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Manga with a cursed green-haired weapon smith

I'm looking for a fantasy manga where a young green-haired weapon smith gets cursed and gets hunted by the kingdom’s army and his red-hair soldier friend. The kingdom is closed off and there are a ...
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Manhwa about a young girl who is reborn with reddish orange hair in a romance harem game as the female lead's best friend

The manhwa starts out with a girl in a cloak chasing a boy and yelling for him to stop and calling him a thief. She was getting tired of running and was going to be late for her first day of school. ...
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"Lady, my need is upon me."

I'm remembering a scene from a fantasy book I read sometime, I think, in the 80s. I thought it was a swords and sorcery novel, but it could be high fantasy. I remember an encounter between the hero ...
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Fantasy novel where an ax man fights an older sword master

I'm looking for a fantasy novel that I read I think in the early '80s. There's one fantastic scene where an ax-wielding young prodigy is chasing the evil villain down an escape tunnel, and comes into ...
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Fantasy comic where someone gets smothered by a thorny vine plant late 70s early 80s

Trying to find a story, or the comic magazine it appeared in. I read it in a childhood friend's garage around 1980-82 but given our ages (about 7) it was probably his father's from a few years ...
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Book with an Egyptian hunchback demi-god

As above - a rather thin book from the '60s or '70s - possibly from Daw. Yellowish cover with (I think) the main character facing right and shooting a bow. He is (also, I think) a hunchback, and ...
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Novel about a great swordsman who died and became an orphan boy

I don't really remember a whole lot about this novel. It's like this...A great swordsman, who is like really good, was killed or died because he was deemed a traitor. And then the novel goes to this ...
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Looking for title or author of a fantasy novel with large, tusked goat-like creatures as mounts

I read this in the mid '90s, but it had that acid treated paper feel that said '70s through '90s. The protagonist rode a mount that was definitely not a horse. I recall tusks and goat-like ...
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Fantasy novel where a woman (believing herself to be under threat) tells a man: "Keep back! Or I'll kill myself, and you too."

I'm remembering a scene in a fantasy novel where the main character, possibly a swordsman or warrior type, is travelling somewhere and comes across a woman on the road. Believing herself to be under ...
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Whats the manga name, possibly reincarnated as a prince with water attribute

So I can't remember if it was someone that was reincarnated but I think they had memories of a past life. They were born as a prince. When they had their status checked at birth, he saw E+S for water, ...
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Arthurian legend style story with future knowledge of science and chemistry

I recall a YA book that I read in the late '70s (in the UK) and was probably written roughly around that time, that was "Arthurian" in style. I'm not sure that this was directly specified, ...
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Fantasy novel about a medieval society formed by the descendants of human colonists, on a planet that brings their nightmares to life

So here's what I remember; It takes place on another planet, thousands of years after the colonists from Earth arrived. There is a prologue where they describe how the first colonists are attacked by ...
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Time travel manga where the female protagonist travels back in time before her death, to prevent her harsh life ahead

It’s a story of a female protagonist who has a harsh life. Just as she is about to die, she time travels back into her young self. To avoid the future she already lived, she decides to gets strong by ...
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Fantasy novel starring shaman-swordswoman, last of murdered clan

Looking for a two-book sword & sorcery series I read in the early '80s. I think I discovered it via a character write up in Dragon Magazine, so the books likely were published a while before I ...
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Help ID a book about an incomplete/truncated sword, possibly due to dimensional or time-travel

I say incomplete, not broken sword, because when the main character draws it from its scabbard, the stub blade is described as ending in a shiny rounded shape, as if melted—not broken shards. There ...
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Manga with three characters given magical items so they can collect badges

What I remember is there’s three main characters two boys one girl and they all decide to join a competition in Japan. Eventually the government delivers them weapons that best suit them. The red ...
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Book trilogy about a mage transported 500 years into the past

Trilogy of books, about a mage who is transported 500 years into the past. He created the house he is a part of in the future. There is a battle with a golden dragon at the end. Cannot find the ...
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Sword and sorcery short story with a wizard carrying an infant in a backpack that actually is a parasite

I'm looking for a sword and sorcery short story I read a long time ago: it's from the pulp era, possibly the 30s. I used to think it had been written by Clark Ashton Smith as both the style and the ...
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Fantasy Novel where the main character could summon shadows

This was a book I read several years ago. It was in the Sword & Sorcery genre, and the main character can summon shadows. He had a connection to the world of shadows and was the child of a human ...
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80s(?) Fantasy Novel. Character is recording every moment of his life. Including stepping over a dying man

A USA paperback Fantasy novel. Might be 70s, but probably 80s or 90s Pretty sure it was a Swords and Sorcery type setting, or Wizards and Witches. A man is recording everything which is happening in ...
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Sword-and-sorcery flick from the 80s with a magic scarf that saves the hero's life [duplicate]

The only thing I can remember about this 80s sword-and-sorcery movie is that the knight received a green scarf from a (possibly magical) maiden/princess, and at the very end of the film, his enemy ...
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Are there any examples of feminist works in the Sword and Sorcery genre? [closed]

A careful study of Sword & Sorcery literature placed its inception as a subgenre of fantasy in 1961 with Leiber's response to Moorcock. The ensuing years (1965-1981) brought forth a meager handful ...
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20th century fantasy story with protagonist at the court of a child empress [duplicate]

This is definitely not The Neverending Story! This story was probably read sometime in the last millennium (possibly in the 1980s) in a science fiction or fantasy magazine that probably had large ...
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Gruesome animated barbarian show from 2006 (like an animated Conan the Barbarian)

A dozen years ago, I caught about two minutes of an animated show on television. I don't know the name of the show or which channel it was on, but I do know that it was quite late at night in spring ...
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Fantasy world set in renaissance type era about a painter swordsman

This was a fantasy story set in a world of monsters and giants and adventurers and gods and seers and an evil overlord. The protagonist is a painter (with an Italian sounding name- Benotolli?). He ...
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1980s or earlier fantasy novel series, female warrior main character

I'm looking for the title of a fantasy novel series I read a few books of when I was younger. At this point all I can really remember is that the female warrior protagonist MIGHT have been called ...
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Fantasy novel with invisible monsters

Fantasy Novel, probably Sword and Sorcery. At one point in the novel, the hero is on a boat that docks in a swampy area, and they are attacked by invisible monsters. They put flour on the deck to see ...
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A Conan the Barbarian story about a city in which everyone is constantly high with some kind of lotus

I am looking for a Conan story in which he arrives at a seemingly deserted town (with the occasional girl in distress, of course). They take a look around, something is chasing them throughout the ...
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Comic book with color coded realms

At least 15 years ago, I read a comic book about a hero from our world being summoned to a magical realm (it might have been a different planet). The magical realm is divided by colors: red, blue, ...
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Comic/Manga from early 2000's: thief-like guy with a snarky fairy companion, accompanied by a female mage and a tank

It's been a long time since I've read it, so the details are a bit hazy. There might have even been an anime, but I honestly can't say. What I remember most is the beginning of it, because it stuck ...
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Please help identify a short Sword and Sorcery story about a city of torturers

I'm sorry to say that I don't have a whole lot to go on with this one. It's likely a sword and sorcery story, and it's also likely that I read it in a collection of short stories some time in the ...
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Fantasy book where a sword is imbued with rune magic

So this is a series that I read in the late 90's/early 2000's. I remember it as being 4 books. It involved a boy who, if I can recall correctly, returned to his village that had been burned and his ...
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Fantasy novel identification - greasy smoke precedes death [duplicate]

I'd like to identify a fantasy novel I read, probably somewhere from the mid eighties to early nineties. One problem is that I have read a lot of fantasy novels and it is highly likely that I will ...
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A short story that was a "Conan the Barbarian" parody -- kill the sorcerer Reh, "rescue" the princess

Sometime in the mid-to-late 1980s, I checked out a hardback anthology from a library. (English language, in the USA, and I have an impression that this anthology was pretty new at the time.) One ...
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Anime with students who can draw power from their "past lives"

The story was something like this. The students attended an academy. They were like guardians that were able to tap into their past lives for power. The main character was kinda slow to gain power. ...
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Conan story with poisoned chest

I'm trying to remember a Conan story where an antagonist is killed when he opens a treasure chest trapped with a poisoned fang or tooth In the chest's decorations. I'm wondering if it's not the ...
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Looking for a story about a warrior who fights a octopus monster and beats it making noise

I remember this story from about 1970. It probably was a comic, but there's a chance that it was an ilustrated novel. Style and aesthetics were similar to Conan the barbarian. A warrior enters to a ...
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