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** The Returned are essentially [[spoiler: Parshendi liches, with the soul of the original bearer of the body dying and their body being taken over by the Returned, who is a long-dead Listener who serves Odium. There is no known way to return the previous soul to the Listener's body, as the soul move son to the Spiritual Realm.]]

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** The Returned Fused are essentially [[spoiler: Parshendi liches, with the soul of the original bearer of the body dying and their body being taken over by the Returned, Fused, who is a long-dead Listener listener who serves Odium. There is no known way to return the previous soul to the Listener's listener's body, as the soul move son to the Spiritual Realm.]]

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* RunningGag: Kaladin loses Wit's flute after their first meeting. Wit never misses an opportunity to give Kaladin grief for losing it from that point on, no matter the circumstance.


** Raboniel, one of the most highly ranked members of the Fused, is the main antagonist of ''RhythmOfWar'', with the Pursuer acting as her [[TheDragon dragon]].

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** Raboniel, one of the most highly ranked members of the Fused, is the main antagonist of ''RhythmOfWar'', ''Rhythm of War'', with the Pursuer acting as her [[TheDragon dragon]].dragon]].
** Nale is the main antagonist of ''Edgedancer''.
** [[spoiler: Nikli]] is this for ''Dawnshard''.


** Sadeas, Eshonai and Szeth are the three main antagonists of the story arc that revolves around the War of Reckoning in the Shattered Plains, although only one of them is a truly villainous person. In contrast to the other two, Szeth doesn't count as an Arc Villain, since in his case, there's a ManBehindTheMan, [[spoiler: Taravangian]].

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** Sadeas, Eshonai [[HeroAntagonist Eshonai]] and Szeth [[spoiler: Taravangian]] are the three main antagonists of the first two books' story arc that revolves around the War of Reckoning in the Shattered Plains, although only one of them is a truly villainous person. In contrast to the other two, Szeth doesn't count as an Arc Villain, since in his case, there's a ManBehindTheMan, Plains. Although [[spoiler: Taravangian]].Taravangian]] plays more of a TheManBehindTheMan role to [[TheHeavy Szeth]].


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** Raboniel, one of the most highly ranked members of the Fused, is the main antagonist of ''RhythmOfWar'', with the Pursuer acting as her [[TheDragon dragon]].


* BigBad: [[GodOfEvil Odium]] the god of hatred [[spoiler: and possibly other emotions as well]], though he doesn't appear in person until the third book.
** [[spoiler: Taravangian manages to kill Rayse at the end of Rhythms of War and steel the Shard Odium for himself becoming the new BigBad]]

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[[GodOfEvil Odium]] the god of hatred [[spoiler: and possibly other emotions as well]], though he doesn't appear in person until the third book.
** [[spoiler: Taravangian manages to kill Rayse at the end of Rhythms ''Rhythm of War War'' and steel steal the Shard Odium for himself becoming the new BigBad]]himself]].

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** [[spoiler: Taravangian manages to kill Rayse at the end of Rhythms of War and steel the Shard Odium for himself becoming the new BigBad]]

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* OnceMoreWithClarity: A series-wide example spanning multiple books. Each novel opens on a specific viewpoint character during the fateful night that Gavilar Kholin was assassinated, and each viewpoint character reveals a little bit more of the mystery behind why the Parshendi assassinated him and what his real plans were.


* ''Literature/RhythmOfWar'' (to be released November 2020)

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* ''Literature/RhythmOfWar'' (to be released (released November 2020)


* ''Rhythm of War'' (to be released November 2020)

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* ''Rhythm of War'' ''Literature/RhythmOfWar'' (to be released November 2020)

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* {{Transmutation}}: Radiant Knights of the orders that can use the Surge of Transformation can change one form of matter into another at will, as long as they have enough Stormlight. Soulcaster devices have similar but more limited matter-alteration abilities.


* DeliberateValuesDissonance: Alethi culture is very closely modeled on the usual medieval European fantasy feudalism (with a dash of Indian-style caste system thrown in), but with a much more intricate set of enforced gender roles designed primarily to make the setting distinctive. Women are the only ones allowed to be literate (with men being restricted to a simplified pictograph language), and most non-administrative white-collar jobs are restricted to women. The Shin have a perspective much closer to the reader's, written in a surreal and overly-specific style to highlight the alienness of the Alethi and their allies. Slavery is also for the most part accepted, although it is ''supposed'' to only be used as a punishment for crimes or debt. Slavers are looked down on as a despicable but necessary evil, and it is considered a "mercy" reserved for the lower castes, since a higher-caste lighteyed would usually be executed for what would get lower-tier lighteyed or darkeyed enslaved.

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* DeliberateValuesDissonance: Alethi culture is very closely modeled on the usual medieval European fantasy feudalism (with a dash of Indian-style caste system thrown in), but with a much more intricate set of enforced gender roles designed primarily to make the setting distinctive. Women are the only ones allowed to be literate (with men being restricted to a simplified pictograph language), and most non-administrative white-collar jobs are restricted to women. The Shin have a perspective much closer to the reader's, written in a surreal and overly-specific style to highlight the alienness of the Alethi and their allies. Slavery is also for the most part accepted, although it is ''supposed'' to only be used as a punishment for crimes or debt. Slavers are looked down on as a despicable but necessary evil, and it is considered a "mercy" [[CruelMercy "mercy"]] reserved for the lower castes, since a higher-caste lighteyed would usually be executed for what would get lower-tier lighteyed or darkeyed enslaved.



** Kaladin has severe depression and survivor's guilt due to [[spoiler:Tien's death]] and his time as a slave. He also claims that even as a child his mood would worsen during "The Weeping", an annual month of unchanging rain, a form of Seasonal Affective Disorder.

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** Kaladin has severe depression depression, post traumatic stress, and survivor's guilt due to [[spoiler:Tien's death]] and his time as a slave. He also claims that even as a child his mood would worsen during "The Weeping", an annual month of unchanging rain, a form of Seasonal Affective Disorder.


** Shallan's entire household is made up of these. Shallan is broken from the trauma of her mother's death, and as a child she was rendered mute for months and every time she remembers what happens, she blanks out and her mind shuts off as a defensive mechanism. Her brothers include a sadist who pulls the legs off of small cremlings, a serial gambler and drunkard, and a pyromaniac. Her father was so violent and abusive that he nearly killed one of his sons before [[spoiler:Shallan killed him herself]]. The only one in her family that is remotely level-headed is the eldest brother, Heleran, and even he [[spoiler:joined the Skybreakers and was ultimately killed by Kaladin.]]

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** Shallan's entire household is made up of these. Shallan is broken from the trauma of her mother's death, and as a child she was rendered mute for months and every time she remembers what happens, she blanks out and her mind shuts off as a defensive mechanism. Her brothers include a sadist who pulls the legs off of small cremlings, a serial gambler and gambling addict drunkard, and a pyromaniac. Her father was so violent and abusive that he nearly killed one of his sons before [[spoiler:Shallan killed him herself]]. The only one in her family that is remotely level-headed is the eldest brother, Heleran, and even he [[spoiler:joined the Skybreakers and was ultimately killed by Kaladin.]]


** Even humans from Roshar have some odd quirks of their genetics compared to those from Earth. For example, hair and eye color inherit fractionally rather than through dominant/recessive combinations. Brown hair and blonde hair will make a kid with half brown, half blonde hair. The same is true for a darkeyes and lighteyes having children: They can have one light eye and one dark, though they might just be born either normal light or dark eyes.

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** Even humans from Roshar [[HumanAliens have some odd quirks of their genetics compared to those from Earth. Earth.]] For example, hair and eye color inherit fractionally rather than through dominant/recessive combinations. Brown hair and blonde hair will make a kid with half brown, half blonde hair. The same is true for a darkeyes and lighteyes having children: They can have one light eye and one dark, though they might just be born either normal light or dark eyes.


** The Parshendi race has shades of this. We know their bones are red, their skin is marbled multi-colored, their blood is orange and smells moldy, and they grow their armor as part of their bodies. It turns out that they're actually shapeshifters, and originally were capable of assuming hundreds of different forms, though many of those forms were as [[spoiler: Voidbringers]]. And it's even implied in their legends that they may ''literally'' be aliens, though the stories are unclear.[[spoiler: They're not, those stories describe their abandoning Odium and fleeing to Eastern Roshar. The actual aliens are humans.]]

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** The Parshendi race has shades of this. We know their bones are red, their skin is marbled multi-colored, their blood is orange and smells moldy, and they grow their armor as part of their bodies. It turns out that they're actually shapeshifters, and originally were capable of assuming hundreds of different forms, though many of those forms were as [[spoiler: Voidbringers]]. And it's even implied in their legends that they may ''literally'' be aliens, though the stories are unclear.[[spoiler: They're not, those stories describe their abandoning Odium and fleeing to Eastern Roshar. The actual aliens are the humans.]]


** The Parshendi race has shades of this. We know their bones are red, their skin is marbled multi-colored, their blood is orange and smells moldy, and they grow their armor as part of their bodies. It turns out that they're actually shapeshifters, and originally were capable of assuming hundreds of different forms, though many of those forms were as [[spoiler: Voidbringers]]. And it's even implied in their legends that they may ''literally'' be aliens, though the stories are unclear.

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** The Parshendi race has shades of this. We know their bones are red, their skin is marbled multi-colored, their blood is orange and smells moldy, and they grow their armor as part of their bodies. It turns out that they're actually shapeshifters, and originally were capable of assuming hundreds of different forms, though many of those forms were as [[spoiler: Voidbringers]]. And it's even implied in their legends that they may ''literally'' be aliens, though the stories are unclear.[[spoiler: They're not, those stories describe their abandoning Odium and fleeing to Eastern Roshar. The actual aliens are humans.]]

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