Prompt from Julie5 asking for a side story based on a definitely-not-interested Shepard and an interested Javik based on a conversation with Javik in my story "Delicate Subject"
So here's a new Shepard in a canon universe and a bunch of head canon Prothean lore.
Story starts at the "From Ashes" DLC retrieval of Javik and continues on through the ME3 world.
It's a romance, but not fluffy so much as pointy and bickery.
22 May 2019
Thranduil was there at the Siege of Barad-dûr during the War of the Last Alliance, the uncrowned king of his people after the fall of Oropher. He saw the ring cut from Sauron's hand, he saw the will of men fail, and he knew Elrond's lack of heart to force Isildur's hand. For all their loss and pain, Sauron lived on.
2,900 years later, a hobbit, of all things, turns up in his halls, that same ring clutched in her slim fist as she sends a captive company of dwarves whizzing away down the Forest River to wake a dragon's fury, her too-familiar eyes staring back into his before she vanishes out from under his nose.
Utterly shameless rewrite of The Hobbit and into LotR territory, because I wanted to read something that didn't exist. Slow burn as in paired-characters-don't-meet-until-probably-20-odd-chapters-in. Title updated 3/2/19.
Fandoms: The Lord of the Rings - J. R. R. Tolkien, The Hobbit - J. R. R. Tolkien, The Hobbit - All Media Types
03 Jun 2021
There is a broken king in the ashes of his homeland.
Arda has seen seven ages pass. Three long ages lasted the time of the elves, whose fading from the lands gave rise to the dominion of men. By the fourth age, no more than a few elves remained in Middle Earth, in Greenwood the Great, home to the line of Oropher and kin to Elendil King. But the lives of men are quicker than those of elves; they burn brighter than the stay of memory. And so, with the passing of the fourth age, elves turned from legend to myth, and were by all but forgotten by the realms of men – until men too dwindled and by the seventh age were no more than a shadow people across the barren lands.
There is one still, who endures. One who remembers. Thranduil, son of Oropher, once Elvenking, and now long forgotten by those who entombed him and alive long still after their deaths. For millennia, he has been chained in the caverns beneath his kingdom, unable to escape, unable to fade, unable to die.
But freedom is to come in the most unlikely of ways.
In which a traveller of worlds comes to Middle Earth, recognising it as a fiction from her home world. In which she frees one surly Elvenking. In which she (inevitably) falls in love.
AU. When Lily died, Snape removed his heart and replaced it with a steel trap. But rescuing her daughter from the Dursleys in the summer of ’92 is the first step on a long road to discovering this is less true than he’d thought. A girl!Harry story, starting in Chamber of Secrets and continuing through Deathly Hallows. Future Snape/Harriet.
They sought her out for conversation sometimes, cornering her in the garden or at the park, not that they ever had much to say. Really, Harriet thought snakes were rather dull.
Harriet Potter has always been odd. Between having a shadow that moves on its own and chatting with grass snakes, learning she's a witch really isn't the strangest thing to happen to the bespectacled girl with a lightning scar on her neck.
Harriet attends Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, where she makes new friends, encounters a prickly Potions Master, learns about the Boy Who Lived, and meets the enigmatic Defense Against the Dark Arts instructor, Professor Tom Slytherin.