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The Bricklayer


Slow down, you're doing fine, you can't be everything you want to be, before your time... -Vienna, The Stranger: Billy Joel. (Any Pronouns)

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Adopted by a dragon couple instead of by the Sparkle family, Spike's life was set to take a very different course indeed...

Follow him now through love, laughter, and loss as he learns his way around the realms of Avalar. And oh yes, tries not to drive his adoptive parents up the wall... too much anyways.

Did I forget to mention said adoptive parents are Spyro and Cynder? Oh yes, this is a thing now.

(Spyro the Dragon is the property of Activision. I own nothing. Partially inspired by Welcome my Little One)

Featured on 7/13/19

Now featured on 4/21/20 as well. And on 4/24/20 as well! Jeez! ...and on 5/23/20 as well. Huh. Featured one last time on 7/24/20.

Chapters (20)
Comments ( 243 )

Haven't started reading yet. Is it Original Spyro or Legend Spyro?

Edit: just started reading. My question is invalid.

Those two dragons are the first reason why love dragons, you'll likely see the other.

So Cinder is eventually going to be a biped? And that's an interesting take, putting the original series as the "new era" after Legends.

*Sees Spyro*

Instant like!

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Yeah, I saw something a while back, I don't know where -Might have been DA- that theorized Skylanders or the original series were eras that came after Legend. Thought it an interesting enough theory, so I decided to run with it for this story.

And yeah, Cynder may go biped on occasion and probably Spyro as well. I mean, all the adult dragons in the original series are bipeds so it makes sense for them to gain this ability as they grow older. In fact... Nicolas Kole -one of the art designers for Toys for Bob- created this artwork of an older Spyro.

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Take all of my YES for this story. :flutterrage:

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Yeah, I admit I'm one of the newer fans to the series and was mostly introduced to it via the Reignited Trilogy, but I did a bit of research around Youtube and the wikis to know what I'm doing with Cynder and who she is.

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Yeah, this is one of those things that's been done before, I admit, at least with Spike and Spyro meeting but it's a fun enough idea. Hell, I'll probably have the other two big MLP dragons, AKA Smolder and Princess Ember show up if I can manage it.

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THAT... is an epic bipedal Spyro.

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Yeah, Kole outdid himself. I can totally get on board with Spyro working as a balloonist as he gets older.

Have to say, this IS an intriguing start to the story. Good mix of Original and Legend as far as the Spyro games go (mostly the former, but SOME MINOR elements of the latter). And, yeah, having this set AFTER the games rather than BEFORE is an interesting alteration to the usual "Displaced Adoption" stories, as was the fact that, this time, there was no "other-dimensional shenanigans" that sent a de-aged Spike to another universe. At any rate, splendid job on the exchanges, characterizations and future chapter set-up in all the right places.

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Also the fact that Sparx was given the stereotypical "old man" moustache and glasses just makes it perfect.

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Have to say, this IS an intriguing start to the story. Good mix of Original and Legend as far as the Spyro games go (mostly the former, but SOME MINOR elements of the latter).

Yeah, planned for this story to have the humor of the original series, but some of the darker elements Legend brought to the table, such as dragon hunters as poor Spike found out. Thankfully, this is no Eternal Night for Spyro and Cynder.

And, yeah, having this set AFTER the games rather than BEFORE is an interesting alteration to the usual "Displaced Adoption" stories, as was the fact that, this time, there was no "other-dimensional shenanigans" that sent a de-aged Spike to another universe. At any rate, splendid job on the exchanges, characterizations and future chapter set-up in all the right places.

Yeah, the displaced adoption stories? No, just no. The only one I can think of at the top of my head that was actually any good was Three More Things by... I remember his name started with a T and even that story became a mess eventually. So yeah, placing the two franchises in a melded universe was a better plan.

And taking place after the games, figured it a logical choice given the younger teenage Spyro would be in no way suited to be a parent given not just age but general personality. He needed to grow up just a wee bit more I think. This Spyro and Cynder for that matter are about 17 at the very least.

I love this! By the way, why is the Legend series controversial? I saw a gameplay of the series and it was awesome, and I remember it bring the one with the most fanfics on ff.net even.

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Well, it at the time was such and still is a radical departure from the Spyro series as we know it. Remarkably dark with themes of war being quite prelevant and the main villain is completely off his rocker -possibly from being placed under so much pressure by the Elders- that he just wants to tear it all down. Also, then there are the shipping wars with Spyro/Elora and Spyro/Ember fans. (No relation to the MLP Ember) Not to mention, as I said before the Legend series fanfics focused on Cynder played up her tragic backstory too much at times to the point it was her only character trait. Hell, sometimes she even outshined Spyro in said fics.

Oh, and thank you!

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What 9728491 said, and the fact that the third game in the Legend series was considered the worst from what I've heard/seen, with a forced co-op mechanic. Cynder being playable was about the best part of that game.

I can not wait for more. also, love the first chapter and make more too.

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...Yeah, Dawn was rushed from what I heard, and made by a different studio from the first two. But it's not the worst Spyro game ever. That would be Shadow Legacy.

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Hey hey hey, at least its not Enter the Dragonfly!

Will Dark Spyro end up making an appearance? Does he have access to Dragon Time?

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Yeah, planned for this story to have the humor of the original series, but some of the darker elements Legend brought to the table, such as dragon hunters as poor Spike found out. Thankfully, this is no Eternal Night for Spyro and Cynder.

I feel like you got this idea from Dragons Race to the Edge.

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Funnily enough, no. I just took it as a logical extension of the Gnorcs and their probable dislike of dragons thanks to Spyro and co. I admit though, Sludge's story about 'Scale Hunters' may have played a part as well...

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More than likely not, given this is the original Spyro.

Small nitpick, but shouldn't they be swearing by Bahamut rather than Tiamat? After all Tiamat is the goddess of evil dragons, it's her brother Bahamut that's the god of good aligned dragons.

I like how you are adding the bad guy. also how Spyro has his second family too.

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Eh, I just went with whatever dragon name I remembered best. Tiamat sticks out to me more than Bahamut for whatever reason. I'm not a Final Fantasy nerd so it doesn't really matter as much with me.

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I was thinking more of the D&D versions of Bahamut and Tiamat.

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Yeah, raised by vikings basically, but they're his family. You gotta love them. Seriously, I love how the Reignited Trilogy made them express so much personality with just a few animations.

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...Ah, it's just Final Fantasy I think of when I hear Bahamut.

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I like all of Spyros video games.

Can't wait for more

I would have reviewed sooner, but I was busy, so I wish I reviewed before Chapter 2 was released. Anyway.

I actually liked how you blended the legend of Spyro in there. It gave me a new view of the two universes and how they are actually the same, but in a new age.

Anyway, I like the premise. I do wonder, is Spyro still on four legs or two now? Also what has happened to Sparks? Is he still around? I do like the design and new background for Cynder. I'm glad you added her into this universe.

I like the humor from Nestor here. To be honest, I would love a chapter where Nestor wants to spend time with his new Grandson, and hints that Spyro and Cynder should spend this time getting Spike a sibling.

I would love to see more of Cynder, I love her attitude here. I would love for her to be a strict, but fun mom. Just don't cross her, and she will be a cool mom. As for Spyro, i do like how you are giving him a bit of a clueless nature about parenting, very original, but I think he will grow up into a great father. What is Spyro dessed in though. I have seen lots of outfits of him as an explorer. Also what is his job? I can see Cynder as a peacekeeper, but I don't know what Spyro is?

Also I loved how you gave Cynder Spyro's back story. Being raised by Dragonflies. Did she get along with Sparks? Does she have her own Dragonfly?

REALLY good job on this latest chapter. Love the work that went into the exchanges and characterizations. I especially loved Spyro seeking advice on how to raise a child as well as the spar with Gilda, the appearance by Sgt. Byrd and Sheila and the mention of Hunter and Elora. Of course, I wouldn't be THAT surprised if it were only a matter of time before Hunter and Bianca end up with a child (or children; you know how explosive breeders rabbits are) of their own. And, on that note, one has to wonder how cute cheetah/rabbit hybrid children would look. And, on another note, it could be intriguing to see if Grogar gets involved (and, if he does, whether or not he will include the Spyro villains into his Legion of Doom). Might be funny to see a compare/contrast with the MLP villains and the villains from the Spyro games.

Well. It appears that Malefor's influence isn't entirely gone. Also, given the close proximity to the Griffons, I'm guessing these Dragon Lands aren't located in the same place as the mlp show canon?

Also Queen Gilda has a nice ring to it.

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I like the humor from Nestor here. To be honest, I would love a chapter where Nestor wants to spend time with his new Grandson, and hints that Spyro and Cynder should spend this time getting Spike a sibling.

It is definitely something I will consider,

I would love to see more of Cynder, I love her attitude here. I would love for her to be a strict, but fun mom. Just don't cross her, and she will be a cool mom. As for Spyro, i do like how you are giving him a bit of a clueless nature about parenting, very original, but I think he will grow up into a great father. What is Spyro dessed in though. I have seen lots of outfits of him as an explorer. Also what is his job? I can see Cynder as a peacekeeper, but I don't know what Spyro is?

Yeah, Cynder's the strict but cool mother while Spyro's the slightly bumbling but fun dad. And yeah, giving Spyro a bit of cluelessness about being a parent -especially at his age- is to be expected. I mean, he's been raised by dudes who fit the manly stereotypes at times and Spyro himself is rather brash and somewhat irresponsible at times so it's natural for him to be worried about his parenting skills. Plus, I think any first-time dad probably has these worries. I mean, like Nestor himself said it's nothing something you're instinctively born with knowledge wise.

As for his job, well I'm still working on that. He'll probably be an Artisan of some sort, maybe follow in Nestor's footsteps as a carpenter. Or of course, I could take inspiration from Kole's artwork and have him be a balloonist.

Also I loved how you gave Cynder Spyro's back story. Being raised by Dragonflies. Did she get along with Sparks? Does she have her own Dragonfly?

Yeah, I couldn't resist throwing that in as a bit of a gag really. But as for her relationship with Sparks, you can presume it's marginally better than in Legends canon given nobody has any reason to distrust her. And yes, she does have her own dragonfly, made a small cameo back in the opening. Named Flare.

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I actually liked how you blended the legend of Spyro in there. It gave me a new view of the two universes and how they are actually the same, but in a new age.

Yeah, I thought it would be a fun little transition. See my below comments as to why.

Anyway, I like the premise. I do wonder, is Spyro still on four legs or two now? Also what has happened to Sparks? Is he still around? I do like the design and new background for Cynder. I'm glad you added her into this universe.

Still on four for the most part, although he does go biped on occasion. And yeah, Sparx is still around. I just haven't figured out what to do with him given unlike his Legend counterpart, he doesn't speak really.

Just started reading this. I’m very far behind on Spyro lore so all these names will take some re learning. :twilightsheepish:

So the old dragon-hating Riptoc is still alive, is he? I'm glad, Ripto was one of my favorite video game baddies when I was a kid. I'd love to see him make an appearance in your story, obviously not as the main villain, but maybe as a goofy side villain with Crush and Gulp being his strong but idiotic henchmen.

It'd probably also be fun to see them try and take Spike for some kind of evil plan. The new dragon parents won't be happy about that, I tell you what.

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I hope it’s alright if I suggest a few ideas. Feel free to use reject or modify.

First. Hunter needs to be the fun uncle. He likes Spike and takes in on fun but dangerous adventures. Which causes him to run for his life when Cynder finds out what happens. And Spyro having to stop his wife from skinning Hunter.

Second. Garble and his goons (if they appear) tease spike and stop when one of his parents show up in a super cool way.

Thirdly. They need a funny story of how their readiness to be parents. Like spike drinking some of Spyro or Cynder’s coffee or a specialty drink for adult dragons (not booze but like a fire bleacher one) and they have to chase spike down. Who ends up nestled in Nestor’s arms.

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Second. Garble and his goons (if they appear) tease spike and stop when one of his parents show up in a super cool way.

Addendum: Smolder is looking on and muttering: "Oh, not this again..." or something to that effect and after this is all over, Garble recites some of his beatnik poetry in Dark Hollow much to the bewilderment of everyone else.

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Sorry. I didn’t know that is what you planned. I didn’t garble it smolder mentioned. Though now that you mention it, Garble would be a good artisan.

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I'll probably fuse the two ideas.:raritywink:

Here's a couple of possible ideas:

First, Bianca ends up befriending Celestia and Twilight (the former giving her pointers on being a better leader [after she took over the Sorceress role from her evil predecessor, she is trying to run her predecessor's old domain in a much more benevolent manner, but needs pointers from more experienced benevolent leaders, which is what leads to her befriending Celestia] and the latter, well, each of them helps the other practice their magic). It could be through "Aunt Bianca" that Spike ends up meeting Celestia and Twilight (however briefly) in this universe. Yes, it would only be a brief cameo scene for Twilight and/or Celestia, but it might be cute to see who ended up becoming Twilight's assistant/who gets stuck with the job of trying to keep Twilight grounded in this universe.

Second, There could be something big enough to require the combined efforts of, not just Spyro, Cynder, Hunter, Bianca, Sgt. Byrd, Shelia, Bentley and Agent 9, but also the Mane Six and a few of the other heroes on the MLP end to handle. This would be for one of the more action-oriented arcs of this story.

Now that I have had the time to actually read this I am wondering what Spyro and Cinder’s first mistake will be? They are in so far over their heads and this still has yet to cover if purple dragons are super important yet. I do wonder if this Spike will be a mage or a scholar?

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Now that I have had the time to actually read this I am wondering what Spyro and Cinder’s first mistake will be?

The first mistake... that'll likely be assuming Spike will just consider them his parents right away. He's not just going to imprint on them, and he's got a few psychological issues to work out.

They are in so far over their heads and this still has yet to cover if purple dragons are super important yet.

They are, really. But they'll learn. And no, purple dragons aren't really that important in this new era. They never were in the original Spyro canon, just in Legends. They're rare, but not legendary things to be concerned about or worship. I mean, there's four between Spike, Cynder, Spyro, and one of Garble's gang.

I do wonder if this Spike will be a mage or a scholar?

Scholar or Peacekeeper is what I have picked out. Scholar for the canon nod, or Peacekeeper for more... personal reasons on Spike's part.

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