History Literature / Temeraire

8th Nov '17 10:50:59 AM Outis
Is there an issue? Send a Message


** 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.

to:

** 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.water - prompting Granby hastily to order the crew to pour out the water they've just fetched from the lake for drinking.
8th Oct '17 6:23:19 AM Eolewyn1010
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

* IDidntMeanToTurnYouOn: Turns out the whiskers growing around Temeraire's mouth are an erogenous area. As Laurence casually fondles them, he is ''mortified'' to realize that Temeraire really likes being touched there.
5th Oct '17 5:44:50 AM Picard578
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

--> Temeraire had never very much wanted to kill anyone, except of course anyone who tried to hurt Laurence
30th Sep '17 3:25:18 PM RealSlimShadowen
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* 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]].
* AlphaBitch: Miss Montagu is a sort of proto-{{Alpha Bitch}}. Though sitting beside him at dinner, she ignores Laurence, ''almost'' to the point of rudeness, in his parents' own house, entirely because he was an aviator, and later also makes a point of telling him his ex-sorta-fiancee had gotten married while he was fighting for England.
* AlternateHistory: For obvious 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. ''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.
* AmazingTechnicolorWildlife: The dragons all come in a variety of colors and stripes, and the dragons in South America even come in colorful feathers. Chinese dragons, however, are noted for their uniform coloration.

to:

* AerithAndBob: Inverted with [[spoiler:American dragons]], who have perfectly normal names despite the more flowery names used elsewhere in the world. British Played with. [[spoiler:American]] dragons often have human names (many of them melding European and tribal names). African dragons (at least the ones with the Tswana) have human names as well, as they're believed to be reincarnations of great members of the tribe. European dragons, however, tend to get have impressive Latin (or dog Latin) names because they're typically chosen by young men who [[RuleOfCool think they sound cool]].
* AlphaBitch: Miss Montagu is a sort of proto-{{Alpha Bitch}}. Though sitting beside him at dinner, she ignores Laurence, ''almost'' to the point of rudeness, in his parents' own house, right to the edge of rudeness, entirely because he was an aviator, and later also aviator. Later she makes a point of telling him his ex-sorta-fiancee had gotten married while he was fighting for England.
* AlternateHistory: For obvious 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 could claim to be the strongest nation in the world, the Inca in South America likewise remain extremely formidable, formidable despite the depopulation caused by European diseases, 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 at least be getting put to better use in many ways than Britain's own petty, short-sighted government. ''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.
1812 and to have run for (but lost) the presidency (though whether he survived the fateful duel or it never happened is never mentioned).
* AmazingTechnicolorWildlife: The dragons all come in a variety of colors and stripes, and the dragons in South America even come in colorful feathers. Chinese dragons, however, are noted for their uniform coloration.solid coloring over their bodies.



* 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.]]

to:

* 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.to, though there is a great battle that breaks the back of Napoleon's forces and coalition. Napoleon has lost his formidable momentum showcased in the previous titles, being beaten back and cannot manage any offensive. Lien herself does ''nothing ''nothing'' bold or desperate'' to seek desperate in her quest for revenge against the titular character and/or his captain.captain, save perhaps the initial stealing of Iskierka nad Temeraire's egg.]]



* AscendedFanfic: Of the ''Literature/AubreyMaturin'' series. According to WordOfGod.
* AttentionDeficitOohShiny: Iskierka and the ferals tend towards the hyperactive. [[MoneyFetish And bling-loving]].

to:

* AscendedFanfic: Of the ''Literature/AubreyMaturin'' series. According series, according to WordOfGod.
* AttentionDeficitOohShiny: Iskierka and the ferals tend towards the hyperactive. [[MoneyFetish And bling-loving]].bling-loving]], though the latter is fairly common among dragons.



* BigEater: Dragon hatchlings in general. Temeraire managed to put away his weight in meat within a day of hatching. In absolute terms full-grown dragons may qualify as well given that a heavyweight would call a whole cow every third day short commons.

to:

* BigEater: Dragon Proprotionally, dragon hatchlings in general. Temeraire managed to put away his weight in meat within a day of hatching. (This, of course, is necessary for the rapid growth that characterizes young dragons). In absolute terms full-grown dragons may qualify as well given that a heavyweight would call a whole cow every third day short commons.



* 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.

to:

* 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. (Though Temeraire finds himself regretting the loss of intellectual stimulation.)



* FantasticReligiousWeirdness: Pops up from time to time, although dragons tend not to be religious. In ''Empire of Ivory'', for example, Laurence has a brief discussion with a preacher about whether dragons are included with humans in original sin. The two of them conclude that that is not the case, as dragons are not mentioned in the story of Adam and Eve.

to:

* FantasticReligiousWeirdness: Pops up from time to time, although dragons tend not to be religious. In ''Empire of Ivory'', for example, Laurence has a brief discussion with a preacher about whether dragons are included with humans in original sin. The two of them conclude that that is not the case, as dragons are not mentioned in the story of Adam and Eve. (The preacher also mentions that he doubts the serpent and dragons are connected, because the serpent was cursed to crawl, and dragons, of course, ''fly''.)



** Temeraire has foils in the other Celestials. His brother and mother are both scholarly companions to Chinese royalty and seem a bit put off by his love of fighting and battle scars. With Lien it was almost intentional, as she abandoned her cushy life in China to deliberately set herself up as an opposite to Temeraire in France.

to:

** Temeraire has foils in the other Celestials. His brother and mother are both scholarly companions to Chinese royalty and seem a bit put off by his battle scars and love of fighting and battle scars. fighting. With Lien it was almost intentional, as intentional: he was sent away from a life of luxury in China for political expediency, while she abandoned her cushy chose to abandon said life in China to and deliberately set herself up as an opposite in France in opposition to Temeraire in France.Temeraire.



* {{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 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 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.]]
* 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, but they can generally outfly them.

to:

* {{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 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 a huundred-odd hundred-odd three-quarter-starved dragons are cut loose and pointed at the Russian supply train by Marshal Murat, several several, stymied by the troops defending their food food...went for the hospital tents.]]
* 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 usually aren't deployed in battle because they would easily be defeated by midweight and heavyweight dragons, but they can generally outfly them.



* GeniusBruiser: Most dragons, emphasized the larger they get. Dragons often delight at thinking over mathematical problems, and can do complex computations without a need for pen and paper.

to:

* GeniusBruiser: Most dragons, emphasized the larger they get. Dragons Many dragons often delight at thinking over or debating mathematical problems, and can do complex computations without a need for pen and paper. paper.



* HalfBreedDiscrimination: Justified by the time period; since Tharkay is half-Nepalese but educated by his high-born British father, he's discriminated against in English society and always a little out of place in Asian society.

to:

* HalfBreedDiscrimination: Justified by the time period; since Tharkay is half-Nepalese but educated by his high-born British father, he's discriminated against in English society and always a little out of place in Asian society. There's little or none of this in dragon society, as feral dragons interbreed as they will and human dragon breeders are always looking to experiment with new crossbreeds that might prove advantageous; the only prejudice comes when the result of a pairing isn't useful.



** Arthur Hammond becomes quite fond of a certain [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coca South American leaf]] after taking a remedy advised by Churki in ''Crucible of Gold''.
* ImprobableAntidote: The [[spoiler:mushrooms]] in ''Empire Of Ivory''. Though the idea of trying strong-tasting, smelly, or bitter herbs and foods as potential cures is something a folk medicine person would routinely do in many cultures. It took many days of such trial and error to find one that worked.

to:

** Arthur Hammond becomes quite fond of a certain [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coca South American leaf]] after taking a remedy for getting airsick, as advised by Churki in ''Crucible of Gold''.
* ImprobableAntidote: The [[spoiler:mushrooms]] in ''Empire Of Ivory''. Though Largely justifed as the idea of trying strong-tasting, smelly, or bitter herbs and foods as potential cures is something a folk basically the way pre-modern medicine person would routinely do in many cultures.worked. It took many days of such trial and error to find one that worked.



* 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'']].

to:

* 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 before the point of finding, hatching, and 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'']].



* MeaningfulBackgroundEvent: ''Tongues of Serpents'' gives several mentions of events in other lands that don't impact the plot of the book but that will likely affect the series going forward, most notably [[spoiler:the Tswana expanding their assault on the slave trade into Europe and the Americas.]]

to:

* MeaningfulBackgroundEvent: ''Tongues of Serpents'' gives several mentions of events in other lands that don't impact the plot of the book but that will likely affect affected the series going forward, most notably [[spoiler:the Tswana expanding their assault on the slave trade into Europe and the Americas.]]



** Unlike in many settings with {{Dragon Rider}}s, that "special bond" isn't seen as particularly mystical. It might be as simple as a psychological thing similar to a parent-child bond, since 99 percent of dragons' companions are either the first people who feed and harness them out of the egg, or the children of those dragons' previous companions when they got too old to continue work, because most dragons have longer lifespans than humans.

to:

** Unlike in many settings with {{Dragon Rider}}s, that "special bond" isn't seen as particularly mystical. It might be as simple as a psychological thing similar to a parent-child bond, or perhaps animal imprinting, since 99 percent of dragons' companions are either the first people who feed and harness them out of the egg, or the children of those dragons' previous companions when they got too old to continue work, because most work (most dragons have having longer lifespans than humans.humans).



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

to:

* PepperSneeze: Used as a weapon against dragons. Particularly effective against those with breath weapons.weapons, but it greatly disrupts flying for almost any breed.



* {{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 [[DragonRider privateer guiding a heavy-weight dragon]].

to:

* {{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 [[DragonRider privateer guiding a heavy-weight dragon]].dragon]] (due to the expense, there are basically no dragon privateers, let alone ones of Temeraire's ability).



* RedShirt: Most members of the dragon crews, since most heavyweights are crewed by ten and upwards. Often they will get a number of mentions as a name without too much distinguishing feature and then die.

to:

* RedShirt: Most members of the dragon crews, since most heavyweights are crewed by ten and upwards. Often they will get a number of mentions as a name without too much many distinguishing feature features and then die.



* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: The trope is regularly invoked - in fact, Lien is the only dragon who has opted for DissonantSerenity.

to:

* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: The trope is regularly invoked - in fact, Lien is the only dragon seen in the books who has opted for DissonantSerenity.



** It's demonstrated frequently, and eventually stated outright, that in any conflict between a dragon's honour and its affections, honour almost always loses. Even dragons who occupy high office will do backflips to weasel their loved ones out of trouble.

to:

** It's demonstrated frequently, and eventually stated outright, that in any conflict between a dragon's honour and its affections, honour almost always loses. Even dragons who occupy high office will do backflips to weasel their loved ones out of trouble. This is true even in [[spoiler:as honor-bound a society as Japan]].



* SequelHook: The first novel has one shoehorned in suddenly in the last chapter; the rest are handled better. Justified as the author was asked to make the novel into a series at the insistence of her editor.
** There were earlier hints 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; and others[[/note]].

to:

* SequelHook: The first novel has one shoehorned in suddenly in the last chapter; chapter (though there hints[[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; and others[[/note]]); the rest are handled better. Justified as the author was asked to make the novel into a series at the insistence of her editor. \n** There were earlier hints 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; and others[[/note]].



* WarForFunAndProfit: Though not confirmed, it is the heavily implied reason why [[spoiler: the Incas threw their lot in with the French in ''Crucible Of Gold''.]] Dragons are the head of all allyus, charged with looking after humans. Material wealth means nothing, but their precious population was devastated by diseases brought from Europe by the Spanish invaders, [[PyrrhicVictory who were ultimately repelled by the unaffected dragons]]. The dragon-dominated Inca Empire is now ''desperate'' for humans. From their point-of-view, if siding with Napoleon promises them [[POWCamp many war prisoners and captives]], for assisting his "pointless war", [[IDidWhatIHadToDo then so be it]].

to:

* WarForFunAndProfit: Though not confirmed, it is the heavily implied reason why [[spoiler: the Incas threw their lot in with the French in ''Crucible Of Gold''.]] Dragons are the head of all allyus, charged with looking after humans. Material wealth means nothing, especially as inundated as the land is with gold, but their precious population was devastated by diseases brought from Europe by the Spanish invaders, [[PyrrhicVictory who were ultimately repelled by the unaffected dragons]]. The dragon-dominated Inca Empire is now ''desperate'' for humans. From their point-of-view, if siding with Napoleon promises them [[POWCamp many war prisoners and captives]], for assisting his "pointless war", [[IDidWhatIHadToDo then so be it]].
26th Sep '17 1:48:47 AM Amelon1
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

* YouAreNumberSix: It's [[BilingualBonus implied]] that Russian dragons are named this way, fitting with their general disregard for dragons as anything other than living war machines. The only named Russian military dragon we see is Vosyem, whose name means "eight".
19th Sep '17 1:51:10 PM Picard578
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

** Also Allen.
--> "Oh," Temeraire said. He put his head down very close to Laurence. "Perhaps it could have Allen?" he suggested quietly, with a darting look over his shoulder to make sure he was not overheard by that awkward young ensign, who was presently engaged in surreptitiously running his finger around the rim of the pot, and licking it clean of a few more drops of soup.
16th Aug '17 8:36:32 PM nombretomado
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* XMeetsY: HoratioHornblower meets ''[[Literature/DragonridersOfPern Pern]]'', among others.
28th Jul '17 12:56:31 PM RealSlimShadowen
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* NoInfantileAmnesia: Not surprisingly given their level of development upon hatching, dragons clearly remember the later parts of their gestation.

to:

* NoInfantileAmnesia: Not surprisingly given their level of development upon hatching, dragons clearly remember the later parts of their gestation. Some are even capable of holding off hatching for a few days if they understand it's not a good time to do so.



* 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 Laurence. Meanwhile, his skill with his knives in combat implies training and experience beyond mere culinary pursuits.]]

to:

* 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 eighth book is given authority to extend a prince's invitation to Laurence. Meanwhile, his skill with his knives in combat implies training and experience beyond mere culinary pursuits.]]
9th Jul '17 9:08:57 AM nombretomado
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* 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.

to:

* 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
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* {{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.

to:

* {{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''
This list shows the last 10 events of 219. Show all.
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/article_history.php?article=Literature.Temeraire