History Literature / Dragaera

19th Jan '17 4:33:02 PM Xtifr
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The world of '''Dragaera''' is the brainchild of Creator/StevenBrust. It serves as the setting for two of his novel series -- the ''Khaavren Romances'' (now complete) and the ''Vlad Taltos'' books (ongoing) -- as well as the standalone novel ''Brokedown Palace''.

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The world of '''Dragaera''' Dragaera is the brainchild of Creator/StevenBrust. It serves as the setting for two of his novel series -- the ''Khaavren Romances'' (now complete) and the ''Vlad Taltos'' books (ongoing) -- as well as the standalone novel ''Brokedown Palace''.



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** There's a [[http://www.speakeasy.org/~mamandel/Cracks-and-Shards/jokes.html fan page on these]], from Creator/AbbottAndCostello to {{Hamlet}}, with a [[http://www.speakeasy.org/~mamandel/Cracks-and-Shards/GratefulDead.html separate page]] for the GratefulDead.Music/TheGratefulDead.
2nd Jan '17 6:04:53 PM Tamfang
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The Empire consists of seventeen houses/castes, each named after an animal on the planet. Although some houses are considered superior to others, a certain amount of peace between them is maintained by the fact that all seventeen get their turn to provide an Emperor or Empress. "The Cycle" determines the order; as each abdicates, the next house in line provides their Heir. Assassination of an Emperor is discouraged by the Orb, a mystic sphere that orbits the head of the current sovereign and protects him or her from harm... at least until it is time for the Cycle to change.

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The Empire consists of seventeen houses/castes, each named after an animal on the planet. Although some houses are considered superior to others, a certain amount of peace between them is maintained by the fact custom that all seventeen get their turn to provide an Emperor or Empress. "The Cycle" determines the order; as each abdicates, the next house in line provides their Heir. Assassination of an Emperor is discouraged by the Orb, a mystic sphere that orbits the head of the current sovereign and protects him or her from harm... at least until it is time for the Cycle to change.



* ActionGirl: Dragaeran society is filled with them, due to the fact that women are just as likely to be fighters as men. Of the major characters, Tazendra and Aliera are most prominent. While Sethra is better known as a sorceress, she is also a potent swordswoman. Cawti and Norathar had long careers as this trope before moving on to other things.

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* ActionGirl: Dragaeran society is filled with them, due to the fact that because women are just as likely to be fighters as men. Of the major characters, Tazendra and Aliera are most prominent. While Sethra is better known as a sorceress, she is also a potent swordswoman. Cawti and Norathar had long careers as this trope before moving on to other things.



* FantasyCounterpartCulture: The Eastern Kingdom of Fenario is heavily based on Hungary. Its language is Hungarian and its "klava" seems to be based on Hungarian egg coffee. This might be justified by the fact that [[spoiler:Dragaera is sometimes suggested to have a science fiction background as a world populated by humans from Earth. Vague references are occasionally made to cross-overs between the universes.]] By the way, "taltos" means a shaman or wizard-like figure in Hungarian folklore and traditions.

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* FantasyCounterpartCulture: The Eastern Kingdom of Fenario is heavily based on Hungary. Its language is Hungarian and its "klava" seems to be based on Hungarian egg coffee. This might be justified by the fact in that [[spoiler:Dragaera is sometimes suggested to have a science fiction background as a world populated by humans from Earth. Vague references are occasionally made to cross-overs between the universes.]] By the way, "taltos" means a shaman or wizard-like figure in Hungarian folklore and traditions.



** In ''Paths of the Dead'', the fact that Piro will end up [[spoiler: falling in love with Ibronka]] is foreshadowed by his conversation with Krytaan about girls, as Piro [[spoiler: is more interested in finding a brave girl - the signature trait of Dzur - than in appearing brave to impress one]].

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** In ''Paths of the Dead'', the fact that Piro will end up Piro's [[spoiler: falling in love with Ibronka]] is foreshadowed by his conversation with Krytaan about girls, as Piro [[spoiler: is more interested in finding a brave girl - the signature trait of Dzur - than in appearing brave to impress one]].



** Morrolan was raised as a human and didn't realize he was different, even as he remained youthful looking at over 100 years old, despite everyone else around him getting older and dying. The fact that he was at least a foot taller than anyone he knew should have been another clue...

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** Morrolan was raised as a human and didn't realize he was different, even as he remained youthful looking at over 100 years old, despite everyone else around him getting older and dying. The fact that he was His being at least a foot taller than anyone he knew should have been another clue...



* SpannerInTheWorks: No one was expecting Mario to [[spoiler:actually ''succeed'' at assassinating the Emperor.]] The fact that he did so, and with [[DiabolusExMachina the worst timing possible]], [[spoiler:is what led to Adron's Disaster.]]

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* SpannerInTheWorks: No one was expecting Mario to [[spoiler:actually ''succeed'' at assassinating the Emperor.]] The fact that he did ]] His doing so, and with [[DiabolusExMachina the worst timing possible]], [[spoiler:is what led to Adron's Disaster.]]



* SympatheticPOV: Only the fact that we see things from Vlad's perspective (or Paarfi's rose-tinted view of history) makes the cast seem anything less than a bunch of total bastards.

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* SympatheticPOV: Only the fact that we see things from Vlad's perspective (or Paarfi's rose-tinted view of history) makes the cast seem anything less than a bunch of total bastards.
21st Oct '16 10:22:14 PM Gideoncrawle
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-> ''No matter how [[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings subtle the wizard]], [[MundaneSolution a knife between the shoulder blades]] will seriously cramp his style.''

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-> ''No matter how [[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings subtle the wizard]], [[MundaneSolution wizard, a knife between the shoulder blades]] blades will seriously cramp his style.''
11th Sep '16 1:38:38 PM cordychase
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* UnstoppableRage: Tazendra at the end of ''Sethra Lavode'', after hitting her RageBreakingPoint. Paarfi notes that this is a Dzur trait in general. While usually, Dzur [[BloodKnight enjoy themselves immensely]] in a fight, once you manage to get one ''really angry'', they become about ten times more dangerous. Tazendra, despite having been imprisoned in a stasis spell and being severely injured, curb-stomps the hell out of her opponent. [[spoiler: A freaking ''Jenoine''.]]
3rd Sep '16 12:07:49 PM cordychase
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** Zerika IV and her Easterner lover Brimfrod/Lazslo, while not actually married as such, suffer from this. Grita leaks knowledge of their relationship to the Lyorn Heir, who [[promptly withdraw his support]]. However, after the war, it's not such a problem because everyone who knows a) doesn't care, or b) does care, but refuses to insult their lawful Empress.

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** Zerika IV and her Easterner lover Brimfrod/Lazslo, while not actually married as such, suffer from this. Grita leaks knowledge of their relationship to the Lyorn Heir, who [[promptly withdraw [[spoiler: promptly withdraws his support]]. However, after the war, it's not such a problem because everyone who knows a) doesn't care, or b) does care, but refuses to insult their lawful Empress.
3rd Sep '16 12:06:59 PM cordychase
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* MalignedMixedMarriage: Inter-House marriages (although not flings) are generally looked down upon. However, children born during the Interregnum have much less of an issue with it, which is why Piro (Tiassa) and Ibronka (Dzur) are totally blindsided by their parents' anger. While eventually [[spoiler: Khaavren]] reconciles with them, [[spoiler: Princess Sennya]] remains estranged for centuries, and it's left ambiguous as to whether [[spoiler: she and Ibronka]] ever forgive each other.
** Zerika IV and her Easterner lover Brimfrod/Lazslo, while not actually married as such, suffer from this. Grita leaks knowledge of their relationship to the Lyorn Heir, who [[promptly withdraw his support]]. However, after the war, it's not such a problem because everyone who knows a) doesn't care, or b) does care, but refuses to insult their lawful Empress.



** In ''The Phoenix Guards'', the current Warlord attempts to pull this in reverse, asking manipulative questions and forbidding Khaavren to give more than the most basic of answers in an attempt to incriminate him in front of the Emperor. It ''almost'' works.



* NoGuyWantsAnAmazon: Solidly inverted. Men from Houses with military prowess as their [[PlanetOfHats hat]] want women who are at least as competent with a sword as they are. Ibronka (Dzurlord) even notes that she'll never make a good match if she doesn't prove herself as a fighter.



* OddCouple: Aliera and Mario

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* OddCouple: Aliera and MarioMario--the daughter of (and later the) Dragon Heir paired with the Jhereg's best assassin.



* PowerNullifier: Spellbreaker negates magic that it touches. Sorcery also does not work on the Isles, which is probably why they never get conquered by the Empire.

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* PowerNullifier: Spellbreaker negates magic that it touches. Sorcery also does not work on the Isles, Isles because of the rock they're made out of, which is probably why they never get conquered by the Empire.



* ProperLady: Lady Teldra.

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* ProperLady: Lady Teldra. This is a trait of the Issola, and to a lesser extent of the Lyorn.
23rd Aug '16 8:29:39 AM cordychase
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* DidYouJustFlipOffCthulu: Lady Teldra speaks the Jenoine language well enough to pull off an insult so pithy it actually distracts a Jenoine.


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* ForegoneConclusion: Since the Khaavren romances are both prequels and written as in-universe historical fiction, the audience already knows that Tortaalik will die, Adron's Disaster will destroy Dragaera City and begin the Interregnum, and Zerika IV will reclaim the Orb and rebuild the Empire.


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* ReasoningWithGod: At the end of the ''The Paths of the Dead'', Zerika has to do this to get the Orb back--although it's more like convincing them to give her the Orb ''without condition'', since she knows they have to do it anyway, they just want to manipulate her.
--> Zerika: If there is a thing you wish of my Empire, you may ask me for it, as it has always been, and I will decide, as the Emperor always has. That is how it will be. Now give the Orb into my hands.
22nd Aug '16 11:10:53 AM cordychase
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* BoisterousBruiser: Tazendra is a rare female example.

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* BoisterousBruiser: Tazendra is a rare female example. Dzur in general tend to be this, while Dragons are generally more serious but can also count.


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* Catch22Dilemma: Inevitable with the way the Cycle works. When the Cycle turns, the heir of the next House must take power. How do you know when the Cycle has turned? Well, when the heir of the next House takes power. Invoked by Adron in ''Five Hundred Years After'', when he grimly points out that he'll only know he can win at the point he's already won.


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* HufflepuffHouse: With ''seventeen'' Dragaeran Houses, it's inevitable that at least some of them will end up stuck with this. As a general rule, the Houses whose [[PlanetOfHats hats]] are fighting, magic, and politics get more attention than the others. The rest are on a sliding scale--the Teckla have gotten more screen-time in recent books, while the Jhegaala and the Chreotha are still basically set dressing.
20th Aug '16 6:00:35 PM cordychase
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* FauxInterracialRelationship. In the prequel novel ''Five Hundred Years After''. Khaavren, the main protagonist has a MeetCute with his future wife, and toward the end of book mentions that while he loves her, he regrets that their relationship won't work because she is of a different House (basically a race) than he is. She then reveals that while [[CultureEqualsCostume she dresses like a member of one House,]] she actually belongs to the same House as him. [[DeliberateValuesDissonance The fictional narrator then comments how great it was that this impediment was cleared up.]]

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* FauxInterracialRelationship. In the prequel novel ''Five Hundred Years After''. Khaavren, the main protagonist has a MeetCute with his future wife, wife Dara, and toward bewails the end of book mentions fact that while he loves her, he regrets that their relationship won't work because she is of a different House (basically a race) than he is. She then reveals that while [[CultureEqualsCostume she dresses like a member of one House,]] she actually belongs to the same House as him.him, she just likes the other colors better. [[DeliberateValuesDissonance The fictional narrator then comments how great it was that this impediment was cleared up.]]


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* PoorCommunicationKills: Averted and then Lampshaded in ''Five Hundred Years After''. Khaavren initially thinks his future wife Daro (see FauxInterracialRelationship above) is a different House from him, and therefore their love is doomed, but he mentions this and she immediately reveals she's actually a Tiassa like him. Paarfi then goes on a digression about how readers may be surprised and disappointed by how quickly this was solved, since in such romances the convention is usually that a series of complicated and/or ridiculous plot contrivances would prevent a conversation like that until the end of the book, possibly just before or just after one of them marries somebody else. He concludes by saying they can't complain because it's historically accurate.
6th Aug '16 2:31:22 PM morenohijazo
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* ScavengersAreScum: House Jhereg is named for a species of scavenging venomous reptile, and is the House associated with criminals. Subverted by Loiosh, an actual jhereg who can be quite courageous when acting on behalf of Vlad, who raised Loiosh as his companion and familiar.
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