14 Oct 2021
When Thomas Barrow is medically discharged from the Imperial fleet, he has no desire to return to the backwater planet where his family lives. Running short on money and options, he is forced to ask his former employer, Lord Grantham, if he might return to service in his seasonal home in the capital planet of Odin. But things have changed since Thomas left service to go into the fleet, and he does not fit back easily into the old way of things. With a lesser position and new enemies, Thomas finds life on Odin difficult to bear.
Newly awarded the title of count, Reinhard von Lohengramm finds returning to the capital after being out in space intolerable. He wants nothing more than to be on his flagship, fighting the next battle, with Kircheis by his side. In contrast to that, the court on Odin is a pit of serpents, especially for the formerly middle class Reinhard, who is disliked by the majority of the nobility. When one of his few allies in court, the Baroness Magdalena von Westpfale, demands that he play the social game for his sister's sake, Reinhard reluctantly agrees and tries to join the court life.
The court season of 486 I.C., in the heart of the dying Galactic Empire, will be the last one of its kind.
Yan BarCarran is the orphan daughter of a spacefaring clan, about to graduate from the school where people with the rare God-given power are sent to train. The next phase in her life is the apprenticeship, where she will begin her lifelong career. She’s hoping for a research position, but that's not what she gets.
Aymon Sandreas is the Voice of the Empire, wielding the unfettered power that being a theocratic dictator provides. But he’s getting older, and he needs to choose a successor. He needs someone that he can shape into a leader: someone who will carry on the tradition, someone who will be able to make difficult, correct decisions, and someone he can bear to spend the rest of his mortal life working with. He picks three students as potential leaders: the talented and thoughtful Yan, the impulsive and striving Sid , and the mysterious and troubled Kino. Only one of them will survive their apprenticeship to take his place.
Yan’s life spirals into chaos. Her best friend, Sylva, is in love with her; she can’t make her new coworkers get along; she hates the man who is supposed to train her to survive assassination; and above all, she's learning how large of a burden it is to keep the machine of Empire running.
- Part 1 of In the Shadow of Heaven
21 Sep 2021
Two men prefer to remember fate, while everyone else prefers to forget.
On the day before destiny, Reuenthal and Kircheis share their secrets.
Hail-and-Farewell Vinright is a pirate, ferrying drugs and weapons across the galaxy. When he discovers that the headaches he's been plagued with are not a sign that he has a brain tumor, and are instead the rare God-given gift of the power, one in a million psychic abilities, Hail sees the opportunity to help his family profit. Only people with the power can build the stardrives at the core of every ship, and the market for them is controlled by the Imperial government. Pirates would pay huge sums for one, so Hail's family enters the market.
Aymon Sandreas is the least likely candidate to take the Imperial throne upon the retirement of his master, First Herrault. When Aymon steps too far out of line, his master sends him away to find the pirates who are flooding the galaxy with stardrives, destabilizing the Imperial government and the spacefaring Guild. Expecting an easy but boring task, Aymon's interest is piqued when the mysterious stardrive maker proves a clever and capable adversary.
When Hail and Aymon finally come face to face, Aymon offers Hail an opportunity: work for me, in exchange for your life. But Hail wants nothing more than revenge, and he's willing to play the long game to get it...
- Part 2 of In the Shadow of Heaven
18 Aug 2021
“There is always somewhere higher to climb. And in the grand scheme of things, what I have accomplished was flashy and exciting, but not particularly tactically relevant. The loss of one ship for the imperial fleet is nothing, and while the saving of four hundred Alliance soldiers may mean much to their families, in a war where battles regularly involve the lives and deaths of millions of people, it’s insignificant.”
“You want to be in charge of the lives and deaths of millions?”
Reinhard’s smile showed teeth. “I would like to see the Goldenbaum dynasty destroyed,” he said. “And that is a goal that will involve a great many people, a far greater number than are on a single ship, or in a single fleet, even.”
This is part four of a very involved roleswap AU. At minimum, you should read part two (Life Out of Balance) before reading this part. Just as science fiction plays fast and loose with the laws of physics, so too do I play fast and loose with some elements of canon. Tags/relationships will be updated as chapters are posted.
- Part 7 of A Wheel Inside a Wheel
18 Aug 2021
Yang Wen-li is forced to take up a secret identity, hiding in the Empire, after his father's death and resulting debt almost forces him into a life of indentured servitude on Phezzan.
Reinhard von Müsel's mother learns that Annerose is to be sold to the Kaiser's court, so she takes her two children and flees to the FPA, arriving as penniless refugees beholden to the Alliance's charity.
A roleswap AU featuring slow burn romance, exciting space battles, court drama, treason, murder, intrigue, strategy, secret identities, heavy handed metaphor, and much, much more.
You do not need familiarity with Legend of the Galactic Heroes to read this story.
01 Mar 2021
For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.
A series of canon compliant one shots, loosely connected by the central subject they orbit around; a different perspective on Reinhard.
You don't have to read these in order or all together / they're mostly grouped as a series to help people find them more easily. Order is chronological.
Updates whenever I feel the urge. Feel free to make requests but you'll only get follow through on my part if you manage to give me a brain worm.
These are "canon compliant" in a somewhat loose sense. I treat Reinhard/Kircheis and Reuenthal/Mittermeyer as "subtextually canon", ie implied heavily enough by the text that I can write them without contradicting the OVA in any way.
series title from love, love, love by the Mountain Goats
An online message board devoted to a cult fantasy author wrestles with his baffling final book.
Bookmarked by natsinator
08 Mar 2021
again, again i say to you: read the northern caves