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Kallen left Japan with her father before the Second Pacific War erupted. In Britannia she found new friends, made a home for herself, and soon came to a startling revelation: deep down, she was more Britannian than Japanese. Events spiral from there.

Kallen Stadtfeld, Countess of Britannia is a For Want of a Nail Code Geass Fan Fic by Forthwith. The story's main point of departure stems from Kallen's decision to leave Japan with her father for Britannia, where she befriends Euphemia and Nunnally. This causes her path to cross with Lelouch's, resulting in a very different childhood for both of them as they soon become each other's closest friend. Of course, neither of their extended families will give them a moment of peace. note  The struggle the pair undergoes to survive ultimately culminates in a vow between Lelouch and Kallen to create a better world. note 

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Years later, Lelouch and Kallen embark on their quest for the Britannian throne. They start in Japan, now Area Eleven, where they intend to find a valuable ally to add to their cause and hope not to run into too much (unasked for) trouble along the way.


Kallen Stadtfeld, Countess of Britannia contains the following tropes:

  • The Ace: Marianne, and to some extent so far Lelouch and Kallen.
  • Amicable Exes: Kallen's parents to the point that they would happily remarry as soon as it was safe to do so, emphasis on would.
  • Assassin Outclassin': Possibly the Ashfords, but the vi Britannias especially. In particular, Lelouch and Kallen killed a geass assassin presumably sent by V.V.
  • Awesome, but Impractical: The Ganymede was superior to the Glasgow but had a much higher fatality rate that ultimately doomed it.
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  • Best Friend: Kallen and Lelouch, although Lelouch intends on something more.
  • Blue Blood: After the fifth chapter, Kallen becomes the Countess of New York.
  • Combat Clairvoyance: Kallen's geass allows her to predict her own death (and some others) and alter the timeline appropriately in a continuous process as opposed to iteratively checking if she's changed enough to prevent her fate.
  • Child of Two Worlds: Much of Kallen's character development in R0 revolves around her growing to identify more with her Britannian heritage. In contrast, her brother identifies far more with his Japanese heritage.
  • Child Soldier: The oldest member of Valkyrie Squad is fourteen. Disturbingly, the squad is made of canon characters who may very well have enlisted that young (being not much older in their canon appearance taking place a few years later).
  • Dances and Balls: Commonplace in Britannian high society. Two have been shown so far with a third mentioned, and Kallen's debutante ball is upcoming.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: Lelouch and Marrybell agree to this in an early duel to avoid fighting each other over the throne later in life.
  • Do Wrong, Right: Kallen chews out her brother the rebel... for doing a half-assed job of it. She flat out tells him that he should have either avoided drawing official attention entirely or gone for broke.
  • Double Agent: Over Marrybell's protests, Suzaku acts as a double agent for her with the JLF.
  • Father, I Want to Marry My Brother: As children, Euphemia and Nunnally to Lelouch. Also, Lelouch briefly to Euphemia.
  • Family of Choice: The vi and li Britannia children along with Milly and Kallen. Invoked near the end of R0 when Kallen stumbles into Aries Palace sunburnt, starving, and sleep deprived after her parents were killed. She passes out immediately after being welcomed home.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: Kallen and Lelouch after surviving an assassination attempt where the latter distracts the assassin so that the former can land a killing blow. Also happens to be the title of the second chapter.
  • For Want of a Nail: Kallen leaves Japan with her father for Britannia, resulting in dramatic changes due to her friendship with Lelouch preventing him from being exiled and Nunnally from being crippled and blinded. As a consequence, he also appears to have little interest in Patricide, although he also doesn't balk at Marrybell's clear desire to do so.
  • Genre Shift: Chapter 10.5 is explicitly stated to be a short-lived genre shift because 'it wouldn't be Code Geass without it'.
  • Go-Karting with Bowser: Lelouch takes Marrybell out to drink with Naoto, a resistance leader. All three have a good time.
  • Honest Corporate Executive: Kallen is apparently one of these, given that Euphemia calls her a captain of industry and Marrybell discovered that she will employ a more qualified number over a Britannian.
  • Humiliating Wager: Lelouch and Kallen regularly engage in these with the loser becoming the winner's Wager Slave.
  • In Spite of a Nail: Despite many of the major players' changed circumstances, the Skirmish in Shinjuku Ghetto plays out largely the same way two years earlier, albeit with drastically different stakes and a more competent commander on the Britannian side.
  • Knighting: Kallen is knighted at the beginning of R1. Jeremiah was knighted off-screen sometime before then.
  • La Résistance: Naoto and his resistance cell qualify as this, obviously, although Kallen calls him out on being half-assed about it.
  • Lady and Knight:
    • Inverted with Kallen and Lelouch.
    • Possibly played straight with Marrybell and Suzaku.
  • Lady of War: Kallen is very good a pretending to be this in public.
  • Like Father, Like Son:
    • Lelouch's promise with Kallen to create a better world is reminiscent of Charles' pact with V.V. to create a world without lies and occurs under similar circumstances.
    • Lelouch also happens to have similar taste in women. Kallen has a lot in common with Marianne.
  • Lensman Arms Race: Word of God in the author's notes for chapter six says this will not happen, although the base forms of the Lancelot and Guren will be around when the start of Canon is reached.
  • Lost Him in a Card Game: Lelouch and Marrybell essentially wager themselves in a battle to decide between them who will get the throne and who will support the other.
  • Maligned Mixed Marriage: Reese and Minami Stadtfeld. They end up divorcing for the sake of their daughter, Kallen, with Reese and Kallen leaving Japan for Britannia while Minami and Naoto stay in Japan.
  • The Matchmaker: Cornelia encourages Lelouch to consider Kallen in a romantic light when they grow up.
  • Mentor Archetype: Marianne was this to Kallen, teaching her, among other things, how to wield a sword and pilot a knightmare.
  • Murder in the Family:
    • V.V. kills Marianne as per canon.
    • The Stadtfelds conspire to have Kallen, her father, mother, and brother killed. They succeed halfway.
    • Subverted in that Lelouch orders the capture and death of entire Stadtfeld family minus Kallen before she could kill them herself. Of course, the vi Britannias consider Kallen and her immediate family part of their own, so…
  • Ninja: The Shinozaki clan.
  • Noodle Incident:
    Kallen: "His [Suzaku] job seems to be keeping me busy. I imagine he'll follow me, but I'm nearing the point of simply refusing to fight him. This is taking too long."
    Lelouch: "I'm ecstatic to hear I successfully worked the tunnel vision out of you."
    • Mention is also made of an incident from Cornelia's youth which ended in her getting completely covered in peanut butter.
  • The One Guy: Lelouch bemoans being this in R0, although Kallen does take pity and expresses her interest in boy things.
  • Open Secret: Everyone is somewhat aware that Lelouch led terrorists against Britannia in Shinjuku, although few are aware of the exact details. Most rumors claim that he came to heroically rescue his damsel in distress from traitors, something he clearly enjoys using to tease Kallen.
    • An official statement was probably issued by chapter 10.5 that cast Lelouch's and Kallen's actions in a positive light.
  • Parental Issues: Lelouch has this to a greatly lesser degree than in Canon, although Marrybell seizes the displaced hate for herself.
  • Pinky Swear: Lelouch and Kallen engage in one at the very end of R0. They vow to create a better Britannia, whatever it takes.
  • Rags to Royalty: According to Ruben Ashford, Marianne used to be 'pickpocketing urchin filth'.
  • Red Baron: Ace knightmare pilots tend to accrue such monikers.
    • Marianne is known as The Flash.
    • The Vampire of Britannia for Luciano Bradley.
    • Kallen hates hers: The Rose of Britannia. She's tried on at least one occasion to acquire a different one to mixed results.
      • The Japanese in Area 11 know her as The Black Queen, although she may or may not be aware of that.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Kallen and Lelouch fall into this category with Kallen being the fiery, passionate half and Lelouch the controlled, brilliant half.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Marianne is one of Britannia's most successful generals ever.
  • Runaway Bride: Mareki Soresi, who enlisted in the army to evade her Arranged Marriage. In a twist on the trope, she's not opposed to the match, just the fact that she's only twelve and her in-laws to be want her to get married and consummate the relationship right now. Being in the military gives her an acceptable excuse to avoid her family and fiance until she's ready to take on those obligations.
  • Secret Art: The style of swordsmanship Kallen and Marianne use is explicitly stated to be old and thus probably mostly forgotten. It's implied C.C. taught it to Marianne.
  • Seers: Kallen's geass allows her a limited view into the future to predict (and alter) the death of people satisfying some criteria.
  • Shipper on Deck: Marianne wants Kallen for Lelouch. As it turns out, Cornelia got to be The Matchmaker.
  • The Strategist: Lelouch and Marrybell are the obvious examples, along with Schneizel. Michele Manfredi might be as well. Marianne also may have been one of these.
  • These Hands Have Killed: In chapter two, Kallen isn't distressed that she killed an assassin, nor is she worried over that. She is, however, concerned at how natural and easy it felt, especially for her first kill.
  • Time Skip: Five years pass between R0 and R1.
  • Tomboy with a Girly Streak: Kallen plays sports in the mud, enjoys videogames, duels with swords, pilots mechas, and practices parkour, but she also enjoys tea parties, snuggling with stuffed animals, dancing, and has a repeatedly denied fondness for poetry. She appears to be much more open about this after meeting Euphemia.
  • Undying Loyalty:
    • Kallen will take any fight to protect her friends and family, even ones she can't win. She'll even kill for them.
    • All knights of honor are expected to exhibit this to their liege. There's even a classic work of in-universe literature about a knight's undying loyalty to a prince that routinely abuses her, which is used to warn people to think carefully before agreeing to become a knight of honor, as most of the abuses described in the book are technically still legal.
  • Utopia Justifies the Means: Kallen and Lelouch openly acknowledge that the path to the throne will require them to 'swindle, murder, cheat, and conquer' the innocent but can't see any better means to change the world for the better.
  • Warrior Prince: Lelouch, Marrybell, and Marianne are all known to take the field as commanders, and Marianne piloted the Ganymede in actual combat.
  • What If?: The fic's premise is essentially 'what if Kallen and Lelouch were childhood friends'.
  • Worthy Opponent: Lelouch feels Marrybell would be one of these and hence went out of his way to recruit her before that could happen.
  • Yandere: V.V. for Charles. Marianne is rather outspoken to Charles about this before V.V. kills her for all the good it did.

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