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Basic Trope: One of the items you must collect, which has an additional function besides being a collectible.

  • Straight: One of Seven Stones of Power gives you access to fire-based spells.
  • Exaggerated: Each of Seven Stones of Power has additional attributes which are necessary to win.
  • Downplayed: You can wear the Fire Stone on your head, which gives you nifty look and small bonus to Persuasion.
  • Justified: The Seven Stones are created to symbolize seven basic powers of the universe and thus each had abilities representing said power.
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  • Inverted: The Fire Stone is not only problematic to carry around, it's downright harmful.
  • Subverted: The Fire Stone gives you fire-based spells, but all the enemies you meet from this point on are fire-resistant.
  • Double Subverted: The Fire Stone proves to be Lethal Joke Item and when leveled up properly, it lets you unleash nuclear storms on your enemies.
  • Parodied: The Banana Stone lets you conjure a banana.
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted: The story doesn't concern itself with Plot Coupons.
  • Enforced: The fact that you have to collect the Seven Stones is not apparent at first and so the author adds additional bonuses to them to coerce you into collecting them.
  • Lampshaded: "So we actually do get something for all this running around? Nice."
  • Invoked: The creator of the Seven Stones gives them unusual abilities to make people want to collect them.
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  • Exploited: You use the Fire Stone as your primary weapon.
  • Defied: The villain purposefully de-powers the Fire Stone.
  • Discussed: The characters in-universe wonder whether the name "Fire Stone" denotes something.
  • Conversed: "And thankfully, it turned out that it's more than just sending the player on an extended fetch quest."
  • Played For Laughs: The characters in-universe are unhappy to know that Fire Stone has practical applications, a the rules of storytelling mean that McGuffin should be McGuffin, not something actually useful!
  • Played For Drama: The Fire Stone is a dangerous Clingy Mcguffin that physically harms its user, but the heroes need to keep hold of it.
  • Implied: The Fire Stone is the most desired of the stones, but it is not revealed why.
  • Deconstructed: After getting the Fire Stone, the heroes just use it to burn their enemies and don't bother with the other six.
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  • Reconstructed: Many enemies are immune to fire spells, so the heroes need the other six stones to win.

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