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5th Aug '16 5:41:56 PM Bissek
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* BatterUp: Toru's weapon of choice for most of the second book is an enormous tetsubo (iron club) that most people who aren't Brutes or Spikers wouldn't be able to lift. He eventually hits one of Crow's demons with it so hard that it ''breaks''.

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* BatterUp: Toru's weapon of choice for most of the second book is an enormous tetsubo (iron club) that most people who aren't Brutes or Spikers wouldn't be able to lift.lift (about 80 pounds). He eventually hits one of Crow's demons with it so hard that it ''breaks''. He then finds a new one during the next book.



* CliffhangerCopout: Jake and Toru's last scene in book 3 proper has them about to be killed by a point-blank Boomer attack from [[spoiler:the fake]] Chairman. Then they both show up in the epilogue. [[spoiler:Both had been rescued at the last second, Jake by Heinrich showing up and Fading him out, and Toru by his Shadow Guard brother Travelling him away.]]



* PowerArmor: The Imperium developed some for the Iron Guard, which were restricted to the elites because of the difficulty of manufacture. Fuller makes a set for Sullivan in the third book.

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* PowerArmor: The Imperium developed some for the Iron Guard, which were restricted to the elites because of the difficulty of manufacture. Fuller makes a set for Sullivan in the third book. While wearing one, Toru is described as a walking samurai tank.
29th Jul '16 3:25:54 AM Mullane
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** Several Iron Guards adopt a new name

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** Several Iron Guards adopt a new namename.



* MightyWhitey: Madi is a villainous example leavened only by the fact that there ''are'' other Caucasians in the Iron Guard, none of whom are on his level or that of the Japanese members.

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* MightyWhitey: Madi is a villainous example leavened only by the fact that there ''are'' other Caucasians in the Iron Guard, albeit none of whom are on his level or that of the Japanese members.



* MundaneFantastic: Active are a known entity and many types like Heavies, [[ShockAndAwe Cracklers]], [[AnIcePerson Iceboxes]] and [[MindOverMatter Movers]] are commonly employed while the rarer types like [[HealingHands Healers]] and [[GadgeteerGenius Cogs]] are highly sought after.

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* MundaneFantastic: Active Actives are a known entity and many types like Heavies, [[ShockAndAwe Cracklers]], [[AnIcePerson Iceboxes]] and [[MindOverMatter Movers]] are commonly employed while the rarer types like [[HealingHands Healers]] and [[GadgeteerGenius Cogs]] are highly sought after.



** Jake is Heavy and can control gravity. In a fight, he often lugs a gun by limiting its weight until he has to shoot. (Increase it while shooting to limit recoil.)

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** Jake is Heavy and can control gravity. In a fight, he often lugs a gun by limiting its weight until he has to shoot. (Increase (And then increases it while shooting to limit recoil.)



* SchoolOfSeduction: Part of Toshiko's training as a ninja, as observed by Madi. Later, he totally hits that.



** All three of which show up in ''Spellbound.''
* SchoolOfSeduction: Part of Toshiko's training as a ninja, as observed by Madi. Later, he totally hits that.



* SuperStrength: Delilah, enough said.

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* SuperStrength: Delilah, enough said. Jake, to an extent.
28th Jul '16 7:30:44 PM Mullane
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* AllYourPowersCombined: It's subtly hinted at at the end of ''Spellbound'', and outright stated by Fuller in ''Warbound'': [[spoiler: Faye isn't a Traveler. She's actually a Cog, whose power manifests in her understanding and being able to use ''all the powers''. She's not just a telporting agent of chaos, she's a telporting agent of chaos who can heal the injured, read your mind, and ''unleash black holes'']]

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* AllYourPowersCombined: It's subtly hinted at at the end of ''Spellbound'', and outright stated by Fuller in ''Warbound'': [[spoiler: Faye isn't a Traveler. She's actually a Cog, whose power manifests in her understanding and being able to use ''all the powers''. She's not just a telporting agent of chaos, she's a telporting teleporting agent of chaos who can heal the injured, read your mind, and ''unleash black holes'']]



* AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever: [[spoiler: Spellbound's finale has a skyscraper-sized Demon, the most powerful in existence attacking Washington, DC due to Crow's DealWithTheDevil.]]

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* AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever: [[spoiler: Spellbound's finale has a skyscraper-sized Demon, the most powerful in existence existence, attacking Washington, DC due to Crow's DealWithTheDevil.]]



* BadPowersGoodPeople: One of the Grimnoir is a Lazarus, an Active who can bring back the dead and are universally despised.

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* BadPowersGoodPeople: One of the Grimnoir is a Lazarus, an Active who can bring back the dead dead, and are universally despised.



* DangerousForbiddenTechnique: Using too much of your Power will kill you. (And everyone who risks in during the trilogy does die. And be awesome.)

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* DangerousForbiddenTechnique: Using too much of your Power will kill you. (And everyone who risks in it during the trilogy does die. And be is awesome.)



* EncyclopediaExposita: Each chapter is opened with some historical quote, throwing out hints about the AlternateHistory, such as Hitler being executed before rising to power, UsefulNotes/TheodoreRoosevelt dying in WorldWarOne against the Kaiser's zombies, etc. Some are fictitious, some are modified version of real life quotes, some are said at a different time and place, and some are just the same as a real life.

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* EncyclopediaExposita: Each chapter is opened with some historical quote, throwing out hints about the AlternateHistory, such as Hitler being executed before rising to power, UsefulNotes/TheodoreRoosevelt dying in WorldWarOne against the Kaiser's zombies, etc. Some are fictitious, some are modified version of real life quotes, some are said at a different time and place, and some are just the same as a in real life.



* ExplosiveOverclocking: [[spoiler: When Lance is fatally wounded a Shadow Guard strike force in Warbound, he draws upon a lethal amount of his possession magic to take over the body of a Shadow Guard, deciding that he has nothing to lose.]]

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* ExplosiveOverclocking: [[spoiler: When Lance is fatally wounded by a Shadow Guard strike force in Warbound, he draws upon a lethal amount of his possession magic to take over the body of a Shadow Guard, deciding that he has nothing to lose.]]



* FateWorseThanDeath: [[spoiler: The "angels" and "demons" that are summoned by the Power are actually the remnants of the souls of the destroyed planets and/or dimensions that the Power has previously inhabited that have been destroyed by the enemy.]]

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* FateWorseThanDeath: [[spoiler: The "angels" and "demons" that are summoned by the Power are actually the remnants of the souls of from the destroyed planets and/or dimensions that the Power has previously inhabited that have been destroyed by the enemy.]]



** Hilariously subverted with [[spoiler: Rasputin]]. Most readers have probably guessed his identity long before he reveals it, and he expects Faye to have do so as well. He's therefore rather disappointed to find she's never heard of him.
* HistoricalVillainUpgrade: In RealLife, ImperialJapan was racist, militaristic, and expansionist, with an array of atrocities to its name. The Imperium is all of that, turned UpToEleven, and more succesful.

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** Hilariously subverted with [[spoiler: Rasputin]]. Most readers have probably guessed his identity long before he reveals it, and he expects Faye to have do done so as well. He's therefore rather disappointed to find she's never heard of him.
* HistoricalVillainUpgrade: In RealLife, ImperialJapan was racist, militaristic, and expansionist, with an array of atrocities to its name. The Imperium is all of that, turned UpToEleven, and more succesful.successful.
24th Jul '16 2:04:34 PM poi99
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->"We now have over a thousand confirmed cases of individuals with these so-called [[TheMagicComesBack magical abilities]] on the continent alone. The faculty has descended into a terrible uproar over the proper nomenclature for such specimens. All manner of [[GratuitousLatin Latin phrases]] have been bandied about. Professor Gerard even suggested Grimnoir, a combination of the old French Grimoire, or book of spells, with Noir, for Black, in the sense of the mysterious, for at this juncture the origin of said Powers remains unknown. He was laughed down. Personally, Iíve taken to calling them wizards, for the very idea of there being actual magic beyond the bounds of science [[TheProfessorIsCryingAgain causes my esteemed colleagues to sputter and choke]]."
-->Dr. L. Fulci, ''Professor of Natural Science, University of Bern, Personal Journal'' 1852

->"The learned gentlemen from the university have asked me if I relied on Einsteinís General Theory of Relativity or if I used the simpler rules of Newtonís Law of Universal Gravitation on the evening in question when I accidentally took Sheriff Johnsonís life . Shit. I donít know. [[AWizardDidIt I just got angry and squished the fucker]]. But Iíve gotten better at running things and I promise not to do it no more."
-->Jake Sullivan, ''Parole Hearing, Rockville State Penitentiary'' 1928

''Jake Sullivan is a [[WorldWarOne war hero]], a [[PrivateDetective private eye]]óand an ex-con. Heís free because he has a magical talent, being able to alter the force of gravity in himself and objects in his vicinity, and the Bureau of Investigation calls on him when they need his help in apprehending criminals with their own magical talents. But the last operation he was sent along to help with went completely wrong, and Delilah Jones, the woman the G-men were after, who just happened to be an old friend of Jakeís in happier times, had a lot of magical muscle with her, too much muscle for the cops to handle, even with Jakeís help.''

''It got worse. Jake found out that not only have the Feds been lying to him, but there was a secret war being waged by opposing forces of magic-users. Worst of all, he had attracted the attention of one side's ruthless leaders-who were of the opinion that Jake was far too dangerous to be permitted to live...''
19th Jul '16 4:10:57 PM Bissek
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* BatterUp: Toru's weapon of choice for most of the second book is an enormous tetsubo (iron club) that most people who aren't Brutes or Spikers wouldn't be able to lift. He eventually hits one of Crow's demons with it so hard that it ''breaks''.



** In ''Warbound'', an Imperium super-bazooka that's basically a launcher for Boomer power appears, and it obliterates the top half on an apartment building in one shot

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** In ''Warbound'', an Imperium super-bazooka that's basically a launcher for Boomer power appears, and it obliterates the top half on an apartment building in one shotshot.



* KingpinInHisGym: Just before the climactic battle of ''Hard Magic,'' there's a scene of Madi sparring with several dozen Imperial Marines at once.

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* KingpinInHisGym: Just before the climactic battle of ''Hard Magic,'' there's a scene of Madi sparring with several dozen increasingly larger groups of Imperial Marines all at once. He compliments a man who managed to get through his guard during a 10-on-1 match.


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* YouHaveFailedMe: [[spoiler:Dan]] clears a room of Imperium soldiers by telling them that they have failed the Chairman and must atone with their lives. [[spoiler:Thanks to his Mouth abilities, all the non-Iron Guard present believe him and commit sepukku on the spot.]]
19th Jul '16 3:43:55 PM Bissek
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* DeadlyDodging: How Faye kills Toshiko. She has one of her allies shoot at herself, then teleports out just before the bullet hits, causing it to instead hit Toshiko, who had just teleported in in an attempt to backstab Faye.



* DieselPunk[=/=]FantasticNoir



* DieselPunk[=/=]FantasticNoir



* DudeWheresMyRespect: Actives saved President-Elect Roosevelt's life, and exposed the parties behind the assassination attempt - which was done to push the government to strip Actives of civil rights. Upon inauguration, FDR proceeds to submit an Active Registration Act to Congress - and requests that they not think too hard on whether or not said bill is even Constitutional.



* InterserviceRivalry: The Iron Guard and Shadow Guard (or at least Madi and Toshiko) do not have a high opinion of each other. The FBI and OCI conflict plays a significant role in the second book.

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* InterserviceRivalry: The Iron Guard and Shadow Guard (or at least Madi and Toshiko) do not have a high opinion of each other. The FBI BI and OCI conflict plays a significant role in the second book.



* JustTheFirstCitizen: In the epilogue of book three, [[spoiler:Toru]] becomes the new Chairman. Well, he ''claims'' that he's just another one of the Emperor's ministers, but Sullivan doesn't doubt that [[spoiler:Toru]] has managed to acquire the power of that position even if he hasn't gotten the official job title.

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* JustTheFirstCitizen: In the epilogue of book three, [[spoiler:Toru]] becomes the new Chairman. Well, he ''claims'' that he's just another one of the Emperor's ministers, but Sullivan Jake doesn't doubt that [[spoiler:Toru]] has managed to acquire the power of that position even if he hasn't gotten the official job title.



* MakeThemRot: Pale Horses can induce illness - sometimes truly horrific ones - in anyone they touch. This is why they're the only type of active hated more than Lazari.



* {{Necromancer}}: In-setting, an Active (such as Hiroyasu) that can raise and command zombies is called a "Lazarus." They are the most universally hated groups of Actives, even by other Actives, due to their power.

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* {{Necromancer}}: In-setting, an Active (such as Hiroyasu) that can raise and command zombies is called a "Lazarus." They are the second most universally hated groups of Actives, even by other Actives, due to their power.



* OhCrap: In ''Spellbound,'' OCI thug Sharps has this reaction when he realizes that [[spoiler: Heinreich, whom he had just been working over, has gotten his magic back.]]
* OnePersonOnePower: an in-setting rule of thumb to which Chairman Okubo Tokugawa is the sole exception as far as anyone knows, though people who are very skilled with their one power can often emulate a related one. For example, Sullivan can use fine gravity control as a makeshift telekinetic ability. [[spoiler:In the third book, Faye is revealed to be a Cog who can use any power she wants.]]

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* OhCrap: In ''Spellbound,'' OCI thug Sharps has this reaction when he realizes that [[spoiler: Heinreich, Heinrich, whom he had just been working over, has gotten his magic back.]]
* OnePersonOnePower: an in-setting rule of thumb to which Chairman Okubo Tokugawa is the sole exception as far as anyone knows, though people who are very skilled with their one power can often emulate a related one. For example, Sullivan Jake can use fine gravity control as a makeshift telekinetic ability. [[spoiler:In the third book, Faye is revealed to be a Cog who can use any power she wants.]]



* RequiredSecondaryPowers: Iceboxes are immune to cold. Travellers have the ability to track everything around them so they they don't accidentally kill themselves through a TeleporterAccident (Though many of them die before they figure out how to use it). Averted with Torches and Edisons, who are not immune to fire and electricity, respectively.



* SequelHook: The glossary references to Active types that didn't otherwise appear in ''Hard Magic''. Boomers (who are kept locked in lead-lined chambers, hint-hint), Nixies and Justices for example.


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* WouldHitAGirl: Most Grimnoir. When there are members of the allegedly weaker sex capable of bending steel bars with their bare hands, it's safer to treat all potential enemies equally.
19th Jul '16 4:42:28 AM Bissek
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* FalseFlagOperation: In the second book President-elect Roosevelt is attacked by an Active assassin sent by [[spoiler:the OSI]] so that they can manipulate public opinion and use that to pass various laws controlling Actives and place them under their authority.

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* FalseFlagOperation: In the second book President-elect Roosevelt is attacked by an Active assassin sent by [[spoiler:the OSI]] OCI]] so that they can manipulate public opinion and use that to pass various laws controlling Actives and place them under their authority.



** Invoked by Walter Donovan in one of the chapter quotes: "the ideal OSI man is a [=PhD=] who could win a bar fight."

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** Invoked by Walter Donovan in one of the chapter quotes: "the ideal OSI OCI man is a [=PhD=] who could win a bar fight."



* InterserviceRivalry: The Iron Guard and Shadow Guard (or at least Madi and Toshiko) do not have a high opinion of each other. The FBI and OSI conflict plays a significant role in the second book.

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* InterserviceRivalry: The Iron Guard and Shadow Guard (or at least Madi and Toshiko) do not have a high opinion of each other. The FBI and OSI OCI conflict plays a significant role in the second book.



* LittleMissBadass: Faye, who may or may not be 18 yet and is pretty small. She irritates everyone trying to fight her by not being where they think she is and, in the final battle, kills around a hundred Imperium marines and wounds the Chairman. In ''Spellbound'', the evil OSI chief is scared by Sullivan and a Lance-controlled Siberian Tiger. He's ''utterly terrified'' of Faye.

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* LittleMissBadass: Faye, who may or may not be 18 yet and is pretty small. She irritates everyone trying to fight her by not being where they think she is and, in the final battle, kills around a hundred Imperium marines and wounds the Chairman. In ''Spellbound'', the evil OSI OCI chief is scared by Sullivan and a Lance-controlled Siberian Tiger. He's ''utterly terrified'' of Faye.
16th Jul '16 5:25:55 AM Bissek
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* AGodAmI: [[spoiler:Faye gives up the Spellbound power]] at the end of the third book specifically to ''avoid'' ending up like this.
16th Jul '16 5:18:59 AM Bissek
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* LittleMissBadass: Faye, who may or may not be 18 yet and is pretty small. She irritates everyone trying to fight her by not being where they think she is and, in the final battle, kills around a hundred Imperium marines and wounds the Chairman. In ''Spellbound'', the evil OCI chief is scared by Sullivan and a Lance-controlled Siberian Tiger. He's ''utterly terrified'' of Faye.

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* LittleMissBadass: Faye, who may or may not be 18 yet and is pretty small. She irritates everyone trying to fight her by not being where they think she is and, in the final battle, kills around a hundred Imperium marines and wounds the Chairman. In ''Spellbound'', the evil OCI OSI chief is scared by Sullivan and a Lance-controlled Siberian Tiger. He's ''utterly terrified'' of Faye.
16th Jul '16 5:18:19 AM Bissek
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* LastRequest: [[spoiler:Delilah]] makes one as a zombie, rather commandingly. [[spoiler:Jake is to get over here, marry, have kids, and live to a ripe old age.]]

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* LastRequest: [[spoiler:Delilah]] makes one as a zombie, rather commandingly. [[spoiler:Jake is to get over here, her, marry, have kids, and live to a ripe old age.]]
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