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* BondOneLiner: Brin, after using the wishsong to destroy the Ildatch: [[spoiler:[[MeaningfulEcho "Here is your dark child."]]]]
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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.
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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]].
2nd May '16 5:49:44 PM Ingonyama
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* {{Foreshadowing}}: The vision/dream the King of the Silver River gives to Wil and Amberle respectively: [[spoiler:he finds himself in a gorgeous garden, but when he turns to show it to Amberle she is nowhere to be found; she finds herself standing in an empty darkness, desperately calling out to Wil, but he in unable to see or hear her]].

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* {{Foreshadowing}}: The vision/dream the King of the Silver River gives to Wil and Amberle respectively: [[spoiler:he finds himself in a gorgeous garden, but when he turns to show it to Amberle she is nowhere to be found; she finds herself standing in an empty darkness, desperately calling out to Wil, but he in is unable to see or hear her]].
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* BattleAmongstTheFlames: Variation, Allanon and a Skull Bearer fight ''above'' the flames, on a catwalk in the furnace beneath Paranor (albeit with the added danger of eventually being surrounded, as the furnace is kicking into full heating mode as the castle wakes above them). And it is indeed epic.



* ContrivedCoincidence: Several, but the two biggest have to be Panamon, Shea, and Keltset happening to come upon Orl Fane after he has stolen the Sword of Shannara from the Warlock Lord's Gnome party and Menion traveling to Kern to warn Callahorn about the invading army at just the right time to see Shirl's kidnapping and rescue her.



* DressingAsTheEnemy: Allanon disguises Flick as a Gnome and sends him to infiltrate Brona's army in hopes of getting some information; he ends freeing the captured Elven king, Eventine, a sequence which is both hysterically funny, and very awesome.

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* DressingAsTheEnemy: Allanon disguises Flick as a Gnome and sends him to infiltrate Brona's army in hopes of getting some information; he ends up freeing the captured Elven king, Eventine, a sequence which is both hysterically funny, and very awesome.



* LastStand: Aside from the larger conflict between Callahorn and the Warlock Lord's army during TheSiege of Tyrsis, there's one for Menion and Hendel in the cellars of the palace, keeping the army from overrunning them after Stenmin lets them in. [[spoiler:It costs Hendel his life.]]



* 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.



* 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.



* 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.]]



* OffWithHisHead: Stenmin's fate.

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* OffWithHisHead: Stenmin's extremely satisfying fate.



* PropheticFallacy: Bremen's shade tells Allanon that in a few days' time, the party would stand before the Sword of Shannara, yet it would be the one member who would not make it to Paranor who would first lay hands on the blade. [[spoiler:Turns out when they "stand before the sword" it's just an illusion trap created by the Warlock Lord, and the real sword has been carried away by the Gnomes where it will eventually be found by Shea in Orl Fane's possession.]]
* 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.]]



* {{Seers}}: Although they can also be used to defend against/destroy evil like the Skull Bearers, the main purpose of the blue Elfstones is as "seeking stones" that can show the bearer the path to/from a place or an item. They only get used once in this manner, to help Shea, Flick, and Menion make it out of the Lowlands of Clete; the seeking function doesn't turn up again until ''Elfstones'' (interestingly in combination with combat, when it destroys the Reaper by "seeking its face"), after which it isn't seen again until ''Heritage'' (used by Par's wishsong to find the Sword's vault in ''Scions'', then by [[spoiler:Wren in ''Elf Queen'' to find the way out of Eden's Murk]].



* SpottingTheThread: When a Skull Bearer confronts Panamon, Keltset, and Shea, it insists it can feel the Sword of Shannara nearby so they must have it, which confuses all of them. [[spoiler:Orl Fane was hiding in the underbrush nearby and had the sword in his sack.]] Subverted, however, in that they don't realize the significance of this until after [[spoiler:Orl Fane has already fled with the sword]].
* StayOnThePath: Variation in the Hall of Kings--in order to make it through alive and sane, travelers must refuse to look in the eyes of the Sphinxes (no matter how much their voices beg and demand that they do so) or else they will be TakenForGranite, and they must have their ears blocked to keep from being driven mad by the cries of the Banshees.



* YourPrincessIsInAnotherCastle:
** The party from Culhaven (sans Shea, Flick, and Allanon) make their way to the tower where the Sword of Shannara has been moved and find it glowing on its pedestal, just as Bremen had predicted. But then [[spoiler:it vanishes, just an illusion to trap them, since the real sword had been taken north by the Gnomes]].
** Both Menion and Flick rescue people thinking/hoping they are Shea; Menion has saved Shirl Ravenlock instead, while Flick has found the missing Elven King Eventine. Played with in that while they are both disappointed not to have found Shea, these rescues are not pointless but actually extremely critical to the story, since without Shirl Palance could not have been broken free of Stenmin's control and without Eventine the leaderless Elves would have been paralyzed and not helped until it was too late for Callahorn.



* TheAlliance: The army arrayed against the Demons ultimately includes the Elven Army, [[OneManArmy Allanon]], the Wing Riders (Sky Elves), the Border Legion (Men), numerous Dwarven engineers and sappers, and 1500 Kershalt Trolls.

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* TheAlliance: The army arrayed against the Demons ultimately includes the Elven Army, [[OneManArmy Allanon]], the Wing Riders (Sky Elves), the Border Legion (Men), numerous Dwarven engineers and sappers, and 1500 Kershalt Trolls. The latter's arrival at Arborlon and agreement to lend aid is particularly cheerworthy, both in-story to Ander and considering the enmity there had been between the Trolls and the other Races as seen in the previous book.



* CainAndAbel: Morag and Mallenroh, the twin witches of the Wilderun.

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* CainAndAbel: Morag and Mallenroh, the twin witches of the Wilderun. Also to some degree a colder and more understated version of this has existed between Arion and Ander since the death of Aine, Amberle's father.



* {{Foreshadowing}}: The vision/dream the King of the Silver River gives to Wil and Amberle respectively: [[spoiler:he finds himself in a gorgeous garden, but when he turns to show it to Amberle she is nowhere to be found; she finds herself standing in an empty darkness, desperately calling out to Wil, but he in unable to see or hear her]].



* PowerNullifier/ BroughtDownToNormal: The Ellcrys equips the Elves with a staff that both renders the Demons mortal, and turns off their innate powers. Only [[EvilSorceror The Dagda Mor]] is left with any workable magic. Sadly it doesn't do anything about their physical advantages (eg, armoured hides, [[SuperStrength superstrength]], sheer size and bulk).

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* PowerNullifier/ BroughtDownToNormal: PowerNullifier[=/=]BroughtDownToNormal: The Ellcrys equips the Elves with a staff that both renders the Demons mortal, and turns off their innate powers. Only [[EvilSorceror The Dagda Mor]] is left with any workable magic. Sadly it doesn't do anything about their physical advantages (eg, armoured hides, [[SuperStrength superstrength]], sheer size and bulk).



* RiddleMeThis: Completely unintentional, but because of the Ellcrys' poor memory and the many changes in the world since the Great Wars, Wil and Amberle are left not knowing where Safehold can be found (until Allanon finds the location in the Druid Histories) and even then they still need to find the Bloodfire's exact location behind "a door make of glass that will not break"--which turns out to be a waterfall.



* WhatTheHellHero: Wil gives quite the example of this speech to Allanon after [[spoiler:Amberle has become the Ellcrys]].



* WretchedHive: Grimpen Ward. Although the innkeeper Wil and Amberle meet is nice enough once he heals her bad leg, the ultimate result of the attention this brings is the two of them almost being robbed and murdered, forcing them to flee the town. If Perk being warned to stay out of it by his grandfather calling it this isn't clear enough, the fact they end up needing to be rescued by Eretria and the Rovers should do the job.
* YouAreInCommandNow: Happens to Ander multiple times, after first his brother and then Kael Pindanon are killed, then after his father is badly injured and has to be relieved of duty.
* YourPrincessIsInAnotherCastle: [[IThoughtItMeant Not Amberle]], but the Bloodfire--the group finds the room within Safehold where the Bloodfire is supposed to be, only it's empty. [[SubvertedTrope But then]] Amberle senses its magic, pushes aside a boulder, and suddenly the flames burst upward and turn red.



* 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]].



* CassandraTruth: None of the Dwarven Council of Culhaven believes Jair's story thanks to a bit of ArbitrarySkepticism (yes, Allanon hasn't been seen in twenty years but they know as a Druid and practitioner of magic he is long-lived, and legends of the King of the Silver River have been around for a very long time) and Allanon taking Rone and Brin a different route. It takes a demonstration of Jair's magic, revealing that he has seen Allanon's image, to prove he is telling the truth.

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* CassandraTruth: None of the Dwarven Council of Culhaven believes Jair's story thanks to a bit of ArbitrarySkepticism (yes, Allanon hasn't been seen in twenty years years, but they know as a Druid and practitioner of magic he is long-lived, and legends of the King of the Silver River have been around for a very long time) and Allanon taking Rone and Brin a different route. It takes a demonstration of Jair's magic, revealing that he has seen Allanon's image, to prove he is telling the truth.truth.
* ChangedMyMindKid: This is pretty much Slanter's MO after Garet Jax rescues Jair from the other Gnomes and he is free to go at any time (although Jair begging him to help and Garet idly threatening him make it a bit less clear-cut this is the case). The very first chance Slanter gets to leave (and Jair and Garet both think he has), he shows back up having gone to hunt down breakfast for them--something the reader knows to be an outright lie from a previous POV section where the Gnome was intending to leave. The second time is after Capaal, when being separated from Jair after the latter has been captured by Stythys leads him to consider leaving both to save his own skin and because he thinks there's nothing he can do; here his decision is left far more uncertain, making it less of a surprise when he shows up with the others for the rescue at Dun Fee Aran. The first time a case could be made he was "persuaded" to return by the King of the Silver River who had just visited the night before, but the second time seems far more likely to be due to Slanter's genuine caring for the Valeman.



* DwindlingParty: Jair's party is reduced to [[spoiler: him and Slanter]] by the end. Played with at first, however--Brooks makes it look like each of the party members have died fighting the Kraken or the Gnomes at Capaal, thus [[InTheEndYouAreOnYourOwn leaving Jair alone]] as he ends up captured by Stythys and taken to Dun Fee Aran. Then [[SubvertedTrope all of them show up alive]] to break him out of prison. It isn't until the final assault on Graymark that the trope is DoubleSubverted.

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* DwindlingParty: Jair's party is reduced to [[spoiler: him and Slanter]] by the end. Played with at first, however--Brooks makes it look like each of the party members have died fighting the Kraken or the Gnomes at Capaal, thus [[InTheEndYouAreOnYourOwn leaving Jair alone]] as he ends up captured by Stythys and taken to Dun Fee Aran. Then [[SubvertedTrope all of them show up alive]] to break him out of prison. It isn't until the final assault on Graymark that the trope is DoubleSubverted. The trope was somewhat lampshaded by WordOfGod when Brooks noted in a foreword that his intention with Jair's party was to make a ShoutOut to both the Magnificent Seven and the shoot-out at the O.K. Corral.
* EnemyMine: Even aside from Slanter having once been working for the Gnomes serving the Mord Wraiths, he (and his people) is considered an enemy by the Dwarves of Culhaven and Elb Foraker in particular, but his knowledge of the territory makes it necessary to work with him to reach Heaven's Well, and he in turn is compelled to help by threats to his life (and his growing caring for Jair). By the end of the journey, though, he is at least no longer an enemy to Jair and Garet, if not the others. Played absolutely straight with Stythys, who is captured during the rescue of Jair from Dun Fee Aran and forced to come along as insurance, then to take them through the Caves of Night so they can reach Graymark in time. He, of course, betrays them at the first opportunity...and [[LaserGuidedKarma pays for it]].
* EquivalentExchange: Of a sorts. The King of the Silver River asks for the Elfstones from Jair (since having stolen them he cannot use them), and gives him the Silver Dust (which is of no use to the King) so he can take it to purify the river. Taken a step further however when, because there were three Elfstones, the King gives Jair three magics in return for each of the things the Stones symbolize: mind (the vision crystal), body (strength in each of his companions, but especially Garet who "will always come for you"), and heart (a true wish in which his wishsong brings not illusion but reality). And on top of that, after the quest is successfully completed, and since all the King's magics were used as intended, the King even brings the Elfstones back to Shady Vale.



* FiveManBand: Jair's protectors form one:
** TheHero: Garet Jax. TheLeader, and a WalkingArmoury, Jax can handle most situations, makes the group's decisions, and saves them all time and again.
** TheLancer: Elb Foraker, an experienced Dwarf fighter, and one of the few people Garet Jax trusts fully.
** TheBigGuy: Helt, a giant Borderman, armed with a long pike, who serves as the muscle and regularly holds the line against great odds.
** TheSmartGuy: Slanter the Gnome Tracker, who knows the terrain, is fully aware of how screwed they are, and is the quickest thinker around.
** TheChick: Edain Elessedil, the least experienced member of the group, whose main role is to be Jair's friend.
** {{Protectorate}}: Jair Ohmsford.
*** Brin's group also forms one on the journey to Heaven's Well.

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TheHero: Garet Jax. TheLeader, and a WalkingArmoury, Jax can handle most situations, makes the group's decisions, and saves them all time and again.
** *** TheLancer: Elb Foraker, an experienced Dwarf fighter, and one of the few people Garet Jax trusts fully.
** *** TheBigGuy: Helt, a giant Borderman, armed with a long pike, who serves as the muscle and regularly holds the line against great odds.
** *** TheSmartGuy: Slanter the Gnome Tracker, who knows the terrain, is fully aware of how screwed they are, and is the quickest thinker around.
** *** TheChick: Edain Elessedil, the least experienced member of the group, whose main role is to be Jair's friend.
** *** {{Protectorate}}: Jair Ohmsford.
*** ** Brin's group also forms one on the journey to Heaven's Well.the Maelmord.


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* IOweYouMyLife: Because Browork and the Dwarf sappers were so instrumental in saving Arborlon from the Demons, King Ander sends his son Edain to help the Dwarves in defending against the Gnomes; Edain takes this even further by choosing to go to Heaven's Well to protect Jair, since it was ''his'' father protecting Amberle that even more directly saved the Elves. [[spoiler:Sadly, the trope becomes a true trade, since Edain ends up giving his life to protect Jair.]]
* IronicName: After seeing how the Mord Wraiths have polluted it, Jair comments on how the name Heaven's Well seems "horribly perverse." Of course after he uses the Silver Dust, the name is absolutely fitting.


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* {{Seers}}: Aside from the King of the Silver River foreseeing what will happen to Brin if Jair is not there to save her, the Grimpond can see the future too, although it either [[{{Troll}} tauntingly refuses to reveal it]] or [[TruthAndLies couches all its information in riddles and half-truths]]. It is Brin forcing it to tell her the truth outright about the location of the Sword of Leah and how to get to the Maelmord unseen that earns the spirit's enmity and desire for {{Revenge}} on the Shannara/Ohmsford line that carries all the way to Walker Boh in ''Heritage''--and also shows how she is already SlowlySlippingIntoEvil, of course.


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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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In ''Sword Of Shannara'', Allanon arrives in the sleepy hamlet of Shady Vale with the news that [[BigBad The Warlock Lord]], [[FallenHero Brona]], an evil former Druid, has returned to life. Only the fabled (and titular) Sword of Shannara can rid the world of his threat for good, and only a member of the House of Shannara can wield the sword. As it turns out, [[TheHero Shea Ohmsford]] is the last living heir of the house. Along with his brother Flick, their friend Menion Leah, and diverse others, Shea and Allanon set out to look for the Sword.

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In ''Sword Of Shannara'', Allanon arrives in the sleepy hamlet of Shady Vale with the news that [[BigBad The Warlock Lord]], [[FallenHero Brona]], an evil former Druid, has returned to life. Only the fabled (and titular) eponymous) Sword of Shannara can rid the world of his threat for good, and only a member of the House of Shannara can wield the sword. As it turns out, [[TheHero Shea Ohmsford]] is the last living heir of the house. Along with his brother Flick, their friend Menion Leah, and diverse others, Shea and Allanon set out to look for the Sword.



* McGuffin: The titular Sword, which obsesses most of the characters for the duration of the book.

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* McGuffin: The titular eponymous Sword, which obsesses most of the characters for the duration of the book.
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* SupernaturalFearInducer: The Warlock Lord, Brona, attacks Shea's mind with fear, nearly shattering the young man's psyche with vision after vision of Brona breaking or killing him.
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* TheAtoner: Allanon reveals that he's been working to correct [[spoiler: his father's failure to defeat the Warlock Lord.]]



* DressingAsTheEnemy: Allanon disguises Flick as a Gnome and sends him to infiltrate Brona's army and free the captured Elven king, Eventine. The results are both hysterically funny, and very awesome.

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* DressingAsTheEnemy: Allanon disguises Flick as a Gnome and sends him to infiltrate Brona's army and free in hopes of getting some information; he ends freeing the captured Elven king, Eventine. The results are Eventine, a sequence which is both hysterically funny, and very awesome.


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* MissingMom: The Ohmsfords and Menion Leah.


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* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: Allanon.
* RescueSex: Menion and Shirl Ravenlock, in a PG-rated sort of way.


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