->''"But there's one thing I do know. Today, I have to part with my carefree childhood because there's nothing but hard work ahead."''
->''"So with this, I bid you farewell for now. Goodnight, Grandpa. Goodnight, Frimelda, and..."''
->''"...Goodbye, Halcyon Days...."''
-->--'''Luso''', at the end of Chapter 2.

[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4318613/1/The_Tainted_Grimoire Can be read here]] by [[http://www.fanfiction.net/u/1231132/cuttingmoon57 cuttingmoon57]]. First chapter was posted on 13th June 2008.

Summary by the author: The Grimoire of the Rift, a powerful magic tome. Luso Clemens, an average, fourteen year old boy. It asked him but one question. "One is fated to fill these barren pages. Know ye his name?" His answer would be the catalyst that changed his life forever.

Description: The Tainted Grimoire is an AlternateUniverseFic based on FinalFantasyTacticsA2 where we still follow the adventures of Luso, there is still a book which records his journey and he still joins Clan Gully, '''BUT''', in this story, his older sister is Frimelda, that paladin that joins you in the game and there are many original characters and cameos from other works. The world of this story is also far more fleshed out than the one in the game.

[[Recap/TheTaintedGrimoire Has a recap page]].

!!Tropes contained in ''The Tainted Grimoire'':

* AmazonBrigade: Clan Falzen, who were introduced at the beginning of the St.Galleria arc.
* ArmorIsUseless: Averted. They can be very useful. Specific instances:
** Luso wore the Flame Robe which made him immune to Fire-based attacks during Clan Gully's [[spoiler: attack on Khamja's base]].
** Vili once had to battle a Bangaa Defender who was almost completely covered in armor, forcing her to come up with a creative way to defeat him as the armor made most of her attacks ineffective.
** Crow once had to fight Gertie while she was wearing Mirror Mail which reflected magic attacks (a big advantage since he's a Black Mage). [[spoiler:He had to take advantage of the Reflect fields short range and Gertie's metal hammer to win.]]
* ArrangedMarriage: Is part of the plot of the St. Galleria arc.
* {{Backstory}}: Several were given.
** [[spoiler: Vaticus]] explains during a lull in his battle with [[spoiler: Luso and Adelle]] what his motivations are and how he became the person he is at present.
** We see bits and pieces of Sir Loin's life, including the development of his relationship with Adelle, during the chapter where [[spoiler: he died]].
** Cheney explains to Tweigel his history with [[spoiler: Freise]] before joining House Bowen and properly explains why he left House Bowen.
* BadAss: Several characters are this, be they good or evil, for example [[spoiler: Judgemaster Cid Randell, aka the strongest man in Jylland]], Illua who showed '''some''' of her power in the '''first chapter''' and Ensei Rou, who defeated 120 mages, '''without taking any damage'''.
* BattleAura: [[spoiler: Luso]] radiates this when preparing a Fighter ability.
* BeastlyBloodsports: This is one of the fates in store for many of the poached creatures during the Poaching Arc.
* [[spoiler: BodyguardBetrayal: Twice]].
** [[spoiler: Raven is actually a member of Khamja. While he and Crow are protecting Maria, their true objective is separate and more sinister but the moment Maria got involved, Raven could have killed her without remorse if it wasn't for Adelle]].
** [[spoiler: Fasullo is actually Ewen in disguise and the whole time he spent working as the leader of Baron Beltorey's guards was just so can take something the Baron had]].
* BreatherEpisode: After the WhamEpisode mentioned below, the end of the Grazton arc showed Clan Gully taking a much needed break.
* ChickMagnet: Luso has three girls who definitely likes him. They are Kanin, Anna and [[spoiler: Maria]]. Cheney has two.
* ChildrenForcedToKill: Some of the stuff that happened in Grazton was at least partly because Cid and Ensei wanted to avoid this trope. [[spoiler: They now accept that given their circumstances, they can't avoid it and the younger members of Clan Gully will be ready for it should they have to kill someone]].
* CombatCommentator: Several characters take this role, depending on who is fighting and who is on the sidelines, though on occassion, the ones fighting themselves take this role.
* ConcertClimax: The climax of the St. Galleria arc takes place at a major wedding.
** JustifiedTrope: That wedding is an important plot point during the St. Galleria arc.
* ContinuityNod: The Camoan native who cheered Luso and Cheney up in Chapter 63 turned out to be the father of the girl whom Luso, Cheney and Hurdy helped all the way back in Chapter 8.
* ConvenientlyTimedAttackFromBehind: During the climax of the St. Galleria arc, Auggie is saved from three members of the [[spoiler: Archbishop Guard]] like this.
* CurbStompBattle: Has happened and probably will happen again.
** Early in the story, there were several people who went up against Cid and Ensei, that were defeated in just one hit.
** At the climax of the St. Galleria arc, after Ensei was able to give [[spoiler: Judgemaster Cid]] proof of [[spoiler: Vaticus' crimes]], [[spoiler: Judgemaster Cid]] sent his [[spoiler: personal guard]] to assist The Heretics defeat the [[spoiler: Archbishop Guard]]. The back-up easily defeated those that went up against them. Many who saw them were in awe.
** When Veis and Vili were introduced, Veis defeated the leader of a group of would-be thieves easily.
* CurseCutShort: At least twice.
** One time, Sasasha got interrupted when two members of the Targ Wood Police put a hand each over her mouth.
** Another time, Luso got interrupted by an announcement.
* CutenessProximity: When Kanin and Maria see Auggie's pet dreamhare, they squeal saying that it's cute, shocking Luso who had never seen them like that before.
* DayInTheLimeLight: Clan Gully aren't the only ones the story focuses on, even if they are the main ones.
* DeathGlare: Adelle gave one to Hurdy when he was about to mention something that contradicted her claims.
* [[spoiler: DirtyCop: According to Barley, Khamja has informants within the ranks of the Jylland Defenders of the Peace]].
* {{Doorstopper}}: This story has '''391,774''' words and '''67 chapters''', and is '''no where near finishing yet'''.
* EdibleThemeNaming: All named Seeq in the story are named after a type of meat.
** First, there is T-bone.
** Second, there is Ribs.
** Third, there is Sir Loin.
* [[spoiler: EvilAllAlong: Vaticus Finch and his subodinates were not revealed as evil to the protagonists until later.]]
* EvilVersusEvil: In [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4318613/60/The_Tainted_Grimoire Chapter 60]] [[spoiler: Duelhorn]] declares war on Khamja.
* ExactWords: Ewen only promised to let [[spoiler: Clan Gully]] leave the ''building'' alive.
* {{Exposition}}: When Luso asks for details about the world he is in, other characters will be happy to oblige, though sometimes, they have to first get over their shock at Luso not knowing what to them is common knowledge.
* ExtraExtraReadAllAboutIt: There is one in [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4318613/59/The_Tainted_Grimoire Chapter 59]].
* FamedInStory: Clan Gully after they saved [[spoiler: Baron Beltorey]], one of the most influential people in Jylland.
-->'''Beltorey''': This incident is going to spread like wildfire, and whether for better or worse, this small eight-person [[note]]The official number then[[/note]] clan is now officially on the map.
* FantasticRacism: There is some of this.
-->'''Cid''': Though it is not as widespread as in the past, there are still those out there who believe in racial hiearchy. Humeism is one of these. It seems they picked up on the Archadian's sense of Hume superiorty.
* FantasticRankSystem:
** Khamja has one of these.
-->'''Barley''': Khamja combative forces are divided into five ranks based on skill, intelligence and power, kupo. We've got the grunts like the one you just took out, squad captains like me, platoon leaders, liutenants, and finally the division commanders.
** So does the Jylland Defenders of the Peace. At the top is the Judgemaster, next are the Judges. Somewhere below them are the Officers, Captains and Judgemaster Personnel Guard.
* FantasyCounterpartAppliance: Whisperweed is used as phones, two way radios and speakers because of it's unique ability to transmit sound.
* {{Flashback}}: Several:
** Vaticus when explaining his {{Backstory}}.
** Sir Loin has flashbacked to his and Adelle's history together, and his history from before that.
** Bowen had a flashback to his memories of his wife.
* FlatWhat: The reaction of the crowd at the Acqua Alta when they see Luso has entered the race with a chocobo. Bear in mind that the Acqua Alta is a water race, while the chocobo is a land bird.
* FlexibleTourneyRules: During the Camoa Cup, Acidwire requested a single duel to decide the match between them and Clan Gully rather than the best of three that was supposed to happen. They got away with this because when they requested this, they made it seem like they were doing it out of consideration of the fact that Clan Gully has yet to recover properly from their last few matches when actually it was so they could make it easier for them to defeat Clan Gully. [[spoiler: This backfired on them when Luso defeated their leader Suzuka]].
* {{Foreshadowing}}: There is a lot of these in the story. Examples include:
** Cid noticed that Raven's smile seemed of. [[spoiler: That's because he is actually a ruthless member of Khamja]].
** Klesta is mentioned by caravan travellers to St. Galleria while they were in a certain area. [[spoiler: Guess who becomes the antagonist in a minor arc while Clan Gully are in the area]].
* FreudianExcuse: [[spoiler: Vaticus, Ignatius and Riccio]] have their's revealed during the St. Galleria arc.
* GotVolunteered: Luso and Vili would unwittingly be roped in as dance partners for Kanin and Adelle when they get Cheney to teach them how to dance.
* HalfHumanHybrid: The result of the InterspeciesRomance mentioned below. [[spoiler: Kanin is one of the Feol Viera mentioned below]].
* HereditaryRepublic: The Head Of State of St. Galleria, Governor Aquila, himself admits that this is the case with St. Galleria.
* HypocriticalHumour: Ensei once commented on Adelle's {{Greed}}, right before going to the buffet to steal the next day's dinner.
* TheInnerReveal: [[spoiler: Luso reveals where he is from to his clan mates at the end of the Mistwalker arc]].
* InterspeciesRomance: This has happened in-story, between Humes and Viera, and the resulting offspring are called Feol Viera with an [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4318613/40/The_Tainted_Grimoire in-universe explanation]].
* {{Jerkass}}: Everyone in Acidwire.
* [[spoiler: KilledOffForReal: Sir Loin and Barley for example]].
* LaResistance: The Heretics, they oppose [[spoiler: Vaticus Finch]].
* LateArrivalSpoiler: It is hard to read the later chapters without these being spoiled.
** Chapter 42 onwards: [[spoiler: Kanin is a [[HalfHumanHybrid Feol Viera]]]].
** Chapter 62 onwards: [[spoiler: Crow is now a member of Clan Gully]].
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: Don't even bother denying it. Check out the characters page for proof of this.
* MeaningfulName: Many
** Cheney's middle name, Difronte, is Italian for opposite, since his two jobs virtually contrast the other in function and purpose. The actual Italian term for opposite is 'di fronte', but the two separate words was combined into one to create the name.
** Kanin's middle name, Leporidae, comes from the Classification Family for Rabbits. [[spoiler: She's a Feol Viera]].
** Crockett, his name is derived from the crook of a shepherd's cane. His ability to control and herd Baknamy are reminiscent to that of a shepherd controlling a flock of sheep.
** Cama Leonte. Camaleonte is Italian for chameleon. His success at blending into the [[spoiler: Archbishop guard]] reflects the animal's ability to blend into its surroundings.
* MuggingTheMonster: The Yellow Wings learned the hard way that Cid and Ensei are way out of their league.
* MythologyGag: The Clan Tourneys shown are one-on-one duels, unlike the six-on-six shown in the games. It is mentioned that the Clan Tourneys used to be like the games but starting with the one we're shown, a format change was made to give smaller clans a chance against the larger ones.
* NamesTheSame: Clan Gully Co-leader Cid and Judgemaster Cid Randell.
-->'''Cid''': There's always going to be someone out there that's stronger than you, lad. Of course, a man or beast hasn't been found that can best Cid Randell at one on one combat. Makes me proud to share the same name.
* PostKissCatatonia: [[spoiler: Luso]] had this after [[spoiler: Maria]] kissed him on the cheek.
* PreMortemOneLiner:
-->[[spoiler: '''Dread Raven''']]: [[KillItWithFire I'm going to turn you into ashes]].
* PutOnABus: Too many characters to list. This is due to the fact that Clan Gully and many of the people they meet do a lot of travelling.
** TheBusCameBack: Of course, some characters are rather important to the story so they get a DayInTheLimeLight to show us what they have been up to. Either that or meet up with Clan Gully again.
** CommutingOnABus: Micaiah and Francesca both have long periods of absence between their multiple re-apperances.
* TheRestShallPass: When [[spoiler: Crow]] appears while Clan Gully and their comrades is trying to rescue [[spoiler: Baron Beltorey and Cid]], Luso takes him on alone and the rest of his group moves on.
* SecretTestOfCharacter: Luso had to go through one so a shopkeeper is satisfied that Luso is mentally and emotionally prepared to be a Fighter before the shopkeeper will sell him the necessarry equipment.
* ShipTease: Chapter 40 teases Luso/Kanin in it's climax and conclusion.
* SkeletonGovernment: Averted, just look at [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4318613/41/The_Tainted_Grimoire Chapter 41]] where we see a huge gathering of nobles and/or politicians to discuss political matters, as well as an explanation of how the Jylland Defenders of the Peace operates in relation to the clans, explaining that all clans must register new members as well as keep a log of achievement and accomplishments.
* StormingTheCastle: Clan Gully and their comrades had to attack [[spoiler: Khamja's base]] in Grazton to [[spoiler: save Baron Beltorey and Cid]] during the Grazton Arc.
* TalkingIsAFreeAction: Sometimes played straight, sometimes averted/subverted.
** Played straight: [[spoiler: Crow]] took time out to explain how a certain spell was possible during a duel with Luso.
** Averted/subverted:
-->'''Luso''': I still can't believe you blew up our wagon...
-->'''Adelle''': Well...I'd like to think of it more as...saving a life...
-->'''Sir Loin''': IF YOU GUYS DON'T MIND, WE COULD USE SOME HELP HERE!
* {{Timeskip}}: A month passed after [[spoiler: Beltorey's rescue]] which Clan Gully spent in Grazton recovering from what happened.
* TournamentArc: The Camoa Cup, with the twist that Clan Gully faces [[{{Jerkass}} Acidwire]] during the first round after the preliminaries have finished. Also much shorter then expected.
* TrueCompanions: Clan Gully is like this.
* UnderdogsNeverLose: Played with during the Acqua Alta race. While Luso the underdog definitely defeated the expected winner Diez Carnosa, [[spoiler: he only got second. ''Vaan'' got first and he certainly ain't no underdog]].
* VillainEpisode: [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4318613/60/The_Tainted_Grimoire Chapter 60]] focuses on Khamja and Duelhorn ending with Duelhorn [[spoiler: declaring war on Khamja]].
* WhamEpisode: The Grazton arc. It ended with [[spoiler: Cid being too injured to take part in active clan duty and Duelhorn entering the story]].
* YouShallNotPass: Auggie says this to a Behemoth to protect [[spoiler: an unconscious Luso]]. He got interrupted by it's attack [[spoiler: but succeeds anyway]].
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