Review – Who Shall Wear the Robe and Crown?

Review – Who Shall Wear the Robe and Crown?

So, who shall wear the robe and crown? I mean really?


For a prompt about famous last words, the idea of Empress Hoshi‘s final words being ridiculous was a hard one to shake.


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Hall of Mirrors

It is, actually, the canon launch date for the NCC-1701 Enterprise.

The scene is a  sumptuous bedroom.

The Empress isn’t doing so well. Her family surrounds her. However, as would befit someone of her age, she doesn’t always remember who’s who. She grouses about Ubvelwev, the Calafan boyfriend for her son, Takeo. She claims that Takara‘s husband, Charles Tucker IV, is polluting the Sato genome with inferior blood. Arashi is ordered to run the treasury. And she verbally abuses Izo as well.

As she lays dying, Jun and Kira agree, again, to co-rule after her death. She’s trying to say something meaningful, in Latin (the Empress is, of course, a former linguist). But the reality, in the end, is far different.


The story’s title comes from a lyric in a song I first heard in the Coen Brothers‘ film, O Brother, Where Art Thou?

Story Postings


The story is Rated K.


I really loved giving the Empress her final comeuppance. I’ve used a lot of occasions to make her look ridiculous. From the mice in Brown to the changes that are made at the end of the Times of the HG Wells series, Empress Hoshi has been the butt of some jokes and often does not get what she wants. This is the last of such times.

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Shuttlepod pilot, fan fiction writer, sentient marsupial canid.