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In the distant past, before the Gods descended onto the lower world, Heroes made contracts with Spirits to fight the monsters born from the Dungeon. But with the descent of the Gods and the advent of the Falna, those Heroes and Spirits have passed onto legend. However, with the discovery of a certain object in the Dungeon, these legends will return to life once more.

Heroic Myth, also known as Is it wrong to summon Heroic Spirits in the Dungeon is a story written by harouki, which is a crossover of Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? and Fate/Grand Order. In here, rather than being saved by Ais, Bell is saved from the minotaur by Archer, who he summoned after finding a Holy Grail earlier. As Bell levels up and becomes stronger, he becomes able to summon more Servants, who all join Hestia's Familia. So far, he's summoned EMIYA as Archer, Gilgamesh as Caster, Sigurd as Saber, Jack the Ripper as Assassin, Brynhildr as Lancer, Boudica as Rider, Argonaut as Alter Ego, and Asterios as Berserker.

It can also be read on FF.Net here.

Tropes found in Heroic Myth:

  • Adaptational Nice Guy: Downplayed for Mord Latro, who in the light novels attacked Bell in the dungeon out of jealousy for leveling up so quickly before he became one of Bell's supporters. His attack on Bell doesn't happen here due to the Black Goliath's attack happening around the time he encounters Bell and his party, though he's arguably much chummier with Bell here than he was in canon.
  • Adaptation Relationship Overhaul: Bell still has Liaris Freese, but due to being saved by Archer rather than Ais, his fixation is on becoming a hero like Archer or Caster than trying to stand at Ais' side. That said, when Bell meets Ais in person for the first time, he's head over heels for her, much to his Familia's amusement.
  • All Amazons Want Hercules: The Amazons are attracted to mighty warriors like Saber, many of Loki Familia's warriors, and especially Archer.
  • All Your Base Are Belong to Us: Asterios uses his Noble Phantasm to take control of Knossos.
  • Almighty Janitor:
    • Downplayed. Bell is officially Hestia Familia's vice-captain with Caster being the one in charge as the captain. Unbeknownst to most of the world, Caster and most of Hestia Familia's members are Servants who are thus subordinate to Bell as their power source. That said, Bell is still far weaker than most of his Servants, to the point that Saber, Archer, and Lancer can easily take on entire Familias on their own.
    • To Orario as a whole, the Servants are only Level 1, but each have capabilities that rival or exceed Level 5 and Level 6 Adventurers.
  • Author Appeal: The author has said on Spacebattles that he picked Bell's Servants based on his own preferences, as he likes all of them while playing Fate/Grand Order.
  • Badass Adorable: In Hestia Familia, there's Bell Cranel (who resembles a rabbit) and Assassin, a little girl whose real identity is Jack the Ripper.
  • Badass Army: Most of the Adventurers of Orario form one to fight Behemoth Alter.
  • Bait-and-Switch: Chapter 56 is titled Goddess of Love/Goddess's Love and shows Bell asking about Freya, making it seem like the latter will be showing up soon or be an antagonist for this arc. However, the ending has Bell being chased by the Familia of another Love Goddess: Ishtar.
  • Beach Episode: The vacation arc has Hestia Familia visit Port Melen. This, of course, inevitability leads them to vacation on the beach, resulting in a Swimsuit Scene for both the guys and the girls.
  • Blatant Lies: Hestia's reaction to seeing Saber and Lancer being so affectionate with one another.
    Hestia was not jealous. Not one bit jealous. She had no deep-seated wishes of being able to do the same thing with Bell. No sir. Not at all. She was not like those gods over there hiding behind the corner crying out tears of blood or that human biting her handkerchief in jealousy.
  • Botanical Abomination: The Violas and Virga turn out to be this. The former turn out to be the vines of a plant based Demi Spirit, which is an even bigger abomination.
  • Bridal Carry: Saber teaches Bell and Berserker how to do this as efficiently as possible so that they can carry a Damsel in Distress when needed.
  • Christmas Special: In the sidestory, "White Noelle", the entire Hestia Familia spends the chapter exchanging gifts with one another.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle:
    • The Servants can wipe out most adventurers, but special mention is made for Caster. He singlehandedly took on Loki Familia, Ishtar Familia, Archer, and Saber.
    • The War Game is also this, with Hestia Familia utterly dominating Apollo Familia.
    • Subverted with Chapter 54. Despite the Servants possessing incredible strength, Rider and Lancer find themselves struggling to destroy the Juggernauts, which are not only capable of evading Lancer's attacks but even succeed in cutting off Rider's arm. This is downplayed however, as it is implied that the only reason they had any real difficulty was because they had to split their focus between defeating the Juggernauts and protecting the mortal members of the Familia.
  • Cuteness Proximity: To Assassin's dismay, Tione and Tiona find her adorable and hug her when given the chance.
  • Death by Adaptation: In the source material, Zanis Lustra's ultimate fate was imprisonment. Here, he gets killed by Caster.
  • Do Not Touch the Funnel Cloud: Monsters protected by black tornadoes attack Orario on Grand Day. These are creations of a much bigger monster that also spews out miasma in addition to having a tornado protecting it.
  • Dramatic Irony:
    • While adventuring with Loki Familia, Archer notes that he's more used to dragons in humanoid form and finishing his thought that at least there isn't one back on the surface. This is not too long after Bell has summoned Saber.
    • After Welf meets Archer, he tells the Servant that at least the latter just makes Magic Swords, not break them. One of Archer's techniques is to use Broken Phantasms; they're also usually swords.
    • Lefiya is reading stories about heroes in order to see if she can figure out the identities of the Heroic Spirits. One of the stories is of a warrior queen named Boadicea, but Lefiya doesn't believe Rider could be like her.
  • The Dreaded: The Juggernauts, as in canon. They're spawned by the Dungeon whenever it suffers incredible damage, and the strength of a Juggernaut is determined by the damage the Dungeon sustained. One Juggernaut alone is capable of killing even the most experienced and high-leveled Adventurers, as was the case with the Astraea Familia. And much to Ouranous' horror, after Caster unleashes Enuma Elish and blasts a hole in the Dungeon spanning several floors, the Dungeon spawns more than one.
  • Eating the Eye Candy: At the beginning of War Game, Archer takes off his coat, showing his bare arms for the world to see. Tiona and the Kali Familia certainly appreciate the sight.
  • Eek, a Mouse!!: When a cockroach enters Hestia Familia's home, all the girls present, even Rider but except for Jack, react this way.
  • Even the Girls Want Her: Several girls become attracted to Lancer and Rider.
  • Exact Words: Tiona asks Archer if he was ever in love. He says he was a lifetime ago, which is accurate because he was in love with Arturia in his past life as Shirou Emiya.
  • Foreshadowing: Berserker's POV reveals that after his summoning, Caster requested that the Servant of Madness draw a map of his former home, the Labyrinth. This becomes relevant when Caster leads an assault on Evilus and utilizes Berserker's Noble Phantasm to get the territorial advantage.
  • For Want Of A Nail: In the sidestory "Ten Thousand Years of Love" (Heroic Myth's version of Arrow of the Orion), the events play out very differently, including that it's Gina, with help from Orion, who pulls out the spear, and Caster reveals Artemis's true nature to Hestia and his Familia members way early.
  • Get A Hold Of Yourself Man: Finn has to yell at Archer and Ais in order to get them to come back to their senses after encountering the Demi Spirit on the 59th floor. Even after that, Finn also had to punch Archer in the face so that the latter can fully get his head in the game.
  • Give Me a Sword:
    • Since Archer can create weapons, several people ask him for them, especially Tiona who keeps breaking her sword Urga.
    • Bell discovers his weapons cannot harm the Goliath, discouraging him. Jack and Saber tell him not to give up and loan him their daggers, which can harm the creature. When he loses the daggers, Tiona throws him her sword Roland, which he uses to finish the Goliath off.
    • When Gareth loses his axe in battle, Caster hands him his personal axe, though he says he wants it back as soon as they are done.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Several people become jealous of Saber and Lancer's romance.
  • Has a Type: Said word for word by Lefiya, who asks Archer this after seeing how many members of their Familia have white hair. Hestia has also heard rumors from the gods and goddesses that say that she has a thing for white-haired people.
  • Hate at First Sight:
    • The moment Archer and EMIYA Alter meet, they do everything in their power to kill one another.
    • Subverted with Berserker and Asterius. They immediately fight to the death, but that is because they have differing goals. They instantly knew what the other was like and realize that they could've been friends in different circumstances. And even though they're fighting to the death, neither hates the other for it.
  • I Know Your True Name: Downplayed. The Servants tend to get called by their class names instead of their real names to avoid revealing their weaknesses, though this turns out to be unnecessary as no one in Orario knows who they are. In addition, they need to announce the names of their Noble Phantasms, crystallized legends from their stories of origin, to activate them. Saber reveals his true name to Ais after accepting her request to teach her his skills.
  • In Spite of a Nail:
    • Although Archer's the one who saved Bell from the Minotaur, thus giving the boy a different reason in becoming a hero, Bell still falls in love with Ais.
    • Even without Hestia going into the Dungeon and using her Arcanum, the Goliath still ends up becoming an Enhanced Species due to Hermes being in the room when it came out.
  • Is That Cute Kid Yours?: A photographer mistakes Saber and Lancer for Bell and Assassin's parents and calls on them to do a family photo shoot. They play along, but Bell is uncomfortable about it.
  • Killed Offscreen: Caster's POV reveals that he killed Zanis Lustra, the corrupt Captain of Soma Familia, after Lily joined Hestia Familia.
  • Kill Steal: The War Game ends anticlimactically. When Bell is about to finish off Hyakinthos while proudly declaring his Familia's name, Emma suddenly knocks Hyakinthos out by throwing a potion bottle at him. Though it was suitably karmic considering the War Game was started by Hyakinthos attacking Emma.
  • Language Barrier: Archer writes a cookbook for the Familia, but it is in Japanese, so Bell and the other non-Servants cannot read it.
  • Large Ham: Expect Caster to go on long-winded speeches at the drop of a hat while punctuating his irritation or amusement with echoing laughing fits. Argonaut is no slouch in this regard either, which distinguishes him from the meek and humble Bell after possessing the young adventurer.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Saber and Lancer are incredibly fast and strong to the point of outpacing even Ais in speed and power. Their defenses are nothing to scoff at either, and Saber has an A+ in Endurance to show for it. Archer and Caster are this to a lesser extent, but they're still on par with first-rate adventurers in physical ability even though their specialty is pulling out magical weapons to wreak mass devastation.
  • Locked Out of the Loop:
    • Welf has fought side by side with Hestia Familia and regularly hangs out with them, but he has no idea several members are Heroic Spirits and just thinks they are all unusually powerful for their levels. Bell feels guilty for not telling him. This is no longer the case after he joins the Familia.
    • Only the Servants, and Lily as of Chapter 35, are aware that the "mysterious blonde boy" attacking people is actually a de-aged Caster.
    • The Servants know of Caster's past and thus understand why he hates Ishtar with every fiber of his being, but they refuse to tell anyone else why.
  • Logical Weakness: Wolfmen like Bete reach their full potential under the light of the moon. Since the Dungeon is underground, they cannot fight at their best there.
  • Loser Deity: After seeing several gods become pettily jealous of Saber and Lancer's romance because they don't have girlfriends, Rider comments that they are pathetic, which makes them cry and causes Caster to laugh his ass off.
    Caster: This nonsensical trip was worth it for that alone.
  • Magic Knight:
    • Due to the upkeep of keeping his Servants anchored, Bell's magic stat is rising far faster than his others, which cranks up the power of Firebolt quickly in addition to his close combat training with Archer.
    • Saber and Lancer are incredible warriors who are also powerful users of rune magic.
  • Male Gaze: During the Swimsuit Scene, the boys' gazes immediately fell on the girls' breasts, in no small part due to Hestia's decision to proudly wear a bikini.
  • The Maze:
    • The Manmade Dungeon Knossos is this, a confusing underground Labyrinth that has been built over generations, is still being completed, and was made to match the actual Dungeon.
    • However, this pales in comparison to Berserker's Chaos Labyrinthos, which is complete, even more confusing, and comes with monsters that will devour any unfortunate wanderer.
  • Mirror Match: In the chapter fittingly named "Mirror Match", Archer faces off against his Alter counterpart in the depths of the Crete Labyrinth, while Berserker confronts Asterius, a similarly mighty minotaur who shares an almost identical name.
  • Mistaken for Romance: Though Tiona has a crush on Archer, they are not together and he is oblivious to her crush. However, the Amazons of Kali Familia think they are lovers because of the time he rescued her from them and armed her with a Traced copy of Urga. Unaware of his ability, they think Tiona would only trust her lover with her favorite weapon. They then try to win him over by offering their own weapons, which are rejected.
  • Mistaken Identity:
    • Argonaut mistakes Ais, Lefiya, Tione, and Tiona for his old companions Aria, Fina, Elmina, and Orna. He realizes his mistake when he sees Ais' eye color and Lefiya's full length elf ears, then apologizes.
    • In Chapter 52, Tiona, Tione and Bete encounter a man slaughtering monsters before turning his attention to them. Tiona freaks out because the man looks a lot like Archer, whose features she memorized after failing to recognize him when they met at a party. While Tiona is correct in believing the man they're facing is Archer, what she doesn't realize is that it's a different version of the Servant and, unlike Archer, he has zero qualms about who needs to die.
  • Money to Throw Away: Bell wins a massive amount of casino chips thanks to his innate Luck skill before intentionally knocking them over to get the nearby adventurers and gods to pounce on them. This distracts the Ganesha Familia long enough for Ryuu to finish her battle with Terry Cervantes' goons and rescue the girls enslaved in the VIP area. Luckily for Bell, this doesn't dent his bottom line despite losing tens of millions of Valis, as he'd already cashed in an enormous number of chips earlier.
  • Mood Whiplash: Chapter 44 is light-hearted for the most part and focuses on the members of Hestia Familia enjoying Grand Day. Then Bell receives a letter from Ishtar and Caster discovers it before the former has a chance to dispose of it. Caster is not happy.
  • Mundane Utility:
    • Archer regularly Projects items they need like tables or a barbecue grill.
    • Saber goes fishing by using his Crystallized Wisdom to locate and identify the fish in the water before skewering them with his demonic sword and knives.
    • Caster has a Holy Grail in the Gate of Babylon that he uses as a wine cup. He also abuses Sha Naqba Imuru to clean out casinos for extra income.
  • Mythology Gag:
  • Noodle Incident: Hestia once almost burned down their home.
  • No-Sell: While chasing down Lily, a member of the Soma Familia attacks her with a magic sword. Caster blocks it simply by raising his magic gauntlet before striking the man down with a lightning bolt.
  • Not What It Looks Like: Emma, who is in a nightgown, gives Bell a hug to cheer him up when he berates himself for being weak. Hestia and Caster walk in on them and Hestia is furious while they desperately say nothing happened.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: While the others are fighting Behemoth Alter, the Knight class Servants are busy fighting an army of monsters in the forest.
  • One Dialogue, Two Conversations: Played for Drama. Kid Gil has one with Lefiya. While Lefiya thinks he's just saying her friend Filvis is a liability that will just get her killed and that it would be better for him to kill Filvis, what he really means is that she's a dead being that is continuing to exist through unnatural means and is actually in league with Enyo.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: Saber, Lancer, Archer, and Caster are able to obliterate large swathes of enemies with their Noble Phantasms. Even while holding back, their abilities are on par with or exceed many of the strongest adventurers of Orario.
  • Pop-Cultural Osmosis Failure: Justified. The Servants, except for Archer, are from well-known stories on Earth, but Orario is in a different world. Even if the Servants reveal their true names, no one has a clue who they are.
    • This is later played with in that some of them have equivalents in the world of Danmachi, and it is possible to find the connection if enough research is done, like how Lefiya found the story of Queen Boadicea.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: Hestia bursts into tears when Caster reveals that he'll be acquiring the funds to buy her a proper dress before jumping on top of him. Through gritted teeth, he tells Bell to pull her off of him.
    Hestia: YOU ALL ARE SO GOOD TO ME! [jumps onto Caster and sobs into his chest] I DON'T DESERVE ANY OF YOU!
    Caster: Get. Her. Off. Of. Me.
  • Reincarnation: It is heavily implied that at least Bell, Lefiya, and Tiona are reincarnations of Argonaut and some of his friends.
  • Rescue Romance: Coco Collins falls in love with Saber after he saved her from enslavement by Evilus. She is heartbroken to learn he is already married to Lancer.
  • Secret-Keeper:
    • Members of Hestia Familia keep the existence of Heroic Spirits a secret.
    • Ais knows that several members of Hestia Familia are (Heroic) Spirits, but promises to keep it a secret.
    • Fels and Ouranos also know about the Heroic Spirits.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Chapter 54 is titled "God-Shattering Star".
    • The banter between Caster and Gareth before they have to fight multiple Juggernauts is taken almost word for word from the banter between Obi-Wan Kenobi and Asajj Ventress from an episode of Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
  • Title Drop: The title of the fanfic is dropped numerous times throughout the story.
    • Argonaut is the first to do it when he introduces himself in Chapter 31.
      "This is the man who defeated the evil creature, Minotaur, allowing humanity to take one great step forward into the future! The one who called upon other great warriors to begin their Heroic Myths! The one who ended the era of sorrow and despair that has plagued this world since the dawn of time."
    • He does it again in Chapter 32.
      "I am truly happy to meet you, My Master. It looks like you'll be all right now. I'll be turning things back over to you then, Little Hero. Let us see a new Heroic Myth."
    • Finn also does this in his Rousing Speech.
      "…It isn't an exaggeration to say that the fate of the world lies in our hands! We Adventurers of Orario, the center of the world, are the only ones that can do this! I'm sure some of you don't want to be here. Many of you are afraid, apprehensive, and no doubt confused… But I will say this to you: Rise up to the challenge! Rise up to the beginning of a new Heroic Myth! With the world as our witness! Rise up to become its savior! The God Ouranos speaks the truth! We shall follow the steps of Zeus and Hera and write a new legend! A new history! Take these words to heart! Do not falter! Right now, at this very moment, is our new Grand Day!"
  • Touché: When Lancer questions Caster's refusal to come into contact with anyone from Ishtar Familia, Archer compares it to if Lancer were to meet Grimhild in the middle of the street. Lancer immediately concedes the point.
  • Training from Hell: The Servants strengthen Bell by sparring with him, which usually means regularly kicking his ass until he can defend himself. Rider also does this to Emma to help her figure out how to activate her skill.
  • Translator Microbes: Servants understand all languages, so Rider, who is from Britain, has no trouble reading the Japanese cookbook Archer wrote. Archer can understand the Amazons when they speak in their native language.
  • Underestimating Badassery: Several characters underestimate the Servants because they are considered Level 1 (the Level system doesn't consider past skills and experience, and everybody who joins a Familia starts at Level 1).
  • We Need a Distraction: Bell realizes that Ryuu and Syr had gotten into a fight with Terry Cervantes' men at the casino over the lives of the girls Terry enslaved. To distract the Ganesha Familia, Bell decides to abuse his Luck skill to win an utterly massive number of chips before knocking them all over as the girls spill out of the VIP area. This gets the down-on-their-luck adventurers and gods to pounce on the chips, starting a ruckus that security is forced to contain rather than investigate Ryuu's fight.
  • Wham Episode:
    • Chapter 28. Bell's group learns there are intelligent monsters when they discover someone trafficking a kidnapped harpy.
    • Chapter 47. When Bell and Lefiya are about to be killed by a monster, Argonaut possesses Bell again, then summons the spirit of his adoptive sister Fina, who possesses Lefiya. Together, they battle the monster before returning control of their bodies so that the adventurers can deal the final blow. Lefiya experiences Fina's memories in her dreams and confronts Bell about Heroic Spirits. Meanwhile, Caster, Finn, Gareth, and Riveria realize the monster was created from the remains of the legendary monster Behemoth.
    • Chapter 52. Tiona, Tione, and Bete are attacked by someone that the younger Amazon recognizes. Except she is mistaken. His wardrobe and guns indicate he is EMIYA Alter.
      Tiona: Why are you here…Archer!?
    • Chapter 53. In addition to Archer fighting EMIYA Alter, Berserker runs into Asterius.
  • Wham Line:
    • Chapter 52 gives one that might be familiar for some Fate fans.
      "That body is made out of a blade."
    • In Chapter 57, Syr asks Bell a question after finishing his disguise.
      "Does the name Alfia mean anything to you?"
    • Chapter 60 has Bell make his declaration to save Haruhime.
      "By the power of my Command Seal, I beseech my Servants! 'Destroy Ishtar Familia by night's end!'
  • Wham Shot: After Caster unleashes his Noble Phantasm and damages the Dungeon in the process, the Dungeon responds by spawning Juggernauts. Yes, Juggernauts; as in plural. Even Ouranos is shocked by this development since the Dungeon has only spawned a single Juggernaut up until now.
  • World's Most Beautiful Woman:
    • A few characters describe Lancer as the most beautiful non-goddess. Rider is considered second.
    • Freya is described as the most beautiful goddess.
    • When Bell meets the Siren, Rei, he is overwhelmed and thinks to himself that he cannot decide who is more beautiful, Rei, Lancer, or Rider.
  • Worthless Yellow Rocks: The Xenos say they don't really understand money, asking why the surface dwellers trade pieces of metal for useful things like food.
  • Wrong Context Magic:
    • The Servants baffle the other characters because they have skills and powers unrelated to receiving a God's blessing by joining a Familia.
    • Archer especially shocks people because he can casually create magic weapons that don't break after using their special power. Similarly, Welf becomes shocked when he learns Saber's sword Gram can be used multiple times without breaking.
    • In this world, all spells are verbal, so Saber and Lancer shock everyone by drawing glowing Runes in the air or on surfaces to perform spells. Archer and Caster also shock people when they use their powers without saying anything.
    • The Servant summoning spell itself is this. In this world, summoning or controlling spirits is almost impossible.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: The Servants continue to hide their real names with their class names to avoid revealing potential weaknesses and confusion over their identities' relations to the gods. This ends up being a nearly complete waste of time, as the majority of Bell's Servants aren't recognized by anyone (Freya and Loki feel a certain kinship with Saber and Lancer, and Ninsun feels kinship with Caster). If anything, it makes them more suspicious due to the Theme Naming of their titles hinting at a connection between them.
    • This later turns out to not be entirely the case, as at least some of them have equivalents in the world of Danmachi. Lefiya was able to find the story of Queen Boadicea when she started researching heroes so that she could find out the Servants' identities.