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Sable's Grimoire is a 2018 visual novel created by Zetsubou. In a world featuring magic, modern technology and multiple "demihumans" (sapient non-human species) a young human mage called Sable has just been accepted into Amadronia Magic Academy. He is hoping to spend the next three years peacefully studying magic theory, designing spells and getting to know the school's demihuman population. Unfortunately he quickly discovers that Amadronia's reputation as the premier school of magic may have been rather overrated. His teacher barely bothers to teach, his fellow students mostly don't trust him due to his being human, the principal is more interested in his political agenda, and many people at the school seem terribly dangerous. Sable will have to tread carefully to find his place or even survive.

Two sequels were released in the summer of 2020. Sable's Grimoire: Man and Elf acts as a continuation of Lisha’s route, while Sable's Grimoire: A Dragon's Treasure is a continuation of Drakan’s route. Both of these works contain H-Game imagery, whereas the original visual novel does not.

Sable's Grimoire is available on JAST and Steam. Its sequels are available on, JAST, and Steam.

This visual novel series contains examples of:

  • Above the Influence: Sable proves himself this on two separate routes.
    • On Lisha's route, Sable and Lisha get stuck in a situation where they need to perform a spell that requires a strong emotional connection to pull off. Lisha tries to force the connection by having sex with him. Sable responds by picking up an artefact that forces the target to tell the truth and asks if she really wants to. She is forced to admit that, much as she is coming to like Sable, she does not, at least not yet. As such Sable turns down the offer.
    • On Tix's route, Tix wants Sable to impregnate her but Sable doesn't want to be a father at all, let alone an absentee father. Despite being fairly consistently hit on by a beautiful nudist, Sable stays that course.
  • Alternate Continuity: Per Word Of God the series has, after the first game, split into three alternate versions, one from Lisha's route through Man and Elf, another from Draken's route to A Dragon's Treasure (with sequels to both) and then a third going off a combination of the remaining routes into Sable's Grimoire 2.
  • Apathetic Student: Rei and Eth really don't take their education seriously. They don't pay attention in class, don't study, and spend most of their time sleeping or goofing off. Understandably, the two of them are ranked dead last in their grade and are in danger of being expelled.
  • Apathetic Teacher: Eris openly bemoans the fact that she's stuck teaching the "shitty brats" that are Amadronia's first-year students. While she's responsible enough to make sure that no students get hurt under her watch, she otherwise puts little effort into her lessons or into helping them as their academic advisor. This apathetic attitude, combined with rumours of her sexually harassing students, have left her on thin ice with the administration, and she eventually ends up fired or reassigned depending on the route. Her own route delves into the reasons behind her apathy and can end with her rediscovering the spark that drove her to become a teacher in the first place.
  • Aura Vision: Sable can see aether by concentrating, something that very few people can do.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Jorou is a polite, kind, somewhat shy librarian who helps out Sable in various ways on almost every route. On her own route we discover that she's hiding a terrible past that has left her with severe mental illness that makes her downright dangerous to herself and others if she loses control.
  • Big Eater: Drakan eats enough food for several people at every meal, while Rei blows her weekly budget on the most expensive items from the cafeteria menu and inevitably tries to mooch more food from Sable whenever her own money runs out. In A Dragon's Treasure, Sable develops an appetite to match Drakan's as he becomes more like a dragon.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: When other faculty members are around, Eris plays the part of an enthusiastic and dedicated teacher. When they aren't, her true apathetic personality shines through.
  • Blood Magic: In A Dragon's Treasure, Sable is forced to wear a magical amulet containing Nidhogg's blood. This constant exposure to a dragon's blood gradually transforms Sable into something akin to a dragon, with the process accelerating once the amulet starts injecting the blood into his veins.
  • Breather Episode: Rei and Eth's route and Tix's route, in comparison to the others. Lower stakes, less bad endings (none at all on Rei and Eth's route) and even the darker moments are nowhere near as dark as the other three routes can get.
  • Breeding Slave: In A Dragon’s Treasure, Drakan’s father is kept in a block of crystal for centuries at a time and is released only when Nidhogg wants to mate with him. Sable understandably believes him to be this, and fears that he himself will meet the same fate if Drakan ever becomes a full dragon. And indeed in one of the bad endings of the main game this is what happens, albeit at Nidhogg's insistence rather than Drakan's.
  • Bumbling Dad: Ein is a rather inept parent to Lisha and his skill as a headteacher leaves rather a lot to be desired as well. Although events on some routes and in Man and Elf show that he is almost scarily good in a crisis.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: In Man and Elf, Ein doesn’t want to go to a specific village but won’t give Sable and Lisha a straight answer for why they should avoid it. It turns out his son Victor—whom Lisha knows nothing about—lives there, and Ein knew she’d be upset if she suddenly learned that she has a secret half-brother.
  • Can't Argue with Elves: The elves of the setting certainly hold themselves above the humans and other demihumans. Sable struggles with this, as both the star student in his class and the principal are elves.
  • Celibate Hero: Sable is focused on his studies and has no time for romantic entanglements, at least for the moment. Some of the routes can lead him to waver in that position.
  • Cerebus Syndrome: Jorou's route. Rei and Eth's route and Tix's route are both fairly light hearted and while Lisha and Drakan's route can get pretty intense they also maintain some humour. Jorou's route quickly plunges into very dark territory and stays there throughout.
  • The Charmer: Sable's featureless classmate Hel causes those who meet them to fall in love with them. Stronger minds, like Sable's, are able to throw this effect off. Thankfully Hel doesn't seem inclined to do more with this ability than flirt a lot.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Drakan on her own route. Apparently it's an extension of the mindset that leads to Dragon Hoards.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: In the bad ending for Man and Elf, Sable uses mind destruction magic on Meave. This destroys her brain from the inside out, making her thrash and spasm so violently that she breaks her bones and ruptures her organs.
  • Cute Monster Girl: Sable's circle of friends includes an elf, a half-dragon, a pixie, a mandragora, a rokurokubi, and a spider girl, all of whom are female and pretty. The other female students and faculty members of Amadronia Academy are equally pretty.
  • Demonic Possession: In A Dragon's Treasure, Nidhogg arranges the creation of a spiritual being from her mind and Sable's that begins to possess his body. In a twist the spirit (eventually called Fafnir in the True End) doesn't actually want to do so (since she sees Sable as a beloved father) and helps aid Sable is avoiding possession even at the cost of her own life. In another twist Nidhogg actually meant for the entity to lose and have it's power be absorbed by Sable and is surprised (though not too bothered) when in the True End Sable instead seeks to maintain her existence.
  • A Dog Named "Dog": Drakan the half-dragon. She mentions and jokes that her dad initially just wanted to call her "Drake" (a.k.a. "Drake the drake") but her mom lampshaded the redundancy. Though it turns out that her real name is Naziel.
  • Draconic Humanoid: Drakan's default form is a redheaded girl with horns, claws, wings, patches of scales and a tail. Her mother, Nidhogg, can likewise assume the form of a woman with horns, scales, claws and a tail.
  • Dream Walker: Eris and Raphael both have the power to enter other people's dreams. They both enter Sable's dream once during the common route, and Eris invades Sable's dreams repeatedly in her own route.
  • Dying Race: In A Dragon's Treasure, Nidhogg informs Sable that dragons have driven themselves to the brink of extinction, and that there are perhaps a hundred of them left in the world.
  • Emotion Eater: White vultures feed on the suffering and negative emotions of other beings. Their preferred targets are the dying and the recently deceased, so they tend to hang around hospitals, graveyards, and the occasional battlefield. Similarly, succubi and incubi feed on other people's lust, but only need to arouse rather than engage in intercourse.
  • Everyone Can See It: In Man and Elf, the only person who hasn’t figured out that Sable and Lisha like each other romantically is Sable himself. Even complete strangers can peg them as a couple within seconds of meeting them.
  • Evil Counterpart Race: Raised but ultimately subverted on Lisha's route. There are dark elves and they are treated with suspicion by other elves and the only dark elf to appear in the first game is hostile but they are not evil by nature. Dark elves are just elves that have spent too long away from forests and lost their connection to them and the only real effect is a slight darkening of their skin to the point of looking somewhat tanned.
  • Evil Matriarch:
    • Lisha’s mother Meave is a manipulative, power-hungry dark elf who treats all of her children as pawns. In the base game she murders her daughter Lim for failing her. In Man and Elf, she forces her son Hagan to obey her commands through Mind Control, and plans to enslave Lisha after breaking her spirit through psychological torture.
    • Drakan's mother Nidhogg gives this impression as well, but it is somewhat more complex in her case. She genuinely is trying to do right by her daughter and even help Sable however her mindset is so far removed from that of humans that her "help" comes across as torture.
  • Exotic Eye Designs: Eris has purple irises with black sclera, and her pupils are diamond-shaped. Drakan likewise has diamond-shaped pupils.
  • Fantastic Racism: All over the place. The humans of the setting seem to generally despise all demihumans and frequently abuse them in various ways. Many of the demihumans respond in kind.
  • The Faceless: Hel, one of Sable's classmates, lacks a face. They also lack a discernible gender.
  • Fairy Sexy: Tix, Sable's pixie roommate. Indeed the entire pixie race is seen as this by humans, as the only time the two are likely to interact is when pixies are looking for fathers for their children.
  • Fake Relationship: Arises on Rei and Eth's route. In Eth's ending she and Sable agree to pretend to be going out so Rei will move on from her infatuation with Sable. This seems to work but Sable notes that Eth is starting to behave like she's actually his girlfriend. As with most romantic entanglements he's rather ambivalent about that but decides he doesn't mind seeing how it goes.
  • Gender Flip: Nidhogg. A male dragon in Norse Mythology, a female dragon here.
  • A Glitch in the Matrix: In Man and Elf, Sable realizes that many details about Meave’s prison don’t add up. How did Meave build an inescapable, magic-nullifying prison in less than a year? Why didn’t Lisha recognize any of the prisoners even though Meave has kidnapped many people from her home village? And where is all the poop if the cells have no toilets? From these and other clues, he deduces that the prison is an illusion meant to break his and Lisha’s spirits before Meave throws them into the real (and far more escapable) prison.
  • God Guise: Raphael is not really an angel, but a white vulture. Her kind pretend to be biblical angels so that they can approach dying people and feed on their negative emotions without arousing suspicion.
  • Golem: Sable has worked out a spell to make a small worker out of soil. In Man And Elf Lisha's half brother Hagan makes a much bigger one.
  • Gorgeous Gorgon: Meara. Thankfully the turning-to-stone thing is under her control, allowing her to be friends with Sable without causing him to be Taken for Granite.
  • Green Thumb: Eth can talk to plants and persuade them to do what she wants in small ways, such as coaxing a tree to reposition its branches to provide support for a tent.
  • H-Game: While the base game is not this, Man and Elf and A Dragon's Treasure each have one explicit sex scene available through an optional patch.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: Drakan is half human, half dragon. Ein's illegitimate son Victor is a half-elf, and his children are quarter-elves. Rei, whose mother is a rokurokubi like herself but whose father is human. And one of the sequel stories has Fafnir, Sable's sort-of daughter created by Nidhogg's magic but formed from Sable's mind and viewing him as her father.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Rei and Eth, who are rarely seen apart.
  • His Name Is...: A non-fatal example occurs in A Dragon's Treasure. Ein tries to warn Sable about the true nature of Nidhogg's amulet, only for Nidhogg to appear out of thin air and whisk him away via teleportation.
  • Historical Hero Upgrade: An in-universe example with Bartholomew, remembered by most as the human friend of the elven leader Ein who together forged the first lasting peaceful relations between humans and demi-humans. In reality while the two started out as friends Bartholomew became obsessed with Ein's magical skill and eventually imprisoned him in a machine designed to painfully extract his magic from him, planning to do the same to his infant daughter Lisha. Ein only managed to escape by pulling himself free enough to rip out Bartholomew's throat with his teeth. Despite this he has protected his former friend's reputation for centuries so as not to taint the successes it has caused in human/demi-human relations.
  • Holographic Terminal: The Terminal spell, true to its name, projects a magical holographic computer terminal from the user's hand. It can be used to check email, make videocalls, consult course materials, and more. There are also physical Terminal projectors available for students who haven't learned how to cast the Terminal spell yet.
  • Horrible Camping Trip: In Eth and Rei's route, the two of them and Sable decide to spend their break camping in the woods. For various reasons, not least of which being that Rei ate all their food before they even reached the campsite, they're forced to cut the trip short after just one night.
  • Hospital Hottie: In both of her endings, Eris takes over from the AWOL Raphael as Amadronia's nurse. She adopts a Naughty Nurse Outfit as her new uniform. Asmodeus sticks around to help her in the good ending, and the two of them quickly gain a throng of admirers.
  • Hot Teacher: Sable's homeroom teacher, Eris, is a succubus who constantly leaves her blazer open to show off her bra. Between that and her natural hypnotic powers, many of the students can't keep their eyes off her.
  • Hugh Mann: In Eth and Rei's route, Sable takes Drakan on a trip to a nearby city. Since a half-dragon strolling around town would draw unwanted attention, Drakan goes in disguise as "Ciel", Sable's human childhood friend. The actual disguise is flawless, as she magically transforms into a human version of her normal Draconic Humanoid form. The acting is another story: Sable spends a day teaching her to walk properly and to stop referring to everything as "human [x]" or "human [y]". Despite some slipups, she manages to fool everyone she meets and the trip goes off without a hitch.
    Drakan: Hmm... Where do I begin? Sable and I went to the same human school. It was in a human city near our human hometown. We went there with lots of other humans, and learned all about human subjects, like hunting wildlife to extinction, and killing demi-humans.
  • Human Disguise: Several types of demihuman can magically alter their appearance to make themselves look more human.
    • Incubi and succubi can retract their wings and tails into their bodies, change the shape of their pupils, and turn their sclera from black to white. This transformation doesn't alter their pointy ears or purple irises, but as Eris points out, those are easy enough to conceal through other means.
    • Some types of featherfolk can likewise retract their wings, appearing completely human when they do so.
    • Rokurokubi like Rei look completely human as long as they don't extend their necks.
  • Human Popsicle: In A Dragon's Treasure, Sable learns that Nidhogg has kept Drakan's father alive for thousands of years by preserving him in a block of magical crystal. She occasionally lets him out to mate with him.
  • Hunter of Monsters: Any Amadronia student that reaches the third year is required to join the "March For Public Order," an organisation of magic capable individuals who hunt down dangerous magical creatures and criminal demihumans. Those in earlier years can also volunteer. This was intended to foster closer relations between humans and demihumans by making them jointly responsible for magical law enforcement. Unfortunately other demihumans saw it as an excuse for humans to kill demihumans, nicknamed it "The Hunt" and labelled any demihumans joining as The Quisling.
  • I Want Grandkids: Nidhogg, Drakan's mother, insists upon it. To the extent of compelling Drakan and Sable to get engaged on her route or, in one of the bad endings, kidnapping and imprisoning Sable and forcing Drakan to rape him.
  • Kaiju: Drakan in her dragon form is big but not unreasonably so. Her mother on the other hand is as big as the school building.
  • Long-Lived: Many demi-humans have much longer lifespans than humans. Elves and dragons can both live for thousands of years.
  • Long-Lost Relative: The dark elf Lim turns out to be Lisha's maternal half-sister. In Man and Elf, Lisha further learns that she has a dark elf half-brother from the same parent, as well as a paternal half-brother who has kids of his own.
  • Long Neck: Rei, who is a rokurokubi. She looks entirely human most of the time but can extend her neck to extreme lengths.
  • Love Confession: Subverted in Eris's good ending. She acts as if she's about to confess her love to Sable, but she's just teasing him to get a laugh out of his reaction.
  • Magic Versus Science: Downplayed but present in the background of the setting. Almost all demihuman races have some level of magic whereas very few humans do and those humans who can cast magic are a lot weaker (at least in terms of raw power) than their demihuman counterparts. However humans are still the dominant species (more or less) because they possess technology equal to (or possibly a little beyond) the real world while demihumans seem to mostly live at a medieval or lesser technological level. Only the elves and dragons possess magic strong enough to make up the difference, with elves more or less equalling humans and dragons being far more powerful. And this doesn't interrupt human dominance much since the elves are generally isolationist and the dragons are very few in number and rather self absorbed.
  • Malicious Misnaming: Raphael constantly refers to Eris as Eros, something which clearly makes Eris uncomfortable. She keeps doing it even when Eris asks her to stop.
  • Malicious Slander: Eris claims that the rumours about her seducing her students were spread by Raphael to make her look bad.
  • Mars Needs Women: A few demihuman races are noted to exclusively pursue Interspecies Romances. Pixies, being a One-Gender Race, have no choice but to mate with men from other races. Incubi and succubi will mate with any race but themselves, and consider the thought of an incubus and a succubus pairing up romantically to be something repulsive and taboo akin to incest.
  • Master of Illusion: Lisha’s mother Meave is a master of mind-manipulation magic, which not only allows her to control other people’s actions but also make them perceive things which aren’t real. She uses these powers to make Sable and Lisha believe that she’s trapped them in an inescapable magic-nullifying prison when they’re actually unconscious.
  • Master of the Mixed Message: By the time of Man And Elf Lisha has become this, attempting to get closer to Sable but repeatedly chickening out at the last moment due to her own insecurities. It really doesn't help his Oblivious to Love tendencies.
  • Mayfly–December Romance: A problem faced by the long-lived elf Lisha and the very long-lived half-dragon Drakan in their relationship with the human Sable in their respective routes and stand alone games. Solutions are found in the stand alone games in both cases; Lisha reveals that the elven equivalent of marriage increases the lifespan of the parties involved and with a human it would do little for her but bring Sable up to an elven life expectancy while Drakan's mother uses a dangerous magical artefact to imbue Sable with draconic qualities including increasing his lifespan (though, being the Trickster Mentor she is, she hasn't told either Sable or Drakan by the end of the game).
  • Miko: Rei comes from a long line of priestesses and occasionally helps out around the family shrine. While the game never identifies her family's religion, the costumes that she and her mother wear make it clear they're supposed to be miko.
  • Mind Rape:
    • Mind destruction magic is a forbidden type of magic which does exactly what its name implies. Sable is secretly studying it at the start of Man and Elf for theoretical purposes. He can use a mind destruction spell to kill Meave, but doing so leads to a bad ending.
    • An accidental case of mind rape is at the heart of the antagonism between Eris and Raphael. Years ago, Eris's younger brother Asmodeus had a one-sided crush on Raphael. He used his incubus powers to hit on her in her dreams, not realizing that these constant unwanted intrusions were having a harmful effect on Raphael's psyche. Eventually she snapped and drove him out of her mind, but the way she did it only worsened the damage. Now Raphael is convinced that she is a literal angel on a God-given crusade to destroy the demonic races, a crusade which she carries out by making Eris's life miserable.
  • Mistaken for Gay: In Eth and Rei's route, Sable is quite surprised when Eth tells him that Rei likes him, as the two girls are so close that he thought they were a couple. Eth corrects the misunderstanding in no uncertain terms.
    Eth: ...Rei and I aren't like that. Rei likes boys. I like boys. Stop fantasizing.
  • Mordor: Nidhogg’s domain is a barren and blasted wasteland covering hundreds of miles.
  • The Not-Love Interest: The closest Sable gets to any of his many female friends in the main game, though some routes look set for a Relationship Upgrade in the near future. Both Man and Elf and A Dragon's Treasure follow through on said upgrades for Lisha and Drakan respectively.
  • Oblivious to Love: Sable isn't focused on romance and repeatedly fails to notice when others are. It's not so bad in the main game but by Man And Elf and A Dragon's Treasure his inability to pick up on, respectively, Lisha or Drakan's intentions is becoming frustrating to everyone around him.
  • Offing the Offspring: Comes up on Lisha's roue. While it's not plan A, Lisha's mother is content to let her other daughter kill Lisha to achieve her goals. She also kills said second daughter rather than let her be captured.
  • One-Gender Race: There are apparently several in the setting. The one that gets attention in the game are the pixies. They are all female and isolationist, usually leaving their forests only to get pregnant by humans.
  • Our Angels Are Different: The school doctor, Raphael, claims to be an angel. She looks the part, with her golden hair, feathery wings, and penchant for dressing all in white, but several people are skeptical. In reality she is a "white vulture", a demihuman which feeds on the life force of dying people. White vultures masquerade as biblical angels to make it easier to get close to their prey, under the pretense of guiding their souls to heaven.
  • Our Elves Are Different: Elves are long-lived and innately magical beings with pale skin, golden eyes and white hair. They have a weakness to fire and gradually weaken if they spend too much time outside the forest: as such, many elves consider dragons and humans to be their natural enemies. Dark elves are not a separate race, but rather individuals who have spent so long outside the forest that they’ve adapted and regained their power.
  • Pass Fail: As long as she doesn't extend her neck Rei looks completely human and generally pretends to be so to avoid Fantastic Racism. Doing so has left her feeling like she's always lying to everyone and this is the main reason she latches so strongly onto Sable, a human who knows what she is and doesn't mind.
  • Plant Hair: Eth, being a mandragora, has both leafy green vines and large pink flower petals for hair.
  • Plant Person: Eth, who is a mandragora. From the waist up she looks human except for a flower on her head but from the waist down she has petals instead of legs. This gives her a very slow walking speed.
  • Power Limiter: As punishment for reckless use of spatial distortion magic during class, Sable is forced to wear a bangle that constantly drains his aether, preventing him from casting more powerful spells.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Thanks to their long lifespans, many demihumans look far younger than their actual age. Lisha is over a hundred and Drakan is several thousand years old, but both of them look like teenagers and functionally are teens by the standards of their respective races. Raphael's age is never specified, but she has been teaching at Amadronia long enough for Rei's middle-aged mother to have once been one of her students and, presumably, looked just as youthful then as she does now.
  • Romance Game: Despite the game's routes being based around the school's female characters this is averted on some routes, subverted to various degrees on others, in large part because Sable himself is rather resistant to romance. Jorou's route isn't remotely romantic and Rei's ending is Sable letting her down easy. The other routes have some romantic element to each of their good endings but it's never a straightforward relationship.
  • Sarashi: Drakan wears an open shirt with a sarashi to cover her breasts.
  • Shameless Fanservice Girl: Tix, Sable's pixie roommate. She's quite happy hanging around their room naked and (given that she's normally tiny) showering in the sink. She's well aware of the effect this has on a human male but doesn't mind. In fact she's kinda counting on it, since part of her reason for being at the school is to get pregnant.
  • She Is Not My Girlfriend:
    • In Man and Elf, Lisha gets flustered and angry whenever someone suggests that she and Sable are more than friends. Unfortunately for her, everyone they meet assumes this.
    • In A Dragon's Treasure, Sable is the one to get embarrassed or defensive whenever people suggest that he and Drakan are a couple.
    • Subverted with Rei on Eris' route; Sable spends the weekend at Rei's house to get access to some books her parents own leading many to conclude they're going out. Sable objects and it's entirely true, he really did spend all weekend studying.
  • Sizeshifter: Tix (and pixies in general) have learned how to grow to human sized. They prefer their own tiny size but need to get bigger to get pregnant by human males.
  • Sleeves Are for Wimps: Drakan, the most athletic and tomboyish of Sable’s friends, wears her school uniform with the sleeves torn off.
  • Spider People: Jorou is mostly human-like in appearance but with some spider-like mouth parts and spider-like limbs on her back.
  • Succubi and Incubi: Sable's apathetic teacher is a succubus. She is accused of seducing students but we see no evidence of this in game and on her own route we find out succubi feed on lust but only need to arouse others then feed, not actually sleep with them and indeed doing both to the same person is deeply disapproved of in their society. She is interested in Sable but only for his skill at spell design.
  • Super-Senses: Most demihumans have sharper senses than humans do. In A Dragon's Treasure, Sable's own senses become superhumanly sharp thanks to an amulet containing Nidhogg's blood: he can hear conversations from across campus and smell food cooking from an entirely different building, amongst other things. He can't shut them off at first, and nearly goes mad from sensory overload until Drakan helps him to focus his senses.
  • Teacher/Student Romance: Two cases of this factor into Eris's route, neither of them played straight.
    • Years ago, Eris's younger brother Asmodeus was a student at Amadronia. He had a crush on Raphael and constantly hit on her, but she did not reciprocate his feelings and told him so repeatedly. He couldn't take a hint, however, and started invading her dreams to keep hitting on her, unwittingly driving her to the brink of madness. Years later, Asmodeus recognizes that what he did was wrong and feels remorseful for it, but still pines after Raphael in the belief that she's the love of his life.
    • Eris gradually warms up to Sable as he helps her to resolve her issues with Raphael, and even starts flirting with him toward the end. But that's as far as it goes. While she appreciates everything Sable has done for her, and doesn't mind teasing him, she does not view him in a romantic light.
  • Their First Time: Sable and Lisha consummate their new relationship at the end of Man and Elf. Sable and Drakan do likewise on the good end of A Dragon's Treasure.
  • Time Abyss: Nidhogg is ancient. In A Dragon's Treasure she stuns Sable by informing him that Drakan is not her only child, and that Drakan doesn't know of her siblings' existence because they’re all thousands of years older than her.
  • To Be Continued: The true ending for A Dragon's Treasure states that the story will be continued in an upcoming game called Project Homunculus.
  • Token Human: Sable himself. There's only one other human shown to be attending Amadronia Academy at the same time and he's a racist jerk Sable has no particular interest in associating with.
  • Trickster Mentor: Drakan's mother, Nidhogg, seems allergic to straight answers.
  • Tsundere: Lisha, helped on by a large helping of Can't Argue with Elves.
  • Urban Fantasy: The story takes place in a world that has and has always had the presence of magic and non-human sapients. However the technology is modern and, while the exact location is kept vague, at least some real places are mentioned, such as Rei being half Japanese, suggesting an alternate Earth.
  • Use Your Head: In Rei and Eth's route, Rei headbutts Sable right in the gut during a game of Twister. Not by accident, mind you: Eth told Rei to put her head on Sable's stomach, and Rei gleefully obliged.
    Eth: ...Rei. Head on Sable's stomach.
    Rei: Yes ma'am! Firing the Rei Cannon in three… two... one... Blast off!
    Sable: A cannon doesn't blast o—ooougghhff!!
  • Villainous Mother-Son Duo: Man and Elf has the dark elf Meave and her young son Hagan as partners in crime. Hagan doesn’t want to do bad things or hurt anybody, but he goes along with his mother’s plans out of a desire to please her. Meave doesn’t care about Hagan’s wishes and will override his objections to her orders with Mind Control.
  • Weak, but Skilled: Sable himself. As a human he possesses much less magical potential than most demihumans but he's a genius at designing spells. When more powerful people use his spells they tend to be very effective.
  • Weredragon: Drakan is a half-dragon. While normally appearing as a scaly humanoid with wings and a tail but she can take on the form of a full dragon if she wants. With some practice she can also take on a fully human form as well.
  • Willing Channeler: Sable has developed a spell that allows him to take control of another person and make use of their magic power, allowing him to try out his spell designs with sufficient power to pull them off. The process is voluntary and requires a very strong emotional connection and trust between the two. During their respective routes both Lisha and Drakan can get there with Sable.
  • Winged Humanoid: Many demihuman races look like humans with a pair of wings growing out of their back. There are so many different demihuman races with feathery wings that they are collectively dubbed "featherfolk" for the sake of convenience.
  • Wizarding School: Amadronia Magic Academy is the best regarded one in the world. Although much of the game would suggest this may be only by default.
  • Youkai: Sable’s classmates include Rei the rokurokubi and Hel the noppera-bō.