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Requests and Claims

Righty-o, then! Here's the ubiquitous claims post. Feel free to offer your most cherished fantasies for Merlin's future! Where would you like the show to go? What would you like to see happen next? And what do you think might happen in the distant future, with all your favorite characters, long after the five seasons of the show are done? Anything and everything you can possibly imagine for the show's future has a definite chance of being written, drawn or vidded here. Get loose! Get freaky. Uh huh. Uh huh.

The following rules might help you better adhere to the threadbare requirements of this humble fest. Please follow these rules, and spare me the trouble of spitting fire futilely in my underground cave while you hand my special magic sword over to someone else! Even if it is Uther Pendragon. Yes, that's right. I'm looking at you, young warlocks. Have a care.

1. All requests must be made in the form of comments to this post.

2. All requests must be set in the future. (After the end of Season One.)

3. No request may deviate in any way from known canonical facts.

4. Anyone can make a request; only a member may claim it.

5. Requests must be claimed by replying to the comments in which the requests were made.

6. You may make or claim as many requests as you like.

7. Any number of people may claim a request, so long as they each do something unique with it.

8. Your requests may be as long or as short as you like. Simple prompts are okay, too.

9. Yes, you can claim your own prompt. Just make sure to leave a comment saying that you are.

10. If there is a particular pairing or situation that you definitely do not want to see, say so.

Go ahead and make your requests, everyone! Make as many as you'd like; claim as many as you'd like. You have to be a member to claim a request, though. Keep that in mind.

Once you've claimed a prompt, go here to read the submission rules. Do not post to this community if you a) haven't read the submission rules, or b) aren't sure that you'll be able to obey them. But if you are ready to play by the rules, then you're more than welcome to join our happy little fest! Claim a prompt and get going! The deadline is the 1st of September 2009, so there's plenty of time for you to churn out an entry or two.

Contact me if you have any questions. My email address is saucery AT yahoo DOT com. I'm also leaving a few requests below, just to show the rest of you how it's done. (Ha. Well, the real motive is to get someone to claim my prompts. Hee!)


Mar. 1st, 2009 11:36 am (UTC)
I am a requesting MACHINE.

Hopefully Merlin/Arthur, probably 2-5 years in the future, but I'm not terribly picky about the timeframe.

Uther gives Arthur an ultimatum: choose a bride in (set amount of time; you decide how long or short it is) or he will do it for him. Maybe Arthur knows who Uther has in mind and can't stand her, or maybe he just doesn't like the idea of being married off to a stranger for political gain; in any case, he frets about who he is to marry and hurries to try and find a bride on his own. Somehow he finds out about Merlin's magic, and begs him (probably he orders him first, and then gets around to begging after asking and being refused a few times) to solve the problem for him. Whoever has the idea is up to you, but Merlin turns himself into a woman to be Arthur's bride.

From there, details can go several ways — Arthur can intend to have his bride "run off" and make the excuse that Merlin has just gone to Ealdor in the meantime, or he can be hazier on his plans for the future. Maybe he intends for it to just go on until his father is dead, or— forever?

Merlin can become full female or just appear female and still have all the right bits down below. If he's fully female, I'd love to see the following:

-an awkward physical examination with an unwitting Gaius
-Merlin making a mess of his first period and having no idea what to do
-Merlin simultaneously upset with and fascinated by his own body (and maybe exploring it when alone)
-Merlin pressuring Arthur into sleeping with him "to see what it feels like like this"
-pregnancy scares (or pregnancy; I just want the subject that he can get pregnant and can't easily prevent it if he's having sex to come up)

If he's not fully female, then I'd rather see:

-an awkward moment with a knight or servant catching him with an erection or something like that — something where they can't see for sure, but they know something isn't quite what they thought
-Merlin trying to make small talk with other ladies or female servants, and then having it turn into a more intimate discussion where he has to make things up about how hard it is to be a woman (possibly with him saying something ridiculous in relation to his period, like, "Oh, yes, I hate it when my, er, breasts start to itch. During that.")
-Arthur initially refusing to sleep in the same bed as Merlin, until Merlin points out that it could very well blow their cover or until their cover really is nearly blown
-a slow coming together, after they've been together a while, with Arthur initiating it

Things I would not like to see in any case:

-Merlin actually staying a girl forever (he can be a girl for almost all of the fic, but by the end he should be male again); he can, however, think he might stay a girl forever
-Arthur knowing about Merlin's magic before the fic begins
-Arthur and Merlin being together before their wedding
-Morgana/Gwen. Sorry, it's not that I don't like it, but for this I'd rather see one of them with Lancelot, or with... I don't know, someone else. I certainly want them to be happy and loved, but not together.
-a marriage between Gwen and Arthur, or Arthur and anyone not Merlin, for any reason. (Not that I don't think they're adorable together, buuut...)

WHOO. Sorry that's so long! Um, basically it boils down to Merlin disguising himself as a woman so that Arthur doesn't have to marry someone Uther picks. And Merlin/Arthur. :D


Hunith/Lancelot. Yeah, for real. Merlin goes to visit his mother, and he finds that after Lancelot left Camelot, he wandered for a while, and then finally came to Ealdor, where he met Hunith. They both knew Merlin and so they had something in common, and after talking a while she invited him to stay, and "one thing led to another..." Merlin is dumbfounded and a little bothered. If you can include Merlin/Arthur, it'd be all the better, but that's definitely not required.
Mar. 1st, 2009 01:02 pm (UTC)
I will take your PROMPT OF DOOM (1)
...and try my best to do it justice.
Mar. 2nd, 2009 04:38 am (UTC)
Re: I will take your PROMPT OF DOOM (1)
Thank you, thank you, thank you!

The Future Fest

Celebrate the omnipotence of fen! Join the Future Fest and help shape the destinies of your favorite Arthurian characters. Inspired by the new television series, Merlin, the Future Fest endeavors to stay true to canon while still exploiting its limitless possibilities.

Rules can be found here.
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