Literature: The Obsidian Chronicles
The Obsidian Chronicles is a fantasy trilogy by Lawrence Watt-Evans, which consists of these novels:
- Dragon Weather
- The Dragon Society
- Dragon Venom
This series provides examples of:
- Background Magic Field: Magical energies run wild in the south, and many effects of them are highly unpleasant.
- Beat Still, My Heart: There exists a form of magic that allows a person to remove their heart from their body in order to protect it from harm. This is used in an attempt to purge the human body of dragon venom.
- Blood Magic: Human blood is a necessary ingredient in giving someone a heart of the dragon.
- Compelling Voice: It isn't a direct magical control, but having a heart of the dragon means a substantial charisma boost. When someone with a heart of the dragon speaks, others listen.
- Demonic Possession: Not by a demon, but by raw magical force. Results differ depending on who or what was possessed: humans, animals, plants, mushrooms—there're many possibilities, but they are never pleasant.
- Determinator: Whatever happens, Arlian simply never gives up.
- Doomed Hometown: Arlian's village, which gets destroyed by dragons in the very beginning.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: The ruler of Tirikindaro, who is tremendously powerful, had pretty humble beginnings: it was a common leech, which got mutated by wild magic and later drunk some very special blood.
- Hooker with a Heart of Gold: Several.
- The Magic Goes Away: In the south, wild magic runs strong and unchecked; but in the north, magic is weak and requires ages to master. An important part of Arlian's quest is learning the cause of this difference.
- Malevolent Mutilation: Once several lords decided to run a small brothel. How did they ensure that the slave prostitutes won't run away? They just cut off their feet. No wonder Arlian adds the lords to his revenge list.
- Our Dragons Are Different: On the first glance, they are almost standard issue: big, flying, evil and darn tough. The only difference is, they don't breath fire, but spit venom, which ignites on contact with air. But then we learn how they reproduce... And much later, in the last book, we get another surprise when we learn what they eat.
- Powered by a Forsaken Child: The wizards of southern city-state Kaltai Ol have devised spells to control monstrous nightstalkers, and use said nightstalkers to protect the city from other dangerous things. Alas, the nightstalkers eat human brains, and so the women of Kaltai Ol are almost always pregnant to ensure that the monsters are fed.
- Really 700 Years Old: Humans with a heart of the dragon do age, but much slower than normal humans—maybe a dozen times slower. The oldest of the bunch is roughly 900 years old.
- Revenge: It's the main driving force behind all Arlian's actions.
- Stronger with Age: Dragons grow stronger as they age, and change color accordingly. Arlian's village was attacked by three of Black Dragons, which are the oldest and strongest color.
- Weaksauce Weakness:
- The dragons seem to be immune to steel weaponry. But obsidian works on them just fine.
- The cat-creatures in the third novel are immune to steel, too. But silver affects them.
- You Killed My Father: And mother, and brother, and grandfather... Dragons are not nice.