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** In the same book, when saying farewells to Torak, Bale says that he might visit the Forest after all one day: there's been a wolf in a canoe, so why there couldn't be a seal in the Forest. This eventually happens in ''Outcast''.

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** In the same book, when saying farewells to Torak, Bale says that he might visit the Forest after all one day: there's been a wolf in a canoe, kayak, so why there couldn't be a seal in the Forest. This eventually happens in ''Outcast''.


** In ''Wolf Brother'', when Fin-Kedinn tells Torak of the Soul Eaters for the first time, he describes each shortly, but deliberately leaves two of them without description. It ultimately turns out that those two Soul Eaters [[spoiler:were Torak's father and the Walker, the only members of the group who didn't turn evil]].

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** In ''Wolf Brother'', when Fin-Kedinn tells Torak of the Soul Eaters for the first time, he describes each shortly, but deliberately leaves two of them without description. It ultimately turns out that those two Soul Eaters [[spoiler:were Torak's father and the Walker, the only members of the group who didn't turn evil]].evil, and also the two whom Torak has already met]].

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* HorrifyingTheHorror: Thiazzi the Oak Mage is the strongest man of the Forest and an extremely sadistic and violent {{sociopath}}... yet even he is afraid of [[TheSoulless Eostra the Eagle Owl Mage]].


* OrphansPlotTrinket: Torak's dad gives him his knife before he dies. Which is kind of two trinkets in one, because it also [[spoiler:contains a chunk of fire opal.]]



* PowerTrio - Torak, Renn and Wolf. They get things done.

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* PowerTrio - PowerTrio: Torak, Renn and Wolf. They get things done.


* HatePlague - Lots of stuff, actually.

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* GhostAmnesia: If one loses one's name-soul due to not getting the proper rites, one becomes a ghost, forgetting identity, name, and all memories of one's life.

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* SiblingMurder: Turns out [[spoiler:Tenris specifically created the demon bear to kill his brother, Torak's father]].


** The Crippled Wanderer [[spoiler:(AKA Tenris)]] to Torak's father [[spoiler:(his younger brother)]] and Fin-Kedinn [[spoiler:(his childhood friend)]]. Like the former, he was devoted to Magecraft in his childhood, but while Torak's father wanted to learn about the world and help people with his talents, [[spoiler:Tenris]] has always wanted power to dominate others. These opposing motives were their reasons to [[spoiler:join the Healers (the future Soul Eaters)]]. Both are also skilled in remaining beneath notice and covering their tracks. Like Fin-Kedinn, [[spoiler:Tenris is a highly influential man in his clan and the region they live in, even though they're scarred/injured. While Tenris plays nice with Torak, the boy considers him to be a more friendly and less distant Fin-Kedinn, but he's ultimately proven to be much more heartless and dishonorable]].

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** The Crippled Wanderer [[spoiler:(AKA Tenris)]] to Torak's father [[spoiler:(his younger brother)]] and Fin-Kedinn [[spoiler:(his childhood friend)]]. Like the former, he was devoted to Magecraft in his childhood, but while Torak's father wanted to learn about the world and help people with his talents, [[spoiler:Tenris]] has always wanted power to dominate others. These opposing motives were their reasons to [[spoiler:join the Healers (the future Soul Eaters)]]. Both are also skilled in remaining beneath notice and covering their tracks. Like Fin-Kedinn, [[spoiler:Tenris is a highly influential man in his clan and the region they live in, even though they're scarred/injured. While Tenris plays nice with Torak, the boy considers him to be a more friendly and less distant Fin-Kedinn, but he's ultimately proven to be much more heartless and dishonorable]].dishonorable. Both of them have lost a brother, but while Fin-Kedinn takes care of his brother's children Renn and Hord, Tenris tries to kill for power his nephew Torak whom Fin-Kedinn eventually adopts]].



* ImmortalitySeeker: In ''Ghost Hunter'', Eostra plans to steal Torak's spirit walker power and use it to live forever by using one body after another.



* LastOfHisKind: Both Thiazzi and Eostra are last living members of the Oak clan and the Eagle Owl clan, respectively. The last book also states that [[spoiler:all humans used to be spirit walkers, but Torak is the last one to ever exist and that all the future generations will have to remember spirit walkers from is their companionship with dogs]].



* OminousOwl - Only applies to eagle owls.

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* OminousOwl - OminousOwl: Only applies to eagle owls.owls. This is presumably because the entire Eagle Owl clan was wiped out because their last mage Eostra performed a forbidden rite by resurrecting one of their members.
* OurLichesAreDifferent: Eostra is a very corpse-like mage and a {{necromancer}} who [[ImmortalitySeeker desires to live forever]] and rule everything forever.

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* ArcVillain:
** ''Wolf Brother'': The demon bear.
** ''Spirit Walker'': [[spoiler:Tenris who's also the GreaterScopeVillain of ''Wolf Brother'']].
** ''Soul Eater'': [[BigBadDuumvirate Nef, Seshru, Thiazzi and Eostra]].
** ''Outcast'': Seshru.
** ''Oath Breaker'': Thiazzi.
** ''Ghost Hunter'': Eostra.

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* {{Foil}}: The female Soul Eaters Seshru and Nef. The Viper Mage is lithe and beautiful, while the Bat Mage is more plain-looking, thickset and bow-legged. Seshru desires to subjugate all to serve her and enjoys causing discord and pain. Nef in turn wants power [[WellIntentionedExtremist to unify everyone for a better future]] and doesn't do cruelties for the sake of sadism. Both turn out to be parents, but different kind of parents. Nef misses [[OutlivingOnesOffspring her deceased son]] and acts like a demanding yet caring mother toward Torak. Seshru in turn is revealed to have [[spoiler:abandoned Hord to join the Healers and given birth to Renn only to make her newborn a tokoroth. Discovering her teen-aged daughter years later doesn't awaken maternal instincts in her at all]].

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* WeUsedToBeFriends: Fin-Kedinn with Torak's father... and Tenris... and the Walker, considering what they have now can hardly be called friendship.


** The Crippled Wanderer [[spoiler:(AKA Tenris)]] to Torak's father [[spoiler:(his younger brother)]] and Fin-Kedinn [[spoiler:(his childhood friend)]]. Like the former, he was devoted to Magecraft in his childhood, but while Torak's father wanted to learn about the world and help people with his talents, [[spoiler:Tenris]] has always wanted power to dominate others. Both are also skilled in remaining beneath notice and covering their tracks. Like Fin-Kedinn, [[spoiler:Tenris is a highly influential man in his clan and the region they live in, even though they're scarred/injured. While Tenris plays nice with Torak, the boy considers him to be a more friendly and less distant Fin-Kedinn, but he's ultimately proven to be much more heartless and dishonorable]].

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** The Crippled Wanderer [[spoiler:(AKA Tenris)]] to Torak's father [[spoiler:(his younger brother)]] and Fin-Kedinn [[spoiler:(his childhood friend)]]. Like the former, he was devoted to Magecraft in his childhood, but while Torak's father wanted to learn about the world and help people with his talents, [[spoiler:Tenris]] has always wanted power to dominate others. These opposing motives were their reasons to [[spoiler:join the Healers (the future Soul Eaters)]]. Both are also skilled in remaining beneath notice and covering their tracks. Like Fin-Kedinn, [[spoiler:Tenris is a highly influential man in his clan and the region they live in, even though they're scarred/injured. While Tenris plays nice with Torak, the boy considers him to be a more friendly and less distant Fin-Kedinn, but he's ultimately proven to be much more heartless and dishonorable]].


** The Crippled Wanderer [[spoiler:(AKA Tenris)]] to Torak's father [[spoiler:(his younger brother]] and Fin-Kedinn [[spoiler:(his childhood friend)]]. Like the former, he was devoted to Magecraft in his childhood, but while Torak's father wanted to learn about the world and help people with his talents, [[spoiler:Tenris]] has always wanted power to dominate others. Both are also skilled in remaining beneath notice and covering their tracks. Like Fin-Kedinn, [[spoiler:Tenris is a highly influential man in his clan and the region they live in, even though they're scarred/injured. While Tenris plays nice with Torak, the boy considers him to be a more friendly and less distant Fin-Kedinn, but he's ultimately proven to be much more heartless and dishonorable]].

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** The Crippled Wanderer [[spoiler:(AKA Tenris)]] to Torak's father [[spoiler:(his younger brother]] brother)]] and Fin-Kedinn [[spoiler:(his childhood friend)]]. Like the former, he was devoted to Magecraft in his childhood, but while Torak's father wanted to learn about the world and help people with his talents, [[spoiler:Tenris]] has always wanted power to dominate others. Both are also skilled in remaining beneath notice and covering their tracks. Like Fin-Kedinn, [[spoiler:Tenris is a highly influential man in his clan and the region they live in, even though they're scarred/injured. While Tenris plays nice with Torak, the boy considers him to be a more friendly and less distant Fin-Kedinn, but he's ultimately proven to be much more heartless and dishonorable]].

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** The Crippled Wanderer [[spoiler:(AKA Tenris)]] to Torak's father [[spoiler:(his younger brother]] and Fin-Kedinn [[spoiler:(his childhood friend)]]. Like the former, he was devoted to Magecraft in his childhood, but while Torak's father wanted to learn about the world and help people with his talents, [[spoiler:Tenris]] has always wanted power to dominate others. Both are also skilled in remaining beneath notice and covering their tracks. Like Fin-Kedinn, [[spoiler:Tenris is a highly influential man in his clan and the region they live in, even though they're scarred/injured. While Tenris plays nice with Torak, the boy considers him to be a more friendly and less distant Fin-Kedinn, but he's ultimately proven to be much more heartless and dishonorable]].

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