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The Blade of the Flame is a trilogy by Tim Waggoner chronicling the adventures of Diran Bastiaan, a priest of the Church of the Silver Flame in the Eberron Campaign Setting. It consists of:

  • Thieves of Blood
  • Forge of the Mindslayers
  • Sea of Death


These books provide examples of:

  • Action Girl: Makala, Yvka, and come to think of it pretty much every female character ever given enough importance to have a name.
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  • Anti-Hero: Diran himself, and possibly Makala later
  • Face–Heel Turn: Makala
  • Heel–Face Turn: Diran and Makala in the backstory, and Makala later
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Diran begins the series with only Ghaji by his side, and at the end everyone splits up, leaving Diran and Ghaji alone again.
  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: In the third book, the plan to create an army of Weresharks is foiled when a disgraced paladin Werewolf appears on the scene. He is subsequently bitten by an aforementioned wereshark and manages to become cursed AGAIN. Result? Weresharkwolf... or werewolfshark. One of the two anyways...
  • Sadistic Choice: Erdis Cai tries to pull one on Diran in the first book
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Plot!: The books are good, but the author clearly didn't read the psionics rules. Any psionic character is basically treated as a Gamebreaker (Remember, you can only use a number of power points equal to or less than your Manifester Level, no more.)
    • Clearly Solus out-leveled the rest of the cast significantly, plus there's the whole issue of what a psi-forged might be able to do in the first place.
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  • Take a Third Option: Diran's response to the above choice.

Alternative Title(s): Blade Of The Flame

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