History Literature / Temeraire

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.]]
2nd Jan '17 8:32:23 AM dieseldragons
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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 long 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: ''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 long 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.]]
2nd Jan '17 8:30:14 AM dieseldragons
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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 long 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.]]
27th Nov '16 1:31:58 PM nombretomado
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Creator/PeterJackson has reportedly optioned the movie rights to the series. He has also been heard to debate airing them as a miniseries instead, to make it harder to be CutShort (a problem that ''Literature/HisDarkMaterials'', ''Literature/TheInheritanceCycle'' and even ''TheChroniclesOfNarnia'' fans can speak of from experience).

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Creator/PeterJackson has reportedly optioned the movie rights to the series. He has also been heard to debate airing them as a miniseries instead, to make it harder to be CutShort (a problem that ''Literature/HisDarkMaterials'', ''Literature/TheInheritanceCycle'' and even ''TheChroniclesOfNarnia'' ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia'' fans can speak of from experience).
20th Nov '16 11:44:28 PM dieseldragons
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* {{Hypocrite}}: Captain Poole is quite the insufferable oaf, hating Lawrence for not following government's orders i.e. treason, considering ''he rides on a dragon said tyrants wanted dead.''
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