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* ExactWords: A major stock in trade of Masters of Formalities. A big one is explaining that there is precedent for a strategy, and leaving out that it has never actually worked.


* SelfHarm: Before unveiling his [[TryingToCatchMeFightingDirty dirty sports tactics]], Henneck tries to come up with another dirty tactic that no one has thought to outlaw yet. After being told that [[GroinAttack hitting an opponent in the crotch]] is illegal, he asks if hitting ''himself'' in the crotch is legal. The surprised person responds that it is, but wonders why anyone would do that. During a match, Henneck punches himself in the groin. While it's painful, the opponent is stunned for several seconds by this act (mostly because he is too busy laughing), allowing Henneck to push him off the mat and win.

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* SelfHarm: Before unveiling his [[TryingToCatchMeFightingDirty dirty sports tactics]], tactics, Henneck tries to come up with another dirty tactic that no one has thought to outlaw yet. After being told that [[GroinAttack hitting an opponent in the crotch]] is illegal, he asks if hitting ''himself'' in the crotch is legal. The surprised person responds that it is, but wonders why anyone would do that. During a match, Henneck punches himself in the groin. While it's painful, the opponent is stunned for several seconds by this act (mostly because he is too busy laughing), allowing Henneck to push him off the mat and win.



* TryingToCatchMeFightingDirty: Henneck Hahn shocks the Apiosans during his first and only sports meet by using the same underhanded tactic over and over to beat opponents. [[spoiler:When he and Rayzo later fight, Rayzo already knows about the trick and easily counters it]]. The tactic is immediately outlawed in regulation sports after that.


* DeathWorld: Averted with Apios. When the colonists first landed, they found an inhospitable land with harsh winter and scarce food. It later turned out that they managed to land on a polar ice cap. The planet was actually pretty nice.

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* DeathWorld: Averted with Apios. When the colonists first landed, they found an inhospitable land with harsh winter and scarce food. It later turned out that they managed to land on a polar ice cap. The rest of the planet was actually pretty nice.


* SelfHarm: After his initial [[TryingToCatchMeFightingDirty dirty sports tactics]] are outlawed, Henneck tries to come up with another dirty tactic that no one has thought to outlaw yet. After being told that [[GroinAttack hitting an opponent in the crotch]] is illegal, he asks if hitting ''himself'' in the crotch is legal. The surprised person responds that it is, but wonders why anyone would do that. During a match, Henneck punches himself in the groin. While it's painful, the opponent is stunned for several seconds by this act (mostly because he is too busy laughing), allowing Henneck to push him off the mat and win.

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* SelfHarm: After Before unveiling his initial [[TryingToCatchMeFightingDirty dirty sports tactics]] are outlawed, tactics]], Henneck tries to come up with another dirty tactic that no one has thought to outlaw yet. After being told that [[GroinAttack hitting an opponent in the crotch]] is illegal, he asks if hitting ''himself'' in the crotch is legal. The surprised person responds that it is, but wonders why anyone would do that. During a match, Henneck punches himself in the groin. While it's painful, the opponent is stunned for several seconds by this act (mostly because he is too busy laughing), allowing Henneck to push him off the mat and win.

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** This also ignores the hundreds (if not thousands) of officials working in the new addition to the palace in order to handle all the minutiae of running an entire planet.


* HiddenAgendaVillain: [[spoiler:Migg's entire plan to end the war on Ophion 6 is based on the fact that her ancestors are originally from Ophion 6, displaced after the Hahn and the Apiosans arrived to wage their war on a "neutral" planet. Her goal is to have the planet demilitarized, restored, and resettled in two generations]].

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* HiddenAgendaVillain: [[spoiler:Migg's entire plan to end the war on Ophion 6 is based on the fact that her ancestors are originally from Ophion 6, displaced after the Hahn and the Apiosans arrived to wage their war on a "neutral" planet. Her goal is to have the planet demilitarized, restored, and resettled in under two generations]].centuries]].

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* GoneHorriblyWrong: The "emergency loss-retardant measures" implemented by the House Jakabitus armed forces, which involve cloning dead soldiers from their remains and downloading their previously backed up memories into them (with some combat-heavy alterations). As compensation for the "inconvenience of dying", any "recovered" soldier's term was reduced by several months. However, the mounting losses eventually result in many soldiers now being free to go home, and no one is in a particular hurry to sign up for more fighting.

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* VowOfCelibacy: Masters of Formalities are required to forswear any romantic attachments, as they could potentially make them more loyal to their romantic partners than the rulers they serve, and that would be poor form indeed. It's not mentioned if recreational unattached sex is permitted or is likewise disallowed.


* TheManBehindTheMan: [[spoiler:The Arbiters secretly run the human-occupied galaxy by manipulating the noble houses via the Masters of Formalities and by editing the precedents to their needs. Many Masters of Formalities don't realize this, believing themselves to be mere advisers rather than the arms of the Arbiters. The Arbiters are the ones who have instigated the centuries-long war between the Hahn and the Apiosans in order to keep their fairly large armies from being turned on their neighbors, focusing them on each other]].

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* TheManBehindTheMan: [[spoiler:The Arbiters secretly run the human-occupied galaxy by manipulating the noble houses via the Masters of Formalities and by editing the precedents to their needs. Many Masters of Formalities don't realize this, believing themselves to be mere advisers rather than the arms of the Arbiters. The Arbiters are the ones who have instigated the centuries-long war between the Hahn and the Apiosans in order to keep their fairly large armies from being turned on their neighbors, neighbors or reduced, focusing them on each other]].other and keeping up the tension]].
** A more immediately example in the novel is [[spoiler:Migg, who has worked behind the scenes to escalate the Hahn-Apiosan conflict in order to, ultimately, end the war through the ArrangedMarriage of Rayzo Jakabitus and Shimlish Hahn. Why? Because her ancestors were forced to leave their world of Ophion 6, where the fighting is happening, and she wants to restore the planet to what it once was. When the Arbiters find out what she's done, they make her one of them to both make use of her talents and direct them towards their goals]].


* SelfHarm: After his initial [[TryingToCatchMeFightingDirty dirty sports tactics]] are outlawed, Henneck tries to come up with another dirty tactic that no one has thought to outlaw yet. After being told that [[GroinAttack hitting an opponent in the crotch]] is illegal, he asks if hitting ''himself'' in the crotch is legal. The surprised person responds that it is, but wonders why anyone would do that. During a match, Henneck punches himself in the groin. While it's painful, the opponent is stunned for several seconds by this act, allowing Henneck to push him off the mat and win.

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* SelfHarm: After his initial [[TryingToCatchMeFightingDirty dirty sports tactics]] are outlawed, Henneck tries to come up with another dirty tactic that no one has thought to outlaw yet. After being told that [[GroinAttack hitting an opponent in the crotch]] is illegal, he asks if hitting ''himself'' in the crotch is legal. The surprised person responds that it is, but wonders why anyone would do that. During a match, Henneck punches himself in the groin. While it's painful, the opponent is stunned for several seconds by this act, act (mostly because he is too busy laughing), allowing Henneck to push him off the mat and win.

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** Migg herself. She appears to be the downtrodden personal servant of Hennik, but is actually [[spoiler: the Master of Formalities for the Hahn Home World.]]


* CasualInterstellarTravel: For common citizens, a flight on a warp transport is not much different from an intercontinental flight in RealLife, except a little longer and even less comfortable (they are actually given pills to suppress certain bodily functions, so that no one needs to go to the bathroom). Naturally, nobles have their own luxury transports.

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* CasualInterstellarTravel: For common citizens, a flight on a warp transport is not much different from an intercontinental flight in RealLife, except a little longer and even less comfortable (they are actually given pills to suppress certain bodily functions, so that no one needs to go to the bathroom).bathroom...which is somewhat a blessing in disguise, as the inertial dampeners' gravity-effect literally crushes passengers into their seats so that they're unable to move their limbs or even turn their heads easily). Naturally, nobles have their own luxury transports.


* BlazingInfernoHellfireSauce[=/=]MasochistsMeal: Chowklud (yes, it sounds like "chocolate", one of the tastiest things in the world) is a sauce that's served with every meal on the planet Cappozzi. To say that it has a strong flavor is to put it mildly. The Cappozzi pride themselves on enduring hardships, so they tend to pour Chowklud all over their food (which is deliberately made bland and tasteless to heighten the effect). It tastes and feels awful, but deals no permanent damage, and some people can grow accustomed to it.

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* BlazingInfernoHellfireSauce[=/=]MasochistsMeal: Chowklud (yes, it sounds like "chocolate", one of the tastiest things in the world) is a sauce that's served with every meal on the planet Cappozzi. To say that it has a strong flavor is to put it mildly. The Cappozzi pride themselves on enduring hardships, so they tend to pour Chowklud all over their food (which is deliberately made bland and tasteless to heighten the effect). It tastes and feels awful, awful (being compared to eating a mouthful of angry bees), but deals no permanent damage, and some people can grow accustomed to it.


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** In fact, causing discomfort is one of the Hahn's primary goals. You'd think their complete honesty would be refreshing, but they're less "straight talkers who don't twist words" and more "I really don't give a shit what you think about me".


* ItsPronouncedTropay: The name of the planet ''Sheud'' is always pronounced in a long an uncomfortable manner. Given the nature of the setting, it's extremely improper to fail to do so.

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* ItsPronouncedTropay: ItIsPronouncedTroPAY: The name of the planet ''Sheud'' is always pronounced in a long an uncomfortable manner. Given the nature of the setting, it's extremely improper to fail to do so.

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* ItsPronouncedTropay: The name of the planet ''Sheud'' is always pronounced in a long an uncomfortable manner. Given the nature of the setting, it's extremely improper to fail to do so.

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