History Literature / VattasWar

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* FinalBattle: At the end of the fifth book, with about four hundred ships between Ky's and Turek's forces, the final battle commences above Nexus.


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* NeutralityBacklash: Nexus refuses to back the Space Defense Force due to their paranoia-induced distrust of Ky Vatta and her family. As a result, their only ally breaks down with them, then refuses to come to their help when they are attacked by the very pirates SDF strives to eradicate.


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* SmitingEvilFeelsGood: Some people in this universe are "natural born killers" who enjoy murdering people, and will sometimes go for ridiculous overkill. Grace, Ky and Rafe are among them, and each reacts to this differently:
** Grace is mostly at peace with this part of herself, though she's worried that she passed those genes down the family tree.
** Ky is horrified when she realizes this, and treats this as her DarkSecret, as this is against her faith.
** Rafe doesn't consider it evil, but, having been pegged as a monster when he admitted this to his therapist as a kid, has learned to hide this.
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* BewareTheNiceOnes: Ky.

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* BewareTheNiceOnes: Ky.AwakeningTheSleepingGiant: Most people avoid messing with the ansibles or the ISC personnel for fear of bringing the MegaCorp's insanely huge fleet down on their heads. [[spoiler:Turns out this particular giant has clay feet.]]
* BewareTheNiceOnes:
** Ky. She's often mistaken for a straight-laced merchant's daughter with a weakness towards lost boys, but she ''will'' mess you up and enjoy it if you threaten her or her ship.



* BigBad: Gammis Turek, a pirate lord with overblown ambitions and far too many resources.



* BlackSheep: Osman Vatta, a former member of the Vatta family who becomes a pirate. Has a form of PaterFamilicide done to the others as part of their plans.
** Subverted with Rafe who thanks to the bad guys is made to look like this, but ends up the ProdigalHero when he returns to rescue them.
* BlingOfWar: Ransome's Rangers when Ky first meets them are decked out in this.
* BloodKnight: Kylara is afraid that she might be one (see TheseHandsHaveKilled, below)
* BodyGuardBetrayal: The security firm who hired him out gives a full refund afterwards. For fairly obvious reasons, they don't ask if a new bodyguard is required.
* BrainComputerInterface: Many of the characters have multipurpose implants which allow them to access computer networks and send and receive information.
** 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.

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* BlackSheep: BlackSheep:
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Osman Vatta, a former member of the Vatta family family, who becomes became a pirate. Has a form of PaterFamilicide done to the others as part of their plans.
** Subverted with Rafe who Rafe, who, thanks to the bad guys guys, is made to look like this, but ends up the ProdigalHero when he returns to rescue them.
the rest of his family.
* BlingOfWar: Ransome's Rangers when Ky first meets them are decked out in this.
gold and gleam, with {{Cool Cape}}s so shiny, they almost glow in the dark. All in all, they remind Ky of a theatre play rather than any real fighting force.
* BloodKnight: Kylara is afraid that she might be one (see TheseHandsHaveKilled, below)
when it turns out she enjoys killing people.
* BodyGuardBetrayal: An escort Ky hires on one of the planet turns out to be working for the bad guys. The security firm who hired him out gives a full refund afterwards. For fairly obvious reasons, they don't ask if a new bodyguard is required.
* BrainComputerInterface: Many of the characters Most people have multipurpose implants which allow them to access computer networks and send and receive information.
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information. They also have a vast range variety of personal uses due to advanced neurobiology and other physiological sciences; users uses:
** 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.



* BrickJoke: The fruitcakes.
* 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
* {{Catchphrase}}: The oft-repeated "Trade and Profit."
* ChekhovsGun: The model kit and the fruitcakes from ''Trading In Danger''.
*** Partially deconstructed as the kit was intended for an entirely different use.

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* BrickJoke: The fruitcakes. \n Aunt Gracie gives two of them to Ky in the first book, and they turn out to have a variety of uses. Eventually, in the final book, Ky uses fruitcakes to send a coded message.
* 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
had.
* CasanovaInLove: Infamous womanizer Rafe falls head over heels for Ky. Deconstructed in how his former flings (and Ky's cousin) doesn't believe he's even capable of love, and he himself has trouble sorting out his feelings and at first tries to come at Ky the same way he flirted with other women.
* {{Catchphrase}}: The For the Vattas, the oft-repeated "Trade and Profit."
* ChekhovsGun: CategoryTraitor: Gretnans consider Lee - the only white member of ''Vanguard'''s crew - to be this, as he willingly associates with "Muddles" (AKA, the dark-skinned people).
* ChekhovsGun:
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The model kit and the fruitcakes from ''Trading In Danger''.
*** Partially deconstructed
Danger'' (partially deconstructed, as the kit was intended for an entirely different use.use)



* 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.
* CoolOldLady: Aunt Gracie. She dotes on other family members, insists on giving largely inedible fruitcakes and was a pain in Ky's side, but she turns out to be [[spoiler: the company spy]] and has an ExpansionPackPast, and the fruitcakes turn out to be specially formulated to hide things like documents and diamonds.
* CoolShip: The ''Gary Tobai'' (nee ''Glennys Jones''), the ''Vanguard''.
* 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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* 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 mutiny,]] the possibility of which is the [[CrazyPrepared reason]] she learned in the first place.
* CoolOldLady: Aunt Gracie. She dotes on other family members, insists on giving largely inedible fruitcakes and was a pain in Ky's side, but she turns out to be [[spoiler: the company spy]] and has an ExpansionPackPast, and the fruitcakes turn out to be specially formulated baked to hide things like documents and diamonds.
* CoolShip: The ''Gary Tobai'' (nee ''Glennys Jones''), ''Vanguard'' (formerly ''Katrine Lamont''), Ky's second ship. It's a privateer with a powerful WaveMotionGun at the ''Vanguard''.
aft and a ton of hidden compartments and passages that come very much in handy if the ship is ever boarded (which, of course, happens).
* 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.happy]].
* CultureClash: The Cascadians, with their obsession with politeness, cause quite a few awkward moments when Ky's crew interacts with them.



* DaddysGirl : Ky shows traces of this.
* DepravedBisexual: Osman Vatta, family blacksheep and pirate, who, according to Ky's one crewmember who knew him, "liked pretty faces, didn't matter what gender".

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* DaddysGirl : Ky shows traces of this.
this, as she's much closer to her father than her mother, and mainly mourns him when they both die.
* DeathFakedForYou: In the final book, after [[spoiler:''Vanguard'' blows up]], Ky and her allies decide to hide the fact that she survived by pretending that they're hiding the fact that she died so that they might track down security leaks and lull Turek into false sense of security.
* DepravedBisexual: Osman Vatta, the family blacksheep BlackSheep and a pirate, who, according to Ky's one crewmember who knew him, "liked pretty faces, didn't matter what gender".



* FamilyBusiness: Kylara Vatta enrolled in the Slotter Key MilitaryAcademy specifically to avoid getting roped into her family's shipping company. She ended up getting shanghaied into being a ship captain within days of being forced to resign from the Academy within weeks of graduation.

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* FamilyBusiness: Kylara Vatta enrolled in the Slotter Key MilitaryAcademy specifically to avoid getting roped into her family's shipping company. She ended up getting shanghaied into being a ship captain within days of shortly after being forced to resign from the Academy within weeks of graduation.



* FelonyMisdemeanor: In the Cascadian system of the Moscoe Confederation, where Ky travels in ''Engaging the Enemy'', the Cascadians have the ''death penalty'' for being rude and in contempt of court, but you can set clandestine bugs on someone's dock with the correct, easy to obtain permits. (If the person you're bugging is a citizen you have to politely inform them of your intent, which kinda defeats the purpose... But permits for bugging anything "public" don't require any notification. And yes, police can ask for any such data.) Politeness and protocol are SeriousBusiness.
** That said, they are also remarkably lenient in ''enforcing'' this rule on outsiders, who they understand aren't used to their unusual social norms. One antagonist still manages to get himself killed for being contemptuous in court, [[TooDumbToLive despite numerous repeated warnings from the judge.]]

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* FantasticSlurs: The future equivalent of white supremacists are called Fishbellies by other people, while they themselves call dark-skinned people Muddles or mongrels.
* FeetOfClay: The ISC's fabled fleet, while very large indeed, turns out to be [[spoiler:ridiculously outdated, to the point that there aren't even any factories left that can produce munitions for them.]]
* FelonyMisdemeanor: In the Cascadian system of the Moscoe Confederation, where Ky travels in ''Engaging the Enemy'', the Cascadians have the ''death penalty'' for being rude and in contempt of court, but you can set clandestine bugs on someone's dock with the correct, easy to obtain permits. (If the person you're bugging is a citizen you have to politely inform them of your intent, which kinda defeats the purpose... But permits for bugging anything "public" don't require any notification. And yes, police can ask for any such data.) notification) Politeness and protocol are SeriousBusiness.
**
SeriousBusiness. That said, they are also remarkably lenient in ''enforcing'' this rule on outsiders, who they understand aren't used to their unusual social norms. One antagonist still manages to get himself killed for being contemptuous in court, [[TooDumbToLive despite numerous repeated warnings from the judge.]]]]
* {{Fiction 500}}: Teddy Ransome and his friends are all rich enough to buy and crew three top-of-the-line starships and keep them supplied for years. Teddy himself considers a price of twelve hundred missiles (a number that nearly gives Ky, not a poor person herself, a heart attack) "a paltry sum", and for a few months, he basically funds the Space Defense Force out of his own pocket with no indication that this is hurting him or his family in any way.



* GentlemanAdventurer: Ransome's Rangers play this ''very'' straight at first, weirding out the rest of the characters. [[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: GameChanger: The shipboard ansibles, introduced in book two, that leak out of ISC's R&D department cause a revolution in how space combat works in this universe.
* GentlemanAdventurer:
**
Ransome's Rangers play this ''very'' straight at first, weirding out the rest of the characters. [[PlanetOfHats Their homeworld's hat]] is sudden and abrupt CharacterDevelopment; they cycle between various personality extreme, staing in one for a few months before the switch. Ransome [[CatapultNightmare wakes up in the middle of the night]] and realizes that he needs to be far more calculating his friends are currently Romantics, while his parents are Irrationalists, which explains their behavious and careful in what he does. He continues to help Ky, but he is far more responsible from then on.ridiculous spending habits.



* 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 draw fire away from]] the ironically better-equipped [[RedShirtArmy but still badly out-matched]] [[LawEnforcementInc corporate security forces]] in the system.

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* HeroicSacrifice: HeroicSacrifice:
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During the battle for [[spoiler: Nexus]], the badly under-equipped military uses its own ships as decoys to draw out the enemy and [[TakingTheBullet 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 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 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, Ransome's Rangers.

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* HiddenAgendaVillain: Gammis Turek Turek's and Lew Parminas Parmina's overall goals are never clearly defined beyond gaining power. Parmina in particular is puzzling 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: HonorBeforeReason:
**
Generally averted in the earlier books (note that 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, Ransome's Rangers.Rangers, being Romantics each and every one of them, have a strong tendency for this - something Ky struggles to curb in them.



* IncrediblyLamePun: ''"A mine is a terrible thing to waste!"''
** Kylara is obviously very pleased with this line. [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Nobody else is]].
* 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 truly desperate.]]

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* IncrediblyLamePun: ''"A mine is a terrible thing to waste!"''
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waste!"'' Kylara is obviously very pleased with this line. [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Nobody else is]].
* IndestructibleEdible: IndestructibleEdible:
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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 truly desperate.]]



* InsignificantLittleBluePlanet: References are made to "Old Earth" but not its fate (which would determine whether this should really be EarthThatWas); if it's still inhabited it's far from the major center of ''this'' part of the universe.
** At one point Ky considers retreating to "the Old World where we came from" and rebuilding Vatta Trading there which may or may not mean Earth has some kind of different interstellar civilization running.
* IntrepidMerchant
* LaserGuidedKarma: One particularly JerkAss mole gets himself the death penalty by [[DisproportionateRetribution being rude]] towards Ky in a Cascadian court, [[WhatAnIdiot despite being familiar with the local laws]] [[TooDumbToLive and being warned repeatedly]].
** In addition he basically gets thrown off a more profitable in an earlier book by badmouthing Ky to her father.

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* InsignificantLittleBluePlanet: References are made to "Old Earth" but not its fate (which would determine whether this should really be EarthThatWas); if it's still inhabited it's far from the major center of ''this'' part of the universe.
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universe. At one point Ky considers retreating to "the Old World where we came from" and rebuilding Vatta Trading there which may or may not mean Earth has some kind of different interstellar civilization running.
* IntrepidMerchant
IntrepidMerchant: The Vattas. Be it pirates or war, trade must go on.
* LaserGuidedKarma: LaserGuidedKarma:
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One particularly JerkAss mole gets himself the death penalty by [[DisproportionateRetribution being rude]] towards Ky in a Cascadian court, [[WhatAnIdiot despite being familiar with the local laws]] [[TooDumbToLive and being warned repeatedly]].
** In addition he basically gets thrown off a more profitable route in an earlier book by badmouthing Ky to her father.



* MerchantPrince: The Vatta family.
* MilitaryAcademy: Slotter Key's space force academy.

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* MerchantPrince: The Vatta family.
family is a sprawling clan of merchants and traders.
* MildlyMilitary: The privateers, as well as Ky's civillian crew, have some troubles adapting to the dyscipline Ky demands of them in the Space Defense Force, resulting in many of them acting much more informally than a regular space navy would.
* MilitaryAcademy: Slotter Key's space force academy.Space Force Academy.



* MySisterIsOffLimits: Stella tries to discourage Rafe from pursuing Ky, believing him to be a womanizer incapable of love. Ky is furious when she finds out, and Rafe doesn't really keep the warning in mind.



* NonIdleRich

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* NonIdleRichNonIdleRich:
** The Vattas have this as a rule - every member of the family works for the company, in the division that most suits them.
** Rafe is a son of one of the richest men on Nexus, but works as a [[spoiler:corporate spy for ISC]] instead of lounging; though that's because his family forced him to leave.
** Teddy Ransome and his friends are insanely rich, and decided to make use of this money by hunting pirates.



* ObfuscatingStupidity: See TheDitz.
* 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.]]
* OldSoldier: Master Sergeant [=MacRobert=]

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* ObfuscatingStupidity: See TheDitz.
Stella loves to appear to be the DumbBlonde most people peg her as, while's she's actually an intelligent businesswoman and corporate spy.
* ObliviousAdoption: Some bastard children of the 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 helped by the fact she looks more like her "mother's" adopted ''mother's'' (non-Vatta) side of the family.]]
* OldSoldier: Master Sergeant [=MacRobert=][=MacRobert=], the bane of Space Force Academy's first year students and a not-so-former intelligence operative.



* PapaWolf: Ky's father has a moment of this with a Captain that dislikes her.

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* PapaWolf: Ky's father has a moment of this with a Captain that dislikes her.captain who treated her like crap.



* PoisonousFriend: [[spoiler:Lew Parmina]], who, under the guys of Garston Durbanger's best friend essentially gutted the man's company and left their home system wide open for the pirates.



** It is worth noting that in this universe, not everybody makes a clear distinction between privateers and pirates (just as in RealLife). Some particular mention is made of the fact that Ky's homeworld of Slotter Key has a sizable privateer force, which has an effect on how people deal with her when she starts to travel off the beaten path in later books.



* ProdigialHero: Rafe, who, due to having [[spoiler:murdered a man as a child]], and then negative influences of an awful therapist and a PoisonousFriend, ends up being branded the family BlackSheep and sent away, with remittance to keep him out of his home. He ends up returning and then saving his ungrateful folks when they're [[spoiler:kidnapped]], then basically saving his home world from destruction.



* RetiredBadass: Aunt Gracie.
* SecretTestOfCharacter: Ky's trip in the ''Glennys Jones'' was supposed to let her father and his brother see how Ky will take inititive; they don't actually expect her to scrap the ''Glennys Jones'' without trying to buy it for herself. They went through much the same thing when they were her age. Getting stranded in a war in Sabine wasn't part of the plan however...
* SheIsNotMyGirlfriend: Both Ky and Rafe.
* SpaceIsAnOcean
* SpaceNavy: The Space Defense Force

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* RetiredBadass: Aunt Gracie.
Gracie, a former soldier turned TheSpymaster, who's still extremely deadly despite her advanced age.
* SecretTestOfCharacter: Ky's trip in the ''Glennys Jones'' was supposed to let her father and his brother see how Ky will take inititive; they don't actually expect her to scrap the ''Glennys Jones'' without trying to buy it for herself. They went through much the same thing when they were her age. Getting stranded in a war in Sabine wasn't part of the plan however...
plan, however.
* SheIsNotMyGirlfriend: Both Ky and Rafe.
Rafe, as admitting their mutual attraction would hurt their cause.
* SpaceIsAnOcean
SpaceIsAnOcean: While not in tactics, as ships operate in 3D spaces, the travel aboard ships is oddly sea-like, complete with ships swaying and heaving.
* SpaceNavy: The Most systems have their own space fleets, and then there's the Space Defense ForceDefence Force that Ky is trying to create.



* TheSpyMaster: [[spoiler: Aunt Gracie]].
* SubspaceAnsible: A key feature of the series is the pirate disabling ansibles to cripple communication.
* ThereAreNoTherapists: {{Averted}}, the aversion {{Subverted}}, [[ZigZaggedTrope and then finally averted properly]]. Rafe and his sister were given therapy after Rafe was forced [[spoiler: to kill a would-be-assassin sent after them as children]]. Turns out the Therapist was working for the bad guys and proceeded to intentionally [[BreakTheCutie mess them up worse]]. [[spoiler: After Rafe returns home and begins cleaning up house in his family's company, he gets his sister a new therapist who isn't in his enemies' pockets.]]
* TheseHandsHaveKilled: Ky shoots and kills a pirate who was attempting to take her ship, she ends up angsting over it in particular because she realized that she ''[[BloodKnight enjoyed]]'' it.

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* TheSpyMaster: [[spoiler: Aunt Gracie]].
Gracie]], the Vatta chief spy.
* SubspaceAnsible: A key feature The main focus of the series, they allow for instantenous communication, but are all controlled by one company, the ISC, which enforces their monopoly very strictly. The series is mainly concerned with what happens when someone not afraid of the pirate disabling ansibles to cripple communication.
ISC attacks those ansibles, and how technological advancements threaten the aforementioned monopoly.
* ThereAreNoTherapists: {{Averted}}, the aversion {{Subverted}}, [[ZigZaggedTrope and then finally averted properly]]. Rafe and his sister were given therapy after Rafe was forced [[spoiler: to kill a would-be-assassin sent after them as children]]. Turns out the Therapist therapist was working for the bad guys and proceeded to intentionally [[BreakTheCutie mess them up worse]]. [[spoiler: After Rafe returns home and begins cleaning up house in his family's company, he gets his sister a new therapist who isn't in his enemies' pockets.]]
* TheseHandsHaveKilled: TheseHandsHaveKilled:
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Ky shoots and kills a pirate who was attempting to take her ship, she ends up angsting over it in particular because she realized that she ''[[BloodKnight enjoyed]]'' it.



* UsedFuture: The ''Glennys Jones'', some of the more backwater planets, but not the whole universe.

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* UnwantedAssistance: In the final book, there's a twofer.
** Stella reveals to Rafe the contents of Hal's vicious parting letter to Ky to keep him away from her, believing it's for Ky's own good. When Ky finds out, she's absolutely livid.
** Rafe [[spoiler:ends up humiliating Hal in front of the entire party]] as his way to help Ky deal with the past. Predictably, it doesn't help him woo her.
* UsedFuture: The ''Glennys Jones'', some Most of the more backwater planets, but not the whole universe.working spaces are clearly used, some ships are falling apart from wear and tear, and there's a general feeling that people keep using stuff until it's no longer possible.



* WhamEpisode: Book 5, chapter 12.

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* WhamEpisode: Book 5, chapter 12. [[spoiler:The ''Vanguard'' explodes along with large chunk of the cast from the first four books.]]
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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.
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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.]]
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