History Literature / SpecialCircumstances

2nd Aug '15 2:26:12 AM Nohbody
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* ActionMom: Barbara Everette
* AllMonksKnowKungFu: subverted
* BeliefMakesYouStupid: Averted.

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* ActionMom: Barbara Everette
Everette cares for a family of three children and a husband who doesn't seem much more than a child himself, is a martial artist, knows guns and shoots regularly, and on occasion battles supernatural beasts.
* AllMonksKnowKungFu: subverted
* BeliefMakesYouStupid: Averted.
The few monks that are mentioned as being part of the Special Circumstances unit are not actually martial artists, being strictly pacifist.



* ChristianityIsCatholic: averted
* ChurchMilitant: sorta. While they do "kick ass for the Lord" (or whatever deity[ies] they worship), it's not done specifically in service to their religion.

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* ChristianityIsCatholic: averted
Averted. Several different denominations of Christianity are mentioned, but none have details conflated with one another.
* ChurchMilitant: sorta. While they the Special Circumstances personnel do "kick ass for the Lord" (or whatever deity[ies] they worship), it's not done specifically in service to their religion.religion. The one exception is the associated Roman Catholic Church group Opus Dei, which is treated as a SWAT team for the Church, and whose presence is noted to mean that there's some serious trouble ahead.



* CouldntFindAPen: The demon summoned [[spoiler:by David Krake]] in the second part of ''Princess of Wands'' uses the blood of some of his victims to continue the runes that his summoner wasn't able to finish [[spoiler:after taking three arrows to the head]].



** In ''Queen of Wands'', [[spoiler:Janea, in the metaphorical version of [=DragonCon=],]] has to remind Kelly Lockhart of where to find her eyes. His response: "I've made my decision."

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** In ''Queen of Wands'', [[spoiler:Janea, in the metaphorical version of [=DragonCon=],]] has to remind Kelly Lockhart of where to find her eyes. His response: response, echoing his appearance in the first book: "I've made my decision."


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* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: In the Convention story from ''Princess of Wands'', several regular Baen fans and authors are killed, including the fictional stand-in for Ringo himself.
28th Jul '15 5:04:44 PM Nohbody
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* TheLoad: Barbara's husband.

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* TheLoad: Barbara's husband.husband is depicted as a whiny, lazy slob whenever Barbara isn't present to steer him towards taking better care of things (including himself).



* MagicalNegro: In ''Princess of Wands'', a black mystical woman who tells fortunes points Detective Lockhart towards the swamps in search of a pimp to question about a murder, and along with warning him to watch out for danger tells him to keep an eye out for Barbara, who's only indirectly identified by the sign of a Tarot card, the [[TitleDrop Princess of Wands]].



* MsFanservice: Janea

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* MsFanservice: JaneaJanea looks good, and hasn't any problems with showing off her body.



* OddFriendship: Barbara and Janea
* ReallyGetsAround: Janea
* ReligionIsMagic

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* OddFriendship: Barbara Barbara, an upright Christian woman, and Janea
Janea, a hedonistic exhibitionist who worships a pagan god.
* ReallyGetsAround: Janea
Janea is quite comfortable with having many different sexual partners, without hard feelings towards any former lovers
* ReligionIsMagicReligionIsMagic: The faith of members of the Special Circumstances group allows them to channel energies that have the same basic function as magic in other settings.



** In ''Queen of Wands'' the Speaker of the House, [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed clearly meant to represent Pelosi]] is set up for this.

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** In ''Queen of Wands'' the Speaker of the House, [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed clearly meant to represent Rep. Nancy Pelosi]] is set up for this.
28th Jul '15 4:13:36 PM Nohbody
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* AmericanChurches: The hero is Episcopalian.
28th Jul '15 4:11:27 PM Nohbody
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* FunnyAneurysmMoment: At the beginning of ''Princess'', Barbara's martial arts sparing partner says, after watching her warm-up exercises, that he was gay. She calls him on it, the narration commenting that he's married and has five children from two different marriages, and that "[i]f he was gay, it was a very closet condition." Fast forward to the end of ''Queen'', when it's revealed that [[spoiler:her husband, with whom she's had three children]] is having a homosexual affair. [invoked]



* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: The middle section of ''Princess of Wands'' was inspired by the events at [=RavenCon=], a ScienceFiction convention, in 2006. Needless to say, there was no battle with a demon at [=RavenCon=].
10th Jun '15 3:32:05 PM Kalaong
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* ReligiousStereotype: If you've been around Pagans, you definitely notice this trope. All Wiccan characters are middle-aged hippies, all Asatruar act like they just got off a Viking ship, and you apparently cannot worship a fertility goddess without dressing/acting like a porn star 24/7.

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* ReligiousStereotype: If you've been around Pagans, you definitely notice this trope. All Wiccan characters are middle-aged hippies, all Asatruar act like they just got off a Viking ship, and you apparently cannot worship a fertility goddess without dressing/acting like a porn star 24/7. Justified in that only ''really'' hardcore faithful can slay demons - Special Circumstances scoured the Western world for talent, and was only able to locate a few ''dozen'' with enough devotion to kill an EldritchAbomination. [[BunnyEarsLawyer Bunny-Ears Demon Hunters!]]
30th Oct '14 9:12:49 PM Nohbody
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* ShoutOut:
** Quite a few, many of the TakeThat variety, in the sci-fi con story in ''Princess of Wands''.
** In ''Queen of Wands'', there's mention of [[Literature/PaladinOfShadows a group of Asatru covering the Caucasus [for Special Circumstances issues]. Led by a demon-possessed former SEAL.]]
*** The author [[https://www.facebook.com/john.ringo.90857/posts/10152337535310887?comment_id=10152338040940887&offset=50&total_comments=182 has claimed]] this was not deliberate.

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* ShoutOut:
**
ShoutOut: Quite a few, many of the TakeThat variety, in the sci-fi con story in ''Princess of Wands''.
** In ''Queen of Wands'', there's mention of [[Literature/PaladinOfShadows a group of Asatru covering the Caucasus [for Special Circumstances issues]. Led by a demon-possessed former SEAL.]]
*** The author [[https://www.facebook.com/john.ringo.90857/posts/10152337535310887?comment_id=10152338040940887&offset=50&total_comments=182 has claimed]] this was not deliberate.
Wands''.



* TitleDrop: Barbara's T-shirt is prophesied by a voodoo priestess.

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* TitleDrop: Barbara's T-shirt is prophesied by a voodoo priestess.priestess in the first book.



* WarriorMonk
* WriteWhoYouKnow: As with most other Ringo works, fans from the [[Creator/BaenBooks Baen's Bar]] forum "Ringo's Tavern" get featured here and there, particularly at the convention in the second story of ''Princess'', and again in [[spoiler:the metaphorical [=DragonCon=] in]] ''Queen of Wands''.

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* WarriorMonk
* WriteWhoYouKnow: As with most other Ringo works, fans from
WarriorMonk: The spirituality of the [[Creator/BaenBooks Baen's Bar]] forum "Ringo's Tavern" get featured here and there, particularly at the convention in the second story Special Circumstances team is an essential part of ''Princess'', and again in [[spoiler:the metaphorical [=DragonCon=] in]] ''Queen of Wands''.their ability to kick supernatural ass. Insufficiently strong faith risks defeat.
30th Oct '14 4:10:44 PM jcsalomon
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*** The author [[https://www.facebook.com/john.ringo.90857/posts/10152337535310887?comment_id=10152338040940887&offset=50&total_comments=182 has claimed]] this was not deliberate.
27th Oct '13 11:14:23 PM Nohbody
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* CriticalResearchFailure: Ringo knows far more about the military than he does about religion and it shows.



* ObviousBeta: ''Queen of Wands'' could have benefited from a few more rounds of editing before going to print.
** Hjalmar's name changes to Wulfric and then back a couple of times between scenes.
27th Oct '13 8:28:00 PM Thessalian
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* CriticalResearchFail: Ringo knows far more about the military than he does about religion and it shows.

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* CriticalResearchFail: CriticalResearchFailure: Ringo knows far more about the military than he does about religion and it shows.
27th Oct '13 8:19:48 PM Thessalian
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* CriticalResearchFail: Ringo knows far more about the military than he does about religion and it shows.


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** Hjalmar's name changes to Wulfric and then back a couple of times between scenes.
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