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* RagingStiffie: Xochiquetzal induces these.


''Obsidian & Blood'' is a book trilogy by Aliette de Bodard. It concerns the adventures of Acatl, High Priest of the Dead, as he tries to solve a series of murder mysteries in Tenochitlian, the capital of the Aztec Triple Alliance. Notable for being fantasy novels not set in some version of medieval Europe, but instead in the Aztec Triple Alliance at its height.

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''Obsidian & Blood'' is a book trilogy by Aliette de Bodard. It concerns the adventures of Acatl, High Priest of the Dead, as he tries to solve a series of murder mysteries in Tenochitlian, the capital of the Aztec Triple Alliance. Notable for being fantasy novels not set in some version of medieval Europe, but instead in the Aztec Triple Alliance at its height.height of power.


''Obsidian and Blood'' is a book trilogy by Aliette de Bodard. It concerns the adventures of Acatl, High Priest of the Dead, as he tries to solve a series of murder mysteries in Tenochitlian, the capital of the Aztec Triple Alliance. Notable for being fantasy novels not set in some version of medieval Europe, but instead in the Aztec Triple Alliance at its height.

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''Obsidian and & Blood'' is a book trilogy by Aliette de Bodard. It concerns the adventures of Acatl, High Priest of the Dead, as he tries to solve a series of murder mysteries in Tenochitlian, the capital of the Aztec Triple Alliance. Notable for being fantasy novels not set in some version of medieval Europe, but instead in the Aztec Triple Alliance at its height.

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* [[http://aliettedebodard.com/bibliography/online-fiction/obsidian-shards/ Obsidian Shards]], the first story de Boudard wrote in this universe.

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* [[http://aliettedebodard.com/bibliography/online-fiction/obsidian-shards/ Obsidian Shards]], the first story Aliette de Boudard Bodard wrote in this universe.

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* GlassWeapon: Obsidian (volcanic glass) weapons are frequently used, which is TruthInTelevision for the time period and place.


* UsefulNotes/AztecMythology: The main character is the High Priest of Mictlantecuhtli.

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* UsefulNotes/AztecMythology: Myth/AztecMythology: The main character is the High Priest of Mictlantecuhtli.



* BetterTheDevilYouKnow: Sure, [[spoiler:Tizoc-tzin]] is [[EntitledBastard obnoxious, incompetent and paranoid]], but the alternative would be having star-demons [[EndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt wreak havoc]] in the [[AztecMythology Fifth World]].

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* BetterTheDevilYouKnow: Sure, [[spoiler:Tizoc-tzin]] is [[EntitledBastard obnoxious, incompetent and paranoid]], but the alternative would be having star-demons [[EndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt wreak havoc]] in the [[AztecMythology [[Myth/AztecMythology Fifth World]].

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* BeleagueredAssistant: Ichtaca, the temple's fire priest, to Acatl. Ichtaca basically runs the temple and even attends to Acatl's duties at court, and wishes that Acatl ''really'' would put more effort into being the High Priest instead of just acting like any other priest of the Dead.

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* ObliviousToLove: The short story ''Behind the Mask'' introduces Acatl's childhood friend Huchimitl who clearly used to be in love with him, but Acatl, oblivious to all the hints, had nothing better to do than go off to calmecac (priest school). It took Acatl a while to understand why Huchimitl was so forceful about her future husband's heroic deeds and dismissive of Acatl's choice of becoming a priest upon his return.


* CelibateHero: Preists like Acatl are disallowed from marrying or having children. An exception is made however, for the Guardian of the Empire, since she represents the male-and-female creator gods of the Duality.

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* CelibateHero: Preists Priests like Acatl are disallowed from marrying or having children. An exception is made however, for the Guardian of the Empire, since she represents the male-and-female creator gods of the Duality.


* {{UsefulNotes/Pre-ColumbianCivilizations}}: The setting is pre-Conquest Tenochitlian, and is rendered in lavish detail.

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* {{UsefulNotes/Pre-ColumbianCivilizations}}: UsefulNotes/PreColumbianCivilizations: The setting is pre-Conquest Tenochitlian, and is rendered in lavish detail.


There are also two short stories set in the same universe and starring Acatl. Both are avaliable online for free. They are:

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There are also two three short stories set in the same universe and starring Acatl. Both All are avaliable online for free. They are:




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* [[http://aliettedebodard.com/short-stories/safe-child-safe/ Safe, Child, Safe]]



* CelibateHero: Preists like Acatl are disallowed from marrying or having children. An exception is made however, for the Guardian of the Empire, since she represents the male-and-female creator gods of the Duality.



* OccultDetective: High priest of the dead who uses blood magic to solve supernatural crimes.



* OccultDetective: High priest of the dead who uses blood magic to solve supernatural crimes.

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* OccultDetective: High priest OnlySaneMan: Acatl realizes how precarious the safety of the dead Fifth World is and treats anything that might threaten it with the gravity it deserves, as opposed to Quenami, who's focused on gaining political power, and Acamapichtli, who uses blood magic to solve supernatural crimes. blithely assumes that the Fifth World can endure anything that happens.

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* CoolOldLady: Ceyaxochitl, Acatl's initial TricksterMentor.


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* DamagedSoul: [[spoiler:Tizoc-tzin, after his resurrection.]]


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* ICanStillFight: Acatl constantly gets horribly injured and refuses to acknowledge it because he thinks he's the only one who can save the day. Frequently lampshaded by all his friends and relatives.
* JerkassGods: More or less all of them except for, possibly, Mictlantechuhtli, Quetzalcoatl, and the Duality. This is a fairly accurate representation of Mexica theology.


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* NayTheist: Yayauhqui. Acatl, despite all his experience of the gods' capriciousness and cruelty, is nevertheless [[ValuesDissonance appalled and horrified by this]].


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* SacrificialLion: [[spoiler:Ceyaxochitl, who is murdered in the second novel.]]


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* TheSoulless: [[spoiler:Yayauhqui, who was stripped of his soul by Texcatlipoca for an unstated offence.]]

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* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Mictlantecuhtli isn't exactly friendly, but he's far more reasonable and less abusive to his human followers than the average Aztec god. Justified because, as both he and Acatl point out, he gets virtually everyone in the end.

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* LoveMakesYouCrazy: Acatl has a few things to say on the matter, especially in the first book when everyone seems to be obsessed with Priestess Eleuia.

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