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* BlindIdiotTranslation: The Spanish translation often translates the verb "to sign" (saying something using sign language) as "señalar" (pointing something). As a result, dialogues in sign language become quite jarring.


A woman named Zan wakes in a medical ward with [[IdentityAmnesia no memory]] of who she is or why she's there. She learns in short order that she is in the Legion, a massive system of OrganicTechnology world-ships; that aforementioned Legion is [[JustBeforeTheEnd slowly dying]] and massive wars are being waged for control of it; and that this is only the latest of many times that she has returned ''sans'' memory from a mission to take control of the Mokshi, an errant world-ship believed to be the key to the Legion's salvation.

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A woman named Zan wakes in a medical ward with [[IdentityAmnesia no memory]] of who she is or why she's there. She learns in short order that she is in the Legion, a massive system of OrganicTechnology world-ships; that the aforementioned Legion is [[JustBeforeTheEnd slowly dying]] and massive wars are being waged for control of it; and that this is only the latest of many times that she has returned ''sans'' memory from a mission to take control of the Mokshi, an errant world-ship believed to be the key to the Legion's salvation.

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* HumanResources: The point of "recycling," where dead, defective, or unwanted individuals are dumped into the world's core to be digested and reused.


* AmnesiacResonance: Zan finds herself instinctively knowing the sign language used to communicate in space battles, and old mottos come out of her mouth without any memory of where she learned them.

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* AmnesiacResonance: Zan finds herself instinctively knowing the sign language used to communicate in space battles, and old mottos sayings come out of her mouth without any memory of where she learned them.

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* AmbiguouslyHuman: The inhabitants of the Legion are certainly human''oid'', and have at least some human anatomy such as wombs, but their actual origin is never revealed (and given the state of the Legion, may well be lost to history).

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* MagneticHero: Zan's journey back up to the surface after [[spoiler:being recycled]] sees her picking up several people that she meets along the way.

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* ChekhovsGun: One of the first things Zan notes about herself early in the book is that her left hand is smaller and more deformed than her right. [[spoiler:As Lord Mokshi, she was the original owner of the metal arm, and like its other wearers she had to mutilate her flesh arm in order to wear it. When she reclaims it in the climax, it fits like a glove.]]

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* TheGhost: Lord Mokshi has a quote at the head of every chapter but is conspicuously absent from the main story even as it revolves around the Mokshi itself. [[spoiler:When we finally find out that she is Zan--or rather, that Zan ''was'' her--the AmnesiacDissonance makes her more of a PosthumousCharacter.]]


* IDidWhatIHadToDo: Jayd's attitude towards all the horrible things she's done in service to the plan she and Zan came up with.

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* IDidWhatIHadToDo: Jayd's attitude towards all the horrible things she's done in service to the plan she and Zan came up with. Lord Mokshi's epigraphs show some of this as well.

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* IDidWhatIHadToDo: Jayd's attitude towards all the horrible things she's done in service to the plan she and Zan came up with.


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* ManipulativeBitch: Jayd all over the place, though she at least recognizes it and feels bad about it.

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* OneGenderRace: As far as we're shown, the Legion is entirely populated by women. Rather than reproducing sexually, they appear to become pregnant spontaneously whenever their world needs them to produce a particular component, with each person specializing in a particular component ([[spoiler:or rather, each ''womb''; transplanting wombs with different production capabilities becomes a major plot point]]).

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* ContemplateOurNavels: Every chapter has an {{Epigraph}} from Lord Mokshi [[spoiler:AKA Zan]], containing philosophical musings that are usually relevant to the events of that chapter.

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* GodSaveUsFromTheQueen: Lord Katazyrna and Lord Bhajava, rulers of their respective domains and mortal enemies, are both driven, aggressive, and near-sociopathic in their disregard for the people around them. [[spoiler:It's implied that Zan used to be a more self-aware, PragmaticVillainy version of this as Lord Mokshi.]]

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* IAmWho: Naturally, Zan's former identity is a DrivingQuestion of the novel, with the people around her giving anything from incomplete answers to outright lies. [[spoiler:It turns out Zan is Lord Mokshi herself, which is why she's the only person who can pierce the world-ship's defenses.]]


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* PlanetSpaceship: In the language of the Legion, the word for "planet" and "ship" is the same. The techno-organic world-ships that make up the Legion are so massive that entire societies have developed in the depths who are unaware that there is a surface at all, let alone what goes on up there.


* NoOneGetsLeftBehind: Zan eventually explicitly adopts this ethos, [[spoiler:in stark contrast to her former persona, who had a much more IDidWhatIHadToDo attitude.]]



* NoOneGetsLeftBehind: Zan eventually explicitly adopts this ethos, [[spoiler:in stark contrast to her former persona, who had a much more IDidWhatIHadToDo attitude.]]

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* NoOneGetsLeftBehind: Zan eventually explicitly adopts this ethos, [[spoiler:in stark contrast PlotCoupon: "If you do not have the arm and the world, you need to her former persona, who had a much more IDidWhatIHadToDo attitude.begin again." [[spoiler:They're the key to reviving the Mokshi and using it to leave the Legion.]]

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