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14th Jan '17 4:55:10 PM billybobfred
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* An early story in ''VideoGame/FallenLondon'' starts this way... but DeathIsCheap in the Neath, and instead of taking the thing, you can just wait for him to come back. But his murderer is still around, so you'll have to be quite sneaky to succeed at this.

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* An early The "Face-Tailor" story in ''VideoGame/FallenLondon'' starts this way... way, with an NPC you've seen once before clutching a mysterious flint idol in his hands as he dies... but DeathIsCheap in the Neath, and instead of taking the thing, thing you can just wait for him to come back. But back in the hopes of getting some answers. This option is risky, of course, as his murderer killer is still likely sticking around, so and you'll have need to be quite sneaky Shadowy enough to succeed at this.ensure your own safety.
14th Jan '17 4:23:56 PM billybobfred
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* An early story in ''VideoGame/FallenLondon'' starts this way... but DeathIsCheap in the Neath, and instead of taking the thing, you can just wait for him to come back. But his murderer is still around, so you'll have to be quite sneaky to succeed at this.
5th Jan '17 1:39:53 PM TudorRose
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* In Robin Jarvis' ''Thomas'', a prequel to his ''Literature/DeptfordMice'' books, Woodget Pipple is given a mysterious broken piece of ornately carved jade by his dying friend, [[spoiler:Mulligan.]] He is told to swear that he will take it to Hara, "the city of the Holy One" in India, which he does. Along the way, he learns that it is part of an egg that needs to be kept from falling into enemy hands. Otherwise, the evil snake god Scarophion will be reborn.
8th Dec '16 10:53:54 AM longWriter
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* ''VideoGame/WarcraftIII'': In The Frozen Throne expansion's Horde campaign, a dying orc gives the player character, Rexxar, a report meant for the orc warchief, Thrall. This brings Rexxar to the orc capital of Orgrimmar, but otherwise has little to do with the overall plot of the campaign.
1st Nov '16 9:40:15 PM PaulA
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* In ''Literature/EmpireStar'' by CreatorSamuelRDelany, Comet Jo is out wandering the hills near his home when he encounters a crashed ship and a dying man who hands him a strange crystal, and begs, with his last breath, for Jo to get the message to Empire Star.

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* In ''Literature/EmpireStar'' by CreatorSamuelRDelany, Creator/SamuelRDelany, Comet Jo is out wandering the hills near his home when he encounters a crashed ship and a dying man who hands him a strange crystal, and begs, with his last breath, for Jo to get the message to Empire Star.
5th Oct '16 10:48:35 AM Uncle_Jeff
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* ''Film/TheForceAwakens'': The movie begins with Lor San Tekka handing a data thing to Poe and saying "This will start to make things right." A minute later, as landing craft attack, he's telling Poe to run and seems resigned to his fate.
24th Sep '16 12:58:42 PM Discar
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* This trope is basically how ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' begins---Elfangor, an alien from the ([[AntiHero more-or-less]]) good Andalite species, crash-lands on Earth in front of five kids, warning them that the ([[AntiVillain more-or-less]]) evil alien Yeerks are invading and giving them the morphing power to fight them. In this case, though the MacGuffin is just information/a power rather than an object. [[spoiler:But then, they manage to ''retrieve'' an object---the device that gives the morphing power---from David later...]]

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* This trope is basically how ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' begins---Elfangor, begins--Elfangor, an alien from the ([[AntiHero more-or-less]]) good Andalite species, crash-lands on Earth in front of five kids, warning them that the ([[AntiVillain more-or-less]]) evil alien Yeerks are invading and giving them the morphing power to fight them. In this case, though the MacGuffin is just information/a power rather than an object. [[spoiler:But then, they manage to ''retrieve'' an object---the object--the device that gives the morphing power---from power--from David later...]]



---> '''Magrat''' (shivering in the cold of the open moor): "What is there to be afraid of out here?"
---> '''Granny''' (with considerable satisfaction): "Us."

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---> '''Ingolf''': "Cut my arm and lick some of the blood."
---> '''Malcolm''': "I'd rather not."
---> '''Ingolf''': "But you'll be able to understand the language of the birds."
---> '''Malcolm''': "I don't particularly want to be able to understand the language of the birds."
---> '''Ingolf''': "You'll understand the language of the birds and like it, my lad!"

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* ''Literature/TheWayOfKings'' (first book of ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive''): King Gavilar gives Szeth, the man who killed him, a mysterious black orb as he's bleeding to death, only saying "They must not have it." Szeth believes very strongly in {{Last Request}}s, so he takes the orb and hides it despite having no idea what it actually is.



* Allison of ''Webcomic/KillSixBillionDemons'' is given a [[ArtifactOfDoom Key of Kings]] by Zoss, the Conquering King, effectively naming her as his successor. [[spoiler: There is speculation among the angels that the Key was intended for her boyfriend, Zaid, [[CoitusInterruptus who she was trying to have sex with at the time]], but Zoss seems to shoot this idea down- Allison was ''always'' meant to be his successor.]]

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* Allison of ''Webcomic/KillSixBillionDemons'' is given a [[ArtifactOfDoom Key of Kings]] by Zoss, the Conquering King, effectively naming her as his successor. [[spoiler: There is speculation among the angels that the Key was intended for her boyfriend, Zaid, [[CoitusInterruptus who she was trying to have sex with at the time]], but Zoss seems to shoot this idea down- Allison down--Allison was ''always'' meant to be his successor.]]]]
* ''Webcomic/{{Spinnerette}}'': A young cop responds to a robbery at a convenience store, only to find an old man bleeding to death, complaining about getting killed by some random kid with a gun, of all things. The old man tells the cop that he can see goodness in him, then passes on the Spirit of the Tiger before expiring. The cop goes on to become Tiger, a respected superhero in the city. Notable in that no one else knows this; unlike most heroes (who share their origin stories at the drop of a hat), Tiger has always been extremely tight-lipped about his past and the exact nature of his abilities.
12th Sep '16 8:50:08 PM Xtifr
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* In ''Literature/EmpireStar'' by CreatorSamuelRDelany, Comet Jo is out wandering the hills near his home when he encounters a crashed ship and a dying man who hands him a strange crystal, and begs, with his last breath, for Jo to get the message to Empire Star.
5th Sep '16 5:48:23 PM jamespolk
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* ''Film/ThePowerOfThePress'': The DA was about to hand over the folder anyway when he got shot. He still manages to hand it to Jane and tell her it has important evidence before croaking.
31st Jul '16 11:31:24 PM PaulA
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* One of Creator/MarionZimmerBradley's Lythande stories begins with Lythande comforting a dying woman, and getting stuck with the task of returning a magical artifact to the woman's people. (She isn't very enthusiastic about this, but it [[ClingyMacGuffin won't leave her alone until she does]]...)

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* One "Somebody Else's Magic", one of Creator/MarionZimmerBradley's Lythande stories Literature/{{Lythande}} stories, begins with Lythande comforting a dying woman, and getting stuck with the task of returning a magical artifact to the woman's people. (She (Lythande isn't very enthusiastic about this, but it [[ClingyMacGuffin won't leave her alone until she does]]...)
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