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*AsleepForDays: At the very beginning of ''God Stalk'', Jame's arm is haunt-infected, and she spends her first 13 days at the Res aB'tyrr in ''dwar'' sleep, healing. At the time it seems like a plot-device, but later on, you get a better sense of ''dwar'' sleep, and it makes more sense--and becomes clear how extreme 13 days is, and that that's is the outer limit of what's possible.
-->'''Tanis''': The healer said it would have to be amputated--bitten off, preferably, if we could find someone with a suitably tame demon--but while Tubain was trying to make up his mind, it began to mend. Damnest thing he'd ever seen, the healer said; but then he'd never tended a Kencyr before. Thirteen days it took. Yes, you've been asleep that long.
11th Feb '17 9:54:55 AM Eievie
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*ReplacementGoldfish: Torisen and Marc spend most of ''Dark of the Moon'' taking care of each other's little sisters--in both cases, sisters they lost when they were young. It wasn't either of the faults, but both were unable to prevent it, and they've both spent most of their life since then feeling guilty about it. When he finally has to give Willow up, Torisen admits that it's not really about her--a dead child he never knew--but about Jame, as she was when Ganth drove her out. It's implied that there's some of the same on Marc's side.
9th Feb '17 7:59:26 AM Eievie
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*ZeroPercentApprovalRating: Played straight with Ganth, because his reign ended with him getting huge numbers of his own people killed and then getting upset and running away like an angry toddler, and everyone who's alive to hate him today had family who was killed in that battle. Otherwise, it's mostly averted with the present lords, who have follows with a mix of opinions. Torisen is trying his very best to be a good lord, but he's very aware that HundredPercentAdorationRating is impossible because it's not about being a good ruler, it's about whose interests you serve, and no matter what he does, half other half of the Kencyr are going to hate him. Meanwhile, despite the EnemyCivilWar, many Randir are fanatically loyal to Rawneth. None of Caldane's Kendar really seem to like him, but they are basically loyal to him. His Highborn family members tend to either ''love'' him or ''hate'' him.
6th Feb '17 9:52:43 AM Eievie
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* BedTrick: Keral had sex with Rawneth by pretending to be Greshan. He then revealed himself... as someone else he wasn't actually.

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* BedTrick: Keral had sex with Rawneth by pretending to be Greshan. He then revealed himself... as someone else ''someone else'' he ''also'' wasn't actually.



* OperationJealousy: ''Thoroughly'' {{Deconstructed|Trope}} at Tentir (through ''To Ride a Rathron'', ''Bound in Blood'', and ''Honor's Paradox''). Timmon likes Jame, and Jame kind of likes Timmon too. But she likes someone else more, and Timmon can be a dick sometimes, so she's not really interested in getting together with him. So Timmon launches Operation Jealousy and gets with Narsa. It actually ''does'' work--Jame, much to her annoyance, ''is'' a little jealous. But she's not jealous enough to actually ''do'' anything about it, and she's annoyed at Timmon for pulling this. Meanwhile, it turns out Narsa is a ClingyJealousGirl, and furious and heartbroken over her role in all of this. She tries to [[MurderTheHypotenuse kill Jame]], and later, [[spoiler:after Timmon gets her pregnant, [[DrivenToSuicide kills herself]].]]



* TheWallAroundTheWorld: The Barrier

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* TheWallAroundTheWorld: The BarrierBarrier, which encircles all of Rathillien. At first it just sounds like it's far to the north, by the Haunted Lands, but its in the south too, by the Southern Wastes.
25th Jan '17 12:44:50 PM Eievie
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At first, she takes cautious root in the [[CityOfAdventure great city of Tai-tastigon]], where she joins the ThievesGuild, learns more about her people, [[GodsNeedPrayerBadly experiments with the nature of divinity]], and in general finds herself during the first book, ''God Stalk''. The second book, ''Dark of the Moon'', sees Jame setting about finding her long-separated twin brother and their people, and along the road learning much more of what she is and her place in the long tragedy of their history. The third book, ''Seeker's Mask'', finds Jame almost destroyed from trying to fit into the cage her people expect her to live in, and breaking out and, painfully, finding a new place, which the following books, ''To Ride a Rathorn'', ''Bound in Blood'', and ''Honor's Paradox'' have her taking on and learning the responsibilities and duties attached to a MilitaryAcademy and the world. There is also a short story collection, ''Blood and Ivory'', where the short stories mainly fill in the world and its background. Several of these are now regarded as non-canonical.

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At first, she takes cautious root in the [[CityOfAdventure great city of Tai-tastigon]], where she joins the ThievesGuild, learns more about her people, [[GodsNeedPrayerBadly experiments with the nature of divinity]], and in general finds herself during the first book, ''God Stalk''. The second book, ''Dark of the Moon'', sees Jame setting about finding her long-separated twin brother and their people, and along the road learning much more of what she is and her place in the long tragedy of their history. The third book, ''Seeker's Mask'', finds Jame almost destroyed from trying to fit into the cage her people expect her to live in, and breaking out and, painfully, finding a new place, which the following books, ''To Ride a Rathorn'', ''Bound in Blood'', and ''Honor's Paradox'' have her taking on and learning the responsibilities and duties attached to a MilitaryAcademy and the world. ''The Sea of Time'' follows the next stage of her training, in the field. There is also a short story collection, ''Blood and Ivory'', where the short stories mainly fill in the world and its background. Several of these are now regarded as non-canonical.



* ApocalypticLog: "Lost Knots," Kinzi's letter to Adiraina on the night she was murdered. The last paragraph goes:

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* ApocalypticLog: "Lost Knots," Kinzi's letter to Adiraina on the night she was murdered. The last paragraph goes:talks about something falling over, and feet on the stairs, which we know is the assassins coming for her.



** The Kencyr creator deity is the Three-Faced God, personifiying respectively creation (Torrigon), preservation (Argentiel) and destruction (Regonoreth).
** Ominously, the ruling House Knorth has only three surviving full-blood members, literally a sign of the apocalypse.

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** The Kencyr creator deity is the Three-Faced God, personifiying personifying respectively creation (Torrigon), preservation (Argentiel) and destruction (Regonoreth).
(Regonoreth). The three Objects of Power (The Book, the Cloak and the Knife) are each aligned with one of the faces, and the Chosen Ones, the Tyr-ridan, do too.
** Ominously, the ruling House Knorth house has only three surviving full-blood members, literally a sign of the apocalypse.



** Three objects of power: The Book Bound in Pale Leather, the Serpent-Skin Cloak and the Ivory Knife.



* ChuckingChalk: A variant. The strategy instructor of the Academy of Tentir has a wooden fist. He has a tendency to detach and throw it at dozing cadets. Later exaggerated, when he dismisses a class where half are mildly concussed for inattention.

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* ChuckingChalk: A variant. The strategy instructor of the Academy of at Tentir has a wooden fist. He has a tendency to detach and throw it at dozing cadets. Later exaggerated, when he dismisses a class where half are mildly concussed for inattention.



* DreamLand: Every Kencyr has a soulscape which can be accessed during sleep, regular or ''dwar''. Jame and Tori, as twins, frequently shared each other soulscapes as children (much to Tori's chagrin and occasionally Jame's mild embarrassment, they still do). The fifth book confirms that all of the soulscapes are linked during sleep, although knowingly traveling between them is rare. Shanir Healers work by determining the soulscape of the injured person and repairing damage to it.



* FateWorseThanDeath[=/=]SoulJar: The Highborn can ask another to hold their soul for them. The primary reason one would perform such an act is to allow a newly-soulless warrior to commit dishonorable acts without actually being responsible for them in the afterlife, as his soul had nothing to do with them, and he is expected to commit suicide as penance when his soul is restored (or to be physically killed by the sinless soul and sinful body mutually annihilating). As a secondary effect, it makes the Highborn very very hard to kill. When asked why it's a bad thing, Jame dryly notes that it's a good idea to allow for death as an option.

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* FateWorseThanDeath[=/=]SoulJar: The Highborn Kencyr can ask another to hold their soul for them. The primary reason one would perform such an act is to allow a newly-soulless warrior to commit dishonorable acts without actually being responsible for them in the afterlife, as his soul had nothing to do with them, and he is expected to commit suicide as penance when his soul is restored (or to be physically killed by the sinless soul and sinful body mutually annihilating). As a secondary effect, it makes the Highborn very very hard to kill. When asked why it's a bad thing, Jame dryly notes that it's a good idea to allow for death as an option.
25th Jan '17 11:58:11 AM Eievie
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Character-specific tropes are being moved to [[Characters/ChroniclesOfTheKencyrath the character page]], as well as [[Characters/ChroniclesOfTheKencyrathKencyrCulture a page for all the tropes relating to the Kencyr, their culture, Shanir, and mythology]]. There is also [[WMG/ChroniclesOfTheKencyrath a Wild Mass Guess page]] for crazy theories.

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Character-specific tropes are being moved to [[Characters/ChroniclesOfTheKencyrath the character page]], as well as pages]]. The Kencyrath, their culture, Shanir, and mythology, also have their [[Characters/ChroniclesOfTheKencyrathKencyrCulture a page for all the tropes relating to the Kencyr, their culture, Shanir, and mythology]].own page]]. There is also [[WMG/ChroniclesOfTheKencyrath a Wild Mass Guess page]] for crazy theories.



** {{Subverted|Trope}} quite well in ''Bound in Blood''. [[spoiler:Timmon ''pretends'' to try to rape Jame--it's the [[CaptureTheFlag Winter War, and he's really stealing her flag]].]]

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** Cleverly {{Subverted|Trope}} quite well during the Winter War in ''Bound in Blood''. [[spoiler:Timmon ''pretends'' pulls a convincing EntitledToHaveYou and pretends to try to rape Jame--it's the [[CaptureTheFlag Winter War, and Jame--so he can tackle her without her realizing he's really stealing trying to steal her flag]].flag. Then he runs off.]]



** Jame is constantly mistaken for a boy. Her one feminine feature is long hair, but it's normally hidden under a cap. She's flat chested and skinny and [[ForgetsToEat doesn't eat enough]]. She's also officially or legally regarded as male a bunch of times. She gets mistaken constantly for her twin brother, too.
** Inverted in ''Bound in Blood'' [[spoiler:when ''Tori'' is mistaken a couple of times for ''her'']].
** Also Kirien, who also is legally regarded as male. But in her case, only a few know she's a she. She doesn't try to hide that she's female; it's just that no one notices.

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** Jame is constantly mistaken for a boy. Her one feminine feature is long hair, but it's normally hidden under a cap. She's flat chested and skinny and [[ForgetsToEat doesn't eat enough]]. She's also officially or legally regarded as male a bunch of times. She gets mistaken constantly for her twin brother, too.
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too (though that has a lot more to do with them being HalfIdenticalTwins, and it's inverted in ''Bound in Blood'' [[spoiler:when when ''Tori'' is mistaken a couple of times for ''her'']].
''her''.)
** Also Kirien, who Kirien also is legally regarded as male. But in her case, only a few know she's a she. She doesn't actively try to hide that she's female; female, it's just that people assume she's male she's such a {{Bifauxnen}} no one notices.notices she's not.



* TheExile: In the backstory: Ganth, and then Torisen from Ganth. Kendar, like Marc, without a lord to follow. Several women, including Rawneth, Jame, and Kallystine have been exiled from the Women's World.

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* TheExile: In the backstory: Ganth, and then Torisen from Ganth. Kendar, like Marc, without a lord to follow. Several women, including Rawneth, Jame, and Kallystine have been exiled from the Women's World.



* FriendshipTrinket: Jame and Torisen's nurse Winter carved them a little wooden kitty when they were children. They fought over it until they broke it. Torisen saved it all these years, and gave it back to Jame at the Lordan's Presentstion, both as a symbol of how close they were when they were little… and the idea that they can't share anything without breaking it.

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* FriendshipTrinket: Jame and Torisen's nurse Winter carved them Jame and Tori a little wooden kitty when they were children. They fought over it until they broke it. Torisen saved it all these years, and gave it back to Jame at the Lordan's Presentstion, both as a symbol of how close they were when they were little… and the idea that they can't share anything without breaking it.



* TheHomewardJourney: ''Dark of the Moon'' for Jame and Marc. Not played totally straight because Marc [[YouCantGoHomeAgain can't go home again]], what with Kithorn being a DoomedHometown, and Jame was born in exile and has never been to the Riverlands. But the thought is still there. The last line of ''God Stalk'' is:

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* TheHomewardJourney: ''Dark of the Moon'' for Jame and Marc. Not played totally straight because Marc [[YouCantGoHomeAgain can't go home again]], what with Kithorn being a DoomedHometown, and Jame was born in exile and has never been to the Riverlands. But the Riverland is the closest thing they have to a homeland, and so the thought is still there. The last line of ''God Stalk'' is:



* KillItWithWater: Demons can be killed with "fire, water and their true name".

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* KillItWithWater: Demons can be killed with "fire, water and their true name".name."



* LoveDodecahedron: The Riverland in the 2970s and 80s--when the previous generation was of courting age--was a mess of this. Ganth and Trishien liked each other, but Ganth's father {{Parental Marriage Veto}}ed it. Ganth's brother Greshan liked Rawneth--who didn't really ''like'' him so much as she wanted to marry him for political power, but they suited each other very well anyways. Greshan's grandma [[ParentalMarriageVeto Grandparental Marriage Vetoed]] it. Their father tried to marry Ganth to Rawneth, but that didn't really go anywhere. Greshan was killed, and Rawneth [[spoiler:tried to raise him from the dead, and even got his father to approve their marriage under those conditions. But she ended up getting {{Bed Trick}}ed by a different undead.]] Meanwhile, Ganth fell in LoveAtFirstSight with Jamethiel, and next to her, Trishien couldn't hold up. Jamethiel eventually became his consort, but was her brother's consort for 3,000 years before that. Also, their half-brother Tirandys loved Jamethiel too, but was only ever an UnrequitedTragicMaiden in that regard. Jamethiel's own feelings for any of them are highly ambiguous.

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* LoveDodecahedron: The Riverland in the 2970s and 80s--when When they were young, the previous generation was of courting age--was a mess of this. Ganth and Trishien liked each other, but Ganth's father {{Parental Marriage Veto}}ed it. Ganth's brother Greshan liked Rawneth--who didn't really ''like'' him so much as she wanted to marry him for political power, but they suited each other very well anyways. Greshan's grandma [[ParentalMarriageVeto Grandparental Marriage Vetoed]] it. Their father tried to marry Ganth to Rawneth, but that didn't really go anywhere. Greshan was killed, and Rawneth [[spoiler:tried to raise him from the dead, and even got his father to approve their marriage under those conditions. But she ended up getting {{Bed Trick}}ed by a different undead.]] Meanwhile, Ganth fell in LoveAtFirstSight with Jamethiel, and next to her, Trishien couldn't hold up. Jamethiel eventually became his consort, but was her brother's consort for 3,000 years before that. Also, their half-brother Tirandys loved Jamethiel too, but was only ever an UnrequitedTragicMaiden in that regard. Jamethiel's own feelings for any of them are highly ambiguous.



* MeaningfulEcho: "Stay... Stay." In ''To Ride a Rathorn'', it's said on multiple occasions. Timmon asks Jame on two occasions to stay, and both times she doesn't. Later, it's reversed with ''her'' being the speaker, and offering--not asking--"stay" to Tori. But like before, he doesn't stay.

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* MeaningfulEcho: "Stay... Stay." In ''To Ride a Rathorn'', it's said variations on multiple occasions. the words "Stay with me… Stay." Timmon asks Jame on two occasions to stay, stay with him, and both times she doesn't. Later, it's reversed with ''her'' being the speaker, and offering--not asking--"stay" to Tori. But like before, he doesn't stay.



** And then with Jame and Torisen, in Mother Ragga's lodge, after their kiss, just before Tori bolts, Jame says it to him:

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** And then with Jame and Torisen, in Mother Ragga's lodge, just after their kiss, just kiss and before Tori bolts, Jame says it to him:



** Jame first sees Randiroc naked, via OutdoorBathPeeping, and at first thinks she's having an EroticDream.

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** Jame first sees Randiroc naked, via OutdoorBathPeeping, and at first thinks she's having an EroticDream.dream.



* NoPeriodsPeriod: In four novels covering several years of Jame's life, absolutely no mention. {{Justified|Trope}} in that Highborn women are able to control conception at will, and possibly the entire menstrual and reproductive cycle; thus, there may be no periods because Jame doesn't have them. Another possibility is that she's not physically mature enough yet; she showed no interest in or sexual attraction to anyone until the fourth novel, and while she's about twenty or twenty-one, she's not considered adult until she's twenty-seven; Kencyr Highborn live long and mature slowly.

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-->'''Jame''': I don't like knives!\\
'''Dally''': Well, you've got to learn how to use one anyway, unless you want every flash-blade in town picking on you. You can't take them all on bare-handed…\\
''[Jame tackles him bare-handed, disarms him, and pins him with his arm over his head.]''\\
'''Dally''': …then again, maybe you can.
* NoPeriodsPeriod: In four The novels covering several years of Jame's life, absolutely no mention. {{Justified|Trope}} in that Highborn women are able to control conception at will, and possibly the entire menstrual and reproductive cycle; thus, there may be no periods because Jame doesn't have them. Another possibility is that she's not physically mature enough yet; she showed no interest in or sexual attraction to anyone until the fourth novel, and while she's about twenty or twenty-one, she's not considered adult until she's twenty-seven; Kencyr Highborn live long and mature slowly.



* PunctuationShaker: Mostly averted, but it shows up (fairly tastefully) in few words, like ''d'hen'' (a Tastigon knife-fighter's jacket) and ''b'tyrr'' (a luck-bringer statue). These both seem to be eastern words.

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* PunctuationShaker: Mostly averted, but it shows up (fairly tastefully) in a minor way in few words, like ''d'hen'' (a Tastigon knife-fighter's jacket) and ''b'tyrr'' (a luck-bringer statue). These both seem to be eastern words.



-->'''Vant''': Anyway, did you think that the Caineron are the only house whose Highborn make sport with their Kendar?



* WatchingTroyBurn: Tai-tastigon is burning when Jame and Marc leave

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* WatchingTroyBurn: Tai-tastigon is burning when Jame and Marc leaveleave.



* WeddingsForEveryone ({{Downplayed|Trope}}): ''God Stalk'' ends with two engagements: Cleppetty + Sart Nine-toes, and Rothan + Kithra

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* WeddingsForEveryone ({{Downplayed|Trope}}): ''God Stalk'' ends with two engagements: Cleppetty + Sart Nine-toes, and Rothan + KithraKithra.
25th Jan '17 9:16:08 AM Eievie
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** Gerridon and Jamethiel are a {{Subverted|Trope}} case of VillainousIncest. They're twins, consorts, and the most infamous people in the entire history of the Kencyrath. But this is mostly because readers hear about them before learning about the tradition of inbreeding. Gerridon and Jamethiel's incest is never portrayed as wrong--it was the Fall that made them evil; their incest was morally neutral.
** Potentially Jame and Tori. The idea of being her brother's consort clearly arouses her at one point. Later, the two of them dance together and obvious, magical sexual power builds between them. After everything that happened with Gerridon and Jamethiel, Jame wonders at one point if anyone knew they were twins, would they [[InvokedTrope throw them together]], or [[DefiedTrope never let them meet again]].

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** Gerridon and Jamethiel are a {{Subverted|Trope}} case of VillainousIncest. They're twins, consorts, and the most infamous people in the entire history of the Kencyrath. But this is mostly because readers hear about them before learning what at first looks like obviously VillainousIncest slowly gets subverted, as the reader learns about the tradition of inbreeding. inbreeding, and the way incest is seen in Kencyr culture. Gerridon and Jamethiel's incest is never portrayed as wrong--it was the Fall that made them evil; their incest was morally neutral.
neutral. And by the time the protagonists start getting incestuous, there's no doubt it has been subverted.
** Potentially Jame and Tori. Tori are a case in the making. They have {{UST}}, including various fantasies, an EroticDream or two, and a BigDamnKiss Mother Ragga's house in ''To Ride a Rathorn'' (though Tori's emotions and his issues--his fear of and jealousy of Jame, among others--get in the way, and he runs away). The idea of being her brother's consort clearly arouses her Jame at one point. Later, the two of them dance together and obvious, magical sexual power builds between them. After everything that happened with Gerridon and Jamethiel, Jame wonders at one point if anyone knew they were twins, would they [[InvokedTrope throw them together]], or [[DefiedTrope never let them meet again]].
25th Jan '17 8:07:38 AM Eievie
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* {{Twincest}}: Shanir powers were historically bred for by pairing close relatives, especially twins.
** Gerridon and Jamethiel

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* {{Twincest}}: Shanir powers were historically bred for by pairing close relatives, relatives--especially twins--because inbreeding is the best way to produce powerful Shanir. Twin marriage was especially twins.
valuable for this, since it reinforced traits so strongly in offspring. It's also worth noting that among the Kencyrath, inbreeding sometimes produces crazies, but it doesn't produce sickly or deformed children. Because of Gerridon and Jamethiel's infamy, they've ''kinda'' stopped inbreeding since the Fall--although the Ardeth still do. But because of the old tradition, the Kencyrath now see incest as--at worst--a bad idea, not creepy or immoral.
** Gerridon and JamethielJamethiel are a {{Subverted|Trope}} case of VillainousIncest. They're twins, consorts, and the most infamous people in the entire history of the Kencyrath. But this is mostly because readers hear about them before learning about the tradition of inbreeding. Gerridon and Jamethiel's incest is never portrayed as wrong--it was the Fall that made them evil; their incest was morally neutral.
24th Jan '17 7:35:34 AM Eievie
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*LoveDodecahedron: The Riverland in the 2970s and 80s--when the previous generation was of courting age--was a mess of this. Ganth and Trishien liked each other, but Ganth's father {{Parental Marriage Veto}}ed it. Ganth's brother Greshan liked Rawneth--who didn't really ''like'' him so much as she wanted to marry him for political power, but they suited each other very well anyways. Greshan's grandma [[ParentalMarriageVeto Grandparental Marriage Vetoed]] it. Their father tried to marry Ganth to Rawneth, but that didn't really go anywhere. Greshan was killed, and Rawneth [[spoiler:tried to raise him from the dead, and even got his father to approve their marriage under those conditions. But she ended up getting {{Bed Trick}}ed by a different undead.]] Meanwhile, Ganth fell in LoveAtFirstSight with Jamethiel, and next to her, Trishien couldn't hold up. Jamethiel eventually became his consort, but was her brother's consort for 3,000 years before that. Also, their half-brother Tirandys loved Jamethiel too, but was only ever an UnrequitedTragicMaiden in that regard. Jamethiel's own feelings for any of them are highly ambiguous.
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*BedTrick: Keral had sex with Rawneth by pretending to be Greshan. He then revealed himself... as someone else he wasn't actually.
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