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* OneSteveLimit: Enforced in the Baen reprint; the hitman Vingarran is renamed to Vingar to avoid any suggestion that he's connected to the Vingarran Gate. The two Beldons (one a clothing designer, the other a criminal organisation) remain, though.


* HeelFaceTurn: At the end of ''Legacy'', [[spoiler:Lyad Ermetyne]] reforms and joins the Psychology Service.

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** In ''The Demon Breed'', MookLieutenant Moga wants to avoid a war between the Parahuans and humanity, because unlike the rest of his race he knows the Parahuans will eventually lose. He does what he can to give the protagonists covert support, eventually sacrificing his life to help them escape.

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* ChicAndAwe: Quillan is lost for words the first time he sees Trigger wearing the daring Beldon gown (less a single piece of clothing, more a collection of exquisite ribbons) that he bought her.


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* LiquidCourage: Trigger needs a couple of drinks before she can bring herself to wear the Beldon gown in public.

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* TimeDissonance: The Old Galactics live much longer than humans, and their lives unfold at a much slower pace -- this is what the title "A Tale of Two Clocks" refers to.

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* ImpededCommunication: The Parahuans in "The Demon Breed" have the ability to jam human communicators. They've been gradually building up the interference for months, to make people think it's a natural phenomenon.


* BluffingTheAdvanceScout: In ''The Demon Breed''

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* BluffingTheAdvanceScout: In ''The Demon Breed''Breed'': The aliens suspect that humanity may be secretly protected by a caste of superhuman Guardians, and plan to invade the world of Nandy-Cline to put this theory to the test. The protagonist has to pose as a Guardian and convince them that she really is that dangerous. ([[BadassBookworm She is]]).

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* ManEatingPlant: The Harpooneer plant in "The Demon Breed" has a taste for the flesh of anyone who stands too close to it.

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* SpareAMessenger: At the end of ''The Demon Breed'', Deputy Gilennic orders the Federation fleet not to destroy the two Parahuan ships most likely to contain high-ranking officers, so that they can give a first-hand account of their defeat when they return home.

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* IntelligentForest: In "Balanced Ecology" the diamondwood forest on Wrake is a closely integrated ecology with, as it turns out, its own plans for how to cope with the human colonists on its world.


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* PlantAliens: The Hana in "The Pork Chop Tree" / "Compulsion" look like harmless trees, but their psychic powers make them very dangerous.


* ComedicSpanking: In ''Legacy'', Trigger gets the information she needs out of [[spoiler:Lyad (who's a head of state)]] by administering a humiliating spanking, recording it, and threatening to release the recording.



* HeelFaceTurn: At the end of ''Legacy'', [[spoiler:Lyad Ermetyne]] reforms and joins the Psychology Service.



* RefugeInAudacity: Near the end of ''Legacy'', Trigger's group kidnaps the opposition leader [[spoiler:Lyad Ermentyne]]--who also happens to be a head of state. They're on a spaceship on a vital mission and too far out to return, but members of the Hub government request to speak with [[spoiler:Lyad]] to make sure everything's all right...

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* RefugeInAudacity: Near the end of ''Legacy'', Trigger's group kidnaps the opposition leader [[spoiler:Lyad Ermentyne]]--who Ermetyne]]--who also happens to be a head of state. They're on a spaceship on a vital mission and too far out to return, but members of the Hub government request to speak with [[spoiler:Lyad]] to make sure everything's all right...


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* SpellMyNameWithAThe: Lyad in ''Legacy'' is the head of the Ermetyne clan, so she's ''the'' Ermetyne.


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* WeWillMeetAgain: Even though [[spoiler:Lyad Ermetyne]] has honestly reformed by the end of ''Legacy'' and doesn't have "too much in the way of hard feelings", [[spoiler:she]] still wants a chance to get even with Trigger.

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* TemporaryBulkChange: In "Trouble Tide", a symbiotic lifeform gives mammals the ability to survive in the deep sea. When they return to the surface, the extra structures it grows are converted to body fat. That works fine for the seal-like native lifeforms, but it leaves the story's human protagonists so dangerously obese that they need days of surgery and months of dieting to recover.


--> "You've definitely been wrong about me," Telzey told him. "You didn't know enough. I've been a psi, a practising psi, for almost a year. I can go through a human life in an hour and know more about it than the man or woman who's living it. I've gone through quite a few lives, not only human ones. I do other things that I don't talk about. I don't know what it all exactly makes me now, but I'm not a child. Of course, I ''am'' sixteen years old and haven't been that very long. But it might even be that sometimes people like you and [[PrivateDetective Wellan Dasinger]] look a little like children to me. Do you understand?"

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--> "You've -->'''Telzey:''' You've definitely been wrong about me," Telzey told him. "You me. You didn't know enough. I've been a psi, a practising psi, for almost a year. I can go through a human life in an hour and know more about it than the man or woman who's living it. I've gone through quite a few lives, not only human ones. I do other things that I don't talk about. I don't know what it all exactly makes me now, but I'm not a child. Of course, I ''am'' sixteen years old and haven't been that very long. But it might even be that sometimes people like you and [[PrivateDetective Wellan Dasinger]] look a little like children to me. Do you understand?"understand?



** "A Nice Day For Screaming" has this in spades: the space itself is inherently hazardous, and then it turns out there are ''things'' living in it... [[spoiler: although they aren't malicious.]]

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** "A Nice Day For Screaming" has this in spades: the space itself is inherently hazardous, and then it turns out there are ''things'' living in it... [[spoiler: although [[spoiler:although they aren't malicious.]]malicious]].



* RefugeInAudacity: Near the end of ''Legacy'', Trigger's group kidnaps the opposition leader [[spoiler: Lyad Ermentyne]]--who also happens to be a head of state. They're on a spaceship on a vital mission and too far out to return, but members of the Hub government request to speak with [[spoiler: Lyad]] to make sure everything's all right...
--> '''Comissioner Tate''': "I'm afraid she can't come to the communicator right now. She's doing the dishes."

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* RefugeInAudacity: Near the end of ''Legacy'', Trigger's group kidnaps the opposition leader [[spoiler: Lyad [[spoiler:Lyad Ermentyne]]--who also happens to be a head of state. They're on a spaceship on a vital mission and too far out to return, but members of the Hub government request to speak with [[spoiler: Lyad]] [[spoiler:Lyad]] to make sure everything's all right...
--> '''Comissioner Tate''': "I'm Tate:''' I'm afraid she can't come to the communicator right now. She's doing the dishes."


* AwakeningASleepingGiant: the aftermath of ''The Demon Breed'' has the alien leaders concluding that a) the Parahuans had almost done exactly this, and b) that the human authorities ''know this too''.

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* AwakeningASleepingGiant: AwakeningTheSleepingGiant: the aftermath of ''The Demon Breed'' has the alien leaders concluding that a) the Parahuans had almost done exactly this, and b) that the human authorities ''know this too''.


* AwakeningASleepingGiant: the aftermath of ''The Demon Breed'' has the alien leaders concluding that a) the Parahuans had almost done exactly this, and b) that the human authorities ''know this too''.



* ChivalrousPervert: Heslet Quillan takes instant advantage of the situation when the [[NakedPeopleAreFunny naked]] ActionGirl falls into his arms--but never hesitates when a lady needs his help.

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* ChivalrousPervert: Heslet Quillan takes instant advantage of the situation when the a [[NakedPeopleAreFunny naked]] ActionGirl Trigger falls into his arms--but never hesitates when a lady needs his help.


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* NatureHero: Nile Etland is able to evade and survive the Parahuans through superior knowledge and understanding of the floatwood forests, including using the natural inhabitants of the forest to destroy the giant tarm.


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* RefugeInAudacity: Near the end of ''Legacy'', Trigger's group kidnaps the opposition leader [[spoiler: Lyad Ermentyne]]--who also happens to be a head of state. They're on a spaceship on a vital mission and too far out to return, but members of the Hub government request to speak with [[spoiler: Lyad]] to make sure everything's all right...
--> '''Comissioner Tate''': "I'm afraid she can't come to the communicator right now. She's doing the dishes."


* WorldOfBadass: This is a ''deliberate policy'' of the federation goverment, which permits private wars to keep the people prepared for outside menaces.

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* WorldOfBadass: This is a ''deliberate policy'' of the federation goverment, government, which permits private wars to keep the people prepared for outside menaces.

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