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The fourth [[TheCulture Culture]] novel, written by IainMBanks. It concerns the reactions of individuals (mostly Minds) of The Culture (and other interspatial species) to the discovery of an unknown and enigmatic artifact: The Excession.

!! Examples:

* AnachronicOrder: The book has two plot lines: One running normally and detailing the reactions to the Excession, and a second that consists of flashbacks about Byr and Dajeil's life.
* AppropriatedAppellation: The Affront were called as such as criticism of their behavior, but they [[InsultBackfire took it as a compliment]] and started calling themselves that.
* BabiesMakeEverythingBetter: Subverted. Dajeil has been keeping an unborn baby in suspension for years, and she's the cause of a fair amount of the ''Sleeper Service'''s drama.
* BackupTwin:
** Before it [[spoiler:starts a suicidal attack on the hijacked Pittance fleet]], the ''Killing Time'' asks various ships to accept its mind-state.
--> '''The ''Killing Time''''': "Please accept my mind-state."
** The Elencher drone Sisela Ytheleus from the beginning downloads its mind-state into its twin as [[spoiler:part of ''Peace Makes Plenty'''s contingency plan]].
* {{Badass}}: To borrow a phrase from another Culture novel, the ''Killing Time'' rips through an entire battle fleet like a berserk raptor plunged into a nest of kittens.
%%* BoisterousBruiser: The Affront.
* BunnyEarsLawyer: The Interesting Times Gang. They're all eccentric, but they're not all Eccentric.
* TheCharmer: Byr - or TheCasanova.
* TheChessmaster: The conspiracy's planners, very much.
* ContinuityNod:
** There are plenty of references to [[ConsiderPhlebas the Idiran war]].
** A rather subtle one: In [[TheCulture/ThePlayerOfGames The Player of Games]], Yay (who is on an Orbital landscaping committee) expresses her desire to make floating islands on Orbitals. In this novel, Tishlin takes an airship ride among floating islands on an Orbital.
* ContinuousDecompression: [[spoiler:on Pittance.]]
* CoolShip: Most of the characters are ships, but the stand outs are the ''Sleeper Service'' and the ''[[AxeCrazy Killing Time]]''.
* DeathSeeker: The ''Killing Time'', sort of, after its attempt at HeroicSacrifice failed.
* DidntSeeThatComing: ''no one'' in the entire galaxy saw the Excession itself coming, and in particular no one even considered that the Eccentric ''Sleeper Service'' [[spoiler: was building its own war fleet!]]
* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler: ''Attitude Adjuster, Not Invented Here'' and the Affronter commander]].
* ExpositionOfImmortality: The Drone Churt Lyne, who accompanies Ulver Seich on her travels, is mentioned as having been a family friend for a millennia with parts of its personality dating back to ancient household computer programs from 9,000 years ago. The MSV ''Not Invented Here'' is also pretty old: ''Desert''-class [=MSVs=] were among the original "large self-sustaining" ship designs the Culture came up with two millennia prior to the Idiran War, which itself took place 800 years before the events of ''Excession.''
* FacePalm: The ''Fate Amenable To Change'', metaphorically.
--> If the ''Fate Amenable To Change'' had been a human, at this point, it would have looked down, put one hand over its eyes, and shaken its head.
* FasterThanLightTravel
** Taken to a mind-bending degree. To get away from its official/unofficial stalker, [[spoiler:the ''Sleeper Service'']] converts all its extra mass into one huge engine - this is a ship with an internal volume of over a ''hundred thousand'' cubic kilometers - and reaches somewhere in the vicinity of 230,000 times lightspeed. By the end, the stalker is left asking itself, "Where is it going, Andromeda?!"
* FateWorseThanDeath: Creatures genetically altered by the Affront.
* What ''Grey Area'' does to organic creatures it doesn't like. Also crosses over with AndIMustScream.
* ForTheEvulz: Affront culture. ''Every facet.'' A particularly vile example include the fact that one of the very first things the Affront did when they gained enough knowledge of genetic manipulation was to alter all their females so that they would only feel pain and fear during any vaguely sexual situation.
* IDidWhatIHadToDo: The ''Attitude Adjuster''.
* KnightTemplar: ''Grey Area''. May cross over with SociopathicHero depending on your point of view.
* LaughablyEvil: The Affront, who are so innocently ''enthusiastic'' about their bloodthirsty viciousness that most higher civilizations that encounter them can't help but be amused. [[spoiler:Not everyone appreciates the joke, though.]]
* MachoMasochism: Affronters. Most males lose at least one limb in duels.
%%* [[MisterSeahorse Male Pregnancy]]: [[spoiler:Byr.]]
* MercyKill: [[spoiler: the Affronter Captain that committed suicide in a particularly painful way, rather than live with the shame of defeat, was put out of his misery by the]] ''[[spoiler: Heavy Messing]]''.
* MindRape: The ''Grey Area''. There is a reason the other Minds call it ''Meatfucker''. Effectors are pretty much this when used as weaponry, which is doing is such a taboo for Minds. The [[spoiler:''Attitude Adjuster'']] is killed this way, being made to believe that it has crossed the MoralEventHorizon and forced to commit suicide.
* MoreDakka: [[spoiler: Or at least the threat of it, is how the Sleeper Service prevents the impending war between the Culture and the Affront. As well as converting much of its mass to engines, it has also spent its time as an Eccentric constructing more than 80,000 warships. These range from thousands of the smaller Thug and Gangster classes (which are still capable, individually, of killing planets) to 512 [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Abominator]] class capital ships (a single one of which [[CurbstompBattle curbstomped]] an entire battle group of warships far more advanced than those possessed by the Affront in milliseconds in ''Surface Detail'').]]
* NoPunctuationPeriod: [[spoiler:The epilogue message from the Excession]].
* OhCrap:
** The ''Yawning Angel'''s reaction when it realizes the ''Sleeper Service'' converted ''[[OverDrive all its internal volume into engine.]]''
-->''Two hundred and thirty-two thousand times the speed of light. Dear holy fucking shit.''
** And then pretty much everybody when they see what the ''Sleeper Service'' has spent the rest of its time doing. See MoreDakka above.
* ObfuscatingInsanity: The ''Sleeper Service''[[spoiler:; it's an SC ship pretending to be Eccentric]].
* OutsideContextVillain: The TropeNamer based on the Outside Context Problem, of which the Excession itself is a prime example.
-->''The usual example [of] an Outside Context Problem was imagining you were a tribe on a largish, fertile island; you'd tamed the land, invented the wheel or writing or whatever, the neighbours were cooperative... and you were busy raising temples to yourself and the whole situation was just running along nicely like a canoe on wet grass... when suddenly a bristling lump of iron appears sailless and trailing steam in the bay and these guys carrying long funny-looking sticks come ashore and announce you've just been discovered, you're subjects of the Emperor now, he's keen on presents called tax and these bright-eyed holy men would like a word with your priests.''
* PlanetOfHats: The Affront, an entire race of cheerfully sociopathic {{Boisterous Bruiser}}s. Deconstructed somewhat, in that they have ''exactly'' the sort of international standing one would expect given their behaviour.
* ProudWarriorRaceGuy: See PlanetOfHats and MercyKill.
* PunnyName: While all the Culture Minds have [[MeaningfulName Meaningful Names]], they also had double meanings to their names in this novel. ''Sleeper Service'', ''Killing Time'', ''Grey Area'', the list goes on.
%%* ReallyGetsAround: Byr.
* SpaceIsCold: [[spoiler: Gestra's death.]]
* SpikesOfVillainy: Affront ships. It's intentional, of course.
* TechnoBabble: A lot. They're Minds. It's expected.
%%* TestosteronePoisoning: Affront culture. ''Every single aspect thereof''.
* TortureTechnician: ''Grey Area''. It actually carries a huge museum of torture devices, complete with demonstration videos. It's most efficiently painful device? A [[MindRape neural-lace]]. You know, that one thing that practically everyone in The Culture has.
%%* WasItReallyWorthIt: A crucial question.
* ZeroApprovalGambit: What the ''Attitude Adjuster'' thought it would be doing.

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The fourth [[TheCulture Culture]] novel, written by IainMBanks. It concerns the reactions of individuals (mostly Minds) of The Culture (and other interspatial species) to the discovery of an unknown and enigmatic artifact: The Excession.

!! Examples:

* AnachronicOrder: The book has two plot lines: One running normally and detailing the reactions to the Excession, and a second that consists of flashbacks about Byr and Dajeil's life.
* AppropriatedAppellation: The Affront were called as such as criticism of their behavior, but they [[InsultBackfire took it as a compliment]] and started calling themselves that.
* BabiesMakeEverythingBetter: Subverted. Dajeil has been keeping an unborn baby in suspension for years, and she's the cause of a fair amount of the ''Sleeper Service'''s drama.
* BackupTwin:
** Before it [[spoiler:starts a suicidal attack on the hijacked Pittance fleet]], the ''Killing Time'' asks various ships to accept its mind-state.
--> '''The ''Killing Time''''': "Please accept my mind-state."
** The Elencher drone Sisela Ytheleus from the beginning downloads its mind-state into its twin as [[spoiler:part of ''Peace Makes Plenty'''s contingency plan]].
* {{Badass}}: To borrow a phrase from another Culture novel, the ''Killing Time'' rips through an entire battle fleet like a berserk raptor plunged into a nest of kittens.
%%* BoisterousBruiser: The Affront.
* BunnyEarsLawyer: The Interesting Times Gang. They're all eccentric, but they're not all Eccentric.
* TheCharmer: Byr - or TheCasanova.
* TheChessmaster: The conspiracy's planners, very much.
* ContinuityNod:
** There are plenty of references to [[ConsiderPhlebas the Idiran war]].
** A rather subtle one: In [[TheCulture/ThePlayerOfGames The Player of Games]], Yay (who is on an Orbital landscaping committee) expresses her desire to make floating islands on Orbitals. In this novel, Tishlin takes an airship ride among floating islands on an Orbital.
* ContinuousDecompression: [[spoiler:on Pittance.]]
* CoolShip: Most of the characters are ships, but the stand outs are the ''Sleeper Service'' and the ''[[AxeCrazy Killing Time]]''.
* DeathSeeker: The ''Killing Time'', sort of, after its attempt at HeroicSacrifice failed.
* DidntSeeThatComing: ''no one'' in the entire galaxy saw the Excession itself coming, and in particular no one even considered that the Eccentric ''Sleeper Service'' [[spoiler: was building its own war fleet!]]
* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler: ''Attitude Adjuster, Not Invented Here'' and the Affronter commander]].
* ExpositionOfImmortality: The Drone Churt Lyne, who accompanies Ulver Seich on her travels, is mentioned as having been a family friend for a millennia with parts of its personality dating back to ancient household computer programs from 9,000 years ago. The MSV ''Not Invented Here'' is also pretty old: ''Desert''-class [=MSVs=] were among the original "large self-sustaining" ship designs the Culture came up with two millennia prior to the Idiran War, which itself took place 800 years before the events of ''Excession.''
* FacePalm: The ''Fate Amenable To Change'', metaphorically.
--> If the ''Fate Amenable To Change'' had been a human, at this point, it would have looked down, put one hand over its eyes, and shaken its head.
* FasterThanLightTravel
** Taken to a mind-bending degree. To get away from its official/unofficial stalker, [[spoiler:the ''Sleeper Service'']] converts all its extra mass into one huge engine - this is a ship with an internal volume of over a ''hundred thousand'' cubic kilometers - and reaches somewhere in the vicinity of 230,000 times lightspeed. By the end, the stalker is left asking itself, "Where is it going, Andromeda?!"
* FateWorseThanDeath: Creatures genetically altered by the Affront.
* What ''Grey Area'' does to organic creatures it doesn't like. Also crosses over with AndIMustScream.
* ForTheEvulz: Affront culture. ''Every facet.'' A particularly vile example include the fact that one of the very first things the Affront did when they gained enough knowledge of genetic manipulation was to alter all their females so that they would only feel pain and fear during any vaguely sexual situation.
* IDidWhatIHadToDo: The ''Attitude Adjuster''.
* KnightTemplar: ''Grey Area''. May cross over with SociopathicHero depending on your point of view.
* LaughablyEvil: The Affront, who are so innocently ''enthusiastic'' about their bloodthirsty viciousness that most higher civilizations that encounter them can't help but be amused. [[spoiler:Not everyone appreciates the joke, though.]]
* MachoMasochism: Affronters. Most males lose at least one limb in duels.
%%* [[MisterSeahorse Male Pregnancy]]: [[spoiler:Byr.]]
* MercyKill: [[spoiler: the Affronter Captain that committed suicide in a particularly painful way, rather than live with the shame of defeat, was put out of his misery by the]] ''[[spoiler: Heavy Messing]]''.
* MindRape: The ''Grey Area''. There is a reason the other Minds call it ''Meatfucker''. Effectors are pretty much this when used as weaponry, which is doing is such a taboo for Minds. The [[spoiler:''Attitude Adjuster'']] is killed this way, being made to believe that it has crossed the MoralEventHorizon and forced to commit suicide.
* MoreDakka: [[spoiler: Or at least the threat of it, is how the Sleeper Service prevents the impending war between the Culture and the Affront. As well as converting much of its mass to engines, it has also spent its time as an Eccentric constructing more than 80,000 warships. These range from thousands of the smaller Thug and Gangster classes (which are still capable, individually, of killing planets) to 512 [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Abominator]] class capital ships (a single one of which [[CurbstompBattle curbstomped]] an entire battle group of warships far more advanced than those possessed by the Affront in milliseconds in ''Surface Detail'').]]
* NoPunctuationPeriod: [[spoiler:The epilogue message from the Excession]].
* OhCrap:
** The ''Yawning Angel'''s reaction when it realizes the ''Sleeper Service'' converted ''[[OverDrive all its internal volume into engine.]]''
-->''Two hundred and thirty-two thousand times the speed of light. Dear holy fucking shit.''
** And then pretty much everybody when they see what the ''Sleeper Service'' has spent the rest of its time doing. See MoreDakka above.
* ObfuscatingInsanity: The ''Sleeper Service''[[spoiler:; it's an SC ship pretending to be Eccentric]].
* OutsideContextVillain: The TropeNamer based on the Outside Context Problem, of which the Excession itself is a prime example.
-->''The usual example [of] an Outside Context Problem was imagining you were a tribe on a largish, fertile island; you'd tamed the land, invented the wheel or writing or whatever, the neighbours were cooperative... and you were busy raising temples to yourself and the whole situation was just running along nicely like a canoe on wet grass... when suddenly a bristling lump of iron appears sailless and trailing steam in the bay and these guys carrying long funny-looking sticks come ashore and announce you've just been discovered, you're subjects of the Emperor now, he's keen on presents called tax and these bright-eyed holy men would like a word with your priests.''
* PlanetOfHats: The Affront, an entire race of cheerfully sociopathic {{Boisterous Bruiser}}s. Deconstructed somewhat, in that they have ''exactly'' the sort of international standing one would expect given their behaviour.
* ProudWarriorRaceGuy: See PlanetOfHats and MercyKill.
* PunnyName: While all the Culture Minds have [[MeaningfulName Meaningful Names]], they also had double meanings to their names in this novel. ''Sleeper Service'', ''Killing Time'', ''Grey Area'', the list goes on.
%%* ReallyGetsAround: Byr.
* SpaceIsCold: [[spoiler: Gestra's death.]]
* SpikesOfVillainy: Affront ships. It's intentional, of course.
* TechnoBabble: A lot. They're Minds. It's expected.
%%* TestosteronePoisoning: Affront culture. ''Every single aspect thereof''.
* TortureTechnician: ''Grey Area''. It actually carries a huge museum of torture devices, complete with demonstration videos. It's most efficiently painful device? A [[MindRape neural-lace]]. You know, that one thing that practically everyone in The Culture has.
%%* WasItReallyWorthIt: A crucial question.
* ZeroApprovalGambit: What the ''Attitude Adjuster'' thought it would be doing.

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1st Mar '13 12:12:49 PM desdendelle
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The fourth [[TheCulture Culture]] novel, written by IainMBanks. It concerns the reactions of individuals (mostly minds) of The Culture (and other interspacial species) to the discovery of an unknown and enigmatic artifact: The Excession.

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The fourth [[TheCulture Culture]] novel, written by IainMBanks. It concerns the reactions of individuals (mostly minds) Minds) of The Culture (and other interspacial interspatial species) to the discovery of an unknown and enigmatic artifact: The Excession.



* AnachronicOrder

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* AnachronicOrderAnachronicOrder: The book has two plot lines: One running normally and detailing the reactions to the Excession, and a second that consists of flashbacks about Byr and Dajeil's life.



* BabiesMakeEverythingBetter: Subverted. Dajeil has been keeping an unborn baby in suspension for years, and she's the the cause of a fair amount of the ''Sleeper Service'''s drama.

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* BabiesMakeEverythingBetter: Subverted. Dajeil has been keeping an unborn baby in suspension for years, and she's the the cause of a fair amount of the ''Sleeper Service'''s drama.



** Before it [[spoiler:starts a suicidal attack on the hijacked Pittance fleet]], the ''Killing Time'' asks various ships to accept its mind-state.



** The drone from the beginning downloads its mind-state into its twin as well.

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** The Elencher drone Sisela Ytheleus from the beginning downloads its mind-state into its twin as well.[[spoiler:part of ''Peace Makes Plenty'''s contingency plan]].



* BoisterousBruiser: The Affront.

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* %%* BoisterousBruiser: The Affront.






* ExpositionOfImmortality: Drone Churt Lyne, who accompanies Ulver Seich on her travels is mentioned as having been a family friend for a milennia and parts of it's Mind dating back to ancient household computer programs from 9,000 years ago. The MSV ''Not Invented Here'' is also pretty old, ''Desert''-class [=MSVs=] were among the original "large self-sustaining" ship designs the Culture came up with two milennia prior to the Idiran War, which itself took place 800 years before the events of ''Excession.''

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* ExpositionOfImmortality: The Drone Churt Lyne, who accompanies Ulver Seich on her travels travels, is mentioned as having been a family friend for a milennia and millennia with parts of it's Mind its personality dating back to ancient household computer programs from 9,000 years ago. The MSV ''Not Invented Here'' is also pretty old, old: ''Desert''-class [=MSVs=] were among the original "large self-sustaining" ship designs the Culture came up with two milennia millennia prior to the Idiran War, which itself took place 800 years before the events of ''Excession.''



** Taken to a mind-bending degree. To get away from its official/unofficial stalker, one ship converts all its extra mass into one huge engine - this is a ship with an internal volume of over a ''hundred thousand'' cubic kilometers - and reaches somewhere in the vicinity of 230,000 times lightspeed. By the end, the stalker is left asking itself, "Where is it going, Andromeda?!"
* FateWorseThanDeath: Creatures genetically altered by the Affront.* And what ''Grey Area'' does to organic creatures it doesn't like. Also crosses over with AndIMustScream.

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** Taken to a mind-bending degree. To get away from its official/unofficial stalker, one ship [[spoiler:the ''Sleeper Service'']] converts all its extra mass into one huge engine - this is a ship with an internal volume of over a ''hundred thousand'' cubic kilometers - and reaches somewhere in the vicinity of 230,000 times lightspeed. By the end, the stalker is left asking itself, "Where is it going, Andromeda?!"
* FateWorseThanDeath: Creatures genetically altered by the Affront.Affront.
* And what What ''Grey Area'' does to organic creatures it doesn't like. Also crosses over with AndIMustScream.



* MachoMasochism: Affronters.
* [[MisterSeahorse Male Pregnancy]]: [[spoiler:Byr.]]

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* MachoMasochism: Affronters.
*
Affronters. Most males lose at least one limb in duels.
%%*
[[MisterSeahorse Male Pregnancy]]: [[spoiler:Byr.]]



* MoreDakka: [[spoiler: Or at least the threat of it, is how the Sleeper Service prevents the impending war. As well as converting much of its mass to engines it has also spent its time as an Eccentric constructing more than 80,000 warships. These range from thousands of the smaller Thug and Gangster classes (which are still capable, individually, of killing planets) to 512 [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Abominator]] class capital ships (a single one of which [[CurbstompBattle curbstomped]] an entire battle group of warships far more advanced than those possessed by the Affront in milliseconds in ''Surface Detail'').]]

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* MoreDakka: [[spoiler: Or at least the threat of it, is how the Sleeper Service prevents the impending war. war between the Culture and the Affront. As well as converting much of its mass to engines engines, it has also spent its time as an Eccentric constructing more than 80,000 warships. These range from thousands of the smaller Thug and Gangster classes (which are still capable, individually, of killing planets) to 512 [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Abominator]] class capital ships (a single one of which [[CurbstompBattle curbstomped]] an entire battle group of warships far more advanced than those possessed by the Affront in milliseconds in ''Surface Detail'').]]



* OhCrap: The ''Yawning Angel'''s reaction when it realizes the ''Sleeper Service'' converted ''[[OverDrive all its internal volume into engine.]]''

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* OhCrap: OhCrap:
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The ''Yawning Angel'''s reaction when it realizes the ''Sleeper Service'' converted ''[[OverDrive all its internal volume into engine.]]''



* OutsideContextVillain: The TropeNamer based on the Outside Context Problem, aka the Excession itself.

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* OutsideContextVillain: The TropeNamer based on the Outside Context Problem, aka of which the Excession itself.itself is a prime example.



* ReallyGetsAround: Byr.

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* %%* ReallyGetsAround: Byr.



* SpikesOfVillainy: Affront ships.

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* SpikesOfVillainy: Affront ships. It's intentional, of course.



* TestosteronePoisoning: Affront culture. ''Every single aspect thereof''.

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* %%* TestosteronePoisoning: Affront culture. ''Every single aspect thereof''.



* WasItReallyWorthIt: A crucial question.

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* %%* WasItReallyWorthIt: A crucial question.



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* DidntSeeThatComing: ''no one'' in the entire galaxy saw the Excession itself coming, and in particular no one even considered that the Eccentric ''Sleeper Service'' [[spoiler:WAS BUILDING A WAR FLEET!]]

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* DidntSeeThatComing: ''no one'' in the entire galaxy saw the Excession itself coming, and in particular no one even considered that the Eccentric ''Sleeper Service'' [[spoiler:WAS BUILDING A WAR FLEET!]][[spoiler: was building its own war fleet!]]



** Taken to a mind-bending degree. To get away from its official/unofficial stalker, one ship converts all its extra mass into one huge engine. By the end, the stalker is left asking itself, "Where is it going, ANDROMEDA?!?!"
*** Reaching somewhere in the vicinity of 230,000 times lightspeed.
** Keep in mind that this is a ship with an internal volume of over a ''hundred thousand'' cubic kilometers.
* FateWorseThanDeath: Creatures genetically altered by the Affront.
** And what ''Grey Area'' does to organic creatures it doesn't like. Also crosses over with AndIMustScream.

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** Taken to a mind-bending degree. To get away from its official/unofficial stalker, one ship converts all its extra mass into one huge engine. By the end, the stalker is left asking itself, "Where is it going, ANDROMEDA?!?!"
*** Reaching somewhere in the vicinity of 230,000 times lightspeed.
** Keep in mind that
engine - this is a ship with an internal volume of over a ''hundred thousand'' cubic kilometers.
kilometers - and reaches somewhere in the vicinity of 230,000 times lightspeed. By the end, the stalker is left asking itself, "Where is it going, Andromeda?!"
* FateWorseThanDeath: Creatures genetically altered by the Affront.
**
Affront.* And what ''Grey Area'' does to organic creatures it doesn't like. Also crosses over with AndIMustScream.



* MercyKill: [[spoiler: the Affronter Captain that committed suicide in a particularly painful way, rather than live with the shame of defeat, was put out of his misery by the ''Heavy Messing''.]]
* MindRape: The ''Grey Area''. There is a reason the other Minds call it ''Meatfucker''.
** Effectors are pretty much this when used as weaponry. The [[spoiler:''Attitude Adjuster'']] is killed this way, being made to believe that it has crossed the MoralEventHorizon and forced to commit suicide.

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* MercyKill: [[spoiler: the Affronter Captain that committed suicide in a particularly painful way, rather than live with the shame of defeat, was put out of his misery by the ''Heavy Messing''.]]
the]] ''[[spoiler: Heavy Messing]]''.
* MindRape: The ''Grey Area''. There is a reason the other Minds call it ''Meatfucker''.
**
''Meatfucker''. Effectors are pretty much this when used as weaponry.weaponry, which is doing is such a taboo for Minds. The [[spoiler:''Attitude Adjuster'']] is killed this way, being made to believe that it has crossed the MoralEventHorizon and forced to commit suicide.



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10th Dec '12 1:25:39 PM JimmyTMalice
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Added DiffLines:

* NoPunctuationPeriod: [[spoiler:The epilogue message from the Excession]].
27th Nov '12 11:11:49 AM JimmyTMalice
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* CallBack:
** There are plenty of references to [[ConsiderPhlebas the Idiran war]].
** A rather subtle one: In [[TheCulture/ThePlayerOfGames The Player of Games]], Yay (who is on an Orbital landscaping committee) expresses her desire to make floating islands on Orbitals. In this novel, Tishlin takes an airship ride among floating islands on an Orbital.

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* CallBack:
** There are plenty of references to [[ConsiderPhlebas the Idiran war]].
** A rather subtle one: In [[TheCulture/ThePlayerOfGames The Player of Games]], Yay (who is on an Orbital landscaping committee) expresses her desire to make floating islands on Orbitals. In this novel, Tishlin takes an airship ride among floating islands on an Orbital.


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* ContinuityNod:
** There are plenty of references to [[ConsiderPhlebas the Idiran war]].
** A rather subtle one: In [[TheCulture/ThePlayerOfGames The Player of Games]], Yay (who is on an Orbital landscaping committee) expresses her desire to make floating islands on Orbitals. In this novel, Tishlin takes an airship ride among floating islands on an Orbital.
22nd Nov '12 12:53:56 PM JimmyTMalice
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** ->''The usual example [of] an Outside Context Problem was imagining you were a tribe on a largish, fertile island; you'd tamed the land, invented the wheel or writing or whatever, the neighbours were cooperative... and you were busy raising temples to yourself and the whole situation was just running along nicely like a canoe on wet grass... when suddenly a bristling lump of iron appears sailless and trailing steam in the bay and these guys carrying long funny-looking sticks come ashore and announce you've just been discovered, you're subjects of the Emperor now, he's keen on presents called tax and these bright-eyed holy men would like a word with your priests.''

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** ->''The -->''The usual example [of] an Outside Context Problem was imagining you were a tribe on a largish, fertile island; you'd tamed the land, invented the wheel or writing or whatever, the neighbours were cooperative... and you were busy raising temples to yourself and the whole situation was just running along nicely like a canoe on wet grass... when suddenly a bristling lump of iron appears sailless and trailing steam in the bay and these guys carrying long funny-looking sticks come ashore and announce you've just been discovered, you're subjects of the Emperor now, he's keen on presents called tax and these bright-eyed holy men would like a word with your priests.''
22nd Nov '12 12:53:25 PM JimmyTMalice
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->''The usual example [of] an Outside Context Problem was imagining you were a tribe on a largish, fertile island; you'd tamed the land, invented the wheel or writing or whatever, the neighbours were cooperative... and you were busy raising temples to yourself and the whole situation was just running along nicely like a canoe on wet grass... when suddenly a bristling lump of iron appears sailless and trailing steam in the bay and these guys carrying long funny-looking sticks come ashore and announce you've just been discovered, you're subjects of the Emperor now, he's keen on presents called tax and these bright-eyed holy men would like a word with your priests.''

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->''The **->''The usual example [of] an Outside Context Problem was imagining you were a tribe on a largish, fertile island; you'd tamed the land, invented the wheel or writing or whatever, the neighbours were cooperative... and you were busy raising temples to yourself and the whole situation was just running along nicely like a canoe on wet grass... when suddenly a bristling lump of iron appears sailless and trailing steam in the bay and these guys carrying long funny-looking sticks come ashore and announce you've just been discovered, you're subjects of the Emperor now, he's keen on presents called tax and these bright-eyed holy men would like a word with your priests.''
22nd Nov '12 12:52:56 PM JimmyTMalice
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--> ->''The usual example [of] an Outside Context Problem was imagining you were a tribe on a largish, fertile island; you'd tamed the land, invented the wheel or writing or whatever, the neighbours were cooperative... and you were busy raising temples to yourself and the whole situation was just running along nicely like a canoe on wet grass... when suddenly a bristling lump of iron appears sailless and trailing steam in the bay and these guys carrying long funny-looking sticks come ashore and announce you've just been discovered, you're subjects of the Emperor now, he's keen on presents called tax and these bright-eyed holy men would like a word with your priests.''

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--> ->''The usual example [of] an Outside Context Problem was imagining you were a tribe on a largish, fertile island; you'd tamed the land, invented the wheel or writing or whatever, the neighbours were cooperative... and you were busy raising temples to yourself and the whole situation was just running along nicely like a canoe on wet grass... when suddenly a bristling lump of iron appears sailless and trailing steam in the bay and these guys carrying long funny-looking sticks come ashore and announce you've just been discovered, you're subjects of the Emperor now, he's keen on presents called tax and these bright-eyed holy men would like a word with your priests.''
22nd Nov '12 12:52:28 PM JimmyTMalice
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--> ->''The usual example [of] an Outside Context Problem was imagining you were a tribe on a largish, fertile island; you'd tamed the land, invented the wheel or writing or whatever, the neighbours were cooperative... and you were busy raising temples to yourself and the whole situation was just running along nicely like a canoe on wet grass... when suddenly a bristling lump of iron appears sailless and trailing steam in the bay and these guys carrying long funny-looking sticks come ashore and announce you've just been discovered, you're subjects of the Emperor now, he's keen on presents called tax and these bright-eyed holy men would like a word with your priests.''
22nd Nov '12 12:34:12 PM JimmyTMalice
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* DrivenToSuicide: ''[[spoiler: ''Attitude Adjuster, Not Invented Here'' and the Affronter commander]]''.

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* DrivenToSuicide: ''[[spoiler: [[spoiler: ''Attitude Adjuster, Not Invented Here'' and the Affronter commander]]''.commander]].
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