[i-it’s not like i love this prompt and want to turn it into a series or anything! baka!]
The wind on Mount Hou is crisp, but not brittle, not like the whipping winds up north in the kingdom she’s only heard about. It’s rare that two kirin grow to fruition at the same time, are plucked by their nyokai within days of each other, but honestly, the nyosen all seem delighted. Honestly, Paolin loves it. It would be boring to grow up alone, to have no one to tease and play with except the nyosen, no have no one to throw peach pits at when they’re romping around in their human forms for once.
All the nyosen are buzzing, delighted that the shouzan will start in just a few days, but right now all Paolin wants to do is relax, is go out on a last adventure under the stars with Ivan, before either of them has a king to carry around.
They can’t talk, while they’re leaping from rocky crag to soft meadow, while the wind is in their manes and they show off, trying to see who can pull off the highest leaps. That’s all right. They understand each other nonetheless. Kireshi and the nyosen all say her king will understand her like this, will know what she’s thinking before she says it, will love her as much as Ivan does, but it’s hard to believe. For now, it’s enough to have the stars, the wind, and him with her, looking steadfastly away from the sunrise.
Transforming still feels a little strange—like shedding a skin he never knew he had, or taking off an overcoat he never realized had been fastened a little too tightly. Once he’s in his other form, what they tell him is his real form, it’s easy, it’s free, though he hasn’t quite got the knack of flying yet.
Oh, but he wants to. Wants it badly, because he can’t risk making a mistake, not with Gyousou on his back. Gyousou only strokes his mane, tells him he’s still a bit small to ride in any case, and that they’ll have hundreds of years to practice.
“Besides,” he says, lifting Taiki easily onto his lap once he’s back in his human form, “you’ll need all that time.”
“Oh? For what, Master Gyousou?”
“To pay me back for all the times I’ve carried you, of course.” Gyousou laughs, full and hearty, the way he did when Taiki made him a king.
And maybe it isn’t bad that he’s not big enough yet, not strong enough to carry his master through the sky. Because in the meantime, his master’s arms are no bad place to be.
Anonymous asked: What is 12 Kingdoms?
Short Answer: A series of six Japanese light novels and one collection of short stories that was adapted into a 45-episode anime. The anime follows the story of Nakajima Youko, a high school student who is accosted by an awkward unicorn and kidnapped to another world where God is drunk and people grow on trees and sacred unicorns choose kings and half the people are immortal and the other half give no fucks and whenever the king is done being king he goes crazy and murders his whole country.
Long Answer: The novels follow three or four different characters on their “adventures,” which are sometimes to stay alive, sometimes to fulfill a destiny, sometimes to try and reclaim what has been lost. The books have a few protagonists: Youko, a high school student pulled into a world beyond her comprehension, drafted into being an Emperor when she can barely manage to survive (and becoming a fearsome warrior queen along the way); Taiki, a ten-year-old who finds out he’s never been human, that the destiny of a kingdom rests on his shoulders, and who finally finds his destiny…only to have everything tragically ripped away from him (that’s not a spoiler, it’s a framing device); Shouryuu and Enki, a King and his Kirin, a wastrel of a samurai and his spunky, constantly-irritated vassal, who have somehow held their country together for five hundred years; and Shushou, a twelve-year-old girl who figures that if none of the adults are going to solve her kingdom’s problems, she might as well do it her damn self.
It’s an intricate and well-formed world, explored in great detail, nuanced and beautiful, complex and sometimes gentle, sometimes savage, oh, and based a bit on medieval China for some reason.
Some miscellaneous things I love about Twelve Kingdoms:
The anime is actually really excellent, and has one of the best soundtracks I’ve ever heard. It’s better in some ways than the novels (oh god thank you for fixing the pacing problems of the first book), but really suffers in others (thanks for adding two useless characters??). Also, it doesn’t cover all the books, which is a shame, because I believe the company that was producing it went under. The art is beautiful, and I, uh, have a thing for the maps. The voice acting is exceptional if you like subtitles but oh god if you watch the dubs, lie to me and say you watched the subs—or just mock them. Mockery is fine too.
Fanfic Recommendations: I’m just going to recommend a couple, because, uh, I was really into the fandom (of five people) like four years ago, but it’s….been a while.
What there is of a Kink Meme on the community I used to co-mod. That was fun. Also oh god I have fic on there I wrote before I was a writer uhhh yeah I’ll just…hope no one knows who I am.
Everything else I know about is either on AO3, or on people’s personal LJ pages—Canis_M, Jougetsu, Pengiesama…uh…Chofi…uh…me…yeah that’s kind of the whole LJ fandom I know about who writes? But again, I haven’t been on there for a few years. NOW I LIVE ON TUMBLARGH.
I hope that answers your question a bit! If anything about this appeals to you, check it out. And if you do check it out PLEASE TALK TO ME ABOUT IT. I’m not lying when I say that the fandom is like five people. Idek why, it’s such a good series.
Do me one last favor, anyone who’s thinking about getting into Twelve Kingdoms: If you start with the anime, stick with it until the giant rat shows up. Trust me. Looks like this.
He’s here to make everything better, I swear.
Fandom: Twelve Kingdoms (Juuni Kokki)
Characters: Taiki (Takasato Kaname), Gyousou, Risai, Asen, OCs
Rating: Teen (for violence)
Word Count: 17,712 (aaaahhhh!)
Summary: Following the events of “The Shore in Twilight, the Sky in Daybreak,” Taiki and Risai attempt to liberate the Kingdom of Tai. But that may not be as easy as it seems, when traitors style themselves heroes, and the King is nowhere to be found.
Except for a faint voice in Taiki’s mind…
Notes: Written for pengiesama for Yuletide.
I’m just going to shop a thousand sparkles onto this and then it will be grownup Taiki and that will be the best thing.
always reblog a badass emperor and her magical unicorn
Thank you guys for sending in your amazing questions. I kind of wanted to put them all on, but that would be silly. So instead, here’s what I came up with. I tried to make it a little different from a regular voice meme, and hopefully a little more interesting. I’ll be recording mine in a few minutes!
Now finally, end by saying, “This is where (insert your name here)’s story begins!”
I should probably be thinking about the symbolism of Enki riding on Shouryuu’s back instead of the other way around. Nope. I’m thinking “D’awwwwwwww.”
(I’m also thinking about how hard I ship them.)
Gyousou looks very cool
until you remember that in this scene his basic plan of attack was “lie there and let the ten-year-old unicorn save my ass”
And here we have Taiki and his
future husband Lord and Master, Gyousou.
And everyone in the fandom enjoyed a good laugh when a certain translator shoved in the unnecessary sentence about Gyousou having lots of fatherly feelings.