Fanfic / Zero no Tsukaima: Saito the Onmyoji

Zero no Tsukaima: Saito the Onmyoji is a The Familiar of Zero Fan Fic that, like Code Geass: The Prepared Rebellion, is a mix of Alternate Universe Fic and Rational Fic written by Seer King.

Saito Hiiraga has recently graduated from the Imperial Academy of Onmyoji in Japan and, while on his way to his assigned shrine, is knocked into the summoning portal by a group of monks and subsequently brought to the Tristain Academy of Magic when it is time for Louise to summon her familiar.


This work contains examples of:

  • Adaptational Badass: In canon, Saito was a normal human before being summoned. Here, he's a fully-accredited onmyoji, and coming to Tristain only made his powers greater.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Urajirosatoukaede is referred to as simply "Kaede" by Saito. She allows him to do this as "master's privilege".
  • Amplifier Artifact: Apparently common on Saito's world, he and other onmyogi use their talismans to bolster their own magic with the ambient energy, allowing them to achieve results using only a fraction of what it would take if it used their own energy, Western mages tend to use Harry Potter styled wands, and Johan uses his jewels.
  • Anger Born of Worry: Both of Saito's familiars have this after his encounter with Johan. Even if they wouldn't have been any help against the jewel mage, they believe that Saito should have given them a heads up.
  • Automatic Crossbows: Saito gets one, though he has yet to use it.
  • Background Magic Field: Halkagenia's is significantly stronger than Earth's to the point that Saito's spells aren't simply more powerful, he actually can get magical poisoning if he doesn't cast spells periodically while his reserves are building up.
  • Badass Teacher: Besides the canon examples, Saito himself after becoming Professor of Magical Morals.
  • Behemoth Battle:
    • Chapters 12-13 have one between Fouquet's earth golem and Saito's wood golem.
    • Chapters 16-17 have one between the wood golem and Johan's jewel golem.
  • Big Sister Bully: Louise's older sister Eleonore.
  • Blood from the Mouth: Happens to Colbert during his fight with von Leopold.
  • Boomerang Bigot: Johan, possibly as a result of his geas, is particularly brutal against his male opponents. Before Saito, one living through an attack by him was pretty much unheard of.
  • Bodyguard Crush: Both of Saito's familiars seem to be crushing on him. This is confirmed to be the case with Kaede in Chapter 17.
  • Catch-22 Dilemma: The mages of Saito's world know that their Void magic is being stolen, but apparently the only way to do anything about it would require Void magic.
  • The Coroner Doth Protest Too Much: Apparently there's been cases where someone who stood in the way of the church either suddenly stood aside or died under unusual circumstances. One example was an Earl who possessed a relic of Brimir and refused to let the church have it. He later died in a hunting accident, despite being sixty years old and hating hunting, and left the relic to the church in his will.
  • Covert Pervert: Saito is just as perverted as canon, he's just better at hiding it.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Saito and his supply of talismans. Most onmyoji students only prepare month-long batches at a time; Saito prepares enough for five months at a time. Onmyoji in general tend to be pretty prepared as well.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Saito's familiars are an Oni and a Succubus, but both are good people.
  • Dark-Skinned Redhead: Kaede's father Kurotoma has pitch-black skin and long red hair.
  • Dirty Old Man: Osmand/Osmond
  • Disney Death: In Chapter 16, Saito is seemingly killed by Johan with an ice spell. But in Chapter 17, it's revealed that he survived, thanks to Derflinger teleporting him away, which allowed him to avoid it (aside from getting his right arm frozen).
  • Drama-Preserving Handicap: Johan can't combine his stolen techniques because the families he stole them from tended to fued, and thus made sure that they were incompatible.
  • The Dreaded:
  • Elemental Rock-Paper-Scissors: Using the Wu Xing as a guide, Saito uses mainly Wood spells against Foquet.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Even Headmaster Osmond finds the "Deflowering Punishment" abhorrent, and only includes it in Saito and Louise's master-apprentice contract because he has to. He notes that those who set the rules regarding such contracts were disgustingly perverted even by his standards.
  • Evil Versus Evil: Minister Richemont hints that Reconquista is plotting to get rid of the individual who attacked the castle (not knowing it's von Leopold), viewing them as a potentially dangerous variable who could scupper their plans if left to their own devices.
  • Exact Words: Averted with the Master/Servant Contract. The servant is required to obey both the letter and the spirit of their master's orders.
  • Fantastic Racism: Metallic Oni are discriminated against by most pureblooded Oni, to the point that having two loving parents like Kaede does is highly unusual.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Graf Johan von Leopold at his most composed. The politeness of his language does absolutely nothing to mask his condescending manner, and his brutality and self-centeredness speak for themselves.
  • Geas: Graf Johan von Leopold cannot use his magical abilities to kill or maim females because of one of these that was placed on him by his former mentor (that he later poisoned) before she agreed to teach him (and he notes that it seems to be growing in power, as he's now finding it harder to hurt women at all). Trying to bypass a monster protecting the contract is what caused the man to be sent to Halkagenia in the first place.
  • Gemstone Assault: Johan is a very skilled Jewel Mage.
  • Gilded Cage: Wardes' prison cell is more luxurious than his own mansion, but he still chafes at his lack of freedom.
  • Golem: Saito has plenty of skill in the creation and use of wood golems.
  • Had To Be Sharp: Mages from Saito's world have to contend with both constantly improving Muggle technology and the fact several magical factions are at war with one or more other factions. As a result, their magic had to advance for them to survive. Contrast Halkagenia where technology is still roughly Iron Age level and mages rule the world.
  • Half-Breed Discrimination: Saito's familiar Kaede is a "silver oni", the child of a white oni and a black oni. Like most "metallic oni", she was treated as a second-class citizen by pureblood oni.
  • He Knows Too Much: Subverted. Wardes initially thinks Reconquista is going to have him and Matilda killed to prevent them from talking, they're instead broken out of prison. He is wary of this happening in the future though, and decides to make a plan for a quick escape if needed.
  • Historical In-Joke: It's implied the Mongol invasions of Japan were foiled by large groups of Onmyoji joining together to create typhoons that wrecked their fleets.
  • Horny Devils: Emereldas, one of Saito's familiars, is a succubus. She's a decent person, however.
  • I Owe You My Life: Henrietta states as much after Saito saves her from an assassination attempt.
  • Jaw Drop: Von Leopold has a habit of doing this when he's surprised.
  • Klingon Promotion: Johan von Leopold's second in command, Adolf Kempner, attempted to kill him and take his place on the Concave of Thirteen. He succeeded in the latter, but his sabotage sent von Leopold to Halkagenia rather than killing him.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: Johan is forced to retreat after Saito destroys his next-to-last gem.
  • Let Her Grow Up, Dear: While Kaede's father is very protective of her, his wife thinks she needs to be able to make her own decisions since she's almost an adult.
  • Lightworlder: A magical variant. Onmyojis have their talismans absorb and focus ambient magic and combine it with their own to cast their spells. Saito in particular has his Fire talismans take in a lot more ambient fire magic to compensate for his low proficiency in them. Compared to Earth, Halkagenia has a lot more ambient magic, so any spell Saito casts through his talismans (especially Fire Magic) becomes... substantial.
    • The higher level of ambient magic also means that Saito's body absorbs a lot more of it over time than he is normally used to, meaning that he can be poisoned by magic buildup if he doesn't cast spells to relieve the pressure while his reserves build up and adjust.
  • Loophole Abuse: When Saito and Louise enter into a Master/Apprentice Contract, one of the punishments required for the contract to be legal (and thus any use at all to them) is the Deflowering Punishment. However, there's no laws specifying the infraction required to warrant said punishment beyond it has to be something possible for Louise to do. So the two of them set the infraction to the rather improbable "Casting ten explosions at Saito with malicious intent within five minutes followed by hitting him three times with a riding crop or whip".
    • Later Saito points out that since there hasn't been a human Familiar since the laws regarding Familiars was written, there are several loopholes regarding his situation. For example, bedding Louise's personal maid would hardly be considered improper should it ever occur.
    • Johan did this to kill his mentor despite his geas, he couldn't kill her via magic, so he poisoned her. It seems that she got the last laugh though, since the geas seems to be getting stronger and he can't get past the monster guarding the physical contract. His last attempt being sabotaged was what sent him to Halkagenia in the first place.
  • Magic A Is Magic A: The story establishes rules for magic and the uses thereof. This consistency transcends dimensions; magic itself works the same on both Earth and Halkagenia, but environmental and societal factors mean that the systems and methods of using it are quite different between the worlds, the former world leaning towards control and efficiency, with the latter focusing on raw power and casting speed.
  • The Magic Goes Away: For centuries some mysterious entity or force has been siphoning away Earth's Void magic, which is part of the reason for Earth's lesser levels of ambient magic and the focus on efficiency in the magic systems (Japan, in particular, had to rebuild their system from the ground up), and some larger spells, like Weather Manipulation, can't be done because enough mages can't link up. Some artifacts created with Void magic still work, and magical society isn't going extinct, but it's a far cry from the past.
  • Magic Knight: Saito is a full-fledged mage, and like in canon, being summoned gave him the power of the Gandalfr. He's more mage than knight at the moment, however.
  • The Magocracy: Outright defied in the backstory. Abe no Seimei forbade onmyoji from holding noble titles or political office, and moreover, from using their magic to influence affairs of state.
  • Mama Bear: Karin big time.
  • Mark of Shame: Karin slashes Wardes across the face after defeating him in a duel, saying the resulting scar will serve as a "mark of [his] betrayal". He later notes that she must have used her magic to make the cut purposefully more jagged than it seemed at first.
  • Man of Kryptonite: Jewel Sorcery was develop partly as a countermeasure against devils and demons. Because of this, they're basically useless against jewel golems, which purify their magic and absorb it, adding it to the caster's own. Since oni are partly demonic in origin, the same applies to them.
  • Medieval Stasis: Both Halkagenia's technology and magic are far behind Earth's and Osmond theorizes it's in part because with the Church (which is highly conservative in nature) mediating between the countries, they haven't had any large scale wars in millennia, leading the development of magic to stagnate. On Earth there are numerous magical factions at war with each other, which, combined with the desire to keep up with technological advances, has led to constant innovation. For example, what Halkagenia considers the best locking spell in the world, Saito considers remarkably simple.
  • Mundane Wish: After saving Princess Henrietta's life, Saito asks for a house as a reward. Given that he could have asked for almost anything except a noble title, and there several places just lying around that she can give to him, it's not a terribly large reward.
  • Mystical White Hair: Byakuren, Kaede's mother, has beautiful long white hair and is an Oni.
  • Neck Lift: Kaede performs one on Wardes when the latter ties to attack Saito.
  • Normal Fish in a Tiny Pond: Saito is only a newly-accredited Onmyoji. However, due to a number of different factors, he's able to go toe-to-toe with some of the most powerful and skilled Halkaginian mages.
  • Nosebleed: Saito nearly has one when Emereldas asks him what he would do if Siesta were in his bed naked and asking him to have sex with her.
  • Not Me This Time: While von Leopold is initially suspected of being behind the attempt on Princess Henrietta's life, Emereldas points out that he probably wasn't responsible for it, given his attitude regarding non-mages. She concludes that him attacking the royal family so soon after somebody tried to snipe Henrietta was probably just a coincidence.
  • Not So Different: Louise feels this way about Saito when she hears about his difficulty with fire magic, feeling like she finally has someone who understands her own magical issues.
  • Oh, Crap!: Saito completely loses his composure when he sees that it was von Leopold who attacked the castle.
  • Oni: Urajirosatoukaede, the other of Saito's familiars, is a full-blown Oni. Saito is allowed to shorten her name to Kaede because of master's privilege though.
  • Onmyodo: As can probably be guessed from the title, Saito is a practitioner of it in this fic.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: When the normally calm and collected Saito gets shaken on finding out that Johan von Leopold is in Tristain, Louise takes notice and gets upset.
  • Outside-Context Problem: Saito himself. He uses a magic system that is both very different and considerably more advanced than what is practiced in the world he's been sent to, so hardly anybody knows what to expect from him or how to deal with him.
    • Johan is a similar case.
  • Overly Long Name: Urajirosatoukaede is quite the mouthful. Thankfully, Saito can just call her "Kaede".
  • Overprotective Dad: Kurotama, Urajirosatoukaede's father, doesn't like his daughter's growing romantic feelings towards Saito. Fortunately, his wife is able to keep his protectiveness in check.
  • Paper Talisman: Saito obviously. He's taken to teaching Louise how to use them as well.
  • Personality Powers: The Onmyogi associate different elements with different emotions and the like, Saito says that a likely reason for his difficulty with fire magic is a lack of passion, for instance.
  • Photographic Memory: Emereldas is able to memorize any spell she's seen, even in passing. This is because, being a shapeshifter, she can give herself the hyper-reactive eyes of a Hyakume.
  • Polyamory: A subplot is Saito building up a harem. He hasn't slept with anyone yet, but he is protective of Louise and Siesta. Future members include his familiars Emereldas and Kaede, and Henrietta.
  • Poor Communication Kills: Saito neglects to inform his familiars that he is fighting Johan. Even though they would have been helpless against his magic, they still felt ill at ease because of their bond with Saito during the fight, and has some serious Anger Born of Worry afterwards.
  • Power Limiter: Saito ends up finding two on Louise that seal her magic. One turns out to be Founder Brimir's seal that is laid on every born Void Mage in order to test their drive for power, the other turns out to be a seal laid by Wardes for the purpose of weakening Louise and making her compliant. Both seals interfering with each other and Louise's sheer magical strength seeping through the cracks are the reason all her spells end up as explosions. Fortunately, Osmond has experience in breaking the second one.
  • Put on a Bus: Due to how long it takes to make a single jewel, Emereldas notes that Johan will be out of commission for three to six months in order to build up a stockpile of them after having all but his emergency backup destroyed.
  • Rational Fic: A lot of characters behave more intelligently than they did in canon.
  • Red Baron: In addition to the canon examples, Johan is known as the "Jewel Master".
  • Red Right Hand: The otherwise normal-looking and even attractive Johan von Leopold has a ghastly scar that cuts diagonally across his face.
  • Rugged Scar: Wardes is given one by Karen during their duel.
  • Shout-Out:
    • The Western Mages of Saito's world make wands in a similar manner to Harry Potter wizards.
    • Emereldas's father was half onimodoki.
  • Samurai: Saito's giant wood golem looks like one, and also fights like one.
  • The Social Darwinist: Johan von Leopold believes that he has the right to do whatever he wants to those weaker than him.
  • Smug Super: Johan tends to let his power go to his head, and frequently underestimates his foes, Halkagenian or not.
  • So Proud of You: After reuniting with her daughter, Karin is so proud of how she dealt with Johan that she commissions a custom swordwand for her, a family tradition and honor that neither of her sisters have earned.
  • The Spartan Way: Onmyoji training is grueling and rigorous and starts relatively early compared to Halkagenian mage training, but the results speak for themselves. Saito is the same age as the students at the academy, yet is already a recently graduated and fully accredited Omnyoji that can hold his own in a fight.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Osmand is called Osmond in this story, although he is called by his correct name early on.
  • The Starscream: Johan von Leopold had one, in the form of his second-in-command Adolf Kempner. As Saito reveals, Kempner altered Johan's notes in an attempt to assassinate him. This resulted in von Leopold being warped to Halkaginia during his attempt to defeat the cockatrice guarding his geas contract and Kempner taking his seat on the Concave.
  • Stating the Simple Solution: Louise worries herself sick over how much control Saito would have over her with a Master/Apprentice Contract until Saito suggests simply not including the harsher punishments.
  • Take That!: There's one to canon's relationship between Saito and Louise. While writing up a Master/Apprentice Contract, the two are told that the Deflowering Punishmentnote  has to be included for it to be legal, they set it to "maliciously casting ten explosions at Saito within five minutes followed by beating him with a whip" to make it as unlikely as possible.
  • Taught by Experience: After fighting Johan, Saito learns he's progressed much further towards becoming a Senior Adept than he should due to a combination of the vast amount of magic in Halkagenia, teaching Louise, and his epic battle against Johan.
  • There's No Place Like Home: All Saito wants to do is break what he views as a runic shackle and go back to his own world.
  • Underestimating Badassery:
    • Since he's only sixteen, most of the students underestimate Saito until his duel with Colbert to demonstrate his skills.
    • Johan tends to underestimate Halkagenian magic users due to his ego. He soon eats his words when said Halkagenian mages and Saito end up destroying all his jewels save his emergency one.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Because Halkagenian mages have more natural ambient magic to work with, their spells tend to fall into this when compared to the Weak, but Skilled magic Saito and other Earth mages use. It certainly doesn't help that most focus on power rather than control, and the lack of innovation doesn't help either, with Saito baffled that they don't even have any spells to measure magical potential (or even a proper term for it), for example. Saito even says that without his talismans using ambient magic to boost his spell-power, he'd be unable to even boil water using the Halkagenian system.
  • Villain: Exit, Stage Left!: In Chapter 17, Johan retreats using his "last resort" jewel after all his others are destroyed.
  • The Von Trope Family: Graf Johan von Leopold.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: Emereldas, one of Saito's familiars, has the ability to transform into any being she has seen or touched.
  • Weak, but Skilled: Due to the differences in magic between the worlds, Saito states he's roughly half as strong as the average student but he's still a fully accredited magic-user.
    • This also applies to the different magic systems as well. Given Halkagenia's overall higher ambient magic level compared to Saito's Earth, its mages are overall stronger, don't require channeling or incantations and can be cast in a fraction of the time, but Saito's magic system has been honed, researched and developed by its mages and is thus a lot more comprehensive, efficient and versatile.
  • Wham Line: Saito drops this bombshell when he figures out what's wrong with Louise's magic.
    Saito: "Those chains represent a seal of some kind. Someone has deliberately sealed your magic."
  • Worf Had the Flu: It's very likely that Johan would've had an even harder time with Karin if she hadn't just finished her duel with Wardes, which he himself admits.
  • Wrong Context Magic: Saito and Johan, being from a world with different rules for magic, are able to constantly confound the natives of Halkagenia.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: After being sprung from prison, Wardes starts to suspect that Reconquista might pull this on him, and makes a mental note to establish an emergency bolthole and an escape route once he has enough money.
  • You Shall Not Pass: Said by Agnès word-for-word as she and Karin hold off Johan von Leopold while Henrietta and her mother escape through a secret passageway to the Academy.


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