History YMMV / MarcusDidiusFalco

17th Oct '14 6:36:55 AM Zadia
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* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: ''The Course Of Honour'': Is Vespasian a well-meaning but clueless idiot who genuinely doesn't realise how much he's hurting Caenis by continually asking things of her that she wants to do but can't due to society's rules, or is he fully aware of what he's doing and trying to get her to realise that they ''can'' defy society's rules by just being honest with her?
10th Sep '14 9:36:05 PM Zadia
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* FunnyAneurysmMoment: In-text example- in ''Shadows in Bronze'', Falco, Petro and Larius go to Pompeii. One of the first things Falco says about it is that it's obviously a place that intends to last. In the next few lines, he points out that yes, he did know what happened to Pompeii, but it was eight years before the eruption, and everyone who thought Vesuvius was a volcano had concluded that it was extinct.

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* FunnyAneurysmMoment: In-text example- in ''Shadows in Bronze'', Falco, Petro and Larius go to Pompeii. One of the first things Falco says about it is that it's obviously a place that intends to last. In the next few lines, he points out that yes, he did know what happened to Pompeii, but it was eight years before the eruption, and everyone who thought Vesuvius was a volcano had concluded that it was extinct. It gets worse when ''Enemies At Home'' reveals that [[spoiler: Larius died in the eruption, and Falco spent weeks trying to find his body, but to no avail.]]
29th Aug '14 10:08:44 PM Zadia
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* FridgeHorror: There's a running subplot in the first few books concerning the possibility that Helena might leave Falco for Titus. She doesn't. However, while it's obviously best for the two of them to stay together, the Flavian dynasty might have lasted a hell of a lot longer if Titus ''had'' married Helena and had a few more heirs. They might have kept Domitian off the throne, anyway.
1st Jul '14 3:23:27 AM Zadia
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** [[spoiler: Gaius and Larius both end up dead. Larius dies in the eruption of Vesuvius, and Gaius dies in the Great Fire.]]



** Helena in the first book. She marries young, feeling that she must do her duty to her family, her class and the Empire. She does her best to be the best wife she can be, but her husband is a douchebag who has virtually no empathy for her and doesn't really care. Finally, she divorces him, but that means that she must return to the life of a girl, living in her father's house, under his command. When Falco meets her, she has found an escape, living in a far-off province with very kind relatives, only to have this solitude broken by the reveal of her beloved young cousin's death, and then the arrival of the man who is to take her back to Rome and her father- the same man she thinks [[spoiler: slept with her naïve, sixteen-year-old cousin and possibly broke her heart.]] (He didn't, but it's hard to judge her for thinking so.)

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** Helena in the first book. She marries young, feeling that she must do her duty to her family, her class and the Empire. She does her best to be the best wife she can be, but her husband is a douchebag who has virtually no empathy for her and doesn't really care. Finally, she divorces him, but that means that she must return to the life of a girl, living in her father's house, under his command. When Falco meets her, she has found an escape, living in a far-off province with very kind relatives, only to have this solitude broken by the reveal of her beloved young cousin's death, and then the arrival of the man who is to take her back to Rome and her father- the same man she thinks [[spoiler: slept with her naïve, sixteen-year-old cousin and possibly broke her heart.]] (He didn't, but it's hard to judge her for thinking so.))
** Albia at the end of ''Enemies At Home''. [[spoiler: She contracts dysentery, but suffers from the most severe attack while in a location that nobody knows about. She ends up having to survive several days, naked, in severe pain and surrounded by shit. Thankfully, she gets rescued.]]
5th Jun '14 2:19:27 PM MadCormorant
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* MoralEventHorizon: As far as Falco is concerned, no matter what he promised Helena previously, [[spoiler:Pertinax]] signed his own death warrant the moment he caused [[spoiler:Helena to miscarry their first, unborn child]].

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* MoralEventHorizon: In-story example. As far as Falco is concerned, no matter what he promised Helena previously, [[spoiler:Pertinax]] signed his own death warrant the moment he caused [[spoiler:Helena to miscarry their first, unborn child]].
5th Jun '14 2:17:55 PM MadCormorant
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* MoralEventHorizon: As far as Falco is concerned, no matter what he promised Helena previously, [[spoiler:Pertinax]] signed his own death warrant the moment he caused [[spoiler:Helena to miscarry their first, unborn child]].
19th Apr '14 5:46:53 AM Zadia
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* GeniusBonus: Someone who's read ''The Twelve Caesars'' or the ''Literature/CambridgeLatinCourse'' will have a very good idea who killed [[spoiler:Sosia Camillina]] in ''The Silver Pigs'', the moment Falco says what the murder weapon was.

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* GeniusBonus: Someone who's read ''The Twelve Caesars'' or the ''Literature/CambridgeLatinCourse'' will have a very good idea who killed [[spoiler:Sosia Camillina]] in ''The Silver Pigs'', the moment Falco says what the murder weapon was. [[spoiler: For those who haven't, Domitian reportedly liked to tear the wings off flies and stab them with his pen.]]
17th Mar '14 2:53:05 PM john_e
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* GeniusBonus: Someone who's read ''The Twelve Caesars'' or the ''Literature/CambridgeLatinCourse'' will have a very good idea who killed [[spoiler:Sosia Camillina]] in ''The Silver Pigs'', the moment Falco says what the murder weapon was.
12th Mar '14 8:32:08 PM Zadia
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** In ''Time To Depart'', when Falco first meets Rubella, he speculates that Rubella has a secret sorrow, but laughs it off as a joke. Unfortunately, in ''Master and God'', we find out that Rubella married a woman who bore him a third son- and died two years later. Guess Falco was right.
27th Feb '14 4:59:05 PM Zadia
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** [[spoiler: Sosia Camillina's death. She wants to be a PluckyGirl and investigate the conspiracy, and instead she stumbles upon the most secret conspirator and gets stabbed through the heart ''with his pen.'']]



* TheWoobie: Petro. He really loves his kids and his wife. [[spoiler: His wife leaves him, taking custody of his kids... and then two of them die while he's abroad.]]

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* TheWoobie: Petro. He really loves his kids and his wife. [[spoiler: His wife leaves him, taking custody of his kids... and then two of them die while he's abroad.]]]]
** Helena in the first book. She marries young, feeling that she must do her duty to her family, her class and the Empire. She does her best to be the best wife she can be, but her husband is a douchebag who has virtually no empathy for her and doesn't really care. Finally, she divorces him, but that means that she must return to the life of a girl, living in her father's house, under his command. When Falco meets her, she has found an escape, living in a far-off province with very kind relatives, only to have this solitude broken by the reveal of her beloved young cousin's death, and then the arrival of the man who is to take her back to Rome and her father- the same man she thinks [[spoiler: slept with her naïve, sixteen-year-old cousin and possibly broke her heart.]] (He didn't, but it's hard to judge her for thinking so.)
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