Clay Kaczmarek/Desmond Miles
|Pairing:||Clay Kaczmarek/Desmond Miles|
|Gender category:||Slash, M/M|
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The ship gained traction in 2011 after the release of Assassin's Creed: Revelations, wherein Clay and Desmond interact while both trapped in a computer simulation. Revelations was the first game to give Clay a name and face; previously he was only known as "Subject 16" and appeared only as audio snippets or briefly as a computerized shadow person. Despite this, some fans were shipping the characters together even before the release of Revelations.
Common Tropes in Fanworks
- Guardian Angel/Wings - Based on the dialogue where Desmond calls Clay "my guardian angel." Clay snippishly replies "There’s no such thing" and vanishes into the system, ending the conversation.
- Angst/Tragedy: One fan said "I'm beginning to think happy Clay/Des fic is a myth, because I certainly can't seem to find any. I just want to read about my otp and not have my heart ripped out and stomped on for once."
- Bodysharing - Based on Clay's asking Desmond "What if I went with you?" Desmond declined, but fans have written all sorts of AUs.
- Synchronous by devovitsuasartes (2012, FF.net) 65k words, Mature. AU where Desmond and Clay are hostage at Abstergo at the same time. Desmond wants nothing to do with either Templars or Assassins; he and Clay break out and run away together.
- Chomp!, art by dreamwillneverdie, 2012
- Fifty Shades by Taera - GMV made for Fandom Combat 2015.
- sometime yesterday by esama. 100k words, Mature. A time travel AU.
so today when i was sitting in class I was talking about ac revelations with a friend of mine and he said he though Clay was a p cool dude.
and he said he thought Clay was hard-core gay for Desmond and that there was way too much sexual tension between them and he half expected them to kiss. And he wanted them to.
also i forgot clay/desmond is a Thing clay comes off as kinda gay for desmond in revelations tbh
Archives and Fannish Links
- 17-comes-after-16 community on deviantART
- "Clay Kaczmarek | Subject 16/Desmond Miles" tag at Archive of Our Own
- "Clay K./Subject 16, Desmond M." pairing on FFN
- Pinboard tag for "pairing:desmond/clay" on the AC Kinkmeme
- Perfect World Visions, fic by Sunburned-Stickperson, Oct 10 2011, FFnet
- Qui, fic by smilebot, Nov 23 2010, FFnet
- Abstersus Est, fic by solaciolum, April 20 2010, AO3
- "Clay/Des- something happy" - anonymous, asscreedkinkmeme, May 16, 2013
- tumblr post by Alex, April 24, 2016
- comment by spooky mulder in thread "i can't get behind one of the AssCreed fandom's big ships", Figment.com