History Series / LegendOfTheSeeker

18th Jun '16 6:29:54 PM Fireblood
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* DePower: The quillions can remove magic from a person (unlike the books, it doesn't require them to die).



* DePower: The quillions can remove magic from a person (unlike the books, it doesn't require them to die).



* DevilButNoGod: Unlike in the book series, the Creator ''does'' show up.... maybe. And like in ''Literature/TheSalvationWar'', ''everyone'' who dies goes to a FireAndBrimstoneHell. However, Darken Rahl implies at one point that it's only because the veil has been torn that everyone who dies goes there -- in the normal course of things, only bad people go there, while good people go to some unspecified but presumably much nicer place to "bask in the Creator's light forever".[[note]]In the books it's explained that the underworld has levels of a sort, with the righteous becoming "good spirits" that dwell on the top near the light, while the evil plunge down to the depths where they're tormented.[[/note]]

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* DevilButNoGod: Unlike in the book series, the Creator ''does'' show up.... maybe. And like in ''Literature/TheSalvationWar'', ''everyone'' who dies goes to a FireAndBrimstoneHell. However, Darken Rahl implies at one point that it's only because the veil has been torn that everyone who dies goes there -- in the normal course of things, only bad people go there, while good people go to some unspecified but presumably much nicer place to "bask in the Creator's light forever".[[note]]In the books it's explained that the underworld has levels of a sort, with the righteous becoming "good spirits" that dwell on the top near the light, while the evil wicked plunge down to into the depths where they're tormented.[[/note]]
11th Jun '16 4:00:31 PM nombretomado
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* AdaptationExplanationExtrication: In the [[SwordOfTruth first book]], the title of ''The Book of Counted Shadows''[[note]]an in-universe book that serves as the instruction manual for the Boxes of Orden[[/note]] refers to how the boxes each cast a different number of shadows when they're in direct sunlight. In the series, the boxes display no such quality, but the book keeps its title.

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* AdaptationExplanationExtrication: In the [[SwordOfTruth [[Literature/SwordOfTruth first book]], the title of ''The Book of Counted Shadows''[[note]]an in-universe book that serves as the instruction manual for the Boxes of Orden[[/note]] refers to how the boxes each cast a different number of shadows when they're in direct sunlight. In the series, the boxes display no such quality, but the book keeps its title.



* ChildByRape: As in the SwordOfTruth novels, all children of Confessors are conceived this way, as their mates have lost all free will and do as the Confessor wishes. They come back to their senses at the Confessor's death, with poor reactions: Kahlan's father forced her sister and her to use their powers for evil, binding their wrists if they refused. The only other living Confessor was locked in a tower all her life by her father out of fear.

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* ChildByRape: As in the SwordOfTruth Literature/SwordOfTruth novels, all children of Confessors are conceived this way, as their mates have lost all free will and do as the Confessor wishes. They come back to their senses at the Confessor's death, with poor reactions: Kahlan's father forced her sister and her to use their powers for evil, binding their wrists if they refused. The only other living Confessor was locked in a tower all her life by her father out of fear.



* EarlyBirdCameo: Though the seasons have been based roughly on the first and second [[SwordOfTruth books]], they've used characters and plot points from much later in the series.

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* EarlyBirdCameo: Though the seasons have been based roughly on the first and second [[SwordOfTruth [[Literature/SwordOfTruth books]], they've used characters and plot points from much later in the series.



** [[spoiler:In the season 2 finale it manages to keep Richard from being Confessed by Kahlan, make Kahlan snap out of the Con Dar, and [[SwissArmyTears makes a completely new stone of tears.]] The first bit is a nod to the end of [[SwordOfTruth the first book]], and was in fact foreshadowed by Richard himself in "Eternity".]]

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** [[spoiler:In the season 2 finale it manages to keep Richard from being Confessed by Kahlan, make Kahlan snap out of the Con Dar, and [[SwissArmyTears makes a completely new stone of tears.]] The first bit is a nod to the end of [[SwordOfTruth [[Literature/SwordOfTruth the first book]], and was in fact foreshadowed by Richard himself in "Eternity".]]
22nd May '16 5:56:09 PM Fireblood
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* TheAtoner: Panis Rahl, after seeing how Darken turned out. He fathers Richard specifically to stop Darken, and then Jennsen as well after Richard is believed to have been murdered.



[[spoiler:Nicci is blonde after coming BackFromTheDead.]]
** Panis Rahl... sort of. Panis Rahl is nowhere near as evil or sadistic as his son, Darken. Panis may have been corrupt, but not to an extent that is unusual of a stereotypical king. Also, he seems to be genuinely looking for redemption when he finds Richard. [[spoiler:[[RedemptionEqualsDeath He gets it]]]].



* LukeIAmYourFather: [[spoiler:Rahl tells Richard he is his brother, though at first it's unclear whether he's telling the truth.]] And before that revelation, Richard learns [[spoiler:Zedd is his grandfather]]. Confirmed at the start of season 2 by a former servant of Panis Rahl and Darken Rahl's ghost. [[spoiler:Also confirmed by the fact that Cara's Mord-Sith powers fail when Richard dies and return when he is resurrected (Mord-Sith only have their powers as long as a Rahl is alive).]]

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* LukeIAmYourFather: [[spoiler:Rahl tells Richard he is his brother, though at first it's unclear whether he's telling the truth.]] And before that revelation, Richard learns [[spoiler:Zedd is his grandfather]]. Confirmed at the start of season 2 by a former servant of Panis Rahl and Darken Rahl's ghost. [[spoiler:Also confirmed by the fact that Cara's Mord-Sith powers fail when Richard dies and return when he is resurrected (Mord-Sith only have their powers as long as a Rahl is alive). Panis Rahl in his disguised form later reveals he is Richard's father as well.]]
22nd May '16 2:03:48 PM Morgenthaler
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* BlondesAreEvil: [[spoiler:Nicci is blonde after coming BackFromTheDead.]]
* BlondGuysAreEvil: Panis Rahl... sort of. Panis Rahl is nowhere near as evil or sadistic as his son, Darken. Panis may have been corrupt, but not to an extent that is unusual of a stereotypical king. Also, he seems to be genuinely looking for redemption when he finds Richard. [[spoiler:[[RedemptionEqualsDeath He gets it]]]].
19th May '16 8:36:10 PM Fireblood
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** The prequel ''Debt of Bones'' shows us that the young Zedd had brown hair. Here, he's portrayed as being blond in his youth.
18th Apr '16 7:53:41 PM Fireblood
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* AdaptationalHeroism: In the ''Literature/SwordOfTruth'' series, Richard's brother, Michael, is a villain of the first book, who's willingly in league with Darken Rahl, and executed after his treachery is found out. In this, he is instead fooled into serving Rahl and when push comes to shove, he sides with his brother, [[spoiler:dying in a HeroicSacrifice]].

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* AdaptationalHeroism: In the ''Literature/SwordOfTruth'' series, Richard's brother, step-brother, Michael, is a villain of the first book, who's willingly in league with Darken Rahl, and executed after his treachery is found out. In this, he is instead fooled into serving Rahl and when push comes to shove, he sides with his brother, [[spoiler:dying in a HeroicSacrifice]].



** Panis Rahl is dead by the time of the books (at Zedd's hand) and a brutal tyrant without any redeeming qualities. Here he's never seen to be anything but a mildly corrupt king, and tries to stop his son Darken Rahl when he sees his evil by fathering a second son, Richard, who's prophesied to defeat Darken. Then, presumably when he hears Darken killed all newborn boys in Brennidon to kill Richard, he fathers a daughter for the same purpose, who also plays a part in Darken's defeat. The only questionable things we see him do is to kill Caracticus Zorrander, Zedd's father (which was in revenge for Caracticus' attempt to murder his son), plus seducing Richard and Jennsen's mother [[BedTrick in the guise of another man]]. He later spends decades as a monk [[TheAtoner atoning for what he did wrong]], helps Richard to find the Stone of Tears in the form of a scholar, and after this he sacrifices his live for Zedd's.

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** Panis Rahl is dead by the time of the books (at Zedd's hand) and a brutal tyrant without any redeeming qualities. Here he's never seen to be anything but a mildly corrupt king, and tries to stop his son Darken Rahl when he sees his evil by fathering a second son, Richard, who's prophesied to defeat Darken. Then, presumably when he hears Darken killed all newborn boys in Brennidon to kill Richard, he fathers a daughter for the same purpose, who also plays a part in Darken's defeat. The only questionable things we see him do is to kill Caracticus Zorrander, Zedd's father (which was in revenge for Caracticus' attempt to murder his son), plus seducing Richard and Jennsen's mother [[BedTrick in the guise of another man]]. He later spends decades as a monk [[TheAtoner atoning for what he did wrong]], helps Richard to find the Stone of Tears in the form of a scholar, and after this he sacrifices his live life for Zedd's.
18th Apr '16 7:50:38 PM Fireblood
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The first season roughly follows the plot of ''Wizard's First Rule'': There's an [[BigBad evil wizard]] named [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Darken Rahl]], [[EvilOverlord who wants to use the Boxes of Orden to take over]] [[EvilIsSexy the world]], and opposing him are Zeddicus Zu'l Zorander, [[TheSmartGuy wise and sarcastic wizard of the First Order]]; Kahlan Amnell, [[LadyofWar a powerful, determined and idealistic]] ActionGirl belonging to the mighty order of the Confessors; and Richard Cypher, a kind woodsman full of compassion who is also an extremely capable fighter [[ChosenOne prophesied]] to become the True Seeker, using the mighty Sword of Truth to kill Rahl and save the world.

While the characters, setting, and central conflict are the same as the book, other aspects of the story were changed in adaptation. The series was cancelled after its second season (and Creator/{{Disney}} (who produced the show through their distribution arm, Disney-Creator/{{ABC}} Domestic Television) later admitted that it was due to ''Sword of Truth'' fans complaining about ''every little change'' made while adapting the book), but a [[http://www.saveourseeker.com fan campaign]] is going strong to try and [[TheFilmOfTheSeries fund a movie adaptation]] of the show.

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The first season roughly follows the plot of ''Wizard's First Rule'': There's there's an [[BigBad evil wizard]] named [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Darken Rahl]], [[EvilOverlord who wants to use the Boxes of Orden to take over]] [[EvilIsSexy the world]], and opposing him are Zeddicus Zu'l Zorander, [[TheSmartGuy wise and sarcastic wizard of the First Order]]; Kahlan Amnell, [[LadyofWar a powerful, determined and idealistic]] ActionGirl belonging to the mighty order of the Confessors; and Richard Cypher, a kind woodsman full of compassion who is also an extremely capable fighter [[ChosenOne prophesied]] to become the True Seeker, using the mighty Sword of Truth to kill Rahl and save the world.

While the characters, setting, and central conflict are the same as the book, other aspects of the story were changed in adaptation. The series was cancelled canceled after its second season (and Creator/{{Disney}} (who produced the show through their distribution arm, Disney-Creator/{{ABC}} Domestic Television) later admitted that it was due to ''Sword of Truth'' fans complaining about ''every little change'' made while adapting the book), but a [[http://www.saveourseeker.com fan campaign]] is going strong to try and [[TheFilmOfTheSeries fund a movie adaptation]] of the show.
18th Apr '16 3:54:54 PM themisterfree
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While the characters, setting, and central conflict are the same as the book, other aspects of the story were changed in adaptation. The series was cancelled after its second season (and the network later admitted that it was due to ''Sword of Truth'' fans complaining about ''every little change'' made while adapting the book), but a [[http://www.saveourseeker.com fan campaign]] is going strong to try and [[TheFilmOfTheSeries fund a movie adaptation]] of the show.

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While the characters, setting, and central conflict are the same as the book, other aspects of the story were changed in adaptation. The series was cancelled after its second season (and Creator/{{Disney}} (who produced the network show through their distribution arm, Disney-Creator/{{ABC}} Domestic Television) later admitted that it was due to ''Sword of Truth'' fans complaining about ''every little change'' made while adapting the book), but a [[http://www.saveourseeker.com fan campaign]] is going strong to try and [[TheFilmOfTheSeries fund a movie adaptation]] of the show.
7th Mar '16 2:29:03 AM lilyflower422
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* ArmorIsUseless: Richard and Kahlan wear no armor whatsoever, yet suffer hardly a scratch while fighting dozens of enemies. The D'harans, on the other hand, almost always show up in mail or plate armor and [[RedShirtArmy get mowed down by the dozens]]. D'harans dying by Kahlan's knives are particularly egregious since mail is designed specifically to withstand edged weapons.

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* ArmorIsUseless: Richard and Kahlan wear no armor whatsoever, yet suffer hardly a scratch while fighting dozens of enemies. The D'harans, D'Harans, on the other hand, almost always show up in mail or plate armor and [[RedShirtArmy get mowed down by the dozens]]. D'harans D'Harans dying by Kahlan's knives are particularly egregious since mail is designed specifically to withstand edged weapons.



* ColorCodedCharacters: In several cases. D'Haran soldiers wear dark red & black, and the Sisters of the Dark wear brighter red. (Of course, Sisters of the Light do too, as Sisters of the Dark are rogues). Additionally, Kahlan wears white up until Denna appears in white, then she switches colors to a dark scheme.

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* ColorCodedCharacters: In several cases. D'Haran soldiers wear dark red & and black, and the Sisters of the Dark wear brighter red. (Of course, Sisters of the Light do too, as Sisters of the Dark are rogues). Additionally, Kahlan wears white up until Denna appears in white, then she switches colors to a dark scheme.



* CyanidePill: Jennsen is given a poisonous stone to swallow if she's captured by the D'Harans, to spare her from suffering at their hands in "Fever". Unfortunately she had it knocked out of her grasp as she tried to take it and was beaten so severely by D'haran soldiers she temporarily lost her memories, letting Darken Rahl almost trick her into leading him to the Box of Orden that she had hidden.

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* CyanidePill: Jennsen is given a poisonous stone to swallow if she's captured by the D'Harans, to spare her from suffering at their hands in "Fever". Unfortunately she had it knocked out of her grasp as she tried to take it and was beaten so severely by D'haran D'Haran soldiers she temporarily lost her memories, letting Darken Rahl almost trick her into leading him to the Box of Orden that she had hidden.



* ExactWords: Used whenever Darken Rahl or a D'Haren "give you what's coming to you" in regards to a bounty. Played with in Season 2 at Cara's trial.

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* ExactWords: Used whenever Darken Rahl or a D'Haren D'Haran "give you what's coming to you" in regards to a bounty. Played with in Season 2 at Cara's trial.



** Then, in "Walter", [[spoiler: Darken Rahl steals the body of the title character, while Walter survives in the body of a D'haran warrior.]] Interestingly enough, each is also an example of BackFromTheDead.

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** Then, in "Walter", [[spoiler: Darken Rahl steals the body of the title character, while Walter survives in the body of a D'haran D'Haran warrior.]] Interestingly enough, each is also an example of BackFromTheDead.



* HairpinLockpick: Used by Lily in "Bounty". On a D'haran dungeon door no less.

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* HairpinLockpick: Used by Lily in "Bounty". On a D'haran D'Haran dungeon door no less.



-->'''Lily:''' The D'harans don't need to send an army. All they need is a few tears and an ample bosom.

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-->'''Lily:''' The D'harans D'Harans don't need to send an army. All they need is a few tears and an ample bosom.



* SuccessionCrisis: After Darken Rahl's death at the end of the first season, his generals start fighting over his throne and the D'haran Empire.

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* SuccessionCrisis: After Darken Rahl's death at the end of the first season, his generals start fighting over his throne and the D'haran D'Haran Empire.
15th Feb '16 2:12:31 PM ObsidianFire
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* GenreSavvy:
-->'''Cara:''' Who would have ever dreamed that the Seeker could go twelve days without stopping to save helpless children from distressed farm animals!\\
'''Zedd:''' Perhaps it's a sign that we're nearing the Stone of Tears.
** Also, Darken Rahl in the second season finale. He seems to have caught onto the fact that Richard is the hero, so he's content to just sit back and wait for him to save the world.
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