History Literature / ShadowsOfTheApt

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* CallASmeerpARabbit: Almost all man-portable projectile weapons in this world is called a bow of some kind. The snapbow is an air-powered gun, while Balkus's nailbow is a weapon that uses explosive powder to fire a spray of nails at enemies like a blunderbuss.
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* SufferTheSlings: The forces of the Worm are so primitive that their only missile weapon is the sling. Even the other Inapt races have gone up to using longbows.
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* FriendlySniper: Gorenn is a ridiculously optimistic and boisterous Dragonfly kinden who calls herself the Commonweal Retribution Army. She's also become a living legend because of the amazing shots she can do with her bow (including the first to disable a Sentinel).


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* PassingTheTorch: The series really splits into two [[spoiler: after the death of Emperor Alvdan]], in the 2nd phase of the series two new important characters are introduced, the Collegium students - the Antspider and Eugen Leadwell. [[Spoiler: These two would be the ones to go to Capitas to see the end of the war and the Wasp Empire, something that none of the original main characters will do. And it'll be these two who will lead the rebuilt Collegium in the epilogue]]
20th Oct '17 9:07:29 PM kikiandlala
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* BigDamnedHeroes: Twice the Sea-kinden come to the rescue. [[spoiler: The first time, their giant monsters rise out of the sea to destroy the invading Spider-fleet that was about to attack an unprepared Collegium. The second time, they liberate the Collegium from the Wasps 2nd Legion with a surprise attack that catches the Wasp and the Collegium citizens off-guard.]]

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* BigDamnedHeroes: BigDamnHeroes: Twice the Sea-kinden come to the rescue. [[spoiler: The first time, their giant monsters rise out of the sea to destroy the invading Spider-fleet that was about to attack an unprepared Collegium. The second time, they liberate the Collegium from the Wasps 2nd Legion with a surprise attack that catches the Wasp and the Collegium citizens off-guard.]]


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* MoreDakka: For infantry, the bullets really fly when the makers of the Snapbow then create the Repeating Snapbow. Vehicles, especially aircraft get the powerful [[GatlingGood Rotary Piercer]] which is fast enough to tag fighter jets.
20th Oct '17 9:01:38 PM kikiandlala
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* BigDamnedHeroes: Twice the Sea-kinden come to the rescue. [[spoiler: The first time, their giant monsters rise out of the sea to destroy the invading Spider-fleet that was about to attack an unprepared Collegium. The second time, they liberate the Collegium from the Wasps 2nd Legion with a surprise attack that catches the Wasp and the Collegium citizens off-guard.]]



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%%* EvilSorcerer* EvilSorcerer: Uctebri [[spoiler: is a Mosquito kinden sorcerer who offers to give Emperor Alvdan immortality if he can have Alvdan's younger sister Seda. What Uctebri actually intends is to turn Seda into a magical tool and he's the one who assasinates Alvdan. After Seda is corrupted, she has her former mentor Uctebri killed and she becomes an evil sorcerer too]].


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* HeelFaceTurn: Thalric grows increasingly disillusioned by the Empire and falls in love with Che, leading him to abandon the Empire.


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* SorcerousOverlord: The Moths were a race of this and were the foremost rulers of the Bad Old Days until their servitor races rebelled. The biggest example for the Moths is Argastos, the Moth's greatest Warmaster. Even after death, his decayed corpse continued to command his legions of Mantis warriors and any victim that fell into his clutches would be made to join him (most recently a Wasp airship crew).
20th Oct '17 8:37:08 PM kikiandlala
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* DeityOfHumanOrigin: [[spoiler: The Worm is the god of remnants of the Centipede-kinden, it was created when they turned to religion after getting exiled out of reality.]]



* TheDreaded: The Worm, [[spoiler: aka the Centipeded-kinden]], all the Inapt races have an atavistic fear of them to the point where [[spoiler: giant centipedes are killed on sight]].

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* TheDreaded: The Worm, [[spoiler: aka the Centipeded-kinden]], all the Inapt races have an atavistic fear of them to the point where [[spoiler: giant centipedes are killed on sight]]. For the Sea-kinden, it's the Starfish-kinden. These are a race of mindless, violent savages that exist only to kill and have great regenerative powers, to the point where chopped body parts regrow into new people.


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* EldritchAbomination: The Worm [[spoiler: looks like a giant centipede that has segments composed of all the people it's devoured (their faces can be seen in its body). The necromancer Maure couldn't feel the presence of the lingering dead in that world, because the Worm ate them all and it's presence causes humans to forget how to use magic and technological artifice, simply because it doesn't believe in either. It's aspiration is to invade the real world and convert it into more segments of itself.]]


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* {{Tulpa}}: [[spoiler: When the Centipede-kinden are exiled to a magic-less dimension, they suffer so much despair that they retreat into further embodying their totem insect and develop a religion from it. This causes ''The Worm'' to come into existence]]
20th Oct '17 8:16:26 PM kikiandlala
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* DeathSeeker: The Mantis are an entire race of them, they've been a servitor race for ages but their Moth masters have dumped them and their individual skills are no longer a match for modern weapons and squad tactics, so they now seek death in battle. One Mantis nation actually succeeds in completely killing themselves off. [[spoiler: They get better through the intervention of their totem insect and a sorcerous queen.]]


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* TheDreaded: The Worm, [[spoiler: aka the Centipeded-kinden]], all the Inapt races have an atavistic fear of them to the point where [[spoiler: giant centipedes are killed on sight]].


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* TheDungAges: The age of the Inapt was referred to as The Bad Old Days. For the Apt races, their histories depict it as a time of superstitious ignorance and slavery. The reality was even worse, the Bad Old Days was a DarkFantasy world where sorcerous overlords would regularly commit atrocities and it only ended when all the Kinden fought against the forces of the Worm.
20th Oct '17 7:59:37 PM kikiandlala
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* CoolTank: The Iron Glove developed the Sentinels, these are wood-louse shaped battle vehicles that are armed with a leadshotter and twin rotary piercers. Their biggest advantage is that they're almost invulnerable with their extra-thick black steel armour. Only a small number of Sentinels have ever been disabled by enemy attack (ie flipped on its back, crew killed, etc) and none have been destroyed. One Sentinel even took direct hit from a magnetic cannon and only had a small dent to show for it. The Sentinels [[spoiler: were the only reason why the Wasps could capture the Collegium.]]


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* EveryOneDies: [[spoiler: Of the original main characters, the only survivors are Cheerwell Maker and Thalric]]


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* MagneticWeapons: The series' final significant weapon developed is the magnetic cannon. This was a new type of artillery developed by the Collegium to counter the Wasps' Greatshotters, it's basically a coilgun that's charged by hand-cranked generators.
11th Oct '17 12:10:14 PM RedScharlach
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''Shadows of the Apt'' is a fantasy series by Adrian Tchaikovsky (real name: Adrian Czajkowski). The basic plot is fairly familiar- a [[IgnoredExpert single visionary]] must persuade his people of the imminent threat from a [[TheEmpire rapacious, conquering empire]]- the main twist is the idea of the insect-kinden; all humans inherit powers based on the idealised abilities of a particular arthropod.

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''Shadows of the Apt'' is a fantasy series by Adrian Tchaikovsky (real name: Adrian Czajkowski). The basic plot is fairly familiar- familiar: a [[IgnoredExpert single visionary]] must persuade his people of the imminent threat from a [[TheEmpire rapacious, conquering empire]]- the empire]]. The main twist is the idea of the insect-kinden; all humans inherit powers based on the idealised abilities of a particular arthropod.



** Quite a few of the characters/ events from the short stories are woven into the main plot. The duel in Ironclads is brought up more than once in ''Heirs of the Blade'' (and the ghost story Avaris tells is most likely to be the same story as The Dreams of Avaris)

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** Quite a few of the characters/ events characters[=/=]events from the short stories are woven into the main plot. The duel in Ironclads "Ironclads" is brought up more than once in ''Heirs of the Blade'' (and the ghost story Avaris tells is most likely to be the same story as The "The Dreams of Avaris)Avaris").



This is because magic works in an entirely diferent way to 'Art' as noted when [[spoiler:she noticed something off about Stenwold's agent in Helleron]], whereas the people in this world can identify something as an 'Art' immediately even if they haven't seen it before.

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This is because magic works in an entirely diferent different way to 'Art' as noted when [[spoiler:she noticed something off about Stenwold's agent in Helleron]], whereas the people in this world can identify something as an 'Art' immediately even if they haven't seen it before.



* TheAtoner: In ''Salute the Dark'', Tisamon sees himself as an Atoner, although the main thing he's atoning for would, to most people, seem like ''[[ValuesDissonance a good thing]]-'' but Mantids mate for life...

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* TheAtoner: In ''Salute the Dark'', Tisamon sees himself as an Atoner, although the main thing he's atoning for would, to most people, seem like ''[[ValuesDissonance a good thing]]-'' but thing]]''--but Mantids mate for life...



* BadassArmy: An army of one thousand Mantis-kinden from Felyal doesn't quite live up to their boasts- they said they'd be able to kill the whole of the 20,000-strong Imperial Fourth Army. [[spoiler: They only got three quarters of them before the rest fled.]]
* BadassLabcoat: Sort of; Stenwold and Totho both wear their artificing gear (Heavy leather clothes, fireproof aprons, tough gloves etc.) rather than armour in the first few books because firstly they are artificers before warriors, and secondly because [[HiddenInPlainSight none of the guards would pay attention to]] [[NeedleInAStackOfNeedles an artificer looking for work in an imperial city.]] Infact, [[spoiler: during the siege of Collegium the city's defence was upheld by a last-minute militia that was equipped with what poor reserves the city had. After that each man woman and child grabbed whatever could be used in a fight. Seeing how the local residents are mostly artificers... You get the idea]]

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* BadassArmy: An army of one thousand Mantis-kinden from Felyal doesn't quite live up to their boasts- they boasts--they said they'd be able to kill the whole of the 20,000-strong Imperial Fourth Army. [[spoiler: They only got three quarters of them before the rest fled.]]
* BadassLabcoat: Sort of; Stenwold and Totho both wear their artificing gear (Heavy (heavy leather clothes, fireproof aprons, tough gloves etc.) rather than armour in the first few books because firstly they are artificers before warriors, and secondly because [[HiddenInPlainSight none of the guards would pay attention to]] [[NeedleInAStackOfNeedles an artificer looking for work in an imperial city.]] Infact, In fact, [[spoiler: during the siege of Collegium the city's defence was upheld by a last-minute militia that was equipped with what poor reserves the city had. After that each man woman and child grabbed whatever could be used in a fight. Seeing how the local residents are mostly artificers... You get the idea]]idea.]]



* BlackMagic: While magic is not inherently bad, it is said that there are couple truly bad magic. [[spoiler: The Darakyon ritual and the blood magic Mosquito-kinden utilizes in general]]
** A lot of foreshadowing is happening with the prophecy that [[spoiler: Stenwold hears from the monarch of the Commonweal]] and towards the end of the Heirs of the Blade with what Che [[spoiler: says about the crest of worms while she was in a trance like state]]
* BladeBelowTheShoulder: Mantis-kinden have two flavours- their Art-grown spines and the Claw.
* BlindSeer: Subverted by the Moth-kinden; they are all Seers and magicians, but rather than being blind they can see better than any other race with their Art for being able to see in the dark. Crosses over with ProphetEyes (See below).

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* BlackMagic: While magic is not inherently bad, it is said that there are couple some forms of truly bad magic. [[spoiler: The magic exist: [[spoiler:the Darakyon ritual and the blood magic that Mosquito-kinden utilizes in general]]
general.]]
** A lot of foreshadowing is happening with the prophecy that [[spoiler: Stenwold hears from the monarch of the Commonweal]] and towards the end of the Heirs of the Blade with what Che [[spoiler: says [[spoiler:says about the crest of worms while she was in a trance like state]]
* BladeBelowTheShoulder: Mantis-kinden have two flavours- their flavours--their Art-grown spines and the Claw.
* BlindSeer: Subverted by the Moth-kinden; they are all Seers and magicians, but rather than being blind they can see better than any other race with their Art for being able to see in the dark. Crosses over with ProphetEyes (See (see below).



** In Salute the Dark [[spoiler: It's Tiasmon again, anguished over his "betrayal" of Atryssa willingly lets himself be captured by the Wasps as a gladiator slave to get a chance to kill the Emperor as a form of redemption]]

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** In Salute ''Salute the Dark [[spoiler: It's Tiasmon Dark'' [[spoiler:it's Tisamon again, anguished over his "betrayal" of Atryssa willingly lets himself be captured by the Wasps as a gladiator slave to get a chance to kill the Emperor as a form of redemption]]



** In ''Salute the Dark'', Stenwold [[spoiler: hears a prophecy from the Monarch of the Commonweal and how there's blood coming out from the ground]] and in addition in the Sea Watch [[spoiler: Stenwold then hears a similar prophecy of blood coming out from the lands, that will spill into the sea and consume it]]. Things aren't looking too bright in the insect-kinden world.
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: At the end of ''Blood of the Mantis'', [[spoiler: Tynisa]] is forced via magic to attack [[spoiler: Achaeos]].

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** In ''Salute the Dark'', Stenwold [[spoiler: hears [[spoiler:hears a prophecy from the Monarch of the Commonweal and how there's about blood coming out from of the ground]] and in addition in the ''The Sea Watch [[spoiler: Stenwold Watch'', [[spoiler:Stenwold then hears a similar prophecy of about blood coming out from of the lands, land that will spill into the sea and consume it]]. Things aren't looking too bright in the insect-kinden world.
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: At the end of ''Blood of the Mantis'', [[spoiler: Tynisa]] [[spoiler:Tynisa]] is forced via magic to attack [[spoiler: Achaeos]].[[spoiler:Achaeos]].



** Stenwold's Piercer bow makes a reappearance in Salute the Dark for a while as well.
** And then again in 'The Air War', where it was literally hanging on the wall before being used.

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** Stenwold's Piercer bow makes a reappearance in Salute ''Salute the Dark Dark'' for a while as well.
** And then again in 'The ''The Air War', War'', where it was literally hanging on the wall before being used.



** Played with in Book 8: The Air War, it's explained that the Apt haven't fully mastered gunpowder technology. They haven't been able to create a man-portable gunpowder weapon that's accurate, but they have them for artillery and vehicle-mounted weaponry (the leadshot and greatshotters).

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** Played with in Book 8: The ''The Air War, War'': it's explained that the Apt haven't fully mastered gunpowder technology. They haven't been able to create a man-portable gunpowder weapon that's accurate, but they have them for artillery and vehicle-mounted weaponry (the leadshot and greatshotters).



** ''The Sea Watch'' has to take the cake though. Despite some foreshadowing from previous books and online material, hints from WordOfGod, and even the front cover of the book itself; nothing prepares for [[spoiler:the reveal that the "Sea-kinden" aren't just insect kinden that live underwater but are kinden of entirely non-insect related origins, and that these kinden are divided into families of unrelated kinden. Considering that the histories of the insect kinden are still a mystery to the reader its a pretty big shock to be suddenly introduced to Octopus- and Jellyfish-kinden. It also raises even more questions about how much Scyla (and her teachers) truely knew about the different types of Kinden.]]

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** ''The Sea Watch'' has to take the cake though. Despite some foreshadowing from previous books and online material, hints from WordOfGod, and even the front cover of the book itself; itself, nothing prepares for [[spoiler:the reveal that the "Sea-kinden" aren't just insect kinden that live underwater but are kinden of entirely non-insect related non-insect-related origins, and that these kinden are divided into families of unrelated kinden. Considering that the histories of the insect kinden are still a mystery to the reader its reader, it's a pretty big shock to be suddenly introduced to Octopus- and Jellyfish-kinden. It also raises even more questions about how much Scyla (and her teachers) truely truly knew about the different types of Kinden.]]



* OutgrownSuchSillySuperstitions: The Apt in general, Che in particular, have outgrown the silly superstitions of magic[[note]]''Actually'' it's not quite as simple as "Inapt believe in magic, Apt don't"; people who have grown up in places ruled by the Apt also tend to believe that magic does not exist (eg. Tynisa is Inapt but was brought up in Collegium and does not believe in magic) where as people who have grown up in places ruled by the Inapt believe that magic does exist (eg. the Beetle servants in Tharn are Apt but they certainly believe in their master's abilities to perform magic.)[[/note]]. This being a fantasy book, they are wrong. Meanwhile, ''everyone'''s outgrown the silly superstition that gods exist, as well as old wives tales of unusual kinden [[spoiler: both of which in a manner return in ''Seal of the Worm''.]]

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* OutgrownSuchSillySuperstitions: The Apt in general, Che in particular, have outgrown the silly superstitions of magic[[note]]''Actually'' it's not quite as simple as "Inapt believe in magic, Apt don't"; people who have grown up in places ruled by the Apt also tend to believe that magic does not exist (eg. (e.g. Tynisa is Inapt but was brought up in Collegium and does not believe in magic) where as whereas people who have grown up in places ruled by the Inapt believe that magic does exist (eg.(e.g. the Beetle servants in Tharn are Apt but they certainly believe in their master's abilities to perform magic.)[[/note]]. This being a fantasy book, they are wrong. Meanwhile, ''everyone'''s outgrown the silly superstition that gods exist, as well as old wives wives' tales of unusual kinden [[spoiler: both [[spoiler:both of which in a manner return in ''Seal of the Worm''.]]



** The Pilots of the Exalsee are compared to a dueling society; they all know and respect each other, some are very close friends, and if they were to find themselves pitted against one another their feelings wouldn't change. However this wouldn't stop them fighting to the death and shooting each other out of the air. Probably the best example of this is between Taki and [[spoiler: Axrad (a Wasp pilot who seeks her out for an Air Duel during the invasion of Solarno)]]

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** The Pilots of the Exalsee are compared to a dueling society; they all know and respect each other, some are very close friends, and if they were to find themselves pitted against one another their feelings wouldn't change. However this wouldn't stop them fighting to the death and shooting each other out of the air. Probably the best example of this is between Taki and [[spoiler: Axrad [[spoiler:Axrad (a Wasp pilot who seeks her out for an Air Duel during the invasion of Solarno)]]
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