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Ring Maker is a Worm/The Lord of the Rings crossover fanfic by Lithos Maitreya.

Taylor Hebert had a bad day, and came out of it changed. Some parahumans can control bugs. Some can build advanced technology. Some can do unspeakable things to space and time. Taylor can make magic rings, wondrous metals, mysterious weapons, and may not be a parahuman—or, indeed, human—at all.

Can be found on Sufficient Velocity, SpaceBattles,, and AO3.


This work contains examples of the following:

  • Abusive Parents: Sophia's stepfather Steven is the reason she triggered. Word of God is that it's because he's a Control Freak, though he thankfully never physically hurt her, or tried to.
  • Addictive Magic: Minor with the Seven, Taylor tells the Wards that the power and burden will be hard to give up afterward.
    • When Armsmaster asks to borrow a Ring during the Leviathan fight, Taylor refuses, since he has seriously underestimated the addictiveness, especially if it isn't given freely.
    • Krouse suffers this after trying on the ring of Fire after using his powers to steal it for Coil. A later look reveals that he's feeling constantly cold and shivering even when it's eighty degrees.
    • Coil, by the time Annatar tracks him down with Cauldron's help, is so hopelessly addicted to Narya that he begs Annatar, on his knees to be allowed to keep it, even swearing to serve her no matter what. After he's stripped of it and caught by the PRT, he completely breaks down to the point that he's almost non-responsive. More than one reviewer compared him to Gollum.
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  • All There in the Manual: There's a lot of information at the start of the thread.
  • Amplifier Artifact: The Seven draw their abilities from their Bearer's own uniqueness, hence why they boost the abilities of the Wards instead of granting entirely separate abilities like the Three do.
  • Appeal to Obscurity: Annatar asks Bakuda who Grendel is, and when she can't answer, says that while no one really remembers him, everybody remembers Beowulf, the hero that slew him, and like what happened with Grendel, Annatar would reduce Bakuda to a mere footnote in her legend.
  • Aura Vision: The Rings allow one to see Leviathan's Core.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: As Bakuda found out, you shouldn't push Annatar too far.
  • Bow and Sword, in Accord: Sophia used Narsil for a brief time, and finds that she misses having a sword. Taylor offer to make her a new one.
  • Celebrity Paradox: The author has remained deliberately ambiguous on whether J. R. R. Tolkien, LotR, or his other works exist on Bet at all or in some manner on Aleph.
  • Character Development: Sophia actually starts becoming a decent human being here.
  • Clone Degeneration: A staple with Noelle's clones, but her attempts to clone Annatar are dead on arrival, and in the form of her previous incarnation's different personas.
  • Co-Dragons: After Annatar starts taking on her predecessor's Evil Overlord tendencies, she gets these in the form of Dragon, Panacea, and Coil, who are the Bearers for the Three Rings.
  • Combo Platter Powers: Narya gives Protection from mastery, hope, an aura of presence and Super Strength. Nenya gives Super Speed, Super Senses, Barriers and concealment. Vilya gives precognition, Mastery, a Healing Hands ability and Elemental Powers.
  • Crossover: See top of page.
  • Death by Irony: Bakuda wanted to become immortalized through the memories of others, Taylor killed her in a way that would reduce her to a footnote in the legend of Annatar.
  • Defector from Decadence: When Annatar starts becoming more ruthless, Sophia and Armsmaster leave, the latter looking for the former.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: When Annatar second-triggers, she decides not to and proceeds to fight off her shard.
  • Drama-Preserving Handicap: Taylor can only use one of her three rings at once.
  • Dying as Yourself: Noelle. Even though severing her Shard killed her, she was glad to die as a human, not a monster.
  • The Dreaded: Annatar eventually becomes this to basically every criminal in the Bay.
  • Eldritch Abomination: The Entities, as per Worm canon, but here they're implied to be the spawn of Ungoliant.
  • Empathic Weapon: Narsil is implied to be this when it leaves Taylor/Annatar after she starts descending into darkness after her second trigger, ending up in Sophia's locker. Sophia realizes that it isn't just a sword any more than the Rings are rings when Armsmaster brings it to her and resolves to use it to help save Taylor from herself and repay her for giving her a second chance. It's destruction ends up fully reawakening Annatar's memories and turning her back from the brink.
  • Enemy Mine: Emma, after triggering, is so desperate to take Taylor down that she joins up with the Empire. She tries to get Shadow Stalker to help her as well, but Sophia wasn't having it.
  • Evil Costume Switch:
    • Panacea, of all people, switches out her robes for a Mini Dress Of Power, and a Naughty Nurse Hat after becoming Annatar's Co-Dragon.
    • Annatar, after becoming more of a Knight Templar, switchers her previous weapons for the mace Burzashdurb, and her armor turns completely black (it's just soot, but it apparently remains for several weeks, and has basically the same effect). It washes off when she has her Heel Realization.
  • Evil Counterpart: The new Empire Tinker Auxilary is described as a villainous version of Armsmaster.
  • Exact Words: Taylor saying that she can't Master the wearers of the Rings comes across as this to Armsmaster's lie detector.
  • Failed a Spot Check: Emma, even with her powers, missed that her sister was a cape.
  • For the Evulz: Glory Girl is flabbergasted that Bakuda would create an EMP bomb that would kill thousands partially for a power trip.
  • From Bad to Worse: Hearth ends with the Endbringer attack.
    • After Leviathan, Valefor shows up, having taken offense to Annatar standing up to the monster. Then, right after Coil of all people has stolen the Ring of Fire via Trickster, Heartbreaker shows up, looking for Regent.
    • Echidna creating an Eidolon clone.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Grue joins the Wards post-Leviathan.
  • Heel Realization: Taylor, after fully regaining Mairon/Sauron's memories, and realizing she was going down the same path.
    Taylor: I was wrong. I was always wrong.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: Taylor starts slipping into this after fully reconnecting to her past self.
  • Hope Bringer: During the Endbringer fight, Gallant uses his ring to reinvigorate the heroes.
  • Humanoid Abomination:
    • Shaper, Amy's Shard becomes one after Noelle's cloning ability gives it a body.
    • Taylor/Annatar/Mairon could be considered this after getting in touch with her Maia-nature.
  • Invisible to Normals: Taylor's Rings when worn. Her hammer and anvil as well; Danny actually walked through it once without even noticing.
  • Instant Expert: Taylor has instinctive skill with the weapons she makes.
  • It's All About Me: Bakuda wanted, above all else, to be remembered, even if it meant killing thousands.
  • Killed Off for Real:
    • Bakuda.
    • Glory Girl.
    • Trickster and Noelle.
  • La Résistance: After Annatar slips into a more Sauron-esque mindset, Shadow Stalker and Armsmaster break off, and eventually form one of these with Chevalier, Narwhal, and Shielder, to stand against (and hopefully redeem) Taylor.
  • Last-Second Chance: After talking with her privately, Taylor decides to try and work with Sophia, but makes it clear that she'll be on the tight leash that she should have been on while on probation before and that she will get shipped off to juvie if she screws up again.
  • Legend Fades to Myth: Nearly said word-for-word by Taylor when she explains her true nature to Sophia.
  • Loyal Phlebotinum: The Rings work for Taylor because she made them, even if she can’t compliment them like a true bearer chosen by the ring could.
  • Magically Binding Contract: If a Ring-Bearer swears an oath on their Ring, they have to follow it.
  • Magnetic Hero: Annatar has an uncanny knack for getting people to follow her, and getting those followers to work together as a team. A lot of heroes and villains find this to be the most dangerous thing about her, even more than the Rings of Power. It's the reason Cauldron recruits her.
  • Meaningful Rename: Taylor renames Aeglos Iphannis after Leviathan.
  • Mithril: It's a fanfic of the Trope Namer after all.
  • Morality Chain: Sophia eventually becomes this to Taylor after the latter's Heel Realization.
  • My Greatest Failure: Taylor feels that her recklessness with Bakuda, which nearly got the other Wards killed, is this, and resolves to be better.
  • Named Weapons: Taylor has a tendency to name her weapons.
  • New Powers as the Plot Demands: Taylor keeps finding new things the Three can do, which is lampshaded.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: The Echidna Arc almost ended early when Krouse and Noelle decide to flee Brockton instead of fighting Annatar. Then Dragon, who'd become something of a Knight Templar from Annatar's influence, kills Krouse. Cue a very angry Noelle.
  • Oblivious to Love: It's hinted that Genesis likes Regent, but Alec's so emotionally damaged by his father using his powers on him he can't really recognize it.
    • It's hinted throughout the story that Sophia's loyalty to Taylor is something more, and in Wildfire 9.2 Taylor finally realises that Sophia just wants Taylor to love her.
  • Omniglot: Taylor knows all the Lord of the Rings languages. The PRT chalks it up to a quirk of her powers, since those languages don't exist here.
  • Our Angels Are Different: Danny explicitly calls Taylor/Annatar an angel when she explains her origins to him.
  • Psychic Block Defense: Narya makes Taylor immune to Mastery while she wears it.
  • Redemption Equals Death: Noelle. In this version, she stops her Roaring Rampage of Revenge, and allows Taylor to sever her Shard. The trauma is lethal, but she's glad she gets to Die As Herself.
  • Redemption in the Rain: Taylor's Heel Realization comes just in time for a sudden downpour, which has the added benefit of washing the soot from her armor, turning it from black back to its original silver.
  • Reincarnation: There are a number of hints that Taylor is Mairon/Sauron reborn, which are effectively confirmed later.
  • Reforged Blade: Taylor reforged the shards of Narsil into Amauril, "The Flame Of The East" as a gift for Sophia.
  • Ring of Power: Naturally. Taylor starts with the Three, and later gifts the Seven to the Wards.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: After the Bank job goes south and Regent and Grue are captured, Tattletale and Circus leave Coil's employ, especially after they learn about Dinah's kidnapping and Coil's plans for her, joining up with Faultline for protection.
  • Seer: Taylor, of course.
    • Emma has seer-like powers and takes the name Oracle. Specifically, she can see a person's real motivations when she looks at their face. When she looks at Annatar, all she sees is Sauron.
  • The Social Expert: Taylor, after triggering, displays such an aptness for talking people into things that it's an ongoing debate, in-universe and out, whether she should be classified as a Master. Word of God is that, had she not gone to the Protectorate right off the bat, they likely would've classified her as a Master because, even if she doesn't actually have the power to control people, she's so good at getting them to do what she wants anyway that it's practically a moot point.
  • Spider People: Panacea, after being convinced to use her powers in ways, has apparently taken to creating giant spider legs from her back. Naturally, reviewers have made to connection Shelob.
  • Straw Nihilist: Bakuda, who came to the conclusion that the world and the people in it are shit, that one can't change that with what little time they have and decided that she would do all that she could simply to be remembered.
  • Super Empowering: The Rings Taylor gives the Wards enhance their existing powers, Clockblocker can now slow down time around him, but his allies still think at the normal rate, Vista can affect direction; allowing her to say that "down" is say, a spot 5 feet in the air, Aegis gets a Healing Factor, Gallant's Emotion Bomb powers get stronger and he has better control that lets him do more than simple blasts, Browbeat gets increased self-control (leading him to be banned from poker with the others), Kid Win's Tinkering and focus are boosted, and Sophia can teleport through shadows.
    • She later gives a minor ring to her father that does this to a more minor degree.
    • After Victoria is killed by Leviathan, Taylor gives Nenya to Panacea.
  • Super Reflexes: When Clockblocker uses his new power, times slows down but his allies think at a normal rate, allowing them to fake this.
  • Talking Down the Suicidal: Taylor does this when giving Nenya to Panacea, keeping her from jumping off of the Medhall building after Vicky's death.
  • There Are No Therapists: Averted, Taylor has to see a counselor after killing Bakuda.
  • Then Let Me Be Evil: Narrowly Averted. After Noelle's Redemption Equal Death, Taylor worries that pursuing her own redemption will result in the same; if her options are limited to dying for her atonement, or becoming a Dark Lord again, than she will choose the latter. Thankfully, Sophia is on hand to talk her down by promising that they can find redemption together.
  • Together in Death: Taylor tells a dying Noelle that she'll see Krouse again in the Halls of Mandos. Noelle says it's a nice thought, but she doesn't believe it.
  • Tomato in the Mirror: As of 9.1, Taylor has realized that she isn't really human.
  • Ultimate Blacksmith: Taylor/Annatar, naturally.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: Taylor develops this ability after Heartbreaker's son Shutdown attacks her at her house.
  • Webcomic Time: Minor, but Taylor muses how it seems like she's been doing this longer than she really has.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist
  • Wrecked Weapon: Narsil. Again. And just like last time, it was while being used against Annatar/Sauron.
    • Burzashdurb is deliberately destroyed by Taylor to symbolize her moving past her darkness. She later reforges it, but with a mithril finish, and renames it "Sunrise".
  • Written by the Winners: After Bakuda apparently kills the Wards and Glory Girl, Annatar tells her that like how almost nobody remembers Grendel but everyone remembers Beowulf, his killer, no one will remember her as more than a footnote in Annatar's own story in the end. The trope name is even dropped in an Omake where she does know who Grendel is.
  • Wrong Context Magic: Taylor/Annatar's powers are hinted to not be the result of a normal trigger, especially since Panacea notes that her Corona seems dead.


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