History Literature / DarkLordOfDerkholm

29th Sep '16 9:36:31 AM MarkLungo
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A Young Adult fantasy novel by Creator/DianaWynneJones, set in the world described in her meta-fictional book ''Literature/TheToughGuideToFantasyland''. Except Fantasy Land is not quite what you'd expect; it is not, in fact, a perpetually medieval world of black and white morality, but is instead ruled with an iron fist by Mr Chesney, a businessman who runs tours for very rich people from our world.

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A Young Adult fantasy novel by Creator/DianaWynneJones, set in the world described in her meta-fictional book ''Literature/TheToughGuideToFantasyland''. Except Fantasy Land is not quite what you'd expect; it is not, in fact, a [[MedievalStasis perpetually medieval medieval]] world of black and white morality, BlackAndWhiteMorality, but is instead ruled with an iron fist by Mr Chesney, a businessman who runs tours for very rich people from our world.
28th Sep '16 10:27:02 AM SpectralTime
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* EveryoneHasStandards: [[spoiler: Sukey, Mr. Chesney's daughter]] might be a spoiled MafiaPrincess, but she ''does'' love her stepbrother, and is disgusted with her father for attempting to arrange an InheritanceMurder on her behalf.



* GodWasMyCopilot: Blade eventually wonders why the gods aren't doing anything to help with the problem, [[spoiler: unaware that the fisherman was one of them all along]].

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* GentlemanThief: Reville is both a supreme master of his craft, and quite the well-bred gentleman. [[spoiler: Thanks to his position as the hereditary head of the Thieves' Guild, he is also the wealthiest person in the world.]]
* GodWasMyCopilot: Blade eventually wonders why the gods aren't doing anything to help with the problem, [[spoiler: unaware that the fisherman who helped him was one of them actually the god Anscher all along]].



* InheritanceMurder: The tours actually ''arrange'' these for paying family members back home, which has the useful side effect of [[AnyoneCanDie driving up the tension]]. [[spoiler: Chesney himself tries to arrange one for Geoffery, his stepson, so that his biological daughter can get all their wealth.]]



* KingIncognito: [[spoiler:Scales]] is actually [[spoiler: Deucalion, king of the dragons.]]

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* KingIncognito: [[spoiler:Scales]] is actually [[spoiler: Deucalion, king of the dragons.dragons,]] while [[spoiler: Reville is actually the hereditary head of the Thieves' Guild.]]



* MafiaPrincess: Sukey is a spoiled girl, and her father is [[spoiler: Mr. Chesney himself]], but, appearances aside, she ''did'' inherit much of his shrewdness without all of his cruelty. [[spoiler: After falling for and getting engaged to Reville, the hereditary head of the Theives' Guild, she's well on her way to becoming a Mafia Queen.]]



* TheGenericGuy: Don, who is, for the most part, normal.

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* TheGenericGuy: Don, who is, RedShirt: Invoked, and PlayedForDrama. Any given "tour" usually contains a few "Expendables," people Chesney was paid extra ''not'' to have come back, usually by relatives out to inherit their money. Their deaths also usually ratchet up the dramatic tension for the most part, normal.tour group. [[spoiler: Geoffery's on the list because Chesney only wants Sukey to inherit his wealth.]]
7th Feb '16 8:08:25 PM SpectralTime
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* AntiMagic: The "throwback" griffins from another continent, who are, to put it politely, total assholes, but their savage nature makes them all-but immune to magic. [[spoiler: Kit and Blade quickly prove that that doesn't mean they're immune to the ''effects'' of magic, such as causing the ground under them to explode, and when they make the mistake of [[BullyingADragon picking on Querida]], she [[TakenForGranite throws a little effort behind one of her spells and turns them all to stone]].]]
31st Jan '16 5:24:55 PM Greenygal
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* EpiphanyTherapy: Both Claudia and Lukin have to have it in order to straighten out their jinxes.
8th Jan '16 3:02:25 PM Discar
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* OurGodsAreGreater: A whole ''pantheon'' of them shows up towards the end, in a variety of shapes and sizes for various sapient creatures. [[spoiler: Turns out what they wanted most was for the people of their world to stand up for themselves instead of doing whatever their tyrannical master said.]]

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* OurGodsAreGreater: OurGodsAreDifferent: A whole ''pantheon'' of them shows up towards the end, in a variety of shapes and sizes for various sapient creatures. [[spoiler: Turns out what they wanted most was for the people of their world to stand up for themselves instead of doing whatever their tyrannical master said.]]
7th Dec '15 8:24:37 AM OutrageousSpectre
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* ChewToy: Derk. Oh, heavens, Derk. [[spoiler: In school, he was ridiculed and belittled by his teachers, including Querida, who goes on to make his life all kinds of hell afterward. She constantly schemes to kidnap or otherwise steal away his own children for her magical vaults, she enchants his wife so she thinks she wants to leave him, and she constantly undermines all his efforts to do the damn job she forced him to do! On top of all this, in the course of the novel his house is demolished, he's almost killed by a dragon who mistakes him for the actual BigBad, his family falls apart, and his son is murdered before his eyes.]] If your heart doesn't bleed for poor Derk, you may want to get it checked.

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* ChewToy: Derk. Oh, heavens, Derk. [[spoiler: In school, he was ridiculed and belittled by his teachers, including Querida, who goes on to make his life all kinds of hell afterward. She constantly schemes to kidnap or otherwise steal away his own children for her magical vaults, she enchants his wife so she thinks she wants to leave him, and she constantly undermines all his efforts to do the damn job she forced him to do! into! On top of all this, in the course of the novel his house is demolished, he's almost killed by a dragon who mistakes him for the actual BigBad, his family falls apart, and his son is murdered before his eyes.]] If your heart doesn't bleed for poor Derk, you may want to get it checked.
7th Dec '15 8:23:59 AM OutrageousSpectre
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* ChewToy: Derk. Oh, heavens, Derk. [[spoiler: his wife leaves him, his house is destroyed, his daughter nearly gets gang raped, his son gets shot and killed in front of him -- is it any wonder that he ends up having a nervous breakdown and hiding in a pigsty? And that was the ''plan''. The planners just weren't expecting him to be so competent...]]

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* ChewToy: Derk. Oh, heavens, Derk. [[spoiler: In school, he was ridiculed and belittled by his teachers, including Querida, who goes on to make his life all kinds of hell afterward. She constantly schemes to kidnap or otherwise steal away his own children for her magical vaults, she enchants his wife leaves so she thinks she wants to leave him, and she constantly undermines all his efforts to do the damn job she forced him to do! On top of all this, in the course of the novel his house is destroyed, demolished, he's almost killed by a dragon who mistakes him for the actual BigBad, his daughter nearly gets gang raped, family falls apart, and his son gets shot and killed in front of him -- is murdered before his eyes.]] If your heart doesn't bleed for poor Derk, you may want to get it any wonder that he ends up having a nervous breakdown and hiding in a pigsty? And that was the ''plan''. The planners just weren't expecting him to be so competent...]]checked.


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* OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame
30th Oct '15 3:43:20 PM SpectralTime
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* OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame: Despite his full beard, the dwarf is about twelve years old (in human terms; he's actually thirty-something) and embarrassingly pubescent.

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* OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame: Despite his full beard, the dwarf is about twelve years old (in human terms; he's actually thirty-something) and embarrassingly pubescent. He's also a political revolutionary.



* TwoTeacherSchool: Not quite, but almost. There are about five teachers mentioned, but only two of them seem to have a role in teaching the six main characters- Corkoran (their tutor, who also gives lectures to them) and Wermacht (who teaches almost all the first-year classes). Neither is terribly competent. (One character mentions attending Myrna's lectures as well, but this comes up only once.)
** This is actually something of a plot point. When Chesney's reign ended all of the senior wizards took the opportunity to retire, leaving the school with a SkeletonGovernment.

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* TwoTeacherSchool: Not quite, but almost. There are about five teachers mentioned, but only two of them seem to have a role in teaching the six main characters- Corkoran (their tutor, who also gives lectures to them) and Wermacht (who teaches almost all the first-year classes). Neither is terribly competent. (One character mentions attending Myrna's lectures as well, but this comes up only once.)
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) This is actually something of a plot point. When Chesney's reign ended all of the senior wizards took the opportunity to retire, leaving the school with a SkeletonGovernment.
30th Oct '15 3:42:18 PM SpectralTime
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* {{Determinator}}: The assassins continue with their assignment to kill Felim, no matter how fierce or simply ''bizarre'' the obstacles arrayed against them.
30th Oct '15 3:39:55 PM SpectralTime
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* BigBad: Derk parodies the usual fantasy versions of this, but the major example is Mr. Chesney. A criminal kingpin, a cruel tyrant, and a cold opportunist, he is the source of most of the problems in Derk's world and many problems in his own.



* DungeonMaintenance: On a far greater scale than usual.

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* TheDogBitesBack: Mr Chesney has a demon that he keeps trapped in a small glass globe and uses as an attack dog and enforcer. [[spoiler: Not only does it turn on him, he is eventually subjected to [[HoistByHisOwnPetard the same treatment]].]]
* DungeonMaintenance: On a far greater scale than usual. It's basically ruining their entire world.



* GodWasMyCopilot: Blade eventually wonders why the gods aren't doing anything to help with the problem, [[spoiler: unaware that the fisherman was one of them all along]].



* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Once his organization crumbles and his plans unravel, [[spoiler: the gods put ''Chesney'' in a tiny crystal sphere for a very long time, just as he once enslaved the demon.]]



* OurDemonsAreDifferent: Rather than TheLegionsOfHell, demons are bizarre, powerful creatures from outside normal reality. Chesney uses one as his enforcer. [[spoiler: They're not necessarily evil though: the only other one in the story just wants to free its "mate," and after the gods punish him, they zip away without hurting anyone.]]



* [[OurElvesAreBetter Our Elves Aren't That Bad]]: The most prominent elf character is a ProudWarriorRaceGuy, and quite decent. The rest probably the same, but they don't get as much attention as he does. They do make you feel like you suck after they leave, but they don't actually ''say'' anything about it -- it just seems to come naturally to them.

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* [[OurElvesAreBetter Our Elves Aren't That Bad]]: OurElvesAreBetter: Played with and parodied. The most prominent elf character is a ProudWarriorRaceGuy, and quite decent. The rest probably the same, but they don't get as much attention as he does. They do make you feel like you suck after they leave, but they don't actually ''say'' anything about it -- it just seems to come naturally to them.


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* OurGodsAreGreater: A whole ''pantheon'' of them shows up towards the end, in a variety of shapes and sizes for various sapient creatures. [[spoiler: Turns out what they wanted most was for the people of their world to stand up for themselves instead of doing whatever their tyrannical master said.]]
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