Save the princess, protect the king, make some babies. Duty calls.
In the Royal Order, soldiers are born and bred for combat. Literally. Centuries of carefully arranged marriages between the Order's male and female warriors, along with some extremely strict rules and the best combat training known to man, have allowed the kingdom of Lince to maintain the best fighting force in the world.
Moments after their arranged marriage—an event conducted with as much emotion as being fitted for a new set of armor—swordswoman Hesk and axeman Bram are sent on a mission to rescue a princess.
As wedding nights go, it gets bloodier than most.
Order-born is a novelette of about 10,500 words.