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The Regicide: now posted in full at AO3

Title: The Regicide
Author/Artist: astrokath/chesneycat
Rating/Warnings: T/M, Character death; graphic depictions of violence; unbalanced power dynamics
Character(s)/Book(s): OCs, Fifth Pass
Summary/Notes: (word count: approx 300k total)

When Weyrwoman Maenida of the High Reaches comes to grief during Threadfall, the repercussions are disastrous for her entire Weyr. The Fighting Wings suffer crippling losses, and even the Lower Caverns are left in turmoil. With the Weyrwoman facing a long and slow recovery -- at best -- Weyrleader Sh'vek's options are limited...but that only makes it all the more essential for him to keep a tight hold on the reins of power.

Rahnis of Ista, brought in to assist junior weyrwoman Delene in the running of the Weyr, soon discovers that her new responsibilities will be even harder to manage than she imagined. With the Weyrwoman incapacitated and Delene proving more and more incompetent by the day, the future well-being of the Weyr -- and that of the Holds and Crafthalls it protects -- are placed in considerable jeopardy. Torn from her weyrmate, she struggles to find a workable solution that will make everything right...though it will, inevitably, exact a price.

But for some people, it's not all bad news. He may have been given leadership of the worst Wing ever to grace the skies of Pern, but for bronzerider F'ren the situation offers only opportunity. Turning his Wing around well enough to make a difference for the better is only the beginning: F'ren has no intention of resting on his laurels, no matter how hard his Weyrleader tries to stymie him.

Thread, however, cares little for human politics.

All Thread does is kill.

Link to story on AO3



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