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Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_mobile_ad_1'); })Magical Roman Legionaries straight out of Avatar: The Last Airbender versus the Zerg, wolfmen with Blood Magic, telepathic yetis and white-haired elves. Riding ground sloths and terror birds. Sometimes, the Legionaries fight each other, too.Yeah, it is about as awesome as it sounds. A high fantasy/intrigue series written by Jim Butcher (of The Dresden Files fame), the Codex Alera is set in a world that is populated by the descendants of the IX Roman Legion (according to the Word of God). They have carved out a massive empire led by the "First Lord" and they all have magic — specifically, they all bond with one or more "furies", elementals of air, water, fire, earth, wood, or metal. Those who control enough furies can become Citizens, with increased privileges and obligations above the common freeman, but everyone has at least one fury. Well, everyone save one.Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_mobile_ad_2'); })Young Tavi is the only known Aleran who does not have access to any furies. At best, he is treated like a special needs child. At worst... well, it starts with people calling him a "freak" and moves downhill from there. However, since he cannot rely on furies, Tavi uses something that many of his countrymen fail to utilize: his brain.Shortly before Tavi was born, the only son and heir of the aging First Lord of Alera was killed in battle, causing the various high nobility to scramble and plot to position themselves to take power when the First Lord dies (or, in some cases, to expedite that event). Chief among them are Aquitainus Attis, the High Lord of Aquitaine, and Kalarus Brencis Majoris, the High Lord of Kalare. As Alera falls into civil strife, the various non-human enemies of Alera prepare to take advantage of these divisions while a far more dangerous threat lurks in the shadows...Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_mobile_ad_3'); })Standing with Tavi are his uncle Bernard (an Earth- and Woodcrafter), his aunt Isana (a very powerful Watercrafter), the young Cursor Amara (a Windcrafter), and the half-wit slave Fade, along with the other friends and allies he makes as he is swept up in the battles to save Alera.The series consists of: Furies Of Calderon (2004) Academ's Fury (2005) Cursor's Fury (2006) Captain's Fury (2007) Princeps' Fury (2008) First Lord's Fury (2009)A character sheet is now available.
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Tavi was supposed to be Beneath Notice in Cursor's Fury when he goes undercover in the First Aleran Legion as the Third Subtribune Logistica (the assistant to the assistant of the assistant quartermaster), a position no significant power or authority in the Legion's command structure. Gaius wanted him attached to the Legion so he could monitor its activities without arousing suspicion himself. Unfortunately, the events of the novel soon thrust him into the (very public) spotlight.
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Aliens Speaking English: Each sapient species on Carna has its own language or non-verbal means of communication, but the Marat and many of the Canim speak the Aleran language. The Marat, who have multiple tribes that each have their own tongue, explain that they use Aleran to speak amongst their different tribes as a diplomatic and trading language. The majority of the Canim do not speak Aleran, but their leaders and ambassadors do because they expect to talk to Alerans.
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Parrying Bullets: Both metal- and windcrafters are fast enough to slap arrows out of the air with their swords, though windcrafters usually prefer to deflect arrows with gusts of air instead. People start using salt arrows against windcrafters to take advantage of this (salt disrupts wind furies).
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Farm Boy
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Farm Boy: Tavi. Even when he is recognized as the Princeps of Alera and on a secret mission behind enemy lines, he still stops to admire the efficiency of a livestock pen.
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Retired Badass
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In Academ's Fury, Isana is attacked by assassins in the capital while she is being guarded by a Cursor and Sir Nedus, a Retired Badass. Nedus is personally attacked by three swordsmen, and is stabbed by the third after killing the first two. Nedus proceeds to grab the third swordsman and kill him while he himself is dying.
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Hanlon's Razor
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Hanlon's Razor: Senator Arnos is legitimately evil, but Tavi cannot accept that as an explanation for the complete lack of any reaction to the inevitable tragedies that will come from his actions. He eventually realizes that Arnos simply does not realize the impact his decisions will have, since the war is not real to him. Arnos views it only as a ludus game, lifeless pieces moving on a bloodless board, without appreciation for the way the conflict will disturb the entire realm.
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Can't Kill You, Still Need You
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Can't Kill You, Still Need You: Fidelias is aware of this, which is why he feels safe reporting failure to Lord Aquitaine. He is too valuable a tool to be thrown away carelessly, so he knows that he will not be killed until his failures outnumber his sucesses. This also keeps him alive when Tavi discovers that Valiar Marcus is really the traitor Fidelias, though Tavi needs to be convinced that he does still need him.
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Anyone Can Die
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Anyone Can Die: Flirted with, but ultimately averted. Some supporting characters, like Serai, are Killed Off for Real, and some theoretically important High Lords die in the last two books, but all the heroic characters survive to the end.
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Abnormal Ammo: A few books into the series, Bernard begins replacing the metal tips of some of his arrows with chunks of rock salt. Since salt is the bane of wind furies, this renders them effective at dispersing windmanes and disrupting the furies of anybody flying.
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Super Reflexes: A primary combat ability for wind crafters, as drawing their wind fury within them extends their perceptions to allow them to react at heightened speeds.
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Spring Is Late
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Spring Is Late: Tavi gets Alera to bring cold air from the arctic much farther south than normal for late winter/early spring. The extra week of winter allows Tavi to craft the snow into a surface that allows ships to sail on land, getting Tavi's army to the main battle earlier than expected.
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Heal It with Water: Healing magic is one of the watercrafting arts and one of the most commonly used for its Mundane Utility. It usually requires the patient to be immersed in a tub of water, but the more powerful practitioners don't need to do so.
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Heroic BSoD: Varg gets one in Princeps' Fury when he learns that his home range (and his family) have been consumed by the Vord. Tavi snaps him out of it by hitting him with a Canim taurg prod.
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Heroic RRoD: A recurring problem for Amara, who occasionally uses her windcrafting to move so fast that she winds up breaking her own bones and tearing her muscles. The First Lord spends most of Academ's Fury in a coma after being driven to collapse defending the continent from Canim-manipulated hurricanes. The poison he was being slipped certainly did not improve his condition, either.
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Rescue Romance: After Bernard pulls Amara out of the frozen, flooding Rillwater river, the two of them warm by the fire and Amara leans in to kiss Bernard. He pulls away, pointing out that she is cold and injured and it would be taking advantage to pursue the matter. They get together later on anyway.
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Man Bites Man
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Man Bites Man: When Tavi and Kitai are ambushed by Kalaran thugs, Kitai bites off one of their noses. When Tavi reacts in shock she explains she did this because she could not reach his eyes.
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Tempting Fate: In Cursor's Fury, while Isana is traveling with Invidia Aquitaine, Isana makes a good and insightful comment about the Aquitaine's next political and economic gambit. Lady Aquitaine is amused and wishes more were as insightful as Isana. Not five minutes later, after thinking on the matter some more, Isana identifies and notes the real purpose of the Aquitaine's actions and the deeper, more manipulative ploy that is really going on. Invidia notes perhaps it is best not as everyone is as smart and savvy as Isana.
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Slave Liberation: In Captain's Fury it is revealed that the Canim occupying force has freed the Aleran slaves in their territory and armed them to form the Free Aleran Legion. In the epilogue at the end of First Lord's Fury, First Lord Octavian signs into law the end of slavery throughout Alera.
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Gram, one of the more powerful firecrafters around, uses a fury that takes the shape of a hummingbird named Phyllis.
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"It" Is Dehumanizing: Throughout Academ's Fury, every bit of narration refers to Varg as "it". This continues through Cursor's Fury until the very end, when the narration uses "she" to refer to a fleeing Cane along with the wham that this is the first time anyone's ever seen a female Cane. Afterward, the proper gender pronouns are used. When Isana first sees Ambassador Varg in Captain's Fury, she remarks at just how large "it" is. Tavi responds that yes, he is quite big.
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Exactly What I Aimed At: It is said Araris would think in curves compared to Aldrick's thinking in straight lines. For this reason, when they fought at Second Calderon, Araris seemed to miss Aldrick and hit only the stones on the wall they stood upon. Aldrick was able to knock Araris down to the ground and was in a killing position, only to realize Araris was aiming to cut the ground out from beneath the larger and heavier fighter.
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"Well Done, Son!" Guy: Phrygiar Navaris. Tavi guesses that she never knew her father (as evidenced by her having the city of her birth in place of a family name, the naming standard for bastard children), and she became so focused as a cutter to build a name for herself so that he'd be impressed and acknowledge her.
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Master Swordsman
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Master Swordsman: Any Knight Ferrous is this by definition. Araris Valerian, Aldrick ex Gladius, and Phrygiar Navaris are the three most significant to the story, and each of them has a deserved reputation as one of the top blades in Alera. Araris is probably the best, though Aldrick once famously dueled him to a draw, and he admits himself that it could go either way between him and Navaris. Other lesser examples include Max and Crassus, Schultz (who Max claims could even become a Knights Ferrous given enough time and training), and Amara (despite her having no actual metal furies). Tavi is no slouch with a blade either, given he's the one to duel both Navaris and the Vord Queen to the death - theirs.
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Redemption Quest
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Redemption Quest: Tavi sets Fidelias up on one at the end. Fidelias is dead. He is now Marcus and he will train the next generation of Cursors, receive all the glory, goodness, and other rewards Fidelias should have received had he never betrayed the Crown.
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You Are Already Dead: Politically speaking, anyway. In Captain's Fury, Senator Arnos attempts to remove Tavi from command and launches into a speech about how his role in the war with the Canim is already at an end. The reputation he has already built will be discarded, he will have no impact on the shape of future events, and his name will be forgotten and lost to irrelevance. Arnos does not even need to kill him, since he is already dead.
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Feel No Pain
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Feel No Pain: An aspect of metalcrafting. However, this doesn't mean the injuries being ignored are any less dangerous. If someone ignores the pain of a legitimately crippling injury (or a minor one from a poisoned weapon), it can cost them their life.
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Gone Horribly Right
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Gone Horribly Right: Gaius Sextus hopes to push High Lord Kalarus into action by pretending to appoint High Lord Aquitaine as his successor, knowing that this will force Kalarus to accelerate his plans to seize the throne. Unfortunately, both Gaius and Amara believe that Kalarus will pursue a subtle means of displacing the First Lord, and are surprised and unprepared when he launches a full-scale insurrection that he had apparently been planning for years.
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World of Badass: Because of the nature of the series, every single character encountered either has a magical ability of some sort, or has developed the intelligence and skill to survive when faced with such.
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Underestimating Badassery: In Academ's Fury, Tavi is bullied at the Academy by Kalarus Brencis Minoris and his gang of cronies, who pick on him because of his lack of furycrafting. When they finally push him too far, in a situation that they do not know is life-or-death and in which Tavi does not have the time to politely disengage, Tavi brutally beats both cronies into unconsciousness in moments using the Cursor training that they did not know he was receiving. Ehren is recommended to Aquitainus Attis as the most competent and skilled Cursor remaining in Gaius Sextus' service, and becomes Aquitaine's spymaster as a result. Yet he presents such a timid and unassuming air that even Aquitaine mentally dismisses him as a glorified scribe. Ehren ultimately assassinates Aquitaine at the height of the Vord conflict, and Attis almost laughs at how he was outplayed.
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Death by Origin Story: Tavi's father was a member of the Crown Legion and his mother was a member of the camp followers, both of whom were killed by the Marat at the First Battle of Calderon. As a result, Tavi was raised by his Aunt Isana and Uncle Bernard, his mother's older siblings. Except it turns out that his father was not a legionare in the Crown Legion, but rather the Princeps Gaius Septimus, and his mother is actually Isana, who claimed to be his aunt in order to obscure his heritage.
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Mr. Fanservice
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Mr. Fanservice: Max, Bernard, Attis, and Kalarus Brencis Minoris, along with Tavi and Araris in the later novels.
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I "Uh" You, Too: Of the platonic variety — in First Lord’s Fury, the Awakened Vord Queen quietly tells Invidia that “You are not replaceable,” and then adds as she is about to leave for battle “I will therefore sacrifice you the most reluctantly. I would prefer it if you took whatever action you could to avoid becoming the victory of chance.” Considering how the Vord are a Hive Minded Horde of Alien Locusts, it serves as a pretty startling example both In-Universe and out of just how Intrigued by Humanity the Awakened Queen has become.
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Above the Influence: When Bernard saves Amara from the frozen, flooding Rillwater river, she leans in to kiss him, but he pulls away since she is cold and hurting, and it would be taking advantage to move forward.
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The Horde
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When the gates to Garrison are breached by the Marat horde, Pirellus of the Black Blade orders Amara to have the remaining legionare's regroup on the top of the walls to prevent more Marat from scaling the fortifications. When Amara asks him who will hold the gate, he responds that he will, and proceeds to do so. Singlehandedly. Against the entire horde.
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Death from Above
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Death from Above: Cursor's Fury: The Canim have access to magic the Alerans do not. This includes a powerful lightning attack that takes out the Legion's command headquarters with most of the officers inside. Tavi returns the favor, in kind, with a Kill Sat-like attack. With the sun high above, he has his Knights Aeris make a giant telescoping lens aimed over Max, who then uses his own windcrafting to redirect the resulting beam of concentrated sunlight at the Canim army. In Princep's Fury the Vord Queen captured thousands of crows with taker worms and filled their guts with more. Gaius observed the seemingly normal flock of crows waiting to feast on the dead and thought little of it. Then all the crows dropped dead and the takers burst out, infecting anyone they could and causing massive panic and chaos among the defenders.
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Playing with Fire
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Firecrafting (Knights Ignus): Very big booms. It also grants the ability to inspire fear or passion, and manifested fire furies can be an outright nightmare. The Knights Ignus are the Legions' cannons, and battle plans always require some way of neutralizing them lest everyone get burnt to a crisp.
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Green-Eyed Monster
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"Invidia" is Latin for "envy". Which is rather appropriate.
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Reality Ensues
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Reality Ensues: As powerful as the High Lords and Ladies are, with the ability to destroy small armies on their own when they unleash their furycrafting, they are not invincible. Indeed, the most common way they end up being killed is by sneak attacks or being surprised in combat. Invidia is nearly killed in Academ's Fury when several Vord sneak up on her, and in Captain's Fury she is near-fatally wounded by a balest bolt shot by Fidelias, and only saved by the Vord Queen. The Canim ritualists practice a particularly devastating form of Blood Magic that lets them perform a wide variety of spells, such as creating clouds of toxic acid, summoning storms, and even calling down veritable walls of lightning. However, they suffer the Logical Weakness of being limited by how much blood there is to spare for the spell in question.
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Lady Macbeth
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Lady Macbeth: Lady Invidia Aquitaine is much more evil than her husband. The Cursors even had a betting pool going on "Which one will win when they finally try to kill each other?" Invidia, as it turns out.
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Senseless Sacrifice
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Senseless Sacrifice: When Amara and Bernard are spying on Vord activities, they see a Ceresian cohort sacrifice themselves in an attempt to hold off the Vord long enough for a group of civilians to reach the safety of the city walls. Amara is particularly sickened when, after killing the last of the soldiers, the Vord catch up to the holders in less than two minutes, rendering their brave sacrifice completely pointless.
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Papa Wolf
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High Lord Cereus, in full Papa Wolf mode, flies himself into the last vordbulk's mouth and blows himself up, killing the mammoth monster to save his surviving daughter and his dead sons' children.
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Portal Crossroad World
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Portal Crossroad World: invoked According to Jim Butcher, Carna is Another Dimension that has wormholes pop up in other dimensions and suck beings in.
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The Quisling
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Invidia to the Awakened Vord Queen throughout First Lord's Fury.
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Burning the Ships
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Burning the Ships: In Cursor's Fury, Sarl, the Canim commander, burns the Canim fleet, as otherwise the warrior caste (who are there under duress and passionately dislike the ritualists) might be tempted to just sail back to Canea.
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Stealth Pun
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Stealth Pun: As part of a Meaningful Name. A character named Rook switches places with a royal figure for the sake of maneuverability for her and protection for the royal. In other words, Rook castles. Metalcrafters subsume pain and emotion by drawing the matrix of the metal into their mind. In other words, they "steel" themselves against it.
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The Friends Who Never Hang
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The Friends Who Never Hang: Despite being good friends and having been part of the same "group" at the Academy, Ehren and Max are never together without Tavi being with them as well. Justified in that Max is put together with Tavi to be his advisor in the First Aleran Legion, since Max has prior experience as a legionare and placing him as a centurion in the same legion is also helpful to the Cursors mission, whereas Ehren's missions usually have him Beneath Notice due to his small stature and unassuming nature: Max is a hammer, and Ehren is a stiletto.
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Royals Who Actually Do Something
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Royals Who Actually Do Something: The High Lords are the most powerful and influencial individuals of Alera, and they make good use of it as the Vord Queen comes to threaten everyone in Alera.
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Artificial Limbs
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Artificial Limbs: In Captain's Fury, it is mentioned in that Sir Cyril has a metalcrafted prosthetic leg to replace the one he lost in the previous book.
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Obstructive Bureaucrat
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In the first book, Garrison's resident Obstructive Bureaucrat uses his accounts ledger as a bludgeon to fight off a herdbane and protect a group of children.
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Voluntary Shapeshifting
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Voluntary Shapeshifting: Watercrafters are healers, and almost all of them can alter their features to make themselves look younger. If they are really skilled, they can make themselves look like someone else, including changing their voice as well. Attempting to imitate someone larger or smaller is quite uncomfortable, however. Fidelius is principally an earth- and woodcrafter, so his transformation into Valiar Marcus takes a few weeks of concentrated effort with his weak watercrafting.
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The Hedonist
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Max's status as The Hedonist stems from his bitter acceptance that he's destined to live only a short and tragic life due to the manipulations of his Wicked Stepmother.
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Punch-Clock Villain
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Punch-Clock Villain: Though some of Senator Arnos' singulares are among the most notorious murderers and thugs in Alera, others are instead famed for their past heroic rescues of kidnapped women and protection of Citizens from assassination. They currently have no agenda or stake in the senator's schemes, they are simply here because they have been hired for a job.
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Praetorian Guard
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Hashat, Kitai's aunt on her mother's side, is headwoman of the Horse Clan and was at First Calderon, Second Calderon, and the final battle against the Vord. It's implied that she personally defeated some of Princeps Septimus' singulares at the battle of First Calderon.
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Muggles Do It Better
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Muggles Do It Better: One of the most devastating weapons the Canim use against Alerans is an enormous crossbow. There is nothing magical about it, beyond the fact that it is scaled to a Canim warrior, making it somewhere between a ballista and a man-portable crossbow. Alerans call it a "balest", invoking the term "arbalest", which is essentially a huge, heavy crossbow in Earth terms. The Grey Tower is designed to hold extremely powerful furycrafters, up to and including the First Lord if necessary, and as such is designed in a way that prevents anyone from using their furies to escape. Tavi manages to orchestrate a breakout by using entirely mundane options instead. The climax of First Lord's Fury involves using catapults to throw incendiary grenades, which, while furycrafted, are nothing more complicated than jars of pitch lit on fire. This proves devastatingly effective, to the point that multiple characters realize that it easily surpasses the power of a High Lord.
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Good Is Not Dumb
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Good Is Not Dumb: In Cursor's Fury, Amara and Bernard are forced to cooperate with Lady Aquitaine, and spend much of the novel dreading her betrayal at the most inopportune moment since there is nothing they can do to stop it. When it finally comes, Amara and Bernard reveal that they had predicted these events long ago and had already set up their counter-plan when Invidia thought she had them fooled, and even purposefully let her overhear "secret" conversations so that she would be lulled into thinking she could outsmart them.
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Good Is Not Nice
 Codex Alera / int_21f3aa44
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Good Is Not Nice: Kitai and Hashat are two of the Marat most friendly to Alera, after Doroga, and assist them in their fights against Atsurak, the Canim, and the Vord. However, they remain "barbarians", including practicing cannibalism and living with an almost sexual desire for combat and bloodshed. Tavi is extremely good, in fact he is the Big Good in the series. But he is perfectly able and willing to kill if necessary, and as demonstrated in the climax of Captain's Fury, he is also willing to play dirty if forced into it. Navaris never stood a chance once he identified her psychological weakness, and Tavi's internal narration even points out that she's already dead as soon as he realized it.
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Chekhov's Boomerang
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Chekhov's Boomerang: In the first book, Tavi and Kitai are sent into the Wax Forest to retrieve a mushroom that can cure any poison. After a little too much excitement ensues, this property turns out to be all that saves Kitai's life. The mushrooms do not show up again until the last book, when Isana uses them to save Amara and Lady Placida from death by Vord poison. As a bonus, it also heals Amara's blight scars, allowing her to conceive.
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Appease the Volcano God
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Appease the Volcano God: Inverted. High Lord Kalarus deliberately provokes the Great Fury Kalus into a murderous rage in order to take as many Alerans with him as possible when he is finally killed. Gaius Sextus intends to thwart Kalarus' plan but does so by detonating the volcano himself before the fighting reaches Kalare.
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GoodIsNotSoft
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Good Is Not Soft: Right after the generally peaceable Lord Placida is told that his wife is being held hostage to ensure his neutrality in the upcoming conflict, Placida mobilized all his legions and brought them right to the border of his own territorynote As in, he left his home completely undefended. Lord Placida figured his wife would either be rescued or killed in short order; either way, he wanted to be ready to kick the kidnapper's teeth in the moment either one happened. When discussing Placida's counterattack, Amara remarks, "there will always be fools who believe that if a man dislikes violence and goes to great lengths to avoid it, it is a sign of weakness and vulnerability." Isana is generally a good person. As an exceptionally skilled watercrafter without any aptitude for metalcrafting, she is also The Empath, which is repeatedly shown to be detrimental in a fight because she can feel all the hate, fear, and pain of combat. But the second book starts with her killing someone (albeit in self-defense), and by Captain's Fury, she's shown taking a much more active role in combat when she needs to, including drowning a man by covering his head in water until he dies. Tavi, as previously mentioned, is the Big Good of the series (eventually). He's also a trained spy, genius engineer, masterful strategist, and badass legionare: Cursor's Fury makes it clear that he leads from the front, when he joins the shield wall in the climax of the story and personally leads an assault to kill Sarl and end the battle.
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Knight in Sour Armor
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Knight in Sour Armor: High Lord Antillus Raucus hates fighting on the Shieldwall and wants nothing more than to stay at home, but he gets out and goes to war, because his men need him.
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I'm a Humanitarian
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I'm a Humanitarian: Marat believe that, once you have defeated your foe, you must "partake of their strength" - which means eating bits of them, usually the heart. And yes, this includes Alerans and other Marat.
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Uriah Gambit
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Uriah Gambit: The First Lord sends out the High Lord of Rhodes to be killed by the Vord at the vanguard of the Aleran forces for multiple reasons: a dead High Lord underscores the fact that the Vord truly are a threat to the whole realm, whereas previously many of the Lords and higher-ranking Citizens had dismissed them as a danger; killing Rhodes in particular gets him the loyalty and assistance of the High Lord of Aquitaine, who viewed Rhodes as a potential threat to his own plans to attain the throne; and killing Rhodes was a matter of personal vengeance, as he was one of the cabal of citizens who, decades earlier, had killed Gaius Septimus, the First Lord's son.
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Chekhov's Gun
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Chekhov's Gun: Lots and lots, some of them held across the entire series before they go off. The longest delay was the fact that the Calderon Valley contains the great furies Garados and Thana, which were introduced in the beginning of the first book, are mentioned briefly in the second, and finally gain great importance in the climax of the final book. Tavi learns about icebergs at the beginning of Princeps' Fury. At the end of the book, he has his crafters carve giant ships out of them, since leviathans avoid them and he needs a way to transport a lot of Canim noncombatants away from Vord-controlled regions. In Academ's Fury, Invidia introduces the newest creation from her city's best tailor: fury-infused clothing that can change colors at the wearer's command. In Princeps' Fury Amara and Bernard purchase two garments of the material, one in her size and one in his, to be made into full-body invisibility cloaks to use in infiltrating enemy territory. In Cursor's Fury, it is mentioned that the legion camp designs are pretty much identical. The captain's tent is always in the same relative spot, even large fortresses like the one in Calderon have a similar set-up. This means it is all the easier for the Canim to call down a deadly lightning strike onto the command structure. This fires again in First Lord's Fury when the Vord Queen stages a raiding attack on Tavi's camp and they're still following the old camp design, allowing her to know the most efficient paths to attack the medical tents and command tents. Tavi himself lampshades he should have thought of a new design. At the beginning of Cursor's Fury, Tavi uses a lens to light a fire and trick Max's Wicked Stepmother into thinking he has furycrafting ability (he is known as the one person in Alera without furies of his own). In the climax, he does a similar trick... with a quarter-mile wide lens made by his Knights Aeris to concentrate the sun's rays on the attacking Canim. One of the properties of discipline collars is that they don't work on anyone who is already wearing one. Before infiltrating Brencis Minoris' hideaway, Amara lets Bernard put a collar on her because that way Brencis won't be able to enslave her. Captain's Fury has a discussion on Tavi's furycrafting that discusses how a fury can be "gifted" to someone else, but it never happens in the story. In Princeps' Fury, Gaius Sextus gifts the Great Fury Alera to Tavi.
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Answers to the Name of God
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Answers to the Name of God: When Amara sees the full fury of Garados and Thana, she expresses her shock in the standard Aleran swear of "great furies." Placidus Aria simply responds with, "Two of them."
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Magnificent Bastard
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Senator Arnos (who was actually in the pay of genuine Magnificent Bastard Lord Aquitaine) spends most of Cursor's Fury getting in the way of the Legions in their war with the Canim.
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May–December Romance
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May–December Romance: Gaius Caria is decades younger than Gaius Sextus, being his second wife after her predecessor died of grief. She greatly resents the situation, having dreamed that she would get to live out an epic romance and instead being stuck with a scheming old man who only viewed her as a tool. Even Sextus cannot disagree or blame her for her feelings. Amara and Bernard. Bernard is approaching middle age, whereas Amara is just entering adulthood. Unlike the above, though, they are Happily Married.
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Back for the Dead
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Back for the Dead: Aric, son of Kord, returns for a single scene in Academ's Fury before being Taken by the Vord.
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Cardboard Prison
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Cardboard Prison: The Grey Tower is supposedly impregnable. Tavi breaks two characters out of it, the first with only a couple hours' preparation, the second after the prison's defenses had been redesigned by Tavi himself. note  And no, Tavi did not deliberately leave a weakness in the defenses in case he ever needed to stage another jailbreak. Any non-Tailor-Made Prison usually turns out to be this to crafters. This nearly bites the Canim leader Lararl in the tail because his range has had little contact with Alerans. Lararl regards stories of Aleran furycraft as myths and exaggerations spread by Varg's range (Narash) and doesn't believe that furycraft can do anything Canim magic can't. Canish magic can't make a person fly, so he imprisons Tavi and his crew on an open roof with no way down; since they have windcrafters with them, this does not pose any significant obstacle.
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Slave Mooks
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Slave Mooks: The Immortals are a group of people who were raised since childhood wearing discipline collars and driven to be loyal to Kalarus. They are conditioned to carry out their orders regardless of injury.
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Captain Ersatz
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Captain Ersatz: High Lady Placida bears a striking resemblance, personally and physically, to one Cordelia Vorkosigan. Word of God says that this (as well as High Lord Placida's similar resemblance to Aral Vorkosigan) is deliberate.
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It Has Been an Honor
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It Has Been an Honor: Amara and Aria as dawn arrives on the first day of the final stand in the Calderon Valley.
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Funny Background Event
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Funny Background Event: At one point in Princeps' Fury, Tavi needs to have a private conversation and Max starts berating his Taurg (a mount native to the Canim homeland) as a distraction. When the conversation finishes, he's still going at it.
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Kill Sat
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Tavi returns the favor, in kind, with a Kill Sat-like attack. With the sun high above, he has his Knights Aeris make a giant telescoping lens aimed over Max, who then uses his own windcrafting to redirect the resulting beam of concentrated sunlight at the Canim army.
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Blood Magic
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The Canim ritualists practice a particularly devastating form of Blood Magic that lets them perform a wide variety of spells, such as creating clouds of toxic acid, summoning storms, and even calling down veritable walls of lightning. However, they suffer the Logical Weakness of being limited by how much blood there is to spare for the spell in question.
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Shoot the Dog
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In Captain's Fury, Gaius Sextus reveals that High Lord Kalarus has bound the fury within Mount Kalus to himself, tying it to his life. When he dies, the volcano will erupt, destroying the city of Kalare and killing everybody in the surrounding region. Gaius sets the volcano off himself, since allowing it to erupt on Kalarus's terms would have resulted in the city being filled with even more refugees and soldiers.
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Offing the Offspring
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Offing the Offspring: Antillar Maximus seems to have plenty of accidents whenever his step-mother, High Lady Dorotea Antillus, is around.
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Rogue Drone
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Rogue Drone: Played interestingly with the Vord, where it's one of their Hive Queens who starts developing her own personality (leading the other queens to try to kill her to prevent her from "infecting" the rest of their race). She stays a villain even while developing increasingly humanlike personality traits, though her death scene is surprisingly moving. Additionally, since Tavi and Kitai accidentally awakened the Vord Queen in the first place, all "lower-form" Vord (i.e., Vord that aren't the Queens) will ignore them and treat them like other Vord unless the two directly attack them.
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Slavery Is a Special Kind of Evil
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Slavery Is a Special Kind of Evil: Kitai's people are established in the first novel to literally cook Alerans alive before eating them, and even she finds their institution of slavery to be the worst, most inexplicable thing about them. The Canim are similarly disgusted, with Nasaug specifically mentioning the Alerans' practicing slavery as a reason for why his fellow Canim see the Alerans as monsters and demons.
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It's What I Do
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It's What I Do: Inverted — it's what he does. When Tavi and Nasaug discuss Varg and why he is imprisoned in the Aleran capital. Nasaug states that Varg is imprisoned unjustly since he did not act dishonorably. When Tavi asks what makes Nasaug think that, he simply replies, "He is Varg." The Vord seem to have some sort of genetic imperative to destroy all other living species on the planet. In the end, the Queen tells Tavi that it was never personal; she was just doing what a Vord Queen is supposed to do. As of Princeps' Fury, High Lord Antillus Raucus has spent huge chunks of his life locked in constant battle with the Icemen. He is obviously emotionally, mentally, and physically exhausted by the constant strain, but he gamely carries on with it, because "it's what one did". In the sixth book, after Invidia's sudden but inevitable betrayal of the Vord Queen, the Queen isn't even particularly mad about it because it's just what Invidia does.
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Walking the Earth
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Walking the Earth: It is not uncommon for the elders of the Canim ritualists to leave all their belongings and depart without a word to do this, in hopes the pilgrimage will help them find new ways to help the maker caste (the civilians). Sha and Fidelias make it seem like an enemy ritualist has gone on this to hide the fact they murdered him and hid the body.
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Everyone Went to School Together
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Everyone Went to School Together: In the third book we learn that Aria and Kalarus were both at the Academy together, though possibly in different years. The second and final books reveal that Araris, High Lord Antillus (the father of Crassus and Max), High Lord Aquitaine, and Princeps Septimus were all friends from school and continued that friendship until the night Septimus died. Sir Miles was younger than them and more of a Tagalong Kid during the actual Academy years, but was part of the circle of friends as well.
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I Meant to Do That
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I Meant to Do That: Tavi's talented at this. Considering everything else he manages, people usually assume he really was planning on whatever it was, be it a dramatically well-timed volcanic eruption or his plan to get into Riva accidentally leveling several blocks of buildings, the latter of which led to the phrase appearing almost verbatim in the narration.
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Non-Indicative Name
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Non-Indicative Name: Fidelias ("faithful"), the Wild Card who goes back and forth through the Heel–Face Revolving Door. That being said, he is always faithful... to Alera as a whole.
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Amazonian Beauty
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Amazonian Beauty: Mistress Cymnea is described as being taller than most men with broad shoulders and looking like she could physically hurl an armored legionare out of her tent if she had to, but that she retains curves that are emphasized by her gown.
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Women Prefer Strong Men
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Women Prefer Strong Men: Bernard's strength is one of his prime physical attractions for Amara. In Academ's Fury, Serai realizes that Amara and Bernard are in a relationship given the way Amara's voice changes when she talks about him, and she deduces that he must have been doing something strong and manly in Amara's line of sight to get that kind of reaction (he had been lifting very large and heavy objects). Amara feels the most feminine when she is experiencing his prodigious strength.
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Mauve Shirt
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Mauve Shirt: Centurion Giraldi was introduced towards the climax of Furies of Calderon as a soldier stationed at Garrison, returns in Academ's Fury as Bernard's second-in-command, and spends Cursor's Fury as Isana's companion, guard and assistant. He returns in First Lord's Fury, back at Garrison where it all began. Serai and Nedus from Academ's Fury, the former a courtesan Cursor and a friend of Amara, the latter a retired Knight Captain. They spend their time trying to help Isana get in contact with the First Lord. Isana even notes to Serai that Nedus adores Serai like a daughter, to which she responds with a sad smile that she knows this, after Serai tries to tell Nedus to not come along and guard them as they go out into the city. Tragically, they both die defending Isana from assassins. Legionare Schultz was introduced as a trainee in Cursor's Fury and worked his way up to Centurion of the Battlecrow Cohort, functioning as Tavi's primary battle component in the First Aleran. Durias, the First Spear of the Free Aleran Legion, is first introduced in Captain’s Fury before later joining the Narashan Canim and other Free Alerans on Tavi’s expedition to Canea. Tarsh, Anag, and Sha are the three Canim most frequently seen and characterized out of the last two novels while still not being major Canim characters on par with Varg, Nasaug, or even Master Marok. Tarsh is mostly characterized as an overly ambitious bully who was Reassigned to Antarctica in hopes of him becoming more competent. Anag serves as a Hypercompetent Sidekick assigned to Tarsh (largely to minimize any damage he would cause) and quickly gains a fascination with furycrafting and strong respect for the Alerans. Sha, meanwhile, is the only surviving Hunter under Varg’s employ and develops a surprising camaraderie with Fidelias.
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He Who Fights Monsters
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He Who Fights Monsters: Lord Aquitaine began conspiring against the First Lord because the uncontrolled High Lords had killed his best friend, Septimus, and he saw that Gaius's political machinations would ultimately lead to civil war. In his efforts to gain the throne, he himself became an uncontrolled High Lord whose political machinations nearly lead to civil war. He redeems himself, however, by leading with wisdom and dignity befitting the role of Princeps. Isana verges on this at the end of Captain's Fury when she proclaims to Araris that she will use every connection and ally she has in hunting down her husband's killers. Araris is more scared of her becoming like the monsters she would hunt than of them, and warns her. She listens to his fears and abides by his wisdom.
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Fantastic Nuke
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Fantastic Nuke: Many smaller versions, but Gaius Sextus wiping out Kalare by unleashing a volcanic Great Fury and then slowing the Vord by destroying the remnants of Alera Imperia with another volcano probably take the cake.
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Ax-Crazy
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Her poor relationship with her father is why Phrygiar Navaris is the way she is. Exploiting it is how Tavi beats her in a duel to the death.
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Psycho for Hire
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Psycho for Hire: Phrygiar Navaris is a cutter (assassin) whose insanity is felt by every watercrafter who comes near her.
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Succession Crisis
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Succession Crisis: The overarching plot of the series, and the cause (however indirectly) of the entire story. Princeps Gaius Septimus, only son and heir of First Lord Gaius Sextus, was killed in the First Battle of Calderon by a Marat horde more than fifteen years before Furies of Calderon, leaving Alera without a clear inheritor for the position of First Lord. Multiple High Lords have spent the intervening years scheming and positioning themselves to take Gaius's position once he dies, and some have decided to hasten his end in order to claim the throne sooner.
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Warrior Therapist
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Warrior Therapist: Through watercrafting, characters can literally feel their opponents' emotions during battle. When Tavi is fighting Phrygiar Navaris, he makes deductions about her history based on her name and what he knows about her, and uses them to drive her to a panicked, desperate attack. Isana challenges Antillus Raucus to a duel in an attempt to get him to see sense regarding the negotiations with the Icemen.
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Huge Holographic Head
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Huge Holographic Head: The most powerful watercrafters can create life-size, full-color images of themselves in water to communicate at a distance. In the last book, Tavi and the Vord Queen later figure out that if you do not bother to make it two-way, you can project copies of the image to every body of water on the continent.
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Bed Trick
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Bed Trick: Played with. When using watercrafting to disguise himself as Gaius Sextus, Max has to deal with the First Lord's suspicious wife. He does so by hitting her with enough sexual earthcraft to scramble her brains, setting this trope up, but doesn't actually sleep with her. Gaius was not entirely amused when he learned what had happened after he recovered - specifically, when Caria unexpectedly joined him in the bath. While, as he puts it, 'he rose to the demands of his station', he remarks to Tavi that, should a similar situation arise in the future, he would prefer if Max didn't resort to seducing his wife.
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Glass Cannon
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Glass Cannon: The more powerful furycrafters, including the various High Lords. Multiple characters point out that, despite their strength and skills, their flesh and bone is no harder than the average human; provided you can get to them, they can be felled by a single blow like any normal person.
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Older Than They Look
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Older Than They Look: All powerful watercrafters, to the point where even the eldest High Lords almost never look older than their forties, with the majority of them looking like they are in their mid-thirties or even younger. Gaius Sextus spends the entire series dying of old age (with a little help from some poison) but apart from his hair, he still looks like he is in his forties. Tavi looks young for his age and does not reach his full height until he is over twenty, since Isana purposely stunted his growth as a child to obscure his real age. More than a few dim bulbs in Aleran society make the mistake of assuming that just because someone looks like they are in their late teens or early twenties that they really are that age.
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Strange Minds Think Alike
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Strange Minds Think Alike: When Doroga and Kitai see examples of precise, choreographed Aleran activities (Military formations and rehearsed singing, respectively) they both comment that Alerans must be bored out of their minds rehearsing in advance, part and parcel of Aleran "madness". The people they are talking to (Bernard and Tavi) both then point out that they seem extremely pleased with the results. When Isana and Araris have been kidnapped and bound with bags over their heads, Isana complains internally about the fact that it is a dirty bag. The banalty of this thought causes her to start laughing, and when Araris asks why, she explains that she was marveling at her ability to take umbrage at minor details in such dire situations. Araris then remarks that he, too, was wondering at the poor quality of their head coverings. When she is listening to Senator Valerius drone on at length in senate politics, Amara indulges in a fantasy of using her windcrafting to strangle him from where she is sitting in the auditorium. Just as she manages to break herself out of the temptation, Bernard leans over and asks her if she would be willing to strangle Valerius for him.
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Ice Magic Is Water
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Ice Magic Is Water: Isana demonstrates quite handily that snow does in fact count as water for use in watercrafting. The trick allows her to survive a duel long enough to convince the guy she was dueling to cooperate with her instead.
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Even Evil Has Standards
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Even Evil Has Standards: Aldrick ex Gladius has no problem with killing, but even he says he has no stomach for Fidelias snapping the neck of a girl the Marat were going to eat alive. It is unclear whether he meant Fidelias' actions or the Marat's (probably both). Captain Demos, a scrupulously unscrupulous man, has his crew of thugs rescue as many women and children as they can when fleeing the island of Westmiston. He frames it as a slave raid, and he probably will sell them all into slavery, but he truly did not want to leave them for the Canim. The Canim - a Proud Warrior Race with loads of Fantastic Racism towards the Alerans - are utterly disgusted in Captain’s Fury by the mercenary cavalry regiments of the Senatorial Guard massacring innocent Aleran steadholts, with a furious Nasaug specifically telling Tavi that he plans to wipe out the First Aleran Legion and both of the Senatorial Guard Legions so as to avenge the fallen civilians.
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Stuff Blowing Up
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Stuff Blowing Up: Firecrafters are the cannons of Aleran legions, and Knights Ignus and High Lords can make explosions ranging from personal- to artillery-sized detonations. In Cursor's Fury, Tavi arranges to detonate a town to stop a Canim assault through the liberal application of alcohol, lamp oil, and distributed sawdust.
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Out of the Inferno
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Out of the Inferno: Cursor's Fury. Tavi gets hit with a massive evil magic lightning bolt. Twice. And is unfazed the second time.
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Twin Threesome Fantasy
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Twin Threesome Fantasy: Antillar "Max" Maximus is introduced after spending the night in the company of Ladies Celine and Celeste. When he obliquely mentions this to Tavi and Ehren, they are shocked and jealous, especially when they realize he means both, not just one or the other.
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Sorting Algorithm of Evil
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Sorting Algorithm of Evil: Furies of Calderon features a relatively minor struggle against invading "barbarians". By First Lord's Fury, the world is about to end. The Vord have this as a superpower – kill some, and all you have really accomplished is teaching the Queen new tricks to incorporate into the next generation.
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Rags to Royalty
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Rags to Royalty: Tavi (Sleeping Beauty-style) and Isana (Cinderella/Goose Girl-style) and Araris, by marrying Isana.
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Best Served Cold
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Best Served Cold: First Lord Gaius Sextus is an extremely patient man who waits twenty-five years to enact the full extent of his revenge against the High Lords who conspired to kill his son. The first he kills personally by blowing up a volcano near his city. The second he convinces to lead an attack against the oncoming Vord menace; he is overcome and devoured by the monsters (not unlike the Marat doing Septimus so much harm no body could be reasonably recovered). Fearing this, the Vord Queen does not kill Isana when she captures her, as Tavi might share his grandfather's pragmatism and put off their encounter, remarking that their bloodline 'does not do things in hot blood'. Having live bait, however, might motivate Tavi to move faster and hopefully make more errors.
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Discriminate and Switch
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Discriminate and Switch: Several women take umbrage at implied sexism from members of the Legion, only to be told that the issue is not their gender. When the Vord first attack Aricholt, Amara draws a sword and manages to save several legionares and the holders that they were protecting. When Giraldi says that she did good "for a, uh..." she asks if he meant good for "a woman", and he responds that she did good for a civilian. Bernard cannot help but laugh. When Tavi suggests adding Mistress Cymnea to the staff of the First Aleran Legion, Max instantly objects. When Cymnea asks if his problem is with the fact that she is a woman or because she is a madam, Max says that the problem is that she is a civilian.
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Kick the Dog
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Kick the Dog: High Lord Kalarus, in his bid to overthrow the throne and take it for himself, quickly demonstrates that such petty things as "morals" or "humanity" do not concern him. When he kidnaps the wife and daughter of two High Lords in order to blackmail them into non-action, he puts one of them in the same room as the five-year-old daughter of his spymaster and explains to her that, should she try to escape, his security systems will kill the child first and then try to stop her. Senator Arnos has two distinct moments: First, he orders a recently-liberated town of innocent civilians executed for "conspiring with the enemy" (read: not committing mass suicide by fighting a hopeless battle against a vastly superior enemy). He does it for the sole purpose of having an excuse to remove Tavi from command of his Legion when Tavi balks at the order. He also fully intends to carry through with the order even when Tavi gives him a better reason to remove the captain from command, because he's just that kind of asshole. Arnos is also responsible for alaes of mercenary cavalry in the Senatorial Guard slaughtering innocent steadholts throughout the region so as to draw the Free Aleran Legion into a fight and get credit for ending a slave revolt. Notably, even the Canim are revolted by the latter actions; Nasuag fully intends to wipe out all of the remaining Aleran Legions in the Amaranth Vale so as to avenge the dead civilians. Invidia is entirely too smug when she reveals to Isana in First Lord's Fury that she was the one who organized Septimus' assassination.
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Lethal Chef
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Lethal Chef: In an effort to understand humans, the Vord Queen has taken to eating regular meals. However, she eats croach instead of human food, which she has taken to preparing by baking, marinating, and even melting cheese on it. The end results are technically edible and can even sustain a human, but they pose a significant health risk regardless since they are so disgusting in taste as to cause extensive vomiting.
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Horde of Alien Locusts
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Horde of Alien Locusts: The Vord.
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Minion with an F in Evil
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Minion with an F in Evil: Captain Nalus heads one of the Senatorial Guard Legions under Senator Arnos, whose political machinations make him the villain of Captain's Fury. Nalus, however, is simply a professional soldier without a political agenda or vice, and so continues to act as a proper Legion captain.
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Official Couple
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Official Couple: Tavi and Kitai, Bernard and Amara, and eventually Isana and Araris.
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Out-Gambitted
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Out-Gambitted: In Cursor's Fury, Amara and Lady Aquitaine (with their respective associates) work together for the latter half of the novel, with everybody aware that an inevitable betrayal is coming. Lady Aquitaine switches identities with Odiana for the betrayal, but is then surprised when Amara's associates also switch identities, giving her the final advantage. In First Lord's Fury, Gaius Sextus set things up against High Lord Aquitaine. He adopts the man as Tavi's younger brother, giving the country a good leader until Tavi returns. Knowing Attis isn't likely to give up this seat of power, Gaius gives him Ehren, one of the weakest crafters in the story, as his personal valet. Gaius also gave Ehren secret orders to kill Aquitaine if he doesn't give up the position. Ehren wins and kills the man in such a way that Lord Aquitaine suffers this trope twice over by his death.
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The Men First
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The Men First: Pirellus, Knight Commander of Garrison, makes sure that his soldiers are all properly fed and rested during the brief lulls in combat, and waves off treatment for his own superficial wounds until the more seriously injured men have been treated. This leads to his death, as the minor cut he suffered on his head bleeds into his eye at a critical moment, blinding him before he is killed. Captain Nalus of the Second Senatorial Legion has his own wounds stitched up with needle and thread instead of watercrafting, since his minor cuts would have only kept more seriously wounded legionares from treatment.
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Person of Mass Destruction
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Person of Mass Destruction: All the High Lords, and especially the house of Gaius. A single High Lord is said to be equal to an entire cohort of Knights, and Gaius was able to influence weather on a continental scale.
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Flying Car
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Flying Car: The favored and fastest way around Alera is by flying coach. Interestingly, the draft "animals" are other human beings, specifically windcrafters who can carry the coach while flying.
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BreakingSpeech
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Breaking Speech: The Vord Queen uses watercrafting to send a message to all of Alera, telling them that their efforts are futile and the Vord are undefeatable, but that the Alerans need not die fighting in the war. She offers any who wish it amnesty if they come to her lands; the only condition is they cannot have any more children. It nearly works and even gets to Tavi's men. Then Varg responds. And not many moments later, Tavi ripostes.
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You Need to Get Laid
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You Need to Get Laid: In Furies of Calderon, Count Gram heartily approves of seeing Bernard and Amara together, as he felt that Bernard's life would be "fixed" by a woman. Later, Bernard gets this from his own earth fury, Brutus, when he and Amara are locked in a cell together, and the fury starts earthcrafting both of them into arousal before they realize it. Sir Miles to Gaius Sextus at the beginning of Academ's Fury. It is said without the humor customary of the trope, as Miles realizes that Sextus is working himself to emotional and physical exhaustion, and he realizes that Sextus will burn out if he does not get some rest and relaxation. At the end of the book, it is implied that he did, in fact, eventually have sex with his wife. Mostly thanks to Max, oddly enough. Max to Tavi during much of Cursor's Fury, as Tavi has spent the months since leaving the capital constantly moaning about missing Kitai. It comes up again at the beginning of First Lord's Fury, when Tavi and Kitai are still together, but are not...together...in the evenings anymore.
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Boring, but Practical
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Boring, but Practical: Both Doroga and Kitai remark that Alerans must get bored out of their minds repeatedly practicing their maneuvers (for combat and singing) over and over again, but Bernard and Tavi point out that they seem impressed by the results. When Tavi questions why he needs to learn the basic, clumsy combat techniques of the Legion when he is already a rather skilled swordsman, Max points out that the entire reason the Legions are able to stand off the larger, stronger Canim and the more numerous Marat is because of their coordination and basic efficiency. Dazzling swordplay is nice on an individual basis, but it is useless when fighting in concert with others, where learning the basic interlocking formations is what makes a Legion infinitely stronger than the individual swordsmen composing its ranks. The Canim have simple but effective crossbow-like weapons which can be almost as deadly as a Knight Flora, and use simple slings to hurl boulders further than a Knight Terra could. Worse, most any of their kind can learn to use either technique.
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You Shall Not Pass
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You Shall Not Pass!: In Furies of Calderon, Amara sends Tavi ahead to warn Garrison, since he is the only person who can testify to having seen the Marat. She decides to stay behind and delay Fidelius and Aldrick, since she and Tavi have no chance of outrunning them. Bernard is the one to actually run into her, and the two of them then do their best to catch up to Tavi. Princeps' Fury culminates in Gaius Sextus drawing almost all of the Vord army into Alera Imperia and detonating a volcano underneath the city to wipe them out and buy the country critical months to fight the invaders.
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"Join the Army," They Said: A variation. Gaius Sextus promotes Count Gram of Calderon Valley to a Lordship and gives him a place to relax in relative retirement in the lovely Aramanth Vale, home to plains of good fields and easy work. An annoyed Gram later calls Gaius a confidence man because the Vord have taken over the region and ruined his lovely retirement, forcing him to act once more.
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Living Lie Detector
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Living Lie Detector: All watercrafters with at least Knight-level skill. It is possible for very good liars, like Fidelias and Tavi, to deceive them, but it requires a lot of experience to pull off. Dialogue implies that even such skilled liars can be properly detected if the watercrafter is physically touching them, but this is never demonstrated in the novels.
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Schizo Tech
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Schizo Tech: Downplayed example - while Alera is implied to have a technology-level similar to that of ancient Rome (as befits a Fantasy Counterpart Culture of the Romans), due to their use of furies, they lack some other techniques and technologies that would have been known to the real Romans, such as tracheotomy (because buying time for transporting patients isn't quite as vital when the doctor's a watercrafter) or even catapults (because you can blast things with firecrafters or bring down stone fortifications with earthcrafters instead).
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Guys Smash, Girls Shoot
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Guys Smash, Girls Shoot: Inverted with Bernard and Amara, the most long-term Battle Couple. Though Bernard has an earthcrafter's strength and carries a battle axe, he is primarily an archer, while Amara is a swordswoman.
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Mundane Solution
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Mundane Solution: A whole lot, mostly courtesy of Tavi. Earthcrafting makes someone super strong, but it does not increase weight and you have to be touching the ground to use it. Throwing an earthcrafter on a wooden deck cuts off their strength, making them an easy target if they are relying on their crafting too much. Likewise, salt injures wind furies, disrupting fliers: Tavi comes up with the idea of salt arrowsnote Because windcrafters can use their furies to slow their perception of time, they can easily destroy arrows, but making a salt arrow means that when it is destroyed, the windcrafter is covered with salt and their flight is immediately disrupted, which Bernard later uses to terrifying effect. Metalcrafters can sense blades or arrowheads coming at them, but not flint or stone weapons.
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*Click* Hello
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*Click* Hello: The sword equivalent. Navaris and her team corner Tavi in his office, intending to kill him... and then Max, Crassus, and Araris show up behind them, swords drawn.
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Unhappy Medium
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Unhappy Medium: Watercrafters, the strongest of whom tend to be incapacitated by sufficiently powerful emotions unless they are also good at metalcrafting.
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Skewed Priorities
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Skewed Priorities: Ullus, the Westmiston merchant Ehren is spying on, only considers that the blood-red sky will be bad for business.
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Took a Level in Kindness
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Took a Level in Kindness: High Lord Riva toward Amara and Bernard. In his first few mentions and appearances, the man is seen as an arrogant old noble who dislikes Gaius for usurping his right to name a replacement as Count in the Calderon Valley. Later, when the Vord attack, he doesn't believe Gaius' claims, thinking this is some political scheme on Gaius' part. Then in First Lord's Fury he is humbled by seeing the devastation of his city, and much of the continent, and offers his apologies to Amara and Bernard for his years of dislike towards him and offers his aid as an engineering master to Bernard's plans.
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Captain Obvious
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Captain Obvious: Frederic can't believe that Tavi is a particular target in the battle raging through Garrison, until a mercenary Knight swoops out of the sky and wounds Tavi's arm. This gem in First Lord's Fury:
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Make It Look Like an Accident
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Make It Look Like an Accident: Max's mother succumbed to this, and his Wicked Stepmother has been trying to arrange a similar accident for him since he was 14. It is her preferred method of operation against all opponents, and she is damned good at it. When the First and Second Senatorial Guard Legions are introduced in Captain's Fury, it is revealed that the officer originally slated for command of the First suffered a fatal accident before they could march. In a play on the trope, it was not his replacement doing the killing in order to advance his career, but Senator Arnos seeking to make sure that he had somebody in the position he could control.
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Witch Species
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Witch Species: The Alerans/humans are a version of this. All Alerans can harness Elemental Powers, and while other races have some degree of magic among them, humans have the greatest and most common access to it. Interestingly, this works as a disadvantage as much as an advantage, since they tend to have trouble thinking about non-magical methods of accomplishing things (meaning, for example, that there exists no really advanced technology, beyond maybe air coaches and ships, both of which even then can be created using furycrafting). Similarly, though to a lesser degree, the Canim have a whole caste who are just magic users, though seeing as the ritualists are a rather secretive and elitist bunch it’s unclear whether their powers are hereditary, or just an art they keep to themselves.
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Family Relationship Switcheroo
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Family Relationship Switcheroo: Tavi's "aunt" Isana is actually his mother.
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First-Name Basis
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First-Name Basis: When the Windwolves, mercenaries in service to the Aquitaines, save the lives of Bernard and members of his legion, Bernard insists that they address him by his first name instead of title. High Lady Placidus Aria is the only member of the Aleran nobility to insist that other characters address her by her first name, indicating that she is friendly and approachable.
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Neural Implanting
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Neural Implanting: From First Lord's Fury, Alera teaching Tavi how to bond with a fury:
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Woman Scorned
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Woman Scorned: It turns out Invidia arranged Septimus's death because he rejected her for a peasant - Isana.
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Blatant Lies
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Blatant Lies: After deliberately breaking his own leg, Tavi calmly explains that the cart horse spooked and ran him over, while a large forge hammer is lying next to him. With the horse asleep, right there. And snoring.
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Manipulative Bastard
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Manipulative Bastard: Gaius Sextus is legendary throughout Alera for his skill and abilities in pitting his enemies against one another. Unfortunately, this is also his downfall, as many of his enemies became his enemies when they saw how preoccupied he was with keeping his other enemies at one another's throats instead of planning for his succession.
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Bittersweet Ending
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Bittersweet Ending: Alera is saved from the Vord and has crafted a new Alliance with all of its former enemies. Tavi takes the throne with his newly wedded wife Kitai and their son Desiderius and already has set plans into motion regarding the reconstruction of Alera, aiming to make it stronger than ever before. However, nearly half of the Aleran people were killed in the war. Weather patterns are thrown into flux by the eruptions of Mount Kalus and the volcano Gaius Sextus created beneath Alera Imperia, along with the icy weather Tavi brought down from the north for his ship-sleds. The Great Fury Alera's death will cause even more chaos: furycrafting may become unpredictable, wild furies will become more prevalent, random surges of plant growth and death will occur, and the weather will become even more turbulent. Also, the Vord still control Canea, having killed most of the population - Tavi and crew were only in time to save about sixty thousand Canim - and will spend the next few centuries fortifying and consolidating the continent. They will be ready to attack Alera again within roughly two hundred years, and Alera needs to be ready to meet them. On the other hand, the Vord controlling Canea does provide sufficient motive for the peoples of Carna to maintain their Enemy Mine situation, which Tavi fully intends to leverage as much as possible.
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Moody Mount
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Moody Mount: The Taurga, which try at every opportunity to dislodge, kill, or eat their riders.
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Doomed Hometown
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Doomed Hometown: Inverted. By the end of the series, the Calderon Valley is the only place still intact and not under seige by the various wars befalling the country.
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Shut Up, Hannibal!
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Shut Up, Hannibal!: When Bernard was giving a lecture to the Ceresian Collegia Tactica on the threat of the Vord, Senator Arnos repeatedly dismissed the danger as either a misunderstanding or outright deception by Doroga, calling Doroga numerous unkind names as he did so. Bernard, in response, warned Arnos that if he insulted Bernard's friend again, Bernard would challenge him to the juris macto and rip his tongue from his mouth.
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Follow the Chaos
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Follow the Chaos: Kitai provides the page quote when locating the final battle of First Lord's Fury.
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Hidden in Plain Sight
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"Tavi" takes on a new meaning when it's revealed that it's short for "Octavian", representing the fact that he is Hidden in Plain Sight, by appearing to be less than he truly is.
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Spoiler Title
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Spoiler Title: At some point, the reader will likely realize that the titles of the books refer to Tavi's rank and position during that book. This does cause some Late Arrival Spoilers: knowing that there's a book called First Lord's Fury when you're still on Cursor's Fury provides some rather significant spoilers, though you may wonder how and why Tavi becomes First Lord without furies.
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Elemental Powers: Well, duh. There are six elements, each of which can be directly manipulated or used to summon a manifest fury, and most of them have secondary applications as well: Windcrafting (Knights Aeris): In addition to air manipulation and flight, grants Super Speed, Lightning Bolt-chucking, Veils, and the ability to create a telescope-like lens out of air, the last of which has also found use as a Death Ray. Earthcrafting (Knights Terra): Earth and rock manipulation (good for making buildings!), Super Strength, and ability to induce calm or lust. Additionally, manifest earth furies can be extremely useful... and dangerous. Metalcrafting (Knights Ferrus): Implausible Fencing Powers and the ability to sense nearby metal; additionally, it can be used to artificially repress emotion and pain to turn the user into an Implacable Man. The most powerful and skilled metalcrafters can incorporate metal into their skin to protect themselves. Finally, their sense of metal and ability to manipulate it's hardness make them amazing blacksmiths. Woodcrafting (Knights Flora): Manipulation of plants, including encouraging them to grow, or animating them directly, which also (as the name implies) applies to dead wood. It also grants the ability to create veils when enough plant matter is present, specifically with shadows. Most Woodcrafters are archers, since control of the arrows and bows gives them Improbable Aiming Skills. Watercrafting (Knights Aqua): Manipulating water, empathy, underwater breathing, the ability to change their appearance, long-range water-based communication, and, most importantly, healing. Without some metalcrafting, though, they tend to be Unhappy Mediums, since as we all know, A Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Read. Firecrafting (Knights Ignus): Very big booms. It also grants the ability to inspire fear or passion, and manifested fire furies can be an outright nightmare. The Knights Ignus are the Legions' cannons, and battle plans always require some way of neutralizing them lest everyone get burnt to a crisp.
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Downplayed Trope
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A minor example in "Captain's Fury". Tavi, undercover as "Rufus Scipio" in the First Alera Legion, has amassed a reputation as a brilliant commander and strategist. Several characters who are not privy to the secret identity or all the facts of the situation talk about meeting the wunderkind that everybody is talking about, with varying opinions on whether or not he could possibly measure up to the superman that rumors depict.
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School of Seduction
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School of Seduction: Lord Kalare is said to have used a training program incorporating this as well as other things for all his female agents. The Cursor's Academy also teaches some agents the ropes, but none of the main characters (save perhaps Serai) are so trained.
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Evil Sorcerer
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Evil Sorcerer: The Canim Ritualists are generally considered to be this (Sarl and Khral in particular embrace the trope thoroughly), but only some of the ritualists are as bad as they are made out to be: the blood they need for their rituals can as easily be taken from already-dead corpses as from live sacrifices. In fact, the old school of ritualists do not believe in using anyone's blood but their own; Marok, in First Lord's Fury, demonstrates how decent this type can be. Unfortunately, the old school ritualists are badly outnumbered by the rest, in part because there's only so much blood a single body can spare.
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Annoying Arrows: Averted for humans, Marat, Icemen, and Canim (though downplayed with the latter due to their huge size), as arrows are just as much of a threat to flesh as the more powerful furycrafted attacks. Stone-headed arrows are the bane of metalcrafters, as the lack of any metal makes them impossible to track with their metalcrafting powers. The Vord generally shrug them off, but their armored hides also shrug off furycrafted attacks.
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Becoming the Mask
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Becoming the Mask: Fidelias/Marcus has a complex relationship with this trope. "Marcus" was an alias of Fidelias created before the events of the story, but had been abandoned for decades until he reclaimed the identity to infiltrate the First Aleran. Once he realized that Tavi was the son of Gaius Septimus and thusly there was no need to place Aquitaine on the throne since the House of Gaius had a legitimate heir (and more importantly, a legitimate heir who was worth following), he decides to remain in the role of Marcus to look over and assist Tavi in any way he could. After he assumes the identity, and after it has been revealed to the reader who he really is, Butcher only writes him as 'Marcus' until he re-accepts the name Fidelias.
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Villainous Rescue: In order to prevent Kalarus from seizing the throne himself, the Aquitaines need to help save Gaius Sextus's life in Academ's Fury, which they both recognize for the irony. Invidia herself is the one to personally go to the Citadel and battle foes on Gaius's behalf.
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"Could Have Avoided This!" Plot: Towards the end of Furies of Calderon, Isana learns that Aric and Heddy were in a consensual relationship, and that if Aric had explained what happened they could have prevented the trial of his brother Bittan for Heddy's rape. This in turn would have avoided all of the conflict which spun out from there for the rest of the novel. As time goes on, multiple characters (even those loyal to the First Lord) point out that Gaius could have prevented a lot of the scheming amongst the High Lords by fathering another child after the death of Septimus, or at least designating an heir from one of the nobility. It would not have solved everything, especially once the reader learns that some of the High Lords created the problem in the first place by assassinating Septimus, but it would have resolved the most public crisis of a disputed succession.
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King Incognito: Princeps Septimus used to disguise himself and travel among civilians and the camp of his Legion in order to gain a different perspective. This is how he first met Isana. Gaius Sextus does this a few times. However, Tavi and Fidelias can both spot him in short order. In Captain's Fury, Ehren briefly believes that Isana is First Lady Gaius Caria in disguise after he overhears a few brief comments between Tavi and Isana. Tavi quickly disbauses him of the notion and explains that she really is Isana. Which lets Ehren connect the dots and realize Tavi's heritage instead, which Tavi also intended to tell him anyway.
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Tagalong Kid
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The second and final books reveal that Araris, High Lord Antillus (the father of Crassus and Max), High Lord Aquitaine, and Princeps Septimus were all friends from school and continued that friendship until the night Septimus died. Sir Miles was younger than them and more of a Tagalong Kid during the actual Academy years, but was part of the circle of friends as well.
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Single-Stroke Battle: Ehren kills Ullus with a single neck-cut after realizing that he needs to leave Westmiston now. In the climax of First Lord's Fury, ultimately, the Vord War is decided by a single lunge between Tavi and the Vord Queen.
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Worthy Opponent: The fifth novel explains that the Canim as a culture prefer having a Worthy Opponent over having a friend: a friend can disappoint you, but a Worthy Opponent can always be trusted to try and kill you. The Canim even have a specific word (gadara) that means Worthy Opponent. When Nasaug addresses Varg, he does so as gadara-sar (Worthy Opponent-Father), which shows what relationship the Canim culture prioritizes.
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Drop the Hammer: Knights Terra often wield giant hammers as their weapons, using their earthcafted strength to swing them with crushing force.
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High Lord Aquitaine is introduced in the first novel as an unsubtle drunkard who needs to be guided by his wife and more capable subordinates down the avenues to take the throne, and prone to lethal punishments for failure. Later books establish that he is a clever and insightful manipulator, skilled in both legion strategy and politics, and disinclined to pointless violence (not that he won't kill people if they get in his way, but he's not cavalier about it).
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Characterization Marches On: When Isana and Fade first interacted, she was unsure if he could truly understand her simple instructions due to his mental disability. Later scenes in the same book would reveal that she was privy to his true identity the entire time. Interactions between Isana and Bernard in the first book heavily imply that Bernard knows the truth about Tavi, but all later novels have him in the dark and knowing only the story Isana told. High Lord Aquitaine is introduced in the first novel as an unsubtle drunkard who needs to be guided by his wife and more capable subordinates down the avenues to take the throne, and prone to lethal punishments for failure. Later books establish that he is a clever and insightful manipulator, skilled in both legion strategy and politics, and disinclined to pointless violence (not that he won't kill people if they get in his way, but he's not cavalier about it).
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Stress Vomit: After Tavi kills a man for the first time, he has to fight back vomit long enough to search the body for any clues as to the man's identity and purpose. Once he finishes, however, he cannot continue to hold it back and throws up on the ground.
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Cool vs. Awesome
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Cool vs. Awesome: SO. MUCH.
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Game Changer: The final book sees the first use of catapults, loaded with spheres containing fire furies (which can be mass produced by people with even moderate firecrafting ability); these prove incredibly devastating, approaching the level of a High Lord. Several characters note that if Alera survives the Vord, this is going to be a game changer for their civilization: now the destructive power of a High Lord is in the hands of the common people, mirroring the ascendance of archery as a counter to knights in Real Life.
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Combat Pragmatist: Fidelias mentions at least once every book that he avoids a fair fight whenever he can. Tavi mentions at one point that "if he had his way, he would never engage in a fair fight ever again." Captain Demos, whose entire ship is a single wood Fury, mentions that the last fair fight he had was when he was twelve years old.
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Big Good
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Tavi, as previously mentioned, is the Big Good of the series (eventually). He's also a trained spy, genius engineer, masterful strategist, and badass legionare: Cursor's Fury makes it clear that he leads from the front, when he joins the shield wall in the climax of the story and personally leads an assault to kill Sarl and end the battle.
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Humans Are the Real Monsters
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Humans Are the Real Monsters: This is the viewpoint of the Canim, given how much Alerans kill each other over leadership and other reasons. The series itself mostly shows humans as no better and no worse than the other races, just different.
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Extranormal Institute: The Academy is a school for teenaged youths in a world where everyone has magic abilities, so between math and history classes, there are also classes on magical theory and actual training on how to use magic.
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We Have Become Complacent
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We Have Become Complacent: The Aleran Legions were so successful in crushing all their enemies early in their history that in the story's present day it was possible for someone to serve an entire three-year tour of duty in a Legion and not fight a single battle unless they were from an area near the Shieldwall (the only remaining border that sees combat on a regular basis). As a result, most of the Legions are green and unprepared for a Canim invasion, a civil war, and the Vord attack happening in rapid succession. Isana's arc in the fifth book is to negotiate a ceasefire on the Shieldwall so that all the northern Legions, which contain the bulk of the country's elite legionares, can be freed up to fight the Vord.
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Beast of Battle: The gargants and vordbulks.
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Kansas City Shuffle
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Kansas City Shuffle: Tavi figures out that the best way of combatting an enemy who can read minds is to make sure nobody but him knows all of what is going on, so he uses plans that rely on complicated sets of sealed orders issued to many different people. And in return, they do not tell him about the fact that they are sending backup when he meets said mind-reading foe.
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Third Line, Some Waiting: Each book has a plotline following Tavi, a plotline following Amara, a plotline following Isana, and periodic cutaways to Fidelias. Sometimes they're interwoven, and sometimes they're almost completely separate.
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Shock and Awe: A very limited form. Windcrafters, working together, can capture a storm's electrical energy and keep it bouncing around between themselves until they find something they want to throw it at. At another point, a healer with windcrafting powers gathers an electrical charge to serve as a defibrillator.
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Commander Contrarian: Senators Arnos and Valerius, who mostly just want to make themselves look good at the expense of everyone else. In Valerius's case, even in the face of what is The End of the World as We Know It. Valerius's Establishing Character Moment is, when he's being rescued from a Vord-induced Fate Worse than Death, to act indignant that someone is telling him what to do. Bernard promptly knocks his ass out and notes that he'll slow them down less while he's unconscious.
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Everybody Knew Already: Though it comes as a surprise to many, the fact that Tavi is the son of Gaius Septimus and Isana, and grandson of First Lord Gaius Sextus is known (or deduced) by many people before Tavi himself learns the truth. When Varg reveals that he also knew the truth, Tavi remarks that sometimes it feels like he was the only one who did not know.
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Metalcrafting (Knights Ferrus): Implausible Fencing Powers and the ability to sense nearby metal; additionally, it can be used to artificially repress emotion and pain to turn the user into an Implacable Man. The most powerful and skilled metalcrafters can incorporate metal into their skin to protect themselves. Finally, their sense of metal and ability to manipulate it's hardness make them amazing blacksmiths.
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Tailor-Made Prison: In the first book, Isana and Odiana (both powerful watercrafters) are locked in a drying hut for meats, surrounded by hot coals, and kept dehydrated, being given barely enough water to survive. In Princeps' Fury, prisons for other crafters are seen. Firecrafters are put under running water. Earthcrafters and metalcrafters are in wooden cages away from the earth and metal. Windcrafters are in stone boxes with a single air hole the size of a human thumb. Woodcrafters are in metal cages set far from the wooden cages. Citizens require more complex combinations of these cages in order to counteract multiple aspects of furycrafting at once. The Grey Tower is intended to be this: it's supposed to hold anyone up to and including the First Lord if they break the law, but not only by frustrating their furycrafting. In addition, each of the Grey Guards assigned to the tower are considered bribe-proofnote Crown law states that if the Knight reports the attempted bribery, the government will pay them triple the bribe., they are at least Knight-class crafters (usually in metalcrafting, but also with other talents), and the Tower itself is full of security measures to warn of a breakout attempt. A powerful enough citizen might escape, but, in theory, the Grey Guard will run them down and capture or kill them, and no matter what, their escape will be noticed. Tavi, of course, engineers a breakout in Academ's Fury, but as a result he recommends improvements to security to guard against any more attempts in the future. This causes problems when he needs to stage another breakout in Captain's Fury.
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The Coroner Doth Protest Too Much: Tavi briefly discusses this in Captain's Fury. He demands to be placed under the custody of Captain Nalus instead of Senator Arnos, since he does not want to wake up and discover that he has accidentally slit his wrists in his sleep.
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Early Installment Weirdness: Every book save the first uses a format of <Occupation>'s Fury. The first is instead named Furies of Calderon. As the trivia page can attest, Butcher's original plan was to call it Shepherd Boy's Fury; this change only happened because the marketing for him didn't think that title would work very well. The first novel has some slightly different worldbuilding than the following books. Steadholders are apparently not "full" citizens, with limited rights and authority off of their Steadholts, whereas the following books treat the office of Steadholder as full citizenship. Furies are also universally accepted as independent creatures, whereas the second novel introduces opposing theories regarding their true nature - though since the 'independent creature' theory is generally held out on the frontiers, of which Calderon is one, this is perhaps unsurprising. The first book portrays Furies as more akin to Pokemon; each Crafter has command of two elements at most, and gains access through an individual Fury that they have a personal relationship with. From the second book on, most Crafters have an aptitude for one or two elements but can command at least five to some degree, and are able to call on any Fury in the environment around them rather than using a specific one that follows them around. This is addressed as being a difference in the development of each region of Alera, as the furies used by most people in urban and heavily-settled areas are more "diffuse" due to centuries of what amounts to domestication, while in the wilderness and frontiers the furies tend to be more discrete and individual. The second novel has a mention of Bernard having served in the 4th Rivan Legion. The third book introduces the fact that each High Lord is permitted to maintain a maximum of three legions.
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Huge Guy, Tiny Girl
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Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Aldrick and Odiana; Bernard and Amara.
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Smug Snake
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Smug Snake: High Lord Kalarus, though regarded by all his foes as competent and dangerous, is nonetheless held in contempt by the same foes, who see him only as a stepping stone before they kill each other in the real contest. His own arrogance blinds him to his own status and nature. Senator Arnos (who was actually in the pay of genuine Magnificent Bastard Lord Aquitaine) spends most of Cursor's Fury getting in the way of the Legions in their war with the Canim.
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Olympus Mons
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Olympus Mons: Though most Alerans do not believe they truly exist, "Great Furies" embody the larger geological formations of Carna, including mountains, volcanoes, and the land of Alera itself. These Furies can be stirred to action, held to inaction, and (if the crafter is powerful enough) bound to a person as any smaller fury can be.
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Combat Sadomasochist
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Kalarus' Immortals, who have been trained since birth with discipline collars so that they will not only continue fighting until they literally drop dead, but will enjoy doing so.
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Shock Collar
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"Discipline collars" are shock collars for slaves. When one is put on you, you are buried in indescribable pleasure, until the mere absence of that pleasure is like torture. From then on, you must obey the orders of the person who put the collar on you, or you will feel pain, while obeying causes pleasure. Worse, you will die if anyone other than the person who put the collar on you tries to take it off, even if that person is dead.
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The Big Guy
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Antillus Raucus (Max's dad) and his wife Dorotea. Max believes that Dorotea killed his mother due to her status as Raucus' beloved concubine, and that she is trying to kill him, too, to remove potential threats to her (legitimate) son.
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What Is This Thing You Call
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What Is This Thing You Call "Love"?: The Vord Queen, in her efforts to understand humanity, asks people to explain to her what "love" is.
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Disproportionate Retribution
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Disproportionate Retribution: The entire story is ultimately set off by Gaius Septimus being murdered by assassins sent from treacherous High Lords who had in turn been put up to it by Invidia as revenge for him breaking their engagement.
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Crazy-Prepared
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Crazy-Prepared: Comes up pretty often given the number of Chessmasters in play, but the precedent is set early in the first book when Amara realizes that Gaius Sextus had designed his own son's tomb as a shelter against enemy furies, weapons stockpile, and site for healing. Hidden in plain sight! When Fidelias enters a seemingly empty tent he turns to the empty air and makes a verbal greeting. Lady Aquitaine, hiding under a veil, reveals herself and asks how he knew that she was there, but Fidelias is actually very surprised to see her. Apparently he greets the empty tent every time he walks in, just in case there is somebody invisible hiding in there.
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Locked into Strangeness
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Locked into Strangeness: Kitai gains Tavi's green eyes as a result of their bonding. Tavi doesn't understand what that really means until a book later. Gaius Sextus's hair goes solid white after his collapse during the second book. He still looks 40-something otherwise.
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Book-Ends
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Book-Ends: Very near the beginning, Tavi and Amara take shelter from a furystorm caused by Garados and Thana in the Princeps' Memorium. At the end of the series, Tavi kills the Vord Queen there in the middle of a furystorm caused by Garados and Thana.
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Empowered Badass Normal
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Empowered Badass Normal: Tavi and Kitai both gain furycraft at the very end of the third book.
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The Dragon
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Aldrick ex Gladius often serves as The Dragon for whichever character is currently in control, and not as a clear antagonist on his own, but he is legendary throughout Alera for his skill with a sword. His duel with Araris Valerian, also legendary because of his skill, is still being talked about fifteen years later. To hear Araris tell it:
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Innocent Fanservice Girl
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Innocent Fanservice Girl: Kitai grew up in a culture where nobody past childhood, male or female, wears anything but a loincloth, and they only wear that for functionality so they can have pouches to carry things. Consequently, she has no problem stripping down, and Tavi has to think of creative interpretations of Marat customs to get her and other Marat women to cover up and wear Aleran clothing.
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Mathematician's Answer
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Mathematician's Answer: In Princeps’ Fury, when Kitai asks if Tavi is studying the Vord or the Canim while overlooking Shuar’s battle plans, Tavi simply replies "Yes."
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The Empath
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The Empath Any sufficiently powerful watercrafter can feel the emotions of surrounding people. One compares a visit to any sufficiently-sized city as the following: The Icemen, who can communicate amongst themselves with no speech at all. Their intense enmity for the Alerans comes largely from the mix of their water-based empathy with the minor firecrafting that Alerans use to stay warm in the cold northern regions. When fire and water are mixed it creates feelings of anxiety and anger, so just by being next to each other the two sides were feeding each other's hatred.
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Badass Family
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Badass Family: Not a single member of Tavi's family fails to impress. Tavi, despite having no furycrafting, has a sharp mind and grows to be an impressive fighter. Bernard is former military and is also an exceptionally skilled archer and woodsman, being able to lead a small group through rough ground and swamps, even when one is critically injured. Isana is a very skilled healer who is also capable of flooding a river to take care of some mercenaries threatening her family. And of course there's Gaius Sextus, Tavi's paternal grandfather and First Lord of Alera. Kitai's family is also fairly badass. Kitai is a barbarian and master thief, able to hide out in the capital of Alera without anyone catching her despite being easily identifiable as a Marat. Bonus points for eventually marrying Tavi. Doroga is clanhead of the Gargant trbe. He rides into battle on his chala Walker, wielding a club so heavy a High Lady has to visibly use earthcrafting to move it. He swings it with ease and has no crafting whatsoever. Hashat, Kitai's aunt on her mother's side, is headwoman of the Horse Clan and was at First Calderon, Second Calderon, and the final battle against the Vord. It's implied that she personally defeated some of Princeps Septimus' singulares at the battle of First Calderon.
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Mistaken for Gay
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Mistaken for Gay: Briefly, when Max notices that Tavi has stopped complaining about being separated from Kitai, he says that it is good Tavi finally got himself a woman to take his mind off things. When Tavi explains that he has not gotten himself a woman, Max asks if it was a boy instead. An exasperated Tavi has to explain that he has not had any kind of sexual partner.
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Let's Get Dangerous!
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Let's Get Dangerous!: At the climax of Furies of Calderon, Fade, the scarred, mentally retarded slave who has been tagging along with Tavi throughout the novel, stands up against Aldrick ex Gladius and bests him in a duel.
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Artistic License – History
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Artistic License – History: While most of Aleran society is coherent to what a displaced Roman colony from 100AD would look like, there are a lot of minor inconsistencies. Some jokes clearly make sense only if the characters are speaking english, everyone wears pants note a signature barbarian garb, not to mention legionaries wore studded leather skirts, gladii are always used as slashing weapons note while they were built to stab upwards, no one ever consider adopting an heir note Tiberius, the second Roman emperor, was adopted. Just to name one case, and so on.
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Super Speed
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Super Speed: A primary combat ability for wind crafters, as drawing their wind fury within them allows them to increase their own speed beyond human norms. Later deconstructed in that if the windcrafter tries to take it Up to Eleven, their bodies cannot keep up and/or they end up with torn muscles and broken bones.
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Reassigned to Antarctica
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Tarsh, Anag, and Sha are the three Canim most frequently seen and characterized out of the last two novels while still not being major Canim characters on par with Varg, Nasaug, or even Master Marok. Tarsh is mostly characterized as an overly ambitious bully who was Reassigned to Antarctica in hopes of him becoming more competent. Anag serves as a Hypercompetent Sidekick assigned to Tarsh (largely to minimize any damage he would cause) and quickly gains a fascination with furycrafting and strong respect for the Alerans. Sha, meanwhile, is the only surviving Hunter under Varg’s employ and develops a surprising camaraderie with Fidelias.
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Achievements in Ignorance
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Achievements in Ignorance: In Academ's Fury, Tavi and Max discuss the various theories that Alerans have on the true nature of furies — whether they are truly living creatures or just part of the person doing the crafting. When Max asks why frontier furies seem to be so much stronger than city furies, Tavi explains that, according to one theory, since the frontier holders who claim them think that they are wild and strong furies, that makes them stronger than they actually would be than if the frontiersmen knew they were just relying on their own strength. To quote Maximus: Most Aleran scholars believe that furycrafting does not work if the crafter is not connected to Alera itself; for example, it is suspected that earth- or watercrafting would be impossible on the foreign continent of Canea. Thankfully, when they actually end up in Canea, nobody thought to inform the first crafters ashore, who went ahead and crafted anyway. Surprisingly, it turns out that Max was aware of this theory while Tavi was ignorant of it. Tavi invokes this trope by telling Max to forget everything he knows and just do it anyway.
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Fantastic Racism
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Fantastic Racism: The Alerans, Marat, and Canim all fervently hate each other due to the numerous bloody conflicts fought throughout history. The Alerans also despise the Icemen due to their Forever War, and the Icemen (for the most part) return the favor.
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Green Thumb
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Woodcrafting (Knights Flora): Manipulation of plants, including encouraging them to grow, or animating them directly, which also (as the name implies) applies to dead wood. It also grants the ability to create veils when enough plant matter is present, specifically with shadows. Most Woodcrafters are archers, since control of the arrows and bows gives them Improbable Aiming Skills.
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Hate Plague
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The Alerans of the north and Icemen have this relationship. One side kills the other and the other retaliates. It has been going on for so long, Isana wonders if either side actually remembers why the conflict started to begin with. The mutually inimical reactions of Aleran firecrafting and the Icemen's innate watercrafting-adjacent powers hasn't helped.
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Fantasy Counterpart Culture
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Fantasy Counterpart Culture: The Realm of Alera is a society very similar to Rome at the peak of its empire. Justified since it was founded by a Lost Roman Legion. That being said, Alera has some distinct elements that show how far it has diverged from Roman culture, particularly with a more executive system of government where the Senate, High Lords, and First Lord exist side by side, the fact that slavery is a divisive topic instead of the norm, and the use of several aspects of the medieval European feudal system, such as Counts ruling over regions under the High Lords, and the title of a Knight of the Legions.
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Bribe Backfire
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Bribe Backfire: In Alera Imperia, the Grey Tower is a formidable prison designed to be able to hold the most powerful crafters. The guards assigned there are recruited not only for being some of the strongest swordsmen in the nation, but also for their high degree of integrity. It is virtually impossible for anyone to bribe them. If someone even tries to bribe them, they can report the bribe to their superiors and the Crown will pay them triple the bribe amount as a bonus.
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Hero of Another Story
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Hero of Another Story: Phrygius Cyricus is the second son of High Lord Phrygius, only sixteen years old and described as being painfully thin and speaking with a stammer. Despite this, he is left in command of Phrygia in his father's absence and has apparently gained the respect of the legionares and leaders of Phrygia through his past actions. When he shows his competence, forethought, and initiative, Varg, Tavi, and Kitai all speak of how he reminds them of a young Tavi and they cheerily banter over which of them will get to hire him after the crisis.
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Fragile Speedster
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Fragile Speedster: Any windcrafter without an accompanying skill in metal- or earthcrafting. Particularly exemplified by Amara, who is possibly the fastest flier in Alera aside from the High Lords, but at one point actually starts breaking bones and tearing muscles from speeding herself up too much in a fight.
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Enemy Mine
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Enemy Mine Amara and Invidia team up to bring down Kalarus Alerans, the Marat, and the Canim join forces to stop the Vord, with an armistice with the Icemen at the same time. The epilogue has Tavi note that he fully intends to leverage the continued existence of a Vord Queen in Canea to maintain this alliance.
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Bring It
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Bring It: Pirellus does this gesture to a crowd of Marat toward the end of the first book.
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Friendly Enemy
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Friendly Enemy: Captain Demos is a slaver and a pirate, theoretically an enemy of the Aleran government, but he frequently talks about how much he loves working with the Cursors, the spies and assassins of that same government. As he explains it, the Cursors pay on time and almost never try to kill him once the job is completed. The Canim term gadara essentially means this. They even see a gadara as worth more than a friend: a friend can always disappoint you, but your gadara is always your enemy. However, Tavi and various Canim always make it a point to explain that they are still an enemy, and in a conflict will do their best to kill one another.
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Unholy Matrimony
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Unholy Matrimony: Odiana is Ax-Crazy. Aldrick is an amoral mercenary. They are a cute couple.
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Call a Rabbit a
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Call a Rabbit a "Smeerp": invoked "Grass lions" are (by Word of God) sabertooth cats. Gargants are descended from the Giant Ground Sloth, leviathans are plesiosaurs, and herdbane are terror birds. The descriptions given to the thanadents, tavar, slives, and garim are a lot more vague, but the former two are heavily implied to be a type of tyrannosauroid and “bear-dog” respectively, while the latter two seem to be descendents of the Cretaceous species of venomous monitor lizards respectively. Of course, these animals and their ancestors all went extinct long before the Romans even existed, so the Alerans would have no idea what their proper names are. The highly advanced and massive crossbows created by the Canim are referred to as “balests.” Additionally, the catapults re-invented by Octavian and Bernard in First Lord’s Fury are called “mules” since the force of their released payloads causes one end of their structure to leap up in a manner reminiscent of a donkey kicking out its hind legs. Which was actually a historical name: Romans called what we would call a catapult an "onager" (an ass or a mule) because it kicked like one, while "catapulta" was used for what was essentially a giant crossbow.
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Required Secondary Powers
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Required Secondary Powers: High Lords/Ladies and the First Lord are generally very strong in all six elements. Most other people, though, are only strong in one or two, which means they might lack these. This results in situations where speedsters shred their own muscles if they do not have the earthcrafting to augment their own strength; see Fragile Speedster above. In the same way, metalcrafters have the pain tolerance to keep fighting far too long for their own good because they do not have the earthcrafting to prevent injuries in the first place or watercrafting to heal them. Watercrafters have the empathic ability to sense everyone's emotions, but might lack the pain tolerance of a metalcrafter to avoid going crazy from the mental cacophony.
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Really 700 Years Old
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Really 700 Years Old: Varg. Potentially any Cane for that matter, as their life expectancy seems to be near a millennium.
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Pragmatic Villainy
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Pragmatic Villainy: High Lady Aquitaine gives Isana an impassioned (for her, anyway) speech about how she can be trusted to honor loyalty, oppose violence and protect the people she has sworn to protect. Not because she feels some sort of moral duty to do so, but because she knows that that is how she gains loyal servants, preserves Alera as a prosperous whole and sways others to her cause. Additionally, the Aquitaines are also very much against slavery... since weakening slavery will shatter the strength of their main political rival, High Lord Kalarus, whose economy is completely built around slavery.
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You Could Have Used Your Powers for Good
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You Could Have Used Your Powers for Good: Twice in Captain's Fury: Tavi laments Senator Arnos' martial incompetence and self-aggrandizement, as with his political influence and admitted intelligence he could have been a great asset if he cared more about solving the problem instead of undermining Tavi to make himself look good. He goes so far as to explicitly say as much to Arnos, but when Arnos instead tries to turn it around that Tavi is no better, Tavi realizes that Arnos really is that far gone and says that he won't be helping anybody after all. While undercover amongst the First Aleran, Fidelias comments to Lady Aquitaine that she could remove her disguise and take charge, using her power and strength to lead the doomed men to victory and gain all the political power and respect from her "Big Damn Heroine" moment. She simply states there is no guarantee she could win and would rather simply let the men die and escape herself.
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Central Theme
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Central Theme: Communication, Forgiveness, and moving away from the crimes of the past.
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 Codex Alera / int_5d1eca88
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Awesome Mc Coolname: Any prominent person is likely to have one in Alera due to a combination of Gratuitous Latin and Earn Your Title. Tavi's eventual renaming as Gaius Tavarus Magnus ("Lord Super-Wolverine the Great") is probably the best example.
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Late-Arrival Spoiler
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This does cause some Late Arrival Spoilers: knowing that there's a book called First Lord's Fury when you're still on Cursor's Fury provides some rather significant spoilers, though you may wonder how and why Tavi becomes First Lord without furies.
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Single-Target Sexuality
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Single-Target Sexuality: Kitai and Tavi love only each other. When his friends advise him to get a new woman when he's separated from her, and not expecting to see her again for months or years, he doesn't even entertain the suggestion. Kitai, likewise, never shows the slightest interest in anyone else besides Tavi. Except jokingly: after encountering one impressively competent officer, Kitai declares she is now in love, and Tavi tells her to get in line.
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Sword Sparks
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Sword Sparks: Swords sparking is an artifact of powerful metal crafting. With thematic colors no less!
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We Are as Mayflies
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We Are as Mayflies: At least, compared to the Canim, who can live for centuries (unless they die in battle first). The other races' lifespans are never explicitly stated, but the Vord seem to have some sort of Genetic Memory at least.
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Time Skip
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As the series literally follows Tavi as he grows from boyhood to adulthood, each Time Skip in the series follows him growing larger, stronger, more experienced, and constantly receiving training in the arts of politics and war.
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Big Man on Campus
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Big Man on Campus: Max, with the ladies anyways.
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Spanner in the Works
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Spanner in the Works: Throughout Furies of Calderon, Fade repeatedly saves Isana's life by tripping over people and spilling hot soup right at the critical moment. All on purpose. In Cursor's Fury, Sarl would have killed Tavi if it were not for the red stone Tavi accidentally stole from High Lady Antillus.
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Names to Run Away from Really Fast
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Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Gaius Tavarus Magnus, which means something like "Lord Super-Wolverine the Great".
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Heel–Face Turn
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Fidelias to Invidia. Until he Heel Face Turns at the end of Captain's Fury.
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We Have Reserves
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We Have Reserves: Senator Arnos' plan to deal with the Canim is a deliberate campaign of attrition that doesn't leave any room for the possibility that Nasaug might be more clever than Arnos thinks he is. As a direct result of this, the two Senatorial Legions Arnos commanded at the start of the fourth book are so reduced in number that the survivors are combined into a single legion at the end of it.
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I Have Your Wife
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High Lord Kalarus, in his bid to overthrow the throne and take it for himself, quickly demonstrates that such petty things as "morals" or "humanity" do not concern him. When he kidnaps the wife and daughter of two High Lords in order to blackmail them into non-action, he puts one of them in the same room as the five-year-old daughter of his spymaster and explains to her that, should she try to escape, his security systems will kill the child first and then try to stop her.
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Genghis Gambit
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Genghis Gambit: The series ends this way, with Tavi as the First Lord admitting that the last Vord Queen is useful as a distant but major threat that motivates all of the four protagonist races to get along.
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Sequel Hook
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Sequel Hook: In the epilogue, Alera reveals to Tavi that the Vord Queen in Canea will be ready to cross the sea in one-hundred and fifty years, and he - or rather his descendants - had better be well prepared.
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Death World
 Codex Alera / int_63557923
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Death World: Carna. Even ignoring the other hostile sentient races found on the planet, it’s inhabited by Eldritch Abominations made up of the natural elements and numerous deadly natural predators. And this is all before the return of the Vord...
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Diagnosis from Dr. Badass
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Diagnosis from Dr. Badass: Attis' calm and exact description of exactly what getting filleted by Invidia did to his insides.
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Sickening
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Sickening "Crunch!": When Gaius Sextus kills three cohorts (roughly 1,800) of Immortals at the same time, the sound of all their necks breaking "was a rippling staccato of sound, somewhat like a saw going through wood."
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Threatening Shark
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Threatening Shark: In Cursor's Fury, one of several tricks Tavi pulls during the defense of the Elinarch is to dump blood into the river, attracting sharks that very effectively prevent any Canim from swimming across. In Captain's Fury, they have to swim through the Leviathans' Run, and Demos says that the sharks will be more of a problem than the leviathans — but since they have Isana with them, when one shark is stupid enough to bother them, she throws it a good fifteen feet out of the water to land on the deck of a pirate ship.
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BadassNormal
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Badass Normal: Tavi and Kitai. Played with in that the pair of them are abnormal by their respective societies' standards. One is furyless, the other has Tavi as her totem. She wanted a horse.
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Heroic Sacrifice
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Heroic Sacrifice: In Academ's Fury: Sir Nedus dies protecting Isana from some assassins. The guards of the second guard room leading to the First Lord's meditation chambers seal the entrance, knowing they would likely die against the taken Canim, but doing it anyway to buy the First Lord and company some time to prepare a counterattack. In Princeps' Fury, First Lord Gaius Sextus draws in the Vord host before detonating the Great Fury beneath Alera Imperia. Less than a tenth of the Vord host manages to escape. First Lord's Fury: Foss pushes Dorotea out of the way of the Vord Queen's attack, saving her life. High Lord Cereus, in full Papa Wolf mode, flies himself into the last vordbulk's mouth and blows himself up, killing the mammoth monster to save his surviving daughter and his dead sons' children.
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Euphemism Buster
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Euphemism Buster: Ullus of Westmiston insists on calling himself a 'merchant', but Demos bluntly interrupts and says that he is a fence.
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Intimate Artistry
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Intimate Artistry: First Lord Gaius Sextus has a half-finished portrait of his son, Gaius Septimus, who had been killed fifteen years before the start of the series proper. Sextus explains that his wife had been painting the portrait when she got word of her son's death, and had stopped at the news (Sextus points to a mark that indicates the exact point). Afterwards, she had the painting hung in her room and wasted away in despair looking at her dead son's image.
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But for Me, It Was Tuesday
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But for Me, It Was Tuesday: Princeps Septimus was known among the Citizenry for going against the flow and would get involved personally to deal with squabbles. Invidia mentions that these scuffles were not really remembered by Septimus himself, but those whose ire his actions aroused remembered and hated him all the more.
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Spirit Advisor
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Spirit Advisor: The Great Fury Alera has been helping the House of Gaius from the background for the past several hundred years.
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Manly Tears
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Manly Tears: In Academ's Fury, when Miles witnesses his brother Araris in battle again, after believing he had been dead for fifteen years, he weeps at the sight. In First Lord's Fury, Marcus weeps as he watches the First Aleran's Last Stand.
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Cannot Spit It Out
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Cannot Spit It Out: In the fourth book, Isana finally tries to explain to Tavi who his parents are and why he does not have magic powers like everyone else. Unfortunately, he chooses just that moment for some Oblivious Guilt Slinging, talking about how great it is to see family again without all the political intrigue and backstabbing of his job, making it even harder for her to confess to a lifelong deception, so she puts it off. Eventually, Araris does the job for her. Tavi is a bit sore about it for a while.
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My God, You Are Serious
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My God, You Are Serious: When Tavi suggests that Ehren attempt to make contact with Nasaug, the war leader of the Canim, Ehren bursts out laughing before he swiftly realizes that Tavi isn't joking.
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Implacable Man
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Implacable Man: Any sufficiently powered metalcrafter can become this, as a benefit of their furies is to disregard pain and exhaustion to keep going for days. Kalarus' Immortals, who have been trained since birth with discipline collars so that they will not only continue fighting until they literally drop dead, but will enjoy doing so.
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Outgrown Such Silly Superstitions
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Outgrown Such Silly Superstitions: The Alerans speak with scorn of several ancient Roman traditions and practices, and some refuse to believe these things ever happened because they are so patently ludicrous. These include, but are not limited to, praying to "gods", trying to tell the future by scattering animal entrails, shaping metal and stone without furies, constructing mechanical devices to supplant human labor, and building a civilized society without furycrafting. Considering the fact that the Great Furies like Kalare and Garados are at least as powerful as the Olympian gods, and have a far more palpable influence on the world, it is not really that surprising that religion as we know it fell by the wayside.
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Hostile Terraforming
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Hostile Terraforming: It is never confirmed, but some very vague implications suggest that the Vord were perhaps engineered as a terraforming system for planets: Exterminating the locals and growing croach for what is to follow.
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Dying Moment of Awesome
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Dying Moment of Awesome Nedus is killed trying to defend Isana and Serai from assassins, but proves he is a Retired Badass by killing two of the three assassins armed with swords, and then killing the one who had fatally wounded him. Gaius Sextus blowing up Alera Imperia, taking out most of the Vord army in one strike. High Lord Cereus diving into a vordbulk's mouth and blowing it up from the inside to prevent it smashing the wall behind which his granddaughter is hiding. As Ehren puts it, "It was one thing for a man to say he was willing to lay down his life for his child-but quite another for him to actually do it."
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Invisibility Cloak
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Invisibility Cloak: Far from its intended use, Amara and Bernard use fury-infused cloth that can change color to the wear's liking as invisibility cloaks while skulking around Vord-infested Ceres.
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Too Kinky to Torture
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Too Kinky to Torture: A small humorous example where Kitai suggests she might be this. In Cursor's Fury, Odiana actually implies that she wants to have a discipline collar put on her by Aldrick, but only Aldrick. This is played for tragedy, not humor; in the first book she reveals that she used to be a slave, used for sex, and her watercrafting abilities let her feel the emotions of her attackers, which is what broke her. Notably, Aldrick will not do it, possibly because, in the final book, we learn that he was one of the men who saved her from said slaver.
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An Ice Person
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An Ice Person: Watercrafters can craft snow and ice just as easily as they can liquid water. Isana makes good use of this when fighting a duel in the Grim Up North. The Icemen are an entire species of this as part of their watercrafting-based Telepathy. Doroga specifically comments on the incorrect Aleran theory that the Icemen follow the winter storms south when attacking the Shield Cities — in reality, the storms follow the Icemen.
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Planet of Hats
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Planet of Hats: A rare fantasy aversion. Although there are five different races, each one is shown to have its cowards and its heroes, individuals noble and villainous. The Canim and the Marat may be Proud Warrior Race Guys, but there's far more to their outlooks than just killing stuff for honor. It is what makes The Alliance at the end possible. Even the Horde of Alien Locusts are exempt, as the original Vord Queen develops a personality very different from her daughters.
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That's No Moon!
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That's No Moon!: At the climax of First Lord's Fury, Garados, when fully unleashed, is an ugly humanoid twice as tall as the mountain he emerged from. Tavi cannot stop gawking at the fact that something that large could actually exist.
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Expecting Someone Taller
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Expecting Someone Taller: Amara uses the standard line to subtly insult Pirellus of the Black Blade, Knight Commander of Garrison. When she first encounters Pirellus he is completely naked, having just been roused from a bath, and she mentions that she thought he would be... taller after looking him up and down, during which she lets her gaze linger "significantly".
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Makes Us Even
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Makes Us Even: Odiana explains at the end of Furies of Calderon that she and Isana are now even after she saved the lives of Bernard, Fade, and Tavi.
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Cosmic Horror Story
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Cosmic Horror Story: In the last book, the Vord Queen says that the Vord span the stars and the space between stars, and that they'll return eventually even if they are defeated now.
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Knight of Cerebus
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Knight of Cerebus: The Vord. Virtually nothing is funny about them, and the story always takes a darker turn whenever they appear.
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The Unfair Sex
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The Unfair Sex: When Kitai learns of the complicated rituals of courtship and marriage among the Citizenry of Alera, and that the relationship she has with Tavi is (by those standards) that of a concubine or whore, she becomes infuriated with how Tavi has treated her. Tavi, however, points out that she was the one who initiated their relationship, and that by her own Marat customs he has behaved perfectly honorably. Alera points out that that really is not relevant at all, and when Tavi accuses her of supporting Kitai simply because she is a woman, she agrees.
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Lava Adds Awesome
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Lava Adds Awesome: Twice, more specifically with the volcanic eruptions of both Mount Kalus and the fire-mountain below Alera Imperia.
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Hopeless War
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Hopeless War: The Vord come within an inch of wiping out all resistance on Alera despite everything the Alerans can throw at them. The only reason they're stopped is because Tavi manages to kill the Vord Queen at a critical moment, and even then that only worked because the Queen was "defective" and didn't have any other Queens helping her command the swarm.
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The Good, the Bad, and the Evil
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The Good, the Bad, and the Evil: At first, Tavi is the good, Aquitaine is the bad, and Kalarus is the evil. Later on, you have Tavi as the good, Aquitaine as the bad, and the Vord as the evil.
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Meaningful Echo
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Meaningful Echo: When Captain Demos asks if Ehren is a Cursor, Ehren responds "I don't know what you mean, sir," but both he and Demos know it is simply a pro forma lie. Later, when Ehren asks if he was working for Kalarus, Demos responds with the same phrase, and makes an effort to mimic Ehren's inflection. Again, they both know it is just a lie to keep up appearances.
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Meaningful Name
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As part of a Meaningful Name. A character named Rook switches places with a royal figure for the sake of maneuverability for her and protection for the royal. In other words, Rook castles.
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Puppeteer Parasite
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Puppeteer Parasite: The Vord's most potent weapon are the Takers, insects the size of a mouse that crawl in through your mouth and take over your body. The Taken bodies are impervious to pain, have strength far beyond their normal capability, and are used to sow dissent and fear amongst the populace. When the Taken is an Aleran, they can even use furycrafting, provided that a non-Taken furycrafts first to "activate" the furies.
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Babies Ever After
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Babies Ever After: Tavi and Kitai's son is born just before the epilogue starts. They name him "desired one". Isana feeds Amara a powerful healing mushroom to help her recover from her wounds given by the Vord Queen; this also fixes her reproductive system, which was damaged years ago by a blight. At Tavi's wedding, she is six months pregnant.
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Lady of Black Magic
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Lady of Black Magic: Lady Placida is a calm, regal woman who cares about those under her charge and will stand up to the Citizens if one is about to harm those she has come to respect. She is the only woman to attain Citizenship by virtue of winning a juris macto duel in her teens; all other woman Citizens save Isana earned the title by marriage. Invidia is something of a hybrid of this and Dark Action Girl. Amoral and carefully calculating, she is a powerhouse on the battlefield and able to firecraft so precisely in a confined space that she utterly destroys an enemy without hurting anyone else. It's implied that she's one of the most powerful furycrafters in the series (second only to Gaius Sextus and Tavi when he's fully powered). Gaius Isana, First Lady of Alera is not as combat-able as either of the two above, but she will not shy away from combat in later books, having fought a High Lord to his defeat by means of her own strength and willingness to sacrifice herself to open his eyes to his own deep hatred and took down six powerful vord that were covered in metal blades with just water attacks. She also connects to the Ocean Fury - that is, the fury that exists in the entire ocean, and the realization of it enhances her power so much that she is able to heal a mortal wound in seconds without a tub of water after pulling off several craftings that would exhaust even a High Lady.
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Making a Splash
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Watercrafting (Knights Aqua): Manipulating water, empathy, underwater breathing, the ability to change their appearance, long-range water-based communication, and, most importantly, healing. Without some metalcrafting, though, they tend to be Unhappy Mediums, since as we all know, A Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Read.
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"Shut Up" Kiss: When Amara and Bernard are imprisoned in Garrison, Amara is anxious and hyperactive in their captivity. Bernard kisses her to calm her down and get her to stop panicking over a situation outside of their control.
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Another Dimension
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Another Dimension: invoked According to Jim Butcher, Carna is another dimension that has wormholes pop up in other dimensions and suck beings in. This is why there are so many different intelligent species (humans, Icemen, Canim, Marat, Vord) on the planet, as well as why some descendants of extinct Earth animals (Megatherium and Terror Birds) are roaming around. The most well-known tear leading to Carna from the "real world" appears intermittently in The Bermuda Triangle.
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I Gave My Word
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I Gave My Word: Demos is scrupulously unscrupulous, but he keeps his word. When he told Ullus that he would kill him if Ullus did not have his money by the time he returned, he meant it.
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Stealth Hi/Bye
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Stealth Hi/Bye: Both windcrafting and woodcrafting are capable of creating veils to hide things from sight (the first by manipulating air to bend light, the second by manipulating plant matter to alter shadows). Powerful enough crafters are capable of seemingly appearing from nowhere. Varg's Hunters do this repeatedly, including once emerging from a room that Tavi and company had been in (alone) only moments before. Eventually, Sha (their leader) pulls this on Valiar Marcus so often that Marcus stops being surprised at finding him in his tent.
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Erotic Eating
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Erotic Eating: When Tavi and Kitai finally have an actual date, the text spends quite a bit of time detailing exactly how Kitai is eating, and at what speeds. Tavi is particularly transfixed by how she eats a berry. Slowly.
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Good Feels Good
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Good Feels Good: Fidelias really likes being Valiar Marcus.
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Godzilla Threshold
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Godzilla Threshold: Many of the measures taken to stop the Vord will have unpleasant long-term consequences, but the Vord are just too big of a threat to consider anything besides the short term. At one point, Tavi's outright told that his plan will result in horrendously destructive weather in a hundred years or so. He says that going through with the plan is the only way to save Alera, so if his country's even still around for that to be a concern, he considers it a win.
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Idiot Ball
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Idiot Ball: Allies and enemies alike point out that Tavi had no reason to think that he could turn the Vord Queen in Shuar against her mother and sister, since it relied on assuming a history and motivation that he had no evidence to support, and that his plan was doomed from the start.
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Politically Incorrect Villain
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Politically Incorrect Villain: The Steadholder Kord, High Lord Kalarus Brencis, and Kalarus Brencis Minoris, are all raging misogynists. Additionally, both Senator Guntus Arnos and Invidia Aquitaine repeatedly show incredibly classist views of Aleran society, with the latter repeatedly calling Isana a “glorified peasant” and “camp whore” during their time together in First Lord’s Fury.
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Big Bad Ensemble
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Big Bad Ensemble: Attis Aquitaine and Invidia Aquitaine, both of whom are arguably separate threats despite being husband and wife, are the Bigger Bads of the first book and have a presence in all the rest; Kalarus is part of three different Big Bad Ensembles in books 2-4, and Sarl is mostly a separate threat in book 3 despite his treacherous and tenuous alliance with the former, as is arguably Big Bad Wannabe Senator Arnos; however, the Vord are the Big Bad of the overall story, both as a species and in the form of the primary Vord Queen, who is involved in an Enemy Civil War with the other Queens.
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Invoked Trope
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Invoked in Cursor's Fury. Tavi commands his windcrafters to part the clouds and reveal the sun at high noon in order to focus the sun's rays into a Death Ray which roasts the Canim.
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Almighty Janitor
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Almighty Janitor: The Cursors are, technically, only the messengers of the First Lord. However, since everybody "knows" that they are just glorified mailmen, they are also used as spies, saboteurs, assassins, infiltrators, and anything else the First Lord requires. Most of the High Lords and Citizenry seem to be aware of the truth, giving them de facto authority when they speak for the First Lord.
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Arc Words
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Arc Words: The admonition to 'finish what you begin' is given to Tavi repeatedly throughout the first novel by multiple different characters. It forms a basis for his personality throughout the series, and receives several callbacks in later books. From Captain's Fury: Hail, Gaius Octavian.
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Killer Rabbit
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Killer Rabbit: Canim pups are the most adorable things ever. They can also bite your hand off at the wrist. Gram, one of the more powerful firecrafters around, uses a fury that takes the shape of a hummingbird named Phyllis.
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The Call Put Me on Hold
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The Call Put Me on Hold: Tavi grows up as a "furyless freak", which is a source of considerable angst. It is also a source of inspiration for him, because he has to think his way out of situations that his countrymen would simply blast their way out of, and he regularly takes advantage of resulting blind spots in their thinking. His lack of furycrafting abilities is a side effect of his mother stunting his growth to prevent his royal lineage from being noticed... and he eventually regains the ability to furycraft.
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It Began with a Twist of Fate
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It Began with a Twist of Fate: Pretty much the entire plot happened because Tavi decided to get some flowers for a girl.
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Horse of a Different Color
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Horse of a Different Color: While regular horses exist, a prefered secondary beast is the Gargant. The descriptions in the books are a little vague, but Word of God finally came out and said that Gargants are descendents of Megatherium, the Giant Ground Sloth. The Canims' mounts, the Taurga. Descriptions are vague, but they give the impression of being massive, predatory camel-analogues, especially in disposition.
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Curse Cut Short
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Curse Cut Short: In Cursor's Fury, though Tavi actually finishes it.
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She Is Not My Girlfriend
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She Is Not My Girlfriend: When Ambassador Varg refers to Tavi and Kitai as "mates" in Academ's Fury they each (at the same time) state that they are not mates. Note this is before they began their relationship.
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Get It Over With
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Get It Over With: Amara refuses to listen to Invidia's justifications or explanations for why she is helping the Vord Queen and tells her to "get on with it" when she holds Amara and Bernard at swordpoint.
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Healing Hands
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Healing Hands: Watercrafters can heal using their furies, but all but the most powerful need a tub of water to immerse the patient in.
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Duel to the Death
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The Juris Macto is the Aleran version. It can be used to resolve legal disputes, matters of honor, or to allow one to gain Aleran citizenship by defeating a Citizen. The challenged participant can have a Champion stand in their stead, but the challenger must fight personally. Not all juris macto fights are to the death, but most of them are, and if a juris macto challenge is withdrawn by the challenger it is recognized as a formal withdrawal of the accusation.
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No One Gets Left Behind
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No One Gets Left Behind: When Kestus and Ivarus are fleeing from the Vord, Ivarus' horse is killed and Kestus turns around to assist him and bring him to safety on his own horse, even though Ivarus says it is more important that he escape with the news. Kestus himself is killed immediately after he turns back for Ivarus, leaving Ivarus/Ehren to continue the journey alone.
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For Want of a Nail
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For Want of a Nail: Thematically lampshaded - everything in the series is kicked off by a serving girl wanting some pretty flowers. If you want to go even further back, all the political chaos and revenge plots and secret motivations of half the cast are all set off by Septimus meeting Isana and refusing another woman's designs for an arranged marriage. If Tavi hadn't stolen High Lady Antillus's purse and found the bloodstone Sarl gave her, the First Aleran would have been destroyed and the Realm plunged into utter warfare, leaving it entirely unprepared for when the Vord struck.
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Despair Event Horizon
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A variant in Cursor's Fury. Araris is hit with a poison that will rot him from the inside, but can be healed. However, he has hit the Despair Eventhorizon and wants to die. So, Isana ties her life to his and tells him he can either die and take her with him, or will himself to live and continue his duty to protect her.
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Consummate Liar
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Consummate Liar: Fidelias (as various watercrafters learn to their dismay and disturbance). Notably, he still has to be very careful when he's lying to Lady Aquitaine, because she is powerful enough to see through him.
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El Cid Ploy
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El Cid Ploy: A significant chunk of the plot of Academ's Fury consists of hiding the fact that Gaius Sextus collapsed from overwork and poison, though they don't find out about that part until book 5.
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White Sheep
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White Sheep: Aric is no saint, but his father, Kord, is a brutish thug and his brother, Bittan, is offensively loud-mouthed and is being raised in the same vein. He eventually turns on his father and frees Isana from her captivity.
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Pronoun Trouble
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Pronoun Trouble: Marat children are referred to by their parents as their "whelp," instead of "boy" or "girl", until they pass a certain rite of adulthood. In the first book, Tavi meets (and is injured by) a Marat child (Kitai), and the narration refers to this child with male pronouns since that is what Tavi assumes her to be. Before the reveal, Tavi asked Doroga, Kitai's father, about his "son" - Doroga's response is to look up at the sky and it seems he is confused by the homonym, as a bit of a language barrier had been established earlier, it is only later that it is revealed that the confusion is because he has a daughter instead.
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"Rashomon"-Style: When Araris Valerian talks about Gaius Septimus, he extols his virtues when it came to dealing with other members of the nobility: he could turn even enemies into friends, and he had the knack for getting other people to back down without wounding their pride or losing face publicly. Aquitaine Invidia, on the other hand, says that Septimus simply didn't notice the enmity he aroused in those around him, and forgot about the grudges that other Citizens would nurse for years.
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Smart People Play Chess
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Smart People Play Chess: Or the local equivalent, ludus. It has two boards, one on top of the other, so you can fight on both the earth and in the sky. This is probably based on the Ancient Roman game ludus latrunculorum, which is said to be similar to chess or draughts.
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Summon Bigger Fish
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Summon Bigger Fish: In Captain's Fury, the Slive is being chased by a larger pirate ship with plans to board. Tavi arranges a boarding action to kill the witchmen aboard the pirate vessel, removing their covering watercrafting and disturbing the leviathans around them. The leviathans, in turn, smash the ship to splinters. In the climax of the series during First Lord's Fury, Tavi is battling the Vord queen and deliberately disturbs the Great Furies Garados and Thana to rouse their wrath against all parties present.
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Language Equals Thought
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Language Equals Thought: The Marat do not have a word for "lying", the closest they can come is to say that somebody is making an 'intentional mistake'. In their culture, when one person accuses another of being mistaken the result is a Duel to the Death between parties to determine who is correct; they find the concept of somebody deliberately telling a falsehood confusing and pointless. The Canim warrior caste have a strict code that covers their treatment of each other within the frame of combat, and they have eleven words to name "enemy". A gadara is "a foe that is equal. Honorable. Trusted." They liken the different gradients of 'enemy' to the way that the Icemen have twenty-four names for 'snow'.
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Chronic Backstabbing Disorder
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If you're noticing a common thread of "Aquitaine/Lady Aquitaine" in these entries, it's because this (and Chronic Backstabbing Disorder) is kind of Lady Aquitaine's hat.
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Let Us Never Speak of This Again
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Let Us Never Speak of This Again: Played for Laughs in First Lord’s Fury when the Alerans literally ride the Canim piggy-back style to take advantage of the remaining furycrafted causeways since Tavi needs both the Canim army and his own forces to do a quick march to Riva and the Canim cannot use furycrafting. While it proves to be surprisingly effective, neither the Canim nor the Alerans involved are happy with the plan, and everyone essentially resolves to never speak about it again.
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"The Reason You Suck" Speech: Amara gives one to Invidia in both Princeps' Fury and First Lord's Fury, then Isana to Invidia and the Vord Queen later in the latter novel.
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Slave Collar
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Slave Collars: Slaves are marked as such by wearing a leather collar to indicate their status. "Discipline collars" are shock collars for slaves. When one is put on you, you are buried in indescribable pleasure, until the mere absence of that pleasure is like torture. From then on, you must obey the orders of the person who put the collar on you, or you will feel pain, while obeying causes pleasure. Worse, you will die if anyone other than the person who put the collar on you tries to take it off, even if that person is dead.
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Big Bad Friend
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Big Bad Friend: Fidelias to Amara.
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Tsundere
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Tsundere: Kitai, especially early on.
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Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!
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Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Tavi and Kitai are inadvertently responsible for the awakening of the Vord. They do eventually fix it, but it takes them all six books. In the final battle, Tavi leads the Awakened Vord Queen to the Great Furies of the Calderon Valley, and accidentally gives her the idea of claiming them, which would make her unstoppable. Kitai is appropriately exasperated.
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Establishing Character Moment
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Establishing Character Moment: Tavi's first scene (Not counting the brief one-page prologue) is when he sneaks out of bed early to retrieve the sheep he had not brought in the night before, only to be caught by his uncle Bernard. The scene emphasizes that Tavi is smart and clever, but that he is not quite as clever as he thinks he is, or able to avoid the consequences of his actions. Aquitainus Attis' first scene has him emphasize that Ad Hominem "is a notoriously weak logical argument. And is usually used to distract the focus of a discussion—to move it from an indefensible point and to attack the opponent." Though he is drunk and watching a slave girl dance seductively, and is being subtly manipulated by those around him, it shows that he is level-headed enough to not ignore credible evidence, or to act without considering all the implications, and he's a lot smarter than he pretends to be. Lady Aquitaine first reveals herself by pretending to be the dancing slave girl she "gave" her husband, carefully observing Fidelias' actions, and noted she planned on killing off the mole now that he fulfilled his use. Antillar Maxiums enters his first scene by knocking around the bullies harassing Tavi and Ehren as he shouts "Good morning!"
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Actually Pretty Funny
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Actually Pretty Funny: Aquitaine actually laughs — albeit weakly — when reflecting that Ehren has successfully assassinated him.
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Small Role, Big Impact
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Small Role, Big Impact: Beritte. She only makes a short appearance in the first book, but it is her request to Tavi to bring her some flowers that kickstarts the story, as Tavi leaving early the next morning leads him to meeting Amara.
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Arranged Marriage
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Arranged Marriage. There are several in the series, and not one of them ends well. Gaius Sextus and his considerably younger wife Caria, which ends with Caria slowly poisoning Sextus for years. Antillus Raucus (Max's dad) and his wife Dorotea. Max believes that Dorotea killed his mother due to her status as Raucus' beloved concubine, and that she is trying to kill him, too, to remove potential threats to her (legitimate) son. It is ultimately revealed that there was a planned marriage between Gaius Septimus and Invidia, but Septimus broke off the engagement when he met and wed Isana. This leads to the start of much of the plot of the series.
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Black Eyes of Evil
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Black Eyes of Evil: Vord Queens have them.
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Open Secret
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Open Secret: The Cursors are officially the messengers of the First Lord, but everyone knows that they are also the First Lord's spies, assassins, and special operatives. It gets to the point that some people are actually surprised when they are reminded of their official job.
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Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking
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Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: Tavi lists off his exploits, pointing out that he killed Sarl, held off a massive army that vastly outclassed his own, beat said massive army, and... beat Nasaug at ludus.
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Captain Smooth and Sergeant Rough
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Captain Smooth and Sergeant Rough: When Tavi and Maximus are sent to join the First Aleran Legion, Max knocks out two legionares that are disrespectful to Tavi, who is there undercover as an officer. When Tavi points out to Max that he could have handled them himself, Max explains that that is not the point; an officer wouldn't dispense corporal punishment, regardless of his capabilities, since that is the job of the Centurions.
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HiveDrone
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Hive Drone: Most Vord are little more than coordinated animals unless a Queen is around to take charge.
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Dishing Out Dirt
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Earthcrafting (Knights Terra): Earth and rock manipulation (good for making buildings!), Super Strength, and ability to induce calm or lust. Additionally, manifest earth furies can be extremely useful... and dangerous.
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Fumbling the Gauntlet
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Fumbling the Gauntlet: When Tavi first encounters Ambassador Varg in Academ's Fury he sees a guard dealing with the frustrated wolfman by being deliberately calm and trying to defuse the situation. While normally acceptable for dealing with humans, Tavi realizes that the predator mentality of the Cane will instead see it as weakness and will react with hostility. Tavi has to burst in and act aggressive himself to prevent a fight. This is discussed in Princep's Fury when Tavi is having the Alerans and Canim teach each other their separate languages and customs. If there is to be more fighting between them, it had best be for good reasons and not a miscommunication.
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Hive Queen
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Hive Queen: The Vord Queen mentally controls her swarm, but only to a certain range. One can tell if the Queen is close based on the effectiveness of the Vord in battle.
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Solar-Powered Magnifying Glass
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Solar-Powered Magnifying Glass: In Cursor's Fury, Tavi uses a small magnifying glass to light a fire to fake having the ability to firecraft (as part of assuming an undercover identity). Later in the same book he uses the same concept writ large as a weapon.
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Magitek
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Magitek: In daily life, most Alerans use technology roughly equivalent to medieval Europe, which is about what one would expect considering the origin of Alera. However, different aspects of furycrafting stand out as modern conveniences: furylamps, which function exactly like lightbulbs; coldstones, which provide refrigeration; watersending, which provides communication across thousands of miles; and air-coaches, which stand in for airplanes. Combined with the healing of watercrafting and the ability of woodcrafting to stimulate the growth of food crops, Alera has a life-expectancy and quality of life equal to the modern day.
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BFG
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BFG: The Balest, the first crossbow in the Codex Alera world: invented by the Canim and the size of a cart horse's yoke. It shoots bolts with enough force to punch straight through a fully armored legionare and still be moving fast enough to wound the man behind him.
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BFS
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BFS: Justified by the Knights Terra, who use earthcrafting to boost their strength enough to wield them. High Lord Placida carries a sword that is actually described in the text as a "monster," large enough to kill gargants and fell trees in a single swing.
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Mon
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Mon: Word of God holds that the furies are in fact based on Pokémon.
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Oblivious Guilt Slinging
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Oblivious Guilt Slinging: Occurs in Captain's Fury, when Tavi makes an offhand comment about how you can always trust your family while Isana is in the room. Isana, who has been lying to him his entire life about his parentage and the reason for his lack of crafting ability, was getting up the nerve to confess. Fidelias/Marcus gets it from both sides. On one hand, Max, Nalus, Crassus, and most of the First Aleran keep going on about how good a friend, adviser, and all around soldier he is, while he is technically working for Lady Aquitaine and has orders to kill Tavi, and on the other, Lady Aquitaine keeps complimenting him on his ideas to get Tavi out of the way, when he feels horribly guilty about coming up with them.
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Elemental Rock–Paper–Scissors
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Elemental Rock–Paper–Scissors: Each element (above) is canceled by its opposite: fire with water, metal with wood, air with earth (or just a pinch of salt), and vice versa. This is mainly used to design prisons and other restraints, but is occasionally used in battle. For example, a Wind-crafter can be cut off from their fury by covering them in enough dirt (or mud), while an earthcrafter merely needs to be suspended above the earth, unable to touch it.
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Right for the Wrong Reasons
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Right for the Wrong Reasons: After surviving an attack that killed or injured almost every other officer of the First Aleran, and then unleashing a dramatic and extremely effective fire attack on the Canim forces, the members of the First Aleran begin to believe that Tavi has amazingly powerful furycrafting abilities. Coupled with his appearance, that leads to rumors that he is the son of Gaius Septimus. Though Tavi has no furies and accomplished what he did through blind luck and quick thinking, the rumors are true after all.
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Exactly What It Says on the Tin
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The Canim castes are the Makers (farmers, workers, and artisans), Ritualists (doctors, priests, and sorcerers), Hunters (spies and assassins), Warriors (Exactly What It Says on the Tin). The Warriors and the Ritualists are continually at odds as to which caste is higher (although the Warriors are almost always shown to be above the Ritualists in power), though they both claim to serve the Makers and the Hunters serve the Warriors.
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Interspecies Romance
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Interspecies Romance: Tavi, a human, and Kitai, a Marat. The two species are almost identical, with the only physical difference being that Marat have a higher body temperature and a shorter gestation period for fetuses. The Marat can also interbreed with humans, though mutual longstanding hostility between them means no one knows this is possible.
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Humanoid Abomination
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The Vord Queens go naked except for cloaks, but their Humanoid Abomination nature means that their nakedness just serves to make them seem even more alien.
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What Happened to the Mouse?
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What Happened to the Mouse?: The Windwolves are last seen preparing to go into battle against the Vord near the end of the sixth book. Despite many of the people they were fighting alongside getting mentioned in the epilogue, their survival (or lack thereof) is not explicitly stated.
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Covert Group with Mundane Front
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Covert Group with Mundane Front: Cursors, to an extent. Technically they serve as the messengers of the First Lord, although all aristocrats know better than that. They are spies and, if need be, assassins. Lampshaded in Captain's Fury, when Tavi has Ehren engage in "the other part of Cursor business" and deliver a message to Nasaug.
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Badass Boast
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Badass Boast: When he is pushed to the point, Gaius Sextus drops all pretense of diplomacy for a show of unquestionable power.
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Playing with a Trope
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When the First and Second Senatorial Guard Legions are introduced in Captain's Fury, it is revealed that the officer originally slated for command of the First suffered a fatal accident before they could march. In a play on the trope, it was not his replacement doing the killing in order to advance his career, but Senator Arnos seeking to make sure that he had somebody in the position he could control.
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Gonna Need More X
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Gonna Need More X: When Giraldi first sees the Vordbulks, he asks Bernard for a larger wall.
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That Man Is Dead
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That Man Is Dead: Araris Valerian died 15 years before the start of the series. Fade, on the other hand, is alive. Fade disappears about halfway through the series, right when Araris returns. After the climax at the end of Captain's Fury, Fidelias ex Cursori is "dead" in favor of Valiar Marcus. Several characters note that High Lady Invidia died and only Invidia, a shell of the former and servant to the Vord Queen, remains. High Lady Antillus Dorotea is fitted with a discipline collar and commanded to serve as a healer. She asks people to simply call her Dorotea, as her previous life is over.
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Badass Army
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Badass Army: The First Aleran, particularly the Battlecrows. They started out as a bunch of half-trained recruits and "veterans" that no one wanted in their army, and eventually became the single most competent Legion in Alera (excepting maybe the Antillan and Phrygian Legions).
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Parental Favoritism
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Parental Favoritism: Kord favored Bittan, who was growing into just as sickening a thug as he was, over Aric, who never quite reached the same depths.
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Civil War
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Civil War: High Lord Kalarus Brencis launches a particularly bloody one against the First Lord in Cursor’s Fury. The "Kalaran Rebellion", as it is called, lasts for roughly two years before it is brought to a swift and violent end in Captain's Fury.
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Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil
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Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: Rape is a "Realm offense;" if somebody is convicted then punishment is meted out not only to them, but even to their family if the judge deems it worthy. First Lord's Fury finally reveals just what it was that caused the infamous duel between Araris Valerian and Aldrick ex Gladius: Aldrick had slept with Odiana after Septimus and his singulares rescued her from sex slavery, and Araris comments that that given just how traumatized she had been there was no way she could have consented or rationally dealt with the situation. Aldrick was wrong to take advantage even if he did it to comfort her, and despite being sword-brothers, Araris could not let it pass.
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Deconstructed Trope
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When the Canim first land on Alera, their Raiders are described as moving almost like the tide of the ocean: Rolling, vast and overwhelming. However, as this means they are also disorganized and unguided, proper Aleran defenses are able to halt their offenses and beat them back with severe casualties.
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Spreading Disaster Map Graphic
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Spreading Disaster Map Graphic: Commanders use green-colored sand on their maps to represent the spread of the Vord. By the end of First Lord's Fury, they often have to use multiple buckets of green sand.
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Posthumous Character
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Posthumous Character: Princeps Gaius Septimus. In the first book, he is mentioned briefly and it almost seems like a bit of scene-setting: this is why there is a succession crisis and scheming noblemen, the monsters in the storm are so dangerous the only safe place is a tomb fit for a prince, and that is all we know about him until halfway through the second book. However, Septimus gets developed as a major character later.
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There Is No Kill Like Overkill
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There Is No Kill Like Overkill: Ambassador Varg beheads and then dismembers the body of one of the Vord Queens in Canea, commenting to Tavi that it is better to be sure.
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Confronting Your Imposter
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Confronting Your Imposter: Of a sort. Aldrick ex Gladius often tells his opponents that "The only man who has ever matched me in battle was Araris Valerian himself, and you aren't Araris" to indicate that he is the superior swordsman. At the climax of the first novel it turns out his opponent is Araris.
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No One Could Survive That!
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No One Could Survive That!: High Lady Aquitaine, conspirator extraordinaire, gets shot with a poisoned crossbow bolt while in disguise as a washerwoman. The combination of the two highly deadly poisons on the bolt plus the fact that the bolt went through her back and out through her chest reportedly kills her within minutes despite the best efforts of the healers. But her body was not in the morgue when the guy who shot her went to make sure. The fifth book reveals that she was indeed mortally wounded, but was able to heal enough to get away... where she was found by a Vord Queen who offered to keep her alive in exchange for her loyalty.
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Psychic Static
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Psychic Static: When the mind-reading Vord Queen is questioning Amara about the location of Bernard, Amara follows the resultant train of thought and brings up every memory relating to Bernard that she can think of. The Queen remarks that her mind is surprisingly disciplined, and has to resort to other methods of information extraction.
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Stealth Expert
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Stealth Expert: The Cursors are typically trained to be this, but Kitai (as a Marat, she has senses far enhanced in comparison to a human's, along with Super Strength and incredible agility) and the Hunters of the Canim take this Up to Eleven. The latter case is especially impressive, since they're all incredibly large Wolf Men who are nevertheless able to catch even Kitai off guard.
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Technically a Smile
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Technically a Smile: Captain Demos is described as showing his teeth in an expression which is definitely not a smile.
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Free-Fall Fight
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Free-Fall Fight: Any fight involving Knights Aeris or other flight-capable citizens (such as Amara). During one such fight, Amara and her opponent take a glance at the rapidly-approaching ground, and decide silently to stop the fight in the interest of not going splat.
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Black Swords Are Better
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Black Swords Are Better: Pirellus, known as Pirellus of the Black Blade, wields a sword with a black blade. He is a renowned swordsman and is the first person to match Aldrick ex Gladius with a blade since the latter's famous duel with Araris Valerian. Unfortunately, despite Pirellus' skill, he is defeated and killed by Aldrick.
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Pint-Sized Powerhouse
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Pintsized Powerhouse: The tavar native to Canea, wolverine-like beasts which are relatively small compared to the giant wolfmen that are the Canim, yet are known among them for being absolutely cunning, vicious, and very capable of taking down much larger beings. And that's why Varg names Tavi "Tavar".
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Medieval Stasis
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Medieval Stasis: For the most part among the Alerans, technology is static and has actually regressed from the original Roman settlers' because of the universal access to Elemental Powers. Magitek is so universal that despite the low tech levels, the quality of life is roughly equivalent to the mid-20th century, and the use of magic has been evolving. There is also an institutionalized traditionalism within Aleran society, thanks to the fact that they've spent a millennia simply fighting to survive against the Death World that is Carna, which resulted in an emphasis on following set, traditional methods. This is, ultimately, a serious problem that the Alerans have, as they have no reference point to deal with enemies using advanced engineering like the Canim, let alone a completely new Out Of Context Problem like the Vord. And then Bernard and Tavi reinvent the catapult. Which turns into a WMD when loaded with lots of small fire orbs children can make with little effort. A WMD in a world with Races of Mass Destruction. This is when the Alerans realize their Medieval Stasis is breaking.
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Crazy Enough to Work
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Crazy Enough to Work: Almost every plan of Tavi's relies on this. So much so that Kitai finds the Final Battle by going to the place only a lunatic would go.
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Hive Mind
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Hive Mind: The Vord. Furies might also count, surprisingly enough — we learn in First Lord's Fury that a single room has thousands or millions of tiny air furies living in it, so the smallest visible furies may be simply amalgamations of the microscopic ones.
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Justified Trope
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Justified by the Knights Terra, who use earthcrafting to boost their strength enough to wield them.
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Karmic Death
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Karmic Death: High Lord Kalarus is killed by not only the father of the man he murdered, but by the enraged Great Fury he had previously leashed to his will as part of a bid to take as many innocent people with him when he was killed. In a way, Gaius Sextus, as he is poisoned by his second wife to the point where his life expectancy is shortened by the same number of years that she was stuck in a loveless marriage to him. Invidia dies by being stabbed in the back.
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Laser-Guided Karma
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Laser-Guided Karma: High Lady Aquitaine's ultimate fate. She was offered a choice between helping her fellow Alerans against the Vord Queen or following the Queen's command to kill the remaining High Lords and Ladies. Not seconds after she chose to side with the Vord Queen, Amara rams a stone-tipped spear through her chest from behind and cuts her throat with a stone dagger.
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Mark of Shame
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Mark of Shame: Fade's brand. It is done to any who desert the Legion. While it is self-inflicted, he feels it is more than justified for his failing to protect Septimus in the final battle, having allowed his love for Isana convince him that following Septimus's orders and protecting Isana was best.
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But I Can't Be Pregnant!
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But I Can't Be Pregnant!: Kitai is shaky on the details of her pregnancy, as she and the father aren't ''quite'' the same species.
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Nothing Personal
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Nothing Personal: When Bernard confronts Aldrick over their conflict atop the walls of Garrison, Aldrick explains that he took no pleasure from it, but that he also refuses to apologize. He expects that Bernard, as a soldier, should understand that.
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You Have Outlived Your Usefulness
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You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: At the climax of Furies of Calderon, Fidelias cuts Atsurak's throat in the midst of the Second Battle of Calderon in order to remove any connection between the invasion and Aquitaine. During the campaign against the Canim in Captain's Fury, Lady Aquitaine orders Fidelais to assassinate Antillus Crassus after he has helped the Senatorial Guard defeat the Canim and he will no longer be necessary to help command the First Aleran At the climax of Captain's Fury, Lady Aquitaine orders Fidelias to kill whoever survives the juris macto between Tavi and Senator Arnos, and assures him that afterwards she will fly the two of them away from the conflict. Fidelias, aware of how she thinks and how much simpler it would be for her if he were to also disappear, knows that she will leave him to die as well after he has fulfilled his purpose. If you're noticing a common thread of "Aquitaine/Lady Aquitaine" in these entries, it's because this (and Chronic Backstabbing Disorder) is kind of Lady Aquitaine's hat.
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Questionable Consent
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First Lord's Fury finally reveals just what it was that caused the infamous duel between Araris Valerian and Aldrick ex Gladius: Aldrick had slept with Odiana after Septimus and his singulares rescued her from sex slavery, and Araris comments that that given just how traumatized she had been there was no way she could have consented or rationally dealt with the situation. Aldrick was wrong to take advantage even if he did it to comfort her, and despite being sword-brothers, Araris could not let it pass.
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Dynamic Entry
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Antillar Maxiums enters his first scene by knocking around the bullies harassing Tavi and Ehren as he shouts "Good morning!"
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Utility Magic
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Utility Magic: Aleran society runs on this. They use furycrafting for every single convenience and technology. All lamps are fury-run because the flames are easier to control and anyone with even basic access to furycrafting can turn the brightness up or down. Firecrafting is again used in the creation of coldstones; unlike lamp-furies and their exothermic properties, coldstones are endothermic and absorb the surrounding heat into them, which means they become refrigeration units. Roads are imbued with earthcrafting to maintain them and allow people to move at a faster rate. In the second book, Invidia Aquitaine reveals she has sponsored the creation of furycrafted cloth which can change its colors to the user's desire. Amara and Bernard use cloaks made of the material to increase their stealth capabilities in the fifth book. Bernard commissions small glass orbs imbued with firecrafting. These are easy to make by anyone with even moderate talent for firecrafting, and when the orbs are launched en masse from catapults, they can generate an explosion comparable to a battle firecrafting from a High Lord.
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Canis Latinicus
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Canis Latinicus: Aleran names bear next to no resemblance to actual Roman naming practices. Gaius Primus, Secundus, etc look ridiculous in a Roman context, and married women apparently take their husband's family name (Romans didn't) without changing it to a feminine form (for example, Aquitaina Invidia would be more correct). Yes, there's been a millennium or two of linguistic divergence, but to readers who know Latin, it just looks wrong.
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Wild Card
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Wild Card: Fidelias will sometimes be motivated to help those still loyal to the realm, even if it does not benefit his goals, and he eventually becomes loyal to Tavi, albeit in a Secret Identity, upon realising that Tavi would make a better ruler than Aquitaine, as well as being a better man.
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Defiant to the End
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Defiant to the End: When Invidia has Amara and Bernard at swordpoint, but seems willing to talk for at least a little while, Amara tells her to quit stalling and explains that she is just pitiful and pathetic and that her actions have no justification or excuse. When Invidia incredulously asks Amara who she thinks she is to talk like that, Amara points out that she is somebody who is willing to give her own life in the service to others, while Invidia is nothing but a traitor and coward who will get neither sympathy nor last-minute forgiveness from her.
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Riddle for the Ages
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Riddle for the Ages: When Aldrick ex Gladius explains to Fidelias why it is that he hates Gaius Sextus, Fidelias claims that there is something more that Aldrick is not telling him. Aldrick admits that there is something more, but refuses to say what. Though later books do delve into Aldrick's history, including how he and Odiana became a couple and his relationship with Princeps Septimus, the series never does explain just what it is that makes Aldrick really hate Gaius. All of the ancient enemies the Alerans fought several hundred years ago - at the least - before the start of the series are only mentioned by Amara in passing by namenote the Malorandim, Children of the Sun, Avar, Yrani, and Dekh in Princeps' Fury, and almost all other details are completely left up in the air. (The only thing we know about any of them is that the Children of the Sun used to live in the Feverthorn Jungle, and whatever they left behind is capable of keeping both Alerans and the Vord from entering.)
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You Remind Me of X
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You Remind Me of X: When Phrygius Cyricus threatens to kill Varg if he or his allies harm any of the citizens of Phrygia, Varg asks Tavi in Canish if Cyricus reminds him of anybody. Tavi, understanding what Varg is referring to, comments that he was holding a knife to Varg's throat at the time.
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Heel–Face Revolving Door
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Heel–Face Revolving Door: Fidelias; see Becoming the Mask. He is always loyal to the Realm, but at one point decides that the current First Lord, old and heirless and pushing himself too hard, cannot provide the stable, strong leadership that the Realm needs and should be replaced by another High Lord. Later, he learns that his current allies are even more ruthless than he thought and that there is a legitimate heir after all. Later still, that legitimate heir learns about Fidelias' past and almost has Fidelias crucified before he is talked out of it.
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Big Bad Duumvirate
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Big Bad Duumvirate: Attis and Invidia Aquitaine married for purely political reasons and both are well aware that they are using one another. Invidia is actually the driving force behind most of the plots that would see Attis get the throne, and is more active in the main story.
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Mass
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Mass "Oh, Crap!": Also common, but especially notable when the Awakened Vord Queen pulls a One-Hit KO on a High Lord.
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Proud Warrior Race
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Proud Warrior Race: The Marat and the Canim. The Alerans also have a strong martial tradition, though it's largely due to the brutality of having to survive in the Death World that is Carna.
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As You Know
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As You Know: When Doroga is appointed Master-at-Arms for a juris macto, he has to read out the rules of the contest; he makes sure to point out that everybody there knows the rules better than him.
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Time Abyss
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Time Abyss: Alera, Spirit Advisor to House Gaius, remembers billions of years back. This is because she is essentially the spirit of the continent itself.
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Better to Die than Be Killed
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Better to Die than Be Killed: Kestus, wounded while trying escape after seeing Tonnar ripped apart by the Vord, turns to Ivarus and says that he does not want to be killed by those creatures. Ivarus, understanding what he means, nods once, and Kestus thanks him before the chapter cuts out. When Amara and Bernard are spying on the Vord, Amara says to Bernard that whatever happens, she does not want to become one of the mindless Taken. Bernard, however, refuses to consider it, instead saying that they are going to live. Period.
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Shapeshifter Weapon
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Shapeshifter Weapon: Watercrafters are capable of using their control over their own bodies to lengthen their fingernails into claws.
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Not So Different
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Tavi laments Senator Arnos' martial incompetence and self-aggrandizement, as with his political influence and admitted intelligence he could have been a great asset if he cared more about solving the problem instead of undermining Tavi to make himself look good. He goes so far as to explicitly say as much to Arnos, but when Arnos instead tries to turn it around that Tavi is no better, Tavi realizes that Arnos really is that far gone and says that he won't be helping anybody after all.
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AppropriatedAppelation
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Appropriated Appelation: The Knights Pisces, who are dubbed such when Tavi notes that the newly formed First Aleran Legion's entire complement of Knights are "fish" (barely competent recruits). After taking several collective levels in badass, and seeing how badly "a bunch of fish" can hurt someonenote Tavi drew sharks into a river by dropping lots of blood into it; any enemy who tried swimming across ran into them, they embrace the name and use it for the rest of the series. The Battlecrows, from the same book, sort of. Instead of taking their name from an insult, they take it from the burned and blackened standard that Tavi carries into battle after it is struck by lightning.
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Door Fu
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Door Fu: In Academ's Fury, a group of Taken Canim strike a closed steel door so hard that it slams to the ground and crushes the man standing on the other side. Max returns the favor soon afterwards.
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The Only One Allowed to Defeat You
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The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Tavi and Varg, especially in Princeps' Fury. Earlier, in Academ's Fury, Varg tells Tavi that the entire reason he is helping him protect Gaius is because Varg wants to be the one to lead the army that will destroy Alera with honor, and that he does not want Alera to fall to Sarl and the Vord Queen's trickery and deception. Applies to any sets of gadara as well, and other Canim will get out of the way in order to let them challenge each other.
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Took a Level in Badass
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Took a Level in Badass: As the series literally follows Tavi as he grows from boyhood to adulthood, each Time Skip in the series follows him growing larger, stronger, more experienced, and constantly receiving training in the arts of politics and war. Ehren is introduced as a Cursor-in-training who is more adept at the economic analysis and information interpretation area of spycraft, although Tavi realizes that Ehren must have been hiding some of his skills from the rest of the group even during this time. After he begins active duty as a Cursor after graduating from the Academy, he grows into a knife-wielding assassin, covert agent, and spymaster. Centurion Schultz, who starts as a fish in Cursor's Fury and is a Centurion by Captain's Fury, mirroring the First Aleran's transformation into one of the most elite Legions of Alera.
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Conflict Killer
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Conflict Killer: The first four novels see various Aleran, Marat and Canim figures jockeying for power and control. Starting in the fourth novel, the Vord threat rises and previous rivalries are explicitly postponed until after the Vord crisis. Despite the Vord crisis, several Aleran characters acknowledge that Aquitainus Attis will still try to seize the First Lord's mantle, and Isana, Bernard and Amara lay their opposition in turn. Even Tavi speaks about the inevitable confrontation once the Vord are dealt with. It is the unassuming and overlooked Ehren who instead assassinates Attis, clearing the way for Tavi's unopposed rise to the throne. Everybody is surprised at this, none more so than Attis himself who almost laughs at the way Ehren outplayed him.
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Kill It with Fire
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Kill It with Fire: The generally preferred method for dealing with the Vord.
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Bigfoot, Sasquatch and Yeti
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Bigfoot, Sasquatch and Yeti: The description given of the Icemen in first Furies of Calderon and later Princeps’ Fury shows that they strongly resemble the archetypal Bigfoot.
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Foreshadowing
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Foreshadowing: In the initial Marat assault on Garrison, Pirellus gets a small cut on his forehead when his helmet cuts into his skin. Though he dismisses it, Centurion Giraldi urges him to get it treated so that dripping blood does not blind him at a crucial moment. During his fight with Aldrick ex Gladius, the cut is re-opened and he is blinded by a drop of blood at a crucial moment, giving Aldrick the opening to disable and then kill him. Aldrick repeatedly dismisses his opponents by saying, "...but you aren't Araris." No prizes for guessing who he ends up meeting again in battle. At the end of Furies of Calderon, Gaius speaks with Fade about the sword he gave Tavi and remarks that the sword is a "princely" gift. In Academ's Fury, while Bernard is preparing for the final push against the Vord Queen, he notes the ugly weather being brought down by the great furies around Garados and remarks that "Even if we don't finish them, the furystorm will finish what we started." At the end of First Lord's Fury, a furystorm is what hurts the Vord Queen enough to allow Tavi to finally finish her. When traveling to the First Aleran Legion, Tavi, Max, and Magnus discuss the nature of the legion, which is comprised of soldiers from every province. It's noted that most High Lords will keep all their good soldiers to themselves, and send the newbies and the troublemakers on to the First Aleran. The Legion will also be a hotbed of intrigue, so in the words of Max, "Anyone competent and friendly is probably a spy". Later, it turns out that the competent Reasonable Authority Figure Valiar Marcus is actually Fidelias, spying for Lady Aquiataine.
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Continuity Nod
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Continuity Nod: After Bernard and Amara have been engaged in a sexual relationship for several years (and multiple novels) Amara asks Bernard when he first realized that he was attracted to her. His response was when he first bandaged her ankle, which occurred in the first novel, soon after they first met. In the battle at Garrison during Furies of Calderon, Frederic enters one scene carrying a dancing girl that he saved during the fighting. Several books later, Tavi receives a letter informing him of Frederic's marriage to "that girl he rescued".
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One-Man Army
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As powerful as the High Lords and Ladies are, with the ability to destroy small armies on their own when they unleash their furycrafting, they are not invincible. Indeed, the most common way they end up being killed is by sneak attacks or being surprised in combat. Invidia is nearly killed in Academ's Fury when several Vord sneak up on her, and in Captain's Fury she is near-fatally wounded by a balest bolt shot by Fidelias, and only saved by the Vord Queen.
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Weak, but Skilled
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Weak, but Skilled: Amara is not one of the most powerful furycrafters in the series, only having one fury, but she has plenty of skill and a quick mind. In First Lord's Fury, while talking to Lady Veradis she points out that other people need to divide their studies and practice amongst many different subjects, while she can focus specifically on flying and other applications of windcrafting. Tavi's nonexistent talents and Ehren's weak crafting forced this on them as a matter of survival. Until Tavi's powers finally awaken.
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DistressedDamsel
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Distressed Damsel: Isana is generally the character to be rescued, as she is held hostage or attacked by (in order) Kord, Kalarus, Navaris, and the Vord Queen.
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Secret Keeper
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Secret Keeper: Several people keep the secrets of Fade and Tavi's respective true identities once they work them out, usually simultaneously, as figuring out the former usually leads to deducing the latter (because why else would Araris Valerian, greatest swordsman in Alera, mar his face with a coward's brand and pretend to be a halfwit slave for twenty years to protect someone who is apparently just an ordinary shepherd boy? Answer: said shepherd boy is actually Gaius Octavian, the son of the late Gaius Septimus and the rightful Princeps of Alera) - as is the case with Sir Miles towards the end of Academ's Fury.
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Not Now, Kiddo
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Not Now, Kiddo: Bernard to Frederic, regarding the Vord parasite he has captured in a cup.
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First Kiss
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First Kiss: Notably initiated by Kitai.
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Throwing Down the Gauntlet
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Throwing Down the Gauntlet: Juris macto is thrown around many of times as a threat, essentially with people saying "If you don't shut up, I'll challenge you to juris macto, and then you'll regret it". Most people back down and shut up. The first time juris macto actually gets thrown down is in Captain's Fury, when Tavi challenges Senator Arnos and gives absolutely no possibility of declining itnote  If Arnos refuses the challenge, he is immediately considered guilty of the wholesale and illegal slaughter of Aleran civilians and will be put to death for treason at worst, and at best, will be stripped of his command of the Senatorial Legions and the honor of winning the battle against the Canim invaders, which is what he's been angling for the whole book. Arnos has no choice but to accept, and he takes that realization poorly. Doroga sets Tavi up to throw down a gauntlet in Furies of Calderon by giving him a chance to challenge the validity of the Marat's war before the One.
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Training
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Training "Accident": Amara's test at the beginning of the series was not really to see whether she could get information; it was to see if she would stay loyal and be able to escape after Fidelias's betrayal, which Gaius predicted.
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Odd Name Out
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Odd Name Out: Isana, Amara, Fidelias, Maximus, Araris, Invidia... Tavi? Which is Foreshadowing, as it happens. "Gaius Octavian" fits right in with the rest of those awesome Latin-derived names.
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Samus Is a Girl
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Samus Is a Girl: For such a smart guy, Tavi takes far too long to realize that Kitai is female. Twice!
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Eye Scream
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Eye Scream: Turns out, a sufficiently powerful watercrafter can regrow her own eyes after they have been clawed out.
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Half-Human Hybrid
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Half-Human Hybrid: In a rather twisted way, the Vord Queen by virtue of absorbing both Kitai's and Tavi's blood in her larval form. Gaius Desiderius Tavarus, born of Tavi (an Aleran/human) and Kitai (a Marat).
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Action Mom
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Action Mom: Isana gets more involved in the direct action starting in Captain's Fury. Rook a.k.a. Gaelle is not only a mother, but a skilled spy and assassin. Amara becomes an adoptive mother by the final book and doesn't shy away from combat. Though it's more like Action Expecting Mother, Kitai spends the last half of book six pregnant. Doesn't stop her from tag-teaming with Tavi to destroy the Vord Queen.
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The Butler Did It
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The Butler Did It: Ehren is known as a simple aide to the First Lord, helping with paperwork and such. His gentle manipulations are the reason Princeps Aquitaine went into battle to draw out either the Vord Queen or her second-in-command. The Princeps dies from wounds received in the battle.
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Gratuitous Latin
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Gratuitous Latin: Used extensively, with good reason: Word of God is that the Alerans are descended from one of the Lost Roman Legions.
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Double-Meaning Title
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Double-Meaning Title: "Fury" is a word for wild anger, and within the series refers to a person's ability to furycraft (manipulate the elements). The titles of each book refer both to Tavi's anger and rage over what happens, but also to his relationship with furycrafting.
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Mood Whiplash
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Mood Whiplash: Often. Particularly when Max goes in and out of scenes.
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Happiness in Slavery
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Happiness in Slavery: What eventually happens to people with discipline collars on them. Considering the methods employed, this is never presented as a good thing.
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Orifice Invasion
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Orifice Invasion: Vord Takers crawl in through your mouth, secreting a poison to numb your flesh so you do not know they are crawling into you until it is too late.
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Due to the Dead
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Due to the Dead: The Canim sing a "Blood Song" for fallen warriors. Warriors who become Hunters (spies, assassins, and saboteurs) have their blood songs sung when they make the transition, because their old life is over. The legionares who die serving on the Shieldwall, the fortifications protecting Alera from the northern Icemen, are burned on a funeral pyre instead of being buried. It is symbolic of keeping them away from the Icemen. High Lord Antillus will give this honor to civilians who die valiantly fighting Icemen if they breach the wall and reach the steadholts. The Marat tradition of eating one's enemy to gain his strength may be this for some. When Hashat killed some of Princeps Septimus' singulares in the battle of First Calderon, she took their possessions and ate their hearts to honor them and take of their strength.
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MacGuffin
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Later, when Aldrick has struck down Bernard, Amara, and Tavi in turn, and is getting ready to kill Tavi and take back the MacGuffin, Fade finally drops his Obfuscating Stupidity pretense and reveals himself as Araris Valerian, facing and defeating Aldrick in a metalcrafting duel.
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Obfuscating Stupidity
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Throughout Furies of Calderon, Fade repeatedly saves Isana's life by tripping over people and spilling hot soup right at the critical moment. All on purpose.
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The Un-Smile
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The Unsmile: The Vord Queen's smile is described as something without meaning or warmth, a movement of facial muscles that is a replication of something she has seen in others.
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No Woman's Land
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No Woman's Land: Though Alera's women do enjoy plenty of rights as freemen, the number of female Citizens is limited; up until Gaius promoted Isana to the Citizenry at the end of Furies of Calderon, no woman had ever gained Citizenship without either serving in the military note Difficult, as women could not normally be legionares, so this requires them to serve as either healers or Knights, both of which require strong furycrafting, or the woman had to disguise herself as a man until such a point that her deeds on the battlefield proved her worthy of being a Citizen if she revealed her gender, winning a Citizenship bout (requiring strong furycrafting), or marriage into the Citizenry (strong furycrafting being nearly required as well). In short, women without Knight-level furycrafting are generally out of luck in Alera, at least until Gaius promoted Isana. This becomes an important plot point as the series progresses, as Isana's promotion is taken as an official statement by the First Lord regarding parity of genders and a sign of his power, making Isana a target for those trying to undermine Gaius' authority. It also resulted in an increase in sale prices for female slaves and caused chaos and pressure in the slave trade in general. Since Kalarus is one of the two High Lords with eyes on the First Lord's crown, and the province of Kalare is heavily dependent on slave labor, this seriously hampers his economy and pushes him into launching the brewing civil war earlier than he planned.
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Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Fade.
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Humanity Is Infectious
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Humanity Is Infectious: The Vord Queen is more human-like than both her predecessors or her offspring because of Tavi and Kitai's blood mingling with her larval form.
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Deliberate Values Dissonance: Slavery, torture, and genocide of nonhuman species are all accepted in Aleran society, remnants of their Roman ancestry, though there is an increasingly influential abolitionist lobby in the form of the Dianic League. Women are also stuck in a second-class status, but the patriarchy has weakened slightly due to their ability to gain Citizenship by proving their martial abilities.
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Red Baron
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Red Baron: Skilled swordsmen of Alera are often given sword-based nickames which become part of their actual names. Aldrick ex Gladius. "Ex Gladius" means "of the sword," and when he is introduced Fidelias explicitly states that he is known throughout Alera as "the Sword." Pirellus of the Black Blade.
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Slipping a Mickey
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Slipping a Mickey: Aphrodin, a chemical derived from hollybell plants, causes intense sexual desire in those who drink it. Some people take it deliberately as a recreational drug or sexual stimulant, but it is also given to others without their knowledge for seduction and rape.
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Asskicking Equals Authority
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Asskicking Equals Authority: An Aleran freeman can become a Citizen through several different means, but all of them (with the exception of appointment to a government position or marriage to a Citizen) involve combat in some way. The laws of the land ensure that the most capable and most powerful furycrafters end up at the top of the social order.
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Wolf Man
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When Tavi meets Varg for the first time, the Canim ambassador is demanding to see Gaius, who cannot see anyone at the moment due to currently being in a coma. How does the Aleran with no furycrafting stop a 9-foot tall Wolf Man? He gets Varg to lean in close and pulls a knife on the Cane, threatening a mutual kill if Varg doesn't back off and go away. Varg is impressed.
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Alas, Poor Villain
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Alas, Poor Villain: Thrice. A downplayed case is seen with Phrygiar Navaris in Captain’s Fury. Tavi isn't particularly devastated by her death, but he's not very proud of having used her Freudian Excuse to induce a Villainous Breakdown and takes the time to gently close her eyes after she dies. In First Lord’s Fury, High Lord Aquitaine Attis dies a slow, lingering, and excruciatingly painful death, having executed the duties of his office with both great dignity and relatively conscientious, selfless regard. And the third and most surprising time is the Awakened Vord Queen, having shown an increasing fascination with human customs and mockingly called Tavi and Kitai her parents, admits before her certain death that she learned much from humans, that they were stronger than the Vord, and that her battle against them was never personal; she was just trying to do what she was supposed to do as a queen. She also asks if Tavi will make her suffer; he says no. Briefly discussed by the Great Fury Alera. While they were never really “villains” to begin with, she expresses sorrow for the other sapient races on the continent that were wiped out by the ancient Alerans before the present day, referring to them as having been just "lost travelers" like the Romans/Alerans, Marat, Canim, Icemen, and Vord all are.
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Red Shirt
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Red Shirt: Tons of people without names die, from legionares to civilians, as situations spiral increasingly out of control.
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The Dead Have Names
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The Dead Have Names: In their first skirmish with the Canim forces in Alera, two members of the First Aleran cavalry are killed. When Tavi realizes that neither he nor Maximus know their names, he asks Max to find out. After a pair of Hunters are killed in battle with the Vord, Tavi asks their leader what their names were, and asks if anyone will sing a Blood Song (Canim funerary ritual) for them. Their leader tells Tavi that the Songs were sung when they became Hunters, having died in society's eyes then. One Cane ritualist, Master Marok, uses this to take the wind out of the sails of one of his less-honorable colleagues. After Tavi is forced to kill two Canim commoners in self-defense, the ritualist says that a blood price must be paid for them — and Marok undercuts him by asking if he even knows their names, which he clearly doesn't.
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Giant Equals Invincible
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Giant Equals Invincible: Averted with Walker the gargant. Doroga explains that Walker, while powerful, isn't invincible, as his feet are very vulnerable to damage. Vordbulks, building-sized creatures with no eyes and extremely tough armor that are designed to breach shieldwalls by falling on them, seem all but invincible. Like Walker, their feet are weak points. They can also be taken out by feeding them a bomb of sufficient force.
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Chekhov's Skill: See Tavi learning/demonstrating some new skill? There is a pretty good chance he is going to use it for something absurdly badass and awesome by the end of the book. At the beginning of Cursor's Fury, Tavi and Magnus are testing out a catapult they made based on old Roman documents. It promptly gets smashed when an irate Max almost gets hit by a rock and chucks it back at them. No more mention is made, and it seems to be a funny but irrelevant side-note. Until the last book, when we learn that Tavi wrote home to his uncle about it, and Bernard set up over a hundred of the things as part of the defenses in the Calderon Valley, and loaded them, at Tavi's suggestion, with glass spheres full of fire furies that explode when they break. They do more damage than the High Lords when turned on the Vord army, and the ammo is easy enough to manufacture that they can outlast them, too. Furycrafted roads allow legions to move quickly on them and crafters can even give their horses a boost of speed from the roads. Later, Tavi substitutes "horses" with "Canim" when he needs both the Canim army and his army to do a quick march. While the Canim cannot use furycrafting, carrying the Alerans allows them the use of the causeways. Additionally, the Awakened Vord Queen is able to use the collared Citizens under her command to repair the causeways the Alerans had been severing to slow her advance, allowing her to (relatively) quickly assemble her forces and attack Riva before its defenders are ready. Mistress Cymnea's ladies are well practiced in earthcrafting, to better stir the loins of weary legionares. Tavi conscripts them as combat engineers to be ready to destroy a key bridge if need be, given their many years of practice with earthcrafting. In First Lord's Fury, Fidelias remembers part of his Cursor training: Cursors develop the skill to sneak up behind a person in absolute silence before stabbing them in the neck at the top of the spine, a guarantee one-hit kill even on a powerful Citizen. Amara uses this exact technique to finally kill Invidia using a stone knife, as her metalcrafting would have detected a metal blade.
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Oh, Crap!
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Oh, Crap!: Everywhere and in wide variety. Mass "Oh, Crap!": Also common, but especially notable when the Awakened Vord Queen pulls a One-Hit KO on a High Lord.
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Sanity Has Advantages
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Sanity Has Advantages: Phrygiar Navaris may be a swordswoman on par with Araris, but her Ax-Crazy nature ultimately leads to her death at Tavi's hands.
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All for Nothing: The Forever War between the Alerans and Icemen is revealed to be this in Princeps’ Fury. The war is almost entirely the result of a Hate Plague unintentionally caused by the mutually inimical interactions between Aleran firecrafting (used to help keep their soldiers alive in the Grim Up North of Antillus and Phrygia) and the watercrafting-based Telepathy practiced by the Icemen. The two sides have fought each other to a bloody standstill for countless centuries with no benefit gained, resulting only in an ever-mounting body count and mutual hatred.
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Accidental Marriage: Tavi attempts to claim that he and Kitai have been accidentally married for years in order to reassure Kitai of the nature of their relationship and, more importantly, the legitimacy of their child.
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What You Are in the Dark: When Max tells Tavi that he should buy a woman for the night in Cursor's Fury, pointing out that nobody would know. Tavi gives the standard response that he would know. When Bernard asks Amara why she did not kill Invidia when she had the chance, since she could easily have blamed it on the enemy or even natural causes, Amara explains that she refuses to live in Invidia's world, where actions are determined by power and practicality. Her world has laws and justice, and she would rather live there and suffer than win by using Invidia's methods.
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Ms. Fanservice
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Ms. Fanservice: Invidia and Amara, along with Kitai in the later novels.
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Be Careful What You Wish For: In the beginning of Academ's Fury Tavi thinks about how the universe played a cruel trick on him by giving him exactly what he wanted. His life's dream in Furies of Calderon was to attend the Academy in Alera Imperia; now that he's there, he gets to see that pettiness and cruelty are a fact of life that he cannot escape. Isana wanted Tavi's growth stunted so people would think him younger than he actually was and would therefore never make a connection with his father, Gaius Septimus. She got what she wanted, but it also delayed Tavi's ability to use furycrafting until he was in his twenties. It caused him much pain and anger after he learned Isana had done it to him.
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I Did What I Had to Do: Gaius tries to justify blowing up Kalare by unleashing Kalus this way, pointing out that it actually saved lives compared to the alternative. It was also in part a case of Best Served Cold — High Lord Kalarus was a member of the cabal that killed his son.
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Death by Despair: When Gaius Septimus died, his mother took ill soon afterwards. She had his unfinished portrait (which she was in the middle of painting when she received the news) hung in her room as she wasted away.
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Fantasy Conflict Counterpart: The campaign fought in the Amaranth Vale between the invading Narashan Canim and the First Aleran Legion has many parallels to the Second Punic War, with Nasaug painted as an analogue to Hannibal Barca and his forces as the Carthagians invading the Italian Peninsula. It's also likely not a coincidence that he's matching wits with a foe named "Rufus Scipio" — as in, Scipio Africanus, the legendary Roman general who ultimately defeated Hannibal.
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The Bet: The series was originally written on one. Jim Butcher was in a debate over whether a good story required a good idea, or if a good story could be written with a bad idea. The other member of the argument, whose name has now been lost to time, bet that Butcher could not write a good story based on a terrible idea he came up with. Butcher responded that he would take two. The ideas were the Lost Roman Legion... and Pokémon. By Princeps Fury, the Cursors have a pool on who will be the victor when Lord Aquitaine and Lady Aquitaine inevitably turn on each other. Ehren gets in on it and bets on Lady Aquitaine; this turns out to be the correct choice.
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Everyone is a Super
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Everyone is a Super: And some supers are more super than others. Except Tavi, who isn't super at all. At least not for the first few novels.
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Bothering by the Book: In Captain's Fury, Ehren mentions dealing with Senator Arnos earlier in the book had him studying of Aleran law and procedure to help outgambit the man. In the end, Ehren writes documents to not only validate Tavi's title of Octavian, Prince of the Realm, but for Tavi to give himself the authority to free himself from prison on his own recognizance to defend the honor of the Realm. It all stands up to Arnos' legal expert.
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Lost in Translation: In Princeps' Fury, Marcus is teaching a young, energetic Cane how to speak Aleran. He encounters the syntax issue when the Cane states, "Alerans smell badly." His intent is to claim, "Alerans have a poor sense of smell" not that "Alerans stink." Marcus is very careful in his critique, as the 8-foot tall Wolf Man is a young packleader (officer) trying to demonstrate his prowess in front of his elder (Varg), and is not likely to react well to being told that he is incorrect, along with the resulting loss of face. When the Cane lunges at him in anger, Marcus evades and slams the Cane's head into the ground, continuing his conversation as though it didn't happen.
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Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: Wind furies have very short attention spans unless under the control of an exceptionally talented crafter, which can make long-distance flight problematic.
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Magical Defibrillator
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Magical Defibrillator: Veradis, the daughter of High Lord Ceres, can do this through a combination of watercrafting and windcrafting to channel electricity.
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Emotion Bomb
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Emotion Bomb: A less utilized, but very effective, application of firecrafting. Not only can it cause panic in your enemies and break a charge, it can inspire heroism in your own troops. Tavi uses this to escape a watercrafter that is drowning him. He focuses on his fear and drives himself into a panic to overwhelm her senses.
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Jackie Robinson Story
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Jackie Robinson Story: Isana becomes the first female steadholder at the end of Furies of Calderon. Tavi becomes the first non-crafter to be, well, everything.
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Codex Alera / int_b82676ad
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Pretender Diss
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Pretender Diss: Aldrick ex Gladius, regarded as one of the greatest swordsmen living, is legendary partly because of his famed duel with Araris Valerian. At multiple points throughout the series he crosses swords with other famed warriors, calmly informing each of them, "The only man who has ever matched me in battle was Araris Valerian himself, and you aren't Araris." When it turns out that one of them actually is Araris, Aldrick practically collapses.
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Ignored Expert
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Ignored Expert: Nobody believes Bernard about the threat the Vord pose. He eventually just gives up on trying to convince the idiots in charage and starts fortifying the Calderon Valley instead, but Ehren believes that Bernard had convinced the First Lord and had been operating under secret orders to prepare for an invasion.
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Knife Nut
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Once Ehren becomes a Cursor he carries numerous knives hidden about his person. Eventually people begin commenting on just how many he has tucked away from view.
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Sadistic Choice
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Sadistic Choice: When the Vord Queen studies people to try and understand their thoughts and motivations, she orders a mother to hand over her infant son. The mother looks to Invidia and asks for help, but she tells her that she has another child that she can protect by handing over the baby as ordered.
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I Shall Taunt You
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I Shall Taunt You: In Cursor's Fury, Tavi uses his knowledge of his enemy's culture to make their leader look like a fool and thus erode his support. Tavi uses this against Phrygiar Navaris after he determines the cause of his opponent's fragile mental state.
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You Just Told Me
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You Just Told Me: In First Lord's Fury, at the culmination of Magnus's suspicions over Marcus's history, during a fight with some Vord, he yells, "Fidelias! Behind you!" and "Marcus" whirls around. Tavi, who'd agreed to the plan thinking he'd exonerate Marcus, is very, very pissed.
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Improbable Aiming Skills
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Improbable Aiming Skills: Anyone with strong woodcrafting ability becomes an incredible archer; examples include Bernard, Fidelias, and any Knight Flora. In Academ's Fury, a group of Knights Flora looses a barrage of arrows that are so precise they can fly between a legionaire's ear and his shield, or beneath a rising sword arm as the soldier in question strikes out. In Captain's Fury, a woodcrafter named Iris the Hawk is so accurate that she can put arrows into men's heads or throats from four hundred yards while on the rolling deck of a moving ship. By comparison, the classic English longbow could potentially reach those ranges in ideal conditions, but with only inaccurate, arching barrage fire.
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Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal
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Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: Aric turns on his father, Kord, because of the horrendous treatment he endures and the generally abhorrent attitudes and actions he was raised with.
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Honorable Marriage Proposal
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Honorable Marriage Proposal: Discussed in First Lord's Fury, when Tavi discovers that Kitai is pregnant. He suggests that they could get married right now so their child won't be seen as a bastard, but they ultimately decide to wait and get properly married when the war is over.
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Happily Married
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Amara and Bernard. Bernard is approaching middle age, whereas Amara is just entering adulthood. Unlike the above, though, they are Happily Married.
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New Meat
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Centurion Schultz, who starts as a fish in Cursor's Fury and is a Centurion by Captain's Fury, mirroring the First Aleran's transformation into one of the most elite Legions of Alera.
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Kicking Ass in All Her Finery
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Kicking Ass in All Her Finery: Amara is wearing a dress (which Isana notes is a rarity for her) when the heroes are ambushed in Ceres by Kalare's Immortals in Cursor's Fury. It doesn't stop her from kicking plenty of ass or being the one to personally chase down and capture Rook in a one-on-one fight. Placida Aria is almost never seen without a gorgeous flowing gown. She's also one of the most badass High Lords in the entire series, having earned her title in the juris macto (most High Ladies married into the title, but Aria refused to do so).
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Weaksauce Weakness
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Weaksauce Weakness: For Windcrafting, earth, mud, dust, and salt are common things which can be the bane of their wind streams that give them flight. At Tavi's suggestion, Bernard weaponizes the salt by making salt-tipped arrowheads which will damage any windcrafting. For Earthcrafters, they must maintain contact with the earth to use their super strength. One can lift the crafter off the ground and strip them of their strength. For Watercrafters, dehydration is a common tactic, as is overwhelming them with emotions.
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Childless Dystopia
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Childless Dystopia: in First Lord's Fury, the Vord Queen offers the people of Alera the option to surrender peacefully and live out the remainder of their natural lives under her rule. The only requirement is that they not be allowed to sire any more children.
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Subverted Trope
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In Furies of Calderon, Amara sends Tavi ahead to warn Garrison, since he is the only person who can testify to having seen the Marat. She decides to stay behind and delay Fidelius and Aldrick, since she and Tavi have no chance of outrunning them. Bernard is the one to actually run into her, and the two of them then do their best to catch up to Tavi.
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Who Names Their Kid
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Who Names Their Kid "Dude"?: It isn't immediately obvious if you don't know Latin, but High Lady Invidia Aquitainus' parents essentially named her 'envy'.
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Unwanted Spouse
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Unwanted Spouse: According to Max, the tradition of arranged marriages in Alera means that this is the norm among High Lords. Gais Sextus and Gaius Caria wed after the death of Sextus's first wife, when Sextus was already well into middle-age and Caria was barely an adult. She thought she would be living out a romantic fairy tale, but (as Sextus himself admits) she was stuck with a scheming old man who had manipulated her from the beginning. She is eventually driven to an affair with Aquitaine and poisons Sextus. Antillus Raucus and Antillus Dorotea were married after their parents arranged the pairing in an attempt to unite the southern and northern cities, as Raucus was heir to Antillus and Dorotea was the daughter of the High Lord of Kalare. Raucus was in love (or at least affectionate lust) with a dancing slave girl, and he and Dorotea bitterly despised each other, but they both continued to play their roles.
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True Companions
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True Companions: Tavi and Max became close friends after rooming together at the Academy, which Gaius had arranged with the hopes of this result, and they were joined by Ehren, a fellow Cursor-in-training. Crassus, Max's half-brother, had a very rocky relationship with Max going back to their childhood, and got off on the wrong foot with Tavi as well, but eventually they grew past their differences. As is slowly revealed through the series, Princeps Septimus had a cadre of true companions in Araris Valerian, Miles, Antillus Raucus, other (unnamed) swordsmen who formed his singulares, and Aldrick ex Gladius and Aquitainus Attis. Those who survived his death at First Calderon were forever changed by it.
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Chrome Champion
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Chrome Champion: When the First Lord goes to battle, he has enough power and skill with metalcrafting to turn into this. In First Lord's Fury Araris Valerian does the same.
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Badass Bookworm
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Badass Bookworm: Tavi. The boy has no furycraft (well, at least until the end of book 3), so he has to use his mind. He adapts new strategies and fighting tactics (some even based on ancient Roman history) and fully embraces all the lessons he has been taught. Ehren presents the appearance of a scribe or accountant — and in fact works as a scribe in his duties as a Cursor — but is adept at taking down plenty of people with his many, ''many'', knives. He ultimately arranges Aquitaine's assassination to clear the way for Tavi's unchallenged rise to the throne. Gaius Sextus' private study is described like a hunting lodge, but with walls of books instead of hunting trophies. It wouldn't be out of character for him to have devoured each book many times to see what new things he could take from them.
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Alien Kudzu
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Alien Kudzu: Wherever the Vord spread, the croach grows as well. Described as a waxy, leathery substance covering a gelatinous liquid, it completely covers not just the ground but also all buildings and trees in the regions that the Vord occupy. It serves as both a food source for the Vord (the croach subsumes organic matter to provide nutrients) and a sentinel; whenever its surface is broken, the Vord know that an enemy is walking upon it.
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Offscreen Moment of Awesome
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Offscreen Moment of Awesome: The frequently recounted duel between Araris Valerian and Aldrick ex Gladius, which took place nearly twenty years before the start of the story proper. Everyone who saw it claimed it was the single greatest swordfight in history, with an audience of more than fifty thousand people and lasting for more than ten hours.
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Humanity Is Insane
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Humanity Is Insane: Almost every nonhuman species is convinced that Alerans are completely, irrationally mad.
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Fan Disservice
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Fan Disservice: The Vord Queens go naked except for cloaks, but their Humanoid Abomination nature means that their nakedness just serves to make them seem even more alien. Invidia after her fight with Attis in First Lord's Fury. The fact that the narration often refers to her as "the burned woman" should serve as a good indicator of how far she's fallen in terms of physical beauty.
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Shout-Out
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Shout-Out: Tavi's name is based on Rikki Tikki Tavi, a mongoose that regularly overcomes greater foes with cunning and skill in the works of Rudyard Kipling. Placidus Aria and her husband Sandos are based on Aral and Cordelia Vorkosigan from the Vorkosigan Saga in both their appearance and personality. In "First Lord's Fury", Varg knocks down Khral, an attacking ritualist, with what is strongly implied to be a copy of the Commentarii De Bello Gallico by Julius Caesar. In "First Lord's Fury", Doroga rides to the rescue with his big freaking club and shouts "Good day!" as he pastes a Vord. There is a Danish weapon called a gotendag ("good day"), which is basically a giant wooden club with spikes. Supposedly, its wielders would shout "Gotendag!" when using it to take down knights on horseback.
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Unspoken Plan Guarantee
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Unspoken Plan Guarantee: Tavi and others in the series are quite good at playing their cards close to their vests. Becomes even more true in the fifth book, when Tavi realizes that the Vord are able to read the minds of their foes... and thus sets up a plan that is unspoken even to those who are carrying it out, using a whole network of sealed orders.
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Freudian Excuse
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Freudian Excuse: Max's status as The Hedonist stems from his bitter acceptance that he's destined to live only a short and tragic life due to the manipulations of his Wicked Stepmother. Her poor relationship with her father is why Phrygiar Navaris is the way she is. Exploiting it is how Tavi beats her in a duel to the death.
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Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!
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Get A Hold Of Yourself Man: Tavi looks at Varg, who is suffering a BSOD from learning his entire nation has been devoured by the Vord and with it his family, takes a hammer, and smacks him hard on the armored chest to wake him the heck out of his stupor.
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Bring News Back
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Bring News Back: When Ivarus, Kestus, and Tonnar are ambushed by the Vord, Ivarus says that it is more important for Kestus to escape and warn Alera than it is for him to stop and assist Ivarus, whose horse has been killed. When Amara and Bernard are spying on the Vord, they debate whether or not they should go further into Vord territory or leave now and bring their discoveries to the First Lord. They ultimately agree to continue deeper into enemy territory, but Bernard makes Amara promise to return directly to the First Lord, without him if need be, once they complete their mission.
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The Alliance
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The Alliance: By the end of First Lord's Fury, all of the non-Vord races are getting along reasonably well and the New Academy will be open to all species with a variety of talents. Tavi even refers to it as "the Alliance" in the epilogue.
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Impaled with Extreme Prejudice
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Impaled with Extreme Prejudice When fighting the Vord Queen in the First Aleran's camp, Tavi is pinned to a rock with a razor-edged, poisoned vord-chitin sword. He almost cuts his fingers off trying to get himself free. The Vord Mantis Warriors in First Lord's Fury tend to do this. One almost kills Ehren this way, pinning him to a fortress wall in the process. Amara impales Invidia from behind with a stone-headed spear before cutting her throat.
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It Can Think
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It Can Think: The Vord, when commanded by a Queen. This is especially evident the first time they show up as a major threat, when they have not yet built up a truly absurd numerical advantage and fight a vicious guerrilla war instead.
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Chekhov's Volcano
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Chekhov's Volcano: The climax of Captain's Fury (well, one of them) has the First Lord unleashing Kalus, the Great Fury within the volcanic Mount Kalare, destroying High Lord Kalarus, his capital city, and all of the other towns and steadholts for hundreds of square miles, killing hundreds of thousands.
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Taking You with Me
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Taking You with Me: In Academ's Fury, Isana is attacked by assassins in the capital while she is being guarded by a Cursor and Sir Nedus, a Retired Badass. Nedus is personally attacked by three swordsmen, and is stabbed by the third after killing the first two. Nedus proceeds to grab the third swordsman and kill him while he himself is dying. A variant in Cursor's Fury. Araris is hit with a poison that will rot him from the inside, but can be healed. However, he has hit the Despair Eventhorizon and wants to die. So, Isana ties her life to his and tells him he can either die and take her with him, or will himself to live and continue his duty to protect her. In Captain's Fury, Gaius Sextus reveals that High Lord Kalarus has bound the fury within Mount Kalus to himself, tying it to his life. When he dies, the volcano will erupt, destroying the city of Kalare and killing everybody in the surrounding region. Gaius sets the volcano off himself, since allowing it to erupt on Kalarus's terms would have resulted in the city being filled with even more refugees and soldiers. In Princep's Fury Tavi expected this as a final result when he got his one-on-one meeting with the Vord Queen in Canea. He anticipated she would refuse his offer of peace and alliance, and planned on killing her even at the cost of his own life. Thankfully Kitai knew him well enough to predict this course of action and act accordingly. The Vord are attacking Alera Imperia and have just sprung a trap that has routed the defenders. Gaius Sextus, realizing that the Legions have been outmaneuvered, erupts a volcano beneath the city to destroy the Vord horde as it claims the city and himself. The surviving Vord are reduced to barely a tenth of their original number when the assault ended.
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Feed It a Bomb
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Vordbulks, building-sized creatures with no eyes and extremely tough armor that are designed to breach shieldwalls by falling on them, seem all but invincible. Like Walker, their feet are weak points. They can also be taken out by feeding them a bomb of sufficient force.
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Deus Exit Machina
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Deus Exit Machina: Gaius Sextus could easily handle a lot of the problems of the first four or five books, so a pretty good fraction of the plot revolves around taking him out of the picture somehow.
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I Just Want to Be Special
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I Just Want to Be Special: Tavi, initially. (Although strictly speaking he just wants to be normal - every ''other'' Aleran has the power to control the elements, after all.)
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While regular horses exist, a prefered secondary beast is the Gargant. The descriptions in the books are a little vague, but Word of God finally came out and said that Gargants are descendents of Megatherium, the Giant Ground Sloth.
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Outside-Context Problem
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Outside-Context Problem: invoked The Vord, which do not behave like any of the other species which inhabit the world of Carna and have been encountered only in vague legends of the Marat. Word of God states that they are alien invaders.
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Kraken and Leviathan
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Kraken and Leviathan: The leviathans are mammoth deep-sea creatures that regularly sink ships which attract their notice. Infants are a "mere" forty-feet long.
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Colonel Badass
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Colonel Badass: There is not a rank of "colonel" in the Legions, but some captains, especially Tavi, fit this trope pretty well.
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The Magocracy
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The Magocracy: Though not as obvious about it as other settings using the same trope, Alera is effectively one of these. One's political power within Alera is dependent on their capacity for furycrafting, with the First Lord being generally held as the most powerful furycrafter. High Lords, just below the First Lord, are nearly as strong, and are each a virtual One-Man Army. Below these are Citizens, who possess strong furycrafting in one or more disciplines and can prove that strength in a furycrafting duel with another Citizen. Everyone else (who aren't slaves) are freemen, who have some basic furycrafting but usually not enough to stand out.
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Camp Follower
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Camp Followers: All Legions have the standard merchant, vagabond and prostitute followers. Women have a mandatory term of service in the followers during their late-teens/early-twenties where they serve as cooks, seamstresses, etc. for the Legions. There is the implicit instruction to also serve as a dating pool for the Legions, with dialogue indicating that the real purpose young women are assigned is to make sure that legionares reproduce and have available wives; Isana says that when she had a miscarriage during her term of service, the Legion commander said she had fulfilled her duty and sent her home. The First Aleran Legion has the usual makeup of followers, but eventually Mistress Cymnea, their nominal leader, is added to the staff of the Legion as Tribune Logistica after all but two officers of the Legion are killed in an attempt to decapitate it.
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Anti-Villain
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Anti-Villain: High Lord Aquitaine feels that Gaius Sextus is going to lead the country into a bloody civil war with his political machinations and refusal to name an heir, which is why he is planning to overthrow him and seize the throne for himself.
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Feeling Oppressed by Their Existence
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Feeling Oppressed by Their Existence: Basically the root of the war between the Alerans and the Icemen. The Alerans won't retreat because they're sure the Icemen will take advantage of their leaving their lands unguarded, and the Icemen won't back down because they feel that they'll be invaded if they don't drive the Alerans far enough back from the Shieldwall. The reason this happens is because the interaction between the Icemen's natural water-based empathic magic and Aleran cold-resisting firecrafting encourages feelings of agression, anxiety, and anger, poisoning all relationships until Isana (a non-Firecrafter) came along and figured out what was going on.
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Sheep in Wolf's Clothing
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Sheep in Wolf's Clothing: What it takes to fool the Vord.
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Eureka Moment
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Eureka Moment: After Furies of Calderon, every novel contains a scene where a character realizes that Tavi is Gaius Octavian, son of Princeps Septimus when they receive some final bit of information and put it together with what they already knew. In Academ's Fury, Captain Miles realizes it when they are fighting the taken Cane and Fade reveals that he is Araris Valerian. Learning that Fade had lived incognito with Tavi ever since First Calderon tells him that Tavi would be Septimus' son. In Cursor's Fury, Fidelias, in his guise as Valiar Marcus, realizes it when 'Rufus Scipio' gives an insightful, logical, and impassioned argument for his plan to defeat the Canim. He recognizes the personality and skills of Septimus.
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Sky Cell
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Sky Cell: Lararl, the leader of the Shuaran Canim, imprisons a contingent of Alerans on top of a building. As the group contains a couple of windcrafters, this does not especially inconvenience them. (Lararl dismisses claims of Aleran sorcery, believing it to be incapable of doing anything Canim Blood Magic can do; as Canim ritualists cannot fly, he feels such a prison is sufficient.)
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Death by Childbirth
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Death by Childbirth: Tavi is brought up believing that his mother was Isana's sister and that she died giving birth to him. While Isana's sister did die when Tavi was born, it was not in childbirth, as she was not his mother; Isana was. Her sister died from blood loss from an arrow wound she took when they were attacked shortly before Tavi's birth, which was not properly treated since she was focused on helping Isana deliver Tavi, making her death an example of the trope by proxy.
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Failure-to-Save Murder
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Failure-to-Save Murder: The source of many characters' resentment towards Gaius Sextus, whose son, Gaius Septimus, was killed by the Marat approximately fifteen years before the start of the series.
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What the Hell, Hero?
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What the Hell, Hero?: The First Lord's decision to contain the threat of Kalarus unleashing Kalus by setting off the volcano and killing the majority of Kalare's population did not go over well with Amara. Tavi is not pleased when he learns that a) Isana's been lying to him all his life about being his aunt when she's actually his mother, and b) she's the reason he didn't come into his furies until well into adulthood, causing him a load of pain and heartbreak. Crassus is furious when he learns that Tavi knew his mother, High Lady Dorotea, was alive, but kept it a secret from him. Even during the epilogue there's still a lot of bad blood between them, and Crassus refuses to attend Tavi and Kitai's wedding.
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You Are Not Alone
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You Are Not Alone: Tavi's reassurance to Kitai in Academ’s Fury when he figures out that he has been bound to her as her chala, her totem and Bond Creature. Marat tribes are based on having the same totem, and since no other Marat has an Aleran as a chala, Kitai has no tribe and she feels utterly miserable and alone as consequence. She takes this to heart, as when Isana later tries to comfort her for being alone in Captain’s Fury, a smiling Kitai retorts that she is not.
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Refuge in Audacity
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Refuge in Audacity: In Academ's Fury: When Tavi meets Varg for the first time, the Canim ambassador is demanding to see Gaius, who cannot see anyone at the moment due to currently being in a coma. How does the Aleran with no furycrafting stop a 9-foot tall Wolf Man? He gets Varg to lean in close and pulls a knife on the Cane, threatening a mutual kill if Varg doesn't back off and go away. Varg is impressed. Tavi needs to get Kitai to the citadel to help protect Gaius from some Taken Canim. When the second set of guards see Kitai, Tavi stops them from killing her by claiming she is the Ambassador of the Marat. It works and they get in. In general, this is one of Tavi's most common techniques. Other highlights include crossing an entire continent in a couple of days, breaking into the setting's most impregnable prison twice, and allying with centuries-old enemies of Alera. Twice.
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DeadlyDecadentCourt
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Deadly Decadent Court: Aleran politics are full of deadly intrigue, to the point where “cutters” (read: assassins) will never be out of work.
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Interservice Rivalry
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Interservice Rivalry: As part of their Fantastic Caste System, the Canim force that comes to Alera is severely hamstrung in operations because it is composed of members of all three castes. The Ritualists are in command and need to gain victory in order to keep command, but if the Warrior caste is seen as being responsible for the victory then they might lose dominance anyway. As such, both the Rituatlists and the Warriors are sabotaging the battle in order to make sure that they only achieve victory at a moment that gives their particular caste the glory. The Makers, unfortunately, are caught in the middle of this and suffer the vast majority of the casualties as the other two castes jockey for position.
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Dark Action Girl
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Invidia is something of a hybrid of this and Dark Action Girl. Amoral and carefully calculating, she is a powerhouse on the battlefield and able to firecraft so precisely in a confined space that she utterly destroys an enemy without hurting anyone else. It's implied that she's one of the most powerful furycrafters in the series (second only to Gaius Sextus and Tavi when he's fully powered).
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The Chessmaster
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The Chessmaster: Both Aquitaines, Doroga, and the Vord Queen. Kalarus attempts to be this, but Gaius is better at it.
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Vitriolic Best Buds
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Vitriolic Best Buds: High Lords Phrygius and Antillus, who command the two cities of the Shieldwall and stand together against the Icemen of the north.
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Combat Sadomasochist
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Combat Sadomasochist: Kalarus' Immortals have been conditioned since childhood through discipline collars to enjoy pain, to the point that one of them seems to be happy when he is forced to chop off his own leg.
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...But He Sounds Handsome
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...But He Sounds Handsome: Inverted. In Cursor's Fury, Max and Tavi briefly discuss the reported assault on a slaver and the freeing of all his slaves, congratulating and praising the mysterious man who did it. They are each very surprised to learn that it wasn't the other one who did it.
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The Captain
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The Captain: While Legions are commanded by a Captain, their role tends to be more along the line of Colonel Badass. Demos is a somewhat more usual example, since he is in command of a ship with a Badass Crew.
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Cute Monster Girl
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Cute Monster Girl: The final form of the Vord Queen.
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Lost Roman Legion
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Lost Roman Legion: The Alerans are descended from a people that their histories refer to as "Romans," who claimed to have come from 'Mother Rome,' and who originally appeared on Carna in numbers equal to a single Legion and its camp followers. Word of God is that they were the IX Roman Legion, and were transported to Carna by a wormhole. Notably, it was so long ago that the ruins of this civilization are called "Romanic", and there's a serious debate on whether or not Aleran ancestors had inherent furycraft (they did not).
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Action Girl
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Kitai is technically the Marat Ambassador, due to some quick thinking (and quicker lying) on Tavi's part. She is a powerful Action Girl who won't stay away from a fight (unless she loses a coin toss).
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Battle Couple
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Battle Couple: Bernard and Amara, Tavi and Kitai. In First Lord's Fury Lord and Lady Placida and Isana and Araris get in on some action.
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Lightning Bruiser
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Lightning Bruiser: The Vord. They are fast, come in huge numbers, are almost impossible to kill, and if directed by a Queen, are terrifyingly smart. The Vord Queen also qualifies, seeing as balest bolts bounce off her skin, she can craft better than any Aleran, is faster than any windcrafter and stronger than the Canim. It takes the efforts of Tavi, Kitai, and two Great Furies to put her out of commission.
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Field Promotion
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Field Promotion: Mistress Cymnea, de facto leader of the camp followers and the pleasure spot for soldiers, and Subtribune Foss become Tribune Logistica and Tribune Medica, respectively, when the majority of the First Aleran staff is killed by a lightning strike.
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Famed in Story
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Famed in Story: Aldrick ex Gladius often serves as The Dragon for whichever character is currently in control, and not as a clear antagonist on his own, but he is legendary throughout Alera for his skill with a sword. His duel with Araris Valerian, also legendary because of his skill, is still being talked about fifteen years later. To hear Araris tell it: Sir Miles ends up with a bit of this after fighting to stop an attempt on the First Lord's life in Academ's Fury. Though Araris did most of the fighting after a point, Miles takes the credit to preserve his cover, and gripes a chapter or two later that some fool bard has already composed a ballad about his "heroic stand". A minor example in "Captain's Fury". Tavi, undercover as "Rufus Scipio" in the First Alera Legion, has amassed a reputation as a brilliant commander and strategist. Several characters who are not privy to the secret identity or all the facts of the situation talk about meeting the wunderkind that everybody is talking about, with varying opinions on whether or not he could possibly measure up to the superman that rumors depict.
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Cue the Sun
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Cue the Sun: The main Marat horde holds off attacking Garrison until the sun rises, timing their first charge to right when the sun comes over the horizon. Apart from the religious symbolism the Marat ascribe to the sun, it will also be shining right in the eyes of the Garrison defenders and hamper their ability to see. Invoked in Cursor's Fury. Tavi commands his windcrafters to part the clouds and reveal the sun at high noon in order to focus the sun's rays into a Death Ray which roasts the Canim.
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Reasonable Authority Figure
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Reasonable Authority Figure: Bernard, Giraldi, High Lord and Lady Placida, High Lord Ceres, Tavi, Varg, Nasaug, and Gaius Sextus.
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Pregnant Badass
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Pregnant Badass: Kitai throughout all of the last book.
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I Never Told You My Name
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I Never Told You My Name: Beritte, who fancies herself as something of a seductress, accidentally gives away that she was eavesdropping when she refers to Fidelias as a gem merchant, which was the cover story he had just relayed to Bernard.
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A Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Read
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In Cursor's Fury, Odiana actually implies that she wants to have a discipline collar put on her by Aldrick, but only Aldrick. This is played for tragedy, not humor; in the first book she reveals that she used to be a slave, used for sex, and her watercrafting abilities let her feel the emotions of her attackers, which is what broke her. Notably, Aldrick will not do it, possibly because, in the final book, we learn that he was one of the men who saved her from said slaver.
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Dating What Daddy Hates
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Dating What Daddy Hates: While Gaius and Septimus never got along very well, the First Lord was even less pleased with Septimus's choice of a commoner for a wife, rather than the politically safe and acceptable arranged marriage to a woman who was both a ranking Citizen and a strong furycrafter.
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Gambit Pileup
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Gambit Pileup: Just look at how many Chessmasters and wannabes there are on the character sheet. Who is on whose side repeatedly changes from book to book and from moment to moment.
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Ambadassador
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Ambadassador Varg, who holds the rank of Warmaster amongst his Range (Nation) and killed a Vord-controlled Cane (with superior strength and resistance to pain) singlehandedly and unarmed. Kitai is technically the Marat Ambassador, due to some quick thinking (and quicker lying) on Tavi's part. She is a powerful Action Girl who won't stay away from a fight (unless she loses a coin toss).
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Shoot the Medic First
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Shoot the Medic First: A favored tactic among the Vord is to go after the watercrafters first, since they can heal.
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