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17th Apr '17 6:37:18 AM fruitstripegum
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* FantasticHonorifics: "Siara" is the default honorific, when its not clear what the right one would be.


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* FantasticHonorifics: "Siara" is the default honorific, when its not clear what the right one would be.
13th Apr '17 4:51:22 PM GammaCavy
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* GeniusLoci: The Forest of Sorrows. [[spoiler: Leave it Vanyel to turn himself into this in death.]]
13th Apr '17 6:01:35 AM JoieDeCombat
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** partly justified by MindHealing being quite rare (at least, it's implied. Has it ever been confirmed whether you need Empathy in addition to true Healing to do it?); also, it isn't unreasonable to assume that Healers believe that if a Herald or Trainee is going off the rails, their Companion will realise it and call for help. Lavan went into meltdown ''before'' he was Chosen; it's implied some time after TLHM that in retrospect, Gala is seen as falling down on the job by later Companions, both for repudiating her Chosen and for letting him get to that point in the first place. As for Mags and Talia... I can only think that Dallen wanted to get help for Mags but perhaps wasn't allowed, due the strange circumstances surrounding him at the time; also, Rolan was the Monarch's Own Companion during both times (and Talia's Own Companion) - borders on YMMV, but maybe Rolan just isn't good with emotional issues? From what I can tell, he tends to show up (in his rotation with the other two Grove-Born) when a great deal of political intrigue is going on, over a matter of decades.
12th Apr '17 6:25:03 PM VanessaTaleweaver
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** partly justified by MindHealing being quite rare (at least, it's implied. Has it ever been confirmed whether you need Empathy in addition to true Healing to do it?); also, it isn't unreasonable to assume that Healers believe that if a Herald or Trainee is going off the rails, their Companion will realise it and call for help. Lavan went into meltdown ''before'' he was Chosen; it's implied some time after TLHM that in retrospect, Gala is seen as falling down on the job by later Companions, both for repudiating her Chosen and for letting him get to that point in the first place. As for Mags and Talia... I can only think that Dallen wanted to get help for Mags but perhaps wasn't allowed, due the strange circumstances surrounding him at the time; also, Rolan was the Monarch's Own Companion during both times (and Talia's Own Companion) - borders on YMMV, but maybe Rolan just isn't good with emotional issues? From what I can tell, he tends to show up (in his rotation with the other two Grove-Born) when a great deal of political intrigue is going on, over a matter of decades.
12th Apr '17 5:42:02 PM VanessaTaleweaver
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** Under special circumstances, non-Chosen may ride Companions, or may even interact with them. Karal of Karse was in a sense Chosen by Altra the Firecat, the Karsite version of Companions. The Companion Florian didn't Choose Karal, but befriended and helped him, because he needed a better perspective of Valdemar than a Firecat could provide.

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** Under special circumstances, non-Chosen may ride Companions, or may even interact with them. Karal of Karse was in a sense Chosen by Altra the Firecat, the Karsite version of Companions. The Companion Florian didn't Choose Karal, but befriended and helped him, because he needed a better perspective of Valdemar than a Firecat could provide. Near the end of ''Magic's Price'', Yfandes directly mindspeaks Stefen to help care for a traumatised Vanyel, and carries them double.
** blink and you'll miss it, but it's mentioned that Keren and her brother Teren can mindspeak each other's Companions as well as their own; this is outright stated to be because they're twins. Whether this holds true for Selenay and Daren's twins is yet to be seen.
** in the short stories about Herald Wil, he's eventually pulled off assignment to Haven to go back on circuit; however, this causes him major issues because he's a single father, still not over his wife's loss, and intensely bonded to toddler Ivy as a result. He asks permission to take her on circuit with him; this is allowed once an unpartnered Companion volunteers to go along to carry Ivy when in transit and play nanny while Wil's busy Heralding.


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** zig-zagged in general: this is implied to be a side effect of some Heraldic offspring. It's no coincidence that all the successful Herald parents we see are permanently assigned to the capital (Selenay/Daren, Talia/Dirk, Nikolaus) or spend lots of time there (Pol). Natoli in the Mage Storms series is the daughter of a Herald, but isn't one herself; given the speech she gives to her fellow Artificers, it's fairly clear that the lack of parental participation in her upbringing left her utterly certain she didn't want to follow his career choice.
**in the later stage of the short stories about Herald Wil and Bard Lyla, the conflict between being a single father and Herald causes major issues for him, and is the focus of more than one story. He has to get [[TakingAThirdOption creative]] in order to resolve said conflict.
25th Mar '17 8:32:52 AM fruitstripegum
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* ChangelingFantasy: Of a sort. Heraldic Trainees plucked away by their Companions from massively abusive childhoods usually find their "real" home and family in the Heraldic Circle. ''Arrows of the Queen'' gets close to [[LampshadeHanging lampshading]] it since before Talia gets Chosen, she has a fantasy of such a thing happening to her.



* ChangelingFantasy: Of a sort. Heraldic Trainees plucked away by their Companions from massively abusive childhoods usually find their "real" home and family in the Heraldic Circle. ''Arrows of the Queen'' gets close to [[LampshadeHanging lampshading]] it since before Talia gets Chosen, she has a fantasy of such a thing happening to her.
7th Mar '17 3:39:45 AM Joyce13
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* ReducedToRatburgers: In ''Silver Gryphon'', after the crash, Tad and Silverblade are forced to put their survival training to use, supplementing the field rations of dried meat and hard biscuits with things like rodents, snakes, and insects.
24th Feb '17 4:50:13 AM Ramidel
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* MightMakesRight: The philosophy of the Bear Clan barbarians, as exemplified by "Song of the Bear Clan." Soft virtues like compassion are useless and meaningless; there is only strength or death.
22nd Feb '17 3:22:19 AM Phys101
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** Several Gods and Goddesses are worshipped; it's implied at some points that they may all be different faces of a single God and Goddess, which may in turn both be faces of The One, but the details don't always quite line up to support this. At least two gods--the Star-Eyed Goddess of the Shin'a'in, Tayledras, and Kaled'a'in clans, and Vkandis Sunlord of Karse and [[spoiler: Iftel]]--are proven to exist and take active hands in the lives of their followers. Both are [[GodIsGood benevolent]], but they're neither truly omnipotent or omniscient, and they can sometimes be [[GoodIsNotNice jerks]]; their philosophy is that humans have a right and responsibility to solve their own problems whenever they can, but they aren't above [[OmniscientMoralityLicense abandoning that rule whenever they have an objective that needs to be accomplished]]. The big examples are the LaserGuidedAmnesia they use to protect their secrets, and Vkandis ''very unsubtly'' reorganizing his church hierarchy when he needed Karse on the Good Guys' team.

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** Several Gods and Goddesses are worshipped; it's implied at some points that they may all be different faces of a single God and Goddess, which may in turn both be faces of The One, but the details don't always quite line up to support this. At least two gods--the gods -- the Star-Eyed Goddess of the Shin'a'in, Tayledras, and Kaled'a'in clans, [[spoiler:and Karse many centuries earlier]], and Vkandis Sunlord of Karse and [[spoiler: Iftel]]--are [[spoiler:and Iftel]] -- are proven to exist and take active hands in the lives of their followers. Both are [[GodIsGood benevolent]], but they're neither truly omnipotent or omniscient, and they can sometimes be [[GoodIsNotNice jerks]]; their philosophy is that humans have a right and responsibility to solve their own problems whenever they can, but they aren't above [[OmniscientMoralityLicense abandoning that rule whenever they have an objective that needs to be accomplished]]. The big examples are the LaserGuidedAmnesia they use to protect their secrets, and Vkandis ''very unsubtly'' reorganizing his church hierarchy when he needed Karse on the Good Guys' team.
20th Feb '17 11:03:19 PM Chariset
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* NameThatUnfoldsLikeLotusBlossom: The Hawkbrothers' use-names.

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* NameThatUnfoldsLikeLotusBlossom: NamesTheSame: Sometimes coincidence, sometimes part of the royal line (there were three Queen Elspeths, for example). Two characters in different historical periods with similar names often indicates that they are the same person reincarnated, e.g. Herald-Mage Savil and Companion Sayvil.
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The Hawkbrothers' use-names.
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