Fanfic / Halkegenia Online
Kirigaya Kazuto, better known as the Black Swordsman Kirito, is breaking down the gates of the World Tree alongside his sister Suguha in a desperate effort to save the love of his life from a psychopath with delusions of godhood.
In another world, the third daughter of one of Halkegenia's most prominent noble families, Louise François Le Blanc De La Valliere, tries desperately to summon a familiar and shed the mocking title of 'zero'.She succeeds
, relocating all of Alfheim, Cardinal, and 61,000 players into Tristain and inadvertently foiling Kirito's assault on the World Tree.Halkegenia Online
) is a Sword Art Online
/The Familiar of Zero
crossover fanfic by Triggerhappy, a product of Spacebattles' continued mission to cross over ZnT with absolutely everything ever. Notable for awe-inspiring weekly update speed paired with above-average quality, strong characterization, and smooth pacing.
The Fanfiction.net link above leads to the first arc of the story. The second arc, Halkegenia Online v2.0
), is also complete.Arrun Parallel Story: Melancholy Heart
is an interim story taking place alongside the events of the second arc.
The third arc, Halkegenia Online v3.0
) is in progress.Halkegenia Online: Beach Episode
) is another side story taking place parallel to Chapters 10 and 11 of v3.0.
The collected omakes/sidestories are being published under the title Halkegenia Offline!
The Character Sheet
lists the tropes related to individual characters.
See Sword Art Online
and The Familiar of Zero
for tropes related to the original works.
Specific tropes found in Halkegenia Online:
- Cool Plane: The Mitsubishi A6M2 Zero Fighter was replaced by the UH-1 "Huey" Iroquois helicopter.
- Crazy Enough to Work: This is how everyone thinks of Operation Dunkirk, when they don't consider it a straight up Suicide Mission of course.
"Mort, this is a really bad idea. A really, really, bad idea." [Morgiana] breathed as she unsheathed the almost ceremonial looking knife that she carried at her waist, twirling it easily before sinking the blade through York on the map. "Lets do it!"
- Cruel and Unusual Death: Cromwell's self destruct button causes the captured zombie to literally melt in a very graphic fashion, while praising the Founder all the way.
- The Crumbling Miasma spell (basically acid on steroids) generates a ball of black fumes that spread on impact, cling to everything, and slowly eat at it, be it metal, wood or flesh. Shiori uses it against pursuing ships and nearly throws up when she realizes what's happening.
- Culture Clash: The Faeries and the more conservative of the Tristainians often butt heads due to this. Of particular note is an encounter between Sakuya and the noble in charge of Tristain's legal collegiate, in which they disagree on the punishment of a Faerie criminal. Sakuya assigns a few weeks of community service. The noble (who can't actually do anything about it) declares the crime treason, and it's implied that he wants the criminal executed. The actual crime? Vandalism, and slanderous propaganda directed at Sakuya and the crown.
- Curbstomp Battle:
- Despite a huge number of setbacks along the way, Operation Dunkirk is a resounding success, attaining all of its major objectives, and yielding hefty secondary benefits for the Allies, while they suffer only light to moderate overall casualties in return.
- The conspirators at La Forace Prison believed they could hold off an assault long enough for their leaders and prisoners to escape, and for any potential evidence to be destroyed. Boy were they wrong.
- Custom Uniform: The assorted Fae volunteers (except for the Salamanders), due to being former players, have a wide variety of gear.
- One of the reforms Lord Mortimer is trying to pass is the standardization of Tristain's military uniform and equipment.
- Damsel in Distress: Defied. Asuna regains her badass status in her first scene and takes command of the SAOvivors for the trek across Albion. Even when a rebel mercenary clubs her over the head and gets her in a submission hold she's still strong enough to wrestle most of the way out before her backup arrives.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Oh boy, where to start? Kirito and Asuna, Sakuya, Morgiana, Caramella, Kirche, Tabitha, Colbert... The list goes on.
- Darker and Edgier: Louise's character arc seems to be playing out this way compared to canon. You're not in a Harem Comedy anymore, Miss de Valliere.
- Dawn Attack: The opening shots of Operation Dunkirk.
- Deader Than Dead: If you don't do this to the Zomfae (by incinerating them), they'll just keep getting back up again. Aki has been blown to pieces with a cannon at point blank range, pulled herself back together again only to be smooshed into jelly by a collapsing roof a few minutes after regaining the ability to walk... and she's still 'alive'.
- Death by Adaptation: Unlike most ZnT crossover fics, Saito is actually in this one. He is promptly killed, turned into a zombie, and then killed for good. And the audience doesn't know this until after the fact when his real name is put on his gravestone with his SAO handle.
- Death from Above: Reconquista fleet, meet WWII air power.
- Deconstruction Crossover: The fic deconstructs one of the central themes of Sword Art Online, that it is possible to create a virtual world that can perfectly copy reality.
- Deliberate Values Dissonance: The Halkegenians, as usual. This causes some tension with the Fae, who being from 20 Minutes into the Future, have a more modern value system.
- Democracy Is Bad: Many Tristainian Nobles (Karin especially), are less than impressed by the Fae's ideals regarding government.
- Justified since every Democracy Halkegenia has ever had have been fairly short-lived governments that typically imploded on themselves - So Tristanians are simply basing their judgments off of historical evidence. Colbert speculates the reason Fae democracy works might be due to widespread literacy and huge accumulation of knowledge.
- Demolitions Expert: Several, but Lydel has had the most screen time thus far.
- Demoted to Extra: Due to loss of the Harem Comedy elements from the Zn T half of the source material, Siesta's relevance to the plot has been reduced to effectively nothing. She has a few appearances in the first arc where she is tending to Louise immediately after the Transition and appears in one omake as the Kirigayas' housekeeper, but she hasn't been seen since the Tarbes arc.
- Deus ex Machina: Probably Kirito's point of view when Yui HACKS Cardinal and upgrades his Beast Form to full Gleam Eyes during his fight with the Raid Boss near the Yggdrasil shoot.
- Dirty Business: Arguile and Prince Wales execute the captive mercenary, so that Asuna doesn't have to.
- Disaster Democracy: The primary demand of Regin and Ryo, the two main opposition leaders in the Second Arc. Though the former is simply interested in having a government more legitimate than simply "whoever was in charge at the time of the Transition", while the latter is a blowhard self-proclaimed rival of Sakuya trying to make a play for power now that things are relatively calm.
- Disguised in Drag: Kirito invokes this with Spriggan illusion magic, taking the appearance of his notoriously feminine GGO avatar as a disguise for the rescue mission to Albion. Only, he's actually female in that form.
- The Trividual: Shiori is a special case, in that she's three Cait Sith, sharing one mind.
- Doomed by Canon: A lot of the plot of V1 revolves around the Fae trying to find a way home. There isn't really any way, aside from a few who might be able to replicate what Saito did in the actual series - as confirmed by Triggerhappy.
- Due to the Dead: Caramella and Kino erect a small symbolic gravestone with the names of the zombified players. A more formal ceremony is also planned.
- Dynamic Entry: Kirito rescuing Asuna.
- The assault on La Forace prison.
- Elite Mook: The zombie Fae.
- Elephant in the Room: Alicia is forced during the debate to publicly point out the really big one: That the Fae of ALfheim might be here forever.
- Emotions vs. Stoicism: Rare in that it's technically a one-person war. Karin has to deal with this due to a mana potion completely replenishing her willpower reserves, but at the same time causing her to completely lose control over her emotions. She's now struggling to regain it.
- Enfant Terrible: Shiori is a set of three of them.
- Everything Trying to Kill You: All of Alfheim's mobs and field bosses got 'ported over along with the players and the architecture, making this true for Tristain. The already hostile wilderness has this upped to Death World levels.
- Note that monsters already present in Halkegenia are not immune to this, either – patrols have found whole clans of Orcs slaughtered by local mobs. Between this and said mobs being as territorial as they are, Tristain could arguably be said to be safer now than it was before.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Sayuri goes nuts over why the Pixies that were born from the same nest as her choose to side with the humans. She refuses to believe that the humans who took care of them are good people and accuses the humans of using magic to tame and mind-control them.
- Extra-Strength Masquerade: The sapient mobs have cognitive blocks in place which keep them from comprehending that ALO was only a game. With the exception of Solomon.
- Exact Words: Asuna gets Kirito to promise to get an outfit that isn't black. He promptly buys a dark blue outfit so close to black that it looks black to everyone who sees it other than Yui.
- Digby swears that Richmond will not be harmed by any man or woman under his command. He then immediately relieves Ephi from his service.
- Eye Scream: Fernand loses an eye due to Sayuri's last ditch attack, distracting him long enough for Count Arthur to finish him.
- Facepalm: Rute, Cardinal Mazarin, and Duchess Valliere's reaction to Ryo's "plan" to distribute the contents of the faction's treasuries to the masses.
- Fake-Out Make-Out: Agnes pulls one on Caramella. Caramella mentally notes that Agnes really doesn't know how to kiss properly.
- Faking the Dead: Mathilda's plan to get Tiffa out of Albion revolves around this.
- Fantastic Racism: The Tristainians are deathly afraid of elves, and the fairies happen to look like elves with wings. It takes some fast talking and good diplomacy on multiple fronts to keep this from being applied to the fairies as a whole, but it works for the most part.
- Played straight with Reconquista but averted with some of the common folk of Albion. The rebels didn't get the memo about the Fae and treat Asuna and the SAOvivors as heretic elves. Royalist sympathizers ironically mistake them for a group of native fairies spoken of in folktales who are said to be ancient allies of the crown.
- Sayuri the Pixie hates humans because a group of them burned down her home nest. This has led her on a campaign to drive the humans out of Tarbes.
- Ephialtes hates humans and considers them, even those who are mages, to be inferior to Faeries in every possible way. This is very much the result of his own rage at his life, pre-Transition.
- Lord Justice Richmond hates the Fae and considers them subhuman.
- This is actually subverted in the Beach sidearc; in order to avoid trouble with the Salamanders, commoners dye their hair red and hide their ears, Salamanders show solidarity by doing the hiding their own ears with hats and headbands, ensuring that any actual racists can't cause trouble without attracting the attention of the City Watch.
- Fantasy Contraception: One of the most commonly used but least talked about uses for water magic.
- First Law of Gender-Bending: Despite having to use his Midori gender-bender disguise multiple times, Kirito averts all three laws of Gender Bending. His gender change is easily reversible, he never gets accustomed to being a woman, and (appearance aside) adopts mostly masculine clothes and demeanor. Though, the Third Law gets Enforced in some non-canon omakes.
- Forceful Kiss: Caramella's response to Agnes' attempts to brush off the Fake-Out Make-Out that Agnes had earlier performed on her.
- Foreshadowing: Bishop knows Kirito's and Caramella's names.
- Dormant functionality of the Cardinal has been activated.
- A later chapter shows that she's aware that Yui is the daughter of Kirito and Asuna, and that she knows both of their full, human names.
- Skuld finds a strange, levitating stone in the body of a baby Jotunn.
- Four Lines, All Waiting: The story switches viewpoints a lot in the first few chapters, ranging from Louise to Henrietta to Asuna to Kirito pretty randomly. Near the end of the "meet and greet" phase the politics are mostly dropped and the story focuses on Asuna and Kirito trying to get back to each other.
- It happens again during the Tarbes Arc, which was originally intended to be a roughly four chapter diversion and spun out of control into a complete side story right in the middle of the Albion arc.
- Back with a vengeance in the second arc, with Novair's murder, the search for the missing Pixies from Sayuri's garden, political tensions among the Fae, as well as ongoing story lines involving the war with Albion, Louise's magic, and Yui's attempts to communicate with Cardinal. It turns out the murder, the missing Pixies, and the political tensions all had connections to a Reconquista plot - though they don't actually find the missing Pixies.
- And in the third arc we have Morgiana's pregnancy, the creation of the Yggdrasil Knights, Dunwell rebuilding the Fourth Squadron, Shiori's infiltration of Albion, Matilda's attempt to steal the Heel Stone from Kingston, Yui's first day of school and meeting of Bardiche and Balandene, etc.
- Four-Star Badass: General Eugene and General Gramont. Prince Wales might also qualify.
- From Bad to Worse: Asuna and the research subjects. On the upshot, Sugou apparently wasn't logged in when the transfer occurred, and the changes to the game world busted the lock on Asuna's cage and woke up the other SAOvivors. On the other hand, their only escape route dumped them in Albion, right in the middle of a civil war. Out of the frying pan...
- Good News: It looks like the Windstone Catastrophe, the impending apocalypse in canon has been delayed. Bad News: It is because some of the Windstones are being turned into Ice Giants.
- Full-Circle Revolution: Cromwell is continuing many of the Royalist policies that inspired people to rebel in the first place.
- Fun with Acronyms: Halkeginia Online.
- Tristainian Royal Institute of Science and Technology. Trist happens to be an obsolete spelling of trust.
- Combined Allied-Tristanian Strategic Intelligence, Or the Cat's Eye
- Gender Equals Breed: Averted. Word of God says that all natural born Fae will take after the race/faction of the mother.
- Gender Is No Object: The Fae have both genders fighting together. Depending on how ALO was coded, there might be virtually no difference in the base builds for male and female in regards to power.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: Louise relives Asuna's memories of getting intimate with Kirito. It is unclear how much she actually saw.
- Giant Flyer: Lhamthanc the Steel Toothed's second form.
- Also Morgiana's Beast Form.
- Girl-on-Girl Is Hot: Played with. Asuna's reunion kiss with Kirito, while the latter is still in his female disguise. Caramella seems all too pleased to have witnessed the sight.
Kino: We followed the dragons.
Wales: And the smoke.
- Also the Gramont brother's reaction to watching Caramella kiss Agnes.
- Giving Radio to the Romans: Along with fighting the mobs and providing volunteers for the war with Albion, this is how the Fae are earning their keep.
- Glad-to-Be-Alive Sex: Heavily implied in the aftermath of the Dunkirk victory celebration. Morgiana doesn't mind.
- Going Down with the Ship: Or castle in the case of Wales' father.
- Gondor Calls for Aid: Downplayed in that Kirito never actually asked for their help, but a host of SAO survivors including Agil, Klein, Lizbeth, Silica, and Argo followed the rumors of Asuna's appearance in ALO and jumped into Alfheim to help Kirito just before the transport.
- Gone Horribly Right: Louise's summoning.
- Julio's plan. So, you wanted to confirm your suspicion and spirit away Tristain's void mage if proven right. You succeeded. Congratulations. Now everyone in the country is aware of your attempt, and Karin has seen you, and might be able to identify Romalia as the culprit (even if she doesn't the Fae will in short order), he didn't get Tristain's ring and void artifact with its void mage, meaning Louise is next to useless for any long-term plans, and you might have just helped the pope commit political suicide.
- Government in Exile: Having survived, Prince Wales and the royalists are technically this.
- Grey and Gray Morality: The Reconquista Rebels and the Albion Royalists. Some of the people fighting on both sides truly believe in their causes but many of their leaders are evil and do nasty things to the commoners whether they be friend, enemy, or neutral.
- Becomes less ambiguous as we get a closer look at Albion society in v3.0. King James is confirmed to indeed be a tyrannical ruler, whose abuse of power and neglect of the lower classes is the driving force behind the civil war. It changes the moral dynamic somewhat in that the Reconquista Rebels actually become pretty justified, and are just the victims of opportunists, while the Royalists are mindlessly following a tyrannical regime and seemingly have no real excuse.
- Comes back into the grey for the Rebels though, when you consider that Prince Wales was near-universally loved by the people and would have made an excellent monarch. But he was still on the kill list.
- The Guards Must Be Crazy: Averted with Mortimer's personal bodyguards, who react very competently during the ambush.
- Tentacle Cannon: Say hello to Kimura, Artillery Slug.
- Happier Home Movie: Brimir's memories that Louise sees. Doubles as a sort of Video Will.
- Hell Hole Prison: La Forace Prison. A secret underground facility built by the order of First Lord Justice of Tristain Lord Aschcroft, right under his home.
- Hero Antagonist: Sir Dunwell of Reconquista is this. A good and honorable man who joined the rebels when he couldn't stand the actions of the royalists any further and punishes abuses of authority by his underlings whenever he becomes aware of them. Word of God says he'd drop the "antagonist" part if he ever got the memo about the rebellion's true purpose.
- Hidden in Plain Sight: How Matilda intends to hide Tiffania in Tristain after getting her out of Albion. Sylphs look a lot like Elves and Half-Elves, so Tiffa can be covered as a Sylph who doesn't like flying.
- Wales's disguise at Ragdorian Lake.
- Historical-Domain Character: All over the place.
- Homing Projectile: See Riding the Bomb below.
- Hostage Situation: Kirito engineers a situation like this as a show of good faith to the Tristainians, offering himself as a hostage to ensure Colbert's safety in diplomacy with the Sylphs.
- Octavia takes Kirito hostage to force Asuna to fight her.
- Humans Are Bastards: Sayuri exhibits an extreme version of this towards "beings" because a group of them burned down the garden she was born from.
- Humongous Mecha: The omake-only POE-Ms are this for their pixie pilots.
- I'm a Doctor, Not a Placeholder:
Kayaba: "I'm a ghost Kirito-kun, not a god."
- I Have You Now, My Pretty: Ephialtes and Sigurd do this to Sakuya in Chapter ten of the second arc, in a twist they do this while being totally oblivious to the fact that their plans are being ruined utterly.
- Implacable Man: Aki seems to be Nigh Invulnerable.
- Impoverished Patrician: The Montmorency family appears to be this. The fact that half their lands disappeared during the Transition didn't help. And they aren't the only family whose fortunes have declined because their lands disappeared and were replaced by Fae settlements that the Treaty of Arrun doesn't allow them to tax. Members of several of those families end up joining Reconquista in the hopes of getting rid of the Fae.
- I Need a Freaking Drink: Mortimer's reaction to learning that Morgiana is pregnant and his brother is the father.
- It gets worse when just earlier he implied to be a recovering alcoholic.
- I Never Told You My Name: Monmon's response when Kirito calls her by her nickname even though the only time they ever met, he was in his "Midori" persona.
- In the Blood: Turns out all Gramont men have a great appreciation for the fairer sex.
- In Which a Trope Is Described: The chapter titles, when they appear, are short (often cryptic) summaries.
- Ironic Echo: General Eugene and Princess Henrietta during the battle with the Venus Man Eater.
General Eugene (saving Henrietta from being eaten): "Stay put and try not to die. I have to kill this first. Then you will answer my questions."
Princess Henrietta (healing Eugene after the battle): "Please stay still and try not to die. I have to save you. And then you will please answer my questions."
- It's Raining Faeries: And they have high explosives!
- Jailbait: Klein has to keep reminding himself that even though Leafa the Sylph looks like an adult, Suguha the human isn't.
- Kill It with Fire: The Fae now have a policy of cremating all of their dead, so that they can't be used as zombies.
- King in the Mountain: Albion has legends about the Fae queen coming to its aid in an hour of need. Then Asuna and the Knights of Blood show up in the middle of a civil war.
- Last Stand: King James decides to stay behind in Newcastle and fight to the last.
- Lethal Joke Character: Kino. In SAO his inability to stick to a single set of skills turned him into a Master of None who wasn't worth much in combat and wound up being used by his guild as an errand boy. In Halkeginia, however, his skills have proven to be far more useful, giving him flexibility unmatched by front-runners who specced for full combat builds like Asuna.
- Little Bit Beastly: ALO already had Cait Sith, but Halkegenia Online adds three intelligent mobs: the Coinin Sidhe, who have rabbit ears; the Cu Sidhe, who have dog ears and tails; and the Sionnach Sidhe, who have fox ears and tails.
- Little Miss Badass: Shiori, again.
- Like That Show but with Mecha: According to one FanFiction.Net reviewer, the fic is very much like, 1632 with Faeries and Magic.
- Loads and Loads of Characters: Between the former ALO players, Halkegenians and pixies, the story now features upwards of fifty named characters, about 80% of them major.
- Lower-Deck Episode: The story frequently gives a "commoner eye's view" of the situation, if a minor character is involved. Especially prominent during the attack on York.
- Mad Scientist: Hyuuga has her moments.
- Magic Music: The Puca use Song Magic.
- Magic Pants: Averted, to hilarious consequences.
- Mama Bear: Morgiana to her guild Kurotaka.
- Man-Eating Plant: The aptly named Venus Man Eater.
- Meaningful Name: Word of God says that pretty much every new character in the Tarbes arc has some cheap meaning behind their name. For example all of the pixies had their names chosen for their meaning in Hanakotoba. According to the author: "So yeah, I've been on cheap name meaning bent this arc."
- Meaningless Villain Victory: If Sayuri had been allowed to go through with her insane plans in the Tarbes Arc, she would have done nothing more than to attract the ire of the Crown of Tristain and plunged not only her Garden, but the entire Pixie race into an Unwinnable war with the Humans and the Fae that would have ended with the Pixies at best enslaved, at worst extinct.
- The Mind Is a Plaything of the Body: The players-turned-fae seem to be slowly undergoing a mental (as well as physical) change toward their racial archetypes. Salamanders don't like cold areas, Undine react adversely to being dry, and Cait Sith seem to be developing ever more profound cat-like instincts and verbal tics.
- Mood Whiplash: "Oh look, the cute little Djinn want to play with us, Play! Titania! Play!", and then Asuna has a Heroic B.S.O.D..
- More Dakka: Any time grapeshot or canister is used.
- The Eagle unleashes a broadside into the dock, annihilating everything in its path.
- Kimura quad-wielding the Eagle's swivel guns.
- Mortimer's signature spell.
- Shirishi's darkness bullets.
- Motive Rant: Fernand has one of these in the Tarbes Arc.
- Ephialtes and Sigurd also get one in the second arc.
- Murder Mystery: Poor Novair.
- Musical Assassin: The Puca, especially the ones focusing on direct combat rather than support.
- My Country, Right or Wrong: Sir Dunwell is a good man who happens to be on the wrong side of the Albionese Civil War. This wouldn't be so much of a problem if it weren't for his exceptional prowess as a wind mage.
- My God, You Are Serious: This is Karin's reaction to being told about the plan to attack York.
- Named Weapons: There's a whole series of Recursive Fanfiction posts naming and describing various legendary weapons. Also Kirito's new blades, the Dual Deciders.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Many of the boss monsters, but the top spot is definitely shared between Octavia the Abyssal Queen and Scylla the Deathly Embrace.
- Nice to the Waiter: Upon seeing a sign in a post office that the paper is not complimentary, Sir Dunwell reaches into his purse and pays for the sheets he took to write his dispatches without hesitation. The postmaster for that office had commented that most Reconquista soldiers who passed through didn't pay in a previous chapter.
- Nightmare Fuel: Invoked. Kirito has a nightmare of Asuna, locked in the birdcage, starving to death because he didn't reach her in time.
- Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: Shiori. A trio of possibly mindlinked ninja assassin catgirls who happen to have been one (male) person.
- Nobody Poops: As a result of Reality Ensues, this trope is discussed. Klein (to Leafa's scandal) asks Yui if she has to poop now since she has become a physical existence. She does, and finds it inconvenient but "just biology" and nothing to be embarrassed about.
- No Conservation of Energy: In-Universe as the reason why no one believes that Louise summoned the World Tree and the Fae.
- No Escape but Down: How Wales rescues Caramella in York.
- And again in Newcastle, when trying to get to the docks faster.
- Non-Action Guy: Guiche. Doesn't stop him from making two game-changing contributions.
- Noodle Incident: Alluded to in Chapter nine of the second arc when Guiche is reunited with his brother. A horse was involved, of course.
- Not So Stoic: Karin gets a faceful of emotional turmoil when all the fears she had been repressing over the years burst out thanks to the side effects of the mana potion.
- Not Quite the Right Thing: Kirche attempts to reboot Louise from her Heroic B.S.O.D. at the end of the second arc. Only to have both of them step on each other's respective emotional wounds, causing Kirche to reveal the truth about the Transition to her in the worst possible matter in front of Koko, the worst possible person to hear it. In doing so, she only manages to push Louise even closer to the Despair Event Horizon, making her a perfect mark for Julio to manipulate into delivering herself into the Church's clutches. Though let's not forget that Karin's decision to more or less banish Louise to her basement for the rest of her life is what crashed her in the first place.
- Not a Game: Mortimer deliberately uses the word "operation" for the Post-Transition raid on the World Tree because it is not a mere "raid". It is real and people could die.
- Nuclear Option: Alicia has unleashed Shiori in response to Albion's plot within Tristain! Some wonder if Albion will still be around after she's done.
- Oh, Crap!: What happens to all of the gamers now that ALO is real. Also, to greater extent due to circumstances, Asuna when she stabs an Albion Rebel in the heart with a dagger, and he chokes for a few seconds before dying without his body disappearing.
- Everyone who sees Kirito's Gleam Eyes form.
- The murder of Novair gets everyone in Arrun on edge.
- A noble retainer has this reactions when he realizes that his lord's plan to entrap a fae girl into indentured servitude by framing her for theft has not only been foiled, but may very well earn him the personal attention of Princess Henrietta unless he takes Leafa and Klein's oh so discreet offer to simply take back the fake silverware and let the matter drop.
- Mortimer when Ryo tells everyone that Rip Jack was one of his top assassins during the debate.
- Morgiana when she finally realizes that she is pregnant.
- And later Mortimer and Sakuya when she tells them.
- Older Than They Look: Many older people playing young avatars got a chance at a second (much longer) life after the Transition.
- Ontological Mystery: The players got trapped in Tristain, with no idea how they got there, who did it, if anyone, and how to return, assuming they can.
- Original Character: Lots...and though it may be surprising, the fic wouldn't be as good without them.
- Orphanage of Love: The Fae lords set one up in Arrun for the child players whose parents didn't transition. It is especially vital to players who were "joyriding" their older sibling accounts and are now extremely Younger Than They Look and face possible exploitation.
- One Steve Limit: Averted, with Shouichi Saitou's granddaughter Nanami, and Nanami, Shiori's IRL little sister.
- Our Elves Are Better: Played with, with the former ALO players turned Faeries filling the role of the elves. The Fae, due to originally being humans from the modern world, are generally more open-minded and educated than the people of Halkegenia, and after receiving a bit of time to recreate some of our world's technology, are more advanced, too. Amusingly, the native elves of Halkegenia get hit with this in an omake, the ALO players having out-elved them.
- Outrun the Fireball: Agnes and Caramella jump out of a warehouse just before it blows up.
- Outscare the Enemy: When fighting the Venus Man Eater, the Salamander lancers are starting to break and flee. General Eugene threatens to kill them if they don't stand their ground. It works.
- Pair the Spares: Kirito's many girls from canon get quite a bit of Ship Tease with other characters.
- Paper-Thin Disguise: Kirito and Leafa use handkerchiefs to hide the fact they look like elves. Justified in that it only has to allow them to get to the headmaster before anyone panics (and Tabitha's authority helps significantly).
- People's Republic of Tyranny: The name 'Kingdom of Albion' has been changed to 'Republic of Albion' post Newcastle. It seems to be the only change that occurred in Albion societal structure. See Full-Circle Revolution above.
- Pie in the Face: The first two slices of Eugene and Morgiana's wedding cake are quite deliberately shoved into Sakuya and Mortimer's faces.
- Planning with Props: Nobody thought to return to The War Room to get the actual force tokens, so the Tristain high command had to resort to using spare change, cards, dice, silverware, and anything else they had on hand to substitute while planning out Operation Dunkirk.
- Platonic Life-Partners: Word of God states that Leafa and Klein's relationship will be this, although their banter will inspire people to ship them.
- Player-Guided Missile: The "smart bombs" used in York.
- Police Are Useless: Argo was able to figure out what happened to Asuna after the SAO incident shortly after she woke up and tried to alert the authorities, only to have them not even pretend to listen to her. Leading her to assemble the <<Asuna Rescue Team>> and have most of the main cast from Aincrad logged into ALO at the time of the Transition.
- Poor Communication Kills: Oh so much. A lot of grief could have been avoided if the relevant parties just sat together and discussed things openly.
- Mortimer hiding his knowledge of Rip Jack creates a seed of distrust between the Fae lords, and almost cripples the investigation.
- The whole mess with Louise getting a BSOD, deciding to escape, and bind Cardinal could have been avoided if Karin simply opened to her daughter.
- Heathcliff might have not attacked her, if Karin had simply taken time to demand the men surrender and hand over her daughter, instead of charging in.
- Posthumous Character: Brimir
- Pre-Mortem One-Liner: The Count of Tarbes gives an awesome one just before flash-frying his traitorous butler Fernand.
"You may have corrupted it. But this is still my spell! Fernand, for crimes against your Lord and Liege, I sentence you to death!"
- Private Military Contractors: As Morgiana says, Spriggans "live and die by the Yurudo."
- Propaganda Machine: Since the Fae can no longer be called Elves, Reconquista's military leaders have taken to calling Faeries demon spawn and abominations merely wearing false humanoid skin, and have cited Kirito's and Morgiana's Beast Forms to support it.
- Purple Prose: Guiche bursts into a hilarious Purple Prose-filled Inner Monologue after first seeing Midori:
She was delicate, she was exotic. Skin so pale it was almost translucent, contrasted against jet black hair that spilled down to the middle of her back. Dark golden eyes, strangely shaped but alluring nonetheless, were set into a delicate face with thin crimson lips. Her beauty was enough to make his mind forget to question the peculiarity of such a young woman carrying what seemed to be a sword strapped to her back, or the top of a metal breastplate that peaked out from the collar of her cloak.
- And again after seeing her in a ballgown:
The impression of the girl was one of pure midnight. Slender arms adorned with long black gloves that terminated just short of her gorgeously bare shoulders. Slim neck adorned with black pearls. Someone had done up her hair, someone immensely skilled by the looks of it, tied up loosely in a style that was just beginning to grow in popularity. Gown of silky black, overlapped layers of fabric creating an effect that varied between totally opaque and veils of thick smoke near her feet. As a final artistic flourish, a sash tied into a giant butterfly bow had was wrapped around her waist, the overall effect proving quite fancifully endearing.
- Put on a Bus: Louise. After disappearing to Romalia at the end of V2, she does not make a single appearance in V3
- Dunwell, who stopped getting an scenes partway through V3, due to his declining popularity and the realization that he's largely irrelevant to the plot, existing mostly just to make the Reconquista not look totally evil.
- Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: Just in case you weren't sure that Ephialtes and Sigurd weren't evil, they both openly gloat about how they are going to rape Sakuya before killing her. Ephialtes also wants to do the same to Leafa.
- Reality Ensues:
- "Midori" has difficulty fighting at first because her new body has a different "reach" than her real one. Also, see below.
- A lot of spells and effects in ALO also work differently in the "Real world" of Halkegenia. For example:
- Faction Disguise. Who you scan for races that did not exist in ALO is important now. See "Midori".
- Chugging ALO potions will have adverse effects. Especially on humans. For example, a Resurrection potion, and the shock to the system it causes, has just as much chance of killing a human as saving them. A note elsewhere advised not to drink more than 2 potions and it would be better if no potions are drunk at all. (And this for a batch of "mundane, common MMO" Mana potion, Haste potion, and 2 different Heal potions.)
- There are now no Immortal Objects, which means destruction of terrain is now a real thing. Cue all kinds of speculation both in-story and out of it. One more or less aborted arc involves the Fairies trying to clear the Guardians using this change, by destroying their spawn points. There is at least one mage whose spells have entered Overpowered territory because of this: enemies used to be able to hide behind Immortal Objects cover...
- Mobs now have intelligence. Even if most have animal-levels of instinctive intelligence this causes problems initially as the Fairies used to fixed attack patterns got themselves surprised, and later when boss monsters use their new smarts on Mob-extermination groups. Also, Pixies.
- A recurring theme throughout the fic is that no virtual environment can truly emulate reality, as shown by the contrasts between the Aincrad and Pre-Transition ALfheim, and the very real world of Halkegenia. Even the death game of Akihiko Kayaba, for all of the mad genius's attention to detail, contained obvious marks to show that it wasn't real. Indeed, the fact that Kirito spent two years in SAO is what allowed him to first notice the lack of these marks in the world Post-Transtion, making him the first to suspect that they were no longer in a virtual world.
- Put a bunch young people together in super model grade bodies, and they start screwing like rabbits. Unfortunately, many of them have forgotten about birth control and as a result, the Fae now have a bit of a Baby Boom on their hands. Isn't that right Eugene and Morgiana?
- Recursive Fanfiction: Has spawned stories written by readers that are considered canon to the story.
- Red Baron: Too many to list. Every mage has a runic name they are known by, and many Fae have earned various titles of their own.
- Redemption Quest: Karin volunteers to take a key role in Operation Dunkirk as self-imposed penance for nominating the traitor Wardes to be head of the Griffin Knights. In addition, every single person under her command in the operation is a Griffin Knight hoping to redeem their order after their Captain's treachery.
- Refuge in Audacity: Cromwel's employment of a necromancer, at least going by Matilda's reaction, is mostly passed off on the continent as desperate attempts at vilification and/or attention grab by Tristain and Romalia.
- Revenge Before Reason: The event that set off the Reconquista rebellion was King James' second son being murdered, and the king promptly executing his daughter-in-law for the crime without holding any sort of investigation or allowing her to defend herself. This outraged her family and their vassals, who refused to believe that she was guilty (Because she wasn't - her husband was killed by Gallian agents to stir up political turmoil) and provided Cromwell with the resources he needed to launch a revolution.
- Riding the Bomb: How the Fae guide their ship-launched bombs down to their targets in York as the opening shots of Operation Dunkirk.
- Rouge Angles of Satin: Like Gabriel Blessing, homophones are not TriggerHappy's strong suit.
- Rousing Speech: Given in an official address by Lady Sakuya.
- Running Gag: People calling Caramella "Caramel" and her reaction.
- Sacrificial Lion: Arguile is killed by Sir Dunwell at the Battle of Skiesedge.
- Science Fantasy: When the virtual reality of Sword Art Online meets the magic of The Familiar of Zero, the result is a mixture of the two. In this case, since the virtual reality was in the fantasy genre, the cast of the former have an easier or harder method of fitting into the later; being Faerie, they are thought to be related to the native elves but their true existence as humans in a more scientifically advanced society makes them stand out even more.
- "Shaggy Dog" Story: What SAO's Fairy Dance Arc becomes in this fic, due to the fact that all of Sugou's plans (developing a way to use Full Dive technology for mind control, "marrying" Asuna to seize control of RETCO), are all unceremoniously foiled when Louise summons ALfheim to Halkegenia.
- Shipper on Deck: Duke Valliere, of all people, ships Mortimer and Sakuya due to the fact that they cover each other's weakness, politically and militaristically respectfully.
- Silk Hiding Steel: How Titania was originally written in ALO lore. She was the patron and protector of the small folk (along with roughly half of the the Fae races), and argued and fought with Oberon on their behalf as often as she supported him in his endeavours.
- Shotgun Wedding: Sakuya and Mortimer's solution to Eugene and Morgiana's "problem".
- Shout-Out: Given that the Fae are a gamer community, they are rather prone to this.
- Sleep Cute: After the events of her kidnapping and going to Mortimer's infirmary room while resting from the events, Sakuya falls asleep right on top of him.
- Karin looks remarkably cute and peaceful while asleep at her daughter's bed. To the point that Louise needs a reality check to make sure she isn't still dreaming.
- Sliding Scale of Undead Regeneration: Cromwell's Fae zombies first appear to be Type II, with water mages repairing them. They turn out to be Type IV later, able to recover from anything short of complete incineration.
- Sneeze Cut: In Chapter 4 Part 3, after Karin asks Colbert about Lady Sakuya.
- So Proud of You: King James of Albion to Wales just before sending him off, and Karin to Louise after Dunkirk.
- Spanner in the Works: Reconquista's entire plans in the second arc are undone, in part, by a trio of students and a Faerie sent by the Princess to find some lost Pixies.
- Stiff Upper Lip: Played with. Silica doesn't have the wit characteristic of this trope and she's not completely blase about being separated from her family again, but her experiences in SAO taught her how to keep cool in a crisis and she exhibits this behavior enough to be a calming presence on the people around her.
- Storming the Castle: The battle of Newcastle.
- Stuff Blowing Up: Happens at TRIST regularly. To the point where the staff has yet to purchase any 2s for the "Number of days since last accident" signs.
- The forces assaulting La Forace Prison use the heavy reinforced door as an improvised claymore.
- It becomes somewhat of a Running Gag that when Faeries enter Albion something is bound to blow up.
- Succession Crisis: Only five of the nine faction leaders were online at the time of the summoning, leaving the remaining races (Puca, Gnomes, Undines, and Imps) in varying states of disarray and confusion.
- Suicide Mission: Operation Dunkirk. Lord Mortimer and General Gramont are working very hard to increase the odds as much as possible.
- Shiori is very much aware that her mission is probably one of those. She tries hard not to think about that.
- Super Toughness: All of the Fae have this to a varying degree. They are nowhere near immortal, however.
- The Ice Giants and Norns of Jotunheim. Justified in that they are magically living stone and/or ice. The Beast Gods also have hard shells to protect them.
- Sword and Sorcerer: Shiori's three bodies form a classic RPG trio of a Warrior, Mage and Thief.
- Take That!: Against reviewers who kept asking about Saito. See: Wham Line.
- The Butler Did It: The true Big Bad of the Tarbes arc is actually Fernand, Count Arthur's butler and friend.
- 10-Minute Retirement: Kirito is forcing Asuna to take one post-Dunkirk for the sake of her sanity.
- Tentacle Monster: The Venus Man Eater is a giant plant, that eats people.
- The Bard: The entire Puca race, who provide assistance in combat using song magic.
- The Men First: Botan states that if worse comes to worst, she will volunteer for the new wilting procedure to ensure it's safe before she lets any of her sisters undergo it.
- There Are No Therapists: Halkegenia does not even have a concept of mental illness, other than possibly battle fatigue. Everyone else is "diagnosed as mentally defective" and locked or sent away to be forgotten. On the Fae side, no therapists are seen apart from Yui.
- The Team: Asuna's Treetoppers (or more properly, the Knights of Blood) quickly develop into one of these. Asuna is the formal leader and Arguile used to be her subordinate in the game, and so he continues that in Halkegenia. Caramella is a strong and determined fighter. Asuna can count on her to do heavy lifting. Kimura, the slug, used to be an ALO admin and so he can provide Asuna with information about the world. Kino, thanks to being unable to settle on a single build in the game, can do a little of everything. Asuna can basically say "Kino, do the thing" and he will be able to do it.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Midori, Kirito in his Gender Bender disguise, delivers one to Guiche pertaining to his philandering ways, telling him that he basically whores himself out.
- Things Get Real: The Fae volunteers only had minimal training (aside from their MMO days) and no actual battle experience before Operation Dunkirk.
- Time-Travel Tense Trouble:Skuld's narration from much of her first appearance in the 2.0 epilogue is in the conditional tense due to her not really existing the present until she loses her connection to the future.
- Trapped Behind Enemy Lines: Asuna and about 300 other players end up in Albion, in the midst of a civil war.
- Trapped in Another World: Louise accidentally trapped everyone currently logged into Alfheim Online on Halkegenia.
- Too Dumb to Live:Reconquista's leadership has decided to launch an assault on a Faerie city, something that Dunwell and the more competent military people know full well to be suicide.
- Uncanny Valley: In-Universe. The undead Fae creep out almost everyone who spends any time at all near them. Poor Sir Wells in particular is all but terrified of Aki.
- Ungrateful Bitch: Sayuri.
- Useless Useful Spell: In the original series, Louise's default explosions only did some non-lethal damage and destroyed the surroundings. During the Tarbes arc, she blows up a boss that required a small army to fight. With a single spell.
- Villainous Breakdown: Sayuri loses it when not only she loses the leadership of the Pixies to Botan, who was against her insane plans to kill the humans who helped them against the Pixie slaver Fernand, but gets saved from being eaten by a fish by Count Arthur, the human who took care of her fellow Pixies from her home, and all of the Pixies agree with Botan to make peace with the humans and ask her to stop fighting and rest since she's suffering from Survivor Guilt.
- War Arc: Basically the whole story so far, bar the Tarbes Arc, is about preventing or fighting a war.
- The War Room: We see the one in Tristain royal castle. Other fortifications usually have something similar.
- Weaponized Teleportation: The Blink spell.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Sayuri
- What the Hell, Hero?: Sakuya's response to Mortimer's plan to capture Rio in order to interrogate him for information regarding Rip Jack
- Wham Episode: Chapter 10, Part 7 of the second arc Louise casting explosions, with more power and control than ever, using Fae chanting.
- Mortimer postulating that Louise was the one responsible for the Transition is this for everyone in the room.
- Louise absorbing the memories of SAO and ALO players.
- 2.0 Chapter 12 part One Heathcliff finally appears. Yui is now a Maeve.
- And in part three Heathcliff and Kayaba are now separate people.
- Wham Line: On the gravestone Caramella and Kino erect for the fallen faeries: "Arguile" - Hiraga Saito - Knight of Aincrad - Guild Member Knights of Blood
- 2.0 Chapter 11: —>Mortimer: "I purpose that Louise's summoning was successful. Her familiar is nothing less than the Cardinal System."
- In the epilogue of part two: —> "I am not Human?" Louise askes, "Nay... I am An Incarnate Radius."
- In of all things, the Beach Episode of 3.0 Random Djinn: "Play! Titania! Play!
- Working the Same Case: In 2.0, Louise's search for missing Pixies leads her to a man that Agnes has placed under investigation due to suspected ties with Reconquista. It then turns out the man is part of a Reconquista conspiracy that is also behind the Fae murders.
- Xanatos Gambit: Reconquista's plan in the second arc. Regardless of whether or not the plan to assassinate Prince Wales and kidnap Princess Henrietta succeeds, the very fact that a Faerie is involved in the plot will do MASSIVE damage to Alliance between the Fae and Tristain. And even if the Crown and the Fae move against them in a preemptive strike doing so would mean that they would lose the only chance they have to root out the Reconquista conspiracy in the Tristainian government before the war begins in earnest.
- X Days Since: If the omakes are to believed, the staff at TRIST has yet to even purchase any 2s for the 'since last accident' sign.
- You Are Better Than You Think You Are: So said Asuna unto Suguha. And all was right with the world.
- You Are in Command Now: When her regent Cardinal Mazarin is injured by a field boss and put out of action, Henrietta takes his place at the negotiating table with the Fae as his representative.
- You Can't Go Home Again: Currently the only (using meta knowledge) way for the Fae to return to Earth is via Shaitan's Gate, but Vittorio will be extremely reluctant to lose potential new allies, so this outcome seems very unlikely. With an impending baby boom, it might be that, by the time a way becomes available, very few will want to go back anyway.
- Younger Than They Look: Many of the fae are children who were playing ALO with adult avatars.