Merlin masterlist


Merlin / Arthur Pendragon

Time Forward by kianspo [23k, complete]
Summary: While still at uni, Arthur Pendragon meets two people who become his best friends. He falls in love with one of them… but marries the other. This isn’t his story to tell; it’s Merlin’s. And Merlin will always remember that he met Arthur first. (Modern setting. Angst. Arthur/Gwen –> Arthur/Merlin).

Loaded March by Footloose [series, 1,261k+, complete]
Summary: 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.

Act the way you feel by bluevalentine69 [24k, complete]
Summary: Merlin’s a young, hot, wildly uninhibited artist. Arthur’s a middle-aged, handsome, millionaire businessman. He bumps into Merlin on a train and decides to go with the flow and see what happens. Orgasmic, paint-splattered, very confusing shenanigans ensue. It’s exhausting … and completely addictive.

What We Choose by mab_di [71k, complete, cousin incest, underage sex]
Summary: Modern, non-magical AU. Merlin and Arthur had always been close, made closer by early loss. But as Merlin comes out to himself and to the people who matter most to him, he finds it increasingly difficult to dodge that the way he feels about Arthur is not what it should be. Arthur is his first cousin, almost a brother, and he’s the gravitational centre of Merlin’s life. As they grow up, Merlin finds he can’t look at Arthur without it stirring something that makes him feel ashamed. When Arthur comes to spend a summer with Merlin and his mum in New York City, Merlin is forced to confront his feelings, and left baffled by Arthur’s. This story follows Merlin and Arthur from childhood, through late adolescence, and into adulthood: it follows them through a summer of sexual awakening, and leads them through harrowing loss, to finally confront what seems an impossible choice.

Graphite Rain: A Love Story in Twelve Parts by Allganne [144k+, complete]
Summary: It’s that time old tale, rewoven to fit: Merlin loves Arthur. But this is Arthur’s story. And, well… Arthur is thick. Cue six years of heartbreak, anger, loss, and most of all: love. There are people coming together and falling apart. There is awkwardness and pining and running away. And sometimes, at the end of it all, sometimes there’s a happy ending.

Crossroads by Bellobelle [5k, complete]
Summary: “Your wife,” Morgana said loudly, “And your best friend. One of them must die.” She turned back to Arthur with glee. “You get to choose which one.”

No Queen of Hearts by anonymous [incomplete]
Summary: The reason why Arthur and Gwen have been married for years but they still don’t have a child.

That’s the Spirit by CaffeinatedFlumadiddle [12k, complete]
Summary: In a time of myth and a land of magic, your soulmate’s spirit animal looks after you (even after you meet your soulmate). Arthur and Merlin are oblivious fools. We know this. That doesn’t change here.

The Pact by Cori Lannam (corilannam) [17k, complete]
Summary: The ancient Albion Pact demands that the Prince of Wales must take someone magic born as his soul-bonded consort by the time he is 30 or face death. Before he was a Detective Inspector Warlock, Merlin Emrys was young and in love and made a promise to Prince Arthur — and now Arthur is calling it in.

For Want of a Nail by 0hHeyThereBigBadWolf [234k+, complete]
Summary: Fleeing from Essetir in the bloody beginnings of the Purge, Hunith finds herself on the doorstep of old friends. That’s all it takes to untangle the skeins of destiny and weave a new tapestry.

Pendragon by Seperis, Loss, And The Finding & What Is Now Found by Shine [series, complete]
Summary: The ring is cold and heavy, and there is blood, smeared and dry, along the crest.

Privileges of Rank by Seperis [complete]
Summary: Arthur’s biggest problem to date, Merlin thinks darkly as he carries yet another load of suspiciously not-really-dirty clothing down the stairs, is an unaccountable fear of anyone, anywhere, suspecting he’s capable of being other than a complete and utter prat. 

So Are They All, All Honourable Men by seperis [18k, complete]
Summary: Considering Arthur’s future wife will be chosen less for compatibility than for her political value, Merlin may be the only marriage he’ll have that won’t end in bloodshed or a great deal of fortifying wine.

Rheged by McShame [124k+, complete]
Summary: Post S5 (AU); canon to the end of S4 & part of the way through S5. Gwen and Arthur have been married for several years, Merlin’s magic has been revealed and Arthur has now reached a kind of cold peace with it. Then a delegation arrives from a kingdom based on magic, and suddenly Destiny is starkly and ruthlessly to the fore. The question is should – can – it be avoided?

The Hands of a Hundred Winters by fourleggedfish [series, 359k+, wip]
Summary: What if Arthur gave a different answer to the Disir, but no one knew it?

Together but Sometimes Apart by pepperlandgirl4 [21k, complete]
Summary: They had been brave all day, watching with blank, neutral faces as King Arthur wed Guinevere. Merlin had known Lancelot wouldn’t do anything as unbecoming as shed tears in open court, but he didn’t have so much faith in his own ability to mask his emotions.

eleven thousand kings by orpheus_inwinter [6k, complete, major character death]
Summary: The Old Religion abides by one rule only: for every life made, there must be one given.

royal au by glim [series, 11k, wip]
Summary: It took Arthur years, but somehow he’s learned that there is the world, and then there is everything else…

The Once and Future Queen by Thursday_Next [8k, complete]
Summary: Canon AU. Gwen ascends the throne following her father’s sudden death. With the arrival of a mysterious uncle, a neighbouring queen bent on war and an old friend back from the dead, she finds it is not easy to balance the needs of her kingdom with the desires of her own heart. But throughout battle, betrothal and betrayal Lancelot remains her most steadfast adviser. Or, Series 4, with Gwen on the throne instead of Arthur.

The Gravest of Miracles by RurouniHime [12k, complete]
Summary: If there was one thing Arthur Pendragon was never without, it was a mood.

Percy at the Bat by Cori Lannam (corilannam) [743, complete]
Summary: Merlin gets gangbanged in verse.

Everybody wants to be a Cat by Clea2011 [1k, complete]
Summary: It was an accident, the first time. He hadn’t meant to do it, the spell had gone wrong and instead of making himself move with cat-like stealth (and thus stopping Arthur complaining he was scaring off all the game on hunting trips) he had managed to turn himself into an actual cat.

Let Us Dare by kianspo [29k, complete]
Summary: Uther dies instead of Ygraine when Arthur is born. Balinor helps Ygraine secure her position as regent, magic isn’t banned, and Merlin and Arthur grow up side by side. Camelot is different but not cloudless, destiny is still a troublesome thing, and Arthur is still charmingly oblivious when it comes to things that matter most in life.

That’s the Spirit by CaffeinatedFlumadiddle [12k, complete]
Summary: In a time of myth and a land of magic, your soulmate’s spirit animal looks after you (even after you meet your soulmate). Arthur and Merlin are oblivious fools. We know this. That doesn’t change here.

Discretion by Lady_Ganesh [195, complete]
Summary: Gwen knows the value of silence.

A Modern Manservant by Mamalazzer [112k+, complete]
Summary: A modern magical comedy very loosely based on Ugly Betty. Publishing king Uther Pendragon has had enough of his playboy son seducing every female assistant he has ever had so he hires Merlin, a man he is sure Arthur will never sleep with. Merlin would be more insulted by this fact if he wasn’t so busy trying to juggle his duties, save Arthur’s skin from ruthless fashionistas and keep his magic a secret at the same time. Expect appearances by oil-lathered knights, the occasional mad druid, a perverted Will and a mental caretaker who lives in the basement and keeps harping on about coins and destiny.

Immortal and Imperishable by prettysailorsoldier [154k+, complete]
Summary: When Merlin first arrives in Camelot, he is certain of the destiny that awaits him: Clearing the throne of the Pendragon dynasty to make way for the Once and Future King. Working with Nimueh and a rebel band of druids, he is sent to infiltrate Camelot, working from the inside to overthrow those that will challenge the rise of Albion. He didn’t count on becoming the manservant of the crown prince–or, worst of all, liking him–and, slowly, Merlin begins to wonder if the king he has been searching for is a lot closer than anyone believed.

Touch My Skin to Keep Me Whole by Skitz_phenom [64k, complete]
Summary: The Kingdom of Essetir has once again fallen under new rule, and Arthur travels to visit its new king, determined to make peace. Unfortunately peace is the furthest thing from this new king’s mind. Arthur and Merlin are forced to navigate his every attempt to make Arthur a scapegoat in starting a war between Camelot and Essetir. The new king is treacherous though, and he may have just found the one weakness that will force Arthur’s hand. Note: AU Post Season 4

Gamut by Nahara [13k, complete]
Summary: Arthur is a recruiter for a branch of the Special Forces and goes to give a talk at Ealdor High School. Merlin is in the audience.

The Hands of Fate by f0rcryin0utl0ud [23k, complete]
Summary: Merlin’s breath caught as he finally laid eyes on Arthur facing off against Mordred. He didn’t even give himself time to think, suddenly he was no longer on the top of the cliff, but standing between Arthur and the prophecy that had haunted Merlin’s dreams for months.

Until the Day I Die by Cookie [19k, complete]
Summary: Arthur believed Dragoon had killed his father, and so he plunged his sword deep into the sorcerer. Now Merlin was dying in his arms and Arthur was facing the future alone.

rail against your dying day by helloearthlings [9k, complete]
Summary: Arthur turned around, stomach churning at the thought of living the rest of his life without Merlin by his side. Merlin was his constant, his steady presence forever a guiding light. And now he was gone.

As a Sea Shell by bathilda bagshot (wellthengameover) [12k, complete]
Summary: When Arthur discovers Merlin’s magic, he banishes him from Camelot. But Merlin is destined to serve Arthur until the day he dies.

Bucket up, all for Luck by ImperialMint [29k, complete]
Summary: Merlin didn’t really expect it to take five Knights, two old men, a woman and a horseshoe for his plan to work, but then again the extent of his plan had been more along the lines of an adamant ‘I’m not in love with Prince Prat (except, really, I am)’ than an actual plan.

Shelter by sinestrated [39k, complete]
Summary: Eight years have passed since Merlin fled Camelot after revealing his magic, leaving behind a home and a budding relationship with Arthur. Now, with his kingdom crumbling beneath a mysterious magical attack, Arthur reaches out to sorcerers throughout the land in search of a solution–and gets one sorcerer in particular he never expected. After so much time apart, Merlin and Arthur have to learn how to fit each other all over again, and all the while sinister forces bent on the destruction of Camelot threaten everything they have ever believed in.

With This Ring by marguerite_26 [9k, complete]
Summary: After being enchanted, Uther forces Arthur and Merlin to marry.

A Night Without Stars by flowersheep [58k, complete]
Summary: A time of peace prosperity in Camelot is interrupted when Prince Consort Merlin falls suddenly ill. Discovering that it is the result of someone poisoning the ley lines, Arthur embarks on a quest into the far north in the hope of healing the damage before it’s too late. Meanwhile, other dangers loom on the horizon. War approaches and Merlin isn’t so sure Camelot will be able to withstand it.

Between the Dusk and the Dawn by ZairaA [55k, complete, underage character]
Summary: When Arthur is sixteen his father deems him ready to lead the knights on his first mission, which is to take care of a druid camp that has sprung up within the borders of Camelot. In the midst of chaos and bloodshed that leaves Arthur guilt-ridden, he manages to save one boy whom he swears to protect at any cost. Over the years Merlin becomes so much more than Arthur’s redemption, but is Arthur ready to accept their shared destiny, his own feelings for the younger boy and the chance for love Merlin is offering him?

The Map of Honor by Destina [12k, complete]
Summary: Arthur sustains a mortal wound in battle, and makes preparations to accept his fate. Merlin has other ideas.

That Time of Truth by hwc [10k, complete]
Summary: Druids start to slowly come out of hiding, living their lives peacefully in the kingdom and even sending a diplomat or two to Camelot. After a close call or two, Merlin has to have a chat with them about not revealing Merlin’s identity. While no one ever does reveal Merlin is Emrys, a lot of people start to talk about Emrys in Camelot.

A Study in Natural Philosophy by Mad_Maudlin [13k, complete]
Summary: It wasn’t all that unusual for people to hide their daemons; Merlin, however, seems to be taking it a little far.

The Crown of the Summer Court by astolat [24k, complete]
Summary: “The king sent me to get you,” Merlin said, with a tone that implied strongly that he wasn’t rolling his eyes where Arthur could see, but just wait until his back was turned. “He said you’re to get changed into formal clothes and meet him in the Great Hall, there’s a delegation coming from the Summer Court.”

Keep the Magic Secret by orphan_account [73k, complete]
Summary: Someone tells Arthur about the legends of Emrys, an all-powerful warlock whose destiny is to protect Arthur and his kingdom and help bring about an age of peace. He is told that Emrys is someone close to him, and has hidden his identity and trials over the years to protect himself and make sure he can continue on at Arthur’s side. When Arthur asks who it is, the person turns to Arthur and shrewdly asks: “Arthur, who do you want it to be?” … Arthur’s mind automatically goes to Merlin.

To The Death by clotpolesonly [7k, complete]
Summary: An unknown knight arrives at Camelot to challenge Merlin to single combat, a fight to the death. He accepts it willingly, but will he be able to survive the duel without using his magic?

Rend and Rebuild by PeaceHeather [103k+, complete]
Summary: One wrong move in the heat of battle changes everything. Merlin is a sorcerer, and Arthur has stabbed him.

Flood or Those Times in the Potato Storeroom by enjambament [6k, complete]
Summary: After Arthur accosts Merlin in the potato storage room, it’s easier for a few days. They can’t help catching each other’s eyes across the hall and pausing, trapped by their own want, but Merlin is more conscious of how close he stands when he serves Arthur at dinner, and Arthur at least stops telling him to go groom his horse like what he actually means to say is please, if you would take off all your clothes.

Clouds On The Horizon by Diana_Prallon [49k, complete]
Summary: The Golden Age has arrived. It’s been three years since King Arthur Pendragon legalised magic once again in Camelot. Side by side, magical and non-magical folk have worked to rebuilt the land that was torn in the war against magic just as the King and his sister try to heal the rift between themselves. In times of peace, Albions prospers. Prosperity, however, brings a new threat to the land, one that Camelot cannot face without the aid of its allies. Meanwhile, Arthur and Merlin have to figure out how to live with each other now that there are no more secrets between them.

Stars Above, Stones Below by Destina [46k, complete]
Summary: After the disastrous end of his betrothal to Gwen and the regret of his offer to Princess Mithian, Arthur swears off finding a wife until he’s ready to wed. When Merlin offers himself to Arthur as bedmate, Arthur suggests they hand-fast in secret for a single year of mutual pleasure without obligation. As their year together unfolds, and secrets and betrayals unravel around them, Arthur and Merlin learn there is no such thing as uncomplicated pleasure. Everything they thought they knew can change in the span of a single year.

The Night is Long, The Beads of Time Pass Slow by StarkAstarte [2k, complete]
Summary: Merlin longs for Arthur. Arthur longs for Merlin. Gwen has noticed.

Such Fractured Shadows by i_claudia [24k, complete, non-con]
Summary: Lionel is the first, approaching Merlin one late summer afternoon as the sun slants through the dust in the stables and turns the air into heavy fire.