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* HumanResources: The [[spoiler:Mahjong sets]] handed down the Orphans' family lines.

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* HumanResources: The [[spoiler:Mahjong [[spoiler:{{TabletopGame/Mahjong}} sets]] handed down the Orphans' family lines.



* {{Mahjong}}: The Thirteen Orphans' magic is based around various Mahjong hands. Early training has apprentices hand-making tiles to use their spells with.


* GenreSavvy: Brenda, at one point rushing along [[TalkingInYourDreams a messenger in her dream]] specifically to avoid waking up before she learns anything useful. Also, nobody makes the mistake of assuming Brenda's message was AllJustADream.


%%* CoolBigSis: The Ox's daughter, Hua was this for the second generation Orphans.

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%%* * CoolBigSis: The Ox's daughter, Hua was described as this for the second generation Orphans.



%%* FormerChildStar: Pearl Bright, though she subverts the usual definitions of what occurs to these characters in old age.

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%%* * FormerChildStar: Pearl Bright, though she subverts the usual definitions of what occurs to these characters in old age.age by continuing to have connections and being independently wealthy.



%%* InternalReveal: What was ''supposed'' to happen with Brenda at the start of the series.

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%%* * InternalReveal: What was ''supposed'' to happen with Brenda at the start of the series.series. Her father was taking her to meet Albert Yu to explain her ancestry, but Albert's apparent amnesia about the Orphans forced a change of plans.


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* TheAtoner: Loyal Wind.

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* %%* TheAtoner: Loyal Wind.



* CheerfulChild: Lani

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* %%* CheerfulChild: Lani



* CoolBigSis: The Ox's daughter, Hua was this for the second generation Orphans.
* CoolOldGuy: Both of the Monkeys we meet, Waking Lizard and Bent Bamboo. Shen Kung.
* CoolOldLady: Pearl & Deborah.
* DarkActionGirl: Honey Dream in the first book.
* EasternZodiac
* FormerChildStar: Pearl Bright, though she subverts the usual definitions of what occurs to these characters in old age.

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* %%* CoolBigSis: The Ox's daughter, Hua was this for the second generation Orphans.
* %%* CoolOldGuy: Both of the Monkeys we meet, Waking Lizard and Bent Bamboo. Shen Kung.
* %%* CoolOldLady: Pearl & Deborah.
* %%* DarkActionGirl: Honey Dream in the first book.
* %%* EasternZodiac
* %%* FormerChildStar: Pearl Bright, though she subverts the usual definitions of what occurs to these characters in old age.



* TheInnerReveal: What was ''supposed'' to happen with Brenda at the start of the series.

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* TheInnerReveal: %%* InternalReveal: What was ''supposed'' to happen with Brenda at the start of the series.



* SmugSnake: Honey Dream and especially Tracy Frye.

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* %%* SmugSnake: Honey Dream and especially Tracy Frye.



* StraightGay: [[spoiler:Albert Yu.]]

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* %%* StraightGay: [[spoiler:Albert Yu.]]


The ''Breaking the Wall'' trilogy was written by Creator/JaneLindskold, author of the ''Literature/FirekeeperSaga'', has three books: ''Thirteen Orphans'', ''Nine Gates'', and ''Five Odd Honors'' which detail the Orphans' quest to defend themselves from attack from the Lands and make their return to it and discover the cause behind them after all this time.

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The ''Breaking the Wall'' trilogy was written by Creator/JaneLindskold, author of the ''Literature/FirekeeperSaga'', and has three books: ''Thirteen Orphans'', ''Nine Gates'', and ''Five Odd Honors'' which detail Honors'', detailing the Orphans' quest to defend themselves from attack from the Lands and make their return to it and discover the cause behind them after all this time.


* AlliterativeFamily: The Nitas. Besides Nissa and (No)Lani, every person in the family also has an N name.

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* AlliterativeFamily: The Nitas. Besides Nissa and (No)Lani, (Noe)Lani, every person in the family also has an N name.



* BookBurning: An instance of this taken UpToEleven is what created the Lands Born of Smoke and Sacrifice and is the reason people from the lands call earth the Land of the Burning.
* ButNotTooForeign: Every Orphan who isn't pureblooded Chinese. Given the nature between earth and the Lands, probably not even then.

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* BookBurning: An instance of this taken UpToEleven is what created the Lands Born of Smoke and Sacrifice and is the reason people from the lands call earth Earth the Land of the Burning.
* ButNotTooForeign: Every Orphan who isn't pureblooded Chinese. Given the nature between earth Earth and the Lands, probably not even then.



* DarkActionGirl: Honey Dream in the first book.



* PassFail: Many of the original Orphans used magic to pass as other races so as to not be found by any pursuers who would search Chinese communities for them. This diluted over time -- for example, Gaheris looks more white than his daughter Brenda does.



* [[spoiler:StraightGay]]: Albert Yu.

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* [[spoiler:StraightGay]]: Albert StraightGay: [[spoiler:Albert Yu.]]



* UnfortunateNames: Des Lee, full name Desperate Lee. The result of an ignorance nurse and a Chinese relative with a heavy accent trying to say how Des's mother had desperately wanted a boy.

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* UnfortunateNames: Des Lee, full name Desperate Lee. The result of an ignorance ignorant nurse and a Chinese relative with a heavy accent trying to say how Des's mother had desperately wanted a boy.

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* UnfortunateNames: Des Lee, full name Desperate Lee. The result of an ignorance nurse and a Chinese relative with a heavy accent trying to say how Des's mother had desperately wanted a boy.

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* TheInnerReveal: What was ''supposed'' to happen with Brenda at the start of the series.

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The ''Breaking the Wall'' trilogy was written by Jane Lindskold, author of the ''{{Firekeeper}}'' series, has three books: ''Thirteen Orphans'', ''Nine Gates'', and ''Five Odd Honors'' which detail the Orphans' quest to defend themselves from attack from the Lands and make their return to it and discover the cause behind them after all this time.

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The ''Breaking the Wall'' trilogy was written by Jane Lindskold, Creator/JaneLindskold, author of the ''{{Firekeeper}}'' series, ''Literature/FirekeeperSaga'', has three books: ''Thirteen Orphans'', ''Nine Gates'', and ''Five Odd Honors'' which detail the Orphans' quest to defend themselves from attack from the Lands and make their return to it and discover the cause behind them after all this time.


These exiles, who came to call themselves the Thirteen Orphans, represent the welve animals on the Chinese zodiac, with their emperor representing the cat. They settled in our world, doing what they could to preserve their magical knowledge until the exile was rescinded for either themselves or their descendants.

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These exiles, who came to call themselves the Thirteen Orphans, represent the welve twelve animals on the Chinese zodiac, with their emperor representing the cat. They settled in our world, doing what they could to preserve their magical knowledge until the exile was rescinded for either themselves or their descendants.

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* PowerCopying: The Cat can temporarily replace any of the other Orphans in the course of rituals.

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* NameThatUnfoldsLikeLotusBlossom: Anyone and everyone associated with the Lands Born of Smoke and Sacrifice. Up to and including the Lands Born of Smoke and Sacrifice.


* SpannerInTheWorks: Brenda's tendency towards WrongContextMagic tends to throw a spanner into many of the plans the protagonists' enemies craft.



* WellIntentionedExtremist: Righteous Drum, Honey Dream, and Flying Claw. Also, if you take his word for it, Franklin Deng.

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* WellIntentionedExtremist: Righteous Drum, Honey Dream, and Flying Claw. Also, if you take his word for it, Franklin Deng.Deng.
* WrongContextMagic: Brenda's major trait throughout the story. She's able to call upon the powers of the Rat, despite the fact that she shouldn't ''have'' access to those powers while her father yet lives.

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* HumanResources: The [[spoiler:Mahjong sets]] handed down the Orphans' family lines.

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