''Warlock of Gramarye'' is a fantasy series by Christopher Stasheff about Rodney D'Armand (it is said that he has at least 15 last names and they would take too long to list) A.K.A. Rod Gallowglass, his children, and, in one case, his ancestors. The series is sometimes referred to as ''The Warlock in Spite of Himself'' series, after the first novel.

Most of the books take place on the planet of Gramarye, where a colony was founded on a large island by what are essentially SocietyForCreativeAnachronism members.

Background:
In approximately the year 3000, the Intergalactic Dominion Electorate was falling. Essentially a political party only ever known by its [[{{Anvilicious}} unsubtle]] acronym of LORDS overthrew the republic government and established the Proletarian Eclectic State of Terra (a totalitarian regime). This lasted for a couple of centuries until subversive agents and teachers (yes, teachers) managed to overthrow PEST and establish the Decentralized Democratic Tribunal, an intergalactic Athenian-style Democracy.

Since they knew that it was dangerous to keep revolutionaries around after the revolution is over, the Society for the Conversion of Extraterrestrial Totalitarianisms was founded. The purpose of this organization is to find the "Lost Colonies" that were cut off from Terra during the PEST regime, since totalitarianism is easier with a smaller population, and turn them into democracies so that they could one day join the DDT. The word "Nascent" was added to the name after about a century, i.e. after all of the known Lost Colonies had been found, turning it into the SCENT we know at the time of most of the books.

A group of rich SCA members saw the PEST coup d'etat coming and decided to set off and found a colony on the noble way of life of Medieval Society. Thirteen threw off their given family names and adopted classic names, Plantagenet, Hapsburg, Romanoff, Loguire, Savoy, and Bourbon among others. They then sent a call out for people wishing to accompany them as serfs, minor lords, and servants. All memories of the tainted technological world would be erased and new memories of life on Gramarye would be implanted instead. They chose selectively among all of the applicants for "the poeticness of their souls." They then set off in their colony ship without telling anyone where they were going. They dubbed themselves the "Romantic Emigres".

Most of those that were unable to accompany the Emigres became the foundation of the resistance to PEST. The rest spent the next few centuries playing DungeonsAndDragons, since "they were used to being underground."

Setting/Story/Characters:
Most of the story takes place 500 years after the colonization of Gramarye, when Rodney D'Armand, subversive agent for SCENT, lands on Gramarye. He is accompanied by an approximately 600~700 year old family heirloom robot. This robot is one of very few of the remaining Faithful Cybernetic Companion (FCC) series, primarily because of a weak capacitor which, in cases of deep stress, trips a circuit-breaker and causes him to have the robotic equivalent of a seizure. This can happen due to anything from trying to analyze too many things at once to a logic paradox.

Upon arriving on Gramarye, Rodney takes on the Nom de Guerre of Rod Gallowglass, Mercenary. It does not take him and Fess long to realize that this is the colony of the Emigres. It also does not take them long to have a small run-in with the...natives. Suddenly, these two find themselves on a world with witches, warlocks, elves, and most things that can be found in medieval fairy-tales. The population also speaks Elizabethan English.

The "Witches" and "Warlocks" turn out to be [[PsychicPowers psychics]]. All are [[{{Telepathy}} telepathic]] to some degree, most of the females can use [[MindOverMatter telekinesis]], and the males can [[TeleportersAndTransporters teleport]] and [[UpUpAndAway levitate]] themselves. A few [[SpiderSense precognitives]] are thrown into the mix as well. As to the elves and other fairy-tale creatures, [[strike:one should read the books to truly understand why they are there]]. There's a native fungus that shapeshifts in response to telepathy. See, that wasn't so hard.

The first book in the series is called "The Warlock in Spite of Himself" in reference to Rod. Once he lands on Gramarye, everyone says that he's a Warlock, which he continuously denies, since he has not a single shred of psi power. [[spoiler: It is revealed in the third book that he's got more psi power than ANYONE else on that planet, with the exception of his firstborn son, most likely...]]

Books:
The books follow his travels and trials through the land of Gramarye, the courting of his wife Gwendylon (the most powerful witch on all of Gramarye), and the raising of his four children. Each child also gets at least one book to him- or herself, with the eldest getting an entire spinoff series. The original Warlock has at least some part to play in all but the eldest's books. The series is concluded with ''The Warlock's Last Ride'' quite poignantly.

[[folder:Complete list of series novels]]
* Main Series (Rod Gallowglass):
## ''Escape Velocity'' (prequel, 1983)
## ''The Wizard in Spite of Himself'' (1969)
## ''King Kobold'' (aka ''King Kobold Revised'', 1971)
## ''The Warlock Unlocked'' (1982)
## ''The Warlock Enraged'' (1985)
## ''The Warlock Wandering'' (1986)
## ''The Warlock is Missing'' (1986)
## ''The Warlock Heretical'' (1987)
## ''The Warlock's Companion'' (1988)
## ''The Warlock Insane'' (1989)
## ''The Warlock Rock'' (1990)
## ''Warlock and Son'' (1991)
## ''The Warlock's Last Ride'' (2004)
* Rogue Wizard:
## ''A Wizard in Mind'' (prequel, 1995)
## ''A Wizard in Bedlam'' (1979)
## ''A Wizard in Absentia'' (1993)
## ''A Wizard in War'' (1995)
## ''A Wizard in Peace'' (1996)
## ''A Wizard in Chaos'' (1997)
## ''A Wizard in Midgard'' (1998)
## ''A Wizard and a Warlord'' (2000)
## ''A Wizard in the Way'' (2000)
## ''A Wizard in a Feud'' (2001)
* Warlock's Heirs:
## ''M'Lady Witch'' (1994)
## ''Quicksilver's Knight'' (1995)
## ''The Spell-Bound Scholar'' (1999)
## ''Here Be Monsters'' (2001)
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!! Tropes found in these novels:
* AgeAppropriateAngst: Magnus, in ''Warlock and Son''
* AlternateUniverse: Rod and family get exiled to one by the time travelers, only to come back more BadAss than before [[spoiler:when Rod gets his own powers from his Alternate counterpart, a real wizard]].
* AncientConspiracy: several, including [[spoiler:the Order of St. Vidicon]].
* AppliedPhlebotinum: The method of space travel and [[SubspaceAnsible FTL radio]], [[HandWave completely glossed over]], the sheer power of psi powers.
** Witch Moss, which can be shape shifted into anything needed. It is used a few times to get out of a jam, but to the author's credit, he doesn't make a habit of it.
* BadassFamily: The Gallowglasses, natch.
* BadassNormal: Rod Gallowglass, [[spoiler:for the first 2½ books, at least]], Yorick, in ''The Warlock is Wandering'' (technically as a Beastman he should have a power, but he's never used it)
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Good lord, Gregory. Just don't get on the wrong side of him.
* BloodKnight: Geoffrey borders on this at times.
* BornInTheWrongCentury: Sort of, since it's as if it were the 1300s or so, but is actually the 3500s.
* BreakTheHaughty: Queen Catharine, [[AesopAmnesia all too often]].
* BurnTheWitch: Catharine put a stop to this practice, but the prejudices linger on.
* CharacterDevelopment: Happens a lot.
* ChildrenAreInnocent: Both supported and subverted in the characterization of his children, especially in ''The Warlock is Missing''.
* ChristianityIsCatholic: Catholicism is the only religion on Gramarye.
* ChronicHeroSyndrome: Best summed up by Rod's "[[IncrediblyLamePun No rest for the wicket]]" line in ''The Warlock in Spite of Himself''. %%This is not a typo, do not correct.%%
* CoolHorse: Fess in his robot body
* DaysOfFuturePast: Justified, as the colony was settled by [[FanOfThePast fans of the past]].
* DeliberatelyCuteChild: Cordelia, beware...
* DumbMuscle: It sure as hell seems like what Geoffrey is, but he's got a lot more depth than that.
* EmpathicShapeshifter: Witch-moss responds to telepathy, even unconscious projections from latent telepaths. If two or more of the same kind mate, their descendants are born into that form, creating a new species. This is the origin of the monsters and [[spoiler:elves]] that inhabit Gramarye.
* EnergyEconomy: the DDT's "kwaher," or kilowatt-hour.
* EpiphanyTherapy: This happens a lot at the conclusions to books; the most satisfying one was followed by a very hard slap.
* FamousAncestor: Tod Tambourin comes up a lot in stories, but the current-time characters never seem to make the connection that they're his descendants.
* FasterThanLightTravel
* FieryRedhead: Both Gwen and Cordelia.
* GambitPileup: You have at least three time-traveling factions, an Earth agent, a religious/technological secret society, and several native opportunists trying to influence Gramarye's development and future during a very turbulent period.
* GreenEyedMonster: The jealousy of Cordelia being unable to play Teleport-Tag, and in return the jealousy of the boys in the Unicorn not letting them approach.
* HalfHumanHybrid: Gwen Gallowglass is one-quarter elven. Brom O'Berin is half-elf.
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler:Big Tom, Finister...]]
* HonorBeforeReason: Alain and, to a degree, Geoffrey.
** Alain gets it honestly from his father King Tuan, much to Rod's exasperation in earlier books.
* HornyVikings: Played with-- the Beastmen are ''not'' Vikings, but they use horned helmets and dragon-prowed longboats to make them look scarier. Considering that they're already barbarian Neanderthals who can freeze you with a glance, they hardly need the help.
* HotBlooded: Geoffrey, definitely
* HurricaneOfPuns: Just read the names of the organizations above. The pun ratio increases throughout the series. And in ''The Warlock Rocks'', there's a tornado of puns (and psionic energy).
* IHaveBrothers: Have we learned to not mess with Cordelia yet? Let's not forget that they're all ''always'' within teleport range and in mental contact.
* ImprobableAge: Everyone thinks this when talking to Gregory. How many 3-year-olds do you know who [[SpockSpeak speak like college-prep students]]?
* IncrediblyLamePun: All too often.
* KickThemWhileTheyAreDown: Finister's entire plan.
* LogicBomb: Happens to Fess on a regular basis.
* LostColony: Gramarye.
* LukeIAmYourFather: Averted, as Brom O'Berin does not want Gwen to know he's her father. He even made Rod promise never to reveal the truth. [[spoiler:However, it's eventually indicated that it's not that easy to keep secrets from the best telepath on the planet.]]
* {{Lust}}: Geoffrey's known for...wenching.
* MamaBear: Gwen.
* MasterOfIllusion: Gwen, who often disguises herself and the kids.
* MeaningfulName: The King of the Elves is named [[AMidsummerNightsDream O'Berin]]. Also, Rod adopted the name "Gallowglass" because it's an Irish term for a mercenary soldier; what he was posing as. And when he met his AlternateUniverse analogue, the fellow was named "Kern": ''another'' term for an Irish soldier.
* MechanicalHorse: Fess
* MedievalStasis: Gramarye doesn't appear to have advanced significantly in the five hundred years since its founding. A more extreme version is found in ''The Warlock Unlocked'', in which an AlternateUniverse 31st century Earth is ''still'' in the medieval period.
* MetaOrigin: Witch-moss as the source of the mythological creatures.
* MotiveDecay: Part of the apparent motivation for the inimical organizations from the future was that they were composed of normal humans who felt oppressed in a universe where espers outnumbered them (which somehow also led to their opposition of democracy), giving them a reason to target and control or destroy the largest historical concentration of esper genes while it was still planetbound. By the end of the series, they're ''raising'' esper babies to be part of an organization which endorses the pursuit of personal ambition using any means available.
* MusclesAreMeaningless: Usually true of one going up against a witch.
* MushroomSamba: In ''The Warlock Insane'', Rod gets fed raw witch-moss, resulting in hallucinations. Since it also bonds to his DNA, he just learns to live with it.
* NonHumanSidekick: Fess
* NotHelpingYourCase: Whenever Rod denies he's a Warlock, something sciency comes up (like an arrow bouncing off his horse's flank with a ''bongg'' noise). Eventually, [[spoiler:he becomes one anyway]].
* OurElvesAreDifferent: They're [[spoiler:actually a fungus unconsciously reshaped by psychics]].
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: The elves, although it's more like 200~500, the author has some issues with timelines.
* RedemptionQuest: Kinda the entire point of ''Milady Witch''
* RetCon: In the first book, witches can teleport, too.
** And a plot point in the first book-- that DeflectorShields were impossible without future technology, which let Rod know about the {{Time Travel}}lers, gets totally forgotten when Rod and Gwen go 500 years into ''the past'' and encounter forcefields used as a standard part of law enforcement.
** Also, the first book states that the government overthrown by totalitarianism was simply the Galactic Union -- and Gramarye was colonized in the ''late 22nd Century.''
* RidiculouslyHumanRobot: Fess
* RoyallyScrewedUp: Rodney comes from an asteroid whose natives purchased royal titles and then inbred for five hundred years. Frequent problems crop up in the bloodline.
* SchizoTech: [[spoiler:In ''The Warlock Unlocked'' it turns out that the Cathodean monks have knowledge of technology, and possess a radio that is monitored to communicate with approaching spacecraft.]]
* SimpleStaff: In a mostly medieval setting, it's what you'd expect.
* ShapeShifting: Witch-moss
* SpinOffspring: Magnus in the ''Wizard'' series.
* StealthMentor: Chollie
* SubspaceAnsible: Fess has one built in. The limits of this type of communication are a major plot point and drive the entire struggle by outside forces to control Gramarye.
* TimeTravel
* {{Tsundere}}: Queen Catharine
* UglyGuyHotWife: Rod and Gwen.
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