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* JekyllAndHyde: Downplayed, but present. Hapthorns normal self is rational, tempered, collected, hates needless suffering, is very cultured and etiquette-adherent, and is hesitant to offend without reason. His intuition alter ego is impulsive, prone to fits of rage, has a very strong morbid curiosity towards the atrocities mages can commit, is obsessive, and likes probing questions and disregarding stuffy social requirements. Downplayed because they both share the same sense of justice, and intuition directs his rage at furniture rather than people, so he can’t be truly called evil so much as “less polite, less moral”.

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* LeakingCanOfEvil: In the backstory of ''Black Brillion'', the Dree invasion of Earth was thwarted by a weapon that destroyed their invasion force, but left the area riddled with gravitational anomalies. As things turned out, some of their hive consciousness survived in one of the anomalies, and was able to enslave humans who came close enough to it.


* SuddenLackOfSignal: When Hapthorn travels into the future, one of the first things he and his familiar check is whether they can access the Connectivity. They can't.

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* SuddenLackOfSignal: When Hapthorn travels into the future, one of the first things he and his familiar check is whether they can access the Connectivity. They can't.can't.
* {{Whatevermancy}}: In "A Herd of Opportunity", the Eminence Malabar and his followers practise hydromancy - except that they're a splinter faction that uses urine rather than water as the liquid in question.

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* BeginWithAFinisher: In ''Majestrum'', we see a flashback to a WizardDuel where one combatant begins by attacking with everything he's got, [[NoSell and doesn't have the slightest effect.]]

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* BlondeBrunetteRedhead: One of the locations in the Commons is a beach, inhabited by a trio of friendly maidens who match this trope.

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* HeroicSacrifice: In ''The Helper and his Hero'', the archetypes in the Commons include the Hero, whose various guises include the Sacrificial Hero. When Harkless appears in the Commons dressed as the Sacrificial Hero, Bandar worries that he is being forced into this role.


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* TheQuisling: The villain of ''Black Brillion'' has allied with alien invaders, hoping that he will gain power when they take over.


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* ShoutOut: In ''The Helper and His Hero'', Bandar recognises the Sacrificial Hero as originating from [[Literature/{{Beowulf}} an ancient story where the hero slays the monster and its mother]].

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* FarSideIsland: The Commons, humanity's collective unconscious, contains numerous archetypes including a very familiar deserted island:
-->... a quiet Landscape that consisted of little more than a tiny patch of sand-colored rock, set in an endless ocean and shaded by a single Sincere/Approximate palm tree. No idiomat ever came there, and Bandar had often wondered what role the simple setting could have played in human history.


* DespairEventHorizon: In "Fullbrim's Finding", learning the true nature of the Universe tends to leave the discoverer in a near-catatonic state of despair. Hapthorn survives, but [[INeedAFreakingDrink needs a stiff drink]].

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* DespairEventHorizon: In "Fullbrim's Finding", learning the true nature of the Universe tends to leave the discoverer in a near-catatonic state of despair. Thanks to the pessimism instilled by his life as a private detective Hapthorn survives, but [[INeedAFreakingDrink needs in need of a stiff drink]].


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* POVSequel: ''The Helper and His Hero'' is ''Black Brillion'' retold from Guth Bandar's perspective.

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* DespairEventHorizon: In "Fullbrim's Finding", learning the true nature of the Universe tends to leave the discoverer in a near-catatonic state of despair. Hapthorn survives, but [[INeedAFreakingDrink needs a stiff drink]].

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* ShaggyDogStory: Discussed in the short story "Fullbrim's Finding":
--> “You are familiar,” I began, “with the kind of story, allegedly humorous, that consists of a long and complex build-up, leading to some cave on a remote mountain peak, where the end of all the striving turns out to be no more than a deflating inanity?” \\
“I am. And I will say that I never cared much for them.” \\
“Well, it appears that they are a clue to the true nature of reality,” I said

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* ApocalypseHow: The return of magic is, at the very least, Class 2 (Planetary Scale, Societal Collapse).

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* RecruitingTheCriminal: ''Black Brillion'' opens with rookie cop Baro Harkless arresting a fraudster, Luff Imbry -- only for his superior to recruit Imbry into the force and assign the pair to tracking down Imbry's former partner.


* OhCrap: In ''The Spiral Labyrinth'', Smiling Bol finally loses his SlasherSmile when the powerful and dangerous being he's been trying to imprison is released.

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* OhCrap: In ''The Spiral Labyrinth'', Smiling Bol finally loses his SlasherSmile when the powerful and dangerous (and, as he soon learns, vengeful) being he's been trying to imprison is released.


* SherlockHomage: Hapthorn (the name is intended to evoke Creator/BasilRathbone) is a hyper-rational loner GreatDetective.

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* SherlockHomage: Hapthorn (the name is intended to evoke Creator/BasilRathbone) "[[Creator/BasilRathbone Rathbone]]") is a hyper-rational loner GreatDetective.

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* SherlockHomage: Hapthorn (the name is intended to evoke Creator/BasilRathbone) is a hyper-rational loner GreatDetective.

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