History Literature / TheShahnameh

7th May '17 7:33:36 PM ZoeticCob
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* HealingPotion: Key Kavous is in possession of this but refuses to share it with Rostam when he sends Giv to get it for the mortally wounded Sohrab. Key Kavous's paranoia sets in and he fears that if Sohrab is healed he will go through with his oath to kill Kavous and usurp his throne and now that Rostam knows Sohrab [[spoiler: is his son]] they will join forces! Granted this was actually Sohrab's intent, Key Kavous should have known that Rostam was too loyal to ever let it happen, especially after all Rostam had done for Kavous.
7th May '17 7:12:19 PM ZoeticCob
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* GeniusBruiser: Rostam, Siavash, Esfandiar and many other heroes are not only strong fighters and good tacticians, they're quite eloquent, witty, and knowledgeable. Rostam is mentioned to have played the tanbour and he could sing.



* GeniusBruiser: Rostam, Siavash, Esfandiar and many other heroes are not only strong fighters and good tacticians, they're quite eloquent, witty, and knowledgeable. Rostam is mentioned to have played the tanbour and he could sing.

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* GeniusBruiser: Rostam, Siavash, Esfandiar and many other heroes are not only strong fighters and good tacticians, they're quite eloquent, witty, and knowledgeable. GreenEyedMonster: Shoqad is this toward his half brother Rostam is mentioned whom he thinks Zal favors, because Zal sends Shoqad away at a young age to have played Kabul and generally keeps him away from the tanbour rest of the family and Iran. In reality Zal loves Shoqad very much, but when Shoqad was born it was foretold that he could sing.would bring about the end of Zal's legacy and a great loss to Iran. Ironically this perceived favoritism and abandonment coupled with Rostam's achievements and standing is what fuels Shoqad's deep hatred and jealousy.
7th May '17 6:46:48 AM ZoeticCob
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* TheAce: Rostam obviously. Esfandiar and many other heroes qualify as well, but especially Siavash who is at the same time strong, brave, athletic, virtuous, humble, considerate, intelligent, patriotic, charming, and on top of all that incredibly handsome.
7th May '17 6:09:44 AM ZoeticCob
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* AbusiveParents: Numerous examples and almost always the father:
** Sahm Abandons his infant son Zal in the mountains because Zal was born with platinum white hair.
** Goshtasb Tries to get his son Esfandiar killed so he can remain king.
** Siavash's (unnamed) mother had run away from home because her father was a violent drunk, before marrying Key Kavous.
** Afrasiab disowns his daughter Manijeh when he finds out she'd been fooling around with Bijan.
7th May '17 5:36:25 AM ZoeticCob
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* CainAndAbel: The person who is finally able to bring down Rostam is none other than his younger half-brother Shoqad.
14th Apr '17 1:10:30 PM Timurlame
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** Salm and Iraj were also decent people before their jealousy of Iraj got the better of them.

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** Salm and Iraj Tur were also decent people before their jealousy of Iraj got the better of them.
14th Apr '17 1:09:54 PM Timurlame
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* GodIsGood: The Zoroastrian creator god Ohrmazd and his angels care deeply about creation, and aid the righteous heroes in their struggles.

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* GodIsGood: The Zoroastrian creator god Ohrmazd and his angels care deeply about creation, the world, and aid the righteous heroes in their struggles.
14th Apr '17 1:06:42 PM Timurlame
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* GodOfEvil: Ahriman, who is opposed by his brother (or creator) Ohrmazd.

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* GodIsGood: The Zoroastrian creator god Ohrmazd and his angels care deeply about creation, and aid the righteous heroes in their struggles.
* GodOfEvil: Ahriman, who Ahriman. His name is opposed by his brother (or creator) Ohrmazd.derived from the Avestan "Angra Mainyu", which means "destructive spirit".


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* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: The Shahnameh features some of the most impressive verbal smackdowns in literature. Any villainous character ''will'' be called out and condemned for their crimes, in detail.
11th Apr '17 6:05:11 PM Timurlame
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* BlatantLies: Years after killing their brother Iraj, Salm and Tur send a message to their father Feridoun, claiming that they're both ever so sorry for the whole fratricide thing, and ask that Iraj's grandson Manuchehr be sent to them so they can properly express their contrition. Feridoun, not being an idiot, doesn't take the bait, and responds with a pointed TheReasonYouSuckSpeech.


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* EvilUncle: Salm and Tur are evil great-uncles, who murder their brother Iraj and try later to do the same thing to Iraj's grandson.


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** Salm and Iraj were also decent people before their jealousy of Iraj got the better of them.
11th Apr '17 3:13:34 PM Timurlame
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* KnowWhenToFoldEm: When confronted with a terrible dragon (really Feridoun in disguise) the son of Feridoun who would later be named Silim wasted no time in retreating. Unusually for this kind of story, this isn't portrayed as an act of cowardice: Feridoun outright says that anybody who charges blindly against monsters is foolhardy rather than courageous. At the same time, Tur is praised for his bravery in the face of the dragon, but Irij is most highly regarded for warning the dragon away, thus demonstrating both prudence ''and'' courage.

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* KnowWhenToFoldEm: When confronted with a terrible dragon (really Feridoun in disguise) the son of Feridoun who would later be named Silim Salm wasted no time in retreating. Unusually for this kind of story, this isn't portrayed as an act of cowardice: Feridoun outright says that anybody who charges blindly against monsters is foolhardy rather than courageous. At the same time, Tur is praised for his bravery in the face of the dragon, but Irij Iraj is most highly regarded for warning the dragon away, thus demonstrating both prudence ''and'' courage.
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