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* HumansAreWhite: Averted, as in the author's other works. Of a grand total of four humans shown, one is Turkish, another is Arab, while a third is a black South African with a Zulu name. The last is white, but Slavic instead of European.

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* HumansAreWhite: Averted, as in the author's other works. Of a grand total of four humans shown, one the mission-giving admiral is Turkish, another is an Arab, while a third the sensor officer on your ship is a black South African with a Zulu name. The last is white, but There's also a Turkish and a Slavic instead of European.newscaster.


A prose prequel, [[http://sto-forum.perfectworld.com/showthread.php?t=1384011 "Hydra's Reach"]], was written by Tropers/{{Worffan101}}, who also collaborated with Tropers/StarSword on the plotting.

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A prose prequel, [[http://sto-forum.perfectworld.com/showthread.php?t=1384011 [[http://forum.arcgames.com/startrekonline/discussion/1180957/the-patagonia-files-hydras-reach-story "Hydra's Reach"]], was written by Tropers/{{Worffan101}}, who also collaborated with Tropers/StarSword on the plotting.


* BuffySpeak[=/=]ExpospeakGag:
-->'''Science Boff:''' Strange. I'm getting a class-three gamma-verteron field, associated noise in the Dirac sea, tachyon emissions are off the charts--\\
'''PlayerCharacter:''' Okay, I need that in Captain Dummy Talk, Science.\\
'''Science Boff:''' ''({{beat}})'' Weird particle field very bad for warp fields, sir.



* HilaritySues: A news story states that Starfleet is getting sued by a group of Hathon citizens for warrantless arrest and confinement and failure to provide legal representation during interrogation (a reference to the mission "Undine Infiltration").
* HoldYourHippogriffs: Given the Cardassians' quasi-reptilian physiology:
-->'''Glinn Halor Ossol:''' Gah. 'True' way, my [[labelnote:cloaca]]ass[[/labelnote]].

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* HilaritySues: A news story states that Starfleet is getting sued by a group of Hathon citizens for warrantless arrest and confinement and failure to provide legal representation during interrogation (a reference to fan reaction to the mission "Undine Infiltration").
* HoldYourHippogriffs: Given the Cardassians' quasi-reptilian physiology:
-->'''Glinn Halor Ossol:''' Gah. 'True' way, my [[labelnote:cloaca]]ass[[/labelnote]].
physiology, "cloaca" is used as a G-rated stand-in for "ass" several times.


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** Your science officer says they're going to "lose it" if they get woken up for a battle drill again. If you ask them what they mean, Science responds:
-->[[Recap/StargateSG1S4E6WindowOfOpportunity "Lose it. It means go crazy, nuts, insane, bonzo, no longer in possession of one's faculties, three transistors short of a circuit-board. WACKO!"]]
** Moments later, you can tell them you need a piece of {{technobabble}} in [[Recap/FireflyE08OutOfGas "Captain Dummy Talk"]].

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* HilaritySues: A news story states that Starfleet is getting sued by a group of Hathon citizens for warrantless arrest and confinement and failure to provide legal representation during interrogation (a reference to the mission "Undine Infiltration").


* ConflictingLoyalty: Minor character Glinn Halor Ossol is a loyal Cardassian Defense Force soldier, but he says he has a brother fighting for the other side and lost his best friend in a recent battle.

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* ConflictingLoyalty: Minor character Glinn Halor Ossol is a loyal Cardassian Defense Force soldier, but he says he has a brother fighting for the other side and lost his best friend in a recent battle. [[spoiler:You end up killing his brother Gul Ossol in the first battle of the mission.]]

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* {{Scandalgate}}: A news story mentions that the Romulan Republic Senate launched an investigation into the Iconian gateway incident in "Sphere of Influence", which acquired the nickname "Gatewaygate".


* CallBack:
** The series borrows a lot of Cardassian worldbuilding from the ''Literature/TerokNor'' novel series, set during the Bajoran Occupation.
** The Chatak Nor map has two to the diplomacy mission [[http://sto.gamepedia.com/Mission:_Standoff "Standoff"]] There's a throwaway mention that Gul Antos, now a jagul (rear admiral equivalent), was fighting in a recent battle. Meanwhile some off-duty Cardassians drink a toast to Gul Surjan.
* ConflictingLoyalty: Minor character Glinn Halor Ossol is a loyal Cardassian Defense Force soldier, but he says he has a brother fighting for the other side and lost his best friend in a recent battle.



* HumansAreWhite: Averted, as in the author's other works. Of a grand total of four humans shown, one is Turkish, another is Arab, while a third is a black South African with a Zulu name. The last is white, but Slavic instead of European.



* HoldYourHippogriffs: Given the Cardassians' quasi-reptilian physiology:
-->'''Glinn Halor Ossol:''' Gah. 'True' way, my [[labelnote:cloaca]]ass[[/labelnote]].
* HumansAreWhite: Averted, as in the author's other works. Of a grand total of four humans shown, one is Turkish, another is Arab, while a third is a black South African with a Zulu name. The last is white, but Slavic instead of European.
* {{Hypocrite}}: Glinn Halor Ossol, a CDF officer you talk to briefly (he's a quest-related NPC on the first map) calls the True Way this. He says that "they say they hate the Federation, but whoever's leading the other side has killed more Cardassians in the last year than the Federation did in twenty."



* MirrorUniverse: {{Inverted}}. Fans of Tropers/StarSword's ''STO'' fanfic work will recognize the name Kerim Morag from ''Fanfic/TheWrongReflection''. In the mirror universe he's a decent enough ReasonableAuthorityFigure. In the prime universe he's the new leader of the True Way and a mass murderer.

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* MirrorUniverse: {{Inverted}}. Fans of Tropers/StarSword's ''STO'' fanfic work will recognize the name Kerim Morag [[spoiler:Kerim Morag]] from ''Fanfic/TheWrongReflection''. In the mirror universe he's a decent enough ReasonableAuthorityFigure. In [[spoiler:In the prime universe he's the new leader of the True Way and a mass murderer.]]



* ShoutOut: Grell calls himself a sales rep for Universal Exports, a front company used by Franchise/JamesBond.

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* ShoutOut: OffTheShelfFX:
** The Chatak Nor map is a redress of the map for Deep Space 9. {{Justified}} as being another Cardassian space station built to the same specifications.
** The Bak'rikan uniform combines bits of the Jem'Hadar outfit with a brown longcoat from the winter event. Costumes worn by civilians include kitbashes of the Kobali uniform and Deanna Troi's low-cut top, among other things. An Oralian taking part in a religious ceremony wears an Undine helmet as a substitute for a [[http://memory-beta.wikia.com/wiki/Oralian_recitation_mask recitation mask]].
* ShoutOut:
**
Grell calls himself a sales rep for Universal Exports, a front company used by Franchise/JamesBond.Franchise/JamesBond.
** A {{Stealth|Pun}} VisualPun version for the Bak'rikan Group, a rebel militia whose uniforms consist of [[Series/{{Firefly}} brown longcoats]].


** Filling out the cast is the Bak'rikan Group for the Peshmerga, a privately raised, well-organized militia now battling the self-declared state in parallel to the legit military.

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** Filling out the cast is the Bak'rikan Group for the Peshmerga, Peshmerga and the various anti-ISIS Iraqi militias, a privately raised, well-organized militia now battling the self-declared state in parallel to the legit military.


* HumansAreWhite: Averted, as in the author's other works. Of a grand total of three humans shown, one is Turkish and another is Arab. The third is white, but Slavic instead of European.

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* HumansAreWhite: Averted, as in the author's other works. Of a grand total of three four humans shown, one is Turkish and Turkish, another is Arab. The Arab, while a third is a black South African with a Zulu name. The last is white, but Slavic instead of European.

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"The Hydra's Head" is a ''VideoGame/StarTrekOnline'' Foundry mission by Tropers/StarSword, designed for Federation {{player character}}s.

[[FantasyConflictCounterpart Loosely based on]] the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northern_Iraq_offensive_(June_2014) Iraqi Civil War]], the mission picks up the [[AbortedArc previously discarded]] Cardassian civil war plotline from the [[http://sto.gamepedia.com/Cardassian_Struggle "Cardassian Struggle"]] episode and posits that rather than dissolving after the capture of Gul Madred in [[http://sto.gamepedia.com/Mission:_The_Long_Night "The Long Night"]] and the damage done by the Federation captain, the True Way instead grew stronger. Under new leadership it mounts a major offensive while the Federation is distracted by events in the Delta Quadrant, driving back the Cardassian Defense Force and declaring a Third Cardassian Empire. Among their victims is a long-persecuted religious minority called the Oralian Way.

In response, Starfleet deploys the player character to deliver relief supplies to an Oralian colony, with the ulterior motive of hopefully checking the True Way's advance by letting them know Starfleet is watching.

A prose prequel, [[http://sto-forum.perfectworld.com/showthread.php?t=1384011 "Hydra's Reach"]], was written by Tropers/{{Worffan101}}, who also collaborated with Tropers/StarSword on the plotting.
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!!Tropes in "The Hydra's Head":
* DownerEnding: [[spoiler:The True Way forces the PC and Bak'rikan Group to retreat from Selmak with only a few tens of thousands of the hundreds of thousands of Oralian settlers and refugees, and exterminate those who couldn't be evacuated with OrbitalBombardment.]]
* HumansAreWhite: Averted, as in the author's other works. Of a grand total of three humans shown, one is Turkish and another is Arab. The third is white, but Slavic instead of European.
* FaceHeelTurn: A news story states that as the True Way made their advance their ranks were bolstered by mass defections from the Cardassian First Order.
* FantasticRacism: A news story says that hardliners on the Klingon High Council made trouble for General Brokosh (one of the protagonists of ''Fanfic/RedFireRedPlanet'') for being a Lethean.
* FantasyConflictCounterpart: Tropers/StarSword has been pretty open about the inspiration for the setting and events being the conflict with ISIS that began in 2014.
** The True Way plays ISIS, a terrorist group turned self-declared nation-state after outside peacekeepers left without properly finishing the job.
** The Cardassian Defense Force plays the Iraqi Army, the military of the legitimate regional state being driven back in disarray by a fanatical opponent.
** The Oralian Way stand in for the Yazidis, a religious minority long persecuted by the majority and now under direct threat of extermination by the advancement of the self-declared state.
** Filling out the cast is the Bak'rikan Group for the Peshmerga, a privately raised, well-organized militia now battling the self-declared state in parallel to the legit military.
* InGameNovel: The Chatak Nor map has a computer terminal containing news stories from several Alpha and Beta Quadrant nations and the Delta Quadrant, as well as some encyclopedia entries.
* MeaningfulName: "Bak'rikan" is Hebitian[[note]]what the Cardassians called themselves hundreds of years ago, before the creation of the Cardassian Union[[/note]] for "no surrender". (It was the name of a ship in the ''Franchise/StarTrek'' novel ''The Mirror-Scaled Serpent''.)
* MirrorUniverse: {{Inverted}}. Fans of Tropers/StarSword's ''STO'' fanfic work will recognize the name Kerim Morag from ''Fanfic/TheWrongReflection''. In the mirror universe he's a decent enough ReasonableAuthorityFigure. In the prime universe he's the new leader of the True Way and a mass murderer.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Taking out Gul Madred had to happen, but it opened the way for his less restrained second-in-command to take over.
* ShoutOut: Grell calls himself a sales rep for Universal Exports, a front company used by Franchise/JamesBond.
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!!Tropes in "Hydra's Reach":
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