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6th Dec '16 11:49:55 AM vifetoile
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* WeatherManipulation: Tris' power, which in this case extends not only to the sky (wind, rain, and lightning), but to the sea (tides) and the earth (earthquakes and lava).
28th Oct '16 10:48:15 AM dlchen145
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* {{Badass}}: All four of the kids.
** Briar, combining his [[LoveableRogue street thief background]] with the vast applications of his magic, and the fact that he has [[KnifeNut at least four hidden knives on him at all times]].
** Tris keeps stored power of wind, storms, lightning, lava, tides, and earthquakes '''in her hair,''' and in ''Shatterglass'' Niko tells the cops [[spoiler: they need to save the serial killer from ''her''.]]
** Sandry in ''Will of the Empress'' [[spoiler: leaves a party of mages and her too-ardent suitor cocooned in what used to be their clothing]], and in "Magic Steps," [[spoiler: uses her magic to tear the killers apart. It's also mentioned she held her uncle's soul in his body while the healers did their work.]]
** Daja faces down a ''firestorm'', A literal force of nature, and ''won.''



* {{Badass}}: By the end of the quartet, all four kids have become this.



* {{Badass}}: The four protagonists have become thoroughly badass since gaining their mage accreditation.
17th Oct '16 2:23:49 PM AnotherWanderingGhost
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* WhatYouAreInTheDark: In ''Street Magic'', a potential teacher for Evvy gives Briar money to send her to Winding Circle instead. Since the mage also insulted Evvy, Briar refuses. Once the mage has left, with the money still sitting out, Briar realizes he could go back and pocket it for himself, but he chooses not to.
5th Oct '16 8:56:43 AM AnotherWanderingGhost
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* CastFromHitPoints: At first, doing any magic deliberately is very draining. The more a mage learns to control their power, the less tired they are after using it, although "great-spells" (ex. Frostpine and Daja's spell in the harbor, in ''Tris's Book,'') can render anyone who does them exhausted. Even worse for novices who do great-spells with no one to guide them: they've been known to get caught up and feed all their magic and energy into the spell, unintentionally killing themselves. The climax of ''Sandry's Book'' implies this might have happened to Daja and Briar had Sandry not spun the four together.
5th Sep '16 6:54:22 PM Bryx
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* HandWave: Anytime some apparently traditional/popular Namornese custom or style is mentioned in ''Empress'', where it was absent in ''Cold Fire'', it's explained as only being popular in the western part of the empire.
1st May '16 10:33:29 AM valar55
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* CripplingOverspecialization: Any child with magic born into a Trader family is expected to undergo this type of [[TrainingFromHell training]] which results in a mage with a very limited scope of abilities but near perfect mastery of them. [[labelnote: *]] Trader mages are said to be the only ones capable of manipulating and controlling the raw forces of nature without issue. [[/labelnote]] Niko himself describes Trader mage training as "learning to be a puff of wind…and nothing else for 10 years".

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* CripplingOverspecialization: Any child with magic born into a Trader family is expected to undergo this type of [[TrainingFromHell training]] which results in a mage with a very limited scope of abilities but near perfect mastery of them. [[labelnote: *]] [[note]] Trader mages are said to be the only ones capable of manipulating and controlling the raw forces of nature without issue. [[/labelnote]] [[/note]] Niko himself describes Trader mage training as "learning to be a puff of wind…and nothing else for 10 years".
29th Apr '16 4:43:25 AM GlassCatOwl
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* ShownTheirWork: An interesting variant in ''Shatterglass''. Proper glassblowing terms are used and the techniques described are real, but some of the injuries suffered by the glassblowers are downright bizarre. Keth and first-time glassblowers accidentally breathe in and inhale drops of glass — in reality, molten glass loses heat so quickly it would be solid less than an inch down the blowpipe, and it's too thick to be affected by someone simply inhaling. Long hair does occasionally get singed while glassblowing if left loose, but singeing one's eyebrows as described in Keth's recollections would be close to impossible without burning the rest of one's face. On the other side of the coin, a still-molten Chime lands on Keth's head and all this does is set his hair on fire, when the heat would have easily given him a third-degree burn.

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* ShownTheirWork: An interesting variant in ''Shatterglass''. Proper glassblowing terms are used and the techniques described are real, but some of the injuries suffered by the glassblowers are downright bizarre. Keth and first-time glassblowers accidentally breathe in and inhale drops of glass — in reality, molten glass loses heat so quickly it would be solid less than an inch down the blowpipe, and it's too thick to be affected by someone simply inhaling. Long hair does occasionally get singed while glassblowing if left loose, but singeing one's eyebrows as described in Keth's recollections would be close to impossible without burning the rest of one's face.impossible. On the other side of the coin, a still-molten Chime lands on Keth's head and all this does is set his hair on fire, when the heat would have easily given him a third-degree burn.
29th Apr '16 4:42:16 AM GlassCatOwl
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* ShownTheirWork: An interesting variant in ''Shatterglass''. Proper glassblowing terms are used and the techniques described are real, but some of the injuries suffered by the glassblowers are downright bizarre. Keth and first-time glassblowers accidentally breathe in and inhale drops of glass — in reality, molten glass loses heat so quickly it would be solid less than an inch down the blowpipe, and it's too thick to be affected by someone simply inhaling. Long hair does occasionally get singed while glassblowing if left loose, but singeing one's eyebrows as described in Keth's recollections would be close to impossible without burning the rest of one's face. On the other side of the coin, a still-molten Chime lands on Keth's head and all this does is set his hair on fire, when the heat would have easily given him a third-degree burn.
1st Feb '16 2:40:47 AM GrammarNavi
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A series of young adult fantasy novels by TamoraPierce which follows the FourTemperamentEnsemble of Sandry, Tris, Daja, and Briar as they train to become mages in the independent duchy of Emelan.

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A series of young adult fantasy novels by TamoraPierce Creator/TamoraPierce which follows the FourTemperamentEnsemble of Sandry, Tris, Daja, and Briar as they train to become mages in the independent duchy of Emelan.
8th Jan '16 4:33:11 PM Galadriel
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* CrazyCulturalComparison: The Gyongxin tradition of sky burial. Also known as "not being bothered that vultures are eating your fallen comrades."

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* CrazyCulturalComparison: The Gyongxin tradition of sky burial. Also known as "not being bothered that vultures are eating your fallen comrades."
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