History Literature / Darkover

10th Sep '17 8:58:44 PM psionycx
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* BlessedWithSuck: The Elhalyn Gift is a variant form of [[{{Seers}} precognition]] that shows its possessor all the ''possible'' futures that can come from a given action. While this might seem a useful tool for strategic planning, it is instead an awful strain on its users. Allart Hastur, who has it in full measure, observes that he cannot even walk down a staircase without seeing the possible futures in which he trips and falls to injury or death!

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* BlessedWithSuck: Not all ''laran'' powers are beneficial.
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The Elhalyn Gift is a variant form of [[{{Seers}} precognition]] that shows its possessor all the ''possible'' futures that can come from a given action. While this might seem a useful tool for strategic planning, it is instead an awful strain on its users. Allart Hastur, who has it in full measure, observes that he cannot even walk down a staircase without seeing the possible futures in which he trips and falls to injury or death!death!
** The Rockraven Gift, when possessed in full measure by a female, enables ShockAndAwe and WeatherManipulation. But the physical strain of channeling huge amounts of electromagnetic energy tends to cause neurological damage to the possessor. Dorilys has to be placed in permanent stasis after she uses her power to repel an attacking army.


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* WeatherManipulation: Some very powerful psychics can do this to varying degrees. Dorilys of Rockraven can unleash devastating storms, but the price is her sanity. Leonie Hastur can also do this to a lesser extent, but without the self-harm, probably due to her training as a Keeper.
7th Sep '17 8:30:27 PM psionycx
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* FeudalFuture: The human colonists on Darkover have developed a feudal culture and general level of technology.

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* FeudalFuture: The human colonists on Darkover have developed a feudal culture and general level of technology.technology, with rule by psychic aristocrats.



* FeudalFuture: With rule by psychic aristocrats.



** And how. Not only can nobody conceive of such a thing as being wanted, Darkover used to have breeding programs for ''laran''. The Comyn still insists on everyone having as many kids as possible with other Comyn (at a time in the past, it was forbidden for one woman to have more than two children by the same man: a Darkovan woman a little patronizingly explains to an Earthwoman the concept of "genetic pool"). Camilla of ''Darkover Landfall'' and Rohana of the Renunciate trilogy particularly were not thrilled to have lots of kids.

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** And how. Not only can nobody conceive of such a thing as a child being wanted, unwanted, Darkover used to have breeding programs for ''laran''. The Comyn still insists on everyone having as many kids as possible with other Comyn (at a time in the past, it was forbidden for one woman to have more than two children by the same man: a Darkovan woman a little patronizingly explains to an Earthwoman the concept of "genetic pool"). Camilla of ''Darkover Landfall'' and Rohana of the Renunciate trilogy particularly were not thrilled to have lots of kids.



** 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.

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** 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 ''non''-telepath can pass through the second one.
27th Jun '17 5:20:54 PM nombretomado
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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 Franchise/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, Wiki/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 Franchise/CthulhuMythos).
21st Apr '17 4:00:09 PM Ramidel
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* ArcNumber: In "The Horse-Tamer's Daughter," there's "one in ten." [[spoiler: It's the proportion of individuals with psychic powers, both among the children of Hali Plain and the wild horses.]]
21st Apr '17 8:40:31 AM Malady
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* OneWordTitle: Darkover is the name of the series, and is one word. Also a {{Portmantitle}}, being a compound of ''Dark'' and ''Over'', and an example of ThePlace, being the name of the world that the stories are set around.


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* ThePlace: The {{One Word Title}}'s the name of the world that the stories are set around. Also a {{Portmantitle}}, being a compound of ''Dark'' and ''Over'', and an example of ThePlace, being the name of the world that the stories are set around.


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* {{Portmantitle}}: The series's OneWordTitle is a compound of ''Dark'' and ''Over''. Also, Darkover's the name of the world that the stories are set around.
27th Mar '17 5:36:51 AM Ramidel
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* SelfFulfillingProphecy: "The Horse-Tamer's Daughter" climaxes in the Daughter's struggle to keep herself, the people and horses of Hali Plain free of the "wizards" who will take the place over and bring her into their ranks. [[spoiler: At the end, she defeats the Domain wizards and secures Hali's freedom, but only by establishing herself as the Keeper of Hali Tower.]]
-->[[spoiler: I'm just the horse-tamer's daughter, but they love me for my power. They've made of me what I feared to be: the Keeper of Hali Tower!]]
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.
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