History Literature / SpiralArm

6th Sep '15 4:52:24 PM nombretomado
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4th Aug '15 5:53:26 PM Adept
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* FrogsAndToads: The "Frog Prince" can jump
29th Apr '15 7:38:27 PM nombretomado
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* {{Cincinnatus}}: Cited in an argument, with GeorgeWashington and two more names.
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* {{Cincinnatus}}: Cited in an argument, with GeorgeWashington UsefulNotes/GeorgeWashington and two more names.
16th Apr '15 9:14:26 PM Xelloss08
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Added some new examples, added additional explanation to some existing examples.
* CoolMask: The Secret Name wears a golden mask with the semblance of the sun.

* DrivenToSuicide: There are a couple of examples during the civil war in the Lion's Mouth. Shadow Prime, the mentor of all Shadows, is driven to despair by the sight of his students divided and slaughtering one another; and Kelly Stapellaufer, whose infidelity provided a pretext for the beginning of the civil war, kills both her lovers and then herself.

* GoodSamaritan: Gives "booster" after an ambush.
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* GoodSamaritan: Gives An undercover Hound helps Domino Tight by giving him "booster" after an ambush.ambush, risking his own cover by using League medical equipment in Confederate territory, for no reason other than basic decency.

* HappinessInSlavery: Podiin, who is mentally retarded
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* HappinessInSlavery: Podiin, a servant of Gidula who is mentally retardedbegs not to be freed.

* IGaveMyWord: Hugh's motive
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* IGaveMyWord: Hugh's motivemotive for returning to New Eireann.

* IGaveMyWord: Hugh's motiveKillTheOnesYouLove: Gidula views affection as a weakness, and personally kills anyone he begins to feel affection for in order to free himself from that weakness. He killed his wife, infant child, and number one minion for this reason, and attempts to kill Ravn Olafsdottr as well.

* IGaveMyWord: Hugh's motiveMistakenIdentity: [[spoiler:Most everyone believes that the scarred man's original identity is Geshler Padaborn, rebel leader of Padaborn's Rising. When the scarred man fully regains his memory, he realizes that he isn't Padaborn]].

* IGaveMyWord: Hugh's motiveSpeakOfTheDevil: Tina Zhi teleports to Domino Tight's location whenever he speaks her name twice. He also warns other people not to speak her name in his presence, as he's not certain whether that can attract her attention as well.

* IGaveMyWord: Hugh's motiveThereIsAnother: The scarred man initially believes that he is unique, but later learns that there were several others who had their minds divided by Those of Name. [[spoiler:There were five, the five leaders of Padaborn's Rising. Of the others, two died, one went insane and had to be mercy-killed, and the final one became the Secret Name]].

* UnexpectedSuccessor: Hugh
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* UnexpectedSuccessor: HughHugh on New Eireann, due to being the only one not present at a bombing meant to take out the leadership. Ironically, the reason he wasn't there was because he honestly had no interest in becoming leader.

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* UnexpectedSuccessor: Hugh{{Ventriloquism}}: One of Mearana the harpist's talents is throwing her voice, which she occasionally uses to deceive adversaries.
19th Feb '15 8:42:26 PM Xelloss08
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* BodyguardBetrayal: Paul Feeley, the Radiant Name, refuses to allow his Protectors to retreat when his residence comes under fire because he is defended by his [[DeflectorShields sparkle armor]], disregarding the fact that the Protectors are not similarly equipped. Disgusted by the Radiant Name's disregard for the lives of those who serve him, his captain-Protector orders the retreat and then kills his master himself.

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* ItIsDehumanizing: When Khembold Darling and Number Two decide that Mearana has [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness outlived her usefulness]], they switch to calling her "it".

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* JackOfAllTrades: Black Shuck is a Hound of the Ardry who is highly esteemed for his skill in a great many different areas; he is said to be best at nothing, but second-best at absolutely everything.

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* MookHorrorShow: During the infiltration of the Gayshot Bo, the narrative briefly switches to the perspective of the Magpies getting picked off one by one by the heroes. -->''Magpie Seven Bhatvik had thought himself third from the rear, but when he glanced over his shoulder on the stairwell he saw no one behind him. This was not a good thing to see, and he shivered a bit with unreasoning fear.''

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* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: Tina Zhi has used one of the Seven Vestiges to extend her lifespan. It is not clear exactly how old she is, but it is many times a normal human lifespan.
14th Feb '15 8:00:51 PM Xelloss08
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* IOweYouMyLife: Donovan saves Billy Chins from a lynch mob on Harpaloon. Afterwards, Billy insists that by the custom of atangku, Billy's life now belongs to Donovan and he is obligated to become Donovan's servant.
14th Feb '15 6:59:44 PM Xelloss08
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New examples, added context to some existing examples
* AirVentPassageway: Discussed and dismissed a moment later.
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* AirVentPassageway: Discussed Graceful Bintsaif suspects that Ravn Olafsdottr and dismissed Mearana used one to escape Bridget ban's mansion, but Bridget ban dismisses the idea and figures out they escaped by other means. * AlienGeometries: Some of the artifacts of the people of sand and iron exhibit this, most notably the Ouroboros Circuit. At first glance, it looks like a moment later.wreath of tangled wires; but if you try and trace the wires with your eyes, and you'll find yourself staring into hyperspace. * AndThatLittleGirlWasMe: As the scarred man tells the story of January's Dancer to Mearana the harpist, it is eventually revealed that one of the characters is actually him before he acquired his scars: [[spoiler:he was Donovan, aka the Fudir]].

* ArtifactOfDoom: The Dancer, they think.
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* ArtifactOfDoom: The January's Dancer is believed to be the Twisting Scepter of King Stonewall, an ancient prehuman weapon of incredible power. As the scarred man tells Mearana his story about it, she realizes that everyone who comes into possession of the Dancer dies soon after. [[spoiler:It's revealed at the end that people aren't using the Dancer, they think.it's using them: it isn't King Stonewall's scepter, but King Stonewall himself]].

* ArtifactOfDoom: BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind: The Dancer, they think.scarred man fights one in ''Up Jim River''. [[spoiler:Nine of his fragmented personalities team up in his mind to destroy the tenth, "Nothing", a suicidal personality which is trying to kill him]].

* ArtifactOfDoom: The Dancer, they think.BlackBox: Much of the technology humanity uses is no longer understood, and in fact believed to be so far beyond human understanding that it could only have been crafted by Gods. A distinction is explicitly drawn between "science" and "engineering". "Science", the understanding of how technologies work, is considered religiously mystical and beyond human understanding; the most that men can aspire to is "engineering", creating working reproductions of existing technology. -->'''Tina Zhi''': It is Technical. It can be imitated, but not understood.

* ArtifactOfDoom: The Dancer, they think.{{Cyborg}}: Domino Tight is transformed into a powerful combat cyborg by the Technical Name.

* DrowningMySorrows: In the bar on Jehovah.
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* DrowningMySorrows: In When Mearna first meets the scarred man, he spends so much time at the bar on Jehovah.Jehovah drowning his past traumas in drink that he practically lives there.

* FisherKing: The emperor of the morning dew really hates that his subjects believe this.
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* FisherKing: The emperor of the morning dew really hates that his subjects believe this. After all, if the land's behavior reflects the emperor's will, then everything bad that happens must be the emperor's fault. And since the planet is ravaged by frequent earthquakes, there's always some new disaster to blame on the emperor.

* FisherKing: The emperor HatesEveryoneEqually: Donovan considers this to be a positive quality of the morning dew really hates Jehovans. -->''Jehovans did not like Terrans, but Jehovans did not like anyone; and as long as they did not dislike Terrans more than anyone else, Donovan counted that his subjects believe this.as warm embrace.''

* IHaveManyNames: The narrator introduces the scarred man with observations about how many names he has
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* IHaveManyNames: The narrator introduces the scarred man with observations about how many names he hashas, and he is not the only character to have a lot. Many of the important characters have at least two, their birth-name and their office-name. Some of the characters have also changed names, used aliases, and accumulated titles, resulting in a truly impressive number of appellations. For instance, there is Ringbao della Costa, aka Ludovic IX Krauzer, aka Slim, aka Little Hugh O'Carroll, aka the Ghost of Ardow, aka Rinty.

* InvisibilityCloak: Extremely high tech version.
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* InvisibilityCloak: Extremely high tech version.One of the Seven Wonders of lost technology from the time of the Commonwealth is a high-tech invisibility cloak. The existence of the cloaks are kept secret, and they are used only by Those of Name.

* InvisibilityCloak: Extremely high tech version.LostTechnology: The technology of the ancient Commonwealth, much of which was lost in the Purges that unsettled humanity from Terra and scattered it across the stars. Some remaining Commonwealth technologies are known as the "Seven Wonders" and are carefully controlled.

* MissingMom: The motivation in ''Up Jim River''
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* MexicanStandoff: One occurs between Donovan and Ekadrina Seanmazy during the battle on Yuts'ga. -->'''Donovan''': This is what Terrans call a 'Mexican Standoff'. -->'''Ekadrina''': Mexican. Ack. And how do 'dese 'standoffs' end? -->'''Donovan''': Badly, usually. * MissingMom: The Mearana the harpist's motivation in ''Up Jim River''River'' is to locate her mother, who disappeared a year ago.

* NeverSpeakIllOfTheDead: the Fudir covers up a dead man's treachery.
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* NeverSpeakIllOfTheDead: Red Sweeney sold out Little Hugh O'Carroll before dying. When Little Hugh reminisces fondly about their past friendship, the Fudir covers up a dead man's decides not to tell him of Red Sweeney's treachery.

* NeverSpeakIllOfTheDead: OneGenderRace: The inhabitants of the Fudir covers up a dead man's treachery.planet Boldly Go are all female; in fact, it is illegal for any man to set foot on the world.

* {{Precursors}}: "the folk of sand and iron."
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* {{Precursors}}: "the folk The "people of sand and iron." iron", also known as the prehumans, who disappeared before humanity reached the stars and left many artifacts behind. [[spoiler:Only they didn't actually disappear; they fought a war against Terra, and afterwards King Stonewall used his power of mind control to make humanity believe that the prehumans were ancient legends. However, some knowledge of the prehumans survived in folktales, and the prehumans themselves still live in the Rift and ambush travelers]].

* ReassignedToAntarctica: Fa Li
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* RammingAlwaysWorks: When his fleet is destroyed, the Molnar attempts to ram ''Hot Gates'' with his ship. However, Fir Li is expecting the tactic and had prepared for it beforehand, allowing him to successfully evade. * ReassignedToAntarctica: Fa LiMany in the League view Fir Li's assignment to the edge of the Rift as this. Fir Li, however, is quite happy with the posting; it is exactly the duty he wanted.

* RewardedAsATraitorDeserves: The man who betrays Hugh to an assasin
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* RewardedAsATraitorDeserves: Red Sweeney sells out Little Hugh, and receives three bullets as a reward. The man who betrays Hugh to an assasinFudir thinks that he was a fool for expecting any other payment.

* SevenDeadlySins: One library caters to at least five of them.
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* SacredHospitality: The Terran custom of offering bread and salt. Once it has been given, no harm may be offered to a guest. * SealedEvilInACan: King Stonewall, a great and terrible prehuman king who was defeated and imprisoned by his rivals. [[spoiler:He is the Twisting Stone, January's Dancer]]. * SevenDeadlySins: One library Donovan notes that the entertainment center in Ravn Olafsdottr's stolen monoship caters to at least five of them.

* SiliconBasedLife: The Precursors.
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* SiliconBasedLife: The Precursors.prehuman {{Precursors}}, hence their nickname "the people of sand and iron".

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* SiliconBasedLife: SpacePirates: The Precursors.Cynthians are notorious as space pirates, living by the philosophy "the strong take what they can, the weak suffer what they must". * SplitPersonality: The scarred man, first hinted at when he keeps switching between "I" and "we" when referring to himself. [[spoiler:He began with two personalities, "Donovan" and "The Fudir", which was useful for going undercover and allowed him to resist the Dancer's mind control. However, Those of Name subsequently divided his mind to give him eight more -- "The Brute", "The Sleuth", "The Pedant", "The Inner Child", "The Silky Voice", "Nothing", "Pollyanna", and "The Young Man" -- and the internal disarray drove him insane for years]].

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* SiliconBasedLife: The Precursors.StealthHiBye: A specialty of Greystroke. A RunningGag involves characters wondering where he is only for him to reveal that he is sitting next to him. At one point, he and Little Hugh are riding in a car together, and Little Hugh keeps checking to make sure Greystroke hasn't somehow vanished.

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* SiliconBasedLife: TakingTheBullet: Sofwari jumps in front of four bullets meant for Mearana. * TalkativeLoon: The Precursors.scarred man is regarded as one in the bar in Jehovah were Mearana seeks him out, as he sits alone and constantly mumbles to himself as he drinks. By the time Ravn Olafsdottr brings him to the Lion's Mouth, his mental health has improved, but he deliberately continues to act out his former talkative loon traits as a form of ObfuscatingStupidity.
23rd Feb '14 7:49:42 PM SciFiMs
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* MagpiesAsPortents (''One for Sorrow, Two for Joy'' nursery rhyme): Invoked

* OneForSorrowTwoForJoy: Invoked
4th Nov '13 7:41:00 PM JIKTV
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* HelpFaceTurn: Do not ignore that you have armor and your men dont'
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* HelpFaceTurn: [[MistreatmentInducedBetrayal Help Face Turn]]: Do not ignore that you have armor and your men dont'
18th Aug '13 7:13:47 AM MacronNotes
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White Haired Pretty Girl is now Mystical White Hair. Zero Context Example entries and misuse will be deleted.
* WhiteHairedPrettyGirl: One of the Seven of Jehovah.
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