History Literature / TheDragonKnight

22nd Feb '16 7:05:08 AM DarkStorm
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* 8 In one of the books, [[ContagiousPowers Angela turns into a dragon through sheek force of will]] but Carolinus [[BroughtDownToNormal locks away her powers]] because ''two'' 20th-century time-traveling magitek wizard weredragons would be more than he or the world could handle.
** Angela, however, had no magickal credit, no training, no association with the Accounting Office, and no inherent ability to transform. According to Carolinus, whatever she did nearly destroyed the fundamental cosmic balance.

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* 8 ** In one of the books, [[ContagiousPowers Angela turns into a dragon through sheek sheer force of will]] but Carolinus [[BroughtDownToNormal locks away her powers]] because ''two'' 20th-century time-traveling magitek wizard weredragons would be more than he or the world could handle.
** *** Angela, however, had no magickal credit, no training, no association with the Accounting Office, and no inherent ability to transform. According to Carolinus, whatever she did nearly destroyed the fundamental cosmic balance.
30th Nov '15 1:10:27 PM VenomLancerHae
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* KingArthur: ''Lyonesse'' deals with parts of the Arthurian mythos.



* {{Magick}}: Carolinus somehow manages to pronounce it this way, while Jim says it without the "K".

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* {{Magick}}: {{Magick}}:
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Carolinus somehow manages to pronounce it this way, while Jim says it without the "K".



* MedievalEuropeanFantasy
* MrViceGuy: Sir Brian is the most honorable and true person you'd ever meet, but he has a terrible gambling addiction.

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%% * MedievalEuropeanFantasy
* MrViceGuy: MrViceGuy:
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Sir Brian is the most honorable and true person you'd ever meet, but he has a terrible gambling addiction.



* NobleWolf: Aargh. So very much.
* TheObiWan: Smrgol, almost exactly.
* ObiWanMoment: An obvious consequence of the above.

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%% * NobleWolf: Aargh. So very much.
%% * TheObiWan: Smrgol, almost exactly.
%% * ObiWanMoment: An obvious consequence of the above.



* OutGambitted / SpannerInTheWorks: Jim with regards to the Dark Powers, who have every desire to control him and those he loves, but they're also frequently thwarted by his 20th century knowledge and attitude. As Carolinus has often said, Jim's expertise with magic would scarcely be enough to graduate him past a C rank, but his understanding of people and danger, beyond anything the other humans in his new time can fathom, provide a far more vast pool of potential than anyone can expect. And sometimes, he even unexpectedly thwarts their plans just by doing what comes naturally to him, even if it wildly contradicts what other people in his situation would do.
* PerspectiveFlip

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* OutGambitted / SpannerInTheWorks: OutGambitted: Jim with regards to the Dark Powers, who have every desire to control him and those he loves, but they're also frequently thwarted by his 20th century knowledge and attitude. As Carolinus has often said, Jim's expertise with magic would scarcely be enough to graduate him past a C rank, but his understanding of people and danger, beyond anything the other humans in his new time can fathom, provide a far more vast pool of potential than anyone can expect. And sometimes, he even unexpectedly thwarts their plans just by doing what comes naturally to him, even if it wildly contradicts what other people in his situation would do.
%% * PerspectiveFlip



* TheQuietOne: Daffyd.

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%% * TheQuietOne: Daffyd.



* SelkiesAndWereseals: Sir Giles, a selkie knight.
* ShapeshiftingSquick: Implicitly [[PlayedForLaughs played for laughs]] at the start of the second book. Jim awakens to find himself turned into a dragon once more... while in bed, with a naked Angie sleeping soundly next to him. Getting up without waking her proves tricky.

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%% * SelkiesAndWereseals: Sir Giles, a selkie knight.
* ShapeshiftingSquick: ShapeshiftingSquick:
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Implicitly [[PlayedForLaughs played for laughs]] at the start of the second book. Jim awakens to find himself turned into a dragon once more... while in bed, with a naked Angie sleeping soundly next to him. Getting up without waking her proves tricky.



* SidekickGlassCeiling: In one of the books, [[ContagiousPowers Angela turns into a dragon through sheek force of will]] but Carolinus [[BroughtDownToNormal locks away her powers]] because ''two'' 20th-century time-traveling magitek wizard weredragons would be more than he or the world could handle.

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* SidekickGlassCeiling: SidekickGlassCeiling:
*8
In one of the books, [[ContagiousPowers Angela turns into a dragon through sheek force of will]] but Carolinus [[BroughtDownToNormal locks away her powers]] because ''two'' 20th-century time-traveling magitek wizard weredragons would be more than he or the world could handle.



* SoProudOfYou: Smrgol to Gorbash / Jim.

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%% * SoProudOfYou: Smrgol to Gorbash / Jim.



* TheStoic: Daffyd.

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%% * TheStoic: Daffyd.



* TemporalParadox: Possibly because of Jim, the history of medieval England is all off. Bits of the Renaissance have leaked in prematurely, such as early aqueducts/sewer systems, some medicine, blood transfusions, paned windows, more efficient indoor heating, and theatrical special effects. (It's all either managed or chalked up to magic, though.) Plague is ahead of schedule and noted events don't match the times they historically occurred. Carolinus dismisses this as the history books being wrong.

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* TemporalParadox: TemporalParadox:
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Possibly because of Jim, the history of medieval England is all off. Bits of the Renaissance have leaked in prematurely, such as early aqueducts/sewer systems, some medicine, blood transfusions, paned windows, more efficient indoor heating, and theatrical special effects. (It's all either managed or chalked up to magic, though.) Plague is ahead of schedule and noted events don't match the times they historically occurred. Carolinus dismisses this as the history books being wrong.



* TookALevelInBadass: Secoh at the end of book 1.
* TheVoice: The Accounting Office is a neutral disembodied voice created by the magicians of the world to keep track of the world's supply of magic and enforce some basic rules of magic. It also acts as some sort of magical bank that slightly increases the supply of magic via investment. It typically bosses Jim around, though Carolinus and later (once he graduates) Jim can intimidate it by threatening to pull their supply of magic from its management. It also doesn't concern itself with the morality of magic, only the danger a magician poses to potentially decreasing the supply of magic.
* TheUsualAdversaries: Dark Powers.

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%% * TookALevelInBadass: Secoh at the end of book 1.
* TheVoice: The Accounting Office is a neutral disembodied voice created by the magicians of the world to keep track of the world's supply of magic and enforce some basic rules of magic. It also acts as some sort of magical bank that slightly increases the supply of magic via investment. It typically bosses Jim around, though Carolinus and later (once he graduates) Jim can intimidate it by threatening to pull their supply of magic from its management. It also doesn't concern itself with the morality of magic, only the danger a magician poses to potentially decreasing the supply of magic.
* TheUsualAdversaries: Dark Powers.
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%% * TheUsualAdversaries: Dark Powers.



* TheVoice: The Accounting Office is a neutral disembodied voice created by the magicians of the world to keep track of the world's supply of magic and enforce some basic rules of magic. It also acts as some sort of magical bank that slightly increases the supply of magic via investment. It typically bosses Jim around, though Carolinus and later (once he graduates) Jim can intimidate it by threatening to pull their supply of magic from its management. It also doesn't concern itself with the morality of magic, only the danger a magician poses to potentially decreasing the supply of magic.



* WorthyOpponent

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%% * WorthyOpponent
30th Nov '15 1:06:46 PM VenomLancerHae
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* {{Atlantis}}: Lyonesse.
* BadassBoast

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%% * {{Atlantis}}: Lyonesse.
%% * BadassBoast



* DareToBeBadass: Smrgol to Secoh.
* DemotedToExtra: Danielle is not seen again after the second book, merely mentioned in passing.

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%% * DareToBeBadass: Smrgol to Secoh.
* DemotedToExtra: DemotedToExtra:
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Danielle is not seen again after the second book, merely mentioned in passing.



* TheFairFolk

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%% * TheFairFolk



* FishOutOfTemporalWater
* FromACertainPointOfView: When Jim arrives in England, he tells Carolinus he's a "Master of the Arts" and Carolinus construes it as meaning he's a master of the magical arts. He also tells Brian he's a baron from America. Later, Carolinus tells Jim there's no such thing as an evil Magician, but he later admits that he only said that because evil Magicians are technically called "Sorcerers".
** Not quite. In ''The Dragon At War'', Carolinus explains that sorcerers work alone, and have sold themselves to [[EldritchAbomination The Dark Powers]] in return for learning [[BadPowersBadPeople more offensive and evil "counter-magic"]] (as opposed to normal magic, which cannot be used for personal gain or any sort of evil).
* GloveSlap
* HeroicSacrifice: Smrgol.

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%% * FishOutOfTemporalWater
* FromACertainPointOfView: When Jim arrives in England, he tells Carolinus he's a "Master of the Arts" and Carolinus construes it as meaning he's a master of the magical arts. He also tells Brian he's a baron from America. Later, Carolinus tells Jim there's no such thing as an evil Magician, but he later admits that he only said that because evil Magicians are technically called "Sorcerers".
** Not quite. In
"Sorcerers". However, in ''The Dragon At War'', Carolinus explains that sorcerers work alone, and have sold themselves to [[EldritchAbomination The Dark Powers]] in return for learning [[BadPowersBadPeople more offensive and evil "counter-magic"]] (as opposed to normal magic, which cannot be used for personal gain or any sort of evil).
%% * GloveSlap
%% * HeroicSacrifice: Smrgol.



* HowDareYouDieOnMe

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%% * HowDareYouDieOnMe



* IChooseToStay

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%% * IChooseToStay



* IntellectualAnimal

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%% * IntellectualAnimal
24th Nov '15 10:45:45 AM Morgenthaler
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See also ''TheFlightOfDragons'', which was in part very loosely inspired by the books.

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See also ''TheFlightOfDragons'', ''WesternAnimation/TheFlightOfDragons'', which was in part very loosely inspired by the books.
6th Jan '15 2:27:31 PM nombretomado
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The Dragon Knight series is a series of fantasy novels by Creator/GordonRDickson. The first book was loosely adapted into the 1982 animated movie ''{{The Flight of Dragons}}'' by [[RankinBassProductions Rankin/Bass]]. A shorter form of the first book was previously published as a short story, "St. Dragon and the George".

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The Dragon Knight series is a series of fantasy novels by Creator/GordonRDickson. The first book was loosely adapted into the 1982 animated movie ''{{The Flight of Dragons}}'' by [[RankinBassProductions [[Creator/RankinBassProductions Rankin/Bass]]. A shorter form of the first book was previously published as a short story, "St. Dragon and the George".
27th Nov '14 1:26:03 AM GrantMK2
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* TheAce: Brian is considered to possibly be the single best fighter in all of England[[note]]John Chandos actually makes a statement pretty close to a legal declaration of this[[/note]], something he seriously needs because winning tournament prizes and ransoming horses and armor [[PerpetualPoverty is the only way he can keep himself and his lands financially afloat]] for most of the series. Unfortunately this also makes him a target of envy by other knights like [[TheRival Sir Harrimore]].



* FanOfThePast: Jim was studying for his Medieval European studies doctorate before being tossed there. Even with his training he's still not aware of much of the day to day life of being a knight or running a castle, though.

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* FanOfThePast: Jim was studying for his Medieval European studies doctorate before being tossed there. Even with his training he's still not aware of much of the day to day life of being a knight or running a castle, though.though, and before he arrived he ''definitely'' didn't realize that its politics and social expectations were at least as difficult and as serious as modern day America's.


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* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Sir John Chandos is often this, a major ally for Jim and his friends at court and not as prone to excitable actions as the Bishop of Bath, the king or Prince Edward.


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* TricksterMentor: Carolinus is often this, sending Jim into a situation with only partial information about what's going on and expecting him to be able to use his unique world-view to figure out a solution. Fortunately he's also usually right.


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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: A series example, at the end of ''The Dragon, the Earl, and the Troll'' Agatha Falon appears to have softened somewhat with her renewed familial relationship with [[spoiler: her adoptive grandfather Mnrogar, the troll]] and appears to suggest she'll be at least putting off any political ambitions to focus on visiting him. This is not mentioned in any of the later books and Agatha seems at least as ambitious and dangerous as before, if not more so.
29th Sep '14 11:01:48 AM ArchTeryx
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** This leads to the [[spoiler:real Sir Geoffrey, pretending to be his master Murad of the Heavy Purse, but instead, cursed and controlled by...]]

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** This leads to the [[spoiler:real Sir Geoffrey, pretending to be his master master, Murad of the Heavy Purse, ]] but instead, cursed and controlled by...]]
29th Sep '14 11:00:37 AM ArchTeryx
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** This leads to the [[spoiler:real Sir Geoffrey, pretending to be his master Murad of the Heavy Purse, but instead, cursed by...]]

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** This leads to the [[spoiler:real Sir Geoffrey, pretending to be his master Murad of the Heavy Purse, but instead, cursed and controlled by...]]
29th Sep '14 10:59:38 AM ArchTeryx
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* EldritchAbomination: The Dark Powers in general. Unlike most examples, they are helpless to do anything directly to the world; they instead hire, seduce or subvert others to do their bidding. Some major classes of demons [[spoiler:Such as Ahriman, the BiggerBad from ''The Dragon and the Djinn'']],also qualify.

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* EldritchAbomination: The Dark Powers in general. Unlike most examples, they are helpless to do anything directly to the world; they instead hire, seduce or subvert others to do their bidding. Some major classes of demons [[spoiler:Such as Ahriman, the BiggerBad from ''The Dragon and the Djinn'']],also Djinn'']], also qualify.
29th Sep '14 10:59:20 AM ArchTeryx
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* EldritchAbomination: The Dark Powers in general. Unlike most examples, they are helpless to do anything directly to the world; they instead hire, seduce or subvert others to do their bidding. Some major classes of demons also qualify.

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* EldritchAbomination: The Dark Powers in general. Unlike most examples, they are helpless to do anything directly to the world; they instead hire, seduce or subvert others to do their bidding. Some major classes of demons also [[spoiler:Such as Ahriman, the BiggerBad from ''The Dragon and the Djinn'']],also qualify.
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