Pairings/characters: kind of Arthur/Gwen, possible pre-slash Arthur/Merlin, Gaius, assorted knights, various sorcerers.
Word Count: ~66,6000
Warnings: Some violence, nothing worse than the show.
Summary: The Disir make an ultimatum. Arthur makes one of his own.
When Arthur demands the Old Religion, that magic should earn his acceptance, the countdown begins. He has one summer to decide whether he can accept the Disir's demands. And magic has one summer to win the favour of Camelot's King.
Author's notes: Canon AU. This story starts during Merlin 5.05 and diverges after that, so there will be spoilers for most of Merlin's five seasons. I'd recommend having watched that episode ('The Disir') but I've been told this story is still enjoyable if you haven't :) I've written in most of my favourite things so I hope you enjoy them as well! :D
Chapter One / Chapter Two / Chapter Three / Chapter Four / Chapter Five / Chapter Six / Chapter Seven / Chapter Eight / Chapter Nine / Chapter Ten / Chapter Eleven / Chapter Twelve / Chapter Thirteen / Chapter Fourteen / Chapter Fifteen / Chapter Sixteen / Chapter Seventeen / Chapter Eighteen / Chapter Nineteen / Chapter Twenty / Chapter Twenty-One / Chapter Twenty-Two / Chapter Twenty-Three / Chapter Twenty-Four / Chapter Twenty-Five / Epilogue
Story and Art now also available on AO3
This fic would never have gotten to this stage if not for the help of several wonderful people.
First of all, a great big thank you to the_muppet who has run a stellar last round of Paper Legends. Your fantastic organization and management of this PL has made participating a pleasure and a joy. Thank you so much!
A large cheer for the dear and beloved zerda_vulpes who not only put up a hand to be my artist but also spared some time to act as my beta as well (amazing! \o/). For putting up with my horrible first drafts (not spell checked and so many errors D:) and my patchy internet connections as I travelled across the UK, you deserve a medal! Without your efforts and encouragement this story would never gotten to where it is now and definitely wouldn't have been so long (probably XD). Your comments and encouragement have made this story so much better! And the art! It's absolutely fabulous! Everything I could want and more (Chicken of Destiny! Tiny combs! Flowers! :D That cover!). For the gorgeous artwork to accompany this story, you deserve a crown! :D At the very least some LOTR or Hobbit fic XD
Many thanks to pyrefly_fayth and blissbubbles for diving in at the last hour with some much appreciated editing! My dear Pyrefly jumped in even though unfamiliar with Merlin and Bliss was kind enough to squeeze me in between other editing commitments. Thank you, my dears! Without your aid, this fic would have been filled with apalling errors and missing words XD You've both been fantastically generous and dilligent! Whatever remains is my fault entirely.
And thank you to everyone for the encouragement! There were some rough points (usually after 10+ hours on the road) but your faith in me spurred me on with more determination. Thank you all! I hope you enjoy reading Redemption! Enjoy!