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Vorkosigan series

Ivan Vorpatril

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Guerrilla by Glishara

'Galeni started to speak, then caught himself. He took a long moment, examining Ivan. "No," he said at last, his voice even. "I want an Emperor. I will accept a figurehead, if that's all you will offer."' This slow-building novel follows the resistance movement in an AU to Diplomatic Immunity where Miles fails & Cetaganda invades Barrayar. It's a wonderful premise, and Glishara successfully juggles a large cast including believable OCs

[Added 14/02/2011; Drama; >50,000; Vorkosigan series; Characters: Ivan Vorpatril, Duv Galeni, Simon Illyan, Delia Koudelka, Martya Koudelka, Enrique Borgos, Byerly Vorrutyer, Alys Vorpatril, Aral Vorkosigan, Cordelia Vorkosigan, Original characters]

Tour Guide by Philomytha

'Her accent was the highest of high Vor, a level sharper and crisper even than Ivan's. The immediate resonance for Duv was with the cruel Vor ladies from the subversive holodramas his father had given him to watch as a boy, the wicked witches of his childhood...' Duv gets a history lesson from Aral in this thoughtful one off. Like many of Philomytha's stories, it feels like a missing corner from canon

[Added 15/10/2017; Drama; 2500-6000; Vorkosigan series; Characters: Duv Galeni, Aral Vorkosigan, Ivan Vorpatril, Alys Vorpatril]

Twenty-Year Man by Ellen Fremedon

'He ran his gloved fingers under Ivan's collar, very slowly and lightly--Ivan shivered--and came up with a tiny slip of clear plastic, all that was left of a pharmaceutical patch. "Punch," By said. He slipped it into a sealed pouch and secreted it in a pocket. "Or to you and me--fast-penta."' This future novella starts out with a bit of a clichÉ, but matures into a complex & twisty plot resembling the political machinations thread of A Civil Campaign. Ivan takes centre stage, but there's a large cast including a well-drawn OC

[Added 20/01/2012; Drama; 20,000-50,000; Vorkosigan series; Characters: Ivan Vorpatril, Byerly Vorrutyer, Miles Vorkosigan, Ekaterin Vorkosigan, Dono Vorrutyer, Gregor Vorbarra, Rene Vorbretten, Original characters]