In the very first part of Game of Thrones
, the first book of A Song of Ice and Fire
, King Robert arranges for Ned to replace Jon Arryn as Hand and arranges a marriage between his son Joffrey and Ned's daughter Sansa, to tie Houses Baratheon and Stark. Ned, Sansa, and Arya then go South. And then things get messy.Acts of Treason
, on the other hand, starts it much the same - except for one thing - what if Robert's daughter
Myrcella, nine years old in the canon, were older and betrothed to Ned's son Robb instead? Told over the course of eleven chapters, or acts, the story spans the course of the canon series - with several changes in characters' choices, most of which work out for the better in the long run
, and, of course, many a Crack Ship
This fan fiction provides examples of:
- Abusive Parents: Both Robert and Cersei physically abuse Myrcella at some point.
- A Day In The Lime Light: Myrcella goes from being a very minor plot device in the canon to being the star character in this fic.
- Adult Fear: Hoo boy. As mentioned below, poor Sansa nearly kills herself because Joffrey murdered her son and nephew in front of her.
- A Death in the Limelight: Several characters got a POV section just when they were about to die.
- Alternate Universe Fic
- Anyone Can Die: This fic racks up an impressive body count by the end.
- Arranged Marriage: Robb and Myrcella. They're pretty pleased about it. There are others as well including Catelyn/Yohn Royce, Margaery/Renly, Margaery/Quentyn, Shireen/Trystan, and Edric/Arya.
- Asskicking Equals Authority
- Babies Ever After: For Robb/Myrcella and Sansa/Willas. The reproductive actives of other pairs are also detailed in the epilogue-esque Act XI.
- The Beard: Margaery is this for Renly. Ashara could possibly be this for Jon Connington.
- Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Averted with Myrcella, who receives a scar that marrs her once highly touted beauty.
- Beta Couple: Loads. Arya/Edric, Sansa/Willas, Aegon/Dany, Renly/Loras, Theon/Alys, Shireen/Devan, and others.
- Birds of a Feather: Arya and Edric.
- Brother-Sister Incest: Cersei and Jaime, as in canon.
- The Bully: Joffrey
- The Caligula: Joffrey again.
- Chastity Dagger: Jaime gives one to Myrcella for her birthday. She ends up needing to use it.
- Cool Uncle: Renly and Tyrion to Myrcella. Jaime, to a lesser extent. Stannis, not so much.
- Dead Guy Junior: Lots of them, which is reasonable considering how high a body count there is in this fic.
- Defiant to the End: Arya
- Driven to Suicide: Sansa. Though she is unsuccessful. It's a double-whammy of Adult Fear, since it directly involves a sibling's suicidal distress because both her nephew and her only son were brutally killed in front of her.
- Domestic Abuse: Like in canon, Robert abuses Cersei.
- Fallen Princess: Myrcella. She starts out as almost everyone's favorite golden princess. Then she runs away, gets brutally disfigured, and marries into a country of people who don't particularly like her.
- Fandom Specific Plot: Like most Robb/Myrcella fics, the pair of them are betrothed to each other instead of Joffrey and Sansa.
- Fish out of Water: Myrcella is more used to the flashy, scheming south than the vastly different north.
- The Good King: Robb and Aegon
- Good Parents: Robb/Myrcella
- Good Is Not Dumb: Myrcella is kind and caring, but vastly knowledgeable in politics and scheming.
- Happily Married: Robb/Myrcella
- I Want Grandkids: The reason Ned gives for sacrificing himself for Myrcella.
- In Spite of a Nail: Despite Myrcella inviting Bran along on the day he would have caught Cersei and Jaime together, he nonetheless ends up crippled by the end of the story. Also, Myrcella gets her facial wound despite never being sent to the Martells.
- In the Blood: The Targaryen madness rears its head as bloodlust in both Daenerys and Aegon, although the latter has it to a lesser degree and is self-aware enough to recognize it. It's implied that the next generation manages to avoid it.
- Incest Subtext: Joffrey's interest in getting Myrcella back is suggested to possibly be incestuous.
- Infant Immortality: Harshly averted with Rickard and Edwyn.
- Kill It with Fire: That's how Dany likes to deal with her enemies.
- Killed Off for Real: Lots.
- Last Minute Hookup: Jon "steals" Val on pretty near the last page of the story, epilogue excluded. They're implied to have been eyeing each other offscreen for a while.
- Last Stand: Ned and his retainers do this to protect the rest of the entourage as they flee north.
- Like Father, Like Son: Both Ned and Robb went to war as young men in rebellion against the crown. There are also similarities noted between Myrcella and Cersei.
- The Lost Lenore: Arya for Edric.
- Luke, I Am Your Father: Ashara with Jon Snow.
- The Matchmaker: Myrcella. She likes to pair the other characters together for political gain and for their happiness.
- Missing Mom: Ashara with Jon Snow.
- The Mourning After: Edric for Arya.
- The One That Got Away: Ned for Ashara
- Opposites Attract: Robb is honorable, trusting, and action oriented while Myrcella is politically savvy and very capable of manipulation.
- Parental Favoritism: Joffrey is Cersei's favorite.
- Politically-Active Princess: Myrcella. Not at all the pawn she is in canon, this princess knows the players and does what she can to move the pieces. Justified since Canon-Myrcella is a little girl.
- Princesses Prefer Pink: Robert likes to give Myrcella pink things.
- Rebellious Princess: Myrcella again.
- Romancing the Widow: Yohn Royce with Catelyn, though their relationship isn't about love so much as politics.
- Shipper on Deck: Myrcella actively ships multiple different couples in the story, pushing them together for their personal happiness as well as the overall political advantage.
- Shout-Out: Bran and Tommen give Myrcella a kitten, which she names Boots.
- Token Good Teammate: Tyrion, for the Lannisters; unlike in canon, he remains loyal to them until he is cut down by Joffrey as he tries to protect Sansa, her son, and his own nephew.
- Tragic Villain: Cersei and Jaime
- Warrior Prince: Robb, Aegon, Dany, Stannis, and the Martells.
- What If?: The entire premise of the story is based on "What if Myrcella was older and betrothed to Robb?"
- Would Hurt a Child: Joffrey kills two young children and Robert Arryn is murdered by his people, as well.
- Your Princess Is in Another Castle: Once the villainous Joffrey dies and justice is brought to the the Seven Kingdoms, the story should be through, right? Nope. Now there's a new problem to deal with in Act X.