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3rd Apr '16 9:43:44 PM Bissek
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* TheSmurfettePrinciple: While the Ikati are numerous, only two of them are female. Once this is discovered, it becomes their AchillesHeel: once the two queens are dead, the Souleaters will no longer be able to replenish their numbers.
23rd Sep '15 6:09:26 PM ReaderAt2046
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** It's worth noting that one of the main reasons why having a Magister Royal can be so indispensable is as a kind of insurance. Thanks to the Magister's Law, having a Magister Royal is pretty much the only defense against another Magister deciding to screw around with your kingdom.
6th Jul '15 1:58:50 AM jjhj
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* WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity: Bonding with [[spoiler a Souleater]] will cause this, as its incredibly aggressive, territorial personality starts bleeding over into you. The Magisters are a less extreme, but still visible, example [[spoiler: because they all draw to a greater or lesser degree on Souleater power]].

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* WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity: Bonding with [[spoiler a [[spoiler:a Souleater]] will cause this, as its incredibly aggressive, territorial personality starts bleeding over into you. The Magisters are a less extreme, but still visible, example [[spoiler: because they all draw to a greater or lesser degree on Souleater power]].
29th Apr '14 4:55:56 PM ReaderAt2046
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** [[spoiler: Magisters also have an AchillesHeel of sorts: Catching a Magister during Transition leaves him briefly vulnerable. In the first book, Kamala accidentally kills another Magister by pushing him off a balcony. He should have been able to catch himself with magic, but he went into Transition at just the wrong time and died of the fall.]]
7th Mar '14 8:47:50 AM Ecclytennysmithylove
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* AnticlimaxBoss: Kostas, and later Siderea, both killed by a single sword cut that caught them unawares.



* BlackCloak: Black is the official color of the Magisters (since a pure black that doesn't fade can only be produced by magic), and many of them wear cloaks in that color (though any clothing can cound as a Magister "uniform" so long as it's jet black).

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* BlackCloak: Black is the official color of the Magisters (since a pure black that doesn't fade can only be produced by magic), and many of them wear cloaks in that color (though any clothing can cound count as a Magister "uniform" so long as it's jet black).



* OurSoulsAreDifferent: the ''athra'', or soulfire, is an energy source that everybody has; witches can tap into it in order to produce magical effects, but every spell burns up a little of it and slightly shortens the witch's life. The process of becoming a Magister involves deliberately burning your ''athra'' out so that you latch onto someone else's instead. Whenever their "consort" burns out, they then latch onto someone else, rendering them effectively immortal and capable of perfoming tremendous feats of magic.

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* OurSoulsAreDifferent: the ''athra'', or soulfire, is an energy source that everybody has; witches can tap into it in order to produce magical effects, but every spell burns up a little of it and slightly shortens the witch's life. The process of becoming a Magister involves deliberately burning your ''athra'' out so that you latch onto someone else's instead. Whenever their "consort" burns out, they then latch onto someone else, rendering them effectively immortal and capable of perfoming performing tremendous feats of magic.
18th Oct '13 4:10:29 PM etaukan
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* AnticlimaxBoss: Kostas, and later Siderea, both killed by a single sword cut that caught them unawares.


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* IdiotBall: Siderea spends a ''lot'' of time and energy pondering the significance of items which bear the signature, or magical resonance of a particular person (in this case, her collection of Magister tokens). Much is made--in her own thoughts--of how vulnerable these items make a person, and how much trust it took for her Magister lovers to leave her those items. And yet, when she departs her palace after her FaceHeelTurn, she leaves literally ''piles'' of items there which bear her own signature. The good guys make free use of these items in their plans to destroy Siderea, and no one ever wonders why such an intelligent and cautious woman was so stupidly careless as to leave them there.


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* SquishyWizard: Applies to both Witches and Magisters, in that even though magic can achieve nearly anything, an unexpected attack, even something as mundane as a sword cut, can end their life before they have a chance to react.
** Partially subverted in that, so long as the spellcaster ''does'' see the attack coming, they can either deflect, avoid, or repair the damage with the speed of thought. In some cases, this takes MadeOfIron to a fairly insane level, as two magical combatants dish out and in turn absorb absurd amounts of punishment, and come back for more.
11th May '13 12:09:14 AM gwen
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* BlueAndOrangeMorality: Though intelligent, the Souleaters are ''very'' primal and as such aren't driven by anything that particularly resembles human morality. This is lessened somewhat [[spoiler: when they start bonding with humans. In the end, though, understanding the BlueAndOrangeMorality of Souleaters lets Colivar and Kamal exploit it to defeat them]].

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* BlueAndOrangeMorality: Though intelligent, the Souleaters are ''very'' primal and as such aren't driven by anything that particularly resembles human morality. This is lessened somewhat [[spoiler: when they start bonding with humans. In the end, though, understanding the BlueAndOrangeMorality of Souleaters lets Colivar and Kamal Kamala exploit it to defeat them]].



* BrokenBird: Kamala, so much. [[spoiler: She gets some better across the series]].

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* BrokenBird: Kamala, so much. [[spoiler: She gets some somewhat better across the series]].
11th May '13 12:00:06 AM gwen
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* AsskickingEqualsAuthority: The Ikati way.


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* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: The Aurelius family.


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* TheStarscream: Young Nyuku. [[JustifiedTrope Expected]] and almost encouraged in Ikati society.
27th Mar '13 5:24:07 PM Bissek
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* ApeShallNeverKillApe: The one absolute rule that all Magisters must adhere to is to never kill another Magister.
19th Mar '13 7:05:15 PM Xtifr
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A trilogy of fantasy novels by C.S. Friedman, known for her earlier work the ''ColdfireTrilogy''. The ''Magister Trilogy'' books' titles in order are ''Feast of Souls'', ''Wings of Wrath'' and ''Legacy of Kings''.

The series takes place on an unnamed fantasy world, where [[CastFromLifespan magic is fueled by the power of human souls]], or ''athra''. Every time a witch casts a spell, it uses up a portion of his or her allotted lifespan. The exception to this rule are the titular Magisters, a brotherhood of magic users whose powers and lifespans are unlimited. They guard the secret of their power closely, fearing that the rest of the human population would turn against them if it was revealed.

The series focuses largely on Kamala, the first woman to successfully make the Transition and become a Magister. Other major characters are Andovan Aurelius, a young prince who has contracted a mysterious and uncurable disease known as the Wasting, Colivar, an ancient and powerful Magister, and Siderea Aminestas, the Witch Queen of the free state Sankara. The events are set against a backdrop of ancient enemies returning after thousands of years to threaten human civilization.

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!!This series provides examples of:

* ActionGirl - Kamala [[spoiler: and Gwynofar]]
* AlwaysChaoticEvil: Played straight in the first book with the Souleaters. Played with in the second book, which recasts them as [[PredatorsAreMean animalistic predators]].
* AncientTradition: The Protectors, who watch for the return of the Souleaters, mankind's ancient enemy, while maintaining the Wrath of the Gods which keeps the Souleaters at bay.
* AntiHero - Kamala, Colivar, and any other Magister who's a protagonist. Kamala in particular is a Type IV- she's got just enough of a sense of compassion and justice to keep her sympathetic when taken together with her exceptionally crappy backstory, but her magic is still PoweredByAForsakenChild and there's a very real, very scary darkness in her.
* AntiVillain - [[spoiler:Siderea in the second book. Less so in the third, as she's started to get DrunkOnTheDarkSide from being bonded to her Souleater]].
* ArchEnemy: Nyuku to Colivar
* BadassNormal: Rhys takes down a Souleater, solo. Also Andovan, especially since he's dying from the Wasting.
* BigBadDuumvirate: Nyuku and [[spoiler: Siderea]] by ''Legacy of Kings''.
* BlackCloak: Black is the official color of the Magisters (since a pure black that doesn't fade can only be produced by magic), and many of them wear cloaks in that color (though any clothing can cound as a Magister "uniform" so long as it's jet black).
* BlueAndOrangeMorality: Though intelligent, the Souleaters are ''very'' primal and as such aren't driven by anything that particularly resembles human morality. This is lessened somewhat [[spoiler: when they start bonding with humans. In the end, though, understanding the BlueAndOrangeMorality of Souleaters lets Colivar and Kamal exploit it to defeat them]].
* BondCreatures: [[spoiler: Humans can link with Souleaters in a process that grants the human immortality and the ability to share in the Souleater's powers, and gives the Souleater the enhanced self-awareness to overcome its baser instincts.]]
* BrokenBird: Kamala, so much. [[spoiler: She gets some better across the series]].
* CastFromLifespan: An important element of the trilogy. Every spell costs someone part of their life. [[spoiler:The Magisters only pass the expense to some unfortunate stranger]].
* CharmPerson: All Souleaters can do this to humans, so that their prey is immobilized and loses the will to resist them. Souleater queens can affect other Souleaters as well.
* TheChessmaster - ALL of the Magisters.
* TheCorrupter - Kostas, most evident in his effect on Danton. The High King starts out a ruthless but pragmatic conqueror, but the more time he spends around Kostas the more he starts acting like a stereotypical EvilOverlord.
* CourtMage: The preferred profession of many Magisters. Kings consider a Magister advisor indispensible to their reigns. In-universe, this carries the official title of "Magister Royal".
* {{Determinator}} - Any Magister has to be this by definition- if you're not determined to survive at any cost, you can't latch onto someone else's soulfire to drain.
* DiscOneFinalBoss: Kostas.
* FateWorseThanDeath - [[spoiler: How the Spears were created]]
* EldritchAbomination: The Souleaters
* TheEmpire - The High Kingdom
* TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt - What happens if the Souleaters win
* EverybodyCallsHimBarkeep - Species-wide example. The race that the villains belong to are formally called "ikati", but they're normally just called "Souleaters" because, well, that's what they ''do''.
* EvilChancellor - Kostas. Some other court Magisters are like this; others serve their monarchs faithfully since it nets them a secure power base to plot against each other.
* EvilDetectingDog - [[spoiler:The castle dogs don't like Kostas.]]
* EvilSorcerer - Depending on where you place the "evil" cutoff, any and all Magisters could qualify. The [[spoiler: humans who bond Souleaters are an even better example, most visibly Kostas and Nyuku]].
* EvilVersusEvil - The Magisters versus the Souleaters.
* FromNobodyToNightmare: Nyuku was a barbarian kid from a village on the very edge of human civilization. [[spoiler: Siderea was originally a pleasure slave who managed to scheme herself into a crown]]. They end up the two main human villains of the series.
* GambitPileup - Just another day in the life of a Magister.
* GenderBender: [[spoiler: Turns out that Kamala was actually ''not'' the first female Magister. Lazaroth was a woman who shapeshifted into a man and assumed a male identity after coming into her powers in order to be accepted into Magister society. She ''hates'' that Kamala is (fairly) open about being a female Magister, since that makes all of Lazaroth's efforts look pointless. There may be other genderbent women hiding out among the Magisters- it's left deliberately unclear]].
* GenderRestrictedAbility - Subverted. The Magisters are ''supposed'' to be all men, not from being gender-excusive but because women simply can't use that power... and then Kamala comes along... [[spoiler: Although it turns out she wasn't the ''first'' female Magister, and her abilities ''are'' slightly different from a male Magister's because they echo the disparity between male and female Souleaters]].
* GreenLanternRing - Magic can be used for virtually anything... so long as you're willing to pay the price for it (or in the case of Magisters, make someone else pay the price).
* GreyAndGreyMorality - Especially after [[spoiler:Siderea bonds with the Souleater queen]].
** More like BlackAndGreyMorality. If the Magisters win, individual consorts will be drained of life and large-scale chessmastery will occur. If the Souleaters win, human civilization collapses, potentially permanently.
* ImHavingSoulPains - The Wasting
* ImmortalityImmorality: The only immortality to be found in this trilogy involves stealing life from others, either by draining one person dry at a time yourself, or by [[spoiler: bonding with a Souleater, which will feed on ''lots'' of people and let you draw on the overflow]].
* LadyOfWar: Gwynofar, being a noblewoman from a ProudWarriorRace, always had the attitude; as of ''Legacy of Kings'' she develops the fighting skills to back it up.
* OurDragonsAreDifferent: The term "Dragon" is never used for the Souleaters, but they are very clearly designed to bring that kind of being to mind.
* OurSoulsAreDifferent: the ''athra'', or soulfire, is an energy source that everybody has; witches can tap into it in order to produce magical effects, but every spell burns up a little of it and slightly shortens the witch's life. The process of becoming a Magister involves deliberately burning your ''athra'' out so that you latch onto someone else's instead. Whenever their "consort" burns out, they then latch onto someone else, rendering them effectively immortal and capable of perfoming tremendous feats of magic.
* ThePlan- The normal modus operandi for Magisters.
* PoweredByAForsakenChild - The Magisters and the Souleaters. [[spoiler: There's a reason for the similarity of their abilities...]]
* RealWomenNeverWearDresses- Kamala ''hates'' women's clothing and dresses like a man if at all possible. Justified because of her exceptionally traumatic backstory as a child prostitute- she thinks that showing femininity is the same as showing weakness, and she will ''not'' be weak. Other female characters don't have a problem with being girly.
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: Any Magister or [[spoiler: Souleater-bonded]] is potentially this, since they don't die from old age and can change how old they look.
* ShadowArchetype: [[spoiler: Lazaroth]] for Kamala; Nyuku for Colivar.
* SilkHidingSteel: Queen Gwynofar.
* TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth: Andovan. Poor doomed Andovan.
* TheVamp: Siderea
* WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity: Bonding with [[spoiler a Souleater]] will cause this, as its incredibly aggressive, territorial personality starts bleeding over into you. The Magisters are a less extreme, but still visible, example [[spoiler: because they all draw to a greater or lesser degree on Souleater power]].
* WorthyOpponent: All the Magisters view each other this way; they respect one another's abilities but their pride [[spoiler: and residual Souleater instincts]] keep them in constant competition with each other. This is most obvious in the relationship between Ramirus and Colivar.
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