History Literature / RCN

30th Jul '17 6:28:32 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 with atmospheric molecules, damaging or even destroying the engines.engines (there are at least two instances of this in the series, one accidental, one caused by Adele hacking the control systems). Due to this, lower-powered and less fuel efficient plasma thrusters are used for atmospheric maneuvering.
17th Mar '17 2:40:22 PM rmctagg09
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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.

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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.them:


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* RegionalRedecoration: In the backstory, TheWarOfEarthlyAggression ended about a thousand years ago with a massive [[ColonyDrop asteroid bombardment]] that left the planet's geography unrecognizable. The plot of book three starts out as a treasure hunt for a large diamond engraved with the pre-bombardment continents.
2nd Feb '17 8:12:27 PM Nohbody
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2nd Feb '17 8:11:21 PM Nohbody
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* TheMetricSystemIsHereToStay: Actually averted as a deliberate artistic decision. The Alliance uses the metric system but Cinnabar prefers British units, and it's not clear which is the majority measurement system.

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* TheMetricSystemIsHereToStay: Actually averted as a deliberate artistic decision. The Alliance uses the metric system but Cinnabar prefers British units, and it's not clear which is the majority measurement system. In the foreword of each book, Drake notes he's just using the two different measurement systems to differentiate between the Alliance and Cinnabar, as he doesn't expect either measurement system to last over the thousand or so years between the series setting and RealLife.



* ObligatoryWarCrimeScene: In ''With the Lightnings'', the summary execution of the Cinnabar naval delegation to Kostroma by an Alliance intelligence officer. An Alliance naval officer flatly refuses to take part, and Adele later stops Daniel's people from returning the favor.
27th Jan '17 1:31:17 PM StarSword
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* ShootTheHostage: The Alliance tends to take the families of captured worlds' rulers hostage to ensure their cooperation. In ''In the Stormy Red Sky'', [[spoiler:Adele and Tovera blow up the ship carrying these hostages to convince the other, combatant, ships in the convoy to surrender. Tovera notes that even had the convoy surrendered without a fight, the Fifth Bureau minders would have spaced the hostages anyway.]]
27th Jan '17 1:16:40 PM StarSword
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* TheChick: Lieutenant Vesey, Daniel's XO, is a navigator and ship-handler rivaling her captain, but she has too much of a hangup about killing to really make it as a naval CO in her own right.
27th Jan '17 1:09:53 PM StarSword
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* TheMetricSystemIsHereToStay: Actually averted as a deliberate artistic decision. The Alliance uses the metric system but Cinnabar prefers British units, and it's not clear which is the majority measurement system.
9th Jan '17 2:01:49 PM StarSword
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* ALadyOnEachArm: Before he hooked up with Miranda Dorst, this was not an unusual situation for Daniel.



* [[TheAllegedCar The Alleged Ship]]: Starships from Novy Sverdlovsk have a reputation for being like this, with their crews being of equally low quality.
* AlmightyJanitor: Adele is ''officially'' a non-commissioned officer responsible for communications. If Daniel isn't present, however, everyone on the ship including Lt. Vesey, his first officer, will defer to her judgement in almost everything except handling and fighting the ship (which she openly admits she knows nothing about). And if it doesn't involve ship operations, Daniel is equally willing to follow her lead.

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* ActionGirl: Any military-trained woman in this series can kick just as much ass as the men, but even then there's a few standouts:
** {{Deuteragonist}} Adele Mundy is TheGunslinger of the series, trained as a pistol duelist and a crack shot with most handguns. Her preferred sidearm is small and easily concealable, but its lower penetration leads her to aim for the eyes. She personally leads the ground assault on enemy fortifications on Dunbar's World since Daniel is piloting ''Princess Cecile''.
** Adele's servant/bodyguard Tovera is a former assassin of the Alliance's SecretPolice, the Fifth Bureau, and carries a submachine gun in an attache case. She's also adept with {{Improvised Weapon}}s, once immobilizing a man by stabbing him with a writing stylus.
** Woetjans, Daniel's bosun, is a tall, strong woman who likes to use a length of high-pressure tubing as a truncheon.
** Midshipman Lucinda Hale, introduced in ''The Sea Without a Shore'', gets an interesting EstablishingCharacterMoment. She's mentioned when she hires onto Daniel's crew as a private citizen[[note]]She had the misfortune to graduate from the Academy right as the war ended, dooming her to half-pay and no prospects.[[/note]] have been on the Academy shooting team and declines Hogg's offer of a pistol... only to turn and pick up a rifle instead on grounds that she has a better chance of actually hitting something with it.
* [[TheAllegedCar The Alleged Ship]]: Starships from Novy Sverdlovsk have a reputation for being like this, with their crews being of equally low quality.
quality. The RCN also tends to have a low opinion of Pantellarian ships, though this has more to do with the quality of the crews than the ships themselves: Pantellarian sensors in particular are as good or better than anything in Cinnabar or Alliance use, though on the other hand they also use some tri-barrel plasma turrets that are AwesomeButImpractical.
* AlmightyJanitor: Adele is ''officially'' a non-commissioned officer responsible for communications.communications and cyberwarfare. If Daniel isn't present, however, everyone on the ship including Lt. Vesey, his first officer, will defer to her judgement in almost everything except handling and fighting the ship (which she openly admits she knows nothing about). And if it doesn't involve ship operations, Daniel is equally willing to follow her lead.



* BadassBookworm - Lady Adele Mundy, Mundy of Chatsworth, one of the First Families of Cinnabar, Signals Officer in the RCN, pistol-packing Librarian. She's not only a Bookworm who's also badass, but equally Badass ''as'' a bookworm. Once she frightened the head of Cinnabar Intelligence with her ability to penetrate Cinnabar systems, form queries, and make inferences from the result.

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* BadassBookworm - BadassBookworm: Lady Adele Mundy, Mundy of Chatsworth, one of the First Families of Cinnabar, Signals Officer in the RCN, pistol-packing Librarian. She's not only a Bookworm who's also badass, but equally Badass ''as'' a bookworm. Once she frightened the head of Cinnabar Intelligence with her ability to penetrate Cinnabar systems, form queries, and make inferences from the result.



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

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* BadassInANiceSuit: Daniel frequently ends up brawling in his One of the series' {{running gag}}s is Hogg constantly having to repair Daniel's dress uniform, and inevitably at least bursts a seam on it.uniforms after he gets into fights while wearing them.



* CunningLinguist: Adele is adept at mimicking accents and uses an upper-class Alliance core-world accent a number of times.



* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: At one point Daniel recruits several crewloads of spacers for Cinnabar who had been recruited ''from'' Cinnabar by the Alliance after their ships were captured mere weeks ago. {{Justified}} in that spacers are a transient lot by nature: the Alliance pays as well as Cinnabar (and merchant captains pay even better) and most enlisted spacers don't particularly care which side they're flying for as long as they get to fly at all.

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* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: At one point Daniel recruits several crewloads of spacers for Cinnabar who had previously been recruited ''from'' Cinnabar by the Alliance after their ships were captured mere weeks ago. {{Justified}} in that spacers are a transient lot by nature: the Alliance pays as well as Cinnabar (and merchant captains pay even better) better: in one book the Navy Board takes to locking crewmen inside ships scheduled for scrapping to keep them from going AWOL between tours) and most enlisted spacers don't particularly care which side they're flying for as long as they get to fly at all.



* HeroicComedicSociopath: Tovera is a {{downplayed}} example in the later books. With Adele's hand on her tiller, so to speak, she drifts from being a completely amoral and very frightening sociopath to a frequent source of BlackComedy.

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* HeroicComedicSociopath: Tovera is a {{downplayed}} example in the later books. With Adele's hand on her tiller, so to speak, she drifts from being a completely amoral and very frightening sociopath to a frequent source of deadpan BlackComedy.



* LadyKillerInLove: Daniel develops a romantic attraction to Miranda Dorst, the sister of one of his {{Plucky Middie}}s who is killed in action. Adele notes to herself that Miranda isn't his usual "type" (he usually prefers the BrainlessBeauty type for one-night stands, but Miranda is described as being much smarter). In an unusual example, Daniel later states he and Miranda have an "understanding" (suggesting an open relationship whereby they don't expect each other to be celibate while Daniel is on deployment), but he ultimately marries her by ''Death's Bright Day''.

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* LadyKillerInLove: Daniel develops a romantic attraction to Miranda Dorst, the sister of one of his {{Plucky Middie}}s who is killed in action. Adele notes to herself that Miranda isn't his usual "type" (he usually prefers the BrainlessBeauty type for one-night stands, but Miranda is described as being much smarter). In an unusual example, Daniel later states he and Miranda have an "understanding" (suggesting an open relationship whereby they don't expect each other to be celibate while Daniel is on deployment), but they get engaged before ''The Sea Without a Shore'' and are married by the next book.
* ALadyOnEachArm: Before
he ultimately marries her by ''Death's Bright Day''.hooked up with Miranda Dorst, this was not an unusual situation for Daniel.
6th Jan '17 3:19:57 AM StarSword
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* {{Precursors}}: The characters encounter ruins left behind by long-vanished aliens in several books.
6th Jan '17 1:10:31 AM Spudd86
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** There are hints sprinkled throughout the series of aliens that lived on the same kind of worlds as humans, Death's Bright Day even has Daniel find an alien glove in a cave.
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