History Literature / DyingEarth

5th Mar '17 10:59:59 AM john_e
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* FunnelCloudJourney: The ''Call To The Violent Cloud'' spell summons a "pillar of boiling black smoke" which transports the caster where directed. The caster must state explicitly that they are to arrive alive.
26th Feb '17 6:18:41 AM Albertosaurus
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A classic series of LowFantasy novels by Creator/JackVance. Several other authors have written novels in the setting, which has become something of a SharedUniverse. It is considered one of the seminal works of fantasy and has had a huge influence on the genre.

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A classic series of LowFantasy novels by Creator/JackVance. Several other authors have written novels in the setting, which has become something of a SharedUniverse. It is considered one of the seminal works of fantasy and has had a huge influence on the genre.



Some other authors have also contributed to the setting. Michael Shea was given permission to publish ''A Quest for Simbilis''. This book is a direct sequel to ''The Eyes of the Overworld'', and was later superseded by Vance's own sequel ''Cugel's Saga''. There is also the anthology ''Songs of the Dying Earth'', edited by Gardner Dozois and Creator/GeorgeRRMartin.



* ExpandedUniverse: ''Songs of the Dying Earth'', edited by no less than Creator/GeorgeRRMartin.
23rd Jan '17 10:20:52 PM Sandman87
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* AccidentalMisnaming: When Cudgel asks one of the Smolod elders for information about the violet cusps, the elder refers to the demon Unda-Hrada as "Underherd" several times.
22nd Oct '16 10:19:47 AM Sharlee
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* ArtInitiatesLife: Strongly implied with [[spoiler: Ameth]], although never stated outright.
19th Oct '16 2:30:19 PM Sharlee
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** The unnamed god of justice from the first novel is said to embody the traits of the morally-upright culture that dreamed him into existence through their desire for a divine patron.
19th Oct '16 2:27:33 PM Sharlee
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* GivingThemTheStrip: Ulan Dhor's gray cloak gets trapped when the dome of an ancient air-car he's fiddling with slams shut upon it, and he has to ditch the cloak in haste to avoid being dragged off by the activated vehicle. Unfortunately this loss exposes him as a stranger and potential Raider, causing the local folk to stone him and his companion.
4th Sep '16 3:43:48 PM SentientShrimp
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* EldritchAbomination: Pandelume looks like one, to the point that anyone who looks upon him will instantly go insane, but he behaves like a pretty nice guy. Magnatz is a more straightforward example, since he is unambiguously evil.

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* EldritchAbomination: Pandelume looks like one, to the point that anyone who looks upon him will instantly go insane, but he behaves like a pretty nice guy. rather friendly person (surprising considering the setting). Magnatz is a more straightforward example, since he is unambiguously evil.evil.
** Blikdak is one as well, being a gigantic corpulent demon whose leaking bodily fluids take on lives of their own as monstrous phantoms and who is able to devour knowledge itself.



* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: [[ImplacableMan Chun the Unavoidable.]]

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* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: [[ImplacableMan Chun the Unavoidable.]]]] Chun will warp reality if there is no other way to get to his quarry.



** For example, when he catches Cugel in the act of robbing his mansion, he puts on an (intentionally) hilariously transparent act of thinking Cugel is a lost merchant.



* PunishedWithUgly: Javanne's punishment, inflicted by a god who specialises in LaserGuidedKarma. The karmic part is that she had done the exact same thing to other people before.
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: Guess which side it's on. Go ahead, guess.

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* PunishedWithUgly: Javanne's punishment, inflicted by a god who specialises specializes in LaserGuidedKarma. The karmic part is that she had done the exact same thing to other people before.
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: Guess which side it's on. Go ahead, guess.Very far on the cynical end. When one sees the debauchery, sadism, ignorance and brutality that infest every corner of the Dying Earth, it begins to seem more and more like a MercyKill that the sun is about to go out.
3rd Sep '16 4:37:43 PM SentientShrimp
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* AnthropomorphicPersonification: According to the Curator, who knows what he is talking about, Demons and demon realms are the coagulated mass of mankinds debauched desires, fantasies, and vices given form by magic.



* AxCrazy: T'sais starts out like this.
* BadassBookworm: The Curator; Guyal of Sfere.

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* AxCrazy: T'sais starts started out like this.
this, as she was incapable of seeing any beauty whatsoever. To her, every living being was an abomination which deserved only a quick death.
* BadassBookworm: The Curator; Guyal of Sfere.



* OmnicidalManiac: Played with in the character of T'sais. She does indeed want the end of all life, seeing it as disgusting, but unlike most examples of this trope (Who are usually the BigBad and capable of omnicide) she is just a warrior and has absolutely no way to act on her wish other than painstakingly killing everything and anything she comes across (including flowers).



* PunishedWithUgly: Javanne's punishment, inflicted by a god who specialises in LaserGuidedKarma.

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* PunishedWithUgly: Javanne's punishment, inflicted by a god who specialises in LaserGuidedKarma. The karmic part is that she had done the exact same thing to other people before.
20th Aug '16 3:10:16 AM Koveras
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There is also a TabletopRPG [[TabletopGame/DyingEarth adaptation]] designed by Creator/RobinLaws and published by Pelgrane Press in 2001.
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...
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