Tiffany Aching is a young apprentice witch and star of a series of Discworld books aimed at young adults. Her stories often parallel mythic heroes' quests, but also deal with Tiffany's difficulties as a young girl maturing into a responsible woman. She is aided in her job by the Nac Mac Feegle , a gang of hard-drinking, loudmouthed pictsie creatures who serve as her guardians. Both Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg have also appeared in her stories.
She has appeared in five novels, the fifth one published posthumously.
Moist von Lipwig is a professional criminal and con man to whom Havelock Vetinari gives a "second chance" after staging his execution, recognising the advantages his jack-of-all-trades abilities would have to the development of the city. After setting him in charge of the Ankh-Morpork Post Office , to good result, Vetinari ordered him to clear up the city's corrupt financial sector, to which he rather ironically acquitted himself well.
A third book, in which Lipwig is ordered to organise the city's taxation system, is planned. Other characters in this series include Adora Belle Dearheart , Lipwig's acerbic, chain-smoking lover, Gladys , a golem who develops a strange crush on Lipwig, and Stanley Howler , a mildly autistic young man who becomes the Disc's first stamp collector.
The History Monks are a group of vaguely Buddhist -like monks who have taken on the job of ensuring that history passes smoothly.
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In that sense, as Pratchett says, they straddle the boundary between human beings and personifications. They perform their task in two ways: first, their monastery is home to the History Books; 20, ten-foot long, lead-bound volumes that record every event of historical relevance as it occurs.
Second, they manage and control the flow of time , much like a public utility. Whenever the orderly flow of time gets disrupted if, say someone is sent back into the past , the History Monks send agents into the field to repair the damage as best as possible. The principal History Monk in the novels is Lu-Tze , nominally the monastery's sweeper but in fact one of the highest ranking monks in the organisation. The History Monks have appeared in three Discworld novels to date. Reading order is not restricted to publication order; however, each arc may be best read chronologically.
The books take place roughly in real-time and the characters' ages change to reflect the passing of years. No distinction will ever be clear-cut. Many stories such as The Truth and Monstrous Regiment nominally stand alone but, nonetheless, tie in heavily with main story-lines. A number of characters, such as members of staff of the Unseen University , Lord Vetinari and the Elves, appear prominently in many different story-lines without having titles of their own. As it is, many of these "standalone" stories deal with the development of the city of Ankh-Morpork into a technologically and magically advanced metropolis that readers will find analogous to real-world cities: for example, The Truth catalogues the rise of a newspaper service for the city, the Ankh-Morpork Times , and Going Postal similarly deals with the development of a postal service and the rise of the Discworld's telecommunications system, called " the clacks ".
Discworld has a relative lack of recurring or overarching villains.
Many of Pratchett's potential villains, such as Lord Vetinari and Lord Downey, are too complex or multifaceted to be simplistically characterised as "evil", while other more standard villains, such as Lord Rust , are depicted merely as egocentric dullards. Principal villains in Discworld novels tend to die or be put similarly out of action by the story's end.
The Lovecraftian creatures from the Dungeon Dimensions cannot be considered evil in the traditional sense, since they are utterly amoral. There are, however, two groups of villains that feature prominently in many of the stories and have, in their own ways, come to represent the force of ' wrongness ' in the Discworld : the Auditors of Reality and the Elves. The Auditors, cosmic bureaucrats who prefer a universe where electrons spin, rocks float in space and imagination is dead, represent the perils of handing yourself over to a completely materialist and deterministic vision of reality, devoid of the myths and stories that make us human.
The Elves, innately psychopathic beings who seek to dominate people by usurping their free will with glamour and false magic, represent the dangers of giving yourself over completely to stories and superstition.
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Together they appear to reflect the philosophy Pratchett expresses in Hogfather and is a recurring theme throughout the series; that while the stories we weave may not be true, we still need them to continue our existence. However, it would be wrong to categorise the Auditors or Elves simply as 'evil'. While their actions cause misery, it is merely incidental.anomralpo.tk
Elves do not understand the suffering they cause as they have no empathy, while the Auditors are simply a form of supernatural bureaucrat who think humans cause too much inefficiency. His good witch , Granny Weatherwax , takes the form of an archetypical evil crone:. His good public servant, Lord Havelock Vetinari , is an assassin and a tyrant , but acting in his city's best interests as a benevolent dictator nonetheless.
It is speculated that he is based on one of the Medici rulers of Renaissance Florence, or perhaps Machiavelli. In general, Pratchett presents the notion that to be good quite often results in being perceived as bad or evil by the very people you're doing good for, and in many of his stories image is eventually overcome, without fanfare, by substance. In the Elf books, as elsewhere, he presents the notion that our "world" is subjective, and is constructed internally. In particular, that it is constructed out of stories.
Related to this is the idea that most of our experience is filtered out before it reaches consciousness:. Also in the Elf books, Pratchett presents elves as nasty, evil creatures. This follows original English folk songs and stories e. Tam Lin , quite in contrast with how they were portrayed by Tolkien which is more commonly known these days. A large portion of Carpe Jugulum is about "internal struggles", and how pieces of our mind do not always agree with other pieces of our mind and how some of us feel we have "Darker" selves within us, that we keep deep, deep down.
Aside from the obviously "split" mind character Perdita and Agnes, Good Oats and Bad Oats , it is shown that even characters as decisive as Granny Weatherwax have inner "selves" with whom they struggle. While central human villains do not recur from novel to novel, the individuals often share certain personality traits.
The most prominent of these traits is the lack of the aforementioned "internal struggle". They are villains not because their bad self has won the struggle, but because they never had a conception of good and bad in the first place. This results in a person who is completely dispassionate, egocentric , and lacking most recognizable human emotions. This is very similar to the character of the elves, but portrayed in a more negative light, since such characteristics are inherent in elves as a species, while the reason for a human to act in such a manner is less clear cut.
These amoral human villains are often highly intelligent and develop schemes to shape society or the world to conform to their views of how things should work. While the description may not apply to every central villain, many of them could be described as sociopaths. In the book " Night Watch " Commander Vimes considers that the book's villain, Carcer, is not a madman but is actually dangerously sane, having realised that the laws and conventions most people follow don't have to apply to him if he doesn't want them to.
The concept of racial hatred is touched upon often when Trolls and Dwarves are present and forms a significant plot pillar in Thud! The problems of racial integration, multiculturalism, and racial hatred are also a topic of "Jingo", which also echoes the long held divisions and superstitions between rival great powers in this world, such as U. In several books, characters or narration bring up the question of precisely what constitutes a " hero " and whether there's anything really "heroic" about gung-ho violence.
This is generally the basis for Cohen the Barbarian and the actions of his Silver Horde, as shown in The Last Hero , in which the Patrician points out that when people say that heroes defeat tyrants, steal things from the gods, seduce women and kill monsters, they are, in fact, saying, that heroes murder, steal, rape, and wipe out endangered species.
Lord Vetinari also asks the question, "When a tyrant is defeated or a monster killed, who is the person defining the monstrousness of the monster, or the tyranny of the tyrant? The hero.
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In fact, when a hero kills someone, he is in fact saying that, if you have been killed by a hero, then you are a person who is suitable to be killed by a hero. Many Discworld stories feature Rincewind, a dour and ill-fated wizard who specializes in the art of the escape. Any 'heroic' actions on Rincewind's part are, for the most part, caused by accident or sheer bad luck, which often puts him straight back into the very situation he was running from in the first place. Rincewind is categorically not a 'hero' in the traditional sense, since he merely wants to be left alone.
In particular, The Fifth Elephant raises the point of view that if someone can kill a villain and then joke about it, they are no less a murderer than the villain himself. This thought is had by Commander Vimes, who actually considers several possible "quips" after tricking the villain to his death, but declines to say them out loud, raising the prospect dealt with at greater length in Night Watch , among many other books that the most effective heroes are natural villains who choose to act in accordance with a particular system of ethics. Venugopalan Ittekot pseud.
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