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21st Jan '17 11:46:21 PM Orbiting
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* CrystalWeapon: In ''Silver on the Tree'', Will Stanton and Bran journey to the Lost Land to retrieve the crystal sword Eirias, which is necessary to fulfill the prophecy of the destruction of the Dark.
--> ''"And where the Midsummer Tree grows tall, by Pendragon's sword the Dark shall fall."''
14th Dec '16 11:41:14 AM ImperialMajestyXO
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** The Withers siblings in ''Over Sea, Under Stone''. While their MostDefinitelyNotAVillain cred is established by their beautiful yacht (Simon [[ContrivedCoincidence just so happens]] to love sailing), [[LightIsNotGood pristine white clothes]] and [[StepfordSmiler gleaming smiles]], and Polly's [[EvilIsSexy loveliness]], for most of the book they come off as either genuinely nice, bumbling people or at worst {{Punch Clock Villain}}s who really are just following orders but otherwise wouldn't hurt a fly. The scene where they dance with Barney at the festival is genuinely fun, if a bit sinister at times. But when Polly tries to take the map and the children feign ignorance, she shows her vicious nature in a truly startling and disturbing moment...and at the climax of the book during the fight for the grail, the masks come off permanently.

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** The Withers siblings in ''Over Sea, Under Stone''. While their MostDefinitelyNotAVillain cred is established by their beautiful yacht (Simon [[ContrivedCoincidence just so happens]] to love sailing), [[LightIsNotGood pristine white clothes]] and [[StepfordSmiler gleaming smiles]], and Polly's [[EvilIsSexy loveliness]], for most of the book they come off as either genuinely nice, bumbling people or at worst {{Punch Clock Villain}}s who really are just following orders but otherwise wouldn't hurt a fly. The scene where they dance with Barney at the festival is genuinely fun, if a bit sinister at times. But when Polly tries to take the map and the children feign ignorance, she shows her vicious nature in a truly startling and disturbing moment... and at the climax of the book during the fight for the grail, the masks come off permanently.
29th Jul '16 3:48:35 AM Morgenthaler
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* PlotMagnet: Barney, by virtue of being the youngest and (presumably) the most vulnerable of the Drew children. In the first book he is kidnapped and hypnotized by Hastings; in the third he is kidnapped by the painter, compelled to scry in the grail, and then given LaserGuidedAmnesia; and in the fifth book, he is kidnapped by the White Rider and taken back to the time of [[{{Mabinogion}} Owain Glyndwyr]], where he is almost executed as an English spy. To a lesser extent all the Drews are this in the last book, since the ''afanc'' targets Jane in order to obtain the Lady's prophecies from her, and later all three are sent back to an earlier time at the harbor [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy by the Dark]], thus necessitating Merriman coming to their rescue [[LoopholeAbuse so he could not join Will and Bran in the Lost Land]].

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* PlotMagnet: Barney, by virtue of being the youngest and (presumably) the most vulnerable of the Drew children. In the first book he is kidnapped and hypnotized by Hastings; in the third he is kidnapped by the painter, compelled to scry in the grail, and then given LaserGuidedAmnesia; and in the fifth book, he is kidnapped by the White Rider and taken back to the time of [[{{Mabinogion}} Owain Glyndwyr]], where he is almost executed as an English spy. To a lesser extent all the Drews are this in the last book, since the ''afanc'' targets Jane in order to obtain the Lady's prophecies from her, and later all three are sent back to an earlier time at the harbor [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy by the Dark]], Dark, thus necessitating Merriman coming to their rescue [[LoopholeAbuse so he could not join Will and Bran in the Lost Land]].
30th Dec '15 8:13:50 PM jormis29
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* TreasureMap: Found in the attic of the Grey House in the first book; leads the Drew children to the grail. (No, not ''[[PublicDomainArtifact that]]'' grail, although it is said to be [[{{Expy}} "made after the fashion of" it]].)

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* TreasureMap: Found in the attic of the Grey House in the first book; leads the Drew children to the grail. (No, not ''[[PublicDomainArtifact ''[[HolyGrail that]]'' grail, although it is said to be [[{{Expy}} "made after the fashion of" it]].)
10th Dec '15 11:37:36 AM TheFuzzinator
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* WomenAreWiser: Jane is the only one the Greenwitch will deal with, because she's the only who's ever wished for ''its'' happiness rather than her own.
28th Oct '15 3:00:13 PM roxana
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* ChangelingFantasy: Bran finds out that instead of the boring, judgmental, overly-religious Owen Davies, his real father is [[spoiler:King Arthur]].

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* ChangelingFantasy: Bran finds out that instead of the boring, judgmental, overly-religious Owen Davies, his real father is [[spoiler:King Arthur]]. Owen knows it too, and much of his religiosity is an effort to protect Bran from the consequences of his heritage.
16th Sep '15 10:28:25 AM Morgenthaler
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* VillainOverForDinner: While Will Stanton is enjoying Christmas morning with his family, the Black Rider (a Lord of the Dark) stops by to drop off a ring. He can get through the house's defenses because Mr. Stanton (Will's father) [[VampireInvitation invited him to enter]]. Will can't force him to leave because using such powerful magic would endanger his family, so he has to be polite to the Black Rider until he leaves.

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* VillainOverForDinner: While Will Stanton is enjoying Christmas morning with his family, the Black Rider (a Lord of the Dark) stops by to drop off a ring. He can get through the house's defenses because Mr. Stanton (Will's father) [[VampireInvitation [[MustBeInvited invited him to enter]]. Will can't force him to leave because using such powerful magic would endanger his family, so he has to be polite to the Black Rider until he leaves.
30th May '15 11:26:06 PM LordGro
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** John Wayland Smith's middle name is a reference to the legendary Saxon smith, Literature/{{Wayland| the Smith}}.
** The alias the Black Rider assumes in ''The Dark Is Rising'', Mr. Mitothin, is associated with [[NorseMythology Loki]].

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** John Wayland Smith's middle name is a reference to the legendary Saxon smith, Literature/{{Wayland| the Myth/{{Wayland|the Smith}}.
** The alias the Black Rider assumes in ''The Dark Is Rising'', Mr. Mitothin, is associated with [[NorseMythology [[Myth/NorseMythology Loki]].
18th May '15 8:48:54 AM Fighteer
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* ElementalRockPaperScissors: The six Signs--[[KillItWithFire Fire]], [[KillItWithWater Water]], [[DishingOutDirt Stone]], [[Myth/ChineseMythology Wood]], plus Iron and Bronze to represent modern man (and thus also joining Western and Eastern elements).
19th Apr '15 8:16:55 PM nombretomado
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* ElementalRockPaperScissors: The six Signs--[[KillItWithFire Fire]], [[KillItWithWater Water]], [[DishingOutDirt Stone]], [[ChineseMythology Wood]], plus Iron and Bronze to represent modern man (and thus also joining Western and Eastern elements).

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* ElementalRockPaperScissors: The six Signs--[[KillItWithFire Fire]], [[KillItWithWater Water]], [[DishingOutDirt Stone]], [[ChineseMythology [[Myth/ChineseMythology Wood]], plus Iron and Bronze to represent modern man (and thus also joining Western and Eastern elements).
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