History Literature / HeraldsOfValdemar

24th Mar '16 4:19:20 PM NativeJovian
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* ColorCodedCharacters: Heralds (white), Bards (red), and Healers (green) wear distinct, [[{{Highly Conspicuous Uniform}} highly conspicuous]] uniforms because being highly visible is part of their jobs. It's also observed that the colors in question are difficult to counterfeit: red and green dye are expensive and white cloth is hard to keep white. Each group's trainees also wear distinctively-colored (but less conspicuous) uniforms: Heraldic trainees in grey instead of white, Bardic trainees in rust-red instead of scarlet, and Healers in pale green instead of forest green.
** There's also a special case: The person wearing a uniform ''cut'' like Herald's Whites but ''colored'' like Herald Trainee's Greys is the Armsmaster. This started as just Alberich's personal refusal to wear the full-blown HighlyConspicuousUniform on personal safety grounds, but his successor Kerowyn cemented it into a tradition that seems likely to last.

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* ColorCodedCharacters: Heralds (white), Bards (red), and Healers (green) wear distinct, [[{{Highly {{Highly Conspicuous Uniform}} highly conspicuous]] uniforms Uniform}}s because being highly visible is part of their jobs. It's also observed that the colors in question are difficult to counterfeit: red and green dye are expensive and white cloth is hard to keep white. Each group's trainees also wear distinctively-colored (but less conspicuous) uniforms: Heraldic trainees in grey instead of white, Bardic trainees in rust-red instead of scarlet, and Healers in pale green instead of forest green.
** There's also a special case: The person wearing a uniform ''cut'' like Herald's Whites but ''colored'' like Herald Trainee's Greys is
green. In addition, the Armsmaster. Collegium's Armsmaster wears Hearld's "Whites" done in grey darker than the trainee uniforms. This started as just Alberich's a personal refusal to wear the full-blown HighlyConspicuousUniform on personal safety grounds, habit of Alberich, but his successor Kerowyn cemented did the same thing, cementing it into a tradition that seems likely to last.
23rd Mar '16 11:19:09 AM Nentuaby
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* DoppelgangerReplacementLoveInterest: Inverted somewhat with Stefen, who does not resemble Tylendel all that much but is more or less confirmed to be his reincarnation, making his lifebond with Vanyel not so much a ''replacement'' lifebond as a ''re''-lifebond.

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* DoppelgangerReplacementLoveInterest: Inverted somewhat with Stefen, who does not resemble Tylendel all that much but is more or less confirmed to be ''is'' his reincarnation, making his lifebond with Vanyel not so much a ''replacement'' lifebond as a ''re''-lifebond.
23rd Mar '16 11:11:19 AM Nentuaby
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* ColorCodedCharacters: Heralds (white), Bards (red), and Healers (green) wear distinct, {{Highly Conspicuous Uniform}}s because being highly visible is part of their jobs. It's also observed that the colors in question are difficult to counterfeit: red and green dye are expensive and white cloth is hard to keep white. Each group's trainees also wear distinctively-colored (but less conspicuous) uniforms: Heraldic trainees in grey instead of white, Bardic trainees in rust-red instead of scarlet, and Healers in pale green instead of forest green.
** There's also a special case: The person wearing a uniform ''cut'' like Herald's Whites but ''colored'' like Herald Trainee's Greys is the Armsmaster. This started as just Alberich's personal refusal to wear the full-blown HighlyVisibleUniform, but Kerowyn cemented it into a tradition that seems likely to last.

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* ColorCodedCharacters: Heralds (white), Bards (red), and Healers (green) wear distinct, {{Highly [[{{Highly Conspicuous Uniform}}s Uniform}} highly conspicuous]] uniforms because being highly visible is part of their jobs. It's also observed that the colors in question are difficult to counterfeit: red and green dye are expensive and white cloth is hard to keep white. Each group's trainees also wear distinctively-colored (but less conspicuous) uniforms: Heraldic trainees in grey instead of white, Bardic trainees in rust-red instead of scarlet, and Healers in pale green instead of forest green.
** There's also a special case: The person wearing a uniform ''cut'' like Herald's Whites but ''colored'' like Herald Trainee's Greys is the Armsmaster. This started as just Alberich's personal refusal to wear the full-blown HighlyVisibleUniform, HighlyConspicuousUniform on personal safety grounds, but his successor Kerowyn cemented it into a tradition that seems likely to last.
23rd Mar '16 11:08:36 AM Nentuaby
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** There's also a special case: The person wearing a uniform ''cut'' like Herald's Whites but ''colored'' like Herald Trainee's Greys is the Armsmaster. This started as just Alberich's personal refusal to wear the full-blown HighlyVisibleUniform, but Kerowyn cemented it into a tradition that seems likely to last.
23rd Mar '16 10:50:21 AM Nentuaby
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* AuthorAvatar: the character Myste is an obvious[[note]]and admitted by the author[[/note]] author self-insert; to make it clear ''how'' obvious, "Misty" is the author's nickname. And to make it even ''more'' obvious, Myste's position in the court is Herald-Chronicler, aka 'court historian', aka 'she writes down everything that's happening'. (She is also plump, BlindWithoutEm, and totally useless at any sort of fighting whatsoever, which dials down the potential Sue quotient considerably. [[Creator/MercedesLackey Guess who else]] is plump and BlindWithoutEm?)

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* AuthorAvatar: the character Myste is an obvious[[note]]and admitted by the author[[/note]] obvious (and admitted) author self-insert; to make it clear ''how'' obvious, "Misty" is the author's nickname. And to make it even ''more'' obvious, Myste's position in the court is Herald-Chronicler, aka 'court historian', aka 'she writes down everything that's happening'. (She is also plump, BlindWithoutEm, and totally useless at any sort of fighting whatsoever, which dials down the potential Sue quotient considerably. [[Creator/MercedesLackey Guess who else]] is plump and BlindWithoutEm?)
21st Mar '16 5:38:45 PM Nentuaby
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** Iftel was a Hidden Elf ''Nation State''. For hundreds of years it showed up on maps, but few ever went in or out. It was well known that trying to invade or sneak over the border would lead to instant death, but sometimes people were ''permitted'' in and came back out reporting that it was otherwise ''very'' boring place which there was no real reason to visit, ever... [[spoiler:In reality this is because it was being kept under a sort of PerceptionFilter by deity-scale magic. Its actual contents included a people (true Kaled'a'in) and even an entire sentient species (the Gryphons) that virtually everyone in the setting would have been ''floored'' to learn still existed in the world.]]

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** Iftel was a Hidden Elf ''Nation State''. For hundreds of years it showed up on maps, but few ever went in or out. It was well known that trying to invade or sneak over the border would lead to instant death, but sometimes people were ''permitted'' in and came back out reporting that it was otherwise a ''very'' boring place which there was no real reason to visit, ever... [[spoiler:In reality this is because it was being kept under a sort of PerceptionFilter by deity-scale magic. Its actual contents included contained a people (true Kaled'a'in) and even an entire sentient species (the Gryphons) that virtually everyone in the setting would have been ''floored'' to learn still existed in the world.world. Why visitors reported otherwise isn't quite explained, but it's implied to be because the same magic that guarded the borders also imposed a PerceptionFilter.]]
21st Mar '16 5:35:38 PM Nentuaby
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** Iftel was a Hidden Elf ''Nation State''. For hundreds of years it showed up on maps, but few ever went in or out. It was well known that trying to invade or sneak over the border would lead to instant death, but sometimes people were ''permitted'' in and came back out reporting that it was otherwise ''very'' boring place which there was no real reason to visit, ever... [[spoiler:In reality this is because it was being kept under a sort of PerceptionFilter by deity-scale magic. Its actual contents included a people (true Kaled'a'in) and even an entire sentient species (the Gryphons) that virtually everyone in the setting would have been ''floored'' to learn still existed in the world.]]
21st Mar '16 5:26:06 PM Nentuaby
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** In ''By the Sword'', Kerowyn says that the Mercenaries' Guild has placed several representatives in Iftel over the years, but none stuck because they found living there too boring. In the ''Mage Storms'' trilogy, Iftel is revealed to be populated by Kaled'a'in and a good many nonhumans such as gryphons, something that one would think at least one of those Guild reps might have found interesting enough to give them a reason to stick around.

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** In ''By the Sword'', Kerowyn says that the Mercenaries' Guild has placed several representatives in Iftel over the years, but none stuck because they found living there too boring. In the ''Mage Storms'' trilogy, Iftel is revealed to be populated by Kaled'a'in and a good many nonhumans such as gryphons, something that one would think at least one of those Guild reps might have found interesting enough to give them a reason to stick around. A [[JustifiedTrope justification]] for this one might be inferred from the fact that Iftel was not merely unsociable, but an outright HiddenElfVillage on a national scale. The really ''hardcore'' deity-level magic preserving it that way quite possibly gave them FakeMemories to discourage them and others from investigating why they'd been physically kept out.
21st Mar '16 5:15:48 PM Nentuaby
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* RageAgainstTheMentor: Ancar, to Hulda, once it becomes apparent that she will not teach him any magic beyond Master level. Mornelithe Falconsbane capitalizes on this to foster rebellion in the young King. Of course, what she doesn't tell him (and Falconsbane has no intention of revealing) is that he lacks the potential to go beyond Master.

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* RageAgainstTheMentor: Ancar, to Hulda, once it becomes apparent that she will not teach him any magic beyond Master level. Mornelithe Falconsbane capitalizes on this to foster rebellion in the young King. Of course, what she doesn't tell him (and Falconsbane has no intention of revealing) revealing, for the same reason of stringing him along) is that he lacks the potential his Gift just isn't ''strong'' enough to go beyond Master.
19th Mar '16 11:44:55 AM NativeJovian
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*** possibly can be partly handwaved with deliberate Obfuscation; the two 'Winds' mentions come from Skif actually talking to another character; in ''Take a Thief'' Alberich recruits him to his intelligence network for his skills, and Skif immediately suggests he regularly demonstrate his pick-pocketing skills so that it doesn't occur to anyone to wonder about any other skills he may have - like his break-and-enter skills, which is a big part of his work for Alberich - because very few thieves master more than one method of stealing.



** however, none of the subsequent books put a major character in a dire situation where they can't mindspeak their Companion - it simply hasn't been needed. WMG is that Mags or Nikolaus will be seen inventing the code in a future 'Herald Spy' book because a mission requires them to be so far away from their Companion that the mindlink isn't coherent.
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