A Wheel Inside a Wheel

by javert

Warning This fiction contains:
  • Profanity

[This is a Legend of the Galactic Heroes fanfiction, but it can be read without having any familiarity with the source material. Trust me on that.]

Part One - Speaking in Tongues

When Yang Wen-li’s father dies, the only thing that he inherits is a mountain of debt, which can only be paid off with fifteen years of his life. Wanting to escape that indentured servitude, Yang flees his homeland and takes up a false identity in the Galactic Empire, a hyper-stratified society where stepping out of line is punishable with imprisonment or death.

Yang enrolls in the Imperial Officers’ Academy to study history, but despite his unusual and unmistakeable talent as both a tactician and a scholar, his classmates resent him for being a visible outsider. When tensions at the school boil over and several of Yang’s classmates attempt to murder him, Yang finds an unlikely ally in the top student in the class: the aloof Oskar von Reuenthal. But Reuenthal and Yang both have secrets, secrets which could destroy both their lives and their newfound friendship.

[70k words, complete]

Part One (Alternate) - Talking Without Speaking

When Oskar von Reuenthal enrolls at the Imperial Officers' Academy, he doesn’t expect to make real friends. The IOA is a competitive place, and Reuenthal has never been well liked. But when a foreign student shows up to challenge him for the top spot in the class, Reuenthal can’t look away.

[77k words, complete]

Part Two - Life out of Balance

When Reinhard von Musel's mother learns that her husband is about to sell her daughter to become the concubine of the Kaiser, she takes her two children, Reinhard and Annerose, and flees to the Free Planets Alliance, where the three of them must start a new life. 

[129k words, complete]

Part Three - Servants of the Pharaoh

Now an officer in His Majesty's fleet, Yang Wen-li struggles to maintain his principles in the face of everything that is expected of him. When he's unwillingly drawn into the politics of the court, he has to use all of his talents to keep himself and his new friends out of danger.

[173k words, complete]

Short - Whatever It Takes to Keep the Body Warm

After their falling out, Reuenthal and Mittermeyer are both posted to the brutal wasteland of Capche-Lanka. It's difficult to hold a grudge when you're just trying to survive.

[23k words, complete]

Short - Keep the Home Fires (Burning)

Three soldiers. Two bodies to be buried. One haunted house.

[33k words, complete]

Part Four - Lighting Out for the Territories

While his sister has joined the fierce Rosen Ritter regiment, Reinhard's fame has earned him a post stuck on Phezzan. Instead of getting to fight, he's caught up in a web of secrets, including the shelter and care of a mysterious refugee from the Empire. Separated from everyone he cares about, Reinhard is forced to make some unexpected allies, and make connections with old friends.

[in progress]

This story is crossposted on ao3 at bit.ly/wheelinsideawheel

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Table of Contents
Chapter Name Release Date
Speaking In Tongues - Chapter One - Interrogating the Text from the Wrong Perspective ago
SIT- Chapter Two - The Future is a Foreign Country (They Do Things Differently There) ago
SIT - Chapter Three - This War of Mine(s) ago
SIT - Chapter Four - Seig Saint Sebastian! ago
SIT - Chapter Five - Two Men with the Wrong Kind of Ambitions ago
SIT - Chapter Six - Old College Try ago
SIT - Chapter Seven - No Roses Without Thorns / No Summers Without Storms ago
SIT - Chapter Eight - Chaffy Grain Beneath the Thresher's Flail ago
SIT - Chapter Nine - Turning Saints into the Sea ago
SIT - Chapter Ten - How to Play Eschaton ago
SIT - Chapter Eleven - Hast Thou Considered the Tetrapod? ago
SIT - Chapter Twelve - Custody of the Eyes ago
SIT - Chapter Thirteen - Pomp and Circumstance ago
Life Out of Balance - Chapter One - First Few Desperate Hours ago
LOoB - Chapter Two - Summer's Lease Hath All Too Short a Date ago
LOoB - Chapter Three - The Difference Between Happy and Content ago
LOoB - Chapter Four - The Body Keeps the Score ago
LOoB - Chapter Five - First the Gold on the Head, Then the Pearls in the Mouth ago
LOoB - Chapter Six - Tell Your Boyfriend, If He Says He's Got Beef ago
LOoB - Chapter Seven - The Red Rose and the Briar ago
LOoB - Chapter Eight - Ain't No Cure for the Summertime Blues ago
LOoB - Chapter Nine - Hair Match ago
LOoB - Chapter Ten - Let This Radicalize You Rather Than Lead You to Despair ago
LOoB - Chapter Eleven - A Letter from Saint Paul to the Romans (Brothers and Sisters) ago
LOoB - Chapter Twelve - Give Me a Place to Stand, and I Will Move the Stars ago
LOoB - Chapter Thirteen - Proclaim Liberty to the Captives ago
LOoB - Chapter Fourteen - Simultaneity ago
LOoB - Chapter Fifteen - Childhood's End ago
Talking Without Speaking - Chapter One - "The Trick Is Not Minding That It Hurts" ago
TWS - Chapter Two - Going to Alaska ago
TWS - Chapter Three - Saint Sebastian Tended by Saint Irene ago
TWS - Chapter Four - There Is Comfort at the Bottom of a Swimming Pool ago
TWS - Chapter Five - The Last Night of the First Year of Oscar von Reuenthal's Life ago
TWS - Chapter Six - Derivatives of Desire ago
TWS - Chapter Seven - This Is My Father's World ago
TWS - Chapter Eight - The Two Angels Came to Sodom In the Evening ago
TWS - Chapter Nine - To Witness the Act of Killing ago
TWS - Chapter Ten - Better to Be Hated Than Loved For What You're Not ago
TWS - Chapter Eleven - Game Enders ago
TWS - Chapter Twelve - Darkness Is Your Country, Where You Live ago
TWS - Chapter Thirteen - Confess With Your Lips ago
TWS - Chapter Fourteen - Never Quite Free ago
Servants of the Pharaoh - Chapter One - Running Up That Road, Running Up That Hill ago
SotP - Chapter Two - The Hero of El Facil ago
SotP - Chapter Three - Make a Mess, Then Go Home and Get Clean ago
SotP - Chapter Four - Wives & Daughters ago

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