History Literature / DeltoraQuest

16th Aug '17 5:05:03 AM DariusAngel
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* CruelAndUnusualDeath: After the Grey Guards decide to attack Steven, Nevets pops out and...well, let's just say that the man-eating plants that go by the name of grippers have a buffet. The grey guards also inflict this on their enemies using blisters which poison their victims and cause them to die rapidly in agony. Fortunately, it's implied that the blisters cause a less painful death once Gellick is destroyed and the elves come up with an alternative.

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* CruelAndUnusualDeath: After the Grey Guards decide to attack Steven, Nevets pops out and...well, let's just say that the man-eating plants that go by the name of grippers have a buffet. The grey guards also inflict this on their enemies using blisters which poison their victims and cause them to die rapidly in agony. Fortunately, it's implied that the blisters cause a less painful death once Gellick is destroyed and the elves gnomes come up with an alternative.



* ShipperWithAnAgenda: In the second series, [[spoiler: the Shadow Lord's chosen method of luring Leif to the Shadowlands was to lure Jasmine instead, knowing that Leif would surely follow.]]

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* ShipperWithAnAgenda: In the second series, [[spoiler: the Shadow Lord's chosen method of luring Leif Lief to the Shadowlands was to lure Jasmine instead, knowing that Leif Lief would surely follow.]]
12th Aug '17 8:17:49 AM cryforce
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* ShipperWithAnAgenda: In the second series, [[spoiler: the Shadow Lord's chosen method of luring Leif to the Shadowlands was to lure Jasmine instead, knowing that Leif would surely follow.]]
12th Jul '17 7:50:53 PM Euvany
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* ActionGirl: Take a ''[[{{Pun}} wild]]'' guess. [[spoiler:([[DontExplainTheJoke It's Jasmine.]])]]

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* ActionGirl: ActionGirl:
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Take a ''[[{{Pun}} wild]]'' guess. [[spoiler:([[DontExplainTheJoke It's Jasmine.]])]]



** Gla-Thon is generally one of the more competent fighters among the side characters, with the Grey Guards noting her to having given them some of the most trouble in ''Return to Del''.



* AdaptationDyeJob: Jasmine having green hair in the anime (she has black hair in the books), while Lief turned blond in ''all'' the adaptations.
* AdaptationExpansion: There's certain events that don't seem to be in the book, that get added to the anime. The [[CompressedAdaptation inverse trope]] is also true.



* AscendedExtra: Neridah, Thaegan and the Enigmatic... Bird in the anime.



* BeneathTheEarth: Where the Pirrans fled to using magic.



* TheBigGuy: Barda is the last of the palace guards, some of the greatest warriors in Deltora.
* {{Bishonen}}: Whenever Dain shows up in the books, emphasis is placed on his fine features and "delicate" looks.



* ClingyCostume: In ''Shadowgate'', [[spoiler:the Masked Ones' masks of adulthood turn out to be this, as they're permanently fused to the wearer's skin--unfortunately for Lief, who as a favour to Bede, put on one...]]



* DarkerAndEdgier: Each series is definitely darker than the one before it. Each book within the individual series gets progressively darker, as well.



* DarkerAndEdgier: Each series is definitely darker than the one before it. Each book within the individual series gets progressively darker, as well.
* DarkestHour: The finale in each series is this.
** First series: [[spoiler:Everyone except Lief has been captured and sent to the Place of Punishment to be publicly executed. Jasmine is supposedly the heir, but the Belt won't shine for her, meaning that they've possibly spent the entire series fighting for a trinket with no real power. All Lief can do is head to the execution grounds nevertheless, knowing that he has no plan and will likely die.]]
** Second series: [[spoiler:The Shadow Lord's XanatosGambit has been pulled off just about completely successfully. Lief, Barda, and Jasmine are trapped in the Shadowlands, surrounded by enemies, and the captives they've come to save are likewise in the same situation. And although Lief is able to temporarily keep the enemies at bay using the Pipe, its effectiveness is gradually dying, being in the hands of a novice musician...]]
** Third series: [[spoiler:Not only does Lief still not know where the Sister of the South is, he realizes that he's condemned everyone he loves to the Toran Plague, including himself. They'll all be dead within the next few hours, and upon his death, the people will no doubt blame Tora, which in turn means that faith in Marilen will weaken--therefore allowing the Shadow Lord to invade Deltora.]]



* DefrostingIceQueen: Although Jasmine never really defrosts, compare her in the first few books to the rest, and she's way different.

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* DefrostingIceQueen: Although Jasmine never really defrosts, compare her in DefangedHorrors: There's a ''lot'' that goes on that would make an older reader cringe or at least raise an eyebrow, but are either concepts that a child wouldn't yet find as terrifying (e.g. the first few books to paranoia-based horrors) or described in sparse detail (e.g. all the rest, and she's way different. implied gore).



* TheDragonsComeBack: Essentially the plot behind ''[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Dragons of Deltora]]''.



* EarnYourHappyEnding: Or, in this case, earn it ''[[RuleOfThree three times]]''...

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* EarnYourHappyEnding: Or, in this case, earn it ''[[RuleOfThree three times]]''...times]]''. Lief lampshades it in the third series.
-->'''Lief:''' In those days[[note]]the first series[[/note]], I thought that if we succeeded in our quest we would all live happily ever after. I did not dream the nightmare would go on and on --



* EnemyWithin: In the AnimatedAdaptation, within the mirror of fear Lief fights a pair of Theagan's Children impersonating his.



* {{Foreshadowing}}:
** In the first series:
*** Regarding the second candidate for the heir: [[spoiler:We've been told that the king and queen fled Del, and hey, the Forests of Silence--near Del--are a place the Grey Guards would never look for them, right? And Jasmine is conveniently the same age as Lief, when we know the heir was born in the same year as him.]] Except just kidding, this is a RedHerring!
*** The justification of his father's "pledge", as to why Lief's parents are oddly insistent that their only child go on an extremely dangerous quest when Barda would've been happy to do it himself, makes much more sense when you realize [[spoiler:that they likely wanted Lief to return a hero, as to ensure his popularity among the people and that he not repeat his father's mistake.]]
*** That Doom refers to his wife as "dear heart" points to [[spoiler:him being Jarred, not Endon, if one recalls the prologue. Once you realize that Doom is Jarred, it then follows that Lief's parents are not who everyone thinks they are.]]
*** Lief's parents are always [[spoiler:referred to as such]] in the narration. [[spoiler:They're only called Jarred and Anna by other people.]]
*** The cloak that Lief's mother wove for him is noted on occasion to be remarkable, even before the other party is aware that it's an InvisibilityCloak; Zeean outright states that it's worthy of the looms of Tora. [[spoiler:Which makes sense, since Lief's mother--Sharn--''is'' of Toran descent.]]
*** That Lief's parents want him to be educated [[spoiler:is unsurprising considering what they envisioned as his future career]].
*** It's never explained how Lief's father knows that the Belt will stay whole as long as the heir lives. [[spoiler:Probably because he made that up and knows the heir is alive because ''he's looking at him right now''.]]
** Second series:
*** In the narration, the Belt is always written [[spoiler:in lowercase, hinting that it's not the Belt of Deltora Lief's wearing, but a fake]].
*** As confirmed in the final book, Marilen knowing that her food is poisoned [[spoiler:since she's wearing the real Belt]].
*** While Lief can tell that Jasmine's upset at him for keeping secrets, he's bewildered by how disproportionately angry she is at him. [[spoiler:Thus suggesting that Faith isn't real, and that Lief has no idea about the lies that Jasmine has been fed.]]
*** Sharn makes a comment about Marilen being so young, which seems odd when one assumes Marilen is Lief's ''fiancee''. [[spoiler:Which, of course, she isn't; she's the SpareToTheThrone.]]
*** Lief seems a bit nervous when he explains to Barda that the gems probably won't work as well underground. [[spoiler:Because he's lying, what with the gems being fakes.]]
*** When Jasmine points out that it makes no sense for [[spoiler:the gems to be weaker underground]], she's conveniently cut off and the subject is dropped.
*** When Lief has to temporarily exchange the Belt for the final part of the Pirran Pipe, he's utterly relieved that [[spoiler:it wasn't something they need for their venture in the Shadowlands (as they wouldn't have been able to bring the Belt, in any case, and this makes for a good hiding place)... but probably more so because the "Belt" is a fake and he's relieved that Tirral asked for something completely worthless.]]
** Third series:
*** That the Shadow Lord [[spoiler:made it possible to find all Sisters by leaving their map fragments behind]] should've set off a few warning bells.
*** While the series generally avoids referring to specific incidents in past series, ''Shadowgate'' makes an explicit mention of Reeah from ''City of the Rats''. [[spoiler:Most likely, Rodda wanted the titular city to be on the reader's mind come ''Sister of the South''.]]
*** In the first series, the heroes briefly ponder why the Shadow Lord wanted to drive the citizens out of what became the City of the Rats, instead of enslaving them there. [[spoiler:Back then, they probably weren't expecting the answer to be "because he wants to implement GrayGoo there."]]
*** In the second series, Lief (and the reader) read the entirety of the tales that kick off the series. In the third series, he doesn't get the chance with the tale that inspired the Sisters. [[spoiler:Otherwise, he and the reader would've seen what was coming at the very beginning, rather than at the end.]]
*** The final tablet dares the king to "win or lose" or "lose and win". Turns out, it's not just meant to be sound poetic. [[spoiler:Lief can defeat the Sisters and thus activate the Shadow Lord's final trap, or he can accept that Deltora will never be fully free of famine but prevent the ultimate end.]]



* GenkiGirl: Prin



* GlamourFailure: Waiting for the brief moment that their form falls apart is how one can usually detect an Ol.



* TheGoodKing: [[spoiler:Lief goes on to rule Deltora 'long and wisely' after the events of the books. In the second and third series [[RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething he actively takes part in freeing his people from the Shadowlands and awakening the dragons]].]]

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* TheGoodKing: [[spoiler:Lief goes on GondorCallsForAid: In ''Return to rule Deltora 'long Del'', Lief and wisely' after co. call upon all the events of allies they've made up until that point, intending to unite the books. In the second and third series [[RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething he actively takes part in freeing his people from the Shadowlands and awakening the dragons]].]]tribes once more.



* HeroicLineage: King Adin's bloodline
* [[spoiler: HiveMind: [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin The Hive]]]], the boss of ''The Shifting Sands''.

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* HeroicLineage: King Adin's bloodline
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* HiveMind: [[spoiler: HiveMind: [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin The Hive]]]], the boss of ''The Shifting Sands''.



* IconOfRebellion: A V-shaped bird, coined from the Ralad language, is used as the symbol of those who stand against the Shadow Lord , whether as a part of the LaResistance or not.



* ItWasWithYouAllAlong: [[spoiler:The heir, that is.]]



* JunglePrincess: Jasmine.



* KangarooPouchRide: Occasionally, the heroes ride in the pouches of the Kin to get to places quickly.



* KidHero: Lief. [[spoiler: Also sort of a WarriorPrince.]]



* LampshadeHanging: In the AnimatedAdaptation Jasmine asks how many times they'll have to fight her, lampshading her status as a RecurringBoss.



* ManEatingPlant: The grippers, complete with LampreyMouth.



* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Not people, but places. [[GardenOfEvil The Forests of Silence.]] The Lake of Tears. [[GhostCity City of the Rats.]] [[ThirstyDesert The Shifting Sands.]] Dread Mountain. The Maze of the Beast. The Valley of the Lost. ''Need I say more?''



* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Not people, but places. [[GardenOfEvil The Forests of Silence.]] The Lake of Tears. [[GhostCity City of the Rats.]] [[ThirstyDesert The Shifting Sands.]] Dread Mountain. The Maze of the Beast. The Valley of the Lost. ''Need I say more?''



* NonHumanSidekick: Filli and Kree.

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* NonHumanSidekick: NonHumanSidekick:
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Filli and Kree.



* PassingTheTorch: Lief's father was originally the one who was going to go on the quest, but due to his accident, he decides to have Lief go in his stead.



* ProudWarriorRaceGuy: Glock, [[LastOfHisKind last of the Jalis]]. [[spoiler: Until more Jalis are found in the second series.]]



** Dain is more so in the anime. In which Neridah also flirts with Lief.



* ScarilyCompetentTracker: ''Jasmine''. She can put her ear to the ground and tell you if anyone is approaching. And, if so, how many. And how big they are. She can also talk to trees.



* [[spoiler:TimeyWimeyBall: The Three Doors Trilogy turns out to be this. The Golden Door leads to the past while the Silver Door leads to the future. The Wooden Door just leads to the present outside of Weld. Actions made by those in the past change what happens in the future. Those who have travelled through the doors are [[RippleEffectProofMemory seemingly immune to the changes and retain memories of alternate timelines]].]]
* TeamDad: Barda. He's like a brother to Lief and Jasmine, but is always there to stop the inevitable squabbling between the two of them.
* TeamMom: Sharn. Granted, she's the king's mother, but she pretty much adopts all his close friends after series one... including several former members of the Resistance who are her own age, if not older.

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* [[spoiler:TimeyWimeyBall: The TimeyWimeyBall: [[spoiler:The Three Doors Trilogy turns out to be this. The Golden Door leads to the past while the Silver Door leads to the future. The Wooden Door just leads to the present outside of Weld. Actions made by those in the past change what happens in the future. Those who have travelled through the doors are [[RippleEffectProofMemory seemingly immune to the changes and retain memories of alternate timelines]].]]
* TeamDad: Barda. He's like a brother to Lief and Jasmine, but is always there to stop the inevitable squabbling between the two of them.
* TeamMom: Sharn. Granted, she's the king's mother, but she pretty much adopts all his close friends after series one... including several former members of the Resistance who are her own age, if not older.
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* TheWarHasJustBegun: The ''final'' book ends with this trope.



* [[spoiler:TheWarHasJustBegun]]: The ''final'' book ends with this trope.

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* [[spoiler:TheWarHasJustBegun]]: The ''final'' book ends with this trope.WeSellEverything: Tom's shop does for travellers, which Tom makes a point of noting.



* {{Yandere}}: ''[[spoiler:Kirsten.]]''
13th Apr '17 8:08:43 PM pokedude10
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* PrefersTheIllusion: Some of the Auron refugees created an illusory copy of their idyllic, sophisticated homeland on the underground island they fled to. To preserve the (emotional aspect of) this illusion, they forced all dissenters off the island and magically sealed its borders. [[spoiler:A millennium or so later, only one person still lives on Auron- he killed everyone else to keep the illusion 'pure', as they couldn't deny reality or their traumatic memories of it.]] The exiles, in comparison, adapted to the ocean's "strange, wild beauty" and thrived.
9th Apr '17 4:45:54 AM ClatoLawa
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* CanonWelding: ''Literature/RowanOfRin'' is confirmed to take place in the same universe as Deltora Quest and its related books, but as of yet there has been no relevant interaction between the two stories. [[spoiler: That may change if it is visited in the Star of Deltora series.]]
** Confirmed-- it's visited in ''Two Moons''.

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* CanonWelding: ''Literature/RowanOfRin'' is confirmed to take place in the same universe as Deltora Quest and its related books, but as of yet there has been no relevant interaction between the two stories. [[spoiler: That may change if it [[spoiler:Rin is briefly visited in the Star second ''Star of Deltora series.]]
** Confirmed-- it's visited in
Deltora'' book, ''Two Moons''. Moons'', but the ship is immediately turned away by the Maris.]]
14th Feb '17 1:05:44 PM ladyofthelibrary
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A third series has also being added to the continuity. This series, titled Star of Deltora, takes place [[TimeSkip a few decades after the end Deltora Quest]] and is initially set in Del, but promises to visit other lands across the sea.

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A third series has also being added to the continuity. This series, titled Star of Deltora, takes place [[TimeSkip a few decades after the end of Deltora Quest]] and is initially set in Del, but promises to visit other lands across the sea.
27th Jan '17 10:34:59 PM Chericola
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** Also quite possibly Jarred, Anna, Endon and Sharn, during the Shadow Lord's invasion.
20th Dec '16 4:27:46 AM Chericola
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6th Dec '16 12:10:31 AM hellwolf99
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* AnyoneCanDie: Mostly averted. A few deaths hit us hard, but [[ContractualImmortality the core group is always the same]], and there are no [[SacrificalLion Sacrificial Lions]] or anything like that. Main characters can be tortured, poisoned, drugged, [[GoodScarsEvilScars permanently scarred]], or LeftForDead, but that's about it.

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* AnyoneCanDie: Mostly averted. A few deaths hit us hard, but [[ContractualImmortality the core group is always the same]], and there are no [[SacrificalLion [[SacrificialLion Sacrificial Lions]] or anything like that. Main characters can be tortured, poisoned, drugged, [[GoodScarsEvilScars permanently scarred]], or LeftForDead, but that's about it.
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