Literature: Chronicles of the Emerged World
The Chronicles of the Emerged World
is a recent Italian fantasy saga written by Licia Troisi, and published also in several other European countries (Sadly, it is not yet out in the UK.
The trilogy is set in the Emerged World, where the evil "Tyrant" Aster
is launching a full-fledged war in order to take over the Eight Lands, and has almost taken control of all of them. The young girl Nihal, a Half-Elf (Half-Elves are considered a whole race in this setting) lives with her friends and her adoptive father in the Land of Wind, but then, the Tyrant invade. Armed with the precious Black Crystal sword
and along with her friend Sennar
and her master Ido
she begins her journey to become a Dragon Knight and fight the Tyrant and his army of monsters before it takes over the remaining free lands, and more.
The trilogy's titles are: Nihal of The Land of the Wind
, The Mission of Sennar
and The Talisman of Power
. The series was well-received by readers and became quite popular. It also spawned two sequel trilogies known as The Wars of the Emerged World
and Legends of the Emerged World
but they did not reach the previous series' level of popularity.
The Chronicles of the Emerged World contains examples of:
- A Child Shall Lead Them: Queen Sulana is still very young.
- Absolute Cleavage: Aires. Also Nihal as portrayed in the cover art.
- Action Girl: Nihal. Also her magic teacher Soana, on a lesser scale.
- All Your Powers Combined: When all the stones of the Talisman of Power are gathered, is possible to use this to stop all the spells of the Emerged World for a day, but it's Cast from Hit Points and eventually kills the user.
- Alliterative Name: The evil twins Dameion and Sameion.
- Always Chaotic Evil: Fammin are a race of Orc-like monsters created as soldiers by the Tyrant. There are however some rare exceptions called the "Wrong ones", who still have feelings and free thoughts... but must obey the orders when their true name is spelled. However when Aster dies, the remaining Fammin turns good or, at least, harmless and are spared.
- An Axe to Grind: During Nihal's trials to be accepted in the Knighthood, she faces a warrior wielding one, and is forced to resorts to Dual Wielding to win.
- Atlantis: The Submerged World, a whole undersea kingdom far in the north. The first part of the second book is focused on Sennar's mission to persuade their King, Nereo to send helps against the Tyrant.
- The Atoner: Megisto and Ido as well.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: At a first glance, High Commander Raven looks like a self-righteous, pompous snob with a ridicolous dog and fancy clothes. It's later revealed in the third books that, asshole or not, there IS a reason why he's the High Commander.
- Bad Ass: Nihal and Sennar.
- Bare Your Midriff: Nihal is usually depicted like this.
- Big Bad: Aster the Tyrant.
- Blue and Orange Morality : Aster, which claims in the last book that he has legitimate reasons to do what he's doing and that war and peace belong in a never-ending cycle, but loses a few levels in credibility when his backstory is revealed. It gets worse when we know that, decades later, another war does indeed strikes the emerged world with awfully similar circumstances.
- Boobs of Steel: Nihal is often noted for being very buxom and also really strong.
- Break the Cutie: Nihal, starting from Dola's attack. Also Laio, Sennar and, most of all, King Galba.
- Breast Plate: At first Nihal has troubles because she can't fit properly in any armor, but in the second book she gets a new, shiny armor made exactly for her.
- Chekhov's Gun: The Father of the Forest.
- Chick Magnet: Apparently Sennar, who has plenty of Ship Tease with Aires, Ondine and Nihal.
- Co-Dragons: Dameion and Sameion, the Dragon Knight twins serving Aster.
- Color-Coded for Your Convenience: The Stones, specifically the colors are Azure for Water, Blue for Sea, Yellow for Light, Teal for Time, Black for Darkness, Red for Fire, Brown for Stone and White for Wind.
- Cool Sword: Nihal's adoptive father Livon forges a bastard sword made of Black Crystal for his daughter.
- Creepy Child: Aster, who was cursed and forced to have the body of a 12 years old boy until his death.
- Curse: When a wizard cast a spell and dies before it's dispelled, said spell becomes a "Sigil" and can't be undone. The Land of the Night was put under a sigil that constantly covers it in thick darkness and its inhabitants can see well in the dark.
- Also Megisto and Aster were cursed.
- Cycle of Revenge: A little with Ido and Deinoforo in the third book. There's even an almost literal case of Eye for an Eye.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Laio came from the Land of the Night, shrouded in eternal darkness, but he's one of the nicest guys around. Also the guardian spirit of Goriar is very kind and gentle, the kind of darkness which brings rest and peace rather than nightmares.
- The Determinator: When the Supreme General Raven refused to let Nihal join the Academy, she climbed on a statue in the hall and waited there until he was forced to at least offer her the chance of joining.
- Distressed Dude: At one point during the quest for the Stones, Laio is taken prisoner twice (first by Bandits, then by Fammin). And Sennar is captured by the Tyrant's men and took to The Fortress.
- Doomed Home Town: Salazar in the Land of the Wind.
- The Dragon: Dola the Gnome and later Deinoforo for Aster.
- Dragon Rider: Present in the whole saga. Unlike Eragon, Dragon Knights here are more like Elite Troops than Magic Knight. Both Nihal and Ido have a Dragon (namely Oarf for Nihal and Vesa for Ido). The Tyrant has at least four Black Dragon Knight serving him.
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: Fen. Twice.
- Earn Your Happy Ending: For Nihal and Sennar at least.
- Elemental Powers: Each land has a secret sanctuary dedicated to an element and where the sacred Stones for the Talisman of Power are kept.
- Elite Mooks: During the final battle inside "The Fortress", Aster unleashes a horde of new, albino creatures on our heroes.
- Eye Scream: Ido lose his eye against Deinoforo, and, unlike other examples, has to train for a long time in order to learn how to fight properly even with an eypatch.
- Evil Sorcerer: Aster and one of his servants, Megisto.
- Evil Tower of Ominousness: The Fortress, a huge tower made of Black Crystal in the middle of the Great Land.
- Face-Heel Turn: Demar, a former pupil of Ido, became Deinoforo.
- Feathered Fiend: Amongst Aster's creations, there are some nasty fire-breathing birds rode by miniature-size Fammin.
- Five-Bad Band:
- Golem: Two golems wards the Sanctuary of Tarephen (Tareph himself is a sort of faun).
- The Grotesque: Malerba, a deformed gnome who was captured by the Tyrant in the past and experimented on.
- Half-Human Hybrid: Nihal is an Half-Elf, and there were a whole race of them, (though elves themselves are gone from a long time). Aster himself is a Half-Elf/Human Hybrid (Half-Elvish mother and Human father).
- Happily Ever After: Nihal and Sennar. Though the sequels put a brutal end to that.
- Heel-Face Turn: Ido.
- Helmets Are Hardly Heroic: Averted for once: Nihal is often stated to wear an helmet (expecially when she couldn't wore a proper armor), and even on the cover books she's often picturen with the helm on. At least it leaves the face exposed.
- Heroic BSOD: During the last segments of the first book and also about halfway through the third one.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Nihal to save Sennar in the third book. She got better thanks to Phos' last magic.
- The High Queen: Sulana.
- Holy Hand Grenade: When the Tyrant start using ghosts in battle, Soana and the other sorcerers counterattack by enchanting the swords of the soldiers with ghost-repelling spells. They're still, however, not very efficient, because ghosts need still four or five hits before being suppressed.
- I Just Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Ondine, a girl from the Submerged World, has feelings for Sennar, but then opt with this when she realise that he loves only Nihal.
- I Just Want to Be Normal: Laio, who'd rather be Nihal's Squire than a Knight himself. Also briefly Nihal in the last part of the first book.
- I Know Your True Name: Fammin's names are fragment of magical spells. The Wronged Ones are forced to fight against their will by using their names.
- Jerk Ass: Many characters, like High Commander Raven and Laio's Father.
- The Klutz: Laio.
- Kill the Cutie: Poor Laoi.
- Knight in Shining Armor: Fen.
- Kraken and Leviathan: On their way to the Submerged World, Sennar's ship come across a gargantuan sea beast, so large that they sail on its very body (which is described as looking like a sort of water equivalent of magma) and has several tentacles and a gaping mouth in the middle. It's the unnamed guardian of the World.
- Kung-Fu Wizard: It's possible to have warrior-wizards, though usually pure wizards have more powerful spells.
- La Résistance: One is actively fighting the Tyrant forces in the Land of the Fire, and is lead by Aires.
- Last of her kind: Nihal, of course. Subverted with Aster.
- Lethal Lava Land: The Land of the Fire. However, in a nice subversion, the main danger protecting the Sanctuary of Flaren is not a huge stream of cool magma but rather the poisonous vapors and foul gases of the area.
- Light Is Not Good: The guardian of Glael, who wants to end its eternal solitude by taking over Laio's body. Fortunately, they managed to persuade it to leave.
- Load-Bearing Boss: As Aster is Impaled with Extreme Prejudice by Nihal, the Fortress starts to crumble and fall.
- MacGuffin: The eponymous Talisman of Power and its eight stones.
- Mad Oracle: The insane gnome sorceress Reis Aster's former lover. She's also the one who send Nihal those nightmares.
- Mad Scientist: Aster has a penchant for this.
- Magic Knight: Nihal is a warrior, but has a little talent for magic. The other Dragon Knights are pureblood warriors.
- Male Gaze: The first thing Sennar sees after awakening from a days-long magic-induced coma is Aires' generous cleavage.
- Meaningful Name: Dola (Pain), Deinoforo (Terrorbringer), Aster (Star), Megisto (The Best One).
- Mercy Kill: Nihal does this to Ghost Fen and Vrasta.
- Mind Rape: Performed by Aster himself to a captured Sennar in book three.
- Mooks: Fammin were created for this purpose. After Aster's demise the remaining Fammin lose their evilness and are eventually spared.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Ido after invading the Land of the Days and slaughtering the Half-Elves.
- Night of the Living Mooks: Near the end of book Two, Aster decides to stop playing Mister Nice Guy and summon a huge army made of the ghosts of the deceased enemies. Which gets bigger and bigger as the good armies are decimated.
- Normal Guy Hot Wife: King Galba of the Land of the Water is married to the beautiful Nymph Astrea.
- Our Dwarves Are All the Same: Gnomes are actually more like dwarves, just taller than your usual dwarf. They hail from the Land of the Fire, where they forge weapons inside volcanoes.
- Our Elves Are Better: Averted: The true elves are nowhere to be seen in this saga, and little is known about their descendents, the Half-Elves, except that they have pointy ears, blue hair and purple eyes.
- Our Mermaids Are Different: They coexist with the albino-like inhabitants of the Submerged World and can swim underwater like fish.
- Pirate Girl: Aires, who's also a Deadpan Snarker and The Lad-ette.
- Precocious Crush: Nihal for Fen in Book One. Things gets awful when he's killed in battle.
- Prongs of Poseidon: Seraph, the Guardian Spirit of the Sea Sanctuary, wields one.
- Purple Eyes: Nihal and all the Half-Elves.
- Sea Monster: The Sea Sanctuary is guarded by a tentacled, multiheaded monster resembling Scilla.
- Stay in the Kitchen: How many Knights behaves towards Nihal. They eventually come to respect her more.
- Taken for Granite: Megisto is cursed by the Nymphs to be a rock during the day and a man during the night. And no matter where he is when it's dawn, he's istantly returned to the rock in the wood.
- Taking the Bullet: High Commander Raven of all people pull this in the last book to protect Nihal.
- Tattooed Crook: Nihal in the second books gets two closed Dragon Wings on her back. They simbolically "Open" when she dies saving Sennar.
- Thunderbolt Iron: The Black Crystal, used to forge Nihal's blade and the Fortress.
- The Reveal: Dola is Ido's brother, Phos is actually the Guardian of Mawas and Aster is a Half-Elf/Human hybrid with the body of a 12 years old child.
- TomBoy: Nihal before growing breasts.
- Took a Level in Badass: Laio, who grew enough balls to openly oppose his dispotical father.
- Tragic Monster: Vrasta the Wronged One, who develops an Odd Friendship with Laio, helps him escape and find Nihal and Sennar bit is eventually forced to kill him because of his magical name.
- Tsundere: Nihal and Aeris.
- When Trees Attack: The Father of the Forest in the Land of the Wind. Two axe-wielding Fammin found it out in the worst way possible.
- Whip It Good: The last warrior Nihal has to face before joining the Academy is a wizard mercenary from the Land of the Fire armed with a whip.
- Wreathed in Flames: Flar, the Guardian of Fire.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Nihal and all the Half-Elves. Also Aster.