History Literature / TheDeathGateCycle

13th Nov '17 3:04:39 AM Theriocephalus
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** A Class 2 bordering on 3a (Planetary Scale, Species Extinction via engineered causes) struck the Sartan after the Sundering, as the use of necromancy in Abarrach caused Sartan everywhere to spontaneously die to balane the resurrected dead, while a host of unforeseen issues made their civilization to crumble into nothingness.

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** A Class 2 bordering on 3a (Planetary Scale, Species Extinction via engineered causes) struck the Sartan after the Sundering, as the use of necromancy in Abarrach caused Sartan everywhere to spontaneously die to balane balance the resurrected dead, while a host of unforeseen issues made their civilization to crumble into nothingness.



* CameBackWrong: Sartan necromancer Jonathon tries to raise his recently killed wife Jera from the dead, but is too impatient to wait the requisite three days to allow her soul to safely depart. The result is a creature with echoes of Jera's personality, but is also completely insane, super-Sartanly powerful, and hellbent on revenge and making more of its kind. This is the origin of the lazar.

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* CameBackWrong: The Sartan necromancer Jonathon tries to raise his recently killed wife Jera from the dead, but is too impatient to wait the requisite three days to allow her soul to safely depart. The result is a creature with echoes of Jera's personality, but is also completely insane, super-Sartanly powerful, and hellbent on revenge and making more of its kind. This is the origin of the lazar.
21st Sep '17 10:07:56 AM GoblinCipher
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** It is the biggest world by far, having far more surface area than even the pre-sundering Earth, and as there has simply not been enough time in the setting’s relatively brief history for the mensch population to grow enough to inhabit more than a tiny part of its surface it is very sparsely populated. This is also why Fizban gets an elf inventor to start shooting rockets day and night to attract Haplo’s attention when he enters the world -- it’s all but stated that without some visual cue to head for, Haplo could have spent a lifetime flying over Pryan without ever coming across civilization.

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** It is the biggest world by far, having far more surface area than even the pre-sundering Earth, and as there has simply not been enough time in the setting’s relatively brief history for the mensch population to grow enough to inhabit more than a tiny part of its surface it is very sparsely populated. This is also why Fizban Zifnab gets an elf inventor to start shooting rockets day and night to attract Haplo’s attention when he enters the world -- it’s all but stated that without some visual cue to head for, Haplo could have spent a lifetime flying over Pryan without ever coming across civilization.
10th Sep '17 4:25:54 PM Theriocephalus
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* TooDumbToLive: One family member of the elven main character of ''Elven Star'' is this, as she's so fixated on running the family business that she repeatedly dismisses alarm horns as drills and even with omnicidal, giant magical creatures practically at the house's doorstep just thinks everyone else is being crazy. Unsurprisingly, she dies. Then comes a subversion when she has a final conversation with her brother from behind a closed door as the Tytans approach and he comes to the realization that deep down she -does- realize the truth, but can't find the strength to cope with it.

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* TooDumbToLive: One family member of the elven main character of ''Elven Star'' is this, as she's so fixated on running the family business that she repeatedly dismisses alarm horns as drills and even with omnicidal, giant magical creatures practically at the house's doorstep just thinks everyone else is being crazy. Unsurprisingly, she dies. Then comes a subversion when she has a final conversation with her brother from behind a closed door as the Tytans approach and he comes to the realization that deep down she -does- ''does'' realize the truth, but can't find the strength to cope with it.
3rd Sep '17 12:38:50 PM Peteman
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* TooDumbToLive: One family member of the elven main character of ''Elven Star'' is this, as she's so fixated on running the family business that she repeatedly dismisses alarm horns as drills and even with omnicidal, giant magical creatures practically at the house's doorstep just thinks everyone else is being crazy. Unsurprisingly, she dies. Then comes a brutal subversion when she has a final conversation with her brother from behind a closed door as the Tytans approach and he comes to the realization that deep down she -does- realize the truth, but can't find the strength to cope with it.

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* TooDumbToLive: One family member of the elven main character of ''Elven Star'' is this, as she's so fixated on running the family business that she repeatedly dismisses alarm horns as drills and even with omnicidal, giant magical creatures practically at the house's doorstep just thinks everyone else is being crazy. Unsurprisingly, she dies. Then comes a brutal subversion when she has a final conversation with her brother from behind a closed door as the Tytans approach and he comes to the realization that deep down she -does- realize the truth, but can't find the strength to cope with it.
25th Aug '17 6:00:19 PM Theriocephalus
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* AntiVillain: Lord Xar, Samah

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* AntiVillain: Lord Xar, SamahSamah.
* ApocalypseHow:
** In the backstory, a likely Class 2 (Planetary, Social Collapse) came about as a result of nuclear that devastated human civilization and destroyed the refuges where elves and dwarves had been hiding since the Middle Ages, leaving the Earth in anarchy until the rise of the Sartan and Patryn.
** The Sartan-Patryn war ended up causing a Class X (Planetary, Physical Annihilation) as the Sartan destroyed the Earth and remade it into five new worlds in a gambit to defeat the Patryn, killing millions of mensch in the process.
** A Class 2 bordering on 3a (Planetary Scale, Species Extinction via engineered causes) struck the Sartan after the Sundering, as the use of necromancy in Abarrach caused Sartan everywhere to spontaneously die to balane the resurrected dead, while a host of unforeseen issues made their civilization to crumble into nothingness.
** Another Class 2 bordering on 3 occurs in Pryan over the events of ''Elven Star'', as the Tytans move through its inhabited lands, systematically killing and destroying anything they find. [[spoiler: By the end of the book, they have annihilated every nation in the setting and slaughtered the majority of their inhabitants, scouring that part of Pryan clean of civilization]]. It’s stated that this has been going on since the Sartan civilization fell, with the Tytans migrating over Pryan’s surface and wiping out all civilization they find.
** A Class 3b (Planetary Scale, Species Extinction via natural causes) occurred in the backstory of Abarrach, due to the world's highly hostile environment killing off all the mensch populations that the Sartan had brought with them, and eventually began to kill off the Sartan as well.



* DeathWorld: in the Labyrinth, ''everything'' will try and kill you (though the magic compels it to give you a fighting chance). Abarrach is almost as bad. Further, unlike other Death Worlds, the Labyrinth itself is literally, actively out to kill you. Imagine yourself walking down a beach when you suddenly trip on a rock. The Labyrinth put it there when you weren't looking. Imagine yourself climbing up a hill when your handhold gives way, sending you rolling to the bottom. The Labyrinth did it. And imagine yourself camping out in a forest that's been cleared already when you hear the howls of a pack of wolfen closing in. Guess who called them in?

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* DeathWorld: in DeathWorld:
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the Labyrinth, ''everything'' will try and kill you (though the magic compels it to give you a fighting chance). Abarrach is almost as bad.chance). Further, unlike other Death Worlds, the Labyrinth itself is literally, actively out to kill you. Imagine yourself walking down a beach when you suddenly trip on a rock. The Labyrinth put it there when you weren't looking. Imagine yourself climbing up a hill when your handhold gives way, sending you rolling to the bottom. The Labyrinth did it. And imagine yourself camping out in a forest that's been cleared already when you hear the howls of a pack of wolfen closing in. Guess who called them in?in?
** Abarrach is nearly as bad, although it's not actively malicious -- it's just extremely alien and inhospitable. There is no natural light besides its seas and rivers of lava, the air is thick with toxic fumes and the slow cooling of its core is slowly but surely freezing the entire world. Between one thing and another, the mensch all died out and so did most of the wildlife. Only the Sartan survived, and even then only two city states still exist at the time of the books, and their inhabitants have to spend so much of their magic on just surviving that they might as well be mensch in all other aspects.



** This becomes a plot point in ''Elven Star'', where the racial hatred and prejudice between the elves, humans and dwarves is very strong and open. One particularly glaring example would be the elf Calandra, who considers all humans to be, so to speak, subhuman, and with the bad logic typical of racism she holds them to be barely more than animals but also highly devious, cunning and untrustworthy (which her own brother says to her makes no logical sense). This kind of virulent racism and accompanying violence was one of the reasons the original paradise the Sartan built for the mensch fell apart, and it's implied [[spoiler:one of the reasons the Tytans were able to slaughter them so easily -- if the mensch has stood together instead of abandoning and turning on each other, they may even have had a chance to survive -- but they didn't, and they died]].



* HorseOfADifferentColor: The natives of Pryan ride giant flying squirrels called cargans to navigate the treetops of their world’s colossal jungles.

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* HorseOfADifferentColor: HiveMind: The gushni, jellyfish-like creatures the dragon-snakes use as spies, have a species-wide shared consciousness. This is what makes them useful as spies: once a gushni learns something, all other gushni everywhere also know it and can report it.
* HorseOfADifferentColor:
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The natives of Pryan ride giant flying squirrels called cargans to navigate the treetops of their world’s colossal jungles.jungles.
** The Sartan of Abarrach use mud dragons, large chameleon-like lizards, as mounts for their undead armies.



* OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame: While they vary from world to world like the other mensch races, all dwarves share a couple of characteristics, including a natural propensity to be {{Proud Warrior Race Guy}}s (although they never war against each other), a deep love of music and song and a preference for living underground (which manifests in Arianus’ WorldInTheSky by them living ''inside'' their floating island and never going outside if they can help it, and in Pryan’s towering jungles by living in cities burrowed into the lower trunks of the trees, with miles of canopy and moss plains between themselves and the suns).

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* OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame: While they vary from world to world like the other mensch races, all dwarves share a couple of characteristics, including a natural propensity to be {{Proud Warrior Race Guy}}s (although they never war against each other), other if they can help it), a deep love of music and song and a preference for living underground (which manifests in Arianus’ WorldInTheSky by them living ''inside'' their floating island and never going outside if they can help it, and in Pryan’s towering jungles by living in cities burrowed into the lower trunks of the trees, with miles of canopy and moss plains between themselves and the suns).
10th Aug '17 12:45:15 AM PuffyTreat
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* TooDumbToLive: One family member of the elven main character of ''Elven Star'' is this, as she's so fixated on running the family business that she repeatedly dismisses alarm horns as drills and even with omnicidal, giant magical creatures practically at the house's doorstep just thinks everyone else is being crazy. Unsurprisingly, she dies.

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* TooDumbToLive: One family member of the elven main character of ''Elven Star'' is this, as she's so fixated on running the family business that she repeatedly dismisses alarm horns as drills and even with omnicidal, giant magical creatures practically at the house's doorstep just thinks everyone else is being crazy. Unsurprisingly, she dies. Then comes a brutal subversion when she has a final conversation with her brother from behind a closed door as the Tytans approach and he comes to the realization that deep down she -does- realize the truth, but can't find the strength to cope with it.
10th Aug '17 12:40:37 AM PuffyTreat
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* {{God}}: Implied to exist in some form, though it's left unclear whether there's a personal deity out there or if the impersonal force of cosmic balance is the Ultimate.

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* {{God}}: Implied to exist in some form, though it's left unclear whether there's a personal deity out there or if the impersonal force of cosmic balance is the Ultimate. [[note]]The rebel Sartan (and a few others) who claim to have made direct contact with the Higher Power perceive it as being loving and communicative, but confirmation of these attributes, perhaps appropriately, is left to faith.[[/note]]
10th Aug '17 12:36:30 AM PuffyTreat
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* HumanSubspecies: Elves, dwarves, Sartan and Patryn all evolved out of basic human stock.

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* HumanSubspecies: Elves, dwarves, Sartan and Patryn all evolved out of basic human stock.[[
29th Jul '17 1:20:46 PM Theriocephalus
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* CargoCult: This is what the religion of the dwarves/Gegs of Arianus boils down to. They were originally brought by the Sartans to serve the Kicksey-winsey, a continent-sized machine meant to supply Arianus with water and the other worlds with various goods, but since the Sartans vanished they have taken to literally worshipping the machine itself and the Sartans, whom they remember as the “Mangers”, complete with priests known as “clarks”. This is something the elves exploited by pretending to be gods, getting the Gegs to give them the precious water in exchange for shipfuls of garbage and refuse that the Gegs think is treasure.



* DysonSphere: Pryan, the world of fire, is shaped like a hollow sphere with an internal surface covered by staggeringly high jungles with four small suns at its center.

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* DysonSphere: Pryan, the world of fire, Pryan is shaped like a hollow sphere with an internal surface covered by staggeringly high miles-high jungles and with four small suns at its center.center. As the suns never set or move, it has no true night, with the closest being storms that move over its surface at regular intervals and provide some measure of darkness.
** It is the biggest world by far, having far more surface area than even the pre-sundering Earth, and as there has simply not been enough time in the setting’s relatively brief history for the mensch population to grow enough to inhabit more than a tiny part of its surface it is very sparsely populated. This is also why Fizban gets an elf inventor to start shooting rockets day and night to attract Haplo’s attention when he enters the world -- it’s all but stated that without some visual cue to head for, Haplo could have spent a lifetime flying over Pryan without ever coming across civilization.
** Originally, it was designed by the Sartan to be essentially an enormous power plant for the same reasons that it’s theorized high-tech civilizations would be driven to build such spheres -- its shape meant that all the suns’ energy would be captured without any being lost, which the Sartan could then transmit to the other worlds.



%%* FearlessUndead
* FightingAShadow: You can't kill the serpents permanently: if you try, they'll just re-form in a few days, twice as powerful as before - although it's implied that [[spoiler:Sang-drax's death somehow stuck]].



* FantasticSlurs: The elves of Arianus refer to the humans as “beasts”.

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* FantasticSlurs: The elves of Arianus often refer to the humans as “beasts”."beasts".
%%* FearlessUndead
* FightingAShadow: You can't kill the serpents permanently: if you try, they'll just re-form in a few days, twice as powerful as before - although it's implied that [[spoiler:Sang-drax's death somehow stuck]].
* FlatWorld: While Pryan is technically a DysonSphere with miles-high jungles covering its inner surface, it gives this impression “on the ground”. Most of its inhabitants live on the moss plains, vast expanses of moss stretching between the limbs of the world’s titanic trees that are big and strong enough to bear the weight cities and even small seas. These plains tend to terminate rather suddenly, ending in enormous drops and chasms where the land suddenly stops and the waters of the moss seas thunder down into the seemingly endless darkness.



* GardenOfEvil: Parts of the Labyrinth are like this; the rest is more like {{Mordor}}. Different flavors of lethal environment for everyone!

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* FungusHumongous: At one point, while very deep down in the jungles of Pryan, Roland, Rega and Paithan come across a massive fungus jutting out of one the trees, large enough to serve as a temporary support for their caravan.
* GalleySlave: A common fate for humans made prisoners by the Tribus elves of Arianus, who force them into flight harnesses to move the wings of their flying ships.
* GardenOfEvil: Parts of the Labyrinth are like this; the rest is more like {{Mordor}}. Different flavors of lethal environment for everyone! everyone!
* GiantSpider: Tyros are colossal spiders native to Pryan whose front pair of legs has become adapted for manipulating objects. They are commonly used as beasts of burden by the local civilizations, due to their ability to navigate the treetops of the miles-high jungles that cover Pryan. Their webs are also used to make bridges across gaps in the treetops.



* HorseOfADifferentColor: The natives of Pryan ride giant flying squirrels called cargans to navigate the treetops of their world’s colossal jungles.



* InstantMessengerPigeon: A version of this is used for long-distance messaging in Pryan using a species of fictional birds know as the faultless, which are intelligent enough for it to be possible to train them to fly back and forth between two specific locations.



* ItsQuietTooQuiet: When crossing the deep jungle of Pryan, Roland, Rega and Paithan realize that something is very wrong when they realize that the jungle has gone completely, utterly quiet [[spoiler:due to the Tytans approaching, a phenomenon that repeats itself whenever the Tytans show up]].



* MadeASlave: Slavery exists in several places in the mensch worlds, and numerous examples show up in the books. Most commonly, the slaves seen tend to be humans enslaved by elves in Arianus and Pryan.



* MagicMusic: Elven magic is mostly channeled vocally, and as such music can play a big part in it, usually by affecting their emotions or calling up ancestral memories. Due to the way it taps into the Elven psyche, it can be used this way by anyone, which is how the humans were able to defeat an elven army by singing an extremely nostalgic elven song.



* OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame:

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* OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame:OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame: While they vary from world to world like the other mensch races, all dwarves share a couple of characteristics, including a natural propensity to be {{Proud Warrior Race Guy}}s (although they never war against each other), a deep love of music and song and a preference for living underground (which manifests in Arianus’ WorldInTheSky by them living ''inside'' their floating island and never going outside if they can help it, and in Pryan’s towering jungles by living in cities burrowed into the lower trunks of the trees, with miles of canopy and moss plains between themselves and the suns).



* OurGiantsAreBigger: The Tytans, artificial creatures created by the Sartan to operate their Magitek and police the mensch. With their creators gone, the Tytans now rampage across Pryan, annihilating everything in their path.

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* OurGiantsAreBigger: The Tytans, artificial creatures giant humanoids with a gaping hole where their eyes should be who were artifically created by the Sartan to operate their Magitek {{Magitek}} and police the mensch. With their creators gone, the Tytans now rampage across Pryan, annihilating everything in their path.



* SealedEvilInACan: How the Sartan see the Patryns. The Patryns in turn see themselves as a SealedGoodInACan. They are unquestionably [[SealedBadassInACan Sealed Badasses In A Can]]

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* SealedEvilInACan: SavageWolves: Wolfen, wolflike monsters the size of a man that hunt in packs thirty to forty strong, are one of the many kinds of monsters that the Labyrinth uses to torment its Patryn prisoners.
* SealedEvilInACan:
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How the Sartan see the Patryns. The Patryns in turn see themselves as a SealedGoodInACan. They are unquestionably [[SealedBadassInACan Sealed Badasses In A Can]]



* StarterVillain: Sinistrad.

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* %%* StarterVillain: Sinistrad.


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* TreeTopTown: In Pryan, the elves prefer to build their cities among the very tops of the world-jungle’s canopy, with homes and shops built on the larger branches and connected by mazes of rope bridges, in contrast to the humans (who mostly settle the moss plain stretched between the giant tree limbs) and the dwarves (who inhabit cities carved into the trunks of the trees deeper down).
29th Jul '17 8:42:15 AM Theriocephalus
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* FootnoteFever: The books have a fair amount of footnotes dotting their text, most commonly providing clarification and exposition on various bits of lore and worldbuilding that would not otherwise fit in the text itself without bogging down the narrative flow.

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* FootnoteFever: The books have a fair amount of footnotes dotting their text, most commonly providing clarification and exposition on various bits of lore and worldbuilding that would not otherwise fit in the text itself without bogging down the narrative flow. As part of the LiteraryAgentHypothesis, they are presented as authorial asides and clarifications inserted by Alfred and Haplo for the benefit of in-universe readers.
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