TITLE: The Witchfinder's Whore
AUTHOR: roseveare
LENGTH: ~18,800 words approx
SUMMARY: Nathan Wuornos hid his magic and took up bartering his flesh for coin after watching his father burned at the stake. But one day, an aggressive client cries "witch!" and Nathan finds himself in the citadel jails. An unexpected reprieve appears in the form of shady priest Duke Crocker, who offers to release Nathan in return for his services... both physical and magical... in bringing down his hated enemy, corrupt Crown Inquisitor Lady Mara and her consort William. Nathan has no intention of betraying another witch, but he'll take the chance for freedom... and to play with the delectable priest's guilty lusts while he's about it...
NOTES: Crack fantasy romance novel AU written for the Unconventional Courtship challenge.
DISCLAIMER: Not mine, no profit, yadda, yadda, yadda.

"It is a Dark Era, one when a lusty lad will do what he must to survive. Even if it means bartering flesh for a palmful of coins. . . Forced to watch his father burn at the stake, Nathan Wuornos knows the danger of the gift he inherited - a powerful magic that must stay hidden. Until one night when he's accused of witchcraft and Nathan finds himself behind prison walls, awaiting certain death with a roguish priest unlike any man of the cloth he has known. In reality, Duke Crocker is as far from holy as the devil himself, but his promise of freedom in return for Nathan's services may be his salvation. Locked into a dubious agreement, Nathan resents his plan to have him seduce and ruin his lifelong enemy. But toying with Duke's own lust for him is enjoyable, and he agrees to be his pawn while secretly intending to use him just the same..."

--Based on 'The Harlot' by Saskia Walker.

The roles could've gone either way. But I've been joking about writing hooker!Nathan since the season 3-4 hiatus, so~

The Witchfinder's Whore )

Or read on AO3
The Nathan/William thing. A few reasons. 1.) I rather liked Eureka and Colin Ferguson, so there's the aesthetic thing going on there, especially with the kind of similar look that the two guys have, both got that rangy cowboy thing going on and the blue eyes? 2.) Occasionally I just dig the villain 'ships generally, especially when the characters have some sort of past connection or crucial interest in common that makes them reflections of each other (or of the other's romantic obsession). Reed Richards/Doom, Crichton/Scorpius, Luffy/Crocodile, Fred/Lilah... 3.) On from that they do have that connection, over Audrey|Mara, and so the presence of William offers a male character and opportunity for slash that Nathan can feel, who can mess him up just as much as Audrey|Mara(|Sarah) can.

4.) It's kind of fun? William's a cheerful, villainous nutter of few morals and Nathan is... well, it's not that he doesn't have a sense of humour, but it's rather dry and in certain situations you'd have to look hard to find it, but he's definitely the serious straight man, so the idea of saddling him with this zany, cheerful character is pretty neat.

I tend to see this 'ship as dub/non consent more than anything else, so it was a challenge to write it when I knew the requester didn't want that, and find a way to make it work for me with that element removed (mostly. I guess there'll always be shadows of that in the identity issues thing). I have to admit that the concept of Aaron Pallister makes me grin like an idiot and, okay, maybe it skews the gender issues in the show horribly to take out Audrey and leave Mara the villain, but it's a thought experiment. We are allowed those from time to time. I think I've written enough things that Audrey was central to, to get away with this one.

I'm not sure why this one's been struggling so much, because as I say, I like it a lot. Maybe it's the gender issues, maybe it's the tense change and switch to flashback two paragraphs in (I needed the background to sell the aftermath... I had something like 3 days to write the fic by the time House Divided and Troubled Tales were finished and I'd worked past the dead-slump that followed...eep!... so I didn't have time to play around with different ways of doing that).

I thought about tagging it 'curtain fic' in a totally ironic way. It ended up more domestic in focus than I'd expected. But in the end it wasn't about a dramatic fists-and-Troubles-and-superpowers fight for "Aaron's" identity, but a guy trying to figure out who he was and what environment he belonged in and who with. Which I think is more interesting than I could've made all the melodrama and Nathan shouting "Aaron, come back to me!" a lot.

I guess it begs the question of why I've never done this approach with Audrey|Mara/Nathan. And I think that's got to be the gender issues. Put a woman in that situation, with the mind-wipe, and fling her body to someone else's control like that, and it feels a lot more rapey, it feels like Mara's anger is right. Maybe that's a position/attitude worth examining? I'm usually more equal in my treatment of the sexes than that. But there's just as much an argument that Mara WAS those personalities and that under the circumstances those were her choices (with misinformation, but still her choices). IDK. It's an odd one. Would people be squicked if I'd written this sort of situation with Mara just falling for Nathan post-personality-wipe? At least one story out there already that seems to be popular enough to indicate not. But Mara falling for Nathan feels so much more tricky and landmine peppered in all the issues it raises. (Which is why Eurydice|House exists...) For me that needs to be more than the question of "love" saving/redeeming Mara... particularly of Nathan's love, which was never consensual from Mara's perspecfive to begin with.

Which is obviously inherently different from William deciding "Hm, I've got a good thing going here, I'm comfortable, this identity has been good for me, maybe I'll leave the evilin' days behind and try this on..."

(It's probably a question of gravitas as well. Mara intrinsically has more drama in her evil, twisted soul, while William's presence is lighter and more easy-going.)

Sometimes things get way more complicated than they seem.

House Divided: Chapter 6 )

NOTE: This is later than planned. I realised I needed to edit all of the last chapters as a unit to make sure I had the continuity straight, which meant I had to get the last of my typing done. Hoping to post the last three sections Saturday-Sunday-Monday.
This is the other chapter to which most of the warnings apply (which isn't to say that the rest of the fic is all hugs and puppies). Halfway point. Image (reluctantly) behind cut because of vague nudity.

House Divided: Chapter 4 )
This morning I was asked what Nathan's Troubles are now, and thought a reminder was a good idea, so made a quick substitution of the art for this chapter, with apologies to Leonardo da Vinci!

House Divided: Chapter 2 )
Title: House Divided
Author: roseveare
Rating: Explicit
Length: Approx 70,000 words
Summary: In which Nathan still has A Plan To Rescue Audrey, Duke wants to know if it's as lousy/suicidal as the last one, and Mara also has plans, too many of them to count.
Relationships: Mara/Nathan/William, Audrey/Nathan, Duke/Jennifer
!Warnings: dubious consent, non-con.
Notes: Direct sequel to Eurydice's Adventures in the Underworld, which has a podfic version if that makes the catchup easier. To recap, in Eurydice, Nathan agreed to accompany Mara to help bring William back from the void after the season 4 finale. During their adventures on the other side of the gate, Mara forced upon him repeated Troubles to help their quest and bind him to her. In the major incendiary moment of that story, Mara, upon finding William again, decided to keep Nathan and physically share him with William, and in the fallout they returned to Haven still bound together while Nathan's plan to trap them all in the void to keep Haven safe unravelled.
NOTES #2: This fic is being posted for wipbigbang on livejournal. It originally stalled last year at the end of Chapter 2, when I did not have time to finish it before season 5 started. I am hoping to post it complete, a chapter per day and then Chapter 8 plus the Epilogue on the final day, by July 29th, but there is a lot of editing to be done to meet that goal.
You can download a very large version of the title image here: http://ic.pics.livejournal.com/roseveare/716494/865251/865251_900.png


House Divided - Prologue )

Cover to an upcoming fanfiction novel House Divided, which is a sequel to Eurydice's Adventures in the Underworld with Mara (Audrey), Nathan and William. The follow-up adds Duke, Jennifer and Dwight to the main cast and takes place after Mara's return to Haven in an AU season 5.

The giant bird is a creation of William's goo-balls. Nathan possesses multiple Troubles in addition to his canonical one after accompanying Mara into the void, one of which is the forcefield Trouble depicted (another enabled him to build Mara's castle). Mara|Audrey has the aether to create Troubles on her hand. A significant proportion of the story is set on an island off Haven which Mara chose to make her base.

This will be posted by 29th July as it’s my WIPbigbang story. I may start posting it in installments (10 parts) as early as sometime next week.

Enormous version here: http://ic.pics.livejournal.com/roseveare/716494/863977/863977_900.png

This is like a fusion of the cartoons and the ink drawing style, since it's been done directly onto photoshop.

Title: Eurydice's Adventures in the Underworld
Written & Read by: roseveare
Rating: R
Details: 2hrs 49mins, 395MB, MP3
Summary: Mara and Nathan search for William on the other side of the gate.
Warnings: Consent issues are a major theme. Post-season 4 written prior to season 5, so this is an AU interpretation of Mara.
Link to work text: http://archiveofourown.org/works/2146272

Eurydice's Adventures in the Underworld - complete file streaming and download on mediafire

Split into 5 files for ease of listening/downloading:
Prologue | Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4

I'll upload a zip file at the weekend if I have chance. I'm too exhausted right now to even post about the carry-on that was today. For now just please listen to the nice audio. A ridiculous amount of work went into it.
Full version of last week's cartoon:

Here are the three panels as separate pieces: Charlotte/Dwight | Audrey/Nathan | Mara/Duke

It's entirely possible that the scope of this was always beyond my drawing ability/drawing style to convey, but I think that as things go it... does not suck.

Three Factions - Haven 5x11 cartoon. Based on Hagar’s metaphor of Haven splitting into three factions composed of Battle Queens and their Chosen Warriors.

This is late and has no shading, but will be released as three separate finished panels (bigger, because these are cropped to fit the size of the previous) sometime next week.

Sorry, I know there are comments to answer but I've just spent hours trying to finish this and now I need to go fall over.

Haven 5x10 cartoon: Bad Influence. Duke and Mara were so like naughty children in cahoots until the end of the ep last week. Hence this little AU where they grew up together. No neighbourhood would be safe.
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( Oct. 23rd, 2014 09:19 pm)
This week's Haven cartoon (5x06) is too potentially spoilery to let loose on DW/LJ without a cut tag )...

Nathan is actually reaching behind him for his gun, but it didn't come out very clearly.
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( Oct. 2nd, 2014 08:36 pm)

Haven 5x03 cartoon, with much cursing for costume style and hairstyle changes. OMG what will I do without Duke’s hair?

This almost didn't happen this week, since I've been away, been unwell, been generally disorganised, so it pretty much got done in 5 hours this afternoon. And now I have twitchy-eye from spending 5 hours in a row on Photoshop.


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