|Date(s):||12 February 2013|
|External Links:||Chosen Man (AO3)|
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The son of the man who lost the Eagle of the Ninth would never be allowed a first command of his very own fort, would he?
Marcus is posted not to Isca Dumnoniorum, but to a wretched and run-down garrison north of the Wall. There he finds that he is the new centurion of a group of scouts and spies, all of them British. He has few supplies and no experience. His men distrust him. His superiors despise him. His second-in-command is an incompetent drunkard. And the local tribes are determined to kill all of them.But the worst thing of all is one of Marcus' soldiers. He is an enigmatic, dangerous, and insubordinate man by the name of Esca, who makes Marcus yearn for terrifying things he has never before wanted and can never, ever let himself have...
This AU springs from two points of canon divergence. The first should be fairly obvious from the summary: what if Marcus had a really lousy posting north of the Wall, instead? The other, more major change involves Esca's backstory and how he comes to be in the army -- since he is obviously not a slave. This is revealed in the course of the story.
- FIC: Chosen Man (The Eagle, Esca/Marcus, NC-17), 12 February 2013. (Accessed 23 February 2013)