History Literature / Temeraire

27th Sep '16 12:59:53 AM 20thcenturyvole
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* ATasteOfTheLash: Several times, as it's a standard method of discipline. Laurence administers it to two of his men in ''Black Powder War'' (they were caught spying on the Sultan's harem, and flogging was just barely accepted in place of execution), and is himself flogged by on the orders of the Tswana king in ''Empire of Ivory''.
2nd Sep '16 5:46:01 PM Bissek
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* NeverMyFault: Lien spends most of the series seeking revenge against Laurence and Temeraire for the death of her companion, Prince Yongxing. She never admits that if Yongxing hadn't gone fifteen thousand miles out of his way to involve them in his court intrigues, his death would not have happened.
15th Aug '16 4:15:40 PM valar55
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* {{Irony}}: [[BreakThemByTalking "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."]] [[spoiler: In the end, Lien and Napoleon are exiled to the remote St. Helena, where they will spend the rest of their days cut off from everyone else. Napoleon is left a broken man, betrayed by his wife who now rules all of France as regent to his infant son, and with no more allies to speak for him]].

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* {{Irony}}: [[BreakThemByTalking "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.''content''."]] [[spoiler: In the end, Lien and Napoleon are exiled to the remote St. Helena, where they will spend the rest of their days cut off from everyone else. Napoleon is left a broken man, betrayed by his wife who now rules all of France as regent to his infant son, and with no more allies to speak for him]].
16th Jul '16 5:31:47 PM TeraChimera
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** 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. Rev. Salcombe does not get an interview.

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** 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.problem (specifically, an application of the Pythagorean Theorem). Rev. Salcombe does not get an interview.


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* 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.
8th Jul '16 11:24:59 PM TheStrayXIII
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* {{Irony}}: [[BreakThemByTalking "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."]] [[spoiler: In the end, Lien and Napoleon are exiled to the remote St. Helena, where they will spend the rest of their days cut off from everyone else. Napoleon is left a broken man, betrayed by his wife who now rules all of France as regent to his infant son, and with no more allies to speak for him]].
8th Jul '16 11:15:06 PM TheStrayXIII
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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 Napoleon the war in one fell swoop.]]
8th Jul '16 11:04:35 PM TheStrayXIII
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* ShoutOut: In ''Throne of Jade'', it is explained that the Chinese aerial corps is composed entirely of women. This has its basis in a legend of one girl who sneaked away from home, partnered with a dragon, and won a great battle that saved China, and as a result the Emperor issued an edict announcing that girls were allowed to serve in the corps. The references to the legend of Hua Mulan are obvious.

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In ''Throne of Jade'', it is explained that the Chinese aerial corps is composed entirely of women. This has its basis in a legend of one girl who sneaked away from home, partnered with a dragon, and won a great battle that saved China, and as a result the Emperor issued an edict announcing that girls were allowed to serve in the corps. The references to the legend of Hua Mulan are obvious.


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** The first time we see [[spoiler: Ning, the hatchling of Temeraire and Iskierka]] exhibit her inherited abilities it is in the dead of night and features a description that would evoke the imagery of [[WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon a certain Night Fury attacking with his signature plasma bolt]].
8th Jul '16 10:41:45 PM TheStrayXIII
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* BerserkButton: Don't hurt a captain unless you want their dragon's multi-tonne shit to flip out. And for that matter, don't hurt a dragon unless you want to turn their captain into TheDeterminator.

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Don't hurt a captain unless you want their dragon's multi-tonne shit to flip out. And for that matter, don't hurt a dragon unless you want to turn their captain into TheDeterminator.


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** Dishonourable means to suit the ends have never been in good favour with Laurence, and you'd think Britain and her allies would have learned their lesson from the ''last'' time they [[spoiler: threatened the livelihood of all Eurasia's dragons just to win an advantage in the war]]. They almost don't and [[spoiler: failing to learn from their mistakes could have cost the alliance their most valuable admiral and dragon--[[OhCrap to Napoleon, this time]]]].
8th Jul '16 8:24:27 PM TheStrayXIII
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# ''League of Dragons'' (2016) is the final novel of the series, in which Napolean's endeavours to invade Russia through her harsh winter and Laurence, with the aid of the Russian and Prussian armies, struggle to him off. But when startling news comes of Temeraire's and Iskierka's egg having been stolen from the Imperial palace, Temeraire and Laurence are forced to leave the frontlines in an effort to take it back. But this comes with its own host of complications...

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# ''League of Dragons'' (2016) is the final novel of the series, in which Napolean's endeavours to invade Russia through her harsh winter and Laurence, with the aid of the Russian and Prussian armies, struggle to hold him off. But when startling news comes of Temeraire's and Iskierka's egg having been stolen from the Imperial palace, Temeraire and Laurence are forced to leave the frontlines in an effort to take it back. But this comes with its own host of complications...
8th Jul '16 8:23:34 PM TheStrayXIII
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# ''League of Dragons'' (2016) is the final novel of the series, in which Napolean's winter invasion of Russia and Laurence's efforts to hold him off. But when startling news comes of Temeraire's and Iskierka's egg having been stolen from the Imperial palace, Temeraire and Laurence are forced to leave the frontlines in an effort to take it back. But this comes with its own host of complications...

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# ''League of Dragons'' (2016) is the final novel of the series, in which Napolean's endeavours to invade Russia through her harsh winter invasion of Russia and Laurence's efforts Laurence, with the aid of the Russian and Prussian armies, struggle to hold him off. But when startling news comes of Temeraire's and Iskierka's egg having been stolen from the Imperial palace, Temeraire and Laurence are forced to leave the frontlines in an effort to take it back. But this comes with its own host of complications...
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