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3rd Jul '17 7:37:54 PM Andrzej
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* AcquiredPoisonImmunity: Harry takes this route in order to try to desensitize himself to [[spoiler: Shagnasty's]] appearance to his Sight - he isolates himself and bombards his brain with the memories of every horrible, nasty thing he's ever Seen. By the end of it, he's feeling mentally drained and stained, but he's managed to keep his sanity.

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* AcquiredPoisonImmunity: Harry takes this route in order to try to desensitize himself to [[spoiler: Shagnasty's]] [[spoiler:Shagnasty's]] appearance to his Sight - he isolates himself and bombards his brain with the memories of every horrible, nasty thing he's ever Seen. By the end of it, he's feeling mentally drained and stained, but he's managed to keep his sanity.



* AffablyEvil: Lara Raith describes herself as an "affable monster." Then she [[spoiler: eats her cousin alive. Literally]].

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* AffablyEvil: Lara Raith describes herself as an "affable monster." Then she [[spoiler: eats [[spoiler:eats her cousin alive. Literally]].



* AndThisIsFor: During the final confrontation with [[spoiler: the skinwalker]], Harry punctuates each spell by yelling the name of a friend or family member that the villain has hurt, and uses the emotion from that name to fuel his spells.

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* AndThisIsFor: During the final confrontation with [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the skinwalker]], Harry punctuates each spell by yelling the name of a friend or family member that the villain has hurt, and uses the emotion from that name to fuel his spells.



** The Merlin and The Gatekeeper.[[spoiler: The latter keeps back the mordite from assaulting the Senior Council while the former telepathically communicates with all in audience just what not to do if they wanted to live, complete with mental diagrams. All in the matter of a second]].

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** The Merlin and The Gatekeeper.[[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The latter keeps back the mordite from assaulting the Senior Council while the former telepathically communicates with all in audience just what not to do if they wanted to live, complete with mental diagrams. All in the matter of a second]].



* BenevolentConspiracy: [[spoiler: Merlin's refusal to acknowledge the existence of the Black Council means that Ebenezar has to form the Grey Council in secret to investigate and combat the Black.]]
* BerserkButton:

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* BenevolentConspiracy: [[spoiler: Merlin's [[spoiler:Merlin's refusal to acknowledge the existence of the Black Council means that Ebenezar has to form the Grey Council in secret to investigate and combat the Black.]]
* BerserkButton: BerserkButton:



* BookEnds: A subtle one, but the book begins with Harry saying, "I know what it feels like to have the Wardens on your ass for something you haven't done." The book ends [[spoiler: with Morgan's dying words being, "I knew that you knew how it felt to be an innocent man hounded by the Wardens."]]

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* BookEnds: A subtle one, but the book begins with Harry saying, "I know what it feels like to have the Wardens on your ass for something you haven't done." The book ends [[spoiler: with [[spoiler:with Morgan's dying words being, "I knew that you knew how it felt to be an innocent man hounded by the Wardens."]]



* BreakTheCutie: [[spoiler: Thomas Raith]]. He gets tortured physically, [[spoiler: fed a bunch of women]] and tortured again. By the time Harry sees him again, he is in rotten shape and [[spoiler:nearly rapes Molly to death]].

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* BreakTheCutie: [[spoiler: Thomas [[spoiler:Thomas Raith]]. He gets tortured physically, [[spoiler: fed [[spoiler:fed a bunch of women]] and tortured again. By the time Harry sees him again, he is in rotten shape and [[spoiler:nearly rapes Molly to death]].



** For this book only, Butters warns Harry not to let Morgan try to walk because his femoral artery was nicked and needs time to heal so it doesn't rupture. [[spoiler: Morgan dies of blood loss after ''running'' down the corridors at Edinburgh chasing the traitor.]]
** It is mentioned that Harry's been suffering from headaches for a while now.

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** For this book only, Butters warns Harry not to let Morgan try to walk because his femoral artery was nicked and needs time to heal so it doesn't rupture. [[spoiler: Morgan [[spoiler:Morgan dies of blood loss after ''running'' down the corridors at Edinburgh chasing the traitor.]]
** It is mentioned that Harry's been suffering from headaches for a while now.



** More a case of ''hot''-blooded torture, but [[spoiler: it certainly wasn't necessary for Lara to meticulously disembowel Madeline alive while feeding on her. She just wanted her cousin's death to be agonizing ''as well as'' ecstatic.]]

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** More a case of ''hot''-blooded torture, but [[spoiler: it [[spoiler:it certainly wasn't necessary for Lara to meticulously disembowel Madeline alive while feeding on her. She just wanted her cousin's death to be agonizing ''as well as'' ecstatic.]]



* ADeathInTheLimelight: [[spoiler: Morgan gets much more characterization than simply Harry's obstructive parole officer showing his KnightInSourArmor personality through working with Harry. So of course, he dies at the end of the book.]]

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* ADeathInTheLimelight: [[spoiler: Morgan [[spoiler:Morgan gets much more characterization than simply Harry's obstructive parole officer showing his KnightInSourArmor personality through working with Harry. So of course, he dies at the end of the book.]]



---> '''Harry:''' I punched it in the nose. Now we're friends.

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---> '''Harry:''' --->'''Harry:''' I punched it in the nose. Now we're friends.



** Ancient Mai didn't see [[spoiler:[=McCoy=] keeping out of trying to forcibly arrest Dresden]], or Harry having [[spoiler: an honest-to-Buddha Foo dog]] vouch for his evidence.

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** Ancient Mai didn't see [[spoiler:[=McCoy=] keeping out of trying to forcibly arrest Dresden]], or Harry having [[spoiler: an [[spoiler:an honest-to-Buddha Foo dog]] vouch for his evidence. evidence.



** The traitor didn't foresee [[spoiler: Harry using Mouse and a mundane investigator to watch the Way to Chicago]].

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** The traitor didn't foresee [[spoiler: Harry [[spoiler:Harry using Mouse and a mundane investigator to watch the Way to Chicago]].



* GeniusBonus: Nature-savvy readers will appreciate that [[spoiler: all the animal-forms assumed by the naagloshii and Listens-To-Winds are indigenous to North America. Some like the bear or coyote are obvious, but the black-footed ferret, flying squirrel, and alligator are nice touches.]]

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* GeniusBonus: Nature-savvy readers will appreciate that [[spoiler: all [[spoiler:all the animal-forms assumed by the naagloshii and Listens-To-Winds are indigenous to North America. Some like the bear or coyote are obvious, but the black-footed ferret, flying squirrel, and alligator are nice touches.]]



** [[spoiler: Lara does not suspect Justine being a mole giving Harry and Thomas information]].

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** [[spoiler: Lara [[spoiler:Lara does not suspect Justine being a mole giving Harry and Thomas information]].



* HeroicSacrifice: A small, background one, but [[spoiler: when Peabody had his mist fiend attacking spectators at Morgan's trial, one woman was saved from being killed when a man pushed her out of the way after she summoned light and painted a target on herself. The woman was saved, but the man was [[HalfTheManHeUsedToBe cut in half]]]].

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* HeroicSacrifice: A small, background one, but [[spoiler: when [[spoiler:when Peabody had his mist fiend attacking spectators at Morgan's trial, one woman was saved from being killed when a man pushed her out of the way after she summoned light and painted a target on herself. The woman was saved, but the man was [[HalfTheManHeUsedToBe cut in half]]]].



* KilledToUpholdTheMasquerade: [[spoiler: Morgan]], although in this case the Masquerade was that [[spoiler:the White Council is strong and united and there is no Black Council rather than the supernatural does not exist]].

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* KilledToUpholdTheMasquerade: [[spoiler: Morgan]], [[spoiler:Morgan]], although in this case the Masquerade was that [[spoiler:the White Council is strong and united and there is no Black Council rather than the supernatural does not exist]].



* TheLawOfConservationOfDetail: In previous books, [[spoiler: Wizard Peabody]] had two, maybe three lines of dialogue, tops, and little to no description regarding appearance or occupation. So, particularly GenreSavvy readers would point fingers ''immediately''.
** [[spoiler: Really, ''really'' alert readers might even pick up on all the references to ink-stained fingers, and guess how he's operating.]]

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* TheLawOfConservationOfDetail: In previous books, [[spoiler: Wizard [[spoiler:Wizard Peabody]] had two, maybe three lines of dialogue, tops, and little to no description regarding appearance or occupation. So, particularly GenreSavvy readers would point fingers ''immediately''.
** [[spoiler: Really, [[spoiler:Really, ''really'' alert readers might even pick up on all the references to ink-stained fingers, and guess how he's operating.]]



** [[spoiler: Lara gruesomely devours her cousin Madeline's life force, and Ebenezar lampshades how sick it is that the White Court does such things]].

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** [[spoiler: Lara [[spoiler:Lara gruesomely devours her cousin Madeline's life force, and Ebenezar lampshades how sick it is that the White Court does such things]].



* MundaneSolution: Harry has Murphy take some hairs from Binder for a tracking spell, fully aware that he'll recognize her theft and wipe the spell. [[spoiler: He's just making it easier for a mundane PI he hired to tail him.]]

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* MundaneSolution: Harry has Murphy take some hairs from Binder for a tracking spell, fully aware that he'll recognize her theft and wipe the spell. [[spoiler: He's [[spoiler:He's just making it easier for a mundane PI he hired to tail him.]]



* TheNondescript: Vince Graver, a P.I. hired by someone to watch Harry [[spoiler: and then by Harry to watch Binder and to photograph anyone using the Chicago/Edinburgh Way]].

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* TheNondescript: Vince Graver, a P.I. hired by someone to watch Harry [[spoiler: and [[spoiler:and then by Harry to watch Binder and to photograph anyone using the Chicago/Edinburgh Way]].



** Harry, as a [[OncePerEpisode once per book]] gag, gets one when he hears [[spoiler: Madeline]] say that she was going to inform the White Council as to Morgan's whereabouts.

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** Harry, as a [[OncePerEpisode once per book]] gag, gets one when he hears [[spoiler: Madeline]] [[spoiler:Madeline]] say that she was going to inform the White Council as to Morgan's whereabouts.



** The Traitor Vs. Harry. [[spoiler: The traitor wins. Harry admits in the end, his plan would have to identify the traitor by watching the Way exit would have failed if not for the SpannerInTheWorks because the Traitor had a Way onto the island.]]

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** The Traitor Vs. Harry. [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The traitor wins. Harry admits in the end, his plan would have to identify the traitor by watching the Way exit would have failed if not for the SpannerInTheWorks because the Traitor had a Way onto the island.]]



* OutWithABang: [[spoiler: Madeline dies from a combination of this and Lara eating her innards]].

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* OutWithABang: [[spoiler: Madeline [[spoiler:Madeline dies from a combination of this and Lara eating her innards]].



* RainDance: Joseph Listens-to-Wind does this as a weapon against [[spoiler: the skinwalker]].
* RealityEnsues: When Harry's worried that the White Council is going to swoop down on them at any moment thanks to [[spoiler: Madeline's]] tip about where Morgan is hiding, Murphy points out that he has bureaucracy on his side. The tip would necessarily have to be anonymous, and the White Council likely has to deal with ''thousands'' of anonymous tips all the time; it'll probably be several hours before they even begin to establish that the information might be genuine.

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* RainDance: Joseph Listens-to-Wind does this as a weapon against [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the skinwalker]].
* RealityEnsues: When Harry's worried that the White Council is going to swoop down on them at any moment thanks to [[spoiler: Madeline's]] [[spoiler:Madeline's]] tip about where Morgan is hiding, Murphy points out that he has bureaucracy on his side. The tip would necessarily have to be anonymous, and the White Council likely has to deal with ''thousands'' of anonymous tips all the time; it'll probably be several hours before they even begin to establish that the information might be genuine.



* RichInDollarsPoorInSense: When [[spoiler: Madeline Raith]] assumes Harry's fled Chicago, Binder has to spell it out that, unlike her [[spoiler: and the rest of the Raith family]] Harry doesn't have several different homes or vast amounts of excess cash, and therefore simply can't ''afford'' to flee and disappear without a trace.
* RunningGag:

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* RichInDollarsPoorInSense: When [[spoiler: Madeline [[spoiler:Madeline Raith]] assumes Harry's fled Chicago, Binder has to spell it out that, unlike her [[spoiler: and [[spoiler:and the rest of the Raith family]] Harry doesn't have several different homes or vast amounts of excess cash, and therefore simply can't ''afford'' to flee and disappear without a trace.
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* RunningGag: RunningGag:



** Every time Harry comes back to his apartment, he finds Morgan and Molly (and occasionally another participant) in the middle of some sort of standoff, with Mouse keeping the peace, usually by sitting on someone. [[spoiler: It's less funny the third time it happens because Mouse got hurt when Morgan tried to shoot Molly when tried to read Luccio's mind]]

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** Every time Harry comes back to his apartment, he finds Morgan and Molly (and occasionally another participant) in the middle of some sort of standoff, with Mouse keeping the peace, usually by sitting on someone. [[spoiler: It's [[spoiler:It's less funny the third time it happens because Mouse got hurt when Morgan tried to shoot Molly when tried to read Luccio's mind]]



* SaveTheVillain: [[spoiler: When Lara, burned to a nice black and corpse-like figure, starts to feed on her cousin Madeline for her many crimes, not just sexually but physically eating her entrails, Harry pulled Binder away from Lara just in the event she finished with Madeline and wanted seconds. As Harry put it, he had to because it was the human thing to do]].

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* SaveTheVillain: [[spoiler: When [[spoiler:When Lara, burned to a nice black and corpse-like figure, starts to feed on her cousin Madeline for her many crimes, not just sexually but physically eating her entrails, Harry pulled Binder away from Lara just in the event she finished with Madeline and wanted seconds. As Harry put it, he had to because it was the human thing to do]].



** [[spoiler: The skinwalker again once it realizes it can't defeat Listens-To-Winds in a stand-up fight. This time it was fleeing at least partly in fear.]]

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** [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The skinwalker again once it realizes it can't defeat Listens-To-Winds in a stand-up fight. This time it was fleeing at least partly in fear.]]



* ShownTheirWork: Older mages are far more resistant to mind manipulation than younger ones, because younger brains have far greater neuroplasticity than older brains. [[spoiler: Nobody realized that being transferred to a younger body made Luccio susceptible to mind manipulation again until after it was revealed.]]
* {{Skinwalker}}: One of the major enemies of the book. An incredibly powerful demigod that can shift into any form it chooses, enjoys tormenting its victims, smart enough to know when it should run and wait for a better time to attack, and damn near impossible to kill. Furthering this trouble it can absorb magic, adding to its own strength, and feeds on the fear of people when people speak its name. More problems lie in that trying to ward it off is incredibly difficult. Morgan notes only a shaman from the Native American tribes of the Southwest United States, such as the Navajo and Ute tribes, would even know rituals to banish them back to where they belong. [[spoiler: Unfortunately for this skinwalker, although Senior Council member Joseph Listens-to-Wind isn't from one of those tribes, he's powerful enough and knows enough about its abilities to kick it ass anyway.]]

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* ShownTheirWork: Older mages are far more resistant to mind manipulation than younger ones, because younger brains have far greater neuroplasticity than older brains. [[spoiler: Nobody [[spoiler:Nobody realized that being transferred to a younger body made Luccio susceptible to mind manipulation again until after it was revealed.]]
* {{Skinwalker}}: One of the major enemies of the book. An incredibly powerful demigod that can shift into any form it chooses, enjoys tormenting its victims, smart enough to know when it should run and wait for a better time to attack, and damn near impossible to kill. Furthering this trouble it can absorb magic, adding to its own strength, and feeds on the fear of people when people speak its name. More problems lie in that trying to ward it off is incredibly difficult. Morgan notes only a shaman from the Native American tribes of the Southwest United States, such as the Navajo and Ute tribes, would even know rituals to banish them back to where they belong. [[spoiler: Unfortunately [[spoiler:Unfortunately for this skinwalker, although Senior Council member Joseph Listens-to-Wind isn't from one of those tribes, he's powerful enough and knows enough about its abilities to kick it ass anyway.]]



** Billy gives one to Harry after [[spoiler: Kirby's death]]. If Harry had thought to warned them or at least tell them more about the supernatural world, they would have been more prepared for the skinwalker.

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** Billy gives one to Harry after [[spoiler: Kirby's [[spoiler:Kirby's death]]. If Harry had thought to warned them or at least tell them more about the supernatural world, they would have been more prepared for the skinwalker.



* XanatosSpeedChess: It's the only reason Harry survived the showdown on the island, and identified the traitor. [[spoiler: Also, he got really, ''really'' lucky.]]

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* XanatosSpeedChess: It's the only reason Harry survived the showdown on the island, and identified the traitor. [[spoiler: Also, [[spoiler:Also, he got really, ''really'' lucky.]]



** [[spoiler: When Morgan and Molly are about to bind Binder, he addresses her as "Ms. Carpenter." Later, when he is dying and talking with Harry, Morgan calls her "Molly"]].
** [[spoiler: The one time in his life Morgan ever calls Harry "Harry", not "Dresden", is when he tells Harry to let the other Wardens arrest him rather than fight them on his behalf]].

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** [[spoiler: When [[spoiler:When Morgan and Molly are about to bind Binder, he addresses her as "Ms. Carpenter." Later, when he is dying and talking with Harry, Morgan calls her "Molly"]].
** [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The one time in his life Morgan ever calls Harry "Harry", not "Dresden", is when he tells Harry to let the other Wardens arrest him rather than fight them on his behalf]].
3rd Jul '17 7:12:10 PM starjammer05
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* ShownTheirWork: Older mages are far more resistant to mind manipulation than younger ones, because younger brains have far greater neuroplasticity than older brains. [[spoiler: Nobody realized that being transferred to a younger body made Luccio susceptible to mind manipulation again until after it was revealed.]]
9th Apr '17 5:21:28 PM CurledUpWithDakka
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* ProperlyParanoid: For once, [[spoiler:Morgan]] wasn't paranoid ''enough'', [[spoiler:''Harry'']] had to point out that [[spoiler:the silver oak leaf Morgan still had on him, and which (presumably) still belonged to the Summer Court]], through ExactWords wasn't covered by any deals and could be used [[spoiler:as a tracking device independent of any attempts to track Morgan directly]].
5th Apr '17 1:50:50 PM LordLucca
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* TheButlerDidIt: [[spoiler:The traitor in the White Council was not the Merlin, Ancient Mai, Listens-To-Wind or even Ebenezer. It was the ''secretary'', clerk and all-around paper-pusher -- in other words, the perfect guy to subvert, because he has access to all the information and can just fade into the background]].

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* TheButlerDidIt: [[spoiler:The traitor in the White Council was not the Merlin, Ancient Mai, Listens-To-Wind or even Ebenezer.Ebenezar. It was the ''secretary'', clerk and all-around paper-pusher -- in other words, the perfect guy to subvert, because he has access to all the information and can just fade into the background]].



* MagicalGesture: Ebenezer [=McCoy=] shows his power by simply clenching his fist and [[spoiler:"force choking" Lara Raith.]]

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* MagicalGesture: Ebenezer Ebenezar [=McCoy=] shows his power by simply clenching his fist and [[spoiler:"force choking" Lara Raith.]]



** Lara Raith enters into a nice simmering fury when [[spoiler:Ebenezer [=McCoy=] showed her just how weak she was to him by nearly killing her with barely a thought or effort on the old man's side and Lara couldn't fight back against his power at all]].

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** Lara Raith enters into a nice simmering fury when [[spoiler:Ebenezer [[spoiler:Ebenezar [=McCoy=] showed her just how weak she was to him by nearly killing her with barely a thought or effort on the old man's side and Lara couldn't fight back against his power at all]].



* ValuesDissonance: InUniverse. When talking about his teacher, Ebenezer calls the man his "Master." Harry looks distastefully at the word, but Ebenezer defends his wording by saying it was a different time and it it didn't have the bad clout it does now.

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* ValuesDissonance: InUniverse. When talking about his teacher, Ebenezer Ebenezar calls the man his "Master." Harry looks distastefully at the word, but Ebenezer Ebenezar defends his wording by saying it was a different time and it it didn't have the bad clout it does now.
3rd Apr '17 5:01:17 AM isoycrazy
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* BreakingTheFellowship: It had been coming for awhile, but [[spoiler: Harry involving The Alphas with the hunt for Shagnasty and Kirby's death at its hands is the final straw that breaks their relationship.]]



* DefeatMeansFriendship: [[spoiler:To gain an edge in his final battle plan, Harry plans on making a contract with an EldritchLocation. The challenge presented to Harry once he got the island's attention was a blow-for-blow elemental "punching match", so fire against fire with a little dash of Soulfire boosting Harry's attacks]].

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* DefeatMeansFriendship: [[spoiler:To To gain an edge in his final battle plan, Harry plans on making [[spoiler:making a contract with an EldritchLocation. EldritchLocation]]. The challenge presented to Harry once he got the island's [[spoiler:the island]]'s attention was a blow-for-blow elemental "punching match", so fire against fire with a little dash of Soulfire boosting Harry's attacks]].attacks.



* DefiantToTheEnd: [[spoiler:Harry isn't sure how defiant he looked with only one visible eye, but he certainly tried to be as the Skinwalker tried to scare him with what he did to Thomas and how Molly was likely to be killed by Thomas. Harry just stared and planned on using his Death Curse to hurt the bastard]].

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* DefiantToTheEnd: [[spoiler:Harry Harry isn't sure how defiant he looked with only one visible eye, but he certainly tried to be as the [[spoiler:the Skinwalker tried to scare him with what he did to Thomas and how Molly was likely to be killed by Thomas. Thomas]]. Harry just stared and planned on using his Death Curse to hurt the bastard]].bastard.
* DeliberateValuesDissonance: A small moment, but when [=McCoy=] talks to Harry of his old teacher and the old journals that mentor made, [=McCoy=] calls the wizard his "master." He notes there was a time when that word wasn't as narrow meaning as it is now with that inherent negativity. It used to encompass things like teacher and mentor.
1st Apr '17 5:02:50 PM Qussow
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* BreakingTheFellowship: It had been coming for awhile, but [[spoiler: Harry involving The Alphas with the hunt for Shagnasty and Kirby's death at its hands is the final straw that breaks their relationship.]]
10th Feb '17 11:35:35 AM Xtifr
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'''''Turn Coat''''' is book #11 in ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles''. Has its own [[ShoutOut/TurnCoat shout out]] page.

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'''''Turn Coat''''' ''Turn Coat'' is book #11 in ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles''. Has its own [[ShoutOut/TurnCoat shout out]] page.
19th Jan '17 2:25:05 PM Xion_the_Undead-Huntress
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** Add to this the fact that Harry took down ''He Who Walks Behind'', as well as imprisoned the Erkling, the god of ''all frickin' nature'', it's safe to say that you ''don't'' want to fight Harry without at least some proper health insurance.
** Another thing. To date, Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden is the ''only'' known mortal to resist the temptation of a Denarius. Toss in the matter that this ''particular'' Denarius was ''Lasciel'', the one known best for [[YourHeartsDesire tempting]] people, you get a seriously badass wizard.
17th Nov '16 1:39:36 PM Kafkesque
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** Even [[spoiler:Shagnasty]] gets in on the action, using a circle to [[spoiler:cut off the spell that Harry's using to strange it.]]

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** Even [[spoiler:Shagnasty]] gets in on the action, using a circle to [[spoiler:cut off the spell that Harry's using to strange strangle it.]]
18th Oct '16 2:47:00 PM Kafkesque
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** Harry, having learned from the events of ''Literature/SmallFavor'', chucks the oak leaf representing the Summer Court's boon to Morgan at the first opportunity so that it can't be used to track him.
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