History Creator / DaveDuncan

9th Jan '18 10:24:59 AM dlchen145
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David Duncan is a Canadian writer of {{fantasy}} and occasional "soft" {{science fiction}}. He was born in 1933 in Scotland. After graduating from the university he moved to Canada where he worked as a petroleum geologist. He started writing fantasy in 1984 and first published his novel ''A Rose Red City'' in 1986, after which he became a full-time writer. He published most of his works as Dave Duncan, though he also used pen names Ken Hood and Sarah B. Franklin.

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David John Duncan (born 30 June 1933) is a Canadian writer of {{fantasy}} and occasional "soft" {{science fiction}}. He was born in 1933 in Scotland. After graduating from the university he moved to Canada where he worked as a petroleum geologist. He started writing fantasy in 1984 and first published his novel ''A Rose Red City'' in 1986, after which he became a full-time writer. He published most of his works as Dave Duncan, though he also used pen names Ken Hood and Sarah B. Franklin.
13th Dec '17 8:48:41 PM Jojolightningfingers
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* StockWeaponName: in ''The King's Blades'', every Blade, upon completing their training, chooses a name for themselves out of the Litany of Heroes, which is essentially a compendium of every Blade. Adding a new name to this list is something that is said to involve a lot of negotiating with the Grand Master. Subverted by the protagonist of ''The Gilded Chain'', Durendal: There was only one Durendal before him, the founder of their order, and it's highly unlikely there will be another Durendal after him. They legitimately only allowed him to have the name Durendal because he was just that badass.

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* StockWeaponName: StockWeaponNames: in ''The King's Blades'', every Blade, upon completing their training, chooses a name for themselves out of the Litany of Heroes, which is essentially a compendium of every Blade. Adding a new name to this list is something that is said to involve a lot of negotiating with the Grand Master. Subverted by the protagonist of ''The Gilded Chain'', Durendal: There was only one Durendal before him, the founder of their order, and it's highly unlikely there will be another Durendal after him. They legitimately only allowed him to have the name Durendal because he was just that badass.
13th Dec '17 8:47:58 PM Jojolightningfingers
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* StockWeaponNames: Durandal in ''King's Blades''. He'a a human and "Blade" is his occupation. Blades pick the names when they graduate. There were many Blades named Durandal before him and there will be other Durandals after he dies. To make that a MeaningfulName, he is absolutely loyal to the king, but he is prophecised to kill the king. [[spoiler: And he does, when the king starts killing people to prolong his life. And Durandal is also partly responsible for the king getting that recipe.]]

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* StockWeaponNames: Durandal *StockWeaponName: in ''King's Blades''. He'a ''The King's Blades'', every Blade, upon completing their training, chooses a human and "Blade" is his occupation. Blades pick name for themselves out of the names when they graduate. Litany of Heroes, which is essentially a compendium of every Blade. Adding a new name to this list is something that is said to involve a lot of negotiating with the Grand Master. Subverted by the protagonist of ''The Gilded Chain'', Durendal: There were many Blades named Durandal was only one Durendal before him him, the founder of their order, and it's highly unlikely there will be other Durandals another Durendal after him. They legitimately only allowed him to have the name Durendal because he dies. To make was just that a MeaningfulName, he is absolutely loyal to the king, but he is prophecised to kill the king. [[spoiler: And he does, when the king starts killing people to prolong his life. And Durandal is also partly responsible for the king getting that recipe.]]badass.
21st May '17 10:45:11 AM nombretomado
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* '''The Great Game''' trilogy. A college student is falsely accused of a murder and then nicked from pre-[[UsefulNotes/WorldWarI WWI]] Britain to another world where gods are empowered by people's faith. There's a prophecy that [[ChosenOne states his name]], but what he is predicted to do [[ProphecyTwist isn't quite clear]]. Contains a lot of reminiscences of the [[VictorianBritain 19th century]] international and colonial politics.

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* '''The Great Game''' trilogy. A college student is falsely accused of a murder and then nicked from pre-[[UsefulNotes/WorldWarI WWI]] Britain to another world where gods are empowered by people's faith. There's a prophecy that [[ChosenOne states his name]], but what he is predicted to do [[ProphecyTwist isn't quite clear]]. Contains a lot of reminiscences of the [[VictorianBritain [[UsefulNotes/VictorianBritain 19th century]] international and colonial politics.
6th Feb '17 7:33:31 AM NubianSatyress
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* RomanticFusion: In ''A Man of His Word'', "magic words" are not spells but sources of magical power. Memorising one gives you a single genius-level mundane talent, two, three, or four give increasing levels of actual magic, but hearing a fifth will make you suffer death by SpontaneousHumanCombustion. Unless your OneTrueLove is present, in which case you can share the five words with them and fuse with them to become a PhysicalGod [[DeityOfHumanOrigin Of Human Origin]].
24th Dec '16 9:01:56 AM Gosicrystal
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* SpaceOpera: ''Strings'', although most events take place on Earth and planets are visited briefly and are LostForever after the contact is broken.

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* SpaceOpera: ''Strings'', although most events take place on Earth and planets are visited briefly and are LostForever lost forever after the contact is broken.
8th Nov '16 4:43:35 PM dlchen145
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** If ''A Rose-Red City'' didn't quickly heal its inhabitants (who come from all over the world history as well as the future) they'd all be crippled because of constant misunderstandings and conflicts. At least they can let off steam with little consequences. For one, Killer's constant come-ons are among the tamest things. (He's a {{Badass}} with four centuries of combat experience who [[HoYay swings both ways]].)

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** If ''A Rose-Red City'' didn't quickly heal its inhabitants (who come from all over the world history as well as the future) they'd all be crippled because of constant misunderstandings and conflicts. At least they can let off steam with little consequences. For one, Killer's constant come-ons are among the tamest things. (He's a {{Badass}} badass with four centuries of combat experience who [[HoYay swings both ways]].)
24th Aug '16 6:24:51 AM Morgenthaler
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* '''Pandemia'''. A setting reminiscent of the RomanEmpire with the Romans equivalent and other peoples being standard fantasy races (as well as less common, like jotunns). Except that they differ no more than human races, if you ignore racial traits like frost resistance or FriendToAllLivingThings. And a magic system based on [[MagicEnhancement words of power]].

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* '''Pandemia'''. A setting reminiscent of the RomanEmpire UsefulNotes/RomanEmpire with the Romans equivalent and other peoples being standard fantasy races (as well as less common, like jotunns). Except that they differ no more than human races, if you ignore racial traits like frost resistance or FriendToAllLivingThings. And a magic system based on [[MagicEnhancement words of power]].
22nd Jun '16 11:42:09 PM Doug86
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* '''The Great Game''' trilogy. A college student is falsely accused of a murder and then nicked from pre-[[UsefulNotes/WorldWar1 WW1]] Britain to another world where gods are empowered by people's faith. There's a prophecy that [[ChosenOne states his name]], but what he is predicted to do [[ProphecyTwist isn't quite clear]]. Contains a lot of reminiscences of the [[VictorianBritain 19th century]] international and colonial politics.

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* '''The Great Game''' trilogy. A college student is falsely accused of a murder and then nicked from pre-[[UsefulNotes/WorldWar1 WW1]] pre-[[UsefulNotes/WorldWarI WWI]] Britain to another world where gods are empowered by people's faith. There's a prophecy that [[ChosenOne states his name]], but what he is predicted to do [[ProphecyTwist isn't quite clear]]. Contains a lot of reminiscences of the [[VictorianBritain 19th century]] international and colonial politics.
28th May '16 6:58:20 PM Doug86
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* '''The Seventh Sword''' series. A petroleum chemist dies from encephalitis and wakes up in SwordAndSandals world reminding of India in a body of a warrior on a mission from local gods. He knows nothing of the world other than the language and warrior's reflexes and sutras, he doesn't even believe the gods exist.

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* '''The Seventh Sword''' series. A petroleum chemist dies from encephalitis and wakes up in SwordAndSandals a SwordAndSandal world reminding of similar to India in a the body of a warrior on a mission from the local gods. He knows nothing of the world other than the language and warrior's reflexes and sutras, he doesn't even believe the gods exist.



* '''Pandemia'''. A setting reminiscent of {{Roman Empire}} with the Romans equivalent and other peoples being standard fantasy races (as well as less common, like jotunns). Except that they differ no more than human races, if you ignore racial traits like frost resistance or FriendToAllLivingThings. And a magic system based on [[MagicEnhancement words of power]].

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* '''Pandemia'''. A setting reminiscent of {{Roman Empire}} the RomanEmpire with the Romans equivalent and other peoples being standard fantasy races (as well as less common, like jotunns). Except that they differ no more than human races, if you ignore racial traits like frost resistance or FriendToAllLivingThings. And a magic system based on [[MagicEnhancement words of power]].



* TrappedInAnotherWorld: In ''The Great Game'' anybody can accidentally fall into another world from some of his world's holy place (just drumming a correct rhythm is sometimes enough). Anyone who's in a different dimension than the one they were born in can absorb {{Mana}} from human emotions. Thanks to that characters in this situation tend to become heroes. At low levels, this just makes them [[CharmPerson really, really charismatic]], and higher levels allow miracles up to becoming a {{Physical God}}.

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* TrappedInAnotherWorld: In ''The Great Game'' anybody can accidentally fall into another world from some of his world's holy place (just drumming a correct rhythm is sometimes enough). Anyone who's in a different dimension than the one they were born in can absorb {{Mana}} from human emotions. Thanks to that characters in this situation tend to become heroes. At low levels, this just makes them [[CharmPerson really, really charismatic]], and higher levels allow miracles up to becoming a {{Physical God}}.
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