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* KnowNothingKnowItAll: {{Exploited}} by Wayne in one of his {{Bavarian Fire Drill}}s while disguised as an engineer. As he notes, intelligent people are especially easy to trick with fake TechnoBabble because of their own egos. Rather than admit there's something they ''don't'' understand, an intelligent person will most often pretend they understand what you're saying and not ask questions that would expose the lie.


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* TooCleverByHalf: {{Exploited}} by Wayne in one of his {{Bavarian Fire Drill}}s while disguised as an engineer. As he notes, intelligent people are especially easy to trick with fake TechnoBabble because of their own egos. Rather than admit there's something they ''don't'' understand, [[KnowNothingKnowItAll an intelligent person will most often pretend they understand what you're saying]] and not ask questions that would expose the lie.

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* KnowNothingKnowItAll: {{Exploited}} by Wayne in one of his {{Bavarian Fire Drill}}s while disguised as an engineer. As he notes, intelligent people are especially easy to trick with fake TechnoBabble because of their own egos. Rather than admit there's something they ''don't'' understand, an intelligent person will most often pretend they understand what you're saying and not ask questions that would expose the lie.


* StolenByStandingStill: Inverted; this is how the treasure is ''protected''. The eponymous Bands are hidden inside a massive temple filled with deathtraps. The lucky treasure hunter who gets past the death traps is greeted with a room designed to look like it had been robbed ages ago. This is meant to keep the seeker from looking farther and finding the hidden chamber. [[spoiler:Which in turn contains a fake treasure for people [[KansasCityShuffle who think they beat the con]]. The real treasure is hidden right next to the entrance]].

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* StolenByStandingStill: StolenByStayingStill: Inverted; this is how the treasure is ''protected''. The eponymous Bands are hidden inside a massive temple filled with deathtraps. The lucky treasure hunter who gets past the death traps is greeted with a room designed to look like it had been robbed ages ago. This is meant to keep the seeker from looking farther and finding the hidden chamber. [[spoiler:Which in turn contains a fake treasure for people [[KansasCityShuffle who think they beat the con]]. The real treasure is hidden right next to the entrance]].

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* StolenByStandingStill: Inverted; this is how the treasure is ''protected''. The eponymous Bands are hidden inside a massive temple filled with deathtraps. The lucky treasure hunter who gets past the death traps is greeted with a room designed to look like it had been robbed ages ago. This is meant to keep the seeker from looking farther and finding the hidden chamber. [[spoiler:Which in turn contains a fake treasure for people [[KansasCityShuffle who think they beat the con]]. The real treasure is hidden right next to the entrance]].


** Kandra also don't deal well with acid. Learning that [[spoiler:there was an acid trap in the temple to deal with people like her who intentionally charged in setting off every trap because they could survive more conventional bodily trauma, and that the only reason she didn't fall victim to it was because it had frozen in the cold, causes her to go uncharacteristically silent for a while as she contemplates what could have been a most unamusing fatality.]]



* BookEnds: Going all the way back to ''[[Literature/MistbornTheOriginalTrilogy The Final Empire]]''. Both its prologue and this book's epilogue have [[spoiler: [[UnexpectedCharacter Kelsier]] wandering into a hovel full of a broken down group of people, out of seemingly dangerous conditions, intent on helping them in his own egotistical and self serving way.]]

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* BookEnds: Going all the way back to ''[[Literature/MistbornTheOriginalTrilogy The Final Empire]]''. Both its prologue and this book's epilogue have [[spoiler: [[UnexpectedCharacter Kelsier]] wandering into a hovel full of a broken down group of people, out of seemingly dangerous conditions, intent on helping them in his own egotistical and self serving self-serving way.]]



** Marasi and Wayne need information from a bank. Wayne concocts an impressive backstory for the both of them, making himself rich enough to boss the bank manager around despite being closing time. Marasi just honestly tells the manager that they're constables on a lead. The manager is skeptical, but as soon as his confirms their identities, he gives them the ledgers.

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** Marasi and Wayne need information from a bank. Wayne concocts an impressive backstory for the both of them, making himself rich enough to boss the bank manager around despite being closing time. Marasi just honestly tells the manager that they're constables on a lead. The manager is skeptical, but as soon as his he confirms their identities, he gives them the ledgers.


* BoringButPractical: Marasi and Wayne need information from a bank. Wayne concocts an impressive backstory for the both of them, making himself rich enough to boss the bank manager around despite being closing time. Marasi just honestly tells the manager that they're constables on a lead. The manager is skeptical, but as soon as his confirms their identities, he gives them the ledgers.

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* BoringButPractical: BoringButPractical:
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Marasi and Wayne need information from a bank. Wayne concocts an impressive backstory for the both of them, making himself rich enough to boss the bank manager around despite being closing time. Marasi just honestly tells the manager that they're constables on a lead. The manager is skeptical, but as soon as his confirms their identities, he gives them the ledgers.
** Discussed and Subverted. Wax points out that the best way to hide an ArtifactOfDoom is to hide it in a cave rather than building a TempleOfDoom around it; the temple is well-guarded, but [[AwesomeButImpractical only attracts explorers]]. He later realizes that if the Bands ''were'' hidden in a cave, the Sovereign would easily lose track of it, and the temple ensures that there will always be a landmark.


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* OurFounder: There's a good one of the Sovereign in front of the Temple of the Bands. Wayne wonders why there's one where nobody can see it, but acknowledges that it's cleaner than the ones in Elendel, which have been "shat on by a hundred pigeons". [[spoiler:Wayne is right to be suspicious]].


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* WhyAreYouLookingAtMeLikeThat: When [[spoiler:the Bands are discovered to have been stolen]], everyone stares suspiciously at Wayne out of habit, even though there is no way he could have gotten there before them. [[spoiler:[[RightForTheWrongReasons He did steal the Bands]] earlier, just not from that room and not knowing they were the Bands]].


* KansasCityShuffle: [[spoiler:How the Bands are hidden. The ornate chamber behind the trapped hallway looks like it's been ransacked, but inspecting the rooms reveals that it's a trick. Inspecting the room some more reveals a hidden room with a set of bracers, making Suit think that he beat the con. In fact, the real con was making explorers endanger themselves by entering the temple at all; the Bands are right next to the entrance]].
** Wayne wants a ride to a certain part of the city via gondola. So he disguises himself as a rich gentleman who hires a gondolier's services for the whole day at a suspicious rate. While on a ride to a distant part of the city, Wayne lets slip a trace of a thuggish accent, so gondolier suspects that he's being set up for a robbery and hastily drops him off at the nearest port--exactly the spot where Wayne wanted. The gondolier didn't even ask him to pay.



* RealityEnsues: The TempleOfDoom on top of a snowy mountain with uninsulated stone walls has an acid trap. It harmlessly froze over years ago.

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The TempleOfDoom on top of a snowy mountain with uninsulated stone walls has an acid trap. It harmlessly froze over years ago.
** Marasi and Wayne get into a shootout at a graveyard in the middle of the city, complete with someone throwing dynamite at them. The constables are alerted to the disturbance and arrest the perpetrators.


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* RightWayWrongWayPair: Wayne and Marasi switch off the roles when they want information.
** When they want to see the ledgers from a bank, Wayne's plan is to go in disguise so that he distracts them while she steals the ledgers. Marasi just tells the manager that they're with the police, and the manager hands them over after confirming their identities.
** When they follow a lead to a gravedigger, Marasi is about to flash her badge again, but Wayne stops her, saying that a petty criminal would clam up in front of a constable. He then disguises them as a fellow criminal and his servant, gets chummy with the man, and the man leads them right to the spot.


** [[spoiler:Telsin tries to kill her brother Wax, and he wants to kill her by the end]].



* DurableDeathtrap: Enough of the traps in the TempleOfDoom work fine after three hundred years.

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* DurableDeathtrap: Enough of the traps in the TempleOfDoom work fine after three hundred years. The only ones that don't are the scythe traps (which were just poorly designed) and the acid trap (which froze in the uninsulated stone temple).



** When entering the graveyard, Marasi looks at the statue of the Survivor's death, and muses that the Survivor always looks like he's demanding his followers to recognize the contradiction in his religion: surviving is holy, but you have to die eventually. [[spoiler:Kelsier left a similar contradiction with the legend of the Bands: why did he send back a story if he didn't want the Bands to be found? Why build such a fancy temple if a cave would hide them better?]]

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** When entering the graveyard, Marasi looks at the statue of the Survivor's death, and muses that the Survivor always looks like he's demanding his followers to recognize the contradiction in his religion: surviving is holy, but you have to die eventually. [[spoiler:Kelsier left a similar contradiction with the legend of the Bands: why did he send back a story if he didn't want the Bands to be found? Why If he wanted to hide the Bands, why did he build such a fancy temple if a cave would hide them better?]]where everyone can see]]?


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** When Wayne and Marasi discuss Wax and Steris's marriage, Wayne encourages Marasi to be like the Ascendant Warrior and fight for his love. Marasi points out that the Ascendant Warrior killed the Last Emperor's fiance first, and asks if Wayne wants her to kill her own sister. [[spoiler:Indeed, Wax's sister tries to kill him, Wayne almost kills her, and Wax wants her dead as well]].


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* MyOwnPrivateIDo: The wedding between Wax and Steris at the start of the book is an elaborate ceremony attended by her relatives and friends, and some of his workers. That got cancelled [[spoiler:due to Wayne's interference]], and it takes the rest of the book for Wax and Steris to fall in love with each other. They get married with a simple ceremony in a small chapel at the end, attended only by the priest (who didn't seem happy to be woken up). As Wax points out, they don't need the rest of the ceremony because they already gave their relatives a wedding, [[ExactWords just one that didn't end in a marriage]].


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* SecretTest: The Southerners are pretty sure that the Bands are one left by their king. They don't know what he's testing them for, though.


* AlreadyUndoneForYou: Averted. The first trap in the temple stayed triggered, and the bodies of the last explorers are still there. [[spoiler:When it turns out that the Bands were already stolen, Wax realizes that it would be almost impossible to reset most of the traps (such as the collapsing ceiling), which means that either the thief evaded every single trap, or there was no thief]].



** When it turns out that [[spoiler:the Bands were stolen long before they got to the temple]], everyone turns to stare at [[StickyFingers Wayne]] out of habit. [[spoiler:Turns out he did have the Bands, but he just didn't know what they were]].



* MalevolentArchitecture: Lampshaded. Wax finds it strange that a temple intended to store something would be so ridiculously lethal; what if the Sovereign died on the way in? [[spoiler:Because the Bands aren't inside the temple]].



* RealityEnsues: The TempleOfDoom on top of a snowy mountain with stone, uninsulated walls has an acid trap. It harmlessly froze over years ago.

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* RealityEnsues: The TempleOfDoom on top of a snowy mountain with stone, uninsulated stone walls has an acid trap. It harmlessly froze over years ago.


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* SpottingTheThread: How Wax figures out the temple's secrets. [[spoiler:First, if the Sovereign always intended to return, why would he risk his life wading through all those traps? Second, if the Bands were stolen from the ornate chamber, then the thief would have either walked through the entire hallway without setting off one trap, or managed to reset everything. Third, the shattered glass on the ground forms a display case too big for the pedestal it supposedly lay on. Fourth, if the corpses of the builders are in the basement, how did one send word back of the final door's password]]?

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** When entering the graveyard, Marasi looks at the statue of the Survivor's death, and muses that the Survivor always looks like he's demanding his followers to recognize the contradiction in his religion: surviving is holy, but you have to die eventually. [[spoiler:Kelsier left a similar contradiction with the legend of the Bands: why did he send back a story if he didn't want the Bands to be found? Why build such a fancy temple if a cave would hide them better?]]


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* HiddenPurposeTest: The Southerners think the Bands are a test left by their king from long ago, who liked doing these. Except they're not sure what he's testing.


* BookEnds: Going all the way back to [[Literature/MistbornTheOriginalTrilogy The Final Empire]]. Both its prologue and this book's epilogue have [[spoiler: [[UnexpectedCharacter Kelsier]] wandering into a hovel full of a broken down group of people, out of seemingly dangerous conditions, intent on helping them in his own egotistical and self serving way.]]

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* BookEnds: Going all the way back to [[Literature/MistbornTheOriginalTrilogy ''[[Literature/MistbornTheOriginalTrilogy The Final Empire]].Empire]]''. Both its prologue and this book's epilogue have [[spoiler: [[UnexpectedCharacter Kelsier]] wandering into a hovel full of a broken down group of people, out of seemingly dangerous conditions, intent on helping them in his own egotistical and self serving way.]]



* CainAndAbel: Discussed. When Marasi and Wayne discuss [[spoiler:how Marasi moved on from Wax]], Wayne encourages Marasi to be like the Ascendant Warrior. Marasi adds that Vin killed Elend's fiance, and Wayne is suggesting that she kill her own sister.

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* CainAndAbel: Discussed. When Marasi and Wayne discuss [[spoiler:how Marasi moved on from Wax]], Wayne encourages Marasi to be like the Ascendant Warrior.Warrior, who didn't give up on the Last Emperor. Marasi adds that Vin killed Elend's fiance, and Wayne is suggesting that she kill her own sister.



* CuttingTheKnot: Why evade or disable traps when you can just [[spoiler:set them all off with an immortal who can shrug it off]]?



* DurableDeathtrap: Enough of the traps in the TempleOfDoom work fine after three hundred years.



* GenreSavvy: Wax was once a callow youth seeking adventure and treasure in the Roughs, and knows exactly how stories of treasure go. The temple's setup is straight out of a storybook, which makes him suspicious.



** Marasi and Wayne need information from the bank. Wayne concocts an elaborate shared backstory between them, where he's a rich lord and she's his niece engaged to someone he disapproves of, so the bank employees are too intimidated to protest. Marasi takes the BoringButPractical route of truthfully saying that they're with the police. The manager is skeptical, but lets them sort through the files once he confirms their identities via telegram.

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** Marasi and Wayne need information from the bank. Wayne concocts an elaborate shared backstory between them, where he's a rich lord and she's his niece engaged to someone he disapproves of, so he can distract the bank employees are too intimidated to protest.with his demands while Marasi sneaks in. Marasi takes the BoringButPractical route of truthfully saying that they're with the police. The manager is skeptical, but lets them sort through the files once he confirms their identities via telegram.



* NoodleIncident: Wayne has apparently had to impersonate Death on four occasions.

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* NoodleIncident: Wayne has apparently had to impersonate Death on four occasions. We only see the last one.


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* RealityEnsues: The TempleOfDoom on top of a snowy mountain with stone, uninsulated walls has an acid trap. It harmlessly froze over years ago.


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* ThisIsReality: Wax thinks that the temple is suspicious because it's too much of a ClicheStorm. It's exactly how he'd think treasure in a fairy tale or pulp novel would be hidden, from the traps right down to the [[spoiler:false, ostentatious chamber hiding the real Bands in a simple chamber]].


* AllThatGlitters: Triple Subverted. [[spoiler:The room behind the trapped corridor is an opulent room with a velvet and gold pedestal, smashed long ago. That's a decoy. Further along is a small, plain room where the corpses of the builders sit in reverence around a simple set of bands. That's ''also'' a decoy. The real Bands are the 'aluminum' (read: more valuable than gold) spearhead on the statue in the front]].

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* AllThatGlitters: Triple Subverted. [[spoiler:The room behind the trapped corridor is an opulent room with a velvet and gold pedestal, smashed long ago. That's a decoy. Further along is a small, plain room where the corpses of the builders sit in reverence around a simple set of bands. That's ''also'' a decoy. The real Bands are the 'aluminum' (read: more valuable than gold) spearhead on the statue in the front]].



* BoringButPractical: Marasi and Wayne need information from a bank. Wayne concocts an impressive backstory for the both of them, making himself rich enough to boss the bank manager around despite being closing time. Marasi just honestly tells the manager that they're constables on a lead. The manager is skeptical, but as soon as his confirms their identities, he gives them the ledgers.



* CainAndAbel: Discussed. When Marasi and Wayne discuss [[spoiler:how Marasi moved on from Wax]], Wayne encourages Marasi to be like the Ascendant Warrior. Marasi adds that Vin killed Elend's fiance, and Wayne is suggesting that she kill her own sister.



* DeathCourse: Discussed. Wax wonders if the Bands were stored in the temple for the Sovereign to return, why have use such lethal traps? If he was a god and could survive it, why would he need the Bands? [[spoiler:Because the Bands aren't behind the death traps at all]].

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* DeathCourse: Discussed. Wax wonders if the Bands were stored in the temple for the Sovereign to return, why have use such lethal traps? If he was a god and could survive it, why would he need the Bands? [[spoiler:Because the Bands aren't behind the death traps at all]].



* EvilCannotComprehendGood: [[spoiler:Mr. Suit equates Wax's drive as a lawman to a hunger for violence and death, when his goals are something more noble;]]

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* EvilCannotComprehendGood: [[spoiler:Mr. Suit equates Wax's drive as a lawman to a hunger for violence and death, when his goals are something more noble;]]noble.]]



* MundaneSolution: The Set [[spoiler:captured the Southerners, dismantled their airship, and started torturing them to discover how their technology worked. It never occurred to them to just patch the poor souls up and politely ask for details. It took them months to get even the slightest idea of how the technology worked, but Wax's crew got answers from Allik in a few hours just by showing him some common decency.]]

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* MundaneSolution: MundaneSolution:
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The Set [[spoiler:captured the Southerners, dismantled their airship, and started torturing them to discover how their technology worked. It never occurred to them to just patch the poor souls up and politely ask for details. It took them months to get even the slightest idea of how the technology worked, but Wax's crew got answers from Allik in a few hours just by showing him some common decency.]]


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*** Heck, the ornate room [[spoiler:turns out to be a fake, and there's a simpler room containing a set of simple bands on an altar... that are also fake]].


* AllThatGlitters: Triple Subverted. [[spoiler:The room behind the trapped corridor is an opulent room with a velvet and gold pedestal, smashed long ago. That's a decoy. Further along is a small, plain room where the corpses of the builders sit in reverence around a simple set of bands. That's ''also'' a decoy. The real Bands are the 'aluminum' (read: more valuable than gold) spearhead on the statue in the front]].



** What's more, [=ReLuur=] claims to have seen the Bands, but doesn't have any pictures of them. [[spoiler:He does, but no one else recognizes them. He got a good one of the statue]].



** Marasi and Wayne need information from the bank. Wayne concocts an elaborate shared backstory between them, where he's a rich lord and she's his niece engaged to someone he disapproves of, so the bank employees are too intimidated to protest. Marasi takes the BoringButPractical route of truthfully saying that they're with the police. The manager is skeptical, but lets them sort through the files once he confirms their identities via telegram.



* NightmareRetardant: InUniverse. Early in the story, [=ReLuur=] draws a nightmarish picture of a beast. When Marasi encounters one of those beasts, she's terrified until [[spoiler:she sees its human hand, and realizes that it's just a mask]].

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* NightmareRetardant: InUniverse. Early in the story, [=ReLuur=] draws a nightmarish picture of a beast. When Marasi encounters one of those beasts, she's terrified until [[spoiler:she sees its human hand, and realizes that it's the NightmareFace is just a human wearing a mask]].

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* DeathCourse: Discussed. Wax wonders if the Bands were stored in the temple for the Sovereign to return, why have use such lethal traps? If he was a god and could survive it, why would he need the Bands? [[spoiler:Because the Bands aren't behind the death traps at all]].


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* NightmareRetardant: InUniverse. Early in the story, [=ReLuur=] draws a nightmarish picture of a beast. When Marasi encounters one of those beasts, she's terrified until [[spoiler:she sees its human hand, and realizes that it's just a mask]].


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* NoTimeToExplain: Justified. Allik's TranslatorMicrobes don't work at the same time as his life-saving heating device, so he only speaks to the others when it's important. He stops to tell the others about the pertinent legends, but doesn't go deep enough [[spoiler:for them to realize that his Sovereign and their Lord Ruler are two different people]].



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* WorstWeddingEver: At the beginning Wax is getting married to lady Steris, even though he feels he is not ready yet. There are some small disturbances, such as missing wedding pendants but it all seems to go smoothly... up to the moment when a nearby water tower crashes onto the church. Which turns out to be the work of [[spoiler: Wayne who believes Wax should marry Marasi instead.]].

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