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Issei: The Gaming Gear is a High School D×D Fan Fic that, like Code Geass: The Prepared Rebellion, Zero no Tsukaima: Saito the Onmyoji, and After the Chamber: Lords and Ladies, is a mix of Alternate Universe Fic and Rational Fic written by SeerKing that has elements from The Gamer.

A home invasion by a psychotic attacker leads to Issei Hyoudou getting the Boosted Gear early along with something known as the Gamer's Gear. Things quickly snowball into a conspiracy when the attacker is killed while in police custody.


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  • Absolute Xenophobe: The Purifiers hate all supernatural beings, including humans that can use magic and/or have a Sacred Gear power.
  • A-Cup Angst: Downplayed, Sona is listed as having the "Mild Pettanko" trait, meaning that she has pretty much gotten over most of her envy towards large breasts, however, she is annoyed by people who state that Buxom Is Better, like Issei which results in in a reputation penalty with him.
  • Adaptational Badass: Several characters are a bit stronger than in canon:
    • Thanks to the Gamer's Gear and several Dungeon Raids, Issei is fairly stronger as a human than in canon. Downplayed compared to the others. Issei is only Lv.15, whereas the Devil cast members are all at least Lv.30, the sole exception being Saji at Lv.5, but even that's only because he was freshly turned.
    • Downplayed for now, but both Murayama and Katasenote  are noted by Sona to have some level of spiritual power, likely due to their families holding roots in Shinto Exorcism.
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  • Adaptational Heroism: Downplayed. In canon, while Raynare was always an extremely devout member of Azazel's faction, she still was somewhat power hungry, extremely psychotic, killed Asia for her Twilight Healing solely so Azazel would take notice of her, and had no issue employing a psychopath like Freed. Here, she and Mittelt are disgusted by Freed, her loyalty to Azazel takes precedence above all else, and when she learns of the Sacred Gear user that wounded Armârôs, her first instinct is to order Mittelt to get Dohnaseek and Kalawarner to prepare for his arrival, and to capture him for Azazel rather than kill him for his Sacred Gear.
  • Adult Fear:
    • The very premise of the story is a madman breaking into the Hyoudou house and almost killing Issei in front of his parents. They are understandably reluctant to let him leave their sight for a week afterwards. This is especially true if you know that Issei is actually the couple's only successful attempt at a child, having two miscarriages prior to his birth.
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    • When he discovers Rias and Sona are very powerful Devils, Issei takes pain to hide his powers from them because some Devil Kings forcibly convert humans with huge potential into Devils to drag them into their Peerage as servants.
  • Anti-Magical Faction: The Purifiers want to eliminate all supernatural beings, even mostly normal humans like Sacred Gear holders.
  • Bad Guys Do the Dirty Work: While Issei thinks he managed to kill Armârôs, she actually just fled to the abandoned church home to Raynare's group. Turned out to be a fatal move on her part however, as Azazel designated her rogue, giving Raynare the excuse to headshot her.
  • Been There, Shaped History: The holders of the blue and orange Gaming Gears at the time helped create the RPG genre in a rare display of cooperation.
  • Blessed with Suck: Gamer's Mind is great when Issei is facing dangerous situations that require a calm mind to face. Not so much when he wants to enjoy thinking about girls.
  • But Thou Must!: A couple quests, like gaining a harem, don't let Issei choose "N".
  • Cliffhanger: Chapter 11: Issei finally confronts Agent Flamberge of the Purifiers... who reveals him/herself as Armârôs the Fallen Angel.
  • Conveniently Common Kink: In canon, Akeno is a known BDSM switch, though she prefers being the dom in most situations. In this story, Rias just so happens to be implied to be a natural sub, though still in denial.
  • Covert Pervert: Discussed. Issei notices that soon after he stopped peeking on the Kendo Club members with Matsuda and Motohoma, Murayama almost looked wistful at his absence whenever they crossed paths.
  • Crippling Overspecialization: Raynare is confident that she can take Freed out if needed, noting that the insane man's skills are hyperfocused on fighting Devils, not Angels, Fallen or otherwise.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: The Purifier Outcaste is mutilated to hide his identity while he's still alive.
  • The Dreaded: Rias and Sona are so far above Issei in strength that he's flat-out terrified when he has to interact with them, forcing himself to keep his calm with Gamer's Mind. Both Devils are aware of this and quite unhappy, but can't begrudge his caution since powerful humans are often forcibly recruited by Kings.
  • Dying Race: The Ratmen are reduced to this after Issei kills their Breeder.
  • Face Palm: Rias does this to Issei's Stating the Simple Solution suggestion.
  • Fantastic Racism: Similarly to the Hero Faction of the Khaos Brigade, the Purifiers hate any and all forms of supernatural elements, including those that are fundamentally benign or beneficiary towards humanity such as the angels. Unlike them, however, this hatred extends to their fellow humans if they are supernaturally inclined: Sacred Gear users, magicians and even said Hero-faction. As such they instead use bleeding-edge technology and genetics to create the Ratmen rather than any form of magical ritual.
  • Foil: The Purifiers are this to the Hero Faction. Whereas the Hero Faction wants to eliminate any malevolent supernatural force but has very little morals aside from that, up to including brainwashing and killing their own, the Purifiers desire the elimination of all supernatural forces period, but don't desire to become the monsters they fight, and can understand when they've gone too far... for the most part.
  • For Want of a Nail: The main nail here being, besides the presence of the Purifiers and Ratmen, an apparently rogue member of the former group attacking Issei about a month before the start of the canon story, causing his Boosted Gear to awaken and also obtaining the Gamer's Gear as well. Said incident along with said rogue member's murder leads Issei to getting stronger earlier, and gets him both Rias' and Sona's attention several months earlier than in canon.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Issei gets a faint scar on his chin from the Purifier Outcaste.
  • Guilt-Free Extermination War: Issei does feel a little uneasy about killing the Breeder, and thus reducing the Ratmen to a Dying Race, but justifies it by pointing out to himself that the Ratmen eat humans, and maybe even each other, among their other dangers.
  • Guns Are Useless: All but stated by the Gaming Gear when Issei first picks up a firearm, stating that simple spells to completely neutralize gunpowder are learnable by all but the weakest or stupidest of the supernatural races. Averted in the actual story, when Issei uses it to great effect to deal with a zombie-infested base.
  • Heroes Prefer Swords: Swords are the primary weapon type that Issei uses in this story.
  • Hypocrite: The Purifiers hate supernatural beings, but are perfectly willing to use Magitek in their crusade.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: The Ratmen definitely eat human flesh, and may even be cannibals.
  • Logical Weakness: Issei suggests two strategies for dealing with Raiser's regeneration: use blades from Kiba that can No-Sell the Phenex's fire and keep them in his body since regeneration usually doesn't kick in until the weapon that causes the wound leaves the body, and using an Agony Beam sword to flood his mind with pain, since he's got to have an upper limit to the pain he can withstand, along with spells Issei granted them from the store with similar effects.
  • Mama Bear: Mrs. Hyoudou was not amused when the staff at Kuoh Academy don't believe Issei about their recent home invasion being the reason for missing a week off school, not that it isn't completely unjustified, and makes her displeasure known. Even Sona was rather impressed by it, and the Gamer's Gear actually seems a bit intimidated.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Raynare kills Armârôs after the latter's fight with Issei - getting rid of the only person that knows that Issei has two Sacred Gears.
  • No Periods, Period: Subverted. Rias first meets Issei during her time of the month, which combined with the recent news that she's engaged to Riser, left her in a poor mood to deal with him.
  • Oh, Crap!: Issei gets one when it's revealed that Agent Flamberge of the Purifiers is Armârôs the Fallen Angel, and is double Issei's current level.
  • Random Effect Spell: Issei, after leveling up the Gaming Gear, gets the ability to roll a random spell periodically.
  • Revenge: The creator of the Ratmen lost his father to a Fallen, leading to him joining the Purifiers.
  • Rewarded as a Traitor Deserves: Once Armârôs is labeled a traitor by Azazel and Kokabiel for her actions in leading the Purifiers, she is swiftly killed via headshot by Raynare.
  • Running Gag: During the incursion into the "Primordial Lair of the Ratmen", the air is so poisonous that Issei is constantly training Poison Resistance, which ticks him off as it slowly climbs to level 8.
  • Samus Is a Girl: Flamberge turns out to be a female Fallen.
  • Secret Identity: Since the "Ratcatcher" was always gone before her arrival or masked in her presence, Rias has no idea that Issei is actually him. Likewise, no one is aware of his true identity thanks to Issei donning armor and masks when meeting with others, the most anyone knowing about him being that he goes to Kuoh Academy, and that he's the Gaia Gamer Gear wielder. The only one who even knew he had two Sacred Gears, Armârôs, took that knowledge with her to her grave once Raynare killed her.
    • However, he knows that neither Rias nor Sona are stupid, and eventually the two girls will realize who he is, so he needs to plan for the future that said event will bring.
  • Shout-Out:
    • The Ratmen were mainly inspired by the Skaven of Warhammer lore.
    • The Ratmen Breeder is noted in the narration to be similar in appearance and creation as Clotho, which of course also makes it an expy of a Broodmother.
    • At several points, Issei ends up finding some Rare Candies. He and Rias aren't amused at the idea of being treated like Pokemon.
    • Some of the traps guarding the Ratmen and their Broodmother Issei notes straight out of the God of War games, along with Tomb Raider, Prince of Persia, Half-Life and Portal 2.
      Issei: Damn copyright-infringing rats!
      Issei: (after seeing ideas from Portal 2) Apologise to Valve, you damned, thieving fanatics!
    • Issei notes that the first base layout option is straight out of XCOM.
  • Sibling Incest: One-sided between Serafall and Sona, but it's all but explicitly stated when one considers that Sona was voted "Devil Most Likely to be Seduced by her Sister."
  • Stating the Simple Solution: When Issei suggests Kiba make blades that can No-Sell fire, Rias facepalms and curses herself for being an idiot.
    • Issei gets a dose of it himself when, after telling Ddraig the reason he hasn't been using the Boosted Gear as much as the dragon wanted was that Rias and company kept showing up when he was in dungeons and he wanted to keep his possession of the Gear secret from them, Ddraig points out he could just buy an item from the Store to help conceal his abilities, then again when Ddraig points out that there's an item to help him set up a Base in the Store as well.
  • Stock Shōnen Rival: Not only does Issei have Vali to deal with as the respective Sekiryuutei and Hakuryuukou, but like the Heavenly Dragon Sacred Gears, there are also two Gaming gears. Issei has Gaia's and which is of course blue in color while the Tartarus version is supposedly orange.
  • Sudden Game Interface: Issei ends up with this after receiving the Gamer's Gear.
  • The Stoic: Thanks to the Gamer's Mind ability, Issei is able to keep himself calm and in control when he would normally panic, such as when facing Rias, her peerage, Sona, and Saji. Played for Laughs when hearing his inner thoughts, as Issei can still react like normal mentally, leaving him understandably freaked out at having managed to keep his cool while talking with high class devils.
  • Teleport Interdiction: Anyone besides Issei or someone he approves who tries to teleport into his base will get redirected to the start of the topmost level.
  • Toxic Phlebotinum: Warpstone. The substance has several forms and uses, but is highly toxic and mutagenic (which was used to accelerate the development of the Ratmen project) and can cause insanity just by proximity, let alone physical contact, which may be part of the reason the Ratmen rebelled.
  • Troll: Issei is convinced that the Gamer's Gear is sentient, and that it is screwing with him repeatedly, like giving him Rare Candies, and snarking at him. Currently, he wants to find a way to speak with this consciousness so he can punch it in the face.
  • Turned Against Their Masters: A supernatural variant occurs as the Ratmen, once they develop their own identity, quickly slaughter the Purifier personnel inside their burrows.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Sona and Rias discuss the possibility that the Purifiers are being manipulated to some degree by a group of supernaturals, like the Old Maou faction, to eliminate their enemies. They're right on the money as Flamberge is a rogue Fallen named Armârôs the Lesser, the Gamer Gear specifically noting she's from Kokabiel's faction.
  • Weak, but Skilled: Issei manages to defeat Armârôs despite the Fallen being nearly double his current level with creative application of his combat skills, Boosted Gear, and spells, though he lost almost all of his health in the proccess.
  • We Have Reserves: Besides the element of surprise, the Ratmen's main advantage is their easily replaced numbers. After Issei kills the Breeder, this only brings the end of their species closer.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Once Armârôs the Lesser, one of his underlings, is revealed to be leading the Purifiers, Kokabiel severs ties with her and declares her a traitor to maintain the illusion he's still listening to Azazel.


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