History Literature / Chalion

26th Dec '17 11:49:52 PM Kazrak
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* ContinuityNod: As Penric and Oswyl leave Martensbridge early in ''Penric and the Shaman'', they pass by the remains of Castle Martenden, which was heavily damaged at the end of ''Penric's Demon''. A brief discussion of what has occurred after the end of the earlier story follows.
26th Dec '17 9:34:36 PM Kazrak
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* DoubleStandardRapeSciFi
** Thoroughly subverted in ''Paladin of Souls''. Ista points out to Foix just how horrible a thing that sort of mind control would be to do to anyone.
--> '''Ista''': She would never again be sure if a thought or a feeling were truly her own. She would be constantly halting, second-guessing, turning about inside her head. Madness lies down that road. It would be less crippling and more loving if you should take a war hammer and break both her legs.
** And then played fairly straight in ''Penric and the Shaman'', where a shaman attempted to use the weirding voice to seduce Ruchia. Bearing a demon made her immune, but she ended up [[NoodleIncident sleeping with him anyway]].


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** In ''Paladin of Souls'', Ista explicitly tells Foix not to do that, pointing out [[DoubleStandardRapeSciFi that it would be a horrible thing to do to someone]].
16th Dec '17 6:14:41 PM WaterBlap
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* MuteButNotSilent: Umegat's assistant Daris is an elderly little man who is missing his thumbs and tongue. The missing tongue means that he can't speak, but he does make various mouthed hums, welcoming noises, and other sounds.


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* TheSpeechless: Umegat's assistant Daris is an elderly little man who is missing his thumbs and tongue. The missing tongue means that he can't speak, but he does make various mouthed hums, welcoming noises, and other sounds.
16th Dec '17 4:38:00 PM Kazrak
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* EunuchsAreEvil: Played with in ''Prisoner of Limnos''. Master Bosha is very clearly ''not'' a nice person, and carries multiple poisoned weapons at all times. However, he's working for Adelis's intended, so once he confirms who Penric and Nikys are, he's on their side.


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* PoisonedWeapons: Master Bosha carries several.
16th Dec '17 4:31:52 PM Kazrak
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* MacGuffinDeliveryService: Penric's mission in, well, ''Penric's Mission'' is delivering a letter [[spoiler:that the villain knows is coming because it's in response to a forged letter sent by him or someone in his employ.]]

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* LuredIntoATrap: ''Penric's Mission'', and presumably part of the Cedonian plan in ''The Prisoner of Limnos''.
* MacGuffinDeliveryService: Penric's The titular mission in, well, in ''Penric's Mission'' is delivering a letter [[spoiler:that the villain knows is coming because it's in response to a forged letter sent by him or someone in his employ.]]
16th Dec '17 4:29:01 PM Kazrak
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** What we see of the court of Cedonia implies it is this world's version of the Byzantine court.



* LongHairedPrettyBoy: Penric. He usually keeps it braided, but it's very helpful when he needs to [[AttractiveBentGender disguise himself as a woman.]]
16th Dec '17 4:17:03 PM Kazrak
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* BreakUpMakeUpScenario: Penric and Nikys appear headed for romance after ''Penric's Mission'', but her discomfort over how easily he becomes Mira in ''Mira's Last Dance'' throws this into disarray. They sort it out by the end of ''Prisoner of Limnos''.


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** ChekhovsGunman: While telling Penric the family history in ''Prisoner of Limnos'', Nikys mentions her half-brother Ikos, who becomes important later.


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* LongHairedPrettyBoy: Penric. He usually keeps it braided, but it's very helpful when he needs to [[AttractiveBentGender disguise himself as a woman.]]
16th Dec '17 4:05:18 PM Kazrak
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** ChekhovsSkill: Iselle and Betriz are scolded by their guardians for their unladylike habit of riding horses like they're on fire; but when everyone believes them irretrievably besieged by Martou dy Jironal's forces, they just tear off into the night with one escort, into friendly hands and a perfect strategic stronghold before anyone even realizes they're gone.

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** ChekhovsSkill: ChekhovsSkill:
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Iselle and Betriz are scolded by their guardians for their unladylike habit of riding horses like they're on fire; but when everyone believes them irretrievably besieged by Martou dy Jironal's forces, they just tear off into the night with one escort, into friendly hands and a perfect strategic stronghold before anyone even realizes they're gone.gone.
*** One that takes several novellas to manifest: One of Desdemona's previous hosts, Mira, was a courtesan. Her skills are essential in ''Mira's Last Dance''.
15th Dec '17 4:38:02 PM Kazrak
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* AttractiveBentGender: Penric, as Mira. It doesn't hurt that he has Mira's knowledge via Desdemona.



* DisguisedInDrag: Penric, as Mira, in ''Mira's Last Dance''.



* MacGuffinDeliveryService: Penric's mission in, well, ''Penric's Mission'' is delivering a letter [[spoiler:that the villain knows is coming because it's in response to a forged letter sent by him or someone in his employ.]]



* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Penric's job as MacGuffinDeliveryService in ''Penric's Mission'' causes [[spoiler:Adelis to be blinded as a political threat.]]



** Penric and Nikys are headed toward a relationship at the end of ''Penric's Mission''.

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** Penric and Nikys are headed toward a relationship at the end of ''Penric's Mission''. [[spoiler:They agree to start that relationship at the end of ''Prisoner of Limnos''.]]


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* RunForTheBorder: The final third of ''Penric's Mission'', all of ''Mira's Last Dance'', and the final part of ''Prisoner of Limnos''.
15th Dec '17 3:55:57 PM Kazrak
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* ForgedMessage: A key part of the plot for ''Penric's Mission''. [[spoiler: Penric is delivering a reply to a forged message, allegedly from General Arisaydia to the Duke of Adria. The reply, which is legitimate, is used as evidence of the loyal Arisaydia's treason.]]
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