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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 EMIYA, 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.


Can be read on FF.Net here while the Spacebattles thread can be found 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 EMIYA rather than Ais, his fixation is on becoming a hero like EMIYA or Gilgamesh 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.
  • Almighty Janitor:
    • Downplayed. Bell is officially the Hestia Familia's vice-captain with Gilgamesh being the one in charge as the captain. Unbeknownst to most of the world, Gilgamesh and most of the Hestia Familia 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 Sigurd, Gilgamesh, and Brynhildr 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.
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  • Beach Episode: The vacation arc has the Hestia Familia visit Port Melen for a quest. This, of course, inevitability leads them to vacation on the beach, resulting in a Swimsuit Scene for both the guys and the girls.
  • Berserk Button:
    • For Gilgamesh, it's Ishtar. The mere presence of her Familia caused him to go on a rampage, uncaring of collateral damage. It's a good thing that he did it with his child form, thus minimizing the damage.
    • For Asterios, it's being called "Minotaur".
      Primo: M-Minotaur!?
      Asterios: ▂▂▃▃▃▃▄▄▄▄▅▅▅!
  • Blade on a Stick: Brynhildr wields a spear with a heart-shaped head. Upon revealing its true name, Brynhildr Romantia, it grows in length and size proportional to how in love she is with her foe.
  • Blatant Lies: Hestia's reaction to seeing Sigurd and Brynhildr 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.
  • Cool Sword: Sigurd's Gram is the mighty demonic sword from the Volsunga saga that is said to be the equal of the strongest holy sword, Excalibur. In addition to being a BFS, its shards can separate into daggers and short swords that he can punch into his foes.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: The Servants can wipe out most adventurers, but special mention is made for Gilgamesh. He singlehandedly took on Loki Familia, Ishtar Familia, EMIYA, and Sigurd.
  • Death by Adaptation: In the source material, Zanis Lustra's ultimate fate was imprisonment. Here, he gets killed by Gilgamesh.
  • Dramatic Irony:
    • While adventuring with Loki Familia, EMIYA 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 EMIYA's techniques is to use Broken Phantasm's; they're also usually swords.
  • Dual Wielding: It's lampshaded that many members of the Hestia Familia fight with a weapon in each hand.
  • Eating the Eye Candy: At the beginning of War Game, EMIYA takes off his coat, showing his bare arms for the world to see. Tione and the Kali Familia certainly appreciate the sight.
  • Eek, a Mouse!!: When a cockroach enters the Hestia Familia home, all the girls present, even Boudica but except for Jack, freak out.
  • Even the Girls Want Her: Several girls become attracted to Brynhildr and Boudica.
  • Exact Words: Tiona asks EMIYA if he was ever in love. He says he was a lifetime ago, which is accurate because he was in love with Saber Arturia in his past life as Shirou Emiya.
  • Frame-Up: Averted. While Apollo seemingly has the upper hand with this, Gilgamesh already anticipated this would happen so he gave Bell actual footage to present to everyone at the gala.
  • Future Me Scares Me: Downplayed. When Gilgamesh ages himself down, his younger self thinks his older self is an asshole.
  • Gentle Giant: Asterios is a big, menacing monster; but under that is a kind and gentle soul.
  • Grand Theft Me: When Bell is holding the Grail and talking about wanting to be a true hero, the Grail summons the spirit of Argonaut, who possesses Bell's body, leaving Bell unconscious, then takes his body for a joyride.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Several people become jealous of Sigurd and Brynhildr'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.
  • Helping Would Be Killstealing: There's almost nothing stopping the Servants of the Hestia Familia from steamrolling everything in their path aside from needing to keep Bell safe and healthy, but they decide to let him fight most of his own battles in order to fuel his own growth. After all, he's living while they're merely transient spirits.
  • 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, but they still tend to keep their names secret. In addition, they need to announce the names of their Noble Phantasms, crystallized legends from their stories of origin, to activate them. Sigurd reveals his true name to Ais after accepting her request to teach her his skills.
  • Invisible to Normals: Gilgamesh gives Lily a ring that makes her invisible except for people who have magical powers.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: While he acts arrogantly around Bell and Lily, Gilgamesh shows that he cares about them.
    • An example of that is how Gilgamesh "punishes" Lily by having her live in Hestia's church for the crime of having the Soma Familia after her money.
    • He later attacks the base of the Freya Familia for targeting Bell.
  • 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.
  • Killed Offscreen: Gilgamesh's POV reveals that he apparently killed Zanis Lustra, the corrupt Captain of the Soma Familia, after Lily joined the Hestia Familia.
  • Knife Nut:
    • Bell's preferred weapon is a small dagger and gets the Hestia Knife to keep up with his rapidly growing power.
    • Jack carries knives everywhere to carve up her foes with them.
  • Language Barrier: EMIYA writes a cookbook for the Familia, but it is in Japanese, so Bell and the other non-Servants cannot read it.
  • Large Ham: Expect Gilgamesh 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: Sigurd and Brynhildr 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 Sigurd has an A+ in Endurance to show for it. EMIYA and Gilgamesh 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 the 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.
    • Only the Servants, and Lily as of Chapter 35, are aware that the "mysterious blonde boy" attacking people is actually a de-aged Caster.
  • 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 Sigurd and Brynhildr's romance because they don't have girlfriends, Boudica comments that they are pathetic, which makes them cry and causes Gil to laugh his ass off.
    Gilgamesh: This nonsensical trip was worth it for that alone.
  • Love at First Sight: Bell meets Ais at a later date than canon, but he is completely smitten when he finally meets her, to his Servants' amusement.
  • 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.
  • 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 EMIYA.
    • Sigurd and Brynhildr are incredible warriors who are also powerful users of rune magic.
  • Master Swordsman: Sigurd was known as the "King of Warriors" in his time and his swordsmanship is so refined that even Ais admits that hers pales before his and decides to learn from him as his student.
  • 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 elf ears, then apologizes.
  • 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 the Hestia Familia enjoying Grand Day. Then Bell receives a letter from Ishtar and Gilgamesh discovers it before the former has a chance to dispose of it. Gil is not happy.
  • Mundane Utility:
    • EMIYA regularly Projects items they need like tables or a barbecue grill.
    • Sigurd goes fishing by using his Crystallized Wisdom to locate and identify the fish in the water before skewering them with his sword and knives.
    • Gilgamesh has a Holy Grail in the Gate of Babylon that he uses as a wine cup. He also abuses Sha Nagba Imuru to clean out casinos for extra income.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • During the War Games arc, Primo rides on Asterios' shoulder and says, "Let's get em, Berserker!" This references Illya and her Berserker, Heracles.
    • Welf makes Gina a plushie that resembles bear Orion.
  • Never Learned to Read: Jack the Ripper does not know how to read or write. Lily has to fill out her forms for her when she registers at the Guild.
  • No-Sell: While chasing down Lily, a member of the Soma Familia attacks her with a magic sword. Gilgamesh blocks it simply by raising his magic gauntlet before striking the man down with a lightning bolt.
  • Noodle Incident: Hestia once almost burned down their home.
  • 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 Gilgamesh walk in on them and Hestia is furious while they desperately say nothing happened.
  • Obliviously Beautiful:
    • Boudica seems unaware of how her assets affect people, especially her less-endowed Familia members.
    • Brynhildr doesn't realize how beautiful people other than Sigurd find her.
  • Older Alter Ego: Inverted. Gilgamesh reverts himself to his child form in order to raid both the Freya Familia and Ishtar Familia with the entirety of the Gate of Babylon at his disposal without drawing suspicion towards the Hestia Familia.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: Sigurd, Brynhildr, EMIYA, and Gilgamesh 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: The Servants, except for EMIYA, 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.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: Hestia bursts into tears when Gilgamesh 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 Gilgamesh and sobs into his chest] I DON'T DESERVE ANY OF YOU!
    Gilgamesh: 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.
  • Replacement Goldfish: Gilgamesh gets a soft spot for the Goddess Ninsun, the counterpart of his mother. Though this Ninsun never had children, she becomes fond of him too. Ninsun seems to be dating a member of her Familia named Lugal Banda (Gilgamesh's father is named Lugalbanda), and he and Gilgamesh also become fond of each other.
  • Samus Is a Girl: Brynhildr is astonished to learn that Hephaistos is a woman in this world.
  • Secret Keeper:
    • Ais knows that several members of the Hestia Familia are (Heroic) Spirits, but promises to keep it a secret.
    • Members of the Hestia Familia keep the existence of Heroic Spirits a secret.
    • A mysterious individual named Fels and his God Ouranos also knows about the Heroic Spirits.
  • Sensory Overload: Kid Gil defeats Bete with a stinkbomb. The poor werewolf ends up unconscious on his feet with foam in his mouth.
  • Sickeningly Sweethearts: Sigurd and Brynhildr are constantly flirting with each other when they're not fighting, much to everyone else's annoyance.
  • Stern Teacher: EMIYA and Gilgamesh are tough on Bell and never mince words, but their advice is valid and helpful and they're never cruel to him.
  • Supreme Chef: EMIYA and Boudica both take care of the food, and anyone who eats their cooking gush about how great it is. EMIYA admits that once Boudica gets used to the different ingredients in this world, she may surpass him.
  • Training from Hell: The Servants strengthen Bell by sparring with him, which usually means regularly kicking his ass until he can defend himself. Boudica also does this to Emma to help her unlock her skill.
  • Translator Microbes: Servants understand all languages, so Boudica, who is from Britain, has no trouble reading the Japanese cookbook EMIYA wrote. EMIYA 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.
  • Weak, but Skilled: Downplayed in the case of EMIYA, Jack, and Boudica. Their raw stats pale in comparison to Sigurd, Brynhildr, or Gilgamesh, but they're still at least as powerful as first-rate adventurers physically and have martial skill surpassing many of them.
  • Wham Episode: Chapter 28. Bell's group learns there are intelligent monsters when they discover someone trafficking a kidnapped harpy.
  • World's Most Beautiful Woman:
    • A few characters describe Brynhildr as the most beautiful non-goddess. Boudica is considered second.
    • Freya is described as the most beautiful goddess.
  • 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.
    • EMIYA 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 Sigurd's sword Gram can be used multiple times without breaking.
    • In this world, all spells are verbal, so Sigurd and Brynhildr shock everyone by drawing glowing Runes in the air or on surfaces to perform spells.
    • 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 Sigurd and Brynhildr, and Ninsun feels kinship with Gilgamesh).


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