History Literature / HeraldsOfValdemar

6th Jul '17 10:36:33 AM JoieDeCombat
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* HorsingAround: There are several instances, including the famous gray stud of Forest Reach and a beautiful but brainless horse in ''Oathbreakers''.

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* HorsingAround: There are several instances, including the famous gray stud of Forest Forst Reach and a beautiful but brainless horse in ''Oathbreakers''.
5th Jul '17 10:32:34 PM cpslck
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* AchillesHeel: The bond between Companions and Heralds has a fatal weakness - killing a Companion will often incapacitate a Herald. The Karsites, especially, have targeted Companions for this reason.
5th Jul '17 10:13:36 PM cpslck
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* GreaterScopeVillian: The Eastern Empire [[spoiler: is responsible for Hardon's war with Valdemar having manipulated Ancar]]. However, they're never actually fought or even seen (except for a small outpost). [[spoiler: The problem becomes moot after the Mage Storms wreck havoc on magic and thus the {{Magitek}} society]]

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* GreaterScopeVillian: GreaterScopeVillain: The Eastern Empire [[spoiler: is responsible for Hardon's war with Valdemar having manipulated Ancar]]. However, they're never actually fought or even seen (except for a small outpost). [[spoiler: The problem becomes moot after the Mage Storms wreck havoc on magic and thus the {{Magitek}} society]]



** Urtho (Mage of Silence) and Ma'ar (Mage of Dark Flames) as befitting the two great Archmages of their age.



* ANaziByAnyOtherName: Ma'ar's army are basically medieval fantasy Nazis.



* RedBaron: Ma'ar "Mage of Dark Flames", Urtho "Mage of Silence", Lavan "Firestorm", Vanyel takes the cake with [[IHaveManyNames 'Demonsbane', 'Shadow-Stalker', 'The Hero of Stony Tor' etc etc.]]
5th Jul '17 10:05:04 PM cpslck
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* GreaterScopeVillian: The Eastern Empire [[spoiler: is responsible for Hardon's war with Valdemar having manipulated Ancar]]. However, they're never actually fought or even seen (except for a small outpost). [[spoiler: The problem becomes moot after the Mage Storms wreck havoc on magic and thus the {{Magitek}} society]]



* HorsingAround: There are several instances, including the famous gray stud of Forst Reach and a beautiful but brainless horse in ''Oathbreakers''.

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* HorsingAround: There are several instances, including the famous gray stud of Forst Forest Reach and a beautiful but brainless horse in ''Oathbreakers''.


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* {{Hypocrite}}: The Karsite Priesthood hates magic, burns magic-users and hates Valdemar ostensibly because they're a witch-nation full of demons. Many Karsite Priests are mages who summon demons. For extra irony, Valdemar has not had any mages since around the time Karse declared magic anathema.


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* RedBaron: Ma'ar "Mage of Dark Flames", Urtho "Mage of Silence", Lavan "Firestorm", Vanyel takes the cake with [[IHaveManyNames 'Demonsbane', 'Shadow-Stalker', 'The Hero of Stony Tor' etc etc.]]
25th Jun '17 7:53:13 AM Bissek
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** Kethry had a really bad one in her backstory, having been married by proxy to a pederast by her brother.

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** Kethry had a really bad one in her backstory, having been married by proxy to a pederast by her brother. This was illegal in her nation, too, but it took a decade or so before she had the means and courage to call her brother and 'husband' out on this.


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* AuthorityInNameOnly: Karse is technically a kingdom, but everyone both in and outside the country knows that the king has no real power outside his palace and actual control of the country lies with the priesthood. The Mage Storms trilogy hammers this in by having Karse's ambassador to Valdemar be appointed by the Son of the Son rather than the court, and when Solaris makes a state visit to Haven, she is treated as a visiting head of state rather than merely the head of a church visiting a country where most people practice totally unrelated religions.
25th Jun '17 7:17:45 AM Bissek
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** Notably {{averted}} by the Valdemaran royal family; with Companions Choosing as many girls as boys, the Heralds know better than to think a Queen would be less effective a ruler than a King. Queen Selenay rules both before and during her marriages (and her husbands remain Princes), and her daughter Elspeth remains Heir even after her younger half-brother is born, until she explicitly {{abdicate|TheThrone}}s. Valdemar's nobility, however, is not so enlightened, preferring male heirs strongly.

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** Notably {{averted}} by the Valdemaran royal family; with Companions Choosing as many girls as boys, the Heralds know better than to think a Queen would be less effective a ruler than a King. Queen Selenay rules both before and during her marriages (and her husbands remain Princes), Princes, even though Daren legally ''could'' have been crowned King if he and Selanay wanted to do that, as unlike his brother Thanel, he had been Chosen), and her daughter Elspeth remains Heir even after her younger half-brother is born, until she explicitly {{abdicate|TheThrone}}s. Valdemar's nobility, however, is not so enlightened, preferring male heirs strongly.
25th Jun '17 7:06:41 AM Bissek
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** Kethry had a really bad one in her backstory, having been married by proxy to a pederast by her brother.
25th Jun '17 6:50:39 AM Bissek
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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.

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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. The closest she gets to a choice in the matter is being asked if she'd like to be the secondary wife of someone old enough to be her father, the primary wife of someone closer to her own age (with her father deciding which offer out of these subsets to accept without any further input from Talia herself - she doesn't even get told the names of any of the people who had made an offer), or spend the rest of her life as a cloistered nun. 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.


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* BirthdayHater: Since Holderkin birthday celebrations consist of the birthday child receiving a lecture from the adults of the household about the greater responsibilities that come with age, Talia doesn't celebrate or even spend much time thinking about her birthday once she becomes a Herald.
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.]]
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