Road of RuinsAuthor: momoArtist: whimsycatcherPairings/Characters:
Merlin/Arthur ; Gwaine/Lancelot/Leon ; other minor pairingsRating:
All of them. Violence, references to sexual abuse of children/minors/adults, suicidial thoughts (not acted on, not glorified), blood, gore (relatively mild, all things considered), racism, ableism, murder, slavery (incl. sexual slavery)Disclaimer:
Merlin and Arthur are characters of legend and thus free to play with. However, in this particular incarnation, and with this particular supporting cast, they're property of the BBC and Freemantle Media. The concept of Mad Max: Fury Road belongs to its respective writers, producers, directors, etc. I'm playing in these two sandboxes, shamelessly putting all the Merlin characters in the dystopian world of Fury Road. I'm not making any money with this story.Author's notes:
Phew. Another tiny monster for ACBB. I've been thinking about this story for at least a year, and writing it took more than half of one. Fusing characters from one franchise with the plot/setting of another is always a challenge, but given that this is my third (well, sort of fourth, if you count the fairy tale) time doing this, you'd think it'd be easier. It's not XD The cast of characters just sort of kept growing, and with them the plot had to adapt, change, and grow to accommodate all of them. I could've used fewer characters, but then where would the fun be, right? (Note how I'm able to laugh about it now that it's done and I've stopped crying and tearing my hair out...)
I have more stuff to say, including a large host of THANK YOUs in the notes on AO3, so I'll cut it short(ish) now.Artist's notes:
It was beyond fantastic to work alongside Momotastic this year! I couldn’t help but want to prematch after hearing that her concept was inspired by Mad Max: Fury Road! Coincidentally, I had just purchased the concept art book for the film, so I was already inspired by the aesthetics of the setting and characters. Combine that with my Merlin obsession, and I was revving to go! I loved getting to read drafts throughout Momo’s bountiful progress, and I enjoyed the opportunity to provide some input for how the plot developed! I loved that, despite the obvious references to the film, she wrote something very unique to suit this fandom’s beloved characters… Well, early on, there was already so much material for me to get ideas from, and it was super hard to settle on just a few scenes to draw! I initially had a list of 30+ scenes, and it took some help from Momo to really cut that down, ahh… I decided on a style more realistic than I’ve done for previous Big Bangs, so I knew that would take me more time, but I still wanted to do so much! I’m pretty happy I managed 8 illustrated scenes, along with some additional graphics (divider, poster, album) though stay tuned for a couple more scenes that I had sketched out but have to save for later! All my pieces were challenging in their own ways, but I had so much fun with the gritty textures, various palettes… and skin and scruff, galore! ;) I hope everyone enjoys looking at my art as they go through this epic fic!
And as always, many MANY thanks to the mods who keep our fandom alive by running this fest so wonderfully!
Emrys, he whose power is greater than any before him, shall return magic to its rightful place. At his side will fight a man born from pain, raised in blood, then cast away. With hair as bright as gold, and an arm like a forged weapon the likes of which haven’t been seen in centuries, the Mother will have a warrior to fight for her life’s blood. Together they shall bring peace and prosperity to Gaia once more. Story link: AO3Art link: AO3
Arthur has no doubt that he's the Warrior from the prophecy. With the help of Uther's prized wives, he ventures North to find Emrys, and to return magic to the land that his father killed.