"Let me get this straight... Two members of the Sailor Senshi, champions of love and justice, just attempted a backstreet mugging."
The war with the Dark Kingdom is going badly, and the Sailor Senshi naturally have a problem. Usagi never became Sailor Moon, nor is she the Moon Princess, so the leadership of the Senshi falls to Minako, as Sailor Venus. All of Sailor Mars' attempts to divine the location of the Moon Princess have, so far, failed but just as they are about to give up hope, Mars finally locates the Moon Princess; her name is Takamachi Nanoha, age 16. She's back on planet for her brother's wedding.That's the good news. The bad news is that Nanoha's still recovering from her injuries incurred during the timeskip between A's and StrikerS. Luna attempts to make contact, but is brushed off by Fate, who has made it her personal mission that nothing interrupt Nanoha's recovery. Things begin to go downhill from there...Even worse, Queen Beryl has noticed that her most hated rival, the Moon Princess, has returned from wherever she was hiding, and she's not about to let things go, no sir.Can be found here. Now complete.
This fanfic contains examples of:
Abdicate the Throne: After the final battle, Nanoha announces that she will not claim her title as Queen of the Moon Kingdom after allowing the Sailor Senshi to dissolve. As this essentially means the Moon Kingdom is no more, Luna does not take it well at all.
Absurdly Youthful Mother: It's lampshaded in the ending when Fate's older- but biologically younger- sister Alicia finds it strange that Fate has adopted a child younger than her.
A Handful for an Eye: Ami throws a handful of magically created ice crystals into the face of a youma to distract it long enough to transform.
Alternate Universe: Nanoha got injured at 16, not 12 like in canon. This is an author-induced change invoked partially to reduce the squick factor in the Nanoha/Mamoru pairing and partially to assist with the problem of two middle-school students living on their own and not attending school (high school being quasi-optional in Japan).
Anger Born of Worry: Fate scolds Nanoha for overexerting herself again, telling her how much she's worried about her.
Anvil on Head: Mercury fires a Shabon Spray Freezing into a cloud, creating the largest hailstone in history, which lands on top of Zoicite and smushes him.
Awesome by Analysis: The TSAB considers the Senshi this. They managed to fight against a foe with superior power and numbers on their own, with little in the way of supplemental aid, little-to-no training, and no relief, for over a year before they finally received reinforcements from TSAB agents who were alerted to the situation. Fate doesn't think that she could last a few weeks in a similar situation.
Ami in particular fights this way. Being the magically weakest of the senshi she looks for advantages and thinks of what she can do with what she has to turn a victory.
Back from the Dead: Alicia is revived first through a infusion of life energy and then by the Ginzuisho.
Badass Boast: Downplayed to great effect when Nanoha reveals that she's recovered enough to actively help the Sailor Senshi with their training.
After the debriefing ended, the Senshi went outside for a training session. Unusually, instead of remaining inside to supervise at a distance, Nanoha joined them, idly sipping on a can of juice as she did so. The barrier went up, and the Senshi transformed. Nanoha called up her Barrier Jacket, finished the juice, and threw the can in the air.
A ball of pink light appeared and flew at the falling can. The can bounced off the shot, which then turned around to strike the can. As the Senshi all watched the bouncing can, Nanoha addressed them.
"You may be wondering why I've come out to join you." She began. "Thanks to Hotaru-chan, my Linker Core has fully recovered. Shamal cleared me to use magic again last night. As a result, I am now able to play a direct part in your training.
"While I'm doing this, please remember that I've spent more than half a year recovering from my injuries. I've probably gotten a little out of shape in that time. So take it easy on me, okay?"
As Nanoha smiled sweetly, the can went flying, ricocheted off of a telephone pole, and landed perfectly into a garbage can.
Bad Boss: When anything goes wrong with her plans, Beryl will torture someone for being at best incompetent and at worst a potential traitor.
Badass Family: The Takamachi family are remnants of a ninja clan. Most of the wedding guests are armed. Apart from Nanoha, both Shiro and Miyuki had their chances to shine.
Miyuki, who after being kidnapped by Nephrite after a failed attempt at setting up a trap for him, wakes up in the Dark Kingdom in the throne room, surrounded by Youma, Nephrite, and Queen Beryl. She then proceeds to kneel before Beryl as she is told to for just long enough to have them start gloating, and then immediately sprints towards Beryl, pulls out two knives she had hidden on her, fights the Youma, forcing them to kill each other through friendly fire, positions herself so that Nephrite's attack hits Queen Beryl, and then comes within a hair's breadth of bisecting Beryl from head to toe before she gets taken out by a desperate but successful attack from Beryl. She still manages to cut Beryl's face.
Oddly enough, Usagi Tsukino; even though she is simply a normal school girl in this timeline, she still managed to distract some monsters that were trying to kill Naru.
Attacking any of the close family of Fate and Nanoha will make them turn off the non-lethal Power Limiter normally in place and they will end you. First shown when Nanoha disintegrates Jadeite with a Divine Buster, and shown for Fate when Precia lost her temper at Alicia and hit her with a lighting spell. Suddenly, Big FatLaser Sword through the chest.
Ami doesn't appreciate Alicia talking about Precia without knowing of her actions- which include putting Ami's mother into a coma. Although it gets much more dangerous when she encounters agents of the Dark Kingdom trying to kill her comatose mother. Maybe the villains should just avoid threatening any relatives of any member of the main cast just to be on the safe side.
Big Damn Heroes: Sailor Venus pulls one of these in Chapter 5 when Jadeite's forces attack the Takamachi wedding, distracting Jadeite at a crucial moment and giving Nanoha enough time to change into her Barrier Jacket and charge up the Divine Buster.
Blood-Splattered Wedding Dress: Miyuki's bridesmaid's gown, after the fight breaks out. The actual bride's dress did not end up like that (not as severely, anyway), as Shinobu wasn't participating in the fight.
Bouquet Toss: Minako would have caught it, if she hadn't immediately rushed to Nanoha's side after her collapse.
Boxed Crook: The Sailor Senshi, having assaulted Fate and Arf in their attempts to contact Nanoha, get the same treatment as Nanoha's formerenemies did, avoiding formal punishment by means of community service.
Break the Cutie: Alicia and Hotaru go through quick and milder forms of this when they learn about what their parents are up to; their friendship provides a shelter for them both.
Broken Pedestal: After learning what happened to Serenity, the Senshi are greatly shaken by it because they had built her up as this ideal princess. However, they still stand by Nanoha's side, with Luna believing that Nanoha's opposite attitude would make her a better ruler.
Nanoha plainly tells the spirit of Queen Serenity that she and her advisers failed to keep Princess Serenity's behavior in check or even groomed her to be a responsible leader. Therefore, they are partly responsible for the disaster that ended the Moon Kingdom. Furthermore, Nanoha insists her name is not Serenity, and that her mother is Momoko Takamachi.
Fate to Precia, after Precia loses it and attacks Alicia in anger after Alicia herself called HER MOM out on Fate's treatment.
Cast from Hit Points: Hotaru's healing magic, because of some unidentified force that is draining her of life. As such, if the problem is not resolved it will become Cast from Lifespan as her internal organs stop working. Fans of Sailor Moon will recognize the root of the problem. Nanoha and Shamal both realize the similarities to Hayate's situation, and share some of the information with Hotaru. It's ultimately averted when Shamal and Sailor Mars destroy Mistress 9. This gives Hotaru a vital role in the hospital when it's flooded with casualties from the Dark Kingdom's attack.
Sailor Venus lands a blow on Signum during a sword fighting lesson due to knowing a maneuver that's very similar to a Belkan form with one small variation at the end. Since Signum is expecting it, the variation slips past her defense. She later uses the same maneuver with the Belkan final strike to kill Kunzite.
Nanoha. Better than half the conflict in the first part of the story stems from this; if the Senshi succeed in asking Nanoha for her help, she'll try to help them as best she can regardless of what it may cost her.
Hotaru is willing to heal anyone she sees get hurt even though she knows that most of her patients hate her and will only hate her more afterwards. This behavior doesn't change even after learning that due to her Cast from Hit Points problem, continuing to do so could result in her ending up crippled or dead.
Conservation of Ninjutsu: Miyuki's fight versus the youma in Beryl's throne room definitely qualifies; one human vs double digit youma. The narration explains by way of Deadly Dodging; because there were so many of them, they were more likely to hit each other than Miyuki. Double points as the Takamachi family also happens to be the last remnant of the Fuwa ninja clan.
Crazy-Prepared: This trope, more than anything, is why Jadeite's attempt on Nanoha's life failed. Everyone at the wedding who could fight came armed and prepared to do so, just in case. Justified if you've seen Triangle Heart 3 because you knowwhat happened the last time the Takamachi family had a get-together.
Darker and Edgier: Mildly so. The Sailor Moon half of the plot has some faint overtones of Sailor Nothing; the war has turned into a stalemate, the Senshi are demoralized and all of them really want to go back to their old lives, Usagi isn't around to hold the group together, and the girls treat each other more like coworkers than the True Companions they were in canon because they have nothing in common with each other.
Dark Is Evil: This is why Luna thought that Fate was a 'dark senshi'; her barrier jacket is similar to a senshi uniform but black. Eventually she is convinced otherwise.
Deadly Dodging: A key part of Miyuki's strategy when attempting to take out Beryl; her mundane weapons can't kill the youma but their magical attacks can kill each other.
Deconstruction: Applies some of this to Princess Serenity's actions: ditching bodyguards put her life in danger, leaving the country for the better weather could cause an international incident, and the Prince Charming on Earth might not have been so charming underneath. In short, there were many possible Real Life consequences to Princess Serenity's romantic encounter with Endymion.
The senshi's plan of being all reincarnated and fighting the forces of evil is all well and good... unless, of course, one of them moves, removing a fairly vital piece of the defensive plan of the planet. Nanoha's absence lead to a year-and-a-half long stalemate in the war against the Dark Kingdom, and since the Senshi had no plans on what to do if the princess was never found, the Dark Kingdom looks like it might win by simple attrition.
Disco Dan: Despite all reason, Luna continues to act as if the Moon Kingdom is still in existence, just severely diminished. This leads to problems when she refuses to explain herself to Fate during the early chapters due to her, now nonexistent, position as one of Queen Serenity's advisers. Also, she does NOT take it well when Nanoha states that she has no intention to revive the Moon Kingdom.
Foil:Princess Serenity and Nanoha are two sides of the same coin. The former neglected her royal duties for romance and because of this is unprepared to deal with a crisis or the day-to-day business of ruling. The later took her responsibilities so seriously she almost killed herself with exhaustion and neglected her relationships so much she had no idea her brother was getting married.
For Want of a Nail: According to the prologue, it seems the whole reason that 'Princess Serenity' was reborn as Nanoha rather than Usagi (who does exist, just not as anyone significant) was because Queen Serenity flubbed the reincarnation spell due to her injuries.
Flanderization: Luna's character has been stripped down to her loyalty to the Moon Kingdom. See the entry for Disco Dan; that's more or less her entire purpose in the story.
From Bad to Worse: The day of the wedding Nanoha's agitated her Linker Core again by an unknown amount, while Beryl's discovered that letting Metallia absorb the magic of the Jewel Seeds is giving the monster a major boost towards revival, and now Beryl wants the rest of them.
Game-Breaking Injury: One of the factors about Nanoha that makes Fate keep rebuffing Luna. After Nanoha kills Jadeite, she faints. Shamal then orders Nanoha not to use any magic for the foreseeable future. At the cost of temporarily losing the use of her legs, Hotaru Tomoe was able to heal Nanoha to avoid this trope.
Geeky Turn-On: Ami becomes interested in Yuuno after he gives a short lecture on how many different ways there are to use magic.
Luna and the Senshi (excluding Venus and Mercury) make a number of bad decisions for the sake of the early conflict. These include attacking first and refusing to explain themselves later. Artemis Lampshades this when he comments that Luna seems to be unable to recognize that her old authority no longer exists. Also, they have no idea that the TSAB exists so they have a different perspective.
The TSAB not only leaves Hayate unprotected during the battle for Tokyo, but does so while she has the Jewel Seeds in her Device. This results in Beryl defeating her and stealing them. Because of the widespread nature of Beryl's attack, everyone that could fight was necessary on the ground; no one left for guarding. Still, the jewel seeds should have been stored somewhere else.
I Hate My Previous Life: Nanoha disapproves of how Princess Serenity lived her life; irresponsible. As such it became an Awful Truth for the Senshi as their sacrifices were wasted due to Serenity's suicide.
The Senshi are tired of fighting a shadow war and want nothing more than to go back to mundane schoolgirls. They get it in the end when Nanoha absolves them of their duty to her, although Ami chooses to become a mage scholar like Yuuno.
While he did not explicitly want this, Artemis was more accepting of becoming a normal housecat than Luna was.
Ill Girl: Nanoh is still recovering from her wounds. This means she is cared for and protected by Fate. They are healed by Hotaru Tomoe.
Miyuki "You want to know about my sister? Fine. She's got more experience than all of the Senshi combined, and enough power to flatten a city. Some of her friends are even stronger. And you just did something guaranteed to make her mad. Sometime very, very soon, you will learn exactly why Vita dubbed my sister the White Devil, and if you're really lucky, your end will come as quickly as the guy you sent to break my father's arm did."
When Nanoha does her Dungeon Bypass in the final chapter, Beryl realizes that Miyuki was being serious. Said realization is the reason for Beryl's Oh, Crap.
Impostor Forgot One Detail: The youma impersonating Reinforce Eins failed to realize that Signum was in Unison Form, which would indicate the presence of a third person
Incredibly Lame Pun: The author's note at the end of chapter 14 begins with, "All hail Zoicite." He was killed when Ami dropped a car sized hailstone on him earlier in the chapter.
I Need a Freaking Drink: In an omake, Jupiter's reaction to having the war end because the princess is a lesbian and not interested in Endymion is to look for a heavily stocked liquor cabinet. The rest of the Senshi agree with her.
Interrogated for Nothing: No, Beryl. Nephrite did not sell you out, trade information to the Senshi, and knowingly bring an armed assassin into your royal presence. For that matter the only information the "assassin" had (Venus' name and Serenity's street address) was never asked for when she was put to the question.
It's Personal: Nephrite vs. Miyuki. He hates her for trying to lure him into a trap, trying to kill Beryl, and making Beryl think he betrayed her. She hates them for their attacks on her family and him personally for toying with her heart.
Kill It with Ice: Mercury does this very thoroughly when she faces Zoicite. First she locks him inside a large razor-edged fractal ice sculpture, then while he's trying to get out, she drops a car-sized hailstone on his head.
Kill Screen: Nanoha reaches this in the Sailor V game, which everyone had previously thought to be Unwinnable - on her first try. It required her getting a million points when the previous high score was 150,000. The game ended gracefully without anything strange happening beyond getting extra prizes (a disguise pen, a senshi communicator, and the Sailor Moon transformation brooch.) Justified in that it's actually a Senshi training simulator in disguise and Nanoha is already a veteran Magical Girl.
Kneel Before Frodo: The four Senshi kneel before Nanoha, prompting Hayate to take a picture before reminding them that when their monarch is in uniform, they must bow rather than kneel.
Lady and Knight: Serenity and Endymion had this sort of relationship and it is replicated with Fate. Normally, both of them are knights but because of Nanoha's injuries, Fate takes up the role of White Knight for the Bright Lady.
Last Name Basis: Used among the Senshi to indicate that rather than being True Companions, they would not voluntarily associate with one another. Hayate also calls Mars "Hino-san".
Leaning on the Fourth Wall: In chapter 9, Miyuki mentions how the local girls seem to think that the attack that ruined Kyouya's wedding was a dramatic fight scene out of an anime.
Living on Borrowed Time: Alicia, though the time isn't so much borrowed as it is stolen by her mother and given to her as life energy. This is something she does not take learning well.
Love Ruins the Realm: As Nanoha points out, the Dark Kingdom invasion is only one possible negative outcome of Serenity's trips to Earth and affair with Endymion.
Loving a Shadow: Nanoha wonders if Mamoru is doing this with her with his past life memories of Princess Serenity.
Mama Wolf: Precia, even more than in canon. Torturing a clone isn't enough, she stoops to the outright murder of the terminally ill in order to keep Alicia alive. Anyone that tries to stop her mets the same fate. Ironically, this includes Alicia herself when she protects Fate from Precia's whipping and is attacked with lightening in return.
" as far as (Yuuno) could tell, Nanoha was married to her job. At least, she had been up until her hospital stay forced her to realize that the only serious relationship she had gotten into had turned abusive..."
Minor Injury Overreaction: Beryl treats the small cut on her face given to her by Miyuki as if it were horrifically disfiguring.
The Mole: Nephrite posses as Masato Sanjouin to inflitrate Midori-ya as Miyuki's boyfriend. After Miyuki tries to kill Beryl after being kidnapped, he was locked up under suspicion of being a Reverse Mole.
Luna is determined to see Nanoha become the moon princess despite how little Nanoha cares about it.
Hayate tells the Senshi that she could charge them with assault despite the fact that Earth is an Unadministered World. To be fair, it doesn't mean that they can't be charged with assault by local authorities, but the impression given is that he's talking about TSAB authority.
Mundane Utility: Ami uses her ice powers to make a glass of lemonade into a snow cone in one omake. She later uses them to chill a lukewarm glass of water right in front of her mother. Bye bye masquerade.
This is the major reason Beryl started her rebellion in the first place, jealous that Prince Endymion chose Princess Serenity over herself. The pettiness of starting a war for this is Lampshaded both by the cast and in an Omake in which Nanoha ends the whole war when she points out she's gay.
After Miyuki is interrogated by Beryl, she says to her face that Nanoha has no interest in Endymion at all, she's perfectly happy with Fate and if Beryl hadn't ordered the attack on the wedding, Nanoha wouldn't have gotten involved. Beryl goes into a combination of Villainous BSOD and denial mode.
Nanoha notices that the bodyguard of a family friend bears a close resemblance to Fate, referencing said bodyguard's existence in Triangle Heart 3. At least some wedding guests thought they were siblings.
At the end of Codename: Sailor V, Minako was cursed to never find happiness because she would always put her duty ahead of her own desires. At the wedding, she would have been the one to catch the bouquet if she hadn't immediately ran to Nanoha's side when she collapsed. After Metallia is finally defeated her duty is finally relieved and she can pursue her desires.
An early chapter mentions a dream Nanoha had about eating a large pile of sweet potatoes, only to wake up and realize that she had been chewing on Yuuno (In ferret form) in her sleep. This was taken from one of the cut to commercial scenes in As.
Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: If Beryl hadn't decided to attack the Moon Princess, the TSAB would have remained ignorant of the problem and Nanoha would have simply gone to the wedding and left again afterwards.
Not What It Looks Like: In an omake, Fate decides to punish Nanoha for breaking her convalescence leave again by tying her to a bed. Hayate walks in, notices their state of undress, and comes to a kinkier conclusion. In her defense, they were officially a couple by this point.
Offhand Backhand: Jupiter gets several during the battle for Tokyo. It helps that she was put through Training from Hell that was meant to improve her reflexes, among other things.
While not shown outright, it is highly suggested that the Senshi started feeling this as Nanoha was now cleared to take a direct hand in their training.
Shamal and Nanoha have a mild form of this when they learn just how powerful Hotaru really is; the first ever SSS!
Beryl gets it bad when she nearly gets taken out by a Dungeon Bypass and then realizes exactly why Serenity's reincarnation is known as The White Devil.
Out-of-Character Moment: Some see Nanoha's Calling The Old Woman Out as this, not necessarily because of her arguments (Nanoha is considerably more responsible than Usagi or Serenity), but because throughout, Nanoha is blunt and holds nothing back. Others suggest that her emotional state at the time influenced it.
Papa Wolf: Shirou tells Jadeite that he won't stand for people threatening his daughter, but soon afterward, Jadeite breaks his arm, making his threat hollow.
Luna never bothers to explain to Fate why she needs to talk to Nanoha. Justified when Artemis later explains that was how he and Luna used to do things back during the Moon Kingdom; they're used to having the authority to get things done without being questioned.
Fate thinks that Luna is a familiar (like Arf) or a shapeshifter mage (like Yuuna) and so she doesn't think the situation is urgent. The TSAB has plenty of powerful mages so there's no reason (to her knowledge) that Luna needs Nanoha specifically. Because of this, Luna thinks that Fate thinks that her problem is a 'minor bureaucratic issue to be passed to the next desk while she goes on a coffee break.'
If you go over the opening chapters and look at what each party is saying to the other from only one perspective at a time, it's more understandable as to why said poor communication turned out so disastrously. As Fate said, "It doesn't matter what is true, but what the person believes to be true."
Power Creep, Power Seep: Naturally, there has to be a bit of power level balancing to be done with this sort of crossover, given the two different magics at work.
For instance, Jupiter is said to have knocked out two TSAB Mooks with her bare hands; Jupiter is the only one of the Inners with any kind of formal martial arts training, and the average TSAB mook is a Squishy Wizard due to the TSAB putting more focus on magical combat than hand-to-hand. When Makoto trains with Zafira, who is extremely skilled, she gets her ass kicked several times before she wins a spar.
Word of God says the Senshi are badasses for holding off the Dark Kingdom for a year by themselves and their power levels are roughly equivalent to A-rank mages by the Bureau's reckoning, which is a significant boost over their usual performance. However the TSAB considers the Senshi A-class in raw power because as far as they're concerned the Senshi are practically untrained. That is to say, they have a lot of power, but no idea how to effectively use it so enemies that A-rank mages stomp on are trouble for them.
Prophecy Twist: Nephrite foretells that the Moon Princess will come to harm at the wedding ceremony. Beryl takes that to mean that the Moon Princess will die, and has Jadeite attack the wedding. Nanoha injures herself further after using a Divine Buster on Jadeite, but survives.
Ret Gone: The fate of Chibi-Usa Expy Picoha in an omake when she tries to prevent Nanoha and Fate from becoming friends and is stopped by Vivio. Because Nanoha doesn't create Crystal Tokyo, she is never born.
Rule of Symbolism: The Ginzuisho, most important of the Royal Moon Family's crown jewels and their greatest weapon, is absorbed by Raising Heart and becomes one more mode for Nanoha to use in service to the TSAB.
Screening The Call: Fate doesn't want Nanoha to return to active duty until she's fully recovered from her injuries, and thus prevents her from finding out the Senshi's reasons for looking for her or that they are looking for her until shortly before the wedding. Beryl's not going to take that chance...
In regards to Nanoha/Mamoru vs Nanoha/Fate subplot. Word of God says that Nanoha/Mamoru is not set in stone just because of the Reincarnation Romance angle, and the author has noted in proofreading discussion that Mamoru is making a crucial mistake in thinking of Nanoha as "the Princess" and not as "Takamachi Nanoha".
In Sailor Moon, it is implied that because the Earth Prince and Moon Princess were lovers in their previous lives, they are destined to be lovers again in their current ones. I don't find that plausible. I find the interpretation presented in the Deverry novels by Katherine Kerr to be more likely. In those stories, two people with a strong connection to each other (positive or negative) in one life will be inclined to similar feelings if they meet in another life, but they aren't bound to it. Reincarnated lovers will be inclined to like each other when they meet, making it easier for them to become lovers again, and reincarnated enemies will be inclined to dislike each other, making it easier for them to find a new reason to fight in the current life, but these are not set in stone. Reincarnated enemies can resolve their differences. Reincarnated lovers can end up parting ways. One's previous lives might influence the person they become, but it doesn't define them absolutely. Nanoha is not Princess Serenity. Mamoru is not Prince Endymion.
For what it's worth, many reviewers have noted that Nanoha wouldn't be quite as good a match for him as Usagi is, but take that as you well.
Nanoha also makes this decision in regards to the Moon Kingdom. She isn't interested in reviving it at all and instead only sees it as something of historical interest. Luna is not happy about that at all.
Senseless Sacrifice: The death of the original Sailor Venus, in the eyes of Nanoha. Not because of anything that Venus did, but because Princess Serenity didn't make any effort to make Venus' sacrifice mean anything.
Sequel Hook: An omake in which Minako, now a music student on her school's annual charity concert tour, is forced to transform into Sailor Venus to repel a monster attack - on stage, during a performance and in front of Michiru Kaioh.
Set Right What Once Went Wrong: Chibi-Moon tries to do this in the omake of Chapter Ten, since Nanoha and Fate getting together would mean her and the future Moon Kingdom vanishing forever. Vivio is under the impression that she's doing the same thing when she stops Chibi-Moon.
Shout-Out: The disguise pen-fake Nanoha gambit in chapter 12 ends on one of these. The chapter is even called Operation Bowser.
Super Mode: Lunar Excellion Nanoha is the closest powerup to Nanoha becoming a Sailor Senshi; her barrier jacket is altered to a shorter skirt, is more skin tight, and her hair turns plantinum blonde.
Switching P.O.V.: The narration switches between focusing on the Nanoha cast and the Sailor Moon cast, which determines which characters are referred to by name or how situations are described. For example, Fate finds "the cat" to be a nuisance who can potentially interrupt Nanoha's recovery, while Luna thinks that "the Dark Senshi" has brainwashed the princess and is threatening the fate of the world. After the two sides start working together, this effect lessens, though the POV continues to switch among the various characters (including the villains).
Taught by Experience: The Senshi have no formal training and instead have a year of irregular life-or-death fights. When they have a mock battle with TSAB agents (C rank) it is six agents against five senshi. The agents are better trained and better coordinated with the senshi's only advantages being raw power and fighting instinct. The Senshi win. The author notes go further and state that if that were a real battle, the agents would be dead and the senshi would only be roughed up and inconvienced by bindings.
Training from Hell: The Senshi believe Nanoha's training is like this with Ami straight up saying that "The Princess is a monster". They accept it since it is clear that she intends to make them into the elite soldiers they were in a past life. Then Nanoha gets better...
Tranquil Fury: Nanoha is not pleased with her sister getting kidnapped.
As Vita looked up to Nanoha's eyes, she couldn't help the cold pit forming in her stomach. The same cold she had felt when she had seen those eyes leveled at her from a young girl, surrounded by fire. She remembered what she had called the girl back then...
Transformation Trinket: Nanoha gets one from the Sailor V arcade game. Fate promptly ships it off to the TSAB to be studied when she realized Luna sent it to Nanoha.
Undying Loyalty: Lots of Nanoha's friends have this for here but special mention goes to Vita. Fate theorizes two possible outcomes for when the TSAB hears about the situation on Earth: 1.) Hayate is granted premission to take her knights to Earth and 2.) Hayate is not granted premission and Vita takes time off for a vacation on Earth.
The Sailor Senshi, partly due to not operating under the same rules of engagement as the Bureau and partly due to a lack of formal training are currently roughly equivalent to A rank, but have the potential to fight at AAA rank level.
If Beryl wasn't so determined to kill Nanoha, it's highly likely that Nanoha and Fate would still be suspicious of the Sailor Senshi. Way to go, Beryl...She regretted bitterly when Miyuki pointed this and the fact that she had no interest in Endymion at all.
Precia's method of drawing energy at a hospital is too blatant and serves to draw the attention of the TSAB quickly, resulting in Alicia ending up in Bureau custody.
Luna takes one look at Fate's barrier jacket — black color scheme, metal gauntlets, ominous-looking cape, etc etc — and immediately decides that Fate is evil. This would be (True in Sailor Moon but it's False in Lyrical Nanoha.
After Miyuki's attempt to attack Queen Beryl after Nephrite captured her was finally stopped, Beryl thought Nephrite had intended for that to happen. Then again, she is a Bad Boss.
Averted. The Mistress Nine parasite is identified and removed before it gets entrenched deep enough in Hotaru's soul to actively fight back, Germatoid is killed attempting to stop Shamal from doing this and his action leads to the police investigating the school which leads to his assistant's defeat at the hands of Makoto when she tries to stop the police. Thus the Death Busters' operations are dismantled before they're even equipped to be a threat. Even Pharaoh 90 is dealt with; Fate informs Chrono of its location and he sends a fleet to blast it into dust.
Played straight with Metallia's revival because Beryl acquires the Jewel Seeds.
You Shall Not Pass: Jupiter attempted one of these during the fall of the Moon Kingdom. She died in the attempt (messily), but between herself and Mercury they bought Queen Serenity enough time to stop Metallia.