Jadranka Hzujak

Jadranka "Jada" Hzujak
Gender Female
Born America
Nationality American
Relatives Luka Hzujak (father)
Olivia Hzujak (stepmother)
Victor "Sully" Sullivan (godfather)
Status Alive
Appearances Uncharted: The Fourth Labyrinth

Jadranka "Jada" Hzujak (born 1978) is one of the primary protagonists in the 2011 novel Uncharted: The Fourth Labyrinth.

In the novel, Jada's father, the world-famous archaeologist Luka Hzujak, is found murdered in New York City. Jada works with her godfather Victor "Sully" Sullivan and treasure-hunter Nathan "Nate" Drake, both good friends of Luka's, to unravel the mystery surrounding her father's death.


[edit] Biography

Jadranka "Jada" Hzujak was born to Luka Hzujak, an archaeologist, and an unnamed mother who died of lung cancer when Jada was a child. Luka later remarried to Olivia Hzujak, who is Jada's stepmother. Jada's godfather is antique-dealer Victor "Sully" Sullivan, a good friend of Luka's, and Jada also has several cousins and aunts. Jada is twenty-four, stands at five-foot-three-inches tall, and has hazel eyes and black hair with magenta bangs.[1]

[edit] Uncharted: The Fourth Labyrinth

In October, Luka is found murdered in New York. Luka was researching legendary Greek craftsman Daedalus' labyrinths before his death, and this attracted the attention of the Protectors of the Hidden Word, a secret society set up to hide the mysteries of Daedalus' labyrinths. The Protectors murdered Luka, dumping his body on a train headed to Grand Central Station. As a precaution, Jada hides out in an apartment belonging to one of her college friends, before contacting Sully.[1]

Back at the apartment, Jada has been going over the research that Luka was carried out. Among the research, Jada finds a book on the subject of labyrinths written by Dr. Maynard Cheney. When Sully and Nate return to the apartment, Jada points this out to them and they make their way to the Museum of Natural History, where Dr. Cheney works. Arriving at the Museum, Jada, Sully and Nate are greeted by Gretchen Welch, a graduate student working with Dr. Cheney. However, when they get to Dr. Cheney's office they find him mortally wounded, having been injured by the Protectors of the Hidden Word moments earlier. Jada and Nate rush after the murderer, but are unable to catch the assailant and return back to Dr. Cheney's office, where Gretchen has confided in Sully that her brother Ian is a manager at the excavation site of the labyrinth of Sobek, a labyrinth that Luka studied before his murder. Gretchen says she will get Ian to give Jada, Sully and Nate access to the labyrinth, before the visitors leave prior to the police arriving.[1]

Jada leads Sully and Nate to Luka's apartment, but they find that on fire and while there they are attacked by a gang of assailants in an SUV. After Jada, Nate and Sully are able to escape from the SUV, Jada decides she wishes to visit Olivia at her workplace Phoenix Innovations, as she believes that Olivia and her employer Tyr Henriksen are behind Luka's murder. However, Olivia's assistant informs Jada that Olivia is away on business, so Jada agrees with to go to Egypt with Sully and Nate.[1]

After arriving in Egypt, Jada, Sully and Nate share dinner with Ian Welch, Gretchen's brother. Welch informs the visitors of the work being done, but the becomes nervous and leaves abruptly when the deaths of Luka and Dr. Cheney are brought up. Shortly after this, Olivia enters the restaurant, grieving over the death of Luka. However, Jada believes this to be an act and storms of the building, where she is attacked by a group of thugs, who attempt to abduct her. Nate and Sully are quick to follow her and attempt to fight off the attackers, although the thugs are only beaten when the Protectors of the Hidden Word appear and kill them. One Protector then tells Jada to go home, before her, Sully and Nate discover that Olivia has left the vicinity.[1]

The next day, Welch leads Jada, Sully and Nate through the excavation site of the labyrinth of Sobek in Crocodilopolis, Egypt. Jada is present when Nate discovers a secret passage beneath the labyrinth's anteroom that points to Daedalus' third labyrinth being on the Greek archipelago Thera, also known as Santorini. However, shortly following this discovery the group is attacked by the Protectors, who drag Welch into the darkness. Jada, Nate and Sully escape the labyrinth without their guide, coming across Olivia and Henriksen as they make their exit.[1]

Jada, Nate and Sully make their way to Thera, and following a night where Jada and Nate spend some time alone, they make their way to the labyrinth of Posedien the following day. The labyrinth has largely been destroyed due to earthquakes over the years, and as they make their way to the centre of the labyrinth they are accosted by Henriksen, who is with Olivia, his bodyguard Corelli and several other hired guns. As the groups face off, they are attacked by the Protectors, who drag Sully into the darkness. Jada and Nate leave Henriksen and his entourage to fight off the Protectors, and make their way to the centre of the labyrinth. There, they find that there exists a fourth labyrinth in China, which is similar to the discovery that Luka made shortly before his murder. However, Henriksen and Olivia soon arrive at the heart of the labyrinth and come to the same conclusion. Henriksen offers Jada and Nate the chance to fly to China with him; Jada is reluctant, but Nate agrees to the proposition for both of them.[1]

Flying to China, an employee at Phoenix Innovations discovers that the fourth labyrinth is beneath the Chinese city of Nanjing, and is known as "Diyu", which is what the Chinese consider to be Hell. After a brief stop at customs at Nanjing's airport, Jada and Nate are introduced to a group of mercenaries headed by Perkins, who are set to guide the entourage through Diyu. Advancing through Diyu, it becomes apparent that it is Olivia who is in charge, not Henriksen. Olivia orders the mercenaries to execute Jada, Henriksen and Nate, but Nate is able to kill Corelli and Jada is able to escape with him and Henriksen when the Protectors of the Hidden Word attack the entourage.[1]

Jada makes her way into the heart of the labyrinth with Nate and Henriksen. As they advance, they are attacked by a group of Protectors that includes a brainwashed Sully and Ian Welch. Henriksen kills Welch, but Nate is able to stop him from shooting Sully; Nate and Sully then engage in a fistfight for some time. When Nate subdues Sully, they regroup with Jada and Henriksen advance into the heart of the labyrinth, where they confront the Minotaur. When Olivia then arrives with the remaining mercenaries, Jada, Nate and Henriksen leave them to battle the Minotaur and make their way into the treasure vault. In the treasure vault, they battle the remaining Protectors, before the Mistress of the Labyrinth kills Henriksen. The final mercenary Suarez kills the Mistress, before Olivia gorges herself on the treasure in the vault. However, Olivia sets off a trap that begins to flood the vault, and she is pulled beneath the water by a previous, ageing Minotaur. Jada is able to escape with Sully, Nate and Suarez, although the later dies moments after escaping.[1]

Five days later, Jada attends Luka's funeral with Nate and Sully. Jada thanks Nate and Sully for their help and says even though she still has aunts and cousins as her biological family, she considers Nate and Sully to be her family also.[1]

[edit] Appearances

[edit] Behind the scenes

Jadranka "Jada" Hzujak first appears in the 2011 novel Uncharted: The Fourth Labyrinth,[1] after being created for the novel by author Christopher Golden.

[edit] References

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 Golden, Christopher (2011). Uncharted: The Fourth Labyrinth. Del Rey Books. ISBN 978-0345522177.
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