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Book I, Chapter 13

While she tends to be somewhat overshadowed in the stories by Hiccup Haddock's intellectual and political accomplishments, his partner, Astrid Hákonsdoittor, is frequently and explicitly credited in both the popular tales and in Haddock's own journals as his closest friend and intellectual associate. While Ingerman was responsible for much of the educational and archival infrastructure that resulted in the retention of Haddock's innovations, their primary partnerships were in the area of recreations of Roman mechanisms and methods. In contrast, Haddock's journals specifically state that, without her guidance, discipline, and partnership, the vast number of his original creations would have remained as undeveloped ideas, to the point that many are credited primarily to her.

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This is in addition to her own independent innovations in the area of draconic military applications, to the point where her own authored text, The Wing And The Ax, on the uses of dragons in martial settings, was the standard primary text on the subject for nearly two centuries, and is still used and viewed as one of the foundational texts in the field.

A History Of The Isles, Oxford, England, 1591

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Tropes That Appear In This Chapter:

  • Brick Joke: While Ragnell confused Fishlegs and Meatlug's names are last time he was on Berk, here he gets clarification on which one is which.
  • Casanova Wannabe: Both Hiccup and Astrid know Snotlout well enough to set up ground rules like "the princess is off-limits", aware that not only would Snotlout try doing exactly that, but that it could potentially starts a war. It takes the idea that it could potentially lead to Hookfang being taken as collateral for him to actually comply.
  • Foreshadowing: Gobber jokes around that Hiccup's bride-price for Astrid will be a King's ransom.
  • Hangover Sensitivity: Magnus is still suffering from his drunken partying the previous night.
  • Hormone-Addled Teenager: Stoick and Gobber are both confident that Hiccup and Astrid will most likely have sex on their time away in Norway. They're right, or course.
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  • I Regret Nothing: While Astrid acknowledges that she will be lying and potentially staining her honor by wearing her head-band despite not being a virgin, she feels no guilt over this. In-fact, she rationalizes her discretion as a valorous quality in it of itself.
  • Slavery Is a Special Kind of Evil: In contrast to the rest of the world, Hooligans despise the institution of slavery. The initial abolishment evolved out of practical necessity as the dragon raids resulted in a previous chief offering freedom to any thrall willing to take up arms against the dragons, and they all did. In the present day, every tribe member is now a former slave or descended from a former slave, which affects their views on the whole thing.
  • Standard Hero Reward: Stoick and Gobber sort through a litany of princesses that Hiccup could marry for Altar Diplomacy. Some are even directed to Stoick himself. They have no intention of answering any of course, but they still have to reply to them.
  • Wham Line:
    Fishlegs: Uh, so... hi. I'm Fishlegs Hensteethsson clan Ingerman. Um... so I know that this is a bit weird to ask... but what's your name?
    Heather: Heather. My name is Heather mac— Just Heather.
  • Wrong Assumption: Adalwin wanted to send a formal apology to the people of Berk for his men nearly killing one of their members and trying to kidnap their dragons. How does he do that? He brings them lumber, money, cattle and skilled thralls, with a personal pleasure thrall for Fishlegs. What they did not anticipate was Berk's fervent hatred of thralldom as a practice, nor was it wise of them to have Ragnell - the guy who orchestrated the attempted murder and kidnapping - be the one to give it to them.
    Once the last bit of Ragnell's cargo was offloaded and his ship floated higher in the water, Stoick turned and said to the thralls, who were varyingly stoic, weeping, or shaking, in a tone that would carry to Ragnell's ears, "It will be all right. You are freemen here. We do not practice thralldom on Berk." His voice hardened as some of the thralls either cheered or reacted in confusion at the impossible words that he had just said. "But I am hardly surprised that your former home did."
    Ragnell blinked. Uh oh.

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