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** In a quarry, several Letherii workers come upon a Khalibaral demon sealed away in a cave. It manages to snatch three worker and a necromancer before the foreman calls for Bugg, who has no idea what to do about it until the Jaghut Huntress who originally sealed the demon away returns in time and recaptures the demon while complaining how humans can never seem to stop digging where they don't belong.

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** In a quarry, several Letherii workers come upon a Khalibaral demon sealed away in a cave. It manages to snatch three worker workers and a necromancer before the foreman calls for Bugg, who has no idea what to do about it until the Jaghut Huntress who originally sealed the demon away returns in time and recaptures the demon while complaining how humans can never seem to stop digging where they don't belong.


* ImpoverishedPatrician: Tehol Beddict once owned about a quarter of he Letherii economy before an economic crash cost his investors most of their money and left him on the street. [[spoiler:Tehol engineered the entire chain of events as proof-of-concept that the economy could be brought down, and actually hid most of the cash safely; technically, he still owns most of the city. He publicly lives in squalor to avoid suspicion and because it amuses him to confuse people.]]



* ImpoverishedPatrician: Tehol Beddict once owned about a quarter of he Letherii economy before an economic crash cost his investors most of their money and left him on the street. [[spoiler:Tehol engineered the entire chain of events as proof-of-concept that the economy could be brought down, and actually hid most of the cash safely; technically, he still owns most of the city. He publicly lives in squalor to avoid suspicion and because it amuses him to confuse people.]]


* DistantPrologue: The prologue of ''Midnight Tides'' takes places at an unnamed point during TheTimeOfMyths, in this case during the Sundering of the Realm of Kurald Emurlahn in the Time of the Elder Gods, and show the invasion of the Tiste Edur. It is continued as the prologue of ''Literature/ReapersGale''.

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* DistantPrologue: The prologue of ''Midnight Tides'' takes places at an unnamed point during TheTimeOfMyths, in this case during the Sundering of the Realm of Kurald Emurlahn in the Time of the Elder Gods, and show shows the invasion of the Tiste Edur. It is continued as the prologue of ''Literature/ReapersGale''.


* AndNowForSomeoneCompletelyDifferent: ''Midnight Tides'' takes place in a part of the setting that is completely unexplored at this point in the series, with only two characters being immediately recognizable. Even in a books series infamous for constantly changing viewpoint characters, ''Midnight Tides'' stands out.

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* AndNowForSomeoneCompletelyDifferent: ''Midnight Tides'' takes place in a part of the setting that is completely unexplored at this point in the series, with only two characters being immediately recognizable. Even in a books book series infamous for constantly changing viewpoint characters, ''Midnight Tides'' stands out.


''Midnight Tides'' is the fifth book of ten in ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'', and the first in the Letherii arc. It was released in 2004, and is preceded by ''Literature/HouseOfChains''. This volume is notable for employing a loose version of the LiteraryAgentHypothesis -- events are ostensibly narrated by Trull Sengar, a character from the last book -- and for its use of AndNowForSomeoneCompletelyDifferent, as it introduces the last of the [[RotatingArcs three major arcs]]. Despite this, it does not employ significant use of LostInMediasRes -- one of the hallmarks of the series -- as it largely follows a more traditional storytelling structure than usual, and, as such, is a somewhat different read from the rest of the series.

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''Midnight Tides'' is the fifth book of ten in ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'', and the first in the Letherii arc. It was released in 2004, and is preceded by ''Literature/HouseOfChains''. This volume is notable for employing a loose version of the LiteraryAgentHypothesis -- events Events are ostensibly narrated [[CharacterNarrator narrated]] by Trull Sengar, a character from the last book -- and for its use of AndNowForSomeoneCompletelyDifferent, as it introduces the last of the [[RotatingArcs three major arcs]]. Despite this, it does not employ significant use of LostInMediasRes -- one of the hallmarks of the series -- as it largely follows a more traditional storytelling structure than usual, and, as such, is a somewhat different read from the rest of the series.



* CharacterNarrator: The story is told by Trull Sengar to his companions following the epilogue in ''Literature/HouseOfChains'', but there are numerous events recounted that are impossible for him to know.



* LiteraryAgentHypothesis: The story is, in theory, told by Trull Sengar to his companions following the epilogue in ''Literature/HouseOfChains'', but there are numerous events recounted that are impossible for him to know.


* SealedBadassInACan: The ancient [[DarkIsNotEvil Tiste Andii]] ascendant [[HeroicAlbino Silchas Ruin]] lies trapped in the grounds of a dying Azath House. He used to be one of the major players among the Tiste Andii and once led his followers into a new world while waging war on the K'Chain Che'Malle, but was betrayed and {{buried alive}} by his friend and ally Scabandari Bloodeye. His slow escape is one of the many plotlines of the book.

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* SealedBadassInACan: The ancient [[DarkIsNotEvil Tiste Andii]] ascendant [[HeroicAlbino Silchas Ruin]] Ruin lies trapped in the grounds of a dying Azath House. He used to be one of the major players among the Tiste Andii and once led his followers into a new world while waging war on the K'Chain Che'Malle, but was betrayed and {{buried alive}} by his friend and ally Scabandari Bloodeye. His slow escape is one of the many plotlines of the book.

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** Then there's [[spoiler:Harlest Eberict]]. Locked in the family estate after having been transformed into a ghoul by his own brother. He was charged with guarding the family home for all eternity and was resigned to his fate... [[HeelFaceTurn until he sees how lifelike Shurq looks when she comes to rob the place.]]


* BreakTheHaughty: [[spoiler:Rhulad Sengar]] is involuntary made TheDragon of The Crippled God and is [[BlessedWithSuck granted immortality]]. Quickly realizing he got the short end of the stick in a DealWithTheDevil he is slowly driven to madness by repeated incidents of dying and painfully coming BackFromTheDead and the knowledge that he no longer has control over his life and fate.

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* BreakTheHaughty: [[spoiler:Rhulad Sengar]] is involuntary made TheDragon of The the Crippled God and is [[BlessedWithSuck granted immortality]]. Quickly realizing he got the short end of the stick in a DealWithTheDevil he is slowly driven to madness by repeated incidents of dying and painfully coming BackFromTheDead and the knowledge that he no longer has control over his life and fate.



* TheManBehindTheMan: [[spoiler: The Crippled God]] strikes again, supporting Hannan Mosag in his unification of the Tiste Edur tribes and when it becomes clear he will not [[spoiler: lead the Tiste Edur into a war of conquest, replacing him with the younger Rhulad Sengar, making sure he stays in line]]. We have seen his tendency towards this trope in ''Literature/MemoriesOfIce'' already. He is, in fact, backing several people throughout the series, because that is the only way he can influence the world around him at all.

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* TheManBehindTheMan: [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The Crippled God]] strikes again, supporting Hannan Mosag in his unification of the Tiste Edur tribes and when it becomes clear he will not [[spoiler: lead the Tiste Edur into a war of conquest, replacing him with the younger Rhulad Sengar, making sure he stays in line]]. We have seen his tendency towards this trope in ''Literature/MemoriesOfIce'' already. He is, in fact, backing several people throughout the series, because that is the only way he can influence the world around him at all.


* WhoWantsToLiveForever: The state of Necromancy in Lether leads to this. Particularly spiteful aristocrats will pay a ''Ceda'' large sums of money to curse their enemies with eternal undeath. The victim will die, then immediately rise again, unable to move into the afterlife or enjoy the comforts of the living like food, rest, and sex. Shurq Ellale suffered this fate after robbing a member of the nobility, and [[BigBrotherBully Gerun Eberict]] has this done to [[spoiler: his own brother, [[FriendlyZombie Harlest]].]]

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* WhoWantsToLiveForever: The state of Necromancy in Lether leads to this. Particularly spiteful aristocrats will pay a ''Ceda'' large sums of money to curse their enemies with eternal semi-eternal undeath. The victim will die, die of whatever cause and then immediately rise again, unable to move into the afterlife or enjoy the comforts of the living like tasty food, fulfilling rest, and sex.any sort of sex. These individuals become pariahs simply from their smell, though they decay at such a slow rate that they seem to have eternal life. Shurq Ellale suffered this fate after robbing a member of the nobility, and [[BigBrotherBully Gerun Eberict]] has this done to [[spoiler: his own brother, [[FriendlyZombie Harlest]].]]

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* WhoWantsToLiveForever: The state of Necromancy in Lether leads to this. Particularly spiteful aristocrats will pay a ''Ceda'' large sums of money to curse their enemies with eternal undeath. The victim will die, then immediately rise again, unable to move into the afterlife or enjoy the comforts of the living like food, rest, and sex. Shurq Ellale suffered this fate after robbing a member of the nobility, and [[BigBrotherBully Gerun Eberict]] has this done to [[spoiler: his own brother, [[FriendlyZombie Harlest]].]]

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* EvilPoacher: The entire conflict between Lether and the Tiste Edur is set off by these. Lether ships poach/massacre the Edur harvest of seals, killing enough creatures to potentially bring on TheFamine. Lether says the incident came from misunderstandings of the old treaty and send a delegation to negotiate a clearer (read: more crippling) treaty. The Edur politely tell the delegation to get bent, kill the poachers and sink their ships, and then march to war.


* FantasyCounterpartCulture: Per WordOfGod, Erickson set out to turn Lether into something not often seen in the fantasy genre- a fantasy interpretation of the United States of America. With its focus on continental expansion, devastation of tribal peoples, focus on debt and money, he may have done a bang up job.

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* FantasyCounterpartCulture: Per WordOfGod, Erickson Erikson set out to turn Lether into something not often seen in the fantasy genre- a fantasy interpretation of the United States of America. With its focus on continental expansion, devastation of tribal peoples, focus on debt and money, he may have done a bang up job.

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* AManIsAlwaysEager: Defied by Ublala Pung. Hired by Tehol as muscle, he can't get over the fact that all the women just want [[BiggerIsBetterInBed what's in his pants]] and don't treasure him for being a person with wants and needs.


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** The tables get turned when the Edur invade the throne room of Lether and confront Kuru Qan and Bryss Beddict. Brys incapacitates Rhulad Sengar within moments and leaves him crippled on the floor without breaking a sweat- unable to move, and not injured enough to bleed to death. [[TamperingWithFoodAndDrink Too bad he got thirsty, though.]]


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* FantasyCounterpartCulture: Per WordOfGod, Erickson set out to turn Lether into something not often seen in the fantasy genre- a fantasy interpretation of the United States of America. With its focus on continental expansion, devastation of tribal peoples, focus on debt and money, he may have done a bang up job.


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* TheSocialDarwinist: Finadd Gerun Eberict, who uses his immunity from criminal prosecution to [[spoiler: murder poor people in Letheras by the hundreds.]]

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