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* OurTimeTravelIsDifferent: Instantaneous, [[Film/BackToTheFuture BTTF]]-type time travel, where events in the past affect the shape of the future. Much is made of the side-effects, which lessen after you've taken several trips.
** Made more unusual by the ''Strands,'' which are different realities in TheMultiverse. You have to repeat actions several times in parallel Strands to get the effect you want.

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* ARareSentence: Twice, both times identified by the [=POV=] narrator.
** Mel: “'Did your friends come through with the liquid helium?' I asked. Certainly the first time in my life I had uttered that sentence."
** Rebecca: "Hopefully I will be able to update you all soon. If I do not, assume it is because the Walmart Vikings have gotten to me, in which case somebody please remind Frank to water the garden. (If you had told me five years ago, when Mel and Tristan first knocked on our door, that I would find myself writing that sentence I’d have laughed you down the street.)"


* {{Catchphrase}}: Tristan will often respond to questions about his with with a simple, "Classified."

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* {{Catchphrase}}: Tristan will often respond to questions about his with work with a simple, terse, "Classified."

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* BadassBookworm: Mortimer is an MIT student and a tech whiz as well as a historical fencer who trains field agents how to win real sword fights.

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* GeniusBruiser:
** Tristan is tall and extremely athletic while also being quite a brilliant military agent.
** Magnus is a burly medieval Viking who is identified very early on as quite cunning. Even Grainne underestimates his intelligence.


** Tristan Lyons name is a very evocative of a grand hero and knight in shining armor. He shares the first name of an [[Literature/TristanAndIseult Arthurian knight known for a romance]], and his last name Lyons evokes a lion, a noble and majestic animal in mythology.
** Melisande Stokes's name is apparently a reference to ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melisande_(Stokes) Melisande]]'', a famous painting of a red-headed woman by Victorian artist Marianne Stokes. Melisande is herself a red-head who gets stuck for a while in Victorian times. Like Tristan, Melisande is the name of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pell%C3%A9as_and_M%C3%A9lisande another character]] in a tragic romance.

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** Tristan Lyons Lyons' name is a very evocative of a grand hero and knight in shining armor. He shares the first name of an [[Literature/TristanAndIseult Arthurian knight known for a romance]], and his last name Lyons evokes a lion, a noble and majestic animal in mythology.
** Melisande Stokes's Stokes' name is apparently a reference to ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melisande_(Stokes) Melisande]]'', a famous painting of a red-headed woman by Victorian artist Marianne Stokes. Melisande is herself a red-head who gets stuck for a while in Victorian times. Like Tristan, Melisande is the name of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pell%C3%A9as_and_M%C3%A9lisande org/wiki/Pelléas_and_Mélisande another character]] in a tragic romance.


* EveryoneCanSeeIt: Melisande and Tristan, whose coworkers treat them as an inevitable couple (and Erezebet loves to snark about it) even if they technically aren't one.

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* EveryoneCanSeeIt: Melisande and Tristan, whose coworkers treat them as an inevitable couple (and Erezebet Erzsébet loves to snark about it) even if they technically aren't one.



** Erezebet Karpathi -- Erezebet is the real first name of UsefulNotes/ElizabethBathory, while Karpathi -- or rather Carpathia -- is familiar to anyone who remembers [[Film/GhostbustersII Vigo the Carpathian]]. So from the second her name appears on the page, it's clear that Erezebet is going to be a witch.

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** Erezebet Erzsébet Karpathi -- Erezebet Erzsébet is the real first name of UsefulNotes/ElizabethBathory, while Karpathi -- or rather Carpathia -- is familiar to anyone who remembers [[Film/GhostbustersII Vigo the Carpathian]]. So from the second her name appears on the page, it's clear that Erezebet Erzsébet is going to be a witch.



* WhoWantsToLiveForever: Erszebet is extremely bitter over being forced to slow her own aging process down in order to survive from the death of magic to its rebirth.

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* WhoWantsToLiveForever: Erszebet Erzsébet is extremely bitter over being forced to slow her own aging process down in order to survive from the death of magic to its rebirth.


* InformedAttractiveness:
** Lots of people comment on how tall and handsome Tristan is.
** The first "lover" class [=DOer=] is stated in her official government paperwork to be extraordinarily attractive.


* HornyVikings: Magnus and his squad of Varangian Guards are Vikings.


* GeniusBruiser:
** Tristan is tall and extremely athletic while also being quite a brilliant military agent.
** Magnus is a burly medieval Viking who is identified very early on as quite cunning. Even Grainne underestimates his intelligence.


* BadassBookworm: Mortimer, an MIT student, tech whiz and historical fencer, is a signature Stephenson character.


* {{Catchphrase}}: Tristan will often respond to questions about his with with a simple, "Classified."



* EpistolaryNovel: In the loose sense--in addition to letters, the book comprises chat logs, transcripts of security footage, and so on.



** Tristan is tall and extremely athletic while also being quite a brilliant government agent.

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** Tristan is tall and extremely athletic while also being quite a brilliant government military agent.


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* NarrativeProfanityFilter: An amusing subversion has Melisande cross out all the curse words from her journal and substitute a euphemism.


* BadassBookwork: Mortimer, an MIT student, tech whiz and historical fencer, is a signature Stephenson character.

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* BadassBookwork: BadassBookworm: Mortimer, an MIT student, tech whiz and historical fencer, is a signature Stephenson character.


* AuthorAppeal: There's a significant subplot about learning historical fencing, which is a passion of co-author Neal Stephenson.
* BadassBookwork: Mortimer, an MIT student, tech whiz and historical fencer, is a signature Stephenson character.



* GeniusBruiser:
** Tristan is tall and extremely athletic while also being quite a brilliant government agent.
** Magnus is a burly medieval Viking who is identified very early on as quite cunning. Even Grainne underestimates his intelligence.
* HornyVikings: Magnus and his squad of Varangian Guards are Vikings.
* InformedAttractiveness:
** Lots of people comment on how tall and handsome Tristan is.
** The first "lover" class [=DOer=] is stated in her official government paperwork to be extraordinarily attractive.



* MeaningfulName: Erezebet Karpathi -- Erezebet is the real first name of UsefulNotes/ElizabethBathory, while Karpathi -- or rather Carpathia -- is familiar to anyone who remembers [[Film/GhostbustersII Vigo the Carpathian]]. So from the second her name appears on the page, it's clear that Erezebet is going to be a witch.

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* MeaningfulName: MeaningfulName:
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Erezebet Karpathi -- Erezebet is the real first name of UsefulNotes/ElizabethBathory, while Karpathi -- or rather Carpathia -- is familiar to anyone who remembers [[Film/GhostbustersII Vigo the Carpathian]]. So from the second her name appears on the page, it's clear that Erezebet is going to be a witch.witch.
** Tristan Lyons name is a very evocative of a grand hero and knight in shining armor. He shares the first name of an [[Literature/TristanAndIseult Arthurian knight known for a romance]], and his last name Lyons evokes a lion, a noble and majestic animal in mythology.
** Melisande Stokes's name is apparently a reference to ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melisande_(Stokes) Melisande]]'', a famous painting of a red-headed woman by Victorian artist Marianne Stokes. Melisande is herself a red-head who gets stuck for a while in Victorian times. Like Tristan, Melisande is the name of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pell%C3%A9as_and_M%C3%A9lisande another character]] in a tragic romance.


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* ScrapbookStory: The format of the novel. Everything is written down by characters in the story, most of them journal entries, letters, emails and logs, but also some other formats, such as IM chats, SMS messages, wikis, and even an epic poem.

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* BotheringByTheBook: After a lengthy after-action report about a [=DOer=]'s mission that included [[TheOldestProfession a trade of services]], Stokes is told not to write so flowery, to downplay the sex, and just get to the point. The next report is a sarcastically brief recounting of another [=DOer=] trekking for months across medieval Europe, which sums up the trip with, "Many adventures. Didn't die."

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