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Title: A God Among Men – Life in the Kingdom of Demetria
Fandom: Percy Jackson and the Olympians / Heroes of Olympus; ancient Greece AU
Disclaimer: All rights reserved to Rick Riordan for he created the awesomeness that is Nico di Angelo. And everything else related to Percy Jackson and the Olympians / Heroes of Olympus. Aside from the Gods, they belong to the old Greeks. This fanfiction and its OCs on the other hand are entirely mine. No money is made with this, though reviews are more than welcomed.
Warnings: shounen-ai, gods, magic, fluff, kink for powers, worship, explicit intercourse, anal, oral, bondage, shoujo-ai, hetero, threesome
Main Pairing: Nico/Percy
Side Pairings: Reyna/Annabeth, Octavian/Luke, Ethan/Alabaster, Jake/Will, Frank/Hazel/Leo, Grover/Juniper, Malcolm/Katie, Chris/Clarisse, Charles/Silena, Jason/Calypso, Poseidon/Amphitrite | Poseidon/Sally, Zeus/Hera, Hades/Persephone, Ares/Aphrodite, Hephaestus/Aglaia, Nico/Drew (one-sided)
Percy Jackson Characters:
Thieves: Perseus Jackson, Luke Castellan, Cecil Rogers, Chris Rodriguez, Travis Stoll, Connor Stoll
Royals: Nico di Angelo, Bianca di Angelo, Hazel Levesque, Maria di Angelo, Drew Tanaka
Royal Advisers & Palace Servants: Jason Grace, Reyna Avila Ramírez-Arellano, Annabeth Chase, Malcolm Cage, Ethan Nakamura, Will Solace, Katie Gardner, Grover Underwood, Juniper
Palace Guards: Frank Zhang, Clarisse la Rue, Thalia Grace, Hylla Ramírez-Arellano, Kinzie Cohen, Zoe Nightshade, Phoebe Burge
Priests: Alabaster C. Torrington, Lou Ellen, Piper McLean, Silena Beauregard, Ella, Rachel Elizabeth Dare, Octavian Simmons
Blacksmiths: Charles Beckendorf, Leo Valdez, Jake Mason, Nyssa Black, Tyson
Godly Characters: Poseidon, Amphitrite, Triton, Demeter, Persephone, Hades, Hestia, Hera, Zeus, Hermes, Apollo, Artemis, Dionysus, Athena, Enyo, Ares, Aphrodite, Hephaestus, Aglaia, Feronia, Furrina, Laverna, Calypso
Summary: Perseus is a minor Sea God, son of Neptune and prince of the sea. And utterly bored. Gods, is he bored. Instead of staying bored under the sea, he decides to pose as a mortal and walk the Earth. Throughout ancient Greece, one small island kingdom in particular took to worshiping him, the Demetria Isles. So that's where Percy goes, to see what kind of people worship him.
He runs into interesting people. Lives with thieves, learns from priests and falls for the prince...
A God Among Men
Life in the Kingdom of Demetria
Epilogue: The Heroes of Olympus
It all truly started when Luke Castellan ran away from home. Percy gave him a little nudge onto the right path, or at least he tried. The nine-year-old was frightened and alone. A truly lost little traveler. And there was just no way Percy could accept that. Percy had been keeping a watchful eye over Luke Castellan, making sure the boy was safe even as he was alone on the streets. By then, Nico had managed to inconspicuously infiltrate Camp Half-Blood as a trainer, which meant that this was the path Percy wanted Luke on, because those silly children shouldn't live on the streets – even though Luke had done a tremendous job of that in his last life.
"Hello, Luke", whispered Percy softly as he materialized next to Luke.
The little boy looked startled as he stared at Percy wearily. "W—Who... What are you?"
"I'm a god", grinned Percy mischievously. "The god of lost travelers. And you look lost."
"Why should I trust you?", snorted Luke defensively.
It was so strange, to see his old friend again, after such a long time. To see him so young and lost. Now it was Percy's turn to give him a home, to finally pay a debt that was long overdue.
"Because there is a safe place for you to live at. A home", smiled Percy warmly. "It's called Camp Half-Blood. You will learn to control your abilities, to fight. You will be safe and together."
Two years later, Percy did not stand by as Juno tried to take a defenseless little toddler away from Beryl Grace. Oh, he was not going to let that happen. Last time she intervened with the life of one of her son's husbands, well, Hercules was still in therapy with Psyche because of all the labors and pain Juno had put him through. It was endearing how gods were not supposed to intervene with the demigods, but if it were the Olympians then all bets were off and they did as they pleased.
So Percy decided to be sneaky instead. He brought the matter to the public eye, earning Juno a lot of trouble with the Olympian council. Employing a very eager Venus, Percy did his best to fix Beryl Grace's mess of a life. She had been a huge movie-star in the eighties, just like Aphrodite's former lover Tristan McLean. Venus had giggled at the suggestion – and a year later, Beryl and Tristan were the happily married parents to three young demigods.
Percy found himself a little distracted with everything going on. He knew that Thalia, Jason and Piper were safe with Tristan and Beryl for now, before their journey would lead the three siblings to Camp Half-Blood. Luke and many others were protected under Nico's care and guidance at Camp Half-Blood all the while. His husband was making him proud as a trainer for the Greeks, while Percy kept a close eye on New Rome, considering he was a Roman-exclusive god.
Things were going smoothly, the children were allowed childhoods and training and a family in their own rights. It only happened five years later that Percy received news of Esperanza Valdez' death. That was when Hazel got involved. And angry.
"You brought my Leo back into the world! And didn't tell me?!", barked Hazel viciously.
"Kinda both of them?", admitted Percy innocently and shrugged. "Leo Valdez, son of Hephaestus. Frank Zhang, son of Mars. Frank's... seven. And Leo is six. Frank's happy though, he's living with his mom and grandmother in Canada. And we didn't know Esperanza would die that early, okay?"
Hazel's eyes were burning as she grabbed him by the throat and pinned him to the wall. "If something happens to one of my boys, I will show you how much underworld I have in me."
"Hazel", whispered Percy gently. "I promise. I have a plan. A path to set him on."
Hazel squinted at him suspiciously but she let him go. A month later, famous movie-stars Tristan and Beryl McLean adopted a young, poor little orphan. With Tristan's help and love, Beryl had recovered from her alcoholism well and their children were happy. Leo was the perfect addition to that family and he truly deserved that love. Only that Thalia was fourteen now, Jason and Piper were seven and Leo was six. They started attracting monsters.
"I like the way this is turning out", whispered Nico over a glass of wine.
Percy hummed contently as he leaned against his husband, soaking up his warmth as the two of them enjoyed their alone-time. Bianca had come into the life of the Grace-McLeans and Thalia had joined the hunt at age fifteen, before she could become the child of the prophecy Percy and Nico feared so much. Her three siblings all the while found their ways to Camp Half-Blood and Nico was pretty proud of them. Piper had come to adore her cabin-head Silena, while Leo followed Charles Beckendorf around like a lost, endearing puppy. Amusingly enough, Jason had found his mentor in Luke, who completely thrived in that role. Luke had his most loyal little minions in Jason and the new at camp arrived Annabeth Chase. The demigods received the training they deserved under Nico's guidance – not just physical fighting as they used to. Nico, as someone who had only learned of his own godhood in his late teens, knew how important it was to get a grip on your unique powers too. Chiron was very proud of Nico and Nico? Nico actually enjoyed the job.
"Hazel's hovering though", pointed Percy out.
"It's understandable. If it was you, out there, about to face a great enemy, only a child. I wouldn't like it either, Perce", grunted Nico displeased, tightening his grip on Percy. "Sure, Frank is still happily oblivious of this world, living with his family, but Leo? He's doing good. He's being adored by his whole cabin and him and Beckendorf are building the most fascinating things. It's Luke I'm worried about. I'm glad I insisted that he takes Clarisse and Ethan with him on his quest to steal a Golden Apple – quests in sets of three, it's a rule for a reason. And it was a close call, even so. But they returned successfully. And bonded nicely. I think that under Luke's leadership, Jason could become a great hero. And judging by the looks Calypso has been giving me the last few times we went to visit the underwater palace, I really hope so."
"Still don't understand why he declined godhood", sighed Percy with a shake of the head.
"I do. It was only him. He couldn't go without his sister, or Reyna who was essentially like a sister. He wanted to be reborn, for another chance together", hummed Nico. "Speaking of Reyna..."
"Nearly was lost at sea", chimed Percy. "But, well, you can't be more in my realm than that. I safely maneuvered Reyna and Hylla to Camp Jupiter. Octavian wasn't a fan, but when is he ever a fan, unless it involved Luke...? Mh... Imagine Octavian and Luke finally reuniting – and uniting the Greeks and Romans. It'll be the most epic love-story since, well, us."
He leaned up to kiss Nico's cheek. These days, Percy was frequenting New Rome. After all, he had safely delivered the ship-wrecked daughters of Bellona to New Rome personally, giving them his blessing. Great excuse to drop by occasionally. He got to watch proudly how Reyna made her own path in New Rome. Octavian, augur and eager to become praetor, could really use someone to reign him in a little, at least until the paths of Romans and Greeks crossed. Jason – the Roman living with the Greeks – was now nine and endearing, but one day he would 'reach sixteen against all odds'. And they already knew that this would be huge. Fighting it on two fronts made no sense. They needed to unite Romans and Greeks before that. But Percy wasn't very worried about it, because Nico and Percy would help their friends to win this war, as the gods fighting alongside demigods.
~*~ The End ~*~
Author's note: THE END. IT'S OVER. I know some were expecting this to just be PJatO but with them as gods. But that's boring. Also, I mean, many things wouldn't make sense about them. And other things, Nico and Percy wouldn't allow to happen.
Coming next month, this story's slot in the updating schedule will be filled by "We Are All We Are", which, yes, after a nearly three year hiatus WILL be finished.