History Literature / TheRiftwarCycle

28th Oct '16 9:30:20 AM dlchen145
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* BoisterousBruiser: Captain Amos Trask - the BadAss pirate Jack Sparrow only wishes he was.

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* BoisterousBruiser: Captain Amos Trask - the BadAss badass pirate Jack Sparrow only wishes he was.



** [[spoiler: [[TheWisePrince Prince]] [[BadAss Arutha]] conDoin]] dying from a broken hip after falling off a horse.

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** [[spoiler: [[TheWisePrince Prince]] [[BadAss Arutha]] conDoin]] Arutha conDoin dying from a broken hip after falling off a horse.



* TheWorfEffect: The original ''Riftwar'' trilogy establishes the Valheru as having been a race of {{Badass}}es ''par excellence''. When the demons, dread, and Dasati are introduced later, ''their'' badass-cred is established with the revelation that all defeated the Valheru (or at least fought them to a draw) in their backstory.

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* TheWorfEffect: The original ''Riftwar'' trilogy establishes the Valheru as having been a race of {{Badass}}es badasses ''par excellence''. When the demons, dread, and Dasati are introduced later, ''their'' badass-cred is established with the revelation that all defeated the Valheru (or at least fought them to a draw) in their backstory.
22nd Aug '16 12:15:44 AM Carnildo
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[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/riftwar_cycle_map.jpg]]
[[caption-width-right:350:A map of the main locations in the series.]]
21st Aug '16 3:52:20 AM NTC3
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[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/riftwar_cycle_map.jpg]]
[[caption-width-right:350:A map of the main locations in the series.]]
18th Aug '16 3:06:04 PM Ramidel
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18th Aug '16 2:38:40 PM Ramidel
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* AwesomeMomentOfCrowning: The end of ''Magician''. [[spoiler: Also the ending for ''Magician's End''.]]

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* AwesomeMomentOfCrowning: AwesomeMomentOfCrowning:
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The end of ''Magician''. ''Magician''.
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[[spoiler: Also the ending for ''Magician's End''.]]]]
** A variant comes in ''Servant of the Empire'', when Mara's loyalty finally earns her the title of [[TitleDrop Servant of the Empire]]. It's absolutely a coronation, bringing her into the Imperial family.
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]].
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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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* AlwaysChaoticEvil: AlwaysChaoticEvil:
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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]].
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