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Death comes to Noviomagus Reginorum

I finally finished and posted my story in which both the main characters of Eagle of the Ninth are dead, and Cottia is extremely old and solves crimes in the Downs like a second-century Miss Marple with the aid of Servius Placidus's great grandson!

Sixty years after the Eagle of the Ninth, Cottia still lives on the farm in the Downs that she, Marcus and Esca set up together. Britain is in confusion after four years of civil war across the Empire. The great house of Placidus backed the wrong imperial claimant, and now young Servius Placidus, the last of a long line, is on the run from the newly-established Emperor Severus's revenge. Then one of Severus's men is found dead....

Read on Ao3 It's 18618 words. Nobody has sex.

Now with some lovely art by emisolde!

ETA actually, none of the featured characters have sex, but there is an ongoing joke about the sexual prowess of one Biccus.  I wonder if that is enough to make it not count as 'gen' ?  I don't really know how these things work tbh.

In a way I wish I'd made this longer, because I had so much potential backstory for Centurion Crispus that didn't make it into the tale. But on the other hand, writing whodunnits turns out to be really hard. You murder someone and then you have to figure out how and why! It's so much easier to read them and have the detective and author do the hard work for you. :-D


24th Apr, 2016 16:31 (UTC)
There's nothing to stop you writing a prequel with Centurion Crispus ...

I know exactly what you mean about whodunits - finding the dead body is definitely the easy part.
24th Apr, 2016 22:08 (UTC)
True. But I think at the point that I'm writing a detailed backstory for an original character who never met a canon character, I probably have to let go of the illusion that this is still fanfic. :-D

Which is not a reason not to do it, of course. But I think not as whodunnit!
24th Apr, 2016 22:10 (UTC)
... also I forgot to say 'thank you for beta-ing and helping me turn the ending into a real ending!'
24th Apr, 2016 22:32 (UTC)
You're welcome! I enjoyed doing it.

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