is a series of fantasy novels and an accompanying Dungeons & Dragons
setting, devised by husband-and-wife team Tracy and Laura Hickman, and popularized via novels by Margaret Weis
and Tracy Hickman.
In the Planescape
, and Spelljammer
settings, the Dragonlance
setting is part of a larger universe
that also includes the Forgotten Realms
The concept of the Balance Between Good and Evil
is a central theme of the setting, as the stories have shown similarly dire consequences when good and evil each spiral out of control. Another theme that's prevalent throughout the books is spiritual abandonment and discovery, as the gods have a distinct tendency to run out on the world whenever they screw things up bad enough. This shows up even in the first novel, Dragons of Autumn Twilight
, as the gods had abandoned the world some hundreds of years before after the first Cataclysm, and the protagonists must not only deal with the covert return of Takhisis, the Dark Queen of the evil gods, but also with the Seekers, who have invented false gods as a pretext to seize power.
Notable for taking extreme D&D influences and making them work
on their own. For example, the original 'Heroes of the Lance' consisted of such a generic Tabletop RPG
party that they could easily be renamed according to their Character Classes — if it weren't for the fact that each character is given a strong and distinct personality, detailed backstory, and oodles of Character Development
(for most of them) throughout the series. Also notable for mixing stock Medieval European Fantasy
with a Native American flavor (the Plainsmen, and a lot of the artwork), a bevy of unique and sometimes quirky races (Kender, Gully Dwarves, Draconians, and plenty of others), a unique magic system and a greater focus on Dragons as the primal movers and shakers of world events.
world has turned into a major setting with many authors writing stories for it- in total, at time of writing there are more than 180 novels
comprising it, not
including anthologies, manuals and various other extras. See the Kingpriest Trilogy
for one particular sub-series.
As with nearly everything else, it has its own wiki
which can be found here.
This series provides examples of: