History Literature / BlackJewels

9th Nov '17 8:05:45 PM Peteman
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* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: Averted ''hard'' for the main villains of the original trilogy. Dorothea had no qualms about raping her own son and then abandoning him when he was no longer useful. Hekatah married Saetan only for his power and never loved him or her sons; in fact, she was willing to allow their third son to be killed just to get back at Saetan and outright says at one point that children are only good for securing alliances and basically used her sons to keep Saetan under her thrall.

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* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: Averted ''hard'' for the main villains of the original trilogy. Dorothea had no qualms about raping her own son and then abandoning him when he was no longer useful. Hekatah married Saetan only for his power and never loved him or her sons; in fact, she was willing to allow their third son to be killed just to get back at Saetan and outright says at one point that children are only good for securing alliances and basically used her sons to keep Saetan under her thrall.
7th Nov '17 4:07:51 PM QueenMarine
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** Jaenelle, despite being the younger sister, shows this for Wilhelmina, who even acknowledges this in the third book.



* Matriarchy: The traditional society of the Blood is supposed to be the Enlightened version of this, where Queens rule and males serve, but there are enough rights given to men and nuances between the genders that they remain more or less equal. which it is in Kaeleer. In Terreille, thanks to Dorothea's corruption, it's become a Straw Matriarchy in some places, where females rule harshly and forcibly control all powerful males, who in turn terrorize weaker females or destroy the potential of those who could become strong later, and a Matriarchy in Name Only in other places, where the Queens are basically figureheads controlled by powerful males. Dena Nehele was the sole exception in Terreille but even that fell eventually.

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* Matriarchy: {{Matriarchy}}: The traditional society of the Blood is supposed to be the Enlightened version of this, where Queens rule and males serve, but there are enough rights given to men and nuances between the genders that they remain more or less equal. which it is in Kaeleer. In Terreille, thanks to Dorothea's corruption, it's become a Straw Matriarchy in some places, where females rule harshly and forcibly control all powerful males, who in turn terrorize weaker females or destroy the potential of those who could become strong later, and a Matriarchy in Name Only in other places, where the Queens are basically figureheads controlled by powerful males. Dena Nehele was the sole exception in Terreille but even that fell eventually.



* MixedAncestry:
** Lucivar, who is half-Hayllian, half-Eyrien, which led to him being hated as a "half-breed bastard" by his fellow Eyriens at training camp
** Surreal, who is half-Hayllian and half-Dea Al Mon



^ NomDeMom: Jaenelle uses her mother's maiden name because Witch follows the matriarchal ways [[and because her legal father is actually not her father]].

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^ * NomDeMom: Jaenelle uses her mother's maiden name because Witch follows the matriarchal ways [[and [[spoiler: and because her legal father is actually not her father]].



* UsedToBeASweetkid: Daemon and Kartane both until Dorothea got to them.

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* UsedToBeASweetkid: UsedToBeASweetKid: Daemon and Kartane both until Dorothea got to them.


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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Jaenelle's biological family completely disappears after the third book; we're not even told of what happened to them after [[spoiler: Jaenelle cleanses the Blood]]. Even Wilhelmina, the only member of the family who cares for Jaenelle and who settles in Kaeleer, never appears again.
7th Nov '17 3:36:19 PM QueenMarine
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* EvenEvilHasStandards: Dorothea, despite being, by her own admission, an incredibly cruel and vicious person, is shaken by [[the way Daemon seemingly murders Marian and Daemonar]].

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* DyingDeclarationOfLove: [[spoiler: Luthvian]] makes a dying declaration of maternal love to [[spoiler: Lucivar]].
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: Averted ''hard'' for the main villains of the original trilogy. Dorothea had no qualms about raping her own son and then abandoning him when he was no longer useful. Hekatah married Saetan only for his power and never loved him or her sons; in fact, she was willing to allow their third son to be killed just to get back at Saetan and outright says at one point that children are only good for securing alliances and basically used her sons to keep Saetan under her thrall.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Dorothea, despite being, by her own admission, an incredibly cruel and vicious person, is shaken by [[the [[spoiled: the way Daemon seemingly murders Marian and Daemonar]].



* FamilyRelationshipSwitcharoo: [[Philip Alexander is really Jaenelle and Wilhelmina's father, but their legal father is Robert Benedict, who is Philip's older brother]]/

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* FamilyRelationshipSwitcharoo: [[Philip [[spoiler: Philip Alexander is really Jaenelle and Wilhelmina's father, but their legal father is Robert Benedict, who is Philip's older brother]]/brother]]


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* IHaveNoSon: Dorothea about Kartane in the third book. The reason is murky, though it's assumingly that he is no longer usefult ot her with his illness.


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** To be fair, Daemon's reactions are usually justified, considering the people on the other end of them are usually horribly corrupt if not outright evil. Saetan's reaction to Roxy was less about her being "slutty", so much as seeing in her the potential of become another Dorothea or Hekatah.


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* TheGhost: Prythian, the High Priestess of Askavi, is referred to often in the series as Lucivar's enslaver and is seemingly the third-in-command under Hekatah and Dorothea, yet she never appears in the story herself and is killed off-screen.
* TheStarScream: Dorothea is technically Hekatah's second-in-command and wants to be rid of her so she can rule without having to deal with her.


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* UsedToBeASweetkid: Daemon and Kartane both until Dorothea got to them.
31st Oct '17 5:31:31 PM QueenMarine
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* BastardBastard: Philip Alexander zigzags this trope; he has his decent moments and is a good person at heart, but also has several moral failings, especially where Jaenelle is concerned.


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** Do ''not'' try to harm anyone or anything Jaenelle Angelline cares for, or you ''will'' regret it.
*** Same goes for Saetan, Daemon, Lucivar and Surreal


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* CoversAlwaysLie: The covers featuring Jaenelle usually show her wearing gowns or dresses, which is out of character as she [[RealWomenDontWearDresses dislikes them]].


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* FamilyRelationshipSwitcharoo: [[Philip Alexander is really Jaenelle and Wilhelmina's father, but their legal father is Robert Benedict, who is Philip's older brother]]/


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* HeroicBastard: Daemon, Lucivar and Surreal
** [[spoiler: Jaenelle and Wilhelmina]] are both this, technically, since their uncle is their real father, but this is not public knowledge.


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* OccultBlueEyes: Jaenelle, whose intense blue eyes change to a darker shade when she becomes Witch.


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* RealWomenDontWearDresses: Jaenelle and all her friends prefer comfortable clothing and pants and hate wearing dresses and therefore only do it when they absolutely must, much to Saetan's chagrin.
** In fact, this is more or less a good marker on whether a female character in the seriesis good or evil; if she prefers sensible clothing to fancy clothing, she's probably good. If she adores being dressy or is fashion-obsessed, she's probably a villain.
31st Oct '17 4:04:04 PM QueenMarine
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Saetan was this to Jaenelle and the entire First Circle.
Cassandra ''wanted'' to be this to Jaenelle, but she preferred Saetan
Andulvar and Prothvar were this to Lucivar in his childhood

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** Saetan was this to Jaenelle and the entire First Circle.
** Cassandra ''wanted'' to be this to Jaenelle, but she preferred Saetan
Saetan
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Andulvar and Prothvar were this to Lucivar in his childhood
31st Oct '17 3:59:41 PM QueenMarine
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* AristocratsAreEvil: Played straight for pretty much every aristocratic character who isn't part of the SaDiablo Family or a friend of Jaenelle.


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* CloudCuckooLander: Tersa, due to being broken, has a....''unique'' way of seeing the world that most people take a while to understand.


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* DisproportionateRetribution: In ''Twilight's Dawn'', Lucivar reveals that if he were to die in battle or be killed, it would trigger a spell of Saetan's that would ''wipe out the entire Eyrien race'', save for Lucivar's own wife and descendants. Originally, the spell would activate if he died ''at all'' but Jaenelle modified it so that if he died peacefully, her spell would cancel out Saetan's, saving the Eyrien race.
* DragonInChief: Dorothea, despite being High Priestess of Hayll and the known root of Terreille's corruption, is subservient to Dorothea and her rise to power was part of Hekatah's own plans of controlling the three Realms. Dorothea, however, doesn't see it that way and is waiting for her chance to be rid of Hekatah forever.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: Dorothea, despite being, by her own admission, an incredibly cruel and vicious person, is shaken by [[the way Daemon seemingly murders Marian and Daemonar]].


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* GenderBenderName: Jaenelle's mother,Leland, whose name is usually a male one. Ladvarian is this by Eyrien standrads, since Eyrien women's names always end in -ian


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* GoldDigger: Hekatah, during her marriage to Saetan.


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* Matriarchy: The traditional society of the Blood is supposed to be the Enlightened version of this, where Queens rule and males serve, but there are enough rights given to men and nuances between the genders that they remain more or less equal. which it is in Kaeleer. In Terreille, thanks to Dorothea's corruption, it's become a Straw Matriarchy in some places, where females rule harshly and forcibly control all powerful males, who in turn terrorize weaker females or destroy the potential of those who could become strong later, and a Matriarchy in Name Only in other places, where the Queens are basically figureheads controlled by powerful males. Dena Nehele was the sole exception in Terreille but even that fell eventually.


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* TheMentor: Hekatah was this to Dorothea
Saetan was this to Jaenelle and the entire First Circle.
Cassandra ''wanted'' to be this to Jaenelle, but she preferred Saetan
Andulvar and Prothvar were this to Lucivar in his childhood


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^ NomDeMom: Jaenelle uses her mother's maiden name because Witch follows the matriarchal ways [[and because her legal father is actually not her father]].


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*** Part of the reason Daemon and Lucivar are so infamous in Terreille is because they've both destroyed entire courts single-handedly, despite being bound by the Ring of Obedience.


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* RapeMakesYouCrazy: Witches who are "broken", that is, raped before they can lose their virginity the normal way, gradually lose their sanity, as well as most of their power.
1st Oct '17 8:55:40 PM Floria
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* AerithAndBob: Names range from the ridiculously {{Goth}}ic (Daemon, Lucivar, Hekatah) to the relatively mundane (Alexandra, Marian, Cassidy).

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* AerithAndBob: Names range from the ridiculously {{Goth}}ic blatant DarknessVonGothickname (Daemon, Lucivar, Hekatah) to the relatively mundane (Alexandra, Marian, Cassidy).


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* HotBlooded: The Blood can politely be described as emotionally intense people, and this tendency seems to be most marked in the most powerful members. In-universe, Protocol exists as a means to keep a society full of emotionally volatile high-powered magic users from irritating each other into UnstoppableRage on a regular basis.
30th Sep '17 12:08:32 AM Floria
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* EveryoneIsRelated: Not ''quite'' everyone, but a ridiculous proportion of the characters in the original trilogy are connected to the [=SaDiablo=] family through blood, marriage, or adoption.
19th Sep '17 12:41:07 PM Floria
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* AerithAndBob: Names range from the ridiculously {{Goth}}ic (Daemon, Lucivar, Hekatah) to the relatively mundane (Alexandra, Marian, Cassidy).


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* SerialRapist: Kartane [=SaDiablo=]. Growing up in an evil matriarchal DeadlyDecadentCourt gave him some major issues around women, power, and sexuality, and he reacts to this by preying on teenage girls from lower social classes.
12th Sep '17 1:02:01 AM ACW
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* LighterAndSofter: The Cassidy books, in comparison to the main trilogy. The world has already been saved, so the stakes are a lot lower, all the soul-searing abuse and trauma took place in the past and off-screen, and the main villainess is a SpoiledBrat rather than a CompleteMonster.

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* LighterAndSofter: The Cassidy books, in comparison to the main trilogy. The world has already been saved, so the stakes are a lot lower, all the soul-searing abuse and trauma took place in the past and off-screen, and the main villainess is a SpoiledBrat rather than a CompleteMonster.SpoiledBrat.
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