History Literature / TheRithmatist

9th Jan '16 3:08:35 PM crazysamaritan
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* InSpiteOfANail: Used due to this world running on RuleOfCool (see below); despite the very different world, many place names are still the same, at one point the book even hanging a lampshade on the fact that Native American names are used for several of the Isles despite the fact that the Native Americans were driven out by the chalklings before first European contact.


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* InSpiteOfANail: Used due to this world running on RuleOfCool (see below); despite the very different world, many place names are still the same, at one point the book even hanging a lampshade on the fact that Native American names are used for several of the Isles despite the fact that the Native Americans were driven out by the chalklings before first European contact.
* IntangibleTheft: The Scribbler initially creates a drawing that steals their voices so that they cannot be heard screaming or fighting (or anything) while he's kidnapping them and the crime won't be discovered.
11th Nov '15 1:25:45 AM zerd
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* ChinaTakesOverTheWorld: The [=JoSeun=] is a Korean empire that conquered most of Europe.
17th Sep '15 10:56:15 PM Gitaxias
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* ArtAttack: the entire basis or Rithmatics.
15th Jun '15 6:36:06 PM Discar
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* [[spoiler: IntriguedByHumanity: The real Professor Nalizar has been DeadAllAlong with ''something'' using his body to observe humanity for...reasons. And probably not benign ones.]]

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* [[spoiler: IntriguedByHumanity: The [[spoiler:The real Professor Nalizar has been DeadAllAlong with ''something'' using his body to observe humanity for...reasons. And probably not benign ones.]]
15th Jun '15 9:17:37 AM Ruise
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* [spoiler: IntriguedByHumanity: The real Professor Nalizar has been DeadAllAlong with ''something'' using his body to observe humanity for...reasons. And probably not benign ones.]]

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* [spoiler: [[spoiler: IntriguedByHumanity: The real Professor Nalizar has been DeadAllAlong with ''something'' using his body to observe humanity for...reasons. And probably not benign ones.]]
15th Jun '15 9:17:16 AM Ruise
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* [spoiler: IntriguedByHumanity: The real Professor Nalizar has been DeadAllAlong with ''something'' using his body to observe humanity for...reasons. And probably not benign ones.]]
15th Jun '15 9:11:16 AM Ruise
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* ClockPunk: In addition to Rithmatic magic, most technology is based on clockwork, with power provided by coiled springs. Including clockwork guns.

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* ClockPunk: In addition to Rithmatic magic, most technology is based on clockwork, with power provided by coiled springs. Including clockwork guns. Heck, there are even clockwork lawnmowers, clockwork horses, and the legal tender is clockwork coins. Also, Leonardo Da Vinci is a canon saint.
27th Apr '15 1:30:11 PM Discar
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* [[spoiler:EverybodyLives: Not only do all the main characters survive, but all the missing and "dead" students were actually transformed into chalkings, and reverted to normal once the Scribbler is defeated]].

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* [[spoiler:EverybodyLives: Not EverybodyLives: [[spoiler:Not only do all the main characters survive, but all the missing and "dead" students were actually transformed into chalkings, and reverted to normal once the Scribbler is defeated]].



* {{Fanboy}}: Joel obsesses over Rithmatics, and is actually better at both drawing Rithmatic figures and strategizing than most of the students. [[IJustWantToBeSpecial It's a shame he doesn't actually have any Rithmatic power himself...]]
** [[spoiler:Becomes an AscendedFanboy when he gets to compete in the Melee, and wins]].

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* {{Fanboy}}: Joel obsesses over Rithmatics, and is actually better at both drawing Rithmatic figures and strategizing than most of the students. [[IJustWantToBeSpecial It's a shame he doesn't actually have any Rithmatic power himself...]]
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]] [[spoiler:Becomes an AscendedFanboy when he gets to compete in the Melee, and wins]].



* [[OfferVoidInNebraska Offer Void In Nebrask]]: Macmillan online [[http://us.macmillan.com/static/tor/epic/sweeps/index.html ran a contest]] to win an advanced copy of the book, Rithmatist's chalk (Trent's formula?), and a sling rucksack. Despite being a British company, though, the contest only ran in the US.

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* [[OfferVoidInNebraska Offer Void In Nebrask]]: OfferVoidInNebraska: Macmillan online [[http://us.macmillan.com/static/tor/epic/sweeps/index.html ran a contest]] to win an advanced copy of the book, Rithmatist's chalk (Trent's formula?), and a sling rucksack. Despite being a British company, though, the contest only ran in the US.
27th Apr '15 10:52:09 AM stopthattimerave
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* ClockTower: On the cover and at the church. Clocks and their are a vital part of religion.

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* ClockTower: On the cover and at the church. Clocks and their inner workings are a vital part of religion.



* DemonicPossession: The apparent tactic of [[spoiler: the Forgotten Shadows]].

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* DemonicPossession: The apparent tactic of [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the Forgotten Shadows]].



* EverybodyLives: Not only do all the main characters survive, but [[spoiler:all the missing and "dead" students were actually transformed into chalkings, and reverted to normal once the Scribbler is defeated]].

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* EverybodyLives: [[spoiler:EverybodyLives: Not only do all the main characters survive, but [[spoiler:all all the missing and "dead" students were actually transformed into chalkings, and reverted to normal once the Scribbler is defeated]].



** Becomes an AscendedFanboy when he gets to [[spoiler: compete in the Melee, and wins]].

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** Becomes [[spoiler:Becomes an AscendedFanboy when he gets to [[spoiler: compete in the Melee, and wins]].



* IJustWantToBeNormal: Melody resents her Rithmatic powers, which she never asked for, because it means she's essentially been conscripted to train to fight the Wild Chalklings, and she doesn't actually have much skill at drawing defenses or strategizing. In this, she acts as a perfect {{Foil}} for Joel:

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* IJustWantToBeNormal: Melody resents her Rithmatic powers, which she never asked for, because it means she's essentially been conscripted to train to fight the Wild Chalklings, and she doesn't actually have much skill at drawing defenses or strategizing. In this, she acts as a perfect {{Foil}} for Joel:Joel.



* LoopholeAbuse: There's no rule that says you must be a Rithmatist to participate in the Melee, only that you must be the student of a Rithmatic professor. [[spoiler: Or, apparently, under the supervision of one for your summer elective as Joel is Fitch's ''research assistant''. Exton says this counts, though.]]

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* LoopholeAbuse: There's no rule that says you must be a Rithmatist to participate in the Melee, only that you must be the student of a Rithmatic professor. [[spoiler: Or, [[spoiler:Or, apparently, under the supervision of one for your summer elective as Joel is Fitch's ''research assistant''. Exton says this counts, though.]]



* OfferVoidInNebraska: Macmillan online [[http://us.macmillan.com/static/tor/epic/sweeps/index.html ran a contest]] to win an advanced copy of the book, Rithmatist's chalk (Trent's formula?), and a sling rucksack. Despite being a British company, though, the contest only ran in the US.

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* OfferVoidInNebraska: [[OfferVoidInNebraska Offer Void In Nebrask]]: Macmillan online [[http://us.macmillan.com/static/tor/epic/sweeps/index.html ran a contest]] to win an advanced copy of the book, Rithmatist's chalk (Trent's formula?), and a sling rucksack. Despite being a British company, though, the contest only ran in the US.



* PaperPeople: The chalklings are all two-dimensional and can only travel over adjacent surfaces, i.e. from floor to wall to ceiling (hence the image caption). When Joel is in [[spoiler: the Chamber of Inception]] he sees one standing and notes that if you turn to look from the side, it practically disappears.

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* PaperPeople: The chalklings are all two-dimensional and can only travel over adjacent surfaces, i.e. from floor to wall to ceiling (hence the image caption). When Joel is in [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the Chamber of Inception]] Inception]], he sees one standing and notes that if you turn to look from the side, it practically disappears.



** Joel has one of the best minds for geometry and mathematics, and can correctly identify even minute flaws in a shape ''by eye''...but he's not a rithmatist, so none of that matters. [[spoiler:Until the end, when he draws out the lines, and Melody traces over them]].
** Fitch is one of the best rithmatists in the world, but he gets so shaky during fights that he can barely draw a straight line. [[spoiler:[[PapaWolf Unless his students are in danger]]]].
** Nalizar has an extremely aggressive and offensive style, which makes him a beast in duels but wouldn't be very useful against swarms of wild chalklings. [[spoiler:Which is the point. He's a Forgotten Shadow infiltrating human society, trying to train the next generation of rithmatists with a style that ''looks'' good, but is useless in Nebrask. This should have been noticed before, really: if he was a such a hero in Nebrask how come he's an offensive duelist, and not a defensive one?]]
** Melody can draw breathtakingly beautiful chalkings, which means they are extremely powerful, but she can barely produce a recognizable circle, which is the basis of all defense. [[spoiler:Joel helps her solve this problem by drawing the defensive lines himself, and then having her write over them]].

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** Joel has one of the best minds for geometry and mathematics, and can correctly identify even minute flaws in a shape ''by eye''...but he's not a rithmatist, Rithmatist, so none of that matters. [[spoiler:Until the end, when he draws out the lines, and Melody traces over them]].
** Fitch is one of the best rithmatists Rithmatists in the world, but he gets so shaky during fights that he can barely draw a straight line. [[spoiler:[[PapaWolf Unless his students are in danger]]]].
** Nalizar has an extremely aggressive and offensive style, which makes him a beast in duels but wouldn't be very useful against swarms of wild chalklings. [[spoiler:Which is the point. He's a Forgotten Shadow infiltrating human society, trying to train the next generation of rithmatists Rithmatists with a style that ''looks'' good, but is useless in Nebrask. This should have been noticed before, really: if he was a such a hero in Nebrask how come he's an offensive duelist, and not a defensive one?]]
** Melody can draw breathtakingly beautiful chalkings, chalklings, which means they are extremely powerful, but she can barely produce a recognizable circle, which is the basis of all defense. [[spoiler:Joel helps her solve this problem by drawing the defensive lines himself, and then having her write over them]].
24th Apr '15 10:56:57 AM stopthattimerave
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** {{Inverted}} with [[spoiler: Exton]], who thinks Rithmatists are spoiled, and got kicked off the Rithmatic course because he was so bad at it (though whether the opinion ''led'' to him being expelled or was formed ''because'' of him being expelled is certainly questionable).

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** {{Inverted}} with [[spoiler: Exton]], Exton, who thinks Rithmatists are spoiled, and got kicked off the Rithmatic course because he was so bad at it (though whether the opinion ''led'' to him being expelled or was formed ''because'' of him being expelled is certainly questionable).]]
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