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History Literature / Temeraire

10th May '16 12:22:21 PM Smuglord
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** In ''His Majesty's Dragon'', Laurence pets a young Temeraire's recently-sprouted facial tendrils, only to realise from his reaction that they are clearly an erogenous zone.

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** In ''His Majesty's Dragon'', Laurence pets a young Temeraire's recently-sprouted facial tendrils, only to [[IDidntMeanToTurnYouOn realise from his reaction reaction]] that they are [[FantasticArousal clearly an erogenous zone.zone]].
11th Apr '16 4:47:06 PM RealSlimShadowen
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# ''Empire of Ivory'' (2007), in which the reason for Britain's poor fortunes in the war become clear: her dragons, one and all, have caught an IncurableCoughOfDeath with no known cure. But after it becomes clear that Temeraire caught said illness during his voyage to China, and was cured of it using mushrooms unique to Africa, they are dispatched back in a furious, desperate quest to find more...
# ''Victory of Eagles'' (2008), in which Laurence and Temeraire are separated in disgrace after the events of the previous novel[[note]]In which the British Admiralty deliberately infected Napoleon's dragons with the plague, uncaring that it would then spread to all of Eurasia; Laurence and Temeraire committed treason to fly the cure to France[[/note]], despite the war reaching a fever pitch. Napoleon has [[DayOfTheJackboot finally invaded]], and Temeraire takes it into his head to organize as many dragons, even those unharnassed, for the most desperate battle Great Britain has ever faced.
# ''Tongues of Serpents'' (2010), in which Laurence and Temeraire are [[ReassignedToAntarctica Reassigned to Australia]] and attempt to make a new start for themselves on the new, wild continent.
# ''Crucible of Gold'' (2012), in which Laurence is re-instated to help in the war against Napoleon. He has turned his sights on the Inca Empire and Brazil both, and only Laurence and Temeraire are near enough to help...

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# ''Empire of Ivory'' (2007), in which the reason for Britain's recent poor fortunes in the war become clear: her dragons, one and all, have caught an IncurableCoughOfDeath with no known cure. But after it becomes clear that Temeraire caught said illness during his voyage to China, and was cured of it using mushrooms unique to Africa, they are dispatched back in a furious, desperate quest to find more...
# ''Victory of Eagles'' (2008), in which Laurence and Temeraire are separated in disgrace after the events of the previous novel[[note]]In which the British Admiralty deliberately infected Napoleon's dragons with the plague, uncaring that it would then spread to all of Eurasia; Laurence and Temeraire committed treason to fly the cure to France[[/note]], despite the war reaching a fever pitch. Napoleon has [[DayOfTheJackboot finally invaded]], and Temeraire takes it into his head to organize as many dragons, dragons as he can find, even those unharnassed, unharnessed, into an irregular fighting force for the most desperate battle Great Britain has ever faced.
# ''Tongues of Serpents'' (2010), in which Laurence and Temeraire are [[ReassignedToAntarctica Reassigned to Australia]] after Napoleon's repulsion and attempt to make a new fresh start for themselves on the new, wild continent.
# ''Crucible of Gold'' (2012), in which Laurence is re-instated to help in the war against Napoleon. He has turned his sights on the Inca Empire and Brazil both, and only Laurence and Temeraire are near enough to help...help in time...



** FixFic: To some of the worst tragedies of the imperialism. China is still powerful, the Tswana in Africa are perhaps the strongest nation in the world, the Inca in South America are likewise extremely formidable, the United States has colonists and natives working in harmony ''with'' dragons, and Australia casually declares independence and keeps it. Even Napoleon's reign in France is begrudgingly admitted by Laurence to be better than Britain's own government.
*** On the other hand, the British still control India and they're using opium as a trade tool against the Chinese government's desires. Likewise, the Ottoman Empire and Russia seem to be even worse than Britain.
*** ''Blood of Tyrants'' reveals that the President of the United States is [[spoiler: Tecumseh, suggesting better relations between Native Americans and settlers]].
* AmazingTechnicolorWildlife: The dragons all come in a variety of colors and stripes, and the dragons in South American even come in colorful feathers. Chinese dragons, however, are noted for their uniform coloration.

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** FixFic: To some of the worst tragedies of the imperialism. China is still powerful, the Tswana in Africa are perhaps the strongest nation in the world, the Inca in South America are likewise remain extremely formidable, the United States has colonists and natives working in harmony ''with'' dragons, and Australia Australia, whose natives [[spoiler:put together a trade network with China]], casually declares independence and keeps it. Even Napoleon's reign tyranny in France is begrudgingly admitted by Laurence to be better in many ways than Britain's own petty, short-sighted government.
*** On the other hand, the British still control India and they're still using opium as a trade tool against the Chinese government's desires. Likewise, the Ottoman Empire and Russia seem to be even worse than Britain.
*** ''Blood of Tyrants'' reveals that the President of the United States is [[spoiler: Tecumseh, [[spoiler:Tecumseh, suggesting better relations between Native Americans and settlers]].
settlers]]. In addition, Alexander Hamilton is implied to still be alive in 1812.
* AmazingTechnicolorWildlife: The dragons all come in a variety of colors and stripes, and the dragons in South American America even come in colorful feathers. Chinese dragons, however, are noted for their uniform coloration.



* AnimalWrongsGroup: Played with. In ''Blood Of Tyrants,'' [[spoiler: the French officer Murat -- a personal favorite of Napoleon -- unleashes the starved feral dragons from Russia's breeding grounds, which has devastating effects on the enemy's supply lines and innocent peasantry. Murat defends himself to Laurence by asking, quite justly, how anyone could look at the starving, hobbled beasts and not want to free them on the spot. Laurence replies that by freeing them to such a destructive aim, all Murat has done is guarantee that all of these dragons will be ruthlessly exterminated, sooner or later. It's very likely that Murat's true motives are a combination of compassion and seeing the feral dragons as useful weapons.]]

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* AnimalWrongsGroup: Played with. In ''Blood Of Tyrants,'' [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the French officer Murat -- a Murat--a personal favorite of Napoleon -- unleashes Napoleon--unleashes the starved feral dragons from Russia's breeding grounds, which has devastating effects on the enemy's supply lines and innocent peasantry. Murat defends himself to Laurence by asking, quite justly, how anyone could look at the starving, hobbled beasts and not want to free them on the spot. Laurence replies that by freeing them to such a destructive aim, all Murat has done is guarantee that all of these dragons will be ruthlessly exterminated, sooner or later. It's very likely that Murat's true motives are a combination of dragon-loving compassion and seeing the feral dragons as useful weapons.military cunning.]]



* BondCreatures: Emotional rather than psychic, and ''Victory of Eagles'' has several examples of how this doesn't always work out. The hope that descendants will take on the bond after death doesn't always hold either; [[JerkAss Rankin]] was supposed to be the third in line of long-timer Celeritas, but there never any connection; Celeritas choose to go captainless instead of letting the asshole ride him, and Rankin ended up as a courier, [[spoiler:until his dragon dies and he gets a new one]].

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* BondCreatures: Emotional rather than psychic, and ''Victory of Eagles'' has several examples of how this doesn't always work out. The hope that descendants will take on the bond after death doesn't always hold either; [[JerkAss Rankin]] was supposed to be the third in line captain of long-timer Celeritas, who had served with his family for two generations, but there never any connection; Celeritas choose chose to go captainless instead of letting the asshole ride him, and Rankin ended up as a courier, [[spoiler:until his dragon dies and he gets a new one]].one more suited to his temperament]].



---> '''Lien:''' ...I will not kill you, or your captain... I will see you bereft of all that you have, of home and happiness and beautiful things. I will see your nation cast down and your allies drawn away. I will see you as alone and friendless and wretched as am I; and ''then'' you may live as long as you like, in some dark and lonely corner of the earth, and I will call myself ''content.''
* BreatherEpisode: ''Tongues of Serpents'' has little in the way of dramatic plot advancement, and is more about our heroes settling into their new life while [[spoiler:Europe's power in the outside world begins to dwindle alarmingly.]]

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---> --> '''Lien:''' ...I will not kill you, or your captain... I will see you bereft of all that you have, of home and happiness and beautiful things. I will see your nation cast down and your allies drawn away. I will see you as alone and friendless and wretched as am I; and ''then'' you may live as long as you like, in some dark and lonely corner of the earth, and I will call myself ''content.''
* BreatherEpisode: ''Tongues of Serpents'' has little in the way of dramatic plot advancement, and is more about our heroes settling into their new life while [[spoiler:Europe's power in the outside wider world begins to dwindle alarmingly.dramatically.]]



* ChangingOfTheGuard: We switch to Temeraire's POV while Laurence is [[PrisonEpisode indisposed]] in ''Victory of Eagles''. From that point on they share the spotlight.

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* ChangingOfTheGuard: We switch to Temeraire's POV while Laurence is [[PrisonEpisode indisposed]] in ''Victory of Eagles''. From that point on they share the spotlight.spotlight, even switching perspectives in the middle of scenes.



* CourtMartialed: A captain whose dragon is killed is automatically court-martialed in much the same way that naval captains are automatically court-martialled for losing a ship. (In the rare event that they ''survive'', that is. Typically they fall to their deaths with the dragon.)

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* CourtMartialed: A captain whose dragon is killed is automatically court-martialed in much the same way that naval captains are automatically court-martialled for losing a ship. (In the rare event that they ''survive'', that is. Typically they [[GoingDownWithTheShip fall to their deaths with the dragon.)]])



** Dragons tend to have grandiose names, due to their namers often being teenagers, that sometimes don't match with their personalities or sizes, such as a Winchester courier named "Devestatio." This can also devolve into CanisLatinicus; "Volatilus" is derived from the Latin word meaning "swift" or "winged" but isn't properly conjugated.
** FluffyTheTerrible: Of course, then we have the alternative. Lily's name is short, not Latin, and fits her personality as one of the kindest and most affectionate dragons. She is also a Longwing, Britain's most deadly breed, with acid that eats through stone and flesh at a truly alarming rate. There's also "Kulingile," whose name means "all is well"... and is going to be, it is believed, the biggest dragon in all of Christendom. (Which puts him in the running for biggest dragon ''period'', since other cultures aren't ''quite'' as obsessed with breeding for maximum size as the West.)

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** Dragons tend to have grandiose names, due to their namers often being teenagers, that sometimes don't match with their personalities or sizes, such as a Winchester courier named "Devestatio."Devastatio." This can also devolve into CanisLatinicus; "Volatilus" is derived from the Latin word meaning "swift" or "winged" (both of which apply to Volly, a courier dragon) but isn't properly conjugated.
** FluffyTheTerrible: Of course, then we have the alternative. Lily's name is short, not Latin, and fits her personality as one of the kindest and most affectionate dragons. She is also a Longwing, Britain's most deadly breed, with acid that eats through stone and flesh at a truly alarming rate. There's also "Kulingile," whose name means "all is well"... and is going to be, it is believed, the biggest dragon in all of Christendom. (Which puts him in the running for biggest dragon ''period'', since other cultures aren't ''quite'' quite as obsessed with breeding for maximum size as the West.)



** Used in a somewhat {{Anvilicious}} manner, because the series ''also'' enumerates the many forms of discrimination still in place in 19th-century Britain, but because this has to be brought home to the creatures-of-their-time characters, not the reader, it's also SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped. Varies from culture to culture. Britain is comparable to Europe outside of France's sphere of influence, Russia is reputed to be even worse, the Islamic world has long regarded Dragons as having souls, Napoleon and Lien have instituted considerable reforms in France, China regards them as (large, winged, thumbless) citizens of various stations, and dragons are actually revered among the Tswana of Africa.

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** Used in a somewhat {{Anvilicious}} manner, because the series ''also'' enumerates the many forms of discrimination still in place in 19th-century Britain, but because this has to be brought home to the creatures-of-their-time characters, not the reader, it's also SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped. Varies from culture to culture. Britain is comparable to Europe outside of France's sphere of influence, Russia is reputed to be even worse, the Islamic world has long regarded Dragons as having souls, Napoleon and Lien have instituted considerable reforms in France, China regards them as (large, winged, thumbless) citizens of various stations, and dragons are actually revered as returned ancestors among the Tswana of Africa.



* FirstEpisodeSpoiler: Temeraire is from China. He's originally identified as an Imperial, but his [[MakeMeWannaShout sonic attack]] identifies him as a Celestial--one of, it is believed, less than two score alive[[note]]it's actually eight[[/note]]--and was meant to be Napoleon's personal steed. Of course, this [[SequelHook raises the question]] of why China was sending a valuable and priceless dragon to France...

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* FirstEpisodeSpoiler: Temeraire is from China. He's originally identified as an Imperial, but his [[MakeMeWannaShout sonic attack]] identifies him as a Celestial--one of, it is believed, less than two score alive[[note]]it's actually eight[[/note]]--and was meant to be Napoleon's personal steed. Of course, this [[SequelHook raises the question]] of why China was sending a valuable and priceless valuable, nay priceless, dragon to France...



* {{Foil}}:Laurence and Temeraire are the most prominent examples, with Laurence's [[TheFettered rational, honourable behaviour]] contrasting Temeraire's [[TheUnfettered unrestrained romanticism.]] The series also likes to introduce minor characters that serve as foils to them both:

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* {{Foil}}:Laurence {{Foil}}: Laurence and Temeraire are the most prominent examples, with Laurence's [[TheFettered rational, honourable behaviour]] contrasting Temeraire's [[TheUnfettered unrestrained romanticism.]] The series also likes to introduce minor characters that serve as foils to them both:



* {{Foreshadowing}}: [[spoiler:During their discussion on freeing the inmates of the Russian breeding grounds (or else), General Kutuzov agrees with Lawrence in principle but warns that they cannot be released unless a steady food supply is worked out and cites a bit of artwork on a nearby wall as an example of Russian fears dating from as recently as the late 1600s. Laurence looks at the scene depicted and notes that even the [[SuperPersistentPredator most vicious dragon]] would not bother with [[DamselInDistress a frighted maiden of six or seven stone (84-98 pounds)]] with 100 stone (1400 pounds) of freshly killed horse at its feet, whereupon Kutuzov bluntly replies "There were not always horses." A few weeks later, after 100-odd three-quarter starved dragons are cut loose and pointed at the Russian supply train by Marshal Murat, several stymied by the troops defending their food went for the hospital tents.]]

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* {{Foreshadowing}}: [[spoiler:During their discussion on freeing the inmates of the Russian breeding grounds (or else), General Kutuzov agrees with Lawrence in principle but warns that they cannot be released unless a steady food supply is worked out and cites a bit of artwork on a nearby wall as an example of Russian fears dating from as recently as the late 1600s. Laurence looks at the scene depicted and notes that even the [[SuperPersistentPredator most vicious dragon]] would not bother with [[DamselInDistress a frighted frightened maiden of six or seven stone (84-98 pounds)]] with 100 stone (1400 pounds) of freshly killed horse at its feet, whereupon Kutuzov bluntly replies "There were not always horses." A few weeks later, after 100-odd three-quarter starved a huundred-odd three-quarter-starved dragons are cut loose and pointed at the Russian supply train by Marshal Murat, several stymied by the troops defending their food went for the hospital tents.]]



* IntoxicationEnsues: In ''Throne of Jade'', Temeraire gets drunk on a sauce made from a mushroom found while they're in Capetown.

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* IntoxicationEnsues: In ''Throne of Jade'', Temeraire gets drunk on a sauce made from a mushroom found while they're in Capetown. (Given the mushroom's medicinal properties, it could be seen as analogous to any number of modern medicines that can result in altered states of mind when indulged in.)



* IsThatCuteKidYours: Laurence's father, out of the loop about the presence of women in the Corps, assumes Emily is his son's illegitimate daughter. Awkwardness ensues, since Laurence can't correct the one without revealing the other. Made even worse by the fact that, while Emily ''isn't'' his child, he ''is'' sleeping with her mother--who finds the whole situation hilarious.

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* IsThatCuteKidYours: Laurence's father, out of the loop about the presence of women in the Corps, assumes Emily is his son's illegitimate daughter. Awkwardness ensues, since Laurence can't correct the one without revealing the other. Made even worse by the fact that, while Emily ''isn't'' his child, he ''is'' sleeping with her mother--who finds the whole situation hilarious. (This just causes further confusion in ''Blood of Tyrants'', when he's dealing with amnesia.)



* LaserGuidedAmnesia: [[spoiler: Laurence in ''Blood of Tyrants'', due to an injury sustained in a storm. At first he doesn't remember who he is, but he quickly remembers everything up to the point of harnessing Temeraire; as such, he thinks he's still Captain of the Reliant. He eventually begins to recover after locating Tharkay in China; whereupon he remembers his aid during ''Victory of Eagles'']].

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* LaserGuidedAmnesia: [[spoiler: Laurence in ''Blood of Tyrants'', due to an injury sustained in a storm. At first he doesn't remember who he is, but he quickly remembers everything up to the point of harnessing Temeraire; as such, he thinks he's still Captain captain of the Reliant. ''Reliant''. He eventually begins to recover after locating Tharkay in China; China, whereupon he remembers his aid during ''Victory of Eagles'']].



** The best example is probably Requiescat the Regal Copper; it means 'to rest' and he's a lazy bastard. However, it is also the R in R.I.P.
** Perscitia is very clever, guess what her name in latin is.

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** The best example is probably Requiescat the Regal Copper; it means 'to rest' and he's a lazy bastard. However, it is also the R in R.I.P. \n, and he's old and retired.
** Perscitia is very clever, clever; guess what her name in latin Latin is.



* PepperSneeze: Used as a weapon against dragons.

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* PepperSneeze: Used as a weapon against dragons. Particularly effective against those with breath weapons.



---> '''Napoleon''' ''(to Laurence):'' [[FriendlyEnemy You do not suffer the disease of ambition.]]

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---> --> '''Napoleon''' ''(to Laurence):'' [[FriendlyEnemy You do not suffer the disease of ambition.]]



** There were earlier hints however in the first book if you looked closely and thought about it[[note]]Temeraire's roar is strong enough to shake the leaves off trees and rattle his crew; his appearance matches that of the Yellow Emperor of China, the ''Celestial'' dragon that united the empire[[/note]].

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** There were earlier hints however in the first book if you looked closely and thought about it[[note]]Temeraire's roar is strong enough to shake the leaves off trees and rattle his crew; his appearance matches that of the Yellow Emperor of China, the ''Celestial'' dragon that united the empire[[/note]].Empire; and others[[/note]].



** ''Throne of Jade'' mentions a historic dragon called "Lung Li Po"; the equivalent of the real-life poet Li Bai, only to then use the name Li Bai in Blood of Tyrants. This could be the result of an in-universe translation issue, however.

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** ''Throne of Jade'' mentions a historic dragon called "Lung Li Po"; the equivalent of the real-life poet Li Bai, only to then use the name Li Bai in Blood of Tyrants. This could ''could'' be the result of an in-universe translation issue, however.



** There's a subtle reference to [[StarTrek Star Trek]] in Blood Of Tyrants when Laurence, [[spoiler: having remembered that Granby and Little are gay,]] reflects on things he heard about while in the Navy, namely, the relationship between a certain Captain K and his second-in-command.

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** There's a subtle reference to [[StarTrek Star Trek]] in Blood Of Tyrants when Laurence, [[spoiler: having remembered that Granby and Little are gay,]] reflects on things he heard about while in the Navy, namely, the relationship between how effusively a certain Captain K and K greeted his second-in-command.wounded second-in-command, returning from a boarding action.



* TeamChef: Gong Su was originally a dragon chef hired on to cook for Temeraire, and crept into the role of cooking for Temeraire's human crewmen as well by virtue of being the only one on the crew who's any good at it. [[spoiler: It later turns out that he's been observing them for the Chinese nobility all along, and in the latest book is given authority to extend a prince's invitation to Lawrence. Meanwhile, his skill with his knives in combat implies training and experience beyond mere culinary pursuits.]]

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* TeamChef: Gong Su was originally a dragon chef hired on to cook for Temeraire, and crept into the role of cooking for Temeraire's human crewmen as well by virtue of being the only one on the crew who's any good at it. [[spoiler: It later turns out that he's been observing them for the Chinese nobility all along, and in the latest book is given authority to extend a prince's invitation to Lawrence.Laurence. Meanwhile, his skill with his knives in combat implies training and experience beyond mere culinary pursuits.]]


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*** Dragons also seem to be able to help societies cope better with disease. even when they are occasionally vulnerable to such themselves. This results in things such as [[spoiler:the Tswana not being as devastated by malaria as they might otherwise, as dragons seem to drive away mosquitoes. But there's also the indication that the natives of North America, at least, are much better off than they might otherwise have been. There's also the irony in that a dragon plague from from North America to Europe nearly did to Eurasian dragon populations what European diseases did to native American populations in the real world.]]
9th Feb '16 12:50:40 PM Vios
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* InappropriatelyCloseComrades: Lack of concern about this sort of thing this is part of the [[MildlyMilitary more relaxed attitude]] taken by the Aerial Corps relative to other branches of the military.
22nd Jan '16 8:31:34 PM LBHills
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* ContrivedCoincidence: While most of the other books handle this lightly, there are ''three'' in the fourth book, Empire of Ivory: 1. Temeraire happened to be in just the right spot to accidentally ingest the cure for the lethal disease devastating his homeland, 2. Temeraire's crew just happens to have with them a long-lost daughter of the Tswana, and 3. Laurence and Temeraire just happen to learn that the only spot in England with a supply of the cure is an area they know intimately and can infiltrate without difficulty.
19th Jan '16 5:23:11 PM Theriocephalus
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# ''League of Dragons'' (projected for 2015) will be the final novel of the series, covering Napoleon's winter invasion of Russia and, presumably, involve some sort of denouement.

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# ''League of Dragons'' (projected for 2015) 2016) will be the final novel of the series, covering Napoleon's winter invasion of Russia and, presumably, involve some sort of denouement.
6th Jan '16 9:09:40 PM LBHills
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* DespairEventHorizon: In general, any captain or dragon that loses the other. Many captains or dragons choose to even die with the other.

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%% * DespairEventHorizon: In general, any captain or dragon that loses the other. Many captains or dragons choose to even die with the other.



* DopeSlap: Temeraire was on the receiving end on one occasion (from another dragon, of course.)

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* DopeSlap: Temeraire was on the receiving end on one occasion (from another dragon, of course.Obversaria, a smaller but wiser dragon.)
25th Sep '15 6:41:14 AM Laithelryn
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# ''League of Dragons'' (projected for 2015) will be the final novel of the series, covering Napoleon's winter invasion of Russia and, presumably, involve some sort of denoument.

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# ''League of Dragons'' (projected for 2015) will be the final novel of the series, covering Napoleon's winter invasion of Russia and, presumably, involve some sort of denoument.
denouement.
20th Sep '15 6:42:36 PM nombretomado
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This AlternateHistory series sets out to answer a vital question that has intrigued historians for centuries: What would the NapoleonicWars have been like if the countries involved fought them with ''[[OurDragonsAreDifferent dragons]]''?

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This AlternateHistory series sets out to answer a vital question that has intrigued historians for centuries: What would the NapoleonicWars UsefulNotes/TheNapoleonicWars have been like if the countries involved fought them with ''[[OurDragonsAreDifferent dragons]]''?
5th Sep '15 3:53:07 PM nombretomado
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* BigBad: [[NapoleonBonaparte Napoleon]], of course, at least from the POV of the British. Whenever we actually see him, he's characterized as an AffablyEvil AntiVillain.

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* BigBad: [[NapoleonBonaparte [[UsefulNotes/NapoleonBonaparte Napoleon]], of course, at least from the POV of the British. Whenever we actually see him, he's characterized as an AffablyEvil AntiVillain.
26th Aug '15 12:14:49 PM vifetoile
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* SteelEardrums: Aside from the usual use of this trope (characters weather multiple battles that include rifles, cannon, and other explosions but never suffer hearing damage), the series exploits this trope egregiously when it comes to Temeraire's [[MakeMeWannaShout divine wind.]] Despite his entire crew working on a dragon whose roar can splinter ships, there's never collateral damage to their own eardrums. Either Temeraire's roar is extremely finely controlled, or Novik decided it would sacrifice too much dignity for Laurence and co. to be wearing fluffy earmuffs into battle.
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