History Literature / TheStoneDanceOfTheChameleon

30th Apr '18 8:25:04 AM Jo13
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*AlwaysIdenticalTwins: Nephron and Molochite are presumably this (it's ''possible'' they are just fraternal twins with a very StrongFamilyResemblance, as that seems to be present in other members of the House of the Masks).


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* TwoAliasesOneCharacter: [[spoiler:Nephron and Osidian, actually Osidian Nephron]] in the first book.
24th Apr '18 3:17:30 PM Jo13
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* ArtisticLicenseBiology: With the sheer amount of incest going on in the House of the Masks [[note]](and considering that the available family tree only goes back 10 generations or so)[[/note]] it seems unrealistic, to say the least, that all the members of that House that we meet in the story are not only healthy, but said to be very good-looking. [[spoiler:There does seem to be ''some'' mental instability in the cases of Molochite and Osidian, but that's about it. And even those could be explained by reasons other than being the result of centuries of inbreeding.]]
19th Jan '18 1:53:55 PM Jo13
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** According to [[AllThereInTheManual the family trees]] found in the author's website, Azurea was only 15 when she died giving birth to Carnelian. Urquentha (Sardian's mother) was also 15 at the time of her son's birth, and 17 when she had her (unnamed) daughter. (Looking through the family trees will reveal other examples from previous generations, too.)
** Assuming Sil is the same age as Fern (a few years older than Carnelian), she gave birth to Leaf while also in her teens.

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** According to [[AllThereInTheManual the family trees]] found in the author's website, Azurea was only 15 when she died giving birth to Carnelian. Carnelian.
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Urquentha (Sardian's mother) mother), who was also 15 at the time of her son's birth, birth and 17 when she had her (unnamed) daughter. (Looking daughter.
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** Assuming Sil is the same age as Fern (a few years older than Carnelian), she gave birth to Leaf while also in her teens.
18th Jan '18 2:56:11 PM Derkhan
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* TeenagePregnancy: According to [[AllThereInTheManual the family trees]] found in the author's website, Azurea was only 15 when she died giving birth to Carnelian. Urquentha (Sardian's mother) was also 15 at the time of her son's birth, and 17 when she had her (unnamed) daughter. (Looking through the family trees will reveal other examples from previous generations, too.)

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According to [[AllThereInTheManual the family trees]] found in the author's website, Azurea was only 15 when she died giving birth to Carnelian. Urquentha (Sardian's mother) was also 15 at the time of her son's birth, and 17 when she had her (unnamed) daughter. (Looking through the family trees will reveal other examples from previous generations, too.)
18th Jan '18 11:34:30 AM Jo13
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* TeenagePregnancy: According to [[AllThereInTheManual the family trees]] found in the author's website, Azurea was only 15 when she died giving birth to Carnelian. Urquentha (Sardian's mother) was also 15 at the time of her son's birth, and 17 when she had her (unnamed) daughter. (Looking through the family trees will reveal other examples from previous generations, too.)
** Assuming Sil is the same age as Fern (a few years older than Carnelian), she gave birth to Leaf while also in her teens.
9th Jan '18 5:02:09 AM Derkhan
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* EveryoneIsBi: Sexuality is pretty much discarded as a point of interest, where straight and gay relationships are equally common-place. The problem comes where you have the Chosen (who are the undisputed [[MasterRace "supreme race"]] so to speak) and the other races (who act as their slaves and who aren't even allowed to look at their faces). Considering that all subservient races are completely oppressed by the Chosen and horrifically bound by The Law, there tends to be a ''lot'' of sexual abuse, rape, and subjugation of both genders of those races... and some of the stuff the more sadistically-minded Chosen are into crosses the line of "torture" and becomes BrainBleach incarnate (UpToEleven). In fact, when the main character (who is a Chosen, but brought up away from their culture), finds out that another Chosen has raped his half-slave brother, said Chosen can't understand why he's so upset and is genuinely shocked that he cares so much.
22nd Oct '17 8:15:54 AM Jo13
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* MaternalDeathBlameTheChild: Subverted with Carnelian's father Sardian, who does not blame him in the slightest for the death of his mother in childbirth. [[spoiler:Unfortunately for Carnelian, his aunt Ykoriana certainly does.]]

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* MaternalDeathBlameTheChild: Subverted Averted with Carnelian's father Sardian, who does not blame him in the slightest for the death of his mother in childbirth. [[spoiler:Unfortunately for Carnelian, his aunt Ykoriana certainly does.]]
22nd Oct '17 8:14:44 AM Jo13
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* OffingTheOffspring: In the first book, it is widely rumoured that Ykoriana recently murdered her own daughter Flama Ykoria [[note]](as her high blood rank, corresponding to an equally high number of votes, would have made sure her favoured brother Nephron would be chosen over Molochite in the election)[[/note]]. [[spoiler:However, we learn in the third book that ''Molochite'' was in fact the one who murdered Flama Ykoria, making it a subversion of the trope.]]
** [[spoiler:Ykoriana also tries to have Osidian (and Carnelian) killed by the end of the book, but the attempt is unsuccessful.]]

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* OffingTheOffspring: In the first book, it is widely rumoured that Ykoriana recently murdered her own daughter Flama Ykoria [[note]](as her high blood rank, corresponding to an equally high number of votes, would have made sure her favoured brother Nephron would be chosen over Molochite in the election)[[/note]]. [[spoiler:However, we learn in the third book that ''Molochite'' was in fact the one who murdered Flama Ykoria, making it [[CainAndAbel a subversion of the trope.different trope]].]]
** [[spoiler:Ykoriana Ykoriana also tries to have [[spoiler:have her son Osidian (and (along with Carnelian) killed by the end of the first book, but the attempt is unsuccessful.]]
22nd Sep '17 11:32:42 AM Derkhan
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* ConjoinedTwins: The Masters believe conjoined twins, which they call "syblings", to be representatives of the Twin Gods in some way. The twins share the same name ("Left-Name" and "Right-Name" are used to distinguish them if neccesary) and one of them is blinded at birth. All of them are children of members of the Emperor's family and serve as elite guards and servants at the palace. When Carnelian theorizes that the high number of syblings within the royal household may have to do with the divine blood burning in their veins, his father wryly points out that more likely it has to do with the drug cocktails given to pregnant women of the House of Masks.

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* ConjoinedTwins: The Masters believe conjoined twins, which they call "syblings", to be representatives of the Twin Gods in some way. The twins share the same name ("Left-Name" and "Right-Name" are used to distinguish them if neccesary) and one of them is blinded at birth. All of them are children of members of the Emperor's family and serve as elite guards and servants at the palace. When Carnelian theorizes that the high number of syblings within the royal household may have to do with the divine blood burning in their veins, his father wryly points out that more likely it has to do with the drug cocktails given to pregnant women of the House of Masks.Masks to make them bear twins.
22nd Sep '17 8:03:16 AM Derkhan
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* ConjoinedTwins: Believed by the Masters to be representative of their dual gods.

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* ConjoinedTwins: Believed by the The Masters believe conjoined twins, which they call "syblings", to be representative representatives of the Twin Gods in some way. The twins share the same name ("Left-Name" and "Right-Name" are used to distinguish them if neccesary) and one of them is blinded at birth. All of them are children of members of the Emperor's family and serve as elite guards and servants at the palace. When Carnelian theorizes that the high number of syblings within the royal household may have to do with the divine blood burning in their dual gods.veins, his father wryly points out that more likely it has to do with the drug cocktails given to pregnant women of the House of Masks.
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