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9th Mar '13 5:32:07 PM TiggersAreGreat
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[[quoteright:200:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Dorian_Hawkmoon_3302.jpg]] [[caption-width-right:200:For the Runestaff!]] ->''"Then the Earth grew old, its landscapes mellowing and showing signs of age, its ways becoming whimsical and strange in the manner of a man in his last years..."'' -->--''The Jewel in the Skull'' Chronicling the adventures of Dorian Hawkmoon, Duke of Köln and another one of MichaelMoorcock's Eternal Champion incarnations. Dorian lives in a far-future Earth that has rebuilt itself after the [[AndManGrewProud Tragic Millennium]], but is being taken over by the brutal Dark Empire of [[UsefulNotes/{{Britain}} Granbretan]]. Hawkmoon, whose own land was recently conquered, has to struggle with what has happened to him as a prisoner of that regime, and strives to help one of the few holdout nations, the Karmarg, ruled by Count Brass. This sets off a quest both to remove the infernal device implanted in him by the Empire and to find the legendary Runestaff, which can help restore the balance of power. Dorian's story is told in a tetralogy and a trilogy: * ''The History of the Runestaff'': ** ''The Jewel In The Skull'' (1967) ** ''The Mad God's Amulet'' (1968) ** ''The Sword Of The Dawn'' (1968) ** ''The Runestaff'' (1969) * ''The Chronicles of Castle Brass'': ** ''Count Brass'' (1973) ** ''The Champion of Garathorm'' (1974) ** ''The Quest for Tanelorn'' (1975) ---- !! The books provides examples of: * AllHailTheGreatGodMickey: Granbretan, at least, has a pantheon of gods, including a quartet named [[Music/TheBeatles Jhone, Jhorg, Phowl, and Rhunga.]] * AlwaysChaoticEvil: While this trope isn't normally applied to humans, the Dark Empire surely must count. * ArtifactOfDoom: [[PowerCrystal The Black Jewel]], a magical tracking device that can bore its way into Dorian's brain and kill him if he causes trouble. * ChekhovsGun: Averted; at one point, Hawkmoon and D'Averc are scampering up some hills and D'Averc finds a bullet, from one of the old guns; he comments on it, and then tucks it away. That is the first and last that we hear of the bullet. * TheEmpire: [[CaptainObvious Granbretan.]] * {{Evil Brit}}s: Gee, ya ''think?'' * FeudalFuture * GodEmperor: King-Emperor Huon of Granbretan, a [[AgeWithoutYouth very long-lived]] being kept going by living in a [[DarkLordOnLifeSupport life-support sphere.]] * HeroicSacrifice: In ''The Runestaff'', [[spoiler: all the heroes except Dorian and Yisselda.]] * HorseOfADifferentColor: Kamarg's horned horses and [[GiantFlyer ridable flamingos.]] * ImmortalityInducer: King-Emperor Huon's life is indefinitely prolonged by the Throne Globe, an elaborate piece of LostTechnology. * [[IntangibleMan Intangible People]]: The Wraith-folk of Soryandum. * LivingMacGuffin: [[spoiler: The Runestaff,]] initially-- and one of the few male examples. * {{Magitek}}: Granbretan favors scientist-sorcerors. * MalevolentMaskedMen: All Granbretan nobles-- in fact, they feel naked without them. * MoneyDearBoy: WordOfGod says so, though with some higher aspirations: -->"The Hawkmoon books were written for money and took three days each to do. But I still tried to make them the best I could do of their kind. In the end it's the public who pay me and I feel I owe readers the best value for their money I can produce, irrespective of genre or level of ambition." * NeverFoundTheBody: [[spoiler: Baron Meliadus]] * ThoseMagnificentFlyingMachines: Granbretan's ornithopters. * SummoningArtifact: The Sword of the Dawn, which can call forth the nigh-infinite [[ArmyOfTheDead Legion of the Dawn.]] * VanishingVillage: [[spoiler: Castle Brass]] takes refuge in another dimension for a while. ----
9th Mar '13 5:23:45 PM WillBGood
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* GodEmperor: King-Emperor Huon of Granbretan, a [[AgeWithoutYouth very long-lived]] being kept going by living in a [[PeopleJars life-support sphere.]]
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* GodEmperor: King-Emperor Huon of Granbretan, a [[AgeWithoutYouth very long-lived]] being kept going by living in a [[PeopleJars [[DarkLordOnLifeSupport life-support sphere.]]
7th Nov '12 1:12:21 PM nombretomado
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* AllHailTheGreatGodMickey: Granbretan, at least, has a pantheon of gods, including a quartet named [[TheBeatles Jhone, Jhorg, Phowl, and Rhunga.]]
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* AllHailTheGreatGodMickey: Granbretan, at least, has a pantheon of gods, including a quartet named [[TheBeatles [[Music/TheBeatles Jhone, Jhorg, Phowl, and Rhunga.]]
3rd Oct '12 11:26:57 PM drrobbo
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* ChekhovsGun: Averted; at one point, Hawkmoon and D'Averc are scampering up some hills and D'Averc finds a bullet, from one of the old guns; he comments on it, and then tucks it away. That is the first and last that we hear of the bullet.
13th Mar '12 1:32:50 PM ccoa
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* ImmortalityTalisman: King-Emperor Huon's life is indefinitely prolonged by the Throne Globe, an elaborate piece of LostTechnology.
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* ImmortalityTalisman: ImmortalityInducer: King-Emperor Huon's life is indefinitely prolonged by the Throne Globe, an elaborate piece of LostTechnology.
23rd Feb '12 7:45:07 AM ccoa
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* ImmortalityTalisman: King-Emperor Huon's life is indefinitely prolonged by the Throne Globe, an elaborate piece of LostTechnology.
3rd Nov '11 9:16:03 AM WillBGood
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* Magitek: Granbretan favors scientist-sorcerors.
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* Magitek: {{Magitek}}: Granbretan favors scientist-sorcerors.
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