History Literature / ShadowOps

18th Jul '17 7:35:15 PM Kalaong
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The third book in the prequel trilogy, ''Siege Line'', will be released on on October 31, 2017. Though having successfully captured a key political backer of the shadowy organization that murdered and reanimated him, Schweitzer and his son are still on the run. However, his actions have turned the Gemini Cell into a rogue agency - and the government is offering him amnesty in exchange for his help in taking them down. All he needs to do is prevent a powerful group of magical adepts from controlling a dangerous source of magical power in MysteriousAntarctica. Well, as the SEALs always say, "The only easy day was yesterday." And he ''died'' yesterday.

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The third book in the prequel trilogy, ''Siege Line'', will be released on on October 31, 2017. Though having successfully captured a key political backer of the shadowy organization that murdered and reanimated him, Schweitzer and his son are still on the run. However, his actions have turned the Gemini Cell into a rogue agency - and the government is offering him amnesty in exchange for his help in taking them down. All he needs to do is prevent a powerful group of magical adepts from controlling a dangerous source of magical power in MysteriousAntarctica. Well, as the SEALs [=SEALs=] always say, "The only easy day was yesterday." And he ''died'' yesterday.
18th Jul '17 7:34:55 PM Kalaong
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The third book in the prequel trilogy, ''Siege Line'', will be released on on October 31, 2017. Though having successfully captured a key political backer of the shadowy organization that murdered and reanimated him, Schweitzer and his son are still on the run. However, his actions have turned the Gemini Cell into a rogue agency - and the government is offering him amnesty in exchange for his help in taking them down. All he needs to do is prevent a powerful group of magical adepts from controlling a dangerous source of magical power in MysteriousAntarctica. Well, as the SEALs always say, "The only easy day was yesterday." And he ''died'' yesterday.
14th May '17 6:18:51 AM Ramidel
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* MistreatmentInducedBetrayal: When [[spoiler: Downer returns to the SOC voluntarily, the SOC respond by treating her brutally, like a dog where they don't know whether it's rabid or not. This rather neatly breaks her StockholmSyndrome and her crush on Harlequin, causing her to turn Selfer first chance she gets.]]



* MugglesDoItBetter: The Goblins have numbers, large amounts of Sorcerers, dragons, massive rocs, giants, and the backing of the ''Gahe''. Humans have machineguns, tanks, Strykers, Apache helicopters, and A-10 Warthogs. The only reason that [[spoiler: FOB Frontier is overrun]] is because [[spoiler: half the base was leveled by Scylla and they were cut off from resupply when the SOC's only Portamancer was killed.]]
** It turns out that there's one thing muggles ''can't'' do better at: fighting ''gahe'', which are ImmuneToBullets. Only magic can contain them, and getting magical support is one of the biggest problems Harlequin faces while fighting Scylla's army in ''Breach Zone''.

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* MugglesDoItBetter: The Goblins have numbers, large amounts of Sorcerers, dragons, massive rocs, giants, and the backing of the ''Gahe''. Humans have machineguns, tanks, Strykers, Apache helicopters, and A-10 Warthogs. The only reason that [[spoiler: FOB Frontier is overrun]] is because [[spoiler: half the base was leveled by Scylla and they were cut off from resupply when the SOC's only Portamancer was killed.]]
** It turns out that there's one thing muggles ''can't'' do better at: fighting ''gahe'', which
]] Also, mundane bullets are ImmuneToBullets. Only magic can contain them, useless against ''Gahe''. So it's kind of a ZigZaggingTrope: Muggle weapons are more powerful in a straight war, but there are situations where you really need magic, and getting there are magical support is one of beings that have the biggest problems Harlequin faces while fighting Scylla's army in ''Breach Zone''.power of a nuke and the operational flexibility of a SEAL.
14th May '17 6:02:43 AM Ramidel
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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.

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* JustFollowingOrders: JustFollowingOrders:
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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.


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** ''Gemini Cell'' defends the idea at one point, when Schweitzer says that the same person can't be both the blade and the hand that wields it, because that's how you get juntas and military coups. Of course, later Schweitzer indeed has to go rogue because Gemini Cell is corrupt to the core. (If it sounds like there isn't a clear {{Aesop}} in this, that's intentional.)
14th May '17 5:48:53 AM Ramidel
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* SoldierVsWarrior:
** Part of the "Skill Beats Will" theme is that trained SOC Sorcerers will easily take down wild-and-free Selfers with their training and military precision. [[spoiler: Actually, this is a false dichotomy. What allows the Selfers to be the soldiers here is the Limbic Dampener drug. With access to the drug's control, Selfers are every bit as capable and dangerous as Sorcerers.]]
** Explored heavily in ''Gemini Cell'', as Schweitzer (a trained SEAL operator and soldier) is psychically linked to the ghost of an ancient Mesopotamian warrior. Ninip is constantly amazed at how well "footmen" can kill, and repeatedly has to take lessons from the trained Operator in how to most effectively remove obstacles and threats.
14th May '17 5:37:55 AM Ramidel
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** When discussing just what he is, the zombified Schweitzer points to himself and says "new nuke." When he goes rogue, the incident is classified as "Javelin Rain," the in-universe codename for what we call an EmptyQuiver.
17th Apr '17 8:39:36 AM Kalaong
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-->Forcing children into military service has been the hallmark of failed states around the world, and a tragedy that the UN and a slew of NGOs has worked tirelessly to combat. In the Ivory Coast, Uganda, Rwanda, Kurdistan, the cry of outrage is heard at each new report of children forced to go to war. Except in the United States. Here, Latent children are routinely indoctrinated into the SOC in the name of national security, and the voices of outrage are suddenly silent, quietly grateful that someone is dealing with the problem.

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-->Forcing children into military service has been the hallmark of failed states around the world, and a tragedy that the UN and a slew of NGOs [=NGOs=] has worked tirelessly to combat. In the Ivory Coast, Uganda, Rwanda, Kurdistan, the cry of outrage is heard at each new report of children forced to go to war. Except in the United States. Here, Latent children are routinely indoctrinated into the SOC in the name of national security, and the voices of outrage are suddenly silent, quietly grateful that someone is dealing with the problem.
17th Apr '17 8:38:09 AM Kalaong
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* ArtisticLicenseLaw: The [=McGauer-Linden=] Act, which allows the government to imprison or conscript Latents into military service, is ''extremely'' unconstitutional. In US law, no Congressional act or executive order can violate the Constitution, and the [=McGrauer-Linden=] Act is among the most extreme imaginable violations of due process, which is protected by the Fifth Amendment.

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* ArtisticLicenseLaw: The [=McGauer-Linden=] Act, which allows the government to imprison or conscript Latents into military service, service - especially as a huge number of Latents are ''[[ChildSoldier teenagers]]'' - is ''extremely'' unconstitutional. In US law, no Congressional act or executive order can violate the Constitution, and the [=McGrauer-Linden=] Act is among the most extreme imaginable violations of due process, which is protected by the Fifth Amendment. Of course, the central theme of the series is how [[LetNoCrisisGoToWaste in times of crisis]], the majority of people ''will'' surrender [[LibertyOverProsperity freedom for security]] and discover all too late that they've made themselves defenseless before a government that now has absolute power.
-->Forcing children into military service has been the hallmark of failed states around the world, and a tragedy that the UN and a slew of NGOs has worked tirelessly to combat. In the Ivory Coast, Uganda, Rwanda, Kurdistan, the cry of outrage is heard at each new report of children forced to go to war. Except in the United States. Here, Latent children are routinely indoctrinated into the SOC in the name of national security, and the voices of outrage are suddenly silent, quietly grateful that someone is dealing with the problem.
17th Apr '17 5:56:52 AM Kalaong
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** In addition, the mere existence of FOB Frontier is a violation of the War Powers Resolution, which says that the President must inform Congress within 48 hours of a foreign military deployment and must withdraw them within ninety days without a Congressional authorization of military support. [[spoiler: It's no surprise that the President is really, ''really'' unhappy with the idea of FOB Frontier becoming public and is willing to let everyone there die to keep it a secret.]]

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** In addition, the mere existence of FOB Frontier is a violation of the War Powers Resolution, which says that the President must inform Congress within 48 hours of a foreign military deployment and must withdraw them within ninety days without a Congressional authorization of military support. [[spoiler: It's [[spoiler:It's no surprise that the President is really, ''really'' unhappy with the idea of FOB Frontier becoming public and is willing to let everyone there die to keep it a secret.]]



* 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'' 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'' 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 McGauer-Linden Act]] any longer.
10th Apr '17 7:00:13 PM Kalaong
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-->''Letís apply Occamís razor here. Is almighty God intervening on behalf of the king? Or is there an Aeromancer tucked away in the Mabahith building, telling himself he bears a heavy burden to keep his country safe?''
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