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* AlienKudzu: The garbage plants, that seem to grow all over the human camp, especially its waste facilities, ultimately infesting a ''living human'' (see below). [[spoiler:The garbage plants turn out to be the seat of sprookje "technology" - they can be genetically engineered to do almost anything, and most of the "infestation" is breaking down things poisonous to the alien wildlife.]]
* BodyHorror: Played straight with the garbage plants, that seem to infest and take over Alfvaen's body. [[spoiler:Ultimately Defied - the garbage plants were a custom bioweapon made by the sprookjes against Alfvaen's disease; once they completed their task, they died off and left her intact - and disease free.]]

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* AlienKudzu: The garbage plants, that seem to grow all over the human camp, especially its waste facilities, ultimately infesting a ''living human'' (see below).human''. [[spoiler:The garbage plants turn out to be the seat of sprookje "technology" - they can be genetically engineered to do almost anything, and most of the "infestation" is breaking down things poisonous to the alien wildlife.]]
* BodyHorror: Played straight Several characters react with horror to the garbage plants, that seem to infest and take over Alfvaen's body. [[spoiler:Ultimately Defied - the garbage plants were a custom bioweapon made by the sprookjes against Alfvaen's disease; once they completed complete their task, they died die off and left leave her intact - and disease free.]]


* CureForCancer: [[spoiler:The sprookjes, through their natural ability to genetically manipulate their environment, can potentially cure any disease, as they demonstrate by providing a cure for Alfvaen's affliction, which had no known cure.]]

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* CureForCancer: [[spoiler:The sprookjes, through their natural ability to genetically manipulate their environment, can potentially cure any disease, as they demonstrate by providing a cure for Alfvaen's affliction, which had no known cure.]]



* ToolsOfSapience: Discussed, in regard to the fact that the sprookjes have never been seen using tools. Tocohl points out that on some planets she's visited, the surveyors themselves might not necessarily be recognised as sapient tool-users because the nature of their tools would not be apparent -- for instance, an observer might note that they don't build fires for warmth, not knowing that their clothes have integrated heating elements. [[spoiler:This turns out to be the case with the sprookjes, which don't have technology in a classic sense; they make everything they need by a ''natural'' ability to genetically engineer anything in their environment. It was that genetic engineering ability that allowed a sprookje to prepare a custom bioweapon against Alfavaen's yeast infection, curing her incurable disease in one stroke.]]

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* ToolsOfSapience: Discussed, in regard to the fact that the sprookjes have never been seen using tools. Tocohl points out that on some planets she's visited, the surveyors themselves might not necessarily be recognised as sapient tool-users because the nature of their tools would not be apparent -- for instance, an observer might note that they don't build fires for warmth, not knowing that their clothes have integrated heating elements. [[spoiler:This turns out to be the case with the sprookjes, which don't have technology in a classic sense; they make everything they need by a ''natural'' ability to genetically engineer anything in engineering their environment. It was that genetic engineering ability that allowed a sprookje to prepare a custom bioweapon against Alfavaen's yeast infection, curing her incurable disease in one stroke.]]


* CureForCancer: [[spoiler:The sprookjes, through their natural ability to genetically manipulate their environment, can potentially cure any disease, as they demonstrate by providing a cure for Alfvaen's affliction, which had no known cure.]]



* HealingHands / CureForCancer: [[spoiler:The sprookjes, through their natural ability to genetically manipulate their environment, can potentially cure any disease. Between the biological superconductors and their natural healing abilities, they probably have a bright future in the human federation.]]


* IDoNotSpeakNonverbal: A very ''literal'' example and a theme all through the book. [[spoiler:The sprookjes are highly intelligent but their language is entirely nonverbal, communicating by ruffling feathers. The mimicking is because they don't even understand the ''concept'' of spoken language, and mimic human speech because they consider "making sounds" a body language gesture like any other.]]



* NonPromotion: Tocohl gives ''herself'' one to try to get to the bottom of the Flashfever incident, by passing herself off as an interplanetary judge - something which could get her confined to one planet for life. [[spoiler: She also calls in a panel of ''real'' judges as a backup, full well knowing the implications for her. Instead of sentencing her to life imprisonment, they treat the entire incident as a ''job interview'' and offer her a full time judge's job...or confinement. She takes the job and follows in her father's footsteps.]]


* VillainousBreakdown: Once Tocohl figures out that [[spoiler:Timosie Megeve]] is the murderer, she lays a honey pot trap for him and [[spoiler: he]] outs himself by trying to murder her too. Caught, [[spoiler:Megeve]] goes on a rant about how the planet's resources are criminally underused and to leave the [[spoiler:biological superconductors]] to a bunch of primitives would be the ultimate crime against humanity.

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* VillainousBreakdown: Once Tocohl figures out that After being exposed as the murderer, [[spoiler:Timosie Megeve]] is the murderer, she lays a honey pot trap for him and [[spoiler: he]] outs himself by trying to murder her too. Caught, [[spoiler:Megeve]] goes on a rant about how the planet's resources are criminally underused and to leave the [[spoiler:biological superconductors]] to a bunch of primitives would be the ultimate crime against humanity.

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* NebulousEvilOrganisation: The Inheritors of God, occasionally goes so far as to get into StrawmanPolitical territory.

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* HealingHands / CureForCancer: [[spoiler:The sprookjes, through their natural ability to genetically manipulate their environment, can potentially cure any disease. Between the biological superconductors and their natural healing abilities, they probably have a bright future in the human federation.]]

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* AlienKudzu: The garbage plants, that seem to grow all over the human camp, especially its waste facilities, ultimately infesting a ''living human'' (see below). [[spoiler:The garbage plants turn out to be the seat of sprookje "technology" - they can be genetically engineered to do almost anything, and most of the "infestation" is breaking down things poisonous to the alien wildlife.]]

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* BodyHorror: Played straight with the garbage plants, that seem to infest and take over Alfvaen's body. [[spoiler:Ultimately Defied - the garbage plants were a custom bioweapon made by the sprookjes against Alfvaen's disease; once they completed their task, they died off and left her intact - and disease free.]]


* ToolsOfSapience: Discussed, in regard to the fact that the sprookjes have never been seen using tools. Tocohl points out that on some planets she's visited, the surveyors themselves might not necessarily be recognised as sapient tool-users because the nature of their tools would not be apparent -- for instance, an observer might note that they don't build fires for warmth, not knowing that their clothes have integrated heating elements. [[spoiler:This turns out to be the case with the sprookjes, which have a highly advanced technology they control by means not apparent to the survey team.]]

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* ToolsOfSapience: Discussed, in regard to the fact that the sprookjes have never been seen using tools. Tocohl points out that on some planets she's visited, the surveyors themselves might not necessarily be recognised as sapient tool-users because the nature of their tools would not be apparent -- for instance, an observer might note that they don't build fires for warmth, not knowing that their clothes have integrated heating elements. [[spoiler:This turns out to be the case with the sprookjes, which don't have a highly advanced technology in a classic sense; they control make everything they need by means not apparent a ''natural'' ability to the survey team.genetically engineer anything in their environment. It was that genetic engineering ability that allowed a sprookje to prepare a custom bioweapon against Alfavaen's yeast infection, curing her incurable disease in one stroke.]]


* IDoNoSpeakNonverbal: A very ''literal'' example. [[spoiler:The sprookjes are highly intelligent but their language is entirely nonverbal, communicating by ruffling feathers. The mimicking is because they don't even understand the ''concept'' of spoken language, and mimic human speech because they consider "making sounds" a body language gesture like any other.]]

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* IDoNoSpeakNonverbal: IDoNotSpeakNonverbal: A very ''literal'' example.example and a theme all through the book. [[spoiler:The sprookjes are highly intelligent but their language is entirely nonverbal, communicating by ruffling feathers. The mimicking is because they don't even understand the ''concept'' of spoken language, and mimic human speech because they consider "making sounds" a body language gesture like any other.]]

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* IDoNoSpeakNonverbal: A very ''literal'' example. [[spoiler:The sprookjes are highly intelligent but their language is entirely nonverbal, communicating by ruffling feathers. The mimicking is because they don't even understand the ''concept'' of spoken language, and mimic human speech because they consider "making sounds" a body language gesture like any other.]]


* NonPromotionPromotion: Tocohl gives ''herself'' one to try to get to the bottom of the Flashfever incident, by passing herself off as an interplanetary judge - something which could get her confined to one planet for life. [[spoiler: She also calls in a panel of ''real'' judges as a backup, full well knowing the implications for her. Instead of sentencing her to life imprisonment, they treat the entire incident as a ''job interview'' and offer her a full time judge's job...or confinement. She takes the job and follows in her father's footsteps.]]

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* NonPromotionPromotion: NonPromotion: Tocohl gives ''herself'' one to try to get to the bottom of the Flashfever incident, by passing herself off as an interplanetary judge - something which could get her confined to one planet for life. [[spoiler: She also calls in a panel of ''real'' judges as a backup, full well knowing the implications for her. Instead of sentencing her to life imprisonment, they treat the entire incident as a ''job interview'' and offer her a full time judge's job...or confinement. She takes the job and follows in her father's footsteps.]]


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* PromotionNotPunishment: [[spoiler:What the judges decide about Tocohl - she was ''so good'' as a fake judge they offer to make her a real one in lieu of the usual life imprisonment. She accepts and becomes a full time judge.]]

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* NonPromotionPromotion: Tocohl gives ''herself'' one to try to get to the bottom of the Flashfever incident, by passing herself off as an interplanetary judge - something which could get her confined to one planet for life. [[spoiler: She also calls in a panel of ''real'' judges as a backup, full well knowing the implications for her. Instead of sentencing her to life imprisonment, they treat the entire incident as a ''job interview'' and offer her a full time judge's job...or confinement. She takes the job and follows in her father's footsteps.]]

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* HiddenVillain: [[spoiler:Olitokitok was not killed by Flashfever, or by the sprookjes, but by TheMole on the team, Megeve. He turns out to be an Inheritor of God that wanted to sabotage the entire survey so they could take possession of the planet.]]


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* VillainousBreakdown: Once Tocohl figures out that [[spoiler:Timosie Megeve]] is the murderer, she lays a honey pot trap for him and [[spoiler: he]] outs himself by trying to murder her too. Caught, [[spoiler:Megeve]] goes on a rant about how the planet's resources are criminally underused and to leave the [[spoiler:biological superconductors]] to a bunch of primitives would be the ultimate crime against humanity.

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