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Title: If the Fates Allow (the Home for Christmas Remix)
Remixee Name: aharesbreath
Link to Work Remixed:
Rating: G
Warnings: Character Near-Death, Hypothermia

“Sire, the night is darker now
And the wind blows stronger
Fails my heart, I know not how.
I can go no longer.”

— “Good King Wenceslas”

Creator Notes:

This is my submission for Camelot Remix 2015! Either I was in such excitement to finally be able to use my signature graphic, or blame it on the pregnancy brain, I accidently posted it signed, instead of anonymous, LOL!

 When I first saw this summary-less piece over on AO3, I thought it would be a great chance to draw BAMF!Merlin riding a pimped out, BAMF, druidic war reindeer or something. But then I remembered seeing the piece during the Art-Fest Advent Calendar, and there it had a summary in which Arthur was gazing out of the window, restless, waiting for Merlin to return home. I thought, hmm, was Merlin expected back sooner? What could be holding him up? Is Arthur worried? And so this piece happened, with Merlin solo-questing and getting in over his head.

I also picked this one because my remixee seemed to lament running out of time and how the northern lights turned out in the original. It’s a fantastic concept!

Big thanks to my trusty betas altocello and alby_mangroves!! Fun fact: the PSD file for this ended up 166MB, LOL!

Please do not repost this art without my permission! Here is a link to the deviantART entry! And a link to tumblr entry!

Please do not repost this art without my permission! Here is a link to the deviantART entry! And a link to tumblr entry!

Date: 2015-05-18 11:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Gorgeous. I love the northern lights in the last one and the script in the first one really set it up well. Merlin is great, too, with the blue giving a sense of cold. Wonderful.

Date: 2015-05-18 11:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thanks D!!! Yeah I realized that I had to have it take place in the dark of night, and that presented LOTS of colour challenges! But it turned out, so I'm happy ^__^

Glad you like it!!!

Date: 2015-05-18 11:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
BEAUTIFUL WORK AMPH! I still love those frosty eyelashes, and OMG I just got the reply about your inspiration for that! LMAO <3333

eta: that typo brought to you by Tuesday morning at work and not having had a coffee yet lolololol
Edited Date: 2015-05-18 11:27 pm (UTC)

Date: 2015-05-18 11:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
LOL, Thank you SO MUCH Alby! Have a coffee!!!

Date: 2015-05-19 07:30 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Haha yes, I didn't comment when it was published, because of the signature... I couldn't comment as if you were Anon, but I couldn't reveal who you were either ^^

Anyway, I loved this fancomic. Comics are the best, but so difficult to make, so kudos just for being able to make it, and make it so well !
I loved the frozen mood, the Aurora, the emotion in Merlin's poses and expressions... Now I just want to know the whole story behind this ^^

Date: 2015-05-21 03:52 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Oh man, comics can be a pain for sure! Thank you so much for the comment!!! ^__^

Date: 2015-05-19 08:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Love it! The frost and icing is amazing. The third panel is my favourite, with Cernunnos nudging/breathing on Merlin. I love the special touches -- the beadwork, the slump of Merlin's body.

Date: 2015-05-21 03:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thanks LM! I think I was going for something similar to when Aragon's horse saves him in LotR for that panel, lol! Glad you liked it!! Thanks so much for commenting!!

Date: 2015-05-19 11:45 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
OMG Amph, this is wonderful. I sucked at looking at remixes this year (worse than usual, that is). Thank you for posting it here. So awesome.

Also, your use of panels as in graphic novels has been somewhat of an inspiration to me in my own work! <3

Date: 2015-05-21 03:56 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Awesome to hear that my art is inspiring!! **blush** Thank you so much, Jela!!! **HUGS**

Date: 2015-05-19 07:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]

Along with everything else I love about this (which is pretty much all of it; the frost, the colors, the layout, Merlin's memory of that last conversation slowly getting jumbled as he succumbs to the cold, the glowing eyes), have I told you that I love the glowing runes on the antlers? Because I love the glowing runes on the antlers, lol. :D <333

Date: 2015-05-21 03:57 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Heck yes glowing antler runes!!! THANK YOU SO MUCH CELLO! I couldn't have done it without you!! **GLOMPS**


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