History Literature / TheHeroicLegendOfArslan

21st Dec '15 9:08:33 AM Sagetsu
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* DefectorFromDecadence: In a story quite morally-ambiguous as this, the defection of men such as [[spoiler: Kharlan, Xandes and Sam]] to serving Lusitania under Silvermask's command is treated as such. Their justification is that [[spoiler: Silvermask is Hermes, the original heir to the throne of King Osroes V (up until his brother Andragoras III seized kingship after killing him). To them, their aiding Lusitania to destroy Andragoras's rule is less being TheQuisling and more engineering RightfulKingReturns. Of course, [[XanatosGambitPileup Arslan and his faction has other ideas]].]]
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* DefectorFromDecadence: In a story quite morally-ambiguous as this, the defection of men such as [[spoiler: Kharlan, Xandes and Sam]] to serving Lusitania under Silvermask's command is treated as such. Their justification is that [[spoiler: Silvermask is Hermes, the original heir to the throne of King Osroes V (up until his brother Andragoras III seized kingship after killing him). To them, their aiding Lusitania to destroy Andragoras's rule is less being TheQuisling and more engineering RightfulKingReturns. Of course, [[XanatosGambitPileup [[GambitPileup Arslan and his faction has other ideas]].]]

** This is also arguably the cause of [[spoiler: [[PutOnaBus Gieve's "exile"]]]] With Arslan's army slowly becoming more "formalized" and staffed with the traditional Parsian nobility, the [[RagtagBunchOfMisfits loose nature of his in-exile inner circle]], despite having proven themselves as TrueCompanions, needed to be integrated in this formal command.[[note]]As is, Daryun's position as general is a given; Narsus remains an in-house strategist, just not the most prominent (with Elam and Arfrid, despite her being from a bandit clan, functioning as his lieutenants), Farangis's position as a priestess of Mithra grants his army religious legitimacy, and Jaswant, being a representative of the Shindran alliance, gives him diplomatic immunity]].[[/note]] Gieve, as it is, is too much of a loose cannon which does not fit into the chain of command. [[spoiler: Of course, it eventually appeared that Gieve was sent on a secret mission to secure "something" which will legitimize Arslan's claim to a throne--which is virtually intelligence work.]]
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** This is also arguably the cause of [[spoiler: [[PutOnaBus Gieve's "exile"]]]] With Arslan's army slowly becoming more "formalized" and staffed with the traditional Parsian nobility, the [[RagtagBunchOfMisfits loose nature of his in-exile inner circle]], despite having proven themselves as TrueCompanions, needed to be integrated in this formal command.[[note]]As is, Daryun's position as general is a given; Narsus remains an in-house strategist, just not the most prominent (with Elam and Arfrid, despite her being from a bandit clan, functioning as his lieutenants), Farangis's position as a priestess of Mithra grants his army religious legitimacy, and Jaswant, being a representative of the Shindran alliance, gives him diplomatic immunity]].immunity.[[/note]] Gieve, as it is, is too much of a loose cannon which does not fit into the chain of command. [[spoiler: Of course, it eventually appeared that Gieve was sent on a secret mission to secure "something" which will legitimize Arslan's claim to a throne--which is virtually intelligence work.]]
21st Dec '15 9:06:47 AM Sagetsu
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21st Dec '15 8:57:44 AM Sagetsu
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** Simultaneous to this is the cause of Gieve's "exile."
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** Simultaneous to this This is also arguably the cause of [[spoiler: [[PutOnaBus Gieve's "exile.""exile"]]]] With Arslan's army slowly becoming more "formalized" and staffed with the traditional Parsian nobility, the [[RagtagBunchOfMisfits loose nature of his in-exile inner circle]], despite having proven themselves as TrueCompanions, needed to be integrated in this formal command.[[note]]As is, Daryun's position as general is a given; Narsus remains an in-house strategist, just not the most prominent (with Elam and Arfrid, despite her being from a bandit clan, functioning as his lieutenants), Farangis's position as a priestess of Mithra grants his army religious legitimacy, and Jaswant, being a representative of the Shindran alliance, gives him diplomatic immunity]].[[/note]] Gieve, as it is, is too much of a loose cannon which does not fit into the chain of command. [[spoiler: Of course, it eventually appeared that Gieve was sent on a secret mission to secure "something" which will legitimize Arslan's claim to a throne--which is virtually intelligence work.]]
21st Dec '15 8:46:23 AM Sagetsu
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* AdaptationDistillation: The themes and cultural trappings exhibited in adaptations of ''Arslan Senki'' (both the OVA and the 2015 TV anime) borrow less from the original Persian epic ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amir_Arsalan Amir Arsalan]] (امیر ارسلان نامدار)'' and more from the longer epic poem by Firdusi, the ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shahnameh Shahnameh]] (شاهنامه‎ , "The Book of Kings")''. One of the main characters of ''Shahnameh'', Kai Khosrau, was acknowledged InUniverse to be the founder of Pars. His story arc of losing his kingdom and then rightfully regaining it is also basically Arslan's current plotline. Noted female characters (such as Farangis and Queen Tahamine) get their names from noble ladies featured in the epic as well, with their personalities not entirely different from the originals.
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* AdaptationDistillation: The themes and cultural trappings exhibited in adaptations of ''Arslan Senki'' (both the OVA and the 2015 TV anime) borrow less from the original Persian epic ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amir_Arsalan Amir Arsalan]] (امیر ارسلان نامدار)'' and more from the longer epic poem by Firdusi, the ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shahnameh Shahnameh]] (شاهنامه‎ , "The Book of Kings")''. One of the main characters of ''Shahnameh'', Kai Khosrau, Khosrow (کیخسرو), was acknowledged InUniverse to be the founder of Pars. His story arc of losing his kingdom and then rightfully regaining it is also basically Arslan's current plotline. Noted female Many supporting and side characters borrow their names from some characters inside ''Shanameh'' (such as Gieve, Farangis and Queen Tahamine) get their names from noble ladies featured in the epic as well, with their personalities not entirely different varying similarity from the originals.

* ArrowsOnFire: Used to light a deep trench spanning an entire plain covered in oil--the opening of the Battle of Atropatene where [[spoiler: a bulk of the Parsian army were killed in the flames]].
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* ArrowsOnFire: Used to light a deep trench spanning an entire plain covered in oil--the oil--which served as the opening of the Battle of Atropatene where [[spoiler: a bulk of the Parsian army were killed in the flames]].

* BecauseYouWereNiceToMe: The Shindran agent Jaswant (who is loyal to Grand Vizier Mahendra, serving Crown Prince Gadevi) was sent to infiltrate Prince Rajendra's ranks and sabotage his alliance with Arslan. Being exposed to the [[GenreSavvy strategic excellence]] of Pars's leadership (particularly Narsus) cemented his respect for them, but still remained loyal to Mahendra. Arslan's mercy towards him after being outed as TheMole, however, was what led him to save Arslan's entourage when the sacred duel between Gadevi and Rajendra's proxies went downhill. [[VillainousBreakdown Gadevi losing it]] and [[BadBoss killing Mahendra]] was just the icing on the cake. * BetterToDieThanBeKilled: Kahran.
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* BecauseYouWereNiceToMe: The Shindran agent Jaswant (who is loyal to Grand Vizier Mahendra, serving Crown Prince Gadevi) was sent to infiltrate Prince Rajendra's ranks and sabotage his alliance with Arslan. Being exposed to the [[GenreSavvy strategic excellence]] of Pars's leadership (particularly Narsus) cemented his respect for them, but still remained loyal to Mahendra. Arslan's mercy towards him after being outed as TheMole, however, was what led him to save Arslan's entourage when (when the sacred duel between Gadevi and Rajendra's proxies went downhill.downhill). [[VillainousBreakdown Gadevi losing it]] and [[BadBoss killing Mahendra]] was just the icing on the cake. * BetterToDieThanBeKilled: Kahran.Kharlan.

* BewareTheNiceOnes: Arslan is normally gentle, soft-spoken, patient and doesn't like violence. However, when Rajendra cynically puts Darun's life in danger, he snaps, draws his sword and tells Rajendra that if Darun doesn't survive the fight, he, Arslan, will personally have Rajendra's head. This comes as a surprise not only to Rajendra but also to Arslan's own followers.
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* BewareTheNiceOnes: Arslan is normally gentle, soft-spoken, patient and doesn't like violence. However, when Rajendra cynically puts Darun's Daryun's life in danger, he snaps, draws his sword and tells Rajendra that if Darun Daryun doesn't survive the fight, he, Arslan, will personally have Rajendra's head. This comes as a surprise not only to Rajendra but also to Arslan's own followers.

* BunnyEarsLawyer: Narsus is a formidable strategist and statesman (think [[Anime/LegendOfGalacticHeroes Oberstein]]) who nevertheless regards himself an artist first and foremost. In the second part of the story he says he's a "Royal Court Artist who happens to be First Minister as well." Darun's utter and vocal distaste for Narsus's artwork is a running gag throughout the story, but while the first anime adaptation would have the viewers believe that Darun is too boneheaded to appreciate true art, the novel series and the Arakawa adaptation imply that Narsus's art does actually suck.
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* BunnyEarsLawyer: Narsus is a formidable strategist and statesman (think [[Anime/LegendOfGalacticHeroes Oberstein]]) who nevertheless regards himself an artist first and foremost. In the second part of the story he says he's a "Royal Court Artist who happens to be First Minister as well." Darun's Daryun's utter and vocal distaste for Narsus's artwork is a running gag throughout the story, but while the first anime adaptation would have the viewers believe that Darun Daryun is too boneheaded to appreciate true art, the novel series and the Arakawa adaptation imply that Narsus's art does actually suck.

* TheChampion: Darun to Arslan. At one point he makes it clear that he doesn't care whether or not Arslan is the rightful heir or even of royal blood, he's loyal to him as a person.
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* TheChampion: Darun Daryun to Arslan. At one point he makes it clear that he doesn't care whether or not Arslan is the rightful heir or even of royal blood, he's loyal to him as a person.

* DarkIsNotEvil: Darun dresses in all black, and in the novel he's known in-universe as the Black Knight.
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* DarkIsNotEvil: Darun [[{{Deuteragonist}} Daryun]] dresses in all black, and in the novel he's known in-universe as the Black Knight.

* EasilyForgiven: Played with. Ars;an forgave Jaswant and Rajendra after several betrayals from both and spared their lives repeatedly. Jaswant would return the favour and would later [[spoiler: join Arslan's group]]. For Rajendra, however, certain restrictions after the latest betrayal were put in place.
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* EasilyForgiven: Played with. Ars;an Arslan forgave Jaswant and Rajendra after several betrayals from both and spared their lives repeatedly. Jaswant would return the favour and would later [[spoiler: join Arslan's group]]. For Rajendra, however, certain restrictions after the latest betrayal were put in place.

** Later in the series, one of the Marzban waylaid by Kharlan's betrayal, [[spoiler: Sam, already having done his own FaceHeelTurn out of respect to Hermes]], exposes himself publicly in order to destabilize the morale of Arslan's army. In this case, however, Arslan's army holds--presumably because he holds more of the remaining Marzban in his ranks, and all of them profess UndyingLoyalty to him right now.
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** Later in the series, one of the Marzban waylaid by Kharlan's betrayal, [[spoiler: Sam, already having done his own FaceHeelTurn out of respect to Hermes]], exposes himself publicly in order to destabilize the morale of Arslan's army. In this case, however, Arslan's army holds--presumably because holds nevertheless--sincee he holds more of the remaining Marzban in his ranks, and all of them profess UndyingLoyalty to him right now.

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** Later in * TheLastDJ: The series has some instances where the series, one of idea actually becomes a plot point: ** Narsus had this reputation at Andragoras's court, being the Marzban waylaid by Kharlan's betrayal, [[spoiler: Sam, already having done first (and so far, ''only'') Parsian noble to [[SlaveryIsASpecialKindOfEvil free all his own FaceHeelTurn out of respect to Hermes]], exposes himself publicly in order to destabilize slaves]]--[[ValuesDissonance whose labor serves as the morale economic backbone of Pars]]. Thus, he is a source of unease to the traditional Parsian nobles who flocked to Arslan's army. In this case, however, standard. Hence, despite having served for almost the entire season as Arslan's army holds--presumably because ''de facto'' chancellor, he holds more of eventually chose to hand over the remaining Marzban in his ranks, and all position of them profess UndyingLoyalty First Chancellor (for now) to him right now.the newcomer-but-most senior Lord Lucian. ([[ExactWords After all, his]] [[AlmightyJanitor "official commission" from Arslan is "Court Painter"]].) ** Simultaneous to this is the cause of Gieve's "exile."
20th Dec '15 8:02:09 AM Sagetsu
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* DefectorFromDecadence: In a story quite morally-ambiguous as this, the defection of men such as [[spoiler: Kharlan, Xandes and Sam]] to serving Lusitania under Silvermask's command is treated as such, since their justification is that [[spoiler: Silvermask is Hermes, the original heir to the throne of King Osroes up until his brother Andragoras III seized kingship after killing him. To them, their aiding Lusitania to destroy Andragoras's rule is less being TheQuisling and more engineering RightfulKingReturns. Of course, Arslan and his faction has other ideas.]] ** Jaswant's departure from the Shindran court to serve under Arslan himself can also qualify as such, considering Gadevi's and Rajendra's appalling track record on keeping their word.
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* DefectorFromDecadence: In a story quite morally-ambiguous as this, the defection of men such as [[spoiler: Kharlan, Xandes and Sam]] to serving Lusitania under Silvermask's command is treated as such, since their such. Their justification is that [[spoiler: Silvermask is Hermes, the original heir to the throne of King Osroes up V (up until his brother Andragoras III seized kingship after killing him.him). To them, their aiding Lusitania to destroy Andragoras's rule is less being TheQuisling and more engineering RightfulKingReturns. Of course, [[XanatosGambitPileup Arslan and his faction has other ideas.ideas]].]] ** Jaswant's departure from the Shindran court to serve under Arslan himself can also qualify as such, considering Gadevi's and Rajendra's appalling track record on keeping their word.word--at least as long as Pars and Shindra are not at war.

* DualWielding: Kishwad uses two swords.
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* DualWielding: Kishwad Kishward uses two swords.

* EasilyForgiven: Played with. Ars;an forgave Jaswant and Rajendra after several betrayals from both and spared their lives repeatedly. Jaswant would return the favour and would later [[spoiler: join Arslan's group]]. However for Rajendra, certain restrictions after the latest betrayal were put in place.
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* EasilyForgiven: Played with. Ars;an forgave Jaswant and Rajendra after several betrayals from both and spared their lives repeatedly. Jaswant would return the favour and would later [[spoiler: join Arslan's group]]. However for For Rajendra, however, certain restrictions after the latest betrayal were put in place.

* EasilyForgiven: Played with. Ars;an forgave Jaswant and Rajendra after several betrayals from both and spared their lives repeatedly. Jaswant would return ** Later in the favour and would later series, one of the Marzban waylaid by Kharlan's betrayal, [[spoiler: join Sam, already having done his own FaceHeelTurn out of respect to Hermes]], exposes himself publicly in order to destabilize the morale of Arslan's group]]. However for Rajendra, certain restrictions after army. In this case, however, Arslan's army holds--presumably because he holds more of the latest betrayal were put remaining Marzban in place.his ranks, and all of them profess UndyingLoyalty to him right now.

** "O kindhearted heathen prince... be that as it may, it[[note]]that is to say, [[BetterToDieThanBeKilled the suicide of the faithful of Yaldabord after Lusitania was defeated]] in the Keep of Saint Emmanuel[[/note]] is something that cannot be stopped. Such is the nature of faith." [[spoiler:-- Count Barcacion]]
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** "O kindhearted heathen prince... be that as it may, it[[note]]that is to say, [[BetterToDieThanBeKilled the suicide of the faithful of Yaldabord after Lusitania was defeated]] in the Keep of Saint Emmanuel[[/note]] is something that cannot be stopped. Such is the nature of faith. What is within my power to do is to be with everyone and to be with God." [[spoiler:-- Count Barcacion]]
20th Dec '15 7:40:30 AM Sagetsu
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* BloodFromTheMouth: [[spoiler: Hermes and Daryun]] suffer this at the end of the duel in episode 24.
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* BloodFromTheMouth: [[spoiler: Hermes and Daryun]] suffer this at the end of the duel in episode 24. The former also suffers a BrokenFaceplate simultaneous to it, despite their slashes explicitly only hitting each other at the torso.
20th Dec '15 12:48:05 AM Sagetsu
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* TheChainsOfCommanding: Farangis makes a well-crafted observation about kingship in the Season 1 finale: --> ''"The throne itself does not have a will of its own. This is how I think of it. Depending upon who sits in it, it can be a seat of justice or it can be the seat of inhuman cruelty. As long as it is a man, and not a god, doing the governing, he can never be perfect. But should he neglect to make efforts to reach for perfection, a king will surely tumble down the slippery slope towards evil with no one around to stop him."''
20th Dec '15 12:41:27 AM Sagetsu
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* OffWithHisHead: Happens to Daryun's uncle Vahriz and other Marzban whose heads are on display, used as an intimidation tactic against Pars's capital Ecbatana. Considering Ecbatana is sieged on all sides at this point it unsurprisingly works). Also done to Gadevi after he attempts to kill Arslan.
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* OffWithHisHead: Happens to Daryun's uncle Vahriz and other Marzban whose heads are on display, used as an intimidation tactic against the garrison of Pars's capital Ecbatana. capital.[[note]]Such a tactic is not unheard of in pre-modern warfare, having been utilized both by the Mongols and Japanese warlords, notably UsefulNotes/TakedaShingen [[/note]] Considering Ecbatana is sieged on all sides at this point point, it unsurprisingly works). Also works. It was also done to Gadevi after he attempts to kill Arslan.

* RightfulKingReturns: Once again, [[Deconstruction played more realistically than most]]. What happens when there are ''two'' arguably-rightful claimants to the throne? [[spoiler: As it is, Arslan and Hermes are on a race to make the stronger claim, set in the backdrop of liberating Pars from the Lusitanian foreign invasion.]]
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* RightfulKingReturns: Once again, [[Deconstruction [[{{Deconstruction}} played more realistically than most]]. What happens when there are ''two'' arguably-rightful claimants to the throne? [[spoiler: As it is, Arslan and Hermes are on a race to make the stronger claim, claim to their "righteousness", set in the backdrop of liberating Pars from the Lusitanian foreign invasion.]]
20th Dec '15 12:37:32 AM Sagetsu
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* GeneralRipper: Just to highlight the show's GreyAndGrayMorality, it shows that despite Lusitania having a bunch of fundamentalist nutjobs among its officers, it also shows that even the Marzban of Pars have elitist and WeHaveReserves tendencies. One tragic example is the hot-headed Garshaph, who killed slaves planning on bringing in Lusitania after the latter promised freeing them. His high-handedness eventually drove more slaves to revolt against Lusitania--and when Ecbatana fell, [[AssholeVictim we get a good lingering shot of his becoming a]] HumanPincushion [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill after Lusitanian soldiers were done with him]].
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* GeneralRipper: Just to highlight the show's GreyAndGrayMorality, it shows that despite Lusitania having a bunch of fundamentalist nutjobs among its officers, it also shows that even the Marzban of Pars have elitist and WeHaveReserves tendencies. One tragic example is the hot-headed Garshaph, who killed slaves planning on bringing in Lusitania after the latter promised freeing them. His high-handedness eventually drove more slaves to revolt against Lusitania--and Pars--and when Ecbatana fell, [[AssholeVictim we get a good lingering shot of his him becoming a]] HumanPincushion [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill after Lusitanian soldiers were done with him]].
20th Dec '15 12:34:24 AM Sagetsu
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* ArrowsOnFire: Used to lit an entire plain covered in oil.
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* ArrowsOnFire: Used to lit light a deep trench spanning an entire plain covered in oil.oil--the opening of the Battle of Atropatene where [[spoiler: a bulk of the Parsian army were killed in the flames]].
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