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24th Jul '16 10:58:22 AM nombretomado
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* SpamAttack: Justified in with Uther Doul's Possible Sword. Proof that ChinaMieville has read up on quantum mechanics, charging this weapon with current causes it to deliver every possible strike it ''could'' deliver, all at the same time. The more possible a strike is, the more solid the sword's edge will be for that strike. Targets of the Possible Sword come out looking like they've been run through a mincing machine.

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* SpamAttack: Justified in with Uther Doul's Possible Sword. Proof that ChinaMieville Creator/ChinaMieville has read up on quantum mechanics, charging this weapon with current causes it to deliver every possible strike it ''could'' deliver, all at the same time. The more possible a strike is, the more solid the sword's edge will be for that strike. Targets of the Possible Sword come out looking like they've been run through a mincing machine.
2nd Jul '16 2:57:21 PM SorPepita
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* ShootTheShaggyDogStorry: What [[spoiler: raising the Avanc and sailing out to the hidden ocean]] ends up being to Armada. [[spoiler: They turn around after finding out it will likely kill them all, and the Avanc dies shortly after they escape back to the Swollen Ocean.]]

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* ShootTheShaggyDogStorry: ShootTheShaggyDogStory: What [[spoiler: raising the Avanc and sailing out to the hidden ocean]] ends up being to Armada. [[spoiler: They turn around after finding out it will likely kill them all, and the Avanc dies shortly after they escape back to the Swollen Ocean.]]
19th Apr '16 10:37:22 AM Eliphas8
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** That is speculative. Bastard John was the only dolphin character in the Scar, and it's likely he may have been a trained one at that
28th Jan '16 5:04:49 PM cockgarglernohomo
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** Tanner Sack also certainly qualifies as a badass, and is maybe the only truly heroic character in the Scar.

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** Tanner Sack also certainly qualifies as a badass, and is maybe the only truly heroic character in the Scar. The Lovers are also a pair of badasses, having built themselves up from nothing and commandeered the entire city of Armada together
28th Jan '16 5:02:28 PM cockgarglernohomo
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** Tanner Sack also certainly qualifies as a badass, and is maybe the only truly heroic character in the Scar.
28th Jan '16 4:58:38 PM cockgarglernohomo
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** That is speculative. Bastard John was the only dolphin character in the Scar, and it's likely he may have been a trained one at that
13th Jan '16 9:15:44 AM aye_amber
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Creator/ChinaMieville's second book in the ''Literature/BasLag Cycle'', first published in 2002. Despite being a stand-alone novel, [[{{Sequel}} it takes place immediately]] after the events of ''Literature/PerdidoStreetStation''.

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Creator/ChinaMieville's second book in the ''Literature/BasLag ''Bas Lag Cycle'', first published in 2002. Despite being a stand-alone novel, [[{{Sequel}} it takes place immediately]] after the events of ''Literature/PerdidoStreetStation''.
9th Dec '15 6:56:45 PM Eliphas8
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* EverythingsEvenWorseWithSharks

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* EverythingsEvenWorseWithSharksEverythingsEvenWorseWithSharks: Armada guards underwater locations and underwater entrances to restricted areas with trained Guard Sharks.



* {{Foreshadowing}}: While reminiscing about New Crobuzon, Tanner Sack mentions a vagrant by the name of Spiral Jacobs. Who would eventually go on to be a major character in IronCouncil. [[spoiler: As the Tesh Ambassador and primary antagonist of the story.]]



* HordeOfAlienLocusts



* InformedLoner: Hedrigall is described as being a loner many times, in spite of the fact that almost every named character in the books from Garwater is a friend of his.



** Sadistic dolphin is sort of redundant.



** The Anophelii are somewhat similar in this regard, but more time is given to the females. The female Anophelii are not purely monstrous, but due to the shape of their mouths they are unable to talk with the male Anophelii, leaving them as beasts with severely limited intelligence. Once fed, they are able to respond enthusiastically and positively to sentient creatures. Of course, they did spread over and rule most of the world during a dark time referred to as the Malarial Queendom, so they had their bad moments too, to say the least...



* TheReveal: Bellis's letter was being written to [[spoiler: no one; she didn't have anyone in particular in mind]].
* SapientCetaceans: Sapient dolphins aid the security forces of the floating pirate settlement of Armada, and there's a small mention of sapient whales. Inverting typical presentations the main dolphin character is a sadist named Bastard John, while the whales are all extremely stupid dupes of the book's primary antagonists.

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* TheReveal: Bellis's letter was being written to [[spoiler: no one; she didn't have anyone in particular in mind]].
mind. In the end, she decides to deliver the letter to her one friend in Armada.]]
* SapientCetaceans: Sapient dolphins aid the security forces of the floating pirate settlement of Armada, and there's a small mention of sapient whales. Inverting typical presentations the main dolphin character is a sadist named Bastard John, while the whales are all extremely meek and stupid dupes of the book's primary antagonists.


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* ShootTheShaggyDogStorry: What [[spoiler: raising the Avanc and sailing out to the hidden ocean]] ends up being to Armada. [[spoiler: They turn around after finding out it will likely kill them all, and the Avanc dies shortly after they escape back to the Swollen Ocean.]]


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** Almost every new language mentioned in this book is some kind of Starfish language, whether it's the hooting whistles of the Mosquito Men, or the Gryndlylows language of coughing barks.
4th Dec '15 6:07:56 PM Eliphas8
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* BizarreSexualDimorphism: The Male and Female Mosquito people share roughly the same differences as their tiny flying counterparts. With the exception that Mosquito Men don't have wings and are around the same size as the women.



* LovecraftianSuperpower: The Grindylow statue grants several, along with requisite deformities brought on through use. Most immediately obvious is a disturbing corrosive spit ability, but it also grants users the ability to defy the rules of space.



* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: ''Literature/TheScar'', being set in both a pirate nation ''and'' [[Literature/BasLagCycle Bas-Lag]] is absolutely rife with these. Cactus pirates, vampire pirates, giant-scarab-headed women librarian pirates... You get the idea.

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* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: ''Literature/TheScar'', being set in both Almost every character from Armada is some combination of pirate. Whether it be a pirate nation ''and'' [[Literature/BasLagCycle Bas-Lag]] is absolutely rife with these. Cactus pirates, vampire pirates, giant-scarab-headed women librarian pirates... You scientist, or a pirate librarian, or a pirate waiter, or any random job. They're all pirates. Which doesn't even get into the idea.pre-existing examples from earlier in the series which appear in different ways here. One fairly major character is a Vampire Pirate.
7th Jun '15 1:22:07 PM SharleeD
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* ConditionedToAcceptHorror: Implied to be true for the living in High Cromlech, city of the dead. Uther Doul's mother had herself "put down" so she could be brought back as one of its unliving aristocracy.
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