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31st Mar '16 12:53:31 PM Deuce03
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* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler: Bors in the final book. First he intervenes to warn Derfel secretly about Liofa's favourite trick before his duel with him, which possibly saves Derfel's life, then he openly switches sides before the battle of Mount Badon, reckoning that if he's going to die he's at least going to go down fighting for his own side.]]
9th Dec '15 11:07:58 AM FulminataXII
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* ForgoneConclusion: England exists, so things ultimately won't end well for our protagonists.



* LightIsNotGood: After going completely bonkers, Nimue dons the white robes of a Druid and starts riding a white horse into battle. By this point, she has allied herself to Mordred and is entirely willing to torture and murder her former friends in order to achieve her ends.

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* LightIsNotGood: After going completely bonkers, Nimue dons the white robes of a Druid and starts riding a white horse into battle. By this point, she has allied herself to Mordred and is entirely willing to torture and murder her former friends in order to achieve her genocidal ends.



* NayTheist: While Arthur doesn't dispute the existence of higher powers, he believes that men are far better off taking fate into their own hands than relying on the gods. He is deliberately vague about his beliefs in public, so that both Christians and pagans can assume that he might be one of them.

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* NayTheist: While Arthur doesn't dispute the existence of higher powers, he believes that men are far better off taking fate into their own hands than relying on the gods. He is deliberately vague about his beliefs in public, so that both Christians and pagans can assume that he might be one of them. However, he eventually manages to piss off both factions.


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* TheBadGuyWins: One of the bad guys, anyway. [[spoiler: See Cerdic's KarmaHoudini entry above]].
13th Aug '15 1:04:50 PM FulminataXII
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* EasyEvangelism: Justified with Lancelot and Mordred. It's made clear that they convert to Christianity for purely pragmatic reasons. Mordred even reverts to paganism after firmly establishing his power in Dumnonia.
4th Aug '15 11:22:23 AM FulminataXII
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* BelievingTheirOwnLies: Sansum is a toxic combination of a corrupt, Machiavellian schemer and a genuine religious fanatic. He does many things that are blatantly against the principles of the Christian faith, but Derfel comes to realize that he is the sort of man who could commit any act and inwardly justify it to himself.

--> '''Derfel''': He went on justifying himself, and it gradually dawned on me that he believed every word he said. Sansum could betray people, he could scheme to have them killed as he had tried to kill Arthur and me when we had gone to arrest Ligessac, and he could bleed the Treasury dry, yet all the time he somehow persuaded himself that his actions were justified.
4th Aug '15 11:12:16 AM FulminataXII
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* ActivistFundamentalistAntics: Sansum often engages in this.
4th Aug '15 11:06:39 AM FulminataXII
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* CreepyCatholicism: The Christian church, or at least the faction of it that is led by Sansum, has heavy shades of this. Some of the more fanatical Christians are shown going into ecstatic frenzies of self-flatulation during worship services, and when the Christian-backed Lancelot "marries" Norwenna, Sansum has her decayed corpse dug up in order to perform the grotesque ceremony.
2nd Aug '15 3:30:05 PM FulminataXII
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* BigBadassBattleSequence: Several throughout the series, most notably Lugg Vale in the first book and Badon Hill in the third.

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* BigBadassBattleSequence: Several throughout the series, most notably Lugg Vale in the first book and book, as well as Badon Hill and Camlann in the third.
2nd Aug '15 3:28:53 PM FulminataXII
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* BadassMoustache: Cuneglas boasts a particularly epic one.


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* LightIsNotGood: After going completely bonkers, Nimue dons the white robes of a Druid and starts riding a white horse into battle. By this point, she has allied herself to Mordred and is entirely willing to torture and murder her former friends in order to achieve her ends.
31st Jul '15 1:30:05 PM FulminataXII
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* DownerEnding: Not much of a spoiler if you're familiar with the historical context and/or Arthurian lore, but... [[spoiler: Arthur is seriously (perhaps fatally) wounded and departs from Britain permanently, a weakling assumes the throne of Dumnonia, the Saxons will eventually push the Britons back into the western mountains, and Derfel will live out the rest of his days as a miserable monk under the thumb of Sansum]].
27th Jul '15 12:48:50 PM FulminataXII
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* WeAREStrugglingTogether: The Britons sometimes seem to be their own worst enemy, with the rival kingdoms at each others throats as often as they're fighting their mutual Saxon and Irish enemies. Derfel realizes that the Saxons also have this problem when a captured warrior tells him about the conflict between Cerdic and Aesc. [[spoiler:Ultimately, it could be argued that the Britons were an even bigger threat to themselves than the Saxons were. Their almost perpetual state of political infighting means that they fail to put up a united from against the Saxons for any extended period of time. Any victory they win quickly gives way to vicious factionalism once again, and this will eventually always the Saxons to take out the British kingdoms piecemeal]].

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* WeAREStrugglingTogether: The Britons sometimes seem to be their own worst enemy, with the rival kingdoms at each others throats as often as they're fighting their mutual Saxon and Irish enemies. Derfel realizes that the Saxons also have this problem when a captured warrior tells him about the conflict between Cerdic and Aesc. [[spoiler:Ultimately, it could be argued that the Britons were an even bigger threat to themselves than the Saxons were. Their almost perpetual state of political infighting means that they fail to put up a united from front against the Saxons for any extended period of time. Any victory they win quickly gives way to vicious factionalism once again, and this will eventually always the Saxons to take out the British kingdoms piecemeal]].
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