Summary by author: For a brief amount of time, the hermit remembered, and he felt he had to do something... and perhaps he did. But then he forgot, and just returned to his questions.
Thanks to the meddling of a powerful hermit, the Dragonborn of Skyrim, a Nord by the name of Colin, is transported to an entirely different world: Alagaesia. Far from being dismayed by this turn of events, he's ecstatic at the idea of a whole new world to explore. Early on, he meets up with Eragon and Arya, quickly getting involved with the Varden and their struggle against the Empire. Now it remains to be seen how the Dragonborn will change history.
Examples of Tropes in this fanfic:
- Action Girl: Arya is this and since this fic gives her more coverage, she gets to show off her skills a bit more than in canon.
- Asskicking Equals Authority: Dragons in both worlds believe in this, even Saphira. In fact, upon meeting Colin, she challenges him to a fight of dominance, which he wins. Odahviing considered himself the Dragonborn's right wing man and apparently took offense at Durnehviir being called on by Colin. He promptly challenged the undead dragon to a duel to see who got the right to be second in command. Odahviing won, so now he won't accept Colin calling upon any other dragon but him for aid.
- Barbarian Hero: Nords are a race of people who would turn the Vikings green with envy, and Colin just so happens to be one of them.
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: Between Arya and Colin, in spades. Odds are they'll be a couple by story's end.
- Berserk Button:
- Colin does not like it when someone tries to probe his mind, as Eragon learns pretty quickly. When Nasuada says that she wants to subject him to a mental scouring in order to determine his loyalties, he gives her a scathing tongue-lashing.
- Colin doesn't like it when people try to force their authority on him. When Nasuada tries this, Colin essentially tells her to screw off.
- Beware the Silly Ones: Colin is not the most serious of people and constantly cracks jokes and quips, but if you should find yourself as his enemy, then may whatever god you worship have mercy on you. He is the Dragonborn after all.
- Bratty Half-Pint: Elva tries to be this, but she never quite manages.
- Bullet Time: During his brawl with Saphira, Colin unleashes the Slow Time shout, causing everything to move at a snail's pace. All who are present to watch are astounded to see such power utilized, even Arya.
- Calling Your Attacks: Both the Thu'um and magic in the Inheritance universe require a Magical Incantation.
- Deliberate Values Dissonance:
- It goes without saying that those of Alagaesia and Skyrim have very different worldviews, particularly when it comes to dragons. In Colin's world, dragons are not friendly. They are cruel, destructive and want nothing more than to dominate those they deem lesser (IE, everyone not a dragon); even those who are not overtly hostile still feel the urge to conquer and destroy. As such the Dragonborn, who can kill them permanently is regarded as a near-godlike figure. In the Inheritance world, dragons are considered almost holy and so Colin's nature is initially regarded as abominable, particularly to Arya.
- Colin finds the idea of bowing to those that are supposedly of greater authority than him more than a little irritating. In Skyrim, nobody has such a servile attitude, especially Nords. In fact, Colin would likely find such a demand even more aggravating than a regular Nord, since he's got the soul of a dragon in him. Dragons. Don't. Bow.
- Hunting the Most Dangerous Game: In order to call up Hircine, Colin has to kill a giant wolf.
- Jerkass Gods: Played with in regards to the Daedric Prince Nocturnal. Sure, she may be demanding and more often than not condescending towards those she speaks to, but she still holds a somewhat soft spot for Colin, who in turn is quite devoted to her.
- Loveable Rogue: Colin loves to identify himself as this. He may not be anything close to shouting distance of a paragon of virtue, but he's still loyal to his friends and is all around a cheerful and easygoing guy. He also remarks that a rouge is like a warrior, but with a brain.
- Mortality Ensues: This is the effect of the Dragonrend shout. It forces the target to acknowledge the concept of mortality and dragons, being immortal, cannot comprehend having a finite existence, causing them to be stricken for a time. The effect also applies to other ageless beings like vampires and daedra.
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- Our Dragons Are Different: The dragons from both realms have their own unique characteristics.
- Religion Is Wrong: The Elves of this world don't believe gods exist, including Arya, causing her to be highly skeptical of Colin's claims that he's actually met a few in person. She starts believing pretty quickly once she meets Hircine, Sheogorath and Nocturnal.
- There Is a God!: Thanks to Colin, Arya is shown that there are in fact godlike beings that exist. She might have been more in awe if the ones she had met weren't Daedric Princes.