The story follows Ishtar and Tine as they try to adjust to Fódlan's many differences from their homeland, and their interactions with the Three Houses cast along the way.
This story contains the following tropes:
- Big Sister Instinct: Ishtar has this towards Tine (although they're actually cousins.)
- Commonality Connection: Lysithea takes an instant liking to Tine for being another young, skilled mage.
- Driven to Suicide: At the beginning of the story, Tine attempts to commit suicide by jumping off of a high balcony.
- Fish out of Water: Both Ishtar and Tine are stunned by the kindness of church officials, the cheerfulness of the citizens, and in general the relative peace and prosperity of Fodlan.
- Interrupted Suicide: Tine's suicide attempt is interrupted first by Ishtar, and then by the mysterious light that takes the two of them to Fódlan.
- Not the Fall That Kills You : Discussed- when Tine is about to kill herself, she says that she'd pass out before hitting the ground if she was high enough (implying that the stress of acceleration would contribute to her death).
- One Steve Limit: Averted- Hilda Valentine Goneril shares her first name with Ishtar's mother. This causes Tine to panic when she first hears the name, and to think of the former as "pink-haired Hilda."
- Please Don't Leave Me: Said word-for-word by Ishtar when Tine is about to attempt suicide.
- Talking Down the Suicidal: Ishtar attempts to do this to Tine, and succeeds in delaying her long enough for both of them to be caught in a mysterious blast of light that takes them to Fódlan.