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12th Mar '17 3:33:27 PM Xtifr
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Xenos (Чужак) is a fantasy novel series by Igor' Dravin (Игорь Дравин), containing 10 novels as of late 2013.

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Xenos (Чужак) ''Xenos'' (''Чужак'') is a fantasy novel series by Igor' Dravin (Игорь Дравин), containing 10 novels as of late 2013.



* TheStrategist: Baron Igar el Tars, supreme commander-in-chief of Dekara. Vlad nicknames him [[UsefulNotes/AlexanderTheGreat Macedon]] [[Creator/GaiusJuliusCaesar son of Caesar]] [[UsefulNotes/GenghisKhan of the Genghis clan]], later just "Macedon". Baron el Tars, unwilling to deal with the DeadlyDecadentCourt under Queen Al'sa, retired to his barony. He returned to lead the loyalists during the civil war in Dekara and won the decisive battle on the Field of Vengeance while outnumbered 2 to 1. Before the battle, another baron describes Igar el Tars as: "He has not commanded dozens of battles, just seven. He has always been vastly outnumbered, but never defeated."

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* TheStrategist: Baron Igar el Tars, supreme commander-in-chief of Dekara. Vlad nicknames him [[UsefulNotes/AlexanderTheGreat Macedon]] [[Creator/GaiusJuliusCaesar [[UsefulNotes/JuliusCaesar son of Caesar]] [[UsefulNotes/GenghisKhan of the Genghis clan]], later just "Macedon". Baron el Tars, unwilling to deal with the DeadlyDecadentCourt under Queen Al'sa, retired to his barony. He returned to lead the loyalists during the civil war in Dekara and won the decisive battle on the Field of Vengeance while outnumbered 2 to 1. Before the battle, another baron describes Igar el Tars as: "He has not commanded dozens of battles, just seven. He has always been vastly outnumbered, but never defeated."
14th May '16 4:32:05 PM nombretomado
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* KnightFever: Arland's nobility technically goes in tiers, but actual levels of prosperity and power are rather loosely related to the title. The Church and both Hunters and Rangers generally ignore inherited titles, though.
** Vlad in his role as baron el Stoka becomes involved in the baron el Ronst's attempt to absorb the Stoka barony and adjacent unclaimed lands to have the barony elevated to a county.
** Vlad later suggests the unification of the northern Borderland baronies into a new county, which obviously requires the agreement of the barons, but also the acknowledgement of the new entity by at least three kingdoms.
16th Mar '16 8:44:17 AM ObsidianFire
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* DragonWithAnAgenda: Prince Kriy of Baros to the Fallen. Kriy is the priest-king of the ReligionOfEvil and is supposed to work solely to advance the Fallen's return. All the while, Kriy was observed consolidating his personal power. His emissaries have offered stand-alone Dark lodges the choice between submission to Kriy and destruction. At a guess, Kriy is well aware of both his and the world's fate in the case of said return of the Fallen and would likely prefer the current status quo. [[spoiler: In a conversation with Vlad, Kriy admits beings a fellow Xenos. Kriy left the USSR sometimes during Stalin's reign and thus entered Arland some 600 years ago. Kriy was likely a communist who supported Stalin before Stalin decimated the old communists. Hence Kriy's hesitation to usher his own demise by invoking the second coming of the BigBad is understandably GenreSavvy.]]

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* DragonWithAnAgenda: Prince Kriy of Baros to the Fallen. Kriy is the priest-king of the ReligionOfEvil and is supposed to work solely to advance the Fallen's return. All the while, Kriy was observed consolidating his personal power. His emissaries have offered stand-alone Dark lodges the choice between submission to Kriy and destruction. At a guess, Kriy is well aware of both his and the world's fate in the case of said return of the Fallen and would likely prefer the current status quo. [[spoiler: In a conversation with Vlad, Kriy admits beings a fellow Xenos. Kriy left the USSR sometimes during Stalin's reign and thus entered Arland some 600 years ago. Kriy was likely a communist who supported Stalin before Stalin decimated the old communists. Hence Kriy's hesitation to usher his own demise by invoking the second coming of the BigBad is understandably GenreSavvy.smart.]]



** Solved in the kingdom of Dekara by a HiddenBackupPrince - the loyal courtiers were GenreSavvy and faked his death years ago.

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** Solved in the kingdom of Dekara by a HiddenBackupPrince - the loyal courtiers were GenreSavvy smart and faked his death years ago.
15th Feb '16 7:27:24 AM MacronNotes
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* LikeAFishTakesToWater: due to YearInsideHourOutside, the Xenos from Earth are rather spread in time on Arland, but seem to rarely become mundane citizens.

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* LikeAFishTakesToWater: LikeADuckTakesToWater: due to YearInsideHourOutside, the Xenos from Earth are rather spread in time on Arland, but seem to rarely become mundane citizens.
15th Feb '16 7:27:18 AM MacronNotes
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* LikeAFishTakesToWater: due to YearInsideHourOutside, the Xenos from Earth are rather spread in time on Arland, but seem to rarely become mundane citizens.

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* LikeAFishTakesToWater: LikeADuckTakesToWater: due to YearInsideHourOutside, the Xenos from Earth are rather spread in time on Arland, but seem to rarely become mundane citizens.
17th Oct '15 7:14:07 PM nombretomado
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** An interlude shows a conversation between two clerics addressing each other as "Es" and "Nir", most likely [[spoiler: Father Estor and the current [[ThePope Maker's Deputy]] ]]. They are discussing the phenomenon of people cropping up in the "blighted spots", which has been happening for several centuries and is well-known enough to have contributed the word "derg", meaning "alien", to the CommonTongue. The Church has often taken interest in these "aliens", [[spoiler: with Vlad's release "into the wild" with the bare minimum of information and no further training being an exception]].

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** An interlude shows a conversation between two clerics addressing each other as "Es" and "Nir", most likely [[spoiler: Father Estor and the current [[ThePope [[UsefulNotes/ThePope Maker's Deputy]] ]]. They are discussing the phenomenon of people cropping up in the "blighted spots", which has been happening for several centuries and is well-known enough to have contributed the word "derg", meaning "alien", to the CommonTongue. The Church has often taken interest in these "aliens", [[spoiler: with Vlad's release "into the wild" with the bare minimum of information and no further training being an exception]].
13th Jul '15 10:28:30 AM jlt314
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* DemBones: Decayed corpses taken by the power of the Fallen may rise as weak undead, commonly known as skeletons. Their power varies with the level of taint around them. Old skeletons evolve into skeleton warriors. Various servants of the Fallen can turn warriors into skeleton knights, increasing speed, strength and martial skill and granting them basic magic skills. Skeleton knights evolve into skeleton mages after killing a certain amount of sentients, gaining taint-amplified basic spells, but loosing melee skills. A skeleton mage can be turned into a skeleton Lord. Skeleton Lords are strong mages providing local control for lower ranked skeletons, vastly increasing the combat potential of skeleton units.

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* DemBones: Decayed corpses taken by the power of the Fallen may rise as weak undead, commonly known as skeletons. Their power varies with the level of taint around them. Old skeletons evolve into skeleton warriors. Various servants of the Fallen can turn warriors into skeleton knights, increasing speed, strength and martial skill and granting them basic magic skills. Skeleton knights evolve into skeleton mages after killing a certain amount of sentients, sapients, gaining taint-amplified basic spells, but loosing melee skills. A skeleton mage can be turned into a skeleton Lord. Skeleton Lords are strong mages providing local control for lower ranked skeletons, vastly increasing the combat potential of skeleton units.



** Desert of Mirrors: The habitable lands were literally burned off the map during the Interregnum and the bedrock was glassed to give the area the new name. Because of erosion, the area became a (technically passable) sandy desert. It's highly hostile due to climate, water shortage and magical fallout. The later caused the restless souls of the previous inhabitants to become Sand Spirits, partially corporeal sapient undead predators who now prey on all sapient life to enter their habitats.

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** Desert of Mirrors: The habitable lands were literally burned off the map during the Interregnum and the bedrock was glassed to give the area the new name. Because of erosion, the area became a (technically passable) sandy desert. It's highly hostile due to climate, water shortage and magical fallout. The later caused the restless souls of the previous inhabitants to become Sand Spirits, partially corporeal sapient undead predators who now prey on all sapient life to sapients who enter their habitats.



# Keeping the very simple technology secret, which alone would cause a competent intelligence agent to grow gray hairs;

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# Keeping the very simple technology secret, which alone would cause a competent intelligence agent to grow gray hairs;hair;



* MoralityKitchenSink: With the Maker and the Destroyer at the opposite ends of the scale, the sentients of Arland represent the full variety of morals.

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* MoralityKitchenSink: With the Maker and the Destroyer at the opposite ends of the scale, the sentients and sapients of Arland represent the full variety of morals.



* NonMaliciousMonster: the Kraken. According to Vlad's experience after empathic contact, the Kraken is sentient, but not sapient, and his initial aggression resulted from the original summoning and the failed control rituals.

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* NonMaliciousMonster: the Kraken. According to Vlad's experience after empathic contact, the Kraken is sentient, but not truly sapient, and his initial aggression resulted from the original summoning and the failed control rituals.



* OurGryphonsAreDifferent: Gryphons are likely a creation of the Chimera school, one of the least known schools of magic. Their sole known nesting grounds are in the Karosa kingdom. Gryphons are smart, possibly borderline sentient, and are tamed by the military, making Karosa the only kingdom with a functioning air force. An adult gryphon can comfortably carry a basket or a net with several passengers or a load of cargo. Vlad compares a gryphon flock guarded by several dragons to a cargo helicopter squadron with an escort of gunships. Vlad's drake Fuzz merely considers them a hard-to-catch delicacy.

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* OurGryphonsAreDifferent: Gryphons are likely a creation of the Chimera school, one of the least known schools of magic. Their sole known nesting grounds are in the Karosa kingdom. Gryphons are smart, sentient, possibly borderline sentient, sapient, and are tamed by the military, making Karosa the only kingdom with a functioning air force. An adult gryphon can comfortably carry a basket or a net with several passengers or a load of cargo. Vlad compares a gryphon flock guarded by several dragons to a cargo helicopter squadron with an escort of gunships. Vlad's drake Fuzz merely considers them a hard-to-catch delicacy.



* PsychicRadar: the Mind school has spells and wards to detect sentients. Life, Blood and Water mages can use related spells to detect living beings in general, and Death and Necromancy mages can detect TheUndead.

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* PsychicRadar: the Mind school has spells and wards to detect sentients.sapients. Life, Blood and Water mages can use related spells to detect living beings in general, and Death and Necromancy mages can detect TheUndead.



* RoaringRampageOfRescue: the kidnapping of the She-Wolves (an all-girl Hunter team) and Dunya for the Catacomb Lords' procreation ritual triggers this for the entire city of Belgor. In most cases, Hunters would try to find and MercyKill the women. After an almost suicidal distraction by the Hunters' Guild, Vlad leads a crack team of Hunters into the Blighted Catacombs. They find the lair of the Catacomb Lords, destroy the guards, kill the vulnerable Lords and save the women.

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* RoaringRampageOfRescue: the RoaringRampageOfRescue:
** The
kidnapping of the She-Wolves (an all-girl Hunter team) and Dunya for the Catacomb Lords' procreation ritual triggers this for the entire city of Belgor. In most cases, Hunters would try to find and MercyKill the women. After an almost suicidal distraction by the Hunters' Guild, Vlad leads a crack team of Hunters into the Blighted Catacombs. They find the lair of the Catacomb Lords, destroy the guards, kill the vulnerable Lords and save the women.women.
** Vlad's undercover mission in the Red Caves ends with a free-for-all chaotic battle where Vlad's party manages to save the slaves and prevent a massive demon summoning.



** After exiting the Blighted Catacombs, Vlad's team rides for Belgor to allow Bishop Aner to exorcise the rescued women and save their lives permanently. The Hunters are intercepted by father Sanr, a [[KnightTemplar fanatic Maker's Servant (a member of Arland's inquisition)]], accompanied by Servant guards and several Maker's Hands (paladins). The Servant incapacitates the Hunters within a clerical barrier spell and orders the women executed by piercing their hearts and beheading them, their tainted corpses exorcised and burned on the spot. Vlad unleashes a power he isn't supposed to have and proceeds to break the barrier, slaughter the Servant guards and the Hands and finally kill the inquisitor.
** A successful rebellion in the Litiya kingdom almost destroyed the dynasty. Loviya, the queen of Litiya, lost her husband and all their children, but saved her toddler grandson. She then took command of loyal forces and reclaimed the throne. Upon reclaiming the capital, Loviya had all the captured noble rebels executed one after another on the exact date of their rebellion.

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** After exiting the Blighted Catacombs, Vlad's team rides for Belgor to allow Bishop Aner to exorcise the rescued women and save their lives permanently. The Hunters are intercepted by father Sanr, a [[KnightTemplar fanatic Maker's Servant (a member of Arland's inquisition)]], accompanied by Servant guards and several Maker's Hands (paladins). The Servant incapacitates the Hunters within a clerical barrier spell and orders the women executed by piercing their hearts and beheading them, their tainted corpses exorcised and burned on the spot. This makes Vlad unleashes a power he isn't supposed to have snap and proceeds to break the barrier, barrier spell, then slaughter the Servant guards and the Hands and finally kill the inquisitor.
inquisitor. [[spoiler: Vlad had descended into the Ice Overlord state and manifested their trademark Ice Blades on his swords. ]]
** A successful rebellion in the Litiya kingdom almost destroyed the dynasty. Loviya, the queen of Litiya, lost her husband and all their children, but saved her toddler 5-year-old grandson. She then took command of loyal forces and reclaimed the throne. Upon reclaiming the capital, Loviya had all the captured noble rebels executed one after another on the exact date of their rebellion.



* SealedBadassInACan: The Chain of Elements houses 4 captive primary elementals, allowing the wielder to use Lord tier magic of Earth, Fire, Air and Water within the limits of mana available. Said captive elementals have been imprisoned in the Chain for the last two millenia with an unexpected side effect: interacting with the Chain's wielders and other sentients slowly enhanced them from nigh-feral common elementals to fully sentient beings. The elementals befriend Vlad and enjoy his company, further adavncing in sentience. While now able to break free of the Chain and to return to their respective elements' dimensions, the elementals unanimously decided to stay.

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* SealedBadassInACan: The Chain of Elements houses 4 captive primary elementals, allowing the wielder to use Lord tier magic of Earth, Fire, Air and Water within the limits of mana available. Said captive elementals have been imprisoned in the Chain for the last two millenia with an unexpected side effect: interacting with the Chain's wielders and other sentients sapients slowly enhanced elevated them from nigh-feral common elementals to fully sentient sapient beings. The elementals befriend Vlad and enjoy his company, further adavncing advancing in sentience. While now able to break free of the Chain and to return to their respective elements' dimensions, the elementals unanimously decided to stay.



* ToServeMan: Goblins and trolls commonly consume the meat of other sentients. Dark lodges use the consumption of sentients as a test of loyalty.
* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness: After Vlad rescued Gil "Goody" and Kolar er Kilam from the Blight, he asks them about Ruv, the Dark mage who took them captive. Kolar breaks into a paragraph of {{Magibabble}} exposition, which Gil sums up as: "If Ruv entered the Blighted Catacombs with active magical shields, he'd attract creatures not forbidden by their Lords from attacking him. Ruv wasn't important enough to be granted safe passage by all Lords, just given a single safe route. So Ruv had no shields up, and was to slow to cast them as you attacked."

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* ToServeMan: Goblins and trolls commonly consume the meat of other sentients. sapients. Dark lodges use the consumption of sentients sapients as a test of loyalty.
* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness: After Vlad rescued Gil "Goody" and Kolar er Kilam from the Blight, he asks them about Ruv, the Dark mage who took them captive. Kolar breaks into a paragraph of {{Magibabble}} exposition, which Gil sums up as: "If Ruv entered the Blighted Catacombs with active magical shields, he'd attract creatures not forbidden by their Lords from attacking him. Ruv wasn't important enough to be granted safe passage by all Lords, just given a single safe route. So Ruv had no shields up, and was to too slow to cast them as you attacked."



** Blood requirement: Vampires can feed sparingly, don't have to kill, don't have to drain large amounts of blood from victim. Vampires need the blood of sentients, but can live on stored blood. Overall friendly.

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** Blood requirement: Vampires can feed sparingly, don't have to kill, don't have to drain large amounts of blood from victim. Vampires need the blood of sentients, sapients, but can live on stored blood. Overall friendly.



** Conversion: Impossible. Vampires are a separate humanoid sentient species who just happen to look like fanged humans. Innate magic of the clans allows to adopt humans as clan members, sharing some abilities with them. Overall friendly.

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** Conversion: Impossible. Vampires are a separate humanoid sentient sapient species who just happen to look like fanged humans. Innate magic of the clans allows to adopt humans as clan members, sharing some abilities with them. Overall friendly.



** Mages can directly infuse a blade with raw mana of an element, allowing the blade to damage magical shields and do elemental damage on contact. Rarely used, but almost a trademark of the Gray Order's high vampires during hit-and-run assassinations. Vlad advises an allied high vampires regarding the use of his species' innate superspeed bursts to profit from this technique when fighting mages: "You can strike the mage's shield six times while he's casting something; it's okay for the fifth hit to crack the shielding spell and the sixth hit to crack the mage's skull." This technique rapidly deteriorates the metal, though.

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** Mages can directly infuse a blade with raw mana of an element, allowing the blade to damage magical shields and do elemental damage on contact. Rarely used, but almost a trademark of the Gray Order's high vampires during hit-and-run assassinations. Vlad advises an allied high vampires regarding the use of his their species' innate superspeed bursts to profit from this technique when fighting mages: "You can strike the mage's shield mage six times while he's casting something; it's okay for the fifth hit to crack the mage's shielding spell and the sixth hit to crack the mage's skull." This technique rapidly deteriorates the metal, though.
20th Apr '15 4:37:51 AM jormis29
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* AnthropomorphicPersonification: Death personally visits the Stoka castle to inform Vlad about the fallout of his mission in Tariya. She manifests as a red-headed teenager girl and introduces herself as [[NorseMythology Hel]].

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* AnthropomorphicPersonification: Death personally visits the Stoka castle to inform Vlad about the fallout of his mission in Tariya. She manifests as a red-headed teenager girl and introduces herself as [[NorseMythology [[Myth/NorseMythology Hel]].



* DontFearTheReaper: as Death visits the Stoka castle, she does so to inform Vlad that the results of his mission in Tariya caused some entity to break the "Covenant" in an attempt at his life. Death negates the attack and the immediate second attack against Vlad and does something apparently lethal to the attackers. Then she informs Vlad that while there's a place reserved for him in [[NorseMythology Niflheim]], she will only accept Vlad's death by the rules and is rather keen to see his story unfold.

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* DontFearTheReaper: as Death visits the Stoka castle, she does so to inform Vlad that the results of his mission in Tariya caused some entity to break the "Covenant" in an attempt at his life. Death negates the attack and the immediate second attack against Vlad and does something apparently lethal to the attackers. Then she informs Vlad that while there's a place reserved for him in [[NorseMythology [[Myth/NorseMythology Niflheim]], she will only accept Vlad's death by the rules and is rather keen to see his story unfold.
31st Mar '15 6:16:12 PM jormis29
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* TheStrategist: Baron Igar el Tars, supreme commander-in-chief of Dekara. Vlad nicknames him [[AlexanderTheGreat Macedon]] [[Creator/GaiusJuliusCaesar son of Caesar]] [[GenghisKhan of the Genghis clan]], later just "Macedon". Baron el Tars, unwilling to deal with the DeadlyDecadentCourt under Queen Al'sa, retired to his barony. He returned to lead the loyalists during the civil war in Dekara and won the decisive battle on the Field of Vengeance while outnumbered 2 to 1. Before the battle, another baron describes Igar el Tars as: "He has not commanded dozens of battles, just seven. He has always been vastly outnumbered, but never defeated."

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* TheStrategist: Baron Igar el Tars, supreme commander-in-chief of Dekara. Vlad nicknames him [[AlexanderTheGreat [[UsefulNotes/AlexanderTheGreat Macedon]] [[Creator/GaiusJuliusCaesar son of Caesar]] [[GenghisKhan [[UsefulNotes/GenghisKhan of the Genghis clan]], later just "Macedon". Baron el Tars, unwilling to deal with the DeadlyDecadentCourt under Queen Al'sa, retired to his barony. He returned to lead the loyalists during the civil war in Dekara and won the decisive battle on the Field of Vengeance while outnumbered 2 to 1. Before the battle, another baron describes Igar el Tars as: "He has not commanded dozens of battles, just seven. He has always been vastly outnumbered, but never defeated."
22nd Jan '15 12:54:28 PM jlt314
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* IfYoureSoEvilEatThisKitten: common practice by Dark lodges all over Arland, and on the Baros island ruled by the Dark prince Kriy. Neophytes of Dark lodges are commonly required to perform a HumanSacrifice and to dedicate the soul of their victim to the Destroyer. On Baros performing such a sacrifice is required to merely be granted entry to the castles of Baros at all. Vlad notes that this includes everybody, from Kriy's personal advisers to the lowest servants.

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* IfYoureSoEvilEatThisKitten: common practice by Dark lodges all over Arland, and on the Baros island ruled by the Dark prince Kriy.ReligionOfEvil. Neophytes of Dark lodges are commonly required to perform a HumanSacrifice and to dedicate the soul of their victim to the Destroyer. On Baros performing such a sacrifice is required to merely be granted entry to the castles of Baros at all. any restricted area. Vlad notes that this includes everybody, starting from Kriy's personal advisers to prince Kriy of Baros, and ending with the lowest servants.



** Vladislav Istrin has accumulated several names over his time on Arland. He's master Hunter Vlad "Lightning", [[spoiler: reincarnated Hellaren, the Ice Tour[[note]]note the similarity between "Istr", Vlad's surname's basis, and "Ice Tour", the way Vlad is called. "Ice Tour" is rendered in latinic letters in the novels.[[/note]]]], master Ranger [[SdrawkcabAlias Dalv]] "Jester", baron el Vira, later baron el Stoka, later count el Artua, founder of the Joker magic school Vlad er Joker, Maitre (an otherwise nameless hired assassin), later Slav, a freelancer MagicKnight, and later "mister Hunter"[[note]] the name is inconspicious when spelled out in the CommonTongue.[[/note]]. Note that due to "Vlad" and "Slav" both being short forms of "Vladislav", both introductions work as ExactWords to pass {{LivingLieDetector}}s.

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** Vladislav Istrin has accumulated several names over his time on Arland. He's master Hunter Vlad "Lightning", "Lightning"; [[spoiler: reincarnated Hellaren, the Ice Tour[[note]]note the similarity between "Istr", Vlad's surname's basis, and "Ice Tour", the way Vlad is called. "Ice Tour" is rendered in latinic letters in the novels.[[/note]]]], master Ranger [[SdrawkcabAlias Dalv]] "Jester", "Jester"; Vlad baron el Vira, later baron el Stoka, later count el Artua, Artua; Vlad er Joker, the founder of the Joker magic school Vlad er Joker, school; Maitre (an otherwise nameless hired assassin), assassin); later Slav, a freelancer MagicKnight, and later "mister Hunter"[[note]] the name is inconspicious when spelled out in the CommonTongue.[[/note]]. Note that due to "Vlad" and "Slav" both being short forms of "Vladislav", both introductions work as ExactWords to pass {{LivingLieDetector}}s.



* ImmortalitySeeker: while the life extension rite is limited to once per person and requires a special case investigation under clerical jurisdiction, there is no technical reason against unlimited use. Dark lodges hence offer the prospect of eternal life to the acolytes. Vlad notes that sufficiently unscrupulous individuals may well employ a Life mage to perform the rite and to alter their appearance every time, going for a permanent MyGrandsonMyself solution. The ritual may be addictive or merely so tempting that the Church declared it an unholy temptation.

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* ImmortalitySeeker: while Made possible by the life extension rite is ritual invented by a Dark lodge. Life extensions are limited to once one per person and requires a require special case investigation case-by-case investigations under clerical jurisdiction, jurisdiction. Yet there is no technical reason against unlimited use. Dark lodges hence offer the prospect of eternal life to the acolytes. Vlad notes that sufficiently unscrupulous individuals may well employ a Life mage to perform the rite and to alter their appearance every time, going for a permanent MyGrandsonMyself solution. The ritual may be addictive or merely so tempting that the Church declared it an unholy temptation.



** Hunters' Guild started as one, but the actions of both the elven princedom of Ritum and the secluded elven tribes of Satum cause the Hunters review their political position.
** Rangers' Guild also started impartial, but with the marriage of Dalv "Jester" and Kenara, the Slaughtering of Siluien things begin to change. The foundation of the Artua county and the alliance between Artua and the vampire clans further the Rangers' involvement in politics.

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** Hunters' Guild started as one, but the actions of both the elven princedom of Ritum and the secluded elven tribes of Satum cause the Hunters to review their political position.
** Rangers' Guild also started impartial, as an impartial faction, but with the marriage of Dalv "Jester" and Kenara, and after the Slaughtering of Siluien things begin to change. The foundation of the Artua county and the alliance between Artua and the vampire clans further advanced the Rangers' involvement in politics.politics even further.



* KnightFever: Arland's nobility technically goes in tiers, but actual levels of prosperity and power are rather loosely related to the title. Vlad has encountered nobles from kings to knights. Hunters and Rangers completely ignore titles.

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* KnightFever: Arland's nobility technically goes in tiers, but actual levels of prosperity and power are rather loosely related to the title. Vlad has encountered nobles from kings to knights. The Church and both Hunters and Rangers completely generally ignore titles.inherited titles, though.



** Lady Loviya, widowed grandmother queen of Litiya. She owes Vlad and often provides crucial information generally not available outside of royal families.

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** Lady Loviya, widowed grandmother dowager queen of Litiya. She owes Vlad several debts and often provides crucial information generally not available outside of royal families.



* KrakenAndLeviathan: sometime during the Interregnum somebody decided to take control of northern Satum's river system. Northern Satum has only two major rivers, flowing from the West and the East toward the middle of the continent. The rivers meet in the Sweetwater Sea with the Krays island in the middle of the sea's southern part. The Kraken, a partially sapient omnicidal manifestation of raw Water magic, was summoned at the northern tip of the Sweetwater Sea, effectively ending waterway travels. The Kraken summoning wasn't an act of spite or despair, but a strategic decision, as at least one amulet to control the Kraken survived the Interregnum and upon resurfacing, became the focal point of a 5-sided free-for-all power struggle.

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* KrakenAndLeviathan: sometime during the Interregnum somebody decided to take control of northern Satum's river system. Northern Satum has only two major rivers, flowing from the West and the East toward the middle of the continent. The rivers meet in system by summoning a Kraken into the Sweetwater Sea with where the Krays island in the middle two largest rivers of the sea's southern part. northern Satum meet. The Kraken, Kraken is a partially sentient and borderline sapient omnicidal manifestation of raw Water magic, magic. The summoning was summoned at attempted to gain control over the river-based trading routes of northern Satum, as the summoner most likely owned an amulet of Kraken control. The summoning worked, the control ritual failed, an a feral Kraken now inhabits the northern tip part of the Sweetwater Sea, effectively ending waterway travels. The Kraken summoning wasn't an act of spite or despair, but a strategic decision, as at Sea. At least one amulet to of Kraken control the Kraken survived the Interregnum Interregnum. The amulet was recovered and upon resurfacing, became the focal point of a 5-sided free-for-all power struggle.struggle. [[spoiler: Vlad was the one to recover the amulet and to bind the Kraken to his will.]]



** The Joker magic school is somewhat unusual in training both male and female mages for armed and magical combat. Female students of this school hence become this trope as female {{MagicKnight}}s.
** The Chaussers of the Dragons' Ridge on Ritum, and the elven empire they oppose, both have female warriors. Vlad met a retired Chasseur, now [[spoiler: a Mother Superior of a branch of Saint Auna's Order]], in the Artua county.

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** The Joker magic school is somewhat unusual in training both male and female mages for armed and magical combat. Female students of this school hence become examples of this trope as female {{MagicKnight}}s.
** The Chaussers of the Dragons' Ridge on Ritum, and the elven empire they oppose, both have female warriors. Vlad met a retired female Chasseur, now [[spoiler: a Mother Superior of a branch of Saint Auna's Order]], in the Artua county.



** Vlad mentions the russian proverb "умирать, так с музыкой!" (literally "to die with music", meaning "to go out with a bang") to Nork, a captured assassin from the Baros island. Nork, with some surprise, notes that this is the favorite proverb and acceptable modus operandi of Kriy, prince of Baros island.

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** Vlad mentions the russian proverb "умирать, так с музыкой!" (literally "to die with music", meaning "to go out with a bang") to Nork, a captured assassin from the Baros island. Nork, with some surprise, notes that this is the favorite proverb and acceptable modus operandi of Kriy, prince PriestKing of Baros island.



** This was how Torin of Melor adopted Aliana - he found her mother dying in the woods and taking care of the baby as his own was the woman's last wish. Contrary to popular rumors about Aliana being Torin's bastard child and her mother's death his fault, this actually happened. Vlad is GenreSavvy enough to doubt that a dying woman with a newborn child simply managed to stumble into a king in the guarded forest. [[spoiler: Vlad's not fully wrong here - Torin did find a dying woman. Aliana's mother was an elven fugitive from Satum. She sought to encounter Torin, assuming that Torin's bodyguards would kill or at least stall the elven assassins following her. Aliana's mother was indeed mortally wounded in the ensuing skirmish, and did bequest her daughter to Torin, but Aliana was over a year old already.]]

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** This was how Torin of Melor adopted Aliana - he found her mother dying in the woods and taking care of the baby as his own was the woman's last wish. wish was for him to adopt the baby and raise her as his own. Contrary to popular rumors about Aliana being Torin's bastard child and her mother's death his being Torin's fault, this actually happened.the story is true, although Torin has omitted a few crucial details. Vlad is GenreSavvy enough to doubt that a dying woman with a newborn child simply managed to stumble into a king in the guarded forest. [[spoiler: Vlad's not fully wrong here Vlad guessed true - while Torin did find a dying woman. woman, she was an elven noble and a fugitive from the elven empire of Satum. The child bequested to Torin was Aliana, but she was a half-elf and at least a year old at that time. Aliana's mother was an elven fugitive from Satum. She sought to encounter Torin, assuming that Torin's bodyguards would kill or at least stall the elven assassins following her. Aliana's mother was indeed mortally wounded in the ensuing skirmish, and did bequest her daughter to Torin, but Aliana was over a year old already.skirmish.]]



* LeadTheTarget: Vlad uses a well-timed axe throw to kill a mage who was good enough to teleport around a cave during the fight, but made the mistake of following a predictable pattern.

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* LeadTheTarget: Vlad uses a well-timed axe throw to kill a mage who was good enough to teleport around a cave during the a fight, but made the mistake of following a predictable pattern.



** Vlad himself, from a business-analysis economist, to Hunter, Ranger, count el Artua and founder of the Joker magic school.

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** Vlad himself, from a business-analysis economist, to Master Hunter, [[spoiler: Ranger, count el Artua and founder of the Joker magic school.]]



** Another Xenos, from the late 30-ies of USSR under Stalin, ended up on the Baros island. He avoided being sacrificed and joined the ReligionOfEvil. [[spoiler: As prince Kriy of Baros he's been the priest-king for 600 years.]]

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** Another Xenos, from the late 30-ies of USSR under Stalin, ended up on the Baros island. He avoided being sacrificed and joined the ReligionOfEvil. [[spoiler: As prince Kriy of Baros he's been the priest-king PriestKing for 600 years.]]



** An elemental Overlord power overrides the blood purity issues of werebeast clans. A child born of a werebeast and an Overlord becomes the first of a new totem clan, e.g. Snow Wolves for an Ice Overlord and a werewolf mother.

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** An elemental Overlord Overlord's power overrides the blood purity issues of werebeast clans. A child born of a werebeast and an Overlord becomes the first of a new totem clan, e.g. Snow Wolves for clan. [[spoiler: Vlad, an Ice Overlord Overlord, and a werewolf mother.Arna "Black" become the parents of the first Snow Wolf.]]



* LivingLieDetector: Mind mages detect lies easily. Life mages can read individuals by monitoring their vitals, but are rarely proficient in doing so. Blood mages can usually master the closely related Mind school to some degree, e.g. for this purpose. Mind Mages can also defend themselves from detection. Working with MetaphoricallyTrue statements and abusing the ExactWords of the question works unless the Mind mage goes from questioning to [[MindProbe forced memory scanning]].

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* LivingLieDetector: Mind mages detect lies easily. Life mages can read individuals by monitoring their vitals, but are rarely proficient in doing so. Blood mages can usually master the closely related Mind school to some degree, e.g. for this purpose. Mind Mages can also defend themselves from detection. Working with MetaphoricallyTrue statements and abusing the ExactWords of the question works unless the Mind mage goes from questioning to [[MindProbe forced aggressive memory scanning]].



** After Vlad beats up several young nobles from Narina in Matvey's inn, sir Berg el Peran, the commandant of Belgor, issues a Hunter-Apprentice's amulet to Vlad. This instantly elevates Vlad to membership of the Hunters' Guild and thus to nobility, allowing the nobles to challenge Vlad for a duel. For sir Berg, this allows to resolve the situation with Vlad, technically a commoner, assaulting nobles, and is acceptable within the ethics of the Hunters and within the written law of the Orkhet and Narina kingdoms.

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** After Vlad beats up several young nobles from Narina in Matvey's inn, sir Berg el Peran, the commandant of Belgor, issues a Hunter-Apprentice's amulet to Vlad. This instantly elevates grants Vlad to the membership of the Hunters' Guild and thus to nobility, allowing the nobles to challenge Vlad for to a duel. For sir Berg, this allows to resolve the situation with Vlad, technically a commoner, assaulting nobles, and is acceptable within the ethics of the Hunters and within the written law of the Orkhet and Narina kingdoms.



** The King's Crowns kill the wearer after twenty years unless either removed or manipulated. While the removal can be performed easily by most clerics, the manipulations require a person possessing a "pure soul" and related to the wearer. The second condition, however, can be fulfilled by marriage to any relative of the wearer.

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** The King's Crowns kill the wearer after twenty years unless either removed or manipulated. While the removal can be performed easily by most clerics, the manipulations require a person possessing a "pure soul" and related to the wearer. The second condition, however, can be fulfilled by adoption or marriage to any blood relative of the wearer.



* LovePotion of the [[SingleTargetSexuality Love Only Person X]] kind: the Golden Dust. When used by consenting partners, makes them MindlinkMates, forming a two-way telepathic and empathic link. Since Golden Dust doesn't endanger the life of a user, it will pass common poison detection spells. Golden Dust can be used with multiple partners, although results are rarely nice.
** The single known antidote to Golden Dust doesn't negate the effect completely. When taken by both users, the links are greatly weakened. When used by one person, the resulting mind-link is one-sided, causing one person to adapt a SingleTargetSexuality and the other to gain MoreThanMindControl over the victim. Vlad assumes that this use of Golden Dust caused the ill-fated affair between Eran I of Dekara and Al'sa, ultimately leading to the civil war in Dekara.
* LoyalAnimalCompanion of the BondCreatures variety: Drakes form an empathic bond with the first person they see upon hatching. Should the bonding misfire, the drake will try to kill the human, and failing that, will commit suicide.

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* LovePotion of the [[SingleTargetSexuality Love Only Person X]] kind: the Golden Dust. When used by consenting partners, makes the Golden Dust turns them into MindlinkMates, forming a two-way telepathic and empathic link. Since Golden Dust doesn't endanger the life of actually harm a user, it will pass common poison detection spells. Golden Dust can be used with multiple partners, although results are rarely nice.
** The single known antidote to Golden Dust doesn't negate the effect completely. When taken by both users, the links are greatly weakened. When used by one person, the resulting mind-link is one-sided, causing one person to adapt a SingleTargetSexuality and the other to gain MoreThanMindControl over the victim. Vlad assumes that this use of Golden Dust caused the ill-fated affair between Eran I I. of Dekara and Al'sa, ultimately leading to the civil war in Dekara.
* LoyalAnimalCompanion of the BondCreatures variety: Drakes form an empathic bond with the first person they see upon hatching. Should the bonding misfire, the drake will try to kill the human, human and failing that, will commit suicide.suicide afterwards.



* MagicIsMental: with the exception of the clergy and the servants of the Fallen, this holds true. Mages have to learn, understand and downright trust their incantations, gestures, rituals and runes, since merely having a pool of {{Mana}} and the affinity to an element doesn't make a mage. Dunya, Matvey's daughter, has the potential to be a Death Lady, but lacks training. Kolar er Kilam, during his first meeting with Vlad, needs several minutes to cast a simple fireball, as he lived through months of being systematically tortured with a PowerNullifier / RestrainingBolt artifact.

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* MagicIsMental: with the exception of the clergy and the servants of the Fallen, this holds true. Mages have to learn, understand and downright trust their incantations, gestures, rituals and runes, since merely having a pool of {{Mana}} and the affinity to an element doesn't make a mage. mage.
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Dunya, Matvey's daughter, has the potential to be become a Death Lady, but lacks training. She later joins the Joker school to unfold her potential.
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Kolar er Kilam, during his first meeting with Vlad, needs several minutes to cast a simple fireball, as he lived through months of being systematically tortured systematical torture with a PowerNullifier / RestrainingBolt artifact.



** Mages often carry Life magic amulets. MageKiller training hence involves beheading the corpse and puncturing the heart of any mage. Reducing the skull and brains to chunks will do in a pinch.

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** Mages often carry Life magic amulets. MageKiller training hence involves beheading the corpse and puncturing the heart of any mage. Reducing the skull and brains brain to chunks will do in a pinch.



** After the chaotic free-for-all battle in the Red Caves, Vlad orders a few subordinates go down there and behead every single corpse before they plunder the area. Justified since a large amount of taint was released in the caves and zombies are likely to rise now.

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** After the chaotic free-for-all battle in the Red Caves, Vlad orders a few subordinates go down there and behead every single corpse before they plunder the area. Justified The order is justified since a large amount of taint was released in the caves and zombies are likely to rise now.



** Subverted with Aliana el Chanor, adopted princess of Melor. Officially, the king of Melor found a dying woman with a baby in her arms during a hunt. The woman's last request was to raise the child as his own. Rumors call Aliana Torin's bastard child, reinforced as Aliana is recognized as royal by specific artifacts. Subverted trope, as Torin told the story close to the facts, and Aliana is indeed adopted. [[spoiler: Unknown to the public, Aliana's biological father was a royal unrelated to Torin.]]
** Magically gifted children are born more often to mages. Since Belgor has an abnormally high amount of masters and Lords of various magic schools, women often visit the city to become pregnant. This includes married nobles, as the benefit of a mage outweighs the ethical issues and the Hunters' Guild doesn't raise ancestry and parentage issues.

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** Subverted with Aliana el Chanor, adopted princess of Melor. Officially, the king of Melor found a dying woman with a baby in her arms during a hunt. The woman's last request was to raise the child as his own. Rumors call Aliana Torin's bastard child, reinforced as Aliana is recognized as royal by specific artifacts. Subverted trope, The trope is subverted, as Torin told the story close to the facts, and Aliana is indeed adopted. [[spoiler: Unknown to the public, Aliana's biological father was a royal unrelated to Torin.Torin, technically making her a royal bastard child.]]
** Magically gifted children are born more often to mages. Since Belgor has an abnormally high amount of masters and Lords of various magic schools, women often visit the city to become pregnant. This includes married nobles, as the benefit of a mage outweighs the ethical issues of having a bastard, and the Hunters' Guild doesn't raise ancestry and parentage issues.



* TheMedic: Order of Saint Auna. This Order will accept sentients regardless of race, gender or personal history, both as members and as patients. The Order of Saint Auna will provide medical help to anybody loyal to the Creator and at no cost. Saint Auna's Order members will equally enter palace and hut, field and battlefield.

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* TheMedic: Order of Saint Auna. This Order will accept sentients sapient beings regardless of race, gender gender, social status or personal history, both as members and as patients. The Order of Saint Auna will provide medical help to anybody loyal to the Creator and at no cost. Saint Auna's Order members will equally enter palace and hut, field and battlefield.



** The Order of the Lord's Hounds. Officially, this Order doesn't exist, and never existed at all. They are mentioned during an interlude showing a conversation between two high-ranking clerics regarding the possible corruption of another high-ranking cleric in the Narina kingdom. Members have never been revealed until Vlad encountered a Lord's Hound as an undercover infiltrator in a Dark lodge. The Hounds deal with corruption within the Church and with missions where any other approach is unlikely to succeed.
** The Council of Loyals was instrumental in ending the Interregnum and later in banishing the Heart of the Destroyer. Afterwards the Council supposedly was dissolved, but Vlad encounters more and more hints that they have simply moved to the [[AncientTradition background]]. After proving his worth and loyalty again and again, Vlad is treated to the reveal that [[spoiler: both former heads of the Hunters' and the Rangers' Guilds, Matvey "Leather" and Nils "Old Man" are full members, and current heads of the Guilds, Kar "Volcano" and Yens "Quiet" are acolytes of the Council. The current head of the Council is Lady Loviya of Litiya.]]

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** The Order of the Lord's Hounds. Officially, this Order doesn't exist, and never existed at all. They are mentioned during an interlude showing a interlude. A conversation between two high-ranking clerics regarding mentions them in connection with the possible corruption of another high-ranking cleric in the Narina kingdom. Members Lord's Hounds have never been revealed until Vlad encountered a Lord's Hound as an undercover infiltrator in a Dark lodge. The Hounds deal with corruption within the Church and with missions where any other approach is unlikely to succeed.
** The Council of Loyals Loyals. This organization was instrumental in ending the Interregnum and later in banishing the Heart of the Destroyer. Afterwards the Council was supposedly was dissolved, but Vlad encounters more and more hints that they have simply moved to into the [[AncientTradition background]]. After proving his worth and loyalty again and again, Vlad is treated to the reveal that [[spoiler: both former heads of the Hunters' and the Rangers' Guilds, Matvey "Leather" and Nils "Old Man" are full members, and current heads of the Guilds, Kar "Volcano" and Yens "Quiet" are acolytes of the Council. The current head of the Council is Lady Loviya of Litiya.]]



* MercyKill: euthanasia is known on Arland and tolerated to different degrees by different fractions.

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* MercyKill: euthanasia is known on Arland and tolerated to different degrees by different fractions.factions.



** Victims of the "Dark beacon" ritual, used similarly to the mutated bindweed to inflict a slow and painful, CruelAndUnusualDeath, also may invoke the trope. Vlad, aware that the ritual can only be performed of followers of the Fallen, has to [[WhatTheHellHero remind himself]] that leaving those luckless souls to their fate serves no purpose.

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** Victims of the "Dark beacon" ritual, used similarly to the mutated bindweed to inflict a slow and painful, CruelAndUnusualDeath, also may invoke the trope. Vlad, aware that the ritual can only be performed of followers of the Fallen, has to [[WhatTheHellHero remind himself]] that leaving those luckless souls to their fate serves no purpose.purpose regardless of how karmic their continued suffering may be.



** Caused by the Soul Bind spell, described as "the most useless of the most dangerous spells from the Life school" by Kolar er Kilam. Depending on consent of each partner, the amount of shared thoughts and emotions varies, e.g. with a consenting female and unaware male she gets some of his thoughts, while he gets some of her emotions. The danger comes from two additional conditions: firstly, the Soul Bind can only be removed by the Life mage who performed the spell; secondly, the death of one partner permanently removes the bound part of the other. In the above asymmetric case, the death of the male would permanently render the female unable to think, reducing her to a vegetable state and most likely killing her. On the other hand, the death of the female would permanently render the male unable to experience any emotion, which may not be lethal.

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** Caused by the Soul Bind spell, described as "the most useless of the most dangerous spells from the Life school" by Kolar er Kilam. Depending on consent of each partner, the amount of shared thoughts and emotions varies, e.g. with a consenting female and unaware male she gets some of his thoughts, while he gets some of her emotions. The danger comes from two additional conditions: firstly, the Soul Bind can only be removed by the Life mage who performed the spell; secondly, the death of one partner permanently removes the bound part of the other. In the above asymmetric case, the death of the male would permanently render the female unable to think, reducing her to a vegetable state and most likely killing her. On the other hand, the death of the female would permanently render cripple the male unable to experience any emotion, male's emotions, which may not be lethal.



* MixAndMatchCritters: Trademark of the Chimera school. Two new species were introduced to Arland:
** Drakes, created from horses, dragon blood and dragon semen. Drakes are scaly, have horns and bone-spiked clubs on long tails, lay eggs and eat meat (including tainted) but have hooves, live in herds and can and will carry a rider into battle. Drakes are sapient, but supposedly not truly sentient. A drake hatchling is about the size of a dog, an adult drake slightly bigger than a big horse.
** Gryphons, created obviously from a feline predator and eagles, possibly with dragons involved as well. Large, but meek creatures. Gryphons are easily domesticated and can carry riders and large cargo nets slung from their harnesses. Gryphons are endemic to a small region of the Karosa kingdom and considered a strategic resource.

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* MixAndMatchCritters: Trademark of the Chimera school. Two new species were successfully introduced to Arland:
** Drakes, created from horses, dragon blood and dragon semen. Drakes are scaly, have horns and bone-spiked clubs on long tails, lay eggs and eat meat (including tainted) but have hooves, live in herds and can and will carry a rider into battle. Drakes are sapient, but supposedly not truly sentient. sentient and borderline sapient. A drake hatchling is about the size of a dog, an adult drake slightly bigger than a big horse.
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** Gryphons, created obviously from a feline predator predators and eagles, possibly with dragons involved as well. Large, but meek creatures. Gryphons are easily domesticated and can carry riders and large cargo nets slung from their harnesses. Gryphons are endemic to a small region of the Karosa kingdom and considered a strategic resource.



* MonsterLord: Zombies, skeletons and mummies can undergo a specific ritual, performed by living servants of the Fallen. The ritual yields zombie lords, skeleton lords and mummy lords respectively. All such lords are stronger, faster and more resilient than the basic undead. They are also far smarter, capable of using taint-infused magic and generally serve as field commanders of large units of undead. Without a lord, the respective undead units loose cohesion.

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* MonsterLord: Zombies, skeletons and mummies can undergo a specific ritual, performed by living servants of the Fallen. The ritual yields zombie lords, skeleton lords and mummy lords respectively. All such lords are stronger, faster and more resilient than the basic undead. They are also far smarter, capable of using taint-infused magic and generally serve as field commanders of large units of undead. Without a lord, the respective undead units loose lose cohesion.



* MundaneUtility: During a month-long cross-terrain chase after a fleeing mage, Vlad and his companions note that none of them knows any spells to cook, clean or repair clothing, treat minor injuries or simply keep away vermin or mosquitoes. Justified as Hunters rarely spend more than a day in the Blighted Catacombs, and the city of Belgor provides for their day-to-day needs in exchange for their loot and fame.

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* MundaneUtility: During a month-long cross-terrain chase after a fleeing mage, Vlad and his companions note that none of them knows any spells to cook, to clean or repair clothing, clothing or armor, to treat minor injuries or simply to keep away vermin or mosquitoes. Justified as Hunters rarely spend more than a day in the Blighted Catacombs, and the city of Belgor provides for their day-to-day needs in exchange for their loot and fame.



** The Gray Order is an international organization. This Order's assassins operate in groups of 5, containing a master warrior, usually a high vampire, and magister or Lord tier mages of 4 different elements. Rumors state that the Gray Order always consists of exactly 25 active assassins, grouped in 5 groups as described above. Each group has a dedicated intermediary, and all intermediaries answer personally to the Gray grandmaster. All active members are sleeper agents, living perfectly normal lives between missions. After killing a Gray team, Vlad reveals their corpses to the authorities to find out that e.g. the Water Lord of the team has been a respected professor of Water magic in university of Riniya.

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** The Gray Order is an international organization. This Order's assassins operate in groups of 5, containing a master warrior, usually a high vampire, and magister or Lord tier mages of 4 different elements. Rumors state that the Gray Order always consists of exactly 25 active assassins, grouped in 5 groups as described above. Each group has a dedicated intermediary, and all intermediaries answer personally to the Gray grandmaster. All active members are sleeper agents, living perfectly normal lives between missions. After killing a Gray team, Vlad reveals their corpses to the authorities to find out that e.g. the Water Lord of the team has been was a respected professor of Water magic in at the university of Riniya.



** Aliana, duchess el Chanor and princess of Melor, [[AltarTheSpeed rushed into a marriage]] by Saint Auna's rite with [[spoiler: Vlad "Lightning", freshly appointed]] a Master Hunter to prevent being kidnapped to be [[ShotgunWedding forcibly married]] to an elven royal from Ritum. The interest in Aliana el Chanor is neither romantic (Ritum elves are [[FantasticRacism racists]]) nor dynastic (Aliana was adopted and hence carries no inheritance chances), but the elves believe that formally introducing her to the family would [[TheProphecy lift crucial restrictions from a pre-Interregnum artifact]]. As Saint Auna's rite allows the newlyweds to obfuscate each other's personalities under any circumstances, the elves start hunting for all males rumored to be romantically involved with Aliana.

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** Aliana, duchess el Chanor and princess of Melor, [[AltarTheSpeed rushed into a marriage]] by Saint Auna's rite with [[spoiler: Vlad "Lightning", freshly appointed]] a Master Hunter to prevent being kidnapped to be [[ShotgunWedding forcibly married]] to an elven royal from Ritum. The interest in Aliana el Chanor is neither romantic (Ritum elves are [[FantasticRacism racists]]) nor dynastic (Aliana was adopted and hence carries no inheritance chances), but the elves believe that formally introducing her to the family would [[TheProphecy lift crucial restrictions from a pre-Interregnum artifact]]. As Saint Auna's rite allows the newlyweds to obfuscate each other's personalities under any circumstances, the elves start hunting for all males rumored to be romantically involved with Aliana.



** Al'sa, second wife to Eran I of Dekara, supposedly had Eran's first wife poisoned. Later events suggest that Al'sa most likely used a LovePotion to win Eran's favor and the entire affair was an attempt to take Dekara over by dynasty shift.

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** Al'sa, second wife to Eran I of Dekara, supposedly had ordered the murder of Eran's first wife poisoned.wife. Later events suggest that Al'sa most likely used a LovePotion to win Eran's favor and the entire affair was an attempt to take Dekara over by dynasty shift.



** Saiana, last living royal of the elven Swords' House of Ritum. Saiana accepts the condition to join Saint Auna's Order and hence to [[DefectorFromDecadence help and heal any sentient being, regardless of race and origin]], in exchange for the safety of her subjects. To put Saiana's decision in context, the elves have been fighting a [[AbsoluteXenophobe war of extinction against all other sapients]] for the last millenium, and joining Saint Auna's Order will reduce her from princess to less than a pariah. Vlad notes that regardless of the downfall of the Swords' House, survivors of the Swords, spared from rape, slavery and the altars of the Fallen on the Baros island, will worship her as if she were the Creator's next child. [[spoiler: Vlad has commanded the Slaughtering of Siluien and took the elves captive, but he]] never intended to sell elves to Baros, instead aiming to show the dissonance between elven royalty and commoners. Saiana's decision serves to prove the point that elves may be redeemed.

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** Saiana, last living royal of the elven Swords' House of Ritum. Saiana accepts the condition to join Saint Auna's Order and hence to [[DefectorFromDecadence help and heal any sentient sapient being, regardless of race and origin]], in exchange for the safety of her subjects. To put Saiana's decision in context, the elves have been fighting a [[AbsoluteXenophobe war of extinction against all other sapients]] for the last millenium, and joining Saint Auna's Order will reduce her from princess to less than a pariah. Vlad notes that regardless of the downfall of the Swords' House, survivors of the Swords, spared from rape, slavery and the altars of the Fallen on the Baros island, will worship her as if she were the Creator's next child. [[spoiler: Vlad has commanded the Slaughtering of Siluien and took the elves captive, but he]] never intended to sell elves to Baros, instead aiming to show the dissonance between elven royalty and commoners. Saiana's decision serves to prove the point that elves may be redeemed.



* NeuralImplanting: a complicated spell from the Life school allows to copy a skill, e.g. fencing, from person to person, including reflexes and muscle memory. In rare cases of compatible magic abilities, a proficiency in a magic school can also be transferred. While old mercenaries are known to offer their skills for sale, buying skills is very risky and both sellers and Life mages cooperating with them are seen with suspicion.

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* NeuralImplanting: a complicated spell from the Life school allows to copy a skill, e.g. fencing, from person to person, including reflexes and muscle memory. In rare cases of compatible magic abilities, a proficiency in a magic school can also be transferred. While old mercenaries are known to offer their skills for sale, buying skills is very risky and both sellers and Life mages cooperating with them are seen regarded with suspicion.



** Vlad finds himself on the receiving end of an involuntary implanting, as a fugitive Black Dragon offers him the entire skill set as payment for an assassination. As Vlad declines, the Black Dragon calmly states that a) this was a test; b) Vlad passed; c) Vlad's personal morals and character will lead him to clash with the person the Black Dragon wanted dead anyway. Then he performs a forced emergency implanting on Vlad, removing the needs for both Vlad's agreement and a Life mage's cooperation.
* NeutralNoLonger: before the Borlderlands barons vote on intervening in the civil war of Dekara by joining the loyalists under Eran I, Vlad ends a summary of his reasons to support Eran as follows:\\

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** Vlad finds himself on the receiving end of an involuntary implanting, as a fugitive Black Dragon offers him the entire skill set skill-set as payment for an assassination. As Vlad declines, the Black Dragon calmly states that a) this was a test; b) Vlad passed; c) Vlad's personal morals and character will lead him to clash with the person the Black Dragon wanted dead anyway. Then he performs a forced emergency implanting on Vlad, removing the needs for both Vlad's agreement and a Life mage's cooperation.
* NeutralNoLonger: before the Borlderlands Borlderlands' barons vote on intervening in the civil war of Dekara by joining the loyalists under Eran I, Vlad ends a summary of his reasons to support Eran as follows:\\



* NonMaliciousMonster: the Kraken. According to Vlad's experience after empathic contact, the Kraken is sentient, but not sapient, and his initial aggression results from the original summoning and control rituals.

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* NonMaliciousMonster: the Kraken. According to Vlad's experience after empathic contact, the Kraken is sentient, but not sapient, and his initial aggression results resulted from the original summoning and the failed control rituals.



** The existence of an independent elven language, the elves' refusal to acknowledge the Maker's divinity, the existence of "pure souls" as sentients born with a "shard of the Creator" and the existence of elementary Overlords hint to the fact that the clerical version of Arland's creation is actually wrong and both the Maker and the Destroyer have been assigned the roles of a divine BigGood and a divine BigBad post-factum, or may have actually ascended to divinity as a result of this assignment.

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** The existence of an independent elven language, the elves' refusal to acknowledge the Maker's divinity, the existence of "pure souls" as sentients - sapients born with a "shard of the Creator" - and the existence of elementary Overlords hint to the fact that the clerical version of Arland's creation is actually wrong and both the Maker and the Destroyer have been assigned the roles of a divine BigGood and a divine BigBad post-factum, or may have actually ascended to divinity as a result of this assignment.



* OnlyOneName: Hunters, Rangers, priests, monks and members of church-related orders go by their rank, a single name and occasionally an acquired byname. Nobles may keep their family names, but rarely use them. Vlad notes that during a formal introduction, the first affiliation stated is the most important to the person.

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* OnlyOneName: Hunters, Rangers, priests, monks and members of church-related orders go by their rank, a single name and occasionally an acquired byname. Nobles may keep their family names, but rarely use them. Vlad notes that during a formal introduction, the first affiliation stated is the most important to the person. Thus most Hunters will introduce themselves with their rank, name and byname, dropping their hereditary titles.
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