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I’m sorry,” she said humbly. “I haven’t wanted to lie to you.”
“I should hope so. You’re the worst liar I’ve ever met.” He thought about it for a moment, then added, “–or the best. Now I’m all confused.
—  Tamara Pierce, Alanna: The First Adventure

friendly reminder that by the beginning of First Test, King Jonathan had forbidden Alanna to challenge people on personal grounds

which means that this had become so much of a problem, so constant an occurrence that Jon had to formally order Alanna to stop getting into fights to defend her own honour

how did that conversation even happen? how did that go down? public, private? I don’t see either way going well for anyone

Family Bonds

Fic also found on AO3 and

Author’s Note: Shagai is a Mongolian game involving the tossing of sheep anklebones (pictured above), like one would dice. Tammy once said she based the K'miri off of Mongolia, so I tried to honor that when thinking of a game Buri might enjoy. All I know of it comes from the wiki page on it, so I apologize for any inaccuracies. The shagai itself are the bones, and then there are different games based on the bones.

Summary: Jon and Buri’s relationship through the years.

Jon courted Buri, just like he courted Thayet.

Well, not just like he courted Thayet. It definitely wasn’t romantic, but he laid siege to Buri’s affections all the same. He made comments specifically designed to amuse her, he gave her gifts that reflected careful attention to her tastes, and he was courteous to her in a way he didn’t have to be as she was technically a commoner here. Buri wasn’t fooled; Jon wasn’t the first man to recognize that Buri and Thayet were a matched set. Any man who had Thayet in his life also had Buri, and any man who wasn’t stupid quickly saw that the more Buri approved of him, the easier his life would be. Buri, for her part, remained wary. She had long ago learned that men are never sweeter than when they desire something from you, and that no Player could ever rival a man when it came to pretending to be someone else.

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Was practicing on gimp and designed a book cover for Song of the Lioness (as if they’d never been split up into four books, so I guess more like a series cover? I may do ones for individual books later)

(not claiming ownership of the pictures I mushed together or anything)

  • Thayet: Alanna, you deserve the best, and you’ve found it. And George – don’t you dare hurt her!
  • George: *laughs* I won’t.
  • Jon: Don’t laugh. She means it.
  • George: I-I won’t!
  • Myles: Seriously son, don’t hurt her.
  • George: Okay, I’m not planning on hurting her!
  • Raoul: You better not be!
  • George: I’m not!
  • Buri: Hey George, you best watch yourself.
  • George: Why would any of you think I would hurt Alanna, you’re all my friends too!
  • Gary: Eh…
Bros before hos! Why? Because your bros are always there for you. They have got your back, after your ho rips your heart out for no good reason. And you were NOTHING but great to your ho, and you told her that she was the only ho for you, and that she was better than all the other hos in the world. And then…[getting choked up] then suddenly she’s not your ho…no mo!
—  Jon
  • Coram: Alanna the Lioness… How do I begin to explain Alanna the Lioness?
  • Kel: Alanna the Lioness is flawless.
  • Raoul: I hear her sword’s insured for 10,000 gold crowns.

  • Buri: I hear she does martial border defense… in Scanra. 

  • George: Her favorite inn is the Dancing Dove. 

  • Thayet: One time she met the Elemental Chitral at the Roof of the World…
  • Jon: And he gave her the Dominion Jewel.
  • Ralon: One time she punched me in the face… it was awesome.