History Literature / TheWarGods

2nd Sep '16 2:20:34 PM Adeon
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* WeHaveBecomeComplacent: This led to the Fall of Kontovar. Over the centuries, the Emperors stopped using the artifact that allowed them to detect dark wizards except on ceremonial occasions (it also forced the wearer to read the minds of everyone around them, which was considered an unnecessary violation of privacy), while the Council of Ottovar took too much comfort in the fact that the Emperor's crown could detect dark wizards for them and forgot that he almost never wore it, thus never bothering to create alternate detection devices. This allowed the Council of Carnadosa to form and grow in strength until they were able to steal the crown, at which point they could act openly.

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* WeHaveBecomeComplacent: This led to the Fall of Kontovar. Over the centuries, the Emperors stopped using the artifact that allowed them to detect dark wizards except on ceremonial occasions (it also forced the wearer to read the minds of everyone around them, which was considered an unnecessary violation of privacy), while the Council of Ottovar took too had to much comfort faith in the fact that the Emperor's crown could their spells to detect dark wizards for them magic and forgot that he almost never wore it, thus never bothering didn't bother to create alternate detection devices. test them. This allowed the Council of Carnadosa to form subvert the regular detection spells and grow in strength until they were able to steal the crown, at which point they could act openly.
11th Jul '16 4:29:31 PM Adeon
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* NoodleIncident: ''The Lay of Bahzell Bloody-Hand''. Mentioned, discussed, and mocked several times, but never explicitly told. Character reactions to it range from amused to infuriated and disgusted.

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* NoodleIncident: ''The Lay of Bahzell Bloody-Hand''. Mentioned, discussed, and mocked several times, but never explicitly told. Character reactions to it range from amused to infuriated and disgusted. Also has a RunningGag that the third verse doesn't scan.
1st Jun '16 3:04:12 PM Antigone3
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* BowsVsCrossbows: Early in ''OathOfSwords'', Rianthus "suggests" Bahzell should replace his crossbow with a standard bow. Then Bahzell shows what he can do with that crossbow (and just how fast someone much stronger than human can recock one). He keeps the crossbow.

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* BowsVsCrossbows: BowsVersusCrossbows: Early in ''OathOfSwords'', ''Oath Of Swords'', Rianthus "suggests" Bahzell should replace his crossbow with a standard bow. Then Bahzell shows what he can do with that crossbow (and just how fast someone much stronger than human can recock one). He keeps the crossbow.
18th May '16 10:58:28 PM IronicMouse
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* BowsVsCrossbows: Early in ''OathOfSwords'', Rianthus "suggests" Bahzell should replace his crossbow with a standard bow. Then Bahzell shows what he can do with that crossbow (and just how fast someone much stronger than human can recock one). He keeps the crossbow.
17th May '16 12:11:12 AM Vandegraff1
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* TheGodsMustBeLazy: Averted, they are quite active, but the good gods spend much of their time running interference on the dark gods akin to ECM, while the evil gods [[EnemyCivilWar don't cooperate with each other]]. Also, the gods mostly don't have fine enough control over their power to exercise it directly -- it would be like swatting a fly with a nuke. That's one reason why they pick champions to be their conduits.

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* TheGodsMustBeLazy: Averted, they are quite active, but the good gods Gods of Light spend much of their time running interference on the dark gods Dark Gods akin to ECM, while the evil gods [[EnemyCivilWar don't cooperate with each other]]. Also, the gods mostly don't have fine enough control over their power to exercise it directly -- it directly--it would be like swatting a fly with a nuke. That's one reason why they pick champions to be their conduits.



* GoneHorriblyRight: The Rage was created by Dark Wizards to make the Hradani people more devastating in combat, and reduce the effectiveness of magic on a Raging Hradani. [[NiceJobFixingItVillain Oh, and now the Hradani utterly]] ''[[UnstoppableRage hate]]'' [[NiceJobFixingItVillain Dark Wizards]] and are [[AntiMagic immune to most magic]] ...
* TheGreatestStoryNeverTold: [[spoiler: Wencit of Rum]] never shows up until the very end ''War Maid's Choice'', even when characters wish he was around. They never find out that [[spoiler: due to his direct intervention behind the scenes the two nuclear-level explosions are never triggered which would have killed thousands, including Leeana, her father, their coursers, the Sothoii king, and destroyed the Sothoii capital, that the main agent of the Dark Gods for the last two books is eliminated, and Leeana is protected from direct magical attack by the Kontovarans due to his threat to utterly destroy their entire continent...''twice''...if they so much as try]].
* HalfHumanHybrid: It is possible for any two of the species to interbreed although only Elf-Human hybrids (Half-Elves) are common--several of the other matches produce offspring that die young or are infertile, although most of the human population of the Axeman Empire have some Dwarf blood. Half-Elves consider themselves to be the fifth species (since they came about before Halflings); however while breeding with each other and with full Elves preserves both the Human and Elvish traits, the offspring of a Human and Half-Elf will show a significant reduction in the Elvish traits (implied to be related to the spell that made warlocks elves). Finally it is established that only Humans and Half-Humans can be wizards or magi.
** Hradani-human hybrids are said to be thankfully rare and infertile, because as half-human, they can become wizards, and as a half-Hradani, can access the magic field without tools. Suggesting thats where Wild Wizardry comes from... [[spoiler:and includes a girl named Gwynna]]
* HeroOfAnotherStory: Wencit of Rum is the most obvious example, he does help out the heroes a lot in the main books but you get the feeling that even when he's off-screen he's busy having adventures and taking care of business.

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* GoneHorriblyRight: The Rage was created by Dark Wizards dark wizards to make the Hradani hradani people more devastating in combat, and reduce the effectiveness of magic on a Raging Hradani. hradani. [[NiceJobFixingItVillain Oh, and now the Hradani hradani utterly]] ''[[UnstoppableRage hate]]'' [[NiceJobFixingItVillain Dark Wizards]] dark wizards]] and are [[AntiMagic immune to most magic]] ...
magic]]...
* TheGreatestStoryNeverTold: [[spoiler: Wencit of Rum]] never shows up until the very end of ''War Maid's Choice'', even when characters wish he was around. They never find out that [[spoiler: due to his direct intervention behind the scenes the scenes, two nuclear-level explosions are never triggered averted which would have killed thousands, including Leeana, her father, their coursers, the Sothoii king, and destroyed the Sothoii capital, capital; that the main agent of the Dark Gods for the last two books is eliminated, eliminated; and Leeana is protected from direct magical attack by the Kontovarans due to his threat to utterly destroy their entire continent...''twice''...''again'', with ''feeling'' this time...if they so much as try]].
* HalfHumanHybrid: It is possible for any two of the species to interbreed interbreed, although only Elf-Human elf-human hybrids (Half-Elves) (half-elves) are common--several of the other matches produce offspring that die young or are infertile, although most of the human population of the Axeman Empire have some Dwarf dwarf blood. Half-Elves Half-elves consider themselves to be the fifth species (since they came about before Halflings); however halflings); however, while breeding with each other and with full Elves elves preserves both the Human human and Elvish elvish traits, the offspring of a Human human and Half-Elf half-elf will show a significant reduction in the Elvish elvish traits (implied to be related to the spell that made warlocks elves). Finally Finally, it is established that only Humans humans and Half-Humans human hybrids can be wizards or magi.
** Hradani-human hybrids are said to be thankfully rare and infertile, because as half-human, they can become wizards, and as a half-Hradani, half-hradani, can access the magic field without tools. Suggesting thats that's where Wild Wizardry wild wizardry comes from... [[spoiler:and includes a girl named Gwynna]]
Gwynna]].
* HeroOfAnotherStory: Wencit of Rum is the most obvious example, he example. He does help out the heroes a lot in the main books books, but you get one gets the feeling that even when he's off-screen off-screen, he's busy having adventures and taking care of business.



** Verging on VitriolicBestBuds on occasion; Brandark almost never stops teasing Bahzell, once to the point where Bahzell's idea of a witty rejoinder is to throw Brandark head-first into an ornamental fish pond. (This takes place directly after one of the most emotional conversations they've ever had; they had to do ''something'' to clear away all that soppiness.) Although the song Brandark made is apparently an EarWorm that inflates Bahzell's accomplishments to MemeticBadass, much to Bahzell's eternal irritation.
* HealingHands: Champions of Tomanak and some of the other gods have this ability. The Champion sees how a person's body part is supposed to look, then calls upon his or her God to grant the power to restore it. Not always perfectly - Brandark is healed from the brink of death, but is still missing two fingers.
* {{Hobbits}}--er, ''Halflings'', with two main types; the Marfang Island ones are less numerous, but seen more in the story. They are hard bitten sailors, while the more well-known kind are seen as cowards and thieves. They are all descended from the slaves and servants of the Dark Wizards who were mutated by the magic of the last great war.
* HugeGuyTinyGirl: Bahzell's wife [[spoiler:Leanna]] is actually quite tall [[spoiler:by human standards]]. It's just that, at 7'9", he's huge by ''anybody's'' standards.

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** Verging on VitriolicBestBuds on occasion; Brandark almost never stops teasing Bahzell, once to the point where Bahzell's idea of a witty rejoinder is to throw Brandark head-first into an ornamental fish pond. (This takes place directly after one of the most emotional conversations they've ever had; they had to do ''something'' to clear away all that soppiness.) Although the song Brandark made wrote is apparently an EarWorm that inflates Bahzell's accomplishments to MemeticBadass, much to Bahzell's eternal irritation.
* HealingHands: Champions of Tomanak and some of the other gods have this ability. The Champion sees champion envisions how a person's body part is supposed to look, then calls upon his or her God to grant the power to restore it. Not always perfectly - Brandark perfectly--Brandark is healed from the brink of death, but is still missing two fingers.
* {{Hobbits}}--er, ''Halflings'', ''halflings'', with two main types; the Marfang Island ones are less numerous, but seen more in the story. They are hard bitten hard-bitten sailors, while the more well-known kind are seen as cowards and thieves. They are all descended from the slaves and servants of the Dark Wizards dark wizards who were mutated by the magic of the last great war.
* HugeGuyTinyGirl: Bahzell's wife [[spoiler:Leanna]] [[spoiler:Leeana]] is actually quite tall [[spoiler:by human standards]]. It's just that, at 7'9", he's huge by ''anybody's'' standards.



* ImplacableMan[=/=]{{Determinator}}: The 'New' or 'White' Rage turns a hradani into this instead of the TheBerserker. When Bahzell combines it with his connection to Tomanak he turns into something more like a force of nature. [[spoiler:Turned UpToEleven when he briefly connects to the world's natural magic field through the bond with his new Sothoii Courser, essentially becoming ''[[OhCrap a Champion of Tomanak version of Wencit]]''.]]
* InterspeciesRomance: [[spoiler: Bahzell and [[LadyOfWar Leeana Hanthafressa]] get married, somewhat amusingly, it is she who pursues (and ambushes) him.]]
* LikeBrotherAndSister: Bahzell and Kaeritha. Extends to all Champions of Tomanak but Bahzell and Kerry work together more than most.
* LivingRelic: Wencit of Rum, who was there when the Empire of Ottovar fell, and still remembers it fondly, if sorrowfully.
* MedievalStasis: The series strives to avoid this at all costs. The Author has said as much as he's tired of fantasy novels being written as luddite sounding. The Empire of Ottovar used Magitek, powered by thousands of Wizards, with most people of noble blood being noble because they were wizards (Emperor Ottovar being the greatest wizard of all time). The Magitek was very advanced, but the Empire was limited to only the continent of Kontovar due to the Dragons forbidding Wizards from colonizing Norfressa after the original Wizard War that founded the Empire. There was gradual advancement, the Warlocks and Witches became the elves, and much research was done (including TimeTravel!). After the empire fell, people started trying to rebuild without wizardry, and now the Dwarves are at the cusp of the industrial revolution with [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bessemer_converter Bessemer converters]] and shock absorbers, but still no steam engines or gunpowder. By the time of the fourth book, they're experimenting with railways, cable cars, and the Norfressan version of the Erie Canal.

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* ImplacableMan[=/=]{{Determinator}}: The 'New' or 'White' Rage turns a hradani into this instead of the TheBerserker. When Bahzell combines it with his connection to Tomanak Tomanak, he turns into something more like a force of nature. [[spoiler:Turned UpToEleven when he briefly connects to the world's natural magic field through the bond with his new Sothoii Courser, courser, essentially becoming ''[[OhCrap a Champion of Tomanak version of Wencit]]''.]]
* InterspeciesRomance: [[spoiler: Bahzell and [[LadyOfWar Leeana Hanthafressa]] Hanathafressa]] get married, somewhat married. Somewhat amusingly, it is she who pursues (and ambushes) him.]]
* LikeBrotherAndSister: Bahzell and Kaeritha. Extends to all Champions of Tomanak Tomanak, but Bahzell and Kerry work together more than most.
* LivingRelic: Wencit of Rum, who was there when the Empire of Ottovar fell, and still remembers it the empire fondly, if sorrowfully.
* MedievalStasis: The series strives to avoid this at all costs. The Author author has said as much as he's tired of fantasy novels being written as luddite sounding. The Empire of Ottovar used Magitek, powered by thousands of Wizards, wizards, with most people of noble blood being noble because they were wizards (Emperor Ottovar being the greatest wizard of all time). The Magitek was very advanced, but the Empire was limited to only the continent of Kontovar due to the Dragons dragons forbidding Wizards wizards from colonizing Norfressa after the original Wizard War that founded the Empire. There was gradual advancement, the Warlocks warlocks and Witches witches became the elves, and much research was done (including TimeTravel!). TimeTravel). After the empire fell, people started trying to rebuild without wizardry, and now the Dwarves dwarves are at the cusp of the industrial revolution with [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bessemer_converter Bessemer converters]] and shock absorbers, but still no steam engines or gunpowder. By the time of the fourth book, they're experimenting with railways, cable cars, and the Norfressan version of the Erie Canal.



* MyOwnPrivateIDo: [[spoiler: Bahzell and Leaena know that their getting together is going to cause problems, but plan on simply dealing with it later, whatever anyone else thinks. Then ''two'' gods show up (Tomanak and his sister) and hold an impromptu wedding ceremony for them on the road to indicate that the Gods of Light don't care what anyone else thinks either, because ''they'' approve.]]
* NayTheist: Gods manifest and choose champions all the time, with almost two dozen champions of the God of Justice running around. The Hradani haven't had a single champion since the end of the last wizard war made the entire race into Nay Theists. It's so ingrained that most of the first book is the main character, Bahzell Bahnakson, running from clerics, wizards, and the Gods Themselves rather than being talked into being their champion.
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: Once it becomes obvious that the Dark doesn't want the Hradani and the Sothoii to come to terms, everyone starts realizing that despite centuries of engrained prejudice, it might actually be a good idea.

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* MyOwnPrivateIDo: [[spoiler: Bahzell and Leaena Leeana know that their getting together is going to cause problems, but plan on simply dealing with it later, whatever anyone else thinks. Then ''two'' gods show up (Tomanak and his sister) and hold an impromptu wedding ceremony for them on the road to indicate that the Gods of Light don't care what anyone else thinks either, because ''they'' approve.]]
* NayTheist: Gods manifest and choose champions all the time, with almost two dozen champions of the God of Justice running around. The Hradani hradani haven't had a single champion since the end of the last wizard war made the entire race into Nay Theists. It's so ingrained that most of the first book is the main character, Bahzell Bahnakson, running from clerics, wizards, and the Gods Themselves rather than being talked into being their a champion.
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: Once it becomes obvious that the Dark doesn't want ''want'' the Hradani hradani and the Sothoii to come to terms, everyone starts realizing that despite centuries of engrained ingrained prejudice, it might actually be a good idea.



* ObliviousMockery: Baroness Hanatha Bowmaster asks her daughter Leeana if she tried to ford the river, and Leeana says that no one would be stupid enough to try that with the river 20 yards out of its banks. Hanatha admits that she did, though tries to defend herself by saying the river was only 15 yards out of its banks at the time.
* OffscreenMomentOfAwesome: In ''[[TheWarGods Oath of Swords]]'', while the narrator is watching Bahzell busy fighting [[spoiler:Harnak]] as [[spoiler:champion of Tomanak to Harnak's champion of Sharna]], Brandark is caught in a melee against four hradani simultaneously -- and kills three of the four before going down.
* OnlyTheChosenMayRide: The Sothoii Coursers, the descendants of magically altered horses. They are as intelligent as humans as well as being larger, stronger, faster and having more endurance than any natural horse. Some of them will enter into a psychic bond with a human (who are called Windriders). Like the Heralds and their Companions, the Windriders are respected by all Sothoii, and are guaranteed to be honorable (as the Sothoii see it anyway). Coursers won't associate with anyone who isn't.
* OurElvesAreBetter: The first elves were known as warlocks, who functioned something like sorcerers from ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''. Their magic was ingrained and inheritable, but not as powerful as wizards'. The problems of natural magic-users just cropping up and the fact too many of them could get corrupted by the Dark Gods meant they'd be a long term problem, so Ottovar came up with a spell that converted their use of the natural magical field into life extension. In short, they gave up magic for immortality. As a consequence of this some of the elves have been around for the entire rise and fall of the Empire of Ottovar and are suffering post-traumatic stress disorder from their losses during the fall to explain their withdrawal from the world.
** The Half Elves though, are fully in the realm of ScrewYouElves.
** Hradani might qualify as a form of either Dark Elves or Orcs depending on your view. Tall, pointy ears, beautiful, but very well built as opposed to slender. Before the Rage they were considered the most stable of races.

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* ObliviousMockery: Baroness Hanatha Bowmaster asks her daughter Leeana if she tried to ford the river, and Leeana says that no one would be stupid enough to try that with the river 20 twenty yards out of its banks. Hanatha admits that she did, though tries to defend herself by saying the river was only 15 ''fifteen'' yards out of its banks at the time.
* OffscreenMomentOfAwesome: In ''[[TheWarGods Oath of Swords]]'', while the narrator is watching Bahzell busy fighting [[spoiler:Harnak]] as [[spoiler:champion of Tomanak to Harnak's champion of Sharna]], Brandark is caught in a melee against four hradani simultaneously -- and simultaneously--and kills three of the four before going down.
* OnlyTheChosenMayRide: The Sothoii Coursers, coursers, the descendants of magically altered horses. They are as intelligent as humans as well as being larger, stronger, faster faster, and having more endurance than any natural horse. Some of them will enter into a psychic bond with a human (who are called Windriders). "wind riders"). Like the Heralds and their Companions, the Windriders wind riders are respected by all Sothoii, and are guaranteed to be honorable (as the Sothoii see it anyway). Coursers anyway), as coursers won't associate with anyone who isn't.
''isn't''.
* OurElvesAreBetter: The first elves were known as warlocks, who functioned something like sorcerers from ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''. Their magic was ingrained and inheritable, but not as powerful as wizards'. The problems of natural magic-users just cropping up and the fact too many of them could get corrupted by the Dark Gods meant they'd be a long term long-term problem, so Ottovar came up with a spell that converted their use of the natural magical field into life extension. In short, they gave up magic for immortality. As a consequence of this this, some of the elves have been around for the entire rise and fall of the Empire of Ottovar and are suffering post-traumatic stress disorder from their losses during the fall Fall to explain their withdrawal from the world.
** The Half Elves half-elven Purple Lords, though, are fully in the realm of ScrewYouElves.
** Hradani might qualify as a form of either Dark Elves dark elves or Orcs orcs depending on your view. Tall, pointy ears, beautiful, but very well built well-built as opposed to slender. Before the Rage Rage, they were considered the most stable of races.



* OurOrcsAreDifferent: If Hradani aren't Dark Elves they qualify as Orcs. Ghouls are arguably Orcs or Goblins, being twisted and intelligent trolls, they live to at most 40 due to their regeneration being so high, and being explosive egg laying breeders. They are Tolkien Orcs to Hradani Blizzard Orcs.
* {{Patronymic}}: The hradani use patronymics (Bahzell Bahnakson, Marglyth Bahnaksdaughter). The Sothoii warmaids take matronymics when they join up, using their mother's name plus the suffix "fressa", which translates as "daughter".
* PersonOfMassDestruction: Wencit of Rum, Last of the Council of Ottovar, still has access to the [[KillSat Strafing]]. While setting up the Strafing killed or drove mad all the other members of the council, but since the spell was finished Wencit can still call it down on a whim. One of the reasons he's always on the move is because he's the single biggest target on the planet because he's the only thing keeping the Kontovarian dark lords from trying more direct invasions. He's not just a one man nuke, he's a one man Strategic Air Command. [[spoiler:He's threatened to burn the entire continent of Kontovar down to the bedrock if the Kontovarians ever try attacking Leeana Hanathafressa again ... and melt the bedrock to glass if they still don't get the hint after that.]]
** Also, should a Hradani and human interbreed, it's mentioned that it's a ''good'' thing the child would be sterile, because the child would have permanent access, through the Hradani lineage, to ''all the natural magic in the area'', a trait currently only [[PhysicalGod Wencit]] has, and be able to pass ''that'' on to the children. [[spoiler:This is actually the reason ''why'' he threatened to raze Kontovar if the Carnadosans tried to kill Leeana again, as combining the Iron Ax and Bowmaster lines resulted in Gwynna, the first magi in history to have ''all'' the mage talents in unprecedented amounts, and may have wild wizardry abilities as well.]]
* ProudWarriorRaceGuy: The Hradani. Upon the Gods of Light's supposed neglect of a thousand years, they tend to have little use for any god, and being extremely proud of this fact. Unfortunately, those with the inclination are more than willing to make bargains with the Dark Gods, because their rewards tend to be immediate and effective.
* RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil: Rape is the one crime in Hradani society which being under the Rage does not does not reduce or eliminate the guilt of the perpetrator. Bahzell starts his first adventure by beating a rapist to a pulp.
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: Wencit is over fourteen centuries old. Thanks to [[spoiler:the magical nature of her wedding ceremony to Bahzell granting her access to his Hradani racial magic affinity, Leeana]] looks to be in her thirties at 93.
* RebelliousPrincess: Leeana Bowmaster, [[spoiler:later Leeana Hanathafressa, War Maid, Wind Rider and wife of Bahzell Bahnakson]].
* RedBaron: Thanks to Brandark's song ''The Lay of Bahzell Bloody-Hand'' (The title of which comes from Bahzell's early habit of starting quests by punching somebody until his knuckles bled), many agents of the Dark Gods refer to Bahzell as "The Bloody-Hand".

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* OurOrcsAreDifferent: If Hradani hradani aren't Dark Elves dark elves, they qualify as Orcs. orcs. Ghouls are arguably Orcs orcs or Goblins, being goblins; they're twisted and intelligent trolls, they live to at most 40 forty years due to their regeneration being so high, and being explosive egg laying breeders.they're egg-laying [[ExplosiveBreeder Explosive Breeders]]. They are Tolkien Orcs to Hradani Blizzard Orcs.
* {{Patronymic}}: The hradani use patronymics (Bahzell Bahnakson, Marglyth Bahnaksdaughter). The Sothoii warmaids war maids take matronymics when they join up, using their mother's name plus the suffix "fressa", which translates as "daughter".
* PersonOfMassDestruction: Wencit of Rum, Last of the Council of Ottovar, still has access to the [[KillSat Strafing]]. While setting Setting up the Strafing killed or drove mad all the other members of the council, but since the spell was finished Wencit can still call it down on a whim. One of the reasons he's always on the move is because he's the single biggest target on the planet because he's the only thing keeping the Kontovarian dark lords from trying more direct invasions. He's not just a one man one-man nuke, he's a one man one-man Strategic Air Command. [[spoiler:He's threatened to burn the entire continent of Kontovar down to the bedrock if the Kontovarians wizard lords of Kontovar ever try attacking Leeana Hanathafressa again ... again... and melt the bedrock to into glass if they still don't get the hint after that.]]
** Also, should a Hradani hradani and human interbreed, it's mentioned that it's a ''good'' thing the child would be sterile, because sterile--because the child would have permanent access, through the Hradani hradani lineage, to ''all the natural magic in the area'', a trait currently only [[PhysicalGod Wencit]] has, and be able to pass ''that'' on to the their own children. [[spoiler:This is actually the reason ''why'' he threatened to raze Kontovar if the Carnadosans tried to kill Leeana again, as combining the Iron Ax Axe and Bowmaster lines resulted in Gwynna, the first magi in history to have ''all'' the mage talents in unprecedented amounts, and may have wild wizardry abilities as well.]]
* ProudWarriorRaceGuy: The Hradani. hradani. Upon the Gods of Light's thousand-year supposed neglect of a thousand years, the Gods of Light, they tend to have little use for any ''any'' god, and being are extremely proud of this fact. Unfortunately, those with the inclination are more than willing to make bargains with the Dark Gods, because their rewards tend to be immediate and effective.
* RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil: Rape is the one crime in Hradani hradani society which is never, ever excused even by being under the Rage does not does not reduce or eliminate the guilt of the perpetrator. Rage. Bahzell starts his first adventure by beating a rapist to a pulp.
pulp. It is noteworthy that a ChildByRape is never considered to be socially "tainted" by their conception; the hradani aren't prolific breeders, so any child is treasured.
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: Wencit is over fourteen centuries ''centuries'' old. Thanks to [[spoiler:the magical nature of her wedding ceremony to Bahzell granting her access to his Hradani hradani racial magic affinity, Leeana]] looks to be in her thirties at 93.
the age of ninety-three.
* RebelliousPrincess: Leeana Bowmaster, [[spoiler:later Leeana Hanathafressa, War Maid, Wind Rider war maid, wind rider, and wife of Bahzell Bahnakson]].
* RedBaron: Thanks to Brandark's song ''The Lay of Bahzell Bloody-Hand'' (The Bloody-Hand'', the title of which comes from Bahzell's early habit of starting quests by punching somebody until his knuckles bled), bled, many agents of the Dark Gods refer to Bahzell as "The Bloody-Hand".



* RefusedTheCall: Bahzell. Oh ''Bahzell''. Spends most of the first book running from it. Then gets downright {{badass}} when he accepts.

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* RefusedTheCall: Bahzell. Oh Oh, ''Bahzell''. Spends most of the first book running from it. Then gets downright {{badass}} when he accepts.



* SapientSteed: Coursers bond with specific riders and are counted as citizens with their intelligence. They can talk telepathically with their bonded riders and Magi. Tend to be rather on the [[DeadpanSnarker snarky]] side.

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* SapientSteed: Coursers bond with specific riders and are counted as citizens with due to their intelligence. They can talk telepathically with their bonded riders and Magi.with magi. Tend to be rather on the [[DeadpanSnarker snarky]] side.



** Justified in that Bahzell is, after all, a ''Horse Stealer'' Hradani.
* ScrewYouElves: Half-Elves have most of the stereotype of Elvish behavior, to the point that they run a racist state based on Elven Blood purity. They are also mocked and shunned for this, as most other countries can't stand them. They refer to themselves as the "Purple Lords".
* ShaggyDogStory: A subplot about an assassin seeking to murder Trianal and Yurokas while they're on a mission in the Ghoul Moors comes to an abrupt halt when the assassin is killed by a ghoul before he even gets an opportunity to try.
* SpannerInTheWorks: This seems to be Leanna's primary calling in life. So far she's derailed two major plots of the Dark Gods as a result of actions she took which had absolutely nothing to do with fighting the Dark.
* SquareRaceRoundClass: Bahzell, basically an Orc Paladin.

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** Justified in that Bahzell is, ''is'', after all, a ''Horse Stealer'' Hradani.
hradani; his tribe didn't get that name without good reason.
* ScrewYouElves: Half-Elves have most of the stereotype of Elvish elvish behavior, to the point that they run a racist state based on Elven Blood elven blood purity. They are also mocked and shunned for this, as most other countries can't stand them. They refer to themselves as the "Purple Lords".
* ShaggyDogStory: A subplot about an assassin seeking to murder Trianal and Yurokas Yurokhas while they're on a mission in the Ghoul Moors comes to an abrupt halt when the assassin is killed by a ghoul before he even gets an opportunity to try.
* SpannerInTheWorks: This seems to be Leanna's Leeana's primary calling in life. So far far, she's derailed two major plots of the Dark Gods as a result of actions she took which had absolutely nothing to do with fighting the Dark.
* SquareRaceRoundClass: Bahzell, basically an Orc Paladin.orc paladin.



* SuccessionCrisis: The leader of the Council of Carnadosa during the Fall was the younger brother of Toren Swordarm, making a play for the throne. It's implied that the leader of the present day council, the unnamed cat-eyed wizard, is his descendant, and that he will have to be defeated by a descendant of Toren.
* SummonToHand: Bahzell's sword, after Tomanak makes him a champion. [[spoiler:Also Vaijon's in his final battle.]]

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* SuccessionCrisis: The leader of the Council of Carnadosa during the Fall was the younger brother of Toren Swordarm, making a play for the throne. It's implied that the leader of the present day present-day council, the unnamed cat-eyed wizard, is his descendant, and that he will have to be defeated by a descendant of Toren.
* SummonToHand: Bahzell's sword, after Tomanak makes him a champion. [[spoiler:Also Vaijon's Vaijon's, in his final battle.]]



* UnstoppableRage: The Dark Wizards developed the Rage and inflicted it on the Hradani, to make their shock troopers more devastating. The Rage is strong enough that the Hradani are a matriarchal society for most important government functions because the women aren't subject to Rage. At one point a Hradani is inches away from killing Wencit, just hearing that he's a Wizard.
** Wencit then went on to paralyze and ''break him out of the Rage'' with magic, something Hradani thought to be impossible.
* WeHaveBecomeComplacent: This lead to the Fall of Kontovar. Over the centuries the Emperors stopped using the artifact that allowed them to detect dark wizards except on ceremonial occasions (It also forced the wearer to read the minds of everyone around them, which was considered an unnecessary privacy violation), while the Council of Ottovar took too much comfort in the fact that the Emperor's crown could detect dark wizards for them and forgot that he almost never wore it, thus never bothering to create alternate detection devices. This allowed the Council of Carnadosa to form and grow in strength until they were able to steal the crown, at which point they could act openly.
* WitchSpecies: The elves were this prior to the foundation of the old empire of Ottovar. When Ottovar won the wizard wars he rerouted their power. Before this they were useful as magical support. Their power was innate and cast at will, something like the mages but with no training needed.

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* UnstoppableRage: The Dark Wizards dark wizards developed the Rage and inflicted it on the Hradani, hradani to make their shock troopers more devastating. The Rage is strong enough an unpredictable-enough factor that the Hradani are a matriarchal society for most important government functions because among the women hradani are handled by their women, who aren't subject to the Rage. At one point a Hradani hradani is inches away from killing Wencit, just hearing that he's a Wizard.
wizard.
** Wencit then went on to paralyze and ''break him out of the Rage'' with magic, something Hradani hradani thought to be impossible.
* WeHaveBecomeComplacent: This lead led to the Fall of Kontovar. Over the centuries centuries, the Emperors stopped using the artifact that allowed them to detect dark wizards except on ceremonial occasions (It (it also forced the wearer to read the minds of everyone around them, which was considered an unnecessary privacy violation), violation of privacy), while the Council of Ottovar took too much comfort in the fact that the Emperor's crown could detect dark wizards for them and forgot that he almost never wore it, thus never bothering to create alternate detection devices. This allowed the Council of Carnadosa to form and grow in strength until they were able to steal the crown, at which point they could act openly.
* WitchSpecies: The elves were this prior to the foundation of the old empire of Ottovar. When Ottovar won the wizard wars Wizard Wars, he rerouted their power. Before this this, they were useful as magical support. Their power was innate and cast at will, something like the mages magi, but with no training needed.



* WordOfGod: There's plenty, this is Creator/DavidWeber's private TabletopRPG. Been on the back burner due to poor sales compared to the Best Selling ''Literature/HonorHarrington'' or ''Literature/{{Safehold}}'' series, so Creator/DavidWeber has said quite a lot.

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* WordOfGod: There's plenty, this is Creator/DavidWeber's private TabletopRPG. Been on the back burner due to poor sales compared to the Best Selling best selling ''Literature/HonorHarrington'' or ''Literature/{{Safehold}}'' series, so Creator/DavidWeber has said quite a lot.
16th May '16 11:46:32 PM Vandegraff1
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'''The War Gods Series''' by Creator/DavidWeber, aka the ''Bahzell'' series or ''Orfressa'' Cycle. HeroicFantasy focusing on Bahzell, Son of the Prince of Hurgrum, member of the Horsestealer Hradani. Set in a world some 1,200 years after the fall of the Empire of Ottovar, the largest empire ever known by the races of man. The Empire fell due to a conspiracy of Dark Wizards who allied themselves with cults of dark gods and caused a multigeneration war that ended in a stalemate. All but one of the White Wizards died or went insane by casting the Strafing across the former empire in order to give a chance for refugee fleets to get more people out of the few ports they still controlled. Now the refugees who escaped to Norfressa have rebuilt and expanded across much of the continent.

The Dark Wizards used many tools, but their shock troops were mind-controlled Hradani. The other races of man never forgot it, even if it wasn't the fault of the Hradani. Some Hradani escaped as well to form their scattered clans, but the Hradani did not forgive the other races for how they were left to dry, and especially how their pleas to the Gods were ignored. A thousand years after the fall the Gods have come back to the Hradani, but many Hradani, especially Bahzell, the chosen of Tomanak, the God of War and Justice, don't want anything to do with them. Too bad the dark gods don't care what they think...

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'''The War Gods Series''' by Creator/DavidWeber, aka the ''Bahzell'' series or ''Orfressa'' Cycle. HeroicFantasy focusing on Bahzell, Son son of the Prince of Hurgrum, member of the Horsestealer Hradani. Horse Stealer hradani. Set in a world some 1,200 years after the fall of the Empire of Ottovar, the largest empire ever known by the races Races of man. Man. The Empire fell due to a conspiracy of Dark Wizards dark wizards who allied themselves with cults of dark gods and caused a multigeneration multi-generational war that ended in a stalemate. All but one of the White Wizards white wizards died or went insane by casting the Strafing across the former empire in order to give a chance for refugee fleets to get more people out of the few ports they still controlled. Now the refugees who escaped to Norfressa have rebuilt and expanded across much of the continent.

The Dark Wizards dark wizards used many tools, but their shock troops were mind-controlled Hradani. hradani. The other races Races of man Man never forgot it, even if it wasn't the fault of the Hradani. hradani. Some Hradani hradani escaped as well to form their scattered clans, but the Hradani hradani did not forgive the other races for how they were left hanging out to dry, and especially how their pleas to the Gods gods were ignored. A thousand years after the fall fall, the Gods have come back to the Hradani, hradani, but many Hradani, especially hradani--especially Bahzell, the chosen of Tomanak, the God of War and Justice, don't Justice--don't want anything to do with them. Too bad the dark gods don't care what they think...



* AmazonBrigade: The Sothoii War Maids. Not all War Maids are soldiers despite the name but their towns are required to provide military levees when called upon so they are all given some degree of combat training upon joining.

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* AmazonBrigade: The Sothoii War Maids. war maids. Not all War Maids war maids are soldiers soldiers, despite the name name, but their towns are required to provide military levees when called upon upon, so they are all given some degree of combat training upon joining.



* AutomatonHorses: Averted in many ways, as attention is given to terrain horses can cross as well as practical weight and size limits. Sothoii Warhorses are explicitly magical in their endurance, but weather and other limits still apply to them.
** More implied for the run of the mill horses, but they are also specifically bred for use as cavalry mounts. Coursers on the other hand, ''are'' magical, though there are clear limits as to what they can and can not do.
* BadassBookworm: Brandark. Deadly with a sword and capable of keeping up with Bahzell, but when they returned to Bahzell's home city most of the luggage was taken up by books he had bought. Completely self-educated (back home in Navahk, book-learning was considered to be only for wimps), but usually the best-educated person in the room.
* BerserkButton: Telling a Hradani you're a Wizard needs to be done very carefully unless you want to be dead within seconds.

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* AutomatonHorses: Averted in many ways, as attention is given to terrain horses can cross as well as practical weight and size limits. Sothoii Warhorses warhorses are explicitly magical in their endurance, but weather and other limits still apply to them.
** More implied for the run of the mill horses, but they are also specifically bred for use as cavalry mounts. Coursers Coursers, on the other hand, ''are'' magical, though there are clear limits as to what they can and can not do.
* BadassBookworm: Brandark. Brandark Brandarkson. Deadly with a sword and capable of keeping up with Bahzell, but when they returned to Bahzell's home city city, most of the luggage was taken up by books he had bought. Completely self-educated (back home in Navahk, book-learning was considered to be only for wimps), but usually the best-educated person in the room.
* BerserkButton: Telling a Hradani hradani you're a Wizard wizard needs to be done very carefully unless you want to be dead within seconds.



* CantArgueWithElves: Half-Elves have that cultural posturing, but averted by actual elves who are mostly depressed.

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* CantArgueWithElves: Half-Elves Half-elves have that cultural posturing, but averted by actual elves elves, who are mostly depressed.



* ChronicHeroSyndrome: Early on, Bahzell tries very hard to pretend he doesn't have this problem.

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* ChronicHeroSyndrome: Early on, Bahzell tries very hard ''very hard'' to pretend he doesn't have this problem.



* CoolHorse: Sothoii warhorses and their big cousins Coursers.
* CursedWithAwesome: The Rage has been slowly turning itself into this over the course of centuries - invoking it deliberately no longer causes the user to lose control of his actions.

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* CoolHorse: Sothoii warhorses and their big cousins Coursers.
much bigger, intelligent cousins, coursers.
* CursedWithAwesome: The Rage has been slowly turning itself into this over the course of centuries - invoking centuries--invoking it deliberately no longer causes the user to lose control of his actions.



* DesperatelyLookingForAPurposeInLife: Brandark. After being (gently) let down by the Goddess of Music he is told that another of the Gods of Light has a plan for him, but which one has yet to be revealed, leaving Brandark at loose ends.
** Revealed in 'The Sword of The South' as [[spoiler:Korthrala]]
* DualWielding: A key component of the War Maid fighting style. Also Kaeritha's chosen sword style. [[spoiler: Leanna learned from both sources, to devastating effect.]]
* DyingMomentOfAwesome: [[spoiler: Vaijon sacrifices himself to take down a Devil single-handed in hand-hand combat.]] To put that into perspective, it took the unique fusion of powers between Bahzell and his [[SapientSteed Courser co-champion]] Walsharno to take down the first one (with an [[CastFromHitPoints enhanced]] bow-shot) and the third one requires Bahzell, Walsharno AND [[spoiler: Vaijon's spirit]] to kill.
* ElvesVsDwarves: Pro-Dwarves. Elves are nice enough, but are suffering PTSD from the Fall 1,000 years ago. Half-Elves are racist jerks ruling over humans in their lands via the right of their blood. Dwarves instead joined the Empire of the Axe, have representation and are considered the economic heart of the Empire, and have had some successful interbreeding with the humans.
** Although to be fair, it's not like Half-Elves are ''inherently'' jerks. Just Purple Lords. It's implied that there are plenty of half-elves who live outside Bortalik who are probably perfectly nice people.
* FantasyGunControl: The series doesn't have guns, until a short novella has Wencit use magic to summon help from beyond. Bringing a pair of US Marine troops in a LAV gives people who see it ideas.

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* DesperatelyLookingForAPurposeInLife: Brandark. After being (gently) let down by the Goddess of Music Music, he is told that another of the Gods of Light has a plan for him, but which one has yet to be revealed, leaving Brandark at loose ends.
** Revealed in 'The Sword of The South' as [[spoiler:Korthrala]]
[[spoiler:Korthrala]].
* DualWielding: A key component of the War Maid war maid fighting style. Also Kaeritha's chosen sword style. [[spoiler: Leanna Leeana learned from both sources, to devastating effect.]]
* DyingMomentOfAwesome: [[spoiler: Vaijon sacrifices himself to take down a Devil single-handed in hand-hand combat.]] To put that into perspective, it took the unique fusion of powers between Bahzell and his [[SapientSteed Courser courser co-champion]] Walsharno to take down the first one (with an [[CastFromHitPoints enhanced]] bow-shot) and the third one requires Bahzell, Walsharno AND [[spoiler: Vaijon's spirit]] to kill.
* ElvesVsDwarves: Pro-Dwarves. Elves are nice enough, but are suffering PTSD from the Fall 1,000 years ago. Half-Elves Half-elves are racist jerks ruling over humans in their lands via the right of their blood. Dwarves instead joined the Empire of the Axe, have representation and are considered the economic heart of the Empire, and have had some successful interbreeding with the humans.
** Although to be fair, it's not like Half-Elves half-elves are ''inherently'' jerks. Just Purple Lords. It's implied that there are plenty of half-elves who live outside Bortalik who are probably perfectly nice people.
* FantasyGunControl: The series doesn't have guns, until a short novella has Wencit use magic to summon help from beyond. Bringing a pair of US Marine troops in a LAV gives people who see it ideas.ideas...



** Any of the loyal Sothoii who fought beside the formerly despised [[spoiler: Leeana and the other war-maids in defense of the king. Including the king.]] To the point where Trisu, who made no secret of his opinion of them before, beats one of his peers unconscious after the man suggested that Trisu, not [[spoiler: Leena]] deserved the credit for [[spoiler: saving the king's life]].
* FiveRaces: Humans, Dwarves, Hradani, Elves, and Halflings; all actually descended from mainline humans but traded the general ability to use magic for different gifts.
** Dwarves are Stout Short, physically strong and industrious. Also in the process of kicking off their world's version of the Industrial Revolution. The old empire ran on Magitek powered by Wizards, and there's not enough wizards to power everything so they've had to invent new ways to do what they know are possible. They have a racial gift to shape rock and live to be about 500.
** Elves are Fairy Mystical, immortal and rarely found outside their one city state. They suffer a species wide form of Post-Traumatic-Stress-Disorder from the fall of the empire. All are descended once human warlocks who gave up their powers in exchange for immortality 10,000 years ago. It's implied they were similar to [[WitchSpecies Sorcerers]] in D&D prior to the change to immortality.
** Humans are generally Mundane but with elements of High Men as in this setting only humans can become wizards or the psionic Magi. Humans can breed with all the other races, and their hybrids can also be Magi or Wizards. All half humans except for half-elves and half-dwarves are sterile. Word Of God suggests half-human hybrids may have a higher chance to be Magi or Wizards than normal, especially for Wild Wizardry.

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** Any of the loyal Sothoii who fought beside the formerly despised [[spoiler: Leeana and the other war-maids in defense of the king. Including the king.]] To the point where Trisu, who made no secret of his opinion of them before, beats one of his peers unconscious ''unconscious'' after the man suggested that Trisu, not [[spoiler: Leena]] Leeana]], deserved the credit for [[spoiler: saving the king's life]].
* FiveRaces: Humans, Dwarves, Hradani, Elves, dwarves, hradani, elves, and Halflings; all halflings; the latter four are actually descended from mainline humans humans, but traded the general ability to use magic for different gifts.
** Dwarves are Stout Short, physically strong and industrious. Also in the process of kicking off their world's version of the Industrial Revolution. The old empire ran on Magitek powered by Wizards, wizards, and there's not enough wizards to power everything any more, so they've had to invent new ways to do what they know are possible. They have a racial gift to shape rock and live to be about 500.
** Elves are Fairy Mystical, immortal and rarely found outside their one city state. They suffer a species wide form of Post-Traumatic-Stress-Disorder post-traumatic stress disorder from the fall of the empire. Empire of Ottovar. All are descended once human from once-human warlocks who gave up their powers in exchange for immortality 10,000 years ago. It's implied they were similar to [[WitchSpecies Sorcerers]] in D&D prior to the change to immortality.
** Humans are generally Mundane but with elements of High Men Men, as in this setting setting, only humans can become wizards or the psionic Magi. magi. Humans can breed with all the other races, and their hybrids can also be Magi magi or Wizards. wizards. All half humans human hybrids except for half-elves and half-dwarves are sterile. Word Of God suggests half-human hybrids may have a higher chance to be Magi magi or Wizards wizards than normal, especially for Wild Wizardry.wild wizardry.



*** The halflings would fit the more traditional Cute role but are generally described as sneaking, lying cowards that no one has any use for. The only exception are the Marfang Islander Halflings who are considered brave to the point of insanity. They are descended from servants and slaves of dark wizards exposed to too much magic. Physically they are similar to Halflings in other series except that they have ivory horns on their head. Their gifts are not described.
** Also of note in the series are the Half-Elves. They would consider themselves the High Men of the setting but no one else does because they only maintain their uniqueness when breeding with full Elves or other Half-Elves. If they interbred with the far more numerous humans their Elf traits would be swamped by the far more numerous humans and as such they aren't considered a proper race. They are also considered to be Jerks, and run an Empire with the nobility only open to Half-Elves. Live to around 500.

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*** The halflings would fit the more traditional Cute role but are generally described as sneaking, lying cowards that no one has any use for. The only exception are the Marfang Islander Halflings halflings who are considered brave to the point of insanity. They are descended from servants and slaves of dark wizards exposed to too much magic. Physically they are similar to Halflings halflings in other series except that they have ivory horns on their head. Their gifts are not described.
** Also of note in the series are the Half-Elves. half-elves. They would consider themselves the High Men of the setting setting, but no one else does because they only maintain their uniqueness when breeding with full Elves elves or other Half-Elves. half-elves. If they interbred with the far more numerous humans humans, their Elf elf traits would be swamped by the far more numerous humans humans, and as such they aren't considered a proper race. They are also considered to be Jerks, jerks, and run an Empire with the nobility only open to Half-Elves.half-elves. Live to around 500.
16th Feb '16 8:13:58 AM feyhunde
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'''The War Gods Series''' by Creator/DavidWeber, aka the ''Bahzell'' series. HeroicFantasy focusing on Bahzell, Son of the Prince of Hurgrum, member of the Horsestealer Hradani. Set in a world some 1,200 years after the fall of the Empire of Ottovar, the largest empire ever known by the races of man. The Empire fell due to a conspiracy of Dark Wizards who allied themselves with cults of dark gods and caused a multigeneration war that ended in a stalemate. All but one of the White Wizards died or went insane by casting the Strafing across the former empire in order to give a chance for refugee fleets to get more people out of the few ports they still controlled. Now the refugees who escaped to Norfressa have rebuilt and expanded across much of the continent.

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'''The War Gods Series''' by Creator/DavidWeber, aka the ''Bahzell'' series.series or ''Orfressa'' Cycle. HeroicFantasy focusing on Bahzell, Son of the Prince of Hurgrum, member of the Horsestealer Hradani. Set in a world some 1,200 years after the fall of the Empire of Ottovar, the largest empire ever known by the races of man. The Empire fell due to a conspiracy of Dark Wizards who allied themselves with cults of dark gods and caused a multigeneration war that ended in a stalemate. All but one of the White Wizards died or went insane by casting the Strafing across the former empire in order to give a chance for refugee fleets to get more people out of the few ports they still controlled. Now the refugees who escaped to Norfressa have rebuilt and expanded across much of the continent.



Currently at four books and a novella in the series. Creator/DavidWeber has confirmed a seven book series is forthcoming, and will involve a TimeSkip. A fifth book and novella for the current generation will eventually come out.

!!The series consists of:

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Currently at four five books and a novella in the series. overall cycle, with the Bazhell novels standing at four books and a novella. Creator/DavidWeber has confirmed a seven book series is forthcoming, and will involve forthcoming which he considers to be his MagnumOpus, which involves a TimeSkip.TimeSkip to a new generation, with the first book ''The Sword of the South'' already released. A fifth book and novella for the current generation will eventually come out.

!!The Bazhell series consists of:
7th Feb '16 9:00:22 AM Freshmeat
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Currently at four books and a novella in the series. Creator/DavidWeber has confirmed a seven book series he considers his MagnumOpus is forthcoming, and will involve a TimeSkip. A fifth book and novella for the current generation will eventually come out.

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Currently at four books and a novella in the series. Creator/DavidWeber has confirmed a seven book series he considers his MagnumOpus is forthcoming, and will involve a TimeSkip. A fifth book and novella for the current generation will eventually come out.
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* ''[[http://www.webscription.net/p-2746-the-sword-of-the-south-earc.aspx The Sword of the South]]'' (expected August 2015)

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* ''[[http://www.webscription.net/p-2746-the-sword-of-the-south-earc.aspx The Sword of the South]]'' (expected August 2015)
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* [[spoiler:TheMole: Chernion uses the fact that virtually nobody knows of [[SweetPollyOliver her real gender]] to infiltrate the heroes under her birth name of Elrytha. After a while she starts considering pulling a HeelFaceTurn for a variety of reasons, including her brother being an incidental casualty of one of the Dark's schemes and her own personal survival if the Light wins.]]


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* NoNameGiven: The leader of the Council of Carnadosa is only referred to as 'the cat-eyed wizard'. Nothing else is known about him, but it's been implied that he's descended from the traitorous younger brother of the last Emperor of Kontovar.


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* TimeSkip: Of just under seventy years between ''War Maid's Choice'' and ''Sword of the South''.
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