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!!Parsnip

The kobold household cook at Sterling Silver.
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* ChefOfIron: His primary duties are food preparation, but he is also a fighter nearly on par with Bunion.

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* BalefulPolymorph: He's trapped in bipedal dog form thanks to Questor's magic.


* HiddenDepths: Revealed in ''The Tangle Box.'' He pretends to be aloof and to only want to be left alone, but his persona in the Tangle Box is the Gargoyle, a hideous beast that elicits disgust and fear wherever he goes. Given that the Tangle Box makes you into what you most fear, this suggests Strabo is afraid he will only ever be feared and hated, but never loved.

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* HiddenDepths: Revealed in ''The Tangle Box.'' He pretends to be aloof and to only want to be left alone, but his persona in the Tangle Box is the Gargoyle, a hideous beast that elicits disgust and fear wherever he goes. Given that the Tangle Box makes you into what you most fear, this suggests Strabo is afraid he will only ever be feared and hated, but never loved. His time in the box also reveals just how much intelligence and what a breadth of knowledge he possesses, although these aspects of him were more "withheld" from those he viewed as his inferiors than "hidden."

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* HalfHumanHybrid: Her father was a shapeshifting fairy and her mother was a human woman who practiced witchcraft.


* {{Badass}}: Ben doesn't start out this way but his ability to survive the impossible pushes him in this direction. Becomes a physical badass in ''Tangle Box'' when the magic causes him to take on aspects of his Paladin persona while in his real body.



* {{Badass}}: Hell yes. There's a reason why nobody in their right mind challenges a King of Landover who can summon The Paladin.



* {{Badass}}: To the point of overpowering and defeating The Paladin in a fair fight.



* {{Badass}}: You'd better believe it.



* {{Badass}}: Took on Meeks and his pet demon and stared down Nightshade, despite being the size of an average housecat.


* DisproportionateRetribution: Tries to arrange to have Ben die at the hands of his daughter because their alter egos were romantically involved in the Tangle Box. Jesus, ma'am.

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* DisproportionateRetribution: Tries to arrange to have Ben die at the hands of his daughter because their alter egos were romantically involved in the Tangle Box. Jesus, ma'am. To be fair, from her (admittedly warped) perspective, by sleeping with her when neither of them knew who they were, Ben effectively raped her (never mind that, since it was consensual on both ends, she raped him as well).

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* HiddenDepths: Revealed in ''The Tangle Box.'' He pretends to be aloof and to only want to be left alone, but his persona in the Tangle Box is the Gargoyle, a hideous beast that elicits disgust and fear wherever he goes. Given that the Tangle Box makes you into what you most fear, this suggests Strabo is afraid he will only ever be feared and hated, but never loved.


* EvilChancellor: To both the old king, and his son Michel Ard Rhys.

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* EvilChancellor: To both the old king, and his son Michel Ard Rhys.Rhi.


* BiggerBad: In ''Magic Kingdom for Sale'', where The Iron Mark is the direct threat, and Meeks remains offstage.

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* BiggerBad: In ''Magic Kingdom for Sale'', where The Iron Mark is the direct threat, and Meeks remains offstage.offstage, despite all the problems the cast is dealing with being his fault directly or indirectly.
* CainAndAbel: With his half-brother and abuse victim, Questor Thews.



* {{Foil}}: Questor is well-meaning but inept, and totally loyal to the kingdom. Meeks is competent but selfish, and is perfectly prepared to destroy the kingdom for his own benefit.



* ManipulativeBastard: Preys on the hopes of his clientele, while at the same time making sure he only selects failures.

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* ManipulativeBastard: Preys on the hopes of his clientele, while at the same time making sure he only selects failures. In ''The Black Unicorn'' he tries to manipulate Ben into discarding the medallion and giving up the kingship.
* PoweredByAForsakenChild: His books of magic are fueled by the souls of the unicorns trapped within them.




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* UnderestimatingBadassery: Badly underestimated Ben in ''Magic Kingdom for Sale'', and spends most of ''The Black Unicorn'' trying to rectify this.


* UnskilledButStrong: Questor's magic frequently misfires, but the actual amount he has at his disposal is considerable.



* VillainRespect: Pays it to Ben at his coronation.



* EvilCripple: Meeks is missing his right arm.



* OrcusOnHisThrone: Nightshade was evil pretty much from the start (see Freudian Excuse ''supra''), but there was nothing to indicate that she had been actively opposed to the kings of Landover prior to her first meeting with Benjamin. In fact, when Questor had warned Ben against meeting her, he said that the last real king had wanted nothing to do with her. Nightshade did not become Ben's enemy until after their first meeting.

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* OrcusOnHisThrone: Nightshade was evil pretty much from the start (see Freudian Excuse ''supra''), but there was nothing to indicate that she had been actively opposed to the kings of Landover prior to her first meeting with Benjamin.Ben. In fact, when Questor had warned Ben against meeting her, he said that the last real king had wanted nothing to do with her. Nightshade did not become Ben's enemy until after their first meeting.


A lawyer from Chicago left depressed by the death of his wife, Ben purchases the Kingship of Landover in an effort at regaining some of what he has lost. Stubborn, adverse to violence, and determined to rule by the law, Ben proves to be a far more effective king than his detractors might hope.

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A lawyer from Chicago left depressed by the death of his wife, Ben purchases the Kingship of Landover in an effort at regaining some of what he has lost. Stubborn, adverse averse to violence, and determined to rule by the law, Ben proves to be a far more effective king than his detractors might hope.

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* NeutralNoLonger: Nightshade originally met King Benjamin when he came to her hoping to recruit her as an ally; up until that time, she had not opposed him or the previous kings (see Orcus On His Throne ''infra''). After their first meeting, she became his inveterate enemy.
* OrcusOnHisThrone: Nightshade was evil pretty much from the start (see Freudian Excuse ''supra''), but there was nothing to indicate that she had been actively opposed to the kings of Landover prior to her first meeting with Benjamin. In fact, when Questor had warned Ben against meeting her, he said that the last real king had wanted nothing to do with her. Nightshade did not become Ben's enemy until after their first meeting.


* HotWitch: One of the first things that Ben notices about her when they first meet is that whoever made her broke the mold.

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* HotWitch: One of the first things that Ben notices about her when they first meet is that whoever made her broke she is beautiful:
-->Ben didn't know what artist had created
the mold.witch, whether god or devil, but some thought had gone into the sculpting. Nightshade was a striking woman.

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* HotWitch: One of the first things that Ben notices about her when they first meet is that whoever made her broke the mold.

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* PlantPerson: Periodically transforms into a tree (no points for guessing what variety of tree). Even in humanoid form, she has green skin and hair and absorbs sunlight for energy. When she and Benjamin have a daughter, said daughter initially takes the form of a seed who must be planted in soil. Once she is finally born, however, she is much more human, but still has a magical connection to plant-life.

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