-->''... There was no activated noble phantasm. It was skill that had turned that weapon into such a lethal missile. No. It was more than that. Due to his phantasm, any weapon he touched seemed as if he had been using it for years, yet he would never have been able to do something like that with a spear. It was skill and power and lethality turned into an actualized mystery over time in history.''
-->...''Truly, this Grail War seemed unlike all others before it. Heroes even he would consider mighty walked the battlefield prolifically, and their power was tremendous and terrifying to behold.''
-->--[[spoiler: Team Illya vs Team Luvia]]

''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8535914/1/Nerve-Damage Nerve Damage]]'' is a Visualnovel/FateStayNight fanfic by [=CrossyCross=].

The facts are these: Instead of learning magecraft from Kiritsugu, Shirou was taught during the in-between years by a mysterious man who not only allowed him to perfect his Projection with [[LanguageOfMagic Word magic]], but to convert '''''ALL''''' of his nerves into Magic Circuits in an act of such mind-blogging stupidity that made Shirou an industrial-level prana battery.

But while very powerful with his Word-swords and lake-size reserves, he nearly ends being killed by Lancer as in canon, when in desperation he flings all his mana to the summoning circle, breaking the rules by brute force by summoning ''four'' Saber-class Servants: Saber ("King of Knights"), Saber Alter ("Tyrant of Knights"), Saber Lily ("Immortal Queen of Camelot"), and [[VideoGame/FateExtra Red Saber ("The Great Artist of Rome")]]. This of course gives him the right to pretty much cheat the war and win single-handedly without even a sweat.

'''NO ONE. CHEATS. ANGRA. MAINYU.'''

The gem of the fic is that, instead of going with the route of [[MarySue "Shirou the Broken Magus"]] whose team-up with the Sabers makes them unstoppable, it makes ''every'' Servant in the War into an absolute badass. [[UltimateShowdownOfUltimateDestiny ALL OF THEM]]. Making the original "fracas" into a [[TheJuggernaut fight]] [[MadeOfIron between]] [[{{Determinator}} Titans]] [[TheAce so epic]] that made their canon counterparts look like [[{{Firefly}} gorram]] amateurs.

In addition, since Shirou got four Servants, and since no one has ever actually gotten a chance to use the Grail for it's intended purpose and make a wish, Angra Mainyu decides to even the playing field by putting all that stored energy to good use. There are now ''twenty-eight'' Servants (four to each class), and no Master has only one Servant. This includes letting the canon Masters summon more Servants in addition to the ones they have in canon after the fact.

Comes recommended on the [[FanficRecs/FateStayNight Fanfic Recs page]]. [[WorksNeedingTropes Needs more Tropes]]. Now has a [[Characters/NerveDamage character sheet]], also in need of Tropes.

Currently on a hiatus, as are all of [=CrossyCross=]'s fanfictions.

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!!This fanfic has examples of:
* AchievementsInIgnorance: Shirou never knew it was impossible to create more Magic Circuits. Now he has 2,628 of them. Granted, they're only about 1/4th as good as the real thing, but that's still the same thing as having 657 true Magic Circuits. Daaaayuuuum…
** For comparison, Rin canonically has 40 natural circuits (plus 30 more from her family's Crest) and this is considered an exceptional number for a human magus.
** In-canon, a normal human magnus has on average 20 circuits, which means Shirou has the combined raw power of 32 human magnus or sixteen Rins(without the Magic Crest).
* TheAce: All of the servants. The fic goes to great lengths to show how ''unbelievably'' extraordinary each is and why they are the legends of the world.
* AdaptationalBadass: Shirou Emiya, as the result of unknowingly achieved an impossible feat, is a walking prana power plant whose very words can ''cut Heroic Spirits''.
* AwesomeMcCoolName: Several of the Servants' full/true names. Examples: [[MsFanservice Nero Claudius Caesar Augustus Germanicus]], [[WizardClassic Merlin Ambrosius]], [[spoiler: [[TheEmperor Gaius Julius Caesar]]]].
* {{Badass}}: Shirou and his Servants.
** [[WorldOfBadass More like everyone]].
** [[spoiler: BadassArmy]]: [[spoiler: Waver Velvet possesses the combined might of Ionioi Hetairoi and the [[GenghisKhan entire Mongol Horde]].]]
*** [[spoiler: Napoleon brings out the firepower of not only La Grande Armee, but also ''the entire history of France'', against Gilgamesh. And he outpowers the ''Gate of Babylon'' with it!]]
** TookALevelInBadass: Honestly, each of the fights are more brutal and epic than the ones in the Unlimited Blade Works movie AND Fate/Zero series combined. ''That's''' saying a lot.
** BadassBoast: Open Chapter Twelve and read Napoleon's battle with [[spoiler: Gilgamesh]].
* BecauseYouWereNiceToMe: [[spoiler: Jackie and Alter to their masters.]]
** Sakura Matou promises [[spoiler: to help Assassin destroy the Grail, after the latter rescues her from Zouken.]]
*** Sakura Matou commands her Servant to back down from Shirou, despite knowing he is a rival Master, because of his kindness to her in the past. [[spoiler: This contradicts her earlier promise, costing her Assassin's loyalty.]]
* BerserkButton: Napoleon, being [[TheNapoleon himself]], has two: teasing him about his height (which actually becomes one of his Noble Phantasms, giving him an advantage against people taller than him), and insulting heroes.
** Shirou practically smashes Rin's BerserkButton to pieces (unknowingly), having achieved in a single act of stupidity a feat that Rin and every other magus alive can only DREAM of. HilarityEnsues.
* BlatantLies: The [[ForWantOfANail nail]] in this fic? A mage named Henry Hallmark feeding Shirou a load of bullshit ForTheLulz.
* BloodKnight: Many of the Servants jump for joy at the chance to fight one another, to the point where it's more noticeable when a Servant ''isn't'' one to a degree.
* BoobsOfSteel: Of the four Sabers, Nero is the bustiest, and physically the strongest.
--> '''Saber Lily:''' "She's from an earlier time than us, yet we all look almost exactly the same. She may have some basis for thought."
--> '''Saber Alter:''' "But... She..."
--> '''Saber Nero:''' "ALMOST exactly. It seems you three haven't quite inherited one of my more important... hmm... assets."
--> [[{{Beat}} The three alternates paused]], [[DeathGlare then glared at Nero for the blatant insult.]] [[ACupAngst The fact that it was true rubbed salt in the wound.]]
* [[spoiler:ColdSniper: Simo Häyhä (a.k.a. [[RedBaron the White Death]]) is summoned by Rin as Assassin.]]
* ComicallyInvincibleHero: Nerve Damage Shirou's future self. He's so broken, the author can only show him in an omake, where he proceeds to defeat every single antagonist without breaking a sweat.
* CrazyEnoughToWork: Nerve circuits, of course.
* TheChewToy: Lancer in the first chapters. [[spoiler: Then it's thrown away after his fight with Samson and his use of the Warp Spasm.]] Rin with her inability to catch the rest of the Masters [[spoiler: until chapter twelve]].
* CurbStompBattle: The Sabers VS Lancer.
* DemotedToExtra: Kotomine Kirei has only shown up in one scene thus far (two if you count the ND!Archer wrecks everyone omake), as the overseer of the Holy Grail War. [[spoiler: Gilgamesh is still around, as is the basement full of forsaken orphans, so it's likely there's a bigger role in Kirei's future.]]
** Rin's Servant Archer has only shown up in two scenes, one at the beginning when Shirou sees him fighting Lancer (he's the Servant in red), and one in Chapter Twelve when [[spoiler: Rin summons additional Servants, and Archer provides commentary]].
* DramaPreservingHandicap: To compensate for the fact that [[StoryBreakerPower Shirou has four Servants]], [[spoiler: the Servant Avenger sleeping in the Grail [[PowerCreepPowerSeep decides to allow more Servants in play]], several of them more than enough to kill the Sabers.]]
** [[spoiler: WordOfGod is this is the real reason Scathach couldn't finish her temple. As the anthropomorphic personification of the concept of victory, [[StoryBreakerPower she'd be literally unbeatable]].]]
* DrivesLikeCrazy: Apparently, Lancelot flies ''any'' airplane [[LightNovel/FateZero like he's in a dogfight]]. Luvia gets quite airsick.
* DudeWheresMyRespect: Appears to be something of a theme with Napoleon. Not only is he [[{{Pun}} belittled]] [[TheNapoleon in legend]], he's also belittled to his face by [[spoiler: Gilgamesh]].
* [[spoiler: EverybodyLives]]: [[spoiler: In an extremely brutal, continually NoHoldsBarredBeatdown death-match, not a single servant or Master has died in nearly 100,000 words. This is due to partly because of PlotArmor and that the Heroic Spirits are ''just that ridiculously hard to kill'', that many of the heroes quickly retreat when the situation turns against them. [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg Shinji doesn't count.]]]]
* EldritchAbomination: Alter has one that she can ''summon and control'', named [[spoiler: Nek'il Hi'tiyad'ril]].
** It seems more likely to be a demon, since it's reluctant to fight a divinity like Herakles.
* FaceDeathWithDignity: [[spoiler: Although averted, Bonaparte gets an awesome line against Gilgamesh.]]
-->"This is a good death. I will not bend my knee. No hero will bend his knee to a threat." A chuckle. "A good run I suppose, short as it is. I, a hero with a legend barely two hundred years old, to one whose own spans four thousand years back. Perhaps it was hopeless in the beginning, but I matched your power until the very end, and in death, I will meet the standard. I will die standing." His eyes narrowed. "So unleash your wrath, King of Uruk. I will face death with honor and dignity befitting a heroic spirit." He declared, readying himself for destruction.
* ForWantOfANail: In which Shirou using his nerves as makeshift Circuits is seen as a [[CrazyEnoughToWork revolutionary move]] instead of a gamble of life or death each time.
** Though given the heat generated and how close he's brought to death by using all of them at once, chances are this normally would've killed him and he's only alive thanks to Avalon, if he has it implanted in this story.
*** According to one of the omake, he does. But take that with a grain of salt.
* ForTheLulz: Henry Hallmark's entire motivation for... anything.
--> '''Henry:''' Should I, or should I not. Do I dare force this young man to aim for godliness? Will he believe? Will it even work?
--> {{Beat}}
--> '''Henry:''' Oh the fudge with it, I'm doing it for shits and giggles anyway.
* HalfTheManHeUsedToBe: [[spoiler: Shirou takes out Shinji with a laser Word chainsword this way after catching him murdering innocents via Rider. Somewhat averted, though, in that Shirou remarks to himself afterward that it looked as though Shinji had been mauled by an animal.]]
* HamToHamCombat: Rider versus Genghis Khan. Both men have NoIndoorVoice. Both men are LargeHam generals. Both men have a lot of free time on a commercial airplane. Waver responds [[ThisIsGonnaSuck accordingly]].
* HistoricalDomainCharacter[=/=]PublicDomainCharacter: Due to the expanded roster of the Holy Grail War, there are many new Servants drawn from the history, folklore, and religions of many cultures.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: [[spoiler:Zouken orders Sakura to summon a second Servant. Said Servant immediately attacks Zouken to protect Sakura.]]
** It seems likely that Henry Hallmark is going to seriously regret teaching Shirou all that nonsense that Shirou [[AchievementsInIgnorance turned into genuine power]].
* [[IAmNotLeftHanded I Am Not One-Handed]]: [[spoiler: Sctach]] almost literally won her battle against [[spoiler: Moses]] single-handedly, as until [[spoiler: he]] unleashed his Noble Phantasm, [[spoiler: she]] was [[spoiler: casting spells]] with only one hand, after which she raised her other one...
--> And [[spoiler: Moses]] noted with terrifying clarity that she had been casting spells the entire battle with one hand.
--> [[spoiler ''Sctach'']]: Playtime's freakin' over.
* ImplacableMan: Take your pick [[spoiler: God-empowered Samson, MasterSwordsman Herakles, Invulnerable Siegfried, or Conceptual Victory Scathach]]. And those are just the ''obvious'' ones.
* ImprovisedWeapon: Lancelot's "[[InstantExpert Knight of Honor]]" Noble Phantasm from ''LightNovel/FateZero'' returns, letting him expertly wield anything he can identify as a weapon. Hector's Noble Phantasm ability subverts the trope; anything he wields becomes a spear.
* InSpiteOfANail: Despite Shirou being insanely powerful with his word-magic and nerve circuits, he still gets attacked by Lancer and is forced to summon Saber.
** Despite Shirou's physical, magical, and mental training under antiheroic {{Jerkass}} CombatPragmatist Henry Hallmark, he's still an idealistic NiceGuy with IdiotHero ambitions who can usually be found cooking, cleaning, or mending things.
* KickTheSonOfABitch: [[spoiler: Shinji is killed by Shirou. [[AssholeVictim He deserved it in spades.]]]]
* KnowWhenToFoldEm: Lancer runs when he realizes he's outmatched.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: The expanded Master[=/=]Servant roster ensures this. See UpToEleven.
* [[spoiler:MasterApprenticeChain: According to WordOfGod, Cain was the one who taught Word Magic to Shirou's teacher, Henry Hallmark.]]
* MasterSwordsman: Any servant with a sword-like ability, but the cake had to go to [[spoiler: Sane!Herakles, who can use Nine lives, possibly the greatest sword attack in the series (that surpasses even dimension-cutter Tsubame Gaeshi, if only by number of slashes + flexibility + ''sheer brutal force''). Or Lancelot, who managed to block Hercules' Nine Lives attack without getting hurt.]]
* MeleeATrois: [[UpToEleven FAR more than just three]]. The original seven servants are now bumped up to 28, FOUR TIMES the original. And all of them TookALevelInBadass.
* MoralityPet: [[spoiler: Shirou to Alter. She doesn't like that. Not one bit.]]
* MsFanservice: Nero, natch.
* MundaneUtility: Nero mentions that her "[[PowerCopying Imperial Privilege]]" ability is useful for carousing incognito. Lancelot's "[[InstantExpert Knight of Honor]]" gets used for transportation, saving Luvia the cost of hiring a pilot (but [[DrivesLikeCrazy getting her airsick]]).
* MyMasterRightOrWrong: While all Servants are contractually loyal, [[spoiler: Herakles, Hector, Odysseus, Medea, Jackie, Nero, Simo, and Merlin]] stand out because their Master is ''everything'' to them and only care that they are safe and happy.
** Averted with [[spoiler: Moses and Samson]], given that their Master is [[spoiler: Cain]]. He doesn't mind, though.
* MythologyGag: Plenty.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: Several of the Servants, including their names and/or titles. [[spoiler: Simo Häyhä, AKA "The White Death"]], being one shining example. To a lesser extent: [[spoiler: Gaius Julius Ceaser]], Genghis Khan, Jack([[GenderFlip ie]]) the Ripper, Karna.
* TheNapoleon: [[spoiler: The man himself. It's pointed out that realistically he should be rather taller than he is, and Napoleon is less than amused by how the legend forced this trope upon him. And was [[BerserkButton just as amused for it being brought up in the first place.]]]]
** [[spoiler: And it's his Noble Phantasm. A surprisingly useful one, too, as it increases several of his stats by a rank (but not his height) when he fights against people taller than him, Which considering the characters is practically everyone except the sabers]]
* NighInvulnerable: Berserker. [[spoiler: Those who are or just transform, are either impossible to hurt or else regenerate to bullshitting velocity that would make Wolverine look like he has Hemophilia. Its even lampshaded by one of the Berserkers themselves]].
* OhCrap: Not a single Servant or character in the entire story has not faced this at least once. [[spoiler: Not even Gilgamesh.]]
* OriginalCharacter:
** Henry Hallmark, the mage who taught Shirou the basics of Word Magic. [[spoiler:He becomes another Master, summoning Achilles and Karna.]]
** Enforcer Jordan Lionstone. Master of [[spoiler:Assassin Jackie the Ripper, and Archer Napoleon Bonaparte]].
** The Ancient Being [[spoiler:who summoned Moses and Samson. He's in fact the DeathSeeker [[NameOfCain Ca]][[CainandAbel in]]]].
* [[spoiler: PhysicalGod]]: [[spoiler: Scathach, Witch of Dun Scaith. A normal mortal so ''unbelievably'' skilled that she managed to obtain godhood by killing gods and become the '''conceptual personification''' of "VICTORY" in Atalaya. According to WordOfGod, the reason she wasn't able to complete her temple was because she would have become ''too broken''.]]
** [[spoiler: Subverted; she's ''not actually a divinity'' by the rules of the Grail War. This caused Moses's anti-god powers to fail against her.]]
* PowerCopying: Nero's EX-Rank Imperial Privilege skill allows her to copy other's powers temporarily. She uses this to mimic the Arturias' Prana Burst and magnify her already-prodigious strength.
** She also mentions that using it to copy Assassin stealth is [[MundaneUtility great for nights out on the town]].
* SerialEscalation: See DramaPreservingHandicap.
* SeriousBusiness: Shirou in [[UncannyValley God Of Cooking mode]] takes his attitude as a SupremeChef to ludicrous levels.
** Napoleon does not take being considered inferior, in any way, by anybody, lightly. [[spoiler: No, not even Gilgamesh.]]
* ShownTheirWork: To the Author, who seems to go into greater detail in looking into each hero's legend.
* ShutUpHannibal: [[spoiler:Napoleon calls out Gilgamesh on the latter referring to him as merely a mongrel. His high Charisma, combined with his refusal to stop fighting even in the face of death, convinces Gilgamesh to spare him for now.]]
-->"We are heroes, [[spoiler: Gilgamesh of Uruk]], and if you deign to think yourself above us, never mock our accomplishments, for they are all memorable to a man, feats that earned us eternal glory. Even if you are our better, never deny that we are above the nameless masses that chose to be mediocre. We are ''not'' mongrels. '''We. Are. Legend.'''"
* StormOfBlades: Even before summoning the Saber Squad, Shirou cuts loose at Lancer with a storm of ''half a hundred'' swords made from Words.
** Gilgamesh and Archer (Rin's Archer) as well.
* StrongAsTheyNeedToBe: [[spoiler: Samson's Noble Phantasm gives him strength according to the threat of the enemy. While fighting Lancer Cu Chulainn it got up to A+++, and according to WordOfGod, it's going to go EX against Gilgamesh in the future.]]
* SupremeChef: Shirou, of course.
** OrgasmicallyDelicious: In the RuleOfFunny {{omake}} version of Chapter 3's dinner scene, which actually used to be the original version of that scene. ''Literally'' for [[CapitalLettersAreMagic The Dessert]].
--> They collapsed, their bodies overwhelmed by The Dessert. It was a foodgasm in the very literal sense.
* TeethClenchedTeamwork: [[spoiler: Moses and Samson]] with their Master. Considering who he is, though, it makes sense that they ditched him the minute they set foot in Fuyuki.
* TooAwesomeToUse: Whether this trope applies to Noble Phantasms is discussed (and demonstrated) during a battle in Chapter 12. [[spoiler: Being willing to freely use and break his Noble Phantasms very nearly earns Napoleon a victory over ''Gilgamesh!'']]
* UpToEleven: Again, 28 Servants. Including (besides the canon ones and the three other Sabers Shirou has):
** [[spoiler: Iskander, Genghis Khan, Fate/Apocrypha's Jack the Ripper, Napoleon, Lancelot, Merlin, Siegfried, Samson, Moses, Scathath, Lu Bu, Hector, Odysseus, Karna, Achilles, the Zealot Assassin, Simo Hayha, and finally Julius Caesar.]]
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