History Literature / RCN

6th Jun '16 11:03:04 AM StarSword
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* RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil: In ''The Road of Danger'' Adele and Tovera kill a child predator in a deliberately drawn-out and painful manner, and Tovera remarks that while even Guarantor Porra himself wouldn't bat an eye at torturing or killing children, even he draws the line at doing it for sexual reasons (Tovera remarks the aforementioned predator likely escaped to the fringeworld ahead of Fifth Bureau assassins).

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* RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil: In ''The Road of Danger'' Adele and Tovera kill a child predator in a deliberately drawn-out and painful manner, and Tovera remarks that while even Guarantor Porra himself wouldn't bat an eye at torturing or killing children, even he draws the line at doing it for sexual reasons (Tovera remarks the (the aforementioned predator likely escaped to the fringeworld ahead of Fifth Bureau assassins).
6th Jun '16 11:02:23 AM StarSword
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* RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil: In ''The Road of Danger'' Adele and Tovera kill a child predator in a deliberately drawn-out and painful manner, and Tovera remarks that while even Guarantor Porra himself wouldn't bat an eye at torturing or killing children, even he draws the line at doing it for sexual reasons (Tovera remarks the aforementioned predator likely escaped to the fringeworld ahead of Fifth Bureau assassins).
6th Jun '16 10:58:18 AM StarSword
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* BlackComedy: Tovera's idea of humor in a nutshell. As a sociopath with limited emotions, she basically developed her sense of humor by trying to imitate neurotypical humans (mainly Adele), and will often make completely deadpan jokes about random acts of brutal violence.


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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 BlackComedy.
3rd Jun '16 8:51:19 AM StarSword
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* DudeWheresMyRespect: Daniel comes in for a fair amount of guff from officers jealous of his meteoric rise through the ranks and number of medals (including the Cinnabar Star with Wreath, roughly equivalent to someone being awarded the Medal of Honor twice). They typically think he's either a GloryHound or [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections well-connected]]. (They're about half-right on the latter: he's the son of a former Cinnabar head of state and the original head of the Navy Board, Admiral Anston, took a liking to him, but Anston was medically retired in ''The Way to Glory'' and Daniel and his father haven't been on speaking terms for over a decade.)
29th May '16 8:03:47 PM StarSword
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* TheEmpire: The Alliance is the typical star-conquering kind, but Cinnabar is ALighterShadeOfGrey, euphemistically referring to its HegemonicEmpire as "Friends of Cinnabar", happily interfering in their governance to ensure that relationship stays intact and generally restricting their militaries to what's needed to keep the surrounding space clear of pirates.
* EnemyMine: The RCN and Alliance Fleet have a degree of professional respect for one another: when they have occasion to interact outside battle their officers regard each other as fellow spacers who happen to be on different sides. With Cinnabar and the Alliance having signed a peace treaty "of mutual exhaustion" in ''What Distant Deeps'', Daniel finds himself working alongside a duo of Alliance destroyer captains to foil a conquest by a ''Cinnabar'' ally that would have imperiled the peace.



* HitAndRunTactics: In ''Lt. Leary, Commanding'', Daniel inflicts serious damage on an Alliance battleship with his corvette-class ''Princess Cecile'' by jumping in, launching missiles, and jumping back out before the enemy can return fire. As he expects, ItOnlyWorksOnce because the enemy admiral is ready for him on his second run, so the second time he opts for a high-speed pass, but then nearly can't slow down afterwards because his High Drive is damaged by the return fire.

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In ''Lt. Leary, Commanding'', Daniel inflicts serious damage on an Alliance battleship with his corvette-class ''Princess Cecile'' by jumping in, launching missiles, and jumping back out before the enemy can return fire. As he expects, ItOnlyWorksOnce because the enemy admiral is ready for him on his second run, so the second time he opts for a high-speed pass, but then nearly can't slow down afterwards because his High Drive is damaged by the return fire.fire.
** Faced with a heavy cruiser and a cloud of rocket-armed cutters in ''What Distant Deeps'', Daniel in ''Princess Cecile'' and two Alliance destroyers resort to TeleportSpam, whittling down the pursuing cutters with plasma cannon and staying well ahead of the slower capital ship.



* HyperspeedEscape: Dropping into hyperspace to avoid incoming fire is a regular tactic in space combat, particularly for more lightly built ships. However, the transition into the Matrix isn't instantaneous, resulting in a vulnerable period for the ship attempting it if the captain's timing is off, and stripping a ship's sails with gunfire makes escape impossible.

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* HyperspeedEscape: Dropping into hyperspace to avoid incoming fire is a regular tactic in space combat, particularly for more lightly built ships. However, the transition into the Matrix isn't instantaneous, resulting in a vulnerable period for the ship attempting it if the captain's timing is off, and stripping a ship's sails with gunfire or fragmentation rockets makes escape impossible.



* PeoplesRepublicOfTyranny: The bad guys mostly come from the "Alliance of Free Stars", which is even less democratic than Cinnabar and amounts to a military dictatorship.

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* PeoplesRepublicOfTyranny: The bad guys mostly come from the "Alliance of Free Stars", which is even less democratic than Cinnabar and amounts to a military dictatorship.dictatorship (it's based mainly on Napoleonic France, with elements of Prussia and the Soviet Union).
26th May '16 10:09:02 AM StarSword
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* ATeamFiring: Many of the Sissies are described as shooting with more enthusiasm than skill.

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* ATeamFiring: Many of the Sissies are described as shooting with more enthusiasm than skill. {{Justified}} because as naval personnel they're not trained for infantry combat, even though they get used as SpaceMarines fairly often since ''Princess Cecile'' is too small to carry her own Marine contingent.



* DroppedABridgeOnHim: [[spoiler:Daniel's Chief Missileer Borries is killed offscreen when ''Milton'' is hit by a missile in ''What Distant Deeps'', obliterating the Battle Direction Center.]]



* DuelToTheDeath: Duels are perfectly legal on Cinnabar. As a result, the prospect of a duel gets mentioned often.

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* DuelToTheDeath: Duels are perfectly legal on Cinnabar. As a result, the prospect of a duel gets mentioned often.often, especially in regards to Adele Mundy: her politically active father taught his entire family to be crack shots and made sure that was well-publicized in order to ''ward off'' people attempting to duel them.



** Adele privately monologues in ''What Distant Deeps'' that if by bad luck she ever comes within shooting range of Daniel's father (the man who ordered her family killed), she wouldn't bother with the formality of a duel but kill him right then and there.



* {{Fiction 500}}: Daniel Leary was cut off without a farthing by his rich and powerful father after the argument that prompted him to become a spacer, but he quickly becomes independently wealthy from the prize money for capturing starships. The bajillions of florins in prize money he invariably brings in becomes one of several reasons he has an easier time recruiting crews than other RCN captains (even his enlisted crew and noncoms get rich off their shares: by ''What Distant Deeps'' one of his power room techs ends up buying the estate he grew up as a tenant on). Daniel himself could really care less about the money so long as it's there when he needs it: when he's not on duty he lives as something of a self-made trust fund baby, with his sister, a banker, handling things for him.



* OutrankingYourJob: Daniel's primary command in most of the books is RCS ''Princess Cecile'', a corvette. This is a suitable ship for the rank of lieutenant he starts out with, but not for the full commander he's promoted to in ''The Way to Glory''.

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* OutrankingYourJob: Daniel's primary command in most of the books is RCS ''Princess Cecile'', a corvette. This is a suitable ship for the rank of lieutenant he starts out with, but not for the full commander he's promoted to in ''The Way to Glory''.Glory'', and he's promoted to captain at the start of ''In the Stormy Red Sky''. Granted, from ''Some Golden Harbor'' on, ''Princess Cecile'' is technically privately owned by Daniel himself after being sold out of service and purchased by his family's company.



* ThePurge: In the {{backstory}} some members of the Mundy family became embroiled in the Three Circles Conspiracy, a plot to [[TheCoup overthrow the Republic of Cinnabar's government]]. In response, Corder Leary, Daniel's father and Cinnabar's head of state at the time, ordered every family member of the conspirators older than age twelve executed, including the Mundys of Chatsworth. Adele survived because she had left Cinnabar to study library science offworld a few days earlier, while some family members serving in the RCN mutinied and ran for foreign lands. Several years later the Cinnabar government issued an Edict of Reconciliation permitting certain people who had escaped the purge to be pardoned and return home.

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* ThePurge: In the {{backstory}} some members of the Mundy family became embroiled in the Three Circles Conspiracy, a an Alliance-connected plot to [[TheCoup overthrow the Republic of Cinnabar's government]]. In response, Corder Leary, Daniel's father and Cinnabar's head of state at the time, ordered every family member of the conspirators older than age twelve executed, including the Mundys of Chatsworth. Adele survived because she had left Cinnabar to study library science offworld a few days earlier, while some family members serving in the RCN mutinied and ran for foreign lands. Several years later the Cinnabar government issued an Edict of Reconciliation permitting certain people who had escaped the purge to be pardoned and return home.


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* StatusQuoIsGod: ''In the Stormy Red Sky'' is so far the only book in the series that doesn't feature ''Princess Cecile'' as Daniel's primary command; he's instead given command of RCS ''Milton'', a heavy cruiser. [[spoiler:''Milton'' takes a missile to the stern at the climax, damaging her beyond economical repair, and between books Cinnabar and the Alliance sign a ceasefire, so Daniel is back to commanding ''Princess Cecile'' in ''What Distant Deeps''.]]
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).
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