After the downfall of Mount Olympus and stabbing himself with the Blade of Olympus, Kratos awoke and found himself in a strange world where the moon lays shattered and the people speak in a language he knows nothing of. At first living a solitary existence, he is brought out of his shell by one of the townsfolk of Lapis — a woman named Faye. Years later, after Faye has passed from this world, young Atreus seeks to follow in her footsteps, having been raised on the tales of heroes and hearing tales of his mother, who traveled across the Kingdoms and helping people in need.
Young Wolf contains examples of:
- 100% Heroism Rating: Everyone in Lapis universally loved Faye for not just being the town's defender, but also for being a hero of her own right as she once traveled across Remnant and helped folk whenever she could before settling down in the isles. Naturally, the whole town is devastated by her passing.
- Adaptational Nice Guy: In regards to his relationship with his father, Atreus lacks some of his more younger self's negative views towards Kratos early on after Faye's passing. In the game, this was mostly because Kratos was rarely ever home and spent time hunting, and Faye's passing was very recent. In the fanfic, Kratos was home often enough that he taught Atreus his old fighting style after obtaining his weapons, and the two have had a year to work out their misunderstandings.
- Age Lift: In the game, Atreus was a young boy. In the fanfic, he's a teenager and is stated to be 17-years-old.
- All the Other Reindeer: Kratos was not particularly liked when he first arrived in the isles and the townspeople gave him a wide berth. This suited him just fine as Kratos intended to live out a quiet life, though plans changed when Faye managed to reach out to him. Not long afterwards, Kratos became part of Lapis' community.
- Ambiguous Situation: The fact that Faye is in Remnant raises more than a few questions. Especially when you consider her nature as a Frost Giant.
- An Ice Person: Downplayed. Kratos isn't really an ice person, but his weapon of choice is the Leviathan Ax, which freezes whatever its blade touches.
- Bow and Sword, in Accord: Atreus' weapon is a pair of scimitar blades that can combine into a bow, with the blades meant to handle crowd control when he's swarmed on all fronts and the bow for singular targets.
- Fantastic Racism: Faunus are apparently discriminated against even worse in Mistral than they are in Atlas, which is apparently not an easy feat by any means.
- Fish out of Temporal Water: When Kratos finds himself in Remnant, he knows absolutely nothing about the lands. He couldn't even speak the same language as the natives until he began to live with them. This, along with the fact that Remnant's moon is shattered, is what clues him into the fact that he is no longer in his world.
- Generation Xerox: Downplayed. While Atreus is Kratos' son, the man takes every precaution he can to make sure his son will never become like him by teaching him to control his anger. That being said, he did teach Atreus his old fighting style with the Blades of Chaos, since Atreus' weapons function similarly.
- Glowing Eyes: Atreus' eyes appear to glow when he creates arrows to shoot with his weapon while in its bow form, implied to be because of his Semblance.
- Gratuitous Foreign Language: When preparing Faye's for the pyre, both Kratos and Atreus speak in Norwegan tongue, one of the Scandinavian languages, as they bid her farewell. This doubles as Genius Bonus when you remember that in God of War (PS4) is set in Scandinavia.
- Ill Boy: Before the events of the story, Atreus apparently got sick easily. He grew out of it when a Huntsman traveled to their village and unlocked his Aura. That said, Kratos' words before Atreus departs of Beacon imply that the sickness hasn't so much as gone away as it has gone dormant, only surfacing whenever Atreus becomes angry.
- Impossibly Cool Weapon: The Leviathan Ax. Atreus knows enough about it to know that it's a "classic" and lacks any kind of transformation mechanisms like every other weapon on Remnant, but is confused as to how it can freeze whatever its blade touches without the use of Dust, much less how it can return to its wielder seemingly by itself. Of course, Atreus has no idea that the Leviathan Ax is a magical weapon and not an ordinary one.
- The Law of Diminishing Defensive Effort: Atreus recalls a lesson Kratos taught him that Huntsmen tend to rely on their Aura to tank attacks. Kratos told him this attitude is stupid considering Aura can fail at any time, so it is better to dodge, block, and counterattack.
- Light Is Not Good: The isle in which Lapis is located is inhabited by Albino Grimm — white colored Creatures of Grimm who have adapted to their harsh cold environment and are considerably tougher than their natural darker siblings.
- Little Bit Beastly: Atreus is a Wolf Faunus, due to having been born on Remnant. Word of God claims this was done deliberately to reference his relationship with Fenrir.
- Lost in Translation: Regarding culture. When Atreus sets off for Beacon Academy, Kratos tells him, "Come back with your shield...or on it." In Sparta, when a loved one went off to war, they either returned home in victory or as a corpse, having died with honor. Atreus partially understands the meaning, despite not knowing Spartan customs.
- Mythology Gag:
- Atreus' weapons, which are coincidentally modeled after the Blades of Chaos. They're a pair of scimitars with chains attached to the bottom of their handles, which Atreus can shorten or lengthen with the rotors on his wristbands. Kratos even taught him his old fighting style, making Atreus a pseudo-Generation Xerox.
- Atreus attire in Chapter 2 is based on his New Game+ armor Garb of the Last Jotunn.
- Old Soldier: By human years, Kratos is definitely pushing way past sixty, but he's still physically strong enough to lug around trees with one arm. Atreus even reminisces of how one time, his father had torn the head and chest of a Beowolf right off with his bare hands alone.
- Original Character: Downplayed. Unlike IABTDO's previous work Something Wicked This Way Comes, the only original characters introduced in the story will be the townsfolk of Lapis. Aside from these characters, all of whom are only ever referred to by their job titles, the author has no intention of making any more.
- Parents as People: Considering what happened to his last family, Kratos was terrified by the idea of becoming a father again. While he did have a presence in Atreus' life, much more than he did in the game, he wasn't very close to Atreus and only ever bonded with the boy by teaching him how to fight, even going so far as to teach him his own fighting style. By the start of the fanfic, however, the two have seemed to close the distance, but Atreus does say that they still have some kinks to work out.
- Posthumous Character: Like in the game, Faye is only recently deceased.
- Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: One of the reasons why Haven Academy is one of the least favored of the four Huntsmen Academies. Since Mistral is home to a major criminal underground network, there are a lot of people, including the faculty staff, who are bought with large sums of lien.
- Shout-Out: The quote at the beginning of Chapter 2 is from Miracle of Sound's "Ode to Fury", a particular verse in the beginning referring to the loss Atreus and Kratos have suffered while the isles are in the middle of winter.Grief in the snow
The winter of woe
Has come here to judge and bereave me
- Wrong Context Magic: Atreus and the townsfolk of Lapis are mystified by Kratos because he is so incredibly strong even though his Aura hasn't been unlocked and his Leviathan Ax functions without Dust. They have no idea he has godly heritage and genuine magic.