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4th Dec '16 12:58:19 AM Phys101
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A series of modern fantasy books written by DJ [=MacHale=]. Each book is divided into two viewpoints. The journal segments, detailing the adventures of Bobby Pendragon, the main character, who is whisked away from his OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent life by his Uncle Press, via a magical gate called a flume hidden in the subway systems of New York City. The other part follows Bobby's best friends, Mark and Courtney, who get into a bit of trouble themselves, despite lacking the ability to travel to alternate worlds. (The only book that doesn't use this formula is ''The Soldiers of Halla'', which consists entirely of one journal written by Bobby.) Each world is called a territory, and every territory has a Traveler, filling various roles. Every territory is reaching a turning point, which will radically alter the fate of that world. The Travelers exist to make sure that the turning points, and the destiny of the territories, go the way they naturally would, without outside interference. Obviously, if this was all there was to it, it'd be pretty uneventful. Enter Saint Dane, a sadistic MagnificentBastard who wants to push the territories towards chaos, destroying the barriers between them, so he can reshape Halla (everything that has existed, does, or ever will exist) [[InTheirOwnImage in his image]]. The series consists of 10 books, with the final book released May 12, 2009.

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A series of modern fantasy books written by DJ [=MacHale=]. Each book is divided into two viewpoints. The journal segments, detailing the adventures of Bobby Pendragon, the main character, who is whisked away from his OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent life by his Uncle Press, via a magical gate called a flume hidden in the subway systems of New York City. The other part follows Bobby's best friends, Mark and Courtney, who get into a bit of trouble themselves, despite lacking the ability to travel to alternate worlds. (The only book that doesn't use this formula is ''The Soldiers of Halla'', which consists entirely of one journal written by Bobby.) Each world is called a territory, and every territory has a Traveler, filling various roles. Every territory is reaching a turning point, which will radically alter the fate of that world. The Travelers exist to make sure that the turning points, and the destiny of the territories, go the way they naturally would, without outside interference. Obviously, if this was all there was to it, it'd be pretty uneventful. Enter Saint Dane, a sadistic MagnificentBastard who wants to push the territories towards chaos, destroying the barriers between them, so he can reshape Halla (everything that has existed, does, or does exist, and ever will exist) [[InTheirOwnImage in his image]]. The series consists of 10 books, with the final book released May 12, 2009.
3rd Dec '16 8:56:18 PM Angeldeb82
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A series of modern fantasy books written by DJ [=MacHale=]. Each book is divided into two viewpoints. The journal segments, detailing the adventures of Bobby Pendragon, the main character, who is whisked away from his OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent life by his Uncle Press, via a magical gate called a flume hidden in the subway systems of New York City. The other part follows Bobby's best friends, Mark and Courtney, who get into a bit of trouble themselves, despite lacking the ability to travel to alternate worlds. (The only book that doesn't use this formula is ''The Soldiers of Halla'', which consists entirely of one journal written by Bobby.) Each world is called a territory, and every territory has a Traveler, filling various roles. Every territory is reaching a turning point, which will radically alter the fate of that world. The Travelers exist to make sure that the turning points, and the destiny of the territories, go the way they naturally would, without outside interference. Obviously, if this was all there was to it, it'd be pretty uneventful. Enter Saint Dane, a sadistic MagnificentBastard who wants to push the territories towards chaos, destroying the barriers between them, so he can reshape Halla (everything that has, does, or ever will exist) [[InTheirOwnImage in his image]]. The series consists of 10 books, with the final book released May 12, 2009.

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A series of modern fantasy books written by DJ [=MacHale=]. Each book is divided into two viewpoints. The journal segments, detailing the adventures of Bobby Pendragon, the main character, who is whisked away from his OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent life by his Uncle Press, via a magical gate called a flume hidden in the subway systems of New York City. The other part follows Bobby's best friends, Mark and Courtney, who get into a bit of trouble themselves, despite lacking the ability to travel to alternate worlds. (The only book that doesn't use this formula is ''The Soldiers of Halla'', which consists entirely of one journal written by Bobby.) Each world is called a territory, and every territory has a Traveler, filling various roles. Every territory is reaching a turning point, which will radically alter the fate of that world. The Travelers exist to make sure that the turning points, and the destiny of the territories, go the way they naturally would, without outside interference. Obviously, if this was all there was to it, it'd be pretty uneventful. Enter Saint Dane, a sadistic MagnificentBastard who wants to push the territories towards chaos, destroying the barriers between them, so he can reshape Halla (everything that has, has existed, does, or ever will exist) [[InTheirOwnImage in his image]]. The series consists of 10 books, with the final book released May 12, 2009.



* ANaziByAnyOtherName: [[spoiler:Ravinia. Separating one group of people from others? Check. Claiming that one group is superior and only them deserve rights? Check. Putting the "inferior" people into concentration camps and try to kill them all? Check. The Earth one is a variation because people are separated by "ability" rather than race/ethnicity. In other worlds like Zadaa and Eelong, this is completely played straight.]]



* BadFuture: Some variations of [[spoiler:Ravinia influenced Third Earth]]

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* BadFuture: Some variations of [[spoiler:Ravinia influenced [[spoiler:Ravinia-influenced Third Earth]]Earth]].



* BeeAfraid: The quigs of Ibara. [[spoiler: and thus, Veelox.]]

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* BeeAfraid: The quigs of Ibara. [[spoiler: and And, thus, Veelox.]]



* BuryMeNotOnTheLonePrairie: Bobby promises in his journal to put [[spoiler:Kasha's]] ashes on [[spoiler:Eelong]], which proves difficult [[spoiler:due to the collapsed flume.]]

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* BuryMeNotOnTheLonePrairie: Bobby promises in his journal to put [[spoiler:Kasha's]] ashes on [[spoiler:Eelong]], which proves difficult [[spoiler:due to the collapsed flume.]]flume]].



* CrapsackWorld: [[spoiler: Third Earth turns into one near the end of the series]].
* CueTheSun: An example in ''Black Water'' where it has very negative implications. Since gigs are [[PowerOfTheSun solar powered]], the sun's return means [[spoiler:the gig fleet can now drop the Cloral poison on Black Water.]]

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* CrapsackWorld: [[spoiler: Third Earth turns into one near the end of the series]].
series.]]
* CreepyCrossdresser: Saint Dane takes on a female form once or twice. Subverted in ''Raven Rise'', when [[spoiler: Bobby thinks that Saint Dane is in the form of the village chief's daughter, who has been trying to seduce him, only to find the shapeshifter to be Saint Dane's female apprentice, Nevva Winter]].
* CueTheSun: An example in ''Black Water'' where it has very negative implications. Since gigs are [[PowerOfTheSun solar powered]], the sun's return means [[spoiler:the gig fleet can now drop the Cloral poison on Black Water.]]Water]].



* EverythingsEvenWorseWithSharks: The quigs of Cloral.



* {{Expy}}: Nancy "Jinx" Olsen is one for [[{{Franchise/StargateVerse}} Col. Samantha "Sam" Carter]].
** It is believed that the Security Dados are at least partially inspired by the [[{{Series/BattlestarGalactica1978}} original Cylon Centurions]].
** Service Dado Fourteen is believed to be based on [[{{Franchise/StarWars}} C-3PO]], [[{{Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration}} Lt. Commander Data]], [[{{Franchise/Transformers}} the various Optimus Primes]], [[{{Franchise/RatchetAndClank}} Clank]], and [[{{Series/RedDwarf}} Kryten 2 X 4 B- 523 P]] respectively.

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* {{Expy}}: Nancy "Jinx" Olsen is one for [[{{Franchise/StargateVerse}} [[Franchise/StargateVerse Col. Samantha "Sam" Carter]].
** It is believed that the Security Dados are at least partially inspired by the [[{{Series/BattlestarGalactica1978}} [[Series/BattlestarGalactica1978 original Cylon Centurions]].
** Service Dado Fourteen is believed to be based on [[{{Franchise/StarWars}} [[Franchise/StarWars C-3PO]], [[{{Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration}} [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Lt. Commander Data]], [[{{Franchise/Transformers}} the various Optimus Primes]], [[{{Franchise/RatchetAndClank}} [[Franchise/RatchetAndClank Clank]], and [[{{Series/RedDwarf}} [[Series/RedDwarf Kryten 2 X 4 B- 523 P]] respectively.



* GivingRadioToTheRomans: Mark [[spoiler:brings his science project to First Earth. [[ButterflyOfDoom It doesn't end well.]]]]

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* GivingRadioToTheRomans: Mark [[spoiler:brings [[spoiler:Mark brings his science project to First Earth. [[ButterflyOfDoom It doesn't end well.]]]]



* GodwinsLaw: [[InvertedTrope Inverted]] in ''The Never War'', when to give Spader an idea of what Hitler was like, Bobby compares him to Saint Dane. [[spoiler: Played straight later on, when several characters compare Ravinia's philosophy to that of the Nazis, and its Horizon Compounds are likened to concentration camps.]]

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* GodwinsLaw: [[InvertedTrope Inverted]] {{Inverted|Trope}} in ''The Never War'', when to give Spader an idea of what Hitler was like, Bobby compares him to Saint Dane. [[spoiler: Played straight later on, when several characters compare Ravinia's philosophy to that of the Nazis, and its Horizon Compounds are likened to concentration camps.]]



* GreyAndWhiteMorality: Subverted. In the books right before book 10, it seems like Saint Dane makes some legitimate points, and he just has some flawed logic. In book 10, it's completely thrown out the window; the flawed logic was just a justification, and he's actually pure evil.



* HollywoodHacking: The Reality Bug causes the creation of [[spoiler:an actual, physical creature that can effect the real world.]]

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* HollywoodHacking: The Reality Bug causes the creation of [[spoiler:an actual, physical creature that can effect the real world.]]world]].



* {{Immortality}}: Of the Resurrective sort [[spoiler:Whenever Saint Dane "dies" he just turns into smoke and reforms elsewhere.]]

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* {{Immortality}}: Of the Resurrective sort sort. [[spoiler:Whenever Saint Dane "dies" he just turns into smoke and reforms elsewhere.]]



* TheLifestream: [[spoiler:Solara]]

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* TheLifestream: [[spoiler:Solara]][[spoiler:Solara.]]



* MagicAIsMagicA: Right up until the climax of the last book, where [[spoiler:Saint Dane dies because his followers turn on him]] without any acknowledgment that this [[BeyondTheImpossible doesn't follow from the rules laid down only a few hundred pages ago.]]

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* MagicAIsMagicA: Right up until the climax of the last book, where [[spoiler:Saint Dane dies because his followers turn on him]] without any acknowledgment that this [[BeyondTheImpossible doesn't follow from the rules laid down only a few hundred pages ago.]]ago]].



* MentorOccupationalHazard: Some traveler mentors end up dead. [[spoiler:It turns out that all of them are destined to die, and they are aware of this. Though they also are aware that [[BackFromTheDead it won't be permanent.]]]]

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* MentorOccupationalHazard: Some traveler mentors end up dead. [[spoiler:It turns out that all of them are destined to die, and they are aware of this. Though they also are aware that [[BackFromTheDead it won't be permanent.]]]]permanent]].]]



* ANaziByAnyOtherName: [[spoiler:Ravinia. Separating one group of people from others? Check. Claiming that one group is superior and only them deserve rights? Check. Putting the "inferior" people into concentration camps and try to kill them all? Check. The Earth one is a variation because people are separated by "ability" rather than race/ethnicity. In other worlds like Zadaa and Eelong, this is completely played straight.]]



* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Bobby, frequently. The first screw up was the turning point for Denduron. [[spoiler: [[EverythingIsBetterWithExplosions Tak]] while discovered by the rebels, had not been able to be used in huge amounts besides pea-sized amounts for their slingshots. However, due to Bobby bringing his flashlight with him from second earth, had made the rebels find a way to harness more Tak to create a Bomb.]]

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* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Bobby, frequently. The first screw up was the turning point for Denduron. [[spoiler: [[EverythingIsBetterWithExplosions Tak]] [[StuffBlowingUp Tak]], while discovered by the rebels, had not been able to be used in huge amounts besides pea-sized amounts for their slingshots. However, due to Bobby bringing his flashlight with him from second earth, had made the rebels find a way to harness more Tak to create a Bomb.]]



* NoPaperFuture: Third Earth prominently features voice-controlled supercomputers with holographic displays. The one real book on display in the New York Library is a copy of ''GreenEggsAndHam'', to serve as a reminder.

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* NoPaperFuture: Third Earth prominently features voice-controlled supercomputers with holographic displays. The one real book on display in the New York Library is a copy of ''GreenEggsAndHam'', ''Literature/GreenEggsAndHam'', to serve as a reminder.



* PlankGag: When Bobby completes his TrainingFromHell with Loor and Alder and is awarded a real [[SimpleStaff fighting stave]], he launches into a long series of these. He'd nearly whack one of them with the stave end as he turns to the other to apologize for nearly whacking ''them'', and then spins around to apologize for ''that''...

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* PlankGag: When Bobby completes his TrainingFromHell with Loor and Alder and is awarded a real [[SimpleStaff fighting stave]], staff]], he launches into a long series of these. He'd nearly whack one of them with the stave end as he turns to the other to apologize for nearly whacking ''them'', and then spins around to apologize for ''that''...



* RousseauWasRight: [[spoiler:Solara, the spirit of mankind formed by the existence of sentience, is usually good in nature. In order for Saint Dane's EvilPlan to fully work, he needs to change the nature of humanity itself]].
* SciFiWritersHaveNoSenseOfScale: Out of the infinite number of habitable planets in the universe, technological civilizations arose on only seven. Six of these civilizations are exclusively human. It is possible[[spoiler:, given the nature of Halla, that the people who created the universe did this intentionally]], but the topic is unaddressed and no one takes note of it.

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* RousseauWasRight: [[spoiler:Solara, the spirit of mankind formed by the existence of sentience, is usually good in nature. In order for Saint Dane's EvilPlan to fully work, he needs to change the nature of humanity itself]].
itself.]]
* SciFiWritersHaveNoSenseOfScale: Out of the infinite number of habitable planets in the universe, technological civilizations arose on only seven. Six of these civilizations are exclusively human. It is possible[[spoiler:, given possible, [[spoiler:given the nature of Halla, that the people who created the universe did this intentionally]], intentionally,]] but the topic is unaddressed and no one takes note of it.



* TeachMeHowToFight: After Saint Dane almost kills him, Bobby asks Loor [[AccidentalInnuendo to do this with him.]]

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* TeachMeHowToFight: After Saint Dane almost kills him, Bobby asks Loor [[AccidentalInnuendo to do this with him.]]him]].



* TimeTravelTenseTrouble: The NarniaTime in effect between the territories occasionally causes this sort of trouble. Usually involving rookie Travelers (We're looking at you, Spader and Siry).

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* TimeTravelTenseTrouble: The NarniaTime in effect between the territories occasionally causes this sort of trouble. Usually involving rookie Travelers (We're (we're looking at you, Spader and Siry).



** This is completely [[{{JustifiedTrope}} justified]], at least toward the end of the series. Bobby's use of outdated slang is due to his being away from Second Earth for so long.

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** This is completely [[{{JustifiedTrope}} justified]], {{justified|Trope}}, at least toward the end of the series. Bobby's use of outdated slang is due to his being away from Second Earth for so long.



* UnexplainedRecovery: [[spoiler: Loor at the end of book 6. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] in book 10 when it is revealed that the Travelers can't die.]]

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* UnexplainedRecovery: [[spoiler: Loor at the end of book 6. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] {{Justified|Trope}} in book 10 when it is revealed that the Travelers can't die.]]



* {{Utopia}}: Though it took many centuries, Third Earth becomes one where technology has advanced to great heights, nature is reclaiming the surface while humans live underground, underwater, or in space, and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking food is implied to be free]]. [[spoiler: And then [[WhamEpisode Raven Rise]] [[CrapsackWorld comes into the picture...]].]]

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* {{Utopia}}: Though it took many centuries, Third Earth becomes one where technology has advanced to great heights, nature is reclaiming the surface while humans live underground, underwater, or in space, and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking food is implied to be free]]. [[spoiler: And then [[WhamEpisode Raven Rise]] [[CrapsackWorld comes into the picture...]].]]]]]]



* VillainousCrossdresser: Saint Dane takes on a female form once or twice. Subverted in ''Raven Rise'', when [[spoiler: Bobby thinks that Saint Dane is in the form of the village chief's daughter, who has been trying to seduce him, only to find the shapeshifter to be Saint Dane's female apprentice, Nevva Winter.]]



* WellIntentionedExtremist: Saint Dane was this in his mind... [[spoiler:until his MoralEventHorizon]]

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* WellIntentionedExtremist: Saint Dane was this in his mind... [[spoiler:until his MoralEventHorizon]]MoralEventHorizon.]]


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* WhiteAndGreyMorality: Subverted. In the books right before book 10, it seems like Saint Dane makes some legitimate points, and he just has some flawed logic. In book 10, it's completely thrown out the window; the flawed logic was just a justification, and he's actually pure evil.
30th Oct '16 8:02:42 PM BURGINABC
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* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Either this or CriticalResearchFailure, but at 14 Mark is said to have [[CovertPervert "cutesy]] [[AllAnimeIsNaughtyTentacles hentai posters"]] on his walls. Erm...

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* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Either this or CriticalResearchFailure, but at 14 Mark is said to have [[CovertPervert "cutesy]] [[AllAnimeIsNaughtyTentacles "cutesy hentai posters"]] posters" on his walls. Erm...
30th Oct '16 2:16:24 PM Twiddler
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* EyesOfGold: Quigs can be identified by their yellow eyes. Or, in the case of Ibara's bee quigs, the yellow glow of their firefly-like rear ends.


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* SupernaturalGoldEyes: Quigs can be identified by their yellow eyes. Or, in the case of Ibara's bees, the yellow glow of their firefly-like rear ends.
30th Oct '16 2:15:03 PM Twiddler
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* EyesOfGold: Quigs can be identified by their yellow eyes. Or, in the case of Ibara's bees, the yellow glow of their firefly-like rear ends.

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* EyesOfGold: Quigs can be identified by their yellow eyes. Or, in the case of Ibara's bees, bee quigs, the yellow glow of their firefly-like rear ends.
30th Oct '16 2:14:45 PM Twiddler
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* RedRightHand: Saint Dane's eyes. [[VoluntaryShapeshifting Except when they aren't.]]

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* RedRightHand: RedRightHand:
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Saint Dane's icy blue eyes. [[VoluntaryShapeshifting Except when they aren't.]]aren't present.]]
** Quigs have yellow eyes. In the case of Ibara's bee quigs, they have glowing yellow abdomens.
30th Oct '16 3:29:58 AM Morgenthaler
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* BiggerBad In ''The Rivers of Zadaa'', Bobby wonders if Saint Dane himself answers to someone else.


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* GreaterScopeVillain: In ''The Rivers of Zadaa'', Bobby wonders if Saint Dane himself answers to someone else.
28th Oct '16 10:15:09 AM dlchen145
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* AlwaysChaoticEvil: Quigs, a deadly species that take the form of that world's wild animal. Earth has dogs, Denduron has bears, Cloral has sharks, Eelong has gars (wild humans. Not to be confused with the [[{{Badass}} concept of "Gar"]]), etc.

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* AlwaysChaoticEvil: Quigs, a deadly species that take the form of that world's wild animal. Earth has dogs, Denduron has bears, Cloral has sharks, Eelong has gars (wild humans. Not to be confused with the [[{{Badass}} concept of "Gar"]]), "Gar"), etc.
24th Oct '16 6:20:47 AM Phys101
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* AscendedFridgeHorror: Bobby realizes in one of the later books that Saint Dane can always go back to a Territory where Bobby apparently won, and change things again.



* RedemptionEqualsDeath: [[spoiler:Nevva. She made sure that the Exiles survived for the most part, and told Bobby and Elli the secret to defeating Saint Dane. What does she get in return? She gets scattergunned in the back and [[TheNothingAfterDeath is denied access to Solara after death. She also said she could not be saved because Dark Solara gave her existence and she had betrayed it. So why couldn't she rejoin Light Solara?]] There is a happy note to this; [[spoiler:when all world's histories returned to normal without St. Dane and the flumes, Nevva never turned evil, she would've helped Mr. Pop defeat Blok in this timeline, and maybe she and Elli reunited.]]

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* RedemptionEqualsDeath: [[spoiler:Nevva. She made sure that the Exiles survived for the most part, and told Bobby and Elli the secret to defeating Saint Dane. What does she get in return? She gets scattergunned in the back and [[TheNothingAfterDeath is denied access to Solara after death. She also said she could not be saved because Dark Solara gave her existence and she had betrayed it. So why couldn't she rejoin Light Solara?]] Solara]]?]] There is a happy note to this; this: [[spoiler:when all world's histories returned to normal without St. Dane and the flumes, Nevva never turned evil, she would've helped Mr. Pop defeat Blok in this timeline, and maybe she and Elli reunited.]]
30th Aug '16 8:28:22 PM Twiddler
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* SmallSecludedWorld: The island of Ibara.
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