History Literature / TheBooksOfEmber

13th Aug '15 5:29:03 AM Anddrix
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13th Mar '15 9:22:12 AM grendalhopper
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* ChekhovsGun: Loris Harrow gives his son; Doon an object that is the key to them leaving the city.
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* ChekhovsGun: Loris Harrow gives his son; Doon son, Doon, an object that is the key to them leaving the city.
21st Jan '15 9:58:19 AM whisperstar13
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-->'''Main character:''' "How do you know it will work?!?" -->'''Old power plant worker:''' "... It's my job!"
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-->'''Main character:''' -->'''Doon:''' "How do you know it will work?!?" -->'''Old power plant worker:''' -->'''Sul:''' "... It's my job!"
14th Jan '15 2:59:51 AM Anddrix
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* ComicBookAdaptation: ''The City of Ember'' received a Graphic Novel adaptation in 2012.
14th Jan '15 1:55:07 AM Anddrix
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!!This series provides examples of: * AdamAndEvePlot: The reason Ember existed. * AdultsAreUseless * AccidentallyBrokeTheMacGuffin: In the fourth book, [[spoiler:Doon throws the diamond of Darkhold at a pack of wolves to save Lina. The diamond hits the rock that Lina is standing on and shatters into hundreds of pieces. Luckily, The diamond is only a sample. There are exactly one thousand diamonds in a hidden room in the cave. The diamonds are ancient technology that turns solar power into electricity.]] * AnAesop: The second book's underlying theme is basically learning to accept people who are different from you.
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!!This !!The book series provides examples of: %% * AdamAndEvePlot: The reason Ember existed. %% * AdultsAreUseless * AccidentallyBrokeTheMacGuffin: In the fourth book, ''The Diamond Of Darkhold'', [[spoiler:Doon throws the diamond of Darkhold at a pack of wolves to save Lina. The diamond hits the rock that Lina is standing on and shatters into hundreds of pieces. Luckily, The the diamond is only a sample. There are exactly one thousand diamonds in a hidden room in the cave. The diamonds are ancient technology that turns solar power into electricity.]] electricity]]. * AfterTheEnd: [[spoiler:Human society was destroyed by the Disaster, a combination of "the Four Wars and the Three Plagues". However, the titular city was built underground as a safehold for human culture and survives for 200-odd years after the war ended... [[OhCrap and then the lights start going out]]]]. By the end of the series, [[spoiler:people start rebuilding on the surface and things are looking up]]. * AlienSky: In ''The City of Ember'', the sky is the same empty blackness as everything outside the City. This trope is later inverted when the people of Ember are surprised to discover that [[spoiler:the real sky is blue]]. * AnAesop: The second book's ''The People of Sparks ''' underlying theme is basically learning to accept people who are different from you.

* ApocalypticLog: The journal Doon and Lina find [[spoiler:while on the raft, leaving Ember. The log is shown to be the work of an elderly Nickie, the protagonist of ''Yonwood'']]. * ApocalypseHow: On the surface world, it's about a class 1, with a dash of class 2 in some places. Ember is basically untouched by the Disaster though. * AssholeVictim: In the film the Mayor gets eaten by a giant mole after he gets into what he thinks is a safe room. It's hard to feel sorry for the JerkAss. * BeneathTheEarth: the city of Ember, obviously. * BigCreepyCrawlies: The film has some oversized insects, probably to illustrate the effects of radiation on the wildlife.
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* ApocalypticLog: The In ''The City of Ember'', a journal from one of the first residents of Ember is found [[spoiler:as Lina and Doon and Lina find [[spoiler:while on their way out of the raft, leaving Ember. The city. In the prequel, ''The Prophet of Yonwood'', this log is shown to be the work of an elderly Nickie, the protagonist of ''Yonwood'']]. * ApocalypseHow: On Class 2. In the surface world, it's about twist ending of ''The City of Ember'', [[spoiler:it turns out that the eponymous city is an underground enclave built to weather a class 1, series of nuclear wars and deadly plagues. The outside world has regressed to pre-industrial levels. However, the people are still fairly well off, and, with a dash the help of class 2 in some places. Ember is basically untouched the Emberites and a few caches of LostTechnology, are starting anew by the Disaster though. * AssholeVictim: In end of the film the Mayor gets eaten by a giant mole after he gets into what he thinks is a safe room. It's hard to feel sorry for the JerkAss. series]]. %% * BeneathTheEarth: the The city of Ember, obviously. * BigCreepyCrawlies: The film has some oversized insects, probably to illustrate BigBlackout: In ''The City of Ember'', these were happening more and more frequently because of problems with the effects of radiation on the wildlife.Generator.

* BlindObedience: From most of the city to the mayor. * ABoyAGirlAndABabyFamily: Not a ''family'' exactly, but Lina, Doon, and Lina's little sister Poppy have this same dynamic. * BrattyHalfPint: Torren. * ChekhovsGun: That guy in the 3rd book running those weird experiments [[spoiler:to contact aliens? HE SUCCEEDED. They're the mysterious new star in the 4th book.]] * CityInABottle: Ember. * CloudCuckooLander: Lizzie, and, to a certain extent, Lina. * CrapsackWorld: Played with. Ember was once a nice place to live in, and even on the surface world people seem to generally get along with one another. (with the exception of the 2nd book, but that was partially because the Emberites didn't know how to do anything.) By the end, [[spoiler:society has been completely rebuilt into a utopia]]. * CryingWolf: [[spoiler:Subverted; the mayor stated that Doon and Lina were lying about the route out of Ember to keep everyone under his reign]]. * DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: In-universe, at the end of 4th book where Doon has to once again has to put together some letters with Lina that have been broken apart by deciphering the phrases. [[spoiler:It sparks off their MaybeEverAfter.]] * DumbBlonde: Subverted with Grover, who is very knowledgeable about snakes. * FieryRedhead: Lizzie, although she is a secondary character. * [[spoiler: FirstTimeInTheSun]]: The ending of the film and book one. * GoodIsNotNice: Hoyt [=McCoy=].
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* BlindObedience: From In ''The City of Ember'' most people treat the mayor as a pretty infallible and sensible authority figure, which he abused to his gain. Though their city was breaking down and the power plant to their TerminallyDependentSociety was nearing failure he managed to keep almost everyone content. The protagonists were some of the city few to see the mayor. * ABoyAGirlAndABabyFamily: Not a ''family'' exactly, but Lina, Doon, problem and Lina's little sister Poppy have this same dynamic. fought to find a way out. %% * BrattyHalfPint: Torren. * ChekhovsGun: That guy in the 3rd book ''The Prophet of Yonwood'' running those weird experiments [[spoiler:to contact aliens? HE SUCCEEDED. They're the mysterious new star in the 4th book.]] ''The Diamond of Darkhold'']]. * CityInABottle: Ember. ''The City of Ember''; a small town completely surrounded by darkness on all sides. The only light the residents have ever known is the harsh glow of the town's street lights. [[spoiler: Until the citizens find their way out and realize that the world has gone on without them]]. %% * CloudCuckooLander: Lizzie, and, to a certain extent, Lina. * {{Courier}}: Lina Mayfleet who is excited about being a messenger in ''The City of Ember''. * CosyCatastrophe: Society is a bit like this in ''The Diamond Of Darkhold''. Of course, the events of that book take place about 200 years after The End of the World, so [[FutureImperfect nobody actually has any idea]] what happened, and the simple farming life is all that the people of Sparks know. %% * CrapsackWorld: Played with. Ember was once a nice place to live in, and even on the surface world people seem to generally get along with one another. (with (With the exception of the 2nd book, ''The People of Sparks'', but that was partially because the Emberites didn't know how to do anything.) By the end, [[spoiler:society has been completely rebuilt into a utopia]]. %% * CryingWolf: [[spoiler:Subverted; the mayor stated that Doon and Lina were lying about the route out of Ember to keep everyone under his reign]]. %% * DisasterScavengers: The Roamers in ''The People of Sparks''. * DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: In-universe, at the end of 4th book ''The Diamond of Darkhold'', where Doon has to once again has to put together some letters with Lina that have been broken apart by deciphering the phrases. [[spoiler:It sparks off their MaybeEverAfter.]] %% * DumbBlonde: Subverted with Grover, who is very knowledgeable about snakes. * EarthAllAlong: In ''The City of Ember'', the city turns out to be ''underground'' on Earth. Human beings lived there for centuries; the idea was to protect them from nuclear war, but they lost the evacuation instructions years ago, and no one was around to tell them that the apocalypse was over and they could all go home now. * EternalEngine: ''Ember'' in ''The City of Ember'' is not ''all'' engine, but between the generator and the pipeworks a ''lot'' of it is made up of constantly running machinery. %% * FieryRedhead: Lizzie, although she is a secondary character. * [[spoiler: FirstTimeInTheSun]]: The ending of FirstTimeInTheSun: At the film and book one. end of ''The City of Ember'', the main characters find themselves on the surface at night, just in time to see the sun rise. * FreedomFromChoice: ''The City of Ember'' has a bit of this although, it was shown that the lot-drawing didn't actually matter (it was touted as a sort of sacred infallible system, but people could swap their drawings). * GoodIsNotNice: Hoyt [=McCoy=].[=McCoy=] from ''The Prophet of Yonwood''.

* GovernmentConspiracy: [[spoiler:The mayor isn't exactly ''pleased'' to find out what Doon and Lina have planned]]. ** Arguably, the plans set by the Builders themselves could also qualify. Going through all the trouble of [[spoiler: keeping the true contents of the box a secret]]. Or seeing to it that ''no one'' knew the history of the world leading up to the disaster in an attempt to start from a clean slate. * KarmicDeath: In the film, [[spoiler: the Mayor is eaten alive after locking himself in a room filled with food.]] In the books, it's revealed that [[spoiler: he drowned in the river while trying to leave Ember ahead of everyone else]]. Still counts, though. * MaybeEverAfter: A single line at the end of the 4th book hints that Doon and Lina might be falling in love with each other. There's no further mention of them after that. ** It mentions that [[spoiler:they end up sharing a house, so it's safe to assume that they probably did end up together.]]
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* GovernmentConspiracy: [[spoiler:The mayor isn't exactly ''pleased'' to find out what Doon GodBeforeDogma: Nickie rejects the absurd restrictions set by Mrs. Beeson on behalf of ''The Prophet of Yonwood'', but she still believes God is good and Lina have planned]]. would honor people's differences instead of marginalizing them. * GovernmentConspiracy: ** Arguably, the The plans set by the Builders themselves could also qualify. Going through all the trouble of [[spoiler: keeping [[spoiler:keeping the true contents of the box a secret]]. Or seeing to it that ''no one'' knew the history of the world leading up to the disaster in an attempt to start from a clean slate. %% ** [[spoiler:The mayor isn't exactly ''pleased'' to find out what Doon and Lina have planned]]. * IndestructibleEdible: In ''The City of Ember'', despite having been underground for 241 years, the city still had some canned food, including fruit cocktail and other canned fruit that had been stocked there in the beginning. * KarmicDeath: In the film, [[spoiler: the Mayor is eaten alive after locking himself in a room filled with food.]] In the books, it's It's revealed that [[spoiler: he the mayor drowned in the river while trying to leave Ember ahead of everyone else]]. Still counts, though. else]]. * LostCommonKnowledge: ** In ''The City of Ember'', the simple fact that the surface world exists becomes this, as does the existence of animals, candles, matches, the sun, the sky, and many other things. ** In ''The People of Sparks'', the Emberites don't know that the Earth is round, and don't know things like animals, trees, trucks, rain, seasons, and gods. * MaybeEverAfter: A single line at the end of the 4th book ''The Diamond of Darkhold'', hints that Doon and Lina might be falling in love with each other. There's no further mention of them after that. ** that. It does mentions that [[spoiler:they end up sharing a house, so it's safe to assume that they probably did end up together.]]together]].

** The troublemaking Emberite kid featured in ''Sparks'' is named Tick Hassler. ** The terrorist nation in the 3rd book is called the Phalanx Nations.

* MissingMom: Doon's mom is ''never'' mentioned in the series, not even ''once''; some fans assume that she died when Doon was a baby/young. * {{Oddly Named Sequel}}s: ''The People of Sparks'', ''The Diamond of Darkhold''. * TheOutsideWorld: This is the ultimate destination for Doon Harrow and Lina Mayfleet, recognizing that the limited lifespan of ''Literature/TheBooksOfEmber'' is winding down. It's an uphill struggle against Ember's corrupt mayor to navigate the exit sequence engineered by the city's original builders. * PluckyGirl: Lina and Nickie.
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** In ''The People of Sparks'', one of the people who helps to fuel the fires of tension between the Ember people and the Sparks people is a troublemaking Emberite kid named Tick Hassler. ** The terrorist nation in ''The Prophet of Yonwood'' is called the Phalanx Nations. * MissingMom: Doon's Lina Mayfleet's mom died when her younger sister Poppy was born. But her friend Doon Harrow has mom is ''never'' mentioned in the series, not even ''once''; some fans assume series with no explanation whatsoever. Many fans' favorite excuse is that she died when Doon was a baby/young. young. %% * NewEden: The ultimate destination for the main characters of ''The City of Ember''. %% * {{Oddly Named Sequel}}s: ''The People of Sparks'', ''The Diamond of Darkhold''. * TheOutsideWorld: This is the ultimate destination for Doon Harrow and Lina Mayfleet, recognizing that the limited lifespan of ''Literature/TheBooksOfEmber'' ''The City of Ember'' is winding down. It's an uphill struggle against Ember's corrupt mayor to navigate the exit sequence engineered by the city's original builders. * PassedInTheirSleep: In ''The City of Ember'', this is how Lisa and Poppy's grandmother dies. After she starts succumbing to an unknown illness, she tells Lisa to go to sleep, and the next morning, Lisa finds her body still in bed. * PipeMaze: ''The City of Ember'' has the Pipeworks workers, whose job is to patch up the incredibly intricate network of pipes that brings water to the citizens. Or rather, they patch up the patches over other patches that someone else, a long time ago, put on some more patches. %% * PluckyGirl: Lina and Nickie.

* PropheciesAreAlwaysRight * RagnarokProofing: The [[spoiler: system to get out of Ember]] still works after all these years.
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%% * PropheciesAreAlwaysRight * RagnarokProofing: RagnarokProofing: ** The [[spoiler: system [[spoiler:system to get out of Ember]] still works after all these years.

* ReptilesAreAbhorrent: Mrs. Beeson indirectly cites this trope when Nickie tells her that Grover owns snakes in his shed. * ScavengerWorld: The surface world has this as its main economy. Ember began to turn into this by the end as well. * ShrinkingViolet / FragileFlower: Amanda (Prophet of Yonwood). * [[TeenGenius Pre-Teen Genius]]: Doon. * TerminallyDependentSociety: The Emberites rely severely on the generator, which is the only thing keeping the city from plunging into permanent darkness. * {{Utopia}}: Ember. Or at least it ''was''.
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%% * ReptilesAreAbhorrent: Mrs. Beeson indirectly cites this trope when Nickie tells her that Grover owns snakes in his shed. * ScavengerWorld: The surface world has this as its main economy. Ember began to turn into this by ''The People of Sparks'' takes place somewhere in the end United States about 250 years after several successive wars and pandemics, where descendants of the survivors have reverted to old-style farming settlements, sending out 'roamers' to search pre-Disaster houses and such for supplies such as well. clothes. %% * ShrinkingViolet / FragileFlower: Amanda (Prophet of Yonwood). * SmallSecludedWorld: ''The City of Ember'', [[spoiler:was built underground as a refuge from a nuclear apocalypse]], but the instructions for escape were lost long ago, and now the city's supplies are running out. %% * StopWorshippingMe: [[spoiler:Althea Tower]] %% * [[TeenGenius Pre-Teen Genius]]: Doon. * TerminallyDependentSociety: The In ''The City of Ember'', the Emberites rely severely on the electrical generator, which is the only thing keeping the city from plunging into permanent darkness. * ThousandYearReign: ''The City Of Ember'' was designed to last exactly 200 years and no longer. Too bad the note meant to inform the populace of this got lost. * UndergroundCity: ''The City of Ember'' is set in an apocalypse bunker type of city where their supplies and power source are failing. * UsedFuture: ''The City of Ember'' portrayed a city driven by a huge dilapidated generator that was well beyond its expected life and the impending failure of the generator drives the events of the plot. %% * {{Utopia}}: Ember. Or at least it ''was''.''was''. %% * WellIntentionedExtremist: %% ** The Builders themselves may count, with all the absurd lengths done to create the GovernmentConspiracy. %% ** Mrs. Beeson in ''The Prophet of Yonwood''. * WaifProphet: Althea Tower from ''The Prophet of Yonwood'', whose 'vision' makes her extremely ill. * TheWallAroundTheWorld: There aren't any literal walls in ''The City of Ember'', but there might as well be -- the only light comes from the city, as does all of the food and other necessities, making it impossible to leave. Nobody in the city knows what might exist outside of it, if there's anything there at all. [[spoiler:It turns out that the entire city is actually underground. The original builders included instructions for leaving the city to be used after a certain amount of time had passed, but they were lost and forgotten before they could be used, leaving the citizens trapped in a city with dwindling food and power supplies, and no way of knowing that escape was necessary or possible]]. * WorldWarIII: The books are set 200 years after World Wars III, IV, V, and VI. If ''The Prophet of Yonwood'' is anything to go by, the first of "The 4 Wars" was between the USA and a group called the Phalanx Nations, and went nuclear pretty fast. These wars, combined with [[ThePlague The 3 Plagues]], are what knocked civilization back to pre-industrial levels. * TheXofY: ''The Books Of Ember'', ''The City of Ember'', ''The People of Sparks'', ''The Prophet of Yonwood'' and ''The Diamond of Darkhold''. !!The film adaptation provides examples of: %% * AssholeVictim: The Mayor gets eaten by a giant mole after he gets into what he thinks is a safe room. It's hard to feel sorry for the JerkAss. * BigCreepyCrawlies: The film has some oversized insects, probably to illustrate the effects of radiation on the wildlife. * ChekhovsGun: Loris Harrow gives his son; Doon an object that is the key to them leaving the city. * CityInABottle: An underground city with tons of lights, which became a new home for civilization AfterTheEnd, and it turns out fine...until the power generators start to go out. %% * DieselPunk: The titular city is hinted to have significant dieselpunk influences in its heyday. Of course, it's all decaying now... * ExitPursuedByABear: At the end of the film, Mayor Cole is eaten by a [[RodentsOfUnusualSize giant mole]].

** SirNotAppearingInThisTrailer: Oscar winners Tim Robbins & Martin Landau. * StopWorshippingMe: [[spoiler:Althea Tower]] * WellIntentionedExtremist: Mrs. Beeson in ''The Prophet of Yonwood''. ** The Builders themselves may count, with all the absurd lengths done to create the GovernmentConspiracy. * WaifProphet: Althea Tower, whose 'vision' makes her extremely ill.
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** * FirstTimeInTheSun: The protagonists come out from the underground city... to a wholly dark sky. They start doubting their whole trip, believing that what they were told about the dead world outside is true. Then the dawn comes... * IgnoredExpert: Doon is the only one convinced that the eponymous city's generator is beyond repair, and it needs to be overhauled, or the city abandoned. Naturally, the older generation tells him to shut up. It turns out he and Lina are {{Legacy Character}}s (of sorts) to their fathers, who were part of a cabal who foresaw the collapse ''years ago''. Her father died trying to find a solution. * ItsWhatIDo: -->'''Main character:''' "How do you know it will work?!?" -->'''Old power plant worker:''' "... It's my job!" * JustDesserts: Mayor Cole gets eaten by a [[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever giant star-nosed mole]]. * KarmicDeath: [[spoiler:The Mayor is eaten alive after locking himself in a room filled with food]]. * MalevolentArchitecture: The film has an escape route (meant to eventually be followed by all the inhabitants, no less) that requires activating a complex machine that moves around small boats, destabilizes a power reactor, generates a powerful water current and finally blasts the hapless citizens in the aforementioned tiny boats through a waterslide course any entertainment company would pay millions for (replete with suspended structure). You'd think they could have built, I dunno, ''an elevator'' instead... It might have been justified if not for the waterslide, since the place was already past its expiration date anyway. * NoOshaCompliance: The generator of Ember has catwalks and stairs going above and alongside heavy, dangerous, steam-emitting machinery of all kinds. And the official, government-approved method to escape the city involves [[spoiler:hundreds to thousands of people ''riding a ridiculously dangerous water toboggan on tiny wooden boats that are intended to pass above large water turbines'']]. * PanUpToTheSkyEnding: The film ends with the sun rising into a bright blue sky, which is especially meaningful because the characters have spent their entire lives living in an underground city, never knowing there was anything different or that there was such a thing as the sun or sky. %% * SirNotAppearingInThisTrailer: Oscar winners Tim Robbins & Martin Landau. * StopWorshippingMe: [[spoiler:Althea Tower]] TheXofY * WellIntentionedExtremist: Mrs. Beeson in ''The Prophet of Yonwood''. ** YoungerAndHipper: The Builders themselves may count, with all film used the absurd lengths done to create "older and hipper" inversion. The lead characters are twelve in the GovernmentConspiracy. * WaifProphet: Althea Tower, whose 'vision' makes her extremely ill.original book, but are teenagers in the film.
24th Aug '14 6:21:50 PM ChrisDen
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** LIna Mayfleet, as she wanted to be a messenger, which requires her to be fast.
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** LIna Lina Mayfleet, as she wanted to be a messenger, which requires her to be fast.
8th Jun '14 7:38:37 PM somebob
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** LIna Mayfleet, as she wanted to be a messenger, which requires her to be fast.
6th May '14 2:04:26 PM Lakija
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* TheOutsideWorld: This is the ultimate destination for Doon Harrow and Lina Mayfleet, recognizing that the limited lifespan of ''Literature/TheBooksOfEmber'' is winding down. It's an uphill struggle against Ember's corrupt mayor to navigate the exit sequence engineered by the city's original builders.
23rd Nov '13 5:23:37 PM Tuckerscreator
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** In a way, Ember itself. Its supply of stored food is finite, as is the stock of light bulbs (and thus the operability of the greenhouse). To make matters worse, [[spoiler: the Generator is gradually breaking down, causing increasingly frequent blackouts]].
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** In a way, Ember itself. Its supply of stored food is finite, as is the stock of light bulbs (and thus the operability of the greenhouse). To make matters worse, [[spoiler: the Generator is gradually breaking down, causing increasingly frequent blackouts]].blackouts.
23rd Nov '13 5:22:39 PM Tuckerscreator
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* AccidentallyBrokeTheMacGuffin: In the fourth book, Doon throws the diamond of Darkhold at a pack of wolves to save Lina. The diamond hits the rock that Lina is standing on and shatters into hundreds of pieces. Luckily, The diamond is only a sample. There are exactly one thousand diamonds in a hidden room in the cave. The diamonds are ancient technology that turns solar power into electricity.
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* AccidentallyBrokeTheMacGuffin: In the fourth book, Doon [[spoiler:Doon throws the diamond of Darkhold at a pack of wolves to save Lina. The diamond hits the rock that Lina is standing on and shatters into hundreds of pieces. Luckily, The diamond is only a sample. There are exactly one thousand diamonds in a hidden room in the cave. The diamonds are ancient technology that turns solar power into electricity.]]
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