Light Novel / Daybreak On Hyperion
Daybreak on Hyperion
is an original English work written in the style of a Light Novel
. Set on the continent of Hyperion in an as yet unnamed world, the story starts at the Königsfeld Academy of Magic in the Kingdom of Weichsel. Pascal Kay Lennart von Moltewitz, the only child of the Kingdom's top military officer has just returned to school after a summer campaign, serving as a junior officer where he was promoted and knighted for his actions. When he is informed that he and his classmates will be summoning their magical familiars he decides that a normal animal familiar will just not do, he decides to modify the ritual to summon a person, one who will be his intellectual equal, but with sufficiently different views that they will not just be a sycophantic Yes-Man
Things do not go quite to plan and while Pascal gets what he wants, it may prove to be more than he bargained for
Note: This is currently a work in progress, available at both Baka-Tsuki
and Krytyk's translations
. The first and second volumes are complete and the third volume is updating semi-regularly but subject to revision.
Daybreak on Hyperion contains examples of:
- Action Girl: Ariadne's family has a reputation to military skill that she is trying to live up to.
- Alien Sky: Hyperion's world doesn't so much have a moon as it does a companion planet with an indigo colour.
- Animesque: Is deliberately written to imitate the style of a Japanese light novel despite being written in English to start with. The start of the plot also bears a rather distinct resemblance to The Familiar of Zero, though it heads off in its own direction fairly quickly.
- Attractive Bent-Gender: Part of the transformation. Pascal put very specific physical requirements into the summoning. Possibly too specific as it was easier for the seeking component of the spell to find someone who met the personality criteria and transform them to meet the physical criteria than expending energy finding someone who fit both.
- BFS: Manteuffel swords. Longer than a bastard sword with blades that are narrower but thicker.
- Blob Monster: White Puddings. Kaede likens them to giant, animate cubes of tofu.
- Book Dumb: Reynald is not stupid, but in his own words hates reading. Serves as a form of Obfuscating Stupidity.
- Dhampyr: Descendants of the original vampires which have been wiped out. The majority of their powers are sealed at a young age and while they don't have to drink blood, doing so allows them to maintain their useful appearance.
- Corrupt Church: The Trinitian Church's hierarchy is more or less a pawn in the Emperor's schemes.
- Covert Pervert: Pascal's fiancée, Princess Sylviane... really likes cute things, much to Kaede's horror.
- The Empire: The Holy Imperium of the Inner Sea. Or the Empire/Imperium for short. Rhin-Lotharingie is also an Empire, but the Imperium fits narratively better and is what locals mean when they say "The Empire."
- Exotic Eye Designs: Dhampir have cross shaped pupils after their powers are sealed.
- Familiar: Pascal showing off by attempting (and succeeding) at being the first to summon a human as a familiar is what kicks the plot off.
- Fantasy Counterpart Culture: All of the nations featured in this story are fantasy counterparts or amalgamations of actual historical states in the real world.
- The Kingdom of Weichsel has been identified by Kaede as a counterpart of the Kingdom of Prussia.
- The Holy Imperium of the Inner Sea is a version of the Roman Empire that never collapsed, with its Trinitian Church a counterpart to a Catholic Church that never underwent an equivalent of the Great Schism.
- The Empire of Rhin-Lotharingie appears to be an amalgamation of a version of the Carolingian Empire mixed together with the various Celtic nations.
- The Greater Jarldom of Skagen and the Kingdom of Västergötland are counterparts of Denmark and Sweden respectively that did not abandon their Norse paganism.
- The Grand Republic of Samara is the Novgorod Republic whose dominant faith is a mixture of Buddhism and Tengrism.
- The Cataliyan Caliphate is a counterpart of the Rashidun Caliphate, combined with the military prowess of the Umayyad Caliphate. It practises the Tauheed faith, the equivalent of Islam in this story.
- The briefly mentioned Shahdom of Chorasmia and the Dawn Imperium appear to be counterparts of Sassanid Persia and Han dynasty China respectively.
- Fantasy Gun Control: Black powder is used in mining but almost non-existent in terms of military applications. This is because vulnerability to enemy magic (fire making premature explosions or water just making it too wet) its considered impractical as the basis for a weapon of war.
- Fiery Redhead: Reynald has red hair and fairly hot temper.
- Flying Spaghetti Monster: Kaede self-identifies as an agnostic-deist but rather than going to into a detailed explanation, just tells Pascal that she's a follower of the Flying Spaghetti Monster
- Functional Magic: A mix of Inherent Gift and Rule Magic. The Inherent Gift is the ability to use magic. The exact rules aren't detailed greatly, but there are at least two main styles of magic, Aura and Rune magic, though its possible to use both.
- Gender Bender: Part of what the summoning spell did to Kaede.
- Gender-Blender Name: Kaede's name is technically gender neutral.
- Giant Flyer: Sky whales exist. Wild ones travel in pods and are treated by herders and wild animals alike as something akin to a natural disaster. Reynald has a baby one as a familiar.
- Grey and Gray Morality: The author spends considerable effort to portray the viewpoints and motivations of all factions in this story as even-handedly as possible, despite its protagonists-centered focus, and the result is a story where no factions are perfect and all have their own fair share of problems.note
- Human Sub Species: Samarans have pale to clear blood with healing properties and extended lifespans similar to powerful mages but appear to be normal humans otherwise.
- I Don't Like the Sound of That Place: The Dead Mountains, a sterile region created by the dying curses of the vampires before they were exterminated.
- In Universe Nickname: Pascal is known as the Runelord by his classmates for his specialising in runic magic
- Kukris Are Kool: Dual Wielding kukris are the preferred close combat weapons of Imperial Mantis Blade assassins. Reynald as well, being trained by his step-mother who is an ex-Mantis Blade.
- The Magocracy: Nobility and magical ability are synonymous in Weichsel at least. Commoners who display magical ability are automatically elevated to the yeomanry from which they and their descendants can at least attempt to further raise their social standing.
- The Medic: Parzifal by necessity has he is incapable of most forms of magic apart from bio-alchemy, of which medical uses are one of the primary applications.
- Mix-and-Match Weapon: Based upon the very real Scandinavian svärdstavar, Swordstaves are the staple armament of the Weischen infantry and well used by the cavalry too.
- Morph Weapon: Among their other tricks, Manteuffel can be turned into long lances.
- No Social Skills: Pascal's formal manners are perfectly fine but he is severely lacking in the social skills that would allow him to actually making friends. Something Kaede plans on correcting.
- Our Genies Are Different: The Cataliyan Caliphate employs jinn to serve as advisers and elite soldiers; every high-ranking Cataliyan military officer would have their own personal jinni who serves as their second-in-command.
- Parental Abandonment: Pascal's mother died when he was young and his father was often absent.
- Pegasus: Ariadne has one for her familiar
- Perfectly Arranged Marriage: Pascal is genuinely smitten with Sylviane. She is fond of him, but often exasperated by his lack of social skills.
- The Perfectionist: Pascal demands perfection from all around him, including himself.
- Reincarnation: Samarans believe in reincarnation and have fragmentary memories from their past lives.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: The heir to the Empire of Rhin-Lotharingie is always an Oriflamme paladin and the only place that an Oriflamme paladin can take on the battlefield is leading from the front.
- Say It with Hearts: Within the limits of the text format Ariadne does this when talking about Parzifal.
- The Social Expert: As an aspiring historian with a particular interest in the why and how of history, Kaede serves as a foil to Pascal's lack of social skills.
- Technicolour Fire: Phoenix's flames are blue and gold and the same goes to the flames they can grant to their companions.
- Trapped in Another World: Kaede, along with a new body.
- Wizarding School: The Weichsel Academy where Pascal and the others are students. Overlaps with Military Academy.
- Wizards Live Longer: Mages can live up to two centuries. The extended lifespans of Samarans are implied to because of their inherently magical nature.
- World's Most Beautiful Woman: Pascal describes his fiancee Sylviane in terms giving this impression. When Kaede actually meets her, she thinks that Ariadne is better looking
- Wreathed in Flames: Oriflamme Paladins when fused with one of the nations's twelve phoenix familiars which Reynald thinks is awesome.
- The 'Burning Throne' of Rhin-Lotharinge is no metaphor or hyperbole, but literally cloaked in purifying flames such that those characters are not deemed worthy of a phoenix's choice, dare not sit upon it, lest they burn for their ambition and avarice.
- You Can't Go Home Again: Kaede has no known way of returning home and may not even be able to.
- You Killed My Father: Subverted, General Neithard von Manteuffel was framed for Conspiring the late Field Marshal and Landgrave, Karl August von Moltewitz's assassination in order to neuter the Manteuffels and cow his rival, Cardinal Lanckoroński, set up for his fall. Ironically, since the late Landgrave himself didn't deign to play politics, It's unlikely that any of the local powers were actually conspirators in his assassination. Not knowing any of this, Pascal gladly led the man's arrest and practically reveled in his summary execution.