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  • Costume-Test Montage: Elan puts Roy through one of these to make him look like a mysterious stranger.
  • Delicious Distraction: Haley is able to sneak past an Angry Guard Dog this way. It helps that the steaks she brings are laced with sleeping potion.
  • Epic Fail:
    • While in an Iron Chef like magic contest, Vaarsuvius miswrites a spell. The result destroys the entire wizard's guild and a part of the jail next door... allowing Belkar to bust out.
    • The Order's first battle against a group of kobolds ends in disaster. Belkar prepares to charge the first kobold that gets within 30ft of him, Elan prepares to flank the first creature that takes damage, Vaarsuvius prepares to hit the first four creatures in front of him/her with Lightning Bolt and Haley prepares to move ahead and shoot the first creature that charges. Belkar charges and misses, resulting in Haley shooting him. Elan then flanks Belkar and stabs him with his rapier. The three of them plus the kobold are hit by Vaarsuvius' Lightning Bolt.
  • I Resemble That Remark!: When Roy claims that Arcane casters are flawed by their faith in their magic, his father Eugene (A wizard) immediately retorts that Arcane Magic is all-powerful and completely flawless.
  • Monochrome Past: To give the book a "flashback" feel.
  • Never Bring a Knife to a Fist Fight: We first see Belkar in jail, on a charge of murdering several people in a bar brawl. He tries to defend himself saying that they shouldn't have brought fists to a knife fight, but the guard retorts that it wasn't a knife fight until Belkar started stabbing people.
  • Oh, No... Not Again!: Elan's reaction when the knight he accompanies decides to ditch him.
  • A Tankard of Moose Urine: This is Durkon's reaction to a taste of "the finiest beer in human lands". The implications do not sit will with him.
  • Snipe Hunt: At the beginning of Durkon's story, the High Priest of Thor, Hurak, sends into human lands to act as a liaison and not return until called for. Not after Durkon is tossed out, Hurak confesses to the Temple Brewmaster Firuk that Durkon has been prophesied by Odin's priest that the young dwarf will been death and destruction the next time he returns to home, and sent him on an endless mission in hopes of averting a Prophecy Twist. Firuk points out that it may be a Self-Fulfilling Prophecy.
  • The Unreveal: Eugene's story on how he began his Blood Oath against Xykon is skipped over.
  • Terrible Interviewees Montage: Inverted; Roy will take anyone, but almost no one is interested in his terms.
  • You All Meet in an Inn: Naturally. In fact, Elan tells Roy flat out this is how adventurers meet for some reason.