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* FirstEpisodeSpoiler: ''House of Chains'' gives us the new character Karsa Orlong, who is revealed to be [[spoiler:Toblakai]] from ''Literature/DeadhouseGates'' at the end of the first of four sections in the book.

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* FirstEpisodeSpoiler: FirstEpisodeTwist: ''House of Chains'' gives us the new character Karsa Orlong, who is revealed to be [[spoiler:Toblakai]] from ''Literature/DeadhouseGates'' at the end of the first of four sections in the book.


* NiceJobBreakingItHero: About a quarter of the villainous machinations in the SeriesFinale are set in motion all because Karsa Orlong [[Spoiler: lifts the boulder off of Sister Calm]].

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* NiceJobBreakingItHero: About a quarter of the villainous machinations in the SeriesFinale are set in motion all because Karsa Orlong [[Spoiler: [[spoiler: lifts the boulder off of Sister Calm]].



* PortentOfDoom: During their first training exercise, the 14th Army watches as a toddler play-marches up to the Adjunct's side and begins mimicking her movements and commands- waving a bleached bone around instead of a sword. The sight sinks the morale of the 14th from bad to mutinous within hours.

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* PortentOfDoom: During their first training exercise, the 14th Army watches as a the toddler Grub play-marches up to the Adjunct's side and begins mimicking her movements and commands- waving a bleached bone around instead of a sword. The sight sinks the morale of the 14th from bad to mutinous within hours.

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* ArmyOfThievesAndWhores: The 14th Army. Most of them are press-ganged from Malaz Island as the Empire was already stretched to the breaking point ''before'' the events of ''Deadhouse Gates'' and ''Memories of Ice'' (where no less than four Malazan armies are decimated/desert). These conscripts are greeted by barely a hundred Wickan survivors of the Chain of Dogs (all children and teenagers), a paltry garrison that had to watch as ten-thousand Malazans surrendered and were crucified outside bowshot of the city walls, and they are led by an Adjunct who only ''just'' got the job by very publicly selling out her younger sister, Felisin, in a public culling of the nobility. Morale is borderline mutinous before they get off the boats at Aren.


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* PortentOfDoom: During their first training exercise, the 14th Army watches as a toddler play-marches up to the Adjunct's side and begins mimicking her movements and commands- waving a bleached bone around instead of a sword. The sight sinks the morale of the 14th from bad to mutinous within hours.
--> Fiddler: ''The sign couldn't be clearer. We're a [mob], being led to its death by a child playing at war.''


* CurbStompBattle: Karsa Orlong and his war party free the trapped Forkrul Assail from beneath a stone slab in the opening chapters. [[CallForward Sister Calm]] thanks them by tossing Karsa like a rag doll and punching Delum Thord with enough force to leave him brain damaged and childlike. She casually walks away, never to be seen again until the SeriesFinale.

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* CurbStompBattle: Karsa Orlong and his war party free the trapped Forkrul Assail from beneath a stone slab in the opening chapters. [[spoiler: [[CallForward Sister Calm]] thanks them by tossing Karsa like a rag doll and punching Delum Thord with enough force to leave him brain damaged and childlike. damaged.]] She casually walks away, never to be seen again again- until the SeriesFinale.


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* NiceJobBreakingItHero: About a quarter of the villainous machinations in the SeriesFinale are set in motion all because Karsa Orlong [[Spoiler: lifts the boulder off of Sister Calm]].


* CurbStompBattle: Karsa Orlong and his war party free the trapped Forkrul Assail from beneath a stone slab. [[CallForward Sister Calm]] then tosses Karsa like a rag doll and punches Delum Thord with enough force to leave him brain damaged and childlike before walkin away, never to be seen again until the SeriesFinale.

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* CurbStompBattle: Karsa Orlong and his war party free the trapped Forkrul Assail from beneath a stone slab. slab in the opening chapters. [[CallForward Sister Calm]] then tosses thanks them by tossing Karsa like a rag doll and punches punching Delum Thord with enough force to leave him brain damaged and childlike before walkin childlike. She casually walks away, never to be seen again until the SeriesFinale.

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* CurbStompBattle: Karsa Orlong and his war party free the trapped Forkrul Assail from beneath a stone slab. [[CallForward Sister Calm]] then tosses Karsa like a rag doll and punches Delum Thord with enough force to leave him brain damaged and childlike before walkin away, never to be seen again until the SeriesFinale.

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* ScaledUp: The [[LightIsNotGood Tiste Liosan]] Osserc [[VoluntaryShapeshifting veers]] into a dragon in order to fly [[spoiler:his son]] L'oric, who had come seeking him unbidden, out of the crumbling memory of the desert Raraku, since it's much easier for dragons to travel between realms and Osserc wants to get rid of L'oric again as soon as possible.

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* LivingMemory: Not a character but still effectively this trope. While looking for his father Osserc, the mage L'oric is pulled into the a living memory of the Raraku desert, where Osserc is hiding. The memory goes so far back into prehistoric times that the notoriously dry Raraku is a lush swamp there.

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* EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs: Karsa Orlong and Torvald Nom stumble on a hermit on the Ehrlitan coast of Seven Cities, where he's built a giant tower which acts as a kind of scaffolding for a huge dinosaur (possibly T-Rex) skeleton he's rebuilding within. This comes out of nowhere, has no bearing on the plot and is actually incongruent to any of the worldbuilding that's happened up to this point in the series, considering anything big and scaly had so far been shown to belong to the resident LizardFolk races of the K'Chain Che'Malle or K'Chain Nah'ruk. But the skeleton is way too big to be one of those and besides, the entire chapter runs on RuleOfCool.

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* KarmicDeath: Karsa Orlong kills the paedophile priest Bidithal by [[spoiler:ripping off his privates and stuffing them down his throat]].


* HeWillNotCrySoICryForHim: Happens when [[TheUndead Onrack the Brocken]] is told of [[spoiler:his former wife's, aka the Goddess of the Apocalypse's, death]]. Trull Sengar cries in his stead, which kickstarts their InterspeciesFriendship.

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* HeWillNotCrySoICryForHim: Happens Trull Sengar cries when they are told that [[TheUndead Onrack the Brocken]] is told of [[spoiler:his former wife's, Broken's]] [[spoiler:former wife, aka the Goddess of the Apocalypse's, death]]. Trull Sengar cries in Apocalypse]], has died, because his stead, which kickstarts their InterspeciesFriendship.newly found [[InterspeciesFriendship friend]] is physically incapable of tears. Even if he were, it would be against his cultural norms, so Onrack is genuinely taken aback by the gesture.

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* FirstEpisodeSpoiler: ''House of Chains'' gives us the new character Karsa Orlong, who is revealed to be [[spoiler:Toblakai]] from ''Literature/DeadhouseGates'' at the end of the first of four sections in the book.

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* GoldfishPoopGang: The Tiste Liosan Trull and Onrack encounter on their journey are mostly portrayed as [[StopHavingFunGuys humourless twits]] and are consequently ridiculed. Not even the other characters take them seriously, despite them being so ralrely seen nowadays that their existence is mythical.

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* GoldfishPoopGang: The Tiste Liosan Trull and Onrack encounter on their journey are mostly portrayed as [[StopHavingFunGuys humourless twits]] and are consequently ridiculed. Not even the other characters take them seriously, despite them being so ralrely rarely seen nowadays that their existence is considered mythical.


* RealLifeWritesThePlot: As with the rest of the series, certain parts of the book were played out as roleplaying game campaigns first. In this book, per WordOfGod, most of the Karsa Orlong segment in the first part was taken from such a section, where Steven Erikson deliberately distorted the descriptions to the detriment of the person playing as Karsa. Eventually, the player got fed up and, in a moment of frustration, decided to attack an important character who was just introduced. Thus, the scene where [[spoiler:the Tiste Edur on ''Silanda'' are killed]] was created, setting the stage for the their appearance in ''Literature/DeadhouseGates''.

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* RealLifeWritesThePlot: As with the rest of the series, certain parts of the book were played out as roleplaying game campaigns first. In this book, per WordOfGod, most of the Karsa Orlong segment in the first part was taken from such a section, where Steven Erikson deliberately distorted the descriptions to the detriment of the person playing as Karsa. Eventually, the player got fed up and, in a moment of frustration, decided to attack an important character who was just introduced. Thus, the scene where [[spoiler:the Tiste Edur on ''Silanda'' are killed]] was created, setting the stage for the their appearance in ''Literature/DeadhouseGates''.

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