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Royal Portrait of High King Hiccup of the United Norse Kingdom and Queen Elsa I of the Kingdom of Arendelle note 

Of State, by Red Star, is a Crossover War Fic between How to Train Your Dragon and Frozen .

In their time, political marriages are a fact of life. Elsa's heart is thawed and expanding; Hiccup's is broken and receding. Theirs is a shared life of dragons, talking snowmen, parchment, ink, flames, ice, steel, and blood. Through all this, love may yet be found.

Taking place after the events of How to Train Your Dragon 2 and Frozen, the fanfic deals with the aftermath of Drago's attack on Berk. This was followed by Drago's army launching an entire invasion of the Barbaric Archipelago, eventually causing the Viking tribes there to unite into a kingdom with Hiccup as their king. The new United Norse Kingdom eventually manages to drive the Northern Alliance out of the Archipelago and goes on the offensive.


Meanwhile, Arendelle has received some startling news: the Vikings have returned. Fearful for Anna's safety, Elsa tries to prepare for war with an enemy that hasn't been seen for hundreds of years.

Of State provides examples of:

  • Adult Fear: Elsa’s fear is that the Vikings may invade Arendelle and kill Anna.
  • All There in the Manual: The author has created a forum on where he either defines the terminology used in the story or talks about the world that the story takes place in. His work on Deviantart also has additional notes adding to the lore.
  • The Alliance: The United Norse Kingdom, which consists of every Viking tribe from the Barbaric Archipelago and Mathantir. The tribes were united against the threat of the Northern Alliance.
  • Alternate History: In order to explain things like Arendelle existing around the same time as Vikings, the author made the setting into an alternate Europe called Europa.
    • One difference has the Vikings be descendants of the Scottish clans from Brave, which explains their Scottish accents. Furthermore, the Vikings never actually died out. Rather, they fled to the Barbaric Archipelago.
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    • The Huns are still around, despite being from ancient Asia.
    • Gunpowder was never discovered, explaining the lack of firearms.
    • The Abrahamic religions (i.e. Christianity, Judaism, Islam) do not exist in this setting.
    • Also, presumably due to the absence of Burn the Witch! religions like Christianity, magic isn't as widely vilified as it was in our world.
  • Arranged Marriage: Though it has not happened yet (Hiccup and Elsa haven't even heard of each other at this point), the reader knows that eventually Hiccup and Elsa will be married for political reasons.
  • Asshole Victim: Dalibor Bludvist, Drago's son, who imprisoned a slave girl in his room and used her as a Sex Slave. No one sheds any tears when he dies.
  • Awesome, but Impractical: Hiccup’s inventions tend to fall under this.
    • His fountain pen is mentioned to suffer from ink leaks and is unwieldy fragile due to Hiccup’s use of glass as a container for the ink.
    • The Siegebreakers (cannons) are powerful and can be used for sieges when dragons are unavailable. Despite this, they are difficult to move and expensive to produce. It’s mentioned that the amount of Gronkle Iron used to make just six of them is equivalent to that of several hundred axes, swords, and shields. Several characters even point out that using dragons would be far more practical and less time-consuming.
  • Body Horror: The burnt corpses found on the remains of Northern Alliance ships in Chapter 3.
  • Canon Immigrant: Bertha, Camicazi, and the Bog Burglar tribe from the book series are part of Hiccup's new Viking kingdom.
  • Continuity Nod: There are a lot of these throughout the fanfic.
    • One of the United Norse Kingdom's colonies is on an island called "Itchy Armpit".
    • There are also several references to the Riders of Berk and Race to the Edge TV series.
      • Hiccup occasionally reminisces about the Dragon Riders' adventures at Dragon's Edge.
      • Heather is introduced as part of the Berserker Tribe and Dagur is mentioned to be one of Hiccup's generals.
      • Viggo Grimborn is revealed to be one of the Northern Alliance's leaders.
      • Alvin the Stubborn is also one of Hiccup's generals and uses Thornado (Stoick's former dragon) as his steed.
  • Darker and Edgier: This story is much darker than either of the canon source material. Characters are shown to frequently swear, deaths are common and described in great detail, Hiccup is shown going through the five stages of grief, and the entire premise of the story is centered around war.
  • Dead Person Conversation: In Chapter 5, Hiccup has a dream where he’s talking with his deceased father, Stoick.
  • Death by Adaptation: Astrid dies in the first chapter.
    • In canon, Drago’s fate was always left ambiguous. Here, Drago is confirmed to have been knocked unconscious and drowned when his Bewilderbeast fled underwater. His body eventually washed up on one of Berk's shores.
    • The events of Brave are revealed to have played out very differently here than in the film. According to Moira, after being transformed into a bear, Queen Elinor was killed by her husband when he found her in the Queen's bedroom.
  • Deliberate Values Dissonance: The Vikings have a Pay Evil unto Evil system for dealing with feuds. During their invasion of Radvo, Snotlout has part of the city burned down, raids numerous homes, and take the city's leaders hostage. Snotlout admits that it's simply part of their tradition.
    • Also, Elsa is shown to have no problem with Uttland's Kill 'Em All attitude towards dragons. Given that dragons are still seen as Always Chaotic Evil by most of Europa, this is justified.
  • Desecrating the Dead: After Drago's corpse washes up on Berk's shores, the Vikings didn't hesitate to desecrate it.
  • Downer Beginning: Astrid's death and funeral both happen during the first chapter.
  • Dramatic Irony: Elsa is confused by the Vikings’ anger towards Drago, believing that there was nothing he could’ve done that would provoke such a violent response.
    • Also, during their meeting to discuss a war with the Vikings, Arendelle's military leaders explain to Elsa that the cities located on the coast are located on high ground, giving them an advantage on terrain. (The "Dramatic Irony" part is that the Vikings have dragons, which can fly, rendering any geographical advantages pointless.
  • The Dreaded: For centuries, Vikings were this to Europa due to their brutal raids. Even the possibility of a Viking invasion is enough to send Elsa and most of Arendelle's ruling council into a panic.
  • Fantasy Counterpart Culture:
    • Arendelle is described as a mix of Norway and Sweden.
    • Mathantir is located in modern-day Scotland.
    • Avalon, with its capital of Camelot, is obviously England.
    • Corona mentioned to be in German-Austria.
    • Uttland appears to be based off of Eastern Europe.
  • Enemy Mine: The main reason that the Vikings were able to unite was because the Northern Alliance acted as a common enemy for all the tribes. This is also how the Viking tribes of Mathantir are convinced to pledge their loyalty to Hiccup.
  • Foregone Conclusion: The audience knows that eventually Hiccup and Elsa will become part of an Arranged Marriage. It's both All There in the Manual and the summary outright confirms it.
  • The Ghost: Viggo Grimborn is one of the warlords ruling over what remains of the Northern Alliance. He's the general Hiccup is most devoted to defeating and was the main antagonist for the Race to the Edge TV series. Despite this, he has yet to make a proper appearance in the story.
  • Good Vs Good: This is what the war is in the big picture. The Northern Alliance originated from Uttland, which is a province of Arendelle. Later, played straight following Snotlout's occupation of Radvo.
  • Happy Ending Override: For both movies.
    • Despite defeating Drago, becoming chief of Berk, and having Toothless become the new alpha of the dragons, the Vikings still faced war against the remnants of Drago’s army.
    • Also, even though Elsa’s reconciled with Anna and no longer has to fear her powers, she now has to deal with the threat of war.
  • A Hero to His Hometown: To the people of Radvo, Drago is basically a Folk Hero and his family gets treated like royalty. Even after being told of Drago's crimes, the citizens of Radvo refuse to believe them and insist that Drago was a liberator.
  • Hordes from the East: Elsa believes the Vikings to be this trope. Ironically averted by the Huns, who, despite usually being the poster child for this trope, are part of the Northern Alliance's army stationed in Mathantir.
  • Let's You and Him Fight: It’s clear that there is eventually going to be a confrontation Elsa and Hiccup's respective kingdoms.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: Aside from the main characters of both movies, we also have characters from the Riders of Berk and Race to the Edge, such as Heather and Alvin. Then there are the characters from the original HTTYD book series, like Camicazi. And after that, there's still all the OCs with a supporting role.
  • Mythology Gag: There are several references to the original HTTYD book series by Cressida Cowell.
    • Snotlout being Hiccup’s cousin.
    • Camicazi and Bertha the Big Boobied.
    • Several of the tribes that joined the UNK include the Meatheads, the Lava Louts, and the Bog Burglars.
  • Named by the Adaptation: Drago’s army is referred to as the Northern Alliance.
  • No Woman's Land: The port city of Radvo. All the important positions are held by men, women are more or less treated as cattle, and no one bats an eye at crimes like rape.
  • Obligatory War-Crime Scene: Hiccup has two scenes where he brutally executes a POW as an example for the other prisoners.
  • Protagonist-Centered Morality: See Deliberate Values Dissonance above. Despite warring against the Northern Alliance for their Rape, Pillage, and Burn of the Barbaric Archipelago, the United Norse Kingdom's army engages in similar behavior when they attack the city of Radvo.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • During the climax of Frozen, a lot of the Fridge Logic behind Han's plan to take over Arendelle get addressed by General Fleischer.
      • Fleischer refused to allow Elsa's execution, as she was still technically the sovereign ruler of Arendelle and any execution would need a trial beforehand.
      • He also dismissed Hans' claim of marrying Anna, pointing out that any marriage is legally invalid without witnesses.
      • It's revealed that Arendelle, being based off a 19th-century European country, has a parliament that runs the kingdom’s day-to-day affairs. One that would not take kindly to some foreign prince trying to seize power.
    • At the end of How To Train Your Dragon 2, Drago was last seen fleeing underwater on his Bewilderbeast. In the story proper, it turns out that Drago drowned due to being unable to swim with only a single arm.
    • Even though Hiccup and Toothless defeated Drago, his army didn't just collapse or surrender.
    • When Arendelle's ruling council discusses making preparations for war, Easy Logistics gets completely averted.
      • It's mentioned that a military draft will likely take place, due to the army being undermanned.
      • It’s also mentioned that mobilizing an army is extremely taxing on resources.
      • The council notes that with a lack of proper intel on their enemy, the best thing they can do is to fortify their defenses and wait.
      • Although Arendelle is more advanced than the Vikings, they are still at a disadvantage due to their soldiers possessing little-to-no experience on the battlefield and their navy being made up of small boats.
    • After killing Dalibor Bludvist, Snotlout tells Dalibor's servant girl that she's free. However, the servant girl explains that with her employer dead and his mansion burned down, she is now unemployed and without shelter.
    • After conquering the city of Radvo, Snotlout proceeds to make his demands in front of a large crowd. These demands include a large sum of money. However, that particular demand is met with confusion. It turns out the Vikings, having spent centuries isolated from most of the world, have a completely different system of currency.
    • During a meeting with Orth, Kristoff notes that they have to be careful not to go overboard with using Elsa's magic to produce ice. Having a surplus of any product will result the product losing its value on the market.
    • Even though the United Norse Kingdom forced the Northern Alliance out of Mathantir, Alvin mentions that the Vikings on Mathantir still distrusts the UNK. From their point of view, the UNK seems to have only replaced the Northern Alliance as the invaders. It also doesn't help that the UNK uses an army of dragons (a.k.a. the creatures they spent generations warring against).
    • Having spent generations isolated from the rest of the world, the Vikings have trouble communicating due to the language barrier. Even with Eret acting as translator, he himself points out that he isn't a fluent speaker of every single language.
    • During the UNK's campaign in Mathantir, Camicazi discovers the location of Viggo's war camp and attacks. However, since Camicazi has never met Viggo, she has no idea what he looks like and Viggo is able to easily escape amidst the chaos of the battle.
  • Rousing Speech: Hiccup gives one to the Mathantiran Vikings in Chapter 7.
  • Shared Universe: Berk, Arendelle, Corona, and Dunbroch all exist in the same setting. In addition, Kristoff also mentions Agrabah.
  • Slavery Is a Special Kind of Evil: The Northern Alliance frequently takes the people they conquered as slaves and sell them in Uttland.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: Viggo Grimborn (from Race to the Edge) is still alive and allied with Drago after the events of the TV series. He's currently the Northern Alliance general that Hiccup is most focused on defeating.
  • Standard Evil Empire Hierarchy: From Elsa and Arendelle's perspective, the United Norse Kingdom appears to have this.
    • The Emperor: High King Hiccup Haddock III.
    • The Right Hands: Hiccup's mother Valka, as well as his chief secretary Fishlegs Ingerman.
    • The Generals: Marshal Spitelout Jorgensen, General Snotlout Jorgensen, and Chieftain Alvin the Stubborn.
    • The Guard: Chieftess Bertha the Big-Boobied. She was one of the chieftains occupying Castle Dunbroch in Mathantir.
    • The Security Officer: Camicazi, who acts as the UNK's chief scout and rides a Changewing.
    • The Oddballs: Ruffnut and Tuffnut Thorston. Eret also shares this role with them, serving as the translator for Hiccup.
  • Switching P.O.V.: The point-of-view has shifted between Elsa, Hiccup, Anna, Snotlout, and Kristoff.
  • Third Line, Some Waiting: There are currently three separate plotlines going on at the same time.
    • Plot A has Hiccup and most of the How To Train Your Dragon cast in Mathantir, as part of his campaign to defeat the Northern Alliance and establish his new Viking kingdom.
    • Plot B has Elsa, Anna, and Kristoff in Arendelle, dealing with the news that the Vikings have returned and trying to make preparations for war.
    • Plot C has Snotlout leading the Army of Nordri's Arrows into occupying Radvo as part of an attempt to rescue the Vikings that were taken there as slaves.
  • This Cannot Be!: A common reaction from Drago's followers when they are informed of his death.
  • Time Skip: The fanfic takes place few months after How To Train Your Dragon 2 and some time after Frozen.
  • Took a Level in Badass: The Vikings from the Barbaric Archipelago as a whole. By the time of the story, they've gone from a couple of separated tribes to a dragon-riding kingdom.
  • Viking Funeral: Astrid is given one similar to Stoick’s.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: To Uttland and Arendelle, Drago is seen as your typical Farm Boy-turned-The Hero who fights to avenge his family and defeat the Always Chaotic Evil dragons.
  • Voluntary Vassal: Uttland is this for Arendelle, though it's mostly in-name. For example, Uttland practices slavery, despite slavery being outlawed in Arendelle.
  • War Fic: The entire plot is centered around a bloody war between the United Norse Kingdom and the Northern Alliance, with Arendelle getting caught in the crossfire.
  • We ARE Struggling Together: This gets deconstructed by the Vikings of Manthantir, whose constant warring with one another left them weakened. That, combined with a deadly plague, made them easy pickings for Drago during his war campaign.
  • We Have Become Complacent: Arendelle hasn’t fought a war for decades. In addition, the King and Queen cut funding for the military years ago.
  • What Measure Is a Mook?: In Chapter 3, the remains of several Northern Alliance ships are found off the coast of Alvsted, with burnt corpses being onboard. Elsa is horrified and is worried about how to tell the dead sailors' families.


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