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An A Song of Ice and Fire fanfic written by MarshalofMontival on the Fandom AH section of AH.com. 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.

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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. It's also notable for not shying from the brutality of and nuance of medieval warfare and slavery. At the same time, its tone is somewhat more hopeful and optimistic than its inspiration.

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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. Subverted, as it turns out that he's playing a Long Game to take the Iron Throne for himself.
    • Likewise Vicatarion, who in canon was little more than The Dragon to Balon and later a thug for Euron. Here, he's one of the great heroes of the Abolitionist Alliance.
  • Adaptation Name Change: Instead of Seaworth, Davos takes the surname of Blacksail.
  • The Alliance:
    • The Sunset Company/Kingdom of Myr and Braavos ally against the slaver cities, with Westeros providing tactic but mostly unofficial support. Later on, Lorath becomes a Braavosi client state, and the Summer Islands begin providing resources and volunteers (though whether they formally join the alliance varies from island to island).
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    • In response to the growing abolitionist powers, the city-states of Slaver's Bay forge a cooperative Pact amongst themselves.
    • Saath and Ibben eventually come together to draw a metaphorical line in the sand against Braavos' perceived expansionism.
    • Also in response to the Abolitionist Alliance, Volantis and Lys grow closer and eventually form a mutual defense alliance known as the Valyrian League, with plans to draw in Norvos as well.
  • 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.
  • Better to Die than Be Killed: During the sack of Tyrosh, a noblewoman sets herself and her household on fire to avoid being killed or raped. As a side effect, the resulting inferno burns down most of the inner city enclave.
  • Big Badass Battle Sequence: The Battle of Tara, the Siege of Myr, the Battle of Narrow Run, and the Battle of Novodomo.
  • Burn the Witch!: Septon Ryman and his followers start doing this to people they declare heretics.
  • Celibate Hero: Averted with Robert. Though it's worth noting he has slowed down a great deal, which surprises Ned.
  • Civil War:
    • Westeros goes through a lot of these during the early years of Stannis' reign:
      • The Red Viper Rebellion, Oberyn's revolt against both the Iron Throne and Doran's rule of Dorne (when the latter refuses to support him). It ends with his forces being crushed and him being executed.
      • One starts to brew in the Reach as a group of pious lords calling themselves the "Lords Resolute", who are angered by Stannis' apparent refusal to do anything about the reformation movement growing in Essos and his perceived tyrannical actions (such as taxing the Faith and punishing nobles instead of pandering to them), begin plotting to rebel against him. Backed by Septon Ryman's radical faction of the Faith, they eventually launch a large rebellion in the Upper Mander region, which is soon confronted by the combined forces of Stannis' loyalists.
      • And just to make the above even more complicated, while it's still going on Balon Greyjoy launches his own rebellion for independence, causing the Faith to declare a holy war on the Ironborn in retaliation, alongside the Iron Throne's counterattack (though Stannis manages to ease them back on that). And then those few Ironborn who disagreed with the idea of rebelling against Stannis proceed to counter-rebel against Balon's rule.
      • After the collapse of the Upper Mander Rebellion, some Rymanist septons escape to the Riverlands and start spreading their message. Paranoia over this runs rampant, combined with the always fractious nature of the region, until practically every River Lord house is fighting each other in a complicated mess known as the Trident Wars.
    • For a non-Westeros example: after reactionaries launch a coup against the pragmatic abolitionists that have become the ruling faction in Norvos, a few of the latter survive and flee to create a government-in-exile in Braavosi territory, leading to fighting between those who support them and those loyal to the plotters.
  • Conflicting Loyalties: Barristan is very disturbed by how the Targaryen court-in-exile has descended into enforcing slavery, seeing it as ungodly and a violation of his vow to protect the innocent... but at the same time he can't bring himself to break his other vow to obey his king without question.
  • Cool Uncle: Gerion and Tygett Lannister to Jaime. The Blackfish of course is still one to the Tullys.
  • The Coup: After a pragmatic faction takes over Norvos and starts negotiating with Braavos to end slavery, reactionary forces seize power and purge the abolitionists.
  • Cycle of Revenge: Khal Pobo unites a massive Dothraki horde to wage war against the Kingdom of Myr in order to avenge the death of his own Khal at the Battle of Narrow Run. In turn, Robert swears revenge against the Dothraki for the depravities performed on his subjects.
  • Death by Adaptation:
    • Gregor Clegane falls during the fighting against Myr.
    • Balon, Aeron, and Euron Greyjoy, as well as Rodrick Harlaw and Smalljon Umber, all die during the Greyjoy Rebellion.
  • Death Seeker: Ser Brus Buckler becomes this after circumstances force him to abandon half his forces at the Battle of Piper's Creek and leaving him to be declared a coward.
  • Decadent Court: While not as bad as canon yet, an excerpt from the Flash Papers set around the time of the Lords Resolute rebellion notes that factions and infighting are starting to grow in Stannis' court, with Ser Harry's narration implying it's only going to get worse.
  • Decapitated Army: When Khal Pobo is killed in battle, his horde falls into disarray and flees.
  • Defector from Decadence: The group of Ironborn under Harras Harlaw grow disgusted with Balon's leadership (especially the restoration of thralldom), so they not only leave the Iron Islands but side with the Iron Throne against his rebellion.
  • Defiant to the End:
    • Oberyn Martell plays this straight reportedly at his execution.
    • Brus Buckler is taken prisoner by the Dothraki when they overrun Campora, and offered the chance to live if he orders the remaining defenders to surrender. He refuses, insulting Khal Pobo to his face until the latter kills him in a rage.
    • For daring to act as Stannis' messenger and incidentally inspiring Urrigon to flee with Asha, Balon has Rodrick Harlaw sentenced to death. Rodrick responds by spending the entire sentencing and every moment up to his decapitation snarking, calling Balon a fool, and telling him to just Get It Over With.
  • 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.
  • Didn't Think This Through: Aside from all the other consequences that he couldn't have anticipated, Jaime's decision to abandon his inheritance in Westeros means that Myr has lost his potential as their greatest and most influential supporter in the Seven Kingdoms.
  • Dragon with an Agenda: Euron is playing loyal servant to Stannis in order to position himself as a replacement as Hand when Jon Arryn retires, and from there set himself to become regent for Stannis' children upon eliminating him, then marrying one of his daughters when they come of age and taking the Iron Throne for himself.
  • Driven to Suicide: After Jaime breaks off their betrothal and she realizes that Tywin and her father are going to foist her off on Tyrion to maintain the alliance, Lysa jumps out a window in despair.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him:
    • Upon bumping into Jaime in the Summer Islands, Urrigon Greyjoy challenges him to a duel in order to avenge Tywin's acts against the Iron Islands. Cut to Jaime some time later, ruminating on how quick the duel was.
    • Wendel Manderly contracts a tropical disease while visiting the Summer Islands and dies offscreen.
  • Drowning My Sorrows:
    • The Watch commander of Gulltown is doing this when Harry Flash arrives to investigate the Old Faith situation in the Vale, due to Denys Arryn's heavy-handed attempt to stomp out the movement only leading to widespread unrest and a burgeoning potential Civil War.
    • Jaime spends some time on the Summer Islands doing this in light of how his life has spiraled ever since renouncing his inheritance. It lasts until a local priest smacks some sense into him and offers to help him redeem himself.
  • Duel to the Death: Victarion and Dagmar have one over whether or not the Ironborn in Essos should aid Balon's rebellion in Westeros.
  • Enemy Mine: The Golden Company (descendants of the Blackfyre rebellions) and the Dragon Company/Exile Company (primarily composed of The Remnant of the Targaryens) put aside their historical animosity and work together to survive the political viper's nest that is Volantis.
  • Engineered Heroics: Donys incites a slave rebellion in Volantis, and ensures that all other forces that can deal with it are neutralized, so that Viserys can lead the Exile Company in saving the city. All in order to make Viserys beloved by the populace and give him leverage into joining the city's political leadership.
  • 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.
    • Euron Greyjoy, who isn't quite as bad as in canon, fondly remembers his father and despises Balon for ruining the man's life work with his rebellion. Also, there's the matter of Balon possibly being responsible for the deaths of their stepmother and half-brother, which Euron is disgusted by.
  • 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.
  • Exact Words: Drogo promised the magister who sold out Qohor to him that no Dothraki would harm him or his household. Now, their horses on the other hand...
  • The Exile: For breaking his Kingsguard oath by killing Aerys, Jaime is exiled from Westeros for seven years, to be served in the Sunset Company. At the end of that time, he ultimately chooses to stay in Myr, to Tywin's outrage.
  • 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.
  • Fantasy Counterpart Religion: The Faith of the Seven continues to serve as a counterpart to Christianity. Following the various schisms, the main (Baelorite) branch is more clearly based on Catholicism, with the Jonothorians being a counterpart to Lutheranism, the Rymanists being a counterpart to the Calvinists, and the Old Faith being a counterpart to Presbyterianism/Puritanism.
  • Fictional Currency: The Kingdom of Myr eventually starts minting its own money, in order to stabilize its economy and give itself an identity further distinct from Westeros. They settle on gold crowns, silver shields, and copper pennies, all with Robert's face printed on them.
  • 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, which eventually evolves to calling for an abolition of any hierarchy beyond the village level.
    • There's also Septon Ryman and his followers, who believe in predestination and uniform doctrine. Whereas the Old Faith is to date still all talk, Ryman actually inspires many Reach lords in the Upper Mander to outright rebel against Stannis' regime in response to not meeting their standards. And they later start burning perceived heretics at the stake.
    • Cersei, of all people, starts becoming this in reaction to all the stress factors in her life (being unable to give Stannis a second son, nearly dying after birthing her twin daughters, Jaime refusing to come home, etc.), becoming a strict follower of the mainstream Baelorite Faith.
  • Ghost City:
    • Tyrosh is utterly wiped out by the Abolitionist Alliance, with Braavos building a military outpost on the remains.
    • Drogo sacks Qohor, killing or enslaving the entire population and burning down everything except the outer walls.
  • 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.
  • Government in Exile:
    • The Targaryen loyalists set up a court in exile in Myr, which maintains the trappings even after they're forced to flee the city and reorganize as the Company of the Dragon. The "True Myrish" also set up a government in exile in Tyrosh, and after that city falls as well they merge with the Company of the Dragon, which renames itself the Exile Company.
    • After reactionaries seize power in Norvos from the pragmatic abolitionists, one of the leading members of the latter flees the city and is granted asylum in a Braavosi military fort, where he establishes a government in exile.
  • Handicapped Badass: Brandon Stark might be so crippled by his time as a prisoner to the Mad King that he can barely walk unaided, but proves that he's still as fierce a ruler as any Stark before him when he needs to be.
  • 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.
  • High Priest:
    • After Jonothor's faction of those who schism from the main Faith organize themselves properly, they appoint him to the position of First Septon.
    • The Old Faith abhor hierarchy, with their only real leadership being a general assembly of representations from each of their congregations. However, in Essos at least, Septon Deryk has enough influence to act as first among equals.
  • High Turnover Rate: The position of Master of Whispers under Stannis' regime, as everyone to hold the post has either resigned or been fired, usually due to failing to anticipate one or another of the rebellions that have popped up.
  • 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 POV 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.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Walder Frey is still his usual pleasant self, but he does truthfully point out to Harry Flash that the fragile peace between the various religious factions in Westeros is only being held together by Stannis' iron will. As Walder points out, once he's gone and his son Lyonel (whom an increasingly fanatical Cersei has more influence than Stannis over) has taken the throne, things are bound to explode.
  • 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.
  • Kicked Upstairs: After Jaime's refusal to return to Westeros (and Lysa's suicide as a result) taints relations between Westeros and Myr, and causes tensions amongst Myr's nobility over whether he was right to do so, Robert sends him off as part of the embassy to the Summer Islands. It's nominally an important position, but is really just a means of getting him out of the way until things calm down.
  • Knowledge Broker: The mysterious figure known as the Kindly Man, who controls the criminal underworld in Myr by trading in information. It's very strongly implied that he's Varys.
  • 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.
  • Let Me Get This Straight...: Stannis' reaction when he hears that Cersei threw an ink pot in Praela's face for not-so-subtly calling her fat.
  • Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: The slave revolts in Essos boil down to this.
  • The Mole: Balon has one in Stannis' court, feeding him information that helps prepare for his rebellion. It's Euron, who is feeding him bad information, in order to set him up for a fall.
  • 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.
  • No True Scotsman: Arthur Dayne's cousin Gawen tracks him down in Volantis and demands he duel him for the right to wield Dawn, as he feels that Arthur is no longer honorable enough to be the Sword of Morning. Arthur, fully assured in how he's kept to his oaths as a Kingsguard, is far from impressed.
  • 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.
    • In-universe documents from the timeline's future specifically refer to the royalist forces' treatment of the rebelling Iron Islands as war crimes by modern standards.
  • Obstructive Bureaucrat: While Norvos is ruled by its priests, it's actually administered by a byzantine arrangement of councils and committees with a complex checks-and-balances system which means that it usually takes forever to get anything done.
  • Oh, Crap!: Ser Brynden's reaction when Ned cuts down Khal Zirqo.
  • The Order:
    • Upon becoming king, Stannis creates a few of these. With the exception of the first, he adds the title of Grand Master of each to the list of hereditary titles held by the King on the Iron Throne.
      • The Royal Order of the Storm, the replacement for the Kingsguard.
      • The Royal Order of the Sun, a standing army designed to enforce royal authority in Dorne following the Red Viper Rebellion.
      • The Royal Order of the Knights of the Crown, a standing army for the Crownlands, members of which also serve as marines in the royal fleet.
      • The Order of the Sea, which is set up to help manage the Iron Islands after their rebellion is crushed.
    • A non-Stannis example: After the schism in the Faith between the traditionalists in the Great Sept of Baelor and the Myr-based reformists led by Septon Jonothor, the Order of the Sunset is founded as a fraternal organization for Baelorite knights living in the Kingdom of Myr. The Jonothorans, meanwhile, found the Knights of the First Sept of Myr to serve the same purpose for themselves.
    • The Brotherhood of the Broken Chain is established to serve as the Kingdom of Myr's Praetorian Guard. Unlike the Kingsguard they're not expected to serve for life or renounce having families, but they are expected to protect the royal family with fanatical devotion.
  • Out-Gambitted:
    • During the Greyjoy Rebellion, Balon has his forces pull back from Fair Isle enough to draw the royal forces into invading the island to take on the token force holding it, so that the Iron Fleet can then return and destroy the royal fleet to strand the army there... all of which Euron and Stannis see coming, so after initially invading the island they return their forces to the ships under cover of darkness, leaving them at full strength when the Ironborn attack, giving the royals the upper hand.
    • Bloodraven foresees Euron's Long Game and arranges events to have him killed during the above-mentioned battle at Fair Isle.
  • Peace Conference: The Peace of Pentos, which ends the First Slave War.
  • Please Select New City Name:
    • After Tyrosh is sacked by the Abolitionist Alliance and annexed by Braavos, the latter rename it Martyros.
    • After Balon's Rebellion is crushed and the Iron Islands occupied by the mainland, the city of Lordsport is renamed Euronsport in honor of Euron's loyal service to Stannis and his death during the rebellion and made the headquarters of the Order of the Sea.
  • Police Brutality: Due to direct orders from Denys, the Arryn men-at-arms in Gulltown crack down harshly on anyone who shows even remote interest in the Old Faith, including viciously assaulting crowds who gather to hear their septons speak (regardless of if they're actually interested or just heckling).
  • 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.
    • The Brotherhood of the Broken Chain serves as this to Robert.
  • The Purge: When the Ironborn's rebellion is crushed, all but the few loyalist Houses have virtually all their men killed in battle or executed afterwards.
  • 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.
    • Wars cost money, not just in waging but in rebuilding afterwards. As such, the Abolitionist Alliance conquering Tyrosh, followed by Myr's eastern marches being razed by Khal Pobo, leaves them heavily strapped for cash. Compounding issues is the eastern slaver cities limiting or outright cutting off trade in protest of their actions; altogether, this leaves Braavos and Myr in dire financial straights for at least a few years until they can settle things.
  • Reassigned to Antarctica:
    • Gerold Arryn serves as Master of Whispers for the first few years of Stannis' reign, but after failing to see the Red Viper Rebellion coming he's dismissed and sent back to the Vale to head up law enforcement in Gulltown.
    • For sleeping with an Old Faith member while undercover, and therefore making himself of questionable loyalty in the eyes of some, Ser Harry Flash is assigned to temporarily join the Order of the Sea in the Iron Islands.
  • 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.
    • When Lorath is forced to abandon its neutrality and pick a side between the Abolitionist Alliance and the Slaver cities, it chooses the safer option of not pissing off the combined military might (and fanatical abolitionism) of Braavos and Myr, instead beginning a process of slow emancipation for its slaves.
    • Lady Shipwright despises Victarion for his raping and pillaging during the fall of Myr, but still plays nice with him for the sake of her House having such a powerful ally.
    • Due to the upheaval brought to western Essos' status quo since the Sunset Company's arrival, the dominant faction in Norvos decides to pursue a treaty with the abolitionists in which they will enact a slow manumission of their slave population in exchange for being allowed to annex Qohor's former territories unmolested. In the eyes of this faction, the small sacrifice of this change to their culture will bring their city greater glory in the long-term. Unfortunately, reactionaries decide to stage a coup rather than let this happen.
    • In response to Lorath's capitulation to Braavos, which they see as part of Braavosi colonialist expansion, Saath and Ibben band together to metaphorically draw a line in the sand.
  • 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.
    • Mace Tyrell becomes known as the Merciful for being the least heavy-handed when defeating the rebelling Ironborn.
    • Future texts state that Stannis' son Lyonel will be known as the Magnificent during his reign.
  • The Remnant:
    • The Targaryean Loyalists.
    • The Myrish exiles have one too.
    • After Tyrosh is destroyed, an exile community is set up in Oldtown.
  • Rewarded as a Traitor Deserves: A Qohori magister sells out the city to Khal Drogo in exchange for a promise that his household will be spared the following slaughter. As the Dothraki despise this kind of cowardice, even when it aids them, Drogo has the magister and his family tied to posts and then trampled by the horde's horses.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Khal Pobo gathers several hordes under his command in order to wage war on the Kingdom of Myr in revenge for the Battle of Narrow Run. In return for their own actions during this, Robert swears one of these against the Dothraki as a whole.
  • 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.
    • When the Royal Army takes out the leadership of the rebel forces at Tickclose Field, the foot soldiers break ranks and flee.
    • When it becomes clear the Ironborn's rebellion is doomed, Urrigon Greyjoy grabs his retainers and Asha and flees for Essos.
  • The Spymaster:
    • Gerion serves as Master of Whispers for Robert, and seems to continue in that capacity even after replacing Ned as Hand.
    • With the High Turnover Rate of Westeros' Master of Whispers, and with their ambassador to Braavos being rather laidback, Owen Merryweather's position as emissary to Braavos-occupied Pentos makes him de facto chief spy for Stannis' court in Essos.
    • Donys Rahtheon serves as this, and Master of Coin, for the Targaryen exile court.
    • Lady Shipwright sets up her own private spy network, composed of her former associates from when they were all pleasure slaves, for the sake of furthering her newfound noble house's status.
    • To combat foreign espionage, Gerion and the Blackfish merge resources to create the Office of Foreign Intrigue, with the Special Branch (aka medieval black ops unit) of it being headed by Baelish.
  • Suicidal Overconfidence: At the Battle of Tickclose Field, the Lords Resolute are vastly outnumbered by the Royal Army, but being spurred on by Septon Ryman's fanaticism they charge anyway. Understandably, they get curbstomped.
  • 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.
    • The Slaver States are also trying to do this to survive the turbulent times. So far results have varied.
  • Try to Fit THAT on a Business Card!: For his part in leading efforts to put down a slave rebellion in Volantis, Viserys is awarded the titles Master of Arms and Men, Proconsul of the Western Territories, Prefect of the Black Walls, and Captain-General of the City.
  • Ultimate Job Security: Baelish notes that the Kindly Man has positioned himself just right in Myr's criminal underworld — he has enough power to be a valuable source of information and aid to both the royal government and other criminals, but not enough that either side views him as a threat that needs to be eliminated.
  • Underestimating Badassery: The Lords Resolute are convinced that Stannis' various military victories are circumstantial flukes, and that he'll fail against their righteous cause. Needless to say, he's soon curb-stomping their forces.
  • 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.
  • Vision Quest: Jaime has one when in the Summer Islands. While it happens offscreen, he apparently sees his canon counterpart's actions, which terrify him and drive him to become a better person.
  • 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.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Euron wants to unite Westeros against the possible return of the White Walkers, and if that means scourging the Iron Islands and then eventually usurping Stannis, then so be it.
  • 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.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: The leadership of Myr do not take it well when Jaime renounces his inheritance in Westeros.
  • Wrestler in All of Us: The Ironborn are shown to hold wrestling in high regard, with it even being a tourney event among them.
  • 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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