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Coronation - rageprufrock - Merlin (BBC) [Archive of Our Own]
Arthur may one day marry, and he would like to love his queen, but he will never love another the way he does these vast expanses of forest and rivers, the way he loves the villages and farms. Arthur remembers being six and a boy and twelve and still a child, but now he is twenty-one and a man, and Camelot is his land; no man shall mar her.
fandom:Merlin  ship:merlin/arthur  canon-era  powerful!Merlin  get-together  magic-reveal  war  length:5k-10k 
november 2018 by Capnshellhead
Fic: To You I Pledge, Merlin (BBC), Merlin/Arthur, NC17/18, 01/07: beren_writes
Merlin lays his life on the line to save Arthur yet again, only this time there are witnesses, lots of them. Only Arthur prevents him going to the headman's axe straight away, but Arthur alone cannot save him. That is up to both of them.
fandom:Merlin  ship:merlin/arthur  canon-era  get-together  self-sacrificing!Merlin  magic-reveal  bond  injured!Merlin  hurt!Merlin  protective!Arthur  *all-time-faves*  powerful!Merlin  Uther-finds-out  length:20k-50k 
november 2018 by Capnshellhead
FIC: The Tournament of All Magicks (Merlin, 1/4) - Cori Lannam
Merlin was flattered to be invited to compete in a magical tournament to crown the sorcery champion of Albion. Accepting the invitation probably wasn't his brightest idea.
fandom:Merlin  ship:merlin/arthur  *all-time-faves*  magic-reveal  magic-tournament  powerful!Merlin  protective!Arthur  protective!Merlin  length:20k-50k 
november 2018 by Capnshellhead
Empires Gleam - alacrity - Merlin (TV) [Archive of Our Own]
Two years after Arthur's death, Merlin goes back to the beginning to save them all, whatever the cost.

(AKA the great, big, wish-fulfilling, post-finale, fuck-it-fix-everything rewrite you always wanted.)
fandom:merlin-bbc  pairing:merlin/arthur  time-travel  merlin:canon-au  powerful!merlin  wip  author:alacrity 
june 2018 by aerten
Paint my spirit gold - andiwould - Merlin (TV) [Archive of Our Own]
Arthur’s agreed to come to the druid camp so that he can see this Emrys the prophecy talks about and unite their lands, but Emrys won’t meet him. Instead, Arthur’s been left with this young druid called Merlin that parades around half-naked and smiles too much. At first, Arthur feels as though there’s not much more to him than just that, but later he discovers that he’s been wrong all along and that Emrys has been closer to him than he thought.
merlin  au  canonau  merlin_arthur  smut  magicreveal  powerful!merlin  immortal!merlin 
january 2018 by bekap
Deep as the Wine Dark Sea - RurouniHime - Merlin (TV) [Archive of Our Own]
"Arthur," Uther hisses, a wretched anxiety lilting the name. "Get out of the way!"

Arthur's jaw clenches. Merlin can see the stain on his tunic widening, feel it soaking through to his palms where he holds Arthur around the chest. He remembers that he's the one keeping Arthur in place and shifts his grip to let him slide down, when—

"Any…" Arthur's voice fails; he swallows, and the sound holds an ugly rasp. "Any blade that reaches Merlin…" —he sags further, fingers clamping tighter to Merlin's hips— "goes through m… me first."
fandom:merlin-bbc  pairing:merlin/arthur  hurt/comfort  hurt!arthur  powerful!merlin  arthur-finds-out  soulmates  author:RurouniHime  protective!merlin  violence  20.000-50.000 
august 2017 by aerten
Tiercel - waldorph - Merlin (TV) [Archive of Our Own]
"Did you think when you promised the Old Ways a life that the life we took was Ygraine’s?"

It has been three years, and Merlin has learned to speak on behalf of the Old Magic. He sometimes remembers things that he couldn't—things that happened long before he was born, or things that haven't happened yet.

"She died—"

"It was her time. The life we took is Arthur’s, as we said we would. Your time is over."
fandom:merlin-bbc  pairing:merlin/arthur  author:waldorph  arthur-finds-out  powerful!merlin  5.000-10.000 
march 2017 by aerten
In Time Of Trial by Shine
Uther fears his son's power, and Merlin has helped Arthur flee to escape imprisonment. Now the two of them must fight to regain Arthur's rightful place in Camelot.
fandom:merlin-bbc  pairing:merlin/arthur  author:Shine  powerful!merlin  20.000-50.000 
march 2017 by aerten
Dying to Return - StormDancer - Merlin (TV) [Archive of Our Own]
When they try to hang him, he floats.

*

They put him on the pyre at dawn.

He doesn’t burn.
merlin  merlin_arthur  gwen  lancelot  gwaine  future!fic  au  powerful!merlin  canondivergence 
november 2015 by bekap
Arcane Asylum - Chapter 1 - new_kate - Merlin BBC [Archive of Our Own]
Modern AU. For the last twenty two years Uther Pendragon has been waging war on magic. Now his son Arthur has been framed for a magical crime and sent to the prison for magic users. Arthur is instantly targeted by the inmates, but mysterious top dog Merlin takes him under his wing. They form a bond, and Merlin decides to help Arthur clear his name.
(Warnings: non-con and dub-con, though it's brief and not M/A, violence, death of minor characters )
merlin  merlin_arthur  au  modernau  *  powerful!merlin  revolution  ensemble  angst  romance 
november 2015 by bekap
Come Alive by kianspo
Arthur Pendragon, the youngest Detective Inspector in Camelot, whose job is rumoured to be cursed, stumbles over a series of crimes no one can explain. Merlin Emrys, a constantly broke student working at a shady nightclub to pay the bills, comes in as a sketch artist - one with an unusual gift. The shadow of magic, supposedly eradicated centuries ago, makes things so much more dangerous for everyone. It's hardly a good time to fall in love.
Merlin  BBC  Arthur/Merlin  Complete  60K-69K  words  NC-17  [E]  Modern  AU  Magical  AU  Magic  Reveal  Police  AU  bottom!Merlin  powerful!Merlin  Attempted  Rape  Kidnapping  Repeat  Author:  kianspo 
august 2014 by danceofflame
The Eagle and The Raven
Arthur Pendragon knows his place in life. As the noble son of a ruler, imperial knight and a soldier of the realm, he knows where he came from and can see his future laid out before him. Until, that is, he meets Merlin, a barbarian warrior from the north, who makes him question everything he thought he knew about himself.
merlin  historical!au  canon-era  canon!au  merlin/arthur  powerful!merlin  from delicious
april 2014 by vox97
Forlæte - The Surrender by Gbean
Arthur and Merlin are princes of two opposing races due to a conflict that started with their parents and plunged the planet into a brutal civil war. Arthur belongs to an ancient race of dragon shapeshifters. Merlin is the most powerful sorcerer to ever live. Arthur and Merlin are placed into an arranged bonding with hopes that it will bring peace to their nations. The bond between a shapeshifter and a sorcerer is an ancient ceremony to keep the sorcerer's magic from flaring out of control. Is Arthur strong enough to keep Merlin's magic from consuming him? Will the two men give into their feelings for one another?
Merlin  BBC  Arthur/Merlin  Complete  R  [M]  20K-29K  words  Fantasy  AU  Science-Fiction  Royal  Merlin  Soul  Mate/Soul  Bond/Telepathic  Bond/Mate  Bond/Etc.  powerful!Merlin 
november 2013 by danceofflame
A Disarming Act of Loyalty
"He knew it was an ill-omened quest as soon as he learned Merlin wouldn’t be coming along..." Arthur is severly injured in a fight with a mysterious creature, and Merlin's determination to help brings certain secrets to light and turns Arthur's world upside down.
magic_reveal  powerful!merlin  disability  merlin  canon-era  from delicious
july 2013 by vox97
To You I Pledge by Beren
Merlin lays his life on the line to save Arthur yet again, only this time there are witnesses, lots of them. Only Arthur prevents him going to the headman's axe straight away, but Arthur alone cannot save him. That is up to both of them.
fandom:merlin  merlin/arthur  hurt/comfort  hurt!merlin  powerful!merlin  arthurfindsout  slash  romance  words:25k-50k  pov:multi  rating:nc-17  complete  protective!arthur  pre-s3 
june 2013 by Thraesja
We Are Stardust
The crew of the merchant ship Avalon are a good lot if a little odd. The captain, Morgana, has weird dreams. The first mate, Arthur, is an unpleasant ex-lieutenant of the Phoenix Guard. The ship itself is falling apart. When they take on a new engineer named Merlin at Tintagel drift to help with repairs, they not only get a genius, they get much more than they bargained for.
powerful!merlin  modern!au  merlin  merlin/arthur  space!au  from delicious
may 2013 by vox97

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