History Literature / TheHeirsOfAlexandria

23rd Aug '17 8:40:43 PM PaulA
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* AllergicToEvil: "Witch smellers", who literally smell dark magic. And sneeze, if it's powerful enough. Detecting useful details takes practice and training, though.



* BringHelpBack: In ''This Rough Magic'', Benito slips out of the impenetrable fortress of Corfu, past the Hungarian siege lines, and all the way north to Venice to summon help. Then back south and past the siege and into the impenetrable fortress again to tell them help is on the way. Then back out again...



* ChurchMilitant: Manfred and Eric are members of the Knights of the Holy Trinity ('Knots'), charged with fighting pagan sorceries and spirits.



* ComicSutra: ''The Shadow of the Lion'' has a position called the "twin Camellias", which involves a footstool and a number of cushions, and "could very well give a man a permanent back injury".



* EvilHasABadSenseOfHumor: In ''This Rough Magic'', it is revealed that beings of pure evil cannot understand humor and therefore cannot imitate it. This is the only way to be sure you aren't dealing with one, as they are otherwise perfect illusionists.



* FantasticCatholicism: Priests and nuns can be magicians, and the Church apparently includes some non-humans, with one Venetian church having a "water chapel" for undines. This is all [[TheMasquerade hidden from most ordinary folk]], though.
* HeroesPreferSwords: Used several times, in various ways, even though gunpowder weapons are starting to dominate the battlefields.
** When Benito and Marco gets introduced into the Venetian upper circles, they have to wear swords and are trained with them. However, they never use them in anger.
** Duke Dell'Este signals his alliance with House Dorma of Venice by sending one of his honour-blades to Petro Dorma.
** Justified in the case of the Knights of the Holy Trinity, since [[ColdIron Cold Steel is effective against supernatural forces]], and swords can be used as a cross in a pinch.



* HeroicSeductress: Francesca in ''The Shadow of the Lion'' uses her position as a high-class courtesan to end a deadly family vendetta and to further the education (in all sorts of ways) of prince Manfred.



* HoistbyHisOwnPetard: Several examples. Most dramatically by Elizbeth Bartholdy [[spoiler: whose ritual to strip away Drac and his sisters magical protections stripped away her own making her VERY mortal.]]

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* HoistbyHisOwnPetard: Several examples. Most dramatically by HoistByHisOwnPetard:
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Elizbeth Bartholdy [[spoiler: whose ritual to strip away Drac and his sisters magical protections stripped away her own making her VERY mortal.]]



* ISurrenderSuckers: In ''This Rough Magic'', [[spoiler:Chernobog/Caesare]] pulls this on Giuliano. However, the ordinary soldiers he brought with him are also fooled, and drop their weapons. Once he breaks his word, the enemy massacres his now unarmed soldiers.



* LastSecondWordSwap: In ''This Rough Magic'', the well-endowed Svanhild Thordardottar is described as "the one with the big pair of--of--bodyguards".



* LoveAcrossBattlelines: Kat and Marco in ''The Shadow of the Lion''. Their subplot includes several {{Shout Out}}s to ''RomeoAndJuliet''.

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* LockedAwayInAMonastery: Angelina Dorma is sent to a nunnery in the end of ''The Shadow of the Lion''.
* LoveAcrossBattlelines: Kat and Marco in ''The Shadow of the Lion''. Their subplot includes several {{Shout Out}}s to ''RomeoAndJuliet''.''Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet''.



* LowFantasy

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* LowFantasyLowFantasy: ''The Shadow of the Lion'' is set in ancient Venice, and, though magic exists, it has little more to do with the day to day life of most citizens than historical "witchcraft" did, and, indeed is treated in much the same way. [[spoiler:Except for protagonist Marco Valdosta, who ends up fulfilling his destiny as a mage by acting as a vessel for the [[DeusExMachina Winged Lion of Venice]] and saving the city.]] Virtually the only other fantastical elements are spirits/demigods and demons (from whom humans draw magical power, so arguably these two are just different aspects of the same element).



* PoliceLineup: One appears in ''The Shadow of the Lion'' after Benito is accused of murdering a bishop. It's a setup -- Benito was only accused after Marco was proven to have a solid alibi, and the authorities realize that the accuser didn't know the two (half-)brothers don't look related. Sure enough, he can't pick Benito out as the person he "saw" lurking outside the bishop's home.



* RescueIntroduction: In ''Much Fall of Blood'', Erik and Bortai first met when she was escaping from Gatu's forces, and he offers her shelter, with unintended consequences.



* SarcasticConfession: From ''The Shadow of the Lion'':
-->'''Policeman:''' [I'm looking for] a boy. Rumor has it he lives somewhere in this area of the city. Dark curly hair.\\
'''Father Lopez:''' There are thousands of boys in Venice with dark curly hair. Doubtless I have this one hidden under a blanket in my cubicle.\\
'''Policeman:''' [I'd] just wondered if you'd seen him, Father Lopez.\\
'''Father Lopez:''' I did. When I see him again, I will tell him you're looking for him.
* SelfPlagiarism: ''The Shadow of the Lion'' includes a fantasy reworking of Lackey's contributions to the science fiction shared-world "Literature/MerovingenNights" begun by Creator/CJCherryh, with the names changed but several passages taken almost word-for-word.



* TheSneakyGuy: Benito Valdosta.

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* TheSneakyGuy: Benito Valdosta. Trained as a thief and a very good climber.



* SuddenPrincipledStand: How Erik saves Kat in ''The Shadow of the Lion''.

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* SuddenPrincipledStand: SuddenPrincipledStand:
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How Erik saves Kat in ''The Shadow of the Lion''.Lion''.
** In the opening of ''The Shadow of the Lion'', Abbot Sachs has, with the help of several Knights Templar, apprehended some children in a church, that he claims are enacting satanic rites. Erik reminds the knights that the kids are most likely innocent, have sanctuary in the church, and can only be removed by order of the parish priest. This sets up Erik as a moral center for the knights, and a conflict with the abbot.
* SuspectIsHatless: In ''The Shadow of the Lion'', a policeman is looking for "a boy...with dark, curly hair". In Venice. The amount of detail in the description is commented on by the person being asked.
* UnproblematicProstitution: Used with Rosa, an army CampFollower, in ''Much Fall of Blood'':
-->"Some of them have lost everything and had nothing else to sell. Some who want money. Some, like Rosa, who are too wild to keep to one man."
* VillainBall: Lampshaded in ''Much Fall of Blood''. The Evil Sorcerer plans to trap and sacrifice the heroes in a location where magic doesn't work. Of course, this means the Evil Sorcerer has no access to magic either, and the heroes are better in a physical melee.
23rd Aug '17 8:38:08 PM PaulA
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* OrpheanRescue: [[spoiler: Benito for Maria]] in ''This Rough Magic''. He one-ups Orpheus in resisting the temptation to look back by following his other companion, a knight [[spoiler: who is wearing shiny, mirror-like armor; letting him see that Maria is behind him without having to look.]]


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* RescuedFromTheUnderworld: [[spoiler:Benito for Maria]] in ''This Rough Magic''. He one-ups Orpheus in resisting the temptation to look back by following his other companion, a knight [[spoiler:who is wearing shiny, mirror-like armor; letting him see that Maria is behind him without having to look]].
23rd Aug '17 8:23:56 PM PaulA
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* WordOfSaintPaul: In-universe, Christianity gained another early high-powered missionary and organiser in Hypatia, and thus split into two groups, based on different Words of Saint Paul: the Pauline branch and the Petrine branch.
23rd Aug '17 7:57:09 PM PaulA
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The first novel, ''Shadow of the Lion'', focuses primarily on the character of Marco Valdosta, heir to the presumed destroyed great house Valdosta of Venice. It borrows elements from ''RomeoAndJuliet'', for Marco falls in love with Katerina Montescue, last scion of the house that has feuded with Valdosta for two generations. In it, Marco, his half-brother Benito, their friends, and Prince Manfred and his bodyguard Erik of the Holy Roman Empire must defeat an invasion by Grand Duchy of Lithuania and Poland, headed by the demon Chernobog.

(Much of ''Shadow of the Lion'' is a fantasy reworking of Lackey's contributions to the science fiction shared-world "Literature/MerovingenNights" begun by Creator/CJCherryh, several passages taken almost word-for-word. Maria Garavelli and Caesare Aldanto start as [[{{Expy}} expies]] of Cherryh's characters Altair Jones and Thomas Mondragon, but diverge when [[spoiler:Caesare betrays Maria. Mondragon would've betrayed anyone ''else'' to protect Jones]]. Marco and Benito Valdosta are based on Lackey's Rigel and Deneb Takahashi.)

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The first novel, ''Shadow ''The Shadow of the Lion'', focuses primarily on the character of Marco Valdosta, heir to the presumed destroyed great house Valdosta of Venice. It borrows elements from ''RomeoAndJuliet'', for Marco falls in love with Katerina Montescue, last scion of the house that has feuded with Valdosta for two generations. In it, Marco, his half-brother Benito, their friends, and Prince Manfred and his bodyguard Erik of the Holy Roman Empire must defeat an invasion by Grand Duchy of Lithuania and Poland, headed by the demon Chernobog.

(Much of ''Shadow ''The Shadow of the Lion'' is a fantasy reworking of Lackey's contributions to the science fiction shared-world "Literature/MerovingenNights" begun by Creator/CJCherryh, several passages taken almost word-for-word. Maria Garavelli and Caesare Aldanto start as [[{{Expy}} expies]] of Cherryh's characters Altair Jones and Thomas Mondragon, but diverge when [[spoiler:Caesare betrays Maria. Mondragon would've betrayed anyone ''else'' to protect Jones]]. Marco and Benito Valdosta are based on Lackey's Rigel and Deneb Takahashi.)
27th Sep '16 12:59:14 AM PaulA
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(Much of ''Shadow of the Lion'' is a fantasy reworking of Lackey's contributions to the science fiction shared-world [[Literature/AllianceUnion "Merovingen Nights"]] begun by Creator/CJCherryh, several passages taken almost word-for-word. Maria Garavelli and Caesare Aldanto start as [[{{Expy}} expies]] of Cherryh's characters Altair Jones and Thomas Mondragon, but diverge when [[spoiler:Caesare betrays Maria. Mondragon would've betrayed anyone ''else'' to protect Jones]]. Marco and Benito Valdosta are based on Lackey's Rigel and Deneb Takahashi.)

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(Much of ''Shadow of the Lion'' is a fantasy reworking of Lackey's contributions to the science fiction shared-world [[Literature/AllianceUnion "Merovingen Nights"]] "Literature/MerovingenNights" begun by Creator/CJCherryh, several passages taken almost word-for-word. Maria Garavelli and Caesare Aldanto start as [[{{Expy}} expies]] of Cherryh's characters Altair Jones and Thomas Mondragon, but diverge when [[spoiler:Caesare betrays Maria. Mondragon would've betrayed anyone ''else'' to protect Jones]]. Marco and Benito Valdosta are based on Lackey's Rigel and Deneb Takahashi.)
18th Sep '14 9:01:21 AM kjnoren
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* AccidentalProposal: Erik, due to not knowing much of Mongol culture.

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* AccidentalProposal: Erik, due to not knowing much Erik in ''Much Fall of Mongol culture.Blood'' offers Bortai shelter when he sees her pursuers. But he used a phrase that offered her his tent, which in her culture was a proposal of marriage.
27th Jan '14 9:55:07 PM Dalillama
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The fifth novel, ''Burdens of the Dead''. It returns to Marco, Kat and Benito Valdosta, and Maria Verelli (nee Gariavelli). It follows the invasion of Constantinople by Venice, led by Benito, and the kidnapping of Benito and Maria's daughter.

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The fifth novel, ''Burdens of the Dead''. It returns to Marco, Kat and Benito Valdosta, and Maria Verelli (nee Gariavelli). It follows the invasion of Constantinople by Venice, led by Benito, and the kidnapping of Benito and Maria's daughter.
daughter. It takes place concurrently with the events of ''Much Fall of Blood''
25th Jan '14 7:55:06 PM Dalillama
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* YourMom: ''Your mother is a tortoise''. Subverted when it's made into a running gag in ''Much Fall of Blood''.

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* YourMom: ''Your mother is a tortoise''. Subverted when it's made into a running gag in ''Much Fall of Blood''.
Blood''. And again at the very end of ''Burdens of the Dead''.
25th Jan '14 7:54:01 PM Dalillama
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A fifth novel is will be published in June 2013 (ie late May), titled ''Burdens of the Dead''. It will return to Benito Valdosta, and is mainly set in Venice and Constantinople.

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A The fifth novel is will be published in June 2013 (ie late May), titled novel, ''Burdens of the Dead''. It will return returns to Marco, Kat and Benito Valdosta, and is mainly set in Venice Maria Verelli (nee Gariavelli). It follows the invasion of Constantinople by Venice, led by Benito, and Constantinople.
the kidnapping of Benito and Maria's daughter.
7th Nov '13 12:14:30 PM MasterTMO
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** Although technically they were born to nobility, so Riches to Rags to Riches.
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