Prequel to the main Dragonlance novel series, focusing on the titular Knight Templar who brought about The End of the World as We Know It 350 years (approx.) before Dragons of Autumn Twilight.In the mighty Empire of Istar, the Kingpriest has had a vision of his own death, and a high priestess goes on a quest to find his successor, guided by a prohpecy. She finds Brother Beldyn, a wise-beyond-his-years young monk with incredible supernatural healing powers and believes that he must be the Lightbringer. Other events are afoot, however, including a plague that leaves the Empire on the brink of civil war, a young bandit named Cathan, whose destiny is bound with Beldyn's, and the mysterioussorcererFistandantilus, who has a centuries-spanning Evil Plan of his own nearing fruition.Needless to say, this won't end well...The books are:
Chosen of the Gods
This trilogy contains examples of:
A God Am I: Both Fistandantilus and Beldinas himself pursue this in Sacred Fire. Neither succeeds, but their actions set up much of the setting's future.
Alas, Poor Villain: Andras is a wierdly pathetic figure at the end, as is Beldinas, if you count him as a villain.
Blank White Eyes: Cathan has these after his resurrection. Most people find them very creepy- only Beldinas and wizards are able to meet his gaze for long.
The Caligula: Beldinas, by the end, is completely insane. Somewhat subverted in that he still has the charisma to make everyone think he's still a Messianic Archetype.
Call a Smeerp a "Rabbit": In Sacred Fire a band of warriors are attacked by a many-legged monster that burrows under the desert sands. They note its resemblance to a legendary demon known as the "caterpilyo".
Downer Ending: Hoo boy (though it pretty much had to be considering how Chronicles opens). Beldinas has been prevented from ascending to godhood and wrecking the balance, but the world is in ruins and almost all the main characters are dead, to say nothing of untold millions of others we don't get to know by name. Oh, and Fistandantilus gets away too, but he's not quite a Karma Houdini because we know exactly what his Magnificent Bastardry wil get him in the end- a grisly death at the hand of the one Bastard in Krynnish history more Magnificent than he is.
Early-Bird Cameo: In Chosen of the Gods, a few scenes feature a rather stuffy young squire named Loren Soth, who goes on to become one of the most iconic villains in the whole Dragonlance metaseries, the death knight Lord Soth.
The Empire: Istar is a relatively benevolent example, but things get worse after The Messiah, of all people, takes the throne...
Ill Girl: Wentha, Cathan's little sister. After Beldyn heals her, she goes on to be an important recurring character.
I'm Cold... So Cold...: Leciane's lover Vincil says this literally after he catches an axe just before he teleports the surviving wizards away from the disasterous moot with the Kingpriest in Divine Hammer.
Kill It with Fire: The holy texts of the Gods of Light say to purge evil with fire. While probably not what they intended by that, their followers tend to break out the stake and logs whenever they capture evil clerics and black-robed mages alive so that they can be burned alive.
Prophecy Twist: Everyone things Beldinas is the Lightbringer. It's really Cathan all along, and he ends up sacrificing himself to save the only complete copy of the setting's Bible from Beldinas himself.
What If?: The short story "There Is Another Shore You Know, Upon the Other Side" (in the Dragons of Chaos collection) and this scenario cover what would have happened if Beldinas succeeded in his plan. In the former the gods are reduced to human (albeit immortal) forms and tortured eternally; in the latter the former traitor turned High Protector of the Faith is Cathan the "Thrice-Born".