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4th Sep '17 8:24:20 AM Sharlee
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* MonstrousCannibalism: Standard practice for ''everything'' on Henders Island and several Pandemonium species, so much so that [[spoiler: the hendros']] standard means of evading packs of predators is to kill or seriously wound the largest one so the rest of its pack will break off pursuit to devour it ''en masse''.
4th Sep '17 5:36:16 AM Sharlee
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* LivingGasbag: Some of Pandemonium's highly-evolved mollusks can fly in this way.
4th Sep '17 5:34:10 AM Sharlee
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* InfantImmortality: Both Fragment (Copepod the bull terrier) and its sequel (Ivan the Samoyed) have a dog in it, and both dogs survive to the end.

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* InfantImmortality: Both Fragment (Copepod the bull terrier) and its sequel (Ivan the Samoyed) have a dog in it, and both dogs survive to the end. Averted with [[spoiler: Kuzu, who as ''Pandemonium'''s BigBad is killed despite being pregnant at the time.]]
3rd Sep '17 8:43:43 AM Sharlee
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** Gets even weirder in ''Pandemonium'', in which it turns out that many Henders organisms that'd seemed like separate species in the first novel are actually different castes or life-cycle stages of other species. Those disk-ants? They're related to the ''trees''.



* CoolVersusAwesome: At the end of Pandemonium [[spoiler: The cave's lake spills into the underground city, which has become infested with Henders organisms; and the two deadly ecosystems battle it out (Pandemonium having a huge advantage; being immune to saltwater, so they easily won).]]

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* CoolVersusAwesome: At the end of Pandemonium ''Pandemonium'' [[spoiler: The the cave's lake spills into the underground city, which has become infested with Henders organisms; organisms, and the two deadly ecosystems battle it out (Pandemonium having a huge advantage; advantage - being immune to saltwater, saltwater - so they easily won).]]
23rd Jul '17 3:57:36 PM akih08
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** SpaceWhale: Well, kind of. They're not whales exactly, but whale-like and while they don't live in space, they can fly.



** SpaceWhale: Well, kind of. They're not whales exactly, but whale-like and while they don't live in space, they can fly.


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* KarmaHoudini: [[spoiler: Cynthea Leeds]], despite knowingly risking (and costing) several innocent lives for the sake of producing her reality show in Henders Island, gets no comeuppance whatsoever and even makes a cameo at the end of the sequel.
23rd Jul '17 3:53:32 PM akih08
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* ForegoneConclusion: Skipping to the illustrated appendix at the end of ''Fragment'' reveals that [[spoiler: Nell and Geoffrey have become HappilyMarried]] sometime after the book's events. Ditto if one reads ''Pandemonium'' before ''Fragment''.
14th Jul '17 6:58:32 PM Kalaong
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Turns out the island is a remnant of an ancient supercontinent from the Precambrian era, where everything has been evolving separately for 570 million years and the inherent savagery of life has been [[UpToEleven turned up to eleven]]; an orgy of violence where the food chain is thrown out the window and ''[[EverythingIsTryingToKillYou everything eats everything]]'' - the dominant lifeform being a land-going species of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mantis_shrimp mantis shrimp]] capable of single-handed(clawed?)ly shredding and devouring '''tanks.'''

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Turns out the island is a remnant of an ancient supercontinent from the Precambrian era, where everything has been evolving separately for 570 million years and the inherent savagery of life has been [[UpToEleven turned up to eleven]]; an orgy of violence where the food chain is thrown out the window and ''[[EverythingIsTryingToKillYou everything eats everything]]'' - the dominant lifeform being a land-going species of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mantis_shrimp mantis shrimp]] capable of single-handed(clawed?)ly single-hand(claw?)edly shredding and devouring '''tanks.'''
18th Apr '17 8:15:15 AM Kalaong
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* ApocalypseHow: It's made clear early on that if ''any living thing'' made it off Henders Island, it would be capable of ''eating'' everything ''else'' on the planet within twenty years. In an odd case, [[spoiler:the hendropods have maintained their civilization's records long enough to have recorded ''sixteen'' [[ApocalypseHow/Class4 similar events]], starting with the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gosses_Bluff_crater Gosses Bluff]] impactor, 142,221,201 years ago. Yeah. They remember all the times Earth got Roshambo'd right down to the ''[[LudicrousPrecision year]].'']]



* [[spoiler: [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld Really 70 000 Years Old:]] The hendropods are really '''really''' old (their civilization dates back to at ''least'' the Late Jurassic), but you would never be able to tell because they don't really age.]]

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* [[spoiler: [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld Really 70 000 70,000 Years Old:]] The hendropods are really '''really''' old (their civilization dates back to at ''least'' the Late Jurassic), but you would never be able to tell because they don't really age.]]age]].
10th Apr '17 10:53:12 AM Kalaong
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Turns out the island is a remnant of an ancient supercontinent from the Precambrian era, where everything has been evolving separately for 700 million years and the ferocity of the island's inhabitants has been [[UpToEleven turned up to eleven]]. Terrestrial mantis shrimp roam the interior, while the island itself is in an orgy of violence as the food chain is thrown out the window, and ''[[EverythingIsTryingToKillYou everything eats everything]]''.

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Turns out the island is a remnant of an ancient supercontinent from the Precambrian era, where everything has been evolving separately for 700 570 million years and the ferocity inherent savagery of the island's inhabitants life has been [[UpToEleven turned up to eleven]]. Terrestrial mantis shrimp roam the interior, while the island itself is in eleven]]; an orgy of violence as where the food chain is thrown out the window, window and ''[[EverythingIsTryingToKillYou everything eats everything]]''.
everything]]'' - the dominant lifeform being a land-going species of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mantis_shrimp mantis shrimp]] capable of single-handed(clawed?)ly shredding and devouring '''tanks.'''
7th Apr '17 5:59:50 PM Kalaong
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** To put it into perspective, if even ''one'' mite-sized animal got off the island, it would cause the extinction of '''all life on Earth'''.

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** To put it into perspective, if even ''one'' mite-sized animal got off the island, it the current situation - Henders life confined to the island and modern life spanning the globe - would cause reverse itself within twenty years, with the extinction of '''all life few non-Henders organisms cowering on Earth'''.islands hoping no Henders lifeforms would ever find them.



* KillItWithWater: In one of the oddest plot-twists, it turns out that contact with salt water is tantamount to instant death for Henders Island creatures (it being the reason they've been unable to escape the island).

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* KillItWithWater: In one The key plot element; as Henders Island split off from the pre-Cambrian supercontinent before the salinity of the oddest plot-twists, it turns out that Earth's oceans spiked 570 million years ago, any contact with salt water is tantamount to instant death for Henders Island creatures (it being the reason they've been unable its lifeforms, confining them to escape the island).a 2-mile-wide green bowl of Hell.
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