History Literature / TheWiseMansFear

9th Jul '17 11:07:36 AM CaptainCrawdad
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** After returning to Tarbean, Kvothe rattles off a few of the people who helped him during his previous stay, saying that he stopped in to pay them back.



* NoodleImplements: One version of the tale about Kvothe saving the girls from bandits involves him requesting an egg and several nails from a tinker. He doesn't mention how the tale has him using these items.



* RewritingReality: Invoked by Kvothe, who told [[TheStoryteller Old Cob]] a fib that Chronicler had this power.

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* RewritingReality: Invoked by Kvothe, who told tells [[TheStoryteller Old Cob]] a fib that Chronicler had has this power.


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* RiddleForTheAges: [[spoiler:Caudicus]]'s motive for trying to poison to Maer. After he's caught, Kvothe asks about it, but Stapes refuses to discuss the matter.
7th Jul '17 12:10:51 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* IdiotBall: Shehyn, the wise master of an Adem school, assigns Carceret the role of safely dueling Kvothe as part of his stone trial, in spite of the fact that Carceret has been flamboyantly hostile to Kvothe at every opportunity and is monstrously offended that he has been given her mother's sword. Sure enough, Carceret swears to cripple Kvothe if she can get the opportunity.
6th Jul '17 12:39:05 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* TheVoice: The Cthaeh at first appears to be a talking tree, but it's actually some sort of entity that lives ''in'' the tree that is never glimpsed. It's unclear if it even has a physical body.
6th Jul '17 12:35:20 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* CantArgueWithElves: Because they'll stop teaching you if you do. During the time Kvothe spends with the Adem, they spend a lot of time proclaiming their superiority to Kvothe and calling him a barbarian. Kvothe, who usually doesn't take shit from anybody, has to take it because otherwise they won't teach him the MagicalMartialArts he's become fascinated by.

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* CantArgueWithElves: Because The Adem are very confident about the total superiority of their culture over all others, and are very good at arguing it. Fore example, if pressed on why public music should be taboo, they'll stop teaching you if you do. During the time Kvothe spends with the Adem, counter by asking why sexual congress is taboo in "barbarian" cultures. But rather than just accept that different cultures have different norms, they spend a lot of time proclaiming their superiority continue to Kvothe assert that ''their'' norms are the "civilized" ones, and calling him a barbarian. Kvothe, who usually doesn't take shit from anybody, has to take it because otherwise they won't teach him the MagicalMartialArts he's become fascinated by.others are barbarous.



* DoYouWantToCopulate: The Adem are like this. They consider sex to be nothing particularly special, to the point where Kvothe's teacher asks the question almost verbatim when she realizes he is DistractedByTheSexy. In contrast, the Adem also have strict cultural taboos against showing emotion and playing music in public.

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* DoYouWantToCopulate: The Adem are like this. They consider sex to be nothing particularly special, to the point where Kvothe's teacher asks the question almost verbatim when she realizes he is DistractedByTheSexy. In contrast, the Adem also have strict cultural taboos against showing emotion Kvothe delicately states that her lovemaking is as blunt and playing music in public.utilitarian as her offer.



* TheDreaded: The Cthaeh, a being that can see the future perfectly and is one of the most evil things in existence. It specializes in [[ButterflyOfDoom creating butterflies of doom]] by acting as a malicious oracle, telling visitors whatever truths will cause the most damage. And if that weren't enough, the flowers that surround it act as a panacea so there's always someone trying to talk to it. Bast says that he would rather fight all the Chandrian together than exchange ten words with Cthaeth. There is an ancient order of immortal Fae, wielding bows that can kill a man with perfect accuracy from half a mile off. Their ''only'' purpose is to make sure ''no one'' speaks to the Cthaeth, and no one even goes near anyone who went near it.

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* TheDreaded: The Cthaeh, a being that can see the future perfectly and is one of the most evil things in existence. It specializes in [[ButterflyOfDoom creating butterflies of doom]] by acting as a malicious oracle, telling visitors whatever truths will cause the most damage. And if that weren't enough, the flowers that surround it act as a panacea so there's always someone trying to talk to it. Bast says that he would rather fight all the Chandrian together than exchange ten words with the Cthaeth. There is an ancient order of immortal Fae, wielding bows that can kill a man with perfect accuracy from half a mile off. Their ''only'' purpose is to make sure ''no one'' speaks to the Cthaeth, and no one even goes near anyone who went near it.



** When Kvothe is in the process of trying to connect with Tempi, the two stop at a tavern and accidentally start a bar fight. One of the patrons makes a gesture "that you didn't need to be Adem to understand", shortly before Tempi makes short work of both the patron and their crew.

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** When Kvothe is in the process of trying to connect with Tempi, the two stop at a tavern and accidentally start a bar fight. One of the patrons makes a gesture "that you didn't need to be Adem to understand", understand," shortly before Tempi makes short work of both the patron and their crew.


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* SpellMyNameWithAThe: The Ctheah. It's not clear if this is a name, or a title, or both.
5th Jul '17 1:23:44 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* ChekhovsGun: As in ''Literature/TheNameOfTheWind'', exposition and important future plot points get mentioned in stories the characters tell.

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* ChekhovsGun: ChekhovsGun:
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As in ''Literature/TheNameOfTheWind'', exposition and important future plot points get mentioned in stories the characters tell.



* CoolOldGuy: Bredon quickly befriends Kvothe by teaching him to play a strategy game and giving him advice on how to manuever through court politics. Bredon doesn't seem to care what other nobles think of him, and might even indulge in pagan orgies.

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* CoolOldGuy: Bredon quickly befriends Kvothe by teaching him to play a strategy game and giving him advice on how to manuever maneuver through court politics. Bredon doesn't seem to care what other nobles think of him, and might even indulge in pagan orgies.



* ForTheEvulz: Why the Cthaeh brings misery on people. It's "perfectly malicious." It admits as much when talking about why it kills the butterflies around it.



* NarrativeProfanityFilter: Kvothe states that Elodin launches into a blistering string of curses that goes on for minutes, but never reveals any of the curses uttered. He also never describes the [[FlippingTheBird rude gestures]] made by various characters, nor explicitly states that they're vulgar.



* OldMaster: Shehyn.

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* OldMaster: Shehyn.Shehyn of the Adem looks like a grandmother but leads her village's school.



** Kvothe, in turn, thinks this of the Maer.

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** Kvothe, in turn, thinks this of the Maer.Maer after he's sent on what appears to be a suicide mission, realizing that the Maer stands to gain in any eventuality.



* XanatosGambit: Alveron's scheme to send Kvothe after bandits would result in either the bandits being removed or Kvothe's position in the court and the Maer's obligations of support, significantly weakened.

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* XanatosGambit: Alveron's scheme to send Kvothe after bandits would result in either the bandits being removed or Kvothe's position in the court and severely weaken the Maer's obligations debt to Kvothe. It also gets Kvothe out of support, significantly weakened.the way so as not to interfere with the Maer's courtship.
5th Jul '17 12:12:19 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* FlippingTheBird: When Kvothe is in the process of trying to connect with Tempi, the two stop at a tavern and accidentally start a bar fight. One of the patrons makes a gesture "that you didn't need to be Adem to understand", shortly before Tempi makes short work of both the patron and their crew.

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* FlippingTheBird: FlippingTheBird:
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When Kvothe is in the process of trying to connect with Tempi, the two stop at a tavern and accidentally start a bar fight. One of the patrons makes a gesture "that you didn't need to be Adem to understand", shortly before Tempi makes short work of both the patron and their crew.crew.
** Kvothe makes a gesture that is "not Ademic" at Carceret that causes her to narrow her eyes.
29th Jun '17 1:00:52 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* LamePunReaction: When challenging Bast to break into his storage chest, Kvothe tells him to "crack this chestnut." Bast chastises him for punning.
23rd Jun '17 9:30:25 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* ACupAngst: Davi can't stop expressing her envy at Fela's bust.
23rd Jun '17 11:29:52 AM CaptainCrawdad
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* ArtisticLicenseMartialArts: The martial art practiced by the Adem mercenaries, the Ketan, runs on artistic license. It's based on moral clarity rather than strength, size or physical coordination. Women, being more moral, are better fighters. The style is so effective that Celean, a 10-year-old girl presumably trained from birth, routinely manhandles the much larger and stronger Kvothe. In real life, size, strength and athletic talent are major factors in fighting skill. There's a reason why all combat sports are divided by gender, weight class and junior/adult division.

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* ArtisticLicenseMartialArts: The martial art practiced by the Adem mercenaries, the Ketan, runs on artistic license. It's based on moral clarity rather than strength, size or physical coordination. Women, being more moral, are better fighters. The style is so effective that Celean, a 10-year-old girl presumably trained from birth, routinely manhandles the much larger and stronger Kvothe. In real life, size, strength and athletic talent are major factors in fighting skill. There's a reason why all combat sports are divided by gender, weight class and junior/adult division.age.



* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Sovoy is a rare literary example. While popping up occasionally in the first book as one of Kvothe's school acquaintances, he's dropped completely out of the story in this book. In [[http://www.tor.com/blogs/2012/05/rothfuss-reread-pat-answers-the-admissions-questions an interview]], the author joked that he now "lives on a farm out in the country now. He's happy there. He has pleny of room to run and play." This is the stereotypical lie parents tell their kids about pets that have been put down.



* WhatHappenedToTheMouse:
** Skarpi has yet to reappear.
** In [[http://www.tor.com/blogs/2012/05/rothfuss-reread-pat-answers-the-admissions-questions a recent interview,]] the author has stated that [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome Sovoy]] "lives on a farm out in the country now. He's happy there. He has pleny of room to run and play." This is the stereotypical lie parents tell their kids about pets that have been put down.

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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse:
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WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Skarpi has yet to reappear.
** In [[http://www.tor.com/blogs/2012/05/rothfuss-reread-pat-answers-the-admissions-questions a recent interview,]] the author has stated that [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome Sovoy]] "lives on a farm out in the country now. He's happy there. He has pleny of room to run
reappear, and play." This is the stereotypical lie parents tell their kids we haven't heard anything about pets that have been put down.his fate.
23rd Jun '17 10:11:09 AM CaptainCrawdad
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* TheDreaded: The Cthaeh, a being that can see the future perfectly and is one of the most evil things in existence. It specializes in [[ButterflyOfDoom creating butterflies of doom]] by acting as a malicious oracle, telling visitors whatever truths will cause the most damage. And if that weren't enough, the flowers that surround it act as a panacea so there's always someone trying to talk to it. Bast says that he would rather fight all the Chandrian together than exchange ten words with Cthaeth. There is an ancient order of immortal Fae, wielding bows that can kill a man with perfect accuracy from half a mile off. Their ''only'' purpose is to make sure ''no one'' speaks to the Cthaeth, and no one even goes near anyone who went near it.

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* TheDreaded: The Cthaeh, a being that can see the future perfectly and is one DontExplainTheJoke: When Elodin asks his class for examples of the most evil things in existence. It specializes in [[ButterflyOfDoom creating butterflies of doom]] by acting as a malicious oracle, telling visitors whatever truths will cause the most damage. And if that weren't enough, the flowers can't be explained, one student supplies "humor," saying that surround it act as a panacea so there's always someone trying if you have to talk to it. Bast says that he would rather fight all the Chandrian together than exchange ten words with Cthaeth. There is an ancient order of immortal Fae, wielding bows that can kill explain a man with perfect accuracy from half joke, it's not longer a mile off. Their ''only'' purpose is to make sure ''no one'' speaks to the Cthaeth, and no one even goes near anyone who went near it.joke.


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* TheDreaded: The Cthaeh, a being that can see the future perfectly and is one of the most evil things in existence. It specializes in [[ButterflyOfDoom creating butterflies of doom]] by acting as a malicious oracle, telling visitors whatever truths will cause the most damage. And if that weren't enough, the flowers that surround it act as a panacea so there's always someone trying to talk to it. Bast says that he would rather fight all the Chandrian together than exchange ten words with Cthaeth. There is an ancient order of immortal Fae, wielding bows that can kill a man with perfect accuracy from half a mile off. Their ''only'' purpose is to make sure ''no one'' speaks to the Cthaeth, and no one even goes near anyone who went near it.
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