History Literature / TheOrphansTales

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** Dinarzad loses her JerkAss status entirely by the second book

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** Dinarzad loses her JerkAss status entirely by the second bookbook.



* MeaningfulRename: In Al-a-Nur, the new Papess takes on a new name with her office, just like the Pope in our world. Furthermore, all the dedicates of the Tower of St. Sigrid name themselves "St. Sigrid," with distinguishing titles. The woman who narrates most of "The Book of the Sea" is "Sigrid of the Ways," though on this page we also refer to her as "Sigrid the Netweaver." Late in the book, we learn her birth name was Ulla.



* RefusedByTheCall: When we meet Sigrid the Netweaver, she's a tippling nobody mending nets at the docks and taking pity on a poor waif. But a lifetime ago, in Al-a-Nur, she was sure that [[JumpedAtTheCall she was the prophesied orphan]] destined to rescue St. Sigrid. After years of searching, the realization that she had never had such a destiny utterly broke her.



* ReluctantWarrior: Beast/the Leucrotta. In fact, when Leander just asks for his skin nicely, [[spoiler: he agrees, much to the consternation of the Marsh King]]

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* ReluctantWarrior: Beast/the Leucrotta. In fact, when Leander just asks for his skin nicely, [[spoiler: he agrees, much to the consternation of the Marsh King]]King]].
26th Apr '16 8:20:13 PM vifetoile
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* LawOfInverseFertility: A straight example in the case of Immaculota's parents. She is born as a WonderChild. Lantern the firebird is another example. He wants nothing more than a little chick of his own to love. Thanks to the strange reproductive cycle of firebirds, Lantern is sterile. But he hopes that with [[PlantPerson Ravhi's]] help, he can have his own chick, but that ends up not working out. Later, he gains an adoptive human daughter, Solace.

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* LawOfInverseFertility: A straight example in the case of Immaculota's parents. She is born as a WonderChild. Lantern the firebird is another example. He wants nothing more than a little chick of his own to love. Thanks to the strange reproductive cycle of firebirds, which is symbiotic with the Ixora tree, Lantern is sterile. But he hopes that with [[PlantPerson Ravhi's]] help, he can have his own chick, but that ends up not working out. Later, he gains an adoptive human daughter, Solace.



* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters
* LoadsAndLoadsOfRaces: There are humans, to start with. There are animals such as hedgehogs, goldfish, cormorants, polar bears, and herons, which talk and have their own societies. Then there are Stars, djinni (made from Star-fire), the Yi, and the Hsien, for races that come from the heavens. Races that come from the sea include Magyrs, mermaids (a brief mention), Lamia, and selkies. On earth there are Arimaspians and other cyclops, giants, Griffins, dragons, Monopods, Cynocepheli, huldras, harpies, manticores, Gaselli, satyrs, kappas, and there are references to more.

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* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters
LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: Look at the list of races below, and keep in mind that most every one of these races has one representative in the story - at least. The humans in the cast number in the dozens, and there are ample Stars and djinni, as well.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfRaces: There are humans, to start with. There are animals such as hedgehogs, goldfish, cormorants, polar bears, and herons, which talk and have their own societies. Then there are Stars, djinni (made from Star-fire), the Yi, and the Hsien, for races that come from the heavens. Races that come from the sea include Magyrs, mermaids (a brief mention), Lamia, and selkies. On earth there are Arimaspians and other cyclops, giants, Griffins, dragons, centaurs, Monopods, Cynocepheli, huldras, harpies, manticores, Gaselli, satyrs, kappas, and there are references to more.
23rd Apr '16 2:37:50 PM vifetoile
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* InterspeciesRomance: Shroud, a selkie, and Eshkol, a satyr. There's also Seven, an ordinary human, and Oubliette, a huldra. And there are possible others, ambiguously phrased.


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* LawOfInverseFertility: A straight example in the case of Immaculota's parents. She is born as a WonderChild. Lantern the firebird is another example. He wants nothing more than a little chick of his own to love. Thanks to the strange reproductive cycle of firebirds, Lantern is sterile. But he hopes that with [[PlantPerson Ravhi's]] help, he can have his own chick, but that ends up not working out. Later, he gains an adoptive human daughter, Solace.
15th Apr '16 9:07:36 PM vifetoile
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* ConflictingLoyalties: Cvethi, who is put forward as a candidate for the Papacy of Al-a-Nur, in the city's desperate hour. As a member of the Tower of Hermaphrodites, publicly admitting to their gender would be a heartbreaking renunciation of their faith. But as a loving subject of the city, denying the Papacy could doom Al-a-Nur. [[spoiler: In the end, Cvethi comes out as female, and ascends to the Papacy, but she holds fast to the tenants and sacraments of the Hermaphrodites as she can]].

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* ConflictingLoyalties: Cvethi, Cveti, who is put forward as a candidate for the Papacy of Al-a-Nur, in the city's desperate hour. As a member of the Tower of Hermaphrodites, publicly admitting to their gender would be a heartbreaking renunciation of their faith. But as a loving subject of the city, denying the Papacy could doom Al-a-Nur. [[spoiler: In the end, Cvethi Cveti comes out as female, and ascends to the Papacy, but she holds fast to the tenants and sacraments of the Hermaphrodites as she can]].
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* [[{{Pirate}} Pirates]]: Tommy and her crew.
* PlantPerson: Ravhija and later [[spoiler: her seedling Ravhi]]

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* [[{{Pirate}} Pirates]]: Tommy and her crew.crew on board the ship ''Maidenhead.'' Only females (of many species) serve as crew members. They definitely fall into the "Rogue" category, as while they happily burn, loot, kidnap, and sell their services, they're gallant and charming, and have their own sort of moral code.
* PlantPerson: Ravhija and later [[spoiler: her seedling Ravhi]] Ravhi]]. She lives in, and is connected to, a tree, but her body is compared frequently to pumpkin (which grows on a vine).
10th Apr '16 11:02:06 PM vifetoile
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* CoolBoat: The good ship ''Maidenhead'', a red ship whose very boards are infused with the magic (and love) of a Star. Crewed, by tradition, entirely by women, and monstrous women at that. Her mast bears sweet oranges for all the crew, and her red sails are feared the world over as omens of piracy!

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* CoolBoat: The good ship ''Maidenhead'', a red ship whose very boards are infused with the magic (and love) and love of a Star. Crewed, by tradition, entirely Crewedentirely by women, and monstrous women at that. Her mast bears sweet oranges for all the crew, and her red sails are feared the world over as omens of piracy!
10th Apr '16 9:26:45 PM vifetoile
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** Sigrid the Netweaver is torn at the end of "The Book of the Sea." On the one hand, her long-lost love from her childhood, and the prospect of returning to her old home. On the other hand, the very Saint she's idolized for so long, and the prospect of sailing beside her. [[spoiler: She goes with St. Sigrid, and glows like a new bride when she boards the ''Maidenhead.'']]
** CoolBoat: The good ship ''Maidenhead'', a red ship whose very boards are infused with the magic (and love) of a Star. Crewed, by tradition, entirely by women, and monstrous women at that. Her mast bears sweet oranges for all the crew, and her red sails are feared the world over as omens of piracy!

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** Sigrid the Netweaver is torn at the end of "The Book of the Sea." On the one hand, her long-lost love from her childhood, and the prospect of returning to her old home. On the other hand, the very Saint she's idolized for so long, and the prospect of sailing beside her. [[spoiler: She goes with St. Sigrid, and glows "glows like a new bride bride" when she boards the ''Maidenhead.'']]
** * CoolBoat: The good ship ''Maidenhead'', a red ship whose very boards are infused with the magic (and love) of a Star. Crewed, by tradition, entirely by women, and monstrous women at that. Her mast bears sweet oranges for all the crew, and her red sails are feared the world over as omens of piracy!
10th Apr '16 8:32:22 PM vifetoile
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* AmbiguousGender: In Al-a-Nur, the dedicates of the Tower of Hermaphrodites all dress identically, covering their bodies in such a way as to leave their genders entirely ambiguous. This is part of their religion: they find the sacred in perfect balance between opposites. However, this becomes a problem when, in a time of crisis, the city needs a new Papess (who must be a woman), and a candidate from the Hermaphrodites is put forth. The candidate is therefore put in the [[ConflictingLoyalties painful position]] of having to either admit their gender, and thus renounce their faith, or else abandon the city in her hour of need. [[spoiler: Cvethi comes out as female, and ascends to Papess.]]

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* AmbiguousGender: In Al-a-Nur, the dedicates of the Tower of Hermaphrodites all dress identically, covering their bodies in such a way as to leave their genders entirely ambiguous. This is part of their religion: they find the sacred in perfect balance between opposites. However, this becomes a problem when, in a time of crisis, the city needs a new Papess (who must be a woman), and a candidate from the Hermaphrodites is put forth. The candidate is therefore put in the [[ConflictingLoyalties painful position]] of having to either admit their gender, and thus renounce their faith, or else abandon the city in her hour of need. [[spoiler: Cvethi comes out as female, and ascends to Papess.]]can cause problems... see ConflictingLoyalties, below.
10th Apr '16 8:31:24 PM vifetoile
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* AmbiguousGender: In Al-a-Nur, the dedicates of the Tower of Hermaphrodites all dress identically, covering their bodies in such a way as to leave their genders entirely ambiguous. This is part of their religion: they find the sacred in perfect balance between opposites. However, this becomes a problem when, in a time of crisis, the city needs a new Papess (who must be a woman), and a candidate from the Hermaphrodites is put forth. The candidate is therefore put in the [[ConflictingLoyalties painful position]] of having to either admit their gender, and thus renounce their faith, or else abandon the city in her hour of need. [[spoiler: Cvethi comes out as female, and ascends to Papess.]]



* ChekhovsArmoury
* ClockworkCreature: Hour

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* ChekhovsArmoury
ChekhovsArmoury: As is typical for a Catherynne M. Valente book. Just to begin - just staying within "The Book of the Steppe"... that firebird that the Harpoon-Star was hunting? The gold-and-jasper belt that King Ismail fitted around his wife, Helia? The one feather that Lantern gives away? They will all make important re-appearances within that book.
* ClockworkCreature: HourHour.



* CourtMage: Omir serves three kings over the course of his career. Although it might be more accurate to say [[TheManBehindTheMan the later ones serve him]]

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* ConflictingLoyalties: Cvethi, who is put forward as a candidate for the Papacy of Al-a-Nur, in the city's desperate hour. As a member of the Tower of Hermaphrodites, publicly admitting to their gender would be a heartbreaking renunciation of their faith. But as a loving subject of the city, denying the Papacy could doom Al-a-Nur. [[spoiler: In the end, Cvethi comes out as female, and ascends to the Papacy, but she holds fast to the tenants and sacraments of the Hermaphrodites as she can]].
** Sigrid the Netweaver is torn at the end of "The Book of the Sea." On the one hand, her long-lost love from her childhood, and the prospect of returning to her old home. On the other hand, the very Saint she's idolized for so long, and the prospect of sailing beside her. [[spoiler: She goes with St. Sigrid, and glows like a new bride when she boards the ''Maidenhead.'']]
** CoolBoat: The good ship ''Maidenhead'', a red ship whose very boards are infused with the magic (and love) of a Star. Crewed, by tradition, entirely by women, and monstrous women at that. Her mast bears sweet oranges for all the crew, and her red sails are feared the world over as omens of piracy!
* CourtMage: Omir serves three kings over the course of his career. Although it might be more accurate to say [[TheManBehindTheMan the later ones serve him]] him.]]


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* GenderIsNoObject: Taken to an extreme position with the Tower of the Hermaphrodites. Their members present to the whole world (and one another) as androgynes, so anyone will be accepted as an acolyte... as long as they have disguised their gender from the moment they entered the city.
** Averted with the Holy Seat of Al-a-Nur. They can ''only'' accept a Papess, someone who is publicly female.
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* StarMagic: The Stars, again. Their magic is powerful but also drawn from their very essence, so that as time goes by, the Stars collectively grow weaker and weaker, and hide themselves away more often.

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* StarMagic: StarPower: The Stars, again. Their magic is powerful but also drawn from their very essence, so that as time goes by, the Stars collectively grow weaker and weaker, and hide themselves away more often.
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