-> ''The girl channeled all her hate into that one blow. The world seemed all too shallow, like it was painted on the night's sky, as she struck, the light around her as dark as the void compared to her own incandescent radiance. She reveled in her strength.''

A common tendency in Familiar of Zero fanfic is for Louise to summon someone else. ''A Green Sun Illuminates the Void'' by [=EarthScorpion=] takes the rather more unusual path of having her comprehensively fail to summon anything. And such a failure, so epic, so catastrophic, which ruins her destiny and the entire path of the narrative...

... is enough to draw the attention of an [[TabletopGame/{{Exalted}} Infernal Exaltation]].

So now Louise Françoise le Blanc de la Vallière is running around with the Exaltation which once belonged to Queen Merela welded onto her soul, rebuilt by the crippled titans who forged reality as a tool of their vengeance against the world that betrayed them. In her right hand she carries the burning hate of Malfeas, the King of the Yozis. In her left, the endless sands of Cecelyne the Lawgiver open up. Weep, Halkeginia, for a newborn titan stands upon your shores, with nothing save her own morality protecting you from her.

Oh, and separate from the [[FluffyTheTerrible potentially apocalyptic terror in the form of a cute pink-haired girl]], ''A Green Sun Illuminates the Void'' also rebuilds large amounts of the setting using historical research on 1600s Europe, and a cynical viewpoint on the nature of power and its use, recreating the contrast between gritty fantasy and horrific power that TabletopGame/{{Exalted}} is famous for.

Fanfiction.net link [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6654901/1/A_Green_Sun_Illuminates_the_Void here]].


See ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'' and ''LightNovel/TheFamiliarOfZero'' for the tropes of those respective universes.

!!This fanfic contains the following tropes:

* AttentionDeficitOohShiny: Marisalon's train of thought is easily interrupted, to say the least. [[TrademarkFavoriteFood Particularly by grapes.]]
* BadassAdorable: Irukuwu is clearly the queen of this trope, as an enthusiastic, cute girl who just happens to be a giant man-eating dragon who cutely expresses her desire to eat hearts.
* BeautyIsNeverTarnished: Averted. Louise is a ''mess'' after her escape from the Pale Tower and basically only running on stubborness (and just a hint of hellish magic).
* TheClan: Siesta's family, complete with Dragonblooded, mages, and chains of command for passing secret messages around and calling in strike teams.
* TheCorrupter: Marisalon's job. So far, she hasn't been doing that well at it, because Louise is as stubborn and pig-headed as a Conviction 5 person [[ShownTheirWork is expected to be]].
%% Natter and Administrivia/ExampleIndentation problems ** PoisonousFriend: She genuinely has her host's well-being at heart, however, and most of her suggestions seem to be her attempting to advise Louise on a course of action that would make her happy. It just so happens she's saying this from the [[BlueAndOrangeMorality hyper-cynical and self-centered viewpoint of a demon]].
%% Natter and Administrivia/ExampleIndentation problems ** And she's doing it less and less, as she realizes that there is no reason in Creation to go back to Malfeas, given that she's essentially playing backseat driver to someone who will be the most powerful being in the dimension inside of a decade.
* CrypticBackgroundReference: To readers who know nothing about ''Exalted'' (whatever that is), all references to the source of Louise's magic seem cryptic.
* CulturalPosturing: Eleanor's primer on the world, starting with her expressed preference for writing it in a 'better' language (which she doesn't because then nobody could read it) and moving on through her repeated {{Take That}}s aimed at Germainia. Not least is her complaint that they 'wrongfully' hold some treasures they captured from Tristain; the ''previous sentence'' explained that those treasures were themselves stolen by Tristain during the Second Crusade.
* CursedWithAwesome: The orukai, according to the Albionese peasantry.
--> [Cromwell] doubted that the Founder would have cursed sinners with the strength of three men and the ability to take a pistol shot to the chest and keep moving. That rather soundly defeated the point of a curse.
* DishingOutDirt: The exact list of Louise's Charms isn't spelled out in the fic itself, but she has one of Cecelyne's defensive Charms (namely Sand Through Fingers Defense), possessing the ability to burst into Cecelyne's signature sands. Also she has picked up Sandstrike Blast, which conjure the silver sands with the horse of a sandblaster. At one point, she's mugged by hired thugs and employs this to accidentally shred one of their faces to bloody gibs.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: One of the early chapters has Louise invoking a Charm [[CallingYourAttacks by name]], something that was dropped entirely afterwards in favor of describing how Louise's Charms make her feel.
* FemmeFatalons: Louise's fingernails turn to brass from the Exaltation. Lampshaded repeatedly how annoying she finds this she's already gone through several nail files trying to keep them trimmed, and the frequent bloodstains from accidentally stabbing her own palms are a pain to wash out of clothing.
* FlatWhat: Marisalon gives this after hearing about the elemental setup of Louise's world, particularly at the element of Void and the lack of correspondence to Wood.
* HeroicBSOD: Louise's Torment. She simply can't handle the fact that her strength failed her (since Cecelyne is all about the strong ruling the weak), and she gives up.
* HornyDevil: As a neomah, this is one of the most immediately notable traits of Marisalon. Unfortunately for her, this is running into Louise's repression, and losing.
* ImmuneToFate: It's another of those nifty side-effects of Louise's Exaltation. It also apparently makes Fate unaware of the way others' fates have changed as a result of Louise's Exaltation. For example, when using astrology to locate Fouquet after her successful robbery of the school, the stars indicated that she had been captured.
* ImportantHaircut: Louise cuts off most of her own hair in order to hide among the rebel horses, primarily because the women there all have short hair, but also because having [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair unusually-colored hair]] is a sure sign of being a mage and noble.
** She also has to use Derflinger to do it, because of the MadeOfIron status she gets from her Exaltation.
* ItsPersonal: [[InvokedTrope Invoked]] at the end of chapter 13 by Louise. The whole Albion arc just stopped being about her mission, now it's about [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge killing Sheffield, Cromwell, and the Reclamation]].
* KillerRabbit: Irukuwu is absurdly adorable. Then she goes and demonstrates why Rhyme Dragons scare the shit out of people by doing things like caving in the chest of a guy in power armor with a thrown honey pot and only being bothered that she had mistaken him for a statue.
* LightningBruiser: Mages are stuck within human physical limits, although some seem to be able to enhance themselves. Exalts like Louise and [[spoiler: Scarron]] are decidedly not.
** Irukuwu also qualifies. In human form, she's quite fast, and can kill power armored soldiers with thrown food jars, even before she starts partial shapeshifting. In dragon form, well, she's a Rhyme Dragon. Those are [[TheDreaded scary as all malfeas, even for other dragons.]]
* LoveHurts: Marisalon is a big believer in this (as such is innate to the psychological make up of a Exalted-style demon); eventually this comes out in a rather telling statement when she and Louise argue briefly on the subject.
-->'''Marisalon:''' There is no love without pain.
* MagicalGirlWarrior: Through a twisted, hellish lens, this is Louise's status in the story. A teenage girl, empowered by a strange being to work towards "fixing" the world, given special powers to do so even as she confronts the travails of growing up and society's expectations. It's the bit where she's a malfeas-empowered neo-titan, is where things get a bit less normal.
* MagicDance: Louise, thanks to the charm Beauty Without Malice, has hypnotic, mind-controlling ''dancing''. She can't turn it off.
* MagicKnight: Incredibly common. Wardes and the Griffon Knights are explicitly mage-knights in-setting, and any mage who learns how to fight as well as cast counts as one. Louise is also ending up as an example of this trope; as a Slayer, she naturally picks up skill in use of weaponry inhumanly quickly.
* MythologyGag:
** An early scene involves the translation of the runes on Louise's chrysalis, and winds up being a full translation of the Scripture of The One-Handed Maiden, which is of course from the Infernal Exalted sourcebook.
** A little [[invoked]] FridgeLogic indicates that Louise's Infernal Exaltation was originally that of Solar Queen Merela, as Merela killed [[OurTitansAreDifferent Marduk The Beast Upon The Mountain]] and Louise remembers this during her Infernal Exaltation.
* NewPowersAsThePlotDemands: This happens to Louise, because she has a long list of powers, and the plot demands their first uses.
** It's also a more general side-effect of being an Exalt; if you've got the XP saved up and you ''need'' a new ability to succeed at whatever you're doing you can generally buy one that is thematically appropriate on the spot.
* NobodyPoops: Louise has learned that one of the perks of becoming a Green Sun Prince is that one no longer sweats, uses a chamberpot, or has [[NoPeriodsPeriod their monthly visitor]]; the trope otherwise appears to be played straight.
** To be more specific, this is the one of the effects of the Ceceylne Charm Transcendent Desert Creature (which Louise had straight out of Exaltation), not a default part of the Infernal Exaltation package.
* OneWingedAngel: Louise has By Rage Recast, which gives her a variety of mutations whenever her anima flares.
* OurDemonsAreDifferent: Marisalon, as a neomah, plays a role similar to a succubus. However, from hints dropped about her past, she bought her citizenship in malfeas with bribes and profits made from trade with Creation. Louise has also summoned a sesselja, which is basically a smart animal which likes eating poisons and mending flesh.
%%* OutsideContextProblem: Sheffield has finally figured out that Louise is not a mage. Unfortunately for her, she thinks Louise is a [[HalfHumanHybrid Godblood]] Familiar, because she doesn't know Exalted exist.
* PaintingTheMedium: Chapter 17, written from Merela's perspective, is an alliterative poem in the style of an Old English epic (similar to ''Literature/{{Beowulf}}'').
* PoweredArmour: Siesta's Lookshyian family comes with this; Louise has a terrifying encounter with a Fire Aspect in gunzosha armour.
* PlayingWithFire: So far, most of Louise's Charms seem to be taken from Malfeas (appropriate, given that she's a Slayer) and a good number of them relate to Malfeas' signature green fire. Most of it's for show or related to the Green Sun Prince's anima banner, but she's displayed apt use of Green Sun Nimbus Flare several times. It also appears to be dealing some forms of radiation sickness to certain people, as per canon.
* ShoutOut: Several.
** Siesta's letter in Chapter 3 is full of references to Exalted.
** An outbreak of [[WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender pentapox]] gets mentioned.
** Foquet makes a proclamation about how the heroes will remember this as [[Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean the day they almost caught her]].
** Osmond mentions someone who [[Series/{{Firefly}} juggled geese]].
** [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Giles]] is said to be a bookish, scholarly name.
** Earth dragons leave [[Literature/{{Dune}} wyrmsign]].
** In chapter 9, one of the Griffon Knight only has a [[Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail flesh wound]].

* SkewedPriorities: Derflinger. If it's not about slicing or (better yet) stabbing, preferably fatally and even more preferably with him, he's not interested.
* SuperpowerLottery: Louise and Tabitha won the jackpot. Louise got a [[TabletopGame/{{Exalted}} Infernal Exaltation]], while Slyphid/Irukuwu is vastly more powerful and intelligent than any other familiar.
* VitriolicBestBuds:
** Louise and Montmorency are in the early stages of this, a friendship born of [[DefeatMeansFriendship putting each other in the hospital]].
** Louise and Marisalon as well the latter has honestly good advice, in-between her temptations towards power and AttentionDeficitOohShiny.
* UnreliableNarrator: In a manner of speaking; Louise has so far not yet visited the realm of Malfeas in person and so her knowledge of the Yozis is limited solely to what Marisalon tells her (who is certainly an example of this trope, being a neomah), but due to the effects of her Infernal Exaltation, she's developed a schoolgirl crush on Malfeas himself, to possible unfortunate consequences later on.
* WatchingTroyBurn: At the end of Chapter 12.
* WellDoneDaughterGirl: Louise may be empowered by the cosmic horse of the creators of linear time and all fixed reality. She still lives for her mother's approval.
* WhamEpisode: The entirety of the Albion arc: [[spoiler: Wardes isn't a traitor, Louise and Prince Wales get captured while Wardes winds up [=MIA=], Louise has her first [[SanitySlippage Limit Break]], Louise and Wardes get married, and Scarron leads a assassination attempt on Louise.]] Ladies and gentlemen, Canon has left the building.
* YourApprovalFillsMeWithShame: "Already, [Louise] suspected that her moral compass was starting to acquire an opposite-of-Marisalon direction."