Fanfic / Of White Trees And Blue Roses

''Of White Trees and Blue Roses'' is a fanfic set in George R. R. Martin's ''A Song of Ice and Fire'' series. It's a series of POV chapters of the few years leading up to Robert Baratheon's rebellion in the main series. In particular, it focuses on Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targaryen. Many posthumous characters from canon were featured as well.

This fanfic provides examples of:

  • Adorkable: Ned when he tries to write poetry about Ashara Dayne, much to Robert's amusement.
  • Age Lift: Gerold Dayne is much younger here than in A Song of Ice and Fire due to being Brandon Stark's son.
  • Agony of the Feet: Brandon warns Benjen not to drop Robert's hammer on his foot.
  • Armor-Piercing Slap: Ashara gives one to Brandon after he deflowers and then rejects her.
  • Attack Its Weak Point: Ned beats Robert in a duel by pricking his neck armor.
  • Bastard Bastard: Gerold Dayne, who in this fanfic is the son of Ashara Dayne and Brandon Stark, will become one of these.
  • Broad Strokes: Despite the close following to canon, the fic offers plausible suggestions on unrevealed plot points which Martin has been silent on so far, e.g. Jon Snow's parents, and the identity of the Knight of the Laughing Tree.
  • Brother-Sister Incest: Lyanna can tell that Cersei and Jaime Lannister are much closer than normal for siblings. Jaime buys Lyanna's silence by agreeing to vouch for the Knight of the Laughing Tree.
  • The Cameo: Melisandre appears in one of Rhaegar's dreams.
  • Did Not Think This Through: As alluded to in canon, Rhaegar's abduction of Lyanna blew up spectacularly. Also, the Knight of the Laughing Tree participating in the Tourney of Harrenhal. For example, Rhaegar catches Lyanna handling the bags containing the armor and warns her that the Knight could be accused of treason.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: Robert is dumb-struck by Lyanna several times, as Jaime and Cersei note with disdain.
  • Don't You Dare Pity Me!: Ashara Dayne does not want to be pitied by the man she marries because she bore a bastard.
  • Doomed by Canon: Lyanna Stark, Brandon Stark, Rhaegar Targaryen, King Aerys, Lord Rickard Stark.
  • Doting Parent: Rickard Stark notes he has been this to his children, particularly Lyanna and Benjen.
  • Dreaming of Things to Come: Rhaegar's dreams regarding the prophecy of the Prince That Was Promised. However, the fic did its own take as the prophecy remains unresolved in canon. One such vision is of Jon Snow. King Aerys received one to beware of Jaime, who would be called the Kingslayer.
  • Dude Magnet: Ashara Dayne. See Love Dodecahedron.
  • Eureka Moment: Rhaegar has one when he sees the injured Benjen Stark, which he couples with the weirwood-emblazoned shield of the Knight of the Laughing Tree and Benjen's absence during the Knight of the Laughing Tree, concluding that Benjen is the Knight of the Laughing Tree.
  • Evil Is Petty: When Rhaegar suggested reviving the ancient tradition of Targaryen polygamy in order to stop Robert's Rebellion by wedding Lyanna, Aerys vetoed the idea simply because he had not thought of reviving the tradition himself in order to hold on to Joanna Lannister. The other reason is to not "infect the bloodline with wolf-blood", which is just as bad.
  • Face Death with Dignity: Lord Rickard is completely silent and composed during his execution, which irks King Aerys to no end.
  • Fanservice: Text-only. Rhaegar is entranced by the sight of a naked Lyanna when she changes clothes after the Knight of the Laughing Tree's third joust.
  • Force and Finesse: Between Jon Arryn's two wards; Robert is the Force with his prowess with a hammer and hitting too hard with a sword, while Ned is the Finesse with his abilities with the sword.
  • Foregone Conclusion / How We Got Here: Due to the close following to canon, it's not hard to forsee the fates of the various characters. However, the fic presents a good case of why the surviving characters behaved the way they did in canon.
  • Game-Breaking Injury: Benjen is seriously injured while posing as the Knight of the Laughing Tree during the second joust, forcing Lyanna to take the third joust.
  • Generation Xerox: Ned is said to be very much like Rickard, more cautious than the Hot-Blooded Brandon and Lyanna.
  • The Ghost: Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish is mentioned a few times, but never appears in person.
  • Green Around the Gills: Robert winds up barfing a few times while horseback riding.
  • Hollywood Heart Attack: Lord Rickard has problems with chest pain and Maester Walys tells him that his days are numbered.
  • Hope Spot: Ashara hopes that her child would be more like Ned with his sense of honor. From what's known about Gerold Dayne, her hope is in vain.
    "You have your father's strength and my colouring, but if you take anything else from your true family, please let it be your uncle's sense of honor."
  • Hot-Blooded: When Robert hears the news of Lyanna's abduction, he tries to storm off to King's Landing as Brandon did and it requires a duel with Ned to change his mind.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: What convinced Lyanna to follow Rhaegar, aka the "abduction", was Rhaegar's promise to train her to become a real knight, and to knight her subsequently. While at the Tower of Joy, he does make good on his promise.
  • Ill Girl: Lysa Tully spends much of the Tourney at Harrenhal ill due to an unknown ailment.
  • Kick the Dog: Brandon when he drops Ashara after a one-night stand.
  • Love Dodecahedron: Between Ashara Dayne, Barristan Selmy, Brandon and Eddard Stark. Like in canon, Barristan had his crush on Ashara. Ashara had a crush on Brandon, and Eddard had a crush on her. Ashara rejected Eddard's feelings for her, while Brandon dropped Ashara faster than a hot potato after a one-night stand. However, he fathered a bastard, as mentioned under Fandom Nod.
  • Love Ruins the Realm: Rhaegar was very aware of how badly things could turn out, particularly after hearing of his father's execution of the Northern lords. Other characters had also thought to themselves (or voiced their opinions on) just how bad Rhaegar's idea of abducting Lyanna really was.
  • Misblamed: Ned Stark is not the father of Ashara's child.
  • Not So Above It All: Rhaegar's reaction when he learns that Ashara is pregnant is to think that Ned is not so noble. He's wrong: Ashara's child is not because of Ned. It's Brandon's.
  • Officer and a Gentleman: Rhaegar was keenly aware of how his actions regarding Lyanna had deeply hurt his wife. Also, at the beginning, he was a true gentleman in his interactions with Lyanna.
    • Ser Arthur Dayne was a gentleman as well.
  • Off with His Head!: The fate of Elbert Arryn.
  • Out of Focus: For all his importance during this period of the series (and subsequent periods), Tywin Lannister was only alluded to in the fic.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: Rhaegar was both an accomplished warrior, and an excellent harp player.
  • Secret Keeper: Brandon keeps his mouth shut about Lyanna and Benjen disposing of the Knight of the Laughing Tree's armor. Lord Rickard managed to find out on his own.
  • Shotgun Wedding: Rhaegar suggests marrying Ashara to Eddard, to make amends for Brandon fathering her bastard child and not piss off the Tullys by forcing Brandon to marry Ashara. Ashara puts her foot down, saying she would not force Ned to pay for Brandon's mistakes as she, Ashara, is a fallen woman.
  • Single Malt Vision: After getting defeated by Rhaegar, Brandon sees what he thinks is a three-headed Targaryen. It's really Ashara Dayne, whom he just deflowered.
  • Someone to Remember Him By: Ashara has a child by Brandon Stark, who becomes Gerold Dayne. Ashara had made her own name for him: Brandon Snow.
  • Stab the Salad: Ned impales a piece of paper with a spear.
  • Take Me Instead: Rickard planned to offer himself up to secure Brandon's release.
  • The Stations of the Canon: Major events, such as the Tourney at Harrenhal and the fates of Rickard and Brandon Stark, are unchanged from canon.
  • Trying Not to Cry: Essentially, this was Elia Martell's reaction to her husband's shenanigans regarding Lyanna. Rhaegar himself knew how deeply he had hurt his wife, and genuinely loathed himself for it.
  • Virgin Shaming: Robert likes to make fun of the fact that Ned hasn't had sex.
  • Who's Your Daddy?: Ashara Dayne is found to be pregnant. Everyone thinks it's Ned's. It's really Brandon's.
  • Would Hit a Girl: King Aerys tries to have Ashara Dayne burned alive when her pregnancy is revealed.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: The real reason why King Aerys kept Elia Martell and her children in King's Landing? He was planning on killing them once he had fathered a daughter to keep the bloodline pure.
  • Young Future Famous People: Young Stannis and Renly make cameo appearances. However, Benjen Stark deserves special mention, as one half of the Knight of the Laughing Tree. See Did Not Think This Through above.
  • Your Approval Fills Me with Shame: After seeing some of Rhaegar's actions toward Lyanna at the Tourney at Harrenhal, King Aerys remarks that Rhaegar has his "Joanna." Rhaegar is not amused.
  • Your Days Are Numbered: Lord Rickard is dying of heart failure.
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