One day, Cameron, average everyman, has somehow woken up in the world of Ylisse. Strangely, despite having hand-eye coordination problems and no fighting experience whatsoever, he finds himself quite the fighter with a sword and his nigh-unbreakable shield. Joining with the Shepherds, he goes through the events of the game...with a slight twist.
He eventually finds that he is an "Outsider", a man from our realm who has forged a contract with the gods to become an idealized version of himself. To balance this, an Evil Counterpart called an "Alternate" has been created to oppose him. Cameron and the other Outsiders, alongside the rest of the game's heroes, must find a way to save the world, standing up to the machinations of gods.
This fic provides examples of the following tropes, in addition to those already present in the source material:
- Alternate Timeline: These are mentioned to exist, and it comes into play when we meet Malcom—who is Cameron and Anna's son from the Bad Future timeline, and exists despite Anna dying.
- It's also mentioned that Cameron was present in the original timeline—Tom implies that he became a paraplegic because of an injury he got fighting the Risen the first time (in this fic, the early attack is noticeably not a result of Lucina time-travelling), and became quartermaster to the Shepherds as a result in order to be useful. In the main story, Lucina found him and healed him with Falchion, thus causing a divergence. All of the future children—including Mal, Noel, Mark and his indoctrinated-into-evil daughter Fire—are from the timeline where he was handicapped.
- Now with the arrival of Eiryss, a third timeline almost identical to the original one is thrown into the mix, considering that she's actually a version of Fire, Mal's sister—whose last appearance in the story was travelling with Lucien.
- As of Chapter 48, the D&N timeline is confirmed to exist as well, since Cameron entered it—or at least a version of it—when Tom sent him there after he almost died against Lucien, so that he can Level Grind a little more.
- Anyone Can Die:
- Lucien invokes this when he declares that, before the Time Skip, he will kill the first three people who enter the room he and Cameron are presently inside, and wonders whether he'll snag Chrom himself (and it's quickly made clear that he would succeed, easily). Of course, It turns out to be three unnamed Pegasus Knights, but Cameron still feels guilt for their deaths.
- In the final battle against Gangrel, Gregor, Vaike and Anna all die, followed by Flavia succumbing to a poisoned injury that same night.
- As it turns out, this can possibly extend to gods.
- Balance Between Good and Evil: Played straight. To bring Cameron and Julian to this world, the Old Man had to bring in two others—opposite to them in many ways. When Jaclyn arrives, she brings with her a third Alternate.
- Plausibly subverted by Fire/Eiryss—she does need an Alternate created so that she can enter the main timeline (rather than going back in time to her own one), but because she's already a skilled fighter she doesn't enhance herself; as such, her Alternate is simply a brutishly-strong Gonk of a man, who is evenly-matched with her and is killed reasonably fast. Though he still gives her severe injuries during their confrontation, she recovers and no longer has to worry about him the way the main trio do with their counterparts.
- Big Bad Ensemble: It seems to be between Grima and Bad Future-Lucien.
- Big Guy Fatality Syndrome: Gregor and Vaike qualify big time.
- Character Tics: Cleaning coins for Anna.
- Crazy-Prepared: Future!Cameron, with plans detailing the location of every time-displaced children in a "In case of giant genocidal demon-dragon with horde of undead, break glass." bookcase. Sadly, Lucien showed up one day...
- Despair Event Horizon: Anna's death for Cameron
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: Anna and Flavia
- Eldritch Abomination: Grima, much more so than in canon, from what's been gathered so far.
- Expy: Jaclyn is one to the main character of Awakening fanfic Daydreams And Nightmares.
- Norrin appears to be one for Harry Dresden from The Dresden Files, right up to accidentally burning down a building.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Gregor
- Hopeless Suitor: Cordelia to Chrom. At first
- I Did What I Had to Do: Cam was willing to leave Emmeryn to her original fate in the game...
- Killed Off for Real: Gregor, Vaike, Anna, Flavia... However, meeting Matthew, who came back thanks to his great deeds in life has Cameron wondering whether this trope can be subverted.
- Let's Fight Like Gentlemen: General Mustafa offers to fight Cameron in an honourable, one-on-one duel to resolve the conflict between his forces and Chrom's, even promising that his men will stand down if he loses. Cameron points out that he can't convince Chrom to do the same, but it's enough for Mustafa that he's willing to try.
- Luckily, My Shield Will Protect Me: Cam's shield is ridiculously sturdy. As in "Capable of blocking Ereshkigal" sturdy. To the point where Robin actually considered a "let's-have-everyone-stand-behind-Cameron plan".
Temptation to become a Fire Emblem version of Captain America is overwhelming. Use common sense....Common sense apparently betrayed me, because I just threw the shield at her head. Wait, did it hit? Awesome! Get it back before I die.
- It's been destroyed.
- Shield Bash: Or as Cameron put it: "time to Captain America it again"
- Throwing Your Shield Always Works:
- The Multiverse: Tom/Xane is just one of many people assigned to watch over a portion of reality—and on top of that each reality has some uncounted number of individual possible (and existing) timelines. For instance, there would be (according to Tom): at least one in which Lucina did not heal Cameron; one in which he didn't end up with Anna; one in which either Fire or Malcolm, neither, or both were taken by Lucien...
- The Needs of the Many: Cameron's original reasoning for leaving Emmeryn to her fate—in canon, her sacrifice inspires mass desertion from the Plegian Army, minimising overall casualties on both sides as well as ensuring the Ylisse/Ferox alliance has more able-bodied soldiers when Valm attacks in two years' time. Oh, and because Emmeryn would try to diplomacy Walhart.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Saving Emmeryn might have seemed like the morally righteous thing to do (and Cameron lists off several reasons it would be helpful in the long run rather than acting For The Greater Good), but it definitely had negative consequences, as several people who weren't meant to die did due to Gangrel's army being larger than in canon (due to not suffering quite the level of desertion her sacrifice inspired). Julian also seriously starts wondering whether Emmeryn being in charge would be a good thing regarding the war with Valm, after seeing how aggrieved she is by the casualties of the Ylisse/Plegia conflict.
- Noodle Incident: Lucina crashed a boat into Castle Ferox once.
- Oblivious to Love: Sweet Naga, Chrom. Cue a few Funny Moments.
- Otaku: Noel seems to be one for the Japanese language, much to her brother's dismay.
- Shipper on Deck: Cameron—being a Fire Emblem fan—is one. Particularly the Robin/Lucina ship.
- His friends in the Shepherds—that is Stahl, Vaike, Kellam, Lon'qu and Gaius—all support his relationship with Anna. It's also mentioned that some people initially assumed that he'd hook up with Maribelle, given that she seemed to be Tsundere for him—given that Maribelle is like this with everyone, though, this was obviously not the case and nothing came of it.
- Shout-Out: Anna's son—Malcom "Mal" Yriel is captain of a ship called Serenity. Sound familiar?
General Mustafa: ...I am loathe to kill you.Chrom: That's a shame. I'm loathe to die.Cameron:(internally)Did he seriously just quote the Princess Bride?!
- When Robin mentions team killing, Cameron internally remarks 'Heh, keyboard shortcut for teamkills. Control-f-u'
- Everyone who is part of the Pantheon.
- Chrom of all people:
- Straight Gay: Julian.
- Fire and Noire as well
- Uncanny Family Resemblance: Anna's and her many many sisters. Cameron had a minor heart attack at that.
- Wham Episode: In Chapter 28, the Ylisse/Plegia War reaches its climax: Gregor and Vaike die in battle, and then Cameron finds out that Anna was killed by an arrow to the eye.
- Chapter 43, but in a very...strange way.