About : When Marcus and Esca have to make a trip to Egypt, they find the ancient land hides dangers they had not expected.Words
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This is the longest thing I have written in one go, and to be honest, it could, with terrifying ease, have been much longer. It kept growing more plot in a thoroughly alarming way. There are so many lovely original sources for Egypt, all full of ideas! The source that I started with was either a prayer, or a sort of spell:"A Plea to a Local God for a Husband's Attentions.
It is Esrmpe, the [daughter] of Kllaouc, who is complaining about Hor, the [son] of Tanesneou.
“My lord Osiris, lord of Hasro! I complain to you, do justice to me and Hor, the son of Tanesneou, concerning what I have done to him and what he has done to me. Namely, he does not make love with me, I having no power, I having no protector-son. I am unable to help myself, I am childless. There is no one who could complain concerning me before you because of Hor … I complain to you … Osiris, listen to my call! Look how he has treated me! Open the way for your messengers … Osiris, lord of Abydos, Osiris … Isis … Ophois, Hathor, nurse of Anubis the Osiride, the cowherd of … do justice to me!”
Frankly, it only got odder from that point in...
Lovely images supplied by ningloreth
, who also beta'd and supplied many helpful thoughts on things like mudbrick building techniques and whether one can really write a whole fiction all about the issues around dutiful and legally-correct incest without it becoming a bit ... icky, and has generally been a lot of fun to collaborate with!
Thanks also to seascribe
for betaing and helping me work out how to get to the end (which at one point I feared I would never reach...)
Although this is an Eagle of the Ninth story, it also owes a lot to Gillian Bradshaw's Roman Egypt novel, Cleopatra's Heir
, which I love, and is set about a hundred and sixty years earlier. If anyone has read that, yes, it IS no coincidence that Claudius Hieronimianus says he has a Friend of the King, Egyptian traders and Roman citizens among his ancestors. He doesn't know the whole story, of course.( Read more... )