Literature / The Zero Stone
The Zero Stone
and its sequel
, about Murdoc Jern and the title
Tropes: A Friend in Need: Eet saves the Patrolman as well as Jern. Air-Vent Passageway: Uncharted Stars. While on the pirate space station Waystar, Murdoc Jern's companion Eet enters the station's air ducts to do some snooping. All-Natural Gem Polish: The ship landing turns up crystals. All of the Other Reindeer: Jern on the Free Trader ship. A Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Read: Eet throws two minds together and it's unpleasant for both. Blood from the Mouth: How Jern knows Vondar died. Casual Interstellar Travel: Jern moves about freely. Even when he's a wanted man in Uncharted Stars, Eet helps him locate a pilot off the records who can be paid in cash. Cold-Blooded Torture: How his father was murdered. Commonality Connection: Eet and Jern. Contrived Coincidence: The captain of the Guild ship knows Jern. Corrupt Church: The Green Robes not only practice Human Sacrifice, but influence the "random" selection. Day Hurts Dark-Adjusted Eyes: When he reaches sanctuary. Dreaming the Truth: That the Free Traders are hostile. Due to the Dead: Eet and Jern discuss it. Escape Pod: Used for several purposes. Evil Parents Want Good Kids: Downplayed. Jern's father thinks that no illegal connections will help him progress, and hence apprentices him to a man who, unlike him, has none. Exact Words: Eet ensures Jern's promise is exactly carried out. Heir Club for Men: His father never tried to teach his daughter. Hoist by His Own Petard: Eet tricks a Guild member into shooting the ceiling and bringing down rock on himself. Human Sacrifice: The Green Robes pick out victims at random. Hungry Jungle: The planet he escapes to on the Escape Pod. Intrepid Merchant: Vondar; Jern was his apprentice. In Medias Res: Jern is fleeing Vondar's killers and Human Sacrifice. Lottery of Doom: The selection for Human Sacrifice. Mentor Occupational Hazard: Vondar dies shortly before the opening, violently. Mineral MacGuffin: The Zero Stone. Mysterious Past: Jern's father's. The Nose Knows: The natives on the planet hunt mostly by smell. Obfuscating Stupidity: Jern feigns that fever affected his mind. Oblivious Adoption: Until his father's death, he never knew this. Parental Favoritism: Jern's family was split. The Plague: Scares off the Free Traders. The Promise: Jern strikes a deal with Hory. Psychic Powers: Eet has many. Ransacked Room: When his father died. Revenge: The prospect of Jern seeking this does not trouble the Free Traders who get him away; it's nothing to them. Rock Beats Laser: The Guild men are wary, even though they have lasers and the natives spears. Secret Test: Uncharted Stars. When Murdoc Jern infiltrates the criminal hideout Waystar by pretending to be his father Hywel Jern, a Waystar Veep puts him through a number of tests. With Eet's telepathy to inform him, Murdoc passes with flying colors. Seeking Sanctuary: How Jern escaped. Species Surname: Eet — name or species? Thicker Than Water: His mother justifies her favoritism thus. Thieves' Guild: Jern's father worked for one. Truly Single Parent: The ship's cat. The Unfavorite: His siblings for their father; him for their mother.