Title: Emergence
Author: Jilly James
Fandom: NCIS, The Sentinel, Stargate SG-1. Minor Cross with: Criminal Minds, The Magnificent Seven ATF AU, CSI:Miami
Relationship(s): Tony/Gibbs, Jim/Blair, Jack/Daniel, Hotch/Reid/Rossi, Chris/Vin, Buck/Ezra, Josiah/OMC, Other M/M, M/F
Genre: AU, Romance, Fantasy, Crossover, A/B/O dynamics
Content Rating: MA
Warnings: Adult language and themes, canon-level violence, explicit sexual situations, minor Ds themes
Beta Thanks: Huge thanks, beyond what I can express, to Naelany and Elsa Kallan for their efforts on this. All remaining mistakes are mine. I don’t always take good advice.
Summary: See individual stories for summaries.

If you’re interested in writing in this ‘verse, please see my ‘Writing in Emergence’ tab on this page.

Main Story

Summary: Gibbs is the Alpha Dragon for the east coast Wing… and the lead for the NCIS MCRT. He has two rules above all others; No other emerged dragons on his NCIS team, and no relationships with non-dragons.

Tony has no dragon blood, so hides his feelings for Gibbs behind smiles and misdirection. Things will change drastically for Tony when he mysteriously falls ill after an investigation on an aircraft carrier.

Word Count: 210k

Chapters 1-4 (Includes Prologue)

Chapters 5-8

Chapters 9-12

Chapters 13-16 (Includes Alpha Interlude)

Chapters 17-20

Chapters 21-24

Chapters 25-28

Chapters 29-32

Chapters 33-36 (Includes Omega Interlude)

The Episodes

If the original story was the movie, then what’s to come is the TV show. Instead of a chaptered story, there will be “episodes” that vary in length. There will be a main storyline, as well as episodes that are separate from the main plot.

Episode 0: The Alpha of Atlantis

The Atlantis expedition came to Pegasus with no emerged dragons. Suddenly, dragons are emerging at an unprecedented rate. Cut off from Earth, a large Wing has formed in need of an Alpha.

Episode 1: Contact

Coming soon.

Episode 2:

Other Stories

Little Wyverns – Gift fic for my internet wife and GDP, Cinna Minion. Not truly part of the story canon.


AFIS – Automated Fingerprint Identification System

CI/CT – Counter Intelligence / Counterterrorism

CPS – Crown Prosecution Service

FLETC – Federal Law Enforcement Training Center

HVAC – Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning

LEO – Law Enforcement Officer

RIMA – Rhode Island Military Academy

SCIF – Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility

SFA – Senior Field Agent

SSDD – Super Secret Dragon Duties (flippant and made-up)

Author Notes

Note about Characters: Though there are a lot of fandoms and pairings, this is very much Tony-centric, meaning this story revolves around his journey. I am planning to write a few side stories that zero in more on some of the other pairings and emergences, but that isn’t this story. If you don’t like Tony-centric stuff, run away!

Note: Written for Naked NaNo 2013 on RoughTrade. Big Thanks to Keira Marcos for all her hard work on Naked NaNo. I wouldn’t have gotten this done without such a great environment to work in, and the support of a truly great community over there. Thanks, everyone!

Feedback and Concrit: Feedback is wonderful, but I no longer allow concrit on my story. My openness to receive it seems to mean people nitpicking errors. That’s not productive.

Timeline: Occurs in 2010 in season 7 of NCIS, and I’ve slid Stargate forward in time so late season 8 lines up with NCIS. Because Jack would have not let his Wyvern go into the field without him, once he was promoted to general early in season 8, Daniel would have been off field teams! Cameron Mitchell was brought in almost a full year early in my verse.


Coming soon. Feel free to submit questions about this ‘verse in the comments

Cast Pictures

Michael Weatherly, Mark Harmon
Garett Maggart, Richard Burgi
Michael Shanks, Richard Dean Anderson
Tilda Swinton, Michael Hudson

Jude Law, Jeremy Irons, Ian Somerhalder, Ben Browder
Matthew Gray Gubler, Thomas Gibson, Joe Mantegna, Pauley Perette
Eric Close, Michael Biehn, Anthony Starke, Dale Midkiff
Kirsten Vangsness, Shemar Moore, Tamara Taylor, Brendan Fraser

Dragon Reference

Wyverns Alpha Drakes  Beta Drakes
Anthony DiNozzo – White-9
Blair Sandburg – Pale Blue w/Silver-9
Daniel Jackson – Platinum-9
Richard Turner – Champagne Pink-9
Spencer Reid – Lavender-7
Vin Tanner – Pale Blue-9
Ezra Standish – Pale Green-9
Kegan Hughes – Pale Blue-7
Precious – Gold-9
Colin Bettany – Pale Blue-9
Devrim – Peach-7
Jethro Gibbs – Black
Jim Ellison – Midnight
Jack O’Neill – Black
Jeremy Turner – Midnight
David Rossi – Dark Brown
Aaron Hotchner – Dark Green
Chris Larabee – Black
Buck Wilmington – Dark Green
Adofo – Dark Green
Josiah Sanchez – Dark Green
Horatio Caine – Midnight
Rupert Sewell II – Dark Brown
Rick Connelly – Plum
Cassie Yates – Emerald
Abigail Sciuto – TBA
Tim McGee
Penelope Garcia – TBA
Derek Morgan – Tan
JD Dunne – TBA
Henri Brown – Bright Blue
Brian Rafe – Emerald
Michael Kwan – Magenta
Nathan Jackson – Bright Red
Rain Jackson – Plum
 Wyvern Colors  Alpha Colors Beta Colors
White: Guardian
Pale Blue with Silver – Shaman
Platinum – Master of the Gate
Champagne Pink – Guide/Instructor
Lavender – Advanced Empathy
Pale Blue – Spirit Gifts
Pale Green – “Knowing” Danger Sense
Gold – Seer
Peach – Basic, Amplifies other Gifts
Silver – Telepathic communication
Pale Teal – Animal Magnetism 🙂
Black – Warriors, Danger Sense
Midnight – Sentinels
Dark Brown – Strategists
Dark Green – Hunters
Black/Red – Warrior, Enhanced Fire
Magenta –> Black
Cerulean –>Midnight
Tan –> Brown
Emerald –> Green
Ruby –> Deep Red
Plum –>Deep PurpleBetas have no abilities
but the colors deepened
when the alphas emerged.
The above is the Beta to
Alpha color correlation.
At the time of the first
Emergence story, the
Deep Purple Alpha is extinct.

Writing in Emergence

Writing in the Emergence ‘verse: People have requested to be able to write in the Emergence ‘verse. I have no problem with people using the concepts, ideas, and world building—the universe is “open” in that respect, just please credit. If you decide to write your spin on things and you’d like me to link to your story, drop me an email. However, I would never consider any other stories part of my official Emergence canon unless we agreed in advance. Whatever pairing you want is fine, but it won’t be canon for my verse.

Update: If you decide to write an Emergence spin-off, AU, or whatever you call it, please be sure to note, in addition to credit, that your story is not an official part of my universe. It will save me some headaches in regards to people contacting me.

Please consult my permissions page for more information. If you have questions about whether what you’d like to do would be permissible, please contact me.

May scaly little plot bunnies be with you.



  1. When will you be finishing this series? Have reread this story about 4 times and am looking forward to the rest. Am wondering if you will be adding in John and Rodney, I know you made a reference to John but wondered if you were going to take it that far? Looking forward to more.

  2. Love the series:D Brilliant that you’ve posted yet another chapter! (has yet to read but honestly can’t wait:D – love your new roughtrade story as wel though I’m mostly a happy lurkerl:) ) Given that you mention ‘and not in a fanfic archive (… read the end note – want to reread the story first… maybe… if I can wait that long…) so… which pages and or nick do you use elsewhere? (as I only know of your rough trade stories its kind of hard to find you on other pages (well- and verify that its you – ‘jilly’ is not exactly uncommon)… also – if you need an AO3 code I’ve got one for you…).

  3. Reblogged this on Diva0789 and commented:
    She writes the most amazing stuff! Love her.

  4. Just wanted to let you know that I’ve enjoyed reading (and re-reading, and re-reading) this story (and your ‘Naked Nano’) as well. Love how you write Tony.
    Thanks for sharing.

  5. I do so love this story.

  6. Just read emergence last week. Just got hooked, really hope to read more

  7. Oh, I’m so glad you’re reposting this! I’ve loved it since RT! Thanks so much for this! I love the image of Tony as a Dragon. *G*

  8. You know I read this wonderful story about once a month. What a brilliant idea and truly masterfully written. I enjoy it every read through.

  9. I discovered this awsome fic a couple of days before you started editing it. I have read it twice since and love everything about it, even though I don’t usually read shifter fics usually.
    Seeing already 2 new chapters is great. I know I am hooked to Emergence and this NCIS-Dragon verse!
    Thank you for sharing and the 2 updates in as many days!

  10. Love this story.

  11. Such a beautiful story. I’m making my way, slowly, through everything on your site. You’re a wonderful writer. Thanks for sharing!

  12. I love Love this story. When will the next chapter be here? (Sorry for my bad english)

  13. So happy to read more.
    The new cast pictures are fantastic!

    • I figured I better get those up before the end of the story! Not sure why I was procrastinating on that for so long! Glad you enjoyed the new stuff. Thanks!

  14. I really like this Story,

    I used some of the Art to create a cover for it, how can I send send it to you? maybe you want to use it for your ebook.

  15. Amazing story!!! Extremely well written. I’m looking forward to see how it ends, but at the same time I really don’t want this story to end!

  16. I <3 u hard for this story!!!

  17. Great and you already have the e-book up. Thank you.

  18. Is it just my phone just being stupid? I tried to download the epub but it downloaded as an html which my nook app refuses to read. I love this series so much and am excited to read the whole.

    • Not sure what the issue is. When I hit that link, it downloads the epub. Here’s the main download page for that file. You can try it from here if you want.

      Otherwise you may need to download it on a computer and transfer to your phone.

      • Yea that didn’t work either weirdly enough. I’ve NEVER had a problem downloading epubs on my phone so not sure what’s up with that. But it worked like a charm on my computer at home. Oh well. Now I get to reread the whole fic again!~ *happy*

  19. Well, you got me to rather like Tony, which is a serious accomplihment. Beautiful work. 🙂

  20. I love this story. Can’t wait for book two first chapter. All your stories are beautifully written and a joy to read. Thank you for sharing your gift with us.

  21. I will admit this here and now, I wasn’t going to read this story. There were some elements (characters) I was interested in; and some I was not sure about. I’m a fan of Mag 7 and Stargate SG-1 fan fiction. I love Chris/Vin and Jack/Daniel pairings. Now, I’m a fan of the television shows “The Sentinel,” “Criminal Minds,” and “NCIS.” However, I’ve not read any fan fiction stories unless they are in crossover with Mag 7 (ATF universe) of SG-1. So I debated reading this story. Finally on a rainy day, I decided to give it a chance. And boy, am I glad I did! You have created this very unique world for me with familiar characters who I am now seeing in a new light. Thank you. I love the fact that you have included a history of the dragons which is necessary to plot….you know what I mean? So, thank you for posting this novel. You now have a new fan! I look forward to reading more in the future!

    • I was re-reading my comment and I think I forgot some words. I wanted to thank you for including a history of the dragons. The history, in my opinion, is necessary to the plot; however, it doesn’t distract from the story.

    • Thank you so much! I’m glad you enjoyed the story. And, yeah, their history is very necessary to the plot. 🙂

  22. DrapedInGarnets

    Well book one made a definite impression. This absolutely delicious story has had me smiling for days now. I cannot even think of Jeremy Irons (yes!) or Ian Sumerholder without smiling deliriously! It is the pairings that I never knew I would love! (Funny how all it takes is an amazing story.) So thank you for sharing this 😀 Your plot weaving and world building is fantastic and i’m already half dreading, half anticipating more as it will be moving closer to the end…

  23. Ok, so, I didn’t read this during RT because more often than not I get hella squicked by A/B/O stories. I got a couple of encouraging reviews from some trusted friends and thought, fine, I’ll give it a shot.

    I’m really glad I did. This was awesome 🙂

    • Thank you! I had to work the A/B/O stuff out of the story that squicks me personally, so I totally understand. Glad you enjoyed it!

  24. I love this as much now as I did when you were posting it on Rough Trade. (This is my current feel-good… y’know, had a bad day? Read some Emergence!) Thank you so much for taking the time to write out your plot bunnies. I just want to sunggle them forever!

    • Thank you! I have my own pile of feel-good fics, and it’s really touching to me that my story fills that spot for you.

  25. Holy. F-ing. Hell! Just. Holy. F-ing. Hell! I came across this story by accident & had no idea what Alpha/Beta/Omega was, but it was Jim/Blair & Jack/Daniel & even though I don’t ship anyone in NCIS I love the show, so I thought I’d give it a try. I was RIVETED! I couldn’t put it down. I hope your brain & fingers work fast on those sequels.

  26. hola estaba leyendo la segunda parte de aparición en red traude no se silo escribí bien pero cuando volví entrar a esa web ya habías quitado la segunda parte me podrías mandar la dirección de la web donde tienes la historia gracias

    • No entiendo lo que usted no pudo encontrar en el sitio, o lo que estaba mal escrito. Sírvanse proporcionar información y enlaces en caso de necesidad adicional.

  27. I love this story and can’t wait for the second part to be posted onto your site I read the continuing story on rough trade and have been waiting for to be posted to this site so I can read it again and read the rest of the story

  28. love your stories and was wondering when you were starting book 2

  29. Truly amazing story! I have lost count of how many times I’ve read it. Each time I see something new. I laugh, cry and yell at the screen as I read. I eagerly await the sequel. Thank you for writing (and for sharing).

  30. i had a dream last night about Rodney babbeling at dargon!john to not eat him please and then it changed into jon telling someone that he knew how to be polite cause he didnt sass teh king of dragond and he was talking about Gibbs
    and now im kind of confused cause i just reread emergence and that didnt happen anywhere and i was shure it was u who wrote it

    i kind of just want confirmation on that part nothing to be shure im not going crazy
    or was it just a fever dream ( i do have a cold so that part is sadly possibly true – also sorry 4 rambling but ur writing makes me feel better and currently (courteci of my cold- i feel crappy

    also i realy love all ur works and u r the first author where i read tony with others not just gibbs (kudos on the avenger fusion)

    also sorry 4 any mistakes but its kinda hard 2 concentrate on my spelling rite now
    also i love u and how u write stuff and stuff
    im gonna stop now b4 this gets wors but i just wanted 2 say this
    or ask this?!?! idk

    bye luv u

  31. So is the origin of Precious’ name going to play a part in the story or is it just an interesting side tidbit?

    • The language the dragons used is basically a dead language, and why Precious’ name doesn’t translate well. So, to answer your question, it’s not particularly important as the story progresses.

  32. I really love this world you’ve created. I’ve read this story many times (so nice to read the whole thing at once) and now it’s finished! I can’t wait for the next story in this series – I know you must have ideas up your sleeve… I foresee their dealings with the Ori will be complex. And then there’s the matter of the corrupt Alpha’s in Florida that still have to be dealt with properly. And Horatio’s Wyvern!

    This feels like it should be a series… (Intones in the manner of Batman Announcer) Will Ziva ever get her head on straight and emerge as a Dragon? What kind of Betas do Tim and Abby become? Do Nathan and Raine (2 mated betas) attempt the bond, to see if it’s possible for them? Tune in next story – same Dragon Time! Same Dragon Channel! ()

    Um, so, I love it and want more? Please? Pretty please with Dragon Tony on top?

    ~ GSister

  33. I loved this story, but I wondered if there was Ana cut all link to the alpha of Atlantis prequel that I’m just missing? I eventually found the story from the most visited link at the base of the page, and when I went back to see if I’d missed it (because yes I did read everything you have ever posted in the last two days) I didn’t see it. It’s all so awesome, and that deserves to be linked with the rest of these. Thanks so much for sharing!

    • Thanks for the ping. I forgot to update the main Emergence page when I published.

      Glad you’re enjoying everything 🙂

  34. I look forward to one day having a Pale Teal Wyvern in the Emergence Universe just so I can see the Animal Magnetism in action 🙂

    I adore this series….. Emergence sucked me in, held me hostage, and also introduced me to more of your fics which I adore as well. Your a wonderful writer!

  35. This was the first story of yours I’ve read and you completely sucked me in. I adore your use of imagery. One early picture that just makes me feel delicious is the image of Gibbs Dragon in front of Tony being protective and Tony running his hands along the black scales. I really enjoyed the way you wrote the characters and emotions in this. If you return to this universe, I will certainly come running. I liked that Tony is a wyveryn mommy too. You had me laughing and sighing and on the edge of my seat. Thank you very much.

  36. Nimue of the North

    To be perfectly honest: When I read “Dragons” I was sceptical. But I love your work to the point where I will at least take glimpse down every rabbit hole you choose to explore and so I downloaded the ebook. Five days later I’m all the way at the bottom, happily making myself comfortable in your awesome wonderland. I’m currently reading your EAD offerings in this verse and everything looks oh so very promising. I’m very glad you took the leap into RoughTrade with this idea and returned to fanfiction, we wouldn’t even know what we were missing.
    I’m also utterly impressed with how brilliantly you handled the multi-fandom crossover. I’ve read quiet a few and they often look like jigsaw puzzle pieces from various boxes forcefully put together. Yours looks more like a tapestry with a variety of colourful threads all woven together. I think it is a very elegant solution to move through your story not only from one location to another but also from one fandom to another and not leave any concept completely behind nor throw into the mix without hints up front. It makes it all very smooth and rounded.
    Emergence is utterly awesome! Thanks for sharing!

  37. The Reference says that Adofo is the Wyvern, but the story states that he is an Alpha????????

  38. Okay. I found this series a month or so ago, and I have reread it 3 times now – and I’m debating a fourth! It’s an amazing universe you’ve created, and you are just a fantastic writer, bringing everything to live so vividly. I have a handful of fic, mostly Keira fic now that I think about it, that are my go-tos when I am feeling down and need something to cheer me up. This has now been added to that collection. Thank you, thank you, thank you for sharing this with us. I admit I will be among the first to let out shrill squees of joy when/if you choose to write in this universe again, but even if you never do, I just wanted to let you know how very much I loved this story. I know I already said it, but thank you!

  39. Seren verch Dafydd

    I enjoyed Emergence. It is very well written and I like your Tony.

    One small bit of trivia for your reference, in the US Navy a boat is a submarine. All other vessels are referred to as ships.

    I hope you have a wonderful New Year, Blwyddyn Newydd Dda!

    Seren verch Dafydd
    Barry, Wales, UK

    • How something is referred to is a function of the POV, not necessarily what’s technically accurate. You may have some level of expertise in Naval matters, but your discernment regarding point of view bias is clearly lacking. In other words, you don’t have a fucking clue.

  40. I have to say that I, like everyone else had said above, love your stories. I’ve only read Emergence once, though I’ve read all your Sentinel-fusion stories about 3+ times. I am about to read Emergence again, as I realized that I haven’t read it for a while and had the itch. I did have a question and I read through the previous comments to make sure it wasn’t asked and answered already. Do the Beta Drake colors mean anything significant?

    • You know, when I originally plotted the story, I did have meaning for the colors. But when I got to writing it, I decided it added a layer of complexity that didn’t serve the story, so I threw it out. So, officially, no. There’s no meaning. But in my head, yeah, there’s meaning. If any of that babble made sense 🙂

  41. I love this story!!!! Is there going to be a second part?

  42. Hello, thanks for writing and sharing. I really like your stories. 🙂 I have a question regarding a reference in Emergence. During Tony and Blair’s conversation regarding Abby’s emergence, Tony says he expected to see a bunny riding a coat hanger….is this from a movie, book, tv show, etc?

    • You know, no one’s ever asked that before. It’s a dream I’ve had more than once. I brought my own crazy to the story 😉

  43. Oh Thank God!! You scared me when you disappeared from the archive. I completely understand your reasoning, and if I had the patience to actually write my own stories I would do the same thing (unfortunately I am more of a lurker than anything else because it takes a damn good work to get me to comment.) And on that note: I am SO glad you just moved everything to your own site. I absolutely adore your writing and it would have been a tragedy if it was completely gone. I come back and reread your works periodically, especially if nothing catches my fancy or I can’t find a work I’m looking for. Your writing flows so well it stops being an activity and it becomes something the reader…experiences. That is mark of a great writer. Thank you for taking the time to provide us with these amazing works!

  44. It never matters how many times I read this story, it always cheers me up and makes me feel better, thank you Jilly.

  45. great story 🙂 One question though…. what color are Ducky’s scales?

  46. Lovelovelovelovelove

  47. Why is this not on archive of our own anymore?

  48. Just finished re-reading Emergence (it’s one of my go-to ‘comfort fics’ for when I’m having a rough week) and I was looking at your cast pictures, which I had never done before. I’ve been mentally picturing Precious as Tilda Swinton all along!

  49. I love this Story and can’t wait to see what happens next.

  50. Ruqayah Perez-Nugent

    I love this universe and can’t wait to see the next installment. But would you ever do a page on details about the Emergence Universe that didn’t make it into the main storyline, the episodes, or the ficlets? Also is there a possibility that you would have a page set aside for stories by other authors that are set in the Emergence Universe? By the way I love your other stories and just finished reading “…I’ll Forgive.” I’m eager to read the next story that you post.

    • I could see me adding to the page if it were necessary. All the content that is finished is linked from the page you commented on.

      In terms of linking to other authors who’ve written in my AU, it’s something I’d do but they’re going to have to get in touch with me and offer the link. I’m not going to chase authors down.

  51. I probably can’t edit a question, but I suppose it’s more hypnotism than healing, if Google and Wikipedia are to be believed.

  52. I ADORE this story. I’ve actually lost count of how many times I’ve re-read it! I’d really like to see more of Rodney and John in this amazing universe you’ve created, but I’m really just looking forward to more of your pager turning stories. Thanks so much for the amazing stories!

  53. I have lost count of the number of times I’ve read this. I love this ‘verse and am in awe of the world building and rich characterizations and constantly moving plot. Whenever I need a nice long plotty story with some angst and lots of feels, I come to your website and know I’ll find just what I need. Thanks for sharing with us. ??

  54. I have read this story so many times I’ve lost count. I love it. It hits almost all of my favorite pairings and it is beautifully written. I am patiently waiting for more in this universe. I want to see where it all goes.

  55. Love this Story so much, read it countless times and am happy I found your site.

  56. I just reread this story for the 3rd or 4th time. Its still one of my go to stories. Wish there was a sequel, but I still love reading all of your stories no matter which fandom.

  57. Just a comment to mention I still love this universe so much. I return to it often. I love having all the different characters in it. Thank you.

  58. If you ever do an Au of this, please leave this version up. Love it. Thank you, WW.

  59. Hi! This fic is super amazing and one of my fave! I don’t know how many time I’ve reread it 😂

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