History Literature / TheOrphansTales

26th Aug '15 9:04:04 PM vifetoile
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* StarMagic: The Stars, again. Their magic is powerful but also drawn from their very essence, so that as time goes by, the Stars collectively grow weaker and weaker, and hide themselves away more often.
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* StarMagic: StarPower: The Stars, again. Their magic is powerful but also drawn from their very essence, so that as time goes by, the Stars collectively grow weaker and weaker, and hide themselves away more often.
26th Aug '15 9:03:22 PM vifetoile
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* CelestialBodies: The Stars. First, they were lights in the sky. Most of them chose to come down to earth, but still claim to their homes in the firmament. On Earth they take various forms, some humanoid, some not, but most of them have a blazing white look to them, and when cut, they bleed powerful liquid magic.
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* CelestialBodies: CelestialBody: The Stars. First, they were lights in the sky. Most of them chose to come down to earth, but still claim to their homes in the firmament. On Earth they take various forms, some humanoid, some not, but most of them have a blazing white look to them, and when cut, they bleed powerful liquid magic.
26th Aug '15 9:02:11 PM vifetoile
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* CelestialBodies: The Stars. First, they were lights in the sky. Most of them chose to come down to earth, but still claim to their homes in the firmament. On Earth they take various forms, some humanoid, some not, but most of them have a blazing white look to them, and when cut, they bleed powerful liquid magic.

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* {{Constellations}}: Technically speaking, the Stars are named as constellations, such as the Serpent (Hydra) and the Twinned-Star (Gemini). The Manikarnika are the Pleiades.

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* StarMagic: The Stars, again. Their magic is powerful but also drawn from their very essence, so that as time goes by, the Stars collectively grow weaker and weaker, and hide themselves away more often.

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* StellarNames: ''Technically,'' although they're more like titles: all of the Stars (more properly, constellations) are known by the shapes that they form (Serpent, Harpoon, Twin, Weaver), and their personal names are more private.
19th Mar '15 10:57:00 PM vifetoile
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* BondCreatures: Discussed, but not seen in ''The Book of the Sea.'' In the Tower of Life in Al-a-Nur, dedicates bond their lives to an animal, and they live together, hunt together, and die together.
17th Mar '15 9:00:14 PM vifetoile
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As I don't know if Ragnhild was actually inspired by Dany, I'm moving this to YMMV.
* {{Expy}}: Ragnhild, the Black Papess, self-styled "the first of her name." Long, white-gold hair, considered exotic and beautiful by all who see her, seeks the Papacy of Al-a-Nur on a claim that is centuries old, wears [[ChainedByFashion manacles]] to show that she does not forget her enslaved past, is full of passion and vengeance but little experience in ruling... [[Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire sounds a bit familiar,]] [[Series/GameOfThrones doesn't she?]]
10th Mar '15 5:20:41 PM vifetoile
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* StartXToStopX: Early in the history of kappas (turtle-like beings who keep a reservoir of water in their skulls, that holds their strength and agency) a brilliant gardener named Yazo became obsessed with proving to her people that they couldn't continue living a life where their water was in danger of spilling. So she regularly drained the water from her head (described by another kappa as a disgusting self-mutilation), becoming more and more feeble and weak, until she finally died. The kappa learned from her example and moved to very cold climates, where their water froze and would never spill again.
8th Mar '15 9:22:39 PM vifetoile
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* DarkIsNotEvil: Several instances, including the Leucrotta and the harpies, and some might argue that Zmeya herself counts. But the clearest instance is in the faiths of the Tower of Patricides and the Tower of the Dead. Both faiths dedicate themselves to spiritual understanding, knowledge, and ritual, and live in harmony with the more "conventional" Towers such as the Tower of Life and the Tower of Sun and Moon.

* HarpingOnAboutHarpies: Harpies in this world are vocational mourners, and devote themselves to putrefying bodies so they can prepare proper laments for the dead one's life. And they resemble women with the heads of hoopoe birds. That may be a pun.
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* HarpingOnAboutHarpies: Harpies in this world are vocational mourners, and devote themselves to smelling and inspecting putrefying bodies so they can prepare proper laments for the dead one's life. And they resemble women with the heads of hoopoe birds. That may be a pun.

* LoadsAndLoadsOfRaces: There are humans, to start with. There are animals such as hedgehogs, goldfish, cormorants, polar bears, and herons, which talk and have their own societies. Then there are Stars, djinni (made from Star-fire), the Yi, and the Hsien, for races that come from the heavens. Races that come from the sea include Magyrs, mermaids (a brief mention), Lamia, and selkies. On earth there are Arimaspians and other cyclops, giants, Griffins, dragons, Monopods, Cynocepheli, huldras, manticores, Gaselli, satyrs, kappas, and there are references to more.
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* LoadsAndLoadsOfRaces: There are humans, to start with. There are animals such as hedgehogs, goldfish, cormorants, polar bears, and herons, which talk and have their own societies. Then there are Stars, djinni (made from Star-fire), the Yi, and the Hsien, for races that come from the heavens. Races that come from the sea include Magyrs, mermaids (a brief mention), Lamia, and selkies. On earth there are Arimaspians and other cyclops, giants, Griffins, dragons, Monopods, Cynocepheli, huldras, harpies, manticores, Gaselli, satyrs, kappas, and there are references to more.

* LoadsAndLoadsOfRaces: There are humans, to start with. There are animals such as hedgehogs, goldfish, cormorants, polar bears, ** The name of the city of Al-a-Nur sounds like the Arabic words "Allah" and herons, which talk "Noor," meaning [[LightIsGood "God" and have their own societies. Then there are Stars, djinni (made from Star-fire), the Yi, and the Hsien, for races that come from the heavens. Races that come from the sea include Magyrs, mermaids (a brief mention), Lamia, and selkies. On earth there are Arimaspians and other cyclops, giants, Griffins, dragons, Monopods, Cynocepheli, huldras, manticores, Gaselli, satyrs, kappas, and there are references to more. "Light."]]

* LoadsAndLoadsOfRaces: There are humans, to start with. There are animals such as hedgehogs, goldfish, cormorants, polar bears, and herons, which talk and have their own societies. Then there are Stars, djinni (made from Star-fire), ReligionIsMagic: [[InvokedTrope Invoked]], but [[AvertedTrope never actually seen.]] The Papess of the Yi, and the Hsien, for races city tells Ragnhild that come from the heavens. Races if she harms a single dedicate of Al-a-Nur, that come from the sea include Magyrs, mermaids (a brief mention), Lamia, heavens themselves will open and selkies. On earth there are Arimaspians utterly destroy Ragnhild and other cyclops, giants, Griffins, dragons, Monopods, Cynocepheli, huldras, manticores, Gaselli, satyrs, kappas, and there are references all her troops. But things never end up coming to more.that extremity.

* RuleOfSeven
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* RuleOfSevenRuleOfSeven: Seven Stars made up the Marnikarnika, which became seven stars in the heavens (implied to be the Pleiades). According to the vague Star religion, if seven sons are born to a couple, then this is a gift from the Stars and the seventh son must be returned to them -- exposed on a hill to die. * SaintlyChurch: The twelve towers of the Dreaming City, Al-a-Nur, each serve as the center of a religious cult, with a Papess holding them all in balance. The people in the city don't compete with one another to see which is "Right" or prove dominance, but each respects their neighbor's path as another way to the truth, and the members abide by their vocations with love and devotion.
3rd Mar '15 5:57:50 PM GettyHesse
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* NestedStory: At points in the book, the story is as much as five layers deep.
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* NestedStory: At points in the book, the story is as much as five seven layers deep.
7th Jan '15 7:50:27 PM nombretomado
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* XMeetsY: The basic premise is ''Literature/ArabianNights'' meets RayBradbury's ''The Illustrated Man''. Then it gets complicated.
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* XMeetsY: The basic premise is ''Literature/ArabianNights'' meets RayBradbury's Creator/RayBradbury's ''The Illustrated Man''. Then it gets complicated.
20th Dec '14 12:07:14 AM vifetoile
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* EngagementChallenge: By longstanding tradition of his country, Ismail can only marry a woman whose perfectly fits a gold-and-jasper belt. He thinks the tradition is stupid, but also realizes he won't be king without meeting the condition.
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