History Literature / ALandFitForHeroes

4th Aug '16 5:37:47 AM lakingsif
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* {{Badass}}: Pretty much everyone, but Egar deserves special mention, and not just because he's a dragonslayer



* BadassGay: Ringil and [[spoiler: Seethlaw]] amongst others.

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* %%* BadassGay: Ringil and [[spoiler: Seethlaw]] amongst others.
15th Feb '16 12:13:44 PM Xelloss08
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* ActionGirl: Archeth

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* ActionGirl: ArchethArcheth, a master swordswoman who can hold her own alongside Ringil and Egar.
-->'''Egar''': I'd take you at my shoulder over anyone else I know with a blade, and be grateful for the company.
-->'''Archeth''': Anyone else you know with a blade, eh? Thought that'd be Gil.
-->'''Egar''': Well. He's got the other shoulder.
* TheAgeless: Kiriath do not die of old age, though they can die of other means. Even Archeth, who is only half-Kiriath, has lived for centuries with no sign of ageing further.



* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: The gods of the Dark Court occasionally grant the prayers of their worshippers, but rarely is such intervention beneficial.
-->'''Takavach''': Here's a young man -- quite a number of young men in fact -- all dreaming of battling monsters out of Skaranak legend, praying fervently for some opportunity to test their heroic mettle. Wolves, steppe ghouls, flapping wraiths, it really doesn't matter which, their prayers are vague -- as long as it's a monster, bring it on. Well, we choose one of these idiots and we answer his prayers.



* CastFullOfGay: Well, two-thirds full
* TheChessmaster: [[spoiler: The Helmsmen.]]

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* CapturedSuperEntity: The Talons of the Sun are powered by the Source, an imprisoned Book-Keeper.
* CastFullOfGay: Well, two-thirds full
full. Of the three main character, Egar, Archeth, and Ringil, only Egar is straight.
* TheChessmaster: [[spoiler: The Helmsmen.]]Helmsmen]] secretly manipulate the heroes from behind the scenes throughout the trilogy.



* [[spoiler:DeityOfHumanOrigin]]: strongly hinted at with the Sky Dwellers. Subverted, the Sky Dwellers are the Dark Court and really are 'gods'.

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* [[spoiler:DeityOfHumanOrigin]]: strongly hinted at with the DeityOfHumanOrigin: The Sky Dwellers. Subverted, the Sky Dwellers are Dwellers, also known as the Dark Court Court, are apparently immortal and really possess godlike magical powers, but drop the occasional hint that they were once human. [[spoiler:Specifically, it's implied that they are 'gods'.characters from the author's previous ''Takeshi Kovacs'' trilogy: Takavach/Dakovash is Takeshi Kovacs, Vividara/Fifidara is Virginia Viduara, and Kelgris/Kwelgrish is Quellcrist Falconer]].



* [[spoiler:EarthAllAlong]]

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* [[spoiler:EarthAllAlong]]EarthAllAlong



* GodEmperor: The warhelms plan to overthrow the current ruler of the Empire to install one. [[spoiler:Specifically, Archeth Indamaninarnal, whose immortality would eventually cause people to see her as divine]].
* GodsHandsAreTied: The Dark Court are bound by certain rules laid down by the Book-Keepers, most notably that they can only interfere in the world if asked to by a worshipper -- though they can be creative in interpreting said prayers.
* GrandTheftMe: The dwenda plan to resurrect the Illwrack Changeling by having him possess Ringil's body.



* [[spoiler: LeftHanging: The main Dwenda plot is resolved. However, the Empire is still at war with the League, Archeth is still on her way back to Yhelteth with her newly sworn bodyguard who consider her a goddess and the Helmsmens' plans are still in play. For all her protestations about leaving Jhiral on the throne Archeth is going to be ''mightily'' pissed off when she finds out what he has done to her lover in her absence... It's in keeping with the spirit of the trilogy as it leaves it ambiguous as to if Archeth will usher in the golden age that the Helmsmen are trying to bring about or just be the cause of yet more wars.]]

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* [[spoiler: LeftHanging: The [[spoiler:The main Dwenda plot is resolved. However, the Empire is still at war with the League, Archeth is still on her way back to Yhelteth with her newly sworn bodyguard who consider her a goddess and the Helmsmens' plans are still in play. For all her protestations about leaving Jhiral on the throne Archeth is going to be ''mightily'' pissed off when she finds out what he has done to her lover in her absence... It's in keeping with the spirit of the trilogy as it leaves it ambiguous as to if Archeth will usher in the golden age that the Helmsmen are trying to bring about or just be the cause of yet more wars.]]



* [[spoiler:MagicFromTechnology]]: The Kiriath flashbacks make this pretty clear.

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* [[spoiler:MagicFromTechnology]]: MagicFromTechnology: The Kiriath flashbacks make this pretty clear.firmly insist that what they do is engineering, not magic, though most people can't see a difference.
* ManchurianAgent: One of the Imperial marines, [[spoiler:Sergeant Shahn]], is actually a dwenda who erased his own memory to become a sleeper agent. This would allow him to get close to Archeth Indamaninarnal, and if certain conditions were met he would awaken to his true identity and assassinate her.
* NamedWeapons: Kiriath blades tend to have names. Archeth's swords are named "Bandgleam", "Falling Angel", "Laughing Girl", "Quarterless", and "Wraithslayer". Ringil's sword is named "I am Welcomed in the Home of Ravens and Other Scavengers in the Wake of Warriors, I am Friend to Carrion Crows and Wolves, I am Carry Me, and Kill with Me where the Road Ends, I am not the Honeyed Promise of Length of Life in Years to Come, I am the Iron Promise of Never Being a Slave"; though he usually calls it "Ravensfriend" for short.


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* SealedEvilInACan: The Illwrack Changeling, Dark Lord and champion of the dwenda, had his soul imprisoned within a sword. The dwenda plan to resurrect him by recovering the sword and transferring his soul into a new body.
4th Sep '15 1:51:03 AM Morgenthaler
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* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Ringil makes [[TakeshiKovacs Kovacs]] seem positively forgiving.

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* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Ringil makes [[TakeshiKovacs [[Literature/TakeshiKovacs Kovacs]] seem positively forgiving.
25th Aug '15 8:35:03 PM kikiandlala
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* TheCaligula: Emperor Jhiral, who has spent most of his reign conducting executions or playing with his Harem, seems like this on first glance. On the other hand though, he's actually fairly rational and intelligent in a crisis. [[spoiler: Later on, he reverts back to type with no crisis to deal with. His abuse of Archeth's lover/slave winds up getting him killed.]]

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* TheCaligula: Emperor Jhiral, who has spent most of his reign conducting executions or playing with his Harem, seems like this on first glance. On the other hand though, he's actually fairly rational and intelligent in a crisis. [[spoiler: Later on, he reverts back to type with no crisis to deal with. His abuse of Archeth's lover/slave winds up getting him killed.]]



* DoingInTheWizard: [[spoiler: The Dwenda are actually descendants of a military starship crew that got trapped in hyperspace. Their surroundings mutated them and gave them psychic abilities as well as altered biology.]]
* DragonAscendant: A rare good version. [[spoiler: Archeth witnesses Emperor Jhiral abusing her slave/lover. She's not having any of that and offs the bastard. Since she's the most senior member of the royal court and Jhiral has no heirs, she becomes the next ruler]]

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* DoingInTheWizard: [[spoiler: The Dwenda are actually descendants of a military starship crew that got trapped in hyperspace. Their surroundings mutated them and gave them psychic abilities as well as altered biology.abilities.]]
* DragonAscendant: A rare good version. version may happen at the end of the story involving [[spoiler: Archeth witnesses Emperor Jhiral abusing her slave/lover. She's not having any of that and offs the bastard. Since she's the most senior member of the royal court and Jhiral has no heirs, she becomes the next ruler]]Archeth.]]



* KarmicDeath: [[spoiler: Emperor Jhiral gets his comeuppance, when Archeth witnesses him beating on her lover/slave, she kills him.]]

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* KarmicDeath: [[spoiler: It's likely Emperor Jhiral gets his comeuppance, when will get one, now that Archeth witnesses is approaching him beating on as he beats up her lover/slave, she kills him.]]lover and furthermore Egil wants Archeth to depose the Emperor and will support her in the event of a coup]].
25th Aug '15 8:29:32 PM kikiandlala
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* DoingInTheWizard: [[spoiler: The Dwenda are actually descendants of a human starship crew that got trapped in hyperspace. Their surroundings mutated them and gave them psychic abilities as well as altered biology.]]

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* DoingInTheWizard: [[spoiler: The Dwenda are actually descendants of a human military starship crew that got trapped in hyperspace. Their surroundings mutated them and gave them psychic abilities as well as altered biology.]]
25th Aug '15 8:28:25 PM kikiandlala
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* DragonAscendant: A rare good version. [[Archeth witnesses Emperor Jhiral abusing her slave/lover. She's not having any of that and offs the bastard. Since she's the most senior member of the royal court and Jhiral has no heirs, she becomes the next ruler]]

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* DragonAscendant: A rare good version. [[Archeth [[spoiler: Archeth witnesses Emperor Jhiral abusing her slave/lover. She's not having any of that and offs the bastard. Since she's the most senior member of the royal court and Jhiral has no heirs, she becomes the next ruler]]
25th Aug '15 8:27:34 PM kikiandlala
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* HollywoodAcid: Dragon venom can destroy anything on this world, even Kiriath-made items aren't safe from it. This is what makes dragons such an effective siege weapon during the old war against the lizards.

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* HollywoodAcid: Dragon venom can destroy anything on this world, even Kiriath-made items aren't safe from it. This is what makes dragons such an effective siege weapon during the old war against the lizards.Scaled Folk.
25th Aug '15 8:27:10 PM kikiandlala
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* HollywoodAcid: Dragon venom can destroy anything on this world, even Kiriath-made items aren't safe from it. This is what makes dragons such an effective siege weapon during the old war against the lizards.
25th Aug '15 8:24:20 PM kikiandlala
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* DoingInTheWizard: [[spoiler: The Dwenda are actually descendants of a human starship crew that got trapped in hyperspace. Their surroundings mutated them and gave them psychic abilities as well as altered biology.]]
25th Aug '15 8:21:08 PM kikiandlala
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* TheCaligula: Emperor Jhiral, who has spent most of his reign conducting executions or playing with his Harem, seems like this on first glance. On the other hand though, he's actually fairly rational and intelligent in a crisis.

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* TheCaligula: Emperor Jhiral, who has spent most of his reign conducting executions or playing with his Harem, seems like this on first glance. On the other hand though, he's actually fairly rational and intelligent in a crisis. [[spoiler: Later on, he reverts back to type with no crisis to deal with. His abuse of Archeth's lover/slave winds up getting him killed.]]


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* DragonAscendant: A rare good version. [[Archeth witnesses Emperor Jhiral abusing her slave/lover. She's not having any of that and offs the bastard. Since she's the most senior member of the royal court and Jhiral has no heirs, she becomes the next ruler]]


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* KarmicDeath: [[spoiler: Emperor Jhiral gets his comeuppance, when Archeth witnesses him beating on her lover/slave, she kills him.]]
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