History Literature / Nightrunner

21st Jun '17 7:59:14 AM psionycx
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* Fingore: [[spoiler:Princess Klia loses two fingers]] after being poisoned during the third book.
* Foreshadowing: In ''Casket of Souls'', Thero's thoughts after watching a play:

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* Fingore: {{Fingore}}: [[spoiler:Princess Klia loses two fingers]] after being poisoned during the third book.
* Foreshadowing: {{Foreshadowing}}: In ''Casket of Souls'', Thero's thoughts after watching a play:



* FreakyFriday: Seregil and Thero in ''Luck in the Shadows''.

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* FreakyFriday: FreakyFridayFlip: Seregil and Thero in ''Luck in the Shadows''.



* NonActionGirl: Princess Aralain, in stark contrast to [[ActionGirl her mother, sisters and daughter]].



* Twincest: Seregil has this suspicion regarding Phoria and Korathan. However, there's no other evidence that this might go beyond strong loyalty and affection. Phoria is known to have had [[spoiler:Lord Barien the Viceregent]] as a lover, and [[spoiler:was deeply affected by his suicide in the first book]], while Korathan has had a fair share of young (and apparently exclusively male) lovers throughout the years. [[spoiler:Phoria's apparent jealousy over Korathan and Seregil being lovers decades before]] might stem from simple disapproval of his influence on her brother.

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* Twincest: {{Twincest}}: Seregil has this suspicion regarding Phoria and Korathan. However, there's no other evidence that this might go beyond strong loyalty and affection. Phoria is known to have had [[spoiler:Lord Barien the Viceregent]] as a lover, and [[spoiler:was deeply affected by his suicide in the first book]], while Korathan has had a fair share of young (and apparently exclusively male) lovers throughout the years. [[spoiler:Phoria's apparent jealousy over Korathan and Seregil being lovers decades before]] might stem from simple disapproval of his influence on her brother.
20th Jun '17 6:41:29 PM psionycx
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* HufflepuffHouse: Mycena, the middle of the Three Lands, which is the main battleground between Skala and Plenimar. Despite the extensive development given to heroic Skala and evil Plenimar, as well as to Aurënen, very little is said about Mycena other than that they are mostly a ProudMerchantRace.
1st Oct '16 11:06:29 AM Jo13
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->''Thero found him­self seat­ed be­tween the dark-​haired beau­ty, Me­ri­na, and the pret­ty young wom­an named Tan­ni, who'd played the wiz­ard’s daughter - an­oth­er in­con­sis­ten­cy, that, since Orës­ka wiz­ards were al­ways bar­ren.''

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->''Thero -->''Thero found him­self seat­ed be­tween himself seated between the dark-​haired beau­ty, Me­ri­na, dark-haired beauty, Merina, and the pret­ty pretty young wom­an woman named Tan­ni, Tanni, who'd played the wiz­ard’s wizard’s daughter - an­oth­er in­con­sis­ten­cy, another inconsistency, that, since Orës­ka wiz­ards Orëska wizards were al­ways bar­ren.always barren.''
1st Oct '16 11:03:40 AM Jo13
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* Foreshadowing: In ''Casket of Souls'', Thero's thoughts after watching a play:
->''Thero found him­self seat­ed be­tween the dark-​haired beau­ty, Me­ri­na, and the pret­ty young wom­an named Tan­ni, who'd played the wiz­ard’s daughter - an­oth­er in­con­sis­ten­cy, that, since Orës­ka wiz­ards were al­ways bar­ren.''
** In the following book, [[spoiler:guess which wizard ends up fathering a daughter of his own?]]


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* GroinAttack: Thero is bitten on the scrotum by a dragon in the third book. [[spoiler:This becomes relevant for the plot four books later.]]
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Flewelling has also written a spinoff, the Tamír Triad, set in the same universe during a different time period.

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Flewelling has also written a spinoff, the Tamír Triad, set in the same universe during a different time period.
period (roughly six hundred years earlier).



* AChildShallLeadThem: Queen Gherilain the First was crowned at sixteen, and so was her descendant Queen Tamír the Great. [[spoiler:In the series proper, Princess Elani takes the throne at sixteen as well, after her aunt Phoria is killed in battle.]]



* AboveGoodAndEvil: The Four Gods, who patronise both good and bad things (e.g. Illior/Aura gives light and knowledge but is a patron of thieves and madness; Sakor guards the hearth and brings the sun but favours [[BloodKnight Blood Knights]] etc). Also how rulership in Skala is decided: the Immortals only cares that it's a Queen from Thelamios bloodline, not whether she's a good or bad leader. Even if a man usurps a throne for good reasons, Bad Things will happen.
* AbsurdlySpaciousSewer: The sewage system of Rhiminee, according to the design of Queen Tamir the Great. In ''Stalking Darkness''. "Why did they build it so big?" "So that the poisonous humours that can collect do so overhead, and the air down here is good." (Paraphrased, natch.)
* ActionGirl: Beka, Princess Klia and many others. Being one is actually a requirement to be Queen of Skala to the point where one princess is not actually in the line of succession because she lacks military prowess.

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* AboveGoodAndEvil: The Four Gods, who patronise both good and bad things (e.g. Illior/Aura gives light and knowledge but is a patron of thieves and madness; Sakor guards the hearth and brings the sun but favours [[BloodKnight Blood Knights]] etc). Also how rulership in Skala is decided: the Immortals only cares that it's the ruler is a Queen from Thelamios King Thelátimos' bloodline, not whether she's a good or bad leader. Even if a man usurps a the throne for (ostensibly) good reasons, Bad Things will happen.
* AbsurdlySpaciousSewer: The sewage system of Rhiminee, Rhíminee, according to the design of Queen Tamir Tamír the Great. In From ''Stalking Darkness''. Darkness'': "Why did they build it so big?" "So that the poisonous humours that can collect do so overhead, and the air down here is good." (Paraphrased, natch.)
* ActionGirl: Beka, Princess Klia and many ''many'' others. Being one is actually a requirement to be Queen of Skala Skala, to the point where one princess Queen Idrilain's second daughter (Princess Aralain) is not actually in the line of succession because she lacks military prowess.prowess.
* AffablyEvil: In ''Stalking Darkness'', Alec reflects on how Duke Mardus keeps a soft and gentle tone as he tells him about the tortures and ritualistic murders he is planning on committing/ordering. Later in the series, [[spoiler:Ulan í Sathil]] also falls under this trope.



* AnnoyingArrows: Averted. Alec in particular proves just how lethal a skilled archer can be. Also, the Plenimarans dip their arrowheads in feces, specifically with the intent of causing infected wounds. [[spoiler: This is what leads to Queen Idrilain's death]].
* BabiesEverAfter: [[spoiler: The seventh book ends with the birth of Tamir a Klia, the daughter of Princess Klia and Thero.]]
* BackFromTheDead: [[spoiler: Alec, courtesy of Sebrahn]].
* BadMoonRising: The comet, called a plague star.

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* AnnoyingArrows: Averted. Alec in particular proves just how lethal a skilled archer can be. Also, the Plenimarans dip their arrowheads in feces, specifically with the intent of causing infected wounds. [[spoiler: This [[spoiler:This is what leads to Queen Idrilain's death]].
* BabiesEverAfter: [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The seventh book ends with the birth of Tamir a Tamír ä Klia, the daughter of Princess Klia and Thero.]]
* BackFromTheDead: [[spoiler: Alec, [[spoiler:Alec in the fourth book, courtesy of Sebrahn]].
Sebrahn.]]
* BadMoonRising: The comet, comet from the second book, called a plague star.



* BattleCouple: [[spoiler: Seregil and Alec. Beka and Nyal. Some others among the minor characters, such as Mirn and Steb]].
* BecauseDestinySaysSo: The prophecy of the Guardian, the Shaft, the Vanguard, and the Guide
* BigBrotherMentor: Seregil for Alec
* BigDamnKiss: Twice. First short before the climax of ''Stalking Darkness'', resolving the long lingering [[UnresolvedSexualTension UST]], second in ''Shadows Return'' [[spoiler: just before Alec gets killed.]]
* BiTheWay: Seregil, Alec (after he gets over his Dalnan prudery), and a couple minor characters. Appears to be quite normal in Skalan and Aurënfaie society.
* BigBad: Duke Mardus, the Overlord of Plenimar, [[spoiler: Ulan í Sathil]], Rhazat...

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* BastardBastard: Duke Mardus is the bastard son of the old Plenimaran Overlord.
* BattleCouple: [[spoiler: Seregil [[spoiler:Seregil and Alec. Beka and Nyal. Some others among the minor characters, such as Mirn and Steb]].
Steb.]]
* BecauseDestinySaysSo: The prophecy of the Guardian, the Shaft, the Vanguard, and the Guide
Guide.
* BigBrotherMentor: Seregil for Alec
Alec.
* BigDamnKiss: Twice. First short The first shortly before the climax of ''Stalking Darkness'', resolving the long lingering [[UnresolvedSexualTension UST]], the second in ''Shadows Return'' [[spoiler: just [[spoiler:just before Alec gets killed.]]
killed]].
* BiTheWay: Seregil, Alec (after he gets over his Dalnan prudery), and a couple of minor characters. Appears to be quite normal in Skalan and Aurënfaie society.
* BigBad: Duke Mardus, the Overlord of Plenimar, [[spoiler: Ulan í Sathil]], [[spoiler:Atre]], Rhazat...



* BloodKnight: In Skala they are considered to be Sakor touched. Many characters have mild elements of this trope like Beka, Klia, Myrhini, and even Micum.
* BloodMagic: Necromancy, practiced by the Plenimaran elite. Mild variations (e.g. tracking people using their blood) are practiced by Orëska wizards though it's generally frown upon and the Aurënfaie completely shun blood magic.

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* BloodKnight: In Skala Skala, they are considered to be Sakor touched."Sakor touched". Many characters have mild elements of this trope like Beka, Klia, Myrhini, and even Micum.
* BloodMagic: Necromancy, practiced by the Plenimaran elite. Mild variations (e.g. tracking people using their blood) are practiced by Orëska wizards wizards, though it's generally frown upon and the frowned upon. The Aurënfaie completely shun blood magic.magic.
* CainAndAbel: Historically, there's Queen Lera, who tried to have her half-sister Corruthesthera murdered (unsuccessfully) several times. During the course of the series, [[spoiler:it's suspected more than once that Phoria might be this towards her far more popular half-sister Klia, but nothing is ever proved conclusively]].



* CantArgueWithElves: Because of their long lifespans, convoluted customs, religious absolutism and Byzantine politics, the Aurënfaie can keep a debate going for longer than most humans can endure. They can also hold grudges that outlast entire generations of humans.
* ChekhovsGun: The Akhendi charm bracelets. Also from the same book the dragon bite that Thero receives in his scrotum. [[spoiler: It cures his Wizard typical sterility and he knocks up Princess Klia.]]
* TheClan: The various Aurënfaie clans, complete with [[PlanetOfHats hats]] in the form of headscarves.

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* CantArgueWithElves: Because of their long lifespans, convoluted customs, religious absolutism and Byzantine politics, the Aurënfaie can keep a debate going for longer than most humans can endure. They can also hold grudges that outlast entire generations of humans.
* ChekhovsGun: The Akhendi charm bracelets. bracelets in ''Traitor's Moon''. Also from the same book book, the dragon bite that Thero receives in his scrotum. [[spoiler: It [[spoiler:It cures his Wizard typical sterility (that all wizards suffer from) and he knocks up gets Princess Klia.Klia pregnant four books later.]]
* TheClan: The various Aurënfaie clans, complete with [[PlanetOfHats hats]] in the form of headscarves.



* CoolBigSis: Adzriel to Seregil. Beka takes this role for Alec too and it's implied her little sister Illia looks up to her that way.
* CombatPragmatist: Nightrunning as well as being a Watcher cannot afford honourable fights. Seregil manages to instill this fighting philosophy to those he teaches (Alec and Beka).
* CreepyChild: Sebrahn. [[spoiler: He lives off Alec's blood, can cure any illness or injury and even bring people back from death, and kills men just by singing.]]
* CulturedBadass: Seregil to a tee. Can fight like a demon and is a well known patron of arts, is well versed in gourmet food, and speaks a multitude of languages. He trains Alec to be the same. Also the Skalan nobles and royalty that are in the army. They have the education that befits their status and plenty of badass skills.
* CunningLinguist: Seregil speaks Aurënfaie, Skalan, Plenimaran and some more living languages, as well as two or three ancient ones.

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* CoolBigSis: Adzriel to Seregil. Beka takes this role for Alec too too, and it's implied her little sister Illia looks up to her that way.
* CoolUncle: [[HonoraryUncle Seregil]] to Micum's children. Akaien í Solun is this for Seregil himself. Princess Klia is a Cool Aunt to Princess Elani.
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CombatPragmatist: Nightrunning as Nightrunners (as well as being a Watcher Watchers) cannot afford honourable fights. Seregil manages to instill this fighting philosophy to those he teaches (Alec and Beka).
* CreepyChild: Sebrahn. [[spoiler: He [[spoiler:He lives off Alec's blood, can cure any illness or injury and even bring people back from death, and kills men just by singing.]]
* CulturedBadass: Seregil to a tee. Can fight like a demon and is a well known patron of arts, is well versed in gourmet food, and speaks a multitude of languages. He trains Alec to be the same. Also Also, the Skalan nobles and royalty that are in the army. They have the education that befits their status and plenty of badass skills.
* CunningLinguist: Seregil speaks Aurënfaie, Skalan, Plenimaran and some more living languages, as well as two or three ancient ones.ones.
* DeadGuyJunior: Micum and Kari's youngest daughter Illia is named after Seregil's late mother.



* DeathByChildbirth: Seregil's mother Illia died giving birth to him, which is partially responsible for his father Korit's coldness towards him.



* TheDragon: Vargûl Ashnazai for Duke Mardus

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* TheDragon: Vargûl Ashnazai for Duke MardusMardus.



* DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnMale: Ylinestra puts Alec (a sixteen year old boy) under a spell and has sex with him while he is under the influence. And yet everyone seems to treat it lightly. Seregil even debates whether he should tease Alec about it. Nysander is annoyed that Ylinestra would use magic on an unwilling subject. Alec is a bit upset, but gets over it in no time.

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* DoubleStandardRapeFemaleOnMale: Ylinestra puts Alec (a sixteen year old sixteen-year-old boy) under a spell and has sex with him while he is under the influence. And yet everyone seems to treat it lightly. Seregil even debates whether he should tease Alec about it. Nysander is annoyed that Ylinestra would use magic on an unwilling subject. Alec is a bit upset, but gets over it in no time.



* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler: In Stalking Darkness, when Alec is separated from Seregil and kidnapped by Mardus, he tries to kill himself and is suicidal for most of the "trip".He got better, thankfully.]]

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* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler: In Stalking Darkness, [[spoiler:In ''Stalking Darkness'', when Alec is separated from Seregil and kidnapped by Mardus, he tries to kill himself and is suicidal for most of the "trip"."trip". He got gets better, thankfully.]]



* FantasticRacism: Many Aurënfaie consider themselves superior to Tirfaie (humans), in some parts of Aurënen [[HalfHumanHybrid half-breeds]] are treated with disdain, though this is not true of all clans. Conversely, the Plenimarans prize the Aurënfaie as slaves (and sacrifices for necromantic rites) and conduct slaving raids into Aurënen as well as breeding 'faie slaves much as they would horses. Also, the Leran plots are based on the fact that the Skalan royal line has Aurënfaie blood. The Hâzadriëlfaie though take the cake on racism, although it is revealed that [[spoiler: this is because they have more dragon blood than other Aurënfaie and can be used for some seriously messed up magic]], hence they studiously avoid most other peoples, including other Aurënfaie.
* FantasyPantheon: The Four: Astellus the Traveler, Dalna the Maker, Illior the Lightbearer and Sakor of the Flame are the primary deities worshiped by the peoples of the Three Lands. However, many Plenimarans have taken to following a foreign god, Seriamaius, the Eater of Death and patron of Necromancers, in the hopes that he will bring their nation victory over Skala and Mycena. There are also minor gods, such as Bilairy, who guards the gate to the afterlife. The Aurënfaie are either henotheistic or monotheistic, worshiping only Aura (Illior) and none of the other gods.
* FreakyFriday: Seregil and Thero
* FriendToAllChildren: Alec all over the place. Micum too has a very soft spot for children, thanks to being a father of five.
* FunctionalMagic: Multiple varieties. Inherent Gift magic is standard with the Aurënfaie. The human Third Orëska wizards combine this with Rule Magic. [[ReligionIsMagic Theurgy]] is employed by the Drysians and the Rhui'auros. [[{{Necromancer}} Necromantic]] [[BloodMagic Arts]] are popular in Plenimar. [[AlchemyIsMagic Alchemy]] is studied by some wizards, and there are also dedicated specialists to this magical discipline. MagicMusic is practiced by centaurs and the human Retha'noi mountain people.
* {{Gayngst}}: [[spoiler:Happens to Seregil when he falls in love with Micum and later Alec.]]
* GentlemanThief: Seregil
* GenuineHumanHide: The ancient ''dyrmagnos'' Rhazat [[spoiler: appears as a beautiful woman by literally wearing the necromantically transferred skin that she flayed off of Nhandi the Wise, the last Hierophant]].

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* FantasticRacism: Many Aurënfaie consider themselves superior to Tirfaie Tírfaie (humans), in some parts of Aurënen [[HalfHumanHybrid half-breeds]] are treated with disdain, though this is not true of all clans. Conversely, the Plenimarans prize the Aurënfaie as slaves (and sacrifices for necromantic rites) and conduct slaving raids into Aurënen Aurënen, as well as breeding 'faie slaves much as they would horses. Also, the Leran plots are based on the fact that the Skalan royal line has Aurënfaie blood. The Hâzadriëlfaie though Hâzadriëlfaie, though, take the cake on racism, although it is revealed that [[spoiler: this [[spoiler:this is because they have more dragon blood than any other Aurënfaie clan, and can be used for some seriously messed up magic]], hence why they studiously strictly avoid most the vast majority of other peoples, people, including other Aurënfaie.
* FantasyPantheon: The Four: Astellus the Traveler, Dalna the Maker, Illior the Lightbearer and Sakor of the Flame are the primary deities worshiped by the peoples of the Three Lands. However, many Plenimarans have taken to following a foreign god, Seriamaius, the Eater of Death and patron of Necromancers, in the hopes that he will bring their nation victory over Skala and Mycena. There are also minor gods, such as Bilairy, who guards the gate to the afterlife. The Aurënfaie are either henotheistic or monotheistic, worshiping only Aura (Illior) and none of the other gods.
* Fingore: [[spoiler:Princess Klia loses two fingers]] after being poisoned during the third book.
* FreakyFriday: Seregil and Thero
Thero in ''Luck in the Shadows''.
* FriendToAllChildren: Alec Alec, all over the place. Micum too also has a very soft spot for children, thanks to being a father of five.
* FunctionalMagic: Multiple varieties. Inherent Gift magic is standard with the Aurënfaie. The human Third Orëska wizards combine this with Rule Magic. [[ReligionIsMagic Theurgy]] is employed by the Drysians and the Rhui'auros. [[{{Necromancer}} Necromantic]] [[BloodMagic Arts]] are popular in Plenimar. [[AlchemyIsMagic Alchemy]] is studied by some wizards, and there are also dedicated specialists to this magical discipline. MagicMusic is practiced by centaurs and the human Retha'noi mountain people.
* {{Gayngst}}: [[spoiler:Happens to Seregil when he falls in love with Micum and later Micum, and, decades later, Alec.]]
* GentlemanThief: Seregil
Seregil.
* GenuineHumanHide: The ancient ''dyrmagnos'' Rhazat [[spoiler: appears [[spoiler:appears as a beautiful woman by literally wearing the necromantically transferred skin that she flayed off of Nhandi the Wise, the last Hierophant]].



* GodOfEvil: Seriamaius. Worshiped with torture and human sacrifice. His eventual goal is to strip the bones of the world.

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* GodOfEvil: Seriamaius. Worshiped Worshipped with torture and human sacrifice. His eventual goal is to strip the bones of the world.



* GoingNative: Seregil, an Aurënfaie, can blend in almost anywhere in human territory, and is particularly knowledgeable about Rhiminee life. He's also completely adapted to the human way of thinking and action to the point that other 'faie in Aurënen find him strange.

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** A more classic example is the historical Queen Lera (who the Lerans take their name from), who according to Seregil had more people executed during her 18-year reign than any other queen in the history of Skala.
* GoingNative: Seregil, an Aurënfaie, can blend in almost anywhere in human territory, and is particularly knowledgeable about Rhiminee Rhíminee life. He's also completely adapted to the human way of thinking and action action, to the point that other 'faie in Aurënen find him strange.



* GreenEyedEpiphany: Slightly subverted. Seregil already ''has'' an eye on Alec at that point and is very aware of it, but too concerned about exploiting Alec to act on his attraction. Still, him being jealous when a male prostitute gets touchy-feely with Alec is new (but then it again takes a good while for Seregil to admit that he ''is'' in love and not just in lust). However, during this same scene Alec likewise finds himself jealous of the men around Seregil and starts to question his own feelings.
* HalfHumanHybrid: [[spoiler:Alec, half 'faie]]
* HappilyMarried: Micum and Kari, Seregil and Alec (or, well, happily talímeníos-bonded), [[spoiler:Beka and Nyal]] and probably soon Thero and Klia.
* HappinessInSlavery: Subverted with Alec's Master in "Shadows return"[[spoiler: who expects Alec to be calm and cheerful at the prospect of a life as a test subject for Yakobin's alchemic endeavours.]] And then there's his pet slave Khenir who will be freed soon and is happy at the prospect... but well... it still ends up a solid case B. Most 'faie slaves are either a type B or C and in general: et's just say, Mrs. Flewelling gets the point across that slavery is shit no matter how kind a slave owner deems themselves to be.
* HealingMagicIsTheHardest: The FunctionalMagic levels in this world are fairly high and magic can be readily used to, for example, transform people into animals or even inanimate objects. But healing is rarely a quick fix affair. In particular it is not always effective at curing diseases or poisoning. Hence the incredible value of a successfully created ''rhekaro''.
* HelpingHands: The Dyrmagnos
* HeroicBSOD: Happens to Alec when [[spoiler: he thinks Seregil is dead]]. Also happens to Seregil after [[spoiler:Nysander's death]].
* HighPriest: The ancient Hierophants were effectively priest kings[=/=]queens of the early Three Lands and leaders of the worship of the Four. In modern times the individual gods have their own High Priests in each nation. Averted with the Aurënfaie, whose Rhui'auros are the most committed clergy of Aura (Illior), but are mystics that have little to do with regular society.
* TheHighQueen: Gherilain the First, Tamir, Idrilain the Second during the series, Princess Klia also has shades of this.
* HonorBeforeReason: Of all people ''Seregil'' throughout almost all of ''Traitor's moon'' - granted he acts this way to prove to the Aurënfaie that he does have honor, unlike what they think of him and hopes to get his exile lifted - but damn when it includes letting himself being beaten up by a hostile party without even defending himself [[spoiler: or returning to face an almost certain death sentence after running away - to do the RIGHT thing and prevent a war -]] because his honor says so - we really are with Alec and Nyal and all the folks who call Seregil out on it. And they are many.
* HonorRelatedAbuse: Alec's mother Iriya a Shaar was murdered by her own brothers for breaking the law and becoming pregnant with a half human child. Alec's father Amasa kills them in revenge later.
* IncurableCoughOfDeath: [[spoiler: Ulan í Sathil develops this, and it motivates his involvement with a Plenimaran alchemist who is working to create a ''rhekaro'', a magical creature with extraordinary healing powers. The experiment is a success, but Ulan never manages to benefit from it]].

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* GreenEyedEpiphany: Slightly subverted. Seregil already ''has'' an eye on Alec at that point and is very aware of it, but too concerned about exploiting Alec to act on his attraction. Still, him being jealous when a male prostitute gets touchy-feely with Alec is new (but then again, it again takes a good while for Seregil to admit that he ''is'' in love and not just in lust). However, during this same scene scene, Alec likewise finds himself jealous of the men around Seregil and starts to question his own feelings.
* HalfHumanHybrid: [[spoiler:Alec, half 'faie]]
'faie on his mother's side.]] The wizard Magyana is also mentioned in passing as having had an Aurënfaie father.
* HappilyMarried: Micum and Kari, Seregil and Alec (or, well, happily talímeníos-bonded), talímenios-bonded), [[spoiler:Beka and Nyal]] and, by the end, [[spoiler:Thero and probably soon Thero and Klia.
Klia]].
* HappinessInSlavery: Subverted with Alec's Master master Yhakobin in "Shadows return"[[spoiler: who ''Shadows Return'' [[spoiler:who expects Alec to be calm and cheerful at the prospect of a life as a test subject for Yakobin's his alchemic endeavours.]] endeavours]]. And then there's his pet slave Khenir [[spoiler:aka Ilar í Sontir]] who will be freed soon and is happy at the prospect... but well... it still ends up a solid case B. Most 'faie slaves are either a type B or C and and, in general: et's general, let's just say, say Mrs. Flewelling gets the point across that slavery is shit no matter how kind a slave owner deems themselves to be.
* HealingMagicIsTheHardest: The FunctionalMagic levels in this world are fairly high and magic can be readily used to, for example, transform people into animals or even inanimate objects. But healing is rarely a quick fix affair. In particular particular, it is not always effective at curing diseases or poisoning. Hence [[spoiler:Hence the incredible value of a successfully created ''rhekaro''.
''rhekaro''.]]
* HelpingHands: The Dyrmagnos
hands of the dyrmagnos Tikárie Megraesh.
* HeroicBSOD: Happens to Alec when [[spoiler: he [[spoiler:he thinks Seregil is dead]]. dead]] in ''Stalking Darkness''. Also happens to Seregil after [[spoiler:Nysander's death]].
death]] in the same book.
* HighPriest: The ancient Hierophants were effectively priest kings[=/=]queens of the early Three Lands and leaders of the worship of the Four. In modern times times, the individual gods have their own High Priests in each nation. Averted with the Aurënfaie, whose Rhui'auros are the most committed clergy of Aura (Illior), but are mystics that have little to do with regular society.
* TheHighQueen: Historically, there's Gherilain the First, Tamir, First and Tamír the Second/the Great, and Idrilain the Second during the series, series. Princess Klia also has shades of this.
* HonorBeforeReason: Of all people ''Seregil'' ''Seregil'', throughout almost all of ''Traitor's moon'' - granted Moon''. Granted, he acts this way to prove to the Aurënfaie that he does have honor, unlike in spite of what they think of him him, and hopes to get his exile lifted - but damn when it includes letting himself being beaten up by a hostile party without even defending himself [[spoiler: or [[spoiler:or returning to face an almost certain death sentence after running away - to do the RIGHT thing and prevent a war -]] war]] - because his honor says so - we really are side with Alec and Nyal and all the folks who call Seregil out on it. And they are many.
''many''.
* HonorRelatedAbuse: Alec's mother Iriya a Ireya ä Shaar was murdered by her own brothers for breaking the law and becoming pregnant with a half human half-human child. Alec's father Amasa kills them in revenge later.
shortly afterward.
* HonoraryUncle: Seregil to Micum's children. Alec later becomes this to the younger ones (as he's quite close in age to Beka and Elsbet, they see him more as a brother figure of sorts).
* IncurableCoughOfDeath: [[spoiler: Ulan [[spoiler:Ulan í Sathil develops is revealed to be suffering from this, and it motivates his involvement with a the Plenimaran alchemist Yhakobin, who is working to create a ''rhekaro'', a magical creature with extraordinary healing powers. The experiment is a success, but Ulan never manages to benefit from it]].it.]]



* InfantImmortality: Both averted early on and later played straight in ''Stalking Darkness''.

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* InfantImmortality: Both averted early on and later played straight in ''Stalking Darkness''. And in ''Casket of Souls'', there are dozens of children among [[spoiler:Atre's numerous victims]].



* LongHairedPrettyBoy: Seregil and Alec. Most Aurënfaie, really.
* LongLived[=/=]WizardsLiveLonger: Aurënfaie and the Orëska wizards (who have Aurënfaie ancestry anyway). It is unclear if other magic users have extended lifespans as well, although Necromancers may become undead.
* LovePotion: The enchantment spell Ylinestra uses on Alec in the second book. She also wears at all times a magically alluring perfume. It is enthralling to men and sickening to women.

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* LongHairedPrettyBoy: Seregil and Alec. Most Aurënfaie, really.
* LongLived[=/=]WizardsLiveLonger: Aurënfaie and the Orëska wizards (who have Aurënfaie ancestry anyway). anyway) can live up to five hundred years or so. It is unclear if other magic users have extended lifespans as well, although Necromancers necromancers may become undead.
live on for centuries as undead creatures.
* LovePotion: The enchantment spell Ylinestra uses on Alec in the second book. She also wears at all times a magically alluring perfume.perfume at all times. It is enthralling to men and sickening to women.



* MadOracle: The human Oracle of Illior and the Aurënfaie Rhui'auros, both of whom follow the same god of magic, knowledge and madness.

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* MadOracle: The human Oracle of Illior and the Aurënfaie Rhui'auros, both of whom follow the same god of magic, knowledge and madness.



* MayflyDecemberRomance: Beka and Nyal. Thero and Klia.
* MindRape: Vargûl Ashnazai's preferred method of torture.
* ModestRoyalty: UpToEleven, only one of the royals that gets screen time seems to wear finery. The rest have a strong preference for military uniform.

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* MayflyDecemberRomance: Beka [[spoiler:Beka and Nyal. Thero Nyal]], and Klia.
later on [[spoiler:Thero and Klia]].
* MindRape: Vargûl Ashnazai's preferred method of torture.
* ModestRoyalty: UpToEleven, to the point where only one of the royals that gets screen time seems to wear finery. The rest have a strong preference for military uniform.



* NeverMyFault: Ilar blames ''Seregil'' for him being enslaved because [[spoiler: Seregil inadvertently killed someone instead of just causing an embarrassment for his clan as planned]]. Nevermind that Seregil was very young and naive and manipulated into the whole thing by Ilar himself and that [[spoiler: the slavery was orchestrated by Ulan, the person behind the plot to cause scandal for Seregil's clan]].
* NoBiologicalSex: Sebrahn. Also, the Four Gods, who are each said to be either or both genders.

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* NeverMyFault: Ilar blames ''Seregil'' for him being enslaved because [[spoiler: Seregil [[spoiler:Seregil inadvertently killed someone instead of just causing an embarrassment for his clan as planned]]. Nevermind that Seregil was very young and naive and manipulated into the whole thing by Ilar himself and that [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the slavery was orchestrated by Ulan, the person behind the plot to cause scandal for Seregil's clan]].
* NoBiologicalSex: Sebrahn.Sebrahn [[spoiler:and all other ''rhekaros'']]. Also, the Four Gods, who are each said to be either or both genders.



* NotSoOmniscientCouncilOfBickering: The Iia'sidra. As a fairly large nation where a significant chunk of the population can use magic, Aurënen could easily be the dominant power in the region, eclipsing any or all of the Three Lands. But the many clan divisions and the contentious politics of the Iia'sidra tend to prevent the Aurënfaie from acting as a unified nation.

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* NonActionGirl: Princess Aralain, in stark contrast to [[ActionGirl her mother, sisters and daughter]].
* NotSoOmniscientCouncilOfBickering: The Iia'sidra. As a fairly large nation where a significant chunk of the population can use magic, Aurënen could easily be the dominant power in the region, eclipsing any or all of the Three Lands. But the many clan divisions and the contentious politics of the Iia'sidra tend to prevent the Aurënfaie from acting as a unified nation.



* OldRetainer: Runcer, Seregil's butler counts. Also Lady Kassarie's servants.
* OlderThanTheyLook / ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: The 'faie, and wizards.

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* OldRetainer: Runcer, Seregil's butler counts. Also butler, counts as this. Also, Lady Kassarie's servants.
servants from the first book.
* OlderThanTheyLook / ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: The 'faie, and wizards. In ''Casket of Souls'', we have [[spoiler:Atre and his cousin Brader, who are several centuries old and keep themselves young by consuming people's souls]].



* OurDragonsAreDifferent: The young ones are as common as lizards in Aurënen, and roughly as intelligent. They do not become intelligent or develop magical powers until they reach a very large size and age, which only a few do.
* OurElvesAreBetter: The Aurënfaie are typically beautiful, live for several hundred years, and were the first beings to possess magic. However, Flewelling herself has expressed distaste for stereotypical elves. Thus, while the Aurënfaie are an entire race of {{Pretty Boy}}s and Beautiful Girls, they do not possess such features as pointy ears and can pass for human with little effort. They also have a more diverse culture based on clans, many of which favor interests that in no way resemble "classic" elves, and even the clans appear to have some internal diversity. This surprises some characters.

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* OurDragonsAreDifferent: The young ones are as common as lizards in Aurënen, and roughly as intelligent. They do not become intelligent or develop magical powers until they reach a very large size and age, which only a few do.
* OurElvesAreBetter: The Aurënfaie are typically very beautiful, live for several hundred years, and were the first beings to possess magic. However, Flewelling herself has expressed distaste for stereotypical elves. Thus, while the Aurënfaie are an entire race of {{Pretty Boy}}s and Beautiful Girls, they do not possess such features as pointy ears and can pass for human with little effort. They also have a more diverse culture based on clans, many of which favor interests that in no way resemble "classic" elves, and even the clans appear to have some internal diversity. This surprises some characters.



* OurGodsAreDifferent: Lots of differences of opinion here. The Four: Astellus, Dalna, Illior and Sakor are the traditional deities of the Three Lands. However, Illior and Sakor are definitely favored in Skala, whereas people in Mycena and the northern regions prefer Astellus and Dalna. The ruling class of Plenimar, a nation in which most people worship the Four as well, instead favor the foreign god Seriamaius because of the power he promises. Meanwhile, the Aurënfaie exclusively worship Aura (Illior) and it appears to vary from person to person whether or not they even believe in the other gods. At the same time, the Retha'noi are quite adamant that their moon goddess is ''not'' the same deity as Aura/Illior.

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* OurGodsAreDifferent: Lots of differences of opinion here. The Four: Astellus, Dalna, Illior and Sakor are the traditional deities of the Three Lands. However, Illior and Sakor are definitely favored in Skala, whereas people in Mycena and the northern regions prefer Astellus and Dalna. The ruling class of Plenimar, a nation in which most people worship the Four as well, instead favor the foreign god Seriamaius because of the power he promises. Meanwhile, the Aurënfaie exclusively worship Aura (Illior) and it appears to vary from person to person whether or not they even believe in the other gods. At the same time, the Retha'noi are quite adamant that their moon goddess (the Mother) is ''not'' the same deity as Aura/Illior.



* OverlyLongName: In the south a highborn person's name includes the given name, the names of same-sex parent, grandparent, great-grandparent, and place of birth, much to Alec's perplexity. The standard way of politely referring to someone would be e.g. ''Seregil i Korit'' or ''Klia ä Idrilain''. Alex has the abbreviated name of "Alec i Amasa Kerry" as he doesn't know all the names.

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* OutnumberedSibling: Seregil has four older sisters. His father's desire for a son was the reason that led his mother to risk her life, having far more children than is the norm for Aurënfaie, eventually dying in childbirth.
* OverlyLongName: In the south south, a highborn person's name includes the given name, the names of same-sex parent, grandparent, grandparent and great-grandparent, and place of birth, much to Alec's perplexity. The standard way of politely referring to someone would be e.g. ''Seregil i Korit'' "Seregil í Korit" or ''Klia "Klia ä Idrilain''. Idrilain". Alex has the abbreviated name of "Alec i í Amasa Kerry" as he doesn't know all the names.



* {{Patronymic}}: The standard naming system in Aurënen and Skala. Women use matronymics.

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* PassedOverPromotion: Queen Idrilain's second daughter Aralain is skipped over in the line of succession due to her non-martial nature.
* {{Patronymic}}: The standard naming system in Aurënen and Skala. Women use matronymics.



* TheProphecy: A few. One is the reason Skala is ruled by a line of warrior queens. Then there's the prophecy of Seriamaius's return that drives the plot of the first two books. And though they've never actually given a prophecy about him, it's clear the oracles at Sarikali have at least some knowledge of Seregil's future. [[spoiler: And the prediction about Sebrahn that Alec misinterprets.]]
* PropheticName: [[spoiler: The only name that Thero and Klia manage to settle on for their daughter is Tamir. Which prompts Seregil to respond 'the Third'. Thero seems aware of it since he has assigned several of the people he trusts to be his child's guardian after the jealous and bitchy Princes Aralain kicked up a fuss about the name.]]

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* TheProphecy: A few. One is the very reason Skala is ruled by a line of warrior queens. Then there's the prophecy of Seriamaius's return that drives the plot of the first two books. And though they've never actually given a prophecy about him, it's clear the oracles at Sarikali have at least some knowledge of Seregil's future. [[spoiler: And [[spoiler:There's also the prediction about Sebrahn that Alec misinterprets.]]
* PropheticName: [[spoiler: The At the end of the last book, [[spoiler:the only name that Thero and Klia manage to settle on for their daughter is Tamir. Tamír. Which prompts Seregil to respond 'the Third'. "the Third". Thero seems aware of it it, since he has assigned several of the people he trusts the most to be his child's guardian after the jealous and bitchy Princes Aralain kicked kicks up a fuss about the name, saying only ruling queens bore that name.]]



* PunctuationShaker: Aurënfaie, Aurënen, Orëska, Rhui'auros, etc.
* RageAgainstTheMentor: Alec is incensed when he discovers that the first house Seregil has him burgle [[spoiler: is Seregil's own]].
** Seregil himself isn't too pleased that his beloved mentor Nysander is very cagey about [[spoiler: the meaning of the symbol on the disc that nearly gets him and Alec killed]], going as far as threatening to kill him if he tries to uncover the mystery. Later Seregil has an even nastier shock when it turns out that [[spoiler: Nysander plans to get himself killed by Seregil's hand to permanently destroy the Helm]].
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Queen Idrilain, who executes traitors without mercy but would listen to advice and petition. Likewise, her eldest son Prince Korathan, despite being very loyal to his twin sister Phoria, does recognise and employ people who genuinely want to work for the good of Skala.

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* PunctuationShaker: Aurënfaie, Aurënen, Orëska, Rhui'auros, etc.
* RageAgainstTheMentor: Alec is incensed when he discovers that the first house Seregil has him burgle [[spoiler: is [[spoiler:is Seregil's own]].
** Seregil himself isn't too pleased that his beloved mentor Nysander is very cagey about [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the meaning of the symbol on the disc that nearly gets him and Alec killed]], going as far as threatening to kill him if he tries to uncover the mystery. Later Seregil has an even nastier shock when it turns out that [[spoiler: Nysander [[spoiler:Nysander plans to get himself killed by Seregil's hand to permanently destroy the Helm]].
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Queen Idrilain, who executes traitors without mercy but would listen to advice and petition. Likewise, her eldest son Prince Korathan, despite being very loyal to his twin sister Phoria, does recognise and employ people who genuinely want to work for the good of Skala.



* ReligionIsMagic: The drysians that serve as clergy of Dalna have magic that is separate from the Orëska magic that humans received from crossbreeding with the Aurënfaie. The high priestess of Illior is shown as unleashing a magical attack at one point, and there are also oracles who receive prophetic insights. The Aurënfaie Rhui'auros are explicitly called "wizard-priests". Necromancy is supposedly the gift of the god Seriamaius, and most necromancers worship him. However, their rituals lean more towards BloodMagic, SummonMagic and manipulation of LifeEnergy than directly invoking their deity for magic.

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* ReligionIsMagic: The drysians that serve as clergy of Dalna have magic that is separate from the Orëska magic that humans received from crossbreeding with the Aurënfaie. The high priestess of Illior is shown as unleashing a magical attack at one point, and there are also oracles who receive prophetic insights. The Aurënfaie Rhui'auros are explicitly called "wizard-priests". Necromancy is supposedly the gift of the god Seriamaius, and most necromancers worship him. However, their rituals lean more towards BloodMagic, SummonMagic and manipulation of LifeEnergy than directly invoking their deity for magic.



* RichBitch: Plenty of the female nobles but especially Princess Aralain.

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* RichBitch: Plenty of the female nobles nobles, but especially Princess Aralain.



* TheRival: Thero to Seregil, for Nysander's affection and recognition.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: The entire Skalan royal family. The Queen is also a general, as is the Princess Royal. In fact, each of her six children (bar one) is in the Army, and half of them die on the field of battle.
* SealedEvilInACan: [[spoiler: Rhazat, the ancient ''dyrmagnos'' who brought the art of Necromancy and the worship of Seriamaius to the Three Lands. The last Hierophant and her Aurënfaie wizard lover imprisoned her in a PocketDimension that mirrored the sacred isle of Kouros. The creation of the prison triggered a cataclysm that caused the island to be virtually abandoned for a long time. But then simple natural erosion broke the magical seal on the Kouros side of the barrier allowing Rhazat to begin to exert influence on the island, which was once again inhabited and recently reclaimed by Skala, and prepare to make her escape]].

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* TheRival: Thero to Seregil, for Nysander's affection and recognition.
recognition. [[spoiler:They become friends later on.]]
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: The entire Skalan royal family. The Queen is also a general, as is the Princess Royal. In fact, each of her six children (bar one) is in the Army, and army, [[spoiler:and half of them die on the field of battle.
battle]].
* SealedEvilInACan: [[spoiler: Rhazat, [[spoiler:Rhazat, the ancient ''dyrmagnos'' who brought the art of Necromancy necromancy and the worship of Seriamaius to the Three Lands. The last Hierophant and her Aurënfaie wizard lover imprisoned her in a PocketDimension that mirrored the sacred isle of Kouros. The creation of the prison triggered a cataclysm that caused the island to be virtually abandoned for a long time. But then simple natural erosion broke the magical seal on the Kouros side of the barrier barrier, allowing Rhazat to begin to exert influence on the island, which was once again inhabited and recently reclaimed by Skala, and prepare to make her escape]].escape.]]



* SoleSurvivor: [[spoiler:Baby Luthas is the only (human) survivor of Mardus and Vargûl Ashnazai's attack on the Cockerel]] in the second book.



* TheSpymaster: Nysander and later [[spoiler: Magyana (for a short while) and Thero]], who manages an intelligence network known as the "Watchers". It's a hereditary post pass from master to disciple and the Watchers are active well beyond Skala borders. They work not only to uncover political plots but also to collect scholarly knowledge.
* SquishyWizard: Subverted. [[spoiler: Nysander]] survives an all-out assault on his home to take part in the final battle of the second book, although he is badly weakened. [[spoiler: Thero]] survives a deadly poison almost all by his own power. He even says it to the effect of "Why do you think wizards live so long? Because we're hard to destroy".
* StarCrossedLovers: Alec's parents, Ireya ä Shaar and Amasa of Kerry.

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* TheSpymaster: Nysander and later [[spoiler: Magyana [[spoiler:Magyana (for a short while) and Thero]], who manages an intelligence network known as the "Watchers". It's a hereditary post pass passed from master to disciple disciple, and the Watchers are active well beyond Skala borders. They work not only to uncover political plots but also to collect scholarly knowledge.
* SquishyWizard: Subverted. [[spoiler: Nysander]] [[spoiler:Nysander]] survives an all-out assault on his home the Orëska House to take part in the final battle of the second book, although he is badly weakened. [[spoiler: Thero]] [[spoiler:Thero]] survives a deadly poison almost all by his own power. He even says it to the effect of "Why do you think wizards live so long? Because we're hard to destroy".
* StarCrossedLovers: Alec's parents, Ireya ä Shaar and Amasa of Kerry.



* TheStoic: Rieser the Hazad is a hardcore stoic.
* StreetUrchin: A network of them in Rhíminee.
* StuffedIntoTheFridge: [[spoiler:Thryis and her family]].

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* TheStoic: Rieser the Hazad Hâzad is a hardcore stoic.
* StreetUrchin: A whole network of them in Rhíminee.
* StuffedIntoTheFridge: [[spoiler:Thryis and her family]].family]] in ''Stalking Darkness''.



* TakingTheBullet: Or rather, the arrow: near the end of ''Shadows Return''.
* TemptingFate: Every time Seregil declares himself bored some horrendous disaster happens soon after. [[spoiler: Klia and Thero name their baby daughter Tamir, after Queen Tamir the Great. Seregil remarks 'the Third' before Klia protests that little Tamir is not in the succession.]]

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* TakingTheBullet: Or rather, the arrow: arrow, near the end of ''Shadows Return''.
* TemptingFate: Every time Seregil declares himself bored some horrendous disaster happens soon after. [[spoiler: Klia after.
** At the end of ''Shards of Time'', [[spoiler:Klia
and Thero name their baby daughter Tamir, Tamír, after Queen Tamir Tamír the Great. Seregil remarks 'the Third' "the Third" before Klia protests that little Tamir Tamír is not in far down the succession.]]line of succession]].



* TimeAbyss: Applies to all of the "dyrmagnos", necromancers turned into extremely long-lived, dried out, black husks. [[spoiler: Prime example however would be Rhazat at an age of over 1000 years. She's the Mother of necromancy, bringing the art to Plenimar in the first place.]]
* TrainingTheGiftOfMagic: Most of the Aurënfaie and many humans with 'faie ancestors exhibit some Inherent Gift. It is usually very minor unless they work to develop proficiency with it. The Third Orëska of Skala actively seeks children with magical potential and recruits them as apprentice wizards.

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* TimeAbyss: Applies to all of the "dyrmagnos", ''dyrmagnos'', necromancers turned into extremely long-lived, dried out, black husks. [[spoiler: Prime [[spoiler:The prime example however would be Rhazat Rhazat, at an age of over 1000 years. She's the Mother mother of necromancy, bringing having brought the art to Plenimar in the first place.]]
* TrainingTheGiftOfMagic: Most of the Aurënfaie and many humans with 'faie ancestors exhibit some Inherent Gift. It is usually very minor minor, unless they work to develop proficiency with it. The Third Orëska of Skala actively seeks children with magical potential and recruits them as apprentice wizards.wizards.
* Twincest: Seregil has this suspicion regarding Phoria and Korathan. However, there's no other evidence that this might go beyond strong loyalty and affection. Phoria is known to have had [[spoiler:Lord Barien the Viceregent]] as a lover, and [[spoiler:was deeply affected by his suicide in the first book]], while Korathan has had a fair share of young (and apparently exclusively male) lovers throughout the years. [[spoiler:Phoria's apparent jealousy over Korathan and Seregil being lovers decades before]] might stem from simple disapproval of his influence on her brother.



* WellDoneSonGuy: As a child, Seregil always tries to please his father who he thinks blames him for his mother's death and thus is always cold and critical toward him. It proves to have disastrous consequences. Seregil retains a bit of this trait in his affection for Nysander.
* WiseBeyondTheirYears: Seregil, by Aurënfaie standards. The faie typically not only live long but also mature more slowly than humans. At around 60 years-old, Seregil would normally be considered only a young adult in Aurënen. However, Seregil's life in Skala, especially his spy career, has gained him lots of life experiences. Likewise, Alec is advised not to talk about his actual age when visiting Aurënen, since he would literally be regarded as a child despite being almost an adult by Skalan standards.
* WizardingSchool: The Orëska House, of course.

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* WellDoneSonGuy: As a child, Seregil always tries to please his father who he thinks blames him for his mother's death in childbirth and thus is always cold and critical toward him. It proves to have disastrous consequences. Seregil retains a bit of this trait in his affection for Nysander.
* WiseBeyondTheirYears: Seregil, by Aurënfaie standards. The faie 'faie typically not only live long longer but also mature more slowly than humans. At around 60 years-old, years old, Seregil would normally only be considered only a young adult in Aurënen. However, Seregil's life in Skala, especially his spy career, has gained provided him lots with quite a lot of life experiences. experience. Likewise, Alec is advised not to talk about mention his actual age when visiting Aurënen, since he would literally be regarded as a child child, despite being almost an adult by Skalan standards.
* WizardingSchool: The Orëska House, of course.course.
* WouldHurtAChild: Most if not all of the villains, but especially [[spoiler:Atre from the sixth book]], who [[spoiler:keeps his youth by consuming the souls of numerous unfortunate people, a great many of which are children]].
21st Sep '16 8:05:06 PM Para442
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* IncompatibleOrientation: Seregil fell in love with Micum after the two first met, and while Micum considers Seregil one of his closest friends he's 100% straight.
2nd Jul '16 10:53:40 AM Morgenthaler
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* TheObiWan: Nysander.
8th Jan '16 3:28:17 PM Discar
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* OurGodsAreGreater: Lots of differences of opinion here. The Four: Astellus, Dalna, Illior and Sakor are the traditional deities of the Three Lands. However, Illior and Sakor are definitely favored in Skala, whereas people in Mycena and the northern regions prefer Astellus and Dalna. The ruling class of Plenimar, a nation in which most people worship the Four as well, instead favor the foreign god Seriamaius because of the power he promises. Meanwhile, the Aurënfaie exclusively worship Aura (Illior) and it appears to vary from person to person whether or not they even believe in the other gods. At the same time, the Retha'noi are quite adamant that their moon goddess is ''not'' the same deity as Aura/Illior.

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* OurGodsAreGreater: OurGodsAreDifferent: Lots of differences of opinion here. The Four: Astellus, Dalna, Illior and Sakor are the traditional deities of the Three Lands. However, Illior and Sakor are definitely favored in Skala, whereas people in Mycena and the northern regions prefer Astellus and Dalna. The ruling class of Plenimar, a nation in which most people worship the Four as well, instead favor the foreign god Seriamaius because of the power he promises. Meanwhile, the Aurënfaie exclusively worship Aura (Illior) and it appears to vary from person to person whether or not they even believe in the other gods. At the same time, the Retha'noi are quite adamant that their moon goddess is ''not'' the same deity as Aura/Illior.
8th Dec '15 9:19:00 PM psionycx
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* LeftJustifiedFantasyMap: Averted.

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* LeftJustifiedFantasyMap: Averted.Subverted. Interestingly, it ''does'' somewhat resemble Europe, but from a Greco-Roman perspective. The civilized nations are mostly concentrated on landmasses extending from the south of the continent with the Gathwayd Ocean stretching beyond and other (unnamed) nations on its far shores. Heading north, east or west, takes one into unsettled, barbarian or just flat-out mysterious territories.
2nd Nov '15 3:14:12 PM Libika
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* DrivenToSuicide: [[spoiler: In Stalking Darkness, when Alec is separated from Seregil and kidnapped by Mardus, he tries to kill himself and is suicidal for most of the "trip".He got better, thankfully.]]
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