History Literature / RCN

1st May '16 10:12:26 AM StarSword
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* PervyPatdown: A local magnate's thug does this to Adele and Tovera during a crisis in ''When the Tide Rises''. Neither objects at the time because they need help rescuing Daniel, who has been falsely accused of plotting a MilitaryCoup against the Bagarian government, but once the balance of power shifts, Tovera shanks the thug with a writing stylus, then castrates him.
26th Apr '16 5:03:47 PM StarSword
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* CoolStarship: Both of Daniel's main commands in the series are unique.
** RCS ''Princess Cecile'' is a Kostroman corvette with a modular hull, as opposed to the one-piece hulls favored by Cinnabar and the Alliance. The hull is more difficult to work on, but enables the ship to repairably survive damage that would have sent a normal ship to the scrapyard. (Though after the Battle of Strymon, the ''Sissie'' is sold out of service since the RCN's shipyards don't have the equipment to fix the hull.)
** RCS ''Milton'', formerly AFS ''Scheer'', is an Alliance heavy cruiser Daniel captures in ''The Way to Glory'' and takes command of in ''In the Stormy Red Sky''. It's noted to be a peacetime design of which only three were built, with an experimental weapons layout that's derided as AwesomeButImpractical: two pairs of 8"/20 cm plasma cannons rather than the usual four six-inchers. This means that while ''Millie'' packs a wallop at energy range, her point defense against missiles is handicapped. Daniel is not discouraged.
20th Apr '16 4:48:56 PM StarSword
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* FriendOrFoe: During a fleet action Daniel takes out a heavy cruiser by tricking it into pulling a HighSpeedMissileDodge against ''Princess Cecile'' only to run into a nearby Alliance battleship's fire.


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* HighSpeedMissileDodge: A common feature of ship-to-ship fights. Missiles are guided until the point of burnout and extremely lethal when they hit: even the missiles from a corvette like ''Princess Cecile'' can do serious damage to large capital ships, so evading incoming fire is easier at long range than short, but thanks to Einstein missiles are conversely more damaging when they hit terminal velocity (about .6''c'') than at closer range. The main purpose of plasma cannon is to either deflect or destroy incoming missiles that cannot be outright dodged.
20th Apr '16 4:15:50 PM StarSword
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* WorthyOpponent: An Alliance Fleet heavy cruiser captain whom Daniel tangles with at the climax of ''The Far Side of the Stars'', who proves his equal in astrogation and gives the Sissies a run for their money after catching up with them. After beating him in large part by luck, Daniel insists that he be allowed to surrender purely out of respect and admiration (as opposed to just because Daniel happens to be the hero of the story).

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* WorthyOpponent: An Alliance Fleet heavy cruiser captain whom Daniel tangles with at the climax of ''The Far Side of the Stars'', who proves his equal in astrogation and gives the Sissies a run for their money after catching up with them. After beating him in large part by luck, Daniel insists that he be allowed to surrender purely out of respect and admiration (as opposed to just merely because Daniel happens to be isn't the hero of the story).type to kill a helpless or surrendering opponent).
20th Apr '16 4:14:03 PM StarSword
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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: In ''When the Tide Rises'' Daniel is sent as an adviser to a group of breakaway Alliance planets. After he wins them two high-profile victories against the Alliance, the leaders worry he could farm his popular support into a MilitaryCoup (because ''they'' would; Daniel and Adele both know he ''could'' but he isn't planning on it). [[spoiler:They try to forcibly remove him from command, but he breaks loose and leads Bagarian ships on a raid into the Alliance's capital system to piss off Guarantor Porra so he'll divert ships from besieging a Cinnabar base to retaliate against the Bagarians. After this the Bagarians are forgotten as Daniel joins the fleet at Diamondia to break the siege altogether; we never hear what became of their revolution.]]
20th Apr '16 4:01:16 PM StarSword
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* QuantityVsQuality: ''When the Tide Rises'' discusses this. The Alliance Fleet tends to build more, bigger, and theoretically more powerful ships than Cinnabar, but Cinnabar crews tend to be more skilled and more loyal. Guarantor Porra relies mainly on {{conscription}} to fill out the ranks, so while they don't have the manpower problems the RCN often does from having to compete with the merchant marine, many Alliance spacers aren't as good or motivated as their RCN counterparts and will sometimes even [[HeelFaceTurn switch sides]] given the opportunity. The end result is that numerically superior Alliance squadrons will sometimes lose to lesser Cinnabar squadrons on the sheer skill and balls of the Cinnabars. In Daniel Leary's case, he's helped along by the fact
-->'''Daniel:''' The second advantage [in this battle] is even less tangible, Adele, but it's more important. It's the fact we are the RCN. We know it and they know it. Every Alliance spacer from [Admiral] Guphill to the Landsmen in Training knows that know matter how many ships they have, they've always got to expect us to go for their throats. Deep in their hearts

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* QuantityVsQuality: ''When the Tide Rises'' discusses this. The Alliance Fleet tends to build more, bigger, and theoretically more powerful ships than Cinnabar, but Cinnabar crews tend to be more skilled and more loyal. Guarantor Porra relies mainly on {{conscription}} to fill out the ranks, so while they don't have the manpower problems the RCN often does from having to compete with the merchant marine, many Alliance spacers aren't as good or motivated as their RCN counterparts and will sometimes even [[HeelFaceTurn switch sides]] given the opportunity. The end result is that numerically superior Alliance squadrons will sometimes lose to lesser Cinnabar squadrons on the sheer skill and balls of the Cinnabars. In Daniel Leary's case, he's helped along by the fact
fact that thanks to Adele Mundy's hacking and data-crunching skills, he nearly always has better intelligence than any opponent.
-->'''Daniel:''' The second advantage [in this battle] is even less tangible, Adele, but it's more important. It's the fact we are the RCN. We know it and they know it. Every Alliance spacer from [Admiral] Guphill to the Landsmen in Training knows that know matter how many ships they have, they've always got to expect us to go for their throats. Deep in their heartshearts, they're afraid and they know we aren't. We're the RCN.
20th Apr '16 2:36:33 PM StarSword
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* {{Antimatter}}: The High Drive that provides deep space propulsion for both ships and their missiles uses matter-antimatter annihilation to produce thrust. The reaction isn't complete though, so it's only used in vacuum, as antimatter that hadn't reacted in the thrust could interact w
with atmospheric molecules, damaging or even destroying the engines. Due to this, lower-powered and less fuel efficient plasma thrusters are used for atmospheric maneuvering.

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* {{Antimatter}}: The High Drive that provides deep space propulsion for both ships and their missiles uses matter-antimatter annihilation to produce thrust. The reaction isn't complete though, so it's only used in vacuum, as antimatter that hadn't reacted in the thrust could interact w
with atmospheric molecules, damaging or even destroying the engines. engines. Due to this, lower-powered and less fuel efficient plasma thrusters are used for atmospheric maneuvering.
20th Apr '16 2:36:07 PM StarSword
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* {{Antimatter}}: The High Drive that provides deep space propulsion for both ships and their missiles uses matter-antimatter annihilation to produce thrust. The reaction isn't complete though, so it's only used in vacuum, as antimatter that hadn't reacted in the thrust could interact with atmospheric molecules, damaging or even destroying the engines. Due to this, lower-powered and less fuel efficient plasma thrusters are used for atmospheric maneuvering.

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* {{Antimatter}}: The High Drive that provides deep space propulsion for both ships and their missiles uses matter-antimatter annihilation to produce thrust. The reaction isn't complete though, so it's only used in vacuum, as antimatter that hadn't reacted in the thrust could interact w
with atmospheric molecules, damaging or even destroying the engines. engines. Due to this, lower-powered and less fuel efficient plasma thrusters are used for atmospheric maneuvering.



* ArtisticLicenseMilitary: InUniverse example. In ''When the Tide Rises'' Adele attends a play dramatizing the mission in ''Some Golden Harbor'' and spends the whole show complaining about various mistakes in the details, such as getting uniforms wrong.

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* ArtisticLicenseMilitary: InUniverse example. In ''When the Tide Rises'' Adele attends a play dramatizing the mission in ''Some Golden Harbor'' and spends the whole show complaining about various mistakes in the details, such as getting uniforms wrong. Also the holographic portion of the performance, while consisting of real images from ''Princess Cecile'''s combats (which a crew member sold to the playwright so he could send the money to the families of slain and crippled crew members), actually combines every battle since Leary commandeered the ship from Kostroma in book one rather than just the fight for Dunbar's World.



* BadassInANiceSuit: At least OnceAnEpisode Daniel ends up brawling in his dress uniform, and inevitably at least bursts a seam on it.

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* BadassInANiceSuit: At least OnceAnEpisode Daniel frequently ends up brawling in his dress uniform, and inevitably at least bursts a seam on it.



* TheCaptain: Daniel Leary is clearly in charge of the ''Princess Cecile'' crew, which causes some minor tension in ''Some Golden Harbor'' when Lt. Vesey is the official CO of the ship, but everyone tends look to Leary for guidance.

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* TheCaptain: Daniel Leary is clearly in charge of the ''Princess Cecile'' crew, which causes some minor tension in ''Some Golden Harbor'' when Lt. Vesey is the official CO of the ship, but everyone tends look to Leary for guidance. However, Daniel makes clear to Vesey that he wants her to be captain in truth, not just on paper.



* DuelToTheDeath:
** Duels are perfectly legal on Cinnabar. As a result, the prospect of a duel gets mentioned often.
** Adele in the {{Backstory}} killed her first victim as the result of a duel with a young man that was too scared and/or proud to apologize for an insult he gave her. In the story proper, she occasionally uses the threat of dueling to intimidate people.

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* DuelToTheDeath:
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DuelToTheDeath: Duels are perfectly legal on Cinnabar. As a result, the prospect of a duel gets mentioned often.
** Adele in the {{Backstory}} killed her first victim as the result of a duel with a young man that was too scared and/or proud to apologize for an insult he gave her. Notably she only shot to wound him but misjudged the gun and [[BoomHeadshot blew his brains out]]. In the story proper, she occasionally uses the threat of dueling to intimidate people.


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* HollywoodHacking: {{Downplayed}}. While there's very few computer systems that can even give Adele trouble (usually only when the computer is physically isolated from any remote access point), the mechanics of what she does to break into them for intelligence purposes are usually glossed over.


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* MagicalComputer: Adele's portable data unit. She uses it to do everything from looking up zoological data for Daniel's amusement to reading encrypted Alliance battle transmissions in real time.


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* QuantityVsQuality: ''When the Tide Rises'' discusses this. The Alliance Fleet tends to build more, bigger, and theoretically more powerful ships than Cinnabar, but Cinnabar crews tend to be more skilled and more loyal. Guarantor Porra relies mainly on {{conscription}} to fill out the ranks, so while they don't have the manpower problems the RCN often does from having to compete with the merchant marine, many Alliance spacers aren't as good or motivated as their RCN counterparts and will sometimes even [[HeelFaceTurn switch sides]] given the opportunity. The end result is that numerically superior Alliance squadrons will sometimes lose to lesser Cinnabar squadrons on the sheer skill and balls of the Cinnabars. In Daniel Leary's case, he's helped along by the fact
-->'''Daniel:''' The second advantage [in this battle] is even less tangible, Adele, but it's more important. It's the fact we are the RCN. We know it and they know it. Every Alliance spacer from [Admiral] Guphill to the Landsmen in Training knows that know matter how many ships they have, they've always got to expect us to go for their throats. Deep in their hearts


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* YourHeadAsplode: Usually the result when Adele uses any handgun other than her personal pistol, since by habit she aims for the eyes due to the sidearm's poor penetration. Daniel once has to pick a bit of brain off his uniform after she headshots somebody near him.
20th Apr '16 2:00:44 PM StarSword
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* RefugeInAudacity: Daniel Leary mounts a raid [[spoiler:on the home star system of the Alliance of Free Stars]] in ''When the Tide Rises'', relying in part on the notion that because no one would expect anyone to attack the star system with just an antiquated light cruiser and a corvette, there wouldn't be prepared plans available to handle such a situation.
* RunningGag: Daniel is bad at saluting and invariably wrecks his dress uniform.

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* RefugeInAudacity: While Adele's intelligence-gathering abilities are a major factor, many of Daniel's plans work in no small part because the sheer balls required means nobody in the Alliance is ready for them.
** Early in ''When the Tide Rises'', Daniel is sent to report to an admiral who's in a losing battle to save a subject world from being overrun by the Alliance. Upon arriving in ''Princess Cecile'', he sees part of the RCN group trapped by part of the Alliance group and goes on the attack. The Alliance ships bug out because they know an ''Alliance'' corvette wouldn't dare attack three sloops unless it was the vanguard of a much larger force... exactly as Daniel thought they would.
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Daniel Leary mounts a raid [[spoiler:on the home star system of the Alliance of Free Stars]] in ''When the Tide Rises'', relying in part on the notion that because no one would expect anyone to attack the star system with just an antiquated light cruiser and a corvette, there wouldn't be prepared plans available to handle such a situation.
* RunningGag: RunningGag:
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Daniel is bad at saluting and invariably wrecks his dress uniform.uniform.
** People assuming Daniel and Adele are romantically involved.


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* WeAreStrugglingTogether: Daniel is sent to support a group of breakaway Alliance planets in ''When the Tide Rises'' and is nearly undone by infighting among the rebels. Adele observes to herself that this is not atypical of rebellions; the ones that succeeded inevitably did in part because their enemies were even ''more'' divided.
19th Apr '16 6:20:16 AM StarSword
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* ArtisticLicenseMilitary: InUniverse example. In ''When the Tide Rises'' Adele attends a play dramatizing the mission in ''Some Golden Harbor'' and spends the whole show complaining about various mistakes in the details, such as getting uniforms wrong.
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