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19th Jul '16 11:35:09 AM Calandir
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* BrainUploading: The main contention with the Virtual Hells. Two characters even copy their mindstates into the Hell's to prove they exist, but fall in love during their time together. It becomes an issue when only one of the mindstates can be brought back and integrated with the real version of themselves. The copy left behind becomes it's own distinct being when it isn't brought back to the original.
19th Jul '16 11:29:16 AM Calandir
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* DistantFinale [[spoiler:Not in the novel itself, but it is a DistantFinale/resolution to ''Literature/UseOfWeapons''.]]

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* DistantFinale EarnYourHappyEnding: For several characters[[spoiler: but notable for being one of the few Culture novels to have an overwhelmingly happy ending. Lededje gets her revenge by proxy and then goes on to live a happy life in the Culture. The practice of virtual Hells becomes reviled throughout the galaxy after the incident at Vepper's mansion and gradually stops. The Pavuulien characters get their own happy endings, albeit in very different forms and in the very distant future. Furthermore, Vatueil is revealed to be at the end of an extremely long term one.]]
* DistantFinale:
[[spoiler:Not in the novel itself, but it is a DistantFinale/resolution to ''Literature/UseOfWeapons''.]]
19th Jul '16 11:22:08 AM Calandir
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* IgnorantOfTheirOwnIgnorance: Veppers - CEO of a multiplanetary MegaCorp, owner of hunting estates the size of a small country, schemer, ruthless business mogul, and self-made man - is part of a conspiracy. [[spoiler:He's the fall guy. He's so far out of his depth that at one point when he tries to bypass all the machinations and just ''buy'' what he wants, an alien outright tells him that all his money is useless in the circles of the Involved, and he still doesn't get it.]]

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* IgnorantOfTheirOwnIgnorance: Veppers - CEO of a multiplanetary MegaCorp, owner of hunting estates the size of a small country, schemer, ruthless business mogul, and self-made man - is part of a conspiracy. [[spoiler:He's the fall guy. He's so far out of his depth that at one point when he tries to bypass all the machinations and just ''buy'' what he wants, an alien outright tells him that all his money is useless in the circles of the Involved, and he still doesn't get it.it]].
** [[spoiler:Subverted later when it turns out he does have one ace up his sleeve that even the higher level conspirators could do very little to leverage against without rumbling themselves. His plan would have still fallen through though, due to a combination of internal betrayal and the Culture giving Ledeje a license to kill him if he didn't come with them quietly.
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12th Jun '16 2:58:06 AM SorPepita
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* BadassBoast: From the ''The Falling Outside the Usual Moral Constraints'' through its avatar Demeisen: "Conscience can be a terrible thing. So I hear. Not if you're something like me of course. I don't give a fuck."

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* BadassBoast: From the ''The Falling Outside the Usual Moral Constraints'' through its avatar Demeisen: "Conscience can be a terrible thing. So I hear. Not if you're something like me me, of course. I don't give a fuck."



* BloodKnight: ''The Falling Outside the Usual Moral Constraints''. As one character comments the only reason it doesn't employ a tactic which end a particular battle far more quickly is because it's enjoying itself so much.

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* BloodKnight: ''The Falling Outside the Usual Moral Constraints''. As one character comments the only reason it doesn't employ a tactic which end ends a particular battle far more quickly is because it's enjoying itself so much.
9th Jun '16 12:12:57 AM Morgenthaler
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* [[spoiler:BodyguardCrush: Jasken is revealed to have been secretly in love with Lededje, but not enough to forsake his duty. Becomes a BodyguardBetrayal however when Lededje informs him that the powerful alien race that Veppers double-crossed knows about this and will kill him -- given that he's already disgusted over how his boss is saving his valuables at the expense of his employees, Jasken takes the flier to rescue them instead, leaving Veppers to Lededje's tender mercies.]]

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* [[spoiler:BodyguardCrush: Jasken BodyguardCrush: [[spoiler:Jasken is revealed to have been secretly in love with Lededje, but not enough to forsake his duty. Becomes a BodyguardBetrayal however when Lededje informs him that the powerful alien race that Veppers double-crossed knows about this and will kill him -- given that he's already disgusted over how his boss is saving his valuables at the expense of his employees, Jasken takes the flier to rescue them instead, leaving Veppers to Lededje's tender mercies.]]
2nd Jun '16 7:51:31 AM SorPepita
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* TheMole: [[spoiler: Vatueil/Zakalwe was hired by the pro-Hell side to infiltrate the anti-Hell side and make them lose. Along the way, his outlook changed he decided to genuinely help the anti-Hell side and [[ReliableTraitor screwed over his employers]]]]
** Given the Culture's stance on the hells and their knowledge of how he would react, this may have been the Culture's [[ExactlyAsPlanned plan all along]].

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* TheMole: [[spoiler: Vatueil/Zakalwe was hired by the pro-Hell side to infiltrate the anti-Hell side and make them lose. Along the way, his outlook changed changed; he decided to genuinely help the anti-Hell side and [[ReliableTraitor screwed over his employers]]]]
** Given the Culture's stance on the hells Hells and their knowledge of how he would react, this may have been the Culture's [[ExactlyAsPlanned plan all along]].
2nd Jun '16 7:50:02 AM SorPepita
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* ContinuityNod: the ''Sense Amid Madness, Wit Amidst Folly'' mentions the ''[[Literature/{{Excession}} Sleeper Service]]'' at one point.

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* ContinuityNod: the The ''Sense Amid Madness, Wit Amidst Folly'' mentions the ''[[Literature/{{Excession}} Sleeper Service]]'' at one point.



* CurbStompBattle: the ''Falling Outside the Normal Moral Constraints'' against a GFCF flotilla. The [=GFCFian=] ship were annihilated without the [=FOtNMC=] even breaking a sweat.

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* CurbStompBattle: the The ''Falling Outside the Normal Moral Constraints'' against a GFCF flotilla. The [=GFCFian=] ship ships were annihilated without the [=FOtNMC=] even breaking a sweat.
2nd Jun '16 5:30:16 AM SorPepita
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* BadassBoast: From the ''The Falling Outside the Usual Moral Constraints'' through it's avatar Demeisen: "Conscience can be a terrible thing. So I hear. Not if you're something like me of course. I don't give a fuck."

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* BadassBoast: From the ''The Falling Outside the Usual Moral Constraints'' through it's its avatar Demeisen: "Conscience can be a terrible thing. So I hear. Not if you're something like me of course. I don't give a fuck."
29th Dec '15 1:48:37 PM morenohijazo
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* BioData: It provides us with the Intagliated, slaves whose bodily tattoos contain information detailing their pasts, why they're Intagliated and the markings go right down to the DNA.
25th May '15 1:18:01 AM TheHound88
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* YearInsideHourOutside: The virtual reality Hells all make use of this trope, to maximise the suffering of those condemned to them. After becoming trapped in the Hell she is investigating, Chay lives out an entire lifetime over the course of the novel's real-time weeks. [[spoiler: First as a nun in a convent, spending decades in quiet contemplation and recovery from her earlier trauma. After her second encounter with the Master of the Hell, she becomes an Angel of Mercy, travelling the Hells freeing souls from their torment, at the cost of her own suffering]].



* YearInsideHourOutside: The virtual reality Hells all make use of this trope, to maximise the suffering of those condemned to them. After becoming trapped in the Hell she is investigating, Chay lives out an entire lifetime over the course of the novel's real-time weeks. [[spoiler: First as a nun in a convent, spending decades in quiet contemplation and recovery from her earlier trauma. After her second encounter with the Master of the Hell, she becomes an Angel of Mercy, travelling the Hells freeing souls from their torment, at the cost of her own suffering]].

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* YearInsideHourOutside: The virtual reality Hells all make use of this trope, to maximise the suffering of those condemned to them. After becoming trapped in the Hell she is investigating, Chay lives out an entire lifetime over the course of the novel's real-time weeks. [[spoiler: First as a nun in a convent, spending decades in quiet contemplation and recovery from her earlier trauma. After her second encounter with the Master of the Hell, she becomes an Angel of Mercy, travelling the Hells freeing souls from their torment, at the cost of her own suffering]].
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