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Meanwhile, a centuries-old barrier has been broken in the world. Fierce and mythical creature known as immortals start to invade the human lands, and while many are benign, many begin to attack and prey on humans. Joining Tortall's efforts to deal with the sudden menace, Daine finds herself caught up in a conflict that spirals far out of the mortal scale.

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Meanwhile, a centuries-old barrier has been broken in the world. Fierce and mythical creature creatures known as immortals start to invade the human lands, and while many are benign, many begin to attack and prey on humans. Joining Tortall's efforts to deal with the sudden menace, Daine finds herself caught up in a conflict that spirals far out of the mortal scale.


* ''The Emperor Mage''

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* ''The Emperor ''Emperor Mage''


->''“If you look hard and long, you can find us. If you listen hard and long, you can hear any of us, call any of us that you wish.” ''

''The Immortals'' is the second series set in the Literature/TortallUniverse. Veralidaine Sarrasri, more commonly called Daine, is a a thirteen-year-old girl on the run from her past. She has a "knack for animals" that borders on the supernatural, attracting the attention of Numair Salmalín, the archmage of Tortall. As he instructs her, they realize that her power may be greater than either of them can imagine

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->''“If you look hard and long, you can find us. If you listen hard and long, you can hear any of us, call any of us that you wish.” ''

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''The Immortals'' is the second series set in the Literature/TortallUniverse. Veralidaine Sarrasri, more commonly called Daine, is a a thirteen-year-old girl on the run from her past. She has a "knack for animals" that borders on the supernatural, attracting the attention of Numair Salmalín, the archmage of Tortall. As he instructs her, they realize that her power may be greater than either of them can imagine
imagine.


* YouDirtyRat!: To a degree, rats get the standard trope treatment even in these animal-advocate stories — they are vicious, dirty, and generally unpleasant. But those aren't their only traits. They're also very independent-minded, demanding that Daine offer them something in return for their help, whereas most animals are happy to help her if she just asks. This fits their place as animals closely associated with the Graveyard Hag, who is among other things a goddess of chance and bargains (as well as death) and rather enjoys messing with people.

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* YouDirtyRat!: TheXOfY: Book 4, ''The Realms '''of''' the Gods''.
* YouDirtyRat:
To a degree, rats get the standard trope treatment even in these animal-advocate stories — they are vicious, dirty, and generally unpleasant. But those aren't their only traits. They're also very independent-minded, demanding that Daine offer them something in return for their help, whereas most animals are happy to help her if she just asks. This fits their place as animals closely associated with the Graveyard Hag, who is among other things a goddess of chance and bargains (as well as death) and rather enjoys messing with people.


* ''Wolf Speaker''

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* ''Wolf Speaker''''Wolf-Speaker''




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* AngerBornOfWorry: Midway through ''Wild Magic'', a terrified Alanna and Numair positively ''shred'' Daine, giving her a WhatTheHellHero speech of truly epic proportions. Why? [[spoiler:She was trying to contact dolphins telepathically in meditation and decided her heart was too loud — so she accidentally ''stopped it'']]. No wonder she scared them so badly!
* AnimalEyeSpy: Daine learns to do this in ''Wolf Speaker'', where it promptly becomes a plot point.

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* AngerBornOfWorry: Midway through ''Wild Magic'', a terrified Alanna and Numair positively ''shred'' Daine, giving her a WhatTheHellHero speech of truly epic proportions. Why? [[spoiler:She was trying to contact dolphins telepathically in meditation and decided her heart was too loud — so she accidentally ''stopped it'']]. it''.]] No wonder she scared them so badly!
* AnimalEyeSpy: Daine learns to do this in ''Wolf Speaker'', ''Wolf-Speaker'', where it promptly becomes a plot point.



* AnimateDead: The Graveyard Hag, patron goddess of Carthak, can do this. [[spoiler:She gives Daine the power — temporarily — as part of her plan to get rid of Ozorne]].

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* AnimateDead: The Graveyard Hag, patron goddess of Carthak, can do this. [[spoiler:She gives Daine the power — temporarily — as part of her plan to get rid of Ozorne]].Ozorne.]]



** Also the Immortals themselves: in the earlier ''Literature/SongOfTheLioness'' quartet, the only creatures around were mundane ones you'd find in the corresponding Earth habitats (although sometimes an animal could be uncommonly large, and they might be turned more dangerous by sorcery. And then there's Faithful, but he's a [[spoiler:constellation, not exactly a real cat]]). If creatures like dragons are mentioned it's with the implication that they are as mythical in the Tortall-verse as in our world. In ''The Immortals'' we find that these kinds of creatures do exist, but have spent centuries sealed into the Divine Realms — from where they are now gradually being released by the bad guys. Since there was no hint of their reality and imprisonment in the ''Song of the Lioness'', we can assume it's a ret-con, but it's actually done very well. The explanation for the creatures' appearance isn't a hand-wave, it's a major part of the series (which is why it's called ''The Immortals'').

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** Also the Immortals themselves: in the earlier ''Literature/SongOfTheLioness'' quartet, the only creatures around were mundane ones you'd find in the corresponding Earth habitats (although sometimes an animal could be uncommonly large, and they might be turned more dangerous by sorcery. And then there's Faithful, but he's a [[spoiler:constellation, not exactly a real cat]]). If creatures like dragons are mentioned mentioned, it's with the implication that they are as mythical in the Tortall-verse as in our world. In ''The Immortals'' we find that these kinds of creatures do exist, but have spent centuries sealed into the Divine Realms — from where they are now gradually being released by the bad guys. Since there was no hint of their reality and imprisonment in the ''Song of the Lioness'', we can assume it's a ret-con, retcon, but it's actually done very well. The explanation for the creatures' appearance isn't a hand-wave, it's a major part of the series (which is why it's called ''The Immortals'').



* DeusExMachina: In ''Wild Magic'' [[spoiler:the "pirate" fleet gets destroyed by a Kraken who just happened to have been left behind 400 years ago. True Daine found and called him up, but still she didn't set out to find him nor could she have stopped him whatever she thought was a good idea]].

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* DeusExMachina: In ''Wild Magic'' Magic'', [[spoiler:the "pirate" fleet gets destroyed by a Kraken who just happened to have been left behind 400 years ago. True True, Daine found and called him up, but still she didn't set out to find him nor could she have stopped him him, whatever she thought was a good idea]]. idea.]]



* DoesNotKnowHisOwnStrength: Numair, magically speaking, especially when compared to the Queenscoves in ''Protector of the Small'', who require incredibly precise control in their healing. In a variation on the trope, Numair is perfectly aware of his strength and its limitations, he just can't control it because he's trained himself in big, power-consuming spells his whole life and doesn't have the precision needed for small things and is openly envious of "lesser" mages. Most mages can use magic to put out their candles; Numair has to get up and blow his out because if he used his magic he'd blow up the candle, as well as the table it was on and the wall behind it.
* TheEmperor. Daine has some trouble with Emperor Mage Ozorne, who wants to [[TakeOverTheWorld rule the world or something]].

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* DoesNotKnowHisOwnStrength: Numair, magically speaking, especially when compared to the Queenscoves in ''Protector of the Small'', ''Literature/ProtectorOfTheSmall'', who require incredibly precise control in their healing. In a variation on the trope, Numair is perfectly aware of his strength and its limitations, he just can't control it because he's trained himself in big, power-consuming spells his whole life and doesn't have the precision needed for small things and is openly envious of "lesser" mages. Most mages can use magic to put out their candles; Numair has to get up and blow his out because if he used his magic he'd blow up the candle, as well as the table it was on and the wall behind it.
* TheEmperor. TheEmperor: Daine has some trouble with Emperor Mage Ozorne, who wants to [[TakeOverTheWorld rule the world or something]].



* EthnicGod: It's said that the Banjiku tribe were birthed by the goddess Lashagui and worship her along with her brother, Kidunka the World Snake.
* FakeKillScare: Played with in ''Emperor Mage'', when the titular emperor has [[TheArchmage a certain someone]] killed. [[spoiler:This angers everyone's favorite Wild Mage, and she proceeds to call up some ZOMBIE DINOSAUR SKELETONS and every other living animal in the area, destroy a palace and most of the city, and do quite a bit more damage.]] When that certain someone shows up, proving to her that it was a magical clone of himself that had been killed, she cools off, answering "What happened?'' with "I thought you were dead. I lost my temper."

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* EthnicGod: It's said that the Banjiku tribe were birthed by the goddess Lashagui Lushagui and worship her along with her brother, Kidunka the World Snake.
* FakeKillScare: Played with in ''Emperor Mage'', when the titular emperor has [[TheArchmage a certain someone]] killed. [[spoiler:This angers everyone's favorite Wild Mage, and she proceeds to call up some ZOMBIE DINOSAUR SKELETONS and every other living animal in the area, destroy a palace and most of the city, and do quite a bit more damage.]] When that certain someone shows up, proving to her that it was a magical clone of himself that had been killed, she cools off, answering "What happened?'' happened?" with "I thought you were dead. I lost my temper."



* GeniusDitz: To those who don't know what he is, Numair comes off as one, as said by Kitten: [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} "someone silly"]]. That is, until he goes into teacher-mode and [[BadassBookworm gets]] [[TheArchmage smart]] or mage-mode and [[LetsGetDangerous gets dangerous.]]

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* GeniusDitz: To those who don't know what he is, Numair comes off as one, as said by Kitten: [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} "someone silly"]]. That is, until he goes into teacher-mode and [[BadassBookworm gets]] [[TheArchmage smart]] or mage-mode and [[LetsGetDangerous gets dangerous.]]dangerous]].



* HeroicBastard: Daine is illegitimate, as indicated by her matronymic "Sarrasri" from her mother Sarra, and this affects her and how other see her throughout ''The Immortals''. [[spoiler:However, in ''The Realms of the Gods'' we find out that her father is really Weiryn, the god of the hunt, and her mother has gone up to join him to become the Green Lady, a minor goddess. Daine very briefly considers changing her patronymic to Weirynsra before deciding to keep her old one after having been through so much with it.]]

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* HeroicBastard: Daine is illegitimate, as indicated by her matronymic "Sarrasri" from her mother Sarra, and this affects her and how other see her throughout ''The Immortals''. [[spoiler:However, in ''The Realms of the Gods'' we find out that her father is really Weiryn, the a minor god of the hunt, and her mother has gone up to join him to become the Green Lady, a minor goddess. Daine very briefly considers changing her patronymic to Weirynsra before deciding to keep her old one after having been through so much with it.]]



** Lord Imrah of Legann is described as bald, with a large belly, hawk nose and pockmarked face, giving him a cruel appearance. Daine noticed him feeding one of the [[spoiler:darkings, and when confronted, joked that it was a shadow of its former self.]]
* PleasePutSomeClothesOn: After Daine shapeshifts back into a human after saving Numair from a [[EldritchAbomination Chaos-dweller]] in ''The Realms of the Gods,'' she walks up to him — only to remember that she's naked except for her badger claw necklace. [[HilarityEnsues Awkwardness Ensues.]]
-->'''Daine:''' "Oh, for- !"

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** Lord Imrah of Legann is described as bald, with a large belly, hawk nose and pockmarked face, giving him a cruel appearance. Daine noticed him feeding one of the [[spoiler:darkings, and when confronted, joked that it was a shadow of its former self.]]
self]].
* PleasePutSomeClothesOn: After Daine shapeshifts back into a human after saving Numair from a [[EldritchAbomination Chaos-dweller]] in ''The Realms of the Gods,'' Gods'', she walks up to him — only to remember that she's naked except for her badger claw necklace. [[HilarityEnsues Awkwardness Ensues.]]
-->'''Daine:''' "Oh, Oh, for- !"!



** So many people asked about what happened to the tree that became a man that Pierce wrote a short story about it for an anthology.

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** So many people asked about what happened to the tree that became a man that Pierce wrote a short story about it it, "Elder Brother", for an anthology.



* YouDirtyRat!: To a degress, rats get the standard trope treatment even in these animal-advocate stories — they are vicious, dirty, and generally unpleasant. But those aren't their only traits. They're also very independent-minded, demanding that Daine offer them something in return for their help, whereas most animals are happy to help her if she just asks. This fits their place as animals closely associated with the Graveyard Hag, who is among other things a goddess of chance and bargains (as well as death) and rather enjoys messing with people.

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* YouDirtyRat!: To a degress, degree, rats get the standard trope treatment even in these animal-advocate stories — they are vicious, dirty, and generally unpleasant. But those aren't their only traits. They're also very independent-minded, demanding that Daine offer them something in return for their help, whereas most animals are happy to help her if she just asks. This fits their place as animals closely associated with the Graveyard Hag, who is among other things a goddess of chance and bargains (as well as death) and rather enjoys messing with people.


* ParanoiaFuel: Whenever Daine gets upset enough, animals in a huge radius instantly respond to her will. If this means getting themselves killed, so be it; her magic makes them disregard everything but her needs, even if they've never met her. Very few animals seem to even be willing to resist, and Daine actually has to consciously force them to regard their own lives. Beloved animal companions will turn on their people without a thought if she's angry enough, and in this pre-industrial society where there's emphasis on the bonds between people and their mounts and dogs, that's a pretty big deal.



* ScienceMarchesOn: [[spoiler:Father Universe and Mother Flame sentence the Queen of Chaos to live in a dead star until a new star is born — an event that happens about once a year in RealLife. Then again, this may be justified by the fact that constellations are established as sentient beings elsewhere, so they probably don't operate quite the same way]].


* GeniusDitz: To those who don't know what he is, Numair comes off as one, as said by Kitten: [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} "someone silly".]] That is, until he goes into teacher-mode and [[BadassBookworm gets]] [[TheArchmage smart]] or mage-mode and [[LetsGetDangerous gets dangerous.]]

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* GeniusDitz: To those who don't know what he is, Numair comes off as one, as said by Kitten: [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} "someone silly".]] silly"]]. That is, until he goes into teacher-mode and [[BadassBookworm gets]] [[TheArchmage smart]] or mage-mode and [[LetsGetDangerous gets dangerous.]]



* MasterofYourDomain: Daine can control her heartrate with wild magic and meditation. However, accidents can occur, like when in ''Wild Magic'', [[spoiler:she was trying to contact dolphins telepathically in meditation and decided her heart was too loud — so she accidentally ''stopped it'']].

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* MasterofYourDomain: MasterOfYourDomain: Daine can control her heartrate with wild magic and meditation. However, accidents can occur, like when in ''Wild Magic'', [[spoiler:she was trying to contact dolphins telepathically in meditation and decided her heart was too loud — so she accidentally ''stopped it'']].


''The Immortals'' is the second series set in the Literature/TortallUniverse. Veralidaine Sarrasri, more commonly called Daine, is a a thirteen-year-old girl on the run from her past. She has a "knack for animals" that borders on the supernatural, attracting the attention of Numair Salmalin, the archmage of Tortall. As he instructs her, they realize that her power may be greater than either of them can imagine

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''The Immortals'' is the second series set in the Literature/TortallUniverse. Veralidaine Sarrasri, more commonly called Daine, is a a thirteen-year-old girl on the run from her past. She has a "knack for animals" that borders on the supernatural, attracting the attention of Numair Salmalin, Salmalín, the archmage of Tortall. As he instructs her, they realize that her power may be greater than either of them can imagine



* NinetyPercentOfYourBrain: In Wolf-Speaker, Daine refers to the (now discredited) idea that humans use little of their brains when comparing them to Brokefang who, changed by her magic, had ideas in "each nook and cranny of his skull." She is horrified by her discovery.

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* NinetyPercentOfYourBrain: In Wolf-Speaker, ''Wolf-Speaker'', Daine refers to the (now discredited) idea that humans use little of their brains when comparing them to Brokefang who, changed by her magic, had ideas in "each nook and cranny of his skull." She is horrified by her discovery.



* AltarDiplomacy: Part of the negotiations between the Carthaki Empire and the Tortallan delegation in ''Emperor Mage'' go sour because Emperor Ozorne tries to secure a marriage between his nephew Prince Kaddar and the Tortallan Princess Kalasin, who's only fourteen years old at the time. King Jonathan and Queen Thayet ''do'' expect her to marry for the benefit of Tortall, but are averse to arranging such a match before their daughter could be reasonably expected to have any marital preferences. [[spoiler: Kaddar and Kalasin actually do get married eventually, but only after Ozorne is dead and Kaddar is running the country on his own terms.]]

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* AltarDiplomacy: Part of the negotiations between the Carthaki Empire and the Tortallan delegation in ''Emperor Mage'' go sour because Emperor Ozorne tries to secure a marriage between his nephew Prince Kaddar and the Tortallan Princess Kalasin, who's only fourteen years old at the time. King Jonathan and Queen Thayet ''do'' expect her to marry for the benefit of Tortall, but are averse to arranging such a match before their daughter could be reasonably expected to have any marital preferences. [[spoiler: Kaddar [[spoiler:Kaddar and Kalasin actually do get married eventually, but only after Ozorne is dead and Kaddar is running the country on his own terms.]]



* AngerBornOfWorry: Midway through ''Wild Magic'', a terrified Alanna and Numair positively ''shred'' Daine, giving her a WhatTheHellHero speech of truly epic proportions. Why? [[spoiler:She was trying to contact dolphins telepathically in meditation and decided her heart was too loud -- so she accidentally ''stopped it'']]. No wonder she scared them so badly!

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* AngerBornOfWorry: Midway through ''Wild Magic'', a terrified Alanna and Numair positively ''shred'' Daine, giving her a WhatTheHellHero speech of truly epic proportions. Why? [[spoiler:She was trying to contact dolphins telepathically in meditation and decided her heart was too loud -- — so she accidentally ''stopped it'']]. No wonder she scared them so badly!



* AnimateDead: The Graveyard Hag, patron goddess of Carthak, can do this. [[spoiler:She gives Daine the power--temporarily--as part of her plan to get rid of Ozorne]].

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* AnimateDead: The Graveyard Hag, patron goddess of Carthak, can do this. [[spoiler:She gives Daine the power--temporarily--as power — temporarily — as part of her plan to get rid of Ozorne]].



** An unusual defied example in the last book. [[spoiler:The gods give Daine the choice between this or remaining human (and being bound to whichever realm she picked). She chose to stay human.]]

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** An unusual defied example in the last book. [[spoiler:The gods give Daine the choice between this or remaining human (and being bound to whichever realm she picked). She chose chooses to stay human.]]



** Pierce admits to finding older men sexy. After the outcry over the [[spoiler:fourteen-year age gap between Daine and Numair, though, she [[http://tpwords.wordpress.com/2007/08/28/age-gaps/ said]] she'll try for smaller gaps in the future]].

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** Pierce admits to finding older men sexy. After the outcry over the [[spoiler:fourteen-year age gap between Daine and Numair, Numair (later {{retcon}}ned to twelve years), though, she [[http://tpwords.wordpress.com/2007/08/28/age-gaps/ said]] she'll try for smaller gaps in the future]].



* BadassBookworm: Tristan makes the very, very stupid mistake of thinking Numair is a complete {{Cloudcuckoolander}}. He won't be making that mistake again. [[spoiler:Because now he's an apple tree]].
* BeautyEqualsGoodness: Subverted with Lord Imrah. Daine finds his looks forbidding and cruel until she actually gets to know him.

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* BadassBookworm: Tristan makes the very, very stupid mistake of thinking Numair is a complete {{Cloudcuckoolander}}. He won't be making that mistake again. [[spoiler:Because now he's an apple tree]].
tree.]]
* BeautyEqualsGoodness: BeautyEqualsGoodness:
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Subverted with Lord Imrah. Daine finds his looks forbidding and cruel until she actually gets to know him.



* BerserkButton: See Numair. See Numair [[spoiler:apparently]] get killed. See Daine [[spoiler:crush the killer's palace ''WITH ZOMBIE DINOSAURS'']].

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* BerserkButton: BerserkButton:
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See Numair. See Numair [[spoiler:apparently]] get killed. See Daine [[spoiler:crush the killer's palace ''WITH ZOMBIE DINOSAURS'']].



* BigNo: Daine when [[spoiler: Rikash is killed]].

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* BigNo: Daine when [[spoiler: Rikash [[spoiler:Rikash is killed]].



* BlobMonster: The "skinners" from the final book--giant nightmare blobs made of Chaos itself that are immune to weapons and most magic. Daine and Numair are only saved from them when they're yanked into the Divine Realm. The darkings are a smaller, noncombatant, and rather friendlier version. [[spoiler:Okay, they're Ozorne's spies, but they turn on him after they become sentient.]]

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* BlobMonster: The "skinners" from the final book--giant book — giant nightmare blobs made of Chaos itself that are immune to weapons and most magic. Daine and Numair are only saved from them when they're yanked into the Divine Realm. The darkings are a smaller, noncombatant, and rather friendlier version. [[spoiler:Okay, they're Ozorne's spies, but they turn on him after they become sentient.]]



* ContinuityDrift: Wild magic does not fit within the rules of magic as laid down in ''Song of the Lioness''. [[HandWave Hand waved]] by being subtle enough in most practitioners to be commonly disregarded as folk tale fodder.
** Also the Immortals themselves: in the earlier SongOfTheLioness Quartet the only creatures around were mundane ones you'd find in the corresponding Earth habitats (although sometimes an animal could be uncommonly large, and they might be turned more dangerous by sorcery. And then there's Faithful but he's a [[spoiler: constellation, not exactly a real cat]]). If creatures like dragons are mentioned it's with the implication that they are as mythical in the Tortall-verse as in our world. In The Immortals we find that these kinds of creatures do exist but have spent millennia sealed into the Divine Realms - from where they are now gradually being released by the bad guys. Since there was no hint of their reality and imprisonment in TheSongOfTheLioness, we can assume it's a ret-con, but it's actually done very well. The explanation for the creatures' appearance isn't a hand-wave, it's a major part of the series (which is why it's called The Immortals).
* CosmicPlaything: Daine gets some first-hand experience with Tortall's JerkAssGods.

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* ContinuityDrift: ContinuityDrift:
**
Wild magic does not fit within the rules of magic as laid down in ''Song of the Lioness''. [[HandWave Hand waved]] by being subtle enough in most practitioners to be commonly disregarded as folk tale fodder.
** Also the Immortals themselves: in the earlier SongOfTheLioness Quartet ''Literature/SongOfTheLioness'' quartet, the only creatures around were mundane ones you'd find in the corresponding Earth habitats (although sometimes an animal could be uncommonly large, and they might be turned more dangerous by sorcery. And then there's Faithful Faithful, but he's a [[spoiler: constellation, [[spoiler:constellation, not exactly a real cat]]). If creatures like dragons are mentioned it's with the implication that they are as mythical in the Tortall-verse as in our world. In The Immortals ''The Immortals'' we find that these kinds of creatures do exist exist, but have spent millennia centuries sealed into the Divine Realms - — from where they are now gradually being released by the bad guys. Since there was no hint of their reality and imprisonment in TheSongOfTheLioness, the ''Song of the Lioness'', we can assume it's a ret-con, but it's actually done very well. The explanation for the creatures' appearance isn't a hand-wave, it's a major part of the series (which is why it's called The Immortals).
''The Immortals'').
* CosmicPlaything: Daine gets some first-hand experience with Tortall's JerkAssGods.JerkassGods.



* DeusExMachina: In "Wild Magic" [[spoiler: The "pirate" fleet gets destroyed by a Kraken who just happened to have been left behind 400 years ago. True Daine found and called him up, but still she didn't set out to find him nor could she have stopped him whatever she thought was a good idea]].

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* DeusExMachina: In "Wild Magic" [[spoiler: The ''Wild Magic'' [[spoiler:the "pirate" fleet gets destroyed by a Kraken who just happened to have been left behind 400 years ago. True Daine found and called him up, but still she didn't set out to find him nor could she have stopped him whatever she thought was a good idea]].



* DoesNotKnowHisOwnStrength: Numair, magically speaking, especially when compared to the Queenscoves in ''Protector of the Small'', who require incredibly precise control in their healing. In a variation on the trope, Numair is perfectly aware of his strength and its limitations, he just can't control it because he's trained himself in big, power-consuming spells his whole life and doesn't have the precision needed for small things and is openly envious of 'lesser' mages. Most mages can use magic to put out their candles; Numair has to get up and blow his out because if he used his magic he'd blow up the candle, as well as the table it was on and the wall behind it.

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* DoesNotKnowHisOwnStrength: Numair, magically speaking, especially when compared to the Queenscoves in ''Protector of the Small'', who require incredibly precise control in their healing. In a variation on the trope, Numair is perfectly aware of his strength and its limitations, he just can't control it because he's trained himself in big, power-consuming spells his whole life and doesn't have the precision needed for small things and is openly envious of 'lesser' "lesser" mages. Most mages can use magic to put out their candles; Numair has to get up and blow his out because if he used his magic he'd blow up the candle, as well as the table it was on and the wall behind it.



* FakeKillScare: Played with in ''Emperor Mage'', when the titular emperor has [[TheArchmage a certain someone]] killed. [[spoiler: This angers everyone's favorite Wild Mage, and she proceeds to call up some ZOMBIE DINOSAUR SKELETONS and every other living animal in the area, destroy a palace and most of the city, and do quite a bit more damage.]] When that certain someone shows up, proving to her that it was a magical clone of himself that had been killed, she cools off, answering "What happened?'' with "I thought you were dead. I lost my temper."

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* FakeKillScare: Played with in ''Emperor Mage'', when the titular emperor has [[TheArchmage a certain someone]] killed. [[spoiler: This [[spoiler:This angers everyone's favorite Wild Mage, and she proceeds to call up some ZOMBIE DINOSAUR SKELETONS and every other living animal in the area, destroy a palace and most of the city, and do quite a bit more damage.]] When that certain someone shows up, proving to her that it was a magical clone of himself that had been killed, she cools off, answering "What happened?'' with "I thought you were dead. I lost my temper."



* FantasyPantheon: With the last book being called ''The Realm of the Gods'', you can expect them to step into center stage. This series establishes that there are major and minor gods, and that [[spoiler:mortals, like Daine's late mother, can sometimes become divine]].
* FossilRevival: Daine does this during her trip to Carthak.

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* FantasyPantheon: With the last book being called ''The Realm Realms of the Gods'', you can expect them to step into center stage. This series establishes that there are major and minor gods, and that [[spoiler:mortals, like Daine's late mother, can sometimes become divine]].
* FossilRevival: Daine does this during her trip to Carthak.Carthak, courtesy of a gift from the Graveyard Hag.



* GeniusDitz: To those who don't know what he is, Numair comes off as, as said by Kitten: [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} 'someone silly.']] That is, until he goes into teacher-mode and [[BadassBookworm gets]] [[TheArchmage smart]] or mage-mode and [[LetsGetDangerous gets dangerous.]]

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* GeniusDitz: To those who don't know what he is, Numair comes off as, as one, as said by Kitten: [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} 'someone silly.']] "someone silly".]] That is, until he goes into teacher-mode and [[BadassBookworm gets]] [[TheArchmage smart]] or mage-mode and [[LetsGetDangerous gets dangerous.]]



* GreenAesop: In ''Wolf-Speaker'' Tristan and Yolane think nothing of exploiting the land to get at the black opals leading to more then a few animals to become very angry over the loss of their homes. Daine tries to talk them out of it by "thinking selfishly" and pointing out that in a few generations, the land will be so ruined that they'll be beggared trying to support themselves. (They don't listen.)

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* GreenAesop: In ''Wolf-Speaker'' ''Wolf-Speaker'', Tristan and Yolane think nothing of exploiting the land to get at the black opals opals, leading to more then a few animals to become very angry over the loss of their homes. Daine tries to talk them out of it by "thinking selfishly" and pointing out that in a few generations, the land will be so ruined that they'll be beggared trying to support themselves. (They don't listen.)



* HeroicBastard: Daine is illegitimate, as indicated by her matronymic "Sarrasri" from her mother Sarra, and this affects her and how other see her throughout ''The Immortals''. [[spoiler:However, in ''Realms of The Gods'' we find out that her father is really Weiryn, the god of the hunt, and her mother has gone up to join him to become The Green Lady, a minor Goddess. Daine very briefly considers changing her patronymic to Weirynsra before deciding to keep her old one after having been through so much with it.]]
* HeroicSafeMode: Daine's reaction to hearing that [[spoiler: Numair was executed]] in ''Emperor Mage''.

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* HeroicBastard: Daine is illegitimate, as indicated by her matronymic "Sarrasri" from her mother Sarra, and this affects her and how other see her throughout ''The Immortals''. [[spoiler:However, in ''Realms ''The Realms of The the Gods'' we find out that her father is really Weiryn, the god of the hunt, and her mother has gone up to join him to become The the Green Lady, a minor Goddess.goddess. Daine very briefly considers changing her patronymic to Weirynsra before deciding to keep her old one after having been through so much with it.]]
* HeroicSafeMode: Daine's reaction to hearing that [[spoiler: Numair [[spoiler:Numair was (apparently) executed]] in ''Emperor Mage''.



* HumanMomNonhumanDad: [[spoiler:Her dad is a minor hunt god.]]
* JerkAssGods: This series firmly establishes that the gods are ''not'' nice beings. [[spoiler:Mithros in particular is a dick. "Sorry Daine, never mind that you just singlehandedly saved us all from being devoured by the queen of NightmareFuel herself, but because you cause a mild ruckus wherever you go, you'll never be allowed to see your parents again in their realm unless they beg us nicely."]]
* InterspeciesRomance: [[spoiler:Daine's mother, Sarra, and Weiryn, the God of the Hunt--although Sarra was elevated to a minor goddess after her death.]]
* InvoluntaryShapeshifting / KarmicTransformation: [[spoiler:Emperor Ozorne is turned into a Stormwing at the end of ''Emperor Mage''. Immortals are incapable of holding mortal office, meaning Ozorne immediately loses his throne, and they also can't use the mortal Gift, leaving him more or less powerless for some time until he figures out Stormwing magic.]]

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* HumanMomNonhumanDad: [[spoiler:Her [[spoiler:Daine's dad is a minor hunt god.]]
* JerkAssGods: JerkassGods: This series firmly establishes that the gods are ''not'' nice beings. [[spoiler:Mithros in particular is a dick. "Sorry Daine, never mind that you just singlehandedly saved us all from being devoured by the queen of NightmareFuel herself, but because you cause a mild ruckus wherever you go, you'll never be allowed to see your parents again in their realm unless they beg us nicely."]]
* InterspeciesRomance: [[spoiler:Daine's mother, Sarra, and Weiryn, the God of the Hunt--although Hunt — although Sarra was elevated to a minor goddess after her death.]]
* InvoluntaryShapeshifting / KarmicTransformation: InvoluntaryShapeshifting[=/=]KarmicTransformation: [[spoiler:Emperor Ozorne is turned into a Stormwing at the end of ''Emperor Mage''. Immortals are incapable of holding mortal office, meaning Ozorne immediately loses his throne, and they also can't use the mortal Gift, leaving him more or less powerless for some time until he figures out Stormwing magic.]]



* MasterofYourDomain: Daine can control her heartrate with wild magic and meditation. However, accidents can occur, like when in ''Wild Magic'', [[spoiler:she was trying to contact dolphins telepathically in meditation and decided her heart was too loud -- so she accidentally ''stopped it'']].

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* MasterofYourDomain: Daine can control her heartrate with wild magic and meditation. However, accidents can occur, like when in ''Wild Magic'', [[spoiler:she was trying to contact dolphins telepathically in meditation and decided her heart was too loud -- — so she accidentally ''stopped it'']].



** nicknaming a dragon Big Blue.
* NobleDemon: The Stormwings appear first as enemies because nobody is inclined to like beings who live on fear and desecrate those dead in war. Rikash, however, points out that they can't help the way they were designed, and says that humans could prevent their depredations simply by ''not having wars''.

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** nicknaming a She later nicknames another dragon Big Blue.
* NobleDemon: The Stormwings appear first as enemies enemies, because nobody is inclined to like beings who live on fear and desecrate those dead in war. Rikash, however, points out that they can't help the way they were designed, and says that humans could prevent their depredations simply by ''not having wars''.



* OddFriendship: Daine and Rikash the Stormwing. [[spoiler:She even names one of her kids after him after he dies]].
* OfThePeople: Animals, all of them, refer to themselves collectively as the People, while humans are 'two-leggers'. They also extend this to people with wild magic.

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* OddFriendship: Daine and Rikash the Stormwing. [[spoiler:She even names one of her kids after him after he dies]].
dies.]]
* OfThePeople: Animals, all of them, refer to themselves collectively as the People, while humans are 'two-leggers'."two-leggers". They also extend this to people with wild magic.



** Lord Imrah of Legann is described as bald, with a large belly, hawk nose and pockmarked face, giving him a cruel appearance. Daine noticed him feeding one of the [[spoiler: darkings, and when confronted, joked that it was a shadow of it's former self.]]
* PleasePutSomeClothesOn: After Daine shapeshifts back into a human after saving Numair from a [[EldritchAbomination Chaos-dweller]] in ''The Realms Of The Gods,'' she walks up to him - only to remember that she's naked except for her badger claw necklace. [[HilarityEnsues Awkwardness Ensues.]]
-->'''Daine:''' "Oh, for - !"
* TheProphecy: It's a ''bad'' prophecy! [[spoiler:Uuosae, Queen of Chaos, will eventually defeat her divine siblings and turn all realms to Chaos; in other words destroying everything. Most of ''The Realm of the Gods'' is about preventing this from happening.]]

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** Lord Imrah of Legann is described as bald, with a large belly, hawk nose and pockmarked face, giving him a cruel appearance. Daine noticed him feeding one of the [[spoiler: darkings, [[spoiler:darkings, and when confronted, joked that it was a shadow of it's its former self.]]
* PleasePutSomeClothesOn: After Daine shapeshifts back into a human after saving Numair from a [[EldritchAbomination Chaos-dweller]] in ''The Realms Of The of the Gods,'' she walks up to him - — only to remember that she's naked except for her badger claw necklace. [[HilarityEnsues Awkwardness Ensues.]]
-->'''Daine:''' "Oh, for - for- !"
* TheProphecy: It's a ''bad'' prophecy! [[spoiler:Uuosae, Queen of Chaos, will eventually defeat her divine siblings and turn all realms to Chaos; in other words destroying everything. Most of ''The Realm Realms of the Gods'' is about preventing this from happening.]]



* RealityChangingMiniature: The shield over Dunlath valley in ''Wolf Speaker'' is created by a tiny map of the valley with magical opals embedded in it. The shield drops when Daine smashes the map up.
* RefusingParadise: [[spoiler:The choice Daine makes at the end of the fourth book. Although she had promised Sarra she would stay early in the book, Daine changes her mind after everything that happens--she feels more at home in the mortal realm.]]
* RelationshipUpgrade: ''The Realm of the Gods'' has [[spoiler:Daine and Numair]] realizing that they were meant for each other. There was some minor foreshadowing to this point, but the fact that [[spoiler:Daine was in her early teens and Numair in his late twenties, and [[HotForStudent her teacher]],]] made Numair reluctant to bring it up.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Daine. Once before the beginning of ''Wild Magic'' and later after fining out that [[spoiler: Numair was killed]]. Sadly, the person her revenge was supposed to be directed at turned into a Stormwing and his innocent nephew had to pay the damages.
* ScienceMarchesOn: [[spoiler: Father Universe and Mother Flame sentence the Queen of Chaos to live in a dead star until a new star is born--an event that happens about once a year in RealLife. Then again, this may be justified by the fact that constellations are established as sentient beings elsewhere, so they probably don't operate quite the same way]].
* SemiDivine: [[spoiler:Daine's father is a minor god and her mother Sarra was a mortal villagewoman. Sarra herself became a local goddess after her death.]]

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* RaisingTheSteaks: In ''Emperor Mage'', Daine [[spoiler:uses the resurrection powers temporarily granted to her by the Graveyard Hag to resurrect the dinosaur skeletons at the Imperial Palace and trash the place while pursuing Ozorne.]]
* RealityChangingMiniature: The shield over Dunlath valley in ''Wolf Speaker'' ''Wolf-Speaker'' is created by a tiny map of the valley with magical opals embedded in it. The shield drops when Daine smashes the map up.
opals.
* RefusingParadise: [[spoiler:The choice Daine makes at the end of the fourth book. Although she had promised Sarra she would stay early in the book, Daine changes her mind after everything that happens--she happens — she feels more at home in the mortal realm.]]
* RelationshipUpgrade: ''The Realm Realms of the Gods'' has [[spoiler:Daine and Numair]] realizing that they were meant for each other. There was some minor foreshadowing to this point, but the fact that [[spoiler:Daine was in her early teens and Numair in his late twenties, and [[HotForStudent her teacher]],]] made Numair reluctant to bring it up.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Daine. Once before the beginning of ''Wild Magic'' and later after fining out that [[spoiler: Numair [[spoiler:Numair was killed]]. Sadly, the person her revenge was supposed to be directed at turned into a Stormwing and his innocent nephew had to pay the damages.
* ScienceMarchesOn: [[spoiler: Father [[spoiler:Father Universe and Mother Flame sentence the Queen of Chaos to live in a dead star until a new star is born--an born — an event that happens about once a year in RealLife. Then again, this may be justified by the fact that constellations are established as sentient beings elsewhere, so they probably don't operate quite the same way]].
* SemiDivine: [[spoiler:Daine's father is a minor god and her mother Sarra was a mortal villagewoman.village healer. Sarra herself became a local goddess after her death.]]



* ShownTheirWork: The animal behavior in these books are very well-researched, and Daine's healing abilities require her to learn their anatomy so she doesn't botch the job.
** Particularly evident in ''Wolf Speaker'', when Daine is reunited with the wolf pack she knew at home. Just as you might be thinking how unrealistic it is for wolves to be able to strategise like this, Daine thinks the same thing, and concludes that they must have leveled up when they licked her wounds after she was injured.

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* ShownTheirWork: The animal behavior in these books are is very well-researched, and Daine's healing abilities require her to learn their anatomy so she doesn't botch the job.
** Particularly evident in ''Wolf Speaker'', ''Wolf-Speaker'', when Daine is reunited with the wolf pack she knew at home. Just as you might be thinking how unrealistic it is for wolves to be able to strategise like this, Daine thinks the same thing, and concludes that they must have leveled up when they licked her wounds after she was injured.



* SupernaturalSensitivity: Numair shows Daine [[spoiler: a spell that reveals the magical aura of everything that exists (living, dead, inanimate) in the first book of ''The Immortals''. With all the various colors of bright magical light, it just begs to be FanArt.]]
* UnstoppableRage: Please don't piss Daine off. [[spoiler:Otherwise you'll be dealing with '''''skeleton zombie dinosaurs''''' crushing your palace.]] Numair will turn you into a tree.

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* SupernaturalSensitivity: Numair shows Daine [[spoiler: a [[spoiler:a spell that reveals the magical aura of everything that exists (living, dead, inanimate) in the first book of ''The Immortals''. With all the various colors of bright magical light, it just begs to be FanArt.]]
* UnstoppableRage: UnstoppableRage:
**
Please don't piss Daine off. [[spoiler:Otherwise you'll be dealing with '''''skeleton zombie dinosaurs''''' crushing your palace.]] Numair will turn you into a tree.



* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: So many people asked about what happened to the tree that became a man that Pierce wrote a short story about it for an anthology.
** It was never specified what happened to Varice Kingsford at the end of ''Emperor Mage.'' We can't even be sure if she knows her ex-lover is alive, seeing that we never saw them speak to each other after Daine told her to flee and hide.

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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: WhatHappenedToTheMouse:
**
So many people asked about what happened to the tree that became a man that Pierce wrote a short story about it for an anthology.
** It was never specified what happened to Varice Kingsford at the end of ''Emperor Mage.'' Mage''. We can't even be sure if she knows her ex-lover is alive, seeing that we never saw them speak to each other after Daine told her to flee and hide.



* WrongContextMagic: Wild Magic is treated like this in-universe. In fact, one of Daine's greatest advantages over her opponents (the human ones, at least) is that they either don't believe that Wild Magic exists or that it functions like the regular Gift that most human mages have. As a consequence, her enemies repeatedly attempt to hamper or disrupt her with methods that would work on the normal human Gift, but end up having zero effect on her Wild Magic. The biggest example is when [[spoiler: Emperor Orzone kidnaps her and places her in a special room meant to completely neutralize human magic, but Daine's Wild Magic isn't even the slightest bit inconvenienced by this and she proceeds to escape without much trouble (once she calms down).]]
* XanatosGambit: [[spoiler: Emperor Ozorne]] is cornered and injuried by TheHeroine and Stormwings offer him one of their feathers which can change him into one of them and allow him to escape. If he accepts, [[BreakTheHaughty that puts him under ''their jursidiction'' and reduces him to the kind of creature he kept in cages]]. If he refuses, than TheHeroine has ''zombie dinosaurs'' waiting to finish him off.
** [[spoiler: Technically, all of the dinosaurs had been defeated and allowed to move on to the afterlife. But Daine had managed to get some hyenas, who TheProphecy had stated would bring about Ozorne's downfall, to help her, and had transformed into one. So it was actually abdicate, and allow himself to face justice, be transformed into a Stormwing, thereby placing him under their jurisdiction, or be killed by hyenas. Naturally, he chose the option that would allow him to continue to be the BigBad.]]
* YouDirtyRat!: To a degress, rats get the standard trope treatment even in these animal-advocate stories - they are vicious, dirty, and generally unpleasant. But those aren't their only traits. They're also very independent-minded, demanding that Daine offer them something in return for their help, whereas most animals are happy to help her if she just asks. This fits their place as animals closely associated with the Graveyard Hag, who is among other things a goddess of chance and bargains (as well as death) and rather enjoys messing with people.

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* WrongContextMagic: Wild Magic magic is treated like this in-universe. In fact, one of Daine's greatest advantages over her opponents (the human ones, at least) is that they either don't believe that Wild Magic wild magic exists or that it functions like the regular Gift that most human mages have. As a consequence, her enemies repeatedly attempt to hamper or disrupt her with methods that would work on the normal human Gift, but end up having zero effect on her Wild Magic. wild magic. The biggest example is when [[spoiler: Emperor [[spoiler:Emperor Orzone kidnaps her and places her in a special room meant to completely neutralize human magic, but Daine's Wild Magic wild magic isn't even the slightest bit inconvenienced by this and she proceeds to escape without much trouble (once she calms down).]]
* XanatosGambit: [[spoiler: Emperor XanatosGambit:
** [[spoiler:Emperor
Ozorne]] is cornered and injuried by TheHeroine TheHeroine, and Stormwings offer him one of their feathers which can change him into one of them and allow him to escape. If he accepts, [[BreakTheHaughty that puts him under ''their jursidiction'' and reduces him to the kind of creature he kept in cages]]. If he refuses, than TheHeroine has ''zombie dinosaurs'' waiting to finish him off.
** [[spoiler: Technically, [[spoiler:Technically, all of the dinosaurs had been defeated and allowed to move on to the afterlife. But Daine had managed to get some hyenas, who TheProphecy had stated would bring about Ozorne's downfall, to help her, and had transformed into one. So it was actually abdicate, and allow himself to face justice, be transformed into a Stormwing, thereby placing him under their jurisdiction, or be killed by hyenas. Naturally, he chose the option that would allow him to continue to be the BigBad.]]
* YouDirtyRat!: To a degress, rats get the standard trope treatment even in these animal-advocate stories - — they are vicious, dirty, and generally unpleasant. But those aren't their only traits. They're also very independent-minded, demanding that Daine offer them something in return for their help, whereas most animals are happy to help her if she just asks. This fits their place as animals closely associated with the Graveyard Hag, who is among other things a goddess of chance and bargains (as well as death) and rather enjoys messing with people.people.

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* YouDirtyRat!: To a degress, rats get the standard trope treatment even in these animal-advocate stories - they are vicious, dirty, and generally unpleasant. However, They're also very independent-minded, demanding that Daine offer them something in return for their help, whereas most animals are happy to help her if she just asks. This fits their place as animals closely associated with the Graveyard Hag, who is among other things a goddess of chance and bargains (as well as death) and rather enjoys messing with people.

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* YouDirtyRat!: To a degress, rats get the standard trope treatment even in these animal-advocate stories - they are vicious, dirty, and generally unpleasant. However, But those aren't their only traits. They're also very independent-minded, demanding that Daine offer them something in return for their help, whereas most animals are happy to help her if she just asks. This fits their place as animals closely associated with the Graveyard Hag, who is among other things a goddess of chance and bargains (as well as death) and rather enjoys messing with people.


* YouDirtyRat!: Rats get the standard trope treatment even in these animal-advocate stories - they are vicious, dirty, generally unpleasant, and hate Daine despite the fact that her magic means all other animals instantly love her (this is never explained). They are probably the only animals in all four books that are portrayed negatively.

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* YouDirtyRat!: Rats To a degress, rats get the standard trope treatment even in these animal-advocate stories - they are vicious, dirty, and generally unpleasant, and hate unpleasant. However, They're also very independent-minded, demanding that Daine despite the fact that her magic means all other offer them something in return for their help, whereas most animals instantly love are happy to help her (this is never explained). They are probably the only if she just asks. This fits their place as animals in all four books that are portrayed negatively.closely associated with the Graveyard Hag, who is among other things a goddess of chance and bargains (as well as death) and rather enjoys messing with people.


* AngerBornOfWorry: At the end of ''Wild Magic'', a terrified Alanna and Numair positively ''shred'' Daine, giving her a WhatTheHellHero speech of truly epic proportions. Why? [[spoiler:She was trying to contact dolphins telepathically in meditation and decided her heart was too loud -- so she accidentally ''stopped it'']]. No wonder she scared them so badly!

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* AngerBornOfWorry: At the end of Midway through ''Wild Magic'', a terrified Alanna and Numair positively ''shred'' Daine, giving her a WhatTheHellHero speech of truly epic proportions. Why? [[spoiler:She was trying to contact dolphins telepathically in meditation and decided her heart was too loud -- so she accidentally ''stopped it'']]. No wonder she scared them so badly!

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* ParanoiaFuel: Whenever Daine gets upset enough, animals in a huge radius instantly respond to her will. If this means getting themselves killed, so be it; her magic makes them disregard everything but her needs, even if they've never met her. Very few animals seem to even be willing to resist, and Daine actually has to consciously force them to regard their own lives. Beloved animal companions will turn on their people without a thought if she's angry enough, and in this pre-industrial society where there's emphasis on the bonds between people and their mounts and dogs, that's a pretty big deal.


* BerserkButton: [[spoiler: See Numair. See Numair (apparently) get killed. See Daine crush the killer's palace ''WITH ZOMBIE DINOSAURS'']].

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* BerserkButton: [[spoiler: See Numair. See Numair (apparently) [[spoiler:apparently]] get killed. See Daine crush [[spoiler:crush the killer's palace ''WITH ZOMBIE DINOSAURS'']].DINOSAURS'']].
** Numair isn't much better himself. [[spoiler:Taking pot shots at Daine will get you turned into a tree.]]


* AnimalStereotypes: Wild magic, anyone? A number of them are also purposefully broken -- bats aren't evil (reflecting how they're seen as symbols of luck in many Asian countries) among others.

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* AnimalStereotypes: Wild magic, anyone? A number of them are also purposefully broken -- bats aren't evil (reflecting how they're broken. Almost all the animals that appear in the books are portrayed positively, with Daine overturning humans' prejudice about many species traditionally seen as symbols of luck in many Asian countries) among others.evil, such as wolves, hyenas, bats and crocodiles. Rats, however, are not so lucky (see YouDirtyRat!).



* NatureHero: Daine, who was raised in (relative) isolation and who is FriendToAllLivingThings.

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* NatureHero: Daine, who was raised in (relative) isolation and who is FriendToAllLivingThings. Except rats (see YouDirtyRat!).



* XanatosGambit: [[spoiler: Emperor Orzone]] is cornered and injuried by TheHeroine and Stormwings offer him one of their feathers which can change him into one of them and allow him to escape. If he accepts, [[BreakTheHaughty that puts him under ''their jursidiction'' and reduces him to the kind of creature he kept in cages]]. If he refuses, than TheHeroine has ''zombie dinosaurs'' waiting to finish him off.
** [[spoiler: Technically, all of the dinosaurs had been defeated and allowed to move on to the afterlife. But Daine had managed to get some hyenas, who TheProphecy had stated would bring about Ozorne's downfall, to help her, and had transformed into one. So it was actually abdicate, and allow himself to face justice, be transformed into a Stormwing, thereby placing him under their jurisdiction, or be killed by hyenas. Naturally, he chose the option that would allow him to continue to be the BigBad.]]

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* XanatosGambit: [[spoiler: Emperor Orzone]] Ozorne]] is cornered and injuried by TheHeroine and Stormwings offer him one of their feathers which can change him into one of them and allow him to escape. If he accepts, [[BreakTheHaughty that puts him under ''their jursidiction'' and reduces him to the kind of creature he kept in cages]]. If he refuses, than TheHeroine has ''zombie dinosaurs'' waiting to finish him off.
** [[spoiler: Technically, all of the dinosaurs had been defeated and allowed to move on to the afterlife. But Daine had managed to get some hyenas, who TheProphecy had stated would bring about Ozorne's downfall, to help her, and had transformed into one. So it was actually abdicate, and allow himself to face justice, be transformed into a Stormwing, thereby placing him under their jurisdiction, or be killed by hyenas. Naturally, he chose the option that would allow him to continue to be the BigBad.]]]]
* YouDirtyRat!: Rats get the standard trope treatment even in these animal-advocate stories - they are vicious, dirty, generally unpleasant, and hate Daine despite the fact that her magic means all other animals instantly love her (this is never explained). They are probably the only animals in all four books that are portrayed negatively.

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