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Aesir: Cross Wars follows an angel named Azrael, who is the Guardian Angel of Freya, the Goddess of Love. His job is to take care of all the troubles in The Great Sky and defeat anything threatening the natural order of the heavens or Midgard. And there are a lot. However, there is an overarching threat. The Goddess of Inferno, Hel, is bitter about her defeat at the hands of Odin 1000 years ago, and she decides that war is the best way to achieve vengeance. Freya sends Azrael to stop her forces. Will he succeed, will he die trying, or will he succumb to the darkness?

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It is largely an Expy of Kid Icarus: Uprising as many of the characters are similar, and it has No Fourth Wall. The main difference seems to be that this is about Norse Mythology, unlike KIU's Greek Mythology.

This story also has a lot of profanity.

This book underwent a massive Retcon. On the 25th February, 2018, Lord Anonymous/ Iceaura 39 republished it.

This story contains examples of the following:

  • Action Girl: Uriel, Abigail, and Crushadion.
  • All Love Is Unrequited: Uriel seems to have an interest in Azrael, but there aren't many hints on his side.
  • All There in the Manual: Iceaura 39 is planning on making an official guidebook (called Aesir:Cross Facts) that provides facts on the world and dirt on all the characters.
  • Asshole Victim: Rick Hardrada, who mocks Leon for coming home beaten up and robbed, gets killed by a gang nearly immediately after. His death was slightly portrayed as this.
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  • Badass Adorable: All the main 3 fighters qualify, but Azrael takes the cake. His large Tareme Eyes, along other things, make him look more feminine than The Smurfette Principle of the Power Trio.
  • Badass Normal: Siegfried. He is as powerful as Azrael, Azazel, and Uriel, and in Chapter 2, the only reason he hit 0 HP is because he was fighting Lightning Bruiser Abaddon, who also happened to be his Berserk Button. Subverted from Chapter 5 onwards, where he is granted heavenly power and given a place in the Einherjar.
  • Beauty, Brains and Brawn: Uriel is the Token Girl and the one with the highest Magic Attack, making her the Beauty. Azrael is a Stone Wall and Badass Bookworm, making him the Brains. Azazel is a frontline fighter and is the least intelligent, making him Brawn.
  • Black Comedy: At least partially, but this humour is not meant for those below the age of 12.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Azrael, Azazel, and Uriel respectively. Interestingly, they invert most of the stereotypes about their hair colours. Azrael is kind, but not an idiot. Azazel is neither aloof, nor particularly intelligent. Uriel is The Stoic, defying the Fiery Redhead trope (though she does use flames).
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  • Cartoon Creature: Any 'Defor-' monster is this, as it is basically Hel slapping on any animal parts she can find.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Remember Misteltein, the sword Azrael sent with Nidhogg in Chapter 5? Immediately after he does that, Iceaura says that it will come up later.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Azazel is the silliest party member and often comes off as downright dumb.
  • The Comically Serious: Uriel and Siegfried.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Azazel, with black hair, and Darkness as his main element, gets Chaotic Neutral at his absolute worst.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Azrael is like, the King of Snark. To lesser degrees, Uriel and Azazel as well.
  • Fluffy Cloud Heaven: Valhalla is interpreted as this.
    • Fire and Brimstone Hell: Meanwhile, Helheim is definitely this. It's to the point that the author says that 'The place was covered in fire and brimstone' during the first description of it.
  • Force and Finesse: Azrael and Azazel play with this trope a little. Azrael normally wields a scythe with the powers of lightning, making him an incredibly destructive force in battle. Meanwhile, Azazel wields a scythe with the power of illusions; less destructive, but with equal power and more utility. When using magic, however, Azrael becomes something like a Squishy Wizard Stone Wall, preferring defense and healing, but with offensive spells with more grace than power. Azazel's elements say it all : Darkness, Fire, and Earth don't exactly scream grace.
  • The Gadfly / Troll: Basically everything Azazel says and everything Baldur does is designed to get on someone's nerves.
  • Jerkass: Many characters are this. Forseti (to a small degree), Azazel, and Siegfried count as this. For about 2 chapters (From Chapter 6, until Chapter 7), Azrael counted as well.
    • Iceaura himself. He basically only interacts with the characters to piss them off and snarks against them to the audience.
  • Heroes Prefer Swords: An Averted Trope, as Azrael, the Hero Protagonist, is a scythe-wielder. The swordfighters, Crushadion and Siegfried, are a villain and an Anti-Hero respectively.
  • Lemony Narrator: The author, who is also the narrator, spends about 25% of his time trolling the characters.
  • Light Is Good: Azrael has Light as his main element, blond hair and a white Badass Longcoat. He is a Lawful Good paladin.
  • Muscles Are Meaningful: Siegfried is pretty toned and is definitely powerful, however...
    • Muscles Are Meaningless: Azazel is much more powerful than him in terms of raw strength, because Siegfried is more about Physical Defense, while Azazel specializes in Physical Attack.
  • Nice, Mean, and In-Between: Azrael, Azazel, and Uriel.
  • No Fourth Wall: Oh ye Aesir.
  • Puni Plush: Iceaura 39's art style resembles this.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: There are many examples in this story:
    • Azazel is a Hot-Blooded demon who wields Fire and Darkness (and later Earth), while Azrael is a Mellow Fellow angel wielding the powers of Light and Lightning, and later Ice.
    • Similarly, Azrael plays the Blue Oni to his Genki Girl goddess Freya.
    • Freya and Forseti, the two heroic gods. Freya is the aforementioned Genki Girl while Forseti is levelheaded and calm, if a bit of a Troll.
    • Azazel and Uriel. Both wield Fire, but Azazel prefers the more chaotic Dark element. Also, Uriel's fire is blue. Personality wise, Azazel is a Hot-Blooded Jerkass, while Uriel is The Stoic bordering on Emotionless Girl.
    • During their battle in Chapter 7, Uriel plays the Blue to Crushadion's Red. Uriel is mainly using magic and her bow, while being her usual self. Crushadion is laid-back and arrogant, and is a Close-Range Combatant.
    • During their fight in Chapter 6, we have Azrael (Blue) and Abigail (Red), even if the latter's Color Motifs may convince you otherwise. Azrael is the hero trying to talk some sense into her and is very kind and calm in doing so. Abigail is a loud mouthed brat and ignorant and more than happy to kill Azrael. Oddly enough, Azrael wields yellow lightning, while Abigail's is blue.
  • Retcon: The book is currently undergoing a large one, and has thus been temporarily unpublished to do so.
  • The Scrappy: In universe, Azazel is almost universally hated. He is a smug, arrogant jerk who rudely dismisses people and constantly brags, shouts, and complains. This may be funny for the readers, but the characters in the actual story despise him.
  • Shipper on Deck: Azazel ships a lot of ships. These include: Azrael/Uriel, Azrael/Judgement, and Freya/Forseti. Despite the fact that the last one is basically pedophilia.
  • Sinister Scythe: Azrael and Azazel both wield these, with powers inspired by Thor and Loki respectively.
  • Sliding Scale of Gender Inequality: There are a few badass women in this book, but the males outnumber them. More recent chapters have begun rectifying this, by introducing more female characters, and it's implied that Abigail will become a recurring Friendly Rival to Azrael.
  • Token Evil Teammate: More like Token Antiheroic Teammate, but Azazel is the only one of the main characters who seems perfectly fine with killing.
  • Too Good for This Sinful Earth: Leon, on the other hand, is killed after instilling hope in everyone, and the death itself is a good Heroic Sacrifice. His death was definitely portrayed as this.
  • Tsundere: Abigail comes off as a type A towards Azrael, if her reaction after losing to him is anything to go by.
  • What the Hell, Hero? / "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Freya gives one to Azrael in Chapter 7, calling him out on Taking a Level in Jerkass, Taking a Level in Cynic, and insulting Azazel for something that was genuinely not his fault.
  • Women Are Wiser: Averted with Freya, who is equally wacky to Azazel, but Azrael suspiciously get wackier when Uriel joins, making this played straight.
  • World of Ham: While it's no Disgaea, you'd be surprised that nobody has lost their voice or gone deaf from all the shouting that everyone does.
  • Yank the Dog's Chain: In Bonus Chapter 2,Leon and his surviving friends manage to escape Helheim after months of being trapped in. When Leon gets back, he discovers that his parents have been killed and his house destroyed. If that's not bad enough, Loki is now demanding a sacrifice for managing to escape, and Leon volunteered himself.

Tropes applying after the Retcon:

  • Heroes Prefer Swords: Azrael's weapon has been changed to Blitzkrieg, a sword. This makes it more believable when Azrael is described as being graceful in combat.
  • An Ice Person: Uriel's primary element has been changed to Ice. Azrael no longer uses this, however.
  • World of Jerkass: Everyone is an asshole to some extent, with Thor (and to some degree, Azrael) being the only exception.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Downplayed with Azrael. He doesn't seem to be any better at fighting, but his Guile Hero trait stands out more, making him more of a genuine Badass Bookworm.
  • Art Evolution: It's still Puni Plush, but Iceaura seems to have gotten a lot better at drawing in that 5 month Retcon.
  • Fire, Ice, Lightning: Azazel, Uriel, and Azrael respectively.
  • Darker and Edgier: The Bonus Chapters are a lot more dark due to not glossing over anyone's deaths, unlike the previous one. It describes them in detail.
    • Siegfried's backstory never included Rape as Drama before, but it does now.
  • Force and Finesse: Azrael and Azazel are more of a straight example of this. Azazel is the Force, wielding Fire and Darkness, and being a physical oriented fighter who's style emphasises offense and defense. Azrael is the Finesse, wielding Light and Lightning, and being a less physical Combat Medic who's style emphasises speed and range.
  • Got Me Doing It: Dante seems to have passed on his habit of making fish puns to Azazel, much to the latter's dismay.
    • Uriel's also started making puns, probably due to spending too much time around Azrael.
  • Balance, Speed, Strength Trio: Uriel is the Balanced character, Azazel is the Strong, and Azrael is Speedy.
  • Brains and Brawn: Uriel and Azazel, respectively.
  • Squishy Wizard: Azrael and Uriel are defensive and offensive variants respectively. Uriel has the highest Magic Attack and the lowest Physical Attack in the trio. Azrael has the highest Magic Defence in the whole cast, but physical attacks send him reeling.
  • Fighter, Mage, Thief:
  • Hurricane of Puns: A major source of comedy, or rather Iceaura's reaction to them. Azrael is especially fond of them.
  • Cain and Abel: Hel tries to set one up in Chapter 3, with Azazel as Cain and Azrael as Abel. It doesn't work.
  • Mighty Glacier: Azazel and Forseti both have C-Ranked Speed, and in Forseti's case, Luck. However, they have S-Ranked Physical Attack and Magic stats respectively.
  • Genius Bruiser: Azazel is smart, if a little ditzy. He is also the team's best fighter.
  • Boring, but Practical: The Killer and The Knight' Myriad Mights. The Knight grants Siegfried the ability to be the closest thing to a Stone Wall in the book, as well as granting him a Critical Status Buff to his attack power, allowing him to potentially be an in-universe Game-Breaker. The Killer downplays this, as Azazel's battle style can hardly be called 'boring' but he's still the least flashy of the main trio. However, he is capable of incredible attack power, justifying why his fights are generally shorter than Azrael's.
  • Adaptational Badass: Azrael is still a Badass Bookworm, but before the retcon, he's never made up new attacks on the fly. He's also undoubtedly smarter now than before.
    • Freya had never been shown fighting or doing much useful before. Now, she gives the trio advice when they need it. She also fought Azrael in the prologue, and even though she lost, the battle was surprisingly close.
  • Adaptational Wimp: From a personality standpoint, Azrael. He went from a calm, confident leader to a shy, stuttering Lovable Coward.
  • Competitive Balance: The heroes all have their strengths and weaknesses in battle:
    • Azrael - Fragile Speedster. He is the fastest hero so far, and the only one with Flash Step abilities, but his ability to take physical punishment is very lacking, and his attack stats are only average.
    • Freya: Glass Cannon. She has the same Physical Attack as Azazel and the same Magic Attack as Forseti, but her defenses are by far the lowest.
    • Siegfried: Lightning Bruiser. While famed for his defensive abilities and attack power, his speed is nothing to be scoffed at, either. However, this is offset by his lack of magical attacks.
    • Azazel: Mighty Glacier: His Physical Attack is ridiculously high, and his Physical Defense is also impressive. However, he is incredibly slow, both in movement and attacking.
    • Uriel: Squishy Wizard. She has high overall magic stats and decent speed, alongside an outstanding Luck Stat. Unfortunately, she has the lowest Physical Attack in the party.
    • Forseti: Magical Mighty Glacier. He has the highest magic stats in the book, and a very powerful arsenal to abuse it. However, not only is his Speed as low as Azazel's, but he also suffers from a low Luck Stat.
    • Baldur: Stone Wall. He is Nigh Invincible and has the highest defense stats. This is balanced out by his less than impressive attack stats.
  • World of Snark: Oh ye Aesir.
  • Yellow Lightning, Blue Lightning: Abigail returns with her blue lightning, but Azrael's has gone from yellow to green.
  • Adaptational Name Change: From 'Asgard / Valhalla' to 'The Great Sky'. Helheim has been renamed 'Inferno'.
  • Jack-of-All-Stats: Abigail, who boasts an A- Rank in every stat.
  • Fighting Your Friend: Azrael vs Abigail. Azazel vs Mardas. Uriel vs Crushadion. These are always Duel Bosses, and with the exception of Azrael vs Abigail, Defeat Means Friendship is averted, as Mardas is killed by Azazel, while Crushadion stays loyal to Hel.
  • Reluctant Villain: Abaddon. When Siegfried kills him, he thanks the latter for 'setting him free'.
  • Lemony Narrator: The narrator returns, and he's as much of a dick as ever.
  • Wacky Guy: Azazel, most of the time.
  • Sliding Scale of Villain Threat: Hel is not a very threatening villain, playing many Stupid Evil tropes, such as Orcus on His Throne and Evil Is Petty note . However, the leader of the Naforean, Hannah, has a more justifiable motive, and unlike Hel, her Mooks aren't utterly incompetent, so they present a bigger threat to the heroes in comparison.
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