The novels from the eponymous web/TV series
, that were the first step towards making Noob
a multimedia franchise. Each novel takes place between two of the webserie's seasons, that being also the time at which Fabien Fournier, the creator of the series, wrote them.
The story follows a MMORPG
guild that plays the Fictional Video Game Horizon
, with an upcoming or recent update of the game's universe as a frequent driver of the plot. Said guild is however a Ragtag Bunch of Misfits
that only stays together because Horizon's
too extreme Socialization Bonus
keeps anyone from playing alone and has to put up with an actual Noob
that happens to be their healer. While still centered around the Noob guild, the novels are the media that paints the most complete picture of Olydri, the world in which Horizon
takes place. They notably introduce elements and non-player characters
that were later used in spin-offs such as Neogicia
The novels are written as if they were The Movie
to the preceding season from the series and tend to turn into an Prolonged Prologue
for the following one, yet come together as a storyline that is both independent and compelmentary to the series.The character sheet
is shared with the other media.
The Noob novels provide examples of:
- Adaptation Expansion: The Non-Player Character portion of the story. What is seen and heard of them in the webseries and comics is just a small chapter of their full story.
- Arc Welding: The first book was the intentional variation for the apparently minor fetch quests done by the Noob guild members in Season 1 of the series.
- Awesomeness by Analysis: Fantöm can beat bosses meant for a full Player Party due to figuring out their behaviour patterns and plannning for them no matter how complex they have been made.
- The Beastmaster: Gaea.
- Broad Strokes:
- While they follow the same Myth Arc as the series, the novels don't always mention the previous webseries season's events as they happened while the following season either ignores or changes details from the novels. In other words, both media have the same "checking points" and an internally consistent story, but the path for going form point A to point B can be different. For example, Season 2 gives the impression that the Noob guild is seeing Gologotha for the first time since Season 1 finale despite them spending time with her in the first novel. Conversely, in the second novel, Sparadrap mentions still having the crab he caught in the first novel despite Season 2 (that covers the time span between novels 1 and 2) forcing him to start a new avatar and a new pet collection, but regaining his previous equipment and level quite fast thanks to a little help.
- The first half of the third novel being a Pragmatic Adaptation of Season 3 instead of an entirely new story (to avert Continuity Lockout) notably changes the order in which important information is discovered. The one that sticks out like a sore thumb is Fantöm finding out the illegal enhancements started only after he started working as a tester before creating his second avatar in the book while the information was only given both to him and viewers in the Season 3 finale in the series.
- Compensating for Something: Omega Zell's explanation for Shaadö's BFG in the second book.
- Demoted to Extra: Golgotha in the second and third books. Also, compared to both the comics and the series, Dark Avenger moves from being Sparadrap's recurring unlucky opponent to merely getting mentionned in a conversation about Player Killing and in the Empire vs Coalition war in the third novel (which puts him in Continuity Cameo territory).
- Dismantled MacGuffin: The titular Stone of Ages from the first novel.
- Do Not Spoil This Ending: The fourth novel has a major twist and has a longer gap between its release and that of the following season of the series than previous ones. For that reason, Fabien Fournier asked people to not mention anything what happens in it on the internet before the episodes mentionning it got realeased (which happened in April and May 2013).
- Downer Beginning: The third novel, that straight up reveals that Fantöm got kicked out of the game and had his gaming history earased for cheating he wasn't aware of.
- Enough to Go Around: Played straight and lampshaded in the first book.
- Extremely Short Time Span: Aside from the first half of the third book that adapts a big chunk of Season 3, the events from each book take place within three days maximum. The characters ended up doing an all-nighter in at least two of them.
- Fantasy World Map: The books are the only media showing the Olydri map as a whole.
- Fertile Feet: Lys.
- Fictional Document: A couple of Horizon-realted magazine articles.
- Fish Out of Temporal Water: All the Syrial continent.
- Gaming Clan: All the guilds seen can be considered to be one. Noob and Relic Hunter guild are so small they contain a single Player Party while Roxxor and Justice (a number of just under two hundred is given in the second novel for the latter) are hinted to be quite big.
- God's Hands Are Tied: Remember that powerful artifact that exploded in Lys and Ark'hen's faces a few millenia ago? They are still recovering from that and had to seal up a couple of other Sources in the meantime, so it may be a smart move to not rely on them helping out outside of sending their servants in.
- Jack of All Stats /Jack-of-All-Trades: Elementalists when they start out. They can stay like that forever if they never specialize according to the third book.
- Late-Arrival Spoiler:
- The third book's cover shows the Noob guild with two extra members, which were intoduced as temporary teammates in the second book.
- The fourth book shows Gaea with Coalition cursor over her head.
- Law of Cartographical Elegance: Justified due to the fact that a genre in which that trope is expected is being depicted. The nature of the borders remains unknwon so far.
- Loose Lips: Golgotha. She and Gaea met on another MMO before finding each other on Horizon again. Gaea had to leave it because Golgotha couldn't keep her mouth shut about her scams, that obviously relied on people not figuring out what was going on.
- The Magic Versus Technology War: Stated to be the main driver of the conflict between the Empire (technology) and the Coalition (magic). The trope is however slightly downplayed since the Empire leaders are Genre Savvy enough to keep a decent number of magic users around while the Coalition uses lower forms of technology alongside magic (those who choose to play neogicians in the Coalition are stated to be on a Steam Punk level).
- Mr. Exposition: Arthéon. A lot of it is drifting further and further away from the original conversation matter until Omega Zell stops him. Milder versions include Couette and Ivy.
- Murder Simulators: The principal of Arthéon's Boarding School has that view of video games.
- My Beloved Smother: Arthéon's mother deconstructs the idea of a current-day Geek having such a mother. He was initially interested in sports and other social activities, but his mother would be so vocal about encouraging him that it broke his concentration, giving her the impression he wasn't made for such activities. He ended up having to give them up altogether and turned to activities he could do from home, including playing the MMORPG in which most of the story is set and ending up in the game's top guild before it actually became the top guild. His mother, however, convinced that New Media Are Evil, forced him to stop playing at 8 P.M. every night (he was just turning twenty around then), forcing him to resort to Real Money Trade to keep up with his guildmates. His avatar got banned by Game Masters because of it and the geunine depression that ensued was a wake up call for his mother, who finally decided to get him a new computer and tell him she was okay with him playing. And thanks to the adaptation of a case of Real Life Writes the Plot from the original webseries (the actor playing Arthéon became less available for Season 3), the third novel has her send him to boarding school.
- Mythology Gag:
- The Mokotz group mentionned to play in a Centralis tavern has the same name as the music group that played the TV series opening song, the Season 3 finale/Season 4 ending song and character songs for Sparadrap and Omega Zell.
- Omega Zell once mentionned that he wouldn't be suprised if Golgotha and Master Zen turned out to be related. The actors playing Golgotha and Master Zen in the series are siblings.
- Keynn Lucans is an Expy of a character named Sirius Lucans from one of Noob's spiritual predecessors. The name of Keynn's father? Sirius. The same work had the general idea of Centralis under the name of Dunkhil. Guess what's the name of one of the Empire's latest settlements in the novels.
- Oddly Common Rarity: The Sources. There is supposed to be only one Source per "world" (which seems to mean "planet" in the present case). Lys and Ark'hen are co-ruling Olydri, after basically taking it away from it previous owner, Dortös, who's sealed away somewhere until the end of the first novel. Then Sin somehow comes into existence via being generated by all three of them. Then a Souless named Saralzar manages to make himself into a Source. Oh, and guess where the remanents of Fargöth have been hiding all this time, when he could have litterally chosen to hide anywhere else in the universe. In case you've lost count, that's six of something that Olydri should normally have only one of.
- The One Guy: The novels are the only media to explicitly state that Omega Zell in the only male employee of Feminine TV.
- One Steve Limit: Averted.
- Fabien Fournier's urge to name any old lady after his grandmother has led the old lady killed by Master Zen's Appliance Defenestration and Sparadrap's grandmother to share the same first name.
- Gaea and Sparadrap named their respective rerolls Gaëa and Spärädräp.
- Some of the aliases are obviously dileberately misspelled and incorrectly accented words or names of more or less known fictional characters that imply that the correctly-spelled version was already taken when the players signed up. Most of the main characters however seem to have been able to pick the original spelling for what they wanted (see for yourself).
- Perpetual Poverty: Sums up the Nood guild's finances quite well. Gaea never contributes, Omega Zell is apprently not much better and Sparadrap is willing but lousy at managing his money in addition to having pets to feed. To top it off, Arthéon set the minimal contribution quite low, presumably either to stave off complaints of it being too high or as incentive for people to join (a minimum of 30 credits per person when equipment repairs and quest rewards are a few hundred). By comparision, it was 50 credits in Couette's old guild.
- The Password Is Always Swordfish: Sparadrap has "Flan", the French word for his Tademark Favorite Dessert.
- Prolonged Prologue: Each book is basically one for the following season of the series (for those who watch it).
- Raised by Grandparents: Sparadrap and Ystos.
- Right Behind Me: Omega Zell telling Arthéon he thought Saphir wasn't genetically programmed to take care of Justice guild's admissions had that trope come into play.
- Rouge Angles of Satin: Some stuff got missed by both the writer and the publisher.
- Schizo Tech: Due to the Empire having mastered Imported Alien Phlebotinum over the years.
- Science Fantasy: Leans towards this much more than the two other media, due to Centralis being somewhat of an Ascended Extra.
- Stable Time Loop: All the challenges inside the Galamadriabuyak tower are stated to be that, with the players participating in a historical event that includes the death of the level's boss.
- Thriving Ghost Town: The Puinetourne hamlet is a bad case : a windmill, a tavern and an auction house. Non-shopkeeper NPC population : an old man that spends the day going back and fourth between the tavern and his home.
- Under the Sea: Aqualis.
- We Are as Mayflies: The explosion of the Stone of Ages drained Lys and Ark'hen's powers and they have been recovering from the event ever since. The event in question is several millenia old.