History Literature / MorgaineCycle

27th Sep '16 7:58:42 PM PaulA
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* AfterTheEnd: The qhal created a catastrophe by using the Gates to travel back in time.



* AfterTheEnd -- the qhal created a catastrophe by using the Gates to travel back in time.



* [[Literature/TheElricSaga Elric of Melnibone]] -- a clear influence on Morgaine, who is like Elric tall, white-haired and bears a sword that eats people.
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* {{Homage}}: [[Literature/TheElricSaga Elric of Melnibone]] is a clear influence on Morgaine, who is like Elric tall, white-haired and bears a sword that eats people.
* TheHorde: The Shiua and Hiua refugees. We do get a fairly good look at the personalities and culture of several of the constituent parts of this horde, but the Marshlander [[{{Mooks}} rabble]] don't get much focus.



* TheHorde -- the Shiua and Hiua refugees. We do get a fairly good look at the personalities and culture of several of the constituent parts of this horde, but the Marshlander [[{{Mooks}} rabble]] don't get much focus.
27th Sep '16 7:55:03 PM PaulA
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* BewareTheHonestOnes: "With devils, there is dealing. Sometimes far easier than with an honest man." Morgaine has learned this by bitter experience.



* NeglectfulPrecursors: The precursors created a system of star gates that slowly tore the fabric of reality apart. (This is not known until several hundred years after the network is finished.) Eventually they discover this, after which they then proceed to cause a energy cascade that wipes out their entire race, just to destroy the incredibly dangerous gates. Unfortunately, one survives and is copied to create another network by a second precursor race who are almost wiped out warring with each other over whether the gates are dangerous or not. [[spoiler:Some remain trapped on worlds as SealedEvilInACan, and these fall under AbusivePrecursors as they typically run slave empires.]] Morgaine is on a quest to clean up the mess the precursors left behind.



* PortalToThePast: The Gates can be used in this way.



* PurposeDrivenImmortality: Morgaine's quest to destroy the Gates will take far longer than a normal lifetime, but the Gates themselves can be used to extend one's life by physiological rejuvenation. When her quest is complete, she will no longer have either the ability or the need to extend her life further.



* TimePolice: In a short story prequel to the Morgaine Cycle, it's revealed that the precursors had Time Police whose job was to make sure that their CoolGates weren't used to make large changes to the past. They did this not to preserve some "true timeline", but because if the past was changed too much it would lead to a truly catastrophic TimeCrash. The Time Police eventually fail at their job, and the resulting Time Crash wipes out the precursors' galaxy-spanning civilization.



* TheUnfettered -- Morgaine has large helpings of this, [[spoiler: though eventually her affection for Vanye begins to [[DefrostingIceQueen erode this]].]]

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* TheUnfettered -- TheUnfettered:
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Morgaine has large helpings of this, [[spoiler: though eventually as her entire purpose in life is to destroy the Gates, and she'll do almost anything to accomplish that, no matter who suffers as a result. [[spoiler:Eventually her affection for Vanye begins to [[DefrostingIceQueen erode this]].]]
27th Sep '16 1:18:58 AM PaulA
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* {{Precursors}}: The Qhal left behind a PortalNetwork of {{Cool Gate}}s, which they themselves copied from a still older alien species. The humans who discovered this, rather than copying it like the Qhal did, are systematically ''destroying'' the network left behind by the Qhal. That's because the Gates can be used for TimeTravel, and any TemporalParadox caused by the Gates will trigger a TimeCrash which will destroy civilization on each planet with a Gate. Such a TimeCrash is precisely what wiped out the Qhal, leaving behind their Gates for humans to discover.


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* TransplantedHumans: The precursors put humans on different planets with various different starting conditions as experiments in the development of human society/culture, and then used their gates to travel into the future to see the results. However, one of the precursors used the gates to travel back in time and caused a TemporalParadox, with the resulting TimeCrash wiping out the precursors' galaxy-spanning civilization. The main characters use the precursors' PortalNetwork to travel from planet to planet, encountering feudal and tribal Transplanted Humans along the way.


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* UnequalPairing: Vanye feared it was literally a sin for him to fall in love with Morgaine, partly because he thought she was qhal and therefore soulless, but also because he was pledged to her service and found that confusing (since normally a warrior could only be pledged to the service of a ''male'' noble).
26th Sep '16 9:37:52 PM PaulA
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* BraidsOfBarbarism: Braids are the warrior hairstyle. Vanye's father cuts off his braids when he casts him out as an outlaw ''ilin''. Morgaine much later braids Vanye's hair in warrior style again, as a symbol that she believes his debt repaid and his status restored.


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* FightingFromTheInside:
** The villain of the original trilogy used a [[CoolGate time/space Gate]] to [[GrandTheftMe steal]] the body of the viewpoint character's cousin. In the third book, it's revealed that millennia of body-theft has eroded his soul to the point where his latest victim can take back control.
** The fourth book includes ''arguments'' within the mind of another victim who retains much of both personalities. He's quite shocked to discover that the evil lord he'd battled is [[NotSoDifferent a much more reasonable person than he'd thought]] (despite taking over his body).
4th Aug '16 2:00:24 PM CountDorku
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** In many ways, this is also the ideal for ''ilin'' - their sole drive is supposed to be the wishes of their ''liyo'', with no higher moral considerations being relevant. Vanye repeatedly brings up that his personal honour is entirely subordinate to Morgaine's orders - whatever she tells him to do, he is supposed to do it, be it deception, theft, assassination or kinslaying, even if it's actively suicidal, her orders should be followed.
28th May '16 11:41:13 PM Morgenthaler
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* BlondGuysAreEvil -- See FantasticRacism below - Vanye's hair may be brown but it's too close to blonde for other Kurshin folk to be comfortable with, so he gets painted with a bit of this brush.
9th Dec '15 4:11:04 PM eldonq
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* FantasticNamingConvention: Nhi Vanye i Chya's native culture uses [Given Name] [Father's Clan Name] i [Mother's Clan Name].

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* FantasticNamingConvention: Nhi Vanye i Chya's native culture uses [Given Name] [Father's Clan Name] [Given Name] i [Mother's Clan Name].
25th May '15 7:54:24 AM KhymChanur
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* PortalNetwork -- the Gates allow travel between different worlds settled by the Qhal, as well as travel within a world and indeed TimeTravel. The latter part is what especially shreds reality, unfortunately.

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* PortalNetwork -- the Gates allow travel between different worlds settled by the Qhal, as well as travel within a world and indeed TimeTravel. The latter part is what especially [[TimeCrash shreds reality, reality]], unfortunately.
30th Mar '15 10:33:32 AM nombretomado
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* ElricOfMelnibone -- a clear influence on Morgaine, who is like Elric tall, white-haired and bears a sword that eats people.

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* ElricOfMelnibone [[Literature/TheElricSaga Elric of Melnibone]] -- a clear influence on Morgaine, who is like Elric tall, white-haired and bears a sword that eats people.
23rd Jan '14 11:57:38 AM Discar
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* FantasticNamingConvention: Nhi Vanye i Chya's native culture uses [Given Name] [Father's Clan Name] i [Mother's Clan Name].
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