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The Testament Of Tall Eagle is a book by John R. Fultz and published by Ragnarok Publications.

A young warrior's vision-quest unveils an alien city full of magic and mystery. As a tribal rift threatens to destroy Tall Eagle's people, night-crawling devils stalk and devour them, so he seeks the wisdom of the high-flying Myktu. These fantastic beings offer him hope, a chance for rebirth and prosperity, as two separate realities converge. Yet first Tall Eagle must find White Fawn—the girl he was born to love—and steal her back from the camp of his savage enemies. His best friend has become his deadliest rival, and now he must outwit an invading army of conquerors to lead his people into the Land Beyond the Sun.

THE TESTAMENT OF TALL EAGLE is the epic saga of The People, as told in the words of their greatest hero.

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  • Badass Native: Tall Eagle is definitely one of these but it's played with as everyone around him is a native too.
  • Betty and Veronica: Tall Eagle has to choose between his childhood love and a Myktu princess. He chooses his childhood love.
  • Bond Creatures: The Eagle is, appropriately enough, one for Tall Eagle.
  • Braids, Beads and Buckskins: Averted. Tall Eagle dresses as one of the Myktu while staying with them and his people's clothing is historically accurate as a Fantasy Counterpart Culture for the people who became the Comanches.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Tall Eagle manages to bring his people to the Myktu and live beside them without becoming assimilated but they lost many people in the process. Likewise, they weren't able to recover all of their members who were kidnapped.
  • Crystal Spires and Togas: Pretty much how the Myktu live along with Sufficiently Advanced Magic. Despite this, they're very friendly to Tall Eagle's people and don't look down on them.
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  • Evil Counterpart: Rides the Wind eventually turns into this.
  • Fantasy Counterpart Culture: Tall Eagle's people are stand-ins for the Pre-Comanches.
  • Fantasy Kitchen Sink: It's a world with Dune-esque Sandworms, Native American peoples, dimension-hoping Human Aliens and spirit magic.
  • Human Aliens: Justified. The Myktu are from a parallel Earth and are fleeing from their enemies.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: The Myktu don't hold it against Tall Eagle when he chooses White Fawn over one of their own.
  • Kill It with Fire: Just about the only way they can kill the Cthulhuoid monstrosities they face.
  • Made a Slave: Those who fall into the hands of the Urkis.
  • Magical Native American: Subverted. While Tall Eagle is from a culture based on them and has magic, the vast majority of characters are Native American-esque peoples without magic.
  • Noble Savage: Subverted. We see both good and evil members of the People as well as technologically advanced cultures. Good people are good. Bad people are bad. Both sides of the technological divide produce them.
  • Rape, Pillage, and Burn: The fate of those who fall into the hands of the Urkis. Also, in The Un-Twist, it is the plans of the pale-skinned strangers from abroad.
  • The Rival: Rides the Wind is Tall Eagle's best friend and better at everything but not by much. That is, until he manages to get Horse magic and takes White Fawn as his bribe.
  • Tonto Talk: Averted. Everyone member of the People speaks in a stately manner but is perfectly coherent and understandable.
  • Unlucky Childhood Friend: White Fawn appears to be this when she's married to Rides The Wind. Subverted when he dies in an ill-conceived war and ends up married to Tall Eagle in the end.
  • Sword & Sorcery: Is described by the author as Tribal Fantasy.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Rides the Wind and White Fawn develop this kind of relationship.


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