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* DynamicCharacter: Malta changes from a bratty, spoiled and self-centered teenaged daughter of a trader family to a thrifty and patient young woman capable of choosing her words and takes a central role in saving her family and her home city. She does this by way of [[spoiler:plunging headlong into a marriage just for the money and watching her family lose all their fortune due to her father's mismanagement]].
23rd Nov '16 9:06:15 PM McJeff
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* PetTheDog: Kyle dotes on his daughter Malta. Although he dotes on her to the point of believing she can do no wrong and gives her whatever she wants.
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** [[spoiler:Cosgo allows the crew of the Chalcedan ship he's travelling on to gang-rape his adviser Serilla. She goes from being a competent BeleaguredBureaucrat to hostile, frightened, and unable to properly judge situations due to the trauma.]]
** [[spoiler:Althea is drugged and raped by Kennit near the very end of the trilogy.]]
** [[spoiler:This is also Kennit's backstory. As a child, he was subjected to brutal sexual abuse by his pirate captain and expelled the emotional trauma into ''Paragon'', turning himself into a sociopath.]]
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** [[spoiler:Cosgo [[spoiler:Satrap Cosgo]] allows the crew of the Chalcedan ship he's travelling on to gang-rape his [[spoiler:his adviser Serilla. Serilla]]. She goes from being a competent BeleaguredBureaucrat to hostile, frightened, and unable to properly judge situations due to the trauma.trauma.
** [[spoiler:Althea]] is drugged and raped by Kennit near the very end of the trilogy.
** This is also [[spoiler:Kennit's]] backstory. As a child, he was subjected to brutal sexual abuse by his pirate captain and [[spoiler:expelled the emotional trauma into ''Paragon'', turning himself into a sociopath and contributing to Paragon's madness.
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** [[spoiler:Althea is drugged and raped by Kennit near the very end of the trilogy.]]
** [[spoiler:This is also Kennit's backstory. As a child, he was subjected to brutal sexual abuse by his pirate captain and expelled the emotional trauma into ''Paragon'', turning himself into a sociopath.]]
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* SaveTheVillain
* ScrewTheRulesIMakeThem
* SinisterMinister: [[spoiler:Sa'Adar.]]

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* SinisterMinister: [[spoiler:Sa'Adar.]]Sa'Adar, who claims to be a priest of Sa but who preaches ideals of vengeance that have nothing to do with Sa's teachings.



* SlutShaming: The tenor of Bingtown society is more conservative than Six Duchies, and the shaming women face is more severe. Althea in particular gets a lot of it, including from her own sister in one important incident from their youth. Jek, who actually is implied to be promiscuous, is notably immune to being shamed because of her forceful personality.

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* SlutShaming: The tenor of Bingtown society is more conservative than Six Duchies, and the shaming women face is more severe. Althea in particular gets a lot of it, including from her own sister in one important incident from their youth. Jek, who actually is implied to be promiscuous, is notably immune to being shamed because of her forceful personality.personality and status as a foreigner.
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** Wintrow starts as a naive, idealistic boy training for the priesthood. After living through the brutality his father subjects and exposes him to, he realizes how awful things can be in the world. [[spoiler:He winds up becoming quite a {{Badass}} in the cause of doing what he thinks is right.]]

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** Wintrow starts as a naive, idealistic boy training for the priesthood. After living through the brutality his father subjects and exposes him to, he realizes how awful things can be in the world. [[spoiler:He winds up becoming quite a {{Badass}} badass in the cause of doing what he thinks is right.]]
27th Oct '16 9:56:10 AM Derkhan
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* AddictiveMagic: Skill-users suffer from an addiction to Skilling that can cause truly terrible physical pain and mental distraction. [[spoiler:Fitz suffers especially from this addiction thanks to Galen actively trying to keep him from learning to Skill properly.]]
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!! Tropes common to the universe:
* AmbiguousGender: The Fool, to an extent. We only meet three characters, The Fool included, who are [[spoiler:Whites (as opposed to Humans)]], and one of the three (The Pale Lady) is unambiguously female.
* AmbiguouslyHuman: The Fool. In his youth he's mistaken for an albino, but his skin darkens throughout the series to golden and eventually to chestnut brown. He's actually [[spoiler:not a human at all, but a White.]]
* AdvancedAncientAcropolis: Kelsingra
* BondCreatures: Those with the Wit choose animal partners
* BurnTheWitch: Witted people who are caught are hanged over water and burned; superstition holds that this is done because otherwise their spirit might escape or even allow them to come back to life. [[spoiler:It's considered a horribly evil thing to do, but the Wit ''does'' allow this to happen under very specific circumstances.]]
* CrystalSpiresAndTogas: The Elderling civilization seems to have been this and based on {{Magitek}}.
* TheDragonsComeBack: All the series except The Farseer Trilogy revolve to a greater or lesser extent around the return of dragons and their Elderling servants.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: A recurring theme in the story. But even then, love between evil tends to lead to evil ends. Examples include but are not limited to...
** Regal loved his mother, Queen Desire, and [[spoiler:attempted to drive apart the Six Duchies on her behalf]]
** Kyle Haven loves his daughter Malta, and is completely unconcerned that she's turning into a seductress at a troublingly young age and engaging in behavior that will alienate her family from the Bingtown upper classes. Instead, he spoils her rotten and interferes with anyone trying to discipline her.
** The Chalcedean Merchant's family is [[spoiler:being held by the Duke of Chalced and subjected to torture]]. The Chalcedean Merchant does as bad and worse to everyone he encounters in the attempt to win their freedom.
* FantasticRacism: The persecution of Old Blood in people known as the Witted, who are born more highly attuned to life and bond with an animal companion. In the Six Duchies, they are vilified as little more than beasts themselves and tend to get lynched if discovered.
* IncompatibleOrientation: Fitz, for the Fool.
* MoralityKitchenSink: The Six Duchies folk, the Bingtowners, and the Outislanders all have very different standards of morality.
* OurDragonsAreDifferent: Dragons are intelligent, can fly, and they breath acid as a weapon. They also have a complex life cycle. They begin as Sea Serpents, go upriver to cocoon themselves inland, and emerge as dragons. The disruption of this cycle creates the current state of the world, with the dragons all but gone and humanity's knowledge of the magics of the past nearly lost.
* OurElvesAreBetter: The Elderlings combine this with LizardFolk.
* SorcerorKing: The Farseer dynasty are psychically gifted with a variety of powers. Whether they fall here or under SorcerousOverlord depends on the monarch: Kings Shrewd and Verity are definite examples of TheGoodKing, while Regal is a prejudiced asshole and part of the first trilogy's BigBadEnsemble.

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!! Tropes common not exclusive to the universe:
* AmbiguousGender: The Fool, to an extent. We only meet three characters, The Fool included, who are [[spoiler:Whites (as opposed to Humans)]], and one
any of the three (The Pale Lady) is unambiguously female.
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* AmbiguouslyHuman: The Fool. In his youth he's mistaken for an albino, but his skin darkens throughout AdvancedAncientAcropolis: Kelsingra and several other ruined ancient Elderling cities found on the series to golden banks of the Rain Wild River and eventually only accessible by using a liveship or taking the long, Skill-wrought road leading there from the Mountain Kingdom. [[spoiler:Due to chestnut brown. He's actually [[spoiler:not their proximity to and co-habitation with dragons the Elderlings were able to take advantage of the latter's magic and develop what amounts to {{Magitek}}, yet their cities were destroyed in a human at all, but a White.cataclysm so devastating it changed even the course of the coastline.]]
* AdvancedAncientAcropolis: Kelsingra
* BondCreatures: Those with
AmbiguouslyHuman: [[spoiler:The Whites]], and by extension the Wit choose animal partners
* BurnTheWitch: Witted people who are caught are hanged over water and burned; superstition holds that this is done because otherwise
White Prophets. Easily mistaken for albinos when young, their spirit might escape or even allow them to come back to life. [[spoiler:It's considered a horribly evil thing to do, but skin, eyes and hair darken throughout the Wit ''does'' allow this course of their lives to happen under very specific circumstances.golden and eventually to chestnut brown [[spoiler:whenever one of their prophecies has been fulfilled and the world nudged from its set course.]] Subtle hints like their [[OlderThanTheyLook longevity]] and something slightly off about [[spoiler:the Fool's]] wrists clue Fitz in as well. [[spoiler:The Fool then says that no, the Whites were not human, and neither is he.]]
* CrystalSpiresAndTogas: The Elderling civilization seems AnimalEyeSpy: Discussed. In the Six Duchies it is generally assumed that the Witted can see through animal eyes. That is not so. As Fitz and others point out, they cannot see through their bond animals' eyes, yet the idea that the Witted could be spying on them creeps many people out to such an extent that -- combined with other superstitions -- it's a direct cause of BurnTheWitch
* BazaarOfTheBizarre: Bingtown has the Rain Wild Street, where the exotic and expensive, potentially magically imbued merchandise of the mysterious Rain Wild Traders can be bought. It's so expensive, many of the shops
have been hired guards. Fitz mentions how just walking down the street dizzied him due to his heightened senses of the Wit and the Skill.
* BlueAndOrangeMorality: The dragons perceive the world completely different than humans do. For dragons, they are the kings and queens of the world, and the world and everything in it exists only to make sure the dragons are doing well. It is impossible to make a dragon understand that humans have different priorities, so that the humans have to resort to offering the dragons bargains which benefit the latter to get them to do something not of their immediate concern.
* BondCreatures: Those with the Wit choose animal partners with whom they share their lives, often assuming certain traits typical for the animal. If all goes well, it's an enrichment for both parties; if things go south, both lose their ability to live among their own kind. Thus, careful instruction in the ways of the Old Blood folk is encouraged beforehand.
* BurnTheWitch: Witted people who are caught are hanged over water, chopped to pieces and burned. Superstition holds that
this is done because otherwise their spirit might escape or even allow them to come back to life. [[spoiler:It's considered a horribly evil thing to do by those of Old Blood, but the Wit ''does'' allow this to happen under very specific circumstances.]]
* DecadentCourt: The Jamaillian court is less well described than the Farseer court at Buckkeep, but obviously much bigger
and based on {{Magitek}}.
both more deadly and more decadent, with the Satrap at the top, an unstated number of advisors and nobles, the Satrap's Heart Companions (not to be confused with a harem, although to Companion Serilla's dismay most Heart Companions have chosen to do just that) and all other members of the court going unmentioned. And everyone is seemingly doing their level best to get as much power as possible, at whatever price.
* TheDragonsComeBack: All the series except The Farseer Trilogy revolve to a greater or lesser extent around the return of dragons and their Elderling servants.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: A recurring theme
servants. [[spoiler:The Fool in the story. But even then, love between evil tends to lead to evil ends. Examples include but are not limited to...
** Regal loved his mother, Queen Desire, and [[spoiler:attempted to drive apart the Six Duchies on her behalf]]
** Kyle Haven loves his daughter Malta, and is completely unconcerned
particular works towards this happening, claiming that she's turning into a seductress at a troublingly young age and engaging in behavior that the dragons will alienate her family serve as a counterpoint to human arrogance and thus prevent the humans from destroying themselves.]] It is a long and arduous process, as the Bingtown upper classes. Instead, he spoils her rotten dragons' reproduction cycle is dependant on many factors and interferes with anyone trying to discipline her.
** The Chalcedean Merchant's family is [[spoiler:being held by the Duke of Chalced
[[spoiler:only one male and subjected to torture]]. The Chalcedean Merchant does as bad and worse to everyone he encounters in the attempt to win their freedom.
female dragon respectively are left]].
* FantasticRacism: The persecution of Old Blood in people folk known as the Witted, who are born more highly attuned to life and bond with an animal companion. In the Six Duchies, they are vilified as little more than beasts themselves and tend to get lynched if discovered.
* IncompatibleOrientation: Fitz, for MerchantCity: Bingtown, situated near the Fool.
mouth of the Rain Wild River on the Cursed Shores. The Bingtown Traders consider themselves an exclusive caste, basically rule themselves via the Traders Council and are very proud of being the descendants of those who came to the Cursed Shores with nothing but themselves and not only managed to survive but also to make a fortune.
* MoralityKitchenSink: Justified. The Six Duchies folk, the Bingtowners, and the Outislanders all have very different standards of morality.
morality, depending on their previous histories, and even those groups are not morally homogenous, with each individual character bringing their own reasons and morals to the story.
* OurDragonsAreDifferent: OurDragonsAreDifferent:
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Dragons are intelligent, can fly, and they breath acid as a weapon. They also have a complex life cycle. They begin as Sea Serpents, go upriver to cocoon themselves inland, and emerge as dragons. The [[spoiler:The disruption of this cycle creates created the current state of the world, with the dragons all but gone and humanity's knowledge of the magics of the past nearly lost.
lost.]]
** And then there's what becomes known as the Six Duchies' dragons, [[spoiler:which are not dragons at all but statues of dragons brought to temporary life by Skill coteries pouring themselves into them]]. But since those are the first dragons anyone sees in a long time, there is some controversy when the real ones show up.
* OurElvesAreBetter: The Elderlings combine combined this with LizardFolk.
LizardFolk. [[spoiler:They were taller, more beautiful, with metallic eye colours, telepathic and possessed {{Magitek}}. As a mark of the dragons they lived alongside, they also had scales and sometimes claws.]]
* PraetorianGuard:
** The King's Guard at the start of the series, though that's about as far as they are described.
** During ''Royal Assassin'', Queen-in-Waiting Kettricken acquieres her own Queen's Guard, who are inspired by her own courage and prowess in battle and decide she needs her own guard.
* PropheciesAreAlwaysRight: Discussed by the Fool when Fitz questions the validity of his prophecies. The Fool claims that prophecies that were written down often turn out to be true, but that it's also impossible to tell ''which'' prophecy will eventually be the one to surface, because there are a number of possible futures. All of those futures can be foretold, but it's only after the fact that one can say 'yes, that happened exactly as it was foretold'. Hence prophecies, when written down, tend to be so infuriatingly vague that they leave enough room for interpretation.
* ProudMerchantRace: The Rain Wild Traders. Barely anyone knows they even exist, yet it is they who are the source of most of Bingtown's wealth, as the Bingtown Traders have to buy their exotic goods to be able to sell them elsewhere. They are also the ones who build and sell the liveships, and only trader families in possession of a liveship can even navigate the Rain Wild River and reach the coveted merchandise. The Rain Wild Traders are a sort of homebound {{Intrepid Merchant}}s, exploring and plundering the AdvancedAncientAcropolis buried beneath their own city of Trehaug. They are also not quite human anymore due the their constant proximity to the buried Elderling city.
* PsychicLink: Both the Skill and the Wit/Old Blood are used in this way, the latter mostly for BondCreatures. The Skill, a magic usually found within the Farseer bloodline, enables Skilled ones to form Skill coteries which serve the monarch and are able to share power among themselves and with the reigning king/queen and to some extent influence other people as well.
* SorcerorKing: The Farseer dynasty are psychically gifted with a variety of powers. Whether they fall here or under SorcerousOverlord depends on the monarch: Kings Shrewd and Verity are definite examples of TheGoodKing, while Regal [[spoiler:Regal]] is a prejudiced asshole and part of the first trilogy's BigBadEnsemble.BigBadEnsemble.
* StandardRoyalCourt: The Farseer court at Buckkeep is as standard as it gets, with -- most of the time -- a King, his Queen, the King-in-Waiting (or Queen-in-Waiting, but the books are dominated by the male members of the Farseer line), princes, a royal bastard -- hello, Fitz -- , TheSpymaster doing double duty as the chancellor, [[TheJester the Fool]], various nobles and their hanger-ons, the King's/Queen's Guards, the normal guards and a vast array of servants.


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* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: Regal loved his mother, Queen Desire, and [[spoiler:attempted to drive apart the Six Duchies on her behalf]].


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* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: Kyle Haven loves his daughter Malta, and is completely unconcerned that she's turning into a seductress at a troublingly young age and engaging in behavior that will alienate her family from the Bingtown upper classes. Instead, he spoils her rotten and interferes with anyone trying to discipline her.


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* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes:The Chalcedean Merchant's family is [[spoiler:being held by the Duke of Chalced and subjected to torture]]. The Chalcedean Merchant does as bad and worse to everyone he encounters in the attempt to win their freedom.
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!! Tropes found in ''The Liveship Traders'':



!! Tropes found in ''The Tawny Man'':



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Third trilogy about Fitz, only the first book of which has been published so far.

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Third trilogy about Fitz, only the first third and last book of which has been published so far.
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* The books in this series are:




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* BrownEyes: All the Vestrits have inherited of the same dark eyes. Brashen and Etta as well. Amber has a amber-colored eyes. Pretty much the only people with others colors of eyes are Kyle and others blond-haired chalcedians and Kennit, who's icy blue are frequently commented upon.



* BrownEyes: All the Vestrits have inherited of the same dark eyes. Brashen and Etta as well. Amber has a amber-colored eyes. Pretty much the only people with others colors of eyes are Kyle and others blond-haired chalcedians and Kennit, who's icy blue are frequently commented upon.
* ContinuityNod: when Amber resculpts the ship Paragon's visage in order to restore its eyes, the end result is heavily implied to be Fitz the assassin. In ''The Tawny Man'', [[spoiler:this turns out to have been a ChekhovsBoomerang]].

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* BrownEyes: All ChekhovsGun: While living aboard Paragon, Amber cuts a hatch into the Vestrits have inherited floor of the same dark eyes. captain's quarters to better be able to access her supplies. Neither Brashen nor Althea approve, and Etta as well. Amber has a amber-colored eyes. Pretty much it is forgotten. [[spoiler:In ''Ship of Destiny'', when Paragon is set on fire and the crew trapped in the hold, it is their only people with others colors of eyes are Kyle and others blond-haired chalcedians and Kennit, who's icy blue are frequently commented upon.
way to escape.]]
* ContinuityNod: when When Amber resculpts the ship Paragon's visage in order to restore its eyes, the end result is heavily implied to be Fitz the assassin. In ''The Tawny Man'', [[spoiler:this turns out to have been a ChekhovsBoomerang]].




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** Fool's Assassin (the only book published so far)

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''Fool's Assassin''
** ''Fool's Quest''
** ''Assassin's Fate''
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This should not be confused with the novel ''Farseer'', a TabletopGame/Warhammer40000 novel by Creator/WilliamKing of Literature/GotrekAndFelix fame.
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