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Literature / Forging Divinity

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An Epic Fantasy novel by Obsidian Entertainment game designer Andrew Rowe, Forging Divinity focuses on a group of heroes attempting to establish the authenticity of a comparatively new group of gods. It's the first book in the War Of Broken Mirrors series.

Arcane Ascension takes place in the same universe.

Forging Divinity contains examples of:

  • Absurdly Sharp Blade: The Sae'kes. It's shown cutting through stone effortlessly, but more impressively, it can cut other powerful artifacts, such as the Heartlance.
  • Action Girl: Lydia is a talented swordswoman, as well as the Stone Wall of the group.
  • Barrier Warrior: Lydia's tankiness comes from her usage of the Dominion of Protection for powerful shielding sorcery.
  • The Chessmaster: Lydia and Jonan are both potential examples, although Queen Regent Tylan probably fits this best.
  • Cutting Through Energy: Taelien can cut through at least certain types of magic - and that's when he's using a normal sword.
  • Elemental Powers: Sorcerers within the setting utilize Dominions. Some of these are simple elements like Flame. Others are more esoteric, like Sight or Knowledge.
  • Extra-ore-dinary: Taelien is a metal sorcerer, meaning he can use sorcery to manipulate metal. Rather than conjuring metal, he modifies existing metal by changing its properties, such as shape and structure.
  • Equivalent Exchange: Subverted to some extent. Sorcerers use their own bodies to fuel their sorcery, but their efficiency grows over time, and the cost does not equal the result.
  • Functional Magic: Dominion Sorcery, a system by which spell casters draw from an element in their own bodies to power spells. For example, flame sorcerers use body heat, sight sorcerers use their eyesight, etc.
  • A God Am I: Edon, the leader of the city of Orlyn's local pantheon. Whether or not he is a Physical God is part of the mystery of the story.
  • Guile Hero: Jonan uses his cunning and charisma to manipulate both his enemies and his allies to his own ends.
  • Magic A Is Magic A: Definitely the case here. Dominion Sorcery is studied like a science and has predictable results.
  • Magic Knight: Taelien's enhances his already formidable swordsmanship with metal-altering sorcery.
  • Master of Illusion: Jonan uses Sight Sorcery to create illusions - at the cost of his own eyesight.
  • Master Swordsman: Taelien is a talented enough swordsman to trounce any ordinary fighter. He finally meets his match in Myros, the local god of battle.
  • The Paladin: Lydia is secretly a paladin of Tae'os, a different pantheon of deities than the ones worshiped in Orlyn.
  • Squishy Wizard: Jonan is the closest character to a traditional wizard, complete with being nearly worthless in physical combat.
  • Vestigial Empire: The Xixian Empire used to rule the continent, but they appear to have mostly been wiped out.