History Literature / MalazanBookOfTheFallen

18th Jul '16 1:24:32 AM CassandraLeo
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* ReallyGetsAround: Quite a lot of characters fall under this at some point in the series, including [[spoiler:Lady Simtal, Felisin Paran, Hetan, Shurq Ellale, Felisin Younger, and pretty much every priestess of Mother Dark, to name a few]]. Most of them are presented sympathetically, but Simtal is not.

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* ReallyGetsAround: Quite a lot of characters fall under this at some point in the series, including [[spoiler:Lady Simtal, Felisin Paran, Hetan, Shurq Ellale, Felisin Younger, and pretty much every priestess of Mother Dark, to name a few]]. Most of them are presented sympathetically, but Simtal is not. Some of them also eventually end up having monogamous relationships; for example, [[spoiler:Hetan ends up married to Onos T'oolan]].
18th Jul '16 1:22:37 AM CassandraLeo
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* ReallyGetsAround: Quite a lot of characters fall under this at some point in the series, including [[spoiler:Lady Simtal, Felisin Paran, Hetan, Shurq Ellale, Felisin Younger, and pretty much every priestess of Mother Dark, to name a few]]. Most of them are presented sympathetically, but Simtal is not.
18th Jul '16 1:07:57 AM CassandraLeo
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* BelligerentSexualTension: Lostara keeps rejecting Pearl's advances, yet is attracted to him nonetheless. [[spoiler:Eventually she gives in and admits to herself her feelings for him near the end of ''Literature/HouseOfChains''.]]

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* BelligerentSexualTension: Lostara keeps rejecting Pearl's advances, yet is attracted to him nonetheless. [[spoiler:Eventually she gives in and admits to herself her feelings for him near the end of ''Literature/HouseOfChains''.]]]] Karsa and Samar also develop this kind of relationship, [[spoiler:which is finally consummated in ''Literature/TheCrippledGod'']].
20th Jun '16 5:22:45 PM CassandraLeo
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** The thief Shurq Elalle would have died in a Letherii punishment called the Drownings, but one of her victims cursed her with undeath. When Tehol Beddict first meets her she's pretty much lost her enthusiasm for doing much of anything until he provides her with a way to enjoy carnal pleasures again. There are noted to be two other undead humans in Letheras, and we soon meet both of them: Harlast Eberict, who was cursed by his sociopathic (and living) brother, and Kettle, who is ReallySevenHundredYearsOld but has been stuck with the appearance of a nine-year-old girl. The latter of these is an assassin who kills to delay the release of [[SealedEvilInACan Sealed Evils in a Can]] and tries only to kill deserving targets. [[spoiler:Kettle is ultimately revealed not to be human at all but actually a child of Eres, a goddess of the people of the same name who predate even the Imass]].

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** The thief Shurq Elalle would have died in a Letherii punishment called the Drownings, but one of her victims cursed her with undeath. When Tehol Beddict first meets her she's pretty much lost her enthusiasm for doing much of anything until he provides her with a way to enjoy carnal pleasures again. There are noted to be two other undead humans in Letheras, and we soon meet both of them: Harlast Eberict, who was cursed by his sociopathic (and living) brother, and Kettle, who is ReallySevenHundredYearsOld but has been stuck with the appearance of a nine-year-old girl. The latter of these is an assassin who kills to delay the release of [[SealedEvilInACan Sealed Evils in a Can]] and tries only to kill [[PayEvilUntoEvil kill]] [[AssholeVictim deserving targets. targets]]. [[spoiler:Kettle is ultimately revealed not to be human at all but actually a child of Eres, a goddess of the people of the same name who predate even the Imass]].Imass. She's also implied to have the soul of a Forkrul Assail, although it's not entirely clear how that would work, but if true it would make her a case of MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch if anyone had any idea what the Forkrul Assail were like at that particular point in the series]].
20th Jun '16 5:02:42 PM CassandraLeo
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** Ganoes Paran, several times (first for being fought over by the gods, for presumably [[JerkassGods obvious reasons]]; secondly for being given the Lady's Pull, which gets him followed by a lot of sinister forces; thirdly for becoming [[spoiler:Master of the Deck of Dragons]], although he eventually gets over seeing the last of these this way).

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** Ganoes Paran, several times (first for being fought over by the gods, for presumably [[JerkassGods obvious reasons]]; secondly for being given the Lady's Pull, having himself and later his sword made a tool of Oponn, both of which gets get him followed by a lot of sinister forces; thirdly for becoming [[spoiler:Master of the Deck of Dragons]], although he eventually gets over seeing the last of these this way).
20th Jun '16 4:35:15 PM CassandraLeo
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** [[spoiler:Korabas, the Otataral Dragon, is made of pure anti-magic. Which is a serious problem for her, because it means that wherever she flies, [[WalkingWasteland she brings destruction]], since all other life is magic. She never asked to be made what she is, and in fact actually wants to ''create something''. However, due to what she is, that option isn't available to her. Worse still, it means she needs to be chained for the good of everything else on the planet. She would like to be free, but for their own sake, the rest of the planet can't give her that option.]]

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** [[spoiler:Korabas, the Otataral Dragon, is made of pure anti-magic. Which is a serious problem for her, because it means that wherever she flies, [[WalkingWasteland she brings destruction]], since all other life is magic. She never asked to be made what she is, and in fact actually wants to ''create something''. However, due to what she is, that option isn't available to her. Worse still, it means she needs to be chained for the good of everything else on the planet. She would like to be free, but for their own sake, the rest of the planet can't give her that option. It's not even a case of malice on either [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds Korabas' part]] or the part of anyone keeping her chained, and there doesn't appear to be a solution that would make everyone happy.]]
20th Jun '16 4:32:43 PM CassandraLeo
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%%* BlessedWithSuck: Ganoes Paran, twice over; Toc the Younger three times.
* BloodKnight: Karsa is the barbarian UpToEleven, and likes nothing more than a good fight... [[spoiler: At least before his characterDevelopment.]]

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%%* BlessedWithSuck: * BlessedWithSuck:
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Ganoes Paran, twice over; several times (first for being fought over by the gods, for presumably [[JerkassGods obvious reasons]]; secondly for being given the Lady's Pull, which gets him followed by a lot of sinister forces; thirdly for becoming [[spoiler:Master of the Deck of Dragons]], although he eventually gets over seeing the last of these this way).
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Toc the Younger three times.
also has this happen repeatedly (at the bare minimum, getting the urge to scratch his empty eye socket whenever in the presence of magic, being inhabited by [[spoiler:Togg]], and [[spoiler:being made Mortal Sword]] when he really has no desire to fight anymore).
** The Emperor of a Thousand Deaths quickly comes to see his constant resurrections this way, because he's tortured in between each death and resurrection and becomes [[SanitySlippage a little more insane]] [[CameBackWrong each time he comes back]]. Not to mention the hideous BodyHorror to which he's been subjected, thanks to a Tiste Edur death ritual that was performed on his body before anyone realised he'd be coming back.
** [[spoiler:Korabas, the Otataral Dragon, is made of pure anti-magic. Which is a serious problem for her, because it means that wherever she flies, [[WalkingWasteland she brings destruction]], since all other life is magic. She never asked to be made what she is, and in fact actually wants to ''create something''. However, due to what she is, that option isn't available to her. Worse still, it means she needs to be chained for the good of everything else on the planet. She would like to be free, but for their own sake, the rest of the planet can't give her that option.]]
* BloodKnight: Karsa is the barbarian UpToEleven, and likes nothing more than a good fight... [[spoiler: At least before his characterDevelopment.CharacterDevelopment.]]
20th Jun '16 4:08:01 PM CassandraLeo
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%%** Even more so, Korabas.

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%%** Even more so, Korabas.** [[spoiler:Korabas, the Otataral Dragon. She never asked to be made what she is. Due to her nature, if she isn't chained up, she will destroy life wherever she flies, because life is magic and she is AntiMagic. Not that she ''wants'' to do this - she actually wants to create something rather than destroying it for once in her existence. Unfortunately, she doesn't really have the ability, due to what she is. As a result, she has to be chained up for the survival of essentially ''everything else on the planet''. There's nothing malicious about this on the part of the people keeping her chained - but there's also nothing malicious in her desire to be unchained. Being chained up is ''boring'', after all. It's simply a case of being BlessedWithSuck of an extreme level.]]
20th Jun '16 3:27:48 PM CassandraLeo
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* RapeAsDrama: Due to the CrapsackWorld nature of the setting, quite a few characters have been victims of this. Examples from the first five books alone include, but are not limited to, [[spoiler:Stonny Menackis, Felisin Younger, Scillara, Seren Pedac, Udinaas, Mayen, and Kettle, not to mention numerous background characters.]] Unsurprisingly, different characters have different reactions, though it usually ends up causing a rather large shift in their {{Character Arc}}s. Some of them ultimately become darker characters ([[spoiler:Mayen's abuse of Feather Witch is noted to have gotten much worse and borderline sexual in itself after her forced betrothal]]), while some go on entirely justified [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge Roaring Rampages of Revenge]], others end up brainwashed until someone gets them to snap out of it, and others still suffer stoically (though to be fair [[spoiler:Udinaas]] doesn't have much choice as he's been raped by [[spoiler:a goddess who is entirely beyond his capacity to deal with]]). [[spoiler:Felisin Paran]] is a borderline example as it's doubtful that she'd have begun prostituting herself if she hadn't been MadeASlave, but she's implied to have considered her options and concluded that it was the best option for herself and her friends regardless.

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* RapeAsDrama: Due to the CrapsackWorld nature of the setting, quite a few characters have been victims of this. Examples from the first five books alone include, but are not limited to, [[spoiler:Stonny Menackis, Felisin Younger, Scillara, Seren Pedac, Udinaas, Mayen, and Kettle, Mayen]], not to mention numerous background characters.]] characters. Unsurprisingly, different characters have different reactions, though it usually ends up causing a rather large shift in their {{Character Arc}}s. Some of them ultimately become darker characters ([[spoiler:Mayen's abuse of Feather Witch is noted to have gotten much worse and borderline sexual in itself after her forced betrothal]]), while some go on entirely justified [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge Roaring Rampages of Revenge]], others end up brainwashed until someone gets them to snap out of it, and others still suffer stoically (though to be fair [[spoiler:Udinaas]] doesn't have much choice as he's been raped by [[spoiler:a goddess who is entirely beyond his capacity to deal with]]). [[spoiler:Felisin Paran]] is a borderline example as it's doubtful that she'd have begun prostituting herself if she hadn't been MadeASlave, but she's implied to have considered her options and concluded that it was the best option for herself and her friends regardless.
20th Jun '16 3:10:13 PM CassandraLeo
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* BiggerIsBetterInBed: Some characters seem to take this opinion, while others disagree. Ublala Pung gets a lot of female attention due to his ample endowment, which he isn't always happy about. On the other hand, [[spoiler:Felisin Paran finds Beneth's immense size physically painful.]]
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