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This cycle of ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' novels, the first new story after the massive ''Weatherlight Saga'', corresponds to the ''Odyssey'' block in the card game. The '''''Odyssey Cycle''''' (comprised of three novels: ''Odyssey'', ''Chainer's Torment'', and ''Judgment'') takes place in [[http://magiccards.info/extra/plane/planechase/otaria.html Otaria]], a subcontinent of [[Literature/InvasionCycle postapocalyptic Dominaria]]. The plot [[MacGuffin revolves]] around a powerful ArtifactOfDoom called [[http://magiccards.info/od/en/303.html Mirari]], a magical orb that can transform the wielder's deepest desires into reality. In many ways, it's a return to the basics, with only small links to previous storylines, so players new to the storyline could jump right in. The story of Otaria is concluded in the ''Literature/OnslaughtCycle''.

Not to be confused with ''Literature/TheOdyssey''.
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!!The ''Odyssey Cycle'' provides examples of the following tropes:

* AfterTheEnd: Dominaria has just been ravaged by the Phyrexian invasion, and Otaria is still recovering.
* AnimalMotifs: Chainer has a snake motif. He likes snakes.
* ArtifactOfDoom: The Mirari grants immense power, but WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity -- its power is difficult to control, and those who attempt to use it are quickly consumed and destroyed by it.
* ArtificialLimbs
** The Cabal replaces severed limbs with new ones, albeit usually involving some level of BodyHorror. Chainer, for example, receives a very expensive metal replacement after losing a hand in a fight against Jeska and Balthor.
** PlayedForDrama when Chainer, trying to heal his wounded friend, uses the Mirari to give Kamahl scaly, snakelike replacement limbs; Kamahl is horrified when he wakes up, and it ends up driving a wedge between the two.
* TheCaligula: Aboshan, Cephalid Emperor: ruler of the ocean, paranoid lunatic.
* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: Laquatus has a bad case of it, changing sides more often than most people change their underwear.
* DarkIsNotEvil: Chainer.
* EvilChancellor: Laquatus, to Aboshan.
* {{Familiar}}: Turg, a giant frog-beast magically bound to do Laquatus's bidding. Later replaced with [[http://magiccards.info/tr/en/67.html Burke]], one of Chainer's more powerful creations.
* FeatheredFiend: Kirtar
* IKnowYoureInThereSomewhereFight
** Happens between Kamahl and [[spoiler:Chainer]] at the end of ''Chainer's Torment''.
** Kamahl and [[spoiler:Zombie Balthor]] in ''Judgment''.
** Jeska vs. [[spoiler:Mirari-obsessed Kamahl]] in ''Judgment''.
* JustYouAndMeAndMyGUARDS: Laquatus pulls this on Kamahl in the third book.
* KnightTemplar: The Order, with Kirtar in particular being quite self-righteously demented.
* LateArrivalSpoiler: [[spoiler:Balthor dying and being reanimated as a zombie]] is a plot twist in the third book. However, now that the expansion is out, the existence of [[spoiler:[[http://magiccards.info/ju/en/61.html this card]]]] singlehandedly spoils that twist.
* LightIsNotGood: Kirtar
* OurDwarvesAreAllTheSame: Played as straight as straight can be. Balthor even has the [[PhoneticAccent Scottish accent]]!
* MonsterIsAMommy: In the first book, a young forest dragon is killed in a pit fight... and its very angry, much ''[[RentAZilla larger]]'' mommy shows up for revenge.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone / BigNo: After Kamahl [[spoiler:mortally wounds his sister]].
* PleaseKeepYourHatOn: Skellum, who, when things get serious, will lift up his hat to reveal his face...which ''he doesn't have''.
* PowerBornOfMadness: The general idea behind the Cabal's dementia magic. Some willingly give in to the madness to attain greater power; only the true masters can maintain their sanity.
* PragmaticVillainy: The Cabal's all about profit, and some types of evil are simply bad for business.
* PsychicLink: Between Laquatus and his {{familiar}}. [[spoiler:Empress Llawan manages to exploit this, spying on Laquatus by eavesdropping on his mental conversations]].
* ReforgedIntoAMinion: [[spoiler:Balthor, killed by Laquatus, then reanimated by Braids to seek revenge.]]
* SanitySlippage: ''Chainer's Torment''. It's more or less right there in the title.
* SnakePeople: Chainer creates some as henchmen.
* TheStarscream
** Laquatus, to Aboshan.
** [[spoiler:At the height of his madness, Chainer attempts to overthrow the First and become the new ruler of the Cabal.]]
* TakenForGranite: Occurs en masse when [[spoiler:Kirtar loses control of the Mirari]].
* TakingYouWithMe: [[spoiler:Balthor attempts this on Laquatus. He manages to kill Burke, but Laquatus gets away.]]
* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: Lamar, a barbarian sentry who sees Jeska knocking Balthor unconscious, and, believing she's killed him, rushes to tell Kamahl, who [[spoiler:[[PoorCommunicationKills attacks Jeska in a fit of rage, mortally wounding her]]]], inadvertently setting up the events of the ''Literature/OnslaughtCycle''.
* UriahGambit: Used by the Cabal Patriarch to get rid of [[spoiler:Skellum]].
* VillainProtagonist: Ambassador Laquatus, both a POV character and a villain.
* WaxMuseumMorgue: {{Subverted}}. After [[spoiler:Kirtar loses control of the Mirari]], [[spoiler:he and many other members of the Order]] end up getting transformed into crystal. Later, Laquatus is visiting the Citadel; his tour guide, Treal, shows him a room filled with statues of the Order's leaders. When he sees the statue of [[spoiler:Captain Pianna]] depicting her cowering in fear rather than in a heroic pose like the other statues, he's briefly horrified until Treal explains that it's only a replica.
* XanatosSpeedChess: Laquatus schemes long-term, but he frequently alters his plans on the fly when new opportunities or setbacks arise.
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: This is the fate of quite a few unlucky underlings throughout the trilogy, as well as [[spoiler:Skellum]].

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