History Literature / HeraldsOfValdemar

13th Feb '17 8:14:35 AM Malady
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* SexMagic: Falconsbane uses a mix of sex magic, nonconsensual [=BDSM=], and MindRape to brainwash Starblade. Undoing the damage requires a female Healer with IntimateHealing.
2nd Feb '17 8:07:51 PM Ramidel
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* CultureClash: Subtly woven throughout the series, particularly in ''Closer to Home'', between Valdemaran subcultures. The Crown and its employees (Palace staff and Heralds, along with most Collegium-trained Healers and Bards, and most of the Guard) believe in equality of the sexes and tolerance for all, but the Valdemaran nobility as a whole (and the guilds to a lesser extent) are patriarchal and classist. Furthermore, Valdemar has plenty of foreign cultures that have moved in or been absorbed, all with their own values; the Lake Evendim people are monotheistic and friendly to the point of cuddly, while the Holderkin are suspicious of outsiders and adhere to the forced version of ArrangedMarriage until Selenay learns just what's going on down there.
24th Jan '17 8:21:36 AM JoieDeCombat
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* ArtifactTitle: In-universe, for Heralds (they have the name because the first three people Chosen were King Valdemar, his son and heir, and the court herald). Very rarely does a Herald actually act as herald, and when they do it is duly Lampshaded.

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* ArtifactTitle: In-universe, for Heralds (they have the name "Herald" is an in-universe example. They were named because the first three people Chosen were the King of Valdemar, his son and heir, and the his court herald).herald; King Valdemar reasoned that a kingdom could only have one King and one Heir, but could have many Heralds. Very rarely does a Herald actually act as herald, and when they do it is duly Lampshaded.
24th Jan '17 8:09:36 AM Chariset
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*ArtifactTitle: In-universe, for Heralds (they have the name because the first three people Chosen were King Valdemar, his son and heir, and the court herald). Very rarely does a Herald actually act as herald, and when they do it is duly Lampshaded.
13th Jan '17 2:33:27 PM Ramidel
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* CaptainErsatz: Herald Jakyr's family's religion is a direct copy of the Quiverfull movement, and he actually namedrops the idea of "a quiverful of children."
13th Jan '17 12:13:29 PM Ramidel
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* ArrangedMarriage:

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* ArrangedMarriage:ArrangedMarriage: A running plot of several books. A common theme is that, while forced marriage is illegal in Valdemar, the law against it is routinely laughed at by many of Valdemar's subcultures (including their nobility), and is very difficult to enforce.
13th Jan '17 12:09:27 PM Ramidel
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** Talia gets told on her thirteenth birthday by her father's wives that she is old enough for marriage and that one will be arranged for her from the offers her father received. This prompts her to declare that she doesn't want to be married and would rather be a Herald, and then she runs out of the house, to be Chosen shortly after. Also, in the first book of the ''Collegium Chronicles'', Healer Trainee Bear goes home for the winter holidays only to be told that marriage has been arranged for him with a neighbor girl. He wants nothing to do with this, and three books later gets out of it by [[{{Elopement}} eloping]] with the actual girl he loves, Bardic Trainee Lena.

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** Talia gets told on her thirteenth birthday by her father's wives that she is old enough for marriage and that one will be arranged for her from the offers her father received. This prompts her to declare that she doesn't want to be married and would rather be a Herald, and then she runs out of the house, to be Chosen shortly after. Also, in
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the first book of the ''Collegium Chronicles'', Healer Trainee Bear goes home for the winter holidays only to be told that marriage has been arranged for him with a neighbor girl. He wants nothing to do with this, and three books later gets out of it by [[{{Elopement}} eloping]] with the actual girl he loves, Bardic Trainee Lena.
31st Dec '16 5:42:55 AM Joyce13
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** In the ''Herald Spy'' books, they work at the ethical brothels (ones where the ladies are decently-treated and the taxes are paid like at other businesses) in Haven. Some of the brothels, or at least the madams running them, are part of Nikolas's network of spies.


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* LadyInWaiting: Amily, with the help of her friend Dia (who runs things) and the monetary sponsorship of Princess Lydia, sets up the Queen's Handmaidens. The Handmaidens consist of young ladies of good station but are poor, who are trained to act as general purpose ladies-in-waiting to the noble women at court and also function as spies on the nobles for the Crown.
31st Dec '16 5:14:58 AM Joyce13
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* ''Crucible: All-New Tales of Valdemar'' (2015)
* ''Tempest: All-New Tales of Valdemar'' (2016)



* AmbiguousDisorder: In ''Closer to the Heart'', the character Tuck has some kind of mental disorder, implied to possibly be some form of autism. He is a genius at making/creating things, but he has some difficulty with interacting with others, as he cannot express his thoughts in words very well. Amily in fact discovers that his thoughts are similar to how an animal might think and is able to verbalize his thoughts and feelings for him.



** In ''Closer to Home'', a man named Gripper is running his own gang of boys that steal for him. Unlike Bazie, however, he's abusive and mean to them, so when Mags rescues them and recruits them to be messenger boys (and keep an ear out for any useful information), they're quite happy to do so.

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** In ''Closer to Home'', a man named Gripper is running his own gang of boys that steal for him. Unlike Bazie, however, he's abusive and mean to them, so when Mags rescues them and recruits them to be messenger boys (and keep an ear out for any useful information), they're quite happy to do so. By ''Closer to the Chest'', it's established that there are other cruel men running gangs boys to act as thieves with the subsequent result of Mags stepping in and recruiting the boys for his messenger group.


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* StayInTheKitchen: The followers and Priests of Sethor have this mindset, believing that women should only exist for sex, keeping house, and child-rearing. They highly disapprove of any woman working outside the home, especially in jobs they as more suitable for males, unless it's for the benefit of their men and with their permission. The Holderkin also have a similar mindset, but unlike the Sethorites, keep their views to themselves.


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* StrawMisogynist: The entire priesthood of Sethor could qualify as this.
29th Dec '16 3:49:43 PM psionycx
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* NiceJobBreakingItHero: History tends to gloss over the fact that Skandranon directly caused the Cataclysm and unleashed the WorldWreckingWave of magic by being HotBlooded. Urtho assumed that Skandranon would use the anti-magic weapon to strike at Ma'ar at some point in the future, as part of a plan laid out by surviving leaders. Instead, he rushed off to unleash on Ma'ar's fortress at the same time Urtho's own magic was unraveling. This double-disaster caused devastation throughout the world -- which could have been averted if Skandranon had waited a bit.
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