History Literature / Discworld

18th Sep '17 4:54:25 AM ImpudentInfidel
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* OurWerewolvesAreDifferent: They have great regenerative capabilities, are only truly vulnerable to silver and fire, can switch freely between wolf and human form unless they are in the light of the full moon (which renders them wolves), and they struggle with conflicting sets of instincts and thought processes after changing. (Being effectively a human/wolf mix, they also have a nagging tendency to compromise and think like dogs.) They're considered undead on the basis of "They're big and scary, they come from {{Uberwald}}, and they don't die when you stick them with a sword, what more do you want?" There are distinct varieties, too, within the traditional variety and without. There are yennorks, who are naturally born werewolves who are stuck permanently in one shape or the other. In ''Discworld/ReaperMan'' we're introduced to a pair of werewolves who more fit the Hollywood 'big humanoid mound of fur and muscle' stereotype, with an additional twist that one of them is a regular wolf most of the time, the other a beautiful girl, and they meet one another half-way one week a month. The werewolves of Discworld also illustrate a rarely-considered point: Humans hate werewolves. ''Wolves hate werewolves so much more.'' (This is because humans use werewolves as an excuse to kill wolves, and the opposite never occurs.) A lone werewolf is relatively safe mixing in a human community. A lone werewolf who stumbles into a pack of wolves generally has a very short life expectancy.

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* OurWerewolvesAreDifferent: They have great regenerative capabilities, are only truly vulnerable to silver and fire, can switch freely between wolf and human form unless they are in the light of the full moon (which renders them wolves), and they struggle with conflicting sets of instincts and thought processes after changing. (Being effectively a human/wolf mix, they also have a nagging tendency to compromise and think like dogs.) They're considered undead on the basis of "They're big and scary, they come from {{Uberwald}}, and they don't die when you stick them with a sword, what more do you want?" There are distinct varieties, too, within the traditional variety and without. There are yennorks, who are naturally born werewolves who are stuck permanently in one shape or the other. In ''Discworld/ReaperMan'' we're introduced to a pair of werewolves who more fit the Hollywood 'big humanoid mound of fur and muscle' stereotype, with an additional twist that one of them is a regular wolf most of the time, the other a beautiful girl, and they meet one another half-way one week a month. The werewolves of Discworld also illustrate a rarely-considered point: Humans hate werewolves. ''Wolves hate werewolves so much more.'' (This is because humans use werewolves as an excuse to kill wolves, and the opposite never occurs.) A lone werewolf is relatively safe mixing in a human community. A lone werewolf who stumbles into a pack of wolves generally has a very short life expectancy. An ability to spread the the condition through bites has been frequently mentioned, but never shown; from context it may be a myth.
25th Aug '17 4:27:39 PM NightShade96
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* DeadlyBook: [[GreatBigLibraryOfEverything The Library of the Unseen University]] is full of books that do horrible things to people. In particular the Necrotelecomnicon (Written by Achmed the Mad, who preferred to be known as Achmed the I Just Get These Headaches) will drive mad any man who attempts to read it. Fortunately [[NoManOfWomanBorn The Librarian isn't a man]] (but an orangutan) so he has no problem with it.
17th Aug '17 8:10:55 AM Grey_Wolf_c
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* FictionalColour: Octarine, the colour of magic.

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* FictionalColour: Octarine, the colour of magic.magic (it's sort of a greenish purple).
17th Aug '17 7:52:01 AM PaulA
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** Biers, the bar for the differently-alive ("[[{{Cheers}} Where everybody knows your shape]]"), including vampires, zombies, werewolves, bogeymen, ghouls, and various others too weird to fit in anywhere else. And one Mrs. Gammage: a nearly blind, dotty old woman who started visiting the pub when it was named the Crown and Axe, and hasn't even noticed that the normal clientele has been replaced by the... er, differently-normal. (She is, incidentally, a ''very safe'' dotty old lady; the regulars have apparently adopted her as a sort of unofficial mascot, and at least a couple of thieves who robbed her subsequently turned up without a drop of blood left in their bodies...)

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** Biers, the bar for the differently-alive ("[[{{Cheers}} Where everybody knows your shape]]"), differently-alive, including vampires, zombies, werewolves, bogeymen, ghouls, and various others too weird to fit in anywhere else. And one Mrs. Gammage: a nearly blind, dotty old woman who started visiting the pub when it was named the Crown and Axe, and hasn't even noticed that the normal clientele has been replaced by the... er, differently-normal. (She is, incidentally, a ''very safe'' dotty old lady; the regulars have apparently adopted her as a sort of unofficial mascot, and at least a couple of thieves who robbed her subsequently turned up without a drop of blood left in their bodies...)
17th Aug '17 7:34:50 AM Grey_Wolf_c
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** Biers, the bar for the differently-alive ("{{Where everybody knows your shape|Cheers}}"), including vampires, zombies, werewolves, bogeymen, ghouls, and various others too weird to fit in anywhere else. And one Mrs. Gammage: a nearly blind, dotty old woman who started visiting the pub when it was named the Crown and Axe, and hasn't even noticed that the normal clientele has been replaced by the... er, differently-normal. (She is, incidentally, a ''very safe'' dotty old lady; the regulars have apparently adopted her as a sort of unofficial mascot, and at least a couple of thieves who robbed her subsequently turned up without a drop of blood left in their bodies...)

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** Biers, the bar for the differently-alive ("{{Where ("[[{{Cheers}} Where everybody knows your shape|Cheers}}"), shape]]"), including vampires, zombies, werewolves, bogeymen, ghouls, and various others too weird to fit in anywhere else. And one Mrs. Gammage: a nearly blind, dotty old woman who started visiting the pub when it was named the Crown and Axe, and hasn't even noticed that the normal clientele has been replaced by the... er, differently-normal. (She is, incidentally, a ''very safe'' dotty old lady; the regulars have apparently adopted her as a sort of unofficial mascot, and at least a couple of thieves who robbed her subsequently turned up without a drop of blood left in their bodies...)
17th Aug '17 7:27:58 AM Grey_Wolf_c
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** Biers, the bar for the differently-alive ("Where everybody knows your shape"), including vampires, zombies, werewolves, bogeymen, ghouls, and various others too weird to fit in anywhere else. And one Mrs. Gammage: a nearly blind, dotty old woman who started visiting the pub when it was named the Crown and Axe, and hasn't even noticed that the normal clientele has been replaced by the... er, differently-normal. (She is, incidentally, a ''very safe'' dotty old lady; the regulars have apparently adopted her as a sort of unofficial mascot, and at least a couple of thieves who robbed her subsequently turned up without a drop of blood left in their bodies...)

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** Biers, the bar for the differently-alive ("Where ("{{Where everybody knows your shape"), shape|Cheers}}"), including vampires, zombies, werewolves, bogeymen, ghouls, and various others too weird to fit in anywhere else. And one Mrs. Gammage: a nearly blind, dotty old woman who started visiting the pub when it was named the Crown and Axe, and hasn't even noticed that the normal clientele has been replaced by the... er, differently-normal. (She is, incidentally, a ''very safe'' dotty old lady; the regulars have apparently adopted her as a sort of unofficial mascot, and at least a couple of thieves who robbed her subsequently turned up without a drop of blood left in their bodies...)
17th Aug '17 7:26:36 AM Grey_Wolf_c
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** Biers, the bar for the differently-alive, including vampires, zombies, werewolves, bogeymen, ghouls, and various others too weird to fit in anywhere else. And one Mrs. Gammage: a nearly blind, dotty old woman who started visiting the pub when it was named the Crown and Axe, and hasn't even noticed that the normal clientele has been replaced by the... er, differently-normal. (She is, incidentally, a ''very safe'' dotty old lady; the regulars have apparently adopted her as a sort of unofficial mascot, and at least a couple of thieves who robbed her subsequently turned up without a drop of blood left in their bodies...)

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** Biers, the bar for the differently-alive, differently-alive ("Where everybody knows your shape"), including vampires, zombies, werewolves, bogeymen, ghouls, and various others too weird to fit in anywhere else. And one Mrs. Gammage: a nearly blind, dotty old woman who started visiting the pub when it was named the Crown and Axe, and hasn't even noticed that the normal clientele has been replaced by the... er, differently-normal. (She is, incidentally, a ''very safe'' dotty old lady; the regulars have apparently adopted her as a sort of unofficial mascot, and at least a couple of thieves who robbed her subsequently turned up without a drop of blood left in their bodies...)
28th Jul '17 7:42:17 PM ecuvulle6267
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* ArabianNightsDays: Klatch is Arabian Nights Days in ''Discworld/{{Sourcery}}'', the first book Klatchians play a major part in, but by the time ''Discworld/{{Jingo}}'' rolls around it's more of a late-19th/early-20th-century ''Film/LawrenceOfArabia'' style Middle East, with a few ''Literature/ArabianNights'' elements left in.
27th Jul '17 5:48:25 PM PaulA
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* KilledOffForReal: While secondary and one-shot characters have got a pretty good chance of snuffing it should the plot demand, few main and/or recurring characters have died, either in their own books or later in the series. However, it happens just often enough to remind you that the Discworld is an evolving universe where AnyoneCanDie, even if NarrativeCausality usually protects the protagonists. Examples include: [[spoiler:Galder Weatherwax, the {{Deuteragonist}}]] of ''Discworld/TheLightFantastic'', [[spoiler:Mort and Ysabelle, the TitleCharacter and his wife from ''Mort'', who die when their carriage crashes]] at the beginning of ''Soul Music'' and [[spoiler: Brother Brutha, who dies of old age at the end of his story]] in ''Small Gods''. [[spoiler:Cohen the Barbarian and most of the other members of the Silver Horde are killed off for real at the end of ''The Last Hero'', although it's strongly implied that this won't have much of an impact on their lifestyles. Finally in ''The Shepherd's Crown'' Granny Weatherwax has met with Death for the final time.]]
27th Jul '17 3:05:42 AM galaxia19
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* KilledOffForReal: While secondary and one-shot characters have got a pretty good chance of snuffing it should the plot demand, few main and/or recurring characters have died, either in their own books or later in the series. However, it happens just often enough to remind you that the Discworld is an evolving universe where AnyoneCanDie, even if NarrativeCausality usually protects the protagonists. Examples include: [[spoiler:Galder Weatherwax, the {{Deuteragonist}}]] of ''Discworld/TheLightFantastic'', [[spoiler:Mort and Ysabelle, the TitleCharacter and his wife from ''Mort'', who die when their carriage crashes]] at the beginning of ''Soul Music'' and [[spoiler: Brother Brutha, who dies of old age at the end of his story]] in ''Small Gods''. [[spoiler:Cohen the Barbarian and most of the other members of the Silver Horde are killed off for real at the end of ''The Last Hero'', although it's strongly implied that this won't have much of an impact on their lifestyles.]]

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* KilledOffForReal: While secondary and one-shot characters have got a pretty good chance of snuffing it should the plot demand, few main and/or recurring characters have died, either in their own books or later in the series. However, it happens just often enough to remind you that the Discworld is an evolving universe where AnyoneCanDie, even if NarrativeCausality usually protects the protagonists. Examples include: [[spoiler:Galder Weatherwax, the {{Deuteragonist}}]] of ''Discworld/TheLightFantastic'', [[spoiler:Mort and Ysabelle, the TitleCharacter and his wife from ''Mort'', who die when their carriage crashes]] at the beginning of ''Soul Music'' and [[spoiler: Brother Brutha, who dies of old age at the end of his story]] in ''Small Gods''. [[spoiler:Cohen the Barbarian and most of the other members of the Silver Horde are killed off for real at the end of ''The Last Hero'', although it's strongly implied that this won't have much of an impact on their lifestyles. Finally in ''The Shepherd's Crown'' Granny Weatherwax has met with Death for the final time.]]
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