History Literature / TheGrimnoirChronicles

16th Jan '17 12:42:51 PM Morgenthaler
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* 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 successful.

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* HistoricalVillainUpgrade: In RealLife, ImperialJapan UsefulNotes/ImperialJapan was racist, militaristic, and expansionist, with an array of atrocities to its name. The Imperium is all of that, turned UpToEleven, and more successful.
11th Jan '17 5:02:40 PM Bissek
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* ExtranormalPrison: The Rockville State Penitary is a facility made specifically to house Actives. It has deaf guards on staff to stop [[CompellingVoice Mouths]], ''extremely'' thick walls to have [[IntangibleMan Fades]] and [[{{Teleportation}} Travellers]] run out of Power before they'd leave, no fire and very little electicity to limit [[PlayingWithFire Torches]] and [[ShockAndAwe Cracklers]]' resources, and more. The only person who's ever managed to escape was a [[{{Humanshifter}} Ringer]].

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* ExtranormalPrison: The Rockville State Penitary is a facility made specifically to house Actives. It has deaf guards on staff to stop [[CompellingVoice Mouths]], ''extremely'' thick walls to have [[IntangibleMan Fades]] and [[{{Teleportation}} Travellers]] run out of Power before they'd leave, no fire and very little electicity to limit [[PlayingWithFire Torches]] and [[ShockAndAwe Cracklers]]' resources, and more. The only person who's ever managed to escape was a [[{{Humanshifter}} Ringer]]. Jake comments that he probably ''could'' have escaped if he wanted to - but it would have required him to kill a lot of the guards on the way out, and they hadn't done anything that he considered grounds for squishing them.



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

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



* PhoneCallFromTheDead: At the beginning of ''Spellbound'', [[spoiler:the Chairman]] uses Edison's Spirit Phone to communicate with Jake from beyond the grave.

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* PhoneCallFromTheDead: At the beginning of ''Spellbound'', [[spoiler:the Chairman]] uses Edison's Spirit Phone Phone[[note]]Something Edison once told a reporter he was working on IRL because he didn't want to admit that he was between big projects at the time[[/note]] to communicate with Jake from beyond the grave.
2nd Jan '17 10:51:34 AM sittingduck1313
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** A literal one - the tiny pistol Faye buys for five dollars at the start of the story to make herself feel better ends up saving her life, though not in the usual way.

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** A literal one - the tiny pistol Faye buys for five ten dollars at the start of the story to make herself feel better ends up saving her life, though not in the usual way.
30th Dec '16 1:23:20 PM Kakai
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** Drew, the architect Francis meets briefly at the start of ''Warbound'', turns out to be [[spoiler:Pathfinder's chief agent in the USA.]]
** Ori is a very minor character in the latter half of ''Hard Magic'', introduced as trying to seduce Jake for a one-night stand, but becomes his love interest by ''Warbound'' and eventually [[spoiler:marries him.]]



* ContrivedCoincidence:
** Two of the few people capable of recognizing [[spoiler:the false Chairman as an impostor]] just so happen to be stationed together in the place where the Grimnoir goes to pass this information.
** Toru finished putting his PowerArmour on for a test trial at the exact same moment his location is attacked.



* FairCop: Hammer.

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* ExtranormalPrison: The Rockville State Penitary is a facility made specifically to house Actives. It has deaf guards on staff to stop [[CompellingVoice Mouths]], ''extremely'' thick walls to have [[IntangibleMan Fades]] and [[{{Teleportation}} Travellers]] run out of Power before they'd leave, no fire and very little electicity to limit [[PlayingWithFire Torches]] and [[ShockAndAwe Cracklers]]' resources, and more. The only person who's ever managed to escape was a [[{{Humanshifter}} Ringer]].
* FaceDeathWithDignity: The Japanese ambassador takes to an order to commit seppuku very calmly, asking Toru to assist him and finding time to by sympathetic to the Iron Guard and offering him last words of advice.
* FairCop: Hammer.Hammer is one of the first female lawmen, and there's a reason there's a certain tension between her and Jake.



* HeelRealization: Toru's implied to have one in his backstory; as he explains to one of the people he wronged, he used to partake in the Japanese blood games in China (with the Chinese people being the ones shedding blood) with as much joy as his fellow soldiers and Iron Guard, because the Chinese didn't [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman feel like real people]] to the Imperium, until something happened that made them become very real to him.



* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler: George Bolander and Whisper]] both do this in ''Spellbound,'' the former so spectacularly that he becomes a folk hero.
** In ''Warbound'', an anonymous Iron Guard [[spoiler:to reveal the imposter at the cost of his life.]]

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* HeroicSacrifice: HeroicSacrifice:
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[[spoiler: George Bolander and Whisper]] both do this in ''Spellbound,'' the former so spectacularly that he becomes a folk hero.
** In ''Warbound'', an anonymous Iron Guard [[spoiler:to reveal [[spoiler:reveals the imposter Chairman at the cost of his life.]]]]
* HeroicSelfDeprecation:
** In ''Spellbound'', Jake, despite having saved the world twice at this point, believes that he shouldn't pursue a relationship with Hammer because she deserves someone better.
** Dan jokes that his wife would run away screaming if she could see anything more of him than his innards, and it's implied that he jokes about it to mask a genuine feeling of inferiority.



* ICannotSelfTerminate: When [[spoiler:he's infected with the Pathfinder, Toru]] begs his brother to kill him, as he's tied up and can't do so himself. [[spoiler:Hayate ignores him.]]



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

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* LastMinuteHookup: Jake only gets a love interest in the latter half of the final book of the trilogy.
* LastRequest: [[spoiler:Delilah]] makes one as a zombie, rather commandingly. [[spoiler:Jake is to get over her, marry, have kids, and live to a ripe old age.]]]] The first three points are fulfilled as of the epilogue of ''Warbound''.



* LivingLieDetector: Justices, such as Hammer.

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* LikeFatherUnlikeSon: While Francis' father had morals more malleable than Play-Doh, Francis himself is the epitome of HonestCorporateExecutive.
* LivingLieDetector: Justices, such as Hammer.Hammer, can apply their power to discover the intent behind the speaker's words.



* MassTeleportation: At the end of ''Hard Magic'', [[spoiler:Faye manages to teleport an entire zeppelin full of people out of harm's way.]]
* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: In ''Warbound'', severely wounded, unconscious Toru dreams of a past event, which goes off the rails as the Chairman reveals himself to be his own ghost, speaking to Toru from beyond the grave. He tells Toru that he's proud of him and he shouldn't have overlooked him - something that Toru, suffering from a bad case of WellDoneSonGuy, desperately needed to hear. Now, the question for the reader - is this the Chairman actually visiting Toru, or was it the Iron Guard's fever dream? Toru believes the former, but Okubo's slightly OOC behaviour leaves the matter ambiguous.



* NoSell: Iron Guard are ''tough''. It takes fifty Gs to kill Rokusaburo, and Toru's only reaction to a point-blank shot to the head is annoyance.



* PetTheDog: In a very human and even kind moment, the Chairman [[spoiler:consoles Sullivan over Delilah's death and helps him come to terms with it; Sullivan even sincerely thanks him for it... right before saying that he still plans on killing him regardless.]]

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* PetTheDog: PetTheDog:
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In a very human and even kind moment, the Chairman [[spoiler:consoles Sullivan over Delilah's death and helps him come to terms with it; Sullivan even sincerely thanks him for it... right before saying that he still plans on killing him regardless.]]]]
** It's eventually revealed that the reason Toru got assigned to the US Embassy - an stain on a honour of an Iron Guard - was because he [[spoiler:opposed the horrible practices of Japanese soldiers in China.]]
* PhoneCallFromTheDead: At the beginning of ''Spellbound'', [[spoiler:the Chairman]] uses Edison's Spirit Phone to communicate with Jake from beyond the grave.



* RuleOfCool

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* RuleOfCoolRuleOfCool: Are autonomous war robots programmed by perforated tapes plausible? Could a demon hundred feet tall even stand? Is it likely to have a PowerArmour in nintey thirties? Wouldn't a fall from seventy thousand feet kill you? ''Do you care about that?''



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

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* SchoolOfSeduction: Part of Toshiko's training as a ninja, as observed by Madi. Later, he totally hits that.Madi notes. He exploits this.
* SciFiWritersHaveNoSenseOfScale: Underplayed example of the "no sense of time" variety. The Chairman is a bit over a hundred years old and noted to have a thousand recognized children - if we give him twenty years to grow up, he'd have to have one kid per month, not counting forgotten one-night stands. While that's not ''impossible'' per se, it strains credibility.



* {{Seppuku}}: A fixture of honor-bound Imperium culture, treated as a normal part of life there. The [[spoiler:false Chariman]] uses this to get rid of problematic people, and Toru initially proclaims that he will commit seppuku after finishing his father's quest.



* TriggerHappy: Faye is a strong believer in "shoot first, ask questions later", which comes to bite her in the back first when she [[spoiler:shoots Jake, thinking he's Madi, and almost gets killed for it by other Grimnoir]], and then when she shoots Toru, not realizing he's on her side, and he completely {{No Sell}}s it.



* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: A sadly based-on-real-events variety; the Imperium soldiers have been trained to see the Chinese as subhuman, so many treat them like animals or even objects.



* XRayVision: Healers like Jane only ever see people as walking bags of fluids and organs.



* ZombieApocalypse: [[spoiler: The second Pathfinder attacked the Chairman and the Dark Ocean with wave after wave of skinless undead bodies that it had taken control of. The third Pathfinder spreads them around, preparting to feast on all Active living zones at once.]]
** On a smaller scale, the fate of Berlin after the Great War.

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* ZombieApocalypse: ZombieApocalypse:
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[[spoiler: The second Pathfinder attacked the Chairman and the Dark Ocean with wave after wave of skinless undead bodies that it had taken control of. The third Pathfinder spreads them around, preparting to feast on all Active living zones at once.]]
** On a smaller scale, the fate of Berlin after the Great War.War, as the zombies raised by the Kaiser have been locked up there.
30th Dec '16 12:32:01 PM Kakai
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* AntiMagic: The Dymaxion Nullifier, created by Fuller, is introduced in ''Spellbound''. You ''can'' destroy them magically, it's just not a good idea, as it requires spellbinding a Nixie's power... which is ''[[NiceJobBreakingItHero unleashing black holes]]''.

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* AntiMagic: The Dymaxion Nullifier, created by Fuller, is introduced in ''Spellbound''.''Spellbound'', and it cancels all attempts at making connection with Power within its range[[note]]Though if, for example, you take a possession of an animal outside of dymaxion's range and then use it to get into range, you don't get evicted from the critter.[[/note]]. You ''can'' destroy them magically, it's just not a good idea, as it requires spellbinding a Nixie's power... which is ''[[NiceJobBreakingItHero unleashing black holes]]''.



* BattleCouple: Jake & Delilah. Faye and Francis, briefly.

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* BattleCouple: BattleCouple:
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Jake & Delilah. Delilah used to be one before he got arrested. They later get a brief chance to work side by side.
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Faye and Francis, briefly.briefly, when fighting together as Grimnoir agents.
* BattleInTheCentreOfTheMind: In ''Warbound'', Toru has to [[spoiler:resist the Pathfinder spore that he's been infected with. While he briefly loses control of his body, he manages to retain his mind.]]



* ChekhovsGun: Early on, it's said that the Chairman could only be [[spoiler:killed by a direct hit from a Peace Ray/Geo-Tel. Guess how he dies at the end.]]

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* ChekhovsGun: ChekhovsGun:
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Early on, it's said that the Chairman could only be [[spoiler:killed by a direct hit from a Peace Ray/Geo-Tel. Guess how he dies at the end.]]]]
** A literal one - the tiny pistol Faye buys for five dollars at the start of the story to make herself feel better ends up saving her life, though not in the usual way.
** The Rockville State Penitary is important to Jake's backstory as the place where the most powerful Active criminals are locked up. [[spoiler:Guess where the Pathfinder goes to feed at the end of ''Warbound''.]]
* ChekhovsGunman:
** Buckminser Fuller is introduced only briefly in ''Spellbound'' as the man who makes the dymaxions. In ''Warbound'', he joins the regular cast and proves invaluable.
** Dosan Saito is mentioned as one of Madi's teacher. In the long run, he turns out to be so much more than that.



* CombatPragmatist: Pretty much everyone, but Heinrich most of all.

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* CombatPragmatist: Pretty much everyone, but Heinrich most of all. At one point, he actually ''bites'' his enemies.



* CompellingVoice: The Mouths, such as Dan Garrett, can make people do what they tell them, and wish to do what they tell them. It's possible to resist, provided one realizes they're being manipulated.



* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Cornelius Gould Stuyvesant

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* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Cornelius Gould StuyvesantStuyvesant is all too happy to sell cutting-edge military tech to the Japanese, without caring for the Imperium's sadistic "schools" and experiments.



* DesignatedGirlFight: Faye vs. Toshiko. Despite this, it's an ''awesome'' fight scene featuring frenetic TeleportSpam on a [[BattleAmongstTheFlames flaming]] [[ZeppelinsFromAnotherWorld zeppelin]] in the middle of a [[SkyPirates pirate attack]] on said [[ZeppelinsFromAnotherWorld zeppelin]]. Did I mention Toshiko is a {{Ninja}}?
* DieselPunk[=/=]FantasticNoir

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* DesignatedGirlFight: Faye vs. Toshiko. Despite this, it's an ''awesome'' fight scene featuring frenetic TeleportSpam on a [[BattleAmongstTheFlames flaming]] [[ZeppelinsFromAnotherWorld zeppelin]] in the middle of a [[SkyPirates pirate attack]] on said [[ZeppelinsFromAnotherWorld zeppelin]]. Did I we mention Toshiko is a {{Ninja}}?
* DieselPunk[=/=]FantasticNoirDeusExMachina: Faye's PortalCut skill shows up only once, in a pivotal moment, surprising absolutely everyone, and having done its job, promptly disappears, never to be used or mentioned again.
* DieselPunk[=/=]FantasticNoir: The setting is noir with magic powers, assisted by all the advantages mad science gives people.



* DirtyCoward: Saito prefers to [[spoiler:infect Toru with Pathfinder spore]] rather than face him in an "even" battle, despite the tremendous power difference between the two.



* DrivenToSuicide: Almost; Toru decides that because he sullied his father's name by believing the impostor's lies, he has to finish his father mission and then commit honorable suicide. A dream/vision of his father, imploring Toru to become Okubo's worthy successor, seems to finally dissuade him from this idea.



* FunctionalMagic: The Active abilities are all rather rigid, and based on connections between the Actives and different sections of the Power, with a skilled Active being able to reach into adjacent sectors of the Power; the kanji/runes are based on replicating various parts of the Power, forming connections with it.



* HistoricalDomainCharacter: John J. "Black Jack" Pershing and John Moses Browning are both Grimnoir knights, and Sullivan has some unpleasant dealings with J. Edgar Hoover. Pershing mentions a Colonel Eisenhower when explaining something to Jake.

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* HistoricalDomainCharacter: HistoricalDomainCharacter:
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John J. "Black Jack" Pershing and John Moses Browning are both Grimnoir knights, and Sullivan has some unpleasant dealings with J. Edgar Hoover. Pershing mentions a Colonel Eisenhower when explaining something to Jake.



* MassiveNumberedSiblings: Toru has nine hundred and ninety nine siblings; though granted, given the Chairman's age, it's uncertain how many of them are still alive by the time of the story.



* MotorMouth: Faye.

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* MotorMouth: Faye.MotorMouth:
** Faye. When she starts talking, she just doesn't stop.
** Buckminster Fuller has a habit of talking a whole lot. Jake develops a habit of stopping him few sentences in.



* NewPowersAsThePlotDemands: Faye's abilities, even after they're explained, seem to grow and change based on the demands of the plot. First, she spontaneously develops the skill to teleport other people with her; then, she somehow manages to master PortalCut without ever considering it possible before (note that the ability to do so disappears after book one). When she has to teleport a lot of people, her power suddenly grows to accomodate that; then when the plot needs her to hop all over the world, she can suddenly travel through communication mirrors; and finally, when faced with the Enemy, [[spoiler:she discovers that she can actually use all Powers, and masters them all with no training whatsoever.]]



* PosthumousCharacter: [[spoiler:The Chairman]] dying doesn't stop him from casting a long shadow on the plot - or interfering in it, for that matter.



* WellIntentionedExtremist: The Chairman just wants humanity to be strong so we'll be able to fight The Enemy when it arrives. [[spoiler:Harkeness curses the General in order to set up a BatmanGambit against the Chairman.]]

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* WellIntentionedExtremist: WellDoneSonGuy: Toru desperately needs to prove himself as a worthy son to his father - who's the Chairman himself, making this rather complicated. Turned into a somewhat sweet moment in ''Warbound'' as [[spoiler:he has a vision of his father speaking to him from beyond the grave, admitting that in his pursuit of poer he might've overlooked some of his best children (with Toru, of course, implied to be one of those).]]
* WellIntentionedExtremist:
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The Chairman just wants humanity to be strong so we'll be able to fight The Enemy when it arrives. arrives.
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[[spoiler:Harkeness curses the General in order to set up a BatmanGambit against the Chairman.]]
* WhamLine: Buckminster Fuller mentioning that [[spoiler:Faye is a very gifted Cog.
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30th Oct '16 9:20:12 PM dlchen145
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* BadAss: Just about everyone involved.
7th Oct '16 1:57:53 PM SorPepita
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* ZombieApocalypse: [[spoiler: The second Pathfinder attacked the Chariman and the Dark Ocean with wave after wave of skinless undead bodies that it had taken control of. The third Pathfinder spreads them around, preparting to feast on all Active living zones at once.]]

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* ZombieApocalypse: [[spoiler: The second Pathfinder attacked the Chariman Chairman and the Dark Ocean with wave after wave of skinless undead bodies that it had taken control of. The third Pathfinder spreads them around, preparting to feast on all Active living zones at once.]]
7th Oct '16 1:54:57 PM SorPepita
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* WellIntentionedExtremist: The Chairman just wants humanity to be strong so we'll be able to fight The Enemy when it arrives. [[spoiler:Harkeness curses the General in order to set up a BatmanGambit against the Chairman]]

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* WellIntentionedExtremist: The Chairman just wants humanity to be strong so we'll be able to fight The Enemy when it arrives. [[spoiler:Harkeness curses the General in order to set up a BatmanGambit against the Chairman]]Chairman.]]
7th Oct '16 1:53:52 PM SorPepita
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The first in the series is '''Hard Magic''' (released May 3 2011). After Jake Sullivan fails to bring in his former LoveInterest for murder, he makes some inquiries and finds out that things aren't what they seem. He's soon caught up with a [[MagicalSociety secret society]] sworn to stop the Japanese Imperium, led by the indestructible [[BigBad Chairman Tokugawa]], from taking over the world. At the same time, an [[TheGreatDepression Okie]] named Faye witnesses the murder of her adoptive grandfather at the hands of a mysterious one-eyed man. His dying command is for her to protect a strange mechanical device, designed by someone named [[UsefulNotes/NikolaTesla Tesla]].

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The first in the series is '''Hard Magic''' (released May 3 2011). After Jake Sullivan fails to bring in his former LoveInterest for murder, he makes some inquiries and finds out that things aren't what they seem. He's soon caught up with a [[MagicalSociety secret society]] (the Grimnoir) sworn to stop the Japanese Imperium, led by the indestructible [[BigBad Chairman Tokugawa]], from taking over the world. At the same time, an [[TheGreatDepression Okie]] named Faye witnesses the murder of her adoptive grandfather at the hands of a mysterious one-eyed man. His dying command is for her to protect a strange mechanical device, designed by someone named [[UsefulNotes/NikolaTesla Tesla]].



* WhatBeautifulEyes: When Francis first meets Faye, he doesn't find her that attractive…except for her striking gray eyes. They're easily her most commented on feature.

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* WhatBeautifulEyes: When Francis first meets Faye, he doesn't find her that attractive…except attractive… except for her striking gray eyes. They're easily her most commented on feature.
7th Oct '16 1:50:33 PM SorPepita
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* TimeAbyss: In ''Warbound,'' an oracle states that the Power has been on the run from the enemy for at least 1 million years.

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* TimeAbyss: In ''Warbound,'' an oracle states that the Power has been on the run from the enemy Enemy for at least 1 million years.
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