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Literature: Captive of the Red Vixen
Rolas is Not Happy about this

A furry sci-fi romance ebook written by Royce Day, Captive of the Red Vixen follows the adventures of Lord Rolas Darktail, a Foxen noble captured by a Space Pirate known as the Red Vixen. She holds him for a fat ransom and then finds herself at a loss as to what to do with him when his family refuses to pay up.

The first book, both chronologically and published, of The Red Vixen Adventures

This series contains examples of:

  • Ascended Fanfic: Started out as an AU of Terinu.
  • Air Vent Escape: Attempted by Rolas, but he finds a note from the Red Vixen and a trap waiting at the grille above the lifeboats.
  • A Match Made in Stockholm: Notably the Red Vixen is much more attracted to Rolas than vice-versa. Until he starts dating her true identity.
  • Badass: Rolas and the Red Vixen both.
  • Berserk Button: Do not attempt to harm a vixen in Rolas' presence.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Lady Melanie who is secretly the Red Vixen, and Sallivera who beats a pirate to death with an iron bar while rescuing Alinadar.
  • Chained to a Bed: Implied in the epilogue to "Captive".
  • Collateral Angst: Rolas' twin Salli is the victim of Domestic Abuse, but the focus on the story is on his inability to protect her.
  • Determinator: At one point Rolas charges across an open field to attack a sniper who had just shot Lady Melanie barely slowing down when he's shot in the arm.
  • Domestic Abuse: Rolas' sister, Salli, who suffered for two years before divorcing her husband after he was declared legally insane and permanently committed to a mental hospital.
  • Electronic Eyes: Lady Sallivera Darktail's right eye is prosthetic thanks to her ex-husband's abuse, she can make it look like a natural eye of any color but halfway through "Captive" she turns off the camouflage to signify that she's no longer going to hide what happened.
  • Erotic Dream: In "Captive of the Red Vixen" Rolas has a dream of being Bound and Gagged by the Red Vixen and his current girlfriend, Lady Melanie, who are holding leashes tied to his manhood and tugging it towards them. Also about as explicit as it gets in the series.
  • Evil Matriarch: Countess Highglider, mother to Salli's ex-husband, who persecute's Rolas and Salli's family for getting her son committed.
  • Fantastic Caste System: Foxen are divided into Nobles, Commoners, and Military. Though it seems that everyone is required to serve some time in the military regardless of caste.
  • Feudal Future: Foxen society, though the highest level of government appears to be a Council of Countesses and the only noble titles listed below Countess are Viscount(ess) and Lord/Lady.
  • Furry: Um, yeah...
  • Gilded Cage: Rolas' cell on the Scarlet Claw resembles a luxury cruise ship cabin, with entertainment center, Auto Kitchen, weights and treadmill.
  • Go-Go Enslavement: Rolas is forced by the Red Vixen to parade around in tight suede shorts and leather cuffs when the Red Vixen takes him with her to a business meeting.
  • Hostage Video: Rolas makes one to his parents when first kidnapped by the Red Vixen.
  • Impoverished Patrician: House Darktail thanks to Countess Highglider sabotaging their infrastructure out of petty revenge. Part of the reason Rolas was captaining their freighter himself, and why his family couldn't pay the ransom.
  • Institutional Apparel: Rolas initially gets the orange jumpsuit during his imprisonment, before his captor decides to start playing dress-up.
  • Karma Houdini: The fact that the Red Vixen is responsible for the death of one the crew of the Sallivera is pretty much dropped after she's seen expressing remorse over it as Melanie.
    • To a lesser extent the Highgliders, Kev is simply committed for disfiguring Salli's face while his mother loses her lands and is committed too, but considers that a victory since it reunites her with her son. They even have enough money to post a bounty on Salli in "Shadow of the Red Vixen" but it's later mentioned that they hung themselves after that failed.
  • Neighborhood Friendly Gangsters: The Red Vixen's crew only use stunners when boarding, only take the cargo and sometimes the captain for ransom, and leave the ship intact enough to call for help. And even when she starts on her vendetta against House Highglider she allows crews to escape in lifeboats before blowing their ship up. Her rival Bloody Margo, as her name suggests, is far more brutal.
  • No Medication for Me: Inverted for Sallivera, who shows a drastic improvement when she starts on anti-anxiety meds.
  • The Nose Knows: Foxens place great importance on scent. The Red Vixen wears heavy perfume to prevent identification and Rolas recognizes Melanie as her by taste.
  • Petting Zoo People: Foxen, an alien race that resemble humanoid foxes.
  • Pirate Girl: The Red Vixen, naturally, and her far more brutal rival Bloody Margo.
  • Powered Armor: Used by the Red Vixen's boarders, part of how they're confident enough to only fire stunners.
  • Railing Kill: The only casualty during the Red Vixen's attack on Rolas' ship is a crewman who fell over a railing in engineering after being stunned.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Most Foxen nobles spend their time administering their holdings and dealing with the concerns of Commoners in their domain.
  • Shirtless Scene: Rolas while he's the Red Vixen's "Cabin Boy".
  • Shock Collar: Rolas is forced to wear a collar that will stun him unconscious if he tries to escape his cell.
  • Space Pirate: That's the Red Vixen to a T.
  • Stripperiffic: The Red Vixen loves this trope, usually wearing not much more than a bikini and a gunbelt while conducting business.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: "No. No, of course not. Lady Melanie Lovejoy has nothing to do with the Red Vixen."
  • There Are No Therapists: On Foxen Prime anyways, foxens are supposedly more mentally stable on average than humans so they have very little experience helping those who do develop mental illnesses, House Darktail has to import a psychologist from Earth to help Salli.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Countess Highglider becomes explosively unhinged towards the end of "Captive" in the end ranting that the Council of Countesses are commoner sympathizers and how she wants her son back, in front of the entire Council, who unanimously vote to have her committed to the same asylum where her son was incarcerated.
  • We Will Spend Credits in the Future: Rolas' ransom was to the amount of 5 million GSA credits.
  • Wig, Dress, Accent: Or in the Red Vixen's case colored contacts, fur dye, heavy perfume, and less clothing than her civilian alter ego.
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CapitalLiterature of the 2010sThe Cassandra Project
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alternative title(s): Captive Of The Red Vixen
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