History Literature / ShadowOps

28th Aug '16 6:13:30 PM Ramidel
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* VillainHasAPoint: Scylla was completely correct that the government wouldn't voluntarily allow Latents their freedom. Attempting to take over America with an army of genocidal goblins, ''Gahe'' and Selfers isn't really a solution, though. [[spoiler: Britton is only willing to turn against her if the SOC is willing to force the government to play ball, though.]]
28th Aug '16 6:07:04 PM Ramidel
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* TheScapegoat: [[spoiler: President Walsh is impeached for running a system of illegal magic use, so that Entertech's system can continue to function exactly as it had under his administration.]]
28th Aug '16 6:04:59 PM Ramidel
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* MeetTheNewBoss: When [[spoiler: President Walsh is impeached for the use of illegal magic, his Vice President ''immediately'' commits to keeping the old mage-control system in place. This is what convinces Britton that the only answer is forcing SOC to support what amounts to a military coup; the rule of law isn't going to get him anywhere.]]


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* ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections: A running theme in the third book is that you can't have a functioning rule of law if the government has been subverted by a MegaCorp, and attempts to bring about reform within the system will be squashed by people with vested interests. It takes [[spoiler: Britton forcing the SOC to illegally commit to supporting reform, which essentially amounts to a ''coup d'etat'', to bring about a new system]].
24th Jul '16 12:54:56 PM RazorSmile
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** The physiomancer that Schwietzer fights in ''Gemini Cell'' does things like turning his arm into a giant bone blade, use his own ribs as impaling tools and extend his neck tenfold.
22nd Jul '16 7:33:32 PM Ramidel
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* TheDarkArts: Any of the four Prohibited Schools: Negramancy, Portamancy, Necromancy, and Sentient Elemental Conjuration. There's also Rending (the use of Physiomancy to kill) and Whispering (use of Terramancy to control animals).

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* TheDarkArts: Any of the four Prohibited Schools: Negramancy, Portamancy, Necromancy, and Sentient Elemental Conjuration. There's also Rending (the use of Physiomancy to kill) and Whispering (use of Terramancy to control animals). [[spoiler: Actually, "prohibited" just means "so valuable that the military will break the rules to get their hands on you."]]


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* MutantDraftBoard: All Latents who manifest are required to report in and given the choice of imprisonment or military service. Latents who run, or Probes (anyone who manifests in a Prohibited School or uses a legal school in a prohibited way) are killed. [[spoiler: [[FirstEpisodeSpoiler Okay, that's not right.]] Probes are recruited, end of story. They aren't allowed to accept imprisonment ''or'' to be killed; those who are too recalcitrant are lobotomized and forced into service anyway. Latents who run get the same treatment if capturing them is possible; SOC doesn't kill Latents unless they have no other choice.]]
22nd Jul '16 7:18:31 PM Ramidel
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* {{Mutants}}: Deliberately done by ''los Limpiados'', who were forced into the sewers of Mexico. Many of the tribe adopted nonhuman attributes and mutations (chiefly pale skin and skin-altered tattoos, but a lot of others as well) through Physiomancy, embracing a sort of [[Literature/TheTimeMachine Morlock]] aesthetic.
21st Jul '16 9:13:01 PM Ramidel
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* AntimagicalFaction: The European Caliphate is firmly against any magic use except for Suppression, due to their version of ''sharia'' law.


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* MiddleEasternCoalition: Played with. There's a Caliphate, but it's in an Islamized Europe.
21st Jul '16 9:07:23 PM Ramidel
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** Scylla. [[spoiler: Was naturally a good person, but beta-testing the dangerous Limbic Dampener prototype drove her insane, and her imprisonment left her both insane and with a massive chip on her shoulder.]]


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* TragicVillain: [[spoiler: It's not Scylla's fault that she's a psychopathic Selfer supremacist, but she does have to be taken down for the good of everyone who isn't part of her Selfer gang.]]
21st Jul '16 1:57:17 PM 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''.

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* {{Biomanipulation}}: {{Biomancy}}: 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''.
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.
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