History VisualNovel / LongLiveTheQueen

23rd Aug '16 1:58:50 PM Mireia
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* GoldenEnding: If Elodie is educated enough to allow the creation of the printing press and centralized hospitals, hasn't been unnecessarily cruel to anyone (and even saved others from cruelty, such as convincing one of the earls to not slay the woman who attempted to poison a duchess out of revenge for her brother's death), has the public accept Lumen, and doesn't kill [[spoiler:her mother's murderer]] and makes him withdraw by peaceful means, she goes on to become a good and wise queen, known for forwarding technology and peace.

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* GoldenEnding: If [[DownplayedTrope Downplayed]]. Elodie is educated enough to allow the creation of the printing press can make some undeniably good choices, and centralized hospitals, hasn't been unnecessarily cruel some endgame outcomes are definitely better than others. However, some positive outcomes are mutually exclusive with others, leading to anyone (and even saved others from cruelty, such as convincing the happiest endings still possessing at least one of element that's less than ideal (usually either [[spoiler:Lumens still being considered social pariahs and thus Elodie's mentors being unable to be publicly be together]] or [[spoiler:the BigBad still being alive, in power, and apparently still willing to invade Nova again if he gets the earls to not slay the woman who attempted to poison a duchess out of revenge for her brother's death), has the public accept Lumen, and doesn't kill [[spoiler:her mother's murderer]] and makes him withdraw by peaceful means, she goes on to become a good and wise queen, known for forwarding technology and peace.opportunity]]).
15th Aug '16 12:04:31 AM infernape612
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* ParanoiaFuel: Invoked by a cruel Elodie in the epilogue. Sometimes, she sets those who displease her free so they can spend the next month in a panic waiting for the axe to drop.
13th Aug '16 9:57:11 AM Monolaf317
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10th Aug '16 11:25:29 PM PurpleAlert
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** If Elodie discovers that [[spoiler: Lucille]] is trying to kill her, this gives her the option to [[spoiler: sacrifice Charlotte to the Kraken]] as soon as the possibility presents itself. Since the whole point was to put [[spoiler: Charlotte]] on the throne, giving Elodie an excuse to execute her is just a horrible, horrible backfire.
9th Aug '16 7:38:32 AM Ramidel
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** Julianna averts this trope, mostly because nobody can force Julianna to do anything, what with her being a lesbian. [[spoiler:Julianna can adopt Briony as heir, instead.]]

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** Julianna averts this trope, mostly because nobody can force Julianna is both a lesbian and is not inclined to do anything, what with her being a lesbian.take orders from anyone. [[spoiler:Julianna can adopt Briony as heir, instead.]]
26th Jul '16 2:34:07 PM PurpleAlert
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''Long Live The Queen'' is a viciously evil UsefulNotes/RenPy-based game where you, as the person in charge of a woefully-unprepared princess, must manage Elodie's weekly schooling to teach her the skills she needs while [[EverythingTryingToKillYou everything is trying to kill her]]. Will you nurture her into a [[EvilOverlord cruel warlord]] who [[OffWithHisHead executes anyone and anything]] that could pose a threat? Or a MagnificentBitch wielding an extensive intelligence network in one hand and a web of alliances in the other? Or maybe even a {{Badass}} MagicalGirlWarrior with a ''[[CoolPet personal attack falcon]]''?

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''Long Live The Queen'' is a viciously evil UsefulNotes/RenPy-based game where you, as the person in charge of a a woefully-unprepared princess, must manage Elodie's weekly schooling to teach her the skills she needs while [[EverythingTryingToKillYou everything is trying to kill her]]. Will you nurture her into a [[EvilOverlord cruel warlord]] who [[OffWithHisHead executes anyone and anything]] that could pose a threat? Or a MagnificentBitch wielding an extensive intelligence network in one hand and a web of alliances in the other? Or maybe even a {{Badass}} MagicalGirlWarrior with a ''[[CoolPet personal attack falcon]]''?
26th Jul '16 4:55:45 AM butterflygrrl
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** Annoy Julianna enough (which is easy) and she'll tell you that she's not beholden to ''you'', some girl who'll die. She's beholden to ''Nova'', and is only in it to attempt to elevate Lumen to something beyond social pariahs.

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** Annoy Julianna enough (which is easy) and she'll tell you that she's not beholden to ''you'', some girl who'll die. She's beholden to ''Nova'', and is only in it to attempt to elevate will sacrifice you if necessary so that the domain and its Lumen to something beyond social pariahs.traditions survive.
24th Jul '16 3:48:52 PM butterflygrrl
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* DespairEventHorizon: While both Joslyn and Julianna start the game suffering from serious depression over Fidelia's death, making them much less useful than they ought to be, both are capable of coming out of it. The one who gets this worst is Elodie's Uncle Laurent [[spoiler: if Elodie publicly accuses him of trying to assassinate her, and Lucille promptly joins in the accusation to cover her own tracks. Between his sister's death and his wife's betrayal, Laurent simply ''gives up'' and allows himself to be led away to be executed, saying nothing more than "May the gods have mercy on all our souls."]]
23rd Jul '16 5:56:43 PM Luigifan
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** Despite supposedly being available as an advisor, Elodie's father, the King Dowager, never provides help to his daughter with any of the problems that get dropped on her. Civil war? Silence. Inventions that would greatly advance Nova's power? Silence. Execute your family and be an all-around brat? Pout. [[spoiler:Until the end, if Elodie never gets her Lumen gem, where he willingly fights for his daughter with HIS lumen gem.]] In fact, he can make things ''worse'' - he gives Elodie the idea to ramp up punishments if she's scared about plots against her (which she can then gleefully enforce), and can dissuade Elodie from taking Julianna in, based on highly circumstantial evidence. By "dissuade", we mean "possibly throw her into the dungeons for life". He's also actively adversarial to Elodie over the issue of her mother's Lumen gem, keeping it from her with the castle guards.

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** Despite supposedly being available as an advisor, Elodie's father, the King Dowager, never provides help to his daughter with any of the problems that get dropped on her. Civil war? Silence. Inventions that would greatly advance Nova's power? Silence. Execute your family and be an all-around brat? Pout. [[spoiler:Until the end, if Elodie never gets her Lumen gem, where he willingly fights for his daughter with HIS lumen ''his'' Lumen gem.]] In fact, he can make things ''worse'' - -- he gives Elodie the idea to ramp up punishments if she's scared about plots against her (which she can then gleefully enforce), and can dissuade Elodie from taking Julianna in, based on highly circumstantial evidence. By "dissuade", we mean "possibly throw her into the dungeons for life". He's also actively adversarial to Elodie over the issue of her mother's Lumen gem, keeping it from her with the castle guards.



*** If you get the "recruited an advisor" achievement, your advisor is actually not bad at giving advice. [[spoiler: Arisse is a bit of a hard-ass, but she's the most effective defense against Lucille that doesn't involve killing her; she never accuses Lucille directly, but Arisse will divert her out of Elodie's way as much as possible and may even drive her out of the castle altogether.]]
** ''Most'' of the adults in the game are remarkably useless to their children when something goes wrong. Briony's parents exile her to boarding school so they can focus on themselves, there's a small custody crisis over Adair because his family's ability to protect him is questionable [[spoiler:and it might get him killed]]. Lieke wants to remain advisor to her daughter Gwenelle once she inherits, but it's implied she's grown accustomed to being in charge and is only being stubborn because she doesn't want to give up her power. Even Selene, an actual priestess equipped to advise on spiritual matters and perform divination in the castle chapel, is probably the most directly helpful of all the adults in Elodie's life, and even ''her'' help is limited to [[spoiler:damage control once everything's gone to Hell already.]]

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*** If you get the "recruited an advisor" achievement, your advisor is actually not bad at giving advice. [[spoiler: Arisse [[spoiler:Arisse is a bit of a hard-ass, but she's the most effective defense against Lucille that doesn't involve killing her; her or putting her in a position of great power; she never accuses Lucille directly, but Arisse will divert her out of Elodie's way as much as possible and may even drive her out of the castle altogether.]]
** ''Most'' of the adults in the game are remarkably useless to their children when something goes wrong. Briony's parents exile her to boarding school so they can focus on themselves, there's a small custody crisis over Adair because his family's ability to protect him is questionable [[spoiler:and it might get him killed]]. Lieke wants to remain advisor to her daughter Gwenelle once she inherits, but it's implied she's grown accustomed to being in charge and is only being stubborn because she doesn't want to give up her power. Even Selene, an actual priestess equipped to advise on spiritual matters and perform divination in the castle chapel, is probably the most directly helpful of all the adults in Elodie's life, and even ''her'' help is limited to [[spoiler:damage control once everything's gone to Hell already.]]already]].



* AndNowYouMustMarryMe: [[spoiler:Subverted in the endgame--the BigBad is already married and has no interest in a fourteen-year-old]]. Earlier, this is a possible goal of [[spoiler:the Duke of Maree, if you surrender his lands to Ixion or punish his sister for her attempted power play]].
** You can also spin the circumstances around. [[spoiler:If your skills are high enough that you realize the Banion is trying to suggest you have a secret relationship, ''then play along with it'' anyway, you have the option of informing him he fits your type, and you intend on marrying him.]] The epilogue details that Elodie takes special steps to ensure it's known that she has the power in the relationship.

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* AndNowYouMustMarryMe: [[spoiler:Subverted in the endgame--the endgame -- the BigBad is already married and has no interest in a fourteen-year-old]]. fourteen-year-old.]] Earlier, this is a possible goal of [[spoiler:the Duke of Maree, if you surrender his lands to Ixion or punish his sister for her attempted power play]].
** You can also spin the circumstances around. [[spoiler:If your skills are high enough that you realize the that Banion is trying to suggest you have a secret relationship, ''then play along with it'' anyway, you have the option of informing him he fits your type, and you intend on marrying him.]] The epilogue details that Elodie takes special steps to ensure it's known that she has the power in the relationship.



* AnnoyingArrows: Mostly averted. Getting shot is a great way to end up dead, ''especially'' if Elodie foolishly tries to push the arrow through to the other side. On the other hand, if she lives through that, there are no lasting consequences to having been shot. [[spoiler:If Elodie succeeds in having Julianna hunted down and killed, it's done by an archer]].

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* AnnoyingArrows: Mostly averted. Getting shot is a great way to end up dead, ''especially'' if Elodie foolishly tries to push the arrow through to the other side. On the other hand, if she lives through that, there are no lasting consequences to having been shot. [[spoiler:If Elodie succeeds in having Julianna hunted down and killed, it's done by an archer]].archer.]]



-->'''Elodie''': [[spoiler:When you've killed me and taken my crystal, what do you do then?]]... You ''have'' the world! But if you're not happy, ''what's the point''?

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-->'''Elodie''': [[spoiler:When you've killed me and taken my crystal, what do you do then?]]... You ''have'' the world! But if you're not happy, ''what's the point''?point?''



* AwesomeMomentOfCrowning: The finale has Elodie swear fealty to all of her subjects, and in return all of the nobles in the land swear their loyalty to her. All chant; Long Live The Queen! and Elodie responds by saying that she will.

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* AwesomeMomentOfCrowning: The finale has Elodie swear fealty to all of her subjects, and in return all of the nobles in the land swear their loyalty to her. All chant; Long [[TitleDrop "Long Live The Queen! Queen!"]] and Elodie responds by saying that she will.



** [[spoiler:Lucille is such a nice and sweet aunt to Elodie. She also wants Elodie dead and is responsible for several annoying assassination attempts.]]
** Banion is friendly and courteous, but he's also using Elodie to get his way, and he won't appreciate it if Elodie doesn't back his sister's power play [[spoiler:- and will attempt to blackmail Elodie, a child, into a physical relationship, should his plans go awry. That's if he doesn't try to get her killed...]]

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** [[spoiler:Lucille is such a nice and sweet aunt to Elodie. She also wants Elodie dead and is responsible for several annoying assassination attempts.attempts, and even if pacified, is ''still'' not above ''rendering Elodie sterile'' to ensure her own daughter becomes heir.]]
** Banion is friendly and courteous, but he's also using Elodie to get his way, and he won't appreciate it if Elodie doesn't back his sister's power play [[spoiler:- [[spoiler:-- and will attempt to blackmail Elodie, a child, into a physical relationship, should his plans go awry. That's if he doesn't try to get her killed...]]



** Elodie herself can become one with the right education and dialogue choices. Explicitly spelled out if [[spoiler:Elodie sacrificed Charlotte to the kraken]], where the rumors from the sailors of the ship that transported Charlotte there will tell people that the cute little queen is actually a cold-hearted bastard, or in the Divine Omen ending, where [[spoiler:a horde of cats ensures that, despite the peasants and nobles hating the fact that you've killed most of your family and nobles, Elodie gets away with her murders.]]

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** Elodie herself can become one with the right education and dialogue choices. Explicitly spelled out if [[spoiler:Elodie sacrificed Charlotte to the kraken]], where the rumors from the sailors of the ship that transported Charlotte there will tell people that the cute little queen is actually a cold-hearted bastard, or in the Divine Omen ending, where [[spoiler:a horde of cats ensures that, despite the peasants and nobles hating the fact that you've killed most of your family and nobles, Elodie gets away with her murders.]]murders]].



** A Cruel Elodie who marries no one will take a great deal of lovers of both genders, and do away with them once bored - and possibly keep Alice as a SexSlave on the side. A kinder Elodie can still show this in one playthrough if she marries Banion while still holding the interest of an unmarried or divorced Brin.

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** A Cruel Elodie who marries no one will take a great deal of lovers of both genders, and do away with them once bored - -- and possibly keep Alice as a SexSlave on the side. A kinder Elodie can still show this in one playthrough if she marries Banion while still holding the interest of an unmarried or divorced Brin.



* BrickJoke: [[spoiler:If Elodie doesn't retrieve the squid poem, non-tactfully rejects Talarist, and then changes her mind and proposes to him at the end of the game, the poem turns up in his hands and he happily exploits it]].
* BrokenBird: Elodie can easily become this if you make her depressed enough times. And she's getting this way right from the beginning - the first in-game screen you'll see is Elodie looking sadly back at you while soft music plays. One of the epilogues establishes her pretty solidly as one: [[spoiler: If a sterilized Elodie delays her marriage to Talarist after Joslyn dies ''and'' maxes out the Faith skillset, they will divorce, leaving Elodie completely alone.]] She never recovers from her grief, and instead devotes herself to her faith in an effort to find meaning in it.

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* BrickJoke: [[spoiler:If Elodie doesn't retrieve the squid poem, non-tactfully rejects Talarist, and then changes her mind and proposes to him at the end of the game, the poem turns up in his hands and he happily exploits it]].
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* BrokenBird: Elodie can easily become this if you make her depressed enough times. And she's getting this way right from the beginning - -- the first in-game screen you'll see is Elodie looking sadly back at you while soft music plays. One of the epilogues establishes her pretty solidly as one: [[spoiler: If [[spoiler:If a sterilized Elodie delays her marriage to Talarist after Joslyn dies ''and'' maxes out the Faith skillset, they will divorce, leaving Elodie completely alone.]] She never recovers from her grief, and instead devotes herself to her faith in an effort to find meaning in it.



* BrokeYourArmPunchingOutCthulhu: [[spoiler:If you fulfill a particularly difficult Guide Dang It, Joslyn ''can'' defeat Togami when he comes to challenge Elodie to a Wizard Duel, but it will come at a great cost for Joslyn: He will remain unconscious for weeks after the fight, and even after he wakes up his physical and mental integrity will be severely and permanently dwindled.]]

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* BrokeYourArmPunchingOutCthulhu: [[spoiler:If you fulfill a particularly difficult Guide Dang It, GuideDangIt, Joslyn ''can'' defeat Togami when he comes to challenge Elodie to a Wizard Duel, but it will come at a great cost for Joslyn: He will remain unconscious for weeks after the fight, and even after he wakes up his physical and mental integrity will be severely and permanently dwindled.]]



** For bonus {{Squick}} points, this follows [[spoiler:a case of step ParentalIncest between the Earl of Io and his mother's second husband.]]

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** For bonus {{Squick}} points, this follows [[spoiler:a case of step ParentalIncest step-ParentalIncest between the Earl of Io and his mother's second husband.]]husband]].



* CallBack: Early in the game, this exchange occurs--

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* CallBack: Early in the game, this exchange occurs--occurs:



** Later, depending on choices in between, it's possible to have this conversation--

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** Later, depending on choices in between, it's possible to have [[BrickJoke this conversation--conversation]]:



* CharacterPortrait: Given to named characters with dialogue (which means that a number of characters, including several love/marriage interests, don't get one). Elodie's is one of the few whose portrait differs according to mood (as well as according to what she's wearing). This used to lead to small incongruities like Charlotte's cheerful portrait coupled with her telling Elodie to stay away from her [[spoiler:after killing Charlotte's mother]], but this bug has since been fixed..
* TheChessmaster: Elodie, to varying extent. In particular, a cruel Elodie won't be able to violently blunder to her coronation without a certain amount of strategic social engineering; it's possible for her to ensure the loyalty of her nobles by killing the ones currently in power and bestowing their titles to others who would otherwise never inherit.

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* CharacterPortrait: Given to named characters with dialogue (which means that a number of characters, including several love/marriage interests, don't get one). Elodie's is one of the few whose portrait differs according to mood (as well as according to what she's wearing). This used to lead to small incongruities like Charlotte's cheerful portrait coupled with her telling Elodie to stay away from her [[spoiler:after killing Charlotte's mother]], but this bug has since been fixed..
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* TheChessmaster: Elodie, to varying extent.extents. In particular, a cruel Elodie won't be able to violently blunder to her coronation without a certain amount of strategic social engineering; it's possible for her to ensure the loyalty of her nobles by killing the ones currently in power and bestowing their titles to others who would otherwise never inherit.



* ColorCodedForYourConvenience: Lumen Crystals generally fall into this, for the ones we get to see, anyway; the crystals themselves typically correspond to their owners' hair or eye colors. [[spoiler:Togami is an exception, as his crystal is mauve... but then we find out Charlotte, who also shares his red eyes, has mauve hair and can inherit his crystal if he dies.]]

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* ColorCodedForYourConvenience: Lumen Crystals generally fall into this, for the ones we get to see, anyway; the crystals themselves typically correspond to their owners' hair or eye colors. [[spoiler:Togami is an exception, as his crystal is mauve... but then we find out that Charlotte, who also shares his red eyes, has mauve hair and can inherit his crystal if he dies.]]



* DarkIsEvil: Should Elodie be evil enough to [[spoiler:join Togami as his enforcer]], the ending slide shows her in a [[EvilIsSexy completely age-inappropriate skin-tight black get-up.]]

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* DarkIsEvil: Should Elodie be evil enough to [[spoiler:join Togami as his enforcer]], the ending slide shows her in a [[EvilIsSexy completely age-inappropriate skin-tight black get-up.]]get-up]].



* DeclarationOfProtection: In his engagement path, Talarist will give one to Elodie under certain circumstances...[[spoiler:[[SubvertedTrope or rather,]] he will give one ''about'' Elodie ''to'' the Novan court, to shame them for supposedly showing less loyalty to her than him, a foreigner. This endears him to no one.]]
* DefeatMeansFriendship: One of the many ways you can deal with your enemies. [[spoiler:This is actually the ''most'' effective method, though also the hardest. The two most dangerous threats to Elodie can be dealt with in this manner: you can make Lucille your Lumen Minister (which "coincidentally" reduces the number of attempts on your life to near-zero) and befriending Togami not only saves your country from the leaderless remnants of his army, but is implied to save ''the entire world'' from Shanjia's warmongering. Befriending Briony (and therefore stopping her from dying in the Old Forest) also pre-empts Kevan's reason to seek revenge in Week 33, and forcing Brin to marry an Ixionite loses most of its consequences if Elodie understands Brin's [[DoesNotLikeMen outrage]] and shows her how to spin it in her favor.]]
** That said, there are several exceptions to the rule, [[spoiler:most of them involving marriage candidates with pre-existing problems. For example, even if you defeat and spare Kevan in a duel, this does ''not'' magically cure his sudden bouts of trauma-induced rage. Making her your Lumen minister will stop Lucille from trying to have you ''killed'', but the implication is that she still hasn't quite given up on taking the throne for her own daughter.]].
* DeliberateValuesDissonance: Since nearly all of the characters are nobility, there tends to be an according contempt for commoners as well as suspicion of those who rise above their original station--such as the Duke-Consort of Lillah and the King of Shanjia. [[spoiler:Those two do turn out to be genuine pieces of work.]]

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* DeclarationOfProtection: In his engagement path, Talarist will give one to Elodie under certain circumstances...[[spoiler:[[SubvertedTrope or rather,]] he will give one ''about'' Elodie ''to'' the Novan court, [[ShamingTheMob to shame them them]] for supposedly showing less loyalty to her than him, a foreigner. This endears him to no one.]]
* DefeatMeansFriendship: One of the many ways you can deal with your enemies. [[spoiler:This is actually the ''most'' effective method, though also the hardest. The two most dangerous threats to Elodie can be dealt with in this manner: you can make Lucille your Lumen Minister (which "coincidentally" reduces the number of attempts on your life to near-zero) near-zero), and befriending Togami not only saves your country from the leaderless remnants of his army, but is implied to save ''the entire world'' from Shanjia's warmongering. Befriending Briony (and therefore stopping her from dying in the Old Forest) also pre-empts Kevan's reason to seek revenge in Week 33, and forcing Brin to marry an Ixionite loses most of its consequences if Elodie understands Brin's [[DoesNotLikeMen outrage]] and shows her how to spin it in her favor.]]
** That said, there are several exceptions to the rule, [[spoiler:most of them involving marriage candidates with pre-existing problems. For example, even if you defeat and spare Kevan in a duel, this does ''not'' magically cure his sudden bouts of trauma-induced rage. Making her your Lumen minister will stop Lucille from trying to have you ''killed'', but the implication is that she still hasn't quite given up on taking the throne for her own daughter.]].
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* DeliberateValuesDissonance: Since nearly all of the characters are nobility, there tends to be an according contempt for commoners as well as suspicion of those who rise above their original station--such station -- such as the Duke-Consort of Lillah and the King of Shanjia. [[spoiler:Those two do turn out to be genuine pieces of work.]]



* DepravedBisexual: A Cruel Elodie who makes Coronation will sleep with anyone of both genders - and drop them like a hot potato as soon as she's bored of them. She also keeps Alice as a SexSlave. Ick.
* DepravedHomosexual: It's strongly implied that the late Duke of Mead was one, i.e. [[spoiler:he was briefly "lifemate" to the Duke of Ursul (Julianna's father), he had a habit of hiring "attractive young servants who had to be frequently replaced after injuries and 'accidents'", and a woman accuses his family of killing her brother.]] Compare the supposed DepravedBisexual [[spoiler:late Duke-Consort of Lillah, who was rumored to have raped the Duchess of Elath and is confirmed to have "seduced" his stepson.]]

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* DepravedBisexual: A Cruel Elodie who makes Coronation will sleep with anyone of both genders - -- and drop them like a hot potato as soon as she's bored of them. She also keeps Alice as a SexSlave. Ick.
* DepravedHomosexual: It's strongly implied that the late Duke of Mead was one, i.e. [[spoiler:he was briefly "lifemate" to the Duke of Ursul (Julianna's father), he had a habit of hiring "attractive young servants who had to be frequently replaced after injuries and 'accidents'", and a woman accuses his family of killing her brother.]] Compare the supposed DepravedBisexual [[spoiler:late Duke-Consort of Lillah, who was rumored to have raped the Duchess of Elath and is confirmed to have "seduced" his stepson.]]stepson]].



* TheDogBitesBack: If you [[spoiler:massacre Lucille's ENTIRE family, Charlotte included,]] Merva will secede from Nova, knowing full well what you've done.

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* TheDogBitesBack: If you [[spoiler:massacre Lucille's ENTIRE family, Charlotte included,]] included]], Merva will secede from Nova, knowing full well what you've done.



** MakingASplash: Selene (More specifically, she has an affinity with sea water. She uses a bowl of water in her divination methods, [[spoiler:can drown people on dry land, and can even track down the location of a kraken in the ocean.]])
** PowerOfTheVoid: [[spoiler:Lucille]] (She claims at first that all she can do is block out sound, but if pushed she reveals she controls the general absence of things like light and life, and she [[spoiler:tries to render Elodie without sight, voice, and movement until she eventually withers away]]. She can also just outright [[LifeDrain drain people of life energy]], or in extreme cases summon beams of darkness that explode silently.)
** HealingHands: Charlotte (Despite not being a Lumen at the start of the game, she can heal Elodie's wounds if she's bitten and poisoned by a milk viper; further investigation reinforces the existence of these powers, and in one of the Lumen Charlotte epilogues it's mentioned she still has healing magic.)

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** MakingASplash: Selene (More specifically, she has an affinity with sea water. She uses a bowl of water in her divination methods, [[spoiler:can drown people on dry land, and can even track down the location of a kraken in the ocean.]])
** PowerOfTheVoid: [[spoiler:Lucille]] (She claims at first that all she can do is block out sound, but if pushed she reveals she controls the general absence of things like light and life, and she [[spoiler:tries to render Elodie without sight, voice, and movement until she eventually withers away]]. She can also just outright [[LifeDrain drain people of life energy]], or in extreme cases summon beams of darkness that explode silently.
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** PowerOfTheVoid: [[spoiler:Lucille]] (She claims at first that all she can do is block out sound, but if pushed, she reveals she controls the general absence of things like light and life, and she [[spoiler:tries to render Elodie without sight, voice, and movement until she eventually withers away]]. She can also just outright [[LifeDrain drain people of life energy]], or in extreme cases, summon beams of darkness that explode silently.)
** HealingHands: Charlotte (Despite not being a Lumen at the start of the game, she can heal Elodie's wounds if she's bitten and poisoned by a milk viper; further investigation reinforces the existence of these powers, and in one of the Lumen Charlotte epilogues epilogues, it's mentioned she still has healing magic.)



** Erwin, the Earl of Ishtar, has an unfortunate tendency to have family die around him--including one of his previous wives and two of his daughters. After the death of his grandson Adair, Elodie can blame him for it and order him imprisoned or executed, [[spoiler:especially if she doesn't know about the political situation with Elath and Talasse, and that those dead family members were part of Elath's ducal family]].
** Elodie might be under the impression that [[spoiler:Arisse is about to wage civil war]] and choose to assassinate her before her plans go in place...but a closer inspection -- one that can only be done if [[spoiler:Sabine is working as a spy]] might reveal that the target merely holds a personal grudge over [[spoiler:her stepson being sent away]] and has no dire intentions against Elodie. Without that extra information, there's no clear distinction between a grudge and a war, thus leading to the possibility of overreacting to the reports.

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** Erwin, the Earl of Ishtar, has an unfortunate tendency to have family die around him--including him -- including one of his previous wives and two of his daughters. After the death of his grandson Adair, Elodie can blame him for it and order him imprisoned or executed, [[spoiler:especially if she doesn't know about the political situation with Elath and Talasse, and that those dead family members were part of Elath's ducal family]].
** Elodie might be under the impression that [[spoiler:Arisse is about to wage civil war]] and choose to assassinate her before her plans go in place... but a closer inspection -- one that can only be done if [[spoiler:Sabine is working as a spy]] -- might reveal that the target merely holds a personal grudge over [[spoiler:her stepson being sent away]] and has no dire intentions against Elodie. Without that extra information, there's no clear distinction between a grudge and a war, thus leading to the possibility of overreacting to the reports.



** [[spoiler:Lucille]] loves her daughter very much - a fact you will be reminded of if [[spoiler:you sacrifice said daughter to the kraken. Hope you like dying.]]

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** [[spoiler:Lucille]] loves her daughter very much - -- a fact you will be reminded of if [[spoiler:you sacrifice said daughter to the kraken. Hope you like dying.]]



* EveryoneIsRelated: A number of the duchies of Nova are ruled by people who are directly related to each other (to say nothing of the numerous cousins), i.e. Caloris and Mazomba (brothers Joslyn and Armand), Hellas and Maree (siblings Brin and Banion), Mead and Lillah (daughter Corisande and mother Arisse). Indeed, part of Arisse's power derives from being the mother, wife (then stepmother), and mother-in-law to the rulers of three other duchies besides her own. Also, Briony is the Duchess of Ursul's niece [[spoiler:and possible heir to her Lumen crystal]], and Brin and Banion's brother Bennett is the stepfather of Elodie's friend Gwenelle (as well as the father of her youngest marriage prospect, eight-year-old Anciet). And speaking of which, most of Elodie's marriage and romance prospects are related as well--[[spoiler:Briony and Linley are cousins through their mothers, Kevan is their uncle, Thaddeus is Kevan's half-brother while Adair is their stepbrother, Talarist and his brother are distantly related to Adair, Anciet is Brin and Banion's nephew, Evrard and Alice are brother and sister... ]]

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* EveryoneIsRelated: A number of the duchies of Nova are ruled by people who are directly related to each other (to say nothing of the numerous cousins), i.e. Caloris and Mazomba (brothers Joslyn and Armand), Hellas and Maree (siblings Brin and Banion), Mead and Lillah (daughter Corisande and mother Arisse). Indeed, part of Arisse's power derives from being the mother, wife (then stepmother), and mother-in-law to the rulers of three other duchies besides her own. Also, Briony is the Duchess of Ursul's niece [[spoiler:and possible heir to her Lumen crystal]], and Brin and Banion's brother Bennett is the stepfather of Elodie's friend Gwenelle (as well as the father of her youngest marriage prospect, eight-year-old Anciet). And speaking of which, most of Elodie's marriage and romance prospects are related as well--[[spoiler:Briony well -- [[spoiler:Briony and Linley are cousins through their mothers, Kevan is their uncle, Thaddeus is Kevan's half-brother while Adair is their stepbrother, Talarist and his brother are distantly related to Adair, Anciet is Brin and Banion's nephew, Evrard and Alice are brother and sister... sister...]]



* EvilOverlord: [[spoiler:Togami.]] He rules an overseas kingdom that has enough resources to raise a massive army and supporting fleet that are both capable of overwhelming Nova through sheer numbers. His goal is world domination. [[spoiler:And he's a Lumen to boot]].

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* EvilOverlord: [[spoiler:Togami.]] He rules an overseas kingdom that has enough resources to raise a massive army and supporting fleet that are both capable of overwhelming Nova through sheer numbers. His goal is world domination. [[spoiler:And he's a Lumen to boot]].boot.]]



** Successfully triggering an earthquake also causes the screen to iris out in much the same way...only for it to pop back open and the story to continue a couple of seconds later.

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** Successfully triggering an earthquake also causes the screen to iris out in much the same way... only for it to pop back open and the story to continue a couple of seconds later.



** Brin, the Duchess of Hellas, is thirty-three and [[HairDecorations still wears a flower in her hair]]. If Elodie dances with her at the ball, she may send a bouquet. In the language of flowers they mean [[GayOption a secret love]], and they're also [[SilkHidingSteel poisonous when eaten]].

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** Brin, the Duchess of Hellas, is thirty-three and [[HairDecorations still wears a flower in her hair]]. If Elodie dances with her at the ball, she may send a bouquet. In the language of flowers flowers, they mean [[GayOption a secret love]], and they're also [[SilkHidingSteel poisonous when eaten]].



* {{Foreshadowing}}: Lots of information pertaining to things which happen in game are foreshadowed either in the flavor text for Elodie's classes, or during conversations with other characters. Some points are more obscure than others, for example:
** With high enough Lore, you uncover a theory suggesting that Bad Things happen when enough powerful Lumen get together. [[spoiler:If you use Lumen powers to sink the Shanjian fleet, you either create a freak wave which drowns Elodie, or cause a sacrifice demanding sea monster to awaken.]]
** The ONLY competition Elodie can win during the tournament is the music one, which suggests she is an incredible performer. [[spoiler:A few weeks later, her music skills become vital in the [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Save the Day with the Power of Music]] ending.]]
** If you become engaged to Adair, the Duke of Sedna will always cause trouble at your borders, not matter how kind you've been to him in the past. While at first glance it may be because you've spurned him, having good internal and foreign affair levels will reveal that [[spoiler:he's actually Adair's next of kin, and therefore the very strategically important Duchy of Elath will pass to him if Adair dies. If you do not marry Adair, he'll send assassins to eliminate him to ensure this succession, and furthermore it's heavily implied that he killed the rest of Adair's family to reach this end. However, Elodie marrying Adair and therefore taking him under the protection of the crown has completely destroyed his plans.]] It's a small wonder that he's a little bitter.

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* {{Foreshadowing}}: Lots of information pertaining to things which happen in game are foreshadowed either in the flavor text for Elodie's classes, or during conversations with other characters. Some points are more obscure than others, others; for example:
** With high enough Lore, you uncover a theory suggesting that Bad Things happen when enough powerful Lumen get together. [[spoiler:If you use Lumen powers to sink the Shanjian fleet, you either create a freak wave which drowns Elodie, or cause a sacrifice demanding sacrifice-demanding sea monster to awaken.]]
** The ONLY ''only'' competition Elodie can win during the tournament is the music one, which suggests she is an incredible performer. [[spoiler:A few weeks later, her music skills become vital in the [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Save the Day with the Power of Music]] ending.]]
** If you become engaged to Adair, the Duke of Sedna will always cause trouble at your borders, not no matter how kind you've been to him in the past. While at first glance it may be because you've spurned him, having good internal and foreign affair levels will reveal that [[spoiler:he's actually Adair's next of kin, and therefore the very strategically important Duchy of Elath will pass to him if Adair dies. If you do not marry Adair, he'll send assassins to eliminate him to ensure this succession, and furthermore furthermore, it's heavily implied that he killed the rest of Adair's family to reach this end. However, Elodie marrying Adair and therefore taking him under the protection of the crown has completely destroyed his plans.]] It's a small wonder that he's a little bitter.



* FourthDateMarriage: Since many of her possible marriages are arranged, Elodie doesn't interact much with a number of the prospective grooms during the course of the game. However, one UpToEleven case is Talarist, the Duke of Sedna. At the beginning of the game Elodie doesn't even know which country Sedna is in; a few weeks, a letter of condolence, and a pretty necklace later he visits in person, flirts, and suggests marriage. Elodie can promptly accept, much to her father's shock.
* FriendToAllLivingThings: While she can't strictly ''talk'' to animals (or hear them talk back), Elodie can learn how to handle different creatures and interpret their behavior with high enough education in animal-related skills. [[HeartIsAnAwesomePower This is not as useless as it may sound at first]]. [[spoiler:Highlights include the EvilDetectingDog and Elodie's trained falcon diving onto the face of an attacker]].

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* FourthDateMarriage: Since many of her possible marriages are arranged, Elodie doesn't interact much with a number of the prospective grooms during the course of the game. However, one UpToEleven case is Talarist, the Duke of Sedna. At the beginning of the game game, Elodie doesn't even know which country Sedna is in; a few weeks, a letter of condolence, and a pretty necklace later later, he visits in person, flirts, and suggests marriage. Elodie can promptly accept, much to her father's shock.
* FriendToAllLivingThings: While she can't strictly ''talk'' to animals (or hear them talk back), Elodie can learn how to handle different creatures and interpret their behavior with high enough education in animal-related skills. [[HeartIsAnAwesomePower This is not as useless as it may sound at first]]. first.]] [[spoiler:Highlights include the EvilDetectingDog and Elodie's trained falcon diving onto the face of an attacker]].attacker.]]



* GeniusDitz: Because you only have so many weeks' worth of classes and some stat checks get pretty high it's likely you'll end up with a queen who's got near-perfect knowledge of some subjects while being completely clueless in others.

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* GeniusDitz: Because you only have so many weeks' worth of classes and some stat checks get pretty high high, it's likely you'll end up with a queen who's got near-perfect knowledge of some subjects while being completely clueless in others.



** And even better? With enough training she can personally kill any threat to her life. Assassin jumps her? She stabs him. Enraged noble challenges her to a duel? She immolates him.
** The queen of Shanjia is an utter bitch, not helped by the addition of her husband. [[spoiler:When one of her ministers attempts to cut a peace treaty with Elodie after she kills said husband in a duel, she sends Elodie his head]].

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** And even better? With enough training training, she can personally kill any threat to her life. Assassin jumps her? She stabs him. Enraged noble challenges her to a duel? She immolates him.
** The queen of Shanjia is an utter bitch, not helped by the addition of her husband. [[spoiler:When one of her ministers attempts to cut a peace treaty with Elodie after she kills said husband in a duel, she sends Elodie his head]].head.]]



** Briony's father Ignatius may be a male example - since he [[spoiler:immediately divorces his wife if he comes into money or power of his own, it's implied that he's only staying with her because of her rank and the security it brings him. We don't know if he married her for this reason, or if they had a loving relationship at some point before Corisande started sleeping with her brother.]]

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** Briony's father Ignatius may be a male example - -- since he [[spoiler:immediately divorces his wife if he comes into money or power of his own, it's implied that he's only staying with her because of her rank and the security it brings him. We don't know if he married her for this reason, or if they had a loving relationship at some point before Corisande started sleeping with her brother.]]



-->[[spoiler:You knew what the outcome would be, you knew it all along. Togami is a trained Lumen eager to demonstrate his powers, and your father... ''was'' your father]].

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-->[[spoiler:You knew what the outcome would be, you knew it all along. Togami is a trained Lumen eager to demonstrate his powers, and your father... ''was'' your father]].father.]]



* GuideDangIt: There are a ''lot'' of intricately connected events in the game and the relationships between them will not be apparent at first. Working out who is trying to kill you at which points and why requires serious note-taking. If you haven't been following all the subplots, angry relatives may suddenly show up and challenge Elodie to a duel to the death... for an offense she didn't even know she committed. In a case of GameplayAndStoryIntegration, many of the more important facts are only listed in the little blurbs that come up when you're leveling up Elodie's education, meaning that unless you're using an external guide, the first time you play you will literally only know what Elodie already knows.
** Also, some of the bonus achievements are downright impossible to get unless you plan your route from day one. Notable examples are the 'save the day through the power of music' bonus (which requires ridiculously high stats in [[spoiler:Voice, Instrument, Foreign Intelligence, Public Speaking AND Presence)]], as well as the 'Naval Victory' bonus [[spoiler:(which requires VERY high Naval Strategy, you not losing ANY soldiers at any point during the game and accessing very specific events).]]

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* GuideDangIt: There are a ''lot'' of intricately connected events in the game and the relationships between them will not be apparent at first. Working out who is trying to kill you at which points and why requires serious note-taking. If you haven't been following all the subplots, angry relatives may suddenly show up and challenge Elodie to a duel to the death... for an offense she didn't even know she committed. In a case of GameplayAndStoryIntegration, many of the more important facts are only listed in the little blurbs that come up when you're leveling up Elodie's education, meaning that unless you're using an external guide, the first time you play play, you will literally only know what Elodie already knows.
** Also, some of the bonus achievements are downright impossible to get unless you plan your route from day one. Notable examples are the 'save the day through the power of music' bonus (which requires ridiculously high stats in [[spoiler:Voice, Instrument, Foreign Intelligence, Public Speaking Speaking, AND Presence)]], Presence]]), as well as the 'Naval Victory' bonus [[spoiler:(which requires VERY high Naval Strategy, you not losing ANY soldiers at any point during the game game, and accessing very specific events).]]events)]].



* HeelFaceTurn: Of a sort. [[spoiler:You can recruit Lucille as your Lumen Minister, after which she stops trying to kill you - unless you kill her daughter, for obvious reasons.]]

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* HeelFaceTurn: Of a sort. [[spoiler:You can recruit Lucille as your Lumen Minister, after which she stops trying to kill you - -- unless you kill her daughter, for obvious reasons.]]



** [[spoiler:Elodie herself can choose to do this to get rid of the kraken, which obviously ends the game]].

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** [[spoiler:Elodie herself can choose to do this to get rid of the kraken, which obviously ends the game]].game.]]



* HoistByTheirOwnPetard: [[spoiler:Two of the possible fights with other Lumen can end this way with enough Resist Magic skill, as Lucille overloads all her power trying to take control of Elodie and the wife-strangler's magic rebounds on him]]. To a lesser degree, it's possible for [[spoiler:Banion, the Duke of Maree]] to call for a vote of no confidence and discover that nobody will support him, and Elodie has the option of demanding to lop off his head. On the other side, if Elodie [[spoiler:forces his sister into marriage, Banion will try to trick her into a compromising position with him to force their engagement in turn]]. Elodie can wind up doing this to herself, if she doesn't have enough Lumen training and enough Lumens to make the battle at sea work, and winds up [[LudicrousGibs exploding herself.]]

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* HoistByTheirOwnPetard: [[spoiler:Two of the possible fights with other Lumen can end this way with enough Resist Magic skill, as Lucille overloads all her power trying to take control of Elodie and the wife-strangler's magic rebounds on him]]. him.]] To a lesser degree, it's possible for [[spoiler:Banion, the Duke of Maree]] to call for a vote of no confidence and discover that nobody will support him, and Elodie has the option of demanding to lop off his head. On the other side, if Elodie [[spoiler:forces his sister into marriage, Banion will try to trick her into a compromising position with him to force their engagement in turn]]. Elodie can wind up doing this to herself, if she doesn't have enough Lumen training and enough Lumens to make the battle at sea work, and winds up [[LudicrousGibs exploding herself.]]herself]].
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* TheMentor:
** A Lumen-inclined Elodie will have Julianna (or Selene, should she send Julianna away) teaching them in Lumen usage from the start of the game.
** Should Elodie fuck up really badly, sometimes Arisse will ''force'' Elodie to make her an advisor.



* TheObiWan:
** A Lumen-inclined Elodie will have Julianna (or Selene, should she send Julianna away) teaching them in Lumen usage from the start of the game.
** Should Elodie fuck up really badly, sometimes Arisse will ''force'' Elodie to make her an advisor.
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