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** At the very end of ''"The Tritonian Ring"'' [[spoiler:Prince Vakar realizes that there really is no reason for him to stick around and fight a civil war to get the Lorskan throne back from his usurping brother when he doesn't even like his kingdom or its people... and he has a gorgeous queen of a far more pleasant island kingdom for him back in Ogugia.]] He picks up his stuff and simply leaves.

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** At the very end of ''"The Tritonian Ring"'' [[spoiler:Prince Vakar realizes that there really is no reason for him to stick around and fight a civil war to get the Lorskan throne back from his usurping brother when he doesn't even like his kingdom or its people... and he has a the gorgeous queen of a far more pleasant island kingdom waiting for him back in Ogugia.]] He picks up his stuff and simply leaves.

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* {{Tulpa}}: The gods of this setting were brought into existence by the belief of their followers in them. This is demonstrated in ''"Ka the Appalling"'' when the titular deity is created by an attempt to scam money out of the people of Typhon with a fake new religion that went a little ''too'' well.


* MineralMacGuffin: ''"The Tritonian Ring"''starts as a quest to get the titular ring, but eventually it becomes apparent that what Vakar needs is more of [[ThunderboltIron the weird grey metal]] the ring is made off.

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* MineralMacGuffin: ''"The Tritonian Ring"''starts Ring"'' starts as a quest to get the titular ring, but eventually it becomes apparent that what Vakar needs is more of [[ThunderboltIron the weird grey metal]] the ring is made off.



* NormalFishInATinyPond: Prince Vakar is positively tiny by his homelandís standards, as the average Pusadian is 6'6" but Vakar is only 5'10", making him the continual loser in wrestling and other sports competitions. But in the rest of the world he is considered a tall and powerfully built man, as well as a fearsome warrior.

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* NormalFishInATinyPond: Prince Vakar is positively tiny by his homelandís homeland's standards, as the average Pusadian Lorskan is 6'6" but Vakar is only 5'10", making him the continual loser in wrestling and other sports competitions. But in the rest of the world he is considered a tall and powerfully built man, as well as a fearsome warrior.


* FantasyGunControl: Zigzagged. ''"The Stronger Spell"'' revolves around a prototype musket which is used very effectively during the story, but is thrown ocean by the end by an armorer who fears such things would put him out of business. It is the only time a firearm appears in the series.

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* FantasyGunControl: Zigzagged. ''"The Stronger Spell"'' revolves around a prototype musket which is used very effectively during the story, but is thrown into the ocean by the end by an armorer who fears such things would put him out of business. It is the only time a firearm appears in the series.


* The Eye of Tandyla is the most powerful anti-demonic artifact in the world. Even the arch-demon Tr'lang cannot get near it. Regular magic works just fine on it though.

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* ** The Eye of Tandyla is the most powerful anti-demonic artifact in the world. Even the arch-demon Tr'lang cannot get near it. Regular magic works just fine on it though.

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* The Eye of Tandyla is the most powerful anti-demonic artifact in the world. Even the arch-demon Tr'lang cannot get near it. Regular magic works just fine on it though.

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* ComplexityAddiction: The plan to [[spoiler: usurp King Vuar's throne]] in ''"The Eye of Tandyla"'' failed because it was so needlessly complicated it sabotaged itself. To wit, [[spoiler:Ilepro, sister of the High Chief of Lötor, pretends to be widowed and goes to Lorsk to become Vuar's concubine, accompanied by her husband (who is disguised as a woman). After Vuar becomes infatuated with her, she convinces the childless king to name her son his heir. Then she asks the king to send his court wizard to steal the gem in the statue of the goddess Tandyla from her temple in Lötor (a theft which the priests of Tandyla will ''let'' him get away with), so that once the she has it, she will summon the arch-demon Tr'lang to have him kill the king while she uses the Eye of Tandyla's demon-repelling powers to keep Tr'lang from killing her for summoning him.]] Since [[spoiler:the priests of Tandyla]] were in on the plan, one has to wonder why they didn't just [[spoiler:''give her'' the Eye instead of going through all the pantomime of having Derezong the sorcerer steal it]], which is what eventually gets them all caught.


''The Pusadian Series'' is a group of stories written by Creator/LSpragueDeCamp in the 1950s and then taken up again in the 1970s. The intent of the series was an attempt to take the basic premise of {{Creator/RobertEHoward}}ís [[Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian Hyborian Age]] series of a prehistoric setting with lost civilizations full of magic and adventure, and frame it in a more realistic manner, avoiding all the pseudo-anthropological UnfortunateImplications of Howardís work, while at the same time trying to come up with a more historically and geologically plausible explanation for those lost civilizations.

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''The Pusadian Series'' is a group of stories written by Creator/LSpragueDeCamp in the 1950s and then taken up again in the 1970s. The intent of the series was an attempt to take the basic premise of {{Creator/RobertEHoward}}ís [[{{Creator/RobertEHoward}} Robert E. Howard's]] [[Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian Hyborian Age]] series of a prehistoric setting with lost civilizations full of magic and adventure, and frame it in a more realistic manner, avoiding all the pseudo-anthropological UnfortunateImplications of Howardís work, while at the same time trying to come up with a more historically and geologically plausible explanation for those lost civilizations.


* GodsNeedPrayerBadly: The gods derive their power from the worship of the followers.

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* GodsNeedPrayerBadly: The gods derive their power from the worship of the followers.[[spoiler: This is why the star-metal represents such a danger to them. It blocks their means of direct communication with their worshippers and their ability to directly affect them with their powers. If the use of iron became widespread the people would stop believing in the them and the gods would perish.]]



* ImplacableMan: Qasigan, the Gorgonian priest and sorcerer sent to stop Vakarís quest, chases him across half the known world and every time Vakar thinks heís lost him Qasigan always manages to almost catch up with him. Later {{subverted}} when itís revealed that Qasigan was able to accomplish this because Coranian servant could read peopleís thoughts from miles away, allowing them to always being able to tell what direction Vakar was going. Once the Coranian gets killed Qasigan promptly gives up the chase and heads back for home.

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* ImplacableMan: Qasigan, the Gorgonian priest and sorcerer sent to stop Vakarís quest, chases him across half the known world and every time Vakar thinks heís lost him Qasigan always manages to almost catch up with him. Later {{subverted}} when itís revealed that Qasigan was able to accomplish this because his Coranian servant could read peopleís thoughts from miles away, allowing them to always being be able to tell what direction Vakar was going. Once the Coranian gets killed Qasigan promptly gives up the chase and heads back for home.

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** Typhon stands in for Ancient Egypt.
* FantasyGunControl: Zigzagged. ''"The Stronger Spell"'' revolves around a prototype musket which is used very effectively during the story, but is thrown ocean by the end by an armorer who fears such things would put him out of business. It is the only time a firearm appears in the series.


* UltimateBlacksmith: Fekata of Gbu, the greatest metalworker in the land of Tartaros and a powerful wizard to boot. The figures out a way to work meteoric iron without ever having ''seen'' the metal before.



* WarriorPoet: Prince Vakar is prone to start quoting epic poems and songs at the drop of a hat, even in the middle of a battle.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Qasigan is

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* WarriorPoet: Prince Vakar is prone to start quoting epic poems and songs at the drop of a hat, even in the middle of a battle.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Qasigan is
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* BookEnds: ''"The Tritonian Ring"'' begins and ends with the gods of the world arguing about what to do about the threat of star-metal.



* SelfFulfillingProphecy: The entire plot of ''"The Tritonian Ring"''. The gods foresaw an existential danger to them arising from the Kingdom of Lorsk and it's royal family, so they plotted a Gorgonian invasion to destroy Lorsk. This in turn caused Prince Vakar to go on his quest and discover the star-metal that would become the bane of the gods. If they had left things very well alone, they would've been perfectly safe. This is lampshaded at the very end of the novel by the Pusadian gods.
--->'''Lyr:''' What matters it whether we perish by the spread of the star-metal or by the extermination of our worshippers? Why could you not leave well enough alone? If we had not caused Entigta to stir up his Gorgons, the Tahakh would still be a mere lump of meteoric iron, a harmless curiosity in the hands of Awoqqas of Belem.
--->'''Okma:''' No doubt all this was fated from the beginning.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere:
** Once Vakar [[spoiler:kills all their medusas with his star-metal sword]] Qasigan and the other priests of Entigta decide to [[spoiler:get back on their ships and get the fleet the hell away from Lorsk, incidentally abandoning King Zeluud and the entire Gorgonian army in the process.]]
** At the very end of ''"The Tritonian Ring"'' [[spoiler:Prince Vakar realizes that there really is no reason for him to stick around and fight a civil war to get the Lorskan throne back from his usurping brother when he doesn't even like his kingdom or its people... and he has a gorgeous queen of a far more pleasant island kingdom for him back in Ogugia.]] He picks up his stuff and simply leaves.



* WarriorPoet: Prince Vakar is prone to start quoting epic poems and songs at the drop of a hat, even in the middle of a battle.

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* WarriorPoet: Prince Vakar is prone to start quoting epic poems and songs at the drop of a hat, even in the middle of a battle.battle.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Qasigan is



!!The Pusadian Series contains examples of the following tropes:


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!!The Pusadian Series contains examples of the following tropes:


-->'''Vakar:''' Quibbling! If you force a man into a pit with a lion you are responsible for his death as if you had sworded (sic) him personally.
-->'''Abeggu:''' True. We Gamphasants, being an honest folk, [[AtLeastIAdmitIt admit it]], but what can we do? Our ethical standards must be maintained at all costs, or at least so think most people.

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-->'''Vakar:''' --->'''Vakar:''' Quibbling! If you force a man into a pit with a lion you are responsible for his death as if you had sworded (sic) him personally.
-->'''Abeggu:''' --->'''Abeggu:''' True. We Gamphasants, being an honest folk, [[AtLeastIAdmitIt admit it]], but what can we do? Our ethical standards must be maintained at all costs, or at least so think most people.


** Ximenon of Tritonis made a habit of this.

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** Ximenon of Tritonis made Tritonia makes a habit of this.

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