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Literature: Star Wars: Red Harvest
is a Star Wars
novel written by Joe Schreiber. It is a prequel
to the novel he wrote titled Death Troopers
Taking place during the Old Republic Era, the Odacer-Faustin Sith Academy is about to experience a horror the likes of which they have never experienced before. The leader of the academy, Darth Scabrous, is conducting experiments that results in the creation of zombies. To do that, he needs the Murakami orchid as one of the essential ingredients. Unfortunately, the orchid is Force-Sensitive, and it requires its Jedi caretaker Hestizo Trace to stay within one metre of it to stay alive. This results in her being kidnapped, and it also results in her brother Rojo Trace dropping everything and coming to her rescue. This book is a Zombie Apocalypse in the Star Wars
This book contains the following tropes:
- The Ace: Lussk is the academy's strongest student, a fact that he and everyone else is very well aware of.
- Academy of Adventure: If by "adventure", you mean having unakki eye spiders released by your headmaster among the student body to cull the weak (and resulting in eleven students going blind, two dying and one commiting suicide), then yes, adventure!
- Academy of Evil: The Sith academy is downright darwinian. Students at best view each other with suspicious disinterest. Socializing is a sign of weakness, after all.
- Alien Geometries: There are rumors that Sith architecture warps the laws of space, the truth is they at least are capable of a limited form of Mobile Maze and Bizarrchitecture.
- Big Bad: Darth Scabrous.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Any fight Lussk has with a student.
- The Dead Have Eyes: The Murakami Zombies don't need eyes. They can hunt by a terrifying scream based form of echolocation. They do, however, enjoy using still functioning eyes to psych out prey.
- Deadpan Snarker: At least a few characters qualify.
- Deathworld: Odacer-Faustin, an icy tundra with enough latent geological activity to slowly turn the Sith academy into a perpetual ruin.
- Determinator: Pretty much all the characters if they wanna survive, but special mention goes to Hestizo Trace, Rojo Trace, Tulkh & Mnah Ra'at.
- Developing Doomed Characters: The fate of every single Sith, Tulkh, Rojo, and assorted others. Considering the story is set mostly in a Sith Academy, it's easy to consider many of the Sith POV characters to be Hate Sinks and Asshole Victims to varying degrees. Readers may occasionally root for them, then you learn just how innately horrible and worthy of Laser-Guided Karma they really are.
- The Dreaded: Everyone at the academy is afraid of Lussk, and for good reason.
- Evil Tower of Ominousness: The tower in the center of the academy.
- Expy: Rojo Trace is a less successful Bryan Mills from Taken. He even does the monologue threat to the kidnapper, albeit over the Force.
- Fertile Feet: Hestizo Trace to a limited degree.
- Green Thumb: Even as a member of the Jedi Agricultural Corps, Hestizo Trace stands out as an amazing plant empath.
- Heroic Sacrifice: The HK droid who was acting as Scabrous' valet pulls one of these near the end of the novel. He jumps out of the Mirocaw onto the academy's central tower which was being swarmed by nearly every zombified sith on the planet and turns turbolasers on the tower, destroying himself along with it.
- Hive Mind: "The Sickness", to some degree, networks all the zombies. They learn and grow by adding more to their horde, but still audibly call to each other.
- Mad Scientist: Darth Scabrous, and before him Darth Drear.
- Noble Savage: Tulkh, to some degree. He's still a cold blooded killer, but he has some sense of honor and asks to be killed by vacuum rather than turn into a zombie.
- Our Zombies Are Different: They're dead, can run and sprint, and aren't killed by head shots. It takes full dismemberment to stop them. Of special interest is it's virus based and can jump species, a hive mind with Demonic Possession properties, and fully sentient. Oh, and they're infested with insane versions of the Murakami Orchid.
- People Puppets: Lussk has developed this Dark Side ability, and trains by forcing weaker students into un-winnable duels. At least one of his defeated opponents committed suicide afterwards.
- Restraining Bolt: On Scabrous' HK droid. Poor thing thought it was a Protocol Droid.
- Sliding Scale of Undead Regeneration: The zombies don't heal, and continuously rot in horrifying ways. They do, however, seem to get stronger and shrug off physical damage. Oddly, the fact that they have a living orchid inside of them that can grow so much as to pop open their skull seems to make them tougher.
- The Stoic: Rojo Trace, who even ignores the advances of an attractive Republic captain.
- Villain Protagonist / Deuteragonist: The various Sith who have a POV chapter, such as Nickter.
- The Virus: "The Sickness". These being Sith, a couple actually try to do Transhuman Treachery just to realize that for all its power and guile, it considers them fuel. It's able to fool Sith into thinking it's the Dark Side, but is itself unable to use it.