I know I'm already in the middle of posting chapters for The Path of Sorrows the Dragon Throne (which by the way is almost to the end of the first book and about that start on the second book) but I thought I'd announce on this forum the fact that I'm posting a new fic that has nothing to do with TPoSTDT. It's called The Convenient Queen, and I did a lot more research before I started writing it in an effort to keep it to as close a canon feel as possible. It focuses on the politics and the feel of living in the world of the Twelve Kingdoms, and what it might be like to try to hold Tai together with a king off the throne. I tried to keep it as close as possible to the tone of the novels and short stories while still keeping it an interesting read. The summary is as follows
The kingdom of Tai teeters on a knife-edge, balanced between civil war and a very fragile peace. General Asen was defeated but his legacy remains; the Province Lords of the North resist the fragile Royal Authority of a moonlight court led by the Taiho and the Royal Consort, who prop up the throne in the absence of Tai's rightful ruler Gyousou Saku (who is held in spelled slumber) for the last fifty years. It is at the eleventh hour that King Gyousou awakens and the armies of the northern shuukou, led by Asen, prepare to launch an attack on the Palace. The restoration of Royal Authority by the King, the Taiho, and the Royal Consort may be Tai's last, best hope for peace.