History Literature / TheActsOfCaine

16th Jun '15 4:31:34 PM Dravencour
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-->Rule Two: What I say goes. Break Rule Two, you get hurt. Break it again, and you die. Again, this is your only warning.
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-->Rule Two: What I say goes. Break Rule Two, you get hurt. Break it again, and you die. Again, this is your only warning.
16th Jun '15 4:26:10 PM Dravencour
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* PapaWolf: Messing with Caine's family is a good way to get yourself marked for death.
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* PapaWolf: Messing As per Caine's Third Rule, messing with Caine's family is a good way to get yourself marked for death.

* PapaWolf: Messing RuleNumberOne: -->Rule One: Fuck with Caine's me, and you die. This is your only warning. -->Rule Two: What I say goes. Break Rule Two, you get hurt. Break it again, and you die. Again, this is your only warning. -->Rule Three: Fuck with my family is a good way to get yourself marked for death.or my friends, and you're fucking with me. When in doubt, see Rule One.

* ZombieApocalypse: HVRP is rather similar to one. Infectees are fully concious the whole time, and grow more and more paranoid and violent as their physical condition degrades. It was estimated that every victim with the virus killed 2.8 people. It led to the breakdown of standard government and the rise of the Caste system of corporate overlords. [[spoiler:Exactly as the Blind God wanted.]]
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* ZombieApocalypse: HVRP is rather similar to one. Infectees are fully concious conscious the whole time, and grow more and more paranoid and violent as their physical condition degrades. It was estimated that every victim with the virus killed 2.8 people. It led to the breakdown of standard government and the rise of the Caste system of corporate overlords. [[spoiler:Exactly as the Blind God wanted.]]
2nd Mar '15 8:29:49 AM SeptimusHeap
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* {{Deconstruction}}: Of a wealth of {{Fantasy}} tropes, being a LowFantasy take on archetypal DungeonsAndDragons settings like the ForgottenRealms.
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* {{Deconstruction}}: Of a wealth of {{Fantasy}} tropes, being a LowFantasy take on archetypal DungeonsAndDragons ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' settings like the ForgottenRealms.
2nd Sep '14 2:15:39 AM SirBob42
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The series's setting is an interesting combination of a [[{{Dystopia}} futuristic earth run by corporate governments with a strict caste system and loads of repression]], and a [[DarkFantasy parallel high fantasy world called Overworld]] that earth humans have learned to travel to and exploit. This exploitation initially takes the form of The Studio, a company that produces a sort of reality entertainment by sending "actors" to Overworld. These actors are trained in either magic or combat, implanted with a kind of video recorder and sent to Overworld to "risk their lives in an interesting way". On the SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism, the series tends towards cynicism, although it's not without [[EarnYourHappyEnding bouts of idealism]]. [[http://forums.penny-arcade.com/discussion/137613/acts-of-caine-the-best-damned-fantasy-youve-never-read A more detailed synopsis here]], with minor spoilers from the first three books.
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The series's setting is an interesting combination of a [[{{Dystopia}} futuristic earth run by corporate governments with a strict caste system and loads of repression]], and a [[DarkFantasy parallel high fantasy world called Overworld]] that earth humans have learned to travel to and exploit. This exploitation initially takes the form of The Studio, a company that produces a sort of reality entertainment by sending "actors" to Overworld. These actors are trained in either magic or combat, implanted with a kind of video recorder and sent to Overworld to "risk their [their] lives in an interesting way". On the SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism, the series tends towards cynicism, although it's not without [[EarnYourHappyEnding bouts of idealism]]. [[http://forums.penny-arcade.com/discussion/137613/acts-of-caine-the-best-damned-fantasy-youve-never-read A more detailed synopsis here]], with minor spoilers from the first three books.
18th Jul '14 2:47:34 PM TiredRoman
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There are currently four books: ''Heroes Die'', ''Blade of Tyshalle'', ''Caine Black Knife'', and ''Caine's Law''. If ThatOtherWiki is to be believed, there are going to be at least four more books in the series. In addition, Stover has created the [[http://Overworld.tv Overworld.tv]] project, which will initially involve a graphic novel in the Acts of Caine continuity.
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There are currently four books: ''Heroes Die'', ''Blade of Tyshalle'', ''Caine Black Knife'', and ''Caine's Law''. If ThatOtherWiki is to be believed, there are going to be at least four more books in the series. In addition, Stover has created the [[http://Overworld.tv Overworld.tv]] project, which will initially involve a graphic novel in the Acts of Caine continuity.
29th May '14 1:43:28 AM GentlemensDame883
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* WeakButSkilled: Deconstructed in ''Heroes Die''. Talaan may have more skill than Berne but it isn't enough to compensate for the latter's superior power, [[spoiler:which gets her killed.]]
5th Feb '14 7:19:43 PM IchigoMontoya
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* SirSwearsALot: Caine can have a bit of a potty mouth, to say the least.
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* SirSwearsALot: Caine can have a bit of a potty mouth, Caine's very foul-mouthed, to say the least.
29th Nov '13 2:40:53 PM SirBob42
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Good changes overall, but I think that having an example is better. Also, I really do like this one.
* SuperDetailedFightNarration
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* SuperDetailedFightNarrationSuperDetailedFightNarration: "The gassy thing about the figure-four headlock..." *cue paragraph of description in loving detail*
26th Nov '13 11:01:42 AM IchigoMontoya
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''The Acts of Caine'' is a series of [[ScienceFantasy fantasy-science fiction]] (trending toward fantasy) books by [[Creator/MattStover Matthew Woodring Stover]], who is probably more well known as the author of some pretty damn good ''Franchise/StarWars'' novels: ''[[Literature/NewJediOrder Traitor]]'', ''Literature/{{Shatterpoint}}'', and the novelization of ''Literature/RevengeOfTheSith''. Think about that for just one second--''with'' the restrictions of writing in the Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse, he produced those three books. And this is what he does when the gloves come off.
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''The Acts of Caine'' is a series of [[ScienceFantasy fantasy-science fiction]] (trending toward fantasy) books by [[Creator/MattStover Matthew Woodring Stover]], who is probably more well known as the author of some pretty damn good ''Franchise/StarWars'' novels: ''[[Literature/NewJediOrder Traitor]]'', ''Literature/{{Shatterpoint}}'', and the novelization of ''Literature/RevengeOfTheSith''. Think about that for just one second--''with'' the restrictions of writing in the Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse, he produced those three books. And this is what he does when the gloves come off. Creator/MattStover.

The series's setting is an interesting combination of a [[{{Dystopia}} futuristic earth run by corporate governments with a strict caste system and loads of repression]], and a [[DarkFantasy parallel high fantasy world called Overworld]] that earth humans have learned to travel to and exploit. This exploitation initially takes the form of The Studio, a company that produces a sort of reality entertainment by sending "actors" to Overworld. These actors are trained in either magic or combat, implanted with a kind of video recorder and sent to Overworld to "risk their lives in an interesting way". On the {{Sliding Scale Of Idealism Versus Cynicism}} the series tends towards cynicism, although it is not without [[EarnYourHappyEnding bouts of idealism]]. Oh, all of the books contain loads of very well written violence. [[http://forums.penny-arcade.com/discussion/137613/acts-of-caine-the-best-damned-fantasy-youve-never-read A more detailed synopsis here]], with minor spoilers from the first three books. The books, shockingly, are centered on the character of Caine and his actor Hari Michaelson. ''Heroes Die'' tells the story of Hari/Caine as he tries to rescue his love interest Shanna/Pallas Ril from BigBad [=Ma'elKoth=]. As with all the books in the series, ''Heroes Die'' comments on the morality of violent entertainment and explores of a myriad of other moral questions. Has been described in positive reviews as "''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' [[XMeetsY meets]] ''TheDayOfTheJackal''". ''Blade of Tyshalle'' takes place seven years later, reintroducing Hari and Shanna in their later married, unhappy and semi-retired lives (along with the no longer divine [=Tan'elKoth=]). This tedium is of course shattered by plots set into action by the corporate leaders of Earth which Hari's friend, Kris Hansen/Deliann Mithondionne tries to avert. This novel turns the moral philosophizing up to 11 or 12, adds questions of identity, resource usage, destiny (or lack thereof) and humanity's drive to exploit and use up everything. It also features the end of the world. Well, kinda. ''Blade of Tyshalle'' is definitely a "deeper" book than its predecessor or sequel. ''Caine Black Knife'' follows Caine in both the present (roughly a year after the end of ''Blade of Tyshalle'') and twenty-five years ago as he interacts with/slaughters the Black Knife clan of Ogrillos, a {{Proud Warrior Race}}. The present arc of the story includes a broader exploration of Orbek Black Knife, a side character introduced in ''Blade of Tyshalle''. The philosophizing is turned back down to about 8, but questions concerning the legitimacy of guerilla warfare and online {{FPS}}s are still asked. Also has some rather overt references to either the Iraq War or the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, complete with a suicide bombing.
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The series's setting is an interesting combination of a [[{{Dystopia}} futuristic earth run by corporate governments with a strict caste system and loads of repression]], and a [[DarkFantasy parallel high fantasy world called Overworld]] that earth humans have learned to travel to and exploit. This exploitation initially takes the form of The Studio, a company that produces a sort of reality entertainment by sending "actors" to Overworld. These actors are trained in either magic or combat, implanted with a kind of video recorder and sent to Overworld to "risk their lives in an interesting way". On the {{Sliding Scale Of Idealism Versus Cynicism}} SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism, the series tends towards cynicism, although it is it's not without [[EarnYourHappyEnding bouts of idealism]]. Oh, all of the books contain loads of very well written violence.idealism]]. [[http://forums.penny-arcade.com/discussion/137613/acts-of-caine-the-best-damned-fantasy-youve-never-read A more detailed synopsis here]], with minor spoilers from the first three books. The books, shockingly, books are centered on the character of Caine and his actor Hari Michaelson. ''Heroes Die'' tells the story of Hari/Caine as he tries to rescue his love interest Shanna/Pallas Ril from BigBad [=Ma'elKoth=].[[BigBad Ma'elKoth]]. As with all the books in the series, ''Heroes Die'' comments on the morality of violent entertainment and explores of a myriad of other moral questions. Has been described in positive reviews as "''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' [[XMeetsY meets]] ''TheDayOfTheJackal''".\n\n ''Blade of Tyshalle'' takes place seven years later, reintroducing Hari and Shanna in their later married, unhappy and semi-retired lives (along with the no longer divine [=Tan'elKoth=]). This tedium is of course shattered by plots set into action by the corporate leaders of Earth which Hari's friend, Kris Hansen/Deliann Mithondionne tries to avert. This novel turns the moral philosophizing up to 11 or 12, adds questions of identity, resource usage, destiny (or lack thereof) and humanity's drive to exploit and use up everything. It also features the end of the world. Well, kinda. ''Blade of Tyshalle'' is definitely world, in a "deeper" book than its predecessor or sequel. way. ''Caine Black Knife'' follows Caine in both the present (roughly a year after the end of ''Blade of Tyshalle'') and twenty-five years ago as he interacts with/slaughters with the [[ProudWarriorRace Black Knife clan of Ogrillos, a {{Proud Warrior Race}}.Ogrillos]]. The present arc of the story includes a broader exploration of Orbek Black Knife, a side character introduced in ''Blade of Tyshalle''. The philosophizing is turned back down to about 8, but questions concerning the legitimacy of guerilla guerrilla warfare and online {{FPS}}s are still asked. Also has some rather overt references to either the Iraq War or the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, complete with a suicide bombing.

* AbsurdlySharpBlade - Kosall combines this with {{Vibroweapon}}. * ActionGirl - Talaan in ''Heroes Die'', Marade in ''Caine Black Knife'', Angvasse in ''Caine's Law''. * AGodAmI - Shanna/Pallas Ril and Hannto the Scythe/Ma'elKoth. To be fair, they actually became gods. * AlwaysABiggerFish: In the end [[spoiler:Kollberg]] is taken by the Social Police.
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* AbsurdlySharpBlade - AbsurdlySharpBlade: Kosall combines this with {{Vibroweapon}}. * ActionGirl - ActionGirl: Talaan in ''Heroes Die'', Marade in ''Caine Black Knife'', Angvasse in ''Caine's Law''. * AGodAmI - AGodAmI: Shanna/Pallas Ril and Hannto the Scythe/Ma'elKoth. To be fair, they actually became gods. * AlwaysABiggerFish: In the end end, [[spoiler:Kollberg]] is taken by the Social Police.

* AntiHero: Caine
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* AntiHero: CaineCaine.

* ArmorPiercingQuestion: ''"What do you want?"''
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* ArmorPiercingQuestion: ''"What "What do you want?"''want?"

* AuthorTract: verging on AuthorFilibuster a few times, but remaining a good read nonetheless. Never goes on for more than a few pages at a time.
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* AuthorTract: verging on AuthorFilibuster a A few times, but remaining a good read nonetheless. Never though it never goes on for more than a few pages at a time.

** BadassBoast: more than a few. ** BadassInDistress: Seems to still happen [[DistressedDamsel more often to the females.]] ** BadassNormal: Caine at first. Also the Monastics and the Khryllian armsmen. * BloodKnight: Caine. Also, Berne.
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** BadassBoast: more More than a few. ** BadassInDistress: Seems to still happen [[DistressedDamsel more often to the females.]] females]]. ** BadassNormal: Caine Caine, at first. Also Also, the Monastics and the Khryllian armsmen. * BloodKnight: Caine. Also, Caine and Berne.

* BreadAndCircuses: the function of the Adventures on Overworld is to turn ''an entire planet'' into the arena of a BloodSport for the entertainment of the masses on Earth. * BriarPatching: In ''Heroes Die'' [[spoiler: Caine uses this as part of tricking Ma'elKoth into following his BatmanGambit. He directly refers to the trope name while doing so.]]
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* BreadAndCircuses: the The function of the Adventures on Overworld is to turn ''an entire planet'' into the arena of a BloodSport for the entertainment of the masses on Earth. * BriarPatching: In ''Heroes Die'' Die'', [[spoiler: Caine uses this as part of tricking Ma'elKoth into following his BatmanGambit. He directly refers to the trope name while doing so.]]so]].

* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Marc Vilo
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* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Marc ViloVilo.

* {{Deconstruction}}: Of a wealth of {{Fantasy}} tropes, being a LowFantasy take on archetypal DungeonsAndDragons settings like the ForgottenRealms. Pays particular attention to the [[DesignatedHero brutal realities]] behind what it would mean to be a PlayerCharacter.
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* {{Deconstruction}}: Of a wealth of {{Fantasy}} tropes, being a LowFantasy take on archetypal DungeonsAndDragons settings like the ForgottenRealms. Pays particular attention to the [[DesignatedHero brutal realities]] behind what it would mean to be a PlayerCharacter.

* EliteMooks: The Social Police, the Black Knives, Esoteric Friars, and the Grey Cats. Really most military organizations are fairly badass. * EurekaMoment: Toa-Sytell has one when he [[spoiler: reads the Monastic records on Caine and realises that he's an Aktir.]] * EvilSoundsDeep: [=Ma'elKoth=] is usually described as rumbling. * EyeScream: The first book opens with one. ** And then there's the Black Knife Kiss.
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* EliteMooks: The Social Police, the Black Knives, Esoteric Friars, and the Grey Cats. Really most military organizations are fairly badass.\n * EurekaMoment: Toa-Sytell has one when he [[spoiler: reads the Monastic records on Caine and realises realizes that he's an Aktir.]] * EvilSoundsDeep: [=Ma'elKoth=] [=Ma'elKoth=]'s voice is usually described as rumbling. * EyeScream: The first book opens with one. ** one. And then there's the Black Knife Kiss.

* FantasticRacism and FantasticSlurs: played with in that the Earth fantasy names for the species are considered slurs: elves prefer to be called primals, dwarves to be called stonebenders, orcs to be called ogrilloi, and pixies to be called treetoppers. The ogrilloi have an interesting nickname in their language for humans too. * {{Foil}}: Berne to Caine. To summarise a lengthy spiel, while both are vicious and skilled fighters, Berne is TheHedonist, while Caine has a cold discipline. * ForTheEvulz: Inverted. The bad guys always act out of self-interest, ideology, or pure hedonistic lust. The protagonist is the one who, for shits and giggles, escalates conflicts almost compulsively. So far this includes "escalating" a verbal argument into a lethal fight, a skirmish with an ogrillo tribe into ethnic cleansing, and a minor political conflict into a civil war. (And the bad guys are still worse.)
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* FantasticRacism and FantasticSlurs: played Played with in that the Earth fantasy names for the species are considered slurs: elves prefer to be called primals, dwarves to be called stonebenders, orcs to be called ogrilloi, and pixies to be called treetoppers. The ogrilloi have an interesting nickname in their language for humans too. * {{Foil}}: Berne to Caine. To summarise summarize a lengthy spiel, while both are vicious and skilled fighters, Berne is TheHedonist, while Caine has a cold discipline. * ForTheEvulz: Inverted. The bad guys always act out of self-interest, ideology, or pure hedonistic lust. The protagonist is the one who, for shits and giggles, fun, escalates conflicts almost compulsively. So far far, this includes "escalating" a verbal argument into a lethal fight, a skirmish with an ogrillo tribe into ethnic cleansing, and a minor political conflict into a civil war. (And And the bad guys are still worse.)

* GodEmperor: The Most Beloved [=Ma'elKoth=]
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* GodEmperor: The Most Beloved [=Ma'elKoth=][=Ma'elKoth=].

* HandicappedBadass: Caine/Hari [[spoiler:before he he figures out how to magick the bypass. Even with that he's got a noticable balance problem, and that magick can be shut down.]]
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* HandicappedBadass: Caine/Hari [[spoiler:before he he figures out how to magick magic the bypass. Even with that he's got a noticable noticeable balance problem, and that magick magic can be shut down.]]

* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler: Talaan]] in ''[[Literature/TheActsOfCaine Heroes Die]]'', [[spoiler:Deliann]] in ''Blade of Tyshalle''. Subverted in ''Caine Black Knife'', where Caine acts to make the Adventure look like this but is really [[spoiler: just planning to mess up the Black Knives for the hell of it]]. ** [[spoiler:Talaan]] didn't actually ''expect'' to die, [[spoiler:did she? She just went into a battle against a far superior villain while [[MauveShirt not being a main character]]. Of course, VasquezAlwaysDies and several other tropes on the "you're for it" end of the SortingAlgorithmOfMortality applied, but [[GenreBlind she didn't know that]]]].
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* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler: Talaan]] in ''[[Literature/TheActsOfCaine Heroes Die]]'', ''Heroes Die'', [[spoiler:Deliann]] in ''Blade of Tyshalle''. Subverted in ''Caine Black Knife'', where Caine acts to make the Adventure look like this but is really [[spoiler: just planning to mess up the Black Knives for the hell of it]]. ** [[spoiler:Talaan]] didn't actually ''expect'' to die, [[spoiler:did she? She just went into a battle against a far superior villain while [[MauveShirt not being a main character]]. Of course, VasquezAlwaysDies and several other tropes on the "you're for it" end of the SortingAlgorithmOfMortality applied, but [[GenreBlind she didn't know that]]]].it]].

* IHaveManyNames: there is virtually no god, main character, or figure of power in the novels without at least two names, identities, and/or titles. Orbek and Kollberg are notable by exception.
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* IHaveManyNames: there is There's virtually no god, main character, or figure of power in the novels without at least two names, identities, and/or titles. Orbek and Kollberg are notable by exception.

* InsufferableGenius: T'Passe * InvoluntarySuicideMechanism: Actors are conditioned not to say that they are Actors, speak Earth languages, etc. This protocol is eventually reversed when Aktir hunters get wise to the simple test of demanding a suspect say "I am an Aktir" in English. * ItsPersonal: subverted. One of the things that makes Caine/Hari dangerous is his willingness to take ''every single fight this way''.
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* InsufferableGenius: T'Passe T'Passe. * InvoluntarySuicideMechanism: Actors are conditioned not to say that they are they're Actors, speak Earth languages, etc. This protocol is eventually reversed when Aktir hunters get wise to the simple test of demanding a suspect say "I am an Aktir" Aktir." in English. * ItsPersonal: subverted. Subverted. One of the things that makes Caine/Hari dangerous is his willingness to take ''every single fight ''all'' fights this way''.way.

* MasterOfOneMagic: Lamorak is a crappy mage overall, but his Dominate is really good.
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* MasterOfOneMagic: Lamorak is a crappy mage overall, but in regards to his Dominate is really good.skill.

* MoralDissonance: Caine is not a nice person. * NameOfCain: Ya think? * NeverBringAKnifeToAFistfight: Caine, all the time. All he has are his fists, maybe a dinky knife and you've got... a sword? A spear? A gun? ''[[HandicappedBadass Not being paraplegic?]]'' Don't expect any of that to save you.
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* MoralDissonance: Caine is Caine's not a nice person. * NameOfCain: Ya think? Obviously. * NeverBringAKnifeToAFistfight: Caine, all the time. All he Caine has are his fists, fists and maybe a dinky knife and you've got... a sword? A spear? A gun? ''[[HandicappedBadass Not being paraplegic?]]'' Don't expect any of that knife, but he tends to save you.come out on top in a fight.

* {{Redshirt}}: subverted. Guys who seemed like mooks in ''Heroes Die'' have plot impacts in ''Blade of Tyshalle'', and the unfortunate death of one guard in ''Caine Black Knife'' becomes a point of argument between Caine and his Knight of Khryl escort. * SatisfiedStreetRat: Caine to a ridiculous degree, Orbek Black Knife and Majesty/Toa M'Jest to a lesser degree.
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* {{Redshirt}}: RedShirt: subverted. Guys who seemed like mooks in ''Heroes Die'' have plot impacts in ''Blade of Tyshalle'', and the unfortunate death of one guard in ''Caine Black Knife'' becomes a point of argument between Caine and his Knight of Khryl escort. * SatisfiedStreetRat: Caine to a ridiculous degree, Orbek Black Knife and Majesty/Toa M'Jest to a lesser degree.extent.

* ShutUpHannibal: Caine to Ma'elKoth: "You talk too fucking much" * SickSadWorld: Earth * SociopathicHero: Ummm...yeah.
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* ShutUpHannibal: Caine gives one to Ma'elKoth: "You talk too fucking much" [=Ma'elKoth=]. * SickSadWorld: Earth Earth. * SirSwearsALot: Caine can have a bit of a potty mouth, to say the least. * SociopathicHero: Ummm...yeah.Caine.

* SuperDetailedFightNarration: "The gassy thing about the figure-four headlock..." *cue paragraph of description in loving detail* * SurvivalMantra: "Keep your head down and inch towards daylight" * SwordOfPlotAdvancement: Kosall, though a JustifiedTrope here in that Kosall just happens to do a lot of important shit included but not limited to [[spoiler:''crippling the main character''.]] Except it turns out it might also be the sword of a god that was also in possession of an order of knights for the past five hundred years ([[TimeyWimeyBall the timeline gets complicated when gods are involved]]).
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* SuperDetailedFightNarration: "The gassy thing about the figure-four headlock..." *cue paragraph of description in loving detail* SuperDetailedFightNarration * SurvivalMantra: "Keep your head down and inch towards daylight" daylight." * SwordOfPlotAdvancement: Kosall, though a JustifiedTrope here in that Kosall just happens to do a lot of important shit included but not limited to [[spoiler:''crippling the main character''.]] stuff. Except it turns out it might also be the sword of a god that was also in possession of an order of knights for the past five hundred years ([[TimeyWimeyBall the timeline gets complicated when gods are involved]]).

* {{Telepathy}}: Kris's "flashes" are described as the product of empathy and a vivid imagination, but this is effectively it. * TheSlowWalk: Played straight in ''Blade of Tyshalle'', mildly deconstructed in ''Caine Black Knife''
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* {{Telepathy}}: Kris's "flashes" are described as the product of empathy and a vivid imagination, but this is effectively it. "flashes". * TheSlowWalk: Played straight in ''Blade of Tyshalle'', mildly deconstructed in ''Caine Black Knife''Knife''.

* ToThePain: Arkadeil in ''Heroes Die'' has a cold, dispassionate delivery of this as he teaches apprentice torturers. It's fucking creepy. * TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth: ''Harshly'' deconstructed with [[spoiler:Shanna and Deliann]], both of whom made significant mistakes that aided the bad guys and put innocents in danger. * TortureTechnician: Arkadeil in ''Heroes Die''. As above, his cold, dispassionate delivery of ToThePain as he teaches apprentice torturers is fucking creepy.
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* ToThePain: Arkadeil in ''Heroes Die'' has a cold, dispassionate delivery of this as he teaches apprentice torturers. It's fucking creepy.\n * TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth: ''Harshly'' deconstructed Deconstructed with [[spoiler:Shanna and Deliann]], both of whom made significant mistakes that aided the bad guys and put innocents in danger. * TortureTechnician: Arkadeil in ''Heroes Die''. As above, his cold, dispassionate delivery of ToThePain as he teaches apprentice torturers is fucking creepy.

** Not necessarily. Using one-shot enchanted items for casting isn't so much necessary as much, much easier; but the series abounds with powerful mages throwing around high-end magic without any kind of focus or limit. Of course, to be fair, some of them are/become gods. * VasquezAlwaysDies: ''Heroes Die''. [[spoiler:Talaan and Shanna are both [[ActionGirl Action Girls]] to an extent, but Talaan is much more {{Badass}}. Naturally, she's the one to draw the short straw]].
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** Not necessarily. Using one-shot enchanted items for casting isn't so much necessary as much, much easier; but the series abounds with powerful mages throwing around high-end magic without any kind of focus or limit. Of course, to be fair, some of them are/become gods. * VasquezAlwaysDies: [[spoiler:Talaan]] gets hit by this in ''Heroes Die''. [[spoiler:Talaan and Shanna are both [[ActionGirl Action Girls]] to an extent, but Talaan is much more {{Badass}}. Naturally, she's the one to draw the short straw]].Die''.

* WarriorMonk: The Monastics. Played with in that they are not a religious order ''per se'', but a brotherhood devoted to protecting the Future of Man and the Covenant of Pirichanthe that keeps the gods in check. * WhatTheHellHero: Eventually, anyone who gives a shit about Overworld asks the Actors this.
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* WarriorMonk: The Monastics. Played with in that they are they're not a religious order ''per se'', per se, but a brotherhood devoted to protecting the Future of Man and the Covenant of Pirichanthe that keeps the gods in check. * WhatTheHellHero: Eventually, anyone who gives a shit cares about Overworld asks the Actors this.

* YouBastard: through Caine both this on his audience, and the reader. * ZombieApocalypse: HVRP is rather similar to one, though much more effective. Infectees are fully concious the whole time, and grow more and more paranoid and violent as their physical condition degrades. It was estimated that every victim with the virus killed 2.8 people. It led to the breakdown of standard government and the rise of the Caste system of corporate overlords. [[spoiler:Exactly as the Blind God wanted.]]
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* YouBastard: through Caine both this on his audience, and the reader. * ZombieApocalypse: HVRP is rather similar to one, though much more effective.one. Infectees are fully concious the whole time, and grow more and more paranoid and violent as their physical condition degrades. It was estimated that every victim with the virus killed 2.8 people. It led to the breakdown of standard government and the rise of the Caste system of corporate overlords. [[spoiler:Exactly as the Blind God wanted.]]
23rd Oct '13 9:24:56 PM Vasha
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The series' setting is an interesting combination of a [[{{Dystopia}} futuristic earth run by corporate governments with a strict caste system and loads of repression]], and a [[DarkFantasy parallel high fantasy world called Overworld]] that earth humans have learned to travel to and exploit. This exploitation initially takes the form of The Studio, a company that produces a sort of reality entertainment by sending "actors" to Overworld. These actors are trained in either magic or combat, implanted with a kind of video recorder and sent to Overworld to "risk their lives in an interesting way". On the {{Sliding Scale Of Idealism Versus Cynicism}} the series tends towards cynicism, although it is not without [[EarnYourHappyEnding bouts of idealism]]. Oh, all of the books contain loads of very well written violence. [[http://forums.penny-arcade.com/discussion/137613/acts-of-caine-the-best-damned-fantasy-youve-never-read A more detailed synopsis here]], with minor spoilers from the first three books.
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The series' series's setting is an interesting combination of a [[{{Dystopia}} futuristic earth run by corporate governments with a strict caste system and loads of repression]], and a [[DarkFantasy parallel high fantasy world called Overworld]] that earth humans have learned to travel to and exploit. This exploitation initially takes the form of The Studio, a company that produces a sort of reality entertainment by sending "actors" to Overworld. These actors are trained in either magic or combat, implanted with a kind of video recorder and sent to Overworld to "risk their lives in an interesting way". On the {{Sliding Scale Of Idealism Versus Cynicism}} the series tends towards cynicism, although it is not without [[EarnYourHappyEnding bouts of idealism]]. Oh, all of the books contain loads of very well written violence. [[http://forums.penny-arcade.com/discussion/137613/acts-of-caine-the-best-damned-fantasy-youve-never-read A more detailed synopsis here]], with minor spoilers from the first three books.

* {{Telepathy}}: Kris' "flashes" are described as the product of empathy and a vivid imagination, but this is effectively it.
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* {{Telepathy}}: Kris' Kris's "flashes" are described as the product of empathy and a vivid imagination, but this is effectively it.

* VancianMagic: Thaumaturgists pattern spells into physical items, giving them a limited stock, likely as an intentional nod to the series' DungeonsAndDragons inspiration.
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* VancianMagic: Thaumaturgists pattern spells into physical items, giving them a limited stock, likely as an intentional nod to the series' DungeonsAndDragons series's TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons inspiration.
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