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* TheCaptain: Captain Chui.

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* YouKilledMyFather: In ''Tone of Voice'', the reporter Ashley Betancourt is the daughter of two well-regarded journalists who were murdered by LHFH terrorists. To get revenge, Betancourt faked evidence against the LHFH and was caught, ruining her career.

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* CPRCleanPrettyReliable: In ''Tone of Voice'', Xandri's heart has stopped after a near drowning. Diver does gentle chest compressions, which don't do anything. Then one of the Hands whacks her on the chest, and she immediately starts coughing up water.


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* PutTheirHeadsTogether: Diver does this to two mooks using a small {{mecha}} he calls the gorilla.

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* TechnicallyASmile: A prominent LHFH terrorist is described as having "the sort of oily smile that clung to your skin, but never reached ''his'' eyes."


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* WarIsHell: The battle in ''Tone of Voice'' between the Last Hope for Humanity and the Alliance takes place on two fronts, in the ocean and in the jungle. The ocean battle sees massive casualties on both sides, with many humans and Voices killed and mangled. The jungle battle goes a lot better for the Alliance, but Xandri is still traumatized from seeing her allies dead or wounded.
--> All the gunfire filled the air with smoke and vile smell, and as the sun began to climb above the horizon, shedding reddish-orange light beneath the canopy, I began to grasp the Christian image of Hell.

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* AtlantisIsBoring: ''Tone of Voice'' focuses on sea creatures, but aside from one scene, most of the action takes place either on the water's surface or on a land mass.


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* ContainmentField: In ''Tone of Voice'', the Last Hope for Humanity use one of these to trap a number of Hands and Voices within an area, then drop raw meat into the water to attract the [[SeaMonster Disharmonies]]. They plan to wait until the field is surrounded, then deactivate it and let the Hands and Voices get eaten.


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* HeroicSacrifice: Happens twice in ''Tone of Voice'':
** [[spoiler: A Voice named Sings In The Depths Of Darkness, aka Darksong, swims towards a bomb dropped by the Last Hope for Humanity, getting herself blown up so the other Voices can learn how close they can get to the bombs without setting them off and safely disable the others.]]
** [[spoiler:The anthropologist Hans Klee disables the ContainmentField that will eventually kill all the Hands and Voices inside it, but is currently protecting him from a [[SeaMonster disharmony]]. He is killed as soon as the field goes down.]]

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* HeroicBSOD: Xandri shuts down from stress and grief near the end of ''Failure to Communicate''. Instead of attending [[spoiler:her bodyguard Katya]]'s funeral, she sits in her room and stares at the wall, and can't bring herself to say anything even when Christa comes into her room and accuses her of being unfeeling.

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* HeroicBSOD: Xandri shuts down from stress and grief near the end of ''Failure to Communicate''. Instead of attending [[spoiler:her bodyguard Katya]]'s funeral, she sits in her room and stares at the wall, and can't bring herself to say anything talk or cry even when Christa comes into her room and accuses her of being unfeeling.



* UniversalUniverseTime: Everyone seems to measure time in hours. The standard day used by starships is twenty-six hours long; Cochinga's days are twenty-seven hours.

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* UniversalUniverseTime: Everyone seems to measure time in hours. The standard day used by starships is twenty-six hours long; Cochinga's days are twenty-seven hours. Standard months and standard years are mentioned as well.



* VineSwing: During a jungle battle in ''Tone of Voice'', Xandri notices a soldier under her tree with a grenade. She swings down on a vine so she can kick him over and throw his grenade away.

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* VineSwing: During a jungle battle in ''Tone of Voice'', Xandri notices a an enemy soldier under her tree with a grenade. She swings down on a vine so she can kick him over and throw his grenade away.


* ArrangedMarriage: Xandri spends six months living on Karrckchak and working as an attoaong, or matchmaker. Every Ongkoarrat who isn't sex-repulsed is required by law to find someone to reproduce with, so attoaongs are an important part of society.

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* ArrangedMarriage: Xandri spends six months living on Karrckchak and working as an attoaong, or matchmaker. Attoaongs create partnerships of all kinds, from lovers to friends to business associates and in groups from two to twenty, but Xandri works only with romantic couples. Every Ongkoarrat who isn't sex-repulsed is required by law to find someone to reproduce with, so attoaongs are an important part of society.



* CurbStompBattle: ''Tone of Voice'' features a jungle battle between LHFH terrorists and Alliance soldiers of various species. The LHFH deliberately know as little about other planets and species as possible, while the Alliance's soldiers include the Psittacans, who can kill a man in seconds and have evolved to be very good at fighting in the jungle. As a result, the LHFH army is decimated, while the Alliance only loses eight fighters.



* HeroicBSOD: Xandri shuts down from stress and grief near the end of ''Failure to Communicate''. Instead of attending [[spoiler:her bodyguard Katya]]'s funeral, she sits in her room and stares at the wall, and can't bring herself to say anything even when Christa comes into her room and accuses her of being unfeeling.



* TwoOfYourEarthMinutes: In ''Tone of Voice'', one of the Voices says, "We have talked it over for many of what you call hours."

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* TwoOfYourEarthMinutes: In Two examples from ''Tone of Voice'', one Voice'':
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of the Voices says, "We have talked it over for many of what you call hours.""
** Later, another character mentions being "ten Sanavin years" older than another.


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* VineSwing: During a jungle battle in ''Tone of Voice'', Xandri notices a soldier under her tree with a grenade. She swings down on a vine so she can kick him over and throw his grenade away.

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* GoingForTheBigScoop: In ''Tone of Voice'', three reporters manage to sneak onto Song so they can report on what was supposed to be a classified mission. They're quickly caught and placed into custody, but they still manage to sneak off by themselves, even getting onto a boat at one point. [[spoiler:Their boat is surrounded by [[SeaMonster Disharmonies]], who bite one of them in half before backup can arrive. Later it turns out that they accidentally led both the Zechak and the Last Hope for Humanity onto Song.]]


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* MagicMusic: The Voices have genetically engineered their [[OrganicTechnology coral]] so it responds to their song.


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* ThePeepingTom: At one point, Xandri catches a [[GoingForTheBigScoop reporter]] trying to watch her change. She shoots him with her stun gun.


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* SeaMonster: ''Tone of Voice'' has giant predators known as Disharmonies. They attack in packs and can easily take down Voices or ships.


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* SwitchingPOV: ''Tone of Voice'' alternates between Xandri and Diver's viewpoints.


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* TwoOfYourEarthMinutes: In ''Tone of Voice'', one of the Voices says, "We have talked it over for many of what you call hours."


* BiteOfAffection: Xandri's parrot Cake occasionally nips her. She has to blow on him whenever he does it so he doesn't develop a habit.



* ColourCodedEmotions: The Hands can't talk, but they have other ways of communicating, including changing color.



* HeadsUpDisplay: Most people have a personal HUD that provides detailed information about everything they look at. Xandri had one as a child, but she found all the information overwhelming, and her parents had it deactivated after she collapsed from overload in public.

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* HeadsUpDisplay: Most people have a personal HUD that provides detailed information about everything they look at.at and lets them communicate without anyone else overhearing. Xandri had one as a child, but she found all the information overwhelming, and her parents had it deactivated after she collapsed from overload in public.


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* OrganicTechnology: ''Tone of Voice'' involves two species, the Hands and the Voices, that have developed a technology that allows them to grow buildings out of coral.
* OverlyLongName: The Voices all have extremely long names. Even the abbreviations are long, like Sings Brightly Beneath the Waves.


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* TheSymbiote: The planet Song is home to enormous, sapient sea creatures called the Voices. Each Voice has between two and a dozen Hands, smaller cephalopod-like creatures that follow them around their whole lives.


* CowerPower: In ''Tone of Voice'', Xandri's parrot Marbles greets Diver by vomiting on his shirt, then tries to hide behind her other parrot Cake. It looks pretty silly, since Marbles is twice Cake's size.



* DefectorFromDecadence: Karrckchak contains several Zechak refugee settlements. One Zechak works as a greengrocer in Trade Town.



* DireBeast: Xandri refers to a six-legged, saber-toothed animal as a dire bear.



* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: The Ongkoarrat use very straightforward names, like Trade Town.

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* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: The Ongkoarrat use very straightforward names, like During her time on Karrckchak, Xandri lives near a trading town called Trade Town.



* MultiArmedMultitasking: The Ongkoarrat, who resemble six-legged sloth bears, can program a computer and knit a sweater at the same time.



* VertebrateWithExtraLimbs: Karrckchak is home to the Ongkoarrat, who resemble giant six-legged sloth bears, as well as four-winged birds.

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* VertebrateWithExtraLimbs: Every vertebrate on Karrckchak is home to the Ongkoarrat, who resemble giant six-legged sloth bears, as well as follows a hexapodal body plan, resulting in four-winged birds.birds, six-legged land animals, and a creature that resembles a deer, except that its "antlers" can function as tentacles.


* PollyWantsAMicrophone: By the time the series takes place, parrots have been selectively bred and genetically modified to be even smarter than they are now, so Xandri's parrots Marbles and Cake both have very impressive vocabularies. Marbles in particular is said to be intelligent even for his kind - he knows 1128 words, can utter relatively complicated sentences like "Millet now for smart birdie," and can even participate in conversations to a limited extent.

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* PollyWantsAMicrophone: By the time the series takes place, parrots have been selectively bred and genetically modified to be even smarter than they are now, so Xandri's parrots Marbles and Cake both have very impressive vocabularies. Marbles in particular is said to be intelligent even for his her kind - he she knows 1128 words, can utter relatively complicated sentences like "Millet now for smart birdie," and can even participate in conversations to a limited extent.


* ArborealAbode: The Psittacans' hatchery is in a hollowed-out tree trunk.



* BigGuyRodeo: In ''Testing Pandora'', Xandri does this to a trafficker to stop him from stealing the Psittacans' eggs.



* BridalCarry: Diver carries Xandri back to her room after she takes a powerful, fast-acting sedative.

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* BridalCarry: BridalCarry:
** In ''Testing Pandora'',
Diver carries Xandri to safety when she has a concussion from having her head slammed into the wall.
** He carries her
back to her room in ''Failure to Communicate'' after she takes a powerful, fast-acting sedative.


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* SuperhumanTrafficking: The villains of ''Testing Pandora'' are trying to steal Psittacan eggs for a rich human's petting zoo.


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* WouldHurtAChild: In ''Testing Pandora'', the Psittacans are horrified that anyone would try to steal their eggs.
-->'''Completes the Whole''': It had not occurred to me that anyone would sink so low as to attack ''eggs''.


* ArrangedMarriage: Xandri spends six months living on Karrckchak and working as an attoaong, or matchmaker. Everyone who isn't sex-repulsed is required by law to find someone to reproduce with, so attoaongs are an important part of society.

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* ArrangedMarriage: Xandri spends six months living on Karrckchak and working as an attoaong, or matchmaker. Everyone Every Ongkoarrat who isn't sex-repulsed is required by law to find someone to reproduce with, so attoaongs are an important part of society.


* AirGuitar: When Xandri first sees her LoveInterest Diver, he's pausing his work to air guitar to music.
* ArrangedMarriage: Xandri spends six months living with the Ongkoarrat and working as an attoaong, or matchmaker. Everyone who isn't sex-repulsed is required by law to find someone to reproduce with, so attoaongs are an important part of society.

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* AirGuitar: When Xandri first sees her LoveInterest Diver, he's singing along to music and occasionally pausing his work to play air guitar to music.
guitar.
* ArrangedMarriage: Xandri spends six months living with the Ongkoarrat on Karrckchak and working as an attoaong, or matchmaker. Everyone who isn't sex-repulsed is required by law to find someone to reproduce with, so attoaongs are an important part of society.



* {{Cyborg}}: Cybernetics is referred to as chroming. Most people have personal nanobots and [=HUDs=], and the protagonists all have translator and filler implants that allow them to talk to aliens and breathe on other planets. Some people have prosthetic limbs, although those have become increasingly uncommon as regeneration technology improves. Advantage chroming, or chroming not done out of necessity, includes weapon implants, limb mods for greater athleticism, and eye and finger mods that make it easier to cheat at cards.

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* {{Cyborg}}: Cybernetics is referred to as chroming. Most people have personal nanobots and [=HUDs=], and the protagonists all have translator and filler implants that allow them to talk to aliens and breathe on other planets. Some people have prosthetic limbs, although those have become increasingly uncommon as regeneration technology improves. Advantage chroming, or chroming not done out of necessity, includes weapon implants, bulletproof skin, limb mods for greater athleticism, and eye and finger mods that make it easier to cheat at cards.



* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: The Ongkoarrat use very straightforward names, like Trade Town.



* FantasticSlurs: The Zechak are sometimes referred to as the Orcs. It's considered a highly offensive slur, but the Zechak are hated enough that lots of people use it anyway.

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* FantasticSlurs: FantasticSlurs:
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The Zechak are sometimes referred to as the Orcs. It's considered a highly offensive slur, but the Zechak are hated enough that lots of people use it anyway.anyway.
** People born without genetic modification are referred to as Pandoras.



* RubberForeheadAliens: Averted with every species except the Anmerilli, who look almost exactly like humans except for their cheek ridges, bulbous foreheads, longer ears, and tails.

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* RubberForeheadAliens: Averted with every species except the Anmerilli, who look almost exactly like humans except for their cheek ridges, bulbous foreheads, longer ears, and tails. Xandri refers to them as "one of Mother Universe's practical jokes."


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* SpitefulSpit: A captured mercenary in ''Testing Pandora'' tries to spit on Captain Chui, but he misses, and the spit lands at her feet.


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* VertebrateWithExtraLimbs: Karrckchak is home to the Ongkoarrat, who resemble giant six-legged sloth bears, as well as four-winged birds.

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