It’s been so long since the last update and I feel terrible that I make you guys wait
This is probably going to end up WAY longer than I planned and it might just work out better split up
It’s my birthday this Saturday and I wanted to post something before the weekend, since I plan to be a lazy bum for the rest of the day and just rest
The second part will be posted in next couple of days - probably at Wednesday [but might be sooner, if I manage to pull my shit together].
As always, this wasn’t beta-read yet but will be before it’s eventually posted to AO3.
I tweaked some of the facts a little bit to fit more into the canon of both TV shows instead of the books. ‘Coming of age’ is reaching eighteenth birthday, not sixteenth. There are also some ideas from the TTG video game thrown in.
Also, have I spent WAY too much time browsing through my “A Feast of Ice and Fire” cookbook? Yes. Yes, I have.
* Morghon/Morghot - “Death” in High Valyrian
CLICK ‘KEEP READING’ FOR THE REST OF THE FIC.)
Alec stands next to his father in the great hall, discussing the possible terms of the trade they are going to settle when a messenger interrupts their meeting. The delegation from Dorne has been spotted at the bottom of the winding path that leads up to Idris castle. It won’t be long before they make it to the top, so Robert orders his family out to the courtyard to wait for their guests and greet them properly.
The castle is a buzz of activity, people running back and forth. The staff is in a mild state of panic - they have been for couple of days now - not only because of the arriving guests, but also due to Alec’s eighteenth name day celebration that is a little over two weeks away. Alec really, really doesn’t think that any kind of festivity is required just for his coming of age, but it’s a tradition and Lightwoods are - if nothing else - traditionalists.
Alec stands on his father’s right side, Isabelle on his left, then Max. His mother would have stood by his father’s side, but giving birth to Max proved to be too much for her body and she passed away after bringing him to this world. At the end of the line is Jace, whose father was assassinated years ago and Robert took in his friend’s son as his ward.
The Dornish party is over forty people strong, but only a dozen or so come up to the castle and the rest sets up camp at the village below. Alec stands up a little taller as the visitors enter the courtyard, the sound of horses announcing their arrival even before they entered the gates. Alec has seen Dornishmen before, so their dark skin and exotic looks aren’t that much of a surprise. They arrive on sand steeds, the breed easily recognizable and breathtakingly beautiful. There is a handful of guards mixed in the party and at the head of it is the ruling Prince of Dorne, Ragnor Fell. Alec has never met him, but with hair as white as snow - so atypical for Dornish people - he can’t be mistaken for anyone else. He is a tall man, with strong, chiseled jaw and bushy eyebrows. There is a sword strapped to his side that swings slightly as he descends from his horse and he’s wearing black and gold travelling cloak - they all do, actually. It’s still the middle of summer and it’s actually pretty warm for their climate, but Alec supposes that when you lived among deserts for your entire life, even summer weather in the North must seem freezing cold.
Sorry for not picking these up as quickly. I’ve been fighting some stomach problems that are just now clearing up so I should be back on track to finish up this week! harukami is on proofing as always.