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->''"I'm your goddess Ashtarte."''
-->-- '''Tart, [[OncePerEpisode Once Per Cutscene]]'''

->''The Story of the Lost Goddess and the Hegemon''

The sequel to [[VisualNovel/TearsToTiara Tears to Tiara]], Tears to Tiara II Haou no Matsuei[[note]]Tears to Tiara II Descendent of the Hegemon[[/note]] released on October 31st, 2013 for PS3 as a TurnBasedStrategy game following the style of the TearsToTiara PS3 port. It follows a similar style of mixing mythology with Roman history, this time mixing [[CanaaniteMythology Phoenician Mythology]] with the [[PunicWars Punic Wars]].

The period is some time in the near future after the events of the first game. In the town of Tamar in central Hispania, the Canaanites are being oppressed by [[TheEmpire the Holy Empire]]. They are heavily taxed, treated as slaves, and forced to use stones from their temple to build a new church to the Almighty Watos. All because the previous governor of Hispania, Hasdrubal Barca, had revolted against the empire seven years ago and failed.

[[TheHero Hamilcar "Hamil" Barca]], son of Hasdrubal, is now leader of the Canaanites. However he is dumb, has no skills in magic or sword, and willingly allow imperial soldiers to beat him and laugh at him. All of the Canaanites are disappointed at their leader, and [[TheEmpire the Holy Empire]] thinks he's a joke. Behind the scenes, [[LaResistance The Barcids Party]] are planning to set something in motion at the upcoming Ba'al festival. According to their intelligence, [[TheEmpire the Holy Empire]] are also planning to start something at the festival. They hope it would be something good, but if not they plan to rebel. Unbeknownst to everyone, [[ObfuscatingStupidity Hamil is an incredibly cunning youth]]. He wishes to prevent a rebellion at all costs, and does it by playing dumb. He hears to cry of a girl and finds her somehow having tangled her foot underneath the roots of a tree. She calls herself the goddess of harvest and war Ashtarte, but is unable to use any magic, to her surprise. They spend the next day together, going to the local school Kademia ran by [[LaResistance The Barcids Party]] leader Enneads and [[VeteranInstructor Veteran Instructor Monomachus]] that is obviously teaching young people the ways of war. In the middle of a lesson, imperial soldiers come and close the school down. Enneads gives one final lesson on how to crack stone with wood, before pronouncing the students graduates.

Hamil realizes Ennead's words are a call to rebellion, and on the way home that day [[CruelToBeKind harshly gets Tart to leave town]] to prevent her being persecuted by [[CorruptChurch The Holy Church]] for calling herself a goddess. He is then approached by [[KnightTemplar Zaras]], who plans to use him, as the last of the Barcid family, to at the Ba'al festival, taking place on the turn of the next day, to bait out and destroy the Barcid party. Hamil continues to play dumb and goes along with Zaras' plans in order to prevent the destruction of war falling on Hispania.

At the festival, Zaras unveils a surprise. Tart has been captured and is about to be burnt at the stake for calling herself a goddess. For seven years, Hamil has prepared for this Ba'al festival. He is prepared to die and sacrifice the entire [[LaResistance Barcids Party]] if it meant preventing a rebellion. But with Tart unconscious, about to be burnt alive before him, Hamil breaks the facade, gives into his anger, and summon forth the [[SuperpoweredEvilSide God of War Melqart]].

The rebellion has begun.



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!!This series provides examples of:
* AccidentalMarriage: Hamil thought the religious ritual he performed meant he's married to Ashtarte. Tart didn't. Not that she's complaining.
* ActionGirl: All female characters minus Charis.
** Of 7 female characters in the Character Introduction, 4 are front line fighters. This is ''higher'' than the percentage of male front line fighters to support[[note]]50%, although that depends on how one wants to count [[WholesomeCrossdresser Daphnis]][[/note]].
* AdvancedAncientAcropolis: Tartetos, an [[CityOnTheWater entire city floating in the middle of a lake]]. Complete with walls light enough to float, but stronger than anything humans can build.
* AlasPoorVillain: [[spoiler: Izebel.]]
* TheAlliance: Hamil forms one to take on TheEmpire.
* AllMythsAreTrue
* AnguishedDeclarationOfLove: Elissa as she interrupts Daphnis' attempt at HeroicSacrifice.
** Hamil and Tart takes turns declaring their love for each other [[spoiler: as [[WarGod Mel]][[AxCrazy qart's]] BloodLust begins to take over Hamil.]]
* ArrangedMarriage: Hanno tries to arrange one between Elissa and Hamil to cement an alliance, as she would be both a wife and a hostage. Both sides ends up backing down. Elissa joins the party to act as a hostage and combatant to cement the alliance instead.
* AxCrazy: [[SuperpoweredEvilSide God of War Melqart]], appropriately. Also Izebel.
* TheBait: The freaking [[KrakenAndLeviathan Kraken]].
* BareYourMidriff: Tart. The only female to do so. And she's a [[GlacierWaif melee tank]]. Probably has something to do with the Goddess thing.
* BarbarianTribe: TheEmpire regards them as dirt. Saul says they are NotSoDifferent and tries to co-exist.
* BatmanGambit: Izebel's plan for the Tartetos campaign. She would send two forces to raze the town of Tamar: Laelius would take her own elite Hispanic contingents. Without informing Laelius, a separate force made of golems and monsters sent as reinforcements from TheEmpire would take a separate route. Hamil would sally forth from Tartetos in order to save the villagers at Tamar. Already angry at being ordered to massacre innocent civilians, on learning about the second force Laelius would defect to Hamil so that Tamar would quickly be saved. The action at Tamar would leave Tartetos wide open to a naval attack by portage, [[spoiler: resulting in a DecisiveBattle that would see the imperial army from the empire proper wiped out and she herself die by Hamil's blade.]] It requires both Hamil and Laelius to act exactly as she planned. And they do, because they both believe very strongly in protecting the innocent. And in the case of Hamil [[spoiler: because he told her all his battle plans when he was a young child before he lost his memories.]]
* BattleCouple: Hamil and Tart. Daphnis and Elissa.
* BeliefMakesYouStupid: Justified. [[CorruptChurch The Holy Church]] is actively repressing all non-religious knowledge.
** Izebel comments to herself that Laelius, a knight of TheEmpire bent on restoring the GloryDays, does not know that during said days the common soldiers of the empire was responsible for most of the construction and would have been perfectly able of reconstructing a stone arch bridge.
* {{BFS}}: The Greatsword of Tanit. Tart probably wouldn't be able to even lift it if she wasn't the ''Goddess of War''.
* [[BigBrotherMentor Big Sister Mentor]]: Tart to Hamil.
* BladeOnAStick: Izebel and Monomachus. Also a common mook weapon.
* BloodLust: Melqart's "Tear your enemy to pieces. Eat their flesh. Drink their blood." is NotHyperbole.
* BodyguardCrush: Daphnis and Elissa
* BoobsOfSteel: Subverted for Tart, who's a goddess. Played straight for the other female characters.
* BookBurning: Mentioned as part of the Millenarius plan.
* BreakTheCutie: [[spoiler: Izebel. And you don't learn her story until Hamil fatally runs her through with his sword.]]
* CallBack: There's no shortage of nods to [[TearsToTiara the first game]]. [[LaResistance The Barcid Party]] says themselves they have been given hopes of launching a successful rebellion by the imperial defeats at Albion.
* TheChainsOfCommanding: In the beginning Hamil is clearly unable to bear the pressure of command any longer, though he only shows it to Tart and Tanit. [[SuperPoweredAlterEgo They both]] [[YouAreNotAlone say they'll help carry the burden]].
* CharacterDevelopment: Hamil. From questioning his choice to rebel and being crushed by TheChainsOfCommanding, to a confident leader set on creating a good HegemonicEmpire.
** TookALevelInBadass: Dion the LovableCoward stops advocating for surrender at every turn about a third of the way in. Later on he saves everyone from CompellingVoice by engaging in a music duel.
** TookALevelInKindness: Happens before the story starts. [[spoiler: Hamil was a very cold and distant child. He doesn't think twice in resorting to scorched earth tactics or destroying his own capital city in order to win a battle simulation. And he doesn't understand why his father find this sad. In the seven years after Hasdrubal's death, having had to watch over the Canaanites suffer under the rule of TheEmpire, he learns why. He now does his absolute best to protect everything and everyone. He will still use those tactics, but only if there is absolutely no other choice.]]
* TheCavalry: Tart summons one in the form of Elven elephants and Taros.
* CityOnTheWater: Tartetos
* ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve: [[TheHero Hamil]] raises the battle cry of Ashtarte, and all Canaanites at the Ba'al Festival follows suit. This empowers Tart, which prevents both her and Hamil from being burnt alive.
* CleavageWindow: AxCrazy Izebel and {{Ojou}} Elissa have these in their outfit.
* CompellingVoice: [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Master of Rats.]] [[ThePiedPiperofHamelin Piper style.]]
* ConstantlyCurious: Tart, being a God/Elf, has not had the chance to experience the world much.
* ContinuityCameo: Epona shows up at one point.
* CorruptChurch: the Holy Church is back, this time adding enslavement and brutal taxation onto its list.
* CruelToBeKind: Hamil's attempt to get Tart to leave town. It kind of backfires in that his harsh words lead to her capture.
* DeathSeeker: [[spoiler: Izebel.]]
* DeceptiveDisciple: Izebel to Hasdrubal. Enneads and Monomachus says she betrayed him to take over his place as Governor-General of Hispania.
* DefeatMeansFriendship: Aemilia.
* DreamingOfTimesGoneBy: Hamil dreams of the forging of the swords of Melqart and Tanit over a thousand years ago.
* DreamSequence: Hamil dreams of meeting the supreme goddess Tanit in an oasis and begs for guidance. His request is answered and [[spoiler:Tanit appears on earth as Ashtarte.]]
* DropTheHammer: Elissa
* ElementalRockPaperScissors: Two sets. Wind>Earth>Water>Fire>Wind in one. Holy>Cosmic>Darkness>Holy in the other.
* TheEmpire: the Holy Empire.
* TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt: Millenarius
* FaceHeelTurn: Izebel turned on Hasdrubal seven years before the start of the story and joined TheEmpire. [[spoiler: He ordered her to.]]
* FallenHero: [[spoiler: Izebel. Her FaceHeelTurn was done on Hasdrubal's orders. But the entire string of events, and really her entire life, has caused her to loose faith in people.]]
* FantasyCounterpartCulture: Like [[VisualNovel/TearsToTiara the first game]], a Classical setting, this time around the Western Mediterranean.
* FightingFromTheInside: Keto, the little boy from the unnamed village.
* TheFundamentalist: Obviously since we have Religious KnightTemplar from a [[TheTheocracy Theocracy]].
** Also discussed. Monomachus suggests drumming up religious fervor to turn the entire thing into a war of religion to solve their manpower shortage, with the people of Hispania warshipping Asharte and the Ba'al gods fighting against TheEmpire who worship Watos. Despite frequently voicing her desire for followers, Tart says she will not go along with the plan, as people so forced and/or brainwashed are not true believers. Hamil agrees, and decides to form TheAlliance to solve their manpower shortage.
* GameplayAndStorySegregation
** TheBattleDidntCount: Before your final encounter with them, battles with Izebel and/or Laelius always have a timed survival or some form of escape as the winning condition, with defeating them being a bonus option. But no matter whether or not you defeat them, the story always pretend you took the escape option.
* GenderReveal: Starts when Daphnis lies to the slavers that he's a girl to give Elissa a chance of escape. Elissa stands up and reveals that Daphnis is a guy, while she's the girl. All the girls of the party follow suit.
* GeniusLoci: Tartetos.
* GiantSpider: Game monster. And then there's [[spoiler:[[KnightTemplar the priest]] of the unnamed village.]]
* [[GirlOfMyDreams Goddess Of My Dreams]]: Tanit to Hamil. [[LovesMyAlterEgo Much to Tart's chagrin]].
* GlacierWaif: Tart. Justified in that she's the ''Goddess of War''.
* GloryDays: Two. The Canaanites and the people of Hispania under Eshmun. Laelius mentions that TheEmpire has seen much better days and he's determined to return it to its former glory.
* GodsNeedPrayerBadly: The reason Tart at first could not cast even a single heal spell and is no different from a teenage girl. Her people are forced by [[TheEmpire the Holy Empire]] to worship Watos, and her temples are torn down to build churches. Only by [[TheHero Hamil]]'s desperate pleas for guidance was she even able to take form. [[spoiler:Part of]] her powers come back to her on the Canaanites' battle cry of Ashtarte, and prevents both of them from being burnt alive.
* GoodAllAlong: [[spoiler: Izebel. The whole time she was following Hasdrubal's last orders while [[DeathSeeker looking forward to her own death]].]]
* GuysSmashGirlsShoot: Inverted. Daphnis shoots. Elissa smashes.
* HappinessInSlavery: Daphnis
* TheHeart: Hamil and Tart are TheHeart to the Canaanites, while Charis is TheHeart of TheParty.
* HeelFaceTurn: Aemilia does one as soon as [[DefeatMeansFriendship Hamil proves to her there's still hope and he's worthy of her considerable skills by defeating her]].
** Laelius is ordered by Izebel to massacre a village. He then finds out a separate force is on its way to massacre the village so those villagers would die even if he disobeyed orders. So he does one to save the villagers.
* HegemonicEmpire: Hamil's Aura Plan: to recreate the original Empire by forming a HegemonicEmpire centered around Hispania.
* HeroicSacrifice: The major theme of the story is sacrifice.[[note]]The first two lines of the OP are "When you get your hands on something important, you must throw away something. If you can't choose what to toss away, you will continue to loose things while gaining nothing.[[/note]] So there are lots. Some major ones are:
** [[spoiler: Hadrubal sacrificing his own life to ensure he's son's rebellion in the future will succeed]]
** [[spoiler: Izebel "killing" the man she loves, enduring the hatred of all her old friends, colleagues, and little-brother figure, and finally loosing her own life to shield Hispania from the worst of TheEmpire while preparing LaResistance for what's to come.]]
** [[spoiler: Tart luring Melqart with her own blood, preparing to die to satisfy Hamil/Melqart's BloodLust. Hamil will have none of it and runs himself through with his sword to prevent Melqart from taking over and killing Tart.]]
* {{Hologram}}: Kleito's form of a little floating girl. Her magic is supplied by Tartetos. The range seems unlimited, but she can teleport only within the city walls.
* HumanResources: Used by TheEmpire to make Golmes.
* IgnoredEnamoredUnderling: [[spoiler: Izebel. Hasdrubal actually has feelings for her, but wants to follow his late wife's wishes by raising Hamil first.]]
* KingIncognito: TheParty does this to travel to the Rhenus frontiers. There they meet a barbarian fur merchant girl Artio [[spoiler:who turns out to be princess of the Suebi]].
* KissOfLife: Hamil drinks lots of water after their ship sinks. Heal spell has no use and Tart is getting desperate. Kleito and Charis says he needs proper care, hardening Tart's resolve. Subverted when she gives him a full force punch to his stomach instead.
* KnightTemplar: Members of the Holy Church. [[spoiler:Even non-human members.]]
* KrakenAndLeviathan: Kraken appears in one of the stages as a semi-controlled monster as TheBait in Izebel's plans.
* KryptoniteFactor: Like the first game, the Gravitas aura from Obelisks.
* TheLeader: Hamil is type I, II, IV, and sometimes III. Really when your character is based on [[PunicWars Hannibal Barca]], there's no way you're not one.
* LadyOfWar: Tanit.
* LaResistance: The Barcid Party.
* LaserGuidedAmnesia: Hamil doesn't remember anything prior to seven years ago. The first thing he remembers is [[YouKilledMyFather his father Hasdrubal being burnt alive in front of him and Izebel laughing like mad behind him]].[[spoiler: His memories were [[TransferableMemory erased and stored in the Sword of Melqart]] to ensure that the secrets of the Barcids family does not fall into the hands of TheEmpire.]]
* LesCollaborateurs: Izebel. [[spoiler: On Hasdrubal's orders.]]
* LiteralMinded: No Tart. Charis can not literately shoulder your weight.
* LovesMyAlterEgo: Whenever Tart asks Hamil about his meeting with "her big sister" Tanit, he voice his unending admiration. Leads to punches, blushes, and tears.
* LovableCoward: Dion, who always suggests running or surrendering at the first sign of trouble.
* LostTechnology: Tartetos has a bunch from the {{Precursors}} and earlier human times. [[CorruptChurch The Holy Church]] is also actively suppressing knowledge, and many characters mention human technology that has recently been lost.
* MagneticHero: Hamil. Let's see here now...
** [[DefeatMeansFriendship Beat Them Up]]: Aemilia
** RecruitmentByRescue: Charis in a bit of back story. Artio, Elissa, and Daphnis
** Tell Them Your Quest: Tartetos and by extention Kleito. Aemilia.
** FireForgedFriends: Artio, Elissa, Daphnis, etc.
* MassHypnosis: [[spoiler:The villagers of the unnamed village]] are under one.
* MeaningfulName: While all major characters, and lots of minor characters, gets one, special mention goes to [[TheHero Hamil]] who's name has multiple meanings. Hamilicar Barca is the father of Hannibal Barca, famous Carthaginian general of [[PunicWars Second Punic War]] who almost brought the TheRomanRepublic to its knees. The name Hamilicar means brother of Melqart. Barca means lightning (Hamil's element). In universe it's stated the name Hamil is reserved for the member of the Barcid family who is the strongest and most closely tied to Ashtarte.
* {{Meido}}: [[WholesomeCrossdresser Daphnis]]
* MilitarySchool: Kademia is actually one posing as a normal village school. It's run by LaResistance, teaches combat, magic, and leadership skills.
* MindControlEyes: [[spoiler:The villagers of the unnamed village.]]
* MysticalPlague: TheBlackDeath style. Summoned by [[PlagueMaster The King of Death.]]
* MyDeathIsJustTheBeginning: [[spoiler: Hasdrubal takes his own life and gives his most able subordinate Izebel one last order to ensure that his son's rebellion will succeed.]]
* NotSoDifferent: When discussing the prospects of an alliance with Qart Hadast, Monomachus calls them cowards for abandoning their previous alliance as soon as the war turned against Hispania, and Hanno not a real friend and family because he just sat back and watched Hasdrubal die. Enneads reminds him that they, loyal subordinates, also sat back and watched him die.
* ObfuscatingInsanity: [[spoiler:As [[TheHero Hamil]] is being taken over by [[WarGod Mel]][[AxCrazy qart's]] BloodLust, he pretends that he's already taken over so that Tart would kill him before he's taken over and kills her. She sees through it right away and chooses to be eaten alive rather than kill Hamil. This prompts Hamil to try to kill himself in order to save Tart.]]
* ObfuscatingStupidity: [[TheHero Hamil]] pretends to be a dumb, unambitious youth lacking any sword skills, magical powers, or will to avenge his father or frees his people. He did this for seven years to prevent a rebellion by [[LaResistance the Barcid Party]] for as long as he could, and at the same time save up enough magic to give [[SuperpoweredEvilSide Melqart]] enough power to defeat [[TheEmpire the imperial army]] if the rebellion does occur. He throws off the disguise to save Tart.
* ObliviousToLove: Hamil. How thick can you get?
* {{Ojou}}: Elissa
* OurDragonsAreDifferent: Kleito.
* OurElvesAreBetter: The gods of [[CanaaniteMythology Ba'al]] are actually powerful elves who lived with humans in ancient times, teaching and guiding them.
* OurGodsAreGreater: Expanded on from [[VisualNovel/TearsToTiara the first game]]. Powerful lineages of the precursor races are worshiped as gods by humans. The people of Hispania mainly, tho not exclusively, worship the gods of [[CanaaniteMythology Ba'al]], of which Ashtarte is one. They appear on earth to teach and guide the people. [[GodsNeedPrayerBadly They need prayer to be powerful]]. [[{{God}} Watos]] [[HaveYouSeenMyGod is still missing]].
* OutGambitted: A couple of times Hamil's plans are countered by Izebel as if she knows exactly what he's going to do. [[spoiler: She does. He told him before he lost his memories.]]
* TheParagon: Hamil. His Aura plan is to revive all lost and suppressed knowledge and share and spread them far and wide. [[HegemonicEmpire His empire will be peaceful and rich not by loot, conquest, and military force, but by abundance in agriculture, industry, and trade.]]
* PlagueMaster: The King of Death.
* PluckyGirl: Charis.
* {{Precursors}}: Still around. And the powerful lineages are worshiped as gods by humans.
* AProtagonistShallLeadThem: Hamil, the descendent of the Hegemon and the last of the Barcids.
* ProudMerchantRace: The people of Qart Hadast under Hanno.
* ProudWarriorRace: Canaanites and the Barcid family are this, exemplified by Monomachus. Subverted by [[TheHero Hamilicar Barca]], the last of the Barcids.
* PunchClockVillain: Aemilia. Originally head bureaucrat, member of the reform party, and Hasdrubal's ally at court. Now she's an inspector of the ruins of the aqueducts outside Qart Hadast and does the bare minimum to earn a living.
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: Tart. Her father fought and died in [[TearsToTiara the Great War as part of Arawn's Royal Guards]] a thousand years ago. She herself remember making a pact with legendary king Eshmun, something that took place hundreds of years ago.
* RefusalOfTheCall: [[TheHero Hamil]] [[ObfuscatingStupidity plays dumb to prevent a rebellion]], and was willing to let the [[KnightTemplar Zaras]] kill him and the entire [[LaResistance Barcid Party]] and enslave all the people of Hispania if it meant preventing the death and destruction of war. Seeing Tart about to be burnt at the stake changes his mind.
* RecurringBoss: Izebel and Laelius. Izebel is impossible to kill straight up during your first encounter with her on the highest difficulties even with Melqart (though you can still kill her other ways). They both get very gradually easier.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: Hamil against Izebel and [[TheEmpire the Holy Empire]]. Subverted at Eburon. [[TheHero Hamil]] pretends to fly into one [[YouKilledMyFather on seeing Izebel]] at the beginning of the assault on the bridge of Eburon, but is actually just buying time for the rest of the assault team to destroy the bridge. Once the destruction of the bridge is certain, he almost flies into a real one.
* RulingCouple: Hamil and Tart.
* ShownTheirWork: Surpassing [[VisualNovel/TearsToTiara the first game]]. The amount of details corresponding to the Classical period, the Punic Wars, and Phoenician mythology is amazing.
** TheHero is based on Hannibal Barca but named after his father. Monomachus is a real life Carthaginian general under Hannibal. Enneads is a book on Neoplatonism. Dion is short for Diogenes. Charis is one of the three Graces. Laelius is general and friend of Scipio Africanus. Aemilia is Scipio's wife. Ashtarte, Tanit, Eshmun and Melqart are all real Phoenician gods, [[spoiler:and were really at one time thought of as two gods, Tanit-Ashtarte and Eshmun-Melqart.]]
** Tamar is roughly Toletum. Eburon is Emporion. Tartetos, a mix of {{Atlantis}} and [[UsefulNotes/PreColumbianCivilizations Tenochtitlan]], is named after Tartessus, one of the earliest Phoenician colonies on the Iberian Peninsula. Cemenelum, part of modern Nice, was the capital of the Roman province of Alpes Maritimae. Imperial Capital Alba Longa, based on AncientRome, is named after the real city state that founded the Latin League and was a major rival to Rome. Carthage appears with its Phoenician name of Qart Hadast.
* SacrificedBasicSkillForAwesomeTraining: As a goddess who haven't appeared on earth for a long time, Tart needs to be taught what ''hunger'' is and ''how to eat''.
* SuperPoweredAlterEgo: Goddess Tanit. Tart tells everyone Tanit is her older sister.
* SuperpoweredEvilSide: The God of War Melqart, who [[TheHero Hamil]] summon to take possession of his body by promising the blood and destruction of [[TheEmpire The Holy Empire]]. Enneads and Monomack describes the technique as going berserk. At the Ba'al festival, Melqart wipes out an entire squad of Golmes in one blow, [[AxCrazy fights without concern for collateral damage, laughs as he effortlessly deflects fire arrows of imperial soldiers, and forgets all about protecting Tart]] until she sings. Not that she was actually in any danger by that point.
* SweetPollyOliver: The girls do this so they can be taken in the same slave ship.
* TransferableMemory: [[spoiler: The Sword of Melqart holds the memories of all its past users. Not being strong or mature enough to use the sword would cause a memory wipe on the user.]]
* TrapIsTheOnlyOption: Everyone can see that the attack on Tamar is an attempt to lure the main Hispanic forces out of Tartetos for battle. As the undefended village is where the families of many of the party members live, they sally forth anyway.
* TheTheocracy: If TheEmpire wasn't one in the first game, it is now.
* TinCanRobot: Calcos and the other [[ClassicalMythology Talos]].
* TownWithADarkSecret: The unnamed village. The [[PreacherMan priest's]] description of it sounds like Benedictine Monasticism. [[spoiler:Turns out [[KnightTemplar the priest]] is a GiantSpider, the village full of monsters, the [[MassHypnosis inhabitants are brainwashed]] and forced to pray to Watos, and it's all a test for a bigger project by [[TheEmpire the Holy Empire]].]]
* TrojanPrisoner: [[TheHero Hamil]] orders the assault force to take the main characters prisoner before the bridge at Eburon in order to infiltrate the imperial base. With a small dose of WoundedGazelleGambit.
* TwoTeacherSchool: Kademia. Justified. It's a run down village school ran by [[LaResistance "retired veterans"]] about to be forcibly closed down by TheEmpire.
* UnstoppableRage: [[TheHero Hamil]] flies into one on seeing Tart tied at the stake about to be burnt alive. He raises the cry of rebellion and summon forth the [[SuperpoweredEvilSide God of War Melqart]].
* TheUsurper: When Hasdrubal rose up in rebellion, Izebel defected to the Empire and drove him to his death. She then takes over his position of Governor-General of Hispania.
* VestigialEmpire: TheEmpire ever since it changed its name.
* WarElephants: Noa the elephant. Tart and Charis can ride it in battle. Also the other elven elephants Tart summons as part of TheCavalry.
* WarGod: Guess who.
* WarIsHell: Stated often and sometimes shown. Hamil considered accepting the enslaving of his entire people to avoid war. Saul was willing to let slide agents from TheEmpire buying slaves and ''dead bodies'' to prevent war. Until Hamil points out to him that he's only prolonging the inevitable, which he knew, and said agents took Artio which would cause war to irrupt anyway.
* WholesomeCrossdresser: Daphnis crossdresses so he can follow Elissa everywhere as her bodyguard. He fools everyone at first sight, and makes the goddess of war and barbarian princess complain about how to be ladylike.
* WoundedGazelleGambit: Improvised to great effects, by RedshirtArmy no less, with Enneads and Monomachus.
* XanatosGambit: Izebel pulls a simple one when she intercepts TheParty on the high seas. She has the [[KrakenAndLeviathan Kraken]] attack the rear of the ship. She and her soldiers then board from the front. If TheParty did not realized this trap and moved to the rear to deal with the Krakken, they get attacked from the rear and defeated. If they realized this trap and did not move, the entire party would need to be at the ship's front to deal with her superior forces, leaving the Krakken free to sink the ship.
* YouKilledMyFather: Hamil to Izebel. [[spoiler: It turns out she didn't. Hasdrubal took his own life. But before doing so he ordered Izebel to pretend as though she did it.]]