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5th May '17 10:47:38 AM mdwall
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* AndManGrewProud: The Novron empire reigned for centuries, giving humanity advanced knowledge of magic, decent sanitation and cities with buildings that were six stories tall. Esrahaddon, a FishOutOfTemporalWater who is the only known human survivor from this era, laments just how far humanity has fallen since then.



* BoomerangBigot: [[spoiler: The captain of the Emerald Storm]], who delights in carrying Mer slaves, torturing them and attempting to arrest [[spoiler: Royce]] for his elven heritage turns out to be a Mer himself.

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* BodyHorror: [[spoiler: Arista]] kills several men who had kidnapped her and were planning to rape her by making their blood boil. She's horrified by this and attempts to get the spell to stop once they're safely incapacitated, but isn't skilled enough to halt it. When Hadrian and Royce catch up with her, they tell not to sweat it too much.
* BoomerangBigot: [[spoiler: The captain of the Emerald Storm]], who delights in carrying Mer mir slaves, torturing them and attempting to arrest [[spoiler: Royce]] for his elven heritage turns out to be a Mer mir himself.


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* TheHungryJungle: Most of Calais is covered in a dense canopy filled with tigers, savage sea goblins and parasitic worms that provide BodyHorror to unlucky travellers.


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* KickTheSonOfABitch: See BodyHorror above.


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* LostTechnology: Esrahaddon tells the protagonists that the Novron Empire, in addition to advanced magic, had many feats of technology that can't be replicated with current knowledge, such as six-story buildings and basic sanitation.


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** Esrahaddon states that what humanity thinks of as dragons ''did'' exist during the time of the Novron empire. He dismisses the possibility that the village was attacked by one, however, because it that had been the case there would have been no village left. He also states that, contrary to folklore, dragons did not hoard treasure because the only things that they valued were memories, knowledge and other immaterial possessions.


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* RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil: Erebus, the chief deity of the gods, was kicked out of the heavens due to raping his daughter while drunk. He begged her forgiveness and is now on the quest she gave him to redeem himself.


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* VestigialEmpire: The empire of Novron never technically fell in Calais and the humans there still use the banners of the empire, as well as it's traditions of having the king flanked by his chief military adviser and sorcerer. However, since the sea goblins destroyed the main city and many of the humans have adopted goblin ways due to close contact with them, they aren't really considered to be worthy successors by the rest of the former empire.
5th May '17 10:28:54 AM mdwall
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* BoomerangBigot: [[spoiler: The captain of the Emerald Storm]], who delights in carrying Mer slaves, torturing them and attempting to arrest [[spoiler: Royce]] for his elven heritage turns out to be a Mer himself.
6th Dec '16 10:30:13 AM jmparker78
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* ''The Rose and the Thorn'' (September 2013)[[/folder]]

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* ''The Rose and the Thorn'' (September 2013)[[/folder]]
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A third prequel was published thanks to an independent Kickstarter campaign in 2015:

* ''The Death of Dulgath'' (September 2015)[[/folder]]


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* AdiposeRex: Both King Roswort of Glamrendor and King Vincent of Moranan are described as severely obese.
1st Nov '16 10:46:15 PM Ilyak1986
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* ThePowerOfLove: A large dynamic of the Amilia/Modina relationship.
31st Oct '16 9:21:27 PM Ilyak1986
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* CrowningMomentOfAwesome: How [[spoiler: Thrace/Modina]] takes over the New Empire.
* CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming: some throughout, but the ending especially qualifies.



* DeathSeeker: [[spoiler: Royce]] becomes one temporarily after [[spoiler: Gwen's death]]



* DwindlingParty: [[spoiler: Sentinel Thranic's party sent to retrieve the Horn of Gylindora are eventually completely wiped out.]]



* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler: Theron Wood, Gwen, Count Pickering, Alric, Merrick, Ethelred, Saldur, Arcadius, Esrahaddon, Luis Guy, and just about everyone that served aboard the Emerald Storm eventually aside from Royce and Hadrian]]

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* Jerkass: Degan Gaunt.
* KarmicDeath: [[spoiler: Ethelred and Saldur get extremely satisfying ones.]]
* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler: Theron Wood, Gwen, Count Pickering, Alric, Merrick, Ethelred, Saldur, Arcadius, Esrahaddon, Emergy, Hlfred, Luis Guy, and just about everyone that served aboard the Emerald Storm eventually aside from Royce and Hadrian]]


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* RagtagBunchOfMisfits: A wizardess, a dwarf, a pirate captain, a giant, a swordsman, a half-elf thief, a monk, a king, a count, and a good-for-nothing rebel leader comprise Modina's expedition to retrieve the Horn of Gylindora.
31st Oct '16 9:05:21 PM Ilyak1986
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* TheCape: Sir Breckton, full stop. By the end of the story, Hadrian is more or less this as well.


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* InTheBack: How [[spoiler: Malwyndule]] is unceremoniously offed.


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* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler: Theron Wood, Gwen, Count Pickering, Alric, Merrick, Ethelred, Saldur, Arcadius, Esrahaddon, Luis Guy, and just about everyone that served aboard the Emerald Storm eventually aside from Royce and Hadrian]]


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* OurDragonsAreDifferent: Gilarabrywns are winged fire-breathing Elven weapons of war. They're also magical conjurations.


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* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: Alric counts, but Arista and [[spoiler: Thrace/Modina]] blow anyone and everyone else out of the water.
* SequelHook: [[spoiler: Delgos still needs to be freed from the Ghazel, and if the implication of Nimbus being Kile are true, then the gods actually exist in this story.]]
* SdrawkcabName: [[spoiler: Nilnev is backwards for Venlin, which also anagrams to Evlinn. In fact, all the "patriarchs" are just anagrams of those six letters, and all of them are actually Malwyndule]]


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* ToThePain: Royce gives a pretty humorous one to some kids looking to steal his horse. [[spoiler: Saldur gives a much darker one to Arista not long after]]


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* WorldHalfFull: see Earn Your Happy Ending above.
28th Oct '16 9:29:52 AM dlchen145
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* BadAss: Hadrian definitely counts, along with Breckton and, to a lesser degree, the Pickerings.



* DroppedABridgeOnHim: Luis Guy, KnightTemplar, major villain, and all-around evil {{Badass}}, gets offed unceremoniously in the first chapter of the last book.

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* DroppedABridgeOnHim: Luis Guy, KnightTemplar, major villain, and all-around evil {{Badass}}, badass, gets offed unceremoniously in the first chapter of the last book.



* OurElvesAreBetter: Full-blooded elves are nigh-immortal, masters of magic, and incredibly {{Badass}}- but they're also xenophobic and want little to do with humans [[spoiler: until they invade in the last book]]. When most people in this world think of elves, they think of ''mir'', mixes of human and elf blood who are at the bottom of the social hierarchy.

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* OurElvesAreBetter: Full-blooded elves are nigh-immortal, masters of magic, and incredibly {{Badass}}- badass- but they're also xenophobic and want little to do with humans [[spoiler: until they invade in the last book]]. When most people in this world think of elves, they think of ''mir'', mixes of human and elf blood who are at the bottom of the social hierarchy.
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.

[[folder: Books in the Series]]
Five e-books were been published:



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

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* ''The Rose and the Thorn'' (September 2013)
2013)[[/folder]]



* 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.]]
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