Fenris, a runaway slave and fugitive, steals the identity of a knight and finds himself locked into a kingdom-wide competition for the title of “Champion”, half the royal coffers, and the hand of the heir to the throne. Meanwhile Audrianna, Queen Leandra Amell’s oldest daughter, has a promise to keep to her sister; and she’s not going to let a silly competition stop her.
Total Words: 61,563
Total Chapters: 17 (plus pending epilogue)
Pairings: Fenris x F!Hawke, some implied Bethany x Anders.
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"That’s one hell of a truth, Goose,” Fenris mimicked. “I’m not sure how I’ll ever top that.”
Rees snorted. She scratched underneath the one remaining shoulder plate then underneath the dried blood on her cheeks. The smell of horse shit and hay still lived happily in her pores and the layer of sweat still on her skin made her feel greasy. She’d never felt more at home on the cold palace floors. A circle of guards surrounded them with their swords pointed to where she and Fenris sat. Hawke ignored them and leaned back until she fell over, the cold floor feeling great on her back after an intense fight. Fenris scowled at her and pointedly did not follow suit.
"Oh, come on. You have to admit it was an excellent end to that horrid contest." she said. She frowned thoughtfully at the high ceilings. "Though I suppose I have to marry myself now."
"I doubt that will be allowed."
“That’s your issue with this whole situation?”
"One of many, your majesty.”
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