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14th Nov '17 8:20:04 AM xcountryguy
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* ''Literature/IAmNotASerialKiller'' has a love for kicking [[BrokenBird John]] while he's down, but ''Literature/IDontWantToKillYou'' has the most memorably crushing example. After years of battling with mental illness, John is finally finding a balance, and his hunt for the next SerialKiller on his hit list is going smoothly. He feels free, free enough to go out with a beautiful girl and try happiness and normalcy for once in his life. [[spoiler: Then, in the space of a few chapters, the main villain murders the girl he's just now letting himself love, possesses his only friend, attempts to MindRape him, and then burns his mother alive in front of him.]] He spends the rest of the series trying to escape the pull of a sanity-shattering DespairEventHorizon.

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* ''Literature/IAmNotASerialKiller'' has a love for kicking [[BrokenBird John]] while he's down, but ''Literature/IDontWantToKillYou'' has the most memorably crushing example. After years of battling with mental illness, John is finally finding a balance, and his hunt for the next SerialKiller on his hit list is going smoothly. He feels free, free enough to go out with a beautiful girl and try happiness and normalcy for once in his life. [[spoiler: Then, [[spoiler:Then, in the space of a few chapters, the main villain murders the girl he's just now letting himself love, possesses his only friend, attempts to MindRape him, and then burns his mother alive in front of him.]] He spends the rest of the series trying to escape the pull of a sanity-shattering DespairEventHorizon.



-->'''Joffrey:''' "My mother bids me let [[spoiler: Lord Eddard]] take the black, and Lady Sansa has begged mercy for [[spoiler: her father.]] [[spoiler: But they have the soft hearts of women. So long as I am your king, treason shall never go unpunished. Ser Ilyn, bring me his head!]]
** In ''Literature/AClashOfKings'' Theon [[spoiler: is facing a battle he cannot win, when Maester Luwin reminds him that he can surrender to Rodrik Cassel and join the Night's Watch to save his life. Theon considers this, and seems to be on the verge of agreeing]] when [[spoiler: Ramsey Snow and his men betray and kill Cassel, meaning Theon has no-one to surrender to.]]
** In ''Literature/AStormOfSwords'', the fight between [[spoiler: the Red Viper and the ''evil, evil'' Gregor Clegane, the Mountain that Rides, includes not merely a hope spot but a giant hope searchlight. At first the Viper looks rather outclassed by the Mountain. Then the Viper turns it around and puts the Mountain on his back, badly wounded by a poisoned spear. He steps on the Mountain's chest to finish him off -- and the Mountain grabs his foot, yanks him down, and taunts him horribly before smashing his skull with one enormous fist.]]

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-->'''Joffrey:''' "My mother bids me let [[spoiler: Lord [[spoiler:Lord Eddard]] take the black, and Lady Sansa has begged mercy for [[spoiler: her [[spoiler:her father.]] [[spoiler: But [[spoiler:But they have the soft hearts of women. So long as I am your king, treason shall never go unpunished. Ser Ilyn, bring me his head!]]
** In ''Literature/AClashOfKings'' Theon [[spoiler: is [[spoiler:is facing a battle he cannot win, when Maester Luwin reminds him that he can surrender to Rodrik Cassel and join the Night's Watch to save his life. Theon considers this, and seems to be on the verge of agreeing]] when [[spoiler: Ramsey [[spoiler:Ramsey Snow and his men betray and kill Cassel, meaning Theon has no-one to surrender to.]]
** In ''Literature/AStormOfSwords'', the fight between [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the Red Viper and the ''evil, evil'' Gregor Clegane, the Mountain that Rides, includes not merely a hope spot but a giant hope searchlight. At first the Viper looks rather outclassed by the Mountain. Then the Viper turns it around and puts the Mountain on his back, badly wounded by a poisoned spear. He steps on the Mountain's chest to finish him off -- and the Mountain grabs his foot, yanks him down, and taunts him horribly before smashing his skull with one enormous fist.]]



** Also from ''A Storm of Swords'', [[BreakTheCutie Sansa]] looks like she's about to escape [[DeadlyDecadentCourt King's Landing]] and [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Cersei]] with Ser Dontos, who gets her off the grounds, through a forest, and to a ship, where she finds out the one behind her rescue was none other than [[spoiler: [[MagnificentBastard Littlefinger]], the closest thing the series has to a BigBad who's already given off some creepy vibes for her.]]

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** Also from ''A Storm of Swords'', [[BreakTheCutie Sansa]] looks like she's about to escape [[DeadlyDecadentCourt King's Landing]] and [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Cersei]] with Ser Dontos, who gets her off the grounds, through a forest, and to a ship, where she finds out the one behind her rescue was none other than [[spoiler: [[MagnificentBastard [[spoiler:[[MagnificentBastard Littlefinger]], the closest thing the series has to a BigBad who's already given off some creepy vibes for her.]]



* In the end of book 5 of ''Literature/TheSagaOfDarrenShan'', when Darren rushes back to help his friends fight a group of enemies, [[spoiler: and sees that Kurda has made it in time to help Gavner... only then to see Kurda stab Gavner himself.]] Captured ''brilliantly'' by artist Creator/TakahiroArai in the manga adaptation.

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* In the end of book 5 of ''Literature/TheSagaOfDarrenShan'', when Darren rushes back to help his friends fight a group of enemies, [[spoiler: and [[spoiler:and sees that Kurda has made it in time to help Gavner... only then to see Kurda stab Gavner himself.]] Captured ''brilliantly'' by artist Creator/TakahiroArai in the manga adaptation.



* The Literature/ImperialGuard novel ''Desert Raiders'' has one after the regiment has managed to destroy the tyranid swarm in a series of {{Heroic Sacrifice}}s and {{Last Stand}}s. There are only a few survivors and they are without supplies in the middle of the desert. Still they are hopeful that they can last till the fleet returns. Then they found out that [[spoiler: the defeated swarm was just a scout force and the main swarm is arriving]].

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* The Literature/ImperialGuard novel ''Desert Raiders'' has one after the regiment has managed to destroy the tyranid swarm in a series of {{Heroic Sacrifice}}s and {{Last Stand}}s. There are only a few survivors and they are without supplies in the middle of the desert. Still they are hopeful that they can last till the fleet returns. Then they found out that [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the defeated swarm was just a scout force and the main swarm is arriving]].



* Literature/TrappedOnDraconica: [[spoiler: Ironically its the YouShallNotPass performed by the 300 Leondians of the Eastern Alliance.]] They crush a Baalarian army without lossing a single soldier. believes they can win against Baalaria and end the war in their favor. [[spoiler: Then Yusef sells them out.]]
** The sequel, ''Literature/LegacyOfTheDragokin'' has one: Jihadain finally succeeds in her long term plan and releases Kthonia....[[spoiler: only to see that the fearsome warrior has mellowed out long ago and wants no part in her desire to kill all men. Unfortunately, this drives her into a rage and she attacks Daniar which gets her killed by Kalak which enrages Kthonia so much she decides that she ''will'' take part in her desire to kill all men.]]

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* Literature/TrappedOnDraconica: [[spoiler: Ironically [[spoiler:Ironically its the YouShallNotPass performed by the 300 Leondians of the Eastern Alliance.]] They crush a Baalarian army without lossing a single soldier. believes they can win against Baalaria and end the war in their favor. [[spoiler: Then [[spoiler:Then Yusef sells them out.]]
** The sequel, ''Literature/LegacyOfTheDragokin'' has one: Jihadain finally succeeds in her long term plan and releases Kthonia....[[spoiler: only [[spoiler:only to see that the fearsome warrior has mellowed out long ago and wants no part in her desire to kill all men. Unfortunately, this drives her into a rage and she attacks Daniar which gets her killed by Kalak which enrages Kthonia so much she decides that she ''will'' take part in her desire to kill all men.]]



* In ''Literature/FirebirdLackey'', Just as Ilya gets his hand on the sorcerer's heart, [[spoiler: he's captured by his monsters]].
* A ''crushing'' one occurs in the last book of ''Literature/ArtemisFowl'' when [[spoiler: Artemis tries to escape the Berserker Gate before it kills him.]] He manages to jump out of the crater with [[spoiler: Holly]] holding his hand and he thinks there is a new life ahead of him. But then [[spoiler: the Gate kicks in]] and he is dragged back to the crater. [[spoiler: Butler]] doesn't make it to pull him out a second time. [[spoiler:Fortunately, he is able to come back from the dead but still...]]
* In ''Literature/TheHungerGames'', Head Gamemaker Seneca Crane, inspired by Katniss and Peeta's "romance", gives an extended one to the remaining district [[spoiler: pairs when it's declared that 2 tributes can win if from the same district. Then when Katniss and Peeta are the last 2, the rule is revoked. However, they subverted this and both came out of the Games ok (for the most part anyway). Seneca... did not.]]

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* In ''Literature/FirebirdLackey'', Just as Ilya gets his hand on the sorcerer's heart, [[spoiler: he's [[spoiler:he's captured by his monsters]].
* A ''crushing'' one occurs in the last book of ''Literature/ArtemisFowl'' when [[spoiler: Artemis [[spoiler:Artemis tries to escape the Berserker Gate before it kills him.]] He manages to jump out of the crater with [[spoiler: Holly]] [[spoiler:Holly]] holding his hand and he thinks there is a new life ahead of him. But then [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the Gate kicks in]] and he is dragged back to the crater. [[spoiler: Butler]] [[spoiler:Butler]] doesn't make it to pull him out a second time. [[spoiler:Fortunately, he is able to come back from the dead but still...]]
* In ''Literature/TheHungerGames'', Head Gamemaker Seneca Crane, inspired by Katniss and Peeta's "romance", gives an extended one to the remaining district [[spoiler: pairs [[spoiler:pairs when it's declared that 2 tributes can win if from the same district. Then when Katniss and Peeta are the last 2, the rule is revoked. However, they subverted this and both came out of the Games ok (for the most part anyway). Seneca... did not.]]



* In "Literature/DamnatioMemoriae" by Laura Marcelle Giebfried, this happens to Enim near the end of the novel when [[spoiler: Enim finally thinks he has found the killer after Jack has been accused and driven away from the island. But then the author throws in a major MindScrew and things go FromBadToWorse from there ...]].

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* In "Literature/DamnatioMemoriae" by Laura Marcelle Giebfried, this happens to Enim near the end of the novel when [[spoiler: Enim [[spoiler:Enim finally thinks he has found the killer after Jack has been accused and driven away from the island. But then the author throws in a major MindScrew and things go FromBadToWorse from there ...there...]].
18th Aug '17 6:47:34 PM Iris
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* ''Literature/IAmNotASerialKiller'' has a love for kicking [[BrokenBird John]] while he's down, but ''Literature/IDontWantToKillYou'' has the most memorably crushing example. After years of battling with mental illness, John is finally finding a balance, and his hunt for the next SerialKiller on his hit list is going smoothly. He feels free, free enough to go out with a beautiful girl and try happiness and normalcy for once in his life. [[spoiler: Then, in the space of a few chapters, the main villain murders the girl he's just now letting himself love, possesses his only friend, attempts to MindRape him, and then burns his mother alive in front of him.]] He spends the rest of the series trying to escape the pull of a sanity-shattering DespairEventHorizon.
4th Aug '17 6:29:00 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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*** This particular one is {{lampshaded}} in a brilliant fashion by Moist's narration; he ''instantly'' [[GenreSavvy recognized]] from Vetinari's tone and ExactWords ("you will never hear from me again") that he should file the door idea under "Deeply Suspicious".

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*** This particular one is {{lampshaded}} in a brilliant fashion by Moist's narration; he ''instantly'' [[GenreSavvy recognized]] recognized from Vetinari's tone and ExactWords ("you will never hear from me again") that he should file the door idea under "Deeply Suspicious".
8th Mar '17 5:06:34 PM nombretomado
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* In ''MemorySorrowAndThorn'', the hope spot comes as [[RebelliousPrincess Miriamele]], [[MagicalNativeAmerican Binabik]], and [[DirtyCoward Cadrach]] burst into Green Angel Tower to see EvilSorcerer Pryrates completing his NoHoldsBarredBeatdown of several minor characters. Miriamele happens to have a [[TheFairFolk Norn]] arrow nocked in her bow, and fires it reflexively, hitting Pryrates right through the neck and apparently killing him. There's just enough time for the good guys to exult over the victory before he staggers back to his feet, pulls the arrow out, and indulges in some serious EvilGloating. This display of invincibility serves to utterly destroy what little hope the heroes had left.

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* In ''MemorySorrowAndThorn'', ''Literature/MemorySorrowAndThorn'', the hope spot comes as [[RebelliousPrincess Miriamele]], [[MagicalNativeAmerican Binabik]], and [[DirtyCoward Cadrach]] burst into Green Angel Tower to see EvilSorcerer Pryrates completing his NoHoldsBarredBeatdown of several minor characters. Miriamele happens to have a [[TheFairFolk Norn]] arrow nocked in her bow, and fires it reflexively, hitting Pryrates right through the neck and apparently killing him. There's just enough time for the good guys to exult over the victory before he staggers back to his feet, pulls the arrow out, and indulges in some serious EvilGloating. This display of invincibility serves to utterly destroy what little hope the heroes had left.
24th Dec '16 6:03:00 PM CurledUpWithDakka
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* To Owen and his friends, in ''Literature/APrayerForOwenMeany'', it seems like the day he dreamed that he would die, when it comes, would go about without a hitch. [[spoiler: Then Dick walks into the area with a live grenade...]]

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* To Owen and his friends, in ''Literature/APrayerForOwenMeany'', it seems like the day he dreamed that he would die, when it comes, would go about without a hitch. [[spoiler: Then [[spoiler:Then Dick walks into the area with a live grenade...]]



** In ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince Half-Blood Prince]]'', Harry has been trapped with a Body Bind, Dumbledore is weakened by a potion and surrounded by Death Eaters ready to kill him, and then Snape walks in...[[spoiler:only to kill Dumbledore himself (It turns out to have been a MercyKill that Dumbledore not only arranged ahead of time, but was literally asking for at that moment, but we don't find that out until the next book)]]

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** In ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince Half-Blood Prince]]'', Harry has been trapped with a Body Bind, Dumbledore is weakened by a potion and surrounded by Death Eaters ready to kill him, and then Snape walks in... [[spoiler:only to kill Dumbledore himself (It turns out to have been a MercyKill that Dumbledore not only arranged ahead of time, but was literally asking for at that moment, but we don't find that out until the next book)]]



* A ''crushing'' one occurs in the last book of ''Literature/ArtemisFowl'' when [[spoiler: Artemis tries to escape the Berserker Gate before it kills him.]] He manages to jump out of the crater with [[spoiler: Holly]] holding his hand and he thinks there is a new life ahead of him. But then [[spoiler: the Gate kicks in]] and he is dragged back to the crater. [[spoiler: Butler]] doesn't make it to pull him out a second time. [[spoiler: Fortunately, he is able to come back from the dead but still ...]]
* In ''Literature/TheHungerGames'', Head Gamemaker Seneca Crane, inspired by Katniss and Peeta's "romance", gives an extended one to the remaining district [[spoiler: pairs when it's declared that 2 tributes can win if from the same district. Then when Katniss and Peeta are the last 2, the rule is revoked. However, they subverted this and both came out of the Games ok (for the most part anyway). Seneca...did not.]]

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* A ''crushing'' one occurs in the last book of ''Literature/ArtemisFowl'' when [[spoiler: Artemis tries to escape the Berserker Gate before it kills him.]] He manages to jump out of the crater with [[spoiler: Holly]] holding his hand and he thinks there is a new life ahead of him. But then [[spoiler: the Gate kicks in]] and he is dragged back to the crater. [[spoiler: Butler]] doesn't make it to pull him out a second time. [[spoiler: Fortunately, [[spoiler:Fortunately, he is able to come back from the dead but still ...still...]]
* In ''Literature/TheHungerGames'', Head Gamemaker Seneca Crane, inspired by Katniss and Peeta's "romance", gives an extended one to the remaining district [[spoiler: pairs when it's declared that 2 tributes can win if from the same district. Then when Katniss and Peeta are the last 2, the rule is revoked. However, they subverted this and both came out of the Games ok (for the most part anyway). Seneca... did not.]]
29th Oct '16 3:04:34 PM TotemicHero
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* Literature/{{Eclipse}} has one at the very end of chapter seven. The HumanoidAbomination calms down from its UnstoppableRage, the Governor of Cessair (who provoked that UnstoppableRage) is forced to resign in disgrace, the TeamMom gets set to become the next head of state for Cessair, and the House of Dreyvor seems to have resolved its OverprotectiveDad issues. At the end of the chapter, [[spoiler:Cessair gets attacked by an invading fleet of warships]].

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* Literature/{{Eclipse}} ''Literature/{{Eclipse}}'' has one at the very end of chapter seven. The HumanoidAbomination calms down from its UnstoppableRage, the Governor of Cessair (who provoked that UnstoppableRage) is forced to resign in disgrace, the TeamMom gets set to become the next head of state for Cessair, and the House of Dreyvor seems to have resolved its OverprotectiveDad issues. At the end of the chapter, [[spoiler:Cessair gets attacked by an invading fleet of warships]].
29th Oct '16 3:04:14 PM TotemicHero
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* Literature/{{Eclipse}} has one at the very end of chapter seven. The HumanoidAbomination calms down from its UnstoppableRage, the Governor of Cessair (who provoked that UnstoppableRage) is forced to resign in disgrace, the TeamMom gets set to become the next head of state for Cessair, and the House of Dreyvor seems to have resolved its OverprotectiveDad issues. At the end of the chapter, [[spoiler:Cessair gets attacked by an invading fleet of warships]].
17th Sep '16 4:31:04 PM WillBGood
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* The Literature/ImperialGuard novel ''Desert Raiders'' has one after the regiment has managed to destroy the tyranid swarm in a series of [[HeroicSacrifice HeroicSacrifices]] and [[LastStand LastStands]]. There are only a few survivors and they are without supplies in the middle of the desert. Still they are hopeful that they can last till the fleet returns. Then they found out that [[spoiler: the defeated swarm was just a scout force and the main swarm is arriving]].

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* The Literature/ImperialGuard novel ''Desert Raiders'' has one after the regiment has managed to destroy the tyranid swarm in a series of [[HeroicSacrifice HeroicSacrifices]] {{Heroic Sacrifice}}s and [[LastStand LastStands]].{{Last Stand}}s. There are only a few survivors and they are without supplies in the middle of the desert. Still they are hopeful that they can last till the fleet returns. Then they found out that [[spoiler: the defeated swarm was just a scout force and the main swarm is arriving]].



* PlayedForLaughs in ''Film/TopSecret''. Nick Rivers sends a man to the hospital, if the man dies he will face a firing squad.
-->'''Streck''': What is the condition of Sergeant Kruger? Very well, let me know if there is any change in his condition.
-->[[{{Beat}} Hangs up]]
-->'''Streck''': He's dead.
12th Aug '16 12:35:40 AM PaulA
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* At the climax of [[LoisMcMasterBujold Bujold's]] ''Literature/TheSpiritRing'', we see the evil wizard use the same spell that destroyed his master's magic ring on an animated statue of molten bronze. Obviously, a (stolen) spell to free a spirit bound to a material object would have a similar effect no matter the amount and state of metal involved, right?
-->'''Uri''': (as Vitelli walked within reach of the motionless statue) "You cannot release me. ''I am not bound.''"
** [[spoiler: This promptly flips back on the heroes, as Vitelli's necromantic dabblings had gotten him to the point where his physical demise [[MyDeathIsJustTheBeginning made]] [[OurDemonsAreDifferent matters]] [[OhCrap worse]].]]

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* At the climax of [[LoisMcMasterBujold Bujold's]] Creator/LoisMcMasterBujold's ''Literature/TheSpiritRing'', we see the evil wizard use the same spell that destroyed his master's magic ring on an animated statue of molten bronze. Obviously, a (stolen) spell to free a spirit bound to a material object would have a similar effect no matter the amount and state of metal involved, right?
-->'''Uri''': (as -->'''Uri:''' ''[as Vitelli walked within reach of the motionless statue) "You statue]'' You cannot release me. ''I am not bound.''"
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** [[spoiler: This promptly flips back on the heroes, as Vitelli's [[spoiler:Vitelli's necromantic dabblings had gotten him to the point where his physical demise [[MyDeathIsJustTheBeginning made]] [[OurDemonsAreDifferent matters]] [[OhCrap worse]].]]
19th Jun '16 2:31:45 PM nombretomado
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** In ''[[TheThrawnTrilogy Dark Force Rising]]'', Luke, a crew, and Rogue Squadron find the Katana Fleet and board one of the long-abandoned ships. Fey'lya, with Leia in tow, shows up to arrest them. A Star Destroyer comes out of hyperspace. Fey'lya overrides Leia and flees while the Rogues fly a DelayingAction, but Leia tricks Fey'lya into an EngineeredPublicConfession, causing his forces to [[ChangedMyMindKid return and help the Rogues]]. This isn't enough. Then Talon Karrde's smuggler fleet comes out of hyperspace to attack the Star Destroyer. Still not enough. Then Bel Iblis [[BigDamnHeroes shows up with his six heavy Dreadnaughts]], and this ''is'' enough to start beating the Imperials... until a second Star Destroyer comes out of hyperspace. They actually manage to take it out eventually with ''two'' counts of RammingAlwaysWorks, and after chasing off the first one they find that [[YouAreTooLate they are too late]], most of the abandoned fleet's already been salvaged by the Empire. They tell themselves that it won't matter for years since the Empire is undermanned, but then they find that Thrawn has found a cache of Spaarti cloning cylinders. Interestingly, the end of that book contains both a Hope Spot ''and'' DarkestHour, since it's a Zahn book and things do work out in the end.

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** In ''[[TheThrawnTrilogy Dark Force Rising]]'', ''Literature/DarkForceRising'', Luke, a crew, and Rogue Squadron find the Katana Fleet and board one of the long-abandoned ships. Fey'lya, with Leia in tow, shows up to arrest them. A Star Destroyer comes out of hyperspace. Fey'lya overrides Leia and flees while the Rogues fly a DelayingAction, but Leia tricks Fey'lya into an EngineeredPublicConfession, causing his forces to [[ChangedMyMindKid return and help the Rogues]]. This isn't enough. Then Talon Karrde's smuggler fleet comes out of hyperspace to attack the Star Destroyer. Still not enough. Then Bel Iblis [[BigDamnHeroes shows up with his six heavy Dreadnaughts]], and this ''is'' enough to start beating the Imperials... until a second Star Destroyer comes out of hyperspace. They actually manage to take it out eventually with ''two'' counts of RammingAlwaysWorks, and after chasing off the first one they find that [[YouAreTooLate they are too late]], most of the abandoned fleet's already been salvaged by the Empire. They tell themselves that it won't matter for years since the Empire is undermanned, but then they find that Thrawn has found a cache of Spaarti cloning cylinders. Interestingly, the end of that book contains both a Hope Spot ''and'' DarkestHour, since it's a Zahn book and things do work out in the end.
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