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09 August 2010 @ 05:42 pm
Arcane Asylum Master Post  
Title: Arcane Asylum
Fandom: Merlin BBC
Pairing: Arthur/Merlin and a bunch of less true pairings mentioned in the flashbacks.
Rating: NC-17
Warnings: non-con (in chapter 1 only), dub-con (neither M/A), violence, deaths of minor characters.

Summary: Modern AU. For the last twenty two years Uther Pendragon had been waging war on magic. Now his son Arthur has been framed for a magical crime and sent to the prison for magic users. Arthur is instantly targeted by the inmates, but mysterious top dog Merlin takes him under his wing. They form a bond, and Merlin decides to help Arthur clear his name.

Originally written for this prompt at kinkme_merlin: Arthur/Merlin, modern prison AU. Uther is the notorious warden of a prison for magic users. When Nimeuh frames Arthur for a magical crime, he's sent down for it. Being pretty, blonde and the hated warden's son makes him a prime target and everyone wants to make him their prison bitch. Luckily he catches the eye of mysterious topdog!Merlin who takes him under his wing... Bonus points for everyone being terrified of Merlin and Arthur being all indignant about needing "protection".

Notes: I deviated from the prompt slightly: Uther isn't just a prison warden, though he likes to be hands-on. This isn't really a prison story so much as it's the story of the world that has a prison for magic users in it.

Many thanks to fearless devikun and ghost_guessed for betaing this.

Word count: 125K

Also on AOOO in one file!

Chapter index:

1. The Frame Job

2. Changes

3. Two Bedroom Place

4. Fugue-1

5. Fugue-2

6. Fugue-3

7. Sanctuary

8. Boundary

9. Keeper of the Gates

10. Blood

11. Warlocks Wake

12. Cathedrals

13. Road Trip

14. Lady of the Lakes

15. Power to be Powerful

16. Isle of the Blessed
Sometimes I feel like Alice.: nerdfangirl_bubba on August 14th, 2010 09:50 pm (UTC)
I'm loving the substance you're giving this prison fic. I tried to read the chapters slowly so it's last longer.
Newkate: Bradley James sees what you did tharnew_kate on August 14th, 2010 10:02 pm (UTC)
Eeee, thank you so much! That makes me so happy <3 Glad you're liking it!
Carnivorous Blossomwing: arthur/merlinemeraldteal on August 16th, 2010 01:49 pm (UTC)
oh wow! so many words to devour! and you haven't even posted half yet! eee!

i've read the first three chapters, and i love it. i love the worldbuilding that you've done, inside the prison and outside. mordred and merlin sticking together amuses me, and the mysterious merlin making arthur all confuzzled is great too. looking forward to reading the next 3 chapters slowly this week.

Newkate: Bradley James sees what you did tharnew_kate on August 21st, 2010 08:45 pm (UTC)
Thank you, thank you! Soo glad you like it <3
hermettehermette on September 3rd, 2010 10:46 pm (UTC)
hoookay, so. Updates. When should I be expecting those, hmm?
Newkate: magic like clockworknew_kate on September 3rd, 2010 11:12 pm (UTC)
It's almost done! I'm just writing the last chapter and freaking out over the ending. I was going to post another chunk this week, but that didn't work out, but next week definitely at least a few chapters if not all. The chapters from now on are unabashedly 10k each :D
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Newkate: smell the rosesnew_kate on November 17th, 2010 12:23 am (UTC)
Thank you!!! <3 Ehehe this makes me so happy.
Sophia-Aoibheannfluff_bomb on September 15th, 2010 11:38 pm (UTC)
Ahhhhhh VOMAN YOU KEEL ME. Must read....further...gahahhaha *head explodes*
Newkate: Bradley James sees what you did tharnew_kate on September 17th, 2010 03:46 pm (UTC)
Ahaha sooon! Thank you :D Also, fezzes are sooooo cool.
hermettehermette on September 24th, 2010 03:23 pm (UTC)

Newkate: keep rockingnew_kate on September 24th, 2010 04:36 pm (UTC)
It is so done!!!! Oh yeah :D
deadwoodmtdeadwoodmt on September 25th, 2010 04:52 am (UTC)
I just wanted to say that ILU forever for actually posting a link to the first chapter when you posted this in a community as I've had so many troubles with authors not doing this lately, making it very difficult to read now-finished fic.

Also, I am looking forward to reading this like whoa!
Newkate: Bradley James sees what you did tharnew_kate on September 25th, 2010 02:18 pm (UTC)
Thank you! Oh, really hope you like it!

When I was uploading it yesterday and checking the line breaks I noticed how many damn commas and run-on sentences I have especially in early chapters and thought of you fondly :D I think it got a bit better after my Big Bang experience!
deadwoodmtdeadwoodmt on September 25th, 2010 02:42 pm (UTC)
:D I'm sure it did. And I'm also sure it's about as much of a problem as it was with Steam, by which I mean "not much of one".
Sophia-Aoibheannfluff_bomb on October 2nd, 2010 02:42 am (UTC)
*le sigh* I just read my messages (cause I'm a lazy biarch and assume they are all news) and nows. I come back! and I'm all........sh*t where was I?
Newkate: Bradley James sees what you did tharnew_kate on October 2nd, 2010 05:04 pm (UTC)
Haha! I think the last chapter you read was probably 11!
bookowlbookowl on November 8th, 2010 12:14 pm (UTC)
Hey, I just found this fic and it is AMAZING! Such an amazingly well-constructed and complex plot that never wanders from the point or seems too rushed, and brilliant characters that are in character and brought to life in such an emotive and involving way. Plus OCs that are well-rounded characters in their own right, a real rarity! I do not have words for how much I love this fic. I love the political aspect; the slow way Arthur made his way into the prison community; the kick-ass yet vulnerable Merlin; and Uther's gradual humanization. Plus I really like Muirden, Hunith and Will in this fic (just randomly). Thankyou for the enjoyment I experienced in every chapter and will experience through much re-reading in the future!
Newkate: smell the rosesnew_kate on November 17th, 2010 12:25 am (UTC)
Sorry for the late reply, thank you so much for reading and commenting! So happy you enjoyed it! And so pleased all the politics and the OCs weren't off-putting, this means so much to me! Ah, I just don't have the words *flail* Thank youuu <3
beanziest on December 14th, 2010 01:27 am (UTC)
This was an amazing story..I cried a little...I laughed alot...this is my favorite fic! Good Job!!
Newkate: smell the rosesnew_kate on December 14th, 2010 09:22 pm (UTC)
Thank you! So happy you liked it! <3
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A.xpectopatronads on July 11th, 2012 03:11 am (UTC)
This is hanged down my favourite fan fic ever. It's better than so many novels I've paid to read (I'm looking at you, Twilight and The Very Verile Viking). So much love for your characters and back story and I can't believe that all came from that itty bitty prompt.

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