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''Agents of Artifice'' is a ''MagicTheGathering'' novel by AriMarmell. It's the first of the Planeswalker novel series, and it focuses primarily on the blue-aligned planeswalker [[http://magiccards.info/mbp/en/18.html Jace Beleren]], although Liliana Vess, Tezzeret, and Nicol Bolas have central roles as well.

Jace Beleren, a powerful [[{{Telepathy}} telepathic]] planeswalker, is the star of this show, and everyone seems to be interested in his abilities. Tezzeret, a powerful [[GadgeteerGenius artificer]], planeswalker, and power-hungry head of an interplanar mercantile organization called the Infinite Consortium, wants to recruit him. Liliana Vess, a {{necromancer}} and another fellow planeswalker, wants him as a friend and ally--or at least, that's what she says. And there are quite a lot of other people who'd simply like to see him dead. ''Agents of Artifice'' follows the young Beleren as he grows in strength, gains and loses friends and enemies, and struggles to keep from being corrupted by the temptations of power.

''MagicTheGathering/TestOfMetal'' is a direct sequel.

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!!This novel contains examples of:

* ArtificialLimbs: Tezzeret's [[{{Unobtainium}} etherium]] arm.
* BatmanGambit: At the beginning of the book, when Liliana and Kallist are held captive by Semner, they manage to successfully anticipate and manipulate his actions in order to escape.
* ChekhovsSkill: Jace's [[spoiler:swordfighting lessons from Kallist]] turn out to be pivotal in his showdown with Tezzeret.
* CruelMercy: Jace wipes some of his foes' minds rather than killing them.
* DirtyBusiness: Jace quickly comes to feel this way as his work with the Consortium starts to push his moral boundaries; eventually, it becomes too much for him to reconcile.
* DispenseWithThePleasantries:
--> '''Tezzeret:''' You do us great honor with your presence. It is my hope, Nicol Bolas, that together we can come to a mutually beneficial--
--> '''Nicol Bolas:''' Shut up. I hate you, artificer, and I find rare cause to bother hating anyone anymore. The only reason I'm not currently picking your spine out from between my teeth is because you were smart enough to arrange these wards ahead of time. More to the point, I know full well you feel the same about me, no matter how you choose to doll up your words and trot them out like perfumed trollops. So perhaps we can save the pleasantries for those who actually care about them, and simply tell me what you propose?
* DoesNotKnowHisOwnStrength: The first time Jace tries to alter a man's memory, he thinks he's surgically removing specific facts. The poor guy ends up a mindless vegetable.
* TheDogBitesBack: [[spoiler:The Nezumi tribe that the Consortium slaughters]] comes back to bite [[spoiler:Tezzeret, weakened by his battle with Jace]] at the end of the novel (thanks to Jace's timely SummonBiggerFish).
* GadgeteerGenius: Tezzeret.
* GambitRoulette: "This is a convoluted scheme you bring me. Convoluted; labyrinthine, even. A great many things must go precisely right if you're to deliver to me what's mine."
* GoodRunningEvil: Liliana proposes that she and Jace usurp the Consortium from Tezzeret and put its power in less greedy hands.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Jace and Kallist.
* HonestyIsTheBestPolicy: When they meet for the first time, Nicol Bolas gives Jace a pretty frank explanation of how he lost control of the Consortium and his secret attempts to take it back. And then when Jace asks "Why are you telling me this?", he further explains that it made for a magnificent diversion to get him to let his mental guard down.
* FaustianRebellion: Liliana. [[spoiler:Most of her actions are part of a complex gambit to gain enough power to defeat the demons who hold her debts.]]
* FireballEyeballs: Baltrice has them when she's casting some of her stronger flame spells.
* FreakyFridayFlip: Occurs between [[spoiler:Jace and Kallist]], and so thoroughly that neither one realizes what's happened; each one goes about his business normally, believing himself to be the other.
* LamePunReaction:
--> '''Emmara:''' What brings you to Ovitzia?\\
'''Jace:''' Nothing in particular. Just fluttering around the city, and realized I wasn't accomplishing anything, so I figured I'd visit a friend."\\
'''Emmara:''' Well, of course you weren't. Isn't it you humans who always say, "Fluttery will get you nowhere"?\\
''[[{{Beat}} [Jace blinks]]]''\\
'''Jace:''' ''[deadpan]'' Funny. How long have you been saving that one?
* LimitedWardrobe: [[DownplayedTrope Used lightly]] with Jace's signature blue cloak, which he always wears, mostly for sentimental reasons.
* MakeItLookLikeAnAccident: Most of the Consortium's assassinations are covered up this way, and in one scene, Baltrice contemplates murdering Jace and making it look like an accident.
* MakesUsEven: Jace saves Baltrice's life on Kamigawa, and she returns the favor when [[spoiler:she catches him trying to escape from the Consortium, but decides to give him a head start]].
* ManaBurn: Paldor's manablade can sever mages' mana bonds, cutting them off from the source of their magic (and causing intense pain).
* ManipulativeBastard: Liliana, and Jace calls her out on it.
* MasterOfIllusion: Jace's secondary powerset, in addition to (or perhaps a corollary of) his various forms of MindManipulation.
* MundaneUtility:
** Emmara uses magic for pretty much every task, no matter how simple.
** One of the tenets of the Church of the Incarnate Soul is that all its disciples never use manual labor for any task if they can use a spell instead.
* NarrativeProfanityFilter: "Tezzeret screamed, cursing Beleren's name in half a dozen languages, promised a thousand different deaths to the young mage, to any who harbored him, to any who spared him so much as a kind word or a friendly glance."
* PlayingWithFire: Baltrice, your basic pyromancer.
* PoisonAndCureGambit: Gemreth's demon injects Jace with a painful venom before it interrogates him, promising the antidote if he passes the test.
* PsychicNosebleed: Jace gets a case of it when he tries to block Nicol Bolas's mental attack.
* PsychicPowers: Jace has a variety of miscellaneous mental abilities in addition to his MindReading, including MindControl, [[LaserGuidedAmnesia memory manipulation]], weak {{Telekinesis}}, and so on.
* RedOniBlueOni: Jace (blue) and Baltrice (red), in accordance with their opposing color alignments.
* TheReveal: When Liliana reveals her true motivations to Jace near the end of the book.
* SecretTest: Jace becomes suspicious of Liliana's true loyalties, and administers one of these by confronting her with an illusionary version of Baltrice about to attack. [[spoiler:When Liliana hisses at the image that she's on the Consortium's side, Jace reveals the ploy, and she realizes that she failed]].
* SummonBiggerFish: Jace calls [[spoiler:[[TheDogBitesBack the Nezumi tribe that Baltrice massacred earlier on]]]] after [[spoiler:he lures Tezzeret to Kamigawa and weakens him in a magical duel]].
* {{Telepathy}}: Jace's forte. He reads minds.

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''Agents of Artifice'' is a ''MagicTheGathering'' novel by AriMarmell. It's the first of the Planeswalker novel series, and it focuses primarily on the blue-aligned planeswalker [[http://magiccards.info/mbp/en/18.html Jace Beleren]], although Liliana Vess, Tezzeret, and Nicol Bolas have central roles as well.

Jace Beleren, a powerful [[{{Telepathy}} telepathic]] planeswalker, is the star of this show, and everyone seems to be interested in his abilities. Tezzeret, a powerful [[GadgeteerGenius artificer]], planeswalker, and power-hungry head of an interplanar mercantile organization called the Infinite Consortium, wants to recruit him. Liliana Vess, a {{necromancer}} and another fellow planeswalker, wants him as a friend and ally--or at least, that's what she says. And there are quite a lot of other people who'd simply like to see him dead. ''Agents of Artifice'' follows the young Beleren as he grows in strength, gains and loses friends and enemies, and struggles to keep from being corrupted by the temptations of power.

''MagicTheGathering/TestOfMetal'' is a direct sequel.

----
!!This novel contains examples of:

* ArtificialLimbs: Tezzeret's [[{{Unobtainium}} etherium]] arm.
* BatmanGambit: At the beginning of the book, when Liliana and Kallist are held captive by Semner, they manage to successfully anticipate and manipulate his actions in order to escape.
* ChekhovsSkill: Jace's [[spoiler:swordfighting lessons from Kallist]] turn out to be pivotal in his showdown with Tezzeret.
* CruelMercy: Jace wipes some of his foes' minds rather than killing them.
* DirtyBusiness: Jace quickly comes to feel this way as his work with the Consortium starts to push his moral boundaries; eventually, it becomes too much for him to reconcile.
* DispenseWithThePleasantries:
--> '''Tezzeret:''' You do us great honor with your presence. It is my hope, Nicol Bolas, that together we can come to a mutually beneficial--
--> '''Nicol Bolas:''' Shut up. I hate you, artificer, and I find rare cause to bother hating anyone anymore. The only reason I'm not currently picking your spine out from between my teeth is because you were smart enough to arrange these wards ahead of time. More to the point, I know full well you feel the same about me, no matter how you choose to doll up your words and trot them out like perfumed trollops. So perhaps we can save the pleasantries for those who actually care about them, and simply tell me what you propose?
* DoesNotKnowHisOwnStrength: The first time Jace tries to alter a man's memory, he thinks he's surgically removing specific facts. The poor guy ends up a mindless vegetable.
* TheDogBitesBack: [[spoiler:The Nezumi tribe that the Consortium slaughters]] comes back to bite [[spoiler:Tezzeret, weakened by his battle with Jace]] at the end of the novel (thanks to Jace's timely SummonBiggerFish).
* GadgeteerGenius: Tezzeret.
* GambitRoulette: "This is a convoluted scheme you bring me. Convoluted; labyrinthine, even. A great many things must go precisely right if you're to deliver to me what's mine."
* GoodRunningEvil: Liliana proposes that she and Jace usurp the Consortium from Tezzeret and put its power in less greedy hands.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Jace and Kallist.
* HonestyIsTheBestPolicy: When they meet for the first time, Nicol Bolas gives Jace a pretty frank explanation of how he lost control of the Consortium and his secret attempts to take it back. And then when Jace asks "Why are you telling me this?", he further explains that it made for a magnificent diversion to get him to let his mental guard down.
* FaustianRebellion: Liliana. [[spoiler:Most of her actions are part of a complex gambit to gain enough power to defeat the demons who hold her debts.]]
* FireballEyeballs: Baltrice has them when she's casting some of her stronger flame spells.
* FreakyFridayFlip: Occurs between [[spoiler:Jace and Kallist]], and so thoroughly that neither one realizes what's happened; each one goes about his business normally, believing himself to be the other.
* LamePunReaction:
--> '''Emmara:''' What brings you to Ovitzia?\\
'''Jace:''' Nothing in particular. Just fluttering around the city, and realized I wasn't accomplishing anything, so I figured I'd visit a friend."\\
'''Emmara:''' Well, of course you weren't. Isn't it you humans who always say, "Fluttery will get you nowhere"?\\
''[[{{Beat}} [Jace blinks]]]''\\
'''Jace:''' ''[deadpan]'' Funny. How long have you been saving that one?
* LimitedWardrobe: [[DownplayedTrope Used lightly]] with Jace's signature blue cloak, which he always wears, mostly for sentimental reasons.
* MakeItLookLikeAnAccident: Most of the Consortium's assassinations are covered up this way, and in one scene, Baltrice contemplates murdering Jace and making it look like an accident.
* MakesUsEven: Jace saves Baltrice's life on Kamigawa, and she returns the favor when [[spoiler:she catches him trying to escape from the Consortium, but decides to give him a head start]].
* ManaBurn: Paldor's manablade can sever mages' mana bonds, cutting them off from the source of their magic (and causing intense pain).
* ManipulativeBastard: Liliana, and Jace calls her out on it.
* MasterOfIllusion: Jace's secondary powerset, in addition to (or perhaps a corollary of) his various forms of MindManipulation.
* MundaneUtility:
** Emmara uses magic for pretty much every task, no matter how simple.
** One of the tenets of the Church of the Incarnate Soul is that all its disciples never use manual labor for any task if they can use a spell instead.
* NarrativeProfanityFilter: "Tezzeret screamed, cursing Beleren's name in half a dozen languages, promised a thousand different deaths to the young mage, to any who harbored him, to any who spared him so much as a kind word or a friendly glance."
* PlayingWithFire: Baltrice, your basic pyromancer.
* PoisonAndCureGambit: Gemreth's demon injects Jace with a painful venom before it interrogates him, promising the antidote if he passes the test.
* PsychicNosebleed: Jace gets a case of it when he tries to block Nicol Bolas's mental attack.
* PsychicPowers: Jace has a variety of miscellaneous mental abilities in addition to his MindReading, including MindControl, [[LaserGuidedAmnesia memory manipulation]], weak {{Telekinesis}}, and so on.
* RedOniBlueOni: Jace (blue) and Baltrice (red), in accordance with their opposing color alignments.
* TheReveal: When Liliana reveals her true motivations to Jace near the end of the book.
* SecretTest: Jace becomes suspicious of Liliana's true loyalties, and administers one of these by confronting her with an illusionary version of Baltrice about to attack. [[spoiler:When Liliana hisses at the image that she's on the Consortium's side, Jace reveals the ploy, and she realizes that she failed]].
* SummonBiggerFish: Jace calls [[spoiler:[[TheDogBitesBack the Nezumi tribe that Baltrice massacred earlier on]]]] after [[spoiler:he lures Tezzeret to Kamigawa and weakens him in a magical duel]].
* {{Telepathy}}: Jace's forte. He reads minds.
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17th Dec '12 7:57:59 PM Nocturna
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* IncrediblyLamePun:
--> '''Emmara:''' What brings you to Ovitzia?
--> '''Jace:''' Nothing in particular. Just fluttering around the city, and realized I wasn't accomplishing anything, so I figured I'd visit a friend."
--> '''Emmara:''' Well, of course you weren't. Isn't it you humans who always say, "Fluttery will get you nowhere"?
--> ''[[{{Beat}} [Jace blinks]]]''
--> '''Jace:''' ''[deadpan]'' Funny. How long have you been saving that one?

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* IncrediblyLamePun:
LamePunReaction:
--> '''Emmara:''' What brings you to Ovitzia?
-->
Ovitzia?\\
'''Jace:''' Nothing in particular. Just fluttering around the city, and realized I wasn't accomplishing anything, so I figured I'd visit a friend."
-->
"\\
'''Emmara:''' Well, of course you weren't. Isn't it you humans who always say, "Fluttery will get you nowhere"?
-->
nowhere"?\\
''[[{{Beat}} [Jace blinks]]]''
-->
blinks]]]''\\
'''Jace:''' ''[deadpan]'' Funny. How long have you been saving that one?
26th Jan '12 5:47:33 PM Autumncomet
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* GambitRoulette: "This is a convoluted scheme you bring me. Convoluted; labyrinthine, even. A great many things must go precisely right if you're to deliver to me what's mine."



* XanatosRoulette: "This is a convoluted scheme you bring me. Convoluted; labyrinthine, even. A great many things must go precisely right if you're to deliver to me what's mine."

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* XanatosRoulette: "This is a convoluted scheme you bring me. Convoluted; labyrinthine, even. A great many things must go precisely right if you're to deliver to me what's mine."
4th Dec '11 11:45:24 PM troacctid
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* TomatoSurprise: [[spoiler: Liliana and Bolas were in cahoots all along. And it was Liliana's idea to start with.]]
4th Dec '11 2:28:41 AM barinellos
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Added DiffLines:

* TomatoSurprise: [[spoiler: Liliana and Bolas were in cahoots all along. And it was Liliana's idea to start with.]]
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