History Literature / TheElenium

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* ActionGirl: Mirtai in ''The Tamuli''. It helps that her entire race is like this - slavers who attack a group of teenage Atan girls with dreadful intent wind up as eunuchs.

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* ActionGirl: Mirtai in ''The Tamuli''.the ''Tamuli''. It helps that her entire race is like this - slavers who attack a group of teenage Atan girls with dreadful intent wind up as eunuchs.



** In ''The Tamuli'' this is the Atans' hat. They outclass everyone else to such an extent that entire enemy armies have surrendered rather than fight them. Mirtai demonstrates that even Church Knights are no match in dismounted combat by knocking Kalten on his ass without much effort - mounted knights would probably be more of a challenge as Atans don't seem to use missile weapons or polearms.

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** In ''The Tamuli'' the ''Tamuli,'' this is the Atans' hat. They outclass everyone else to such an extent that entire enemy armies have surrendered rather than fight them. Mirtai demonstrates that even Church Knights are no match in dismounted combat by knocking Kalten on his ass without much effort - mounted knights would probably be more of a challenge as Atans don't seem to use missile weapons or polearms.



** All it takes to get Krager to spill his entire life story is a barrel of Arcian red wine. And some cash, maybe. But mostly the wine. [[spoiler: While he gets away at the end of ''The Tamuli'', it's mentioned that the drink has taken its toll on his body, and he isn't likely to live long.]]
** Also King Wargun of Thalesia, who reaches the same state between the two series.

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** All it takes to get Krager to spill his entire life story is a barrel of Arcian red wine. And some cash, maybe. But mostly the wine. [[spoiler: While he gets away at the end of ''The Tamuli'', the ''Tamuli'', it's mentioned that the drink has taken its toll on his body, and he isn't likely to live long.]]
** Also King Wargun of Thalesia, who reaches by the same state between end of the two series.''Elenium'' is said to be dying from his destroyed liver.



** Happens to a BigBad at the end of ''The Tamuli'' and to another minor villain. The Troll-Gods set them on fire (and in the minor villain's case, shove him into "No-Time," a kind of frozen moment) so that they will run and burn alone forever.

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** Happens to a BigBad at the end of ''The Tamuli'' the ''Tamuli'' and to another minor villain. The Troll-Gods set them on fire (and in the minor villain's case, shove him into "No-Time," a kind of frozen moment) so that they will run and burn alone forever.



* ArmyOfTheAges: Cyrgon does this in ''The Tamuli'', but it's less effective than most examples.

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* ArmyOfTheAges: Cyrgon does this in ''The Tamuli'', the ''Tamuli'', but it's less effective than most examples.



* ArtifactAlias: The Styric foundling Flute is known by the end of the second novel to be the Child-Goddess Aphrael, but she's still commonly called Flute.

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* ArtifactAlias: The Styric foundling Flute is known by the end of the second novel to be the [[spoiler:the Child-Goddess Aphrael, Aphrael]], but she's still commonly called Flute.



** Faran is at least 16 years old at the beginning of the series, as it takes around 6 years to train a warhorse and Martel remembers him from when he and Sparhawk were friends 10 years prior. The series takes about 2 years, with another 4 in the epilogue, and then 2 more between series, making him at least 24, but he's showing no signs of aging, despite horses only living about 30 years generally.[[note]] The oldest verified horse, "Old Billy", lived to 62[[/note]] His not aging might have something to do with a certain child goddess who likes to meddle and despises change.
*** Khalad does mention in the first book of the Tamuli that Sparhawk might want to start thinking about putting Faran out to pasture.
* AscendedExtra: Zalasta. He appears briefly in the Elenium as a friend of Sephrenia, but becomes much more prominent in the Tamuli. [[spoiler: He's also revealed to be a [[BigBadFriend Big Bad Friend]] and has been behind a lot of events in the Elenium]]

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** Faran is at least 16 years old at the beginning of the series, as it takes around 6 years to train a warhorse and Martel remembers him from when he and Sparhawk were friends 10 years prior. The series takes about 2 years, with another 4 in the epilogue, and then 2 more between series, making him at least 24, but he's showing no signs of aging, despite horses only living about 30 years generally.[[note]] The oldest verified horse, "Old Billy", lived to 62[[/note]] His not aging might have something to do with a certain child goddess Child-Goddess who likes to meddle and despises change.
change (and is shown to share a mutual fondness with him).
*** Khalad does mention in the first book of the Tamuli ''Tamuli'' that Sparhawk might want to start thinking about putting Faran out to pasture.
* AscendedExtra: Zalasta. He appears briefly in the Elenium ''Elenium'' as a friend of Sephrenia, but becomes much more prominent in the Tamuli. ''Tamuli''. [[spoiler: He's also revealed to be a [[BigBadFriend Big Bad Friend]] and has been behind [[TheManBehindTheMan responsible for a lot of events events]] in the Elenium]]''Elenium.'']]



** Emperor Sarabian is treated this way by his own government in The Tamuli. His role has become so ceremonial that when he begins taking an active role in leading his empire, several characters wonder if it is even legal for him to do so at this point.

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** Emperor Sarabian is treated this way by his own government in The Tamuli.the ''Tamuli''. His role has become so ceremonial that when he begins taking an active role in leading his empire, several characters wonder if it is even legal for him to do so at this point.



** Subverted in the Tamuli when the Knights go undercover. Bevier cuts down the haft of his lochaber and plays the part of a PsychoForHire in Scarpa's army, and he [[LargeHam hams it up so much]] everyone in the army camp is completely terrified of him.

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** Subverted in the Tamuli ''Tamuli'' when the Knights go undercover. Bevier cuts down the haft of his lochaber and plays the part of a PsychoForHire in Scarpa's army, and he [[LargeHam hams it up so much]] everyone in the army camp is completely terrified of him.



** And on the villainous side of things, [[TheBrute Adus]] who abandons his usual sword in favor of an axe in the final confrontation of ''The Elenium''.

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** And on the villainous side of things, [[TheBrute Adus]] who abandons his usual sword in favor of an axe in the final confrontation of ''The Elenium''.the ''Elenium''.



** A major part of the plot in The Tamuli is someone calling up armies from the past.

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** A major part of the plot in The Tamuli the ''Tamuli'' is someone calling up armies from the past.



* BattleCouple: Mirtai is an ActionGirl and as much a warrior as any man. She towers over Kring, who is a horseman and about as deadly as she is--which deeply impresses Mirtai when she learns. [[spoiler: They get engaged, and due to their different cultures are planning to get married, ''twice'', by the end of the Tamuli.]]

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* BattleCouple: Mirtai is an ActionGirl and as much a warrior as any man. She towers over Kring, who is a horseman and about as deadly as she is--which deeply impresses Mirtai when she learns. [[spoiler: They get engaged, and due to their different cultures are planning to get married, ''twice'', by the end of the Tamuli.''Tamuli''.]]



** [[spoiler:Krager]] in the Tamuli.
* BigDamnHeroes: Zalasta gets one of these moments in the Tamuli when he wipes out a powerful enemy sorcerer and a [[DinosaursAreDragons giant dinosaur]] during a battle. [[spoiler:It's actually a big dramatic FalseFlagOperation designed to win the Elenes' trust]].

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** [[spoiler:Krager]] in the Tamuli.
''Tamuli''.
* BigBrotherInstinct: Invoked by Platime, when he seals his loyalty to Queen Ehlana. He tells her that she's the same as his own little sister now, and anyone who crosses her will have to deal with him. He even addresses her as "baby sister" for the rest of the books.
* BigDamnHeroes: Zalasta gets one of these moments in the Tamuli ''Tamuli'' when he wipes out a powerful enemy sorcerer and a [[DinosaursAreDragons giant dinosaur]] during a battle. [[spoiler:It's actually a big dramatic FalseFlagOperation designed to win the Elenes' trust]].



* TheChessmaster: [[spoiler:Zalasta]]. [[spoiler:Xanetia]]'s recap of how [[TheReveal he is directly involved in everything bad that's happened in both the Elenium and the Tamuli]] up to that point goes on for around 20 pages.

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* TheChessmaster: [[spoiler:Zalasta]]. [[spoiler:Xanetia]]'s recap of how [[TheReveal he is directly involved in everything bad that's happened in both the Elenium ''Elenium'' and the Tamuli]] ''Tamuli'']] up to that point goes on for around 20 pages.



* ColdIron: Anathema to Bhelliom, so that any simple, mundane sword can destroy it, though doing so might obliterate the planet. Styrics and their gods also avoid iron, using bronze when metal tools are necessary, but this seems to be a cultural peculiarity rather than a weakness. It's revealed near the climax of the Tamuli that the Styric gods are actually sensitive to magnetism, and the way iron distorts magnetic fields is an extremely uncomfortable sensation for them, often described by Aphrael as "making my skin crawl".

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* ColdIron: Anathema to Bhelliom, so that any simple, mundane sword can destroy it, though doing so might obliterate the planet. Styrics and their gods also avoid iron, using bronze when metal tools are necessary, but this seems to be a cultural peculiarity rather than a weakness. It's revealed near the climax of the Tamuli ''Tamuli'' that the Styric gods are actually sensitive to magnetism, and the way iron distorts magnetic fields is an extremely uncomfortable sensation for them, often described by Aphrael as "making my skin crawl".



* CriticalResearchFailure: An in-universe example: all the Trolls leave Thalesia in the Tamuli. Turns out [[spoiler:Cyrgon summoned them to do his bidding because ''[[YouFailBiologyForever he thought they were Dawn-Men (the ancestors of both Trolls and humans).]]'']]

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* CriticalResearchFailure: An in-universe example: all the Trolls leave Thalesia in the Tamuli.''Tamuli''. Turns out [[spoiler:Cyrgon summoned them to do his bidding because ''[[YouFailBiologyForever he thought they were Dawn-Men (the ancestors of both Trolls and humans).]]'']]



** Nearly every primary and secondary warrior character comments on this after fighting [[spoiler: the Cyrgai]]. In fact almost the entire Tamuli proves to be a long-running series of these, with the heroes often commenting on how uncreative their opponents are. It's especially bad during the climax, when just about every battle is horrifically lopsided in favour of the heroes. Most notably [[spoiler: Sparhawk versus Cyrgon, and [[AGodAmI Anakha]] versus Zalasta]].

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** Nearly every primary and secondary warrior character comments on this after fighting [[spoiler: the Cyrgai]]. In fact almost the entire Tamuli ''Tamuli'' proves to be a long-running series of these, with the heroes often commenting on how uncreative their opponents are. It's especially bad during the climax, when just about every battle is horrifically lopsided in favour of the heroes. Most notably It's most notable with [[spoiler: Sparhawk versus Cyrgon, and [[AGodAmI Anakha]] versus Zalasta]].



* CuteMute: Flute. Subverted in that [[spoiler:she can talk but chooses not to until the second book]].
* DarkerAndEdgier: Though the specifics are often quite different, in BroadStrokes TheElenium can be thought of as a DarkerAndEdgier evolution or spiritual successor to ''Literature/TheBelgariad.''

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* CuteMute: Flute. Subverted in that [[spoiler:she can talk talk, but chooses not to until the second book]].
* DarkerAndEdgier: Though the specifics are often quite different, in BroadStrokes TheElenium the ''Elenium'' can be thought of as a DarkerAndEdgier evolution or spiritual successor to ''Literature/TheBelgariad.''



--> '''Berit''': Well, your Majesty, it was your wife, Elysoun - the one with the unusual costume.

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--> '''Berit''': Well, your Your Majesty, it was your wife, Elysoun - the one with the unusual costume.



The kisses and such have an ulterior motive: they make those people love her. Bhelliom outright states he's afraid of her because of this, because she can essentially wrap anyone around her little finger, itself included.

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The kisses and such have an ulterior motive: they make those people love her. Bhelliom outright states he's it's afraid of her because of this, because she can essentially wrap anyone around her little finger, itself included.



* DyingTruce: The final duel scenes in this and ''The Tamuli'' both wrap up with Sparhawk delivering the fatal blow and then having a respectful (if short) conversation with the one he just killed.

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* DyingTruce: The final duel scenes in this and ''The Tamuli'' both trilogies both wrap up with Sparhawk delivering the fatal blow and then having a respectful (if short) conversation with the one he just killed.



* TheEmpire: Zemoch. Tamuli is a more benevolent version, and the Cyrgai ''used'' to be this, until the rest of the world caught up to them and ultimately left them in the dust.

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* TheEmpire: Zemoch. Tamuli Tamul is a more benevolent version, and the Cyrgai ''used'' to be this, until the rest of the world caught up to them and ultimately left them in the dust.



* EvilSorcerer: Otha. Martel ''tried'' to be this in the Backstory, but got caught and most of his powers were stripped away. [[spoiler: Also Zalasta in the Tamuli]].

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* EvilSorcerer: Otha. Martel ''tried'' to be this in the Backstory, but got caught and most of his powers were stripped away. [[spoiler: Also Zalasta in the Tamuli]].''Tamuli'']].



* FingerInTheMail: In ''The Tamuli'', instructions to Sparhawk from Ehlana's kidnappers include a lock of her hair as verification.
* FireForgedFriends: Sparhawk and Ehlana's ancestors, whose families are bound together after they end up back to back on a battlefield butchering bandits left and right.

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* FingerInTheMail: In ''The Tamuli'', the ''Tamuli'', instructions to Sparhawk from Ehlana's kidnappers include a lock of her hair as verification.
* FireForgedFriends: Sparhawk and Ehlana's ancestors, whose families are become bound together after they end up back to back on a battlefield butchering bandits left and right.



** [[TagalongKid Tagalong Kids]]: Talen and Flute.

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** [[TagalongKid Tagalong Kids]]: {{Tagalong Kid}}s: Talen and Flute.



*** Ultimately, it's a case of Kalten discovering ObfuscatingStupidity. He hides his intelligence behind the fact that everyone expects him to be stupid. Except Sparhawk, who's his main companion in the first book; the more he's around people who aren't Sparhawk, the stupider he acts.

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*** Ultimately, it's a case of Kalten discovering ObfuscatingStupidity. He hides his intelligence behind the fact that everyone expects him to be stupid. Except The only exception is Sparhawk, who's his main companion in the first book; book and has been his friend since childhood; the more he's around people who aren't Sparhawk, the stupider he acts.



* FolkHero: Sabre tries to be one of these in the Tamuli, but his Zorro act is [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]], [[SubvertedTrope subverted]], [[ButtMonkey mocked]] and generally played completely for laughs, with all the heroes treating him as a figure of fun and a complete joke. And then he [[spoiler:[[SaveThePrincess kidnaps Ehlana and Alean]]]] in the last book. It's ''still'' played for laughs, with Scarpa and Krager ruthlessly mocking him nonstop. It is only fair, since Sabre had to have Krager help him with [[spoiler: the kidnapping]].

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* FolkHero: Sabre tries to be one of these in the Tamuli, ''Tamuli'', but his Zorro act is [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]], [[SubvertedTrope subverted]], [[ButtMonkey mocked]] and generally played completely for laughs, with all the heroes treating him as a figure of fun and a complete joke. And then he [[spoiler:[[SaveThePrincess kidnaps Ehlana and Alean]]]] in the last book. It's ''still'' played for laughs, with Scarpa and Krager ruthlessly mocking him nonstop. It is only fair, since Sabre had to have Krager help him with [[spoiler: the kidnapping]].



** When [[TokenNonHuman Bhlokw]] the troll joins the party in the Tamuli the species gets a more thorough fleshing-out. Ulath and Tynian even get to like him. Now if only he'd stop [[EatTheDog Eating The Dog]]....

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** When [[TokenNonHuman Bhlokw]] the troll Troll joins the party in the Tamuli ''Tamuli,'' the species gets a more thorough fleshing-out. Ulath and Tynian even get to like him. Now if only he'd stop [[EatTheDog Eating The Dog]]....



* TheFundamentalist: Patriarch Ortzel, the arch-conservative Lamork churchman who's got his heart set on forbidding the Church Knights from using magic. But since he's not Annias everyone [[spoiler:except Ehlana]] gets behind him as the good guys' candidate for Archprelate. Thankfully, he gets CharacterDevelopment later and becomes more cosmopolitan.

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* TheFundamentalist: Patriarch Ortzel, the arch-conservative Lamork churchman who's got his heart set on forbidding the Church Knights from using magic. But since he's not Annias Annias, everyone [[spoiler:except Ehlana]] gets behind him as the good guys' candidate for Archprelate. Thankfully, he gets CharacterDevelopment later and becomes more cosmopolitan.



* {{Giant Mook}}s: Klael's alien army in The Tamuli.

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* {{Giant Mook}}s: Klael's alien army in The Tamuli.the ''Tamuli''.



** The Elene god and Azash are probably the two most powerful deities in the world [[spoiler: not counting Bhelliom and Klael]] because they have so many worshippers; ordinary Styric gods like Aphrael are substantially weaker. In the Tamuli, at one point the conspirators [[DangerouslyGenresavvy try to starve Aphrael to death by killing off enough of her worshippers that she'll lose the power to sustain herself]].
** Aphrael states at one point that outside of human perception the air is positively littered with the ghosts of dead gods whose worshippers are all gone.

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** The Elene god and Azash are probably the two most powerful deities in the world [[spoiler: not counting Bhelliom and Klael]] because they have so many worshippers; ordinary Styric gods like Aphrael are substantially weaker. In the Tamuli, ''Tamuli'', at one point the conspirators [[DangerouslyGenresavvy [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy try to starve Aphrael to death by killing off enough of her worshippers that she'll lose the power to sustain herself]].
** Aphrael states at one point that outside of human perception perception, the air is positively littered with the ghosts of dead gods whose worshippers are all gone.



** Kring is noted as having several serious scars on his face and scalp, but they're noted as evidence of the rather physical path to leadership in his tribe.

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** Kring is noted described as having several serious scars on his face and scalp, but they're noted as evidence of the rather physical path to leadership in his tribe.tribe.
* HappilyAdopted: It only gets a brief mention in the ''Elenium,'' but Kalten was essentially this; after his parents were killed in an accident when he was a child, he was taken in by Sparhawk's parents and the two boys were raised together. Sparhawk's narrative notes that "in some ways, they were closer than brothers."



** Played with extensively with the Atans, who as a whole believe they must always be "slaves" and that a completely "free" Atan is a very, very bad thing. This is due to them being such a ProudWarriorRace that generational blood feuds can be started over a disagreement about the weather, and so they as a race offered themselves as slaves to the Tamuls. Although, their "slavery" consists entirely of them agreeing to not kill anyone without permission and serve as the Tamuls' army, which allows them to be warriors and have glorious battles, without bringing their race to the edge of extinction from everyone killing everyone else for the slightest reason. And the Atans are all happy with this arrangement.
** This is exemplified with Mirtai's case, where instead of the normal institutionalized slavery of her people, she was kidnapped and forced into a more personal slavery, and despite hating the more personal nature of her slavery (no, not ''that'' way) she repeatedly refused and scoffed at any attempt to free her by Ehlana after she became her "slave", always saying that it was impossible for her people to ever be free, normally followed by a long list of people Ehlana knows that Mirtai would have killed by now for some type of insult if she had been free.

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** Played with extensively with the Atans, who as a whole believe they must always be "slaves" and that a completely "free" Atan is a very, very bad thing. This is due to them being such a ProudWarriorRace that generational blood feuds can be started over a disagreement about the weather, and so they as a race offered themselves as slaves to the Tamuls. Although, However, their "slavery" consists entirely of them agreeing to not kill anyone without permission and serve as the Tamuls' army, which allows them to be warriors and have glorious battles, without bringing their race to the edge of extinction from everyone killing everyone else for the slightest reason. And the Atans are all happy with this arrangement.
** This is exemplified with Mirtai's case, where instead of the normal institutionalized slavery of her people, she was kidnapped and forced into a more personal slavery, and slavery. But despite hating the more personal nature of her slavery (no, not ''that'' way) way), she repeatedly refused and scoffed at any attempt to free her by Ehlana after she became her "slave", always saying that it was impossible for her people to ever be free, normally followed by a long list of people Ehlana knows that Mirtai would have killed by now for some type of insult if she had been free.



* HolyGround: From ''The Tamuli'', there is a concern that an Elene-style church has been consecrated (it hasn't).
* HorsingAround: Sir Sparhawk's horse Faran. Faran is infamous for his bad temper and a tendency to bite strangers (such that Sparhawk always has to warn handlers about it). In one of the later books, the child-goddess Aphrael tells Sparhawk that Faran only has a bad temper because he is trying to please Sparhawk by matching his personality. Much to Sparhawk's annoyance, Faran has a habit of prancing dramatically whenever Sparhawk rides him with his formal armour on. The horse is also remarked upon to be unusually intelligent, to the point of understanding Sparhawk's speech and having memorized the ritual entry into a Pandion Chapterhouse as well as Sparhawk has.

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* HolyGround: From ''The Tamuli'', the ''Tamuli'', there is a concern that an Elene-style church has been consecrated (it hasn't).
* HorsingAround: Sir Sparhawk's horse Faran. Faran is infamous for his bad temper and a tendency to bite strangers (such that Sparhawk always has to warn handlers about it). In one of the later books, the child-goddess Child-Goddess Aphrael tells Sparhawk that Faran only has a bad temper because he is trying to please Sparhawk by matching his ''his'' personality. Much to Sparhawk's annoyance, Faran has a habit of prancing dramatically whenever Sparhawk rides him with his formal armour on. The horse is also remarked upon to be unusually intelligent, to the point of understanding Sparhawk's speech and having memorized the ritual entry into a Pandion Chapterhouse as well as Sparhawk has.has; he's furthermore ''incredibly'' loyal to Sparhawk, so much that Sparhawk can occasionally call on Faran to do what needs to be done without explicit commands and has no fear but that Faran will comply.



* HypocriticalHumor: A RunningGag in the Tamuli is [[GentlemanThief Stragan's]] infuriation [[ObfuscatingStupidity with Baroness Melidere]], one of Queen Ehlana's closest friends. She acts as, in Stragan's words, [[DumbBlonde "She makes it seem as if the light in her eyes is the sun streaming through the hole in the back of her head."]] He flat out says "I hate dishonest people." [[DontExplainTheJoke This coming from the]] [[ThievesGuild leader of all the criminals in the capital of Thalesia.]]

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* HypocriticalHumor: A RunningGag in the Tamuli ''Tamuli'' is [[GentlemanThief Stragan's]] infuriation displeasure [[ObfuscatingStupidity with Baroness Melidere]], one of Queen Ehlana's closest friends. She acts as, in Stragan's words, [[DumbBlonde "She makes it seem as if the light in her eyes is the sun streaming through the hole in the back of her head."]] He flat out says says, "I hate dishonest people." [[DontExplainTheJoke This coming from the]] [[ThievesGuild leader of all the criminals in the capital of Thalesia.]]



* IfICantHaveYou: [[spoiler: Zalasta to Sephrenia]] He stabs her and then tells her "I love you."

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* IfICantHaveYou: [[spoiler: Zalasta to Sephrenia]] Sephrenia.]] He stabs her and then tells her "I love you."



** During the second book Tynian reveals himself as a {{Necromancer}} and goes around raising ghosts to help the party find Bhelliom. Sephrenia knows how it's done too, but she's TheChick, and thus claims (truthfully or not) that she's not strong enough to wrangle up ghosts. Given that necromancy is almost literally wrestling the dead into submission, she has a point.

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** During the second book book, Tynian reveals himself as a {{Necromancer}} and goes around raising ghosts to help the party find Bhelliom. Sephrenia knows how it's done too, but she's TheChick, and thus claims (truthfully or not) that she's not strong enough to wrangle up ghosts. "I'm a little small for that sort of thing." Given that necromancy is almost literally wrestling the dead into submission, and she's described as being a rather tiny woman, she has a point.



** Berit in the Tamuli. His innocence is what draws Elysoun to him, despite his protestations against sleeping with a married woman (her culture has no taboo against adultery). He also doesn't understand innuendo, setting up a swordsmanship demonstration for the Atan ladies who wanted to learn more about "Elene weaponry". [[spoiler:Eventually subverted; after Sparhawk gives him a talk about how sex really isn't that big a deal, he gives in to Elysoun's charms and even becomes a little jealous when she tells him she's sleeping around with other men as well.]]

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** Berit in the Tamuli.''Tamuli''. His innocence is what draws Elysoun to him, despite his protestations against sleeping with a married woman (her culture has no taboo against adultery). He also doesn't understand innuendo, setting up a swordsmanship demonstration for the Atan ladies who wanted to learn more about "Elene weaponry". [[spoiler:Eventually subverted; after Sparhawk gives him a talk about how sex really isn't that big a deal, he gives in to Elysoun's charms and even becomes a little jealous when she tells him she's sleeping around with other men as well.]]



* LegacyOfService: A two-tiered example. The Sparhawks have been (institutionalized, hereditary) champions of the monarchs of Elenia for several generations, and Kurik's family have been squires to the Sparhawks for several (though unlike the Sparhawk's champion undated) generations. By the end of the ''Elenium'', [[spoiler: Sparhawk is set to be the last Sparhawk champion, as his wife ''is'' the monarch of Elenia, and they will only have the one -- female -- child. However, while Kurik died, his son Khalad stepped into the squire role as per tradition, and it's implied that unlike Kurik he will ''not'' be able to avoid knighthood, and that the family might end up replacing the Sparhawks as the champions of the Elenian monarchy.]]

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* LegacyOfService: A two-tiered example. The Sparhawks have been (institutionalized, hereditary) champions of the monarchs of Elenia for several generations, and Kurik's family have been squires to the Sparhawks for several (though unlike the Sparhawk's champion undated) generations. By the end of the ''Elenium'', [[spoiler: Sparhawk is set to be the last Sparhawk champion, as his wife ''is'' the monarch of Elenia, and they will only have the one -- female -- child. However, while Kurik died, his son Khalad stepped into the squire role as per tradition, and it's implied that unlike Kurik he will ''not'' be able to avoid knighthood, and that the family might end up replacing the Sparhawks as the champions of the Elenian monarchy.]]



* NoLovesIntersect: Largely played straight, especially in the Tamuli. Averted, though, in the last book of the Elenium when Berit falls head over heels for [[spoiler:Ehlana]]. It leads to an undercurrent of extended tension between him and Sparhawk. Fortunately Sparhawk is able to defuse it.

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* NoLovesIntersect: Largely played straight, especially in the Tamuli. ''Tamuli.'' Averted, though, in the last book of the Elenium ''Elenium,'' when Berit falls head over heels for [[spoiler:Ehlana]]. It leads to an undercurrent of extended tension between him and Sparhawk. Fortunately Fortunately, Sparhawk figures out the problem and is able to defuse it.



** [[spoiler: As she points out huffily, Sephrenia and other Styrics aren't nearly so simple as they appear. She's fully trained in logic (though she prefers intuition); she ''can'' read (just not Elene, as noted above), and she deliberately downplayed her own immense powers while in Elenia to avoid appearing too threatening.]]

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** [[spoiler: As she points out huffily, Sephrenia and other Styrics aren't nearly so simple as they appear. She's fully trained in logic (though she prefers intuition); she ''can'' read (just not Elene, as noted above), and she deliberately downplayed downplays her own immense powers while in Elenia to avoid appearing too threatening.]]



* ObstructiveBureaucrat: The government of the Tamuli in regard to their 'absolute power' Emperor. He comments that he has to look out the window to get an accurate weather report.

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* ObstructiveBureaucrat: The government of the Tamuli Tamul, in regard to their 'absolute power' Emperor. He comments that he has to look out the window to get an accurate weather report.



** From ''The Tamuli'', "This is [[spoiler:Prince]] Sparhawk, the man who [[spoiler:destroyed the Elder God Azash]], and you've just insulted his wife." The listener reacts appropriately... by running for his life.

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** From ''The Tamuli'', the ''Tamuli'', "This is [[spoiler:Prince]] Sparhawk, the man who [[spoiler:destroyed the Elder God Azash]], and you've just insulted his wife." The listener reacts appropriately... by running for his life.



** The Elder Gods are implied to have created several races of these as servants; the only ones the reader ever meets are [[KillItWithFire the Balrog-esque Damorks]] and the [[BigCreepyCrawlies insectile]] {{Scarily Competent Tracker}}s called [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Seekers]]. There are also otherworldly monsters that serve [[spoiler: Klael]] and show up in the Tamuli, but it's unclear if they really qualify as "demons" or not.

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** The Elder Gods are implied to have created several races of these as servants; the only ones the reader ever meets are [[KillItWithFire the Balrog-esque Damorks]] and the [[BigCreepyCrawlies insectile]] {{Scarily Competent Tracker}}s called [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Seekers]]. There are also otherworldly monsters that serve [[spoiler: Klael]] and show up in the Tamuli, ''Tamuli'', but it's unclear if they really qualify as "demons" or not.



* PsychoForHire: Adus, Martel's [[TheBrute Brute]] and walking battle axe. In The Tamuli Bevier does an amazingly {{Large Ham}}my impression of one.

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* PsychoForHire: Adus, Martel's [[TheBrute Brute]] and walking battle axe. In The Tamuli the ''Tamuli,'' Bevier does an amazingly {{Large Ham}}my impression of one.



** In the Tamuli, Krager [[spoiler:gets a MookPromotion and reveals himself as TheManBehindTheMan and the one really in league with the Cyrgai.]]

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** In the Tamuli, ''Tamuli'', Krager [[spoiler:gets a MookPromotion and reveals himself as TheManBehindTheMan and the one really in league with the Cyrgai.]]



** Averted with Mirtai, whose old master tries to rape her and [[EyeScream pays for it]]. [[{{Gorn}} A lot]].

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** Averted with Mirtai, whose old master tries tried to rape her and [[EyeScream pays paid for it]]. [[{{Gorn}} A lot]].



** Elysoun is technically this in the Tamuli, though since she's also MsFanservice it's played for laughs. And FetishFuel, of course.

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** Elysoun is technically this in the Tamuli, ''Tamuli'', though since she's also MsFanservice it's played for laughs. And FetishFuel, of course.



* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: The knights constantly ask about Sephrenia's real age. It quickly becomes a RunningGag.

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* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: The knights constantly ask about Sephrenia's real age. It quickly becomes a RunningGag. It's eventually revealed by the Child-Goddess Aphrael that [[spoiler:there's absolutely no way to know for sure, but the last time she herself took a human form (which was possibly thousands of years ago), Sephrenia was the eldest daughter of the couple she chose for her parents.]]



* RecruitedFromTheGutter: Talen starts out as a street thief and is brought into the travelling group by Sparhawk after [[SinisterMinister Annias]] finds out he's been spying on his behalf. He later ends up a royal page (and Pandion novice-to-be) in the ''Tamuli''. Although [[spoiler: at least part of Sparhawk's motive is to keep [[SacrificialLion Kurik]]'s son safe.]]

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* RecruitedFromTheGutter: Talen starts out as a street thief and is brought into the travelling group by Sparhawk after [[SinisterMinister Annias]] finds out he's been spying on his the knight's behalf. He later ends up a royal page (and Pandion novice-to-be) in the ''Tamuli''. Although [[spoiler: at least part of Sparhawk's motive is to keep [[SacrificialLion Kurik]]'s son safe.]]]] It's even implied at the end of the ''Elenium'' that [[spoiler:he may be Princess Danae's royal consort in the future. (Of course, Danae is really Aphrael.)]]



** In ''The Ruby Knight'', Sephrenia refers to the Troll Gods as "wise". Later, in the Tamuli, Xanetia says that the five Troll Gods combined have the intellect of a 5 year old child.

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** In ''The Ruby Knight'', Sephrenia refers to the Troll Gods as "wise". Later, in the Tamuli, ''Tamuli'', Xanetia says that the five Troll Gods combined have the intellect of a 5 year old five-year-old child.



* StatuesqueStunner: Mirtai, the Atan giantess who towers over all the Church Knights. She could pass for tall and dark if you overlook [[KnifeNut the dozen or so knives she carries everywhere]]. That includes knives strapped to her knees [[GroinAttack specifically for kneeing men in the crotch.]]
* TheSiege: One of these forms a large arc in the third book. There's another one in the Tamuli. They come into play as a running gag, too: Thalesians ''hate'' sieges. (They're perfectly willing to engage in one, and do it very competently, but they ''hate'' sieges. Just ask them.)

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* StatuesqueStunner: Mirtai, the Atan giantess who towers over all the Church Knights. She could pass for tall and dark if you overlook [[KnifeNut the dozen or so knives she carries everywhere]]. That includes knives strapped to her knees [[GroinAttack specifically for kneeing men in the crotch.]]
]] According to Talen, she even has a pair built into the soles of her shoes.
* TheSiege: One of these forms a large arc in the third book. There's another one in the Tamuli.''Tamuli''. They come into play as a running gag, too: Thalesians ''hate'' sieges. (They're perfectly willing to engage in one, and do it very competently, but they ''hate'' sieges. Just ask them.)



** Krager in ''The Tamuli''. In his first appearance he boasts about how everything Martel (the true MagnificentBastard of the series) accomplished was due to his tutelage, how if it had been ''Krager'' advising Azash then he surely would have won, how the defeat he just suffered was merely an inconvenience, and how Sparhawk would be facing far greater opposition than before. It then turns out that all of Cyrgon and co's schemes are thwarted far easier than Martel and Azash's, their ranks consist of idiots and {{Harmless Villain}}s, and it becomes very clear that Krager was talking out his ass.
* SortingAlgorithmOfEvil: Apparently averted, as Cyrgon, the Tamuli's GodOfEvil, is less powerful, less intelligent (arguably), and less evil than the Elenium's Azash. [[spoiler: [[DoubleSubversion And then in the third book]], [[EldritchAbomination Klael]] shows up...]]

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** Krager in ''The Tamuli''.the ''Tamuli''. In his first appearance he boasts about how everything Martel (the true MagnificentBastard of the series) accomplished was due to his tutelage, how if it had been ''Krager'' advising Azash then he surely would have won, how the defeat he just suffered was merely an inconvenience, and how Sparhawk would be facing far greater opposition than before. It then turns out that all of Cyrgon and co's schemes are thwarted far easier than Martel and Azash's, their ranks consist of idiots and {{Harmless Villain}}s, and it becomes very clear that Krager was talking out his ass.
* SortingAlgorithmOfEvil: Apparently averted, as Cyrgon, the Tamuli's GodOfEvil, GodOfEvil in the ''Tamuli'', is less powerful, less intelligent (arguably), and less evil than Azash in the Elenium's Azash.''Elenium''. [[spoiler: [[DoubleSubversion And then in the third book]], [[EldritchAbomination Klael]] shows up...]]



* {{Streetwalker}}: Prostitutes pop up in minor speaking roles quite often, especially early in the Elenium. They're usually portrayed sympathetically. Sparhawk even gets a brief adventure [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin gathering evidence in a brothel]]. And this Troper says that without so much as a wink.

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* {{Streetwalker}}: Prostitutes pop up in minor speaking roles quite often, especially early in the Elenium.''Elenium''. They're usually portrayed sympathetically. Sparhawk even gets a brief adventure [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin gathering evidence in a brothel]]. And this Troper says that without so much as a wink.



* StoutStrength: By the time of ''The Tamuli'', the knights of Sparhawk's generation are middle-aged, and they're no longer as slim and trim as they once were. Kalten in particular tends to strain the buttons on his doublet. They'll still cut you clean in two with one blow, even if you're wearing bronze armor (steel tends to take a bit more effort).

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* StoutStrength: By the time of ''The Tamuli'', the ''Tamuli'', the knights of Sparhawk's generation are middle-aged, and they're no longer as slim and trim as they once were. Kalten in particular tends to strain the buttons on his doublet. They'll still cut you clean in two with one blow, even if you're wearing bronze armor (steel tends to take a bit more effort).



* SuddenlySignificantRule: In ''The Elenium'', the rank of Apprentice Knight is not really used anymore--until it means that the not-yet-knighted Berit can wear armour while he rides out with Sparhawk and Company to face Azash.
* SugarBowl: Aphrael's world, where lovable animals romp in peace under a rainbow sky.

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* SuddenlySignificantRule: In ''The Elenium'', the ''Elenium'', the rank of Apprentice Knight is not really used anymore--until anymore - until it means that the not-yet-knighted Berit can wear armour while he rides out with Sparhawk and Company to face Azash.
* SugarBowl: Aphrael's world, realm, where lovable animals romp in peace under a rainbow sky.



* TerrainSculpting: when trolls invade northern Tamuli, the Bhelliom responds by creating a humongous escarpment to separate them.

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* TerrainSculpting: when trolls invade northern Tamuli, Tamul, the Bhelliom responds by creating a humongous escarpment to separate them.



** The faux-Elenic castle in ''The Tamuli'' had a lovingly recreated one. Stragen used it to ensure the musicians played an actual fanfare rather than notably discordant Tamul music.

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** The faux-Elenic castle in ''The Tamuli'' had the ''Tamuli'' has a lovingly recreated one. Stragen used uses it to ensure the musicians played play an actual fanfare rather than notably discordant Tamul music.



** This ties into a RunningGag throughout the Elenium where Sparhawk keeps booking passage with a sailor named Sorgi by telling him he's running away from an ugly heiress whose cousins want to force him to marry her. They meet again in the Tamuli, and Sorgi sees Ehlana.

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** This ties into a RunningGag throughout the Elenium ''Elenium,'' where Sparhawk keeps booking passage with a sailor named Sorgi by telling him he's running away from an ugly heiress whose cousins want to force him to marry her. They meet again in the Tamuli, ''Tamuli'', and Sorgi sees Ehlana.



* TheUnReveal: In ''The Shining Ones'' there's a few mentions of the Cyrgai Wars, in which the Delphae and Styrics made an alliance and battled the Cyrgai, only for (allegedly) the Styrics to betray them, nearly causing the Delphae to become extinct. This sparked a feud between the races that was never resolved, and the actual truth was blurred so much that pretty much everyone has their own story. Sparhawk repeatedly asks Xanetia and Sephrenia to tell him the truth, and when they refuse, he threatens to ask Bhelliom, since it's a neutral observer. This horrifies both of them, but eventually Sparhawk gets so fed up of their bitchy cat-fight that he tells them that he no longer cares about what happened, and he wants their fighting to stop. We never do find out what happened.

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* TheUnReveal: In ''The Shining Ones'' there's a few mentions of the Cyrgai Wars, in which the Delphae and Styrics made an alliance and battled the Cyrgai, only for (allegedly) the Styrics to betray them, nearly causing the Delphae to become extinct. This sparked a feud between the races that was never resolved, and the actual truth was blurred so much that pretty much everyone has their own story. Sparhawk repeatedly asks Xanetia and Sephrenia to tell him the truth, and when they refuse, he threatens to ask Bhelliom, since it's a neutral observer. This horrifies both of them, but eventually Sparhawk gets so fed up of their bitchy cat-fight that he tells them that he no longer cares about what happened, and just he wants their fighting to stop. We never do find out what happened.
8th Jul '16 2:58:39 AM Morgenthaler
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* TheMentor: Kurik is one of these. He's older than Sparhawk, more skilled than basically all the Church Knights, and the heroes defer to him more often than not. [[spoiler:And then he dies. He comes back in spirit a couple of times, whenever Aphrael takes the knights to the ocean cliff where they throw away and retrieve Bhelliom. During the retrieval]] Sparhawk has black spots appear in front of his eyes because he forgets to breathe. Kurik bashes him on the shoulder and calls him an idiot. [[spoiler:Cracking put down from a dead guy!]]



* TheObiWan: Kurik is one of these. He's older than Sparhawk, more skilled than basically all the Church Knights, and the heroes defer to him more often than not. [[spoiler:And then he dies. He comes back in spirit a couple of times, whenever Aphrael takes the knights to the ocean cliff where they throw away and retrieve Bhelliom. During the retrieval]] Sparhawk has black spots appear in front of his eyes because he forgets to breathe. Kurik bashes him on the shoulder and calls him an idiot. [[spoiler:Cracking put down from a dead guy!]]
30th Jun '16 9:47:06 AM Morgenthaler
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* BadAss:
** Just about every knight in the party is a champion of one of the orders, and Sparhawk's squire, Kurik, is described as one of the most gifted hand-to-hand combatants in the world. Sparhawk takes the prize from all of them, however. This is a guy who'd make Cthulhu curl up into a fetal position on the floor, and he in fact does kill a reasonably similar God. Even more, he does it with ''style.''
** Kurik is an enormous badass in his own right, peaking when he meets an arrogant young nobleman while being browbeaten into wearing Bevier's armour and scares the daylights out of him. As a follow-up, the young man's father is so horrified (his son was harassing a bunch of badass Church Knights and is so profoundly ignorant that he ''didn't know who they were'') that he disowns the clown, banishes his friends and packs his own wife off to a monastery. Bevier later says Kurik's a bigger man than him because he'd have just decapitated the kid "after his second remark".
---> "You wouldn't ''dare!''"
---> "''[[PreAssKickingOneLiner Try me.]]''"
--->"I have eight of my friends with me!"
---> *spit* "''That'' rabble?"
** Sparhawk gets his own lines like this:
---> '''Ulath:''' Are you ''mad'', Kalten? You want me to draw my sword on ''my own king?''"
---> '''Kalten:''' Of course not--just on his funeral cortege. If Wargun goes up against Sparhawk he'll be drinking heavenly mead after the first pass.
** Martel is an excellent villainous {{Badass}}.
** Patriarch Bergsten is a BadassPreacher, given that not even Sparhawk will risk a fight with him. Ulath notes that Bergsten would have been the Preceptor of the Genidian Knights if he'd stayed in the order instead of taking the cloth. [[spoiler: Patriarch Dolmant, as a former Pandion novice, may also qualify, although he's no doubt out of practice; it's stated that he was even a match for ''Sparhawk's father'' - and the Sparhawk line has always been renowned for its talent on the field of combat.]]
** Mirtai is perhaps the standout example from the Atan ranks who are all badasses in their own right.
30th Jun '16 9:46:31 AM Morgenthaler
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* BastardAngst: Stragen is hypersensitive about his illegitimate birth.
18th Jun '16 12:10:20 PM Generality
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* EthnicGod: Each race has at least one god; most have a pantheon, while the Styrics have over a thousand. It's never explained whether the gods made the races or vice-versa, but the connection is apparently insoluble: on a few occasions, Aphrael has to get the Elene god's permission to act on his people.
18th May '16 11:49:13 AM Generality
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* TheManBehindTheMan:

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* TheManBehindTheMan:TheManInFrontOfTheMan:



** [[spoiler:Krager]] in the sequels.
** And [[spoiler: Zalasta.]]

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** Similarly, [[spoiler:Krager]] takes the credit in the sequels.
** And [[spoiler: Zalasta.]]Zalasta]] was behind both of them.
1st May '16 4:36:14 AM Perey
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*** Happens with Kalten as well. In the ''Elenium'', we see him swimming in the lake looking for the Bhelliom. In the ''Tamuli'', he's terrified of being under water, meaning that he needs to be [[InstantSedation drugged by the Beer of the Gods]] before being dragged through a flooded passage.
21st Apr '16 1:32:25 PM Glim
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* MagicalBarefooter: Flute, a mystical child [[spoiler:and goddess]], always has bare feet. And her feet always have grass stains, even when she's been inside all day, invoking FertileFeet.
21st Mar '16 10:47:12 PM Carnildo
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*** Happens with Kalten as well: we see him swimming in the lake looking for the Bhelliom and later he needs to be drugged by the Beer of the Gods to pass through a flooded passage because he's terrified of being under water.
4th Mar '16 7:51:13 AM madamhydra
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* BigBadWannabe: Annias. He's smart, and a decent {{Chessmaster}}, but his SmugSnake tendencies typically bite him in the hindquarters, and he's no match for [[DragonInChief Martel]] or the real BigBad, [[GodOfEvil Azash]]. This is actually lampshaded and justified in-series when Vanion and Ehlana both point out that Annias ''used'' to be extremely clever and competent, with only his recent schemes being obvious, pathetic, and easily abrogated. Sephrenia then explains that Azash tends to ruin his followers by influencing or outright forcing them to be more like him--and while he himself is a competent BigBad in terms of power, his ability to be clever and subtle, particularly within the bounds of the more sophisticated Elene culture, is next to nil. [[spoiler:Krager]] in the Tamuli.

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* BigBadWannabe: Annias.BigBadWannabe:
**Annias.
He's smart, and a decent {{Chessmaster}}, but his SmugSnake tendencies typically bite him in the hindquarters, and he's no match for [[DragonInChief Martel]] or the real BigBad, [[GodOfEvil Azash]]. This is actually lampshaded and justified in-series when Vanion and Ehlana both point out that Annias ''used'' to be extremely clever and competent, with only his recent schemes being obvious, pathetic, and easily abrogated. Sephrenia then explains that Azash tends to ruin his followers by influencing or outright forcing them to be more like him--and while he himself is a competent BigBad in terms of power, his ability to be clever and subtle, particularly within the bounds of the more sophisticated Elene culture, is next to nil. [[spoiler:Krager]]
**[[spoiler:Krager]]
in the Tamuli.
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