A fantasy Furry
novel written by M.C.A. Hogarth
and serialized on LiveJournal
before being collected into two books published by Sofawolf, Flight of the Godkin Griffin
follows the adventures of Mistress Commander Angharad Godkin, a military commander in a vaguely Roman style empire, who is one day away from retirement after thirty-four years of military service, only to be suddenly reassigned to be the governor of a recently conquered and very restive province. Though it smells of politics, Ang does her soldierly duty and leads her company into restive Shraeven, to be confronted with war, politics and some very demanding gods.
This novel provides examples of:
- Angst? What Angst?: Angharad gets beaten nearly to death and gang raped by mongrels and her only reaction is to get mildly irritated about a potential pregnancy screwing up her family bloodlines. Oh, and she utterly wipes out the mountain pards responsible for creating the mongrels.
- Benevolent Mage Ruler: Shraeven, a newly conquered province of the Godkindred Kingdom that still considers itself a country, has nobility who are chosen by the gods instead of by bloodline, indicated by markings on their body and wielding of Elemental Magic as gods are the sole source of magic in this setting. Angharad, the new governor of Shraeven looks like she is being set up to make Shraeven independent and be their new queen as god after god marks her. But after destroying the physical form of the Godkindred's God Emperor she gives rulership of Shraeven to her "native guide" (and lover) Ragna, and becomes Priest-Sorcerer-Queen of the Godkindred instead.
- Bi the Way: Angharad admits to being attracted to men, even though she never has consensual sex with any.
- Chivalrous Pervert: Angharad herself has shades of this, lusting very strongly at points towards Ragna, but not following through because of the severe power imbalance and Ragna's horrible upbringing.
- Cool Horse: Honeydipped, Ang's mongrel mount with golden fetlocks and near human intelligence.
- Deity of Human Origin: The Godkindred's goal.
- Duel to the Death: Fully acceptable and with a strict code in the kingdom, with death as the penalty for violating the code. There are multiple examples in the work itself.
- Silfia's brother-in-law tracks her down to challenge her over the death of his brother. He then cheats during the duel and Angharad beheads him.
- Angharad challenges Shraeven's corrupt former governor Chordwain, but he forces Silfia to act as his champion. Silfi pretends to kill Angharad, then claims the ex-governor's life as her boon.
- And finally, Angharad and the Godson fight a Wizard Duel over Shraeven, which ends with her using the powers of Shraeven's gods to force him to Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence.
- Everyone Is Gay: Well, Ang, Silfia, and eventually Ragna.
- God Emperor: the Godson
- God in Human Form: The ancestors of every sapient creature on the planet turn out to have been gods who voluntarily resumed mortal existence, and it's implied that before blending with animals they were actual humans.
- Heinz Hybrid: Most of the Godkindred, and several Shraevenese other than the Pards as well. Angharad has at least ten species in her bloodlines: coatl, crane, fisher, hawk, lion, phoenix, puma, ringtail cat, Siamese cat, and snake.
- Kill 'em All: Ang's plan for dealing with the pard clans after her rape. Her troops are only more than glad to oblige once words gets out what happened to her.
- LEGO Genetics: Actually a significant part of the worldbuilding. Since anyone can mate with any other species, the Godkindred try to mix as many as possible into their bloodlines to try and achieve godhead. Meanwhile the villainous Pard clans try the exact opposite, forcing their women to mate with beasts to create mongrel children closer to genetic purity.
- Old Flame: Silfia comes back into Ang's life after eighteen years and is quite eager to restart their relationship, though Ang is a bit slower to warm to the idea.
- Oh Crap: After neatly ambushing the gathered pard clans, Ragna tries desperately to get Ang's attention just as she comes to the realization that they didn't get the mongrels.
- Rape as Drama: Ang and Silfia. Avoiding this trope is one of the reasons Ragna joins up with Ang's troops.
- Super Breeding Program: The Godkindred Kingdom believe that by breeding many different species together they can become gods. Social status is determined by the number of species in one's geneology.