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Zero: Fine! I'll pledge myself to you and your cause! I will be yours forever, to do what you will with, whatever! But the moment you fail in any capacity, I will strike you down!
Sougo Tokiwa: I wouldn't have it any other way.
Chapter 1, "The Original Intoner"

Temporal Anomaly is a Kamen Rider Zi-O and Drakengard 3 fanfiction crossover story by SexulPenut.

After being erased from history after his younger self gave up his powers and chose a different path, Sougo Tokiwa of the year 2068 - also known as Oma Zi-O - finds himself in a new world after hearing a sound in the form of a strange song. There, he meets the beautiful yet murderous Intoner known as Zero during her journey to kill her sisters and take their powers to stop them from destroying the world.

But Sougo comes up with another, non-lethal plan to save the world — seduce all the Intoners.

From there, the fate of the world starts to change...

This fic can be read on Archive of Our Own here and Fanfiction Dot Net here.

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  • Accomplice by Inaction: Four accuses One of this, due to the latter doing nothing to curb the increasingly erratic, even tyrannical, behavior of her sisters due to the influence of the Flower, no matter how bad they have gotten or how many of their subjects get caught up in their madness. One is forced to admit that she is right, no matter what excuses she herself may try to trod out.
  • Adaptational Heroism: Thanks to Sougo removing the Flower from each of them, the Intoners are able to avert their canon With Great Power Comes Great Insanity-induced Sanity Slippage and are able to pull back from their collective Face–Heel Turn.
  • Adaptational Nice Guy:
    • Zero. In canon, she was a true to form Sociopathic Hero who was more or less a Jerkass to all those around her, rarely opening up to anyone thanks to the experiences of her very troubled past. In this story, Zero comes across as an more even handed Unscrupulous Hero and far more approachable as a result, even managing to be genuinely friendly at times in her own way.
    • In canon, Four was a self-righteous Knight Templar who very much applied Never My Fault with any misdeed she committed. Here, thanks to being a lot more accepting of her personal flaws and managing to reign in her Green-Eyed Monster mindset towards her sisters, Four is clearly a lot more compassionate and genuinely empathic towards others around her.
    • Canon Three was an unethical and crazy Mad Scientist who gleefully experimented on her own citizens with no regrets For Science! throughout the whole game. In the fic, Three has a very critical My God, What Have I Done? at her actions, leading to her regaining her morals and sanity, becoming The Atoner in the process.
  • Adaptation Relationship Overhaul: In Drakengard 3, Zero's relationship with the other Intoners is as hostile as can be, to the point of refusing to see them as actual people but simply extensions of herself brought to life after the Flower revived her from her attempted suicide. Here, Zero's interactions and dynamics with each of them are much, much more pleasant, amicable, and even supportive on both ends. Justified as Sougo has presented her a way to achieve her goals without having to kill the rest of the Intoners, so she has a chance to properly know them now that they are more or less on the same side.
  • A-Cup Angst: Even after becoming a more balanced person, Four still is very insecure about her chest size being the smallest among her sisters. Being around Five on an almost daily basis doesn't help at all.
  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: The Flower removal process causes Zero so much pain that she screams for Oma Zi-O to stop it. Not that it's heeded.
  • Affably Evil: Despite being responsible for and ruling over the Bad Future of his original world as an Evil Overlord who wiped out half of humanity, Sougo Tokiwa maintains an sincerely calm, polite, and reasonable demeanor at all times.
  • All Amazons Want Hercules: The Intoners, who are all extremely ruthless and powerful warriors in battle and many other areas, are all emotionally and sexually attached to the nigh-omnipotent Sougo despite his skinny body size.
  • Amazon Chaser: Sougo finds himself first desiring Zero when she first activates her Intoner Mode and starts pushing him back. He finds her even more attractive when she makes it clear she will not be treated like his pet or slave despite knowing the potential consequences of going against her king. This affection applies towards her sisters as well, especially if they show how strong-willed they are.
  • Ambiguous Situation: While she is the one to propose the match in the first place, whether or not One was ACTUALLY trying to win is left up for the reader to decide.
  • And Now You Must Marry Me: Sougo effectively defeats each Intoner in one way or another before having each of them swear themselves as his loyal lovers. Two in particular is courted through rather questionable means. He does restore her psyche and revive the orphans she was forced to put down, but in order for both to stick, she has to pledge her complete loyalty to him and leave behind Cent.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Now that she doesn't has to kill them to stop the Flower from fully growing, this is how Zero views the other Intoners, and with good reason.
  • The Atoner: Three, after officially joining the main group.
    Three: How does one who has wrought the horrors of hell repair the hearts of ones who fell?
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: This version of Sougo Tokiwa is commonly referred to as the "Demon King of Time", with all of the power that comes with such a title.
    • All of the Intoners, with the exception of Zero, were all rulers of an entire region of the realm before passing it on to Sougo, and remain all-powerful fighters in their own right before and after his arrival.
  • Back-to-Back Badasses: The Intoners while fighting off the Flower's summoned plant army. Specifically, Zero with One, and Three with Four.
  • Badass Bookworm: One is the more studious and educated of the Intoners, while still being just as lethal in a fight as her sisters.
    • Surprisingly enough, Five of all people is developing into this with the help of Sougo.
  • Badass Family: The Intoners have become a more traditional one when compared to canon, since they are all more or less on the same page in this story.
  • Balanced Harem: Sougo's relationships with the six Intoners is fleshed out and expanded upon - both on an individual and group level - considerably throughout the story.
  • Battle Harem: The Intoners to Sougo. Even after losing their piece of the Flower and becoming Sougo's lover, each sister remains a fierce and deadly fighter to face in battle.
  • Battle of Wits: Sougo engages in a non-lethal version of this with One in order to decide which one of them shall become the true ruler Midgard and all of its lands. Sougo wins.
  • Being Tortured Makes You Evil: Inverted, surprisingly enough, in regards to Three. Sougo's torture session with her actually managed to break through her insanity, bringing her back to Earth and having her undergo an Heel–Face Turn in the process.
  • Beneath the Mask: Four is exposed by Sougo to everyone as the Knight Templar Blood Knight she really is rather than the All-Loving Heroine she projects to the public. In fact, Chapter 3 is titled "Four's Shattered Mask".
  • Big Damn Heroes: In Chapter Nine, a conjured up version of Tsukuyomi appears in Sougo's mind to free him from the Flower's Song and return him back to reality.
  • Bigger Is Better in Bed: With Sougo it certainly is. So far, each Intoner - most of whom are very sexually active and experienced - find sex with him better than any of their previous partners.
  • Blasphemous Boast: Sougo delivers one to the Watchers before leaving Zero's mindscape.
    Sougo: You have no power over me, foolish Watchers. There is only one God, and his name is Sougo Tokiwa! The kindest and most beloved Demon King! Nay! The king above all else! Ruler of Time and Space itself!
  • Blood Knight: Out of all of the Intoners, it is clear that Four is the one who enjoys a good fight the most. This is made most apparent in Chapter Nine during the fight with the Flower and its summoned army: while her sisters all around her are fighting tooth and nail to stay alive, Four is having the time of her life, having a Slasher Smile plastered on her face throughout the entire situation.
  • Blow You Away: Using the power of Kamen Rider Double, Sougo levitates the chess pieces during his chess match with One so her sharp Super-Senses do not distract her.
  • Botanical Abomination: The Flower, without a proper host, is presented as this.
  • Break Them by Talking: Sougo to Four, after searching through her memories, reducing her to tears a mess as a result.
    • The Flower tries its hand(?) at this towards the main cast at multiple points, though its would be victims prove to be far less receptive or even tolerant of the B.S. it is sporting at them.
  • Brother–Sister Incest: Out of all the sisters, Five is the one who has the least issue with having sexual relations with her sisters, outright flirting and coming on to them as much as she does with Sougo.
  • Brought Down to Badass: As Sougo collects each part of the Flower from the Intoners, they lose access to their song powers and Intoner Mode due to no longer being empowered by the Flower. They are still MUCH stronger than most others in the world.
  • Brought Down to Normal: Thanks to the OOO Ridewatch's dulling of the senses providing an counter balance to her very sharp Super-Senses, One can now experience and enjoy various things she was able to before now that her five senses are brought down to a normal human level.
  • Call-Back:
    • Just like in she does to the Big Bad of Zi-O in the show's grand finale, Tsukuyomi backstabs the Flower, leading to its defeat.
    • Like in the Kamen Rider Agito arc in Zi-O, Shouchi Tsugami finds himself giving a pep talk to an uncertain young woman as she enjoys his cooking.
  • The Cameo:
  • Character Development: Surprisingly, Sougo begins to reconsider his priorities as would-be ruler of Midgard, going from simply wanting to conquer it to actually thinking of ways to make it a thriving kingdom. Additionally, Sougo's positive interactions with the Intoners leads them to gradually confront their own vices and become better people.
  • Character Title: The title of the story refers to Sougo himself and the ripple effects he has on the branches.
  • Central Theme:
    • The main theme of the central plot is about the different uses of absolute power and if there is truly a right or wrong way of using it to affect the world around. While the Watchers use their vast powers to try to wipe out humanity through various ways, causing no small amount of pain and suffering, Oma Zi-O uses his near-omnipotence to undo and fix the various issues plaguing Midgard, actually being able to improve and further the lives that inhabit in the various countries.
    • The main theme of the core character ensemble is self-improvement through honest love and care from another. Thanks to Sougo genuinely caring, appreciating, and supporting them beyond their titles and as their own people with their personal wants and needs, all of the Intoners are able to significantly grow and better themselves as individuals. Sougo as well begins straying away from his megalomania as a result of the Intoners actually being bluntly straightforward and truthful regarding his decisions, with him genuinely taking their criticisms to heart and pushing himself towards being a better ruler.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Surprisingly enough, Zero is particularly possessive of Sougo, no matter how much she tries to downplay her feelings towards him. It is later revealed that this trait is due to Sougo being quite literally the best thing that's ever happened in her life and is secretly terrified of the very idea that he'll be taken away just like every other good thing in her past.
  • Colour-Coded for Your Convenience: The proposal rings Sougo gives to each Intoner have their respective jewel be the same color the Intoner is most associated with: Zero's is pink, One's is red, Two's is blue, Three's is purple, Four's is green, and Five's is yellow.
  • Combat Sadomasochist: Decadus, to the point that Sougo thinks he expresses his kink too much.
  • Continuity Nod:
    • In Chapter 5, Five reminds Four of the castle of Bass, the previous Lord of the Country of Sands, from Utahime Five, to explain Three's obsession with dolls and why she experimented on her own citizens to turn them into dolls.
    • In Chapter 10, Hina recalls her meeting with Dan Kuroto in episodes 9 and 10 of Zi-O.
      • In that same chapter, while talking with Two, Shouchi recalls his encounter with Sougo in episodes 31 and 32 of Zi-O.
      • In Chapter 11, Jiro mentions his personal talk with Sougo in episode 36 of Zi-O.
  • Cool and Unusual Punishment: After Four falsely accuses her taking her home made doll - which later Three is revealed to have been the culprit in order to touch up her creation - , Five subjects Four into a personally created punishment in order for the latter to earn the former's forgiveness: namely, eating her portion of breakfast before making her sit in her lap as they ride Mikhail to the Cathedral City...with her large breasts ontop Four the whole trip through. Given Four's thoughts on chest sizes in general, the whole situation was hell for her.
  • Cool Big Sis: Gabriella is shaping up to be this to Mikhail.
  • Covert Pervert: As it turns out, Four can be almost as sexually open and inclined as Five, but is much better at covering it thanks to having more restraint and a better sense of responsibility.
  • Crossover Couple: The main romantic relationship of this story is between Oma Zi-O and the Intoners.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Castle Doran delivers one to Four's sky fleet at the Land of Mountains.
  • Curb Stomp Cushion: While she was able hold her own better than most before her, especially when she activates Intoner Mode and actually pushes her opponent back, Zero still finds herself on the receiving end of a brutal No-Holds-Barred Beatdown without leaving so much of a scratch on Oma Zi-O.
  • Darker and Edgier: Definitely much more adult than your average Kamen Rider fic, crossover or otherwise. Not only is The Protagonist one of the most infamous villains in the history of the franchise, but the setting also takes place in the notoriously grimdark of world Drakengard.
  • Deal with the Devil: Two makes one with Sougo after he restores her mind. In exchange for bringing back the orphans she was forced to kill after they became monsters thanks to her song's effects, Two swears herself, both body and soul, to Sougo and his cause, meaning she has to leave behind her relationship with Cent.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen:
    • As time goes on, Zero's relationship with Sougo revives the humanity she's been forced to bury and kill in order to survive in this world prior to Sougo's arrival.
    • Four has become a far less uptight and down-looking figure, being more personal and genuinely caring towards her sisters and others.
  • Demographic-Dissonant Crossover: Sougo Tokiwa/Oma Zi-O(from the relatively kid-centric Kamen Rider franchise) is sent to the world of Midgard (of the extremely adult, grimdark Drakengard series).
  • Determinator: Even after all of her bones are broken and she's coughing up globs of blood, Zero refuses to give up fighting Oma Zi-O in their first battle.
  • Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: This is Zero's state of mind after marrying Sougo and becoming a Demon Queen of Midgard. She never expected herself to live past the destruction of the Flower and is having great trouble figuring out what to do with herself besides being a Lazy Bum.
  • Destructive Romance: Discussed between Three and Sougo in Chapter Eight in regards to the relationship between Intoners and their Disciples: due to the fact that they are unable to truly deny the wishes of their assigned Intoner, the Disciples, whether on purpose or not, were not able to be the partner their Intoner needed in order for each woman to become really grow properly as their own person, leading to each Intoner falling to their worse impulses in one way or another prior to them meeting Sougo.
  • Didn't See That Coming:
    • One full-on admits that she never expected someone being able to cure Three of her fall to madness, but is clearly glad that her sister has had her sanity and morals restored.
    • The Flower is completely thrown off by the Intoners actually being able to take away its ability to use the Song by using their connection to it.
    • Accord is pleasantly surprised to see that Sougo has managed to affect the branch to such a degree that the Intoners actually managed to come together and fight the Flower, managing to survive the confrontation safe and sound.
    Accord: …a fairytale kind of happy ending… who would have thought that one of these timelines could have it?
  • Disappointed in You: One expresses great disappointment in Three's refusal to confront the citizens of the Forest Country after what she did to them, even after becoming a Demon Queen of Midgard.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: Cent after Two returns to the afterparty of her wedding and leaves behind the bottle of red wine.
  • Easily Forgiven:
    • Despite him being her favorite "toy", it's almost as if Five has completely forgotten the fact that Sougo killed Dito.
    • Despite learning that she was willing let Zero kill them all in order to prevent the Flower from destroying the world, Two, Three, and Five reassure One that they still love and support her, understanding why she made her choices.
    Three: Res amado sin importar cuánto te rompas, y siempre estaremos listos para recoger los pedazos.note 
    • Despite how harsh and brutal her call out was, Two almost immediately accepts Four's apology.
  • Even Evil Can Be Loved: Despite how much they were Jumping Off the Slippery Slope, One could never bring herself to actually put down her sisters herself due to her great love for them, being forced to rely on Zero to do the job herself as apart of her original plan to save the world.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Sougo is an unapologetic conqueror. However, he treats the Intoners like equal partners rather than mere concubines. The fact that they can get away with criticizing his actions says a lot about how much he values them.
  • Everyone Has Standards:
    • As unempathic and cynical as she can get, Zero has been shown to be absolutely disgusted with Five's attempts to have sex with her, sounding offended when Sougo even jokes about making her do it.
    • After seeing and taking in the sheer amount of people Three had tortured and forcibly turned into dolls through her mad science experiments, Four cannot help but wonder when her sister became such a monster.
  • Evil Gloating: Flower!Ora takes the time to taunt and mock a seemingly powerless Sougo in his own mind after trapping him with the Song. She quickly gets Killed Mid-Sentence for her arrogance.
  • Evil Laugh: Sougo can't stop himself from crackling like a madman during his first time meeting Five, after everyone warns him not to piss her off.
  • Evil Versus Evil: The underlying conflict of this story is between a ruthless, self-serving, and ambitious despot and manipulative, uncaring, deities of the highest order.
  • Experienced Protagonist: This isn't Sougo's first rodeo with world domination, having already been the ruler over the Bad Future of his universe for decades.
  • Extreme Libido: Five, which is something that hasn't changed from canon.
  • Eye Scream: To free Zero from the Flower and its influence, Sougo, in his Oma Zi-O armor, physically rips it from her eye. It is just as painful as it sounds.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Done in an unsettling way with the behavior of the Flower.
  • The First Cut Is the Deepest: The first guy Zero was actually happy to be with tried to murder her in her sleep when she caught a disease, forcing her to make the first move and slit his throat with the knife under her pillow. This is the reason why Zero is so prickly yet clingy in her current relationship with Sougo.
  • Flipping the Bird: Zero's response to being called a harlot by Four.
  • For Want Of A Nail: Sougo's arrival in this time period of Midgard really screws up the events of Drakengard 3 in a number of ways:
    • By removing the Flower and its hold over her before going after the rest of the Intoners in order to do the same to them, Zero no longer has to kill her sisters to save the world.
    • Dito is killed off very early in the story, preventing Five from being backstabbed and murdered by him.
    • Four drops her Holier Than Thou disposition that defined her all of her life, becoming an overall more honest person with herself and others as a result while also getting the chance to get over her inferiority thought process.
    • The citizens of the Land of Forests get the experiments done on them undone and are turned back into humans. Meanwhile, Three's insanity gets directedly tackled before shattered, turning her relatively sane once again.
    • Two gets her mind restored before the war orphans she was forced to kill came back to life thanks to Sougo rewinding time. However, Two is forced to leave Cent by her own volition in order to keep it that way.
    • Gabriel, through Sougo's borrowed magic, is reverted back to Gabriella, regaining her mind and previous personality.
  • Fountain of Youth: Sougo was 69 when he was "defeated" but finds himself in the body of an 18 or 19-year-old when he's transported to Midgard.
  • Genius Bruiser: Sougo is shown to be strong enough to crush a man's head with a single bare hand and is has been shown to be quite intelligent through out the story, approaching the situation he's found himself in as The Chessmaster.
  • Gender Bender: Using the magic of Kamen Rider Wiseman, Sougo is able to undo the Gabriel transformation and return Gabriella back to her original form.
  • The Gadfly: Accord really enjoys questioning/trolling Zero about her feelings in regards to Sougo and her sisters.
  • Gold-Colored Superiority: The Oma Zi-O armor's main color palette is gold with the man under it arguably the most powerful human being in the world.
  • The Good King: Sougo is trying to aspire to be this, taking great strides to rise above his Evil Overlord behavior. It's a work in progress.
  • Graceful Loser: Despite being arguably the most prideful of the Intoners, One takes losing to Sougo in their chess match pretty well, all things considered.
    One: ...I see. Perhaps fifty years of experience is just as impressive as it sounds.
  • Gratuitous French: As it turns out, Sougo has been teaching Five French offscreen for a good while. One is also fluent in it, as she demonstrates at the end of Chapter Eight.
  • Gratuitous Spanish: Like in canon, Three is prone to peppering her phrases and speech patterns with Spanish words. Sougo himself is shown very fluent in the language.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Due to having a strong bias against wyvern, Mikail really doesn't like everyone's fawning and awe of Castle Doran.
  • Harem Seeker: Justified Trope when it comes to Sougo: not only do the Intoners rule the world, they each hold a piece of the Flower, which will eventually cause The End of the World as We Know It if allowed to grow within each sister for too long. Considering all of this, it is honestly in Sougo's best interests to take the time to make each Intoner a part of his harem so that they'd willingly give up their part of the world and piece of the Flower for him to take over and destroy respectively.
  • Heal the Cutie: Sougo quite literally does this to Two by repairing her broken mind before restoring the children she had to kill back to life.
  • Heel Realization: Multiple ones throughout the story:
    • Four is really forced to confront her Knight Templar mindset after getting directly confronted with her the genocide of the elves. She now aims to become someone truly great without needing to compare herself to her siblings.
    • Sougo's last conversation with his younger self actually left a much bigger impression on him than he lets on, actually seeing the value in that version of himself's last words to him. He is currently trying to see if it is not too late for he himself to live up to them.
    • Three has a very severe and impacting My God, What Have I Done? during her captivity under Sougo, where he Mind Rapes her into experiencing just what her subjects felt when she tortured and turned them all into dolls. This revelation comes complete with Tears of Remorse.
    • One gets one in Chapter Nine, coming to realize that she more or less enabled her younger siblings' increasingly horrible and self-destructive behavior by doing nothing on her end to curb it.
  • Hero of Another Story: From Chapter 3 to Chapter 6, Mikhail has been off on his own adventures in order to become stronger before returning to the main group.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: The Flower split itself into various copies in order to heighten its chances of completing its goals due to Zero proving to be incompatible with them. Those copies would go on to become the Intoners, who would go on to play an instrumental role in its total destruction.
  • Honest Advisor: Each Intoner plays this role to Sougo to varying degrees.
    Zero: Get used to it. You might have been able to force people to do what you want in your last world, but we aren't going to keep our voices to ourselves because it hurts your fragile sense of entitlement.
  • Hope Is Scary: Due to her very long and traumatic Dark and Troubled Past, Zero has long given up on having a good life to live for and was a Death Seeker ready to kill herself after bringing down her sisters in order to prevent the Flower from destroying humanity...until Sougo/Oma Zi-O arrived and meets her. Now, with the actual and genuine chance to not only save the world without having to resort to murdering her "sisters", Zero has a real shot at having a hopeful and happy future after everything she's been through...and the very idea of it scares her more than anything due to how many times anything remotely good to her got snatched away from her in the past.
  • Hotter and Sexier: Inevitable when you take a character from a property as chaste as Kamen Rider and have him romancing characters whose sexual escapades are a major part of who they are, though it arguably goes further than even Drakengard 3 by actually fully describing the sex rather than indirectly referencing it.
  • How Much More Can He Take?: Zero and One brutally maul each other during their fight to end their beef.
  • Hypocritical Humor: When One introduces Sougo and her sisters to the male twin she created, Zero goes on an annoyed triade about it, which includes her sisters needing professional help to deal with their issues. Given just who this is coming from, Zero clearly has no room to talk.
    Three: El burro hablando de orejas...note 
  • I Love You Because I Can't Control You: Very early on, Zero makes it abundantly clear that she doesn't intend to just be an obedient concubine to Sougo. Sougo ends up being so impressed by this act of defiance and showcase of strong will that he stops even viewing her as a part of a harem and starts seeing her as a queen. This ends up applying to the rest of the Intoners, as they all become Honest Advisors to him.
  • In Love with Your Carnage: While visibly upset at the time, Five later admits that she found Sougo's decimation of Dito completely hot, to the point of finding herself wet after the deed was done.
  • I Need a Freaking Drink: Zero, One, and Cent indulge in some very heavy drinking in Chapter 11. Downplayed with Two in the same chapter.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Cent eventually accepts that Two is better off with Sougo and will do his best to move on while cherishing the time they had together.
  • In Place of an Eye: In the first chapter, Sougo, after his first encounter with the Watchers, realizes the influence they have over Zero through the Flower that has taken the place of her eye. Sougo's solution is to therefore rip the Flower out of her with his magically-enhanced bare hand, stems and all, with the process being just as painful as it sounds.
  • Insult Backfire: Five's response to Four calling her a harlot is to laugh her ass off.
  • Irony: When he began turning into a Greed, Eiji began experiencing Sense Loss Sadness that turned his powers into a curse for him. When One gains the OOO Ridewatch, that very same issue becomes a blessing for her due to it pacifying her ever-growing Sensory Overload.
  • It's All My Fault: During her reunion with One, Two admits that she blames herself for the situation that caused her Despair Event Horizon and the Deal with the Devil she had to make in order to make things right again, resolving to be better in the future.
  • Journey to the Center of the Mind: After defeating Zero, Oma Zi-O enters her mind to figure out what exactly is going on with her and the Flower.
  • Killed Off for Real: Dito, in Chapter Two, by Oma Zi-O.
    • In Chapter Nine, the Flower is completely destroyed.
  • A Lighter Shade of Black: It says something when Sougo is the best option Midgard has in finally achieving something resembling prosperity. The guy is a world conqueror who outright calls himself Maou the Demon King, but he's actually concerned about doing his job as ruler, unlike the Watchers, who seem to view all mortals across time and space as toys to break at their leisure.
  • Lotus-Eater Machine: The Flower managed to trap Sougo in one before the Intoners arrived to help him in their fight.
  • Love Redeems: The Intoners have become overall much better, stable, and happier as individuals since becoming Sougo's lovers. This is due to the fact that Sougo actually treats them less as unapproachable goddesses like most people, and instead engages with each one as their own individual with their own wants and needs beyond their titles as Intoners, allowing them to properly grow and evolve into much better people.
    Three: All of us have been shown guidance we have never seen nor experienced before, giving us a chance to learn who we truly want to be.
    • It ends up going both ways. When Sougo first bedded Zero and had her swear fealty to him, he was incredibly controlling over her and very much still a megalomaniac who threatened violence for any act of defiance. It's when Zero makes it clear that she has no intention of being claimed as mere property that he begins changing his tune about the Intoners, not seeing them as assets but as queens. This ends up bleeding into his view of the world he's conquering and becomes one of the contributing factors to him switching his goal from mere conquest to actually making Midgard prosperous.
  • Mama Bear: Even being utterly beaten down and barely breathing doesn't stop Zero from threatening Oma Zi-O after he has Dragreder carry away Mikhail to stop him from interfering in their fight.
    Zero: I-If you…hurt him…I-I will…tear…tear you…apart from limb…to fucking limb…if it’s the last…the last…damned thing I do!
  • Marry Them All: After destroying the Flower, Sougo proposes to all of the Intoners with their own personally customized proposal ring. They all accept.
  • Mayfly–December Romance: Sougo, who is a sixty-nine-year-old that looks like an eighteen or nineteen-year-old in this story, becomes lovers with the Intoners, who are all Younger Than They Look to different degrees.
  • Meaningful Rename: Sougo officially names Male One as Bankotei, which means "the sixth clock" in Japanese.
  • Moving Buildings: Castle Doran, due to it being basically a living dragon within an huge, ancient castle.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Two is very distraught at the fact that her calling out Sougo led to him going on to confront the Flower all by himself.
  • Mythology Gag: Just like she does to the Big Bad in the final episode of Kamen Rider Zi-O, Tsukuyomi stabs Flower!Ora behind the back with a Laser Blade in front of Sougo.

  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Zero and One take turns beating the ever living crap out of each other during their fight.
  • No Sympathy: Downplayed with Zero in Chapter 5. While she does willingly provide aid in giving shelter and supplies to the victims, she's in no mood to give any emotional support to the recovering citizens of the Land of Forests.
    Unnamed Soldier: Help me. Don't let her have me again. She is an angel of death.
    Zero: We all are, now let go of me.
  • Not So Above It All: The typically well-spoken One turns out to have quite the potty mouth during sex.
    • She also seems to be very reciprocal of Five's flirtatious advances, unlike the other Intoners.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: The pain of having the Flower ripped out of her eye is SO BAD that Zero screams for Mikhail and later her sisters to come and save her.
  • Outside-Context Problem: Sougo/Oma Zi-O is this to the world of Midgard thanks to being an Time Master Evil Overlord in Power Armor that ACTUALLY wants to take over this world.
  • Pet the Dog:
    • Sougo actually goes out of his way to undo the horrible experiments Three forced upon her own citizens in the Land of Forests, transforming them all back to regular people. Later on in that same chapter, he's shown holding up Octa as he's trying to recover from Three's mind control.
    • Downplayed in regards to Two's situation. While he does restore her mind and revive the orphans she was forced to put down, he only does so when she agrees to become his lover like her sisters, being fully willing to turn erased her memories of the orphans and Cent ever existing in her life if she defied him.
    • Sougo happily gives Male One a real name while accepting him as the Intoner's brother.
  • Pimped-Out Dress: The Intoners all wear this for their wedding. Their outfits - with the exception of Zero - as as Demon Queens of Midgard also count as this.
  • Polyamory: Sougo romances all six Intoners and engages in sexual and romantic activity with them equally. In Chapter 11, he officially marries all of them, making the Intoners the Demon Queens of Midgard.
    • Five herself has her own personal harem made up of just women.
  • Porn with Plot: Each chapter is filled to the brim with character exploration, dynamics, and progression, while being equally filled with gracious amounts of smut, sexual acts, and/or sex innuendoes.
  • Power Nullifier: The Ex-Aid Ridewatch functions as this to Four, stopping her rapid nail growth.
  • Psychopathic Womanchild: Three in a nutshell pre-Heel–Face Turn. The narrative during her Villainous Breakdown outright compares her to a child having her toys taken away.
    Three: NO! NO! NO! GIVE THEM BACK! Those were my dolls! My years of hard work! You had no right to take them from me! You...You...bastardo! Now give them back! Give my cute babies back!
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Four of all people delivers one to One after The Reveal.
    One: Excuse me?
    Four: You heard me! Why didn't you even try to set us straight! Why did you think it was fine to leave us alone on our own to rule while you stayed up here all alone pretending like you were the only one who knew how to research and care for the lands? Why didn't you at least try to let us help ease the burden? If it was so important and we were all too far gone to be worth saving, then why didn't you just kill us and get it over with?
    One: Do you really think I'm that much of a monster? How was I supposed to kill my own sisters after everything we went through? How was I supposed to watch the light die in your eyes after seeing them sparkle so much? All I could do was hope Zero could do her job or try to find another solution before she recovered. I did my best to find any way—
    Four: "I, I, I," You are so selfish! Do you know how much I worried about you working yourself to the bone? How much we all worried about you? But you are so up your own arse that you thought we would never notice that you were being crushed by the weight, and we never thought we should try to help because you would just dance around everything. And you never told us we had a brother that you made! Fuck you! Fuck you! Fuck you!
  • Romantic Spoonfeeding: Sougo and Five lovingly feed each other wedding cake like true and tried newly weds at the wedding reception.
  • Rule of Symbolism: Right before their official wedding ceremony, Zero requested that Sougo put the roman numerical for the number 0 on her forehead, matching the other Intoners, signaling her fully accepting them as her sisters and family.
  • Science Hero: Oma Zi-O uses the scientific powers and abilities of Kamen Rider Build before summoning the man himself in order to return the citizens of the Forest Country back to normal.
    Kamen Rider Build: The laws of victory have been decided!
  • Secret Test of Character: Through her wording and the switch to her inner thoughts during the chess game, One wasn't as interested in actually winning the match as she was testing Sougo's character itself and seeing what kind of ruler he'll be when he becomes the King of Midgard.
    One: ...Now then, let us see who you truly are, Sougo Tokiwa.
  • Servile Snarker: Zero to Sougo, after swearing herself to his cause. While he doesn't mind it, Sougo lets it be known that there is only so far he will tolerate this behavior.
  • Settle It Without Weapons: Due to not trusting them to not kill each other, the other Intoners take away Zero and One's weapons before their match, making the two settle things with good ol' fisticuffs.
  • Sexual Euphemism: Five is a master of these, something her sisters have learned to deal with given Four's reaction in Chapter Eight.
    Five:(discussing Dito's fate) You did tell him to go for the penetration, dearest.
    Four: You just can't help yourself, can you?
  • Sex Is Violence: Both Sougo and Zero get turned on during their first fight with each other. In fact, while in her blood-crazed Intoner Mode, Zero makes plans to use his corpse as a nice toy to deal with her arousal.
  • Shout-Out: In Chapter Eight, the chess match between Sougo and One plays is identical to mind chess match presented in Dragon Age: Inquisition, which itself is a reenactment of The Immortal Game.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: Sougo gives one in response to the Watchers' threats after declining to become their enforcer.
    The Watchers: Foolish man! We will not be denied! There is no stopping us! We will come! We will destroy you and everything you love! Every world! Every timeline! Everything!
    Sougo: No. There is one way to stop you. Zero knows it, I know it, and, most importantly, you know it, and I will bring you down to grind you into dust beneath my heel.
    • After trapping Oma Zi-O in its song, the Flower tries to give the Intoners a Breaking Speech to make them give up and leave... which they more or less retort with that they don't need Sougo to kill it.
  • Sir Swearsalot: Shockingly enough, One, of all people, is shown to have quite the taunting potty mouth during sex.
  • Sliding Scale of Idealism Versus Cynicism: While the setting of this story is borderline grimdark and the protagonists that it follows are absolutely not good people (for the most part), the direction the narrative itself takes is surprisingly hopeful, but still maintaining some level of cynicism the whole way through.
  • Smart People Play Chess: Instead of fighting him in a straight-on fight, One instead challenges Sougo into a chess match with giant chess pieces to decide who will be the ruler of Midgard after everything is said and done Sougo wins by pulling off the King's Gambit strategy.
  • Smug Super: Sougo/Oma Zi-O has an ego the size of the new world he arrived in and thinks of himself as an unstoppable force of nature. However, given his level of power, Sougo has no issue showcasing why he's completely justified in thinking this way.
  • Sophisticated as Hell: One typically keeps her tone haughtily professional and high-minded, but she turns out to have an absolutely filthy mouth when having sex. She also lets loose a Precision F-Strike while mutually airing out her grievances with Zero.
  • So Proud of You: Oma Zi-O cannot help but feel pride in his younger self for finding his own way in life, even if it results in Oma Zi-O being erased from history.
  • Spanner in the Works: Zero full-on admits to One that Sougo's arrival and proceeding actions ruined her secret Thanatos Gambit beyond salvation.
    • On a larger scale, Sougo's actions manage to prevent the Flower from destroying the world.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: Unlike canon, all of the Intoners survive long enough to confront the Flower as a group and live beyond its destruction. Same goes for the Disciples, minus Dito.
  • Supreme Chef: Shouichi as in line with his canon characterization. It is to the point that Two, who also qualifies as this, thinks he's on another level compared her, even suggesting that his cooking skills are above even One's.
    • Tendou as well. With assistance from his sisters, he's actual able to make Five's ridiculous demand of a 20-layer cake for the wedding be met.
  • Summon Magic: Just as the Intoners can use their Disciples to summon angels and Daemons to the world, as shown in his home series, Oma Zi-O can use the Ridewatches to summon various creatures from Kamen Rider history to aid him in battle, such as Dragreder or Castle Doran.
  • Take Over the World: Sougo, naturally. Even a place as completely screwed-up as Midgard's won't stop the likes of him from conquering and putting it under his rule.
  • "Take That!" Kiss: Deciding that Sougo looked a bit too smug after defeating her in chess, One manages to catch him off guard with a rough and dirty tongue kiss.
  • A Taste of Their Own Medicine: How Sougo decides to handle Three: by having her experience the POV of the people she experimented on in the past.
  • Tears of Joy: Four busts out the happy waterworks when Sougo proposes to her.
  • Time Master: Sougo's moniker is the "Demon King of Time" and he proves it constantly. From stopping time itself to prevent Four from fighting back to reversing time to the point of bringing back the orphans Two was forced to kill.
  • Time Rewind Mechanic: Sougo does this in Chapter 6 in order to bring back the killed orphans in the Land of Sands.
  • Time Stands Still: Sougo performs one on Four in Chapter 3, after taking Decadus out of the fight.
  • Tsundere: Zero towards Sougo after he not only removes the Flower's influence from her completely but also restores her right eye and left arm back to normal.
    • Two herself acts as an Type 2 towards Sougo; while her usual demeanor is a sweet, patient, and overall kindhearted towards people in general, she tends to act quite critical and even outright defiant towards his decision-making. This is due to a combination of her not wanting him to repeat his mistakes from his previous reign and him forcing her to break things off with Cent in order to keep the previously murdered orphans alive.
  • That Man Is Dead: Invoked in Chapter 5, when Sougo calls Zero by her actual, given name, Rose.
    Zero: Then you would know she is long dead.
    Sougo: So was Sougo Tokiwa.
  • This Is for Emphasis, Bitch!: Both Zero and One yell this out at each other near the end of their fight.
  • This Is Something He's Got to Do Himself: Sougo, after getting challenged by Two, decides that he alone must fight the Flower by himself in order to save the world and orders the Intoners to stay behind. Defied by the Intoners, given the fact that they don't listen and join him in the fight, as It's Personal for them much more than it is for him.
  • Took a Level in Kindness:
    • Zero, now that she doesn't have to kill her sisters, is notably a lot less harsh and jerkish towards people in general.
    • Now that she is allowed to be herself around people, Four comes across as a genuinely pleasant person, instead of faking it any kindness like before.
    • Having been brought back to the realm of sanity, Three has lost a lot of her maliciousness and dismissiveness towards other, living people.
    • Surprisingly, even Sougo has displayed this, as he actively wants to avoid the same desolate, Mad Max like world he turned the world of 2068 into and actually make a thriving kingdom in the new world he's in.
  • Trapped in Another World: The premise of the story is 2068!Sougo Tokiwa being trapped in the world of Drakengard, Midgard, during the era of the Intoners.
  • Tranquil Fury: Shockingly enough, Five of all people reverts to this state when Four, in a fit of rage, all but accuses her of seeing Sougo as just another one of her toys that she'll through away later.
  • Underestimating Badassery: Sougo is on the receiving end of this on the regular thanks to being reverted back to his teenage years, a time when he had a notably "skinny dweeb" kind of appearance.
    • The first people he meets are a group of soldiers who try to kill him after he demands that they kneel before him. Sougo ends up eviscerating all but one of them before forcibly taking information from the last one and then (accidentally)crushing his head.
    • Zero's first impression of Sougo is that he's a skinny weirdo who is completely delusional. Her fight with him ends with her getting brutally manhandled to the point that she could barely crawl by the end of it.
    • Dito dismisses Sougo's defeat of Zero, even going as far as calling her a coward for submitting to Sougo before going on to attack him. It ends in Dito dying via Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs.
    • Three, despite witnessing Sougo undo her experiments on her subjects, is still hellbent on making him pay and intends to turn him into yet another doll like the others. She ends up getting knocked out via Kishin Kakusei before getting tied up and getting sexually tortured as a result.
    • Cent, due to having armed forces backing him, denies Sougo's request for meeting Two. One time stop later, and he's on his knees, unable to do anything as Sougo goes to see Two anyways.
    • Very pointedly subverted by One. She is very aware of how a fight between her and Sougo would go. So instead, she challenges him in a game of chess to decide who shall rule Midgard and lead the Intoners. The winner is Sougo.
  • Unholy Matrimony: This story is all about an Evil Overlord going out of his way to court and romance a group of very ruthless and murderous Dark Action Girls by any means necessary in order to take over the world they already rule.
  • Villainous Breakdown: The Flower, after the Intoners manage to take away the power of the Song.
  • Villain Protagonist: The Sougo Tokiwa we're following is a ruthless despot responsible for killing half of humanity in his timeline and causing the Bad Future his home series was all about preventing. Even after he disappeared from his world's history, he feels no regrets about the path he has taken (at first) and is hellbent on conquering Midgard.
  • Voice of the Legion: The Flower speaks by using all of the Intoner's voices.
  • Walking the Earth: Inspired by Eiji Hino's own adventures, One encourages Bankotei to travel the Lands and beyond in order to find a new purpose for himself.
  • Wedding Episode: Chapter 11, aptly titled "Wedding of Demons".
  • Wicked Cultured: Sougo is actually shown to be quite philosophical and introspective, even showing to be quite fluent in Spanish and French.
  • Wham Episode:
    • Chapter 5: After using the power of Kamen Rider Build to return all of the citizens of the Forest Country into human beings again, Sougo inflicts a Mind Rape session onto Three that forces her to experience what her victims went through during her experiments. The experience proves to be so bad that it actually returns Three to the realm of sanity.
    • Chapter 6: Not only does Sougo use his time powers to revert Two back to before her mind breaks, but also uses them to return the orphans that she was forced to kill after they were mutated by the power of her Song. However, the only way Sougo was willing to keep it that way if only Two leaves Cent for him, and with no other way to keep her greatest mistake undone, Two accepts.
    • Chapter 9: One introduces Male One to her siblings and Sougo. The same chapter has the Flower being completely destroyed and Sougo proposing to the Intoners, with them saying yes.
    • Chapter 11: Sougo and the Intoners get married, officially becoming the Demon King and Demon Queens of Midgard.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Plenty of this going on this Chapter 9:
    • Four calls out One for keeping hidden what she knew about the Flower, what its purpose is, but also for being willing to have Zero kill all of her younger sisters without doing a thing to stop her or bothering to correct the other Intoner's increasingly erratic and dangerous behavior, all while creating and keeping hidden an brother as a fail-safe in case she couldn't defeat Zero.
    • Two takes Sougo to task for being willing to summon the Flower into the world, regardless of the potential damage it could do to his new kingdom.
    Two: You said you actually want to be a good king this time around, didn’t you? Prove it here and now.
    • The above is soon succeded by Four putting Two on full blast for accidentally convincing Sougo to go and fight the Flower by himself in the pocket dimension he trapped it in. The tirade from her younger sister is enough to reduce Two to tears.
    • This is immediately followed by One calling out Four for overdoing her brutal takedown of Two, to the point of slapping her to make her calm down and actually think about what she's doing and saying to Two.

"When the halls are silent of all opposition, when the Lands of Seas, Mountains, Forests, Sands, and beyond are quelled of all feuds, and when no blood stains the ground as I speak, the time to strengthen the bonds of the kingdom has never been more apt."