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20th Aug '16 6:57:10 AM HandsofaDream
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*** And the Weaver is somewhat reminiscent of D&D's phase spiders as well.
15th Jun '16 5:44:29 AM lady_peaseblossom
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* WalkingTheEarth: Essentially what Yagharek spends much of his time doing, since he was banished from his original home. [[spoiler: The Fate of Isaac, Derkhan and (whats left of) Lin by the end of the book.]]

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* WalkingTheEarth: Essentially what Yagharek spends much of his time doing, since he was banished from his original home. [[spoiler: The Fate Also the fate of Isaac, Derkhan and (whats (what's left of) Lin by the end of the book.]]
15th Jun '16 5:41:42 AM lady_peaseblossom
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* DisabilitySuperpower: ''Brutally'' subverted with [[spoiler: Lin at the end. She becomes essentially mentally disabled, lobotomized from the slake-moths draining her of her dreams. At one point, she spits out some of the material that she secretes to make her art, [[HopeSpot leading the reader to assume she may have kept her advanced artistic capabilities and thus a small portion of her mind]]... but the material splats on the ground in a mess, and Lin doesn't seem to be aware of what she's done or why she did it.]]

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* DisabilitySuperpower: ''Brutally'' subverted with [[spoiler: Lin at the end. She becomes essentially mentally disabled, lobotomized from the slake-moths draining slake-moth half-draining her of her dreams.mind. At one point, she spits out some of the material that she secretes to make her art, [[HopeSpot leading the reader to assume she may have kept her advanced artistic capabilities and thus a small portion of her mind]]... but the material splats on the ground in a mess, and Lin doesn't seem to be aware of what she's done or why she did it.]]
14th Jun '16 4:13:22 PM lady_peaseblossom
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* StuffedIntoTheFridge: [[spoiler: Lin's fate.]]

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* StuffedIntoTheFridge: [[spoiler: Lin's fate.]]]] Although played with in that it happens at the end of the story when almost everything is resolved, and it doesn't galvanize the main character so much as completely break him.
14th Jun '16 4:05:20 PM lady_peaseblossom
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* DisabilitySuperpower: 'Brutally' Subverted with [[spoiler: Lin at the end. She becomes essentially mentally disabled. At one point, she spits out some of the material that she secretes to make her art. Leading the reader to assume she may have kept her advanced artistic capabilities...But the material splats on the ground. She lost even that.]]

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* DisabilitySuperpower: 'Brutally' Subverted ''Brutally'' subverted with [[spoiler: Lin at the end. She becomes essentially mentally disabled. disabled, lobotomized from the slake-moths draining her of her dreams. At one point, she spits out some of the material that she secretes to make her art. Leading art, [[HopeSpot leading the reader to assume she may have kept her advanced artistic capabilities...But capabilities and thus a small portion of her mind]]... but the material splats on the ground. She lost even that.ground in a mess, and Lin doesn't seem to be aware of what she's done or why she did it.]]
17th May '16 9:41:41 AM CaptainCrawdad
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** Lemuel Pigeon is rather handy when he wants to be, though he usually prefers to flee a confrontation rather than risk the loss of his money.



* BlueAndOrangeMorality: Most notably the Weavers, who don't have a sense of morality so much as they have a (very, very alien, to humans) sense of beauty.

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* BlueAndOrangeMorality: BlueAndOrangeMorality:
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Most notably the Weavers, who don't have a sense of morality so much as they have a (very, very alien, to humans) sense of beauty.



* BuryYourGays: In books where being a named character and being sympathetic/a decent human being is usually a recipe for death, and the named-protagonist body count runs into the double digits,[[spoiler: Derkhan]] manages to make it out mostly in one piece. [[HeroicBSOD Key word here being mostly]].
** Isaac's group hire three professional adventurers, [[spoiler: and the two men among these are a couple. One of them has his mind eaten by a slake-moth; the other blows himself (and a number of enemies) up when Isaac tells him about this.]]
* ChekhovsGunman: [[spoiler:Toro]] is mentioned (though not by name) before she becomes important.

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* BuryYourGays: In books where being a named character and being sympathetic/a decent human being is usually a recipe for death, and the named-protagonist body count runs into the double digits,[[spoiler: Derkhan]] manages to make it out mostly in one piece. [[HeroicBSOD Key word here being mostly]].
ChekhovsGunman:
** Isaac's group hire three professional adventurers, [[spoiler: and the two men among these are a couple. One of them has his mind eaten by a slake-moth; the other blows himself (and a number of enemies) up when Isaac tells him about this.]]
* ChekhovsGunman:
[[spoiler:Toro]] is mentioned (though not by name) before she becomes important.



* [[AIIsACrapshoot CI Is A Crapshoot]]: Constructed Intelligence in a cleaning machine [[spoiler: and the Construct Council]].



** Though, admittedly, only after bombing the fuck out of some rival cities using Torque bombs, trying - and failing - to cover up the horrific results with a FantasticNuke, and then almost being toppled by outraged public opinion.



** Most notably the slake-moths, which literally ''feed on people's consciousness'', leaving them as utterly mindless shells. Even ''looking'' at them will destroy your consciousness. These creatures are so terrifying that when the government of New Crobuzon attempted to make a DealWithTheDevil to deal with them, ''hell refused to get involved''.
*** It's at least implied that [[spoiler: there's something even more powerful that ''eats slake-moths'' in their native habitat, that keeps their numbers down]].

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** Most notably the slake-moths, which literally ''feed on people's consciousness'', leaving them as utterly mindless shells. Even ''looking'' at them will destroy your consciousness. These creatures are so terrifying that when the government of New Crobuzon attempted to make a DealWithTheDevil to deal with them, ''hell refused to get involved''.
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involved''. It's at least implied that [[spoiler: there's something even more powerful that ''eats slake-moths'' in their native habitat, that keeps their numbers down]].



** Whatever left behind the bones that became The Ribs in Bonetown is more or less outright stated to be this- [[spoiler:even the]] [[spoiler:''slake-moths'']] [[spoiler: find being around The Ribs unsettling.]]

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** Whatever left behind the bones that became The Ribs in Bonetown is more or less outright stated to be this- [[spoiler:even the]] [[spoiler:''slake-moths'']] [[spoiler: the slake-moths find being around The Ribs unsettling.]]



* FantasyCounterpartCulture: New Crobuzon is basically London, although the author has stated that other cities were also influences, notably Cairo.

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* FantasyCounterpartCulture: FantasyCounterpartCulture:
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New Crobuzon is basically London, although the author has stated that other cities were also influences, notably Cairo.



* FreakinessShame: Grimnebulin is totally hot for his girlfriend, who has a scarab for a head. He reflects at length about how his revulsion turns him on.

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* FreakinessShame: FreakinessShame:
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Grimnebulin is totally hot for his girlfriend, who has a scarab for a head. He reflects at length about how his revulsion turns him on.



* GeniusBruiser: Isaac, in spite of being a scientist, holds his own against the city's militia with some well-lobbed chemicals, not to mention taking on monsters that Hell itself was too scared to fight.

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* GeniusBruiser: Isaac, in spite of being a scientist, is a mountain of a man who holds his own against the city's militia with some well-lobbed chemicals, not to mention taking on monsters that Hell itself was too scared to fight.



* LightningBruiser: The Slake-moths are so terrifying because they are fast, intelligent, capable of flight, incredibly resilient, and have a vast array of natural weapons, most importantly their hypnotic wings.

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* LightningBruiser: LightningBruiser:
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The Slake-moths are so terrifying because they are fast, intelligent, capable of flight, incredibly resilient, and have a vast array of natural weapons, most importantly their hypnotic wings.



* OneGenderRace: The Khepri, effectively - who subvert the standard female-only race rules by being BeePeople (well, beetle people) and not at all pretty.
** They do have two different genders, but show extreme sexual dimorphism: the males are mindless beetles, whereas the females are sentient and are largely humanoid.

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* OneGenderRace: The Khepri, effectively - who subvert effectively, due to the standard female-only race rules by males being BeePeople (well, beetle people) and mindless beetles. Unusual for the trope, they are not at all pretty.
** They do have two different genders, but show extreme sexual dimorphism: the males are mindless beetles, whereas the females are sentient and are largely humanoid.
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* [[spoiler: PuppeteerParasite]]: The handlingers.

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* [[spoiler: PuppeteerParasite]]: PuppeteerParasite: The handlingers.



* RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil: Deconstructed. [[spoiler:When another Garuda attempts to explain Yagharek's crime to Isaac, "rape" is the only human word she has available to describe it to him. Isaac, ''because'' of this trope, immediately leaps to all manner of (human) emotional responses and conclusions about the crime that are completely wrong from her point of view: [[BlueAndOrangeMorality The Garuda have no]] ''concept'' [[BlueAndOrangeMorality of 'rape' like humans do]]. To them, Yagharek's crime was removing someone's choice and failing to respect her as a concrete individual instead of an abstract ("choice-theft in the second degree with utter disrespect" in their own words); the sexuality angle is completely absent. WordOfGod states Isaac is literally incapable of understanding her point of view.]]

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* RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil: RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil:
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Deconstructed. [[spoiler:When another Garuda attempts to explain Yagharek's crime to Isaac, "rape" is the only human word she has available to describe it to him. Isaac, ''because'' of this trope, immediately leaps to all manner of (human) emotional responses and conclusions about the crime that are completely wrong from her point of view: [[BlueAndOrangeMorality The Garuda have no]] ''concept'' [[BlueAndOrangeMorality of 'rape' like humans do]]. To them, Yagharek's crime was removing someone's choice and failing to respect her as a concrete individual instead of an abstract ("choice-theft in the second degree with utter disrespect" in their own words); the sexuality angle is completely absent. WordOfGod states Isaac is literally incapable of understanding her point of view.]]



*** The slake-moths also clearly owe a debt to the D&D gloomwings.

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*** ** The slake-moths also clearly owe a debt to the D&D gloomwings.



* StraightGay: To a certain extant Derkhan, although it may be a case of HideYourLesbians. She has a 'good' reason: New Crobuzon is not, to put it mildly, rainbow-friendly.

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* StraightGay: To a certain extant extent Derkhan, although it may be a case of HideYourLesbians. She has a 'good' reason: New Crobuzon is not, to put it mildly, rainbow-friendly.



* [[YankTheDogsChain Yank The Dog's Chain]]: For Isaac, and Derkhan to a lesser extent: [[spoiler: After being thought dead, Lin is revealed to be mutilated but alive! Then a slake-moth starts eating her. But wait, Yagharek rescued her in time and she's still conscious! Except Lin's still suffered permanent damage to the point where she can't even feed herself.]]

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* [[YankTheDogsChain Yank The Dog's Chain]]: YankTheDogsChain: For Isaac, and Derkhan to a lesser extent: [[spoiler: After being thought dead, Lin is revealed to be mutilated but alive! Then a slake-moth starts eating her. But wait, Yagharek rescued her in time and she's still conscious! Except Lin's still suffered permanent damage to the point where she can't even feed herself.]]
14th Feb '16 3:09:56 PM GhostLad
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* PsychicNosebleeds: Isaac's [[spoiler:slake-moth trap]] causes 155 of these in various thaumaturgists and sensitives around the city. Two of these actually prove fatal.




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* [[YankTheDogsChain Yank The Dog's Chain]]: For Isaac, and Derkhan to a lesser extent: [[spoiler: After being thought dead, Lin is revealed to be mutilated but alive! Then a slake-moth starts eating her. But wait, Yagharek rescued her in time and she's still conscious! Except Lin's still suffered permanent damage to the point where she can't even feed herself.]]
5th Nov '15 8:01:32 PM Sharlee
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* MeaningfulName: Turns out to be the case with Jack Half-A-Prayer, who [[spoiler: was Remade with a giant praying mantis claw in place of one hand.]]
4th Oct '15 3:33:21 AM ChairmanKusem
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** [[spoiler: Yagharek's transformation via self mutilation into a "man"]] at the very end of the book.


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* SwappedRoles: By the end of the book [[spoiler: Yagharek and Isaac, Derkhan and whats left of Lin, have an interesting one. Isaac and company are now Nomads. Where Yagharek has found a home.]]


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* WalkingTheEarth: Essentially what Yagharek spends much of his time doing, since he was banished from his original home. [[spoiler: The Fate of Isaac, Derkhan and (whats left of) Lin by the end of the book.]]
4th Oct '15 3:18:34 AM ChairmanKusem
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* ConfusionFu: The Weaver's fighting style is lighting quick, transdimensional, and most dangerous of all, given the Weavers erratic personality, 'utterly' unpredictable.


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*DisabilitySuperpower: 'Brutally' Subverted with [[spoiler: Lin at the end. She becomes essentially mentally disabled. At one point, she spits out some of the material that she secretes to make her art. Leading the reader to assume she may have kept her advanced artistic capabilities...But the material splats on the ground. She lost even that.]]


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**Shankell, or the few times when its described, anyway, has a sort of Middle Eastern feel to it.


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**Also applies heavily to the Weaver. as he can literally shift through time and space to deliver crushing attacks. He's more than capable of fighting multiple Slake Moths at once. Something [[spoiler: even the minions of hell refused to try]]
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