History Literature / TheHalfbloodChronicles

26th Jul '17 8:30:55 PM Theriocephalus
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* AuthorExistenceFailure: Author Andre Norton died before the fourth book, Elvenbred, was completed. As co-writer Mercedes Lackey is still alive (and writing) there is some hope the fourth book will eventually be published. [[spoiler:Considering we learn at the end of the third book that the Elves were fleeing big nasty elf/snake critters, and these things just found the Portal to the world the elves fled to, along with one of the elves...]]

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* AuthorExistenceFailure: Author Andre Norton died before the fourth book, Elvenbred, ''Elvenbred'', was completed. As co-writer Mercedes Lackey is still alive (and writing) there is some hope the fourth book will eventually be published. [[spoiler:Considering we learn at the end of the third book that the Elves elves were fleeing big nasty elf/snake critters, and these things just found the Portal portal to the world the elves fled to, along with one of the elves...]]



* DefectorFromDecadence: Valyn is a case study. The son and chosen heir of one of the most powerful Elven Lords, and having no family tradition of "heresy", he got it into his head that humans are for lack of a better term ''people'' all on his own.
** Later on, [[spoiler:Keman, Alara, and half-a-dozen other dragons do this when their Lair refuses to get involved in the halfbloods' problems]].

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* DefectorFromDecadence: Valyn is a case study. The son and chosen heir of one of the most powerful Elven Lords, and having no family tradition of "heresy", he got it into his head that humans are for lack of a better term ''people'' all on his own.
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own. Later on, [[spoiler:Keman, Alara, and half-a-dozen other dragons do this when their Lair refuses to get involved in the halfbloods' problems]].



* ImmortalityBeginsAtTwenty: The elves age at the same rate as humans up until they are physically adults, then age ''extremely'' slowly, living about 1000 years.

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* ImmortalityBeginsAtTwenty: The elves age at the same rate as humans up until they are physically adults, then age ''extremely'' slowly, living about 1000 1,000 years.



* LamarckWasRight: Kind of weirdly implied-then-averted-maybe. In the third book, Kyrtian states that the current dichotomy between powerful and non-powerful elves is due to the current powerful holding back in the major teamwork magic used to escape their original CrapsackWorld. This occurred several hundred years ago, and the same dynamics are still in place, leading one to think that LamarckWasRight--then you remember that the current ruling generation of elves is [[TheAgeless the same one that came through the portal.]]
** ''Elvenbane'' is fairly clear that some of the current lords are from the generation that escaped the old world, and some are ones that were born in the current world. It depends on which particular house is being referred to.

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* LamarckWasRight: Kind of weirdly implied-then-averted-maybe. In the third book, Kyrtian states that the current dichotomy between powerful and non-powerful elves is due to the current powerful holding back in the major teamwork magic used to escape their original CrapsackWorld. This occurred several hundred years ago, and the same dynamics are still in place, leading one to think that LamarckWasRight--then LamarckWasRight -- then you remember that that, depending on which particular house is being referred to, the current ruling generation of elves is in many cases [[TheAgeless the same one that came through the portal.]]
** ''Elvenbane'' is fairly clear that some of the current lords are from the generation that escaped the old world, and some are ones that were born in the current world. It depends on which particular house is being referred to.
portal]].



* [[RaisedByWolves Raised By Dragons]]: Shana doesn't really understand either human or elven society all that well, due to spending her first 16 years among dragons.
* RewardedAsATraitorDeserves: [[spoiler: A wizard decides that the rebellion against the elven overlords is doomed to failure and attempts to buy his survival by offering his services and his knowledge of the rebels' secrets to an elvenlord. The elvenlord smiles encouragingly, listens to him carefully...then [[JackBauerInterrogationTechnique tortures him to be sure he wasn't lying]] and finally reduces the man to ashes when he's done.]]

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* [[RaisedByWolves Raised By Dragons]]: RaisedByWolves: Shana doesn't really understand either human or elven society all that well, due to spending her first 16 years among dragons.
* RewardedAsATraitorDeserves: [[spoiler: A wizard decides that the rebellion against the elven overlords is doomed to failure and attempts to buy his survival by offering his services and his knowledge of the rebels' secrets to an elvenlord. The elvenlord smiles encouragingly, listens to him carefully... then [[JackBauerInterrogationTechnique tortures him to be sure he wasn't lying]] and finally reduces the man to ashes when he's done.]]



* TheUnfavorite: Sheyrena an Treves gets this from both parents to a degree. Her father Lord Tylar is openly [[AbusiveParents emotionally abusive]] towards her and considers her brother Lorryn his prized possession because she is female. Her mother Viridina fusses over Lorryn and is borderline neglectful towards her [[spoiler: because Rena is a full blooded elf, and most of her attention is focused on making sure nobody finds out the girl's (half)brother is ''not''.]]

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* TheUnfavorite: TheUnfavorite:
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Sheyrena an Treves gets this from both parents to a degree. Her father Lord Tylar is openly [[AbusiveParents emotionally abusive]] towards her and considers her brother Lorryn his prized possession because she is female. Her mother Viridina fusses over Lorryn and is borderline neglectful towards her [[spoiler: because Rena is a full blooded elf, and most of her attention is focused on making sure nobody finds out the girl's (half)brother (half-)brother is ''not''.]]''not'']].



* {{Unicorn}}: They're carnivorous, ''extremely'' aggressive, and really, really stupid. They're also beautiful. They're what happens when an elf designs a warsteed.
** Ironically enough, they prove impossible for the (male) Elf soldiers to control, attacking their riders as readily as their enemies. It takes Sheyrena, the 'small-magic' female who has actual practice in things other than flower-sculpting, messing with their heads before they're actually useful (and even then it's only for certain definitions of useful; they can't be controlled, only allowing Rena and Lorryn to sit on their backs while they go wherever they were planning to go anyway, and Rena implies that if a fight started their instincts would reassert themselves and they'd be more dangerous to the riders than to the enemy).

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* {{Unicorn}}: They're beautiful, but also carnivorous, ''extremely'' aggressive, and really, really stupid. They're also beautiful.stupid. They're what happens when an elf designs a warsteed. \n** Ironically enough, they prove proved impossible for the (male) Elf elf soldiers to control, attacking their riders as readily as their enemies. It takes Sheyrena, the 'small-magic' female who has actual practice in things other than flower-sculpting, messing with their heads before they're actually useful (and even then it's only for certain definitions of useful; they can't be controlled, only allowing Rena and Lorryn to sit on their backs while they go wherever they were planning to go anyway, and Rena implies that if a fight started their instincts would reassert themselves and they'd be more dangerous to the riders than to the enemy).
5th Feb '17 1:27:04 PM Xtifr
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1st Jul '16 7:57:58 PM nombretomado
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''The Halfblood Chronicles'', sometimes called the ''Elvenbane Trilogy'', is a series of {{Fantasy}} novels by MercedesLackey and AndreNorton. They take place on a world in which humans are slaves to the cruel and sadistic elven race, and a race of shapeshifting dragons watch warily from the remote deserts.

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''The Halfblood Chronicles'', sometimes called the ''Elvenbane Trilogy'', is a series of {{Fantasy}} novels by MercedesLackey Creator/MercedesLackey and AndreNorton.Creator/AndreNorton. They take place on a world in which humans are slaves to the cruel and sadistic elven race, and a race of shapeshifting dragons watch warily from the remote deserts.
9th Oct '15 2:33:01 PM nombretomado
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Not to be confused with [[Franchise/HarryPotter that kind of half-blood]]. Nor [[PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians that one]].

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Not to be confused with [[Franchise/HarryPotter that kind of half-blood]]. Nor [[PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians [[Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians that one]].
19th Aug '15 10:12:09 PM Joyce13
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* AntagonisticOffspring: Mre for Alara.

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* AntagonisticOffspring: Mre Myre for Alara.
19th Aug '15 10:07:22 PM Joyce13
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* AntagonisticOffspring: Mya for Alara.

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* AntagonisticOffspring: Mya Mre for Alara.
16th Oct '14 2:41:34 AM Joyce13
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* HybridPower: All halfbloods have the magic ability of elves and the PsychicPowers of humans.
7th May '14 1:22:50 PM Ramidel
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* AsskickingEqualsAuthority: Each Elvenlord holds their position because they have enough magic to take and keep it.
7th May '14 1:20:52 PM Ramidel
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* SheIsTheKing: One female elf holds the title of Elvenlord. The title's traditionally masculine, and elf women are not supposed to be Lords because they're not supposed to know the greater magics of elven men. The exception is able to call herself Lord because AsskickingEqualsAuthority, which trumps all other concerns.
29th Apr '14 11:29:12 AM Greenygal
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* {{Shoutout}}: A history book mentions three sisters who attempted to find a tripartite talisman to use against the elves; this is presumably a shout-out to ''Literature/BlackTrillium'', which Norton cowrote.
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