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Volume V of the History of Ilores
Being a True Account of the Daring and Valour of Lord Lisandro Reyez de Villena
Author: Senna Black - undefined

Rating: NC-17
Pairing: OMC/OMC
Length: ~5,000 words
Summary: Lord Lisandro de Villena angers the court poet, and Sehzad retaliates as only a writer can: by penning a truly dire epic poem satirising Lisandro. Will Lisandro be able to convince Sehzad to forgive him? Or will Lord Juan the Bastard be the Ilorian hit of the year?

For bb_shousetsu

"Forgive me for noticing," said someone at his elbow, and Lisandro turned around, brushing his hair out of his eyes to see the speaker. Lord Valentin sat down beside him and continued, "But it seems to me that Lord Juan bears a startling resemblance to your honoured self."

"Do you think anyone else has realised?"

"Oh, without doubt," said Valentin. He tilted his chin towards the dais. "Lovers' tiff?"

"We're not lovers." Lisandro sighed. "And don't say that so loudly."

( Volume V of the History of Ilores: Being a True Account of the Daring and Valour of Lord Lisandro Reyez de Villena )
A Frequent Traveller's Guide to Jovan
Volume II
Part 13: "Treason"

Story Rating: Hard R/NC-17
Story Warnings explicit heterosexual and homosexual sex, slavery, violence, torture and drug use.
Story Summary Since the death of their brother the Emperor Dolmus brought the royal brothers Valentin and Cassius back to Monsilys, capital of the great Jovani Empire, Valentin has cured the boredom of court life with poppy-sap and women, while for Cassius the remedy has been ale and the result much the same. Then an ill-fated duel causes their niece the Empress to send them to Gallica to deal with a problem there, and they find themselves drawn ever more back into the world of Jovani politics: a world their brother banished them from seventeen years earlier. As Valentin veers from disaster to disaster, always running from his past and a life he would prefer to forget, Cassius is fascinated by a damaged boy he rescues from a slave brothel. Valentin's weapon is sly diplomacy, while Cassius prefers the honesty of the sword, but will either be enough to protect Jovan, and themselves?
Notes: Volumes I and II are already written; you can check them out at my website (along with Vol III as it's written), as free eBooks (Volume I and Volume II) or I will be posting them here at a rate of one chapter a week, which means Livejournal will catch up to the website in around July/August 2013. I sincerely hope you enjoy the story. :)


“This is lovely,” said Cassius, enjoying the palfrey’s smooth gait. “I never ride for pleasure.” They were out in the home wood, a preserve about half an hour to the east of Monsilys town. It was primarily used for hunting; Cassius remembered vaguely the pennants and pavilions set up in a clearing, with fires and spits ready to cook the deer Dolmus was triumphantly dragging behind his horse.

Adrienne did not particularly like to hunt, and rarely did so. These days the huntsman brought down deer and boars periodically for the royal table, but otherwise the animals in the wood were largely unmolested.

It was a warm spring day; it had rained overnight, but was now clear, and sun filtered through the vibrant green foliage to where Cassius and Caspar rode side-by-side down a wide track.

Caspar patted his mount’s neck. “You’d be used to big stomping coursers too, I suppose.”Collapse )

A Frequent Traveller's Guide to Jovan
Volume II
Part 12: "Wedding"

Story Rating: Hard R/NC-17
Story Warnings explicit heterosexual and homosexual sex, slavery, violence, torture and drug use.
Story Summary Since the death of their brother the Emperor Dolmus brought the royal brothers Valentin and Cassius back to Monsilys, capital of the great Jovani Empire, Valentin has cured the boredom of court life with poppy-sap and women, while for Cassius the remedy has been ale and the result much the same. Then an ill-fated duel causes their niece the Empress to send them to Gallica to deal with a problem there, and they find themselves drawn ever more back into the world of Jovani politics: a world their brother banished them from seventeen years earlier. As Valentin veers from disaster to disaster, always running from his past and a life he would prefer to forget, Cassius is fascinated by a damaged boy he rescues from a slave brothel. Valentin's weapon is sly diplomacy, while Cassius prefers the honesty of the sword, but will either be enough to protect Jovan, and themselves?
Notes: Volumes I and II are already written; you can check them out at my website (along with Vol III as it's written), as free eBooks (Volume I and Volume II) or I will be posting them here at a rate of one chapter a week, which means Livejournal will catch up to the website in around July/August 2013. I sincerely hope you enjoy the story. :)


Valentin slithered in and out of the press of sweating, perfumed humanity, being buffeted this way and that by arms raised to wave and elbows wielded as weapons. Knowing what the streets of Monsilys were going to be like, he had nonetheless chosen to walk rather than take the carriage through the town to the little house in the Dusk that had become his refuge. There the sweet Elodia awaited him, with hot food and good wine, and afterwards the pleasure of her company.

They would toast the Empress’ health and happiness of course; it was the day before her wedding. Valentin intended to arrive to the ceremony still drunk if he could possibly manage it.Collapse )

A Frequent Traveller's Guide to Jovan
Volume II
Part 11: "Llewellyn"

Story Rating: Hard R/NC-17
Story Warnings explicit heterosexual and homosexual sex, slavery, violence, torture and drug use.
Story Summary Since the death of their brother the Emperor Dolmus brought the royal brothers Valentin and Cassius back to Monsilys, capital of the great Jovani Empire, Valentin has cured the boredom of court life with poppy-sap and women, while for Cassius the remedy has been ale and the result much the same. Then an ill-fated duel causes their niece the Empress to send them to Gallica to deal with a problem there, and they find themselves drawn ever more back into the world of Jovani politics: a world their brother banished them from seventeen years earlier. As Valentin veers from disaster to disaster, always running from his past and a life he would prefer to forget, Cassius is fascinated by a damaged boy he rescues from a slave brothel. Valentin's weapon is sly diplomacy, while Cassius prefers the honesty of the sword, but will either be enough to protect Jovan, and themselves?
Notes: Volumes I and II are already written; you can check them out at my website (along with Vol III as it's written), as free eBooks (Volume I and Volume II) or I will be posting them here at a rate of one chapter a week, which means Livejournal will catch up to the website in around July/August 2013. I sincerely hope you enjoy the story. :)


“Brother.”

Cassius squeezed his eyes shut, hoping this would silence the voice.

”Brother, wake up.” Valentin shook his shoulder.

Grumbling, Cassius cracked open one bleary eye and glared at his impeccably dressed brother. “What in the name of the blessed few do you want?”

Valentin raised his eyebrows. “How much do you remember from last night?”

Rubbing his eyes, Cassius sat up. “The Sapphire, not much else.” He sighed. “I dreamed Llewellyn came back.”Collapse )

A Frequent Traveller's Guide to Jovan
Volume II
Part 10: "Love"

Story Rating: Hard R/NC-17
Story Warnings explicit heterosexual and homosexual sex, slavery, violence, torture and drug use.
Story Summary Since the death of their brother the Emperor Dolmus brought the royal brothers Valentin and Cassius back to Monsilys, capital of the great Jovani Empire, Valentin has cured the boredom of court life with poppy-sap and women, while for Cassius the remedy has been ale and the result much the same. Then an ill-fated duel causes their niece the Empress to send them to Gallica to deal with a problem there, and they find themselves drawn ever more back into the world of Jovani politics: a world their brother banished them from seventeen years earlier. As Valentin veers from disaster to disaster, always running from his past and a life he would prefer to forget, Cassius is fascinated by a damaged boy he rescues from a slave brothel. Valentin's weapon is sly diplomacy, while Cassius prefers the honesty of the sword, but will either be enough to protect Jovan, and themselves?
Notes: Volumes I and II are already written; you can check them out at my website (along with Vol III as it's written), as free eBooks (Volume I and Volume II) or I will be posting them here at a rate of one chapter a week, which means Livejournal will catch up to the website in around July/August 2013. I sincerely hope you enjoy the story. :)


The air in the room was cold, and the banked fire was no comfort, but Valentin felt warm, inside and out.

He lay on his back under the furs and blankets, Elodia curled by his side, his head turned to the side to survey the atrium through a gauze-curtained window.

Elodia woke and blinked up at him, her eyelids settling at half-mast and a little smile digging into the corner of her lips.

“Good morning, my sweet saviour,” said Valentin, putting his knuckle under her chin. “What do you have on today?”Collapse )

A Frequent Traveller's Guide to Jovan
Volume II
Part 9: "Rebellion"

Story Rating: Hard R/NC-17
Story Warnings explicit heterosexual and homosexual sex, slavery, violence, torture and drug use.
Story Summary Since the death of their brother the Emperor Dolmus brought the royal brothers Valentin and Cassius back to Monsilys, capital of the great Jovani Empire, Valentin has cured the boredom of court life with poppy-sap and women, while for Cassius the remedy has been ale and the result much the same. Then an ill-fated duel causes their niece the Empress to send them to Gallica to deal with a problem there, and they find themselves drawn ever more back into the world of Jovani politics: a world their brother banished them from seventeen years earlier. As Valentin veers from disaster to disaster, always running from his past and a life he would prefer to forget, Cassius is fascinated by a damaged boy he rescues from a slave brothel. Valentin's weapon is sly diplomacy, while Cassius prefers the honesty of the sword, but will either be enough to protect Jovan, and themselves?
Notes: Volumes I and II are already written; you can check them out at my website (along with Vol III as it's written), as free eBooks (Volume I and Volume II) or I will be posting them here at a rate of one chapter a week, which means Livejournal will catch up to the website in around July/August 2013. I sincerely hope you enjoy the story. :)


“Ah, there you are, Cassius,” said Valentin, stopping him in the hallway. “Have you got a moment?”

“I suppose so,” said Cassius, allowing himself to be towed into an empty drawing room.

“I won’t keep you long, I just wanted to let you know that I’m going out of town for a little while.” Valentin shut the door and went across to the window to pull the curtains open. The chairs were all under covers, but the room didn’t have the dusty, disused feeling of some of the older wings of the palace. It was opened up for major events, or when guests required a private sitting room.

“Oh?” said Cassius, resting his shoulder against the mantelpiece.

“Yes.” Valentin waved his hand and shook his head. There was a small, annoyed frown creasing his forehead. “Caspar finally spilled his guts to me.”

Startled by this mental image, Cassius said, “What?”

“He bailed me up in a corridor and confessed that he was hopelessly in love with Adrienne and he didn’t think he could live without her. He wanted my advice on whether he should break the engagement and slink back to Toqueia or marry Adelais and live out his life in wretched misery.”

“That’s not very polite of him.”Collapse )

A Frequent Traveller's Guide to Jovan
Volume II
Part 8: "Trade"

Story Rating: Hard R/NC-17
Story Warnings explicit heterosexual and homosexual sex, slavery, violence, torture and drug use.
Story Summary Since the death of their brother the Emperor Dolmus brought the royal brothers Valentin and Cassius back to Monsilys, capital of the great Jovani Empire, Valentin has cured the boredom of court life with poppy-sap and women, while for Cassius the remedy has been ale and the result much the same. Then an ill-fated duel causes their niece the Empress to send them to Gallica to deal with a problem there, and they find themselves drawn ever more back into the world of Jovani politics: a world their brother banished them from seventeen years earlier. As Valentin veers from disaster to disaster, always running from his past and a life he would prefer to forget, Cassius is fascinated by a damaged boy he rescues from a slave brothel. Valentin's weapon is sly diplomacy, while Cassius prefers the honesty of the sword, but will either be enough to protect Jovan, and themselves?
Notes: Volumes I and II are already written; you can check them out at my website (along with Vol III as it's written), as free eBooks (Volume I and Volume II) or I will be posting them here at a rate of one chapter a week, which means Livejournal will catch up to the website in around July/August 2013. I sincerely hope you enjoy the story. :)


“You were being so good,” said Cassius mournfully as they rode towards the great gates of Gatanis, capital of Baetica. “I thought the duelling phase was over after Gallica.”

“I admire your self-control, brother; I expected this lecture a fortnight ago.” Valentin rolled his shoulders.

“I was trying to think of the best way to express my chagrin,” said Cassius with dignity.Collapse )

A Frequent Traveller's Guide to Jovan
Volume II
Part 7: "Storm"

Story Rating: Hard R/NC-17
Story Warnings explicit heterosexual and homosexual sex, slavery, violence, torture and drug use.
Story Summary Since the death of their brother the Emperor Dolmus brought the royal brothers Valentin and Cassius back to Monsilys, capital of the great Jovani Empire, Valentin has cured the boredom of court life with poppy-sap and women, while for Cassius the remedy has been ale and the result much the same. Then an ill-fated duel causes their niece the Empress to send them to Gallica to deal with a problem there, and they find themselves drawn ever more back into the world of Jovani politics: a world their brother banished them from seventeen years earlier. As Valentin veers from disaster to disaster, always running from his past and a life he would prefer to forget, Cassius is fascinated by a damaged boy he rescues from a slave brothel. Valentin's weapon is sly diplomacy, while Cassius prefers the honesty of the sword, but will either be enough to protect Jovan, and themselves?
Notes: Volumes I and II are already written; you can check them out at my website (along with Vol III as it's written), as free eBooks (Volume I and Volume II) or I will be posting them here at a rate of one chapter a week, which means Livejournal will catch up to the website in around July/August 2013. I sincerely hope you enjoy the story. :)


The autumn rain was heavy and cold. It sat over Monsilys like a damp blanket, dark clouds pressing down on the city, bleaching the colours and sending rivers of water down the steep streets. Cassius went into quiet mourning for the warm months: he knew the storms would clear into the cool, crispness that presaged winter.

At first, he commandeered a disused salle and went about his sword practice largely as usual. After a couple of days the dreary darkness sapped his energy and he took to lounging around his room, half asleep, staring into the fire or attempting to get through the pile of briefings related to the city guard, which increased in frequency as the low-lying parts of the docks became at serious risk of flooding. The guard sought and obtained his permission to evict tenants from low-lying insulae before they collapsed, and a tent settlement sprang up on the plain, a collection of sodden canvas tents, leaning against each other as if huddling for warmth.

It kept raining.Collapse )

OMG! It's a masterpost!

A Frequent Traveller's Guide to Jovan
~*Masterpost*~

What the blurb says:
Since the death of their brother the Emperor Dolmus brought the royal brothers Valentin and Cassius back to Monsilys, capital of the great Jovani Empire, Valentin has cured the boredom of court life with poppy-sap and women, while for Cassius the remedy has been ale and the result much the same. Then an ill-fated duel causes their niece the Empress to send them to Gallica to deal with a problem there, and they find themselves drawn ever more back into the world of Jovani politics: a world their brother banished them from seventeen years earlier.

As Valentin veers from disaster to disaster, always running from his past and a life he would prefer to forget, Cassius is fascinated by a damaged boy he rescues from a brothel in Sha-Pensei. Valentin's weapon is sly diplomacy, while Cassius prefers the honesty of the sword, but will either be enough to protect Jovan, and themselves?

What you're actually signing up for:
A sprawling political fantasy cum comedy of manners cum treatise on the ethics and economics of slavery cum gay romance that is somewhat like Game of Thrones, but with fewer sadistic character deaths.

Warnings for explicit homosexual and heterosexual scenes, sexual slavery, violence, torture, drug use, ambiguous morality, siblings, daddy issues, secret pasts, adventure, good people making bad decisions, HBICs, teenagers throwing tantrums, cute children, dubious world-building, sarcasm, long discussions about political feasibility, observations on the weather, and detailed descriptions of castles.

Overall rating: Hard R.

Volume 1
At my website | As a free eBook
On Livejournal:
Frontier | Breakfast | Cloud | Diplomacy | Housewarming | Stray | Darkness | Journey | Suitor | Festival | Diversion | Domina | Separation

Volume 2
At my website | As a free eBook
On Livejournal:
Return | Ilas | Solitude | Dusk | Caspar | Welfare | Storm | Trade | Rebellion | Love | Llewellyn | Wedding | Treason

Volume 3
At my website

Other (Ratings/warnings as marked)

Miscellaneous prequels: Treasure (or on AO3) | The Eve of Battle | Twilight.
Assorted interludes and prompts.

A Frequent Traveller's Guide to Jovan
Volume II
Part 6: "Welfare"

Story Rating: Hard R/NC-17
Story Warnings explicit heterosexual and homosexual sex, slavery, violence, torture and drug use.
Story Summary Since the death of their brother the Emperor Dolmus brought the royal brothers Valentin and Cassius back to Monsilys, capital of the great Jovani Empire, Valentin has cured the boredom of court life with poppy-sap and women, while for Cassius the remedy has been ale and the result much the same. Then an ill-fated duel causes their niece the Empress to send them to Gallica to deal with a problem there, and they find themselves drawn ever more back into the world of Jovani politics: a world their brother banished them from seventeen years earlier. As Valentin veers from disaster to disaster, always running from his past and a life he would prefer to forget, Cassius is fascinated by a damaged boy he rescues from a slave brothel. Valentin's weapon is sly diplomacy, while Cassius prefers the honesty of the sword, but will either be enough to protect Jovan, and themselves?
Notes: Volumes I and II are already written; you can check them out at my website (along with Vol III as it's written), as free eBooks (Volume I and Volume II) or I will be posting them here at a rate of one chapter a week, which means Livejournal will catch up to the website in around July/August 2013. I sincerely hope you enjoy the story. :)


Valentin leaned back against the bench, distractedly playing with the hem of his tunic as he half-listened to the discussion of the council. They discussed taxation, the import of spices and dyes, trade routes on the new continent, and the other usual matters. Then Bracchus, head of gens Platina stood up. Beside Valentin, Cassius shifted and grumbled.

“Be nice,” murmured Valentin, “he’s my cousin, after all.”

Snorting, Cassius whispered back, “Yes, and you’ve always been so good to my cousins.”Collapse )

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