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'''The Age of the Five''' is a fantasy trilogy by Trudi Canavan. The books in the series are Priestess of the White, Last of the Wilds and Voice of the Gods.

The series takes place in a continent named Ithania. The Northern Ithania worships five gods collectively known as the Five, the only survivors of a war of the gods. The five gods of the Southern Ithania are claimed to be false and this leads to eventual conflict.

The Five have chosen five humans as their representatives in the world. These five people are called the White and granted extraordinary powers by the gods. Auraya, the main character, is the last of the Five to be chosen. She tries to get adjusted to her new position, starting as a diplomat. During the series she discovers her innate magic is stronger than it was thought to be and goes forth unearthing secrets that have been resting for a very long time.

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!!Examples

* TheAgeless: The majority of the Wilds. The most extreme example is [[spoiler: The Gull - the oldest of the Wilds, who has the physical body of a prepubescent child.]]
** Not just the majority, all of the Wilds. The entry point to becoming a Wild is to be so powerful at magic you can regenerate at a rate that stops aging completely.
* CallARabbitASmeerp: The author renames everything to the point of needing a glossary in the back of each book. She justifies this in an interview by saying that coming across the word 'sheep' during a fantasy novel can kinda spoil things.
* CessationOfExistence: What everyone believes happens with the Dreamweavers when they die, since they do not worship gods. It is revealed that [[spoiler:the gods have no power over the souls of the dead or knowledge of what (if anything) comes after. They claim that they do so that they would always have worshippers to serve them.]]
* ColorCodedPatrician: Ordinary priests' and priestesses' circs (kind of cloaks) are rimmed with blue. High Priests and Priestesses have rims of gold. The White... well, white.
* ConflictingLoyalty: Auraya is torn between her duties as a White and her loyalty to the Siyee.
* DefectorFromDecadence: [[spoiler: Chaia at the very end, in order to protect mortals from further influence by the gods]].
* DivineDate: Auraya and [[spoiler:Chaia]]
* EvenEvilHasStandards: None of the other [[spoiler:gods]] seem to like [[spoiler:Huan]] all that much. It's one of the things that ultimately drives Chaia to [[spoiler:turn against them, killing himself and take her (and the other gods) with him]].
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: Imi is the daughter of the Elai King.
* FirstGirlWins: Auraya ends up with Leiard.
* FunctionalMagic: spells are cast using a kind of background magic, that can be depleted from a certain place for some time.
* GodGuise: The Pentadrian faith is thought to be the high priests taking advantage of people, since everybody knows there are only five true gods and these are the Five. It is revealed that [[spoiler: any human with sufficient magical ability could become a god and they are not special or worthy of worship]]
** It is further revealed that [[spoiler: the Pentadrian gods are actually the Circlian gods in disguise]], making this a double example.
*** Later in the story, it's revealed that there used to be other gods around once, during what was called the Age of the Many. From the perspectives of the immortals, a number of them seemed to be quite benevolent. [[spoiler: Which probably made it easier for (implied to have been) Huan to carry out her plan with the Five to kill them all off, although one of the gods who initially helped them committed suicide out of guilt over her actions.]]
* HalfIdenticalTwins: The Twins (though it is implied that they used to be the same gender until one of them changed him/herself magically as a disguise).
* TheHeretic: Ellareen believes [[spoiler:Auraya]] to be this.
* IAmWho: Leiard is [[spoiler:Mirar, leader of the Dreamweavers, who is supposed to be long dead]]
* ImmortalityBeginsAtTwenty: Both played straight and subverted. Most of the White and the Wilds are grown-ups when they stop aging, but [[spoiler:the Gull]] is only a child. (Also Emerahl's innate ability is to change her age.)
* ItAmusedMe: Why the [[spoiler: gods decided to set up the Circlians and Pentadrians]].
* JerkassGods: [[spoiler: Both sets of gods in fact being as they are actually one and the same. They set up the entire war as a game to keep themselves amused.]]
** Special mention should go to [[spoiler: Huan]]. Not even the other gods like her very much, although they keep up a facade of cooperation when appearing to their followers.
* KickTheSonOfABitch: The other Voices to [[spoiler: Nekaun, hitting him with enough fire and heat to leave him a scorch mark. This was for raping three young priestesses]].
* ManipulativeBastard: All the gods.
* MayDecemberRomance: Auraya with both Leiard and [[spoiler:Chaia]]. [[spoiler:Leiard's reveal as Mirar]] and Auraya's subsequent [[spoiler:acquisition of immortality]] means that this will no longer be an issue.
* MemoryGambit: [[spoiler:Mirar]] deliberately forgot everything about [[spoiler:his]] identity in order to survive.
* NeverGrewUp: [[spoiler:The Gull]] who is the oldest of the Wilds, but appears to be a child.
* NoImmortalInertia: Averted. An ancient priest left a warning on a tomb stating that only mortals could enter. The tomb was only notable for containing a magical void. Emerahl suspects the priest thought cutting off an immortal's access to magic would lead to this.
* OlderThanTheyLook: The White, who stop aging when chosen by the gods. Also the Wilds, who achieve immortality by themselves.
* OurAngelsAreDifferent: The Siyee. Descended from humans after a goddess decided to experiment. Their wings are more similar to those of bats than birds.
* OurMermaidsAreDifferent: The Elai. Descended from human ancestors after a goddess decided to try a eugenics experiment. They are hairless and human-shaped. Lampshaded when an Elai sees a statue of a mermaid and is annoyed with its appearance.
* PsychicLink: What the dreamweavers do when they gather.
* TheReveal: Several. The more noteworty are the gods' true nature and Leiard's identity.
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: Arguably [[spoiler: Chaia, when he sacrifices himself to kill all the other gods.]].
* [[spoiler: RunningBothSides]]: [[spoiler: Auraya eventually discovers that the Circlian Gods and the Pentadrian Gods are the same five. After the war of the Gods they set up two religions in isolation from each other then spent the next century building each one up in strength in order to finally pit them against each other in war (just for fun).]]
* SheIsAllGrownUp: Leiard discovers Auraya has done that.
* SplitPersonalityMerge: Happens eventually to [[spoiler:Leiard/Mirar]]
* TakingYouWithMe: [[spoiler: Chaia to the other gods.]]
* TalkingAnimal: Mischief and the other veez, although their ability to talk is limited.
* TalkingToThemself: [[spoiler:Leiard/Mirar]]
* {{Telepathy}}: Standard ability of most priests, especially the White.
* TimeAbyss: The Gull. It took him a thousand years to find the sea, and then he spent however many more thousands building his legend. He's pretty clearly the oldest of all the surviving immortals by a ''large'' margin.
* WhoWantsToLiveForever: [[spoiler: As it turns out, Chaia very much doesn't anymore. He explains to Auraya that he grew tired of an existence beyond mortality hundreds of years ago, and that frankly he'd rather not spend another thousand years trapped with [[JerkAss Huan]]. So he sucks in all the magic in the trap, killing himself and the other four gods with him.]]
* WizardDuel: Several between the Circlian and Pentadrian priests.
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'''The Age of the Five''' is a fantasy trilogy by Trudi Canavan. The books in the series are Priestess of the White, Last of the Wilds and Voice of the Gods.

The series takes place in a continent named Ithania. The Northern Ithania worships five gods collectively known as the Five, the only survivors of a war of the gods. The five gods of the Southern Ithania are claimed to be false and this leads to eventual conflict.

The Five have chosen five humans as their representatives in the world. These five people are called the White and granted extraordinary powers by the gods. Auraya, the main character, is the last of the Five to be chosen. She tries to get adjusted to her new position, starting as a diplomat. During the series she discovers her innate magic is stronger than it was thought to be and goes forth unearthing secrets that have been resting for a very long time.

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!!Examples

* TheAgeless: The majority of the Wilds. The most extreme example is [[spoiler: The Gull - the oldest of the Wilds, who has the physical body of a prepubescent child.]]
** Not just the majority, all of the Wilds. The entry point to becoming a Wild is to be so powerful at magic you can regenerate at a rate that stops aging completely.
* CallARabbitASmeerp: The author renames everything to the point of needing a glossary in the back of each book. She justifies this in an interview by saying that coming across the word 'sheep' during a fantasy novel can kinda spoil things.
* CessationOfExistence: What everyone believes happens with the Dreamweavers when they die, since they do not worship gods. It is revealed that [[spoiler:the gods have no power over the souls of the dead or knowledge of what (if anything) comes after. They claim that they do so that they would always have worshippers to serve them.]]
* ColorCodedPatrician: Ordinary priests' and priestesses' circs (kind of cloaks) are rimmed with blue. High Priests and Priestesses have rims of gold. The White... well, white.
* ConflictingLoyalty: Auraya is torn between her duties as a White and her loyalty to the Siyee.
* DefectorFromDecadence: [[spoiler: Chaia at the very end, in order to protect mortals from further influence by the gods]].
* DivineDate: Auraya and [[spoiler:Chaia]]
* EvenEvilHasStandards: None of the other [[spoiler:gods]] seem to like [[spoiler:Huan]] all that much. It's one of the things that ultimately drives Chaia to [[spoiler:turn against them, killing himself and take her (and the other gods) with him]].
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: Imi is the daughter of the Elai King.
* FirstGirlWins: Auraya ends up with Leiard.
* FunctionalMagic: spells are cast using a kind of background magic, that can be depleted from a certain place for some time.
* GodGuise: The Pentadrian faith is thought to be the high priests taking advantage of people, since everybody knows there are only five true gods and these are the Five. It is revealed that [[spoiler: any human with sufficient magical ability could become a god and they are not special or worthy of worship]]
** It is further revealed that [[spoiler: the Pentadrian gods are actually the Circlian gods in disguise]], making this a double example.
*** Later in the story, it's revealed that there used to be other gods around once, during what was called the Age of the Many. From the perspectives of the immortals, a number of them seemed to be quite benevolent. [[spoiler: Which probably made it easier for (implied to have been) Huan to carry out her plan with the Five to kill them all off, although one of the gods who initially helped them committed suicide out of guilt over her actions.]]
* HalfIdenticalTwins: The Twins (though it is implied that they used to be the same gender until one of them changed him/herself magically as a disguise).
* TheHeretic: Ellareen believes [[spoiler:Auraya]] to be this.
* IAmWho: Leiard is [[spoiler:Mirar, leader of the Dreamweavers, who is supposed to be long dead]]
* ImmortalityBeginsAtTwenty: Both played straight and subverted. Most of the White and the Wilds are grown-ups when they stop aging, but [[spoiler:the Gull]] is only a child. (Also Emerahl's innate ability is to change her age.)
* ItAmusedMe: Why the [[spoiler: gods decided to set up the Circlians and Pentadrians]].
* JerkassGods: [[spoiler: Both sets of gods in fact being as they are actually one and the same. They set up the entire war as a game to keep themselves amused.]]
** Special mention should go to [[spoiler: Huan]]. Not even the other gods like her very much, although they keep up a facade of cooperation when appearing to their followers.
* KickTheSonOfABitch: The other Voices to [[spoiler: Nekaun, hitting him with enough fire and heat to leave him a scorch mark. This was for raping three young priestesses]].
* ManipulativeBastard: All the gods.
* MayDecemberRomance: Auraya with both Leiard and [[spoiler:Chaia]]. [[spoiler:Leiard's reveal as Mirar]] and Auraya's subsequent [[spoiler:acquisition of immortality]] means that this will no longer be an issue.
* MemoryGambit: [[spoiler:Mirar]] deliberately forgot everything about [[spoiler:his]] identity in order to survive.
* NeverGrewUp: [[spoiler:The Gull]] who is the oldest of the Wilds, but appears to be a child.
* NoImmortalInertia: Averted. An ancient priest left a warning on a tomb stating that only mortals could enter. The tomb was only notable for containing a magical void. Emerahl suspects the priest thought cutting off an immortal's access to magic would lead to this.
* OlderThanTheyLook: The White, who stop aging when chosen by the gods. Also the Wilds, who achieve immortality by themselves.
* OurAngelsAreDifferent: The Siyee. Descended from humans after a goddess decided to experiment. Their wings are more similar to those of bats than birds.
* OurMermaidsAreDifferent: The Elai. Descended from human ancestors after a goddess decided to try a eugenics experiment. They are hairless and human-shaped. Lampshaded when an Elai sees a statue of a mermaid and is annoyed with its appearance.
* PsychicLink: What the dreamweavers do when they gather.
* TheReveal: Several. The more noteworty are the gods' true nature and Leiard's identity.
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: Arguably [[spoiler: Chaia, when he sacrifices himself to kill all the other gods.]].
* [[spoiler: RunningBothSides]]: [[spoiler: Auraya eventually discovers that the Circlian Gods and the Pentadrian Gods are the same five. After the war of the Gods they set up two religions in isolation from each other then spent the next century building each one up in strength in order to finally pit them against each other in war (just for fun).]]
* SheIsAllGrownUp: Leiard discovers Auraya has done that.
* SplitPersonalityMerge: Happens eventually to [[spoiler:Leiard/Mirar]]
* TakingYouWithMe: [[spoiler: Chaia to the other gods.]]
* TalkingAnimal: Mischief and the other veez, although their ability to talk is limited.
* TalkingToThemself: [[spoiler:Leiard/Mirar]]
* {{Telepathy}}: Standard ability of most priests, especially the White.
* TimeAbyss: The Gull. It took him a thousand years to find the sea, and then he spent however many more thousands building his legend. He's pretty clearly the oldest of all the surviving immortals by a ''large'' margin.
* WhoWantsToLiveForever: [[spoiler: As it turns out, Chaia very much doesn't anymore. He explains to Auraya that he grew tired of an existence beyond mortality hundreds of years ago, and that frankly he'd rather not spend another thousand years trapped with [[JerkAss Huan]]. So he sucks in all the magic in the trap, killing himself and the other four gods with him.]]
* WizardDuel: Several between the Circlian and Pentadrian priests.
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18th Oct '13 6:02:19 PM Vasha
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The Age of the Five is a fantasy trilogy by Trudi Canavan. The books in the series are Priestess of the White, Last of the Wilds and Voice of the Gods.

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The '''The Age of the Five Five''' is a fantasy trilogy by Trudi Canavan. The books in the series are Priestess of the White, Last of the Wilds and Voice of the Gods.
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* KickTheSonOfABitch: The other Voices to [[spoiler: Nekaun, hitting him with enough fire and heat to leave him with third degree burns over his entire body... and alive. This was for raping three young priestesses]].

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* KickTheSonOfABitch: The other Voices to [[spoiler: Nekaun, hitting him with enough fire and heat to leave him with third degree burns over his entire body... and alive.a scorch mark. This was for raping three young priestesses]].
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* ItAmusedMe: Why the [spoiler: gods decided to set up the Circlians and Pentadrians]].

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* ItAmusedMe: Why the [spoiler: [[spoiler: gods decided to set up the Circlians and Pentadrians]].
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*** Later in the story, it's revealed that there used to be other gods around once, during what was called the Age of the Many. From the perspectives of the immortals, a number of them seemed to be quite benevolent. [[spoiler: Which probably made it easier for (implied to have been) Huan to carry out her plan with the Five to kill them all off, although one of the gods who initially helped them committed suicide out of guilt over her actions.]]



** Special mention should go to [[spoiler: Huan]].

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** Special mention should go to [[spoiler: Huan]]. Not even the other gods like her very much, although they keep up a facade of cooperation when appearing to their followers.
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* DefectorFromDecadence: [[spoiler: Chaia at the very end, in order to protect mortals from further influence by the gods]].



* EvenEvilHasStandards: None of the other [[spoiler:gods]] seem to like [[spoiler:Huan]] all that much. It's one of the things that ultimately drives Chaia to [[spoiler:turn against them, killing himself and take her (and the other gods) with him]].



* ItAmusedMe: Why the [spoiler: gods decided to set up the Circlians and Pentadrians]].



* MayDecemberRomance: Auraya with both Leiard and [[spoiler:Chaia]]

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** Special mention should go to [[spoiler: Huan]].
* KickTheSonOfABitch: The other Voices to [[spoiler: Nekaun, hitting him with enough fire and heat to leave him with third degree burns over his entire body... and alive. This was for raping three young priestesses]].
* ManipulativeBastard: All the gods.
* MayDecemberRomance: Auraya with both Leiard and [[spoiler:Chaia]][[spoiler:Chaia]]. [[spoiler:Leiard's reveal as Mirar]] and Auraya's subsequent [[spoiler:acquisition of immortality]] means that this will no longer be an issue.



* OurMermaidsAreDifferent: The Elai. Descended from human ancestors after a goddess decided to experiment. They are hairless and human-shaped. Lampshaded when an Elai sees a statue of a mermaid and is annoyed with its appearance.

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* OurMermaidsAreDifferent: The Elai. Descended from human ancestors after a goddess decided to try a eugenics experiment. They are hairless and human-shaped. Lampshaded when an Elai sees a statue of a mermaid and is annoyed with its appearance.


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* RedemptionEqualsDeath: Arguably [[spoiler: Chaia, when he sacrifices himself to kill all the other gods.]].


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* TakingYouWithMe: [[spoiler: Chaia to the other gods.]]


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* TimeAbyss: The Gull. It took him a thousand years to find the sea, and then he spent however many more thousands building his legend. He's pretty clearly the oldest of all the surviving immortals by a ''large'' margin.
* WhoWantsToLiveForever: [[spoiler: As it turns out, Chaia very much doesn't anymore. He explains to Auraya that he grew tired of an existence beyond mortality hundreds of years ago, and that frankly he'd rather not spend another thousand years trapped with [[JerkAss Huan]]. So he sucks in all the magic in the trap, killing himself and the other four gods with him.]]
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**Not just the majority, all of the Wilds. The entry point to becoming a Wild is to be so powerful at magic you can regenerate at a rate that stops aging completely.
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* NoImmortalInertia: Averted. An ancient priest left a warning on a tomb stating that only mortals could enter. The tomb was only notable for containing a magical void. Emerahl suspects the priest thought cutting off an immortal's access to magic would lead to this.
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The Age of the Five is a fantasy trilogy by Trudi Canavan. The books in the series are Priestess of the White, Last of the Wilds and Voice of the Gods.

The series takes place in a continent named Ithania. The Northern Ithania worships five gods collectively known as the Five, the only survivors of a war of the gods. The five gods of the Southern Ithania are claimed to be false and this leads to eventual conflict.

The Five have chosen five humans as their representatives in the world. These five people are called the White and granted extraordinary powers by the gods. Auraya, the main character, is the last of the Five to be chosen. She tries to get adjusted to her new position, starting as a diplomat. During the series she discovers her innate magic is stronger than it was thought to be and goes forth unearthing secrets that have been resting for a very long time.

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!!Examples

* TheAgeless: The majority of the Wilds. The most extreme example is [[spoiler: The Gull - the oldest of the Wilds, who has the physical body of a prepubescent child.]]
* CallARabbitASmeerp: The author renames everything to the point of needing a glossary in the back of each book. She justifies this in an interview by saying that coming across the word 'sheep' during a fantasy novel can kinda spoil things.
* CessationOfExistence: What everyone believes happens with the Dreamweavers when they die, since they do not worship gods. It is revealed that [[spoiler:the gods have no power over the souls of the dead or knowledge of what (if anything) comes after. They claim that they do so that they would always have worshippers to serve them.]]
* ColorCodedPatrician: Ordinary priests' and priestesses' circs (kind of cloaks) are rimmed with blue. High Priests and Priestesses have rims of gold. The White... well, white.
* ConflictingLoyalty: Auraya is torn between her duties as a White and her loyalty to the Siyee.
* DivineDate: Auraya and [[spoiler:Chaia]]
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: Imi is the daughter of the Elai King.
* FirstGirlWins: Auraya ends up with Leiard.
* FunctionalMagic: spells are cast using a kind of background magic, that can be depleted from a certain place for some time.
* GodGuise: The Pentadrian faith is thought to be the high priests taking advantage of people, since everybody knows there are only five true gods and these are the Five. It is revealed that [[spoiler: any human with sufficient magical ability could become a god and they are not special or worthy of worship]]
** It is further revealed that [[spoiler: the Pentadrian gods are actually the Circlian gods in disguise]], making this a double example.
* HalfIdenticalTwins: The Twins (though it is implied that they used to be the same gender until one of them changed him/herself magically as a disguise).
* TheHeretic: Ellareen believes [[spoiler:Auraya]] to be this.
* IAmWho: Leiard is [[spoiler:Mirar, leader of the Dreamweavers, who is supposed to be long dead]]
* ImmortalityBeginsAtTwenty: Both played straight and subverted. Most of the White and the Wilds are grown-ups when they stop aging, but [[spoiler:the Gull]] is only a child. (Also Emerahl's innate ability is to change her age.)
* JerkassGods: [[spoiler: Both sets of gods in fact being as they are actually one and the same. They set up the entire war as a game to keep themselves amused.]]
* MayDecemberRomance: Auraya with both Leiard and [[spoiler:Chaia]]
* MemoryGambit: [[spoiler:Mirar]] deliberately forgot everything about [[spoiler:his]] identity in order to survive.
* NeverGrewUp: [[spoiler:The Gull]] who is the oldest of the Wilds, but appears to be a child.
* OlderThanTheyLook: The White, who stop aging when chosen by the gods. Also the Wilds, who achieve immortality by themselves.
* OurAngelsAreDifferent: The Siyee. Descended from humans after a goddess decided to experiment. Their wings are more similar to those of bats than birds.
* OurMermaidsAreDifferent: The Elai. Descended from human ancestors after a goddess decided to experiment. They are hairless and human-shaped. Lampshaded when an Elai sees a statue of a mermaid and is annoyed with its appearance.
* PsychicLink: What the dreamweavers do when they gather.
* TheReveal: Several. The more noteworty are the gods' true nature and Leiard's identity.
* [[spoiler: RunningBothSides]]: [[spoiler: Auraya eventually discovers that the Circlian Gods and the Pentadrian Gods are the same five. After the war of the Gods they set up two religions in isolation from each other then spent the next century building each one up in strength in order to finally pit them against each other in war (just for fun).]]
* SheIsAllGrownUp: Leiard discovers Auraya has done that.
* SplitPersonalityMerge: Happens eventually to [[spoiler:Leiard/Mirar]]
* TalkingAnimal: Mischief and the other veez, although their ability to talk is limited.
* TalkingToThemself: [[spoiler:Leiard/Mirar]]
* {{Telepathy}}: Standard ability of most priests, especially the White.
* WizardDuel: Several between the Circlian and Pentadrian priests.
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