History Literature / CircleofMagic

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."
30th Nov '15 5:31:22 AM RookEncounte
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** However, this may be a case of UnreliableNarrator: while Tris is bullied about her "weight" in the past, and it is mentioned in her narration, none of the other viewpoint characters notice or comment on it, even at their most hostile.
30th Nov '15 5:27:44 AM RookEncounte
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** At Winding Circle, the First Dedicate of the Fire Temple is [[StarWars General Skyfire]], who had a massive change of heart and left his armies to live in the peaceful temple community when his wife and unborn child died, an exact inversion.
27th Nov '15 9:25:33 PM Pren
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* ShoutOut: Pierce has revealed that Rosethorn's appearance and personality were heavily inspired by Kira Nerys from ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine''.
23rd Nov '15 8:59:10 AM eowynjedi
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[[caption-width-right:270:The original four books.]]
23rd Nov '15 8:27:52 AM kefkakrazy
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* ThePowerOfBlood: Blood can be added to spells to strengthen them. It's considered ethical (but risky) so long as you use your ''own'' blood.

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* ThePowerOfBlood: Blood can be added to spells to strengthen them. It's considered ethical (but risky) so long as you use your ''own'' blood.blood, but using someone else's blood opens the door to some really nasty magic.



* WrongContextMagic: Sandry isn't just a thread mage, she can control ''magic itself'' if she visualizes it as thread. This allows her to fuse together the magic of her and her four friends, turning them from powerful but ordinary mages into mages so much more powerful than anything that came before that they had to be given mage medallions at ''age 13'' (most regular mages don't receive this rank until age 21+. Later on, she uses this ability to counter the otherwise unstoppable unmagic.

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* WrongContextMagic: Sandry isn't just a thread mage, she can control ''magic itself'' if she visualizes it as thread. This allows her to fuse together the magic of her and her four friends, turning them from powerful but ordinary mages into mages so much more powerful than anything that came before that they had to be given mage medallions at ''age 13'' (most regular mages don't receive this rank until age 21+.21+). Later on, she uses this ability to counter the otherwise unstoppable unmagic.


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* PowerIncontinence: The reason why it's so important that all the new mages have proper teachers, though none more so than Keth, who found himself burdened by chaotic and uncontrolled lightning magic after being struck by lightning.
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