History Literature / TheHalfbloodChronicles

8th Nov '17 3:30:31 PM butterflygrrl
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** Kyrtian is quite specific that no one who came through the portal is still alive, and that it was the great-grandparents of currently-very-old elves who made the Crossing.
23rd Aug '17 7:51:14 PM PaulA
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* AntagonisticOffspring: Myre for Alara.

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* AntagonisticOffspring: Myre for Alara. Alara is one of the kindest dragons in the setting, adopting the half-human, half-elf baby Lashana and eventually helping with Lashana's rebellion against the elven lords. Mya is lazy, vain, and a bully who views all non-dragons (and even many other dragons) as nothing more than playthings.



* BattleBallgown: In ''Elvenborn'', the protagonist's mother has a dress made of a million bazillion tiny metal plates with diamonds over them. Though she isn't shown fighting in it, it is implied to be very old and come from a dangerous time. The protagonist, who is a military expert, theorizes that "it could turn a blade."



* DisappearedDad: Alara is a single mother. Dragons apparently aren't big on monogamy.
** Until the later books get aggressive about pairing off characters, anyway.

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* DisappearedDad: DisappearedDad:
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Alara is a single mother. Dragons apparently aren't big on monogamy.
** Until In ''Elvenblood'', the later books get aggressive about pairing off characters, anyway.sympathetic elf lord's father disappeared when he was a child.



* HalfHumanHybrid: Shana and all other known halfbloods, pretty much by definition.

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* HalfHumanHybrid: Shana and all other known halfbloods, pretty much by definition.who are the results of elven lords impregnating their human slaves. The half-bloods/wizards are implied to be infertile, though it's never directly stated. The wizards find and save new half-bloods in order to perpetuate themselves as a society; they are never seen to have children of their own loins.



* InsultToRocks: In ''Elvenborn'', Kyrtian and his bodyguard Gel are talking to the former's mother when Gel starts to refer to the rather unpleasant Lady Triana as a bitch before correcting himself out of deference to Lady Lydiell. She then says, "I wouldn't call Triana a 'bitch', Gel. It's a terrible insult to all female canines, which are, on the whole, rather nice creatures."



* LethalHarmlessPowers: In ''Elvenblood'', male Elves are taught combat magic, but females are taught mostly aesthetic things, such as sculpting flowers into fantastic shapes. One of the females, Sheyrena an Treves, defects to the side of the half-blood Wizards -- it later turns out that she can use variants of the 'useless' female magics to make food from leaves in the wilderness, and even [[spoiler:stop a heart]].



* MasterRace: The elves.



* OurDragonsAreDifferent: They are shapeshifting dragons who use weather magic.

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* OurDragonsAreDifferent: They are shapeshifting dragons who use weather magic. They are from another world, are evidently mammalian, have electricity-based powers and poisonous talons[[note]]though apparently only to elves[[/note]], and are supremely talented [[VoluntaryShapeshifting Shapeshifters]]. Dragon 'shaman' are capable of using other abilities as well.



* PropheciesAreAlwaysRight: The prophecy of a Chosen One who will end elven rule was made up by rebels as a metaphorical thumb in the eye of their rulers, and absolutely nobody believes it's true. The main character happens to perfectly fit the description of this Chosen One, and by coincidence and inclination begins to fulfill the prophecy anyway.



* SlaveCollar:
** In ''The Elvenbane'', the elves use magical collars to control both their human slaves and elven subordinates.
** When the main characters in ''Elvenblood'' are taken prisoner by the Iron People, they are made to wear iron collars that block their natural magic talents.



* TownWithADarkSecret: The estates of House Prastaran, at least by [[ScrewYouElves the standards of the bulk of Elvenkind]].

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* SuperpowerfulGenetics: Powerful elvish spellcasters produce children who are powerful, weak casters produce weak children, and intermarriage between strong and weak produces a child of intermediate power. At least in the first book, it's never explained where powerful spellcasters came from in the first place, but their attempts to stay powerful through the generations have led to severe inbreeding. Human spellcasting is also inherited, but in defiance of the trope it's an indirect and imprecise pattern. (Elves and humans aren't even from the same world, so the implication is that human magical power is determined through standard genetics, with multiple genes influencing power levels, and elvish magical power is determined through something else entirely. Then again, elves and humans can interbreed, which shouldn't be possible for two species with very different genes. Then again again, it's a fantasy story--what do you expect?)
* SurpriseIncest: Subverted in ''The Elvenbane'' when Valyn is determined to push away Shana even though he admits that she is lovely and knows that she has a massive crush on him. He does this because he suspects that she is his half-sister. He actually goes so far as to set her up with his sidekick in a "handfasting" ritual. However, he picks up the IdiotBall when he refuses to tell her why he is rejecting her even though she is hurt and angry about it. His excuse? She was RaisedByWolves (or dragons, in her case) and he's not sure if such things matter to her, in spite of the fact that she has already shown herself to be intelligent and fairly well-versed in human and elven culture.
* TownWithADarkSecret: The estates of House Prastaran, at least by [[ScrewYouElves the standards of the bulk of Elvenkind]].Elvenkind]], whose treatment of humans generally ranges from chattel to cattle. House Prastaran handles things in a manner far closer to unusually egalitarian[=/=]idealized English squires[[note]](most human slaves capable of contemplating running away have to defeat enspelled collars and flee into the wilds; here they need merely give notice and their lordships will smuggle them out)[[/note]] and have to put considerable effort into stage-managing the visits of outsiders.




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* WhammyBid: Shana is being auctioned off by the elves. She's about to be sold for 200 gold pieces when a new bidder in Lord Dyran's livery bids 300. Twisted a bit, in that the ''real'' reason no one counter-bids is that no one is suicidal enough to cross Lord Dyran. [[spoiler:Twisted further, in that the bidder isn't one of Lord Dyran's men.]]
23rd Aug '17 7:17:18 PM PaulA
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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...]]
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.
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