History Literature / DyingEarth

18th Jan '18 3:04:26 AM Sandman87
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* MagicMisfire: Cudgel finds out the hard way that incorrectly cast spells tend to malfunction in the most ''[[HilarityEnsues inconvenient]]'' ways.
18th Jan '18 2:35:20 AM Sandman87
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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]]. 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 sentient alien creature 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.



* {{Fingore}}: The residents of a fishing village hold a feast in honor of Cudgel and Garstang. Everyone attending, including Cudgel and Garstang, are required to [[{{Autocannibalism}} cut off a finger for the communal cook-pot]] as a symbol of unity.

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* {{Fingore}}: The When the residents of a fishing village hold a feast in honor of Cudgel and Garstang. Everyone Garstang, everyone attending, including Cudgel and Garstang, are required to [[{{Autocannibalism}} cut off a finger for the communal cook-pot]] as a symbol of unity.
18th Jan '18 2:26:08 AM Sandman87
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* {{Fingore}}: The residents of a fishing village hold a feast in honor of Cudgel and Garstang. Everyone attending, including Cudgel and Garstang, are required to [[{{Autocannibalism}} cut off a finger for the communal cook-pot]] as a symbol of unity.
5th Jan '18 8:02:53 AM ddyingle
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* CuteMute: the three ArtificalHuman mimes on board the Aventura are waif like women with childish personalities. Even Cugel is disgusted that the womanizing passenger is attempting to seduce them; they are too innocent for any normal person to be able to view them sexually.

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* CuteMute: the three ArtificalHuman ArtificialHuman mimes on board the Aventura are waif like women with childish personalities. Even Cugel is disgusted that the womanizing passenger is attempting to seduce them; they are too innocent for any normal person to be able to view them sexually.
5th Jan '18 8:00:56 AM ddyingle
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* AfterTheEnd: The Earth depicted here is a post apocalyptic one, though the reasons it got so bad are never fully revealed. Society has regressed to a often Fuedal and ocasionally tribal existence. Actual cities are rare, but ruins are everywhere. Most traces of Mankinds knowledge have been lost to time or destroyed by ignorance. Monsters infesting even the smallest woods pick away at the remaining populations.

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* AfterTheEnd: The Earth depicted here is a post apocalyptic one, though the reasons it got so bad are never fully revealed. Society has regressed to a often Fuedal feudal and ocasionally tribal existence. Actual cities are rare, but ruins are everywhere. Most traces of Mankinds knowledge have been lost to time or destroyed by ignorance. Monsters infesting even the smallest woods pick away at the remaining populations.
17th Sep '17 8:47:27 AM SentientShrimp
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* ArtificialHuman: T'sais and T'sain

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* ArtificialHuman: T'sais and T'sainT'sain. Downplayed by the three Mimes on board the Aventura.


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* CuteMute: the three ArtificalHuman mimes on board the Aventura are waif like women with childish personalities. Even Cugel is disgusted that the womanizing passenger is attempting to seduce them; they are too innocent for any normal person to be able to view them sexually.
14th Sep '17 7:24:11 PM SentientShrimp
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* DontGoInTheWoods: Forests, especially in the short stories of the first book, are synonymous with death.



* LivingShadow: Windstick Devils, strange ghostly beings who raid caravans for trinkets and food, are described as looking like this.



* LoveRedeems: T'sain to T'sais.

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* LoveRedeems: Platonically, between T'sain to T'sais.T'sais.
* MonstrousHumanoid: Deodands are described as incredibly handsome looking men. If not for the pitch black skin and snake like eyes being known features of Deodands, most inhabitants likely wouldn't be able to tell them from the "normal" (at least for this eon) high varied human races that dot the planet. Pelgranes are also humanoid, but are overtly monstrous, with wings and claws and an elongated snout. [[spoiler: Nissifer, the murderous passenger of the Aventura, turns out to be a sort of wasp human who licks bones clean]]



* SealedEvilInACan: Demons have been sealed throughout the lands by societies that are no longer around to upkeep the prisons. During several story arcs they break out, usually due to Cugel in some way.



* 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}} DirtyCoward who regularly gets OutGambitted and HoistByHisOwnPetard. That said, by the events of Cugel's Saga his wits have improved to the point he actually manages to live up to that "The Clever" epiphet during several story arcs, when his own greed doesn't get in the way.



* TheyKilledKennyAgain: 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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* TheyKilledKennyAgain: [[spoiler: Liane the Wayfarer Wayfarer]] is stabbed and left for dead in one story, and goes on to a more final doom in another.
12th Sep '17 1:06:00 PM SentientShrimp
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* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Master Twango.


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* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything:Twango's manse is a microcosm of unrestrained capitalism. His workers are tricked into taking on a debt, must pay hand over fist for basic necessities, work all day to undo the debt they accumulated , and then are incessantly tempted by Twango with lush rooms, fancy items, and gourmet meals that they can't possibly afford but can instead purchase on credit at even more exorbitant prices, lengthening the cycle. He pays them a terse or two per scale they dig up, then sells those scales for twenty times that.
12th Sep '17 12:45:10 PM SentientShrimp
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* AfterTheEnd: The earth depicted here is a post apocalyptic one, though the reasons it got so bad are never fully revealed. Actual cities are rare, but ruins are everywhere. Most traces of Mankinds knowledge have been lost to time or destroyed by ignorance. Monsters infesting even the smallest woods pick away at the remaining populations.

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* AfterTheEnd: The earth Earth depicted here is a post apocalyptic one, though the reasons it got so bad are never fully revealed.revealed. Society has regressed to a often Fuedal and ocasionally tribal existence. Actual cities are rare, but ruins are everywhere. Most traces of Mankinds knowledge have been lost to time or destroyed by ignorance. Monsters infesting even the smallest woods pick away at the remaining populations.



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

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* AssholeVictim: Quite often, the GoodIsNotNice hero preys on fellow rogues. In Cugels case, this trope goes both ways.



* TheCasanova: Rhialto the Marvellous. Liane the Wayfarer and Cugel the Clever both consider themselves such but are not.

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* BrawnHilda: Turilia. Soldinck is tricked into spending the night with her, and returns to the ship limping.
* TheCasanova: Rhialto the Marvellous. Liane the Wayfarer and Cugel the Clever both consider themselves such but are not. Liane is an unrepentant rapist.


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** Cugel loves to say "just so!" when things (rarely) go his way.
12th Sep '17 11:36:19 AM SentientShrimp
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* AfterTheEnd: The earth depicted here is a post apocalyptic one, though the reasons it got so bad are never fully revealed. Actual cities are rare, but ruins are everywhere. Most traces of Mankinds knowledge have been lost to time or destroyed by ignorance. Monsters infesting even the smallest woods pick away at the remaining populations.


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* ArtisticLicenseBiology: Humans would have, at the absolute minimum, long ago lost hair through evolutions march. And while offshoot races adapted to the planet are shown, mainline Humans like Cugel are still the majority despite not having adapted or changed at all.
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