History YouShallNotPass / Literature

27th Jun '17 10:50:26 AM Discar
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** Talenel'Elin, one of the ten Heralds of the Almighty, was known for doing this. He had a habit of choosing narrow passes that couldn't possibly be defended, defending them, and dying in the process. His death sent him back to [[FireAndBrimstoneHell Damnation]], where he was tortured until the next [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt Desolation]] came and he would be [[ResurrectiveImmortality resurrected]] along with the rest of the Heralds. Except at the Last Desolation, the other nine Heralds gave up and abandoned him to be tortured alone. [[spoiler:He returns at the end of the first book ''four and a half thousand years later'', signalling that the next Desolation has come]].

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** Talenel'Elin, one of the ten Heralds of the Almighty, was known for doing this. He had a habit of choosing narrow passes that couldn't possibly be defended, defending them, and dying in the process. His death sent him back to [[FireAndBrimstoneHell Damnation]], where he was tortured until the next [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt Desolation]] came and he would be [[ResurrectiveImmortality resurrected]] along with the rest of the Heralds. Except at the Last Desolation, the other nine Heralds gave up and abandoned him to be tortured alone. [[spoiler:He returns at the end of the first book ''four and a half thousand years later'', signalling signaling that the next Desolation has come]].
27th Jun '17 10:49:40 AM Discar
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* In BrandonSanderson's ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'' TheHero Kaladin Stormblessed does this against an army of Parshendi at the end of the book to save [[spoiler: Dalinar Kholin, TheFettered, and the last honorable High Prince left in the entire Alethi army.]] It is easily the best battle scene in the entire book. [[spoiler: The Best Part? Kaladin Lives and gets his freedom.]]

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* In BrandonSanderson's ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'' TheHero ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'':
** Talenel'Elin, one of the ten Heralds of the Almighty, was known for doing this. He had a habit of choosing narrow passes that couldn't possibly be defended, defending them, and dying in the process. His death sent him back to [[FireAndBrimstoneHell Damnation]], where he was tortured until the next [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt Desolation]] came and he would be [[ResurrectiveImmortality resurrected]] along with the rest of the Heralds. Except at the Last Desolation, the other nine Heralds gave up and abandoned him to be tortured alone. [[spoiler:He returns at the end of the first book ''four and a half thousand years later'', signalling that the next Desolation has come]].
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Kaladin Stormblessed does this against an army of Parshendi at the end of the first book to save [[spoiler: Dalinar Kholin, TheFettered, and the last honorable High Prince highprince left in the entire Alethi army.]] It is easily the best battle scene in the entire book. [[spoiler: The Best Part? best part? Kaladin Lives lives and gets his freedom.]]
31st May '17 8:35:58 PM nombretomado
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* In Creator/RobertJordan's ''[[Literature/WheelOfTime The Great Hunt]]'', [[spoiler:Ingtar, having been revealed as a Darkfriend, redeems himself by holding off the advancing Seanchan at the cost of his life, allowing Rand and his compatriots to escape]].

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* In Creator/RobertJordan's ''[[Literature/WheelOfTime ''[[Literature/TheWheelOfTime The Great Hunt]]'', [[spoiler:Ingtar, having been revealed as a Darkfriend, redeems himself by holding off the advancing Seanchan at the cost of his life, allowing Rand and his compatriots to escape]].
12th Apr '17 6:51:52 AM Hyrin
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* In ''Literature/WarriorCats'', Cinderpelt (a Medicine Cat with a lame leg) places herself between Sorreltail and her newborn kits and the badger that has just burst into the den. The badger end up killing her, but she manages to hold it off long enough for Leafpool and Crowfeather to arrive and drive it off, ensuring that Sorreltail and all of her kits survive the attack.

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* In ''Literature/WarriorCats'', Cinderpelt (a Medicine Cat with a lame leg) places herself between Sorreltail and with her newborn kits and the badger that has just burst into the den. The badger end up killing her, but she manages to hold it off long enough for Leafpool and Crowfeather to arrive and drive it off, ensuring that Sorreltail and all of her kits survive the attack.
12th Apr '17 6:48:29 AM Hyrin
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* In ''Literature/WarriorCats'', Cinderpelt (a Medicine Cat with a lame leg) places herself between Sorreltail and her newborn kits and the badger that has just burst into the den. The badger end up killing her, but she manages to hold it off long enough for Leafpool and Crowfeather to arrive and drive it off, ensuring that Sorreltail and all of her kits survive the attack.
11th Mar '17 2:34:19 PM nombretomado
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* In MichaelFlynn's ''[[Literature/SpiralArm The January Dancer]]'', many rear guards sacrifice themselves to ensure that Hugh escapes.

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* In MichaelFlynn's Creator/MichaelFlynn's ''[[Literature/SpiralArm The January Dancer]]'', many rear guards sacrifice themselves to ensure that Hugh escapes.
13th Dec '16 8:20:16 AM Doug86
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* A bit of BackStory in one of Creator/AndreNorton's AlternateHistory books, ''The Crossroads of Time'', mentions that after WorldWarII went really, really bad for the Allies, and "Japs exploded all over the Pacific," the last word the U.S. got from Australia was that "they were still fighting a desperate rear guard action along the salt deserts there...." That was in late 1940 or early '41; the hero gets this information something like ten or fifteen years later.

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* A bit of BackStory in one of Creator/AndreNorton's AlternateHistory books, ''The Crossroads of Time'', mentions that after WorldWarII UsefulNotes/WorldWarII went really, really bad for the Allies, and "Japs exploded all over the Pacific," the last word the U.S. got from Australia was that "they were still fighting a desperate rear guard action along the salt deserts there...." That was in late 1940 or early '41; the hero gets this information something like ten or fifteen years later.
4th Dec '16 10:24:48 AM nombretomado
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* In Creator/RobertEHoward's ConanTheBarbarian story "Beyond the Black River," Balthus sends off the settlers and realizes the Picts will catch them. He invokes this trope [[spoiler:and dies]].

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* In Creator/RobertEHoward's ConanTheBarbarian Literature/ConanTheBarbarian story "Beyond the Black River," "Literature/BeyondTheBlackRiver," Balthus sends off the settlers and realizes the Picts will catch them. He invokes this trope [[spoiler:and dies]].
9th Nov '16 5:30:29 PM nombretomado
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* The BackStory of JohnCWright's ''[[Literature/TheGoldenOecumene The Golden Age]]'': Helion sacrificed himself on the Solar Array to contain a solar storm. [[spoiler: As he thought. It was actually an attack.]]

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* The BackStory of JohnCWright's Creator/JohnCWright's ''[[Literature/TheGoldenOecumene The Golden Age]]'': Helion sacrificed himself on the Solar Array to contain a solar storm. [[spoiler: As he thought. It was actually an attack.]]
5th Nov '16 9:38:59 AM dlchen145
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** A massive invading army of eight-foot-tall berserker ''wolf-men'', which simply adds a whole 'nother level of [[BadAss badassery]] to the act.

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** A massive invading army of eight-foot-tall berserker ''wolf-men'', which simply adds a whole 'nother level of [[BadAss badassery]] badassery to the act.
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