Aug. 27th, 2016

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My art for [ profile] aftercamlann.

Title: The School of Merlin
Author: Aelys_Althea
Pairings/characters: Gen
Rating: M - for themes
Word Count: ~176'000
Warnings: Bullying and bullying violence included.
Summary: Merlin has a secret. A secret he knows he must guard with his life because most of the world won't understand. They'll think him Bad, Evil, Dark. So he keeps it hidden.
Unfortunately, secrets have a way of getting out.
In a world of magic, a world of learning that magic, of embracing it and exploring the wonders it can perform, Merlin is different. He's always been different, and that difference could be dangerous if he lets it run untethered and raging. What better solution could there be than to learn to tame his wayward power?
No one ever told him that school could be so terrifying, and that was to say nothing of the people there.

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Artist notes: First, thanks so much to the mods for doing such a great job running this challenge!
I've only read a few stories that put the Merlin characters into the Harry Potter 'verse and all of those were crossovers. This was the first story I have read that completely relocated the characters into this world and I was captivated by how familiar it was, yet how very original the author made it. It was a wonderful read and I wait with great anticipation for future installments. The story also inspired many ideas for art -- there were at least nine scenes I wanted to illustrate, but unfortunately only managed two. I appreciate the input Aelys_Althea gave me -- she was a terrific collaborator. I also must give many thanks to my wonderful beta, [ profile] sophiap.


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