History Literature / TheCatsOfSeroster

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[[caption-width-right:226:''Rex Aegyptus Sum'']]
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* YouShallNotPass: During [[ThePurge the slaughter of cats]] in the city, Sir Henri sets up a chair outside of his room with his door's key on a thong around his neck and stays there all night to keep anyone from getting into his chambers and killing his cat, Castlemew. Several armed mooks show up and then run away and come back with Ironhand. Sir Henri just stares at them. Ironhand punches one of his own mooks and walks off.
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* TakingYouWithMe: Lord Khufu, the ruling male Miw in The City is cornered on a rooftop during the great purge of cats. Wounded and knowing he's dying and that he'll just be killed if he's caught, he summons his last strength for a leap with which he intends to take Ironhand (one of the usurper lords) with him.
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* ArcWords: ''"Rex Aegyptus Sum!"'' which is the Seroster's battle-cry. Frequently misheard as "Wrecks! I gypped us some!" in-universe. Eventually it's explained and translated as "I am the King Of Egypt!", in reference to the Miw and the Seroster's connection to Ancient Egypt [[spoiler: and the cat goddess, Bast.]]

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* ArcWords: ''"Rex Aegyptus Sum!"'' which is the Seroster's battle-cry. Frequently misheard as "Wrecks! I gypped us some!" in-universe. Eventually it's explained and translated as "I am the King Of Egypt!", in reference to the Miw and the Seroster's connection to Ancient Egypt [[spoiler: and the cat goddess, Bast. "Seroster" is a deirvation of Sesostris, a legendary Egyptian King of the 19th Dynasty.]]
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* PsychicRadar: The Miw have it. Amon uses his telepathic abilities to sense the waiting Ripfur and Tornear and later, to detect the presence of Cam on an island in the Mire far away and the faint sense of a group of cats further away still.
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* {{Foreshadowing}}: Not long after Cam arrives in The City, he observes a group of children playing a game in a graveyard in which one, dressed up in an armour jerkin that looks a lot like his own, plays the role of The Seroster, slaying the others who're dressed as bandits and "bad men." At the completion of the play-fight, the Seroster stands on top of a tomb and shouts "Wrecks! I gypped us some!"

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* {{Foreshadowing}}: Not long after Cam arrives in The City, he observes a group of children playing a game in a graveyard in which one, dressed up in an armour jerkin that looks a lot like his own, plays the role of The Seroster, slaying the others who're dressed as bandits and "bad men." At the completion of the play-fight, the child playing the Seroster stands on top of a tomb and shouts "Wrecks! I gypped us some!"some!" Later during a battle, The Seroster leads a group of cavalry into a trap in a graveyard and stands atop a tomb to deliver his battle-cry.


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* NoImmortalInertia: When the blacksmith Cam acquires the magical knife from dies, he crumbles away into dust, leaving only a skull which then also crumbles and blows away.
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* ReligiousAndMythologicalThemeNaming: Most of the Miw have Egyptian mythological names or Egyptian-sounding names: Sehtek, Amon, Khufu.
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* DeathGlare: Sehtek, the Miw 'queen' for want of a better word, is known to deliver these, frequently accompanied a powerful telepathic blast when she's really angry.
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* WheresTheKaboom: Part of the cunning plan the Seroster has for breaching the city walls without a major assault involves [[spoiler: having a planted priest]] blowing a hole in the wall. Inevitably, the explosion seems to be taking longer than it should, leading to the thought that the fuse may have gone out and the person who lit it going back to check. [[FinaglesLaw At which point it explodes, of course.]]
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* StormingTheCastle: During the climactic battle which sees the rebels against Little Paul assaulting the city, the citadel was going to have be assaulted in order to oust the usurpers. Like many historical fortifications, it has tight defences to prevent this from being an easy task, and the Seroster does not relish the prospect of trying to force his way in, nor the casualties the rebels would take. [[spoiler: So they sneak in, instead, disguising themselves as usurper loyalists who've captured the Seroster.]]
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