The Route to Advancement Series

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Title: The Route to Advancement Series
Author(s): magog_83
Date(s): 26 February 2009[1] - 01 March 2010
Length: 30,500 words
Genre: gen/pre-slash fanfiction
Fandom: Merlin
External Links: The Route to Advancement Series (AO3)

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The Route to Advancement Series is a gen (moving towards Merlin/Arthur preslash) series by magog_83 (30,500 words).

The series won the Spring 2010 Merlin Slash Awards in the category Best Humor ("Arthur/Merlin Fanfiction").

POV character is a likeable OMC, Percy, who is one of Camelot's knights and trying to gain a better position at Court to make his family proud. This has been more difficult than expected until someone gives him the advice to befriend Prince Arthur's manservant. That actually helps but also makes Percy's life a lot more complicated. The series shows the friendship between Merlin and Arthur from a different POV and has great comic timing.


  • The Route to Advancement. Summary: New Knight hopeful, Percy, has been at Court four months, but it might be another four years before Prince Arthur stops calling him Perrin. That's where Merlin comes in.
  • The Route to Advancement: An Epilogue. Summary: Merlin makes good on his promise to 'talk to Arthur' about the Winter Tournament.
  • The Route To Advancement: A Day at the Tournament. Summary: In which Percy's father comes to court, Brutus is useless and Merlin is a Perfect Manservant (sort of).
  • The Route to Advancement: A Most Unfortunate Hunt. Summary: In which there is a hunt, a bog, some rescuing and some emotional blackmail. Oh and Brutus redeems himself slightly.
  • Percy the Legend. Summary: How Sir Percy ended up recorded for all time as the Sir Percival of legend – raised in the woods and 'ignorant to the ways of men' (clue: his sister may have been involved. Possibly.)
  • Percy and the Midnight Quest. Summary: In which there is a quest, a strange creature, and some revelations.

Recs and Reviews

  • "this was written before S3 and the official introduction of Sir Percival, so Percy is a different character than Percival. this is sort of an outsider's view of Arthur and Merlin's interactions, but this author does a fantastic job of developing Percy and inserting him into the midst of things, so by the time I was halfway though, I already adored Percy. route to advancement is the first in a series of Percy (and of course, Arthur and Merlin) -related stories."[2]
  • "six stories in all, gen. YES I SAID GEN! I know you are all shocked. These stories feature a knight-in-training named Percy, who is not quite the Percival from the show, and he is learning to adjust to Camelot. Mostly, he's learning to adjust to Merlin and Arthur's relationship, and it is priceless and funny. Stories 1 and 2 made me laugh the most, but there is a section in the sixth story (which features a fire-breathing blue toad) that had me crying, I kid you not. Again, YMMV. These are a great deal of fun. I love outsider POV stories."[3]



  1. ^ magog_83. the route to advancement, 26 February 2009. (Accessed 19 July 2010)
  2. ^ papered. it's been a year already!, 16 October 2011. (Accessed 12 November 2011)
  3. ^ destina. Merlin and The Eagle recs! , 06 December 2011. (Accessed 12 December 2011)