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londovir- by iamsab

GUP! (i.e. gratuitous update post)

Enemies and Allies has been updated, bringing the total to 23 stories (and three theatrical_muse links) now on the archive. Whoo! Centauri/Narn goodness! *g*

Gen

Neutral Ground, by andrastewhite

Passwords, by muffinmonster

The Brooch, by starlaces

Het

Wedding Night (Londo/er... a gender-swapped Vir- and yes, one day, my friend, I will get you for that *g*), by andrastewhite

Her Better Days (Londo/Adira- theirloveissodoomed *sniff*), by selenak

Rareslash (Whoo hoo! Rareslash! Bring on the tentacle pr0n! *g*)

Certamen (Londo/Urza), by andrastewhite

In Vino Veritas (Londo/G'Kar- theirloveiscomedygold!), by selenak

Now, on other matters, yet still B5 related:

Does anyone else besides me find the Couro Prido fascinating in the context of the general Centauri ethos? I mean, smack dab in the center of this decadent, imperialistic, heavily hierarchical, natural-selection-oriented culture is a group with a ceremonial fight to the death in which altruism on the part of the winner is mandated. How did that come about?

And speaking of sword fights, does anyone know of a good resource where I can learn how to write a good sword fight? Because I have this idea gelling...
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Gender-swapped Vir? @_@

MARRIED to Londo????! *is scarred for life*

...*goes to read fic* LOL
Thanks for the links! :) I'm lazy when it comes to trawling around fanfiction archives these days, & I prefer to read recs anyhow. :P
Does anyone else besides me find the Couro Prido fascinating in the context of the general Centauri ethos? I mean, smack dab in the center of this decadent, imperialistic, heavily hierarchical, natural-selection-oriented culture is a group with a ceremonial fight to the death in which altruism on the part of the winner is mandated. How did that come about?

Interesting point. Maybe it's the same sort of reason that the concept of chivalry could have originated among the upper classes during the Middle Ages, at a time of such barbaric warfare? It's okay to slaughter peasants wholesale, but if you capture a noble, you treat them really well while you're holding them for ransom. They didn't seem to find that at all contradictory, in the same way they didn't find it contradictory that they were fascinated by the concept of courtly love when their marriages were mostly arranged.

Possibly they were fascinated by something they saw as completely alien to the way their lives really worked, and although they weren't interested in changing their society, they liked to have acceptable, highly ritualised ways to express how spiffy they thought things like chivalry and romantic love were. Because they were the upper classes, they got to play around with such ideas for their entertainment, and didn't have to suffer the consequences quite so strongly.

So, maybe it's the same for the Centauri. They don't particularly want to prize altruism above all things, but they think it's a really interesting (or quaint, possibly) idea. So, they put it in the context of a very ritualistic duel. That's assuming that the Couro Prido is mostly limited to the higher levels of Centauri society, though.

okay, I'm rambling now...
That makes total sense to me.

I now feel compelled to explore this period of Londo's life more.
That's about the kind of thing I was going to say; the Couro Prido is a lot like the mediaeval "code duello" stuff I can't remember much about any more...

And on writing a good sword-fight: my major suggestion would be either a) learn to do it, or b) at least watch other people doing it. There are historical swordfighting groups around, if you know where to look; the SCA is one possible source of information. Whatever you do, *don't* base it on stage- or screen-fighting, and try to watch non-choreographed fights. That's the only way to get an idea of the *actual* dynamics. At least, that's my opinion.