This is a continuation of the Science Fiction / Fantasy Genre Glossary Project posts. For the complete genre index click here.
What is Sword and Sorcery?
A subgenre of fantasy characterized by action driven plot and warrior protagonists. These protagonists must pit physical strength against danger.
- Protagonists are societal outsiders. For example, barbarians or outcasts.
- Though a protagonist may perform heroic deeds it is not without personal reward. For example, treasure, women, or survival.
- Free will. Destiny is controlled by the protagonist. He/she has no help from higher powers, and must face dangers using his/her own strength.
- Strength is often pitted against magic.
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