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The Cleric Quintet

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Jack Westlake

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The Cleric Quintet Books one to five By R.A Salvatore Main Characters Cadderly Cadderly was born in the city of Carradoon, but is unaware of who his parents were. All of his memories lie in the Edificant Library, a place of knowledge and a significant distance away from Carradoon. This is where he lives and study's as a priest of the god Deneir, one of the gods of knowledge and invention. As our protagonist, he undergoes many significant changes throughout the book, going from a boyish priest, to a battle hardened cleric within two books. Danica Danica Maupoissant was born and raised in the city of Westgate, until her parents were massacred by the ruthless band of assassins known only as the Night Masks. Through years of vigorus training, she has built herself to physical perfection. She arrived at the Edificant Library a year before the events of the quintet, to study the ancient scrolls of a long dead monk, and eventually budded a relationship with Cadderly. Ivan Bouldershoulder Ivan is a seasoned dwarven warrior who hails from the Snowflake Mountains. He, along with his brother, Pikel, traveled together until they took up jobs as cooks at the Edificant Library. That was short-lived, however, as the Edificant Library came under the influence of a mysterious curse. Ivan dropped his spoon and grabbed his mighty double-bladed axe, his tattered armor and his helmet (supporting a pair of 8-point deer antlers) and became Cadderly's bodyguard to help in the stopping of the curse. Pikel Bouldershoulder Pikel is Ivans interesting brother. He doesn't even talk, he usuallys says "Oo oi" whenever he tries to speak, but he gets a few other words in aswell. He constantly thinks he'll one day become a druid (or "doo dad" as he calls it), even though dwarves have a natural resistance to any type of magic. His appearance seems out of place, too; instead of letting his beard hang low like his brother, he has it dyed green, pulled up around his ears and braided with his hair halfway down his back. Given the fact that he has no helmet, he grabbed the nearest pot in the Library's kitchen and placed it on his head. If that wasn't enough, his weapon is a four-foot-long club crafted out of a tree trunk. He always stays by his brothers side, so he was happy to go with Ivan and Cadderly when the curse befell the Library. Place of Birth Cadderly was born in Carradoon, the capital city of the region, unaware of who his parents are. Throughout the first three books, Cadderly looks up to Headmaster Avery and Headmistress Pertelope, two headmasters at the library, as his surrogate mother and father almost all his life. While Cadderly is confronting his father, an evil wizard by the name of Aballister Bonaduce, Cadderly sees a vision of Headmaster Avery in an arguement with Aballister, Cadderly at his side. In the end, Cadderly was pushed to Avery by Aballister saying "Then take the brat." (Book 4, page 840). Another vision appears in his mind, a vision of his mother being murdered by Aballister, "He saw Aballister's face, twisted demonically with rage, heard his mother's pitiful cries and his own quiet sobs... That sword! Aballister had used it against Cadderly's mother, had used this very same spell to kill Caddely's mother" (Book 4, page 840). It is through book four that the reader sees the truth behind Cadderly's childhood. One comparison to Cadderly's birth is Harry Potter. He never knew who his parents were, considering the fact that he was in foster care from birth. He sees visionsof his enemy, Lord Voldemort, and Harry's parents. Percy Jackson is another great example. Percy's real father, Poseidon, Greek God of the Sea, left him and his mother when he was only 7 months old. Many years later, Percy is attacked by numerous creatures looking for Zeus' master lightning bolt, which made him go on a quest to find the bolt and return it to Mount Olympus. He finally confronts his father, who tells him "Zeus passed a law that gods could not interact with their children... because of me" (Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief). Call to Adventure The heroic pattern has been used in storytelling since the first tales were told. Heroism is central to our ideas in society and by comparing the popular pattern of pop culture to the text. Place of birth, call to adventure, trials and ordeals, unique friends and aquaintances, supreme ordeal are shown in many popular texts. The following book clearly follows the heroic pattern. There are many different calls to adventure in The Cleric Quintet, as each book is focused on different events within the same story line. In Book 1, events underneath the Edificant Library put many events into motion that change Cadderly's life forever. The creation of the Chaos Curse, a potion that's smoke can make a large group of people release their true feelings and ambitions in their heart, was one such event. A man by the name of Barjin, a high priest of the order of Talona, Lady of Poison, tortured a man into giving him access to the crypts below the library, "'you will tell me," the sinister voice promised from the darkness." (Book 1, Page 52). After gaining access to the crypts, killing the man who let him in and re-animating him as a zombie, he opened the "Most Fatal Horror!" (Book 1, page 23). Cadderly eventually notices how his friends are acting, including Avery openly liking him (he treated Cadderly like garbage before), Ivan and Pikel trying to kill eachother in the kitchen, his rival, Keirkan Rufo, trying to kill him, and Danica repeatedly smashing her head off a block. Cadderly, after having nightmares about Barjin and the Chaos Curse, decides to go into the crypts to find the source of all of the madness around him. He, along with the dwarf brothers, encounter Barjin and his small army of undead skeletons. After Barjin's defeat, Cadderly pieces together that Barjin was not going to be the last member of the Talonan order he was going to encounter. In the Star Wars book Death Troopers, a trial in the book happens that is sort of like the event in the Quintet. One of the main characters, Trig Longo faces an ordeal that no one deserves to face, his brother Kale. Trig and his brother were split up in an imperial star destroyer after running from the undead crew members and prisoners from the prison barge Purge. Unbeknownst to Trig, one of the zombies blew half of his older brother's face off with a lucky shot from a blaster, with a medical officer named Zahara holding him, "There was another metallic jolt, and Kale jerked violently in her arms and fell still." (Schreiber, Page 188). This was only the beginning. Later on in the book, Trig is being chased by a creature wearing a storm trooper helmet through a narrow ventilation shaft, but after the helmet fell off, Trig was about to pass out, "Kale?" (Schreiber, Page 238). Trig tossed his brother out of the shaft, making him feel alone like he did when his father was killed before the zombie outbreak. Trials and Ordeals The end of In Sylvan Shadows is the perfect example of a "trial." During the battle in the forests of Shilmista, the elven lands, Cadderly uses many different forms of priestly magic, including making trees walk and work as giant orc-killing machines. The magic he uses makes him question all he was taught at the Edificant Library. At the end of book 2, Cadderly is practically hated by his friends when he spared the life of one of the enemy's. "'Fool indeed!' roared Elbereth. 'How?' he demanded of Cadderly. 'Why did you let the wizard escape?'" (Book 2, page 427). Danica tells Cadderly to simply leave the forest. Cadderly explains to her, "'This is not my place, that much is true,' Cadderly went on, "and I have little fight left in me, I fear. I will leave with the priests when they depart, but to the library only long enough to retrieve my belongings." (Book 2, page 428). He is excluded from his companions for his mercy toward an enemy, which makes him alone in the place he was born, "Cadderly looked out the open window, beyond the rooftops of Carradoon, toward Impresk Lake, but his thoughts were miles away, back in the forest he had left four weeks before." (Book 2, page 430). Batman is one example of such a call to adventure, as a major event in his life changed it forever. In every Batman story, there is always a point in it that Bruce Wayne recalls the last night he went to the opera with his parents. Thomas and Martha Wayne took ten-year-old Bruce through an alley, as a short-cut to their limosine to get out of the rain faster. In the rain, a man named Joe Chill points a pistol at Thomas, scaring the three of them. Thomas, being a surgeon who can work under preasure, calmly told the man to put the gun down. Chill shot Thomas and Martha and left the heart broken Bruce to greave over his parents lifeless corpses. A group of police men rushed to his side shortly after they were called by someone who heard gun shots and screams. This event inspired Bruce to rid Gotham City of criminals and clinically insane psychopaths. He created Batman, a mentally and physically fit hero based on Bruces worst fear: Bats. The Legend of Heracles and the Hydra has a moment that changes Heracles' life forever as well. Hera, Goddess of Women and Marriage, despised Heracles even before he was born, "[Hera] sent two snakes to kill the infant Heracles where he lay sleeping in his crib. The little boy laughed and strangled them..." (Mythic Voices, page 87). As Heracles grows older, he does grand deeds that many speak of and lives with a wife and children. Hera, furious at how Heracles is doing so well despite the fact that the fates said he would be through a life of suffering, gives Heracles the curse of madness. Under the influence of the curse, Heracles kills his children, thinking they were snakes. This event changes his life forever and puts him on a completely different path. In the movie The Lord of The Rings: The Two Towers, Frodo Baggins faces a trial between him and his best friend, Samwise Gamgee. Partially under the influence of the one ring to rule them all, and with Smeagol telling him in the background to watch out for Sam, Frodo's judgement becomes clouded. He eventually tells Sam to return to The Shire, so Frodo and Smeagol could keep going. Frodo is left alone and soon after walks into a trap, layed by Smeagol, into a giant spider nest. Magical Guides and Unique Friends Cadderly travels with a wide variety of unique weapons and abilities. One such weapon is a dark-elf style hand-crossbow. This crossbow was expertly crafted by Ivan after he studied a tapestry, stolen from Headmistress Pertelope, that depicted the battle that split the elves into 2 groups; the Surface Elves and the Drow, "Borrowed' Cadderly corrected. 'With Headmistress Pertelope's blessings?' Ivan asked sarcastically." (Book 1, Page 36). The darts the crossbow fires are even more unique; they possess in them an explosive oil known as the "Oil of Impact" (Book 1, Page 8). If enough force is placed on the darts, their hollow centre containing the explosive oil will collapse, creating a small explosion with enough power to blow a hole through a tree, ""...the young scholar fired into the ogre's shoulder. The ogre barely flinched at the explosion, but Cadderly new he had hurt the creature badly." (Book 2, Page 307). Cadderly's magic is also a very useful tool in later books. In book 3, he constantly flips through the Tomb of Universal Harmony, the holiest book in the order of Deneir. The book contains the Song of Deneir, which hides very powerful priestly magic that very few in the order of Deneir can truely understand. These are only a few examples of Cadderly's magical capabilities. In the show Soul Eater, weapons are unique in every way. There are Weapon Meisters, people that use their souls to synchronize with their weapons to make themselves stronger in battle, then there are their weapons, human beings that have the ability to turn into weapons. These partners are taught how to harness their souls hidden power at the Death Weapon Meister Academy, DWMA for short. In the story of Isildur and his fight with the dark lord Sauron in the Lord of the Rings, there is mention of an ancient weapon of great power. Isildur wields the blade known as Narsil, later called Anduril, after the dark-lord Sauron stepped on it. Isildur immediately grabs the sword and cuts the one ring off of the dark-lords finger. Using this blade, Isildur's father, Elendil, commanded an army of ghosts and undead that turned the tide of many fateful battles. Aragorn, Son of Arathorn, chieftain of the Rangers of the North, is given Anduril after it was re-forged by the elves of Rivendel by the elf-lord Elrond. With such a blade, Aragorn recieves the power to command the army of the undead Elendil commanded and turned the tide of the battle for Minas Tirith, capitol of Gondor. Supreme Ordeal The biggest and probably most intense ordeal in the Quintet is Cadderly's fight with his bitter enemy, Kierkan Rufo. Rufo is coerced by the imp Druzil back into the crypts underneath the library to open the Chaos Curse, since it was re-sealed when Cadderly defeated Barjin. In his stupidity, he drank the potion in one gulp, "What have you done?' Druzil repeated loudly, "Bene tellemara! Fool!" (Book 5, Page 865). Rufo choked and gagged all the way up to the crypts entrance and eventualy died on the doorsteps of the library. While he was being placed in a mausoleum, Rufo awoke and easily killed the two Oghman priests burying him. When Cadderly returns to the Edificant Library, he encounters some of his former allies as vampires and others zombified, "Of all the things they had ever heard - the cries of wild animals in a mountain night, the screams of the dying on a field in Shilmista, the roar of a dragon deceived - none of them, not Cadderly or even hardy Ivan and Pikel, had felt their bones so melted as by the unearthly shriek of Kierkan Rufo." (Book 5, Page 980). Cadderly, Ivan, Pikel, Danica and the elven maiden Shaleigh fight through the undead and manage to take out a small amount of vampires. Ivan and Pikel manage to get to the hidden forge that is in the library's kitchen. The dwarven brothers convince Cadderly to attack Rufo until he evaporates and tries and escape as a gas until Ivan and Pikel trap him in the box the brothers found in their forge. Cadderly confronts Rufo outside where he has access to his priestly magic and vanquishes the evil vampire that corrupted the library, "When Rufo collapsed to the ground, he was no more than a hollow, smoking husk, an empty coil, and a lost soul." (Book 5, Page 1028). Cadderly had never felt more in-tuned with his god at that moment. In the movie Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, Luke Skywalker faces his father in the same sort of way. Luke surrenders to Darth Vader without a fight to confront both Vader and Darth Sidious. Father and son lock lightsabers and fight until Luke overpowers Vader and slices his hand clean off. When Sidious tries to convince Luke to finish off the weakened Vader, he simply puts his lightsaber back on his belt. Sidious, being furious at how Luke was immune to the lure of the dark-side, sends searing bolts of lightning at the vulnerable Luke. Out of the kindness of his heart, Vader grabs Sidious and sends him to his doom down the Death Stars core. Comparing another Star Wars book, Darth Bane: Path of Destruction, there is a supreme ordeal like in the Quintet. Toward the end of the book, Bane tricks the Sith leader, Dark Lord Kaan, to use a deadly dark-side ability known as the Thought Bomb. The Thought Bomb is activated through a ritual that literally takes the life force and light out of the people in the ritual. When Lord Kaan activates the Thought Bomb through his madness, the bomb sucks the life out of everyone in the cave it is activated in, wiping out every Sith and Jedi on the planet of Ruusan. The Cleric Quintet follows the heroic pattern. Cadderly had an unusual birth, was involved in an event that changed his life forever, faced many trials, was accompanied by a variety of unique weapons and faced a supreme ordeal that ended the Quintet with a bang. The comparisons made prove the fact that the heroic pattern is used in many different forms of pop culture. Work Sited
Salvatore, R.A. The Cleric Quintet. Renton, WA. Wizards of the Coast, 2002
Karpyshyn, Drew. Darth Bane: Path of Destruction. New York, NY. Random House Publishing Group, 2007
The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Peter Jackson. Elijah Wood, Sean Astin, Orlando Bloom. DVD. 2001
Schreiber, Joe. Death Troopers. New York, NY. Random House Publishing Group, 2001
Soul Eater. Takuya Igarashi. Laura Bailey, Micah Solusad, Todd Haberkorn. Bones Studio, 2008-2009
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