History Literature / MalazanBookOfTheFallen

3rd Aug '17 9:09:34 AM Derkhan
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* BornLucky: Oponn, the Twin Jesters of Chance, are two gods whose portfolio has to do with luck. The female Oponn, the Lady, will sometimes give mortals what is referred to as the Lady's Pull, making them lucky. These include:
** Corabb Bhilan Thenu'alas. He has nearly every form of cancer on the planet, yet will never sicken. Multiple Arrows fired into his back all strike the same spear shaft hanging on his back, and such. On the other hand, everything he tries results in a lucky fumble--he will drop his weapon if he swings it, but it will probably trip up his foe. This is exploited at one point when his squad needs to take down an officer but can't get close enough for a clear shot: Corabb is made to fire the crossbow, which predictably causes the shot to go wildly off-mark, but the ricochet causes it to impale the target's neck perfectly.

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* BornLucky: BornLucky:
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Oponn, the Twin Jesters of Chance, are two gods whose portfolio has to do with luck. The female Oponn, the Lady, will sometimes give mortals what is referred to as the Lady's Pull, making them lucky. These include:\n** Corabb Bhilan Thenu'alas. He has nearly every form of cancer on the planet, yet will never sicken. Multiple Arrows fired into his back all strike the same spear shaft hanging on his back, and such. On the other hand, everything he tries results in a lucky fumble--he will drop his weapon if he swings it, but it will probably trip up his foe. This is exploited at one point when his squad needs to take down an officer but can't get close enough for a clear shot: Corabb is made to fire the crossbow, which predictably causes the shot to go wildly off-mark, but the ricochet causes it to impale the target's neck perfectly.
24th Jul '17 2:06:36 AM Baeraad555
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** Really more of a rule than an exception in this series - a lot of gods go down like absolute chumps once some BadassNormal or another manages to get within arm's reach of their physical forms. What keeps most of them alive is that they hide in their personal warrens and act as ThePowersThatBe. At one point, a god is exiled from his realm for complicated metaphysical reasons and spends several books ''fleeing for his life'', because the mortal realm is filled with people who's got both the means and the motive to kill him.
27th May '17 12:56:26 PM rmctagg09
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* DecapitationStrike: This was a favorite tactic of the Malazan Emperor. When conquering small kingdoms he would send in his Talons, a cadre of magic wielding assassins into the enemy capital. In a single night they would kill the ruling family, any prominent generals and any magic users who could be a threat to the Malazan army. The Malazans would then use the ensuing chaos to quickly take the city without a major battle or lengthy siege.
19th May '17 2:22:03 PM Derkhan
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* ''Deadhouse Landing'' (2017)
8th Apr '17 10:00:26 AM Derkhan
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* TravelingLandmass: The island of Drift Avalii is drifting across the ocean and one would have to know its route to find it. There used to trade between it and the Malazan Empire, but all the trade ships were lost and the island and its inhabitants were forgotten, which -- as far as the latter ones are concerned -- may be for the best, because Drift Avalii houses the Throne of Shadow, the possessor of which would [[CastingAShadow have power over the Shadowrealm]]. It was put there to be out of everyone's reach in the first place, after all.
2nd Apr '17 3:55:42 PM mrhood
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* OurZombiesAreDifferent: Shurq Elalle is one example--she is cursed, and even after death by drowning her soul is still connected with body. The setting does have normal zombies, however--necromancers use them as beasts of labour or as scarecrows for civilians, and other mages and magical beings can raise them if sufficiently motivated. The T'lan Imass could also be considered zombies, a race of undead and undying neanderthal-like warriors that have existed for 300,000 years.

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* OurZombiesAreDifferent: Shurq Elalle is one example--she is cursed, and even after death by drowning her soul is still connected with body. The setting does have normal zombies, however--necromancers use them as beasts of labour or as scarecrows for civilians, and other mages and magical beings can raise them if sufficiently motivated. The T'lan Imass could also be considered zombies, a race of undead and undying neanderthal-like warriors that have existed for 300,000 around 320,000 years.
2nd Apr '17 3:53:57 PM mrhood
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* OurZombiesAreDifferent: Shurq Elalle is one example--she is cursed, and even after death by drowning her soul is still connected with body. The setting does have normal zombies, however--necromancers use them as beasts of labour or as scarecrows for civilians, and other mages and magical beings can raise them if sufficiently motivated.

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* OurZombiesAreDifferent: Shurq Elalle is one example--she is cursed, and even after death by drowning her soul is still connected with body. The setting does have normal zombies, however--necromancers use them as beasts of labour or as scarecrows for civilians, and other mages and magical beings can raise them if sufficiently motivated. The T'lan Imass could also be considered zombies, a race of undead and undying neanderthal-like warriors that have existed for 300,000 years.
16th Mar '17 7:55:01 AM Derkhan
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* FoolishSiblingResponsibleSibling: Sergeant Sinter and Kisswhere. Kisswhere is all innocent beauty and wild seduction and lives on FavorsForTheSexy and ScrewTheRulesImBeautiful. She joined the army on a whim because she'd made too many enemies among the women of her tribe and figured she could just desert or sleep her way up should she get bored. Sinter on the other hand is the reliable and practical one with a case of HonorBeforeReason as far as Kisswhere is concerned. She followed Kisswhere to the army so she could make sure her sister would not get herself into trouble. Her entire life consists of cleaning up after Kisswhere and she admits to chafing under that yoke.
29th Jan '17 8:14:30 AM Gosicrystal
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* AnimalEyeSpy: Bottle, the mage of Fiddler's squad, was taught how to access all of the various Warrens (schools of magic), but his most important skill is his ability to control animals in his vicinity, something he [[NoExceptYes insists is not actually a form of magic]]. This proves instrumental in keeping his squad alive while they're crossing hostile territory, as he can spread out over a large number of creatures at the same time if all he wants is their sensory input.

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* AnimalEyeSpy: Bottle, the mage of Fiddler's squad, was taught how to access all of the various Warrens (schools of magic), but his most important skill is his ability to control animals in his vicinity, something he [[NoExceptYes [[BlatantLies insists is not actually a form of magic]]. This proves instrumental in keeping his squad alive while they're crossing hostile territory, as he can spread out over a large number of creatures at the same time if all he wants is their sensory input.
15th Jan '17 4:12:27 AM SorPepita
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%%* DanceBattler: Some Shadow Dancers. You don't want to mess with them.

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%%* DanceBattler: Some Shadow Dancers.Dancers are this. You don't want to mess with them.
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