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14th Oct '17 10:38:34 AM MsZephy7
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* In ''Literature/TheKingsAvatar'', the "Dragon Raises Its Head" Battle Mage technique is a signature move associated with Ye Xiu. However, it is extremely difficult to execute as well as the damage it inflicts is about the same as other easier-to-perform techniques. Which is why Ye Xiu rarely uses it.
12th Jul '17 10:43:43 PM ImpudentInfidel
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** [[BigFancyCastle Harrenhal]] is another example. On the face of it, it's an awesomely solid defensive construction, most of which has managed to stand the test of time -- if rather badly scorched, melted and battered. However, it's also a massive ode to [[TheTower hubris writ in stone]]. Even if it hadn't met [[NeverBringAKnifeToAGunFight ruin]]-[[KillItWithFire by]]-[[OutsideContextProblem unforeseen]]-[[WeaponOfMassDestruction dragons]] trimming its available living space a fair bit, it'd ''still'' have been an impossible castle to supply, maintain and run properly thanks to the sheer scale of the damned thing, and due to the army of servants and/or serfs needed to keep it going. Let alone anything else, like unsupportable supply lines in a notoriously politically unstable region given to being the standard battlefield of choice for the whole continent. The Riverlands and the Iron Isles would probably have been beggared and/or partiality depopulated and deforrested in just a couple of generations trying to make it work at its peak. As it is, even in its partially-used state, it's still TheMillstone around the neck of any poor, unsuspecting Family that gets given it as a "[[UnwantedGiftPlot reward]]" for services rendered. The Whents are only the latest Family to go under primarily due to its financial and logistical weight making them sitting ducks in the Game at the start of the series. The total list of [[HighTurnoverRate Houses to fall]] to the place: Qoherys -- totally extinct; Towers -- extinct; Harroway -- extinct; Strong -- extinct (although the name does resurface from time to time, probably stolen), Lothston -- extinct; Whent -- extinct in the main, male line, although a side-branch still struggles along; House Slynt -- new and still going, [[spoiler: although utterly stripped of the title, though Lord Slynt was sent to the Wall and executed; and, last but not least, Baelish -- gods alone know how that's going to play out, but he's so far studiously avoided going anywhere near the damn thing.]] Also, misfortune tends to find those who just hold it, entitled to or not: [[spoiler:Vargo Hoat, upon being captured by the Mountain, had pieces of himself cut off each day and fed to him; the Mountain himself suffered shortly afterwards upon getting wounded and began dying from an incredibly painful but slow poison,]] though [[spoiler:he may have survived via necromancy]]; Roose Bolton's plans haven't been going so well since he left the place... and his erstwhile patron, Tyson Lannister, has also succumbed to HoistByHisOwnPetard. All this, in combination with the burning backstory and other notable historical disasters unrelated to actually running it, is why the common folk (and a few not-so-common) [[HauntedCastle consider the thing]] under an unspecified, if potent, {{Curse}}.

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** [[BigFancyCastle Harrenhal]] is another example. On the face of it, it's an awesomely solid defensive construction, most of which has managed to stand the test of time -- if rather badly scorched, melted and battered. However, it's also a massive ode to [[TheTower hubris writ in stone]]. Even if it hadn't met [[NeverBringAKnifeToAGunFight ruin]]-[[KillItWithFire by]]-[[OutsideContextProblem unforeseen]]-[[WeaponOfMassDestruction dragons]] trimming its available living space a fair bit, it'd ''still'' have been an impossible castle to supply, maintain and run properly thanks to the sheer scale of the damned thing, and due to the army of servants and/or serfs needed to keep it going. Let alone anything else, like unsupportable supply lines in a notoriously politically unstable region given to being the standard battlefield of choice for the whole continent. The Riverlands and the Iron Isles would probably have been beggared and/or partiality depopulated and deforrested in just a couple of generations trying to make it work at its peak. As it is, even in its partially-used state, it's still TheMillstone around the neck of any poor, unsuspecting Family that gets given it as a "[[UnwantedGiftPlot reward]]" for services rendered. The Whents are only the latest Family to go under primarily due to its financial and logistical weight making them sitting ducks in the Game at the start of the series. The total list of [[HighTurnoverRate Houses to fall]] to the place: Qoherys -- totally extinct; Towers -- extinct; Harroway -- extinct; Strong -- extinct (although the name does resurface from time to time, probably stolen), Lothston -- extinct; Whent -- extinct in the main, male line, although a side-branch still struggles along; House Slynt -- new and still going, [[spoiler: although utterly stripped of the title, though Lord Slynt was sent to the Wall and executed; and, last but not least, Baelish -- gods alone know how that's going to play out, but he's so far studiously avoided going anywhere near the damn thing.thing and at one point mentioned plans to have it torn down and the materials used to build something saner.]] Also, misfortune tends to find those who just hold it, entitled to or not: [[spoiler:Vargo Hoat, upon being captured by the Mountain, had pieces of himself cut off each day and fed to him; the Mountain himself suffered shortly afterwards upon getting wounded and began dying from an incredibly painful but slow poison,]] though [[spoiler:he may have survived via necromancy]]; Roose Bolton's plans haven't been going so well since he left the place... and his erstwhile patron, Tyson Lannister, has also succumbed to HoistByHisOwnPetard. All this, in combination with the burning backstory and other notable historical disasters unrelated to actually running it, is why the common folk (and a few not-so-common) [[HauntedCastle consider the thing]] under an unspecified, if potent, {{Curse}}.
12th Jun '17 12:43:28 PM LummoxJR
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* In ''Literature/{{Below}}'', the quest leader Gareth uses an unpredictable wand of [[TransformationRay polymorphosis]] to attack a large squad of goblins that outnumbers the party, with the goal of creating a monster too big for them to handle. One hit turns a goblin into a giant beetle that keeps the others busy, but another [[GoneHorriblyRight creates a cockatrice]] that [[TakenForGranite threatens]] the goblins and the party alike.
1st Jun '17 7:25:37 PM nombretomado
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* ''[[InfinityPlusOneSword Callandor]]'' in the ''Literature/WheelOfTime'' is an extremely powerful AmplifierArtifact, but it was built without the normal safeguards in place on artifacts of its type. [[spoiler: Both times [[DarkMessiah Rand]] uses it at full power, he ends up with temporary delusions of godhood and starts doing insane things. It's later revealed that ''Callandor'''s flaw is actually a deliberately designed trap, and proves crucial to Rand's plan for winning the Last Battle]].

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* ''[[InfinityPlusOneSword Callandor]]'' in the ''Literature/WheelOfTime'' ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' is an extremely powerful AmplifierArtifact, but it was built without the normal safeguards in place on artifacts of its type. [[spoiler: Both times [[DarkMessiah Rand]] uses it at full power, he ends up with temporary delusions of godhood and starts doing insane things. It's later revealed that ''Callandor'''s flaw is actually a deliberately designed trap, and proves crucial to Rand's plan for winning the Last Battle]].
8th Mar '17 3:20:12 PM Discar
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* At the end of ''Literature/{{Edgedancer}}'', Lift uses her newfound ability to manifest an AbsurdlySharpBlade from thin air to create a fork. She soon realizes that there's a very good reason kitchen utensils don't strive for AbsurdCuttingPower.

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* ''Literature/{{Edgedancer}}'' (a novella of ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive''): At the end of ''Literature/{{Edgedancer}}'', end, Lift uses her newfound ability to manifest an AbsurdlySharpBlade from thin air to create a fork. She soon realizes that there's a very good reason kitchen utensils don't strive for AbsurdCuttingPower.
23rd Feb '17 4:50:51 AM WillBGood
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** [[BigFancyCastle Harrenhal]] is another example. On the face of it, it's an awesomely solid defensive construction, most of which has managed to stand the test of time -- if rather badly scorched, melted and battered. However, it's also a massive ode to [[TheTower hubris writ in stone]]. Even if it hadn't met [[NeverBringAKnifeToAGunFight ruin]]-[[KillItWithFire by]]-[[OutsideContextProblem unforeseen]]-[[WeaponOfMassDestruction dragons]] trimming its available living space a fair bit, it'd ''still'' have been an impossible castle to supply, maintain and run properly thanks to the sheer scale of the damned thing, and due to the army of servants and/or serfs needed to keep it going. Let alone anything else, like unsupportable supply lines in a notoriously politically unstable region given to being the standard battlefield of choice for the whole continent. The Riverlands and the Iron Isles would probably have been beggared and/or partiality depopulated and deforrested in just a couple of generations trying to make it work at its peak. As it is, even in its partially-used state, it's still TheMillstone around the neck of any poor, unsuspecting Family that gets given it as a "[[UnwantedGiftPlot reward]]" for services rendered. The Whents are only the latest Family to go under primarily due to its financial and logistical weight making them sitting ducks in the Game at the start of the series. The total list of [[HighTurnoverRate Houses to fall]] to the place: Qoherys -- totally extinct; Towers -- extinct; Harroway -- extinct; Strong -- extinct (although the name does resurface from time to time, probably stolen), Lothston -- extinct; Whent -- extinct in the main, male line, although a side-branch still struggles along; House Slynt -- new and still going, [[spoiler: although utterly stripped of the title, though Lord Slynt was sent to the Wall and executed; and, last but not least, Baelish -- gods alone know how that's going to play out, but he's so far studiously avoided going anywhere near the damn thing.]] Also, misfortune tends to find those who just hold it, entitled to or not: [[spoiler:Vargo Hoat, upon being captured by the Mountain, had pieces of him cut off each day and fed them to him; the Mountain himself suffered shortly after this upon getting wounded and began dying from an incredibly painful but slow poison,]] though [[spoiler:he may have survived via necromancy; Roose Bolton's plans haven't been going so well since he left the place... and his erstwhile patron, Tyson Lannister, has also succumbed to HoistByHisOwnPetard.]] All this, in combination with the burning backstory and other notable historical disasters unrelated to actually running it, is why the common folk (and a few not-so-common) [[HauntedCastle consider the thing]] under an unspecified, if potent, {{Curse}}.

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** [[BigFancyCastle Harrenhal]] is another example. On the face of it, it's an awesomely solid defensive construction, most of which has managed to stand the test of time -- if rather badly scorched, melted and battered. However, it's also a massive ode to [[TheTower hubris writ in stone]]. Even if it hadn't met [[NeverBringAKnifeToAGunFight ruin]]-[[KillItWithFire by]]-[[OutsideContextProblem unforeseen]]-[[WeaponOfMassDestruction dragons]] trimming its available living space a fair bit, it'd ''still'' have been an impossible castle to supply, maintain and run properly thanks to the sheer scale of the damned thing, and due to the army of servants and/or serfs needed to keep it going. Let alone anything else, like unsupportable supply lines in a notoriously politically unstable region given to being the standard battlefield of choice for the whole continent. The Riverlands and the Iron Isles would probably have been beggared and/or partiality depopulated and deforrested in just a couple of generations trying to make it work at its peak. As it is, even in its partially-used state, it's still TheMillstone around the neck of any poor, unsuspecting Family that gets given it as a "[[UnwantedGiftPlot reward]]" for services rendered. The Whents are only the latest Family to go under primarily due to its financial and logistical weight making them sitting ducks in the Game at the start of the series. The total list of [[HighTurnoverRate Houses to fall]] to the place: Qoherys -- totally extinct; Towers -- extinct; Harroway -- extinct; Strong -- extinct (although the name does resurface from time to time, probably stolen), Lothston -- extinct; Whent -- extinct in the main, male line, although a side-branch still struggles along; House Slynt -- new and still going, [[spoiler: although utterly stripped of the title, though Lord Slynt was sent to the Wall and executed; and, last but not least, Baelish -- gods alone know how that's going to play out, but he's so far studiously avoided going anywhere near the damn thing.]] Also, misfortune tends to find those who just hold it, entitled to or not: [[spoiler:Vargo Hoat, upon being captured by the Mountain, had pieces of him himself cut off each day and fed them to him; the Mountain himself suffered shortly after this afterwards upon getting wounded and began dying from an incredibly painful but slow poison,]] though [[spoiler:he may have survived via necromancy; necromancy]]; Roose Bolton's plans haven't been going so well since he left the place... and his erstwhile patron, Tyson Lannister, has also succumbed to HoistByHisOwnPetard.]] All this, in combination with the burning backstory and other notable historical disasters unrelated to actually running it, is why the common folk (and a few not-so-common) [[HauntedCastle consider the thing]] under an unspecified, if potent, {{Curse}}.
22nd Feb '17 7:51:40 PM Blazer
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* In ''Literature/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory'', one of the stories about Willy Wonka was him building a palace out of chocolate for an Indian prince. All fine and dandy, but India lies on the ''Equator''. As Wonka warns the prince, the sun will melt it and melt it it does.
1st Jan '17 1:51:21 PM Kakai
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* At the end of ''Literature/{{Edgedancer}}'', Lift uses her newfound ability to manifest an AbsurdlySharpBlade from thin air to create a fork. She soon realizes that there's a very good reason kitchen utensils don't strive for AbsurdCuttingPower.
25th Dec '16 8:51:24 PM PlasmaTalon
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** Double-sided lightsabers have shades of this, as discussed in ''Literature/DarthBane''. Despite its impressive appearance the weapon has a number of obvious drawbacks. For starters its advantage of having more options is an illusion. The second blade greatly obstructs the user's movement, limiting them mostly to swings while making other moves harder. Requiring specialized training and a lot more stamina than a regular blade. The enlarged hilt is also an easy target for enemies. The weapon's real advantage comes from how little most know about it, and thus these weaknesses. Anyone who is familiar with the weapon can easily exploit these weaknesses.
6th Dec '16 3:05:43 PM Nentuaby
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** Several books treat [[FrickinLaserBeams blaster weapons]] this way. The plasma/laser bolt of a blaster technically does more damage than a rifle bullet, but it's slower and brightly-visible. Blasters are also said to foul up in bad terrain, like swamps, almost instantly, while your trusty [[BoringButPractical slugthrower]] won't stop firing until you throw it under a tank tread. The prevalence of armor-piercing blasters also made body armor much less common throughout the galaxy, with armies favoring lightweight uniforms so troops could move faster; this is the exact kind of target slugthrowers excel at fighting. Most of all, though, blaster bolts can be deflected by a Jedi's [[LaserBlade lightsaber]], but [[MugglesDoItBetter slugthrower bullets can't.]]

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** Several books treat [[FrickinLaserBeams blaster weapons]] this way. The plasma/laser bolt of a blaster technically does more damage than a rifle bullet, but it's slower and brightly-visible. Blasters are also said to foul up in bad terrain, like swamps, almost instantly, while your trusty [[BoringButPractical slugthrower]] won't stop firing until you throw it under a tank tread. The prevalence of armor-piercing blasters also made body armor much less common throughout the galaxy, with armies favoring lightweight uniforms so troops could move faster; this is the exact kind of target slugthrowers excel at fighting. Most of all, though, blaster bolts can be deflected by a Jedi's [[LaserBlade lightsaber]], but [[MugglesDoItBetter slugthrower bullets can't.]]]] ([[DependingOnTheWriter Other books emphatically do NOT treat blasters this way, of course.]] The bit about lightsabers not deflecting slugs is just plain not true in other works, for one.)
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