History Literature / Vessel

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* RescuedFromPurgatory: [[spoiler:Liyana does this for Jarlath.]]

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* RescuedFromPurgatory: RescuedFromTheUnderworld: [[spoiler:Liyana does this for Jarlath.]]
7th Jul '15 10:13:17 AM foreverfriendsg
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* PowerTattoo: All the Vessels have this, as a way of distinguishing them from everybody else. It's supposed to be a symbol that their bodies are capable of working magic, and this is important because the gods that occupy their bodies have to be able to do so for the sake of the clans.
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* {{Trickster}}: Korbyn is supposed to be the epitome of this.

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* {{Trickster}}: Korbyn is supposed TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Raan's Tomboy to be the epitome of this.Pia's Girly Girl.


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* {{Trickster}}: Korbyn is supposed to be the epitome of this.
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* TheCharmer: Korbyn was this before he got together with Bayla. And even so, he still comes off as charming towards Liyana.



* MayDecemberRomance: The old lady from Raan's clan and Korbyn; has a {{Squick}} moment when you consider her age. Granted, Korbyn is immortal and is merely borrowing a young body right now, and that it happened in the past, but still, the mental images... Also applicable in the past, when Korbyn meets the young
Runa, with the roles reversed. Liyana even lampshades it.

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* MayDecemberRomance: The old lady from Raan's clan and Korbyn; has a {{Squick}} moment when you consider her age. Granted, Korbyn is immortal and is merely borrowing a young body right now, and that it happened in the past, but still, the mental images... Also applicable in the past, when Korbyn meets the young
young Runa, with the roles reversed. Liyana even lampshades it.



* StarCrossedLovers: Liyana and Korbyn.

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* StarCrossedLovers: Liyana and Korbyn. [[Spoiler:To make things even worse, Korbyn would be reunited with Bayla in the Dreaming, and Liyana married Jarlath. So, they can't be TogetherInDeath either.]]



* WouldHitAGirl: Averted, mostly. The guys in the novel tend to avoid this.

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* WouldHitAGirl: Averted, mostly. The guys in the novel tend to avoid this. That being said, Fennik ''did'' mention that he would [[spoiler:slice Liyana if he had been in his father's position, and would still do it if there was a need to]].


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--> Liyana: "Korbyn, you think you need to save the entire desert by yourself. You keep forgetting you're not alone."
7th Jul '15 9:34:05 AM foreverfriendsg
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** Zig-zagged for Liyana and Jarlath, who did kiss but that's about it.

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** Zig-zagged for Liyana and Jarlath, who did kiss kissed but that's about it.



--> "I wish this were a trick," Korbyn said, "but for once, I am telling the truth. I can see how you would be confused. This honesty and nobility is new to me as well-"



* HumanSacrifice: What the Vessels essentially are.

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* HumanSacrifice: What The theme of this book, and what the Vessels essentially are.



* IKnowYoureInThereSomewhereFight: Well, they didn't actually fight, but Liyana gives Raan this speech whenever Raan manages to take over her body [[spoiler:after Maara is freed and enters Raan's body]].

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* IKnowYoureInThereSomewhereFight: Well, they didn't actually fight, but Liyana gives Raan this speech whenever Raan manages to take over her body [[spoiler:after Maara is freed and enters Raan's body]].body]].
* InformedAttribute: We're told that Korbyn is a trickster god, but he never really showed any particular tricks throughout the novel. Possibly justified considering the gravity of the mission at hand.



* LoveAtFirstSight: Fennik has this when he sees Pia, though the reader doesn't exactly see it.

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* LoveAtFirstSight: Fennik has this when he sees Pia, though the reader doesn't exactly see it.Pia.



* MayDecemberRomance: The old lady from Raan's clan and Korbyn; has a {{Squick}} moment when you consider her age. Granted, Korbyn is immortal and is merely borrowing a young body right now, and that it happened in the past, but still, the mental images... Liyana even lampshades it.

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* MayDecemberRomance: The old lady from Raan's clan and Korbyn; has a {{Squick}} moment when you consider her age. Granted, Korbyn is immortal and is merely borrowing a young body right now, and that it happened in the past, but still, the mental images... Also applicable in the past, when Korbyn meets the young
Runa, with the roles reversed.
Liyana even lampshades it.
7th Jul '15 9:12:55 AM foreverfriendsg
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This is a work in progress. If you are familiar with this novel and want to contribute, please do!

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This is a work in progress. If you are familiar with this novel A critically acclaimed work, 2013 winner of the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award, 2012 finalist of the Andre Norton Award, one of Kirkus Best Teen Books 2012, and want to contribute, please do!
2012 finalist of Cybils F/SF YA Award.




* AncestralWeapon: The dagger that Jidali gives to Liyana. There's even a backstory in the novel itself.

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* AncestralWeapon: The dagger dagger, made of a sky serpent scale, that Jidali gives to Liyana. There's even a backstory in the novel itself.



** HandicappedBadass: [[spoiler:Oyri]]. Don't let the fact that her Vessel is [[spoiler:blind]] fool you, she can work her magic just fine. With help from others, but still.
* BigDamnHeroes: [[spoiler:Korbyn]] is this when he transfers his soul into [[spoiler:Jarlath]]'s body to keep his alive until his soul returns from the Dreaming.

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** HandicappedBadass: [[spoiler:Oyri]]. [[spoiler:Pia]]. Don't let the fact that her Vessel she is [[spoiler:blind]] fool you, she can work her magic just fine.do things that other people can. With help from others, but still.
* BigDamnHeroes: [[spoiler:Korbyn]] is this when he transfers his soul into [[spoiler:Jarlath]]'s body to keep his alive until his soul returns from the Dreaming.Dreaming, knowing that a body will expire without a soul and ''still'' willing to give up his up for [[spoiler:Liyana]]'s happiness.



* BreakTheCutie: [[spoiler:Raan]] when she is [[spoiler:forced to be another clan's Vessel]]. '''DAMN'''. Granted, she was not introduced as a cutie in the novel, but her views clearly reflect that of the modern reader, making her a more relatable character than the others and causing the reader to care for her.

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* BreakTheCutie: [[spoiler:Raan]] when she is [[spoiler:forced to be another clan's Vessel]]. '''DAMN'''. Granted, she was not introduced as a cutie in the novel, but her views clearly reflect that of the modern reader, making her a more relatable character than the others and causing the reader to care for her.



* BrokenBird: Raan is this to some extent, when the gang (and the reader) find out the reason for her alcoholism and cynical views. Turns out her sisters had died soon after being born because her clan was too impoverished. To make matters worse, it was apparently due to some of the other clan members' alcoholism, which in turn caused Raan to become bitter and cynical and ironically, an alcoholic herself.

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* BrokenBird: Raan is this to some extent, when the gang other characters (and the reader) find out the reason for her alcoholism and cynical views. Turns out her sisters had died soon after being born because her clan was too impoverished. To make matters worse, it was apparently due to some of the other clan members' alcoholism, which in turn caused Raan to become bitter and cynical and ironically, an alcoholic herself.



* ChastityCouple: Played with.
** At first it seems that Liyana and Korbyn are headed this way, what with their star-crossed love... Until [[spoiler:Korbyn kisses her. And she kisses him back]].

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* ChastityCouple: Played with.
The most that any couple do in this book is kiss.
** At first it seems that Liyana and Korbyn are headed this way, for NoHuggingNoKissing, what with their star-crossed love... Until [[spoiler:Korbyn kisses her. And she kisses him back]]. And even then, that's all they do.



** Played straight with Fennik and Pia, though. Likely because they know they will have [[DoomedByCanon no future together]].

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** Played straight with Fennik and Pia, though.Pia are really the epitome of this, doing absolutely ''nothing'' with each other [[spoiler:until they die]]. Likely because they know they will have [[DoomedByCanon no future together]].
25th Oct '14 10:41:58 AM foreverfriendsg
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** Subverted in the case of Pia and Raan.

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** Subverted Averted in the case of Pia and Raan.
25th Oct '14 10:41:14 AM foreverfriendsg
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From Durst's official website:

Liyana has trained her entire life to be the vessel of a goddess. The goddess will inhabit Liyana's body and use magic to bring rain to the desert. But Liyana's goddess never comes. Abandoned by her angry tribe, Liyana expects to die in the desert. Until a boy walks out of the dust in search of her.

Korbyn is a god inside his vessel, and a trickster god at that. He tells Liyana that five other gods are missing, and they set off across the desert in search of the other vessels. For the desert tribes cannot survive without the magic of their gods. But the journey is dangerous, even with a god's help. And not everyone is willing to believe the trickster god's tale.

The closer she grows to Korbyn, the less Liyana wants to disappear to make way for her goddess. But she has no choice: She must die for her tribe to live. Unless a trickster god can help her to trick fate -- or a human girl can muster some magic of her own.

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From Blurb from Durst's official website:

Liyana ''Liyana has trained her entire life to be the vessel of a goddess. The goddess will inhabit Liyana's body and use magic to bring rain to the desert. But Liyana's goddess never comes. Abandoned by her angry tribe, Liyana expects to die in the desert. Until a boy walks out of the dust in search of her.

Korbyn
her.''

''Korbyn
is a god inside his vessel, and a trickster god at that. He tells Liyana that five other gods are missing, and they set off across the desert in search of the other vessels. For the desert tribes cannot survive without the magic of their gods. But the journey is dangerous, even with a god's help. And not everyone is willing to believe the trickster god's tale.

The
tale.''

''The
closer she grows to Korbyn, the less Liyana wants to disappear to make way for her goddess. But she has no choice: She must die for her tribe to live. Unless a trickster god can help her to trick fate -- or a human girl can muster some magic of her own. \n''
25th Oct '14 10:36:35 AM foreverfriendsg
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* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:The battle was won by The Good Guys, the Magician was killed... But at the expense of draining the lake, so the Gods are forced to return to The Dreaming. Which means the Liyana/Korbyn ship is sunk. Liyana goes on to marry Jarlath, so her people now are officially part of the Crescent Empire and no longer have to lead a poor life. So, it appears to be a happy ending, right? But if Liyana still loves Korbyn, then probably not. The question is, does she? The ambiguous ending of her returning to Korbyn's grave doesn't help matters.]]

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* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:The [[spoiler:BittersweetEnding: The battle was won by The Good Guys, the Magician was killed... But at the expense of draining the lake, so the Gods are forced to return to The Dreaming. Which means the Liyana/Korbyn ship is sunk. Liyana goes on to marry Jarlath, so her people now are officially part of the Crescent Empire and no longer have to lead a poor life. So, it appears to be a happy ending, right? But if Liyana still loves Korbyn, then probably not. The question is, does she? The ambiguous ending of her returning to Korbyn's grave doesn't help matters.]]



** Sendar and Bayla are implied to have been each other's first loves.
** Also Fennik and Pia, when they were [[spoiler:dead and in the Dreaming]].



** TheSmartGuy: Pia/ She's smart, perceptive and physically weak.

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** TheSmartGuy: Pia/ Pia. She's smart, perceptive and physically weak.



* HesitantSacrifice: The not-so-willing Vessels, like Raan, are this. Liyana also shows shades of this the more time she spends with Korbyn.



** HesitantSacrifice: The not-so-willing Vessels, like Raan, are this. Liyana also shows shades of this the more time she spends with Korbyn.



* LoveDodecahedron: With [[spoiler:Sendar]], Bayla, Korbyn, Liyana and [[spoiler:Jarlath]].

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* LoveDodecahedron: With [[spoiler:Sendar]], Sendar, Bayla, Korbyn, Liyana and [[spoiler:Jarlath]].



* {{Mythopoeia}}: This entire novel takes place in a fantasy world that also sounds like it could have happened in the past (say, 15th century and before). However, this world differs from our own, in that they have their own gods, which are proven to actually exist since they do come down to the human realm once in a while. There are also plenty of stories passed down from generation to generation as a result of OralTradition, and some of these stories appear in the novel when the characters converse, which serve to enrich and aid in world-building.



** It's not mentioned in the novel if Bayla had other lovers before [[spoiler:Sendar]], but it's implied that Korbyn is this to Bayla.

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** It's not mentioned in the novel if Bayla had other lovers before [[spoiler:Sendar]], Sendar, but it's implied that Korbyn is this to Bayla.



** The Korbyn/Liyana/Jarlath hovers between Type 1, Type 4 and Type 7. Liyana loves both Korbyn and Jarlath, and both reciprocate. However, she knows she cannot be with Korbyn mainly because of Bayla. In the end [[spoiler:she didn't so much as to let Korbyn go willingly as it's actually more of circumstances, and chooses Jarlath]].

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** The Korbyn/Liyana/Jarlath triangle hovers between Type 1, Type 4 and Type 7. Liyana loves both Korbyn and Jarlath, and both reciprocate. However, she knows she cannot be with Korbyn mainly because of Bayla. In the end [[spoiler:she didn't so much as to let Korbyn go willingly as it's actually more of circumstances, and chooses Jarlath]].
25th Oct '14 10:16:17 AM foreverfriendsg
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* BreakTheCutie: [[spoiler:Raan]] when she is [[spoiler:forced to be another clan's Vessel]]. '''DAMN'''.

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* BreakTheCutie: [[spoiler:Raan]] when she is [[spoiler:forced to be another clan's Vessel]]. '''DAMN'''. Granted, she was not introduced as a cutie in the novel, but her views clearly reflect that of the modern reader, making her a more relatable character than the others and causing the reader to care for her.
** Also, later, when [[spoiler:Maara]] enters [[spoiler:Raan's]] body, and the former's cruelty to the latter. Poor thing, as if she hasn't suffered enough.
* BrokenBird: Raan is this to some extent, when the gang (and the reader) find out the reason for her alcoholism and cynical views. Turns out her sisters had died soon after being born because her clan was too impoverished. To make matters worse, it was apparently due to some of the other clan members' alcoholism, which in turn caused Raan to become bitter and cynical and ironically, an alcoholic herself.



* HeroicBSOD: [[spoiler:Raan]] undergoes this when she was [[spoiler:taken by the Falcon Clan and forced to become their Vessel]].



* LoveAtFirstSight: Fennik has this when he sees Pia, though the reader doesn't exactly see it.



** It's not mentioned in the novel if Bayla had other lovers before [[spoiler:Sendar]], but it's implied that Korbyn is this to Bayla.



** UpToEleven When Liyana has [[spoiler:the souls of many Gods in her body]]. Damn.

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** Taken UpToEleven When Liyana has [[spoiler:the souls of many Gods in her body]]. Damn.


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*** It gets even more complicated when Sendar practically died as a result of The Magician, and Bayla's outburst that she's aware of Sendar's affections, and her passionate begging for him to be alive...
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