History Literature / TheBelgariad

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* BeneathSuspicion: The protagonists don't want to attract attention to themselves, so they disguise themselves as commoners driving a few wagons. One of their number, who goes by the name Silk, actually makes a point of making money by using these wagons to transport common goods like turnips and wool, even though the group doesn't really need the money, and they're mostly taking the goods on to avert suspicion.
6th Jun '17 9:01:27 PM Madrugada
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** Mandorallen is considered, even InUniverse, to be ''excessive'' at this.[[labelnote:Click to see why the example is tucked inside a note]]"Lord King," Mandorallen said in his resonant voice, bowing to the throne, "gladly do I greet thee and the members of thy court, and dare to call ye all kinsmen. I presume to bear thee warmest greetings from their Majesties, King Korodullin and Queen Mayaserana, monarchs of well-loved Arendia, for, doubtless, as soon as I return to Vo Mimbre and reveal that those who were once lost are now joyfully found again, their Majesties' eyes will fill to overflowing with tears of thanksgiving, and they shall embrace thee from afar, if needs be, as a brother, and, as great Chaldan gives me strength, shall I presently return to thy magnificent city with missives top-filled with their regard and affection which shall, methinks, presage a soon-to-be accomplished reunion -may I dare even hope, a reunification- of the dissevered branches of the holy blood of sacred Arendia." [[/labelnote]]
--> "He managed to say all that in one sentence?" Zakath murmured to Garion with some awe.''

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** Mandorallen is considered, even InUniverse, to be ''excessive'' at this.[[labelnote:Click to see why the example is tucked inside a note]]"Lord this.
--> "Lord
King," Mandorallen said in his resonant voice, bowing to the throne, "gladly do I greet thee and the members of thy court, and dare to call ye all kinsmen. I presume to bear thee warmest greetings from their Majesties, King Korodullin and Queen Mayaserana, monarchs of well-loved Arendia, for, doubtless, as soon as I return to Vo Mimbre and reveal that those who were once lost are now joyfully found again, their Majesties' eyes will fill to overflowing with tears of thanksgiving, and they shall embrace thee from afar, if needs be, as a brother, and, as great Chaldan gives me strength, shall I presently return to thy magnificent city with missives top-filled with their regard and affection which shall, methinks, presage a soon-to-be accomplished reunion -may I dare even hope, a reunification- of the dissevered branches of the holy blood of sacred Arendia." [[/labelnote]]
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--> "He managed to say all that in one sentence?" Zakath murmured to Garion with some awe.''



* TapOnTheHead
** The safe way to deal with a sorcerer, apparently.
** Averted in ''The Malloreon'' when a group of assassins fight Brand's sons, and only one lives because he received such a 'tap on the head'. When the heroes come to question the surviving assassin, Polgara declares that while he is alive, his head and mind suffered too much damage for him to answer their questions, and likely too much for him to ever even wake up.
** Averted again by Garion, after Belgarath suggests that next time he use an axe or a club, as the punch he used to knock a Grolim out nearly killed him.

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* TapOnTheHead
TapOnTheHead: Generally averted
** The safe way to deal with a sorcerer, apparently.
** Averted in
In ''The Malloreon'' when a group of assassins fight Brand's sons, and only one lives because he received such a 'tap on the head'. When the heroes come to question the surviving assassin, Polgara declares that while he is alive, his head and mind suffered too much damage for him to answer their questions, and likely too much for him to ever even wake up.
** Averted again by By Garion, after Belgarath suggests that next time he use an axe or a club, as the punch he used to knock a Grolim out nearly killed him.him.
** Both the High Priest of the Bear Cult, after Islena forces him to join the army, and King Korodullin take a blow to the head in battle, and both suffer lasting ill-effects; the High Priest's brains are permanently scrambled so badly that he will spend the rest of his life "talking to himself and playing with bits of string" and Korudullin loses much of his hearing.
** Otherwise it ''does'' seem to be an effective way to deal with sorcerers.



* TerrainSculpting: In the backstory, Torak, after stealing the Orb, is faced with a war against all the other gods and their followers. To protect himself and his people, he uses the Orb to crack the entire continent in two, turning a pangaea into two distinct landmasses and causing lots of geological fallout and mayhem.

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* TerrainSculpting: TerrainSculpting:
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In the backstory, Torak, after stealing the Orb, is faced with a war against all the other gods and their followers. To protect himself and his people, he uses the Orb to crack the entire continent in two, turning a pangaea into two distinct landmasses and causing lots of geological fallout and mayhem.



** When Aldur accepts someone as a pupil, beginning the extremely laidback process of becoming one of his disciples, Aldur prefixes the person's name with "Bel" for men and "Pol" for women; both syllables mean "Beloved". Garath = Belgarath, Garion = Belgarion, Polgara, Poledra.... As Belgarath notes, Aldur sometimes has a way with words. Polgara's sister, Beldaran, doesn't follow the theme because she was never fated to become a disciple of Aldur's.

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** When Aldur accepts someone as a pupil, beginning the extremely laidback process of becoming one of his disciples, Aldur prefixes the person's name with "Bel" for men and "Pol" for women; both syllables mean "Beloved". Garath = Belgarath, Garion = Belgarion, Polgara, Poledra.... As Belgarath notes, Aldur sometimes has a way with words. Polgara's sister, Beldaran, doesn't follow the theme because she was never fated to become a disciple of Aldur's.Aldur's; her destiny was to marry Riva and be the ultimate mother of the line that resulted in Garion.



** Emphasis on the ''was'' part. Sorcerers seldom need to bother with knocking, and Garion takes this to ridiculous extremes in ''The Malloreon'', at one point making a city gate burst with such force that pieces of it are later found five miles away (the Orb helped him). The force blew in the entire city wall on that side of the city as a side effect. Just by himself, Garion's capable of blowing out the entire wall of one room if he's feeling irritated enough.

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** Emphasis on the ''was'' part. Sorcerers seldom need to bother with knocking, and Garion takes this to ridiculous extremes in ''The Malloreon'', at one point making a city gate burst with such force that pieces of it are later found five miles away (the Orb helped him). The force blew in the entire city wall on that side of the city as a side effect. Just by himself, Even without the Orb, though, Garion's capable of blowing out the entire wall of one room if he's feeling irritated enough.



** [[spoiler:Durnik, twice, both at the hands of the Gods.]] Technically, Garion as well, although his power growth is presented organically rather than abruptly.
** 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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** [[spoiler:Durnik, twice, both at the hands of the Gods.]] Technically, ]]
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Garion as well, although his power growth is presented organically rather than abruptly.
abruptly. His progress does tend to come in fits and spurts.
** 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.
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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.



* TrainingFromHell: It's implied that harsh military-style training is a common rite of passage for Murgo boys. Urgit describes the training regimen he and his brothers all endured, which began when they were seven years old, as a life of constant fear and senseless brutality meant to turn them into perfect Murgos -- strong, brave, loyal, and dedicated to Torak.

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* TrainingFromHell: It's implied that harsh military-style training is a common rite of passage for Murgo boys. Urgit describes the training regimen he and his brothers all endured, which began when they were seven years old, as a life of constant fear and senseless brutality meant to turn them into perfect Murgos -- strong, brave, loyal, and dedicated to Torak. That it also tended to thin out the possible heirs seems to be just a handy side-effect as far as the Murgo royal house is concerned.



* UnrequitedLoveLastsForever: This is what makes Mandorallan's CourtlyLove with Nerina so tragic. Belgarath says himself that if they had followed their urges, they could have got it out of their systems and moved on with their lives. Instead, the two spend years mooning after each other hopelessly. Ultimately, this is subverted when Nerina's husband dies in the war, and the two, thanks to Garion's timely intervention against their instinct of noble suffering, are married. Also averted when Silk eventually gets over his unrequited love for Porenn.
* UnstoppableRage: When Polgara gets angry, even Belgarath keeps his head down. Polgara's explosion of rage in ''Castle of Wizardry'' (upon finding out that her father and Belgarion had sneaked out to face Torak without her) shook the entire royal palace of Riva and altered weather patterns for miles around. They go to some effort in ''The Malloreon'' to avoid a similar catastrophe. Of course, Belgarath takes a perverse interest in inspiring the rage, when it suits him. Also Barak, when Garion is in trouble; and Garion himself is goaded into this by Zandramas in ''The Malloreon''.
* 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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* UnrequitedLoveLastsForever: UnrequitedLoveLastsForever:
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This is what makes Mandorallan's CourtlyLove with Nerina so tragic. Belgarath says himself that if they had followed their urges, they could have got it out of their systems and moved on with their lives. Instead, the two spend years mooning after each other hopelessly. Ultimately, this is subverted when Nerina's husband dies in the war, and the two, thanks to Garion's timely intervention against their instinct of noble suffering, are married.
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Also averted when Silk eventually gets over his unrequited love for Porenn.
* UnstoppableRage: UnstoppableRage:
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When Polgara gets angry, even Belgarath keeps his head down. Polgara's explosion of rage in ''Castle of Wizardry'' (upon finding out that her father and Belgarion had sneaked out to face Torak without her) shook the entire royal palace of Riva and altered weather patterns for miles around. They go to some effort in ''The Malloreon'' to avoid a similar catastrophe. Of course, Belgarath takes a perverse interest in inspiring the rage, when it suits him. Also Barak, when Garion is in trouble; and Garion himself is goaded into this by Zandramas in ''The Malloreon''.
** Barak, when Garion is in trouble;
** Garion himself is goaded into this by Zandramas in ''The Malloreon''.
* UnwantedAssistance: The Orb tries so ''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.



** And let's not forget Salmissra. Vanity was virtually a qualification requirement for the successors of the original (with one exception who was intelligent enough to hide her own intelligence)until the most recent. And the current Salmissra, even as a snake, spends most of her waking time simply looking at herself in a mirror permanently stationed next to her throne.

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** And let's not forget Salmissra. Vanity was virtually a qualification requirement for the successors of the original (with one exception who was intelligent enough to hide her own intelligence)until intelligence) until the most recent. And the current Salmissra, even as a snake, spends most of her waking time simply looking at herself in a mirror permanently stationed next to her throne.



** Let's not forget Vella and Beldin in ''The Malloreon'', which virtually becomes [[spoiler:part of their courtship before they end up mated as a pair of hawks at the end of the series]]. The level to which they go to in their language towards one another makes even some who are already used to Beldin blanch.

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** Let's not forget Vella and Beldin in ''The Malloreon'', which virtually becomes [[spoiler:part of their courtship before they end up mated as a pair of hawks at the end of the series]]. The level to which they go to in their language towards one another makes even some who are already used to Beldin blanch.



* WeakWilled: Ce'Nedra spends a lot of time getting mind-controlled. At one point, Belgarath shows his GenreSavvy by leaving her behind so this can't happen.

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* WeakWilled: Ce'Nedra spends a lot of time getting mind-controlled. At one point, Belgarath shows his GenreSavvy by leaving deliberately leaves her behind so this can't happen.



* WeCanRuleTogether: Ctuchik resorts to this when his Plan A fails. Unfortunately for him Belgarath is not even remotely tempted by that kind of offer.

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* WeCanRuleTogether: WeCanRuleTogether:
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Ctuchik resorts to this when his Plan A fails. Unfortunately for him him, Belgarath is not even remotely tempted by that kind of offer.



* WizardsLiveLonger: Sorcerers get immortality as a package deal with their powers, and witches like Vordai have a few more centuries than the average person in them. Magicians' lifespans are never specified, though it's likely few reach their natural span ''anyway'', considering how [[EvilIsNotAToy dangerous]] what they do is.

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* WizardsLiveLonger: Sorcerers get effective immortality as a package deal with their powers, and witches like Vordai have a few more centuries than the average person in them. Magicians' lifespans are never specified, though it's likely few reach their natural span ''anyway'', considering how [[EvilIsNotAToy dangerous]] what they do is.



* [[WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes Why Did it Have to be Caves?]]: Silk's dislike of enclosed spaces is tipped over into a full-blown [[{{Claustrophobia}} phobia]] after a traumatic event in the first series. He also doesn't like snakes. This becomes a major plot point when his love interest in the second series starts to carry a highly venomous snake in her bodice. Some have speculated that she did this strictly to mess with Silk; however this is neither stated nor even strongly implied in the books. She has, however, commented on more than one occasion that Zith was cold and it was a place for her to be warm. Liselle is a pragmatist as well, and it is suggested that (possibly at the unknown prompting of the Prophecy of Light) she began doing so because it might be useful in the future. And it was. She did admit to Silk that the first time she did it it made her skin crawl and it was all she could do to keep from screaming.
* WithUsOrAgainstUs: Invoked by Belgarath in ''The Malloreon'', but it's at least {{justified|Trope}} by the fact that there really ''are'' only two sides in the great conflict.

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* [[WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes Why Did it Have to be Caves?]]: Silk's dislike of enclosed spaces is tipped over into a full-blown [[{{Claustrophobia}} phobia]] after a traumatic event in the first series. He also doesn't like snakes. This becomes a major plot point when his love interest in the second series starts to carry a highly venomous snake in her bodice. Some have speculated that she did this strictly to mess with Silk; however this is neither stated nor even strongly implied in the books. She has, however, commented on more than one occasion that Zith was cold and it was a place for her to be warm. Liselle is a pragmatist as well, and it is suggested that (possibly at the unknown prompting of the Prophecy of Light) she began doing so because it might be useful in the future. And it was. She did admit to This theory is supported by her telling Silk that the first time she did it it made her skin crawl and it was all she could do to keep from screaming.
* WithUsOrAgainstUs: Invoked by Belgarath in ''The Malloreon'', but it's at least {{justified|Trope}} by the fact that there really ''are'' only two sides in the great conflict.conflict: Change or an Eternal Status Quo.



* YouAreNotReady: Garion and weather. Lord, does he make a mess of things, and Belgarath is NOT happy with him triggering blizzards, tornados, droughts, another Ice Age, that sort of thing. Garion is ordered to study weather for 2000 years before touching it again. Then Belgarath has a ''major'' OhCrap moment when Garion promises to ''make time'' to do it (all Garion meant was that he'd rearrange his schedule).

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* YouAreNotReady: Garion and weather. Lord, does he make a mess of things, and Belgarath is NOT happy with him triggering blizzards, tornados, droughts, another Ice Age, that sort of thing. Garion is ordered to study weather for 2000 years before touching it again. Then Belgarath has a ''major'' OhCrap moment when Garion promises to ''make time'' "make time" to do it (all Garion meant was that he'd rearrange his schedule).



** {{Lampshaded}}. The majority of the conflict in the books comes from the truly ridiculous amount of effort spent by the Child of Dark in attempting to suborn the Prophecies. This ''[[GenreBlindness always]]'' turns out to be its ultimate downfall.

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** {{Lampshaded}}. The majority of the conflict in the books comes from the truly ridiculous amount of effort spent by the Child of Dark in attempting to suborn the Prophecies. This ''[[GenreBlindness always]]'' ''always'' turns out to be its ultimate downfall.



* YouKeepUsingThatWord: All through the two prequel books, ''Belgarath the Sorcerer'' and ''Polgara the Sorceress'', Eddings keeps referring to things as "coincidence" that are no such thing, usually with the main character narrators snarking about how the Prophecy is "obviously" leading them around by the nose. However, books are telling the backstory of ''The Belgariad''. Present-day characters are ''deliberately'' named after historical figures, yet Belgarath treats the names of the historical figures as "coincidence". One teeth-grindingly bad instance occurs in Belgarath's tale, at the Battle of Vo Mimbre. We're introduced to the original Korodullin and Mayaserena, who are wedded to keep the country of Arendia together. In the present day of ''The Belgariad'', we're told that all Arend monarchs are deliberately named after those two, to keep Arendia unified, yet Belgarath calls it a "coincidence" that the original pair had those names.

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* YouKeepUsingThatWord: "Coincidence" (A sequence of events that ''although accidental'' seems to have been planned or arranged.): All through the two prequel books, ''Belgarath the Sorcerer'' and ''Polgara the Sorceress'', Eddings keeps referring to things as "coincidence" that are no such thing, usually with the main character narrators snarking about how the Prophecy is "obviously" leading them around by the nose. However, books are telling the backstory of ''The Belgariad''. Present-day characters are ''deliberately'' named after historical figures, yet Belgarath treats the names of the historical figures as "coincidence". One teeth-grindingly bad instance occurs in Belgarath's tale, at the Battle of Vo Mimbre. We're introduced to the original Korodullin and Mayaserena, who are wedded to keep the country of Arendia together. In the present day of ''The Belgariad'', we're told that all Arend monarchs are deliberately named after those two, to keep Arendia unified, yet Belgarath calls it a "coincidence" that the original pair had those names.
13th May '17 7:16:34 PM FranksGirl
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* YouKeepUsingThatWord: All through the two prequel books, ''Belgarath the Sorcerer'' and ''Polgara the Sorceress'', Eddings keeps referring to things as "coincidence" that are no such thing, usually with the main character narrators snarking about how the Prophecy is "obviously" leading them around by the nose. However, books are telling the backstory of ''The Belgariad''. Present-day characters are ''deliberately'' named after historical figures, yet Belgarath treats the names of the historical figures as "coincidence". One teeth-grindingly bad instance occurs in Belgarath's tale, at the Battle of Vo Mimbre. We're introduced to the original Korodullin and Mayaserena, who are wedded to keep the country of Arendia together. In the present day of ''The Belgariad'', we're told that all Arend monarchs are deliberately named after those two, to keep Arendia unified, yet Belgarath calls it a "coincidence" that the original pair had those names.
7th May '17 7:19:49 PM EllaV
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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.

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* SleepsWithBothEyesOpen: In ''Belgarath the Sorceror'', Sorcerer'', 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.
27th Apr '17 2:47:09 AM ThSpeck
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** The names of Dryads always begins with an X. The women of the Bourne family have names that always begin with 'Ce'. When Garion eventually gets around to asking Ce'Nedra why her name doesn't begin with an X like other Dryads, she explains that it does. It's just that humans pronounce the name "X'Nedra" incorrectly as "Ce'Nedra" which is where the 'Ce' prefix comes from. [[spoiler:When their first daughter is born, Garion names her "Beldaran" in honour of Polgara's long-dead sister and his ultimate grandmother. Ce'Nedra is initially very upset with the name because she needs her daughter to have the Dryad 'X'. She only cheers up when she finds a solution, but Garion decides he doesn't want to know what that solution is.]]

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** The names of Dryads always begins with an X. The women of the Bourne Borune family have names that always begin with 'Ce'. When Garion eventually gets around to asking Ce'Nedra why her name doesn't begin with an X like other Dryads, she explains that it does. It's just that humans pronounce the name "X'Nedra" incorrectly as "Ce'Nedra" which is where the 'Ce' prefix comes from. [[spoiler:When their first daughter is born, Garion names her "Beldaran" in honour of Polgara's long-dead sister and his ultimate grandmother. Ce'Nedra is initially very upset with the name because she needs her daughter to have the Dryad 'X'. She only cheers up when she finds a solution, but Garion decides he doesn't want to know what that solution is.]]
25th Apr '17 6:30:23 PM FranksGirl
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** Played complete straight with nearly the entire group, not just Belgarath, and not just because of the Prophecy, either. Every single protagonist does things that would horrify most people in real life:
*** Barak is stated in the first book, ''Pawn of Prophecy'', to have raped his wife Merel while drunk, battering down her locked bedchamber door to get to her; their arranged marriage was against Merel's will. Merel gets pregnant as a result of the rape; the incident is laughed off by Polgara and presented in-universe as a "reward" for Barak, and the other characters make Merel out to be the one in the wrong for ''treating Barak badly.''
*** Hettar is stated to have murdered many people who simply have the bad fortune of being Murgos, all because his parents were killed by Murgo bandits when he was a child. No one in-universe has an issue with the murder of unrelated, innocent people who are simply the wrong nationality.
*** Ditto Llelldorin, the Asturian archer, who states openly that he and his friends have slaughtered Mimbrate travelers who were simply riding through Asturian territory. None of the other protagonists have any issue with this.
*** Silk goes on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge to avenge the murder of a Drasnian agent in the second series (''The Mallorean''). He slaughters many members of a rival Tolnedran family, the Honeths, simply because they are part of the family, whether they had anything to do with the murder or not. Again, none of the protagonists have any issue with Silk killing many innocent people, other than Silk "wasting time".
18th Apr '17 4:41:34 AM Bissek
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* FantasticRacism: Anti-Angarak prejudice among the Alorns is so strong that at one point Hettar mentions waylaying and murdering two people on the road for no reason beyond the fact that they're Murgos, and ''nobody'' in the party sees anything wrong with this.



* FateWorseThanDeath: Zedar gets buried alive forever. Excuse me, [[AndIMustScream I Must Scream]]. And then there's Urvon and Chabat who lose their souls to Demons, and Zandramas who may have suffered from the same thing, or may simply have ceased to exist when she got dissolved and used to fill a hole in the galaxy. Don't forget the Grolim who was [[spoiler:Providing innocent women to bear demonic children of Nahaz]], who Polgara [[spoiler:gives eternal life, but curses with his every word being disbelieved.]]

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* FateWorseThanDeath: Zedar gets buried alive forever. Excuse me, [[AndIMustScream I Must Scream]]. And then there's Urvon and Chabat who lose their souls to Demons, and Zandramas who may have suffered from the same thing, or may simply have ceased to exist when she got dissolved and used to fill a hole in the galaxy. Don't forget the Grolim who was [[spoiler:Providing [[spoiler:providing innocent women to bear demonic children of Nahaz]], who Polgara [[spoiler:gives eternal life, but curses with his every word being disbelieved.]]



* FirstGirlWins: Averted. Garion's sudden departure on the Orb quest leaves his childhood sweetheart, Zubrette, behind; by the time he makes it back to Sendaria, she's married one of his friends. He doesn't meet his own destined bride until the middle of the *second* book in the series.

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* FirstGirlWins: Averted. Garion's sudden departure on the Orb quest leaves his childhood sweetheart, Zubrette, behind; by the time he makes it back to Sendaria, she's married engaged one of his friends. He doesn't meet his own destined bride until the middle of the *second* book in the series.
17th Apr '17 1:30:13 PM Wyldchyld
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** The names of Dryads always begins with an X. The women of the Bourne family have names that always begin with 'Ce'. When Garion eventually gets around to asking Ce'Nedra why her name doesn't begin with an X like other Dryads, she explains that it does. It's just that humans pronounce the name "X'Nedra" incorrectly as "Ce'Nedra" which is where the 'Ce' prefix comes from. [[spoiler:When their first daughter is born, Garion names her "Beldaran" in honour of Polgara's long-dead sister and his ultimate grandmother. Ce'Nedra is initially very upset with the name because she needs her daughter to have the Dryad 'X'. She only cheers up when she finds a solution, but Garion decides he doesn't want to know what that solution is.]]
17th Apr '17 1:25:53 PM Wyldchyld
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** When Aldur accepts someone as a pupil, beginning the extremely laidback process of becoming one of his disciples, Aldur prefixes the person's name with "Bel" for men and "Pol" for women; both syllables mean "Beloved". Garath = Belgarath, Garion = Belgarion, Polgara, Poledra.... As Belgarath notes, Aldur sometimes has a way with words.
*** Not as clear cut as this - Polgara's sister was Beldaran.

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** When Aldur accepts someone as a pupil, beginning the extremely laidback process of becoming one of his disciples, Aldur prefixes the person's name with "Bel" for men and "Pol" for women; both syllables mean "Beloved". Garath = Belgarath, Garion = Belgarion, Polgara, Poledra.... As Belgarath notes, Aldur sometimes has a way with words.
*** Not as clear cut as this -
words. Polgara's sister sister, Beldaran, doesn't follow the theme because she was Beldaran.never fated to become a disciple of Aldur's.
17th Apr '17 1:17:20 PM Wyldchyld
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* SingleLineOfDescent: Garion's family is this, and it's intentional on the part of the Prophecy of Light. The {{prequel}}s mention that there are other male children in the line, but only the firstborn can be the heir.

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* SingleLineOfDescent: Garion's family is this, and it's intentional on the part of the Prophecy of Light. The {{prequel}}s mention that there are other male children in the line, but only the firstborn can be the heir.heir which fits the hints given in the main books: at the start of ''The Mallorean'', the first prophecy information they get about what's going to happen mentions that the "seed" of the Rivan King has to be protected at all costs from falling to the hands of the Child of Dark because there will never be another. The "seed" is Garion's first-born child, a son. [[spoiler:It's revealed at the very end of ''The Mallorean'' that Garion will only ever have a single son, but he'll end up with many daughters, none of which matter to the Prophecy because only Garion's son is the Orb's inheritor.]]
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