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* ToBeLawfulOrGood: WordOfGod has it that Palamedes is a good man, though what the quest sees of him falls toward Lawful; he threatens the infant Telemachus to force Odysseus to honor his oath, and gives Damianos a rationale for why attacking and pillaging hapless Trojans for the sex scandals of their leadership is totally okay.

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* ImagineSpot: Played for BlackComedy when a thoroughly outmatched Nikolaos, contemplating retreat, pictures [[spoiler:explaining to Agamemnon and Hector that he left their daughter and sister to die]].


** A number from the ''[[Franchise/FateSeries Fate]]'' franchise. Aside from people "played by" characters, like Odysseus and Nikolaos, characters that resemble their ''Fate'' counterparts include Medea, Hector, and [[spoiler:William Shakespeare]].

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** A number from the ''[[Franchise/FateSeries Fate]]'' franchise. Aside from people "played by" characters, like Odysseus and Nikolaos, characters that resemble their ''Fate'' counterparts include Medea, Hector, Penthesilea, and [[spoiler:William Shakespeare]].

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* EpicFail: Medea loses the Test of Wisdom to Nikolaos and a ''dog.'' The dog (Argos, to be fair) understands better than her that killing children is wrong.

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* WhatTheHellHero: Called out in the ''event title'', "The Gang Murders a Grieving Father." [[spoiler:Nauplius, rightfully thinking something is fishy about the death of Palamedes, challenges his killers to a TrialByCombat. To avoid this, they sneak onto his ship in the night and murder him in his bed. In the epilogue, Agamemnon covers it up by setting the ship on fire and killing everyone else on board.]] It's hammered in by the interlude covering Achilles' reaction to the aftermath.


* AdaptationalBadass:
** King Priam is an embittered, ferocious man and a diplomatic monster whose feat of negotiating the world's first peace treaty earned him a CompellingVoice.
** His son Prince Troilus, known mainly for being murdered young, is similarly socially talented [[spoiler:and a Champion of Thanatos]].




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** The Damianos Retrieval Arc, a WholePlotReference to the [[Manga/{{Naruto}} Sasuke Retrieval Arc]].

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* CaptainOblivious: Damianos has a massive blind spot in regard to just how Nikolaos might be expected to feel about their relationship. Years after (reflexively) pressing a spear to his throat hard enough to scar, it's never occurred to him to give a verbal apology. Exemplified in their ''[[https://forums.spacebattles.com/threads/to-tame-the-sun-iliad-quest-sidestory.693628/ first meeting]]'', where his reaction to a malnourished boy is to babble about all the amazing treats ''he'' ate that day.



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-->'''Diomedes:''' If I have to let go of any one of these things that I am holding to deal with you, I am going to be very, ''very'' annoyed.



* HurricaneOfEuphemisms: After Nikolaos takes a hostage.
-->'''Odysseus:''' Doiní a little, plowiní the new fields, eh? Eh, Nikky-boy? Sowiní them royal oats? Eh? Eh? Doiní a lilí sacking in the sack? Eh? Am I right? ''[Argos bites him]''



* {{Names The Same}}: Locrian Ajax is a reedy, fresh-faced teenager, which would net any Achaean soldier strange looks for getting him confused with Telemonian Ajax, who is a mountain of muscle and [[Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast every inch of himís covered in hair]].

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* {{Names The Same}}: Same}}:
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Locrian Ajax is a reedy, fresh-faced teenager, which would net any Achaean soldier strange looks for getting him confused with Telemonian Ajax, who is a mountain of muscle and [[Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast every inch of himís covered in hair]].
** Argos is the name of both Diomedes's kingdom and Odysseus's dog.

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* NiceHat: Nikolaos is bemused by the amount of feathers the Trojans wear in their hats.


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* StupidSexyFlanders: [[spoiler:Dante Alighieri]] has this reaction to Odysseus, [[spoiler:who he'd consigned to a circle of Hell in ''The Inferno'']].


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* UriahGambit: [[spoiler:After the questionable deaths of Palamedes and Nauplius, Agamemnon puts their remaining troops in the most dangerous part of the assault on Troy and then runs them over with sea serpents for good measure]].


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* WorthyOpponent: As one of the few also in possession of Common Sense, [[spoiler:Hector]] seems to consider Nikolaos this after the Test of Wisdom.

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* PassedOverInheritance: Priam anticipates handing off the throne to Hector only so he can keep it warm for his favorite son, CreepyChild Troilus.


* BerserkButton: For Diomedes, harming children. [[spoiler:Hence his working with Odysseus to kill Palamedes, and his contempt for Kratos]].



* CrashIntoHello: The first encounter with Achilles [[spoiler:and Cassandra]].



* {{Expy}}: More than you can shake a stick at. Telemonian Ajax is one of [[Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast Gaston]] and Philoctetes is similar to his own Disney incarnation. Agamemnon seems to be getting in on this as well, with his character profile based on [[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda Ganondorf]], and the Mysterious Mask Merchant reminds one of a certain [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask Happy Mask Salesman]].

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* {{Expy}}: More than you can shake a stick at.
** A number from the ''[[Franchise/FateSeries Fate]]'' franchise. Aside from people "played by" characters, like Odysseus and Nikolaos, characters that resemble their ''Fate'' counterparts include Medea, Hector, and [[spoiler:William Shakespeare]].
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Telemonian Ajax is one of [[Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast Gaston]] and Philoctetes is similar to his own Disney incarnation. incarnation.
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Agamemnon seems to be getting in on this as well, with his character profile based on [[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda Ganondorf]], and the Ganondorf]].
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Mysterious Mask Merchant reminds one of a certain [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask Happy Mask Salesman]].




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** During the assault on the gates of Troy, Diomedes faces off against [[spoiler:[[VideoGame/GodOfWarSeries the Champion of the God of War]]]].


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* OnlySaneMan: Nikolaos is one of the few in possession of a potent skill known as ''Common Sense''.


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* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: [[spoiler:Cassandra begs Nikolaos to kidnap her]].


* AnyLastWords:
-->'''Hector:''' Y-yeah. ''[[spoiler:[[ScrewThisImOuttaHere L-later.]]]]''



* {{The Dreaded}}: Diomedes, Son of Tydeus, the Fury That Warps the Loom, is one of the most feared Heroes in the Achean army. He has an immense intimidation score, enough to make a son of Heracles falter with only a glare, and has access to War Cries, an ability that can strip Blessings through pure fear.



* HiddenDepths: Spoofed and subverted with Nikolaos's first impression of Little Ajax.
-->[He] had an air of...reluctant command to him. As if everything he was doing was some great chore, but he did it anyway out of necessity. No, wait. He was just arrogant.



* NoSenseOfDirection: When they first set out for Troy, the Achaean fleet sails right past it and into Mysia, whereupon they essentially shrug and sack it anyway. Then they turn around and overshoot ''again'', somehow ending up in ''Egypt.''

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* NoSenseOfDirection: When they first set out for Troy, the Achaean fleet sails right past it and into Mysia, whereupon they essentially shrug and sack it anyway. Then they turn around and overshoot ''again'', somehow ending up in ''Egypt.''
'' Odysseus is one of the absolute worst cases.



* {{The Dreaded}}: Diomedes, Son of Tydeus, the Fury That Warps the Loom, is one of the most feared Heroes in the Achean army. He has an immense intimidation score, enough to make a son of Heracles falter with only a glare, and has access to War Cries, an ability that can strip Blessings through pure fear.

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* {{The Dreaded}}: Diomedes, Son of Tydeus, the Fury That Warps the Loom, is one of the most feared Heroes in the Achean army. He PapaWolf: [[spoiler:When Calchas demands he sacrifice his daughter, Agamemnon has an immense intimidation score, enough to make a son of Heracles falter with only a glare, Medea disembowel ''Calchas'' and has access to War Cries, an ability that can strip Blessings through pure fear.
sacrifice their destined victory instead]].



* {{Shout Out}}: Plenty can be found in the story. The Egyptian Pugilism skill tree revolves around [[AHandfulForAnEye throwing sand in your enemies' eyes]], complete with a perk named [[WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill Pocket Sand.]]

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* {{Shout Out}}: Plenty can be found in the story.
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The Egyptian Pugilism skill tree revolves around [[AHandfulForAnEye throwing sand in your enemies' eyes]], complete with a perk named [[WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill Pocket Sand.]]
** Nikolaos has a tendency to bring down his enemies with an [[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim arrow to the knee]].


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* TimeSkip: In the prologue, eight years pass between the First and Second Mustering.


* {{Spanner in the Works}}: [[spoiler:Nikolaos has a special quality known as Fateless, where he cannot be seen by the threads of Fate, but can act as he wishes in it. The changes he makes to the story of [Literature/TheIliad] are counted as "Ripples", and range from things such as getting Philoctetes healed and joining the offensive from the beginning, to killing Palamedes.]]

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* {{Spanner in the Works}}: Works}}:
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[[spoiler:Nikolaos has a special quality known as Fateless, where he cannot be seen by the threads of Fate, but can act as he wishes in it. The changes he makes to the story of [Literature/TheIliad] are counted as "Ripples", and range from things such as getting Philoctetes healed and joining the offensive from the beginning, to killing Palamedes.]]




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** Palamedes himself, in a meta sense. [[spoiler:The randomized aspects of his build gave him the exact skills needed to avoid Odysseus and Diomedes's assassination attempt, leading to an extremely close battle where Nikolaos ended up landing the killing blow. The resulting experience gain shot him all the way up to level 21 without the skill training to match]].

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* ComicallySmallBribe: Odysseus convinces a thirteen-year-old Damianos to run off to war and seals the deal with [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lokma loukoumades]]. Eight years later, he does it ''again'' to borrow Nikolaos.


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* FlatWhat: Damianos breaks out in memes at the end of the first event.
-->'''Damianos:''' But you know... Cute is Justice.\\
'''Nikolaos:''' What.\\
'''Damianos:''' I have decided. That on my name, I shall protect that smile. \\
'''Nikolaos:''' What.

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* NoSenseOfDirection: When they first set out for Troy, the Achaean fleet sails right past it and into Mysia, whereupon they essentially shrug and sack it anyway. Then they turn around and overshoot ''again'', somehow ending up in ''Egypt.''

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