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* MagicPlasticSurgery: This is how the crew plan to infiltrate The Radiant Theone again, so soon after their last heist landed them on The Throne's "most wanted" list. Justified by future medical tech.

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* MagicPlasticSurgery: This is how the crew plan to infiltrate The Radiant Theone Throne again, so soon after their last heist landed them on The Throne's "most wanted" list. Justified by future medical tech.

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* MagicPlasticSurgery: This is how the crew plan to infiltrate The Radiant Theone again, so soon after their last heist landed them on The Throne's "most wanted" list. Justified by future medical tech.


* GravityScrew: Part of the standard procedure for repelling boarders aboard the ''Fool's Errand'' is to turn the gravity on and off according to a prearranged schedule. Since any boarders wouldn't know the schedule, they would be unprepared for the sudden shifts in gravity. In addition, individual crew can have the bridge change the gravity in their specific section as an additional weapon.



* NoGravityForYou:
** Part of the standard procedure for repelling boarders aboard the ''Fool's Errand'' is to turn the gravity on and off according to a prearranged schedule. Since any boarders wouldn't know the schedule, they would be unprepared for the sudden shifts in gravity. In addition, individual crew can have the bridge change the gravity in their specific section as an additional weapon.
** Because the ''Fool's Errand'' uses older gravity technology, they can't have the artificial gravity on while they're [[FasterThanLightTravel in tach]]. Well, technically they ''can'', but it would be dangerous to do so.

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* NoGravityForYou:
** Part of the standard procedure for repelling boarders aboard the ''Fool's Errand'' is to turn the gravity on and off according to a prearranged schedule. Since any boarders wouldn't know the schedule, they would be unprepared for the sudden shifts in gravity. In addition, individual crew can have the bridge change the gravity in their specific section as an additional weapon.
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NoGravityForYou: Because the ''Fool's Errand'' uses older gravity technology, they can't have the artificial gravity on while they're [[FasterThanLightTravel in tach]]. Well, technically they ''can'', but it would be dangerous to do so.

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* TrainingTheGiftOfMagic: {{Telepathy}} is an innate ability of a small percentage of humans (and possibly other species), but telepaths must receive special training during their early adolescent years or their power could break their minds.


* WeWillUseManualLaborInTheFuture: We never see any actual slaves, but there are slavers, which would [[CaptainObvious tend to imply the existence of slaves]].

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* WeWillUseManualLaborInTheFuture: We never see any actual slaves, but there are slavers, which would [[CaptainObvious tend to imply the existence of slaves]].slaves.


The first novel (now complete), also titled ''[[https://www.eviscerati.org/fiction/pay-me-bug/novel Pay Me, Bug!]]'', starts off just after Grif managed to pull off the crime of the millennium. He's stolen a shipment of anagathics[[note]]Drugs that greatly slow the aging process[[/note]] from Ur Voys -- [[TheEmpire The Empire of the Radiant Throne]]'s most secure facility -- and smuggled it out under the very noses of The Radiant Throne's [[{{Telepathy}} Swords]]. This one job has has earned him more than enough money to retire. Not that he wants to retire, mind you. He'd rather put that money into getting the very latest equipment for his ship.

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The first novel (now complete), also titled ''[[https://www.eviscerati.org/fiction/pay-me-bug/novel org/fiction/pmb/ Pay Me, Bug!]]'', starts off just after Grif managed to pull off the crime of the millennium. He's stolen a shipment of anagathics[[note]]Drugs that greatly slow the aging process[[/note]] from Ur Voys -- [[TheEmpire The Empire of the Radiant Throne]]'s most secure facility -- and smuggled it out under the very noses of The Radiant Throne's [[{{Telepathy}} Swords]]. This one job has has earned him more than enough money to retire. Not that he wants to retire, mind you. He'd rather put that money into getting the very latest equipment for his ship.



The second novel (in progress), ''[[https://www.eviscerati.org/fiction/Rake-Starlight/novel A Rake by Starlight]]'', begins a year later. It's a typical day for the crew, illegally siphoning hydrogen from a gas giant to use as fuel, when they notice two Tylaris ships doing their level best to destroy each other. Grif's curiosity gets the better of him, and their investigation leads them into the middle of a massive plot to usurp power from the new Baron Tylaris. As if that wasn't enough, the closest thing to an ally they have, Baron Tyrelos, is facing a coup of her own.

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The second novel (in progress), ''[[https://www.eviscerati.org/fiction/Rake-Starlight/novel org/fiction/arbsl/ A Rake by Starlight]]'', begins a year later. It's a typical day for the crew, illegally siphoning hydrogen from a gas giant to use as fuel, when they notice two Tylaris ships doing their level best to destroy each other. Grif's curiosity gets the better of him, and their investigation leads them into the middle of a massive plot to usurp power from the new Baron Tylaris. As if that wasn't enough, the closest thing to an ally they have, Baron Tyrelos, is facing a coup of her own.



* IfIHadANickel: If [[https://www.eviscerati.org/fiction/Pay-Me-Bug/novel/Pay-Me-Bug-Chapter-12 Grif had one standard]] for every time someone explained a coincidence by saying "[[{{Precursors}} Promethians]] did it"...

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* IfIHadANickel: If [[https://www.eviscerati.org/fiction/Pay-Me-Bug/novel/Pay-Me-Bug-Chapter-12 org/fiction/pmb/2011/03/pay-me-bug-chapter-11-2/ Grif had one standard]] for every time someone explained a coincidence by saying "[[{{Precursors}} Promethians]] did it"...



* MarsNeedsWomen: [[DiscussedTrope Discussed]] in [[https://www.eviscerati.org/fiction/pay-me-bug/novel/pay-me-bug-chapter-15 Chapter 15]].

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* MarsNeedsWomen: [[DiscussedTrope Discussed]] in [[https://www.eviscerati.org/fiction/pay-me-bug/novel/pay-me-bug-chapter-15 org/fiction/pmb/2011/04/pay-me-bug-chapter-15/ Chapter 15]].



* OhCrap: "[[https://www.eviscerati.org/fiction/pay-me-bug/novel/pay-me-bug-chapter-01 Holy hell, that's a Battlecarrier]]!"

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* OhCrap: "[[https://www.eviscerati.org/fiction/pay-me-bug/novel/pay-me-bug-chapter-01 org/fiction/pmb/2011/01/pay-me-bug-chapter-01/ Holy hell, that's a Battlecarrier]]!"


* CurbStompBattle: {{The mutiny}} mentioned below is an example. Final score: [[spoiler:Grif and crew]] eleven, [[spoiler:Velis and squad]] zero.


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* CurbStompBattle: {{The mutiny}} mentioned below is an example. Final score: [[spoiler:Grif and crew]] eleven, [[spoiler:Velis and squad]] zero.

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* BarFullOfAliens: Again, Dyorbid's

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* AndTheAdventureContinues: The crew ends up having to take another job to pay for the damage caused by this one.


* SheIsTheKing: The leader of a Free Trade [[RoyalMess Barony]] is always referred to as "Baron", regardless of their gender. Similarly, the [[TheEmpire Radiant Throne]] currently has a female Emperor. The title of the leader of the [[TheFederation Alliance]] hasn't been revealed, but based on the other titles, it's probably "President" or some such.

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* SheIsTheKing: The leader of a Free Trade [[RoyalMess Barony]] is always referred to as "Baron", regardless of their gender. Similarly, the [[TheEmpire Radiant Throne]] currently has a female Emperor. The title of the leader of the [[TheFederation Alliance]] Alliance]]'s leader's title hasn't been revealed, but based on the other titles, it's probably "President" or some such.

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* SheIsTheKing: The leader of a Free Trade [[RoyalMess Barony]] is always referred to as "Baron", regardless of their gender. Similarly, the [[TheEmpire Radiant Throne]] currently has a female Emperor. The title of the leader of the [[TheFederation Alliance]] hasn't been revealed, but based on the other titles, it's probably "President" or some such.


* IfIHadANickel: If [[https://www.eviscerati.org/fiction/Pay-Me-Bug/novel/Pay-Me-Bug-Chapter-12 Grif had a nickel]] for every time someone explained a coincidence by saying "[[{{Precursors}} Promethians]] did it"...

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* IfIHadANickel: If [[https://www.eviscerati.org/fiction/Pay-Me-Bug/novel/Pay-Me-Bug-Chapter-12 Grif had a nickel]] one standard]] for every time someone explained a coincidence by saying "[[{{Precursors}} Promethians]] did it"...


* IfIHadANickel: If [[https://www.eviscerati.org/fiction/Pay-Me-Bug/novel/Pay-Me-Bug-Chapter-12 Grif had a nickel]] for every time someone explained a coincidence by saying "[[{{Precursors}} Promethians]] did it"...


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* IfIHadANickel: If [[https://www.eviscerati.org/fiction/Pay-Me-Bug/novel/Pay-Me-Bug-Chapter-12 Grif had a nickel]] for every time someone explained a coincidence by saying "[[{{Precursors}} Promethians]] did it"...

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* IfIHadANickel: If [[https://www.eviscerati.org/fiction/Pay-Me-Bug/novel/Pay-Me-Bug-Chapter-12 Grif had a nickel]] for every time someone explained a coincidence by saying "[[{{Precursors}} Promethians]] did it"...


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* {{Precursors}}: The Prometheans were a species that predated every known civilization, only known by some ruins they left on Mars. Some people believe that they were just ordinary people who's civilization happened to die out. Others (especially "Terrans", people from Earth's solar system) believe they're ancient all-powerful god-like beings that created some modern races and engineered entire solar systems. The fact that [[spoiler:the [[MacGuffin mysterious and ancient artifact]] they're trying to steal has the same markings as the Martian ruins]] suggests that the latter explanation is more likely.

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* WordSaladTitle: If there's any deep meaning behind the phrase "A Rake by Starlight," it has yet to be revealed.

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