History Literature / TheParasolProtectorate

4th Jun '16 4:41:18 AM morenohijazo
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* HindenburgIncendiaryPrinciple: In ''Heartless'', various small blimps catch fire when [[{{Bifauxnen}} Madame Lefoux]] goes on a rampage with an octopus-like SteamPunk device to take [[HasTwoMommies her son]] back from the vampires who kidnapped him.
11th May '16 3:14:20 AM Morgenthaler
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* TheKnightsTemplar: Apparently, the order was really into slaying supernatural creatures. [[spoiler:Alessandro Tarabotti in particular was a result of a breeding program set up by the Templars to make specialized hunters...which didn't exactly work.]]
1st Nov '15 10:46:41 AM nombretomado
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* HistoricalDomainCharacter: QueenVicky herself shows up, in part to induct Alexia.

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* HistoricalDomainCharacter: QueenVicky UsefulNotes/QueenVictoria herself shows up, in part to induct Alexia.
16th Oct '15 4:19:49 PM nombretomado
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* ShoutOut: PinkyAndTheBrain gets one in Timeless.

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* ShoutOut: PinkyAndTheBrain WesternAnimation/PinkyAndTheBrain gets one in Timeless.
14th Oct '15 2:38:34 AM msq
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* TheGayNineties: The "Custard Protocol" series explicitly takes place in the 1890s.
16th Sep '15 10:40:36 AM Morgenthaler
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* MustBeInvited: When the residence of the Westminster Hive is destroyed, Lord Akeldama refuses to invite the now-homeless vampires into his home because that act would mystically "sign over" his home to them. [[spoiler: However, he's willing to let Alexia make that mistake -- largely because it forced the Westminster Hive to relocate to Woolsey Castle outside of London.]] It's implied that this may not be the ''only'' way; when Countess Nasdasny is told that there is a new home for the Hive, her question is "who do we have to kill".



* VampireInvitation: When the residence of the Westminster Hive is destroyed, Lord Akeldama refuses to invite the now-homeless vampires into his home because that act would mystically "sign over" his home to them. [[spoiler: However, he's willing to let Alexia make that mistake -- largely because it forced the Westminster Hive to relocate to Woolsey Castle outside of London.]] It's implied that this may not be the ''only'' way; when Countess Nasdasny is told that there is a new home for the Hive, her question is "who do we have to kill".
8th Jun '15 6:24:14 AM Cybishop
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** All that is a matter of common knowledge at the start of the series; over the course of it, several more details are discovered. [[Preternaturals repel each other, almost with physical force. They're so rare that Alexia had never met another one until she was an adult so she just never had the chance to find out. Both effects work postmortem if the body is preserved, and age, such as mummification, increases both the anti-magic effect and the repellent effect. Also, water reduces the effect. Under normal conditions Alexia could turn a werewolf human by touching him through clothes, but she can hug a werewolf when in wolf form as long as both are swimming.

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** All that is a matter of common knowledge at the start of the series; over the course of it, several more details are discovered. [[Preternaturals [[spoiler: Preternaturals repel each other, almost with physical force. They're so rare that Alexia had never met another one until she was an adult so she just never had the chance to find out. Both effects work postmortem if the body is preserved, and age, such as mummification, increases both the anti-magic effect and the repellent effect. Also, water reduces the effect. Under normal conditions Alexia could turn a werewolf human by touching him through clothes, but she can hug a werewolf when in wolf form as long as both are swimming. ]]



* OurVampiresAreDifferent: Vampires usually live in hives, centered around a queen who has the power to change new vampires. They are tended by drones, humans who serve in hopes of one day being changed into vampires themselves. Only a vampire queen can turn humans and make them drones and all female vampires are queens, which is why they are harder to make. Vampire queens also can't leave their home unless they're about to be killed, and have only a few hours to find another permanent home. Queen vampires have two sets of fangs, one for eating and one for transformation, and as she gets older her transformation fangs grow and her success rate of creating another female into a queen to act as her successor goes up. Rogues are male vampires that do not belong to any hive but can still have their own drones that they can have the local queen transform if their application is accepted. Both rouge and queen vampire have the ability to "swarm" if threatened, which severs their link to their territory either temporarily or permanently depending on the situation.

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* OurVampiresAreDifferent: Vampires usually live in hives, centered around a queen who has the power to change new vampires. They are tended by drones, humans who serve in hopes of one day being changed into vampires themselves. Only a vampire queen can turn humans and make them drones and all female vampires are queens, which is why they are harder to make. Vampire queens also can't leave their home unless they're about to be killed, and have only a few hours to find another permanent home. Queen vampires have two sets of fangs, one for eating and one for transformation, and as she gets older her transformation fangs grow and her success rate of creating another female into a queen to act as her successor goes up. Rogues Roves are male vampires that do not belong to any hive but can still have their own drones that they can have the local queen transform if their application is accepted. Both rouge roves and queen vampire vampires have the ability to "swarm" if threatened, which severs their link to their territory either temporarily or permanently depending on the situation.
13th Apr '15 1:11:02 PM Cybishop
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* AntiMagic: preternaturals.
** When a preternatural touches a vampire or werewolf, they temporarily become human, losing all the unusual physical features, abilities, and weaknesses until contact is broken. When a preternatural touches the corpse of a ghost, the ghost is immediately exorcised.
** All that is a matter of common knowledge at the start of the series; over the course of it, several more details are discovered. [[Preternaturals repel each other, almost with physical force. They're so rare that Alexia had never met another one until she was an adult so she just never had the chance to find out. Both effects work postmortem if the body is preserved, and age, such as mummification, increases both the anti-magic effect and the repellent effect. Also, water reduces the effect. Under normal conditions Alexia could turn a werewolf human by touching him through clothes, but she can hug a werewolf when in wolf form as long as both are swimming.


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* OurSoulsAreDifferent: Very. In the first book, scientists theorize that the soul is a physical thing, like an organ or maybe a gas, and people when people with that organ die, they become undead of various types as appropriate. But Alexia living among werewolves and vampires serves as an accidental science experiment many times. Over the course of the series, it turns out that the soul is a "charge" or an energy field around a person. People with unusually strong fields either have it linger after death as an echo, like ghosts, or, if their field is mixed with that of a vampire or werewolf, they become one. As a preternatural, Alexia has no such field - but when in contact with a supernatural, it's like a negative and positive electrical charge cancelling each other out. Two preternaturals repel each other, again like electrical charges.
13th Apr '15 11:09:22 AM Cybishop
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** Alexia's status as a preternatural is officially secret. It's an odd variation on the trope, though - all supernaturals know, or find out if they ever make the mistake of touching her. The Queen and at least some other people in government know, because her status as preternatural qualifies her for a seat on the Shadow Cabinet, which she holds for most of the series. Society in general doesn't know, but Alexia was a borderline spinster until she married a werewolf, so she is a scandalous figure anyway. Almost the only named characters who don't know are Alexia's immediate family and Ivy. [[spoiler: and Ivy figures it out on her own at some point, acts as a SecretSecretKeeper until told, and is nonchalant about it then.]]
** Alexia for Professor Lyall. [[spoiler: In ''Heartless'', Alexia finds out that Lyall engineered the assassination plot by Lord Maccon former pack so he would leave them and look for a new one. Lyall did this both for personal revenge on his own Alpha for killing Lyall's lover, and because the Alpha was crazy and dangerous in general by then. Lord Maccon is very mad at Lyall when he finds out that he was manipulated into leaving his previous pack. And mad at Alexia when he finds out she kept this from him.]]

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** Alexia's status as a preternatural is officially secret. It's an odd variation on the trope, though - all supernaturals know, or find out if they ever make the mistake of touching touch her. The Queen and at least some other people in government know, because her status as preternatural qualifies her for a seat on the Shadow Cabinet, which she holds for most of the series. Society in general doesn't know, but Alexia was a borderline spinster until she married a werewolf, so she is a scandalous figure anyway. Almost the only named characters who don't know are Alexia's immediate family and Ivy. [[spoiler: and And Ivy figures it out on her own at some point, acts as a SecretSecretKeeper until told, and is nonchalant about it then.]]
** Alexia for Professor Lyall. [[spoiler: In ''Heartless'', Alexia finds out that Lyall engineered the assassination plot by Lord Maccon Maccon's former pack so he would leave them and look for a new one. Lyall did this both for personal revenge on his own Alpha for killing Lyall's lover, and because the Alpha was crazy and dangerous in general by then. Lord Maccon is very mad at Lyall when he finds out that he was manipulated into leaving his previous pack. And mad at Alexia when he finds out she kept this from him.]]
13th Apr '15 8:19:14 AM Cybishop
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** Alexia for Professor Lyall. [[spoiler: while investigating a threat on the queen in ''Heartless'', she suspects a connection to the plot by Lord Maccon's previous pack 20 years earlier. In the process, she finds that there was actually no such plot; Lyall engineered it so that Lord Maccon would leave his pack and look for a new one. He did this because the London pack's Alpha was objectively crazy by then, and Lyall personally wanted him dead in revenge for killing his lover. Lord Maccon is very mad at Lyall when he finds out that he was manipulated into leaving his previous pack. And mad at Alexia when he finds out she kept this from him.]]

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** Alexia for Professor Lyall. [[spoiler: while investigating a threat on the queen in In ''Heartless'', she suspects a connection to the plot by Lord Maccon's previous pack 20 years earlier. In the process, she Alexia finds out that there was actually no such plot; Lyall engineered it so that the assassination plot by Lord Maccon former pack so he would leave his pack them and look for a new one. He Lyall did this both for personal revenge on his own Alpha for killing Lyall's lover, and because the London pack's Alpha was objectively crazy by then, and Lyall personally wanted him dead dangerous in revenge for killing his lover.general by then. Lord Maccon is very mad at Lyall when he finds out that he was manipulated into leaving his previous pack. And mad at Alexia when he finds out she kept this from him.]]
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