If not, and you have stumbled across this journal by chance, and would like to read some How to Train Your Dragon fanfiction, here is the summary and two hyperlinks to the same story.
Canon-divergent: 20 years after Chief Stoick’s wife and son were lost in a dragon raid, the Vikings of Berk shoot down a Night Fury…and its rider, a feral youth who believes he is a dragon.
On Archive of Our Own;
Or begin reading on deviantART.
Here is where you can find Nightfall-related media, namely links to my companion stories, the soundtrack, a fanart directory, and random trivia! I have posted this on deviantART for two main reasons: one, deviantART does not eat hyperlinks like some sites I could mention, and two, I can update it without having to reupload entire chapters.
Please tell me about links that break, and I'll try to fix them. Things happen. Thanks.
"Night Terrors" on fanfiction.net, Archive of Our Own, and deviantART
"Fragile Things" on fanfiction.net, Archive of Our Own, and deviantART
This is the order I like them in, and the order I listen to them in while I'm writing, but it's not the order they were suggested in. If I have moved your song of choice away from where you believe it belongs, I don't mind what order you put them in. All links are to YouTube and, when possible, I have tried to connect you to videos with the lyrics included, in case you are like me and absolutely have to know the lyrics to any song you listen to.
1. Chapter One: Theme for 'Nightfall': "Skyfall" - Adele
2. Chapter Two: Castaways: "Long, Long Way from Home" – Foreigner
3. Chapter Three: Defender of Her People: “Kings and Queens” – Thirty Seconds to Mars
4. Chapter Four: Hiccup and Toothless: "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother" - The Hollies
5. Chapter Five: Hiccup and Astrid: "Myth" - Beach House
6. Chapter Six: Starlight and Dreaming: "Stay Alive" - José González
7. Chapter Seven: How To Train Your Dragon Boy: "Forbidden Friendship" - John Powell
8. Chapter Eight: Something Wrong Here: "The Battle of Endor, Part One" - John Williams
9. Chapter Eight: Don’t Make Me Remember: “Dream About Flying” – Alexi Murdoch
10. Chapter Nine: Valka: "Memories" - Within Temptation
11. Chapter Nine: Dragon Children: "Running with the Boys" - LiGHTS
12. Chapter Nine: Valka's Sons: "You'll Be in My Heart" - Phil Collins
13. Chapter Ten: Stoick Grieves: "End of All Hope" - Nightwish
14. Chapter Eleven: Flight in the Storm: "SkyWorld" - Two Steps from Hell
15. Chapter Eleven: Nightmare Summons: "Enter Sandman" - Metallica
16. Chapter Twelve: Astrid in Battle: "Vox Populi" - Thirty Seconds to Mars
17. Chapter Thirteen: Broken: “My Demons” - Starset
18. Chapter Thirteen: This is Who We Are: "I'm Still Here (Jim's Theme)" - John Rzeznik
19. Chapter Thirteen: Leaving Tonight: "Bernini's Angels" - Kerry Muzzey
20. Chapter Fourteen: Up to the Dragons' Den: "Heart of Courage" - Two Steps from Hell
22. Chapter Fifteen: Escape from the Lair: "Juggernaut" - Two Steps from Hell
23. Chapter Sixteen: The Edge of a Knife: "Run Boy Run" – Woodkid
24. Chapter Sixteen: Vigil for the Lost: "Road to Perdition" - Thomas Newman
25. Chapter Seventeen: To the Sanctuary: "Reignite" - Malukah
26. Chapter Seventeen: Coming Home: "After the Storm" - Mumford and Sons
27. Chapter Seventeen: One of the Flock/The Storytellers: "Qui de nous deux" - M/Mathieu Chedid
28. Chapter Seventeen: We Have to Go Back: "Bones" - MsMr
29. Chapter Seventeen: The Trap Breakers: "Dreams" - Van Halen
30. Chapter Seventeen: Against a Monster: "Hearts on Fire" - John Cafferty
31. Chapter Eighteen: Use What We Have: "Land of Confusion" - Genesis
32. Chapter Nineteen: Crusade: "Ride of the Valkyries" - Richard Wagner
33. Chapter Nineteen: Battle in the Volcano: "Through the Fire and Flames" – Dragonforce
34. Chapter Twenty: The Raid Goes Wrong: "We Want Glory Freedom" - Instrumental Core
35. Chapter Twenty: End of the War: "This is War" - Thirty Seconds to Mars
36. Chapter Twenty: Stoick and Cloudjumper: "Things We Lost in the Fire" - Bastille
37. Chapter Twenty: Dragonheart: "Iron Eagle (Never Say Die)" - King Kobra
38. Chapter Twenty: Victory: "Wanderlust" – Nightwish
39. Chapter Twenty-One: The Compromise: "Two Worlds" - Phil Collins
40. Chapter Twenty-One: Fly With Us: "Electric Daisy Violin" - Lindsey Stirling
41. Chapter Twenty: New Worlds: "Lucky Ones" - LiGHTS
42. Chapter Twenty-One: Freedom of the Skies: "Where No One Goes" - John Powell & Jonsi
Thank you to Pyrophoricity, Malik the Night Angel, Fireball the golden Night Fury and Shadowhawk, SkySorrow, Adm. J. Kirk McGill, Queen Jellybean, Storylover Vodhr- Dux Ducis, Declan-o, OtakuRyoto, and my brother for recommending songs to me! I can always add more to this list if you tell me about a song and where it could go - and if I agree with it.
1. "Dragon Boy" by SlateDragon
2. Feral child by Tithenannisss - link currently broken, image unavailable, seeking permission to repost saved image; apologies
3. Astrid covered in Terrible Terrors by drive-by anon
4. Clever paws/human hands by Shrinking Riot/IOU_Superglue
5. "Nightfall" by Rchavakiah/australet789
6. "Before the Nightfall" by VixenSkywalker
7. "Nightfall" by bedupolker
8. "Feral Hiccup" by Mahogany-Fay
9. "How to Train Your Hiccup" by Usagi-Zakura
10. "Brotherhood" by Mahogany-Fay
I've never had fanart for any of my stories before! I was so excited that I had to run and text my best friend about it. Thank you all very much indeed!
I am amenable to stories set in the "Nightfall" universe as long as you ask first and acknowledge in your story that it is based off my "Nightfall". I'm reasonable. Talk to me. I'll probably agree. But ask. And tell me about it, please, so I can read it and put it here for others to find.
1. Bamboofoxfire Productions: "Learning from the Masters"
*Writers wishing to use the dragonspeak are also encouraged to ask first.
1. Nightfall had two working titles for a couple of hours, "The Island Book" and "How to Train Your Dragon Boy", both obviously based on the main influences. Mercifully, I changed the title after a quick trawl through my screensaver file, where an image called "At Nightfall" caught my attention. I didn't even look at it too closely once I had registered the word, but now that I have looked at it again and tracked it down, it turns out that the original artist had just called it "Nightfall".
2. In my imagination the voice of the Bewilderbeast is played by the incomparable Sir Patrick Stewart. Because who's your voice of command?
3. In chapter 10, the twins 'sneak' around the village in a very conspicuous way. There was no possible way I could incorporate the infamous "Mission: Impossible" theme music, but that is what you should be hearing as they 'sneak'. As that's an inside joke, it didn't make it into the soundtrack.
4. The lead trapper in Valka's flashback chapter is indeed Eret-father-of-Eret.
5. The emphasis on the nest of the Red Death/Queen as an active volcano was inspired by one of my favorite quotes of all time: "She, they, all his allies were wiped out when the volcano exploded. The rebels won. It's a story with a clear moral: don't be such a psycho." ~ "Or if you are, then don't build your palace on an active volcano." ...It's from the Doctor Who Eighth Doctor novel Father Time, and a fantastic moral, too.
6. Everyone's favorite Marvel Cinematic Universe trickster-villain managed to sneak into the edges of the story several time under the excuse of legitimately being a Norse god, despite my repeated threats to sic the Avengers - or possibly the scary fangirls - on him if he didn't go play with someone else who has time for his games. He continues to turn up in the oneshots, perhaps because I'm making life confusing and difficult for Vikings who then look for someone to blame, and my best friend points out that I am in his neck of the woods. I'm not writing him in on purpose, I swear.
7. Hiccup's war paint in chapters 17, 19, and 20, at least when applied to him, is blatantly stolen from San's in Princess Mononoke/Mononoke-hime.
8. While I'm admitting to cribbed ideas, dragons bringing Valka a beehive - with bees still in it! - was inspired by a similar scene in C.S. Lewis' The Magician's Nephew.
9. In case you were imagining soft white sand and palm trees, the shoreline/beach that Hiccup and Toothless camp out on closely resembles the shoreline of Newfoundland. Here are many pictures of that area that are not mine and were taken by someone whose blog I randomly found on the Internet.
10. Gobber's accent - at least the way I write it - does not actually belong to him. I'm a lifelong Star Trek fan. I'm writing Scotty, who Trek authors have been figuring out how to write for decades now.
11. The blue glass Astrid brings for Hiccup to play with in chapter seven is probably a larger version of my blue-crystal necklace that I've been wearing for years.
12. Hiccup's 'colors' are real existing varieties of iron ochre, which comes in red, purple, brown, and yellow; many European cave paintings are primarily iron ochre. His source of black is simply charcoal; of white, chalk.
13. Throwing the twins in the well is borrowed from Tamora Pierce's Circle of Magic series; plant mage Rosethorn is always threatening to hang her student Briar (and later his student Evvy) in the well if he doesn't behave, although I don't believe she ever actually gets to.
14. I slipped R.A. Heinlein's truism "There Ain't No Such Thing As A Free Lunch" (often rendered TANSTAAFL) into Chapter Ten.
15. The st-t-t-t-t-t sound that Hiccup uses in both Stoick's name and Astrid's is pronounced much like the distinctive sound of a rattlesnake's rattle.
16. Initially I wasn't going to write the dragon-battle between Hiccup's flock led by the Bewilderbeast vs. the Red Death/Queen - they were going to turn up on Berk in the middle of a raid and surprise everyone, including the reader, with the news - but I had so much fun writing the first confrontation between her and Hiccup and Toothless that I was confident I could come back and do it again. Also, that would have let a bunch of people down. So I'm glad I changed my mind.
17. One of my favorite scenes of the story - that Toothless knows Hiccup was born human, that he has always known, and that he doesn't care - I swear Astrid thought of first. I wrote down the thought she was having that Toothless must know, and only a few paragraphs later went back and reread that and went "oh, oh, oh, I have to do something with that..."
18. The oneshot "Night Terrors" is named for the sleep disorder, yes, but also because "Night Terrors" was one of two Star Trek: The Next Generation episodes that scared the life out of me. (Because the scene in the cargo bay, where all the bodies sit up! It's a cheap jumpscare but it's really creepy, and I'm still scared of it.)
Thanks, Raberba girl.