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* CantStopTheSignal: How the heroes strike humanity's greatest blow against the Amnion. [[Spoiler: They broadcast the formula for the mutagen immunity drug. ]]

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* CantStopTheSignal: How the heroes strike humanity's greatest blow against the Amnion. [[Spoiler: [[spoiler: They broadcast the formula for the mutagen immunity drug. drug.]]

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* CantStopTheSignal: How the heroes strike humanity's greatest blow against the Amnion. [[Spoiler: They broadcast the formula for the mutagen immunity drug. ]]

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* IncapableOfDisobeying: Space travelers suffering from "gap sickness" (a form of psychosis brought on by hyperspace) can be fitted with zone implants that allow their nervous systems to be temporarily shut down. In theory, this allows someone else to stop them if they become a danger to themselves or others, but Angus Thermopyle abuses Morn Hyland's implant to make her compliant while he abuses her.

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* AndShowItToYou: [[spoiler:Angus apparently takes Warden's instruction "tear his fucking heart out" to heart when hunts down Holt.]]

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* KineticWeaponsAreJustBetter: The Amnion have a "super-light proton cannon". According to Donaldson, it's "mass (in this case, protons) accelerated to the speed of light."


* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: Only twice in the series does Warden lose his cool: when Hashi sends ''Free Lunch'' to kill Morn[[note]]though, in his defense, Warden made Hashi think he wanted Morn dead[[/note]], and when Warden finally let's his true anger show to the one person who would understand it: Angus.

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Only twice in the series does Warden lose his cool: when Hashi sends ''Free Lunch'' to kill Morn[[note]]though, in his defense, Warden made Hashi think he wanted Morn dead[[/note]], and when Warden finally let's his true anger show to the one person who would understand it: Angus.Angus.
** The normally placid Amnion become obsessed with finding out how Morn was able to survive having her mind copied into her force-grown son, because that would enable them to have Amnion agents who were completely indistinct from humans, allowing them to conquer the entire human race.

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* WhamLine: "We're facing a total crisis here. An outright '''apotheosis'''... Are you ''listening'', Angus? Vestabule has his guns aimed at Suka Bator. If we don't do what he wants, he's going to give us a super-light proton '''vasectomy'''."[[note]]"Apotheosis" opens up every single database in Angus' memory, while "vasectomy" gives him free will.[[/note]]

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* LaserGuidedKarma: Angus, a rapist, becomes {{Mind Rape}}d and forced by others to do their will, no matter how degrading.


* SubspaceAnsible: Averted. Much of the story deals with the fact that vital information can't travel FTL unless using an unmanned vessel that goes FTL itself.

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* SubspaceAnsible: Averted. Much of the story deals with the fact that vital information can't travel FTL unless using an unmanned vessel that goes FTL itself. The Amnion do briefly try to use some sort of experimental "symbiotic crystalline resonance device" as an FTL Radio, which becomes an important PlotPoint.

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* SubspaceAnsible: Averted. Much of the story deals with the fact that vital information can't travel FTL unless using an unmanned vessel that goes FTL itself.

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* CreepyGood: Hashi is considered this. Despite having the best interests for humanity, he is a person with incredible power who is an unreadable toady with a [[TechnicallyASmile fake smile]] always planted on his face.


-->'''Davies:''' Thatís for Angus. He wanted to do it himself. But he was afraid you would fry his brain.

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-->'''Davies:''' Thatís for Angus. He wanted to do it himself. But he was afraid you would fry his brain.[[note]]Hashi admits, yes, he would have.[[/note]]


* CannotTellALie: The Amnion. They find it literally incomprehensible. Humans turned into Amnion, however, understand dishonesty even though they themselves can't lie. They do get around it by being RulesLawyers or using ExactWords.

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* CannotTellALie: The Amnion. They find it literally incomprehensible. Humans turned into Amnion, however, understand dishonesty even though they themselves can't lie. They do get around it by being RulesLawyers a RulesLawyer or using ExactWords.


* CannotTellALie: The Amnion. They find it literally incomprehensible. Humans turned into Amnion, however, understand it even though they themselves can't.

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* CannotTellALie: The Amnion. They find it literally incomprehensible. Humans turned into Amnion, however, understand it dishonesty even though they themselves can't.can't lie. They do get around it by being RulesLawyers or using ExactWords.

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