History Literature / LoneWolf

22nd Aug '16 1:56:25 PM StFan
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* BoringButPractical: Despite the Kai being [[NinjaPirateRobotZombie psychic ranger wizard monks]], one of the most useful disciplines is weaponskill and its upgrades. Adding 25 to your Combat Skill as long as you possess one of a growing list of weapons really helps cut down on combat injuries, especially in books where boss fights are common. Unlike advanced psychic attacks, this does not cost endurance to use, and no creatures happen to be immune to it.
** Some of the situational bonuses from the InfinityMinusOneSword selection in the New Order series are like this. The base bonus is +5, with it jumping up in fights with certain circumstances. Some of these are even the equal of the Sommerswerd at +8, but they occur so rarely that you might get to actually apply that bonus twice in the whole series (while fighting underwater, fighting an enemy made of rock, fighting something that breathes fire), and you're probably better off picking one that gives you a smaller bonus in much more common circumstances.

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* BoringButPractical: BoringButPractical:
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Despite the Kai being [[NinjaPirateRobotZombie psychic ranger wizard monks]], one of the most useful disciplines is weaponskill and its upgrades. Adding 25 to your Combat Skill as long as you possess one of a growing list of weapons really helps cut down on combat injuries, especially in books where boss fights are common. Unlike advanced psychic attacks, this does not cost endurance to use, and no creatures happen to be immune to it.
it. Only in the occasional NoGearLevel can this become limited, and even then you're pretty safe as long as you have sword mastery.
** Some of the situational bonuses from the InfinityMinusOneSword selection in the New Order series are like this. The base bonus is +5, with it jumping up in fights with certain circumstances. Some of these are even the equal of the Sommerswerd at +8, but they occur so rarely that you might get to actually apply that bonus twice in the whole series (while fighting underwater, fighting an enemy made of rock, fighting something that breathes fire), fire...), and you're probably better off picking one that gives you a smaller bonus in much more common circumstances.
22nd Aug '16 5:45:52 AM starofjusticev21
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** Some of the situational bonuses from the InfinityMinusOneSword selection in the New Order series are like this. The base bonus is +5, with it jumping up in fights with certain circumstances. Some of these are even the equal of the Sommerswerd at +8, but they occur so rarely that you might get to actually apply that bonus twice in the whole series (while fighting underwater, fighting an enemy made of rock, fighting something that breathes fire), and you're probably better off picking one that gives you a smaller bonus in much more common circumstances.
21st Aug '16 2:20:46 PM starofjusticev21
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* InfinityMinusOneSword: Skarn-Ska in book 20, so you'll have a potent magic weapon to use against the more resilient members of Naar's entourage, but not quite as good as the Sommerswerd so you'll still have a reason to read the series from the beginning.

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* InfinityMinusOneSword: InfinityMinusOneSword:
** There are a string of these, most prominently in the last few books of the third series in which Lone Wolf has to fight some extremely powerful demonic bad guy or other that he could only believably beat with a powerful magical weapon. There's the Dagger of Vashna, Helshezag, the Power Spike in book 17, as well as
Skarn-Ska in book 20, so you'll have a potent magic weapon 20.
** After attaining Supreme Mastery, Lone Wolf learns how
to use against make these himself and the more resilient members of Naar's entourage, but not quite as good as the Sommerswerd so you'll still have a reason to read the series new PC can choose from a list of ten of them, which by default are as powerful as Skarn-Ska or a Darklord blade, but get a bonus in certain circumstances that's even higher. Some of these bonuses can equal or even top the beginning.Sommerswerd's.
21st Aug '16 2:41:40 AM StFan
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* TookALevelInBadass: Lone Wolf came a long way from being an inattentive student knocked out by a tree branch over destroying the Darklords to becoming the mightiest Kai (and possibly human) in Magnamund history.
** In Gameplay terms, with every book concluded, he learns a new Kai/Magnakai/Grandmaster discipline.

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* TookALevelInBadass: Lone Wolf came a long way from being an inattentive student knocked out by a tree branch over destroying the Darklords Darklords, to becoming the mightiest Kai (and possibly human) in Magnamund history.
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history. In Gameplay terms, with every book concluded, he learns a new Kai/Magnakai/Grandmaster discipline.
20th Aug '16 11:14:12 AM guy1
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* TookALevelInBadass: Lone Wolf came a long way from being an inattentive student knocked out by a tree branch over destroying the Darklords to becoming the mightiest Kai (and possibly human) in Magnamund history.
** In Gameplay terms, with every book concluded, he learns a new Kai/Magnakai/Grandmaster discipline.
19th Aug '16 3:19:32 PM starofjusticev21
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** Story-wise, the worst artifacts are the [[DoomyDoomsOfDoom Doomstones]]. The Doomstones are essentially crystallized BlackMagic created by a powerful demon that eventually corrupts and kills anyone who uses them that isn't ''already'' a being of pure evil. Meaning that the strongest antagonists can use them with impunity, but Lone Wolf collapses as soon as he gets ''near'' one. The Doomstone of Darke featured in Book 16 ''The Darke Crusade'' deserves a special mention here. [[spoiler:In the end, it turns out to be the REAL BigBad of the book, having made the DiscOneFinalBoss its frail, near-undead puppet.]]

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** Story-wise, the worst artifacts are the [[DoomyDoomsOfDoom Doomstones]]. The Doomstones are essentially crystallized BlackMagic created by a powerful demon that eventually corrupts and kills anyone who uses them that isn't ''already'' a being of pure evil. Meaning that the strongest antagonists can use them with impunity, but Lone Wolf collapses as soon as he gets ''near'' one. The Doomstone of Darke featured in Book 16 15 ''The Darke Crusade'' deserves a special mention here. [[spoiler:In the end, it turns out to be the REAL BigBad of the book, having made the DiscOneFinalBoss its frail, near-undead puppet.]]]] Oddly they seem to become deadlier as Lone Wolf himself becomes more powerful, seemingly to do with his increased mental senses; in the first series if Lone Wolf finds a Doomstone he won't even know it unless a friendly wizard warns him, while in book 15, where Lone Wolf has entered a heretofore totally unknown tier of Kai skills, just being a few feet away is enough to weaken him to the point of unconsciousness.
16th Aug '16 2:04:49 AM Ramidel
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* CharlesAtlasSuperpower: In the first batch of Kai Disciplines, "disciplines" such as Hunting and Camouflage are listed right alongside powers like Sixth Sense and Mindblast.

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* CharlesAtlasSuperpower: In The Kai Disciplines are largely the first batch development of Kai Disciplines, "disciplines" exceptional capabilities that are within the reach of humans, along with limited psychic abilities (which ''can'' be developed by non-Kai humans in this 'verse, such as a Vassagonian captain in Book 4). The Magnakai Disciplines take this further, developing these foundational skills to the point that they allow the Kai Master to do the impossible; a Kai Lord trained in Hunting learns to sharpen their senses, while an experienced Master trained in Huntmastery can see in the infrared and Camouflage ultraviolet spectra. In theory, most of the Grand Master disciplines do the same, but some are listed right alongside powers like Sixth Sense entirely new magical powers, and Mindblast.others tend to be increasingly divorced from the mundane skills that they started in.
15th Aug '16 8:44:30 PM Ghilz
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* ImprobableAge:
** By the age of ''twenty'' the New Order Grand Master who joined the Kai Monastery at seven is one of five to have attained the Grand Master rank, and it's implied he has already done so for a while. Having learned four Grand Master disciplines at that age, he's far exceeded the skill of the greatest masters of the First Order in a mere thirteen years, less time than it took Lone Wolf, [[http://www.projectaon.org/en/pdf/lwcn/Newsletter_07.pdf#page=3 who was only a Kai Master at that age]], and who in turn took less time than it took the average First Order Grand Master, who needed around ''fifty'' years [[http://www.projectaon.org/en/pdf/lwcn/Newsletter_09.pdf#page=3 just to become a Grand Master]]. Lone Wolf's first batch of apprentices (which the New Order Grand Master was part of) also took just two years to reach Kai Master rank (making him a Kai Master at '''nine''', compared to the average First Order Kai Lord, who would need more than twenty years, and that's assuming he even had the potential to become a Grand Master to begin with). This is (barely) partially justified by the fact that they were tutored by the first Kai Lord [[TimeToUnlockMoreTruePotential with the potential to become a Kai Supreme Master]] in the presence of the Moonstone (for all of two years) with the Book of the Magnakai (which the First Order did have for the first half of its existence until it was stolen) and all of the Lorestones serving as teaching aids, advantages the First Order never enjoyed.
** Lone Wolf himself is a lesser example. Making Initiate at 14 is slightly faster than average but not excessively so (Kai Lords advance at their own pace), but after that, he begins [[TookALevelInBadass taking levels in badass]] at a frankly astonishing rate, climbing at roughly a rank a year until reaching Grand Master at the age of 26. Of course, he's been engaging in quests that are far more dangerous than a Kai Lord should be expected to undertake (''Fire on the Water'' being a borderline suicide mission for a sub-Magnakai Kai Lord), and channeling the power of the Book of the Magnakai and the Lorestones. In true RPG tradition, these quests serve as live-fire training, and the Lorestones work as {{Upgrade Artifact}}s for his Magnakai skills.
* IncompletelyTrained: Lone Wolf is only a half-trained initiate when the [[HeroAcademy Kai Monastery]] is destroyed. Unlike other examples of this trope, not being fully-trained is a ''bad thing'' for him since the powers of a Kai Master are necessary to defeat the [[BigBad Darklords]]. A good chunk of the first two series involve him finding the material necessary to complete his training.
15th Aug '16 2:43:33 PM StFan
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** Lone Wolf himself is a lesser example. Making Initiate at 14 is slightly faster than average but not excessively so (Kai Lords advance at their own pace), but after that, he begins [[TookALevelInBadass taking levels in badass]] at a frankly astonishing rate, climbing at roughly a rank a year until reaching Grand Master at the age of 26. Of course, he's been engaging in quests that are far more dangerous than a Kai Lord should be expected to undertake (''Fire on the Water'' being a borderline suicide mission for a sub-Magnakai Kai Lord), and channeling the power of the Book of the Magnakai and the Lorestones. In true RPG tradition, these quests serve as live-fire training, and the Lorestones work as [[UpgradeArtifact Upgrade Artifacts]] for his Magnakai skills.
* IncompletelyTrained: Lone Wolf was only a half-trained initiate when the [[HeroAcademy Kai Monastery]] was destroyed. Unlike other examples of this trope, not being fully-trained was a ''bad thing'' for him since the powers of a Kai Master are necessary to defeat the [[BigBad Darklords]]. A good chunk of the first two series involve him finding the material necessary to complete his training.

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** Lone Wolf himself is a lesser example. Making Initiate at 14 is slightly faster than average but not excessively so (Kai Lords advance at their own pace), but after that, he begins [[TookALevelInBadass taking levels in badass]] at a frankly astonishing rate, climbing at roughly a rank a year until reaching Grand Master at the age of 26. Of course, he's been engaging in quests that are far more dangerous than a Kai Lord should be expected to undertake (''Fire on the Water'' being a borderline suicide mission for a sub-Magnakai Kai Lord), and channeling the power of the Book of the Magnakai and the Lorestones. In true RPG tradition, these quests serve as live-fire training, and the Lorestones work as [[UpgradeArtifact Upgrade Artifacts]] {{Upgrade Artifact}}s for his Magnakai skills.
* IncompletelyTrained: Lone Wolf was is only a half-trained initiate when the [[HeroAcademy Kai Monastery]] was is destroyed. Unlike other examples of this trope, not being fully-trained was is a ''bad thing'' for him since the powers of a Kai Master are necessary to defeat the [[BigBad Darklords]]. A good chunk of the first two series involve him finding the material necessary to complete his training.



* KleptomaniacHero: Maybe he's not as bad as some video-game heroes, but still, Lone Wolf always has the option to thoroughly check for loot wherever he goes. It's part of the InventoryManagementPuzzle, as many items, precious or not, won't come into play and just waste space in the backpack. Nonetheless, if you want to drag along that bag of silver nuggets or that ingot of platinum for the rest of the adventure, you can! The Kai monastery can always need some rebuilding/refitting, after all.

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* KleptomaniacHero: Maybe he's not as bad as some video-game heroes, but still, Lone Wolf always has the option to thoroughly check for loot wherever he goes. It's part of the InventoryManagementPuzzle, as many items, precious or not, won't come into play and just waste space in the backpack. Nonetheless, if you want to drag along that heavy bag of silver nuggets or that ingot of platinum for the rest of the adventure, you can! The Kai monastery can always need some rebuilding/refitting, after all.



** On the villains' side, Lone Wolf can duel against a [[http://www.projectaon.org/en/xhtml/lw/10tdot/ill15.htm Ziran]] in Book 10, a Drakkar in full armor and fighting with a MagicWand.
* MagicMushroom: The calacena is a hallucinogetic mushroom. It is prized by magicians as it can be used to create a pink potion that enhance clairvoyant or enchantment powers. Eating or breathing the spores of the unprocessed mushrooms is a sure one-way trip to MushroomSamba, though.

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** On the villains' side, Lone Wolf can duel against a [[http://www.projectaon.org/en/xhtml/lw/10tdot/ill15.htm Ziran]] in Book 10, a Drakkar in full armor and fighting with a MagicWand.
* MagicMushroom: The calacena is a hallucinogetic hallucinogenic mushroom. It is prized by magicians as it can be used to create a pink potion that enhance clairvoyant or enchantment powers. Eating or breathing the spores of the unprocessed mushrooms is a sure one-way trip to MushroomSamba, though.



** [[spoiler:Naar, King of the Darkness]] is the real BigBad of the entire series, and the one who created [[spoiler:the Darklords]]. Possibly subverted; though he's not mentioned in the first twelve books, being a [[spoiler:god of evil]], his existence was probably widely known already. He is heavily mentioned in the [[AllThereInTheManual novelizations]].

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** [[spoiler:Naar, King of the Darkness]] is the real BigBad of the entire series, and the one who created [[spoiler:the Darklords]]. Possibly subverted; though he's not mentioned in the first twelve books, being a [[spoiler:god of evil]], his existence was is probably widely known already. He is heavily mentioned in the [[AllThereInTheManual novelizations]].



** Don't get too attached to any of the named characters who get characterization and accompany Lone Wolf on any of his adventures. If they stick around for more than a few page turns, chances are they're going to die horribly. Depending on the path taken, examples of ill-fated Mauve Shirts can be found in Books 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12, and 18. In other words, more than half the series. The guy's called "Lone Wolf" for a reason. There are exceptions, however, notably Vakeros Warrior Paido, Guildmaster Banedon and Captain Prarg. If one of them happens to die while they accompany Lone Wolf, the hero meets his end shortly thereafter (making these books somewhat {{Escort Mission}}s). [[spoiler:The three of them get captured by the enemy at some point, but are later rescued by Lone Wolf.]] Sadly, [[spoiler:Paido isn't an exception to the end. He was killed off-screen by Gnaag at the end of Book 10. Lone Wolf learns this in Book 20 when he finds Paido's soul being tortured in the Plane of Darkness. Ouch.]]

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** Don't get too attached to any of the named characters who get characterization and accompany Lone Wolf on any of his adventures. If they stick around for more than a few page turns, chances are they're going to die horribly. Depending on the path taken, examples of ill-fated Mauve Shirts can be found in Books 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12, and 18. In other words, more than half the series. The guy's called "Lone Wolf" for a reason. There are exceptions, however, notably Vakeros Warrior Paido, Guildmaster Banedon and Captain Prarg. If one of them happens to die while they accompany Lone Wolf, the hero meets his end shortly thereafter (making these books somewhat {{Escort Mission}}s). [[spoiler:The three of them get captured by the enemy at some point, but are later rescued by Lone Wolf.]] Sadly, [[spoiler:Paido isn't an exception to the end. He was is killed off-screen by Gnaag at the end of Book 10. Lone Wolf learns this in Book 20 when he finds Paido's soul being tortured in the Plane of Darkness. Ouch.]]



** Generally speaking, if the survival of that side character travelling with Lone Wolf isn't Lone Wolf's or his Lieutenant's mission objective (i.e.: Banedon in ''The Captive of Kaag'' or Karvas in ''Mydnight's Hero''), then that companion is not going to make it to the end -- this is almost guaranteed if that person is with the protagonist from the start of the book. If the character is specifically referred to as a "guide" for the protagonist, then his death/capture with subsequent death is almost certain -- being designated as Guide to a Kai Lord is a death sentence. Captain Prarg is probably the most notable exception, as he survives the entirety of ''The Darke Crusade'' (despite being assigned as Lone Wolf's guide!), though he gets separated from Lone Wolf a few times, captured twice, even freeing ''himself'' from capture once, yet still makes it team up with Lone Wolf during the climax and live through it to cameo in a later book! And that's after he survived another bout of travel with Lone Wolf in ''The Dungeons of Torgar''.
** Interestingly enough, in that book, another path can lead to never meeting Prarg, instead taking the leader of TheResistance Sebb Jarel as a guide. Sebb dies almost midway to escorting Lone Wolf.

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** Generally speaking, if the survival of that side character travelling with Lone Wolf isn't Lone Wolf's or his Lieutenant's mission objective (i.e.: Banedon in ''The Captive of Kaag'' or Karvas in ''Mydnight's Hero''), then that companion is not going to make it to the end -- this is almost guaranteed if that person is with the protagonist from the start of the book. If the character is specifically referred to as a "guide" for the protagonist, then his death/capture with subsequent death is almost certain -- being designated as Guide to a Kai Lord is a death sentence. Captain Prarg is probably the most notable exception, as he survives the entirety of ''The Darke Crusade'' (despite being assigned as Lone Wolf's guide!), though he gets separated from Lone Wolf a few times, captured twice, even freeing ''himself'' from capture once, yet still makes it team up with Lone Wolf during the climax and live through it to cameo in a later book! And that's after he survived another bout of travel with Lone Wolf in ''The Dungeons of Torgar''.
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Torgar''. Interestingly enough, in that book, another path can lead to never meeting Prarg, instead taking the leader of TheResistance Sebb Jarel as a guide. Sebb dies almost midway to escorting Lone Wolf.



* MedievalEuropeanFantasy: For the most part, although differently-themed civilisations are visited, and some parts of the world are heavily (and evilly) SteamPunk.

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* MedievalEuropeanFantasy: For the most part, although differently-themed civilisations civilizations are visited, and some parts of the world are heavily (and evilly) SteamPunk.



** First and foremost is the Moonstone, a powerful artifact crafted by a race of demigods, the Shianti. So important it is in Magnamund that Year I of this world's calendar is set on the date of its creation. It's also important in a more personal sense for Grey Star, as 75% of his quest is devoted to finding it so his magic will become powerful enough to take on the BigBad.
** Then, there are the Lorestones, made by [[CrystalDragonJesus Nyxator the Dragon]], which spun the GottaCatchThemAll plot of the whole Magnakai series.

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** First and foremost is the Moonstone, a powerful artifact crafted by a race of demigods, the Shianti. So important it is in Magnamund that Year I of this world's calendar is set on the date of its creation. It's also important in a more personal sense for Grey Star, as 75% three-fourth of his quest is devoted to finding it so his magic will become powerful enough to take on the BigBad.
** Then, Then there are the Lorestones, made by [[CrystalDragonJesus Nyxator the Dragon]], which spun the GottaCatchThemAll plot of the whole Magnakai series.



** Possibly, Bor-brew ale in Book 8.

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** Possibly, [[GargleBlaster Bor-brew ale ale]] in Book 8.8 can give Lone Wolf hallucinations briefly before knocking him out.
15th Aug '16 11:50:30 AM Ramidel
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* ImprobableAge: By the age of ''twenty'' the New Order Grand Master who joined the Kai Monastery at seven is one of five to have attained the Grand Master rank, and it's implied he has already done so for a while. Having learned four Grand Master disciplines at that age, he's far exceeded the skill of the greatest masters of the First Order in a mere thirteen years, less time than it took Lone Wolf, [[http://www.projectaon.org/en/pdf/lwcn/Newsletter_07.pdf#page=3 who was only a Kai Master at that age]], and who in turn took less time than it took the average First Order Grand Master, who needed around ''fifty'' years [[http://www.projectaon.org/en/pdf/lwcn/Newsletter_09.pdf#page=3 just to become a Grand Master]]. Lone Wolf's first batch of apprentices (which the New Order Grand Master was part of) also took just two years to reach Kai Master rank (making him a Kai Master at '''nine''', compared to the average First Order Kai Lord, who would need more than twenty years, and that's assuming he even had the potential to become a Grand Master to begin with). This is (barely) partially justified by the fact that they were tutored by the first Kai Lord [[TimeToUnlockMoreTruePotential with the potential to become a Kai Supreme Master]] in the presence of the Moonstone (for all of two years) with the Book of the Magnakai (which the First Order did have for the first half of its existence until it was stolen) and all of the Lorestones serving as teaching aids, advantages the First Order never enjoyed.

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* ImprobableAge: ImprobableAge:
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By the age of ''twenty'' the New Order Grand Master who joined the Kai Monastery at seven is one of five to have attained the Grand Master rank, and it's implied he has already done so for a while. Having learned four Grand Master disciplines at that age, he's far exceeded the skill of the greatest masters of the First Order in a mere thirteen years, less time than it took Lone Wolf, [[http://www.projectaon.org/en/pdf/lwcn/Newsletter_07.pdf#page=3 who was only a Kai Master at that age]], and who in turn took less time than it took the average First Order Grand Master, who needed around ''fifty'' years [[http://www.projectaon.org/en/pdf/lwcn/Newsletter_09.pdf#page=3 just to become a Grand Master]]. Lone Wolf's first batch of apprentices (which the New Order Grand Master was part of) also took just two years to reach Kai Master rank (making him a Kai Master at '''nine''', compared to the average First Order Kai Lord, who would need more than twenty years, and that's assuming he even had the potential to become a Grand Master to begin with). This is (barely) partially justified by the fact that they were tutored by the first Kai Lord [[TimeToUnlockMoreTruePotential with the potential to become a Kai Supreme Master]] in the presence of the Moonstone (for all of two years) with the Book of the Magnakai (which the First Order did have for the first half of its existence until it was stolen) and all of the Lorestones serving as teaching aids, advantages the First Order never enjoyed.enjoyed.
** Lone Wolf himself is a lesser example. Making Initiate at 14 is slightly faster than average but not excessively so (Kai Lords advance at their own pace), but after that, he begins [[TookALevelInBadass taking levels in badass]] at a frankly astonishing rate, climbing at roughly a rank a year until reaching Grand Master at the age of 26. Of course, he's been engaging in quests that are far more dangerous than a Kai Lord should be expected to undertake (''Fire on the Water'' being a borderline suicide mission for a sub-Magnakai Kai Lord), and channeling the power of the Book of the Magnakai and the Lorestones. In true RPG tradition, these quests serve as live-fire training, and the Lorestones work as [[UpgradeArtifact Upgrade Artifacts]] for his Magnakai skills.
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