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* GrewBeyondTheirProgramming: [[spoiler:Class One robots are the lowest grade of android, which can perform basic tasks but don't have anything approaching human-level intelligence. Except for Charles Sub-Lunar, a Class One who somehow ended up as the galaxy's greatest poet and polymath.]]


* AssassinOutclassin: An important element of the plot. Due to probability mathematics (see the ExpendableAlternateUniverse example below) Dom can do this. His meetings with Ways are often borderline [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments CMOFs]] as a result of this, as Ways is pretty much unstoppable, but ''can't quite kill him''

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* AssassinOutclassin: An important element of the plot. Due to probability mathematics (see the ExpendableAlternateUniverse example below) Dom can do this. His meetings with Ways are often borderline [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments CMOFs]] as As a result of this, as Ways is pretty much unstoppable, but ''can't quite kill him''him''.



* ComicallyMissingThePoint: Dom's coronation breakfast is supposed to be the same as the simple, austere one that the puritan, anti-waste religious figure Arte Sadhim ate before he became Lord of Earth.[[labelnote:menu]]A quarter-loaf of brown bread, a strip of salted fish, an apple and a glass of water.[[/labelnote]] However, inevitably each simple item is acquired by some enormously expensive means as he's royal (for example, the glass of water was melted off a comet).
%% * EncyclopediaExposita: Several, mostly the works of Charles Sub-Lunar.

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* ComicallyMissingThePoint: Dom's coronation breakfast is supposed to be the same as the simple, austere one that the puritan, anti-waste religious figure Arte Sadhim ate before he became Lord of Earth.[[labelnote:menu]]A Earth: A quarter-loaf of brown bread, a strip of salted fish, an apple and a glass of water.[[/labelnote]] water. However, inevitably each simple item is acquired by some enormously expensive means as he's royal (for example, the glass of water was melted off a comet).
%% * EncyclopediaExposita: Several, Chapter headings feature quotes from in-universe works of non-fiction, mostly the works of Charles Sub-Lunar.



%% * NeverMessWithGranny: Don't cross Joan Sabalos.
%% * PlayingCardMotifs: The sentient races of the setting. 52 plus the Jokers.

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%% * NeverMessWithGranny: Don't cross Joan Sabalos.
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Sabalos, Dom's grandmother, is the family matriarch and a force to be reckoned with.
* PlayingCardMotifs: The novel's themes of probability and chance are echoed in the number of sentient races of in the setting. setting: 52 plus the Jokers.



%% * RidiculouslyHumanRobots: Ways, the Class Five assassin robot designed to resemble a human.

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%% * RidiculouslyHumanRobots: Ways, the Class Five assassin robot robot, is designed to resemble a human.human in every particular so that he can mingle undetected when he's out on a job.



** Dom's robot sidekick is named [[Creator/IsaacAsimov Isaac]].

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** Dom's robot sidekick is named [[Creator/IsaacAsimov Isaac]].Isaac]] and runs on a parody of [[ThreeLawsCompliant the Three Laws of Robotics]].



** After an assassination attempt, Dom has a dream where Isaac tries to explain the situation using what appear to be the plot outlines of several well-known series (all of which are shot down by Dom), including {{Literature/Dune}} and [[Literature/TheLordoftheRings The Lord of the Rings]].

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** After an assassination attempt, Dom has a dream where Isaac tries to explain the situation using what appear to be the plot outlines of several well-known series (all of which are shot down by Dom), including {{Literature/Dune}} ''{{Literature/Dune}}'' and [[Literature/TheLordoftheRings The Lord of the Rings]].''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings''.



%% * {{Sssssnaketalk}}: The phnobes.

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%% * {{Sssssnaketalk}}: The phnobes.reptilian phnobes speak with extended hissing on s sounds.



%% * SwissArmyGun: The Memory Sword.

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%% * SwissArmyGun: The Memory Sword.Sword can become a wide variety of weapons, from swords to molecular strippers to projectile guns that make ice bullets by freezing atmospheric moisture.



* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: Invoked when it's mentioned that "Human" is a legally defined term for a limited subset of intelligent species, including some robots and a planet-sized computer known as the First Sirian Bank. Essentially it's a clear measure of what a Non-Human is. A large number of nom-human beings are still considered ''people'', though.

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* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: Invoked when it's mentioned that "Human" is a legally defined term for a limited subset of intelligent species, including some robots and a planet-sized computer known as the First Sirian Bank. Essentially it's a clear measure of what a Non-Human is. A large number of nom-human non-human beings are still considered ''people'', though.

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* GreenAesop: Sadhim's teachings are based on late-seventies-early-eighties environmentalism, although his followers have largely forgotten the significance of this.


* HappinessInSlavery: When Dom attempts to release Isaac, the robot explains that humans might strive for freedom, but robots know exactly why they exist and don't need to angst about it.



%% * MorphWeapon: The memory sword.

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%% * MorphWeapon: The memory sword.sword, which can completely rearrange its atoms based on a [[ForceField field]]-generator in the hilt. Amongst the forms mentioned are a [[RoyalRapier needle-sword]], a SonicStunner, and a gun that [[BottomlessMagazines creates its own bullets by freezing water vapour from the air]].



%% * SharpenedToASingleAtom: Until the blade shatters when used against a villain gifted in luck manipulation.

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%% * SharpenedToASingleAtom: The shamsword, with a blade which is invisible except where the light hits it and "only a few microns thick". Until the blade shatters when used against a villain gifted in luck manipulation.

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* FlashSideways: Travellers in Interspace will get glimpses of alternate universes.


* BizarreAlienBiology: Explored quite a bit.

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%% * BizarreAlienBiology: Explored quite a bit.



* ChekhovsGunman: subverted. [[spoiler: Charles Sub-Lunar and his assistant are lurking in the background of a number of scenes, but do very little.]]

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* ChekhovsGunman: subverted.Subverted. [[spoiler: Charles Sub-Lunar and his assistant are lurking in the background of a number of scenes, but do very little.]]



* EncyclopediaExposita: Several, mostly the works of Charles Sub-Lunar.

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%% * EncyclopediaExposita: Several, mostly the works of Charles Sub-Lunar.



* MorphWeapon: The memory sword.

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%% * MorphWeapon: The memory sword.



* NeverMessWithGranny: Don't cross Joan Sabalos.
* PlayingCardMotifs: The sentient races of the setting. 52 plus the Jokers.

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%% * NeverMessWithGranny: Don't cross Joan Sabalos.
%% * PlayingCardMotifs: The sentient races of the setting. 52 plus the Jokers.



* TheReptilians: The phnobes, complete with hisssing sspeech.
* RidiculouslyHumanRobots: Ways, the Class Five assassin robot designed to resemble a human.

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%% * TheReptilians: The phnobes, complete with hisssing sspeech.
%% * RidiculouslyHumanRobots: Ways, the Class Five assassin robot designed to resemble a human.



* SharpenedToASingleAtom: Until the blade shatters when used against a villain gifted in luck manipulation.

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%% * SharpenedToASingleAtom: Until the blade shatters when used against a villain gifted in luck manipulation.



* {{Sssssnaketalk}}: The phnobes.

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%% * {{Sssssnaketalk}}: The phnobes.



* SwissArmyGun: The Memory Sword.

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%% * SwissArmyGun: The Memory Sword.

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* SimpleYetOpulent: As described under ComicallyMissingThePoint, Dom's simple coronation breakfast is an insanely expensive simple coronation breakfast.


* AssassinOutclassin: An important element of the plot. Due to probability mathematics (see the ExpendableAlternateUniverse example below) Dom can do this. His meetings with Ways are often borderline [[CrowningMomentOfFunny CMOFs]] as a result of this, as Ways is pretty much unstoppable, but ''can't quite kill him''

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* AssassinOutclassin: An important element of the plot. Due to probability mathematics (see the ExpendableAlternateUniverse example below) Dom can do this. His meetings with Ways are often borderline [[CrowningMomentOfFunny [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments CMOFs]] as a result of this, as Ways is pretty much unstoppable, but ''can't quite kill him''


* SdrawkcabName:
** A star called 'Rats' with a planet called 'Tenalp' is briefly mentioned - aside from being very strange ([[NoodleIncident and not the sort of thing you mention in mixed company]]), we don't hear exactly why they're so called. There's a brief mention of them having "negative entropy", which could suggest that natural processes work in reverse, hence the names.

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* SdrawkcabName:
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SdrawkcabName: A star called 'Rats' with a planet called 'Tenalp' is briefly mentioned - aside from being very strange ([[NoodleIncident and not the sort of thing you mention in mixed company]]), we don't hear exactly why they're so called. There's a brief mention of them having "negative entropy", which could suggest that natural processes work in reverse, hence the names.


* BizarreAlienBiology: explored quite a bit.

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* BizarreAlienBiology: explored Explored quite a bit.



* FantasticRacism: Referred to as "shape hatred." Most prominent example is a {{Jerkass}} human character who calls phnobes "[[FantasticSlur gecky frogs]]", ''then'' enters a buruku (phnobic colony) with a gun, which is strictly forbidden. See NeverBringAKnifeToAGunfight (except in reverse).

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* FantasticRacism: Referred to as "shape hatred." Most prominent example is a {{Jerkass}} human character who calls phnobes "[[FantasticSlur gecky frogs]]", ''then'' enters a buruku (phnobic colony) with a gun, which is strictly forbidden. See NeverBringAKnifeToAGunfight (except in reverse).NeverBringAGunToAKnifeFight.



* NeverBringAKnifeToAGunfight: Never bring a single-shot stun gun into a place where every [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy alpha male]] is armed with a two-foot long knife. See also: TooDumbToLive.

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* NeverBringAKnifeToAGunfight: NeverBringAGunToAKnifeFight: Never bring a single-shot stun gun into a place where every [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy alpha male]] is armed with a two-foot long knife. See also: TooDumbToLive.


* FantasticRacism:
** Referred to as "shape hatred." Despite being a SuperiorSpecies, the Creapii are divided by caste depending on their living temperature and their size.
** Some humans refer to phnobes as "gecky frogs". This is not a good thing to say.

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* FantasticRacism:
** Referred to as "shape hatred." Despite being a SuperiorSpecies, the
FantasticCasteSystem: The Creapii are divided by caste depending on their living temperature and their size.
** Some humans refer * FantasticRacism: Referred to as "shape hatred." Most prominent example is a {{Jerkass}} human character who calls phnobes as "gecky frogs". This "[[FantasticSlur gecky frogs]]", ''then'' enters a buruku (phnobic colony) with a gun, which is not a good thing to say.strictly forbidden. See NeverBringAKnifeToAGunfight (except in reverse).


* ProductionForeshadowing: The First Sirian Bank speaks in the same block capitals as Death from the later ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' series.

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* ProductionForeshadowing: ProductionForeshadowing:
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The First Sirian Bank speaks in the same block capitals as Death from the later ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' series.series.
** A lot of concepts in the Sadhimist religion are identical to those of the [[Literature/{{Discworld}} Disc]] religions, including worshipping Small Gods or celebrating Soul Cake Tuesday and Hogswatch.

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* SinglePreceptReligion: The religion of Arte Sadhim has the One Commandment, which is eventually stated to be "You Will Not Waste".


* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: Invoked when it's mentioned that "Human" is a legally defined term for a limited subset of intelligent species, including some robots and a planet-sized computer known as the First Sirian Bank. Essentially it's a clear measure of what a Non-Human is.

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* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: Invoked when it's mentioned that "Human" is a legally defined term for a limited subset of intelligent species, including some robots and a planet-sized computer known as the First Sirian Bank. Essentially it's a clear measure of what a Non-Human is. A large number of nom-human beings are still considered ''people'', though.

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* PlayingCardMotifs: The sentient races of the setting. 52 plus the Jokers.

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