History Literature / RealmOfTheElderlings

22nd May '16 6:38:42 PM SomeRandomMook
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* AssholeVictim: [[spoiler:Hest]], who is first forced by the Chalcedean to go to the Rain Wilds and help them in their plot to obtain dragon blood, and after suffering many hardships is finally [[spoiler:eaten by a dragon]]
* BadBoss: The Duke of Chalced takes his noblemen's families as hostages, threatening to have them killed if they fail in their misions abroad (and he gets to carry out that threat more than once).

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* AssholeVictim: [[spoiler:Hest]], who is first forced by the Chalcedean Chalcedeans to go to the Rain Wilds and help them in their plot to obtain dragon blood, and after suffering many hardships is finally [[spoiler:eaten by a dragon]]
* BadBoss: The Duke of Chalced takes his noblemen's families as hostages, threatening to have them killed if they fail in their misions missions abroad (and he gets to carry out that threat more than once).



* CurbStompBattle: [[spoiler: The dragons defeat Chalced with ''hours''.]]

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* CurbStompBattle: [[spoiler: The dragons defeat Chalced with within ''hours''.]]


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* HollywoodAcid: The dragons' acidic BreathWeapon can reduce a human to sludge in ''seconds''. ''One drop'' landing on a Chalcedean soldier is even enough to kill him, having destroyed his guts from the inside.
3rd May '16 9:40:31 AM SomeRandomMook
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* EatenAlive: [[spoiler:Hest]] suffers this fate, SwallowedWhole to boot. [[KarmicDeath Not that he didn't have it coming.]]


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* WouldNotShootACivilian: In the final assault on Chalced, the dragons ''only'' use their acid spray on enemy soldiers. The civilians ''are'' incited to panic and run with the dragons' Glamours, which the dragons ''do'' enjoy, but it's implied this is as much to get them out of harm's way as for the Schadenfreude.
20th Apr '16 10:51:01 PM McJeff
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* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: Plenty of these have been dealt out to Fitz.

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* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: Plenty of these have been dealt out to Fitz. After Galen delivers one to Fitz during a Skilling lesson, Burrich returns the favor and beats Galen so badly he's afraid to do physical harm to Fitz from then on.
10th Apr '16 11:32:00 AM surgoshan
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* WhoWantsToLiveForever: Thanks to the skill-healing that rescued him from certain death in the Tawny Man trilogy, Fitz, although approaching 60 by the end of the book, is still physically in his thirties. He greatly laments that his beloved Molly is "leaving him behind".

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* WhoWantsToLiveForever: Thanks to the skill-healing that rescued him from certain death in the Tawny Man trilogy, Fitz, although approaching 60 by the end of the book, is still physically in his thirties. He greatly laments that his beloved Molly is "leaving him behind".behind".

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10th Apr '16 11:31:42 AM surgoshan
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* AbusiveParents: Molly's father. [[spoiler:Molly herself]] becomes like this later, until someone intervenes.

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* AbusiveParents: Molly's father. [[spoiler:Molly herself]] becomes like shows shades of this later, until someone intervenes.



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[[folder:Fitz and the Fool]]
This trilogy begins 19 years after the successful conclusion of Dutiful's betrothal to the Narcheska. Fitz, under the name Tom Badgerlock, has retired to Withywoods to a happy life with Molly. As far as the outside world is concerned, he's Holder Badgerlock, managing Withywood on behalf of his wife's daughter, Skillmistress Nettle. The pair are settling into a comfortable middle age and look forward to a happy senescence, when things get a little strange.

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

* TheLostLenore: 12 years into the book's story, 9 years after the birth of Fitz's second daughter, Molly dies (at the age of 60+). Fitz spends the rest of the book recovering from his terrible grief.
* MagneticHero: Though it remains to be seen how many of the people introduced in this book continue to play a role (given Fitz's proclivities toward solitude, probably none), Fitz nevertheless expands his household, thanks to the addition of a few bastards who didn't fit in as Chade's apprentice. Namely,
** FitVigilant (Lant), the bastard son of Lord Vigilant and [[spoiler:Huntswoman Laurel, introduced in the Tawny Man trilogy]]. He's rejected by Chade as being too kind, unable to take up the necessary aspects of their "dirty work". After receiving a nearly fatal beating from men hired by his father's wife and/or his legitimate half brothers, he is sent to Withywoods to act as Bee's tutor.
** Shun, a bastard Farseer whose parentage isn't revealed in the first book (but whose father is strongly hinted to be Chade, not least because he gifted her with his own surname, Fallstar). Although she's capable enough as an assassin, she's far too showy, vain, and arrogant. Not only that, but ''something'' has made her politically toxic, so she's sent to Withywoods to hide.
* WhoWantsToLiveForever: Thanks to the skill-healing that rescued him from certain death in the Tawny Man trilogy, Fitz, although approaching 60 by the end of the book, is still physically in his thirties. He greatly laments that his beloved Molly is "leaving him behind".
3rd Mar '16 8:34:20 PM McJeff
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* AssholeVictim: [[spoiler:Hest, who is first forced by the Chalcedean to go to the Rain Wilds and help them in their plot to obtain dragon blood, and is finally eaten by a dragon after suffering many hardships.]]

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* AssholeVictim: [[spoiler:Hest, [[spoiler:Hest]], who is first forced by the Chalcedean to go to the Rain Wilds and help them in their plot to obtain dragon blood, and is finally eaten by a dragon after suffering many hardships.]]hardships is finally [[spoiler:eaten by a dragon]]



* BlackWidow: The Duke of Chalced's daughter Chassim lost three husbands, her third the very evening after he publicly abused her.
* BlueAndOrangeMorality: Dragons view humans as having this. Dragons have lives so much longer than those of humans that they can't understand how humans can care about anything. Even Mercor, who is generally the most tolerant and respectful of the dragons towards the keepers, sees a woman [[spoiler:with a dying baby]] in the same way a human would see a child with a wilted flower.



* CentralTheme: Romantic relationships must be based on mutual respect and affection, regardless of the gender, sexual orientation, or even species of the people involved. Conversely, relationships based on lust and convenience aren't just doomed to fail, but likely to hurt the people in them in the end.



**IgnoredEpiphany in that Jerd quickly goes back to sleeping around with no thought to the consequences.



* TheDandy: Cedric isn't camp or flamboyant, but his fondness of outfits and grooming keeps him from being StraightGay.



* DomesticAbuser: Hest.

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* DomesticAbuser: Hest.Hest, who never fails to enjoy a cruel joke at either Alise or Cedric's expense and occasionally engages in physical abuse.



* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: the only person Hest seems to genuinely love is his mother, and is very distraught when [[spoiler:the Chalcedeans threaten to rape and kill her if he doesn't cooperate]].

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* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: the The only person Hest seems to genuinely love is his mother, and is very distraught when [[spoiler:the Chalcedeans threaten to rape and kill her if he doesn't cooperate]].



* HeroesWantRedheads: averted at first when nobody wants Alise except the guy looking for a beard, played straight later.

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* HeroesWantRedheads: averted Averted at first when nobody wants Alise except the guy looking for a beard, played straight later.later.
* HumiliationConga and TraumaCongaLine: Things go very badly for Hest once he gets mixed up with the Chalcedeans.



* {{Jerkass}}: Hest, Sintara, Greft, Jess, and really Sedric as well ([[spoiler:although he gets better by the end of ''Dragon Haven''.]])

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* {{Jerkass}}: Hest, Sintara, Greft, Jess, Spit, and really Sedric as well ([[spoiler:although he gets better by the end of ''Dragon Haven''.]])]])
* JerkassHasAPoint: A few of Greft's ideas were good, and some others could have been good had he been mature enough to apply them properly, or more tolerant of people not agreeing with him.



* KilledOffForReal: Several supporting characters and a couple main characters bite it. [[spoiler:Greft is already mutating so badly he's dying, but he's killed by gallators when he leaves the group. Heft is eaten by Kalo.]] And although the reality is a little more complicated, Thymara views this as [[spoiler:Rapskal's]] fate when he slowly absorbs the personality of an Elderling warrior.
* LaserGuidedKarma: Sexual predator Hest tries to rape Davvey. He is subsequently [[spoiler:eaten by Davvey's dragon Kalo]].



* LoveTriangle: Thymara has feelings for both Tats and Rapskal (and they for her), but doesn't want to commit to either of them or anyone else until she's ready.



* NeverFoundTheBody: Rapskal and Heeby.

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* NeverFoundTheBody: Rapskal and Heeby. [[spoiler:So they obviously survived.]]



* PetTheDog: Hest does manage to be genuinely grieved and horrified when [[spoiler:the Chalcedean merchant has Redding killed]].



* StraightGay: Hest, [[spoiler:Carson, Davvie, and Lecter.]]

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* StraightGay: Hest, [[spoiler:Carson, Carson, Davvie, and Lecter.]]Lecter.



* TheUnfavourite: Alise.

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* TheUnfavourite: Alise.TookALevelInJerkass: Rapskal. This is partly because he spends so much time among the memory stones that [[spoiler:he slowly absorbs the mind of a jerkass Elderling warrior named Tellator.]]
20th Feb '16 1:15:29 AM cepion
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* BenevolentBoss: Chade, and by extention King Shrewd, are this toward Fitz.


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* CluelessBoss: [[spoiler:Shrewd becomes this in ''Royal Assassin'']].


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* TheCoup: Happens [[spoiler:at the end of ''Royal Assassin'', when King Shrewd is murdered and Regal usurps the throne.]]


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* EmergencyAuthority: Patience [[spoiler:becomes the ''de facto'' ruler of Buckkeep in ''Assassin's Quest'', due to Regal abandoning the castle during the Red Ships raids]].


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* GovernmentInExile: [[spoiler:Kettricken has to flee to the Mountain Kingdom, refusing to recognize Regal as King]].


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* TheHighQueen: [[spoiler:Kettricken]] becomes his in the second and third book, although she's only queen regent, not queen regnant.


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* MistressAndServantBoy: [[spoiler:Chade]] and Fitz pose as this in one of their missions.


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* TheWomanWearingTheQueenlyMask: Kettricken.
20th Feb '16 12:57:59 AM cepion
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* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: King Shrewd, until [[spoiler:his excessive use of the Skill and Regal's manipulation he becomes a KingOnHisDeathbed of sorts]].
20th Feb '16 12:52:44 AM cepion
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* SadistTeacher: Galen at first seems to be merely a SternTeacher, but he soon shows his true colours.
20th Feb '16 12:44:57 AM cepion
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* [[spoiler:TheBadGuyWins: the ending of 'Royal Assassin'. King Shrewd is dead, Verity is missing, Kettricken is forced to flee Buckkeep, Regal becomes the new king and Fitz is sentenced to death. It slowly gets better in the next book.]]

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* [[spoiler:TheBadGuyWins: the ending of 'Royal Assassin'.''Royal Assassin''. King Shrewd is dead, Verity is missing, Kettricken is forced to flee Buckkeep, Regal becomes the new king and Fitz is sentenced to death. It slowly gets better in the next book.]]


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* HookersAndBlow: While Regal is not much of a womanizer, he is shown getting high more and more often as the story progresses.
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