History Literature / Warbreaker

10th Aug '17 4:08:06 PM Gregzilla
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-->'''Lightsong:''' Well I can’t get subtext either. Far too subtle for me. It takes effort to understand, and effort is—unfortunately—against my religion.

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-->'''Lightsong:''' Well I can’t get subtext either. Far too subtle for me. It takes effort to understand, and effort is—unfortunately—against my religion.\\
'''Blushweaver:''' A new tenet for those who worship you?\\
'''Lightsong:''' Oh, not that religion.
10th Aug '17 4:04:49 PM Gregzilla
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* AgainstMyReligion: PlayedForLaughs. Lightsong, who is worshipped as a PhysicalGod like the rest of [[PhysicalReligion the Returned in the Court]], says this about [[BrilliantButLazy taking effort]], and Blushweaver momentarily takes him [[NotHyperbole literally]].
-->'''Lightsong:''' Well I can’t get subtext either. Far too subtle for me. It takes effort to understand, and effort is—unfortunately—against my religion.
3rd Aug '17 8:36:58 AM TheKingsRaven
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* WrongContextMagic: Magic in Warbreaker involves commanding objects to come to life and perform a specific task. At one point [[spoiler:Vasher gets a girl to erase her own memory with a Command.]]
27th Jul '17 3:34:36 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* ArtifactOfDoom: Nightblood.
** ArtifactOfDeath: it has a distressing tendancy to try and kill whoever draws it, or make nearby people kill each other (but only if they're evil; good people get violently ill when they get too close), something Vasher was clever enough to weaponize- see ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks below for details.

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* ArtifactOfDoom: Nightblood.
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ArtifactOfDeath: it Nightblood has a distressing tendancy to try and kill whoever draws it, or make nearby people kill each other (but only if they're evil; good people get violently ill when they get too close), something Vasher was clever enough to weaponize- see ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks below for details.details.
* ArtisticLicenseHistory: Implied to be pretty much everybody. [[spoiler:Kalad and Peacegiver are the same person, Austre followers used to be Awakeners too, and so forth.]]



* GenreSavvy: Denth, who uses it both for practical purposes and clever LampshadeHanging. See CrowningMomentOfFunny for a memorable example that is actually both.



* ArtisticLicenseHistory: Implied to be pretty much everybody. [[spoiler:Kalad and Peacegiver are the same person, Austre followers used to be Awakeners too, and so forth.]]
24th Jun '17 9:02:42 PM Endevin
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* OneHitKill: Nightblood, when fully drawn, will [[spoiler: completely obliterate its victims, [[SoulCuttingBlade soul and all,]] in a single strike, leaving nothing but a [[NotEnoughToBury brief cloud of black smoke]] where they were standing. Wielding Nightblood in this manner comes with [[ArtifactOfDeath severe drawbacks]].]]
13th Jan '17 11:21:45 AM Katya0133
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** Also, how he rediscovers the skills he had in life. Entirely by accident, he learns halfway through the book that he is good at interrogation and finding hidden details,[[TheLastOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers and is pretty good at juggling fruit]]. He has no experience like that in his life as a god, so he reasons that they must be skills from his previous life and wonders if he was a police detective or something similar. [[spoiler: Later, he gets a sword, turns out to be dangerously incompetent with it, and is informed that in his previous life he was an ''accountant''[[note]]We never do find out why he can juggle fruit or, for that matter, if for some reason he was actually a master of a game specific to the gods when he was alive[[/note]].]]

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** Also, how he rediscovers the skills he had in life. Entirely by accident, he learns halfway through the book that he is good at interrogation and finding hidden details,[[TheLastOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers details, [[TheLastOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers and is pretty good at juggling fruit]]. He has no experience like that in his life as a god, so he reasons that they must be skills from his previous life and wonders if he was a police detective or something similar. [[spoiler: Later, he gets a sword, turns out to be dangerously incompetent with it, and is informed that in his previous life he was an ''accountant''[[note]]We never do find out why he can juggle fruit or, for that matter, if for some reason he was actually a master of a game specific to the gods when he was alive[[/note]].]]
15th Oct '16 3:57:33 PM DreadPirate7
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* MistakenForGranite: The D'denir statues.

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* MistakenForGranite: [[spoiler:MistakenForGranite: The D'denir statues.]]
7th Oct '16 12:23:06 PM Discar
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* [[ArentYouGoingToRavishMe Aren't You Going To Ravish Me?]]: Lampshaded when [[spoiler:Siri feels disappointed after nothing happens on her wedding night, then realizes how ridiculous it is to feel that way.]]

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* [[ArentYouGoingToRavishMe Aren't You Going To Ravish Me?]]: ArentYouGoingToRavishMe: Lampshaded when [[spoiler:Siri feels disappointed after nothing happens on her wedding night, then realizes how ridiculous it is to feel that way.]]



* ChekhovsGun: [[spoiler:Vasher]] reveals in the prologue that he is able to [[spoiler:instantly achieve the Fifth Heightening, the same as all of the Returned.]] It turns out in the end that [[spoiler:he is indeed a Returned, and has been living in hiding for 300 years.]]

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* ChekhovsGun: ChekhovsGun:
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[[spoiler:Vasher]] reveals in the prologue that he is able to [[spoiler:instantly achieve the Fifth Heightening, the same as all of the Returned.]] It turns out in the end that [[spoiler:he is indeed a Returned, and has been living in hiding for 300 years.]]



** [[ChekhovsGun Chekhov's Level-Up Perk]]: It's a good thing the [[spoiler:sixth]] heightening provides [[spoiler:instinctive awakening abilities]].

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** [[ChekhovsGun Chekhov's Level-Up Perk]]: It's a good thing the [[spoiler:sixth]] heightening provides [[spoiler:instinctive awakening abilities]].



* TheChessmaster: [[spoiler:Bluefingers]] plotted out almost all the events of the novel like clockwork. Ultimately, it was only two factors he couldn't possibly have foreseen [[spoiler:(Lightsong's HeroicSacrifice and Vasher really being Kalad and Peacegiver)]] that stopped him.

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* TheChessmaster: TheChessmaster:
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[[spoiler:Bluefingers]] plotted out almost all the events of the novel like clockwork. Ultimately, it was only two factors he couldn't possibly have foreseen [[spoiler:(Lightsong's HeroicSacrifice and Vasher really being Kalad and Peacegiver)]] that stopped him.



* EvilChancellor: [[spoiler:Bluefingers.]]
** This appears to be a subversion at the start, however, so it's not played 100% straight.

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* EvilChancellor: EvilChancellor:
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[[spoiler:Bluefingers.]]
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]] This appears to be a subversion at the start, however, so it's not played 100% straight.



* HeroicSacrifice: The Gods are each able to perform a single miracle at the cost of their own lives. [[spoiler: The only one we actually witness is Lightsong's.]]

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* HeroicSacrifice: HeroicSacrifice:
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The Gods are each able to perform a single miracle at the cost of their own lives. [[spoiler: The only one we actually witness is Lightsong's.]]



* HumanSacrifice: Idrians have some seemingly exaggerated conceptions about how bad sacrificing breath to the gods in Hallandra. [[spoiler: Though WordOfGod makes clear that the Idrians are correct that losing your breath has some negative physical and mental side effects]]

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* HumanSacrifice: HumanSacrifice:
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Idrians have some seemingly exaggerated conceptions about how bad sacrificing breath to the gods in Hallandra. [[spoiler: Though WordOfGod makes clear that the Idrians are correct that losing your breath has some negative physical and mental side effects]]



* LetsYouAndHimFight: Triggering this between {{Mooks}} is the main way that Nightblood is used.

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* LetsYouAndHimFight: LetsYouAndHimFight:
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Triggering this between {{Mooks}} is the main way that Nightblood is used.



* LiteralGenie: The key limitation of the magic system is that ''everything'' you try to Awaken behaves like this, though not out of a sense of malice; becoming a better Awakener means learning how to phrase commands so that they actually work and don't backfire on you.

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* LiteralGenie: LiteralGenie:
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The key limitation of the magic system is that ''everything'' you try to Awaken behaves like this, though not out of a sense of malice; becoming a better Awakener means learning how to phrase commands so that they actually work and don't backfire on you.



-->'''Sanderson:'''A lot of fantasy novels like to make their setting someplace akin to rural England, and they’ll talk of distant countries that have exotic spices, dyes, and trade goods. Well, in this world, Hallandren is that place. It’s at the other end of the silk road, so to speak.
* [[spoiler:StealthSequel]]: [[spoiler: Actually a stealth prequel. To ''Literature/WordsOfRadiance''. Vasher and Nightblood both appear in Words of Radiance, the latter being set up for a major role in the coming sequels. This raises the question of how the pair got from Nalthis, the world that Warbreaker takes place on, to Roshar, the world of ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive''. To sum up, Sanderson wrote a prequel to the second book in a series, a year before the first book in said series had yet to be released.]]

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-->'''Sanderson:'''A -->'''Sanderson:''' A lot of fantasy novels like to make their setting someplace akin to rural England, and they’ll talk of distant countries that have exotic spices, dyes, and trade goods. Well, in this world, Hallandren is that place. It’s at the other end of the silk road, so to speak.
* [[spoiler:StealthSequel]]: StealthSequel: [[spoiler: Actually a stealth prequel. To ''Literature/WordsOfRadiance''. Vasher and Nightblood both appear in Words of Radiance, the latter being set up for a major role in the coming sequels. This raises the question of how the pair got from Nalthis, the world that Warbreaker takes place on, to Roshar, the world of ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive''. To sum up, Sanderson wrote a prequel to the second book in a series, a year before the first book in said series had yet to be released.]]



* WellIntentionedExtremist: [[spoiler:Susebron's priests truly do care about him. But their sacred vow to protect the God King's [=BioChroma=] gift from abuse means some terrible things are done to him. All in the name of keeping it safe.]]

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* WellIntentionedExtremist: WellIntentionedExtremist:
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[[spoiler:Susebron's priests truly do care about him. But their sacred vow to protect the God King's [=BioChroma=] gift from abuse means some terrible things are done to him. All in the name of keeping it safe.]]



* WordOfGod: Identifies [[spoiler:the Voice that speaks to the Returned and lets them come back]] as one of the [[AnthropomorphicPersonification Shards]] from Sanderson's wider cosmology. It is named Endowment.
** Sanderson tends to expose a lot of otherwise-unshown background in this way. Another tidbit: Clod the Lifeless was made from Arsteel's corpse.



* [[spoiler:[[YouKilledMyFather You Killed My Sister]]]]: Denth hates Vasher because of it.

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* [[spoiler:[[YouKilledMyFather You Killed My Sister]]]]: Denth YouKilledMyFather: [[spoiler:Denth hates Vasher because of it.Vasher killed Denth's sister]].
3rd Oct '16 6:11:04 PM Yinyang107
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** Also [[spoiler:Bluefingers]] who is benevolent, fatherly, humble, [[spoiler: and busily plotting a world war]].

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** Also [[spoiler:Bluefingers]] who is benevolent, fatherly, humble, [[spoiler: and busily plotting a world war]].
3rd Jul '16 8:48:42 PM avw94
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* [[spoiler:StealthSequel]]: [[spoiler: Actually a stealth prequel. To ''Literature/WordsOfRadiance''. Vasher and Nightblood both appear in Words of Radiance, the latter being set up for a major role in the coming sequels. This raises the question of how the pair got from Nalthis, the world that Warbreaker takes place on, to Roshar, the world of ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive''. To sum up, Sanderson wrote a prequel to the second book in a series, a year before the first book in said series had yet to be released.]]
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