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7th May '17 4:09:17 PM MaxWest2
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* NearVillainVictory:
** The Warlock Lord's massive army nearly succeeds in capturing Callahorn, annihilating the Border Legion and invading the Southlands. Only Shea destroying the Warlock Lord prevents this.
** Deconstructed in the later books as this near victory has far-reaching consequences. The following book ''Elfstones'' describes how the Southlanders panicked over the near capture of Callahorn and formed the Federation. Initially meant as a defensive alliance, they become [[TheEmpire a major antagonist]] in later Shannara books.
6th Mar '17 1:23:58 AM Ingonyama
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* KillAndReplace: The Changeling's M.O., naturally. It does this first the gardener Went, then [[spoiler:Eventine's trusted wolfhound, Manx]].

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* KillAndReplace: The Changeling's M.O., naturally. It does this first to the gardener Went, then [[spoiler:Eventine's trusted wolfhound, Manx]].
6th Mar '17 1:21:16 AM Ingonyama
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* CharacterDeath: [[spoiler: Palance Buckhannah, Hendel, Stenmin (good riddance), Orl Fane, Brona, Keltset]].



* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler: Palance Buckhannah, Hendel, Stenmin (good riddance), Orl Fane, Brona, Keltset]].



* CharacterDeath: [[spoiler: The Chosen, Arion Elessedil, Kael Pindannon, Cephelo and his band, [[MutualKill Morag and Mallenroh]], The Changeling, The Reaper, The Dagda Mor, Eventine Elessedil]].



* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler: The Chosen, Arion Elessedil, Kael Pindannon Cephelo and his band, [[MutualKill Morag and Mallenroh]], The Changeling, The Reaper, The Dagda Mor, Eventine Elessedil]].

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* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler: KillAndReplace: The Chosen, Arion Elessedil, Kael Pindannon Cephelo and his band, [[MutualKill Morag and Mallenroh]], The Changeling, The Reaper, The Dagda Mor, Eventine Elessedil]].Changeling's M.O., naturally. It does this first the gardener Went, then [[spoiler:Eventine's trusted wolfhound, Manx]].



* BadassNormal: Garet Jax may well have been Franchise/{{Batman}} in another life. Helt is also a tank, briefly holding his own against a most of the Gnomes in Greymark.

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* BadassNormal: Garet Jax may well have been Franchise/{{Batman}} in another life. Helt is also a tank, briefly holding his own against a most almost all of the Gnomes in Greymark.



* CharacterDeath: See KillEmAll.



*** TheChick: Kimber Boh, who is there to be Brin's friend and little else.

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*** TheChick: Kimber Boh, who is there to be Brin's friend as well as TheBeastmaster to Whisper, and little else.



* KillEmAll: Not quite, but the last half of the book makes a valiant effort. [[spoiler:Stythyss, Helt, Edain Elessedil, Elb Foraker, Garet Jax, Allanon]], and pretty much every other named character bite the dust.
* KilledOffForReal: See KillEmAll.

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* KillEmAll: Not quite, but the last half of the book makes a valiant effort. [[spoiler:Stythyss, [[spoiler:Stythys, Helt, Edain Elessedil, Elb Foraker, Garet Jax, Allanon]], and pretty much every other named character bite the dust.
* KilledOffForReal: See KillEmAll.
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27th Oct '16 11:18:37 AM dlchen145
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On their way to Paranor, home of the Druids, disaster strikes. Shea is separated from the group. Forced to team with thieves [[BadAss Panamon Creel]] and [[GeniusBruiser Keltset]], Shea sets off to recover the sword on his own, while his friends attempt to avert Brona's conquest of the Four Lands. Many adventures and one Hell of a twist ending later, Shea recovers the Sword and puts Brona in his grave permanently.

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On their way to Paranor, home of the Druids, disaster strikes. Shea is separated from the group. Forced to team with thieves [[BadAss Panamon Creel]] Creel and [[GeniusBruiser Keltset]], Shea sets off to recover the sword on his own, while his friends attempt to avert Brona's conquest of the Four Lands. Many adventures and one Hell of a twist ending later, Shea recovers the Sword and puts Brona in his grave permanently.



Meanwhile, her brother Jair, who possesses a lesser version of the Wishsong, is told by [[DungeonMaster The King of The Silver River]] that Brin will fail if he does not go to her aid. Alongside reluctant Gnome Tracker [[TheLancer Slanter]], and uber-BadAss Garet Jax, as well as numerous others, Jair goes after Brin. In the end, Brin is saved, and the Ildatch destroyed, albeit at tremendous cost. TheMagicGoesAway...at least until the next series.

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Meanwhile, her brother Jair, who possesses a lesser version of the Wishsong, is told by [[DungeonMaster The King of The Silver River]] that Brin will fail if he does not go to her aid. Alongside reluctant Gnome Tracker [[TheLancer Slanter]], and uber-BadAss uber-badass Garet Jax, as well as numerous others, Jair goes after Brin. In the end, Brin is saved, and the Ildatch destroyed, albeit at tremendous cost. TheMagicGoesAway...at least until the next series.



* BadAss: Allanon, Hendel, Balinor, and Panamon Creel are the standouts. Menion Leah especially.
** BadassNormal: Panamon Creel, Balinor and Hendel. Menion Leah above all.

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* BadAss: Allanon, Hendel, Balinor, and Panamon Creel are the standouts. Menion Leah especially.
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BadassNormal: Panamon Creel, Balinor and Hendel. Menion Leah above all.



* BadAss: Allanon again, Stee Jans (Commander of the Border Legion Free Corps), and [[BadassGrandpa Eventine]]. Ander doesn't do too badly either.
** BadassArmy: The Legion Free Corps is made up entirely of men who would rather that their pasts not be questioned too closely. In exchange they serve as a sort of expendable unit of desperate fighters. Then there's the Trolls, the Elves, and yes, the [[TheLegionsOfHell Demons]]. Not a lot of un-Badass armies in this book actually.
** BadassGrandpa: Eventine Elessedil. The man's in his eighties and he manages to lead his army into combat, and kill the [[spoiler:freakin' Changeling]].
** BadassNormal: Stee Jans, the leader of the Border Legion Free Corps.

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* BadAss: Allanon again, Stee Jans (Commander of the Border Legion Free Corps), and [[BadassGrandpa Eventine]]. Ander doesn't do too badly either.
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BadassArmy: The Legion Free Corps is made up entirely of men who would rather that their pasts not be questioned too closely. In exchange they serve as a sort of expendable unit of desperate fighters. Then there's the Trolls, the Elves, and yes, the [[TheLegionsOfHell Demons]]. Not a lot of un-Badass armies in this book actually.
** * BadassGrandpa: Eventine Elessedil. The man's in his eighties and he manages to lead his army into combat, and kill the [[spoiler:freakin' Changeling]].
** * BadassNormal: Stee Jans, the leader of the Border Legion Free Corps.



* BadAss: Allanon (noticing a pattern here?), and of course Garet Jax.
** BadassNormal: Garet Jax may well have been Franchise/{{Batman}} in another life. Helt is also a tank, briefly holding his own against a most of the Gnomes in Greymark.

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* BadAss: Allanon (noticing a pattern here?), and of course Garet Jax.
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BadassNormal: Garet Jax may well have been Franchise/{{Batman}} in another life. Helt is also a tank, briefly holding his own against a most of the Gnomes in Greymark.



* EverythingsSquishierWithCephalopods: The Mord Wraiths summon a Kraken to help them take Capaal. Garet Jax kills it. With a spear. BadAss!

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* EverythingsSquishierWithCephalopods: The Mord Wraiths summon a Kraken to help them take Capaal. Garet Jax kills it. With a spear. BadAss!



* PantheraAwesome: Whisper, Cogline and Kimber Boh's moor cat, who attacks the Mord Wraiths and their monsters with only his teeth and claws. He may be more BadAss than any of the human characters.

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* PantheraAwesome: Whisper, Cogline and Kimber Boh's moor cat, who attacks the Mord Wraiths and their monsters with only his teeth and claws. He may be more BadAss badass than any of the human characters.
4th Jul '16 5:26:31 PM SantosLHalper
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On their way to Paranor, home of the Druids, disaster strikes. Shea is separated from the group. Forced to team with thieves [[BadAss Panamon Creel]] and [[GeniusBruiser Keltset]], Shea sets off to recover the sword on his own, while his friends attempt to avert Brona's conquest of the Four Lands. Many adventures, and one Hell of a twist ending, later, Shea recovers the Sword and puts Brona in his grave permanently.

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On their way to Paranor, home of the Druids, disaster strikes. Shea is separated from the group. Forced to team with thieves [[BadAss Panamon Creel]] and [[GeniusBruiser Keltset]], Shea sets off to recover the sword on his own, while his friends attempt to avert Brona's conquest of the Four Lands. Many adventures, adventures and one Hell of a twist ending, ending later, Shea recovers the Sword and puts Brona in his grave permanently.
30th May '16 9:57:20 PM Ingonyama
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* BondOneLiner: Brin, after using the wishsong to destroy the Ildatch: [[spoiler:[[MeaningfulEcho "Here is your dark child."]]]]
30th May '16 8:00:41 PM Ingonyama
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* CharacterTic: Stenmin tends to stroke his BeardOfEvil. Unfortunately for him, [[SpottingTheThread this helps Menion recognize him]] as the one who kidnapped Shirl and tried to sell her to the Warlock Lord.
2nd May '16 8:36:01 PM Ingonyama
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* LoveTriangle: Of a sort between Menion, Shirl, and Palance. Made more complicated by Menion saving Shirl's life (and [[RescueRomance falling for her]]) while also becoming Palance's (only) friend. The triangle is actually based solely on Shirl having been promised to Palance as part of an ArrangedMarriage, since Shirl only feels affection and sympathy for the prince and by the time the reader meets Palance any genuine feelings he may once have had have turned into borderline obsession. Revealing this is part of how Stenmin tries to turn Palance against Menion, but in the end a dying Palance ends up [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy giving them his blessing]], to the tears of both.

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* LoveTriangle: Of a sort between Menion, Shirl, and Palance. Made more complicated by Menion saving Shirl's life (and [[RescueRomance falling for her]]) while also becoming Palance's (only) friend. The triangle is actually based solely on Shirl having been promised to Palance as part of an ArrangedMarriage, since Shirl only feels affection and sympathy for the prince and by the time the reader meets Palance any genuine feelings he may once have had have turned into borderline obsession. Revealing this is part of how Thankfully, Stenmin tries is not aware of this or else he would surely have tried to reveal it to turn Palance against Menion, but in Menion. In the end a dying Palance ends up [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy giving them his blessing]], to fatally stabbed, [[PietaPlagiarism dying in Menion's arms]], still loving Shirl, but eventually dies without ever learning the tears of both.truth, freeing Shirl to be with Menion.



* TheMole: Stenmin, who not only succeeds in drugging and manipulating the weak-willed Palance into disbanding the Legion and leaving Callahorn defenseless but actually lets the army of the Warlock Lord in through the sewers and tunnels beneath the city, directly into the basement of the palace.

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* TheMole: Stenmin, who not only succeeds in drugging and manipulating the weak-willed Palance into disbanding the Legion and leaving Callahorn defenseless but actually lets the army of the Warlock Lord in through the sewers and tunnels beneath the city, directly into the basement of the palace. He also had poisoned the old king and, when Palance loses his mind completely and breaks free of his hold, he fatally stabs him.



* NoOneCouldSurviveThat: Several times characters are thought to be dead due to the circumstances, only for them to turn out to be very much alive--Allanon, falling off the catwalk into the Paranor furnace with the Skull Bearer (he caught hold of the railing out of Flick's sight, and the latter couldn't hear him yelling because of the sound of the flames), Shea falling off the Dragon's Crease into a raging river, and Hendel seemingly torn apart by Gnomes in the Pass of Jade. The second one is immediately subverted however since Allanon uses Bremen's prophecy to prove Shea is still alive, and Hendel turns up alive while the party is waiting at the Valley of Shale. [[spoiler:Hendel doesn't make it the second time his life is in danger, however.]]

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* NoOneCouldSurviveThat: Several times characters are thought to be dead due to the circumstances, only for them to turn out to be very much alive--Allanon, falling off the catwalk into the Paranor furnace with the Skull Bearer (he caught hold of the railing a rung out of Flick's sight, and the latter couldn't hear him yelling because of the sound of the flames), Shea falling off the Dragon's Crease into a raging river, and Hendel seemingly torn apart by Gnomes in the Pass of Jade. The second one is immediately subverted however since Allanon uses Bremen's prophecy to prove Shea is still alive, and Hendel turns up alive while the party is waiting at the Valley of Shale. [[spoiler:Hendel doesn't make it the second time his life is in danger, however.]]



* ProphecyTwist: When Allanon first learns from Bremen that one of the party will not make it to Paranor, the others think this must mean Hendel, since he was presumed killed by the Gnomes at the Pass of Jade. [[spoiler:But then Hendel shows up alive, and it ends up being Shea who falls off the Dragon's Crease.]]

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* ProphecyTwist: When Allanon first learns from Bremen that one of the party will not make it to Paranor, the others think Shea thinks this must mean Hendel, since he was presumed killed by the Gnomes at the Pass of Jade. [[spoiler:But then not only does Hendel shows show up alive, Allanon tells him Bremen specifically pointed to one of them in the valley as being the prophecy's target, and it ends up being Shea who after he falls off the Dragon's Crease.]]



* TheSmurfettePrinciple: Shirl Ravenlock is almost literally the only female character to appear in the novel.

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* TheSmurfettePrinciple: Shirl Ravenlock is almost literally the only female character to appear in the novel. This is something Brooks made sure to avert in the next books, especially ''Elfstones''.
2nd May '16 5:57:11 PM Ingonyama
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* ThisIsSomethingHesGotToDoHimself: Believing this is why Brin uses the wishsong to trick Kimber and the others into going a different direction in the sewers of Graymark so she can go into the Maelmord alone (although Allanon's shade implies, and Brin does not deny, that some part of her also knew [[spoiler:what the Ildatch was doing to her]] and so was just trying to protect her friends from herself, not just the Mord Wraiths.

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* ThisIsSomethingHesGotToDoHimself: Believing this is why Brin uses the wishsong to trick Kimber and the others into going a different direction in the sewers of Graymark so she can go into the Maelmord alone (although Allanon's shade implies, and Brin does not deny, that some part of her also knew [[spoiler:what the Ildatch was doing to her]] and so was just trying to protect her friends from herself, not just the Mord Wraiths.Wraiths).
2nd May '16 5:52:02 PM Ingonyama
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* AbsurdlySpaciousSewers: Beneath Graymark. Although the fortress was originally built by Gnomes at the order of the Mwellrets, who are Troll relatives, the latter are not hugely larger than the other Races the way regular Trolls are, so such size being needed seems a bit excessive. Then again, it is [[{{Pride}} the Mwellrets]].

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* AbsurdlySpaciousSewers: AbsurdlySpaciousSewer: Beneath Graymark. Although the fortress was originally built by Gnomes at the order of the Mwellrets, who are Troll relatives, the latter are not hugely larger than the other Races the way regular Trolls are, so such size being needed seems a bit excessive. Then again, it is [[{{Pride}} the Mwellrets]].
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