History NightmareFuel / Shannara

13th Jul '17 5:44:34 AM Ingonyama
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** One often forgotten about is the Caves of Night, which are ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin--nothing can penetrate the darkness except the Fire Wake and, later, Jair's use of the vision crystal. Worse still is that the caves are full of Procks, some sort of halfway-sentient holes in the floor that endlessly open and close, [[CruelAndUnusualDeath grinding and chewing anything which falls into them]]. [[RewardedAsATraitorDeserves Naturally]] this happens to Stythys (himself something of a form of NightmareFuel), but the idea of even the disturbing, FoeYay-indulging Mwellret suffering this fate is still rather terrifying. And while Jair's party does eventually escape thanks to his Wishsong and the vision crystal, there's the moment after Stythys's death, when the Fire Wake dissolved and they were left alone in utter darkness, unable to move, with the sounds of the grinding Procks all around them...

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** One often forgotten about is the Caves of Night, which are ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin--nothing can penetrate the darkness except the Fire Wake and, later, Jair's use of the vision crystal. Worse still is that the caves are full of Procks, some sort of halfway-sentient holes in the floor that endlessly open and close, [[CruelAndUnusualDeath grinding and chewing anything which falls into them]]. [[RewardedAsATraitorDeserves Naturally]] this happens to Stythys (himself something of a form of NightmareFuel), but the idea of even the disturbing, FoeYay-indulging Mwellret suffering this fate is still rather terrifying. And while Jair's party does eventually escape thanks to his Wishsong and the vision crystal, there's the moment after Stythys's death, when the Fire Wake dissolved and they were left alone in utter darkness, unable to move, with [[HellIsThatNoise the sounds of the grinding Procks all around them...them]]...
1st Jun '17 4:52:55 AM DoktorvonEurotrash
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** Among the many deaths in that book, that of [[spoiler:Eowen Cerise]] is terrifying. She is separated from her companions, and when Wren finds her, she is being drained by [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Drakuls]]. She is described with "her mouth was open, as if she was trying to breathe -- or scream." [[spoiler:She then turns into a Drakul herself, and Wren has to kill her.]]
2nd May '17 11:12:15 PM AmbarSonofDeshar
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** In ''The Talismans Of Shannara'' there's the Four Horsemen, Shadowen in the form of Death, War, Pestilence and Famine, who have trapped Walker Boh in a tower, and are almost impossible to defeat. Death is who you expect him to be, the Grim Reaper. War is a massive figure clad in spike-covered armor and carrying dozens of weapons. Pestilence is a humanoid form made up of disease-carrying locust. Famine is a grotesquely emaciated man, so thin that he's basically just a skeleton with skin over it. It takes a HeroicSacrifice by Cloghan to motivate Walker to destroy them.

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** In ''The Talismans Of Shannara'' there's the Four Horsemen, Shadowen in the form of Death, War, Pestilence and Famine, who have trapped Walker Boh in a tower, and are almost impossible to defeat. Death is who you expect him to be, the Grim Reaper. War is a massive figure clad in spike-covered armor and carrying dozens of weapons. Pestilence is a humanoid form made up of disease-carrying locust. Famine is a grotesquely emaciated man, so thin that he's basically just a skeleton with skin over it. It takes a HeroicSacrifice by Cloghan Cogline to motivate Walker to destroy them.
26th Feb '17 1:01:28 PM SorPepita
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* Then there's the [[Literature/TheWishsongOfShannara Jachyras]], which were so bad that they were turned into SealedEvilInACan by both the good and evil faeries long before they started trying to do that to each other. An 8-10 ft tall monster with flame red skin almost hot enough to burn, a barking call that sounds like maniacal laughter, poisonous claws that not only poison your body but your spirit as well, and they literally [[CombatSadomasochist feed off pain]], both that which they inflict, and which they receive. And to top it all off one of them was able to [[spoiler: Kill the most powerful druid ever]]
** One often forgotten about is the Caves of Night, which are ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin--nothing can penetrate the darkness except the Fire Wake and, later, Jair's use of the vision crystal. Worse still is that the caves are full of Procks, some sort of halfway-sentient holes in the floor that endlessly open and close, [[CruelAndUnusualDeath grinding and chewing anything which falls into them]]. [[RewardedAsATraitorDeserves Naturally]] this happens to Stythys (himself something of a form of NightmareFuel), but the idea of even the disturbing, FoeYay-indulging Mwellret suffering this fate is still rather terrifying. And while Jair's party does eventually escape thanks to his wishsong and the vision crystal, there's the moment after Stythys's death, when the Fire Wake dissolved and they were left alone in utter darkness, unable to move, with the sounds of the grinding Procks all around them...
* [[Literature/TheHeritageOfShannara The Shadowen]]. The way they look when they reveal themselves is bad enough, that they basically have a Darth Sidious {{Expy}} as their leader makes it worse. And then they try to pull a TomatoInTheMirror on the hero, and turn his brother into one of them temporarily to facilitate this by essentially killing the hero's HeroicResolve. [[ParanoiaFuel They could be anyone, they are always watching for magic, just so they can eat it up...]]

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* Then there's the [[Literature/TheWishsongOfShannara Jachyras]], which were so bad that they were turned into SealedEvilInACan by both the good and evil faeries long before they started trying to do that to each other. An 8-10 ft tall monster with flame red skin almost hot enough to burn, a barking call that sounds like maniacal laughter, poisonous claws that not only poison your body but your spirit as well, and they literally [[CombatSadomasochist feed off pain]], both that which they inflict, and which they receive. And to top it all off one of them was able to [[spoiler: Kill [[spoiler:kill the most powerful druid ever]]
ever.]]
** One often forgotten about is the Caves of Night, which are ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin--nothing can penetrate the darkness except the Fire Wake and, later, Jair's use of the vision crystal. Worse still is that the caves are full of Procks, some sort of halfway-sentient holes in the floor that endlessly open and close, [[CruelAndUnusualDeath grinding and chewing anything which falls into them]]. [[RewardedAsATraitorDeserves Naturally]] this happens to Stythys (himself something of a form of NightmareFuel), but the idea of even the disturbing, FoeYay-indulging Mwellret suffering this fate is still rather terrifying. And while Jair's party does eventually escape thanks to his wishsong Wishsong and the vision crystal, there's the moment after Stythys's death, when the Fire Wake dissolved and they were left alone in utter darkness, unable to move, with the sounds of the grinding Procks all around them...
* [[Literature/TheHeritageOfShannara The Shadowen]]. The way they look when they reveal themselves is bad enough, that they basically have a Darth Sidious {{Expy}} as their leader makes it worse. And then they try to pull a TomatoInTheMirror on the hero, and turn his brother into one of them temporarily to facilitate this by essentially killing the hero's HeroicResolve. [[ParanoiaFuel They could be anyone, anyone; they are always watching for magic, just so they can eat it up...]]



*** When Pestilence is killed, he doesnt just die like the other Horsemen, he dissolves into a cloud of insects.
*** Despite what the cover says, Death isnt a skeleton draped in a cloak, he's literally just a cloaked figure, you never see whats underneath. There might not even be anything, his hands are never visible either even when he's holding his scythe.

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*** When Pestilence is killed, he doesnt doesn't just die like the other Horsemen, he dissolves into a cloud of insects.
*** Despite what the cover says, Death isnt isn't a skeleton draped in a cloak, cloak; he's literally just a cloaked figure, you never see whats what's underneath. There might not even be anything, his hands are never visible either even when he's holding his scythe.
26th Feb '17 12:49:11 PM SorPepita
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** In ''The Talismans Of Shannara'' there's the Four Horsemen, Shadowen in the form of Death, War, Pestilence and Famine, who have trapped Walker Boh in a tower, and are almost impossible to defeat. Death is who you expect him to be, the Grim Reaper. War is a massive figure clad in spike-covered armor and carrying dozens of weapons. Pestilence is a humanoid form made up of disease-carrying locust. Famine is a grotesquely emaciated man, so thin that he's basically just a skeleton with skin over it. It takes a HeroicSacrfice by Cloghan to motivate Walker to destroy them.

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** In ''The Talismans Of Shannara'' there's the Four Horsemen, Shadowen in the form of Death, War, Pestilence and Famine, who have trapped Walker Boh in a tower, and are almost impossible to defeat. Death is who you expect him to be, the Grim Reaper. War is a massive figure clad in spike-covered armor and carrying dozens of weapons. Pestilence is a humanoid form made up of disease-carrying locust. Famine is a grotesquely emaciated man, so thin that he's basically just a skeleton with skin over it. It takes a HeroicSacrfice HeroicSacrifice by Cloghan to motivate Walker to destroy them.



* The DeathWorld that is Morrowindl, the last refuge of the Elves. The ''entire island'' is a terrifying hell teeming with demons, monsters and all manner of horrors, with only a barrier keeping them away from the Elven city, and even that is slowly failing. During the characters escape from the island, with the city now held inside the Loden crystal, Wren loses almost every one of her friends and companions, including long-time partner Garth. Only four people manage to reach the island shore for rescue before a volcano destroys it, finally burning the cursed place.

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* The DeathWorld that is Morrowindl, the last refuge of the Elves. The ''entire island'' is a terrifying hell teeming with demons, monsters and all manner of horrors, with only a barrier keeping them away from the Elven city, and even that is slowly failing. During the characters characters' escape from the island, with the city now held inside the Loden crystal, Wren loses almost every one of her friends and companions, including long-time partner Garth. Only four people manage to reach the island shore for rescue before a volcano destroys it, finally burning the cursed place.
25th Dec '16 3:16:27 AM SilentStranger
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** In ''The Talismans Of Shannara'' there's the Four Horsemen, Shadowen in the form of Death, War, Pestilence and Famine, who have trapped Walker Boh in a tower, and are almost impossible to defeat. Death is who you expect him to be, the Grim Reaper. War is a massive figure clad in spike-covered armor and carrying dozens of weapons. Pestilence is a humanoid form made up of disease-carrying locust. Famine is a grotesquely emaciated man, so thin that he's basically just a skeleton with skin over it. It takes a HeroicSacrfice by Cloghan to motivate Walker to destroy them.
*** When Pestilence is killed, he doesnt just die like the other Horsemen, he dissolves into a cloud of insects.
*** Despite what the cover says, Death isnt a skeleton draped in a cloak, he's literally just a cloaked figure, you never see whats underneath. There might not even be anything, his hands are never visible either even when he's holding his scythe.
* The DeathWorld that is Morrowindl, the last refuge of the Elves. The ''entire island'' is a terrifying hell teeming with demons, monsters and all manner of horrors, with only a barrier keeping them away from the Elven city, and even that is slowly failing. During the characters escape from the island, with the city now held inside the Loden crystal, Wren loses almost every one of her friends and companions, including long-time partner Garth. Only four people manage to reach the island shore for rescue before a volcano destroys it, finally burning the cursed place.
14th Mar '16 6:50:50 PM Prfnoff
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* Another Shannara series, the ''VoyageOfTheJerleShannara'' series, features Truls Rohk, a [[GoodIsNotNice caustic and sarcastic]] half-shapeshifter, but a close friend of the protagonist Bek. Shapeshifters in this setting are spirits, less individuals than collective minds with multiple manifestations, changing freely as they wish. Truls is almost never seen without his full cloak, and eventually the reader learns why: [[spoiler: his body is a malformed, ever-shifting maelstrom of flesh and blood in vague human shape, bits of it mutating, healing, decaying and tearing apart forever with exposed bones and rivulets of blood and half-formed organs]]. He is... understandably bitter, since he is apparently so hideous his own father wanted him dead the moment he saw him.

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* Another Shannara series, the ''VoyageOfTheJerleShannara'' series, ''Literature/TheVoyageOfTheJerleShannara'', features Truls Rohk, a [[GoodIsNotNice caustic and sarcastic]] half-shapeshifter, but a close friend of the protagonist Bek. Shapeshifters in this setting are spirits, less individuals than collective minds with multiple manifestations, changing freely as they wish. Truls is almost never seen without his full cloak, and eventually the reader learns why: [[spoiler: his body is a malformed, ever-shifting maelstrom of flesh and blood in vague human shape, bits of it mutating, healing, decaying and tearing apart forever with exposed bones and rivulets of blood and half-formed organs]]. He is... understandably bitter, since he is apparently so hideous his own father wanted him dead the moment he saw him.
19th Oct '15 7:11:33 AM Morgenthaler
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* Then there's the [[TheWishsongOfShannara Jachyras]], which were so bad that they were turned into SealedEvilInACan by both the good and evil faeries long before they started trying to do that to each other. An 8-10 ft tall monster with flame red skin almost hot enough to burn, a barking call that sounds like maniacal laughter, poisonous claws that not only poison your body but your spirit as well, and they literally [[CombatSadomasochist feed off pain]], both that which they inflict, and which they receive. And to top it all off one of them was able to [[spoiler: Kill the most powerful druid ever]]

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* Then there's the [[TheWishsongOfShannara [[Literature/TheWishsongOfShannara Jachyras]], which were so bad that they were turned into SealedEvilInACan by both the good and evil faeries long before they started trying to do that to each other. An 8-10 ft tall monster with flame red skin almost hot enough to burn, a barking call that sounds like maniacal laughter, poisonous claws that not only poison your body but your spirit as well, and they literally [[CombatSadomasochist feed off pain]], both that which they inflict, and which they receive. And to top it all off one of them was able to [[spoiler: Kill the most powerful druid ever]]
22nd Mar '13 12:09:43 PM Xtifr
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* ''FirstKingOfShannara'': The three traitors following their transformation by Brona. They end up as hunched, mewling, self-loathing ''things'' driven by their own hatred and Brona's. RewardedAsATraitorDeserves much?

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* ''FirstKingOfShannara'': ''Literature/FirstKingOfShannara'': The three traitors following their transformation by Brona. They end up as hunched, mewling, self-loathing ''things'' driven by their own hatred and Brona's. RewardedAsATraitorDeserves much?
30th Oct '12 9:23:29 PM TVRulezAgain
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** Also from ''Voyage'': [[BigBad The Morgawr]]. A giant lizard man who gains his powers by feeding on the LifeEnergy of his victims. He turns people into [[PeoplePuppets puppets]] by [[BrainFood pulling out their brains and eating them]], leaving them with their skills but no free will. He's devoured his way through thousands of victims, delights in feasting on people's minds just for fun, and broke the Ilse Witch as a child just so he could deny Walker her power. The scenes where he feeds on the airship crews are purely this, and establish him as the only CompleteMonster in the whole franchise. [[RoboticPsychopath Antrax]]'s wronks are just as bad: {{Hollywood Cyborg}}s slaved to Antrax's drivers who can only obey its orders, even while their still living minds scream for them not to. The fate of magic users is worse: Antrax drugs them into believing they are under attack, and when they try to defend themselves, it drains of their powers, using them as batteries for the rest of their lives.

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** Also from ''Voyage'': [[BigBad The Morgawr]]. A giant lizard man who gains his powers by feeding on the LifeEnergy of his victims. He turns people into [[PeoplePuppets puppets]] by [[BrainFood pulling out their brains and eating them]], leaving them with their skills but no free will. He's devoured his way through thousands of victims, delights in feasting on people's minds just for fun, and broke the Ilse Witch as a child just so he could deny Walker her power. The scenes where he feeds on the airship crews are purely this, and establish him as the only CompleteMonster in the whole franchise.this. [[RoboticPsychopath Antrax]]'s wronks are just as bad: {{Hollywood Cyborg}}s slaved to Antrax's drivers who can only obey its orders, even while their still living minds scream for them not to. The fate of magic users is worse: Antrax drugs them into believing they are under attack, and when they try to defend themselves, it drains of their powers, using them as batteries for the rest of their lives.
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