A fanfic made by Finmonster, a fuse fanfic between Brave and How to Train Your Dragon.Political marriages are nothing new. Times are hard even in the harsh Northlands, with dragons and marauders in abundance and allies few and far between. But when Hiccup and Merida are forced together to forge an alliance between Berk and the Highlands, will the result be heartbreak or will unexpected feelings defeat an ancient evil that threatens to turn the world to ash?There are 40 chapters and it is still complete.Takes place after Heaven's Light.
This fanfiction series contains examples of:
Absurd Cutting Power: For a saber, Bemühen can cleave through a wooden training sword pretty easily.
Abusive Parents: Gobber's father was fond of stealing, killing, and raping, so it's not surprising that he wasn't a great parent.
Action Dad: Merida and Hiccup's fathers, Fergus and Stoick, are both hardened warriors and are shown to be very skilled.
Action Duo: Merida and Hiccup. Stoick and Fergus make a pretty good team when they try to fight off Mor'du as well.
Action Girl: Merida's great with a bow and arrow, Astrid carries around a waraxe, and Ruffnut is no pushover with a hatchet and knife.
Almighty Mom: Elinor prevents Fergus and Stoick from tearing each other apart, and by extension helps prevent another war from breaking out between the Highlanders and Berk Vikings.
Alpha Bitch: In the earlier chapters, Astrid is very mean and spiteful and looks down on just about everyone.
Alternate History: Merida is a descendant of Boudica, who was a real life leader in ancient Britain and fought the Romans.
Alternate Universe Fic: Ever wonder what it would be like if Brave and How to Train Your Dragon took place in the same world?
All of the Other Reindeer: Hiccup, and Fishlegs have been looked down on their whole lives for their intellectual ways, and Merida is treated poorly at first for being a Highlander. It is revealed in the past Gobber faced this for being half-Highlander, though except for a few individuals, he is largely accepted by the village.
Amazingly Embarrassing Parent: Fishlegs's mom, Ribbon Ingerman, was in the stands waving enthusiastically to her son. Much to his humiliation, especially when she makes herself "presentable" in front of Princess Merida.
An Arm and a Leg: Just like the movie, Hiccup loses a foot in the final battle. The story goes into more detail about it.
An Axe to Grind: Mor'du and Astrid prefer waraxes, and Ruffnut uses a hatchet.
Arranged Marriage: Between Hiccup and Merida. One of the driving aspects of the plot.
Bears Are Bad News: While they're not actual bears, The Vendal wear bear pelts, wield clubs tipped with bear claws, and tend to rip people apart. Their leader, Mor'du, is also known as the Demon Bear. There's enough of a theme to get the point across.
Brave Scot: The Highlanders all naturally fit this trope.
Breath Weapon: Each species of dragon has a unique breath weapon, ranging from simple fireballs to purple blasts of lightning. It's also mentioned that dragons can only use their breath attacks a certain number of times before having to rest.
Calling the Old Man Out: Fishlegs stands up to his father Fishguts for the first time after he insults Hiccup and Merida. Hiccup also makes it clear in chapter 8 that he doesn't appreciate Gobber's unsupportive attitude. Gobber does apologize for it.
Child by Rape: Gobber's mother was taken from her Highland home during a Viking raid and brought back to Berk by Gobber's father. She gave birth to the man's child and did her best to raise Gobber properly.
Clean Cut: Hiccup's saber Bemühen cuts through a wooden training sword with surprisingly little effort.
Creepy Souvenir: The Vendal tend to take the heads of those they've killed during their raids.
Drop the Hammer: Fishlegs uses a warhammer to fight a Grunckle head-on, and Snotlout carries around a mace. Hiccup also smacks Snotlout and Tuffnut with his blacksmith hammer after they've thoroughly insulted him.
Dual Wielding: Mor'du can use his claymore and war axe at the same time. Ruffnut also uses a knife and hatchet for dragon training.
Genius Bruiser: Fishlegs can stand toe-to-toe with a Gronckle and reads more than any other Viking in Berk.
Half-Breed Discrimination: Gobber is half-Highlander and suffered from a large amount of discrimination on Berk when he was young. He still suffers it from some people and he wonders if Hiccup and Merida's children will suffer from it as well.
I'm a Humanitarian: The Vendal not only love to raid and plunder, but also enjoy munching on the occasional villager.
Jock Dad, Nerd Son: Whereas Stoick is a stocky warrior who fights dragons, Hiccup is a scraggly blacksmith who usually gets by with his smarts. Similarly, Fishguts scolds his son Fishlegs for reading too much and spending his time with Hiccup and Merida.
Knife Nut: Ruffnut uses a knife along with her hatchet when in dragon training.
Large and in Charge: You can tell Mor'du is the leader of the Vendal because he's the biggest and strongest among them.
Lightning Bruiser: Mor'du can keep up with Merida, fight two people at once, and block arrows all at the same time. Night Furies are also renowned for their speed and powerful plasma breath.
Luckily My Shield Will Protect Me: Gobber describes shields as the most essential equipment for a would-be dragonslayer, and against most attacks, his advice proves true. Inverted, however, when a Gronckle's fireball blasts Merida's shield to splinters.
Named Weapons: As Hilde mentions, any weapon worth its salt has a name. The saber Bemühen is one such weapon.
After some thought, Merida names her yew bow Sealgair, which is Gaelic for "hunter." Fishlegs, not wanting to be left out, considers naming his hammer after a famous Viking jarl.
Noodle Incident: Hiccup just mentioning an unspecified incident with an invention of his called the Borer is enough to make Gobber shudder. In a later case, Fishlegs bursts into Gobber's smithy with a large chunk of dragon dung. He immediately forbids Hiccup from asking him where he got it or how he found it.
No, You Go First: Happens comically between Hiccup and Stoick. Hiccup attempts to tell his father he's no longer interested in dragon training, and Stoick tries to tell Hiccup that he's decided to let him take part in the lessons.
One-Handed Zweihänder: Mor'du prefers to wield his massive weapons in one hand, so he can use both at the same time.
Papa Wolf: Gobber, as Snotlout and Tuffnut found out in chapter 8.
Perfectly Arranged Marriage: Not at first mind you but throughout the story Hiccup and Merida grow closer and by chapter 20 they have their first kiss.
Public Execution: Astrid states that she wished that Merida had killed Hiccup in the arena. It would give the villagers an excuse to have Merida and her family killed.
Scary Teeth: Considering his teeth have been sharpened to points, it's no wonder Mor'du's chompers qualify. Toothless has a retractable pair of sharp teeth as well.
Shout-Out: There are several throughout the story.
There are multiple shoutouts to The 13th Warrior. The Vendal are based off of the Wendal, and the Viking prayer is directly from the movie. Chapter five, "Eaters of the Dead," is named after the book's original title.