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* PostApocalypticTrafficJam: As the Change caused all higher technology to suddenly cease working and happened instantaneously all over the world, every road and highway on the planet became a graveyard of cars that would never run again, each stopped where it drifted to a halt after its systems died. They also became the graveyard of the hordes of motorists stranded there, as most of them died of starvation or exposure either while waiting for rescue or while trying to follow the roads towards a city.



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* HereditaryRepublic: Common in the post-Change world, often despite the best intentions of the founders of any given nation:
** Mike Havel, the founder and "boss man" (''de facto'' head of state, often styled "Lord Bear") of the mercenary outfit-cum-nation the Bearkillers, passes on his title to his right-hand man Will Hutton on his deathbed with instructions to begin free elections the next year. Havel's widow Signe announces this plan in a speech to the people in which she frames Hutton's appointment as a regency until the majority of her and Havel's children, which she expects the Bearkillers to elect as soon as they are of age. When next we see the characters after a between-books TimeSkip, the unelected Signe is wielding power as ''de facto'' regent herself.
** Also within the Bearkillers, the next level of authority below the Lord Bear is the "A-List," a group of elite professional soldiers who are compensated for their service with land over which they hold political authority. While admission into the A-List is ostensibly by meritocracy, it's pointed out early on that the children of A-Listers will have a distinct advantage over the children of the lower classes by virtue of having more free time to train. In effect, the ostensibly democratic system creates a ''de facto'' landed aristocracy that becomes more entrenched as time goes on.
** Clan Mackenzie ostensibly chooses its own chief through popular election; however the reigning chief appoints a "tanist" (apprentice and heir-apparent) who seems to be a shoe-in for the position barring extraordinary circumstances. The first chief, Juniper Mackenzie, appoints her son Rudi, who ends up becoming High King over the Mackenzies, Bearkillers, and several other nations in the setting.
** In the United States of Boise, the presidency passes to the previous president's eldest son in a perfunctory election after the latter conspires with a foreign cult to assassinate his father.


* ManInAKilt: Kilts are everyday and ceremonial wear for the Clan Mackenzie. They're often considered {{Fanservice}} in-universe, especially when worn by fit and attractive men such as Rudi and Edain.

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Kilts are everyday and ceremonial wear for the Clan Mackenzie. They're often considered {{Fanservice}} in-universe, especially when worn by fit and attractive men such as Rudi and Edain.



* MeaningfulName: For some reason, [[KingArthur ''Artos'']] leaps to mind.... - "Artos" is also Greek for "bear". Guess who his father is.

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For some reason, [[KingArthur ''Artos'']] leaps to mind.... - "Artos" is also Greek for "bear". Guess who his father is.



* MedievalStasis: zig-zagged. This is the in-universe goal of [[spoiler: the Mind]], more or less, but pretty much every character in the series is working to avert it... with varying degrees of success, of course.

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* MedievalStasis: zig-zagged.{{Zigzagged}}. This is the in-universe goal of [[spoiler: the Mind]], more or less, but pretty much every character in the series is working to avert it... with varying degrees of success, of course.



* TheMole: [[spoiler: Kuttner]]

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* NemeanSkinning: Michael Havel, Lord Bear of the Bearkillers, wears the head of the bear that earned him and the outfit their names on his helmet. Subverts the trope by making Havel nearly get killed by the bear, and tanning is done by specialists off-page.

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Michael Havel, Lord Bear of the Bearkillers, wears the head of the bear that earned him and the outfit their names on his helmet. Subverts the trope by making Havel nearly get killed by the bear, and tanning is done by specialists off-page.



* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Horribly averted, as most celebrities ''were'' harmed (and probably killed and eaten, too). Of the ones we actually hear about in the story, the British royal family has been put through the wringer with Queen Elizabeth II dying, Prince Charles taking the throne at the point of insanity, and Prince William being sent on a one-way trip in a leaky museum piece.

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Horribly averted, as most celebrities ''were'' harmed (and probably killed and eaten, too). Of the ones we actually hear about in the story, the British royal family has been put through the wringer with Queen Elizabeth II dying, Prince Charles taking the throne at the point of insanity, and Prince William being sent on a one-way trip in a leaky museum piece.



*** However, a character who may be Creator/HarrisonFord is seen running Ford's Kyentse Cowboy Bar & Grill (The Scourge of God).
* NobodyOver50IsGay: Dr. Aaron Rothman begs to differ -- [[DeadpanSnarker and thinks you look quite fetchingly butch with that little scar on your chin.]]

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*** ** However, a character who may be Creator/HarrisonFord is seen running Ford's Kyentse Cowboy Bar & Grill (The Scourge of God).
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Dr. Aaron Rothman begs to differ -- [[DeadpanSnarker and thinks you look quite fetchingly butch with that little scar on your chin.]]



* RainOfArrows: combat strategy of the Mackenzie archers.

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* RainOfArrows: The combat strategy of the Mackenzie archers.archers.
* RaisedCatholic: Juniper [=MacKenzie=] was raised Catholic, and other characters observe that, despite having converted to Wicca, she still seems to be carrying her Catholic Guilt.


* DungAges: massively and deliberately averted. Although the overall tech level of the Emberverse is pre-industrial if not completely medieval, modern medicine and sanitation (and the relationship between sanitation and public health) are still well-known and widely practiced.

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* DungAges: massively Massively and deliberately averted. Although the overall tech level of the Emberverse is pre-industrial if not completely medieval, modern medicine and sanitation (and the relationship between sanitation and public health) are still well-known and widely practiced.



* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: horribly averted, as most celebrities ''were'' harmed (and probably killed and eaten, too). Of the ones we actually hear about in the story, the British royal family has been put through the wringer with Queen Elizabeth II dying, Prince Charles taking the throne at the point of insanity, and Prince William being sent on a one-way trip in a leaky museum piece.

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* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: horribly Horribly averted, as most celebrities ''were'' harmed (and probably killed and eaten, too). Of the ones we actually hear about in the story, the British royal family has been put through the wringer with Queen Elizabeth II dying, Prince Charles taking the throne at the point of insanity, and Prince William being sent on a one-way trip in a leaky museum piece.


** Astrid believes that the ''Literature/LordOfTheRings'' stories are actual histories. But she's a kick-ass fighter and wilderness scout and also has both the charisma and organizational ability to turn her delusion into an actual organization and quasi-religion.

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** Astrid believes that the ''Literature/LordOfTheRings'' ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' stories are actual histories. But she's a kick-ass fighter and wilderness scout and also has both the charisma and organizational ability to turn her delusion into an actual organization and quasi-religion.


The current series, a [[TrilogyCreep pentalogy]], takes place a generation afterwards, and includes:

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The current final series, a [[TrilogyCreep pentalogy]], takes place a generation afterwards, and includes:



* ''The Sky-Blue Wolves'' (2018)

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* ''The Sky-Blue Wolves'' (2018)
(2018): With her fire-forged friend and ally, Japanese Empress Reiko, Órlaith must take up her sword to stop the spread of the mad malignancy behind the Yellow Raja, who has imprisoned her brother Prince John. And from the emerging superpower of Mongolia, the Sky-Blue Wolves of the High Steppe ride once more beneath the banner of Genghis Khan--the thunder of their hooves resounding across a world in turmoil.



* ActionGirl: Lessee... Astrid Larsson, Eilir Mackenzie, Ritva and Mary Havel, Virginia Kane, Mathilda Arminger, Asgerd Karlsdottir. Also any girl on Mikes "A-list" by virtue of, well, making onto the A-list.

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* ActionGirl: Lessee... Astrid Larsson, Eilir Mackenzie, Ritva and Mary Havel, Virginia Kane, Mathilda Arminger, Asgerd Karlsdottir. Karlsdottir, Órlaith, Heuradys, Reiko -- the list goes on and on. Also any girl on Mikes the Bearkillers' "A-list" by virtue of, well, making onto the A-list.


* BiggerBad: the Malevolence, called the Ascended Masters by the CUT.


** Ultimately zig-zagged. It should be noted that the real crapsack are those forced to live under the brutal thumb of the Cutters.[[ spoiler: Things get much better when the CUT falls for good in The Given Sacrifice.]] The PPA has several reforms forced on it after the War of The Eye, and quite a few people got the hell out of dodge as a result. Boise did go through an unpleasant period after [[ spoiler: Martin's coup, but again, got better after Fred took over and finally instituted real elections.]] Not so much for Iowa or its buffer states, sadly.

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** Ultimately zig-zagged. It should be noted that the real crapsack are those forced to live under the brutal thumb of the Cutters.[[ spoiler: [[spoiler: Things get much better when the CUT falls for good in The Given Sacrifice.]] The PPA has several reforms forced on it after the War of The Eye, and quite a few people got the hell out of dodge as a result. Boise did go through an unpleasant period after [[ spoiler: [[spoiler: Martin's coup, but again, got better after Fred took over and finally instituted real elections.]] Not so much for Iowa or its buffer states, sadly. Australia has similarly balkanized, but there at least seems to be some stability there.


** In a lot of places where society has recovered in North America, many of the major options still aren't good, as most places have some form of feudalism in place. Between the superficially romantic but misogynistic and repressive feudalism of the Portland Protective Association where commoners have very little freedom of movement, the centralized autocracy in Boise, the slavocracy in Pendleton, the [[CrapsaccharineWorld superficially nice]] Iowa which features a caste system and harsh punishments for minor offences, and the all-conquering Church Universal and Triumphant, which has institutionalized slavery, crucifixion, murder, and treats women like chattel, life sucks in the Emberverse.
** It should be noted that the real crapsack are those forced to live under the brutal thumb of the Cutters.[[Things get much better when the CUT falls for good in The Given Sacrifice.]] The PPA has several reforms forced on it after the War of The Eye, and quite a few people got the hell out of dodge as a result.

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** In a lot of places where society has recovered in North America, many of the major options still aren't good, as most places have some form of feudalism in place. Between the superficially romantic but misogynistic and repressive feudalism of the Portland Protective Association where commoners have very little freedom of movement, the centralized autocracy in Boise, the slavocracy in Pendleton, the [[CrapsaccharineWorld superficially nice]] Iowa which features a caste system and harsh punishments for minor offences, and the all-conquering Church Universal and Triumphant, which has institutionalized slavery, crucifixion, murder, and treats women like chattel, life sucks North America is not a nice place. Much of India has been taken over by an Arminger-style tyrant, China is in chaos, having balkanized into multiple warlord states, with Tibet and neo-Mongols being the most notable. A CUT-like cult has taken root in the Emberverse.Kim family, who not only survive the Change but conquer all of Korea, and parts of Japan as well. Ditto for the Yellow Raja in the Indonesian archipelago.
** Ultimately zig-zagged. It should be noted that the real crapsack are those forced to live under the brutal thumb of the Cutters.[[Things [[ spoiler: Things get much better when the CUT falls for good in The Given Sacrifice.]] The PPA has several reforms forced on it after the War of The Eye, and quite a few people got the hell out of dodge as a result. Boise did go through an unpleasant period after [[ spoiler: Martin's coup, but again, got better after Fred took over and finally instituted real elections.]] Not so much for Iowa or its buffer states, sadly.


** Note that Arminger so very much wanted his own tame Pope to go along with his Norman-England fetish. Thus Pope Leo was given his own inquisition and was mainly in existence to increase the BigBad's powerbase.

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** Note that Arminger so very much wanted his own tame Pope to go along with his Norman-England fetish. Thus Pope Leo was given his own inquisition and was mainly in existence to increase the BigBad's powerbase.[[spoiler: After Norman dies, the Portland church reunites with the main Church based out of Badia, and Leo met with an 'accident' in the process.]]


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*CrapsackWorld: Between the rampant starvation, plagues, cannibalism, and neo-warlords and gangs running amok, it is not a fun place to be in ''Dies The Fire''. Even after this, vast swaths of North America at least are depopulated wastelands with the occasional cannibal band.
** In a lot of places where society has recovered in North America, many of the major options still aren't good, as most places have some form of feudalism in place. Between the superficially romantic but misogynistic and repressive feudalism of the Portland Protective Association where commoners have very little freedom of movement, the centralized autocracy in Boise, the slavocracy in Pendleton, the [[CrapsaccharineWorld superficially nice]] Iowa which features a caste system and harsh punishments for minor offences, and the all-conquering Church Universal and Triumphant, which has institutionalized slavery, crucifixion, murder, and treats women like chattel, life sucks in the Emberverse.
** It should be noted that the real crapsack are those forced to live under the brutal thumb of the Cutters.[[Things get much better when the CUT falls for good in The Given Sacrifice.]] The PPA has several reforms forced on it after the War of The Eye, and quite a few people got the hell out of dodge as a result.

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*BlackAndGreyMorality: The second trilogy from Sword of the Lady on in a nutshell. On one hand, you have the CUT, an AxCrazy, EldritchAbomination worshipping ReligionOfEvil which crucifies people. On the flipside, some of the allies Rudi picked up are run by not terribly-nice people either. Aside from the homophopic, [[StayInTheKitchen sexist]] PPA, you have the Des Moines League, none of which are democracies and which in at least Iowa's case metes out incredibly harsh punishments for minor offences even by post-change standards.

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* InNameOnly: There are several new countries in the Midwest as well as Wisconsin that call themselves Republics, such as Iowa, but are feudal hereditary monarchies in everything but name. Averted by the Dominions of Drumheller, Minnedosa, and Moose Jaw, which are functional democracies, so far as we know.


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*PeoplesRepublicOfTyranny: The Provisional Republic of Iowa, which on the surface appears to have maintained its pre-Change democracy, is in practice a hereditary dictatorship where people can be sent to slave labor in mines for stepping out of line. The other Midwest states, Fargo, Kirksville, Concordia, Marshall, and Richland are implied to be much the same. And in the later books, these are assumed to be the good guys! [[BlackandGreyMorality At least compared to the CUT.]]

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*KarmaHoudini: A few examples.
** HeelFaceTurn aside, Tiphaine never does get called to account for all the murders and sabotage she committed on Sandra's payroll, most notably those of Aoife and Liath.
** For that matter, Sandra herself. After orchestrating all of that, and being arguably as responsible for the atrocities committed by the Association as Norman, [[spoiler: she ends up dying of old age in her bed surrounded by loved ones, knowing her grandchildren will make up the ruling dynasty of Montival.]]

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* AssholeVictim: In-universe, and likely out, few tears were shed(save by their respective loved ones) for [[spoiler: Eddie Liu, Joris Stein, or Norman Arminger.]] Ditto for [[spoiler: Iowa's bossman, Anthony Heasleroad.]]
**As the story goes on, the asshole kill count has come to include such people as [[spoiler: Mary Liu, Kuttner, and the Prophet Sethaz himself.]]


Thus begins ''Dies the Fire'', the first "Novel of the Change" by Creator/SMStirling. The Novels of the Change, aka the Emberverse, concern what happens to the modern world after the island of Nantucket is hurled back through time in IslandInTheSeaOfTime, the other side of the Emberverse coin.

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Thus begins ''Dies the Fire'', the first "Novel of the Change" by Creator/SMStirling. The Novels of the Change, aka a.k.a. the Emberverse, concern what happens to the modern world after the island of Nantucket is hurled back through time in IslandInTheSeaOfTime, ''Literature/IslandInTheSeaOfTime'', the other side of the Emberverse coin.



* DemocracyIsBad: The single democracy amongst the surviving Willamette communities, Corvallis, is easily manipulated by Portland during the Protector's War, and it's notably inefficient at the best of times. Averted (so far as we know) by the Dominion of Drumheller, seen in the second trilogy. It's worth mentioning that this is an {{Aesop}} completely opposite to that expressed in the related series ''IslandInTheSeaOfTime''.

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* DemocracyIsBad: The single democracy amongst the surviving Willamette communities, Corvallis, is easily manipulated by Portland during the Protector's War, and it's notably inefficient at the best of times. Averted (so far as we know) by the Dominion of Drumheller, seen in the second trilogy. It's worth mentioning that this is an {{Aesop}} completely opposite to that expressed in the related series ''IslandInTheSeaOfTime''.''Literature/IslandInTheSeaOfTime''.

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