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* ShootTheMessenger: How the sixty-second curse is activated; Father has to deliver bad news to the Caliph when he's in a rotten mood.

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* ShootTheMessenger: How the sixty-second forty-eighth curse is activated; Father has to deliver bad news to the Caliph when he's in a rotten mood.

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* MagicAIsMagicA: The Caliph apparently has to cast the sixty-two curses in order, and cannot skip over one or recast an old one. Also, even though his curses affect the whole family of the target, if he casts on a different family member it restarts the sequence from Curse #1. It's unclear whether this is due to some limit of the Caliph's magic, or if it's a unique fixture of the sixty-two curse sequence.


* StupidestThingIEverHeard: Imani tells the Caliph this when he's forced to admit that he didn't think of a cure for the werewolf curse, in an effort [[spoiler:to make him angry and get him to curse her with a new spell, starting from the beginning.]]

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* StupidestThingIEverHeard: StupidestThingIveEverHeard: Imani tells the Caliph this when he's forced to admit that he didn't think of a cure for the werewolf curse, in an effort [[spoiler:to make him angry and get him to curse her with a new spell, starting from the beginning.]]


* CoolAndUnusualPunishsment: Most of the curses fall along this way, from turning people green to [[spoiler:causing lycanthropy.]]

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* CoolAndUnusualPunishsment: CoolAndUnusualPunishment: Most of the curses fall along this way, from turning people green to [[spoiler:causing lycanthropy.]]


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* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: ZigZagged with the Caliph. On one hand he casts curses on anyone unfortunate to displease him, even if they have to deliver bad news. On the other, he doesn't want to actually hurt anyone.


* ActuallyPrettyFunny: Mirza, Imani's mother, tries not to laugh when [[spoiler:Imani's solution involves making the Caliph angry, since Mirza was angry with the Caliph to begin with.]]



* DisproportionateRetribution: Apart from the question of whether a curse is a proportionate response to begin with, there's the fact that he always curses the whole family of the person who displeased him.

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* DisproportionateRetribution: Apart from CoolAndUnusualPunishsment: Most of the question of whether a curse is a proportionate response to begin with, there's the fact that he always curses the whole family of the person who displeased him.fall along this way, from turning people green to [[spoiler:causing lycanthropy.]]



* KingIncognito: The vizier's daughter befriends a boy she meets in the palace garden and assumes is one of the pages. He turns out to be the son of the Caliph.

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* DidntThinkThisThrough: The Caliph is forced to admit this when his vizier begs for the werewolf curse to be lifted, when there isn't a cure.
* DisproportionateRetribution: Apart from the question of whether a curse is a proportionate response to begin with, there's the fact that he always curses the whole family of the person who displeased him.
* EveryoneHasStandards: The Caliph [[spoiler:changes his curses to just turning people blue after he realizes that he's endangered his realm with curse forty eight.]]
* KingIncognito: The vizier's daughter Imani befriends a boy she meets in the palace garden and assumes is one of the pages. He turns out to be the son of the Caliph.



* SmartPeopleWearGlasses: Tumpkin.

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* ShootTheMessenger: How the sixty-second curse is activated; Father has to deliver bad news to the Caliph when he's in a rotten mood.
* SmartPeopleWearGlasses: Tumpkin.Tumpkin.
* StatingTheSimpleSolution: Tumpkin mentions that the curses can only be activated one at a time. [[spoiler:Good thing she listened, since she doesn't want to know what curse 49 is, and angers his father deliberately]].
* StupidestThingIEverHeard: Imani tells the Caliph this when he's forced to admit that he didn't think of a cure for the werewolf curse, in an effort [[spoiler:to make him angry and get him to curse her with a new spell, starting from the beginning.]]

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"The Sixty-Two Curses of Caliph Arenschadd" is a fantasy story by Creator/PatriciaCWrede.

Caliph Arenschadd is not a terrible ruler, on the whole, but he's bad-tempered and proud, particularly of his magical abilities, which has led to a situation where he tends to express his displeasure by putting curses on people. Even that's not so bad, since the curses tend to be more annoying and inconvenient than really harmful, so it's just a matter of enduring until the vizier comes through with the appropriate counterspell.

But then the Caliph tries out a new curse, one which has potentially lethal consequences and ''doesn't have a counterspell''...

!!This story provides examples of:

* ArabianNightsDays: "The Sixty-Two Curses of Caliph Arenschadd" is set in an unnamed fantasy land with Arabian Nights trappings.
* BenevolentMageRuler: Caliph Arenschadd is a wizard. His rule is mostly benevolent apart from his tendency to put curses on people when he loses his temper, and even that is generally regarded as better than, say, chopping people's heads off, since none of the curses are lethal and most are more annoying than really harmful.
* DisproportionateRetribution: Apart from the question of whether a curse is a proportionate response to begin with, there's the fact that he always curses the whole family of the person who displeased him.
* {{Curse}}: Caliph Arenschadd produces a variety of imaginative examples.
* CurseThatCures: A curse is used to cure [[spoiler:another curse--Tumpkin realizes the family's curse-induced lycanthropy can be cured by inciting the Caliph to curse them with something else, since the Caliph's curses only work one at a time]].
* KingIncognito: The vizier's daughter befriends a boy she meets in the palace garden and assumes is one of the pages. He turns out to be the son of the Caliph.
* OneCurseLimit: [[spoiler:The cure for the unbreakable curse the family is under turns out to be having a different curse put on them, which displaces the first]].
* OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: The protagonist meets a boy who's reluctant to tell her his real name, so she dubs him 'Tumpkin' on the grounds that she has to call him ''something''. At the end of the story, she finds out who he really is, but the audience doesn't get to learn his real name, because she keeps calling him by the name they became friends by.
* SenseFreak: People who are cursed to turn into wolves are immediately enthralled with the awesome sensations of hearing and smell.
* SmartPeopleWearGlasses: Tumpkin.

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