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*SingleMindedTwins: Kat and Robin Typer are both intentionally indistinguishable and archenemies. They have the same body language, same scars, and have burned off their fingerprints. Each continually watches through the other's tracker, so it's impossible to tell them apart by testing their memories. Mycroft's narration can only refer to whichever is speaking as "Kat or Robin." When Commissioner Papadelias asks their bash'mate Lesley which of the two he has in custody, she can only reply with "How in the world should I know?"


* TheWorldIsNotReady: The adults of Bridger's bash' keep Bridger and the fact that he can work miracles very secret. Part of this is because Bridger is still a child, but they also want to map out his ability and develop his personality as much as possible before revealing him to the world. Not only is his ability exceptionally dangerous -- there's nothing preventing Bridger from taking a vial that says "world-ending plague" and making it real --, but they know people won't believe it even if they see it with their own eyes.

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The adults of Bridger's bash' keep Bridger and the fact that he can work miracles very secret. Part of this is because Bridger is still a child, but they also want to map out his ability and develop his personality as much as possible before revealing him to the world. Not only is his ability exceptionally dangerous -- there's nothing preventing Bridger from taking a vial that says "world-ending plague" and making it real --, but they know people won't believe it even if they see it with their own eyes.eyes.
** The fact that Mycroft Canner is still alive and mostly at large (though under supervision) is also something everyone in the know is sworn to keep a secret, cosidering the terror everyone was experiencing all over the world during the two weeks of his murder rampage. Nobody quite knows what would happen should the public find out that Mycroft was not, in fact, executed on the spot. As story progress shows, the fears of the world's leaders are not unreasonable: [[spoiler:Once Mycroft's situation becomes knows, riots break out in the streets worldwide and random Servicers are lynched by mobs because from afar they vaguely look like Mycroft Canner.]]
** Another instance of this trope concerns the true reason why Mycroft [[spoiler:and Saladin murdered the entire Mardi 'bash]]. The official version Mycroft keeps repeating is that he wanted to prove that evil for evil's sake exists because he believes the world is not ready to face the fact that the Mardi 'bash [[spoiler:was collectively planning to start a world war]]. They had come to the conclusion that it's better to have one now instead of in the future where it may be that much more destructive. There is a lot of debate throughout the series about whether the world is ready for [[spoiler:a worldwide war]] or not, especially considering that after a couple hundred years of worldwide peace nobody knows anything about how to deal with it.
** Also debated throughout the series at length is wether the world is ready to know what Martin Guildbreaker has found out during his investigation into the theft of the Seven-Ten list, namely that [[spoiler:a secret organization has been murdering people on behalf of the world's leaders]] under the pretense of the bigger picture of keeping the world at peace. What makes it worse is that they were using the FlyingCar system used by almost everyone on the planet to do the deeds. While Martin acknowledges that the public has a right to know what has been going on, he also is acutely aware that the public is in no way, shape or form ready to calmly receive this information and understand it's implications. It is highly implied that he would've kept his discoveries a secret and dealt with it only among the higher echelons of power had the only person on the planet incapable of lying and deceiving the public not been listening in. The result, predictably, [[spoiler:is a world war and public demand for dissolving the entire Hive system]].

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* AmazingTechnicolorWildlife: The Utopians make use of U-Beasts, cyborgs in the shape of fantastical animals. Mycroft describes a [[DomesticatedDinosaurs rainbow Archaeopteryx]], a green and yellow pillarcat, and a crystal griffin.


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* DomesticatedDinosaurs: The Utopians make use of an Archaeopteryx U-Beast. Being the Utopians, it has [[AmazingTechnicolorWildlife rainbow plumage]] and can be used as a [[MechanicalLifeforms remote scanning device.]]

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* ADayInTheLimelight:
** Sniper narrates the first chapter of book two, ''Seven Surrenders''. ''The Will to Battle'' reveals this to have been part of a deal between [[spoiler:J.E.D.D. Mason]] and Sniper to convince Sniper to [[spoiler:return Mycroft to J.E.D.D. Mason]]. The chapter details, from Sniper's point of view, what happened to it during it's disappearance at the end of book one.
** The last chapter of the third book, ''The Will to Battle'', is written by the Servicer whom Mycroft names Outis earlier in the book, after [[spoiler:Mycroft himself is presumed to have died]]. In a CallBack to the first book, where Mycroft claims the narrator should introduce himself to the reader by stating his name, background and qualifications but never reveals the later two, Outis reveals both his backstory and qualifications at length but refuses to name himself, then reveals that he's been training to become [[spoiler:the next Anonymous]] behind the scenes. It would seem like Outis will be the chronicler from now on but [[spoiler: Mycroft chimes in with a short note that he's still alive and will return after this chapter]].

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* {{Foreshadowing}}: When Mycroft gives out names based on [[UsefulNotes/TheTrojanWar characters from the Trojan War]] to his fellow Servicers in order to preserve their anonymity, he names one of them Outis, which is not part of the mythos and is later revealed to mean "no one" in his native Greek. [[spoiler:"No one" as in "anonymous". Since Mycroft never planned to stay the Anonymous for long, he already had a canditate to succeed him ready, which "Outis" does at the end of ''The Will to Battle''.]]


* TitleDrop: The title of the series, ''Terra Ignota'', is dropped by Vivien Ancelet at the beginning of book three, ''The Will to Battle''. Ancelet tells Ockham Saneer to plead ''terra ignota'' in the upcoming trial because what the O.S. did is, while morally questionable and murder by most Hive's laws, strictly speaking written into the constitution of the Humanist Hive. Pleading ''terra ignota'' means saying "I did the deed, but I do not myself know whether it was a crime. Arm thyself well for this trial, young polylaw; here at the law's wild borders there be dragons."

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* TitleDrop: The title of the series, ''Terra Ignota'', is dropped by Vivien Ancelet at the beginning of book three, ''The Will to Battle''. Ancelet tells Ockham Saneer to plead ''terra ignota'' in the upcoming trial because what the O.S. did is, was, while morally questionable and murder by most Hive's laws, strictly speaking written into for the constitution protection of the Humanist Hive. Pleading ''terra ignota'' means saying "I did the deed, but I do not myself know whether it was a crime. Arm thyself well for this trial, young polylaw; here at the law's wild borders there be dragons."

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* TitleDrop: The title of the series, ''Terra Ignota'', is dropped by Vivien Ancelet at the beginning of book three, ''The Will to Battle''. Ancelet tells Ockham Saneer to plead ''terra ignota'' in the upcoming trial because what the O.S. did is, while morally questionable and murder by most Hive's laws, strictly speaking written into the constitution of the Humanist Hive. Pleading ''terra ignota'' means saying "I did the deed, but I do not myself know whether it was a crime. Arm thyself well for this trial, young polylaw; here at the law's wild borders there be dragons."


The series is planned to have four novels. The ones already published are:

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The series is planned to have four novels. The ones already published novels, the titles of which are:




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* BoxedCrook: Although generally, Servitors are essentially slaves -- with the twist that they belong to everyone else rather than a single owner -- Mycroft's arrangement is in line with this trope. He's an extremely clever notorious criminal (now [[ReformedCriminal reformed]]), which [[RecruitingTheCriminal makes his services highly valued by the rich and powerful]]. While there's no promise of freedom in exchange for him carrying out dangerous missions (that's not possible for a Servitor), his arrangement means that he has powerful allies and gets to live in one location under comfortable conditions, rather than being a vagrant doing manual labor.

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* BoxedCrook: Although generally, Servitors Servicers are essentially slaves -- with the twist that they belong to everyone else rather than a single owner -- Mycroft's arrangement is in line with this trope. He's an extremely clever notorious criminal (now [[ReformedCriminal reformed]]), which [[RecruitingTheCriminal makes his services highly valued by the rich and powerful]]. While there's no promise of freedom in exchange for him carrying out dangerous missions (that's not possible for a Servitor), Servicer), his arrangement means that he has powerful allies and gets to live in one location under comfortable conditions, rather than being a vagrant doing manual labor.


* BoxedCrook: Although generally, Servitors are essentially slaves, with the twist that they belong to everyone else rather than a single owner, Mycroft's arrangement is inline with this trope. He's an extreme clever notorious criminal (now [[ReformedCriminal reformed]]), which [[RecruitingTheCriminal makes his services highly valued by the rich and powerful]]. While there's no promise of freedom in exchange for him carrying out dangerous missions (that's not possible for a Servitor), his arrangement means that he has powerful allies and gets to live in one location under comfortable conditions, rather than being a vagrant doing manual labor.

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* BoxedCrook: Although generally, Servitors are essentially slaves, slaves -- with the twist that they belong to everyone else rather than a single owner, owner -- Mycroft's arrangement is inline in line with this trope. He's an extreme extremely clever notorious criminal (now [[ReformedCriminal reformed]]), which [[RecruitingTheCriminal makes his services highly valued by the rich and powerful]]. While there's no promise of freedom in exchange for him carrying out dangerous missions (that's not possible for a Servitor), his arrangement means that he has powerful allies and gets to live in one location under comfortable conditions, rather than being a vagrant doing manual labor.


* AmbiguousGender: Very nearly everyone. Gender pronouns have been greatly depreciated by Mycroft's time, to the point that whenever he ''does'' use them, he apologizes to the readers. Sometimes he even admits that his pronouns aren't matching an individual's biological sex, but he still uses the pronoun he does because the person acts so stereotypically masculine/feminine, no matter what their biology.

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* AmbiguousGender: Very nearly everyone. Gender pronouns have been greatly depreciated by Mycroft's time, to the point that whenever he ''does'' use them, he apologizes to the readers. Sometimes he even admits that his pronouns aren't matching an individual's biological sex, but he still uses the pronoun he does because the person acts so stereotypically masculine/feminine, no matter what their biology.biology dictates.


It is the year 2454, and the world is nearly unrecognizable. Geographic nations dissolved with the invention of transportation that could circumnavigate the globe in a few hours, the standard family unit disappeared following groundbreaking psychological research that determined groups of peers were more conductive to raising great minds, and all religion has been outlawed following the destructive Church Wars several centuries before. Sensayers -- a combination of priests, scholars, and psychologists who teache any and all forms of spirituality without preaching or judging -- have filled the spiritual niche. The world has been at peace for hundreds of years.

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It is the year 2454, and the world is nearly unrecognizable. Geographic nations dissolved with the invention of transportation that could circumnavigate the globe in a few hours, the standard family unit disappeared following groundbreaking psychological research that determined groups of peers were more conductive to raising great minds, and all religion has been outlawed following the destructive Church Wars several centuries before. Sensayers -- a combination of priests, scholars, and psychologists who teache teach any and all forms of spirituality without preaching or judging -- have filled the spiritual niche. The world has been at peace for hundreds of years.


It is the year 2454, and the world is nearly unrecognizable. Geographic nations dissolved with the invention of transportation that could circumnavigate the globe in a few hours, the standard family unit disappeared following groundbreaking psychological research that determined groups of peers were more conductive to raising great minds, and all religion has been outlawed following the destructive Church Wars several centuries before. Sensayers -- a combination priests, scholars, and psychologists who teache any and all forms of spirituality without preaching or judging -- have filled the spiritual niche. The world has been at peace for hundreds of years.

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It is the year 2454, and the world is nearly unrecognizable. Geographic nations dissolved with the invention of transportation that could circumnavigate the globe in a few hours, the standard family unit disappeared following groundbreaking psychological research that determined groups of peers were more conductive to raising great minds, and all religion has been outlawed following the destructive Church Wars several centuries before. Sensayers -- a combination of priests, scholars, and psychologists who teache any and all forms of spirituality without preaching or judging -- have filled the spiritual niche. The world has been at peace for hundreds of years.


It is the year 2454, and the world is nearly unrecognizable. Geographic nations dissolved with the invention of transportation that could circumnavigate the globe in a few hours, the standard family unit disappeared following groundbreaking psychological research that determined groups of peers were more conductive to raising great minds, and all religion has been outlawed following the destructive Church Wars several centuries before. Sensayers--combination priests, scholars, and psychologists--have filled their place. The world has been at peace for hundreds of years.

Then, one day, a sensayer--a combination priest, scholar, and psychologist who teaches any and all forms of spirituality without preaching or judging--by the name of Carlyle Foster he walks in on a young child bring a toy to life. But Bridger is only a small part of a vast political battle between rival nation-strats, corporations, and Hives containing billions of people each.

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It is the year 2454, and the world is nearly unrecognizable. Geographic nations dissolved with the invention of transportation that could circumnavigate the globe in a few hours, the standard family unit disappeared following groundbreaking psychological research that determined groups of peers were more conductive to raising great minds, and all religion has been outlawed following the destructive Church Wars several centuries before. Sensayers--combination Sensayers -- a combination priests, scholars, and psychologists--have psychologists who teache any and all forms of spirituality without preaching or judging -- have filled their place.the spiritual niche. The world has been at peace for hundreds of years.

Then, one day, a sensayer--a combination priest, scholar, and psychologist who teaches any and all forms of spirituality without preaching or judging--by sensayer by the name of Carlyle Foster he walks in on a young child bring bringing a toy to life. But Bridger is only a small part of a vast political battle between rival nation-strats, corporations, corporations and Hives containing billions of people each.


* ActualPacifist: Mycroft is such a completely non-violent person by the time of the series that he wears special brush-sandals so that he doesn't accidentally kill insects. At the end of the first book, Martin implies that [[spoiler:J.E.D.D. Mason]] made it so that he ''can't'' kill any more even if he wanted to.



* NamedAfterSomebodyFamous: In-universe, it's often assumed that Mycroft is named after Mycroft MASON, the founder of the Mason Hive. The truth is that they are both named after [[Literature/SherlockHolmes Mycroft Holmes]].



* SupportingProtagonist: While Mycroft is the POV character and plays an important role in nearly every plot, he insists that Bridger is the protagonist.
-->'''Mycroft:''' I am the window through which you watch the coming storm. He is the lightning.

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