History Literature / TortallUniverse

16th Apr '17 6:15:19 AM theredsquirrel
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* MindRape: The Chamber of the Ordeal, which must be faced by all would-be knights (and, as shown in ''Lioness Rampant'', the heir to the Tortallan throne in order to become King), is a big box of this. It will show you your worst fears in an attempt to break you emotionally. People have walked out of it without their sanity. People have failed to walk out of it at all.
To win the Ordeal, a knight candidate must defeat these fears in a fight, in silence. The Lord Provost lost a finger without screaming.

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* MindRape: The Chamber of the Ordeal, which must be faced by all would-be knights (and, as shown in ''Lioness Rampant'', the heir to the Tortallan throne in order to become King), is a big box of this. It will show you your worst fears in an attempt to break you emotionally. People have walked out of it without their sanity. People have failed to walk out of it at all.
all. To win the Ordeal, a knight candidate must defeat these fears in a fight, in silence. The Lord Provost lost a finger without screaming.
16th Apr '17 6:10:38 AM theredsquirrel
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To win the Ordeal, a knight candidate must defeat these fears in a fight, in silence. The Lord Provost lost a finger without screaming.
16th Apr '17 5:52:31 AM theredsquirrel
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** Among Tortallans, most of the "Bob" names (George, Frances, Roger, along with those already named) were introduced in the first quartet. Tortallans from later books tend to have "Aerith" names (Keladry, Merric, Wyldon, Alianne) or Aerith-names that abreviate to Bob ones (Nealan)- although there are some exceptions (Owen). In fact, many of the 'Aerith' names are [[RealityIsUnrealistic variations on real-world names from Europe]], England especially. 'Wyldon' is a variant of 'Weldon', for example, and Keladry could be seen as a variant of Kelly.

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** Among Tortallans, most of the "Bob" names (George, Frances, Roger, along with those already named) were introduced in the first quartet. Tortallans from later books tend to have "Aerith" names (Keladry, Merric, Wyldon, Alianne) or Aerith-names that abreviate to Bob ones (Nealan)- although there are some exceptions (Owen). In fact, many of the 'Aerith' names are [[RealityIsUnrealistic variations on real-world names from Europe]], England especially. 'Wyldon' is a variant of 'Weldon', for example, and Keladry could be seen as a variant of Kelly. 'Alianne', of course, is named after King Jonathan's mother, Lianne.
20th Feb '17 8:58:00 AM RoseAndHeather
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* YamatoNadeshiko: The friends Kel makes in the Yamani Islands; polite and graceful and can kill you with a decorative fan. [[spoiler:One of them winds up married to her best friend.]]

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* YamatoNadeshiko: The friends Kel makes in the Yamani Islands; polite and graceful and can kill you with a decorative fan. [[spoiler:One of them winds up married to her best friend. Another winds up married to ''the Crown Prince of Tortall''.]]
21st Dec '16 3:05:22 PM Discar
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* AManIsNotAVirgin: So many examples, but especially: Numair (whom you of all people should know he's been involved with the women at court), Jon, and Rosto. Justified, because ''everyone'' is cheerfully having sex (see EternalSexualFreedom), or so career-focused that they can't -- and that's considered ''weird''. Numair, Jon, and Rosto are 'playboys,' but few of the major characters are chaste or virginal after the age of sixteen. Kel is the exception, but she really just doesn't have the time and still feels such attraction to other squires.
26th Oct '16 10:59:34 AM dlchen145
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* {{Badass}}: Alanna, Aly, Kel, Daine, Numair... the list goes on.
11th Jun '16 9:33:24 PM Erivale
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* ArtisticLicenseHistory: Tamora Pierce's portrayal of jousting is hilariously inaccurate in both the rules as well as the equipment. While the differences in rules can be HandWaved by Tortall not being Medieval Europe, so it can have its own rules for sporting events. What can't be hand-waved is the fact that unless they are fighting honour-duels with the intent to kill, knights tilt in nothing more than a helmet, a shield, and a gambeson (padded shirt), even though plate armour is the norm in actual battle. In real life, anybody who jousted with anything less than a full suit of plate armour would probably die from the first hit they took, and most knights heavily reinforced the left side of their armour anyway.

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* ArtisticLicenseHistory: Tamora Pierce's portrayal of jousting is hilariously inaccurate in both the rules as well as the equipment. While the differences in rules can be HandWaved by Tortall not being Medieval Europe, so it can have its own rules for sporting events. What events, what can't be hand-waved is the fact that unless they are fighting honour-duels with the intent to kill, knights tilt in nothing more than a helmet, a shield, and a gambeson (padded shirt), even though plate armour is the norm in when knights step out onto an actual battle. battlefield. In real life, anybody who jousted with anything less than a full suit of plate armour would probably die from the first hit they took, and most knights heavily reinforced the left side of their armour anyway.anyway, just to make sure.
6th May '16 12:11:26 AM GoldenSeals
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* ActionGirl: Really, almost any protagonist and many of the side female characters could count. Alanna trained as a knight since she was ten, is an expert swordswoman, and can handle herself with a manner of other weapons and even unarmed. Daine is an excellent rider and archer, though her ability to transform into any animal understandably gives her a leg up in a fight. Kel, like Alanna, is a trained knight (with a particularly notable skill at the lance), and can wield a heavy glaive with ease. While Aly prefers to use stealth to fighting, she is more than capable of handling herself. Beka, meanwhile, was a cop and excelled at using the baton or her fists.

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* ActionGirl: Really, almost any protagonist and many The cast is full of the side female characters could count.them. Alanna trained as a knight since she was ten, is an expert swordswoman, and can handle herself with a manner of other weapons and even unarmed. Daine is an excellent rider and archer, though her ability to transform into any animal understandably gives her a leg up in a fight. Kel, like Alanna, is a trained knight (with a particularly notable skill at the lance), and can wield a heavy glaive with ease. While Aly prefers to use stealth to fighting, she is more than capable of handling herself. Beka, meanwhile, was a cop and excelled at using the baton or her fists.
21st Apr '16 11:38:15 AM Erivale
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* ArtisticLicenseHistory: Tamora Pierce's portrayal of jousting is hilariously inaccurate in both the rules as well as the equipment. While the differences in rules can be HandWaved by Tortall not being Medieval Europe, so it can have its own rules for sporting events. What can't be hand-waved is that in practice, knights tilt in nothing more than a helmet, a shield, and a gambeson (padded shirt), even though plate armour is the norm in all other circumstances. In reality, anybody who jousted with anything less than a full suit of plate armour would probably die from the first hit they took, and most knights heavily reinforced the left side of their armour anyway.

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* ArtisticLicenseHistory: Tamora Pierce's portrayal of jousting is hilariously inaccurate in both the rules as well as the equipment. While the differences in rules can be HandWaved by Tortall not being Medieval Europe, so it can have its own rules for sporting events. What can't be hand-waved is the fact that in practice, unless they are fighting honour-duels with the intent to kill, knights tilt in nothing more than a helmet, a shield, and a gambeson (padded shirt), even though plate armour is the norm in all other circumstances. actual battle. In reality, real life, anybody who jousted with anything less than a full suit of plate armour would probably die from the first hit they took, and most knights heavily reinforced the left side of their armour anyway.
14th Apr '16 4:57:59 AM eowynjedi
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* ArtisticLicenseHistory: Tamora Pierce's portrayal of jousting is hilariously inaccurate in both the rules as well as the equipment. While the differences in rules can be HandWaved by Tortall not being Medieval Europe, so it can have its own rules for sporting events. What can't be hand-waved is the fact that unless they are fighting honour-duels with the intent to kill, knights tilt in nothing more than a helmet, a shield, and a gambeson (padded shirt), even though plate armour is the norm in all other circumstances. In reality, anybody who jousted with anything less than a full suit of plate armour would probably die from the first hit they took, and most knights heavily reinforced the left side of their armour anyway.

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* ArtisticLicenseHistory: Tamora Pierce's portrayal of jousting is hilariously inaccurate in both the rules as well as the equipment. While the differences in rules can be HandWaved by Tortall not being Medieval Europe, so it can have its own rules for sporting events. What can't be hand-waved is the fact that unless they are fighting honour-duels with the intent to kill, in practice, knights tilt in nothing more than a helmet, a shield, and a gambeson (padded shirt), even though plate armour is the norm in all other circumstances. In reality, anybody who jousted with anything less than a full suit of plate armour would probably die from the first hit they took, and most knights heavily reinforced the left side of their armour anyway.
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