History Literature / TheBlackMagicianTrilogy

27th Nov '16 12:12:28 AM Ramidel
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* UnskilledButStrong: Sonea is a ridiculously powerful mage, but starts out untrained. Even by the end of the second book, [[TheRival Regin]] is still somewhat more skilled than her, but by then, she's learned that [[BiggerStick it doesn't matter when she can just blast through any shield he can make]].

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Sonea is a ridiculously powerful mage, but starts out untrained. Even by the end of the second book, [[TheRival Regin]] is still somewhat more skilled than her, but by then, she's learned that [[BiggerStick it doesn't matter when she can just blast through any shield he can make]].make]].
** Regin shows a bit of this tendency at first. His initial, pre-training forcestrike is a brilliant bolt that wastes a lot of energy on generating showy heat and light, something that his trainer remarks disapprovingly on.
16th Oct '16 1:57:48 AM Ramidel
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* UnskilledButStrong: Sonea is a ridiculously powerful mage, but starts out untrained. Even by the end of the second book, [[TheRival Regin]] is still somewhat more skilled than her, but by then, she's learned that [[BiggerStick it doesn't matter when she can just blast through any shield he can make]].
16th Sep '16 7:57:12 PM LeahJ
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* SquishyWizard: Sonea wins a critically important duel, that would determine whether she could continue as a commoner to learn magic, simply by the fact that her opponent had never done any exercise, and in a later scene couldn't even punch hard enough to leave a bruise on her shoulder. Sonea on the other hand was more than capable of breaking his nose and bruising his eyes badly enough to leave him blind until treated.
** 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.

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* SquishyWizard: Sonea wins a critically important duel, that would determine whether she could continue as a commoner to learn magic, simply by the fact that her opponent had never done any exercise, and in a later scene couldn't even punch hard enough to leave a bruise on her shoulder. Sonea on the other hand was more than capable of breaking his nose and bruising his eyes badly enough to leave him blind until treated.
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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.
17th Jul '16 7:18:19 PM Discar
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* OutsideContextVillain: [[spoiler:So there's an army of Black Magic users coming to attack us? Too bad most of us have no idea what Black Magic even is, much less how to fight it.]]

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* OutsideContextVillain: OutsideGenreFoe: [[spoiler:So there's an army of Black Magic users coming to attack us? Too bad most of us have no idea what Black Magic even is, much less how to fight it.]]
26th Jun '16 12:21:44 AM Ramidel
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* ThereAreNoTherapists: Averted. While psychiatry as a profession doesn't exist, the Guild is surprisingly GenreSavvy about taking a distrustful, traumatized StreetUrchin and throwing her right into the middle of a student body full of arrogant nobles, many of whom [[AllOfTheOtherReindeer look down on her because of her common blood]]. Several ranking mages take it upon themselves to help shepherd her through her problems and help her deal with the other students' bullying.
26th Jun '16 12:13:52 AM Ramidel
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* AnyoneCanDie: In the third book, named characters start dropping like flies.

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* AnyoneCanDie: In the third book, named characters start dropping like flies. The sequel trilogy is no less bloody.
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.
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