Aug. 30th, 2011

Title: Men for All Seasons
Fandom: Merlin BBC
Summary: Reincarnation story set in 1940. In Albion's hour of need Arthur is brought back from his rest in Avalon. He learns that the world is at war, and that the enemies have dark magic at their disposal. With the help of the mysterious Vril society the invaders are about to gain air superiority and become unstoppable. Only Merlin could fight the new magical threat, but Merlin has been missing for a long time...
Written for [ profile] paperlegends Merlin Big Bang 2011.
Pairings: A/M, implied past A/Gwen.
Word count: 56K
Rating: R
Warnings: Violence, war, torture, disturbing historical references, implied character deaths in the past, mental disorder. Also flying saucers.

(I feel like I should explain about the flying saucers so here's a link though it will probably only increase the level of WTF: )

Notes: many, many thanks to my heroic beta [ profile] ghost_guessed, who wouldn't give up on me despite my constant flailing and was a delight to work with, as always. Also to [ profile] lolafeist, [ profile] ella_bane, [ profile] scribblemoose and [ profile] gilli_ann for their support and invaluable advice and for holding my hand through all of this, and to [ profile] louiselux, [ profile] puddingcat, [ profile] daegaer and [ profile] toscas_kiss who read this in Tallin hotel room in between sharing beer, game and adventures with me.

Huge thanks to [ profile] the_muppet, for being a wonderfully supportive mod and for hooking me up with the inimitable [ profile] amphigoury.

[ profile] amphigoury agreed to pinch-hit the art at the last minute, read 50K of terrifyingly rough draft in one go and magically conjured three magnificent pieces and also the gifs embedded throughout the story. I don't know how, okay. It's a miracle. Thank you! It's been such a privilege to work with you and to get to know you.

Art masterpost:

AOO link:
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Arthur felt solid ground beneath his back and opened his eyes )




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