History NightmareFuel / TheKingkillerChronicle

3rd Feb '16 7:42:09 PM ReaderAt2046
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** Sympathy magic in general is this once it's clear that the usual superhero limitations on that kind of thing don't apply and it can be as easily applied to people as anything else energy and cost-wise. It's a good thing none of the characters have seen all the voodoo movies and novels that the average audience member has, otherwise the setting would sink into Conan-style dueling sorcerer warlords in about five minutes.

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** Sympathy magic in general is this once it's clear that the usual superhero limitations on that kind of thing don't apply and it can be as easily applied to people as anything else energy and cost-wise. It's a good thing none of the characters have seen all the voodoo movies and novels that the average audience member has, otherwise the setting would sink into Conan-style dueling sorcerer warlords in about five minutes. For that matter, it ''has'' done exactly that at multiple points in the past.
7th Aug '15 10:00:35 AM RaisenRhaasen
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** Bast's reaction to it could count as well. We've known him for the past book and a half as someone who's rather silly and cheerful (except when it comes to defending Kvothe, but still, an easygoing guy). And when the Ctheah is mentioned, he FREAKS OUT. Horrifyingly.

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** Bast's reaction to it could count as well. We've known him for the past book and a half as someone who's rather silly and cheerful (except when it comes to defending Kvothe, but still, an easygoing guy). And when the Ctheah Cthaeh is mentioned, he FREAKS OUT. Horrifyingly.



** And after you read all of that, go back to the Plum Bob. What it happened to Kvothe needs for the Plum Bob to be circulating in the Accademy. A place ''full'' of people capable of using sympathy. Now let that sink in.
* Onomancy doesn't become one only because it's extremely harder to use, let alone master, but it's far scarier. Studying it is enough to make people lose their mind. And that happens, quite frequently, to the point the Accademy has a quite large asylum built in for them. However, once you mastered something's name, you can make it do anything, without sympathy's drawbacks and limitations. The first time Kvothe uses it, he calls the wind to hit Amborse and compares it to the hand of god hitting him. And you can know ''people's'' names...
* When you think about it, Felurian is a serial rapist/murderer. She forces people to have sex with her against their will by using her innate magic, and continues until they go insane or die. Kvothe's flashback to his attempted rape on the streets of Tarabon is what lets him break her control, which seems to hint that Rothfuss isn't blind to this fact.

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** And after you read all of that, go back to the Plum Bob. What it happened to Kvothe needs for the Plum Bob to be circulating in the Accademy.Academy. A place ''full'' of people capable of using sympathy. Now let that sink in.
* Onomancy doesn't become one only because it's extremely harder to use, let alone master, but it's far scarier. Studying it is enough to make people lose their mind. And that happens, quite frequently, to the point the Accademy Academy has a quite large asylum built in for them. However, once you mastered something's name, you can make it do anything, without sympathy's drawbacks and limitations. The first time Kvothe uses it, he calls the wind to hit Amborse Ambrose and compares it to the hand of god hitting him. And you can know ''people's'' names...
* When you think about it, Felurian is a serial rapist/murderer. She forces people to have sex with her against their will by using her innate magic, and continues until they go insane or die. Kvothe's flashback to his attempted rape on the streets of Tarabon Tarbean is what lets him break her control, which seems to hint that Rothfuss isn't blind to this fact.
3rd May '15 2:57:20 PM Mantyf
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* Onomancy doesn't become one only because it's extremely harder to use, let alone master, but it's far scarier. Studying it is enough to make people lose their mind. And that happens, quite frequently, to the point the Accademy has a quite large asylum built in for them. However, once you mastered something's name, you can make it do anything, without sympathy's drawbacks and limitations. The first time Kvothe uses it, he calls the wind to hit Amborse and compares it to the hand of god hitting him. And you can know ''people's'' names...
3rd May '15 2:33:58 PM Mantyf
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** And after you read all of that, go back to the Plum Bob. What it happened to Kvothe needs for the Plum Bob to be circulating in the Accademy. A place ''full'' of people capable of using sympathy. Now let that sink in.
25th Feb '15 8:09:38 AM Alxiz
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* The homeless boys in Tarbean who attack Kvothe, hold him down, and start cutting away his clothes. Attempted rape is all but outright stated.

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* The homeless boys in Tarbean who attack Kvothe, hold him down, and start cutting away his clothes. Attempted rape is all but outright stated.



* The Chandrian. Any scene in which they appear or are mentioned is enough to freak the hell out of most people reading the book. Much of the fear surrounding the Chandrian (for in-universe characters and the readers both) is the fact that [[ShroudedInMyth we know hardly anything about them]]. No clear motives, no patterns, not even how many of them there are (some say one, others seven). Just "Lightning from a clear blue sky". And trying to find out details makes bad things happen.
* Kvothe using the bandit's body as a Sympathy link to kill the others.
* Kvothe's cold-blooded murder of the fake Edemah Ruh clan. His reasons? Totally understandable, but ''damn.'' May also count as a CrowningMomentOfAwesome.

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* The Chandrian. Any scene in which they appear or are mentioned is enough to freak the hell out of most people reading the book. Much of the fear surrounding the Chandrian (for in-universe characters and the readers both) is the fact that [[ShroudedInMyth we know hardly anything about them]]. No clear motives, no patterns, not even how many of them there are (some say one, others seven).are. Just "Lightning from a clear blue sky". And trying to find out details makes bad things happen.
* Kvothe using the bandit's body as a Sympathy link to kill the others.
* Kvothe's cold-blooded murder of the fake Edemah Edema Ruh clan. His reasons? Totally understandable, but ''damn.'' May also count as a CrowningMomentOfAwesome.



* Kvothe and four other hired mercenaries assault a bandit encampment near Severen. The bandits outnumber Kvothe's squad by about ten times their number, so when everything goes to hell what does Kvothe do? He uses a creative use of sympathy to kill half a dozen men by linking the living bandits to a dead body and stabbing the dead one over and over and over. He then has one of his squad fire an arrow at a large tree in the centre of the camp and links it to a gigantic fire nearby. He, in essence, turns it into on huge lightning rod, which it swiftly becomes and explodes, killing over two dozen of the bandits and all but destroying the camp.

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* The absolutely terrifying things one can do with malfeasance. [[spoiler: Ambrose gets some of Kvothe's blood after Kvothe breaks into Ambrose's rooms.]] Kvothe is subject to hyperthermia, hypothermia, and random stab wounds, and has no idea who is doing it.
** What Kvothe does to the bandits hiding in the Eld when he begins attacking with sympathy.
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Kvothe and four other hired mercenaries assault a fortified bandit encampment near Severen. encampment. The bandits outnumber Kvothe's squad by about ten times their number, four to one, so when everything goes to hell what does Kvothe do? He uses gets a creative use of sympathy to kill half a dozen men by linking the living corpse and pulls his knife. The bandits to a dead body get invisible knives stabbed into their kidneys, their eyes, cutting their throats and stabbing the dead one over and over and over. tendons in their legs. And they have no idea what's happening or how to stop it. He then has one of his squad fire an arrow at turns a large tree in the centre middle of the camp and links it to a gigantic fire nearby. He, in essence, turns it encampment into on a huge lightning rod, which it swiftly becomes and explodes, rod. [[TruthInTelevision The tree explodes]], killing over two almost a dozen of the bandits and all but destroying the camp.camp.
*** The other members of the group include three seasoned mercenaries, and an Adem mercenary. The four of them together killed six bandits. [[OneManArmy Kvothe by himself killed seventeen.]]



* When you think about it, Felurian is a serial rapist/murderer. She forces people to have sex with her against their will by using her innate magic, and continues until they go insane or die. Kvothe's flashback to his attempted rape on the streets of Tarabon is what lets him break her control, which seems to hint that Rothfuss isn't blind to this fact.

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* When you think about it, Felurian is a serial rapist/murderer. She forces people to have sex with her against their will by using her innate magic, and continues until they go insane or die. Kvothe's flashback to his attempted rape on the streets of Tarabon is what lets him break her control, which seems to hint that Rothfuss isn't blind to this fact.
25th Feb '15 6:54:43 AM Alxiz
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* Kvothe returns from a frolic in the woods to find his troupe's wagons burning, his family murdered and bloody on the ground. A group of strangers sit at his parents' fire; one of the figures obviously inhuman, with completely black eyes.
* The homeless boys in Tarbean who attack Kvothe, hold him down, and start cutting away his clothes. Attempted rape is all but outright stated.
5th Nov '13 10:36:56 AM Diagoras
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* When you think about it, Felurian is a serial rapist/murderer. She forces people to have sex with her against their will by using her innate magic, and continues until they go insane or die. Kvothe's flashback to his attempted rape on the streets of Tarabon is what lets him break her control, which seems to hint that Rothfuss isn't blind to this fact.
22nd Oct '13 9:06:12 PM naralian
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** Sympathy magic in general is this once it's clear that the usual superhero limitations on that kind of thing don't apply and it can be as easily applied to people as anything else energy and cost-wise. It's a good thing none of the characters have seen all the voodoo movies and novels that the average audience member has, otherwise the setting would sink into Conan-style dueling sorcerer warlords in about five minutes.
22nd Oct '13 9:02:35 PM naralian
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** Sort of the opposite of why the Chandrian are scary, the extermination of the bandits would easily be interpreted at anger over their crimes, making it a pretty understandable heroic action. But his thought process is instead fully explained, and it's clear that he's mostly killing them because they're... making the Ruh look bad, more than anything else. Sin of Pride strikes again, and you wonder if next time the reaction won't be as incidentally deserved.
20th Jun '13 2:31:45 PM Opunaesala
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!!Book One:

* The Denner Resin in general, given that it's shown to be highly addictive and ruin the lives of most users. The creepiest scene, though, is when Denna realizes she's eaten it, and worries that she might become an addict.



* The Denner Resin in general, given that it's shown to be highly addictive and ruin the lives of most users. The creepiest scene, though, is when Denna realizes she's eaten it, and worries that she might become an addict.
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