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23rd Feb '16 6:21:00 PM CharlesPhipps
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''The Riyria Revelations'' is a six-book HighFantasy series by [[http://riyria.blogspot.com/ Michael J. Sullivan.]]

Five e-books were been published:

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''The Riyria Revelations'' is a six-book HighFantasy series by [[http://riyria.blogspot.com/ Michael J. Sullivan.]]

]] Hadrian and Royce are a pair of good-natured thieves living a life of reasonable success in a continent full of FantasticRacism, corrupt nobility, and manipulative clergy. When a deal to steal a sword goes disastrously wrong, Hadrian and Royce find themselves as part of a series of elaborate capers which plunge them ever deeper in unravelling a 900-year-conspiracy involving ancient gods and emperors.

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Five e-books were been published:



* ''The Rose and the Thorn'' (September 2013)

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* ''The Rose and the Thorn'' (September 2013)
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* CorruptChurch: The Church of Nyphron. [[spoiler: Of course, it's led by- and was largely created in its present form by- the BigBad]].

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* CorruptChurch: The Church of Nyphron. Novron. [[spoiler: Of course, it's led by- and was largely created in its present form by- the BigBad]].BigBad]].
* CrystalDragonJesus: The Church of Novron is basically the worst elements of the Medieval Catholic Church filtered through a hefty dose of Dan Brown.


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* WholePlotReference: Much of the book is related to a Dan Brown-esque series of conspiracies relating to the heir of Novron/Fantasy Jesus.
23rd Feb '16 6:09:44 PM CharlesPhipps
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* FauxAffablyEvil: [[spoiler: Mawyndule]] is a genocidal psychotic elf ManipulativeBastard who has destroyed entire swaths of knowledge as well as kingdoms in the name of FantasticRacism.
23rd Feb '16 6:08:14 PM CharlesPhipps
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* AffablyEvil: Saldur is polite, cultured, and fatherly- as long as you do what he wants. Interfere with his plans, though, and he ''will'' show his temper.

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* AffablyEvil: Saldur is polite, cultured, and fatherly- as long as you do what he wants. Interfere with his plans, though, and he ''will'' show his temper. Becomes FauxAffablyEvil when he [[spoiler: says he's going to have Arista repeatedly raped unless she reveals who her co-conspirators were in trying to free Degan Gaunt.]]



* AncestralWeapon

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* AncestralWeaponAncestralWeapon: Hadrian possesses one of these.



* BerserkButton: Don't ever hurt or insult Gwen when Royce is around. [[spoiler: If you ''kill'' her, Maribor help you]].
* BigBad: The Patriarch [[spoiler: aka Mawyndule]]

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* BasedOnAGreatBigLie: Pretty much the entirety of [[spoiler: Empress Modina]]'s reign.
* BigGood: Esrahaddon appears to be this. [[spoiler: He's not.]] [[spoiler: Empress Modina]] plays this straight.
* BerserkButton: Don't ever hurt or insult Gwen when Royce is around. [[spoiler: If you ''kill'' her, Maribor help you]].
you. Subverted, ironically, by her actual murderer as Arcadius dies due to reasons unrelated to his role in murdering her.]]
* BigBad: The Patriarch [[spoiler: aka Mawyndule]]Mawyndule, the Exiled Prince of the Elves.]]



* TheChessMaster: There's a pretty stiff competition between [[spoiler:Mawyndule]] and [[spoiler:Esrahaddon]], but all competitors fall absolutely short in front of the incredible [[MagnificentBastard magnificentbastardness]] of [[spoiler: Arcadius]].

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* TheChessMaster: There's a pretty stiff competition between [[spoiler:Mawyndule]] and [[spoiler:Esrahaddon]], but all competitors fall absolutely short in front of the incredible [[MagnificentBastard magnificentbastardness]] of [[spoiler: Arcadius]]. Subverted as all of his efforts result in [[spoiler: the Heir of Novron ruling over the elves instead of the Empire.]]



* DiscOneFinalBoss: Percy Braga.
* DragonWithAnAgenda: Saldur and Ethelred, CoDragons to the Patriarch, are primarily concerned with reduilding the Nyphron Empire. [[spoiler: The Patriarch himself just wants the human kingdoms weakened so he can take them over after seizing the elven throne]].

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* DiscOneFinalBoss: Percy Braga. \n Archibald. [[spoiler: Merrick]].
* DragonWithAnAgenda: Saldur and Ethelred, CoDragons to the Patriarch, are primarily concerned with reduilding rebuilding the Nyphron Empire. [[spoiler: The Patriarch himself just wants the human kingdoms weakened so he can take them over after seizing the elven throne]].


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* EarnYourHappyEnding: [[spoiler: Gwen is dead, half of the human kingdoms have been flattened including Melengar, and countless knowledge from the Old Empire is gone forever. However, the Empire has been restored with elves and dwarves are now equal citizens with humans. Arista and Hadrian are married with both wizards as well as the Teshlor coming back. Royce is king of the elves with his daughter as princess.]]


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* FinalSolution: [[spoiler: Mawyndule]] plans to eliminate all half-breed elves then humans then dwarves.


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* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler: Magnus has one of these due to a BecauseYouWereNiceToMe in the final book.]]


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** [[spoiler: Mawyndule a.k.a the Patriarch potentially tops them all.]]


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* OhCrap: Merrick suffers a big one of these [[spoiler: when Gwen is killed as part of his prisoner exchange plan.]]


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* TheReveal: [[spoiler: Novron wasn't actually a demigod but a pure blooded elven warlord. The reason the Church is, ostensibly, trying to eliminate all of his descendants.]]


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* StuffedInAFridge: [[spoiler: Gwen suffers an unexpected and distressingly straight version of this in the penultimate book.]]
18th Dec '15 3:49:15 PM doornik1142
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** In ''The Crown Conspiracy'' a press gang tries to, well, press Hadrian into service aboard a ship. It goes about as well for the gang as you might expect.
24th Aug '15 10:56:41 PM CharlesPhipps
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* TheCynic: Royce thinks the worst of people and is usually right.



* HandicappedBadass: Esrahaddon is a wizard with no hands.



* ManipulativeBastard: Esrahaddon has this reputation. [[spoiler: With good reason.]]



* OddCouple: The central premise of the series. A cynical thief and a cheerful optimist swordsman go on adventures.



* ThePollyanna: Hadrian. [[{{Franchise/Discworld}} To almost Carrot-like levels.]] It gets to the point he stops enjoying thievery because it hurts people.



* WackyWaysideTribe

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* WackyWaysideTribeWackyWaysideTribe: A lot of these.
* WizardClassic: Esrahaddon looks like this.
16th Jul '15 5:35:47 AM doornik1142
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* NiceJobFixingItVillain: Saldur unintentionally sows the seeds of his own downfall simply by [[spoiler: appointing Amilia as the Empress' tutor. Amilia brings Modina out of her catatonia with kindness and compassion. Later she moves Modina to a different bedchamber, unknowingly placing her right below Saldur's office window, allowing Modina to listen in on Saldur's secret meetings and slowly conceive a plan to remove him from the equation.]] Honestly, the heroes should be thanking him.

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* NiceJobFixingItVillain: Saldur unintentionally sows the seeds of his own downfall simply by [[spoiler: appointing Amilia as the Empress' tutor. Amilia brings Modina out of her catatonia with kindness and compassion. Later she moves Modina to a different bedchamber, unknowingly placing her right below Saldur's office window, allowing Modina to listen in on Saldur's secret meetings and slowly conceive a plan to remove him from the equation.equation, immediately turning the Empire from the heroes' greatest enemy to their greatest ally.]] Honestly, the heroes should be thanking him.
16th Jul '15 5:11:49 AM doornik1142
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* NiceJobFixingItVillain: Saldur unintentionally sows the seeds of his own downfall simply by [[spoiler: appointing Amilia as the Empress' tutor. Amilia brings Modina out of her catatonia with kindness and compassion. Later she moves Modina to a different bedchamber, unknowingly placing her right below Saldur's office window, allowing Modina to listen in on Saldur's secret meetings and slowly conceive a plan to remove him from the equation.]] Honestly, the heroes should be thanking him.
20th Mar '15 5:45:37 AM tlgrande
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* MissKitty: Gwen. Her efforts to become this is the secondary plot of the ''The Crown Tower''.
4th Feb '15 2:55:55 AM Gamabunta
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* TheChessMaster: There's a pretty stiff competition between [[spoiler:Mawyndule]] and [[spoiler:Esrahaddon]], but all competitors fall absolutely short in front of the incredible [[MagnificentBastard: magnificentbastardness]] of [[spoiler: Arcadius]].

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* TheChessMaster: There's a pretty stiff competition between [[spoiler:Mawyndule]] and [[spoiler:Esrahaddon]], but all competitors fall absolutely short in front of the incredible [[MagnificentBastard: [[MagnificentBastard magnificentbastardness]] of [[spoiler: Arcadius]].
4th Feb '15 2:55:04 AM Gamabunta
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* TheAtoner: Per legend, the god Erebus/Kile.

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* TheAtoner: Per legend, the god Erebus/Kile.Erebus/Kile/[[spoiler:Nimbus]].


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*TheChessMaster: There's a pretty stiff competition between [[spoiler:Mawyndule]] and [[spoiler:Esrahaddon]], but all competitors fall absolutely short in front of the incredible [[MagnificentBastard: magnificentbastardness]] of [[spoiler: Arcadius]].
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