History Literature / MagicKingdomOfLandover

5th Jan '16 10:15:07 AM Radhil
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* ThePowerOfHate: Nightshade's entire personality in a nutshell. [[spoiler:Her magic may be based on it, in fact.]]
5th Jan '16 10:04:00 AM Radhil
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* LotusEaterMachine: The mind's-eye crystals. They show people what they most want to see. Those who bought one gradually became addicted and spent hours gazing into them.
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* LotusEaterMachine: The LotusEaterMachine: **The faerie mists. By default appears as an endless fog-filled forest. In truth, reality is so soft in the mists that it will reconstruct iself around you, conjuring your basest fears or desires so strongly that most cannot keep their mind long enough to escape. **The mind's-eye crystals.crystals in Tangle Box. They show people what they most want to see. Those who bought one gradually became addicted and spent hours gazing into them.them. **The tangle box itself, intended as a prison for the Gorse, contains both a section of faerie mist, and other enchantments to seal memories and reinforce the illusion. **In the same book, the faeries offer one outright to Willow and her inbound child - to stay in the mists in an imagined paradise, forever. When she declines, they are either put out enough to almost trap her in a worse one, or make her deperate enough to reach Ben and break him out of his own. [[BlueAndOrangeMorality Their motives are as clear as the mists.]]
30th Nov '15 2:41:37 PM Ingonyama
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* SealedGoodInACan: ** The books of magic turn out to be this for [[spoiler:the unicorns]]. ** Applies to Ben when he's trapped in the Tangle Box, and to some degree Strabo. Nightshade, on the other hand...

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* SoulJar: It turns out the books of magic are a variant of this: [[spoiler:one contains the bodies of all the unicorns, [[PhantomZonePicture preserved as drawings]], while the other contains all their souls which collectively manifest as the black unicorn whenever they escape]]. It is this separation which allowed Meeks and all the wizards before him to control and draw upon the magic within them.

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* UnicornsAreSacred: Utterly, and justifiably, played straight, even (and ''especially'') the black unicorn. What Meeks and the wizards before him did to them shows exactly how corrupt and wicked human magic-users were before Questor came along (although the act is repugnant enough it would likely still be an InUniverse MoralEventHorizon even were unicorns not involved).
30th Nov '15 2:24:11 PM Ingonyama
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* DarkSecret: For a long time, the Paladin's true nature is this for Ben. Eventually he is forced to reveal it to his friends.
30th Nov '15 2:13:34 PM Ingonyama
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* ScaryLibrarian: Crabbit, head librarian of Libiris, is this--tall, dark, and sinister, dressing all in black, gaunt and cold, and at first extremely inhospitable. After Mistaya claims to be his page's sister, [[SubvertedTrope he allows her to stay and seems to thaw]], showing a friendlier (albeit clearly out-of-practice) side. [[DoubleSubverted But then he turns out to be]] an EvilSorcerer [[SealedEvilInACan trying to release he demons of Abaddon]] and [[TakeOverTheWorld take over Landover]], and he only let Mistaya stay because he knew exactly who she was and wanted to use her to {{Blackmail}} her parents.
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* ScaryLibrarian: Crabbit, head librarian of Libiris, is this--tall, dark, and sinister, dressing all in black, gaunt and cold, and at first extremely inhospitable. After Mistaya claims to be his page's sister, [[SubvertedTrope he allows her to stay and seems to thaw]], showing a friendlier (albeit clearly out-of-practice) side. [[DoubleSubverted But then he turns out to be]] an EvilSorcerer [[SealedEvilInACan trying to release he the demons of Abaddon]] and [[TakeOverTheWorld take over Landover]], and he only let Mistaya stay because he knew exactly who she was and wanted to use her to {{Blackmail}} her parents.
13th Oct '15 3:07:36 AM WillBGood
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* KnightInShiningArmour: Subverted to Hell and gone by The Paladin, who looks the part, but has a personality that's equal parts ImplacableMan, ShellShockedSenior and PsychoForHire, as is brought home brutally by Ben's Knight persona in ''The Tangle Box''.
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* KnightInShiningArmour: Subverted to Hell and gone by The Paladin, who looks the part, but has a personality that's equal parts ImplacableMan, ShellShockedSenior ShellShockedVeteran and PsychoForHire, as is brought home brutally by Ben's Knight persona in ''The Tangle Box''.
13th Jul '15 8:27:28 PM Oddstar
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* TheChosenOne: After several dozen failed kings, [[spoiler:Ben is the only one who can summon the Paladin]]
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* TheChosenOne: After A subversion: after several dozen failed kings, [[spoiler:Ben Ben is the only one who can summon the Paladin]]Paladin. This is not, however, because Ben is the chosen one. He is able to succeed where his predecessors failed not because he is the chosen one, but primarily because he was just too stubborn to give up, which was partly because he had nothing to lose. In theory, however, there might have been any number of people who could have succeeded in Ben's place. The problem was that Meeks was deliberately selecting men he was confident would give up quite readily.
4th May '15 2:22:37 PM nombretomado
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* CombatByChampion: In ''Witches Brew'', the fictitious King Rydall of Marnhull challenges Ben and the Paladin to defeat 7 of his champions in order to determine whether Marnhull's armies will take over Landover. In reality, Rydall is an agent of Nightshade, and his champions are monsters created by her and Ben's daughter Mistaya, who believes she is helping her father. Only five of the champions ever appear: they include [[GreekMythology a giant who gains strength from touching the soil]], a demonic entity that mimics the Paladin, an immense mechanical man, the [[SandWorm Wurm]], and [[spoiler: the zombified [[ImplacableMan Ardsheal]]]].
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* CombatByChampion: In ''Witches Brew'', the fictitious King Rydall of Marnhull challenges Ben and the Paladin to defeat 7 of his champions in order to determine whether Marnhull's armies will take over Landover. In reality, Rydall is an agent of Nightshade, and his champions are monsters created by her and Ben's daughter Mistaya, who believes she is helping her father. Only five of the champions ever appear: they include [[GreekMythology [[Myth/GreekMythology a giant who gains strength from touching the soil]], a demonic entity that mimics the Paladin, an immense mechanical man, the [[SandWorm Wurm]], and [[spoiler: the zombified [[ImplacableMan Ardsheal]]]].
12th Apr '15 10:58:48 AM Wyldchyld
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Trope misuse.
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: Meeks' scheme in the first novel is to make a fortune selling and reselling the throne of Landover with the king's medallion at a million dollars a pop. If you cancel the contract within two weeks, you get your money back minus a 10% deposit. When the latest king arrives in Landover and finds out that the throne comes with actual responsibilities and dangerous enemies, he invariably gives up and goes home, returning the medallion to Meeks. Rinse and repeat. Meeks personally interviews each buyer to make sure they're the type to give up easily, so he can keep the racket going. Ben is depressed and lonely after his wife's death, so during his interview, Meeks sees him as weak and just the sort of man he wants. He doesn't count on Ben's [[{{Determinator}} absolute refusal to give up]], and it proves to be his undoing.
25th Feb '15 8:52:27 PM Oddstar6
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** Michel Ard Rhi. Ard Rhi is Brythonic for "High King." Michel was the last real high king of Landover before Ben.
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