History Literature / ShadowsOfTheApt

25th Mar '16 9:08:03 PM kikiandlala
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* ArmorIsUseless: Averted, the new alloys created by the Iron Glove society is quickly worked into advanced body armour and walking tanks.
This makes them nearly invulnerable, even the armour-piercing snapbow bolts just glance off them.

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* ArmorIsUseless: Averted, the new alloys created by the Iron Glove society is quickly worked into advanced body armour and walking tanks. \n This makes them nearly invulnerable, even the armour-piercing snapbow bolts just glance off them.
25th Mar '16 9:07:28 PM kikiandlala
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* ArmorIsUseless: Averted, the new alloys created by the Iron Glove society is quickly worked into advanced body armour and walking tanks.
This makes them nearly invulnerable, even the armour-piercing snapbow bolts just glance off them.
25th Mar '16 9:02:03 PM kikiandlala
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* TheMagicGoesAway: While alluded to in previous books, in The Scarab Path and The Air War, it finally comes out that magic was once truly the stuff of miracles. If the Inapt races were capable of the sorceries of their ancient times, the Apt would never have been able to overthrow them. However the Inapt races were caught up in devastating wars amongst each other that greatly diminished their power. Since magic thrives under a climate of darkness and mystery, the current age of reason and technology has prevented magic from being the force it used to be, except in certain isolated parts of the world.
25th Mar '16 8:51:23 PM kikiandlala
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* LensMenArmsRace: Because of the war, both the Empire and Collegium have greatly advanced their military technology to counter each other's efforts. This reaches its apex in the The Air War, where the Empire built Farsphexes (diesel-powered, fixed-wing fighter bombers) and specific tactics to counter the Collegium's Stormreader interceptors which were still limited to windup power. The presence of the Iron Glove society accelerates the arms race even further as they willing sell their unique cutting-edge technology to any side.

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* LensMenArmsRace: LensmanArmsRace: Because of the war, both the Empire and Collegium have greatly advanced their military technology to counter each other's efforts. This reaches its apex in the The Air War, where the Empire built Farsphexes (diesel-powered, fixed-wing fighter bombers) and specific tactics to counter the Collegium's Stormreader interceptors which were still limited to windup power. The presence of the Iron Glove society accelerates the arms race even further as they willing sell their unique cutting-edge technology to any side.
25th Mar '16 8:49:53 PM kikiandlala
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* LensMenArmsRace: Because of the war, both the Empire and Collegium have greatly advanced their military technology to counter each other's efforts. This reaches its apex in the The Air War, where the Empire built Farsphexes (diesel-powered, fixed-wing fighter bombers) and specific tactics to counter the Collegium's Stormreader interceptors which were still limited to windup power. The presence of the Iron Glove society accelerates the arms race even further as they willing sell their unique cutting-edge technology to any side.
25th Mar '16 8:40:09 PM kikiandlala
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* SchizoTech: Because of the divide between the Apt and Inapt races, technology levels vary tremendously. For the Inapt, even the act of trying to use a doorknob is impossible (doors for Inapt are pulled open by a looped rope). The highest weapon achievement that the Inapt have are longbows. Amongst the Apt races, there's a gap in high technology, the Ants are conservative and are decades or even a century behind in tech in comparison to the Beetles. The Apt also have oddly limited mastery in gunpowder technology - they haven't been able to make guns that a person can carry, but they can use it for artillery and vehicle weapons. However the Apt are capable of creating walking machines that are capable of highly articulate movement, something that our technology hasn't quite mastered. One mad scientist in the Collegium even created his Lightning Engine, a LightningGun specifically designed to destroy aircraft.
25th Mar '16 8:27:26 PM kikiandlala
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* FantasyGunControl: Subverted with crossbows being the "weapon of the revolution" that put the Apt in charge and the Inapt on their long journey down the pecking order, and then again when [[spoiler:Totho invents the "snapbow" for the Empire, which is basically a gun that shoots further and harder than crossbows ever could, and makes even the awesome Mantis-kinden obsolete]].

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* FantasyGunControl: Subverted with crossbows being the "weapon of the revolution" that put the Apt in charge and the Inapt on their long journey down the pecking order, and then again when [[spoiler:Totho invents the "snapbow" for the Empire, which is basically a an air gun that shoots further and harder than crossbows ever could, and makes even the awesome Mantis-kinden obsolete]].obsolete]].
** 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).
2nd Mar '15 9:10:06 AM SeptimusHeap
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* OneOfUs: Adrian Tchaikovsky's [[http://www.panmacmillan.com/interviews/displayPage.asp?PageID=8245 author A-Z]] on his publisher's website includes references to DresdenCodak, [[Webcomic/GirlGenius Jaegermonsters]] and [[DungeonsAndDragons ten-foot-by-ten-foot rooms containing an orc and a chest.]]

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* OneOfUs: Adrian Tchaikovsky's [[http://www.panmacmillan.com/interviews/displayPage.asp?PageID=8245 author A-Z]] on his publisher's website includes references to DresdenCodak, [[Webcomic/GirlGenius Jaegermonsters]] and [[DungeonsAndDragons [[TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons ten-foot-by-ten-foot rooms containing an orc and a chest.]]
29th Dec '14 6:11:43 AM malagate
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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. 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.

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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. 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.exist, as well as old wives tales of unusual kinden [[spoiler: both of which in a manner return in ''Seal of the Worm''.]]
13th Oct '14 2:13:04 AM malagate
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#''War Master's Gate'' (2013)
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