A Planet Called Treason is a 1979 novel by Orson Scott Card, later slightly revised and re-released as simply Treason.On the eponymous planet, a group of families were banished by The Republic over three thousand years ago for arrogantly attempting to usurp the goverment and install a meritocracy where only the intellectual elite (read: them) would rule. Treason, despite being a habitable planet, contains very little iron (and none of it easily reachable by the surface), so the families were essentially doomed to live out the rest of their lives in primitiveness. However, The Republic decided to throw the families a bone: small teleporters, given to each family, called "Ambassadors". Place something of value in the Ambassador, and if The Republic deems it satisfactory, they will send back a lump of iron in its place. Three millenia on, the families have become warring nations, fighting on horseback and with swords over the iron, each in a race to become the first family to finally build a spaceship and escape Treason.Lanik Mueller, the 16 year old heir apparent to the Mueller throne, makes a dark discovery about himself. The Mueller family was founded by a geneticist, and over the millenia their genetic expertise let them gradually improve their own DNA, to the point where the Muellers are well-known for their incredible Healing Factor. Able to regrow limbs and shrug off injuries that would normally be mortal wounds to other men, the Muellers are fearsome on the battlefield.However, the Muellers' gift comes with a downside: occasionally, a few times a generation, a Mueller is born whose Healing Factor is cranked Up to Eleven. Despite looking normal as a child, this "radical regenerative" Mueller begins sprouting extra legs, arms, and other organs in adolescence. Try cutting off these extra limbs and they just grow right back.Lanik is one of these "radical regeneratives", and as he begins to sprout body parts he should not have, he is shamed from royalty. His father, the king, spares Lanik from death or the fate of other radical regeneratives (which is to be treated as cattle, repeatedly having their extra limbs cut off and fed to the Ambassador for iron). Instead, the father sends Lanik on a mission to one of the neighboring nations called Nkumai, which used to be peaceful but recently and suddenly began warring and conquering other nations while wielding improbable amounts of iron.
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