various fairies

some fae facts from lore

  • ‘fae’ range from anything like goblins and imps to the little pixies with the wings that everyone associated with fairies to the seven-foot tall members of the royal courts. some even consider the banshee to be fae. (also trolls, gnomes, elves, djinn, dwarves, leprechauns, will-o-wisps, etc.)
  • some think the fae are evil, some think they are fallen angels, but most are considered to be a chaotic neutral force. some might call this ‘whimsically evil.’
  • honey makes them drunk.
  • iron poisons them, as it does many magical beings.
  • some were-creatures were probably just fae in disguise, since fae can assume any form.
  • they sometimes lure humans with music that makes them want to follow and dance. they have to dance for what feels like a year and a day but it actually only seconds.
  • true names of the fae have power over them. they often use aliases when dealing with non-fae.
  • some people are gifted with fae sight, which allows them to see the fae and also sometimes peeks into the future through their dreams.
  • cats hate the fae, and the fae hate them back. 
  • iron horseshoes over the door can act as a fae deterrent.
  • they sometimes kidnap human children and leave their own children or elderly behind. these are called changelings.
  • fae are generous with gifts, especially for polite people, but prefer gifts in return.
  • that being said, better to avoid accepting gifts. you probably don’t have enough to pay them back. by saying ‘thank you,’ you acknowledge that a gift was given and that you now owe something in return. being indebted to the fae = bad time
  • fae can’t lie, but truth and honesty aren’t always the same.
  • asking for a favor will cause offense. make it seem like it’s their idea to help you.
  • most things offend them, actually.
  • some fae can smell a lie. there’s no way of knowing which ones unless they tell you.
  • fae use ‘glamour’ to hide their appearance or habitations around humans. ‘glamour’ can be gifted for use by humans.
  • it’s better for fae to have half-breed children than no children at all, so relationshops with humans are fine. it just rarely works out fine for the human.

Ok but fairies don’t like iron so clearly Irn Bru was created as a modern urban solution to Scotland’s fairy problem.

I mean think about it, very few stories have cropped up of people being taken by the Good Neighbours since the late nineteenth century which coincides with the rise of popular health tonics like iron brews, while the precursor to THE Irn Bru was brought out in 1901. 

This ALSO coincides with the lifetimes of individuals such as Andrew Lang (who of course published a version of Robert Kirk’s Secret Commonwealth, and Kirk was one of those reputed to have been taken by the fairies) and the prominence of Victorian cutesy fairy tradition may have brought public attention to very real, malevolent and not particularly cutesy human-fairy issues in the contemporary world, sparking an effort to end abductions.

The Good Neighbours cannot have been particularly happy about this, not least because it’s status as ‘Scotland’s Other National Drink’ threatened the position of their own invention, whisky, from which they still draw massive revenues (because obviously Scotch whisky is supernatural, how else would it be the best, and it is well-known that those who imbibe have a greater chance of seeing the Fair Folk). Various attempts to placate fairy distillers have taken place over the years however, and to bring the two communities together, with much greater success since devolution and the founding of the Scottish parliament (the fairy community being considered an embarrassment and marker of backwardness by the Scots at the time of the Act of Union, so attempts were made to hide them from Westminster, though not always successfully). 

One particularly prominent symbol of improved relations between the communities is the famous snowman Christmas advert, conceived as a metaphor for human and fairy cooperation (the snowman being animated by magic, though hiding behind the conventional Christmas imagery of Raymond Briggs’ classic). However it has been an established principle in Scots law since at least 1946 that humans who have taken regular doses of irn bru are off-limits and unable to be “invited” to the fairy world without fully understanding what they’d got into (whisky drinkers are plainly related to ancient bardic traditions and thus much more likely to go looking for such experiences than the sober), thus lessening the chance of nasty diplomatic situations. 

Drink your irn bru kids, unless you want to be taken by the fairies

the nordics in a zombie apocalypse

aph denmark: denmark is the reckless hero, running out into the chaos with his axe and a roar. he spends most of his time giving the other nordics heart attacks with his near brushes with death. hES ALSO THAT LIL BITCH WHO GETS BITTEN BUT KEEPS IT A SECRET UNTIL HE’S DYING AND THE OTHERS HAVE TO FIND A WAY TO SAVE HIM

aph iceland: iceland doesn’t like fighting, so he stays back and tends to peoples injuries and restocks weapons. sometimes, though, in a climactic moment when a zombie is right about to eat someone, iceland jumps up behind them and knocks it out with a dictionary, before making a disgusted face and saying “ew, i think i got some blood on my sweater.”

aph norway: norway is fast and nimble, so he’s the best at going out on raids to get food. he’s also amazing with his daggers, so when he comes across a zombie, he wipes it out no problem.

aph sweden: sweden is the most level-headed of the nordics, and a great fighter. He’s very protective of the others, and is always coming to their defense.

aph finland: finland has his perch somewhere on top of their base, ready to snipe any zombie who stumbles into his radar. One time, when the nordics were totally surrounded and weaponless, it looked like they were all gonna die, until finland climbed on top of an abandoned car and screamed “dO YOU REALLY WANT A PIECE OF THIS YOU UGLY MOTHERFUCKERS” and the zombies just stopped dead in their tracks and then ran the hell away

My Top 10 Merthur Fan fics

This is a list of my favorite fan fics of the merlin x arthur pairing (my OTP) that I’ve read over the past couple of years. I strongly think these stories deserve to be shared as they, and their authors, are amazing. I want to give these authors lots of love as they clearly worked very hard on their stories. I also think the illustrator that is in a few of these stories deserves some love. Kudos to you all, and thank you all for being such talented, hard workers.

And like the cycle of the year we begin again

By: katherynefromphilly, @katherynefromphilly

Rating: Mature

Word count: 200k+

Summary:

For many long years Merlin waited.
For the other part of his soul, for the other half of his life. He was born to serve Arthur. So that meant he was also born to wait. Even if it took a thousand years. Even if the wait seemed never to end.
Until one day, suddenly, it did.
Set after the Merlin Series 5 Finale “Diamond of the Day”.
Canon Compliant. In Character. Arthur Pendragon Returns
When Arthur stumbles from the Lake of Avalon 1,500 years after his death, he finds a world unlike the one he knew. Faced with the loss of everyone he loved, and the threat of impending prophecy, Arthur must quickly learn what it means to be not just a king, but the Once and Future King. Merlin does all he can to guide him in this journey, even as he struggles to hide his love for his king, and to conquer his fear of losing him again.
Story includes sass, banter, horseplay, and True Love.


Student Prince

By: FayJay

Rating: Mature

Word count: 140k+

Summary:

A Modern day Merlin AU set at the University of St Andrews, featuring teetotal kick-boxers, secret wizards, magnificent bodyguards of various genders, irate fairies, imprisoned dragons, crumbling Gothic architecture, arrogant princes, adorable engineering students, stolen gold, magical doorways, attempted assassination, drunken students, shaving foam fights, embarrassing mornings after, The Hammer Dance, duty, responsibility, friendship and true love…
This story was inspired by the thought of Prince William of Wales (and indeed the current Max Von Hapsburg) studying at the University of St Andrews; it is also, as the title suggests, at least a little inspired by the operetta ‘The Student Prince’.

Give the Dragon a Chilli

By: supercalvin, @supercalvin

Rating: Mature

Word count: 40k+

Summary:  

Aithusa might have been no bigger than a house cat but she was still a dragon. That meant wings, claws, and her own personal hoard, which in Aithusa’s case included soft pillows, fluffy socks, and much to Merlin’s chagrin, stolen pants. When Merlin found out that his winged ward had stolen a rather considerable pile of clothing for her hoard, he thought that it would be the end of any kind of friendship with his neighbor. But when Merlin met the victim of Aithusa’s burglary, he was pleasantly surprised to find Arthur, a man who had never in his life seen a dragon let alone a burglarizing one, and Cavall, a curious German Shepherd puppy who was quick to befriend the little white dragon. From there, it was only the beginning.

Shadowlord and Pirate King

By: Footloose

Illustrated by: mushroomtale, @mushroomtale-fanart

Rating: Explicit

Word Count: 160k+

Summary:

A fast ship, a good crew, a treasure, a Clan to lead – that’s all Arthur Pendragon has ever wanted. He sits on the Council, he supports his father’s kingship, and he keeps an eye on the Imperial Conglomerate when they come too close to Pirate space.
One day the Conglomerate infiltrates the Clans and poisons the King. Arthur must search for a cure to keep his father alive and the Clans from civil war.

An escape route, a sharp knife, a target, the shadows at his command – that’s all Merlin has ever needed. He fulfills his assignments, he uses the Sterling to sustain his once-royal House in their exile, and wages a private war against the Imperial Conglomerate.
When he learns of an elaborate plot to assassinate him, Merlin does the opposite of what’s expected. He flees onto a Pirate ship.
There’s a saying among the Pirates: that one’s fate is written in the stars. Destiny will always set to rights what has been made wrong.
Arthur and Merlin know that they were meant for the other from the moment they meet. They can feel it from across the galaxies separating them. Nothing can stop them from being together or from fulfilling an ancient prophecy.

A Song From Far Away

By: polomonkey, @thepolomonkey

Illustrated by: mushroomtale, @mushroomtale-fanart

Rating: Mature

Word Count: 70k+

Summary:

When Arthur is captured by an enemy king intent on conquering Camelot, his future looks bleak. For Cenred commands not only a clutch of sorcerers but a fearsome dragon trained to do battle and wreak destruction.
Then Arthur meets Merlin, a fellow captive whose magic has been bound to Cenred’s will. But can Merlin resist Cenred’s control long enough to help Arthur save Camelot?

Tributes

By: TheAvalonian

Rating: Mature

Word Count: 80k+

Summary:

It is the 57th annual Hunger Games, and Merlin Emrys stands at the Reaping ceremony with Guinevere Smith at his side, unable to hear the roar of the crowd over the ringing in his own ears. Because Merlin is about to face his best friend and twenty-two strangers in a fight to the death, where there can only be one victor.
In a twisted game where death seems the only certainty, Merlin will find himself tested in ways no one could have ever predicted - and may even find himself fighting for more than just his own life as he enters into an unlikely alliance with Arthur Pendragon, the Career tribute poised to win it all.
Merlin/Arthur AU, set in the Hunger Games universe.

Emrys Ascending

By: tricksterity

Illustrated by: mushroomtale, @mushroomtale-fanart

Rating: Teen And Up

Word Count: 110k+

Summary:

In the depths of the Crystal of Neahtid, Merlin sees the resurrection of Lord Voldemort, an event that will tip the balance of the world so far out that only he has the power to intervene and set it right, or stop it from ever happening. For that, he’ll have to pose as a student and attend Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
The only problem is, he’s been chosen instead of Cedric Diggory as a Triwizard Champion, and there’s a recently reborn Arthur Pendragon in Gryffindor House.

No One Mourns Like the Wicked

By: asilentherald

Rating: Teen And Up

Word Count: 150k+

Summary:

After witnessing an anti-sorcerer hate crime, Merlin leaves his family in Ealdor for King Uther Pendragon’s capital city of Camelot, looking for safety and answers about his own magic. Instead he gets roped into a musical production of Wicked, a banned play by the King’s decree back during the Great Purge, being put on by none other than Morgana Pendragon. It’s the last thing he should do if he wants to keep a low profile in a city he knows is a powder keg, ready for the Great Purge renewed, but he finds more than enough reasons–Arthur Pendragon, co-star and all-around awkward arse, at least at first, among them–to try, dare I say it, defying gravity.

Pianos are made for Falling

By: Fishwrites

Rating: Teen And Up

Word Count: 100k+

Summary:

Arthur is a world class violinist, trapped in Sydney, Australia, by his fear of flying. In the wake of a mediocre concert, vicious critics and with barely a month to go before his next (hopefully reputation-saving) recital, Arthur is almost at breaking point. When his accompanist, Morgana, breaks her wrist in a car accident, Arthur is more or less doomed. And the story begins, when the Maestro at the conservatoire, Gaius Stresemann, recommends his protege Merlin Emrys to step in. Merlin, who plays by ear, as he pleases and really just wants to be a kindergarten teacher.
Well. The story really starts six months previously when Arthur passes out drunk outside Merlin’s shoe-box apartment.

The Heart You Call Home

By: alby_mangroves

Rating: Mature

Word Count: 16k+

Summary:

Yet another autumn wanes and Merlin is tired. He wishes he could sleep through it, cover himself in leaves and hibernate until the world crumbles to dust, and he with it, the point of anything long since gone. And then, he finds a book whose author writes stories he doesn’t remember are his own.

My comments are under the cut 😊

And like the cycle of the year we begin again

Comments: This is my favorite Merthur fan fiction of all time!!! It relieved my grieving of the Merlin finale by giving me the series 6 I’ve been longing for. Merlin and Arthur are written incredibly well and in character. The banter between them flows beautifully. I love the original characters, especially Eleanor. It has both angst and fluff. It made me sob, and laugh, and smile. When the slow burn between our two main characters ends it’s such an immense relief and rush of emotion. I followed this story as each chapter was being updated and I just remember the anticipation of each chapter coming out, especially when chapters ended on cliffhangers. I can go on for ages about this, but I think I will end it here. This story is just pure beauty, honestly.

Student Prince

Comments: I love this! Not long after joining the fandom did I discover that many people had read and enjoyed this fic immensely. It is hilarious and adorable and great. Merlin and Arthur’s relationship develops in a very similar way to the canon, from disliking each other, to becoming best friends, and then falling in love. I love the modern twist on the canon. It is engaging and comedic and should be read by many.

Give the Dragon a Chilli

Comments: This story is freaking adorable and made me want a pet dragon. As both a dog person and dragon lover this fic made me weak. I love the world that was created so that it intertwines dragons, magic and the modern world. The angst written in the story is suspenseful. I fell in love with Merlin and Arthur’s pets, Aithusa and Cavall, right away. As well, on a personal note, when Freya’s character was introduced and has an incurable illness and goes to physical therapy, I felt very connected to her due to my own chronic condition and happy that I was being represented in a way. All in all, loved it. The whole thing is a pure cinnamon roll and a great read.

Shadowlord and Pirate King

Comments: Adventurous, engaging, and edgy. This story is a great blend of adventure, science fiction, and fantasy. I love the entire world that the author builds: Pirate space, the House of Shadows, and the White Legion. The artwork is stunningly beautiful and brings this story to life. This story is very engaging, full of adventure and romance, and there is never a dull moment. Love it!

A Song From Far Away

Comments: This made me cry many times over. I’ve read a variety of this author’s fics, and like this one they are often very sorrowful and intense but end on a lighthearted note. The mistreatment of Merlin is ghastly but makes it so much sweeter when Arthur comes along to help and love him. I wanted to kill Cenred throughout the entire thing for what he does to Merlin. The story is magical and very captivating, and the artwork is enchanting and wonderful (which isn’t much of a surprise since @mushroomtale-fanart did it and is incredibly talented).

Tributes

Comments: Merlin meets the Hunger Games! This was the first ever Merthur fanfic I read that hooked me into reading fan fiction. After reading and thoroughly enjoying the Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins, imagine my delight when I stumble across this. This story is great and does justice to both the Hunger Games universe and BBC Merlin. I love how the author writes the characters and keeps the readers starving for more. Each twist is stirring, and every character is interesting. It holds a special place in my heart.

Emrys Ascending

Comments: It’s a Harry Potter crossover, so obviously it’s amazing. But out of all the Harry Potter crossovers I’ve read, this one is my favorite. I love the fact that the author is able to intertwine Merlin with the Harry Potter universe so well. Merlin being a Hufflepuff, while not being canonical to what J.K Rowling said, is something I love (which may or may not be because I am a Hufflepuff as well). I also agree that Merlin has the characteristics of every Hogwarts house as said in this story. The fact that Merlin becomes a sort of mentor for Harry is really cool. This is an adventurous ride and sticks as closely to the plot of The Goblet of Fire as possible, while changing things up for Merlin. My favorite part of this fic is that Merlin and Arthur are able to reunite in such a heartwarming way, and of course the artwork.

No One Mourns Like the Wicked

Comments:  “No one mourns the wicked! Wicked! Wicked!” This story is very fun and got me loving the Wicked soundtrack, since I sadly could never get tickets. It’s comedic, magical, and has a great way tying the play in with the reality surrounding the characters. I love how it has many funny moments and yet deals with big issues. Whimsical, witty, and wicked.

Pianos are made for Falling

Comments: Poetry and love in music. I love pianist Merlin and his little budgies. I had a heart attack whenever his illness acted up though! Every time Merlin and Arthur fight I just want to tell Arthur about Merlin’s illness. The music of their duets flies off the page as you read it. It’s spectacular.

The Heart You Call Home

Comments: A heart-warming reincarnation fic with Arthur as a writer. You can feel Merlin’s longing and pain in the beginning as he’s waiting for Arthur to return. It’s quite emotional when they finally find each other. Also, the addition of Arthur’s dog Drake is adorable. This is emotional and stupendous.

anonymous asked:

I just wanted to clarify something, I'm not angry because Mashima has draw gruvia in such a romantic way, we all know they will be a canon, it's not a big surprise, and I do not really care anything about this ship. The point is the treatment that Nalu receives in comparison to other ships, I know that you say Nalu has romantic moments, but nothing compared to those of other ships of this manga. I'm only disappointed.

If Mashima drew Nalu in that way, a little more romantic, I would not be so annoyed for those of other ships. I just wanted a bit of romantic development before the end of the manga. 2/2

I get what you’re saying completely, trust me I do. Obviously though, Mashima is being rushed to complete Fairy Tail. You see it, I see it, EVERYONE who’s reading this arc sees it. We have gotten a lot of romantic hints (in my opinion) from Lucy, but it really only seems like its from Lucy this arc. Which is understandable, because Natsu is the MC in Fairy Tail and therefore the main fighter. He doesn’t have time (much to our disappointment) to stay with Lucy, and we seen a few times this arc (and in the manga) that he just tends to run off to go fight. Thats just Natsu. Natsu is impulsive, and its canon hes already called himself selfish for his actions. Compared to the other ships. Well, I think NaLu has gotten more then them. 

Je//rza BARELY gets anything. Barely any moments, barely any interactions. But whenever they’re together, they usually have a meaningful moment. But NaLu still gets much more in comparison to this ship.

Ga//jevy didn’t really get too much either, they’ve had a big moment or two every arc since Tenrou (excluding GMG/Eclipse) NaLu still has a lot more content then them.

Gr//uvia has had a few moments every arc if I remember correctly. This arc for sure solidified their ship though. Still, they didn’t have as many moments as NaLu has.

NaLu has had the most amount of moments out of any ships. Be it platonic or romantic moments. Plus, the anime filler arcs and the movies are mostly based around NaLu. The other ships deserve things, not just NaLu. 

Besides, we have six chapters left and Mashima has done nothing but surprise us with what’s happening. Whos not to say that we’ll get some NaLu romance in the next six chapters? Plus, Mashima’s already confirmed various Fairy Tail projects once the main story is done. We don’t know what they’re about. Plus, Mashima drawings on Twitter are unpredictable. We never know what hes gonna draw or when. Besides, he’s drawn a lot of NaLu on Twitter! 

HONESTLY WHO COULD FORGET ABOUT LUCY IN NATSU’S SCARF THE NALU FANDOM DIED THAT DAY.

LOOK AT THOSE HEARTS! 

THE DRAGON CRY HUG PROMO! 

LUCY WEARING NATSU’S SCARF FOR A CHAPTER COVER. WE ALL DIED WITH THIS TOO.

(Those were just a few things that NaLu has gotten that the other ships haven’t gotten.)

Would I love to see more canon romantic NaLu? Of course I would, I live for NaLu. But…  FAIRY TAIL IS NOT A ROMANCE MANGA. IT IS A FIGHTING MANGA. 

Even if you don’t see that NaLu has gotten much in comparison to the other ships, we really have gotten a lot more. It’s just spaced out into 500 chapters so it doesn’t feel like we do. 

So when another ship gets something drawn for them or a moment between them, lets be happy for them. We’re all in this together, and its almost the END. So lets go out with a (positive and supportive) bang! 

Why do depictions of God/esses, fairies and various magical/mythical beings always have them vaguely Victorian, dapper or in their more traditional garb? Do you think Persephone ever wears yoga pants and a baggy sweater? What about Fawns wearing Metallica T-shirts? IDK just a random thought that popped into my head.

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Update #10: The stickers are in!

Another merch package arrived in the mail and it is the lovely sticker sheets! I am happy with how they all turned out over all! Unfortunately, 5 of them were damaged so I am going to do a re-print of those 5. But besides that, they look great.

The photo’s do not do the stickers justice. Especially for the assorted artists sticker sheet, my camera decided to make it all a blue tint. 

tamale’s Merthur fic rec list

my fic rec list with a bunch of different ships was getting pretty long so I decided to make a separate post with just Merthur. I’ve read a lot of Merthur fics in my day and these are just my absolute favorites. If you read any of these it would be great if you left a comment, small or large, for the author since all of these writers are incredible and they do all of this for free and only get our love in return. 

The Student Prince by FayJay rated M, 145.2k

A Modern day Merlin AU set at the University of St Andrews, featuring teetotal kickboxers, secret wizards, magnificent bodyguards of various genders, irate fairies, imprisoned dragons, crumbling gothic architecture, arrogant princes, adorable engineering students, stolen gold, magical doorways, attempted assassination, drunken students, shaving foam fights, embarrassing mornings after, The Hammer Dance, duty, responsibility, friendship and true love…

This story was inspired by the thought of Prince William of Wales (and indeed the current Max von Hapsburg) studying at the University of St Andrews; it is also, as the title suggests, at least a little inspired by the operetta ‘The Student Prince’.

Grateful thanks to Lamardeuse and DarkEmeralds for Beta and cheerleading!

-a fandom classic and if you haven’t read this I don’t know what you’re doing with your life honestly unless you don’t like these types of fics then that’s cool you do you but if you haven’t read it and it sounds like something you’d like then get readin’.

In Love With My Radio by lunchee rated T+, 27.7k TW: Graphic depictions of violence in some individual works

Merlin listens to the radio, Arthur stalks Merlin, Morgana lives to create chaos in Arthur’s life, and then everyone goes to McDonalds! Also love happens.

From the kmm prompt: Arthur has an anonymous blog/lj/twitter where he posts about his life, and Merlin follows it RELIGIOUSLY. Arthur starts posting about how he’s stalking this amazingly hot guy…

-it feels like it’s been forever since I first read this and downloaded the playlist the author created for it, but it still holds such a dear place in my heart. it’s one of those hilariously charming merlin fics that captures the idiosyncrasies of the show and it’s a real fun read.

Loaded March by Footloose written in 16 parts, ratings range from G to E, total word count is a whopping 1,261,720

Captain Arthur Pendragon has put together the best team of specialists that the SAS has ever seen, but when his superiors assign Lieutenant Merlin Emrys as his communications officer, Arthur does everything to make him feel unwelcome. Arthur’s job is to protect and guide his team through dangerous missions, and he worries that he can’t do that when the newest member has a mysterious background and acts suspicious when he thinks no one is looking.

As their assignments become more dangerous, Merlin can’t help but to use his magic to keep his team – even his prat of a Captain – safe from threats they couldn’t possibly understand. But when they are sent on a undercover operation against a group of zealots intent on a magical apocalypse, Merlin needs to confront his fear of discovery and derision, and to finally trust his team with his secret.

Arthur and Merlin rely on each other for more than the sake of their mission. The entire world is at stake. When they learn – from dragons, no less – that they are prophesied to restore the balance of magic to the world, they fight on regardless of the outcome, because duty, honour and loyalty is a far stronger driving force than destiny.

-I’ll be honest and admit I never finished this series, I started it on Christmas Day in 2013 and after months of reading it I lost the name and never picked it up again, but the massive amount that I did read left a huge impression on me. the intricacies of the plot, the build-up of the romance, just everything about this work haunted me for so long because it was written so wonderfully.

World Enough and Time by alicephantomwise rated E, 18.9k. TW: violence, bondage, references to past minor character death, angst, brief mention of bloodplay

Arthur had had it all figured out. And then Merlin shot him in Beijing.

-This fucking fic yall. Incredible smut, incredible tension, just incredible incredible I’m going to scream I just remembered this fic and how amazing it is.

Not In This Land Alone by torakowalski rated T+, 36.4k

Modern AU. When Merlin Emrys gets a summer job at Buckingham Palace, he doesn’t expect to even meet King Arthur, let alone become involved in protecting him from a plot to overthrow the monarchy.

-To me, this is the classic modern royalty AU, more so than Drastically Redefining Protocol (which ya’ll should totally read too.) That’s really all I have to say now please go read it.

Pianos are made for Falling by Fishwrites rated T+, 103.7k

Arthur is a world class violinist, trapped in Sydney, Australia, by his fear of flying. In the wake of a mediocre concert, vicious critics and with barely a month to go before his next (hopefully reputation-saving) recital, Arthur is almost at breaking point. When his accompanist, Morgana, breaks her wrist in a car accident, Arthur is more or less doomed. And the story begins, when the Maestro at the conservatoire, Gaius Stresemann, recommends his protege Merlin Emrys to step in. Merlin, who plays by ear, as he pleases and really just wants to be a kindergarten teacher.

Well. The story really starts six months previously when Arthur passes out drunk outside Merlin’s shoe-box apartment.

-This is the fic that made me ask my parents for a violin for my 16th birthday. They got me the violin, and I was obsessed with the idea of one day being able to play it as well as Arthur does in this fic (which of course never happened because while I’m decent at woodwinds, I’m fucking terrible with strings.) If that doesn’t tell you how this story affected me then I don’t know what else will. I spent a couple days just ignoring everything else in my life while I was absorbed with this work and it really touched me in a way no other Merlin fic had been able to. Even if you don’t know a thing about music you’ll still be able to be touched and to fall in love with this fic.  

whispurdmusings  asked:

Heyyo I only just got into Merlin, can you recommend any classic must-read merthur fics? Thanks

Welcome, friend!

I don’t really know about “classics” (if anyone wants to pitch in btw be my guest) but I did my best:

The Student Prince (AO3) by Fayjay

145 222 words, rated M

A Modern day Merlin AU set at the University of St Andrews, featuring teetotal kickboxers, secret wizards, magnificent bodyguards of various genders, irate fairies, imprisoned dragons, crumbling gothic architecture, arrogant princes, adorable engineering students, stolen gold, magical doorways, attempted assassination, drunken students, shaving foam fights, embarrassing mornings after, The Hammer Dance, duty, responsibility, friendship and true love…

This story was inspired by the thought of Prince William of Wales (and indeed the current Max von Hapsburg) studying at the University of St Andrews; it is also, as the title suggests, at least a little inspired by the operetta ‘The Student Prince’.

Grateful thanks to Lamardeuse and DarkEmeralds for Beta and cheerleading!

Dying to Return (AO3) by Stormdancer

19 869 words, rated PG 15+

When they try to hang him, he floats.

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They put him on the pyre at dawn.

He doesn’t burn.

Post-It Note Romance (AO3) by Fuzzytomato

9 963 words, rated M

Merlin has never had a secret admirer before so he’s fairly certain this one has the wrong guy.

That’s His Name (AO3) by ZairaA

6 834 words, rated PG

In a world where Arthur and Merlin never went to Ealdor, Merlin is home visiting his mum. People soon are getting annoyed about all his talk about this Arthur chap, they don’t believe for a second that Merlin of all people could be close to the king. Until the king pays a visit.

On The Wrong Foot (AO3) by Dream_edge

11 807 words, rated PG 15+

[WIP]

Arthur is the Gryffindor son of pureblood Uther Pendragon. Emrys is a muggleborn Slytherin without a first name. Naturally, they despise each other.

I could be forgetting some so feel free to include your fandom classics to help out this keen youngster

-E

Fairy Tale Themed Book Recs

In honor of Isaac writing a fractured fairy tale novel (one of my favorite genres) I wanted to recommend some books with similar(ish) premises (for the most part these keep the heroes as heroes).

1. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas (plus several sequels)

What if Cinderella was an assassin?

2. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

I’ve only just started reading this, but so far, Beauty and the Beast, if Belle had to go with the Beast because she killed a friend of his while hunting instead of her dad picking a rose.

3. Enchanted by Alethea Kontis (plus 2 sequels)

Name a fairy tale, any fairy tale. It’s in here somewhere.

4. Kill Me Softly by Sarah Cross (plus short stories and sequel)

Sort of like Storybrooke post curse break, but not all the fairy tales have happened yet. People know from markings on their body what tale they are destined to live out, and they aren’t always happy about it.

5. Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George (plus 2 sequels)

You know what we need more of in fairy tales? Knitting. I’m dead serious about this and I will fight you if you disagree.

6. Briar Rose by Jane Yolen

You know what the story of Sleeping Beauty was missing? The Holocaust.

7. The Frog Princess by E.D. Baker (plus sequels and prequels)

Forever bitter about that fact that I will never get a proper movie adaptation of this book because Disney paid to say that The Princess and the Frog was based on this book even though literally the only thing they have in common is the girl turning into a frog after kissing the frog prince. Not that it wasn’t a good movie, it just wasn’t an adaptation of this book.

8. Atlantia by Ally Condie

Very loosely based on The Little Mermaid.

9. Impossible by Nancy Werlin (plus companion novel and sequel)

It’s based on Scarborough Fair which I had never heard of before this book. 

10. The Big Over Easy by Jasper Fforde (plus 1 sequel, with another announced)

More nursery rhymes than fairy tales, the line does blur a bit. The first book focuses on DI Jack Spratt solving the death of Humpty Dumpty, while book two looks at the death of Goldilocks. If book three ever comes out it will have something to do with the Tortoise and the Hare.

JQ’s Bonus Recs 

11.  The Sister’s Grimm Series by Michael Buckley 

I loved this series as a kid! It shares a lot of DNA with Once–fairy tale characters stuck in a town minus the memory loss. The main characters are sisters who are descendants of the Brother’s Grimm and get roped into being essentially fairy tale detectives. Tons of fun.

12. East by Edith Pattou

I always thought this was based on Beauty and the Beast but it’s actually based on a fairy tale called East of the Sun West of the Moon. Think BatB with a polar bear.

13. The Ever After Series by Shelby Bach

Like The Sister’s Grimm, this series skews a little young so maybe you want to get this for your younger relatives but I finally got around to reading the first one and it’s a fun series. Like a fairy tale Percy Jackson. In it, special kids are chosen to go to an after school program where they train to take part in a fairy tale quest one day (for example, every generation there’s a new Cinderella or Jack and the Beanstalk). It’s a really cool premise and the cover art is gorgeous. 

14. Rapunzel’s Revenge by Shannon Hale (plus 1 sequel)

Actually a graphic novel but it’s soooo good. Rapunzel set in a magical version of the wild west where she uses her hair as a lasso? Yes please. The sequel is super good too.

15. Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine

And I’m sure all of you guys have read this one but I couldn’t let this post go out without showing some love for possibly my favorite book of all time.

I also have to second FCC’s recs of Princess of the Midnight Ball and the Frog Princess series. Good stuff.

My personal opinion of various ships from Fairy Tail

If you think you’re gonna be offended or that you’ll wanna pick a fight, please don’t read… they’re just my own opinions! Pairings not listed below are ones I am neutral about.

NaLu

Jerza

GrayLu

Stin//erva

Gajevy

Gru//via

StingYu

NaLi

Jeredy

Zervis

OUAT S7 Spec—LOST parallel?

Just a random idea I had, but what if in Season 7, they can’t find Storybrooke?

At the beginning Season 5 of LOST, the Island was no longer a fixed place—because of Ben’s actions in the previous season finale, it began to skip around in time and location until Locke seemingly righted things in the fifth episode, “This Place Is Death” (which was written by Adam & Eddy). But as was explained in the next episode, the Island constantly moved location and was only traceable through a specially designed and positioned Dharma station.

So what I’m wondering is if the rest of Henry’s family is indeed in Storybrooke, but Storybrooke isn’t where we left it? Could it, too, be elsewhere in the world, and that’s part of the curse/separation? Middle-of-nowhere, Maine, could just as easily be anywhere in the northern US or Canada. (Petition for it to be on the shores of Lake Superior in Michigan.) And in their quest to find Storybrooke, they could encounter various other fairy tale/story folk that have been scattered across the Land Without Magic.

It wouldn’t be the first time this show borrowed an idea from LOST.

anonymous asked:

Do you have any fairy tale retellings that happen outside the US or England?

Oh, several. :)

Bound by Donna Jo Napoli (Cinderella in China)

Breath by Donna Jo Napoli (Pied Piper)

Cinder by Marissa Meyer (Cinderella in China-ish)

A Company of Swans by Eva Ibbotson (Swan Princess mostly in the Amazon; they’re in England sometimes but it’s most set in Brazil)

East by Edith Pattou (East of the Sun, West of the Moon)

The Firebird by Mercedes Lackey (Various Russian fairy tales)

Ice by Sarah Beth Durst (East of the Sun, West of the Moon in Canada)

The Nightingale by Kara Dalkey (titular fairy tale in Japan)

Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George (Dancing Princesses in fantasy-coded Germany)

Scarlet Moon by Debbie Viguie (Red Riding Hood in Germany-ish)

The Woman Who Loved Reindeer by Meredith Ann Pierce (East of the Sun, West of the Moon with indigenous peoples)

anonymous asked:

Hello! I'm new to witchcraft, and I've been particularly drawn to the Fae Faith. However, I just don't know where to start. Could you point me in the direction to some fae literature/blogs and such for a beginner such as myself? I want to learn about fairies, how to worship them, and how to come into contact with them if possible! And maybe some spells too :) I hope that's not too much to ask! Thank you~

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