Regarding My Unseelie Vlad AU (Part 2)
I had a few ideas this morning for how to adapt Danny and most of the main cast into this AU but be sure to check out part 1 though first if you haven’t already: https://thesoulspulse.tumblr.com/post/663324649078325248/regarding-my-unseelie-vlad-au-part-1
And with that, let’s begin!
Vladislav, (aka Vlad) the Fae King of the Unseelie Court:
Not much to say here, he’s basically just a really powerful and ancient fae that was never human with no prior history with Danny or Jack until that fateful night in the forest where he saw Danny and instantly wanted the raven-haired youth as a prince in his Court. And in this story he has no romantic interest in Maddie at all, if anything he might use their lives as a bargaining chip to get what he wants which is Danny to join him.
Danny Ó Fiachna:
Danny was slain by mistake by the Unseelie Court’s King as a child when Vlad’s fury got the better of him and he fatally injured Danny. (Only using this screenshot until I draw a version of Danny for this AU) However, Vlad revived Danny with his powerful magic soon after his father Jack ran back into the forest on foot, carrying his dead son in his arms, and desperately begged Vlad to give him back his life and blamed himself for angering the Fae King...
When offering his own life didn’t work, in exchange Jack tearfully swore to relinquish his son to Vlad one day, only wishing for a few more years with Danny since he didn’t deserve such a cruel fate. In the end Vlad agrees to his terms, but it’s more because he genuinely didn’t mean to harm Danny and still wants the boy to join him willingly and become a prince in the Unseelie Court one day. That said, Vlad could honestly could care about Jack’s pathetic display and in fact does blame Jack more than Danny for not being able to beguile the child into coming away with him to begin with.
Time passes, and Danny’s parents can’t help but hope they can find a way to break Vlad’s hold over Danny which is why they became Fae Hunters and forbade him from ever going into the forest alone. However, on his 14th or 16th birthday Danny starts hearing voices from the forest calling his name, the loudest of which is Vlad’s, and when he tells his parents about the strange dreams and voices they panic and decide to take everything they own and leave the village behind forever.
But Danny can’t accept that since his whole life is there, his friends are there, and he’s not about to let some stupid fae King ruin his life so Danny resolves to go find Vlad, defeat him, and break their magical connection so he can be free.
As expected though, Sam and Tucker find out about his plan and decide to travel with him into the forest to help Danny, especially after pointing out how he’s almost been lured into the forest several times now while walking barefoot there in some kind of trance. Obviously Danny doesn’t want them to get hurt and tried to talk them out of it at first but then he gives in and agrees to let them come with him so the three of them venture into the forest.
As for Danny’s other friend Valerie, sadly she only finds out what’s going on after the fact and then also ventures into the forest believing he had already been abducted by the Unseelie Fae under Vlad’s command and she is determined to save him.
Jasmine Ó Fiachna: Danny’s older sister isn’t much different than she is in the show, she believes in logical explanations more than magic and doesn’t believe in the Fae until she discovers that her brother Danny really does have some sort of strange power thanks to the fae magic that has long since become a part of him that has only grown stronger over the years.
The only difference here is she doesn’t make it into the forest by herself since her parents are terrified of losing her too. And so to keep Jasmine safe, they take her along with them to go after Danny and his friends and defeat the Unseelie King once and for all.
Jack & Maddie Ó Fiachna: I’m putting them together more because they basically became Fae Hunters for the same reason, to protect their family from the Fae and everyone else in general from their tricks and powerful magic. And ever since that night Jack has been searching find a way to get out of his deal with Vlad since it’s not fair that Danny has to give up his human life, his freedom, all because of the selfish desires of one powerful fae.
Valerie De Grey: Valerie is one of Danny’s closest friends (and a romantic interest) but she and her father also have their own reasons to despise the fae and their magic because her mother was also taken when Valerie was just a baby and her father had to raise her all by himself.
And just like in the show Valerie has feelings for Danny that grew once they became closer and he helped her get over a lot of that bitterness of the fae taking her mother so the moment she finds out he’s missing and presumed to be already kidnapped by the King of the Unseelie Court himself, Valerie grabs her hunting gear -which she had been hiding from her father and secretly learned a lot from Danny and watching his parents train over the years- such as a bow with iron arrows, throwing knives, and all that since her father Damon is the village blacksmith she goes after him too.
And before you ask no, I’m not trying to be stereotypical I just thought it would be the best fit job-wise since you need armor to protect yourself, right? Sure he also makes other mundane things too but he also taught Valerie a thing or two as more of a self defense sort of thing so she couldn’t be taken either or if a fae did kidnap her she could survive long enough to make it back home. The important thing to remember here is that the fae are weak to iron and susceptible to fire which would also be another good reason for Damon to take up blacksmithing after his wife was abducted by the fae and they never saw Valerie’s mother again despite all his efforts to find her when it happened.
Her family comes from nobility but she’s always hated that so she ran away from home once when she was little because she wanted to live on her own and become a herbalist. That’s how she met Danny, who stopped her from going into the forest alone since his parents knew all about its dangers, mostly fae related since this is after he was revived with no memory of what actually happened between him and Vlad. He thought it was all a bad dream back then.
Sadly Sam’s parents found out where she was hiding but thanks to Danny and Tucker they managed to convinced them to stay in the village instead of taking her to live far away because otherwise she might run away again but go even further out of their reach and they’d never see her again. Reluctantly they agree to stay, but on the condition that if she insists on becoming a gardener -which is just a cover story since she actually wants to grow medicinal herbs and not just pretty flowers- Sam has to resume her studies and come back home. Sam settles for that but also says they have to let her go play with her friends sometimes too since she’s sick of being alone in that lonely mansion of theirs with no one to talk to that’s her age.
And so, as the years pass Sam begins tending to her own garden in a small hut close to the village within sight of her parents mansion, but often times she still used to sneak out from under their watchful eye to hang out with Danny and Tucker undisturbed, sharing what she’s learned from her books while they teach her stuff that they learned from their parents about survival in the wilderness. In general though, Sam still doesn’t like to eat meat, though she doesn’t give Tucker a hard time about it since his parents are another important part of the village since they provide the meat, furs, and bones used for many tools that are used by the entire village. She still teases him sometimes though about his carnivorous lifestyle.
Lastly, it’s during this time that she also begins secretly practicing brewing potions and casting magic in order to help her best friend Danny when she finds out the Fae are real too. And Valerie is her rival to win Danny’s heart.
Tucker Ó Tuachair:
For the most part he’s still a fairly average resident of the village, but he’s known Danny for his entire life and was totally shocked to find out he had briefly died because the Unseelie Court’s King is actually real, as are all those stories about the fae Danny’s parents told them as a warning to never play too close to the forest which...as you might expect they did anyway not knowing any better and sometimes Danny would feel Vlad’s presence and shiver from an unnatural wintry chill.
The two boys used to fight with wooden swords all the time and Tucker even knows how to use a bow since he enjoys hunting (sorry, no technology in this world so maybe his hobby is carving things out of wood and bone? idk) and his parents taught him how to cook and prepare meat since his father is the village butcher alongside his wife, aka Tucker’s mom.
These skills become invaluable later during their journey into the forest since these days Danny is often very tired since he’s afraid to go to sleep at night because that would mean he’d start having strange dreams again so Tucker does most of the hunting for them while Sam sticks to gathering other edible foods in the forest such as mushrooms and berries thanks to her vast knowledge of plants.
Honestly, I could go on but I’m going to stop there since not EVERY main character has to end up in this story. This post turned out longer than expected as it is! But there you go, this is the end of part 2 and I hope you enjoyed it! Oh, and down below I added a list of other potential characters in this AU so feel free to check them out!
Dani (I might spell it as Danae) the Fae: I may sneak Dani into this AU as one of Vlad’s fae daughters that he uses as part of an attempt to deceive and capture Danny, but after being treated with such genuine kindness while “pretending” to be a kidnapped village girl who managed to get away from the dreaded Unseelie Court instead of an Unseelie fae herself.
Unfortunately for Vlad, she ends up getting too emotionally attached to Danny the longer they travel together. Taking pity on him Dani ultimately decides to betray her father by promising to help him find a way break from Vlad’s magical bond instead in secret after leaving Danny’s side for his own safety since Vlad can still use his influence as the Unseelie King on her to make her do his bidding regardless of her own will...
Fright Knight: Vlad’s most loyal servant who is the main fae sent to capture Danny as a last resort.
Aragon & Dorathea/Dora: These two already have a lot of fae traits so maybe when Vlad gets more irritated that Danny keeps eluding capture he sends one of them out to capture him, the only difference here is they’re not royalty per say but they do have a high ranking in the Unseelie Court.
Too bad Aragon wants to overthrow Vlad and become the new Unseelie King which either results in his exile or destruction. Dora is a bit too timid in human form but as a dragon Vlad can command her better. Might use the archer and the executioner ghost as Aragon’s underlings too.
Nocturne: Because yes I will use any excuse to add him into a story since I love his design so perhaps he’s the one helping Vlad influence Danny’s dreams and is among Vlad’s most powerful underlings who has already helped him lure many mortals into the Unseelie Court.
Cujo: I think it would be so cool to add Cujo as a church Grim which is a guardian spirit that protects graveyards.
Frostbite: A winter fae of the Seelie court who saves Danny and the others from a magical blizzard spell cast by Vlad to slow them down.
Guys in White: What if I added them as Templars obsessed with eliminating all fae and changlings from the world regardless of if they help or harm mortals? So they go after Danny since he is fae touched and therefore dangerous in their eyes.
Dan: Might have him appear as a vision or hallucination of what Vlad wants him to become which has the opposite effect and makes him more determined not to.
Spectra: An evil fae who feeds on the trio’s misery but who is then scared off by Vlad as soon as he finds out what she’s been doing which could ruin all of his plans for Danny.
Freakshow: A charlatan who controls a few fae using an old relic his family made with blood magic that wants to abduct Danny when he realizes the boy has fae magic inside of him.
Ember: A siren/banshee that just wants everyone to pay attention to her songs.
Skulker: Once a royal huntsman turned fae, he is ordered to capture Danny too but fails.
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