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* HalfBreedDiscrimination: Not much shows up regarding the half-elves, surprisingly enough, but the elves can get very sniffy about any of their own with parentage from two different castes or clans; both Stormsong (half-''sekasha'', half ''intanyei seyosa'') and Bare Snow (half Wind Clan, half Water) get called 'mutts' a lot. Windwolf (half Wind, half Fire) gets a free pass due to being [[PersonOfMassDestruction mind-blowingly powerful]].

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* BloodKnight: They're disciplined about it, but it's an actual genetic trait of the ''sekasha'' to enjoy a good fight.


* [[EvilStepmother Evil Stepfather]]: Esme and Lain's stepfather is the BigBad. Can't get much worse than that.


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* WickedStepfather: Esme and Lain's stepfather is the BigBad. Can't get much worse than that.

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* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Relating to the above, older ''sekasha'' and ''domana'' warlords, usually veterans of the rebellion against the Skin Clan, often have very ominous names. Some of the ones we hear include Wraith Arrow, Dark Harvest, Killing Frost and Iron Mace against Stone.

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* LittleBitBeastly: Some of the more fortunate half-oni end up looking like this; [[spoiler:Tommy Chang]] can pass as human if he hides his cat ears. Others are closer to full-on PettingZooPeople.

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* ParentalSubstitute: Oilcan semi-inadvertantly becomes one to a group of elf children in ''Elfhome'', with the twist that - due to how elves age - they're all at least a couple of decades older than him.

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* RescueRomance: Tinker and Windwolf meet via saving each other. Multiple times. Sorting out who owes whom their life leads to complications.


* DreamingOfThingsToCome: Lain thinks she does. Tinker's dreams also show signs of this. [[spoiler:Esme's prophetic dreams led to her changing her major to astrophysics and becoming one of the captains in the colonization effort, all to protect Lain. Since this particular talent is supposed to be passed from mother to daughter, it's not surprising that Tinker has the gift too.]]

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* DreamingOfThingsToCome: Lain thinks she does. Tinker's dreams also show signs of this. [[spoiler:Esme's prophetic dreams led to her changing her major to astrophysics and becoming one of the captains in the colonization effort, all to protect Lain. Since this particular talent is supposed to be passed from mother to daughter, it's not surprising that Tinker has the gift too. As does her grandmother and at least one other of her siblings, Louise.]]

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* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture: The series is set in 2031, though exact dates aren't given until ''Wood Sprites''.

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* HufflepuffHouse: The Water Clan. We know that they ''exist'', but while the Wind, Stone and Fire Clans have all contributed major characters, the only Water Clan elf to appear has only featured in a couple of side-stories contained in ''Project Elfhome'' and is implied to be ''very'' atypical of the clan.


* ContemptibleCover: The series is unfortunately plagued with awful-looking, and often inaccurately lurid, covers. It starts in earnest with ''Elfhome''. However, despite how bad the covers get, they all actually do depict a scene from the book.

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* ContemptibleCover: The series is unfortunately plagued with awful-looking, and often inaccurately lurid, covers. It starts in earnest with ''Elfhome''.''[[https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71PkMaomM3L.jpg Elfhome]]''. However, despite how bad the covers get, they all actually do depict a scene from the book.



* ItWasAGift

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* OneWordTitle: Whether you call the series ''Tinker'' or ''Elfhome'', it's one, and both are names of books in the series. Book 1 and three, respectively, with the last book being called ''Harbinger''.


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* ProtagonistTitle: Tinker, the WrenchWench.


* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: Younger elves have to deal with this constantly. Not only is anything they do likely to be compared against the work of some master in their craft who was born thousands of years before, there's a good chance that said master is ''still alive'' and still producing, making it virtually impossible for new blood to get out of their shadow. One subplot in "Elfhome" was a group of doubles (Elves with double-digit ages) who moved to Pittsburg so that they would have a chance to make their mark in their chosen crafts.

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* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: Younger elves have to deal with this constantly. Not only is anything they do likely to be compared against the work of some master in their craft who was born thousands of years before, there's a good chance that said master is ''still alive'' and still producing, making it virtually impossible for new blood to get out of their shadow. One subplot in "Elfhome" ''Elfhome'' was a group of doubles (Elves with double-digit ages) who moved to Pittsburg Pittsburgh so that they would have a chance to make their mark in their chosen crafts.


* KidnappedScientist: The NSA agents from the first book came to Pittsburgh to warn Tinker that someone -- [[spoiler:later revealed to be the oni and Skin Clan]] -- has been kidnapping and killing scientists who understand the science behind the hyperphase gate.



* LimitedAdvancementOpportunities: The opportunities for promotion among a domi's ''sekasha'' aren't so much limited as they are virtually nonexistent. Rank is determined entirely by the order in which they are hired, so a ''sekasha'' who is not hired as First right from the start cannot hope to obtain the rank of First unless either everyone senior to him dies, or his domi dies and he gets hired as First by someone else. This is the reason why very few domana have more than one Hand (five) of ''sekasha'', as a ''sekasha'' hired as second or higher Hand has no real hope of ever achieving the rank of First Hand, let alone First, so as a rule only those domi important enough that the prestige of being in his/her service at all trumps the stigma of being in a lesser Hand can attract more than five personal retainers.

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* LimitedAdvancementOpportunities: The opportunities for promotion among a domi's ''sekasha'' aren't so much limited as they are virtually nonexistent. Rank is determined entirely by the order in which they are hired, so a ''sekasha'' who is not hired as First right from the start cannot hope to obtain the rank of First unless either everyone senior to him dies, or his domi dies and he gets hired as First by someone else. This is the reason why very few domana have more than one Hand (five) of ''sekasha'', as a ''sekasha'' hired as second or higher Hand has no real hope of ever achieving the rank of First Hand, let alone First, so as a rule only those domi important enough that the prestige of being in his/her service at all trumps the stigma of being in a lesser Hand can attract more than five personal retainers.



* MysteriousParent: [[spoiler: Esme.]]

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* MysteriousParent: [[spoiler: Esme.[[spoiler:Esme.]]


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* TrappedInAnotherWorld: The hyperphase gate is destroyed at the end of ''Tinker'', permanently stranding Pittsburgh on Elfhome. This is a problem, because the Westernlands don't have enough resources to support 60,000 humans.


* ''The Wolf Who Rules''

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* ''The Wolf ''Wolf Who Rules''




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* ''Harbinger''


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* ContemptibleCover: The series is unfortunately plagued with awful-looking, and often inaccurately lurid, covers. It starts in earnest with ''Elfhome''. However, despite how bad the covers get, they all actually do depict a scene from the book.

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* UnusualEars: The elves, as expected, have pointy ears [[spoiler:because the Skin Clan engineered it that way, to easily distinguish their slaves. The Skin Clan themselves have rounded ears, allowing them to pass as human.]]

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