Wyvern is a Worm fanfic by Ack. Other works by the same author include Another Way, Hope Comes to Brockton Bay and Security!.
This fic explores an alternate world where Taylor manifests the power to turn into a dragon (or rather, a wyvern) and ends up joining New Wave rather than the Wards or the Undersiders.
This fanfiction contains examples of:
- Atomic F-Bomb: Taylor serves one up to Armsmaster.
- Blessed with Suck: Taylor, even more than usual for a Worm Fan Fic. She has a very powerful Changer ability, but it's stress-based and not fully under her control. So not only does she end up transforming when she doesn't want to (several times), but she has to deliberately recall the pain and humiliation of her bullying in order to change on purpose. Oh, and better yet, she can't yet turn human again on command, requiring her to be completely calm and relaxed- something she's really not used to feeling.
- Taylor notes that wyverns can't giggle, they can only snicker. And That's Terrible.
- Since Taylor's transformation involves changing size and shape, she tends to shred everything she's wearing. She goes through three pairs of clothes the first day.
- Breath Weapon: Taylor has manifested at least three: An explosive fireball she first used to blow the door off her locker, a narrow and extremely hot cutting torch that she first uses to melt Armsmaster's halberd, and a broader cone of flames she uses to roast Inago's bug swarms.
- Bullying a Dragon: Armsmaster keeps doing this to Taylor, mainly by pressuring her to join the Wards. He does mean well, he just fails epicly at reading the situation (and then justifiably freaking out when faced with a dragon).
- For Want of a Nail: Because Kenta got the QA Shard instead of the Escalation shard, Lung never existed, and his claim to fame (fighting solo against Leviathan in Kyushu) never happened.
- Jerkass Has a Point: Armsmaster initially plays hardball with Taylor when he finds out that she was the one who blew up her locker. While yes, it wasn't the best thing to do, his internal logic was sound: present the facts of the case, tell her exactly how much damage she could have done, how many could have been hurt or killed, and how dangerous what she did was. This would have lead up to a recruitment pitch for the Wards, where they could train her to use her power safely. Unfortunately, his explanation just made her transform, and he was unaware that said explosion was her Trigger Event. Were the previous two points not the case, it might have been an effective speech.
- Likewise, threatening her with his halberd was probably not the smartest move, but in his defense, he was moving on instinct when suddenly confronted with a fire breathing dragon.
- He is not great at explaining things to people, but his intentions of getting Taylor in for testing at least make sense- Taylor has New Powers as the Plot Demands, some of which have been shown to be incredibly destructive. Her first day, with no training, had her blow up her locker from the inside and melt his halberd to slag, and that's before they learn that she gets bigger as a result of fights, can talk while huge, and much more. Taylor doesn't even know what the full extent of her powers are, which could be potentially dangerous for any civilians if she tries out a new type of fireball and roasts a crowd. And while he is glad that she's on a team that can help guide her into being a hero, the testing facilities of New Wave consist of "Whatever Vicky can throw together in her backyard," while the Protectorate has far vaster resources that could help her out.
- Insistent Terminology: As everyone keeps pointing out, Taylor's alternate form is a wyvern, not a dragon.
- Instant Awesome: Just Add Dragons!: The plot is that Taylor and Lung got each other's powers, meaning the story follows a Taylor who turns into a dragon. Vicky thinks it's the coolest thing ever.
- In a non-canon omake, Lung attempts to recruit Wyvern because she, like him, can turn into a dragon, and that it is awesome. Though that turned out to be a fanfiction written by Vista.
- Magic Pants: Clothing is not normally designed to survive shapeshifting to a totally different body type. New Wave introduces Taylor to Parian in the hopes that she can design an outfit that will, so Taylor doesn't end up naked when changing from human to wyvern and back to human. Otherwise, this trope is totally averted- she loses three sets of clothes on her first day alone.
- After she beats the crap out of Inago, she ends up so large that she outgrows the costume.
- Mythology Gag: As the story goes on, it's shown that Taylor is the one who got Lung's canon "Turn into a dragon," power, while Lung was the one who got Taylor's canon bug control power.
- Lung (in this universe called Inago) nearly kills Vicky the same way that canon Taylor killed Alexandria.
- Naked First Impression: Amy barges into Vicky's room, since they're sisters and they do that to each other all the time. Vicky is in said room with Taylor, experimenting with her transformation. Taylor is naked, since a) said transformation inevitably destroys clothing and b) the stress of being naked with someone she just met might help with the transformation. Thus, Amy's first meeting with Taylor involves Taylor's naked butt in the middle of her sister's room. Hilarity Ensues.
- New Powers as the Plot Demands: Since Taylor's power is that of canon Lung, she is capable of "ramping up," becoming more powerful the longer a fight goes on. This is initially only shown in the aftermath of the Boat Graveyard battle, when she's noticeably larger than when she started the fight. Like Lung, this also comes with gaining new powers the longer she's fighting.
- Our Dragons Are Different: Taylor's alternate form has scales, clawed hind legs, sharp teeth, and winged forearms (which means she's technically a wyvern). She also breathes fire.
- Required Secondary Powers: Interestingly, since Taylor doesn't get flight powers like most of New Wave does (which fall into the Superman-style of flight, AKA just willing yourself through the air, supported by no visible means), she's more aware of how the air flows over her wings, and is thus more maneuverable in the air.
- Taylor, when in dragon mode, is much more resistant to fire- helping prevent her from getting hurt from her own flames, but other heat sources don't bother her as much when in Wyvern mode. Case in point, she finally relaxes enough to change back to Taylor under a hot shower... then shrieks in pain as she gets burned by how hot the water was.
- Stop Helping Me!: Taylor finally asks Vicky to not use the "Fear" aura on her, since that triggers the transformation (and thus destroys whatever Taylor is wearing at the time). Vicky finds this hilarious.
- The Unintelligible: Taylor can't speak English when in Wyvern form.
- Unless she's really large. Which has its own problems.