A Lyrical Nanoha fanfic-in-progress written by Andy Moczo (author of the pure crack that is Uninvited Guests) taking a shot at writing an action story. Set between the second and third seasons of the Nanoha anime, Infinity is a story that, in the author's own words, 'plays fast and loose with canon' by inserting an entire new major case into a time when canonically nothing happened, yet still makes a fair effort to remain Original Flavor.Six months after the Book of Darkness incident, Nanoha, Fate, and of courseArf are sent to stop some pirates from stealing from an archeological site. While everything seems immediately to go well and the criminals and stolen artifacts are quickly handed off for transport, it doesn't take too horribly long for the transport ship to be hacked by a new foe who obtains the stolen orbs for their own designs.One week later during a planned picnic with Nanoha and her friends, even Suzuka and Arisa, Fate meets a... let's call her strange girl by the name of Tsukuyomi who is looking for her brother. Besides the oddity in her mannerisms she's noticeable for wearing a formal kimono in a park and having blue hair (though Fate admits having a purple-haired friend muddies the waters a bit in what a 'normal' hair colour is). After some awkwardness and more weirdness on Tsukuyomi's part her older, but no less odd, brother, Susanoo, finds her. After asking Nanoha to translate where they're supposed to be going, they take off into the air, flying at high speed for Tokyo. The girls quickly decide that they MIGHT have to reschedule their picnic and take off after the unknowns.What follows is a story that manages to pull off being both hilarious and yet suitably dramatic, with equal parts action and humor (ocassionaly drawn from Character Exaggeration born from memes and series in-jokes)) and makes them work. Even better, it features all the main characters from the first two seasons prominently, and gives them all chances to shine quite brilliantly; even a character or two from the third season get a cameo appearance. Can be found here.Not to be confused with the tabletop wargame Infinity or Infinity: The Quest for Earth.
Achievements in Ignorance: Tsukuyomi has no problems solving impossible theorems, conjectures and postulates of math thanks to advanced technology downloaded into her, and afterwards she simply says that she hoped she passed. She can also whip up a mean feast. But her best talent is probably being a painter. Probably, because beautiful paintings appear out of nowhere in her presence, but nobody remembers her painting them, not even her.
Accidental Misnaming: As a Running Gag, Susanoo will never get Nanoha's name right. He seems to have the general sound of it down, but tends to usually end up with something like 'Nanako', even when others directly point out to him he's got her name wrong.
A God Am I: Enlil gets a wee bit carried away in Chapter 26:
Anything That Moves: Amaterasu has thus far displayed varying levels of attraction to Arf, Signum, Chrono, Nanoha, Fate Yuuno, and... er... both of her own siblings.
Apologetic Attacker: Besides the Heroine's legendary predilection for this, Tsukuyomi, Susanoo and Amaterasu all dip into this at times. It's made clear from the get-go that they have absolutely nothing against the heroes, and in some cases outright respect and like them, but circumstances force them to fight.
Amaterasu:"You ask me to do my worst? You delusional pocket calculator, you have never seen my worst."
Badass Normal: Shirou. Sure, Amaterasu should have already been dead several times over by the time he got to her, and there is no way he could repeat it in a proper fight, but he still managed to knock her out. Which is one up on pretty much everyone else.
After narrowly avoiding getting Gigant-Hammered...
Amaterasu: In the name of every god there ever was, the hat will grow back!
Vita:It's the principle of the thing!
When Nanoha reminds Precia that she's wholly responsible for Alicia's condition, the only thing she ever truly cared about, Precia flips out in grand style. And she did that on purpose, by the way.
In Chapter 23, Amaterasu suggests to Signum that she should abandon Hayate, as her attachment and devotion to her mistress seems to be making Signum weak. A few seconds later, Amaterasu is staring up at the sky from her position on her back, coughing up soot, and says, "Wow. I did hit a nerve." Of course, that was exactly the reaction she had been hoping for.
Beware the Nice Ones: Shamal scares the bejeesus out of Nanoha and Fate in Chapter 20 for not taking it easy after the battle.
And Lindy. Sweet mother of god, Lindy. Especially in chapter 25, when her Mama Bear tendencies hit the stage.
Susanoo seems like a goofball most of the time, but if his family is in danger....
Blood Knight: Amaterasu. However, she seems to have different kinds of Blood Knight personalities, varying between a cold, serious murder machine and openly admitting she's finding the battle a turn-on. Which she uses seems to depend on some combination of how angry she is... and how sexually attracted she is to her opponent. Yikes.
As of Chapter 25, it seems her switching her Barrier Jacket into its Final Drive Mode is an indicator of when she's switched over.
Brainwashed and Crazy: In a very, very, subtle way; Enlil herself. Yggdrasil tweaked the brain-tape uploaded into Alicia Testarossa's corpse just enough for her to willingly launch a first strike with a weapon the worst lunatics ever to hold power in the Infinite Empire's history would only use out of desperation.
"You have to stop this, mother. Only you can. Because if you don't, then you are allowing billions of people to die. And at the end of it,the only thing you'll be getting for your troubles is another me."
Subverted for now, since the speech seems to only makes her angrier.
Breather Episode: Generally speaking, each major battle that takes place will be followed by a few chapters of exposition, character interaction, and occasional fluff.
Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Susanoo, Tsukuyomi, and Amaterasu. It's been implied that 'god' is merely a title or nickname they were awarded for several centuries of combat service, during which they were basically undefeated, and they certainly have the skill to back it up, even without considering the hints that they are currently operating at considerably less than their full power. But... to put it bluntly, you wouldn't know it from their personalities.
Admiral Lindy as well, as everyone thinks that she made the rank purely due to personality, and she certainly is very flighty. She specifically says this in chapter 25, while demonstrating to Precia exactly how wrong that is.
Cassandra Truth: Tsukuyomi finds the idea that Amaterasu was attacked by a war machine on their homeworld and barely escaped with her life so impossible that she concludes Nanoha is lying despite her hostage Alisa being a thought away from agonizing death.
Cerebus Syndrome: Invoked in chapter 36. The series has its dark moments before, but for the first time, there's possibility that the enemies, because of situation, will be irreconcilable. Thankully subverted... then Double Subverted with the appearance of War Units. Moczo even states that chapter 41 will be the last happy-funny chapter
Alisa (After hearing the talents of Susanoo's family): ... So basically, your family is insane.
Susanoo: All the best ones are!
Combat Pragmatist: Averted somewhat by the antagonists, as they tend to mostly mess around. However, if pressed hard enough they will stoop to shooting someone in the back.
Taken Up to Eleven by Nanoha in chapter 36. She knows that she had no chance defeating Tsuku in straight-up, honest combat, so what she do? Digging personal information from Ammy to be used in psychological warfare, of course.
Comically Missing the Point: Signum, surprisingly, is the biggest offender. There are stuff likes "capable of using sword with my left hand, so it's not a problem" when Hayate worries about her condition, and thinking about her sword sheathe when Fate worries (and awed about how non-chalantly she takes her injuries) about her condition.
She and Hayate are bonding over this, much to Signum's complete horror.
Cybernetics Eat Your Soul: The 'Black Cat' cyborgs are essentially people who have had so much of their body and brain replaced by machinery that they no longer have a human mind.
Not to mention What Yggdrasil did to Enlil's mind.
Crippling Overspecialization: Yuuno's defenses prove completely impenetrable to anything Tsukuyomi can throw at him (much like as against Vita, in the series), but his offensive abilities are too limited and weak to threaten her, either.
Lindy, as you might have gathered from the fact that she sealed the Garden of Time in the original anime, specializes in sealing and energy manipulation, and can do very little with normal combat. Chapter 25 demonstrates how little this matters when you have a plan and you are very, very, angry at someone.
Establishing Character Moment: The peculiar manner in which Tsukuyomi and Susanoo act in their first scene immediately clues the viewer in to their individual personalities, and is enough to instantly alert the girls to the fact that they're not from around here. And Amaterasu's is... well, see the entry below for Marshmallow Hell.
Exact Words: Being artificial life forms bound to follow the commands of their ruler, Amaterasu, Tsukuyomi and Susanoo all use this occasionally with a hefty dose of Loophole Abuse whenever they think they need to. Tsukuyomi and Susanoo use this in Chapter 33 to go against a direct order to not track down Amaterasu after her fight with Yggdrasil.
Friendly Enemy: Susanoo generally seems to consider the battles with the cast more of a game than anything else, and has openly stated he already thinks of at least Fate and Nanoha as friends... while still fighting them. He even, in their first fight, declares Fate to be his apprentice and tries to teach her to be more excited about combat. As well as giving pointers in how to more effectively use her various attacks.
Gag Echo: "...so your whole family is completely insane, then?"
Good Is Not Dumb: Of course, all of the good guys continue being as smart as they usually are, but one must also mention the goofy, friendly foe that is Susanoo.
Precia had made the mistake many people did: Susanoo was loud, and goofy, and friendly, and would put himself at risk to avoid killing people he didn't need to. He was nice, and people thought that made him soft. But if he felt something he truly cared about was in danger, if he stopped trying to be soft, and got really, really serious...
Hypocritical Humor/ Irony: In chapter 36, when rescuing Nanoha and Fate, Signum and Vita accused Susanoo and Tsukuyomi of dishonorable behavior for fighting a duel against significantly weaker mages and going all out, which is not terribly different than how they themselves acted during points of A's. What makes this more ironic is that their reasoning is practically the same (to save their loved ones).
Lack of Empathy: As of Chapter 30, it appears Enlil suffers from this. For instance, not understanding why Precia is upset that Alicia's brain has been overwritten and is currently serving as Enlil's new body. Or why the other protagonists are upset.
Lady of War: Besides the examples in the canon cast, Tsukuyomi when using her device's close-range form and Amaterasu all the time.
Fate's jaw dropped. She... she... that should kill someone, shouldn't it? Shouldn't that kill a person? And yet, the older woman looked, right now, as if she'd taken a nasty spill off a bicycle at worst. She didn't even seem terribly uncomfortable, in sharp contrast to how Fate herself felt.
Lindy:"Fate... did you see her, after your encounter? Did you look at that girl, broken in the dirt after what you did to her? Because I did, I saw my little girl lying half-dead in a hospital bed, and I saw the burns on my son's body from when he tried to save her and you tried to kill him for it. What mother could possibly be neutral after that? ...You tried to kill my children. Did you think I wouldn't take it personally?
Named Weapons: The current batch of villains continue the series trend of having named Intelligent Devices, with Raijin for Susanoo, Suijin for Tsukuyomi and Kagutsuchi for Ameterasu.
Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Seeing that Nanoha was in danger, but not that she was successfully talking her way out of it, Yuuno and Chrono attack Tsukuyomi just when Nanoha was getting through to her. This causes Tsukuyomi to believe that Nanoha was simply lulling her into a false sense of security and thus Tsukuyomi decides to fight seriously. Nanoha was not happy.
And now she's four times more powerful and even more upset, while Nanoha is barely able to keep herself in the air.Thanks guys, really.
Not-So-Harmless Villain: Amaterasu comes across as a flirtatious goofball most of the time, but if she starts fighting seriously...
Not to mention Susanoo. The key sentence: He just didn't try very hard.
Not So Stoic: Tsukuyomi is very bothered with Nanoha's attempts to become friends with her, and finds herself responding despite herself. Her stoic demeanor finally cracks when Nanoha manages to accurately dissect her feelings, and she almost ready to let Nanoha to leave instead of incapacitating her... then Chrono and Yuuno had to screw it all up. She's not amused with this.
Oh Crap: Vita has this reaction in Chapter 21; when Signum says that Amaterasu is the most dangerous opponent, Vita says rather dismissively that if Signum hadn't been hurt when she fought Amaterasu, she would never lose one on one. Signum replies that she's not sure about that, actually.
Vita: Oh. Damn.
Precia in chapter 25.
Everybody except for Enlil, Susanoo, Tsukuyomi, and Amaterasu in Chapter 26.
Person as Verb: In-universe, to "pull a Chrono" has come to mean doing something very strenous and fainting afterwards. Chrono is not pleased when he hears of this.
Person of Mass Destruction: In addition to the usual suspects, Precia, whom shows that without the illness that plagued her in the series, is strong (and aggressive) enough to defeat Hayate. Then the artificial gods get their long-awaited power up and show us exactly why they were called gods.
Psycho Electro: Precia's back. And as the story goes on, Susanoo shows a certain unstable side himself...
Psycho Lesbian: Amaterasu seems to have focused her, ahem, intentions on Signum. During their battle in Chapter 22, she takes the battle seriously, almost decapitating Signum in her first attack; a few moments later, she tells Signum, "I won't rest until you acknowledge my feelings for you and agree to become my personal kitten!" Signum is not amused.
"I'm just not a one-woman woman. I've lived for a long time, and I've developed very cavalier attitudes towards romantic encounters. So you need to know right now, there will be other women. And men. And occasionally one of each at the same time, or two of one, or several of each in varying combinations, and of course you can be one of the women involved in any of those situations, and..."
Ship Tease: Conspicuously and deliberately absent until recently. The author has gone on record stating how amusing he finds the fact that there are so many people out there who spend so much of their time obsessing over the love lives of completely fictional characters.
In recent chapter, Amy gives her "Go to hell" toward Amaterasu after she's flirting too much with Chrono. Amaterasu even lampshades it.
"Oooooh, someone's got a cruuuuuush..."
In recent chapter, Amaterasu is just too happy to tease Yuuno, pet him on the head and play tour-guide to fulfill his archeological enthusiasm. Nanoha isn't amused. Though, admittedly this might have just been the fact that Amaterasu is 1,800 years old and Yuuno is ten.
After Amaterasu disturbs him with the notion that he might like Fate, Susanoo admits to Fate that Ammy would be right if Fate was a little older. If, and only if. After all, he's not Amaterasu.
Spirited Competitor: Susanoo, who loves to fight, but finds it distasteful to actually hurt anyone, and is especially apologetic for having done so to Hayate.
Recent chapters appear to clarify that he doesn't really mind if he puts people in the hospital so long as he does it 'fairly'. His definition of the term, that is. The trope is also deconstructed somewhat in the same, since while he's not nearly as bad as Ammy, he's still kind of a nut bar.
And other characters start spouting this, with varied quality.
Tempting Fate: Chrono at the end of chapter 5. The author also loves to let characters start enjoying peace, smooth sailing or a good mood, only to be utterly screwed next sentence. Or even in the same sentence.
"Teleport functioning as expected, Admiral. Transmission away, and not a sign of interference from THOSE BASTARDS!" Amy suddenly shrieked. "How did they do that? How did they do that? I hate them I hate them I hate them!"
One of the glorious application of this is applied to Enlil, of all people.
Theme Naming: Besides the series' tradition of naming characters for cars, the primary enemy combatants (and all of their intelligent devices) are named for Shinto gods, and the Big Bad is named after a Mesopotamian deity. Of course, considering their respective ages, it's more likely the gods are named after them.
The other guardian gods were also named after gods, specifically Greek gods for the support units and Norse gods for the insanely violent new antagonists, the war units.
This Is Gonna Suck: Amaterasu, just before Nanoha unleashes a desperate, brand-new attack.
Troperiffic: If it's a meme or trope associated with the Nanoha series, you can bet the author will take it an run with it. Considering he has admitted in author's notes that he is aware this page exists and he occasionally edits it, that's probably to be expected.
True Companions: Besides the canonical characters' immensely strong bonds, the original-character villains have a particularly wacky-yet-touching variety, contrasted sharply by Precia's presence.
First, the enemy must not be even remotely approachable. They must be something that not only refuses to see reason but is not even capable of seeing reason, something monstrous and inhuman that will only destroy and destroy and destroy until it is stopped.
Second, there must be innocent lives in danger. Her own did not count; these had to be other innocent lives. A whole world… her friends… even some silly little alien penguins that she'd spent a few minutes playing with, just for fun. She must have something to protect.
Should these circumstances be met, it is possible to see Nanoha Takamachi fight with true seriousness. It is, despite the brilliantly magnificent light-show that tended to result, not a pretty sight. She doesn't get any more powerful, or faster, or more intelligent somehow, no.
Chapter 36 shows how low Nanoha would fight for her ideals. She didn't hesitate to use personal information from Ammy to engage in No Holds Barred Psychological Warfare, exploiting Tsuku's hesitation to score cheap shots, and practically forcing Tsuku's conscience to acknowledge her. All in the name of making friends, of course.
Unstoppable Rage: Amaterasu accidentally damages Vita's hat. Also, Arf flies into one after Precia hurts Fate, Fate flies into one against Precia after she hurt Arf, and only a sneak shot from Tsukuyomi stops Fate from slicing Precia in two. Then, Nanoha deliberately' sends Precia into one to distract her.
Villainous Breakdown: Enlil had a big one after Lindy shot down her proposal to make the TSAB stand down and allow the worlds it administrates to come under her rule, while implying that Enlil would be no better than a tyrant by forcibly taking over the worlds that didn't want her interference. After coming to the "realization" that Al Hazard's name isn't considered remotely threatening anymore, this is Enlil's response:
"...I am ordering the Al Sethis defense grid be reconfigured, immediately, to release the Tears of Al Hazard on the world of Midchilda. As soon as a targeting solution can be acquired." Enlil said. Her voice could have made icicles form on the table, if one didn't get the sense the chill was very, very much an illusion covering the explosion taking place beneath. "She wishes to remind me that Al Hazard no longer exists? I think I owe her nothing less than to show her why."
Susanoo: You have the control to set up a bind that can nullify even my strength, and you can do it when you're wounded and taking hits, while casting other combat magic at the same time? I'd say you're one of those 'monsters' yourself.
He learnt his style from Lindy. Now imagine how much better Lindy is. Or just read chapter 25. Damn.
Yuuno and Arf, the former a Barrier Warrior with little offensive options and the latter a familiar who simply Can't Catch Up, still compensate their weaknesses by the fact that they are VERY helpful.
As a major plot point is the Infinite Empire mages tending to run on a lot of raw power, the canon cast has had to become this by necessity.
Weapon of Mass Destruction: The "Tears of Al-Hazred" are strongly implied to be one. It is eventually revealed that the 'planet' of Al-Sethis is actually a planet-sized FTL-capable artificial construct, and the "Tears" involve repurposing its propulsion systems as a super-sized dimensional distortion weapon, akin to the Arc-en-Ciel used by the TSAB but FAR larger and more powerful. If used on Midchilda, the best-case scenario would be the entire planet being wiped from existence and swallowed by / reduced to the Dimensional Sea. The worst-case is that it would set off a chain-reaction engulfing multiple dimensions and collapse half of reality.
And then Fate understood. She understood why her mother was working under these people. She understood what could have coerced Precia... Precia Testarossa!... into a life of servitude. She understood why mother would hate this woman so thoroughly, and at the same time be so totally unwilling to do anything to oppose her.
The Twilight Queen's voice... the voice had seemed so oddly familiar because, slight accent aside, it was her own voice.
Fate: "A... Alicia...?"
"After all," Enlil said, as the stunned Fate watched her own lips curl into an amused smirk. "We're practically sisters."