History Literature / TheHighCrusade

20th Jan '16 10:00:32 PM Carnildo
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* FramingDevice
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* FramingDeviceFramingDevice: ''twice''. The story is framed as a chronicle written by a monk, framed in turn as a translation by a group encountering the descendants of the subjects of the story.
26th Oct '15 8:23:03 PM msq
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* DemocracyIsBad: Subverted in that while the Wersgor notion of "democracy" is shown as a sham, the Jair republic proves itself to be a far better example of one.
26th Oct '15 8:20:44 PM msq
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* RealityEnsues: Ironically inflicted on the invading Wersgor. As it turns out, expecting to win just by virtue of having advanced weapons is a fool's errand when you're incapable of ''defending onesself.''
8th Apr '15 5:25:01 PM plcthecd
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* CurbstompBattle: Aliens vs a Medieval army, it's a complete slaughter...for the aliens. Especially with the humans having superior numbers, and having no EMP-susceptible equipment and the aliens have '''no concept''' of hand-to-hand combat.
12th Jun '14 6:28:27 PM Fireblood
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* RockBeatsLaser Not to mention rock helps laser. A trebuchet firing nuclear shells? Undetectable by space age sensors? Yes please.
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* RockBeatsLaser RockBeatsLaser: Not to mention rock helps laser. A trebuchet firing nuclear shells? Undetectable by space age sensors? Yes please.

* TortureTechnician : One-eyed Hubert. Who is quite pleased when Sir Roger threatens to apply the JackBauerInterrogationTechnique on the captive Wersgor. One-eyed Hubert also laments that Sir Roger isn't as quick with the irons as his grandfather, old Rip-Talon, and is quite dismayed to learn that he won't be getting to torture the Wersgor officer after all... [[PetTheDog right before he goes back to helping his little granddaughter gather daisies.]]
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* TortureTechnician : TortureTechnician: One-eyed Hubert. Who is quite pleased when Sir Roger threatens to apply the JackBauerInterrogationTechnique on the captive Wersgor. One-eyed Hubert also laments that Sir Roger isn't as quick with the irons as his grandfather, old Rip-Talon, and is quite dismayed to learn that he won't be getting to torture the Wersgor officer after all... [[PetTheDog right before he goes back to helping his little granddaughter gather daisies.]]
18th Mar '14 5:15:53 PM iusticanun
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** Also played with, in that the Wersgor republic is also unfavorably contrasted with the ''Jain'' Republic (one of the lesser starfaring powers Sir Roger convinces to join his crusade against the Wersgor), with the Jain republic described as a true republic, "not a sham one such as the Wersgor had", and the descriptions of the Wersgor explicitly describing their state as all-powerful and the citizens as reflexively subservient to it and to their superiors.
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** Also played with, in that the Wersgor republic is also unfavorably contrasted with the ''Jain'' ''Jair'' Republic (one of the lesser starfaring powers Sir Roger convinces to join his crusade against the Wersgor), with the Jain Jair republic described as a true republic, "not a sham one such as the Wersgor had", and the descriptions of the Wersgor explicitly describing their state as all-powerful and the citizens as reflexively subservient to it and to their superiors.
4th Mar '14 11:12:40 AM m8e
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* {{Disneyfication}}: A film version, produced by RolandEmmerich, was made in 1994. It takes the humorous-but-played-straight premise of the book and tries very hard to turn it into Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail ... InSpace! Sadly, this does not work particularly well.
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* {{Disneyfication}}: A film version, produced by RolandEmmerich, Creator/RolandEmmerich, was made in 1994. It takes the humorous-but-played-straight premise of the book and tries very hard to turn it into Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail ... InSpace! Sadly, this does not work particularly well.
8th Aug '13 8:35:45 PM GGCrono
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** Wait....why isn't the trebuchet and anyone working it nuked themselves? Also a trebuchet would be in visible range and nuclear shells launched by a trebuchet but not something more...advanced?
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** Wait....Wait... why isn't the trebuchet and anyone working it nuked themselves? Also a trebuchet would be in visible range and nuclear shells launched by a trebuchet but not something more...more... advanced?
5th Aug '13 2:56:12 AM msq
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* AlternateHistoryWank: Played straight and in time taken to [[UpToEleven Biblical proportions]].

* FeudalFuture
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* FeudalFutureFeudalFuture: Played straight and justified: the human newcomers offered a viable and stable socio-political system as well as centuries of experience at it whereas the Wersgor mirrored the Western Roman Empire at its downfall and had long since forgotten how to actually ''conduct'' politics. Curiously though, [[spoiler:even centuries later in the future, when Earth-bound humanity finally had spaceships of their own]] the interstellar empire forged by the crusaders and their descendants is very noticeably English.
15th Jun '13 7:56:38 PM Fireblood
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Using the captured spaceship and the grudging assistance of a surviving alien interpreter (taught Latin by a local cleric), they launch a counter-invasion of the evil intergalactic empire, whom they view as the more prolific, Heaven-soiling brethren of the heretics overrunning the Holy Land. Because the invaders to our world have been dominant for so long over such a wide area, nobody up in the stars has any damn idea what politics are any more. Sir Roger, a man who's managed to survive medieval European politics quite well for some time, knows ''exactly'' what politics are, and manages to convince every single alien he meets, through bravado, underhandedness, trickery, and good old-fashioned lying, to assail their opponents. The only downside to their situation is, unfortunately, the humans - not being astrogators, among other reasons - have no idea where Earth is any more.
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Using the captured spaceship and the grudging assistance of a surviving alien interpreter (taught Latin by a local cleric), they launch a counter-invasion of the evil intergalactic empire, whom they view as the more prolific, Heaven-soiling brethren of the heretics infidels overrunning the Holy Land. Because the invaders to our world have been dominant for so long over such a wide area, nobody up in the stars has any damn idea what politics are any more. Sir Roger, a man who's managed to survive medieval European politics quite well for some time, knows ''exactly'' what politics are, and manages to convince every single alien he meets, through bravado, underhandedness, trickery, and good old-fashioned lying, to assail their opponents. The only downside to their situation is, unfortunately, is that unfortunately the humans - not being astrogators, among other reasons - have no idea where Earth is any more.

* ExactWords (Sir Roger is very good at bluffing while not actually, [[JediTruth precisely]] lying.)
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* ExactWords (Sir ExactWords: Sir Roger is very good at bluffing while not actually, [[JediTruth precisely]] lying.)

* GoodRepublicEvilEmpire (Inverted - the theoretical freedom of the Wersgor 'democracy' is unfavourably contrasted with the securities of the feudal system) ** Also played with, in that the Wersgor republic is also unfavourably contrasted with the ''Jain'' Republic (one of the lesser starfaring powers Sir Roger convinces to join his crusade against the Wersgor), with the Jain republic described as a true republic, "not a sham one such as the Wersgor had", and the descriptions of the Wersgor explicitly describing their state as all-powerful and the citizens as reflexively subservient to it and to their superiors. *** The Wersgor are criticized for being to dependent on their VastBureaucracy and habitually subservient; [[AuthorAppeal similar criticisms]] to those levied at modern Western states by many conservatives.
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* GoodRepublicEvilEmpire (Inverted Inverted - the theoretical freedom of the Wersgor 'democracy' is unfavourably unfavorably contrasted with the securities of the feudal system) system. ** Also played with, in that the Wersgor republic is also unfavourably unfavorably contrasted with the ''Jain'' Republic (one of the lesser starfaring powers Sir Roger convinces to join his crusade against the Wersgor), with the Jain republic described as a true republic, "not a sham one such as the Wersgor had", and the descriptions of the Wersgor explicitly describing their state as all-powerful and the citizens as reflexively subservient to it and to their superiors. *** The Wersgor are criticized for being to too dependent on their VastBureaucracy and habitually subservient; [[AuthorAppeal similar criticisms]] to those levied at against modern Western states by many conservatives.

* KnightInShiningArmor (played with) * MedievalMorons (Subverted - and how!)
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* KnightInShiningArmor (played with) KnightInShiningArmor: Played with. * MedievalMorons (Subverted MedievalMorons: Subverted - and how!)how!

* OutgrownSuchSillySuperstitions (the Wersgor. The humans on the other hand are very pious. While there is some tongue in cheek humour about Medieval practices and obsessions, their faith is definitely not portrayed as a ''bad'' thing, and the most humane character in the book by far is the narrator - who is a pious monk.) * RammingAlwaysWorks (The English crash land their first captured warship, the Crusade, ''on'' an energy shielded Wersgor battle fortress, crushing it. Then pissed off cavalry trample down the survivors.)
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* OutgrownSuchSillySuperstitions (the OutgrownSuchSillySuperstitions: The Wersgor. The humans on the other hand are very pious. While there is some tongue in cheek humour humor about Medieval practices and obsessions, their faith is definitely not portrayed as a ''bad'' thing, and the most humane character in the book by far is the narrator - who is a pious monk.) monk. * RammingAlwaysWorks (The RammingAlwaysWorks: The English crash land their first captured warship, the Crusade, ''on'' an energy shielded Wersgor battle fortress, crushing it. Then pissed off cavalry trample down the survivors.)

** VestigialEmpire: Wersgor * RockBeatsLaser (Not to mention rock helps laser. A trebuchet firing nuclear shells? Undetectable by space age sensors? Yes please.)
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** VestigialEmpire: Wersgor Wersgor. * RockBeatsLaser (Not Not to mention rock helps laser. A trebuchet firing nuclear shells? Undetectable by space age sensors? Yes please.)

* TortureTechnician : One-eyed Hubert. Who is quite pleased when Sir Roger threatens to apply the JackBauerInterrogationTechnique to the captive Wersgor. One-eyed Hubert also laments that Sir Roger isn't as quick with the irons as his grandfather, old Rip-Talon, and is quite dismayed to learn that he won't be getting to torture the Wersgor officer after all... [[PetTheDog right before he goes back to helping his little granddaughter gather daisies.]] * VichyEarth: Wersgor plan for Earth is this. It backfires spectacularly.
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* TortureTechnician : One-eyed Hubert. Who is quite pleased when Sir Roger threatens to apply the JackBauerInterrogationTechnique to on the captive Wersgor. One-eyed Hubert also laments that Sir Roger isn't as quick with the irons as his grandfather, old Rip-Talon, and is quite dismayed to learn that he won't be getting to torture the Wersgor officer after all... [[PetTheDog right before he goes back to helping his little granddaughter gather daisies.]] * VichyEarth: The Wersgor plan for Earth is this. It backfires spectacularly.
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