Pairing: Charles/Erik, Raven/Irene, Emma Frost/Scott Summers
Warnings: past child abuse, minor character death, legal (but not emotional) infidelity, the bad guys being misogynistic, slut-shaming jerks.
Summary: Charles Francis Essex made an excellent courtier. As the son of Nathaniel Essex, a land-less diplomat, he had little to his name that he had not procured by his own devices, and luckily for him those devices were considerable.
When Princess Raven of Symkaria travels to Genosha to fulfil her marriage contract with its Crown Prince, she finds himself caught up in the storm brewing between Prince Erik and Sebastian Shaw, the Regent of the realm. She can only be thankful that her trusted advisor and friend Charles is with her; but as she's about to discover, he's got his own agenda. A modern day royalty AU.
Part IV: Events come to a head in Hammer Bay with Erik's attempt to topple Sebastian Shaw.