Fan Fic / Jus Primae Noctis
A completed The Familiar of Zero
story which is not a crossover at all, it is primarily a romance fic which the author describes as his version of season 4. It examines Tristain’s separation between nobles and commoners somewhat as well as a few societal differences. Mostly, though, the story just explores some Character Development
as everyone tries to get what they want without crossing the Moral Event Horizon
. Then, when it looks like everything light just work out, an assassination attempt sends Saito, siesta, Henrietta, Tabitha, and Louise to Saito’s world.
It is found here
Tropes present in this work include:
- Asskicking Equals Authority: Saito pulls off an interesting invocation of this near the end. He storms into the tent with the rebel generals where they’re meeting under truce to negotiate and tells them to sit down, shut up, and surrender to Henrietta or he’ll kill them all.
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: Between Saito and all the girls.
- Bittersweet Ending: Everyone lived a long and happy life, and the countries were mostly prosperous as well as gaining parliaments, Fridge Logic tells us that Louise and Saito are both dead in the Distant Finale, as their grandchildren have inherited the void mage and Gandalfr mantels, the former of which is only passed on by death.
- Chivalrous Pervert: Old Osmond. He single-handedly arrangs Longueville’s Heel–Face Turn.
- Curbstomp Battle: The first has Saito face down a bunch of magicless thugs who were threatening his girls. Later he cows a bunch of army generals by threatening to do this to them.
- Deliberate Values Dissonance: Look up the meaning of the title. It roughly means Right of the First Night, and refers to a lord's right to claim the virginity of any peasant woman under his authority, as well as allow or forbid her marriage. This is a normal and acceptable thing in Halgenkia.
- Demoted to Extra: Kirche may show up once, and Tiffania barely appears except in the side-plot.
- Dysfunctional Family: The Gallian Royals.
- Establishing Character Moment: An interesting in-universe version. When Saito’s mother starts wailing on Saito for worrying her so much Louise is the only one to grab her arm and stop her, which is why Saito’s mother takes Louise aside later and gives her support and advice.
- From Bad to Worse:
- First Henrietta needs to get married, then there’re potential problems over her choice in groom, which culminates in an assassination attempt that sends them to Saito’s home world and leaves Tristain on the verge of civil war.
- Also, from Louise’s point of view, just after she, Siesta, and Saito manage to work out how they relate to one-another—Siesta is Saito’s maid and Louise’s subordinate, which is enough to satisfy Louise’s status obsession—her closest and oldest friend who also outranks her feels the need to force her way in.
- Green-Eyed Monster: Granted, take a look at how the other girls interact with Saito and you’ll wonder if she’s a little justified.
- Half-Breed Discrimination: Against Tiffania, but downplayed.
- Happiness in Slavery: Siesta claims that she has this as long as it’s Saito. Given that she made the choice to become his property it seems believable, but it squicks Saito at first.
- Heel–Face Turn: Longueville, with Osmand’s help and oversight.
- Heroic B.S.O.D.: Tabitha breaks down wailing when she discovers her branch of the Gallian family was responsible for trying to kill Saito’s grandparents.
- Ho Yay: Invoked and subverted. Professor Colbert has Malicorn announce his love for Saito, who reacts badly, but it was all a plan to help Saito understand why Louise is so angry with him.
- Ignore the Fanservice: Enforced. The story has Colbert tell Saito that his relationships would all improve a lot if he managed to do this.
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Louise has moments of this where she thinks Saito has definitely chosen someone other than her.
- Kissing Cousins: Henrietta and Wales were this in the past. Saito and Tabitha turn out to be a distant version of this, with his grandmother a Gallian Void Mage and his grandfather her Gandalfr.
- Leave the Two Lovebirds Alone: Inverted. Louise accidentally does this at the temple, and then realizes it, runs backs, and interrupts them.
- Let's Wait a While: Downplayed. Louise wants to wait until she, Saito, and the others get back from Saito’s home world before they have Their First Time.
- Love Cannot Overcome: Louise is implied to worry about this. Turns out love and honest communication can overcome, though.
- Love Epiphany: Turned Up to Eleven. Saito has this about all the girls at the same time, though he still puts Louise first.
- Love-Obstructing Parents: Averted. It takes a while, but the parents that are seen eventually come to accept the situation.
- Love Ruins the Realm: This is brought up, but really it’s ambitious traitors that ruin the realm. Love actually brings it peace and prosperity.
- Magic Contract Romance: Saito, obviously. Also his granparents, and it appears to run in the family.
- Mama Bear: We meet Saito’s.
- Marry Them All: Nope. Not Kirche and Tiffania, at least, but he technically married Louise using the flower ritual before Saxe-Gotha, he marries Henrietta under Tristanian law, he marries Tabitha in a small ceremony conducted by his grandfather in his home world, and while it’s debatable if he really marries Siesta, that doesn’t stop them from being together.
- Mass "Oh, Crap!": An entire country does one when their monarch goes missing.
- Memetic Badass: In keeping with canon, Saito is this in-universe. He brings up the battle against 70,000 when telling the would-be rebels to sit down and shut up, and even though he really would be killed by the overwhelming odds this time he cows the other guys into surrendering.
- Mood Whiplash: An in-universe example. Louise goes from metaphorically bearing her fangs at Siesta around Saito to bringing up Jus Primae Noctis once Siesta officially acknowledges Louise as her superior.
- Not So Stoic: Tabitha when she discovers her relatives were responsible for trying to kill Saito’s grandparents.
- Official Couple Ordeal Syndrome: Downplayed, but present until the end.
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business:
- Louise several times: When she believes Saito has chosen Siesta over her she becomes very meek. Then when Henrietta expresses her desire to wed Saito Louise shows she is willing to throw away her name and title to stay with Saito as his maid, like Siesta.
- Henrietta first when she expresses her desire to wed Saito in spite of Louise threatening to end their friendship, and then again when she confesses to Saito that she isn’t a virgin.
- Tabitha utterly breaks down when she discovers her relatives were responsible for trying to kill Saito’s grandparents.
- Poor Communication Kills: Technically one of the first things Louise canonically did was bring up how her being naked around a servant/human familiar of the opposite gender was no big deal, but it was left at that. If Saito had found out the ramifications and implications, it might have saved some grief these past few years. Beyond that the author mostly averts this.
- Reality Ensues: And yet is still played for laughs. Saito thinks to himself that anyone who considers spending the night with four beautiful girls in his room is heaven has never actually spent the night with four girls.
- Trapped in Another World:
- Saito was, though he technically knew a way back. Then the assassination attempt switches this, and now Saito’s home but Tabitha, Seista, Louise, and Henrietta are trapped in his world.
- We later find out that this happened to Saito’s grandparents: his grandfather summoned to Halkeginia by his grandmother, a void mage. They both fled back to Saito’s world, where she peacefully lived out the rest of her days.
- Together in Death: Fridge Logic implies that Louise and Saito are this during the Distant Finale.
- Their First Time:
- Who gets Saito’s is a point of contention among the girls, but he and Louise both vote for her to get it, though the others make half-hearted attempts at claiming it for themselves. At the end Saito and Louise disappear off to her room to share theirs.
- Also, Henrietta tearfully reveals to Saito that she had hers out of wedlock with Wales. Contrary to her expectations, Saito accepts this and is glad she shared that with the man she loved.
- Unresolved Sexual Tension: Once the circumstances are cleared up, Louise states that she’s fine with Saito having this with other girls provided she gets to resolve hers first.
- The War Room: Downplayed, but several people have councils of war about the growing crisis after Henrietta and the rest are sent to Saito’s world.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: We never find out exactly who was behind the assassination attempt or how they managed it.
- Wham Line: “I see, well, I wouldn’t think that you would [know how to get home]. That’s not a Gandalfr’s job after all."
- Wouldn't Hit a Girl: Saito won’t do it verbally. At least, he wouldn’t. The story starts with Louise angry at him never telling off any of the other girls despite professing to love her, so he finally gets people together and sorts everything out, laying (still somewhat murky) boundaries.