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A Trident is Forged

A A Song of Ice and Fire/Game of Thrones Self-Insert Fan Fic in which the author is reborn as Edmyn Tully, the lord of House Tully three centuries before canon, in the time of the Hoares' ruling the Riverlands and Aegon's Conquest. Edmyn leads a rebellion against the Ironborn Hoares and reluctantly accepts the new crown of the Kingdom of the Trident.

Well, he says to himself, it may be painting a huge target on my back, but it's only until Aegon shows up with his dragons and I can be the first Westerosi lord to bend a knee.

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Only Aegon never comes, instead building a Targaryen Freehold in Essos with fire and blood. Leaving Edmyn holding the most desirable and least defensible of the kingdoms with enemies/rivals on four sides.


A Trident is Forged provides examples of:

  • A Day in the Limelight: A bunch of minor characters get their own POV chapters and bits.
  • Awesome Moment of Crowning: Never really happens. The need for a crown is discussed usually as Edmyn is pursuing other business.
  • Badass Army: Army of the Trident considering they are the only professional standing force in Westeros, when faced off against the largely levy armies of the other kingdoms, they tend to cause more casualties than they take.
  • Batman Gambit: Edmyn calls a council of all his nobles and sends them a massive body of proposed law, knowing that most will not have read it but will feel compelled to pretend they had when he calls a vote on the whole thing.
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  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Mern's Folly is just one massive curb-stomp battle for the reach and westermen when they invade the Riverlands. Special mention to the Faith Militant who get wiped out in the opening battle, off-screen no less.
  • The Don: Some chapters have Edmyn comparing being a nobleman to being a mob boss. Particularly one scene where he seriously contemplates mailing a neighboring kingdom their prince's fingers.
  • Droit du Seigneur: Was practiced under the Hoares. When Edmyn happens upon a peasant wedding, the guests all assume he's after this and he is appropriately horrified and commits himself to ending the practice.
  • The Empire: The Targaryen Freehold that was created from colonies of Valyria that were left unscathed by the Doom. Yi Ti in the far east.
  • For Want of a Nail: Edmyn's rebellion against Harren sets off a series of events that he doesn't quite foresee.
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  • Giving Radio to the Romans: Averted. Edmyn doesn't know all that much about how to make advanced technology, it's more his mindset that makes a difference. Though he does start a printing press.
  • Grey and Grey Morality: Frequently Edmyn has to make some compromise, like bolstering the Faith and giving them a lot of money to counsel his enemies against striking before he gets the kingdom's affairs in order.
  • Jerkass: Harren Hoare, whose tyranny got the whole of the Riverlands to rise against him, does not take captivity well either.
  • Kicked Upstairs: Edmyn really, really didn't want to be King of the Trident, and suggested they beg another kingdom for protection. However, his was the only suitably ancient and well-respected house, and he was key to overthrowing Harren Hoare.
  • Knight Templar: The Sons of the Warrior.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: A bunch of Reach lords fight this way, and learn some harsh lessons in guerilla warfare.
  • Medieval Morons: Thankfully averted. Just because people exist in a certain cultural context and don't have advanced technology doesn't make anyone stupid.
  • Nice to the Waiter: Edmyn is careful to always be kind towards servants and commoners, is disgusted by Droit du Seigneur and raises his sons to respect women.
  • Noble Fugitive: Gawen Gardner, after the battle at Pinkmaiden.
  • No Respect Guy: Edmyn (as of the end of the prologue) actually enjoys a very good reputation among the Riverlords, but to his loving family, he's just weird and funny.
  • Patriotic Fervor: To combat the disjointed and We ARE Struggling Together nature of the Riverlands, Edmyn tries to build a sense of national identity based on the common ground that the Riverlands will no longer be the Butt-Monkey of Westeros. It seems to somewhat be working.
  • Perfectly Arranged Marriage: Edmyn's marriage to Zhoe was far from his first choice, hoping for a lasting alliance form a political marriage. However, as people they seem very happy and well-suited to each other.
  • Real Politik: Torrhen Stark practices this in his approach during the war between the Riverlands against the Faith Militant, Reach and Westerlands
  • The Republic: Braavos is the only Free City that isn't conquered by the Targaryens and remains independent.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Edmyn and his wife.

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