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Keep Hoping Machine Running ([personal profile] thefourthvine) wrote2016-07-11 07:56 pm

All the Ships I've Loved Before 4

The One That Proves That What Actually Felled the Roman Empire Was a Lack of Sartorial Adaptability.Chosen Man, by Sineala. The Eagle, Marcus Flavius Aquila/Esca Mac Cunoval.

Can you love a ship without ever knowing the canon? Well, if you can't, this project is in some serious trouble, because, uh, I don't watch a lot of canon. (I have now reached the point in my life where I'm getting judged by my own son for not watching enough canon. Child, I did not bring you into this world so you could say in wondering tones, "You've only seen NINE episodes of Doctor Who?" And anyway it's more like 11, thank you.) But in some cases, I don't need to see the canon. And by "don't need," I mean, "Shhhh, just let me sit here and pretend that this is canon, because it should be. It should be."

So, the Canon, to the Best of My Knowledge: there are these dudes named Marcus and Esca. Marcus is a Roman soldier. Esca is his slave. And...I think they're in love? I don't know. I read a couple of recaps of the movie and was like, wow, if there's another explanation for this than "they're committed life partners," it's not coming through here. And to be honest, even if you take it as read that it's Marcus and Esca, sitting in a tree, k-i-s-s-i-n-g, the recaps of the movie aren't the easiest thing in the world to follow. I'm guessing it probably makes more sense if you watch it.

But I am okay with not understanding it, because the fic, well. The fic makes it all so clear! And this is the perfect, Platonic ideal of Eagle fic, at least for me. Ridiculous devotion? Yup, we have it. Culture clash? Indeed. Being really good at stuff? Present! Working together to do important things? Hail, hail, the gang's all here, let's get this show on the road. And, yes, okay, it does take like 100,000 words of longing and adventure and lying the mud for them to get the show on the road, but that is a plus. I like slow burns, okay? We already discussed this. I am Team Slower Is Better, and If It Takes Five Years I Am Fine with That, Maybe They Can Have Adventures While They Pine and/or Yearn.

(I have a sneaking suspicion that this whole Ships I Have Loved project is going to reveal a lot of terrible things about my id. Which – like – I am braced for that, but to be honest I am hoping I don't notice and nobody tells me. I definitely don't want to look into the abyss, but I also don't particularly want it or anything else to look into me, if that makes sense. My id probably cannot stand up to abyssal scrutiny.)

So, this fic – yes, I am now back to that – is an AU in which Marcus and Esca are both soldiers in the Roman Army, with Marcus in command of the Actual Worst Unit in the Entire Empire, except really they're not; the Roman Empire is just not prepared to deal with their kind of awesomeness. So there's competence and learning the ropes and a slow burn and battle and complications, and basically if I could I would read versions of this story every day for the rest of my life. Like, this story, but in SPACE! Or this story, but with DRAGONS! What I'm saying is that this should really be a genre all of its own, and I shake my fist at the publishing industry for not understanding that.

But unfortunately it is not a whole genre, so I have no choice but to re-read this one. A lot. But carefully, so I don't wear it out. I assume everyone in the world has already read this story, but if you have, now is a good time to read it again! And if you haven't, good news: now is your time to be alive.
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[personal profile] isweedan 2016-07-12 03:17 am (UTC)(link)
FAAAAAAAAAAAVE <3
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[personal profile] everbright 2016-07-12 03:20 am (UTC)(link)
I actually have this L U R K I N G on my e-reader, I was just never in the mood to start it before... Maybe I'll mark it for Train Reading.
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[personal profile] sasha_feather 2016-07-12 03:21 am (UTC)(link)
yay, downloading!
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"Like, this story, but in SPACE!"

[personal profile] kathmandu 2016-07-12 03:22 am (UTC)(link)
Have you read Ancillary Justice?
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[personal profile] out_there 2016-07-12 03:29 am (UTC)(link)
So, the Canon, to the Best of My Knowledge: there are these dudes named Marcus and Esca. Marcus is a Roman soldier. Esca is his slave. And...I think they're in love? I don't know. I read a couple of recaps of the movie and was like, wow, if there's another explanation for this than "they're committed life partners," it's not coming through here. And to be honest, even if you take it as read that it's Marcus and Esca, sitting in a tree, k-i-s-s-i-n-g, the recaps of the movie aren't the easiest thing in the world to follow. I'm guessing it probably makes more sense if you watch it.

... you know, that's not far off, really. I mean, I view it more as a "here is the heroic adventure where they fell in love" kind of movie -- a discovery of why they're so committed to each other and what that means in emotional terms -- rather than a "they're already together and that explains the plot" type movie, but... yes. The devotion is there.

It's also rather beautifully shot. And I liked the symbolic Eagle and the focus on a culture that values glory more than avoiding death, but honestly? You could probably pick up a lot of the movie just from tumblr gifs. (You really could.)
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[personal profile] hypertwink 2016-07-12 08:18 am (UTC)(link)
I love this ship. And I will read any fic that features these two and their actors (JBells and Charming Potato). Step Up AU. Been there. Jumper Fusion. Done that. Magic Mike...YAS!

p.s. My icon is the two of them when they were promoting The Eagle.
Edited 2016-07-12 08:18 (UTC)
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[personal profile] icedbatik 2016-07-12 12:16 pm (UTC)(link)
"You've only seen NINE episodes of Doctor Who?" And anyway it's more like 11, thank you.

Are you sure you're not getting episode count confused with Doctor count?! :-)
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[personal profile] beledibabe 2016-07-12 11:20 pm (UTC)(link)
Ooooh, thanks! I've been looking for some good recs.

(And how the hell are you? Everyone well? Life kinda got. . . intense for a couple of years, but is settling down again. I hope. Maybe. Anyhow, love to you all!)
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[personal profile] brownbetty 2016-07-13 07:00 pm (UTC)(link)
Honestly, Romans vs. Pants is one of my fave weird historical tiffs.

Romans: PANTS ARE FOR GIRLS!
Turkish: ... okay, that explains why your cavalry sucks so bad.
ROMANS: HORSES ARE FOR GIRLS!

(Anonymous) 2016-07-24 06:20 pm (UTC)(link)
I love your recs and so picked up this story, having 0% knowledge of the source material. I enjoyed the story, though it dawned on me part way through that I was translating to Fraser and RayK in my head.

~haphazardmethod