The story is a novelization and Adaptation Expansion of Hyrule Warriors. In addition to Link, Zelda, Impa, and the heroes of legend fighting to take down the dark witch Cia, an unlikely group has joined the cause: the Ravagers, a Rag Tag Bunch Of Misfits guerrilla armymade up of settlers, ne'er-do-wells, thieves, bandits, and other lovely sortsall led by their charismatic captain Ishaka. Together, they all stand against the forces of the darkness.
In addition to the main story, ASWF also features the "Hyrulian Codex", an extensive series of footnotes and citations at the end of every chapter. These entries build upon the history of the universe, with enough detail and frequency to channel the ghost of David Foster Wallace. Codex entries include information on characters (usually historical figures), languages, music, and even examples of profanity that would shock a Hyrulian scholar. (Trivia: one such piece of profanity is so racist that the only way to use it safely is: not. at. all.)
Oh, and as one can expect given the source material, ASWF has Loads and Loads of Characters, with much of the cast including the Ravagers and several non-warrior characters.
With a diverse cast and an expanded plotline, ASWF is both a celebration of the game series' history and a more realistic look at just what kind of effect such a massive conflict can have on a large scale.
And So We Fight contains examples of:
- Action Film, Quiet Drama Scene: More of a literary example, but there are plenty of moments where there is a break in the fighting for backstories to be expounded upon. Considering it's rather difficult to have these moments in the midst of a battle, this makes sense.
- Action Girl: Just like in the original game, there are plenty of these in the story as well. Zelda, Midna, Impa, Lana, Ruto, Agitha need we go on?
- Adaptation Expansion: Oh so much. Hyrule Warriors was more about the experience of playing as a bunch of famous Zelda characters than about the narrative in the first place. Here, TFI has taken it upon himself to not only create a more fluid narrative between battles, but also to expand upon the backstories and thoughts and motivations of the characters.
- Anyone Can Die: And yes, many do.
- Army of Thieves and Whores: Zant calls the Ravager army this trope almost completely verbatim, when they reach his base in the Twilight Realm. Ishaka is only upset that Zant forgot to include the fact that the Ravager army has "thievin' whores" in it as well.
- Badass Army: In a refreshing change from their usual performance in canon, the Hyrulian army in this fic tends to hold its own quite well against the forces of darkness. Particularly noteworthy are the Twilight Wolves, an elite unit of ten soldiers described by Ishaka as 'maniacs'.
- Deadpan Snarker: Several characters get in on the action, but Impa in particular leads the pack.
- Dirt Forcefield: AVERTED. The number of people who make it through a battle without suffering some degree of dirtying or bleeding can be counted on one finger.
- Femme Fatale: Cia. And she is not above exploiting it to her benefit.
- Footnote Fever: A staple of the fic. There's enough detail in these things to tell almost an entire separate story by itself!
- Foregone Conclusion: Because it is essentially a novelization of Hyrule Warriors, you know how the plot is going to end. The real fun is seeing how we get there.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: Impa and Zelda are shaping up to be this over the course of the narrative. They discuss all sorts of things in private, and are not afraid to tease one another over the silliest of things.
- Ishaka is apparently this with several people in the Ravager army. Itami and Big Finn come to mind.
- Loads and Loads of Characters: Don't believe us? Just take a look at the characters page. Thankfully, each character has enough characterization to make them stand out.
- Not Good with People: A classic Type II example with Itami. Multiple comments are made about how he needs to improve his bedside manner, considering he is a medic after all
- Proud Warrior Race Guy: Ishaka is definitely this.
- Really Gets Around: Princess Ruto is implied to be this. Definitely Played for Laughs, as in between that she is still a competent if slightly over-privileged ruler.
- Shout-Out: After Link defeats a ravager in combat, Ishaka snarks, "He's still skinny."
- Something Only They Would Say: Impa figures out that Sheik is Zelda halfway through the Era of Time campaign, all thanks to the song she's playing.Impa: I know that song because I taught it to you, Zelda.
- Stalker with a Crush: Just like in the original game, Cia is this towards Link. But now, thanks to the wonders of narrative point-of-view shifts, we get to see some of the ways that she goes about doing this. It is creepy.
- World of Badass: This is an expansion upon Hyrule Warriors. What did you expect?
- Wrestler in All of Us: There are a couple of moves that sound like they wouldn't be out of place in the WWE. Particularly in Impa's fight with a brainwashed Darunia, where she employs a triangle choke and an improvised tornado DDT. Darunia gets in on the action too, hitting her with a spear that nearly broke her back.
- The author might be a wrestling fan too, considering the periodic use of the phrase "crimson mask" to describe when a character is bleeding from the face.
- Yandere: Cia slowly becomes one as the story progresses. Sadly (for her), a certain First Kiss drives her clear over the edge.