History Ymmv / CodexAlera

2nd Aug '16 4:47:47 AM SandyGunfox
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* GrowingTheBeard: While the first book is by no means ''bad'', most fans seem to agree the series gets significantly better starting with ''Academ's Fury''. The first book has some EarlyInstallmentWierdness and a more straightforward high fantasy feel to it and many institutions and facets of the setting are only alluded to without being fully displayed yet.

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* GrowingTheBeard: While the first book is by no means ''bad'', most fans seem to agree the series gets significantly better starting with ''Academ's Fury''. The first book has some EarlyInstallmentWierdness EarlyInstallmentWeirdness and a more straightforward high fantasy feel to it and many institutions and facets of the setting are only alluded to without being fully displayed yet.
2nd Aug '16 4:47:22 AM SandyGunfox
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* GrowingTheBeard: While the first book is by no means ''bad'', most fans seem to agree the series gets significantly better starting with ''Academ's Fury''. The first book has some EarlyInstallmentWierdness and a more straightforward high fantasy feel to it and many institutions and facets of the setting are only alluded to without being fully displayed yet.
** Starting with the second book, Aleran politics plays more of a center stage, and there is more of a focus on well-intentioned characters conflicting with one another over their mutually contradictory ideals.
** In the first book, Tavi is a child who barely manages to survive and is mostly dragged along for the ride, though it does of course set up his character. In later books, he grows into an adult with responsibility, competence, and insight, and does more and more to arrange his own fortunes with guile and intelligence rather than seizing opportunities that coincidentally show themselves to him.
4th Nov '15 9:43:31 AM crazysamaritan
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* SpiritualLicensee: As mentioned on the main page, this is WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender with the Roman Legion. The very concept that led to the series' creation was [[XMeetsY The Roman Legion Meets]] ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}''

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* SpiritualLicensee: As mentioned on the main page, this is WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender with the Roman Legion. SpiritualAdaptation: The very concept that led to the series' creation was [[XMeetsY crossing two ideas:]] The Roman Legion Meets]] ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}''and ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}''. Some fans describe it as ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' with the Roman Legion instead.
19th Sep '15 9:55:20 AM DoctorFluffy
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** Invidia Aquitaine is a Machiavellian plotter that desires to obtain as much power as she possibly can. When she found out that [[spoiler:Princeps Septimus]] was marrying a commoner instead of her, she arranged for his assassination, triggering [[spoiler:the entire conflict of the series]]. Devoid of empathy, Invidia has a habit of [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder betraying anyone if it suits her needs]]. In order to oust a beloved military officer from his command, she orders her pawn, Senator Arnos, to have a town filled with innocent people executed for the crime of peacefully complying with a more powerful, nonhostile enemy force. She ordered this believing that the commander would refuse, allowing her to label him a traitor and have him removed, thus eliminating him as a potential political threat. Afterwards, the civilians were going to be executed anyway to "set an example." Invidia later joined the Vord in order to save her own life, and [[TheQuisling voluntarily aided them]] in their mission to [[AbsoluteXenophobe exterminate all non-Vord life on the planet]]. Hundreds of millions died due to her efforts and, when offerred the chance at redemption by teaming up with the remaining High Lords, Invidia threw it away by attempting to kill her allies the literal second it looked like the Vord Queen had been killed. She did this in order to seize complete control over the wasteland she had helped create.

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** Invidia Aquitaine is a Machiavellian plotter that desires to obtain as much power as she possibly can. When she found out that [[spoiler:Princeps Septimus]] was marrying a commoner instead of her, she arranged for his assassination, triggering [[spoiler:the entire conflict of the series]].series. As in, she destroyed the stability of the Realm just because the most powerful man in it wouldn't marry her]]. Devoid of empathy, Invidia has a habit of [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder betraying anyone if it suits her needs]]. In order to oust a beloved military officer from his command, she orders her pawn, Senator Arnos, to have a town filled with innocent people executed for the crime of peacefully complying with a more powerful, nonhostile enemy force. She ordered this believing that the commander would refuse, allowing her to label him a traitor and have him removed, thus eliminating him as a potential political threat. Afterwards, the civilians were going to be executed anyway to "set an example." Invidia later joined the Vord in order to save her own life, and [[TheQuisling voluntarily aided them]] in their mission to [[AbsoluteXenophobe exterminate all non-Vord life on the planet]]. Hundreds of millions died due to her efforts and, when offerred the chance at redemption by teaming up with the remaining High Lords, Invidia threw it away by attempting to kill her allies the literal second it looked like the Vord Queen had been killed. She did this in order to seize complete control over the wasteland she had helped create.
12th Aug '15 4:16:03 PM MechWarrior
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* CrowningMomentOfFunny - [[Funny/CodexAlera Has its own page.]]
* CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming - [[Heartwarming/CodexAlera Has its own page.]]

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* CrowningMomentOfFunny [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments Crowning Moment Of Funny]] - [[Funny/CodexAlera Has its own page.]]
* CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments Crowning Moment Of Heartwarming]] - [[Heartwarming/CodexAlera Has its own page.]]



* NightmareRetardant - Intentional. At the end of ''First Lord's Fury'', Ehren reads Tavi a series of reports saying that unrest has arisen between [[spoiler: steadholders who surrendered to the Vord and the army. The farmers keep complaining that the soldiers are killing "their" Vord-- spiders and other creatures that they are using to tend their crops and livestock. [[{{ColorCodedForYourConvenience}} Painted]] [[{{CrowningMomentOfFunny}} in different colors so that no one confuses whose is whose]].]]

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* NightmareRetardant - Intentional. At the end of ''First Lord's Fury'', Ehren reads Tavi a series of reports saying that unrest has arisen between [[spoiler: steadholders who surrendered to the Vord and the army. The farmers keep complaining that the soldiers are killing "their" Vord-- spiders and other creatures that they are using to tend their crops and livestock. [[{{ColorCodedForYourConvenience}} Painted]] [[{{CrowningMomentOfFunny}} [[{{SugarWiki/FunnyMoments}} in different colors so that no one confuses whose is whose]].]]



* TearJerker: [[spoiler:"I know how a Vord Queen dies. I am ready."]] Damn you, JimButcher, for making us go all sniffly over [[spoiler:the omnicidal leader of a HordeOfAlienLocusts.]]

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* TearJerker: [[spoiler:"I know how a Vord Queen dies. I am ready."]] Damn you, JimButcher, Creator/JimButcher, for making us go all sniffly over [[spoiler:the omnicidal leader of a HordeOfAlienLocusts.]]
11th Apr '15 8:38:39 AM spudwalt
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** Kord is a brutal and sadistic thug who turned his steadholt into a WretchedHive. Practicing slavery in a region where it's illegal, Kord sees his slaves as animals and prefers them, [[StrawMisogynist particularly the females]], broken, so that he can prove his power over them. In a bid to assert his dominance over Isana, he forces her to watch his men gang rape [[TheOphelia Odianna]]. When that doesn't work, he reveals his preferred method of breaking slaves: the discipline collar. These devices force slaves to feel intense pleasure or agonizing pain based on whether or not they obey their masters. After showing off the collar on Odianna, he tells Isana that the next night he'll rape Odianna, using the collar to make her like it, then do the same to Isana. Violent and short-tempered, not even Kord's flesh and blood is spared from his wrath. Disgusted with his son, Aric's, [[WhiteSheep natural kindness]], Kord physically abuses him, forces him to assist Kord in his crimes, and threatens him with death should Aric refuse.

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** Kord is a brutal and sadistic thug who turned his steadholt into a WretchedHive. Practicing slavery in a region where it's illegal, Kord sees his slaves as animals and prefers them, [[StrawMisogynist particularly the females]], broken, so that he can prove his power over them. In a bid to assert his dominance over Isana, he forces her to watch his men gang rape [[TheOphelia Odianna]].Odiana]]. When that doesn't work, he reveals his preferred method of breaking slaves: the discipline collar. These devices force slaves to feel intense pleasure or agonizing pain based on whether or not they obey their masters. After showing off the collar on Odianna, Odiana, he tells Isana that the next night he'll rape Odianna, Odiana, using the collar to make her like it, then do the same to Isana. Violent and short-tempered, not even Kord's flesh and blood is spared from his wrath. Disgusted with his son, Aric's, [[WhiteSheep natural kindness]], Kord physically abuses him, forces him to assist Kord in his crimes, and threatens him with death should Aric refuse.
26th Mar '15 12:29:59 AM SpectralTime
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* ClicheStorm: Deconstructed and defied.

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* ClicheStorm: Deconstructed and defied.%%* ClicheStorm



** High Lord Kalarus is a despicable despot who built his realm upon slavery and maintains it by keeping his subjects perpetually impoverished. Cruel and power-hungry, in his quest to conquer all of Alera, Kalarus commits one atrocity after another. He keeps his top intelligence agent in line by regularly having her raped and [[IHaveYourWife holding her child, Masha, captive]], despite the fact that Masha is probably his granddaughter. Kalarus built up his army by attaching discipline collars to children, then conditioned them with the collars for all their lives, ensuring that they would be a [[{{Tykebomb}} mindlessly loyal killing machines]] once they reached adulthood. When he decided to launch all out war on Alera, Kalarus had his legions slaughter most of the female Citizens in the Realm, and personally carried out attacks on orphanages to draw out defenders. Crippled and defeated in war, Kalarus retreated to his realm and rigged up a TakingYouWithMe scenario in the case his lands were conquered. He began provoking the great, volcano-dwelling fury, Kalus, and then bound the fury's wrath to his life. His plan was that if he died, the volcano would erupt and kill millions upon millions of people within the region. [[spoiler:Unable to disarm the fury, Gaius Sextus is forced to set it off to minimize the damage, killing everyone within Kalarus's realm]].

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** High Lord Kalarus is a despicable despot who built his realm upon slavery and maintains it by keeping systemically strips his subjects perpetually impoverished.of every possible resource in his constant plans for war, ensuring their continual poverty. Cruel and power-hungry, in his quest to conquer all of Alera, Kalarus commits one atrocity after another. He keeps his top intelligence agent in line by regularly having her raped and [[IHaveYourWife holding her child, Masha, captive]], despite the fact that Masha is probably his granddaughter. Kalarus built up his army by attaching discipline collars to children, then conditioned them with the collars for all their lives, ensuring that they would be a [[{{Tykebomb}} mindlessly loyal killing machines]] once they reached adulthood. When he decided to launch all out war on Alera, Kalarus had his legions slaughter most of the female Citizens in the Realm, and personally carried out attacks on orphanages to draw out defenders. Crippled and defeated in war, Kalarus retreated to his realm and rigged up a TakingYouWithMe scenario in the case his lands were conquered. He began provoking the great, volcano-dwelling fury, Kalus, and then bound the fury's wrath to his life. His plan was that if he died, the volcano would erupt and kill millions upon millions of people within the region. [[spoiler:Unable to disarm the fury, Gaius Sextus is forced to set it off to minimize the damage, killing everyone within Kalarus's realm]].



**** When he [[spoiler: declared his true name]], the earth shook and the sky turned red. The reader knows that's because [[spoiler: a powerful furycrafter hundreds of miles away just made a volcano erupt]], but as far as the characters know it's because he's ''just that awesome''.
**** He thinks something like, "I have no idea what that is, but [[LargeHam there's no point letting it go to waste]], is there?"
***** It ''did'' add something to the delivery, after all.

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**** When he [[spoiler: declared his true name]], the earth shook and the sky turned red. The reader knows that's because [[spoiler: a powerful furycrafter hundreds of miles away just made a volcano erupt]], but as far as the characters know it's because he's ''just that awesome''.
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awesome''. He even thinks something like, "I have no idea what that is, but [[LargeHam there's no point letting it go to waste]], is there?"
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there?" It ''did'' add something to the delivery, after all.



** Brencis. When the person who you've kidnapped and are about to rape notices how handsome you are, I believe you fufill this trope (though the mind control collar helped).

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** Brencis. When the person who you've kidnapped and are about to rape notices how handsome you are, I believe you fufill this trope (though the mind control mind-control collar helped).



* FanNickname: The Vord Queen is HIB-- short for 'Her Imperial Bugginess'. Lady Aquitaine is TEBI-- short for 'That Evil Bitch Invidia.' Ehren is often referred to as "the [[UnusualEuphemism crowbegotten]] Franchise/{{Batman}}."



** Brencis, son of High Lord Kalarus [[spoiler:crosses this when it turns out he's using his father's brainwashing technique (already NightmareFuel) to turn humans]] into slaves for the Vord.
** Kalarus ''pole-vaults'' over it and keeps running. No [[CrossesTheLineTwice second crossing]].

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** Brencis, son of High Lord Kalarus [[spoiler:crosses crosses this when it turns out he's using his father's brainwashing technique (already NightmareFuel) to turn humans]] his fellow humans into slaves for [[spoiler: the Vord.Vord]].
** Kalarus ''pole-vaults'' over it with a titanic massacre in his first appearance and keeps running.running from there. No [[CrossesTheLineTwice second crossing]].



* NauseaFuel: Plenty of the effects of Canim ritual sorcery. Of particular note is the fate that befalls a ritualist who tries to challenge Marok, a ritualist of the less treacherous old guard: a couple of droplets of blood and a gesture cause the offending canim to ''vomit up his entire digestive tract.''
* NeverLiveItDown: Kitai has ''no'' intention of letting Tavi forget that he woke the Vord.

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* NauseaFuel: Plenty of the effects of Canim ritual sorcery. Of particular note is the fate that befalls a ritualist who tries to challenge Marok, a ritualist of the less treacherous less-morally-bankrupt old guard: a couple of droplets of blood and a gesture cause the offending canim to ''vomit up his entire digestive tract.''
* NeverLiveItDown: Kitai has ''no'' intention of letting Tavi forget that he woke the Vord. Tavi tries to counter frequently that it's ''her'' fault he did so in the first place, but she [[IHaveBoobsYouMustObey has her ways of defusing that argument]].



* {{HSQ}}: Trends steadily upward over the course of the series, until it takes up the majority of the entire final book.



* SpiritualLicensee: As mentioned on the main page, this is WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender with the Roman Legion.
** The very concept that led to the series' creation was [[XMeetsY The Roman Legion Meets]] ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}''
* StoicWoobie: Araris seems to get injured a lot, and that's not even counting his [[FailureKnight motivations]] behind his alternate, ObfuscatingStupidity persona. But he really doesn't show his emotions to anyone but Isana, and that's after some serious empathic prodding.
** [[spoiler:Even as Fade, he can't catch a break; he tends to get picked on a lot, despite the fact that he seems to be pretty helpful around the house. Even Bernard is pretty curt with him.]]

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* SpiritualLicensee: As mentioned on the main page, this is WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender with the Roman Legion.
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Legion. The very concept that led to the series' creation was [[XMeetsY The Roman Legion Meets]] ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}''
* StoicWoobie: Araris seems to get injured a lot, and that's not even counting his [[FailureKnight motivations]] behind his alternate, ObfuscatingStupidity persona. But he really doesn't show his emotions to anyone but Isana, and that's after some serious empathic prodding.
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prodding. [[spoiler:Even as Fade, he can't couldn't catch a break; he tends to get picked on a lot, despite the fact that he seems to be pretty helpful around the house. Even Bernard is was pretty curt with him.]]
10th Oct '14 3:42:00 PM LongLiveHumour
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** The very concept that led to the series' creation was [[XMeetsY The Roman Legion Meets]] {{Pokemon}}

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** The very concept that led to the series' creation was [[XMeetsY The Roman Legion Meets]] {{Pokemon}}''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}''
5th Jul '14 1:19:27 AM Kytseo
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* SpiritualLicensee: As mentioned on the main page, this is WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender with the Roman Legion.
** The very concept that led to the series' creation was [[XMeetsY The Roman Legion Meets]] {{Pokemon}}
28th May '14 5:08:48 PM Zaptech
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** [[TwoWords One word]]: [[spoiler:Catapults]].

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** [[TwoWords One word]]: [[spoiler:Catapults]].Catapults.



** How did we get this far without mentioning the [[spoiler:fleet of sledding ships]]

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** How did we get this far without mentioning the [[spoiler:fleet The fleet of sledding ships]]ships.
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