History Literature / TheThrawnTrilogy

30th May '16 10:37:50 AM StarSword
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* TortureIsIneffective: Thrawn torturing the location of the ''Katana'' Fleet out of Karrde doesn't work, although Karrde says it's just because Thrawn was still on the food-and-sleep-deprivation phase when Luke and Mara break him out.
30th May '16 10:17:39 AM StarSword
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** Even the Interdictor Cruiser trick, which few characters (or authors) have tried before or since. Interdictors are supposed to create inverted {{Hyperspeed Ambush}}es--instead of jumping in on the enemy, Interdictors use huge gravity projectors to ''un''-jump the enemy onto ''you''. Thrawn uses this to his advantage by re-inverting the trope: by having his backup wait just outside the battle zone and having his Interdictors aim their gravity wells in certain directions, Thrawn can order the ships in on a heading that directly intercepts said gravity wells and essentially ''spawn reinforcements exactly where he wants them'', with far more precision than even the most skilled pilots and navigators could manage. And with a much greater safety margin as well; hyperspace microjumps, especially in the vicinity of planets (where most battles take place), are very dangerous maneuvers.

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** Even the Interdictor Cruiser trick, which few characters (or authors) have tried before or since. Interdictors are supposed to create inverted {{Hyperspeed Ambush}}es--instead of jumping in on the enemy, Interdictors use huge gravity projectors to ''un''-jump the enemy onto ''you''. Thrawn uses this to his advantage by re-inverting the trope: by having his backup wait just outside the battle zone and having his Interdictors aim their gravity wells in certain directions, Thrawn can order the ships in on a heading that directly intercepts said gravity wells and essentially ''spawn reinforcements exactly where he wants them'', with far more precision than even the most skilled pilots and navigators could manage. And with a much greater safety margin as well; hyperspace microjumps, especially in the vicinity of planets (where most battles take place), are very dangerous maneuvers. This gets dubbed the Thrawn Pincer, and Admiral Ackbar borrows it in the chronologically next book ''[[ComicBook/XWingSeries X-Wing: Isard's Revenge]]''.
18th May '16 10:02:56 AM ImpudentInfidel
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** His trick of faking the ability to fire through planetary shields relies on choosing a target psychologically prone to panic when they think they've seen something impossible without examining it too closely. When a recording of the attack makes it the New Republic they figure out how it was done immediately, but by then the Empire has secured the planet.
4th May '16 5:51:31 PM StarSword
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** Thrawn is master of these, usually working out from an enemy's artwork how they will respond to a given tactic. He also realizes our heroes' penchant for choosing strategies on the basis of "our enemies can't possibly believe we'd be that crazy", and uses it to deduce that they'll hit the heavily defended shipyards at Bilbringi rather than the less-defended Tangrene.

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** Thrawn is master of these, usually working out from an enemy's artwork how they will respond to a given tactic. He also realizes our heroes' penchant for choosing strategies on the basis of [[RefugeInAudacity "our enemies can't possibly believe we'd be that crazy", crazy"]], and uses it to deduce that they'll hit the heavily defended shipyards at Bilbringi rather than the less-defended Tangrene.



* BlofeldPloy: The incident with [[spoiler:the tractor beam operator and his supervisor]] in book one. One of the more intelligent versions of the trope, as the person ''actually'' at fault is the one killed, and Thrawn explains to Pellaeon shortly after exactly ''why''.

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* BlofeldPloy: The incident with [[spoiler:the tractor beam operator and his supervisor]] in book one. One of the more intelligent versions of the trope, as the person ''actually'' at fault is the one killed, and Thrawn explains to Pellaeon shortly after exactly ''why''.''why'': [[spoiler:the tractor beam operator tried to pass blame for the failure onto his supervisor by way of poor training, but Thrawn, who values integrity and personal initiative, isn't having it]].


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* CareerBuildingBlunder: After Luke outwits Thrawn's tractor beam for a second time in ''The Last Command'', [[CallBack everybody remembers the time this happened]] in ''Heir to the Empire'' where [[spoiler:Thrawn ordered the tractor beam operator killed]]. However, ''this'' tractor beam operator improvised upon encountering a scenario that wasn't in the manual. It didn't work, but he gave it a shot and, more to the point, he didn't try to pass the buck to somebody else afterward, so Thrawn ''promotes'' him and gives him the job of working out how to defeat the trick Luke used. [[spoiler:Which pays off in ''Literature/HandOfThrawn'' when the Empire is able to defeat a variant used by Lando.]]
4th May '16 5:16:10 PM StarSword
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* ShoutOut: Karrde's pet vornskyr's Sturm and Drang are named after ''[[http://www.britannica.com/event/Sturm-und-Drang Sturm und Drang]]'', a German literary style of the 18th century.

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* ShoutOut: Karrde's pet vornskyr's vornskyrs Sturm and Drang are named after ''[[http://www.britannica.com/event/Sturm-und-Drang Sturm und Drang]]'', a German literary style of the 18th century.
4th May '16 5:15:35 PM StarSword
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* ShoutOut: Karrde's pet vornskyr's Sturm and Drang are named after ''[[http://www.britannica.com/event/Sturm-und-Drang Sturm und Drang]]'', a German literary style of the 18th century.
4th May '16 3:12:13 PM Galadriel
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* PollutedWasteland: Hrongor, the result of a Clone wars era cruiser crash-landing on it and venting fuel and coolant everywhere (It's stated that modern starships are much less likely to Chernobylize a planet when they crash). The Empire then took steps to ''keep it that way'' so they could keep the natives as BattleThralls.

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* PollutedWasteland: Hrongor, Honoghr, the result of a Clone wars era cruiser crash-landing on it and venting fuel and coolant everywhere (It's stated that modern starships are much less likely to Chernobylize a planet when they crash). The Empire then took steps to ''keep it that way'' so they could keep the natives as BattleThralls.
4th May '16 6:27:22 AM ChronoLegion
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* ContrivedCoincidence: When first meeting Joruus C'baoth, Thrawn instantly deduces that he's a clone. Why? Because he was personally present when the original Jedi Master Jorus C'baoth (note the spelling difference) was killed. This is later fleshed out in ''Literature/OutboundFlight'', although it's still a bit improbable that Thrawn would happen to meet both C'baoths in completely different parts of the galaxy.
4th May '16 5:56:21 AM ChronoLegion
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* BodyguardBetrayal: [[spoiler:Rukh to Thrawn. After Rukh finds out that the Empire has been poisoning his homeworld instead of helping the clean-up process as they say, he stabs Thrawn]].

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* BodyguardBetrayal: [[spoiler:Rukh to Thrawn. After Rukh finds out that the Empire has been poisoning his homeworld instead of helping the clean-up process as they say, he stabs Thrawn]].Thrawn. It's mentioned in the ''Literature/HandOfThrawn'' duology that Rukh did not live to tell about it, being intercepted and killed by an elite stormtrooper squad]].
23rd Apr '16 2:18:48 PM ImpudentInfidel
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* Two-DSpace: Thrawn's EstablishingCharacterMoment is realizing that an opposing commander is thinking this way, and launching an unstructured three-dimensional attack Elomin are ''utterly incapable'' of dealing with.

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* Two-DSpace: TwoDSpace: Thrawn's EstablishingCharacterMoment is realizing that an opposing commander is thinking this way, and launching an unstructured three-dimensional attack Elomin are ''utterly incapable'' of dealing with.
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