I have been ingesting a lot of dad for one fics and I was struck by inspiration for a fantasy au. I suck at writing fics so I am just going to write a brief summary on my thoughts.
The main inspirations of this fantasy world was Thumbelina, the difference between a fairy and a Fae, and a lot of Dad for one angst fics from Halloween.
The first thing I thought of was how was I going to have Izuku be related to AFO without that psycho knowing about him. I decide that the seed he would grow from would be a secret family heirloom of the Midoriya family. This lead to the problem of how did the seed get there and why is Inko using something that has been in her family for generations?
The remedy to the first one was to give AFO an Angsty and traumatizing backstory which may have given him his obsession with vaulting his family. The answer to the second was the age old trope of having Inko be barren, which would force her to use the seed.
Now that I had gotten the start of a plot going, I began to put meat on its bones by asking myself questions.
What was AFO’s place in this world? I made him King of the Unseelie Court.
How was I going to implement OFA? I made the first user King of the Seelie Court and the rest of the user’s part of his inner circle with the last in line being his champion. Then to emulate OFA’s stockpiling I make it so when a new person is added to the inner circle they enter a magic bond that adds their magical power and enhances it with the rest of the inner circle. The bond also makes it so that when one of them dies they respawn at the First’s flower as a fae spirit (only the fae can see them). I then had the idea of not every user being from the same species (i.e. Toshinori is human and Daigoro was a leviathan).
How did Inko know that the fae seed would give her a child? She didn’t know if it would work. That seed was a shot in the dark that went in her favor (until the faerie it spawned from found out it still existed).
What was AFO’s reaction to the knowledge of Izuku’s existence? Elated that his seed had survived after all these centuries, but enraged that someone had found a way to defiled it. He pitied his child and wants nothing more than to fix him and return his true heritage to him.
How did AFO’s know Izuku was his child? AFO crashed the party celebrating the successful ceremony where Izuku had officially been named All Might’s successor. AFO was not attacked because he went in disguise. He then met with Izuku for a handshake where he was going to give him a slow acting curse, but the second their hands met something he thought impossible occurred, his heart started to beat.
What are fae seeds and their effects? The seeds are the only way a faerie can have children and every faerie is born with only a single seed. Seeds grow from the blood of the faerie they are born with and their partner. It takes one year for the flower to bloom and the parents must water the flower with their blood every day. A baby fae is called a seedling and are usually taken care of by the parent their seed was born with. A faerie’s heart will only beat after they touch their primary child while their secondary child will warm their heart. This reaction will only end when the child it spawns from is dead. It is also a custom to wait 100 years before growing the second child.
What makes seedlings different from babies? A seedling is magically forced to listen to their parents and find it hard to fully disobey them till they have reached full magical maturity after 1,000 years. Seedlings naturally find their primary parent’s presence very calming and warm. Seedlings also are very affected by their parents emotions (i.e. their parent’s disappointment can cause a seedling to feel great shame). Seedlings need to be held and spend a lot of time with their primary parent till they reach full maturity. This is because a seedling’s magical power feeds off of, and is kept stable by, their parent’s magic. if a seedling is cut off from their parents magic it can cause a lot of mental and magical health risks.
Why did Izuku not have any magic? His seed was not grown with AFO’s blood. Without Blood from AFO Izuku will never be able to wield his magic, which is kept in his flower. Izuku has a lot of magic that he can’t use.
Does the flower Izuku was born from hold any significance? Yes, It holds all of his magic as well as his soul. If AFO is able to retrieve it, he won’t have to kidnap Izuku. All AFO would have to do is start feeding the flower his blood and Izuku will be compelled to return to it and finish incubating now that it has AFO’s blood, thus making him fully fae (AFO would give the flower literal gallons of his blood every day for three months in an attempt to expunge all of Izuku’s human blood as he sees it as a taint upon his poor little seedling).
How did Inko have Izuku? She is from a long line of forest mages and used all the knowledge she had on fae seeds to figure out a way to have it sprout by having a passive spell circle constantly filtering nature magic into the seed while she and her husband fed it their blood every day for nine months. Inko was very surprised by the early blooming. She also forgot to turn off the spell circle…
Did Izuku know what he is? Not until it was too late.
What was my endgame? I like multiple ending, so I probably would have had a bad ending where AFO had won, a good ending where Izuku would have found a way to escape, an ambiguous ending, a bittersweet ending where Izuku gave himself up in exchange for peace, a Horror ending where AFO completely breaks Izuku Mentally which causes him to regress into an infantile mindset ruled by his fae instincts, and then the crack ending where Izuku united the two courts in peace because he had AFO wrapped around his little fingers.
Welp, this is all I am willing to type out. I hope whoever reads this is brought a little joy. Have a great day!