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* OutgrownSuchSillySuperstitions: Averted. Religion is alive and well in the 82nd century and while we don't see any recognizable religions, they're all descended from existing real-life religions like the Church of Lucifer or Shogun Buddhist animism.

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* OutgrownSuchSillySuperstitions: Averted. Religion is alive and well in the 82nd century year 3118 and while we don't see any recognizable religions, they're all descended from existing real-life religions like the Church of Lucifer or Shogun Buddhist animism.


** Made more explicit by [[spoiler: the setting's AbusivePrecursors in the Elder Races who refer to themselves as the Aristocracy and consider lesser races fair game to abuse at will.''

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** Made more explicit by [[spoiler: the setting's AbusivePrecursors in the Elder Races who refer to themselves as the Aristocracy and consider lesser races fair game to abuse at will.'']]


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* AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence: [[spoiler: Zoe has apparently become a member of the Elder Races. Which makes her a KarmaHoudini as well.]]


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* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: The Free Systems Alliance is completely destroyed but it doesn't matter because they were a bunch of techno-zombies. The fake Judith is destroyed by a computer virus, Cassius kills his father, and one of the Elder Races. The cost is Cassius' brother and the destruction of the Kohlan's artificial heaven. It's also AllForNothing as the Commonwealth is invaded by the Community.]]
* CameBackWrong: Cassius has been this about Judith as she proves to be cold, uninterested in their relationship, and manipulative. [[spoiler: That's because it's not Judith.]]


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* EverythingsDeaderWithZombies: [[spoiler: This turns out to be the fate of all the individuals who joined the Free Systems Alliance. They were turned into techno-zombies with alien nanotechnology and forced to work for the organization in fighting the Commonwealth.]]


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* HeelFaceTurn: Zoe claims to have made one of these as has [[spoiler: Cassius' father. Neither of them have. Thomas, Cassius' brother, does make one, though. Sadly, it leads to his SenselessSacrifice.]]


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* TheMole: [[spoiler: Judith turns out to be one of these for the Elder Races and is an alien impersonating Cassius' dead wife.]]


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* OurZombiesAreDifferent: [[spoiler: The Free Systems Alliance is using alien nanotech to make BrainwashedAndCrazy cyborg enhanced humans to man their massive fleet. It results in Cassius being forced to order them all to kill each other since there's nothing to be done for them.]]


* OurDarkMatterIsMysterious: The universe has a second dimension called Jumpsapce. It is a mysterious dimension which underlines everything else. It is full of bizarre alien entities, sanity blasting visuals, and weird gravitonic anomolies.

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* OurDarkMatterIsMysterious: The universe has a second dimension called Jumpsapce. It is a mysterious dimension which underlines everything else. It is full of bizarre alien entities, sanity blasting visuals, and weird gravitonic anomolies.gravity anomalies.

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* OurDarkMatterIsMysterious: The universe has a second dimension called Jumpsapce. It is a mysterious dimension which underlines everything else. It is full of bizarre alien entities, sanity blasting visuals, and weird gravitonic anomolies.

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* OrbitalBombardment: This is considered the equivalent of using nuclear weapons. It's something most powers can use but is considered to be an absolute last resort given inhabitable planets are an incredibly important resource. It's a sign of how thoroughly sick the Commonwealth has become with the horrific casualties brought about by the Archduchy of Crius' superior technology (but numerical inferiority) that they decide to do this to the Crius homeworld.

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* AdaptationalSexuality: InUniverse. Cassius' wingman, Hans Nakamora, had a VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory action flick made about him. Ida praises the romance elements in the film, but Cassius is not amused by this, pointing out that he knew the genuine article very well, and that the real life Hans was {{asexual|ity}}.


Cassius Mass was the greatest star pilot of the Crius Archduchy. He fought fiercely for his cause, only to watch his nation fall to the Commonwealth. It was only after that he realized the side he'd been fighting for was the wrong one. Now a semi-functional navigator on a interstellar freight hauler, he tries to hide who he was and escape his past. Unfortunately, some things refuse to stay buried and he ends up conscripted by the very people who destroyed his homeland.

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Cassius Mass was the greatest star pilot of the Crius Archduchy. He fought fiercely for his cause, only to watch his nation fall to the Commonwealth. It was only after afterwards that he realized the side he'd been fighting for was the wrong one. Now a semi-functional navigator on a an interstellar freight hauler, he tries to hide who he was and escape his past. Unfortunately, some things refuse to stay buried and he ends up conscripted by the very people who destroyed his homeland.



* ArchaicWeaponForAnAdvancedAge: Played with as swords and melee weapons due exist but they're considered novelties. They have a use as a secondary weapon against shielded opponents but only if they are modified to drain shields so they can kill the person inside easier (a continuous attack being better than bolts that allow regeneration). Likewise, they're used for dueling in Crius and on FeudalFuture planets. Most people simply use guns.

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* ArchaicWeaponForAnAdvancedAge: Played with as swords and melee weapons due exist but they're considered novelties. They have a use as a secondary weapon against shielded opponents but only if they are modified to drain shields so they can kill the person inside easier more easily (a continuous attack being better than bolts that allow regeneration). Likewise, they're used for dueling in Crius and on FeudalFuture planets. Most people simply use guns.



** Isla is actually a in-universe one as she was based on "The Snow Queen" as her bioroid model. This despite she's more like a GenderSwapped version of Doctor [=McCoy=].

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** Isla is actually a an in-universe one as she was based on "The Snow Queen" as her bioroid model. This despite the fact she's more like a GenderSwapped version of Doctor [=McCoy=].



* MohsScaleOfSciFiHardness: All over the place. It seems to be a SpaceOpera with swords, starfighters, faster than light travel, and SufficientlyAdvancedAlien beings but then it throws in the occassional bit of realism like how gravity in starships works as well long term effects of zero gravity.

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* MohsScaleOfSciFiHardness: All over the place. It seems to be a SpaceOpera with swords, starfighters, faster than light travel, and SufficientlyAdvancedAlien beings but then it throws in the occassional occasional bit of realism like how gravity in starships works works, as well long term as the long-term effects of zero gravity.



* OutgrownSuchSillySuperstitions: Averted. Religion is alive and well in the 82nd century and while we don't have any recognizable religions, they're all descended from existing real-life religions like the Church of Lucifer or Shogun Buddhist animism.
* RagtagBunchOfMisfits: A drunken ex-nobleman, a MafiaPrincess turned security chief, a escaped slave bioroid, and a former gladiator. Yeah, this qualifies.

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* OutgrownSuchSillySuperstitions: Averted. Religion is alive and well in the 82nd century and while we don't have see any recognizable religions, they're all descended from existing real-life religions like the Church of Lucifer or Shogun Buddhist animism.
* RagtagBunchOfMisfits: A drunken ex-nobleman, a MafiaPrincess turned security chief, a an escaped slave bioroid, and a former gladiator. Yeah, this qualifies.



* ShellShockedVeteran: Cassius, Clarice, and others onboard the ship. The war left a lot of people suffering PTSD.

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* ShellShockedVeteran: Cassius, Clarice, and others onboard on board the ship. The war left a lot of people suffering PTSD.



* SpaceCossacks: Earth is implied to have been destroyed in some unspecifed calamity and the human race has scattered across the universe. It happened ''again'' with the Great Collapse and subsequent Great Galactic Dark Age where humanity's various tribes were cut off from one another due to a failure of all jumpspace navigation tools initiated by A.I. As such, there's now thirteen sectors worth of several thousand human colonies with dramatically different cultures as well as their own colonies.

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* SpaceCossacks: Earth is implied to have been destroyed in some unspecifed unspecified calamity and the human race has scattered across the universe. It happened ''again'' with the Great Collapse and subsequent Great Galactic Dark Age where humanity's various tribes were cut off from one another due to a failure of all jumpspace navigation tools initiated by A.I. As such, there's now thirteen sectors worth of several thousand human colonies with dramatically different cultures as well as their own colonies.



* {{Doppelganger}}: Cassius believes someone has surgically altered themselves to look like him in order to lead LaResistance using his wartime reputation. [[spoiler: In fact, it's a bioroid blessed with his memory upload. This results in a in-universe case of FridgeHorror as Cassius realizes he would have been doing the exact same thing had circumstances been different.]]

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* {{Doppelganger}}: Cassius believes someone has surgically altered themselves to look like him in order to lead LaResistance using his wartime reputation. [[spoiler: In fact, it's a bioroid blessed with his memory upload. This results in a an in-universe case of FridgeHorror as Cassius realizes he would have been doing the exact same thing had circumstances been different.]]



* FakeUltimateHero: The false Cassius Mass [[spoiler: a bioroid created by Zoe]] plays on his RedBaron WorthyOpponent reputation and FamedInStory status to serve as a figurehead for the Free Systems Alliance military. The actual Cassius Mass has been retired on a space freighter for years.

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* FakeUltimateHero: The false Cassius Mass [[spoiler: a [[spoiler:(a bioroid created by Zoe]] Zoe)]] plays on his RedBaron WorthyOpponent reputation and FamedInStory status to serve as a figurehead for the Free Systems Alliance military. The actual Cassius Mass has been retired on a space freighter for years.



* KickTheDog: [[spoiler: Zoe murdered the entire crew of her spaceship, tortures Hiro to death, cloned Cassius and Judith without their knowledge, enslaved Judith's A.I., and that's not even getting into her plan to condemn humanity to a ForeverWar. {{Justified}} as it all is required to get Cassius to turn against her.]]

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* KickTheDog: [[spoiler: Zoe murdered the entire crew of her spaceship, tortures tortured Hiro to death, cloned Cassius and Judith without their knowledge, enslaved Judith's A.I., and that's not even getting into her plan to condemn humanity to a ForeverWar. {{Justified}} as it all is required to get Cassius to turn against her.]]



* {{Polyamory}}: Cassius is in a relationship, of sorts, with Isla but also sleeping with Clarice...who is in a relationship with Isla. Note this is before they discover he's actually a galaxy-famous ace pilot.

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* {{Polyamory}}: Cassius is in a relationship, of sorts, with Isla but also sleeping with Clarice...who is in a relationship with Isla. Note that this is before they discover he's actually a galaxy-famous ace pilot.



** Holtz attempts to murder Cassius [[spoiler: twice]] despite the fact it will almost certainly get him spaced. He claims it's for his dead brother [[spoiler: who turns out to have died under circumstances completely unrelated to Cassius--leaving a question to his motives or a case of BelievingTheirOwnLies.]]

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** Holtz attempts to murder Cassius [[spoiler: twice]] [[spoiler:twice]] despite the fact it will almost certainly get him spaced. He claims it's for his dead brother [[spoiler: who [[spoiler:who turns out to have died under circumstances completely unrelated to Cassius--leaving a question to about his motives or a case of BelievingTheirOwnLies.]]



* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler: Thomas tries to redeem himself by helping Cassius escape. Sadly, it ends up a SenselessSacrifice as he's killed soon after.]]

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* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler: Thomas tries to redeem himself by helping Cassius escape. Sadly, Sadly it ends up a SenselessSacrifice as he's killed soon after.]]


* TheGoodKingdom: The Archduchy of Crius believed itself to be this but, in practice, was a smaller version of TheEmpire than the Commonwealth.



* TheKingdom: The Archduchy of Crius believed itself to be this but, in practice, was a smaller version of TheEmpire than the Commonwealth.

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The sequel, ''Lucifer's Nebula'' was released January 5, 2018.


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* AbusiveParents: Cassius the Elder was verbally and physically abusive to his son but always managed to portray it as trying to toughen him up for the DeadlyDecadentCourt of Crius. Eventually, it becomes a deadly rivalry.
* ArchnemesisDad: [[spoiler: It turns out Cassius' Doppelganger is actually his father Cassius Mass the Elder wearing a clone of his son's body. Which is technically just a clone of his own since Cassius the Younger is a clone as well.]]
* BigBad: Difficult to tell in the GrayAndGrayMorality of the setting but most likely [[spoiler: Cassius the Elder and Zoe since they were manipulating everyone.]]
* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: ''Cassius'' gets accused of this because he betrays everyone around him. Subverted in the fact he never changes his allegiance--he's only interested in protecting his crew.
* GoodAllAlong: [[spoiler: The Kathax Prime which everyone assumed was the BigBad is actually being manipulated by Cassius the Elder and Zoe Mass.]]
* EvilAllAlong: [[spoiler: Judith turns out to have been DeadAllAlong and what Cassius thought was her resurrected as an A.I. was actually just one of the Elder Races.]]
* {{Expy}}: The Dragon is obviously one for Jabba the Hutt.
** Cassius the Elder is one for Tywin Lannister according to WordOfGod.
** The Temple of the Kathax Prime is one for [[spoiler: the Death Star.]]
* DeadPersonImpersonation: [[spoiler: Judith is actually a member of the Elder Races called the Kathax Beta and she has been playing Cassius like a fiddle.]]
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler: Thomas tries to redeem himself by helping Cassius escape. Sadly, it ends up a SenselessSacrifice as he's killed soon after.]]
* GuiltFreeExterminationWar: Cassius ends up in one of these situations as the [[spoiler: Free Systems Alliance is completely corrupted into soulless zombies animated by nanites.]]
* LovableRogue: Fade fits this archetype and so does Cassius to a lesser extent by the end of the book.
* {{Polyamory}}: Cassius is in a platonic relationship with his dead wife's ghost and in a sexual relationship with both Clarice and Isla who are in a relationship with each other. [[spoiler: The former relationship ends when he discovers she's just using him.]]
* TheQuisling: [[spoiler: Cassius the Elder's plan is to become this and help the Community invade the Commonwealth in order to conquer it and elevate humanity's technological level with him in charge through a puppet ruler. It becomes complicated by the Commonwealth surrendering prematurely.]]
* WellDoneSonGuy: DefiedTrope as it's clear Cassius has nothing but contempt for his father by the time of the book.
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* SexSlave: This is the role for many bioroids and they're often customized to personal kinks like the future's equivalent to ''Film/{{Frozen}}'' or ''Literature/HarryPotter''. This is played for BlackComedy as Cassius finds it horrifying once he realizes they're fully sentient.

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* SexSlave: This is the role for many bioroids and they're often customized to personal kinks like the future's equivalent to ''Film/{{Frozen}}'' ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'' or ''Literature/HarryPotter''. This is played for BlackComedy as Cassius finds it horrifying once he realizes they're fully sentient.


* HumanSubspecies: The Crius are a genetically engineered BeautifulElite which also make extensive use of cybernetics to improve themselves. At least the nobility are since they run a FeudalFuture. They're blown away by the Chel, though, who have engineered themselves to live in zero-gravity asteroid belts and who look more like TheGreys rather than people. It's implied several other human human subspecies exist as well. Bioroids sit on the edge of this and RidiculouslyHumanRobots.

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* HumanSubspecies: The Crius are a genetically engineered BeautifulElite TheBeautifulElite which also make extensive use of cybernetics to improve themselves. At least the nobility are since they run a FeudalFuture. They're blown away by the Chel, though, who have engineered themselves to live in zero-gravity asteroid belts and who look more like TheGreys rather than people. It's implied several other human human subspecies exist as well. Bioroids sit on the edge of this and RidiculouslyHumanRobots.


* HumanSubspecies: Bioroids and Chel are effectively this.

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* HumanSubspecies: The Crius are a genetically engineered BeautifulElite which also make extensive use of cybernetics to improve themselves. At least the nobility are since they run a FeudalFuture. They're blown away by the Chel, though, who have engineered themselves to live in zero-gravity asteroid belts and who look more like TheGreys rather than people. It's implied several other human human subspecies exist as well. Bioroids sit on the edge of this and Chel are effectively this.RidiculouslyHumanRobots.


* DeflectorShields: Common enough to be equivalent to a flak jacket for troops.
* DeliberateValuesDissonance: The Crius are a bunch of SocialDarwinist FeudalFuture AristocratsAreEvil types. However, while Cassius looks like a Nazi posterchild, his siblings are actually higher-ranking and both black. It's also stated the Royal Family is of African American (and several other races) descent.
** It's also a FreeLoveFuture to a lesser extent with spacers known for having open relationships, polyamory, and causal sex. This actually makes Cassius uncomfortable as he comes from a more traditional society with rigid social rules about relationships.
* DoomedHometown: The planet Crius is bombed to oblivion by the Commonwealth in the opening chapter of the first book, forcing the Archduchy to surrender.



* DeflectorShields: Common enough to be equivalent to a flak jacket for troops.
* DeliberateValuesDissonance: The Crius are a bunch of SocialDarwinist FeudalFuture AristocratsAreEvil types. However, while Cassius looks like a Nazi posterchild, his siblings are actually higher-ranking and both black. It's also stated the Royal Family is of African American (and several other races) descent.
** It's also a FreeLoveFuture to a lesser extent with spacers known for having open relationships, polyamory, and causal sex. This actually makes Cassius uncomfortable as he comes from a more traditional society with rigid social rules about relationships.
* DoomedHometown: The planet Crius is bombed to oblivion by the Commonwealth in the opening chapter of the first book, forcing the Archduchy to surrender.



* FreeLoveFuture: Individual planets and cultures like the Archduchy of Crius may be conservative (though nobles of both sexes are expected to keep concubines as examples of status) but even the ANazyByAnyOtherName culture has no problems with homosexuality. DefectorFromDecadence protagonist Cassius is a bit off put by "spacer" culture sexual mores. Humans who live on ships or space stations invariably have multiple partners and care nothing about casual hook-ups while being in committed relationships. Notably, Cassius ends up romantically involved with two women on his ship who are involved with each other--which he finds off-putting than titillating. It's also noteworthy there's a thriving trade in SexSlave RidiculouslyHumanRobot units called "Bioroids" which is depicted as repugnant but widely practiced (since they're completely sentient--just BrainwashedAndCrazy).

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* FreeLoveFuture: Individual planets and cultures like the Archduchy of Crius may be conservative (though nobles of both sexes are expected to keep concubines as examples of status) but even the ANazyByAnyOtherName ANaziByAnyOtherName culture has no problems with homosexuality. DefectorFromDecadence protagonist Cassius is a bit off put by "spacer" culture sexual mores. Humans who live on ships or space stations invariably have multiple partners and care nothing about casual hook-ups while being in committed relationships. Notably, Cassius ends up romantically involved with two women on his ship who are involved with each other--which he finds off-putting than titillating. It's also noteworthy there's a thriving trade in SexSlave RidiculouslyHumanRobot units called "Bioroids" which is depicted as repugnant but widely practiced (since they're completely sentient--just BrainwashedAndCrazy).

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* BrainwashedAndCrazy: Bioroids have partially organic brains so they aren't programmed for obedience so much as this.


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* FreeLoveFuture: Individual planets and cultures like the Archduchy of Crius may be conservative (though nobles of both sexes are expected to keep concubines as examples of status) but even the ANazyByAnyOtherName culture has no problems with homosexuality. DefectorFromDecadence protagonist Cassius is a bit off put by "spacer" culture sexual mores. Humans who live on ships or space stations invariably have multiple partners and care nothing about casual hook-ups while being in committed relationships. Notably, Cassius ends up romantically involved with two women on his ship who are involved with each other--which he finds off-putting than titillating. It's also noteworthy there's a thriving trade in SexSlave RidiculouslyHumanRobot units called "Bioroids" which is depicted as repugnant but widely practiced (since they're completely sentient--just BrainwashedAndCrazy).


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* RidiculouslyHumanRobot: Bioroids are this, being functionally identical to humans just BrainwashedAndCrazy into obedience.


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* SexSlave: This is the role for many bioroids and they're often customized to personal kinks like the future's equivalent to ''Film/{{Frozen}}'' or ''Literature/HarryPotter''. This is played for BlackComedy as Cassius finds it horrifying once he realizes they're fully sentient.

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