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The Dragon Rises
If Into the Badlands met The Once and Future King, this is the story that would be told:

Merlin has three strikes against him: he's one of the last surviving members of the grove of Ironwood, he's renowned as the dread sorcerer Emrys, and there's a large reward hanging over his head like Damocles' sword. After decades of running, there's nowhere left to go. His dream of peace -- Ironwood's dream -- seems impossible to achieve until he meets the young son of a thane whose greatest secret is a traitorous desire for more than the tyranny that runs rampant throughout the Kingdoms of Albion.

It was disaster that brought the world to this. It's war that will cleanse it of its sins. But it is prophecy that heralds the day when the guardian of the realm can wear his mantle once again, and when the King of Kings will rise to take the throne that is rightly his.
merlin  pairing:merlin/arthur  genre:apocafic  genre:totalAU  100000+  author:footloose  rating:r  genre:bonding/soulmates 
march 2019 by amoreprofoundbond
Smoke and Mirrors
Merlin's magic has been revealed, and it has all gone wrong. Arthur might hunt him, he might hate him, but Merlin can't help but protect him from afar.
merlin  pairing:merlin/arthur  5000-9999  author:footloose  written:post-s4  genre:angst  rating:pg-13  genre:gen/pre-slash 
february 2019 by amoreprofoundbond
All that's old is new again
Muggle science has evolved to the point that they may as well have discovered their own kind of magic, and it's an ongoing, losing battle for Theseus Scamander, Head Auror of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement. He's not embarrassed to admit that he's out of his depths when extinct magical creatures are being created in Muggle laboratories.
Time to call in Newt.
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author:Footloose  crossover  fandom:Fantastic.Beasts.and.Where.to.Find.Them  pairing:Original.Percival.Graves/Newt.Scamander  pairing:Harry.Potter/Draco.Malfoy  pairing:Ron/Hermione  fanfic  on.A03  series:Muggle.Magic  length:10000-15000  Downloaded 
december 2017 by willowanne
Heart on a Hook
Fledging Dark Lords as inadvertent matchmakers. Or: When Percival Graves meets Newt Scamander for the first time.
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author:Footloose  fandom:Fantastic.Beasts.and.Where.to.Find.Them  pairing:Original.Percival.Graves/Newt.Scamander  AU  fanfic  on.A03  series:Muggle.Magic  length:10000-15000  Downloaded 
december 2017 by willowanne
Evil Overlord, Inc. by Footloose, mushroomtale
Merlin is a recent graduate with a double doctorate in metaphysics and physics. Arthur is a low-level paper pusher with a desk in the sub-basement of MI5. They live in a world with ridiculous laws and restrictions against anyone who might be supernatural in any way, shape, or design.

Merlin has huge debts looming over this head, a few quid left in his bank account, and no job prospects. Arthur is pushing thirty, in a dead-end job with no chances of promotion to fieldwork agent, and is thoroughly bored with his life.

One ill-advised Craigslist advert, five pushy mates, one nosy all-knowing sister, and a hacked email account later, Merlin and Arthur take the world by storm.

(Or, more precisely, they take over the world.)
fanfic  slash  fandom:merlin  pairing:arthur/merlin  genre:au  genre:adventure  genre:futurefic  genre:crackfic  trope:worldbuilding  trope:bamfness  trope:epistolary  length:novel  rating:nc17  author:footloose  web:ao3  note:multimedia 
september 2017 by moonbeamsfanfic
Evil Overlord, Inc. by Footloose, art by mushroomtale
Merlin is a recent graduate with a double doctorate in metaphysics and physics. Arthur is a low-level paper pusher with a desk in the sub-basement of MI5. They live in a world with ridiculous laws and restrictions against anyone who might be supernatural in any way, shape, or design.

Merlin has huge debts looming over this head, a few quid left in his bank account, and no job prospects. Arthur is pushing thirty, in a dead-end job with no chances of promotion to fieldwork agent, and is thoroughly bored with his life.

One ill-advised Craigslist advert, five pushy mates, one nosy all-knowing sister, and a hacked email account later, Merlin and Arthur take the world by storm.

(Or, more precisely, they take over the world.)
ship:arthur/merlin  via:amalthia  fanfiction  fandom:merlin  rating:nc-17  slash  au  trope:spies  trope:magic  author:footloose 
august 2017 by peyton
We Are All Diamonds
As the precocious heir of a diamond magnate and a famous designer, Arthur lived his entire life sheltered, protected, nurtured and spoiled. He always knew that he would have to step out from behind the scenes and into the limelight to run the family business some day, but he never expected that it would happen so soon or that he would encounter resistance from a board of directors who believe that his disability makes him unfit to lead.

Merlin has stood on every stage in every city in the world, performing to critical acclaim, but after years of globetrotting, he's well and truly burnt out. He didn't quit -- he ran away from stardom, dropping to obscurity in the blink of an eye, forgotten, just another face in the crowd. He's aimless and without purpose until a friend asks him to fill in on a job.

Neither Arthur nor Merlin are looking for salvation. They don't think there's any for them, that things are just too rotten, too far gone. But in the end, Arthur's quiet strength will be a balm to Merlin's broken soul, and it will be in Merlin's steadfast faith that Arthur finds courage.
fic  fandom:merlin  pairing:arthur/merlin  author:Footloose  wordcount:100k+  genre:modernau  trope:disability 
may 2017 by attendtothebones
Loaded March
The reason SAS Captain Arthur Pendragon can't keep a communications specialist in Team Excalibur because none of them are good enough. And then Lieutenant Merlin Emrys gets assigned to his squad, and Arthur does everything he can to prove that Merlin isn't good enough, either. Except he is.
fic  fandom:merlin  pairing:arthur/merlin  author:Footloose  wordcount:100k+  genre:au  trope:military  note:podficavailable 
march 2017 by attendtothebones
It's a Long Long Way To Go
Mickey's lucky, he knows. He has insider information on Excalibur. And he's never luckier than in this moment, when he gets to see them like this.
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author:Footloose  pairing:Merlin.Emrys/Arthur.Pendragon  pairing:Gwaine/Percival  pairing:Leon/Morgana  pairing:Gwen/Lancelot  pairing:Balinor/Hunith  AU:modern  fanfic  on.A03  series:Loaded.March.EXTRAS  length:1000-5000  Downloaded 
february 2017 by willowanne
The Dragon Rises by Footloose & mushroomtale
If Into the Badlands met The Once and Future King, this is the story that would be told:

Merlin has three strikes against him: he's one of the last surviving members of the grove of Ironwood, he's renowned as the dread sorcerer Emrys, and there's a large reward hanging over his head like Damocles' sword. After decades of running, there's nowhere left to go. His dream of peace -- Ironwood's dream -- seems impossible to achieve until he meets the young son of a thane whose greatest secret is a traitorous desire for more than the tyranny that runs rampant throughout the Kingdoms of Albion.

It was disaster that brought the world to this. It's war that will cleanse it of its sins. But it is prophecy that heralds the day when the guardian of the realm can wear his mantle once again, and when the King of Kings will rise to take the throne that is rightly his.

BEAUTIFUL fic and fanart!
fandom:merlin  via:popular  fanfiction  ship:arthur/merlin  slash  rating:r  au  author:footloose  fanart 
october 2016 by peyton
Following the Beast
Arthur grew up surrounded by emotionless attendants, was forced to suppress his true nature, and was regularly trotted out as a special-occasion showpiece for the entertainment of pedantic mortals. As he approaches adulthood, he decides that it's time for him to break free of the leash and to take his rightful place on the throne.

There are agents of Heaven and Hell who would stop him. His own half-sister desires the power for herself. His human father refuses to allow Arthur out of his control. The Fallen sperm donor responsible for Arthur's existence wants to take his place.

Arthur's young. His power has yet to mature. All the allies he has made and the loyal men who follow him won't be enough to protect him until he can build the Kingdom he has dreamed of since he was a child.

He needs the help of the person who makes angels and demons quaver in fear at the mere mention of his name. Of the broken, down-trodden man who is now a pale shade of the terror he had been decades ago. He needs Merlin, and Arthur has every intention of making Merlin his.
merlin  pairing:merlin/arthur  genre:magic  genre:totalAU  genre:spiritual/biblical  warning:torture  warning:violence  genre:hurt/comfort  rating:nc-17  author:footloose 
october 2016 by amoreprofoundbond
[FIC] The Dragon Rises - Footloose, mushroomtale - Merlin (TV) [Archive of Our Own]
If Into the Badlands met The Once and Future King, this is the story that would be told:

Merlin has three strikes against him: he's one of the last surviving members of the grove of Ironwood, he's renowned as the dread sorcerer Emrys, and there's a large reward hanging over his head like Damocles' sword. After decades of running, there's nowhere left to go. His dream of peace -- Ironwood's dream -- seems impossible to achieve until he meets the young son of a thane whose greatest secret is a traitorous desire for more than the tyranny that runs rampant throughout the Kingdoms of Albion.

It was disaster that brought the world to this. It's war that will cleanse it of its sins. But it is prophecy that heralds the day when the guardian of the realm can wear his mantle once again, and when the King of Kings will rise to take the throne that is rightly his.
fandom:bbcmerlin  pairing:arthur/merlin  author:footloose  artist:mushroomtale  trope:au  length:100-200k  fic 
october 2016 by revolutionaryjo
✢ The Dragon Rises
"If Into the Badlands met The Once and Future King, this is the story that would be told: Merlin has three strikes against him: he's one of the last surviving members of the grove of Ironwood, he's renowned as the dread sorcerer Emrys, and there's a large reward hanging over his head like Damocles' sword. After decades of running, there's nowhere left to go. His dream of peace -- Ironwood's dream -- seems impossible to achieve until he meets the young son of a thane whose greatest secret is a traitorous desire for more than the tyranny that runs rampant throughout the Kingdoms of Albion. It was disaster that brought the world to this. It's war that will cleanse it of its sins. But it is prophecy that heralds the day when the guardian of the realm can wear his mantle once again, and when the King of Kings will rise to take the throne that is rightly his." (123,723 words) excellent story, gorgeous artwork
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september 2016 by elwarre
The Dragon Rises - Footloose, mushroomtale - Merlin (TV) [Archive of Our Own]
If Into the Badlands met The Once and Future King, this is the story that would be told:

Merlin has three strikes against him: he's one of the last surviving members of the grove of Ironwood, he's renowned as the dread sorcerer Emrys, and there's a large reward hanging over his head like Damocles' sword. After decades of running, there's nowhere left to go. His dream of peace -- Ironwood's dream -- seems impossible to achieve until he meets the young son of a thane whose greatest secret is a traitorous desire for more than the tyranny that runs rampant throughout the Kingdoms of Albion.

It was disaster that brought the world to this. It's war that will cleanse it of its sins. But it is prophecy that heralds the day when the guardian of the realm can wear his mantle once again, and when the King of Kings will rise to take the throne that is rightly his.
fic  merlin  merlin/arthur  author:footloose  author:mushroomtale  wordcount:125k  ao3  saved 
september 2016 by anascho
The Dragon Rises by Footloose (Art by mushroomtale)
If Into the Badlands met The Once and Future King, this is the story that would be told:

Merlin has three strikes against him: he's one of the last surviving members of the grove of Ironwood, he's renowned as the dread sorcerer Emrys, and there's a large reward hanging over his head like Damocles' sword. After decades of running, there's nowhere left to go. His dream of peace -- Ironwood's dream -- seems impossible to achieve until he meets the young son of a thane whose greatest secret is a traitorous desire for more than the tyranny that runs rampant throughout the Kingdoms of Albion.

It was disaster that brought the world to this. It's war that will cleanse it of its sins. But it is prophecy that heralds the day when the guardian of the realm can wear his mantle once again, and when the King of Kings will rise to take the throne that is rightly his.

123,723 words
fanfic  slash  fandom:merlin  pairing:arthur/merlin  genre:au  genre:angst  genre:adventure  trope:worldbuilding  trope:bamfness  trope:reincarnation  rating:r  web:ao3  author:footloose 
september 2016 by moonbeamsfanfic
The Dragon Rises
If Into the Badlands met The Once and Future King, this is the story that would be told:
Merlin has three strikes against him: he's one of the last surviving members of the grove of Ironwood, he's renowned as the dread sorcerer Emrys, and there's a large reward hanging over his head like Damocles' sword. After decades of running, there's nowhere left to go. His dream of peace -- Ironwood's dream -- seems impossible to achieve until he meets the young son of a thane whose greatest secret is a traitorous desire for more than the tyranny that runs rampant throughout the Kingdoms of Albion.
It was disaster that brought the world to this. It's war that will cleanse it of its sins. But it is prophecy that heralds the day when the guardian of the realm can wear his mantle once again, and when the King of Kings will rise to take the throne that is rightly his.
author:Footloose  artist:mushroomtale  fandom:Merlin(BBC)  pairing:Merlin.Emrys/Arthur.Pendragon  pairing:Leon/Morgana  pairing:Lancelot.du.Lac/Gwen  AU  fanfic  on.A03  length:100000-150000  Downloaded 
september 2016 by willowanne
Following the Beast
Arthur grew up surrounded by emotionless attendants, was forced to suppress his true nature, and was regularly trotted out as a special-occasion showpiece for the entertainment of pedantic mortals. As he approaches adulthood, he decides that it's time for him to break free of the leash and to take his rightful place on the throne.
There are agents of Heaven and Hell who would stop him. His own half-sister desires the power for herself. His human father refuses to allow Arthur out of his control. The Fallen sperm donor responsible for Arthur's existence wants to take his place.
Arthur's young. His power has yet to mature. All the allies he has made and the loyal men who follow him won't be enough to protect him until he can build the Kingdom he has dreamed of since he was a child.
He needs the help of the person who makes angels and demons quiver in fear at the mere mention of his name. Of the broken, downtrodden man who is now a pale shade of the terror, he had been decades ago. He needs Merlin, and Arthur has every intention of making Merlin his.
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author:Footloose  artist:mushroomtale  fandom:Merlin(BBC)  pairing:Merlin.Emrys/Arthur.Pendragon  AU:modern  AU:dark  dark:Arthur.Pendragon  fanfic  on.A03  length:65000-70000  Downloaded 
may 2016 by willowanne
All the Stars of Albion
The day Arthur got Merlin back from the Jedi was the day he realized that he'd break apart if he ever lost him again. It took him a very long time to understand that he wasn't the only one, but he would do anything to spare Merlin that pain. Even if it means compromising on rules and traditions.
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author:Footloose  crossover  fandom:Merlin(BBC)  pairing:Merlin/Arthur  fanfic  on.A03  series:May.the.Fourth  length:1000-5000  fandom:Star.Wars.general 
may 2016 by willowanne
Fic: Old Traditions, Werewolf Edition [derek/stiles, teen wolf au]
Stiles does not work his Omega ass off to attract frat boy Alphas. Absolutely not. He's at college to get his degree. If he's crushing on an Alpha who never crosses the lines of propriety, well, no one needs to know, right?
teenwolf  pairing:derek.hale/stiles.stilinski  author:footloose  (au)  (content:college)  (content:oblivious.failboats)  (content:fake.dating)  [rating:pants]  (words:2501-5k)  (content:alpha/beta/omega.dynamics) 
february 2016 by midnightbex
Coureurs de bois - Footloose - Teen Wolf (TV) [Archive of Our Own]
<p>All Stiles wanted to do was set out on his own, just him and Scott. But Scott met the girl of his dreams and got them both mixed up with the special brand of crazy that was the fur-trapping Argent Trading Company. The last thing Stiles expected on the journey into the wilderness was to find out that the Argents weren't crazy after all, that the wolf-spirits his mom taught him about as a child were real, or that he'd fall in love with one.</p>
author:Footloose  fandom:teenwolf 
january 2016 by llitchi

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