Defenders of the Realm

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Title: Defenders of the Realm
Author(s): Lamardeuse
Date(s): 05 August 2009
Length: 57,646 words / 5:53:12 hours
Genre: Modern AU, slash
Fandom: Merlin
External Links: Defenders of the Realm (when the world is puddle-wonderful)
Defenders of the Realm (Box of Magic)
Defenders of the Realm (podfic) (Audiofic Archive)
Defenders of the Realm (podfic) (author's site)
podfic cover, by ras_elased

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Defenders of the Realm is a Merlin/Arthur AU by Lamardeuse. It was written for Box of Magic, the Merlin Big Bang in 2009.

Summary: "Modern AU. Arthur and Morgana are Metropolitan police officers drawn into a strange case involving robbery of ancient artifacts. Merlin is a graduate student at Imperial College studying the healing plants of Ancient Britain under Gaius – or at least that's what he tells everyone. Soon they, along with Gwen, Lancelot and Uther, will be facing a battle for the future of the country. Can they defend the realm from those who would seek to destroy it?"

The fanfic cover is by ras_elased and wheres_walnut painted six illustrations in acrylic on cold press illustration board. FayJay podficced the story in August 2009 and cybel turned it into an audiobook, using ras_elased's cover.

Recs and Reviews

This is a fun modern day AU where pretty much everyone but Merlin is a police officer and there's still magic and the slash dragon.[1]


  1. ^ paraka. Merlin Fic Recs, 29 March 2009. (Accessed 02 May 2012)