[[caption-width-right:300:The eponymous Lambda Configuration [[note]]updated from the original version: http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/circle02_5587.png]][[/note]]

More fully known as ''Lambda: The Magical Girl RTS''.

Yes, somebody decided to make a Magical Girl RTS. Why? Because apparently, Google doesn't know about any such game yet. Except the troper responsible doesn't have much background in programming, so a full-on RTS ''might'' take quite a while to realise. So instead, that troper has decided to get into WorldBuilding and flesh out the realm where this place would be set.

Set in the Alhazred Region of a world known as Eutopia, Lambda focuses on five main factions that are [[ThemeParkVersion caricatures]] of some [[FantasyCounterpartCulture real (and fictional) world cultures]]. In order to avoid becoming [[WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender Avatar]] [[RecycledInSpace with]] {{Magical Girl}}s, the author, upon consultation with a good friend, has decided to give each faction a doctrine to focus on rather than an element. They are as follows:

* [[TheAlliance The Soleil Alliance]] - Based on the [[MegaCorp East India Company]], Soleil possesses the most powerful navy in the Alhazred Region, and uses it to protect its assets, import exotic goods from overseas, and protect the assets of whoever can afford to [[HiredGuns hire them]]. Its magic focuses all four elements on creating a superior navy, and its goal is to, well, make a lot of profit and use it.
* [[TheRepublic The Casus Belli Republic]] - Based on TheRomanRepublic, Casus Belli as a people has a lower magical potential than the rest of the Region. As such, what little magical potential they have, they focus on [[MagiTek enhancing their tech]]. This leads to PoweredArmour and SteamPunk {{Golem}}s capable of withstanding the typical nuke spells. Their goal is to expand to acquire new resources for the good of their people.
* [[TheFederation The Krieggarten Federation]] - Based more on MedievalEuropeanFantasy than any specific culture (though it has strong German influences), Krieggarten has been [[HoldTheLine holding off]] a never-ending [[BarbarianTribe barbarian]] [[TheHorde invasion]] for centuries, leading to the smallest population in the region. To counter that, its troops have become [[EliteArmy individually capable of killing large groups of barbarians]]. They have the highest magical potential in TheVerse.
* [[TheKingdom The Zafiel Kingdom]] - A bizarre mixture of the [[{{Dune}} Padishah Empire]] with a [[ThemeNaming Hebrew naming scheme]]. [[MST3KMantra Don't think too much about it]]. In order to preserve its limited resources, Zafiel specialises in guerilla warfare, espionage, and using {{sandworm}}s as tanks. Their goal is to achieve the 'Great Promise' given to them by their god, which requires taking full control of the mana in the desert.
* [[TheEmpire The Seisen Empire]] - Simply put, {{Wutai}}. A country of {{Martial Pacifist}}s that aims to become TheParagon to other countries, owing to a Divine Mandate given to them by their gods. Their magic focuses on supporting their military doctrine of high mobility and air superiority. Of particular note are their dragon-riding spear maidens.

A WebSerialNovel has started publication order to flesh out the world more properly. Entitled ''Opening Move'', it will follow the protagonist through boot camp and beyond. The first chapter covers Hilde, the protagonist, being smooth-talked into "[[UnusualEuphemism becoming an adventurer]]" by a recruiter calling himself "Luzi". One can only guess what happens afterwards.

The project can be found [[https://www.facebook.com/pages/Lambda-The-Magical-Girl-RTS/139954066083942 here]], as the original site is down. [[note]]These are the previous locations: http://magicalgirlrts.co.cc/ or http://magicalgirlrts.tk/ here[[/note]].

!This WebOriginal contains the following tropes:

* AdvancedAncientHumans - Aptly called "The Forgotten". Responsible for the many Relics scattered about the region, which are identified as such by having the Lambda Configuration on them.
* TheAlliance - Soleil. Nine states on the same peninsula pooling their resources together in order to survive and profit.
* AmazonBrigade - Only females are capable of magic. Thus, armies will consist entirely of {{Magical Girl}}s.
* AndManGrewProud - Most of the modern civilisations have their own myths with their own takes on what happened during the Vanishing, but all of them mention a [[EldritchAbomination horrifying, infathomable beast]] being somehow involved.
* BadassArmy - All of them, in their own ways.
* ColorCodedForYourConvenience - Each country has their own national colours which appear on both their flags, and the world map.
* DeadlyDecadentCourt - Zafiel. Political intrigue is the order of the day as aristocrats from all around vie for power in the Council of Nobles.
* EldritchAbomination - "Ichi".
* EliteArmy - The Kriegan ''Föderalwehr''[[note]]Federal Defence Force[[/note]]. Its soldiers are trained to be capable of single-handedly taking down dozens of enemies. The Legionaries of the Bellan Army, to a lesser degree.
* TheEmpire - Seisen.
* TheFederation - Krieggarten, made of three states that used to war with each other.
* FourStarBadass - Various high-ranking military commanders are capable of some really crazy stuff.
* {{Gotterdammerung}} - The OldGods disappeared quite a while ago along with the [[AdvancedAncientHumans Forgotten civilisations]] who were around at the time, in an event known only as the Vanishing. The Young Gods that people worship today are far weaker, and [[GodsNeedPrayerBadly need prayer badly]].
* GratuitousForeignLanguage - The factions' names are something that no native speaker in his or her right mind would ever consider using to name a country.
** GratuitousFrench - Soleil
** GratuitousGerman - Krieggarten
** [[GratuitousForeignLanguage Gratuitous Hebrew]] - Zafiel
** GratuitousJapanese - Seisen
** GratuitousLatin - Casus Belli
* GreyAndGreyMorality
* HeroicFantasy
* InstantRunes - Configurations.
* TheKingdom - Zafiel.
* LadyOfWar - Expect a few or more.
* LightningBruiser - Casus Belli, with its {{Power Armor}}ed legions.
* LostTechnology - Relics
* MagicalGirl - Obviously.
* MagicKnight - The Kriegan Knights of Grabacr.
* MagicWand - Tools
* {{Mana}} - Specifically mentioned to be measured in "Dinahs" (Dn)[[note]]1Dn = the amount needed to produce 1 candelas of light using the vaguely-defined "General System". The effect of increasing mana input apparently grows exponentially, meaning 20Dn doesn't just produce 20 candelas.[[/note]], rather than an [[PowerLevels arbitrary, unit-less number]].
* MeaningfulName - Hilde Becker, who comes from a family with a history in baking. Justified in that Krieggarten is analogous to MedievalEuropeanFantasy, and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Occupational_surname occupational surnames]] were common in that era.
* MentorMascot - The Recruiters. Yes, that's plural. Every single soldier gets one.
* NonEntityGeneral - One of the possible choices for Player Character being considered.
* OneManArmy - The Knights of Grabacr. Each one of them is explicitly mentioned to be capable of wiping out an entire army.
* PersonOfMassDestruction - The high commanders of the various factions, but most especially Dame Weissteufel of Krieggarten and the Knights of Grabacr.
* PlanetEngland - A minor case notable because of the frequency of how all of the Five Powers are named after their capital cities.
* TheRepublic - Casus Belli, complete with a Senate and Consuls. Assumedly, it has parallels to other Roman offices.
* RuleOfFun - Don't spend too much time thinking about how the Alhazredian cultures compare to any actual counterparts, or how they manage to avoid any linguistic or cultural mixture of some sort. Just enjoy Magical Girls [[StuffBlowingUp blasting away at each other]].
* SchizoTech
* ShoutOut - Quite a few.
** Krieggarten follows the Weissteufel Doctrine, named after its biggest promoter, Captain [[LyricalNanoha Neunhilde]][[note]]Both "Neunhilde" and "Nanoha" have two N's and an H[[/note]] [[MeaningfulName Weissteufel]][[note]]It's GratuitousGerman for "White Devil"[[/note]].
** Zafiel is arguably a big shout out to ''{{Dune}}''.
** The Recruiters bear a ''very'' strong facial resemblance to [[Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica Kyubey]].
** The [[Creator/HPLovecraft Alhazred]] Region.
* ThemeNaming - Each of the countries ([[OddNameOut except Soleil]]) are some sort of reference to war or violence in their [[BilingualBonus native language]].
* ThereCanBeOnlyOne - The Contest of Decision, where the winner becomes heiress to the throne of Seisen.
* TranslationConvention
* [[WoodenShipsAndIronMen Wooden Ships And Magical Girls]] - Soleil
* WordSaladTitle - The Lambda Configuration is (at least currently) just some background fluff. The title was chosen only because the site theme had it as the background image.
* WorldBuilding
* [[WorldOfActionGirls World of Magical Girls]]