A few notes on this fic:
This story was inspired by an old Welsh folktale about warrior birds called the Adar Llwch Gwin, and the victory statue atop the Welsh National War Memorial is in Cathays Park, a picture of which can be seen below:
Most of the locations used in this story are real places. Carreg Cennen Castle is in Carmartheshire, Wales, not far from the village of Llandelio. Newton House is inside of Dinefwr Park, near Llandelio, and Dinefwr Castle. The Senso-ji temple is the oldest temple in Tokyo.
As the Aderyn first settled in Wales, Welsh words are used throughout the story. The name for Ianto's people, the Aderyn, is the Welsh word for bird. Talfryn, the planet they come from, is Welsh for high hill. Though some of the dialogue is lifted from episodes of both Torchwood and Doctor Who, much of it has been changed to fit this alternate universe and some deviation from cannon has been necessary for the story to work.
Many thanks to sparking_off for taking up beta duties from part 11 on. Any mistakes left are all mine.
As this was my first story for this fandom, many thanks to all who embraced it and made a new writer feel welcome.
This is the first in a planned three part series, tentatively titled The Aderyn Tales.
Part Two: Phoenix Rising, should be available by early October.
If I can figure out how to make a pdf on something other then google docs, I will post it here later on this week. Thanks for reading!
Part 17 - NSFW