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14th Jun '16 5:53:57 PM Kalaong
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The second book in the prequel trilogy, ''Javelin Rain'', will be released on March 29, 2016. Schweitzer has fled his handlers, and is now on the run with his wife and son. However, the government [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman no longer considers him human]]; instead they see him as a [[EmptyQuiver missing]] WeaponOfMassDestruction - one to be reclaimed or destroyed at any cost.

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The second book in the prequel trilogy, ''Javelin Rain'', will be was released on March 29, 2016. Schweitzer has fled his handlers, and is now on the run with his wife and son. However, the government [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman no longer considers him human]]; instead they see him as a [[EmptyQuiver missing]] WeaponOfMassDestruction - one to be reclaimed or destroyed at any cost.
16th May '16 4:03:26 PM Kalaong
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* JustFollowingOrders: A particularly interesting examination of it, as it is pointed out that following orders is ''[[IFightForTheStrongestSide easier]]'' than defiance - an attempt to [[NeverMyFault refuse responsibility]] for actions one takes on behalf of authority.
-->'''Harlequin''': I donít have the power to offer...\\
'''Britton''': Which is what government ''always'' says, and why nobody ever trusts it. Itís not my job. I donít have the authority. I canít. Policy says. I donít write the laws. It all comes out to the same thing: No.
16th May '16 1:05:03 PM Kalaong
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** Also, no one seems to have brought it up so far, but this troper is drawing some serious parallels between the SOC invasion of the Source and the European invasion of the Americas.

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** Also, no one seems to have brought it up so far, but this troper is drawing some serious Scylla says that there are obvious parallels between the SOC invasion of the Source and the European invasion of the Americas. Americas, which is why the Gahe support the Native American tribes in the Civil War in the American Southwest.
15th May '16 7:32:05 PM Kalaong
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* {{Muggles}}: Nonmagical humans, which make up the majority of the human population. Scylla views them as little more than cattle and slaves to Latents. [[spoiler:Understandable and perhaps even justified, given how she spent the first years of the Awakening attempting to solve the problem scientifically only for Latent government to rob her blind and make her a slave]].

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* {{Muggles}}: Nonmagical humans, which make up the majority of the human population. Scylla views them as little more than cattle and slaves to Latents. [[spoiler:Understandable and perhaps even justified, given how she spent the first years of the Awakening attempting to solve the problem scientifically only for Latent mundane government to rob her blind and make her a slave]].



** MundaneUtility turns out to be so useful that its ultimately [[spoiler: part of the root cause of the entire conflict over the series. The monetary gain from what magic could do, especially with control over the weather to do things like grow crops in perfect conditions or protect shipping from storms was so immense that Entertech and Washington politicians tried to pretty much turn Latents into slave labor. This, coupled with widespread fear of magic, made it easy to pass the laws to control Latents.]]

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** MundaneUtility turns out to be so useful that its ultimately [[spoiler: part [[spoiler:part of the root cause of the entire conflict over the series. The monetary gain from what magic could do, especially with control over the weather to do things like grow crops in perfect conditions or protect shipping from storms was so immense that Entertech and Washington politicians tried to pretty much turn Latents into slave labor. This, coupled with widespread fear of magic, made it easy to pass the laws to control Latents.]]



* NoOneGetsLeftBehind: Britton refusing to leave anyone behind during the botched recon mission to one of the Goblin camps. Fitzsimmons gets infuriated when Britton risks his life to save him, because Britton is too valuable a weapon.

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* NoOneGetsLeftBehind: Britton refusing to leave anyone behind during the botched recon mission to one of the Goblin camps. Fitzsimmons gets infuriated when Britton risks his life to save him, because Britton is too valuable - not just as a weapon.weapon, but as one of the only two people who can open portals back to Earth. Especially since the other is a lobotomized teenager.
7th Apr '16 1:02:39 AM morenohijazo
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* {{Biomanipulation}} - Physiomancers can heal themselves or others with a touch or even at range. They can also do things like boost their musculature and bone density to Liefeldian degrees and manifest huge bone spikes (as seen in ''Gemini Cell'') or warp themselves into a BlobMonster as seen in ''Control Point''.

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* {{Biomanipulation}} - {{Biomanipulation}}: Physiomancers can heal themselves or others with a touch or even at range. They can also do things like boost their musculature and bone density to Liefeldian degrees and manifest huge bone spikes (as seen in ''Gemini Cell'') or warp themselves into a BlobMonster as seen in ''Control Point''.
28th Mar '16 6:44:26 AM RazorSmile
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* {{Biomanipulation}} - Physiomancers can heal themselves or others with a touch or even at range. They can also do things like boost their musculature and bone density to Liefeldian degrees and manifest huge bone spikes (as seen in ''Gemini Cell'') or warp themselves into a BlobMonster as seen in ''Control Point''.
8th Mar '16 10:38:59 AM Kalaong
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*LetNoCrisisGoToWaste: '''''Repeatedly and blatantly stated.''''' The Awakening brought chaos to the world. ''Every'' government in the world has increased their authority to PoliceState levels to "protect" the {{Muggles}}.
--> '''Grace Lyons''': ''Thatís whatís so tricky about these systems. Youíre right, of course, but that doesnít change the fact that you use being right to seize and hoard power. And when you concentrate that power in the hands of a few bureaucrats, they get stingy with it.''



* {{Muggles}}: Nonmagical humans, which make up the majority of the human population. Scylla views them as little more than cattle and slaves to Latents.

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* {{Muggles}}: Nonmagical humans, which make up the majority of the human population. Scylla views them as little more than cattle and slaves to Latents. [[spoiler:Understandable and perhaps even justified, given how she spent the first years of the Awakening attempting to solve the problem scientifically only for Latent government to rob her blind and make her a slave]].
14th Feb '16 3:44:57 PM baschapp
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** Also, no one seems to have brought it up so far, but this troper is drawing some serious parallels between the SOC invasion of the Source and the European invasion of the Americas.



* GroinAttack: When a Pyromancer tries to rape Downer and sets his crotch on fire, she [[spoiler: creates fire elementals from it.]] ''Ow.''

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* GroinAttack: When a Pyromancer tries to rape Downer and sets his crotch on fire, she [[spoiler: creates fire elementals from it.]] ''Ow.'''' On a lesser note, Fitzy seems really fond of doing this to Britton
11th Feb '16 9:38:30 AM Kalaong
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* WithUsOrAgainstUs: Britton's ultimatum to Harlequin and Bookbinder in ''Breach Zone'' - Scylla's ''Gahe'' army is tearing New York to pieces, conventional forces are unable to stop them, and she's called on every Selfer to become part of her new nation. Britton states that he will ''never'' going to run down American civilians again - if the SOC wants him to denounce Scylla, the SOC will have to show good faith ''first''; state that the organization will go "Selfer" rather than enforce the [[SuperRegistrationAct Linden-MacGruder Act]] any longer.

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* WithUsOrAgainstUs: Britton's ultimatum to Harlequin and Bookbinder in ''Breach Zone'' - Scylla's ''Gahe'' army is tearing New York to pieces, conventional forces are unable to stop them, and she's called on every Selfer to become part of her new nation. Britton states that he will ''never'' going to run down American civilians again - if the SOC wants him to denounce Scylla, the SOC will have to show good faith ''first''; state that the organization will go "Selfer" rather than enforce the [[SuperRegistrationAct Linden-MacGruder Act]] any longer.
10th Feb '16 6:50:51 AM Golden
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The first novel in the series, ''Control Point''(released January 31, 2012), centers on Lieutenant Oscar Britton of the United States Army. Britton finds himself supporting the Supernatural Operations Corps (SOC), a branch of the United States military tasked with responding to and policing supernatural threats, including people manifesting magical powers. After responding to an incident involving two teenage "Latents" who go on a rampage in a high school, Britton suddenly begins manifesting the ability to create magical gates. Unfortunately, this power is one of several "prohibited" abilities, and Britton finds himself a sudden fugitive, sent on the run for abilities he has no control over. Captured by the SOC, he is given a simple choice: be "hired" as a "private contractor" for the SOC, or be killed because of his excessively dangerous powers. Taking the choice that will keep him alive, Britton is put to work using his gate-creating powers to support military operations as part of a unit known as "Shadow Coven" - a small squad of magic-using contractors with skills in using the dangerous prohibited schools of magic. As the book progresses, Britton is forced to grapple with issues of personal and national loyalty, freedom versus security, and his own status as a superhuman who is effectively enslaved by his own government and military.

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The first novel in the series, ''Control Point''(released Point'' (released January 31, 2012), centers on Lieutenant Oscar Britton of the United States Army. Britton finds himself supporting the Supernatural Operations Corps (SOC), a branch of the United States military tasked with responding to and policing supernatural threats, including people manifesting magical powers. After responding to an incident involving two teenage "Latents" who go on a rampage in a high school, Britton suddenly begins manifesting the ability to create magical gates. Unfortunately, this power is one of several "prohibited" abilities, and Britton finds himself a sudden fugitive, sent on the run for abilities he has no control over. Captured by the SOC, he is given a simple choice: be "hired" as a "private contractor" for the SOC, or be killed because of his excessively dangerous powers. Taking the choice that will keep him alive, Britton is put to work using his gate-creating powers to support military operations as part of a unit known as "Shadow Coven" - a small squad of magic-using contractors with skills in using the dangerous prohibited schools of magic. As the book progresses, Britton is forced to grapple with issues of personal and national loyalty, freedom versus security, and his own status as a superhuman who is effectively enslaved by his own government and military.
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