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* AFoggyDayInLondonTown: An important plot sequence in ''Too Many Magicians'' happens during a pea-soup foggy London night. It's also stated that psychics can foresee when fog will be present and disperse, and their predictions are part of the newspaper weather report.


As a result, in the 1970s, the Angevin Empire's society and technology largely resembles those of, to pick a comparison ''entirely'' at random, the Franchise/SherlockHolmes stories. But with wizards.

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As a result, in the 1970s, the Angevin Empire's society and technology largely resembles resemble those of, to pick a comparison ''entirely'' at random, the Franchise/SherlockHolmes stories. But with wizards.

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** In Kurland's ''A Study In Sorcery'', the Angevin governor of New England guarantees his agents' loyalty with a magically-reinforced oath, by which they swear to be loyal servants to their sovereign and his appointed proxies. [[spoiler:Unfortunately, the oath's wording neglects to ''name'' the sovereign to be served, to save having to reconstruct the spell every time a new king takes the throne, which means a Polish spy can take the oath without consequence by staying loyal to Poland's monarch.]] Also an issue with Pyramid Island's avoidance spell, which was designed to repel anyone without a legitimate purpose. [[spoiler: Turns out that the gun-runners honestly believed that smuggling weapons on and off the island ''was'' a "legitimate" purpose.]]

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** In Kurland's ''A Study In Sorcery'', the Angevin governor of New England guarantees his agents' loyalty with a magically-reinforced oath, by which they swear to be loyal servants to their sovereign and his appointed proxies. [[spoiler:Unfortunately, the oath's wording neglects to ''name'' the sovereign to be served, to save having to reconstruct the spell every time a new king takes the throne, which means a Polish spy can take the oath without consequence by staying loyal to Poland's monarch.]] Also an issue with Pyramid Island's avoidance spell, which was designed to repel anyone without a legitimate purpose.purpose in coming there. [[spoiler: Turns out that the gun-runners honestly believed that smuggling weapons on and off the island ''was'' a "legitimate" purpose.]]


** In Kurland's ''A Study In Sorcery'', the Angevin governor of New England guarantees his agents' loyalty with a magically-reinforced oath, by which they swear to be loyal servants to their sovereign and his appointed proxies. [[spoiler:Unfortunately, the oath's wording neglects to ''name'' the sovereign to be served, to save having to reconstruct the spell every time a new king takes the throne, which means a Polish spy can take the oath without consequence by staying loyal to Poland's monarch.]]

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** In Kurland's ''A Study In Sorcery'', the Angevin governor of New England guarantees his agents' loyalty with a magically-reinforced oath, by which they swear to be loyal servants to their sovereign and his appointed proxies. [[spoiler:Unfortunately, the oath's wording neglects to ''name'' the sovereign to be served, to save having to reconstruct the spell every time a new king takes the throne, which means a Polish spy can take the oath without consequence by staying loyal to Poland's monarch.]] Also an issue with Pyramid Island's avoidance spell, which was designed to repel anyone without a legitimate purpose. [[spoiler: Turns out that the gun-runners honestly believed that smuggling weapons on and off the island ''was'' a "legitimate" purpose.]]

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* SecretKeeper: In ''A Study In Sorcery'', Darcy and Sean are entrusted with the Gemini Secret of [[spoiler: long-distance communication between the Old and New World]], a ''very'' important state asset which they swear never to reveal.


* ChristianityIsCatholic: Literally so, as the Protestant Reformation never happened in this Verse. Although Eastern Orthodox is certainly around (in fact, in this Verse, the Byzantine Empire still exists) we don't get to really see any of it, and all the clergy we see is Catholic.

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* ChristianityIsCatholic: Literally so, as the Protestant Reformation never happened in this Verse. Although Eastern Orthodox is certainly around (in fact, in this Verse, the Byzantine Empire still exists) we don't get to really see any of it, and all the Christian clergy we see is Catholic.

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* SecretTest: A children's puzzle-toy displayed at the sorcerers' convention in ''Too Many Magicians'' also serves as a test for magical ability. If a child is Talented, their own gift will keep the toy operational even after its built-in enchantment has expired.

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* BlueCollarWarlock: Many magician characters are skilled tradesmen (for example, a locksmith in ''The Sixteen Keys'').

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* DisabilityAlibi: In one story, a suspect is cleared of the actual murder (if not another crime) when it's confirmed that he's not faking his paralysis, and thus could not have climbed the stairway to the murder scene.


* EyeRemember: Used in an attempt to discover the murderer's identity in "The Eyes Have It".

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* EyeRemember: Used in an attempt to discover the murderer's identity in "The Eyes Have It". [[spoiler: Subverted in that the image retrieved is the victim's subjective view of the murderer, which doesn't really look anything like her.]]


* ChristianityIsCatholic: Literally so, as the Protestant Reformation never happened in this Verse.

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* ChristianityIsCatholic: Literally so, as the Protestant Reformation never happened in this Verse. Although Eastern Orthodox is certainly around (in fact, in this Verse, the Byzantine Empire still exists) we don't get to really see any of it, and all the clergy we see is Catholic.


* AlwaysMurder: Well, mostly. Subverted in [[spoiler:"The Sixteen Keys"]], where it turns out they already know what the victim died of, and just need Darcy to figure out where he'd hidden an important document before he snuffed it.

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* AlwaysMurder: Well, mostly. Subverted in [[spoiler:"The Sixteen Keys"]], where it turns out they already know what the victim died of, of (it was natural causes--kinda), and just need Darcy to figure out where he'd hidden an important document before he snuffed it.

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* UnreliableNarrator: The opening of [[spoiler: ''Too Many Magicians'' has the close third-person thoughts of an intelligence agent noting that he couldn't see any evidence to indicate who might have committed the murder. At the end of the novel, it revealed he had been checking to make sure ''he'' hadn't left any behind.]]

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