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* {{Bambification}}: The older and non-sugary version, tying in with Myth/CelticMythology. The Hunter wears a deer-skull with burning red sockets, and is referred to as "the deer-man" by Ned and Lucy before they learn his title. Ogma O'Luain says when the Hunter wears an Irish Elk skull instead (whose antlers are as wide as a ''car''), [[OhCrap he means business.]] As pictured, a normal Irish Elk skull is featured prominently on the recent cover-art concept.

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* {{Bambification}}: The older and non-sugary version, tying in with Myth/CelticMythology. The Hunter wears a deer-skull with burning red sockets, and is referred to as "the deer-man" by Ned and Lucy before they learn his title. Ogma O'Luain says when the Hunter wears an Irish Elk skull instead (whose antlers are as wide as a ''car''), [[OhCrap he means business.]] As pictured, a normal an Irish Elk skull is featured prominently on the recent cover-art concept.


* EvilCannotComprehendGood: The Hunter's boxed the Irish and American spirits into a corner when trying to help the Songs, but he's too arrogant to notice (or care) that Ned's father is a Chinese immigrant. He also has no idea why [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Hades and Persephone]] stepped in to help Alima, since "basic compassion" clearly isn't in his vocabulary.

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* EvilCannotComprehendGood: The Hunter's boxed the Irish and American spirits into a corner when trying to help the Songs, but he's too arrogant to notice (or care) that Ned's father is a Chinese immigrant.immigrant with his own gods. He also has no idea why [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Hades and Persephone]] stepped in to help Alima, since "basic compassion" clearly isn't in his vocabulary.


* EvilCannotComprehendGood: The Hunter's boxed the Irish and American spirits into a corner when trying to help the Songs, but he's too arrogant to notice (or care) that Ned's father is an immigrant from China. He also has no idea why [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Hades and Persephone]] would step in to help Alima, since "basic compassion" clearly isn't in his vocabulary.

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* EvilCannotComprehendGood: The Hunter's boxed the Irish and American spirits into a corner when trying to help the Songs, but he's too arrogant to notice (or care) that Ned's father is an immigrant from China. a Chinese immigrant. He also has no idea why [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Hades and Persephone]] would step stepped in to help Alima, since "basic compassion" clearly isn't in his vocabulary.


** The constant moon/night imagery is {{Foreshadowing}} for the moon-goddess Mayari.

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** The constant moon/night imagery is {{Foreshadowing}} for the moon-goddess Mayari.


** Traditional protection against the Folk has several caveats: Salt keeps them from hurting you, but only ''rock'' salt. Inside-out clothing gives magical protection, but [[CaptainObvious ordinary clothes can't protect you against weapons.]] And while ColdIron is a potent defense against fairies, [[SuperSenses the Folk can smell large amounts of it.]]

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** Traditional protection against the Folk has several caveats: Salt keeps them from hurting you, but only ''rock'' salt. Inside-out clothing gives magical protection, but [[CaptainObvious ordinary clothes can't protect you against weapons.]] weapons. And while ColdIron is a potent defense against fairies, [[SuperSenses the Folk can smell large amounts of it.]]



** Another problem Maidin brings up is how the Hunter [[AnthropomorphicPersonification embodies predators,]] and obstructing him too much would VERY technically [[NatureIsNotNice "upset the balance of nature."]] The gods could make him stop hunting ''Alima specifically,'' but only if they [[EquivalentExchange give him someone else to kill.]] [[CaptainObvious They're not keen on that,]] so the only option left is for Ned to kill him.

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** Another problem Maidin brings up is how the Hunter [[AnthropomorphicPersonification embodies predators,]] and obstructing him too much would VERY technically [[NatureIsNotNice "upset the balance of nature."]] The gods could make him stop hunting ''Alima specifically,'' but only if they [[EquivalentExchange give him someone else to kill.]] [[CaptainObvious They're not keen on that,]] that, so the only option left is for Ned to kill him.



** Being in a relationship confers magical protection, since the Hunter makes a big deal that Mal isn't around in "Can I get there by candlelight." Alima reminds him that [[CaptainObvious she doesn't need Mal to use her knife.]]

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** Being in a relationship confers magical protection, since the Hunter makes a big deal that Mal isn't around in "Can I get there by candlelight." Alima reminds him that [[CaptainObvious she doesn't need Mal to use her knife.]]



** ExactWords. [[CaptainObvious The Fair Folk, natch]]. No less than ''three'' countries' pantheons have been called in for help because the Irish pantheon can barely help Alima themselves. Mayari's arrival brings it to four countries.

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** ExactWords. [[CaptainObvious The Fair Folk, natch]].natch. No less than ''three'' countries' pantheons have been called in for help because the Irish pantheon can barely help Alima themselves. Mayari's arrival brings it to four countries.



** Brighid uses a soundproofing spell when the American agents Duyen and Jude come to help, [[CaptainObvious because shooting guns in a car without some kind of ear protection would make them all go deaf.]] When she gets hit with elf-shot despite her inside-out sweater, she explains that [[CaptainObvious a sweater can't physically stop an arrow.]]

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** Brighid uses a soundproofing spell when the American agents Duyen and Jude come to help, [[CaptainObvious because shooting guns in a car without some kind of ear protection would make them all go deaf.]] deaf. When she gets hit with elf-shot despite her inside-out sweater, she explains that [[CaptainObvious a sweater can't physically stop an arrow.]]


** Ned's contract with the Lady of Scales involves breaking the Hunter's curse in exchange for giving up the color of his eyes. It's not a big deal to humans (though there's some risk of going blind), but the important part is that ''fairies'' would think Ned's sacrifice is huge.

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** Ned's contract with the Lady of Scales involves breaking the Hunter's curse in exchange for giving up [[IntangiblePrice the color of his eyes. eyes.]] It's not a big deal to humans (though there's some risk of going blind), but the important part is that ''fairies'' would think Ned's sacrifice is huge.


* NameAmnesia: The antagonist is the Horned Hunter of Myth/CelticMythology, frequently just called "the Hunter." Maidin explains that he's a Force of Nature, and must discard his name/identity on taking the position.

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* NameAmnesia: The antagonist is the Horned Hunter of Myth/CelticMythology, frequently just called "the Hunter." Myth/CelticMythology with no personal name; Maidin explains that he's a Force of Nature, and must discard his name/identity it on taking the position.


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* OverlyLongName: Decker goes by her last name, since her full name is "Henrietta Marian Valerie Decker." Her parents had to name her after [[DeadGuyJunior THREE of their deceased relatives,]] since all her cousins were boys.

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** Brighid and Owen have a shared flashback to when he nearly got killed by the Knights of Aaron in high school. While Owen's getting stitched up at Mal's house, Mal's dad Richard is on the phone, frantically begging Matthaeus NOT to come over because [[CorruptChurch the Knights are still in town and they might attack him, too.]]


** Alima's Muslim aunt was killed shortly after the September 11 attacks.

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** Alima's When the Lady of Scales brings Ned to the Otherworld, she asks him suddenly about who the "other" Alima was: His deceased Muslim aunt was killed shortly sister-in-law. While his [[HappyFlashback memories about her start out happy]] as she and Jordan begin a relationship, get married, and have children, the last one is where Ned finally remembers that [[DeathByRacism Alima died in a hate-crime after the September 11 attacks.11.]]



** Another problem Maidin brings up is how the Hunter [[AnthropomorphicPersonification embodies predators,]] and obstructing him too much would VERY technically [[NatureIsNotNice "upset the balance of nature."]] The gods could make him stop hunting ''Alima specifically,'' but only by [[EquivalentExchange giving him another target.]] [[CaptainObvious They're not keen on that,]] so the only option left is for Ned to kill him.

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** Another problem Maidin brings up is how the Hunter [[AnthropomorphicPersonification embodies predators,]] and obstructing him too much would VERY technically [[NatureIsNotNice "upset the balance of nature."]] The gods could make him stop hunting ''Alima specifically,'' but only by if they [[EquivalentExchange giving give him another target.someone else to kill.]] [[CaptainObvious They're not keen on that,]] so the only option left is for Ned to kill him.


** SympatheticMagic is also implied with Alima's housewarming: Ned worries that she won't get the right gifts from her friends, since [[LostCommonKnowledge housewarmings are treated like parties among younger generations.]] When Marian (one generation above Ned himself) transplants a moonflower cutting into a pot for Alima's gift, she advises Owen to mix some of their yard's soil in with the regular potting soil; when Alima finds out, she's amused and calls it a gift of "Irish land."

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** Reversed SympatheticMagic is also implied with Alima's housewarming: Ned worries that she won't get the right gifts from her friends, friends and won't have enough magical protection from TheFairFolk, since [[LostCommonKnowledge housewarmings are treated like parties among younger generations.]] When Marian (one generation above Ned himself) transplants a moonflower cutting into a pot for Alima's gift, she advises Owen to mix some of their yard's soil in with the regular potting soil; when Alima finds out, he tells Alima, she's amused and calls it a gift of "Irish land."


** SympatheticMagic is also implied with Alima's housewarming: Ned worries that she won't get the right gifts from her friends, since [[LostCommonKnowledge housewarmings are treated like parties among younger generations.]] When Marian (one generation above Ned himself) transplants a moonflower cutting into a pot for Alima's gift, she advises Owen to mix some of their yard's soil in with the regular potting soil; when Alima finds out, she's amused and calls it a gift of "Irish land."



** Ned in turn knows that peach-wood is lucky and frequently used for presents in Chinese culture, but when Mal gives Alima a peach-wood comb, ''Ned's'' father Feng (who was born in China) has to tell them the extra detail that [[AccidentalMarriage it's used for engagements.]] Luckily, Mal intended it as a RelationshipUpgrade--just not that far up.

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** Ned in turn knows that peach-wood is lucky and frequently used for presents in Chinese culture, but when Mal gives Alima a peach-wood comb, comb at her housewarming, ''Ned's'' father Feng (who was born in China) has to tell them the extra detail that [[AccidentalMarriage it's used for engagements.]] Luckily, Mal intended it as a RelationshipUpgrade--just not that far up.


* LostCommonKnowledge: DownplayedTrope. There's a lot of forgotten knowledge between generations: Pete needs to tell Alima that the offering-pool isn't a well, since she last saw one when she was a child, but her father Ned immediately uses it to contact Lucy in the Otherworld. Ned also warns goddess-Brighid that most people treat a housewarming like a party and they may not give Alima the right gifts, so it clearly used to have more significance. Ned in turn knows that peach-wood is lucky in Chinese culture, but when Mal gives Alima a peach-wood comb, ''Ned's'' father Feng (who was born in China) has to tell them the extra detail that [[AccidentalMarriage it's used for engagements.]] Luckily, Mal intended it as a RelationshipUpgrade--just not that far up.

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* LostCommonKnowledge: DownplayedTrope. There's a lot of forgotten magical knowledge between generations: Pete needs to tell Alima that the offering-pool isn't a well, since she well (she last saw one when she was a child, child), but her father Ned immediately recognizes it and uses it to contact Lucy in Lucy.
** Once Alima buys
the Otherworld. shieling, Ned also warns goddess-Brighid that most people will treat a housewarming like a party and they may not give Alima the right gifts, so it clearly used to have more significance. be a magical ritual.
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Ned in turn knows that peach-wood is lucky and frequently used for presents in Chinese culture, but when Mal gives Alima a peach-wood comb, ''Ned's'' father Feng (who was born in China) has to tell them the extra detail that [[AccidentalMarriage it's used for engagements.]] Luckily, Mal intended it as a RelationshipUpgrade--just not that far up.


* LostCommonKnowledge: DownplayedTrope. There's a lot of forgotten knowledge between generations: Pete needs to tell Alima that the offering-pool isn't a well, since she last saw one when she was a child. However, her father Ned immediately uses it to contact Lucy in the Otherworld. Ned also warns the goddess-Brighid that most people treat a housewarming like a party and they may not give Alima the right gifts, so it clearly used to have more significance. Ned in turn knows that peach-wood is lucky in Chinese culture, but when Mal gives Alima a peach-wood comb, ''Ned's'' father Feng (who was born in China) has to tell them the extra detail that [[AccidentalMarriage it's used for engagements.]] Luckily, Mal intended it as a RelationshipUpgrade--just not that far up.

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* LostCommonKnowledge: DownplayedTrope. There's a lot of forgotten knowledge between generations: Pete needs to tell Alima that the offering-pool isn't a well, since she last saw one when she was a child. However, child, but her father Ned immediately uses it to contact Lucy in the Otherworld. Ned also warns the goddess-Brighid that most people treat a housewarming like a party and they may not give Alima the right gifts, so it clearly used to have more significance. Ned in turn knows that peach-wood is lucky in Chinese culture, but when Mal gives Alima a peach-wood comb, ''Ned's'' father Feng (who was born in China) has to tell them the extra detail that [[AccidentalMarriage it's used for engagements.]] Luckily, Mal intended it as a RelationshipUpgrade--just not that far up.


* InvulnerableHorses / SomewhereAnEquestrianIsCrying: PlayedWith. Fairy-horses can keep up with cars, but they can't ''keep it up'' and wear out in a few minutes. They're also subject to getting shot, hit with cars, and stampeding each other in a panic. Amidst his cohorts in the Wild Hunt, the Hunter can get his horse to jump over a mass of panicking horses and Alima's car. Justified since both rider and mount are explicitly magical.

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* InvulnerableHorses / SomewhereAnEquestrianIsCrying: PlayedWith. Fairy-horses can keep up with cars, reach 100mph speeds, but they can't ''keep it up'' and they wear out in a few minutes.minutes like normal horses. They're also subject to getting shot, hit with cars, and stampeding each other in a panic. Amidst However, amidst his cohorts in the Wild Hunt, the Hunter can get jump his horse to jump over a mass of panicking horses and Alima's car. Justified since both rider and mount are explicitly magical.


** Calling the usually-helpful Fianna in the middle of a SternChase backfires--since the car is going 100mph, the Fianna can't even ''find'' them until the car's basically demolished.

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** Calling the usually-helpful Fianna in the middle of a SternChase backfires--since backfires--with the car is going 100mph, speeds they're going, the Fianna can't even ''find'' them until the car's basically demolished.



** Brighid Brennan reminisces to Owen that she wanted to be an old-walker when she was little, and thinks that being an old-walker means she wouldn't care [[spoiler: if people know she's a lesbian]]. Owen gently reminds her that religions aren't hive-minds, so she'd be the same mild-mannered nurse regardless of what she believed in.

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** Brighid Brennan reminisces to Owen that she wanted to be an old-walker when she was little, and thinks that being an old-walker means she she'd be more like Owen and wouldn't care [[spoiler: if people know she's a lesbian]]. Owen gently reminds her that religions aren't hive-minds, so she'd be the same mild-mannered nurse regardless of what she believed in.



** Owen nearly got killed due to claims that he's a [[ChangelingTale changeling.]] Technically, surviving (albeit with a giant scar and emotional trauma) means he got off EASY.

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** Owen Speaking of Owen, he nearly got killed due to claims that he's a [[ChangelingTale changeling.]] Technically, surviving (albeit with a giant scar and emotional trauma) means he got off EASY.



* TongueTied: Ogma knows that Alima's new dog is actually her father, but the curse forces him not to say it--either by locking his jaw to [[ExactWords literally keep him from talking,]] or forcing him to say something completely unrelated. Later on, Lucy's affected the same way.

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* TongueTied: Ogma knows that Alima's new dog is actually her father, but the curse forces him not to say it--either by locking his jaw to [[ExactWords literally keep him from talking,]] or forcing him to say something completely unrelated.else. Later on, Lucy's affected the same way.

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