History Literature / Tinker

17th May '17 10:49:49 AM Azvolrien
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* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture: The series is set in 2031, though exact dates aren't given until ''Wood Sprites''.
4th May '17 12:25:37 PM Azvolrien
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* HufflepuffHouse: The Water Clan. We know that they ''exist'', but while the Wind, Stone and Fire Clans have all contributed major characters, the only Water Clan elf to appear has only featured in a couple of side-stories contained in ''Project Elfhome'' and is implied to be ''very'' atypical of the clan.
9th Apr '17 8:16:45 AM Malady
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* ContemptibleCover: The series is unfortunately plagued with awful-looking, and often inaccurately lurid, covers. It starts in earnest with ''Elfhome''. However, despite how bad the covers get, they all actually do depict a scene from the book.

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* ContemptibleCover: The series is unfortunately plagued with awful-looking, and often inaccurately lurid, covers. It starts in earnest with ''Elfhome''.''[[https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71PkMaomM3L.jpg Elfhome]]''. However, despite how bad the covers get, they all actually do depict a scene from the book.



* ItWasAGift

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* OneWordTitle: Whether you call the series ''Tinker'' or ''Elfhome'', it's one, and both are names of books in the series. Book 1 and three, respectively, with the last book being called ''Harbinger''.


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* ProtagonistTitle: Tinker, the WrenchWench.
2nd Apr '17 9:13:21 PM AthenaBlue
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* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: Younger elves have to deal with this constantly. Not only is anything they do likely to be compared against the work of some master in their craft who was born thousands of years before, there's a good chance that said master is ''still alive'' and still producing, making it virtually impossible for new blood to get out of their shadow. One subplot in "Elfhome" was a group of doubles (Elves with double-digit ages) who moved to Pittsburg so that they would have a chance to make their mark in their chosen crafts.

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* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: Younger elves have to deal with this constantly. Not only is anything they do likely to be compared against the work of some master in their craft who was born thousands of years before, there's a good chance that said master is ''still alive'' and still producing, making it virtually impossible for new blood to get out of their shadow. One subplot in "Elfhome" ''Elfhome'' was a group of doubles (Elves with double-digit ages) who moved to Pittsburg Pittsburgh so that they would have a chance to make their mark in their chosen crafts.
2nd Apr '17 8:57:40 PM AthenaBlue
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* KidnappedScientist: The NSA agents from the first book came to Pittsburgh to warn Tinker that someone -- [[spoiler:later revealed to be the oni and Skin Clan]] -- has been kidnapping and killing scientists who understand the science behind the hyperphase gate.



* LimitedAdvancementOpportunities: The opportunities for promotion among a domi's ''sekasha'' aren't so much limited as they are virtually nonexistent. Rank is determined entirely by the order in which they are hired, so a ''sekasha'' who is not hired as First right from the start cannot hope to obtain the rank of First unless either everyone senior to him dies, or his domi dies and he gets hired as First by someone else. This is the reason why very few domana have more than one Hand (five) of ''sekasha'', as a ''sekasha'' hired as second or higher Hand has no real hope of ever achieving the rank of First Hand, let alone First, so as a rule only those domi important enough that the prestige of being in his/her service at all trumps the stigma of being in a lesser Hand can attract more than five personal retainers.

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* LimitedAdvancementOpportunities: The opportunities for promotion among a domi's ''sekasha'' aren't so much limited as they are virtually nonexistent. Rank is determined entirely by the order in which they are hired, so a ''sekasha'' who is not hired as First right from the start cannot hope to obtain the rank of First unless either everyone senior to him dies, or his domi dies and he gets hired as First by someone else. This is the reason why very few domana have more than one Hand (five) of ''sekasha'', as a ''sekasha'' hired as second or higher Hand has no real hope of ever achieving the rank of First Hand, let alone First, so as a rule only those domi important enough that the prestige of being in his/her service at all trumps the stigma of being in a lesser Hand can attract more than five personal retainers.



* MysteriousParent: [[spoiler: Esme.]]

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* MysteriousParent: [[spoiler: Esme.[[spoiler:Esme.]]


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* TrappedInAnotherWorld: The hyperphase gate is destroyed at the end of ''Tinker'', permanently stranding Pittsburgh on Elfhome. This is a problem, because the Westernlands don't have enough resources to support 60,000 humans.
31st Mar '17 10:42:15 PM AthenaBlue
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* ''The Wolf Who Rules''

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* ''The Wolf ''Wolf Who Rules''




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* ''Harbinger''


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* ContemptibleCover: The series is unfortunately plagued with awful-looking, and often inaccurately lurid, covers. It starts in earnest with ''Elfhome''. However, despite how bad the covers get, they all actually do depict a scene from the book.
31st Mar '17 10:40:13 PM AthenaBlue
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* UnusualEars: The elves, as expected, have pointy ears [[spoiler:because the Skin Clan engineered it that way, to easily distinguish their slaves. The Skin Clan themselves have rounded ears, allowing them to pass as human.]]
31st Mar '17 10:27:30 PM AthenaBlue
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!!Tropes featured in this work

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* AlwaysChaoticEvil: The oni and their subraces. [[spoiler: Except the tengu]]. Half-oni are more complicated. All the ones we meet are criminals it's true but it's treated as [[NecessarilyEvil a matter of survival]] and due to massive abuse by the oni they have a mass FreudianExcuse.

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* AlwaysChaoticEvil: The oni and their subraces. [[spoiler: Except the tengu]]. Half-oni are more complicated. All the ones we meet are criminals it's true criminals, yes, but it's treated as [[NecessarilyEvil a matter of survival]] survival]], and due to massive abuse by the oni they have a mass FreudianExcuse.



* AndNowForSomeoneCompletelyDifferent: Tinker and Windwolf don't appear in "Wood Sprites" at all. The focus characters are two of Tinker's sisters on Earth who she's never even heard of, much less met (They, like Tinker herself, were born from embryos implanted into foster mothers), and their struggles against their biological mother's evil relatives, who were briefly mentioned in "Wolf Who Rules" but had not appeared before. "Project Elfhome" is a short story collection about characters of secondary importance to the first three novels if they explicitly appeared at all.

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* AndNowForSomeoneCompletelyDifferent: Tinker and Windwolf don't appear in "Wood Sprites" ''Wood Sprites'' at all. The focus characters are two of Tinker's sisters on Earth who she's never even heard of, much less met (They, like Tinker herself, were born from embryos implanted into foster mothers), and their struggles against their biological mother's evil relatives, step-relatives, who were briefly mentioned in "Wolf ''Wolf Who Rules" Rules'' but had not appeared before. "Project Elfhome" ''Project Elfhome'' is a short story collection about characters of secondary importance to the first three novels if they explicitly appeared at all.



* BackgroundMagicField

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* BackgroundMagicFieldBackgroundMagicField: This is how Elfhome's magic is powered. [[spoiler:And it can leak into Earth and pool in certain locations, which is how the exiled Skin Clan elves have stayed alive all this time.]]



* BodyguardBetrayal: Sekasha are expected to put down their domana overlords if they go off the reservation. This actually happens in ''The Wolf Who Rules''.
* BodyguardCrush: Elves consider it to be socially acceptable for domana caste nobles to take lovers from their sekasha caste bodyguards--even if the domana in question is already married.
** [[spoiler:When Oilcan is turned into a domana-caste elf, he hires his sekasha caste lover to be his First--as he knew she would reject a marriage proposal and this was a socially acceptable alternative to allow them to be together]].

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* BodyguardBetrayal: Sekasha ''Sekasha'' are expected to put down their domana ''domana'' overlords if they go off the reservation. This actually happens in ''The Wolf ''Wolf Who Rules''.
* BodyguardCrush: BodyguardCrush:
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Elves consider it to be socially acceptable for domana caste ''domana'' nobles to take lovers from their sekasha caste bodyguards--even ''sekasha'' bodyguards -- even if the domana ''domana'' in question is already married.
** [[spoiler:When Oilcan is turned into a domana-caste ''domana''-caste elf, he hires his sekasha caste ''sekasha'' lover to be his First--as First -- as he knew she would reject a marriage proposal and this was a socially acceptable alternative to allow them to be together]].



* CloseKnitCommunity: In ''Elfhome'', especially, what they are aiming for for Pittsburgh

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* CloseKnitCommunity: In ''Elfhome'', especially, what they are aiming for for PittsburghPittsburgh.



* FantasticRacism: Oh yes. Pittsburgh has humans, elves, tengu and half-oni and every groups has a certain amount of contempt and/or outright hatred for some or all of the others. Even within the elven race as a whole there is this between clans.

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* EvilAlbino: The elves believe this, thanks to the last emperor of the Skin Clan, who was albino and who had thousands of slaves killed in experimentation for spells to fix his poor eyesight, among other atrocities. [[spoiler:And he's ''still alive'', Esme and Lain's stepfather, and the BigBad.]]
* [[EvilStepmother Evil Stepfather]]: Esme and Lain's stepfather is the BigBad. Can't get much worse than that.
* FantasticRacism: Oh yes. Pittsburgh has humans, elves, tengu and half-oni half-oni, and every groups group has a certain amount of contempt and/or outright hatred for some or all of the others. Even within the elven race as a whole there is this between clans.



* HalfHumanHybrid: Besides plenty of half-elves, there are the entire Tengu species, thanks to evil magic, and the half-oni.



* InterdimensionalTravelDevice: The hyperphase gate (unintentionally?) functions as this.

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* InterdimensionalTravelDevice: InterdimensionalTravelDevice:
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The hyperphase gate (unintentionally?) functions as this.



* LimitedAdvancementOpportunities: The opportunities for promotion among a domi's sekasha aren't so much limited as they are virtually nonexistent. Rank is determined entirely by the order in which they are hired, so a sekasha who is not hired as First right from the start cannot hope to obtain the rank of First unless either everyone senior to him dies, or his domi dies and he gets hired as First by someone else. This is the reason why very few domana have more than one Hand (five) of sekasha, as a sekasha hired as second or higher Hand has no real hope of ever achieving the rank of First Hand, let alone First, so as a rule only those domi important enough that the prestige of being in his/her service at all trumps the stigma of being in a lesser Hand can attract more than five personal retainers.

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* LimitedAdvancementOpportunities: The opportunities for promotion among a domi's sekasha ''sekasha'' aren't so much limited as they are virtually nonexistent. Rank is determined entirely by the order in which they are hired, so a sekasha ''sekasha'' who is not hired as First right from the start cannot hope to obtain the rank of First unless either everyone senior to him dies, or his domi dies and he gets hired as First by someone else. This is the reason why very few domana have more than one Hand (five) of sekasha, ''sekasha'', as a sekasha ''sekasha'' hired as second or higher Hand has no real hope of ever achieving the rank of First Hand, let alone First, so as a rule only those domi important enough that the prestige of being in his/her service at all trumps the stigma of being in a lesser Hand can attract more than five personal retainers.



* NameThatUnfoldsLikeLotusBlossom: The elves tend to have long, poetic names in this fashion; Tinker's bodyguard, for example, is named Galloping Storm Horse On Wind. Or, for everyday use, 'Pony'.

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* NameThatUnfoldsLikeLotusBlossom: The elves tend to have long, poetic names in this fashion; Tinker's bodyguard, for example, is named Galloping Storm Horse On on Wind. Or, for everyday use, 'Pony'."Pony".



* TeenGenius: Tinker. Windwolf is also implied to be this in elven terms (he's over 200 years old, but in terms of maturity that's equivalent to about 20 years old in human parlance)
* {{Tengu}}: Lain has as dream where Tinker brings her a Tengu, which she describes as a Japanese elf that is sometimes looks like a crow.

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* TeenGenius: Tinker. Windwolf is also implied to be this in elven terms (he's over 200 years old, but in terms of maturity that's equivalent to about 20 years old in human parlance)
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* {{Tengu}}: Lain has as a dream where Tinker brings her a Tengu, which she describes as a Japanese elf that is sometimes looks like a crow.



* WrenchWench

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* WrenchWenchWrenchWench: Tinker, very much so.
2nd Jan '17 7:24:35 PM Bissek
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* ''Project Elfhome''



* AndNowForSomeoneCompletelyDifferent: Tinker and Windwolf don't appear in "Wood Sprites" at all. The focus characters are two of Tinker's sisters on Earth who she's never even heard of, much less met (They, like Tinker herself, were born from embryos implanted into foster mothers), and their struggles against their biological mother's evil relatives, who were briefly mentioned in "Wolf Who Rules" but had not appeared before.

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* AndNowForSomeoneCompletelyDifferent: Tinker and Windwolf don't appear in "Wood Sprites" at all. The focus characters are two of Tinker's sisters on Earth who she's never even heard of, much less met (They, like Tinker herself, were born from embryos implanted into foster mothers), and their struggles against their biological mother's evil relatives, who were briefly mentioned in "Wolf Who Rules" but had not appeared before. "Project Elfhome" is a short story collection about characters of secondary importance to the first three novels if they explicitly appeared at all.
23rd Oct '16 3:50:08 PM Azvolrien
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* NameThatUnfoldsLikeLotusBlossom: The elves tend to have long, poetic names in this fashion; Tinker's bodyguard, for example, is named Galloping Storm Horse On Wind. Or, for everyday use, 'Pony'.
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