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Fate in Fantasy
Here is quite an excellent discussion of Fate in fantasy fiction.

It got me thinking about Path of the Paladins.  Pretty early on, that series reveals that the world is a mess and needs some fixing up, and that Shahana and Ari are involved in a lot of the fixing.  But it's not exactly a Fate sort of situation.  There's a natural force at play which pulls things in a particular direction.  As the series moves along, it becomes clear that Gorrein has grabbed a great deal of power but is basically making a colossal botch of it.  The more he struggles to increase his influence, the worse the situation gets and the greater the tension becomes as nature tries to reorganize things into a more stable configuration.  There are forces to which even the gods are subject ... but it isn't always about fancy predetermined Fate.  Sometimes it's just the equivalent of, if you throw rocks in the air, they tend to land on your head.

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fayanora From: fayanora Date: October 6th, 2011 10:23 am (UTC) (Link)
Ah, Fate. I plan to make mock of many fantasy tropes in my "Playground of the Gods"/Lyria series, while still producing a serious story, and Fate is one of the tropes to be mocked. Many different official and unofficial prophecies exist about the events of the series, written in clear detail (usually), and the best ones are 99% accurate or better. But it's going to end up that Lyria throws a monkey wrench in the works and the outcome will be something totally unexpected. Oh, the prophecies (for the side of Good, at least) won't be WRONG, exactly, just incomplete. :-D

I may also mock the idea of "The Chosen One," the one hero fated to be in the thick of things and crucial to success for the side of Good. I won't go into details here, but the trouble all starts the *first* time he's killed in combat and Lyria brings him back to life. (Evil grin)
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: October 7th, 2011 01:37 am (UTC) (Link)


First time, heh. Good one.
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ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: October 7th, 2011 01:45 am (UTC) (Link)


I think it's interesting when prophecy gives just a hint of what will happen, so that you've got a useful clue when the time is right, rather than a set of railroad tracks or something so pointless it only makes sense in retrospect.
filkferengi From: filkferengi Date: October 11th, 2011 02:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
Cool discussion; thanks for sharing the link!
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