History Literature / VattasWar

9th Jun '17 11:40:09 PM Occidensill
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** The ultimate use, however, unknown to all but a handful of people, is to make the person a walking ansible (albeit with limited calling priveldges). This proves somewhat infectious, as an incident leads to Kylara 'catching' it from Rafe during an emergency implant to implant connection.

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** The ultimate use, however, use shown, unknown to all but a handful of people, is to make the person a walking ansible (albeit with limited calling priveldges).communication ability). This proves somewhat infectious, as an incident leads to Kylara 'catching' it from Rafe during an emergency implant to implant connection.



* CorruptPolitician: While there are a few mentioned the most obvious is the president of Slotter Key. Instead of attempting to rally a defense against the SpacePirates after an attack on the planets biggest [[MerchantPrince merchant family]], he instead turns against them, and in addition he plans to scrap what little protection it has in its small number of {{Privateer}}s [[DirtyCoward in order to keep the pirates happy]]. This s due in no small part to his personal corruption.

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* CorruptPolitician: While there are a few mentioned mentioned, the most obvious is the president of Slotter Key. Instead of attempting to rally a defense against the SpacePirates after an attack on the planets biggest [[MerchantPrince merchant family]], he instead turns against them, and in addition he plans to scrap what little protection it has in its small number of {{Privateer}}s [[DirtyCoward in order to keep the pirates happy]]. This s due in no small part to his personal corruption.



** Deconstructed as well. Most of the Rangers die (or are implied to have died) in the course of the books due to their adventuring, usually while taking reckless courses of action.
* HeroicSacrifice: During the battle for [[spoiler: Nexus]], the badly under-equipped military uses its own ships as decoys to draw out the enemy and [[TakingTheBullet drawing fire away from]] the ironically better-equipped [[RedShirtArmy but still badly out-matched]] [[LawEnforcementInc corporate security forces]] in the system.

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** Deconstructed as well. Most Two of the Rangers die three ships are destroyed (or are implied to have died) been destroyed) in the course of the books due to their adventuring, usually while taking reckless courses of action.
* HeroicSacrifice: During the battle for [[spoiler: Nexus]], the badly under-equipped military uses its own ships as decoys to draw out the enemy and [[TakingTheBullet drawing draw fire away from]] the ironically better-equipped [[RedShirtArmy but still badly out-matched]] [[LawEnforcementInc corporate security forces]] in the system.



* HiddenAgendaVillain: Gammis Turek and Lew Parminas overall goals are never clearly defined.
* HonorBeforeReason: Generally averted in the earlier books (note that their slogan is "Trade And Profit". You don't get paid much if you get yourself killed.) In the later books, Stella becomes concerned that Ky is falling victim to this.
** And of course, [[AddedAlliterativeAppeal Ransome's Rangers]].

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* HiddenAgendaVillain: Gammis Turek and Lew Parminas overall goals are never clearly defined.
defined beyond gaining power. Parmina in particular is puzzling since he had been the obvious choice for next CEO of the most powerful corporation in known space for decades, yet had been working to undermine and eventually destroy it for just as long.
* HonorBeforeReason: Generally averted in the earlier books (note that their the Vatta slogan is "Trade And Profit". You don't get paid much if you get yourself killed.) In the later books, Stella becomes concerned that Ky is falling victim to this.
** And of course, [[AddedAlliterativeAppeal Ransome's Rangers]].Rangers.



* HyperspeedAmbush: Generally limited to some of the better equipped space navies; most civilian and commercial-grade equipment just isn't designed for that sort of thing. That said, limitations in sensors and communication (limited to light-speed within a star-system, given that the FTL communications arrays are space stations unto themselves) preclude this strategy from being used in most circumstances. [[spoiler: Until someone develops a FTL communications rig that can easily fit aboard a starship. Then it becomes the standard tactic.]]

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* HyperspeedAmbush: Generally limited to some of the better equipped space navies; most civilian and commercial-grade equipment just isn't designed for that sort of thing.precision within a star system. That said, limitations in sensors and communication (limited to light-speed within a star-system, given that the FTL communications arrays are space stations unto themselves) preclude this strategy from being used in most circumstances. [[spoiler: Until someone develops a FTL communications rig that can easily fit aboard a starship. Then it becomes the standard tactic.]]



* IncrediblyLamePun: ''"A Mine is a terrible thing to waste!"''

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* IncrediblyLamePun: ''"A Mine mine is a terrible thing to waste!"''



* IndestructibleEdible: Aunt Gracie's fruitcakes, which are generally considered inedible and dense enough to block X-rays. A few of Ky's crewmembers ''love'' fruitcake, though, and would have happily taken them from her if she had only mentioned having them. [[spoiler: The part about blocking X-rays? NotHyperbole. Gracie often sends valuable or sensitive items in her cakes, knowing that they'll get through most security checkpoints without comment, and that no-one not in the know will cut one up unless the situation is well beyond salvaging.]]

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* IndestructibleEdible: Aunt Gracie's fruitcakes, which are generally considered inedible and dense enough to block X-rays. A few of Ky's crewmembers ''love'' fruitcake, though, and would have happily taken them from her if she had only mentioned having them. [[spoiler: The part about blocking X-rays? NotHyperbole. Gracie often sends valuable or sensitive items in her cakes, knowing that they'll get through most security checkpoints without comment, and that no-one no one not in the know will cut one up unless the situation is well beyond salvaging.truly desperate.]]



* LawEnforcementInc: In ''Victory Conditions'', the last book in the Vatta's War series, it is discovered that the ''actual'' military of [[spoiler: Nexus]] has been gutted out by long-standing corruption because everybody knew that nobody would ever dare to attack them, and so the defense of the homeworld against SpacePirates ends up falling to the corporate security forces of the planet's dominant MegaCorp. They're [[RedShirtArmy poorly equipped and not trained for the task]], [[spoiler: but they ''do'' have [[TheCavalry outside assistance]].]]
* LooseLips: [[spoiler: Toby's girlfriend]] mentions that she recognizes some of the [[SpySpeak code words]] used by the SpacePirates while reading a rough draft of a sci-fi story [[spoiler: Toby]] [[ItsForABook claims that he is writing for fun]]. [[spoiler: It turns out that they are part of the company code used by her father's business, implicating him in the conspiracy.]]

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* LawEnforcementInc: In ''Victory Conditions'', the last book in the Vatta's War series, it is discovered that the ''actual'' military of [[spoiler: Nexus]] has been gutted out by long-standing corruption because everybody knew that nobody would ever dare to attack them, and so the defense of the homeworld against SpacePirates ends up falling to the corporate security forces of the planet's dominant MegaCorp. They're [[RedShirtArmy poorly equipped ''also'' in terrible shape (the first fleet we see has a ship get destroyed by its own long expired missiles prematurely detonating), but there are many more of them and not trained for the task]], [[spoiler: but they ''do'' have the cash to do at least some upgrades. Ultimately they'd still have been annihilated as well were it not for [[TheCavalry outside assistance]].]]
assistance]].
* LooseLips: [[spoiler: Toby's girlfriend]] girlfriend mentions that she recognizes some of the [[SpySpeak code words]] used by the SpacePirates while reading a rough draft of a sci-fi story [[spoiler: Toby]] partial translation Toby [[ItsForABook claims that he is writing for fun]].a scifi book he's writing]]. [[spoiler: It turns out that they are part of the company code used by her father's business, implicating him in the conspiracy.]]



* NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished: For Ky this is practically a character trait. She's forced to resign from her homeworld's MilitaryAcademy because she thought she was helping another cadet find a minister of his religion - the guy she helps breaches confidentiality and starts a public relations scandal. She takes on some stranded spacers of her home planet into her crew: one of them [[spoiler:disobeys orders when they are boarded by mercenaries for inspection, dies and]] almost gets Ky killed. Her family knows she has a reputation for this.

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* NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished: For Ky this is practically a character trait. She's forced to resign from her homeworld's MilitaryAcademy because she thought she was helping another cadet find a minister of his religion - the guy she helps breaches confidentiality and starts a public relations scandal. She takes on some stranded spacers of her home planet into her crew: one of them [[spoiler:disobeys disobeys orders when they are boarded by mercenaries for inspection, dies and]] dies, and almost gets Ky killed. Her family knows she has a reputation for this.this, but in both cases her efforts were technically part of the job; she was a designated mentor to the cadet who started the scandal, and ''supposed'' to help him, and the latter case was a direct request by the Slotter Key ambassador and part of her obligations as a ship captain was to assist.



* NoTranshumanismAllowed: Played with, a few religions feel that ''any'' modification of the body is a sin, but in the galaxy they are a general minority. In later books it's implied that anti-humod worlds are funding the SpacePirates. This is further supported by their refusal to join the alliance that now funds Ky's new SpaceNavy.
* NotHyperbole: Aunt Gracie, [[spoiler: [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin The Family Spy]]]].

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* NoTranshumanismAllowed: Played with, a with. A few religions feel that ''any'' modification of the body is a sin, but in the galaxy they are a general minority. In later books it's implied that some anti-humod worlds are part of the funding for the SpacePirates. This is further supported by their refusal to join the alliance that now funds Ky's new SpaceNavy.
* NotHyperbole: Aunt Gracie, [[spoiler: [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin The Family Spy]]]].Spy]]. Most assume it's in the gossip sense of the word, but she is in charge of intelligence and security for the famiy.
14th Apr '17 5:09:15 AM Occidensill
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In 2017 a sequel series collectively called Literature/VattasPeace began with Kylara's shuttle for a visit back to Slotter Key getting sabotaged and crashing near an uninhabited continent with many secrets buried deep in both society and the ground.



** They also have a vast range of personal uses due to advanced neurobiology and other physiological sciences; users can archive memories, control at least some hormone levels, set alarms that come with full wakefulness after a night of induced full rest, sharpen senses, run atmosphere analysis, overlay augmented reality, and much more.



** The ultimate use, however, unknown to all but a handful of people, is to make the person a walking ansible (albeit with limited calling priveldges). This proves somewhat infectious, as an incident leads to Kylara 'catching' it from Rafe during an emergency implant to implant connection.



* CallBack: Stella's backstory becomes very relevant again when she ends up a temporary guardian of Toby's girlfriend [[spoiler:who did pretty much the same "reveal a family secret to a lover" thing Stella did at her age, only in her case it's her father who was the bad guy, not Toby. And of course, they're both daughters of SpacePirates, though Stella was adopted young.]] Stella reflects how lots of things they say to each other are word-for-word [[MeaningfulEcho Meaningful Echoes]] of her own thoughts and things she and her mother argued about.

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* CallBack: Stella's backstory becomes very relevant again when she ends up a temporary guardian of Toby's girlfriend [[spoiler:who did pretty much the same "reveal a family secret to a lover" thing Stella did at her age, only in her case it's her father who was the bad guy, not Toby. And of course, they're both daughters of SpacePirates, though Stella was adopted young.]] Stella reflects how lots of things they say to each other are word-for-word [[MeaningfulEcho Meaningful Echoes]] of her own thoughts and things she and her mother argued about. Ultimately, lessons learned and Toby's continuing dedication lead her to a much better outcome than Stella had



* ChekhovsSkill: Kylara learns how to shoot the equivalent of a dart-gun in the first book. [[spoiler: She later uses this skill to put down a mutiny.]] Justified as the [[CrazyPrepared reason]] she learned in the first place

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* ChekhovsSkill: Kylara learns how to shoot the equivalent of a dart-gun in the first book. [[spoiler: She later uses this skill to put down a mutiny.]] Justified as the [[CrazyPrepared reason]] she learned in the first placeplace.



* CorruptPolitician: While there are a few mentioned the most obvious is the president of Slotter Key. Instead of attempting to rally a defense against the SpacePirates after an attack on planets biggest [[MerchantPrince merchant family]] instead turns against them, and in addition he plans to scrap what little protection it has in it's small number of {{Privateer}}s [[DirtyCoward in order to keep the pirates happy]].

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* CorruptPolitician: While there are a few mentioned the most obvious is the president of Slotter Key. Instead of attempting to rally a defense against the SpacePirates after an attack on the planets biggest [[MerchantPrince merchant family]] family]], he instead turns against them, and in addition he plans to scrap what little protection it has in it's its small number of {{Privateer}}s [[DirtyCoward in order to keep the pirates happy]]. This s due in no small part to his personal corruption.



* GentlemanAdventurer: Ransome's Rangers play this ''very'' straight at first, weirding out the rest of the characters. [[spoiler: [[PlanetOfHats Their hat]] is sudden and abrupt CharacterDevelopment; Ransome [[CatapultNightmare wakes up in the middle of the night]] and realizes that he needs to be far more calculating and careful in what he does. He continues to help Ky, but he is far more responsible from then on.]]

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* GentlemanAdventurer: Ransome's Rangers play this ''very'' straight at first, weirding out the rest of the characters. [[spoiler: [[PlanetOfHats Their hat]] is sudden and abrupt CharacterDevelopment; Ransome [[CatapultNightmare wakes up in the middle of the night]] and realizes that he needs to be far more calculating and careful in what he does. He continues to help Ky, but he is far more responsible from then on.]]
20th Nov '16 9:40:14 AM Morgenthaler
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A SpaceOpera series by ElizabethMoon.

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A SpaceOpera series by ElizabethMoon.
Creator/ElizabethMoon.
5th Aug '16 9:28:28 AM longWriter
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* TheDulcineaEffect: Happens to at least a few of the male characters towards Ky. Very nearly gets her killed on the first occasion, after a crewmember ignored Ky's orders to the crew to stand down when they were boarded by a team of mercenaries. After a while, she begins to become very frustrated at the tendency for men around her to cause additional trouble [[StopHelpingMe trying to protect her]].

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* TheDulcineaEffect: Happens to at least a few of the male characters towards Ky. Very nearly gets her killed on the first occasion, after a crewmember ignored Ky's orders to the crew to stand down when they were boarded by a team of mercenaries. After a while, she begins to become very frustrated at the tendency for men around her to cause additional trouble [[StopHelpingMe [[UnwantedAssistance trying to protect her]].
23rd May '15 5:03:33 PM ztyran
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* CorruptPolitician: While there are a few mentioned the most obvious is the president of Slotter Key stands out. Instead of attempting to rally a defense against the SpacePirates after an attack on planets biggest [[MerchantPrince merchant family]] instead turns against them, and in addition he plans to scrap what little protection it has in it's small number of {{Privateer}}s [[DirtyCoward in order to keep the pirates happy]].

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* CorruptPolitician: While there are a few mentioned the most obvious is the president of Slotter Key stands out.Key. Instead of attempting to rally a defense against the SpacePirates after an attack on planets biggest [[MerchantPrince merchant family]] instead turns against them, and in addition he plans to scrap what little protection it has in it's small number of {{Privateer}}s [[DirtyCoward in order to keep the pirates happy]].
23rd May '15 5:02:53 PM ztyran
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* CorruptPolitician: While there are a few mentioned the most obvious is the president of Slotter Key stands out. Instead of attempting to rally a defense against the SpacePirates after an attack on planets biggest [[MerchantPrince merchant family]] instead turns against them, and in addition he plans to scrap what little protection it has in it's small number of {{Privateer}}s [[DirtyCoward in order to keep the pirates happy]].
24th Apr '15 1:42:08 AM StFan
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* SpacePatrol: Suggested as a name for Ky's SpaceNavy, and [[TakeThat rejected]] quickly.
27th Nov '14 6:47:14 AM ztyran
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* ObliviousAdoption: Some bastard children of family turncoat Osman Vatta were tracked down young and quietly adopted into better Vatta families. [[spoiler: One of them turns out to be Stella, who doesn't take the discovery well.]]

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* ObliviousAdoption: Some bastard children of family turncoat Osman Vatta were tracked down young and quietly adopted into better Vatta families. [[spoiler: One of them turns out to be Stella, who doesn't take the discovery well. Her lack of knowledge is help by the fact she looks more like her "mother's" side of the family.]]
20th Nov '14 6:30:05 AM Divra
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* IndestructibleEdible: Aunt Gracie's fruitcakes, somewhat subverted when it turns out that a few of Ky's crewmembers ''love'' fruitcake and would have happily taken them from her if she had only mentioned having them. They're also good for smuggling things...

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* IndestructibleEdible: Aunt Gracie's fruitcakes, somewhat subverted when it turns out that a which are generally considered inedible and dense enough to block X-rays. A few of Ky's crewmembers ''love'' fruitcake fruitcake, though, and would have happily taken them from her if she had only mentioned having them. They're also good for smuggling things...[[spoiler: The part about blocking X-rays? NotHyperbole. Gracie often sends valuable or sensitive items in her cakes, knowing that they'll get through most security checkpoints without comment, and that no-one not in the know will cut one up unless the situation is well beyond salvaging.]]
20th Nov '14 6:23:57 AM Divra
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** Brief mention is given of the previous generation's Uncle Evar's Sausages, which were "hard as a rock" and even used as a weapon at one point.

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** Brief mention Apparently this is given of the previous a Vatta family tradition. Kylara's father and uncle reminisce about their generation's Uncle "Uncle Evar's Sausages, Homemade Sausage", which were was "hard as a rock" and even used as a weapon at one point.point used to bludgeon a pirate to death.
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