History Literature / Shatterpoint

4th Apr '18 9:20:59 PM Kalaong
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* BodyHorror: Fever wasps, which reproduce by infesting the central nervous systems of chordates with their larvae via a sting no more noticeable than a mosquito bite. That is, until they hatch and start slowly chewing their way through all that tender nerve tissue, causing violent dementia and ultimately death. They only leave the body there's no more nerves to eat, leaving the skull as empty as an eggshell. [[spoiler:The treatment isn't much better; a powerful enough Force user can persuade them to burrow ''out'' of a victim's spine with minimal damage, but then you've got about half a kilo of flesh-eating worms to dispose of. This is why a Force user native to Haruun Kal is desirable; a pure Light Side user would be unable to kill them, a Dark Side user would likely just kill the patient, while a nature-driven native in sync with the HungryJungle's cycle of life and death can just direct the nasty little things to crawl into a fire]].
3rd Apr '18 6:25:23 PM HeraldAlberich
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** Later on, when Mace uses the Force to make two pilots' {{Ejector Seat}}s activate, it's mentioned that one of them howled something unmentionable. The other just howled.



* FalseFlagOperation: [[spoiler:As Mace notes, droids are stupid. So, when hundreds of droid starfighters are making hash of the landers carrying his clone reinforcements, he commandeers two enemy gunships and uses them to launch a MacrossMissileMassacre at the starfighters. The droids have no programming to consider the idea of a stolen allied ship, so while one instance of FriendlyFire might be a fluke, two is definitely treachery, and the droids leave off the lower-threat landers and commence making hash of ''all sixty-nine'' of the militia's gunships.]]]\\\

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* FalseFlagOperation: [[spoiler:As As Mace notes, droids are stupid. So, when [[spoiler:when hundreds of droid starfighters are making hash of the landers carrying his clone reinforcements, he commandeers two enemy gunships and uses them to launch a MacrossMissileMassacre at the starfighters. The droids have no programming to consider the idea of a stolen allied ship, so while one instance of FriendlyFire might be a fluke, two is definitely treachery, and the droids leave off the lower-threat landers and commence making hash of ''all sixty-nine'' of the militia's gunships.]]]\\\]]\\\



* FatalFlaw: Windu's looking at everything through the prism of Jedi philosophy and civilization itself. His initial impression, which everyone else on the planet shares, is that [[NietzscheWannabe you can't fight]] the HungryJungle using ethical means and survive. Over the course of the novel, he learns the truth: the "jungle" is ''everywhere''--it's desperation, despair, and the [[IDidWhatIHadToDo things it drives people to do]]. Civilization is what you get when you ''do'' [[TheFettered fight those things]]--and you don't need to win. Just ''fight''. You'll never achieve a civilization free of desperation or despair, or destroy the potential for those things within yourself, but even if it isn't perfect, that doesn't mean it's not worth fighting for. [[spoiler:But it takes a lot of suffering, death, and a near-fall to the dark side for him to figure it out.]]
** By contrast, Vastor looks at everything through the prism of "the jungle". He's ruled animal instinct, not reason.

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* FatalFlaw: FatalFlaw:
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Windu's looking at everything through the prism of Jedi philosophy and civilization itself. His initial impression, which everyone else on the planet shares, is that [[NietzscheWannabe you can't fight]] the HungryJungle using ethical means and survive. Over the course of the novel, he learns the truth: the "jungle" is ''everywhere''--it's desperation, despair, and the [[IDidWhatIHadToDo things it drives people to do]]. Civilization is what you get when you ''do'' [[TheFettered fight those things]]--and you don't need to win. Just ''fight''. You'll never achieve a civilization free of desperation or despair, or destroy the potential for those things within yourself, but even if it isn't perfect, that doesn't mean it's not worth fighting for. [[spoiler:But it takes a lot of suffering, death, and a near-fall to the dark side for him to figure it out.]]
** By contrast, Vastor looks at everything through the prism of "the jungle". jungle." He's ruled by animal instinct, not reason.



* NarrativeProfanityFilter: Being a Jedi, Mace is more conservative in his language than most of those he meets, and is reluctant to quote them directly in his [[CaptainsLog journal]].
-->Nick was still simmering as he helped me to my feet, muttering under his breath a continuous stream of invective, characterizing Vastor as a "lizard-faced frogswallower," and a "demented scab-chewing turtlesacker" and a variety of other names that I don't feel comfortable recording, even in a private journal.

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* NarrativeProfanityFilter: NarrativeProfanityFilter:
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Being a Jedi, Mace is more conservative in his language than most of those he meets, and is reluctant to quote them directly in his [[CaptainsLog journal]].
-->Nick --->Nick was still simmering as he helped me to my feet, muttering under his breath a continuous stream of invective, characterizing Vastor as a "lizard-faced frogswallower," and a "demented scab-chewing turtlesacker" and a variety of other names that I don't feel comfortable recording, even in a private journal.journal.
** Later on, when Mace uses the Force to make two pilots' {{Ejector Seat}}s activate, it's mentioned that one of them howled something unmentionable. The other just howled.
24th Feb '18 9:11:30 AM Joysweeper
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Has a sequel in ''Literature/LukeSkywalkerAndTheShadowsOfMindor'', which uses several of the same characters and many of the same themes.

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Has a sequel in ''Literature/LukeSkywalkerAndTheShadowsOfMindor'', which uses several of the same characters and many of the same themes. Similarly, Stover's ''Literature/RevengeOfTheSith'' {{novelization}} has more to do with the events of that film, but still has much in common with this book.
6th Dec '17 3:30:44 PM Rebu
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* CueTheSun: In the climax, as [[EverybodysDeadDave everyone is dying]], and [[spoiler:Depa gains the upper hand over Mace]], dawn arrives just as Mace and [[spoiler:Geptun]] are able to call off the droid starfighters holding the capital city hostage.
-->In the skies over Pelek Baw, as the snowcap on Grandfather's Shoulder kindled with the first red rays of dawn, droid starfighters disengaged from clone-piloted ships and streaked back into the depths of space.\\
In the command bunker, the swirl of dark power crested, paused, and began to recede.

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* CueTheSun: In the climax, as [[EverybodysDeadDave [[spoiler:[[EverybodysDeadDave everyone is dying]], and [[spoiler:Depa Depa gains the upper hand over Mace]], Mace, dawn arrives just as Mace and [[spoiler:Geptun]] Geptun are able to call off the droid starfighters holding the capital city hostage.
-->In
hostage.]]
-->[[spoiler:In
the skies over Pelek Baw, as the snowcap on Grandfather's Shoulder kindled with the first red rays of dawn, droid starfighters disengaged from clone-piloted ships and streaked back into the depths of space.\\
In
]]\\
[[spoiler:In
the command bunker, the swirl of dark power crested, paused, and began to recede.]]



* FalseFlagOperation: As Mace notes, droids are stupid. So, when hundreds of droid starfighters are making hash of the landers carrying his clone reinforcements, he commandeers two enemy gunships and uses them to launch a MacrossMissileMassacre at the starfighters. The droids have no programming to consider the idea of a stolen allied ship, so while one instance of FriendlyFire might be a fluke, two is definitely treachery, and the droids leave off the lower-threat landers and commence making hash of ''all sixty-nine'' of the militia's gunships.\\\
Later, Mace uses one of the remaining gunships as a distraction to take the spaceport, by claiming that it's heavily damaged from the battle and leaking radiation, and needs to reach port to protect civilians from a possible explosion. The entire city is so enthralled by this drama that no one notices the clone ships sneaking up on the spaceport until it's too late.

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* FalseFlagOperation: As [[spoiler:As Mace notes, droids are stupid. So, when hundreds of droid starfighters are making hash of the landers carrying his clone reinforcements, he commandeers two enemy gunships and uses them to launch a MacrossMissileMassacre at the starfighters. The droids have no programming to consider the idea of a stolen allied ship, so while one instance of FriendlyFire might be a fluke, two is definitely treachery, and the droids leave off the lower-threat landers and commence making hash of ''all sixty-nine'' of the militia's gunships.\\\
]]]\\\
Later, Mace [[spoiler:Mace uses one of the remaining gunships as a distraction to take the spaceport, by claiming that it's heavily damaged from the battle and leaking radiation, and needs to reach port to protect civilians from a possible explosion. The entire city is so enthralled by this drama that no one notices the clone ships sneaking up on the spaceport until it's too late.]]



** By contrast, Vastor looks at everything through the prism of "the jungle". He's ruled animal instinct, not reason.



** Mace says Vastor's shields can't be cut. [[spoiler:"Not by a lightsaber. File the data." In the climax, he force-grabs one of the Akk Dogs' shields and tosses it at Vastor. It cuts right through its brother weapon. And Vastor's hands. And some of his chest.]]



* RecycledInSpace: Compare ''Film/ApocalypseNow'' [[OlderThanTheyThink and]] Creator/JosephConrad's ''Literature/HeartOfDarkness''. ''Shatterpoint'' is ([[WordOfGod explicitly]] according to Creator/MattStover) based upon both.

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* RecycledInSpace: Compare ''Film/ApocalypseNow'' [[OlderThanTheyThink and]] Creator/JosephConrad's ''Literature/HeartOfDarkness''. Creator/MattStover [[WordOfGod said]] ''Shatterpoint'' is ([[WordOfGod explicitly]] according to Creator/MattStover) based upon both.
9th Nov '17 2:46:50 AM NanoMoose
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''Star Wars: Shatterpoint'' is a Franchise/StarWarsLegends novel by Creator/MattStover. Mace Windu's former Padawan, and current fellow Council member, goes rogue. Mace Windu returns to his birth planet to find her. Four hundred pages of action scenes, musings on the nature of the Force, and Windu being badass (and occasionally, [[HiddenDepths far kinder than one might think]]. WarIsHell.

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''Star Wars: Shatterpoint'' is a Franchise/StarWarsLegends novel by Creator/MattStover. Mace Windu's former Padawan, and current fellow Council member, goes rogue. Mace Windu returns to his birth planet to find her. Four hundred pages of action scenes, musings on the nature of the Force, and Windu being badass (and occasionally, [[HiddenDepths far kinder than one might think]].think]]). WarIsHell.
3rd Nov '17 9:04:28 AM MasterFuzzy
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''Star Wars: Shatterpoint'' is a Franchise/StarWarsLegends novel by Creator/MattStover. Mace Windu's former Padawan, and current fellow Council member, goes rogue. Mace Windu returns to his birth planet to find her. Four hundred pages of action scenes, musings on the nature of the Force, and Windu being badass. WarIsHell.

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''Star Wars: Shatterpoint'' is a Franchise/StarWarsLegends novel by Creator/MattStover. Mace Windu's former Padawan, and current fellow Council member, goes rogue. Mace Windu returns to his birth planet to find her. Four hundred pages of action scenes, musings on the nature of the Force, and Windu being badass.badass (and occasionally, [[HiddenDepths far kinder than one might think]]. WarIsHell.


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* StraightManAndWiseGuy: Mace as the Straight Man, Nick as the Wise Guy.


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* WorldOfSnark: There are seemingly two cultural requirements to being a Korunnai, in addition to the Five Pillars: You must be a {{Determinator}}, and a DeadpanSnarker. Geptun is one as well.
9th Oct '17 6:35:40 AM StarTropes
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* YourMom: During an argument between Phloremirlla and a taxi driver.
--> "Yeah? Well, ''your'' mother eats ''Hutt'' slime!"
9th Oct '17 6:32:53 AM MasterFuzzy
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** Later on, when Mace uses the Force to make two pilots' {{Ejector Seat}}s activate, it's mentioned that one of them howled something unmentionable. The other just howled.



* {{Determinator}}: All Korunnai, including Mace, are this in spades. Particular mention goes to Mace and to Chalk, who takes a horrible gut wound and never says anything [[spoiler: right up until she dies]].



** It gets even worse if one is TheEmpath, and is a master of a lightsaber form which focuses on channeling one's BloodKnight desires.



* KneelBeforeFrodo: When Mace rescues several prisoners, one of them kowtows to him, calling him "Your Highness" and begging for the lives of his children. Mace tells him to knock it off.

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* KneelBeforeFrodo: When Mace rescues several prisoners, one of them kowtows to him, calling him "Your Highness" and begging for the lives of his children. Mace tells him to knock it off.off, as Jedi are servants to ordinary people, not the other way around.
28th Oct '16 9:26:15 AM dlchen145
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* {{Badass}}: Windu, of course. Lesser badasses include Depa, Nick, Kar and Chalk.



* DefeatByModesty: Two [[DirtyCop dirty cops]] attempt this on Mace and several others. [[BadAss Mace being Mace,]] [[CurbStompBattle this does not end well for the cops.]]

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* DefeatByModesty: Two [[DirtyCop dirty cops]] attempt this on Mace and several others. [[BadAss Mace being Mace,]] Mace, [[CurbStompBattle this does not end well for the cops.]]
20th Oct '16 1:13:32 PM KnightLight321
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* GreenThumb: Controlling Haruun Kal's native flora is just one of Kar's many unique Force talents.
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