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An AU where the Battle of the Trident took place, but just between Rhaegar Targaryen and Robert Baratheon. Their duel and its outcome have ramifications that none could foresee. In the world built afterwards, dragons once again rule and roam Westeros, among them the son of a northern beauty and the king. Prince Jon and his kin, Stark and Targaryen alike, face new challenges from both without and within. Whatever the future holds, the Seven Kingdoms will learn that, whether in a coat of red or a coat of white, a dragon still has claws.


Dragons of Red, Dragons Of White is an A Song of Ice and Fire AU fic by Nightdrake where Rhaegar became king after the death of his father. Jon, his youngest son, is sent to foster with his mother's family when he turns seven. Eventually, things begin to move...

This Fan Fic provides examples of:

  • Adaptational Nice Guy: Catelyn and Sansa are both much nicer and more affectionate to Jon, thanks to knowing about his parentage.
  • Adapted Out: As Jaime suffers Death by Adaptation, presumably none of his and Cersei's children are born. Cersei ends up marrying Viserys in this continuity.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Aegon insists on being called "Egg."
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Viserys, to his older brother Rhaegar.
  • Anti-Hero: Rhaegar is an overall good man, who nevertheless cheated on his wife and endangered his family thanks to running away with his mistress.
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  • Badass Adorable: Jon, at the tender age of seven, has the guts to stand up to Gregor "The Mountain that Rides" Clegane, to protect two children from his thugs.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Aegon loves Jon, and one of the reasons he doesn't like Viserys is because, as noted below, he's especially cruel to Jon.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: Jon and Sansa grew up in Winterfell together, and have developed feelings for each other.
  • Decomposite Character:
    • Elia takes on Catelyn's resentment of Jon from the books.
    • Daenerys also seems to take on some of Sansa's naivete.
  • Dies Differently in Adaptation: Barristan Selmy is the one who kills Mad King Aerys in this continuity, in order to save Rhaegar's family.
  • Elephant in the Living Room: Jon's parentage is this at court. Everyone knows the events surrounding his conception and birth, but no one talks about it.
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  • Everyone Can See It: All of Winterfell can see Jon and Sansa have feelings for each other.
  • Evil Uncle: While Viserys is cruel to everyone, as Aegon notes he's especially cruel to Jon.
  • Going Native: After the Time Skip, Jon has clearly embraced the ways and culture of the Starks, after fostering in the North.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Rhaenys appears to be convinced that Jon is up to no good.
  • The Ingenue: Daenerys isn't stupid, but seems to be pretty oblivious to her niece Rhaenys's resentment of Jon, and her displeasure at the betrothal between Jon and Sansa.
  • In Spite of a Nail: Lyanna still dies at the Tower of Joy.
    • Jon Arryn becomes Hand of the King, and still dies fifteen years after the war.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Elia can come across as cruel concerning her attitude towards Jon, but she still has every right to not want him around her family.
  • Like Father, Like Son: Jon may not look like Rhaegar, but he has the same quiet nature and solemn attitude.
  • Like Father, Unlike Son: Aegon, on the other hand, is exuberant, adventurous, and playful, quite unlike Rhaegar.
  • Obnoxious In-Laws: "Obnoxious" may be stretching it, but it's clear that Ned and Rhaegar don't get along very well.
  • Older Than They Look: Rhaegar is pushing forty when he visits Winterfell, but still looks like he's in his twenties.
  • Parental Substitute: Eddard and Catelyn essentially become Jon's parents when he fosters with them.
  • Perfectly Arranged Marriage: Jon and Sansa are both delighted when they learn about their betrothal.
  • The Resenter: Both Elia and Rhaenys resent Jon's presence at court, as he's a living reminder that Rhaegar chose another woman over his wife and family. Aegon, being too young to remember the circumstances, is only too happy to call Jon his brother.
  • Royal Brat: Viserys, having grown up in King's Landing, proves himself to very definitely be one of these.
  • Shipper on Deck: Ned and Catelyn are both eager to have Jon marry Sansa.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: Rhaegar's entire family. Arthur Dayne, for that matter, doesn't die at the Tower of Joy.
  • Wicked Stepmother: Elia is a downplayed example, much like Catelyn in canon. She's never abusive towards Jon, but she makes it very clear she doesn't want him around.

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