History Literature / RatsBatsAndVats

25th Oct '15 5:42:13 AM Bissek
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* LanguageEqualsThought: Not only is this part of the reason behind the BlueAndOrangeMorality of the {{Uplifted Animal}}s, it's an important plot point. [[spoiler: Because their soft-cybers use English, which is "very twisty", Bats and Rats are able to think around their implanted commands to obey Korozhets, whose language only has one word for any given concept expressed by it.]]

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* LanguageEqualsThought: Not only is this part of the reason behind the BlueAndOrangeMorality of the {{Uplifted Animal}}s, it's an important plot point. [[spoiler: Because their soft-cybers use English, which is "very twisty", Bats and Rats are able to think around their implanted commands to obey Korozhets, whose language only has one word for any given concept expressed by it.it, and only has one possible definition for every word.]]
7th Jun '15 10:14:30 PM GoldenSeals
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* BrainUploading: It is eventually revealed that, due to the fact Bat and Rat brains are derived from their Soft-Cyber implants, it's possible to resurrect a dead Bat or Rat by removing the Soft-Cyber and installing it in a new brain. [[spoiler: Ariel, a rattess, has this done to her towards the end of the second novel, granting her a human body that she has mixed feelings about; on the one hand, she laments its limitations compared to her old rat body, and finds it rather ugly -- on the other, she is very much appreciative of being able to have an intimate relationship with her human with it.]]

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* BrainUploading: It is eventually revealed that, due to the fact that because Bat and Rat brains are derived from their Soft-Cyber implants, it's possible to resurrect a dead Bat or Rat by removing the Soft-Cyber and installing it in a new brain. [[spoiler: Ariel, a rattess, has this done to her towards the end of the second novel, granting her a human body that she has mixed feelings about; on the one hand, she laments its limitations compared to her old rat body, and finds it rather ugly -- on the other, she is very much appreciative of being able to have an intimate relationship with her human with it.]]
9th May '15 4:11:28 AM Bissek
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* LanguageEqualsThought: Not only is this part of the reason behind the BlueAndOrangeMorality of the {{Uplifted Animal}}s, it's an important plot point. [[spoiler: Because their soft-cybers use English, which is "very twisty", Bats and Rats are able to think around their implanted commands to obey Korozhets.]]

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* LanguageEqualsThought: Not only is this part of the reason behind the BlueAndOrangeMorality of the {{Uplifted Animal}}s, it's an important plot point. [[spoiler: Because their soft-cybers use English, which is "very twisty", Bats and Rats are able to think around their implanted commands to obey Korozhets.Korozhets, whose language only has one word for any given concept expressed by it.]]


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* MovingTheGoalposts: The Shareholders do everything they can to ensure that Vats cannot pay off the debts they accrue by being born and raised. This is because all votes on HAR are shareholder's votes, and you cannot purchase shares while in debt to the colony. The last thing the Shareholders want is for the Vats to get enfranchised. [[spoiler:Then the Vat-sympathetic Ginny ends up inheriting enough shares to make herself a major voting bloc all by herself...]]
18th Mar '15 1:26:08 PM JujuP
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* CorruptCop: The entire "Special Branch", to the point of murder. Repeatedly.

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* CorruptCop: The entire "Special Branch", to the point of murder. Repeatedly. Repeatedly.
* CourtMartialed: ''The Rats, The Bats, and The Ugly'' is about Chip's court-martial by their planet's insanely corrupt and incompetent military for what happened in the previous book, and his friends' attempts to help him avoid the firing squad.
16th Sep '14 12:25:09 PM Hertzyscowicz
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* CrapsackWorld: The idea behind the colony was a SocialistUtopia. Shareholders have all the money, Vats (the underclass) have to pay not just for their education, but the mandatory fieldtrips Shareholders might force them to be sent on, and the cost of cloning them. There's an alien invasion creating WarIsHell, and, in the second book, it's revealed that the "Special Branch" of the police is regularly getting away with murder to intimidate the Vats into compliance. WhatMeasureIsANonHuman means the newly-created intelligent species are used as CannonFodder, and the prequel mention is made of repeatedly ''executing'' the Rats because they refuse to follow human conventions for military organisation. One of the major plots of the second book is a XanatosGambit to break the system enough that it can't be fixed without a complete overhaul, and to make the public angry enough to demand one.

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* CrapsackWorld: The idea behind the colony was a SocialistUtopia.Socialist Utopia. Shareholders have all the money, Vats (the underclass) have to pay not just for their education, but the mandatory fieldtrips Shareholders might force them to be sent on, and the cost of cloning them. There's an alien invasion creating WarIsHell, and, in the second book, it's revealed that the "Special Branch" of the police is regularly getting away with murder to intimidate the Vats into compliance. WhatMeasureIsANonHuman means the newly-created intelligent species are used as CannonFodder, and the prequel mention is made of repeatedly ''executing'' the Rats because they refuse to follow human conventions for military organisation. One of the major plots of the second book is a XanatosGambit to break the system enough that it can't be fixed without a complete overhaul, and to make the public angry enough to demand one.


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* [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep Everyone Calls Him/Her The Professor]]: The Professor's name is Sratit, and it gets a grand total of one mention.
23rd May '14 2:00:13 PM Hertzyscowicz
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* MakeTheDogTestify: Invoked, to keep the rats and bats from testifying.

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* MakeTheDogTestify: Invoked, to keep the Defied. The rats and bats from testifying.count as mechanical recording devices, not actual witnesses.
22nd May '14 5:24:10 PM Bissek
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* CrapsackWorld: The idea behind the colony was a SocialistUtopia. Shareholders have all the money, Vats (the underclass) have to pay not just for their education, but the mandatory fieldtrips Shareholders might force them to be sent on, and the cost of cloning them. There's an alien invasion creating WarIsHell, and, in the second book, it's revealed that the "Special Branch" of the police is regularly getting away with murder to intimidate the Vats into compliance. WhatMeasureIsANonHuman means the newly-created intelligent species are used as CannonFodder, and the prequel mention is made of repeatedly ''executing'' the Rats because they refuse to follow human conventions for military organisation. One of the major plots of the second book is a XanatosGambit to break the system enough that it can be fixed.

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* CrapsackWorld: The idea behind the colony was a SocialistUtopia. Shareholders have all the money, Vats (the underclass) have to pay not just for their education, but the mandatory fieldtrips Shareholders might force them to be sent on, and the cost of cloning them. There's an alien invasion creating WarIsHell, and, in the second book, it's revealed that the "Special Branch" of the police is regularly getting away with murder to intimidate the Vats into compliance. WhatMeasureIsANonHuman means the newly-created intelligent species are used as CannonFodder, and the prequel mention is made of repeatedly ''executing'' the Rats because they refuse to follow human conventions for military organisation. One of the major plots of the second book is a XanatosGambit to break the system enough that it can can't be fixed.fixed without a complete overhaul, and to make the public angry enough to demand one.
4th May '14 8:32:45 AM Hertzyscowicz
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* AliensSpeakingEnglish: Though not ''all'' of them, and fairly [[JustifiedTrope|justified]] when they do.

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* AliensSpeakingEnglish: Though not ''all'' of them, and fairly [[JustifiedTrope|justified]] [[JustifiedTrope justified]] when they do.
2nd May '14 8:33:49 AM Hertzyscowicz
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* EatsBabies: [[spoiler: The adorably puppy-like infants of the Nerba are the favored food of high-ranking Korozhets]].

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* EatsBabies: [[spoiler: The adorably puppy-like infants of the Nerba are the favored food of high-ranking Korozhets]].the alien bad guys.



* GetTheeToANunnery: The rats, with their Shakespearean download.



* LiteralMinded: The uplifted animals suffer from this, resulting in many a case of IThoughtItMeant.



* ThePowerOfLove: [[spoiler: Ariel is able to defy a Korozhet command and, in fact, defiantly plants herself on her helpless human love-interest's chest, threatening one to stay away from him, simply because she cares about him that strongly it overrides her programming. Cruelly averted when it simply lasers her dead for trying.]]

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* PortalCut: The slow-shield provides a variant, where triggering the slow-shield will cause it to cut off anything stuck through it at the time.
* ThePowerOfLove: [[spoiler: Ariel is able to defy a Korozhet command and, in fact, defiantly plants herself on her helpless human love-interest's chest, threatening one to stay away from him, simply because she cares about him One of the things that strongly it overrides her programming. Cruelly averted when it simply lasers her dead for trying.]]can overcome the soft-cyber RestrainingBolt.



* PrivatelyOwnedSociety: Although technically, it's commonly owned and the vat-grown citizens or their heirs can buy a share after [[ImpossibleTask they're done]] paying the bill for growing and educating them. That, and [[AllDevouringBlackHoleLoanSharks interest]].

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* PrivatelyOwnedSociety: Although technically, it's commonly owned and the vat-grown citizens or their heirs can buy a share after [[ImpossibleTask they're done]] paying the bill for growing and educating them. That, and [[AllDevouringBlackHoleLoanSharks [[LoanShark interest]].



* RestrainingBolt: [[spoiler: What the Soft-Cybers really are. Other features include a highly-accurate timepiece, one-way radio, UniversalTranslator...]]

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* RestrainingBolt: [[spoiler: What A feature of the Soft-Cybers really are. Other features include a highly-accurate timepiece, one-way radio, UniversalTranslator...]]soft-cyber.
29th Apr '14 1:35:54 PM Hertzyscowicz
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* ZombieAdvocate: The rats and the bats are considered non-persons, and the bats have several pro-bat parties.
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