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** Sanya is Aragorn. Growing up with a traumatic childhood, Sanya finds peace and accepts his new destiny. Like Aragorn, Sanya is a descendant of kings (Saladin), and it's upon receiving a historically and magically significant sword (Fidelacchius/Durendal and Anduril/Narsil) that he takes on the mantle meant for him.

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** Sanya is Aragorn. Growing up with a traumatic childhood, Sanya finds peace and accepts his new destiny. Like Aragorn, Sanya is a descendant of kings (Saladin), and it's upon receiving a historically and magically significant sword (Fidelacchius/Durendal (Esperacchius/Durendal and Anduril/Narsil) that he takes on the mantle meant for him.

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* At the end of the story, Thomas is readmitted to White Court society, implicitly because he's given up on his human persona and gone back to traditional vampirism. However, when he was originally cast out by Lara in Blood Rites it was at the demand of Madeline and Madrigal more than anything. With Madrigal dead in Whte Knight and Madeline killed in the battle on Demonreach, there's no one to stop him returning now.


* A pretty clever and subtle case of Fridge Humor can be found in the epilogue - After Harry bamboozles his way into [[spoiler:owning Marcone's castle, it's mentioned that there's still a gaping hole in the roof from where Ethniu blasted it with the Eye of Balor. However, think back on how it’s been more or less raining steadily in Chicago since the Battle, which was at least a few days ''before'' Mab, Molly, Lara, and Harry all gathered there. Marcone is ''way'' too smart to just leave a gaping hole in the roof of his castle, so what he probably did is just lay down a tarp and some cinder blocks over the very top. But when Harry told Marcone to “get his stuff out,” this means that a spiteful Marcone [[JackassGenie likely took him]] ''[[ExactWords literally]]'', taking out everything right down to the last little details like the lighting fixtures and tarp that was over the hole in the roof. And why? [[EvilIsPetty Just to inconvenience Harry by providing yet another petty annoyance.]] Man, there is just ''no'' courtesy or love lost between these two, is there?]]

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* A pretty clever and subtle case of Fridge Humor can be found in the epilogue - After Harry bamboozles his way into [[spoiler:owning Marcone's castle, it's mentioned that there's still a gaping hole in the roof from where Ethniu blasted it with the Eye of Balor. However, think back on how it’s been more or less raining steadily in Chicago since the Battle, which was at least a few days ''before'' Mab, Molly, Lara, and Harry all gathered there. Marcone is ''way'' too smart to just leave a gaping hole in the roof of his castle, so what he probably did is just lay down a tarp and some cinder blocks over the very top.top (with everything going on, it's doubtful he was able to find someone to come fix the roof in that short period of time). But when Harry told Marcone to “get his stuff out,” this means that a spiteful Marcone [[JackassGenie likely took him]] ''[[ExactWords literally]]'', taking out everything right down to the last little details like the lighting fixtures and tarp that was over the hole in the roof. And why? [[EvilIsPetty Just to inconvenience Harry by providing yet another petty annoyance.]] Man, there is just ''no'' courtesy or love lost between these two, is there?]]



* In ''Aftermath'', Murphy keeps coming back to what it means to be female. At first this just seems like a male author's best attempt at writing a female character, then you realize that she spends pretty much all her time in a male-dominated field.

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* In ''Aftermath'', Murphy keeps coming back to what it means to be female. At first this just seems like a male author's best attempt at writing a female character, then you realize that she spends pretty much all her time in a male-dominated field. Even when practicing martial arts, she's surrounded by men (the male/female ratio of martial artists is pretty low).



** Not just for her, either. Given what he later learn about how Ebenezar's BerserkButton is WhiteCourt vampires, if he'd caught a whampire feeding on someone in his MasterApprenticeChain...

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** Not just for her, either. Given what he we later learn about how Ebenezar's BerserkButton is WhiteCourt White Court vampires, if he'd caught a whampire feeding on someone in his MasterApprenticeChain...



* The fact that Nicodemus, had he not taken the bait and sought to capture the coins and Sword, would have given Thorned Namshiel's coin to Ivy--and thus, unwittingly handed the Archive and all its knowledge over to ''the Black Council''. We know it's the Fallen, not its host, who's in charge in Namshiel's case because of how he's referred to, so if Uriel is right about him, Cowl's crew would have gotten the god-caliber agent they'd been trying to produce in ''Literature/DeadBeat''.

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* The fact that Nicodemus, had he not taken the bait and sought to capture the coins and Sword, would have given Thorned Namshiel's coin to Ivy--and thus, unwittingly handed the Archive and all its knowledge over to ''the Black Council''. We know it's the Fallen, not its host, who's in charge in Namshiel's case because of how he's referred to, so if Uriel is right about him, Cowl's crew would have gotten the god-caliber agent they'd been trying to produce in ''Literature/DeadBeat''.''Literature/DeadBeat''.
** And now Namshiel is in control of [[spoiler: Marcone]]. '''Hoo boy'''...


** Furthermore, [[ArtisticLicensePaleontology Sue doesn't really resemble]] what most modern paleontologists imagine that a ''T. rex'' probably looked like in real life. However, Harry likely doesn't have access to whatever nature documentaries that are more recent and accurate, and so he based Sue's design after that of the dinosaur media he's enjoyed like ''Film/JurassicPark''. So, Sue might not be an ''accurate'' dinosaur, but she's the dinosaur that Harry imagines her to be.



* There's [[http://images.wikia.com/dresdenfiles/images/e/e5/Molly%27s_Mirror.jpg a picture]] floating around of Molly standing in front of a set of mirrors, a scene from Proven Guilty. One of the images is her as a Warden, one is her as a party girl, and the third has her as [[spoiler: the Winter Lady]]. That picture is official art for a calendar, with one of Jim Butcher's friends (and a frequent Molly cosplayer) as the model. The real FridgeBrilliance there though is that [[spoiler:the Wintery Molly is the only one in the same pose and stance as the Molly in front of the mirrors]].

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* There's [[http://images.wikia.com/dresdenfiles/images/e/e5/Molly%27s_Mirror.jpg a picture]] floating around of Molly standing in front of a set of mirrors, a scene from Proven Guilty. One of the images is her as a Warden, one is her as a party girl, and the third has her as [[spoiler: the Winter Lady]]. That picture is official art for a calendar, with one of Jim Butcher's friends (and a frequent Molly cosplayer) as the model. The real FridgeBrilliance there though is that [[spoiler:the Wintery Molly [[{{Foreshadowing}} is the only one in the same pose and stance as the Molly in front of the mirrors]].mirrors]]]].



* A pretty clever and subtle case of Fridge Humor can be found in the epilogue - After Harry bamboozles his way into [[spoiler:owning Marcone's castle, it's mentioned that there's still a gaping hole in the roof from where Ethniu blasted it with the Eye of Balor. However, think back on how it’s been more or less raining steadily in Chicago since the Battle, which was at least a few days ''before'' the four gathered there. Marcone is ''way'' too smart to just leave a gaping hole in the roof of his castle, so what he probably did is just lay down a tarp and some cinder blocks over the very top. But when Harry told Marcone to “get his stuff out,” this means that a spiteful Marcone [[JackassGenie likely took him]] ''[[ExactWords literally]]'', taking out everything right down to the last little details like the lighting fixtures and tarp that was over the hole in the roof. And why? [[EvilIsPetty Just to inconvenience Harry by providing yet another petty annoyance.]] Man, there is just ''no'' courtesy or love lost between these two, is there?]]

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* A pretty clever and subtle case of Fridge Humor can be found in the epilogue - After Harry bamboozles his way into [[spoiler:owning Marcone's castle, it's mentioned that there's still a gaping hole in the roof from where Ethniu blasted it with the Eye of Balor. However, think back on how it’s been more or less raining steadily in Chicago since the Battle, which was at least a few days ''before'' the four Mab, Molly, Lara, and Harry all gathered there. Marcone is ''way'' too smart to just leave a gaping hole in the roof of his castle, so what he probably did is just lay down a tarp and some cinder blocks over the very top. But when Harry told Marcone to “get his stuff out,” this means that a spiteful Marcone [[JackassGenie likely took him]] ''[[ExactWords literally]]'', taking out everything right down to the last little details like the lighting fixtures and tarp that was over the hole in the roof. And why? [[EvilIsPetty Just to inconvenience Harry by providing yet another petty annoyance.]] Man, there is just ''no'' courtesy or love lost between these two, is there?]]


* In Turn Coat, we learn that Harry is in line to inherit the personal logs and diaries of a whole line of wizards dating back to the original Merlin. Then, we consider that all the stories are written in a first person perspective... we're reading Harry's logs.

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* In Turn Coat, ''Turn Coat'', we learn that Harry is in line to inherit the personal logs and diaries of a whole line of wizards dating back to the original Merlin. Then, we consider that all the stories are written in a first person perspective... we're reading Harry's logs.



* Harry disliked Martin from the moment he met the guy. While on the surface this might seem to just be jealousy of his relationship with Susan, analysis of the later books reveals something far more serious. [[spoiler: In ''Changes'' Harry's house and office are destroyed, his back is broken, he has to accept the role of Winter Knight, he has to ''slit the throat of the woman he loves'', and he ends up getting killed]]. Moreover, in the next two books we see that as a direct result of Harry's actions[[spoiler: Molly first goes nearly insane and then is forcibly made the Winter Lady, Murphy is torn to shreds emotionally, and the whole world is thrown into a war that is threatening to break the Masquerade and is destroying the magical community]]. Now consider that all this was directly or indirectly caused by[[spoiler:Martin]]. And ''Turn Coat'' establishes that wizards have a sort of precognitive knowledge of things that will be important to them. How could this awareness not make Harry hate the man who would[[spoiler: destroy so much of Harry's life]]?

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* Harry disliked Martin from the moment he met the guy. While on the surface this might seem to just be jealousy of his relationship with Susan, analysis of the later books reveals something far more serious. [[spoiler: In ''Changes'' Harry's house and office are destroyed, his back is broken, he has to accept the role of Winter Knight, he has to ''slit the throat of the woman he loves'', and he ends up getting killed]]. Moreover, in the next two books we see that as a direct result of Harry's actions[[spoiler: actions [[spoiler: Molly first goes nearly insane and then is forcibly made the Winter Lady, Murphy is torn to shreds emotionally, and the whole world is thrown into a war that is threatening to break the Masquerade and is destroying the magical community]]. Now consider that all this was directly or indirectly caused by[[spoiler:Martin]].by [[spoiler:Martin]]. And ''Turn Coat'' establishes that wizards have a sort of precognitive knowledge of things that will be important to them. How could this awareness not make Harry hate the man who would[[spoiler: would [[spoiler: destroy so much of Harry's life]]?



** Not only that, but Ebenezar mentions that he became estranged from Maggie, which also would explain why [[spoiler: Ebenezar never raised him]]. Quite possibly, he never found out that Malcolm had died until Harry showed up under Du Morne.

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** Not only that, but Ebenezar mentions that he became estranged from Maggie, which also would explain why [[spoiler: Ebenezar never raised him]]. Quite possibly, he never found out that Malcolm had died until Harry showed up under Du Morne.[=DuMorne=].



* In the short story, "Curses," it's said that the 'Billy Goat Curse' which prevented the Chicago Cubs from winning the World Series was cast by a Fae king named Gwynn ap Nudd. Since that story's publication, the Cubs finally went on to win the World Series (in the real world)[[spoiler:. And indeed, in this story, we learn that Gwynn ap Nudd was killed offscreen by the Fomor at some point... which would explain why the curse is no longer functioning and the Cubs are able to win]].
** Also, Harry's holding off Ebenezar for as long as he does is fairly impressive--but it becomes less so when it's realized that a) Ebenezar is clearly [[IAmNotLeftHanded holding back]] and b) Harry was able to maneuver him onto ice and then close the distance, where [[GeoEffects as the Winter Knight, he would have the advantage.]] Ebenezar would've creamed him in half the time otherwise.

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* In the short story, "Curses," it's said that the 'Billy Goat Curse' which prevented the Chicago Cubs from winning the World Series was cast by a Fae king named Gwynn ap Nudd. Since that story's publication, the Cubs finally went on to win the World Series (in the real world)[[spoiler:.world) [[spoiler:. And indeed, in this story, we learn that Gwynn ap Nudd was killed offscreen by the Fomor at some point... which would explain why the curse is no longer functioning and the Cubs are able to win]].
** Also, * Harry's holding off Ebenezar for as long as he does is fairly impressive--but it becomes less so when it's realized that a) Ebenezar is clearly [[IAmNotLeftHanded holding back]] and b) Harry was able to maneuver him onto ice and then close the distance, where [[GeoEffects as the Winter Knight, he would have the advantage.]] Ebenezar would've creamed him in half the time otherwise.



* Michael of all people having a ClusterFBomb is a huge example of OOCIsSeriousBusiness. But it also makes perfect sense. Two of the most important things in his life--very probably ''the'' two most important institutions--are his family and the church. Both of which are inclusive, both of which prioritize forgiveness. So hearing about [[spoiler: the White Council expelling Harry]], whom he knows to be a good man and in need of support, would naturally push him over the edge.
** Also, considering the time they almost decapitated his then-teenage daughter, it makes sense that Michael might not have an especially high opinion of the White Council to begin with. The only other time we’ve heard him swear was when “that son of a bitch” Father Douglas abducted another one of his daughters in ‘’The Warrior.’’

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* Michael '''Michael''', of all people people, having a ClusterFBomb is a huge example of OOCIsSeriousBusiness. But it also makes perfect sense. Two of the most important things in his life--very probably ''the'' two most important institutions--are his family and the church. Both of which are inclusive, both of which inclusive and prioritize forgiveness. So hearing about [[spoiler: the White Council expelling Harry]], whom he knows to be a good man and in need of support, would naturally push him over the edge.
** Also, considering the time they almost decapitated his then-teenage daughter, it makes sense that Michael might not have an especially high opinion of the White Council to begin with. The only other time we’ve heard him swear was when “that son of a bitch” Father Douglas abducted another one of his daughters in ‘’The "The Warrior.’’"



* TheReveal in this book that [[spoiler: the Red Cap]] was working for Mab all along explains why he was such an AntiClimaxBoss in ''Cold Days''. He probably let himself get knocked out of the fight early.

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* TheReveal in this book that [[spoiler: the Red Cap]] Redcap]] was working for Mab all along explains why he was such an AntiClimaxBoss in ''Cold Days''. He probably let himself get knocked out of the fight early.
* A pretty clever and subtle case of Fridge Humor can be found in the epilogue - After Harry bamboozles his way into [[spoiler:owning Marcone's castle, it's mentioned that there's still a gaping hole in the roof from where Ethniu blasted it with the Eye of Balor. However, think back on how it’s been more or less raining steadily in Chicago since the Battle, which was at least a few days ''before'' the four gathered there. Marcone is ''way'' too smart to just leave a gaping hole in the roof of his castle, so what he probably did is just lay down a tarp and some cinder blocks over the very top. But when Harry told Marcone to “get his stuff out,” this means that a spiteful Marcone [[JackassGenie likely took him]] ''[[ExactWords literally]]'', taking out everything right down to the last little details like the lighting fixtures and tarp that was over the hole in the roof. And why? [[EvilIsPetty Just to inconvenience Harry by providing yet another petty annoyance.]] Man, there is just ''no'' courtesy or love lost between these two, is there?]]



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* There's a moment in ''Ghost Story'' that seems like a PetTheDog moment, when [[EvilMentor Justin DuMorne]] gives Harry his first present: A baseball glove, and then invites him to play catch. It seems sweet, until you remember a passing moment from ''Small Favor'' when Harry talks about his first shielding lesson having been with baseballs. Given Morgan's nonchalant statement about how his mentor taught him defense by throwing '''rocks''' at him, using baseballs may have been Justin being ''nice.''

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* There's a moment in ''Ghost Story'' that seems like a PetTheDog moment, when [[EvilMentor Justin DuMorne]] gives Harry his first present: A baseball glove, and then invites him to play catch. It seems sweet, sweet... until you remember a passing moment from ''Small Favor'' when Harry talks about his first shielding lesson having been with baseballs. Given Morgan's nonchalant statement about how his mentor taught him defense by throwing '''rocks''' at him, using baseballs may might actually have been Justin being ''nice.''a ''legitimate'' moment of kindness from Justin.



* Something regarding Alamaya the mortal priestess working for the Red Court in ''Changes''. She might preside over sacrifices or torture of the Red Court's victims - we don't know. But what we DO know is that she's considered expendable enough to offer to a sufficiently important visitor to freely murder, rape or presumably do anything else horrible to. And she sees absolutely NOTHING wrong with this. This implies that she's either been raised as a Red Court servitor from childhood, or she's so thoroughly broken and dominated that she has pretty much no will of her own. Either way, she's unquestionably a slave of little importance to the Court - and after the battle, she gets brutally murdered as a two-line afterthought. No redemption, no rehabilitation, just death for something she had no choice in or power over.

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* %%* Something regarding Alamaya the mortal priestess working for the Red Court in ''Changes''. She might preside over sacrifices or torture of the Red Court's victims - we don't know. But what we DO know is that she's considered expendable enough to offer to a sufficiently important visitor to freely murder, rape or presumably do anything else horrible to. And she sees absolutely NOTHING wrong with this. This implies that she's either been raised as a Red Court servitor from childhood, or she's so thoroughly broken and dominated that she has pretty much no will of her own. Either way, she's unquestionably a slave of little importance to the Court - and after the battle, she gets brutally murdered as a two-line afterthought. No redemption, no rehabilitation, just death for something she had no choice in or power over.


** Earlier in the series, Eb listed four people who knew about said safehouse, none of whom were Peabody. However, given that Peabody had already been drugging him for a few years, it's probable Peabody ensured that he was beneath suspicion.



* We learn [[spoiler:Ebenezar's line of Master-to-Student connects him way back]] to the Merlin. We also know [[spoiler:Amoracchius]] was really Excalibur in the Arthurian Lore. [[spoiler:Then considering Ebenezar is Harry's grandpa and many parent wizards train their children, Harry could easily be a descendant of Merlin]]. So, since the end of ''Small Favor'' [[spoiler:Harry is following in Merlin's footsteps looking for good men or women to wield two holy swords]]. Simply put, when God is involved in the Dresden-verse, there are no coincidences.

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* We learn [[spoiler:Ebenezar's line of Master-to-Student connects him way back]] to the original Merlin. We also know [[spoiler:Amoracchius]] was really Excalibur in the Arthurian Lore. [[spoiler:Then considering Ebenezar is Harry's grandpa and many parent wizards train their children, Harry could easily be a descendant of Merlin]]. So, since the end of ''Small Favor'' [[spoiler:Harry is following in Merlin's footsteps looking for good men or women to wield two holy swords]]. Simply put, when God is involved in the Dresden-verse, there are no coincidences.



* While [[HeroKiller incredibly dangerous]], in a fight Shagnasty is not actually an efficient killer compared to, say, the Loup Garou. For example, he breaks Luccio's collarbone with one blow when you would think it would have been better to take her head off. But then we learn from WordOfGod that Shagnasty has intellectus for suffering, and it suddenly all makes sense. Like Harry on Demonreach, he's able to use his intellectus to cheat and find the move in a fight which would HURT his enemy most...[[CripplingOverspecialization but not neccessarily the one that would kill them.]] And indeed, every fight we see him in results in a large number of [[CurbStompBattle people quickly and brutally incapacitated]] (broken backs, broken arms and collarbones, [[EyeScream blinding]]...) but a relatively low body count. Shagnasty also grows in power the more people fear him. He may very well ''want'' his victims to live, so they can continue to fear him and tell others about him. Brutal life ruining, but non lethal, wounds ultimately spread fear of him better then a clean kill.

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* While [[HeroKiller incredibly dangerous]], in a fight Shagnasty is not actually an efficient killer compared to, say, the Loup Garou. For example, he breaks Luccio's collarbone with one blow when you would think it would have been better to take her head off. But then we learn from WordOfGod that Shagnasty has intellectus for suffering, and it suddenly all makes sense. Like Harry on Demonreach, he's able to use his intellectus to cheat and find the move in a fight which would HURT his enemy most...[[CripplingOverspecialization but not neccessarily the one that would kill them.]] And indeed, every fight we see him in results in a large number of [[CurbStompBattle people quickly and brutally incapacitated]] (broken backs, broken arms and collarbones, [[EyeScream blinding]]...) but a relatively low body count. Shagnasty also grows in power the more people fear him. He may very well ''want'' his victims to live, so they can continue to fear him and tell others about him. Brutal life ruining, but non lethal, wounds ultimately spread fear of him better then than a clean kill.



** It's also quite possible that Mab knows the thing about Halloween. So why didn't she tell Harry it wouldn't work? Well, aside from the usual "not telling him more than he needs to know" bit, she's also experienced enough in manipulation to let him think that he has the advantage.

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** It's also quite possible entirely probable that Mab knows the thing about Halloween. So why didn't she tell Harry it wouldn't work? Well, aside from the usual "not telling him more than he needs to know" bit, she's also experienced enough in manipulation to let him think that he has the advantage.



* Why didn't Harry's subconscious suspect Hannah? Yes, he figured someone on the crew would secretly have a coin, and was wary of hot women coming on to him out of habit, but why her? She's only a beautiful, capable woman with a traumatic past who killed people in self-defense and has an an enmity with the White Council, an affinity for fire magic, and even a last name that could be related to fire. I mean, it's not like she was probably recruited ''specifically to appeal to Harry'', [[SarcasmMode right]]? That she's just too good to be true?

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* Why didn't Harry's subconscious suspect Hannah? Yes, he figured someone on the crew would secretly have a coin, and was wary of hot women coming on to him out of habit, but why her? She's only a beautiful, snarky, capable woman with a traumatic past who killed people in self-defense and has an an enmity with the White Council, an affinity for fire magic, and even a last name that could be related to fire. I mean, it's not like she was probably recruited ''specifically to appeal to Harry'', [[SarcasmMode right]]? That she's just too good to be true?


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* TheReveal about Justine in ''Battle Ground'' leads to some interesting AlternativeCharacterInterpretation about ''Even Hand.'' [[spoiler: Given that she and the Fomor are both pawns of Nemesis, are things genuinely as they seem, or did she perhaps intentionally lure him to Marcone's base to remove a potential obstacle?]]

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* Perceptive readers would have guessed that Captain Murphy was lying the moment he said it. The rules of Dresden verse is that someone who knows the future can't outright [[YouCantFightFate avert fate]] unless they are [[ForWantOfANail very oblique and indirect about it]]. An outright 'you must save these people' would destroy reality if it was true.

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* "Lady's Mantle" is a plant in real life, the Latin name of which is ''Alchemilla mollis''. Perhaps it's appropriate that Molly is the new bearer of the Winter Lady's Mantle.


* Murphy is aging at a normal human rate, while Dresden is aging somewhat slower. Murphy is going to die long before Dresden. While this is not horror in itself, think about how stubborn Murphy is and how she's willing to do pretty much anything to keep up with Dresden to show how tough she is. Eventually, as they get older, they will start slowing down. Dresden will have his magic to throw around (which will increase as he ages), but Murphy's going to just get older and older. Unwilling to accept her limits, she will eventually lose to something, and Dresden will have to watch as his friend is killed, no matter what he tries to save her.

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* Murphy is aging at a normal human rate, while Dresden is aging somewhat slower. Murphy is going to die long before Dresden. While this is not horror in itself, think about how stubborn Murphy is and how she's willing to do pretty much anything to keep up with Dresden to show how tough she is. Eventually, as they get older, they will start slowing down. Dresden will have his magic to throw around (which will increase as he ages), but Murphy's going to just get older and older. Unwilling to accept her limits, she will eventually lose to something, and Dresden will have to watch as his friend is killed, no matter what he tries to save her. [[spoiler: canon]]


* When recovering from the aquarium assault, Mouse spends some time licking Harry's hand, the one that has gone numb from his use of Soulfire, and it helps dispel the pins-and-needles sensation. Later in this book we learn from Bob that Soulfire consumes a portion of the practitioner's soul for fuel, and Bob has said previously that soul-stuff can be traded by close, emotional contact, and we already know that Mouse, as a Temple Dog, has supernatural senses. Mouse noticed the damage to Harry's soul, and was restoring it with his own.



* Seeing Mr. Sunshine's MO in this book makes one wonder how many times other {{Contrived Coincidence}}s, such as BigDamnHeroes moments occuring just in time, throughout the series are due to him [[CoughSnarkCough *cough*]] [[BlatantLies not interfering in the affairs of mortals]] [[CoughSnarkCough *cough*]].

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* Seeing Mr. Sunshine's MO in this book makes one wonder how many times other {{Contrived Coincidence}}s, such as BigDamnHeroes moments occuring happening just in time, throughout the series are due to him [[CoughSnarkCough *cough*]] [[BlatantLies not interfering in the affairs of mortals]] [[CoughSnarkCough *cough*]].



* Something regarding Alamaya the mortal priestess working for the Red Court in ''Changes''. She might preside over sacrifices or torture of the Red Court's victims - we don't know. But what we DO know is that she's considered expendable enough to offer to a sufficiently important visitor to freely murder, rape or presumably do anything else horrible to. And she sees absolutely NOTHING wrong with this. This implies that she's either been raised as a Red Court servitor from childhood, or she's so thoroughly broken and dominated that she has pretty much no will of her own. Either way, she's unquestionably a slave of little importance to the Court - and after the battle, she gets brutally murdered as a two-line afterthought. No redemption, no rehabilitation, just death for something she had no choice in or power over.

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* Something regarding Alamaya the mortal priestess working for the Red Court in ''Changes''. She might preside over sacrifices or torture of the Red Court's victims - we don't know. But what we DO know is that she's considered expendable enough to offer to a sufficiently important visitor to freely murder, rape or presumably do anything else horrible to. And she sees absolutely NOTHING wrong with this. This implies that she's either been raised as a Red Court servitor from childhood, or she's so thoroughly broken and dominated that she has pretty much no will of her own. Either way, she's unquestionably a slave of little importance to the Court - and after the battle, she gets brutally murdered as a two-line afterthought. No redemption, no rehabilitation, just death for something she had no choice in or power over.over.
* When briefly talking to Harry about what the Denarians did to her, Ivy says only they did "things". Harry comments about having been there and his own experiences. Unfortunately the only incident Harry uses the term "things" about was a heavily implied rape by Bianca's people back in ''Literature/GravePeril'', which, given that Ivy was naked when rescued, leads to questions about exactly what was done.
* The fact that Nicodemus, had he not taken the bait and sought to capture the coins and Sword, would have given Thorned Namshiel's coin to Ivy--and thus, unwittingly handed the Archive and all its knowledge over to ''the Black Council''. We know it's the Fallen, not its host, who's in charge in Namshiel's case because of how he's referred to, so if Uriel is right about him, Cowl's crew would have gotten the god-caliber agent they'd been trying to produce in ''Literature/DeadBeat''.

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* Seeing Mr. Sunshine's MO in this book makes one wonder how many times other {{Contrived Coincidence}}s, such as BigDamnHeroes moments occuring just in time, throughout the series are due to him [[CoughSnarkCough *cough*]] [[BlatantLies not interfering in the affairs of mortals]] [[CoughSnarkCough *cough*]].


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** It's also quite possible that Mab knows the thing about Halloween. So why didn't she tell Harry it wouldn't work? Well, aside from the usual "not telling him more than he needs to know" bit, she's also experienced enough in manipulation to let him think that he has the advantage.


* Something regarding Alamaya the mortal priestess working for the Red Court in ''Changes''. She might preside over sacrifices or torture of the Red Court's victims - we don't know. But what we DO know is that she's considered expendable enough to offer to a sufficiently important visitor to freely murder, rape or presumably do anything else horrible to. And she sees absolutely NOTHING wrong with this. This implies that she's either been raised as Red Court servitor from childhood, or she's so thoroughly broken and dominated that she has pretty much no will of her own. Either way, she's unquestionably a slave of little importance to the Court - and after the battle, she gets brutally murdered as a two-line afterthought. Never has a denoument seemed so apocalyptically grim.

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* Something regarding Alamaya the mortal priestess working for the Red Court in ''Changes''. She might preside over sacrifices or torture of the Red Court's victims - we don't know. But what we DO know is that she's considered expendable enough to offer to a sufficiently important visitor to freely murder, rape or presumably do anything else horrible to. And she sees absolutely NOTHING wrong with this. This implies that she's either been raised as a Red Court servitor from childhood, or she's so thoroughly broken and dominated that she has pretty much no will of her own. Either way, she's unquestionably a slave of little importance to the Court - and after the battle, she gets brutally murdered as a two-line afterthought. Never has a denoument seemed so apocalyptically grim.No redemption, no rehabilitation, just death for something she had no choice in or power over.


* [[spoiler: Murphy]] being taken to Valhalla is treated as a worthy reward for a noble hero... except she never ascribed to that religion. She and her family are "very Catholic" by their own words, which means she's trapped in an afterlife she never asked for and will never reunite with her father or her family ever again.

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* [[spoiler: Murphy]] being taken to Valhalla is treated as a worthy reward for a noble hero... except she never ascribed to that religion. She and her family are "very Catholic" by their own words, which means she's trapped in an afterlife she never asked for and will never reunite with her father or her family ever again.again.
* Something regarding Alamaya the mortal priestess working for the Red Court in ''Changes''. She might preside over sacrifices or torture of the Red Court's victims - we don't know. But what we DO know is that she's considered expendable enough to offer to a sufficiently important visitor to freely murder, rape or presumably do anything else horrible to. And she sees absolutely NOTHING wrong with this. This implies that she's either been raised as Red Court servitor from childhood, or she's so thoroughly broken and dominated that she has pretty much no will of her own. Either way, she's unquestionably a slave of little importance to the Court - and after the battle, she gets brutally murdered as a two-line afterthought. Never has a denoument seemed so apocalyptically grim.

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** It's probably also worth noting that several of the women who get excessively over-described are not human. This makes them even more notably beautiful, which might account for some of the PurpleProse. But many of them also have varying degrees of mental manipulation as either an explicit power (in the case of White Court Vampires), or as a low-level feature of their species. Harry's narration might be so horny because he's being whammied by (sometimes literal) Succubi.


* ''Battle Ground'' elaborates on how many of the Accorded beings and nations view humanity as AwakeningTheSleepingGiant. What kinds of things are they willing to do in order to keep TheMasquerade in place?

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* ''Battle Ground'' elaborates on how many of the Accorded beings and nations view humanity as AwakeningTheSleepingGiant. What kinds of things are they willing to do in order to keep TheMasquerade in place?place?
* [[spoiler: Murphy]] being taken to Valhalla is treated as a worthy reward for a noble hero... except she never ascribed to that religion. She and her family are "very Catholic" by their own words, which means she's trapped in an afterlife she never asked for and will never reunite with her father or her family ever again.

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