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-> "The Death Star was a monster, no question about that. It was conceived by monsters and controlled by them. But not everyone on board was a monster."
--> ''Teela Kaarz''

''[[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Death_Star_%28novel%29 Death Star]]'' is a novel in the StarWarsExpandedUniverse, written by Michael Reaves and Steve Perry. Perry also wrote ShadowsOfTheEmpire. Reaves wrote a few episodes of the old ''Droids'' and ''Ewoks'' television shows, as well as ''Darth Maul: Shadow Hunter'' and the Coruscant Nights Trilogy. Prior to ''DeathStar'', the two authors worked together to write the Medstar Duology. They re-use characters and details from one anothers' previously-written works with some regularity.

The novel follows the lives of a selection of characters who end up working on the Death Star late in its completion, and after that. They include Darth Vader, Grand Moff Tarkin, Admiral Motti, an old surgeon, a Force-Sensitive stormtrooper, a bartender, a librarian, a bouncer, a TIE pilot, a wrongly accused convict, a political prisoner who was an architect, and the Death Star's lead gunner.

Interestingly, there is no overall villain of the book. The Rebellion is certainly out there, weighing on people's minds, but aside from the minor role that Leia Organa plays, none of them are named or given much notoriety, much less become a viewpoint character. Some characters oppose each other - Motti does not like Vader, for instance - but until the end most of them are at least somewhat civil with each other. They're all more or less on the same side, after all.
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!!The novel includes examples of:

* AcePilot: The TIE pilot, Vil Dance, becomes one.
* AscendedExtra: Tenn Graneet and Nova Stihl.
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: Vader of course, but it turns out that Motti lifts weights in several times normal gravity.
* BarBrawl: Threatened at several points, but it never gets that far. The bouncer's good at his job.
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: Tenn Graneet calls it by name.
--> There was an old proverb his grandfather had taught him when he'd been a boy: ''Take care what you wish for, Tenn- you might get it.''
--> Now he understood exactly what that meant. He had wanted to fire the big gun, and he had gotten to do just that. The only man in the galaxy who had shot it for real, at real targets, and look what it had brought him: [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone misery beyond his ugliest dreams.]]
* BeingEvilSucks: Tenn Graneet is the one who pulled the trigger sending Despayre and Alderaan to their deaths. While Despayre unnerves him, he can at least partially rationalize it what with it being full of convicts declared too dangerous to be held locally. When he terminates Alderaan, however, he sinks into a deep, deep depression feeling that death would be too good for him.
* BizarreAlienBiology: The smuggler is Zelosian, and although he ''looks'' like a green-eyed human, he photosynthesizes.
* CatapultNightmare: Nova. See Dreaming Of Things To Come below.
* CatchPhrase: Lieutenant Vil Dance often thinks or says a variation of "Never happen!", as in "it will never", when he thinks of failing in his duty.
* ChekhovsGun: In addition to the obligatory "What the hell is that thermal exhaust port doing there, and isn't it a blatant WeaksauceWeakness?" comment, there's Uli's research into midichlorians as they relate to Nova's Blink. He even forgot all about it.
* CulturedWarrior: Nova Stihl.
* CurbStompBattle: The Rebels send five hundred X-Wings after the Death Star before it's fully operational. This does not end well.
** So ''[[FridgeBrilliance that's]]'' [[FridgeBrilliance how the Rebels knew it was designed to repel a large-scale assault!]]
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: [[DiscussedTrope Called out by name]], with [[LampshadeHanging lampshade lovingly hung]].
* [[DefectorFromDecadence Defector From Evil]]: Why some of the surviving characters decide to join the Rebellion. They know nothing about it, but it's got to be better than the government that decides to annihilate inhabited planets as a [[TestedOnHumans test]].
* DreamingOfThingsToCome: When he transfers onto the Death Star, Nova's Force-Sensitivity starts giving him horrible, horrible dreams that all end up coming true, to one extent or another.
* DrinkOrder: Only to be expected when one character is a bartender.
* DrowningMySorrows: The two Alderaanians.
* EarthShatteringKaboom: Alderaan, obviously, but before that, [[spoiler: Despayre]].
* EverythingTryingToKillYou: Despayre's environment is explicitly like that. It doesn't help that it's populated by (mostly) [[PenalColony dangerous convicts]].
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin
* FanDisservice: Motti, "stripped to", well, anything, but the use of the word "strap" makes it sound like the GFFA version of a jockstrap.
* {{Fanservice}}: Twi'lek "micro" clothing leaves readers wondering what it is.
* ForegoneConclusion: You've seen ANewHope. You know that the Death Star destroys Alderaan, Leia escapes, and the Death Star is blown up by a brave Rebel pilot.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Deck 69.
* HeelFaithTurn: Motti, after Vader chokes him.
* HeelRealization: Every Imperial viewpoint character except Darth Vader, Grand Moff Tarkin, and Admiral Motti gets this at the destruction of Alderaan. The ones who weren't in the Imperial military, who just worked for it, tended to get it earlier.
* HoldYourHippogriffs: To vac(hard vacuum) with this!
** Out of the black.
** A pixel is worth a thousand bytes.
** A snowflake's chance in a supernova.
* IDontLikeTheSoundOfThatPlace: The prison world "Despayre".
* IHaveManyNames: [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Celot_Ratua_Dil Celot Ratua Dill]], the smuggler, also gets called "[[LeetLingo Teh Roxxor]]", "[[GreenEyes Green-Eyes]]", and "Radish Boy".
* ImHavingSoulPains: Nova.
* ImprobablePilotingSkills: Darth Vader. The TIE pilot saw him fly once and promised himself that he'd commit suicide if Vader ever came after him; late in the novel the pilot and his new defecting friends flee in a shuttle, are pursued, and the pilot manages to not get shot down ''just'' long enough that Vader's attention turned to the Rebels.
* InterspeciesRomance: Memah Roothes(the bartender) and Celot Ratua Dil(the convict); also Villian Dance(the pilot) and Teela Kaarz(the architect). Interestingly, while Memah is a Twi'lek, Ratua is a [[HumanAliens very humanlike]] [[PlantAliens plant alien]], and Teela is from a very humanlike offshoot of humanity.
* LastNameBasis: As a result of Daala having OnlyOneName at this point, Tarkin is given to referring to his lover only by her last name, even in private.
* LeetLingo: The name the convict takes for himself is "Teh Roxxor".
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters
* MenAreTheExpendableGender: Thirteen characters in the Dramatis Personae (ten male, three female). [[spoiler: three males and three females]] survive. Admittedly some characters are DoomedByCanon - or saved by it in the case of Darth Vader and Admiral Daala, but even amongst the 'new' characters the male death rate is [[spoiler: 60%]].
* MindProbe: Vader does this casually to the architect, who senses him, freaks out, and closes down.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Tenn Graneet has a major one of these. Some time after shooting down a shuttle of escaping convicts, and then after killing Rebels in X-Wings, the TIE pilot, Dance, has a quieter one.
--> He(Graneet) couldn't stop thinking about it. He didn't believe he would ever be able to stop thinking about it. The dead would haunt him, forever.
--> [[DrivenToSuicide How could a man live with that?]]
* MySignificanceSenseIsTingling: Nova's Force-Sensitivity.
* NoBiochemicalBarriers: Averted. One of the interspecies couples refers to this as a NoodleIncident after a TimeSkip of several months.
--> "How was I to know your kind can't eat sweetweed?"
--> "You could have looked it up. You plan to date outside your species, it's on you to know what's poison and what's not."
--> "[[NeverLiveItDown You're never going to let me forget it, are you?]]"
--> "Not a chance, Green-Eyes."
* PenalColony: Despayre, again.
* POVSequel
* PlanarShockwave: In exposition, we see that this is because the superlaser actually causes part of the target to shift suddenly into hyperspace.
* PsychicNosebleed: Nova, again. [[spoiler: Despayre]] wakes him up screaming. Alderaan makes him pass out, bleeding, with muscle tremors.
* PunchClockVillain: Tarkin, Daala, Motti, and Vader aren't, but the other Imperials are.
* RedBaron: Col. Vindoo "The Shooter" Barvel.
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: Tenn Graneet delays firing the superlaser at Yavin IV long enough for Luke to fire a proton torpedo.
* ResignationsNotAccepted: Doctor Uli Divini has been in Imperial service since before Palpatine's New Order, due to the Imperial Military Stop Loss Order, or IMSLO.
--> (IMSLO is) A retroactive order mandating that, no matter when you'd been conscripted, once you were in, you were in for as long as they wanted you - or until you got killed. Either way, it was kiss your planned life goodbye. Imperial Military Stop Loss Order. An alternative translation, scrawled no doubt on a 'fresher wall somewhere by a [[BathroomStallGraffiti clever graffitist]], had caught on over the last few years: "I'm [[UnusualEuphemism Milking Scragged]]; Life's Over."
* {{Retcon}}: Daala's head injury explains where her tactical knowledge went
** Why did it take so long for the Death Star to fire at Yavin IV? [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone The gunnery chief had a change of heart.]]
* {{Retirony}}: Old-school Admiral Helaw, a man with standards who'd [[TakingTheBullet take a beam to the chest]] rather than allow it to get you InTheBack, planned to retire as soon as this project was finished. A certain amount of time was spent building him up as cautious, reliable, and Admiral Motti's confidant. And then he died in an act of sabotage.
* RockBeatsLaser: Admiral Helaw (one of Motti's old friends) talks about this hardcore master marksman who would often throw himself into the fray with his troops. Helaw's friend is about to gun down a charging pirate when his gun jams and he gets unceremoniously shanked by a sharpened piece of junk. Helaw relates this story as a warning against hubris.
* SergeantRock: Despite not being in the Army, Master Chief Petty Officer Tenn Graneet certainly fits the bill.
* SheIsNotMyGirlfriend: A sort of odd example. Uli often thinks back to the young Jedi he knew twenty years ago during the Clone Wars, who died in Order 66. He's not sure if he loved her, but her death left him badly shaken, and he tries not to think of her too often. When Princess Leia is taken on board the Death Star and tortured, he's summoned to tend to her and is struck by the various ways in which she's like that Jedi. Later his friends refer to Leia as Uli's girlfriend, and he tiredly says the trope name.
* ShoutOut: In what appears to be a reference to ''Franchise/StarTrek'', the shuttle NGC-1710 ferries Nova Stihl from Despayre to the Death Star.
** Uli's a surgeon, not an internal meds doctor!
** Additionally [[{{Franchise/Terminator}} Dybersyne Engineering Systems]] is said to be one of the companies contracted to assemble the Death Star's superlaser.
*** There's also a clever (but unsubtle) reference to the singleplayer of StarWarsBattlefront 2 snuck in. For those who have played the game, it's [[CrowningMomentOfFunny pretty hilarious]].
**** To elaborate, there are rumours of an escape attempt by the prisoners being held on board the station. Memah Roothes overhears a conversation about it. The first guy says that he heard nine prisoners broke out, led by a Jedi. The other guy (who happens to be Tenn Graneet) says that Jedi are kind of scarce, so that's not too likely. Then he says that ''he'' heard that it was fifty prisoners, all of whom were captured rebels, and that they were led by ''five'' Jedi, and then they took over the superlaser and started blowing up Star Destroyer after Star Destroyer. Tenn knows that part is impossible, being the guy whose job it is to ''fire'' the superlaser and thus knowing firsthand that it isn't working yet, but he says [[RuleOfCool "Why let facts get in the way of a good story?"]] They go on to joke that eventually the story will [[GossipEvolution become so embellished]] that people will be saying there was a whole Rebel ''army'' on board trying to blow up the station, and that it took the 501st to stop them. (In the video game, there were ''tons'' of prisoners, all rebels and all with guns, led by one Jedi, who still had his lightsaber. The 501st ''did'' happen to be on board the station at the time and was tasked with stopping them. They didn't try to blow up the station or blast Star Destroyers, but they did try to destroy the superlaser and escape with a copy of the Death Star plans.)
** At one point, Tenn Graneet is walking down a corridor and sees none other than Darth Vader up ahead, walking in the other direction. The corridor is narrow enough that one or the other is going to have to move out of the way, and Tenn wonders if he should step aside or just walk toward Vader until ''he'' moves out of the way, as that's a common game in the Imperial Navy to see who backs down first. (You don't pull it on superior officers for obvious reasons, but since Vader technically isn't part of the navy Tenn doesn't see him as a superior.) Graneet decides at the last second that ''he'' had better move to let Vader pass, and thus avoids becoming a victim of TooDumbToLive. Where's the shout out here? Well, as Vader walks by Tenn his cape brushes against Tenn's arm and ''almost'' gets caught on Tenn's chrono. (Wristwatch.) Tenn belatedly realizes that if he hadn't stepped aside he would probably be dead now and, moreover, he almost became the man who [[Music/JimCroce tugged on Darth Vader's cape.]]
* SlidingScaleOfAntagonistVileness: The whole spectrum is well-represented.
* SympatheticPOV: Tenn Graneet. He'd always aspired to fire the biggest gun in the galaxy, and actually getting that wish meant [[BeingEvilSucks guilt and misery beyond his ugliest dreams.]]
* TakingYouWithMe: Dance calls it the WBD - We Both Die.
* TalkToTheFist: Those two contractors from Alderaan are kriffing sick of gloating Imps.
* {{Technobabble}}: A thankfully short explanation of the process of the destruction of Alderaan is given by Tenn Graneet, who is more in horror of the fact that he just sent several billion innocent people to their deaths.
* [[TestedOnHumans Tested On A Prison Planet]]: The Death Star was test-fired on Despayre. Neither the convicts nor the guards were evacuated beforehand.
* TwoLinesNoWaiting
* VillainousBreakdown: Tarkin never believed that the Death Star had a weakness. In the end, right before the Death Star explodes, he's thinking "Unthinkable. Unthinka-" *BOOM*
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: Tenn Graneet.
* WordOfGod: Motti's OnlyOneName status was to be ended with the authors of this novel giving him the name "Zi." However, that was changed before the novel was published after GeorgeLucas jokingly said that the character's name was "Conan Antonio Motti" (in reference to ConanOBrien). A single use of "Zi" still remains in the novel, presumably as an editing mistake.
* WouldntHurtAChild: Nova Stihl is badly shaken after Alderaan, the deaths of billions of innocent civilians of all ages, enough so that he concludes he has to try to prevent something like that from happening again.
--> Nova could fight a room full of men straight-up, face-to-face, and if he had to kill half of them to survive, he'd do it. But he hadn't signed on to slaughter children in their beds.
* YeOldeButcheredeEnglishe: A minor character named Bahlateez speaks in this manner.
* YouShallNotPass / DelayingAction: Nova avoided the death he'd foreseen in one dream by not chasing too closely after Han Solo. But at the end of the novel he accepts another death he'd foreseen by fighting off other stormtroopers alongside a bouncer to let the other defectors get to the shuttle.

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-> "The Death Star was a monster, no question about that. It was conceived by monsters and controlled by them. But not everyone on board was a monster."
--> ''Teela Kaarz''

''[[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Death_Star_%28novel%29 Death Star]]'' is a novel in the StarWarsExpandedUniverse, written by Michael Reaves and Steve Perry. Perry also wrote ShadowsOfTheEmpire. Reaves wrote a few episodes of the old ''Droids'' and ''Ewoks'' television shows, as well as ''Darth Maul: Shadow Hunter'' and the Coruscant Nights Trilogy. Prior to ''DeathStar'', the two authors worked together to write the Medstar Duology. They re-use characters and details from one anothers' previously-written works with some regularity.

The novel follows the lives of a selection of characters who end up working on the Death Star late in its completion, and after that. They include Darth Vader, Grand Moff Tarkin, Admiral Motti, an old surgeon, a Force-Sensitive stormtrooper, a bartender, a librarian, a bouncer, a TIE pilot, a wrongly accused convict, a political prisoner who was an architect, and the Death Star's lead gunner.

Interestingly, there is no overall villain of the book. The Rebellion is certainly out there, weighing on people's minds, but aside from the minor role that Leia Organa plays, none of them are named or given much notoriety, much less become a viewpoint character. Some characters oppose each other - Motti does not like Vader, for instance - but until the end most of them are at least somewhat civil with each other. They're all more or less on the same side, after all.
----
!!The novel includes examples of:

* AcePilot: The TIE pilot, Vil Dance, becomes one.
* AscendedExtra: Tenn Graneet and Nova Stihl.
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: Vader of course, but it turns out that Motti lifts weights in several times normal gravity.
* BarBrawl: Threatened at several points, but it never gets that far. The bouncer's good at his job.
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: Tenn Graneet calls it by name.
--> There was an old proverb his grandfather had taught him when he'd been a boy: ''Take care what you wish for, Tenn- you might get it.''
--> Now he understood exactly what that meant. He had wanted to fire the big gun, and he had gotten to do just that. The only man in the galaxy who had shot it for real, at real targets, and look what it had brought him: [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone misery beyond his ugliest dreams.]]
* BeingEvilSucks: Tenn Graneet is the one who pulled the trigger sending Despayre and Alderaan to their deaths. While Despayre unnerves him, he can at least partially rationalize it what with it being full of convicts declared too dangerous to be held locally. When he terminates Alderaan, however, he sinks into a deep, deep depression feeling that death would be too good for him.
* BizarreAlienBiology: The smuggler is Zelosian, and although he ''looks'' like a green-eyed human, he photosynthesizes.
* CatapultNightmare: Nova. See Dreaming Of Things To Come below.
* CatchPhrase: Lieutenant Vil Dance often thinks or says a variation of "Never happen!", as in "it will never", when he thinks of failing in his duty.
* ChekhovsGun: In addition to the obligatory "What the hell is that thermal exhaust port doing there, and isn't it a blatant WeaksauceWeakness?" comment, there's Uli's research into midichlorians as they relate to Nova's Blink. He even forgot all about it.
* CulturedWarrior: Nova Stihl.
* CurbStompBattle: The Rebels send five hundred X-Wings after the Death Star before it's fully operational. This does not end well.
** So ''[[FridgeBrilliance that's]]'' [[FridgeBrilliance how the Rebels knew it was designed to repel a large-scale assault!]]
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: [[DiscussedTrope Called out by name]], with [[LampshadeHanging lampshade lovingly hung]].
* [[DefectorFromDecadence Defector From Evil]]: Why some of the surviving characters decide to join the Rebellion. They know nothing about it, but it's got to be better than the government that decides to annihilate inhabited planets as a [[TestedOnHumans test]].
* DreamingOfThingsToCome: When he transfers onto the Death Star, Nova's Force-Sensitivity starts giving him horrible, horrible dreams that all end up coming true, to one extent or another.
* DrinkOrder: Only to be expected when one character is a bartender.
* DrowningMySorrows: The two Alderaanians.
* EarthShatteringKaboom: Alderaan, obviously, but before that, [[spoiler: Despayre]].
* EverythingTryingToKillYou: Despayre's environment is explicitly like that. It doesn't help that it's populated by (mostly) [[PenalColony dangerous convicts]].
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin
* FanDisservice: Motti, "stripped to", well, anything, but the use of the word "strap" makes it sound like the GFFA version of a jockstrap.
* {{Fanservice}}: Twi'lek "micro" clothing leaves readers wondering what it is.
* ForegoneConclusion: You've seen ANewHope. You know that the Death Star destroys Alderaan, Leia escapes, and the Death Star is blown up by a brave Rebel pilot.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Deck 69.
* HeelFaithTurn: Motti, after Vader chokes him.
* HeelRealization: Every Imperial viewpoint character except Darth Vader, Grand Moff Tarkin, and Admiral Motti gets this at the destruction of Alderaan. The ones who weren't in the Imperial military, who just worked for it, tended to get it earlier.
* HoldYourHippogriffs: To vac(hard vacuum) with this!
** Out of the black.
** A pixel is worth a thousand bytes.
** A snowflake's chance in a supernova.
* IDontLikeTheSoundOfThatPlace: The prison world "Despayre".
* IHaveManyNames: [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Celot_Ratua_Dil Celot Ratua Dill]], the smuggler, also gets called "[[LeetLingo Teh Roxxor]]", "[[GreenEyes Green-Eyes]]", and "Radish Boy".
* ImHavingSoulPains: Nova.
* ImprobablePilotingSkills: Darth Vader. The TIE pilot saw him fly once and promised himself that he'd commit suicide if Vader ever came after him; late in the novel the pilot and his new defecting friends flee in a shuttle, are pursued, and the pilot manages to not get shot down ''just'' long enough that Vader's attention turned to the Rebels.
* InterspeciesRomance: Memah Roothes(the bartender) and Celot Ratua Dil(the convict); also Villian Dance(the pilot) and Teela Kaarz(the architect). Interestingly, while Memah is a Twi'lek, Ratua is a [[HumanAliens very humanlike]] [[PlantAliens plant alien]], and Teela is from a very humanlike offshoot of humanity.
* LastNameBasis: As a result of Daala having OnlyOneName at this point, Tarkin is given to referring to his lover only by her last name, even in private.
* LeetLingo: The name the convict takes for himself is "Teh Roxxor".
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters
* MenAreTheExpendableGender: Thirteen characters in the Dramatis Personae (ten male, three female). [[spoiler: three males and three females]] survive. Admittedly some characters are DoomedByCanon - or saved by it in the case of Darth Vader and Admiral Daala, but even amongst the 'new' characters the male death rate is [[spoiler: 60%]].
* MindProbe: Vader does this casually to the architect, who senses him, freaks out, and closes down.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Tenn Graneet has a major one of these. Some time after shooting down a shuttle of escaping convicts, and then after killing Rebels in X-Wings, the TIE pilot, Dance, has a quieter one.
--> He(Graneet) couldn't stop thinking about it. He didn't believe he would ever be able to stop thinking about it. The dead would haunt him, forever.
--> [[DrivenToSuicide How could a man live with that?]]
* MySignificanceSenseIsTingling: Nova's Force-Sensitivity.
* NoBiochemicalBarriers: Averted. One of the interspecies couples refers to this as a NoodleIncident after a TimeSkip of several months.
--> "How was I to know your kind can't eat sweetweed?"
--> "You could have looked it up. You plan to date outside your species, it's on you to know what's poison and what's not."
--> "[[NeverLiveItDown You're never going to let me forget it, are you?]]"
--> "Not a chance, Green-Eyes."
* PenalColony: Despayre, again.
* POVSequel
* PlanarShockwave: In exposition, we see that this is because the superlaser actually causes part of the target to shift suddenly into hyperspace.
* PsychicNosebleed: Nova, again. [[spoiler: Despayre]] wakes him up screaming. Alderaan makes him pass out, bleeding, with muscle tremors.
* PunchClockVillain: Tarkin, Daala, Motti, and Vader aren't, but the other Imperials are.
* RedBaron: Col. Vindoo "The Shooter" Barvel.
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: Tenn Graneet delays firing the superlaser at Yavin IV long enough for Luke to fire a proton torpedo.
* ResignationsNotAccepted: Doctor Uli Divini has been in Imperial service since before Palpatine's New Order, due to the Imperial Military Stop Loss Order, or IMSLO.
--> (IMSLO is) A retroactive order mandating that, no matter when you'd been conscripted, once you were in, you were in for as long as they wanted you - or until you got killed. Either way, it was kiss your planned life goodbye. Imperial Military Stop Loss Order. An alternative translation, scrawled no doubt on a 'fresher wall somewhere by a [[BathroomStallGraffiti clever graffitist]], had caught on over the last few years: "I'm [[UnusualEuphemism Milking Scragged]]; Life's Over."
* {{Retcon}}: Daala's head injury explains where her tactical knowledge went
** Why did it take so long for the Death Star to fire at Yavin IV? [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone The gunnery chief had a change of heart.]]
* {{Retirony}}: Old-school Admiral Helaw, a man with standards who'd [[TakingTheBullet take a beam to the chest]] rather than allow it to get you InTheBack, planned to retire as soon as this project was finished. A certain amount of time was spent building him up as cautious, reliable, and Admiral Motti's confidant. And then he died in an act of sabotage.
* RockBeatsLaser: Admiral Helaw (one of Motti's old friends) talks about this hardcore master marksman who would often throw himself into the fray with his troops. Helaw's friend is about to gun down a charging pirate when his gun jams and he gets unceremoniously shanked by a sharpened piece of junk. Helaw relates this story as a warning against hubris.
* SergeantRock: Despite not being in the Army, Master Chief Petty Officer Tenn Graneet certainly fits the bill.
* SheIsNotMyGirlfriend: A sort of odd example. Uli often thinks back to the young Jedi he knew twenty years ago during the Clone Wars, who died in Order 66. He's not sure if he loved her, but her death left him badly shaken, and he tries not to think of her too often. When Princess Leia is taken on board the Death Star and tortured, he's summoned to tend to her and is struck by the various ways in which she's like that Jedi. Later his friends refer to Leia as Uli's girlfriend, and he tiredly says the trope name.
* ShoutOut: In what appears to be a reference to ''Franchise/StarTrek'', the shuttle NGC-1710 ferries Nova Stihl from Despayre to the Death Star.
** Uli's a surgeon, not an internal meds doctor!
** Additionally [[{{Franchise/Terminator}} Dybersyne Engineering Systems]] is said to be one of the companies contracted to assemble the Death Star's superlaser.
*** There's also a clever (but unsubtle) reference to the singleplayer of StarWarsBattlefront 2 snuck in. For those who have played the game, it's [[CrowningMomentOfFunny pretty hilarious]].
**** To elaborate, there are rumours of an escape attempt by the prisoners being held on board the station. Memah Roothes overhears a conversation about it. The first guy says that he heard nine prisoners broke out, led by a Jedi. The other guy (who happens to be Tenn Graneet) says that Jedi are kind of scarce, so that's not too likely. Then he says that ''he'' heard that it was fifty prisoners, all of whom were captured rebels, and that they were led by ''five'' Jedi, and then they took over the superlaser and started blowing up Star Destroyer after Star Destroyer. Tenn knows that part is impossible, being the guy whose job it is to ''fire'' the superlaser and thus knowing firsthand that it isn't working yet, but he says [[RuleOfCool "Why let facts get in the way of a good story?"]] They go on to joke that eventually the story will [[GossipEvolution become so embellished]] that people will be saying there was a whole Rebel ''army'' on board trying to blow up the station, and that it took the 501st to stop them. (In the video game, there were ''tons'' of prisoners, all rebels and all with guns, led by one Jedi, who still had his lightsaber. The 501st ''did'' happen to be on board the station at the time and was tasked with stopping them. They didn't try to blow up the station or blast Star Destroyers, but they did try to destroy the superlaser and escape with a copy of the Death Star plans.)
** At one point, Tenn Graneet is walking down a corridor and sees none other than Darth Vader up ahead, walking in the other direction. The corridor is narrow enough that one or the other is going to have to move out of the way, and Tenn wonders if he should step aside or just walk toward Vader until ''he'' moves out of the way, as that's a common game in the Imperial Navy to see who backs down first. (You don't pull it on superior officers for obvious reasons, but since Vader technically isn't part of the navy Tenn doesn't see him as a superior.) Graneet decides at the last second that ''he'' had better move to let Vader pass, and thus avoids becoming a victim of TooDumbToLive. Where's the shout out here? Well, as Vader walks by Tenn his cape brushes against Tenn's arm and ''almost'' gets caught on Tenn's chrono. (Wristwatch.) Tenn belatedly realizes that if he hadn't stepped aside he would probably be dead now and, moreover, he almost became the man who [[Music/JimCroce tugged on Darth Vader's cape.]]
* SlidingScaleOfAntagonistVileness: The whole spectrum is well-represented.
* SympatheticPOV: Tenn Graneet. He'd always aspired to fire the biggest gun in the galaxy, and actually getting that wish meant [[BeingEvilSucks guilt and misery beyond his ugliest dreams.]]
* TakingYouWithMe: Dance calls it the WBD - We Both Die.
* TalkToTheFist: Those two contractors from Alderaan are kriffing sick of gloating Imps.
* {{Technobabble}}: A thankfully short explanation of the process of the destruction of Alderaan is given by Tenn Graneet, who is more in horror of the fact that he just sent several billion innocent people to their deaths.
* [[TestedOnHumans Tested On A Prison Planet]]: The Death Star was test-fired on Despayre. Neither the convicts nor the guards were evacuated beforehand.
* TwoLinesNoWaiting
* VillainousBreakdown: Tarkin never believed that the Death Star had a weakness. In the end, right before the Death Star explodes, he's thinking "Unthinkable. Unthinka-" *BOOM*
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: Tenn Graneet.
* WordOfGod: Motti's OnlyOneName status was to be ended with the authors of this novel giving him the name "Zi." However, that was changed before the novel was published after GeorgeLucas jokingly said that the character's name was "Conan Antonio Motti" (in reference to ConanOBrien). A single use of "Zi" still remains in the novel, presumably as an editing mistake.
* WouldntHurtAChild: Nova Stihl is badly shaken after Alderaan, the deaths of billions of innocent civilians of all ages, enough so that he concludes he has to try to prevent something like that from happening again.
--> Nova could fight a room full of men straight-up, face-to-face, and if he had to kill half of them to survive, he'd do it. But he hadn't signed on to slaughter children in their beds.
* YeOldeButcheredeEnglishe: A minor character named Bahlateez speaks in this manner.
* YouShallNotPass / DelayingAction: Nova avoided the death he'd foreseen in one dream by not chasing too closely after Han Solo. But at the end of the novel he accepts another death he'd foreseen by fighting off other stormtroopers alongside a bouncer to let the other defectors get to the shuttle.
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22nd Jan '13 3:53:32 PM KilgoreTrout
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**** To elaborate, there are rumours of an escape attempt by the prisoners being held on board the station. Memah Roothes overhears a conversation about it. The first guy says that he heard nine prisoners broke out, led by a Jedi. The other guy (who happens to be Tenn Graneet) says that Jedi are kind of scarce, so that's not too likely. Then he says that ''he'' heard that it was fifty prisoners, all of whom were captured rebels, and that they were led by ''five'' Jedi, and then they took over the superlaser and started blowing up Star Destroyer after Star Destroyer. Tenn knows that part is impossible, being the guy whose job it is to ''fire'' the superlaser and thus knowing firsthand that it isn't working yet, but he says [[RuleOfCool "Why let facts get in the way of a good story?"]] They go on to joke that eventually the story will [[GossipEvolution become so embellished]] that people will be saying there was a whole Rebel ''army'' on board trying to blow up the station, and that it took the 501st to stop them. (In the video game, there were ''tons'' of prisoners, all rebels and all with guns, led by one Jedi, who still had his lightsaber. The 501st ''did'' happen to be on board the station at the time and was tasked with stopping them. They didn't try to blow up the station or blast Star Destroyers, but they did try to destroy the superlaser and escape with a copy of the Death Star plans.)
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** At one point, Tenn Graneet is walking down a corridor and sees none other than Darth Vader up ahead, walking in the other direction. The corridor is narrow enough that one or the other is going to have to move out of the way, and Tenn wonders if he should step aside or just walk toward Vader until ''he'' moves out of the way, as that's a common game in the Imperial Navy to see who backs down first. (You don't pull it on superior officers for obvious reasons, but since Vader technically isn't part of the navy Tenn doesn't see him as a superior.) Graneet decides at the last second that ''he'' had better move to let Vader pass, and thus avoids becoming a victim of TooDumbToLive. Where's the shout out here? Well, as Vader walks by Tenn his cape brushes against Tenn's arm and ''almost'' gets caught on Tenn's chrono. (Wristwatch.) Tenn belatedly realizes that if he hadn't stepped aside he would probably be dead now and, moreover, he almost became the man who [[Music/JimCroce tugged on Darth Vader's cape.]]
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** Additionally [[TheTerminator Dybersyne Engineering Systems]] is said to be one of the companies contracted to assemble the Death Star's superlaser.

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** Additionally [[TheTerminator [[{{Franchise/Terminator}} Dybersyne Engineering Systems]] is said to be one of the companies contracted to assemble the Death Star's superlaser.
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* DrowningMySorrows: The two Alderaanians.
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* MenAreTheExpendableGender: Thirteen characters in the Dramatis Personae (ten male, three female). [[spoiler: three males and three females]] survive. Admittedly some characters are DoomedByCanon - or saved by it in the case of Darth Vader and Admiral Daala, but even amongst the 'new' characters the male death rate is [[spoiler: 60%]].
5th Oct '12 5:33:10 PM TVRulezAgain
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-> "The Death Star was a monster, no question about that. It was conceived by [[CompleteMonster monsters]] and controlled by them. But not everyone on board was a monster."

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-> "The Death Star was a monster, no question about that. It was conceived by [[CompleteMonster monsters]] monsters and controlled by them. But not everyone on board was a monster."
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* Retcon: Daala's head injury explains where her tactical knowledge went

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* Retcon: {{Retcon}}: Daala's head injury explains where her tactical knowledge went
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* InternalRetcon: Daala's head injury explains where her tactical knowledge went
** Why did it take so long for the Death Star to fire at Yavin IV? [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone The gunnery chief had a change of heart.]]


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* {{Foreshadowing}}: Of the ForegoneConclusion ''constantly''.



* HeelFaithTurn: Motti, after Vader chokes him. (Of course.)

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* HeelFaithTurn: Motti, after Vader chokes him. (Of course.)



* IHaveManyNames: [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Celot_Ratua_Dil Celot Ratua Dill]], the smuggler, also gets called "Teh Roxxor", "[[GreenEyes Green-Eyes]]", and "Radish Boy".
* ImHavingSoulPains: Nova

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* IHaveManyNames: [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Celot_Ratua_Dil Celot Ratua Dill]], the smuggler, also gets called "Teh Roxxor", "[[LeetLingo Teh Roxxor]]", "[[GreenEyes Green-Eyes]]", and "Radish Boy".
* ImHavingSoulPains: NovaNova.



* InternalRetcon: Daala's head injury explains [[InformedAbility where her vaunted tactical knowledge went]].
** Why did it take so long for the Death Star to fire at Yavin IV? They had a firing solution for quite a while... [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone The gunnery chief had a crisis of conscience, that's why.]]

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* InternalRetcon: Daala's head injury explains [[InformedAbility where her vaunted tactical knowledge went]].
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** Why did it take so long for the Death Star to fire at Yavin IV? They had a firing solution for quite a while... [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone The gunnery chief had a crisis change of conscience, that's why.heart.]]



* LargeHam[=/=]OhCrap: Admiral Motti's last words.



** [=C-4ME-O=] is [=l33t5p33k3=] for "cameo".
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: Oh yes.
* MenAreTheExpendableGender: Thirteen characters in the Dramatis Personae (ten male, three female). [[spoiler: three males and three females survive]]. Admittedly some characters are DoomedByCanon - or saved by it in the case of Darth Vader and Admiral Daala, but even amongst the 'new' characters the male death rate is [[spoiler: 60%]].
** And [[spoiler:not a single named woman dies!]]
** Might be due less to a case of MenAreTheExpendableGender and more to the fact that only 1/5 of the cast is female

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** [=C-4ME-O=] is [=l33t5p33k3=] for "cameo".
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: Oh yes.
* MenAreTheExpendableGender: Thirteen characters in the Dramatis Personae (ten male, three female). [[spoiler: three males and three females survive]]. Admittedly some characters are DoomedByCanon - or saved by it in the case of Darth Vader and Admiral Daala, but even amongst the 'new' characters the male death rate is [[spoiler: 60%]].
** And [[spoiler:not a single named woman dies!]]
** Might be due less to a case of MenAreTheExpendableGender and more to the fact that only 1/5 of the cast is female
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* PunchClockVillain: Tarkin, Daala, Motti, and Vader aren't, obviously, but the other Imperials are.
* RedBaron: Col. Vindoo "The Shooter" Barvel
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: Tenn Graneet delays firing the superlaser at Yavin IV long enough for a certain Rebel pilot to fire a proton torpedo...

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* PunchClockVillain: Tarkin, Daala, Motti, and Vader aren't, obviously, but the other Imperials are.
* RedBaron: Col. Vindoo "The Shooter" Barvel
Barvel.
* RedemptionEqualsDeath: Tenn Graneet delays firing the superlaser at Yavin IV long enough for a certain Rebel pilot Luke to fire a proton torpedo...torpedo.



* RockBeatsLaser: Admiral Helaw (one of Motti's old friends) talks about this hardcore master marksman who would often throw himself into the fray with his troops. Helaw's friend is about to gun down a charging pirate when his gun jams, and gets unceremoniously shanked by a sharpened piece of junk. Helaw relates this story as a warning against hubris.

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* RockBeatsLaser: Admiral Helaw (one of Motti's old friends) talks about this hardcore master marksman who would often throw himself into the fray with his troops. Helaw's friend is about to gun down a charging pirate when his gun jams, jams and he gets unceremoniously shanked by a sharpened piece of junk. Helaw relates this story as a warning against hubris.



* {{Tearjerker}}: "[[MyGodWhatHaveIDone Stand by.]] [[RedemptionEqualsDeath Stand by . . .]]"



* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: Literally, with Tenn Graneet.

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* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: Literally, with Tenn Graneet.



** And of course, Vader's "What is thy bidding, my master?" (Look up T-V distinction. Basically it means that Indo-European languages generally have a "familial" form [''thou'' in English, some variant of ''tu'' in the Romance languages] and a "polite" form [''you'' in English, ''vous'' in French, ''usted'' in Spanish, ''vos'' in Latin], which is usually but not always the plural form.) Which could be a case of FridgeBrilliance, considering the nature of the Sith.
* YouFailYourMedicalBoardsForever: When Uli fails to find an appendix in the expected location during an appendectomy he declares that it's impossible. Variants in the location of the appendix are actually relatively common.
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