History Literature / Temeraire

9th Jul '17 9:08:57 AM nombretomado
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* DragonRider: The entire concept of the series. However, people ride dragons in a different manner than most books; for example, they almost always have crews, each person fulfills a different duty, the handler is mostly there for guiding the dragon, and getting boarded is often a hazard in battles. There's a strong, and probably intentional, resemblance between the Royal Air Corps of this series and the bombers of WorldWarTwo.

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* DragonRider: The entire concept of the series. However, people ride dragons in a different manner than most books; for example, they almost always have crews, each person fulfills a different duty, the handler is mostly there for guiding the dragon, and getting boarded is often a hazard in battles. There's a strong, and probably intentional, resemblance between the Royal Air Corps of this series and the bombers of WorldWarTwo.UsefulNotes/WorldWarII.
26th Jun '17 8:09:14 PM StarBright
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* {{Tomboy}}: Given that women are treated little different in the Corps than men in terms of what is asked of them, are far fewer in number (they are kept a secret of the Corps because of historial sexism), and are so ingrained with the life around them, it's little wonder they end up with few "feminine" personality traits.

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* {{Tomboy}}: Given that women are treated little different in the Corps than men in terms of what is asked of them, are far fewer in number (they are kept a secret of the Corps because of historial historical sexism), and are so ingrained with the life around them, it's little wonder they end up with few "feminine" personality traits.traits.
* ToBeLawfulOrGood: Laurence at the end of ''Empire of Ivory''
13th Jun '17 9:37:24 PM LBHills
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* MedievalStasis: Invoked and averted. [[spoiler: Perscitia realizes that technology is becoming more and more effective, and fights so hard for dragon civil rights because at some point, a gun is going to be effective as a dragon, who will then been seen as big, expensive, and outdated beasts of burden.]]

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* MedievalStasis: Invoked and averted. [[spoiler: Perscitia realizes that technology is becoming more and more effective, and fights so hard for dragon civil rights because at some point, a gun is going to be effective as a dragon, who dragon. It's been made clear that some humans will then been seen as big, expensive, and outdated beasts of burden.stoop to 'exterminating animals', so the clock is ticking.]]



* MyCountryRightOrWrong: Laurence has devoted his life to the service of his country and feels obligated to be this. Fighting for the overall best interests of his country, and not necessarily for the people running it, has caused him some problems.

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* MyCountryRightOrWrong: A very, very common position in the nineteenth century. The trope is generally deconstructed as characters such as Yongxing, Lord Barham, the Sapa Inca and (to a lesser extent) Moshueshue place their nation's interests above any morality. Laurence has devoted his life to is deeply patriotic, but in the service course of the books comes to feel that loving his country and feels obligated means helping it to be this. Fighting for the overall best interests of improve its morals, not abandoning his country, and not necessarily for the people running it, has caused him some problems.own.



* NiceJobFixingItVillain: [[spoiler: How Napoleon inevitably loses the war. Had he not called for a Concord, his potential allies would not have seen how grandiose his plans were in comparison to what he was actually capable of doing. Furthermore, his scheming and blind romanticism allowed the Incan Empress--poised as his wife--to maneuver behind his back, losing him the support of the Incan dragons when the time came and allowing the Empress to rule all of France as regent to his infant son. The combination of the Incan's retreat and the arrival of the Tswana effectively cost Napoleon the war in one fell swoop.]]

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* NiceJobFixingItVillain: [[spoiler: How Napoleon inevitably loses the war. Had he not called for a Concord, his potential allies would not have seen how grandiose his plans were in comparison to what he was actually capable of doing. Furthermore, his scheming and blind romanticism allowed the Incan Empress--poised as his wife--to maneuver behind his back, losing him the support of the Incan dragons when the time came and allowing the Empress to rule all of France as regent to his infant son. The combination of the Incan's retreat and the arrival of the Tswana effectively cost costs Napoleon the war in one fell swoop.]]
5th Jun '17 2:47:13 PM Nentuaby
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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.

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* ContrivedCoincidence: While most of the other books handle this lightly, there are ''three'' ''two'' critical ones 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.Tswana.
4th Apr '17 5:21:58 PM eowynjedi
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* [[ABoyAndHisX An Esteemed British Gentleman And His Dragon]]

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* [[ABoyAndHisX ABoyAndHisX: An Esteemed British Gentleman And His Dragon]]Dragon.



* ADateWithRosiePalms: Early on in ''Black Powder War'', Temeraire bathes in a mountain lake, and innocently reveals afterwards that he had a bit too much fun frolicking on the rocks in the water.

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* ADateWithRosiePalms: Early ADateWithRosiePalms:
**Early
on in ''Black Powder War'', Temeraire bathes in a mountain lake, and innocently reveals afterwards that he had a bit too much fun frolicking on the rocks in the water.



* AerithAndBob: Inverted with [[spoiler:American dragons]], who have perfectly normal names despite the more flowery names used elsewhere in the world.

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* AerithAndBob: Inverted with [[spoiler:American dragons]], who have perfectly normal names despite the more flowery names used elsewhere in the world. British dragons tend to get impressive Latin (or dog Latin) names because they're typically chosen by young men who [[RuleOfCool think they sound cool]].



* AlternateHistory: For obvious reasons.
** 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 likewise remain extremely formidable, the United States has colonists and natives working in harmony ''with'' dragons, and Australia, whose natives [[spoiler:put together a trade network with China]], casually declares independence and keeps it. Even Napoleon's 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, suggesting better relations between Native Americans and settlers]]. In addition, Alexander Hamilton is implied to still be alive in 1812.

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* AlternateHistory: For obvious reasons.
** FixFic: To
reasons. The presence of dragons results in a kind of FixFic to some of the worst tragedies of the imperialism. Although the British still control India and use opium as a trade tool against China (and the Ottoman Empire and Russia are no vacation destination either), China is still powerful, the Tswana in Africa are perhaps the strongest nation in the world, the Inca in South America likewise remain extremely formidable, the United States has colonists and natives working in harmony ''with'' dragons, and Australia, whose natives [[spoiler:put together a trade network with China]], casually declares independence and keeps it. Even Napoleon's tyranny in France is begrudgingly admitted by Laurence to be better in many ways than Britain's own petty, short-sighted government. \n*** 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.\n*** ''Blood of Tyrants'' reveals that the President of the United States is [[spoiler:Tecumseh, suggesting better relations between Native Americans and settlers]]. In addition, Alexander Hamilton is implied to still be alive in 1812.



* BlaseBoast: In the EncyclopediaExposita piece from Black Powder War, the Reverend Salcombe humblebrags about his own puny accomplishments in draconic studies in comparison to the impressive depth of knowledge shown by Sir Edward Howe for a long paragraph... before launching into his "thesis", which insults everyone who doesn't think dragons are, in terms of intellect, roughly equivalent with a particularly intelligent dog.
** The Reverend appears in the first chapter of ''Victory of Eagles'' in person, but Temeraire knows of his work and refuses to even grant him an interview unless he can solve a ''very'' simple geometry problem (specifically, an application of the Pythagorean Theorem). Rev. Salcombe does not get an interview.

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* BlaseBoast: In the EncyclopediaExposita piece from Black Powder War, the Reverend Salcombe humblebrags about his own puny accomplishments in draconic studies in comparison to the impressive depth of knowledge shown by Sir Edward Howe for a long paragraph... before launching into his "thesis", which insults everyone who doesn't think dragons are, in terms of intellect, roughly equivalent with a particularly intelligent dog.
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dog. The Reverend appears in the first chapter of ''Victory of Eagles'' in person, but Temeraire knows of his work and refuses to even grant him an interview unless he can solve a ''very'' simple geometry problem (specifically, an application of the Pythagorean Theorem). Rev. Salcombe does not get an interview.



* 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.]])

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* CourtMartialed: CourtMartialed:
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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.]])



** Humans and dragons are often at cross-purposes when it comes to priorities. Laurence shakes his head over Temeraire's materialism and how easily swayed dragons are by the promise of flash and riches. Temeraire, meanwhile, can't understand how Laurence could value honor over ten thousand pounds, to the point where he thinks Laurence is lying in an attempt to assuage his guilt.
** And there is culture shock among dragons themselves, mainly between old world and new world. Thanks to European diseases like smallpox ravaging the human population, Incan dragons now value people far above gold. This becomes a minor issue when they go into battle as they can be held hostage with ''any'' member of their crew, not just the captain.



* DopeSlap: Temeraire was on the receiving end on one occasion (from Obversaria, a smaller but wiser dragon.)

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* DopeSlap: Temeraire was on the receiving end on one occasion (from from Obversaria, a smaller but wiser dragon.)



* [[ChildrenRaiseYou Dragons Raise You]]: Laurence has had to reevaluate many of his preconceptions about dragons, morals and other nations over the years when he found he couldn't justify them to Temeraire, who never met a tradition he didn't question.

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* [[ChildrenRaiseYou Dragons Raise You]]: ChildrenRaiseYou: Laurence has had to reevaluate many of his preconceptions about dragons, morals and other nations over the years when he found he couldn't justify them to Temeraire, who never met a tradition he didn't question.



%%* FragileSpeedster: The courier or lightweight class of dragons, who are often not called into war.

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%%* * FragileSpeedster: The courier or lightweight class of dragons were bred solely to be as quick as possible and are generally manned by a single officer. They aren't deployed in battle because they would easily be defeated by midweight and heavyweight dragons, who are often not called into war.but they can generally outfly them.



* HeroicBastard: Quite common among [[EternalSexualFreedom the Corps]], but particularly [[spoiler:Captain Harcourt and Emily Roland]].

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* HeroicBastard: Quite common among [[EternalSexualFreedom the Corps]], but particularly [[spoiler:Captain Harcourt and Emily Roland]]. It's not like the dragons care.



* 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.)

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* IntoxicationEnsues: IntoxicationEnsues:
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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.)



* TheStationsOfTheCanon: With the exception of the Battle of Dover, the first three books are basically the real Napoleonic Wars without especial alteration. The dragon plague sends things OffTheRails for a while, but [[spoiler: it looks like Napoleon's invasion of Russia will go little better with dragons than it did in RealLife, albeit for different reasons]].

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* TheStationsOfTheCanon: With the exception of the Battle of Dover, the first three books are basically the real Napoleonic Wars without especial alteration. The dragon plague sends things OffTheRails for a while, but [[spoiler: it looks like Napoleon's invasion of Russia will go little hardly goes any better with dragons than it did in RealLife, reality, albeit for different reasons]].reasons. The final book bypasses a showdown at Waterloo and sends him (and Lien) straight into exile--although worries of their escape might be a SequelHook the site of his exile is St. Helena, where Napoleon spent his last days, rather than Elba which he escaped]].
15th Mar '17 12:49:39 AM foxley
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* {{Privateer}}: Lawrence and Temeraire consider becoming ''aerial'' privateers when ReassignedToAntarctica in the Australian colony. Lawrence notes that Napoleon's merchant marine wouldn't have a snowball's chance in hell against a [[DragonRiders privateer guiding a heavy-weight dragon]].

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* {{Privateer}}: Lawrence and Temeraire consider becoming ''aerial'' privateers when ReassignedToAntarctica in the Australian colony. Lawrence notes that Napoleon's merchant marine wouldn't have a snowball's chance in hell against a [[DragonRiders [[DragonRider privateer guiding a heavy-weight dragon]].
15th Mar '17 12:46:06 AM foxley
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* {{Privateer}}: Lawrence and Temeraire consider becoming ''aerial'' privateers when ReassignedToAntarctica in the Australian colony. Lawrence notes that Napoleon's merchant marine wouldn't have a snowball's chance in hell against a [[DragonRiders privateer guiding a heavy-weight dragon]].
10th Mar '17 6:42:57 PM Saber15
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* MedievalStasis: Invoked and averted. [[spoiler: Perscitia realizes that technology is becoming more and more effective, and fights so hard for dragon civil rights because at some point, a gun is going to be effective as a dragon, who will then been seen as big, expensive, and outdated beasts of burden.]]
10th Mar '17 6:37:50 PM Saber15
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* MeatgrinderSurgery: Implements for dragon surgery wouldn't look out of place in a forge; standard operating procedure for removing shot is to yank the lead ball out with tongs and then cauterize the wound with a red-hot piece of iron.
17th Jan '17 12:12:12 PM Greenygal
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* [[spoiler: AntiClimax: ''League of Dragons'' has some interesting developments with Temeraire's and Iskierka's egg, but the plot derails considerably for a duel with a mad baron that contributes nothing to the plot. The book does not end spectacularly, in that there is no "final epic confrontation" the series has been building up to. Napoleon has lost his formidable momentum showcased in the previous titles, being beaten back and cannot manage any offensive. Lien herself does ''nothing bold or desperate'' to seek her revenge against the titular character and/or his captain.]]

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* [[spoiler: AntiClimax: [[spoiler: ''League of Dragons'' has some interesting developments with Temeraire's and Iskierka's egg, but the plot derails considerably for a duel with a mad baron that contributes nothing to the plot. The book does not end spectacularly, in that there is no "final epic confrontation" the series has been building up to. Napoleon has lost his formidable momentum showcased in the previous titles, being beaten back and cannot manage any offensive. Lien herself does ''nothing bold or desperate'' to seek her revenge against the titular character and/or his captain.]]
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