History Literature / ShadowsOfTheApt

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%%* EvilCanNotComprehendGood

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%%* EvilCanNotComprehendGoodEvilCannotComprehendGood



* FauxAffablyEvil: [[TheEmperor Alvdan II]] usually conducts himself with civility and decorum, but that's just a paper-thin mask over the near-emotionless [[TheSociopath sociopath]] he really is, and even then his politeness is often just mean-spirited mockery.



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%%* GladiatorGames* GladiatorGames: The Wasps often hold these, using slaves as combatants.



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%%* LonelyAtTheTop* LonelyAtTheTop: Alvdan takes no pleasure in any part of the actual work of being Emperor, and has grown jaded by his limitless political power and paranoid about others attempting to take it from him. He's an unusually unsympathetic example, though, since one of the few things he does enjoy is [[KickTheDog wielding his power over those weaker than himself]], especially his [[CainAndAbel sister Resa]] and his [[SexSlave concubines]].



%%* MadeASlave
%%* MadScientist:
%%** Colonel-Auxilian Dariandrephos.
%%** [[spoiler: Totho eventually turns into this.]]

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%%* MadeASlave
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* MadeASlave: A common fate for those captured by the Wasp Empire. It briefly happens to Che during the first book, when she is captured by a Wasp caravan.
* MadScientist:
Colonel-Auxilian Dariandrephos.
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Dariandrephos, generally just called Drephos. He is a master of designing military technology and absolutely ''relishes'' the creation and use of new weapons, regarding their numerous victims simply as expendable "meat."
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[[spoiler: Totho eventually turns into this.this as well, under Drephos's tutelage.]]
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* TheEmpire: The Wasp Empire.

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* TheEmpire: The Wasp Empire.Empire, which has its sights set on world conquest.
20th Oct '17 9:32:39 PM kikiandlala
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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.
20th Oct '17 9:25:45 PM kikiandlala
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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.
20th Oct '17 9:18:46 PM kikiandlala
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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]]
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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.
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