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Firefall is a science fiction novelette by Marcus Malone. Its takes place on a distant world in a isolated plateau called Mure. Mure is filled with carnivorous plants, where a peaceful tribe lives with nature but are under threat by the periodic harvests. Those who are harvested are taken to the Tower, their fates unknown only known that it is associated with death. The elder wishing to end the harvests makes a deal with another race known as the willots to find a savior that will deliver them from harvest. 


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  • Adipose Rex: The Great One, the ruler of the Tower People.
  • Bizarre Taste in Food: Kalimund fruit, staple food of the natives, but to a human it tastes like glue.
  • Cannibal Clan: The Tower People consume the flesh of the Lily People who are in fact descendants of the lower caste that were cast out of the tower.
  • Crash-Course Landing: Jacob makes a makeshift glider to fly from Mure to the surface to alert the authorities on the Tower People. However en-route the wings snag and he crashes but manages to survive.
  • Enslaved Elves: The willots were the masters of Mure until men from below came and enslaved them, becoming the Tower People.
  • Everybody Has Lots of Sex: The Lily People get like this after looks of alcoholic nectar and the next morning forget what happened.
  • False Friend: Jacob was suppose to a volunteer to go to Mure, but his friends accepted the invitation on his behalf and received gold.
  • God Guise: Jacob is mistaken to be Hur, the one how will deliver the Lily People from harvest. He plays along with it at first and the Lily People grow more convinced after he assists in a birth of one of their own. After seeing how the Lily People and Terasel was food to the Tower People he accepts the name Hur as his own.
  • Going Native: The main character after saving the Lily People decides to stay on Mure.
  • Heroic Build: All the Lily People are of good physique, even the women have muscles like Rambo.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: Tower People feed on the prime members of the Lily People.
  • In Harmony with Nature: The Lily People most of the time managed to live in harmony with the land. Despite the man-eating vines they adapted to remain still like statues when sensing their approach. In addition their bodies make them in great shape to easily dodge them when foraging for food.
  • Innocent Fanservice Girl: Terasel and the Lily People regarding themselves as animals have no shame in not wearing clothes.
  • Interspecies Adoption: Jacob adopts one of Terasel's children, Hemmit, as his own after he decides to remain on Mure.
  • Interspecies Romance: Terasel and Jacob Rowlin.
  • Little People: Arions fit that live in the marshes beyond Mure.
  • Love at First Sight: Jacob sees Terasel and experiences this.
  • Magic From Technology: Jacob as an learned weapons engineer uses his knowledge and common sense to give the Lily People hope and overcome various obstacles which they assume as magic.
  • Man-Eating Plant: Mure is full of them.
  • Nudism: The Lily People.
  • Mysterious Backer: Has the Creatures from the Sister World. They provided Jacob locating a suitable candidate to be what the Lily People and willots needs to save them.
  • Nubile Savage: Terasel.
  • Outliving One's Offspring: During Firefall manga mothers lose their children to the vines.
  • People Farms: The wilds of Mure specifically Lily Lake is basically a pasture for the Lily People.
  • Science Hero: Jacob Rowlin was a weapons engineer in Oklahoma.
  • Slave Liberation: The willots comitvto a full scale rebellion during the Tower People’s festivities of Firefall.
  • Stop or I Will Shoot: Montigue after being shot down by one of Jacob's rockets attempts to assert his authority.
  • Species Lost and Found: The willots were believed to have gone extinct by those outside Mure. After Jacob and his arion companion Montigue glided down from the plateau the authorities became aware of the willots survival.
  • Sword of Damocles: Firefall is used as a deterrent to keep the herd at Lily Pond in line. Using primitive gunpowder the Tower People shoot small bits of fire at the forest and agitate the man-eating vines forcing them to Lily Pond where they must remain still to avoid detection.

   

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