Regis the nobleman and Danilo the commoner served in the cavalry together in the medievaloid world of Darkover. They had a growing affection for each other which neither of them was willing to accept, as homosexuality was still forbidden among the cavalrymen (though it occurred anyway). This illustration is from a fan magazine story in which the noble Regis offers to help his lower-class soon-to-be lover with a task no nobleman would ever do. From my seemingly endless stash of Darkover fan art.
Black ink on illustration board, 7" x 4", fall 1983.