Fan Fic / Here Be Dragons

"Unless I was willing to take it to the extremes I could, there was nothing I could do except take it until they ran out of steam, which they thankfully seemed to be starting to. But I had to ask myself the same question I did every time this happened—how long could I keep this up? How long could I keep my power in check when it grew harder every day? How long before something made me snap?"

A Worm fanfic by Ryuugi written on the Spacebattles forums.

There are many fanfictions for the Worm fandom, some good some bad. Most run on some combination of three principles- fixing what went wrong in the canon continuity, Rule of Cool, and Revenge Fic. Due to the nature of these three categories, it is unsurprising that so many are mediocre.

Here Be Dragons is a fic that manages to do all three at the same time and yet blow every reader's mind, again and again. At its core, it is a For Want of a Nail fic with the premise that Taylor received Lung’s Scale to Threat power.

The fic opens with Taylor Hebert’s last day of school and the straw that broke the camel’s back…

If you're looking for the Star Wars/Sword of the Stars crossover series of the same name by Hiver, go here. And go over to Literature namespace for the Craig Alan novel.

Warning: Full story provides spoilers for Worm.

  • Adaptive Ability: Taylor's power becomes this after her second trigger event.
  • Alternate Universe Fic:
    • It's not particularly obvious In-Universe but Word of God confirms that Kenta never triggered into Lung, which is why Taylor is an Outside-Context Problem even before she starts testing the uses of her power.
    • Empire Eighty-Eight is described as essentially running crime in Brockton Bay for over a decade thanks to the lack of the Azn Bad Boys to counterbalance them. Assembled at full strength, they manage to put on a better show than either the Wards, local Protectorate, or New Wave against Taylor, nearly managing to kill her.
  • Bullying a Dragon: Literally, though only Taylor knew that.
  • Curbstomp Battle: Taylor vs almost everyone. Eidolon does pretty damn well before Contessa does her thing and gives Taylor a second trigger.
  • Dead Fic: Has not updated in some time.
  • Fandom Nickname:
    • Lung's power Scale to Threat, in this case Taylor's power, and later Evolution to Victory.
    • Taylor is usually referred to by fans as some variation of "Jetpack Dragon".
  • Genius Bruiser: Taylor manages to produce an enormous variety of effects from pyrokinesis early on, notably flight by using it as rockets and battlefield surveillance by sensing distortions in the fire. She later figures out how to reverse said power and effectively turn it into cyrokinesis.
  • It Only Works Once:
    • This Trope is invoked after Taylor gets her new powerup.
    • Even before then, this is largely in effect, as Taylor turns pyrokinesis into an insanely flexible power.
  • Mundane Utility: One of the powers Eidolon picks up allows him to manipulate liquids, so he mixes drinks with it.
  • Mythology Gag: The "Birdcage" trick Vista and Gallant attempt on Taylor is similar to how the C.U.I. tried to confine Lung in canon.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!:
    • Vista and Gallant's "Birdcage" trick of trying to confine Taylor. Unfortunately, the emotion Gallant blasted was despair, which reminded Taylor far too much of the locker she triggered in. Things only got worse from there.
    • Photon Mom tried to confine Taylor too. That only made her more desperate. Cue crossing the plasma threshold.
  • Oh, Crap!: Several capes have this reaction to Taylor. Tattletale has it to the arrival of Contessa.
    Lisa's power: Can’t win. Can’t run.
  • One-Winged Angel: By the end of the Eidolon fight Taylor has two heads and is Multi-Armed and Dangerous.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Eidolon. He's the only person who tries to help Taylor at all.
  • Red Herring: Legend, among others, mistakes Taylor for a burgeoning Endbringer, and see her as heralding the end of their lives as they know it. Because parahumans everywhere will automatically be suspect now that (they think) they know the origin of Behemoth, Leviathan, and the Simurgh. The thought of becoming such monsters is also demoralizing.
  • Serial Escalation: Yes.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Contessa somehow manages to be even more detestable in Here Be Dragons than she was in canon.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Eidolon, to quite a few readers' surprise.