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Fanfic / Ghosts (How To Train Your Dragon)

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Ghosts is a How to Train Your Dragon fanfic written by OmniscientPancake17 and is the sequel to Bound.

Life on Berk is good; Hiccup and Astrid are married, Vikings and dragons are battle-brothers, and Berk is prospering. But all is not as peaceful as it seems. Darkness gathers on the seas, and when curiosity introduces Berk to a secret war between ghosts from the Haddock family's past, Hiccup and Astrid will have to protect the Berkian way of life from its greatest threat...


This fanfic can be read on Fanfiction Dot Net here.

This fanfic provides examples of:

  • Actually, I Am Him: Inverted. When Astrid tries to exaggerate Berk's power to Drago and his men, she refers to "the Heir" as an intimidating and impressive hero that Drago should fear, careful not to allude to the fact that Hiccup was actually right next to her.
  • Adaptational Angst Upgrade: In How to Train Your Dragon 2, Hiccup is quick to forgive Valka for staying away from Berk after the shock wears off. Here he is less charitable, rightfully angry that she could have come back at any time and chose not to while he had to endure the village's contempt for him and his father's aloof parenting.
  • Aluminum Christmas Trees: The pregnancy test Gothi has Astrid take is a classic on Berk - peeing in a bag of barley seeds. If they sprout within a few days, that means she's pregnant as is the case. While there is no evidence that Vikings practiced this, this was an actual method of finding out if a woman is with child since the times of 14th century BCE Ancient Egypt and was well practiced into the Medieval Period.
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  • Babies Ever After: The fic ends with Astrid giving birth to her and Hiccup's daughter, Zephyr Stoick Haddock, and then jumps to an epilogue a few years later when they also have a son, Nuffink.
  • Battle Couple: During the final battle, Hiccup and Astrid team up to battle Drago simultaneously, Hiccup using Inferno and Astrid her usual axe.
  • Both Sides Have a Point: When Hiccup and Astrid are captured by Drago's men, Astrid points out that Hiccup does not have the experience to reason like him and he had no plan, while Hiccup points out that Astrid had no chance of ever really killing him regardless of whatever opening she thinks she had.
  • Broken Pedestal: While Hiccup was happy to learn more about Valka in canon, here she demonstrates to Hiccup that she values her dragons more than the people of Berk, to the extent that he orders her to leave them after her lack of participation causes the village to be captured by Drago's forces.
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  • Death by Adaptation: It at least appears that the Bewilderbeast in Valka's nest died before Cloudjumper abducted her, leaving her with no Alpha dragon that could challenge Drago's until Toothless took the role. Later, Drago is explicitly killed in the final battle, as opposed to just vanishing with the defeated Bewilderbeast.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: As in canon, Drago underestimates Hiccup's bond with Toothless, allowing Hiccup to help Toothless overcome the Alpha's influence; Astrid is also able to calm Stormfly, although she chooses to temporarily stun Stormfly rather than try and win her over completely.
  • For Want of a Nail: A more significant change in canon occurs when Stoick learns of the return of Drago Bludvist, as here Stoick stops Hiccup leaving Berk and basically puts him on house arrest to stop him looking for Drago.
    • Canon Hiccup and Astrid don't have kids until the Babies Ever After epilogue in How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World. Here, Astrid finds out she's pregnant before she and Hiccup even meet Drago and gives birth in the epilogue.
    • Hiccup actually gets to Drago before ever meeting his mother, getting captured by his men with Astrid.
  • I Want Grandkids: Since their marriage, almost the entire village is harping on Hiccup and Astrid to have kids to the point of openly questioning whether they're "doing it right". Stoick is the worst with this.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: During the final battle, Hiccup impales Drago with Inferno, albeit while acting on instinct as Drago charged him.
  • In Spite of a Nail: Regardless of Hiccup and Astrid's deeper relationship, Berk at the beginning of the fic is basically the same as it was at this time in canon.
    • Even with Hiccup with her, Astrid still gets captured by Drago in an attempt to spy on him.
  • Law of Inverse Fertility: Downplayed. While they want kids someday, Hiccup and Astrid would rather enjoy their time as newly weds first and take precautions. Astrid still winds up pregnant, since their contraception methods are not 100% effective and she had developed a habit of wrapping her legs around him during sex.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Like in-canon, Astrid's efforts to intimidate Drago by exaggerating Berk's might only forces Drago to prioritize invading Berk sooner than if they had left well-enough alone.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: Krogan sees Berk as nothing but a bunch of barbaric savages, calls them "animals [practicing] inbreeding" when he remarks on Astrid sharing Stoick's fiery spirit. He even humors the idea of raping Astrid first chance he gets just to spite Stoick.
  • Poor Communication Kills: Stoick has every opportunity to explain why he's so scared of Drago to the point of forbidding anyone from leaving, but he feels like it's too painful to say. Whenever Astrid asks anyone else who also knew, they all refused under the grounds of it not being their place to tell her. It is not until Stoick refuses to send any scouting parties for Berk to learn what exactly they are dealing with that Astrid finally decide to break Hiccup out of his house arrest with the other rider's help and go confront Drago themselves.
  • Slave Brand: In the second movie, Eret shows a scar marking him as Drago's subordinate as punishment for a past failure. Here, Astrid and Hiccup see him branded for bringing them to Drago.
  • Wham Episode: Astrid realizes she's pregnant in Chapter 4.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Hiccup, instead of being awed and amazed by Valka's appearance, is upset and furious at Valka for abandoning him for 20 years and expecting to just waltz back into Hiccup's life.