History Literature / TalesOfTheFiveHundredKingdoms

23rd Sep '16 12:22:03 AM Chariset
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A series of fantasy books with shades of romance by Creator/MercedesLackey. The realm known as the Five Hundred Kingdoms is governed by a magical force known as The Tradition which causes the inhabitants to live out Traditional stories from fairy tales, fables, fireside tales, morality plays, and even bawdy bar songs.

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A series of fantasy books with shades of romance by Creator/MercedesLackey. The main premise of the series is that a realm known as exists called the Five Hundred Kingdoms is Kingdoms, and these lands are governed by a magical force known as The Tradition which causes the inhabitants to live out Traditional stories plotlines from fairy tales, fables, fireside tales, morality plays, and even bawdy bar songs.
songs.
23rd Sep '16 12:18:09 AM Chariset
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A series of fantasy books, with shades of light romance, by Creator/MercedesLackey. In the realm known as the "Five Hundred Kingdoms," a force known as "The Tradition" tries to force people to live out "Traditional" stories from fairy tales, fables, fireside tales, morality plays, and even bawdy bar songs.

The books center on the Fairy Godmothers. These women have huge amounts of magical power as a result of The Tradition trying to force them into a role that either circumstances or their own personalities made impossible. They use their experience to try and minimize the harm The Tradition can cause. For example, they might send a woman to rescue a heterosexual [[DistressedDamsel princess]] in order to avert the tragedy of a married woman falling in love with another man just because he happens to be her rescuer.

Good Wizards, Sorcerers, and Sorceresses usually take over when, despite a Godmother's efforts, Evil wins, and the stories also feature Champions who are Traditionally the ones to do the physical heroics, go on epic quests, and wield enchanted blades.

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A series of fantasy books, books with shades of light romance, romance by Creator/MercedesLackey. In the The realm known as the "Five Five Hundred Kingdoms," Kingdoms is governed by a magical force known as "The Tradition" tries to force people The Tradition which causes the inhabitants to live out "Traditional" Traditional stories from fairy tales, fables, fireside tales, morality plays, and even bawdy bar songs.

The books center on Within this intriguing setting live the Fairy Godmothers. These Godmothers -- women have huge amounts in possession of magical power as a result of The the Tradition trying to force them into a role that either circumstances or their own personalities made impossible. They use their experience to try and a moderate touch of magic to minimize the harm The damage the Tradition can cause. For example, do, steering characters out of tales they might send a woman to rescue a heterosexual [[DistressedDamsel princess]] in order to avert the tragedy of a married woman falling in love know will end tragically and into ones with another man just because he happens to be her rescuer.

a happier ending. Also on the side of Good are the Wizards, Sorcerers, and Sorceresses usually take over when, despite Sorceresses, who work the larger magics when a Godmother's efforts, Evil wins, and efforts are not enough; similarly the stories also feature Champions who are Traditionally take on the ones to do the Traditional tasks of physical heroics, go on epic quests, and wield the wielding enchanted blades.
blades. Opposing them are Evil Sorcerers/Sorceresses, Wicked Stepmothers, cruel rulers, and all sorts of woe, which the Tradition enables because every story needs a villain.



* AManIsNotAVirgin: Generally played straight, occasionally subverted for comic effect. For example, when Sir George introduced himself as a "virgin knight," Andromeda snickered -- [[spoiler:but George was not only a virgin, 'he' was "Georgina"]].

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* AManIsNotAVirgin: Generally played straight, occasionally subverted for comic effect. For example, when Sir George introduced himself as a "virgin knight," knight" (i.e. a knight errant on his first quest), Andromeda snickered -- [[spoiler:but George was not only a virgin, 'he' was "Georgina"]].
20th Sep '16 4:36:10 PM Vandegraff1
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* DesignatedVillain: GenreSavvy Godmothers can do this InUniverse, setting themselves up to be the villain that a tale requires so that they can control and direct the story down a less-harmful path than it might otherwise take.

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* DesignatedVillain: GenreSavvy Godmothers can do this InUniverse, setting themselves up to be the villain that a tale requires so that they can control the story and direct the story it down a less-harmful path than it might otherwise take.
20th Sep '16 4:35:12 PM Vandegraff1
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* DesignatedVillain: GenreSavvy Godmothers can do this InUniverse, setting themselves up to be the villain that a tale requires.

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* DesignatedVillain: GenreSavvy Godmothers can do this InUniverse, setting themselves up to be the villain that a tale requires.requires so that they can control and direct the story down a less-harmful path than it might otherwise take.
24th Aug '16 2:00:24 PM Antigone3
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* DragonHoard: Gold for most dragons, but we meet two Bookwyrms [[note]]dragons said to be descended from a scholarly wizard who transformed himself into a dragon)[[/note]] whose "hoard" is their libraries.
** One of the challenges in ''The Sleeping Beauty'' is for the suitors to get golden items bearing minor curses into a dragon's hoard without harming him. The dragon agrees to this because 1) gold, 2) he's immune to the curses, and 3) once word gets out that his hoard is cursed, most treasure hunters will leave him alone.
19th Aug '16 4:18:20 PM Chariset
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* [[BreakTheCutie Break The Silly]]: Aleksia has to do this to Gerda, the love blind sweetheart of Kay, in order to open her eyes to the reality.
* BrainlessBeauty: As a rule, beautiful magical creatures will also be dumb as a post (to paraphrase: "Intelligence, beauty, magic -- pick two"). Exhibit A: Unicorns.
* BrotherSisterIncest: Tends to happen in Traditional paths where the siblings in question are unaware of the relation.

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* [[BreakTheCutie Break The Silly]]: Aleksia has to do this to Gerda, the love blind love-blind sweetheart of Kay, in order to open her eyes to the reality.
* BrainlessBeauty: As There are exceptions, but as a rule, beautiful magical creatures will also be dumb as a post (to paraphrase: "Intelligence, (intelligence, beauty, magic -- pick two").two). Exhibit A: Unicorns.
* BrotherSisterIncest: Tends to happen in Traditional paths where the siblings in question are [[SurpriseIncest unaware of the relation.relation]].



* DamselOutOfDistress: Andie in ''One Good Knight'', bordering on GuileHeroine. She doesn't fight any dragons, but she does learn how to use a sling and pick locks in preparation for her ChainedToARock moment.

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* DamselOutOfDistress: Andie in ''One Good Knight'', bordering on GuileHeroine. She doesn't fight any dragons, but she does learn how to use a sling and pick locks in preparation for her ChainedToARock moment.moment. Later, she becomes adept with a sling.



* DangerousSixteenthBirthday: The Tradition has certain deadlines, like significant birthdays, before which it must act or else the story will go unfulfilled.
** The twenty-first birthday is also considered significant: in ''The Fairy Godmother'' it's mentioned that it's only after that birthday that Elena can be safely trained in magic and in ''Fortune's Fool'' Katya's father tells her that now she's past her twenty-first birthday they know that her magic is stable and she has free rein to use it when appropriate.
* DarkIsNotEvil: While The Tradition encourages Evil Villains to take on certain motifs, Arachnia uses these same symbols while actually working for the Godmothers as a tester. And her troll of a stableman is actually a decent fellow, even if he is a bit ignorant of the conditions that might cause a pampered Prince to sicken and die.

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* DangerousSixteenthBirthday: The Tradition has certain deadlines, like significant birthdays, before which it must act or else Significant birthdays tend to be deadlines for the Tradition; if the story hasn't reached a certain point by then, it will go unfulfilled.
give up and leave that person alone (at least until s/he starts on what could be the plot of another story).
** The twenty-first birthday is also considered particularly significant: in ''The Fairy Godmother'' it's mentioned that it's only after that birthday that Elena can be safely trained in magic and in ''Fortune's Fool'' Katya's father tells her that now she's past her twenty-first birthday they know that her magic is stable and she has free rein to use it when appropriate.
* DarkIsNotEvil: While The Tradition encourages Evil Villains to take on certain motifs, Arachnia uses these motifs. Some decent figures, like Arachnia, adopt the same symbols while actually working for to fulfill the Godmothers as villain's role in a tester. And her tale without having to be evil herself. She even keeps a fairly polite troll of as a stableman is actually a decent fellow, even if he is a bit ignorant of the conditions that might cause a pampered Prince to sicken and die.stablehand.



* DefiantCaptive: Princess Kylia in ''The Fairy Godmother'' left a trail of damage when captured by the Koschei, which impresses Godmother Elena.

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* DefiantCaptive: Princess Kylia in ''The Fairy Godmother'' left leaves a trail of damage when captured by the Koschei, which impresses Godmother Elena.



* EvenEvilHasStandards: [[spoiler: Solon is disgusted at how gleeful Cassiopeia is at the news that her daughter has met a violent end.]]

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* EvenEvilHasStandards: [[spoiler: When Cassiopeia's adviser Solon lies and says her daughter was butchered by a dragon, even he is disgusted at how her gleeful Cassiopeia is at the news that her daughter has met a violent end.]]reaction.



* HideYourLesbians: There aren't many Traditional stories involving homosexuals, and as a result The Tradition has trouble figuring out what should happen when it inadvertently creates a situation where a Traditional romance should arise when both parties are of the same gender. Elena takes advantage of this at the end of the first book by going herself to rescue a married DamselInDistress while her boyfriend (Who happens to be said damsel's brother-in-law) leads the charge against the BigBad, to ensure that none of the established relationships get screwed up by The Tradition.

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* HideYourLesbians: There aren't many Traditional stories involving homosexuals, a homosexual couple, and as a result The Tradition has trouble figuring out what should happen when it inadvertently creates a situation where a Traditional romance should arise when both parties are of the same gender. Elena takes advantage of this at the end of the first book by going herself to rescue a married DamselInDistress while her boyfriend (Who (who happens to be said damsel's brother-in-law) leads the charge against the BigBad, to ensure that none of the established relationships get screwed up by The Tradition.



* IncestIsRelative: Siegfried was supposed to fall in love with his aunt Brunnhilde due to the path assigned to him by his homeland's JerkassGods. Every time he sees her sleeping on her slab of stone, surrounded by a ring of fire, he runs as fast as he can in the other direction. He is on a personal quest to find another Prince to shove across the flames to wake her, while he finds some maiden who isn't Brunnhilde who happens to be inside a ring of fire. [[spoiler: After Siegried rescues Rosamund from a castle surrounded by a ring of fire, Leopold happily wakes up Brunnhilde off screen, in fact he ''makes out'' with her and they end up getting together.]]

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* IncestIsRelative: Siegfried was supposed to fall in love with his aunt Brunnhilde due to the path assigned to him by his homeland's JerkassGods. Every time he sees her sleeping on her slab of stone, surrounded by a ring of fire, he runs as fast as he can in the other direction. He is on a personal quest to find another Prince to shove across the flames to wake her, while he finds some maiden who isn't Brunnhilde who happens to be inside a ring of fire. [[spoiler: After Siegried rescues Rosamund from a castle surrounded by a ring of fire, flames, Leopold happily wakes up Brunnhilde off screen, in fact he ''makes out'' with her and they end up getting together.]]



* ItsAllAboutMe: Queen Cassiopeia.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: [[spoiler: Prince Octavian. It is revealed that the reason he was awful to his brother Julian was because he was trying to help him in a misguided way. And after he fails his quest he gets on the path of redemption a lot quicker than his brother Alexander.]]

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* ItsAllAboutMe: The general attitude that marks an unsympathetic character. Queen Cassiopeia.
Cassiopeia and Prince Alexander (pre-CharacterDevelopment) are not-so-shining examples.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: [[spoiler: Prince Octavian. It is revealed that the reason he was awful to his brother Julian was because he was trying to help him in a misguided way. And after he fails his quest he gets on the path of redemption a lot quicker than his brother Alexander.]]



* MassiveNumberedSiblings: Both Sasha (a seventh son) and Katya ('''thirteen''' siblings) from ''Fortune's Fool''. Also Gina (like Katya, one of fourteen) from ''One Good Knight''.



*TheMindIsAPlaythingOfTheBody: Characters subjected to a KarmicTransformation will start to lose their humanity to whatever they've become unless they get occasional 'breaks' as a human again. This complicates Elena's program to reform Alexander.



* MassiveNumberedSiblings: Both Sasha (a seventh son) and Katya ('''thirteen''' siblings) from ''Fortune's Fool''. Also Gina (like Katya, one of fourteen) from ''One Good Knight''.
9th Aug '16 5:40:54 PM Malady
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The TropeMaker for RomanticPseudoFantasy.

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The TropeMaker for RomanticPseudoFantasy.
Literature/RomanticPseudoFantasy.
6th Jul '16 1:26:15 PM Sandangel89
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* CinderellaCircumstances: Elena at the beginning of ''The Fairy Godmother'' (Unfortunately, the only prince in the area is a toddler, so the Traditional Happy Ending for those circumstances can't happen) and countless other girls in many other kingdoms.

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* CinderellaCircumstances: Elena at the beginning of ''The Fairy Godmother'' (Unfortunately, the only prince in the area is a toddler, young child, so the Traditional Happy Ending for those circumstances can't happen) and countless other girls in many other kingdoms.
23rd Jun '16 12:50:10 AM WillBGood
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* GeniusBruiser: Siegfried, which kept him from going through the tragic tale he was suppose to. [[RepeatCaller Not that it isn't persistent.]]

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* GeniusBruiser: Siegfried, which kept him from going through the tragic tale he was suppose to. [[RepeatCaller [[RegularCaller Not that it isn't persistent.]]
24th May '16 1:15:38 PM Morgenthaler
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* BlondesAreEvil: Queen Cassiopeia and at least one Evil Sorceress.
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