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An A Song of Ice and Fire fanfic written by MarshalofMontival on the Fandom AH section of It can be viewed here.

The story is an AU diverging at the start of Robert's Rebellion. The seeming turning point is that Rickard Stark, Eddard Stark's father, rather than riding to King's Landing to face Aerys, instead rallies his allies to lead an army to demand justice from the royal family.

The story was inspired by Summer Crowns by DubiousScrivener. Making it a fanfic of a fanfic in many ways. This has caused issues at times with the story coming too close to its inspiration. But as the stories have grown apart in various ways that problem seems to have passed.


While the Rebellion ends much sooner than in canon or Summer Crowns, the premise of Rhaegar escaping to Essos remains the same.

The story has a good deal of character development and world building, the two often going hand in hand with the characters having to deal with new circumstances. Its also notable for not shying from the brutality of and nuance of medieval warfare and slavery.

This story contains examples of:

  • A Child Shall Lead Them: Viserys becomes the titular head of House Targaryean with Rhaegar's death.
  • Adaptational Heroism: Euron Greyjoy is far from the psychotic reaver of canon, instead being one of Stannis' most stalwart and loyal allies.
  • The Alliance:
    • The Sunset Company/Kingdom of Myr and Braavos ally against the slaver cities, with Westeros providing tactic but mostly unofficial support.
    • In response to the growing abolitionist powers, the city-states of Slaver's Bay forge a cooperative Pact amongst themselves.
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  • Asshole Victim: Gregor Clegane's death might make readers cheer for the Myrmen for a moment.
  • Badass in Charge:
    • The Sunset Company is led by Robert Baratheon.
    • Oberyn "the Red Viper" Martell, leads the Red Viper Rebellion against the Iron Throne.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Robert and Ned both have one for Rhaegar. And Ned at least seems to have one for Arthur Dayne for the white knight's loyalty to Rhaegar.
    • Rhaegar for his part has to reign in his temper at the sight of the Lannister banners.
  • Big Badass Battle Sequence: The Battle of Tara, the Siege of Myr, and the Battle of Narrow Run.
  • Celibate Hero: Averted with Robert. Though it's worth noting he has slowed down a great deal, which surprises Ned.
  • Cool Uncle: Gerion and Tygett Lannister to Jaime. The Blackfish of course is still one to the Tullys.
  • Defiant to the End: Oberyn Martell plays this straight reportedly at his execution.
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  • Despair Event Horizon: Doran Martell crosses it seemingly after Oberyn rebels against him and the Iron Throne. Likely he knew such a rebellion was doomed and faced with either abandoning his brother to Stannis or joining him and dooming House Martell, he completely falls apart. Subverted in that he is reportedly recovering as time goes on.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones:
    • Rhaegar gets his Berserk Button pushed by the sight of Lannister banners because of what happened to his wife and children.
    • The two members of the Myrish Remnant we meet hate the Kingdom of Myr because of the deaths of their loved ones in the fall of Myr and the war leading up to it.
  • Even Evil Has Standards:
    • Daario at the Battle of Tara, despite being horrified and having a chance to escape, refuses to abandon his brothers in arms.
    • We get POV from a minor Myrish aristocrat, who shows that on the surface at least, cruelty to slaves is frowned upon. Apparently the rules are far looser in the countryside though.
  • Fake Ultimate Hero: Apparently Ser Harry Flash gains an impressive reputation as on of the great knights of his time. And according the Flash Papers he doesn't deserve it, at all and knows it.
  • Fictional Political Party: Following the First Slave War, two factions emerge in Braavos — the Sharks (who want to join the Sunset Company in crushing the slaver cities) and the Whales (who want to let the Westerosi do all the hard work while they profit from it).
  • The Fundamentalist: In response to Septon Jonothor's growing reformation movement, a reactionary "Old Faith" counter-movement springs up, holding to a strict interpretation of the Seven and their teachings, and calling for the overthrow of any nobles who don't agree with them.
  • The Good King:
    • Robert has gained a reputation as this In-Universe.
    • Stannis also seems to be fairly popular with the men he leads in war at least.
  • Godzilla Threshold: For Braavosi ships, raising a black flag is this, as it's an order to fight to the death, and is only given if there's no other choice such as at the Battle of Tyrosh, when they're overwhelmed by the Tyroshi fleet and have nowhere to go.
  • Heel Realization:
    • An odd heroic example. After witnessing the horrors of the sex slave industry firsthand in Pentos, Robert seems to be reexamining how he treats women. Even claiming to a disbelieving Ned that he has stuck to a single mistress since Pentos. How far this will go or last remains to be seen.
    • Robert gets hit with it again after after the Battle of Narrow Run. He realizes that a good deal of Ned's Heroic BSoD is due to him delegating too much to his friend who has gone through even more than him in recent years.
  • Hyper-Competent Sidekick:
    • Gregor Clegane serves this for Jaime in battle. For all his moral shortcomings, Gregor readily demonstrates he is good at his job as a bodyguard.
    • Donys Rahtheon is this to Ser Arthur. He supplies their Offscreen Villain Darkmatter and serves as their spymaster. Arthur may be the face and military leader, but its pretty clear they would be nowhere near as well off without the magister handling things behind the scenes.
  • I Have No Daughter!: When Praela betrays and abandons her father, in-laws and baby daughter, Donys makes it very clear she is dead to him. In his Po V we even see he refuses to think of her by name.
  • Idiot Ball:
    • Averted. The story diverges with Rickard Stark deciding to play it safe and bring an army with him to confront Aerys.
    • The Magisters of Pentos try and use slave soldiers against invaders who are freeing slaves. The result is fairly predictable.
  • Just the First Citizen: At the height of his power while in Myr, Rhaegar effectively rules the city-state, but never styles himself king. Instead, he settles for the titles of Governor of the South and Protector of the City.
  • Kangaroo Court: The Braavosi set one up in Pentos after seizing it. The best outcome for the accused is being sentenced to work as galley oarsmen, having lost all their wealth.
  • La Résistance: Oberyn Martell tries this after failing to defeat Stannis in a conventional war. While it works seemingly alright for awhile, after his death it's stated In-Universe that his movement either broke up or degenerated into banditry.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: Braavos as a whole gets a case of this when the Sharks come into power after the Battle of Tyrosh.
  • Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: The slave revolts in Essos boil down to this.
  • My Master, Right or Wrong: Arthur Dayne's motivation with serving the Targaryeans still. Could extend to other loyalists.
  • Not in This for Your Revolution: Ser Lyn Corbay is only interested in gaining wealth, fame and whatever power he can from the wars. He is hardly the only one.
  • Obligatory War Crime Scene: The Sunset Company's sacks of the cities they conquer, played for all the horror to be expected from medieval warfare.
  • Oh, Crap!: Ser Brynden's reaction when Ned cuts down Khal Zirqo.
  • The Order: Upon becoming king, Stannis creates a few of these:
    • The Order of the Storm, the replacement for the Kingsguard.
    • The Order of the Sun, a standing army designed to enforce royal authority in Dorne following the Red Viper Rebellion. In this case, the position of Grand Master of the Order is added to the royal family's hereditary titles.
    • The Knights of the Crown, a standing army for the Crownlands, members of which also serve as marines in the royal fleet.
  • Peace Conference: The Peace of Pentos, which ends the First Slave War.
  • Praetorian Guard: Stannis replaces the defunct Kingsguard with the Order of the Storm (or "Stormguard" for short), which has the same duties but more expanded ranks.
  • Rape, Pillage, and Burn: Even the Blackfish accepts this as a reality of war in a time where soldiers are paid in plunder and the chance to rampage. The Ironborn embrace it, and for Lyn Corbay it is his specialty.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • Oberyn Martell gets hit with this, when most of the Dornish nobility don't support his rebellion. And especially when Yronwood and several other houses throw their support to Stannis. Because while his cause of vengeance is something they generally sympathize with, the risk of rebellion and the chance to advance themselves by siding with the king is greater. Also, Lord Yronwood has never forgiven Oberyn for killing his grandfather.
    • Rhaegar after the Battle of Tara never recovers from the head injuries he suffered from Robert. And medicine of the time can't help him. He ends up lying comatose until he finally dies.
  • Realpolitik: When it becomes clear that Tyrosh is going to lose the Third Slave War, Lys cuts all ties with their traditional partner, instead grabbing up as much of their territory as possible.
  • The Red Baron: Several, some characters have more than one.
    • Ned is called the Iron Wolf in the Hedgerows and the title gets picked back up in Essos.
    • Jaime earns the title the Black Lion, for the black cape he wears after Tygett dies. Apparently he keeps wearing it for the image.
    • Lyn gets the title Stormcrow.
    • Khal Zirqo is called the Treacherous after he accepted tribute from Braavosi Viceroy in Pentos but still sacked Pentoshi villages.
    • Stannis has been called the Grim and the Sour Stag.
    • Robert wins the prize having three aliases we know of: Robert the Strong, Robert the Brief, and Robert the Bloody.
  • The Remnant:
    • The Targaryean Loyalists.
    • The Myrish exiles have one too.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something:
    • Robert and Stannis are kings who both lead forces in war.
    • Stannis is also a far more engaged king than Robert was in canon. Apparently he is building roads in the Crownlands and demolishes the Dragonpit to have a royal garden built.
    • Viserys, even lacking a kingdom, strives to be this; even if he can do little but stand behind a battle line and be seen right now.
  • Sacrificial Lion: As to be expected from a story centering around war. Examples include: Tygett Lannister at the Battle of Tara, and Dacey Mormont at the Siege of Myr.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!:
    • After Daario is removed from leadership of the Tyroshi armies and exiled from their lands, all the Stormcrows quit their contract with Tyrosh and follow him.
    • When it becomes clear that Braavos is fully committing itself to the war, many leading members of Tyroshi society and their families flee for Lys or Volantis as do the Myrish exiles. And when it becomes clear that Tyrosh is going to lose, people start fleeing the city in droves.
    • Similarly, as the war begins, many pirates flee the Stepstones for greener pastures, knowing that the region will no longer be safe for them once the regional balance of power shifts.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Ned is trying to do this after the Battle of Tara, after he barely survived a two on one fight against Ser Arthur Dayne.
  • Undying Loyalty:
    • The freed slaves have this to Robert, and the rest of the Sunset Company.
    • The Stormcrows are utterly devoted to Daario's leadership even quitting their contract with Tyrosh and following him when he's exiled from the city.
  • Villainous Valor: Lampshaded in-universe, the Sunset Company's foes typically fight for their lives at least and other times for their homes and families. The Myrish crossbowmen at the Battle of Tara are apparently Famed In Universe for this.
    • We see this again at the Battle of Solva.
  • War Is Hell: The story does not shy from the brutality and exhausting nature of medieval warfare. The first battle shown, the battle of the Hedgerows features a sort of proto-trench warfare with the both sides using the irregular terrain in a drawn out brutal struggle.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Whatever happened to Varys? While currently unconfirmed, it's implied that the Myrish crime lord known as the Kindly Man is him.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: The magisters are slow to fully grasp that their old rules of war no longer apply.
  • You Are in Command Now: Stannis becomes the King on the Iron Throne when Robert abdicates to pursue Rhaegar across the Narrow Sea. A common point with Summer Crowns.

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