History Literature / Deverry

30th Jul '17 6:31:17 PM Bissek
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* LegacyCharacter - Nevyn's common explanation for having the same name and skills as an old advisor or sorcerer mentioned in historical accounts. Either the name Nevyn is a title passed on from teacher to student, or [[BobTheNth he is a descendant of the Nevyn they're thinking of]].

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* LegacyCharacter - Nevyn's common explanation for having the same name and skills as an old advisor or sorcerer mentioned in historical accounts. Either the name Nevyn is a title passed on from teacher to student, or [[BobTheNth [[KingBobTheNth he is a descendant of the Nevyn they're thinking of]].
30th Jul '17 6:27:52 PM Bissek
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The main narrative thread starts ten centuries later. Through the use of frequent and extended {{Flashback}}s, the main story is intertwined with the stories of the character's [[{{Reincarnation}} previous incarnations]], revealing how present circumstances stem from events occuring in a previous lifetime. This illustrates the concept of Wyrd, or karma. As the series progresses, the flashbacks become longer, with some of the later books being [[WholeEpisodeFlashback more than half flashback]].

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The main narrative thread starts ten centuries later. Through the use of frequent and extended {{Flashback}}s, the main story is intertwined with the stories of the character's [[{{Reincarnation}} previous incarnations]], revealing how present circumstances stem from events occuring occurring in a previous lifetime. This illustrates the concept of Wyrd, or karma. As the series progresses, the flashbacks become longer, with some of the later books being [[WholeEpisodeFlashback more than half flashback]].



* ButICantBePregnant - Rhys' first wife is cast off for barrenness, remarries to a widower who needs a wife to help raise the children of his previous marriage, and gives birth to a healthy boy a year later. It seems ''she'' wasn't the infertile one in her previous marriage...
* CareerVersusMan - Jill has to face this choice once Rhodry becomes Gwerbret, as there was no way the life of a high-ranking noble's wife would leave her with enough free time to study magic. She ultimately decides to choose the dweomer over her lover and leaves him.



* DeadlyDecadentCourt: The Cantrae faction during the Time of Troubles.



* HostageSituation - Prince Mael of Aberwyn spent about twenty years of his life as one. He was captured during his first campaign as a soldier during the Time of Troubles, and not ransomed back for decades because the King of Cerrmor felt that the secure border he gained by having a royal hostage was far more valuable than the gold he'd get by returning him. The young prince, with nothing to do all that time but read in his tower cell, ended up becoming a philosopher, who would be come known as Mael the Seer, or Mael y Gwaedd (later contracted to Maelwaedd).



* ImmortalityBeginsAtTwenty - Elves age normally through childhood and adolescence into adulthood, then stop aging until a year or so before they're about to die of old age.



* LegacyCharacter - Nevyn's common explanation for having the same name and skills as an old advisor or sorcerer mentioned in historical accounts.

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* LegacyCharacter - Nevyn's common explanation for having the same name and skills as an old advisor or sorcerer mentioned in historical accounts. Either the name Nevyn is a title passed on from teacher to student, or [[BobTheNth he is a descendant of the Nevyn they're thinking of]].



* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters - There are four major time periods and seven minor ones, and over twenty characters who reincarnate in more than one of them. And then there are those characters who are only in one time period.

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* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters - There are four major time periods and seven minor ones, and over twenty characters who reincarnate in more than one of them.them (Not to mention Nevyn appearing in person in many of them). And then there are those characters who are only in one time period.



* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld - Elves don't visibly age until a year or so before they're about to die of old age. Nevyn and Aderyn both look old, but are several hundred years older than most people would think.



* SpareToTheThrone: Nevyn was once the third heir out of four. Rhodry was the youngest of three sons, and outlived both his brothers. Yraen was the younger son of a younger son.



* UnexpectedSuccessor - Pertyc Maelwadd, with a bit of OfferedTheCrown mixed in.

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* UnexpectedSuccessor - Pertyc Maelwadd, Maelwaedd, with a bit of OfferedTheCrown mixed in.in. Maryn, in the Time of Troubles (being from a fourth faction that didn't even exist when the wars began).


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** BalefulPolymorph - Discussed but never actually performed. Shapeshifting is a difficult enough process when doing it to one's self, so performing it on an unwilling subject would be even less likely to work without killing the subject (and there are easier ways to kill a man with magic). Besides, as discussed in the tropes below, none of the stories involving this trope mention anything about the resultant frog being big enough to ride.


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** NoConservationOfEnergy - Averted, a magician's mazrak form is the same mass as their normal form. This tends to make a mazrak easy to identify, as 150+ pound birds are not natural.
19th Apr '17 9:58:38 AM crazysamaritan
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* NameAmnesia: Prince Galrion is stripped of his rank, wealth and even his name by his father. His father issues a decree that ever after Galrion is to only be called "Nevyn". That's not a name. It's a word that quite literally means 'no-one'.
20th Nov '16 3:01:50 PM Amoeba
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* ChekhovsArmoury - As noted in ContinuityLockout below, here are tons of references that only make sense later. One example: Rhodry's silver dagger is modified by Otho in book 2, which makes it reappear to him in book 5 after being stolen from him at the end of book 3 (And then sold by the thief's master to a random merchant in book 4), [[spoiler:it seemingly disappears in book 11, and turns out to be the cause of his unhealing wound]] in book 15.

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* ChekhovsArmoury - As noted in ContinuityLockout below, here are tons of references that only make sense later. One example: Rhodry's silver dagger is modified by Otho in book 2, which makes it reappear to him in book 5 after being stolen from him at the end of book 3 (And then sold by the thief's master to a random merchant in book 4), 3, [[spoiler:it seemingly disappears in book 11, and turns out to be the cause of his unhealing wound]] in book 15.



* CursedWithAwesome - Nevyn's [[WhoWantsToLiveForever endless life]] makes it possible for him to become a peerless master of magic, but after a few cycles of seeing others reincarnate, he begins to wonder whether he'll ever find the relief of death. Similarly, [[spoiler: Rhodry's transformation into a dragon makes him practically invulnerable, but drives him mad.]]

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* CursedWithAwesome - Nevyn's [[WhoWantsToLiveForever endless life]] makes it possible for him to become a peerless master of magic, but after a few cycles of seeing others reincarnate, he begins to wonder whether he'll ever find the relief of death. Similarly, [[spoiler: [[spoiler:Similarly, Rhodry's transformation into a dragon makes him practically invulnerable, but drives him mad.]]



* IKnowYourTrueName - Dragons, and the Guardians to a lesser degree.
* MagicAIsMagicA - Consistent to the degree that there's noticable repetition in different books when the characters build Bodies of Light or create Seals. The limitations of magic are also clearly shown, affect the story and are commented upon by the dweomerworkers.

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* IKnowYourTrueName - Dragons, Dragons and the Guardians to Guardians. There's a lesser degree.
restriction, though: it requires a certain kind of pronunciation of the name, usually acquired in magical or priestly training. This also means the name can still be used in casual conversation.
* MagicAIsMagicA - Consistent to the degree that there's noticable noticeable repetition in different books when the characters build Bodies of Light or create Seals. The limitations of magic are also clearly shown, affect the story and are commented upon by the dweomerworkers.
24th Jul '16 5:32:21 AM eroock
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6th Jan '16 6:56:06 PM Bissek
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* ChekhovsArmoury - As noted in ContinuityLockout below, here are tons of references that only make sense later. One example: Rhodry's silver dagger is modified by Otho in book 2, which makes it reappear to him in book 5, [[spoiler:it seemingly disappears in book 11, and turns out to be the cause of his unhealing wound]] in book 15.

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* ChekhovsArmoury - As noted in ContinuityLockout below, here are tons of references that only make sense later. One example: Rhodry's silver dagger is modified by Otho in book 2, which makes it reappear to him in book 5, 5 after being stolen from him at the end of book 3 (And then sold by the thief's master to a random merchant in book 4), [[spoiler:it seemingly disappears in book 11, and turns out to be the cause of his unhealing wound]] in book 15.
28th Jun '14 8:47:14 PM Bissek
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* FictionalDocument - ''The Secret Book of Cadwallon the Druid''

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* FictionalDocument - ''The Secret Book of Cadwallon the Druid''Druid'' and the Pseudo-Iamblicus Scroll are the most prominent.



* HeirClubForMen - The death of a king who had no sons and three daughters - each of whom had married a powerful noble and given him a son - resulted in the century long SuccessionCrisis referred to in the series as the Time of Troubles.

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* HeirClubForMen - The death of a king who had no sons and three daughters - each of whom had married a powerful noble and given him a son - resulted in the century long SuccessionCrisis referred to in the series as the Time of Troubles. Trouble brews in Eldidd in the first arc when Gwerbret Rhys turns out to be sterile and unable to produce an heir.



* NoManOfWomanBorn - The most obvious one is that Lord Corbyn "can never be slain in battle except by sword, but he'll never be slain by any man's hand."
* ObfuscatingStupidity - Salamander, who prattles endlessly and travels as a common gerthddyn (roaming bard) to conceal the fact that he's a sorceror.

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* NoManOfWomanBorn - The most obvious one is that Lord Corbyn "can never be slain in battle except by sword, but he'll never be slain by any man's hand."
" A frequently used one is any reference to no one. Since that is the literal translation of Nevyn's name...
* ObfuscatingStupidity - Salamander, who prattles endlessly and travels as a common gerthddyn (roaming bard) to conceal the fact that he's a sorceror.sorcerer.


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* SillyReasonForWar - The first war shown in the series is fought over pig food. Of course, the ''real'' reason was that the two noble families in question had hated each other for generations, the swine rights issue was just the excuse (They'd run out of good ones over the course of three generations of on and off feuding).
19th Jun '14 6:18:29 AM Amoeba
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* LegacyCharacter - Nevyn's common explanation for having the same name and skills as an old advisor or sorcerer mentioned in historical accounts.
7th Feb '14 10:10:56 PM Bissek
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* MeaningfulRename: Galrion to Nevyn. Also, Dun Hiraedd was not the original name of that city, but the soldiers who were transferred there dubbed it Fort Homesick, and the name stuck.
7th Feb '14 10:04:55 PM Bissek
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* SuccessionCrisis - The cause of both Deverrian civil wars.

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* SuccessionCrisis - The cause of both Deverrian civil wars. Also nearly occurred in ''The Dragon Revenant'', with Rhys dead without issue and Rhodry missing.
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