The Lion of Ivalice is a Final Fantasy Tactics For Want of a Nail fanfiction that alters a key decision in Ramza Beoulve's life: after the events of Fort Ziekden and the deaths of Teta and (supposedly) Delita, he turns down the canon offer of becoming a mercenary and sneaks into the Bethla Garrison instead. Orlandu catches on quickly, and is rather skeptical as to why he wants to join the Southern Sky, suspecting him of being a spy of sorts. Ramza, however, makes it clear he holds more honor as a Beoulve than his brothers, and has no one else to turn to. Seeing Balbanes in him, Orlandu agrees to take him in as a soldier of the Southern Sky.From there, the plot of the story takes a very different turn from the original game, but the verdict is still the same; Ramza uncovers the Lucavi plot and works to stop it. Things, however, aren't as easy as they seem, because the Lucavi quickly learn not to pull any punches when dealing with their enemies. The character dynamics and interactions are also noticeably different than in canon, yet still fit in with the characters as they were originally envisioned - and with how the storyline evolves - rather plausibly. The main pairing is Ramza/Meliadoul, with many other Beta Couple pairings by the side for measure.The story is split into three arcs, which effectively comprise the traditional Three Act Structure:
See Final Fantasy Tactics for tropes surrounding the original game and story.
Tropes listed in The Lion of Ivalice: