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22nd Dec '17 11:22:07 AM Exxolon
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# Shadowmarch
# Shadowplay
# Shadowrise
# Shadowheart

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# Shadowmarch
''Shadowmarch''
# Shadowplay
''Shadowplay''
# Shadowrise
''Shadowrise''
# Shadowheart
''Shadowheart''
3rd Dec '17 2:56:43 AM ACW
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* CompleteMonster: Autarch and Hendon Tolly.
22nd Nov '17 7:09:12 AM Trillium
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* AlwaysSaveTheGirl: [[GenreSavvy Autarch]] concludes that one of his wives and his bodyguard DID have some kind of affair because the bodyguard didn't admit they have even under horrific torture. A man who didn't care about the girl would've blamed her just on the off chance that it would ease the torture.



* BadBoss: Autarch makes most Bad Bosses look gentle and caring. Also Hendon Tolly.



* BFG: Immense cannons used by Autarch in the siege of Hierosol. They fire from across a wide bay, way out of range of Hierosol's own cannons, and knock a hole in walls so immensely thick and hard that they were considered invulnerable.



* BigBadWannabe: Hendon Tolly to Autarch Sulepis. [[spoiler: Autarch to Zosim.]]



* CompleteMonster: Autarch and Hendon Tolly.
* CoolSword: Whitefire, sword wielded by Yasammez. Originally wielded by ''Sun god''.



* GreyAndBlackMorality: In general. In war between Qar and Humans there is no right side, but Autarch, Daikonas Vo and [[spoiler: Zosim]] are rather unapologetically evil.



* HonorBeforeReason: Shaso dan-Heza gave a promise not tell anyone of a conversation he had with [[spoiler: Prince Kendric]] and so he doesn't even though doing so would clear him of murder charges and allow others to realize there is an actually darker plot going underneath.



* [[OurMonstersAreDifferent Our Dwarves Are... Actually Different]]: The Funderlings, who share the love for stone working / mining / digging, but are otherwise fairly similar to humans and a lot more varied than the usual one-note fantasy dwarf race.

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* [[OurMonstersAreDifferent Our Dwarves Are... Actually Different]]: The Funderlings, who share the love for stone working / mining / digging, but are otherwise fairly similar to humans and a lot more varied than the usual one-note fantasy dwarf race. They also object to the term "Dwarf" since it refers to someone disabled. One Funderling even shows his human step-son a Funderling with dwarfism (who is really small) to illustrate the difference.
* PowerAtAPrice: [[spoiler: Prince Barrick is cured and given strength he would have had hadn't he been injured at the cost of ability to feel love or sorrow. He can however summon those emotions, causing his arm to become weak and twisted again, but it isn't easy.]]


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* TemptingFate: [[OneManArmy Yasammez]] tells how she, a demigoddess, [[spoiler: barely survived a lesser god's wrath during a divine conflict, and that it is pretty much the only thing that scares her. [[HeroicSacrifice She gets to fight same god in the climax, knowing she cannot win, bu hoping to stall him long enough for others to destroy him.]]]]
* TheChessmaster: Avin Brone plays the Shadowmarch court as a fiddle and knows what's going on even when removed from office and under almost constant surveillance and suspicion.


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* TrainingThePeacefulVillagers: Under Ferras Vansen's command the peaceful Funderlings hold off Qar army for a long time, and give Autarch's army a run for their money too.


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* UnreliableNarrator: What really happened between Qar and human gods. At first it appears that Qar know the real story and humans were just given propaganda by the winning gods. Then it appears that Qar get some things wrong too, and Xandians have their own, rather different, version of the myth. Since every nation also prefers to whitewash their gods, things get muddled.


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* WhatASenselessWasteOfHumanLife: The fierce war between Qar and Humans happens partially because [[spoiler: of misunderstanding and Qar royalty's inability to imagine that their daughter could fall in love with a human (which they should have known better, since they always remember the divine conflict that started when a human goddess fell in love with a Qar god, while other human gods declared it rape). Stemming from which is another reason - [[PoorCommunicationKills lack of communication]] about ''why'' the Qar need to enter the tunnels beneath the Castle.]] The war leads to massive casualties on both sides, and puts both races at huge disadvantage [[spoiler: when [[EnemyMine the Autarch arrives and they have to team up.]]]]
26th Sep '17 11:38:28 AM DustSnitch
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* BadassPrincess: Briony definitely qualifies.
11th Aug '17 10:51:59 AM Black_Diesel
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23rd Jul '17 10:58:55 AM Malady
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* TheStoic: Vo again. Also [[spoiler: Barrick after getting the Fireflower rarely shows much emotion outwardly.]]

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* TheStoic: Vo again. Also [[spoiler: Barrick [[spoiler:Barrick after getting the Fireflower rarely shows much emotion outwardly.]]


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* ThePlace: The first volume is named after its setting. Shadowmarch Castle.
23rd Jul '17 10:52:24 AM Malady
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The volumes are:

# Shadowmarch
# Shadowplay
# Shadowrise
# Shadowheart



* EverybodyHatesHades: Subverted. Kernios is an obvious paralell to Hades, as a god associated both with death and the underground, and throughout the series hints are dropped that he's actually the BigBad [[spoiler: but it turns out that he's soundly in hibernation with most of the rest of the pantheon- Zosim the trickster god, who was impersonating him, is the BigBad. The Autarch, who was counting on the god he was dealing with being Kernios, gets a major OhCrap moment when he realizes the truth]].

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* EverybodyHatesHades: Subverted. Kernios is an obvious paralell parallel to Hades, as a god associated both with death and the underground, and throughout the series hints are dropped that he's actually the BigBad [[spoiler: but it turns out that he's soundly in hibernation with most of the rest of the pantheon- Zosim the trickster god, who was impersonating him, is the BigBad. The Autarch, who was counting on the god he was dealing with being Kernios, gets a major OhCrap moment when he realizes the truth]].



* EvilVersusEvil: In the last volume of the series, there is a war between [[spoiler:autarch Sulepis ]] and [[spoiler:Hendon Tolly]].
* {{Expy}}: Most of the gods of Eion parallel one or more of the gods of Myth/ClassicalMythology. Perin, Erivor, and Kernios are pretty obviously Zeus, Poseidon, and Hades respectively, and their father parallels Kronos; Zoria has Athena's spheres of influence but her story more closely parallel's Persephone's, and Kupilas closely resembles Hephaestus. Zosim has certain similarities to both Hermes and Dionysus [[spoiler: but in actuality is more like Loki, a trickster from an entirely different pantheon]].

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* EvilVersusEvil: In the last volume of the series, there is a war between [[spoiler:autarch Sulepis ]] [[spoiler:Autarch Sulepis]] and [[spoiler:Hendon Tolly]].
* {{Expy}}: Most of the gods of Eion parallel one or more of the gods of Myth/ClassicalMythology. Perin, Erivor, and Kernios are pretty obviously Zeus, Poseidon, and Hades respectively, and their father parallels Kronos; Zoria has Athena's spheres of influence but her story more closely parallel's Persephone's, and Kupilas closely resembles Hephaestus. Zosim has certain similarities to both Hermes and Dionysus [[spoiler: but [[spoiler:but in actuality is more like Loki, a trickster from an entirely different pantheon]].



* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler: Gyir does this killing Jikuyin, blowing himself and the demigod up, Beetledown does it to save [[JerkAss Brother Nickel]]. Also Yasammez stalls Zosim, dying in the process, so Chert's plan can come to fruition.]]

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* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler: Gyir [[spoiler:Gyir does this killing Jikuyin, blowing himself and the demigod up, Beetledown does it to save [[JerkAss Brother Nickel]]. Also Yasammez stalls Zosim, dying in the process, so Chert's plan can come to fruition.]] ]]
* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: Each volume is called Shadow[something] being both {{One Word Title}}s and {{Portmantitle}}s.
** Shadowmarch
** Shadowplay
** Shadowrise
** Shadowheart
31st Jan '16 6:14:04 PM GrammarNavi
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''Shadowmarch'' is a HighFantasy series by TadWilliams, originally conceived as a web-based novel but turned into the regular kind halfway through the first volume.

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''Shadowmarch'' is a HighFantasy series by TadWilliams, Creator/TadWilliams, originally conceived as a web-based novel but turned into the regular kind halfway through the first volume.
4th May '15 11:13:12 AM nombretomado
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* {{Expy}}: Most of the gods of Eion parallel one or more of the gods of ClassicalMythology. Perin, Erivor, and Kernios are pretty obviously Zeus, Poseidon, and Hades respectively, and their father parallels Kronos; Zoria has Athena's spheres of influence but her story more closely parallel's Persephone's, and Kupilas closely resembles Hephaestus. Zosim has certain similarities to both Hermes and Dionysus [[spoiler: but in actuality is more like Loki, a trickster from an entirely different pantheon]].

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* {{Expy}}: Most of the gods of Eion parallel one or more of the gods of ClassicalMythology.Myth/ClassicalMythology. Perin, Erivor, and Kernios are pretty obviously Zeus, Poseidon, and Hades respectively, and their father parallels Kronos; Zoria has Athena's spheres of influence but her story more closely parallel's Persephone's, and Kupilas closely resembles Hephaestus. Zosim has certain similarities to both Hermes and Dionysus [[spoiler: but in actuality is more like Loki, a trickster from an entirely different pantheon]].
27th Jul '14 3:32:47 PM SolariusScorch
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* BloodKnight: Yasammez. [[spoiler: Barrick gets these tendencies after getting the Fireflower.]]

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* BloodKnight: Yasammez. [[spoiler: Barrick gets these tendencies after getting the Fireflower. And Saqri enjoys battles a bit too much for her image.]]



* DisproportionateRetribution: Torture, death, or severe beatings await anyone who does anything against an Autarch, whether is be, coughing too much om his presence, to helping one of his hundreds on wives to escape

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* DisproportionateRetribution: Torture, death, or severe beatings await anyone who does anything against an Autarch, whether is be, from coughing too much om in his presence, presence to helping one of his hundreds on wives to escapeescape.
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