Grif's nephew]]. Grif objected, rather strenuously, causing some damage to their ship. They catch up to Grif in [[BadGuyBar Dyorbid's Bar]], and, well...
* TheCaper: The main plot of the story.
* {{Cyborg}}: The above-mentioned slavers.
* EmbarrassingOldPhoto: Grif finds some of Doma doing [[NoodleIncident something]] on Grenaris.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: When The Viceroy wants to destroy every Maximilian class ship on Varkav, because they believe one of them is the ''Fool's Errand'', Mavis talks him out of it.
* FellOffTheBackOfATruck: [[spoiler:The anagathics Grif "stole" from Ur Voys]] ''literally'' fell off the back of a truck. Of course, this truck was in the process of crashing and bursting into flames, so it makes sense that stuff would be falling off of it.
* GrievousBottleyHarm: A more realistic example than most. The bottle doesn't break, despite being swung with a human's full strength. It also does some serious damage to the target.
* HeroOfAnotherStory: There's some kind of coup in progress against Baron Minerva Tyrelos. Whoever is responsible gets nervous about the fact that Grif has figured out about [[spoiler:Baron Tylaris' assassination]], so they try to have Grif handed over to The Throne. We never find out who's behind it, what their ultimate plan is, or whether the Baron's plan to [[spoiler:have her brother publicly take the blame]] ever worked.
* IKnowYoureWatchingMe: The Viceroy manages to pull this on the heroes, who are using [[EverythingIsOnline his own security cameras]] to spy on him.
* InfractionDistraction: Grif sacrifices their cargo of fine Varkavian whiskey to keep Mavis from looking closer, and maybe finding the anagathics. Of course, since none of the crew know about the anagathics, they all think he's gone crazy.
* IsThisThingStillOn: Doma, the communications technician ([[{{Nepotism}} and Grif's nephew]]), manages to accidentally broadcast the crew's impromptu strategy session to the ship they were running from at the time.
* JustLikeUs: The Alliance covert infiltration team gets a dose of this during the mission. It's also heavily implied that they've infiltrated the Radiant Throne before, so [[FridgeLogic they really should have already known]].
* MacGuffin: The artifact.
* MarsNeedsWomen: [[DiscussedTrope Discussed]] in [[https://www.eviscerati.org/fiction/pay-me-bug/novel/pay-me-bug-chapter-15 Chapter 15]].
-->"It's about time [[BadGuyBar Dyorbid]] actually hired an attractive waitress," Morgan said. Grif laughed.\\
"Well, hold on," Grif said, "let's be fair. The Murdec who worked here a few months back was very attractive... to other Murdecs."
* MilesGloriosus: Grif may have exaggerated the story of his break-in to Ur Voys just a tiny bit.
* TheMutiny: [[spoiler:Velis Enge]] organizes one against Grif. [[spoiler:It... doesn't go so well for her and her team.]]
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: The Viceroy. That's not a title, that's his [[SpellMyNameWithAThe legal name]], which he chose himself upon becoming a Sword.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: A little one, during the escape from [[spoiler:the hospital on Tyrelos Station]].
-->"Well I can't hold these guys off much longer." Grif tried to peer over the lip of the stairwell without exposing himself. "Sooner or later they'll realize it's just one pistol..."\\
From below someone shouted "It's just one pistol!"\\
"[[ClusterFBomb Damn it all to]] ''[[ClusterFBomb hell]]''," Grif muttered.\\
Amys rolled her eyes. "Nice work."
* NoodleIncident: Just what happened between Grif and Velis on Kinnar?
* OhCrap: "[[https://www.eviscerati.org/fiction/pay-me-bug/novel/pay-me-bug-chapter-01 Holy hell, that's a Battlecarrier]]!"
* OvertRendezvous: Getting [[spoiler:Meaghan Sythe]] out of [[spoiler:Ur Voys]] requires a meeting in a bar. Unfortunately, someone remembers seeing her there, which allows Mavis' agents to connect [[TheHeist the break in]] with the ''Fool's Errand'', and sets up the [[StandardStarshipScuffle climactic battle]].
* PantsPositiveSafety: As Grif is breaking out of the aforementioned [[spoiler:hospital]], he has to steal some clothes and a pistol. He doesn't have the chance to steal a holster.
* PsychicNosebleed: One of the dangers of having your mind read by a Sword.
* {{Technopath}}: An (extremely rare) ability of certain very strong telepaths.
* TwoShotsFromBehindTheBar: It should come as no surprise that Dyorbid, as the proprietor of a BadGuyBar, keeps a plasma rifle handy. It's just as useful for {{bar brawl}}s as it is for [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking people who ask to run a tab]].
* {{Vibroweapon}}: Amys' weapon of choice.
* WhatDidIDoLastNight: Grif and crew have a huge celebration with several of the other crews in port. They all get so smashed, the next morning, they can't remember what happened[[note]]except for [[BizarreAlienBiology Ktk]], but it won't say anything, since it's too embarrassed[[/note]]. This isn't the first such party, either: They've had to institute [[CapitalLettersAreMagic The List]], a [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin computer record]] of everyone's possessions that they had entered the party with, bets that were made, and the winners and losers of those bets.

!!Tropes specific to ''A Rake by Starlight'':

* CloningBlues: [[spoiler:Stebil Tanz]] admits to being a little bit defensive about not being the original, even though, legally, he is the same person.
* HeroOfAnotherStory: The coup against Baron Tyrelos, which only tangentially affected the plot of ''Pay Me, Bug!'', is a much more important factor in this story, especially once [[spoiler:the Baron's body double]] gets offed by a [[NukeEm small thermonuclear device]] while [[spoiler:the real Baron]] just happens to be on the ''Fool's Errand''.
* InadequateInheritor: Baron Tylaris knew that his son was an idiot, so he planned to have someone else take over once he died: [[spoiler:himself, via cloning]].
* InheritanceMurder: There's some speculation that Rolis Tylaris murdered his father, Baron Mogra Tylaris, in order to take the throne. Given how quickly he then joined The Alliance, there's speculation that he had their help to do so. ([[spoiler:Both of these speculations are exactly right]].)
* TheWrongfulHeirToTheThrone: Rolis is lazy and borderline incompetent ([[spoiler:although not to the degree he appears]]), not to mention that he [[spoiler:murdered his father]]. In an interesting twist, the rebels plan to [[spoiler:create someone]] who actually has a better claim to the throne.
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* NoBiochemicalBarriers: It's specifically mentioned that, while every known race can get drunk, the intoxicating substance varies from species to species. So, when you're getting drunk with other species, you need to be careful not to grab a bottle of something lethal to you. Carumjack is specifically mentioned as a popular beverage that's toxic to humans, but Morgan can't get enough of the stuff, so they're either drastically overselling its lethality or or Morgan's [[AcquiredPoisonImmunity built up a tolerance]].

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* NoBiochemicalBarriers: It's specifically mentioned that, while every known race can get drunk, the intoxicating substance varies from species to species. So, when you're getting drunk with other species, you need to be careful not to grab a bottle of something lethal to you. Carumjack is specifically mentioned as a popular beverage that's toxic to humans, but Morgan can't get enough of the stuff, so they're either drastically overselling its lethality or or Morgan's [[AcquiredPoisonImmunity built up a tolerance]].
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