History Literature / QuintaglioAscension

2nd Nov '17 12:07:56 AM Fireblood
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* PopulationControl: The Quintaglious have Bloodpriests who ritually kill seven out of eight hatchlings to cull the race and insure their territorial instincts don't overwhelm them with too many people around. [[spoiler: Later they are violently purged themselves.]]

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* PopulationControl: The Quintaglious have Bloodpriests who ritually kill seven out of eight hatchlings to cull the race and insure their territorial instincts don't overwhelm them with too many people around. [[spoiler: Later they are violently purged themselves.for it.]]
2nd Nov '17 12:07:09 AM Fireblood
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In the first book in the series, ''Far-Seer'', we meet Afsan, an apprentice astrologer. Every Quintaglio goes on a "pilgrimage" to see "the Face of God". Using his telescope (what the Quintaglios call a Far-Seer, hence the title of the book), he learns that the Face of God is actually a planet, and that their world, long believed to be a giant "boat" floating down river, is actually a moon. Of more dire importance, however, is that their moon is too close to the Face of God, and will eventually break apart into a ring. Afsan's claims attract significant attention from Det-Yenalb, the Quintaglio high priest. The Royal family, descended from the prophet Larsk who discovered The Face of God, rules by divine right, and Afsan's discoveries threaten this rule. Afsan's claim that the world is coming to an end also attracts the attention of an ancient cult known as the Lubalites, who believe Afsan to be their Messiah foretold in the Prophecy of Lubal. Afsan must fight to convince his fellow Quintaglios the dire truth, as the fate of their civilization hangs in the balance.

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In the first book in the series, ''Far-Seer'', we meet Afsan, an apprentice astrologer. Every Quintaglio goes on a "pilgrimage" to see "the Face of God". Using his telescope (what the Quintaglios call a Far-Seer, hence the title of the book), he learns that the Face of God is actually a planet, and that their world, long believed to be a giant "boat" floating down river, downriver, is actually a moon. Of more dire importance, however, is that their moon is too close to the Face of God, and will eventually break apart into a ring. Afsan's claims attract significant attention from Det-Yenalb, the Quintaglio high priest. The Royal family, descended from the prophet Larsk who discovered The Face of God, rules by divine right, and Afsan's discoveries threaten this rule. Afsan's claim that the world is coming to an end also attracts the attention of an ancient cult known as the Lubalites, who believe Afsan to be their Messiah foretold in the Prophecy of Lubal. Afsan must fight to convince his fellow Quintaglios the dire truth, as the fate of their civilization hangs in the balance.



* CosmicEgg: According to Quintaglio creation myth, God laid the eight eggs of creation at the beginning of time.

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* CosmicEgg: According to the Quintaglio creation myth, God laid the eight eggs of creation at the beginning of time.


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* PopulationControl: The Quintaglious have Bloodpriests who ritually kill seven out of eight hatchlings to cull the race and insure their territorial instincts don't overwhelm them with too many people around. [[spoiler: Later they are violently purged themselves.]]
19th Sep '17 9:40:09 AM Luppercus
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* FantasyCounterpartReligion:
** The main religion worships a planet as "The Face of God", discovered by the Prophet Larsk (whose descendants are the imperial rulers of their people), which they make a ritual pilgrimage to view. In some ways its more like a fantasy Islam: the prophet, the secular rulers staking their claims to power through relation with him, and pilgrimages.
** In addition, there's a religion which exists underground at first which was the dominant one before worshiping the "Five Original Hunters" with a prophesied savior known as "The One". Both religions worship a Goddess that created all things, sacrificed parts of herself to create the Quintaglios, and has Sacred Scrolls as their scripture.
9th Aug '17 8:04:01 PM ElSquibbonator
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* TyrannosaurusRex: Not only did the Quintaglios evolve from dwarf tyrannosaurs, a T. Rex proper shows up in ''Fossil Hunter'' as a "Blackdeath".

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* TyrannosaurusRex: Not only did the The Quintaglios evolve from dwarf tyrannosaurs, themselves are more or less anthropomorphic ''T. rex''es, and a T. Rex proper "normal" ''T. rex'' shows up in ''Fossil Hunter'' as a "Blackdeath".
21st Oct '16 9:51:06 PM Fireblood
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The most interesting twist is this: Contrary to most alien species in SciFi, the Quintaglios do not posses highly advanced technology, and are instead at a level comparable to our Renaissance. As the series progresses, this becomes the key source of drama in the plot.

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The most interesting twist is this: Contrary contrary to most alien species in SciFi, the Quintaglios do not posses highly advanced technology, and are instead at a level comparable to our Renaissance. As the series progresses, this becomes the key source of drama in the plot.



* CrystalDragonJesus: The Quintaglios worship the planet their world (its moon) orbits as "The Face of God". It was discovered by the Prophet Larsk (whose descendants are the imperial rulers of their people), which they make a ritual pilgrimage to view. In some ways its more like a fantasy Islam, not Christianity: the prophet, the secular rulers staking their claims to power through relation with him, and pilgrimages. However, it has a clergy which seems more like Catholic Christianity, although they are portrayed as pretty corrupt (they are the only Quintaglios able to lie, for instance). However, they also have the bloodpriests who kill seven out of eight hatchlings to keep the population under control, which has no real counterpart in either religion (although many cultures have practiced infanticide, just usually not ritually). The discovery that the Face of God is ''merely'' a planet explicitly parallels Galileo. In addition, there's a religion which exists underground at first which was the dominant one before worshiping the "Five Original Hunters" with a prophesied savior known as "The One". Both religions worship a Goddess that created all things, sacrificed parts of herself to create the Quintaglios, and has Sacred Scrolls as their scripture.

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* CrystalDragonJesus: The Quintaglios worship the planet their world (its moon) orbits as "The Face of God". It was discovered by the Prophet Larsk (whose descendants are the imperial rulers of their people), which they make a ritual pilgrimage to view. In some ways its more like a fantasy Islam, not Christianity: the prophet, the secular rulers staking their claims to power through relation with him, and pilgrimages. However, it has a clergy which seems more like Catholic Christianity, although they are portrayed as pretty corrupt (they are the only Quintaglios able to lie, for instance).instance), not that this hasn't been the case for the Catholic clergy in certain eras. However, they also have the bloodpriests who kill seven out of eight hatchlings to keep the population under control, which has no real counterpart in either religion (although many cultures have practiced infanticide, just usually not ritually). The discovery that the Face of God is ''merely'' a planet explicitly parallels Galileo. In addition, there's a religion which exists underground at first which was the dominant one before before, worshiping the "Five Original Hunters" with a prophesied savior known as "The One". Both religions worship a Goddess that created all things, sacrificed parts of herself to create the Quintaglios, and has Sacred Scrolls as their scripture.



* EatsBabies: The Bloodpriests. It's usually accepted as a gruesome but necessary job: since each Quintaglio clutch has eight eggs, if all eight hatchlings survived from each clutch the world would soon be overrun, especially given the constant threat of ''dagamant'' in tight quarters. [[spoiler:As it eventually turns out, the Bloodpriest culling is what causes the Quintaglios to be trapped by their territoriality to begin with.]]

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* EatsBabies: The Bloodpriests. It's usually accepted as a gruesome but necessary job: since each Quintaglio clutch has eight eggs, if all eight hatchlings survived from each clutch the world would soon be overrun, especially given the constant threat of ''dagamant'' in tight quarters. [[spoiler:As it eventually turns out, the Bloodpriest culling is what causes the Quintaglios to be trapped by their territoriality to begin with.with, because of suppressed trauma from this making them hostile towards each other.]]



* ScaryDogmaticAliens: The Quintaglios themselves, prior to ''Far-Seer''. Later, [[spoiler: The Others]].

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* ScaryDogmaticAliens: The Quintaglios themselves, prior to ''Far-Seer''. Later, [[spoiler: The the Others]].



* SuicideAttack: Two Quintaglio hang glider pilots make them on Other ships during the battle in ''Foreigner''. One dives her bomb-laden glider into an Other ship, the other crashes, takes hold of a burning ship and steers it into another, detonating its black powder.

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* SuicideAttack: Two Quintaglio hang glider hangglider pilots make them on Other ships during the battle in ''Foreigner''. One dives her bomb-laden glider into an Other ship, the other crashes, takes hold of a burning ship and steers it into another, detonating its black powder.
21st May '16 10:49:18 PM Fireblood
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* CanNotTellALie: Their snouts turn blue whenever they tell lies. Quintaglios that can lie without turning blue are considered to be demonic.

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* CanNotTellALie: CannotTellALie: Their snouts turn blue whenever they tell lies. Quintaglios that can lie without turning blue are considered to be demonic.



* FreudianExcuse: Sort of, given that the third book features a Quintaglio version of Freud. The entire Quintaglio species [[spoiler: has been psychologically scarred due to being traumatised by the traditional culling of the Bloodpriests. Being bred for aggression on top of that has resulted in the exaggeration of the Quintaglios' territorial instincts.]]

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* FreudianExcuse: Sort of, given that the third book features a Quintaglio version of Freud. The entire Quintaglio species [[spoiler: has been psychologically scarred due to being traumatised traumatized by the traditional culling of the Bloodpriests. Being bred for aggression on top of that has resulted in the exaggeration of the Quintaglios' territorial instincts.]]



* ILied: In Foreigner, the Other captain says he [[spoiler:won't hurt Afsan if Toroca told them their weakest point. Upon getting the information, he shoots Afsan anyway]]. When Toroca called him out, the captain chillingly tells him that Quintaglios might not be able to lie, but Others can.

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* ILied: In Foreigner, the Other captain says he [[spoiler:won't hurt Afsan if Toroca told tells them their weakest point. Upon getting the information, he shoots Afsan anyway]]. When Toroca called him out, the captain chillingly tells him that Quintaglios might not be able to lie, but Others can.



* KnightTemplar:Det-Yenalb.

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* KnightTemplar:Det-Yenalb.KnightTemplar: Det-Yenalb.



* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: ''Blackdeaths'' aka Tyrannosaurs.

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* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: ''Blackdeaths'' ''Blackdeaths'', aka Tyrannosaurs.



** In one scene, he wonders if [[spoiler: his sister]] is wishing him dead, as he does for her.

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** In one scene, he wonders if [[spoiler: his sister]] is wishing him dead, as he does for her.



* TraumaCongaLine: The reason for Afsan's continued blindness in the third book [[spoiler: despite his eyes regenerating]] turns out to being due to [[spoiler: being wracked by guilt over being chosen by the Bloodpreists over his siblings, his killing Nor-Gampar during ''dagamant'', sadness over the murders of his own children and his guilt over setting up the battle between the Blackdeath and Dybo's siblings. He gets over it thanks to Mokleb's therapy.]]

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* TraumaCongaLine: The reason for Afsan's continued blindness in the third book [[spoiler: despite his eyes regenerating]] turns out to being be due to [[spoiler: being wracked by guilt over being chosen by the Bloodpreists over his siblings, his killing Nor-Gampar during ''dagamant'', sadness over the murders of his own children and his guilt over setting up the battle between the Blackdeath and Dybo's siblings. He gets over it thanks to Mokleb's therapy.]]
19th Mar '16 11:47:16 AM MoonSagi
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* CosmicEgg: According to Quintaglio creation myth, God laid the eight eggs of creation at the beginning of time.
13th Mar '16 10:24:58 PM Raptorslash
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* DumbDinos: The Quintaglios themselves are an aversion, being fully sapient tyrannosaurs.
15th Jan '16 3:17:56 PM Anddrix
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* MostWritersAreHuman: WordOfGod states that the reason Quintaglios have so many inexplicable and often counter-intuitive similarities with humans is because [[ViewersAreMorons he didn't think that readers could empathize with completely alien protagonists]], and also that he had trouble getting the first book published because editors thought a series without any humans in it wouldn't sell.

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* MostWritersAreHuman: WordOfGod states that the reason Quintaglios have so many inexplicable and often counter-intuitive similarities with humans is because [[ViewersAreMorons he didn't think that readers could empathize with completely alien protagonists]], protagonists, and also that he had trouble getting the first book published because editors thought a series without any humans in it wouldn't sell.
16th Nov '15 5:32:26 PM Fireblood
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* CrystalDragonJesus: The Face of God, the planet the Quintaglio's moon orbits, which they worship as a deity.

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* CrystalDragonJesus: The Face of God, Quintaglios worship the planet their world (its moon) orbits as "The Face of God". It was discovered by the Quintaglio's moon orbits, Prophet Larsk (whose descendants are the imperial rulers of their people), which they make a ritual pilgrimage to view. In some ways its more like a fantasy Islam, not Christianity: the prophet, the secular rulers staking their claims to power through relation with him, and pilgrimages. However, it has a clergy which seems more like Catholic Christianity, although they are portrayed as pretty corrupt (they are the only Quintaglios able to lie, for instance). However, they also have the bloodpriests who kill seven out of eight hatchlings to keep the population under control, which has no real counterpart in either religion (although many cultures have practiced infanticide, just usually not ritually). The discovery that the Face of God is ''merely'' a planet explicitly parallels Galileo. In addition, there's a religion which exists underground at first which was the dominant one before worshiping the "Five Original Hunters" with a prophesied savior known as "The One". Both religions worship a Goddess that created all things, sacrificed parts of herself to create the Quintaglios, and has Sacred Scrolls as a deity.their scripture.
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