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24th May '17 8:37:21 AM MasterFuzzy
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* BaitAndSwitch: The beginning of Book 12 has an older, bearded Ranger who pulls a StealthHiBye and grimly interrogates a prisoner before putting him down hard in a fight. Sounds like Halt? Sure, but it's actually [[spoiler: Will, who at this point is a BrokenAce]].


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* RealityEnsues: Some complain about the Ranger's ImprobableAimingSkills...but there's a reason [[TalentedButTrained they practice pretty much ''every single day'' for five years]] before they even graduate, and then continue practicing afterwards.


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* TalentedButTrained: Sir Rodney notes in Book 1 that Horace is very much this, starting out with lots of natural skill but still no match for an experienced swordsman like himself. However, lots of training from different mentors and practicing for years makes him into a MasterSwordsman of the highest caliber.
** Will, Halt, and Gilan all count as well, as do presumably the other Rangers.
26th Apr '17 7:18:42 PM MasterFuzzy
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** First book only (after that, George and Jenny disappear entirely and Alyss is eventually replaced by Evanlyn; they reappear in Books Five and Ten, but still, they're both incredibly minor characters):

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** First book only (after that, George and Jenny disappear almost entirely and Alyss is eventually replaced by Evanlyn; they reappear in Books Five and Ten, but still, they're both incredibly minor characters):



*** TheSixthRanger: Gilan.

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*** TheSixthRanger: Gilan.Gilan ([[Pun almost literally]]).



* Knighting: Horace at the end of Book Four.

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* Knighting: {{Knighting}}: Horace at the end of Book Four.



* MeaningfulName: The surname Will is given at his Ranger ceremony is [[spoiler:Treaty, in honor of the peace treaty he negotiated with the Skandians, which would be a very important milestone in Araluan history]].

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* MeaningfulName: The In-universe, the surname Will is given at his Ranger ceremony is [[spoiler:Treaty, in honor of the peace treaty he negotiated with the Skandians, which would be a very important milestone in Araluan history]].



* ScarilyCompetentTracker: This is the entire point of the Rangers, though the author does try to make them as realistic as possible.

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* ScarilyCompetentTracker: This is the entire point of the Rangers, though the author does try to make them as realistic as possible.possible, such as when it's shown that even the best can't track at night, after rainfall, etc.



* TeachMeHowToFight: Cassandra asks Will to teach her how to shoot.

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* TeachMeHowToFight: Cassandra asks Will to teach her how to shoot. [[RealityEnsues He tells her that he could-if they had several months.]]



* TheHerosJourney
* TheThemeParkVersion: A distinct feature of the series is the idealism. The Middle Ages setting apparently has gender equality, no racism, and slavery can be abolished by asking nicely.
** It wasn't so much asking nicely as it was "You need the slaves to fight for you if you're going to have any chance of defending against the massive Temujai army. They're not going to fight for you unless you give them what they want: their freedom."

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* TheHerosJourney
TheHerosJourney: The books trace how Will and Horace go from being a social outcast and JerkJock, respectively, to being a well-respected Ranger and Prince Consort of the Kingdom. Alyss and Evanlyn also go through this to a lesser degree. Book 12 is all about Maddie doing this.
* TheThemeParkVersion: A distinct feature of the series is the idealism. idealism, although this is somewhat tempered by realism. More like very idealistic on the SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism.
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The Middle Ages setting apparently has gender equality, no racism, and reason slavery can be is abolished by asking nicely.
** It wasn't so much asking nicely as it was
in Skandia is that "You need the slaves to fight for you if you're going to have any chance of defending against the massive Temujai army. [[RealityEnsues They're not going to fight for you unless you give them what they want: their freedom.""]]


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** It's also pointed out that Duncan is the first king to appoint women to important positions, and the Bedullin suffer from racism towards the Arridi, as does Hal in the spin-off series. Racism and sexism are definitely strong forces at work, just less so in Araulen.
4th Mar '17 2:37:42 PM braigwen_the_scholar
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* TeamDad : Halt, to an incredible degree.
18th Aug '16 7:22:16 AM SaintDeltora
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* EverybodyIsSingle: In fact, nobody's even ''dating''.
** Not so as of Book Seven and Eight, wherein Halt gets married and Will [[spoiler:seems well and truly set to hook up with Alyss]].
** And now, in Book Ten, it seems [[spoiler:Horace]] and [[spoiler:Evanlyn]] are getting married.
** In ''The Lost Stories'', we see not only [[spoiler:Horace and Cassandra/Evanlyn's]] wedding, but also [[spoiler:Will and Alyss's]]
*** [[spoiler:Will is back to being single as of book 12]]. Gilan and Jenny are on track away from this, though.
25th Jul '16 8:56:12 PM LordOfTheSword
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* VillainDecay: The [[strike:Mongols]] Temujai go from "Holy Shit, an army of soldiers where Halt came from!" when hinted in the first book to mooks on horseback after they are shot down by the platoon by previously weed-addicted peasants with a few weeks of training. Every last one of their efforts in Book Four are neatly countered before they can be used to any advantage, thanks to the power of Rangers, Luck, and Rangers. It is mentioned that, had the Skandians fought the way they expected them to, the Temujai would have won handily.

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* VillainDecay: The [[strike:Mongols]] Temujai go from "Holy Shit, an army of soldiers where Halt came from!" when hinted in the first book to mooks on horseback after they are shot down by the platoon by previously weed-addicted peasants with a few weeks of training. Every last one of their efforts in Book Four are neatly countered before they can be used to any advantage, thanks to the power of Rangers, Luck, and Rangers. It is mentioned that, had the Skandians fought the way they expected them to, the Temujai would have won handily. Unfortunately (for the Temujai), the Skandians had a man who knew how to counter the tactics used by the Temujai: Halt.
25th Jul '16 8:41:30 PM LordOfTheSword
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* MagicRealism: The only supernatural elements in the series are Lord Morgarath's armies and the[[BuffySpeak ...spirit...thing]] that Will encounters in ''Halt's Peril''.

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* MagicRealism: The only supernatural elements in the series are Lord Morgarath's armies and the[[BuffySpeak ...spirit...thing]] the [[OurWightsAreDifferent barrow-wight]] that Will encounters catches a glimpse of while waking up in ''Halt's Peril''.
25th Jul '16 8:34:30 PM LordOfTheSword
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* ImprobableWeapon: The common wooden ladle is referred to as an unofficial staff of office for both Master Chubb and his apprentice, Jenny.

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* ImprobableWeapon: The common wooden ladle is referred to as an unofficial staff of office for both Master Chubb and his apprentice, Jenny. Partly [[{{Justified}} justified]] in that they are good-sized ladles, and also ''solid'', making them decent impromptu clubs.
25th Jul '16 8:04:38 PM LordOfTheSword
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** Halt's frequently-assumed pseudonym, "Arratay", is pronounced suspiciously close to "[[GratuitousFrench arretez]]".

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** Halt's frequently-assumed pseudonym, "Arratay", is pronounced suspiciously close to "[[GratuitousFrench arretez]]". Guess what it means. [[spoiler:[[DontExplainTheJoke It means "stop!" Or... Halt.]]]]
14th May '16 7:48:58 PM OddOneIn
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* TheExile: Happens to [[spoiler: Halt. He invokes it on purpose so he can go and search for Will, who was captured by the Skandians.]]


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* TomboyPrincess: Cassandra's hobbies including sneaking around at night and scaring the sentries half to death with her sling.
19th Aug '15 6:25:17 AM eagee
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** Averted by Halt in Book Three, when he does bad things like forging documents to be able to [[spoiler: save Will and Evanlyn]].
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