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Contents: 942 recs in 217 fandoms; 64 links

Vorkosigan series

Aral Vorkosigan

Aletheia by Elvaron

'Glass, Illyan thought, and his chip helpfully pulled up a list of fifty-six ways in which a glass building could be compromised using tools that you could obtain from your nearest D.I.Y. store.' Simon encounters another person with a memory chip. A beautifully characterised story with a well-drawn OC that feels like a missing prequel to Memory

[Added 09/01/2014; Drama; 6000-20,000; Vorkosigan series; Characters: Simon Illyan, Aral Vorkosigan, OC]

The Councils of Despair by Parhelion

'Real leaders don't stop being leaders just because they've resigned, just because they're now drunks.' Despite the extracanonical pairing, this piece feels like a missing chapter from Shards of Honor, with believable characterisations and a strong portrayal of the darker, seamier side of Barrayar

[Added 06/08/2008; Character Piece; 6000-20,000; Vorkosigan series; Characters: Simon Illyan, Aral Vorkosigan]

Frequently Suggested Sexual Practices: An Aid to Communication by Dira Sudis

'Each night Aral changed out of his uniform in the knowledge the gesture was futile. He could as soon set aside his own skin for the night.' A wonderful blend of melancholy & humour marks this surprisingly delicate study of Aral & Cordelia, and Barrayar, masquerading as kink

[Added 15/07/2012; Romance/Erotica; 6000-20,000; Vorkosigan series; Characters: Aral Vorkosigan, Cordelia Naismith, Original character; Adult]

From the Old to the New by Avanti 90

'A thousand things set you apart: the pallor of your skin, the inflection of your voice, the principle ingrained in your mind that all men and women are born free and equal; these things and many more will forever distinguish you, and so you can never and will never be one of them.' An intelligent AU that casts Galen(i) as Gandhi and goes on to unpick many of Bujold's – and her readers' – assumptions about the Barrayaran Empire. The documentfic approach works perfectly, and a surprising array of characters, from Fletchir Giaja to Enrique Borgos, get to play their parts

[Added 21/05/2015; Drama; 6000-20,000; Vorkosigan series; Characters: David Galen, Laisa Toscane, Gregor Vorbarra, Aral Vorkosigan, Mark Vorkosigan, Miles Vorkosigan, Simon Illyan, Delia Koudelka, Fletchir Giaja, Guy Allegre, Ser Galen, Enrique Borgos, Cordelia Vorkosigan, Helen Vorthys, Dr Riva, OCs]

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]

Vorkosigan's Day by Philomytha

'"My father...had all the pictures from the Massacre, flat, holo and vid footage, up on display in his study. So that he would never forget, so that we all would never forget. I saw them every day since I was four."' An intense gapfiller, both intelligent & moving, displaying Philomytha's excellent understanding of what makes the Vorkosiganverse characters tick

[Added 07/02/2011; Drama; 2500-6000; Vorkosigan series; Characters: Duv Galeni, Aral Vorkosigan]


Bel Thorne

Passing by Ollipop

'Thornton Isobel is not looking for a good time. It is not a conduit of galactic peace. It does not represent the harmony or enlightenment of our modern age. It is merely a kid with acne in its stubble and a raging case of PMS.' Bel's a fascinating character who gets all too little fannish attention. This perceptive origin story really gets into its head, and presents a plausible reason for its devotion to Miles

[Added 21/05/2015; Character Piece; 1000-2500; Vorkosigan series; Characters: Bel Thorne, Ky Tung, Yuan Oser, Admiral Naismith]


Byerly Vorrutyer

On a Cold Planet by A T Rain

'Byerly Vorrutyer was heartily sick of lichen. / It grew on the south sides of buildings on Jackson’s Whole. It crept in at the window frames, coated the door hinges, covered the roofs and choked the gutters. It became slick and slimy at the slightest touch, smearing clothing, ruining paint jobs.' A satisfying novella that unpacks the meagre information the CVA epilogue provides on House Cordonah's re-establishment, with strong world building about Jackson Whole and its denizens' values

[Added 04/08/2016; Drama; 20,000-50,000; Vorkosigan series; Characters: Byerly Vorrutyer, Rish, Shiv Arqua, Udine Arqua, Pidge Arqua, the Jewels, original characters]

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]


Cordelia Naismith Vorkosigan

Frequently Suggested Sexual Practices: An Aid to Communication by Dira Sudis

'Each night Aral changed out of his uniform in the knowledge the gesture was futile. He could as soon set aside his own skin for the night.' A wonderful blend of melancholy & humour marks this surprisingly delicate study of Aral & Cordelia, and Barrayar, masquerading as kink

[Added 15/07/2012; Romance/Erotica; 6000-20,000; Vorkosigan series; Characters: Aral Vorkosigan, Cordelia Naismith, Original character; Adult]

Lilies of the Field by Raven

'"What sort of scale of problem did you have in mind? The problem of why three of the Residence wait staff have taken their annual holiday at the same time, causing, I am informed, no end of trouble for the kitchens? Or the problem of why the Komarran soletta array has possibly, we're not sure, been sabotaged?"' A quiet piece in which Cordelia does women's work, with a little help from Alys. Reads like a missing fragment from the lighter parts of canon, with believable OCs. Delightful

[Added 04/08/2016; Drama; 6000-20,000; Vorkosigan series; Characters: Cordelia Vorkosigan, Alys Vorpatril, Gregor Vorbarra, Simon Illyan, Aral Vorkosigan, original characters]

Riva; Yuell. 'Energy generation via five-space oscillation: Evidence and implications'. New Journal of Five-Space Physics. by Hollimichele

'She watched a small boy of no more than three run in wobbling elliptical loops around his patient older sister, who had tied a length of ribbon to his overall strap as a preventative measure, and considered orbital mechanics.' Dr Riva on Sergyar. A delicate sequel to Komarr, focusing on one of my favourite minor characters, with bonus speculation on Sergyar's future

[Added 30/10/2017; Character Piece; 2500-6000; Vorkosigan series; Characters: Riva, Cordelia Vorkosigan, Ekaterin Vorkosigan, Yuell]


Duv Galeni

From the Old to the New by Avanti 90

'A thousand things set you apart: the pallor of your skin, the inflection of your voice, the principle ingrained in your mind that all men and women are born free and equal; these things and many more will forever distinguish you, and so you can never and will never be one of them.' An intelligent AU that casts Galen(i) as Gandhi and goes on to unpick many of Bujold's – and her readers' – assumptions about the Barrayaran Empire. The documentfic approach works perfectly, and a surprising array of characters, from Fletchir Giaja to Enrique Borgos, get to play their parts

[Added 21/05/2015; Drama; 6000-20,000; Vorkosigan series; Characters: David Galen, Laisa Toscane, Gregor Vorbarra, Aral Vorkosigan, Mark Vorkosigan, Miles Vorkosigan, Simon Illyan, Delia Koudelka, Fletchir Giaja, Guy Allegre, Ser Galen, Enrique Borgos, Cordelia Vorkosigan, Helen Vorthys, Dr Riva, OCs]

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]

Vorkosigan's Day by Philomytha

'"My father...had all the pictures from the Massacre, flat, holo and vid footage, up on display in his study. So that he would never forget, so that we all would never forget. I saw them every day since I was four."' An intense gapfiller, both intelligent & moving, displaying Philomytha's excellent understanding of what makes the Vorkosiganverse characters tick

[Added 07/02/2011; Drama; 2500-6000; Vorkosigan series; Characters: Duv Galeni, Aral Vorkosigan]


Ezar Vorbarra

The Honour of House Vorkosigan by Philomytha

'After Yuri and the Cetagandans, Vorbarr Sultana politics had been supremely dull for Piotr.' Wonderful dissection of politics & family loyalties in this piece of Shards backstory. One of those works that goes straight into my personal canon

[Added 07/02/2011; Drama; 1000-2500; Vorkosigan series; Characters: Piotr Vorkosigan, Ezar Vorbarra]

The Offer by Beatrice Otter

'If Ezar had spared her life a decade ago, he would not kill her now for anything short of outright treason. She could say what she liked. That was the greatest freedom she could never have imagined, twelve years ago when she made her vows in the circle of groats.' A fascinating AU premise – it's Aral's sister who survives the massacre not Aral – thoughtfully carried through. I'd love to read more of this scenario

[Added 15/10/2015; Drama; 2500-6000; Vorkosigan series; Characters: Aral's sister, Ezar Vorbarra, Piotr Vorkosigan, Negri, OC]


Gregor Vorbarra

Captain Vorpatril's Plotbunnies (I) by Bracketyjack

'It was serendipity that her garden abutted an area of sulphides and oxides whose dull but determined colours she found pleasing, and chance that a cowbane spore could blow so far west and take root just where its lustrous ochre should so complement the oxide. But it was also beautiful, a conjunction only South Continent could produce...' Bracketyjack creates a strong voice for the unnamed mosaic maker in this tale of how Miles 'practically kidnapped' her. The strongest of four missing scenes from Captain Vorpatril's Alliance

[Added 04/08/2016; Drama; 2500-6000; Vorkosigan series; Characters: Mosaic maker, Miles Vorkosigan, Gregor Vorbarra, original characters]

From the Old to the New by Avanti 90

'A thousand things set you apart: the pallor of your skin, the inflection of your voice, the principle ingrained in your mind that all men and women are born free and equal; these things and many more will forever distinguish you, and so you can never and will never be one of them.' An intelligent AU that casts Galen(i) as Gandhi and goes on to unpick many of Bujold's – and her readers' – assumptions about the Barrayaran Empire. The documentfic approach works perfectly, and a surprising array of characters, from Fletchir Giaja to Enrique Borgos, get to play their parts

[Added 21/05/2015; Drama; 6000-20,000; Vorkosigan series; Characters: David Galen, Laisa Toscane, Gregor Vorbarra, Aral Vorkosigan, Mark Vorkosigan, Miles Vorkosigan, Simon Illyan, Delia Koudelka, Fletchir Giaja, Guy Allegre, Ser Galen, Enrique Borgos, Cordelia Vorkosigan, Helen Vorthys, Dr Riva, OCs]

Lilies of the Field by Raven

'"What sort of scale of problem did you have in mind? The problem of why three of the Residence wait staff have taken their annual holiday at the same time, causing, I am informed, no end of trouble for the kitchens? Or the problem of why the Komarran soletta array has possibly, we're not sure, been sabotaged?"' A quiet piece in which Cordelia does women's work, with a little help from Alys. Reads like a missing fragment from the lighter parts of canon, with believable OCs. Delightful

[Added 04/08/2016; Drama; 6000-20,000; Vorkosigan series; Characters: Cordelia Vorkosigan, Alys Vorpatril, Gregor Vorbarra, Simon Illyan, Aral Vorkosigan, original characters]


Ivan Vorpatril

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]


Miles Vorkosigan

Captain Vorpatril's Plotbunnies (I) by Bracketyjack

'It was serendipity that her garden abutted an area of sulphides and oxides whose dull but determined colours she found pleasing, and chance that a cowbane spore could blow so far west and take root just where its lustrous ochre should so complement the oxide. But it was also beautiful, a conjunction only South Continent could produce...' Bracketyjack creates a strong voice for the unnamed mosaic maker in this tale of how Miles 'practically kidnapped' her. The strongest of four missing scenes from Captain Vorpatril's Alliance

[Added 04/08/2016; Drama; 2500-6000; Vorkosigan series; Characters: Mosaic maker, Miles Vorkosigan, Gregor Vorbarra, original characters]

Do You Remember The Last Time? by Gair

'Forty years of pure data, processed by a man with forty years' experience. Gone. Eaten by a little bug. And he was what was left on the edge of its plate, a man who couldn't beat Alys Vorpatril in six rounds of Star-tarot One-up.' Stylish writing with a spot-on voice for Illyan, but Gair's insights into the differences between eidetic & somatic memory are what really make this piece

[Added 21/05/2009; Character Piece; 1000-2500; Vorkosigan series; Characters: Simon Illyan, Miles Vorkosigan]

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]


Simon Illyan

Aletheia by Elvaron

'Glass, Illyan thought, and his chip helpfully pulled up a list of fifty-six ways in which a glass building could be compromised using tools that you could obtain from your nearest D.I.Y. store.' Simon encounters another person with a memory chip. A beautifully characterised story with a well-drawn OC that feels like a missing prequel to Memory

[Added 09/01/2014; Drama; 6000-20,000; Vorkosigan series; Characters: Simon Illyan, Aral Vorkosigan, OC]

The Councils of Despair by Parhelion

'Real leaders don't stop being leaders just because they've resigned, just because they're now drunks.' Despite the extracanonical pairing, this piece feels like a missing chapter from Shards of Honor, with believable characterisations and a strong portrayal of the darker, seamier side of Barrayar

[Added 06/08/2008; Character Piece; 6000-20,000; Vorkosigan series; Characters: Simon Illyan, Aral Vorkosigan]

Do You Remember The Last Time? by Gair

'Forty years of pure data, processed by a man with forty years' experience. Gone. Eaten by a little bug. And he was what was left on the edge of its plate, a man who couldn't beat Alys Vorpatril in six rounds of Star-tarot One-up.' Stylish writing with a spot-on voice for Illyan, but Gair's insights into the differences between eidetic & somatic memory are what really make this piece

[Added 21/05/2009; Character Piece; 1000-2500; Vorkosigan series; Characters: Simon Illyan, Miles Vorkosigan]

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]

Lilies of the Field by Raven

'"What sort of scale of problem did you have in mind? The problem of why three of the Residence wait staff have taken their annual holiday at the same time, causing, I am informed, no end of trouble for the kitchens? Or the problem of why the Komarran soletta array has possibly, we're not sure, been sabotaged?"' A quiet piece in which Cordelia does women's work, with a little help from Alys. Reads like a missing fragment from the lighter parts of canon, with believable OCs. Delightful

[Added 04/08/2016; Drama; 6000-20,000; Vorkosigan series; Characters: Cordelia Vorkosigan, Alys Vorpatril, Gregor Vorbarra, Simon Illyan, Aral Vorkosigan, original characters]


Miscellaneous

Aletheia by Elvaron

'Glass, Illyan thought, and his chip helpfully pulled up a list of fifty-six ways in which a glass building could be compromised using tools that you could obtain from your nearest D.I.Y. store.' Simon encounters another person with a memory chip. A beautifully characterised story with a well-drawn OC that feels like a missing prequel to Memory

[Added 09/01/2014; Drama; 6000-20,000; Vorkosigan series; Characters: Simon Illyan, Aral Vorkosigan, OC]

Captain Vorpatril's Plotbunnies (I) by Bracketyjack

'It was serendipity that her garden abutted an area of sulphides and oxides whose dull but determined colours she found pleasing, and chance that a cowbane spore could blow so far west and take root just where its lustrous ochre should so complement the oxide. But it was also beautiful, a conjunction only South Continent could produce...' Bracketyjack creates a strong voice for the unnamed mosaic maker in this tale of how Miles 'practically kidnapped' her. The strongest of four missing scenes from Captain Vorpatril's Alliance

[Added 04/08/2016; Drama; 2500-6000; Vorkosigan series; Characters: Mosaic maker, Miles Vorkosigan, Gregor Vorbarra, original characters]

Cynthia's Choice by Sglottalk

'Cynthia had to admit that the idea of foisting 'women's work' on a bunch of misogynists had a certain appeal.' A sadly rare piece of backstory for Ethan of Athos, which examines Cynthia Baruch's decision to facilitate the Athosian's rejection of women by constructing their ovarian cultures

[Added 15/10/2017; Character Piece; 1000-2500; Vorkosigan series; Characters: Cynthia Jane Baruch, OCs]

Finding Absolution by Lia

'He looked in the mirror at the orange and mahagony zig zag across his face and frowned. It was time for the pearl, which tomorrow would be red.' Interesting Cetagandan worldbuilding in this unusual Benin vignette

[Added 08/02/2011; Character Piece; 1000-2500; Vorkosigan series; Characters: Dag Benin]

From the Old to the New by Avanti 90

'A thousand things set you apart: the pallor of your skin, the inflection of your voice, the principle ingrained in your mind that all men and women are born free and equal; these things and many more will forever distinguish you, and so you can never and will never be one of them.' An intelligent AU that casts Galen(i) as Gandhi and goes on to unpick many of Bujold's – and her readers' – assumptions about the Barrayaran Empire. The documentfic approach works perfectly, and a surprising array of characters, from Fletchir Giaja to Enrique Borgos, get to play their parts

[Added 21/05/2015; Drama; 6000-20,000; Vorkosigan series; Characters: David Galen, Laisa Toscane, Gregor Vorbarra, Aral Vorkosigan, Mark Vorkosigan, Miles Vorkosigan, Simon Illyan, Delia Koudelka, Fletchir Giaja, Guy Allegre, Ser Galen, Enrique Borgos, Cordelia Vorkosigan, Helen Vorthys, Dr Riva, OCs]

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]

The Honour of House Vorkosigan by Philomytha

'After Yuri and the Cetagandans, Vorbarr Sultana politics had been supremely dull for Piotr.' Wonderful dissection of politics & family loyalties in this piece of Shards backstory. One of those works that goes straight into my personal canon

[Added 07/02/2011; Drama; 1000-2500; Vorkosigan series; Characters: Piotr Vorkosigan, Ezar Vorbarra]

Kindred Instruments by Ollipop

'They know just as much about Lotus as she knows about herself. They know her aptitudes, her weaknesses. They have tweaked the neurochemical bath on her copies, for maximum effect. They are her, improved. She is them, unedited. She hates them.' A chilling piece that unpacks Lotus's defection to House Bharaputra, and broadens to explore the ethics of Jackson's Whole in a more nuanced fashion than canon

[Added 09/01/2014; Character Piece; 2500-6000; Vorkosigan series; Characters: Lotus Durona, Lilly Durona, Vasa Luigi Bharaputra, Georish Stauber, Lilly Durona II]

King of the Mutants by Elfwreck

'He rode out of the blighted lands of Vorkosigan Vashnoi, surrounded by warrior guardians. He was tiny and bent and crippled, with a large head that wobbled on his misshapen body, and he wore the robes of a king so that everyone knew that to challenge him was death.' A creepy vignette based on 'Mountains of Mourning' that rehearses Ma Mattulich's side of the story

[Added 15/10/2017; Character Piece; <1000; Vorkosigan series; Characters: Ma Mattulich]

Lilies of the Field by Raven

'"What sort of scale of problem did you have in mind? The problem of why three of the Residence wait staff have taken their annual holiday at the same time, causing, I am informed, no end of trouble for the kitchens? Or the problem of why the Komarran soletta array has possibly, we're not sure, been sabotaged?"' A quiet piece in which Cordelia does women's work, with a little help from Alys. Reads like a missing fragment from the lighter parts of canon, with believable OCs. Delightful

[Added 04/08/2016; Drama; 6000-20,000; Vorkosigan series; Characters: Cordelia Vorkosigan, Alys Vorpatril, Gregor Vorbarra, Simon Illyan, Aral Vorkosigan, original characters]

Loyalty by A T Rain

'Rish is four when the loyalty treatments begin. Her sisters say it won't hurt, and it doesn't.' Suitably Jacksonian coming-of-age story for Rish

[Added 15/10/2015; Character Piece; 1000-2500; Vorkosigan series; Characters: Rish, Amiri Arqua, Udine Arqua, Jewels]

The Offer by Beatrice Otter

'If Ezar had spared her life a decade ago, he would not kill her now for anything short of outright treason. She could say what she liked. That was the greatest freedom she could never have imagined, twelve years ago when she made her vows in the circle of groats.' A fascinating AU premise – it's Aral's sister who survives the massacre not Aral – thoughtfully carried through. I'd love to read more of this scenario

[Added 15/10/2015; Drama; 2500-6000; Vorkosigan series; Characters: Aral's sister, Ezar Vorbarra, Piotr Vorkosigan, Negri, OC]

On a Cold Planet by A T Rain

'Byerly Vorrutyer was heartily sick of lichen. / It grew on the south sides of buildings on Jackson’s Whole. It crept in at the window frames, coated the door hinges, covered the roofs and choked the gutters. It became slick and slimy at the slightest touch, smearing clothing, ruining paint jobs.' A satisfying novella that unpacks the meagre information the CVA epilogue provides on House Cordonah's re-establishment, with strong world building about Jackson Whole and its denizens' values

[Added 04/08/2016; Drama; 20,000-50,000; Vorkosigan series; Characters: Byerly Vorrutyer, Rish, Shiv Arqua, Udine Arqua, Pidge Arqua, the Jewels, original characters]

Playing Yenaro in Vorbarr Sultana by Minutia R

'René was a pleasure to watch as well as to hear, length of arm and finger, movements of the wrist that seemed almost accidental, as if he were being moved by the current of the music instead of producing it.' An unusual & powerful vignette, which gives insight into both Cetagandan & Barrayaran cultures

[Added 09/01/2014; Drama; 1000-2500; Vorkosigan series; Characters: René Vorbretten, Tatya Vorbretten, Miles Vorkosigan, Ekaterin Vorsoisson, Dono Vorrutyer, Olivia Koudelka, ensemble]

Riva; Yuell. 'Energy generation via five-space oscillation: Evidence and implications'. New Journal of Five-Space Physics. by Hollimichele

'She watched a small boy of no more than three run in wobbling elliptical loops around his patient older sister, who had tied a length of ribbon to his overall strap as a preventative measure, and considered orbital mechanics.' Dr Riva on Sergyar. A delicate sequel to Komarr, focusing on one of my favourite minor characters, with bonus speculation on Sergyar's future

[Added 30/10/2017; Character Piece; 2500-6000; Vorkosigan series; Characters: Riva, Cordelia Vorkosigan, Ekaterin Vorkosigan, Yuell]

Service by Minutia R

'When they played Escobar War, Yegor wanted to be Prince Serg. But Georgos had the dark good looks, familiar from all the vids.' Well-structured OCs story that wraps neatly around canon to reflect how far the Barrayaran empire has come

[Added 15/10/2015; Drama; 1000-2500; Vorkosigan series; Characters: OCs]

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]