History Literature / TheDeathGateCycle

16th Jan '16 7:46:15 AM Morgenthaler
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-->[[EarthThatWas The Earth]] was [[EarthShatteringKaboom destroyed]].\\ Four worlds [[WorldSundering were created out of the ruin]]. Worlds for ourselves and the [[{{Muggles}} mensch]]: [[SingleBiomePlanet Air, Fire, Stone, Water]].\\ Four Gates connect each world to the other: [[WorldInTheSky Arianus]] to [[DarkestAfrica Pryan]] to [[HollowWorld Abarrach]] to [[WaterIsAir Chelestra]].\\ A house of correction was built for our enemies: [[DeathWorld the Labyrinth]].\\ The Labyrinth is connected to the other worlds through the Fifth Gate: [[CrystalSpiresAndTogas the Nexus]].\\ The Sixth Gate is the center, permitting entry: [[BeautifulVoid the Vortex]].\\ And all was accomplished through [[AmplifierArtifact the Seventh Gate]].\\ [[AfterTheEnd The end was the beginning]]. --->(in scrawled handwriting, possibly in blood) '''''[[ApocalypticLog The beginning was our end]].'''''
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-->[[EarthThatWas The Earth]] -->The Earth was [[EarthShatteringKaboom destroyed]].destroyed.\\ Four worlds [[WorldSundering were created out of the ruin]]. ruin. Worlds for ourselves and the [[{{Muggles}} mensch]]: [[SingleBiomePlanet mensch: Air, Fire, Stone, Water]].Water.\\ Four Gates connect each world to the other: [[WorldInTheSky Arianus]] Arianus to [[DarkestAfrica Pryan]] Pryan to [[HollowWorld Abarrach]] Abarrach to [[WaterIsAir Chelestra]].Chelestra.\\ A house of correction was built for our enemies: [[DeathWorld the Labyrinth]].Labyrinth.\\ The Labyrinth is connected to the other worlds through the Fifth Gate: [[CrystalSpiresAndTogas the Nexus]].Nexus.\\ The Sixth Gate is the center, permitting entry: [[BeautifulVoid the Vortex]].Vortex.\\ And all was accomplished through [[AmplifierArtifact the Seventh Gate]].Gate.\\ [[AfterTheEnd The end was the beginning]]. beginning. --->(in scrawled handwriting, possibly in blood) '''''[[ApocalypticLog The '''''The beginning was our end]].end.'''''
8th Oct '15 11:06:41 AM Theriocephalus
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* MotiveDecay: Xar goes from wanting to build a better future for the Patryns to wanting to lead the Patryns to conquer the universe because it's their birthright to wanting to conquer the universe for his own benefit. This is spelled out in [[TearJerker tear-jerking fashion]] in ''The Seventh Gate'' when he wonders exactly ''how'' he got from "Save my people" to "EvilOverlord". —And then hears the sound of Sang-drax's laughter in his mind...
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* MotiveDecay: Xar goes from wanting to build a better future for the Patryns to wanting to lead the Patryns to conquer the universe because it's their birthright to wanting to conquer the universe for his own benefit. This is spelled out in [[TearJerker tear-jerking fashion]] in ''The Seventh Gate'' when he wonders exactly ''how'' he got from "Save my people" to "EvilOverlord". —And "EvilOverlord" [[spoiler:--and then hears the sound of Sang-drax's laughter in his mind...]]
1st Aug '15 9:33:01 PM Vios
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Series of seven HighFantasy novels by MargaretWeis and TracyHickman, generally considered one of their best works.
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Series of seven HighFantasy novels by MargaretWeis Creator/MargaretWeis and TracyHickman, Creator/TracyHickman, generally considered one of their best works.
1st Aug '15 8:53:13 PM Vios
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28th Jul '15 7:29:04 AM SilverDragon
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* ProfessionalKiller: Hugh is an assassin, and is later revealed to be part of an assassin's guild (well, the mostly do assassinations, but have a hand in a lot of other crime on Arianus as well).
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* ProfessionalKiller: Hugh is an assassin, and is later revealed to be part of an assassin's guild (well, the they mostly do assassinations, but have a hand in a lot of other crime on Arianus as well).

* VoluntaryShapeshifting: Serpents and dragons can change their form into whatever they want (Sang-drax, for example, is fond of appearing as an elven aristocrat). [[spoiler: Alfred can also change his form to that of a green-and-golden dragon]]
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* VoluntaryShapeshifting: Serpents and dragons can change their form into whatever they want (Sang-drax, for example, is fond of appearing as an elven aristocrat). [[spoiler: Alfred can also change his form to that of a green-and-golden dragon]]dragon.]]
28th Jul '15 7:27:24 AM SilverDragon
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* LotusEaterMachine - Alfred [[spoiler: defeats a serpent by trapping it ''in it's own mind.'']]
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* LotusEaterMachine - LotusEaterMachine: Alfred [[spoiler: defeats [[spoiler:defeats a serpent by trapping it ''in it's its own mind.'']]
28th Jul '15 7:26:33 AM SilverDragon
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Shapeshifter Baggage is about shapeshifter changing size. This is, I rthink, Liquid Assests.
** ShapeShifterBaggage: however, when two Patryns "join the circle", the uninjured one literally shares his/her strength with the other, leaving ''both'' of them half-hurt.
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** ShapeShifterBaggage: LiquidAssets: however, when two Patryns "join the circle", the uninjured one literally shares his/her strength with the other, leaving ''both'' of them half-hurt.
22nd Apr '15 6:50:00 PM f
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** The entire dwarven race of Abarrach. The elves and humans died so long ago they are considered myths, while the dwarves lasted almost as long as the Sartans-without magic to boot.

* BaldOfEvil: Sinistrad
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* BaldOfEvil: SinistradSinistrad, to the point of being completely hairless.

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* BaldOfEvil: Sinistrad*** Although he demonstrates abilities beyond what anyone would expect from even an old and powerful Sartan; like living for thousands years and escaping from a cell meant to hold Samah.
26th Mar '15 9:28:45 AM MasterGhandalf
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* BigBad: The cosmic force of evil, incarnate as [[spoiler: the serpents]].
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* BigBad: The cosmic force Lord Xar initially appears to be this; the situation later develops into more of evil, incarnate as a BigBadEnsemble with the addition of Kleitus, Samah [[spoiler: later replaced by Ramu]] and the serpents]].serpents [[spoiler: who prove to be the greatest threat and the incarnation of evil and chaos]].

* BigBad: BiggerBad: The cosmic force Royal One is the ultimate ruler of evil, incarnate as the serpents, but he only plays a major role in ''Serpent Mage''. He gets killed off by [[spoiler: Alfred]] at the serpents]].end of the book, returns to life in ''Hand of Chaos'', and afterwards plays no meaningful role in the story, with Sang-drax taking over as TheHeavy and TheFace of the serpents as a faction. Haplo also speculates that the serpents are merely the minions of some even greater evil power, but if so, such a being's existence is never confirmed.

* OurZombiesAreDifferent: The cadavers of Abarrach represent the "mindless servant" type (mostly). The ''lazar'', on the other hand, are basically what you get by combining OurZombiesAreDifferent with OurLichesAreDifferent and a little bit of OurVampiresAreDifferent on the side.
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* OurZombiesAreDifferent: The cadavers of Abarrach represent the "mindless servant" type (mostly). The ''lazar'', on the other hand, are basically what you get by combining OurZombiesAreDifferent with OurLichesAreDifferent and a little bit of OurVampiresAreDifferent on the side. They're extremely intelligent, retain the magical powers they had in life (and are capable of learning new ones) and are completely AxCrazy, driven by a need to kill the living and create more of their kind. * OutgrownSuchSillySuperstitions: The Sartan and Patryns have outgrown the "silly superstition" of gods, and the Sartan at least discourage any mensch under their influence from believing in such beings either. [[spoiler: Of course, the series proves them very wrong when actual divine beings show up, and unfortunately the most proactive of them are the vile serpents...]]
4th Mar '15 6:00:39 PM MasterGhandalf
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The books are, in order:
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The books are divided into two broad arcs; books 1-4 deal with Haplo's explorations of each of the elemental worlds in turn and the search for answers over the disappearance of the Sartan, while books 5-7 deal with the broader conflict that engulfs all the worlds. They are, in order:

The * ArcVillain: Each of the first four books are, has a largely self-contained story with its own antagonist: ** ''Dragon Wing'': Sinistrad ** ''Elven Star'': The tytans ** ''Fire Sea'': Kleitus [[spoiler: who remains a supporting antagonist in order:the last three books]] ** ''Serpent Mage'': The dragon-snakes [[spoiler: who become the primary BigBad of the remainder of the series]].

* AsYouKnow: Said almost word-for-word to Haplo by his benefactor at the start of the first book.
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* AsYouKnow: Said almost word-for-word to Haplo by his benefactor at the start of the first book.book; in this context, because Xar is speechifying a bit to remind Haplo of the importance of their cause.
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