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is a Science Fiction
novel by Andre Norton
The luxury city of Tikil has attached to it the Dipple, the dumping ground of refugees who will never return home after the peace treaty gave up their planets. Troy Hogan, orphan, tries to survive on day labor, and finds a job at a store selling exotic animals to the rich — and carrying out other tasks behind that front. Not to mention that some of the animals are more than they seem.
The third Warlock
novel, Forerunner Foray
, also opens in Tikil.
- Advanced Ancient Acropolis: A Forerunner location; the one attempt to investigate caused disaster.
- A Friend in Need: Troy, to the kinkajou
- After-Action Patch-Up: Troy's burnt arm, after the attempted theft
- The Beastmaster: Troy, and possibly his father before him.
- Blue Blood: Tikil caters to them.
- The City Narrows: The Dipple
- Commonality Connection: Between the Rangers and a rider of Norden
- Cold-Blooded Torture: the province of the unimaginative, Dragur says.
- Cunning Like a Fox: Two of the animals are foxes.
- Day Hurts Dark-Adjusted Eyes: After a blindfold.
- Enemy Mine: Rerne suggest to Troy that they face this and should band together.
- Friend to All Living Things: Troy has a knack for working with animals.
- Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death!: The animals were threatened with death for escape.
- Ghibli Hills: Troy finds the Wild safe.
- Healing Herb: Found in the Wild.
- Idle Rich: The wealthy are all far from home and any duties they might perform.
- I Gave My Word: Troy regards his as binding.
- I Work Alone: Troy made few friends
- Just the First Citizen: Citizen Dragur, though wealthy enough to frequent Kyger's
- Make the Dog Testify: Using machinery, to be followed by death — or so Zul argues they will do
- The Man Behind the Man: Dragur
- Mercy Kill: Zul argues that killing the animals is this.
- Mercy Lead: Part of the bargain.
- Mind Probe: The Patrol will use this on the animals.
- Nature Lover: The Rangers
- Nice to the Waiter: Treatment of Troy differentiates two customers.
- The Oath-Breaker: Troy reacts in fury to having this happen.
- Ominously Open Door: Because Kyger was murdered.
- Our Monsters Are Weird: The hur-hur almost revolts Troy with its appearance.
- Parental Abandonment: His father joined the armed forces, and his mother took ill and died.
- The Promise: Deemed very binding in the culture
- Psychic Powers: Troy finds he can communicate with the animals.
- Releasing from the Promise: Troy would need this to leave; he has yet to sign the contract, but he said he would.
- Sacred Hospitality: Troy is greeted at the hearth of the Rangers.
- Tap on the Head: Troy puts Rerne down with one.
- Theme Initials: All of the Terran animals have names starting with "S".
- There Are No Coincidences: Dragur says one is so convenient, he almost believes in Fate.
- Thieves' Guild: A major factor in the story.
- True Companions: The animals. They allow Troy in.
- Uplifted Animal: It's not clear how, but the animals are clearly human, or near so, in intelligence.
- War Refugees: Troy's Back Story
- You Can't Go Home Again: The peace treaty means he can never return