History Literature / TheLostStars

12th Jan '17 9:09:18 AM erttheking
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* EasyLogistics: Much like in the ''Lost Fleet'', it's averted here. Early on, Iceni and Drakon managed to capture a partially completed battleship. A good portion of their efforts after that are not just dedicated to obtaining more resources to complete it, but also to finding sailors to crew it, which proves to be much harder than one might imagine. It gets to the point where they have to embark a risky mission through Syndic space to retrieve several thousand prisoners of war from the Alliance to act as crew.
11th Jan '17 9:19:23 PM erttheking
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* TwentyFourHourArmor: After it's made clear that someone is trying to assassinate Bradamount when she's on a ship full of former Syndic prisoners of war, she wears Rogero's armor at all times until the end of the journey. RealityEnsues and the smell is utterly horrific when she takes it off.


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* AscendedExtra: Drakon, Iceni, Morgan, Malin, Rogero, Bradamont and Marphisa were all characters in ''The Lost Fleet'' but were minor characters at best. Rogero didn't even appear in person, only in the form of a recording. This time around, all of them are major characters with vastly larger roles.


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* WantsAPrizeForBasicDecency: Averted with Rogero. He manages to resist being seduced by a recently liberated executive [[spoiler: who turns out to be an undercover snake]] and then thinks wryly that it's an achievement that he won't exactly be able to boast about.
11th Jan '17 9:10:56 PM erttheking
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* BloodKnight: A variant with Colonel Gaiene. It's not that he enjoys killing or fighting, it's just that fighting is one of the few things that makes him feel alive anymore.
11th Jan '17 9:09:34 PM erttheking
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* WhamEpisode: The last chapter of ''Perilous Shield'' lays it on THICK. [[spoiler: Malin has been lying to Drakon, it turns out that Morgan is actually his biological mother, Morgan's psych evaluation was falsified out of pity and she is dangerously unstable, it turns out that Morgan is pregnant with Drakon's child, and that she wants to raise the child to be someone who could rule over all of human space, surpassing even John "Black Jack" Geary.]]
5th Jan '17 10:38:01 PM Parable
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''The Lost Stars'' is a hard SF series by [[Creator/JohnHemry Jack Campbell]], a spinoff of his ''Literature/TheLostFleet'' series. Taking place shortly after the end of the Alliance-Syndicate War, the Syndicate Worlds have begun collapsing following their defeat in the war. In the star system of Midway, two Syndicate [=CEOs=] revolt and free their system from the Syndicate Worlds, to face issues of controlling it themselves, and how to alter its oppressive practices, and defend it from the aliens only a star system away.

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''The Lost Stars'' is a hard SF series by [[Creator/JohnHemry Jack Campbell]], a spinoff of his ''Literature/TheLostFleet'' series. Taking place shortly after the end of the Alliance-Syndicate War, the Syndicate Worlds have begun collapsing following their defeat in the war. In the star system of Midway, two Syndicate [=CEOs=] [=CEOs=], Gewn Iceni and Artur Drakon, revolt and free their system from the Syndicate Worlds, Worlds. It's an uphill struggle but they do have some things going for them. They have the (compromised) loyalty of their subordinates, the (mercurial) consent of the citizenry, and, most importantly, the (tepid) support of Black Jack, the godlike entity who single-handedly brought the Sydicate Worlds to its knees. Working together while always suspecting one is about to double cross the other, the face issues of controlling it Midway themselves, and how to alter its oppressive practices, and defend it from the aliens only a star system away.



* ''Shattered Spear'' May 2016

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* ''Shattered Spear'' May 2016
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* AllMenArePerverts: Iceni and Morgan think this.
* AnotherSideAnotherStory: The whole concept of the series, which explores the Syndic side of the end of the war, from Midway's perspective. Iceni and Drakon frequently speculate (incorrectly) about Geary's motives and seem to assume he's running the Alliance now.

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* AllMenArePerverts: Iceni and Morgan think this. Colonel Gaiene is in no hurry to prove them wrong.
* AnotherSideAnotherStory: The whole concept of the series, which explores the Syndic side of the end of the war, from Midway's perspective. Iceni and Drakon frequently speculate (incorrectly) about Geary's motives and seem to assume he's running the Alliance now.



** Drakon and Iceni. Both of whom are constantly worried the other is going to stab them in the back while also having the causal sexual thought of the other.

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** Drakon and Iceni. Both of whom are constantly worried the other is going to stab them in the back while also having the causal sexual thought of the other. [[spoiler:Resolved by marriage at the end of the series.]]



* TheChainsOfCommanding: Iceni
* ColonelBadass: Drakon is this, but gets KickedUpstairs to FourStarBadass. Malin and Morgan sub in. Kommodore Mephisa massively levels up in rank to get here, and proves up to the challenge.

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* %%* TheChainsOfCommanding: Iceni
* ColonelBadass: Drakon is this, but gets KickedUpstairs to FourStarBadass. Malin and Morgan sub in. Kommodore Mephisa Marphisa massively levels up in rank to get here, and proves up to the challenge.



* DarkMessiah: [[spoiler:Morgan believes that she can raise her and Drakon's daughter]] to be a [[YoungConqueror cunning mastermind]] who can take over all of human space.
* {{Deuteragonist}}: Iceni.

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* DarkMessiah: [[spoiler:Morgan believes that she can raise her and Drakon's daughter]] to be a [[YoungConqueror cunning mastermind]] who can take over on Black Jack and conquer all of human space.
* %%* {{Deuteragonist}}: Iceni.



* EvilCannotComprehendGood: Or, at least, darkish and morally conflicted Grey can't comprehend Good. A dramatically ironic running gag in the series is that both Iceni and Drakon believe Jack Geary to be a shrewd politician and a masterful power broker, interpreting all his charitable and genuinely kindhearted actions through this lens. The Lost Fleet series proper has already revealed this to be severely not the case, and he has no idea he appears as such to them. Notably, they are utterly confounded by his demotion from Fleet Admiral, wondering what could be the purpose behind a reduction in rank. They are floored and disbelieving when told he did it for love.

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* EvilCannotComprehendGood: Or, at least, darkish and morally conflicted Grey can't comprehend Good. A dramatically ironic running gag in the series is that both Iceni and Drakon believe Black Jack Geary to be a shrewd politician and a masterful power broker, interpreting all his charitable and genuinely kindhearted actions through this lens. The Lost Fleet ''Lost Fleet'' series proper has already revealed this to be severely not the case, and he has no idea he appears as such to them. Notably, they are utterly confounded by his demotion from Fleet Admiral, wondering what could be the purpose behind a reduction in rank. They are floored and disbelieving when told he did it for love.



* FascistButInefficient: Syndicate Worlds had so much big-time corruption and petty fraud going on that any official data on anything were basically only useful as propaganda, with secret police being about the only thing that really worked (then again, they got overthrown in many systems, even with fanatically loyal troops, ubiquitous surveillance and near-perfect lie detectors at their disposal.)

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* FascistButInefficient: Syndicate Worlds had so much big-time corruption and petty fraud going on that any official data on anything were basically only useful as propaganda, with the secret police being about the only thing that organization motivated enough to really worked (then work. Then again, they got overthrown in many systems, even with fanatically loyal troops, ubiquitous surveillance and near-perfect lie detectors at their disposal.) disposal.



* FlawExploitation: ISS will believe any CEO is overconfident.

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* FlawExploitation: The ISS will believe any CEO CEO, or former, is overconfident.overconfident. For their part, the former CEO's quickly learn the ISS will follow battle doctrines and planned tactics to the letter, and are able to plan ahead accordingly.



* IGaveMyWord: Drakon, to four ISS agents.
* IKnowYouKnowIKnow: Comes up frequently, since everyone is expecting everyone else to backstab them.

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* %%* IGaveMyWord: Drakon, to four ISS agents.
* IKnowYouKnowIKnow: Comes up frequently, since everyone is expecting everyone else to backstab them. Tellingly, Iceni is so used to this way of thinking she is incapable of believing Black Jack at one point is simply asking for supplies and has to go through an impressive set of mental gymnastics using this trope to justify to herself giving him what he requested.



* ItsPronouncedTropay: Readers may be tempted to read the name of the planet Kane as similar to 'cane', but it's in a group of Hawaiian themed planets and thus far more likely pronounced 'kah-nay', with long vowels.

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* ItsPronouncedTropay: Readers may be tempted to read the name of the planet Kane as similar to 'cane', but it's in a group of Hawaiian themed planets and thus far more likely pronounced 'kah-nay', with long vowels.



* LastStand: ISS forces

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* LastStand: ISS forcesSnake forces are fanatic, and their Viper special op units even moreso. They frequently fight to the death wherever they end up cornered.



** He had a one night stand with crazy chick Morgan, one of his closest adviser is Malin and his female counterpart is named Gwen.

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** He had a one night stand with crazy chick Morgan, one of his closest Morgan. Morgan le Fay being Arthur's manipulative and scheming half-sister who slept with him [[spoiler:and planned for their child to take over the throne]].
** Drakon's other staff member and Morgan's rival is Malin. Malin also works closely with Iceni and sincerely believes in establishing Midway as a free and independent nation. ''Mer''lin was Arthur's trusted
adviser is Malin in establishing his kingdom and his female counterpart is named Gwen.opposed Morgan le Fay.



* PostVictoryCollapse: Kontos and his forces
* PowderKegCrowd: The planet, after the security forces are destroyed.

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* %%* PostVictoryCollapse: Kontos and his forces
* PowderKegCrowd: The planet, after the security forces are destroyed. More than once certain hidden figures try to set it off.



* ProperlyParanoid: Everyone, since the Syndicate system formented this ''on purpose'' as a way to [[UnfriendlyFire pit their underlings]] [[MakeItLookLikeAnAccident against each other]], [[UriahGambit to keep them from rebelling]] against the Syndicate leaders.

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* ProperlyParanoid: Everyone, since the Syndicate system formented fomented this ''on purpose'' as a way to [[UnfriendlyFire pit their underlings]] [[MakeItLookLikeAnAccident against each other]], [[UriahGambit to keep them from rebelling]] against the Syndicate leaders.



* RunningGag: As with the Lost Fleet series, a number of jokes are centered on present day idioms and turns of phrase that have had their context lost to time by the period the books take place in. For instance, Iceni's assitant Togo advises several new names to replace CEO, among them "the Man" and "the Big Cheese," both of which are only known to have been ancient indicators of status.

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* RunningGag: As with the Lost Fleet series, a number of jokes are centered on present day idioms and turns of phrase that have had their context lost to time by the period the books take place in. For instance, Iceni's assitant assistant Togo advises several new names to replace CEO, among them "the Man" and "the Big Cheese," both of which are only known to have been ancient indicators of status.



* StateSec: The ISS, not so fondly referred to as snakes.

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* StateSec: The ISS, not so fondly referred to as snakes. In the wake of the Syndicate Worlds collapse, they have even less qualms than most concerning arrests, torture, and mass murder.



* TheVamp: Morgan.

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* %%* TheVamp: Morgan.



* YouAreInCommandNow: Kontos
* YourHeadASplode: CEO Hardrad
--> Morgan "He was working away at activating those detonation codes when his brains got turned into wallpaper"

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* %%* YouAreInCommandNow: Kontos
* %%* YourHeadASplode: CEO Hardrad
--> %%--> Morgan "He was working away at activating those detonation codes when his brains got turned into wallpaper"
2nd Jan '17 11:19:31 AM erttheking
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* BetterToDieThanBeKilled: When Drakon is storming the ISS facility at the start of the series, one of the ISS commandos takes her own life upon realizing that the battle was lost. Since the ISS had spent a century and a half tormenting and oppressing the general populace of the Syndic Worlds, [[ColdBloodedTorture she was most likely concerned about what would happen to her if she was taken alive.]]
1st Jan '17 12:20:34 AM erttheking
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* TheyCallMeMisterTibbs: Hardrad exploits their inability to do this to humiliate.
* TokenGoodTeammate: Marphissa, who is genuinely dedicated making Midway more free, and helps push Iceni consider more reforms.


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* TheyCallMeMisterTibbs: Hardrad exploits their inability to do this to humiliate.
* TokenGoodTeammate: Marphissa, who is genuinely dedicated making Midway more free, and helps push Iceni consider more reforms.
31st Dec '16 9:33:53 AM erttheking
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* StateSec: The ISS, not so fondly referred to as snakes.
31st May '16 4:46:18 AM Bissek
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* MythologyGag: Jokes about the ghastly [[IndestructibleEdible Danaka Yoruk bars]] continue from the parent series. It turns out the Syndics can't stand the things either. One character palmed off the entire supply that they'd taken from a captured Alliance unit to an ISS unit. Since the snakes never came back, they apparently were either killed by the Alliance or killed by eating the Danaka Yoruks.
17th May '16 4:46:39 PM Mjolnir13621
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* {{UST}}: Drakon and Iceni. With the subtly of a brick. [[Spoiler:Eventually taken care of in book 4, with a marriage a few short weeks later.]]

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* {{UST}}: Drakon and Iceni. With the subtly of a brick. [[Spoiler:Eventually [[spoiler:Eventually taken care of in book 4, with a marriage a few short weeks later.]]
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