Waking the Dragon by tsukinofaerii (AO3)
Pairing(s): Steve Rogers/Tony Stark
Word Count: 72,812
Warnings: Explicit sex scenes involving dragons.
Since humanity first started spreading across the land, pushing dragons back by sheer numbers, tensions have been high between the species. War is nearly endless, and Prince Tony, the half-human heir of the dragons, is sick of it. When King Howard of the dragons is poisoned, the fate of everything sits in the balance. In desperation to save his own life and to prevent decades of fighting over the throne, Tony sets off to find a cure.
Down in the foothills, Legati Steven of the human army finds himself with a missing friend and assassin, a suspiciously cagy adviser to the ruler and a desperate need to be less interesting. In the interests of scuttling his own career, he starts on his own mission to find his answers. When he runs into Tony, they discover just how complicated things really are.
Everything is better with dragons.
This is includes, but is not limited to: Game of Thrones, Sean Connery films, children’s books, euphemisms about Mary Jane, and, apparently Stony fanfiction.
As someone who has a healthy (or unhealthy, depending on your view of fanfic) obsession with AUs, I must admit that I am surprised that I haven’t come across a dragon AU before now (not counting Smauglock). I was wary, at first, because creature fics aren’t an easy trope to write. However, the author in “Waking the Dragon” builds more than a creature fic as they flesh out an entire fantasy world based on the social hierarchy of the Stark dragon dynasty. The more I read of the story, the less it was “a story about dragons” but more a historical fantasy romance with a subculture of dragons in it.
The characters may at first appear to be OOC, but I attribute these qualities to the setting and structure of the society in which they are written into, rather than by lapse in the author’s judgment. In fact, I was enamored with the way in which the author had intricately laced together the personalities of Tony and Steve to demonstrate that when they are together, they are better for it.
The story was written for the Captain America/Iron man Reverse Big Bang, and the artwork that accompanies (and inspired) the story is, in a word, stunning.
Go read about some dragons.