History Literature / SwordOfTruth

22nd Apr '17 3:34:06 AM ValarHodoris
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* SeriousBusiness: Within the Imperial Order, the people and the establishment alike take the sport of Ja'La very seriously. The society has virtually no social mobility, but becoming an elite player is a surefire way to gain tremendous status and glory.
6th Apr '17 6:22:30 PM Fireblood
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* ChildByRape: [[spoiler:Richard ''Rahl'']], and Du Chaillu's fourth child.

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* ChildByRape: [[spoiler:Richard ''Rahl'']], and Du Chaillu's fourth child. Also the children of Confessors, since their fathers are always {{brainwashed}}, though it's not actually referred to as rape.
5th Apr '17 9:23:11 PM Fireblood
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* ActualPacifist: The Bandakar initially, who fall under the rule of the Imperial Order due to this. Most of them later abandon pacifism and kill them under Richard's guidance. It's rather anvilicious in proclaiming pacifism is stupid and wrong.

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* ActualPacifist: The Bandakar initially, who fall under the rule of the Imperial Order due to this. Most of them later abandon pacifism and kill them under fight with Richard's guidance. It's rather anvilicious in proclaiming pacifism is stupid and wrong.
5th Apr '17 9:19:19 PM Fireblood
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* ActualPacifist: The Bandakar initially, who fall under the rule of the Imperial Order due to this. Most of them later abandon pacifism and kill them under Richard's guidance. It's rather anvilicious in proclaiming pacifism is stupid and wrong.
5th Apr '17 6:46:07 AM Fireblood
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* DemonicPossession: Slides take control of animal's bodies through projecting their souls, plus people's they captured, into them.

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* DemonicPossession: Slides take control of animal's bodies animals through projecting their souls, plus people's they captured, into them.various creatures' bodies.
5th Apr '17 6:44:24 AM Fireblood
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* DeusExMachina: Played painfully straight: Richard [[ItWasHisSled Rahl's]] Gift (basically magic) qualifies. At the end of a book, expect him to know how to perfectly use it to get out of the dire situation of the week, while at the beginning of the next book he's so clueless about how to use it that the events of the last book [[BagOfSpilling might as well have not happened]].

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* DemonicPossession: Slides take control of animal's bodies through projecting their souls, plus people's they captured, into them.
* DeusExMachina: Played painfully straight: Richard [[ItWasHisSled Rahl's]] Gift (basically gift (ability to do magic) qualifies. At the end of a book, expect him to know how to perfectly use it to get out of the dire situation of the week, while at the beginning of the next book he's so clueless about how to use it that the events of the last book [[BagOfSpilling might as well have not happened]].
5th Apr '17 6:41:41 AM Fireblood
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* AstralProjection: The Slides can project their souls, plus those of people's whom they capture.

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* AstralProjection: The Slides can project their souls, plus those of people's whom they capture.capture, into animals to control them or [[AnimalEyeSpy use their eyes and ears]].
5th Apr '17 6:33:54 AM Fireblood
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* AnimalEyeSpy: Slides have an ability to look through animals' eyes and hear with their ears when sending people's captured souls into them. [[spoiler: Nicholas used this to always stay one step ahead of Richard until he figures it out.]]



* AntiMagic: The "pristinely ungifted," who are not only immune to magic, but can't perceive it, and who always pass this trait onto their children. At one point, Jagang has his forces kidnap a bunch of them and forces them to breed with his men just to spread this trait to the next generation.

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* AntiMagic: The "pristinely ungifted," who are not only immune to magic, but can't perceive it, and who always pass this trait onto their children. At one point, Jagang has his forces kidnap a bunch of them and forces them to breed with his men just to spread this trait to the next generation. He also forces some of them into invading the Wizard's Keep to capture Zedd and Adie, since it's elaborate magical defenses (along with their spells) are completely useless against them.



* ArtisticLicenseEconomics: The StrawCharacter communist bureaucracy that stifles the people of the Imperial Order, as depicted in detail in ''Faith of the Fallen'', is so ridiculous that it should by all rights have caused the Empire to die out before the protagonist even became aware of its existence. However, Nicci visits her home town (which was an early place under control of the Imperial Order) and finds nothing but abandoned ruins. It is also explicitly stated that almost all the Old World was conquered within Richard's lifetime, and entirely thanks to Jagang, who is really the only thing holding it all together.

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* ArtisticLicenseEconomics: ArtisticLicenseEconomics:
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The StrawCharacter communist bureaucracy that stifles the people of the Imperial Order, as depicted in detail in ''Faith of the Fallen'', is so ridiculous that it should by all rights have caused the Empire to die out before the protagonist even became aware of its existence. However, Nicci visits her home town (which was an early place under control of the Imperial Order) and finds nothing but abandoned ruins. It is also explicitly stated that almost all the Old World was conquered within Richard's lifetime, and entirely thanks to Jagang, who is really the only thing holding it all together.



* AstralProjection: The Slides can project their souls, plus those of people's whom they capture.



* ForgotAboutHisPowers: Wizards have the ability to transform a man into a wolf, or presumably another animal, as evidenced by Brophy. This power is never used after the first book, even though it's not that far-fetched to imagine that it would be quite useful in a number of scenarios.
** Because it's explicitly said to be a 1-way change if the user only has additive magic. Though in theory, Richard could do it. Though full-physical manipulation requires both sides of the power, which was one of the reasons the older Wizards sealed subtractive magic away. Due to all the monstrosities created during the previous war by the unrestricted full use of magic.

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* ForgotAboutHisPowers: Wizards have the ability to transform a man into a wolf, or presumably another animal, as evidenced by Brophy. This power is never used after the first book, even though it's not that far-fetched to imagine that it would be quite useful in a number of scenarios.
** Because it's
scenarios. However it was explicitly said to be a 1-way one-way change if the user only has additive magic. Though in theory, Richard could do it. Though full-physical Full-scale physical manipulation requires both sides of the power, which was one of the reasons the older Wizards sealed subtractive magic away. Due away, due to all the monstrosities created during the previous war by the unrestricted full use of magic.
4th Apr '17 9:53:38 PM Fireblood
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* CharacterFilibuster: Especially towards the end of the series, characters' speeches often go on for pages at a time; in one case, such an oration lasts for ''two whole chapters''. Many of these are also {{Author Filibuster}}s.

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* CharacterFilibuster: Especially towards the end of the series, characters' speeches often go on for pages at a time; in one case, such an oration lasts for ''two whole chapters''. Many of these are also {{Author Filibuster}}s.{{author filibuster}}s. A particularly egregious examples is in ''Naked Empire'', where Richard convinces the completely pacifist Bandukar to take up arms at his side against the Imperial Order soldiers through a series of lectures which take up much of each chapter where they appear. It seems he somehow became a master of oratory (and philosophy) overnight, since we see no real signs of this before. The Bandukar simply give up beliefs they have held for millennia with only a token resistance.
4th Apr '17 7:15:10 PM Fireblood
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* EasyEvangelism: Although one character had been gradually leaning toward Richard, just seeing his statue and the inscription is enough to turn her all the way to his side.

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* EasyEvangelism: Although one character had been gradually leaning toward Richard, just seeing his statue and EasyEvangelism:
** Used in ''Faith of the Fallen''. People are shown the light by a pretty statue, of two people standing tall, because no subject in TheEmpire seems to do that, along with
the inscription "Your life is enough your own...", because no one in the empire seemed to turn her have even thought of that. An alternative reading is that ''everyone'' had thought of it, or wanted to think of it, but they were so beaten down by the dystopia that they'd never dare say such things aloud before (the blacksmith and others admit as much in private earlier in the book). And seeing it displayed so openly and ''proudly'' finally convinced them to act on it. An ability to convince people is often stated to be a common trait to people who have the gift. Richard Rahl-Sue is the most gifted wizard ever. And the statue was implied to be at least in part a creation of magic.
** Again in ''Naked Empire'', where Richard easily manages to show a bunch of pacifists that their view is wrong. Not only that, but he can get them to take up arms with no compunctions, despite it going against what they were told
all of their lives. It can't be explained by magic here, since Richard's gift was explicitly not working at the way to his side.time. It helps that they had already been wavering about their pacifism when faced with the Imperial Order ravaging them, but even so.



* EnemyToAllLivingThings: Anyone touched by the Keeper of the Underworld, most notably [[spoiler: Oba and Jennsen in ''Pillars of Creation'']]

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* EnemyToAllLivingThings: Anyone touched by the Keeper of the Underworld, most notably [[spoiler: Oba and Jennsen in ''Pillars of Creation'']]Creation'']].
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