History Literature / Asunder

29th Mar '16 10:26:42 AM MadCat221
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* StartXToStopX: The Templars believe that blood magic is inherently evil and that mages will always dabble in it if left on their own. So they ensure they can always locate mages via phylacteries, which is itself blood magic. The hypocrisy of this practice makes Evangeline uneasy, [[spoiler: and she eventually allows Shale to destroy the White Spire vault containing all the First Encahnters' phylacteries because of it.]]

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* StartXToStopX: The Templars believe that blood magic is inherently evil and that mages will always dabble in it if left on their own. So they ensure they can always locate mages via phylacteries, which is itself blood magic. The hypocrisy of this practice makes Evangeline uneasy, [[spoiler: and she eventually allows Shale to destroy the White Spire vault containing all the First Encahnters' Enchanters' phylacteries because of it.]]
29th Mar '16 10:26:28 AM MadCat221
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* StartXToStopX: The Templars believe that blood magic is inherently evil and that mages will always dabble in it if left on their own. So they ensure they can always locate mages via phylacteries, which is itself blood magic. The hypocrisy of this practice makes Evangeline uneasy, [[spoiler: and she eventually allows Shale to destroy the White Spire vault because of it.]]

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* StartXToStopX: The Templars believe that blood magic is inherently evil and that mages will always dabble in it if left on their own. So they ensure they can always locate mages via phylacteries, which is itself blood magic. The hypocrisy of this practice makes Evangeline uneasy, [[spoiler: and she eventually allows Shale to destroy the White Spire vault containing all the First Encahnters' phylacteries because of it.]]
29th Sep '15 8:00:15 AM MadCat221
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* SillyRabbitCynicismIsForLosers: Justinia gives Lambert a speech like this when he accuses her of being too idealistic. The Chantry's stock in trade is idealism. Without it, their actions would be tyrannical.

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* SillyRabbitCynicismIsForLosers: Justinia gives Lambert a speech like this when he accuses her of being [[SillyRabbitIdealismIsForKids too idealistic.idealistic]]. The Chantry's stock in trade is idealism. Without it, their actions would be tyrannical.
29th Sep '15 7:53:00 AM MadCat221
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* SacrificialRevivalSpell: Happens in the end, where [[spoiler:Wynne transfers the [[DemonicPossession Spirit of Faith]] that's been [[LivingOnBorrowedTime keeping her alive for many years]] to the fallen Evangeline, resurrecting her, but dying instead]].

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* SacrificialRevivalSpell: Happens in the end, where [[spoiler:Wynne transfers the [[DemonicPossession Spirit of Faith]] that's been [[LivingOnBorrowedTime keeping her alive for many years]] to the fallen Evangeline, resurrecting her, but and dying instead]].in Eva's place]].
6th Sep '15 7:30:10 PM Vios
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29th Jul '15 5:42:45 PM moongalleon22
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** Rhys, though calmer than the previous two, has his moments as well.

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** Rhys, though calmer than the previous two, has his moments as well.well; it's almost a running gag that he keeps getting very passionate or angry and having outbursts, internally cursing himself for speaking without thinking.
29th Jul '15 5:41:01 PM moongalleon22
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** Senior Enchanter Adrian makes Fiona seem mellow.

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** Senior Enchanter Adrian makes Fiona seem mellow. Naturally, they get on like a house on fire.
30th Apr '15 1:52:18 AM Cozzer
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* TheChessmaster: [[spoiler: Divine Justinia V is one of the rare benevolent versions of this trope. She's a master of Orlais' backstabbing game, but is working towards the benefit of both mages and templars despite the many people looking to remove her from office.]]
* DatingCatwoman / WhenHarryMetSvetlana: Rhys and Evangeline.

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* TheChessmaster: [[spoiler: Divine Justinia V is one of the rare benevolent versions of this trope. She's a master of Orlais' backstabbing game, but is working towards the benefit of both mages and templars despite the many people looking to remove her from office.]]
* DatingCatwoman / WhenHarryMetSvetlana: Rhys and Evangeline.



** [[spoiler:Confirmed in Inquisition, where Cole very plainly admits to having murdered Lambert as revenge for all the awful things he had done, and would have gladly continued doing - it's only after certain events occur in Inquisition that Cole questions the wisdom of this decision, given the political fallout Lambert's death caused.]]
* EndingMemorialService: [[spoiler:The book ends with a funeral for Wynne at Andoral's Reach.]]
* EndOfAnAge: The book goes into detail on to how exactly the Chantry lost power and the Mage-Templar War really began one year after the events of VideoGame/DragonAgeII, but still a year before Varric was able to tell Cassandra that Kirkwall was anything more than a straightforward mage rebellion.
* {{Expy}}: Adrian is one of Anders. [[spoiler: She even betrays her former lover in a plot to free the mages by provoking templar reaction. However, she doesn't have the clear-cut FreudianExcuse of Vengeance in her mind, making her much less sympathetic.]] Made explicit in the last chapter, where Rhys actually mentally compares the two.
** Lambert's a lot like a male version of Meredith, though he's ever-so-slightly more stubborn. [[spoiler: Again, given the lack of supernatural influences, he comes off as much less justified.]] When he explains his FreudianExcuse of working under the Tevinter Imperium to Evangeline, his excuses actually start to sound quite a bit like Fenris' as well...
* FieryRedhead: Adrian, both figuratively and [[PlayingWithFire literally]]. [[spoiler: [[DeconstructedTrope Deconstructed]] when it turns out her hotheadedness is what ultimately leads her to starting the rebellion in full.]]

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%% ** [[spoiler:Confirmed in Inquisition, where Cole very plainly admits to having murdered Lambert as revenge for all the awful things he had done, and would have gladly continued doing - it's only after certain events occur in Inquisition that Cole questions the wisdom of this decision, given the political fallout Lambert's death caused.]]
* EndingMemorialService: [[spoiler:The The book ends with a [[spoiler:a funeral for Wynne at Andoral's Reach.]]
* EndOfAnAge: The book goes into detail on to how exactly the Chantry lost power and the Mage-Templar War really began one year after the events of VideoGame/DragonAgeII, ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'', but still a year before Varric was able to tell Cassandra that Kirkwall was anything more than a straightforward mage rebellion.
* {{Expy}}: {{Expy}}:
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Adrian is one of Anders. [[spoiler: She even betrays her former lover in a plot to free the mages by provoking templar reaction. However, she doesn't have the clear-cut FreudianExcuse of Vengeance in her mind, making her much less sympathetic.]] Made explicit in the last chapter, where Rhys actually mentally compares the two.
** Lambert's a lot like a male version of Meredith, though he's ever-so-slightly more stubborn. [[spoiler: Again, given the lack of supernatural influences, he comes off as much less justified.]] When he explains his FreudianExcuse of working under the Tevinter Imperium to Evangeline, his excuses actually start to sound quite a bit like Fenris' as well...
well.
* FieryRedhead: Adrian, both figuratively and [[PlayingWithFire literally]]. [[spoiler: [[DeconstructedTrope Deconstructed]] when it turns out her [[spoiler:her hotheadedness is what ultimately leads her to starting the rebellion in full.]]



* HeroicBSOD: [[spoiler: Wynne, Rhys, and Cole all have one at various points. Wynne after seeing her carefully planned peaceful negotiations break into a full brawl, Cole after Lambert reveals that he wasn't human, and Rhys after Evangeline was mortally wounded while he was too weak to make a difference.]]
* HeroicSacrifice[=/=]GoOutWithASmile: [[spoiler: Wynne gives up the Spirit of Faith, the only thing keeping her alive, to save Evangeline, happily noting that she gets to actually aid her son before she dies.]]
* HotBlooded: Even after thirty years, Grand Enchanter Fiona, returning from ''Literature/TheCalling,'' is just as hot-blooded. Unsurprisingly, she's a member of the radical Libertarian Fraternity and opposed to Wynne's more moderate Aquetarian fraternity.
** Senior Enchanter Adrian makes Fiona seem mellow. Rhys, though calmer than the previous two, has his moments as well.

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* GoOutWithASmile: [[spoiler:Wynne, after sacrificing herself for her son's happiness]].
* HeroicBSOD: [[spoiler: Wynne, Rhys, and Cole all have one at various points. Wynne [[spoiler:Wynne after seeing her carefully planned peaceful negotiations break into a full brawl, Cole after Lambert reveals that he wasn't human, and Rhys after Evangeline was mortally wounded while he was too weak to make a difference.]]
* HeroicSacrifice[=/=]GoOutWithASmile: HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler: Wynne gives up the Spirit of Faith, the only thing keeping her alive, to save Evangeline, happily noting that she gets to actually aid her son before she dies.]]
* HotBlooded: HotBlooded:
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Even after thirty years, Grand Enchanter Fiona, returning from ''Literature/TheCalling,'' is just as hot-blooded. Unsurprisingly, she's a member of the radical Libertarian Fraternity and opposed to Wynne's more moderate Aquetarian fraternity.
** Senior Enchanter Adrian makes Fiona seem mellow.
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Rhys, though calmer than the previous two, has his moments as well.



* KnightTemplar: Lord Seeker Lambert is intent on bringing order to the Circle. [[spoiler: Even if he has to break away from Chantry authority entirely to do it.]]

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* KnightTemplar: KnightTemplar:
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Lord Seeker Lambert is intent on bringing order to the Circle. [[spoiler: Even if he has to break away from Chantry authority entirely to do it.]]]]
** Adrian is the mage version of this. Like Anders before her, she has completely given up on solving this peacefully and actually ''pushes'' for war.



* MercyKill: [[spoiler: All of Cole's victims were people in such despair that they accepted death to escape their fate when he offered it.]]

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* MercyKill: [[spoiler: All of Cole's victims were people in such despair that they accepted death to escape their fate when he offered it.]]



* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: [[spoiler: A random, unnamed Templar recruit has a short moment of this when he accidentally kills one the the First Enchanters he meant to capture during the hostilities at the conclave. He doesn't get to reflect further as he's shortly killed by the now enraged remaining Enchanters.]]

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* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: [[spoiler: A random, unnamed Templar recruit has a short moment of this when he [[spoiler:he accidentally kills one the the First Enchanters he meant to capture during the hostilities at the conclave. He doesn't get to reflect further as he's shortly killed by the now enraged remaining Enchanters.]]



* OddFriendship: Cole strikes up one with Pharamond, seeing him as a kindred spirit. Complicated by the fact that the latter immediately forgets the former's existence after each conversation.

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* OddFriendship: OddFriendship:
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Cole strikes up one with Pharamond, seeing him as a kindred spirit. Complicated by the fact that the latter immediately forgets the former's existence after each conversation.



* ThePlan: [[spoiler: Wynne, under orders from Divine Justina V, executes one by messages regarding the cure to Tranquility to all of the Circle of Magi towers. This both empowers the Circle's leadership and ensures that any attempt on the Templars' or Seekers' parts to cover the results up would be completely useless, forcing both sides into negotiation. Having Wynne do so also allowed Justina to claim ignorance in order to avoid political backlash that could remove her from office.]]

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* ThePlan: [[spoiler: ThePlan:
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Wynne, under orders from Divine Justina V, executes one by [[spoiler:by sending messages regarding the cure to Tranquility to all of the Circle of Magi towers. This both empowers the Circle's leadership and ensures that any attempt on the Templars' or Seekers' parts to cover the results up would be completely useless, forcing both sides into negotiation. Having Wynne do so also allowed Justina to claim ignorance in order to avoid political backlash that could remove her from office.]]



* PrecisionFStrike: "Fuck the Divine." Notably the only example of the f-word in all of ''Dragon Age'' media so far.
** ''Inquisition'' included more f-words in them (with the first in-game f-word coming from Blackwall), preventing this from being the only time the word is used, but it was certainly the first in all of0 ''Dragon Age'' media, and still an effective moment in context.

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* PrecisionFStrike: "Fuck the Divine." Notably the only first example of the f-word in all of ''Dragon Age'' media so far.
media.
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** ''Inquisition'' included more f-words in them (with the first in-game f-word coming from Blackwall), preventing this from being the only time the word is used, but it was certainly the first in all of0 ''Dragon Age'' media, and still an effective moment in context.



* RedOniBlueOni: Fiona and Wynne, respectively. The former repeatedly calls for independence from the Chantry. The latter attempts to negotiate with the Divine and manages to defeat the first motion for independence.
* SacrificialRevivalSpell: Happens in the end, where [[spoiler:Wynne]] transfers the [[spoiler:[[DemonicPossession Spirit of Faith]]]] that's been [[LivingOnBorrowedTime keeping her alive for many years]] to the fallen [[spoiler:Evangeline]], resurrecting her, but dying instead.

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* RedOniBlueOni: RedOniBlueOni:
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Fiona and Wynne, respectively. The former repeatedly calls for independence from the Chantry. The latter attempts to negotiate with the Divine and manages to defeat the first motion for independence.
** Rhys and Adrian at the beginning. They're both progressively-minded Libertarians, but Rhys is calm and reasonable while Adrian is passionate and instinctive. This makes them a good team (and has made them a good couple in the past), until they start to drift apart.
* SacrificialRevivalSpell: Happens in the end, where [[spoiler:Wynne]] [[spoiler:Wynne transfers the [[spoiler:[[DemonicPossession [[DemonicPossession Spirit of Faith]]]] Faith]] that's been [[LivingOnBorrowedTime keeping her alive for many years]] to the fallen [[spoiler:Evangeline]], Evangeline, resurrecting her, but dying instead.instead]].



* SequelHook: Apart from outlining the final days before the Mage-Templar War, the book continuously hints at a major political upheaval in Orlais that may lead to the empire, the biggest political player in Thedas, falling apart without any specific details being revealed.

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* SequelHook: Apart from outlining the final days before the Mage-Templar War, the book continuously hints at a major political upheaval in Orlais that may lead to the empire, the biggest political player in Thedas, falling apart without any specific details being revealed. This conflict will be in the spotlight during both ''Literature/TheMaskedEmpire'' and part of the main plotline of ''Videogame/DragonAgeInquisition''.



* {{Unperson}}: Cole's normally undetectable to all but the most spiritually sensitive people, but almost all who do see or hear him slowly forget about him entirely afterwards.
** [[spoiler:The original Cole was a newly-discovered mage who died when the templars locked him in The Pit and forgot to feed him. They erased all records of his existence to hide their shame.]]

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* {{Unperson}}: {{Unperson}}:
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Cole's normally undetectable to all but the most spiritually sensitive people, but almost all who do see or hear him slowly forget about him entirely afterwards.
afterwards.
** [[spoiler:The The original Cole was a [[spoiler:a newly-discovered mage who died when the templars locked him in The Pit and forgot to feed him. They erased all records of his existence to hide their shame.]]


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* WhenHarryMetSvetlana: Rhys, the mage, and Evangeline, the templar.
28th Apr '15 6:20:21 PM moongalleon22
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** ''Inquisition'' included more f-words in them (with the first in-game f-word coming from Blackwall), preventing this from being the only time the word is used, but it was certainly the first in all of0 ''Dragon Age'' media, and still an effective moment in context.
28th Apr '15 6:16:41 PM moongalleon22
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** Any of Cole's friendships in this book likely count, but his friendship with Evangeline also stands out: she's a Templar, the representation of everything he fears, and she knows that Cole [[spoiler:is a serial killer, and possibly a blood mage or a demon.]] Despite this, after they experience [[spoiler:a vision of Cole's DarkAndTroubledPast while in The Fade]], she becomes a lot more sympathetic to him.
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