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17. Branding: Hero is branded

 

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In or after the battle, the Hero is branded in some way, receiving something that changes them, usually permanently. The brand may well be a wound from the villain, perhaps poisonous or magical. It may also be the acquisition of a magical item such as a ring or item of clothing.

The branding of the hero is a life-changing experience.

Example

In Star Wars, Luke is changed by Obi-Wan's death.

Discussion

This branding is a highly symbolic element as it marks the hero as now different, standing apart from others. It also reminds the hero of their new position.

When it is visible, it sends a signal to others of the hero's status. When it cannot be seen it is still a reminder to the hero both of their achievement and possibly of their changed placed in the world.

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Brand is

 

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