History Literature / WestOfEden

2nd Feb '18 5:24:01 AM Willbyr
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* StartingANewLife: After their escape, Ambalasei, Enge, and the Daughters of Life from Ikhalmanets eventually do this [[spoiler:somewhere on the South American coast, where they discover a primitive tribe of Yilanè and begin studying them]].

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* StartingANewLife: After their escape, Ambalasei, Enge, and the Daughters of Life from Ikhalmanets eventually do this [[spoiler:somewhere on the South American coast, northern coast of what would be Brazil, where they discover a primitive tribe of Yilanè and begin studying them]].



* ThunderboltIron: The knives Kerrick and his father wear are made of "skymetal."



* ThunderboltIron: The knives Kerrick and his father wear are made of "skymetal."
2nd Feb '18 5:12:39 AM Willbyr
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* GladIThoughtOfIt: Ambalasei pulls this on Enge after [[spoiler:learning about the primitive Yilanè and deciding to advance efforts to talk with them]], to Enge’s barely-concealed irritation.



* ImGladIThoughtOfIt: Ambalasei pulls this on Enge after [[spoiler:learning about the primitive Yilanè and deciding to advance efforts to talk with them]], to Enge’s barely-concealed irritation.
2nd Feb '18 5:12:11 AM Willbyr
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* TheExile: [[spoiler:Vaintè]] becomes one at the end of ''Winter in Eden'', cast out [[spoiler:by Lanefenuu for challenging her orders to stop the war on the ustuzou and for not dying when ordered to do so]] and marooned somewhere on the coast of Entoban*[[note]]Africa[[/note]], far south of Ikhalmanets or any other nearby Yilanè city.

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* TheExile: [[spoiler:Vaintè]] becomes one at the end of ''Winter in Eden'', cast out [[spoiler:by Lanefenuu for challenging her orders to stop the war on the ustuzou and for not dying when ordered to do so]] and marooned somewhere on the coast of Entoban*[[note]]Africa[[/note]], far south of Ikhalmanets Ikhalmanets[[note]]a city in the Canary Islands[[/note]] or any other nearby Yilanè city.
2nd Feb '18 5:07:58 AM Willbyr
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* DeathByChildbirth: Male Yilanè have a hard time coming out of the torpid state they enter when carrying eggs, and it's rare that a male will survive a third trip to the birthing beaches.
* DistinguishingMark: Armun has a harelip and cleft palate, and people have made fun of her and essentially shunned her all of her life because of this and how it affects her speech. When Kerrick first meets her (not long after escaping from Alpèasak) he finds it interesting because it makes her sort of look and sound like a Yilanè, and later comes to find it just a part of her that he loves as much as everything else.

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* DeathByChildbirth: Male Yilanè have a hard time coming out of the torpid state they enter when carrying eggs, and it's rare that a male will survive a third trip to the birthing beaches.
beaches is pretty much a death sentence. [[spoiler:Imehei]] dies after his first birth.
-->'''Nadaske''': Once you may live, twice you may die, thrice you are dead.
* DistinguishingMark: Armun has a harelip and cleft palate, and people have made fun of her and essentially shunned her has been a target for derision all of her life because of this and how it affects her speech. When Kerrick first meets her (not long after escaping from Alpèasak) he finds it interesting because it makes her sort of look and sound like a Yilanè, and later comes to find it just a part of her that he loves as much as everything else.
2nd Feb '18 4:55:49 AM Willbyr
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* BittersweetEnding: To ''Return to Eden'', and to the triolgy as a whole. [[spoiler:Vaintè is finally killed, and thus the Yilanè's active efforts to wipe out Kerrick's people are at an end. However, she took the male Nadaske with her in death; Enge and Kerrick part as friends but know that they will likely never see each other again; and Kerrick's epilogue, when he is a middle-aged man, has him worrying that the ever-increasing Tanu population will inevitably lead to conflict between the two species again and wondering if it's too late to warn the Yilanè]].



* DistinguishingMark: Armun has a harelip and cleft palate, and people have made fun of her and essentially shunned her all of her life because of this and how it affects her speech. When Kerrick first meets her (not long after escaping from Alpèasak) he finds it interesting because it makes her sort of look and sound like a Yilanè, and later comes to find it just a part of her that he loves as much as everything else.



* TheExile: [[spoiler:'Vaintè]] becomes one at the end of ''Winter in Eden'', cast out [[spoiler:by Lanefenuu for challenging her orders to stop the war on the ustuzou and for not dying when ordered to do so]] and marooned somewhere on the coast of Entoban*[[note]]Africa[[/note]], far south of Ikhalmanets or any other nearby Yilanè city.

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* TheExile: [[spoiler:'Vaintè]] [[spoiler:Vaintè]] becomes one at the end of ''Winter in Eden'', cast out [[spoiler:by Lanefenuu for challenging her orders to stop the war on the ustuzou and for not dying when ordered to do so]] and marooned somewhere on the coast of Entoban*[[note]]Africa[[/note]], far south of Ikhalmanets or any other nearby Yilanè city.



* LadyLand: Yilanè culture is ruled by the females; they control politics, science, and the military, and have free access to the entire city. Males are artisans, poets and ultimately brood mares, kept isolated in a particular part of the city and only interacting with females when breeding or on the birthing beaches.

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* LadyLand: Yilanè culture is ruled by the females; they control politics, science, and the military, and have free access to the entire city. Males are artisans, poets and ultimately brood mares, kept isolated in a particular part of the city and only rarely interacting with females when beyond breeding or on the birthing beaches.



* LivingWeapon: Alpèasak is guarded by all kinds of living traps, but the one that gets the most mention is the hesotsan, a genetically modified monitor lizard that shoots poisoned darts and is the Yilanè's main personal weapon. The concept is taken further in ''Winter in Eden'', as rather than marching an army against the ustuzou, ever-encroaching and fireproof poisonous plants are used to slowly push them into a trap.

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* LivingWeapon: Alpèasak is guarded by all kinds of living traps, but the one that gets the most mention is the hesotsan, hèsotsan, a genetically modified monitor lizard that shoots poisoned darts and is the Yilanè's main personal weapon. The concept is taken further in ''Winter in Eden'', as rather than marching an army against the ustuzou, ever-encroaching and fireproof poisonous plants are used to slowly push them into a trap.



* MutualKill: At the climax of ''Return to Eden'', [[spoiler:Nadaske stabs Vaintè in the neck with Arnwheet's skymetal knife, but she shoots him with her hèsotsan as she dies]].



* TookALevelInJerkass: Herilak goes from respecting Kerrick and his knowledge of the hated murgu in ‘’West of Eden’’ to treating him like a traitor and angrily leaving with the other Tanu in ''Winter of Eden'' after Kerrick refuses to [[spoiler:abandon the ruins of Alpèasak or kill the two males who survived the fire]].

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* TookALevelInJerkass: Herilak goes from respecting Kerrick and his knowledge of the hated murgu in ‘’West ''West of Eden’’ Eden'' to treating him like a traitor and angrily leaving with the other Tanu in ''Winter of Eden'' after Kerrick refuses to [[spoiler:abandon the ruins of Alpèasak or kill the two males who survived the fire]].fire]]. He even hits Ortnar over the head when Ortnar objects to this, knocking him out for two days and causing a brain injury that later leads to him having a stroke. By ''Return to Eden'', though, Herilak has realized what an ass he's been and made his peace with both men.



* TranslationConvention: A given, as the English language doesn't actually exist in the setting. The Yilanè have no written language, and any such translation of their speech is a particular challenge, which is acknowledged in the appendices in ''West of Eden''. "Fish of great size abound. Desire to catch/eat. Will small/soft go with us?", for example.

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* TranslationConvention: A given, as the English language doesn't actually exist in the setting. The Yilanè have no written language, records because of how their language works, and any such translation of their speech is a particular challenge, which is acknowledged in the appendices in ''West of Eden''. "Fish of great size abound. Desire to catch/eat. Will small/soft go with us?", for example.



* WouldHurtAChild: This goes both ways. Humans killing a Yilanè male and newborns is what incenses the Yilanè into their extermination efforts. When Kerrick's tribe is slaughtered, Vaintè's examination of a still-living infant human ends with her throwing it against a boulder in revulsion after it screams and pisses down her arm.

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* WouldHurtAChild: WouldHurtAChild:
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This goes both ways.ways in ''West of Eden''. Humans killing a Yilanè male and newborns is what incenses the Yilanè into their extermination efforts. When Kerrick's tribe is slaughtered, Vaintè's examination of a still-living infant human ends with her throwing it against a boulder in revulsion after it screams and pisses down her arm.
** At the climax of ''Return to Eden'', [[spoiler:Vaintè uses the threat of killing Kerrick's son Arnwheet to draw Kerrick into a position where she can shoot him]].
1st Feb '18 4:08:03 AM Willbyr
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-->'''Vaintè''': Joined together, forever inseperable. I am told our ustuzou runs very fast. Tell me, ustuzou, how fast can you run pulling this little fargi?

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-->'''Vaintè''': Joined together, forever inseperable.inseparable. I am told our ustuzou runs very fast. Tell me, ustuzou, how fast can you run pulling this little fargi?



* TheExile: [[spoiler:'Vaintè]] becomes one at the end of ‘’Winter in Eden’’, cast out [[spoiler:by Lanefenuu for challenging her orders to stop the war on the ustuzou and for not dying when ordered to do so]] and marooned somewhere on the coast of Entoban*[[note]]Africa[[/note]], far south of Ikhalmanets or any other nearby Yilanè city.

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* TheExile: [[spoiler:'Vaintè]] becomes one at the end of ‘’Winter ''Winter in Eden’’, Eden'', cast out [[spoiler:by Lanefenuu for challenging her orders to stop the war on the ustuzou and for not dying when ordered to do so]] and marooned somewhere on the coast of Entoban*[[note]]Africa[[/note]], far south of Ikhalmanets or any other nearby Yilanè city.



* KillItWithFire: This is an important plot point in the climaxes of the first two books. In ''West of Eden'', [[spoiler: Kerrick and some of the other hunters burn Alpèasak, killing the vast majority of the Yilanè on their continent]]. In ''Winter In Eden'', [[spoiler:Kerrick uses the threat of torching Ikhalmanets as leverage to force Lanefenuu to call off Vaintè and her war on the ustuzou]].

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* KillItWithFire: This is an important plot point in the climaxes of the first two books. In ''West of Eden'', [[spoiler: Kerrick [[spoiler:Kerrick and some of the other hunters burn Alpèasak, killing the vast majority of the Yilanè on their continent]]. In ''Winter In Eden'', [[spoiler:Kerrick uses the threat of torching Ikhalmanets as leverage to force Lanefenuu to call off Vaintè and her war on the ustuzou]].



* LanguageOfTruth: The nature of Yilanè language and thought processes makes them incapable of lying... [[spoiler:until Vaintè discovers the concept after seeing Kerrick do it]].

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* LanguageOfTruth: The nature of Yilanè language and thought processes makes them incapable of lying... [[spoiler:until Vaintè discovers the concept after seeing Kerrick do it]].



* LivingWeapon: Alpèasak is guarded by all kinds of living traps, but the one that gets the most mention is the hesotsan, a genetically modified monitor lizard that shoots poisoned darts and is the Yilanè's main personal weapon. The concept is taken further in ’’Winter in Eden’’, as rather than marching an army against the ustuzou, ever-encroaching and fireproof poisonous plants are used to slowly push them into a trap.

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* LivingWeapon: Alpèasak is guarded by all kinds of living traps, but the one that gets the most mention is the hesotsan, a genetically modified monitor lizard that shoots poisoned darts and is the Yilanè's main personal weapon. The concept is taken further in ’’Winter ''Winter in Eden’’, Eden'', as rather than marching an army against the ustuzou, ever-encroaching and fireproof poisonous plants are used to slowly push them into a trap.



* MyCountryRightOrWrong: Hardwired into Yilanè biology. If a Yilanè is exiled from its city, the mental shock triggers an out-of-control variant of a hibernative state that quickly kills the exile. [[spoiler:Some Yilanè, however, are loyal to something other than their city, and their shutdown reflex will occur in response to different stimuli. This is how the first Daughter of Life was able to survive and spread her teachings. The Yilanè are not quite sure how to cope with this.]]

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* MyCountryRightOrWrong: Hardwired into Yilanè biology. If a Yilanè is exiled from its city, the mental shock triggers an out-of-control variant of a hibernative state that quickly kills the exile. [[spoiler:Some Some Yilanè, however, are loyal to something other than their city, and their shutdown reflex will occur in response to different stimuli. This is how the first Daughter of Life was able to survive and spread her teachings. The Yilanè are not quite sure how to cope with this.]]



* OrganicTechnology: ''Everything'' used in Yilanè society is a product of genetic engineering. Even the ancient Yilanè began by hunting using ''living crabs'' instead of stone tools, though one scientist suggests that early on, the Yilanè did indeed use "artefacts."

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* OrganicTechnology: ''Everything'' used in Yilanè society is a product of genetic engineering. Even the ancient Yilanè began by hunting and defending their males using ''living crabs'' instead of stone tools, though one scientist suggests that early on, the Yilanè did indeed use "artefacts."" In ''Winter in Eden'', [[spoiler:Ambalasei and Enge discover a tribe of primitive Yilanè that still use tools, but are making the first strides toward some of the biological manipulations commonplace to normal Yilanè]].
1st Feb '18 4:00:00 AM Willbyr
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* BadassBoast: The scientist Ambalasi thinks rather highly of herself:
-->Fat gilded-beetle to be crushed! Decayed worm from the lowest dungpit! Before you stands Ambalasi highest of the high, eistaa[[labelnote:Translation]]Leader of a city.[[/labelnote]] of science, intelligence of the world, possessor of infinite powers. I should sentence you to death for your ill-speaking. I consider that now.

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* BadassBoast: The scientist Ambalasi Ambalasei thinks rather highly of herself:
-->Fat gilded-beetle to be crushed! Decayed worm from the lowest dungpit! Before you stands Ambalasi Ambalasei highest of the high, eistaa[[labelnote:Translation]]Leader of a city.[[/labelnote]] of science, intelligence of the world, possessor of infinite powers. I should sentence you to death for your ill-speaking. I consider that now.



* CategoryTraitor: The general Yilanè take on the Daughters of Life. Their beliefs allow them to not die when commanded so by an eistaa, and this complete rejection of the eistaa's power is seen as a betrayal of the very nature of Yilanè society.



* ImGladIThoughtOfIt: Ambalasi pulls this on Enge after [[spoiler:learning about the primitive Yilanè and deciding to advance efforts to talk with them]], to Enge’s barely-concealed irritation.

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* ImGladIThoughtOfIt: Ambalasi Ambalasei pulls this on Enge after [[spoiler:learning about the primitive Yilanè and deciding to advance efforts to talk with them]], to Enge’s barely-concealed irritation.



* MaliciousMisnaming: Ambalasi's exasperation with the Daughters of Life leads her to address them with unflattering spins on their name, such as Daughters of Lassitude and Daughters of Talk.

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* MaliciousMisnaming: Ambalasi's Ambalasei's exasperation with the Daughters of Life leads her to address them with unflattering spins on their name, such as Daughters of Lassitude and Daughters of Talk.



* ThePhilosopher: The Daughters of Life like to spend a long time ruminating on Ugenenapsa's teachings, how to fit things in their everyday lives into those teachings, and how to spread them to others. Unfortunately, this leads to very little actually getting done, which aggravates Ambalasei to no end.



* SlaveLiberation: In ''Winter in Eden'', Ambalasi does a variant, [[spoiler:rescuing Enge and the Daughters of Life imprisoned in her city's orchard groves and fleeing with them to an as-yet-undiscovered land]].

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* SlaveLiberation: In ''Winter in Eden'', Ambalasi Ambalasei does a variant, [[spoiler:rescuing Enge and the Daughters of Life imprisoned in her city's orchard groves and fleeing with them to an as-yet-undiscovered land]].



* StartingANewLife: After their escape, Ambalasi, Enge, and the Daughters of Life from Ikhalmanets evetually do this [[spoiler:somewhere on the South American coast, where they discover a primitive tribe of Yilanè and begin studying them]].

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* StartingANewLife: After their escape, Ambalasi, Ambalasei, Enge, and the Daughters of Life from Ikhalmanets evetually eventually do this [[spoiler:somewhere on the South American coast, where they discover a primitive tribe of Yilanè and begin studying them]].



* TookALevelInJerkass: Herilak goes from respecting Kerrick and his knowledge of the hated murgu in ‘’West of Eden’’ to treating him like a traitor and angrily leaving with the other Tanu in ‘’Winter of Eden’’ after Kerrick refuses to [[spoiler:abandon the ruins of Alpèasak or kill the two males who survived the fire]].

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* TookALevelInJerkass: Herilak goes from respecting Kerrick and his knowledge of the hated murgu in ‘’West of Eden’’ to treating him like a traitor and angrily leaving with the other Tanu in ‘’Winter ''Winter of Eden’’ Eden'' after Kerrick refuses to [[spoiler:abandon the ruins of Alpèasak or kill the two males who survived the fire]].
31st Jan '18 8:37:11 PM Willbyr
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* LivingWeapon: Alpèasak is guarded by all kinds of living traps, but the one that gets the most mention is the hesotsan, a genetically modified monitor lizard that shoots poisoned darts and is the Yilanè's main personal weapon.

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* LivingWeapon: Alpèasak is guarded by all kinds of living traps, but the one that gets the most mention is the hesotsan, a genetically modified monitor lizard that shoots poisoned darts and is the Yilanè's main personal weapon. The concept is taken further in ’’Winter in Eden’’, as rather than marching an army against the ustuzou, ever-encroaching and fireproof poisonous plants are used to slowly push them into a trap.
31st Jan '18 8:33:39 PM Willbyr
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* TheExile: [[spoiler:'Vaintè]] becomes one at the end of ‘’Winter in Eden’’, cast out [[spoiler:by Lanefenuu for challenging her orders to stop the war on the ustuzou and for not dying when ordered to do so]] and marooned somewhere on the coast of Entoban*[[note]]Africa[[/note]], far south of Ikhalmanets or any other nearby Yilanè city.



* KillItWithFire: [[spoiler:In the climax of ''West of Eden'', Kerrick and some of the other hunters burn Alpèasak, killing the vast majority of the Yilanè on their continent.]]

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* KillItWithFire: [[spoiler:In This is an important plot point in the climax climaxes of the first two books. In ''West of Eden'', [[spoiler: Kerrick and some of the other hunters burn Alpèasak, killing the vast majority of the Yilanè on their continent.]]continent]]. In ''Winter In Eden'', [[spoiler:Kerrick uses the threat of torching Ikhalmanets as leverage to force Lanefenuu to call off Vaintè and her war on the ustuzou]].
31st Jan '18 7:58:34 PM Willbyr
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* StartingANewLife: After their escape, Ambalasi, Enge, and the Daughters of Life from Ikhalmanets evetually do this [[spoiler:somewhere on the South American coast, where they discover a primitive tribe of Yilanè and begin studying them]].


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* TookALevelInJerkass: Herilak goes from respecting Kerrick and his knowledge of the hated murgu in ‘’West of Eden’’ to treating him like a traitor and angrily leaving with the other Tanu in ‘’Winter of Eden’’ after Kerrick refuses to [[spoiler:abandon the ruins of Alpèasak or kill the two males who survived the fire]].
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