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Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_mobile_ad_1'); })Before we get into this entry, I'd like to tell a story. A story of swords and sorcery.Once upon a time, a stone which possessed the power to change destiny was stolen. If this Orb, belonging to the benevolent God Aldur, ever fell into the hands of the evil, maimed God Torak, the peaceful kingdoms of the west would fall to his might. In pursuit of the Orb followed the legendary sorcerer Belgarath, his gorgeous and powerful daughter Polgara, and the humble farmboy Garion, along with many other colorful allies: a simple blacksmith, a notorious thief, a berserker, a princely horseman, a paladin, a noble outlaw, a snotty princess, and so on. The companions encountered kings, wizards, dryads, politics and treachery. Ultimately, Garion's true identity was revealed. And so Garion took up the massive sword of his destiny to save the world...Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_mobile_ad_2'); })That's the plot of David Eddings's The Belgariad... and a whole lot of other stories as well.David Eddings wrote the series after taking a course on literary criticism, digging out all the tropes he could find, and deciding to build a world that was simultaneously Strictly Formula and really, really good — because Tropes Are Not Bad. He also deliberately focused on the characters rather than the tropes, injecting liveliness and sardonic humor into stock situations.The original books were followed up with a sequel series, The Malloreon (which is basically "The Belgariad all over again but everyone is older", as the characters themselves quickly notice). Much later the series was followed by two standalone prequels, Belgarath the Sorcerer and Polgara the Sorceress, which tell the life stories of the title characters. All of Eddings's works can be seen as Spiritual Successors of this one.Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_mobile_ad_3'); }) Books in the series: The Belgariad Pawn of Prophecy Queen of Sorcery Magician's Gambit Castle of Wizardry Enchanter's End Game The Malloreon Guardians of the West King of the Murgos Demon Lord of Karanda Sorceress of Darshiva Seeress of Kell Prequels and companion works Belgarath the Sorcerer (a prequel by Belgarath's perspective) Polgara the Sorceress (another prequel by Polgara's perspective) The Rivan Codex (a commentary and analysis)See also The Elenium, Eddings' third series and Spiritual Successor to The Belgariad and The Malloreon, albeit with a much stronger focus on over-the-top battles and Bond One-Liners.
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Dashed Plot Line: The prequels can skip centuries between chapters. Having main characters who are immortal makes this almost essential — a biography of Polgara that tried to cover everything would make the Oxford English Dictionary look small, and her father's more than twice as old as her.
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Farm Boy
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Farmboy: Garion is one, but only technically. He lived on a farm, but mostly worked in his aunt's kitchen... as a dishwasher.
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A Taste of the Lash: The former punishment for sloppy work by students of the Drasnian intelligence service's academy. Silk refers to it as "a very effective teaching tool", though he doesn't comment on whether or not he knows this from personal experience.
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Can't Kill You, Still Need You
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Can't Kill You, Still Need You: Downplayed; Relg was on the verge of becoming a Sinister Minister to a genuinely good Physical God named UL. UL had no plans or even desire to kill Relg, but he did find Relg's actions annoying and disappointing and told Relg as much. Then he commanded Relg to travel with The Hero and his True Companions. Relg was terrified of this journey, but told UL he'd go, even if it killed him. UL responded that he had plans for Relg after the journey, so it wouldn't kill him.
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Dirty Coward
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Dirty Coward: Zandramas. Half the action in The Malloreon derives from her desperate attempts at avoiding the CHOICE. She never confronts the heroes directly either, and inevitably runs whenever they start catching up with her.
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Arbitrary Skepticism
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Arbitrary Skepticism: The series has many examples of this. It's implied that at least in the West, magic of any kind is very rare and that while religion and superstitious beliefs are commonplace, many people will regard actual displays of magic with either indignant annoyance or an outright refusal to believe their eyes. While a common attitude everywhere in the West, especially stubborn skepticism is presented as a cultural trait of the Tolnedrans and to a much lesser degree the Sendars and Alorns. In the case of the former, their refusal to believe in anything "unnatural" can verge on suicidal, and even after being presented with ironclad proof they still like to pretend magic doesn't exist so they don't have to change their deeply rooted cultural (dis)belief.
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Serrated Blade of Pain
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Serrated Blade of Pain: Ulgos use knives with all sorts of nasty hooks to do more damage.
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Love Potion
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Love Potion: Discussed in Polgara the Sorceress. The members of Duke Kathandrion's court exasperate Polgara with requests for such a potion, which she notes is a literary device prevalent in Arendish epics. She repeatedly states, 'no, they don't exist'. On the other hand, there are substances that can induce serious lust.
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Fat Idiot: Rhodar isn't one. In fact, he is fat because he loves to sit and read, and is one of the best educated people in the world.
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Boisterous Bruiser
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Boisterous Bruiser: Mandorallen, and most of the Mimbrate knights.
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You Never Did That for Me
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You Never Did That for Me: Played with early in The Belgariad, before Garion gets his big reveal. Garion and Ce'Nedra are talking about the girl Garion probably would have married had things gone another way, and Garion says it's for the best because she's not someone you can ask to sleep on the ground. Ce'Nedra points out that the group had never hesitated to ask her to sleep on the ground. Garion manages to give what may be the only good answer possible at that point: "I guess you're stronger." Played again later with the same characters, after they've been married a while. Talking about how some acquaintances recently got betrothed and married, Ce'Nedra complains about how Garion never asked for her hand in marriage, leading to him getting on his knee to make a proper belated proposal. (Ce'Nedra replies that she will think about it.)
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Brainwashed and Crazy
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Brainwashed and Crazy Ce'Nedra, in The Malloreon, due to Zandramas's sorcery. And Harakan's. She's kind of a magnet for this stuff. Ce'Nedra's is apparently innately vulnerable to this stuff. Ctuchik was explicitly banking on it in book three, and Belgarath had already figured this out and didn't bring her along for that one. Seeing as all "Monsters" went mad when Torak broke the world — except (mysteriously) the dryads recovered, it might well be that dryads indeed have a bit less sanity to go around, making her more susceptible to mind-affecting meddling. Garion gets hit with a mild version of this early on, suddenly seeing his allies as malicious strangers that he must escape from. In a later book Zandramas manages to make him go berserk and attack her Grolim rivals subtly influencing his mind over a considerable length of time before triggering his rampage.
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Cool Old Guy: Belgarath. Being the first disciple, he's the designated "old" one, even though Beldin and the twins are also several thousand years old.
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Cosmic Flaw
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Cosmic Flaw: Basically, a star died in the wrong place. This caused a chain reaction that destroyed an entire galactic cluster outside of schedule. The result was that the purpose of the universe, the force of destiny, was divided into two opposing awarenesses. The contention between them causes everything that happens in the series.
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All There in the Manual
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All There in the Manual: The Rivan Codex serves as additional content composed of background information, inspiration, and lore for the series.
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Religion of Evil
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Religion of Evil: The Grolims lead one worshiping Torak, which it seems is centered entirely around human sacrifices to him, along with conquering everyone else in his name.
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Defeat Means Friendship
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Defeat Means Friendship: Zakath is one of the rare pre-emptive examples of this trope, in that after finally dawning to just how thoroughly the odds are against him he decides to just skip the "defeat" and go straight to the "friendship".
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ManBehindTheMan
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Man Behind the Man: From a cosmic standpoint, Torak isn't really the Big Bad; the spirit that embodies the Dark Prophecy is, and it uses both Torak and later Zandramas to accomplish its purposes. The reader only really "meets" it twice, both times at the Final Battle for each iteration of the Light vs. Dark struggle.
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Underestimating Badassery: Belgarath severely underestimates Ctutchik's ability to handle a magical duel. He all but calls Ctutchik a two-penny warlock with delusions of adequacy, when in fact the two are about as close to evenly matched as is possible.
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Single Woman Seeks Good Man: In the second series, Polgara gets turned on just by Durnik insisting that they shouldn't kill guards unless absolutely necessary. In general, this is heavily implied to be one of the reasons she loves him. Similarly, Ce'Nedra for Garion.
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Either/Or Prophecy
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Either/Or Prophecy: Technically, two prophecies that are actually divided halves of the original Purpose of the Universe.
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Extreme Libido: The Nyissan queens suffer this as a side effect of their youth-enhancing drugs (themselves taken to prolong the Queen's resemblance to the original Salmissra, who was the lover of the Nyissan god Issa), to the extent that the palace has to be staffed by eunuchs. After the last Queen Salmissra is turned into a serpent by Polgara, she's quite relieved to be free of the mess of hormones.
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The Chick
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Ce'Nedra also shows tendencies of this after Geran is kidnapped, although she's not nearly as capable of inflicting mayhem, it's not for lack of willingness.
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The Heart
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The Heart: Garion is this within the Brotherhood of sorcerers. Not yet jaded by aeons of duty, he constantly wants to go out of his way to help people even when it hurts his cause, is extremely reluctant to kill people, and feels ashamed about using sorcery for malicious purposes. The other sorcerers are often irritated by his idealism, but sometimes grudgingly admit that doing something just because it's right is necessary from time to time.
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Our Nudity Is Different: Relg rants about how Ulgo women tries to entice him by showing their calves and forearms. Relg's idea of nudity isn't different so much as it is extreme. The cave-dwelling Ulgos naturally wear a lot of clothing to keep out the cold, but even their high (if conventional) standard of modesty isn't enough for him. Any glimpse of female flesh is a temptation.
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The Stoic
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The Stoic Polgara's mother, Poledra, hasn't shown visibly strong emotions in seven thousand years. She's never needed to. The only exception is her general irritation at all the wenching Belgarath did after her death. She also broke down at the death of her daughter, and when the Prophecy called on her to leave. Another notable Stoic is the Voice of the Prophecy, which usually speaks with a certain dry amusement. Every now than then — usually when the rules it and its opposite have laid down are being ignored or things are about to go completely out the window — it can get very angry or very excited.
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Villain Ball
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Villain Ball In the Final Battle of The Belgariad, Torak craves domination above all else and seeks to make Garion yield even when he has the boy dead to rights. Also, Torak's followers have several opportunities to kill Garion but instead focus on trying to capture The Only One who can kill Torak and present him to Torak in chains.
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In the Back
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In the Back: An interesting prevention tactic employed by Arendish tax collectors is mentioned in The Rivan Codex: a thick, well-fitting wooden plank under the chainmail to protect the back from arrows. Apparently it's not unusual for a tax collector to just ignore the arrows stuck in his back.
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Sweeping the Table: In a prequel of the series, Polgara the Sorceress, Polgara decides she is going to do the cooking for her father, Belgarath, and sister, Beldaran, and immediately sweeps all of the scrolls/pens/etcetera off the kitchen benches, much to Belgarath's annoyance.
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Papa Wolf
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Garion is quite the protective dad, prone to going berserk when Geran is threatened. Fully inherited from Belgarath, who is a Papa Wolf to, more or less, the entire world.
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Burning the Ships: In Belgarath the Sorcerer, a very drunk Riva orders the ships that carried the settlers to the Isle of the Winds burned. His logic being that it will take a lot of hard work to build the fortress-city, and he doesn't want anyone deciding it's too much work and leaving. Belgarath, who was planning to leave, is not pleased.
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Stealth Pun
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Stealth Pun: Garion literally revives a dead horse.
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MST3K Mantra
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Belgarath and Poledra — she's a wolf shapeshifted into human form. No, you shouldn't think about it. When called out on this by a rather disturbed Garion, Belgarath points out that the change of form is absolute. It helps, somewhat, that wolves are depicted as sentient beings, and according to Belgarath, don't tend to die of old age unless they want to — something he realized after he noticed that Poledra had been hanging around him for a millennium. Also, Poledra had her own part to play in the prophecy besides simply being Garion's ultimate grandmother.
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Multiple-Choice Chosen
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Multiple-Choice Chosen: Thanks to an ancient catastrophe that divided the universe, there are two Prophecies, each a Sentient Cosmic Force with a long chain of Chosen Ones to champion it, and the final victory of one Prophecy over the other is decided by a mortal third party.
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Barak is all but stated in the first book, Pawn of Prophecy, to have raped his wife Merel while drunk, battering down her locked bedchamber door to get to her; their arranged marriage was against Merel's will (though that part he doesn't seem to have been aware of) — Garion is present, but the implication goes over his head. Merel gets pregnant as a result of the rape; the incident is laughed off by Polgara (who might or might not have known of the circumstances, having been busy keeping an eye on Garion). Leaving aside all else, it's presented in-universe as a "reward" for Barak, and the other characters had previously made Merel out to be the one in the wrong for treating Barak badly (except for Silk, who just thinks that their marriage is a case of Be Careful What You Wish For on Barak's part, and Garion and Durnik, who only get one side of the story).
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Wizard Duel: Belgarath vs. Ctuchik in Book 3 is an awesome scene, as is Belgarath versus the unnamed Morindim shaman. Belgarath vs. Zedar in the fifth book is an aversion; Belgarath is too angry and Zedar too frightened to be able to summon up any magic, so they settle their score through a combination of shouting and fisticuffs.
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Voluntary Shapeshifting: A power of sorcerers; most develop a fondness for a particular animal form. Wolf for Garion and Belgarath, owl for Polgara, human for Poledra (who started out a wolf), and dragon for Zandramas. We also see Beldin take the form of a hawk and Ctuchik (or maybe Urvon) use the form of a Hound of Torak in Belgarath.
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Advantage Ball: How Garion's fight with Torak ends up: Garion manages to secure victory by the mere fact of his own continued defiance.
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Tongue-Tied: Asharak places a magical compulsion on Garion to prevent him from ratting Asharak out.
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Gentleman Thief: Silk is a prime example.
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Church Militant
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Church Militant: The Bear-Cult, and many, many factions of the Grolim Priesthood, which includes: Evil Sorcerers galore, The Hounds of Torak, the Chandim (Hounds who've changed back into humans) and the Temple Guardsmen (evil knights sworn to Torak and Urvon).
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Dye or Die
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Dye or Die: Zakath grows a beard after joining the heroes in The Malloreon to avoid being recognized as Emperor. Ce'Nedra also dyes her hair temporarily after running away.
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Moses in the Bulrushes: Garion is raised in obscurity by his aunt Polgara after his parents' murder.
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Panacea: The "sovereign specific", i.e. Adara's Rose, created by Garion to make her happy (he has absolutely no idea that it does anything other than look pretty). It's used to purge Zakath's poisoning.
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I'm a Humanitarian
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Chekhov's Gun
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Chekhov's Gun: Sprinkled liberally throughout the series, but most obviously in The Malloreon. Examples include Zith, Sadi's pet snake, whom Velvet uses to kill Harakan; the whole business with the Grolims being afraid to go near Kell; the subtle cannon at the beginning, where Garion says 'Fortune tellers are never right — one of them once predicted Durnik will live twice. How silly is that?'; and most especially the frequent references to the Turim reef, which ends up being The Place Which Is No More, but nobody noticed due to language drift.
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Dead Man Writing: In The Malloreon, the message from Torak to Belgarion they find in an uncorrupted copy of the Ashabine Oracles is one of these.
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Suddenly Significant Rule: The Accords of Vo Mimbre say that the Tolnedran Princess must go to Riva on her 16th birthday and await the return of the Rivan King—but the Royal Family was wiped out years ago. except for one member. Guess who Garion's descended from? In the backstory, the Accords of Val Alorn say "...but Aloria shall maintain Riva and keep it whole." When the accords were signed, Aloria hadn't existed as a nation for centuries; it was now Riva, Cherekh, Drasnia, and Algaria. When a Emperor's attempt to force Riva to trade ends in disaster, he calls for an invasion — and discovers that while Aloria isn't officially a single nation anymore, but it is an unofficial confederation. When the Rivan King is assassinated, it's made clear that, yes, Aloria does exist.
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May–December Romance
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May–December Romance: Silk and Liselle (approximately a twenty-year difference in their ages. He played dolls with her when he was a student at the Spy Academy and she was the Top Spy's young niece); 'Zakath and Cyradis (Somewhere around thirty years difference). Rhodar and Porenn were this, as was the Baron of Vo Ebor and Nerina. Both husbands long predeceased their wives.
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Divine Chessboard: Everyone is guided by one of two opposing Purposes of the Universe.
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Diminishing Villain Threat: Inverted with respect to Ctuchik, who is portrayed by Belgarath as barely competent until the two actually meet face to face, and it turns out that they are nearly equal.note Belgarath doesn't actually defeat Ctuchik in their duel, Ctuchik obliterates himself when he catches the Villain Ball by panicking and attempting to unmake the Orb of Aldur — which, as with all attempts to unmake something, rebounds on him. Belgarath is possibly an Unreliable Narrator in this case. The prequels also invert this with Zedar. Beyond stealing the Orb and killing Durnik, he doesn't do a whole lot in the main series, but the prequels show why this guy was considered bad news and deserved a Fate Worse than Death.
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Beneath Suspicion
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Beneath Suspicion: The protagonists don't want to attract attention to themselves, so they disguise themselves as commoners driving a few wagons. One of their number, who goes by the name Silk, actually makes a point of making money by using these wagons to transport common goods like turnips and wool, even though the group doesn't really need the money, and they're mostly taking the goods on to avert suspicion.
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First Time in the Sun
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First Time in the Sun: Relg. He doesn't take it well.
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Unwanted Assistance: The Orb tries so hard to be helpful. To the point that it has to be told that its help is not required. It thought that rearranging the stars to spell "Belgarion" was a request rather than an example.
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Arcadia
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Arcadia: The Rivan Pasturelands and The Vale of Aldur count as one.
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Archetypal Character
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Archetypal Characters: Ubiquitously and deliberately, as noted above.
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Nephewism: Garion was raised by his "aunt" Polgara, who in actuality is his great-great-great-etc-aunt about 3000 years removed.
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Red Right Hand
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Red Right Hand: Torak's not called the Maimed God for nothing. Also Urvon (piebald) and Naradas (white-eyes) in The Malloreon.
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An Astral Projection, Not a Ghost: Poledra appears occasionally as a ghost to aid the main characters, having died in childbirth some three thousand years previously. At the end of The Malloreon, she reveals she never really died at all, but faked it in order to carry out a vague plan to help uphold The Prophecy. Belgarath, it has to be said, was not especially pleased (though his mood was somewhat attenuated by the fact that he had his wife back).
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She Cleans Up Nicely
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She Cleans Up Nicely: Polgara in the prequels. Actually quite intentional on her part; once her sister Beldaran was married to Riva, she decided she had to play the role of the pretty one instead of the Wild Child she'd been up until then. Vella, as well, who comes under the firm but kindly tutelage of Queen Porenn and discovers that silks and satins can be just as effective at making men drool as skin-tight leathers are.
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Hellish Horse: The Hrulgin: carnivorous, horse-like beasts that the party has a brief encounter with. Hettar, true to his Horse-Lord nature, takes a stab at riding one. He regretfully kills it after he makes mind contact with it and realizes how utterly insane it is. At one point he muses that if he could raise one from a colt, he might be able to train and ride it, but relents after being reminded by Durnik that it would look at the Algars' prized cattle as food.
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Incorruptible Pure Pureness: Errand/Eriond. Justified in that Zedar raised him like that so that he would have a pure enough heart to take the Stone. This is also the reason why Garion ultimately chooses him to becomes a god.
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More Than Mind Control
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More Than Mind Control: Used a bit disturbingly on Ce'Nedra in the fourth book by Errand, to convince her to go to Riva.
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Walking the Earth
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Played very straight with Belgarath. Two of his sorcerer brothers — who he has lived with in the Vale for hundreds of years — take their own lives due to depression. After losing his wife of 500 years (who had been a companion for over a thousand before that), he goes insane and has to be chained to his bed and constantly supervised to make sure he doesn't take his own life. After a year he starts Walking the Earth and becomes a drunken beggar for two years (Beldin explicitly states that he was "a legend" in Camaar, because they've never seen anybody get that drunk before) and eventually ends up entertaining women in Maragor until Beldin finally intervenes.
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Guile Hero
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Guile Hero Prince Kheldar, a.k.a. Silk (nickname bestowed by his classmates at the school for spies, in honor of how smooth he was). Silk almost always has a way to make a chance meeting or bad situation either work for Team Good or hurt Team Evil (usually both at once). Examples are too numerous to mention. Also Queen Porenn, who helps the inexperienced Queen Islena deal with an a usurping priest and get away with it by letting everyone think it was an Achievement in Ignorance. Not to mention the fact she uses the times she feeds her baby (the only time when the spies who watch her don't) to meet with her chief spy. It stands to reason, really, since she's the woman Silk's in love with early in the first series. And surprisingly, Queen Layla, while she's ruling because the King is off with the army. Never underestimate the wiles of a mother. Note also that Silk's father clearly donated his share of Magnificent Bastard genes to Silk. One of his exploits was infiltrating the Murgo King's harem and seducing one of the Murgo Queens. For extra style points his bastard child ascends the Murgo throne.
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And, of course, "Why me?" It eventually gets a Lampshade Hanging (several, in fact).
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Artifact Alias
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Artifact Alias: We first meet a certain Drasnian as "Silk", and he's called Silk for ten novels even though we've learned long ago that his birth name is Kheldar. This is justified since it's from Garion's POV we talk to him most of the time and Garion tends to stick with the name he first uses with a person (he calls Belgarath "Mister Wolf" and "Grandfather" for a long time) unless given a good reason otherwise.
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Shining City
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Shining City: The City of Kell in The Malloreon. Vo Wacune in Polgara the Sorceress.
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Empty Shell
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Empty Shell: 'Zakath misses this trope by milimetres during The Belgariad and the start of The Malloreon. The prophecy outright refers to him as "The Empty One".
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She Is All Grown Up
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She Is All Grown Up: Velvet, in The Malloreon, as Silk is quick to notice.
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I Know You Know I Know
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I Know You Know I Know Silk's remarks regarding knowing a man is a spy for Brador. In fact, nearly all of Silk's political and mercantile gamesmanship can be seen as an escalating series of these, with him on top. It's also In the Blood, as the one and only time he meets his match across the negotiating table, it turns out to be his hitherto unknown half-brother. Comes up literally in Queen of Sorcery during a conversation with (naturally) a Drasnian stationed in Nyissa:
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Shower of Angst: After witnessing his first lethal fight, Garion takes a very thorough bath.
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Narrative Profanity Filter
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Narrative Profanity Filter: Eddings uses this a great deal, most notably with Beldin. Only missed in a couple instances, but in referring to female dogs. Usually played for entertainment purposes. The descriptions of (and reactions to) people swearing can be as or more entertaining than the swearing itself. Garion: (in response to Ce'Nedra) Why dear, I didn't even think you knew what half of those words meant! After the party having fled town due to there being a reward on Silk's head: "Silk was swearing as they entered the forest on the far side of the river, spitting out oaths like melon seeds. His profanity was colorful and wide-ranging, reflecting on the birth, parentage, and uncleanly habits of not only those pursuing them, but of those responsible for circulating the reward notice as well."
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Shadowland
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The Great Southern Forest is a Shadowland variant.
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Ruling Couple: Belgarion and Ce'Nedra of Riva, and Korodullin and Mayaserana of Arendia.
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Cursed with Awesome Barak's "curse" is to turn into a bear when Garion (heir to the long-empty throne of Riva and Overlord of the West by treaty) is threatened. A rampaging, unstoppable bear. At first he thinks it's just a progressive ailment and attempts suicide, but once he gets filled in on the trigger conditions (i.e., his family is now the hereditary protector's of Garion's), he contemplates tasteful ways to work it into his coat of arms. Who wouldn't want to advertise that? The second series shows that it's hereditary when Barak's son turns into a bear during the final EVENT. A shame it did nobody any good at all since he wasn't actually present at the time.
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Flaying Alive: Taur Urgas' response to his guards' inability to prevent the unavoidable. Also a favoured method by Silk, alongside boiling, for implied past events upon which he didn't elaborate.
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Rummage Sale Reject: Belgarath, intentionally — he dresses for comfort and practicality (his outfit is nowhere near as rubbish as it looks), and wants to look as unobtrusive as possible. Ditto Beldin.
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Amplifier Artifact
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When Belgarion leads an assault on a fortified city that's been taken over by Bear-Cult rebels, he uses sorcery to break down the city gates. He forgets that he's holding the Orb of Aldur, a tremendously powerful Amplifier Artifact that's quite enthusiastic about helping him, so the spell instead vaporizes the gates and sends chunks of gate tower flying miles away.
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Even Evil Has Standards The Malloreon has a deeply chilling example in the fourth book, where Garion finds a prophecy written by Torak in which the Dark God begs his archenemy to prevent the horror that will come if Zandramas succeeds in elevating the Dark Prophecy. Belgarath remarks that it may have been Torak's one moment of sanity. After Sadi joins the party, it becomes a plot point that the Murgos consider Nyissan drugs illegal, despite gleefully participating in the slave trade. Sadi himself is an example, as he regarded many aspects of the slave trade to be repulsive. And although Silk isn't evil, there's a hilarious Lampshading when Sadi points out that Silk has no qualms against swindling people or murdering them in cold blood but baulks at dealing in drugs. Interestingly, Silk is often the only person to express shock or horror at the more dubious actions of the rest of the group — Belgarath entombing Zedar in stone for all eternity springs to mind (though that might be because of his spectacular claustrophobia rather than moral considerations).
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Destination Defenestration: Comes up several times, most notably when Silk fights Brill at Rak Cthol, and then again in The Malloreon when Senji relates to Belgarath and Garion how the Melcene University tried to "test" his immortality.
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Magical Nanny: Polgara plays this role as caretaker of the Rivan line for two thousand years. And her cooking... divine!
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Most obviously Zedar (and to a lesser degree, Ctuchik) to Belgarath (Garion even briefly mistakes Zedar for Belgarath, they look that much alike), a few others crop up. Like the whole Child of Light/Child of Dark thing. Urvon is likely the Evil Counterpart to Beldin: both are disfigured, both are the disciple of a major god, and they hate each other almost as much as their respective masters do. A case could be made that 'Zakath is originally Garion's Evil Counterpart: they're both the rulers of half the world, but Garion is a decent king and his position of Overlord of the West is mostly a formality (though as Garion sourly notes, the other monarchs seem to enjoy bringing him their most absurdly difficult problems for him to solve), where as 'Zakath is The Emperor and is totally obsessed with power and revenging himself on Taur Urgas. This, of course, changes in The Malloreon, and gets heavily Lampshaded to boot.
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Unconventional Wedding Dress: In the first book of The Malloreon, Garion quickly resolves the crisis in Arendia between Mandorallen and a rival knight who is the heir to the land of a recently deceased noble, and was about to offer the nobleman's widow to his friends, which pissed Mandorallen off. Mandorallen had been pining for the said widow, Nerina, for so long, but they mutually kept their romance platonic even long after her husband died. Garion ordered his friend Mandorallen to quit pining and just marry Nerina anyway. And, because he was thoroughly annoyed with the sheer stupidity of it all, after a quick negotiation about the dowry and other wedding formalities, he ensured that Mandorallen married Nerina while he was still on his armor and she was wearing widow's black and a tablecloth for a veil. With Garion standing over the two of them, sword in hand, to prevent any last minute screw-ups.
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Best Served Cold: Belgarath buries the traitorous Zedar alive because of the astonishing number of atrocities he'd committed over the past, oh, four thousand years, including causing the death of Durnik (in self-defense). Let's also not forget Beldin's long standing grudge against Urvon, which causes the latter to erect Wanted Posters across half of Mallorea in a desperate attempt to keep him at bay. In fact, Urvon's terror is so strong that it snaps him briefly back to reality when he's Brainwashed and Crazy.
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Might Makes Right: Ctuchik says there's no such thing as justice, only the strong doing what they want while the weak submit in reply to Pol saying that they're bringing justice for his victims.
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Girl-on-Girl Is Hot: It's never mentioned in the story itself, but according Word of God, since most Nyissan men (the ones that aren't eunuchs) spend about 90% of their time completely stoned out of their minds, lesbianism is commonplace in Nyissa. It's also mentioned by Silk that the clientele of the high-class brothels of Tol Honeth are not entirely male.
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Vapor Wear: Nyissan women wear sheer, see-through gowns (deeply embarrassing Durnik).
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Beat Still, My Heart: The standard form of sacrifice to Torak involves cutting out the victim's heart and burning it.
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Lethal Chef Ce'Nedra's cooking is only edible by a very loose definition of the term. Silk, too. Instantly burning bacon! We can only assume Garion (who in the mentioned incident warned Silk repeatedly that he was about to burn the bacon) had to take over without Polgara around.
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Universe Bible: The Rivan Codex, Eddings's notes that he put together on all of the nations and their influences before he wrote the books.
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Silly Reason for War: The Arends come up with these (and act on them) on a disturbingly regular basis. This is a large part of their collective reputation for being a bit thick - though Garion, being a little kinder, considers it to be less 'thick', more 'absurdly impulsive' (with the exception of Lelldorin, who really isn't all that bright).
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Hettar's murderous attitude to Murgos following his parents being killed in a Murgo raid when he was a child, which is mostly presented in the first series as a personal quirk/product of his backstory/occasional inconvenience, save for when Garion wonders at the Power Of Hate that could drive a seven year old boy to survive being left for dead and result in, well, Hettar. Considering that most of the Murgos encountered are soldiers or spies/assassins, the protagonists are Alorns, big on vengeance, and hating Murgos, it's not surprising that most of them don't really think it's worth mentioning. That said, in Belgarath's prequel, Polgara grimly remarks that she's afraid that a young Hettar could be growing into "a proper monster", so it's not completely overlooked.
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Tomboyish Name: Beldaran. Despite being the Girly Girl to the adolescent Polgara's Tomboy her name has the masculine "Bel" prefix and Daran is used as a name with no comment by several of her male descendents.
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Breaking Speech: Justified — in the final battle of The Belgariad, Garion delivers one of these to Torak, after he comes to realize that the true reason for their confrontation is not to fight Torak, but to reject him.
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Skunk Stripe: Polgara has one. As noted in Belgarath the Sorcerer, the snow-white lock appeared when Belgarath laid his hand on her head in an ancient ritual of benediction from his homeland. Polgara's hair was raven black through and through when she was born. Since the stripe resists any attempt to remove it or dye it for more than a moment, the sorcerers sometimes takes steps to encourage skunk stripes being a fashionable trend so Polgara can't be quite as easily identified when she's moving around.
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The Fog of Ages: Played with, especially in the banter between Beldin and Belgarath.
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"Awkward Silence" Entrance: In The Malloreon, Belgarath the Sorcerer, the Dreaded Time Abyss Archmage, fiercest opponent of Mallorea's patron God of Evil for five millennia, grandfather (several dozen generations removed) of the slayer of said God of Evil, walks into a Mallorean royal banquet... and takes advantage of the horrified silence to eye up a young lady, smirk, and compliment her dress.
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Demon Lords And Arch Devils: In The Malloreon, it's revealed that Demons/Devil-Spirits, have rank the same way that people do. Nahaz and Mordja are the two that Garion and co. encounter.
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Hettar is stated to have murdered many people who simply have the bad fortune of being Murgos, all because his parents were killed by Murgo bandits when he was a child. Granted, the vast majority would have been soldiers, and a significant number of the rest were most probably spies, but... probably not all. And yet, no one in-universe has an issue with the murder of unrelated, innocent people who are simply the wrong nationality. This is mitigated somewhat in the sequel series as the Murgos get more Character Development and Hettar mellows, and in Belgarath's prequel, when Polgara bluntly states that a young Hettar is on the verge of turning into "a proper monster."
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The same was true of UL, until the Gorim came along.
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Artifact of Doom: The Sardion. The Orb of Aldur shares some of this as well; anyone not expressly permitted to touch it will be obliterated, since it rebelled against Torak's misuse.
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Noodle Incident: Silk gets several, including but not limited to: interfering with a ploy of Bethra's involving the Nadrak ambassador, causing her to attempt to have him killed; being smuggled out of Cthol Murgos by a Thullish lady of high station, possibly for reasons related to the also-never-clearly-explained incident which led to the death of the Murgo crown prince; and fleeing Tol Honeth "posing as an acrobat in a travelling circus, and about one jump ahead of the police". On a meta-level, the Accident which created the two Prophecies and put the wrong God in place.
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Bad Boss: Zandramas, Torak, reportedly Ctuchik, Taur Urgas, heck, the Dark Prophecy in and of itself, which tends to discard its pawns once it doesn't need them anymore.
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Unrequited Love Lasts Forever: This is what makes Mandorallan's Courtly Love with Nerina so tragic. Belgarath says himself that if they had followed their urges, they could have got it out of their systems and moved on with their lives. Instead, the two spend years mooning after each other hopelessly. Ultimately, this is subverted when Nerina's husband dies thanks to the long-term effects of his injuries, and the two, thanks to Garion's timely intervention against their instinct of noble suffering, are married. Also averted when Silk eventually gets over his unrequited love for Porenn.
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Multistage Teleport: Discussed — teleportation is draining and is incredibly unsafe if you try it anywhere but line of sight, making it impractical for long trips thanks to this trope. Belgarath tries it once, then gives up and turns into a falcon for the journey instead.
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Ce'Nedra's is apparently innately vulnerable to this stuff. Ctuchik was explicitly banking on it in book three, and Belgarath had already figured this out and didn't bring her along for that one. Seeing as all "Monsters" went mad when Torak broke the world — except (mysteriously) the dryads recovered, it might well be that dryads indeed have a bit less sanity to go around, making her more susceptible to mind-affecting meddling.
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Womb Horror: One of The Malloreon's darker moments has the protagonists find a demonic cult waiting for a grotesquely, impossibly pregnant woman to deliver. Whatever Team Mom Polgara the Sorceress does with them isn't described, but is strongly implied to involve Mercy Killing the mother and offing the unborn Demon Lord.
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Manipulative Bastard: Liselle, Sadi once he loses the worst of his Smug Snake tendencies, and even Anheg are all very good at getting what they want and making you think it was your own idea. Asharak, Nachak, Harakan and Naradas are villainous examples.
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Default to Good: Cyradis at the end of The Malloreon.
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Men Use Violence, Women Use Communication: Since it's a medieval fantasy world with very traditional gender roles, this trope is evoked often. It's not just society's expectations, however; some of the special powers of the main characters conform to this trope. The male characters do the fighting and even have their weapons of choice, while Polgara can converse with birds and Ce'Nedra can understand trees. The latter even gathers an army using the power of speech. However, it should be noted that Polgara does use violence on a fairly frequent basis (and even smashes her way into Salmissra's palace and stares down a god to get Belgarion back), it just tends to be non-lethal... which tends to be somehow worse (except for what she did to Salmissra - turning her into a giant snake actually left everyone a great deal happier). Or she just cuts straight to a very effective form of Mind Rape.
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Polgara employs a variant of this technique as an alternative to Cold-Blooded Torture; she conjures up an illusion of something so horrible that people spill their guts rather than face it. It fails rather hilariously in King of the Murgos when she tries it on a prepared Sadi—he's so stoned out of his mind he thinks the projection is pretty and asks if it can do tricks.
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Evil Sorcerer
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Evil Sorcerer: Ctuchik, Zedar, Urvon, Chamdar, Zandramas, Naradas, the vast majority of unnamed Grolims, and pretty much every single Morind magician and Karandese wizard.
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Vain Sorceress
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Vain Sorceress Zandramas definitely has some traits of this. Polgara too. Belgarath notes that once she stops ignoring her appearance Polgara becomes quite vain, especially concerning her hair. Salmissra. Vanity was virtually a qualification requirement for the successors of the original (with one exception who was intelligent enough to hide her own intelligence) until the most recent. And the current Salmissra, even as a snake, spends most of her waking time simply looking at herself in a mirror permanently stationed next to her throne.
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Annoying Arrows: Played With. In the second book, an arrow shatters on Barak's mail shirt, but on other occasions, major characters are nearly killed by well-aimed arrows, and Asturian archers — especially Lelldorin — are depicted as being absolutely lethal, even against the heavily armoured Mimbrate knights.
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King Incognito
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King Incognito: For the first half of Pawn of Prophecy, almost every member of the party is this to Garion. Of course, Garion stays incognito from himself for three-and-a-half books. All the main characters do their best to maintain anonymity whenever they're traveling, which is pretty much always.
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Honor Before Reason: Arends To give just one example, Arendia has been involved in a simmering sort of conflict for approximately five hundred years between the two Duchies comprising it due to what amounts to semantics: the nobles of Asturia do not have their titles recognized by the court because they've never sworn fealty to the Arendish crown, and they cannot swear fealty to the Arendish crown because their families' pre-existing oath to the Duchess of Asturia prevents it. When someone finally points out that the Duchess of Asturia and the Queen of Arendia are one and the same person, she releases them from their earlier oath so they can swear fealty to her in her capacity as Queen and her husband in his capacity as King of Arendia (which they do quite willingly, though they state that they will never swear fealty to him in his other legal persona as Duke of Mimbre). It's clearly pointed out that the hereditary Duchess of Asturia has always also been the Queen of Arendia by tradition throughout the entire centuries-long civil war, and nobody ever noticed before.
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Adult Fear: The Malloreon is basically fuelled by this- having your infant son abducted by your arch-enemy, and being faced with the very real prospect of having to fight him to save the world
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In-Universe
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However, even by In-Universe standards, it sometimes veers into this, with it even being discussed by the heroes at a few points, and acknowledged that, while it may not necessarily be a good thing, it's absolutely necessary to fulfil the Prophecy. Belgarath performed assassinations as well as coerced marriages to create the families of the True Companions, and is quite unapologetic about it. Yes, it was wrong, but he doesn't really care. At one point, he Lampshades this:
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Well, Excuse Me, Princess!
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Well, Excuse Me, Princess!: Garion and Ce'Nedra's relationship in a nutshell.
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Holy Ground
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Holy Ground: From The Malloreon, there is a place called Korim, where Torak argued with UL. It is described as one of the holiest places on earth (just not the nicest). On the other side of the world is the mountain of Prolgu, where the original Gorim shamed the god UL into taking in and caring for the outcast people and monsters of the world, and it's also reckoned to be one of the most sacred sites on the planet.
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Always Chaotic Evil
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The demons are Always Chaotic Evil in both series, but justified because, well, demons.
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I Just Want to Be Normal
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I Just Want to Be Normal: Garion. Everyone's response: You're not. Get over it.
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Funetik Aksent: Generally restricted to minor characters; the two most prominent examples are the juggler Feldegast, who has a thick brogue, and Th' Ol' Farmer I' Th' Tavern Wit' Th' Peg. (that's "pig", by the way.) Garion imitates the Old Farmer's accent at times when he's trying to amuse Ce'Nedra or irritate Belgarath.
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Combat Pragmatist Silk, Liselle, and Sadi do not believe in a fair fight. Garion and 'Zakath aren't much better, cheating their way to victory in a joust. Zakath is a minor subversion in that instance. Garion magically cheats, Zakath refuses to... only a minor subversion, because he does improvise an unusual jousting technique that works to perfection.
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The Hero's Journey: Used straight, very intentionally, and with great attention to detail.
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Big Good
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Big Good: The Prophecy of Light. It can defeat Gods, and alter the fabric of reality, but is restrained by the rules that it and its counterpart the Dark Prophecy laid out. If they ever fought directly it would destroy the Universe (or at least pose a very large risk of causing a third Prophecy to arise just as the Accident caused the original Purpose of the Universe to split into the Light and Dark Prophecies).
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When Trees Attack: An unnamed species of a deadly, flesh-eating tree makes a short appearance in The King of the Murgos. It's described as having golden leaves, colorful blossoms, and rich-looking purple fruit. It extrudes a sweet smell that makes one regard the tree with affection. All this to lure prey to the range of its tendrils. According to Ce'Nedra, the tree feeds on the agony of its victims as much as on their flesh.
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Distressed Woodchopping: Invoked in the Malloreon sequel series. When Ce'Nedra goes into labour, Polgara takes one look at her Panicky Expectant Father Garion and tells him to go chop some wood to keep his wife warm. His fugue state ends sometime after he's collected two cords of firewood and Ce'Nedra has safely delivered.
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Everybody Knew Already
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Everybody Knew Already: Much of the Drasnian spy network's doings. Nobody is surprised whenever a lowly Drasnian merchant turns out to be a top spy, and it seems everyone and his brother knows the secret sign language. However, the Drasnian leadership's attitude toward this situation suggests that this may all be part of their operational procedure, allowing some secrets to slip out in order to better spread disinformation, or that it's simply an indication of just how widespread the Drasnian intelligence network is. By the end of the series, the reader is left wondering if there are any Drasnians outside the country who don't report back to to the Intelligence Service, or at least, to someone who does. They even weaponize this during Torak's invasion in the backstory. Rather than try to get the notoriously skeptical Tolnedrans to believe that they could get actionable intelligence from prophecies (which, to be fair, were the barely coherent ramblings of assorted madmen who had been dead for twenty-five centuries at this point), they just turned the information they wanted the General Staff to have into a plausible-sounding report and presented it to them as a recent dispatch from Drasnian Intelligence.
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Nature Is Not a Toy
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Nature Is Not a Toy: Garion once magically summons up a lightning storm against an army. Two years later, he gets a furious dressing-down from Belgarath the Sorcerer, who's spent all the intervening time smoothing out the meteorological Disaster Dominoes Garion's weather manipulation caused.
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Smug Snake
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Smug Snake: Sadi, before a boatload of Character Development in The Malloreon. By the end he's just a straight up Manipulative Bastard. Most Nyissans (and all Nyissan eunuchs) seem to have this as their hat. Harakan is another good example, and even Ctuchik has his moments.
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Single Line of Descent: Garion's family is this, and it's intentional on the part of the Prophecy of Light. The prequels mention that there are other male children in the line, but only the firstborn can be the heir which fits the hints given in the main books: at the start of The Mallorean, the first prophecy information they get about what's going to happen mentions that the "seed" of the Rivan King has to be protected at all costs from falling to the hands of the Child of Dark because there will never be another. The "seed" is Garion's first-born child, a son. It's revealed at the very end of The Mallorean that Garion will only ever have a single son, but thanks to Ce'Nedra's Dryad heritage he'll end up with many daughters, none of which matter to the Prophecy because only Garion's son is the Orb's inheritor.
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The Big Guy
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The Big Guy: Several characters in the (slightly more than)-five-man Band could qualify, but the standouts are Mandorallen in The Belgariad and Toth in The Malloreon. When the Big Band (Barak, Hettar, Mandorallen, Relg, and Lelldorin) get together, Mandorallen is the only one who doesn't assume another role in the group. That's right: he's The Big Guys' Big Guy.
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Malfunction Malady: After Belgarath collapses from overexertion, Polgara worries that he could find his powers greatly reduced or even completely gone. While this ultimately turns out not to be the case, Belgarath acknowledges it was a definite possibility.
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Body Horror
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Body Horror: The woman carrying Nahaz's offspring.
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Disproportionate Retribution: Belgarath's punishment of Zedar is viewed by several of the heroes as this, as the majority of his villainy was conducted offscreen, until the release of the prequels. Belgarath, however, was a firsthand witness to it and Zedar's protestations of I Did What I Had to Do fall on deaf ears. Belgarath briefly muses on whether the punishment was indeed too harsh later on, only for Beldin (who was also a first-hand witness) to state that if Belgarath ever released Zedar, Beldin would put him straight back.
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Sacred Scripture
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Sacred Scripture: The prophecies may count. Also, religious scriptures belonging to the various races are mentioned.
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Elective Monarchy
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Elective Monarchy: Sendaria chose its first king like this, and everyone could vote. Also, the winning candidate had to have a majority of the votes rather than simply the most votes. It took six years and twenty-two ballots to winnow the 724 candidates down to a single winner, a rutabaga farmer named Fundor. As a result, nobody takes the monarchy all that seriously—not even the monarch. Also, the Empire of Tolnedra elects a new Emperor if the old one dies without an heir.
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Rape as Backstory: Part of Taiba's traumatic life as a slave in the mines until she escapes.
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Affably Evil
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Angaraks are portrayed this way in The Belgariad at first, but they get a less black and white treatment as time goes on — the Thulls are portrayed from the beginning as victims of Angarak society more than anything else and in The Belgariad the Nadraks are presented as the Angarak counterpart of the Drasnians — with the similarity between the two peoples noted on a number of occasions by both Drasnians and Nadraks. Additionally, they play a pivotal role in preventing the armies of the West from being massacred at Thull Mardu. The Malloreans, meanwhile, are portrayed as generally polite and Affably Evil at worst... with the exception of Zakath, and even he mellows eventually. Even the Murgos, who're almost universally depicted as this trope get a makeover in The Malloreon — in large part because we actually get to see Murgos who aren't Grolims or their agents, outside of wartime. In general, the main problem seems to be the fact their god was a narcissistic megalomaniac obsessed with human sacrifice, allowing the Grolims, the somewhat deranged priesthood, to gain an iron grip over the population.
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The Dragon
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The Dragon: The hierarchy of evil's leadership across both series goes, roughly, Disciple (Ctuchik, Zedar, and Urvon for Torak; Naradas for Zandramas), Child of Dark (Torak, Zandramas), Dark Prophecy. In The Belgariad Ctuchik and Zedar play Dragon to Torak (not that he especially needs protecting), while Asharak and Brill are Ctuchik's Co-Dragons; Brill may have been Asharak's Dragon as well, although he was strangely absent during the latter's final moments; the details of the relationship are never fully explored. In The Malloreon Zandramas has Naradas, Mordja, and an actual Dragon, while Urvon has Nahaz and Harakan. Most of those in The Malloreon have their own agendas.
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Phlebotinum du Jour/Science Marches On: A section of The Rivan Codex discusses an interesting point on how the popular understanding of the Law of Conservation of Energy did this for magic systems. Before it, magic could do pretty much what the plot required, whereas after it a magic system needed to have an answer for "where does the energy come from?"
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Infanticide Backfire: Asharak tried to kill Garion (and did succeed in killing his parents). That didn't work out so well for him.
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Cryptic Conversation Each and every damn prophecy. In the case of the Mrin Codex, this turns out to be only because the oracle was stark raving mad; the Voice of the Universe tells Garion that unfortunately, this nutcase was all he had to work with. That and the reader will eventually get the feeling that the Voice did it that way because it annoys Belgarath so very, very much. Two other reasons are eventually raised. One is that it's part of the balance between the two Prophecies (it would be possible for one Prophecy to give much clearer, understandable prophecies to its side, but that would allow the other Prophecy to do the same for its side). The other is that it is a safety measure of sorts — prophecies aren't meant to be really understood by anyone at any time, and the cryptic phrasing makes it easier to keep understanding to the right people at the right time.
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Death Wail: Polgara lets one loose when Durnik is killed.
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Ye Olde Butcherede Englishe: The Gods and Arends love to speak in this manner. Especially when waxing eloquent. However, the "butcherede" part is averted because Eddings actually does it correctly, except in a few cases where he deliberately gets it wrong to show that a character is trying (and failing) to be "fancy".
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Single-Precept Religion: Surprisingly common, given that the main characters are in regular contact with the deity Aldur and are opposing another deity with the covert support of another five. The worship of Nedra, for example, seems to boil down to a few rules involving money. The Bear-Cult's core beliefs are, in most cases, tied to overt racism and the grand plan of whichever villain is manipulating them that week. Torak's religion is heavy on ritualised gestures of devotion but no real philosophical substance beyond reflecting Torak's own arrogance. There are some references to a field of theology,note Such as the mention that great piles of educated theological treatises were disproven and made obsolete when UL was confirmed to be the father of the gods. but we are not given any details. Part of this is due to the fact that most of the protagonists are pretty irreligious, and the impression given is that the gods themselves don't care very much about the finer points of how they are worshipped.
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The Wood of the Dryads. Home to a race of Nature Spirits/Plant People. Cutting down trees is strictly forbidden, and punishment will be dealt out by the inhabitants. The Dryads and the nearby Borune family have a long standing treaty that no logging will take place in their land, or else all the wives, mothers and daughters of the Borune family will pack up and return to the Wood of the Dryads, since they're all Dryads.
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Inverted by Brador, the chief of the Mallorean Empire's Bureau of Internal Affairs. He is a Melcene, who, like the Tolnedrans, don't believe in anything supernatural. Along comes Book 3 of the Malloreon, at which point demons start butchering whole cities under the command of a Grolim priest. Brador not only doesn't seem to have any trouble believing demons exist, but he begs Belgarath and Belgarion to help him convince his even more skeptical emperor to call off his Roaring Rampageof Revenge so they can go back and deal with the situation.
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Achievements in Ignorance Garion succeeds in bringing a horse back to life, simply because he doesn't know that it's supposed to be impossible. Deconstructed later in the same novel when Belgarath explains, in detail, why it was so dangerous and stupid to attempt. He then proceeds to lecture Garion a bit on the rules of using the series' magic, including the requirement that the person has to fully understand the mechanics of what he or she is doing. The deconstruction gets reconstructed itself later on, when it is discussed how one of Garion's skills is "being able to visualize highly complicated concepts reduced to very simple terms" — which means he is actually able to "gloss over" most of the finer points of the more complicated things when working his magic and still get the desired effect. Neat subversion with Queen Islena, when she makes her High Priest choose between joining the army or getting thrown into the dungeon. The king could never have made that threat to a priest because there's specific laws about evidence and proper treatment regard priests, which would be politically scandalous for the king to ignore. Islena got away with it because everyone thought her too stupid to know better. The subversion is that the whole thing was planned by her smarter advisors, taking advantage of both her ignorant reputation and her actual ignorance. Had anyone else tried that, it would have been only an ineffective bluff. But coming from Islena, the threat was believable, since she really was unaware that she couldn't do what she threatened when she made the threat. Lampshaded by Polgara in Polgara the Sorceress as she muses over the idea that simply being ignorant of a task's impossibility might, however improbably, let someone perform impossible feats.
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Fantastic Racism: Torak is a narcissistic, literal God of Evil whose Religion of Evil demands sacrifice in the form of still-beating human hearts freshly carved out of people's chests. Torak also believes himself superior to all the other gods and encourages his people — the Angaraks — to feel the same about themselves in relation to the other peoples of the world. Torak also attempted to conquer the world 500 years before the events of Pawn of Prophecy and wasn't that far from achieving his goals. In addition, the Angaraks have a history of stirring up shit in the western kingdoms, the destruction of Vo Wacune and the assassination of the Rivan royal family being some of the major events they had a hand in. Due to the aforementioned reasons and the almost complete lack of cultural exchange with the isolationist Angarak society, anti-Angarak sentiment is quite strong in many of the western kingdoms. Any Angarak in the west, of course, will deny everything and claim everyone's just prejudiced towards them.
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Sand Bridge at Low Tide: An island chain was used twice. Played straight once in the main series, with the path between islands revealed at low tide. Subverted in the prequels, when it's first discovered, but the protagonists skirt it in favor of inconspicuously crossing the frozen northern sea.
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Each of the nations of the world, overlaid on their Fantasy Counterpart Culture. Drasnians are devious, Tolnedrans are greedy, Arends take Honor Before Reason to truly ridiculous levels, Nyissans are decadent hedonists, Alorns are sailors and party animals.
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In The Malloreon, 'Zakath doesn't so much take a level in badass, as he does regain one, regaining the fencing and riding skills that he'd let go rusty during his time as The Emperor.
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Magic Knight: Garion, who becomes frighteningly proficient with both weaponry and sorcery. It helps that he's tutored by some of the most skilled swordsmen in the world, as well as the most powerful sorcerer and sorceress (with occasional tips from the Prophecy) in history.
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When Polgara gets angry, even Belgarath keeps his head down. Polgara's explosion of rage in Castle of Wizardry (upon finding out that her father and Belgarion had sneaked out to face Torak without her) shook the entire royal palace of Riva and altered weather patterns for miles around. They go to some effort in The Malloreon to avoid a similar catastrophe. Of course, Belgarath takes a perverse amusement in inspiring said rage, when it suits him.
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Mineral MacGuffin: The Orb of Aldur and the Sardion — both halves of the original stone at the center of the universe and the embodiment of the power of the Prophecies of Light and Dark, respectively.
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Chromatic Arrangement: Each of the Seven Gods is associated with a colour, while their father, the Top God UL, manifests as pure white.
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Eviler Than Thou: Zandramas vs Urvon vs Agachak vs Mengha vs (pre-Heel–Face Turn) 'Zakath. Also, Nahaz vs Mordja for the favour of The King of Hell. See Enemy Civil War above.
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Immortal Breaker: The Orb of Aldur's power surpasses the gods, and dealt Torak a Wound That Will Not Heal. Later, it is set into the Sword of Riva's pommel, which is used to kill Torak once and for all.
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Our Nymphs Are Different: Dryads live in southern Tolnedra, within the Wood of the Dryads. They're all female and reproduce with human males, and are bonded for life to a tree and live as long as it does.. Ce'Nedra is the daughter of a man and a dryad, and is often described as very pretty due to her exotic looks.
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Ambiguous Syntax: Lots of it, in the various written prophecies both sides are using. Also, deliberately used on Polgara by Aldur, when he says that the Gods will bring Durnik back to life so they can marrynote he's been obviously in love with her for years, if she'll agree to live the rest of her life with no more magical power than he has. She assumes they mean that she'll be stripped of her power. In actuality, he is given equivalent magical power to her though he uses it much less often.
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Tell Me About My Father: In Pawn of Phrophecy, a young Garion asks his Aunt Pol about his mother. A few years later he asks Mister Wolf to tell him about his parents.
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Required Secondary Powers: When you use magic to move an object, the resulting force is the same as if you had physically touched the object — so you have to brace yourself with equal force, similar to tightening up your muscles, or some such. The main character learns this the hard way the first time he tries to move a giant stone, as he ends up buried up to his armpits in the ground (he tried to push it up instead of merely sideways). The protagonist's mentor scolds him and comments that if he HAD tried to push it sideways, he'd likely have been thrown across the continent by now. This is also used as an explanation for why certain magical effects are not used very often. For instance, changing the weather is not a normal effect, because it requires moving vast amounts of atmosphere around.
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Justified by the woman who is giving birth to Nahaz's offspring. Garion gets a look at her and realizes there is no way she'd survive the birth.
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Why Did it Have to be Caves?: Silk's dislike of enclosed spaces is tipped over into a full-blown phobia after a traumatic event in the first series. He also doesn't like snakes. This becomes a major plot point when his love interest in the second series starts to carry a highly venomous snake in her bodice. Some have speculated that she did this strictly to mess with Silk; however this is neither stated nor even strongly implied in the books. She has, however, commented on more than one occasion that Zith was cold and it was a place for her to be warm. Liselle is a pragmatist as well, and it is suggested that (possibly at the unknown prompting of the Prophecy of Light) she began doing so because it might be useful in the future. And it was. This theory is supported by her telling Silk that the first time she did it it made her skin crawl and it was all she could do to keep from screaming.
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The Berserker: Barak's an unwilling heroic example. Apparently this kind of thing is common in Cherek warriors, even the ones who don't turn into bears. Taur Urgas is an evil example.
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Scry vs. Scry: The two competing Prophecies. There's also a version of this when Belgarath confronts Ctuchik — see Disposable Woman, above.
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Really Seven Thousand Years Old Most of the sorcerers are several thousand years old. Except for Polgara, who looks to be in her mid-late twenties, they all look like old men. Polgara falls for Durnik, who's in his thirties — bit of an age gap. Belgarath is so old that he shows up as an aged mentor in the three-thousand-year-old "Bible" of the series, and is basically considered to be Satan by the Big Bad's followers. It doesn't help that when the sorcerers get caught up in research in their towers, they flat out seem to forget that time is flowing. Belgarath managed to not notice that the wolf which had been staring at him while he puttered around his tower had been doing so for a thousand years until one day he stopped and actually did the math to realize it. Belgarath himself doesn't even seem to notice how old he is until he's over three hundred years old, when he finally asks his god why he doesn't seem to be ageing. The god replies that he's always found it inconvenient. Theories as to how this works are more or less confirmed in the prequel books, when Belgarath speculates that it's tied to the will to live. He also theorizes regarding ageing something to the effect of, "Old and distinguished on a man is perfectly natural and accepted. Old and distinguished on a woman equals crone," and there's no way Polgara would have put up with something like that. Inverted in the case of Salmissra, Queen of Nyissa and consort of the slumbering snake god Issa. She takes a potion to maintain her outer youth but she's really a mortal woman like all of her predecessors, chosen for their resemblance to the original Salmissra, who died ages ago. Polgara "remedies" the situation by turning her into an immortal giant serpent. More deconstructed than averted, because part of Polgara's rationalization for what she does to Salmissra is that Issa forgot to make the original Salmissra immortal in the first place.
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Extended Disarming: Silk, numerous times, pulls daggers out of every conceivable hiding place.
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Sword Fight: Several, with Garion vs Torak, and Cho-Hag vs Taur Urgas being two of the best. The last one in particular is a great duel between a Fragile Speedster Handicapped Badass and an insane loon who relies on madness and physical power.
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The Jester: Beldin's role and one of his disguises.
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Omniscient Morality License The Prophecies, more or less by definition, since their objective is nothing less than the patching up of the universe itself; what matter individual lives or happiness as long as that goal is achieved? It's worth noting that the Prophecy of Light does its best to reward its pawns for their service. The Prophecy (and in the Retcon prequel, Poledra and Ul) really screwed around with Belgarath. Letting him suffer for four thousand years because he was lied to about his wife dying while he had — as he saw it — abandoned her? Harsh, man. Also, Aldur's decision not to choose a race of people for his own, leaving them to wander godless forevermore, except for those very few who found UL. No one even remotely calls him on this. It is possible, however, that Aldur was instructed in his decision to stand apart from his brothers by the Prophecy Of Light (the Prophecies having existed since before the younger Gods came into being). The Melcenes, Dals, and Karands did pretty well for themselves, as did the Ulgos who followed Gorim (the ones who didn't were cursed specifically by Gorim and UL). No one calls Aldur on being partly responsible for the state of the Morindim, however.
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Fake Wizardry: Not stage magic proper, but at one point in The Malloreon a Grolim sorcerer uses a fake demon invocation plus an illusion spell as Step One in taking over a Karand kingdom. Belgarath counters with a fake invocation of his own and a far scarier illusion that sends the Karands fleeing for their lives.
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Space Jews: The series has a number of stereotypical fantasy cultures that basically boil down to the good European cultures fighting against evil Asian cultures whose battle tactics typically consist of flooding the defenses with expendable conscripts.
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There Was a Door Emphasis on the was part. Sorcerers seldom need to bother with knocking, and Garion takes this to ridiculous extremes in The Malloreon, at one point making a city gate burst with such force that pieces of it are later found five miles away (the Orb helped him). The force blew in the entire city wall on that side of the city as a side effect. Even without the Orb, though, Garion's capable of blowing out the entire wall of one room if he's feeling irritated enough. Garion makes a point of threatening the pre Heel–Face Turn Zakath with a broken city when he finally decides he's been delayed long enough... and blows out a wall while going to make this threat. When Zakath is still being uncooperative, he proposes to blast through the whole house to get to the library.
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Really, you can fight Fate... Fate just has many more resources at its disposal, all the time in the universe to prepare, the reaction time to deal with things personally, a roving squad of sorcerers enforcing its plans, and a twisted sense of humor to boot. When something happens to screw with the plan, expect Fate to panic.
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The Lancer: Durnik to Garion, and Beldin to Belgarath. In The Malloreon 'Zakath also plays Lancer to Garion, post Heel–Face Turn.
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Starter Villain: Chamdar/Asharak
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Dick Dastardly Stops to Cheat: Zandramas' efforts to sway events to her favour ultimately hasten the Event she is trying to avoid. And, probably, bias the Choice against her. This gets repeatedly pointed out to her, by several people.
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Belgarath, when forced into formal garb, always wears a white robe, rather like a certain other Eccentric Mentor wizard who usually prefers shabbier garb from another fantasy series.
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This is what makes Mandorallan's Courtly Love with Nerina so tragic. Belgarath says himself that if they had followed their urges, they could have got it out of their systems and moved on with their lives. Instead, the two spend years mooning after each other hopelessly. Ultimately, this is subverted when Nerina's husband dies thanks to the long-term effects of his injuries, and the two, thanks to Garion's timely intervention against their instinct of noble suffering, are married.
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Perfectly Arranged Marriage: Garion and Ce'Nedra.
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Bavarian Fire Drill
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Bavarian Fire Drill: Silk, frequently. The best example is when, as the party is escaping from Rak Cthol after Ctuchik's death, he gets them past several Grolim search parties by pretending to be a higher ranking Grolim and ordering them to move their search elsewhere.
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Armor Is Useless: Zig-Zagged. Armour is portrayed somewhat realistically, in that it is very useful for protecting people but it doesn't make them invincible. For instance, Mandorallean's plate armour deflects swords and arrows, but a heavy blow from a club caves in his breastplate and injures his ribs, similarly, chain mail deflects blades pretty well, but a determined thrust or a razor-sharp throwing knife can cut through.
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Pretty Boy
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Pretty Boy: Torak was one, before the whole burning thing. He was often described as "over-pretty".
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Binding Ancient Treaty: The Treaty of Vo Mimbre
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Reclaimed by Nature: Polgara revisits the site of the former city of Vo Wacune and laments that the trees have overrun the site "so soon"- the trees in question being full-grown redwoods.
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Badass Normal Mandorallen, Lelldorin, Silk, Liselle, Sadi and Durnik pre-resurrection are among the few characters who aren't using magic, turning into bears, talking to horses, or at least making use of magically enhanced weaponry. It's worth mentioning that Sadi can likely be said to have a knowledge of poisons and pharmacology which surpasses even Polgara, who spent centuries in study of medicine, and has millennia of generalised medical experience. Much of this would come, of course, both from his native culture and that he is a specialist in the field rather than general medicine. (Though in The Malloreon, he still intelligently often defers to Polgara in her decisions of what drugs to administer, while she, sensibly, takes his advice, even if she does make the final decision.) And Ce'Nedra may be a Non-Action Guy, but she did raise a truly vast army and has proven a highly capable manipulator and political player.
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Replacement Goldfish: Queen Salmissra is supposed to be immortal, but her god and lover Issa forgot to make her so. Instead, the priesthood simply replace her periodically; they take twenty girls, train and groom them to look and behave like the original one, then pick the one who fits the role the best. (The rest are killed.) The rest of the world tends to regard them as interchangeable. Now that the current Salmissra really is immortal thanks to Polgara, the practice has probably stopped.
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Forgot About His Powers: The Orb's basically infinite power is sometimes forgotten when Garion and/or other members of the party need to do something strenuous with sorcery, causing them to tire themselves out when it's not really necessary. On the other hand, it's possible they've conditioned themselves to think that way, given the Orb's tendency to greatly overpower things in an effort to be helpful. It's one thing to cause a rockslide, quite another to slice off a quarter of the mountain - and it takes an idle thought like, say, how to undo the breaking of the world or how to write 'Belgarion' in stars and immediately starts showing the bearer how to do it. Most of the time, though, the main reason seems to be that it's incredibly noisy.
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Fantastic Time Management: When Garion says he'll "make time" to do something, Belgarath warns him against using his sorcery to create time, because there's no way to predict what the results would be if he tries.
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Lethal Harmless Powers: Relg can use his ability to move through solid rock for combat purposes, by pushing enemies into the rock and leaving them to suffocate.
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Brought Down to Normal: The possibility of this happening is enough to keep Belgarath Locked Out of the Loop in the fourth book after his nearly fatal duel with Ctuchik. Later, Polgara is threatened with this as a condition of having Durnik brought back to life — fortunately, the Gods have a sense of humour and were testing her. Lastly, Cyradis in the final book of The Malloreon must be stripped of her powers of prophecy into order to make the final choice between Light and Dark. It's strongly implied, towards the end of The Malloreon, that she may not have lost them. In any case, the Light Prophecy explicitly tells Garion that she was no longer a seer... but that she had looked into the future, and she has a very good memory.
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Hidden Backup Prince: Geran
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Planet of Hats Each of the nations of the world, overlaid on their Fantasy Counterpart Culture. Drasnians are devious, Tolnedrans are greedy, Arends take Honor Before Reason to truly ridiculous levels, Nyissans are decadent hedonists, Alorns are sailors and party animals. Again, justified. The gods chose people who had traits that appealed to them to follow them, and have spent umpteen-thousand years cultivating those traits. Extra justified in the case of the Angaraks, who were split into nations based on physical characteristics after Torak returned from a few thousand years of doing god-stuff. Too bad those characteristics were caste-related and not tribal, like he thought. With the Murgos, as stated by Belgarath in Belgarath the Sorcerer, they were split based not on their physical characteristics, but on their cultural roles. Nadrak is Old Angarak for "merchant", Thull means "worker", and Murgo means "soldier". Their physical characteristics were already present because of natural trends for these roles to attract people with certain body and mind types. They simply became more and more pronounced over the hundreds of years due to their comparative isolation from one another.
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The Pig-Pen: Beldin, deliberately. He's so physically ugly that he sees no point in trying to appear neat.
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Undressing the Unconscious: In the second book, Garion is kidnapped and drugged by Queen Salmissra and awakens wearing a short Loincloth while her servants are putting make-up on him.
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Ethnic God: Seven of the eight gods are associated with a race and vice-versa. Both also have associated Animal Motifs. Aldur refused to choose a people, as initially did UL, the father of the other gods. The remaining peoples, who called themselves Dals, divided into several groups and left to search for gods to worship while some remained behind as Dals. Only one group, the Ulgo, found a god, while the others mostly became demon worshippers.
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Only the Pure of Heart After its misuse by Torak, the Orb refused to bear the touch of any except one with a pure heart. This turned out to be Riva, and his descendants bear the mark of their bond with the Orb. Subverted in Belgarath the Sorcerer, when Belgarath reveals that the "pure of heart" part of the legend is just embellishment. Anyone could have touched the orb at the start, but they needed to decide who would guard it, and the main criteria were that they wouldn't feel tempted to use the orb, and they could devote their life to being a guardian. Riva's older brother Dras even admits that he could probably resist the temptation to use the orb, but that he wasn't the smartest guy in the world, and that his brothers were more qualified. Ironically, it's Riva's use of the orb in the escape that bonds it to him (before that, even the sly and somewhat-corrupt Belgarath could have picked up and used the orb... which the Prophecy explicitly warns him not to do). Later Eriond, in The Malloreon. His demonstration of this during Zandramas' first attack on the heroes nearly gives Polgara a heart attack.
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Involuntary Shapeshifting: Barak's hereditary "curse" is to turn into a bear when Garion is threatened. He passes the trait to his son, with respect to Garion's son.
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Rebellious Princess: Ce'Nedra
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Also, Torak's followers have several opportunities to kill Garion but instead focus on trying to capture The Only One who can kill Torak and present him to Torak in chains.
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Expressive Mask: After Torak becomes maimed, he takes to wearing a steel mask which covers his face and moves as his unburned face would.
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The Power of Love: Torak isn't able to take over the world because Polgara loves Durnik (and knows he loved her), and holds on to that while he's trying to bend her will to his.
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The Unfair Sex: The characters' banter about this is practically a Running Gag, especially in The Malloreon.
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Adipose Rex: Subverted and later deconstructed by King Rhodar of Drasnia. He is extremely obese, yes, but subverts the trope by being the best-read king in the West, and the best strategist, along with being a compassionate and competent ruler, with a little help from his loving and similarly-clever wife. Deconstruction rears its ugly head when his girth ultimately shortens his life.
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The Lost Woods The Wood of the Dryads. Home to a race of Nature Spirits/Plant People. Cutting down trees is strictly forbidden, and punishment will be dealt out by the inhabitants. The Dryads and the nearby Borune family have a long standing treaty that no logging will take place in their land, or else all the wives, mothers and daughters of the Borune family will pack up and return to the Wood of the Dryads, since they're all Dryads. The Great Southern Forest is a Shadowland variant.
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Unstoppable Rage: When Polgara gets angry, even Belgarath keeps his head down. Polgara's explosion of rage in Castle of Wizardry (upon finding out that her father and Belgarion had sneaked out to face Torak without her) shook the entire royal palace of Riva and altered weather patterns for miles around. They go to some effort in The Malloreon to avoid a similar catastrophe. Of course, Belgarath takes a perverse amusement in inspiring said rage, when it suits him. Barak, when Garion is in trouble - he literally turns into a giant bear. Garion himself is goaded into this by Zandramas in The Malloreon.
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Master Actor: As a spy, Silk has developed multiple personas for the purpose of getting around anonymously. Really only two of them are seen as Silk likes them the best: Radek of Boktor and Ambar of Kotu, both of them merchants.
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Magic A Is Magic A
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Magic A Is Magic A Magic is rather flexible... but you may not unmake anything. Breaking things is fine, as that just changes its state, but using magic to make something "Be not!" causes it to backlash and take you out. Which means that you technically can unmake something, so long as the something is you. A couple of sorcerers in the Back Story actually committed suicide this way. Magic comes in several types in Eddings' world. Sorcery uses "the Will and the Word". Witchcraft utilizes nature spirits. Magic involves summoning a demon to do your bidding for as long as you can hold him in the shape you create for him (generally, not long enough.) Necromancy exists, which is the magic of speaking with the dead spirits and commanding them. There are Wizards, whose power is never specifically defined in either set of books. It is also hinted at that there are more types of magic than that, such as that Salmissra has a type of magic which appears to be specific to the Brides of Issa. Also, it's worth mentioning that Alchemy isn't a form of magic. It is considered a science. Senji just happens to be a sorcerer who also is an alchemist. Belgarath, Beldin, and several Grolims both know how to do sorcery and magic, and a Mallorean hedge-sorcerer is more famous for alchemy than sorcery. However, it's strongly implied in The Malloreon that all types of magic are variations of the same basic principles. Also: Magic requires you to pay homage to physics, meaning the sorcerers study nature and physics and the like quite a bit to understand how the world works before they try to mess with it. Try to lift a boulder taking into account the forces which have to go somewhere, you get pushed into the earth. Conjure a lightning storm in the wrong place, and you might mess up the global weather patterns. If you turn yourself into an animal, you'd better remember to include the heart. Aside from unmaking there are two main limitations on sorcery. The first is that it's exhausting — Beldin teleports a bunch of loose rocks from one location to another for use as tower building material and it's all he can do to walk the next day. The second is anyone else proficient in sorcery can sense the use of sorcery near them, and the bigger and more spectacular the use, the further it can be "heard". These limitations stop sorcerers just blasting their way through any obstacles with brute force every time.
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Talking Through Technique: The Drasnian sign language.
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Driven to Suicide: Belsambar and Belmakor. In the prequel, Belgarath expresses a suspicion that Zedar had somehow played a part in the latter (though he never explains how), and goes on to say that if he ever discovers proof, he'll go back and put Zedar somewhere even worse.
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Chess Motifs Pawn of Prophecy, Queen of Sorcery, Magician's Gambit, Castle of Wizardry, Enchanter's End Game. Averted in the sequel series. The motifs weren't Eddings' idea — he'd originally conceived a trilogy titled Garion, Ce'Nedra and Torak but was overridden by his publisher who explained that (at the time) books in the genre had a maximum page limit that meant he couldn't cram the story into three volumes. The titles came afterwards. Occasionally, Garion is given glimpses of a chess-like game being played by the rival Destinies.
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Even the impartial, third person narration (that usually averts Lemony Narrator very hard) becomes this when talking about Garion's first shave.
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Babies Ever After: For, with the exception of Sadi the eunuch, everyone. Even the snake has babies in the end. Even the couples who do not explicitly have children by the end of the story (Cyradis and Zakath, and Liselle and Kheldar) are clearly going to (And Liselle and Kheldar are expecting their first in the epilogue of Polgara the Sorceress). Apparently, it's the Purpose's way of saying "thank you". And possibly "sorry for screwing you over."
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Fake Town
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Fake Town: The Citadel of Algaria is a huge, imposing Citadel City and the Born in the Saddle Algars' only permanent settlement. In fact, it's Schmuck Bait for the enemy Murgos that invade from time to time; the entire city is nothing but a death-trap maze that's optimized for Urban Warfare. The Murgos keep attacking it because they can't believe that there's nothing of value inside, which saves the Algars the trouble of hunting them down in their vast prairies.
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Heroic Comedic Sociopath
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Heroic Comedic Sociopath: Silk really shows this... He finds out that someone he's worked alongside (and against) numerous times has been casually, and viciously, murdered by a group of nobles. His response to this is a series of murders which epitomizes the Roaring Rampage of Revenge trope quite nicely... Especially since he manages to fit about a dozen murders into the day or two he has in the city while the rest of the party is hung up waiting for the quest to continue. And he made most of the deaths look like accidents — until he got rushed. Really, most of the characters count as this, due to extreme Protagonist-Centered Morality, which is occasionally lampshaded.
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Shapeshifting Squick: Garion's first reaction to Belgarath marrying Poledra.
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Understatement: Belgarath at one point notes that Alorns "take a childish delight in gross understatement", and this does indeed underline a lot of the humor in the regular banter that goes on between characters.
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You Can't Fight Fate
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You Can't Fight Fate Lampshaded. The majority of the conflict in the books comes from the truly ridiculous amount of effort spent by the Child of Dark in attempting to suborn the Prophecies. This always turns out to be its ultimate downfall. In The Malloreon, the Big Guy Band from the first series spends some time trying to subvert the Prophecy's instructions that they stay out of things, only to have it gleefuly send them in circles until they "coincidentally" meet up with the heroes post-climax. Really, you can fight Fate... Fate just has many more resources at its disposal, all the time in the universe to prepare, the reaction time to deal with things personally, a roving squad of sorcerers enforcing its plans, and a twisted sense of humor to boot. When something happens to screw with the plan, expect Fate to panic.
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Luxurious Liquor
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Luxurious Liquor: In The Malloreon, the protagonists meet a tipsy noblewoman in a remote manor, and soon realize that her isolation and boredom have led her to become a Lady Drunk.
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Idiot Ball
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Idiot Ball: In Guardians of the West, neither Garion, Porenn, or Silk pick up on the the extremely obvious hints General Haldar drops about his involvement with the bear cult. Even Silk, the Guile Hero of the group, doesn't put two and two together.
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Altar Diplomacy: Garion and Ce'Nedra are betrothed by a five-hundred-year-old treaty between their countries, not to mention that prophecy thing. True to the trope, they engage in quite a bit of Slap-Slap-Kiss, but also played with in that neither knew about the arrangementnote Ce'Nedra knew she had to be presented as the bride of the Rivan King on her sixteenth birthday, but not that said King would actually show up or that Garion was he. Garion, for his part, knew absolutely nothing, which was quite intentional. until after they'd gotten acquainted and fallen in love anyway. This also happens for some background characters like Barak and his wife, but that's what you get when most of the characters belong to the aristocratic class in a medieval fantasy book.
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No Loves Intersect
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No Loves Intersect: Yep, no love triangles here. Except for one (Mandorallen and two minor characters), and Garion cleans that up quite handily. Technically, Silk's Unrequited Love for Queen Porenn would also count, except he basically gets over it in The Malloreon. Literally everyone gets married to their ideal counterpart in the end with no serious griping from anybody else. Justified in that the Purpose that guides the Child of Light likes to reward the people working in its favor (even the small roles, such as the Darine prophet's daughter) by giving them extremely happy marriages. Possibly as an apology for the stuff it puts them through in the process.
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Covers Always Lie
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Covers Always Lie: Averted, at least for the paperbacks; you can match the cover images to exact moments in the books. That said, some covers depict Belgarath as a "stock" sorcerer with long, flowing hair and beard — the text makes it clear that he keeps both his hair and beard short.
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Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Aldur and anything associated with him, including his disciples (the various sorcerers) and his Orb, is blue. Torak is fond of black and red.
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The Tourney: Arends are fond of them.
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Love Hungry
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Love Hungry: Torak, which guides much of his motivation.
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Belligerent Sexual Tension: Garion and Ce'Nedra practically spit this trope at each other in the first few books. They settle down eventually though, to no-one's surprise. While they wait outside the door to make their entrance in their formal betrothal ceremony, Ce'Nedra even laments how many chances to fool around they had on the journey, if they hadn't been so adversarial with each other.
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Foreign Money Is Proof of Guilt
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Foreign Money Is Proof of Guilt: Anyone who owns Murgo red gold has probably been bribed by them. Justified in that red gold has addictive qualities to it.
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Remember the New Guy?
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Remember The New Bad Guy: Urvon, the third Disciple of Torak, is introduced suspiciously early and spoken of often in The Malloreon, despite never meriting so much as a mention in The Belgariad.
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Duel to the Death: Garion vs. Torak.
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Unequal Rites
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Unequal Rites: Calling a sorcerer a magician turns out to be a deadly insult among them (later shown as being because magicians get their ability from controlling demons).
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The Ageless
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The Ageless: The sorcerers.
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The Good Chancellor: Brand is the latest in a line of Rivan Warders who govern Riva until the king returns.
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Charm Person
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Charm Person: Asharak the Murgo's favourite trick, pulled liberally on Garion practically since birth. He stops when Garion decides to set him on fire.
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Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever
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Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever Garion and Torak both become enormous for the final battle. Polgara does it herself earlier. Also Durnik when he banishes the Demon Lord Nahaz and Poledra when she fights as a wolf against Zandramas who is in the form of a dragon, both in The Malloreon.
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Only Child Syndrome
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Only Child Syndrome: A hereditary trait of the Rivan line, largely due to the interference of the Prophecy. Retconned in Polgara the Sorceress. Apparently at least a few of Garion's ancestors had multiple children, but only the direct line mattered, so none of Garion's various great-great-etc-aunts and uncles ultimately mattered, and the only cousin he ever knowingly meets is from his mother's side of the family. The founder of the hidden line is explicitly the king's youngest grandson; after that, the true heir is the eldest son born in each generation. Poledra makes this very clear to Polgara at one point.
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The Legions of Hell
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The Legions of Hell: Alluded to in The Belgariad and introduced in more detail in The Malloreon as one of several competing evil factions. Even the Grolims prefer to avoid dealing with them if at all possible, but they can be manipulated, if you are very careful. (Nobody is that careful.)
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Weddings for Everyone
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Weddings for Everyone: Much to Silk's eventual dismay. This is Lampshaded and then justified, as the Prophecy of Light points out to Garion that service to its goals is supposed to be rewarded.
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Expansion Pack World
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Expansion Pack World: Eddings added the south & east of the second continent and the bottom of the first one only after The Malloreon was a go.
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Animal Talk
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Animal Talk: Sorcerers instantly learn the language of an animal on assuming its shape, and can even understand and use it on transforming back.
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That Wasn't a Request
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That Wasn't a Request: The heroes are quite fond of doing this.
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Actually Pretty Funny: The Purpose Of The Universe gets cranky if you ask it "why me". Near the end, Garion asks "why me?" in the most annoying, immature, whiny tone he can muster. The Purpose cracks up. There's another one in the Malloreon, when the heroes end up roped into doing a job for the Dagashi, and ask for money to cover expenses. The Dagashi leader shows them a chest full of gold and invites them to take some, but no more than two hands can hold. Sadi sends up Toth, who has hands the size of saucepans, who scoops out about a quarter of the gold in the chest. Sadi then asks if he should put some back, since he (for many reasons) has no desire to piss off the Dagashi more than necessary, but their leader laughs and waves it off, stating the errand would make them earn the money and the demonstration of cleverness pleases him.
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Arranged Marriage: Garion and Ce'Nedra, centuries before they're born. Note to the Tolnedran Empire: Signing a marriage contract for 'when the lost heir of Riva returns', when you don't really believe that day will ever come, can and will come back to bite you.
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Missed the Call
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Missed the Call: In a very ironic and somewhat sad way, Torak could be said to embody this trope for the Prophecy of Dark. It's discovered in The Malloreon that he was never intended to be the seventh God, but the accident that split the universe caused him to come into being as a twisted, malevolent caricature. Despite being the Child of Dark for millennia beyond count, the Sardion never revealed itself to him, and his only purpose for existing was for Garion to kill him so Eriond could take his place.
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Chevalier vs. Rogue: In the backstory, Arendia spent centuries mired in a bloody civil war between the knights of Vo Mimbre and the rogues of Vo Astur.
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The Chooser of The One: Each Prophecy has its own Chosen One, and Cyradis has the responsibility of deciding which Prophecy ultimately remains valid.
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Relative Error
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Relative Error: In Castle of Wizardry, Garion meets his cousin Adara — who, it has to be said, is stunningly beautiful and who he instantly hits it off with. When Ce'Nedra sees them together, she immediately assumes they're an item, breaks down, and has to be disabused of the notion by Polgara. This is also the moment when she is forced to admit that she loves Garion. Given some of the other marriages in the series, the fact that she's his cousin doesn't necessarily mean that they couldn't be an item, though in this case they happen not to be.
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Polgara — dear gods, Polgara. Her Roaring Rampage of Rescue after Garion is subjected to Go-Go Enslavement by Salmissra has to be seen to be believed. "Wilt thou face a God, Polgara?" "If I must."
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In the Final Battle of The Belgariad, Torak craves domination above all else and seeks to make Garion yield even when he has the boy dead to rights.
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BFS
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BFS: The Sword of the Rivan King. At six feet long, and made of Thunderbolt Iron to boot, it would be impossible to lift without the Orb helping. The Orb also gives the sword its own personal Weirdness Censor, at least when it isn't covering it in blue flames. The monstrous broadsword 'Zakath gets in Dal Perivor also counts; being mundane, Garion has to ask the Orb to help him lift it too.
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Pals with Jesus
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Pals with Jesus: Belgarath is the "Jesus" in this sub-story, where he teams up with a Nadrak prospector and goes off to mine gold. The prospector is a bit rattled by the fact that his mining buddy is his religion's Satan-analogue, but eventually decides that the whole "Satan" thing is less important than the fact that Belgarath pulls his weight and doesn't snore.
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Most of the sorcerers are several thousand years old. Except for Polgara, who looks to be in her mid-late twenties, they all look like old men. Polgara falls for Durnik, who's in his thirties — bit of an age gap. Belgarath is so old that he shows up as an aged mentor in the three-thousand-year-old "Bible" of the series, and is basically considered to be Satan by the Big Bad's followers. It doesn't help that when the sorcerers get caught up in research in their towers, they flat out seem to forget that time is flowing. Belgarath managed to not notice that the wolf which had been staring at him while he puttered around his tower had been doing so for a thousand years until one day he stopped and actually did the math to realize it. Belgarath himself doesn't even seem to notice how old he is until he's over three hundred years old, when he finally asks his god why he doesn't seem to be ageing. The god replies that he's always found it inconvenient.
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Interspecies Romance Belgarath and Poledra — she's a wolf shapeshifted into human form. No, you shouldn't think about it. When called out on this by a rather disturbed Garion, Belgarath points out that the change of form is absolute. It helps, somewhat, that wolves are depicted as sentient beings, and according to Belgarath, don't tend to die of old age unless they want to — something he realized after he noticed that Poledra had been hanging around him for a millennium. Also, Poledra had her own part to play in the prophecy besides simply being Garion's ultimate grandmother. Even Garion and Ce'Nedra, as she isn't technically human; it's stated that the Dryad strain breeds true in the female Borunes. This isn't widely known, with Belgarath explaining in The Malloreon that it was difficult enough to get the Alorns to accept a Tolnedran Queen (which they mostly did, Bear Cult excepted), without bringing up the fact that she technically wasn't human.
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Disposable Woman: Hilariously and spectacularly subverted at the climax of book three. Grolim High Priest Ctuchik is ecstatic at having lured the heroes into coming after him in his fastness, gloating that he need merely kill any one of the party to stop the Prophecy from coming true, only to be somewhat disconcerted to find out that the only member of the group vulnerable enough that he actually can kill them before Belgarath and Polgara can finish blocking Ctuchik's attack — Ce'Nedra — is not only not there, but has been safely left a thousand miles away. In a hidden city buried underneath a continental shelf. With the over-deity UL as her personal bodyguard. As Belgarath made sure to point out, Ctuchik really should have taken a headcount first before allowing the group inside.
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Encyclopedia Exposita: Many of the novels start with an excerpt from a historical or religious text that provides relevant Back Story for the book in question. Humourously, the excerpts often reference the same event, with completely different interpretations.
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World of Snark: Both heroes and villains make liberal use of sarcasm. It's hard to go a page without somebody making some snarky comment.
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Above Good and Evil: Ctuchik claims he and Belgarath have gone beyond restrictions of morality when the latter mildly objects to his love for torture.
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Truth in Television
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A non-humorous example: the primary source for Angarak sacrifices to Torak are the Thulls. Pregnant women are not sacrificed. If a Thull woman wants to keep her heart inside her body, she does everything (or should that be everyone) she can to get pregnant if she isn't currently showing.note This relates to a real phenomenon: in English common law until the early 20th century, for example, a woman convicted of a capital crime could get a stay of execution if she were pregnant, and there were men who earned money as "child-getters" as a result. Female pirates Anne Bonny and Mary Read were famously both spared as a result of being pregnant, and it was colloquially referred to as "pleading your belly".
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Bargain with Heaven: The big one is Polgara's bargain with Aldur to restore Durnik (which includes a second, internal one when Belgarath bargains with Mara to get its cooperation in the venture.) There are several others scattered through the series, though, since the Gods have a physical presence in the world.
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Badass Army: The Algars — a culture of horse riding nomads who have trained themselves for centuries specifically to fight the Murgos. They are extremely good at it. Then there are the Mimbrate knights, who combine ridiculous combat prowess with utter fearlessness (which is routinely suspected to be the result of a complete lack of common sense). And the Asturian archers, who can mow down opposing armies like wheat with a storm of arrows. Then there are the Tolnedran legions, the only professional fighting force in the armies of the West, who are reputed to be able to kick the asses of any of the abovenote Tolnedra is based on the Roman Empire — individually their soldiers are probably less badass than the other races but the Tolnedrans excel in tactics, strategy and battle formations, a fact demonstrated in one book while facing an Angarak army — with a few swift horn blast commands their entire formation switches and the enemy army can't react fast enough and the Tolnedran legions cut right through them., and the Cherek "navy", who pretty much can rule the seas if they want. Let's face it, most of the Western armies are badass to one extent or another — which has a lot to do with the fact that Tolnedrans excepted, they've spent several centuries preparing to take on the Torak led Angaraks. Even Drasnia, while mostly famous for its vast spy network, supposedly possesses the best infantry and spearmen in the world.
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Wizards Live Longer: Since all the sorcerers we meet in the books are essential to the plot, it's never conclusively established if it's the power of sorcery itself that grants a long lifespan or whether it was given to these sorcerers by one of the Prophecies as a form of Plot Armor so they can accomplish the tasks set out for them. At the end of Pawn of Prophecy, Belgarath explains to Garion that everyone lives as long as they need to, and that his task just happens to be something that has taken a very long time. In any case, sorcerers get effective immortality as a package deal with their powers, and witches like Vordai have a few more centuries than the average person in them. Magicians' lifespans are never specified, though it's likely few reach their natural span anyway, considering how dangerous what they do is.
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Protagonist-Centered Morality: Played With. By modern standards, a lot of behaviour by the heroes qualifies as such, but a lot of it is Deliberate Values Dissonance, with the behaviour being perfectly moral by the standards of a broadly late medieval world. However, even by In-Universe standards, it sometimes veers into this, with it even being discussed by the heroes at a few points, and acknowledged that, while it may not necessarily be a good thing, it's absolutely necessary to fulfil the Prophecy. Belgarath performed assassinations as well as coerced marriages to create the families of the True Companions, and is quite unapologetic about it. Yes, it was wrong, but he doesn't really care. At one point, he Lampshades this: Played completely straight with nearly the entire group, not just Belgarath, and not just because of the Prophecy, either. Every single protagonist does things that would horrify most people in real life — though most are mitigated or addressed in later instalments. Barak is all but stated in the first book, Pawn of Prophecy, to have raped his wife Merel while drunk, battering down her locked bedchamber door to get to her; their arranged marriage was against Merel's will (though that part he doesn't seem to have been aware of) — Garion is present, but the implication goes over his head. Merel gets pregnant as a result of the rape; the incident is laughed off by Polgara (who might or might not have known of the circumstances, having been busy keeping an eye on Garion). Leaving aside all else, it's presented in-universe as a "reward" for Barak, and the other characters had previously made Merel out to be the one in the wrong for treating Barak badly (except for Silk, who just thinks that their marriage is a case of Be Careful What You Wish For on Barak's part, and Garion and Durnik, who only get one side of the story). However, the act itself is never presented as good thing, and even without the implicit retcon, the behaviour is perhaps unsurprising: Barak's from a Viking Fantasy Counterpart Culture which is noted more than once in text to be rather behind the curve on gender relations even by the standards of a medieval High Fantasy world (and that in real-life, marital rape wasn't even considered a crime in many parts of the Western world until very recently), it's also unsurprising that the incident is never mentioned again, being quietly filed under Early Installment Weirdness. Hettar is stated to have murdered many people who simply have the bad fortune of being Murgos, all because his parents were killed by Murgo bandits when he was a child. Granted, the vast majority would have been soldiers, and a significant number of the rest were most probably spies, but... probably not all. And yet, no one in-universe has an issue with the murder of unrelated, innocent people who are simply the wrong nationality. This is mitigated somewhat in the sequel series as the Murgos get more Character Development and Hettar mellows, and in Belgarath's prequel, when Polgara bluntly states that a young Hettar is on the verge of turning into "a proper monster." Ditto Lelldorin, the Asturian archer, who states openly that he and his friends have killed Mimbrate travellers who were simply riding through Asturian territory. None of the other protagonists — save Garion, who he confesses this to, and who is more than a little horrified — have any issue with this (though he only tells Garion, and while most of the others would probably know or suspect it, Durnik at least probably didn't). Silk goes on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge to avenge the murder of a Drasnian agent in the second series (The Malloreon). He slaughters many members of a rival Tolnedran family, the Honeths, simply because they are part of the family, whether they had anything to do with the murder or not. Again, none of the protagonists have any issue with Silk killing many innocent people, other than Silk "wasting time". Taken up to eleven in his prequel Belgarath the Sorcerer. A group of Nyissan assassins kill the Rivan king Gorek and his family at the behest of their queen Salmissra (and ultimately Zedar) in a botched attempt (one child survives) to make herself immortal by ending the line of the Godslayer who is fated to kill Torak — her thought being Torak would be so grateful he would marry her and make her immortal. Understandably Belgarath and the Alorns are pissed — however in addition to Belgarath confronting Salmissra directly (though he actually feels more sorry for her than anything else, considering how she was used, and tells her that one child survived to let her die happy that her manipulator's plan has failed), the Alorns invade Nyissa and basically slaughter 90% of the population (some 1.8 million people) and turn the country into a smoking wasteland as some kind of "object lesson" designed to terrify the Nyissans into not interfering in other countries ever again. Nearly 2 million mostly innocent (barring slave traders et al) people gruesomely slaughtered for something they knew nothing about and could not have prevented. This event can arguably be laid at Zedar's door, because being a former Disciple of Aldur he knew exactly how the Alorns would react. It can also be considered a parallel of the Real Life atrocity at Béziers — both occur during a time period considered the "middle ages" in their respective worlds, both were considered acts of morality at the time and both are retrospectively considered a horrific aberration. Subverted with the methodical slaughter of the Angarak army after Torak falls at Vo Mimbre, as revenge for what happened to Drasnia, with the Tolnedran commander being sickened by the slaughter, calling it monstrous. The only reply is "so was what happened to Drasnia."
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On the other hand, a lot of her behaviour can be explained by several important facts: Garion is The Chosen One and less than a year away from going up against the resident God of Evil. He therefore needs to get used to the idea of both his vast powers and his name (both are tied together), because his powers are finding their way out in lots of little ways that he can't control and are making a lot of 'noise', drawing exactly the wrong sort of attention. Moreover, Polgara is especially protective of Garion out of guilt, because Asharak/Chamdar successfully lured her away from Geran and Ildera when he was born, and then grabbed Garion - and would have got away clean if it wasn't for the arrival of a homicidal Belgarath. In other words, she's terrified about what might happen if she takes her eye off him again (and considering the amount of trouble he gets into, this isn't entirely unreasonable).
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Back from the Dead: Durnik and Horse.
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Mind Your Step: Belgarath has a loose step on the stair to his tower. It turns out that he put a diamond under it, in order to see how long it took for it to be ground to dust. Then he forgot he'd done so and simply developed the habit of skipping that step, since it wobbled...
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Merchant Prince: Silk in The Malloreon.
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Mind Rape: What Torak did to Zedar in the prequel when he tried to get the Orb back single-handedly. The threat of him doing this to Polgara is a major element of dramatic tension in Enchanter's Endgame. Polgara employs a variant of this technique as an alternative to Cold-Blooded Torture; she conjures up an illusion of something so horrible that people spill their guts rather than face it. It fails rather hilariously in King of the Murgos when she tries it on a prepared Sadi—he's so stoned out of his mind he thinks the projection is pretty and asks if it can do tricks. Silk should have recognised Asharak when they meet in Pawn of Prophecy; when told about the meeting, Belgarath implies that Asharak may have tampered with his mind.
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Near the beginning of The Malloreon, Belgarion pulls this, mostly to demonstrate how much he's grown up since the previous series. He stops a civil war in Mimbre by basically riding out between the two armies, unhorsing everyone who gets in his way, and then calling down a cataclysmic thunderstorm between them, while suggesting that anyone who wants to start fighting, can start by fighting him. Considering how eager Mimbrates are to go to war, nothing less would have done the trick, probably.
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Fetus Terrible: Justified in The Malloreon, because a woman is about to give birth to the child of a Demon Lord. Neither child nor mother survive.
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Horny Sailors: In one chapter in the third book, a sailor who had been at sea for months and stealing from his captain after landing, gets relief at the tavern and spends his loot by drinking his ass off and sleeping with a local barmaid. When he wakes up, he finds the girl dead with a Slasher Smile on her face. Tinking he killed her, he flees to Mal Zeth, carrying nothing but the clothes on his back and the deadly plague he caught.
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Urvon. Nahaz helps him come to this conclusion.
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Ariana, Adara, and Ce'Nedra respectively. They fit the stereotypical personality traits as well; Ariana is a typically romantic, ditzy Mimbrate maiden (though one that is also very good at healing), Adara is a calm and poised Algar lady, while Tolnedran Princess Ce'Nedra is the bossy and impulsive leader of the trio during their misadventures together.
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Cry Cute: Pointedly averted. When the initially waspish Ce'Nedra finally breaks down in tears, Polgara tells her it's best that she doesn't cry like that in future as she doesn't have the complexion to pull it off.
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Self-Serving Memory: The Book of Torak retells the story of the Book of Alorn from Torak's perspective, it gets the basic events mostly correct, but twists them to portray Torak as a victim or Tragic Hero. On a lighter note, Polgara accuses her father of this when 'writing' her prequel (set just after his), while also being implied to have one of her own.
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Cute Mute: Errand, at least until The Malloreon, and Lampshaded there: "I see you've learned to talk, boy."
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You Keep Using That Word: "Coincidence" (a sequence of events that although accidental seems to have been planned or arranged): all through the two prequel books, Belgarath the Sorcerer and Polgara the Sorceress, Eddings keeps referring to things as "coincidence" that are no such thing, usually with the main character narrators snarking about how the Prophecy is "obviously" leading them around by the nose. However, books are telling the backstory of The Belgariad. Present-day characters are deliberately named after historical figures, yet Belgarath treats the names of the historical figures as "coincidence". One teeth-grindingly bad instance occurs in Belgarath's tale, at the Battle of Vo Mimbre. We're introduced to the original Korodullin and Mayaserena, who are wedded to keep the country of Arendia together. In the present day of The Belgariad, we're told that all Arend monarchs are deliberately named after those two, to keep Arendia unified, yet Belgarath calls it a "coincidence" that the original pair had those names.
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After Sadi joins the party, it becomes a plot point that the Murgos consider Nyissan drugs illegal, despite gleefully participating in the slave trade. Sadi himself is an example, as he regarded many aspects of the slave trade to be repulsive. And although Silk isn't evil, there's a hilarious Lampshading when Sadi points out that Silk has no qualms against swindling people or murdering them in cold blood but baulks at dealing in drugs. Interestingly, Silk is often the only person to express shock or horror at the more dubious actions of the rest of the group — Belgarath entombing Zedar in stone for all eternity springs to mind (though that might be because of his spectacular claustrophobia rather than moral considerations).
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All Deaths Final: Due to universal agreement of the Gods, with two notable exceptions.
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Suddenly Fluent in Gibberish: Sorcerers who learn the art of Animorphism can also speak to animals. Polgara gets information from birds, and Garion learned to speak Wolf (though as several non-shifting characters demonstrate, it is quite possible to learn how to speak and understand Wolf anyway - it just takes more effort). Hettar, being a Sha-Dar, can already talk to, and understand, horses.
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Take a Third Option: Discussed and defied, as there is a possibility that a third prophecy may arise, and Belgarath doesn't want that at all, and neither does the Big Bad. The demons, however, do: they want both prophecies to cease existing and the universe under the command of The King Of Hell.
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First Period Panic: In Polgara the Sorceress, Polgara and Beldaran freak when they find bloodstains on their bedding. Polgara narrates the moment when she and Beldaran became women overnight, of which there was "fairly visible evidence all over the bedsheets". Their mother died when they were born, and that's not really something you can discuss with your uncle. Poledra, their mother, isn't really dead, and explains matters to them. Why she didn't plan ahead isn't answered, but she might not have thought about it — wolves don't menstruate.
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Outliving One's Offspring
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Outliving One's Offspring: Taiba had twin daughters who were both killed by the Grolims as a sacrifice.
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God-Emperor
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God-Emperor: In The Malloreon cycle, it is revealed that the emperors of Mallorea are divine per definition, due to the original emperor being a LITERAL God, Kal Torak.
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There Are No Therapists
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There Are No Therapists: Tends to occur a lot - which is somewhat justified for a high Medieval fantasy world.
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Big Bad
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Big Bad: Torak in the first series and Zandramas in the second. Of course, the real villain is the Dark Prophecy itself.
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Solitary Sorceress
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Solitary Sorceress: Vordai, the Witch of the Fens, fits the bill. Shunned by her homeland because of her powers, she lives in the swamplands of southern Drasnia and has become fond of the fenlings, otter-like critters that are native there. When Belgarath and Garion are passing through, she compels them to give the fenlings the power of speech in exchange for passage back out of the fens. Polgara herself has qualified a few times throughout her long life.
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In the Blood
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Silk's remarks regarding knowing a man is a spy for Brador. In fact, nearly all of Silk's political and mercantile gamesmanship can be seen as an escalating series of these, with him on top. It's also In the Blood, as the one and only time he meets his match across the negotiating table, it turns out to be his hitherto unknown half-brother.
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Proud Warrior Race
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Proud Warrior Race: The Chereks, Algars, Arends, and Murgos all represent different flavors of this trope.
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Deconfirmed Bachelor
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Deconfirmed Bachelor: Silk, especially in The Malloreon when he trades out his Unrequited Love for Queen Porenn to catching the eye of wily up-and-coming Lady-Spy Liselle. From the last few pages of The Belgariad:
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Evil Counterpart
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Evil Counterpart Most obviously Zedar (and to a lesser degree, Ctuchik) to Belgarath (Garion even briefly mistakes Zedar for Belgarath, they look that much alike), a few others crop up. Like the whole Child of Light/Child of Dark thing. Urvon is likely the Evil Counterpart to Beldin: both are disfigured, both are the disciple of a major god, and they hate each other almost as much as their respective masters do. A case could be made that 'Zakath is originally Garion's Evil Counterpart: they're both the rulers of half the world, but Garion is a decent king and his position of Overlord of the West is mostly a formality (though as Garion sourly notes, the other monarchs seem to enjoy bringing him their most absurdly difficult problems for him to solve), where as 'Zakath is The Emperor and is totally obsessed with power and revenging himself on Taur Urgas. This, of course, changes in The Malloreon, and gets heavily Lampshaded to boot. The Sardion (Cthrag Sardius) is the Evil Counterpart to the Orb of Aldur (Cthrag Yaska). One could argue that Torak's black sword, Cthrek Goru, is the Evil Counterpart to the Sword of the Rivan King.
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Stranger in a Familiar Land: When Garion returns to Faldor's farm in book four, he realizes he's changed so much that he can't live there ever again.
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Took a Level in Badass
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Took a Level in Badass Durnik, twice, both at the hands of the Gods. Garion as well, although his power growth is presented organically rather than abruptly. His progress does tend to come in fits and spurts. In The Malloreon, 'Zakath doesn't so much take a level in badass, as he does regain one, regaining the fencing and riding skills that he'd let go rusty during his time as The Emperor. Sadi is a straight example, developing from an Evil Chancellor and Sissy Villain into a capable combatant with his own unique style, becoming one of the few badass Eunuchs in fiction.
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Astral Projection
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Astral Projection: Garion does this in Queen of Sorcery to tell Pol and Barak where he is so that he'll be rescued.
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Chainmail Bikini
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Chainmail Bikini: Invoked and Lampshaded for laughs in Book 4, when Ce'Nedra insists that her ceremonial plate armor have cleavage, to the armorer's disgust. She explains that she's recruiting an army and needs to be seen as a queen, while proper armor on her petite frame would make her look like a young boy. The armorer grouses about the mechanical disadvantages but eventually concedes — though not without asking what she intends to put in the cleavage.
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Kill It with Fire
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Kill It with Fire: How Asharak/Chamdar killed Garion's parents, and thus, how Garion kills Chamdar. And in Belgarath the Sorcerer, Belsambar suggests throwing burning pitch into the Angarak cities.
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Single-Minded Twins: Beltira and Belkira in the main series, at least. This was eased off of in the prequels in order to make them actual, y'know, characters.
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Foreshadowing: Blink and you'll miss it in Pawn of Prophecy. Garion, while talking to Barak, mentions an augury for Durnik that said he would die twice. Silk's horrified reaction when Relg uses his ability to move through rock in a fight, by pushing an enemy into a cliff and leaving him there to suffocate, foreshadows Zedar's Fate Worse than Death when Belgarath buries him in the bedrock. In Polgara's prequel: when Polgara is about ten she learns the language of the birds. When she becomes a sorceress, not only is her go-to animal form an owl, she turns out to be a better flyer in any bird form than anyone except Beldin (who has several thousand years of practise on her). In the introduction to the first book, Torak mentions that he did something important "in the high places of Korim, which are no more." Most of the entire second series involves everybody trying to find a place "which is no more", although by then linguistic drift has also made the reference more obscure. In the first series, Garion, hoping to impress his newly-found cousin Adara, magically creates a new species of flower with a lovely scent. Polgara takes a good look at it, and concludes that it might have some medicinal properties but she's not sure what. In the first book of the second series, there's a scene between Adara and Errand, where she mentions that she sprinkles the petals in her clothes chest and the scent makes her husband very affectionate note  Errand thoughtfully replies that he's pretty sure it's because Adara is the one wearing the scent. Later in the second series, Cyradis tells them that Adara's rose — specifically its scent — is actually the undiscovered antidote to an inhaled poison that would otherwise kill 'Zakath. In fact, going by Cyradis' claims that it's the legendary 'sovereign specific', the universal remedy, it might even be a remedy to everything.
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Traumatic Superpower Awakening: This is standard for sorcerers. Garion, particularly, first uses his power consciously when Chamdar slaps Aunt Pol. In The Malloreon, the sorcerers muse that this tendency might be the reason there are fewer of them around: most people's instinct in such a situation might be to destroy something, but unmaking is forbidden, resulting in them being destroyed instead.
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Evil Takes a Nap: The evil god Torak spent five centuries in a prolonged coma to recover from being stabbed through the head during his bid for world domination. During Belgarath's prequel story, he is also forced to sleep while Belgarath and company enter his room to retrieve the orb.
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Ignorance Is Bliss
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Ignorance Is Bliss: Garion, deliberately. Also played with in Errand/Eriond.
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Our Vampires Are Different
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Our Vampires Are Different: The Raveners that inhabit the Great Southern Forest in Cthol Murgos, they're described as vaguely human shaped, corpselike creatures with fangs and claws that feed on the flesh and blood of the living and shun the daylight.
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Evil Is Not a Toy: When dealing with demons, the question isn't if you'll get screwed, but when. Just ask Urvon. Or Chabat. Or Zandramas. Or any number of unnamed Morind magicians who got eaten by creatures they thought they had under control. Belgarath is able to control his summoned demon in The Belgariad to intimidate the Morindim, but he is very careful to play by the rules and banish it when he's done with it. Nobody in their right mind ever deals with a Demon Lord.
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Belgarion also becomes this following his Awesome Moment of Crowning and slaying of Torak in single combat towards the end of the first series. Zakath greets him by remarking that his exploits 'have shaken the world.'
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Throwing Down the Gauntlet: Mandorallen, except he "missed" the floor, much to the detriment of his opponent's face.
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Blind Seer: Martje in Val Alorn; in the first book, Polgara "cures" her by restoring her sight. The Dalasian Seers are merely blind-folded.
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Secret Legacy: Garion's "Aunt Pol" is revealed to actually be many times removed — she's the sister of his penultimate grandmother. Belgarath is his ultimate grandfather.
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Subverted in Belgarath the Sorcerer, when Belgarath reveals that the "pure of heart" part of the legend is just embellishment. Anyone could have touched the orb at the start, but they needed to decide who would guard it, and the main criteria were that they wouldn't feel tempted to use the orb, and they could devote their life to being a guardian. Riva's older brother Dras even admits that he could probably resist the temptation to use the orb, but that he wasn't the smartest guy in the world, and that his brothers were more qualified. Ironically, it's Riva's use of the orb in the escape that bonds it to him (before that, even the sly and somewhat-corrupt Belgarath could have picked up and used the orb... which the Prophecy explicitly warns him not to do).
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My God, What Have I Done?: Garion's horror and self-loathing over Asharak's death (no matter how badly it was deserved) is a major plot element of Queen of Sorcery. Also a major plot point for Zakath and his back story which affects his behaviour and decisions in much of The Belgariad and Malloreon.
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Day Hurts Dark-Adjusted Eyes: Ulgos, thanks to their nature as a society that lives entirely underground. It takes Relg years to adjust on a permanent basis.
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Single Tear: In Belgarath The Sorcerer, one of the spin-off books, Belgarath meets a troll-like monster (an Eldrakyn) named Grul. Belgarath manages to disembowel Grul in self-defense, but feels pity for Grul when he sees Grul shed two tears, and conjures a needle and stitching material so Grul and sew himself back up.
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Meet the New Boss: Invoked in Nyissa. Belgarath comments that at least this system has the advantage that the people doesn't have to adapt to the new ruler's quirks.
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Spy Catsuit: Subverted in The Malloreon. Velvet frequently dresses in tight-fitting leather, but it is described as looking masculine, workman-like, bleak and completely uninteresting.
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Cool Horse: Horse, a stallion who can jump through space and traverse great distances in a short time. 'Zakath gives Garion his own Cool Horse.
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Healing Factor: Averted, the gods have no healing ability whatsoever, because in theory they can't be hurt in the first place. This means that when Torak was grievously maimed by the Orb, he was forced to live in terrible pain for millennia.
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Physical God: Eight of them, at least in the Back Story. After Torak used the Orb of Aldur to break the world, the other seven agreed not to directly intervene lest such a catastrophe happen again. Except for UL, all of them are portrayed as fairly human. The real gods, by a more modern definition, are the two competing Purposes of the Universe, who can't fight directly and thus have to play out their conflict using the characters.
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Scaled Up: Zandramas turns into a dragon. She seems to go out of her way towards being as ostentatious as possible.
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Determined Expression: This occasionally graces the faces of such stoic characters as Eriond and Durnik, especially when they're doing something major.
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Prophecy Pileup: There are two competing prophecies, the Light and the Dark. The conflict of the series determines which will be the true prophecy.
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Kid-anova
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Kid-anova: Garion shows traces of this in the first book: being one of the rivals over Zubrette, flirting with a young maid at an inn and getting kissed by a Cherek girl. Funnily enough, when Ce'Nedra shows up, they don't get along very well.
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Obfuscating Stupidity
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Obfuscating Stupidity Belgarath has elevated this to an art form, to the point where his own daughter sometimes underestimates him. Garion isn't bad either, demonstrating an analytical mind that impresses Beldin (the series' resident Smart Guy) and political smoothness that impresses Brador, the Good Chancellor to 'Zakath. The latter works all the better since, as Garion drily points out, he looks like "an unlettered country oaf." Anheg uses it with great skill for political purposes. Also Beldin, who points out his disfigurement is an advantage in this — people see his twisted body and just assume he's stupid to boot.
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Handicapped Badass
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Handicapped Badass: King Cho-Hag. A cripple on the ground, frighteningly deadly on a horse.
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RealLife
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Taken up to eleven in his prequel Belgarath the Sorcerer. A group of Nyissan assassins kill the Rivan king Gorek and his family at the behest of their queen Salmissra (and ultimately Zedar) in a botched attempt (one child survives) to make herself immortal by ending the line of the Godslayer who is fated to kill Torak — her thought being Torak would be so grateful he would marry her and make her immortal. Understandably Belgarath and the Alorns are pissed — however in addition to Belgarath confronting Salmissra directly (though he actually feels more sorry for her than anything else, considering how she was used, and tells her that one child survived to let her die happy that her manipulator's plan has failed), the Alorns invade Nyissa and basically slaughter 90% of the population (some 1.8 million people) and turn the country into a smoking wasteland as some kind of "object lesson" designed to terrify the Nyissans into not interfering in other countries ever again. Nearly 2 million mostly innocent (barring slave traders et al) people gruesomely slaughtered for something they knew nothing about and could not have prevented. This event can arguably be laid at Zedar's door, because being a former Disciple of Aldur he knew exactly how the Alorns would react. It can also be considered a parallel of the Real Life atrocity at Béziers — both occur during a time period considered the "middle ages" in their respective worlds, both were considered acts of morality at the time and both are retrospectively considered a horrific aberration.
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Vengeance Denied: Inside Rak Cthol, the Companions end up finding a runaway slave named Taiba, who by prophecy, is the sole survivor of the Marag race. She carried nothing but a rusted knife with her in hopes of finding and killing Cthuchik for raping her and sacrificing her children, but got lost in the process until that point. When the Companions come back, Taiba insists on going back to Ctuchik, but they tell her that Cthuchik was obliterated out of existence, and the fact that Rak Cthol is collapsing. She breaks down initially, but out of gratitude, she joins the Companions.
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And I Must Scream
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And I Must Scream: Zedar gets buried alive... forever. His fate is given an extra dose of horror when Belgarath later reveals that Zedar is and always was afraid of the dark.
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Mad God
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Mad God: Torak certainly qualifies. Mara as well, having been driven mad by the death of his people he gets better when he finds out there's one pure-blooded Marag female left, and that UL is willing to lend him an Ulgo male to start rebuilding ... please note in this case "better" does not necessarily mean "not crazy", it just means "coherent and not entirely incapacitated by grief". Issa may also qualify; in his case, he kinda forgot to make his wife Salmissra immortal, so generations of Nyissan priests have been picking someone who looks sorta like the original Salmissra, renaming her, and installing her as Queen ... apparently without Issa ever noticing. Really, pretty much all the gods except UL and Aldur are, if not actually insane, at the very least pretty stupid. It's implied that it's because (much like the Great White Shark in real life) the Gods are so powerful they've never had to evolve — meaning they've never had to grow up. It's also implied that Aldur is the exception because he was forced to do so when he picked up the Orb, and became the first Child of Light.
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Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass
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Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass Hey, remember Brill, The Mole from the very first book? It turns out, he's this setting's equivalent of a ninja. Belgarath gets this all the time. Indeed, Belgarath The Sorcerer reveals that it takes a LOT of work for him to build up his crouching itinerant storyteller persona, including clothes specially tailored to look like they're falling apart at the seams, and boots designed to fit well, but explicitly not match. He may look scruffy and listless, but he's actually very practically dressed most of the time. Beldin exploits assumptions made based on his short, hunchbacked appearance, and is more of a slob than Belgarath could ever hope to be. He's also smarter than Belgarath could ever hope to be, something Belgarath himself acknowledges, but often pretends otherwise.
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Mordor Cthol Mishrak is the name of a city where the evil god Torak stayed for about two thousand years, but it's also applied to the region surrounding the city. The name means "City of Endless Night", because Torak created a huge mass of totally black clouds and parked them the city and its surrounding region. It really is as dark as night there, at all hours of the day. Due to the lack of sun, most plants don't grow and water doesn't evaporate quickly, leaving the place reeking of decay, fungus, and stagnant water. Torak's iron tower, which he knocked down in a fit of rage, has rusted down to a kind of metallic-reeking goop, and definite adds to the smell. The city's also far in the north, far enough for it to experience an arctic winter of extended periods of night. Put it next to an arctic swamp, and it's really miserable. Beldin described it as a suburb of Hell. In The Malloreon, Zandramas' home province of Darshiva gets the same treatment, presumably due to the fact that she, too, is the Child of Dark. This is expanded on by the protagonists, who come to the realisation that Torak actually never did park that cloud over his city — he was just so disgusting that the sun literally refused to look at him or anything near him. Also everything in the area around his manor house is blighted, even though he hasn't been there for centuries.
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Deliberate Values Dissonance: A number of cases, both In-Universe and out-of-universe; the most glaring case of the latter is the way that one exercise of the Marital Rape License on a drunken Barak's part in the first book of the Belgariad is largely brushed over. There's a brief scene when he's ashamed, and his wife, Merel, pointedly calls him out for it in veiled language (it goes straight over Garion's head), but that's all there is to it — Polgara is actually amused when she realises that Merel is pregnant (granted, she might not know the circumstances) and the resulting child, Unrak, is presented as making everything better between the two of them. Beyond that, it's never mentioned again, and quietly filed under Early Installment Weirdness). At first, this might be startling, but considering that Barak's a Cherek, and it's repeatedly noted that even by the standards of the other medieval-ish Alorn kingdoms the Chereks — a Viking Fantasy Counterpart Culture (or at least, counterparts of what most people imagine as Vikings) — hold the most sexist attitudes (though in Anheg's case, it's mostly an act for political purposes), with Silk's wry observation that they haven't yet quite worked out that women are human. Hettar's murderous attitude to Murgos following his parents being killed in a Murgo raid when he was a child, which is mostly presented in the first series as a personal quirk/product of his backstory/occasional inconvenience, save for when Garion wonders at the Power Of Hate that could drive a seven year old boy to survive being left for dead and result in, well, Hettar. Considering that most of the Murgos encountered are soldiers or spies/assassins, the protagonists are Alorns, big on vengeance, and hating Murgos, it's not surprising that most of them don't really think it's worth mentioning. That said, in Belgarath's prequel, Polgara grimly remarks that she's afraid that a young Hettar could be growing into "a proper monster", so it's not completely overlooked. The Nadrak custom of women technically being owned by men is regarded as this In-Universe, with most who aren't familiar with it being somewhere between bemused by and horrified at it. The reactions are at least partially ameliorated by the crucial part, which is that the woman retains the rights to their person, meaning that any man who is so unwise as to touch a Nadrak woman without her express consent, even if he is her nominal owner, is very quickly going to regret it. Said skills mean that a woman can always 'persuade' an owner to sell her if she doesn't like him, regardless of her treatment. There's also the part where every time a Nadrak woman is sold, she gets to keep half the money. So not only are Nadrak women better at haggling and sales pitches, they tend to have a wider variety of skills to up their sale prices. It's implied that among the 'elderly' Nadraks, the women are generally much, much wealthier than the men. And added to all that, as Polgara observes in her prequel, for the most part Nadrak women actually have more actual freedom and independence than most 'free' women elsewhere in the world. In general, most of the examples filed under Protagonist Centred Morality also qualify.
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Stock Medieval Meal
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Stock Medieval Meal: Sendaria grows a variety of crops, but according to Belgarath, good luck being served anything but turnip stew in a Sendarian inn.
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Master Poisoner: Sadi of Nyissa in The Malloreon. In fact, most Nyissans.
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Oh, Crap!
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Done, also by the good guys, shortly earlier. Zandramas is alone with her minions just outside The Place Which Is No More, and exults that she will be there and Team Light won't... Oh wait, the fog just cleared. Cue Garion with his BFS, et al. Cue Oh, Crap!.
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All-Powerful Bystander: Both Prophecies by mutual agreement. If they directly clashed, they would blot out entire tracts of existence.
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Rich Language, Poor Language
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Rich Language, Poor Language: Poorer Arends have the "Wacite brogue"—basically a Scottish or Irish accent. Ironically, Wacune was the wealthiest duchy in Arendia back before its capital, Vo Wacune, was razed by the Asturians.
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Orcus on His Throne
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Orcus on His Throne: Although Torak is technically the Big Bad of the first series, he spends almost all of it asleep.
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Deadpan Snarker
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Another notable Stoic is the Voice of the Prophecy, which usually speaks with a certain dry amusement. Every now than then — usually when the rules it and its opposite have laid down are being ignored or things are about to go completely out the window — it can get very angry or very excited.
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Baby-Doll Baby
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Baby-Doll Baby: In The Malloreon, Ce'Nedra is put into a hallucinatory state by the villain, Zandramas, who had previously abducted her baby. In order to find out where the good guys are headed, Zandramas pretends to be a friend of Ce'Nedra and to return her baby, but what she actually gives is a bundle of rags. Ce'Nedra is left crooning over the bundle and trying to show her compatriots how beautiful it is. In order to save her from undue stress, Polgara erases her memory of the event.
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Face–Heel Turn: Zedar in the backstory.
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Heavenly Blue
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Heavenly Blue: Associated with the god Aldur.
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Above the Gods
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Above the Gods: UL and the two opposing Destinies are much more powerful than the gods. The Destinies are equal in power, but how they stack up to UL is unknown.
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Evil Is Sterile
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Evil Is Sterile: By the Malloreon, Eddings had decided that the difference between the two competing Prophecies was less "good vs. evil", because those are subjective, than "evolution vs. stagnation". As such, the conflict in that series boils down to one prophecy wanting new things to happen, and the other wanting everything to stay the same, whether it wants to or not.
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Instant Awesome: Just Add Dragons!
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Instant Awesome: Just Add Dragons!: Averted. Dragons are quite pathetic creatures in the world of the Belgariad and in the original series they are only mentioned in one page in Magician's Gambit and even then not referred to as dragons or in fact any name at all. Their portrayal — or lack thereof — makes one wonder if Eddings' publisher demanded he add dragons just because he was writing a fantasy series and it was only done to fill an arbitrary quota. That said, Torak is referred to as the Dragon God of Angarak, and took the dragon as his totem.
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Robe and Wizard Hat
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Robe and Wizard Hat: Sorcerers maintain that this image of them is a fiction invented by Muggles who know nothing about them. The few times Belgarath, who usually favours the Rummage Sale Reject style of dress, is forced into such an outfit (usually by the more image conscious Polgara), it puts him in a notably foul mood.
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Catchphrase
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Catchphrase Garion: "Why me?" Poledra and Polgara (on occasion): "How remarkable." Silk: "Trust me." Anyone and everyone, when the verbal sparring gets out of hand: "Be nice."
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Serpent of Immortality
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Serpent of Immortality: Queen Salmissra also invokes this trope. The patron god of Nyissa is a snake god who favored a mortal priestess a long time ago, but neglected to prolong her life. After her death, each reigning queen is chosen based on how closely they resemble Salmissra and kept artificially young through drugs, and replaced when they grow too old for this to work. In effect, this means that it appears to uninformed outsiders Nyissa, favored by the serpent god Issa, has its monarch blessed with immortality and eternal youth. Unfortunately, the realization that she is not immortal drives one Salmissranote two if you count the prequels into rather immoral actions under the promise of immortality, until Polgara transforms the latest one into an immortal snake. Since she's immortal, like she wanted, and Nyissans are very fond of snakes, everyone's very happy with this state of affairs - especially considering that she's no longer drugged to the eyeballs.
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"Blackmail" Is Such an Ugly Word Pretty much every conversation with Silk has a variant... Though as the following shows, half the time he doesn't even bother to mask it with humour: Also subverted by Yarblek, who answers an accusation of blackmail with "Some call it that, yes."
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ProtagonistCentredMorality
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In general, most of the examples filed under Protagonist Centred Morality also qualify.
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Fate Worse than Death
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Silk's horrified reaction when Relg uses his ability to move through rock in a fight, by pushing an enemy into a cliff and leaving him there to suffocate, foreshadows Zedar's Fate Worse than Death when Belgarath buries him in the bedrock.
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Tap on the Head
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Tap on the Head: Generally averted In The Malloreon when a group of assassins fight Brand's sons, and only one lives because he received such a 'tap on the head'. When the heroes come to question the surviving assassin, Polgara declares that while he is alive, his head and mind suffered too much damage for him to answer their questions, and likely too much for him to ever even wake up. By Garion, after Belgarath suggests that next time he use an axe or a club, as the punch he used to knock a Grolim out nearly killed him. King Korodullin takes a blow to the head in battle, and suffers lasting ill-effects, losing much of his hearing. Otherwise it does seem to be an effective way to deal with sorcerers.
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Marital Rape License
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Marital Rape License: Used on the part of one of the hero's allies in Pawn of Prophecy. According to Polgara, the victim, Merel, was very shallow. And she wasn't part of the hero's crew. Though it has to be said that she said that before it happened. Barak does express regret for the circumstances, and Merel puts him through marital hell until she finally bears him a son, Unrak, (and he compliments her for it), which fixes the relationship instantly. While perhaps not entirely surprising for a medieval fantasy world — particularly a culture based on the Vikings — it is also not surprising that the precise circumstances of Unrak's conception are never discussed again.
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Coming-of-Age Story: Especially in the first couple books.
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Mayfly–December Romance: Any time a sorcerer woos a normal, unless that normal then gains powers of their own.
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The Prophecy (and in the Retcon prequel, Poledra and Ul) really screwed around with Belgarath. Letting him suffer for four thousand years because he was lied to about his wife dying while he had — as he saw it — abandoned her? Harsh, man.
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Retcon: The prequels. The most egregious example is that taking into account Silk's cameo towards the end of Belgarath the Sorcerer, when he and Garion encounter Asharak in Pawn of Prophecy, Silk should have known that "Asharak" was Chamdar and should hence have realized that the fact that Asharak was poking around was highly significant and should be reported to Belgarath immediately. It's handwaved with the implication that Asharak was tampering with his mind, but that still doesn't explain why Belgarath didn't react to the name. The author eventually Lampshaded this by categorizing the original books as the stories told about the events depicted where thing were changed by the storyteller for dramatic reasons and the prequels as personal memoirs subject to the personal biases and the distortions and omissions that human memory is by definition subject to, hence the same events being reported differently in different books. Even more egregious example that no one seems to remember: there's a blink-and-you'll-miss-it passage in Pawn of Prophecy where a sleepy Garion overhears Polgara talking to...someone...and saying that she was not prepared for the task that they've set her, because what did she know about raising little boys? This makes it sounds like she only had to start caring for the last heir of Riva recently. I'm not sure when exactly it first changed to "Polgara has been caring for the children of the line of Riva for centuries..." Not really as egregious as one might think: recall, Geran and Ildera, Garion's parents, were murdered by Asharak when Garion was just an infant, forcing Polgara to take a far more direct hand in raising him than she normally would. Polgara's character was retconned to be much more reasonable in the prequels. In Queen of Sorcery especialy, she's a jerkass My Beloved Smother to the point of being psychologically abusive. After horribly murdering a man with magical fire, the last thing a traumatised 15-year-old boy needs is his mother figure suddenly insisting on calling him a different name with no further explanation, and then start invading his thoughts and tampering with his mind by giving him smug advice telepathically and making him write his "new name" instead of his real one when he's learning to write. On the other hand, a lot of her behaviour can be explained by several important facts: Garion is The Chosen One and less than a year away from going up against the resident God of Evil. He therefore needs to get used to the idea of both his vast powers and his name (both are tied together), because his powers are finding their way out in lots of little ways that he can't control and are making a lot of 'noise', drawing exactly the wrong sort of attention. Moreover, Polgara is especially protective of Garion out of guilt, because Asharak/Chamdar successfully lured her away from Geran and Ildera when he was born, and then grabbed Garion - and would have got away clean if it wasn't for the arrival of a homicidal Belgarath. In other words, she's terrified about what might happen if she takes her eye off him again (and considering the amount of trouble he gets into, this isn't entirely unreasonable).
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Flowery Elizabethan English: Arendish folks talk like this, particularly the Mimbrates... though the Asturians deliberately change accents out of their contempt for the Mimbrates. One (non-Arendish) character trying to sound intelligent speaks like this for a few pages, before being explicitly told that she sounds ridiculous. Thoroughly and hilariously lampshaded in The Malloreon when Poledra remarks that if they stick around the Arends long enough, everyone will be doing it. For his part, Eddings not only does the style grammatically, but (in The Rivan Codex) is highly critical of those who try but get it wrong. Subverted in the first series when the kings have a war council and one of them starts the meeting speaking this way (with difficulty). Belgarath asks what he thinks he's doing, and then tells him to get on with it and let the historians insert the thee's and thou's. Mandorallen is considered, even In-Universe, to be excessive at this. Since he's pretty much an Up to Eleven example of the Mimbrates, this is perhaps not entirely surprising.
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Alien Geometries: Beldin has a stick with only one end. He uses it to keep children occupied so they don't bother him. It later ends up in among Belgarath's things.
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Axe-Crazy: Urvon, Taur Urgas, and possibly Torak.
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Epic Fail In The Belgariad, Lelldorin manages to extend an epic fail over the course of a week. When he announces that he's going to get back to the main group, his beloved refuses to stay behind. During the departure and trip he manages to break her older brother's leg, run his cousin through the leg "just a little bit", punch out all of a priest's teeth, and cause enough assorted mayhem to get a bounty put on his head by the crown. And all of this was without trying. This is also an example of Disaster Dominoes. He did successfully marry the girl in the process, though! (Supposedly because travelling alone with her would cause more trouble — which Lelldorin probably meant, despite his genuine love for her, but said girl is immediately noted by Garion as not just seeing it as a formality.) In The Malloreon, Garion has to stop a war threatening to engulf the entire kingdom of Arendia. He magically summons a storm that helps him single-handedly stop two charging armies in their tracks, force an old friend to marry the love of his life and resolve the dispute. He’s very pleased with his hard day’s work. A few chapters later he finds out that he sparked off blizzards, hurricanes, droughts and tornadoes right around the world, and even triggered a new ice age. It took the combined efforts of the Gods themselves and two of the most powerful sorcerers alive over six months to fix it. Needless to say, Garion is banned from touching the weather again for two thousand years. When he protests that he just needs to "make time" to practice, he is promptly told by a startled Belgarath — who takes him literally — to leave time alone as well since even all the gods together wouldn't be able to fix that.
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Too Dumb to Live: While learning how to summon demons, one of the magicians Belgarath approached tried to grand-stand by summoning a demon lord in a sigil of fire on a running river. He succeeded in the summoning, but the sigil was washed downstream with the river, leaving the magician to be summarily eaten.
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"Groundhog Day" Loop: A lightweight version. Ever since the Accident split the Purpose of the Universe into two competing Destinies, the same general series of events has been repeating over and over. Discussed by the characters throughout The Malloreon.
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Beer Goggles: In Sorceress of Darshiva, a noblewoman is drunk enough to make advances towards Beldin. Beldin is an elderly foul-mouthed hunchback with questionable standards of personal hygine.
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Evil Smells Bad: The areas corrupted by the presence of the Child of Dark both have this as a defining trait. Justified in both cases by the Child of Dark summoning eternal fog and cloud cover to blot out the Sun. The bad smell is, at least in part, mold and mildew.
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Hypocritical Humor There are many occasions where characters complain about traits in others that they themselves possess. Usually some variation of dramatizing (i.e. Belgarath, who spent years as a professional storyteller, complains that Beldin is being too ostentatious). They are frequently called on this. In Belgarath the Sorcerer, Belgarath and Beldin at one point meet for the first time in a while, and ask what the other has been up to; Belgarath had just finished a rigorous mathematical proof that three and three made six, while Beldin had been trying to determine the exact difference between the concepts of "right" and "good." Both men wonder why the other was doing something so pointless.
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Blood Knight: Taur Urgas. He sleeps in his armour, plays war music wherever he goes, and actually orders his elite guard to clear the way for Cho-Hag so that he can fight him. His last words as he dies? "Come back Cho-Hag. Come back and fight!" Many Mimbrate and Cherek characters approach this trope as well, although they're generally closer to Boisterous Bruiser, as do lots and lots of Murgos.
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Garion isn't bad either, demonstrating an analytical mind that impresses Beldin (the series' resident Smart Guy) and political smoothness that impresses Brador, the Good Chancellor to 'Zakath. The latter works all the better since, as Garion drily points out, he looks like "an unlettered country oaf."
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Empathic Weapon: The Orb definitely has a personality of its own, but it's not very developed. As Belgarion says, it's "closer to a horse or dog..." It tends to get very enthusiastic when it "lends a hand" to Garion's sorcery, leading to some rather spectacular effects, and sometimes gives him unsolicited advice. For example, when he offhandedly mentions to Zakath that it could write his name in the stars, it starts to twitch, as if excited at the prospect that Garion wants it to do something for him. Zakath gets a bit wild-eyed and Garion immediately has to explain to the Orb it was only an example. It's implied that part of the reason Garion — and, indeed his ultimate ancestor Riva Iron-Grip — was chosen to bear the Orb is his basic humility; he's not subject to the temptation to use the Orb for the sake of power. Another great example of this is when Zakath is virtually holding Garion & his crew prisoner in Rak Hagga. Garion and Zakath get into a heated argument, in which Garion informs Zakath that he can leave anytime he wants. When Zakath asks just how he proposes to do that, Garion loses his temper, uses his BFS to focus his will on the door and shouts "BURST!". The Orb, a bit startled by all this and wanting to help sink Garion's point, blows the 2-foot thick stone wall to fine gravel in addition to blasting the door to splinters. Zakath gets the point almost immediately.
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Illegal Religion: The Bear Cult, based on a misguided interpretation of something the Alorn's god Belar said, has to be periodically suppressed — less for its practices, since mostly it's harmless cavorting around in bear skins, than for when it tries to get involved in politics and export its fanaticism by force.
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Summon Magic: Two of the three main branches of supernatural powers (sorcery, witchcraft and magic) revolve around this. Witches use mischievous spirits. Magicians (practitioners of magic) utilise demons. That last one isn't recommended.
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An Odd Place to Sleep: Belgarath has developed the skill of dozing in the saddle, allowing him to dedicate less time for rest and remain alert for longer when it's required.
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First Girl Wins: Averted. Garion's sudden departure on the Orb quest leaves his childhood sweetheart, Zubrette, behind; by the time he makes it back to Sendaria, she's engaged one of his friends and he makes sure to give off a Just Friends vibe, on the grounds that his own circumstances make a marriage both impractical and unfair on her (he doesn't know who he really is yet, and spends most of his time trailing around after Polgara and Belgarath). He doesn't meet his own destined bride until the middle of the *second* book in the series.
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Tantrum Throwing Polgara does this at least twice. Ce'Nedra's capable of some impressive tantrums, too, but as hers don't threaten entire cities, they get less attention.
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Rape, Pillage, and Burn
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Subverted with the methodical slaughter of the Angarak army after Torak falls at Vo Mimbre, as revenge for what happened to Drasnia, with the Tolnedran commander being sickened by the slaughter, calling it monstrous. The only reply is "so was what happened to Drasnia."
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Knife Nut: Silk, Relg, Liselle, Sadi and at times, Beldin. All Nadrak women.
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Fiery Redhead: Ce'Nedra. Oh good gods, Ce'Nedra - the girl/woman with a temper that could give almost every Anime Tsundere lessons, prior to her mellowing out (and even then, it still makes the occasional appearance).
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Thieves' Cant: The Secret Drasnian Language is a variation, both in that it was developed for spies (though still largely used by thieves, simply because many of them are the same people), and because it's a sign language. As Drasnians are a Fantasy Counterpart Culture of Italians, they are known to gesticulate greatly while talking, so the language is designed to allow its users to have a secret conversation with their hands while simultaneously holding a more mundane one with their voices.
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Child by Rape
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Child by Rape: Sadly, more frequent than you'd think, thanks to a mixture of Deliberate Values Dissonance, Blue-and-Orange Morality, and the fact that High Fantasy or not, it is a medieval world. Unrak, son of Barak and Merel, is, at the very least, heavily implied to have been conceived due to the latter demanding his "rights" (while it's never exactly stated, the implications are heavy enough that at the very least, it's a case of dubious consent) — though it's quietly ignored afterwards, and filed under Early Installment Weirdness. All of the Dryads, too, since they're conceived with captured human men. Taiba had twin daughters this way, due to a fellow slave having gotten her as a "gift" from the Murgos — it wasn't the first time. This one is played for horror.
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One-Gender Race: The nonhuman Dryads. They kidnap human men and force them to father children. This goes one of two ways: a girl will always be a Dryad, and a boy will be human with Dryad genes lying dormant. These Dryad genes can then be passed on to the children of that male — and they are, resulting in Ce'Nedra, who, thanks to dilution, is half Dryad. Pure dryads don't have male children. In "Belgarath the Sorcerer", Belgarath notes that crossbreeding dryads with the House of Borune did some odd things, since a pure dryad "would never give birth to a male child".
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Eunuchs Are Evil: The kingdom of Nyissa seems to have a lot of evil eunuchs. Considering that you have to be a eunuch to work at the royal palacenote The drugs that maintain Salmissra's apparent youth also make her perpetually horny, so in order to keep the government able to function, the civil service was rendered incapable of and uninterested in sex, and the palace is filled with intrigue, this is a Justified Trope. Remedied in the second series when Sadi, formerly seen as an Affably Evil Chancellor, turns out to be arguably no worse than the protagonists, drug dealing aside.
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So Proud of You
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So Proud of You: The Prophecy of Light says this to Garion before leaving at the end of The Malloreon. Sniff...
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Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: When he gets tired of Torak's mind games, Garion makes it a point to tell him off.
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Den of Iniquity: Several of the rooms in Ctuchik's tower in Magician's Gambit.
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Really Gets Around
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Really Gets Around A non-humorous example: the primary source for Angarak sacrifices to Torak are the Thulls. Pregnant women are not sacrificed. If a Thull woman wants to keep her heart inside her body, she does everything (or should that be everyone) she can to get pregnant if she isn't currently showing.note This relates to a real phenomenon: in English common law until the early 20th century, for example, a woman convicted of a capital crime could get a stay of execution if she were pregnant, and there were men who earned money as "child-getters" as a result. Female pirates Anne Bonny and Mary Read were famously both spared as a result of being pregnant, and it was colloquially referred to as "pleading your belly". Similarly, Salmissra has this reputation. It is equally unfortunate, since her overdriven libido is a known side-effect of the drugs she takes to maintain her youthfulness and apparent similarity to the original Salmissra. The current Salmissra sees being polymorphed into a ten-foot snake as a vast improvement in her situation not simply because she's immortal and Nyissans like snakes, but because, for the first time in decades, she isn't desperately horny and can actually even think straight. Bethra, though this is subverted to a certain extent given that she has apparently been using sex to manipulate various major players in Tolnedra's political turmoil on the orders of Drasnian Intelligence. Belar — according to Belgarath, a common fantasy of Alorn women was to be visited in the night by their God and Belar liked to make as many dreams come true as possible. Initially, Belgarath admits that it might have been rumour, but his prequel all but states that it really did happen. A lot.
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Standing Between the Enemies Near the beginning of The Malloreon, Belgarion pulls this, mostly to demonstrate how much he's grown up since the previous series. He stops a civil war in Mimbre by basically riding out between the two armies, unhorsing everyone who gets in his way, and then calling down a cataclysmic thunderstorm between them, while suggesting that anyone who wants to start fighting, can start by fighting him. Considering how eager Mimbrates are to go to war, nothing less would have done the trick, probably. In a bit of unfortunate irony, this was somewhat subverted when the Armies of the West were being ground between the Murgos and the Malloreans. As 'Zakath explains in the sequel, if they had been able to get their ships past Thull Mardu, the Malloreans and Murgos would have gleefully ground each other into paste and the Armies of the West could have just sat back with the popcorn.
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Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Ariana, Adara, and Ce'Nedra respectively. They fit the stereotypical personality traits as well; Ariana is a typically romantic, ditzy Mimbrate maiden (though one that is also very good at healing), Adara is a calm and poised Algar lady, while Tolnedran Princess Ce'Nedra is the bossy and impulsive leader of the trio during their misadventures together. In The Malloreon, the three women in the party: Velvet (blonde), Polgara (brunette), and Ce'Nedra (redhead).
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I Have You Now, My Pretty: A recurring threat against Polgara is that Torak will Mind Rape and force her into marriage. Indeed, the turning point of the final battle comes when Polgara is able to tell Torak exactly where he can go stick what, despite his attempts to force her. She's able to resist because of Durnik's death of all things; Garion, having previously realized that Torak doesn't understand love, tells her to "think of Durnik!" and she holds. Belgarath specifically points out that if Torak had had the emotional support of Polgara's "love", however false, Belgarion would never have been able to defeat him. It actually happens to Garion once, at the hands of Salmissra, who has him drugged to the eyeballs and dressed up Go-Go Enslavement style. Thanks to his mental relationship with the Prophecy, it doesn't hold for long.
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Amnesiac God: Eriond
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Double Standard: Abuse, Female on Male: Vella and Yarblek, Played for Laughs, and justified by Nadrak culture, in which all women are property of a man, but own the rights to their person, and are free to cut up any man who tries to take advantage.
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The '80s
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Pawn of Prophecy, Queen of Sorcery, Magician's Gambit, Castle of Wizardry, Enchanter's End Game. Averted in the sequel series. The motifs weren't Eddings' idea — he'd originally conceived a trilogy titled Garion, Ce'Nedra and Torak but was overridden by his publisher who explained that (at the time) books in the genre had a maximum page limit that meant he couldn't cram the story into three volumes. The titles came afterwards.
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Childless Dystopia: As a child, in his prequel, Belgarath notes he spent a very depressing winter in a town cursed with sterility — at first, he enjoyed it, because they spoiled him rotten, but later it became depressing.
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Polgara transforms Salmissra into a snake after she threatens to usurp Garion's role in the prophecy. Subverted in that, once she gets used to it, Salmissra actually likes it a good deal better that way and so do her advisers. That, and she's a venomous snake, which means she's plenty deadly.
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Supernatural Sensitivity: Sorcery makes what is described as a "sound", which can be mistaken for mundane noise under some circumstances. The sound can be lessened by doing things slowly, and shapeshifting, because it's directed internally, is very quiet. The protagonists are often forced to avoid sorcery in enemy territory because of this noise effect. Interestingly, other forms of supernatural power, such as magic, wizardry, necromancy, and prophecy, do not make this signature noise. In an interesting variation, the reason that the Grolims were kept away from Kell with a curse was to keep them from noticing that the Dals were not using magic in general, but specifically employing telepathy to form a sort of "group mind" (and thereby listening in and receiving advance notice of the prophecies they could not be allowed to have). So while magic was being used, it was employed in a more literal sense than usual since it was creating an actual sound (mental, but still something that could be "heard") others could be sensitive to.
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Double Standard: Rape, Female on Male: It's casually mentioned that all Dryads are conceived with captured human men used as breeding slaves. No characters express opposition to this.
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God Is Flawed: The gods (except Torak, of course) are all on the side of good, but they are capable of doing things out of spite and regretting their actions later.
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Hope Spot: Interestingly, engineered by the good guys in the last book. Garion pretends to be about to choose the wrong successor, so that when he gets it right Zandramas will be pissed off and put off-balance. Done, also by the good guys, shortly earlier. Zandramas is alone with her minions just outside The Place Which Is No More, and exults that she will be there and Team Light won't... Oh wait, the fog just cleared. Cue Garion with his BFS, et al. Cue Oh, Crap!.
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We Can Rule Together: Ctuchik resorts to this when his Plan A fails. Unfortunately for him, Belgarath is not even remotely tempted by that kind of offer. Zandramas attempts this as well, to override the choice of Cyradis. She even offers herself to Belgarion, saying he would find her fair...
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Professional Killer: Brill and the rest of the Daghashi, and Issus, a Nyissan poisoner and assassin. Silk, Liselle, and the other members of Drasnian intelligence have this as one of their skill sets.
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Fallen Hero: Zedar
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Much of The Malloreon is composed of a huge Mêlée à Trois between 'Zakath, Zandramas and Urvon for control of the Sardion, with Mengha and Agachak looking to get involved from the outside, and the Demons working for whoever summons them. Ultimately Mengha allies with Urvon (who he and Nahaz start plotting against), 'Zakath Heel Face Turns and Zandramas secures her position as the Big Bad with the deaths of Urvon, Agachak, and Mengha, and the banishment of Nahaz, in one of the most stunning examples of Eviler Than Thou in fiction. Whew.
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Human Sacrifice: Practiced by the Grolims in honor of Torak. Belgarath admits that it may or may not have been Torak's idea to begin with, but Torak never did anything to stop it.
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Shout-Out: A sword comes free from a stone that's held it in place, waiting for the one true king. The mechanisms are different, but that's a definite shout out to everyone's favourite mythical king. Torak, in the Ashabine Oracles: "Know that I hate thee, Belgarion. For hate's sake will I throw myself into the darkness. For hate's sake I spit out my last breath at thee, my damned brother." Belgarath, when forced into formal garb, always wears a white robe, rather like a certain other Eccentric Mentor wizard who usually prefers shabbier garb from another fantasy series.
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New Skill as Reward
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New Skill as Reward: Belgarath invokes this trope in Belgarath the Sorcerer: he finds a very old practitioner of a type of magic that he wants to learn, and curries favor with him by bringing him food that he'd otherwise be unable to obtain for himself, e.g. wild game. In return, the old magician teaches Belgarath the school of magic before he passes on of old age. This appears to be more or less standard practice among the tribal folk of that area.
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Mars-and-Venus Gender Contrast: You will lose track of how often this is invoked.
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Family Extermination: In the Malloreon, emperor 'Zakath vows to wipe out the entire bloodline of Murgo King Taur Urgas after a scheme of the latter's got his fiancee executed. This started with him rounding up every Urga family member in Mallorea and periodically sending bits of them back to Taur Urgas with highly insulting notes attached. The only way to stop him from killing the surviving Prince (later King), Urgit, is revealing that the Queen cheated on Urgas with a Drasnian emissary, and the reason he was the surviving "son" was the mental advantage of being the only one not Royally Screwed Up. 'Zakath, who'd spent the best part of a decade or so waging a war on Murgo soil and depopulating entire districts just to try and get his revenge, has a spectacular breakdown.
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Magic Pants: When a sorcerer changes shape, their clothes will come back later when they change back. No one knows exactly where they go during that time.
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The Stateless: The Ulgos (and the beasts who populate the region where they live) were the product of the gods screwing around with their creation powers. The god UL refused to let His children destroy those poor folks when they'd finished playing around with them, but the other gods refused to claim them, having already chosen their own followers, so those godless people were forced to wander around for centuries until finally the prophet Gorim convinced UL to take them in. Alas, when Gorim went to tell his fellow godless that they now had a new god, only a minority agreed accept UL and follow Gorim to their new home. The rest remained godless, and Gorim made them barren so that they'd all eventually die off; he considered this far more merciful than letting their race persist.
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Upbringing Makes the Hero: Invoked by Polgara; she deliberately raises Garion as a farmboy to give him a solid moral foundation for when he ends up having to save the world.
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Everything's Deader with Zombies: The Raveners in the Southern Forest are slow, rotting, of human form, and scavenge from graves. Except when there's a war going on nearby when they become a lot faster, and inclined to chase down the living. There is a war going on nearby when the heroes have to pass through, and the Southern Forest is the size of Arendia, and is in between them and their destination...
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And Ce'Nedra may be a Non-Action Guy, but she did raise a truly vast army and has proven a highly capable manipulator and political player.
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Almost everywhere. Eddings mined real-world cultures almost exclusively when populating the world of The Belgariad. Word of God states in The Rivan Codex: "The Sendars correspond to rural Englishmen, the Arends to Norman French, the Tolnedrans to Romans, The Chereks to Vikings, the Algars to Cossacks, the Ulgos to Jews, and the Angaraks to Hunnish-Mongolian-Muslim-Visigoths out to convert the world by sword. I didn't really have correspondences in mind for the Drasnians, Rivans, Marags, and Nyissans. They're story elements and don't need to derive from this world."
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Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Garion gets to add Godslayer to his constellation of grandiose titles at the end of the fifth book. Of course, this is explicitly justified as his purpose for existing in the first place, and he's aided by a power a wee bit higher than Torak.
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"Wanted!" Poster Silk gets this treatment a lot, much to his disgust. Beldin too, in Mallorea, thanks to his vendetta against Urvon, much to his delight. Specifically, he creates a series of masterful characters with the help of shapeshifting that render the posters useless — but every century or so, drops into Urvon's home base and butchers a lot of priests and guards to let Urvon know he's still kicking around and wanting to continue a discussion they once had about white-hot hooks and Urvon's guts.
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In the backstory, the Accords of Val Alorn say "...but Aloria shall maintain Riva and keep it whole." When the accords were signed, Aloria hadn't existed as a nation for centuries; it was now Riva, Cherekh, Drasnia, and Algaria. When a Emperor's attempt to force Riva to trade ends in disaster, he calls for an invasion — and discovers that while Aloria isn't officially a single nation anymore, but it is an unofficial confederation. When the Rivan King is assassinated, it's made clear that, yes, Aloria does exist.
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Flat-Earth Atheist: The Tolnedrans worship a god that loves money, which sent them down a road to love money more than Gods, so that they're effectively atheist merchants, and their god couldn't be happier with them. Most Tolnedran characters will cling to their atheism no matter how much the world's supernatural elements prod at them, including a scene where General Varana spends a tactical meeting facing away from the other commanders so that he won't have to see the sorcerers he's working with shapeshifting and casting spells. However, many acknowledge these things do exist, they just "officially" disbelieve them. Further proof of this trope by the Tolnedrans: according to any Tolnedran, and the entire Tolnedran government, there is no such thing as magic, yet there are also specific laws making it illegal to use the very magic the law makers agree does not exist. Inverted by Brador, the chief of the Mallorean Empire's Bureau of Internal Affairs. He is a Melcene, who, like the Tolnedrans, don't believe in anything supernatural. Along comes Book 3 of the Malloreon, at which point demons start butchering whole cities under the command of a Grolim priest. Brador not only doesn't seem to have any trouble believing demons exist, but he begs Belgarath and Belgarion to help him convince his even more skeptical emperor to call off his Roaring Rampageof Revenge so they can go back and deal with the situation.
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Weather Saves the Day: A major element that resulted in the victory of the western kingdoms at Vo Mimbre in the prequels was an unprecedented snowstorm in Cthol Murgos that stranded Torak's second army, but we only get the reports, we don't see it.
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Thunderbolt Iron: The BFS is made of this.
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Death by Childbirth: Poledra subverts it. Justified by the woman who is giving birth to Nahaz's offspring. Garion gets a look at her and realizes there is no way she'd survive the birth.
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Schmuck Bait: The Algar Stronghold. It's a huge self-sufficient walled city in the middle of the plains of Algaria, huge enough to hold every single Algar alive and still have lots of leftover space. But the Algars are nomads, so why did they waste the effort building it? For one very simple reason: The Murgos like to attack cities, and can't seem to resist attacking it. Which makes them sitting ducks for the Algars.
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Citadel City
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Citadel City: The city of Riva is built around a cove that is the only viable landing site for an army on the island of Riva; it is constructed such that each successive row of buildings can function as a city wall in case the previous wall is breached, to protect the Orb of Aldur in the castle of Riva. The Stronghold of the Algars is nothing but citadel. The Algars are nomadic horsemen who have spent centuries building the place up in the middle of a huge grassland. It doesn't protect anything—rather, it gives invading armies a tangible target to go for. When they do, the Algar horsemen can destroy their supply lines, while archers within the citadel can have a field day picking off the attackers.
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Sterility Plague
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Sterility Plague: When Gorim of the godless finally got a god to accept him, he asked for his people to follow and cursed those who refused with sterility. In Belgarath the Sorcerer he expresses regret at this and surprise that the curse wasn't lifted.
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Lampshaded
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Lampshaded. The majority of the conflict in the books comes from the truly ridiculous amount of effort spent by the Child of Dark in attempting to suborn the Prophecies. This always turns out to be its ultimate downfall.
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Despair Gambit
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Despair Gambit: The Dark Prophecy uses these on occasion, especially when it's getting desperate and running out of mooks to throw at the goodies. Silk and Garion employ their own Gambits at the final meeting, to greater effect.
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Prevent the War
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Prevent the War: Early in The Malloreon Garion gets to bully two armies into going home and not (potentially) starting a civil war.
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Hoist by His Own Petard
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Hoist by His Own Petard: In the prequel novels, Polgara removes the Bear-Cult from Riva by having some witnesses observe the secret ceremonies (that involve low-grade stage magic that wouldn't fool anyone if it weren't for an earlier part of the ceremony involving large quantities of beer) and arrest them under their own anti-witchcraft laws.
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Refuge in Audacity
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Refuge in Audacity: Morindim magicians usually mutter the incantations that summon demons to keep others from learning them. However, Belgarath speaks one very clearly—because no magician in his right mind would try summoning a Demon Lord (basically one step short of summoning the King of Hell himself). Belgarath does this because he needs to deal with a lot of demons very quickly, and thus summons one that can pull rank. At one point in Demon Lord of Karanda, it's necessary for the heroes to use the Orb of Aldur to deal with a demon. Now, the Orb tends to be rather conspicuous when used (generating "noise" that sorcerers can hear and emitting a brilliant blue glow), which would reveal their location to people looking for them. So, instead of trying to convince the Orb to tone it down, they go the other direction, lighting up the sky for hundreds of miles around and generating so much sorcerous noise that the entire province of Karanda shakes from it.
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You Are Not Ready
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You Are Not Ready: Garion and weather. Lord, does he make a mess of things, and Belgarath is NOT happy with him triggering blizzards, tornados, droughts, another Ice Age, that sort of thing. Garion is ordered to study weather for 2000 years before touching it again. Then Belgarath has a major Oh, Crap! moment when Garion promises to "make time" to do it (all Garion meant was that he'd rearrange his schedule).
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Breeding Slave
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Breeding Slave: The Dryads, who have only females, capture human males to reproduce with.
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The Chessmaster
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The Chessmaster: Both the Light and Dark Prophecies. Having eons to prepare helps. Zandramas is also a decent Chessmaster, although whether it's personal skill, or the result of having been infused with the Spirit of Dark is up for debate. She certainly manages to plan ahead, with each of her moves ready to fall into place the minute that a previous one fails.
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Training from Hell: It's implied that harsh military-style training is a common rite of passage for Murgo boys. Urgit describes the training regimen he and his brothers all endured, which began when they were seven years old, as a life of constant fear and senseless brutality meant to turn them into perfect Murgos — strong, brave, loyal, and dedicated to Torak. That it also tended to thin out the possible heirs seems to be just a handy side-effect as far as the Murgo royal house is concerned.
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Equivalent Exchange
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Equivalent Exchange: Spells require that a sorcerer draw energy from things around them, or when creating things, themselves.
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Top Wife
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Top Wife: This trope is in effect in the Murgo royal court. Urgit's mother doesn't mind at all that Silk killed Taur Urgas' eldest son, because he was the son of the "first wife" (who used to boast that she would have her son order the execution of all the lesser wives as soon as he took the throne). Later in the Malloreon, when the marriage arrangements between Urgit and Prala are being arranged, one line in the contract states that Prala will have the permanent rank of most favored wife. However, she insists that he subverts this in favour of only marrying her despite tradition.
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Vitriolic Best Buds
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Vitriolic Best Buds Polgara and Beldin. Their typical greeting ritual is to insult each other in such graphic terms that hardened warriors either turn pale, or rush to stop what they think is an impending murder attempt. It's actually how they show affection. Lampshaded when Garion points out that Polgara uses affectionate insults to greet Beldin because saying "you're looking well" or suchlike would be massively insincere — he is, after all, indescribably ugly. Beldin and Belgarath do this quite a bit as well. Vella and Beldin in The Malloreon, which virtually becomes part of their courtship before they end up mated as a pair of hawks at the end of the series. The level to which they go to in their language towards one another makes even some who are already used to Beldin blanch.
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Terrain Sculpting: In the backstory, Torak, after stealing the Orb, is faced with a war against all the other gods and their followers. To protect himself and his people, he uses the Orb to crack the entire continent in two, turning a pangaea into two distinct landmasses and causing lots of geological fallout and mayhem. At one point, Garion thinks about that event, the Orb starts giving him suggestions about how they can put it back together. At one point 'Zakath says that if Garion tries to leave the city where 'Zakath is detaining the party without his permission, he'll just have his troops follow Garion around to keep track of him (he knows Garion won't slaughter his soldiers for doing their jobs.) Garion reminds him of The Breaking of the World, which was done with the very same magic rock Garion carries around with him, and theorizes that 'Zakath's troops will have a great deal of difficulty staying on his trail when they encounter a trench fifty miles wide stretching across the entire continent. It's about this time 'Zakath starts to understand that Garion et al are a) being very patient with him and b) he really, really does not want to test their patience.
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The Sneaky Guy
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The Sneaky Guy: Silk.
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Eat the Summoner
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Eat the Summoner: Demon summoners have to keep the demons under constant strict control or face this. Garion watches one of them challenge Belgarath, but make a mistake in forming the shape that he forces the demon into, allowing it to burst free and slaughter both the summoner and his clan. Note that it didn't bother to chase down Belgarath or Garion, since they weren't the ones who tried to enslave it.
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Cute Monster Girl
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Cute Monster Girl: The Dryads are technically a race of this, but look identical to humans.
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Blindfolded Vision
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Blindfolded Vision: The Seers of Kell in fact rely on the blindfolds to maintain their powers. The Belgariad is Relg's First Time in the Sun, and the only way he can really see during the day is to keep himself blindfolded.
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Sixth Ranger
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Sixth Ranger: Many characters join up with the group along the way, but the best example is probably 'Zakath in The Malloreon. He joins the group towards the end of the fourth book, after having been a major stumbling block to their progress during the first part of the series, and an antagonist in The Belgariad. He soon becomes something of a second Lancer to Garion (Durnik is his first one).
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Famed in Story
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Famed in Story: Belgarath and Polgara are generally either this or The Dreaded, depending on the audience. Belgarion also becomes this following his Awesome Moment of Crowning and slaying of Torak in single combat towards the end of the first series. Zakath greets him by remarking that his exploits 'have shaken the world.'
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Magic Misfire
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Magic Misfire: If you try to unmake something with sorcery such as by saying "Be not!" it will rebound on the caster fatally instead, as Belgarath explains.
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Hand Wave
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The most egregious example is that taking into account Silk's cameo towards the end of Belgarath the Sorcerer, when he and Garion encounter Asharak in Pawn of Prophecy, Silk should have known that "Asharak" was Chamdar and should hence have realized that the fact that Asharak was poking around was highly significant and should be reported to Belgarath immediately. It's handwaved with the implication that Asharak was tampering with his mind, but that still doesn't explain why Belgarath didn't react to the name.
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Everyone Can See It
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Everyone Can See It: Eddings does not tend to be subtle with his romances — in-universe or out. Literally everyone knows how Garion and Ce'Nedra feel about each other before they do. (But then, they are teenagers.) It is painfully obvious from the word 'go' that Durnik is deeply, if quietly, in love with Polgara. Her own feelings are less obvious, but not that much less obvious.
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Inelegant Blubbering: Ce'Nedra. Polgara tells her she shouldn't cry in public; she hasn't the right coloring for it.
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A God Am I
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A God Am I Urvon. Nahaz helps him come to this conclusion. The title "Kal" means both King and God, so any of the Angarak monarchs who appended it to their names fall under this as well (though Zakath claims he did it for propagandistic purposes, not because he actually believed he was a god. He was mad, but not that kind of mad).
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Make Games, Not War
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Make Games, Not War: The kingdom of Dal Perivor in The Malloreon settles arguments between nobles by holding tournaments. It's not unheard of for two nobles to decide they want to have a tournament and colluding to come up with a "disagreement" to justify it.
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Gracefully Demoted: Played for Drama when the Rightful King Returns to Riva after a millennium. Brand, The Good Chancellor and previous de facto ruler, is happy to yield the throne to Belgarion, but Brand's son sees Belgarion as The Usurper and tries to assassinate him. The attempt fails and, as the son dies, Brand rejects him.
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Ship Tease: The first quintet spends nearly five books ship-teasing Polgara/Durnik (with things like his constant concern for and solicitousness of her and the way he makes her absolutely light up in a way no one else can do, among other things) to kingdom come before it becomes explicit in the final chapters of book five. Literally Everyone Can See It, even the rather oblivious young Garion, who suggests as young as 9 that Durnik would be a good match for her.
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HellHound
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Hell Hounds: The Hounds of Torak. Actually Grolims who've transformed themselves into giant dogs. Some have since changed back to form the Chandim; they aren't noticeably more pleasant.
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Despair Event Horizon: Mara (God of the Marags) reaches it when the Tolnedrans finally swarm into Maragor to get at the gold that the Marags themselves didn't value at all, apparently killing the entire race. In response, Mara turns the entire country into a haunted land that drives anyone who even thinks about the gold hopelessly insane, often to the point of suicide, and Mara himself stays in the center of the capital city expressing his grief. This goes on for several thousand years until it's revealed that some of the Marag race was sold into slavery and still lived.
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Suddenly Suitable Suitor: Garion and Ce'Nedra, deliberately invoked in that neither knows they're going to be in an Arranged Marriage... and they've been thrown together all along with the intent that they fall in love. Even funnier is that Ce'Nedra had been starting to have feelings for Garion (despite knowing it would be completely impossible politically for her to marry so far beneath her station), until she discovers that he's the hereditary Overlord of the West and as such is not only an eminently suitable suitor but actually outranks her. At this point, she becomes furious because now an ancient treaty means she ''has'' to marry him. To be fair, Garion isn't entirely happy about it either, though he's mostly just bewildered.
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Functional Magic
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Functional Magic: The Will and the Word — Focus your will, and then say the word. If you believe (and happen to be a sorcerer), it'll happen. There are a variety of other types of magic users, including witches (who deal with spirits in nature), magicians (who summon and "control" demons), "wizards" with unspecified minor powers, necromancers, and seers, but in the end they are all stated to be variations of the same concept. Also, alchemy turns lead into gold... and glass into glass-like steel (or possibly high-durability plastic/transparent aluminium).
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Blood Bath: Both Zandramas and Chabat are Evil Sorceresses and priestesses of a Religion of Evil; in fact, aside from a couple unnamed characters, they are the only female priestesses devoted to Torak that are shown in the entire series. Each one is described by priests in their temples as showing an almost unseemly enjoyment in performing the Grolim rite of cutting out people's hearts. Both are also described by those same priests as bathing in their victims' blood. The ritual evisceration doesn't turn any Grolim's hair, but the whole bathing-in-the-blood part is atypical enough that it squicks out even other Angarak priests of Torak.
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Mama Bear
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Mama Bear Polgara — dear gods, Polgara. Her Roaring Rampage of Rescue after Garion is subjected to Go-Go Enslavement by Salmissra has to be seen to be believed. "Wilt thou face a God, Polgara?" "If I must." Ce'Nedra also shows tendencies of this after Geran is kidnapped, although she's not nearly as capable of inflicting mayhem, it's not for lack of willingness. Barak is an odd example, since while he'd normally fit under Papa Wolf, he forcibly becomes a bear when Garion is threatened... no matter where Garion actually is. This is, at first, exceptionally distressing, since he doesn't know the cause and assumes that he's cursed. Once he finds out, he promptly starts trying to figure out how to tastefully reference it in his family crest. His son Unrak inherits this, with regard to Geran, Garion's son.
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Our Gods Are Different
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Our Gods Are Different: The seven younger Gods ( eight, including Eriond) are immensely powerful beings, said to have infinite mental capacity and Will (the two factors of sorcery) to draw upon. But they are not omniscient — they have to be informed of events occurring in the world before they can act. Their father, elder God UL, may be omniscient — but he appears to be constrained in how much he can interfere with events, possibly as a necessity of prophecy.
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Merlin and Nimue
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Merlin and Nimue: Belgarath and Polgara form an extremely unusual-in-fiction father-daughter sorcerer/sorceress team. Lacks both the betrayal and the romance, though — for obvious reasons.
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Friend to All Living Things
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Friend to All Living Things: Belsambar. Belgarath recollects: "I think he knew half the rabbits and deer in the vale by their first names, and birds used to perch on him the way they would have if he had been a tree." Polgara is a friend to all birds. Ce'Nedra talks to trees — and they listen to her! (she's a dryad, after all.)
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Reptiles Are Abhorrent
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Reptiles Are Abhorrent: Played straight in the first series, but not in the second. Sadi's pet snake, Zith, is downright cute, and strikes up an improbable friendship with 'Zakath's kittens.
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Last of His Kind
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Last of His Kind There is only one dragon in the series, who is both the first and the last of her kind. The gods made three, but the two males killed each other in the first mating season. The entire depiction of dragons is an intentional subversion of the basic fantasy archetype of the creatures — just dumb lizards. Garion is also the last surviving descendant of the Rivan royal family (which Belgarath observes was never particularly fertile), and Taiba is the last Marag. As for Taiba, not anymore, Mara and Relg saw to that. Hettar even complains that his wife Adara can't keep up when it comes to making babies with Taiba and accuses Mara of cheating.
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Hard Head
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Hard Head: Just about everyone. Garion in particular develops a deserved reputation for banging his head into things, which becomes something of a Running Gag.
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No Sex Allowed
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No Sex Allowed: Relg had...issues with sex in general, and stated that one of his goals was to build a society like this. The fact that this would have them die out was pointed out to him in-universe, and he said he was looking for a workaround. Fortunately, he has enough Character Development over the course of the novels to grow out of the desire to build this kind of society.
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Animal Motifs
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Animal Motifs: Each of the gods has a totemic signature, and they and their chosen race mimic these animals in a characteristic, if not always physical, way. More directly, each of the sorcerers trained by Aldur has a preferred alternate form: the women like the owl (Aldur's own totem, although it could be argued that Poledra's favourite alternate form is actually that of a human since she was born a wolf), while Belgarath takes the form of a wolf so often that he's introduced as 'Old Wolf'. He's the only one of Aldur's disciples who favours a land animal as his alternate form — Beldin is addicted to flying (as a blue-banded hawk) and the twins prefer doves. Belgarath points out several times in his prequel book that he never really learned to fly very well, although he can cover vast distances in the air when he has to — he just doesn't enjoy it like Beldin and Polgara do.
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The Chosen People
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The Chosen People: The Ulgos. Rejected by all of the other gods, their leader appealed to UL, the creator of the gods, and successfully convinced Him to adopt his people. Incidentally, the Ulgo religion is heavily inspired by traditional Judaism.
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Poverty Food
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Poverty Food: When the companions posing as poor travelers aren't eating food from seedy inns, or leftovers from their last stop, or burning bacon to a crisp, they resort to eating gruel.
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Fog of War
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Fog of War / Weather of War: The Grolim use a fog to cover their army's movments in The Belgariad.
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Staying Alive: Poledra, who was said to have died in childbirth but in reality went undercover for three thousand years to secretly watch over the Prophecy's interests.
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Silk Hiding Steel
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Silk Hiding Steel Velvet claims to be this in The Malloreon, but any woman who has graduated from the Drasnian spy academy probably doesn't qualify for Proper Lady status even if she is a Margravine. Porenn is probably a better example. She does a good job of appearing demure and harmless, but as of Guardians of the West she's the ruler of Drasnia, and has the most effective intelligence network in the world at her disposal. Even before that she engineers the Nadrak defection at the Battle of Thull Mardu — with a little help from Silk and Yarblek — which prevents the armies of the West from being wiped out.
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We Need a Distraction
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We Need a Distraction: The entire purpose of the march of the Armies of the West against the Angaraks in Enchanter's Endgame is to distract them from Garion's journey to confront Torak. They know their war is ultimately hopeless: they're vastly outnumbered, and even if Garion wins, they don't expect to survive. What they didn't count on was the hatred of the Malloreans and Murgos for each other.
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Observation on Originality: This is held up as a perfect example of the observation in action. It's completely unoriginal and very, very good.
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Disaster Dominoes
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In The Belgariad, Lelldorin manages to extend an epic fail over the course of a week. When he announces that he's going to get back to the main group, his beloved refuses to stay behind. During the departure and trip he manages to break her older brother's leg, run his cousin through the leg "just a little bit", punch out all of a priest's teeth, and cause enough assorted mayhem to get a bounty put on his head by the crown. And all of this was without trying. This is also an example of Disaster Dominoes. He did successfully marry the girl in the process, though! (Supposedly because travelling alone with her would cause more trouble — which Lelldorin probably meant, despite his genuine love for her, but said girl is immediately noted by Garion as not just seeing it as a formality.)
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Nemesis Weapon
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Nemesis Weapon: The Orb of Aldur is a Cosmic Keystone and Cthrag Sardius is its antithesis; however, they function differently in the plot. The Orb is temperamental and allows only certain chosen people to touch it, and even fewer to wield it, whereas the Sardion is even more antisocial and will destroy anyone who hasn't already mastered the Orb and used it to keep the Sardion's will at bay. Then there's the Sword of the Rivan King, forged from Thunderbolt Iron and imbued with the power of the Orb; it's countered by Cthrek Goru, the sword of darkness that is first wielded by the evil god Torak and later by the demon lord Mordja in the final showdown.
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Aristocrat Team
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Aristocrat Team: Most of the Companions have artistocratic background such as a berserker who is an earl, a thief and spy who is a prince, a knight, a princess, and a sorceress who is a Secretly Wealthy noblewoman. The sequel series is added with a noblewoman who works in espionage, and an emperor of a continent.
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A-Cup Angst
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A-Cup Angst: Ce'Nedra complains of her small bust, and when she commissions armor for herself, has the chest "enhanced". The narration notes that her figure fills out quite a bit after her first pregnancy.
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Verbal Tic Name: Errand
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Offered the Crown: In the backstory, after the Battle of Vo Mibre, Brand was offered the crown of Arendia. He strenuously refused.
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The Mole
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Hey, remember Brill, The Mole from the very first book? It turns out, he's this setting's equivalent of a ninja.
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All Animals Are Dogs
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All Animals Are Dogs The Horse that Garion resurrects has a notably puppy-like demeanor. Later, the snake Zith shows an astonishing number of cat-like traits, including purring when happy, shivering in the cold, and giving birth to live young.
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Magic is rather flexible... but you may not unmake anything. Breaking things is fine, as that just changes its state, but using magic to make something "Be not!" causes it to backlash and take you out. Which means that you technically can unmake something, so long as the something is you. A couple of sorcerers in the Back Story actually committed suicide this way.
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Plot Tailored to the Party: Each of the many companions has a specific skill (some more broadly applicable than others) which is necessary at some point. Justified in that the Purpose of the Universe has acted to tailor the party to the plot, through the use of various prophecies.
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Sarcastic Devotee: At one point Garion notes that he understands now why Belgarath was so consistently irritated at Silk throughout the entire series — leadership is hard enough without someone standing behind you providing a sarcastic running commentary.
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Threatening Mediator: Garion bullies two armies into putting down their weapons. And then he bullies the two leaders into accepting his compromise to end their conflict.
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O.O.C. Is Serious Business: At the end of the third book, the Prophecy — which is normally calm, matter-of-factly and snarky — practically screams at Garion to save Errand from Ctuchik's collapsing tower. Errand's importance doesn't become clear until The Mallorean, but the Prophecy had every reason to be upset — it came very close to losing the game right then and there. "Save that child or everything that has ever happened is meaningless!"
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The Devil Is a Loser: Torak. Sure, he's the resident evil god of the setting, but he spends all of the series and most of the backstory horribly maimed because of several monumentally stupid decisions; the main characters have absolutely no respect for him and regularly refer to him by such epithets as "Burnt-face" and "One-eye"; he has no ability to either anticipate or cope with change in the world; and he has absolutely no subtlety, sense of military tactics, or awareness of human nature whatsoever, relying entirely on brute force. One gets the impression that the only reason he was ever a credible threat was that, as a god, he has a lot of brute force to throw around, and Garion wins their final battle by pointing out how very pathetic he is behind all the bluster. It's revealed in The Malloreon that it isn't entirely his fault — Much of Torak's mindset is influenced by the fact that he was, for a very long time, the host of the Spirit of Dark, which is flat-out described as being completely unable to change, thus the above inabilities to cope with change, as Darkness is constant, inflexible. Light is change in its nature. Also, it turns out that he was never supposed to be a God at all. The same thing that split the two Purposes created him as the wrong god. Eriond is the God who was supposed to be.
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Improbable Antidote: In Magician's Gambit, Relg discovers that using his ability of passing through solid rock got rid of his cold. When Zakath is poisoned with Thalot, a Nyissan poison with no known antidote, Cyradis reveals that the scent of Adara's Rose — a flower Garion created for his cousing only a few years previously — is the only cure.
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Who Wants to Live Forever?: Mostly averted — the local rules of magic mean that learning sorcery instantly conveys immortality. Sorcerers never bitch about it, and instead find ways to stay busy for all of those years. This is explored further in The Malloreon and the supplemental novels. Sorcerers do spontaneously pop up from time to time, but there's some attrition due to accidentally (or deliberately) unmaking themselves. The ones that survive this process are the ones who learn how to handle immortality. Belgarath even admits that part of the sorcerer aloofness and tendency to hole up in their towers in study and ignore the passing of a few centuries, every now and then, is a vital coping technique, lest grief drive them insane. It also makes Polgara that much more incredible, as she was forced to forgo this tactic for a thousand years... living with a family line whose every member (every member, from birth to death) she was intimately involved with. It would be interesting to see how Garion copes in ten to twenty years time when the True Companions start dying off... note Silk, the oldest non-immortal member of the group, is pushing fifty by the end of The Malloreon. Played very straight with Belgarath. Two of his sorcerer brothers — who he has lived with in the Vale for hundreds of years — take their own lives due to depression. After losing his wife of 500 years (who had been a companion for over a thousand before that), he goes insane and has to be chained to his bed and constantly supervised to make sure he doesn't take his own life. After a year he starts Walking the Earth and becomes a drunken beggar for two years (Beldin explicitly states that he was "a legend" in Camaar, because they've never seen anybody get that drunk before) and eventually ends up entertaining women in Maragor until Beldin finally intervenes.
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Bewitched Amphibians: People are constantly suggesting this to Polgara, Belgarath and their kin, but in the entire series it only happens once, in Polgara the Sorceress, when she turns a Cherek king into a (man-sized) frog so that he will take her seriously. More often are people turned into other animals such as pigs.
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Big Damn Heroes: The Big Guys that are left behind in The Malloreon get an illusory Big Damn Heroes moment. They also try to manufacture a coincidental version of this, and end up wandering around Mallorea like a loose (and hilarious) siege weapon.
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Polgara's character was retconned to be much more reasonable in the prequels. In Queen of Sorcery especialy, she's a jerkass My Beloved Smother to the point of being psychologically abusive. After horribly murdering a man with magical fire, the last thing a traumatised 15-year-old boy needs is his mother figure suddenly insisting on calling him a different name with no further explanation, and then start invading his thoughts and tampering with his mind by giving him smug advice telepathically and making him write his "new name" instead of his real one when he's learning to write. On the other hand, a lot of her behaviour can be explained by several important facts: Garion is The Chosen One and less than a year away from going up against the resident God of Evil. He therefore needs to get used to the idea of both his vast powers and his name (both are tied together), because his powers are finding their way out in lots of little ways that he can't control and are making a lot of 'noise', drawing exactly the wrong sort of attention. Moreover, Polgara is especially protective of Garion out of guilt, because Asharak/Chamdar successfully lured her away from Geran and Ildera when he was born, and then grabbed Garion - and would have got away clean if it wasn't for the arrival of a homicidal Belgarath. In other words, she's terrified about what might happen if she takes her eye off him again (and considering the amount of trouble he gets into, this isn't entirely unreasonable).
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Dark Messiah: Zandramas to many Grolims, and the people of Darshiva. Harakan also enjoys playing this role, as evidenced by his Ulfgar and Mengha personas, which he uses to subvert the Bear-Cult and the Karands respectively. Neither one of them really cares about the people that they're supposedly representing, and are only using it for power.
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Bathe Her and Bring Her to Me: In a rare gender flip, Salmissra has this done to Garion. Plus lots of drugs and poisons to make him compliant. Oh, and he's about fifteen. In accordance with the gender flip, the Roaring Rampage of Rescue is performed by Polgara, Garion's Parental Substitute.
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Silver Fox: Belgarath, the oldest person in the world short of the gods and who looks appropriately venerable for an aged sorcerer, when he strips to the briefs to dive into a lake and shows off his impressive physique in the process.
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Mundane Utility
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Mundane Utility: Garion uses the Orb to keep the two-year-old Geran entertained. Hilariously enough, when he's told to stop, the Orb grumbles. See also Beldin's stick with only one end, which he uses to distract children so they won't bother him.
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Cast From Stamina
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Cast From Stamina: Sorcery is exhausting; Beldin teleports a bunch of loose rocks from a riverbed into a pile to use as building material for a tower and it's all he can do to walk the next day.
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TheAntiChrist
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The Anti-Christ: The Child of Dark. It's Torak for the first series, and Zandramas for most of the second.
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Phosphor-Essence
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Phosphor-Essence: After Eriond becomes a God at the end of The Malloreon, he has to concentrate on not glowing.
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Locked Out of the Loop
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The prequel novels elaborate on this. Up to a point, Riva's descendants were actually told of their lineage; in one generation in particular, however, the Bear-Cult (duped and led by Asharak) caught hold of the heir, plied him with tales of glory, and subverted his mind, nearly ruining the Prophecy. Ever since, the heirs were Locked Out of the Loop.
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War Is Hell
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War Is Hell: Zigzagged, often depending on whose point of view we are seeing it from. A lot of the characters are professional warriors or assassins and love nothing so much as a good fight, while scenes focusing on "civilians" tend to highlight the suffering and loss involved. Of special note is Garion himself, who goes from being noticeably traumatised by the first few battles he's part of to complaining about other people stealing his kills somewhere around the fourth book.
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Dangerous Deserter
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Dangerous Deserter: The heroes encounter a farm raided and with its inhabitants killed by a roving band of these in the Malloreon. Garion goes off on his own and kills them, the farm having reminded him of Faldor's.
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Cliché Storm
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Cliché Storm: Deliberately invoked by the author.
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Got Volunteered
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In The Malloreon, Garion has to stop a war threatening to engulf the entire kingdom of Arendia. He magically summons a storm that helps him single-handedly stop two charging armies in their tracks, force an old friend to marry the love of his life and resolve the dispute. He’s very pleased with his hard day’s work. A few chapters later he finds out that he sparked off blizzards, hurricanes, droughts and tornadoes right around the world, and even triggered a new ice age. It took the combined efforts of the Gods themselves and two of the most powerful sorcerers alive over six months to fix it. Needless to say, Garion is banned from touching the weather again for two thousand years. When he protests that he just needs to "make time" to practice, he is promptly told by a startled Belgarath — who takes him literally — to leave time alone as well since even all the gods together wouldn't be able to fix that.
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Legacy of Service
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Legacy of Service: In a way, the entire Rivan people, as exemplified by the Brands. The Rivans exist solely to guard the Orb of Aldur—their city was designed by Belgarath himself, with every building and every home part of the fortifications. Duty and service are integral parts of their culture, and they also select the men who hold the office of Brand. They're servants to the Kings of Riva, serving as a sort of chancellor — handling the day-to-day administration while the king makes the big decisions. The office isn't hereditary, the Rivans choose based on character and ability—so every Brand is an intelligent man of reliable character, sound judgment, and an unbreakable sense of duty. So dedicated are they to their duty that upon assuming office, they abandon whatever name they had before, becoming known simply as 'Brand' (which was the name of the first one to hold the office). They've spent a long time taking care of Riva and its throne while waiting for the return of the true king, but once he DOES show up, they never falter, and continue to serve faithfully. (With one notable, but quickly-corrected exception.) Belgarath notes that the Rivans choosing a Brand don't go quite as far as the Nyissans do with selecting a Salmissra, but they come fairly close.
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BiggerBad
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Bigger Bad: The Dark Prophecy. In a way, both the series' Big Bads were just its Dragons, as they only existed to be instruments of its will. Still counts as this though, since it's never physically confronted, and like the Prophecy of Light, has to work through earthly instruments, specifically Torak and Zandramas. This is primarily hammered home in the second series. In the first, Torak's backstory and characterisation can be read as a standard "Evil God" arc played straight. By the end of The Malloreon, it becomes apparent that not only were his actions from birth predestined by The Dark Prophecy and as such he had no free will — not only was his very existence a mistake, but he was fully aware of this and fully aware that the end result of the Dark Prophecy would result in the return of Chaos. As such he knew he was doomed anyway — and explicitly warns Garion posthumously that destroying the universe would be preferable to allowing the Dark Prophecy to triumph. Both Garion and probably most readers actually end up feeling pity for Torak as a result.
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Capital Letters Are Magic
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Capital Letters Are Magic: The word EVENT, rendered in small capitals, refers specifically to an event required for the fulfillment of prophecy. These EVENTS are in essence instantaneous conflict between the two opposing Wills of the Universe, settled by a choice made by a mortal. The reason that they are instantaneous is that longer conflicts would destroy the universe. Also UL, father of the gods. Oddly, the habit of capitalizing his name originated in a printing error that Eddings thought looked good.
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Anger Born of Worry
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Anger Born of Worry: Pretty much standard for Polgara. Her usual targets are her father, Garion, and Durnik, but anyone she cares for who scares her is usually in for a telling-off.
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Enemy Civil War
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Enemy Civil War Much of The Malloreon is composed of a huge Mêlée à Trois between 'Zakath, Zandramas and Urvon for control of the Sardion, with Mengha and Agachak looking to get involved from the outside, and the Demons working for whoever summons them. Ultimately Mengha allies with Urvon (who he and Nahaz start plotting against), 'Zakath Heel Face Turns and Zandramas secures her position as the Big Bad with the deaths of Urvon, Agachak, and Mengha, and the banishment of Nahaz, in one of the most stunning examples of Eviler Than Thou in fiction. Whew. Also at the climax of The Belgariad, when after Torak's death the Angarak invasion of the West degenerates into a decades-long war between Mallorea and Cthol Murgos. Urgit's struggle to ascend the throne of Cthol Murgos after the death of Taur Urgas.
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Trial by Combat
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Trial by Combat: Being, as it is, a reference to Arthurian epics, the Arendish culture uses this from time to time. It comes into play in the second book when Garion accuses a Murgo ambassador of plotting against the king without evidence, and Mandorallan champions his assertion, resulting in a minor bloodbath that clears up the problem.
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Baleful Polymorph
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Inverted in the case of Salmissra, Queen of Nyissa and consort of the slumbering snake god Issa. She takes a potion to maintain her outer youth but she's really a mortal woman like all of her predecessors, chosen for their resemblance to the original Salmissra, who died ages ago. Polgara "remedies" the situation by turning her into an immortal giant serpent. More deconstructed than averted, because part of Polgara's rationalization for what she does to Salmissra is that Issa forgot to make the original Salmissra immortal in the first place.
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