[[http://archiveofourown.org/works/243250 The Joinery]] is an alternateuniversefic set in the world of Series/GameOfThrones / Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire where Ned Stark takes the Iron Throne for himself and ends up married to Cersei Lannister. Though the WhatIf story ends the same way Ned's life does, the characters take a completely different path centering on the OppositesAttract relationship between Ned and Cersei.

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!!This series provides examples of:

* AdaptationalAttractiveness: Ned, just like in the TV series.
* AlternateUniverseFic
* ArrangedMarriage: Ned and Cersei, as well as the marriage of "their" daughter, Myranda to Garlan Tyrell.
* AsskickingEqualsAuthority: The way Ned takes the throne.
* BrotherSisterIncest: Cersei and Jaime.
* BrotherSisterTeam: Brandon and Myranda.
* DatingCatwoman: Prominent hero Ned is married to one of the main villains, Cersei.
* DeadGuyJunior: Brandon.
* DoomedByCanon: Ned and Jon both die the same way.
* EatingTheEyeCandy: Cersei does this a lot when she's with Ned.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: Cersei loves her husband, brother, and children.
* FandomSpecificPlot: The basis of this story (Ned taking the throne and marrying Cersei instead of Robert) is a pretty popular one among Ned/Cersei fan fiction. The only other common plot that comes close is Cersei turning out to be the mother of Ned's bastard, Jon.
* FishOutOfWater: Ned in King's Landing.
* TheGoodChancellor: Jon Arryn.
* GoodIsNotDumb: Ned, despite his HonorBeforeReason tendencies. He makes a good king because is knows how to avoid the pitfalls Robert allowed himself to fall into, such as sinking the realm into debt and borrowing money from Tywin.
* TheGoodKing: This is actually Ned's in-universe nickname.
* GoodParents: Ned and Cersei.
* HonestAdvisor: Jon Arryn, even though Ned doesn't want to believe what him when it comes to Cersei and the paternity of their children.
* HonorBeforeReason: Ned.
* IceQueen: Cersei.
** DefrostingIceQueen: Her marriage with cold Northerner Ned ironically achieves this, which Tyrion points out near the end.
* IncestSubtext: Cersei sees some between Brandon and Myranda.
* MurderTheHypotenuse: Catelyn is killed by Tywin Lannister to make way for his daughter Cersei to marry Ned and become queen.
* OppositesAttract: There's no way the honorable Ned would ever be happy with the manipulative and treacherous Cersei, right?
* PerfectlyArrangedMarriage: Ned and Cersei eventually come to love each other, though it doesn't help the situation.
* RatedMForManly: Ned. Like in the series, the man carries out every single one of his executions himself, meaning he spends the first part of his reign as king pretty busy.
* [[RealMenLoveJesus Real Men Love the Old Gods]]: Ned is devoted to the Old Gods, despite the pressure of being in the south where they worship the Faith of the Seven.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Ned.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: Like Arya Stark, Ned and Cersei's daughter Elaena is a tomboy who cares more for learning to fight than for being a princess.
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney: Implied that Tywin bought his daughter a crown.
* TragicHero: Ned.
* TragicVillain: Cersei.
* {{Twincest}}: Cersei and Jaime.
* WarriorPrince: This how Ned gets the throne.
* WhatIf: The whole premise of the story is: What if Ned took the throne instead of Robert and married Cersei?