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Comments: This author is a professor of Medieval History, and her stories are always incredibly detailed, obviously well done and all around lovely. Her longest fic to date (June 2013) is a 80k post-Dance epic, but there are many one-shots as well. She usually writes Dany/Jorah and some incredibly well-done Jon/Sansa (she's the main reason for the popularity of the J/S ship in ASOIAF fanfic), but also seems to have a soft spot for Jaime as well.
Stories focused on the family and the friendly relationships of the cast. Plot-focused stories or light day-in-the-life stories. Pretty much anything that isn't focused on romance.The North Remembers by SilverRavenStar
Synopsis: In the ashes of war-torn Westeros, the fate of the remnants of House Stark - and that of their lovers, allies, friends, and foes - hangs in the balance. Has turned into my best attempt to complete the entire ASOIAF saga.
Synopsis: A divergence after Blackwater. One of the best explorations of Sansa and Sandor's relationship. Not romance or fluff, but a gorgeous, searingly in-character look at what might happen had the Hound taken her from King's Landing.
Synopsis: King's Landing was allowed to fall—a well-orchestrated distraction. But even the best laid plans are not without fault; King Stannis may have escaped, but his queen and heirs have become Daenerys' prisoners.
Synopsis: "When the Lord of Winterfell dies childless, Rhaegar Targaryen decides to let the last surviving Starks return to Westeros, after thirteen years spent in exile following a failed rebellion. To Eddard Stark and his wife, itís a decade-long dream come true; to their children, born and raised in the Free Cities, itís a brave new world." An alternate universe in which Robert died at the trident, and what happened next. A Braavos-raised Robb finds five pups in the snow; Rhaegar is king in all but name, loved by the whole kingdom except for his second son; and a young Daenerys intrigued by Tyrion's tales of his voyage to Valyria, but even more so by Prince Aegon's idea of sailing for the East.
Comments: Composed by a completed 13k story and its ongoing sequel, this series is beautifully written, planned out to the last detail, and manages to convince the reader that *this* is exactly what would have happened, had things gone only slightly differently. The Stark kids are born and raised in the Free Cities, and it shows, especially in Robb and Sansa; Daenerys is a naive and confident dreamer; and Ned Stark, former rebel turned mercenary, is far from being the calm, powerful lord from canon. Also, Viserys is married to Cersei, and this alone is worth the read.
Synopsis: Set during an alternate universe where Gendry is the legitimate son of King Robert Baratheon and Queen Cersei Lannister, Arya Stark wanted to be a knight; she wanted to find glory and adventure with Needle in her hand. But that is not an appropriate life for a highborn lady, and that was all Arya of House Stark was allowed to be.
Pairings: Lots. The fic is mostly about Myrcella Baratheon/Robb Stark with many a Beta Couple, including: Edric Dayne/Arya Stark, Sansa Stark/Willas Tyrell, Renly Baratheon/Loras Tyrell, and Daenerys Targaryen/Aegon VI Targaryen.
Synopsis: An Alternate Universe Fic where Robb and and older Myrcella are betrothed to each other instead of Sansa and Joffrey which sets off a change of events that alter course of the novels.
Synopsis: In an alternate universe, Sansa marries Tywin instead of Tyrion. Both enter with expectations of cold duty; neither anticipate their effect on the other. Though that's not to say their relationship is easy.
Synopsis: After Drogo's death, honorable Ned Stark offers Daenerys and her dragons asylum in secret rather than kill her as Robert wanted, on the condition that she be wed to his son Robb. Daenerys agrees only because she sees it as a opportunity to turn her new husband into her pawn. Unfortunately, Robb doesn't turn out to be the man she expected.
Synopsis: What would have happened in Westeros if Ned Stark had lived? An alternate version of George R.R. Martin's Game of Thrones series of books.
Recommended by Captain Canuck
Seconded by Sharysa. It avoids EverybodyLives with quite a few heartbreaking deaths, and keeps both the characters and setting intact.
I wouldn't know. This troper has found the story a little forced. No EverybodyLives, is true, but an excedingly high number of characters do, and everything seems to work out ridiculosly easily most of the time, losing the realisms that makes ASOIAF so heartbreakingly beautiful. Same goes for characters interaction, everyone gets along too well, with no accounting for the complexity of the different personalities that makes Martin's characters POV such a great writing choice. All in all, good but overrated, it feels like a lost opportunity.
Synopsis: Amidst maneuvers and intrigue, heartbreak and betrayal, bankruptcy and political scandal, the players jockey for power, money, and prestige in a game of business, politics, and love in New York City. Modern AU. Multi-ship. Central ships: Ned/Cat, Cersei/Jaime, Dany/Jorah, Jon/Sansa
Reccomended by Helly
Comments: To put it quite simply, not only the best modern AU this troper has ever read, but probably the best fic as well. The writing is as masterful as ever, and every little thing from canon is reflected into the modern world, all the pieces fitting so perfectly and nicely that make the story a pleasure to read. There are no words to explain how beautiful it is. Go read it, now.
Synopsis: (Modern AU with Sansa/Willas) When Sansaís father is murdered, she is forced into hiding in the care of an old friend of her motherís. She doesnít trust Petyr though, doesnít trust the way he looks at her, and when a job at a coffee shop around the corner offers a refuge, she grabs the opportunity with both hands.
Recommended by Namacub95
Seconded by Sharysa. In addition to the devastation that the fic puts Sansa through, the reincarnation subplot is refreshingly realistic about reincarnation. It focuses on life patterns, innate recognition (or the need to avoid getting recognized), trying to juggle past-life memories with current ones, and the haphazard attempts of various people to learn from their past-life mistakes, as opposed to "OMG TRUE LOVE."
Synopsis: Jon goes the opposite way, to the Narrow Sea instead of the Wall. Based on the prompt: "For a whole year he'd been dreaming of going to the East and join the Golden Company, with the Blackfyres and the men of the Free Cities. A place where no one would have cared what his name meant, where most people would've said, Snow? We don't get it here, and laughed it all away."
Comments: More of a for want of a nail kind of fic than a full-fledged AU, the idea alone is worth the read. The story itself is quite well done - the author takes our relative lack of informations about the Free Cities and runs with it, filling in the blanks with interesting customs and awesome characters. It also follows the original canon and timeline quite closely, and the characterization is really good.
Synopsis: AU - R+L=J Eddara Stark, raised in the shadow of her younger, more beautiful sister, and older, charismatic brother, was sent off to the Vale to be fostered alongside Robert Baratheon. Now, with the war over and her younger brother, the last male heir to Winterfell, off at the Wall, Eddara (please, call me Ned) assumes responsibilities as the Lady of Winterfell, Warden of the North, and the false mother to the bastard babe Jon Snow.
Comments: This fic Gender Flips Ned Stark and Catelyn Tully (now called Keith or Kit) and it all changes from there. Eddara retains all her male counterpart's titles and authorities but with entirely different consequences; the contrast is an effective study of gender roles in Westeros without being Anvilicious. And Ned and Kit's growing relationship is simply adorable.
Synopsis: (Modern AU with Tywin/Sansa) A series of modern AU drabbles in which Tywin Lannister and Sansa Stark get it on. A lot. All over the place. And if anyone finds out, they'll be in terrible trouble. If you are expecting anything other than shameless smut, you are in the wrong place. Each drabble is exactly 100 words.
Comments: This fic is simply amazing. The characterization is dead on, and the writing style is vivid and sparkles. The author is able to do quite a bit with 100 words, and the dynamics between Sansa and Tywin (particularly during the scene on the plane) are just gorgeous.
Synopsis: Dr. Ned Stark, Professor of History at Crownlands University is asked by his old friend, College President Robert Baratheon, to become the new director of the school library. His new job causes dramatic changes to his family's life. Meanwhile, Tywin Lannister, CEO of Casterly Rock Enterprises deals with his disappointing children and finds a potential apprentice in his new intern, Arya Stark.
Comments: An odd combination of a High School A.U. and Period Fic, Game of Stacks is both Game of Thrones in a modern world educational system as well as the implied future of Westeros. The characterization is spot on, with wonderful little changes thrown in to each character to modernize them to the setting.
Synopsis: A young Jaime Lannister is horrified by the deliberate murder of the royal family by order of his own father. Determined to not follow the path set out before him by Tywin Lannister and find his own, he breaks with his family - and finds an unexpected ally in one Ned Stark.
Comments: A wonderful look at how things could have gone had Robert's Rebellion ended in a slightly different manner - Jaime becomes disgusted with his father's cruelty and is disowned, while a rift grows between Ned Stark and King Robert after Ned realizes just how enthusiastic Robert was about the brutal murder of two children - leading to huge changes in the North as Jaime starts a new life as lord of a copper mine in the mountains and Ned prepares for the possibility of War should Jon Snow's true parentage become known.
Synopsis: What if Ned wasn't beheaded in King's Landing and Catelyn didn't die at the Red Wedding?
Comments: While it's summary sounds very similar to the above-mentioned Ned Stark Lives, this one is very different in that most of the events of the books stay the same for a while since Ned is still thought dead by the rest of Westeros, so people act largely as they do in canon. Once Ned makes his return, things focus almost solely on Ned and Catelyn's relationship and their quest to reunite their children, making for a very emotional ride.
Synopsis: Key events during Robert's Rebellion turn out different. Catelyn Tully is married to Robert and Jaime is killed by the Mad King. Ned asks a drunk Robert for Cersei's hand and gets it. As a result, Cersei becomes the Lady of Winterfel and undergoes character development, changing from an impetuous girl to the shrewd, cunning matriarch of the Starks. While the War of the Five Kings never happens, a different but no less terrible conflict takes it place.
Synopsis: As a young boy he had always wished to be a knight, to be as famous and noble as the heroes of his stories. But his life as a knight was neither heroic, nor honorable. But in the moment of his greatest sin, when he broke his oath for the sake of others, Jaime Lannister changed his fate and that of one young girl. But how will the world handle the survival of Rhaegar's daughter?
Synopsis: While the lords of Westoros battle for the crown, the last living member of the House of Wayne wages his own war in the shadows. Told from the perspectives of characters as it is in the books. Current characters are: Bruce, Alfred, Gordon, Dick, Selina, Harvey Dent, and the Joker.
Comments: One of the best crossovers I every read, the author perfectly fuse the Batman mythos in the Game of Thrones world.
Synopsis: An Old Kingdom AU that follows Sansa as she tries to figure out her place in the world of Wallmakers, Abhorsens and Free Magic.
Comments: For those unfamiliar with the Old Kingdom setting of the story, the author provides a guide, so no former knowledge is necessary. For those who have read Nix's series, the fic stems logically from Nix's canon, with mentions of his original characters. It is well-written, though not regularly updated - the last wait was a few months long, but worth it.
Synopsis: He remembered being Harry Potter. Dreamed of it. He dreams of the Great Other too, a creature of ice and death, with eyes red as blood and an army of cold, dead things. He is only the 2nd son of the King, a 'spare', but that changes when things rather left in the dark come to light, and Westeros is torn asunder by treachery and ambition. Winter is coming... but magic is might.
Comments: This fic begins years before the events of Game of Thrones. Harry is the second son of Robert Baratheon and Cersei Lannister behind Joffrey or so King Robert thinks. He also just so happens to have retained some memories and abilities from his past life where he was a wizard who went to Hogwarts, though he lacks a wand to actually perform magic with. It is well-written and actually seems to be fairly regularly updated.
Synopsis: Harry fell through the veil due to a battle in the Ministry many years after the fall of Voldemort. Sent through time and space, he fell in the lands of Westeros as a young child. Raised under the protection of Lord Stark, how will Harry change the game?
Comments: Much like the synopsis says, Harry fell through the veil and landed in Westeros as a child and through a series of events, he fell under the protection of Ned Stark after saving his life during an ambuse in Robert's Rebellion. The story actually starts with the events of Game of Thrones and any details of his life in Westeros before then is discussed through dialogue with the other characters. Fair warning that Harry might come across as too powerful to some people, however he is hardly omnipotent as demonstrated by his inability to prevent Ned Stark's beheading nor does he always make the best decisions. This story is quite well-written, though the author doesn't seem to update very regularly, with his last update having been in April. It also seems to be following the original plot laid out by GRRM so far, albeit with some deviations especially in Chapter 6.
This troper isn't sure about this fic. Harry is overpowered, Ned's execution, the author admitted, was kept for plot reasons. Sansa's situation also seems to be for the same reason. The author also has trouble keeping Harry's back story straight and has him making plans that characters think are amazing but are really full of holes. Add some spelling errors, the worst being Robert Lannister, and unrealistic interactions between characters. It could be a good fic but the author needs a beta, to fully plan out Harry's back story and rebuild this story from the ground up.
Synopsis: In this Crossover SI a normal person is given the powers of the Dovahkiin and unceremoniously dumped into Westeros and informed by the power that send him there that he needs to conquer the Seven Kingdoms lest some unforeseen horror befall the lands.
Comments: The SI arrives literally on the eve of Aegon's conquest, in the general area that would become Kings Landing. Of course, to keep things more interesting and same being also causes a storm to wreck the Aegon's fleet meaning the SI can't pull a soft conquest or let the Tangarians to the heavy lifting.
"Synopsis:" Shortly after Aegon I conquered Westeros, a fleet of White ships appeared on the Western coast. These bore the remnants of the Dunedain, led by their King Elendil. Grudgingly, Elendil swore loyalty to Aegon and his heirs, Elendil and his people became the eighth Great Houses. Centuries later, Elendil still rules when King Robert Baratheon comes to offer his son Isildur the position of Kings hand. Dark plots are afoot across the world and Elendil dreams of a great eye...
Synopsis: Antony 'Tony' Stark is the arrogant cousin of Ned Stark whose made his fortune crafting fine weapons for the lords of Westeros. Tony leads a joyful life, doing what he pleases and leaving the politics of the realm to others. But when violent attack nearly ends his life, Tony decides to take action and creates a hero for the people to rally around... a knight known as Iron Man.
Synopsis: an American engineer called Michael Killian awakes after a night drinking binge in the body (and mind) of Edmure Tully, heir to Riverrun. Using his extensive engineering (and scientific) knowledge, Mike begins to work in making life for the people of Westeros easier, by bringing new innovations like better agricultural equipment or the printing press. He soon discovers the existence of a second American, Carolyn Johnson, a nurse who has become Myranda Royce and has started to build up her own trade ventures and her modern medicine knowledge to become one of the most important women in the Seven Kingdoms. Between the two of them, they begin to work on helping the Seven Kingdoms modernize for whatever may happen in the future, but they do not know that the future may happen much sooner than they expected...
While there are parts of the premise that are somewhat tough to believe - how fast Mike introduces firearms to his army, for example - it is quite the interesting work. If anything, the worst thing that this can be accused of is that updates were not chronologically organized, and Retcons were applied to fit readers' suggestions or other ideas. Still, it is well worth the time to read.
Synopsis: after the last day of filming Ned Stark's scenes for Game of Thrones, Sean Bean receives a present: an armor to "protect" him in his next job. He goes to sleep, and when he wakes up the next day, he does so in White Harbor the day after Ned Stark is killed. Sean Bean must then act in the role of his life as the real Ned Stark, not only to bring Ned Stark's family back together, but also to bring peace to Westeros before the Others appear and the Long Winter begins.
It is probably one of the most interesting ideas to ever be written in the field of A Song of Ice and Fire's ISOTs. The fact that Sean must use his wits, what he has learned in a lifetime of acting and every bit of knowledge he remembers from the books (passing it off as things the Old Gods have told him) only adds to the awesomeness of the story. His actions also change many things, preventing problems that happened in the books and TV series from ever taking place - such as marrying Robb as soon as possible. His inner monologues about how different things are to when he did them in the series are also quite hilarious, such as when he mentally compares every person in Westeros to their actor or actress equivalents (not to mention how wild Catelyn becomes in bed).
Also contains one of the most morbidly hilarious deaths Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish could ever suffer: stabbed by Sandor Clegane, who pisses into his mouth as he dies, just before he can escape King's Landing with Sansa.
Synopsis: Not for the light hearted who take their ASOIAF seriously. Hear Me Hodor is a hilarious Crack Fic which has the Lannisters discovering that their long lost mother Joanna is actually still alive, and is the mother of the dumb, mute stablehand Hodor, who is their brother. Now, we all know how much that the Lannisters love incest, so undoubtedly, trouble isn't far away.
Comments: There are some hysterically funny scenes in this one, ranging from Hodor forcing Jaime to dance with him at a feast, to Littlefinger selling Jaime as a whore for only a few silvers, to a sex scene told from Hodor's point of view. You have been warned - there is a lot of foul language.
Synopsis: Jon Snow takes up Stannis Baratheon's offer to claim Winterfell for him, in exchange for the North's help for Stannis's claim on the Iron Throne.
Comments: Excellent writing all around. Victor chronicles his gameplay of leading Jon Snow and his descendants as they play the game of thrones as Lords Paramount of the North, and Lords of Winterfell, and eventually, Kings of the North.
Synopsis: Tommen Baratheon struggles to become a good king, despite his mother's best efforts. But a change in his guardianship leads to him finally starting down the path to manhood to become one of the best king's in Westeros history.
Comments: Excellent writing all around, especially considering the author isn't a native english speaker. Aidun chronicles his gameplay as Tomen grows throughout his regency to become a good king and brave warrior, before switching to his son after Tommen dies killing Drogon the black dragon.
Synopsis: A chronicle of a series of multiplayer sessions starting from shortly after Aegon's Conquest, with each player taking up House Targaryen and the various Lords Paramount of the Iron Throne.
Comments: As every player has already had at least one AAR of their own previously (including the aforementioned Aidun), the writing quality is generally excellent from all sides, and the multiple viewpoints and adherence to canon details (though not necessarily events) gives it a strong dose of Original Flavor.