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The Númenórean King Ar-Pharazôn thinks he has won an easy victory when Sauron surrenders to him and becomes his prisoner. But the march back to Umbar with the conniving Dark Lord turns out to have many unanticipated twists and turns through a nest of politics and intrigue, including Sauron's attempted seduction of Ar-Pharazôn's favorite male courtesan.
This is volume I of a planned trilogy. An epic tale of political intrigue, the desire for immortality and love, sorcery, hubris, loyalty, lust, and catastropic amounts of water.
MEFA 2009 First Place winner in Genres: Longer Works: Incomplete (Vol. I is now complete)
This fic was recommended in USA Today, May 20, 2015! (They have a fanfiction section. Who knew?) Thank you to Uvatha the Horseman for the rec!
Characters: Amandil, Ar-Pharazôn, Elendil, Númenóreans, Original Character(s), Sauron
Challenges: Akallabêth in August
Genres: Adventure, Drama, Slash/Femslash
Warnings: ***Rape/Non-consensual Sex, ***Torture, Expletive Language, Mature Themes, Sexual Content--Moderate, Violence--Moderate
Chapters: 32 Completed: Yes
Word count: 185070 Read: 52320
Published: April 22, 2009 Updated: July 23, 2012
Portrait of Annatar by Thendeathsaid. Thanks so much for the fanart!!
This is Volume I of a planned trilogy.
Betas: the fabulous Russandol and Malinornë. Also thanks to members of the Lizard Council, particularly Kymahalei, Erulisse, Pandemonium, and Oshun, and Spiced Wine for their comments and support.
Rating: Overall R; some chapters PG, others much more intense. Adult readers only.
Warnings: Sex scenes, m/m relationships, violence, including rape and murder, some language, mature situations. And there's Sauron at his conniving best. Need I say more?
Disclaimer: Characters and settings belong to Tolkien's estate, I have no claim and make no dough, but the story and the OCs are mine, all mine.
Author's note: This adheres to canon fairly closely (achieved by quite a bit of research) but takes some liberties in interpretation and contains many OCs and invented Adûnaic names.
And squeee I has fanfic: Check out Russandol's cross-over fic between her marvelous epic Chasing Mirages and Elegy for Numenor. The story is called Hospitality and features two of the OCs from Elegy. I love it!
Also in honor of my 10th anniversary in fandom, Spiced Wine wrote a fic called Drink the Sunset which is a cross-over between Elegy and her Dark Prince series. Thank you Spice!
More fanfic! This is from Uvatha the Horseman, called The Prisoner and features her own version of Sauron torturing his guards with visions. Thanks Uvatha!
Chapter summary: The Chief Nazgûl brings news of Ar-Pharazôn's superior forces to his Master, who doesn’t take it well.
Chapter first posted April 22, 2009
Chapter summary: Sauron has plans for a prisoner held in his dungeon for 1500 years.
Chapter summary: Sauron prepares himself to meet Ar-Pharazôn and discovers that letting go of the Ring is not easily done.
Chapter summary: In which we meet various players in Ar-Pharazon’s court, including Amandil and Elendil.
Note: Aphanuzîr and Nimruzîr are Adûnaic for Amandil and Elendil respectively.
Chapter summary: Sauron (Mairon) begins his seduction of the King and we learn more about Sûla, the courtesan.
Chapter summary: Sûla has a conversation with Sauron and promises to keep a secret.
Chapter summary: Events cause Sûla to slip deeper into Sauron’s net.
Warning: violence, attempted rape
Chapter summary: Sûla plays a game with Tigôn, the King's page, in which more is going on than appears on the surface.
Chapter summary: Sauron (Mairon) remembers his past as Melkor's servant, and sets events in motion so that the unwitting Ar-Pharazôn is drawn further into the web.
Warning: This comes with a jangling bells warning for violence, animal cruelty, BDSM, Melkor/Sauron and Ar-Pharazôn/Sauron.
Chapter summary: Sûla brings a healer to the Zigûr’s tent with an unexpected result.
Chapter summary: Amandil learns some troubling things about Sauron and Ar-Pharazôn sends Tigôn on a frightening mission.
Chapter summary: Tigôn visits the Haradrim encampment while (Sauron) Mairon offers Ar-Pharazôn some military advice.
Chapter summary: Although Amandil (Aphanuzîr) and the King’s Steward, Azgarad, are deeply suspicious of Annatar, they agree to look for the tunnel under Arzog’s Pass. Meanwhile Sûla encounters the insanely bewitched Zôri and Tigôn finds himself in trouble with the Haradrim.
Chapter summary: While helping the Númenóreans set up the catapults, Mairon (Sauron) encounters some challenges and Sûla finds himself on the front lines of battle where his friend Tigôn is held by the Haradrim.
Chapter summary: Ar-Pharazôn displays Annatar as a prisoner of war during the army’s march through Umbar. Sûla confesses to the King that he disobeyed orders and worries about what punishment he'll receive, and Tigôn feels angry and confused by his contradictory feelings for his friend.
Chapter Summary: Tigôn’s confusion increases when the alluring Sûla kisses him; meanwhile Annatar pokes up the bees during a banquet.
Chapter summary: Sûla seeks help when Ar-Pharazôn loans him out to Dulginzin and Annatar has a late night meeting with the King.
Chapter summary: Sûla endures the Lords of Arandor and then seeks out his friend, Tigôn, who has confessions to make.
Chapter Summary: Sûla initiates Tigôn into the pleasures of love-making, while Annatar demonstrates his skills to Ar-Pharazôn and discovers something is rotten in Umbar.
Warning: tasteful but explicit sex scenes
Chapter summary: The murders during the night are revealed and an investigation to find the perpetrators begins. Mairon’s fëa is becoming unstable and he desperately needs to make the potion that will cement it. Meanwhile Sûla escapes into the city and asks his aunt for help.
Chapter Summary: Ar-Pharazôn offers a reward for Sûla’s capture and Annatar entices Tigôn with promises of help for Sûla.
Chapter summary: Annatar confronts his internal adversary while Tigôn goes to the Umbarian sorcerer Magân’s shop to buy the ingredients for Annatar’s elixir of youth, and then tries to find Sûla.
Summary: Tigôn witnesses Annatar’s strange behavior and falls under a spell. Ar-Pharazôn discovers that he hates accounting but he does enjoy eel pie and a pert backside.
Summary: Tigôn confesses to Elendil and begs for his help. Meanwhile, Sûla is treated roughly and thrown into a cell, where he despairs of life until he has a visitor.
Chapter summary: Sûla is tried for murder and Annatar’s ability as a truthsayer is brought into play. Tigôn has a final ploy to use if all is lost, but will Annatar trump them all?
Summary: Sûla wakes up from his ordeal at the whipping post and discovers he has a new master who tells him a secret he does not want to hear and Ar-Pharazôn witnesses a test of Annatar’s elixir.
Chapter summary: Tigôn discovers unforeseen consequences of having revealed his affair with Sûla, finds a sympathetic ear, and makes a decision, while Annatar removes a rival and tightens his grip on Sûla.
Chapter summary: Tigôn has a plan; he just needs to try to convince Sûla.
Warning: mildly explicit sex scene
Chapter summary: Sûla discovers that something is very wrong with his armband. He tries to help Tigôn while keeping Annatar from learning about their tryst in the solarium. Warning: m/m sex scene Contains B2MeM 2012 prompts
Chapter summary: Annatar seduces Sûla, making him an offer he can’t refuse.
Warning: m/m sex scene
Chapter summary: Responding to strange reports, Lords Azgarad, Amandil, and Elendil compare notes in a tavern and their concern deepens; Annatar mouths off and earns the ire of the head of the Bawîba Manô priesthood; and we get final thoughts from all the major players as they board ships Númenor-bound. Finally.
Listing of characters and terms appearing in Elegy for Númenor, vol. I, plus some notes on use of languages on Númenor.