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* AntiHero: Deconstructed with Creedmoore. Lowry cynically notes that he seems to want to be admired both for his [[NobleDemon virtue]] and for his [[EvilIsCool wickedness]], but most of all for how romantically conflicted he is between the two.


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* ByronicHero: Deconstructed with Creedmoore. Lowry cynically notes that he seems to [[SlaveToPR want to be admired]] both for his [[NobleDemon virtue]] and for his [[EvilIsCool wickedness]], but most of all for how romantically conflicted he is between the two.


* HopelessWar: The Line always wins and the Gun always loses. Subverted in that it's strongly hinted that that's exactly how the Gun likes it - it's the embodiment of lost causes and doomed last stands, so winning would be against everything it stands for. It also helps that the Gun [[AsLongAsThereIsEvil can't be permanently defeated]] any more than the Line can, making their feud both a HopelessWar for the Gun and a ForeverWar for them both.

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* HopelessWar: The Line always wins and the Gun always loses. Subverted in that it's It's strongly hinted that that's exactly how the Gun likes it - it's the embodiment of lost causes and doomed last stands, so winning would be against everything it stands for. It also helps that the Gun [[AsLongAsThereIsEvil can't be permanently defeated]] any more than the Line can, making their feud both a HopelessWar for the Gun and a ForeverWar for them both.

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* HopelessWar: The Line always wins and the Gun always loses. Subverted in that it's strongly hinted that that's exactly how the Gun likes it - it's the embodiment of lost causes and doomed last stands, so winning would be against everything it stands for. It also helps that the Gun [[AsLongAsThereIsEvil can't be permanently defeated]] any more than the Line can, making their feud both a HopelessWar for the Gun and a ForeverWar for them both.

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* AntiHero: Deconstructed with Creedmoore. Lowry cynically notes that he seems to want to be admired both for his [[NobleDemon virtue]] and for his [[EvilIsCool wickedness]], but most of all for how romantically conflicted he is between the two.


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* DamnedByFaintPraise: The Engines make a habit of this, presumably to discourage the Linesmen from harbouring any personal pride. At one point they authorise Lowry's FieldPromotion on the grounds that he is "not significantly less adequate" than his dead predecessor was.


Was followed by a sequel, ''The Rise of Ransom City'', starring the eccentric inventor Harry Ransom and his run-ins with Hill Folk, agents of both Line and Gun, the protagonists from the previous book and more.

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Was followed by a sequel, ''The Rise of Ransom City'', starring the eccentric inventor Harry Ransom and his run-ins with Hill Folk, agents servants of both Line and Gun, the protagonists from the previous book and more.



* EldritchLocation: The unmade lands of the far West.

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* EldritchLocation: The unmade lands of the far West. Plants and animals and machines aren't wholly distinct from each other, time flows strangely, the sun and moon move in bizarre and unpredictable ways...



* HalfHumanHybrid: It depends on exactly how human you consider them, but WordOfGod implies [[spoiler: Mr. Carver]] in ''The Rise of Ransom City'' is part Hillfolk.

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* HalfHumanHybrid: It depends on exactly how human you consider them, but WordOfGod implies [[spoiler: Mr. Carver]] Carver in ''The Rise of Ransom City'' is very likely part Hillfolk.Hillfolk.
* IKnowYourTrueName: Strange example. Names have power in the West. It's strongly implied that the "creation" of the world is less of an ongoing physical process and more caused by humans settling ever deeper in the wilderness. By naming something, you pin it down and define it; by defining it, you make it concrete and immutable. Hence, the further people travel into the West, giving everything around them a name like ''rose'' or ''deer'' or ''bridge'', the more ordered and logical the West becomes.



* MachineWorship: Only lightly touched on in regards to the Line. They're described as more religion than political entity (and more shared mania than religion), and at one point Lowry describes the excessive amounts of fuel the Heavier-Than-Air Vessels consume as being evidence of their "spiritual excellence".

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* InvincibleVillain: The Line. The Line always wins.
* MachineWorship: Only lightly touched on in regards to the Line. They're described as more worshiping their machines, the Engines especially, but nothing really resembling religion than political entity (and more shared mania than religion), shows up in Line POV chapters, aside from offhanded references to blasphemy and at one point Lowry describes the excessive amounts of fuel the Heavier-Than-Air Vessels consume as being evidence of their "spiritual excellence".excellence."



* TheRepublic: The Red Valley Republic

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* TheRepublic: The Red Valley RepublicRepublic.



* SanitySlippage: The West isn't good for Lowry's mental health.

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* SanitySlippage: The West isn't good for Lowry's mental health.health, which declines steadily as he pushes further into uncreated lands.

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* CapitalLettersAreMagic: The Line and the Gun. The Engines. The Lodge.

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* BlingBlingBang: All Guns are ornate and beautifully crafted, which makes them easy to tell apart from regular guns.


* WeHaveReserves: The Line takes this view with not only its soldiers (46 deaths to kill one Agent of the Gun is considered ''exceptionally'' good work) but also its officers, who are immediately removed from command if they fail their assigned task. If Banks is any indication, they usually shoot themselves afterwards.

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* WeHaveReserves: The Line takes this view with not only its soldiers (46 deaths to kill one Agent of the Gun is considered ''exceptionally'' good work) but also its officers, who are demoted if they show any hint of pride or ambition and immediately removed from command if they fail their assigned task. If Banks is any indication, they usually shoot themselves afterwards.


* WeHaveReserves: The Line takes this view with not only its soldiers (46 dead soldiers to one dead Agent of the Gun is considered ''exceptionally'' good work) but also its officers, who are immediately removed from command if they fail their assigned task. If Banks is any indication, they usually shoot themselves afterwards.

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* WeHaveReserves: The Line takes this view with not only its soldiers (46 dead soldiers deaths to kill one dead Agent of the Gun is considered ''exceptionally'' good work) but also its officers, who are immediately removed from command if they fail their assigned task. If Banks is any indication, they usually shoot themselves afterwards.

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* WeHaveReserves: The Line takes this view with not only its soldiers (46 dead soldiers to one dead Agent of the Gun is considered ''exceptionally'' good work) but also its officers, who are immediately removed from command if they fail their assigned task. If Banks is any indication, they usually shoot themselves afterwards.


* MotorMouth: Creedmoor tends to ramble when he talks.

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* MotorMouth: Creedmoor tends to ramble when he talks. However, he's strangely taciturn in ''The Rise of Ransom City'' (aside from an ImagineSpot of how Harry thinks his confrontation with Knoll went).

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* MachineWorship: Only lightly touched on in regards to the Line. They're described as more religion than political entity (and more shared mania than religion), and at one point Lowry describes the excessive amounts of fuel the Heavier-Than-Air Vessels consume as being evidence of their "spiritual excellence".

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* SanitySlippage: The West isn't good for Lowry's mental health.


* VillainWithGoodPublicity: As Agents of the Gun are modeled after folk heroes and famous outlaws, it's inevitable that a lot of them wind up as this. One, Gentleman Jim Dark, has robbed the same bank so many times that he poses for photos and signs autographs whenever he comes around, and that bank has made a fortune selling merchandise about him. Of course, the important thing to remember is that they're ''[[CompleteMonster villains]]''.

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* VillainWithGoodPublicity: As Agents of the Gun are modeled after folk heroes and famous outlaws, it's inevitable that a lot of them wind up as this. One, Gentleman Jim Dark, has robbed the same bank so many times that he poses for photos and signs autographs whenever he comes around, and that bank has made a fortune selling merchandise about him. Of course, the The important thing to remember is that they're ''[[CompleteMonster villains]]''.''villains''.

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* MotorMouth: Creedmoor tends to ramble when he talks.

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