History Literature / Discworld

27th Mar '17 6:13:29 PM NightShade96
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* PaintingTheMedium: Death [[AC:who talks like this]] has his own font, as do Golems in some books; Carrot's letters and their "ballistic approach to grammar"; the Auditors talk outside of dialogue (One thinks, one speaks like this); particularly odd looking signs might actually appear in the books as poorly drawn handwriting; etc etc. Pratchett doesn't as much paint the fourth wall as much as he uses a nice wallpaper and hangs an attractive painting off it.

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* PaintingTheMedium: Death [[AC:who talks like this]] has his Has [[PaintingTheMedium/{{Discworld}} its own font, as do Golems in some books; Carrot's letters and their "ballistic approach to grammar"; the Auditors talk outside of dialogue (One thinks, one speaks like this); particularly odd looking signs might actually appear in the books as poorly drawn handwriting; etc etc. Pratchett doesn't as much paint the fourth wall as much as he uses a nice wallpaper and hangs an attractive painting off it.page]].
22nd Mar '17 5:38:46 AM MagBas
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* OneGenderRace: The dwarfs were literally a one-''gender'' race, as they culturally made no distinction between the sexes. Later books show some dwarf women liking the idea of being female.
15th Mar '17 7:40:14 AM morenohijazo
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* TrainingTheGiftOfMagic: This trope is at least strongly implied to be highly active in the series:
** In the earliest books, wizards (and presumably witches) are said to be able to see "octarine", the eighth color of the spectrum, the "color of magic". This isn't mentioned much in later books, but it still seems in those that magic is some sort of innate gift.
** It also seems that people with ''strong'' magical gifts, such as Eskarina Smith, can be dangerous to everyone around them if not properly trained. Even partly-trained but powerful casters can be dangerous to themselves; for example, "borrowing" an animal's mind can lead to a witch becoming lost in the animal's senses. Unseen University has a gymnasium lined with magic-proof materials where students are required to practice.
** The one attempt we see by untrained characters to work significant magic, in ''Discworld/GuardsGuards'', involves lengthy rituals and external sources of power. Trouble is, they can produce an effect but have no control over it.
* TWordEuphemism: Lots, from the vampires' refrain of "the B-vord", Mr. Tulip's repeated use of "---ing", [[Creator/EdgarAllanPoe Quoth the Raven]]'s "N-word"[[note]] er, that's 'nevermore' and not the OTHER n-word. [[/note]].
** The K-word, the L-word, the T-word, ''both'' S-words, the V-word and the Y-word.
*** "Murdering conniving bastard of a weasel" is acceptable, however.
** Don't forget to NEVER, EVER use the M-word near the Librarian of the Unseen University.


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* ThinDimensionalBarrier: There are "thin places" where other realities brush up against the Disc. One is contained by The Dancers, a CircleOfStandingStones saturated with [[ColdIron meteoric iron]], and causes no end of trouble in ''Discworld/LordsAndLadies'' when TheFairFolk start escaping it.


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* TrainingTheGiftOfMagic: This trope is at least strongly implied to be highly active in the series:
** In the earliest books, wizards (and presumably witches) are said to be able to see "octarine", the eighth color of the spectrum, the "color of magic". This isn't mentioned much in later books, but it still seems in those that magic is some sort of innate gift.
** It also seems that people with ''strong'' magical gifts, such as Eskarina Smith, can be dangerous to everyone around them if not properly trained. Even partly-trained but powerful casters can be dangerous to themselves; for example, "borrowing" an animal's mind can lead to a witch becoming lost in the animal's senses. Unseen University has a gymnasium lined with magic-proof materials where students are required to practice.
** The one attempt we see by untrained characters to work significant magic, in ''Discworld/GuardsGuards'', involves lengthy rituals and external sources of power. Trouble is, they can produce an effect but have no control over it.


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* TWordEuphemism: Lots, from the vampires' refrain of "the B-vord", Mr. Tulip's repeated use of "---ing", [[Creator/EdgarAllanPoe Quoth the Raven]]'s "N-word"[[note]] er, that's 'nevermore' and not the OTHER n-word. [[/note]].
** The K-word, the L-word, the T-word, ''both'' S-words, the V-word and the Y-word.
*** "Murdering conniving bastard of a weasel" is acceptable, however.
** Don't forget to NEVER, EVER use the M-word near the Librarian of the Unseen University.
15th Mar '17 6:24:49 AM morenohijazo
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* GemTissue: The Diamond King of the Trolls isn't just a flowery regal title. He really is made of diamond. Trolls are made of what is called ''metamorphorical rock'', where the silicon-based substance of their bodies is predominantly one form of inorganic silicon tissue: the stuff of their being is partly down to genetic factors, but can also be mimetic of the dominat rock of their surroundings. Many male trolls are simply "Granite" or "Marble" or similar: but female trolls tend to incorporate a lot more wholly and semi-precious gemstones, ie Ruby, Beryl, et c. And, of course, ''all'' trolls have diamond teeth - the only material strong enough to grind and break down rock.
* GenericistGovernment: Towns have mayors, maybe a council, but that's generally it.



* GenericistGovernment: Towns have mayors, maybe a council, but that's generally it.
14th Mar '17 4:45:26 PM billybobfred
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* OurVampiresAreDifferent: ''All'' vampire myths are true in Discworld, but don't necessarily apply to any given vampire.

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* OurVampiresAreDifferent: ''All'' vampire myths are true in Discworld, but don't necessarily apply to any given vampire. There seem to be only two things that are true of ''all'' Disc vampires: their addiction to blood, which can be overcome only by [[AddictionDisplacement finding something else to obsess over]], and the belief that [[SdrawkcabAlias spelling their name backwards is a great way to fool people]].
11th Mar '17 8:52:23 PM partner555
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* MuggleMageRomance:
** Not uncommon among witches. Magrat married Verence, the muggle king of Lancre. Nanny Ogg had a lot more romances, and ended up raising a large extended family.
** Wizards by contrast are contractually obliged to avoid this, since they have a small chance of fathering the living embodiment of WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity. There's mention of retired wizards pursuing romance, albeit quite carefully.
11th Mar '17 3:00:29 PM Scorntex
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** One book notes that on the Disc, normal racism isn't really prominent. Instead "Black and white get along in perfect harmony and gang up on green".


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* InsistentTerminology: The Assassins Guild does ''not'' "kill" or "murder" their targets. Common thugs murder, and the assassins are not thugs. So they "inhume" their targets.
4th Mar '17 11:40:25 AM MadAnthony94
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** The Nac Mac Feegle are _not_ sadistic or otherworldly (some are downright friendly), but they're hardly happy little wood sprites. Picture a kleptomaniac, hard-drinking, bar-brawling Glaswegian in the body of a Smurf.

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** The Nac Mac Feegle are _not_ ''not'' sadistic or otherworldly (some are downright friendly), but they're hardly happy little wood sprites. Picture a kleptomaniac, hard-drinking, bar-brawling Glaswegian in the body of a Smurf.
4th Mar '17 11:39:12 AM MadAnthony94
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* TheFairFolk:
** Elves. If you're thinking Legolas and Elrond, think again. In line with older folklore, they're without empathy, sadistic, abduct beings from their home dimensions and would be the only Discworld race to be AlwaysChaoticEvil if they didn't play by BlueAndOrangeMorality.
** The Nac Mac Feegle are _not_ sadistic or otherworldly (some are downright friendly), but they're hardly happy little wood sprites. Picture a kleptomaniac, hard-drinking, bar-brawling Glaswegian in the body of a Smurf.
24th Feb '17 5:30:23 PM Theriocephalus
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* CreatingLifeIsUnforseen: According to one legend told in ''Thud'', Tak (the Dwarf creator diety) made the First Man and the First Dwarf from a rock. Afterward, he noticed the rock was trying to come life by itself.

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* CreatingLifeIsUnforseen: CreatingLifeIsUnforeseen: According to one legend told in ''Thud'', Tak (the Dwarf creator diety) deity) made the First Man and the First Dwarf from a rock. Afterward, he noticed the rock was trying to come life by itself.itself, leading to the creation of the First Troll.
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