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Zero no Tsukaima: Saito the Onmyoji is a The Familiar of Zero Fan Fic that, like Code Geass: The Prepared Rebellion and Issei: The Gaming Gear, is a mix of Alternate Universe Fic and Rational Fic written by Seer King.

Saito Hiiraga has recently graduated from the Imperial Academy of Onmyoji in Japan and, while on his way to his assigned shrine, is knocked into the summoning portal by a group of monks and subsequently brought to the Tristain Academy of Magic when it is time for Louise to summon her familiar.

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  • Absence of Evidence:
    • The lack of innovation over a timespan of 5,000 years is part of why Saito suspects the Church of interfering in society. It helps that the mages of Ancient Egypt did something similar.
    • Saito notes the lack of non-noble mages in Halkagenia, in complete contrast to what he knows to be true about magical inheritance, and suspects a magical artifact is responsible.
  • Adaptational Badass: In canon, Saito was a normal human before being summoned. Here, he's a fully-accredited onmyoji, and coming to Tristain only made his powers greater.
  • Adaptational Nice Guy:
    • While he's certainly still perverted, Saito is far better at keeping his urges in check — and much nicer about them in general — than he was in canon.
    • Louise is nowhere near as abusive towards Saito as she is in canon.
  • Adult Fear: In order to seal Louise's power, Wardes crept into her bedroom while she was asleep and cast his spell. Even worse, the reason why he had the opportunity to do this was because Louise's parents had invited him. This disturbingly looks like many sexual assault cases - a sexual abuser generally is someone the victim knows well. When she learns about the second binding seal cast on her daughter right after her birth, Karin immediately panics about the possibility of the caster doing worse while she was still recovering and unable to protect herself or the newborn Louise.
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  • Affectionate Nickname: Urajirosatoukaede is referred to as simply "Kaede" by Saito. She allows him to do this as "master's privilege".
  • Always Lawful Good: The onmyoji of the Divine Ministry in Saito's world drill in the ethical use of magic hard during training, and Johan considers them frustratingly moral.
  • Amplifier Artifact:
    • Apparently common on Saito's world, he and other onmyoji use their talismans to bolster their own magic with the ambient energy, allowing them to achieve results using only a fraction of what it would take if it used their own energy, Western mages tend to use Harry Potter styled wands, and Johan uses his jewels.
    • This works to Louise's advantage when she becomes Saito's apprentice. She's a Void Mage with an incredible amount of power, once she breaks past the Power Limiter that is, but she's so Void aligned she's unable to use any Halkagenian magic that's not Void-based or at least Non-Elemental, and likely won't ever be able to do so. But since the talismans only need a small amount of her own power and take the rest from the environment...
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  • Anger Born of Worry: Both of Saito's familiars have this after his encounter with Johan. Even if they wouldn't have been any help against the jewel mage, they believe that Saito should have given them a heads up.
  • Anti-Magic:
    • Johans Jewel Knights are magic resistant. It doesn't work if the magic is mainly kinetic force and the knight is in midair though...
    • Apparently humans have a minor resistance to spells that keeps spells like wards from going out of control.
  • Appeal to Tradition: A common argument against new spells is the old "good enough for our ancestors, good enough for us" idea.
    • Louise earlier notes some examples of this at the castle, causing Saito to lampshade how tradition has a life of its own.
  • Automatic Crossbows: Saito gets one. He uses it for the first time against dragon riders on their way to albion
    • He later gives it an enchantment which automatically reloads it
    • The bolts are also enchanted with wind (for increased range), fire, and ice charms
  • Background Magic Field: Halkagenia's is significantly stronger than Earth's to the point that Saito's spells aren't simply more powerful, he actually can get magical poisoning if he doesn't cast spells periodically while his reserves are building up.
  • Badass Teacher: Besides the canon examples, Saito himself after becoming Professor of Magical Morals.
  • Basilisk and Cockatrice: A cockatrice is the guardian of von Leopold's geas contract. He went to battle against it in the past, not knowing his notes had been sabotaged, leading to him being sent to Halkagenia.
  • Behemoth Battle:
    • Chapters 12-13 have one between Fouquet's earth golem and Saito's wood golem.
    • Chapters 16-17 have one between the wood golem and Johan's jewel golem.
  • Big Brother Bully:
    • Louise's older sister Eleonore is a female example.
    • Guiche has an older brother who likes to pick on him.
  • Bi the Way: Emereldas doesn't particularly care about gender when it comes to her lovers.
  • Blood from the Mouth: Happens to Colbert during his fight with von Leopold.
  • Blood Magic: The ink for Saito's talismans is made partially from his blood, though he makes it clear that this is only legal as long as you use your own blood and not someone else's, and Halkagenia apparently outlaws it entirely.
    • Saito later elaborates that this is only to provide the link to the pattern on the talisman, and is not needed when the talisman is in contact with the mage. In fact, while it takes more power, most mediums would do in a pinch.
  • Bodyguard Crush: Both of Saito's familiars seem to be crushing on him. This is confirmed to be the case with Kaede in Chapter 17, and later with Emereldas in Chapter 22, who complains about being unusually jealous of Louise's Love Potion addled behavior.
  • Boomerang Bigot: Johan, possibly as a result of his geas, is particularly brutal against his male opponents. Before Saito, one living through an attack by him was pretty much unheard of.
  • Boxed Crook: For her crimes of brewing an illegal (and extremely complex) potion with the intent of drugging someone with it and accidentally drugging Louise, Montmorency is to spend six years brewing potions for the Tristain royal family once she graduates, without pay. So long as she doesn't break any more laws and performs to standards, she'll keep the position afterwards, making her the Royal Potion Master, an extremely prestigious position.
  • Breach of Promise of Marriage: Downplayed, but Guiche was trying to delay his and Montmorency's wedding by sleeping around due to his jitters about marriage.
  • Can't Have Sex, Ever: Downplayed, but Saito and the other students had a chastity spell preventing them from having sex until graduation back on Earth. Saito casts a similar but more conditional spell on Guiche after Louise is dosed with a love potion thanks to his cheating.
  • Catch-22 Dilemma: The mages of Saito's world know that their Void magic is being stolen, but apparently the only way to do anything about it would require Void magic... which they can't use because it's being siphoned away as fast as it's produced.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: Saito, in addition to being able to better hide his perverted side than in canon, is more chivalrous about it. When Louise gets jealous of how close he and Siesta are getting, he explains that even if they did hook up in that way, it'd be after they get closer, and he'd want more than just a bed-partner in such a relationship, having been raised to treat women with respect. He reiterates this to Emereldas later.
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience:
  • The Coroner Doth Protest Too Much: Apparently there's been cases where someone who stood in the way of the church either suddenly stood aside or died under unusual circumstances. One example was an Earl who possessed a relic of Brimir and refused to let the church have it. He later died in a hunting accident, despite being sixty years old and hating hunting, and left the relic to the church in his will.
  • "Could Have Avoided This!" Plot: As it turns out, Guiche constantly cheated on Montmorency because he was nervous about marriage (due to his parents' Awful Wedded Life and his Big Brother Bully and his equally-bullying wife). Montmorency rips him a new one over trying to prevent or delay their marriage in such a roundabout way rather than simply talk to her about it.
  • Covert Pervert: Saito is just as perverted as canon, he's just better at hiding it. He's also quick to explain himself to Louise when she notices and makes it clear he's also a Chivalrous Pervert.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Saito and his supply of talismans. Most onmyoji students only prepare month-long batches at a time; Saito prepares enough for five months at a time. Onmyoji, in general, tend to be pretty prepared as well, according to Johan anyways.
  • Crippling Overspecialization: Jewel magic is mainly suited to dueling one on one and blitzkrieg attacks, and does those tasks fairly well, but has few area of effect spells, which aren't very effective, and is thus also very bad at countering area of effect spells.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Louise believes (not without justification) that if mages from Earth came to Halkagenia with intent to conquer, they'd slaughter her world's mages in droves.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Saito's familiars are an Oni and a Succubus, but both are good people.
  • Dark-Skinned Redhead: Kaede's father Kurotoma has pitch-black skin and long red hair.
  • A Date with Rosie Palms: Mentioned, apparently chastity spells don't block it.
  • Deliberate Values Dissonance: In Halkaginian culture (at least among mages), due to the difference in mage and non-mage social standards, there's not usually much of an issue if a married mage sleeps with his commoner staff, or even impregnates them. Montmorency doesn't have an issue with Guiche sleeping with the school staff, likely in part because her father does the same (she even has a half-sister and another sibling on the way from the same woman as a result), it's other mages she has a problem with him sleeping with, since it would be an issue if he impregnated one of them. Saito finds the distinction a bit weird.
  • Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: Downplayed, but Saito's lack of passion is partly because he's never found anyone or anything to really be passionate about.
  • Didn't Think This Through: When the water spirit reveals her plan to expand her lake's borders until her ring is returned, Saito points out that the thieves might have taken it to the Floating Continent of Albion. They admit that they didn't consider this possibility, but elemental Time Dissonance means that they're willing to wait for Albion to eventually fall from the sky if necessary.
  • Dirty Old Man: Osmand/Osmond.
  • Disney Death: In Chapter 16, Saito is seemingly killed by Johan with an ice spell. But in Chapter 17, it's revealed that he survived, thanks to Derflinger teleporting him away, which allowed him to avoid it (aside from getting his right arm frozen).
  • Does Not Know His Own Strength: During his duel to prove his ability, Saito underestimates Halkagenia's ambient magic, causing his spells to be drastically boosted.
  • Doesn't Like Guns: Johan is ruled out of having anything to do with a gun toting assassin, because he's a magic supremacist who dislikes non magical methods like guns.
  • Drama-Preserving Handicap: Johan can't combine his stolen techniques because the families he stole them from tended to feud, and thus made sure that they were incompatible (for example, one family devised a method for creating a giant Jewel Knight, while another had a means of summoning two at once, so he can't summon another Knight when he has the giant one out. Saito is glad that he never got the chance to obtain the Harvenheit Family's research and bypassed this limitation.
  • The Dreaded:
  • Elemental Rock–Paper–Scissors: Using the Wu Xing as a guide, Saito uses mainly Wood spells against Foquet.
  • Enforced Cold War: The Black Stars and the Divine Ministry have been in conflict for generations, but have managed to work out an agreement to avoid fighting in sites of spiritual or magical significance, and keep the Black Stars from targeting Senior Adept-ranked Onmyoji or below (presumably in part to keep up The Masquerade and to keep magic-users from dying out). Saito being summoned from a site of both magical and spiritual significance and being a Junior Adept means that the conflict is likely heating up back home, and one of the reasons he wants to return so badly is to keep things from escalating. They are also very serious about attacking families not being permitted.
  • Erotic Dream: Louise is mentioned to have had one about Saito in Chapter 23.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Johan perfectly agrees with the Onmyoji on disliking the Black Stars, viewing them as arrogant and fanatical fools.
  • Everyone Can See It: Both Louise and Emereldas can tell that Siesta has it bad for Saito. The main reason that he hasn't done something is that he doesn't want to take advantage of her, and wants more than just sex from a partner.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Even Headmaster Osmond finds the "Deflowering Punishment" abhorrent, and only includes it in Saito and Louise's master-apprentice contract because he has to. He notes that those who set the rules regarding such contracts were disgustingly perverted even by his standards.
    • Kirche had no idea about the seals when she teased Louise.
  • Evil Counterpart: Johan von Leopold is one to Saito, being a skilled mage from Earth who ended up in Halkagenia and established himself as a formidable user of magic, but still wants to get back to Earth. The difference is that Saito wants to make a difference in a positive way, while von Leopold cares about little other than increasing his own power.
  • Evil vs. Evil: Minister Richemont hints that Reconquista is plotting to get rid of the individual who attacked the castle (not knowing it's von Leopold), viewing them as a potentially dangerous variable who could scupper their plans if left to their own devices.
    • The Covenant of Thirteen tried to ally with the Black Stars a few time, but it went south due to the arrogance of the latter, to the point that members of the former have standing orders to kill any Black Star operatives in their territory.
  • Exact Words: Averted with the Master/Servant Contract. The servant is required to obey both the letter and the spirit of their master's orders.
  • Familiar: Saito may be Louise's Familiar, but as an onmyoji, he himself has Familiars of his own, and more than one at that: Emereldas the succubus and Urajirosatoukaede the Oni. The greatest onmyoji in his own world, Abe no Seimei, had twelve.
  • Fantastic Racism: Metallic Oni are discriminated against by most pureblooded Oni, to the point that having two loving parents like Kaede does is highly unusual.
  • Fatal Flaw: For many Halkagenian mages, it's Pride, as mentioned many times. Few nobles really move beyond Unskilled, but Strong with their magic, and one group of Reconquista dragon riders is decimated because they'd rather die than admit commoners bested them (which they could have avoided altogether if they had tried to sink the ship like they were supposed to instead of trying to seize it).
  • Faux Affably Evil: Graf Johan von Leopold at his most composed. The politeness of his language does absolutely nothing to mask his condescending manner, and his brutality and self-centeredness speak for themselves.
  • Fisher Kingdom: Apparently the ambient magic affects the possibility of being born with magical ability, though having a mage parent boosts the chances. Saito is actually surprised that Halkagenia has so few non-noble mages given how much magic it has.
  • Forgiven, but Not Forgotten: While Montmorency is functionally given community service as punishment for brewing an illegal mind-altering potion and accidentally dosing Louise with it, Henrietta warns her that if she's caught breaking any laws before her punishment is up, she'll spend the rest of her life rotting in prison.
  • Freudian Excuse: It's revealed that Guiche's womanizing ways are due to his fear of commitment, which is in turn a result of his parents having an Awful Wedded Life. Saito further speculates that his refusal to talk to Mon-Mon about his worries about getting married despite having at least some affection for her is due to him having a fear of confrontation, which in turn stems from having a Big Brother Bully and an equally cruel sister-in-law, which also left him without a positive male role model he could go to for advice.
    • One of Saito's counselors believed that Saito's lack of passion is due to being hurt by his parents' abandonment of him. Saito thinks it's full of shit.
  • Geas: Graf Johan von Leopold cannot use his magical abilities to kill or maim females because of one of these that was placed on him by his former mentor (that he later poisoned) before she agreed to teach him (and he notes that it seems to be growing in power, as he's now finding it harder to hurt women at all). Trying to bypass a monster protecting the contract is what caused the man to be sent to Halkagenia in the first place.
  • Gemstone Assault: Johan is a very skilled Jewel Mage.
  • Gene Hunting: Saito thought of finding his parents as a child, but moved past that goal as he devoted himself to the Ministry.
  • Geometric Magic: All magic in Saito's world boils down to what he calls "Pattern Magic", using patterns to enhance and amplify spells, within reason, like the kanji on his talismans and the runes of Johan's jewels and the casting gloves adding limits and effects. He uses Halkagenia's familiar summoning ritual as another example.
  • Gilded Cage: Wardes' prison cell is more luxurious than his own mansion, but he still chafes at his lack of freedom.
  • A Glass of Chianti: When von Leopold makes an unoccupied villa his residence, he takes the opportunity to enjoy some wines he found in the wine cellar.
  • Golem:
    • Saito has plenty of skill in the creation and use of wood golems.
    • As a Jewel Mage, Johan von Leopold makes many of these as well.
  • Got Volunteered: Invoked by Emeraldas who was angry that Saito didn't try to warn her or Kaede that he was being attacked. She deliberately volunteers him to enchant the weaponry of the Royal Guard to punish him.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Emereldas finds herself unexpectedly jealous when she sees the love potion stricken Louise
  • Had To Be Sharp: Mages from Saito's world have to contend with both constantly improving Muggle technology and the fact that several magical factions are at war with one or more other factions. As a result, their magic had to advance for them to survive. Contrast Halkagenia where technology is still roughly Iron Age level and mages rule the world, with the Church keeping conflict at the absolute minimum. He notes to Kirche that mages who specialized only in one element when the loss of the Void magic forced magic usage to change and they resisted it either ended up dead at the hands of more pragmatic enemies, were forced to adapt to the new scenario or retired.
  • Half-Breed Discrimination: Saito's familiar Kaede is a "silver oni", the child of a white oni and a black oni. Like most "metallic oni", she was treated as a second-class citizen by pureblood oni. Part of this is probably due to the fact that such Oni get the slightly reduced tribal abilities of the tribes of both parents, as well as abilities unique to them, like the Silver Oni Perception Filter, but it's mainly because many pureblooded Oni are purity snobs, one historic Black Oni considered the strongest ever actually making rules about it.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: Succubae and incubi can produce hybrid offspring called a Cambion with humans.
  • Healing Hands: Saito knows a mild healing spell for when he's collected blood for his talismans.
  • He Knows Too Much: Subverted. Wardes initially thinks Reconquista is going to have him and Matilda killed to prevent them from talking, they're instead broken out of prison. He is wary of this happening in the future though, and decides to make a plan for a quick escape if needed.
  • Historical In-Joke: It's implied the Mongol invasions of Japan were foiled by large groups of Onmyoji joining together to create typhoons that wrecked their fleets.
  • Honor Before Reason: When Kirche tells Saito that her family would never learn another branch of magic other than fire because of their pride in their fire magic, even if that magic is complementary like wind (because that would be like admitting that their fire magic isn't good enough), Saito responds that that line of thinking is patently ridiculous in his world, on account of the war against Black Star, the loss of Void magic and other changes forcing them to accept practicality over pride, and that the mages from his world that reacted with stubbornness when they had to change due to the lack of Void magic (mostly people like Kirche's family that had a history of specializing in one element) were either killed by more pragmatic enemies or else forced to retire if they still refused to adapt.
  • Horny Devils: Emereldas, one of Saito's familiars, is a succubus. She's a decent person, however.
  • Hybrid Power: Kaede inherited the weaponry Instant Expert ability of the White Oni and the Black Oni's skill with magic at about 3/4 the skill level of her parents, as well as the Silver Oni Perception Filter ability.
    • Cambions have the beauty and inhuman strength and resilience of their demonic parent as well as mortal magical ability if their mortal parent is a mage themselves.
  • I Fight for the Strongest Side: More or less the reason Wardes gives Saito for turning traitor. He calls him out for basically just becoming a mercenary.
  • Instant Expert: The White Oni Tribe are infamous for being able to learn how to wield various weapons extremely quickly. Kaede's mother is a prodigy even among her tribe, having learned to use every weapon on Earth in fifteen years (five for the weapons from Japan and ten more for the rest of Earth's weapons).
  • Intergenerational Friendship: Saito and Colbert consider themselves friends and colleagues, despite the former being a teenager and the latter a middle-aged man.
  • I Owe You My Life: Henrietta states as much after Saito saves her from an assassination attempt.
  • Jaw Drop: Von Leopold has a habit of doing this when he's surprised.
  • Klingon Promotion: Johan von Leopold's second in command, Adolf Kempner, attempted to kill him and take his place on the Concave of Thirteen. He succeeded in the latter, but his sabotage sent von Leopold to Halkagenia rather than killing him.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Any time Johan von Leopold appears in the story, things are going to get ugly.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: Johan is forced to retreat after Saito destroys his next-to-last gem.
  • Lamarck Was Right: The Montmorency family contracted with a powerful water spirit generations ago, and since then 90% of them have been strongly predisposed to water magic.
  • Let Her Grow Up, Dear: While Kaede's father is very protective of her, his wife thinks she needs to be able to make her own decisions since she's almost an adult.
  • Lightworlder: A magical variant. Onmyojis have their talismans absorb and focus ambient magic and combine it with their own to cast their spells. Saito, in particular, has his Fire talismans take in a lot more ambient fire magic to compensate for his low proficiency in them. Compared to Earth, Halkagenia has a lot more ambient magic, so any spell Saito casts through his talismans (especially Fire Magic) becomes... substantial. The higher level of ambient magic also means that Saito's body absorbs a lot more of it over time than he is normally used to, meaning that he can be poisoned by magic buildup if he doesn't cast spells to relieve the pressure while his reserves build up and adjust.
  • Like Cannot Cut Like: Downplayed with fire dragons; while they're highly resistant to fire, they're not outright immune, and said resistance is mostly in their scales.
  • Lilith: According to Emereldas, she was the first succubus to become an avanta.
  • Loophole Abuse:
    • When Saito and Louise enter into a Master/Apprentice Contract, one of the punishments required for the contract to be legal (and thus any use at all to them) is the Deflowering Punishment. However, there's no laws specifying the infraction required to warrant said punishment beyond it has to be something possible for Louise to do. So the two of them set the infraction to the rather improbable "Casting ten explosions at Saito with malicious intent within five minutes followed by hitting him three times with a riding crop or whip".
    • Later Saito points out that since there hasn't been a human Familiar since the laws regarding Familiars was written, there are several loopholes regarding his situation. For example, bedding Louise's personal maid would hardly be considered improper should it ever occur.
    • Johan did this to kill his mentor despite his geas, he couldn't kill her via magic, so he poisoned her. It seems that she got the last laugh though, since the geas seems to be getting stronger and he can't get past the monster guarding the physical contract. His last attempt being sabotaged was what sent him to Halkagenia in the first place.
    • Louise is too heavily Void aligned to use her system's elemental magic, but since talismans only need a little magic from her to get things going...
    • Colbert can use a wind blast to push one of Johan's Jewel Knights back because, while resistant to magic, it wasn't immune, and when in midair, wind pushing against it counts as natural forces, not magic.
  • Magic A Is Magic A: The story establishes rules for magic and the uses thereof. This consistency transcends dimensions; magic itself works the same on both Earth and Halkagenia, but environmental and societal factors mean that the systems and methods of using it are quite different between the worlds, the former world leaning towards control and efficiency, with the latter focusing on raw power and casting speed.
  • Magic Contract Romance: In both directions: Saito gets a greater loyalty to Louise because of his familiar runes, while Louise starts developing a crush on Saito due to their master/apprentice contract.
  • The Magic Goes Away: For centuries some mysterious entity or force has been siphoning away Earth's Void magic, which is part of the reason for Earth's lesser levels of ambient magic and the focus on efficiency in the magic systems (Japan, in particular, had to rebuild their system from the ground up), and some larger spells, like Weather Manipulation, can't be done because enough mages can't link up. Some artifacts created with Void magic still work, and magical society isn't going extinct, but it's a far cry from the past.
  • Magic Knight: Saito is a full-fledged mage, and like in canon, being summoned gave him the power of the Gandalfr. He's more mage than knight at the moment, however.
  • The Magocracy: Outright defied in the backstory. Abe no Seimei forbade onmyoji from holding noble titles or political office, and moreover, from using their magic to influence affairs of state.
  • Mama Bear: Karin, big time.
  • Man of Kryptonite: Jewel Sorcery was develop partly as a countermeasure against devils and demons. Because of this, they're basically useless against jewel golems, which purify their magic and absorb it, adding it to the caster's own. Since Oni are partly demonic in origin, the same applies to them.
  • Mark of Shame: Karin slashes Wardes across the face after defeating him in a duel, saying the resulting scar will serve as a "mark of [his] betrayal". He later notes that she must have used her magic to make the cut purposefully more jagged than it seemed at first.
  • Medieval Stasis: Both Halkagenia's technology and magic are far behind Earth's and Osmond theorizes it's in part because with the Church (which is highly conservative in nature) mediating between the countries, they haven't had any large-scale wars in millennia, leading the development of magic to stagnate. On Earth, there are numerous magical factions at war with each other, which, combined with the desire to keep up with technological advances, has led to constant innovation. For example, what Halkagenia considers the best locking spell in the world, Saito considers remarkably simple.
    • It's later noted that the Church also tends to deliberately stifle any magical research it can, both through bureaucracy and through outright declaring the researchers to be radicals. Saito notes that a society that has stayed relatively unchanging for five millennia is either seriously broken or else under the control of a group like the Church.
  • Minor Crime Reveals Major Plot: Teenage girl has her magic sealed → high treason against the Tristain crown.
  • Muggle Born of Mages: Sort-of; one of the reasons that mage-commoner bastards aren't politically charged is that mage-commoner mixes rarely result in mage children, thus not threatening any dynastic lineages or have conflict over inheritance. Saito expects that the instances that do produce mages are due to the commoner parent having a mage somewhere in their family history.
  • Muggle–Mage Romance: It's considered completely acceptable for mages to have extramarital affairs with commoners, at least on the mage side.
  • Mundane Wish: After saving Princess Henrietta's life, Saito asks for a house as a reward. Given that he could have asked for almost anything except a noble title, and there several places just lying around that she can give to him, it's not a terribly large reward.
  • Murder the Hypotenuse: A jealous Emereldas is sorely tempted to immolate Louise after the petite pinkette accidentally drinks a love potion meant for Guiche and falls hopelessly in love with Saito.
  • Mystical White Hair: Byakuren, Kaede's mother, has beautiful long white hair and is an Oni.
  • Neck Lift: Kaede performs one on Wardes when the latter tries to attack Saito.
  • Never Found the Body: Von Leopold was presumed dead on Earth after he didn't come back from his attempt to secure his geas contract, but he was actually sent to Halkagenia.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Johan's spell that immobilized Saito's wood golem in diamond, due to the higher magic levels on Halkagenia, didn't dissipate as it would normally have, and instead becoming permanent, allowing Tristain to break the diamond down into pieces, and once they sell the pieces off over time, their money problems should be over.
  • Non-Human Humanoid Hybrid: Emereldas is part succubus, part doppelganger, and part onimodoki.
  • No Plans, No Prototype, No Backup: Saito is surprised to learn that no one seems to have any knowledge of the Familiar summoning system's workings, which would be unheard of in his world, pointing out that that means that no one would be able to fix it if it suddenly broke down.
  • Normal Fish in a Tiny Pond: Saito is only a newly-accredited Onmyoji. However, due to a number of different factors, he's able to go toe-to-toe with some of the most powerful and skilled Halkaginian mages.
  • Nosebleed: Saito nearly has one when Emereldas asks him what he would do if Siesta were in his bed naked and asking him to have sex with her.
  • Not Me This Time: While von Leopold is initially suspected of being behind the attempt on Princess Henrietta's life, Emereldas points out that he probably wasn't responsible for it, given his attitude regarding non-mages. She concludes that him attacking the royal family so soon after somebody tried to snipe Henrietta was probably just a coincidence.
    • Played for Drama with the Enforced Cold War back on Earth, with Saito worried that his disappearance has been attributed to the Black Stars, causing the conflict between them and the Onmyoji to heat up again.
  • Not So Different: Louise feels this way about Saito when she hears about his difficulty with fire magic, feeling like she finally has someone who understands her own magical issues.
  • Obnoxious In-Laws: Guiche's sister-in-law follows her husband's lead in picking on him.
  • Obstructive Bureaucrat: The Church likes the status quo, and will often do their best to impede any mages that actually research magic and try to improve the way it's practiced instead of just ruling over their lands. Colbert is lucky to have Henrietta's support, otherwise, they might even try to vilify him as a revolutionary and radical to discredit his research. They've also done their best to keep Henrietta from obtaining the Prayer Book, made sure that the countries of Halkegenia remain separate kingdoms despite the blood ties between their rulers (like having the arranged marriage between Henrietta and the Germanian Emperor specify that the firstborn will become the Tristainian throne and the second child will become the Germanian heir), which is noted by Osmand as likely related to keeping the Familiar summoning spells distinct, and may have covered up human familiars belonging to royals in the past.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • Saito completely loses his composure when he sees that it was von Leopold who attacked the castle.
    • Montmorency nearly pisses herself upon being confronted by Henrietta for drugging her liegeman Louise.
  • Oh My Gods!: During a conversation with Henrietta in Chapter 22, Emereldas says "Thank the Pit".
  • Oni: Urajirosatoukaede, the other of Saito's familiars, is a full-blown Oni. Saito is allowed to shorten her name to Kaede because of master's privilege though.
  • Onmyōdō: As can probably be guessed from the title, Saito is a practitioner of it in this fic.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: When the normally calm and collected Saito gets shaken on finding out that Johan von Leopold is in Tristain, Louise takes notice and gets upset.
    • When Osmand learns about the seal on Louise's magic, he is noticeably angry, a state completely alien to the students at the academy.
    • Emereldas notes that her jealous reaction to the love potion affected Louise is highly unusual for her.
  • Our Ogres Are Hungrier: It's established that the Western variety of Ogre exists in both Earth and Halkagenia, though none have appeared at the moment.
  • Outside-Context Problem:
    • Saito himself. He uses a magic system that is both very different and considerably more advanced than what is practiced in the world he's been sent to, so hardly anybody knows what to expect from him or how to deal with him.
    • Johan is a similar case.
  • Overly Long Name: Urajirosatoukaede is quite the mouthful. Thankfully, Saito can just call her "Kaede".
  • Overprotective Dad: Kurotama, Urajirosatoukaede's father, doesn't like his daughter's growing romantic feelings towards Saito. Fortunately, his wife is able to keep his protectiveness in check.
  • Paper Talisman: Saito obviously. He's taken to teaching Louise how to use them as well.
  • Parental Abandonment: Saito was abandoned at the doorstep of an orphanage as a child, which horrifies Louise when she learns of it. Saito personally disagrees with this diagnosis, but his counselor back home thinks that his lack of passion is because, on some level, he feels that he isn't fit to dedicate himself to anything as a result of that abandonment.
  • Patriotic Fervor: Johan considers himself a patriot, and thus respects the Ministry mages for their devotion to their country and people.
  • Pent-Up Power Peril: Magic users from Saito's world need to use magic regularly or suffer from "mana poisoning". While on Earth it takes a couple weeks, Halkagenia has a much higher level of ambient magic, requiring he cast significant amounts of magic daily.
  • Perception Filter: Silver Oni can make themselves unnoticeable by means of sight, sound, scent, and magic. Unfortunately, this ties into the Fantastic Racism against them to some degree, even if the racists would never admit it. Interestingly, both Saito and Louise can see Kaede when she does this.
  • Perfection Is Impossible: Saito advises Louise that no one has perfect calligraphy, reminding the pinkette of a handwriting tutor that had unreasonably high standards.
  • Personality Powers: The Onmyogi associate different elements with different emotions and the like, Saito says that a likely reason for his difficulty with fire magic is a lack of passion, for instance.
  • Photographic Memory: Emereldas is able to memorize any spell she's seen, even in passing. This is because, being a shapeshifter, she can give herself the hyper-reactive eyes of a Hyakume.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: Members of Juxtaposed Black Star are notoriously xenophobic, shown by their arrogance and unpleasantness when dealing with "mere gaijin".
  • Polyamory: A subplot is Saito building up a harem. He hasn't slept with anyone yet, but he is protective of Louise and Siesta. Future members include his familiars Emereldas and Kaede, and Henrietta.
  • Poor Communication Kills: Saito neglects to inform his familiars that he is fighting Johan. Even though they would have been helpless against his magic, they still felt ill at ease because of their bond with Saito during the fight, and has some serious Anger Born of Worry afterwards.
    • Due to his lack of any decent male role model and parents who get along poorly, even by the standards of a loveless Arranged Marriage, Guiche was worried about his own marriage to Montmorency despite being fond of her, so he started his sleeping around in part to try and get her to delay the wedding rather than just admit he's nervous about it. Saito, Agnes, and Henrietta don't even try and stop Montmorency from tearing into him both physically and verbally about this when it comes to light.
  • Power Limiter:
    • Saito ends up finding two on Louise that seal her magic. One turns out to be Founder Brimir's seal that is laid on every born Void Mage in order to test their drive for power, the other turns out to be a seal laid by Wardes for the purpose of weakening Louise and making her compliant. Both seals interfering with each other and Louise's sheer magical strength seeping through the cracks are the reason all her spells end up as explosions. Fortunately, Osmond has experience in breaking the second one.
    • Apparently mages that commit serious offenses in Saito's world get this.
  • Pride: This is a very common trait among Halkagenia's nobility. It can really bite them in the ass; for example, a case where aristocratic Reconquista dragon riders refuse to retreat because they'd rather die than acknowledge that commoners can defeat them.
  • Puppy-Dog Eyes: Emereldas's pout, even without mind tricks or magic, is enough to affect the usually stoic Agnes. Saito notes that it should be impossible/illegal for a demoness of seduction to look so lovably cute and that he should avoid getting between Emereldas and something she wants so she doesn't turn it on him again.
  • Put on a Bus: Due to how long it takes to make a single jewel, Emereldas notes that Johan will be out of commission for three to six months in order to build up a stockpile of them after having all but his emergency backup destroyed.
  • Rational Fic: A lot of characters behave more intelligently than they did in canon.
  • Reality Ensues: Accidental or not, drugging the princess's sworn liegeman is an extremely serious offense. Montmorency only avoids a life sentence by virtue of both planning on brewing an antidote and multiple mitigating factors.
  • Really Gets Around: Over the course of her life, Emereldas has had many, many lovers. Justified, since she's a succubus. However, this may be a result of her having lived for over five hundred years, rather than being especially promiscuous.
  • Recessive Super Genes: Saito suspects that mages born of unions with male mages and commoner women had mages somewhere in their mother's bloodline.
  • Red Baron: In addition to the canon examples, Johan is known as the "Jewel Master".
  • Red Right Hand: The otherwise normal-looking and even attractive Johan von Leopold has a ghastly scar that cuts diagonally across his face.
  • Required Secondary Powers: Given that the talismans Onmyoji use are made with Blood Magic, one of the earliest spells that they are taught is a minor healing spell.
  • Restraining Bolt: Johan von Leopold is under a geas that acts as one, preventing him from killing or maiming any female with his magic.
  • Revenge by Proxy: Wardes wants revenge on Karin for the Rugged Scar she gave him during their duel, but since he knows that he can't beat her, he plans on going after Louise instead.
  • Royalty Super Power: Osmand notes that Royals are the most probable Void Mages (given their descent from the founder Brimir), but rarely summon familiars, so it's possible many Void mages went undiscovered or were likely covered up by the Church in a few cases where odd people have been rumored to be in the company of the royals over the years. Louise's family is closely related to the Royal family, so that explains where she got it.
  • Rugged Scar: Wardes is given one by Karen during their duel.
  • Samurai: Saito's giant wood golem looks like one, and also fights like one.
  • Science Is Bad: In-Universe, Johan is honestly convinced that the technological progression of Muggles is the reason for why the Void Element disappeared, and that only by establishing a rule of magic users over them can it be returned.
  • Sex God: Emereldas is described as being a goddess of the sexual arts. Justified, since she's a succubus.
  • Shout-Out:
    • The Western Mages of Saito's world make wands in a similar manner to Harry Potter wizards.
    • Emereldas's father was half onimodoki.
    • "Pandemonium" is another name for Hell in Saito's world. This is presumably a reference to the name of the capital of Hell in Paradise Lost.
    • Saito mentions that the Harvenheit Family were the very best Jewel Magic practitioners from his world and how glad he is that Johan never got his hands on their research.
    • He also surmises that the Church has a secret black ops division similar to the Vatican's Section XIII.
  • Slavery Is a Special Kind of Evil: The Black Stars lack the more advanced familiar rituals that the Ministry does, and is thus rumored to use spells to force weaker supernatural beings that they can summon to serve them, breaking their wills, which disgusts Saito, as the Ministry contracts with their familiars, making sure that both parties find the arrangement agreeable. In general, spells that force others to obey the will of the caster/make them their familiars, like the Halkagenian familiar spell, are considered highly illegal, and will likely result in the perpetrator getting their magic sealed, at least among Onmyoji.
  • Smug Super:
  • The Social Darwinist: Johan von Leopold believes that he has the right to do whatever he wants to those weaker than him.
  • So Proud of You: After reuniting with her daughter, Karin is so proud of how she dealt with Johan that she commissions a custom swordwand for her, a family tradition and honor that neither of her sisters have earned.
  • The Spartan Way: Onmyoji training is grueling and rigorous and starts relatively early compared to Halkagenian mage training, but the results speak for themselves. Saito is the same age as the students at the academy, yet is already a recently graduated and fully accredited Omnyoji that can hold his own in a fight.
    • It actually used to be full-blown Training from Hell before such treatment of students was banned after Abe no Seimei's death.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Osmand is called Osmond in this story, although he is called by his correct name early on.
  • The Starscream: Johan von Leopold had one, in the form of his second-in-command Adolf Kempner. As Saito reveals, Kempner altered Johan's notes in an attempt to assassinate him. This resulted in von Leopold being warped to Halkaginia during his attempt to defeat the cockatrice guarding his geas contract and Kempner taking his seat on the Concave.
  • Stating the Simple Solution: Louise worries herself sick over how much control Saito would have over her with a Master/Apprentice Contract until Saito suggests simply not including the harsher punishments.
  • Status Quo Is God: Osmand notes that the Church likes keeping the status quo.
  • Sympathetic Magic: Saito's talismans use Blood Magic to create a sympathetic connection between his own magic reserves and the talisman, the symbols on the talisman placing limits and adding effect.
  • Swiss Cheese Security: Guiche is able to get into the castle in Albion despite it being on lockdown because only the main gate was locked, the side gates were still open. Prince Wales is less than happy to learn this.
  • Take That!: There's one to canon's relationship between Saito and Louise. While writing up a Master/Apprentice Contract, the two are told that the Deflowering Punishmentnote  has to be included for it to be legal, they set it to "maliciously casting ten explosions at Saito within five minutes followed by beating him with a whip" to make it as unlikely as possible.
  • Taught by Experience: After fighting Johan, Saito learns he's progressed much further towards becoming a Senior Adept than he should due to a combination of the vast amount of magic in Halkagenia, teaching Louise, and his epic battle against Johan.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Cromwell of Reconquista feels this way about Wales, which Wardes decries as foolish.
  • There Are No Therapists: Averted, Omnyoji students have biannual counseling sessions starting at age 12.
  • There's No Place Like Home: All Saito wants to do is break what he views as a runic shackle and go back to his own world.
  • Time Dissonance: Apparently elementals feel the passage of time differently than humans do.
  • Tranquil Fury: Saito slips into this when Siesta tells him and Louise about being attacked by one of the students.
  • Twitchy Eye: Louise gets one when her jealousy of Siesta acts up.
  • Underestimating Badassery:
    • Since he's only sixteen, most of the students underestimate Saito until his duel with Colbert to demonstrate his skills.
    • Johan tends to underestimate Halkagenian magic users due to his ego. He soon eats his words when said Halkagenian mages and Saito end up destroying all his jewels save his emergency one.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Because Halkagenian mages have more natural ambient magic to work with, their spells tend to fall into this when compared to the Weak, but Skilled magic Saito and other Earth mages use. It certainly doesn't help that most focus on power rather than control, and the lack of innovation doesn't help either, with Saito baffled that they don't even have any spells to measure magical potential (or even a proper term for it), for example. Saito even says that without his talismans using ambient magic to boost his spell-power, he'd be unable to even boil water using the Halkagenian system. Colbert plans to use Saito's knowledge to help revolutionise Halkagenian spell structures through mimicry of how his spells absorb ambient energy.
  • Villain: Exit, Stage Left: In Chapter 17, Johan retreats using his "last resort" jewel after all his others are destroyed.
  • Villain Respect: Johan considers himself a patriot to his people and homeland, and feels that if the Imperial Ministry focused their devotion to their country and people solely on their fellow mages and magic itself, he would gladly call them allies.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: Emereldas, one of Saito's familiars, has the ability to transform into any being she has seen or touched.
  • The Von Trope Family: Graf Johan von Leopold.
  • Weak, but Skilled:
    • Due to the differences in magic between the worlds, Saito states he's roughly half as strong as the average student but he's still a fully accredited magic-user. Osmand is fairly surprised to hear that, according to a scan of both Saito and Colbert's magical reserves taken after Fouquet's attack, Colbert had ten times the amount of magic that Saito did, given Saito's feats, and even asks Colbert if he's sure that the difference between him and Saito is really that substantial.
    • This also applies to the different magic systems as well. Given Halkagenia's overall higher ambient magic level compared to Saito's Earth, its mages are overall stronger, don't require channeling or incantations and can be cast in a fraction of the time, but Saito's magic system has been honed, researched and developed by its mages and is thus a lot more comprehensive, efficient and versatile. Colbert is currently doing research to help improve the efficiency of Halkagenia's magic using knowledge from Saito's.
  • We Need a Distraction: When Reconquista springs Wardes and Matilda from prison, they also assault the Royal Dragon Stables and set all the dragons loose, forcing the guards to deal with them instead of the escape.
  • Wham Line: Saito drops this bombshell when he figures out what's wrong with Louise's magic.
    Saito: "Those chains represent a seal of some kind. Someone has deliberately sealed your magic."
  • Worf Had the Flu:
    • Wardes did fairly well against Karin, considering her elemental affinities make his abilities a poor matchup against hers. Not that he stood much a chance anyway, given her skill.
    • It's very likely that Johan would've had an even harder time with Karin if she hadn't just finished her duel with Wardes, which he himself admits.
    • The guards at the castle would have done better if their weapons were tougher, since they kept breaking against the jewel knights. Emereldas, still angry at Saito, volunteers him to help with this.
  • Worthy Opponent: When he sees the trick Saito pulled with giving his Wood Golem subdermal metal armor, Johan is impressed, noting that many mages don't mix up their spells or think outside the box, and Saito's tactics force him to take drastic measures. Afterward, he seems to be looking forward to an eventual rematch.
  • Wouldn't Hit a Girl: Enforced by Geas with Johan. He's extremely unhappy about it and sought to dispell it - one of his attempts actually resulted in him crossing dimensions.
  • Wrong Context Magic: Saito and Johan, being from a world with different rules for magic, are able to constantly confound the natives of Halkagenia.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: After being sprung from prison, Wardes starts to suspect that Reconquista might pull this on him, and makes a mental note to establish an emergency bolthole and an escape route once he has enough money.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Guiche keeps sleeping around on Montmorency. Thanks to Halkaginian social standards, it's the fact that he's started sleeping with other mages that bug her, she's fine with dalliances with maids, in part because she knows it's not a threat to her social standing if he knocks a maid up, and partially because her father sleeps with his maids and he has at least one illegitimate daughter and another child on the way from the same woman.
  • You Shall Not Pass!: Said by Agnès word-for-word as she and Karin hold off Johan von Leopold while Henrietta and her mother escape through a secret passageway to the Academy.

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