History Literature / Darkover

23rd Feb '17 10:10:30 AM Ramidel
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* FilkSong: Quite a few. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rFbUStD1D-A Crystal Silver Blue and Gold]] is a canon example, while [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NeyM8CLeaCg Horse Tamer's Daughter]] is a fanfic-ish one.

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* FilkSong: Quite a few. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rFbUStD1D-A Crystal Silver Blue and Gold]] is a canon example, while [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NeyM8CLeaCg Horse Tamer's Daughter]] is a fanfic-ish one.of uncertain canonicity. [[note]]Marion Zimmer Bradley didn't accept it as canon, but it was added to an official anthology after her death.[[/note]]
23rd Feb '17 10:06:48 AM Ramidel
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* WizardDuel: In ''The Forbidden Tower'', Arilinn and the Forbidden Tower fight a RealityWarper battle in the overworld after Damon challenges Leonie's right to issue orders to him.

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* WizardDuel: WizardDuel:
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In ''The Forbidden Tower'', Arilinn and the Forbidden Tower fight a RealityWarper battle in the overworld after Damon challenges Leonie's right to issue orders to him.him.
** In "The Horse-Tamer's Daughter," the climax is a matrix battle between the "wizards" of the Domains and the Horse-Tamer's Daughter and her circle of psychic wild horses.
20th Jan '17 8:15:43 AM Morgenthaler
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* ShoutOut: One of the main families of nobles is called the "Hasturs". There is a minor family of nobles called the "Alars". There is a place called Carcosa. There is also a lake called "Lake Hali", which is misty. According to TheOtherWiki, this was a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carcosa#Other_appearances deliberate shout-out]] to Robert W. Chambers' book ''Literature/TheKingInYellow'' (which also inspired parts of the CthulhuMythos).

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* ShoutOut: One of the main families of nobles is called the "Hasturs". There is a minor family of nobles called the "Alars". There is a place called Carcosa. There is also a lake called "Lake Hali", which is misty. According to TheOtherWiki, this was a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carcosa#Other_appearances deliberate shout-out]] to Robert W. Chambers' book ''Literature/TheKingInYellow'' (which also inspired parts of the CthulhuMythos).Franchise/CthulhuMythos).
13th Jan '17 1:44:48 PM Ramidel
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* OlderIsBetter: While the Compact did end the wars of the Ages of Chaos, it also caused an upsurge in superstition about matrix technology. As a consequence, later matrix devices are considerably less advanced than those from ancient times.

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* OlderIsBetter: While the Compact did end the wars of the Ages of Chaos, it also caused an upsurge in superstition about matrix technology.technology, and part of the reason for the Compact's adoption was the destruction of Hali Tower by matrix weapons. As a consequence, later matrix devices are considerably less advanced than those from ancient times.
12th Aug '16 2:43:26 PM margdean56
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* LostTechnology: Matrix technology from the Ages of Chaos. Some of it is still laying around in the Towers, or in less-accessible places like the sacred Rhu Fead at Hali. Darkovans from the era of contact with the Terran Empire have a superstitious fear of this stuff (justifiable, as many of these things are [[LostSuperweapon weapons of mass destruction]]) and if they know ''where'' it is, they usually have little idea of ''what'' it is or how to operate it. This blows up (literally) in the case of the Sharra Matrix.

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* LostTechnology: Matrix technology from the Ages of Chaos. Some of it is still laying lying around in the Towers, or in less-accessible places like the sacred Rhu Fead at Hali. Darkovans from the era of contact with the Terran Empire have a superstitious fear of this stuff (justifiable, as many of these things are [[LostSuperweapon weapons of mass destruction]]) and if they know ''where'' it is, they usually have little idea of ''what'' it is or how to operate it. This blows up (literally) in the case of the Sharra Matrix.
12th Aug '16 2:36:01 PM margdean56
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* ForgotAboutHisPowers: Oddly common. Many characters with ''laran'' powers often fail to use them in situations where they would have obvious value. Part of this may be due to cultural uncertainty about what is and is not acceptable outside the confines of a Tower, especially in the later ages when superstition is the norm. Terrans who know the true extent of Darkovan ''laran'' and matrix technology are often surprised at the haphazard way in which the Darkovan's use it as compared to how the more technologically-minded Terrans would if they had it. Finally, no Comyn would even consider using ''laran'' to attack, due to the Compact.

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* ForgotAboutHisPowers: Oddly common. Many characters with ''laran'' powers often fail to use them in situations where they would have obvious value. Part of this may be due to cultural uncertainty about what is and is not acceptable outside the confines of a Tower, especially in the later ages when superstition is the norm. Terrans who know the true extent of Darkovan ''laran'' and matrix technology are often surprised at the haphazard way in which the Darkovan's Darkovans use it as compared to how the more technologically-minded Terrans would if they had it. Finally, no Comyn would even consider using ''laran'' to attack, due to the Compact.
12th Aug '16 2:31:28 PM margdean56
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* DoubleStandard: It's complicated. In general, men and women are both free to have extramarital sex, but if a child has [[MamasBabyPapasMaybe uncertain parentage]], it's embarrassing to the woman. Also, the rules for gay marriage are different between women and men - women can simply get freemate-married (a rule established by the Renunciates), while male partners can only [[BloodBrothers swear brotherhood]] [[note]]The Forbidden Tower is a polygamous foursome, but legally they're two sworn brothers married to two sisters[[/note]]. Conversely, women aren't allowed to take concubines, while men are.
* DramaticIrony: Auster is ''convinced'' that the Terran Jeff Kerwin is somehow being used as a spy for the Terrans against his knowledge. [[spoiler: Turns out that (a) Jeff doesn't have a Terran dad, Auster does, and (b) he was SeparatedAtBirth from an EvilTwin, and the twin is using his psychic link to Auster to spy on the Arilinn circle.]]

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* DoubleStandard: It's complicated. In general, men and women are both free to have extramarital sex, but if a child has [[MamasBabyPapasMaybe uncertain parentage]], it's embarrassing to the woman. Also, the rules for gay marriage are different between women and men - -- women can simply get freemate-married (a rule established by the Renunciates), while male partners can only [[BloodBrothers swear brotherhood]] [[note]]The Forbidden Tower is a polygamous foursome, but legally they're two sworn brothers married to two sisters[[/note]]. Conversely, women aren't allowed to take concubines, while men are.
* DramaticIrony: Auster is ''convinced'' that the Terran Jeff Kerwin is somehow being used as a spy for the Terrans against without his knowledge. [[spoiler: Turns out that (a) Jeff doesn't have a Terran dad, Auster does, and (b) he was SeparatedAtBirth from an EvilTwin, and the twin is using his psychic link to Auster to spy on the Arilinn circle.]]
12th Aug '16 2:23:35 PM margdean56
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* BodyHorror: After Lew Alton loses his hand in ''Heritage of Hastur'', it is mentioned in the following novel, ''Sharra's Exile'' that Terran doctors tried to make it grow back (the technology used being pretty successful by then). The end result was...disturbing (when the anesthetics wore off and Lew saw the ''thing'' that had grown in the place of a hand, he screamed so much that he was unable to speak for ''almost a year'' due to the damage done to his vocal chords.

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* BodyHorror: After Lew Alton loses his hand in ''Heritage of Hastur'', it is mentioned in the following novel, ''Sharra's Exile'' that Terran doctors tried to make it grow back (the technology used being pretty successful by then). The end result was...disturbing (when the anesthetics wore off and Lew saw the ''thing'' that had grown in the place of a hand, he screamed so much that he was unable to speak for ''almost a year'' due to the damage done to his vocal chords.cords).
1st Aug '16 6:50:25 PM PaulA
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* AmazonBrigade: The Renunciates, also called the Free Amazons, are a guild of women warriors who reject Darkover's traditional gender roles (women can only be wives or work in a Tower). They all tend to have a DarkAndTroubledPast.

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* AmazonBrigade: AmazonBrigade:
** The Sisterhood of the Sword.
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The Renunciates, also called the Free Amazons, are less of an example, as while they are all trained to fight they don't exclusively work as soldiers. They are a guild of women warriors who reject Darkover's traditional gender roles (women can only be wives or work in a Tower). They all tend to have a DarkAndTroubledPast.



* EvilIsDeathlyCold: Darkover says that Zandru has seven hells, each one colder than the one before.



* FeudalFuture

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* FeudalFutureFeudalFuture: The human colonists on Darkover have developed a feudal culture and general level of technology.



* IdenticalStranger: One of the axioms of ''[[PsychicPowers laran]]'' [[SufficientlyAnalyzedMagic science]] is Cherillys' Law, which states that everything in the universe, except for a matrix, has an exact duplicate somewhere. This includes people. In ''Two To Conquer'' and ''Sharra's Exile'', matrix technology is used to summon the Cherillys duplicates of specific Comyn. In both cases the doubles actually lived elsewhere in the galaxy and are shocked to find themselves "magically" transported to Darkover.

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* IdenticalStranger: One of the axioms of ''[[PsychicPowers laran]]'' [[SufficientlyAnalyzedMagic science]] is Cherillys' Law, which states that everything in the universe, except for a matrix, has an exact duplicate somewhere. This includes people. In ''Two To Conquer'' and ''Sharra's Exile'', matrix technology is used to summon the Cherillys duplicates of specific Comyn. In both cases the doubles actually lived elsewhere in the galaxy and are shocked to find themselves "magically" transported to Darkover. In another book, a Terran who simply happens to look extremely similar to a Darkovan nobleman is kidnapped by mistake.


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* OperatorIncompatibility:
** In ''The Heritage of Hastur'', the Sword of Hastur is protected by two force fields. Only a telepath can pass through the first one, but only a ''non''telepath can pass through the second one.
** Noted in ''The Forbidden Tower'': Terrans, who are usually right-handed, often have trouble using implements designed by/for Darkovans, who are usually left-handed.
1st Aug '16 6:12:20 PM PaulA
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''Darkover'' is a series of novels by famed ScienceFiction and {{Fantasy}} author MarionZimmerBradley. They deal with the LostColony world of Cottman IV, called Darkover by the natives. The series itself spans many thousands of years of history.

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''Darkover'' is a series of novels by famed ScienceFiction and {{Fantasy}} author MarionZimmerBradley.Creator/MarionZimmerBradley. They deal with the LostColony world of Cottman IV, called Darkover by the natives. The series itself spans many thousands of years of history.
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