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* AndNowForSomeoneCompletelyDifferent:
** Interlude 1 is focused on Cassius and Renne, along with several members of the Liberl cast, celebrating Estelle's birthday party in her absence.
** Interlude 2 is centered around [[VideoGame/ZeroNoKiseki Wazy Hemisphere]] going to Crossbell to look for leads on the artifact that caused Estelle and Joshua's disappearance.
** AndThisIsFor: Said verbatim by Joshua as he kills a phantom copy of Georg Weissmann.



** Georg Weissmann and someone who is strongly hinted at to be Loewe appear to Joshua in the Farmstead.

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** Georg Weissmann and someone who is strongly hinted at to be Loewe appear to Joshua in the Farmstead.



** Estelle references the events from the [[VideoGame/ZeronoKiseki Crossbell games several times]] and even namedrops Lloyd Bannings (the protagonist of the Crossbell arc).

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** Estelle references the events from the The [[VideoGame/ZeronoKiseki Crossbell games ]]are referenced several times]] times, and even namedrops Lloyd Bannings himself (the protagonist of the Crossbell arc).arc) is namedropped on several occasions.



** While discussing a recent attack on an Imperial patrol, Rufus mentions he doesn't have to bring in Rean Schwarzer for a second trip to Crossbell, referencing Rean's run-in with Lloyd and Rixia during Cold Steel's Divertissement chapter.



** Without his undead lackies, the Necromancer Lord is dispatched with ease.



* FishOutOfWater: Both Estelle and Joshua have to deal with how dark and brutal the Darkest Dungeon world is as well as the complete absence of Orbal technology.

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* FishOutOfWater: Both Estelle and Joshua have to deal with how dark and brutal the Darkest Dungeon world is as well as the complete absence of Orbal technology.technology aside from their own gear.



** The Ancestor is named Ambrosius in this fic, after common fan nickname for him.

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** The Ancestor is named Ambrosius in this fic, after the common fan nickname for him.



** The only detail revealed about thing the Necromancer Lord is working on in is that it's made up of multiple corpses, and nothing else. It's also covered by a tarp to obscure its features.

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** The only detail revealed about thing the Necromancer Lord is working on in is that it's made up of multiple corpses, and nothing else. It's also covered by a tarp to obscure its features. It's revealed later on it's an undead monstrosity made by combining multiple corpses taken from the Warrens.
* OffWithHisHead: Reynauld finishes off the Necromancer Lord by cutting off his head.
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness:
** The normally upbeat and cheerful Estelle is driven to tears and resorts to alcohol because of the aftermath of a zombie attack in which several villagers died.
** Zeit freaks out at the sight of Darkest Dungeon's stress symbol, implying he's had a really bad past run-in with whatever it represents.



** Estelle and company's medal ceremony after the Necromancer Lord's defeat is inspired by the ending scene of Film/ANewHope.



* WhamLine:
** The people investigating Estelle and Joshua's disappearance find a recurring symbol in the ruins the two Bracers went missing in. People familiar with Darkest Dungeon know exactly what it entails...
--> He'd jotted down the symbol — a downward arch dotted with five equally-spaced inward-facing spikes — but nobody seemed to recognize it.
** During a conversation between [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfHeroesTrailsOfColdSteel Rufus and Lechter]], the former brings up a mysterious individual seen by multiple eye witnesses. [[spoiler:It's the Collector appearing in Zemuria for the first time.]]
--> "According to your report, every witness had reported seeing a tall figure with some sort of glowing headgear on the hills prior to the attack,” Rufus said. “What do you make of that?”



* ZombieApocalypse: The Necromancer Lord's dark magic causes all of the Hamlet's dead to rise out of the cemetery, but Estelle and the other adventurers manage to stop them before things can get worse.

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* ZombieApocalypse: The Necromancer Lord's dark magic causes all of the Hamlet's dead to rise out of the cemetery, but Estelle and the other adventurers manage to stop them before things can get worse. [[spoiler:It's revealed later on that some of his magic leaked into Zemuria and caused at least two small-scale zombie attacks.]]


Darkest Dungeon, Blazing Bright by ZoneAdv944 is a crossover between [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfHeroesTrailsInTheSky Trails in the Sky]] and VideoGame/DarkestDungeon.

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Darkest Dungeon, Blazing Bright by ZoneAdv944 is a crossover between [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfHeroesTrailsInTheSky ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfHeroesTrailsInTheSky Trails in the Sky]] Sky]]'' and VideoGame/DarkestDungeon.
''VideoGame/DarkestDungeon''.



** On top of her canon skills with the Bo staff, Estelle is fairly proficient at hand-to-hand combat (implied to be the Eight Leaves One Blade school's unarmed form).
* AdultFear: Cassius experiences this thanks to his children (both adopted and biological) disappearing during an extremely dangerous situation.



* CombatMedic: With her healing Arts and combat experience, this is essentially Estelle's role in most expeditions.



** A few of the characters references the adventures they had in Phantasma during the events of the 3rd Trails in the Sky game.
* CurbStompBattle: The skeleton army, numbering in the hundreds and mounting a surprise attack on the Hamlet from the sea...is wiped out by a single Art cast by Estelle.

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** A few of the characters references the adventures they had in Phantasma during the (the events of the 3rd Trails in the Sky game.
game).
* CurbStompBattle: CurbStompBattle:
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The skeleton army, numbering in the hundreds and mounting a surprise attack on the Hamlet from the sea...is wiped out by a single Art cast by Estelle.



* {{Foreshadowing}}: The Necromancer Lord is shown to be planning something, and Estelle visits the cemetery a few chapters later. It turns out part of the Necromancer Lord's plan is to raise the Hamlet's dead to wreak havoc.

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* {{Foreshadowing}}: {{Foreshadowing}}:
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The Necromancer Lord is shown to be planning something, and Estelle visits the cemetery a few chapters later. It turns out part of the Necromancer Lord's plan is to raise the Hamlet's dead to wreak havoc.havoc.
** The Darkest Dungeon itself is namedropped at the end of one chapter, along with a reference to a [[EldritchAbomination great]] [[FinalBoss power]] slumbering within...


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** No details are given about the creatures fought by [[ChurchMilitant Kevin and Ries]] in the ruins Estelle and Joshua disappeared in beyond some vague descriptions. Whatever they were, Kevin is in no hurry to fight them any time soon.


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** During a battle with the swinefolk, the Flagellant shouts [[VideoGame/DawnofWar "Show me what passes for fury among your misbegotten kind!"]]

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* AdaptationOriginConnection:
** Reynauld the Crusader and Baldwin the Leper are implied to have fought together in the past.
** The Prophet is strongly to implied to be a pet project of sorts by the necromancer coven in the Ruins.


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* EnemyCivilWar: Unlike in canon Darkest Dungeon where different types of enemies can be in the same party, the monsters do attack each other.

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* CurbStompBattle: The skeleton army, numbering in the hundreds and mounting a surprise attack on the Hamlet from the sea...is wiped out by a single Art cast by Estelle.


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* KillItWithWater: Estelle uses Maelstrom, the most powerful water Art in the [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfHeroesTrailsOfColdSteel first two Cold Steel games]] to wipe out a massive skeleton army attacking the Hamlet.


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* NothingIsScarier:
** [[spoiler:Tita's corpse in Estelle's nightmare is never described in any graphic detail beyond her blond hair being stained with blood.]]
** The only detail revealed about thing the Necromancer Lord is working on in is that it's made up of multiple corpses, and nothing else. It's also covered by a tarp to obscure its features.


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** The two Crusaders accompanying Reynauld and Estelle are named [[Film/KingdomOfHeaven Balian and Almaric]], with their appearances based on the two characters as well.


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* WeNeedADistraction: Attempted by the Necromancer Lord in an attempt to wipe out the Hamlet. It involves distracting the Hamlet's defenders with a attack from the Old Road, then marching an even bigger army straight out of the sea into the Hamlet. Fortunately for the entire Hamlet, Reynauld realizes the faint in time.
* ZergRush: The Necromancer Lord attempts to overwhelm the Hamlet with a massive skeleton army rising out of the sea. It would have worked if Reynauld didn't realize their plans sooner.


Darkest Dungeon, Blazing Bright by ZondAdv944 is a crossover between [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfHeroesTrailsInTheSky Trails in the Sky]] and VideoGame/DarkestDungeon.

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Darkest Dungeon, Blazing Bright by ZondAdv944 ZoneAdv944 is a crossover between [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfHeroesTrailsInTheSky Trails in the Sky]] and VideoGame/DarkestDungeon.



* BadDreams: Estelle has one after fighting the zombies summoned by the Necromancer Lord. [[spoiler:It's about her friend Tita getting killed by what is strongly implied to be her zombified grandfather.]]



** Estelle references the events from the [[VideoGame/ZeronoKiseki Crossbell games several times]] and even namedrops Lloyd Bannings on one occasion.
** During the birthday chapter, Kloe references that one time Joshua dressed up as a princess for a school play.

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** Estelle references the events from the [[VideoGame/ZeronoKiseki Crossbell games several times]] and even namedrops Lloyd Bannings on one occasion.
(the protagonist of the Crossbell arc).
** During the birthday chapter, Kloe references that one time an event from Trails in the Sky FC where Joshua dressed up as a princess for a school play.


** The Caretaker is named none other than [[Franchise/Batman Alfred Pennyworth]].


** The Caretaker is named Alfred in this fic.



** The fate of the [[PrivateMilitaryContractors Jaegers]] who went to retrieve the artifact before Estelle and Joshua is strongly inspired by the beginning [[VideoGame/CallOfDutyZombies Origins' opening cutscene]].

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** [[KillThemAll The fate fate]] of the [[PrivateMilitaryContractors Jaegers]] who went to retrieve the artifact before Estelle and Joshua is strongly inspired by the beginning of [[VideoGame/CallOfDutyZombies Origins' opening cutscene]].cutscene]].
** The Caretaker is named none other than [[Franchise/Batman Alfred Pennyworth]].


* ABoyAndHisX: William the Houndmaster and his trusty dog Annabelle definitely qualifies.



* EvilSmellsBad: The Warrens is this in spades.



* HeroicWillpower: Both Estelle and Joshua use it to deal with the horrors they witness.
* HumanoidAbomination: The Collector is definitely this.

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* HeroicWillpower: Both Estelle and Joshua use it to deal with the horrors they witness.
* HumanoidAbomination: The Collector is definitely this. Estelle instinctively knows it's something that shouldn't be roaming the land of the living, and the narration describes it as something that merely looks human but clearly isn't.



* NoodleIncident: Estelle has killed somebody in the past, but she didn't have any other options at the time.



* YeOldeButcheredeEnglishe: Reynauld speaks this way.


* Foreshadowing: The Necromancer Lord is shown to be planning something, and Estelle visits the cemetery a few chapters later. It turns out part of the Necromancer Lord's plan is to raise the Hamlet's dead to wreak havoc.

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* Foreshadowing: {{Foreshadowing}}: The Necromancer Lord is shown to be planning something, and Estelle visits the cemetery a few chapters later. It turns out part of the Necromancer Lord's plan is to raise the Hamlet's dead to wreak havoc.



** A line from the narration when Estelle visits the cemetary references an [[TabletopGame/Warhammer40000 Imperial thought for the day]].

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** A line from the narration when Estelle visits the cemetary cemetery references an [[TabletopGame/Warhammer40000 Imperial thought for the day]].

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Darkest Dungeon, Blazing Bright by ZondAdv944 is a crossover between [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfHeroesTrailsInTheSky Trails in the Sky]] and VideoGame/DarkestDungeon.

After a request to retrieve an artifact went extremely wrong, Estelle finds herself in the Hamlet with Joshua nowhere to be seen. In order to make sense of the world around her as well as looking for her lover, Estelle decides to join The Heir's band of adventurers to help them cleanse the corruption that plagues the land. Back in Zemuria, Kevin Graham is spearheading the investigation to make sense of the artifact and hopefully bring Estelle and Joshua home.

The fic can be found on [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/13035858/1/Darkest-Dungeon-Blazing-Bright Fanfiction.net]], [[https://archiveofourown.org/works/15862941/chapters/36953346 Archive of Our Own]], [[https://forums.spacebattles.com/threads/darkest-dungeon-blazing-bright-trails-in-the-sky-darkest-dungeon-crossover.685663/ SpaceBattles]], and [[https://forums.sufficientvelocity.com/threads/darkest-dungeon-blazing-bright-darkest-dungeon-x-legend-of-heroes-trails-in-the-sky.52676/ SufficientVelocity]].

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!!This fic provides examples of:
* ABoyAndHisX: William the Houndmaster and his trusty dog Annabelle definitely qualifies.
* AdaptationalBadass:
** The Prophet has the ability to summon cultists to his aid, not that it helps him.
** The Necromancer Lord is able to raise the Hamlet's dead en masse and is implied to be working on a larger project.
* BreatherEpisode: Interlude 1 is about Estelle and Joshua's friends and family hosting a birthday party for them in their absence.
* CallBack:
** Estelle reflects on the events of Trails in the Sky SC after the battle with The Prophet, noting that unlike that time, Joshua is trying to look for her as well.
** Estelle references her mother's sacrifice several times and describes it as her motivation for being a Bracer.
** Georg Weissmann and someone who is strongly hinted at to be Loewe appear to Joshua in the Farmstead.
* CallForward: One to canon where Agate mentions Tita wants to study overseas, referencing her appearance in [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfHeroesTrailsOfColdSteel Trails of Cold Steel 3]].
* CometOfDoom: The meteor that crashes into the Farmstead is this, especially considers what [[EldritchLocation happens afterwards...]]
* ContinuityNod:
** Estelle references the events from the [[VideoGame/ZeronoKiseki Crossbell games several times]] and even namedrops Lloyd Bannings on one occasion.
** During the birthday chapter, Kloe references that one time Joshua dressed up as a princess for a school play.
** A few of the characters references the adventures they had in Phantasma during the events of the 3rd Trails in the Sky game.
* DueToTheDead: Estelle stops by the cemetery to pay tribute to the fallen adventurers who came before her, promising to do her best as the sole representative of the Bracer Guild in the Hamlet.
* EldritchLocation: The meteor's impact turns the Farmstead into this, just like in canon. Time and space no longer function normally, the entire place is infested with some kind of otherworldly crystal, and dead enemies from Estelle and Joshua's past show up.
* EvilSmellsBad: The Warrens is this in spades.
* Foreshadowing: The Necromancer Lord is shown to be planning something, and Estelle visits the cemetery a few chapters later. It turns out part of the Necromancer Lord's plan is to raise the Hamlet's dead to wreak havoc.
* FishOutOfWater: Both Estelle and Joshua have to deal with how dark and brutal the Darkest Dungeon world is as well as the complete absence of Orbal technology.
* HarmfulHealing: The Occultist's infamous "0 heal + bleed combo" is described in graphic detail, forcing Estelle to use her own healing Arts to compensate.
* HeroicSecondWind: Estelle gets hit with this twice after being severely injured. Once during her fight with the Prophet and the other time with a Swinetaur.
* HeroicWillpower: Both Estelle and Joshua use it to deal with the horrors they witness.
* HumanoidAbomination: The Collector is definitely this.
* KillItWithFire: Used by Estelle to permanently dispatch The Prophet and deal with the zombies summoned by the Necromancer Lord.
* NamedByTheAdaptation:
** The Ancestor is named Ambrosius in this fic, after common fan nickname for him.
** Most of the adventurers have their default names from Darkest Dungeon's game files.
* NoodleIncident: Estelle has killed somebody in the past, but she didn't have any other options at the time.
* ThePowerOfLove: Strongly be implied to be what's preventing Joshua from going insane or corrupted by the Farmstead.
* ShoutOut:
**A line from the narration when Estelle visits the cemetary references an [[TabletopGame/Warhammer40000 Imperial thought for the day]].
--> None of them had flowers or any gifts laid in front either. Martyrs, unmourned and unremembered.
** The fate of the [[PrivateMilitaryContractors Jaegers]] who went to retrieve the artifact before Estelle and Joshua is strongly inspired by the beginning [[VideoGame/CallOfDutyZombies Origins' opening cutscene]].
* StressVomit: Estelle is subjected to this during an expedition to the Warrens.
* YeOldeButcheredeEnglishe: Reynauld speaks this way.
* ZombieApocalypse: The Necromancer Lord's dark magic causes all of the Hamlet's dead to rise out of the cemetery, but Estelle and the other adventurers manage to stop them before things can get worse.

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