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2nd Dec '16 5:45:49 AM Elyandarin
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* CastFromStamina: Sorcery is exhausting; Beldin teleports a bunch of loose rocks from a riverbed into a pile to use as building material for a tower and it's all he can do to walk the next day.
11th Nov '16 11:10:44 PM kynic
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** Barak [[InvoluntaryShapeshifting forcibly becomes one when Garion is threatened.]] His son Unrak i herits this, with regard to Geran, Garion's son.

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** Barak [[InvoluntaryShapeshifting forcibly becomes one when Garion is threatened.]] His son Unrak i herits inherits this, with regard to Geran, Garion's son.
4th Nov '16 7:28:00 AM dlchen145
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* {{Badass}}
** Just about every member of Garion's TrueCompanions except Ce'Nedra (who, though useless at close combat, did raise a vast army through, pretty much, charisma and sheer bloody mindedness) could be tagged as this, plus quite a few other characters. Mandorallen is the standout, though, a man who's got himself firmly convinced that he's invincible; who once ''crushed a lion unarmed'' (not unarmored, but still). Mandorallen's character can be summed up in one line. And note, ''he's not joking''.
-->'''Mandorallen:''' We are some distance from our own forces, your Majesty. I pray thee, be moderate in thine address. Even I might experience some difficulty in facing the massed legions of all Tolnedra.
** Mandorallen's badassery is summed up like this: One of Mandorallen's countrymen, who's still fighting a civil war against Mandorallen's side of the political fence and the animosity is so thick that both sides have said things like "He is Asturian, so he is a knave by definition!" and have a staggering power of reinterpreting reality inside their head, admitted that while he hates Mandorallen, he acknowledges there's no way he'll lose when he challenges a bunch of other knights, and says Mandorallen is the most feared man in all of Arendia. Mandorallen's prowess in combat is so awesome it cuts across the political borders where blind, foaming-at-the-mouth, us-vs-them patriotism is the standard tone of discussion.\\\
To add real weight to that statement it should be noted that all Arendish nobility are difficult to scare, treat all life like really bad romantic poetry, and will pledge their lives to anyone in need without a second thought. Therefore inspiring even basic fear into them is very difficult. It should, however, be mentioned that Mandorallen is not overly burdened with intelligence, and so his judgement in the above example (with the legions) may be suspect.



* EunuchsAreEvil: The kingdom of Nyissa seems to have a lot of evil eunuchs. Considering that you have to be a eunuch to work at the royal palace, and the palace is filled with intrigue, this is a JustifiedTrope. Remedied in the second series when [[spoiler:[[EvilChancellor Sadi]]]] turns out to be no worse than the protagonists. And pretty {{Badass}} to boot.

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* EunuchsAreEvil: The kingdom of Nyissa seems to have a lot of evil eunuchs. Considering that you have to be a eunuch to work at the royal palace, and the palace is filled with intrigue, this is a JustifiedTrope. Remedied in the second series when [[spoiler:[[EvilChancellor Sadi]]]] turns out to be no worse than the protagonists. And pretty {{Badass}} to boot.



** In ''The Malloreon'', 'Zakath doesn't so much take a level in {{Badass}}, as he does regain one, regaining the fencing and riding skills that he'd let go rusty during his time as TheEmperor. Sadi is a straight example, developing from an EvilChancellor and SissyVillain into a capable combatant with his own [[KnifeNut unique]] [[PoisonedWeapons style]], becoming one of the few BadAss Eunuchs in fiction.

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** In ''The Malloreon'', 'Zakath doesn't so much take a level in {{Badass}}, badass, as he does regain one, regaining the fencing and riding skills that he'd let go rusty during his time as TheEmperor. Sadi is a straight example, developing from an EvilChancellor and SissyVillain into a capable combatant with his own [[KnifeNut unique]] [[PoisonedWeapons style]], becoming one of the few BadAss badass Eunuchs in fiction.
3rd Nov '16 2:51:54 PM jgkitarel
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*** Deconstructed later in the same novel when Belgarath explains, in detail, why it was so dangerous and stupid to attempt. He then proceeds to lecture Garion a bit on the rules of using the series' magic, including the requirement that the person has to ''fully'' understand the mechanics of what he or she is doing.
1st Oct '16 2:59:51 AM Morgenthaler
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* YouNeverDidThatForMe: Played with early in ''The Belgariad'', before Garion gets his big reveal. Garion and Ce'Nedra are talking about the girl Garion probably would have married had things gone another way, and Garion says it's for the best because she's not someone you can ask to sleep on the ground. Ce'Nedra points out that the group had never hesitated to ask ''her'' to sleep on the ground. Garion manages to give what may be the only good answer possible at that point: "I guess you're stronger."

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* YouNeverDidThatForMe: YouNeverDidThatForMe:
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Played with early in ''The Belgariad'', before Garion gets his big reveal. Garion and Ce'Nedra are talking about the girl Garion probably would have married had things gone another way, and Garion says it's for the best because she's not someone you can ask to sleep on the ground. Ce'Nedra points out that the group had never hesitated to ask ''her'' to sleep on the ground. Garion manages to give what may be the only good answer possible at that point: "I guess you're stronger."
1st Oct '16 2:59:23 AM Morgenthaler
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* FakeWizardry: Not stage magic proper, but at one point in ''The Malloreon'' a Grolim sorcerer uses a fake demon invocation plus an illusion spell as Step One in taking over a Karand kingdom. Belgarath counters with a fake invocation of his own and a ''far'' scarier illusion that sends the Karands fleeing for their lives.
23rd Sep '16 6:45:44 AM Solle
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Once upon a time, [[MacGuffin a stone]] which possessed the power to [[WindsOfDestinyChange change destiny]] was stolen. If this "Orb", belonging to the benevolent God Aldur, ever fell into the hands of the [[BigBad evil, maimed God Torak]], the peaceful kingdoms of the west would fall to his might. In pursuit of the Orb, however, followed the legendary sorcerer Belgarath, his gorgeous daughter Polgara, and the humble {{farmboy}} Garion, along with many other colorful allies: a simple blacksmith, a thief, a berserker, a noble horseman, a paladin, a snotty princess, and so on. The companions encountered kings, wizards, dryads, politics and treachery, but they ultimately succeeded in returning the Orb to its rightful place. There, Garion's true identity and destiny were revealed. And so Garion took up the massive [[{{BFS}} Sword of the Rivan King]] and met the dark god Torak in [[DuelToTheDeath personal combat]].

That's the plot of Creator/DavidEddings's '''''The Belgariad'''''... [[TheHerosJourney and a whole lot of]] other stories as well.

David Eddings wrote the series after taking a course on literary criticism, [[{{Troperrific}} digging out all the tropes he could find]], and decided to build a world that was simultaneously StrictlyFormula and ''really, really good'' -- because TropesAreNotBad. He also deliberately focuses on the characters rather than the tropes, injecting liveliness and sardonic humor into stock situations. The end result is a series that's incredibly popular and well-loved by fantasy fans the world over.

The original books were followed up with a sequel series, ''The Malloreon'' (which is basically "''The Belgariad'' all over again but everyone is older", as the characters themselves quickly notice) and then much later by two standalone {{prequel}}s, ''Belgarath the Sorcerer'' and ''Polgara the Sorceress'', which tell the life stories of the title characters. All of Eddings's works are likely {{Spiritual Successor}}s of this one.

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Once upon a time, [[MacGuffin a stone]] which possessed the power to [[WindsOfDestinyChange change destiny]] was stolen. If this "Orb", Orb, belonging to the benevolent God Aldur, ever fell into the hands of the [[BigBad evil, maimed God Torak]], the peaceful kingdoms of the west would fall to his might. In pursuit of the Orb, however, Orb followed the legendary sorcerer Belgarath, his gorgeous daughter Polgara, and the humble {{farmboy}} Garion, along with many other colorful allies: a simple blacksmith, a thief, a berserker, a noble horseman, a paladin, a snotty princess, and so on. The companions encountered kings, wizards, dryads, politics and treachery, but they ultimately succeeded in returning the Orb to its rightful place. There, treachery. Ultimately, Garion's true identity and destiny were was revealed. And so Garion took up the massive [[{{BFS}} Sword sword of his destiny]] to save the Rivan King]] and met the dark god Torak in [[DuelToTheDeath personal combat]].

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That's the plot of Creator/DavidEddings's '''''The Belgariad'''''...''The Belgariad''... [[TheHerosJourney and a whole lot of]] other stories as well.

David Eddings wrote the series after taking a course on literary criticism, criticism. He [[{{Troperrific}} digging dug out all the tropes he could find]], and decided to build a world that was simultaneously StrictlyFormula and ''really, really good'' -- because TropesAreNotBad. He also deliberately focuses focused on the characters rather than the tropes, injecting liveliness and sardonic humor into stock situations. The end result is a series that's incredibly popular and well-loved by fantasy fans the world over.situations.

The original books were followed up with a sequel series, ''The Malloreon'' (which is basically "''The Belgariad'' all over again but everyone is older", as the characters themselves quickly notice) and then much notice). Much later the series was followed by two standalone {{prequel}}s, ''Belgarath the Sorcerer'' and ''Polgara the Sorceress'', which tell the life stories of the title characters. All of Eddings's works are likely can be seen as {{Spiritual Successor}}s of this one.
21st Sep '16 12:32:13 PM PaddyMurphy
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* AdultFear: ''The Mallorean'' is basically fuelled by this- having your infant son abducted by your arch-enemy, and being faced with the very real prospect of having to fight him to save the world

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* AdultFear: ''The Mallorean'' Malloreon'' is basically fuelled by this- having your infant son abducted by your arch-enemy, and being faced with the very real prospect of having to fight him to save the world



** Inverted by Brador, the chief of the Mallorean Empire's Bureau of Internal Affairs. He is a Melcene, who, like the Tolnedrans, don't believe in anything supernatural. Along comes Book 3 of the Mallorean, at which point demons start butchering whole cities under the command of a Grolim priest. Brador not only doesn't seem to have any trouble believing demons exist, but he begs Belgarath and Belgarion to help him convince his even more skeptical emperor to call off his RoaringRampageofRevenge so they can go back and deal with the situation.

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** Inverted by Brador, the chief of the Mallorean Empire's Bureau of Internal Affairs. He is a Melcene, who, like the Tolnedrans, don't believe in anything supernatural. Along comes Book 3 of the Mallorean, ''the Malloreon'', at which point demons start butchering whole cities under the command of a Grolim priest. Brador not only doesn't seem to have any trouble believing demons exist, but he begs Belgarath and Belgarion to help him convince his even more skeptical emperor to call off his RoaringRampageofRevenge so they can go back and deal with the situation.



* FetusTerrible: {{Justified}} in ''The Mallorean'', because a woman is about to give birth to [[HalfHumanHybrid the child of a Demon Lord.]] [[DeathByChildbirth Neither child nor mother survive.]]

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* FetusTerrible: {{Justified}} in ''The Mallorean'', Malloreon'', because a woman is about to give birth to [[HalfHumanHybrid the child of a Demon Lord.]] [[DeathByChildbirth Neither child nor mother survive.]]



* HolyGround: From ''The Mallorean'', there is a place called Korim, where Torak argued with UL. It is described as one of the holiest places on earth.

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* HolyGround: From ''The Mallorean'', Malloreon'', there is a place called Korim, where Torak argued with UL. It is described as one of the holiest places on earth.
4th Aug '16 4:56:16 AM Morgenthaler
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* SleepsWithBothEyesOpen: In ''Belgarath the Sorceror'', Belgarath recounts how his daughter Polgara once cast a spell on some pompous border guards that caused them all to fall asleep with their eyes still open and without falling to the ground, just so that she could get away from them without them following her.
22nd Jul '16 7:18:08 AM longWriter
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* UnwantedAssistance: The Orb tries so hard to be helpful. To the point that it has to be told that its help is not required. It thought that rearranging the stars to spell "Belgarion" was a request rather than an example.
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