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A Knight's Watch is a A Song of Ice and Fire fanfic by DolorousEdditor where, rather than allowing Jon Snow to go North to join the Night's Watch, Ned Stark instead arranges for him to go south and train to be a knight.

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  • Actionized Adaptation: As the focus is on Jon, there is a lot more emphasis on action and less on intrigue compared to the original books and show.
  • Action Film, Quiet Drama Scene: Despite the added emphasis on action, as noted above, there are numerous moments of quiet and character building for the protagonists, most involving Jon. These include:
    • Sansa comforting Jon in the godswood after they learn about his parents.
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    • Jon telling Rickon about his father, and assuring him that they shouldn't forget about him, no matter how much it hurts to remember.
    • Jon reading Willem's letter, while going through his belongings after the latter dies.
  • Anger Born of Worry: Sansa is often irate with Jon on account of his Chronic Hero Syndrome.
  • Awesome Mc Coolname: Whitefyre, the name of Jon's newly created noble house.
  • Bait-and-Switch: Done frequently. A segment's wording will imply something happening with certain characters, only to reveal it was someone else nearby.
    • Greatjon and Jorelle Mormont get married in the godswood of Winterfell, but the wording initially implies it was Jon and Sansa.
    • Melissandre has Gilly killed and glamors herself as her, but the wording initially implies it was Val.
  • Been There, Shaped History: Jon Snow spends the earlier chapters as this. He goes all over the south, participating in various major events of the War of Five Kings; he accompanies Tyrion to the wall and then to the crossroads, squires to a member of Renly's Rainbow Guard, fights in the battle of Blackwater, joins the brotherhood without banners. It only diverges after the Red Wedding when Jon ends up in the Vale.
  • Canon Foreigner: Ser Willem Royce, a cousin of Lord Yohn who ends up becoming Jon's best friend.
    • Coll and Aldred, noble vassals of the Boltons.
  • Cool Sword: Robar's sword, which becomes the object of Jon's promise.
    • As usual, Longclaw, which ends up in the possession of Howland Reed.
    • Lady Fornlorn, another Valyrian steel blade belonging to Lynn Corbray. It becomes Lightbringer, when both sword and wielder and burned on Jon's funeral pyre.
  • A Child Shall Lead Them: Sansa is 14/13 when she becomes queen, and Rickon is 5 when he is named king.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: Jon can't help but go on whatever dangerous mission that House Stark or the North requires at the time, even as more and more capable retainers join their cause.
  • Covered in Scars: Jon has two healed slashes on his abdomen, lash scars from being flogged by the Freys, and of course, healed burns on his hand.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Ser Willem is of near-Tyrion Lannister levels of snark.
  • Freak Out!: Jon's reaction to learning the truth of his parentage, complete with a Howl of Sorrow.
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  • How Dare You Die on Me!: Stannis, to Shireen as she finally succumbs to greyscale.
  • Inspite Of A Nail: Despite Jon being away from the wall and changing events after he gets to the Vale, certain events still occur.
    • John still gets his hand burnt, though not the same way.
    • Despite Jon not being in the watch, they still hold against the wildings until Stannis arrives, and Jeor Mormont gives him the same advice of enlisting the mountain clans.
    • Jon still ends up beheading Janos Sylnt, this time for desertion of the Night's Watch.
    • Subverted later, when it seems that after everything Jon will have to take the black to break the stalemate in the Lord Commander's choosing. Instead, Howland Reed joins.
  • I Gave My Word: Jon braves all sorts of dangers, nearly dying twice, just to keep his promise to return Robar's sword to his family.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: Ser Willem becomes Jon's closest friend despite being at least fiteen years older than he is.
  • Knighting: Jon Snow is knighted by no less than Bronze Yohn Royce, who even modifies his vow to suit a follower of the old gods.
  • Knight in Shining Armor: Jon becomes a textbook example.
  • Made of Iron: Jon suffers all sorts of injuries over the course of the story, but never lets them slow him down for long. Even dying isn't enough to stop Jon Snow.
  • Older Sidekick: Ser Willem to Ser Jon, as he had been old enough to fight in the battle of the trident and remember Rhaegar.
  • Pet the Dog: Lady Catelyn, who had long resented Jon and had earlier rebuked him at the crossroads, offers to let Jon join her and Brienne as they beat a retreat from Storm's End after Renly's death.
  • Praetorian Guard: The Stark sisters create the Sworn Guard, the North's version of a Kinsguard. Brienne of Tarth is the first to be named.
  • The Promise: Jon swears to return Robar's sword to his home. His success marks the divergence from events of the books.
  • Redeeming Replacement: After House Bolton is destroyed, Jon is awarded their lands and castle.
  • Rescue Romance: Jon saves Sansa from wildling raiders, and she returns the favor by saving him from Littlefinger.
  • She's All Grown Up: Upon reuniting with Sansa, Jon takes note of how Sansa has grown from a little girl to a young woman.

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