History Literature / OldKingdom

9th Oct '17 10:06:50 AM cordychase
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**For [[spoiler: Lirael being the real Abhorsen-in-waiting and Sam being a Wallmaker]], Sam being ''Sam'', rather than something ending in -el.
17th Sep '17 2:07:24 PM Elyana
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* AffablyEvil: Governor/Lord Protector Kilp, the BigBad of ''Clariel''. A would-be usurper who's raised a total sociopath for a son, but the man himself is usually polite, gracious, and accommodating to his enemies/prisoners as well as his peers. He prefers to weave his plots through discussion and politicking, and only resorts to violence when the mundane options fall through. Clariel reflects that had her mother been willing to compromise with Kilp, then [[spoiler:her parents' massacre]] would likely have been averted.
10th Sep '17 4:55:09 AM Arcorann
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* TelegraphGagStop: Some of the Old Kingdom characters have adopted "telegraphese" from Ancelstierre for message-hawks (birds that are able to store short voice recordings). While Sam's inclusion of "stop"s in ''Abhorsen'' is justified because he's actually dictating a telegram, Touchstone in ''Goldenhand'' has no such excuse.
6th Sep '17 7:56:55 PM emily164
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* DividedForPublication: Basically ''Lirael'' and ''Abhosen'' are one story, having been written as one story, but after getting past the half way point Garth Nix realised it was getting way, way too long for a single young-adult-aimed fantasy novel and split it in half.

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* DistressedDude: Nick Sayre in ''Lirael'', ''Abhorsen'', and especially ''Goldenhand''.
* DividedForPublication: Basically ''Lirael'' and ''Abhosen'' ''Abhorsen'' are one story, having been written as one story, but after getting past the half way point Garth Nix realised it was getting way, way too long for a single young-adult-aimed fantasy novel and split it in half.
25th Aug '17 9:24:44 AM cpslck
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* FisherKing: The health of the Old Kingdom is tied to the Royal Family (and all the great Charter families). Destroying a family plunges the kingdom into chaos. Justified in that every family serves a vital purpose due to powers inherent in their bloodline.
9th May '17 3:59:54 PM Katsuhagi
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* RaisedAsAHost: Ferin from ''Goldenhand'' was one of the many future bodies prepped for Chlorr by the Barbarian tribes that swear fealty to her. "Ferin" isn't even a proper name since she was always just called "The Offering" and only came up with it when she realized she should give people something to call her.
20th Feb '17 4:27:52 PM Katsuhagi
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* PluckyGirl: Ferin from ''Goldenhand'' was raised to be a host body for "The Witch With No Face" (Chlorr) knowing she'd either be possessed by the age of 17 or be killed if Chlorr didn't choose her and wasn't even given a proper name, since "Ferin" is just a shortage of "Offering", what her people called her since she realized she needs something to call herself. Despite this she presses on with her mission despite all the obstacles in her path, and she even takes [[spoiler:needing to have her foot amputated]] surprisingly well.
20th Feb '17 4:23:17 PM Katsuhagi
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* FantasyCounterpartCulture: Ancelstierre is basically 1920s Britain.

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* FantasyCounterpartCulture: Ancelstierre is basically 1920s Britain. The Nomads introduced in ''Goldenhand'' are also based on Asian Steppe tribes.
16th Feb '17 9:12:00 PM cpslck
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** Free Magic Sorcerers are twisted into TheUnfettered due to Wild Magic corrupting them into wanting power and control at any price. We see barbarian sorcerers who are so dangerous that they must be collared with a literal MoralityChain lest they turn on their own people.
15th Feb '17 1:27:24 PM NOYB
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* EeriePaleSkinnedBrunet: The Abhorsens. Sabriel (and her father) are described as having "deathly white" skin, "night-black hair" and black eyes, and Lirael is described similarly, with "white skin... dark eyes and even darker hair". The abnormal pallor of Sabriel's skin is implied to have been caused by travelling through Death, although this doesn't really explain Lirael.

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* EeriePaleSkinnedBrunet: EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette: The Abhorsens. Sabriel (and her father) are described as having "deathly white" skin, "night-black hair" and black eyes, and Lirael is described similarly, with "white skin... dark eyes and even darker hair". The abnormal pallor of Sabriel's skin is implied to have been caused by travelling through Death, although this doesn't really explain Lirael.
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