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* ThemeNaming: Many of the Masters seem to be named after gemstones. Named throughout the story, we have: Carnelian himself, his father Sardian (sard), his mother Azurea (azurite), Jaspar (jasper), Molochite (malachite), Osidian (obsidian), Spinel, Opalid (opal), Amethus (amethyst), Berillus (beryl), Emeral (emerald), Onyxor (onyx), Tapaz (topaz).
29th Aug '15 10:15:44 AM Jo13
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* ContrivedCoincidence: In the second book, [[spoiler:Carnelian and Osidian just happen to be found by Plainsmen from the exact same tribe Ebeny (Carnelian's foster mother) was born into (and whose language he had been taught in childhood). [[note]]It is even mentioned that Plainsmen languages vary widely even between neighbouring tribes, which makes the whole situation really quite unlikely.[[/note]]]]
29th Aug '15 9:35:38 AM Jo13
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* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: In spite of the lengths she might have gone to in order to keep power, Ykoriana did have genuine love for [[spoiler:her daughters, the late Flama Ykoria (who she ''didn't'' actually murder, as previously thought) and Ykorenthe]]. And unfortunately for Carnelian, she did not take the death of his mother (her beloved younger sister) in childbirth well at all.

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* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: In spite of the lengths she might have gone to in order to keep power, Ykoriana did have genuine love for [[spoiler:her daughters, the late Flama Ykoria (who she ''didn't'' actually murder, as previously thought) and Ykorenthe]]. And unfortunately for Carnelian, she did not take the [[spoiler:the death of his Carnelian's mother (her beloved younger sister) in childbirth well at all.''at all'']].
29th Aug '15 9:34:28 AM Jo13
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* BiTheWay: Sardian.
* BrotherSisterIncest: The God Emperors practise this.
* BodyHorror: Loads and loads of it. The Masters' civilization is obsessed with ritual mutilation. [[spoiler: Also, the followers of the Darkness Under the Trees. ''Brr''.]]

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* BiTheWay: Sardian.
Sardian. Later on, there's also, [[spoiler:Fern]].
* BrotherSisterIncest: The God Emperors practise this.
this (among ''other'' forms of incest) to keep their House's blood pure.
* BodyHorror: Loads and loads of it. The Masters' civilization is obsessed with ritual mutilation. [[spoiler: Also, [[spoiler:Also, the followers of the Darkness Under the Trees. ''Brr''.]]



** [[spoiler:Osidian ultimately ends up as the Cain to Molochite's Abel in the third book, after their armies meet in battle and Molochite is burned to death inside the Iron House.]]
** [[spoiler:And earlier in the same book, Molochite is also revealed to be the one who murdered their sister Flama Ykoria some years prior.]]



* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: In spite of the lengths she might have gone to in order to keep power, Ykoriana did have genuine love for [[spoiler:her daughters, the late Flama Ykoria (who she ''didn't'' actually murder, as previously thought) and Ykorenthe]].

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* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: In spite of the lengths she might have gone to in order to keep power, Ykoriana did have genuine love for [[spoiler:her daughters, the late Flama Ykoria (who she ''didn't'' actually murder, as previously thought) and Ykorenthe]]. And unfortunately for Carnelian, she did not take the death of his mother (her beloved younger sister) in childbirth well at all.



* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler: Carnelian is fully repared to do this at the end of the story, but fortunately doesn't actually have to go through with it.]]

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* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler: Carnelian [[spoiler:Carnelian is fully repared prepared to do this at the end of the story, but fortunately doesn't actually have to go through with it.]]



* HumanSacrifice: The Maruli's offering to the Darkness Under the Trees. Also, all brothers of a new GodEmperor must be sacrificed during his apotheosis.
* ImAHumanitarian: [[spoiler: What do you think is in the render?]]

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* HumanSacrifice: The Maruli's offering to the Darkness Under the Trees. Also, all brothers (and other close male relatives with pure enough blood) of a new GodEmperor must be sacrificed during his apotheosis.
Apotheosis.
* ImAHumanitarian: [[spoiler: What [[spoiler:What do you think is in the render?]]render?]]
* IncestIsRelative: And ''extremely'' common in the House of the Masks, usually in the form of BrotherSisterIncest and ParentalIncest pairings.



* KissingCousins: Fern and Sil, [[spoiler: Carnelian and Osidian, although they turn out to be [[SiblingIncest even more closely related.]]]]

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* KissingCousins: Fern and Sil, [[spoiler: Carnelian [[spoiler:Carnelian and Osidian, although they turn out to be [[SiblingIncest even more closely related.]]]]



* LukeIAmYourFather: [[spoiler: Carnelian is actually Osidian and Molochite's brother.]]

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* LukeIAmYourFather: [[spoiler: Carnelian [[spoiler:Carnelian is actually the son of the God Emperor Kumatuya, making him Osidian and Molochite's brother.half-brother.]]



* 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.]]



* MightyWhitey: Deconstructed in the second book with [[spoiler: Osidian amongst the Ochre.]]

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* MightyWhitey: Deconstructed in the second book with [[spoiler: Osidian [[spoiler:Osidian amongst the Ochre.]]Ochre]].



* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: The Darkness Under the Trees. Legions. More subtly, [[spoiler: ''Kor'' is the Quyan word for 'death'.]]

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* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: The Darkness Under the Trees. Legions. More subtly, [[spoiler: ''Kor'' [[spoiler:''Kor'' is the Quyan word for 'death'.]]



* ParentalIncest: Often occurs within the imperial house. Yes, this story has ''every'' kind of family lovin'.

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* ParentalIncest: Often occurs within the imperial house.House of the Masks (see BrotherSisterIncest above as for why). Yes, this story has ''every'' kind of family lovin'.



* QueerRomance: Carnelian's romances with Osidian and later with Fern are a central part of the story.

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* QueerRomance: Carnelian's romances with Osidian [[spoiler:Osidian and later with Fern Fern]] are a central part of the story.



* ScaryBlackMan: Applies to all the Marula oracles of the Darkness Under the Trees, but especially to Morunasa.



* SoleSurvivor: [[spoiler:Fern is this after Osidian's massacre of the Ochre tribe.]]

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* SoleSurvivor: [[spoiler:Fern is becomes this after Osidian's massacre of the Ochre tribe.]]
28th Aug '15 10:52:23 AM Jo13
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* WhamLine: [[spoiler: "The sartlar ''are'' the Quyans."]]

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* WhamLine: [[spoiler: "The WhamLine:
** [[spoiler:"Though in every way that matters to me you are my son, it is not my blood that runs in your veins."]]
** [[spoiler:"The
sartlar ''are'' the Quyans."]]
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* SoleSurvivor: [[spoiler:Fern is this after Osidian's massacre of the Ochre tribe.]]
25th Aug '15 11:35:12 AM Jo13
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* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: In spite of the lengths she might have gone to in order to keep power, Ykoriana did have genuine love for [[spoiler:her daughters, the late Flama Ykoria (who she ''didn't'' actually murder, as previously thought) and Ykorenthe]].


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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.]]
22nd Sep '14 4:47:03 AM Albertosaurus
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* QueerRomance: Carnelian's romances with Osidian and later with Fern are a central part of the story.


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* SlaveRace: The sartlar.
21st Sep '14 4:44:26 AM Albertosaurus
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* EnslavedElves: [[spoiler:The sartlar, who are considered little more than animals and have been entirely enslaved, turn out to be none other than the legendary [[{{Precursors}} Quyans]].]]
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* StraightGay: None of the gay characters is in any way stereotypical - probably owing to the fact that the author himself is gay.

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* StraightGay: None of the gay characters is are in any way stereotypical - probably owing to the fact that the author himself is gay.
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