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The Chessmaster of Westeros learning to play chessnote  from a teenage girl.note 
Tywin Lannister discovers the true identity of his cup bearer at Harrenhal. Now, with another bargaining chip in his possession, he has a chance to turn the war. Arya Stark, despite her best efforts, falls back into the Game of Thrones. To survive in a lion's den, a wolf has no choice but to adapt.

A Wolf Amongst Lions is a Game of Thrones fanfic by Kallypso.

Littlefinger informs Tywin Lannister that the latter's cup bearer is Arya Stark, resulting in the girl becoming a hostage and forcing her to play the game of thrones to survive, while also forming a father-daughter bond with the Old Lion.

It currently stands at 93 chapters.

This fanfic contains examples of:

  • Action Girl: Arya. She prefers getting her hands dirty rather than letting others do the fighting for her.
  • Armor-Piercing Question:
    • To Tywin Lannister, who is consistently in denial about any possible Lannister wrongdoing, in chapter 75:
      Arya Stark: And how many of those spies knew about the Farnan problem?
    • To Arya about her list of names, in chapter 83:
      Bran Stark: If justice is so simple, why haven't you taken it?
  • Asshole Victim:
    • Joffrey is such a wretched little shit that Tywin refuses to punish Arya upon learning of her involvement in the boy's death. He simply asks for the details and decides to keep quiet about it.
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    • It is doubtful anyone will give a damn for how Cersei died - poisoned by her own hand, after getting her children killed and her homeland attacked.
  • Bait the Dog: Cersei is genuinely grateful to Arya for saving Tommen from assassination, and is horrified to learn that Joffrey was behind the attempt. But then she grows jealous of Arya's growing bond with her father and Jaime and begins to plot against her as a result.
  • Battle Couple: Arya and Jaime. She even notes that all the awkwardness that comes from them being married disappears when they're fighting together.
  • Break Them by Talking: Chapter 88 begins with Tywin verbally one-upping Daenerys at several turns, culminating in him deducing that the Night King killed one of her dragons and now has most likely resurrected it as a minion and essentially guilt-tripping her into agreeing to an alliance with his faction because he knows that she wants to be seen as a hero and not a tyrant like her dad.
  • The Bus Came Back:
    • Nymeria returns and eats Ramsay on Arya's instructions.
    • Sandor "The Hound" Clegane returns in Chapter 91.
  • Combat Pragmatist: When Joffrey orders Ser Meryn Trant to beat Arya, she bites the Kingsguard's ear and stabs him repeatedly with a fork. The ear injury later becomes infected, leading to Trant's death.
  • Cool Big Sis: Margaery. She's quite friendly to Arya, and the latter eventually comes to trust her.
  • Cruel Mercy:
    • Jaime gives Arya a chance to kill him when she confronts him about his attempt to murder Bran. She decides not to, preferring to let him stew in his guilt.
    • When Arya catches a few Westerland soldiers extorting money from people they're supposed to evacuate, she orders two fingers from each man's weak hand cut off as punishment. When they plead for mercy, she points out that the alternative is either death or losing an entire hand.
  • The Dog Bites Back: After Cersei forces Jaime in a Sadistic Choice, Jaime remembers every time Cersei insulted him while Arya encouraged him - and chooses to save Arya.
  • Driven by Envy: The whole reason why Cersei betrays Tywin is because she's jealous of the fact that Tywin gives Arya more attention than her.
  • Engineered Public Confession: Arya gets Littlefinger to admit his culpability in the assassination attempts on Tommen and Tywin by suggesting that she wants another Stark-Lannister war to commence. After he's done talking, Arya reveals that she had Tyrion stand just outside the door and listen in. When Littlefinger tries to say that no one will take Tyrion's testimony seriously, TYWIN walks in, giving Littlefinger an icy stare. Littlefinger is so shocked that he can't even speak as Bronn drags him away.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Cersei poisons Arya and herself and gives Jaime the only dose of the antidote, thinking that he will choose her over Arya. She cannot even consider the possibility that Jaime would be fed up with her and pick Arya.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Ramsay Snow and Euron Greyjoy.
    • Ramsay presents himself as a friendly and loyal ally of the Starks. And then he launches a bloody coup to try and kill the Starks and seize control of the North for his father's family.
    • Euron is good at sucking up to Cersei, but he has no problem killing children.
  • From Bad to Worse: Chapter 83 begins with Arya having to inform Tywin that Tyrion is now serving Daenerys, who is launching an invasion of Westeros to claim the Iron Throne for herself. And then Jon Snow and Bran Stark arrive to inform the Royal Court that an army of White Walkers is coming from the North with the intent of killing everybody—and they have proof! The chapter is even befittingly called "Bad to Worse".
  • Handicapped Badass: Jaime's swordsmanship skills tank with the loss of his right hand. Luckily for him, Arya is left-handed, and she is all too willing to teach him how to wield a sword with his left hand.
  • It's All My Fault:
    • How Arya feels about Tommen's death, despite everyone else telling her that this isn't the case.
    • Tywin asks Sansa if this is a Stark trait when she worries that a letter she sent with vital information may have come too late.
    • Arya is prone to this in general; in Winterfell with her brother Robb, she reveals that she sometimes wonders about how events would have gone if she wasn't caught and held hostage by Tywin in the first place.
  • Just Between You and Me: Arya visits Cersei when she is about to die from the poison she took. Cersei tells Arya about how Jaime was the one that crippled Bran. Arya then drops the bomb that she was the one that got Joffrey killed - and that not only did Tywin know it, but he did not care because he hated Joffrey that much.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Littlefinger sets the plot in motion by revealing Arya's identity to Tywin. Arya manages to worm her way into Tywin's good graces and turns the Old Lion against him, resulting in his arrest and execution.
  • Not So Different: When Arya berates Jaime for his attempted murder of Bran, Jaime—though guilt-ridden—points out that, while murdering a child is reprehensible and that Bran most certainly did not deserve to die, he only did it to protect his family, and that Arya would have no doubt stooped to infanticide to protect her family. She later thinks about her orchestration of Joffrey's death, but while everyone can agree that Bran was innocent while Joffrey was an utter monster, it doesn't change the fact that Arya did indeed attempt (and succeed in) infanticide to protect her kin.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: Oberyn kills the Mountain while Arya goes to rescue Tommen and Myrcella from Euron Greyjoy.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Cersei is shocked when Tywin admits that his parenting skills are flawed. When she admits as such, Tywin replies that, since Cersei is about to die, he has no reason to lie to her.
  • Pragmatic Hero: When an assassin seriously wounds Tywin with a poisoned arrow, Arya considers letting him die, but ultimately chooses to save him because he's the only one who can keep the Stark-Lannister war from restarting, which would endanger her family if it did.
  • Prophecy Twist: In the end, the valonqar that kills Cersei is Jaime - who chooses to save Arya over her.
  • Pyrrhic Victory: Chapter 79 in a nutshell. Cersei and Euron die, but the latter manages to kill Myrcella and Tommen before Arya kills him.
  • Revenge by Proxy: Averted. Prince Oberyn Martell bears no ill will towards Arya, despite her being the daughter-in-law of a man he despises, and aids her when she tries to save Tommen and Myrcella.
  • Sadistic Choice: Cersei has Euron poison Arya and then herself - so she can force Jaime to choose who to save, since she thinks Jaime will choose her. However, Jaime is fed up with her and thinks she is just bluffing, so he gives the antidote to Arya.
  • Self-Fulfilling Prophecy: In her attempts to prevent the prophecy that has driven her entire life from being fulfilled, Cersei instead ensures its swift fulfillment. Jaime points this out in his last conversation with her.
  • Shoot the Hostage: Arya fails to stop Euron from killing Myrcella and Tommen in Chapter 79. She kills him in retaliation, but that provides no comfort.
  • Smart People Play Chess: As shown in the image above (courtesy of lucife56), Arya teaches Tywin how to play cyvasse, the Westeros equivalent of chess. He takes a liking to it, even keeping a game board in his study.
  • Stupid Evil: Joffrey, as usual. He keeps trying to have Arya tortured or killed, despite Tywin's explicit instructions to leave her unharmed since she's more valuable as a hostage. He also repeatedly tries to restart the war with the North, even though it's painfully obvious that he has nothing to gain from such a thing.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Cersei. She trusts in Euron Greyjoy, opens the gates to Casterly Rock to the Ironborn just because she is jealous of Arya, doesn't make sure to keep her children fully safe and poisons herself in an attempt to force Jaime to choose between her and Arya.
  • Trickster Mentor: Arya seems to specialize in this. She gets Jaime to practice swordplay with his left hand by repeatedly whacking him with a practice blade until he gets fed up and attacks her; and she makes a committed cyvasse player out of Tywin by beating him at it, knowing that he'll be more motivated to practice at it as a result because he doesn't like to lose.
  • Underestimating Badassery: Chapter 90 opens with Tywin admitting to himself that his first impression of the Starks, particularly Ned's children, was way off the mark.
  • Yandere: Cersei towards Jaime. Enough that she willingly poisons herself in an attempt to force him to choose between her and Arya.

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