The North Remembers is an A Song of Ice and FireContinuation Fic written by Silver Raven Star, intended to be the direct sequel to the events which happened after A Feast for Crows and A Dance with Dragons.The future of Westeros, and that of the Great Houses and their Kingdoms, hangs in balance as the long winter starts its descent into the continent with the invasion of the Others. The game of thrones is now currently battled between House Lannister, which has suffered heavy losses from the War of the Five Kings and the ineptitude of Cersei's mad rule, and the rejuvenated Targaryen cause led by Aegon VI. In the North, Stannis Baratheon leads his men in the harsh winter against the turncoat Roose Bolton and his treacherous Frey allies, while relations between the Wall and the Wildlings have quickly fallen into ruin. Meanwhile, Tyrion Lannister has arrived in Meereen, unknowing of Daenerys's current predicament, and in the city of Braavos Arya struggles to abandon her identity as a Stark.The North Remembers is for the most part centered on the viewpoints of the Stark family and that of their allies. At nearly eight-hundred pages it is just about as long as the average book in the series.
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0% Approval Rating: Cersei, who keeps digging herself into a deeper and deeper hole, to the point that even Ser Loras and Margaery feel sorry for her.
House Lannister in general by this point, especially after the unlawful executions of the Westerlings. This action was so widely loathed, that even the Westerlanders rise up in rebellion.
Action Girl: Alysane Mormont. She even becomes the first woman to say the Night's Watch oath just so she can fight off the wights!
Brienne, Arya and Asha, as they were from the books. Sansa gets a moment when she counters Ser Shadrich's attempts to rape her with a knife to his neck.
It can be argued Arya is a Deconstruction of this. Her becoming a Badass assassin was due to the all the tragedies that have piled on since her father's death, to the point she was willing to cast off her identity just to escape it all. Later, as Arya's memories slowly begin to resurface, she comes to the conclusion that all the people she killed in the hopes of easing her trauma have left her feeling incredibly empty inside as this passage indicates.
She hadn't been able to murder her way to peace, or bleed her way to vengeance. She hadn't been able to destroy herself to sanity.
And Then Jon Was The Great Other: The Bigger Bad of the series is revealed to be none other than Jon Snow, who is also, coincidentally, The Prince Who Was Promised. Fortunately, he's not on the Others' side (he still remembers who he is), as he wants Sam to kill him after he's settled his business with Ramsay.
And Man Grew Proud: Arya notes that this will happen to Braavos after watching it sink into the ocean.
“Men will sing of the sunken city of Braavos one day," Arya thought, her mind bizarrely, perfectly clear. "Of its beauty and its bravos and its canals and its courtesans, of its silks and mysteries and mazes, of its harbor and its mummers and its merchants, perhaps even of its taverns and its cutpurses and its cats and mussel-sellers. Of its terrors and temples and its Iron Bank and its Faceless Men. Of how it was a great civilization before it vanished forever to the bottom of the sea, and became a memory, a myth.”
Anguished Declaration of Love: Bran gives one to Meera before she sacrifices her life energy for his sake, completing his transformation into a Greenseer.
Apologetic Attacker: Jaime, upon killing Qyburn as he attempts to escape from the White Sword Tower, tells him that it was Nothing Personal. Slightly subverted in the fact that he never really cared for the guy.
Arranged Marriage: In order to win back the Iron Islands from her Evil Uncle Euron Crows-Eye, Asha agrees to Ser Justin's marriage proposal and offers it to Stannis Baratheon should he hope to win over the Ironborn. He accepts, though reluctantly at first.
Lady Maege Mormont and Lord Galbart Glover plan this for Jeyne Westerling once Jon Snow is legitimized by Robb's will, after she finally managed to make it to Greywater Watch. It doesn't go through after getting word of his 'death'.
Sansa also intends to annul her marriage with Tyrion and resume her previous wedding arrangement with Willas Tyrell in order to gain Tyrell support at reclaiming the North.
Ascended Extra: Many of the characters who originally didn't have POV chapters themselves are now given an expanded role.
Asshole Victim: Walder, Roose, Ramsay, Qyburn, and Cersei among others.
Attempted Rape: As what's expected for so many people in this Crapsack World, Ser Shadrich tries to get his way with poor Sansa after he kidnaps her from the Gates of the Moon. Unlike the previous cases however, Sansa kills him.
Also, Cersei tries to rape Jaime. He's in such bad shape he can barely fight her off
Badass Creed: Brienne gives one to Sansa Stark, after finally locating her, and pledges her sword in her service:
Brienne:"I, Brienne daughter of Selwyn, do swear in the sight of the Seven and of my fellow men, to serve in thought, word, and deed, night and day, in sight and out of it, until my lady release me or death receive me, Sansa daughter of Eddard and Catelyn, by the grace of the gods Lady of Winterfell and Queen in the North. To you will I bear body, chattels, and earthly worship, and I will keep faith and loyalty to you above all others. On my soul I make this oath, and may I be damned if I break it. I swear it by earth and iron. I swear it by ice and fire."
Berserk Button: Lady Stoneheart is cold and emotionless, to the point of being dead figuratively and literally. But when Littlefinger attempts to reason with her about the Red Wedding, about how only Robb was supposed to be killed and her to be spared at the massacre, she completely loses her shit and nearly kills him before being stopped by Sansa.
Bittersweet Ending: At a very high cost the Others are finally vanquished. Dany's rule produces a fragile but standing peace over Westeros despite rebellions and intrigue from the various Houses, and the Starks at last take back what is rightfully theirs.
Butt Monkey: Edmure Tully. As usual, nothing goes right for him.
Calling the Old Man Out: Ramsay, apparently incredulous at his father's stern words for torturing vassals, calls him out on his hypocrisy when he himself killed Robb Stark for personal gain. He then promptly gets a punch in the face.
Cue the Sun: The sun breaks over the ruins of Castle Black after the destruction of the Great Other, signifying the end of the Long Night.
Defector from Decadence: Addam Marbrand effectively leaves the Lannisters after Cersei ordered the executions of the Westerling family, offering his services to Wylis Manderly to help overthrow the Boltons control of the North and prepare for the onslaught of the Others.
Edmure plans to name his child Robb if it turns out to be a boy, to spite the Lannisters and Freys for what they put his family through. Too bad Roslin dies before it can happen. Jeyne, on the other hand is able to name her newborn son Robb, nicknaming him Robbie.
Two of Willas and Sansa's children are named Eddard and Catelyn.
The son of Daenerys and Tyrion is named Rhaegar.
Despair Event Horizon: After Bran completes his transformation into a Greenseer and becomes the three-eyed crow, he nearly loses it in his viewpoint chapter after realizing that Meera died for his sake.
Due to the Dead: An evil variant of this happens with Roose Bolton, whose body is mutilated after the destruction of Winterfell. Ramsay, being who he is, starts licking the blood from the massive rip on his neck and then pees on it.
Fingore: Davos ends up losing all of his fingers to Ramsay during his imprisonment at the Dreadfort. This nearly leads to him crossing the Despair Event Horizon because not only can he never sail again, he ends up believing that Stannis would, at this point, consider him to be a nuisance. He's wrong about that.
Fourth Date Marriage: Sansa and Willas get married the same day they meet. Of course, the marriage is for political, not personal, reasons.
Gambit Pile Up: Just like the books, everyone's plans keep crashing together in the strangest ways.
God Save Us from the Queen!: Cersei, who at this point in time has suffered a massive Villainous Breakdown from the last book and has been dubbed "The Mad King with teats" (by Jeyne Westerling, of all people). Even being under arrest hasn't stopped her from executing the Westerling family and Roslin Frey.
Jorah Mormont, dying by the wounds inflicted to him by Daario, blows the Valyrian horn to free the dragons from Victarion's control. He smiles as soon as he sees Daenerys running to his side, happy to have been in her service.
In Chapter 106, after having made amends with his brother and finally redeemed himself in the eyes of history, Jaime peacefully succumbs to his wounds with a smile on his face.
Handicapped Badass: Jaime, despite both losing his sword hand and being inflicted with a grievous wound courtesy of the Brotherhood manages to kill three of the Kingsguard while trying to stop the Westerlings execution, and later on manages to hold his own against Ser Robert Strong AKA Gregor Clegane.
Also, Bloodraven had to sacrifice his loved ones in order to become the three-eyed crow and this is what eventually happens to poor Bran.
Infant Immortality: Averted for poor, poor Shireen Baratheon, Robert Arryn, Rollam and Elenya Westerling. Tommen also died while his father/uncle was killing his mother. Played straight however, with Robbie Stark, who managed to survive his birth despite the contraceptives Jeyne had unknowingly used. Double Subverted with Myrcella Baratheon, who's Not Quite Dead.
Interrupted Suicide: Edmure is on the verge of committing suicide while at Casterly Rock in his first chapter, until he is interrupted by a maidservant sent by Addam Marbrand, who knows about the fake Jeyne Westerling Jaime had seen at Riverrun.
"Serve no usurpers or madmen. Do justice and live rightly. Burn a nightfire for me. And remember. Remember always."
Jade-Colored Glasses: Jeyne Westerling. Compare her chapters in A Storm of Swords to the ones here (in which she's a POV character) and see how she's changed from being an innocent, Wide-Eyed Idealist into a bitter, cynical girl shrewd enough to know how exactly the Northmen would treat her if they knew that Robb's trueborn brothers were alive. Galbart Glover tries to assure Jeyne that whatever resentment the northerners may have held for her disappeared after the Red Wedding, although Jeyne's suspicions are proven true when Glover essentially declares her crippled son to be an unperson
Laser-Guided KarmaWalder Frey and Roose Bolton. The former who had been stricken with an apoplexy, immediately dies upon hearing that his daughter Roslin was executed along with the Westerlings at King's Landing. The latter is stabbed in the neck by Ramsay while he wasn't looking, just as Stannis begins his assault on Winterfell.
Lie to the Beholder: How Stannis tricks Ramsay into thinking that he actually killed him, by snapping Melisandre's bracelet onto Arnolf Karstark, transforming him as well as binding his thoughts and tongue to prevent him from revealing his plans.
The Lost Lenore: Robb for Jeyne, who she continues to mourn throughout the story.
Meera, for Bran after she dies and he becomes the new three-eyed crow.
Mama Bear: Jeyne, when defending her son against the wights.
There Is No Kill Like Overkill: Roose Bolton is stabbed in the neck by Ramsay's flaying knife, dragged through into his spine, mutilated by Winterfell's scattering debris, and ultimately peed on as final insult. His lady wife follows suit, bordering on Cruel and Unusual Death when her step-son drives a jagged rock into her mouth and beats her with it, before finally choking her with his knee.
Luke, You Are My Father: Tyrion, who after putting together the pieces about Penny's past and that of her mother, realizes that she is his daughter.
Manipulative Bitch: Tyene Sand. Cersei is such a Horrible Judge of Character by this point that she apparently convinced herself that Tyene is her only friend. When Jaime kills her to prevent any further plans of hers with Tommen's life at risk, she freaks out.
Mix-and-Match Man: Robert Strong is revealed to be a combination of Gregor Clegane's body...and Robb Stark's head
Motive Rant: Cersei gives one to Jaime in chapter 101 as she prepares to burn down King's Landing with wildfire.
Never Found the Body: Myrcella. According to Qyburn and Loras Tyrell, she was apparently killed by Obara Sand because she had found out that Gregor Clegane was alive as Ser Robert Strong. Yet when Arianne demands to know the details of how it had happened from her father, he's strangely quiet about it.
Nice Guy: Ser Addam Marbrand, companion and close brother-in-arms to Jaime Lannister. He's chivalrous, courteous, and hardly loses his temper even when things don't go off as planned. He turns out to be one of the few people who acknowledges the impending winter and invasion of the Others as a serious threat to the Seven Kingdoms, and makes the decision to turn the Lannister fleet against House Bolton because of their universally despised control. He even continues to treats Jeyne with respect after seeing her crippled son, knowing well that he's all that she has left.
Not So Different: Arya Stark and the Summer Maid /Tysha. They both fled to Braavos after the Lannisters destroyed everything they loved. They were both found and aided by Jaqen H'ghar and learned the secrets of the Faceless Men. But, Tysha chose to become a courtesan while Arya chose to become a killer.
Not Quite Dead: Princess Myrcella, widely believed to have been killed by Obara Sand, in fact survived the attack and was smuggled to Highgarden. One of her companions had died instead and people mistook her for the princess.
Oh Crap: Sansa and company's reaction to being spotted by Robert Strong/Gregor Clegane while trying to sneak into the Red Keep
Only Sane Man: Addam Marbrand, again. Willas Tyrell, apart from his grandmother, seems to be this for the Tyrell family, and would rather live a peaceful life with his family instead of playing in the game of thrones.
Our Zombies Are Different: Drinking the blood of an Other apparently enables the drinker to become an Other themselves as opposed to a wight, Theon learns this to his horror after Ramsay arises from doing the same.
Papa Wolf: Tyrion, upon learning that Penny is his daughter. During Dany's stopover at Valyria, Penny is taken ill due to the smoke and ash in the air, with Tyrion warning Dany that he will not forgive her if Penny's condition becomes worse as a result of her sojourn.
Pay Evil unto Evil: The Rivermen are absolutely merciless towards the Lannisters at the siege of Casterly Rock, in revenge for everything that's happened to them during and after the War of the Five Kings. Wylis Manderly also plans to do the same for House Bolton, and it's all but certain that they will eventually go after the Twins.
Perfectly Arranged Marriage: Asha goes ahead with her marriage to Justin Massey despite Stannis having died and thus no longer any reason to swear fealty, having been impressed by Massey's bravery during the war.
Sansa and Willas' marriage proves to be a lasting and fruitful one, while making the Starks and Tyrells into close allies.
Rewarded as a Traitor Deserves: In a very twisted manner of justice, Edmure realizes that the Karmic Death of Walder Frey after receiving news about the execution of his daughter Roslin by Cersei Lannister was nothing short of irony, when he had previously betrayed the Starks and Tullys to gain Tywin's favor. He takes his demise well salted, as he would have to rejoice in his wife's death as well.
Reasonable Authority Figure: Dany. Her destruction of the Iron Throne cements her pledge that the new Targaryen dynasty will not be one of absolute rule but that of equals among the Westerosi houses.
Sacrificial Lamb: The Reeds are forced to sacrifice their life energy in order to increase Bran's powers as a greenseer.
Sadistic Choice: Aegon is forced to choose between his morality to making horrific, but pragmatic decisions to gain back his birthright. In both cases, he chooses to be pragmatic, executing the Westerlings and Roslin, and later choosing to sacrifice Jon Connington...In the case of the latter though, he calls it off at the last minute
Varys offers Jaime one during the Targaryen siege of King's Landing, offering him and Tommen safe passage out of the city and an guarantee of safety, which would allow him to finally settle down in peace with Brienne, in exchange for renouncing Tommen's claim to the throne.
Which happens right after poor Sweetrobin's demise. The lords of the Vale, as it turns out during Sansa's trial, never truly cared about the boy and are now squabbling over who will become the next Warden of the East now that Harry the Heir was brutally injured during a raid by the Mountain Clans. This leads to Petyr Baelish becoming the next in line to succeed.
Averted in Chapter 103. Minutes after Randyll Tarly states that Tommen died without an heir, Aegon swoops in and takes over King's Landing, without even knowing his rival had died.
Daenerys averts this with Tyrion at the cost of the lives of her dragons.
Samus Is a Girl: Alleras turns out to be Sarella Sand, one of the Sand Snakes.
This is pretty much supported in canon.
Sarcasm Failure: Jaime experiences this when he encounters Lady Stoneheart.
Self-Made Orphan: During the attack on Winterfell, Ramsay finally loses it and kills Roose Bolton like how he always wanted to, with his flaying knife. Also counts as a Karmic Death, considering that Roose had backstabbed Robb the same way. Fat Walda (Ramsay's step-mother) is also stoned to death after she was led to believe that Ramsay would let her go.
This Is Unforgivable: After finding out that Ramsay removed Davos' remaining fingers, Stannis vows to make the former suffer.
Stannis: "Ramsay Bolton will pay, will pay and pay dearly. I will rip apart the Dreadfort until no stone stands upon another, until the flayed man is nothing more than a memory, until the name of Bolton is only uttered as a curse and a vengeance upon these lands, on this, you have my word."
Took a Level in Badass: It seems as though in every chapter she narrates in, Sansa becomes more and more of a badass. From killing Shadrich, to leading the Brotherhood without Banners back to the Vale and getting her hand burned to enlist the Burned Men!
Villainous Breakdown: Littlefinger. After five long books of meticulous, continental-wide planning and political manipulation, he finally starts losing his cool when the Burned Men attack the Gates of the Moon. Which culminates in him coming face-to-face with his former love, Lady Stoneheart.
Cersei becomes crazier in each of her viewpoint chapters as everything falls apart for House Lannister. She wasn't entirely sane in the beginning either.
Well-Intentioned Extremist: Varys, who is willing to do such things as arranging the Westerling family's deaths in order to draw support for Aegon's claim to the throne and sacrifice Jon Connington to awaken the mummer's dragons at Dragonstone in order to unite the Seven Kingdoms in preparation for the Others invasion.
Varys: "I may lie in everything else, but I do not lie in this. I am the only one, have always been the only one, working to save the realm"
What the Hell, Hero?: Jaime Lannister calls out on the Brotherhood Without Banners for their utter hypocrisy and desire for seeing him dead, thinking that he's the source of all of their problems. Also counts as a Call Back to Sandor's earlier speech to the Brotherhood before his trial.
Chapter 42 With a little manipulation from Varys, Cersei has Roslin Frey and the Westerlings executed, despite Jaime's best efforts. This action causes many noble houses to defect from the Lannisters to the Targaryens
Chapter 54 Ramsay kills both his father and Mance Rayder, taking the real Lightbringer from the latter, and has Winterfell leveled via niter explosion.
Chapter 61 The Wall collapses
Chapter 77 Bran completes his transformation into the Three Eyed Crow
Chapter 78 Euron sacks Oldtown in service to the Great Other. Sam is able to drive dragonglass into him only to be reborn as an Other. Sarella buys time for Sam to escape, presumably dying in the process.
Chapter 85 Sansa's plan is put into motion as the Brotherhood and Burned Men attack the Gates of the Moon during her trial. Cue Littlefinger and Villainous Breakdown as he stares face to face with Lady Stoneheart
Chapter 86 Braavos is destroyed by a massive tidal wave just as Arya escapes along with Ser Justin and the Summer Maid back to Westeros
Chapter 95 Theon finally gets his revenge on Ramsay
Chapter 97 Jon Connington reveals to Aegon that he is descended from the Blackfyre line, not the Targaryens. He then burns himself and Varys alive, awakening two of the mummer's dragons at Dragonstone and under Aegon's control
Chapter 99 Sandor duels Robert Strong and the latter's true identity is revealed to be none other than Robb Stark (Specifically, Robb's head grafted to Gregor Clegane's body.)
Chapter 100 Jon is revealed to be the Great Other, upon which he extracts a promise from Sam to kill him after the Others are defeated.
Chapter 101 Jaime kills Cersei to prevent her from destroying King's Landing. Shortly after that, dragons swoop down on the city
Chapter 106 The Others attack King's Landing right as Dany finally returns to the city and orders the Iron Throne to be destroyed while she and Aegon's forces manage to repel the invaders, but Jaime dies in the process.
Chapter 108 Stannis blows the Horn of Dawn and dies to give Jon a chance at stopping the Others for good. Davos encounters Gendry in White Harbor and declares him the heir of House Baratheon.
Chapter 109 Sam fulfills his promise to Jon and strikes him down with Lightbringer before the Great Other can truly take over. To Sam's surprise, Jon lives, no longer under the Others influence. Jon declares that he will stay in the far North to keep the Others from rising again and gives Sam a lift on the back of Rhaegal to return to Oldtown and rebuild the Citadel as the Long Night finally comes to an end.
With the Tyrells' support, Sansa has Winterfell rebuilt and installs Rickon while acting as regent. Rickon however, proves to be uncontrollable due to his bond with Shaggydog and ultimately is allowed to abdicate and roam free in the wild. Sansa takes over as de facto Queen of the North
Arya slowly regains bits of her memory as the years go by, though she never fully recovers. Despite an offer of marriage from Gendry, she refuses to take a husband, preferring her freedom.
Dany and Tyrion agree to a political marriage, managing to produce one heir. The queen's dragons die on the same day their son is born, which weakens Targaryen authority over the other Great Houses.
Asha Greyjoy is installed as ruler of the Iron Islands, who manages to maintain a degree of autonomy from the Crownlands. Edmure Tully takes over the Riverlands, pledging neutrality in any future territorial disputes. Gendry is installed as Lord of Storm's End while Harrold Hardyng takes over the Vale. Aegon and Arianne Martell marry and rule over Dorne together. Myrcella, the last surviving child of Jaime and Cersei, takes up her real name and is installed as Lady of Casterly Rock, though she struggles to maintain the westerlands' autonomy since.
Jeyne Westerling and Addam Marbrand marry and raise Little Robbie with all their love and support. Robbie eventually leaves North to join his uncle Bran and succeed him as the Three Eyed Crow
Brienne remains at Sansa's side, serving in her Queensguard.
Sam becomes the new Grand Maester of the rebuilt Citadel and writes a treatise on the properties of magic.
Jon continues to stand vigil over the far North and marries Val.
Sansa and Willas Tyrell's marriage produces four children, one of whom is killed during a rebellion. Willas breaks his leg again some thirty years later and passes. With their eldest son acting as Lord of Highgarden, Sansa decides to abdicate and pass on her title to her eldest daughter Catelyn, crowning her as Queen of the North as the story concludes
Sandor shows up at Catelyn's coronation decades after he and Sansa parted ways at King's Landing, much to her shock. Old, grizzled, and missing an eye, he offers to escort the "little bird".
A World Half Full: Oddly enough, Westeros becomes this in this fic. Though many have died thus far and the Wall has collapsed, events are in motion to unite the other Houses in preparation for the Others invasion, Ramsay, Roose and Walder have finally received their comeuppance, and the Starks, who have been Westeros' Cosmic Plaything since the whole affair started, are in a position to reclaim their lost glory.
It's clear which family the author is a fan of. The original setting of George R. R. Martin is far closer to World Half Empty.
Lampshaded by Sansa in Chapter 103
There had to be some way, even in the smallest measure, to put back together what had been torn asunder.
Wild Child: Rickon, who somehow became separated from Osha. When Arya finds him, he doesn't even remember that he's a Stark.
Would Hurt a Child: Obara Sand certainly would, and would gladly suffer the consequences for doing so.