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19th May '17 1:43:47 AM Alas_Poor_Donny
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** Some of them double down on the trope by viewing the curse as a blessing, viewing any design that actually does what it's supposed to instead of something new and unexpected as suspicious at best, and anything that does what it was designed to do on the first try as an outright heresy on the part of the creator, worthy of exile or worse.
12th Apr '17 7:59:45 AM mdwall
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** It also marked the first time that [[spoiler: a kender's antics directly resulted in getting them killed]].
30th Mar '17 11:09:45 PM lexicon
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* FourTemperamentEnsemble: In ''Dragonlance Chronicles'', the ensemble can be found among the Heroes of the Lance.
** For the male members: Flint and Riverwind are choleric, Sturm and Raistlin are melancholic, Tanis and Gilthanas are phlegmatic, Caramon and Tasselhof are Sanguine.
** For the female members: Goldmoon is choleric, Tika is phlegmatic, Laurana is Sanguine.
12th Nov '16 9:21:41 AM WanderingBrowser
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12th Nov '16 9:16:36 AM WanderingBrowser
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* AnimateDead

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* AnimateDeadAnimateDead: A common tool of villains, given necromancy is the go-to "evil wizard style" of the greater D&D continuity.



* BigBoosHaunt: Dargaard Keep

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* BigBoosHaunt: Dargaard KeepKeep, being the home of Lord Soth, is one of the setting's most prominent examples. There's actually not that many undead present; Soth himself, his thirteen Skeleton Warriors, and the three Banshees. Of course, as all seventeen are high-level undead in a generally low-level world, that more than makes up for any lack in individual numbers.



* BunglingInventor: Tinker Gnomes.

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* BunglingInventor: This is the racial hat of the Tinker Gnomes.Gnomes. Exactly ''how'' they bungle things up is a case of DependingOnTheWriter; the Hickmans crafted the classic portrayal of obsessives fixated on [[RubeGoldbergDevice overly complicating their devices]] and believing [[InsaneTrollLogic that failure is greater than success]], but other portrayals have included a more AbsentMindedProfessor depiction.



* ScienceRelatedMemeticDisorder: This is what the Tinker Gnomes as a whole suffer from, a divine curse cast upon them by Reorx when he created them from disappointing human servants of his in the mythical dawn of the races. Though they burn with ceaseless scientific inspiration and curiosity, for the vast majority of the race, the curse clouds their wits and renders them incapable of doing ''actual'' science.



* ShorterMeansSmarter: The Tinker Gnomes, but they do tend to lack in common sense.

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* ShorterMeansSmarter: The Tinker Gnomes, who are half the size of humans but extremely clever. However, they do zigzag the trope in that they also tend to lack in common sense.sense and, in fact, are cursed to never really apply their intellect properly.



* VaderBreath: Raistlin.

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* VaderBreath: Raistlin.Raistlin suffers from a combination of this and frequent coughing fits due to his shattered health.
28th Oct '16 4:15:15 PM dlchen145
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* BadAss: Everyone has their moment.



* MonogenderMonsters: The Draconians are an example of the all-male variety. Played with later on, as it's revealed that their creators deliberately kept the Draconians all-male to stop the race from being able to sustain itself naturally. [[spoiler: The Draconians took issue with this, and eventually found the creators' stash of female Draconian eggs, which they'd planned to hold as blackmail. Then the female Draconians grew up and proved to be every bit as BadAss as their male counterparts.]]

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* MonogenderMonsters: The Draconians are an example of the all-male variety. Played with later on, as it's revealed that their creators deliberately kept the Draconians all-male to stop the race from being able to sustain itself naturally. [[spoiler: The Draconians took issue with this, and eventually found the creators' stash of female Draconian eggs, which they'd planned to hold as blackmail. Then the female Draconians grew up and proved to be every bit as BadAss badass as their male counterparts.]]
17th Oct '16 4:40:42 PM Katsuhagi
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* AdaptationalConsent: Tanis Half-Elven is usually stated to be the result of a human warrior raping his elven mother, but a later novel ''The Inheritance'' attempted to retcon this by stating the relationship was consensual and his mother lied about being raped to protect herself and Tanis. This second version has generally been ignored by other writers.
1st Oct '16 2:56:13 AM Morgenthaler
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* FakeWizardry: There was a funny variant on this in the series... during Raistlin's time-traveling tutelage under the Great Big Bad Evil Wizard Fistandantilus. At one point, he and several other apprentices are asked to demonstrate their magical proficiency in a room heavily warded with anti-magic - allowing them to rattle off the right incantations without actually blowing anything up.\\
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That is, until Raistlin shows off by producing an actual fireball along with his incantations. Everyone is terribly impressed, since it seems like he's managed to break through wards set up by Fistandantilus himself, but as it turns out, it was all just sleigh of hand - he palmed a small alchemical firecracker and threw it to coincide with his spell. A skill hailing back to before he learned actual magic, when he practiced stage-magic for kicks. (Those skills also turn out to be very, very important later on, but that's another story.)
20th Jun '16 3:33:31 PM MarkLungo
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** One of the worst examples of that was ''The Wish,'' a short story in The Reign of Ishtar collection which followed a motley group of nonhumans including a kender. The others, as well as the audience, assume that the kender's ditziness is just being a [[{{Keet}} typical dumb kender]], but in the scene when he is describing witnessing the murder of his parents, you realize that he is in fact ''five years old.''

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** One of the worst examples of that was ''The Wish,'' "The Wish", a short story in The ''The Reign of Ishtar Ishtar'' collection which followed a motley group of nonhumans including a kender. The others, as well as the audience, assume that the kender's ditziness is just being a [[{{Keet}} typical dumb kender]], but in the scene when he is describing witnessing the murder of his parents, you realize that he is in fact ''five years old.''



* [[PrecisionFStrike Precision S Strike]]: In "The Raistlin Chronicles". Caramon, Ariakas, Baron Langtree, and a RedShirt trainee in Ariakas' army all utter "shit" at one time or another.
* Precursors: The Ogres, then called the Irda, ruled a civilization that was primarily in the mountains of Krynn that fell millenia before the Cataclysm. The gods of evil blessed them with a 2500 year life span, incredible knowledge of magic (although it was only allowed to be practiced by the nobility) and huge stature. The empire was destroyed by a revolt of their human slaves (assisted by the benevolent Irda who travelled to a remote island and were spared) combined with the Gods of Light cursing them to make their physical forms mark their true dark nature.

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* [[PrecisionFStrike Precision S Strike]]: In "The ''The Raistlin Chronicles". Chronicles'', Caramon, Ariakas, Baron Langtree, and a RedShirt trainee in Ariakas' army all utter "shit" at one time or another.
* Precursors: {{Precursors}}: The Ogres, then called the Irda, ruled a civilization that was primarily in the mountains of Krynn that fell millenia before the Cataclysm. The gods of evil blessed them with a 2500 year life span, incredible knowledge of magic (although it was only allowed to be practiced by the nobility) and huge stature. The empire was destroyed by a revolt of their human slaves (assisted by the benevolent Irda who travelled to a remote island and were spared) combined with the Gods of Light cursing them to make their physical forms mark their true dark nature.



* PrettyInMink: Perhaps not in the actual text, but some of the covers show ladies wearing fur capes. This includes two different covers for a "War of the Twins" book showing (possibly) Crysiana wearing a white fur wrap. [[http://www.gamebooks.org/gallery/dlance005.jpg Variant 1]], [[http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/h/tracy-hickman/war-of-twins.htm Variant 2]].

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* PrettyInMink: Perhaps not in the actual text, but some of the covers show ladies wearing fur capes. This includes two different covers for a "War ''War of the Twins" Twins'' book showing (possibly) Crysiana wearing a white fur wrap. [[http://www.gamebooks.org/gallery/dlance005.jpg Variant 1]], [[http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/h/tracy-hickman/war-of-twins.htm Variant 2]].



* [[RedemptionEqualsDeath Redemption Equals Immortality]] - Lord Soth, following his refusal to aid Tahkisis anymore and her subsequent admonition that she would rend him complete from this world, he still refuses. The next time he's seen he's in the Court of Paladine wearing gray armor, instead of shining, in the RPGA guidebooks: [[GuardianAngel his gift for the suffering he was put through is the ability to move anywhere on Krynn, but only as a mortal appearing as he once did before becoming a Death Knight]].

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* [[RedemptionEqualsDeath Redemption Equals Immortality]] - Immortality]]: Lord Soth, following his refusal to aid Tahkisis anymore and her subsequent admonition that she would rend him complete from this world, he still refuses. The next time he's seen he's in the Court of Paladine wearing gray armor, instead of shining, in the RPGA guidebooks: [[GuardianAngel his gift for the suffering he was put through is the ability to move anywhere on Krynn, but only as a mortal appearing as he once did before becoming a Death Knight]].



* ReligionIsMagic: Played with, often Clerics will not even refer to what they do as magic. It seems that the word "Magic" is synonymous with "Wizard" a lot of the time. Played straight other times, as people will talk of the loss of Divine magic after the Cataclysm, and about the loss of both Arcane and Divine magic after the Chaos War.

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* ReligionIsMagic: Played with, often PlayedWith. Often, Clerics will not even refer to what they do as magic. It seems that the word "Magic" is synonymous with "Wizard" a lot of the time. Played straight other times, as people will talk of the loss of Divine magic after the Cataclysm, and about the loss of both Arcane and Divine magic after the Chaos War.



* SchizoTech: To an extent, The Gnomes of Mt. Nevermind power their extinct volcano home with geothermal power. One Gnome in the short story "Boom" by Jeff Grub made an atomic bomb, but it never got detonated. A Gnome in the novel Conundrum made a power suit of armor. The Gnomes in general have a higher tech level than the rest of Krynn. It is prone to malfunctioning and exploding a lot, but apparently even they can get stuff to remain stable enough to use reliably (such as their Geothermal power). A lot of this technology doesn't spread because a lot of people are afraid of Gnomish Technology.
** Justified, once you consider that nine times out of ten, gnomish technology has a nasty tendency to explode. Or break down catastrophically. Or do something radically, potentially lethally, different from what it was designed to do. The tenth time, it works fine or can be repurposed into something that does what you expect it to. But I wouldn't want to wait around for that tenth time, either...

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* SchizoTech: To an extent, The Gnomes of Mt. Nevermind power their extinct volcano home with geothermal power. One Gnome in the short story "Boom" by Jeff Grub made an atomic bomb, but it never got detonated. A Gnome in the novel Conundrum ''Conundrum'' made a power suit of armor.PoweredArmor. The Gnomes in general have a higher tech level than the rest of Krynn. It is prone to malfunctioning and exploding a lot, but apparently even they can get stuff to remain stable enough to use reliably (such as their Geothermal power). A lot of this technology doesn't spread because a lot of people are afraid of Gnomish Technology.
** Justified, once you consider that nine times out of ten, gnomish technology has a nasty tendency to explode. Or break down catastrophically. Or do something radically, potentially lethally, different from what it was designed to do. The tenth time, it works fine or can be repurposed into something that does what you expect it to. But I you wouldn't want to wait around for that tenth time, either...



* SignificantAnagram - metatextual. MargaretWeis uses an anagrammatized Fizban as an {{Expy}} in other works: in ''Literature/TheDeathGateCycle'' he becomes Zifnab, and in ''Starshield'', he becomes Zanfib.

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* SignificantAnagram - metatextual. MargaretWeis SignificantAnagram: Metatextual. Creator/MargaretWeis uses an anagrammatized Fizban as an {{Expy}} in other works: in ''Literature/TheDeathGateCycle'' he becomes Zifnab, and in ''Starshield'', he becomes Zanfib.



*** Not necessarily. For example with Zifnab it seems more likely that he actually had read the ''Dragonlance Chronicles'' in his youth, and modelled his personality after the character he liked the most. He also tries to become Film/JamesBond at times, with less success. In the end it's outright {{Jossed}} that he would be any kind of deity.

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*** Not necessarily. For example with Zifnab it seems more likely that he actually had read the ''Dragonlance Chronicles'' in his youth, and modelled his personality after the character he liked the most. He also tries to become Film/JamesBond Franchise/JamesBond at times, with less success. In the end it's outright {{Jossed}} that he would be any kind of deity.



* SpoiledSweet: Laurana

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* SpoiledSweet: LauranaLaurana.



* StableTimeLoop: This is how time travel is ''supposed'' to work for humans, elves, and ogres. Other races break this trope for everyone involved though.

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* StableTimeLoop: This is how time travel TimeTravel is ''supposed'' to work for humans, elves, and ogres. Other However, other races break this trope for everyone involved though.



* TakingYouWithMe: Draconians. Upon death, they turn to stone which traps your weapon, go up in flames, or just explode.

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* TakingYouWithMe: Draconians. Upon death, they [[TakenForGranite turn to stone stone]] which traps your weapon, [[ManOnFire go up in flames, flames]], or just explode.[[DefeatEqualsExplosion explode]].



* UltimateShowdownOfUltimateDestiny - The final print Dragon magazine had an article about a hypothetical fight between Raistlin Majere and [[ForgottenRealms Elminster]], both perhaps the most powerful Wizards in their respective worlds.

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* UltimateShowdownOfUltimateDestiny - UltimateShowdownOfUltimateDestiny: The final print Dragon ''Dragon'' magazine had an article about a hypothetical fight between Raistlin Majere and [[ForgottenRealms [[TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms Elminster]], both perhaps the most powerful Wizards in their respective worlds.



* UnEqualRites: This can happen between Wizards and Sorcerers, and Clerics and Mystics. This can also occur between Wizards and Clerics, with some Clerics calling what they can do not magic but "Faith". Some Wizards dislike Clerics because it was a powerful Cleric, the last Kingpriest of Istar, who tried to annihilate all Wizards, be they good, neutral, or evil. There is also some of this from Black Robe Necromancers, and Clerics of Chemosh, with the Clerics of Chemosh believing they are the only ones worthy of controlling undead creatures. Mystics who can also create undead creatures may find themselves trying to be converted by Clerics of Chemosh.

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* UnEqualRites: UnequalRites: This can happen between Wizards and Sorcerers, and Clerics and Mystics. This can also occur between Wizards and Clerics, with some Clerics calling what they can do not magic but "Faith". Some Wizards dislike Clerics because it was a powerful Cleric, the last Kingpriest of Istar, who tried to annihilate all Wizards, be they good, neutral, or evil. There is also some of this from Black Robe Necromancers, and Clerics of Chemosh, with the Clerics of Chemosh believing they are the only ones worthy of controlling undead creatures. Mystics who can also create undead creatures may find themselves trying to be converted by Clerics of Chemosh.



* VaderBreath: Raistlin

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* VaderBreath: RaistlinRaistlin.



* WeirdScience: Tinker Gnomes

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* WeirdScience: Tinker GnomesGnomes.



* WhatTheHellHero: Jaymes Markham gets this after he uses a love potion on someone. He uses the potion to seduce a woman who was in an important position, which would help him accomplish his goals. But, this is basically raping her, as she had no control over herself when she was under the potions effect. She calls him on it when the potion wears off.
** This is also heavily debated in the fanbase, between 'she wanted to at the time, even if she was on drugs' and 'Jaymes should be castrated'. In the end, when the potion wears off, they remain married, but live apart. Jaymes shacks up with the witch who really loved him and gave him the love potion, and his wife lives with her priestess friend in the Temple of Kiri-Jolith. So really, it seems like in the end, they all had no problem with it, since it saved Solammnia or something.
* WhiteMagicianGirl: Goldmoon

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* WhatTheHellHero: Jaymes Markham gets this after he uses a love potion LovePotion on someone. He uses the potion to seduce a woman who was in an important position, which would help him accomplish his goals. But, this is basically raping her, as she had no control over herself when she was under the potions effect. She calls him on it when the potion wears off.
** This is also heavily debated in [[BrokenBase the fanbase, fanbase]], between 'she wanted to at the time, even if she was on drugs' and 'Jaymes should be castrated'. In the end, when the potion wears off, they remain married, but live apart. Jaymes shacks up with the witch who really loved him and gave him the love potion, and his wife lives with her priestess friend in the Temple of Kiri-Jolith. So really, it seems like in the end, they all had no problem with it, since it saved Solammnia or something.
* WhiteMagicianGirl: GoldmoonGoldmoon.



* WizardDuel: Raistlin and Fistandantilus have one in ''Time of the Twins''. Coryn and Hoarst have an even more epic one at the end of ''The Measure and the Truth''. [[spoiler: Which involves them flying through different planes of existence and culminates in outer space with them flying around the moons of Krynn.]]

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* WizardDuel: Raistlin and Fistandantilus have one in ''Time of the Twins''. Coryn and Hoarst have an even more epic one at the end of ''The Measure and the Truth''. [[spoiler: Which It involves them flying through different planes of existence and culminates in outer space with them flying around the moons of Krynn.]]



* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: Raistlin [[ByronicHero admittedly deserves]] some of the things that happen to him, but at some point, him [[spoiler:becoming a god to spite reality]] becomes understandable.

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* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: Raistlin [[ByronicHero admittedly deserves]] some of the things that happen to him, but at some point, him his [[spoiler:becoming a god to spite reality]] becomes understandable.



** The Spelljammer Wiki reveals that Zivilyn, an outer planet in Krynn's crystal sphere where the titular deity resides, was home to people who tried to challenge the gods much like the Kingpriest did. They failed and now Zivilyn, once a normal terrestrial ball planet, is a series of floating islands floating in clouds.

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** The Spelljammer ''TabletopGame/{{Spelljammer}}'' Wiki reveals that Zivilyn, an outer planet in Krynn's crystal sphere where the titular deity resides, was home to people who tried to challenge the gods much like the Kingpriest did. They failed and now Zivilyn, once a normal terrestrial ball planet, is a series of floating islands floating in clouds.



* WretchedHive: Flotsam
* {{Yandere}}: [[spoiler: Gair Graymist from ''The Silver Stair'' becomes this for Camilla Weoledge after he starts to delve into Necromantic magic and becomes AxeCrazy. He plans to kill her and keep her spirit by him, fortunately, he does not succeed.]]

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* WretchedHive: Flotsam
Flotsam.
* {{Yandere}}: [[spoiler: Gair Graymist from ''The Silver Stair'' becomes this for Camilla Weoledge after he starts to delve into Necromantic magic and becomes AxeCrazy. He plans to kill her and keep her spirit by him, him; fortunately, he does not succeed.]]



* YouDoNOTWantToKnow: During ''Dragons Of A Fallen Sun'', some of the characters hold a secret meeting in a tavern run by gully dwarves. The book then explains that despite gully dwarves' many faults, they are surprisingly good cooks:provided that you tell them specifically what you do not want them to put in your food, like rat meat. So they'll make you a meal that is not only edible but quite tasty, but the book says that if you watch the preparation of said meal you will ''not'' be able to enjoy it. It's also mentioned that the gully dwarves serve some decent dwarf spirits. The dwarf spirits are made from mushrooms. The mushrooms are grown in the bedrooms of the gully dwarves. If you are unfortunate enough to know ''this'', it says, you would do well to avoid thinking about it too much and just enjoy your drink.
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: At the end of Legends, [[spoiler: Raistlin abandons a dying Crysania after she helps him enter the Abyss and protects him while he regains his magic. He actually tells her that almost she has outlived her usefulness to him just before he leaves.]]

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* YouDoNOTWantToKnow: YouDoNotWantToKnow: During ''Dragons Of A of a Fallen Sun'', some of the characters hold a secret meeting in a tavern run by gully dwarves. The book then explains that despite gully dwarves' many faults, they are surprisingly good cooks:provided cooks - provided that you tell them specifically what you do not want them to put in your food, like rat meat. So they'll make you a meal that is not only edible but quite tasty, but the book says that if you watch the preparation of said meal you will ''not'' be able to enjoy it. It's also mentioned that the gully dwarves serve some decent dwarf spirits. The dwarf spirits are made from mushrooms. The mushrooms are grown in the bedrooms of the gully dwarves. If you are unfortunate enough to know ''this'', it says, you would do well to avoid thinking about it too much and just enjoy your drink.
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: At the end of Legends, ''Legends'', [[spoiler: Raistlin abandons a dying Crysania after she helps him enter the Abyss and protects him while he regains his magic. He actually tells her that almost she has outlived her usefulness to him just before he leaves.]]



* YouMeanXmas: Yule (a winter holiday that greatly resembles Christmas, and uses an archaic name for it), Harvest-Come (Halloween, with the carving of faces onto gourds) and Spring Dawning (Easter).

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* YouMeanXmas: Yule (a winter holiday that greatly resembles Christmas, [[ChristmasTropes Christmas]], and uses an archaic name for it), Harvest-Come (Halloween, ([[AllHallowsEve Halloween]], with the carving of faces onto gourds) and Spring Dawning (Easter).



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