History Literature / DyingEarth

14th Feb '16 8:53:57 PM Angeldeb82
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The first book, ''The Dying Earth,'' consists of short stories about different characters (most notably Turjan of Miir and Rhialto the Marvellous). The second two books, ''The Eyes of the Overworld'' and ''Cugel's Saga,'' center on a contest of wills between [[TheTrickster Cugel the Clever]] and Iucounu [[ForTheEvulz the Laughing Magician.]] Thief, charlatan, con man, and whatever else he needs to be to get the most benefit with the least work, Cugel teeters on the border between AntiHero and VillainProtagonist. When he botches a robbery of Iucounu's mansion, the wizard teleports him across the world with a command to bring back an artifact he wants... and includes a small demon attached to his liver and equipped with various sharp implements to encourage his compliance. The series relates his various adventures attempting to return and revenge himself on Iucounu, while conning as many people as possible out of their valuables and/or virginity along the way. The fourth book, ''Rhialto the Marvelous,'' chronicles a mystery that concerns Earth's last great conclave of magicians, who turn out to be just as self-serving and underhanded as their inferiors.

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The first book, ''The Dying Earth,'' consists of short stories about different characters (most notably Turjan of Miir and Rhialto the Marvellous). The second two books, ''The Eyes of the Overworld'' and ''Cugel's Saga,'' center on a contest of wills between [[TheTrickster Cugel the Clever]] and Iucounu [[ForTheEvulz the Laughing Magician.]] Magician]]. Thief, charlatan, con man, and whatever else he needs to be to get the most benefit with the least work, Cugel teeters on the border between AntiHero and VillainProtagonist. When he botches a robbery of Iucounu's mansion, the wizard teleports him across the world with a command to bring back an artifact he wants... and includes a small demon attached to his liver and equipped with various sharp implements to encourage his compliance. The series relates his various adventures attempting to return and revenge himself on Iucounu, while conning as many people as possible out of their valuables and/or virginity along the way. The fourth book, ''Rhialto the Marvelous,'' chronicles a mystery that concerns Earth's last great conclave of magicians, who turn out to be just as self-serving and underhanded as their inferiors.



* AntiHero: Liane the Wayfarer. Also Cugel. Also Magnus Ridolph. In fact many of Vance's characters are [[AntiHero antiheroes]].

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* AntiHero: Liane the Wayfarer. Also Cugel. Also Magnus Ridolph. In fact many of Vance's characters are [[AntiHero antiheroes]].anti-heroes]].



* AssholeVictim: Quite often, the GoodIsNotNice hero preys on fellow rogues.



* [[ClarkesThirdLaw Clarke's Third Law]]: Ampridatvir

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* [[ClarkesThirdLaw Clarke's Third Law]]: ClarkesThirdLaw: Ampridatvir



* CrapsackWorld: Civilization's gone, monsters infest the wilderness, and the sun's gonna go out any day now. Let's have another bacchanal while we wait...



* EveryThingsBetterWithRainbows: The Excellent Prismatic Spray, a widely used instant-kill spell that inspired the many "Prismatic Whatevers" in ''Dungeons and Dragons'' and beyond.

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* EveryThingsBetterWithRainbows: EverythingsBetterWithRainbows: The Excellent Prismatic Spray, a widely used instant-kill spell that inspired the many "Prismatic Whatevers" in ''Dungeons and Dragons'' and beyond.



* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: [[ImplacableMan Chun the Unavoidable]].
* ExpandedUniverse: ''Songs of the Dying Earth'', edited by no less than [[Creator/GeorgeRRMartin George R. R. Martin]]
* EyeScream: The prey of Chun the Unavoidable get to contribute to his [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin cloak of eyes.]]

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* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: [[ImplacableMan Chun the Unavoidable]].
Unavoidable.]]
* ExpandedUniverse: ''Songs of the Dying Earth'', edited by no less than [[Creator/GeorgeRRMartin George R. R. Martin]]
Creator/GeorgeRRMartin.
* EyeScream: The prey of Chun the Unavoidable get to contribute to his [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin cloak of eyes.]]eyes]].



* JerkassGenie: The sandestins in the ''Dying Earth'' stories, especially the ones that serve Rhialto the Marvellous. Justified: they are a race with much more potent powers than Earth's wizards, and despise the fact that they can be compelled to obey.
* JerkassVictim: Quite often, the GoodIsNotNice hero preys on fellow rogues.

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* JerkassGenie: JackassGenie: The sandestins in the ''Dying Earth'' stories, especially the ones that serve Rhialto the Marvellous. Justified: they are a race with much more potent powers than Earth's wizards, and despise the fact that they can be compelled to obey.
* JerkassVictim: Quite often, the GoodIsNotNice hero preys on fellow rogues.
obey.



* SmallNameBigEgo: Cugel thinks of himself as a ManOfWealthAndTaste and LovableRogue. In reality he's basically a JerkAss DirtyCoward who regularly gets OutGambitted and HoistByHisOwnPetard.

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* SmallNameBigEgo: Cugel thinks of himself as a ManOfWealthAndTaste and LovableRogue. In reality he's basically a JerkAss {{Jerkass}} DirtyCoward who regularly gets OutGambitted and HoistByHisOwnPetard.



* TheyKilledKenny: Liane the Wayfarer is stabbed and left for dead in one story, and goes on to a more final doom in another.

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* TheyKilledKenny: TheyKilledKennyAgain: Liane the Wayfarer is stabbed and left for dead in one story, and goes on to a more final doom in another.



* WorldHalfEmpty: Civilization's gone, monsters infest the wilderness, and the sun's gonna go out any day now. Let's have another bacchanal while we wait...
27th Feb '15 10:56:01 AM SeptimusHeap
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* VancianMagic: The original example, from which DungeonsAndDragons' magic system was lifted pretty much whole-cloth.

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* VancianMagic: The original example, from which DungeonsAndDragons' ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''' magic system was lifted pretty much whole-cloth.
24th Aug '14 11:17:10 AM john_e
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* CloningGambit: When T'sain is fatally injured saving Turjan's life, Turjan consoles himself that he can make another one of her.


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* DisneyDeath: When T'sain is fatally injured saving Turjan's life, Turjan promises to return her brain to his ArtificialHuman vat and construct a new body for it.
21st Aug '14 5:39:13 AM john_e
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* NeverFoundTheBody: [[spoiler:Iucounu was most likely absorbed by Sadlark, but there's no way to prove it.]]
19th Aug '14 3:15:43 PM john_e
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* WeaksauceWeakness: Sadlark is a powerful and dangerous being, but is rendered completely ineffective by water.
18th Aug '14 1:53:27 PM john_e
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* CloningGambit: When T'sain is fatally injured saving Turjan's life, Turjan consoles himself that he can make another one of her.
16th Jul '14 5:38:20 PM WillBGood
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* GoodIsNotNice: Cugel the Clever, who was downright evil for the first book he was in.

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* GoodIsNotNice: Cugel the Clever, who was downright evil for the first book he was in.in (in general, calling him ''good'' is a bit of a stretch).
11th Sep '13 8:34:56 AM Winter
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* EveryThingsBetterWithRainbows: The Excellent Prismatic Spray, a widely used instant-kill spell that inspired the many "Prismatic Whatevers" in ''Dungeons and Dragons'' and beyond.


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* StayOnThePath: Enforced for one character in a short story whose father's blessing protects him while on the road.
26th Jul '13 2:07:36 PM 313Bluestreak
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* GoodIsNotNice: Cugel the Clever, who was downright evil for the first book he was in.



* JerkassHero: Cugel the Clever, who was downright evil for the first book he was in.



* JerkassVictim: Quite often, the JerkassHero preys on fellow rogues.

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* JerkassVictim: Quite often, the JerkassHero GoodIsNotNice hero preys on fellow rogues.
12th May '13 9:21:58 AM DracMonster
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Welcome to Earth, a few million years in the future. [[TheMagicComesBack Magic is back]], mostly displacing science, and it is both AfterTheEnd and JustBeforeTheEnd: Civilization has pretty much collapsed, and the Sun is close to going out. Earth's remaining inhabitants are generally aware of this but have no means to escape their increasingly hot and barren CrapsackWorld. Those that haven't become religious zealots are largely [[NietzscheWannabe nihilistic fatalists]], engaging in what debauchery they can in the time left.

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Welcome to Earth, a few million years in the future. [[TheMagicComesBack Magic is back]], mostly displacing science, and it is both AfterTheEnd and JustBeforeTheEnd: Civilization has pretty much collapsed, and the Sun is close to going out. Earth's remaining inhabitants are generally aware of this but have no means to escape their increasingly hot and barren CrapsackWorld. Those that haven't become religious zealots are largely [[NietzscheWannabe [[StrawNihilist nihilistic fatalists]], engaging in what debauchery they can in the time left.



* BlackAndGrayMorality: Altruistic actions are quite rare, and a character who provides such is either about to get fleeced or is a scoundrel preparing a double-cross. That's leaving aside the various cannibals, mad scientists and religious zealots who don't even pretend to be nice to strangers.



* GrayAndBlackMorality: Altruistic actions are quite rare, and a character who provides such is either about to get fleeced or is a scoundrel preparing a double-cross. That's leaving aside the various cannibals, mad scientists and religious zealots who don't even pretend to be nice to strangers.



* LaughablyEvil: Iucounu. Whether he counts as "evil" in this GrayAndBlackMorality setting is debatable, but if you cross him your punishment will involve some sort of humorous irony... and pain.

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* LaughablyEvil: Iucounu. Whether he counts as "evil" in this GrayAndBlackMorality BlackAndGrayMorality setting is debatable, but if you cross him your punishment will involve some sort of humorous irony... and pain.
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