Interuniversal Women’s Day: Rin

written to [personal profile] rix_scaedu‘s prompt here: Rin on finding out she can’t escape being Empress.
Written rather after the extant stuff.

Rin had been staring at paperwork for well over four hours. She had every archivist, priest, librarian, scholar, and historian in the entity of Lannamer looking over the papers with her.

Finally, her distant cousin Indiekdiek shook his head. “It is possible. It would pass the inheritance on to one of them, however. And because they are not considered unsuitable, we couldn’t simply get them removed from succession.”

“And marrying Girey? That doesn’t make me ineligible?”

“You married a prince.” Indiek shook his head at her. “To quote the Empress Akatarinakata, ‘it matters not why other nations seek to put crowns on their people. We will give them the courtesy of assuming they are at least as stringent as us.’ Well, that’s a bit of a paraphrase.”

Rin looked over at the Empress Akatarinakata’s biography. The woman had won wars riding at the very front of the raids. “I’m not going to argue with her, at least, no matter how long she’s been dead.”

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7 thoughts on “Interuniversal Women’s Day: Rin

  1. Now even more curious about the rewrite of the novel. Rin may not want to be Empress, but IIRC she didn’t much care for any of the other introduced candidates …

    • Wanting one of them to be Empress even less than you want to be Empress is a motivation. “I don’t want the job but….the alternatives…”

      • Huh. That reminds me that I should give my poor princeKing Cedric a follow-up. I mean really, the poor guy has been left on the verge of a potential civil war for two years now (and yikes but Succession Crisis is begging for a clean up rewrite).

  2. A rather impressive ancestor if Rin’s not willing to cross her even after her death (and IIRC the succession rules then at least one intervening generation between her and Rin).

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