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26th Mar '16 1:43:16 PM demonfiren
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* {{Magocracy}}: In Sachaka, magicians are the ones in charge. Unlike the Allied Lands, this includes the King.
* ManipulativeBitch: [[spoiler: Naki.]] Oh so much. To whit: [[spoiler: she befriends the resident NaiveEverygirl, plays SchoolgirlLesbians with her despite never once returning the feelings, gets her hooked on a FantasticDrug and manipulates her into learning [[TheDarkArts Black Magic]] (the mere knowledge of which is forbidden; and which, incidentally, she herself learned, quite deliberately years before). Why? So that she can frame said everygirl when she murders her step-father and runs away to go spend her life working with criminals. And why did she want to do that? Because she couldn't live with the rules imposed on her by her father and the Guild. Oh, and when her unwitting lover desperately breaks out of imprisonment to find her, thinking her to be in mortal danger, she casually and without remorse tries to kill her. Yeah.]]

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* {{Magocracy}}: TheMagocracy: In Sachaka, magicians are the ones in charge. Unlike the Allied Lands, this includes the King.
* ManipulativeBitch: [[spoiler: Naki.[[spoiler:Naki.]] Oh so much. To whit: [[spoiler: she befriends the resident NaiveEverygirl, plays SchoolgirlLesbians with her despite never once returning the feelings, gets her hooked on a FantasticDrug and manipulates her into learning [[TheDarkArts Black Magic]] (the mere knowledge of which is forbidden; and which, incidentally, she herself learned, quite deliberately years before). Why? So that she can frame said everygirl when she murders her step-father and runs away to go spend her life working with criminals. And why did she want to do that? Because she couldn't live with the rules imposed on her by her father and the Guild. Oh, and when her unwitting lover desperately breaks out of imprisonment to find her, thinking her to be in mortal danger, she casually and without remorse tries to kill her. Yeah.]]
14th Nov '15 5:26:40 PM Bissek
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* Determinator: Tessia in ''The Magician's Apprentice'' was a chirurgeon's apprentice when her latent magical talent awakens. Upon being told that she would have to give up medicine to become a magician, she refuses to accept this, and ends up single-handedly inventing the entire field of magical Healing.
14th Nov '15 5:14:52 PM Bissek
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* ObstructiveCodeOfConduct: There's a lot of rules set up regarding the Black Magicians' conduct after the Trilogy ends, since ''one'' rogue Black Magician and a loyal follower could wipe the floor with the entire Guild if unchecked.

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* ObstructiveCodeOfConduct: There's a lot of rules set up regarding the Black Magicians' conduct after the Trilogy ends, since ''one'' rogue Black Magician and a loyal follower could wipe the floor with the entire Guild if unchecked. These rules get even stricter in the second trilogy when it's learned that [[spoiler:Black Magic users can bypass the blocks used to strip renegade conventional mages of their power pretty much at will, which means that the only way to permanently remove the threat of a rogue Black Magician is execution.]]
17th Aug '15 2:39:30 AM demonfiren
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* DefeatEqualsExplosion: All energy left in a magician's body is released upon death, usually violently. Of course, there might not be any left if a black magician was the killer.
17th Aug '15 2:37:00 AM demonfiren
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* AntiHero: Sonea, but the biggest culprit is [[spoiler: Akkarin, who took up BlackMagic [[IdidWhatIHadToDo in order to defend himself and Kyralia against the Ichani]], and, despite Sonea, Rothen and Lorlen convinced that he's the BigBad for the first two-thirds of the original trilogy, is in fact the only thing stopping the annihilation of their country at the hands of some ridiculously powerful black magicians]].

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* AntiHero: Sonea, but the biggest culprit is [[spoiler: Akkarin, who took up BlackMagic [[IdidWhatIHadToDo [[IDidWhatIHadToDo in order to defend himself and Kyralia against the Ichani]], and, despite Sonea, Rothen and Lorlen convinced that he's the BigBad for the first two-thirds of the original trilogy, is in fact the only thing stopping the annihilation of their country at the hands of some ridiculously powerful black magicians]].
31st Jul '15 5:06:52 AM LondonPurple
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* BlackMagic: Well, duh. In this series, BlackMagic comes from taking a person's LifeEnergy. While many users of BlackMagic are portrayed as evil, as some LifeEnergy can be taken without harming the person, the morality of using it is based on whether the LifeEnergy was given willingly or not. Originally, it was called "higher magic," and practiced by all magicians, but during the Trilogy it's only practiced by [[spoiler: Akkarin, the Sachakans and Sonea]]. After that, the Guild appoints two and only two magicians to know the secrets of BlackMagic, and hedges them about with heavy restrictions; while they aren't at all comfortable with the practice, they know that the Sachakans use it, and they recognize the need to fight fire with fire.

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* BlackMagic: Well, duh. An important element in the series, but also semi-subverted. In this series, BlackMagic comes from taking a person's LifeEnergy. LifeEnergy, which is replenished with each sleep, but can be completely depleted. While many users of BlackMagic are portrayed as evil, as some LifeEnergy can be taken without harming the person, so the morality of using it is based on whether the LifeEnergy was given willingly or not. Originally, it was called "higher magic," and practiced by all magicians, but during the Trilogy it's only practiced by [[spoiler: Akkarin, the Sachakans and Sonea]]. So the term Black Magic originates from basically propaganda. After that, the Trilogy, the Guild appoints two and only two magicians to know the secrets of BlackMagic, and hedges them about with heavy restrictions; while they aren't at all comfortable with the practice, they know that the Sachakans use it, and they recognize the need to fight fire with fire.



* MundaneUtility: Healing magic can be used to save someone's life after their throat is slit. But you can also use it to keep that pesky seasickness at bay.

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* MundaneUtility: Healing magic can be used to save someone's life after their throat is slit. slit, purge poison or cure deadly diseases. But you can also use it to keep that pesky seasickness at bay.bay.
** Dorrien levitates instead of using the stairs in his first scene, highlighting how he enjoys using magic.



* NeckSnap: A mugger stabs Tayend and Dannyl reacts by slamming him magically into a wall and breaking his neck. That said, Dannyl doesn't ever react well when Tayend is threatened or hurt.

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* NeckSnap: A mugger stabs Tayend Tayend, and Dannyl reacts by slamming him magically into a wall and breaking his neck. That said, Dannyl doesn't ever react well when Tayend is threatened or hurt.
* NoBodyLeftBehind: At the point of death any magic remaining in a magician's body is expelled, destroying their body. If they are particularly powerful, then the excess magic will destroy anything nearby in an explosion. This is only avoided if the magician uses all their mana first, or is drained.
* NoWomansLand: Sachaka and Lonmar. Both societies are incredibly strict about letting their women out in public, don't teach them magic and generally treat them much worse than their male counterparts. In Lonmar, a woman is publically punished for having an affair.



** In a wider sense, [[spoiler: so-called 'Black Magic'. Really, it's not inherently evil, it's just capable of running way out of control, as the Guild learned the hard way from Tagin's example.]]
* NoWomansLand: Sachaka and Lonmar. Both societies are incredibly strict about letting their women out in public, don't teach them magic and generally treat them much worse than their male counterparts. In Lonmar, a woman is publically punished for having an affair.

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** In a wider sense, [[spoiler: so-called 'Black Magic'. Really, it's not inherently evil, it's just capable of running way out of control, but if abused it is incredibly dangerous, as the Guild learned the hard way from Tagin's example.]]
* NoWomansLand: Sachaka and Lonmar. Both societies are incredibly strict about letting their women out in public, don't teach them magic and generally treat them much worse than their male counterparts. In Lonmar, a woman is publically punished for having an affair.
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* RichIdiotWithNoDayJob: To some degree, many magicians (except Healers). Alchemists are often considered to waste their time on silly hobbies instead of useful innovations, though they can do the latter. Warriors are only useful in times of war. If they aren't into teaching (like Fergun), there's little for them to do in the meantime. And as of ''High Lord'', we learn that [[spoiler: Warriors aren't even that useful against a magician invasion because they don't know black magic.]] So they literally are paid and housed to do nothing.

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* RichIdiotWithNoDayJob: To some degree, many magicians (except Healers). Alchemists are often considered to waste their time on silly hobbies instead of useful innovations, though innovations. However they can do create things which help the latter.lives of many, such as keeping the rivers clear of silt for trading. Warriors are only useful in times of war. If they aren't into teaching (like Fergun), there's little for them to do in the meantime. And as of ''High Lord'', we learn that [[spoiler: Warriors aren't even that useful against a magician invasion because they don't know black magic.]] So they literally are paid and housed to do nothing.



** Although a lot of magicians (read: most) fall into this category, this trope is played with a bit: magicians are made physically stronger and more healthy than normal people by the constant flow of magical energy through their bodies. Magicians also have a stronger "inner shield" and can survive drowning and being buried underground by using a shield to protect their bodies and supply them with a limited amount of oxygen.

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** Although a lot of magicians (read: most) fall into this category, this trope is played with a bit: magicians are made physically stronger and more healthy than normal people by the constant flow of magical energy through their bodies. Magicians also have a stronger "inner shield" and can survive drowning and being buried underground by using a shield to protect their bodies and supply them with a limited amount of oxygen. They're just completely unused to fighting or dealing without their magic.
31st Jul '15 4:53:31 AM LondonPurple
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* Big Bad: [[spoiler: Kariko could be considered this, as the leader of the Sachakian invading party.]]

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* Big Bad: BigBad: [[spoiler: Kariko could be considered this, as the leader of the Sachakian invading party.]]
* BigGood: [[spoiler: Akkarin.
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17th Jul '15 2:51:14 PM YourBrainOnTaint
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* ThievesGuild: The appropriately named ''Thieves''. By the time of the sequel trilogy however, the Thives have stopped working with each other.
17th Jul '15 2:48:30 PM YourBrainOnTaint
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* MundaneUtility: Healing magic can be used to save someone's life after their throat is slit. But you can also use it to keep that pesky seasickness at bay.


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* RichIdiotWithNoDayJob: To some degree, many magicians (except Healers). Alchemists are often considered to waste their time on silly hobbies instead of useful innovations, though they can do the latter. Warriors are only useful in times of war. If they aren't into teaching (like Fergun), there's little for them to do in the meantime. And as of ''High Lord'', we learn that [[spoiler: Warriors aren't even that useful against a magician invasion because they don't know black magic.]] So they literally are paid and housed to do nothing.
17th Jul '15 9:30:23 AM YourBrainOnTaint
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* {{Matriarchy}}: The Traitors. They claim to be equal between genders, but will admit they are a matriarchy if questioned.


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* RavenHairIvorySkin: The standard look of Kyralians.
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