Synonyms for dragaeran or Related words with dragaeran
Examples of "dragaeran"
The character Devera, usually a cute brown-eyed girl of about nine, appears as a motif in all of Brust's novels. In the
books her name is Devera. She is the (future) daughter of another character and seems to be able to appear anywhere in time and space. In Brust's non-
books her appearances are usually brief and not always obvious.
Each house uses a creature from the
world as their symbol; the jhegaala itself is a creature that metamorphosizes many times throughout its lifespan. The mental aspect of this trait is observed in members of House Jhegaala suddenly changing walks of life at intervals. At the beginning of each chapter in the book, there is a short excerpt from a
textbook describing the life cycle of a jhegaala or an excerpt from a
play. One phase is described as being similar to the jhereg, explaining where its name came from, as that form is the most visible.
essay (in fact written by Pamela Dean) in "Five Hundred Years After" notes that Paarfi writes in a style similar to "Redwreath and Goldstar Have Traveled to Deathsgate", a
play. This is a reference to Tom Stoppard's "Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead". Brust took inspiration from that play, especially the "questions" game, in writing the Romances' bantering dialogue. A running joke throughout the series is that characters must ask a question multiple times before receiving an answer.
The Empire is frequently at war with neighboring
kingdoms as well as the Eastern Kingdoms. Warfare is handled through a combination of swordsmanship and sorcery. Soldiers rarely wear armor, as metal attracts sorcery. Bows and other mundane projectile weapons are extremely rare. Due to the almost complete lack of gender role differentiation in
society, women are just as likely to be found in the military as any other profession.
The heroes of the Khaavren Romances roughly correspond with the heroes of the d'Artagnan Romances. Brust conceived of the series after assigning each of the Musketeers a House of the
Dragaera is the fictional world in which a series of novels by Steven Brust is set. The word "Dragaera" can refer to the planet, the
Empire, or its former capital, Dragaera City.
The events described in the Khaavren Romances take place several hundred years before the events of the Vlad Taltos novels.
society is somewhat different in the Romances than that in which Vlad lives. The capital of the Empire is Dragaera City, which serves as the primary setting for the first two novels of the series. In addition, sorcery is much weaker and more rare. Most of the characters in the Khaavren Romances know little about sorcery and rely on flintlock-like "flashstones" as their only source of magical weaponry. By Vlad's time, the abundance of sorcery has transformed
Like the mythological beast,
phoenixes are flying creatures that die in flames and resurrect from the ashes, representing the House's role of rebirth, rejuvenation, and decay in the Cycle. Phoenix appears twice in the Cycle Poem: at the beginning, "Phoenix sinks into decay", and at the end, "Phoenix rise from ashes gray".
Paarfi narrates with a distinctive voice that satirizes the flowery and verbose style of Alexandre Dumas and his contemporaries. "Paths of the Dead" includes an essay by Brust's editor, Teresa Nielsen Hayden, titled "How to Write Like Paarfi of Roundwood", which identifies 17 characteristics of Paarfi's style. Many of the Khaavren Romances include essays credited to Paarfi's
colleagues, who use similarly overwrought language.
Dzur is the title of the tenth book of the Vlad Taltos series, originally published in 2006 by Tor Books. It takes place immediately after Issola. The novel was originally intended to be called "Tiassa", after another
House. The book entered the New York Times Bestseller list for Hardcover Fiction on August 22, 2006.
citizens of the Empire die, their souls go to the Paths of the Dead, a physical labyrinth in the Greymist Valley of Dragaera. Bodies are generally sent over the Blood River at Deathsgate Falls to facilitate the soul's entrance. Each House has its own path and trials that its members must face. At the end of the Labyrinth are the Halls of Judgment, where the Lords of Judgment sit and determine the fate of
souls that reach them. Those they deem worthy for their own uses are allowed into the next state of being. Those they reject are reincarnated or bound to serve in the Halls. It is possible for living creatures to enter the Paths, but it is extremely difficult to leave. Very rarely, Dragaerans will become undead to leave the Halls without reincarnating.
Vlad Taltos is one of the human minority (known by Dragaerans as "Easterners"), which exists as a lower class in the Empire. Vlad also practices the human art of witchcraft; "táltos" is Hungarian for a kind of supernatural person in folklore. Though human, he is a citizen of the Empire because his social-climbing father bought a title in one of the less reputable of the 17
Great Houses. The only Great House that sells memberships this way is, not coincidentally, also the one that maintains a criminal organization. Vlad proves surprisingly successful in this organization. Despite being a human and a criminal, he has a number of high-ranking
friends, and often gets caught up in important events.
Morrolan and Vlad journey to Deathsgate Falls, where
corpses are sent for burial. After rappelling down, they enter the Paths of the Dead, a labyrinth that all
souls must navigate as a test before entering the Hall of Judgment. Morrolan and Vlad are challenged to a series of duels by twelve dead Dragonlords, but after Vlad tosses a dagger at one of them, they attack en masse. Vlad and Morrolan manage to kill them all, and continue through a number of other tests. They eventually reach the Lords of Judgment, who judge the fates of all
souls that enter the Hall. Arguing that Aliera is the Dragon Heir, Morrolan successfully frees Aliera. Vlad and Aliera are cleared to leave the Halls, but not Morrolan. Aliera refuses to leave without Morrolan and goes to talk with the soul of Kieron the Conqueror, the founder of the Empire and her distant relative. She receives his greatsword after a hostile exchange, but the group is no closer to escaping.
The second timeline charts the details of Vlad's development through childhood. Much of it overlaps with parts of "Jhereg" and "Yendi", but goes into more detail. Vlad was born in Adrilankha, the capital city of the
Empire. As an Easterner, Vlad is held in scorn by the larger, stronger, longer-lived, and generally more powerful Dragaerans. His father, a restaurateur, also believes that
culture is superior to Eastern culture. He attempts to teach Vlad to feel the same and purchases at great cost a title from the House of the Jhereg, making the family technically citizens of the Empire. Vlad is regularly abused by gangs of young Orca, and learns to hate Dragaerans for the scorn they show him.
Vlad spends more time with his grandfather, an actual native of the Eastern Kingdoms, who teaches Vlad about Eastern culture. Vlad learns to prefer Eastern fencing to
swordsmanship, and Eastern witchcraft to
sorcery. As he grows, Vlad begins defending himself from Dragaerans and learns to enjoy hurting them. After his father dies, Vlad continues to sharpen his skills and gains the friendship of Kiera, a Jhereg thief. Kiera introduces Vlad to a Jhereg business associate, Nielar, and Vlad joins the Organization as a simple enforcer. He is partnered with Kragar, a mild and nondescript former Dragonlord, and quickly establishes himself as a capable enforcer. At the age of seventeen, Vlad completes his first assassination job. Thereafter, Vlad begins to live the high life through a steady stream of jobs.
The Empire has the feel of Western Europe around the time of the Reformation, but uses magic as a replacement for most technology. Despite the Empire's vast age, its culture has been remarkably stable, evolving only slowly. This is due in part to the very long lives of Dragaerans, in part to an ingrained respect for tradition, and in part to the meddling of the
Steven Brust presents himself as Paarfi's English translator. At the end of several of the Khaavren books, Brust and the character Paarfi have a comedic interaction or interview, and the two often quarrel. Brust claims to have changed Paarfi's original text in a number of ways in order to accommodate the differences in language. For example, the
language has gender neutral pronouns, which Brust has translated into the generic male, a change that outrages Paarfi during one of their conversations.
legend, the Serioli created Morganti weapons to make war so terrible that no one would ever start one. They are magical blades that destroy the soul of any person they cut, killing victims utterly with the smallest scratch and making resurrection or reincarnation impossible. Morganti weapons are semi-intelligent and yearn to "eat" the souls of victims. People near a Morganti weapon can feel its malevolent presence. Morganti daggers are often used by the Jhereg for particularly vindictive assassinations.
Vlad becomes suspicious of the quick Imperial investigating that judged Fyres's death an accident. He disguises himself as a
and begins questioning Fyres's relatives and the Imperial investigators. He quickly determines that a cover-up is underway by at least one covert Imperial agency. Kiera conducts several burglaries and determines that the Empire's Minister of the Treasury is also involved. During these investigations, Mother makes progress with Savn, who begins to respond more to people around him.
The novel also introduces Telnan, the newest and possibly only member of the Lavodes in training. Telnan is young (for a
) and uncommonly cheerful (for a Dzur). His conversation with Vlad helps to clarify the motivations behind a Dzurlord's behavior. He possesses, coincidentally, a Great Weapon: 'Loci for different levels of energy from various phases of existence'. He prefers to call it 'Nightslayer', because it sounds 'dangerous, and evil, and like that'.
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