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A Song of Ice and Fires That Weren't All My fault by Puzzle is a crossover fanfic between The Dresden Files and, as the name suggests, A Song of Ice and Fire. It has also been reposted on Archive of Our Own.

Warning: This story has its divergence point at the climax of Changes. Unavoidable Late Arrival Spoilers ahead!

The Red Court is dead, but at the moment of his triumph, unknown magic sweeps Harry and Maggie Dresden away to a whole new world, the planet of ASOIAF. Specifically, they end up in Braavos of the Hundred Isles some years before the first book begins. As the story starts, two years of struggle have passed since their arrival. Harry has gotten his feet back under him, giving him time to experiment with magic and reintroducing technology. He has little idea, though, that his arrival has not gone unnoticed by the local magical powers. Nor can he foresee just how far-reaching the consequences of his actions and (re)inventions are.

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This fanfic contains examples of the following:

  • Adaptational Heroism: Viserys Targaryen is a great deal saner and nicer than in canon, which might be due to the fact that Iron Bank stepped in after Darry's death to take care of the Targaryens so he was never turned into a beggar.
  • Animalistic Abomination: Dragons. In addition to everything mentioned in canon, they hate anything and anyone connected to ice magic.
    • Later Harry notes that Ancalagon's roar seems to be a vector for psychic attack.
  • Arranged Marriage: The canon contract between Viserys Targaryen and Ariane Martell is mentioned.
    • Jon Arryn thinks about arranging Maggie's marriage to Edmure Tully to bind Harry's loyalty to Robert Baratheon.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: In Chicago, Harry often struggled with getting enough money to last month. In Braavos, his skills get him a relatively steady source of profits, which kind of turns magic into... well, a job. His friends are both amused and mildly incredulous, remarking that he's the only man they know who could complain about making as much money in a morning as most do in a year.
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  • Black Magician Girl: Maggie is one now, though she is bound to turn into a Lady of Black Magic as she grows up.
  • Blue-and-Orange Morality:
    • Harry notes a mild case this about the Westerosi nobility, even ones he likes like Oberyn, noting that while he knows that Oberyn is a good, decent, and likeable man, he probably wouldn't even notice Harry if he was a serf rather than a pseudo-nobleman.
    • Likewise, the Westerosi have problems with correctly guessing his motivation and predicting his actions. Not helped by them assuming he's a native Braavosi.
    • Lydia is sweet, friendly and very amoral, because she just doesn't get human morals. The Dresdens have to explicitly spell some points before she is able to understand their concerns.
  • Cat Like Dragons: Dresden notes with some amusement that little Daenaerys quickly takes to toting her dragon around like a pet cat.
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  • Chivalrous Pervert: Oberyn Martell, who mock-flirts with Maggie.
  • City of Canals: Braavos. Harry even compares it to Venice.
  • Cool vs. Awesome: Harry Dresden the Winter Knight vs. Ancalagon the dragon
    • Evolves into Harry vs. the Stone Men of Chroyane. All of them.
    • Later, Harry vs. Melisandre and Perzys the dragon. He does that a lot.
  • Crazy-Prepared: After Quaithe spooks him, Harry raises every ward he knows over his house, including those against the creatures that don't even exist on Planetos.
    • During the fortnight he was preparing for a fight with kraken-controlling pirates, Harry and Maggie made four enchanted weapons, a lightning-attuned spell foci and enough escape potions to fly from Braavos to his island, among others.
  • Dead Guy Junior: Rhaellion the dragon was named after Queen Rhaella.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Harry, as usual. Maggie and Lydia no slouch either, and both Oberyn and Syrio happily match Harry snark for snark.
  • Death by Adaptation: Euron Greyjoy is killed by Harry shortly after the Greyjoy Rebellion. In canon, he's still alive as of fifth book.
  • Does Not Like Magic: Variously present:
    • Faceless Men are against necromancy and anything that keeps people from naturally dying, but have no problem with other forms of magic, since they themselve are practitioners.
    • Dragons absolutely hate ice and cold magic, presumably because they are similar to fire elementals. They will viciously attack anyone who uses those spells near them.
  • Dragonslayer: Harry kills Perzys by immobilizing him with ice and then putting an enchanted spear through his brain.
  • Dramatic Irony: Mostly because Harry isn't aware of things that locals take for granted, and vice versa.
    • He is completely unaware of Varys' history with magic and his status as an eunuch.
    • Various supernatural creatures refer to Harry as the Warden. He thinks it's due to being a Greycloak, while it's really about his connection to Demonreach.
    • When Harry admires the Great Hall in Red Keep, he wonders what the workers worked on next.
  • The Dreaded: Harry becomes this across Essos and Westeros as he's reluctantly drawn out of his self-imposed isolation and quiet life under the metaphorical radar, and word of his exploits begins to spread. As he observes in one chapter, after the mere reveal of his name horrifies the entire crew of a ship he's accidentally wound up on, he's got his old reputation back.
    • To a lot of magical folk in Westeros, he's also this because his connection to Mab seems to connect him, in their eyes at least, to the Others, with Mab fitting in as the Night's Queen. Which means, in their eyes, he's basically the chief minion of the devil.
  • Dye or Die: The Tragaryen children dye their hair black after Harry fakes their deaths.
  • Entertainingly Wrong:
    • Earthsingers in a heart tree notice the Winter Mantle in Harry's soul and mistake him for an Other.
    • Stannis Baratheon seems to think that Harry is a native Braavosi, due to his involvment with the Arsenal, Iron Bank and local merchant houses.
    • Jon Arryn thinks that with Harry having a daughter of marrying age and being involved with the Tragaryens, he would be willing to arrange a political marriage for her.
  • Evil Detecting Dragon: Played with. Dragons can feel Harry's Winter Mantle and absolutely hate it (and him).
  • Evil Tainted the Place: Chroyane a.k.a. the Sorrows was cursed by the magic in dragons' flames and by Prince Garin's Death Curse, which created the greyscale and the creepy fog.
  • Exact Words: Used by Harry when talking about his past, so he doesn't give up any sensitive information.
  • Faking the Dead: Harry does this for the Targaryens after assassins try to kill them.
  • False Flag Operation: The Red Temple's shadowbinder who killed Tregar Antaryon masquaraded as a Faceless Man to keep the Sealord from retaliating. He also tried to use this disguise to try and force Harry out of Braavos.
  • For Want of a Nail: Yup. Harry is making waves.
    • Rescuing the Targaryens from the streets and his later interactions with Viserys result in the boy being a much better adjusted person.
    • Harry helps Viserys research dragonlore and they manage to hatch eggs nearly a decade before canon. The Red Priests and Illyrio Mopatis also succeed.
    • Thanks to Harry's compasses, the Greyjoy Rebellion ends up longer and is much more bloody, with Oldtown being completely sacked.
      • Robert wasn't feeling very merciful after the Rebellion. Most of the Greyjoys are killed, Theon is sent to the Wall, and Asha is supposed to marry some noble. Euron Greyjoy escapes to Essos for some time, until Harry kills him after the fight with a kraken.
      • Varys is exiled from Westeros for not learning (or more likely, not informing the Crown) about the coming rebellion in time. He ends up with his friend Illyrio in Pentos, trying to hatch dragons.
    • Quaithe shows up in person to team up with the Targaryens. She shields them and the dragons from scrying attempts.
    • Harry kills Prince Garin, ending the curse on the Sorrows and the greyscale.
    • The Red Priests take over Volantis and prepare to conquer other Free Cities. And Melisandre is leading them.
    • To prepare for any dragons, Robert Baratheon orders restructuring of the defenses of King's Landing and construction of shelters for population. Which, incidentally, uncovers the hidden caches of wildfire.
  • Foreshadowing: All over the place, often dozens of chapters before it becomes relevant.
    • Someone from a Red Temple kills Tregar Antaryon and steals some of his books. In Volantis, Varys asks Harry to recover those same books from the local Red Temple. The same evening they learn that Red Priests hatched a dragon, presumably using the stolen books.
    • There are rumours about sea monsters and some ships dissapeared north of Braavos. Sure enough, Euron Greyjoy has stolen a magic horn that allows him to summon a kraken, which he controls with skinchanging.
    • Varys asks Harry to locate certain ship for him. The ship belonged to Euron, it was sunk near Harry's island, and soon after Harry finds three ships waiting in ambush for his return.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: Harry, from the perspective of the locals, goes from local gumshoe equivalent and one of many people claiming to have magical powers to a dragon-slaying badass master sorcerer with his own hidden island, feared across a hemisphere.
  • The Gadfly: Oberyn, who spends most of his time steadily trying to wind Harry and Maggie up. Syrio also indulges, occasionally.
  • Genius Loci: Lydia jump-starts one for Harry's island but it will still take a century to properly form.
    • The Titan of Braavos eventually becomes this - while not as powerful as Demonreach, it's capable of killing dragons.
  • Giving Radio to the Romans: Harry slowly starts introducing his time's tech to the world. Mostly he collaborates on creating a printing press and writes several almanacs about various topics that he remembers. He also stays away from any kind of gunpowder, since it would be too dangerous in the wrong hands.
    • He reluctantly changes his mind after dragons start appearing beyond his control.
  • Going Native: Harry, just a bit. He likes Braavos since he has a stable life and not many powerful enemies here.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: Obara. First she tried to win glory in battle, and then to tame Ancalagon against Harry's advice.
  • In Spite of a Nail: Some thing still happen, mostly because Harry didn't do anything that could reasonably butterfly them away.
    • Ser Darry dies shortly before the start of the story.
    • Viserys loses his mother's crown though the circumstances are completely different.
    • Willas Tyrell is still accidentally crippled by Oberyn Martell.
    • The Greyjoy Rebellion still happens.
  • Internal Reveal: During his stay in Volantis, Harry learns of Jon Connington, Aegon Targaryen and Varys' plot to put the boy on the throne.
  • Island of Mystery: In-Universe, Harry's island is this, with people telling various wild stories about it, both true and not.
  • It Amused Me: Harry and Maggie sometimes do things for this reason. See Troll.
  • It Never Gets Any Easier: After slaughtering Euron Greyjoy's pirates, Harry reflects that an almost lifetime of fighting and killing hasn't managed to desensitise him to violence.
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler: It's hard to hide that Viserys hatched dragons nearly decade before canon while discussing later developments.
  • Long Game: A fairly innocent one. The reason Harry shares his modern knowledge is to raise the standards of living, mostly so he can enjoy them in few decades.
  • Mage Tower: Harry makes one for himself on a island in the middle of the ocean, on top of a volcano.
  • The Magic Comes Back: The magic of Westeros and Essos experiences a resurgence when the story begins. Harry wonders briefly if his presence has somehow jumpstarted the worlds magic, but he cannot tell as he taps into a different magical source.
  • Magic Knight: Harry develops into this even more than in canon, particularly when he unleashes the Winter Mantle, which generally results in absolute carnage.
  • Make It Look Like an Accident: The fact that Tregar Antaryon's death wasn't this points against the perpetrator being a Faceless Man.
  • Meaningful Name: Maggie sounds very much like "maegi", the Essosi word for a magic user that means "wise".
    • Daenerys' dragon is named Jelmazma, meaning "storm".
  • Mêlée à Trois: Harry vs. Ancalagon vs. Stone Men. At least for a moment.
  • Monumental Damage: It's Dresden, what did you expect?
    • During the siege of Oldtown he uses a ritual based on the story of Jericho to bring down a part of city walls.
    • In the Sorrows, he destroys the Bridge of Dreams and a large part of Palace of Love.
  • More Than Mind Control: The Winter Mantle has this effect on Harry, playing on his temper,temperatura and desire to protect Maggie so that he's not willing to bind it again.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • The shadowbinder says that Syrio Forell will die to a snow-cloaked man. Canonically, he died fighting a member of Kingsguard.
    • Viserys hatches three dragons, just like his sister did in canon.
    • A Targaryen names a dragon after a dead relative. Viserys names his dragon after his beloved mother.
    • Daenerys' dragon is named Jelmazma a.k.a. "storm". In canon, she was often called Daenerys Jelmazmo meaning Daenerys the Stormborn.
  • Normal Fish in a Tiny Pond: Back home, Harry is well above average, but far from the top. In this world, both his power and versatility are unrivalled, which he occasionally notes in a somewhat troubled way - particularly after he near singlehandedly clears the Sorrows and kills the Shrouded Lord with relatively limited effort.
  • Not Quite Dead: Prince Garin of Chroyane, who survived as one of Stone Men. Harry makes sure to rectify that error.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • Harry and Maggie when Quaithe first appears.
    • Quaithe when Harry traps her soul in a circle.
    • Maggie and Harry's friends when they learn about Faceless Men's ultimatum.
    • Harry, when the Winter Mantle resurfaces after he spooked the Earthsingers.
    • Everyone when Willas Tyrell is crippled in a joust.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: Harry Dresden, as per canon. He demolishes the Bridge of Dreams and the Palace of Love after he cuts loose with his power.
  • Place of Protection: Dresdens' house has some very impressive wards, which get further upgraded once Harry gets conformation that there are other practitioners around.
    • Their island house is also protected, with power being drawn from a magma pocket beneath the island.
    • Dragonstone's wards are still up and running, despite nobody (presumably) maintaining them for many years if not even centuries. The nearby Dragonmount volcano might be responsible for it.
  • Politeness Judo: Harry go to method for dealing with supernatural, both because he was a rather small fry on Earth and because he isn't sure if the Winter Mantle puts him under fae's rules of conduct.
  • Psychic Dreams for Everyone: In true Planetos' tradition, Harry dreams of ravens, white branches and shadows in the trees during his first night in White Harbour.
  • Rags to Riches: Thanks to his magical compasses and some other inventions, Harry becomes comfortably rich in rather short time. Of course, he muses that what passes for rich living in Braavos is not that different from his old life in Chicago.
  • Really Gets Around: Oberyn Martell. Tregar Antaryon was also apparently an example.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Discussed. Maggie finds it difficult that she will likely outlive everyone she knows. It's the main reason she wants to return to Earth.
  • Revenge by Proxy: Refreshingly Averted. Oberyn Martell doesn't hate the Starks, Jon Arryn or even Robert Baratheon. They fought for their friends and family, and weren't even in King's Landing when Elia died. He only wants Tywin Lannister and his thugs.
  • Rule of Seven: Invoked. The ritual used to bring down a part of Oldtown's city walls is based in the Bible and has this as one of its cornerstones.
  • Screw Destiny: Harry's attitude when it comes to prophecies. He outright tells Quaithe he doesn't believe in destiny.
  • Shrouded in Myth: Harry is slowly getting to this point due to his accomplishments. At one point ser Davis Seaworth lists various rumours about him, with Jon Arryn noting that it sounds like something from a drunken sailor's tales.
  • Smoky Gentlemen's Club: Braavos has one, the Voyagers' Club, which is mostly visited by bankers and rich merchants. Harry got an invitation from one of his friends.
  • Some Call Me "Tim": The parasite/spirit of intellect born of Harry and Lash has a name that defies human pronunciation, but her mother also gave her the name Lydia.
  • Superpowered Evil Side: The Winter Mantle isn't precisely evil, but it is amoral and thoroughly terrifying.
  • Tempting Fate: The black dragon is named Ancalagon. The Targaryens have severe difficulties with controlling him and, eventually, he just flies away to sounthern Essos.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Slowly going but Harry and Maggie both increased their skill in magic over the course of the story.
  • Troll: Both Dresdens have shades of this, using magic to make strange statues or writings in various places, and leaving people scrambling to figure their meanings.
  • War Is Glorious: Obara had this opinion before the Greyjoy Rebellion. Since then she moved onto War Is Hell.
  • War Is Hell: Harry's opinion about condlicts. Initially it causes a bit of tension with Obara since she wants fame and glory.
  • Wrong Assumption: Pretty much no one in the world of ASOIAF really gets how and why Harry thinks the way he does, if only because the background cultures are so different - though the Braavosi tend to be better than most, if only because the culture is a little closer to the 21st century West, and because Harry's a resident of Braavos and has learned to fit in.
  • Wrong Context Magic: One of the appeals of the story is comparing Harry's magic with the local systems.

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