This novel corresponds with the first two Dragonlance game modules, Dragons of Despair and Dragons of Flame , but with a different ending. The title Dragons of Autumn Twilight follows a pattern with the other novels in the series, Dragons of Winter Night and Dragons of Spring Dawning , as they all start with Dragons , followed the names of the seasons, Autumn , Winter , and Spring , as well as a series of time, Twilight , Night , and Dawning.
References include But there was something disquieting about him—secret, silent, self-contained, and solitary as an oyster  and The fate of mankind is my business. This quote is turned from meaning good to meaning harm. The novels take place on the fantasy world of Krynn , created specifically for the gameplay. The world once worshiped the True Gods, a pantheon unique to the Dragonlance saga, but has come to believe that the True Gods have abandoned the world and those in it. The world is just starting to recover from the loss of the True Gods and a group has sprung up seeking to replace the True Gods the Seekers.
The book begins with the return of a group of friends, consisting of Tanis, Sturm, Caramon, Raistlin, Flint, and Tasslehoff, who had separated to pursue their own quests and pledged to return in five years. Kitiara Uth Matar , the half sister of the twins Caramon and Raistlin, was supposed to be there as well, but only sent a mysterious note.
On the eve of their reunion, the Companions discover that the village where they are meeting has been taken over by a religious order called the Seekers. They are collaborating with the Dragon Highlords , who are preparing for the conquest of the continent of Ansalon. When Goldmoon, a plainswoman in the same inn as the companions, heals a Seeker with her staff, the Companions are confronted by Highlord forces and are forced to flee the village.
The next day, the group is attacked by Draconians , reptilian creatures that serve as foot soldiers in the Highlords' army. The Companions are driven into the woods, where they are attacked by undead and rescued by a centaur. The group is charged to go to the ruined city of Xak Tsaroth to retrieve the Disks of Mishakal , an object containing the teaching of the True Gods that will be instrumental for the restoration of the faith in the True Gods. After a lengthy trip on the backs of pegasi and several encounters with the forces of darkness, the companions enter Xak Tsaroth and meet some gully dwarves, diminutive and socially awkward creatures.
One of the dwarves, Bupu, leads them to the dragon Khisanth , who is killed by the holy power of the Blue Crystal Staff. When this happens, Goldmoon is consumed by its flame and presumed dead. However, they later find her resting at the foot of a statue of Mishakal the Goddess of Healing , which now bears the Blue Crystal Staff, and Goldmoon is blessed with true clerical powers.
The Companions leave with the Disks of Mishakal. Bupu gives an ancient spellbook formerly belonging to the archmage Fistandantilus to Raistlin. When they return to the village to regroup they find it occupied. The Companions are captured by the Highlord armies and are chained in a slave caravan along with an elf named Gilthanas , the son of the leader of the elven nation of Qualinesti. The group is freed by Gilthanas's brother, Porthios. They flee to Qualinesti, where Tanis is reunited with his childhood sweetheart, the exceptionally beautiful elven princess, Laurana Kanan.
Laurana is still in love with Tanis and wants to marry him, but Tanis breaks her heart by telling her he is now in love with Kitiara. The Elven King Solostaran convinces the Companions to lead an attack on the slave-mine Pax Tharkas to free the slaves from the control of the local Dragon Highlord. The Companions journey through a secret passage underground to Pax Tharkas and devise a plan to free the slaves. Laurana, desperate to win Tanis back, secretly follows the Companions. When Tanis discovers Laurana has followed them he angrily rebukes her for acting like a spoiled child.
Laurana resolves to try to prove she is more than that. The Companions infiltrate Pax Tharkas and Goldmoon heals Elistan , a dying Seeker, and converts him to the faith of the true gods. He becomes the first cleric of Paladine, and Goldmoon turns the Disks of Mishakal over to him. The Companions help the slaves break free. Laurana proves her worth in the battle by fighting bravely.
The Dragon Highlord Verminaard and his red dragon Ember arrive to crush the revolt, but the insane red dragon Flamestrike kills Ember, while the Companions cut down Verminaard. According to Tracy Hickman, "The restoration of truth and faith are Devil's Due Publishing adapted the novel into comic format. A trade paperback collecting the issues was released in May It was ranked 33 in the top graphic novels in sales with an estimated preorder quantity of 2, A movie adaptation of the novel was released on 15 January The screenplay adaptation was completed by George Strayton, with creative assistance by Weis and Hickman, and Will Meugniot directed.
The movie used both 2D and 3D animation , and was made by Paramount Pictures. The storyline of the original Dragonlance series had been plotted and outlined before either the novel trilogy or the games were written. The novel was written after the completion of the first Dragonlance game modules. Weis and Hickman felt this was constraining and made the novel feel too episodic, so they reversed the process for the next books and completed the novels before the related modules were written.
They had full civil rights and fought with other Finns in the ranks of the Finnish Army. The field synagogue in East Karelia was one of the very few functioning synagogues on the Axis side during the war. There were several cases of Jewish officers of the Finnish Army being awarded the German Iron Cross , which they declined. German soldiers were treated by Jewish medical officers—who sometimes saved the soldiers' lives. Only one of the deportees survived. After the incident, the Finnish government refused to transfer any more Jews to German detainment. Finland began to seek an exit from the war after the German defeat at the Battle of Stalingrad in February Prime Minister Edwin Linkomies formed a new cabinet in March with peace as the top priority.
Negotiations were conducted intermittently during — between Finland, the Western Allies and the USSR, but no agreement was reached. It included three major air attacks totaling over 6, sorties. Finnish anti-aircraft defence repelled the raids and only five per cent of the dropped bombs hit their planned targets. In Helsinki, decoy searchlights and fires were placed outside the city to deceive Soviet bombers into dropping their payloads on unpopulated areas. Major air attacks also hit Oulu and Kotka , but pre-emptive radio intelligence and effective defence kept the number of casualties low.
Stiff German and Estonian defence in Narva from February to August prevented the use of occupied Estonia as a favourable base for Soviet amphibious and air assaults against Helsinki and other Finnish coastal cities in support of a land offensive. Along the Soviet artillery fired over 80, rounds along the front on the Karelian Isthmus. On the second day of the offensive, the artillery barrages and superior number of Soviet forces crushed the main Finnish defence line.
The Red Army penetrated the second line of defence, the Vammelsuu—Taipale line VT line , by the sixth day and recaptured Vyborg almost without resistance on 20 June. The Soviet breakthrough on the Karelian Isthmus forced the Finns to reinforce the area, thus allowing the concurrent Soviet offensive in East Karelia to meet less resistance and to recapture Petrozavodsk by 28 June Finland especially lacked modern anti-tank weaponry that could stop Soviet heavy armour, such as the KV-1 or IS On 26 June, President Risto Ryti gave the guarantee as a personal undertaking , which he, Field Marshal Mannerheim and Prime Minister Edwin Linkomies intended to legally last only for the remainder of Ryti's presidency.
More battles were fought toward the end of the war, the last of which was the Battle of Ilomantsi , fought between 26 July and 13 August and resulting in a Finnish victory with the destruction of two Soviet divisions. Despite German support under the Ryti-Ribbentrop Agreement, it was asserted that the country was unable to blunt another major offensive. Finland was required to return to the borders agreed to in the Moscow Peace Treaty, demobilise its armed forces, fulfill war reparations and cede the municipality of Petsamo.
The Finns were also required to immediately end any diplomatic relations with Germany and expel the Wehrmacht from Finnish territory by 15 September ; any troops remaining were to be disarmed, arrested and turned over to the Allies. The Parliament of Finland accepted the terms in a secret meeting on 2 September and requested that official negotiations for an armistice begin.
The Finnish Army implemented a ceasefire at a. Helsinki time on 4 September; the Red Army followed suit a day later. They were presented by Molotov on 18 September and accepted by the Finnish Parliament a day later. The motivations for the Soviet peace agreement with Finland are debated.
Several Western historians stated that the original Soviet designs for Finland were no different from their designs for the Baltic countries. American political scientist Dan Reiter asserted that for Moscow, the control of Finland was necessary. Reiter and British historian Victor Rothwell both quoted Molotov telling his Lithuanian counterpart in , when the USSR effectively annexed Lithuania , that minor states such as Finland, "will be included within the honourable family of Soviet peoples.
He also wrote that Stalin had described territorial concessions, reparations and military bases as his objective with Finland to representatives from the UK, in December , and the US, in March , as well as the Tehran Conference. He believed that in the end "Stalin's desire to crush Hitler quickly and decisively without distraction from the Finnish sideshow" concluded the war. Russian historian Nikolai Baryshnikov disputed the view that the Soviet Union sought to deprive Finland of its independence.
He argued that there is no documentary evidence for such claims and that the Soviet government was always open for negotiations. Baryshnikov cited, for example, the then-public-information chief of Finnish Headquarters, Major Kalle Lehmus , to show that Finnish leadership had learned of the limited Soviet plans for Finland by at least July after intelligence revealed that some Soviet divisions were to be transferred to reserve in Leningrad.
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According to Finnish historians, the casualties of the Finnish Defence Forces amounted to 63, dead or missing and around , wounded. After the ceasefire, the USSR insisted that the payments should be based on prices, which doubled the de facto amount. Many civilians who had been displaced after the Winter War had moved back into Karelia during the Continuation War and now had to be evacuated from Karelia again.
Of the , civilians who had returned Karelia, only 19 chose to remain and become Soviet citizens. After the armistice, Finland was forced to return the evacuees. The war is considered a Soviet victory. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Frolov Kirill Meretskov. Finnish 63, dead or missing   , wounded  2,—3, captured  , total casualties Not including civilian casualties. German 23, dead or missing 60, wounded 84, total casualties  Not including civilian casualties. Soviet ,—, dead or missing    , medical casualties including , wounded and , sick   64, captured  ,—, total casualties Not including civilian casualties, such as Siege of Leningrad.
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