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1The ''Conqueror series'' is a sequence of novels written by Conn Iggulden which tell the story of the Mongol Empire. They are:²²* ''Wolf of the Plains'' (2007) ([[MarketBasedTitle Published in America]] as ''Genghis: Birth of an Empire''): Follows Temujin, son of Yesugei, as he is banished from his tribe and goes on to not only survive, but begin to unite all the people of Mongolia, becoming UsefulNotes/GenghisKhan.²* ''Lords of the Bow'' (2008): Having crushed the Tartars and united the Mongols into a single nation, Genghis Khan turns his attention to the tribes' traditional oppressors, the Xi Xia and Chin (Jin, aka Jurchen) empires in what is now northern China.²* ''Bones of the Hills'' (2008): Xi Xia and Chin are under Mongol domination, but Genghis Khan's ambassadors to Khwarezm are tortured and killed. The Mongols move against the Arabs in revenge, and their armies reach as far west as Russia.²* ''Empire of Silver'' (2011) ([[MarketBasedTitle Published in America]] as ''Ogedai: Empire of Silver''): Ogedai, Genghis' son, hasn't assumed the title of Great Khan even though his claim is the strongest; he also suffers from a weak heart and his brother, Chagatai, intends to wrestle the rulership from him. Tsubodai, Genghis' old friend and comrade, will also lead the Mongol armies ever further into the West, fighting the Russian Empire and the Templar Knights.²* ''Conqueror'' (2011): The last book in the series, it follows the reigns of Guyuk Khan, son of Ogedai Khan, and Mongke Khan, Guyuk's cousin, and the military deeds of Kublai, brother to Mongke Khan, against the Song Empire (southern China, nowadays) as he is forced to change from a scholar to a warrior and leader of men.²²Essentially the Mongolian equivalent to ''Literature/TheSaxonStories'' by Creator/BernardCornwell (one of the authors who have inspired Iggulden).²----²!!The series provides examples of:²²* AdaptationalAngstUpgrade:²** The [[SlapSlapKiss dynamic]] between Temujin and Borte. They were childhood friends in RealLife.²** Genghis Khan's contentious relationship with [[ChildByRape Jochi]]. Though there was suspicion about his paternity in RealLife, he was definitely not a "Tartar bastard" as described in the series (Borte was abducted and raped by Merkits, NOT Tartars). By all accounts, Genghis treated him as his first son, but there are signs of an estrangement in later years.²** Despite Chagatai's aspirations for becoming Great Khan in the fourth book, in reality he was actually rather supportive of Ogedai as leader, even though he and Jochi were both cut out of succession in favor of the former as punishment for slacking off during an important siege. ²*** The reason for this has been explained by a historian: though he was denied a chance at becoming Great Khan, [[TakingYouWithMe at least Jochi, his "bastard brother", wouldn't be the one to lead the empire either.]]²* AdaptedOut: A glaring omission is Temujin's boyhood friend and blood brother turned chief rival, Jamukha. He had similar ambitions and thus had to be defeated before Temujin could assume the name Genghis Khan, meaning Oceanic or Universal Ruler. This is in spite of Iggulden basing the series on the historical chronicle ''The Secret History of the Mongols'', which recounts their rivalry.²* AdaptationNameChange: Iggulden changed the name of Temujin's nemesis in the first book from Targutai to Eeluk. This is also a GeniusBonus since Eeluk is a variation from the Jurchen royal surname, Yelv (pronounced yeh-lyu).²* AsskickingEqualsAuthority: How Temujin becomes Genghis Khan.²* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: Yesugei, Temujin, Eeluk, Jelaludin, Ala-u-din, etc. Anyone with an ounce of authority in this series is badassed. Aside from Inalchuk and Temuge.²* AncestralWeapon: Temujin's wolf-head sword.²* AnimalMotifs: The only thing that could possibly contend Conqueror in the sheer ''quantity'' of wolf-related metaphors is the Literature/SpaceWolf omnibus. Iggulden's previous series about UsefulNotes/JuliusCaesar also featured wolf motifs. ²* TheAlliance: What the Mongol nation starts off as.²%%* BilingualBackfire²* BadassArmy: The Mongol army under Temujin, the Jihadis under Jelaudin. ²* BadassInCharge: Temujin, first of raiders in the North, then of the Wolves, then of Mongolia, and then of Chin, Koryo and Khwarezm.²%%* BarbarianHero: Temujin.²* BarbarianTribe: The Mongol tribes.²* BloodKnight: Temujin, it's easy to see why the Warhammer fandom thinks he worships Khorne.²--> We can live our lives at peace, so that our sons and grandsons ca live ''their'' lives at peace, but what is the point? If we all live to eighty in a green field without ever holding a bow or sword, we will have wasted the good years. You should know the truth of that. Will our grandsons thank us for a peaceful life? Only if they are too afraid to take up arms. I would not wish a quiet life on my enemies, Kachiun, never mind my own family. Even cities only prosper when there are rough men on the walls, ready to fight and die so that others may live. With us, we ''all'' fight, from the first yell to the last breath. It is the only way to take pride in who we are.²* BlackSheep: Temuge, the only member of [[BadassFamily Yesugei's family]] who ''isn't'' a badass.²* BringMyBrownPants: Borte wets herself when she realizes the Tartars are going to rape her. Again.²* CainAndAbel: Temujin and Bekter, Jochi and Chagatai²* ChocolateBaby: Jochi, possibly.²* CoolSword: Temujin's ancestral wolf's head sword. ²* DeliberateValuesDissonance: Killing one's enemies and raping their women is intentionally portrayed as honourable and good.²* DownerEnding: In the perspective of the Mongols then [[spoiler:Empire of Silver goes this way, Tolui gives his life at the advice of a Shaman to save Ogedai but he dies a few years later anyway, leaving behind a will to have Chagahai killed by a spy placed by him so he won't challenge his son Guyuk's claim to be Khan. Kachiun and Khasar both die quite unceremoniously and Temuge is executed for attempting to rain control of the Khan-less Karakorum from Sorhatani. And in the end Tsubodai is forced to abandon his conquest into Europe so he return to Karakorum in support of Guyuk and will never finish his march past Russia, except unbeknownst to him Chagahai is dead so there is no challenge to Guyuk's rule meaning he never had to leave.]]²* DrowningMySorrows: Genghis and Hoelun hit the airag pretty hard after [[spoiler:Temulun]] dies.²* FalseRetreat: One of the Mongols' favorite tactics.²%%* FinalBattle²* ForeignCultureFetish: Togrul really likes Chinese culture. Much to disapproval of Temujin when he meets him. ²* FirstNameBasis: Variant - By the second book, Hoelun is the only person willing to refer to Genghis Khan as Temujin²%%* FourStarBadass: Temujin, Tsubodai, Jochi, Jelaudin... the books are saturated with them.²%%* GenghisGambit: Fitting, since the real Genghis Khan is the TropeNamer.²* GrimUpNorth: The Tartars seem to thrive in the frozen wastes of Siberia. The Mongols themselves to the Chin and Khwarezm. They constantly complain of the hot weather of these lands and how they prefer their own icy homeland, and how the winters there are little more than spring compared to what they go through. They're like the Vikings of the east. ²* GreyAndGreyMorality: In the first novel Temujin comes across as a straight up hero by the standards of his time, fighting to keep his family safe and evading the wrath of the traitorous and cruel Eeluk. However, he's also the brutal leader of savage northern raiders as he attacks the Tartars, killing their men and raping their women to get back at them for killing his father. In the later chapters of Wolves of the Plains, Temujin's sheer wrathful nature and ambition also begin to surface. By the time Bones of the Hills comes out, he basically goes to Khwarezm to avenge the torture and murder of his emissaries at the hands of Inalchuk, but he also makes it a point to wipe out his entire ''city'' and people to drive the point home that he's not to be fucked with, slaughtering millions (and thus, it's implied, indirectly causing the virulent plagues that sweep Khwarezm). Meanwhile, the Shah, while mostly a good man, becomes consumed with hatred by seeing what Genghis Khan does to his people and attempts to launch a lightning raid against the undefended Mongol women and children. The closest thing Bones of the Hills have to a good guy is Jelaudin, because he's basically fighting to free his country from Mongolian occupation and avenge their atrocities.²* HistoricalVillainUpgrade: The Tartars are responsible for a fair bit more of the crap in Temujin's early life than happened in reality. For example, they're written as the ones who raped Borte; in truth, that was done by the Mergid people. ²* [[{{Hypocrite}} Munafiqeen]]: Inalchuck. By day he fasts in Ramazan, prays diligently, gives charity and reads the Holy Qur'an. By night, he drinks heavily, engages in deprave sex acts with his slave girls, and tortures Mongolian diplomats. ²* HorseArcher: The Mongols. The Turks in Jelaudin's army are also this, and just as good. Given that Turks and Mongols are closely related and share a culture.²* ImprovisedWeapon: Temujin and Khasar kill men using armour scales.²* LoopholeAbuse: Ogedai made a sacred oath to his wife that he would drink fewer cups of wine each day. He then ordered some enormous cups to be fired at the kiln.²* MamaBear: Do ''not'' try to threaten Hoelun's children.²* MeaningfulFuneral²* MeaningfulName: In reality, this is standard practise in Mongolia. The meanings of Temujin ('made of iron') and Genghis ('oceanic') have attention drawn to them.²** Subverted in Genghis. Many historians debate whether 'ocean' is what it really means, and some consider it to actually mean 'strength'.²* MistreatmentInducedBetrayal: Fleeing the Mongol hordes, the Cumans take shelter in Hungary, converting to Christianity in exchange for protection. As a price of protection, their fighting men, approximately 40,000 in number, were expected to help defend Hungary against the Mongols. Unfortunately, the Cumans were treated as second-class subjects, subjected to hate crimes (including murder) which went unpunished, which culminated in the murder of their leader, K&ouml;ten. This led the Cumans to desert en masse right before a critical battle, costing Hungary any chance of victory. (In RealLife, things were not nearly so black and white: according to Wiki/TheOtherWiki, it was the Cumans who were given special treatment, permitted to rape and rob Hungarians with impunity. The resulting resentment on the part of the populace reached a boiling point when it was discovered that the invading Mongol hordes included Cumans (who had been forcibly conscripted by the Mongols). It was this that led to the rioting in which K&ouml;ten was killed.)²* NobodyPoops: [[AvertedTrope Averted]].²* ParentalFavoritism: Genghis Khan is unfortunately prone to this.²* PathOfInspiration: Shamanism as preached by Kokchu.²* ProfessionalKiller: The Mongols go up against the historical Assassins.²* RapeAsDrama: Borte is gang-raped by the Tartars.²* RatedMForManly: It's a Conn Iggulden novel about Genghis Khan. ²* ReassignedToAntarctica: Everybody at Yinchuan fort.²* RuleOfDrama: Tolui and Sorhatani's marriage. In the stories, it was practically a ShotgunWedding, after fourteen-year-old Tolui got sixteen-year-old Sorhatani pregnant. In RealLife, however, it was an ArrangedMarriage for political reasons, which took place when Tolui was only eleven.²* ShutUpHannibal: Genghis and Tsubodai do this to the Old Man of the Mountains. After he accuses Genghis of being an idiotic destroyer who can accomplish nothing of his life. I guess forging an entire nation out of barbarian clans and giving it order and purpose doesn't count.²--> I needed to laugh. I needed to stride halls filled with dead whores and have an assassin tell me I've made nothing in my life.²* SpellMyNameWithAnS: Iggulden notes that "Genghis Khan" is more properly rendered as "Chinggis Haan", but he felt the former spelling is just too iconic to discard.²** Tsubodai is spelled as Subotai elsewhere, like in ''VideoGame/AgeOfEmpiresII'', Genghis Khan II, Clan of the Grey Wolf (1993), and ''[[Film/ConanTheBarbarian1982 Conan the Barbarian]]'' (1982). ²* TheStrategist: Tsubodai²* TakeAThirdOption: Can't break through the Great Wall of China? Unwilling to retreat? Send men over the even higher mountains.²* {{Tearjerker}}: [[spoiler:Jochi's]] fate.²* WarriorMonk: Yao Shu. Jelaudin to much greater (and more badass extent) when he goes to Afghanistan. ²* WorthyOpponent: Jelaudin, who understands Mongol tactics and is able to effectively counter them.²²----²<<|{{Literature}}|>>


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