History Literature / TheRiftwarCycle

5th Jul '16 3:18:36 PM ijffdrie
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** The same book in which the above happened had the Emperor of the Tsuranuanni appoint the head of a family which had exterminated itself by ritual suicide a century before to a post that had been quite deliberately abolished at the same time and replaced with another position with similar military duties but less political power.

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** The same book in which the above happened also had a major retcon in regards to the Emperor events of the Tsuranuanni appoint Empire trilogy. In that series, every member of the head of a Minwanabi family which had exterminated itself by ritual was killed or committed suicide a century before due to an oath to the Red God having become impossible to fulfill. Mara of the Acoma broke tradition by taking control of the Minwanabi lands and servants, and due to destroying the Minwanabi her house would rise to the position of Great House. By the end of the series, Mara's son ise emperor, her daughter is heir to the Acoma, and the old Acoma estates have been given to a post loyal retainer to start his own house: House Lujan. However, in the darkwar saga, it is instead stated that had been quite deliberately abolished at the Minwanabi became '''vassals''' to the Acoma, and are somehow still around and a Great House. The Acoma estates are considered imperial property that no one has lived in since Mara's son ascended to the throne. The emperor is considered part of House Acoma (despite the Empire trilogy making a major point of Mara's son no longer being a member of that house due to rising to the throne), with no mention of Kasuma. Since these are all such major retcons that they essentially break the story of the third book in the empire trilogy, Feist later tried to reconcile them through explanations on his blog. [[ShaggyDogStory House Lujan died out quickly after it was established, its lands returning to the imperial family.]] [[ResetButton Mara restored House Minwanabi, presumably through its old retainers, and gave back their old lands.]] [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse What happened to Kasuma and House Acoma is still left unresolved though]].
** A more minor example from
the same time and replaced with another book is the fact that the emperor of Kelewan appoints someone to the position with similar military duties but less political power.of Warlord, a position that was renamed and reduced in power during the Empire Trilogy.
18th Jun '16 1:52:05 AM Divra
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** Priests of various death gods tend to fall quite firmly into this category. Priests of Lims-Kragma tend to be scary, but benevolent and genuinely concerned with the emotional well-being of the bereaved. The stand-out may be the high priest of Turakamu in the ''Empire''-series, who, behind his demonic mask, is an affable, genuinely decent sort, as well as one of Mara's staunchest supporters in reforming the byzantine, honor-obbsessed Tsurani culture.
22nd Mar '16 2:44:28 PM rufusluciusivan
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* AlwaysChaoticEvil: An interesting variant are the Moredhel (a.k.a. dark elves) who literally ''have'' to be evil. If one stops being evil, he stops being a Moredhel. Indeed, all Feist's elves are of one race, though separated by distance, culture and - in the case of the dark elves - moral alignment. The moredhel are also an interesting variant in that they defy the "drow" dark elf conventions of ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''. Dark Elves look just like regular elves to humans... at least, until they can look into their eyes and see the violent hatred of all that is different.

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An interesting variant are the Moredhel (a.k.a. dark elves) who literally ''have'' to be evil. If one stops being evil, he stops being a Moredhel. Indeed, all Feist's elves are of one race, though separated by distance, culture and - in the case of the dark elves - moral alignment. The moredhel are also an interesting variant in that they defy the "drow" dark elf conventions of ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''. Dark Elves look just like regular elves to humans... at least, until they can look into their eyes and see the violent hatred of all that is different.different.
*** Concerning the Moredhel, it's worth noting that later books play with this trope a little. The dark elves remain violent people, who love to kill and torture anyone who's not a Moredhel. But Gorath in ''VideoGame/BetrayalAtKrondor'' is a proof that at least a minority of them can negociate with humans (instead of killing them on sight). And ''Honored Enemy'' allows the reader to hear a little more about their point of view. It turns out that they're perfectly able to feel love and friendship for each other and, in their view, humans are invaders who took their lands and forced them to live in the north.
20th Mar '16 1:05:29 AM rufusluciusivan
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** Also Mara...although she is, perhaps, only "nice" by Tsurani standards.

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** Also Mara... although she is, perhaps, only "nice" by Tsurani standards.


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* DyingAsYourself: [[spoiler:King Rodric]] regains his sanity during his last moments and manages to break free of his madness before he dies.
15th Mar '16 1:00:43 PM rufusluciusivan
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** The Tsurani have their emperor, Ichindar, and Mara of the Acoma [[spoiler:who becomes the Mistress of the Empire after Ichindar's death]].
19th Jan '16 7:30:07 AM Mad_Spy
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* WriteBackToTheFuture: Pug recieves messages through a magic box, which he believes were written by his future self, giving him advice on what actions he must take at certain times. [[spoiler:Then it turns out that all those notes were actually written by Kalkin, god of tricksters.]]

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* WriteBackToTheFuture: Pug recieves receives messages through a magic box, which he believes were written by his future self, giving him advice on what actions he must take at certain times. [[spoiler:Then it turns out that all those notes were actually written by Kalkin, god of tricksters.]]
19th Jan '16 5:26:44 AM Mad_Spy
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* PsychicPowers: Some forms of magic resemble this, such as Gamina's TelePathy, which her adopted father Pug is able to emulate to some degree with his magic.

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* PsychicPowers: Some forms of magic resemble this, such as Gamina's TelePathy, telepathy, which her adopted father Pug is able to emulate to some degree with his magic.



* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Most conDoins before Prince Patrick, the Empress of Kesh during ''Prince of the Blood'', Kaspar after the events of the Dark War, Pug, Tomas, Lord James, infact, it's just easier to say that any character with authority from Roldem or the Kingdom of the Isles is one of these, outside of Prince Patrick.

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* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Most conDoins before Prince Patrick, the Empress of Kesh during ''Prince of the Blood'', Kaspar after the events of the Dark War, Pug, Tomas, Lord James, infact, in fact, it's just easier to say that any character with authority from Roldem or the Kingdom of the Isles is one of these, outside of Prince Patrick.
19th Jan '16 5:21:24 AM Mad_Spy
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* ParentalMarriageVeto: The mother of Bethany of Carse has ambitions to her daughter; wanting her to marry Hal and become the next Duchess of Crydee. [[spoiler: After Hal becomes Duke of Crydee though he uses his position as their liege lord to allow Martin and Bethany to marry. While Bethany's mother isn't exactly thrilled with the subject, it has been suggested that Martin being appointed as the Prince of Krondor (the second-highest noble title in the Kingdom of the Isles) that she'll mellow out.]]

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* ParentalMarriageVeto: The mother of Bethany of Carse has ambitions to for her daughter; wanting her to marry Hal and become the next Duchess of Crydee. [[spoiler: After Hal becomes Duke of Crydee though he uses his position as their liege lord to allow Martin and Bethany to marry. While Bethany's mother isn't exactly thrilled with the subject, it has been suggested that that, due to Martin being appointed as the Prince of Krondor (the second-highest noble title in the Kingdom of the Isles) that Isles), she'll mellow out.]]
19th Jan '16 4:06:39 AM Mad_Spy
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* MistakenForCheating: As a young man, Magnus once found his fiancee kissing someone else in a bar, at which point he broke of the engagement. It wasn't until long after her death that he learned that at the time she was simply too drunk to realize that the guy she was kissing wasn't him.

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* MistakenForCheating: As a young man, Magnus once found his fiancee kissing someone else in a bar, at which point he broke of off the engagement. It wasn't until long after her death that he learned that at the time she was simply too drunk to realize that the guy she was kissing wasn't him.
19th Jan '16 4:00:00 AM Mad_Spy
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** Well, for a given value of innocent. The servants know damn well what they are doing (and do it damn well) but since Keshian nobility doesn't the same taboos regarding public nudity and pre-marital sex that the Kingdom of the Isles nobility do, the innocence comes more from their not understanding why anyone would object to having a dozen nude women (or men) waiting in an honored guest's quarters to help them bathe and ... ahem ... ''relax'' before dinner.

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** Well, for a given value of innocent. The servants know damn well what they are doing (and do it damn well) but since Keshian nobility doesn't have the same taboos regarding public nudity and pre-marital sex that the Kingdom of the Isles nobility do, the innocence comes more from their not understanding why anyone would object to having a dozen nude women (or men) waiting in an honored guest's quarters to help them bathe and ... ahem ... ''relax'' before dinner.
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