History Literature / SwordOfTruth

31st May '16 1:20:11 PM Morgenthaler
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* BlondGuysAreEvil: Darken Rahl.
24th May '16 1:11:27 PM Morgenthaler
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* BlondesAreEvil:
** The Mord-Sith, and Nicci. [[spoiler: Subverted when the Mord-Sith become Richard's allies and Nicci pulls a HighHeelFaceTurn.]]
** Extended to pretty much all of the D'Haran forces, since [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything blond hair and blue eyes are the mark of a "pure" D'Haran bloodline]] and [[spoiler:under Richard, they become the good guys.]]
13th May '16 9:15:39 PM Fireblood
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* FantasyContraception: Shota gives Kahlan a charm to wear which will prevent conception. However, it stops working in ''Soul of the Fire'' after the Chimes disrupt magic, so she becomes pregnant.
9th May '16 4:37:33 PM HiddenWindshield
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* WriterOnBoard: The series began as a typical sword and sorcery series, but becomes increasingly a vessel for the author to express his [[UsefulNotes/Objectivism Objectivist]] beliefs. For example, the central struggle in ''Faith of the Fallen'' is between free market capitalism and socialism. The main character Richard delivers a number of {{Author Tract}}s in which he states Goodkind's Objectivist opinions, which often contradict views the character expressed earlier in the series—or even the story's reality itself, such as claiming that belief in the afterlife is unfounded, [[FlatEarthAtheist when Richard has been there and back himself]].

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* WriterOnBoard: The series began as a typical sword and sorcery series, but becomes increasingly a vessel for the author to express his [[UsefulNotes/Objectivism [[UsefulNotes/{{Objectivism}} Objectivist]] beliefs. For example, the central struggle in ''Faith of the Fallen'' is between free market capitalism and socialism. The main character Richard delivers a number of {{Author Tract}}s in which he states Goodkind's Objectivist opinions, which often contradict views the character expressed earlier in the series—or even the story's reality itself, such as claiming that belief in the afterlife is unfounded, [[FlatEarthAtheist when Richard has been there and back himself]].
9th May '16 2:14:03 PM HiddenWindshield
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* DealWithTheDevil: If you aren't born with Subtractive Magic, (like Richard) you can get it for the low, low price of your soul and eternal damnation!

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* DealWithTheDevil: If you aren't born with Subtractive Magic, Magic (like Richard) Richard), you can get it for the low, low price of your soul and eternal damnation!
9th May '16 2:09:55 PM HiddenWindshield
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* CardCarryingVillain: Emperor Jagang seems to think Richard is this, giving, "Because he's evil!" as the reason he believes Richard is opposing him.\\
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By Jagang's standards, Richard ''is'' evil, because Richard's ideas are not only opposed to Jagang's, but ''inimical'' to them. Richard appears to understand this (but not people who simply don't agree with him). Jagang does not.

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* CardCarryingVillain: Emperor Jagang seems to think Richard is this, giving, "Because he's evil!" as the reason he believes Richard is opposing him.\\
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By Jagang's standards, Richard ''is'' evil, because Richard's ideas are not only opposed to Jagang's, but ''inimical'' to them. Richard appears to understand this (but not people who simply don't agree with him). Jagang does not.
27th Apr '16 1:33:44 PM MrDeath
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** The afterlife thing is particularly noteworthy, since Goodkind's attempt to justify it is more baffling than any Retcon could be. It is revealed in a later book that since [[TheMagicGoesAway the world was devoid of magic for a time]] the afterlife, magical in nature, has ceased to exist. So now belief in the afterlife is unfounded, even though it could be proven to exist before. This overwhelming change in the world and its profound impact on the human condition is mentioned exactly once, and after that all the characters behave as if they had always lived in a world where there was no life after death.

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** The afterlife thing is particularly noteworthy, since Goodkind's attempt to justify it is more baffling than any Retcon could be. It is revealed in a later book that since [[TheMagicGoesAway the world was devoid of magic for a time]] the afterlife, magical in nature, has ceased to exist. So now belief in the afterlife is unfounded, even though it could be proven to exist before. This overwhelming change in the world and its profound impact on the human condition is mentioned exactly once, and after that all the characters behave as if they had always lived in a world where there was no life after death.death...and this ''still'' doesn't account for the fact Richard goes to said afterlife years ''after'' the Chimes deprived the world of magic briefly.
27th Apr '16 6:52:03 AM Fireblood
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* HeroicSuicide: Wizard's Life Fire can be this, when done to protect another person. It requires that a wizard [[CastFromHitPoints put all of his life force]] into a spell that consumes everything surrounding them in a last act that also kills him. In the first book, Kahlan's former wizard does this to ensure that Darken Rahl cannot [[spoiler: use magic to learn who has made off with a Box of Orden]]. Zedd tastes the ashes left on the wall and notes that they are sweet, the sign that it was done to protect another person. [[spoiler: This is also the first indication they have that he was acting on some greater plan, rather than just abandoning Kahlan for the money and power of his new post.]] Zedd later attempts it to stop the chimes, but survives and is revived by Richard. In the prequel ''Warheart'', Barracus uses Subtractive Magic to insure a war wizard will be born when a dream walker is and counter it, then kills himself to keep the secret.

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* HeroicSuicide: Wizard's Life Fire can be this, when done to protect another person. It requires that a wizard [[CastFromHitPoints put all of his life force]] into a spell that consumes everything surrounding them in a last act that also kills him. In the first book, Kahlan's former wizard does this to ensure that Darken Rahl cannot [[spoiler: use magic to learn who has made off with a Box of Orden]]. Zedd tastes the ashes left on the wall and notes that they are sweet, the sign that it was done to protect another person. [[spoiler: This is also the first indication they have that he was acting on some greater plan, rather than just abandoning Kahlan for the money and power of his new post.]] Zedd later attempts it to stop the chimes, but survives and is revived by Richard. In the prequel book ''Warheart'', Barracus uses Subtractive Magic to insure a war wizard will be born when a dream walker is and counter it, then kills himself to keep the secret.
27th Apr '16 6:50:50 AM Fireblood
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* HeroicSuicide: Wizard's Life Fire can be this, when done to protect another person. It requires that a wizard [[CastFromHitPoints put all of his life force]] into a spell that consumes everything surrounding them in a last act that also kills him. In the first book, Kahlan's former wizard does this to ensure that Darken Rahl cannot [[spoiler: use magic to learn who has made off with a Box of Orden]]. Zedd tastes the ashes left on the wall and notes that they are sweet, the sign that it was done to protect another person. [[spoiler: This is also the first indication they have that he was acting on some greater plan, rather than just abandoning Kahlan for the money and power of his new post.]] Zedd later attempts it to stop the chimes, but survives and is revived by Richard.

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* HeroicSuicide: Wizard's Life Fire can be this, when done to protect another person. It requires that a wizard [[CastFromHitPoints put all of his life force]] into a spell that consumes everything surrounding them in a last act that also kills him. In the first book, Kahlan's former wizard does this to ensure that Darken Rahl cannot [[spoiler: use magic to learn who has made off with a Box of Orden]]. Zedd tastes the ashes left on the wall and notes that they are sweet, the sign that it was done to protect another person. [[spoiler: This is also the first indication they have that he was acting on some greater plan, rather than just abandoning Kahlan for the money and power of his new post.]] Zedd later attempts it to stop the chimes, but survives and is revived by Richard. In the prequel ''Warheart'', Barracus uses Subtractive Magic to insure a war wizard will be born when a dream walker is and counter it, then kills himself to keep the secret.
26th Apr '16 7:35:44 PM Fireblood
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* SexSlave: Confessors choose men they've confessed as mates, although the effect of the Confessor's touch means they're [[{{Brainwashed}} completely happy with this]].

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* SexSlave: Confessors choose men they've confessed as mates, although the effect of the Confessor's touch means they're [[{{Brainwashed}} completely happy with this]]. The Imperial Order also enslaves many women for this use.


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* SorcerousOverlord: Darken Rahl, lord of the D'Haran Empire. Later Emperor Jagang, head of the Imperial Order.
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